The Cure For Sin

"Fortunately, God hasn’t taken us out from under the law and left us with nothing. When we believe, the Holy Spirit then lives in us. The Spirit produces fruit through us as we depend on him. But it’s important to recognize the ‘system’ that the Holy Spirit uses in place of the law. He operates through a radically different system, namely, one called grace. Recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives requires a solid understanding of grace. Grace is the system that the Holy Spirit uses t … [Read more...]

Forgiven forever

“Just think about it. How many of your sins were in the future when Christ died? All of them. Is there any verse that says sins before salvation and sins after salvation are treated differently by the cross? Of course not! By that flawed logic, the gospel gets worse after salvation, with the cross having a weaker effect on sins after conversion. Ridiculous! By that thinking, we’d be better off becoming Christians on our deathbeds so that we don’t build up too many sins as saved people. The finis … [Read more...]

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 ( 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...]