I interacted with a young man about Matt 7:21-23. I told him that the people who call Jesus “Lord, Lord” and make their case for entering His kingdom based on their works were unbelievers. They had not done the will of the Father, which is believing in His Son for everlasting life. That led to
A regular reader of our blogs named John asks this insightful question: I just read your latest blog concerning Dead Spoken Faith Alone. In your point #10, you mention that assurance is essential to a faith that saves. I must admit that the thought of eternal conscious torment still frightens me. I believe in Christ,
A fan of the GES blogs and daily radio program writes: Thank you so much for the work you do, for the GES website, the blog, and the radio program. It has meant a great deal to me. I’m hoping you can help put my mind at ease as I have really been struggling with
A friend, Paul, wondered at a comment I made that I use commentaries by people who hold to Lordship Salvation: I was reading your most recent blog Recommended Bible Study Tools, and at the conclusion of listing several lexicons, concordances, Bible dictionaries and commentaries, you indicated that many of these resources do not come from
In this blog I will discuss the first two objections to assurance being of the essence of saving faith as stated in Part 1. Those two objections are that when a person believes in Christ, he has objective assurance, even if he is not sure he is eternally secure, and that 1 John 5:13 proves
I received the following email from a Free Grace friend I haven’t seen in maybe twenty years. My friend asks some tough questions, so hang with me. I hope I can answer his questions clearly. It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch, but I’d like to interact with you on the concept of
By Shawn Lazar The Greatest Certainty I was recently referencing John Mueller’s Christian Dogmatics (St Louis, MO: Concordia, 1955), when I came across some excellent quotes on assurance being part of faith, and not something extra in addition to it. “Since saving faith is the believer’s trust in the perfect righteousness which Christ has secured
Is there a false basis of assurance of salvation? Are works a valid basis?