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How Lovely Are Your Dwelling Places, O Lord: A Song of Solace, Comfort, and Beauty

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Grace, Salvation | 1 comment

by Arnfield P. Cudal   – We live in perilous times. Our generation has witnessed a world that has become increasingly dangerous and uncertain. As Christians are being persecuted and killed in greater numbers than at any other time in history, our hearts wax in grief and sorrow. As we witness the decline in our nation’s morality and testimony, our hearts wane at the rampant evil, degradation, and ugliness that bombard and surround us.   Just as the Psalmist pined, “My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God” (Psalm 84), there is indeed a place we can go to for rest, respite, and solace. The Psalms are a place of purity and beauty.   The Psalms exclaim that God’s word is pure (Psalm 119). His...

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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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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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The Afterlife, Part 2

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Bible, Death, Heaven and Hell, Salvation, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedy, which has done more to shape our modern view of hell than any other work opens with these words, “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” Like Dante, few of us pay much attention to the afterlife until some circumstance forces us into the dark woods of despair and confusion. And like Dante, armed with a little knowledge, mixed with tradition, experience and imagination, we will come up with a strange and distorted concept of eternity. Ask almost anybody on the streets what they think about heaven or hell, and they will have an opinion; an opinion based upon some mixture of what they have read and/or been taught. A recent survey of those who claim...

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The Afterlife, Part 1

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in Heaven and Hell, Philosophy, Salvation, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – Introduction A few years ago a virtually unknown author, Betty Eadie, sprang to immediate celebrity status by writing the runaway best seller entitled Embraced by the Light. This was the most recent and popular book detailing the experiences of people who believe that they had died, gone to the next life and then returned to this world. Here are some of the things that Eadie said we have to look forward to after death: A nonjudgmental “savior of light” who will ultimately forgive everyone (universalism). We therefore have no reason to fear death. Returning home: Our human spirit has eternally existed in heaven. Some spirits have chosen to go to earth, either to fulfill some mission or to learn lessons that would help them mature. When we come to earth we often come as friends or...

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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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