Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Writing Course Buy-1-Get-1-Free


"My boys just completed their second time through the writing course from Dr. Lybrand. It's amazing to compare this year with last year. It only takes 4 wks to go through and changes their thinking again! Planning on doing it every year at the beginning." -Connie

Friday, May 22, 2009

Carnal Christian


I give up...I can't post on my own site on any of my computers...why?

Discuss carnality with me...Mark and Wayne are saying some curious things about carnality...both seeming to think Christians can and cannot be carnal.

What is your take? I think 1 Corinthians 3 is overwelmingly I alone on this one?



P.S. I do think there is no way to avoid Christians sinning...which begs for, "Why would the Holy Spirit let us sin at all?"...and..."If we can sin some by the Holy Spirit's permission, then why not a lot?"

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Free Grace Voices From the Past


Bob suggested we collect some of our favorite quotes from Free Grace voices of the past...who do you like? What did they say? What do you like about it?



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The History of the Free Grace Movement


What makes someone Free Grace?

I have a few friend who are suggesting that I'm unfair in saying that GES is no longer in the Free Grace Movement because it disagrees with earlier Free Grace leaders. Of course, disagreeing isn't the issue...but disagreeing with a fundamental is. I put the gospel in as one of the fundamentals. In my Open Letter I mentioned the following from Lewis Sperry Chafer:

Preaching the gospel is telling something about Christ and His
finished work for them which they are to believe. This the simplest
test to be applied to all soul-saving appeals. The Gospel has not been
preached until a personal message concerning a crucified and living
Saviour has been presented, and in a form which calls for the response
of a personal faith. (Salvation, p. 101).

Naturally, this quote is quite at odds with what Zane Hodges and the GES Gospel maintain. Even though they might insist that they 'preach the cross'...Dr. Chafer would say that they MUST preach the cross. My argument is that the GES folks have cut themselves out of history by cutting historical leaders out on what the gospel is.

Though other disagree, I think what is at issue is the simple fact that if we can all disagree about anything 'free grace'---then there actually is not definition available.

What would you consider the essentials to be? Also, do you think I've been unfair in appealing to history?

Thanks much,


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Here's the Passage to Discount in the GES Gospel Debate

OK All,

Here is the passage that convinced me to change from supporting Zane and Bob. I have yet to have anyone argue against the point...especially in any printed form. The whole passage goes further, but this should be enough for the discussion.

It is undeniable that Paul saw the cross as in the message by which we are saved. Look at this:

"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles," (1 Corinthians 1:21-23, ESV)

If I put these together for precision it reads like this:

"For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach (Christ Crucified)(v.23) to save those who believe.

What do you think? I think the cross is an unavoidable part of THE MESSAGE. This is especially why a gospel that doesn't include the cross is not a gospel that will save eternally.



Saturday, April 25, 2009

Help on the Gospel: Top Passages

Hi All,

What about one of your favorite (though perhaps less obvious) passages that support the importance of the cross / resurrection, etc., as necessary content of 'saving faith'? Please explain why. This could be a huge help.