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.
Please help me understand 1 John 5:16-17. My thoughts on this are: the sin that leads to death is blaspheming the Holy Spirit which would imply the person committing this sin is not a believer in Christ as his Savior. So praying for him to have life is not an option. But, for any other sin we see a brother committing we can pray for God to give him life (salvation?) and He will?
I’m having trouble reconciling the stories in the Old Testament where Israel stood up to her enemies and often called on the wrath of God to save them and the New Testament teaching of being kind to your enemies and turning the other cheek.
In a recent answer to a question, you discussed a time when you asked God a question about why a situation involving forgiveness turned out the way it did. You wrote that God responded to your question. My question is how does one know when they are hearing from God or receiving answers to questions directed to God?
Q. My sister in law refuses to forgive me for an argument that happened last year. I asked for forgiveness and apologized for what I did wrong, but she has never acknowledged any of her wrong-doing and refuses to speak to me. She has basically cut me out of her life. I was just wondering where do I go from here? I want things to be better and I want reconciliation, but she won’t have anything to do with me. Please help me. I am having a hard time with this.
My wife’s sister is driving me nuts. She has 5 kids, but cheated on her hubby and now she’s 45 years old and lives in her mom and dad’s basement. She’s unemployed, on food stamps, etc. Do we keep being nice to her or do we get tough and say enough is enough?
If strict orthodox Jews don’t believe that Jesus is Messiah, then how have they/do they atone for sin, since no temple is left for sacrifices?
I have recently become legally separated and have to pay my wife maintenance (alimony), I am currently tithing on my gross income, which is a financial burden. Am I supposed to tithe on the money I pay my wife? Is she supposed to tithe on the amount she receives from me?