Q. Why did the apostles choose to suffer a martyrs death? If Christ died once and for all for our sins, and bore all the suffering of mankind, why did they feel the need to be martyred? They were the closest to Christ, so shouldn’t they have best understood Christ’s message of “it is finished”? I don’t understand why they didn’t preach in hiding like what takes place in Muslim and communist countries today. It sounds like they believed in redemptive suffering- a Catholic concept.
Q. I was wondering about Col 3:23-25. It says that whatever we do should be done unto the Lord to receive a reward, but whoever does wrong will receive for the wrong he has done because there is no respect of persons. If whoever means whoever, then does that mean believers will receive for the wrongs they have done?
Q. Years ago when I was going through a rough time my pastor told me to put on the armor of God but he had no explanation as to how. So every morning I would recite the individual pieces and I imagined putting them on. I did it because I figured my pastor knew more than I did but it never felt right. Still years later I have yet to find an explanation that made sense to me. Can you give me your interpretation of the armor and how to put it on?
Q. First I have to say I love your ministry it has really helped me a lot these last few years. I was wondering if you could answer a question me and some others are wondering about. My question is this: Is it even possible for you to die before God’s plan for your life has been completed?
Q. There are some Christians at my Church who still tell coarse jokes more often than not, they lust openly, and talk about things they shouldn’t. They always want me to hang out with them, and have “fun”. Now, I have just recently came back to Christ, and they still expect me to be the old man I was. My question is this: I know we are saved by grace through faith, not based on works but on Jesus’s obedience alone, and once we are saved, we cannot be lost. However, shouldn’t they be showing some remorse here? Shouldn’t they who claim to be Christians, act like Christians?
Q. Is 3 John 1:2 teaching health and wealth? “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Q. Re: 2 Timothy 2;3-4: “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
What did Paul really mean by “civilian affairs?” Is he talking about being involved in politics and other matters in the community that have nothing to do with the church, or something else? I’d appreciate your opinion on this.
Q. How should a Christian handle rumors being said about them? I have always ignored rumors figuring that the truth will come out sooner or later and that God protects me from mean spirited people but as I get older I’m feeling the need to defend myself to set the record straight. Please tell me the Godly way to handle this.
Q. I have a question based on something my former youth pastor posted on Facebook. He used Philippians 1:27-29 to deny salvation through faith alone. That doesn’t seem right to me. What are your thoughts on that?
Q. I’m a born again christian, and I’m aware that, once saved, a Christian should seek His kingdom and righteousness, as you have taught. I know the reason behind doing so, what don’t know is HOW? Please outline this process for me in a way that is practical and simple. Maybe a step by step type of thing? I’m aware that time is really short so I want to do something of value to God. I’m also aware that life is really hard now-a-days and the only way to get by is with God’s help.