Since the gospel of grace is opposite to the way the rest of life works, many people have great trouble accepting it. The offer of eternal is absolutely free, but this also makes it difficult to believe.
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I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe that grace is so free, that yes, you can just go sin all you want. (Before you get upset at me for contradicting Paul in Romans 6:1, read the post.)
It is not uncommon to hear people say that the grace of God is free, BUT… Those who say this do not know God or His grace. There are no conditions or limits to grace. Grace is free. Period. Grace has no but.
You and I can forgive others without requiring them to shed their blood. So why do some Christians teach that God requires the shedding of blood in order to forgive us? One reason is because of Hebrews 9:22 which says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. But the text does not teach what most people think it teaches. This post gives 10 reasons why Hebrews 9:22 does not teach that the shedding of blood is required for the forgiveness of sins.
In this excerpt from my book, The Re-Justification of God, I show that it does not matter who hardened Pharaoh’s heart first, because the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart has nothing whatsoever to do with his eternal destiny.
Since many people think Paul is talking about who goes to heaven in Romans 9, they think it is unfair for God to force Pharaoh to go to hell against his will. This is not what Paul is teaching at all!
In my recently published book, The Re-Justification of God, I look at the difficult portion of Romans 9 where Paul says that God loved Jacob but hated Esau. How can we understand these words? Does God really love Jacob and hate Esau?
I look at the two main views of this question, and then propose a mediating third view. This post is simply a summary of the longer explanation in my book.
Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of the next few posts so that people who are trying to understand what Paul is saying in Romans 9 about election, Esau, Pharaoh, and the potter and the clay.
Note that all of these posts are drawn from the longer explanation in my book The Re-Justification of God.
The Re-Justification of God is my new book. In it, I look at Romans 9:10-24 from a non-Calvinistic perspective.
This book is not really done, but is more of a summary or introduction to much longer and more exegetically-based book that I want to write in the future. Nevertheless, the main ideas are still here, and I invite and encourage your feedback and insight to help me expand upon this book in a future edition.
Get your copy today from Amazon for less than $3, and then let me know what you think!