(Bible Question) ...I agree with what you teach 98.5% and whatever we may disagree in, I am sure is an area of not much importance. However, you have a position on divorce and remarriage that I find troubling. ...According to the Bible, there are only 2 reasons for a marriage to be dissolved: the death of one of the spouses (Romans 7:2,3) and infidelity (Matthew 5:32; 19:9)... My problem with your position is on the divorces and remarriages of the saints' unsaved past. All sins are forgiven the moment a sinner repents and turns away from his wickedness and places a submissive faith in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus and begins to follow Him unashamedly in this world. Instant purity of heart arrives along with victory over the propensity to sin. Along with the forgiveness of sin comes also the cancellation of the penalty of past sins....Please allow me to make one thing clear: just like you, I am a preacher of holiness and know that heart purity is a condition of salvation which can be lost. If a believer allows certain sinful passions to arise in the heart and dwell there without check, restraint, and removal, it will lead to spiritual death for the once saved believer, polluting his righteous soul. (Matthew 5:28, 29)(James 1:14-16; 5:19, 20)(1 Timothy 5:6)(Romans 8:13)(Galatians 4:19)
As always, you and your ministry have our full support because we are convinced that you are a man of God. May the Lord Jesus continue to guide you as He has always done and may you continue to be an example to all of us. Your brother in Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thanks for the kind verbal support. It is good you are so much in agreement with us in our truth-rejecting world. Three points need to be mentioned:
(1) It is highly possible that ONLY DEATH can dissolve a marriage and enable one to Biblically remarry. Matt 5:32 and Matt 19:9 can both possibly be removed from a justified reason for divorce and remarriage by considering what Joseph almost did to Mary when he wrongly thought she was sexually immoral. See Matt 1:19. (The same Greek word is found in all 3 Scriptures.) NOTE: Joseph was going to “divorce” her but was only “engaged” as we would say in our day! He wasn’t actually married as we consider a marriage now! Therefore, MAYBE Matt 5:32 and 19:9 refer only to engagement time which is before an actual marriage. I DON’T UNDERSTAND EVERY DETAIL ABOUT THIS WHOLE DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE ISSUE, BUT POSSIBLY THAT IS HOW MATT 5:32 AND 19:9 SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD. IF that is true, then that would leave only the death of the spouse being just cause for remarriage, as is clearly stated in 1 Cor 7:39 and Rom 7:2,3. IF that is true, then MOST divorced and remarried people are in adultery and therefore unsaved.
(2) The second point is this, if what one does marriage-wise (including divorce as defined in our immoral society) is negated at the point of salvation, then what about the real marriages? Would they be discounted too? If so, then they would have to quickly get “married” before sexual union or they would be in adultery, but that is never a concern in Scripture. Furthermore, Herodias was still married to her former husband and not to Herod as they thought, according to John the Baptist (Matt 14:3,4)! WHY? Maybe because Philip was still alive, even though Philip and Herodias were both unsaved.
(3) To be “divorced” is a state, such as being “single” or being “married.” One doesn’t get forgiven from a “state.” He gets forgiven for sin, upon his repentance. Again, I do NOT understand this whole issue with absolute clarity, but I’m CERTAIN many are in adultery over a marriage which is NOT recognized as such in God’s eyes. May you and others who are seeking answers on this subject find the true Biblical answers relevant for your situation. God bless you.
(Comment) I heard a Christian say that God (YHWH) and Allah of Koran are the same God! They also connect this with Ishmael. I would like to know more about this so that I may teach the truth to others based on the truth of the word of God!
(Bible Answer) Because Islam is an antichrist false religion which both denies and viciously attacks the fact of the deity of Christ (in an almost identical way to the Jehovah’s Witnesses), it is impossible for their god (Allah) to be the same as the real, one and only triune God of the Bible. The true and living one God exists in three separate and distinct persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All other gods are false. NOTE: Ishmael was NOT the son of promise! Issac was, according to Scripture:
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise. These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: "Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband." Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. (Gal 4:22-28)
Islam came from Hagar and Ishmael in the ordinary way and is not like barren Sarah, who produced Isaac, the miracle child from God. (Christians are spiritual Jews, being circumcised of the heart by the Spirit of God.)
