Archive for December, 2008

Grace and the Kingdom

Posted: December 20, 2008 in Kingdom Exclusion
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We cannot make it to the throne in glory apart from the grace of God. What is “grace”? How does it work? Are there rules governing when it applies and when it does not? May this brief study of grace help you to make wise decisions that bring you to the judgment seat of Christ with joy! (more…)

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Kingdom exclusion is not for the believer who wants to follow the Lord. It’s not for the believer who occasionally and repeatedly stumbles and sins. Such believers do not have a sword hanging over their heads ready to fall the moment they slip up. Scripture abounds in the mercy of God. (more…)

When conversing with Christians in Christian forums, I’ve come across those who believe that all Christians will inevitably end up in the kingdom of God because of the grace of God (Calvinism). This means, of course, that there is no kingdom exclusion – period – for such believers. According to this view, if a person falls away, then he was never saved to begin with. This person is commonly called a “professing Christian” by the Calvinists. This is distinct from those who are “true Christians.”

In theory, the idea that the saved will always be saved and those to be punished must not have been saved in the first place sounds plausible. But when I examine specific warning verses with the theory in mind, the theory falls apart. (more…)