Are Christians Perfectly Cleansed? Do We Have Two Spiritual Natures? Andrew Farley’s Response to “The Bible Answer Man”

Recently, a caller asked Hank Hanegraaff (“The Bible Answer Man”) about the message of grace that I share in my book The Naked Gospel and at our church (ChurchWithoutReligion.com). Below are Mr. Hanegraaff’s comments, along with my responses inserted along the way.Hank Hanegraaff: Andrew Farley teaches that the Lord’s Prayer is an old covenant prayer, and therefore it doesn’t apply to new covenant saints. One of the reasons for this is that, in his view, a Christian need never to pray "forgiv … [Read more...]

Graduate From God’s Grace?

The erroneous idea that God's grace is only "cookies and candy" and that there's a deeper message of "stop your sinning" is the very core of the problem in church today. What the Bible actually says is that God's Grace is the core of the Gospel and that God's Grace is the only thing that strengthens us and enables us to say no to sin. Those who think "stop sinning" is a deeper message can easily find that anywhere, in the message of John the Baptist, or in many world religions.Of course, … [Read more...]

A new life, His life.

'Why did we have to die with Christ? Isn’t that a bit dramatic' you might think. ‘Couldn’t God have done it another way?’ The New Testament tells us that we died with Christ for good reasons. First we died to the law so we could live in a new way (Gal. 2:19; Col. 2:20). Second, we died to the power of sin so we would have a free choice (Rom. 6:2, 7, 12). Third, we died to receive a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit—to become a new creation (Ezek. 36:26; 1 Cor. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:17). Some of us … [Read more...]

The Surprise Ending

“There’s a load of debate out there about law and grace: Should we adopt some of the law? Don’t we need a balance of law and grace? And the truth is that 99 percent of the people debating the issue are Gentiles. For us, it’s the new covenant or nothing at all. So let’s enjoy everything from Genesis to Revelation, knowing it’s all inspired. But let’s also recognize that there’s a surprise ending to the story—the cross and the resurrection! This surprise ending inspires us to go back and reinterpre … [Read more...]

Thinking, Choosing, and Feeling.

“We humans tend to think first, then feel, then choose. While this is very common, it is not what God wants for us as we live by faith in Jesus Christ. Instead, the Healer would have us think, then choose, then feel what we may. This is what it means to walk by faith, not by sight or feeling. We shouldn’t wait to feel that something is true before we choose to walk by it. Our emotions may or may not ever line up perfectly with the Healer’s truth about us. Nevertheless, we can discard error and ch … [Read more...]

How righteous are you?

“Many of us are quick to say that we are redeemed, but we are slow to agree that we are also righteous and holy. ‘Oh, yeah, in Christ’ we say, as if that’s some sort of distant, far-off righteousness that is useless for now. But how righteous are you if Christ Jesus has become your righteousness? And how holy are you if Christ Jesus has become your holiness? These are qualities that we possess because Jesus has become our life (Col. 3:4). Once we realize our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection … [Read more...]

A Reason To Give

“From Romans to Revelation, there is no passage that instructs Christians to give a required 10 percent. In fact, we find the opposite—under God’s new way, there’s no minimum and no maximum. It’s entirely up to us: ‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ (2 Cor. 9:7) So why give? Three good reasons for giving are discussed in the New Testament. First we’re told to give when there’s a need (2 Cor. 8:12). … [Read more...]


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