Are Paul’s Letters Authentic?

Q. I wanted to see what your thoughts were on the 13 letters penned by Paul.  I have read in some research that scholars only are sure that 7 were penned by Paul, maybe another 2 are 50-50, and the rest are likely not penned by Paul (the pastoral epistles).  Personally, I think Paul did pen them but have no proof of this other than faith.   In fact, one article I read was on a catholic resources page.  One of the letters in question is 2Thesselonians which our prime sources for the rapture defense (this one is disputed by approximately 1/2 of biblical scholars).    Since early church fathers such as Polycarp did not question Paul’s letters as part of early canon, I would believe we should not either. Continue reading…

Punished For Our Government’s Policies?

Q. As we all have witnessed many times in recent events, the US is facing a chain of disasters. Many believe it is due to the Bush Administration’s efforts to pressure Israel to divide the land (Joel 3:2). I’m inclined to agree. With Russia’s looming threat, and increased probability of a terrorist attack, and these weather changes, My question is: Will God destroy the righteous with the wicked? Christians all over the country have been pleading with Pres. Bush not to force Israel to give one more inch of land to Her enemies, but he isn’t listening. Will God hold us responsible as well? Continue reading…

OSAS vs. Falling Away

Q. I agree with you on the OSAS but my question is on the scripture that states that many will fall away from the faith. What does that exactly mean? Continue reading…

Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation?

Q. My intention here is not to be insulting, but you are cherry-picking.  Jesus established the minimum requirement when he said in Mark 16:16 that you must believe and be baptized.  So what gives with your explanation?  Belief is to be active; you must apply some action for faith without works is dead! I’m glad you mention John 3:16 because it flows from what Jesus said in 3:5 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  This “water” birth Jesus speaks of is baptism.  None other! Continue reading…

My Friend Doesn’t Believe In The Rapture

Q. I read with interest your article on the Rapture and have been researching the rapture and I believe I have been convinced that there will be a rapture pretrib.  However, How do I answer to someone who says that “the apostles in Jesus’ time were persecuted and went thru horrible times, so what makes us think that we will escape the Tribulation and not go thru the Tribulation?” Continue reading…

Entertaining Demons Unaware?

Q. This will probably seem like a weird question but in regards to the scripture about others have unknowingly entertained angels, could some have also entertained demons unaware as well? Do demons as well as angels walk around at times in human form? is it possible people might have photographed angels or demons, or other possible proof, such as strange lights (UFO’s) or ghostly encounters (EVP’s)? I believe that supposed hauntings or ghosts are demonic activities designed to lead people from God, drawing them into occultism. Continue reading…

A Different Perspective

Q. It has been my joy to fellowship with Pentecostal- leaning messianic Jewish believers. Some of them hold to a different understanding of the ‘End Times’ which does not seem to include the Rapture of the Church They believe a doctrine labeled One New Man (Jew & Gentile believers together) but believe that the One New Man will take the gospel to both through world evangelism. At that point, Jesus will return to earth at His Second Coming and establish His kingdom upon the earth. Those Christians who continue to assist the Jews during their time of sorrow will be ushered into the kingdom. For those Christians who do not help the Jews, they will be turned away!  What are your thoughts on this belief? Continue reading…

What Is Revival?

Q. How do you define a true revival?  I believe the instructions Jesus gave us in Matthew 28: 18-20 is the foundation for a revival.  A pastor had a three day crusade last weekend and over 11,000 people made commitments to the Lord.  His message was the good news of what Jesus did for us on the cross, turning our lives over to Jesus and belief in Jesus, repentance, and  salvation.  He spread the good news as Jesus instructed in Matthew 28 and then, the gift of the Holy Spirit took over and began to  change lives. Continue reading…

Interpreting Two Verses Of Prophecy

Q. I am having trouble reconciling two verses and wonder if you could help.
One is Matt 24:10-14, when Jesus predicts the great ‘falling away’ and the other is Acts 2:17 : In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Continue reading…

Olivet Discourse Parables, Follow Up

Q. Regarding the Understanding the Olivet Parables Part 2 I have a question: Under the 10 virgins – you used a phrase “let their faith lapse” Did you mean they had once had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior? And, I guess I was wrong in thinking the after the Rapture the Holy Spirit would be withdrawn? If time permits would appreciate your clarification. Continue reading…