Christian Businesses And Homosexuals. More Follow Up

Q.  In your follow-up to Christian business owners, you said there is nothing in the Bible about doing business with unbelievers. Wouldn’t Paul’s admonition against being “yoked with unbelievers” and asking what Christ and Belial have with each other constitute at least some warning against that?  My wife runs a booth at a Farmer’s market and we have debated how to engage lovingly with the many pagans and homosexuals who thrive in this environment, and yet not compromise our witness. There’s no way to know who buys our products, but certainly I want to avoid teaming up or contracting with someone who is actively against Christ, if only to avoid the appearance of endorsement or enabling them?

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John 17 And The Rapture

Q. In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples (John 17) He says He’s not asking the Father to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one (John 17:15).  Those who disagree with the pre-trib position use this as evidence that the church will go through the tribulation.  How would you respond to this?

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How Can We Not Be Sad?

Q.  Once the Rapture occurs, based on my understanding, our bodies will be glorified and our sin nature removed. Now, what I am having a difficult time wrapping my mind around is the type of consciousness that will still be present within an individual in regards to all of their earthly memories and emotions. For example, let’s say only one individual in a particular family is Raptured leaving behind their spouse, children, siblings, family and friends, it is hard to fathom how this person will not experience sadness knowing all of their loved ones have been left behind to face the horrors of the Tribulation, and even potentially an eternity in hell should they take the mark during that time period, while they are filled with joy and basking in glory beyond comprehension. I was wondering what your view was on this entire concept.

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Explaining Death To A Child

Q. I’m trying to prepare a children’s sermon. How do we explain to children that death is a time of rejoicing, as well as a time of grieving. When relaying the stories of Jesus raising Lazarus and others from the dead- it is hard to convey that all is fair and right to be content to wait til we see our loved ones in heaven. Why is it that He physically raised Lazarus whom He loved, but will not bring back our loved ones and we must wait (and be content to do so) to be reunited with them?

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The Peace Of 1 Thes. 5:3

Q. In one of your articles you mentioned Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17. I was wondering in your opinion what do you think will happen first? I wanted to also know when will the peace that the Apostle Paul spoke of in I Thessalonians 5:3 come about? What event will bring this on?

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Can Christians Use Marijuana?

Q. What is your opinion of casual, infrequent marijuana use by Christians, done in private, in a safe setting?  True, it’s use is illegal and health risks of smoking are well documented. Those issues aside, in your opinion is it sinful to enjoy the “buzz” of pot or the sensation that a glass or 2 of wine provides?

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Still More On Free Will

Q.  Does mankind have true free will to make a conscious choice to become a born again Christian, to believe In Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, and that Christ came to this world and suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins and to seek salvation?  Or, does God solely choose the elect via His grace to be saved?

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Ash Wednesday And Lent

Q.  Why are so many Protestant churches doing Ash Wednesday when this is a sacrament instituted by the Catholic church.  Does it have a bigger meaning than we Protestants know about?
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More On The Bible And Cremation

Q.   I want to thank you for this site and  for  your wisdom. I deal a lot with the final expense market. I find it very interesting the percentage of people that opt for cremation vs. traditional burial. Today I visited with a lady who wanted to research in her Bible what was the right way.  What does scripture say about this issue?

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Christian Businesses And Homosexuals. Follow Up

Q.  I was surprised by the answer you gave regarding the florist. I’m a little confused.  If a same sex couple wanted you to perform their wedding ceremony, would you? If a heterosexual couple came to you with the same request yet you knew one of them was a habitual liar, would you perform the ceremony?  I understand that there really aren’t degrees of sin. But it just seems wrong to me to help someone celebrate their sin, which is what anyone who offers a service for the wedding, or attends a  wedding is doing.

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