Righteousness As Filthy Rags

Text: Isaiah 64:6 There is confusion in the religious world about the fundamental topics of faith and salvation. Some believe we are saved by faith alone. Some think that we cannot do good because we are born totally depraved. What does the Bible say? Our text is a verse that is sometimes used to defend these misconceptions. […]

The Soul Who Sins Will Die

Text: Ezekiel 18:4 Many people do not want to take responsibility for their actions. They blame others for what they do wrong. The Lord addressed this mentality among His people in this chapter. We need to learn these lessons. Each Person Is Accountable for His Own Sins (v. 1-4) The Lord began by addressing a proverb […]

“You Were Unwilling”

Text: Matthew 23:37-38 Calvinism teaches that salvation is unconditional and that grace is irresistible. The reason for this is that man (allegedly) has no free will. Therefore, man would be unable to make the decision on his own to serve the Lord. Many passages refute this idea. This passage is one of them. The Lord […]

Did Jesus Die in Our Stead?

Text: Romans 5:8 Jesus died for us – no Bible believer will deny this. But what was the nature of His death? Did He die “in our stead,” as a “substitute”? This is a common theory, and many brethren believe it, yet it is not Biblical. Punishment vs. Consequences for Sin It is vital that […]

Calvinism

A large percentage of those we hope to teach believe some or all of the basic tenets of Calvinism. Therefore, it is good to be reminded of these things so we can have a ready answer. Basic Tenets of Calvinism (TULIP) Total Depravity – man is born in sin, unable to choose to come to […]

Excuses for Sin

Excuses for not knowing what is sin: Ignorance – Hosea 4:6 Human Reasoning – Proverbs 14:12 Trusting Others – Matthew 7:15 Excuses for choosing to sin: Only Human – Ecclesiastes 7:29; 1 Corinthians 10:13 Background – Ezekiel 18:14; 1 Timothy 1:15 Peer Pressure – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Original Sin

The Doctrine of Original Sin – Since Adam sinned, all his descendants were born into sin Passages Used to Defend this Doctrine – Genesis 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 9:3; Jeremiah 13:23; John 6:64-65; Romans 3:10-11; 8:7-8; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Titus 3:3 Contradictions with Plain Passages – Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20-24; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 18:3 […]