Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38

This passage is often quoted by some who teach what is commonly called baptismal regeneration. Usually the teaching goes like this: to be saved you must repent (turn from your sins) and be baptized in water. When you meet these conditions (and usually a few others as well) you will receive "remission of sins."

On the surface this may seem to be a reasonable interpretation — until you begin doing some biblically guided thinking.

The Gospel of Grace

The Gospel of Grace

We should not think it strange that those who boldly proclaim salvation "by grace through faith plus nothing" — are under attack. One of the most diabolical forms of the attack is to say that we are preaching cheap grace and easy believism, implying that we who proclaim such a free, fully-paid-for salvation teach contrary to the great spiritual giants of church history. Even if such criticisms were true, we should never take our beliefs or practices from other men. There is only one authority and that is the Bible! However, such accusations are decidedly not true, as the following samplings from "great spiritual giants of church history" should demonstrate.

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is One of a kind; there is not, nor has there ever been, anyone like Him. He is not to be compared to any religious leader, for He is far more than that. He was a teacher par excellence, but He was far more than that. He was a miracle worker unlike any this world has ever seen, but He was far more than a worker of miracles. His uniqueness in all areas points to one undeniable fact: He is God Himself who took on flesh and lived among us!

What Ever Happened to Christian Ethics?

What Ever Happened to Christian Ethics?

There's no sense in denying that atrocities against the Lord are happening, because they are. We may somewhat understand why such things would occur in the lives of the unsaved, religious person who is a stranger to the new birth and devoid of God's Spirit, but what of the genuine child of God? How is it possible that a man or woman who truly belongs to the Lord would be led into a life that would be an utter disgrace to their Savior?

Key Issues of the Day, Part 2

Key Issues of the Day, Part 2

In discussing key issues facing Bible believing churches today, I mentioned in the last Clarity Trumpet that the five issues I was going to discuss were crucial, and I defined crucial as those "areas in which churches are struggling and over which they are sometimes battling." Crucial in this context does not necessarily mean the most important but rather areas in which the battles seem to be raging at the present, or areas in which pastors and church leaders across the country are having the most questions, or over which they are experiencing the most difficulties. Keep this in mind as I conclude with the final two areas of concern.

Key Issues of the Day, Part 1

Key Issues of the Day, Part 1

I was recently asked to share with the pastoral/ministry staff of a large church what I see as key issues facing Bible believing churches today. There are basically five areas I have regularly observed as being crucial. By crucial I mean areas in which churches are struggling and over which they are sometimes battling. I will address three in this issue and cover the other two in the next Trumpet.

Security of the Believer

Security of the Believer

Often we consider the subject of the security of the believer in Jesus Christ from a purely proof-text approach. The one who thinks a believer in Christ may lose his salvation will turn to his verses to substantiate the point that salvation may somehow be forfeited later on. Then, the person who is convinced that there is no way a true believer in Jesus Christ can ever again be lost will bring out his verses to nail down his case. Back and forth they go, often doing no more than reconfirming their own position to themselves. Sometimes the very fact that there are many Bible verses in support of a particular truth is sufficient to convince any open-minded person of its correctness. I believe this is the case in the matter of our salvation being by faith alone in Christ alone. The biblical evidence is so staggering. The same is true, in my opinion, concerning the security of the believer in Christ.