Have you ever been defeated in life? You commit the same sins over and over, fall for the same deceptions and are guilty of the same faults today as yesterday. There seems to be no progress. You make the same promises over and over, “Tomorrow will be better. I won’t do that again!” But then tomorrow comes and you are no better. You feel trapped or insane, doing the same things over and over with no change. Continue reading Life Is Too Short for Sin
I admit I enjoy his writing style because of its clarity and common sense way of explaining things. However, it is at the expense of the plain reading of the text. Within you will find such statements as death not meaning eternal hell, distinguishing between having eternal life and having eternal life in you, and that Jesus’ preaching of repentance was meant for the Jews of that period only. It seems that Hodges will do anything to a passage to make it say what he wants. To cover this up, he often shames his readers away from the Lordship interpretation by statements like (again paraphrasing), “The author could not have put it any plainer,” or “To ignore this is to ignore all common sense.” These statements are empty, however, if not backed up with clear, faithful exegesis.
In this post we shall cover the first three chapters. Continue reading Accusations, Assurance, and James 2: A Critique of Zane Hodges’ “The Gospel Under Siege”, pt. 1
“[See to it] that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”
The focus of this post will be on the last phrase, that Esau “found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” I wish to discuss two common, yet insufficient interpretations of this passage. I was unable to find a sample in any of the Hebrews commentaries I own (thankfully), but I hope I can do my best to represent the views well. Either way, I am sure at some point in your walk you have heard one or both of them. I hope that in the end we can walk away from this short study with some interpretive skills. I hope we learn the folly of reading our systematic theology into texts, and that of jumping to conclusions too quickly when a verse sounds like another doctrine. Continue reading The Real Repentance Esau Couldn’t Get