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Legal Motivations vs. Gospel Motivations in Christian Living

What is the best way to motivate Christians to live for Jesus? Is it to preach law or grace? Some preachers are what we would pejoratively call “legalistic.” While we’re quick to condemn them, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and admit there’s often a good motivation for their heavy emphasis on preaching […]

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Works Salvation in the Rule of Saint Benedict

One of the oldest constitutions in the world is the Rule of St. Benedict, which has been in continuous use for fifteen centuries. Benedict of Nursia (c. AD 480–550) wrote his rule for monks living in a community under the authority of an abbot. He synthesized and simplified the Eastern monastic tradition as he had […]

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John Reisinger on Legalistic Preaching

Everyone claims to be against legalism. I’ve never met anyone who said it was a good thing. And yet, I’ve also found that many Christians who say they reject legalism and works salvation, nevertheless, end up with legalistic preaching. Why is that? It’s often due to a severe misuse of the law of God. Paul […]

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Repenting from the Past—Relying in the Present

How do you learn to depend upon the Lord in all you do, especially in things you already do well? I asked myself that question as I taught through Romans at His Hill Bible School. I am not a world-class teacher. But I’ve taught through Romans before. I had my notes and my PowerPoints. And […]

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Are You Blessed When You’re Badmouthed?

“You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me” (Matt 5:11). People are going to say bad things about you. They will! Hopefully, the bad things they say will be false, and even better, will be due to your walk with the […]

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Confusing Faith with Obedience

People sometimes confuse faith with obedience. Some preachers even claim that faith is obedience. We know that’s wrong. Paul was explicit that salvation is by faith apart from works. No obedience required (Rom 4:5; Eph 2:8-9). What, then, is the correct relationship between faith and obedience? Consider Abraham: “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and […]

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Some Doctrines Aren’t Worth Dividing Over (Romans 14)

Is every doctrine worth dividing over? Maybe you’ve heard the saying: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” The idea is that Christian unity shouldn’t depend on unanimity. That is, we don’t have to agree on everything to live and grow together as brothers and sisters in Christ. Some doctrines aren’t worth fighting over, let […]

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Christian Spirituality Is Experienced in Community

When Christians talk about “spirituality,” we mean life lived by and through the Holy Spirit. And that kind of Spirit-led life was meant by God to be lived in community. Christian spirituality is not like secular approaches. The longer I walk with Christ, the more I grow to appreciate that fact. I’m realizing how much […]

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Aristotle and Jesus on Friendship

“Americans are very friendly,” writes Stanley Hauerwas, “but we aren’t very good at being friends.” Why not? “Friendship, at least friendship that is a virtue, turns out to be very demanding” (Hauerwas, The Character of Virtue, p. 66, emphasis added). Do Christians settle for mere friendliness instead of costly friendship? Friendship is a profoundly theological […]

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God Doesn’t Save Imaginary Sinners

Downplaying sin goes hand in hand with downplaying grace. I once listened to a Holiness preacher rail against sin. He that simply believing in Jesus wasn’t enough to go to heaven. You had to stop sinning. If you sinned, you couldn’t be with the Lord. In a society that celebrates depravity and in churches where […]

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Two Examples of Fathers Showing Radical Grace

I believe in grace for salvation, but I need help knowing how that translates into parenting. John’s Gospel says: for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). As a father, I’ve shown my kids a lot of Moses but not much Jesus. When they disobey, I’m quick […]

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Is There Eternal Security Even for Adulterers?

Adultery is one of the most painful acts of betrayal that one person can commit against another. It betrays a trust, violates your sacred vows, attacks your self-worth, and turns a home into hostile territory. We all know how adultery can destroy marriages, families, and careers. But as bad as it is, does it disprove […]

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Is Grace A License To Sin?

Is grace a license to sin? That is one of the most common objections to Free Grace theology and to the grace message in particular. People are afraid that if you teach that salvation really is by grace, through faith in Christ, and given as a gift totally apart from your behavior, that will encourage […]

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Was Zane Hodges an Antinomian? Is Free Grace?

