eternal security

Endure to the End and be Saved

May 14, 2013 // 68 Comments

Is the Christian eternally secure or does he need to take steps to ensure he doesn’t fall away? This is the Big Question we have been asking in our series on eternal security. So far we have looked at scriptures that seem to connect our salvation with our perfect and sustained obedience. Soon I will look at [...]

1 Corinthians 9:27 – Disqualified for the Prize?

May 6, 2013 // 41 Comments

I’m a bit of a runner. Last year I clocked up 500 miles in runs around my neighborhood. No marathons or ultras or anything like that. Just regular 5 mile runs and the odd 10k race. I’m not particularly fast and I’m not going to win any gold medals, but I am pretty confident that my physical discipline is [...]

7 More Things that Happen to Christians Who Stray

April 17, 2013 // 46 Comments

Nearly every book in the New Testament warns Christians of the dangers of false preachers and teachers who preach another Jesus or another gospel. Jesus, Paul, Peter, et al. had some harsh words to say about those who mislead the saints. But what about the saints who are misled? What happens to them? The usual [...]

What Happens to Christians Who Stray?

April 10, 2013 // 236 Comments

What happens to Christians who stray, or follow another Jesus, another Spirit, or another gospel? This is not a hard question to answer because it happened in the Bible. The consequences of going astray are well-documented. Yet the question is worth asking because many don’t know the answer. Or, rather, they [...]

The Commands of John

April 4, 2013 // 56 Comments

A year ago I made a bunch of people mad by saying John never mentions the word “repent” in his gospel. To this day I still get messages from angry folks who say things like, “Well even if John didn’t preach it, you should! We need more preaching on repentance.” Actually I think we need more preaching on [...]

The Root of Obedience

March 26, 2013 // 30 Comments

The other day I was walking with my girls to a playground. We were walking along a waterfront esplanade that is sometimes used by goods vehicles. My girls were ahead of me and with all the noise and excitement they didn’t notice a van approaching from the right. In a loud voice I told them to stop and they did. [...]

The Root of Disobedience

March 21, 2013 // 74 Comments

“Adam disobeyed God and suffered the consequences. Jesus has given us a second chance – don’t screw it up this time. God demands total obedience. The devil will do what he can to make you disobey because he knows that ‘God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.’ So do what you’re told and [...]

Standing Secure on God’s Promises

February 19, 2013 // 79 Comments

Ever broken a promise, not kept your word, or been late for an engagement? Of course you have. Now you know why many Christians are worried sick that they may fail God. After all, isn’t the Bible full of exhortations to hold fast, continue, and endure to the end? It is – but not so that we might get something [...]

Once Shaved, Always Shaved?

February 12, 2013 // 55 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 regular [...]

Shipwrecked Faith

January 30, 2013 // 59 Comments

“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have [...]

Hebrews 6:4-6

February 28, 2012 // 83 Comments

One of the benefits of believing the gospel of grace is that it changes the way you read the Bible. You realize that God is not in the bait and switch business of drawing you in with love only to hammer you with law. He is love all the way through. When you see this you will no longer get frightened when you read [...]

John 15:6 – Abiding in the Vine

June 8, 2011 // 95 Comments

If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (Jn 15:6) What does it mean to abide in the vine? You need to have a good answer to that question because Jesus warned that there are consequences for not abiding in [...]