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Thanks,

Paul

102 Comments on Contact

  1. (Apostle) Paul Ellis: Thanks So Much for all you are and do! My wife and I live in Wilmington, NC, USA; and, desire to find other “HYPER-GRACE” Members in our area. Do you have a Wisdom-Way(s) we can join in a “GRACEROOTS” Move to Enjoy/Encourage one another in Real-Life Community as well as this Glorious Virtual Community? Thanks Again and Again, Dennis and Linda Musser.

  2. I’m live in Orlando / Kissimmee Ares in Florida an I don’t know any grace believers or grace preaching churches can you help me do u know anybody.

    • Hey Justin, Pastor Clark Whitten is the senior pastor at Grace Church in Orlando and is very much a grace minister. If you go to their website, http://www.graceorlando.com/, you can listen to some of their Sunday sermons and get a feel. God bless.

      Grace Church
      1765 West State Road 434
      Longwood, FL 32750

  3. john thapa // May 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm // Reply

    hello brother, greetings to you from India. I wanted clarification from you about a passage in 1peter 1:14-17- As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.

    What is your thoughts about this particular passage

  4. I am wondering how we actually get the free e-book. I signed up for emails about a week ago. I enjoy reading posts and comments too. Thanks for your blog.

    • Hi SusieQ,
      After you signed-up you would have received a confirmation email with a link you need to click to activate your subscription. In that email is a download link for your free e-book. If you didn’t receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder.

  5. Christopher // June 12, 2014 at 9:44 am // Reply

    Hi Paul. I run a carpentry business and I travel around in a Ford Transit panel van, which I bought recently. I wanted to put the words at the back of the van that says,

    “Eternal security does not depend on you or what you do, but on Christ alone and what He has done.”
    and put your http://www.escapetoreality.org address below it, with “to” in a different colour so that the address is easier to read and remember.
    That way, thousands of people can read them during bumper to bumper traffic, which will be food for thought when they sit bored in their cars, and if they want to know more, they can look up your site for the truth. Why I chose your site? It’s because I enjoy your blogs very much.

    However, some of my friends say that my wordings are too long or not appropriate. Some say that the unsaved won’t understand it, etc, but I think that my target audience are the believers because when they understand grace, they become effective in reaching the lost. What is your opinion? Do you agree with my friends, and if yes, what wording would ou suggest?

    P.S. When I have done that, I’ll send a image link when you can see the wording on my van.

    • Wow. I think your plan is amazing and I’m honored that you want to do that. However, the writer in me does wonder if you might want to have a shorter phrase, something that is unambiguously clear and meaningful to everyone. I have just finished writing a post entitled “God believes in you!” (It’ll go up next week.) I love those four words because we are changed by who believes in us. I wonder if others reading this thread might have some suggestions.

      • Christopher // July 2, 2014 at 10:06 am //

        I think that a positive message is what people need, and I’ll go for what you suggested, “God believes in you”, and then the link to your website. The other suggestion here are excellent, and I particularly like spirilintograce’s “get over yourself” quote, but a positive message is what draws people to God.

    • Jesus said our faith in Him gains us eternal life, no if’s, ands or buts. John 3:15-18

  6. In response to Christopher’s van sign:
    Gods not angry with you. He’s not even disappointed with you. For proof go to escapetoreality.org

  7. James Michels // June 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm // Reply

    1st choice: — The Law was given through Moses, but grace & truth came through Jesus Christ (Jn.1:17) —— 2nd choice: — The GRACE of God – the “too good to be true news” —– 3rd choice: — GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

    • James Michels // June 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm // Reply

      4. Grace reveals what God has already done! — 5. The Law demands righteousness . . . Grace imparts righteousness. — 6. The Law condemns the best of us . . . Grace saves the worst of us. — 7. Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under Grace. (Rom.6:14) — 8. Grace is a divine influence on the heart enabling & empowering its recipient to live a life of freedom anchored to Christ. — 9. The Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men . . . and teaches us to live godly in the present . . . (Titus 2:11,12) — 10. God’s grace transforms hearts & brings new life!

