Q. Our pastor says we required to pay our entire tithe to the local church and then let the leaders decide how to distribute the money. His support for this view was based on what Paul did when he took the money given in Corinth to help the church in Jerusalem. It he correct in this?
Q. Pastor Kelley, you are my “go to” guy when I can’t find answers in scripture. My Sunday school teacher has said that he does not believe we will literally see God’s face in eternity, since He is Spirit. Needless to say, my entire class of “oldie moldies” (including me) were very confused. In a class of about 20, 95% disagreed with him. Please give me guidance.
Q. Your labors are so beneficial to myself and Christians worldwide. Thank you so much. I find in the Psalms, Isaiah and Jeremiah the term Daughter of Babylon. Who is this? The author of a book I am reading says that it is America and that America will be destroyed for failing to support Israel when Israel is attacked by Russia,et al.
Q. I am a true believer just trying to become stronger in my faith in God. I was wondering if it is wrong to wear the cross as a necklace. As I read the Bible today I came across Matthew 10:38 and that is where my question arose. If that is not what he meant, what does that verse mean?
Q. With regards to Jesus’ emptying himself of His “God-ness” when He came to earth (Phillipians 2:7), is Jesus still “emptied-out”? Or did he “refill” when he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right-hand of God?
Q. My question is regarding Judas. Do you believe he was saved? If he was so grieved that he took his own life I can’t imagine him not being truly repentant. The last time I asked a pastor about this was maybe 20 years ago and he got very angry! Is it possible Jesus could even forgive Judas this grievous sin?
Q. I am teaching Sunday school ages 5-11. I am going to teach the story of Cain and Abel but I don’t have a good understanding of it myself, or I may be going too deeply into the story.
When someone asks why Cain’s offering wasn’t accepted is there an easy way for me to explain it or do I have to go into the whole thing about blood sacrifices. I don’t want them to get more confused. What offering was God initially looking for from Cain?
Q. Does the new creation still have a sin nature or not? This seems to be a divisive theological problem.
Q. When Joseph had his dream about the sun and moon and eleven stars surrounding him, his father chided him saying “Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth” My question is, why would he say that, in that apparently Benjamin was already born, and thus Joseph’s mother was dead?
Q. Do you believe that it is possible for us to be saved and for failures in our life to be the result of demonic activity? Looking back over my life, I have experienced one failure on top of another in my career, my relationships, and finances. While I have had some success for brief periods of time, my overall assessment would be I am a failure in life. Am I somehow allowing demons to control me?