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In this passage James envisions a believer intervening in the life of another, wayward, believer. The result is that you will “save his soul from death” and will “cover a multitude of sins.” Does this mean there is the potential for a Christian to sin so severely that if someone doesn’t intervene to restore him/her that this person might “lose” their soul to “death,” i.e., lose their salvation? No. Several points need to be made.Read More

Does 1 Cor. 3:15 Teach the Doctrine of Purgatory?Read More

The apostle Paul describes how he is careful to be self-disciplined and to bring his body into subjection 'lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.' Does this word translated -disqualified? (NASB) suggest that Paul feared losing his salvation. Once again, as we see also in Rom. 11:22, it may be that Paul is echoing a theme found elsewhere in his letters and throughout the NT, namely, that ultimate salvation is dependent on persever...Read More

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and the Role of Women in the ChurchRead More

1 John 3:9 and the Doctrine of PerseveranceRead More

1 Kings 22:19-23 (2 Chron. 18:18-22)Read More

1 Timothy 1:18-20 And the Security of the BelieverRead More

1 Timothy 3:2,12 and "The Husband of One Wife"Read More

2 Timothy 2:11-13 Can A True Believer Deny Jesus?Read More

What does Paul mean when he refers to the possibility of receiving the grace of God "in vain"? See also Gal. 2:2; Phil. 2:16; 1 Thess. 3:5 (cf. 1 Cor. 15:2). Some suggested answers:   1.         Perhaps he is urging them not to forfeit the grace of salvation which they had earlier received. In other words, it is an exhortation to persevere, to avoid apostasy. On this view, Paul would be implying that a born-again believer ca...Read More

Repentance, Baptism, and the Forgiveness of Sins: A Study of Acts 2:38Read More

Acts 15:14-17 and The Rebuilding of David's TabernacleRead More

Ephesians 4:7-10 and Christ's DescentRead More

Galatians 2:16 Justification and the Faithfulness of ChristRead More

Galatians 5:2-4 Can a Christian "Fall from Grace?"Read More

What was the "sin" of those demons referred to in 2 Pt. 2:4 and Jude 6 (and poss. 1 Pt. 3:18-20) for which they are now confined in hell? This "sin" was not their original rebellion, for why, then, would only some be confined and not all? It can't be that only the more wicked were permanently confined, for Satan, the most wicked of all, is still free. The context in both 2 Pt. 4 and Jude 6 links this "sin" with the flood of Noah (cf. 1 Pt. 3:18-20). This takes us back to...Read More

Hebrews 6:4-6 and the Possibility of ApostasyRead More

Hebrews 10:26-31 and the Possibility of ApostasyRead More

Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 and the "Fall" of SatanRead More

Baptism and Salvation: A Study of John 3:5 Part OneRead More

Baptism and Salvation: A Study of John 3:5 Part Two Read More

John 3:16 and the Love of GodRead More

John 15:1-6 And the Security of the BelieverRead More

The Gift of the Holy Spirit A Study of John 20:22Read More

Matthew 7:1-6 Judging OthersRead More

Matthew 12:22-32 and Blasphemy of the Holy SpiritRead More

The Antecedent God: A Study of Philippians 2:12-13Read More

Who are the Angels in Revelation 2-3?Read More

Was Jesus Appointed to be The Son of God? A Study of Romans 1:3-4Read More

Deciphering Difficult Texts: Romans 7:14-25Read More

Romans 9:13 "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated"Read More

Romans 9:22 "Vessels of Wrath Prepared for Destruction"Read More

Romans 11:22 Can A True Believer be "Cut Off" from Christ?Read More

Romans 14:15 (1 Cor. 8:7-13) What does it mean to "Destroy" a Christian?Read More