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Month: June 2017

Salvation Through Faith – What About Christian Works?

Salvation Through Faith – What About Christian Works?

In our previous article on salvation, we established that the Bible does not support the eternal salvation (or “once saved, always saved”) doctrine. So how is a Christian saved? Is it by doing good deeds and refraining from doing bad things? Is salvation attained by Christian works? Or is it by faith alone? If by faith alone, then where do Christian works fit in? Let’s see what the Bible has to say on this matter.

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Do Christian works produce salvation, or does salvation produce Christian works?

“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done.” (Eph 2:9 NLT) The same verse in the NIV says that salvation is “not by works.” So obviously, the Bible says our own works cannot save us. It is not saying that as Christians, we should not be doing good works. Rather, it is saying that salvation is not attained simply by doing good works. read more

Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved?

Eternal Security: Once Saved, Always Saved?

Many modern Christians believe in the doctrine known as “eternal security” (commonly known as “once saved, always saved”). But is this belief scriptural? Let’s allow the scriptures to speak for themselves.

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Is the doctrine of eternal security supported by the Bible?

“I mention it that you may be saved.” (Jn 5:34) Salvation is not guaranteed to everyone, or anyone. See Mt 7:21-23.

“For in this hope you were saved.” (Rom 8:24) “It is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph 2:5) As these verses show, in one sense, salvation is past tense. read more

Nationalism is Idolatry – Why?

Nationalism is Idolatry – Why?

Nationalism can be defined as loyalty and devotion to a nation, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It is exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations. But is nationalism for Christians? If we examine the Bible carefully, we may find that nationalism could be considered idolatry. Why?

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Is nationalism for Christians?

“No one can serve two masters.” (Mt 6:24) The principle here applies not only to material things coming before God, but to anything that we might put ahead of God and Jesus. This includes all nationalistic ideologies. read more

Christians, Pollution, and Climate Change

Christians, Pollution, and Climate Change

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Should Christians be concerned with pollution and climate change?

Should Christians be concerned about pollution and climate change? Some Christians feel that they are definitely saved and bound for heaven and God will destroy the earth with fire. Therefore, they feel no sense of responsibility to take care of the earth. Is this how God wants us to think and act? While the Bible does not use the terms “climate change,” “pollution,” “global warming,” etc., we can gain incite into God’s thinking by examining various Bible statements and principles. read more