Bible Study Quiz

(How well do you really know the New Testament?)

Dan Corner

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Q&A Bible Study For Christians Who Want More

1. Can you name any of the Christians who were in prison with Paul?
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.bible study After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. (Acts 16:22,23)
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) (Col 4:10)
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. (Phile 1:23)
(Silas, Aristarchus and Epaphras)

2. Were any females locked in prison too in the early church?

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. (Acts 9:1,2)

(Yes)

3. Was Paul ever unjustly locked in prison just over a favor for his enemies?

When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. (Acts 24:27)

(Yes)

4. Who was the first godly man of the NT to be put in prison? Was he also a martyr?

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. (Mat 4:12)

(John the Baptist. John died a martyr (Mk. 6:27,28) as did St. Stephen (Acts 7:59,60) and James (Acts 12:2) afterwards.)

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5. Do you think you as a Christian today deserve better treatment than those godly people?

Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. (John 15:20,21)

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, (2 Tim 3:12)

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28)

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat 10:22)

(No)

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6. Jesus taught Elijah had already come and restores all things:

Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.” (Mark 9:12,13)

QUESTION: Who or what was the Elijah the Lord was referring to in the above passage?

For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. (Mat 11:13,14)

(John the Baptist)

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7. Was Jesus teaching reincarnation by saying John the Baptist was Elijah or was he referring to something else?

The following verse refers to John the Baptist:

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:17)

(Reincarnation is not true. It is not a Christian teaching. Jesus called John, Elijah because he came in the spirit and power of Elijah even though he performed no miracles (Jn. 10:41). He was a powerful and bold hell fire and damnation preacher, just like the kind we need in our day. Furthermore, the Elijah of the Old Testament never died. There is no reincarnation.)

8. What led to John the Baptist's imprisonment and death?

Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” (Mat 14:3,4)

(John openly rebuked a murderous king for his illegitimate and adulterous marriage.bible study After he was imprisoned, other events led to his head getting cut off. The righteous have always suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked.)

9. Why did Jesus teach the following about forgiving others:

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us ... (Luke 11:4)

The answer is found here:

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Mat 6:14,15)

(We must forgive others who sin against us or our sins will not be forgiven. This is a very common, but unrecognized satanic temptation, that is, to get us into unforgiveness. Your sins against God were 500,000 times greater than how people sinned against you, Mt. 18:22-35.)

10. How often should we check our hearts for unforgiveness against others?

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)

(We should check our hearts for unforgiveness as often as we pray. In other words, multiple times a day. Remember: This is a constant area of satanic temptation. He will try to use this on you to lead you to damnation.)

11. Why does the world hate Christians?

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:19)

( Christians don't belong to the world and the world knows it. Are you hated by the world? If not, you must be part of the world, which reveals your lost soul!)

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12. Why did Cain (a type of the world) murder his brother Abel (a righteous man)?

Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. (1 John 3:12,13)

(Because Abel's actions were righteous and his were evil. We must not be surprised that the world will hate us Christians just because we do righteous acts!)

13. Did Jesus actually tell his followers that people would kill them? If so, then how were they to respond to those killers?

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:4,5)

(Yes! They were to fear God, not the killers, because ONLY GOD has the power to throw them into hell. **Jesus believed his followers could yet be thrown into hell. Hence, there is no eternal security.)

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14. Jesus was painfully clear that his followers would be hated, not loved, by the world. Is enduring that hatred by the world to the end of our lives a salvation issue or something less?

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat 10:22)

(In order for Christians to enter God's kingdom after death they will have to endure hatred from the world to the very end in order to be saved. That truth is also destructive to eternal security.)

15. While being hated is the norm for Christians, how should the persecuted saint view such hatred?

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. (Luke 6:22,23)

(We should realize such is a sign that we are blessed. We also have a great reward in heaven over such evil and unjust treatment and are told to rejoice.)

16. What was the special rebuke Jesus pronounced for the cities of Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum?

“Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” (Mat 11:21-24)

(Their judgment will be more unbearable than those notoriously wicked cites, mentioned in the Old Testament, which were destroyed by God.)

17. WHY will Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum judgments be more severe?

(Because the miracles of Jesus performed there should have resulted in them repenting, but they didn't. Accountability, based upon opportunity, is Biblical. Some have much more spiritual opportunity than others. That is how it was with those three cities Jesus condemned for not repenting. His will was for the unrepentant there to repent! Their personal choice to reject God's truth would lead to their own damnation.)

18. What was the big issue with those cities (Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum)?

(They didn't repent. God wants all people to repent, even the unsaved.)

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19. Have some people perished, who would NOT have perished, if given more spiritual privilege, such as seeing God's miracles?

(Yes. That was clearly the case for those living in Tyre, Sidon and Sodom when they were destroyed!)

20. What ramifications does that fact/truth have on Calvinism?

(That spiritual truth destroys the Calvinistic doctrine of double predestination, that is, some are destined to be saved or damned with no choice [or free will] on man's part. Jesus taught wicked people of the past would have “repented” had they been given the chance to see the same miracles others saw. That is a fact, as disturbing as it may be and Calvinism is a dangerous false theology. It is also called Reformed theology.)

21. What were some of the miracles Jesus performed in Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum?

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don't go into the village.” (Mark 8:22-26)

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. (Luke 9:10-17)

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When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (Mat 8:14-16)

[NOTE: Mt. 8:14-16 occurred in Bethsaida. We know that because that is where Peter was from: “ Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida” (John 1:44). Also, we know Peter was a married man.]