Islam is also falsified through their own holy book (the Koran), which is NOT inspired by God and is therefore just like the Book of Mormon. The Koran denies that the Lord Jesus died on the cross! Hence, it is IMPOSSIBLE that it was produced by the same Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) who gave us the Holy Bible, which contains the true plan of salvation - repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus.
(Question) Does God elect only certain people to become children of God? God Bless.
(Bible Answer) God commands ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE to repent (Acts 17:30). He also commands all people to enter through the narrow gate to life (Matt 7:13). If he only wanted certain people to be saved, he would never do that! Furthermore, he doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). Hence, ALL people can repent and place a submissive faith in Jesus and follow him. ALL people can become his children. Calvinism is DANGEROUSLY wrong, especially the last point, once saved always saved. Draw near to God and he’ll draw near to you.
(Comment) William Miller was sick and in poor health, and some people who were against his teachings were trying to change his mind ....Just remember everyone who goes against a prophet... that is the lesser light... goes against God the Father, the greater light. You will be held accountable for everyone you come in contact with. You will be judge for what you do, do not do, what you except and what you reject, what you know and what you choose not to know... the crises we are having is nothing more than paving the way for the Sunday Law... just around the corner. Your decision, God lets you choose... but you have to pay the price for disobeying Him. You have the time to change your web site. If you are under conviction, please help us warn about the Sunday Law to the world.. before it is to late. Blood is on your hands... if not. Ellen G. White wrote about this 140 some years ago. God Bless you,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. Why are you trying to make excuses for false prophets, including Ellen G. White? Remember the Pope has nothing to do with anything. What he does or doesn’t do means nothing. It is what the Bible says that counts.
The mark of the beast has nothing to do with any day of the week, including Sunday. The Seventh Day Adventist people are obsessed with attacking Sunday and trying to say Saturday should be kept as God gave it to Israel when Moses was alive. Unfortunately, you have been misled. To compound the problem, you do not seem to be teachable. Hence, you will just repel truth like many Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and Catholics we have shared truth with.
(Comment) Hello. We [Catholics] don’t worship a communion wafer... we worship Jesus.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. Please read this list of some of the official doctrines of Roman Catholicism. Toward the bottom you will read of “the worship of latria” which Catholics give to the communion wafer! Sadly, there are too few who are actually aware of what Catholics really believe. The worst part is, the Catholic message on salvation is very far from the truth as stated in Scripture. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) Hello, after reading your page on papal infallibility, I respectably disagree. As a Roman Catholic (a convert from Protestantism), and teacher of catechesis, I believe you have seriously misunderstand papal infallibility. There is a difference between when a Pope speaks to gives his opinion on a matter, and when he speaks EX CATHEDRA. His personal opinion means little in the scheme of salvation in the Catholic Church. When he speaks ex cathedra, however, we are meant to believe in this truth (this is the power given to him by Jesus himself [“whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” see Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16]. As well, ex cathedra teachings are not those which the Pope has decided to make up because they simply make him happy, but are teachings that have been taught throughout the history of the Church, but not yet made dogmatic.
As Catholics we receive Jesus both in our heart (through our faith and living) AND in our bodies when we receive him in the Eucharist (through faith and living). As a former Protestant, I understand your objections, because I once held to them myself. Then I realized that all my objections were mere misunderstandings about what the Church ACTUALLY taught....
The Catholic Church does not have any dogmatic pronouncement on who will go to heaven and who will go to hell, because such judgements are reserved for God alone. God is the only one who knows what is in the hearts of men.
Brother/Sister in Christ, I thank you for listening. I pray you continue your journey and walk with Jesus Christ in utmost love and devotion. I pray that all men and women’s ears and hearts may be open to hearing and receiving the Gospel message and the saving power of Christ Jesus. God Bless you and your family, and I look forward to hearing back from you. Amen.
