A basic Biblical distinction more or less ignored by most Christian theologians is the difference between “the Gospel of the kingdom,” as emphasized in the Synoptic Gospels, and the “promise of eternal life,” as emphasized in John’s Gospel. Part of the kingdom gospel included the call to repentance. Since most theologians improperly mix the promise of life
Introduction The English word repent is only found ten times in the OT, and one of those ten (Num 23:19) is a statement that God does not repent. In the remaining nine places, the underlying Hebrew word is shuv (or the noun teshuvah), which is most often translated as turn. The noun repentance is not found at all in most English translations of the OT.
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 does, he is out of fellowship with
Today I read a few articles in the July-September 2018 issue of Bibliotheca Sacra, the journal of Dallas Theological Seminary. It is celebrating its 175th anniversary (since DTS took over an already existing journal). Bibliotheca Sacra is one of the leading theological journals today. And it has been for a very long time. In this
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.
I received this question Sunday before last in a class I was teaching and then again via email today. I think God wants me to answer the question. Here is the question concerning my blog on God’s wrath and the believer (see here): Thanks Bob. I am in hearty agreement. But how would you explain
In a July-August Grace in Focus Magazine article (see here), I answered a long list of ten questions asked by a reader. In one of my answers (#9) I suggested that repentance is not necessary to be born again, but “it is necessary to escape temporal wrath in this life” (Grace in Focus Magazine, July-August
How does a backslidden believer come back into fellowship with God? James 4 gives sound instruction. In vv 1-5, James shines the light on some areas of sin in the lives of these believers. They were engaged in: Quarrels and conflicts (vv 1, 2) Fleshly pleasures (v 1) Lust (v 2) Murder (v 2) Envy
Recently one of the readers of our blog asked me to respond to a Spring 2013 Journal article from The Master’s Seminary Journal. The article was by Dr. David Croteau and was entitled, “Repentance Found? The Concept of Repentance in the Fourth Gospel.” Croteau holds to Lordship Salvation and the necessity of turning from one’s
The following question came today via email from a friend: I know that you (and presumably everyone at GES) do not believe that repentance is “necessary” for salvation. I have several of Zane Hodges’ books on free grace, and he appears to hold this view mainly based on his understanding of the Biblical meaning of repentance