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Work out Your Salvation with Fear and Trembling

October 18, 2010 // 44 Comments

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling… (Philippians 2:12) What does it mean to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? Some say salvation is something to work for, that we must [...]

What is the Fear of the Lord?

January 24, 2013 // 28 Comments

What is the fear of the Lord? Your answer to this question reveals much about your faith and security. It reveals whether you are walking in grace or under condemnation. For instance, if you think God is judging your behavior to see whether you merit his unmerited favor, you’re basically saying, “I don’t [...]

Are your Deeds Incomplete?

February 13, 2019 // 48 Comments

Are you worn out? If Christians are worn out, it’s usually for one of two reasons: (1) they don’t know how much their Father loves them and (2) they have an unbiblical definition of work. Hey, I’m not judging anyone here. When it comes to overwork, I’m guilty as sin. I’m a workaholic who regularly [...]

Seven Ways Religion Damages Hope

March 31, 2016 // 72 Comments

You can learn a lot from watching the movies. When I was a kid I saw The Neverending Story, and one scene has endured in my memory. It’s the scene where Atreyu is confronted by Gmork, the wolf-like servant of the Nothing. Atreyu asks Gmork why he is helping the Nothing destroy the world and stirring up despair. [...]

Once Shaved, Always Shaved?

February 12, 2013 // 59 Comments

I have a beard so you may find this hard to believe, but I shave every day. Most men do. I understand many women also shave regularly. Perhaps you were shaved at one time, but that doesn’t mean you are shaved now. You have to work to stay shaved. You may profess a belief in shaving but faith without shaving [...]

Eternal Security Scriptures

February 11, 2013 // 45 Comments

Below is a list of every scripture guaranteeing the eternal security of the believer. This list is a work-in-progress. Feel free to submit scriptures we’ve missed. – Old Testament (n = 9) – New Testament (n = 132) Don’t forget to check out the “what about” [...]

The Test of Your Gospel

May 8, 2011 // 38 Comments

I once heard a preacher say that “80 to 90% of Christians are unacquainted with the gospel of grace.” I guess this estimate is not far off the mark as evidenced by the large numbers of believers who are still trying to earn what God has freely given them. If you were to ask these people about grace they would [...]

By Which Gospel are you Saved?

August 11, 2010 // 105 Comments

Read the New Testament and you might come away with the idea that there is more than one gospel. The very first words of the New Testament in the King James Bible are, “The Gospel According to Matthew.” Read on and you will also find the gospels according to Mark, Luke and John. Keep reading and you will come [...]


April 30, 2010 // 62 Comments

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What Deeds does Jesus Know?

January 24, 2019 // 32 Comments

In his letters to the seven churches, Jesus repeatedly says, “I know your deeds.” He exhorts the Ephesians to do the deeds they did at first (Rev. 2:5), he rebukes the Sardisians for having incomplete deeds (Rev. 3:2), and he promises to reward the Thyatirans according to their deeds (Rev. 2:23). Clearly our [...]

The Endurance of the Saints

November 23, 2017 // 18 Comments

Image source There are nearly two dozen New Testament scriptures that speak of enduring or holding fast to the end. The wrong way to read these scriptures is to think, “I must sweat and strive and endure or be disqualified from the kingdom.” If the Christian race is a marathon, it begins at the finish line. [...]

Does 2 Peter 2 Say You Can Lose Your Salvation?

May 11, 2017 // 78 Comments

In this world of anxiety and fear, it is a radical thing to proclaim the eternal security of the believer. One with the Lord, your future is the same as his. No one can snatch you from his hand; nothing can separate you from his love. Yet every time I say stuff like this, someone will point to 2 Peter 2 as though [...]