Freedom's Ring

Freedoms-Ring

Freedom’s Ring Overview

It has been said that the gospel is such a simple message that even the very young can understand it, but so profound that the most learned theologians can never reveal the depths of its riches. Although the gospel is easy to understand, many opposing views exist because eternal salvation seems far-fetched, and salvation as a gift from God seems unimaginable. The gospel answers these paradoxical questions: How can an unholy person become holy and how can a fallen creature have fellowship with a holy God? These transformations seem impossible, but the Bible says that “with God all things are possible.” Sadly, the truth of the gospel is rejected by many persons. They cannot reconcile their image of a loving God with the idea of a just God’s eternal condemnation of unforgiven sinners. Regardless, without an Almighty pardon for sin, the sinner stands eternally condemned without hope. Freedom’s Ring is a must-read book discussing Christ’s work, which, if accepted through faith, changes a person’s life for all eternity. This book illustrates the greatest message ever told, the greatest theme in history, and the greatest work ever performed, by the greatest Person who ever lived. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the penalty for sin by shedding His precious blood on the cross of Calvary. Only God could devise such a remarkable plan of redemption. This book shows you why and how God Himself became the sacrificial Lamb and remains the only hope for humanity.
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Table of Contents

The Author
Acknowledgments
Dedication
Foreword…………………………………………………………………………… 15
Introduction……………………………………………………………………….. 21
History of Mankind and the Passion………………………………….. 21
Churches have Lost Their Biblical Focus…………………………… 24
The Lost Lack the Necessary Biblical Focus……………………….. 25
Reconciliation—How to Gain Biblical Focus………………………. 27
1. The Light of the Glorious Gospel……………………………………… 35
Spiritual Discernment……………………………………………………… 36
Send the Light………………………………………………………………… 38
2. Biblical vs. Non-biblical Views of Evangelism…………………….. 43
The Changing Face of Evangelism……………………………………. 45
[Part 1] True Conversions vs. False Professions…………………. 46
[Part 2] Sinners do not Determine Terms of Salvation ………… 47
[Part 3] Counting the Cost………………………………………………. 48
[Part 4] Minimizing the Importance of the Blood………………… 50
Emphasizing the Importance of the Blood………………………….. 52
3. Works vs. Grace…………………………………………………………….. 63
[Part 5] Christianity vs. Religion………………………………………. 63
Faith and the Law’s Righteous Demands……………………………. 69
When Rich Men Trust in their Riches…………………………………. 70
[Part 6] Salvation Once for All…………………………………………. 73
4. Using the Law Lawfully…………………………………………………… 79
[Part 7] Lawful use of the Law vs. Legalism……………………….. 79
I. The Law of God is an Asset Against Sin …………………….. 82
II. The Law of God Gives an Awareness of Sin ……………… 84
III. The Law of God—Acknowledgement of Sin ……………… 91
IV. The Law of God Requires Adjudication of Sin ………….. 93
5. WDJC vs. WWJD…………………………………………………………. 103
 [Part 8] Why Did Jesus Come? vs. What Would Jesus Do?
Christ Came to Bear Witness unto the Truth …………………….. 104
Christ Came to Preach …………………………………………………. 105
Christ Came to Save the Lost …………………………………………. 106
Christ Came to be the Final Sacrifice ……………………………… 108
Christ Came to be a Curse …………………………………………….. 111
Christ Came to be the Mediator ……………………………………… 111
Christ Came to Destroy the Devil …………………………………… 112
Christ Came to be Made Sin for Us ………………………………… 113
Christ Came to Deliver from the Law ………………………………. 113
Christ Came to be our Offering ……………………………………… 114
Christ Came to Make Eternal Life Possible ………………………. 115
Christ Came to Change Us…………………………………………….. 116
6. Fundamental Preaching vs Compromise…………………………. 119
[Part 9] Fundamental vs. Compromised Preaching…………… 119
Loss of Purpose …………………………………………………………… 120
Loss of Passion ……………………………………………………………. 121
Loss of Purity ………………………………………………………………. 122
 Loss of Permanence …………………………………………………….. 123
Loss of Power ……………………………………………………………… 123
Purpose of the Church ………………………………………………….. 125
Prosperity Proves Success? …………………………………………… 126
7. Nothing But the Blood: The Gospel Defined……………………… 133
Tainted Blood Necessitates the Virgin Birth ……………………… 134
Christ’s Death Emphasizes the Blood  …………………………….. 136
Biblical Pictures and Types  ………………………………………….. 137
Godly Song Writers Emphasized the Blood ………………………. 140
Yellow Fever Vaccine …………………………………………………… 142
8. How Your Sins Can Be Forgiven…………………………………….. 145
