• Is it biblical to say “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin?” Question and Answer

    John 1:12

    Yes, it is biblical in the sense that we are sinners, that we have sinned, that we do sin, and that God loves us and hates our sin. The way this question is framed is the way it has often been used both in evangelism tactics and in order to paint a picture of God, who God is, and God’s love that is ultimately not biblical. So, as many hear that phrase, “God loves the sinner but hates the sin,” the reason that’s not entirely appropriate is because it’s not just the sin that God sends to hell. God sends … View Resource

  • Which comes first in the ordo salutis (order of salvation)—faith or regeneration? Question and Answer

    John 3:3-5

    I think first of all of what Jesus said in John chapter 3, when he said to Nicodemus that unless you’re born from above—which is regeneration—you’ll neither be able to see or enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3-5). And we enter the kingdom of God through faith. So in that conversation, I think it’s very clear that in order to come to faith, first of all, God has to give us a new heart. And that is really what John had said in the prologue to the gospel as well, that those who came to believe in Him were … View Resource

  • Should we tell unbelievers that God loves them? Question and Answer

    John 3:16

    Well, it’s true. God loves the world, and we have that message, but that’s not the whole message. If you say what the old Campus Crusade said, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” that’s not accurate. Actually, there’s currently a terrible plan for your life and destiny. Yes, we are to express that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Goddoes love. He actually is the Savior. Paul says, “He’s the savior of all men, especially those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:10). There is a sense in … View Resource

  • How can we defend the doctrine of sola Scriptura using Scripture? Question and Answer

    John 7:16

    So often it’s been said that if you argue from the Bible to the infallibility of Scripture, or the inerrancy of the Bible, or the inspiration of Scripture, then you’re caught in the bonds of a vicious circle. We know that circular reasoning is an informal fallacy, which invalidates an argument. If you reason from Scripture this way and say, “The Bible claims to be the Word of God since it is the Word of God,” then the claim that it is the Word of God must be an unassailable truth. That would be traveling in the worst of all … View Resource

  • What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am the resurrection”? Question and Answer

    John 11:25

    It means that He, in His resurrection, is the firstborn of many brethren (Rom. 8:29). It means that the power of the resurrection is found in Him. He says, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), and then in the Book of Revelation He appears and says, “I am the one who was dead and now I’m alive” (Rev. 1:18). It means that He communicates the power of resurrected life to all of those who are His, and because He rose from the dead, we will as well (1 Cor. 15:20). This transcript is … View Resource

  • Why did Jesus weep at the death of Lazarus? Question and Answer

    John 11:32-35

    Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus because He was moved with compassion. He was, basically, in all points tempted like as we are. He feels what we feel. We have not a High Priest who cannot be touched with our infirmities (Heb. 4:15). He was weeping with those who weep. He wasn’t weeping because of the end of Lazarus, because the end of Lazarus was going to be resurrection. He was weeping because of the sorrow of Mary and Martha. This is the empathy, the sympathy, the tenderness, the kindness of Christ manifesting itself in that setting. … View Resource

  • Is there a prayer that God cannot hear or answer? Question and Answer

    John 14:13-14

    There is a prayer that God will not hear or answer, and that is a prayer that’s inconsistent with His will or His purpose or His plan. The prayers that are going to be answered are the prayers that are prayed consistent with the name of Christ, as John 14 says, “If you ask anything in My name, the Father hears and the Father responds.” That is why we encourage everybody to pray according to the will of God. You don’t really want to pray against the will of God. Rather, you want to find yourself lined up with the … View Resource

  • How do we obey the moral law without being moralistic? Question and Answer

    John 14:15

    We obey the moral law, first of all, by understanding what it’s for, and there are various ways of putting this. For all my life I have been interested in the game of golf. Golf is played according to rules. I have never met a golfer who has said to me, “Let me move my golf ball nearer the hole,” and I said, “That’s fine,” because the game ceases to work when you don’t play it according to the rules. Take the Ten Commandments, for example: the moral law. The moral law given in Exodus 20 is a written form … View Resource