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The Need for Human Control

Inthe era of Postmodernity, no one facet of the humanized culture has been more accepted, more revered, and yet has caused more damage than the quest for human control. The human mind desires to be in control of everything, from creation and sustenance, to degradation and death. The quest for control has driven many a man to his wits end and several to an early grave. “Perhaps nowhere is this sense of human control more evident than in reproductive technologies” (Hollinger p. 96). The influence and implications for Christian ethics that man’s need for control is having is the reduction of God as the world’s Sovereign. If one desires to have children and cannot, they hurry off to a fertility clinic. Likewise, if one is pregnant and desires not to be, they hurry off to an abortion clinic. No one trusts God’s will and His plan for their lives.
We live in this era of Postmodernity as if God has somehow lost control over the world and the people in it. A positive feature to man’s determinat…

Final Teaching on Works Righteousness and Justification


Justification by Faith


Grace-- a short explanation

“Grace is God’s deliverance, his transforming initiative and not our human-effort, high-ideal, hard-striving achievement. It is a gift from God that we do not deserve; it is not self-righteousness that we achieve by our own good works” (Stassen & Gushee p. 36). Grace is God’s unmerited favor toward us. It is “unmerited” because there is nothing we can do to earn it. It is free, a gift from God to man. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8, NIV). This familiar verse says a mouthful. With all that man has in his possession, the power to save himself is the one thing lacking and is much needed in this world. The only way man can be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ and this too is an act of God’s grace. Jesus tells us in John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (NIV). So what is it that man can and/or should do in order to be saved? The answer is respond in f…

Bible Study on Galatians 5

Sometimes we get caught up in works righteousness--thinking there is something we can do or should be doing to earn God's grace. The truth is there is nothing we can do to work our way to heaven. Good works are a result of God's Holy Spirit living in us, leading and guiding our thoughts and directing our steps (Psalm 37:23). This study addresses the issues of works righteousness.