How Many Conditions Must We Meet in Order to Believe in Jesus? None

Perhaps the most deadly feature of hyper-Calvinism is the idea that one must first discover certain qualifications of the Spirit's work in his heart before he has warrant to believe in Jesus. Over the centuries hyper-Calvinists have taught, either implicitly or explicitly, that a certain amount of remorse for sin or love for Christ must be located the soul in … Continue reading How Many Conditions Must We Meet in Order to Believe in Jesus? None

Sleep, Exercise, and Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of salvation is God's will for Christians. A continual lack of assurance and doubting of one's standing before God may appear ultra-spiritual, but it is actually a sign of spiritual immaturity. Scripture repeatedly calls Christians to pursue assurance and assumes that it is possible to attain it. And we desire each one of you to show … Continue reading Sleep, Exercise, and Assurance of Salvation

Helping People Find Genuine Assurance of Salvation (or, A Case for Systematic Theology)

For some (if not many) Christians, finding and enjoying the assurance of their salvation is a painfully elusive venture.  Although there may be evidence in a person’s life that strongly suggests they are a believer—evidence confirmed by trusted friends and pastors—a robust sense that they truly belong to God seems to regularly evade their grasp.  … Continue reading Helping People Find Genuine Assurance of Salvation (or, A Case for Systematic Theology)