ADOPTION. The apostle Paul used the term adoption to set forth a vital aspect of the salvation of every believer (Rom. 8:15, 23; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:15). According to law of Rome, adoption was a legitimate means to designate an heir. A legal transfer was made from the authoritative structure of the natural father, … Continue reading Developing a Christian Vocabulary
Should Christians be concerned about being too clever with the word "justification" by telling people it means, “Just as if I’d never sinned?” Consider Christians should be very concerned about “reduction theology” whereby a great truth is cleverly summarized for popular consumption. Where there is an element of truth in the wording, for legally, in … Continue reading Beyond “Just – as – if -I – Never- Sinned”
Election: A Lovely Doctrine of God's Grace and Mercy Though many people emotionally hate and vigorously oppose the doctrine of election, it is a Biblical truth plainly set forth in Scripture. The doctrine of election is designed to encourage and comfort Christians. Their salvation, sanctification, and safety is certain. Jesus spoke of the elect. Jesus … Continue reading How Can a Person Know If they are Among the Elect of God?
The Christian is to be committed to Christ, and to the teachings of the Master. In John 5:17-47 Jesus taught about a variety of issues that must be understood and embraced. Jesus taught the doctrine of the trinity. By declaring that He must engage in the great work of redemption, Christ taught His own equality … Continue reading The Doctrine Jesus Taught
Few prominent religious figures have been more admired, or hated, than Billy Graham. Mr. Graham said on one occasion that, during his active ministry, he would receive about one hundred death threats a year. I can believe it. Growing up in the cultural religious environment known as Fundamentalism, Mr. Graham was vilified, and demonized, incessantly … Continue reading When Should a Concerned Christian Leave a Congregation?
A foundational principle in a formal debate is that the person who can frame the argument and define the terms will generally prevail. This principle applies to spiritual debates as well. When an Arminian talks about the Biblical doctrine of election, it is not uncommon to immediately state that election is always according to a … Continue reading But Does God Have An Elect People?