May 15, 2012 | 14 Comments
Are we justified by faith alone, or is repentance of sins necessary for salvation — or is that mixing grace with works? Dr. Brown then outlines the differences between holiness and legalism, and hears from callers who have been burned by legalism.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: You can not separate true repentance from true faith, or true salvation from a new life in God. Repentance and faith go hand and hand. Salvation means salvation from sin to holiness, by the grace and power of God.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Legalism is externally imposed religion, laws without love, rules without relationship, and standards without a Savior. Legalism pushes us away from God. Holiness makes us like Him. Holiness is becoming like Jesus in thought, word, and deed.
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VOR ARTICLE BY BRYAN PURTLE
‘Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’ -Lev. 10.3 The nations are perishing and the Church is languishing for want of the knowledge of God. This generation of American souls is largely ignorant of the God […]
After being personally challenged and blessed by the recent article on a call to ‘Cleanse Our Eyes!’ by VOR writer Bryan Purtle, I felt led to write a short follow up with some practical principles and suggestions for dealing ruthlessly with sin, and the enemy’s […]
VOR ARTICLE BY BRYAN PURTLE
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin? …. for that would be a fire that consumes […]
VOR ARTICLE BY DANIEL KOLENDA
Idolatry in the West is often subtle, taking the form of addictions, money, power, etc… but in some parts of the world, the ancient forms of idolatry spoken of by the Old Testament prophets are still being practiced, and as people come to the Lord, they literally cast their idols and ritual instruments […]
VOR ARTICLE BY MARCUS FRENCH
Recently, one major Christan magazine editor mockingly spoke of the church’s “holiness heritage kick[ing] in” after someone comes to faith in Jesus because of the church being “deathly afraid of cheap grace.” In contrast […]
VOR ARTICLE BY DR. BROWN
Jesus came to set us free! This is one of the fundamental truths of the gospel, repeated over and again in the New Testament. As expressed by Paul, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1a). In the words of Jesus himself, “. . […]
VOR ARTICLE BY DAVID HARWOOD
Justified believers are urged to pursue holiness. We are promised that the pure in heart shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) We are warned that without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14) In the hope of seeing Him as He is we are exhorted to purify […]
How Saved Are We? by Dr. Brown: This unsettling book challenges us to ask ourselves what kind of born-again experience we have had if it calls for almost no personal sacrifice, produces virtually no separation from the world, and breeds practically no hatred of sin.
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Giants of the Faith [mp3 CD] with Dr. Brown: Experience the ministry and message of men and women of God who shook their world! Charles Finney, George Whitfield, John (Praying) Hyde, Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Maria Woodworth-Etter, John Alexander Dowie, and Adoniram Judson.