I thank you for your ministry to all of us . May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry. In regard to the question How Do I Know I’m Saved, I believe that there should be a change in a persons heart about sin in their life and I believe that we are more aware and convicted of our sin when we still stumble. Would you agree or not?
I have been in this walk 20 years and am not as close to God as I used to be. I do not even do any of the disciplines like I used to. I talked to others and they have the same problem. Is this falling away? Is this normal after a long walk with God? I am really upset. I try to get back where I was but only can do so much. I feel pooped out. I love God and it grieves me about my walk.
Thank you for your website, it has helped me greatly in my understanding of the Bible. I tend to agree with you on most everything and I really enjoy the ‘Ask A Bible Teacher’ section.
I have a question about marriage and the rapture. When my husband and I were married last year we took vows to God that said “till death do us part”, should we happen to be raptured live into Heaven will we still be married?
When I was a child I lived an abused life. Because of the things I witnessed and both of my parents being alcoholics, I became what I despised – drug and alcohol addicted and being with men outside marriage.
As a result I chose to have abortions rather than bring children into my life. The 2 men I was involved with made the same choice along with me. I had my first at about 20 and my last at about 30. I am now 54. My parents were not religious.
I was salvaged, literally, by God 16 years ago and still thank him every day that I was lifted from the darkness of addiction and immorality. I do not yet understand those days, but still have feelings that are unresolved, regarding the fact that I committed murder. That is the blunt truth.
I have been totally single for 10 years as well as sexually pure due to my abject pain from those days. In a way, I find I sentenced myself to prison.
I can’t say that I am perfect at this point but that I yearn each day to show God my appreciation for what he did for me. I don’t know just how far forgiveness reaches?
I wonder how (if) we are given forgiveness for such horror in our youth? I don’t see this topic much in any Christian web sites and feel it is very overlooked as most people I know that had this experience are still needing help with the answers: how God will deal with us? Also where are our babies? Will they ever forgive us?
After reading your website, I see that you believe in OSAS. However, I recently read a book and also watched a show on (Christian TV) that talked about near death experiences. In both the book and TV show, they reported seeing people in hell who were Christians. The reasons given were because these Christians had refused to forgive relatives in their lives who had offended them. They were told that if they could not forgive others then their Father in Heaven could not forgive them.
Is this possibly true? Please share any insight. This has really confused me.
I know that with our salvation the Lord God no longer remembers our sins, but we do remember the guilt associated with them. I feel certain that when we are finally with the Lord in heaven we will no longer feel that guilt but I can’t find that in the Bible. Please refer me to the verses that says we will not feel guilt any more. Thanks.
I understand your view (on the Parable of the 10 Virgins) and appreciate your reply. I believe in eternal security, but I will have to pray about and research the eternal security of believers in the tribulation more in depth. Thank you.
First I want to thank you for the excellent job that you do. You are truly blessed.
My question is this. The Pastor at my Church is excellent and seems to be right on with most of your views. However there are a couple of things that I thought I had finally become convinced of through your website and studying that I am now confused about again after a couple of comments that were made in Sunday school yesterday.
First is the OSAS issue. It was explained that you can lose your salvation if you just give up on your faith or turning your back on God.
The other comment that was made was “just like we don’t believe in predestination …” Do you believe that we are chosen? I understand that God foreknew and “they” agree but argue that that doesn’t mean the same as being predestined. I have read all the passages I can find about this subject and it seems pretty simply stated to me that because He foreknew that makes us predestined.
What am I missing? Am I questioning too much about subjects that really aren’t that important?
In regards to the Greek in Matthew 24:41, where the word “aphiemi” is translated into “Left” ( Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.), can you elaborate on the verb-tense of the word? Transliterated, it shows the word as aphietai. The ending etai means that the verb is a present-passive-indicative in the 3rd-person singular. It’s also the same tense as the preceding verb, “taken”.
Of course, I know nothing of what that means, but I feel it’s important. Can you elaborate on the meaning of the PPI 3rd tense of the verb aphemi?
Because, according to Strong’s, the word can mean sent or it also can mean left. And I think that the tense would give us a clue as to which it means.