The following articles are related to the topic of FORGIVENESS

The Hope of Our Salvation

In describing the metaphorical armor with which the Christian is to fortify himself, one of the items listed by Paul is the "helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17). The term "helmet" is derived from a compound Greek term conveying the idea of "around the head." The imagery appears to be borrowed from Isaiah 59:17, where it is applied to Jehovah, a ... read more »

Have You Been Called by God?

"Many teach that before a person can be saved, he must be 'called' by God. Can you explain how this happens?" God calls every person who is saved. Not only does God pardon the sinner (cf. Rom. 3:26), but he also teaches him of the need and means of forgiveness. The Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, ... read more »

Can I Still Be Saved If I’ve Sinned Deliberately?

What does Hebrews 10:26 mean when it says that there is no sacrifice for sins if we deliberately sin? Does this mean I cannot be saved if I deliberately sin after becoming a Christian? The following passage has struck terror into the heart of many a poor soul: For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of ... read more »

Was Cornelius Saved Without Baptism?

"Was Cornelius, the Roman centurion of Acts chapter ten, saved before and without baptism?" Some so claim. They reason in this fashion: Cornelius received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized (Acts 10:44-48). But only a child of God receives the Holy Spirit. Thus, Cornelius was a child of God before his baptism. The argument is invalid for several reasons. ... read more »

The Roman Catholic – Lutheran Peace Treaty

The formal beginning of the Protestant Reformation, as generally fixed by historians, was October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther went to the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a parchment to the door containing ninety-five "theses" (actually, indictments), objecting to various elements of Roman Catholic doctrine. Most of these were directed against the Roman dogma relating to the ... read more »

What About the Baptism of Young Children?

"A young child (in this case, seven years old) wants to be baptized because he heard his mother say that those who are not baptized cannot go to heaven. He is an intelligent little boy with a wonderful, pure heart, and he cried when he heard his mother say what she did. He is serious about this issue and keeps ... read more »

Is “Re-Baptism” Scriptural?

Is there ever a justification for being "re-baptized"? I have questioned my baptism. I was very young and really did not comprehend the seriousness of what I was doing. I have considered being baptized again, but some say that it would not be right to be baptized a second time. Your question is a very legitimate one. There are some ... read more »

Does the Case of Cornelius Prove the “Sinner’s Prayer” Doctrine?

Does not the case of Cornelius, the Roman soldier (Acts 10), prove that God hears the prayers of those who have not been baptized? The angel told Cornelius, 'your prayer has been heard' (Acts 10:31), and yet the centurion was not baptized until later. Can you explain the apparent conflict between this case and the idea that God does not ... read more »

Paul’s Prayer for the Weak

Perhaps the most poignant of all of Paul's letters was the final one, 2 Timothy - written from his last Roman imprisonment, and not long before his death (cf. 4:6). This document contains the concluding written words of Paul. They are words of instruction and admonition for his young friend, Timothy - his "true child in faith" (1 Timothy 1:2). ... read more »

Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?

It is a tragedy of heart-breaking proportion that some otherwise credible scholars will go to such outlandish lengths to defend cherished theological theories. They hurl exegetical caution to the wind and adopt absurd views that are wholly without substance. No better example can be mentioned than the desperate attempts that some make in attempting to avoid the connection between the ... read more »