(Bible Answer) You did a semi-sound job representing what the Roman Catholic church teaches others about itself today .... However, since Vatican Council II, Catholicism presents itself vastly different than it did before, even though you don’t know this. I was raised a Catholic and was taught one must be in subjection to the Roman Pontiff to have salvation. The priest himself taught us that and he probably got it from the same Pope we quote on our web site. That is, in fact, what millions believed for many years, but now it is denied. It is denied, at times, to help lure misinformed people into the Catholic church through the ecumenical movement and the false unity of our day. How current are you with Pope Benedict? Read this. He is starting slowly to reveal some of the things we were taught decades ago.
You also have the idea that the Catholic church condemns no one. That is a glaring error. Please teach the truth and stop misrepresenting Catholicism. Read the Council of Trent. At Trent, Catholicism condemned to hell all non-Catholics by all of their anathema statements — over 100 of them. That alone should burst this bubble you are uttering about Catholicism. Furthermore, Trent was reaffirmed at Vatican Council II. Make a note of that!
To say that the immaculate conception (of Mary) and the bodily assumption (of Mary into heaven) has always been taught throughout the history of the Catholic church is also gross error. The Catholic Church has fabricated their Mary that does not even come close to resembling the real Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus. To think that Mary was “sinless” is anti-scriptural, but that is only a small part of how this fabricated Mary is presented and relied upon. She is supposed to be “our life, sweetness and hope” as well as “the mediatrix and dispenser of all graces.” Ponder that! In other words, Catholicism teaches Mary has a role in our salvation today, which alone will damn all people who believe this. The Fatima visions teach that Mary is “the way” to God. Do you realize the heresy of that? Again, that is poison as well as glaring error when compared to John 14:6. Though this may sound harsh, it is the truth. Poison is poison. To call poison something less won’t help people.
The Catholic church teaches we must have Jesus at the center of our life and we are saved by grace, but they interpret that occurs through the Catholic sacraments, especially baptism and penance with Mary being the mediatrix of grace! Do NOT be deceived. Their plan of salvation is NOT the same as what Jesus and his apostles taught. Catholics do not really “receive Christ” at communion. They are only taught that. (One “receives” Jesus when they believe in him, John 1:12.) All Catholics receive at communion is a cracker-like substance! It was NOT changed into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, as they claim. To bow before that wafer or any wafer is to commit idolatry. Did you know the Catholic church teaches you are to “worship” as God the consecrated communion wafer (the Eucharist)? Have you worshiped their communion wafer lately? Hopefully not. If so, you committed idolatry and need to repent.
The statement you quoted by Fulton Sheen is only propaganda. People who know their Bibles and know what Catholicism really teaches are repulsed by the difference. The contrast is as with day to night. I was raised a Catholic and wanted to stay a Catholic. What changed me was reading the Bible. Catholic deception abounds. If you are a lover of truth, you will swallow your pride, admit your error, and get out of that religious system with its many errors and idolatries. Your SOUL is in the greatest danger. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) Hello, thank you so much for sending me and updating me with so many topics. I am so glad that you have found some time to send me biblical, and other denominational topics that has been a great help to me in my ministry here in B______. I have been using whatever research and topic you are sending me, and it has blessed and touch so many lives here in our place with the help of our Almighty Father. May you continue to be a blessing to me.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. We rejoice with you that our materials have helped people in your part of the world. To God be the glory. Also, I must not forget to say that the people who support Evangelical Outreach are also responsible for this good fruit, for without them, we couldn’t do it alone. They share in this too. Remember: you are battling for eternity and for the precious SOULS of people. Take 1 Tim 4:16 to heart. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) It is my prayer that this comment finds you well, deep in the Spirit and on the battlefield serving our soon coming King, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.... [For Christians it will be a] wonderful day when we all stand before Him and the dust has settled after this present evil world has passed away and we are with Him forever more, He will wipe those tears away. Our joy will be unspeakable and truly full of glory. I cannot wait for that day. Although I treasure every chance to serve Him here, I do indeed look forward to the day He calls me home. There is nothing here in this life that attracts or entertains or provides that satisfaction of the relationship with Christ my Lord and my God. So few, so very few have come to know that and as His Spirit is withdrawn out of this world and the days grow more and more evil there is less and less reason to look in the world for anything other than to serve Him.