  8. Bumper sticker: Your sins are forgiven — get over yourself!

  9. Bumper sticker: Jesus took your bad to give you His good

  10. ROSEMARY SCHWARTZ // June 13, 2014 at 12:55 am // Reply

    GRACE or nothing!

  11. Bumper sticker: Greasy Gracer

  12. Helen Teo Walton // June 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm // Reply

    No more sin debt because Jesus paid in full!

  13. Jesus + Your Works = Nothing.
    Jesus + Nothing = Everything!

  14. Greetings Paul….I wanted to share a little info here. Not sure if you have heard of an actor named Jefferson Moore. He’s done a few spiritual movies. Some of them are pretty good from a feel good standpoint. There is a series called “Perfect Stranger” in which he portrays Jesus and visits people. I had discovered these movies a few years ago before I got into the Grace message.

    Well a week ago the latest “Perfect Stranger” movie (Nikki and the Perfect Stranger) came on a cable channel that I had not seen yet. I think it’s like a 2011 production. This is supposedly the last of the series. It’s only about an hour long. Funny thing though…..I do believe that Jefferson Moore has gotten hold of the Grace message. There were several scenes in the movie where he explained some things about God’s love, sin separation, etc and seemed right out of the Grace message.

    I DVRd the movie and then burned it to DVD. I am in the process of editing a few scenes and will attempt to upload a few short clips on Youtube. Blew me away.

    Thought you might like to watch this movie if not the whole series if you have not.

  15. ruready4him // July 2, 2014 at 1:43 am // Reply

    Paul, can you please help me reconcile what Jesus said in Mat 10:15 “Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! whom a lot of saints refer to along w/other NT scripts, that seems to say there are greater sins?

    • In Matthew 10-11, Jesus makes three comparisons between towns that didn’t repent and towns that did (or would have if they’d seen the power of God). It’s obvious that those who repent and put their trust in Jesus have nothing to fear on Judgment Day but what does Jesus mean when he says it will be “more bearable” for Sodom, Gomorrah, Tyre, and Sidon on Judgment Day? I don’t believe Jesus is referring to specific individuals but to the actual towns. Sodom won’t be destroyed, for example, because Sodom has already been destroyed. “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day” (Mat 11:23).

      In short, Jesus is describing what happens when we reject the things that bring us peace. He’s saying that Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, (and Jerusalem in Luke 19), will one day reap the condemning fruit of their unbelief. More here.

  16. Thank you so much for teaching the real gospel brother. Your explanation for the church in sardis really blessed me.

  17. Lee Whitcomb // July 3, 2014 at 1:43 am // Reply

    Paul, I love your work and thinking—but, I can’t find anything on justification. Paul, GOD WANTS US TO KNOW that He raised His Son Jesus back to life for our justification (Ro 4:25) and that Justification, concerning sin, means we have been acquitted, found NOT GUILTY, and restore to divine favor. Because of Christ’s Life and death to satisfy God’s justice, God has reckoned (counted) the sinner as just / as justified / as righteous (Ro 3:21-22; 2Co 5:21; Gal 2:20). In other words, in the eyes of God, it’s like the sinner has never sinned. To be forgiven is one thing—to be declared just before God is quite another. Forgiveness EXCUSES a SIN while justification REMOVES THE VERY CHARGE OF A SIN. When justified, all sin is GONE! Sin had to be eliminated for God to have the relationship He wants; a relationship that IS NOT obstructed by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). The result of our justification is expressed by the Apostle Paul to the Romans in Chapter Five Verses One through Eleven….

    Forgiveness, forgave, and forgiven are easier words to use, but we are justified sin is gone and sinner man is DEAD….

    • Thanks Lee. There isn’t an entry in the subject index on justification – there probably should be – because all those posts have been categorized under righteousness. I agree this is foundational. In fact, many of us have come to grace through the doorway of righteousness. That is, we didn’t get grace until we understood that Christ became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. There’s a chapter on this in The Gospel in Ten Words but if you don’t have the book try this.

