Shawn had put a notice in our partner’s newsletter that I have started work on a book on repentance and salvation. Actually I’m only on Chapter 5 of 16. It will probably be six months or more before it is done, I think. Here is the email question: I am looking forward to your book
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel” (Gal 1:6). Did you know that Harvard was founded to train ministers, specifically Puritans, to preach the gospel? Then liberals snuck in, and instead of starting their own school, they parasitically took over
We have run articles before in which we showed that Simon the Magician, aka Simon Magus, was a believer who sinned, not an unbeliever who sinned. See this article by Jody Dillow, this 1867 article by James Inglis, and this article by Zane Hodges, for more details. Today I came across an article by Dr.
Are you a trifler? That’s not a word you hear very often. To trifle means to talk or act frivolously. If you’re a trifler, you are not taking things seriously; you are not pursuing them with purpose. John Wesley warned his itinerant preachers against being triflers in religion: “Fix some part of every day for
There is nothing new under the sun. I recently came across a debate in Lutheran circles known as The Majoristic Controversy. It anticipated many of the questions and positions that the Free Grace movement deals with today. The debate is explained by Timothy J. Wengert’s book, A Formula for Parish Practice. In 1548, the emperor
In his book A Formula for Parish Practice, Timothy J. Wengert explains how a friend of Luther’s named Nicolaus von Amsdorf objected to the works-salvation taught by Lutherans like Philip Melanchthon and George Major. Amsdorf controversially said: “All those who teach and write that good works are necessary for salvation are going directly against Luther,
Recently I wrote a blog answering a question about “eternal salvation” by obedience in Heb 5:9. You can see the blog here. I suggested that eternal salvation in Heb 5:9 refers to ruling with Christ in the life to come, that is, being His partners (cf. Heb 1:9). I received follow-up questions about Heb 1:14
Are you familiar with the term “fake news”? I’m sad to say there is a lot of fake news about GES online, often centering around what is known as the “crossless gospel controversy.” People have made the most outlandish claims about us and what we believe—so much so, I think much of it counts as
I get lots of emails. Lots of questions. A parent emailed me with concern about their daughter. The youth pastor’s wife has begun to disciple the daughter one on one. The problem is that the youth pastor and his wife teach that unless you are in one-on-one discipleship, you are not a disciple of Christ.
Do you know how to pray? Are you making progress in your prayer life? Do you find your prayers have become repetitive, dry, or boring? I find I need help to learn how to pray. Do you? Martin Luther’s barber once asked for advice on developing his prayer life. So Luther wrote him a letter