Good works are indispensable to justification. James explains. “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso … Continue reading Good Works and Justification
The rallying cry of the Reformation was Sola Fide, meaning justification by faith, alone. The challenge for the average Evangelical Christian is to articulate what this means, and here is where the Church should be concerned. Despite being in a local religious assembly for many years, multitudes of professing believers are still at a basic … Continue reading Sola Fide: The Rallying Cry of the Reformation
While keeping in mind the Hebraism of comparative affection, there are passages in the Bible that do present the hatred of God, not as something less, in comparison, but as an active manifestation of His hatred for sin, and thus the sinner. The two cannot be separated in the day of ultimate judgment. God will … Continue reading Is God’s Unconditional Love A Dangerous Message?
A subdivision of theology is called eschatology. The word is derived from the Greek, eschaton, which refers to the future, or the last things. There should be an interest in eschatology because we are mortal, and must deal with death. We do not like to think about death. We avoid the subject seriously if at … Continue reading My Heart is in Heaven
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see … Continue reading Atheism Misses the Point
“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and … Continue reading Zacchaeus Receives the Love and Mercy of Jesus
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). In a very brief and very brilliant biography … Continue reading Justified By His Grace