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,' and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,' and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. (Mat 8:5-13)

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own sons or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” (Mat 17:24-27)

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee. (Mark 1:21-28)

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins ....” He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:1-12)

Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his household believed. (John 4:46-53)

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(The Lord Jesus healed blindness, unknown and unnamed physical problems, fever, demon possessed, paralysis and the miracles of multiplying the loaves and fish and the coin in fish's mouth.)

22. Is God the source of all miracles?

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible. (Mark 13:22)

They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:14)

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Th 2:9-12)

But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (Rev 19:20)

(NO. The source of all miracles is not God. False prophets and demons can also perform miracles. NOTE: The antichrist is a person and not mankind in general, as some dangerous false teachers say. When he comes on the scene, miracles from the devil will be done in his behalf. Clearly, the devil can perform miracles too!)

23. Are the days of miracles from God over since the original Apostles are all dead?

“If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:23-25)

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The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)

Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)

When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. (Acts 8:6,7)

(No. The days of miracles from God are not over. Also, it wasn't just the Twelve who performed miracles. Becoming born again, at the point of salvation, is a miracle too!)

24. If someone claims to be an apostle of Christ, should we accept him for the sake of Christian unity?

The things that mark an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles—were done among you with great perseverance. (2 Cor 12:12)

(NO. There must be miracles, signs and wonders, besides the true plan of salvation being taught and believed by him, as he lives holy.)

25. Are there false apostles?

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Cor 11:13-15)

I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. (Rev 2:2)

(Yes. Christians must be guarded and not just accept any friendly religious person who professes to be a Christian, as another Christian and especially as a teacher. There are many religious counterfeits and apostates. Even new Christians should not be allowed to teach and spread their views until they learn more. Again, a zealous new christian should not be allowed to teach doctrine until he first learns the Scriptures. Placing a new Christians in spiritual authority can be spiritually destructive to his SOUL (1 Tim. 3:6)!)

26. Regarding the end of this age, did Jesus teach a great revival with massive amounts of people getting saved before his return or the opposite with deception in the church and sin becoming worse?

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Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.” (Mat 24:4,5)

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mat 24:7-13)

At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!'or, ‘There he is!'do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,' do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Mat 24:23-27)

(There will be no revival like some think. Spiritual deception and sin will be even more prevalent at the end of this age.)

27. In the days of the ministries of John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus, did anyone ever say any derogatory and false things about either?

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and ‘sinners.' But wisdom is proved right by her actions. (Mat 11:18,19)

(Yes, absolutely. Hence, just because someone maligns another doesn't mean those criticisms are accurate and just. The one/s spreading the false report may just have some wicked motive to do such.)

28. If you are like many, you have probably observed that people with a doctorate like to assume that they are wise and learned because they have such a degree. Did Jesus say such could be a hindrance to understanding certain spiritual truths, which the Father reveals?

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Mat 11:25,26)

(Yes. God hides certain truths from the so-called wise and learned and reveals those same truths to those who are like little children. bible studyJust having any religious degree or title is meaningless, as far as being a teacher of truth. The actual teaching in question must be examined in context and by comparing it to other verses on the same subject.)

29. When Jesus preached salvation, did he ever say man had any role in any of it?

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30)

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (John 15:4-6)

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Rev 2:10,11)

(YES, man has salvation responsibility under grace. It is disobedience to go to the virgin Mary or some other person first in an effort to afterwards get to Jesus. NOTE: Jesus pointed people to himself for salvation. The Father, the Holy Spirit and the Lord's disciples also pointed people to the Lord Jesus for salvation—not to themselves or another. Of the various crowns in heaven the crown of life is given to all of those who enter God's Kingdom.)

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30. When the Apostles referred to salvation, did they ever say man had any role in any of it?

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (Acts 2:40)

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Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Pet 1:22)

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Tim 4:16)

(Yes, and that refutes the Calvinistic view of total depravity. Man has a choice to turn from his sins, which are dragging him/her to hell and submit to the Lord Jesus or to refuse. All of this is under grace. Such is not legalism or heresy. If it was, then such Apostles of Jesus were spreading legalism and other false teachings back then.)

31. What was Jesus' first miracle?

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. (John 2:11)

(The first miracle Jesus performed was when he changed in substance [transubstantiated] the water to wine.)

32. Regarding that same miracle, did the water that was turned into wine taste like water or wine?

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:7-10)

(After the transubstantiation it tasted differently—like wine.)

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33. How is that fact about a real transubstantiation by God a devastating blow to Roman Catholicism?

(Catholicism claims to have a change of substance regarding the communion wafer into the literal body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. However, the taste is not changed! Since anyone can make such an authoritative claim, there must be evidence for such. Not only is there no solid Biblical proof for their alleged transubstantiation, the only Scriptural evidence refutes their claim. Moreover, not only is their doctrine refuted by Jesus' first miracle, it extends to them worshiping the consecrated communion wafer as God! Such is a clear example of idolatry in our modern day because of false teaching. This is a very serious offense before God.

34. Since Jesus performed his first miracle at Cana when he was 30 years old, how does that discredit the writings found in the so-called silent years of Jesus, which were supposed to be when he was 12 to 30 years old?

(That fraudulent, deceitful and misleading writing and part of the aquarian gospel is filled with false information about the Lord Jesus, even having him performing miracles before Cana, which is impossible since that was his first miracle. Everything God wanted us to know is found in the Bible. To go outside the Bible to any other source is dangerous! Do NOT do it! That includes the apocrypha and/or the early church fathers as exalted by David Bercot, etc.!)

