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Doers of the Law Will be Justified?

May 19, 2022 // 13 Comments

Was the Apostle Paul confused when he wrote Romans 2:13? Because this verse doesn’t seem to belong in the Bible: For it is not the hearers of the law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. (Romans 2:13) Doers of the law will be justified?! Was Paul having a senior moment? Did he [...]

What is the Sin Leading to Death?

May 12, 2022 // 7 Comments

There are different types of sin, and some more serious than others. Apparently we should pray for those who do the lighter sins, but not waste time praying for those who do the bad ones. Ever heard that? It comes from this verse: If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and [...]

What Does it Mean to Fall from Grace?

May 5, 2022 // 8 Comments

“Did you hear about that celebrity pastor and his secretary? What a fall from grace!” The fall-from-grace phrase is sometimes used to describe famous people who have fallen into sin, but that is not what fall from grace means in the Bible. When you sin you don’t fall from grace but into grace. It’s [...]

What is the Definition of Sin?

April 29, 2022 // 57 Comments

What is sin? Some define sin as transgression of God’s law. “We need to keep the law because ‘sin is lawlessness’” (see 1 John 3:4). Okay, but which law? “We have to keep all of the commands.” Including the ones about not wearing poly-blend clothing or eating bacon? “Well, not those ones. But at [...]

What is the Modern Grace Message?

April 13, 2022 // 13 Comments

A man once asked me a question: “I want to show my friends that the gospel of grace is not the latest fad. Can you direct me to some early church teachings on grace?” I replied, “How about the New Testament? Much of what I know about grace comes straight from the life of Jesus and the teachings of the [...]

Last chance to get “The Happy, Wondrous, Divine Exchange”

April 9, 2022 // 0 Comments

Just a gentle reminder that you have about 24 hours to take advantage of our special offer. “What special offer?” Sign up as a patron by Saturday and you will receive my latest ebook, The Happy, Wondrous, Divine Exchange. My book tells the story of the world’s most popular sermon, as told by everyone from [...]

The World’s Most Popular Sermon

April 6, 2022 // 10 Comments

Many years ago I heard a sermon that radically changed my understanding of the cross. The sermon was recorded on a cassette tape in 1987, and it is no exaggeration to say that this was one of the most influential sermons in my journey to grace. And it is this year’s Classic Sermon! Every couple of years or so I [...]

Is God’s Love Unconditional?

March 31, 2022 // 19 Comments

“Is God’s love really unconditional? The phrase unconditional love is not even in the Bible!” Ever heard that one? How about this one: “God’s love is unconditional, but…” Statements like these make me shake my head in wonder. What do you think the word love means? Is God’s love unconditional? It [...]

What is the Hour of Testing Coming on the Whole World?

March 24, 2022 // 10 Comments

Once again, the world seems on the brink of destruction. Pandemics, terrorism, nuclear threats. Could this be the end? It probably isn’t, but it is an excellent time to discuss “the hour of testing” that Jesus mentioned in his letter to the church in Philadelphia: Because you have kept the word of My [...]

What does the Bible Say About the Flesh?

March 17, 2022 // 30 Comments

The flesh is one of the most confusing words in the Bible. What does it mean? And is the flesh good or bad? Why did Paul say he was alive in the flesh but then say he had crucified the flesh? Why does he say the body of the flesh has been circumcised (so it’s gone, right), then say he served sin with his flesh [...]

Are Women Weaker Vessels?

March 9, 2022 // 9 Comments

Running through the tapestry of human history is a sexist thread that says women are weaker and inferior to men. They are second-born and second-best. This is what the philosophers and rabbis taught, as did the Church Fathers and theologians. John Chrysostom said the women in the Bible were occasionally [...]

Did Paul Preach a Different Gospel?

March 3, 2022 // 10 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. In the Gospels of Matthew and [...]