Resources pastors and group leaders can use on the subject of grace and truth.
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 ...
- Thu, Mar 25, 2010
- Culture and Worldview
First, we need to make a distinction regarding emails we receive from reputable, reliable Christian sources alerting us to things going on related to moral/ethical issues which we need to consider. What we are talking about are emails that are forwarded by others without a substantial verification. Even if someone says, “An attorney says this is true,” or “I checked it out and this is true,” we should not trust an unsubstantiated report.
God holds us accountable for every word we say, including the careless ones. Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken” (Matthew 12:36). This means we should think carefully before we pass on emails that may be false.
Truth is rooted in the eternal God who’s all powerful and unchangeable. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is Truth” (John 17:17).
Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. It sanctifies (sets us apart) from the falsehoods woven into our sin natures.
As Christ the living Word is truth, so his written word is truth. Though heaven and earth will pass away, God’s truth never will.
Over half the New Testament ...
- Thu, Mar 18, 2010
Question from a reader:
I’m writing a book that I hope will both inform and challenge Christians. How do I speak the truth to people about this subject without coming across as condescending?
Answer from Randy Alcorn:
Something to watch for is whether you're tending to go over-the-top in your persuasion. While this style is appealing in that you're going for the jugular and laying the cards on the table, at the same time it could be argued, “Challenge your reader, but don't insult him.” Calling him stupid may be stating the truth, but it lacks ...
Dr. Mark Draper is a former college professor who is now the director of Accuracy in Academia. Here are some thoughts he shared in a recent letter:
Angry criticism of our schools is reaching a crescendo. As a teacher and parent, I am deeply troubled by what has happened to our schools, but what worries me even more is what our schools will be like when today’s students become tomorrow’s teachers and professors.
I have three children under ten years old and another on the way. Where can I send them safely to college? Seeing your kids go ...
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 ...