Reading passages like Romans 3:21–22, Luther realized that he could be forgiven, not based upon his own works but upon the righteousness of Jesus that was available to him if he would trust in Christ alone for his salvation.
"Jesus loves you all, and has a wonderful plan for your life, even how much your life may be totally depraved like mine."
Even now in this vale of tears, you are seated with Christ in the heavenly places where God's immeasurable riches await you in the coming ages
Can this man be believed? Shall his sins be forgiven? Shall his crimes be reprieved? ... Is he from heaven or from hell? ... I am reaching ... but I fall ... There is nowhere I can turn, there is no way to go on!
It was grievous to witness a political party set forth a clear social agenda centered on the availability of abortion, the advancement of liberty for sexual sin, homosexual marriage, the legalization of narcotic drugs, and government intolerance for religious freedom. To then see this agenda lifted up in triumph over the American electorate is to witness the defeat of the conservative Christian political agenda and to tremble over the future of our morally libertine society.
With the apostles Paul and Peter, and with Epistle to Diognetus, we should pray for peace, for the freedom to preach the gospel and practice our faith. We should pray and seek to be left alone by civil authorities.
In this garden, called Gethsemane, Jesus moved into the final stages of a process that would transform Him from an immortal man to a satanic being (E. W. Kenyon) and would, in turn, recreate men as little gods who would no longer be subject to the scourge of sin, sickness, and suffering (Benny Hinn).
This is the reason why the Catholic teaching about veneration of dead Saints, praying to these Saints, and purgatory are so readily acceptable to the culture. Evangelicals as well carry this superstitious baggage with them, even when the Bible condemns these practices as abominations.
"So we don’t need a historical couple tricked by a talking snake for the truth claims of Christianity to be true… [A] lot of Christians at Calvin College working in the sciences accept evolution, and they don’t see the conflict that you see there."
The goal of Protestant biblical interpretation is truth; the goal of the small group biblical interpretation is participation… There will be many gains in the area of mutual encouragement and social development, but few gains in the area of apprehending properly the biblical revelation. ~ T. David Gordon
What would rather strengthen your belief in heaven: a toddler’s embellished testimony, or the canonical Scriptures?
“In the name of Jesus Christ, I take authority over this weather system and command it to flee!” Jesus is really a homeboy for these people. A man has authority over the storm, but isn’t Baal the storm-god? Is he a Moses or an Elijah who has God-given power over the elements?