Q. On one hand I read where the meaning of the word “apostasia” has to do with people in the church “falling away” from the faith. On the other hand, I read where the same word means more of a “departure” from this earth as in “The Rapture.” The second argument seems very convincing and yet, in Revelation we read about how small and weak the Church of Philadelphia is in comparison to the “Luke warm” church of Laodicea. Which is it? What does apostasia really mean?
Q. A friend of mine describes herself as a “born again, Spirit filled, Torah observant, believer in Yeshua (Jesus).” Have you ever heard of this? I can’t help being intrigued, because I have such love and admiration for the Jewish people. Clearly my old friend believes in Jesus. But seems that anyone observing the Torah couldn’t possibly embrace grace and forgiveness through faith. I’m so confused… can you please help me unravel this?
Q. Is 1 Corinthians 12:3 to be taken literally that no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit?
Q. When Jewish person die, do they go to heaven or hell? Based on Salvation, I would think they unfortunately would go to hell because they rejected Jesus in their heart and His offer of salvation. However, I know the Jews are God’s chosen people, so sometimes I struggle with would he do that? I just don’t know how much Favor the Jews have with the Lord.
Q. Re: No One Knows The Day Or The Hour I have a couple of questions. I always thought that the tribulation starts with the signing of the peace treaty the anti-christ makes with Israel. Am I wrong? Second, are you saying the Church will be here for the first 3 1/2 years but be gone the last 3 1/2 years? I always thought we would be out of here for the entire 7 years.
Q. What is your take on ISIS and the speed in which it is gaining control of Iraq? As always, your comments and wisdom are truly appreciated.
Q. I know the word of God tells us not to be afraid and to not worry, but how do I and all other Christians not worry about the salvation of those we love since they have a free will to reject the Lord. This is the one area I just don’t know how to handle. So many family and friends don’t believe in God, and God won’t make anyone love him, so how do we not worry about them? Many people quote Acts 16:31 stating to “believe on Jesus and we shall be saved and thy house” as guaranteeing the salvation of our loved ones, but I don’t agree with that interpretation. I don’t believe there is a guarantee that our loved ones will be saved (accept the Lord), just that the Lord will pursue them as we pray fro them. So, how do I not worry?
Q. Why do some Christians turn away from sinful behavior and clean up their act, or try to, while other Christians think it’s okay to continue sinning because they are already saved? I hope you can shed some light on this matter for me.
Q. My question relates to the priestly garments. Exodus 28:31-35 lists the garments for the High Priest to wear when officiating. But in Leviticus 16:4 the list for the Day of Atonement ceremony is different. What is the significance of that?
Q. Romans 8:28 tells us God is working everything together for the good of those who love him and “are called according to His purpose” What does “his purpose” mean? Do all things work for the good only for those for whom God has a special purpose; a special task?