Why Didn’t God Prevent The Fall?

Q. Do you have an article that justifies God ‘allowing’ Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, rather than Him stepping in and stopping them, thus preventing the fall. Another person is trying to use the fact that as ~’God didn’t prevent it, then He must not exist, because according to the way He describes Himself in the Bible, He would have stopped them.’ So the person in reference concludes God doesn’t exist, because he says God doesn’t act the way He says He would. Continue reading…

Faith Or Works Or Both?

Q. Would you please explain James 2: 14-26? As Born Again Christians, the Holy Spirit leads us and inspires us to do good deeds. But, are these deeds or works compulsory for salvation? I believe we are saved by grace thru faith alone. I see many churches focused on works which seems to me to be more of a religious approach rather than a true faith and relationship with Jesus. James 2: 14-26 seems to imply that to be saved you must have both faith and deeds. Or is it implying that by his faith and being saved, a true believer shows his true faith with compassion and works by being led thru the gift of the Holy spirit?

A. The context of James 2:14-26 is the relationship between faith and works, and the conclusion is that true faith will manifest itself in a believer’s behavior. James used 4 very powerful examples.

The first one is a negative example involving a hypothetical believer who sees a brother or sister in desperate need but pretends not to notice. It’s a violation of the Lord’s commandment that we love one another, and indicates that the believer’s faith is not genuine. Such an attitude was shown in the Parable of the Good Samaritan where both the Priest and the Levite ignored the traveler in need. (Luke 10:30-37)

Next James showed that belief in God among the demonic horde was not sufficient to save them, because it didn’t result in a change in their attitude about their need for a Savior. They believe there’s one God because they’ve seen Him, but in their actions they rebel against Him.

Third is the case of Abraham, whose faith was so strong that he set about sacrificing his own son, believing that God could and would raise him from the dead (Hebr. 11:17-19) Abraham was justified by his faith (Romans 4:3) but when God called him, he obeyed making his faith complete.

And finally there’s Rahab, who defied her own leaders and hid the Jewish spies on the strength of what she had heard about the God of Israel. She did so in the belief that God would save her from the destruction that was coming on the city of Jericho. At the end, hers was the only house left standing. (Josh. 2 & 5)

It’s what we believe that saves us, not how we behave. (Ephes. 2:8-9) But as someone once said, “If what we say we believe doesn’t result in action, it’s doubtful that we really believe it. ” True faith will manifest itself in Spirit led work.

Russia, Georgia, And Ezekiel 38

Q. with the whole Russia/Georgia thing going on everyone on the Christian bulletin boards are saying Gog/Magog invasion is on the horizon (or here). What do you think? With Israel right in the middle, supplying Georgia weapons and telling Russia they will disable the S-300 system the Russians are sending to Iran, could one of these be the hook? Or does Israel have to bomb Iran to get such a reaction? Continue reading…

Are All Children Raptured?

Q. I do not believe that “all” children will be raptured as some teach. First an analogy of the last days judgment could be the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. There no children were spared. Continue reading…

Mediums And Pornographers

Q. I have two questions:

1) Can the medium really be able to invite the dead to communicate with the living? I remember King Saul actually ask a medium to invite Samuel’s soul to talk to King Saul.

2) Pornography is sin,that is for sure. Would the Lord still offer forgiveness to people who are addicted to pornography and are seeking help to be delivered? Continue reading…

How Long Is Long?

Q. I have a question I hope you can help me with. In I Corinthians chapter 11 verse 14 it says, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?”

What is long hair? How long does it have to be to be long? How long was hair in Jesus day? Continue reading…

What’s The Timing Of Rev. 6?

Q. Reading on GTF.com about the 6th seal and the Polar Reversal and doing your study again in Revelation I have a question. When you talk about how the Polar reversal on earth and the sun could be what’s described in Rev. 6:12-14, what time frame is Rev. 6:12-14 in the Tribulation? Is it in the Great Tribulation or the first part of the Tribulation, like the first 3 1/2 years? Continue reading…

Inherit The Kingdom Or Just In It?

Q.  I have always understood that the “outer darkness” will be a place for the unbelieving. I never heard the teaching that it would be a place where the unfaithful believer would be sent where they would experience the weeping and gnashing of teeth until after the millennium until I was reading a book written by a well known minister and bible teacher. And there is another TV preacher who teaches that those believers who practice the acts of the sinful nature will not inherit the Kingdom based on Galatians 5:16-21. Continue reading…

Can We Live Forever?

Q. I’m in an ongoing debate with a friend of mine (who is a preacher) about healing. According to him, we never need to die, as we merely need to come to the realization of who we are in Christ. Once we have done that, we would be able to heal ourselves (and probably everybody around us), and will not have to die before the rapture. This is, as far as I can gather, based on Romans 8, where the sons of God must come to a realization of who they are in God. Continue reading…