      • Lee Whitcomb // July 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm //

        Thanks! When I did a word search on justification the system went to the post on “Guilt”. I read a few lines and went to the comment section—and, shot my mouth off…. I should have read the whole post especially the part on “feelings”. Feelings are emotions; we think with our mind not our emotions! The next sin we experience, the one after that, and the sins we experience for the rest of our life were on the cross over 2,000 years ago. We sin because we give way to the influence of our flesh to meet a need and/or solve a problem instead of TRUSTING God. Thanks for your answer. I’ll continue to follow your work, because there are few who understand God’s grace….

    • Christopher // July 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm // Reply

      Lee, I love what you wrote here, and I quoted you, which I pasted in my Facebook page and left your name at the bottom. I introduced your quote with “Ah, justification!” It is very well explained in a short bit, and my friends will benefit from that. God bless!

    • “Forgiveness, forgave, and forgiven” are all the typical used words. However I like the phrase “Paid For” much better. I guess you could say we have been forgiven because the debt WAS paid at the Cross.

  18. Lee Whitcomb // July 5, 2014 at 8:22 am // Reply

    As a follow-up I read the chapter on “Righteousness. Excellent! I am going to read it to the jail inmates I work with every week in my ministry. I have always been a grace teacher—but, thanks to you I hope to become a better one….

    • And I’m going to set up a category for justification. I’ve been thinking about your comment all night. It’s obvious that I should have one. Thanks for the nudge.

  19. Lee Whitcomb // July 8, 2014 at 7:13 am // Reply

    Paul, in the last fifteen years (while in prison ministry) I have listened to and read every grace teacher possible; you are the best yet. With that said, I have two questions: While you sound like a man who embraces a sovereign God there are statements in your book, The Gospel In Ten Words, that sound like man plays a part in his salvation. The most glaring was in Chapter 3 on page 45) “… but not everyone believes….” A little further down you said, “The Grace of God is worthless IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IT….” At the bottom of page 45 and continuing on page 46 you said, “It is seeing and hearing about Jesus—who He is and what He has done—that stirs us to believe (Rom 10:17)”. That all sounds like man has to do his part when the natural man is incapable (1 Cor 2:14). (1) Are you saying that man (a natural man) can reach down into that spark of good he supposedly has and pull up the ability to believe and have faith? Scripture seems clear that God grants the ability to believe (Phil 1:29); and, God gives the gift of faith (Eph 2:8-9). (2) Would you clear it up and tell me exactly where you stand on God’s Sovereignty vs. Man’s Free Will? (Words 221)

  20. Hi Paul….I actually read about you in the Charisma article by Dr. Brown. I just found out about your Fb page about a week ago and I am very impressed.
    I am originally form India but grew up in the Middle East. I come from a deep Catholic family and have spent the good portion of my life around other religions and how people behave based on their belief system. I then moved to the US deep south and saw more of the same….religion with a different name.
    I have always been a preacher of Righteousness, long before grace became a buzz word. E.W Kenyon and Watchman Nee were great influences early in my life. I have had people get most upset with me over those teachings and I felt very lonely in the initial years. Over the last year, as the Lord has been raising up men who preach righteousness, I feel so encouraged and you belong to that kindred. Continue preaching His Grace. That’s the only way the bride will be spotless at His coming!
    I have a blog that I run called- http://www.villoth.com
    I use it to post whenever the Lord speaks to me. Quick quotes, words of encouragement. I haven’t shared it with many people because I didn’t find too many who would catch it 🙂
    Thank you once again.
    “To the glory of His grace, by which we are accepted in the Beloved!’- Eph1:6

  21. Lee Whitcomb // July 24, 2014 at 12:30 am // Reply

    I don’t know where to start. I must have said something wrong; but, your silence will not allow me to apologize IF an apology is due. I didn’t mean to start trouble or make you mad. In any case—I’m sorry….

    • No need to apologize for anything. I get more comments than I can respond to – today, 31 comments waiting to be moderated – so if I don’t reply to them it’s because there are only 24 hours in the day and because I have 4 kids who need to get ready for school.

  22. Paul,

    I get it! I’ve grasped grace!!! Or rather, grace has taken hold of me.

    This revelation is blowing my mind; I can’t adequately articulate it, but…JESUS IS MY LIFE AND HE HAS DONE IT ALL!

    Thank you Jesus!!! You are THE BEST.

  23. 15 years ago I gave my heart to Jesus. Then for the next 13 years I lived under law of a church. A dear friend died from cancer which prompted me to quit taking Preachers word for things , and to pick up the fork and feed myself, I began to dig into my Bible and for some reason God lead me right to Galations. My eyes were opened! I
    I found books by Joseph Prince and Steve McVey that just made so much sense I couldn’t quit reading, then I picked my Bible up and again to compare what they were saying and realized my eyes had been shielded from the truth for too long. The more I read the more I could see how much I mean to my FATHER.
    I grew up in an abusive alcoholic home, I didn’t really understand the love a parent is suppose to have for their child and because of that it hindered my understanding of how God could unconditionally love me.
    Years ago my husband and I adopted baby boy and the intense love we have for this child began to sink in and we were becoming more and more aware of what true unconditional love was. We realized no matter how our son might act we loved him regardless. We love him for him not for what he does! It made it easier to understand how our FATHER in heaven loves us.
    For the first time since accepting Jesus as my Savior I finally feel free. I am free to love others, I am free to be me, I am free to share Gods love. It feels so good!
    Now we are looking for a Grace church in our area and can’t find one. I am hoping you can help us. We are in the Tampabay are of Florida.

  24. Hi, her name is Eunice she is dying of cancer. They don’t think she will make it to tomorrow.
    Would you please pray that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus will heal her.

  25. Hi Paul! Is there a way to message you privately on this site? I wrote a message that’s almost 800 words long (with 4 topics) and here it has to be less than 250 words. I would rather not write on Facebook.

  26. Hi Paul! It’s such a blessing to read your post everyday. I find it very liberating and empowering specially for those who have been under the mixture message for decades. I would like to hear your thoughts on Luke 10:2. I believe its important for us to “rightly divide the word” based on the standards of “Christ and Him Crucified” (1Cor 2:2). Therefore, all bible interpretations should be interpreted through and only though these questions: IS CHRIST GLORIFIED IN MY INTERPRETATION? and IS HIS WORK GLORIFIED? I have a problem with the age-old interpretation of “Harvest” as “souls” in Luke 10. Isn’t harvest meant to be blessings from above and that what Jesus meant was that only few people get it despite its abundance? The famous interpretation excites human effort and does not glorify God at all. I’m not saying that we stop reaching to the lost but I think this verse is really meant for so much more. Hope you can make a post about this in the future (as it really helps a lot of people). God bless and more power to you.

  27. Hello Paul! I have been following your posts for over a year now and have read through them all. I want to offer you some encouragement as I understand how frustrating trying to show Grace and Jesus can be to those who simply cannot see it. I’ve noticed that the ratio of harsh comments against grace compared to acceptance of grace has shifted incredibly towards grace. Be encouraged that Grace and Truth (Jesus) has won! Jesus kingdom is increasing through the truth you proclaim. I know that the world is going to get better until everyone comes to the mind of Christ. I do not believe it will degenerate until Jesus comes to “save” us again. We’ve been saved, we are free and you are doing what you are meant to do. You are a strong light and a source of joy for me when I read the truth in these posts at work. Thank you Paul!

  28. Paul I have a question for you at the end of my comments. I read your book(paper) out of the jungle. Loved it. I’m presently reading your book hyper grace. Really loving it! I can’t seem to get enough of the gospel. Either from bathing in it in the Scriptures or listening and reading it from others. I’ve been a grace birthed Christian for 35 years. But just in the last year and a half I have had my vision cleared up by Jesus so that I see clearer than I’ve ever seen before. It is so easy to spot error now.
    I wanted to share something that happened with me today. Couple of months ago I had somebody steal some things from my home. It was a relative of my wife. I gave them the opportunity to confess and of course they lied. Since that time, the Lord’s been working on me to forgive them. Reminding me That he paid for their crimes on the cross. Well I could accept that just fine. Since I completely excepted that he had paid for all of mine. However I was struggling with the fact that I had pain, loss and injustice associated. It bothered me that these things didn’t seem to fit in the equation. As I took this before the Lord, knowing that there was an answer at the cross for this. I wanted to know why it didn’t seem to bother Him that this person had done this to me, his son. Along with this person’s crimes/sin, he showed me that He took my sorrows and monetarily and emotionally bore the loss for the situation. Since he Bore it, I did not have to. That it was completely redeemed at the cross! I was amazed at this revelation of how penetrating and broad it’s healing is. Do you believe this?

