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Seven more signs that you might be living under law

November 10, 2010 // 20 Comments

C.S. Lewis said that the safest road to hell is the one without signposts. You might say the same thing about the road that leads back to the law. It’s gradual and unmarked. Can you imagine the Galatians saying, “let’s set aside grace and re-instate circumcision” or “let’s stop trusting Jesus and try [...]

“Grace Walk” by Steve McVey

November 9, 2010 // 10 Comments

Christians are often surprised to learn that they have been mixing law with grace. People have said to me, “I’m not trying to keep the 10 commandments, so why do you say I’m living under law?” I doubt there are many believers who are trying to live by the 10 commandments. Yet the choices many make show [...]

Seven signs you might be living under law

November 6, 2010 // 84 Comments

This week I finally got to see the movie, The Book of Eli. If you like stories where a lone man stands up to the wicked while trying to distribute the word of God in a post-apocalyptic world, this is the movie for you. Just don’t show it at your youth group. It is extremely violent. Still, it made me think [...]

Romans 2:13 – Justified by the Law?

November 3, 2010 // 73 Comments

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” (Rms 2:13, NIV) What?! Anyone acquainted with Paul’s gospel of grace will do a double-take right there! Is Paul really preaching righteousness through the law? [...]

Fear and trembling

October 18, 2010 // 42 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… (Php 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 tip-toe [...]

What is the Key to James?

October 13, 2010 // 14 Comments

The Epistle of James may be the most misunderstood book in the New Testament. In this short series we have looked at some of the “troublesome” verses in James. Where others have found law and condemnation, we have found grace and freedom! In case you missed it, here’s a summary of what we’ve covered so [...]

Son, Servant, or Friend of God?

October 4, 2010 // 53 Comments

How do you mainly identify with God? As a (a) servant of God, (b) a friend of God, or (c) a son of God? When a friend posed this question on his Facebook page yesterday, I was so surprised at the results, that I decided to poll E2R readers on E2R’s FB page. (Before you read on, answer the question for [...]

James – Preacher of Grace

October 2, 2010 // 28 Comments

It seems everyone has an opinion about James and how his letter fits (or doesn’t fit) into the New Testament. I thought I had heard everything, but this week, one of my readers sent me Scofield’s take on the book of James: “..his epistle shows no trace of the larger revelations of the church and the [...]

Rahab’s Faith

September 27, 2010 // 6 Comments

Last Sunday, near the end of the service, about ten people responded to the invitation to give their lives to Jesus. Of course I was as shocked as you are. I thought, “Who let all these heathen sinners in the building? Don’t they know that church is just for Christians?!” Of course I didn’t think that! [...]

James 2:24

September 20, 2010 // 36 Comments

In this study on James chapter 2, we have been comparing works done under law with works done under grace. Understanding this distinction is essential if we are to reconcile Paul, the preacher of grace, with James, who said this… You see then that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. (Jas [...]

What About James? (Are We Really Justified by Works?)

September 14, 2010 // 29 Comments

Whenever you preach the 100% pure gospel of God’s grace, someone will inevitably ask, “What about James?” The gospel of grace that Paul preached declares that we are saved by faith alone. But James said that faith is not enough, that we need works as well. Consider the following sound bites from these two [...]