Q. I read your website practically daily and respect your thoughts and opinions. I have a personal question I pray you will answer. I have 4 kids and my wife and I desire no more. Is it Biblical to get a vasectomy? Could you support your view Biblically?
Q. Thank you for your devotion to the saints! My lastest question has to do with our(my wife & me) attendance at church. We have been having trouble with finding a church in our area that preaches sound doctrine. So many churches have gone over to the emergent/purpose-driven camp, and we cannot sit there, or serve in an apostate church, so we’ve been meeting in our home.
My parents tell me that I’m falling away from the faith, but I study and pray every day, throughout much of the day (I’m a disabled vet). They attend what we believe to be one of those churches mentioned above (amillennial). I’ve asked them why they attend that church, and they said, “for the fellowship”. They don’t mind that the church leadership doesn’t preach sound, Biblical doctrine.
My thoughts are on God’s word, His love for me, and seek His will for my life continually. They want me to go to any church, because of Hebrews 10:25, but I believe it is our responsibility to attend the right church. What thoughts could I convey to my parents, so they would understand? Thanks!
Q. Could you please tell me if fearing hell is a proper or legitimate reason for wanting to get saved. I’ve heard some evangelists say that this is not a proper motive for seeking salvation and that it is a selfish reason for seeking Jesus. I’m somewhat confused because this was what caused me to repent of all known sin after I got down on my knees and asked the Lord to save me after reading about hell on the internet. If this was a wrong reason, then do I have to start over and seek Him for the right reasons, whatever that may be?
Q. If you read Proverbs 16:4 that The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil, does not this imply that the Westminster Confession of Faith regarding election and predestination of both the good and evil to be true?
Q. You seem to have a bias toward “home churches”, but here in upstate NY that is probably the shortest distance between doctrinal soundness and HERESY!
Local churches (in the Scriptures) appear to be autonomous. What kind of church governments are found in the Bible?
How far does pastoral authority extend into the lives of the congregation?
How can pastors and people be accountable to each other?
Tithing appears to be a guideline for N.T. giving. How much responsibility is on the church as far as their (church government) accountability to the congregation?
Q. I have a few questions I was wondering if you could possibly answer?
1.) does the rapture happen before the anti-Christ appears, or after?
2.) I have asked the Lord to forgive me and my sins, will i be left behind if the rapture happens? do i need to be baptized or go to church in order to be saved from the tribulation?
3.) I’ve heard rumors of military personnel being implanted with microchips with like GPS’s or something like that to help find them if they become POW’s. If I joined the military and got this, would I be damned to hell? Because I thought the mark of the beast means you were swearing loyalty to the anti-Christ?
Q. One more question about tithing:
There are a few Christian charities that I mail checks to … organizations that are helping Christians in the middle east. Since I am mailing a check (along with all of the personal data that is printed on a check ie name, address, etc) I am not giving “in secret” as the bible says. Is this wrong? It is only a “secret” from my family and friends. Your advice would be welcomed.
Q. I have been researching this question all week and have not found a satisfactory answer. So, I turn to you.
Exodus 30:9: You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it.
I can understand the prohibition for strange incense. Why not the others?
Q. My husband is an atheist, or an agnostic at best. He equates God’s relationship with us as slave-like. He can’t accept that God would only give us two options: choose Him and live forever in Heaven, or deny Him and suffer eternally in Hell.
How do you try to explain to a non-believer (I am a born-again Christian) why God would make us suffer eternally if we deny Him as our Creator and Jesus as our Savior? He acts like it is ridiculous that God would make us suffer just because we don’t believe in Him.
Q. I am teaching re: the Millennial Temple, and was most interested in your teaching on the subject in a recent article, and the suggestion that Shiloh may be the location. I agree that the Age of Grace Interrupted the Age of Law, and it (age of Law) will take up again during the Tribulation period.
I can understand grain offerings, thanks offerings, etc, being offered, but when it comes to blood sacrifice, how is that reconciled with the book of Hebrews in which Paul is admonishing believing Jews not to go back to Judaism; emphasizing that Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all.? I realize that there were blood sacrifices other than the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement, picturing Jesus’ atonement sacrifice. Can you shed some additional light on this?