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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

God’s Grace Is For Everyone – Greg Albrecht

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. —Titus 2:11 You are invited to the kingdom of heaven, and the invitation is called "the gospel" (good news) because it has no strings attached. You and I are invited to the kingdom of heaven in spite of what we have done! The body of Christ on earth is not the equivalent of an exclusive country club or a cloistered, highly restricted religious fraternity or union. Titus 2:11 says that God's grace is available to everyone—it does not promise or insist that everyone receives and accepts it —but ...

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Q & R with Brad Jersak: In whom and when does the Holy Spirit “enter” us?

Question:  Thanks, Brad for bringing so much needed clarity to “the sons issue” in your blog post, “Are All People God’s Children or Only Christians?” I would love to see a follow up to that in regards to the work of Holy Spirit. When does he enter, manifesting his presence as sons, etc. Response:  That’s an excellent question, the answer to which has filled volumes of books for two millennia. My brief response will cover just the two major features of your question: First, “When does the Holy Spirit ...

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Q & R with Greg Albrecht – Growing pains as we receive new insights

Question: Dear Greg,I'm writing because I feel you are one of the few people I can talk to about these matters. My wife and I have been reading and learning so much about the love of God.   But, we do so with two realities in mind:  1) As you know, we came out of an authoritarian and legalistic church, and of course what we learned about God at that religious address was so very wrong.  Since that time we have found fellowship with a far more spiritually healthy group, but now we are once again learning more … when we left that authoritarian and legalistic ...

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Audio Book of “A More Christlike God”

Audio book available A More Christlike God Is now available as an Audio Book     Purchase from: Audible/Amazon iTunes CWR Books

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Being in Christ – Greg Albrecht

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my ...

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Q & R with Brad Jersak – In John 5:45, what does it mean that Moses is their accuser?

Question: Q: Hey Brad, I’m wondering if you could shed some light on John 5:45-47. What does it mean that Moses is the accuser? How does this fit into the rest of the section concerning believing in Jesus and the purpose of scripture? Here's the passage: "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” Response: That's a great question. I ...

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Q & R with Greg Albrecht – Do people go to heaven when they die? Where is it?

Question There has been some discussion among friends about do people go to heaven as soon as they die? Also, where is heaven? Response A response to your questions could fill a book, or it can be brief – which, given the nature of blog, this answer will be.  That said, this is a HUGE topic.  As soon as people die they go to God – most scholars and theologians call this “place” the intermediate state. Many people say that people who die go to heaven – and while that description is not wrong, it can be misleading depending on what people ...

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Twice as Much as a Child of Hell

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! 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 23:15 The Pilgrim's Regress by C.S. Lewis includes a fascinating story about a young boy's first encounter with religion and one of its religious professionals. Since Lewis is one of my favorite authors, I've read and studied about his own childhood, and it seems that some of what he is talking about in this fictional story is autobiographical, ...

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Q & R: Are all people God’s children or only Christians? Brad Jersak

Brad Jersak Question: Previously, I responded to the question, "Is Christ in ALL people or only in Christians?" In that post, I talked about Scriptures that say, "As ALL were in Adam, so now ALL are in Jesus Christ," by virtue of the Incarnation. Christ in ALL because he united himself to ALL humanity. But I also identified at least four types of New Testament texts that narrow Christ's "IN-ness" to those who reciprocate the covenant relationship. Those who identify with Christ by faith, relate to him intimately, focus on him through prayer and worship, etc. ...

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A Canary in a Coal Mine – Greg Albrecht

Years ago coal miners in the United States and the United Kingdom took caged canaries down into the mine with them as an early warning system. Canaries are extremely sensitive to toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane. The earliest mines didn't have ventilation systems, so canaries helped detect toxic gases long before humans could. The canaries served as an audible and a visual cue regarding the condition of the air the miners were breathing. As long as the miners could see that the canary was alive, and could hear the canary singing, the ...

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