The following articles are related to the topic of GRACE

Does 1 Cor. 3:15 Support the Doctrine of “Eternal Security”?

"A friend has appealed to 1 Corinthians 3:15 to support the idea that a Christian can never fall from God's grace eternally. He may sin, and then suffer the 'fire' of a temporal consequence, but his soul cannot be lost. Would you comment on this passage?" The larger context of the passage you cite is as follows: "According to the ... read more »

Robert G. Ingersoll: Apostle of Infidelity, Robber of Hope

Robert Ingersoll (1833-99) was a mediocre Illinois lawyer whose flair for oratory thrust him into fame in the latter portion of the nineteenth century. He crisscrossed the nation lecturing to large crowds with vitriolic tirades against the Bible. He charged that the Scriptures contain "a great deal of error, considerable barbarism and a most plentiful lack of good sense" (Ferrell ... read more »

Take Heed Lest You Fall

Many sincere religious people have been mistakenly led to believe that it is utterly impossible for a child of God to fall from the grace of God. The Swiss reformer, John Calvin, popularized this notion, and it has found its way into numerous theological creeds of today's world. The Bible, however, does not teach this dangerous doctrine; in fact, Holy ... read more »

Paul’s Discourse to the Elders at Ephesus

Having concluded his third missionary journey, the apostle Paul hurriedly was making his way toward Jerusalem, hoping to arrive in that renowned city before the Jewish Pentecost (doubtless because of the great crowds that would be assembled). Sailing southward in the Aegean Sea (that arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Asia Minor) the apostle came to Miletus. Miletus was ... read more »

Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete

Crete is a large island in the Mediterranean near the southern entrance to the Agean Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by a people whose reputation was less than ideal. A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). Jews from this region were present in ... read more »

Spiritual Warfare Is Real, Difficult, and Dangerous

We are in the fight of our lives. But standing at the eighteenth hole on a gorgeous spring morning, one might hardly feel in danger. This conflict, however, is very real. Paul lays emphasis on the reality of this struggle, stressing that it is both difficult and dangerous. Will we never seriously put on the whole armor of God if ... read more »

Is a Church Obligated to Support Mission Work?

"A missionary was recently passing through our area. He called to ask a local preacher whether he might be able to make a presentation regarding his work to the congregation. The preacher told him that at this time they were not taking on any mission work. The missionary asked if he could simply inform the congregation of his mission work ... read more »

Who Are the Seven Spirits?

"What are the 'seven spirits' mentioned in the book of Revelation?" The expression "seven spirits" is found only in the book of Revelation, and then just four times (1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6). Here are the texts: "John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and who was and who is ... read more »

While He Was Yet Speaking

The book of Job is one of the greatest literary pieces of all time. It is sometimes classified as a tragedy. Though he was faithful in his service to God, the great patriarch of Uz suffered a series of devastating, rapid-fire blows-instigated by Satan, but allowed by God. A messenger brought Job the news of an initial loss, and "while ... read more »

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »