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Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Do Christians go immediately to heaven when they die?

Historically, classical Christian theology speaks of what we call the status intermedius or the intermediate state, and that has to do with where we go immediately upon death, as...

Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike?

Is it biblical to say God “loves you” to believers and nonbelievers alike?

Historically and theologically, we distinguish among three types of divine love. There is the love of benevolence, where God has a kind spirit to the whole world—His benevolent love...

What is the difference between sin, transgression, and iniquity?

What is the difference between sin, transgression, and iniquity?

FERGUSON: Well, they’re different words in the Old Testament. Most of us are familiar with the Greek term hamartia, for sin which conveys the idea of falling short of...

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

How do scholars estimate when each book of the Bible was written?

SPROUL: There are different methods. The main method is through external sources, by looking at what the ancient extrabiblical writers would quote. For example, if a text of Scripture...

What percentage of our income should Christians give to the church?

What percentage of our income should Christians give to the church?

I think very plainly the Bible gives us the tithe as ten percent, and I think that’s a good starting point and a good starting place in how we...

How Did Protestants Think About the Church After the Reformation?

How Did Protestants Think About the Church After the Reformation?

Up until the Reformation, by and large, certainly in the West, there had been one united institutional church. It didn’t mean everybody agreed about everything, but at least, theoretically,...

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

What are the essential ingredients of a true church?

SPROUL: Well, I think you know at the sixteenth century with the rupture of the unity of the ecclesiastical situation, there was a huge debate on what is a...

Professor Jacobus Arminius

Professor Jacobus Arminius

So in 1603, Arminius becomes professor at Leiden. Now bear in mind, he’s got a letter of recommendation from Beza, he’s a pretty tough nut in terms of orthodoxy,...

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

What characteristic of Martin Luther made him effective as God’s instrument to reform the church?

SPROUL: He was a beggar who found where he could get bread. And told everybody who would listen to him. I think that the biggest thing that I… how...

The Essential Difference between the Protestant and Roman Catholic Views of Assurance

The Essential Difference between the Protestant and Roman Catholic Views of Assurance

Here is the embodiment and summary of what had generally been taught in the Middle Ages but it had never been officially defined that God loves the lovely. “For...