Spy The Lie – Part 5: Law/Grace

Safely navigating our souls to the shores of heaven requires we spy the lies that lead to shipwreck and the truth those lies often conceal. You don’t have what it takes to live for God and get to heaven (2Pe 1:3). The Devil poses no threat to the Christian (1Pe 5:8). The consensus of pagans, […]

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Dispelling Myths Associated With Grace – Part 3

Although existing as one of the Bible’s most important topics, God’s grace is also one of its most misunderstood. This is due in large part to Evangelical Christianity, the predominant false version of Christianity in the United States. What do Evangelicals get wrong about God’s grace? 1.1. That it never negates justice or is extended […]

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Dispelling Myths Associated With Grace – Part 2

MYTH #1. Grace means we or God are withholding judgment/justice. “Anytime God withholds justice He is giving grace” – R.C. Sproul How we know it is indeed myth: (B/C)… 1.1. It encourages the toleration of evil versus the pursuit of justice as the key to human flourishing. 1.2. It makes both grace and justice arbitrary […]

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Dispelling the Myths Associated With Grace – Part 1

By faith in Christ we gain a covenant relationship w/Him that must be maintained thru faithful obedience to all of His laws and His church in order to be saved. MYTH #1. Grace means we or God are withholding judgment/justice. 1.1. Examples of this understanding of grace in the teaching of well known evangelicals: “Justice […]

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Reconsidering Calvinism: Part 7 – Irresistible Grace

Though not existing until (almost) 100 years after the Protestant Reformation began, the theological system established at the Synod of Dort[1] – otherwise known as the Doctrines of Grace, Calvinism, the five points of Calvinism, or the acronym, T.U.L.I.P. (Total depravity,  Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace and Perseverance of the saints) serves as an […]

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Dark Brewed: Hebrews – Part 6

(Heb 12:1-17) Like a good dark brew (of either coffee or beer), this portion of the book of Hebrews delivers the kind of “kick in the pants” that is always appreciated when the pressures and temptations of this life have got us feeling like compromise is the only option. This was the situation of Jewish […]

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Matthew 5 – Part 9: Old Testament Authoritative for New Covenant

8.10. Paul’s problem is not with obligating Christians to the Law under its NC application and empowerment but rather obligating Christians to the Law under its OC application and empowerment (In re: to application: 1. Justification = Rom 3:20-28 w/Jer 31:33; Rom 10:4 w/13:8-10; Gal 2:11-16, 5:1-4 w/13-14; Act 15:5-10; 1Co 7:19 w/Lev 10:10-11– Bipartite […]

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Rediscovering TULIP

T = TOTAL DEPRAVITY 1.1. What this doctrine teaches = We are born with every aspect of our natures (mind, will and emotions) corrupted by sin (Psa 51:5). The “total” refers to the fact that it is more than just our will and emotions which have been affected by sin (a position with Thomas Aquinas […]

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