The following articles are related to the topic of GRACE

Must We Do Something To Receive the Free Gift of Salvation?

"Paul says that we are 'freely' justified (Rom. 3:24), and later he describes salvation as a 'free gift' (Rom. 6:23). Why do some claim that one must 'do' something, such as be baptized, in order to be saved?" There are several factors to be considered in responding to this excellent question. Reflect upon the following: Salvation is wonderfully described in ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

Did All Christians in the First Century Possess Miraculous Gifts?

In Act 2, when the miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, was it on the apostles only, or did the three thousand who were baptized also receive miraculous gifts? Please explain. If everyone received the gifts, were they promised until "that which is perfect" (1 Corinthians 13:10) was come? Did the Ethiopian ... read more »

1 Corinthians 11:3 & 15:28 – Paul Sends His Greetings

The concluding chapter of Romans bears the brunt of some criticism - especially the fact that Paul seems to consume an inordinate amount of space doing nothing more than sending "greetings" to various Christians in Rome. Some claim that this is an example of the Scriptures containing irrelevant data, i.e., material too trivial to justify its inclusion into a body ... read more »

Paul’s Passion for Needy Brethren

Paul's concern for the poor saints at Jerusalem was a burning issue that passionately manifested itself in his writings. He mentions it in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, spends two chapters on it in 2 Corinthians (8-9), and alludes to this circumstance in his letter to the Romans (15:26-27).In addition, the apostle introduces the topic in his defense before the Roman governor, ... read more »

Does the ESV Translation Promote “Faith Alone” Salvation?

"Does the English Standard Version of the New Testament promote the doctrine of 'salvation by faith alone' in Romans 10:9-10?" This text, in the ESV (2001) reads as follows: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart ... read more »

The Christian and “Higher Education”

I receive a tremendous amount of mail soliciting my advice on a variety of issues. A recent letter was from a Christian young man who has completed a Master's program and is proceeding towards a Ph.D. He currently is teaching English literature in a high school. One of his requirements is to teach a specific book that has material dealing ... read more »

The Origin of the Bible

One of the best known laws of the universe is the law of cause and effect. Simply stated it is this: every effect must have an adequate cause. Now let this law be applied to the Bible. The Bible is an effect. It was caused by some source. Really, there are but two possibilities: - The Bible originated from a ... 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 »

Hank Hanegraaff and the “Christian Research Institute”

Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute, an organization located in southern California that specializes in reviewing the major doctrines of various "cults" that profess an identity with "Christianity." Hanegraaff is the host of a radio program, called The Bible Answer Man. The program is broadcast daily throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, however, the "Answer Man" ... read more »