35. That first miracle of the Lord Jesus done at Cana resulted after Mary went to Jesus with that request. Does that mean Mary is unique, set apart and above others in that she can take our prayer requests to Jesus now to have him perform miracles in our behalf?

While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. (Mat 9:18-25)

(What the Lord Jesus did at Mary's request was NOT unique for her. He also performed miracles because others similarly went directly to Jesus and requested his intervention, as shown in Mt. 9:18-25. Mary is NOT the mediatrix and dispenser of all grace, as Catholicism teaches.

The Catholic Church has a mother Mary that doesn't really exist, according to the Bible. While their Mary is the mother of Jesus, she is also wrongly exalted to many unique and vital positions causing many to trust in her for salvation! Very few Christians are saying anything about this, as 1.2 billion Catholics remain lethally deceived.)

36. The Mormon Church actually believes Jesus had multiple wives and at Cana he got married! How can a Christian refute such strange LDS beliefs?

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. (John 2:1,2)

The bridegroom never gets invited to his own wedding! Since Jesus was invited there, he could not have been getting married. Jesus was never married to any woman, including Mary Magdalene. Do not believe the lies and rumors about this.

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Furthermore, the Lord never failed his earthly mission like heretic Sun Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, teaches because he never got married and produced the perfect family!

37. The New Testament teaches there were only 12 Apostles of the Lord and various false apostles. True or False?

The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. (Acts 14:4) [The context is Paul and Barnabas.]

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: (Acts 14:14)

(There were true apostles other than the Twelve and more than just Paul and Barnabas. There were also false apostles.)

38. Which of the twelve original apostles were described as “outstanding”?

Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. (Rom 16:7)

(Trick question! None of the original twelve apostles were! It was Andronicus and Junias, who were outstanding among the apostles. We have no other details about them.)

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39. Which apostle was Paul teamed up with?

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: (Acts 14:14)

(Barnabas. Paul was also teamed up with Silas at a later time, but he was a "prophet," Acts 15:32.)

Of the twelve original apostles there were two sets of brothers. They were Peter and Andrew and John and James. When the apostles paired off in groups of two to evangelize, heal, raise the dead, etc., were these brothers sent off together?

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. (Acts 3:1)

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. (Acts 4:23)

Don't we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord's brothers and Cephas? (1 Cor 9:5)

(Never! Peter was teamed up with John. Hence, the brothers were separated. Peter also later traveled and worked with his Christian wife. Remember, Cephas is another name for Peter, John 1:42.)

40. Forgiving others who sin against you is not really an issue under “grace” and therefore not something we Christians should concern ourselves with. True or False.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Mat 6:12)

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Mat 6:14,15)

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. (Luke 11:4)

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Mat 18:32-35)

(Massive doctrinal deception has been passed on to others by false teachers, who try to discount Jesus' teachings in the gospels as being before the cross, not under grace and/or something other than relevant to Christians now. Many of the same people love to quote John 3:16 and other verses which were also given before the cross. This is a glaring indication that something is seriously wrong with their understanding.

Jesus taught the vital necessity of his followers (Christians) forgiving all others who have sinned against them so their own sins could be forgiven. That truth is of major importance for all who are serious about entering God's kingdom.)

41. When a Christian forgives another who has sinned against him, is that particular sin forgiven, as far as God is concerned?

If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. (John 20:23)

(Yes, but that doesn't mean that same person who may hate you doesn't have a multitude of other sins which will drag him/her to hell. To forgive people who sin against you is to be obedient to God and to show mercy. When you are forgiving others who sin against you, you are doing such for your own sake!)

42. When a Christian refuses to forgive a person who sins against him, is he hurting himself more than that person he won't forgive?

Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Mat 18:32-35)

(YES. Absolutely! The servant who would not forgive someone his debts became responsible once again for his own cancelled debts [forgiven sins]! Hence, this is a salvation issue.)

43. How often should you search your heart for unforgiveness against another?

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)

In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah (Psa 4:4)

(We should make sure we forgive others as often as pray or go to bed. Hence, it should be a constant self-examination multiple times/day, since Christians are to pray without ceasing, for others and for our own concerns which come daily.)

44. In view of how important it is to forgive others who have sinned against us, doesn't it make sense that our arch enemy (the devil), who is called Lucifer at times, will remind us of past hurts and unjust evil things people have done, even many years before to try to get us in or keep us in unforgiveness?

(Yes. One of the most subtle satanic temptations is unforgiveness towards another, even one whom we may have already forgiven at some past point.)

45. It was only the Lord Jesus who taught to forgive others and it is never in any of the epistles after the cross. True or false.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13)

(False. Paul also taught Christians to forgive others, but didn't go into all the details that the Lord Jesus did. This is all under grace and is not legalism.)

46. As the Apostle Paul traveled and preached the gospel in various locations, he faced different kinds of opposition. On three occasions there were riots and/or near riots involving the whole city because of him. What were those locations?

But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. (Acts 17:5)

Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater. (Acts 19:29)

The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. (Acts 21:30,31)

(Thessalonica, Ephesus and Jerusalem. Paul's evangelism stirred things up!)

47. In what town were Paul and Silas severely beaten (that is, beat bloody) and thrown in prison after Paul cast a demon out of a fortune teller?

She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. (Acts 16:18-23)

(Philippi. He was beaten with rods there, according to the Greek. He was treated the same way at least two other times, but we have no record of the details, 2 Cor. 11:25.)