  29. Hi Paul thanks for transforming us through the gospel of jesus. I would like to get one of your books but I leave in south Africa, so I do not knw hw to get your books plz respond asap. grace

  30. Hey Paul, hows it going?
    Have you heard of Blog Action Day on October 16th? Its a global day for like bloggers, vloggers etc to all come together to talk about one important issue, like poverty, human rights, climate change. I think it could be really cool on here, and i think it would be inspiring to have your input on it 🙂
    http://blogactionday.org

  31. Paul, I don’t get it anymore. Somehow when I was 16 I received knowledge that God loves me, not via the Bible but just sitting in my room, it changed my life. To this day I believe Jesus died for me and when I die I believe (hope, confidently expect) for heaven because without Him, I don’t have a shot.

    With that said, I don’t understand the rat race anymore. I’ve had a few experiences with God when I was younger, but that was 15+ years ago. Now when I need help, answers, direction, etc I get nothing. I don’t care anymore about if I sinned here or there, if Jesus died for me, it just doesn’t matter. All the red in my ledger means nothing. With that said I’ve come to the conclusion that God doesn’t look at us the way we tend to think he does. Heck, I could leave from typing this, get in a car accident and be shuffled off this mortal coil. God wouldn’t spare me from that, rescue me I suppose. So what’s the point? I’ve always heard God cares for you, wants to help you and have a relationship with you. Well that’s great, but in a relationship both sides speak.

    So my, freeing I’ll say, conclusion is this – I’m done. I believe Romans 10:9-10 and I do those things, you can point a gun to my head and I would not recant, kill me and I’ll go home. But for the rest of the time here on this earth, it’s mine. I make or break my success, nothing is promised, I make good or bad choices, I’m not special and no ones owes me a thing. This world is mine to do as I please. With that said, I believe I owe all love and to walk at peace with as many folks as I can. But I am not concerned with hearing from God about this or that or am I doing this right or that right. I just don’t care, especially with my tomorrows not guaranteed. I will teach my girls that Jesus loves them but I will not introduce them to a lot of Christain’ese bull.

    The Bible says that, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” I believe I know have some knowledge now and that previous lack/life would have destroyed me.

    Thanks for your site Paul.

  32. You need an email address for folks to reach you.
    You are dead on right about Grace. God pulled me out of a cult and used Brennan Manning, Rich Mullins, and a guy named Ken Blue to help me get grace. The Holy Spirit rocked my heart and confirmed it all! I am now a grace teacher. I argued a lot with Dr Brown but his heart is closed and much too analytical on the matter. Thank you for writing your book and preaching the Great News of God’s radical free Grace. The unadulterated Gospel. Thank you for being willing to think BIG about a loving God.

  33. Paul,
    Do you still have a podcast? When I click on a link that takes me to your podcast on my iPad it shows no broadcasts are available. Thanks.

    • What link was that? I’ve never had a podcast.

      • Hmmm…when I click on various links in your subject index it opens up my ipad’s podcast app, then it adds E2R to the podcast but stare there are no podcasts. This has happened on several occasions. Strange!

      • There are no podcasts on this site. I suspect you are missing an RSS feed reader for your iPad. You can try Feedly (free) or Reeder 2 (not free), and others found on the app store.

  34. Can you please help me understand this Scripture in light of eternal security, and what is Peter saying here (it sure sounds like Arminian teaching). Thanks. “Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:20).

