We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Sudan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian. Once again, two pastors face prosecution there on false charges. Continue reading
I recently reread the book of Galatians, which emphasizes again and again that salvation in Jesus Christ is found through faith and specifically states “a person is not justified by the works of the law …” Continue reading
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Continue reading
From Michael Horton’s book, Christless Christianity:
“Like Peter, our Christian life is a roller coaster of faithfulness and unfaithfulness. Since we always drift back to self-confident triumphalism (remember Peter’s protest, ‘I will never deny you!’ just before he did), we need to hear God’s verdict on our righteousness through the law and his assurance of pardon in the gospel. Jesus’s example is not good news but a terrifying burden unless he is first of all the one who saves me from my inability to follow it.”
Taken from his book, Christless Christianity: Continue reading
On the persecution beat, positive stories are rare. I was happy to get to write this one about an Irish pastor’s acquittal. Continue reading
My latest article for WORLD is about Christian groups’ fears that a proposed constitution in Nepal will limit or even ban religious conversion. Continue reading
You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Continue reading
Don’t be fooled by the sermon title, Pastor Tullian does a fantastic job in this sermon of explaining the freedom we have in Jesus and the difference between passive and active righteousness. Check it out.