The following articles are related to the topic of JUSTIFICATION

Did Jesus Endorse Situation Ethics?

At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat. But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, "Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath." But he said unto them, "Have ye not read what ... read more »

Was the Lord’s “Second Coming” in A.D. 70?

The theory of "realized eschatology," better known as the A.D. 70 doctrine, alleges that all Bible prophecy, including the "Second Coming" of Christ, was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. A major problem with this idea is in explaining clear Bible passages which depict the Lord's return in a visible manner, which did not ... read more »

Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?

"A friend says that salvation is solely of God's 'sovereign grace,' and that not even 'faith' is essential for justification. He argues that believing is not something that we do of our own accord; instead, it is a 'gift' from God. He cites Ephesians 2:8 as proof that faith is a 'gift.' Would you comment on this?" With all due ... read more »

Does Exodus 21 Sanction Abortion?

Some Bible teachers say that Exodus 21:22-23 implies that the life of a fetus is not in the same qualitative category as that of its pregnant mother. Would you comment on this? This is a common rationalization of those who seek some biblical justification for the practice of abortion. It is a theory without merit. The passage in the book ... read more »

Coping with Problems

This is a world cursed by sin (Genesis 3). It is, therefore, a world of problems. We all have problems-some greater, some lesser. We have health problems, money problems, employment problems, and family problems. Some of our difficulties may not be our fault (e.g., physical infirmity). Many of our ailments, however, are self-induced. We have marriage problems because we don't ... read more »

What Is the Baptism of Fire?

"In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said: 'I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire.' A Christian brother recently identified this 'fire' with the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. Would ... read more »

Divorce and the Guilty Party

Every now and then it pops up again. I speak of the idea that when a marriage has been dissolved by a biblically sanctioned divorce (i.e., because of fornication - Mt. 19:9) the guilty person has as much right to remarry as the innocent victim. After all, it is alleged, if the innocent party is released from the guilty culprit, ... read more »

What About the Name Jehovah?

Why is the name Jehovah not found in the King James Version of the Bible or in most modern translations?" The term "Jehovah," appearing in the American Standard Version (1901), takes the place of "LORD" (all caps) in the King James Translation, as well as in most modern versions. It derives from four Hebrew consonants, called the Tetragrammaton, a term ... 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 »

Does the Bible Sanction Rahab’s Lying?

Many are confused regarding the story of Rahab who, although she lied when she hid Israel's spies, was described as being "justified" (James 2:25; cf. Hebrews 11:31). How does one harmonize this with biblical ethics? The narrative regarding the Canaanite, whose name was Rahab, in no way sanctions lying. There are several factors that must be taken into account in ... read more »