A Sense of Value

We desperately need a deep sense of value as a person in order to function mentally and emotionally in the way that God intends. Having a sense of irrevocable value can and will affect our attitudes and actions. If we merely try to change our behavior without realizing that it is our quest for value that is motivating much of what we do, then we engage in a fruitless endeavor. We might spend our entire lives hunting for love and… Read more

Fellowship is Free

“The fellowship is free too, by the way. People talk about fellowship like it’s a connection with God that comes and goes with our behavior. No way. In the Bible, if you’re a new creation, a child of God, then your Father remains ‘in fellowship’ with you at all times (1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Cor. 13:14;1 John 1:7). ‘Out of fellowship’ would mean that you were lost, spiritually dead, without hope. You’re either in fellowship with God, connected to him… Read more

Contributing to Personal Salvation

Christianity Today reported on a LifeWay survey which reveals that 56% of self-proclaimed evangelical Christians believe “people must contribute their own effort for personal salvation.” This is an urgent wake-up call for pastors nationwide to realize that a majority of churchgoers are not actually feasting on the solid food of God’s grace. #‎TheNakedGospel Read more

Safety and Security

“Life can be painful, even dangerous. But God’s healing grace is our safety cable. God’s grace enables us to move forward in life with confidence, knowing that when we fall, we find safety and security in the love of Jesus. Even in the midst of our worst performance, he never leaves us; he never forsakes us. God spells healing: c-o-v-e-n-a-n-t. A covenant is a promise, an agreement, a contract. If you’ve been wondering how you can know and experience God’s… Read more

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…. 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… 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 (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… 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… 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… 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!… Read more

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