Category Archives: Modern Doctrines

“Faith Apart from Works” and “Not by Faith Alone”

This is from the comments on “Faith and Works: A Brief Summary”, my June 19 blog post. I wrote this in response to a good question. Your comment (that the only mention of faith alone in the bible is in … Continue reading

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You Do Not Win Battles Without Battling

This blog was a Facebook post, and the FB post was supposed to be just the quote from Micah in the next paragraph. My mind and fingers raced forward almost on their own. I sure hope that was God moving … Continue reading

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Faith, Works, and the Early Church Fathers

A friend told me a couple times recently that the early church fathers disagreed among themselves a lot. I hope to get a chance to finish that conversation with him because that statement is just not true. They were far … Continue reading

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The Early Church Fathers, the Law of Moses, and the Road to Emmaus

This is from an email I sent: The reason I like the early church fathers is because they provide insight into some important interpretations of Scripture, especially in regard to the Old Testament. One teaching that is completely lost to … Continue reading

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How Do We Prepare for the Judgment?

If we are judged by our works, and if sinless perfection is not the standard, what is? That question is reserved for the Judge of All, but he gives us descriptions that we need to take into account. My next … Continue reading

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Lordship Salvation? Works?

This blog was prompted by an email. The writer had been warned to be careful about works, a common problem (heresy) in the evangelical churches. We have to believe what the Bible teaches. The Bible says that faith and works … Continue reading

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Faith and Works: A Brief Summary

This was an email response: I suppose that “faith alone then after than you’ll need works” is a good summation of what I believe. On the other hand, you have to know something else about what I believe to really … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the (Penal?) Substitutionary Atonement

This is an email I sent to someone who wrote to me (from the Netherlands!). I have edited it to make it clearer, so you are getting a better version than he did. I would love to discuss the atonement! … Continue reading

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But you …

Late in his life, Paul wrote letters to Timothy and Titus. These are probably some of the last instructions Paul would give. What did he focus on with Timothy and Titus? One way to see his focus is to read … Continue reading

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“Global” Passages of Scripture

My wife reminded me about passages I call “global passages.” They cover the entire Christian life from conversion to the final judgment in just a few verses. I only have two right now. Romans 7:24 to 8:13 This passage is … Continue reading

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