Q. In 1 Corinthians 7:17-23, Paul talked about believers remaining in situations that they once were. He states that God wants the believer (new or existing) to remain in the situation as he/she once was. For instance, Paul said that if a believer was called while a slave, he told them not to be concerned about it. The same goes for circumcision. In responses to situations, do you believe God puts believers in conflicting or bad situations as He did with Paul? For example, does God want us to be in prison for a crime we did not commit? If we were in slavery, does God want us to remain slaves? This is something to think about when meditating on this verse. How do you look at this verse?
Q. Are we all born righteous and only become sinner when we choose to sin? In one statement (Romans 5:19) it seems clear that Adam’s sin has infected us, but other scripture tell us we do not bear the punishment of our fathers (Ezekiel 18:19-20). Then you have those who are adamant in stating we are all born pure and that sin is a choice. Because of Adam the flesh dies but the spirit only dies if one chooses to sin. As one person put it so directly: “Original sin is a doctrine of demons, we became a sinner by choice, not because of Adam.” Please help explain this subject?
Q. I recently read an article, which was called “Is God for us or for Himself?” The author concluded that God mainly and ultimately is for Himself. He holds His own glory in the highest regard and evangelical Christians deceive themselves with the notion that they are the apple of His eye so to speak. Everything that God did and all that Jesus went through was solely for His own glory that is the dearest to Him. We delude ourselves to think otherwise.
Q. The subject of OSAS came up in an internet group I belong to. The group leaders say they believe in OSAS and I definitely agree with that. But they say if a born again believer thinks a Christian could walk away from God, then they don’t believe the whole truth of the Bible, are making God out to be a liar and therefore, they are lost. I personally don’t believe a person is lost just because they don’t subscribe to OSAS just as I don’t believe a person is lost if they believe in a mid-trib rapture. What do you think?
Q. I have been watching a beautiful study on the typology of Joseph, specifically how his brothers killed the goat to put blood on Joseph’s tunic and even though they meant it for evil God only saw the blood and counted it as a sacrifice for what they had done. Fast forward to the Pharisees yelling “let His blood be on our hands and our children” likewise they meant it for evil but The Sacrifice was applied to them. This is very interesting to me because I see God had to choose a people to carry out His will and blinded them to do so. It seems that in the fulfilling of God’s will He made sure the Jewish people were counted among the saved. I don’t know if this is the case but I hope it is.
Q. Who is the Church? What church or group of people will be raptured? Some churches claim that they are the true church and that they are the one’s who are going to be raptured, and they use the reference in Revelation 3:10. Why is it so important to join a church? Most of them are not righteous. I don’t think God’s church is in one or two locations. I think the church is scattered all over the world consisting of righteous people who believe in Jesus Christ and know that he will come soon. What does the Bible say about my opinion of these issues?
Q. My question is could Adam and Eve have had children before they sinned and became mortal? What would the ramifications of this be today? Thanks!
Q. I have a question about the sheep from the sheep and goat judgments. The sheep are ushered into the Kingdom and eternal life after the judgment. Would these people not be immortal since they have eternal life? I am having trouble figuring out where the mortals who repopulate the millennium come from. Are not all tribulation believers given eternal life and therefore no longer mortal?
Q. I know I am saved, but I don’t know how it happened. I am hoping you can help me understand. Paul tells us we were included in Christ when we heard the word of truth the Gospel of our salvation, and having believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our inheritance. I believe and have accepted this. However, in 1 Cor. 2:14 Paul also said “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” and in 1 Cor. 12:3 “… and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.” Do we first need to seek the truth about Jesus? Does the Holy Spirit then come to us, work on us, and enable us to truly believe in Jesus? Is it only when we finally accept the whole truth that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit?
Q. I love your writings and follow your views 100% but recently I have come across another person’s teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and/or the Kingdom of God as being now. The church age. I have always seen it as the time of His second coming and the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. But I have to say now that I have heard this guys teaching, and now that I am reading through the 4 gospels chronologically I have been very confused. I am starting to wonder about when is this Kingdom of Heaven and/or Kingdom of God?