The Need of Sin

Posted May 20, 2019 by SandreS
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Love lacks a foil for its display in a perfect environment. … Above all other things there was need of sin, which would produce suffering and misery, so that there would be the need and the desire for a Savior; as well as estrangement and enmity in human hearts, so that there could be reconciliation, and humanity could be drawn closer to the heart of God than any others of His creatures. This demands an imperfect environment to produce it.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Creation and Disruption
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 48
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Faith and Hope are Temporary

Posted May 4, 2019 by SandreS
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Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (I Corinthians 13:13).

Unlike love, faith and hope are temporary. They are not necessary beyond a certain point.

Our culture embraces “faith” and “hope” as equal to love, however, that’s not an accurate parallel. Faith and hope allows us to walk in an area that is unseen – but once seen – they are useless. After death and resurrection we will all see – leaving only “love.”

Mike Owens
Author of The Fallacy of Post Mortem Punishment in Light of a Successful Savior
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Doctrine – Acceptance – Fellowship

Posted April 10, 2019 by SandreS
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A correct understanding of the sovereignty of God and the salvation of all is vital in bringing us to a place where unconditional love is the basis of our acceptance of others – accepting exactly where Father has them. Although these doctrinal understandings will allow us to love, fellowship with and be an encouragement to anyone who will allow us, their own understanding of these doctrines is not our basis of fellowship.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Love Is Greater than Faith

Posted April 5, 2019 by SandreS
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Did you know that love is greater than faith?

Paul devotes an entire chapter to “love” (I Corinthians 13). In :2 he tells us that, even though he had two noble things – knowledge and faith – without love, he boldly declares, “I am nothing.” In :3 he speaks of sacrificial giving and martyrdom and says that, even with these, without faith they “profit nothing.”

The Beatles sang, “All you need is love.” This was not the message of Paul; but he did say that love was essential, indispensable. We can have everything else, and not having love we would be nothing, and that it all would be profitless.

He sums it up in :13 to tell us that love is faith’s and hope’s (or expectation’s) superior: “but the greatest of these is love.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The True Meaning of Judgment

Posted April 2, 2019 by SandreS
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“Punishment” is a word I have come to hate, for men have so fearfully misused it of God’s operations. Once we see that all of God’s dealings are with a view to the eventual reconciliation of all, the idea of punitive retribution, introduced by corrupt theology, will become abhorrent. We must remember that the object of all God’s operations are rooted in love and fruited in reconciliation. If God is love, He cannot be orthodox. Before there can be a universal reconciliation, each one must be set right with God, and this is accomplished at the judging. Such indeed is the true meaning of judgment.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil, pages 231-236
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Objects of Divine Love

Posted March 31, 2019 by SandreS
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We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too), but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the divine love may rest “well pleased.”

— C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
The Problem of Pain
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The Pursuing Love of God

Posted March 24, 2019 by SandreS
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God will seek us. How long? Until He finds us. And when He’s found the last little shriveling, rebellious soul and has depopulated hell, then death will be swallowed up in victory, and Christ will turn over all things to the Father that He may be all and in all. Then every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

— Clarence Jordan (1912-1969)
New Testament Greek scholar, founder of Koinonia Community, author of Cotton Patch Series and inspiration for Habitat for Humanity
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