Category Archives: Grace

An Idea for Teaching a Class on Grace (originally published Feb. 2007)

When I was in college, I attended a Sunday School class for young adults, and the usual teacher was out of town. The fill-in teacher passed out a survey that asked our views on several controversial questions. We anonymously circled … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9:6: Further on Falling Away

Why is it that we fall away when we deliberately continue to sin (Heb 10:26ff)? Because “no sacrifice for sins is left.” This is obviously the parallel of 10:18, which says that once we’ve been saved, “there is no longer any … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.5: Heb 10 and Falling Away

We skip ahead to chapter 10, where we see the author recapitulate the thoughts of 6:4-6, but with additional explanation. It’s important to realize that the first part of chapter 10 culminates a lengthy discussion going back to chapter 7 … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.4: An Unsure Salvation

Another collateral result of this understanding of Heb 6:4-6 is that our salvation can, at times, be very unsure. While confidence and assurance is always available to us, we often turn our back on God’s promises and slide into a … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.3: Why Heb 6:4-6 is Good News

As we considered in the last post of this series, Hebrews 6:4-6 teaches that it’s possible for a Christian to so rebel against God that he falls away, and this happens when the Christian can no longer be brought back … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.2: Heb 6:4-6 and Falling Away

Hebrews 6 contains one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament (which says a lot!). (Heb 6:4-8) It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 9.1: On the Paradox of Grace

So let’s be honest. The scriptures give us a very good reason not to fall away — fear of damnation. But why not be lazy? Why not do the least possible? Why not take it easy and rely on grace? … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.5: On the Necessity of Believing in Baptism

I confess that baptism is, to me, terribly difficult to fit into this analysis. I find nothing in the scriptures that say that teaching baptismal error damns. I find very plain teaching that prohibits adding anything to “faith working through … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.4: Summarizing How to Fall Away

To summarize, church discipline is appropriate in either of two general cases: 1. When a person threatens the safety of the flock — either physical safety or spiritual safety. 2. When a person is guilty of sin that could lead … Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.3: Disfellowship

As I see it, there are essentially two kinds of excommunication or disfellowshipping in the NT. First, as mentioned in the last post, sometimes you remove someone to protect the flock from that person. The driving concern is protection of … Continue reading

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