48. In what town was Paul stoned and drug out of the city because Paul's enemies thought he was dead?

Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. (Acts 14:19,20)

(Lystra)

49. In what town did the people try to treat Paul and Barnabas as gods and wanted to offer sacrifices to them after a lame man was miraculously healed?

In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. (Acts 14:8-18)

(Lystra! This was before Paul was stoned and drug out of their town. People can turn very quickly! The repentance meaning is found there -- turn from sin.)

50. In a different town, Paul was all alone as he witnessed to others. He was called among other things a babbler. Which town was that?

So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. (Acts 17:17,18)

(Athens)

51. In what town was Paul lowered over the city wall in a basket to escape persecution unto death?

But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. (Acts 9:22-25)

(Damascus)

52. Where did Paul fight with wild beasts?

If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Cor 15:32)

(Ephesus)

53. Where was one of the times the people were so angry with Paul that they were trying to kill him by beating him to death, possibly with their fists?

The whole city was aroused, and the people came running from all directions. Seizing Paul, they dragged him from the temple, and immediately the gates were shut. While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops that the whole city of Jerusalem was in an uproar. He at once took some officers and soldiers and ran down to the crowd. When the rioters saw the commander and his soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. (Acts 21:30-32)

(Jerusalem)

54. What was the typical treatment Paul received as he traveled about spreading God's eternal truth?

I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. (Acts 20:23)

(Prison and hardships were awaiting him. There is no prosperity message there!)

55. The only church council found in the Bible is in Acts 15. What transpired beforehand which led to that church council and its important doctrinal decision?

Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. (Acts 15:1, 2)

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:5)

(A serious doctrinal conflict between the Lord's Apostles [Paul and Barnabas] and others arose because a false teaching regarding salvation was being taught to Gentiles Christians. What was at stake were the Christian beliefs on salvation itself!)

56. Were various Apostles present at the Jerusalem Council and who made the final decision regarding that Gentile issue and circumcision?

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. (Acts 15:7-12)

It is my [James] judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. (Acts 15:19)

(Yes, various apostles were present. James made the final decision.)

57. Does that show by implication that Peter was NOT the head of the apostles or first Pope, as Catholicism teaches?

(Yes. If Peter was the visible head of the church, he certainly would have presided over that important church council and made the final decision, but he did NOT. That doesn't mean James was the Pope though! There was no Pope in the early church ever. Such came into existence afterwards along with the empty papal ex cathedra, unam sanctam and anathema decrees which followed!)

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58. When Peter spoke his relevant experience and message at the Jerusalem council, he revealed at what point God accepted the Gentiles and purified their hearts. Again, we read:

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” (Acts 15:7-11)

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Who were the Gentiles Peter referred to there?

(Cornelius and those gathered with him, Acts 10.)

59. At what point did God show Peter that he accepted Cornelius the centurion?

“Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith....” (Acts 15:7-9)

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. (Acts 10:43-48)

(When Cornelius and the others with him were given the Holy Spirit. According to Acts 10:43-48 that was evident when they spoke in tongues, just as the 120 gathered in the Upper Room on Pentecost did. That also means he repented and was believing in Jesus Christ for his salvation.)

60. At that same point (when God accepted Cornelius and the others) were their hearts spiritually purified too?

He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:9)

(Yes.)

61. How were they changed into pure hearts?

He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. (Acts 15:9)

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:43)

(Faith, that is, faith in JESUS, according to Acts 10:43.)

62. Were their hearts purified by FAITH IN JESUS before, during or after Cornelius and the others were water baptized?

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. (Acts 10:43-48)

(Before. Their hearts were purified by faith in Jesus before they were water baptized. That is crystal clear in showing water baptism does NOT bring about forgiveness of sins. Do NOT be deceived by those who teach baptismal regeneration or the like.)

63. The aforementioned proves beyond reasonable doubt that one is forgiven and accepted by God (saved) instantly at the point of faith in Jesus Christ. (True or False)

(True. There is only one way to be saved. Cornelius wasn't saved at a different point than we are today. Also, other Scriptures would further show that the faith in Jesus Christ needed to get forgiven and save a person is a TRUSTING AND SUBMITTING FAITH. The fact that forgiveness and salvation come before water baptism reveals the dangerous poison of teaching that water baptism is the point of forgiveness. Such refutes various groups including: Catholicism, Church of Christ, Apostolics, Mormons, Lutherans and others.)

64. Getting back to what Peter said in Acts 15:7-11, he made a clear distinction between what the false teachers were saying (as mentioned in Acts 15:1; 15:5) and saving grace. True or False.

We [apostles] believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we [Jews] are saved, just as they [Gentiles] are. (Acts 15:11)

(True. The false teachers were not teaching grace.)

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65. What was it that Peter excluded from saving grace?

Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. (Acts 15:1, 2)

Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:5)

(Circumcision and the law of Moses, meaning the dietary and ceremonial aspects of the law.)

66. When Paul mentioned the clear and powerful contrast between his “gospel” and what “grace” was in Galatians and elsewhere, did he get specific about what was in the law of Moses that he taught against and was not relevant for Christians?

But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! (Gal 4:9,10)

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. (Gal 5:2-4)

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. (Col 2:16)

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)

(Yes. It was the ceremonial and dietary laws—not the moral law. Like Moses, Paul and others taught (under grace) do not murder, commit adultery, steal, etc. NOTE: The moral law is part of New Testament grace.

