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If a person enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ, shouldn’t there begin a transformation in their life?

If a person enters into a relationship with Jesus Christ, shouldn’t there begin a transformation in their life? Yet I read in your book The Grace & Truth Paradox and have been told by other people that “good works don’t save us, and bad works won’t kill us.” I strongly believe in eternal security, but I fear that some are going to stand face to face with the Creator of the universe and he will say, “I never knew you.”

It is quite amazing how often the term “legalism” comes up when there is a serious discussion about ...

If no one seeks after God unless God draws him and grace is always effective, then how can some folks be in the church (the tares) and not be saved?

I think the key may be that there are different kinds of seeking spoken of in Scripture.

The unregenerate person in a Christ-centered church is easier to understand if we compare to a nominal Buddhist or a Muslim or Mormon or Christian Scientist. They may be sincere, and they may be seeking and they certainly may do any number of works in the name of their religion. They may even live as “better people” as a result. But not only are they not saved (they don’t know Jesus), they are not even “true Mormons” or “true Muslims,” but only ...

If we are covered in the blood of Jesus, cleansed from unrighteousness by faith, how does Revelation 21:8 fit with the overall gospel?

If we are covered in the blood of Jesus, cleansed from unrighteousness by faith, how does Revelation 21:8 fit with the overall gospel?

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”


crossThis verse must be understood by taking into account the verses around it, and the book as a whole. Read the end of Revelation 19 to 21:8. Whole armies are killed and the beast and false prophet ...

How do we not “live in sin” and how is it measured?

Question from a reader:

I was reading your section on what EPM believes and I came across the section on salvation. I get a bit confused concerning this part:

“It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation, but the Word clearly teaches the incompatibility of professing faith while living in sin (1 John 3:9), and forbids any spiritual presumption that minimizes the importance of the holy works God has called us to do (Eph. 2:8-10).”

How do we not “live in sin” and how is it measured? I guess I have the ...

How do you know whether or not someone who is homosexual and claims to know Jesus is truly a Christian?

Question from a reader:

How do you know whether or not someone who is homosexual and claims to know Jesus is truly a Christian? You say at the end of your article about the End of the Spear controversy, “How I would love to one day embrace actor Chad Allen as my brother.” How do you know he is not your brother already? Because he is gay? I am a Christian and am gay myself. The fact that he happens to be gay is so incredibly insignificant.

P. S. I’m also always perplexed by the term “gay activist” since ...

Some Thoughts on Eternal Security and the Arminian and Calvinist Positions

The biblical evidence is substantial for both the Arminian and Calvinist positions. John Wesley and Charles Finney were great men of God who took the Arminian position. John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon were great men of God who took the Calvinist position. It is not stupid or immoral or faithless to take either position.

Could Jesus have failed in His mission to redeem us?

Question from a reader:

I read the following from Paul Crouch of TBN, and wanted to get your opinion of it:

“A lot can happen in six hours. But not just any six hours. These six hours were the most unique and critical ones in the history of the world and, in fact, the universe. The fate of the very Godhead was at stake. ‘Heresy,’ someone says? Well, let’s ask the question: Could Jesus have failed in His mission?

“If your answer is ‘no,’ then the whole mission is a fraud. The possibility of failure had to be there ...

Sin, Blame & Forgiveness

I was not implying our pain is not real or valid, but simply that what others have done against us—which is what we always tend to focus on, a wrong focus often fostered by modern psychology and counseling methods—should be put in proportion, and should not dominate our thinking and overshadow us, keeping us from forgiveness. There is little we can do about the sins others do to us, other than forgive them. There is much we can do about our sins against God and others—confess and repent and embrace the forgiveness of God and call on his power to live differently.

Sexual Abuse Can be an Obstacle to Salvation

Becoming a Christian makes a person clean. However, if the dirtiness that a person feels is not a result of her actions then it is hard to really feel like you’ve been forgiven.

Road To Belief

I wanted to thank you for taking this afternoon time out of your busy schedule so we could meet.

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