Modern Salesmanship

Modern Salesmanship They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.—1 John 2:19 In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we…

Salvation Apart from Obedience?

Salvation Apart from Obedience? For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.—Ephesians 2:10 Therefore, I must be frank in my feeling that a notable heresy has come into being throughout our evangelical Christian circles—the widely accepted concept that we humans can…

Believe the Right Things

Believe the Right Things And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your…

Sovereign Calling

Sovereign Calling But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.—John 1:12-13 There is another and worse evil…

The Longing After Eternity

The Longing After Eternity He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts…. —Ecclesiastes 3:11 We take it for granted and we are not surprised at all about the eternal nature of God but the greater wonder is that God has seen fit to put His own everlastingness…

Conviction and Pain

Conviction and Pain So I said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” —Isaiah 6:5 When Isaiah cried out, “I am undone!” it was…

A Bond of Compassion

A Bond of Compassion Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.—Psalm 126:5-6 The testimony of the true follower of Christ might well be something like this: The world’s pleasures and the world’s…

“I Gave It All Up!”

“I Gave It All Up!” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.—2 Corinthians 5:17 I have been asked more than once what I gave up when I was converted and became a believing child of God. I was a young…