How should a Christian handle false rumors being said about them? I have always ignored rumors figuring that the truth will come out sooner or later and that God protects me from mean spirited people. But as I get older I’m feeling the need to defend myself to set the record straight. Please tell me the Godly way to handle this.
I consider myself a new believer having only been born again a little over a year ago. I feel a change in my prayer life since then. More than just thinking my prayers to myself before bed where now I physically speak them as well as fast once or twice a week. However, I still can’t honestly say that God clearly speaks to me. I feel that He puts things on my heart or directs me through my thoughts and emotions, but nothing definitive. This causes me to feel doubt from time to time as to whether or not I’m following His will exactly as I should or if I’m missing things or taking liberties that I shouldn’t. Is this just a natural place for me to be as a young believer and something that will intensify over time or am I missing something?
I recently read your question and answer entitled, ” Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept“. I appreciate the clarification of what is actually being said in context. In Paul’s contrasting of tongues and prophecy (1 Corinthians 14: 21-22), he quotes from Isaiah 28:11 to make the point of tongues being a sign to unbelievers. Can you tell me how you think these two passages connect?
I was wondering what is the meaning of Ezekiel 1: 4-21. Quite mind boggling. I know some of the words mean something else, like in Revelation but it is not getting any clearer to me, so I turn to you as always for the truth & clarification.
My question is about faith vs works. It seems like such a fine line. I am born again. I know that Jesus did all the work at the cross. I know that nothing I do can save me. Jesus alone is my Savior. However, I can’t help but feel like I have to “be good” and “obey.” Is that the same thing as works?
In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, what are the details of the lie that unbelievers will believe? Exactly what “facts” does the lie consist of? How will it be propagated? How will Tribulation believers recognize it as a lie and resist it, if they do not have the Holy Spirit sealed within them? What will protect them from believing the lie? Will God provide them any supernatural help to resist Satan? Surely they cannot do that with their own strength.
Having just studied the two books of Kings from the Old Testament, I find it rather odd that so much is made of Solomon’s “wisdom.” Scripture indicates that Yahweh promised the gift of “wisdom” to Solomon, further adding that no man either before or even after Solomon would enjoy as great a gift of wisdom as that given to him. However, after receiving this amazing gift from God, Solomon seems to have made some very, very unwise decisions. It seems bizarre to me that the wisest man who ever lived would allow himself to be drawn into such unwise activities.
I was reading one of your teachings that Jesus was “right on time” when He rode into Jerusalem when He did, because it was prophesied in the Prophets. Why then did the teachers of the Law and the religious leaders NOT know this as well? Why did they reject Jesus if He was on time to the very day?
In Romans 7 and 8 Paul seems to contradict himself. I know that isn’t the case at all, but would like your insight. In Romans 7:14 he talks about himself being carnal and then in 8 I believe its vs 6 he talks about being carnal is death. Can you please explain? And also in Romans 8:1 in the kjv he says there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who live after the spirit and not after the flesh. Can you please explain? And why do the other versions only say “for there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ” and they don’t finish the verse the way the kjv does?
If a Christian, a born-again believer, is defined as one who has asked for and accepted Christ as their Savior and is trusting in Him for their salvation, then why do some pastors continue to insist that there is something that has to be seen as evidence from their own subjective viewpoints for the salvation to be genuine?
I totally get the idea of admonishing believers to live, out of gratitude and with the help of the Holy Spirit, in a manner that bears fruit in our life. But to associate this admonition with salvation is dangerous in my opinion, and results in some people improperly assuming the position of judge over others.