Category Archives: Available Light

Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 4

He will render to each one according to his works (Rom 2:6-8 ESV) 6 He will render to each one according to his works:  7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 3

Romans 2, from the start We just demonstrated that if we approach Rom 2:14 starting with Rom 2:29, we find that Paul is not speaking of Gentiles who’ve never heard the gospel. Rather, he’s speaking of saved Gentiles whose hearts have … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 2

But if you call yourself a Jew … (Rom 2:17-24 ESV)  17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God  18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 1.5

In the comments to Part 1 of this series, Keith Brenton has mentioned some additional passages that arguably support the “available light” theory — (John 3:18 ESV) 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe … Continue reading

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Faith That Works/Available Light: An Interpretation of Romans II, Part 1

I’ve written quite a bit on the “available light” theory over the years. But reader and regular commenter Price has suggested I need to do a better job of explaining how Romans 2 fits into my understanding. I think he’s … 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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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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