I received an email pointing me to a video by Dr. Wayne Grudem entitled, “Salvation without Repentance from Sin: A Critique of the Free Grace Gospel.” You can see that 45-minute video here. I’ve written a book responding to Dr. Grudem’s book Free Grace Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel. So I won’t cover his view of
Truth Aflame is a Charismatic and Evangelical systematic theology written by Larry Hart, who is professor of theology at Oral Roberts University. I have the first edition. There is a second available here. I was skimming through what he wrote about faith. Hart starts off well: “It is through faith alone—faith plus nothing—that we are
A reader sent me an article dated August 28, 2018 from The Commercial Appeal. I think this is from the Memphis paper. The article is entitled, “It is not enough for us to just ‘believe in Jesus Christ.’” A question is given: “My friend asked me to become a Christian and said all I had
A Pastor friend told me he ran across a 1993 article I wrote regarding the chair illustration. He shared it with a Bible study group and they found my suggestion helpful. The following is a revised and condensed version of that article. Many theologians, including some Free Grace proponents, say that saving faith has three
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.
In response to a recent blog entitled, “What Does It Mean to Believe in Jesus?” (see here), a reader asked three excellent questions. Here are his questions: If I understand correctly, you’re saying a person can believe many things about Jesus Christ, including that He’s the only Son of God, yet not have eternal life.
After a recent blog (see here) in which I argued that faith is simply intellectual assent (and in which I referred to a Grace in Focus Magazine article by me and Bill Fiess on trust), I received an excellent question via email. Here is part of the question: Romans 10:9, which contains the phrase “believe
“Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while
After a recent blog (see here) showing that faith in Christ is not a decision, a reader asks: I’m confused. Is it believing in Jesus that saves, or is it believing in Jesus and knowing that believing in Jesus saves? Though a bit complicated, that is a very good question. Read the question again until
In a recent blog you can see here, entitled “Might a Fuzzy View of Faith Lead to a Lack of Assurance,” I suggested that faith is simply being persuaded or convinced that something is true. Saving faith is being convinced that the Lord Jesus was telling the truth when He said, “He who believes in