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Sheep Among The Wolves

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: March 7, 2016)
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I have a question about “The Great Commission” in today’s world. I have found churches that emphasize this to the point where new converts are expected to become instant evangelists, as untrained, ill-equipped, and almost Bible-illiterate as they may be. As a result, they don’t do such a great job “saving” others and face failure and frustration at nearly every turn.

This often leads to feelings of discouragement and guilt, as the person thinks they have failed Christ by not filling the church with converts like the Church leaders continuously exhort them to do. One can even doubt their salvation in the throes of all this negative experience, and the joy of being saved and building a personal relationship with God through prayer and study becomes at risk. That’s my two cents. What do you think?


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Keeping The Sabbath

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: March 5, 2016)
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I Just had one question about your answer about the Sabbath day. What I get from your answer is that I am free to commit adultery, steal, take the Lord’s name in vain etc., because you said we don’t have to keep the Sabbath if we don’t want to. What I am saying is the Sabbath day command is part of the 10 commandments and the only one that begins with remember!! If I don’t have to keep this command then I don’t have to keep the other nine. These commands are what defines sin, for sin is the the transgression of the law. (1John 3:4 & Romans 4:15)

The 4th commandment also states what day is the Sabbath, the 7th day Sabbath which is Saturday. There is no proof in the bible that I have found for the keeping of Sunday! There is no proof of the change of the Sabbath from the 7th day to the 1st day either.

The Sabbath was not just an old testament law either, Jesus kept the Sabbath, read Luke 4:16. Jesus even kept the Sabbath when he died for us because He was in the tomb during the Sabbath. Matthew 28:1,Mark 16:2,Luke 24:1& John 20:1. All Christians observe resurrection Sunday, so time has never changed. I think the bible is very clear on this subject. I keep the bible Sabbath because I love the Lord not as a means of getting saved. Please study this subject in more depth, with prayer of course.


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The Apostles’ Creed

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: March 6, 2016)
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When a Catholic (or Episcopalian) recites the Apostles Creed, and sincerely means it, wouldn’t that be the same as the profession we make to be Born Again. If a person believes Christ is the Son of God and came into this world to save us from our sins, and asks for forgiveness, would the formalities of their church services matter with respect to someone being called up in the Rapture?


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Boiled In Oil?

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: March 6, 2016)
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I was asked this question, then, for some reason, I couldn’t think of a place in the Bible to show proof. Hope you can help me. I was asked if it was true that the Apostle John was boiled in oil? I said that yes he was. Then they asked me where in the Bible it said that. I was sort of stumped. I thought maybe the beginning of Revelation, but, I don’t see it there. Could you let me know if the is a place in the Bible that definitely states that John was boiled in oil, and where it is; or, if it is just one of those facts we know about him, but, it’s not in the Bible.


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Losing It All On Judgment Day?

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: March 5, 2016)
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Some people say that even though you are saved, you don’t have eternal life until judgment day. The way I understand them is that you can be saved, but some kind of sin that is not repented of (to cease doing) that comes into your life before you die will cause you to lose your salvation on judgment day. They really are confusing me. Can you clear this up for me?


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The Patriarchs And The 24 Elders

Published: August 23, 2016 (Originally published: August 14, 2012)
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If I list all the faithful patriarchs from Adam through Abraham (found in Genesis 5:3-32 and Genesis 11:10-22) and add Isaac and Jacob, the total comes to 24. Since we are never told how long the 24 Elders have been in Heaven or when they got there, wouldn’t their number more likely be composed of these patriarchs rather than being representative of the Church?


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Is My Friend Mistaken?

Published: August 23, 2016 (Originally published: August 15, 2012)
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A friend of mine believes that because of the sovereignty of God he does not have to witness or reach out to the lost. He seems to have taken what I consider to be an ultra-Calvinistic position. I am looking for Scriptures that show that even though God is sovereign He intended us to have dominion and to work for His glory and occupy til He comes.


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Charitable Giving

Published: August 23, 2016 (Originally published: August 16, 2012)
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I give what I can to American charities, but have been leery of giving to international charities due to the fact that many are helping sinners. What is your take on this? These are not religious charities that I speak of.


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Was Paul A Real Apostle?

Published: August 23, 2016 (Originally published: August 18, 2012)
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You mentioned that Paul was God’s choice to fill the vacancy created when Judas committed suicide. But according to Acts 1:21-22 Paul couldn’t have met the requirements. He was not even a believer until he met the Lord on the road to Damascus years later. So, please explain Act 1:21-22, and make Paul fit the requirement so stated.


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Questions From An Unbeliever

Published: August 23, 2016 (Originally published: August 19, 2012)
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My girlfriend is an unbeliever who has quite a bit of trust in science and its theories, and now and again we have discussions that boil down to reasons she doesn’t believe in God. I asked her to tell me what she doesn’t understand, and that I would put them in an email and send them to you, as my answers ‘are the ones Christians always give.’ These are honest questions from her and are the actual reasons that stop her from looking for God. In her own words, she just doesn’t understand it all.