The Mosaic ceremonial and Jewish dietary laws are NOT something Christians need to be concerned with and must NOT think they have anything to do with their salvation.)

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67. How does that truth of God relate to us today?

(It shows the spiritual danger behind certain groups of Messianic Jews, who think Christians must observe the Jewish feast days and dietary laws. Christians who get ensnared by that will fall from grace to where Christ will be of no value to them, just as Paul warned the Galatians [Gal. 5:2-4.] Hence, that is a lethal false teaching.)

68. The Christian, in this age, has various enemies. Who/what is his chief enemy?

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet 5:8)

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:11,12)

(The devil. He is not in hell now like some have been wrongly taught. He is trying to spiritually destroy people, including YOU. Resist him!)

69. Is the devil an aggressive and scheming foe?

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Pet 5:8)

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:11,12)

(Yes.)

70. Does the devil ever show any mercy?

(There is no evidence at all of this. Hence, don't expect any from him. His goals are only to hurt and ruin as many as possible, including you and those you love the most. Fight him with your spiritual weapons!)

71. Does the devil get any personal benefit from his wickedness and deception of souls?

(How could he since he will, in the end, go to the lake of fire? He must, however, get some perverse pleasure out of seeing others suffer and deceived. He wants to ruin it for others! That is how wicked he is! Hence, one of his names is the wicked one.)

72. The devil is a crafty deceiver and liar. He is rightly known as “The Father of _________.”

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

(Lies.)

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73. What are the chief ways a Christian is advised to react and protect himself from the devil?

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:11,12)
Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Th 5:22)
and do not give the devil a foothold. (Eph 4:27)
(Summit to God, resist the devil, put on the full armor of God, avoid evil and give the devil no opportunity to even hurt you. Some physical locations and people are much more opportune for temptation than others and should wisely be avoided.)

74. Since the devil's dark kingdom operates through lies and deception, especially including spiritual deception, does it follow that he would hate the spreading of God's word (which is truth and light)?

Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (Luke 8:12)

(Yes. The devil hates the word of God going forth because it is destructive to his dark kingdom. He also hates faithful servants who are living holy. All of this is counterproductive to his evil desires.)

75. Was the devil cast out of heaven, with no more access to heaven, when Adam and Eve's temptation occurred in Gen. 3?

One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” (Job 1:6, 7)

(No, he still had access to heaven when Job in the bible was alive. It will end at the point of Rev. 12:7-10, which is yet future.)

76. Does the devil have fallen angels who work with him?

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Mat 25:41)

(Yes. These may be the demons and probably are.)

77. What will be their fate?

Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Mat 25:41)

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev 20:10)

(Eternal fire in the lake of burning sulfur where they will be tormented forever with people who die spiritually lost. That fire was designed to torture spirit beings and is not like anything wenow know.)

78. Does that mean they will ever be annihilated?

(No, the ones thrown into the lake of fire will never be annihilated, unlike what various false teachers say.)

79. How did the Lord Jesus, our perfect example, deal with the devil when the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4 occurred?

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Mat 4:3) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Mat 4:4) Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. (Mat 4:5) “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” (Mat 4:6) Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” (Mat 4:7) Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. (Mat 4:8) “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Mat 4:9) Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” (Mat 4:10) Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Mat 4:11)

(He quoted Scripture! If Jesus quoted Scripture how much more should we. Do you know the Bible well enough to be able to quote Scripture in a time of temptation? If not, you desperately need to learn the Bible better by reading it yourself and putting it into practice.)

80. Did the devil leave immediately when Jesus first quoted Scripture to him?

(No. Jesus remained steadfastly faithful and didn't entertain the devil's thoughts until he left.)

81. Since Jesus actually dialoged with the devil when he was tempted, does that disprove those who say the devil only exists if you believe he exists?

(Yes. Jesus spoke to a real personality as did God in Job. The devil is real if we like it or not.)

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82. What was the devil's first lie to mankind?

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. (Gen 3:4)

(His lie was she would not die spiritually through disobedience to God.)

83. Is that the essence of any popular teaching in our day?

(Yes. It is the EXACT essence of eternal security, once saved always saved, the perseverance of the saints and/or the preservation of the saints. These are various names for the same demonic doctrine.)

84. Can the devil subtly give us thoughts of discouragement and anxiety and not just the obvious temptations to do wicked acts?

(YES. The devil will try to discourage and defeat all servants of God any way he can, including through discouragement. When the Israelites were discouraged they rejected the promise of God! The Bible says to encourage yourself in the Lord.]

85. Must we monitor the thoughts we ponder in our mind for our own spiritual protection? Is that how the devil leads people astray, but also how we can be spiritual fruitful?

YES. That is why Paul did take EVERY THOUGHT captive:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)

86. Should a Christian be afraid of the devil?

(NO, we should not be afraid of the devil or even plural wicked people who want to kill us. We are instead told to fear God:

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28)

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. (Luke 12:4) But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:5)

87. Do Christians have spiritual weapons in Christ which are mighty, powerful and destructive to the devil's strongholds?

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4)

(YES)

88. Can the devil really quote Scripture?

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. (Mat 4:5) “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” (Mat 4:6)

(YES.)

89. Did the devil tempt Jesus to test God by suggesting he could throw himself down from the temple and angels would protect him?

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” (Mat 4:7)

(YES)

90. Can a person ever get so holy he will never again be tempted by the devil?

(NO. Jesus never sinned, yet he was tempted. In this age we will all be tempted and regularly! Hence, you must remain on your guard.)

