Are You Good Enough? »

For as long as I can remember there has been a silent cultural message that “if you’re good enough” God will accept you as his own and secure you a permanent place at his side in eternity.  From Country and Western songs to Hallmark movie nights we are captured by the idea of a person [...]

The Gospel Truth 12: The Process of Salvation »

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)(This is a continuation of The Gospel Truth video blog series.  This post assumes the prerequisite watching of earlier videos in the series.  Click the link above to watch the entire series up to this week’s installment.) Many theological debates concerning the [...]

The Gospel Truth Pt. 6 (vlog) – Jesus: the Fulfillment of the Law »

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)(This is a continuation of The Gospel Truth video blog series.  This post assumes the prerequisite watching of earlier videos in the series.  Click the link above to watch the entire series up to this week’s installment.) I’ve often said that “the [...]

Gospel Truth: The Wrath of God Toward Sin (Vlog Series) »

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)A popular message today attempts to discredit the notion that God has wrath toward sin.  The proponents of this message claim that because God is love, and everything God does is motivated by love, that God cannot have wrath.  Today’s post in [...]

The Elements of the Gospel: Grace »

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This post is a continuation of the Pastoral Soteriology Series) Grace:  The Overriding Condition of Salvation Understanding the nature of the atonement expressed thus far – that Christ fulfilled the substitutionary blood atonement system of the Old Testament – leads one to next evaluate [...]

Jesus: The Fulfillment of the Law »

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyUnderstanding the substitutionary nature of Old Testament atonement is perhaps the single most important revelation concerning the work Christ accomplished on the cross on our behalf.  While such knowledge of the Old Testament system is certainly not a prerequisite for one’s salvation, it is [...]

Yom Kippur – The Foreshadowing of Christ »

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This is a continuation of the series entitled, “A Pastoral Soteriology.”  It assumes the reading of eariler posts.) The culmination of the sacrificial system of atonement in the Old Testament Law was demonstrated and applied in the yearly observation of “Yom Kippur,” or, “The [...]

Atonement in the Old Testament Law »

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyAtonement in the Old Testament Law As noted in the last post, the Penal Substitution Theory of the atonement is by far the best and most accurate understanding of the work Jesus provided on the cross according to the scriptures.  While the nature of [...]

The Penal Substitution Theory: On the Mark »

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyThe Penal Substitution Theory While all atonement theories examined thus far have failed at producing a biblically-based portrayal of the doctrine of salvation, Anselm had at least gotten close with his Necessary-Satisfaction Theory.  Building upon some of those very principles, the Penal Substitution Theory, [...]

The Necessary-Satisfaction Theory of Atonement »

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyContinuing our examination of numerous atonement theories which have circulated the church throughout history, it must be observed that thus far in this series there has not been revealed a tremendous amount of success in the packaging of such systems into understandable, yet valid [...]