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How Did People in the Old Testament Please God?

| June 3, 2015

Moses states in verse 25 of Deuteronomy 6, “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” A casual reading of this verse might lead you to believe that all the Israelites had to do was follow the rules […]

#6 Post of 2014 – Are Believers Judged After They Die?

| December 19, 2014

Many Christians believe the answer to this question is “no.” Of course, they would be wrong. The New Testament clearly claims that all people, believers and unbelievers, are judged for their works after they die. Randy Alcorn, in his book Heaven, lays out the biblical evidence for this view. Alcorn describes the first judgment, after […]

“Inherit the Kingdom”: What Does that Mean?

| April 30, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The phrases “inherit the kingdom,” “inherit the earth,” and “inherit the land” occur several times in the New Testament (NT). Many readers assume that these phrases are referring to entrance into heaven. Theologian Joseph Dillow, in his book The Reign of the Servant Kings: A Study of Eternal Security and the […]

What Does the Old Testament Teach about the Inheritance of the Saints?

| April 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  As we’ve discussed before on the blog, there are two kinds of inheritance for Christians: 1) entrance into heaven and 2) reigning (rewards) in heaven. Many evangelicals mistakenly interpret all New Testament (NT) passages about the believer’s inheritance as referring to entrance into heaven, when this is clearly not the case […]

Who Were the Original Readers of 1 John?

| November 25, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The letter of 1 John in the New Testament contains numerous tests for its readers. However, the tests cannot be interpreted correctly unless we know to whom the letter was originally addressed. Advocates of the Reformed doctrine of perseverance argue that the writer of 1 John is addressing a group of […]

Do Christians Work for Their Inheritance? Part 2

| November 22, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The New Testament (NT) writers often speak of believers gaining or losing a future inheritance from God. In many cases, the inheritance is gained or lost because of the works of the believer. Since we are clearly taught elsewhere in the NT that gaining entrance into heaven is only by faith, then what are we to make of acquiring […]

Do Christians Work for Their Inheritance? Part 1

| November 20, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  The New Testament (NT) writers often speak of believers gaining or losing a future inheritance from God. In many cases, the inheritance is gained or lost because of the works of the believer. Since we are clearly taught elsewhere in the NT that gaining entrance into heaven is only by faith, then what […]

What Were the Reformers’ Views on Infant Baptism? – #6 Post of 2010

| December 24, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt According to church historian John Hannah, there were four major Protestant streams that developed during the Reformation in the 16th century: Anglicanism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anabaptism.  Each of these streams placed great stress on the idea of salvation by faith alone, yet they did not all agree on what infant baptism […]

Are All Sins Equal? Part 2

| January 13, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt So we’ve seen that the Bible does teach that some sins are more serious than others and that some virtues are greater than others.  There is a moral law hierarchy.  But what does this practically mean? First, let’s look at debates over public policy.  When determining where to focus your efforts […]

Do Catholics Affirm Justification by Faith Alone?

| November 20, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the most remarkable lectures I ever heard at an apologetics conference was a Friday morning session with Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College.  Kreeft is a highly respected Catholic scholar who has taught at BC for many years and written more than 60 books. Kreeft’s lecture focused […]

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