Q. I was wondering what is the meaning of Ezekiel 1: 4-21. Quite mind boggling. I know some of the words mean something else, like in Revelation but it is not getting any clearer to me, so I turn to you as always for the truth & clarification.
Q. I recently read your question and answer entitled, ” Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept“. I appreciate the clarification of what is actually being said in context. In Paul’s contrasting of tongues and prophecy (1 Corinthians 14: 21-22), he quotes from Isaiah 28:11 to make the point of tongues being a sign to unbelievers. Can you tell me how you think these two passages connect?
Q. What can we learn from John’s letter to the Church of Philadelphia, in which he could find no fault with their mission or accomplishments? Of the seven churches mentioned early in Revelation, it seems odd to me that only one received such lavish praise without a single, even gentle, criticism. What can the church of today do to emulate that congregation?
Q. Towards the end of the book of Jeremiah, he purchased a field from his cousin. I didn’t really understand that part. Would you please explain it to me?
Q. I am wondering what the difference is between ‘fallen angels’ and Satan’s ‘demonic horde.’ I always thought demons WERE the fallen angels. Also, Satan and his hordes of demons do tempt us along with the temptation of the world and our flesh, right?
Q. In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, what are the details of the lie that unbelievers will believe? Exactly what “facts” does the lie consist of? How will it be propagated? How will Tribulation believers recognize it as a lie and resist it, if they do not have the Holy Spirit sealed within them? What will protect them from believing the lie? Will God provide them any supernatural help to resist Satan? Surely they cannot do that with their own strength.
Q. My question is about faith vs works. It seems like such a fine line. I am born again. I know that Jesus did all the work at the cross. I know that nothing I do can save me. Jesus alone is my Savior. However, I can’t help but feel like I have to “be good” and “obey.” Is that the same thing as works?
Q. Having just studied the two books of Kings from the Old Testament, I find it rather odd that so much is made of Solomon’s “wisdom.” Scripture indicates that Yahweh promised the gift of “wisdom” to Solomon, further adding that no man either before or even after Solomon would enjoy as great a gift of wisdom as that given to him. However, after receiving this amazing gift from God, Solomon seems to have made some very, very unwise decisions. It seems bizarre to me that the wisest man who ever lived would allow himself to be drawn into such unwise activities.
Q. If a Christian, a born-again believer, is defined as one who has asked for and accepted Christ as their Savior and is trusting in Him for their salvation, then why do some pastors continue to insist that there is something that has to be seen as evidence from their own subjective viewpoints for the salvation to be genuine?
I totally get the idea of admonishing believers to live, out of gratitude and with the help of the Holy Spirit, in a manner that bears fruit in our life. But to associate this admonition with salvation is dangerous in my opinion, and results in some people improperly assuming the position of judge over others.
Q. Could you explain the message given by John the Baptist to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance?” Is that more referring to salvation or proof of salvation? Would you explain the principle of repentance and the significance to the Christian life?