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Do I need to forgive my abuser? — a podcast from Church Protect

Abuse survivors always wonder whether they need to forgive their abuser. Do they have to forgive? When should they forgive? Does forgiveness require anything from the abuser? Churches often force victims into forgiving their abuser and some even make it a condition of fellowship. But is this biblical? And what do those same churches require of …

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Three Kinds of Forgiveness

Renunciation of vengeance, relational reconciliation, divine judicial forgiveness. Those are the three kinds of forgiveness. And Christians chronically conflate the three, which causes much harm and confusion to victims of abuse. Let us look at the Scriptures about forgiveness. All scriptures are from the NASB unless otherwise stated. First the one from the Lord’s prayer and the subsequent explanation …

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“If he repents seven times in one day, you must forgive him.” – Does this mean forgiveness is unconditional?

And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay …

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How Reconciliation Works — by Patrick Doyle

‘How Reconciliation Works’ is an excellent youtube video that we have added to our Resource page under the headings: What does Scripture Really Say? and Video & Audio. Counselor Patrick Doyle of Veritas Counseling discusses four things that are required before reconciliation can be considered:  conviction, repentance, confession, and forgiveness.  And each of these four things is …

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Wise as Serpents: Evil Always Distorts God’s Word (Part 14 of sermon series)

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 12:1-21 Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men…. (Matthew 10:16-17a) This morning we turn to still another inevitable trait and tactic of evil – it’s consistent twisting and distorting of Scripture in order to …

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Some Common Wrong and Harmful Notions about Forgiveness and the Cross

In this post we further examine the comment which a pastor called Phillip submitted. In part one we discussed his assertion that “Jesus speaks of divorce being permissible, and his reason for such is that our hearts can be hard.”  In this second part, we discuss what he said about forgiveness. Please note that we are not implying that …

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