grace

Is It Really Appointed Unto A Man Once to Die and Then Be Judged?

Is It Really Appointed Unto A Man Once to Die and Then Be Judged?

Is it really appointed unto a man once to die and then the judgment? Let me ask you a question. How many times did Lazarus die? Unless you believe he is physically alive today then you know that Lazarus died and was raised from the dead, but then some years later he died a natural death again. He died twice. Plus, what about all those thousands of people in our day who were clinically dead for some time and then came back?

So maybe, just maybe this verse has been used out of context.

There is No Such Thing as Pleading the Blood. The Blood of Jesus is not Magic. It's a Message!

There is No Such Thing as Pleading the Blood. The Blood of Jesus is not Magic. It's a Message!

I used to know a woman who was born into a satanic ritual abuse family, which intermarried among the groups and purposely infiltrated churches. Her arranged marriage was with a man who pretended to be a pastor, while they performed rituals in the church basement at night.

The Real Transgender Problem

The Real Transgender Problem

So is it possible that the conservative evangelical view of the transgender community is just another lens that needs to be cleansed with a bottle of truth? The issue brings to the surface many ideas that may be more cultural bug splatter than it is revelation truth. 

I have a question for you. How many transgender people do you know personally? Have you ever listened to the story of a single one? Will a transgender person not be "saved" because they wear the clothes of the opposite sex? Is that a disqualification for eternity in the light of the gospel of grace? 

How Saved Are We? The Truth About the Word "Saved"!

How Saved Are We? The Truth About the Word "Saved"!

"You need to get saved!" thundered the fiery evangelist as sweat fell from his furrowed brow and uncontrolled spit leaped from his lips as he pounded the pulpit.

"You need to get saved!" wrote the angry man on Facebook to the one with which he vehemently disagreed. Of course it was followed by him saying "go to hell" in the next breath to the same person who denied his theology of hell.

Who is "in Christ"?

Who is "in Christ"?

Is this an important question? Absolutely. Who is in Christ completely kicks Western theology out of its box and reorients it back to biblical-early church constructs affirmed by even the church fathers. But it is more important than breaking out of some ivory tower theological prison. It sets our personal experience and our "knowing God" back to the simplicity of the gospel of grace. 

Is God the Father of Us All?

Is God the Father of Us All?

I'm honored to travel to various countries around the world. I see different colored skin and many different belief systems. But a smile, laughter, hurt, desires, and love are universal. When we get out from under heavy religious threats and rise to a heavenly view of humanity, it is nearly inevitable to ask the question: "Is God the Father of us all?"

Abide in the Vine or Go to Hell?

Abide in the Vine or Go to Hell?

Did Jesus threaten to throw you into the fires of hell if you don't abide in the vine? Abide in the vine or go to hell! Stay "in Christ" or burn? Did you put yourself in Christ to begin with? 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus..."

That is really the implication of John 15:1-6 if we don't understand it. Many Christians and unfortunately pastors too, have misinterpreted this passage and placed a weight of fear on believers that they were never intended to carry. 

The Justice Of God: Punishing or Restoring You?

The Justice Of God: Punishing or Restoring You?

Remember the Justice League of America? Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash? 

From a very young age we have had the concept of justice deeply ingrained in us. A four year old knows its wrong for another boy to steal his GI Joe toy.

But if we don't allow the Bible to inform our hearts, we will miss what divine justice is all about! In fact, without understanding justice, we will not be able to accurately interpret scripture. Even worse, we will misunderstand the nature of God.

How Christmas Saved YOU?

How Christmas Saved YOU?

Yes, of course what happened at the cross was vitally important, but if Jesus was simply going there separate from us, it would have resulted in religion. 

Oh wait!! That is exactly what many people think. They weren't told that as a result of the incarnation, what Jesus did, he was doing for us us! Not in a separate sort of way, but as the Son of Man he represented all mankind. So whatever happened to him was happening for the whole of humanity! 

Am I Safe With God or is He A Terrorist Too?

Am I Safe With God or is He A Terrorist Too?

I recently sat with a new missionary friend who told me the story about a former Taliban terrorist he encountered in another country.

One night in Afghanistan this Taliban terrorist was planning another attack. Suddenly a stranger named Jesus walks into his room and sits at the foot of his bed. This stranger begins explaining the gospel to him in simple terms, with love and patience.

How The Law Created God in Our Image

How The Law Created God in Our Image

Did you know that the Law was largely Israel's attempt to shape God into their image and the patterns of the world?

Spiritual Myth-Busters: Eyes too Pure to Look Upon Evil?

Spiritual Myth-Busters: Eyes too Pure to Look Upon Evil?

Many of us have heard it quoted through the years... sin is so serious and God is so holy that his eyes are to pure to even look upon evil! Usually on the heels is the inevitable guilt trip where we are called to come to the altar and "get right" because... basically God can't stand the sight of you. That is the message that some people have internalized.

Only A Few Will Be Saved?

Only A Few Will Be Saved?

Want a shocking perspective?!! Did Jesus lie when he said that the gospel was only for a very few? Or is there more to the story? Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are FEW who find it.” 

Fairy-tales and Facts about Forgiveness

Fairy-tales and Facts about Forgiveness

A legend is a story that has some historical truth in it but has probably grown bigger than life. You know what a fairy tale is right? A fairy tale is a story with fairies. A fairy tale is a fantasy story filled with mythical creatures with a moral to the story, but it is outright fiction.

I want to tell you about a God who is not a fairy tale. One whose story seems too good to be true… he calls it good news. Gospel. It is not a fairy tale. It has been minimized instead of growing bigger than life that's why I’m telling you it's no fairy tale what God did in the gospel! BUT a lot of the things we believe about forgiveness and the gospel are closer to fairy tales than they are to fact. So let’s look at some of those: