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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

CWR Video – W. Paul Young — “Saying Yes or No to God”

Short 4 minute video by Paul Young.

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Can We Lose Our Salvation? – Greg Albrecht

CWR/PTM Front Page Q: Do you believe we can lose our salvation once we are truly saved? My personal belief is that, yes, we can. While God will never take it away, through constant and willful sinning, we can turn our eyes away from God. This will eventually lead to a case of "Pharaoh's hardened heart," a state whereby we can reject God's offer, and create a wall between ourselves and God that even God will not cross—for to do so would be to break his promise to us of free will. A: No, I do not believe we can lose our salvation. Before explaining why, ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak – “If God consents to our freedom, what’s the point of the relationship?”

Question Hi Mr. Jersak, I’ve been on a deconstruction of theology path the past couple years, as so many have, and have listened to many of your talks. I’ve been stuck for a while now and thought maybe it’s time to reach out. One of the big things that triggered my journey was my daughter getting hurt. My old theology could no longer stand. I have a good pastor who is on a similar journey and have been meeting with him as well.  I now understand that God has such high regard for human choices that he won’t intervene, and yet he is good all the time. ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak – “Is preaching Christ’s any-day return right? Is it helpful?”

Question I remember back in the 1970s being scared by Garner Ted Armstrong’s preaching on the World Tomorrow telecasts, taking Matthew 24 out of context and saying the return of Jesus Christ would cut short those tumultuous times, otherwise no flesh would be saved alive. Now I watch Jack van Impe preaching something very similar. I should not be too cynical as the world is a mess and we may well be headed for horrible wars but I am not letting fear religion grip me again. For decades they have been preaching the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Imminent? ...

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Grace on Trial – CWR Interview: Greg Albrecht with Steve McVey

        Greg Albrecht: I'm talking with a good friend, Steve McVey of Grace Walk Ministries. Steve is the president of Grace Walk Ministries. Steve, I've got to tell you that I wish there were more people in this world who are proclaiming radical grace.       Steve: When we talk about grace we're talking about Jesus, and I think folks need to have that firmly in their minds, that grace personified is Jesus Christ. So to those who say, well, that's great to talk about grace but there are other things too, I say, well, what else is there? The grace of Jesus ...

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Eternal Torture – Divine or Human Vengence? Greg Albrecht

Hell is a subject many religious people get all hot and bothered about. It's one of the most disputed and controversial teachings within Christendom. The squabbling is not about the surety of judgment for depravity and wickedness. Most Christians agree that there is and will be divine judgment for evil. The battle for hell is all about specifications, temperature and longevity. The debate involves comprehending and communicating divine justice—and in the process humans export definitions of time and space into eternity. But the Bible does not suggest that God ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak – The Creepy Twins of Spiritual Pride and Self-Loathing

Screenshot from Stephen King's "The Shining" Question Do you have any advice in the spiritual pride behind the deeply held belief that “God can’t forgive me”? I've dealt with this for years and it's beginning to hit me how prideful it was. Response Yes, ironically, rejecting the forgiveness of God "because I'm not worthy" is totally prideful but the pride is so often obscured by our self-loathing. We think that if we condemn ourselves that it can't possibly be pride. But what does self-loathing reveal except that the ego has become so deluded that it ...

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God-Given Freedom – Greg Albrecht

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus ...

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CWR Video – Reconciliation – Lucy Peppiatt

    4 minute video on Reconciliation - Lucy Peppiatt.

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Q & R with Brad Jersak – “What does ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world?” mean?

Question Greetings brother Brad. I have been privileged to hold your book, Stricken by God? in my hands. In the book, you talk about the importance of not collapsing the whole gospel narrative nor our entire soteriology (doctrine of salvation) into Good Friday. We mustn't forget the life and ministry and resurrection of Christ as part of his saving work. I agree with you wholeheartedly. The sending of God's son in toto is what makes our salvation possible--that is true indeed. You say, "the atonement precedes the cross," so we look not only to Good Friday but to ...

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