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Christians and Sinners

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:25 AM

James writes a scathing rebuke to the 'saints' in his letter calling them 'adulterous people' in 4:4 and 'sinners' & 'double-minded' in 4:8.  Doesn't something sinful remain within us, even though we are covered by the blood of Christ and our sins atoned for?

 You are correct that James did refer to some of his readers as sinners. We could extrapolate that all Christians are sinners if we assume James was talking to only Christians. Was he doing that? ...

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Struggles with Sin

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Your argument that Paul's present tense language, describing his battle with sin in Romans 7 is actually a past tense literary device speaking of his pre-conversion identity, is a step I have yet to find justification for from other reliable scholars and sources.  Isn't it a reality that we still must wrestle and struggle with sin and a sin nature?

First of all, the discussion on tenses was not meant to be a pillar argument. It was more of a supporting explana...

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Posted on December 18, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Doesn't Christ demand perfection!  Isn't that our goal, because God is the mark?

If perfection is the goal and perfection is defined as never breaking the law, never committing a sin, or never making a mistake then I would say that God does not demand perfection. I do not believe God ever expected perfection from us. If we were perfect we would be God! We don’t expect perfection from ourselves or from others. God made us and knew we would not be perfect...

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Defining Sin

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 11:40 AM

The book claims “Sin is not defined by just breaking the law. Sin’s real danger occurs when it leads to separation.”  Doesn't the Bible clearly define sin: “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness?” (1 John 3:4)

In the next verse John says “In him there is no sin.” How can those two things be reconciled? I say that vs. 4 is talking about the life outside Jesus Christ in which we are lawl...

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God's Rules vs Man's Rules

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM

What are the criteria one must use to ascertain the difference between human made rules and God’s rules?

My opinion is the Bible is not always clear in this area. There is some ambiguity. We must follow every law or we must not? That is not easy to answer. Jesus did not follow every law and yet said not one bit of the law will disappear! How clear is that? In the book I did not give a list (criteria) for when we must do one thing and not the other although ...

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Choice of Hell?

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 8:15 AM

There simply can be no eternal conscious torment, and certainly nobody who would choose it!!  Do you agree?

While the book is not primarily on heaven and hell, I did discuss them.  We always must be careful to avoid too strong of a position on heaven and hell for two reasons.  One, while the Bible does speak of heaven and hell, we must admit that we don't have a lot of details.  I am sure most Christians would like to know more.  Two, because ...

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Body Blows

Posted on September 28, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Doesn't 1 Cor. 9:27 sounds a lot like a “struggle” in which Paul is presently and [at least to some degree] engaged?

I may miss your question, but I don’t see this as related that much to what I am addressing. My claim is that God’s forgiveness and salvation are complete and that we longer need to struggle daily with sin as if sin is about to overcome us at any minute.  This passage is not really addressing Paul’s salvation or any ba...

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Confession of Sins

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 10:10 AM

How do you fit I Jn. 1:5-10 into your reasoning?

I am not surprised to have this brought up. Originally, I included a treatment of this passage with the intention of anticipating objections. I tried this treatment in a couple of places in the body of the book and even in an appendix. However, I finally decided to leave it out, thinking my answer to a supposed question was perhaps too much and probably unnecessary for what I wanted to do. We do tend to read the Bib...

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