A confusion of law and gospel is the main contributor to moralism in the church simply because the law gets softened into "helpful tips for practical living", instead of God's unwavering demand for absolute perfection.22 comments
All of God's Word in the Bible comes to us in two forms of speech: God's word of demand (law) and God's word of deliverance (gospel).24 comments
Every ounce of confusion regarding justification, sanctification, the human condition, God's grace, how God relates to us, the nature of the Christian life, and so on, is due to our failure to properly distinguish between the law and the gospel.16 comments
We love living as though "what goes around comes around" conditionality were true. That kind of conditionality makes us feel safe. It's easy to comprehend. It's appropriately formulaic. And best of all, it keeps us in control.1 comments
I increasingly hear people talking about the need to be "Biblically balanced" and I think I'm starting to understand what they mean.
We Christians have a remarkable tendency to focus almost exclusively on the fruit of the problem. The gospel, on the other hand, always addresses the root of the problem.7 comments
Believe it or not, this is an important question. It's not simply a theological question. ur answer will inevitably reveal our understanding of the gospel and reflect our understanding of sin and grace.14 comments
A lot of attention has been paid to Jefferson Bethke’s video Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus. Jefferson is a great, humble, teachable brother who loves the gospel. But the response to his video has been varied. Many love it. Others hate it. And still others have raised a caution flag – uncomfortable with the way “religion” is often contrasted with the gospel.16 comments
Our assurance depends on how certain we are that God will say at the final judgment: “Not guilty!”10 comments
I’ll never forget hearing Dr. Doug Kelly (one of my theology professors in seminary) saying in class, “If you want to make people mad, preach law. If you want to make them really, really mad preach grace.” I didn’t know what he meant then. But I do now.26 comments
Today is the very first day of a brand new year. And for many that means a fresh start. It all starts now. We resolve to turn over a new leaf–and this time we’re serious.4 comments
The word spirituality conjures up all sorts of images and ideas. For non-Religious – or secular – people, spirituality is nothing more than “an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being"
Ethical behaviorism is a term Psychologists use which defines righteousness exclusively in terms of what a person does or does not do. In this sense, a righteous person is one who does the right things and avoids the wrong things.
As you all know too painfully well, relationships flounder in an environment of judging. Both the Bible and our experience teach us that where judgment reigns relationships are ruined.7 comments
What’s fascinating to me is that throughout the Bible, it’s the immoral person that gets the Gospel before the moral person; it’s the prostitute who gets grace; it’s the Pharisee who doesn’t