Grace in Focus – May/June 2019
Is Lordship Salvation a Saving Message?
By Bob Wilkin While working on my autobiography, I wrote about the early years of GES. During that time some of my board members believed that Lordship Salvation is a saving message. Don’t misunderstand me. They were against Lordship Salvation. They felt it was false teaching. However, they believed that Lordship Salvation was a problem
Owning Our Theology
By Ken Yates In 1 John 3:15, John writes, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” Those of us in the Free Grace movement maintain that this verse deals with fellowship with the Lord. A believer can indeed hate his brother. If he
The Benefits of the Cross: Actual or Potential?
By Shawn Lazar I was talking to a friend about the different views of the atonement in Free Grace circles. We came around to the issue of potentiality versus actuality. What did the cross actually accomplish? What did it potentially accomplish? I came up with an illustration for the differences of opinion about the atonement
Can We Be Sure That We’ll Persevere?
By Bob Wilkin Recently I ran across a quote by a Calvinist. He said that he was sure he was born again and eternally secure “without a doubt.” He went on to say that he was sure he would persevere, going so far as to say that even if he tried to walk in rebellion
Top 5 Killers of Spiritual Vibrancy
By Summer Stevens Walking closely with God brings joy, peace, comfort and fulfillment. But sometimes our journey with Jesus feels hollow and devoid of life. We may find ourselves missing the closeness and spiritual intimacy that we once enjoyed, but unsure how we lost it or how to get it back. Here are the top
Is Anyone Unreachable?
By Shawn Lazar We all have a ministry from God. In fact, you’re in full-time ministry right now. So…how are you doing? What are you doing? Whom are you reaching? One of the things I try to emphasize at church is that everyone should be self-consciously serving God in their lives. Not everyone has a
How Can We Have Assurance We Are in Fellowship with God?
By Bob Wilkin This is Appendix 4 from the forthcoming book, The Power of Repentance. What is the relationship between confession, repentance, and fellowship with God? What precisely must one do to have and maintain that fellowship? How does a born-again person know that he is currently in fellowship with God? God has given us
The Parable of the Laborers (Matthew 20:1-16)
By Ken Yates Recently I received a question about the parable found in Matt 20:1-16. The person wanted to know the meaning of the parable. It seems to argue against the doctrine of rewards. In the parable the Lord speaks of a landowner that hires laborers to work in his vineyard. The landowner hires five
By Marcia Hornok Many people think that receiving eternal life and “qualifying” for heaven when we die is like being in a deep ditch with slippery sides. We can’t get out on our own. So God reaches down while we try to scramble up as much as we can; He will grab us and do
George Meisinger Memorial
By John H. Niemelä On March 12, 2019, Dr. George Meisinger, a longtime friend of grace, went into the presence of the Lord. He was born in Eugene, OR, on April 21, 1938. George graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1968 and for four decades pastored churches in Minnesota and California. All who knew him
Is Continuous Drinking Required for Everlasting Life?
By Bob Wilkin Grammar Question I received this email question from a reader: In the article “The One Who Believes: Is Continuous Faith Required to be Born Again?” by Bob Wilkin in the second footnote regarding John 4:13, Wilkin mentions: “Amazingly, Wallace says ho pinōn here means, ‘everyone who continually drinks…,’ ibid, p. 621, text.
Eating at the King’s Table Forever (2 Samuel 9)
By Shawn Lazar What is grace? Here’s an illustration from the Old Testament, from 2 Samuel 9. Jonathan, son of Saul, was King David’s best friend. After Jonathan died, David wanted to show kindness to someone in Jonathan’s family: “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show