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Amazing Grace: Is Ignorance of God’s Will an Excuse?

I get emails — In your view do Leviticus 4:13 and Psalm 19:12 prove that ignorance is no excuse of the law? If so then what kind of ignorance? You know, all my life, Church of Christ preachers have argued that … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: On the “Sin Unto Death,” Jeremiah, and Intercessory Prayer; Part 4

Conclusion Let’s turn back to the text — (1Jo 5:16-17 ESV) 16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life — to those who commit sins that … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: On the “Sin Unto Death,” Jeremiah, and Intercessory Prayer; Part 3

Intercessory prayer We in the Churches of Christ don’t often pray for God to forgive others. After all, we teach that forgiveness requires the sinner to pray for forgiveness. Therefore, intercessory prayer is entirely foreign to our way of thinking. … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: On the “Sin Unto Death,” Jeremiah, and Intercessory Prayer; Part 2

The sins of Jerusalem There are several parallels between Jeremiah 7 – 9 and 1 John. Both teach against murder — (Jer 7:9-11 ESV) 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: On the “Sin Unto Death,” Jeremiah, and Intercessory Prayer; Part 1

Long before I started this blog, I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace, which was published and is now available as a free download here. There I lay out my understanding of how a Christian might fall from grace. … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: A Question about Hebrews 6

The same correspondent asked about this passage — (Heb 6:1-8 ESV) Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,  … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: The Prodigal Son

I get emails — Several times the subject has come up about instances like the prodigal son, and to their way of thinking, they cannot see where someone who is living such a sinful life could be saved if he … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: On Restoring Those Fallen Away

JMF posted this question (edited for space) — One of the students in my class posted a question on the Church of Christ “House To House” website about the proposed reading of Heb.6:4-6 that is in The Holy Spirit and … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: Guy’s Question

Guy asked regarding the last post of this series, Does this [that we aren't sinless unless we live as Jesus lived] mean that prior to Genesis 3, Adam and Eve were living as well as Christ did? Guy, That’s a … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: JMF’s Questions

From a comment by JMF. Hey Jay– I’ve been holding in a couple questions waiting for you to settle from your vacation.  Alas, I start teaching a class this coming Wed. night and it is greatly based on The Holy … Continue reading

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