Q. I have a question I hope you can sort out for me. Matthew 5: 11-12 states that we are blessed when we’re persecuted for Jesus’ sake. I have always thought that means, when people scoff if we are sharing the good news that Jesus died for our sins. But lately I have started to wonder: does it also apply when you refuse to do something you know God would hate, such as telling dirty jokes even though all your buddies are doing the same thing? When they laugh and call you a prude, is that the same as being reviled because of Jesus?
Q. In Matthew 12:29 Jesus said we must first bind the strong man ( the devil ) then we can spoil his house. Does that mean we are to bind the devil also? I hear that in lots of churches ie: I bind you Satan in the name of Jesus. Can we bind him in the name of Jesus?
Q. Why don’t Christians walk into synagogues at all to preach about Christ, like Paul did in the book of Acts? Or is this just “unacceptable” in today’s culture? Maybe some do, but I haven’t heard of any. Thanks again for your ministry!
Q. Many people say that our rights as Americans are from God. Could you tell me where in the Bible these rights are stated? For instance the right to life, liberty and property.
Q. For months now I’ve been in a dry place and I just don’t know how to get out of it. I’ve struggled with the lack of desire I have for our Lord and his word. The shame and guilt is there when I wake up and it tucks me in at night. I’ve even stopped going to church every Sunday and communication (prayer) with the Lord isn’t any better. I want to be on fire again and I want to love the Lord’s church and I want to be restored to fellowship with Jesus Christ…I just don’t know how.
Q. I truly believe that we are to help our family and neighbors but at what point is it enough? My oldest sister died when she was 38 year old leaving a husband and four children. Her husband has also since passed away. My parents, sisters and I have helped out these 4 kids, who are now adults, over and over and over. They are all physically and mentally okay but they all dropped out of school and pretty much live off the state and don’t seem to want to do better. When is enough enough?
Q. In the article “Should he change jobs” your answer was to wait for God instructions. I’m really puzzled with listening to God. From my own experiences, I usually confuse my inner desires with God’s instructions. Often I can’t distinguish between the two. Some say God gives us instructions through signs. But don’t we have to do the interpreting of these signs and once again be subjected to our own desires and wishes in interpreting them?
Q. Since I also believe in a pre-trib rapture, I don’t anticipate being here for Daniel’s 70th week. But plenty of newly reborn Christians will be here in the days, weeks and months following the rapture. Those new Christians are going to need all the help they can get. So we do some doomsday prepping, but not for us, because we know we won’t be here. We prep for those who won’t make a decision for Christ until it is too late to be part of the Church. We’ve stockpiled some food, water purification and storage supplies, weapons, winter clothing, medical supplies, firewood, backup generator, barter items and other things we think will be needed post rapture. But most importantly, we’ve put together a library of Bibles and Bible study resources, both hard copy, and electronic media, because those new Christians will need these kinds of hidden Bible resources in a world hostile to them and all things related to Jesus Christ. I think it is possible to do both things, doomsday prepping and laying up treasures in heaven. What do you think?
Q. My question pertains to decision making on non-moral matters. In moral cases I believe the Holy Spirit places convictions on our hearts to do the right thing. I’m talking about the non-moral ones such as deciding whether to stay put or move, or playing it safe and being content in my current situation versus taking a risk and trying something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. My most recent life decision did not work out as I had hoped. I learned many things in the process but it was painful. Is this a symptom of not living in fellowship with God or are there important decisions in life that God expects us to use the resources we have to figure out on our own?
Q. Re: Planning To Go Or Planning To Stay? My daughter is a single parent and not well physically and has 2 autistic daughters. She has brought them up with the knowledge and love of the Lord and they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. But they are living in poverty conditions and I want to help them. I contribute to their support as much as I can (I am a widow and have limited finances) but it has come up that if I helped finance a house for them, they could live more comfortably. I am willing to do such, but as I read about storing up treasures in heaven, I wonder if I am not trusting in our Lord and should be content and grateful for all we do have.