What’s an antinomian? While researching responses to Lordship Salvation, I came across the transcript of a podcast that discussed the debate between Zane Hodges and John MacArthur over Lordship Salvation (see here). The hosts were interacting with a book entitled Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation, edited by Michael Horton. Being a Reformed […]

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The Gospel Is the End of Religion

Robert Farrar Capon, Health, Money, and Love & Why We Don’t Enjoy Them, Eerdmans, 179 pages, $23.99. In Health, Money, and Love, Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013) offers a unique critique of religion. Here is his basic definition: “Religion is the attempt on the part of human beings to establish a right relationship between themselves and […]

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Christianity Today Gets Free Grace Wrong

Bonnie Kristian wrote an article in Christianity Today about dispensationalism entitled “The Surprising Staying Power of Dispensationalism.” The article reviews Daniel G. Hummel’s The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism: How the Evangelical Battle over the End Times Shaped a Nation. I haven’t read Hummel’s book, so I can’t comment on either its accuracy or the […]

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Why Do Grace Churches Tend to Be Small?

The biggest churches and most famous preachers and writers in the world do not preach grace. If anything, they preach against it to huge audiences, supported by enormous budgets. Meanwhile, with a few exceptions, grace churches and ministries are small. Why? Are we doing something wrong? Are grace pastors simply worse at preaching, counseling, and […]

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New Free Grace Children's Curriculum

Free Grace International is proud to share with you a new resource for your church or Sunday school. Everlasting Life is a children's curriculum written by Sandy Jones (Author), edited by Randy Jones and Lynn McCoy, and illustrated by John Goodding. By making the message of grace clear to children, this will help your church, […]

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Are You Focused on Individual or Corporate Spiritual Growth?

Like me, you probably grew up being told, “You can be whatever you want to be.” It’s an optimistic thing you say to children who hope to become astronauts, baseball players, or movie stars. But in our deeply humanistic, not to mention hedonistic, culture, that saying has morphed into something more sinister. Our culture teaches […]

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Jesus Is Your Salvation (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is […]

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Does Lordship Salvation Pass the Boasting Test?

Free Grace or Lordship Salvation—which is correct? There’s a test to see whether you’re preaching a Biblical gospel—it involves boasting. Here’s what Paul told the Corinthians: Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish […]

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Yes, I Believe in Eternal Security

I was talking to a brother who heard a rumor that I do not believe in eternal security, so he called me to ask if that was true. I was dumbfounded! Me? Not believe in eternal security? I’m not sure if a week has gone by in the last eleven years (or longer) where I […]

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“We Don’t Want to Convert the Young People to Christ”

A Roman Catholic Bishop named Americo Aguiar of Lisbon, Portugal got into some hot water recently. He is the chief coordinator of the upcoming Roman Catholic World Youth Day, a major form of outreach for the Roman Catholic Church. However, the bishop apparently told a Portuguese station he doesn’t want young people to become Christian: […]

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Is Grace a License to Sin?

One of the most common objections to Free Grace theology is this: "If you tell people that salvation is by faith apart from works, and the believer is eternally secure no matter how badly he behaves, that will give people a license to sin!" What's the alternative? According to these preachers, the best way to […]

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What Are the Empty Pews Telling You?

Some family gatherings have a tradition of leaving an empty seat at the table to remember the loved ones who have died, gone missing, or been alienated. The empty chair is more than just a chair. It’s a reminder that tells us something. Your church probably has some empty pews and chairs on Sunday morning, […]

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Five Reasons to Repent

Inviting people to believe is relatively easy; calling them to repent is harder. Preaching repentance can be more challenging because there’s a popular caricature of heartless Christian preachers preaching hellfire and using other scare tactics to influence people to join their church. “Turn or burn!” is what repentance means in the popular imagination. You ignore […]

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Where Did God Come From?

Reece (10 years old) asks: “If something can’t come from nothing, where did God come from?” Answer: Great question, Reece. That’s also an age-old question. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle asked it. And so have most of the great teachers in Christianity. Let me give you two different kinds of answers. First, there’s the answer […]

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How Can I Be Saved?

One of the most important questions you can ask and answer is, “How Can I Be Saved?” In other words, what will happen to you after you die? And what must you do to go to heaven? This digital tract explains the Biblical answer in simple language. Send your questions or comments to Shawn.

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What Does It Mean to Lose Your Inheritance in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

Lesa asks, “A friend of mine wanted me to ask this question about your recent post on Grace Basics and about the loss of the Kingdom rewards. It was referring to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Can you explain if the loss of inheritance in the kingdom is a loss of authority/position? And how is the correct […]

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“The Reward Too Is of Grace” (1 Corinthians 3:5-8)

One of the mistakes that Free Grace people can make in discipleship is to lose sight of how eternal rewards are also a matter of grace. In one of the most crucial passages on rewards in the New Testament (i.e., 1 Cor 3:5-8), Paul has something to say about whether we really “earn” our rewards: […]

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