I have a new eBook coming out soon. The following post hits on one of the themes I write about in this book. To get this new book when it comes out, make sure you have subscribed to receive my blog posts and eBooks by email.
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.)
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.
There are numerous problems with the idea that the death of Jesus was to appease God, or do away with the wrath of God. This idea does not come from Scripture, but from the pagan idea that the gods are angry at us and need us to give them something of value to appease their anger. This post looks at what is wrong with the traditional understanding of the death of Jesus, and how we can understand it differently.
You can believe! You should believe. God wants you to believe. God calls you to believe. This is just as true for you as it for anyone else on earth. While sin is a universal problem, people are not so depraved that they cannot respond to the call of the Gospel and believe in Jesus for eternal life.
Some say that regeneration precedes faith. But Scripture teaches that regeneration follows faith. Revelation precedes faith, while regeneration follows. The Bible teaches that people are able to believe. Faith therefore, is not a work, is not a gift, and results in regeneration, just as Scripture says.