Balancing Act

Balancing Act

Saying that we need to balance grace with works is similar to saying that we need to balance breathing air with suffocation. There is no balance; you either breathe air or you die. People try to grasp some of these concepts about God by introducing the idea of balance in a nonsensical way.

All things are lawful: belief and freedom are the only solution

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but […]

Hermeneutics and Context

To All the Bible Geeks out there! If you are a total Bible geek, or some kind of freakish armchair deconstructionist, you’ll get this post. If not, you’ll probably want to wander along. I’m warning you, this is important stuff – but boring if you are not a Bible study geek. I am a very […]

God is Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only […]

Forgiveness and Cleansing

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; […]

hell and grace

OK, it’s finally time for the fire and brimstone! See, read all of these passages where Jesus teaches about hell! What do you have to say about that Mr. Grace and forgiveness?! Well, actually, I have quite a bit to say. 22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother […]

The sheep and the goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will […]

Maybe in Christ we are absolutely accepted

One of the things to understand about me is that I’m working through the idea that maybe, in Christ, we are really totally and absolutely forgiven and accepted. It is real. The single condition is belief in His favor and forgiveness, in the sufficiency of His blood. If that is true, what does the Christian […]

Work out your salvation with fear?

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13, NASB. […]

Be careful what you ask for!

photo © 2008 viZZZual.com | more info (via: Wylio)   Peter Rollins, my favorite heretic, in his book “The Fidelity of Betrayal,” shares the following story: There is an old anecdote that speaks of a couple planning to decorate their living room with attractive byt expensive wallpaper. It so happens that one of their friends […]