Free Will

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Matthew 12:36 – Will we REALLY be judged for every careless word we utter? – Matthew Leonard

October 11, 2016

On the latest Deep in Scripture podcast, Matthew Leonard from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology joins Marcus Grodi to discuss a verse that can be frightening to many of us.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:36 that on the day of judgment, we will be held to account for every careless word that we utter.  What implications does this verse have for the debate between predestination and free will?  Can we ever be forgiven for the things that we’ve said, and regret?  In a day and age where ... more
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“We hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.” Romans 3:28 – Does the Bible contradict itself regarding faith and works, free will and determinism? – Tim Staples

July 28, 2016

Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers and former Assemblies of God youth minister, joins Marcus Grodi to tackle the question of faith and works that is a point of contention between so many Christians.  In some places, it seems the scriptures tell us that we must DO things to be saved- in other places, it seems there’s nothing we can DO to be saved.  At times, the Bible calls use to exercise our will in service of him, at other times, it seems like we have no ... more
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Dr. Wesley Vincent – Former Fundamentalist & Evangelical

March 2, 2015

As a young boy, Wesley was brought up in a Nazarene church. There he learned the importance of freewill and holiness in the Christian life. Later his parents moved and they began attending a Calvinist Baptist congregation, where he was taught the sovereignty of God, predestination and total depravity. When he was about 12, the family moved back to a Nazarene congregation. From this he gained a realization of the the doctrinal divisions amongst Protestants. While attended Wheaton College, he attended a Presbyterian church seeking worship centered on God. After he ... more
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St. Paul, Why Haven’t Jews Responded to the Gospel of Christ? Romans 9:30-10:13

January 28, 2015

Continuing our study of Romans, we’re right in the middle of the section in which Saint Paul addresses the question: “Why haven’t all the Jews responded to the Gospel of Christ?” They were the chosen people, but yet the majority of the Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah. Why? In this first half of chapter 10, Paul addresses the question of faith versus works of the Law, and the necessity of confessing with our lips and believing in our hearts. ... more
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Predestination vs. Human Free Will, Romans 9:14-33

January 22, 2015

As a Calvinist pastor, Marcus Grodi avoided preaching on Romans 9 and the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. Today, Marcus and Dr. Kenneth Howell continue their study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and discuss the mystery of God’s omnipotence and human free will. We know that God must be all-knowing, and something cannot not happen if God knows it is going to happen; yet, we know that human beings must be free, because human beings are held orally responsible for their actions. ... more
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Sin: Who will deliver me from this mortal body? — Romans 7:7-25

November 22, 2014

Christians still struggle with sin. How does a Christian deal with personal failings? How does a Christian view death? How does a Christian progress in the spiritual life? Do we realize how much we really need God? ... more
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God’s Revelation and Human Freedom, Continuing Romans 1:22-32, 2:1-8 – Deep in Scripture Radio

August 15, 2014

“GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD”…THAT HE NOT ONLY REVEALED HIMSELF TO MANKIND, BUT HE GAVE MANKIND THE FREEDOM TO RESPOND. ... more
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Cliff Bajema: Former Christian Reformed Minister

June 9, 2014

Cliff was raised in the Christian Reformed faith. After attending Calvin College and Seminary, he was ordained a minister of that denomination. He was a minister for 42 years. He describes how a deep hunger for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist led him and his wife Home to the Catholic Church. ... more
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“All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly,” 1 John 5:16-17

April 28, 2010

Marcus welcomes good friend Dr. Paul Thigpen. Dr. Thigpen was formerly a secular, New Age practitioner when he had his Christian conversion. He became an Evangelical pastor before he made the journey home to the Catholic Church. Marcus and Paul discuss the Catholic Church’s teaching on mortal and venial sin, which is found in the Bible. ... more
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Becky Mayhew: Former Southern Baptist

March 29, 2010

After a Southern Baptist tent revival, Becky Mayhew was baptized by her father in the Mississippi River. Performing frequently as a soloist before his sermons, she taught vacation Bible school at age sixteen and began teaching Sunday school at age nineteen. For many years, Becky and her husband Larry enjoyed the quiet lifestyle of a philosophy professor and an English teacher, rearing their son and serving in a Baptist church, where he was ordained as a deacon. When her son married a Catholic, Becky began studying the Catholic faith in ... more
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Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” Matthew 7:21-29

December 2, 2009

Marcus welcomes his RCIA sponsor and good friend Rev. Paul Key, former Presbyterian pastor with an Evangelical background. Fr. Paul focuses on Matthew 7:21-29, in which Jesus tells the parable of the man who built his house on sand. What does it mean to call Jesus “Lord,” but have Him not know you? Marcus and Fr. Paul discuss the way in which this verse worried them as former Protestant pastors. They delve into sola Scriptura, sola fide, and sola gratia, and the Catholic understanding of the obedience of faith. ... more
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While We Were Still Sinners Christ Died for Us, Romans 5:8-11

May 13, 2009

Marcus welcomes good friend Deacon Alex Jones to discuss Deacon Jones’ background as Pentecostal minister. Marcus and Deacon Jones discuss the deep love of God for each of us, the Pentecostal Holiness Movement, salvation and justification, and the freedom God gives us. ... more