  35. I would appreciate your commentary on 1 Pet 3:7. My wife reminds me that my prayers are ineffective. She basically believes I’m the blame for all our family problems including continued marital and financial problems.

    • Hi Ricky, I do have some thoughts on that verse and I will write a post about it one of these days. But I don’t think it describes your situation. Playing the blame game is something we learned from Adam and it’s a real grace-killer. It’s not how Jesus acts. Jesus didn’t hang on the cross blaming us for putting him there. Instead, he forgave us. My prayer is that your marriage will become a towering testimony of grace, that your whole family will be so struck by the love of God that you will find it easy to forgive as Christ forgave you (Col 3:13).

      • Paul, Thank you for your ministry. I know you must receive tons of letters. Thank you for your responding to me and everyone. The Lord bless you with time and resource to do all that you do and much more. Is there a commentary that exists with a grace point of view? Thank you!

      • Yes, there are several. I like Andrew Wommack’s online commentary and here on E2R we have a new Scripture Index (it’s still being tested). It’s not a commentary but it gives a grace-based interpretation of hundreds of scriptures.

  36. David Carley // December 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm // Reply

    How do I contact Mr. Ellis in a manner in which it would be private?

  37. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for all you do. Here is a grace poem that I though you would enjoy.

    Blessings,
    Michael

    GRACE AND THE LAW

    When the pious try to tie us to the letter of the law
    And the umption in our gumption is the best they ever saw
    If the law demands a meter but we fall a “micro” short
    The accuser of the brethren has transgressions to report

    When inspection sparks rejection by those silly Sadducees
    They will school us, try to fool us into working to appease
    But the law can’t mend our flaw nor wash away our sinful stain
    If the letter made us better then Christ Jesus died in vain

    Now in hell we do hear tell that there is nothing but the law
    And due process is the folly that is followed tooth and claw
    But in heaven there’s no leaven; naught but His redeeming grace
    And accuser is a loser with no merit to his case

    We can’t add to what He’s finished, we can’t augment what He’s done
    There’s no power, sweet or sour, that can set aside the Son
    Works won’t trump the grace that’s offered, so that none of us can boast
    On the day we stand before the Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  38. Hi
    I’m wondering if you know any good grace commentaries?
    Thank you

  39. Mark Volstad // January 14, 2015 at 11:04 am // Reply

    Paul, I thoroughly enjoy your writing. I pastor a Spanish church and have been heavily influenced by your books and blogs in bringing our congregation out of their Catholic tradition into a Spirit lead walk of grace. I have a question. A believer is completely and eternally forgiven of all his sin, true. When he does sin, how does he respond to his sin before the Lord? I’m sorry? and then continue on?

  40. Just discovered this concept of the gospel of grace as ‘hyper’abundant’ grace and the different perspectives out there. My question is: How does this Grace of God co-exist with God’s Judgment?

    • Through the cross (see Romans 8:3).

      • Greetings to you and your family in the mighty name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ,

        I am pastor. N.John from India, i request you to please pray for me and our area poor pastors, and poor widows, and poor and orphan children, i and my family members we are all praying for you and your family and for your great wirk,
        Thanking you brother,
        Pastor. N.John

  41. Hello Paul,

    I recently had a thought that kind of puzzles me. Here is my basic understanding of God’s laws (The Ten Commandments). Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. These laws were meant for the Hebrew people only and simply because that is what they chose instead of having a relationship with God himself. The laws were not meant for today’s believers of Jesus. Jesus came to fulfill the requirements of the law and setting the human race free from our inability to live up to this absolute perfect and holy standard.I do believe That God’s desire for us is to be in a perfect personal relationship with him.After saying all of that, why did he forbid Adam from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? I understand that it would and has brought death and corruption, but would that be a form of having to live under a law? Was it simply to show that man was free to decide?

    Steven

    • Don’t interpret God’s words to Adam (in Gen 2) as a law that must be obeyed, but as an opportunity to trust. Trust is essential to intimacy. It’s the basis of love. God trusted Adam (by giving him a planet). But for Adam to have Real Life, he had to trust God back. The tree was his opportunity to do so. More here.

