Resources: Grace and Truth
Do you recall the most difficult question you’ve ever been asked? If so, what was it and how did you respond?
Nothing in particular sticks out. But I do know one thing that is difficult, and that’s when I’m challenged about the hypocritical behavior of Christians, and in some cases I have to admit it’s true. For instance, to use a current example, there’s no way I can defend a televangelist flying around to vacation spots in a twenty million dollar private jet paid for by donors to his nonprofit ministry. 1 Timothy says we are to pay attention to our lives and our doctrine. Both are essential. Occasionally I see believers who I wish would just ...
Surprised by Grace
That first century Jewish culture understood truth far better than grace. Grace comes first in John 1:14 because it was more surprising.
When Jesus stepped onto the world’s stage, people could not only hear the demands of truth but see Truth Himself. No longer fleeting glimmers of grace, but Grace Himself. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).
When God passed in front of Moses, He identified Himself as “abounding in love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6). The words translated “love” and “faithfulness” are the Hebrew ...
Read Acts 2 and Acts 4 and you see a radical difference in the church, a profound transformation in the way people treated each other. Christians were different in the way they behaved, in the way they lived. They were characterized by visible acts of love and generosity and joyous sacrifice for the good of others.
Sam is not this writer’s real name, but he is a real person. Many Christians have read his books, and many will likely read the one referred to here. My letter follows one in which he confirmed he is still writing this book. It’s followed by his brief response.
We don’t know each other that well, but I know we both remember our long conversation about God’s grace and the question of hell. I can live with people disagreeing with me, and I with them. But this one weighs heavily on me. So please ...
Truth without grace is unbending, like the law of gravity. Gravity doesn’t take into consideration the fact that the individual in the car is young, kind, tired or didn’t mean to get too close to the edge of the cliff. When the car plunges off the precipice, gravity shows no sympathy.
Truth tells us we’re sick. Only grace can cure us.
- Fri, May 06, 2011
- Grace and Truth
In this audio clip from an interview with Hank Hanegraaff, Randy Alcorn answers the question, "What was your experience of taverns compared to churches when you were growing up?"