Is Christianity harder than than we pretend it is?

We, as a group, are a community of sinners who have mercy and grace in His blood. We are new creatures in Christ, but sin still lives on in us as a kind of living dead zombie presence. We should be very very clear that the heart of the gospel is not that we are personally transformed. It is that we are justified. We are redeemed. We are reconciled.

False Grace and Nonconformist Conformance

In a recent post, Peter Rollins brings up an interesting idea about how many people base their relationships on what I would call false grace: … religion doesn’t simply offer a set of positions to conform to, it also offers the acceptable ways in which one can transgress these positions: it tells us both how […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 19

We’re in the middle of a series analyzing John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation. Starting in Part 8, we have been digging into the nine items listed as the theological distinctives of Lordship Salvation. Here is distinctive nine: Ninth, Scripture teaches that genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 18

We’re in the middle of a series analyzing John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation. Starting in Part 8, we have been digging into the nine items listed as the theological distinctives of Lordship Salvation. Here is distinctive eight: Eighth, Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 17

We’re in the middle of a series analyzing John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation. Starting in Part 8, we have been digging into the nine items listed as the theological distinctives of Lordship Salvation. Here is distinctive seven: Seventh, Scripture teaches that those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Pet. 1:8-9; Rom. 8:28-30; […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 16

We’re in the middle of a series analyzing John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation. Starting in Part 8, we have been digging into the nine items listed as the theological distinctives of Lordship Salvation. Here is distinctive six: Sixth, Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional […]

The Real Strange Fire: Lordship Salvation Pt. 15

We’re in the middle of a series analyzing John MacArthur’s ministry’s article on Lordship Salvation. Starting in Part 8, we have been digging into the nine items listed as the theological distinctives of Lordship Salvation. Here is distinctive five: Fifth, Scripture teaches that God’s gift of eternal life includes all that pertains to life and […]