Does Grace Have Limits?

Q. I’ve just read your articles and have learned many new spiritual insight into end-time.

The recent up-roar regarding Tibet (Buddhist or Taoist believers) seems to have attracted all walks of life to stage a protest, including Christian in USA, Europe, etc. I’m not sure what is the definition of “Human Rights” but I do know that the Bible aspires us to do good, protect the weak and provide justice to the defenseless. In the case of Tibet, almost the whole of Western world reacted.

I grew up in a Muslim country and have seen much worse injustice but the Western world, and sad to mention that even the Christians, remain silent.

As a born again Christian, what is the right thing that we should do or react to such situation? Has grace a limitation?

A. I believe that Christians should be concerned for human rights where ever and when ever they’re violated. I say this because I think that’s the way God feels. Jesus certainly didn’t discriminate between Jews and Gentiles, nor between believers and unbelievers. He always showed compassion toward the oppressed, whatever their state.

The Unpardonable Sin

If someone like an atheist, who previously rejected Christ, but later in life accepts him as their savior, then he is forgiven. Is not the Blasphemy of
the Holy Spirit then essentially when a person is in a position where they permanently reject Christ?

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Still More On Spare The Rod

God Bless you for your article about spanking. My husband was brought up by a “Christian” mother who would whip him with a belt for not wanting to go to church. Is it any wonder that he not only rejects going to church but rejected God Himself for many years?

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Fear Or Faith?

Q. Places like Psalm 25:12 & 14 speak of the fear of the Lord. Is it by fear then that we ultimately look toward Him for salvation?

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OSAS And Assemblies Of God

I attend an Assembly of God church and their position and the Pastor’s is that you can give your salvation back by continuing in sin or stop believing. My question is this, should a person stay at a church that opposes eternal security? Thank you for all you do and God bless you!

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The Seal For The 144,000

Q. Is the seal on the foreheads of the Jewish evangelists the same Spirit of grace with which each member of the Church is sealed at the moment of their salvation?

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Salvation For Demons

I’ve searched your archives to answer the question as to whether or not demons can be forgiven if they ask for it and I can’t find it. I was discussing this with an officer at work and he believes that there will be demons that will repent and be saved. What do you think?

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The Great Sabbath Debate

I was raised a Protestant, have Messianic Jewish friends and have attended their services and they are on Saturday. How can the Christian Church and the Jewish (Messianic) people have such a difference?

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Was Timothy Saved?

Q. My Husband and I have a question regarding 1 Timothy 4:16. What does it mean when Paul tells Timothy to persevere, because if he does, he would save himself? Timothy would already have been saved. The notes in my Bible explain that although we are saved at the time of conversion, salvation is a process. Could you please explain this verse?

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Answering An Atheist

Q. When talking to atheists, I am often asked some very difficult questions. It becomes frustrating at times, but I need help on how to properly address certain things they bring up.

One question was one that I probably should expect from them, it goes like this “If God told you to kill someone would you do it?”, and of course they bring up Abraham as an example. My response was on what basis do you ask this question? Are you assuming things about God?

Then they tell me its not a hypothetical scenario, and that I’m not answering the question. The thing is that I know they are trying to back me up into a corner. They also said this “Many people have killed because they heard the voice of God”. The conversation then becomes very frustrating, and they often go to make insults from there.

The other thing that I want to address properly is the laws. Christ was sinless and he fulfilled the law. However, atheists always bring up the OT laws-the Mosaic and Levitical laws and so forth, and ask why we don’t follow them. So, if the keeping of the Sabbath is brought up, -and Jesus mentioned if a sheep falls into a pit, will not the man lift it out- how do I answer to them if they say he wasn’t keeping the commandment.

In other words, did the original commandment even restrict works on the Sabbath to the detail the Jews took it as being, or was the Sabbath just a day where no work was to be done in “general”, for lack of a better word.

Any answers or advice would be great, I just want to make sure that I answer them properly.

A. A careful reading of Genesis 22 shows that Abraham knew that he was acting out a prophecy to show how God would one day offer His only son as a sin offering. This can be shown in his instructions to his servants in Genesis 22:5. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” In Hebrews 11:17-19 we’re told that Abraham’s faith was so strong that he knew that God would bring Isaac back from the dead if it came to that.

The Old Testament Commandment to rest on the Sabbath is the only one of the 10 not repeated in some form in the New Testament. This tells us it’s a model of something else. And sure enough in Hebrews 4 we learn that it represents continuing to work for your salvation after you’ve already asked for and received it. It shows that you don’t really believe that the Lord’s death saved you, and therefore you aren’t saved and will die in your sins.

And in Matt. 12:12 the Lord showed that the prevailing view about work on the Sabbath was excessive, and that doing good on the Sabbath was lawful. Therefore He didn’t break the commandment.

It’s good to be able to answer the questions of doubters, but you should also know that some don’t want to hear an explanation. They are just trying to get you to doubt the correctness of your own position.