Posts from February 2021
Transgenderism is an important topic in the world today. What does the Bible say about the issue? Pastor Grasso addresses this issue by showing the biblical view of the body in both creation and the resurrection and how the body itself contributes to our understanding of our identity and will itself be saved on the last day.
Pastor Grasso addresses the fifth point of the five points of Calvinism: the Perseverance of the Saints. Here he shows that the Scriptures, recognizing salvation to be the sovereign work of God, teach that man cannot lose his salvation. He also addresses objections from Hebrews 6 as well as the distinction between eternal security and perseverance.
Pastor Grasso tackles the fourth point of Calvinism: Irresistible Grace, showing that God’s action is ultimate in salvation, not man’s. Both the Old and New Testament teach that in order for man to come to God, God must draw man. This does not make man a robot, however, for God draws by putting a new heart in man so that he comes most freely.
In this episode Pastor Grasso critiques Postmillennialism, arguing that there is fundamental continuity throughout the church age and that the great hope of the Christian is not in a Christianized society but in the return of Christ.
Pastor Grasso gives an overview of the different positions on the millennial reign of Christ described in Revelation 20.
Pastor Grasso offers a critique of premillennialism, noting that not everything in Revelation is chronological and that the premillennial view duplicates many of the events in eschatology.
Does the Bible teach that the believer can live a perfectly sinless life? Pastor Grasso answers in the negative, explaining that the language of perfection and blamelessness in the Bible does not mean one if free from all sin.
Christians often used the language of being “saved”, but what are they saved from? Pastor Grasso answers in this episode.
How do the biblical principles of male headship apply to women serving in the government? In this episode Pastor Grasso gives an overview of the Bible’s teachings on male headship and applies them to the situation of women serving in the civil government.
After addressing headship principles and the relationship it bears to the civil government, Pastor Grasso tackles the question about head coverings. Here he shows in the context that this requirement was for women who served as prophetesses in the public worship service, a situation that is not applicable to today’s worship services in the church.
The question of whether or not extraordinary spiritual gifts like tongues and prophecy continue today is a pressing question in light of the charismatic movement. Pastor Grasso argues that while the ordinary gifts of the Spirit continue and are crucial for the church, the extraordinary gifts have ceased, which gives increasing importance to the Bible as it is the only source of knowing the will of God.
Pastor Grasso looks at the third point of Calvinism, Limited Atonement. He argues that the Arminian position limits the power of the cross and in some ways is not properly an atonement. The Scriptures rather teach that Christ came to save His people, the many, His sheep, and His bride. Only those covered by the blood of the lamb will be saved, and nobody covered by that blood will be lost.