Christ’s Active Obedience Is Essential for Our Salvation


by John Ellis

The Biblical literacy of congregations is a frequent topic of conversation among pastors. How often do members read their Bibles? How well can they articulate important doctrines? Can they discern error from truth? Sadly, many of the pastors with whom I’ve spoken express varying degrees of cynicism about their congregations’ level of understanding of God’s Word. In my experience, many Believers are lacking in their understanding of the necessity of Christ’s life for our salvation.

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Why I Believe in Limited Atonement


by John Ellis

If Christ has died for you, you can never be lost. God will not punish twice for one thing. If God punished Christ for your sins, He will not punish you. Payment God’s justice cannot twice demand; first at the bleeding Saviour’s hand, and the again at mine. How can God be just if He punished Christ, the substitute, and then man himself afterwards?Charles Spurgeon

After discovering that some of us were vegetarians, a young actress at the cast party excitedly announced, “I’m a vegetarian, too!”

We looked at each other, puzzled. The grilled chicken heading into her mouth seemed to directly contradict the words leaving her mouth. She didn’t see it that way, however.

“Oh, I’m a vegetarian that eats chicken,” she cheerily responded as others pushed back on her claim.

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Progressive Proof-Texting: Did Jesus Come to Judge or to Save?

triumphal entryby John Ellis

If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” John 12:47

In the West, claims to exclusivity in reference to religion are one of the quickest ways to engender cries of disapproval from the curators of society. In fact, the concept of exclusion has been relegated to the closet of offensive by many progressives who claim to be Christians. The notion that anyone should be required to recognize that something is broken inside of them, find a new identity, and come to God on God’s terms may be the one and only heresy in the progressive church. During the Easter Prayer Breakfast, declaiming the thesis statement of progressive Christianity’s soteriology, Vice President Joe Biden said, “We all practice the same basic faith but different faiths.”

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