Christian Living – [New Life – New Focus]

  Colossians 3:1-4 1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. 3 For ye died, and your life is Read More …

Humility, Wisdom and Church Authority

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise note. Words in brackets [  ] are provided for clarity.   Introduction There are two areas of pursuit that stand out above the others in my life, and they are humility and wisdom. Years ago when pride was taking over my life, resulting Read More …

[Re-Post] Calvinism’s Unsound Interpretation of John 6:37,44-45

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. John 6:44-45 44 No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Read More …

Four Points Against Calvinism’s Regeneration and Irresistible Grace

  1 – James and Peter are quoting Proverbs 3:34, which reveals a universal truth about pride and humility, and clearly seen throughout Scripture. In context, James and Peter were instructing believers, but they were applying this truth to them and their situation. God, in general, deals with mankind according to this law. God hates Read More …

Rebuttal to Maverick Victor Witlouw [Prevenient Grace vs. Irresistible Grave]

Maverick Victor Witlouw, of Sovereign Grace Messianic Blog, wrote a response to my article, “Why Irresistible Grace Doesn’t Work, and Why Prevenient Grace Does” [Responding to Steve Sewell’s Presentation of Prevenient Grace]. He happened to respond to an article where I probably said the least about this subject, as I have other articles where I Read More …

Why Irresistible Grace Doesn’t Work, and Why Prevenient Grace Does

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Before we address prevenient grace and irresistible grace, we need an understanding of the spiritual condition of mankind, and why God’s grace is needed: Man Is Sinful: Romans 3:23 – 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of Read More …

Regeneration – First Things First

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Calvinism teaches that regeneration precedes faith. No less an authority is R.C. Sproul, who says, “After a person is regenerated, that person cooperates by exercising faith and trust”  (Excerpt from his book, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit) . Also from R.C. Read More …

Sharing Our Faith in the Context of Christ’s Kingdom

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. So you understand where I’m coming from, please read the following two-part message: The Gospel and the Kingdom [1 of 2] The Gospel and the Kingdom [2 of 2] I’ve written quite a bit about why I believe it’s important – and Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 4:3-4 (Serving in Unity)

Philippians 4:2-3 2 I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Read More …

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 (Elect Status)

The following translations render 1 Thessalonians 1:4 as: 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be Read More …