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Satan The Hinderer, Follow Up

Published: February 12, 2021
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Your explanation of “Satan the Hinderer” the other day caused me to wonder…how are we to determine whether the false apostles quoted in 2 Cor. 11: 13-15 are simply sincere Christians being deceived by false doctrines, or genuinely evil workmen? Is it our responsibility to even know the difference? How should we handle them, if they arise in our local congregations? Thank you, for your insight.


Born Again Twice?

Published: February 11, 2021
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Can a Christian who has fallen away for 8 years and come back to Christ, still be filled with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? All of this after repentance and being Water baptized again. Is it necessary to ask for the Baptism of Holy Spirit a second time? I still have my prayer language, etc.


Persistence In Prayer

Published: February 11, 2021
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I’d appreciate your insight into which of two approaches to take when praying for God’s help in an area of need such as a job, spouse, healing, or housing. Luke 18: 1-8 seems to recommend repeatedly requesting something, just as the widow’s pestering of the judge caused him to relent and grant her request. And yet God already knows what we need. So in that case does it show more faith to ask God once for something and then leave it in His hands, trusting that if it’s His will He’ll grant our request? We know that without faith it’s impossible to please God. Which approach pleases our heavenly Father more, repeatedly praying for the same thing, or praying once and trusting He’ll answer?

 


Satan The Hinderer

Published: February 11, 2021
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How can Satan hinder a person from being saved; could you name few ways?


Once Saved Always Saved?

Published: February 10, 2021
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If one has professed of being born again but in time has gone back to the ways of the world (one’s sinful deeds), continues on in such behavior even when one knows that it is wrong, never asks forgiveness and then passes away before repenting. Where would one go? Will the person be accepted in the Kingdom of GOD, but have a minor role in GOD’s Kingdom? Or will the person be identified as one who never really accepted CHRIST as ones’ Personal SAVIOR and thus be delegated one’s portion with the wicked? I hope I made sense in my question and hope by GOD’s favor you will be able to enlighten me.


Is Prayer Conditional?

Published: February 10, 2021
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I was hoping you could clear something up for me. I have been reading a book that will remain nameless by a christian author who will also remain nameless. The book is about why God seems to ignore people in their time of need. I bought it because I don’t seem to be as close to God as I would like, and am afraid I’m doing something wrong. In a chapter of this book he speaks about prayer and how answered prayer is conditional on the following aspects of ones life: Repented sin, Obedience to Gods commands, Praying in Jesus’ Name, Praying in Faith, Praying according to God’s will, and the state of the nation. He even says that some who pray for salvation don’t receive it. What is your take on this? Would God turn away someone because he did not meet some criteria for prayer?


Under The Law?

Published: February 10, 2021
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The Lord said we were not to put ourselves under the law because if we did and broke one we would be guilty of all and are cursed. The tithe is not right for today. We are to give and to do whatever we can for anyone who needs it. We do this out of love.


Does God Hear A Silent Prayer?

Published: February 9, 2021
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I heard a preacher on television say that God does not hear a prayer unless it is verbally stated. He said that God does not hear a silent prayer and also that we should be kneeling when we pray. Do you agree with that? I cannot kneel anymore and a lot of time I pray silently and have always thought He heard me and answered. Also if He does not hear silent prayers, how do the people who cannot talk and use sign language get their prayers through to Him?


Explaining Salvation

Published: February 8, 2021
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I want to start off by saying that I love your site, and I think it’s the best.

My question is this. I’ve been discussing with my friends lately on how to become saved. I told them that if we believe in Jesus and realize that we are sinners, and we are in need of savior then we are saved. We must have faith in Jesus Christ.

The question that they always throw at me is this. “If Jesus paid for our sins then can we just go around and do anything we want and still be saved?” My answer is, yes, they are still saved, but if they are truly saved then they would want to try and honor Jesus.

Is there a good way for me to answer this question that they are throwing at me?


Opening And Closing Doors

Published: February 8, 2021
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My daughter always prays “that God will open the door if it is intended to be His will, or He will close the door, if it is not His will.” I do not believe this works, primarily because usually people praying that way, want an almost instant answer, and to my experience, God does not act that quickly.

Recently they put a down payment on a home, without selling their other one first. And there appears to be some problems, and she said “But, I prayed God would open doors or close them.” I tried to explain to her, but she said then how are you ever suppose to know? Maybe you can give her a better answer than I can.

I think some people hear that verse that says “God will open the door that no one can close” and take it to mean the above? Thank you so much, you are wonderful, and God is doing great things through you and nothing can be better than that.