The following articles are related to the topic of REPENTANCE

Too Late for Tears

Would it ever be too late for a Christian to repent? "Yes." "For ye know," said the Hebrews writer (12:17). You know about Esau and what happened with respect to the birthright and blessing. Esau's example teaches us something about the nature of irreversible consequences, and we must apply the lesson to spiritual things - the eternal inheritance. The inspired ... read more »

Logic and the Plan of Salvation

In his classic work, Biblical Hermeneutics, Milton S. Terry, one-time Professor at the Garrett Biblical Institute, declared there is a "general harmony" which pervades the entire Scriptures. Consequently, "no single statement or obscure passage of one book can be allowed to set aside a doctrine which is clearly established by many passages" (1890, 449). This procedure is called "the analogy ... read more »

Conversions in Acts

There are many disciplines of human learning that are governed by rules. For example, there are mathematics rules, rules that govern grammar, etc. It is not uncommon, though, that rules are structured in technical terms that, practically speaking, are of little value to some students. Hence, a wise teacher learns to illustrate. The "rule" is made more understandable by the ... read more »

Some Wise Words from Zophar

The history of Job is fairly familiar to most Bible students. By the permissive will of God, the great sage of Uz suffered grievously. When three of his friends heard of the patriarch's misfortunes, they came to comfort him. But because of their flawed theology, namely that all suffering is the result of personal sin, they turned out to be ... read more »

Why Does Romans 10:9-10 Not Mention Baptism?

"If baptism in water is an essential condition of salvation, as a number of your articles assert, how do you explain Romans 10:9-10? There is no mention of baptism in this passage." The passage to which our friend refers reads as follows: "[B]ecause if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that ... 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 »

1 Peter 1:22 – “You Have Purified Your Souls”

In his first epistle, Peter wrote: ". . . [Y]ou have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. . . " (1:22). There are several important points in this clause. First, it affirms that human beings possess a "soul." While the term "soul" may be employed simply for a person (cf. Exodus 1:5; 1 Peter 3:20), or to ... read more »

God’s Plan of Salvation for His Lost Children

It is truly a tragedy that so many Christian people labor under the illusion that it is impossible for them ever to be lost. Unfortunately, though, the Calvinistic dogma of "once-saved, always-saved," has infected the brotherhood of Christ-at least practically, if not intellectually. It is a grim reality that there may be more lost people in our Sunday morning assemblies, ... read more »

Should Christians Pray for the Forgiveness of Their Sins?

"A brother contends that no Christian today needs to pray 'for the forgiveness of his sins,' since, according to 1 John 1:7, the blood of Christ is continually cleansing him (the significance, he says, of the present tense in Greek)." It is a tragic reality that some members of the church, though they may be sincere initially, evolve some of ... 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 »