91. Will the devil one day be separated from the righteous to never cause trouble again?

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev 20:10)

(YES.)

92. Does the devil know the future and that he is spiritually defeated?

Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. (Rev 12:12)

(YES.)

93. Can the devil be behind physical illness?

... how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

(Yes.)

94. Satan is a master deceiver and can even appear as an angel of light:

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. (2 Cor 11:13) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:14) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Cor 11:15)

What does that mean for him to transform himself into an angel of light?

(That means he can appear as an angel from God to better deceive. Hence, various apparitions and visions, which spread a message contrary to the Bible, are from the devil, even if miracles and healing occur there! This is VERY IMPORTANT to know. The our lady of fatima apparitions in Portugal are an example!)

95. Can the devil arrange circumstances to tempt the righteous away from God and back into spiritual death?

“But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” (Job 1:11-19)

(YES. The above passage shows the devil's ability to bring hurtful and devastating events along to spiritually destroy one's relationship with God, if possible. In this case, Job was the most holy person on the planet and the devil was trying to get him to curse God.)

96. The day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is important because that is when the Spirit was first given to the disciples. True or False.

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:20-22)

(False. Disciples did receive the Holy Spirit before Pentecost.)

97. Does that mean Jesus was already glorified at the point of John 20:20-22?

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)

(Yes.)

98. What is the context of John 20:20-22?

(After Jesus' resurrection from the grave and before his ascension to the right hand of the Heavenly Father.)

99. Was Jesus glorified before he was resurrected from the grave?

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4)

When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.” (John 13:31)

[Yes. It occurred more than once—at least when Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the grave (Jn. 11:4) and at the last supper or first communion (Jn. 13:31).]

100. What happened at Pentecost?

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

(The Holy Spirit came on the 120 disciples and they got power to witness to others about Jesus. This is proof that ALL Christians are to be involved in soul winning, even women because they were there too! Use gospel tracts to help with this!)

101. Does the Spirit of God being given on Pentecost mean the plan of salvation Jesus preached before Pentecost is now not applicable to us?

(No, absolutely not! Do NOT be deceived about this. If you are embracing a plan of salvation which doesn't align itself to Jesus' teachings in the gospels, you have been taught wrongly and probably dangerously.)

102. Does Jesus' teaching on salvation before the cross (and as recorded in the gospels) parallel what the Lord's Apostles taught after the cross?

(Yes, absolutely. That shows the plan of salvation for us today can be found in the gospels.)

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103. Can you site any Scriptural comparisons to prove this?

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:18)

Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (Luke 8:12)

They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

AND

I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. (Luke 13:3)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9)

AND

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:48-50)

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (1 Cor 15:17)

(Jn. 3:18 & Lk. 8:12 cf. Acts 16:31; Lk. 13:3 cf. 2 Pet. 3:9; Lk. 7:48-50 cf. 1 Cor. 15:17; etc.)

104. What do the above Scriptural comparisons reveal?

(Among other things this comparison helps to disprove dispensationalism. Jesus' teachings in the gospels are relevant for us today!)

105. Are there any other Scriptures which clearly disprove dispensationalism?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Col 3:16)

(Col. 3:16 shows all of Jesus' teachings, as found in the gospels, were to be used for teaching and admonishing among the churches in Paul's day. Therefore, Jesus' teaching is part of grace teaching.)

106. Moses is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. Even in the New Testament his name repeatedly appears. In the following passage, what truths can you glean about him?

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. (Heb 11:24-27)

[ (1) He had a very powerful and wealthy upbringing, being raised by the Pharaoh's daughter. (2) He gave up all that and wisely chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. (3) He knew to identify himself with God's will would mean disgrace. (4) His value system was very different from the norm because he was looking beyond the grave and thought about his future reward. That led his godly course of action, which blessed millions. (5) He persevered all that trouble, including the king's anger, because he saw the invisible God.]

107. In the gospels we read of a rich young ruler, who Jesus witnessed to about eternal life, but who afterwards walked away sad and unsaved (Mk. 10:25; Lk. 18:18-25). His great riches were his downfall. Did Moses' great wealth and high position hinder him from eternal salvation?

(No. He is the opposite of the rich, young ruler who rejected salvation because the cost was too high. Moses knew what true riches were and wisely chose God's will. He entered God's paradise kingdom of God after his death. Also, read about the rich fool.)

108. What happened to Moses' body?

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)

And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. (Deu 34:5,6)

[For some unknown reason, the devil wanted Moses' body and disputed with St Michael the archangel over it. In the end, God buried him. (Jude 9 is one of the strange verses in the Bible.)]

109. Before Jesus died, Moses and another person appeared to the Lord at the mount of transfiguration. Who was the other person?

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Luke 9:28-35)

(Elijah.)

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110. What did they talk with Jesus about?

(His departure—another way of referring to his physical death.)

111. Since Jesus spoke with these two Old Testament saints, what does that say about the doctrine of soul sleep, as taught by the Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses and others?

(It shows they are wrong because Moses, who died, was not in some unconscious state awaiting the resurrection. Neither was Elijah, but he never died physically.)

112. The Heavenly Father magnified Jesus' teachings over Moses or Elijah. In what words did he do that?

(“This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” )

113. Was Jesus' face ever radiant before his death on the cross?

There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. (Mat 17:2)

(Yes.)

114. When Moses was given the 10 Commandments, was his face radiant?

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, (2 Cor 3:7)

(Yes.)

115. Are there any other examples of people (not angels), whose faces became radiant in appearance?

All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. (Acts 6:15)

(Yes, Stephen.)

