The following articles are related to the topic of JUSTIFICATION

The Law of Moses: Some Metaphors Considered

The law of Moses was given by Jehovah to the Israelite nation some fifteen centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 5:1-5). It was never designed to be a permanent legal system. Accordingly, it was abrogated as a binding law almost two millennia ago. And yet, tragically, many people are still attempting to observe its precepts today, to one ... read more »

Galatians 5:4 – Fallen from Grace

Those who have been influenced by the dogma of John Calvin believe that a child of God can never apostatize to the point of being lost. Dr. Charles Stanley, in his book Eternal Security-Can You Be Sure?, devotes an entire chapter to Galatians 5:4. He desperately wants to negate its impact on the once-saved, always-saved doctrine. Stanley suggests that all ... read more »

A Critical Look at Situation Ethics

Basically, there are three schools of thought regarding human moral responsibility. First, there is nihilism. Nihilism argues that there is no God, hence anything one wishes to do is permitted. There are no rules-absolutely none-for human conduct; according to this ideology, every person is a law unto himself. Second, there is relativism. Relativism contends that all conduct is relative to ... read more »

Did God Create Evil?

"If God is only good, how is it that the Bible says that he created 'evil' (Isaiah 45:7)?" In order to get the feel of Isaiah 45:7, at least a slightly larger portion of the immediate context needs to be surveyed. The prophet, on behalf of the Lord, wrote: "I am Jehovah, and there is none else; besides me there ... read more »

Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

The Righteousness of God Revealed

The book of Romans is magnificent in that it reveals so many aspects of the "righteousness of God" (1:16-17). In this discussion, four of these will be considered. The Wrath of God While the concept of the love of God should never be minimized, it is also true that there is another element to the nature of our Creator: he ... read more »

The Crimson Flow

The inspired writer of Hebrews affirmed that "apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (9:22). This sacred text either states, or implies, several things: There is a human condition known as "sin" (cf. vv. 26,28).That condition requires "forgiveness."There is a divine plan by which that forgiveness is obtained.Somehow, that plan involves the shedding of blood. From the ... read more »

A History of the Baptism Apostasy

The theme of baptism is one of the simplest and easiest to understand of most any theological subject in the New Testament. How tragic it is, therefore, that there should be so much confusion-indeed such uncommon error-in the community of "Christendom" regarding this important New Testament doctrine. According to The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament (Kohlenberger et al. ... read more »

2 John 8 – The Reward of Labor

Why is it that so many people in the religious world are afraid of the "w" word? I am referring to works. Of course the Bible disdains certain kinds of works as a means of justification - works of the Mosaic law (Romans 4:2), and works of human merit (Ephesians 2:9). But there is a type of work that is ... read more »

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship—Part 2

As mentioned in our previous article on acceptable worship , it is alleged by some that worship is a matter that God has left unregulated. Given O. Blakely, of the Independent Christian Church, adamantly argued this position in his debate with Alan E. Highers in Neosho, Missouri in April, 1988. Blakely contended that "in no case did they [the apostles] ... read more »