Category: Baptism

Why Do Teens Abandon the Church?

How do you get filled with the Spirit?

On this week’s Radical Grace Radio we talked about an article by Brian Housman on the Christian Messenger website titled “Reasons why teenagers abandon Christianity!” It was an insightful article with some rather damning conclusions, and since nearly all the church everywhere is deeply concerned about this issue, we thought it was important. Click here to read the article. Pastor also has a few things to say to everyone about “getting filled with the Spirit”… Another topic that in the last one hundred has never left the minds of Christians. After all, if we could all just get filled up, we could fix a lot of problems, right?

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The Kingdom of God Gospel

He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

The most common way of evangelizing these days is to ask this question of people: If you were to die tonight, where would spend eternity. In this show we submit to you that this is categorically the wrong method of persuasion. In fact, I personally think that the approach of asking “where will you spend eternity” does nothing but appeal to our narcisim. But this is exactly the problem. We’ve been trained by the world to think of things in terms of how it benefits us, how it impacts our lives, so much so that any other way of thinking is deemed as backwards and irrelevant. But how do you begin to offer a corrective to this viewpoint? How about proclaiming “the kingdom” like Jesus did?


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Justification and Propitiation

Where Can We Find Forgiveness?

This edition of Radical Grace Radio is the beginning of a re-release of four programs that began with an episode that goes into Justification and Propitiation.

If I were to take a microphone with me right now out on the street and ask Christians how important the forgiveness of sins is to the Christian Faith, I’m certain that nearly all them would agree that it is most important. But if I were to ask this same group of Christians how is it that God forgiving sins amounts to salvation, there would be all kinds of answers. The problem with many of the answers is that too often what is said is that salvation comes from either us having cleaned up our act, or that we’ve quote “believed” unquote, and that these things are the conditions we must meet in order to stand before the Holy and Righteous God. On the one hand there are people who teach that Salvation comes from obeying the law and that obedience is rewarded by God with Salvation, while on the other hand more Christians would teach that it’s by faith that we are saved and that only by believing in Jesus Christ can salvation come to the sinner.

But both of these definitions amount to the same thing. On the one hand people who teach Works, called Pelagians, are obviously teaching that we can manipulate God by obeying his law, as if we could ever hold our many works over God that he would have to owe us something in return. But, all too often the opposite teaching, that we are saved by faith, is stated like this: If you believe God and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, that’s ALL you have to do to be saved, as if you can manipulate God by performing the ONE work that God will accept. But scripture teaches us that no one will be justified by works before God. So what gives?

The Bible talks about “salvation” in a different way, in terms of being “justified”. Indeed, the Apostle Paul talks about how God “Justifies the wicked”. But again, we have to be careful, because a lot people would say, “oh, I know what Justified means. “Just as if I’d never sinned”. Well, in this program, as always, we refuse to talk down to people, but rather would tell them the truth the way the truth really is. To be Justified is something more than just forgiveness. Wicked, constantly sinful people need more than forgiveness to make it to heaven, and that’s what we’re going to talk about on this edition of Radical Grace Radio.


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Of Baptism, Wartberg Headquarters and Witness Protection

Episode 63: Baptismal Regeneration and how we can get confused.

In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Baptism and Baptismal regeneration. What is the difference between the common view of Baptism in American Evangelicalism and the Biblical view of Baptism and why is it so important to understand the difference?
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