Posts by Jack Douglas

Posts by Jack Douglas

Worthless Religion

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:26-27, ESV No Christian wants to hear the words “I never knew…

The Desires of the Flesh

We are born slaves, and religion can’t free us. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16, ESV What is ‘the flesh’? It is our basic desires, twisted. Good desires, created in us by God for a good purpose, but taken too far, or applied to the wrong things. Paul makes this clear, by telling us what the…

Because Evidence

I recently had a conversation about faith which was full of surprises. My friend was surprised to meet someone who claims to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ because of the supporting evidence, rather than despite it. I was surprised to hear my friend say that he thought all Christians believed blindly, despite the evidence — ‘leap of faith’…

The Work of the Cross on the Heart

Introduction The Wider Biblical Context Original Sin The Failure of Lesser Grace The Promise of Greater Grace The Superior Solution (Hebrews 1-7) The Law and the Heart (Hebrews 8-10) The Removal of Sin (Hebrews 10:4) Conclusion       ① Introduction Hebrews 10:4 is regularly quoted in response to questions about the efficacy of Mosaic sacrifices: For it is impossible for…
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