Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions

Every New Year brings the onslaught of making and breaking our resolutions. We will be determined to lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with family, etc., but as the first weeks of January wear away so will our resolve to uphold our commitments. As important it is to make physical resolutions, it is even more important to make spiritual ones. Do we not all make the statements that we are going to study more, but by the end of the first couple of weeks this has been discarded as top priority because of our busy schedule? We will allow the New Year and all its festivities to wear off and the old ways of life to return. Continue reading Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions

Baptism and Romans

The book of Romans is one of the Bible’s most difficult books, but this does not excuse our ignorance or unwillingness to explore and study its passages. The theme of Romans is found in the seventeenth verse of the opening chapter – “For in it the righteousess of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘But the righteous man shall live by faith.’” It is this premise of justification by faith that has brought to the religious world a litany of different gospels and schemes of redemption and justification. The passages of Romans are often used by the religious world to promote one of three different schools of thought. The first is that mankind is completely incapable of doing good; therefore, God must do everything in order for man’s salvation. The second argues that man has been given freewill from God, but only is required to have faith or believe in order to be saved. The final school of thought believes in man’s freewill, and that one must obey God’s conditions of grace in order for salvation.  Continue reading Baptism and Romans