Archive for September, 2012

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

the gospel of grace

Grace and Peace to you all

Brethren, We firmly believe we are saved by grace through Faith. We firmly believe we are righteous by Faith. We firmly believe on justification by Faith. We know that Faith is superior to the Law and without Faith it is impossible to please God.

Anyone who sets aside Faith is a fool and stupid.

Are you so foolish that you began in The Spirit and now you finish in the flesh? … So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?
– Galatians 3:3-5

Did we conjured faith? Did we work for faith? Did we earned the faith by some good works? By no means! Then how did we have this faith?

Let us understand. Faith does not…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

His Grace Is Enough

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True saving faith produces good works. Are these works of the Law? No. The Christian is dead to the Law:

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4).

“For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God” (Galatians 2:19).

The love of God in a Christian produces the fruit of the Spirit. Paul’s detractors went from one extreme to the other–legalism or license–because they did not understand either Law or grace.

The works that Herbert Armstrong said were required for salvation were works of the Law. For more on this read: Are We Still Under the Law in Spite of Grace? (Includes at bottom: “Aren’t works necessary…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Escape to Reality

I remember as a 10 year old boy watching in terror as the communion plate came closer and closer. Why was I afraid? Because there was unresolved sin in my life – I had argued with my sister before church! I knew that those who took communion in an unworthy manner risked condemnation, even death, for the Bible told me so:

1 Cor 11:26  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Cor 11:27  Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
1 Cor 11:28  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
1 Cor 11:29  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Escape to Reality

Religion can be defined as man’s attempt to impress God. It is an attitude that says, “I can make something of myself, I can earn God’s favor.” Although it may lead to works that are charitable, this mindset is fatally opposed to grace of God. It causes a man to stand when he should bow and to strut when he should kneel. Worst of all, it causes him to see himself as a co-savior. His motives may be sincere, but he is an idol-worshipper.

Jesus didn’t suffer and die on the cross to make you religious. He died and rose again to give you a new life – His life. Anything that pretends to be a substitute for the thrill of knowing Him – of trusting Him, being with Him, and walking with Him – should be rejected as inferior.

If any of the statements in the test above describes…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Escape to Reality

“Don’t stray too far from the red letters,” is a piece of advice often given to new preachers. It means, stay close to the teachings of Jesus and you can’t go wrong. It sounds good, but it’s actually bad advice. Everything Jesus said was good and wonderful, but not everything He said was meant for you. Read the red letters of your Bible and you will find both stories of unprecedented grace and merciless declarations of law. Mix these messages and you will end up confused and double-minded. The solution is not to balance law and grace – you can’t – but to filter everything you read through the finished work of the cross. To make sense of what Jesus said, you need to understand what Jesus did and why.

Jesus lived under law

Jesus lived at the crossroads of two covenants. As humanity’s representative He came to…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Escape to Reality

“We should do everything Jesus said,” is one of the most dangerous and thoughtless doctrines you’ll ever hear. And you’ll only hear it from hypocrites. I guarantee you that those who say we must do everything Jesus said aren’t doing everything He said themselves. Jesus said, “Be perfect” (Mt 5:48). If you are not perfect, then you have no business demanding perfection from others.

Jesus preached words that the whole world needs to hear but you are not the whole world. Some of what He said was meant for other people:

  • Jesus called the Pharisees sons of hell (Mt 23:15). You are not a son of hell! So why would you heed words meant for the sons of hell?
  • Jesus also told the Pharisees they belonged to their father the devil (Joh 8:44). You belong to your Father in heaven (1 Jn 3:1). So why would you heed words intended…

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Posted: September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Great !

Escape to Reality

Grace-preachers attract sinners and that is a good thing. If you consider yourself a sinner you have come to the right place! Sinners are welcome in the House of Grace. I wish our churches were magnets for sinners for that would be a sure sign that we are preaching the true gospel of grace.

If this scandalizes you then you may want to avert your eyes from the One called the Friend of Sinners. Jesus didn’t wait for sinners to come to him; he literally went into their homes and got himself invited to their parties. That’s because grace is for sinners. It is not for those who think they are basically good and decent people. As Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt 9:13).

So I suppose I should be thrilled that I get a lot of correspondence from sinners, and I am…

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