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A Tale of Two Gods: How Calvinism’s God & the Bible’s God are Two Very Different Gods

One very popular denominational preacher and writer, John Piper, is famous for saying that “all things” – even down to the subatomic level – “are ordained, guided, and governed” by God.[1] The idea that God determines everything can be traced back to Augustine of Hippo in the 5th century and is particularly popular among a branch […]

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What Must I Do to be Lost?

Sometimes people get caught up in discussions about what sins will send a man to hell. Usually, the “really bad” sins, like adultery or murder, top the list with little question. Then there are the “little sins” – sins society tolerates more-or-less – like cursing, coveting possessions, recreational drug and alcohol use, or lust. Perhaps […]

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Why It’s Wrong To Keep Truth And Grace In Balance

We want to be balanced people. It is considered a good thing to have a balanced diet or to keep a healthy balance between work and pleasure. But sometimes, balance is a bad thing. For example, finding a balance between fidelity and infidelity in marriage – or between honesty and dishonesty – doesn’t make any […]

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Are We Saved by Grace, Faith, or Works?

“We are saved only by grace.” “I believe in faith-only salvation.” “You cannot work your way into heaven.” “Obedience doesn’t save – Jesus saves.” We’ve all heard blanket statements like these. While they may be partially true, left alone they are dangerously misleading. Grace, faith, works of obedience, baptism – all of these things play a […]

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Why The Trinity Matters (Practically Speaking)

A.W. Tozer said, “What you think of God is the most important thing about you.”[1] This is certainly true in relation to idolatry, where the Bible repeatedly warns that we will become like our idols (Psa. 115:8; 135:15-18; Isa. 44:18-20; 2 Cor. 4:4). Idolatry is not only repugnant to God, it is a deadly disease […]

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What Must I Do To Stay Saved?

I know some who live in constant fear of being lost. They are keenly aware of their flaws and failures, and believe their soul is continually in jeopardy. Deep down they feel they are safe only immediately after they have prayed to God, “Please forgive me of my sins.” I am sure a few even […]

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Five Things It’s the most important question you can ever ask. Yet if you ask ten different churches, you’ll get ten different answers. But what does the Bible say? We cannot afford to get this one wrong. 5 Things God Wants You To Know 1. You need a Savior. Everyone – from the best to […]

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How To Determine If Something Is A Salvation Issue

The question about whether something is a “salvation issue” gets thrown around occasionally among some circles. “Is using instrumental music in worship is a salvation issue?” “Is what you wear to worship a salvation issue?” “Is church attendance a salvation issue?” Used this way, the phrase “salvation issue” (never found in Scripture) is employed to […]

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You’ve Got Baptism All Wrong

You’ve got baptism all wrong…  …if you think baptism will remove temptation.  Those who believe this are in for a rude awakening. Perhaps Jesus faced the greatest amount of temptation immediately after His baptism (cf. Matt. 3:13-4:11). Since a servant is not greater than his Master (cf. John 16:13), we shouldn’t expect the devil to […]

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Q&A: What Are “The Two Laws Of Pardon”?

Occasionally you will hear someone refer to God’s two laws of pardon. What exactly are these “laws of pardon?” Nowhere in the Bible will you find this term; it’s just a man-made phrase. Yet much like the word “Trinity” (which also isn’t found in the Bible), it adequately captures what the Bible teaches; in this […]

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Making Disciples, Or Just Baptizing?

Many Christians have an incomplete understanding of the “Great Commission” — Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations (cf. Matt. 28:18-20). They equate ‘baptizing’ with ‘making disciples,’ and in so doing, reduce the powerful act of conversion to merely being immersed in water. Baptism Is Essential To Be Saved Please don’t misunderstand — baptism […]

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