116. The term world is frequently used in Scripture. Do you know what it refers to in the following passage?

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. (John 15:18,19)

(It refers to unredeemed mankind. The world there can both love and hate. Hence, it refers to people as described—people who hated Jesus and hate Christians. That includes in religious unsaved—past and present.)

117. Who were the primary haters/persecutors of the Lord Jesus, who also intensely wanted him dead even to the point of manipulating people/circumstances to condemn the Lord to death?

But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. (Mat 12:14)

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. (Mat 26:3,4)

The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. (Mark 11:18)

(The religious leaders of Jesus' day were the Lord's worst enemies! In other words, the religious lost. They are included in the term world.)

118. What is the truth of God regarding one who chooses to be a friend of the world?

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

(Such a person becomes an enemy of God. To become an enemy of God assumes that same person was not an enemy of God before that occurred, as all unsaved people are (Rom. 5:10). That would have to make him a Christian before he became a friend of the world.)

119. How serious is it to be an enemy of God?

... raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:27)

(Raging fire will consume the enemies of God—those who are friends of this world and all unsaved people in general.)

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120. What does a comparison of James 4:4 and Heb. 10:27 reveal?

(One can lose his salvation (spiritual death) by becoming a friend of this world. There is no eternal security. The sooner you realize this the better it will be for you spiritually and your circle of influence.)

121. What does that imply about the ecumenical movement?

(That is another serious judgment against it, since the ecumenical movement is filled with the world—religious unsaved enemies/persecutors of Biblical Christians.)

122. What did Jesus teach about the infinite value of a SOUL?

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36,37)

(He taught man's SOUL is more valuable that the entire world—gold, platinum, diamonds, oil, land, worldly success, etc. Your SOUL is your most valuable possession, regardless how much wealth you have or will ever get. Don't take a chance with it!)

123. How does that differ from this world's value system?

(The world places the ultimate value on temporal things—money, material possessions, physical health, physical life, comfort, popularity, people acceptance, appearance, reputation, personal ambitions, careers, etc.)

124. To be a Christian, must one be, at the very least, willing to forsake all of that and be faithful to God? Will that kind of commitment to Jesus, which brings salvation, result in hatred?

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33)

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Mat 10:37-39)

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, (2 Tim 3:12)

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3,4)

(YES. That commitment is synonymous with believing in Jesus Christ. Many, therefore, who claim to believe on Jesus are really not! They having something much less than what is required to have a present tense salvation.)

125. Under New Testament saving grace, God keeps us and the Christian does NOT keep himself. True or False.

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, (Luke 12:35)

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)

... do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Tim 5:22)

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)

(False. Just the Scriptures cited above show that Christians are responsible to keep their spiritual lamps burning and keep themselves from sin. All of that is true grace teaching.)

126. Under New Testament grace, Almighty God holds us and the Christian does NOT hold himself. True or False.

Test everything. Hold on to the good. (1 Th 5:21)

But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (Heb 3:6)

Only hold on to what you have until I come. (Rev 2:25)

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Rev 3:11)

(False. Christians are again shown to be responsible to hold on to certain things. NOTE: Jesus himself commanded Christians to do that in Rev. 2:25; 3:11. If you believe the eternal security teachers you will NOT obey God's word there! The no one can snatch them out of my hand OSAS distortion is common, but untrue!)

127. Salvation is a done deal once a person gets born again. There is nothing he can do to maintain it or to jeopardize it. True or False.

...do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Tim 5:22)

What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor 6:16-18)

      Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Th 5:22)

(False. After initial salvation, the Christian has to decide to obey or disobey during various testings which come. It is NOT Biblical to think once a person has been saved he will definitely go to heaven after death. Jesus taught those already saved that they would have to endure to the end for salvation's sake (Mt. 10:22). It is Biblical to know, you can still go to hell, as disturbing as that is.)

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128. Many people will go to hell because they are not putting forth enough effort to actually get into God's kingdom. True or False.

Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:23,24)

(True. Eternal security will destroy putting forth the effort Jesus referred to there which is needed to enter the narrow door.)

129. Under New Testament grace, we SAVE OURSELVES. True or False.

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (Acts 2:40)

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Pet 1:22)

(True. We save ourselves by looking to Jesus for him to save us. We save ourselves by coming to Jesus for eternal life. After coming to him, we have to keep ourselves from idols, etc. The eternal security proponents place full responsibility on God for us to come to initial salvation as well as final salvation, which is both unscriptural and deadly.)

130. We can better understand the grace of God by considering the way grace is used in the natural to describe getting unmerited favor. For example, If one doesn't pay his electric bill on time there is a “grace” period left before the electricity is shut off. Grace is unmerited favor and enables us to relax when disobedient because God loves us and assures our future entrance into his kingdom. True or False.

It [grace] teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:12)

(False. To reason from the natural to the spiritual will almost always have errors connected with it. Biblical grace is best shown in Titus 2:12. It is NOT unmerited favor, but instead favor. We have God's favor as long as we meet the conditions for it. Noah found grace in God's eyes (Gen. 6:8), but beforehand he was righteously obedient and unlike the rest of the people in his day. Any illustration or comparison which tends to allow for tolerance or disobedience to God is not grace even though it might be taught under that name. Spiritual death is very real and occurs now under grace, Rom. 8:13; Lk. 15:24,32; James 1:14-16; 5:19,20; etc.)

