I have juist begun a series on a movement called "Hyper-Grace"; you can listen to the first message over at "Messages" (aptly named). These days, the storm over this movement is blowing through a lot of charismatic churches, but this very same virus can be found in a lot of different denominations. For example, consider this opinion piece written by Dan Phillips, who took an entire course on grace from Presbyterian preacher Steve Brown at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
I have heard stories about pastors who created huge waves just by preaching the Gospel. They didn't preach the Gosel out in the "wicked world", but they preached it in their own congregations. I'm working on John chapter 6 as part of a Bible class I'm leading. At the end of it, many of Jesus' disciples -- Jesus' congregation -- are disgusted by His teaching about Him being the bread of life, and they leave Him. Jesus said that this happened because most of them didn't believe in Him -- even though they are called "disciples."
Justification in the Bible is more than just forgiveness of sins past. It is God's final verdict on whether you will deserve everlasting life when final judgment falls. When God declares you "just', it means you don't have to wait until after you're dead to find out if you made it. You have already made it. God has declared, because your entire trial has been completed and you were found innocent.
The answer is found in the New Testament word "wash."
Someone on the radio asked yesterday, what is the difference between a "spanking" and a "beating"? One difference is that a spanking is brief and leaves no permanent marks; it just stings then goes away.
How many Christians are taught that being gullible is the same thing as having great faith? I once read a missions book in which the writer taught that there were men among the Native Americans who could change back-and-forth from human beings into elk.
Listen to this morning's message at Messages.
A few days ago I read an article about former Westminster Theological Seminary professor Peter Enns, who said he first realized the Bible wasn't inerrant when he read that the apostle Paul believed that a rock followed the Israelites around for forty years, giving them things. He said this was a Jewish legend.
"Law addresses men as members of the old creation; Grace makes men members of a new creation. Law manifested what was in Man—sin; Grace manifests what is in God—Love. Law demanded righteousness from men; Grace brings righteousness to men. Law sentences a living man to death; Grace brings a dead man to life. Law speaks of what men must do for God; Grace tells of what Christ has done for men. Law gives a knowledge of sin; Grace puts away sin. Law brought God out to men; Grace brings men in to God." —A.W. Pink
Some days my life feels like Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening: