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What are the three generations of sin in James 1:15?

This imagery of three generations is a play on the different Greek verbs used in James 1:15 James 1 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and […]

Does the Bible teach ‘once saved always saved’?

The teaching of ‘once saved always saved’ (sometimes abbreviated ‘OSAS’) is found today in churches which teach that after a belief experience, an emotional accepting the Lord Jesus, a person is ‘saved’ and no matter what that person does – even denying Christ a year later, becoming an atheist, even committing murder, that person can never […]

Why was no one in the whole Bible perfect except for Christ?

Everyone throughout the history of the world has, at some point, sought to fulfill their their own evil desires (Rom. 3:9-18; James 1:14-15). Doing this has meant they (and we) are not perfect. Jesus, on the other hand, has always sought to do his Father’s will instead of his own (as he said in John […]

In 1 John 5:16, what is the sin that leads to death?

The questioner also comments: The consensus seems to say that it is sin that continues in the knowledge of the sin.  Eventually God gives up.  I think I disagree.  The passage seems to be referring to something more specific.  I think it may be denial of God.  What do you think? I think in many […]

When can one be considered righteous?

The simple answer is, when God considers us righteous.  When does God consider us righteous? To answer this question, I’d like to briefly look at a few examples of righteous people.  Firstly, Abraham, the friend of God, is an excellent example.  God made a seemingly impossible promise to Abraham and Abraham believed God.  We read […]

If the Law was added because of transgression (Gal. 3:19) and sin is transgression of the law (1 John 3:4), then what were people disobedient to before the Law?

They were disobedient to God.  There is a thread running through the pre-Mosaic law period, making it apparent that God’s laws and ways were known to at least some of the ancients.  Consider some of the examples: Adam and Eve knew right from wrong after they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good […]