Oh how I wish you had been at the ______ Mall with us this past Saturday morning, I Teach a Bible study there almost every Saturday morning lasting two and a half hours.... We got onto the topic of eternal security, which is one of the main cornerstones of my ministry which I teach against and have for almost thirteen years now. You would have enjoyed it immensely. I had a chance to teach on Charles Stanley as well, with whom I had spoken twice and corresponded numerous times on the topic a number of years ago. I boldly teach that although he is a brilliant man, a very charismatic person and very sincere, he is sincerely wrong! That he teaches another Gospel and that he is accursed, according to scripture. His teaching on eternal security permeates all else he teaches and therefore he leads many thousands, perhaps millions astray. I teach that I would not want to be in his shoes (were he to be wearing any) when he stands before Jesus....
Oh what a powerful time we had exposing the Truth of God’s Word and the Spirit changing the understanding of a number of people to His Truth! It is always thrilling to see the Spirit at work in men’s hearts. Even if one soul is turned from folly to life eternal, from ignorance to Truth, it is well worth the investment of time and effort. I live for this.... Well, I’ll get off the soap box. Sorry to run on like that. You keep up the good fight.... In His service, in His love and in the hope of His soon coming,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thanks for your kind words. Your prayers are precious to us.... Your zeal is wonderful to read about. Keep spreading the word. We are on the same page with the eternal security teachers like Charles Stanley. Jude made it clear that they are NOT saved. Teaching others this is only part of the problem. Another major problem is getting people who reject eternal security to stop spreading it through sending money to Charles Stanley’s ministry and others which also teach a license to sin.
If we knew how “few” are real Christians we’d all be shocked. The rampancy of eternal security has something to do with it. It is a terrible day. Heb. 3:14. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) Greetings in the Name of Jesus, Thank you for your web site. I enjoyed reading it, and found it quite interesting. I do not believe in conditional security, per say, but I don’t like being grouped in the OSAS category. I believe that the immoral will not inherit the Kingdom of God, but rather Hell. This is clear from the scriptures. We know that Christ said “many will cry “Lord, Lord”... and He will respond “I never knew you.” Because Christ used the term NEVER, I believe that those individuals were NEVER redeemed, though they thought they were. I concur that a HUGE number of professing Christians are in fact, not redeemed at all. The scripture is clear, you will know them by their fruit. As you can see, I don’t fit into the typical OSAS group. If we think we are true believers, we need to examine and see if there is any evidence as such. If not, the problem is not our actions, but our heart. Keep growing in the faith. Spread the Word to the lost. In Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name. From your comment it becomes apparent that you deny a truly saved person can backslide as the following did: King David, Solomon, Peter, etc. Hence, you are only using some of the Bible for your beliefs and ignoring other facts.
Without question, David had salvation BEFORE he turned to adultery and murder. Did he lose his salvation or retain it? That is the issue, the way to spot a license for immorality! ANSWER: He lost his salvation. To teach otherwise is to declare a license for immorality. Again, David died spiritually. To reject the concept that one can have salvation and be in wickedness at the same time shows you are getting close to the truth. May God help you come the rest of the way. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) OSAS says more about Gods sovereignty while other positions center on man\’s ability not to sin; If this is not true then how can He who began a good work in you carry it to completion to the day of Christ Jesus? It’s a sovereignty issue, and which deserves more weight- -God\’s sovereignty or man\’s ability?
(Bible Answer) The determining issue if eternal security is true or false is NOT if it leans more one way or the other! There is NO Scripture that says that. Besides who would decide which way it is leaning?
