Christian Businesses And Homosexuals. More Follow Up

Q.  In your follow-up to Christian business owners, you said there is nothing in the Bible about doing business with unbelievers. Wouldn’t Paul’s admonition against being “yoked with unbelievers” and asking what Christ and Belial have with each other constitute at least some warning against that?  My wife runs a booth at a Farmer’s market and we have debated how to engage lovingly with the many pagans and homosexuals who thrive in this environment, and yet not compromise our witness. There’s no way to know who buys our products, but certainly I want to avoid teaming up or contracting with someone who is actively against Christ, if only to avoid the appearance of endorsement or enabling them?

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John 17 And The Rapture

Q. In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples (John 17) He says He’s not asking the Father to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one (John 17:15).  Those who disagree with the pre-trib position use this as evidence that the church will go through the tribulation.  How would you respond to this?

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Transfer Of Wealth?

Q. Psalm 105:37 states, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.”  For years, the Word of Faith movement has taught, and now some Grace preachers are teaching, of a great end time transfer of the wealth of the wicked into the hands of the just.  It seems that what they are saying is, that before the rapture, every member of the Body of Christ will be financially wealthy, and physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically healthy.  I’ve been waiting since 1984 for this to take place, and I have yet to see it.  Is it possibly still on the horizon, or is this a misinterpretation of scripture?

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Are The Jewish People Ritually Pure Today?

Q. I have a question on the purifying of the land described in Ezekiel 39. It says that the whole nation engages in disposing of the bodies of the invaders for seven months. After seven months, squads of people are specially employed to dispose of any remains that are found. When a bone is found, a marker is placed by it and the burying is done by specialists. One explanation I’ve heard is that the common man avoids touching the bone so he can remain ritually pure. My question is: Does this level of ritual purity exist in Israel today?

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Still More On The Body And The Bride

Q.  Is the Body of Christ the same as the Bride of Christ?  It seems in Philippians 3:10-11 that Paul makes a distinction between the two words for “resurrection” found in both verse 10 and 11.  Could there be a “taking out of” that first resurrection of the Body to create the Bride?  Another thought:  when God created a bride for Adam, He took her “out of” his body.

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The Three Questions Of Matt. 24

A Feature Article by Jack Kelley

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3)

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New Wine In Old Wineskins

Q.  Our small group is  studying Matthew.  When we got to Matthew 9:16-17, a lengthy discussion broke out, as to the meaning, and we couldn’t come to an agreement. Please give me your understanding of these two verses.

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Are We Watchmen?

Q.   Does Ezekiel 33:1-9  mean we are to speak up when we see wicked things and warn or hold accountable the person involved in such things, or we will answer for their death?  So if we remain silent, this is a sin?

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How Many Trumpets Are There Before The Last One?

Q. Re: 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.

So when it says “at the last trump” how many trumpet sounds will there be before it, making it the last trump? No wonder Rosh Hashana is associated with the Rapture. Continue reading…