Repentance and the Universal Call of the Gospel, Part 2
In part two we cite the claims of no lordship teachers and compare them to Scripture. We show that since salvation is entirely a work of God's grace, everything that is included such as faith, repentance, and resultant perseverance are of grace alone.
The Priesthood of Every Believer:
How Luther Recovered Biblical Priesthood
In 1Peter chapter 2 Peter twice tells the church that we are a holy and royal priesthood. One of Martin Luther’s most important teachings that brought about the Reformation was the priesthood of every believer. This important, biblical, doctrine protected the flock from Rome’s false priesthood. Luther identified seven functions of priests that pertain to every believer. We show that all of these are truly biblical and call for the doctrine of the priesthood of every believer to be taught in the church. When it is neglected, church authorities are given an open door to abuse the flock and often walk right through that door. We need to teach and practice the true NT priesthood so that we all proclaim the “mighty deeds of God. “ Christ must be extolled as the one High Priest to whom we all have continual access.
“God Makes Dead Sinners Alive”– Colossians 2:13
Christ took those who were dead in sin and made them alive. We were spiritually dead and unable to do anything that would make ourselves alive. God made us alive by grace alone through faith alone. We discuss the innate offense of the cross and why we much preach the cross despite the temptation not to. We also discuss the meaning of the word flesh in this context. It is the whole person in rebellion against God. For those who believe, this passage says literally that God “graced” all of our sins and made us right with Himself.
“God Wipes Out Legal Debt”– Colossians 2:14
Paul uses legal terms to describe the blotting out of a legal record. We were condemned by our own sin that transgressed God’s law. All of this is about what God does for us, not what we think we will do for God. This ‘certificate’ verifies that we failed the law. Satan tries to use this to accuse us. In Isaiah 43:25, God says that He wipes out transgressions to bring honor to His own name. The pagans thought they needed some special or secret information and process to resolve spiritual issues. Paul said that it is all nailed to the cross. We need to believe the promises of God. We have joy because of forgiveness of sins.
Gospel Preaching, Part 2
This program shows that the Gospel calls sinners to repent and believe. We explain the difference between conversions and decisions.
Romans 10:11-21; The Necessity of Gospel Preaching
This program explains the necessity and nature of gospel preaching. We explain the role of gospel preaching in bringing salvation to those who will believe.
“Implications of Christian Baptism”– Colossians 2:12
In church history some people have linked Colossians 2:11, 12 to infant baptism and claimed that infant baptism is the new circumcision. This ignores the key fact that Colossians 2:11 is not about physical circumcision, but about the circumcision of the heart. We have a frank discussion about trying to insure salvation by baptizing infants and then forcing the recitation of creeds. Do these common practices of liturgical churches save? There is no way to insure salvation by such means, since being born of the Spirit is not controlled by church authorities (John 3:3-8). Baptism reminds us that we have died to the world of sin and are alive to Christ.
Critical Issues Commentary grew out of Pastor Bob DeWaay's passion to equip the saints for the work of ministry. In the late 1980's Pastor DeWaay met regularly with a group of local pastors, often presenting position papers on timely doctrinal issues. When he found that the messages were accepted by only a few of the attendees and rarely reached the pews, he chose to speak directly to the people by initiating the bimonthly newsletter. In 1992, with the financial support and encouragement of a good brother who has since gone to be with the Lord, the first issue was produced and mailed.
Critical Issues Commentary is not so much a "newsletter" as it is a series of carefully researched essays on important theological issues. Since 1992 more than 80 articles covering more than 60 specific "critical issues" have been published. Each article contains Biblical exegesis as well as interaction with famous teachers and teachings. Our prayer is that God uses this effort to help readers grow in their faith and be strong in their witness.
Critical Issues Commentary was founded to help people find their way out of unbiblical teachings that confused their understanding of the faith. The Christian media was filled with false teaching in 1992 and there was a need to correct the errors that were sweeping through the church. Twenty years later things have only gotten worse. So we continue writing and making Biblical truth available to our readers through the newsletter, the radio programs, our website, the internet, and public speaking—all under the Critical Issues Commentary banner.