All my life I have heard the story of the crucifixion taught and assumed I had an accurate understanding of the suffering Christ endured. I was surprised to learn that some of what I thought I knew was actually false. I encourage you to take some time and consider the following presentation with an open mind. May we ever strive to fully appreciate the incredible price that was payed at Calvary for our redemption and live a life of gratitude as an expression of thanks.
Calvinists often quote Ephesians 2:8-9 in placing the action and responsibility of salvation solely upon God. It is argued that baptism is a work man and thus falls outside the scope of salvation since salvation is by grace alone and through faith alone. Passages such as Acts 2:38, Acts 2:16, Mark 16:16, and 1 peter 3:21 are twisted to mean something other than their clear teaching in order to harmonize with the Calvinist's desired meaning of Ephesians 2:8-9. Through the years I have read many strong and sufficient answers to the Calvinist argument based off of Ephesians 2:8-9, but never have I found an answer as stout as the one issued by W. L. Oliphant in the Oliphant - Rice Debate (p.384). May honest men consider Oliphant's statement in the light of God's Word:
The following is an excerpt from the Intro of J. W. McGarvey's Original Commentary on Acts. We share his thoughts on the power of examples of conversion for your consideration.
What was the purpose of animal sacrifice? Could sins be forgiven in the Old Testament? What did Jesus' sacrifice accomplish that animal sacrifice could not accomplish? Open your Bible and follow along as we answer these important questions from God's Holy Word.
For a longer, full length, in-depth study of this topic, please download and listen to the following audio sermon.
In this excellent study Brother Randy Loftin demonstrates how four common false views of Mark 16:16 do not measure up to the true teaching of Scripture. Five Views of Mark 16:16 is a practical study you might consider sharing with a friend or using as a springboard to share the gospel.
We hope you enjoy the study and that it will be beneficial to the kingdom.
We invite you to listen to this audio sermon and consider it in relation to our current times. May we all consider the tragic story of Sodom and Gomorrah and learn a lesson, lest we too receive the awful judgment of God.
In religious conversations people often argue, “I don’t believe God would send someone to hell for one…” and then they fill in the blank with whatever sin they feel is not that “big”.
Humans tend to have a different perspective on sin than God. Man, based on his own authority, decides that some sins are not as bad as others, and that some sins are not worthy of eternal punishment. Based on their own reasoning many attempt to turn some “smaller sins” into “non-sins” and thus excuse certain behaviors.
For example, some argue, “I don’t believe God will send someone to hell just because they drank a single glass of wine.” Others might say, “Oh, its just a little white lie.” In other words, drinking wine or telling a “fib” is not really a “big” deal; in fact, maybe we shouldn’t even classify them as a “sins”. Since we don’t “feel” such behaviors are sins worthy of eternal punishment, they must not be.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.