Am I Lost Forever?

Q. To my embarrassment and shame, my boyfriend and I went much further intimately than we intended to recently over Thanksgiving. We both are Christian adults and this is something we thought we had under control. (Obviously, I know that story is as old as the hills.) Although we didn’t have sex, I’m quite sure it was just as wrong in God’s eyes as if we had done that.

Both my boyfriend and I have talked and prayed about this after the fact and know we were wrong to go as far as we did. I know that God forgives and Christ told the woman caught in adultery that He didn’t condemn her and to go and sin no more.

My problem is the motivations going through my head and heart prior to and during the several times my boyfriend and I went too far. I knew that what we were doing was almost certainly wrong, but I didn’t want to pull back. I knew that I’d feel terribly guilty afterwards and that I’d come to God asking for forgiveness. I just figured I’d cross that bridge when I got to it.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We’ve come to the place in our study of Hebrews that’s familiar even to those who haven’t read any other part of the letter. Did the writer intend to warn us that our salvation is conditional and therefore subject to loss? And even more frightening, did he say that once lost it could never be regained? Many people think that’s exactly what’s being said here. Never mind that the rest of the New Testament contains dozens of assurances that our salvation is secure forever, the Letter to the Hebrews (especially chapters 6 and 10) is said by those who argue against eternal security to contain the “fine print” in our contract with God, imposing conditions upon His grace that aren’t mentioned elsewhere. Let’s see if they’re correct.

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Oneness Doctrine

I have been saved and re baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been told this was not necessary by my brother’s girlfriend who is catholic. She said I was baptized as a baby and that is all I need. She said my church believes in oneness and it is very wrong. So my question to you is, do you believe Jesus and God are one?

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

In our last installment we learned that because the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land by faith, God declared that they would never enter His rest. We begin this one by learning the spiritual meaning behind the weekly Sabbath.

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Peace Conference?

I write this with a great deal of anguish concerning the upcoming so-called peace conference to be held at the end of this month. I feel so compelled to pray against it and pray for Israel that my heart aches and tears fall.

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Why Keep Confessing?

When Jesus died on the cross and paid our debt past-present and future why do we have to continually ask for forgiveness-repent our daily sins if they are already covered?

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Hebrews Chapter 2:4-18

In our last study we saw the anonymous author give proof that Jesus is as superior to the angels as His name (the Son of God) is to theirs (sons of God). The Son of God is the exact representation of His being, His prophet for the Last Days, the sole provider of our purification, and when He had finished His work, He sat down at the right hand of majesty. Now we’ll see that in the process He descended lower than the angels for a little while to become a man in order to save mankind. Let’s begin.

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Thieves And Robbers

I have a question about what Jesus said in John 10:8. “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.”

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

A fair number of the questions posed to me have to do with whether our salvation is conditional or not, and what part our behavior plays in obtaining and maintaining it, or causing the loss of it. Answers to these and other questions about our relationship with the Lord are found in the Letter to the Hebrews and so I’ve quoted from there on a regular basis. But although I’ve taught Hebrews a number of times from both pulpit and platform, I’ve never before published a comprehensive study of the letter.

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Remain In Me

Q. I’m an avid reader of your website and a firm believer in the sufficiency of Christ’s work on the cross. However, I’m confused on John chapter 15, where in verse 2 Jesus says, ” He (The Father) cuts off every branch in me (Jesus) that bears no fruit…” Then in verse 6, Jesus goes on to say, “If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” This verse does not sound like a “fellowship” verse to me.

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