How to Tell Who is a Child of God and Who a Child of the Devil

The answer to this question is given explicitly and repeatedly in 1 John 3, and elsewhere in the book of 1 John. Jesus also referred to it on the Sermon on the Mount.

Complicated theologies which attempt to discount the importance of repentance from dead works in truly coming to Christ and staying with Christ cannot be reconciled with John’s simple test of who actually IS a child of God.

Comments are welcome.

Christians and Sin – Video teaching on 1 John 3:4-9

This video Bible study deals with the difficult passage of 1 John 3:4-9. Do Christians sin? What does this passage actually mean?

We are the Children of God! 1 John 3:1-3

It is an amazing privilege to be a child of God. This video explores a little of what that means, what we can look forward to, and how we need to respond to this truth in our daily lives.

The Promise of Relationship with God – 1 John 2:25-28

If we abide in Jesus and stick with the gospel of the apostles, we will have direct access to God. God has promised us a thrilling relationship with Himself through the Holy Spirit.

Love not the World – Videos on 1 John 2:15-17

This was a hard message to teach – I had to fight distractions and my mind going blank. Its a lesson for me to pray more, and to realise my dependence upon the Lord.

Sinning versus Knowing God – Bible Study on 1 John 2:1-4

John writes so that we may not sin. And yet we have Jesus Christ going to bat for us before the Father at the times we do sin. In this teaching we look at the great blessing it is to have Jesus as our advocate. At the same time, we examine what John says is the Scriptural test for whether we really know Jesus or not.

Video Bible study on 1 John 1 – Sin and the Christian

This is part of a series of video Bible studies on 1 John 1, which deals with the relationship between sin and the Christian.

Romans Chapter 1 – Video teaching by Michael Fackerell

This Bible Study on the Book of Romans chapter 1 (second half) explores themes of man's accountability for sin, the judgment of God, what happens to people even if they don't know the gospel and more.

Is Repentance Required for Salvation or is such teaching a form of Works Righteousness?

If a person claiming to be a Christian embraces an ungodly lifestyle and refuses to change his or her mind and forsake this lifestyle, and they die, will they go to heaven or hell?

What if that person firmly believes that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, their sins are covered by the blood and they are under the grace of God? What if they also say that they have at one time "received Jesus as Lord and Savior"? What if they call Jesus Lord when they pray and even say, "Jesus is Lord!" on various occasions.

Falling Short of the Grace of God – Is this possible?

On a recent Facebook post of mine someone commented:

You said "While legally Christ has dealt with our sin once and for all, Christians often do fall short of the grace of God"… If it is Grace, how does a lack of righteousness cause me to fall short of it? Only trusting my righteousness can do that.

Allow me to refer to the Scriptures:


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