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What is the Primary Difference Between the Saving Message of GES and that of the FGA?

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Grace, Salvation | 1 comment

by Roger Fankhauser (President, Free Grace Alliance) – The question continues to arise, “What is the primary difference between the GES doctrinal position and that of the FGA?” This brief statement summarizes that key difference. It does not attempt to fully develop, defend, or critique either position. Although both organizations believe the difference is significant, the leadership of neither organization holds any animosity toward the other. Leaders from both organizations have read this statement and agree it captures the basic point of each position.[2]   Areas of agreement: The two organizations share the vast majority of common evangelical beliefs. Related to salvation, they both agree that salvation (justification) is by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Both agree that Jesus is the object of saving faith. Both agree that the death, burial, and resurrection are historical events....

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When Your World Crashes Down

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Death, Grace, Hope, Suffering | 1 comment

by Mark McGinniss and Rod Decker – These articles (Rod’s and Mark’s) were birthed from a conversation they had in Rod’s study as they shared their journey of suffering. When Rod was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, Mark stopped by his study and mentioned that Rod certainly had it worse than he. But Rod quickly turned it and compassionately shared that he would be delivered far earlier from his suffering than Mark. From this transparent conversation between two colleagues and friends, they share their intimate journeys of suffering so others in the body of Christ might find solace and peace as they share the same or similar paths.   I Am Not Afraid to Die; I Am Afraid to Live by Mark McGinniss – A strange sentiment for a Christian. Christians can face death confidently knowing the reality of enjoying God’s...

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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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What Happens When Christians Sin?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in Ethics, Grace | 0 comments

by Jeff Heslop – The Bible teaches us as followers of Christ to be holy because our God is holy, Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:16.  We are to be like Him.  But often we are not.  When we commit sins we are not being like God.  Yet when we commit sins, we do not lose our right standing before God. God promised us that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ as the one who paid the penalty we owe because of our offenses against God, He will forgive our sins.  But God promises more than forgiveness.  God promises eternal life to those who believe in Christ, Jn 3:16.  God also promises to credit to believers the very righteousness of His Son, Rom 4:5!  Wow, what wonderful promises  – forgiveness, eternal life, counted by God to have Christ’s...

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Why Lordship Faith Misses The Mark For Salvation

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in Discipleship, Grace, Salvation, Spiritual Formation, Theology | 0 comments

by Charlie Bing – Lordship Salvation has a very confused view of the gospel that results in very confused Christians who hold to it. A detailed case is made against the Lordship view of the condition for eternal salvation. Why Lordship Faith Misses The Mark For Salvation[1] The late comedian, George Burns, used to joke that a good friend invited him to join a country club. He said he wasn’t interested. This friend said, “What do you mean you’re not interested? This is an exclusive club.” And Burns said, “I would never join a club that would have me as a member.” We in the Free Grace movement are accused of lowering the standards for getting into heaven. We are accused of “easy believism.” We are charged with a view that is “no-lordship.” John MacArthur refuses to even acknowledge us...

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