The Meaning of Propitiation ………………………………………….. 145
No Way to Go But Down ……………………………………………….. 147
The Standard No One Can Reach …………………………………… 150
Who Demands Justice? …………………………………………………. 152
Standing Before God the Son ………………………………………… 154
Four Aspects of Propitiation ………………………………………….. 155
      1. Universally Offered …………………………………………….. 156
      2. Offered Because of Love………………………………………. 156
      3. Offered by the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ ………………. 158
      4. Satisfies the Wrath of God Against Sin ……………………. 158
9. The Faith of Jesus Christ……………………………………………….. 167
      Saving Faith ……………………………………………………………….. 169
Grammatical Analysis of Ephesians 2:8 ………………………….. 172
From Faith to Faith ……………………………………………………… 173
Living Faith ………………………………………………………………… 177
10. Biblical Repentance……………………………………………………… 191
      What is repentance?……………………………………………………… 192
Four Aspects of Repentance in Genesis Chapter 6…………….. 193
     1. Exceeding Sinfulness of Sin …………………………………… 194
    2. Change of Mind—Not an Act ………………………………….. 196
    3. Accompanied by Sorrow for Sin ……………………………… 198
    4. Turning to God …………………………………………………….. 200
Repentance Precedes Belief …………………………………………… 201
Everyone, Everywhere to Repent ……………………………………. 202
God Wills for all to Come to Repentance …………………………. 204
Failure to Repent Results in Eternal Damnation ……………….. 206
The Results of Repentance …………………………………………….. 208
11. What Must I Do Now?…………………………………………………. 215
      The Spiritual Disability List …………………………………………… 216
Disability Checks Are Not Earned ………………………………….. 217
1. Acknowledge that you are a sinner ………………………… 218
2. Acknowledge the penalty for being a sinner ……………. 219
3. Acknowledge that Christ paid your debt …………………. 220
4. Repent of trusting in anything else to save you………… 221
5. Accept God’s Gift of Salvation ………………………………. 222
6. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you ………………. 224
12. A Child of the King……………………………………………………… 235
Adopted by God …………………………………………………………… 235
God’s Children Confess Christ ………………………………………. 237
Choose to be His Child …………………………………………………. 239
God’s Children Have Hope …………………………………………… 242
13. Thirteen Steps to Losing Your Salvation………………………… 253
Step 1: Declare the Grace of God Insufficient…………………… 254
Step 2: Find the Faith of Jesus Christ Faulty ……………………. 255
Step 3: Get Christ to Take Back His Righteousness …………… 256
Step 4: Have the Pardon Removed from your Sin ……………… 258
Step 5: Convince the Father to Fail in His Commitment……… 259
Step 6: Break the Father’s Seal of the Holy Spirit …………….. 260
Step 7: Change the Meaning of “Everlasting” …………………. 262
Step 8: Reverse Your Birth into the Family of God ……………. 263
Step 9: Nullify Your Adoption by the Father …………………….. 264
Step 10: Separate Yourself from the Love of Christ …………… 265
Step 11: Remove Yourself from the Premises of Heaven …….. 266
Step 12: Take the Spirit with you to Hell ………………………….. 268
Step 13: Take the Son with You to Hell ……………………………. 269
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………. 269
Free Will to Turn Back Away From God?   ………………………. 273
14. Crucified With Christ…………………………………………………… 281
15. What Happened to Me? ………………………………………………. 299
16. Everyone Judged According to Works………………………….. 313
The Judgment Seat of Christ ………………………………………….. 313
The Great White Throne Judgment …………………………………. 315
More on the Judgment of Christians………………………………… 317
Naked or Fully Clothed ………………………………………………… 319
The Marriage Supper …………………………………………………… 320
The Light of the World ………………………………………………….. 321
The Glory of God …………………………………………………………. 324
Source of Heaven’s Light  …………………………………………….. 324
How Are the Dead Raised? ……………………………………………. 326
Genesis Story in Chinese ………………………………………………. 330
17. Question & Answer……………………………………………………… 337
Q1—What purpose does baptism serve? ………………………….. 337
Q2—Who should get baptized?  ……………………………………… 338
Q3—Should we baptize our children?  ……………………………. 339
Q4—Is baptism a part of the gospel?  ……………………………… 339
Q5—Does the baptismal waters wash away sins?  …………….. 340
Q6—Is baptism to be performed by immersion? ……………….. 342
Q7—How is baptism considered a portrait of the gospel? ….. 343
Q8—Why did Ananias tell Paul to wash away his sins? ……..  346
Q9—What does baptism have to do with being born again?.. 347
Q10—Is there really more than one type of baptism? ………… 349
Q11—What are the baptisms of John and Peter? ……………… 349
Q12—Why should I be baptized?  …………………………………… 351
18. Testimony of God’s Amazing Grace……………………………… 353
Appendix
Glossary
Index
Scripture Index