Q. God bless you and your family,I cannot thank The Lord enough for you and your ministry, service to The Lord and His people. May He increase His grace and blessings to you. Having said this,can you tell me about THE MARK of CAIN? Continue reading…
Q. I have been reading your answers to several questions about who goes to heaven and who doesn’t. I certainly understand the nature of trusting in Jesus alone as the basis for our salvation. Yet it appears that you give little weight to the command to repent and turn from sin. Continue reading…
Q. It was a bit disconcerting to read your response to a reader with a question about the book “23 Minutes in Hell.” Hell is a real place and people need to be aware of it. I’ve read the book. While it was upsetting to read the reality of it, it seems irresponsible to tell someone to throw the book away and not be concerned about it. The author of the book seems to be a sincere, humble person and not at all a person out to create sensationalism. Continue reading…
Q. Did Israel defy a biblical warning with Egypt in the brokered Hamas Peace Deal? Of course, Hamas have said before that these peace deals are only for them to regroup and rearm for battle. What is your take on the warning to Israel about Egypt? Continue reading…
Q. Whilst listening to a pastor preaching the gospel, something really stood out regarding the committing of oneself to Christ. The pastor pointed out that there are many people who believe they are saved, purely because they said a ‘sinners prayer’ accepting that Jesus died for their sins. Continue reading…
Q. I know The anti-christ will come out of the Revived Roman Empire. What if the US ends up joining with them if oil and the economy forces us to? Barak Obama is going to go around the world this summer. Whoever heard of a not yet official nominee doing this? Why couldn’t he be a “little horn” in this new world order that world leaders seem to want so badly?
A. The whole world seems to be all abuzz about Mr. Obama. I don’t know who he really is, but there sure is a lot of speculation about him. If anyone knows for certain, they aren’t talking.
Some believe that as a former colony of England, the US is a de-facto member of the revived Roman Empire already. But using that logic one can include the entire British Empire, which covered much of the world.
In Rev. 17:10-11 I believe when John said that five of the 7 kingdoms had fallen, he was talking about Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece. The one that was ruling in John’s day was Rome, and according to Daniel 9:26 the one yet to come would be a second iteration of Rome. But John also said that while the anti-Christ would belong to the others he wouldn’t be one of them. To me that puts him outside of the recognized leadership of the nations John mentioned but makes him one of their citizens.
While it’s a fun exercise, I don’t think we’re at a point in the End Times where we can identify the anti-Christ. In fact I don’t think the Church will ever know who he is, at least not while we’re on Earth.
Q. just read your reply to a question about the book “The Shack”. I appreciate your work and generally believe that you are right on and Spirit lead in your writings.
However all things considered I think this book is more of a tool of Satan to compromise and distort the Truth than a tool to help us understand God’s love.
I encourage you to read the commentaries I’ve included and consider todays headline on FoxNews.com about the state of Christian faith today.
A. This is clearly a work of fiction. It is not nor does it pretend to be a theological work. There’s no call within the book to believe what it says nor does it make any claim to truth. It’s simply one person’s opinion on what one facet of God’s character (His love) is like.
I could have saved a lot of time by just leaning on the reviews of others, but as I said in my answer I have read the book itself, therefore I don’t need the opinions of others to help me form mine. I value your input but I also have faith in the discernment the Lord has given me. In my opinion, the Christian community has cried wolf so many times about things like this that we have little if any credibility left in the world. Often our outcries only serve to make the things we protest that much more popular.
I’ve heard people complain that the book doesn’t say anything about sin or salvation, but it’s not about that. It’s about the healing of a believer who has suffered a tragedy few of us could endure by bringing him to a state of forgiveness. Others say it claims that all paths lead to God, but what it really says is that God’s followers have come from many places.
I would never recommend The Shack as the basis for a Bible study, and I wouldn’t use it as a discipleship tool. Nor do I believe the author intended it to be used that way. Besides, we already have a book for those things, the Bible. The Shack is not a parable, and it’s not an allegory. It’s a work of fiction and that’s all it is. Why can’t we just leave it at that?
Q. I would like to get your comment on 1 Samuel 6:19-20, why did the Lord smite all those people for looking into the Ark? And what lesson can we garner from these verses, like is there a type of grace or the forthcoming of grace (I hope I am making sense)?
Q. If one is living through the tribulation period and dies do they go to heaven to be judged at the time of their death? I guess what I am asking is will believers who die during the tribulation go to heaven while unbelievers who die go to hell awaiting the judgment?
Q. I have a close friend of mine who is gay. He believes that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior. Will he go to heaven?