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How Does the Doctrine of Eternal Security Affect our Pastoral Theology?

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Gospel, Grace, Salvation, Theology | 5 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – Commonly called by earlier theologians the perseverance of the saints, the doctrine of eternal security affirms that once an individual is saved by the grace of God, he will never fall totally and finally from that stated but, he shall be “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” H. A. Ironside wrote, “Once a poor sinner has been regenerated by the Word and the Spirit of God, once he has received a new life and a new nature, has been made partaker of the divine nature, once he has been justified from every charge before the throne of God, it is absolutely impossible that that man should ever again be a lost soul.”[1] Though this doctrine was developed and exposed by reckoned reformers such as John Calvin, it should be noted that...

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The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 in Gospel, History, Jesus, deity of, Theology | 1 comment

By Mark Musser – The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (33 A.D.) is the most attested historical fact of the ancient world. In addition to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is also widely attested by Greco-Roman and Jewish writers. Closely related, history also confirms that the tomb of Jesus Christ on that first Easter morning was indeed empty. Every vested party knew where Jesus was buried after he died. Yet on Easter, the tomb was found empty, and nobody has ever been recovered. In fact, the gospel of Matthew showcases that there was a still a heated debate going on between certain Jewish leaders and the Christians in the apostolic church over whether or not the disciples had stolen the body (Matthew 28:1-15). As such, both sides knew full well that the tomb was empty. More...

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What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Gospel, Grace, Hope, Salvation | 13 comments

by Andy Woods – Lordship Salvation is the idea that an unbeliever must commit all areas of his life to Christ as a condition for being saved. Another way of articulating Lordship Salvation is, “if Jesus is not Lord of all then He is not Lord at all.” Lordship Salvation began to significantly enter the American evangelical community in the 1980’s through the ministries of various prominent theologians and pastors. The movement began with the well-intentioned concern to address too much carnality in the Christian world. However, the proposed solution to this legitimate concern was to increase the sole requirement for salvation in an attempt to argue that carnal Christians were never really saved in the first place since they had never initially yielded to Christ’s Lordship. Sugar Land Bible Church does not believe in or teach Lordship Salvation. For example,...

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The Hermeneutic Roots of our Soteriological Crisis

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in Gospel, Grace, Salvation, Theology | 3 comments

by Christopher Cone – Failing to recognize that the Reformation’s hermeneutic inconsistency obscured more than just eschatology and ecclesiology, dispensationalists happily built upon the platform of Reformed soteriology. In failing to ascertain a purely Biblical soteriology, we (dispensationalists) became systems theologians, rather than Biblical ones. We perceived it was permissible and even profitable to construct a (dispensational) system that incorporated seemingly positive aspects of Reformed theology, as long as we rejected those conclusions that were incompatible with our new system. We defended the system with inconsistencies borrowed from the Reformers and from their spiritual fathers. Unwittingly we have built upon a framework so shifty that further construction yields fatal cracks if not addressed with a total reconstruction. The soteriological controversies of the past thirty years represent attempts to resolve the methodological discord. And while it seems we are oft...

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The Words of the Gospel of Eternal Life

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 in Evangelism, Gospel, Missions | 1 comment

by Mike Stallard – I appreciate last year’s article by Duane Litfin in Christianity Today, May 2012, entitled You Can’t Preach the Gospel with Deeds and Why It’s Important to Say So.  In some earlier posts and previous articles I have lamented the problem of expanding the definition of the gospel of eternal life to include within the umbrella of the definition the social implications of that gospel.  Hence, attempts are made to place what has been termed the “social gospel” under the definition of what the Bible means by the word gospel.  Litfin’s article assists us in the direction that I would like to see us go.  It is the biblical direction in my view.  It is also not a denigration of the responsibility of Christians to do social action as a witness to the gospel or an act of love...

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Why Are There Four Gospels? Part 2

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in Bible, Gospel | 0 comments

by Henry Vosburgh – Matthew – The Gospel to the Jews   The author. Matthew himself was one of the twelve disciples who walked with the Lord throughout most of his earthly ministry; this then makes Matthew an eyewitness to the Lord Jesus. Also called Levi, Matthew was a man who had a unique perspective about the Jewish people, more than many others might have had. He was on the one hand very familiar with the lives of Jewish people, being someone who by career intersected with them on a daily basis in the city of Capernaum. However, that career was not one well-favored by the Jewish people; and thus neither was Matthew someone held with much regard. Matthew was a publican – a tax collector who, if the stereotype of the career held true for him, was viewed...

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