Q. I was reading the admonitions in the Bible to avoid believers who are sexually immoral, or who regularly eat or drink to excess, practice idolatry or greed, are swindlers, foul mouthed, gossipers, or verbally abusive (1 Cor 5:11, Ephe 4:29). In this way we help them see that such behavior is sin. I’m very confused by this passage.
Q. I was such a bad example of a Christian when I first asked Him to save me, and lived in immorality for 5 years. Although I have fully repented and been faithfully married for decades, and am fully committed to the Lord and careful about my walk, I still worry about the passages in Scripture that say that the unrighteous will not go to heaven. What would you say to people who were washed as I Cor. 6:11 says, but who fell into sin again?
Q. I read gracethrufaith all the time, and I have a question re: the church’s judgment where we receive our rewards etc. I think someone called it the bema seat judgment or something like that. Do you know about that? Where can I find reference to it in the Bible?
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.
Q. I have just recently come back to the Lord after being back slidden for approximately 15 years. Now I’m so hungry for the Lord, for His word, and for the fellowship of other Christians, so the Lord guided me to a church family where I can be filled, and for all His blessings, I’m very thankful, especially for His wonderful grace.
In the meantime, I struggle almost every single day, with my emotions, with doubt, feelings of unworthiness, trying to live out my faith by loving and living with unsaved family members, plus financial struggles – is this normal in the Christian walk, to have these kinds of battles? If so, according to Ephesians chapter 6, we are to be strong in the Lord….etc. and put on various pieces of spiritual armor. How do we do this, and is this done through prayer???? I need lots of help, and would like some answers.
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy. The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.
Q. I’m unclear on a phrase that appears in all the letters in Rev. 2-3 and that is, “He who overcomes” I want to understand this more fully. What do I need to overcome, or is it because I believe and am saved that I already am an over comer?
Q. What if you believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone in Christ alone but something or someone like satan keeps putting the thought in your mind that you need to do more? In other words you know what you believe but you wrestle with grace plus works. How does someone that was raised believing you had to be good and added grace to it change their heart to believe that its grace alone? I know what I believe now but its still hard because I still struggle.
O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.