Category Archives: Punishment

Forgiveness is an act of worship

When hurt by others, we often only see the horizontal significance of what occurred. “This is about me and the one who hurt me!” we argue. Yet those who worship God are called to view forgiveness as an act of worship. This is primarily about God and secondarily about me or my offender. When we forgive, we “let go of” instead of “holding on to” or “holding against.”

Forgiveness is an act of releasing to God the hurtful actions and consequences of the wrong done to us. Continue reading

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Top 5 Arguments against eternal punishment

Most people know that the Bible doesn’t describe a pleasant end for those who reject God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. But what type of judgment falls on them? Continue reading

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Teach this truth to new believers

Discipline is an unavoidable part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation. Christian discipleship should teaching about the fact that, “The Lord disciplines those he loves.” Some Christians are not experiencing spiritual growth because they don’t understand this truth.  ___ A failure to … Continue reading

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The history of evil

The ambition of an angel led to the suspicion of Eden (that the best life is outside of the will of God not within it). This led to the delusion of self-rule (which only resulted in bondage to sin and death). The cycle continues — ambition, suspicion, delusion, death.

Creation took its first turn toward disaster when the ambition of angles incited a revolt against the Creator. It was a delusional and arrogant bid for autonomy.

How irrational for a created being to think of autonomy as a possibility! The only real option for created beings is dependence. It’s a delusional and dangerous fantasy for creatures to make a bid for self-rule and self-determination. Continue reading

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Is capital punishment mandated by God?

Occasionally I am asked how I reconcile my pro-life position with my support of capital punishment. I answer by showing how both positions (pro-life and pro-capital punishment) endorse…. Continue reading

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Misunderstanding the ways of God

Here’s a truth we can’t afford to ignore, misunderstand or underestimate: “The Lord disciplines those He loves.” Discipline is part of God’s plan for spiritual transformation – for all of His children. If you’ve known the Lord for any length of … Continue reading

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Does God’s Discipline involve punishment?

  Is there a difference between God’s general discipline (of which all believers share as they move toward Christian maturity) and targeted discipline (in response to a particular sin or area of disobedience)? Since Jesus bore the punishment our sin deserved, should … Continue reading

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