What do you think Jesus means in Matthew 6:14-15, when He says that if you will not forgive your brother then neither will your sins be forgiven?
My question is when the Rapture occurs so fast and there is a foul thought in my mind how do I get forgiveness before being in the presence of our Lord? I wrestle with this of thing sort constantly. I hope you can help.
Q. I was talking to a friend and he strongly believes that one can lose their salvation. I brought up that your salvation cannot be pulled out of God’s hands, and he agreed. Then he said that it only worked that way if you did not sin. He stated that that was the reason as to why people go and repent everyday and night, to again be holy and be secure in salvation. Basically, he stated that we “work” for our salvation day and night by prayer. What should I tell him, for I am a bit intimidated.
Also, why do we pray for our forgiveness everyday if we are already saved?
A. Many believers fail to understand that there are two facets to our relationship with the Lord. The first is our salvation, eternal and unconditional. I call it Union. It guarantees our place in Heaven. The second is our relationship with God. It’s in the here and now and is conditional. I call it Fellowship. It makes all our earthly blessings possible.
These two are symbolized in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Through out the entire story he was always his father’s son. That never stopped, nor could it. He had union with his father by means of his birth. But while he was off living his life of sin it did him no good. By his actions, he had suspended the relationship. The moment he came to his senses and confessed he was restored as if nothing had ever happened.
When we become a believer we gain union with the Lord by means of our second birth. Nothing can ever take that away. But while we’re off living a life of sin, it does us no good, because by our actions we’ve suspended the relationship. The moment we confess, we are restored as if nothing had ever happened.
Praying the sinner’s prayer once brought us union with God forever. Praying 1 John 1:9 when we sin keeps us in fellowship every day.
In your response to a Catholic who asked: “Who will go in the Rapture”, you wrote: “The only qualification is our belief that Jesus died for our sins, and that when we asked for His forgiveness, He granted us salvation unto Eternal Life. I agree with your response at a high level, but my fear is that Catholics will miss the key message.
Q. I am an adult Sunday School teacher. I read my Bible just about every day. I pray to God that my lesson each week will glorify Him, and I ask for His help when preparing my lessons.
When I started teaching over a year ago, I had support rather than criticism. Now it seems some in my class would rather criticize me than support me. My husband who is in my class said my lessons are great, and not to worry about trying to please everyone.
I have always gotten my facts right when teaching, but I made a mistake a couple of weeks ago. A man in my class corrected this mistake and I thanked him. But now that one mistake is being criticized by many. In fact during our revival, one man stood up and gave praise to a woman who used to be the adult Sunday School teacher who was visiting our church that evening. Then he made the remark, if you have a question about the Bible, call her, she really knows her Bible…..it was a direct attack on me for having messed up.
What does the Bible say about a person’s past sins? What I mean is, I know that I am forgiven through my faith in Jesus and that God does not hold my sins against me any longer, but what about humans- what about the church?
I am a member of a bible teaching church and I am in turmoil about how to forgive a person who has hurt me very much. I was dating a man who invited me to church with him. I found out that a member of the church, who was invited by me, and who is my nephew’s girlfriend and the mother of his children went to his house one night and they had sex. How do I forgive?
Q. I have received so much instruction, encouragement and wisdom from your writings. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you. My question comes from Hebrews 6:4-6 which states: “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”
Q. What is the biblical definition of a person who has clean hands and a pure heart for the Lord? Just one who believes in Him or is it much more?
One book by a popular writer quotes Second John 8 to explain that many Christians who have served the Lord for many years will lose their rewards and crowns which they have already earned if they backslide into carnality, sensuality, or other temptations of the flesh. I am heartsick to think anything I might have earned in the way of rewards was lost because of a sin (no matter how big or small) even though the sin was confessed.