Category Archives: Elentics

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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God will not be mocked

Salvation occurs in connection with a series of experiences that trace to guilt, shame and conscience. The sequence includes four elements: Continue reading

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I will not remember your sins

You are living by the promise of I John 1:9 when you refuse to hold against yourself the sin God does not hold against you. Continue reading

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Two kinds of Knowledge about God

We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. Continue reading

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Why do people refuse to believe?

  A number of years ago, I spoke on the theme of unbelief at a conference for church leaders in Lakeland, Florida. I asked the question, “Why do people refuse to believe the gospel?” We explored the theme from four … Continue reading

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How people experience guilt and shame

All who care about reaching others with the goodnews of salvation must care about elentics. Continue reading

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