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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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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 29 (In Reply to Roger E. Olson)

Roger E. Olson wrote an article called “My Litmus Test” in support of his inclusivist views. “Inclusivist” is a term he uses for the notion that people who’ve never heard of Jesus might be saved. The article has been circulated … 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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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 28 (Of Wheat and Tares)

I just finished the series (for the second time!), only to realize that I’d not covered the parable of the wheat and the tares (or weeds). And this is a popular argument for erasing the line between those with and … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 27 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 4)

History What I’m trying to say is, should we presume either salvation or condemnation for the non-believer (who has not heard) with regard to a judgment that has not yet taken place and in the absence of incontrovertible clear specific … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 26 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 3)

Justice and mercy Won’t He judge them by their words and actions as we will be and judge with justice and mercy with them as well as with us? Yes, he’ll judge them by their words and actions, and he’ll … Continue reading

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Baptism/Amazing Grace: A Conversation Over Lunch, Part 25 (In Reply to Keith Brenton, Part 2)

Preaching “salvation” in Acts Moreover, we see clearly evidenced in Acts the missionary zeal of Paul and others to bring the gospel to a lost world. The martyrs gave their lives to save the lost from damnation. Those who preached … Continue reading

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