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Resources on the Hyper Grace Error

Sep 10, 2016

Biblical truths must always be reaffirmed and re-stated for the simple reason that anti-biblical falsehoods and errors always keep emerging. Since Scriptural truths are constantly being perverted and distorted, there is an ongoing need to refute the errors while affirming

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The Enduring Message of Repentance

Aug 9, 2016

God does not change and his Word does not change. What we learn about God in the Old Testament is the same as what we find about God in the New. Sure, we learn more about God as revelation progresses

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No it is Not Works!

Jan 25, 2016

My thesis is simple: To urge people to love Jesus more, to obey him more fully, and seek for increasing holiness and godliness is NOT about working your way to heaven. It is NOT ‘works righteousness’. It is NOT legalism.

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On Repentance

Jan 21, 2016

I think it may be a truism to say that the more unpopular a particular biblical teaching is, the more important and necessary it is. That certainly would be the case with the vital biblical doctrine of repentance which is

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Five More Absolutely Vital Questions

Oct 11, 2015

The Bible is full of questions, and many of them are of utter significance to all of us. How we answer such questions will impact us greatly. Indeed, some of them will determine our eternal destiny. So it is imperative

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On Divine Grace and Judgment

Sep 23, 2015

Biblical truth is vitally important and needs to be restated, reaffirmed and re-defended on a regular basis. This is partly so because biblical truth is so very often twisted, perverted and abused. Thus we find the New Testament writers constantly

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Right Teaching and Right Living

Jun 22, 2015

Generally speaking, in the Christian life right teaching (orthodoxy) goes closely together with right living (orthopraxis). When one gets into error in terms of doctrine and biblical teaching, one is much more likely to go into error in terms of

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Sin, Forgiveness, and Hyper Grace

Mar 17, 2015

Toward the end of his life the author of “Amazing Grace” and friend of William Wilberforce said this: “My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” That

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Five More Dumb Christian Copouts

Mar 9, 2015

In my last article in this informal series, I mentioned that there are plenty more unhelpful and unbiblical things Christians say which are little more than a copout. That is certainly the case, and I could have a fulltime career

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Believing and Obeying

Feb 26, 2015

I am continually amazed at how so many Christians will simply run with whatever their favourite preacher or megachurch pastor runs with, instead of actually reading what the Word of God has to say on an issue. They will side

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Antinomianism and the Hyper Grace Error

Feb 16, 2015

“There is nothing new under the sun” we are told in Ecclesiastes 1:9. And as Santayana once remarked, those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The same goes for church history, which

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Sin, Sleaze and Hyper Grace

Feb 15, 2015

One of the biggest problems in the Christian church in the West today is that of antinomianism. The Greek word for law is nomos, and most folks know what the prefix anti means, so this term basically means “against

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God and Grace

Feb 8, 2015

I was thinking about the grace of God again last night – always a good thing to be thinking about. I am painfully aware of how undeserving I am for anything good that comes my way – even that fact

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Standing and State

Feb 1, 2015

One would have thought that a very basic, long-standing, and well known theological principle needs little or no defending and explaining. But regrettably it seems clear that many believers do not have such basic understanding, and one must go back

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The False Gospel of False Grace

Feb 1, 2015

Here is a biblical truth you can bank on: any gospel which makes it easier for you to sin, and to feel OK about sinning, is not a gospel of Jesus Christ, but comes straight out of the pits of

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The Gospel, Cheap Grace, and a Lost Eternity

Sep 14, 2014

The gospel most evangelicals in the West preach today bears little resemblance to that found in the New Testament. Increasingly the very heart of the biblical gospel message is being stripped away, leaving a shell which offers little of what

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On Strange Fire, Part One

Oct 18, 2013

Some of you would be aware that American pastor John MacArthur has been holding a three-day “Strange Fire” conference which is a criticism of the charismatic movement. Next month a book by the same title will be released. For those

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Preaching Another Gospel

Oct 5, 2013

We are warned often about the dangers of preaching a gospel other than the biblical gospel as given by Jesus and his disciples. And the warnings are very strong indeed. Consider Paul’s fearful words in Galatians 1:8: “But even if

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