  42. Hi Paul! I’ve been so blessed by your books and posts, more than I can put into words. I just read your post on 50 Scriptures Inclusionism Can’t Explain, and was at first surprised when I saw the title, because in my mind Inclusionism was synonymous with Universal Atonement (NOT Universalism). In fact, this is the only way I’ve only heard Inclusionism talked about so far. However, I’m still fairly new to the real grace message, so maybe I just haven’t gotten around enough. 😉 But from your post, I’m gathering you’re meaning Inclusionism to be very similar or the same as Universalism. Especially in the study notes link you provided about Inclusionism not being foreshadowed in the Old Testament – there you say “Inclusionism/Universalism.” I’m just wondering if you see any difference between the two, or if you do view them as essentially the same? Thanks in advance for the clarification! 🙂

    • Inclusionism and universalism are distinct. The former preaches historical reconciliation (all saved in the past); the latter preaches ultimate reconciliation (all saved in the future). Not every inclusionist believes in universalism and most universalists disagree with the inclusionist idea that all are now saved. Nevertheless, they are sometimes presented together because (a) some universalists are inclusionists, and (b) both have a universal aspect.

  43. Paul,
    I’ve been teaching the Gospel of Grace for over 2 1/2 years now and I am still struggling trying to get people to understand how much God loves them and that ALL things have already been provided because of The Finished Work. There are some that have received and believed the truth of the Gospel of Grace but not many. The class that I teach is made up of about 10-12 people and it just doesn’t seem to be growing. I’ve been told that the Gospel of Grace that I teach is over the heads of some of the people that we have encouraged to come. Most of what I teach comes from what the Lord has revealed to me and that has been confirmed by teachers such as yourself, Andrew Wommack, Ryan and Rob Rufus, Mick Mooney and others. To say I’m disappointed about the growth of the class would be an understatement BUT I refuse to teach anything else. There is only one true Gospel and that is the Gospel about the Finished Work. I am asking that you agree with me first, that God is taking the religious blinders off the eyes of the people here in Fremont Ohio and second that God is opening doors of opportunity for me to share this life changing Gospel. Thank you for your faithfulness and Godly wisdom. You are a Blessing to the body of Christ!!

  44. CARL CIPRIAN JR // March 11, 2015 at 11:03 am // Reply

    I WAS JUST SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY UNRELATED TO “REPENTANCE” BUT STUMBLED UPON THIS ARTICLE ABOUT “REPENTANCE” WRITTEN BY BROTHER PAUL ELLIS…WOW! I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT I’VE EVER HEARD NOR READ ANYWHERE THAT PARTICULAR UNDERSTANDING OF AND ABOUT TRUE “REPENTANCE” AS BROTHER PAUL LAID IT OUT!!
    I HAVE SHARED THAT WITH MANY PEOPLE IN THE PAST ALMOST VERBATIM, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I UNDERSTOOD FROM THE SCRIPTURES MYSELF. MAY GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER PAUL! YOU FOLKS OUT THERE THAT ARE STILL CONFUSED…GO BACK AND RE-READ WHAT BROTHER PAUL HAS WRITTEN. READ IT SLOW AND MEDITATE ON IT…IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE. DON’T OVER THINK IT! REMEBER THIS SIMPLE TRUTH…THE WORD OF GOD SAYS “…REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL”NOW THINK UPON THAT FOR A MOMENT…IF YOU UNDERSTAND (ACTUALLY ‘MISUNDERSTAND’) THE WORD “REPENT” TO MEAN TURN FROM YOUR SIN AND SIN NO MORE, AND LIVE A SINLESS AND HOLY LIFE…THEN SAY IT OUT LOUD…”I MUST TURN FROM MY SIN AND SIN NO MORE AND LIVE A HOLY LIFE… AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL” …HERE’S THE QUESTION: IF YOU TURN FROM YOUR SIN, SIN NO MORE AND LIVE A PERFECT HOLY LIFE…WHY DO YOU NEED CHRIST? WHY DID HE EVEN HAVE TO COME AND DIE ON THE CROSS? HERE’S THE POINT…YOU NOR ANYONE WILL EVER BELIEVE THE GOSPEL…UNLESS THEY REPENT…( WHICH MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND )
    TO “REPENT” MEANS TO HAVE A CHANGE OF MIND TOWARDS NEEDING CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS BECAUSE THE BEST YOUR OWN “RIGHTEOUSNESS” WILL EVER
    BE WILL BE AS FILTHY RAGS IN GOD’S SIGHT. CHANGE YOUR MIND FROM THINKING THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING TO ADD TO WHAT CHRIST DID WHEN HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE PAYMENT OF YOUR SINS! WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU WILL HAVE REPENTED, THEN BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS…THAT JESUS LOVES YOU, GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU, DIED UPON THE CROSS, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN, SO YOU COULD HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE AND BE JUSTIFIED IN GOD’S SIGHT!! LET’S SAY IT THIS WAY: “CHRIST GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU, IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT GIVE HIS LIFE TO YOU, SO THAT HE COULD LIVE HIS LIFE THROUGH YOU” MAY THE SPIRIT OF OUR LORD MAKE THIS REAL TO YOUR HEART!!