Eternal security is clearly FALSE. It is a heresy that has many thinking they are on the road to heaven when they are really on the road to hell.... Consider what we wrote for a better understanding of Phil 1:6.
Please consider getting our 801 page book refuting eternal security entitled, “The Believer’s Conditional Security.” There is MUCH in it that can help you better understand this salvation related subject. This book is the most exhaustive and comprehensive refutation to eternal security ever written. Remember Gal. 6:8,9 is a SALVATION passage not a rewards passage. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Comment) ...I became a believer at the age of __ and had no Christianity in my upbringing. I soon start attending __________. I recently relocated to __ and God led my wife and I to a wonderful, Bible preaching church - none of this prosperity nonsense. I soon discovered ES in the messages. (I had never been exposed to this doctrine before) and had misgivings about joining the church following this. Our pastor recommended Charles Stanley’s book on the subject which I purchased and read. I am a serious Christian and know the Word. I found his arguments totally unconvincing. I believe they were the result of his own insecurity in his faith (fear and trembling is a good thing!), and he sought to find the answer he did, despite having to argue against many verses which clearly state the contrary (Heb. 6 of course)....
Again, I agree that this doctrine is false, which should be made known to those willingly living a sinful life without fear of judgment based on this erroneous teaching. With that said, I know my pastor to be a man who loves God and knows Him. I believe the same for Dave Hunt, Charles Stanley, and others on the opposing side of this debate. The point is, would you consider and proclaim them to be heretics as described in Jude 3, 4?...Although this doctrine is erroneous, I do not believe those who believe it are guilty of a deadly sin.... May God unify us all in the Truth! Your brother in Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name.... All Christians are perfectly safe, as long as they continue to follow Jesus (John 10:27,28). There are various safeguards mentioned in Scripture, which, if acted upon, will prevent one from falling away. Consider what Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:5-11.
Just because someone is popular doesn’t mean he is a Christian! The Pope is even more popular than Dave Hunt, etc. If we examine Jude, the Holy Spirit had him write that the “grace” changers are ungodly people, etc. He did NOT declare them Christians. Furthermore, Charles Stanley, Dave Hunt, James White, etc. connect once saved always saved to the “gospel” itself. Hence, they are preaching a false gospel, especially since 1 Cor 15:2 is the opposite of their “gospel.” Gal 1:8,9 says they will be condemned just for preaching a wrong gospel. We have to stand with these Scriptures, regardless how few might stand with us.... GOD BLESS YOU. Rev 21:4.
(Comment) I recently heard your debate with Dave Hunt, who I respect as a result of reading several of his books. I am confounded that there are so many believing this doctrine of Eternal Security, which is clearly refuted in the scriptures (Heb. 6, etc.). Actually some of the best scriptures for refuting this are the letters to the Churches in Revelation. These are the direct words of Christ to BELIEVERS - to him who overcomes....Why debate it though? Do you think any believer living a sinful life can really rest in the idea of this doctrine? I believe the Holy Spirit will convict them of this falsehood and they will know this is a lie. Falling, in reality is a very serious situation and none of us all unaware or by accident.... So, do you think we must debate this? I would be interested in your thoughts.... Thanks for listening - keep preaching the truth!
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus’ name.... Dave Hunt has deceived MANY by his OSAS messages. Sadly, he is certainly not alone with this heresy teaching.
This doctrine does need to be debated. It is a sleeping issue with most just thinking OSAS is a sound and sure doctrine related to grace and the gospel. We are all commanded to “contend” against eternal security (Jude 3,4). As you mentioned, Rev 2 and 3 are excellent in destroying this snare. This doctrine has people thinking they are still believers in their wickedness: theft, lying, hatred, jealousy, drunkenness, sexual sin, etc. Even though they may get convicted they are not repenting and don’t think they have to for salvation because of this heresy.... Hope your family is coming around. May God help us all. Heb. 3:14.
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