The word Church (ekklesia) is only used in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the word congregation (adar) is used. If the same thing is being referred to in the Old as well as the New, then why only use Church in the New and congregation in the Old when translating to English?
One possible answer: The English translators (under the influence of gentile ‘church’ fathers) deliberately used the word in the New but used a different word in the Old to make a separation between Israel and the new covenant brethren that was never there.
I have a question about the rapture. I used to believe that everyone will go whether they believe in the rapture or not, but I have changed my mind. I want to explain to you why and see if you agree with me.
I have found that those who deny the Rapture are, for the most part, believers in Replacement Theology. Also, these people believe that we must overcome by going through the tribulation. All of these groups adhere to a faith+works theology. If we must work our way into His Kingdom then why do we need Jesus? If we could have worked our way to heaven, we would not have needed a Savior. We are no longer under the Law, we are now under Grace.
To me, to deny the Blessed Hope is to deny His finished work upon the cross. I know that the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, paid my debt in full upon the cross. I know that I can do nothing at all to earn my way to heaven, my good works are as filthy rags. It is by faith we are saved, and not of works.
I think this is the key to the Kingdom, faith in Jesus Christ and in His atoning death in our place.
I believe that those who are saved during the tribulation are those who were not Christians before the rapture. They never professed belief in Christ, and they never denied the Blessed Hope.
I truly do hope that after the rapture, those who denied it will be given a second chance and will be able to “wash their robes”. Only God knows the answer, I will continue to pray for everyone on earth until I am flying up to meet the Lord in the clouds!
A false foundation always creates false doctrine. Since those who teach a post trib rapture also teach Replacement Theology, or works+faith doctrine, do you believe they will be raptured anyway?
I hope with all my heart that you answer this question!
I suffer from bipolar disorder and have been suffering from this disorder for the past ten years. Now the suffering has been increasing a lot.
If I commit suicide at a point of extreme suffering will I go to hell? Please do answer me.
I just want to tell you I’ve learned so much from your site! Thank you for your time.
Can you explain to us what Psalm 82 is referring to when it states in verse 1, he gives judgment among the GODS? Also, who is God talking to in verse 7 and 8 when the Bible states, I said you are GODS you are all sons of the Most High. But you will die like mere MEN you will fall like every other RULER?
Sounds like maybe Angelic beings that actually were given something to rule over. But where and when were they ruling? Now this is an interesting Psalm!
Is it necessary to say ‘In Jesus’ name I pray’ throughout the day as we have these little conversations with God? Not long prayers, but with words here and there as we think of someone to pray for or maybe a little later we think of something else we want to talk with God about. I pray a lot during the day, just little chats, but sometimes I forget to say ‘In Jesus’ name I pray, and I wonder if God hears my prayers if I do not go through Jesus.
I’m a strong dispensationalist, so I’m always taken by surprise when someone calls it a false teaching. Can you explain why people would feel this way? As I see it, while the label “dispensation” may be more recent, the principle of God having different covenants with different peoples is clearly outlined in the bible. Can you elaborate?
I just started reading my Bible again. I decided to start at the beginning and I’ve now read to the end. I have many questions! I wonder how Adam and Eve who had all sons. How did their sons have children and with what women?
And then If Noah took himself and his sons and of course all those animals how did his sons have kids as I didn’t read about any women coming with them on the ark?
And how did those folks live hundreds of years like that? I hope these aren’t stupid questions but the end times makes much more sense to me than the beginning times so far.
Thanks in advance for your time and God bless. I like this site and have saved it to my favorites so I can read more here. Thank you for this site.
My friend calls himself a Historical Realist. He believes that the world is now left in man’s control (God has faith in US), since the Bible was completely fulfilled and is just a history book. So when ALL die, we ALL go to heaven.. there is no hell, for a loving God wouldn’t send anyone to hell (it was only made for Satan and his demons & that was the reason Christ died).
He asked me how does a loving God send a Buddhist to hell b/c he never heard the word of Jesus. My response was we have a conscience. But my answer wasn’t sufficient, even for myself. I know God is fair and just, and if someone sincerely was seeking him with no contact with a Christian, he would bring that person the truth. But how do I answer this question correctly?