  45. Hi Paul! I LOVE your blog and FB posts. I love your thoughts on grace and Jesus and the gospel. Could you help me understand this which Jesus has said a little better from your take on it? I have prayed over this myself too, but you can see how it can be easy to find this a contradiction that creates fear for believers.

    Matthew 7:21-23New Living Translation (NLT)

    True Disciples

    21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

  46. Can I see your doctrinal statement? I can’t find it

    • Jesus is my doctrinal statement.

      • Then how can I know whether you are teaching truth just by having you say that Jesus is your doctrinal statement?
        You just can’t be too safe with reading sites on the internet in such evil days.

      • If the truth of the gospel doesn’t resonate in your spirit, then no doctrinal statement will happen. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth. Only he is a perfect Teacher. The rest of us make mistakes. The rest of us are still learning.

  47. Paul- I can see that my question created a lot of negative feedback. I promise that was not my intention. I back you up 100% in doctoral statement being Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross. God bless you Paul. At the end of the day the Lord in our heavenly father know the intentions in our hearts. Man woman human can all guess and judge what’s on a person’s heart but only God knows the truth. And like Jesus said the truth will set you free….One thing I’ve noticed about people who are in so much against Grace teachings, it’s if they can’t look in the mirror and see that they make mistakes themselves constantly. It’s almost like they’re doing themselves to hell. We repent by changing our minds to sins bring them into the light of healing with our Lord and Savior to heal that part of our soul. His grace enables us to turn to him and not walk away in shame. Trust me it’s hard sometimes when I keep making some of the same stupid mistakes over and over again, but boy does it make me so grateful that my heavenly father helps me sanctifies me and heels me from all the stupid mistakes I make in this world. I never want to be a modern-day Pharisee…quite often it’s those who criticize and judge Grace teachings to come across like the Pharisees back in the days of Jesus. Once again thank you Paul for all that you’re doing to help promote the gospel and grace of God.

  48. Hi Paul

    Could you please explain the parable of the talents…I cannot figure it out, are we son’s or servants? Are we going to hear well done, or way to go you idiot, why didn’t you at least put my money in the bank so I could get the interest from it?…
    I think and believe I am God’s son through Jesus but…also how about all the verses about “fear of the Lord”? I have a fear for my Father but sometimes just not sure where I stand. Insecure I believe is the term. Can you point me to a past post or posts I can read? I appreciate and look forwards to your posts, getting stronger every day but keep stumbling on these issues. Thanks, Ed

    • I have just written something on the parable of the talents and another on the parable of the minas, but it won’t appear here for several weeks. (There’s a lot of good stuff coming down.) Short version – you’re God’s dearly, beloved son! I have written several articles on the fear of the Lord. Enter that phrase in the search box on the top right of the website and you’ll find relevant material. Thanks.

  49. Hello Paul,
    Thank you for your hard work you do for E2R. I’m always encouraged when I come here.
    Steven

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