Q. It was a bit disconcerting to read your response to a reader with a question about the book “23 Minutes in Hell.” Hell is a real place and people need to be aware of it. I’ve read the book. While it was upsetting to read the reality of it, it seems irresponsible to tell someone to throw the book away and not be concerned about it. The author of the book seems to be a sincere, humble person and not at all a person out to create sensationalism. Continue reading…
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Every time I post a study on the completed work of the Lord who took away all the sins of the world, and how all that’s left for us to do is believe, I get a number of questions from people. These questions are always about others who don’t seem to have been changed at all by their salvation experience. The writers ask me, “Where’s the evidence of a changed life?” or, “What about sacrifice, and repentance, and death to sin?” or “Are you saying that just because a person went forward and mouthed some prayer, and then never did anything else, that means they’re saved?” Continue reading…
Q. I have a friend who is a born again believer. She recently told me that she saw something in her house that frightened her. She believes it was a demon. After that, she has ” felt” something touch her. She said most recently, she felt like something was choking her. I suggested she talk to her pastor about this but she is afraid that he might think she is going crazy. Have you ever had experience with yourself or someone you know who is a believer being physically attacked by a demon? Do you have any suggestions I can pass along to my friend?
A. While a believer can suffer demonic oppression and even torment there are limits set by God. Remember Satan was allowed to afflict Job but couldn’t take his life (Job 1:6). Tell your friend to get some like minded believers together and pray over and through her house to declare it off limits in Jesus’ name. You can walk around it while praying like Joshua did at Jericho and anoint the door posts and window frames with oil if you like. We also have authority on Jesus’ name over demons in case of another visitation.
Be sure to make a thorough confession before doing this to make certain that you’re within God’s protective power. (1 John 1:9)
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Several recent articles and answers to questions have created a flurry of responses, not all of them friendly. By far the biggest reaction came from my opinion about the Florida Healing Outpouring. While most of the respondents agreed with me, a few didn’t and let me know in no uncertain terms. They said, in effect, that if I don’t watch it God will squash me like a bug for criticizing a work of His.
Q. I have two questions on baptism. For those of us who can not find a true bible believing Church, how do we get baptised? My family and I would all love to be baptised, but don’t know any other Christians we can ask to do this….and we do not want to be baptized into a specific denomination…
My other question is this. Through the years I have attended many Churches and have seen alter calls yet they never offer to baptize new converts immediately afterwards….shouldn’t the two go hand in hand (understanding of course that baptisim doesn’t play a part in salvation)?
A. I don’t know where you live, but it’s hard for me to believe that you can’t find someone to baptize you. Contrary to what you may have been taught, it doesn’t require an ordained pastor and you don’t have to do it during a church service, or even in a church. Any baptized believer can help you with this. Are you in a Bible Study or small group? Ask the leader to baptize your husband and then your husband can baptize you and your children. Or how about a believing family member?
When Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matt. 28:19) He wasn’t just talking to the 11 men there with Him, nor only to the legions of clergymen who would come later. He was talking to all of us. If you need specific instructions on how to do it write to me and I’ll provide them.
Some churches don’t baptize people immediately after an altar call for convenience reasons. Others want new converts to have some discipleship first. And still others wrongly wait for the new convert to make a membership decision before scheduling a baptism.
Commentary by Jack Kelley
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Ephes. 5:25)
This command is unique in that it has no parallel in human relationships. Wives are not commanded to love their husbands this way, or even at all. Children are not commanded to love their parents. But husbands are commanded to love their wives, and what’s more, this is not an ordinary love, but an extra-ordinary one. We’re to use the example of Christ and His Church as the standard. Think about that. The Lord came down off His throne, confined Himself to a human body, and offered that body as a love gift to the Church. Not because the Church had done anything to deserve it, but so the Church could see the extent of His love.
My dad is a really bad alcoholic. He battled his addiction for many years while me and my siblings were younger, but he got sober after my mom left him. He stayed sober for a long time, then he starting drinking again. If my dad is saved, would he still have this demonic attachment?
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Q. How can I tell that I am right where God wants me to be? I want to make sure that I am on fire for Him and doing His will. God bless and thank you. Continue reading…
Q. In the NT, Peter says we should not just hear the word but do what is says. I have read the NT and have a general understanding of all of Jesus’ teachings but I also know many where directed toward Jews in Israel and the Pharisees and Teacher of the law.. Do you have reference to a listing of what Jesus taught to those who would follow him…like love thy neighbor as thy self, love your God with all your heart and all your soul, etc. I know that belief in the one who was sent is the key to salvation but I know as Christians, we need to do what Jesus said. Many of the things Jesus discussed were about following him such as hating his mother, brother, etc where more allegory than direct teaching but I am trying to iron out what Jesus wants us to do to “do what he says” as Peter commented on.
A. I think that the teachings of Jesus can be boiled down into four very clear statements He made. You’ve already identified three of them.
1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind. (Matt. 22:37)
2. Believe in the One He has sent. (John 6:29)
3. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt. 22:39)
4. Love each other (the church) as He loved us. (John 15:12)
Since we’ll be judged on the motives of our hearts, (1 Cor. 4:5) it’s fitting that these statements all reflect attitudes. By making sure that our actions are consistent with them, we’ll be doing what He told us to do.