Q. My wife is fighting a constant battle in her mind thinking that she has committed the unpardonable sin. A few years ago “something” happened in her life at which time she told God in a time of anger she did not want anything more to do with him and even questioned his existence. She feels somehow that this would cause Him to remove His grace from her. Could you please reply to this so I can show her that this is not so!
Q. In Galatians 5:16-21 Paul deals with the issue of continuing in sin. I realize that God not only saved me but also keeps me; However in Galatians 5:21 he says that “I have for warned you, that those who practice such things (as listed in vs.19-20) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. How do you answer this?
Q.What is the comparison and contrast between victorious faith and overcomers faith that we find in the book of Hebrews in chapter 11 and their applications for those who are represented in Hebrews 11 by the two groups of people known as the overcomers and the others?
Q. I recently heard a popular author state that when the above mentioned scripture mentions a cock (rooster) it really is referring to a town crier since no roosters were allowed in the temple or its outer courts. Is this true or is it referring to a literal rooster?
Q. We read in John 20:17 that Mary was not to hold on to Christ because he had not yet ascended to the Father. Then the next thing we know he is visiting with the Apostles allowing them to touch him and is present with them for 40 days after which he ascends on Mt. Olive, with Moses and Elijah Present. (Luke 24; Acts 1) By these accounts He must have ascended at least twice; once immediately after his resurrection and again after 40 days. Is this correct?
Q. First of all let me congratulate you for teaching correctly that there were two Sabbaths in the week of Jesus death and resurrection. The Church as a whole misses this completely. Please allow me to share a couple of scriptures that shed additional light on this subject.
Mark 16:1 says that after the Sabbath was past they bought the spices that they might anoint Him. Luke 23:56 says that they returned and prepared the spices then rested on the Sabbath. Luke 24:1 They came to the tomb very early on the first day of the week bringing the spices that they had prepared.
A Thursday “Unleavened Bread” High Day Sabbath rest followed by a busy Friday of buying and preparing the spices then a Saturday weekly Sabbath rest is the only way that these two Scriptures can both be true. Your scenario of back to back Sabbaths on Fri and Sat after a Thus sundown burial leaves zero time for Mark16:1 and Luke 23:56 to take place.
Q. I’m currently struggling with jealousy — I know that because I have Jesus, I have everything, but I still become jealous after I see someone with something that I want, whether it be their personality, skills, and so on; I’ve been jealous of my own friends, and it’s disgusting. To make matters worse, there’s even a particular person I tend to be jealous of. I find myself wishing misfortune to her — again, disgusting. I keep reminding myself that God will provide all that I need, but I keep having these thoughts and feelings. I find myself constantly asking for forgiveness for this sin. What verses would be useful for me to study?
Q. I read your wonderful article on forgiveness. My questions is: do I need to go to the person and actually tell them I forgive them when they don’t see that they have sinned against me wrongfully? I have confessed to The Lord for being angry at this person. I have forgiven the person in my heart. But do I need to speak directly to this person?
Q. I have been contemplating these times and the rapture. I’m wondering, if for a time, no one will be come pregnant? If the mother is not a believer (follower of Christ) at the point of rapture will the child evacuate the womb and be taken back to heaven with all the other children?
Q. I understand from your studies that there is an age of accountability yet, there are many scriptures that seem to say otherwise. For instance, Paul recognizes that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
The problem I have with age of accountability is, we are born in a sinful condition due to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:6-7; Rom 5:12) David described it this way; “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). This implies that even in the womb we are guilty. How do we reconcile this with Paul inferring an age of accountability?