Free Grace people are often asked why believers should not continue sinning more and more after they believe. After all, we teach that eternal salvation cannot be lost, so why–it is maintained–shouldn’t we sin all we want? There are a number of reasons why the believer shouldn’t live that way. One is that sin brings
I saw one of the most beautiful scenes of my life when I was 19 years old. I was sitting in the living room of a cottage in a valley. There was a large window in front of me. As I looked out the window, there was a crystal-clear stream flowing between two large trees.
We have all seen self-destructive behavior. Perhaps it was an alcoholic who continued to drink, even after a number of DUI’s, destroyed marriages, etc. Or perhaps it was a drug abuser who continued that abuse even after the drug had destroyed their life. In cases like that, most of us look at the situation and
One of the most well-known verses in the NT is Rom 6:23, where Paul states that, “…the wages of sin is death.” While most people think Paul is talking about what sends a person to the lake of fire, that’s not the case. In chapter six, Paul is talking about what sin does in the
In 1875, a beautiful, young woman named Blanche Monnier from Poitiers, France, was engaged to be married. She was from a wealthy family, but her fiancé was not. Her mother did not approve of the man she chose to be her future husband. All of a sudden, she went missing. Her fiancé did not know
What can believers lose by sinning? People wrongly charge Free Grace of holding to eternal security at the expense of ignoring the warning passages of Scripture. Not true. On the contrary, we acknowledge those warnings and take them seriously. But more importantly, we take them in context. For example, as James says, sin brings forth
You’ve seen cartoons of the Grim Reaper, haven’t you? Artists depict his skeletal figure as clad in a black hooded cloak, carrying a scythe, waiting to reap his next victim (for the history of the figure see here). If you read the news, the Grim Reaper is all over the headlines. There are riots and
When I was in elementary school, Chuck Taylor’s Converse All-Stars were the shoes to wear. So I begged my mom for some, and to my surprise, she agreed. I couldn’t wait to get my own pair of the canvas high tops with the coveted star on the ankle. I would finally fit in! When Mom
One area of theology that needs to be rethought is the doctrine of total depravity, particularly the ability or inability of the unregenerate to respond in faith to God. Often, Calvinist and Lutheran theologians will appeal to the use of the word “dead” to prove that someone is unable to respond. After all, how can
On Sunday morning, I had “house church” with the kids. They liked it. We gathered together, sang a Psalm; Daphne read the Scripture (Luke 12:32-34), and we started discussing it. The kids had been fighting over toys recently, so we discussed the reason why. Why do they find it so hard to share their toys?