Eternal Punishment, Follow Up

Q. I was surprised to see you state the following and this is the first time I’ve ever come across this perspective.
“This is why Jesus told His disciples not to fear those who can only kill the body, but rather fear him who can kill both body and soul (Matt. 10:28). He was talking about Satan of course, but those who reject the Lord’s pardon for their sins turn themselves over to Satan for his disposition”.
Did you understand the word in this verse to be Hades? The word for ‘Hell’ here is not Hades but Gehenna, where Satan will be tormented for ever as its his final destination. If the word for Hell was Hades, then your point would stick, but then again, maybe I’m missing something here. Please let me know. My understanding has been that once Satan is tossed into that Hell he is suffering himself, and will be too busy to be involved in anyone else’s torment. The Word says many times we are to “Fear the Lord” but not Satan. Surely “Him” in this verse refers to the Lord Himself? Am open, but can’t see what you see – please show me.

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Baptizing My Family

Q. I’m the wife and mother of my family and was baptized two years ago. Is it possible for me to baptize the rest of my family – husband, son and daughter as they have all come to the Lord? I want to have the family baptized altogether, but my pastor seems to be baulking at baptizing my daughter because she is in the middle of turning her life around and is just parting company with an unbelieving partner. She is desperate for baptism because she feels it will mark the new start she is making. My husband and I have been greatly disappointed by his attitude, especially when my pastor expressed the hope that complete strangers would turn up to the service and be baptized on the spot – it seems that they won’t be being questioned about their commitment. Your letter suggests that only men can baptize. Is that really so?

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What Is The Mark Of Cain?

Q. God bless you and your family,I cannot thank The Lord enough for you and your ministry, service to The Lord and His people. May He increase His grace and blessings to you. Having said this,can you tell me about THE MARK of CAIN?

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More On Saved Or Not

Q. I have been reading your answers to several questions about who goes to heaven and who doesn’t. I certainly understand the nature of trusting in Jesus alone as the basis for our salvation. Yet it appears that you give little weight to the command to repent and turn from sin.
I also understand that our ability to turn from sin and live a holy life is part of sanctification and not salvation and is also the work of Christ. Yet, part of the condition of salvation is dying to self and to sin per Paul in Romans. How shall we who died to sin still live in it? (Rom 6:2) One can’t partake of the new life or new birth, if the death to self hasn’t preceded it. According to Paul, those belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.( Gal 5:24). We are new creations.
Sadly, the Christian church is full of unregenerate people who believe they have eternal life with Christ through a gospel of easy believism with no cost or death to self. They continue to be the same person before their “conversion” as after their “conversion”. We are admonished by Paul in 2 Cor 13:5 to test ourselves to see if we are in the faith; examine ourselves! Is this truly the gospel you are intending to promote – that there need not be evidence of a changed life? If so, I strongly disagree with you.

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23 Minutes In Hell? Follow Up

Q. It was a bit disconcerting to read your response to a reader with a question about the book “23 Minutes in Hell.” Hell is a real place and people need to be aware of it. I’ve read the book. While it was upsetting to read the reality of it, it seems irresponsible to tell someone to throw the book away and not be concerned about it. The author of the book seems to be a sincere, humble person and not at all a person out to create sensationalism.

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God’s Warning Against Egypt

Q. Did Israel defy a biblical warning with Egypt in the brokered Hamas Peace Deal? Of course, Hamas have said before that these peace deals are only for them to regroup and rearm for battle. What is your take on the warning to Israel about Egypt?

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A Question About The Anti-Christ

Q. I know The anti-christ will come out of the Revived Roman Empire. What if the US ends up joining with them if oil and the economy forces us to? Barak Obama is going to go around the world this summer. Whoever heard of a not yet official nominee doing this? Why couldn’t he be a “little horn” in this new world order that world leaders seem to want so badly?

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The Shack, Follow Up

Q. just read your reply to a question about the book “The Shack”. I appreciate your work and generally believe that you are right on and Spirit lead in your writings.
However all things considered I think this book is more of a tool of Satan to compromise and distort the Truth than a tool to help us understand God’s love.
I encourage you to read the commentaries I’ve included and consider todays headline on FoxNews.com about the state of Christian faith today.

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