Here’s a recent question.
I’ve heard that you cannot earn God’s favor through actions, but that it is by faith alone. I have heard people say, “it’s impossible to live the Christian life” or “you can’t keep the law.” That’s why we need Jesus to live this new life through us. Yet, we are also commanded to repent, which is an action, a choice I must make. If my actions are ultimately futile and don’t earn favor, then how am I supposed to repent?
Check out Tim’s answer.
Are We Saved By Faith Alone? Or Must We Act?
Will Christians have to experience the tribulation? This is a topic that’s been discussed quite a bit on the site. Use the search function and do a search for the word “tribulation” and you’ll find a lot. But just tonight I found this article in my archives. Tim wrote it back in February of 2012 and I thought it would be a worthy addition to the site.
The Tribulation – Will Christians Have to Go Through It?
Sometimes the weight of our sin can weigh us down to the point that we question our salvation.
All of us have things in our past that are now fully repulsive to us. We wish so much that we could have a redo and blot that thing out of our lives. And, of course, this is precisely what Jesus offers us. He takes our ugliness and our sin from us and nails it to His cross, then He offers us a new life in Him.
How Can I Remove the Constant Guilt of Sin?
A while back (a long while back) a site reader asked Tim about the importance of believing in the deity of Jesus. As usual, Tim didn’t mince words in his response. Jesus made a strong statement when He said, “. . . for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” Jesus claimed to be God and told his disciples that they better believe it or they would die in their sins. That doesn’t sound very pleasant to me.
Is It Essential For Salvation to Believe that Jesus Is God?
Not too long ago (well OK, I guess it was a long time ago — like five years ago), a reader asked Tim a question about a certain article he had found on a messianic Jewish website. The author’s main idea was that Jesus was a created being, a son of God, and not God Himself. Here’s the article.
Tim wrote a detailed response — a pleasure to read! Check it out.
Is Jesus the True God? An Overview of the Trinity
We’ve heard this question (or variants of it) a lot. Folks think they’ve committed the unpardonable sin and they’re afraid that God will never forgive them. Or they’ve committed deliberate sins and feel that they are beyond God’s mercy. We have one thing to say–stop believing Satan’s lies and trust in the promises explicitly stated in God’s Word.
I Think I’ve Committed Blasphemy – Can I Be Forgiven?
I haven’t posted here for a long time. To say that I miss Tim would be an understatement. My life has changed significantly since he’s been gone. I find it difficult to stay motivated. Tonight I felt strongly that I needed to get to work on the site again. So here goes. Here’s an article that Tim wrote a little over a year ago. I have many more.
Folks are also submitting poems and testimonies weekly. I’m so back-logged at this point that I really have no idea how I’ll ever catch up. I really don’t think I will. But anyway, here you go. Another article from Tim.
What Do the Jews Believe About Jesus?
A reader wanted to know what we think of Joyce Meyer and her teachings. We do not want to bad-mouth Joyce Meyer, as we agree with her statement of faith and are appreciative of the fact that she’s open about her ministry’s finances. However, we do have a few problems with some of her basic tenets.
Joyce Meyer and the Prosperity Gospel Teachings
Recently we received an email from a reader who stated that he was “living in fear every day.” We say that this is no way to live. And we also say that the Bible teaches us that we do not need to be afraid. We should not live under condemnation but in the freedom of Jesus Christ. He has broken our chains of bondage. He has released us from the weight of past sin. Trust His promises.
I Am Living in Fear Every Day
Are religious rituals really that important? Are they good? Bad? Outdated?
The Proper Role of Religious Rituals