Our Righteousness Can’t Do It

We have access to more teaching and preaching than any other church in history -- but our knowledge has outstripped our ability.

If we are honest, most of us must admit that we're not applying what we've learned. We're not living up to God's expectations. We're striving too much. And our righteousness is falling short of the mark.

Imprisoned for Mercy

The Bible constantly declares that all humanity is imprisoned not only under the penalty for sin-death-but also under the power of sin-enslavement. We suffer both the penalty and the power. That is, we human beings are unable to extradite ourselves from sin. Sin has power over us.

Our imprisonment is effective because it leaves us with only one alternative: If we want to be forgiven and freed from the penalty and the power of sin, we must accept God's mercy.

Should Christians Judge?

The Bible teaches that Christians are to apply scriptural principles of discernment regarding beliefs, teachings and actions. Discernment is the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. In other words, discernment is the ability to judge well. Yet many Christians are confused when it comes to the Bible's teachings regarding judging.

Faith Healing

Faith healing refers to healing that occurs supernaturally, as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other conventional medical care.

But some churches and movements twist the Bible's teachings regarding faith healing -- often with deadly results.