Q. If I pay my taxes cheerfully and the government gives the money to the poor does that count for part of my tithe?
Q. Some churches teach once saved always saved, while others say you can lose your salvation, and if you do you can never get it back. Some teach that even if you are saved you have to earn your way to heaven by righteous deeds, others say belief alone is sufficient. There are churches that teach you are not saved until you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, or that if you have unforgiveness in your heart you won’t go to heaven, or that if you commit a mortal sin your soul is forever damned. And some churches teach that we are either predestined for salvation or we’re not, so it’s useless to strive for salvation if you are not one of the elect. It seems like everyone has a different interpretation of the Bible. How do I know which is the way to be saved?
Q. In your response to “Why did God Let Satan LIve” (12/13/09) you stated that once Satan is locked away for 1000 years, a daily sacrifice will be needed based on the Ezekiel 46:13 reference. I thought that once Christ died for us, the old testament sacrificial system was finished. Christ’s death, the ultimate and final sacrifice, eliminated any need for a man made sacrificial system. Therefore, won’t the sacrifice that Christ made for us at the cross be sufficient during the millennium as it is in this age or will his death mean nothing for those who have survived the tribulation and live during the millennium? Won’t the blood of Christ allow people to be saved during the millennium?
Q. Do you think it’s possible that people can be saved because we regularly and persistently pray for their salvation? Do you have some personal observation on this issue?
Q. There’s a new report about Army intelligence concluding that the pre-millennial view many Christians hold is an obstacle to peace. Have you seen it, and if so what do you think?
Q. I just read your answer to the person asking about The White Throne Judgment. Isn’t Sheol and Hades the Grave?And does the Lake of fire not symbolize total destruction? Doesn’t the Bible say that the wages of sin is death?If when we die we are unsaved sinners, haven’t we paid our debt by losing our eternal life? Please give me your reason for your answer.
Q. Re: 2 Corinthians 13:1-10. I hope all is well and could you please explain what Paul meant by “I will not spare them– since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me.”…. and…. “that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.”
What exactly was Paul able to do in his authority? And do we also have this authority in Christ as Paul did? And how severe could he be with this authority? I realize that in part it has to do with the people sinning, but it appears that Paul has reached the boiling point of “no more grace for you, now it’s the power of God time”. This passage for some odd reason reminds me of Clark Kent turning into Superman!
Q. I just got around to reading “The Way It Was Meant To Be” and just wanted to say you’ve got to be careful making it sound like we are never to confront sin in others. Some like to call it “judging”, which is a favored term for those who shy away from possibly offending a brother or sister over doing the right thing and in a loving manner helping/correcting them. It’s not “judging”.The Bible tells us to confront sin. Jesus did it often. One example was the woman at the well. He didn’t just chat with her and then say “have a nice day”. He confronted her with her sin and told her to sin no more. There are times when believers are to do the same. When they don’t, they can easily be construed as approving of the sins being committed around them.
Q. There is a command from God somewhere in the first few books of the Bible not to drink the blood of any animal. I can’t remember the exact place. Anyhow, I purchase protein powder for convenience and some brands carry a small amount of “bovine plasma protein”, which is literally blood protein from a cow (powdered, of course). It is full of immunoglobins and agents beneficial for the intestines. Breast milk also contains some similar chemicals. I’ve never consumed it and didn’t want to because of this command.
I know God doesn’t change his mind and if he doesn’t like it, I’m not taking it. But then I remember Paul saying (again not sure exact placement) not to be offended by what we eat, what is sensible for a man to eat is okay for him, and to another for them. What do I do? I just don’t want to consume it because I don’t want God to be angry, but if that’s my reasoning, then I’m following the Law. I’m uncertain.
Q. I have a question about the Fullness of the Gentiles, which refers to the number of people who become believers during the Church age. If this is the case, why are we looking for the Rapture to happen soon … because there could be people coming to Christ a hundred years from now. If they do, then we still have 100 years or more to wait for the Rapture.
Am I missing something here? I have heard others, besides you, explain the Fullness of the Gentiles, but am confused because it seems to me that as long as the earth continues, there will be people coming to Christ. We hear of thousands in China alone coming to Him. Please help me out on this, specifically why we should expect the Rapture soon. I want it to happen soon, because the world is getting worse and worse! Thanks for your explanation.