I have been thinking a lot about Matthew 24:24 ” For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Who are the “elect” and if it is us as followers of Christ does he mean that we will not be here for the deception by saying “if possible”.
Your article on “Isa. 17 and Oracle concerning Damascus” is something I have really thought about a lot. I am wondering if Isa. 17 and Psalm 83 are talking about the same event and that after that event happens then Ezekiel 38-39 would take place. It is rather confusing to me and I would appreciate your comments on this.
You have said some things that happen are the predictable consequences of our own actions or those of someone else, while others are coincidental. My pastor always taught us there is no such thing as coincidence or luck, just God. If God knows everything down to the numbers of the hairs on our head then explain what you mean by coincidence, because I am confused. If there can be such a thing as coincidence that tells me God can’t be in charge of every little thing and I want to believe He is and that there are no accidents in life or things that can’t be explained.
Your article “The Covenant Relationship” contains the following: Long before we were born the Father and the Son entered into a covenant on our behalf. Our Father said to Jesus, “Son, if you’ll die for them I’ll forgive them.” Jesus replied, “Father, if you’ll forgive them I’ll die for them.” And so the Everlasting Covenant was formed. Can you please tell me what reference is being quoted?
The pastor at my church keeps preaching that Sunday is the “Christian Day” of worship and gathering. He says that we worship on this day because this was the day that the Lord resurrected. He also claims that God has commanded that this is the day that Christians are to worship and uses scripture like Acts 20:7 to show how the early church gathered on this day. I have read many things pointing out how the Pope was the one who made the decree to worship on Sunday and God actually made Saturday holy. What are your thoughts on this matter?
I was thinking recently about the fact that by doing good things here on Earth, we build up rewards for ourselves in heaven. Then I thought about what you said regarding our inability to recall our time on Earth while in Eternity. If this is so, wouldn’t the people who suddenly appear in Eternity look around and realize that some have more rewards than others? Then isn’t it natural to question why? And not remembering their Earth lives, they won’t be able to answer the question. What happens then? Do they just disregard it or will God give an answer? I’m pretty sure we won’t be fat, dumb and happy in Eternity so we would need an answer somehow. Which brings us back to not remembering Earth. So how would this be answered?
I recently heard a teacher reference I John 3:9 (“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”) as support for the proposition that “true” believers will not sin, or at least practice sin. With all the Scriptural support for the concept that believers can, and do still sin, how do you explain I John 3:9?
In Matthew Chapter 5, what do verses 5:3, 5:9, 5:10 mean? They seem to contradict belief in the Son as the only requirement for salvation, (“blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven” for example) but I know God’s Word does not contradict, can you help explain?
I was recently told that nowhere does Jesus promise assurance of salvation outside of our perseverance. One of my favorite verses on our assurance of salvation and the simplicity of the gospel message comes out of I John. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. . . .” I John 5:13a. Adding our perseverance to the equation seems to be adding “works” to our salvation, or at least to maintaining our salvation.
From an answer that you gave to the question titled Preconditions For Salvation, you mentioned John 3:16; 6:28, 29, 40; to prove that salvation is by faith alone. Don’t you think that you are adding the word alone to the word of our Lord? Were do we find the word alone in those verses? Yes, we are saved by faith, but does God’s Word tell us that we are saved by “faith alone”? If it says so, please tell me where without adding the word alone to the verses you quote to me.