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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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