Does Jesus Really Require us to be Perfect?

"You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) Perfection. It is something we all wish to obtain yet understand we will never get there. Sure, you can throw in a few people in there that truly think they're perfect; however, the vast majority of humans know this lamentable truth: we are not [...]

Does Philippians 2:12 Teach Salvation by Works?

As Protestants, we champion the doctrine of salvation grace alone through faith alone—by Christ alone! We have firmly planted our feet in the Protestant sand, and that will never change! However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some texts of Scripture that make us scratch our noggin if we don’t understand the context. One of [...]

The Gospel is Offensive, but You Shouldn’t Be

The world in which we live today is full of people who are easily offended. From "safe spaces" at universities to unconstitutional attempts to tear down free speech because of what is being said, the world wants us to know something: they’re offended. I get why they're offended because I know the message we preach—the [...]