Rethinking John’s First Epistle & The Assurance Quiz

So goes the standard explanation of John’s First Epistle. I’ve heard it explained this way so often over the years I’ve assumed (without a question) that it’s the only possible explanation, or valid angle on the letter. The epistle is put forward as a sort of salvific “disc assessment.” It’s an assurance quiz applied to John’s audience. Score high and you can have assurance. Score poorly and you’ve no basis for it. Some would go so far as to say the letter is specifically designed to create doubt in the lives of false believers within the church

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Byron was raised in the deep south—Mississippi to be exact. He became the Senior Pastor at CBC in February 2001. Byron is married to Robin, and they have three children: Lauren, Wade, and Blake.


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