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Falling from Grace

Posted on May 12, 2021 at 4:50 PM

I want to accept that we are not condemned in Christ and nothing can separate us from God. But doesn’t Paul also say we can fall from grace? Is that true and, if so, at what point can we fall?

 

The answer for your questions starts with our ability to choose. Unless you live by the view that life is predetermined and we have no choice, then the fact you are a Christian means you chose God rather than not God. Does becoming a follower of God take away your abi...

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Chief Sinner

Posted on May 1, 2021 at 1:45 PM

Doesn’t Paul say he was the number one sinner and therefore imply we are all sinners?


Paul, told Timothy, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:15-16 NIV). Interestingly, Paul never used ...

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Sin that Leads to Death

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 2:45 PM

I believe my Bible says there is one sin that leads to death and we should not even bother to pray about it. I worry I may commit that sin and not be able to be forgiven. Is there a sin that leads to death and cannot be forgiven?


Let us remember that the blood of Jesus forgives us of all sin when we accept that truth and enter into relationship with God. We are told that expressly in several places and God does not lie. If we say God is incapable of forgiving eve...

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Worthiness

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 8:20 AM

Is it true we can never be worthy enough for God?

 

Many Christians certainly believe that and feel they are not worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. You might be surprised the Bible never says we are unworthy. In fact, it seems clear that we are worthy. Paul confirms this in his letters to the Christians in Thessalonica, when he says we can live worthy lives, walk worthy of God, and be counted as worthy by God (see 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:12 and 2 Thessalonians...

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Becoming Gooder

Posted on September 13, 2020 at 3:25 PM

True Christian self-reflection must always be the discipline of comparing ourselves to God’s desired version of us. Isn’t our goal to become "gooder," if I can use that term?


We commonly tell ourselves, “We can always do better.” That is often intended as a positive phrase, encouraging ourselves to bigger and greater things. The phrase, though, has a negative side that is not always so evident. To tell ourselves, or even others, the next ti...

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Hyper-Grace

Posted on September 2, 2020 at 4:10 PM

Aren't you just teaching hyper-grace?


No, I am not, if "hyper-grace" is defined as a new, extra-biblical heresy.  Yes, I am, if "hyper-grace" is a human attempt to describe the richness and power of God's grace that is beyond what some of us imagine.  We love to create labels for those with whom we disagree. When we create names for others, we feel we do not need to support our views with only facts. "Hyper-grace" is a label applied to ...

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Satan and His Power

Posted on August 25, 2020 at 7:45 AM

You say, "Sin is not an outside force of evil that causes us to do things against our will."  Sometimes you hear people really focus on how Satan tempts us. Personally, I don't think I need any help with temptation. I provide enough of it on my own. Do you cover anything about the role of Satan in your book?


Erased does not cover Satan in depth, but you bring up some interesting thoughts. When we discuss the role of Satan in our lives, we quickly see that i...

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Frustration in Trying to Live like Christ

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 3:25 PM

I didn’t stop sinning when I became a Christian. When I think of Christ’s blood, I think of that continual process of saving me from my sin. Martin Luther said, “The process has not yet finished.” Sometimes that is really frustrating for me. There is a gap between my longing and my living. I see our model Christ and I see myself and there is a discrepancy.  Isn't my frustration a normal part of the Christian life?


I appreciate your hone...

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Obedience and Salvation

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Where do you stand on God's grace for those who may believe in Him but try to enter (out of ignorance or incorrect teaching) into Christ in a way other than what the Word describes? In other words, does God's grace (forgiveness) accrue to one's benefit BEFORE obedience to his Word?


We enter or reenter a relationship with God through our making a choice to be with him AND by choosing to live a life as he would have us live. We move out of living in sin and move into ...

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New Covenant

Posted on April 25, 2020 at 9:25 AM

According to my Bible, aren't there many scriptures that clearly state the old covenant is obsolete and nailed to the cross?  Doesn't that mean we now live under a new set of laws?


Jeremiah 31 and 32 do talk about a new covenant God will make with the people of Israel.  Headings in both chapters (which were placed there by men) refer to a restoration.  This is clearly evident when God says I will bring my people back from being scattered and they will b...

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