131. Is there anything in 1 Peter which helps to show what true grace is?

With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. (1 Pet 5:12)

(Yes, the entire epistle itself describes the true grace of God. That epistle has MANY do's and don'ts. Grace is not what it has been commonly taught as. Please read it for yourself.)

132. The gospel of grace, which Paul preached, has no conditions to it. Salvation starts and ends with God and man plays no role at all in any part of it. True or False.

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2)

(False. There are MANY conditions connected with salvation. In fact, the very gospel itself shows this. The Christian is responsible to hold firmly to the real gospel or his saving faith will be in vain.)

133. Can demons inhabit one’s physical body and adversely affect him/her?

When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. (Mark 5:2-5)

(Yes. From mental problems to physical problems of various types, demons can adversely affect people.)

134. Do Christians have the authority/ability to cast demons out of a person?

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)

(Yes, but only through God. **Having salvation is something much more important to rejoice about than knowing demons submit to the Christian in Jesus’ name. Can you rejoice over this? Also, Scripture teaches unsaved people can drive out demons too, Acts 19:13-15; Mt. 7:21-23.)

135. Can demon spirits be involved with fortune-tellers (and other occult practices)?

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone ... (Acts 16:16-19)

(No question at all that they are. Though gaining popularity in our day through Harry Potter materials, all occult involvement is evil and strictly forbidden by God.)

136. Besides an involvement in the occult, do demons also have a role in originating certain false doctrines to the detriment of all who would believe them?

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. (1 Tim 4:1,2)

(Yes, absolutely. Evil spirits can be religious, as can satan himself! We must be guarded against false doctrines and various deceptions.)

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137. Do one’s doctrines influence his behavior?

(Yes. If a Christian got deceived and was converted to LDS, his behavior would change in various ways. He would start to attend a Mormon church and read the Book of Mormon! Similarly, if one believes the false grace message of our hour—that Rom. 7:14-25 refers to Paul as a Christian and chief of sinners, then that deceived person's desire to resist sin will be much lower than needed to be an overcomer.)

138. Do demons know Jesus’ identity?

Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)

(Yes and they can also speak through a person! In New Age terms this would be called “channeling.”)

139. Can demons perform miracles?

They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:14)

(Yes. There are two sources of miracles. That truth is very important to know in our day.

140. Is it a close spiritual struggle between the dark forces of evil and God?

The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” (Mat 8:31)

(No. Thousands of demons grouped together inside one person begged Jesus. They know who has power over them! NOTE: That also occurred before the cross!)

141. It is somewhat common to hear of a near death experience (NDE) where a person dies, leaves his body, sees a departed loved one, etc., then is brought back to physical life. In our day, in some circles it seems to be the chief way to get people to listen to a certain message. During New Testament times, were there any people who were brought back to life after physical death and did those people testify as to what they experienced to evangelize others?

As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7:12-15)

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. (John 11:43-45)

They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. (Luke 8:53-55)

Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:40-42)

Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” (Acts 20:9,10)

(Yes, three people were raised by the Lord Jesus and others by the Apostles, yet none of them shared their experiences of life after death as a way to evangelize.)

142. Is there a concise Scripture which shows preaching the word of God is the most powerful way to convince people of their need to repent?

“No, father Abraham,” he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:30,31)

(Yes.)

143. When the disciples went forth with the gospel to soul win, did they all use the same standard message over and over?

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:34-43)

Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people. We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David. So it is stated elsewhere: You will not let your Holy One see decay. For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay. Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: “Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.” (Acts 13:26-41)

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” (Acts 16:30,31)

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (Acts 20:21)

(No. Their message always pointed people to Jesus, but they had different ways of expressing God's truth based upon their audience.)

144. Those early soul winners were perfectly in the will of God and went forth in power. Consequently, they were well received and respected as they shared God’s message with those in need. True or False.

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. (2 Cor 11:23-27)

(False. Often there was severe trouble and opposition, in one form or another, which came on the Christians. Satan can fight hard and doesn’t even want to give up one single soul.)

145. Paul was a great soul winner. After people got saved and churches were established did he know his job was done and they were safe and secure from lethal dangers?

Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. (2 Cor 11:28)

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” (Acts 15:36)

(No. Paul knew after initial salvation many things could go wrong which could interfere with the salvation of Christians. Hence, he kept in touch with them, as a good spiritual leader should.)

146. The Lord Jesus sent the Twelve out by twos (Mk. 6:7), but did any Christians afterwards ever go soul winning alone?

Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. (Acts 8:5)

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (Acts 8:26)

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke. (Acts 6:8-10)

The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. (Acts 17:15-17)

(Yes. It is much more risky to go alone though. Always try to find another like-minded believer to go with you, if possible.)

147. Nearly two dozen salvation sermons, in full or part, are found throughout the book of Acts. Did any of the early Christians ever tell the lost Jesus loves you or give them the Romans Road salvation presentation, which is so typical in our day?

(Never! In all the various ways and under the different conditions never did any of the early Christians ever tell the lost Jesus loves you! Moreover, they never used the typical verses from the book of Romans to evangelize the lost. Even Paul's evangelism didn't use the flawed Romans Road approach which has edited out key salvation passages because they are not consistent with once saved always saved! See The Romans Road to Salvation Presentation Needs To Be Amended. Christians today have an important advantage over the early church with gospel tracts, since the invention of the printing press. Make sure you are utilizing biblically sound gospel tracts, which teach repentance for salvation and are free from all forms of once saved always saved. You can print your own free gospel tracts here ==> Print Free Tracts or order in bulk at I need to buy sound gospel tracts.)

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