(Bible Question) Dear Sir, I'm a born again Christian who after some years ran into problems and fell back into sin for many years. I never stopped believing in God, but was living a sinful life after. After some time I became ill and suffered terribly, this bought me to my senses and I realized how far I had drifted from the God I use to love so much. I have been seeking his forgiveness and would dearly love to be restored in fellowship with God and be restored in righteousness. What I want to ask you is: After my terrible backsliding can I be saved? Will the Lord take me back?
I have been an upmost fool with my spiritual welfare! I hope you can answer me? Yours truly,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. YES! ABSOLUTELY you can come back to God! He wants you back just like he wanted the Prodigalto come home, who wandered away into Spiritual Death but became alive again (Lk. 15:24) upon Repentance. (Turning away from sin to serve God.) In fact, the only time you read of the father running is there! He also placed a ring on the prodigal and had a celebration! See also Backslider, God Wants You Back
NOTE: Whatever the devil used to lure you away from your salvation the first time, he will try again! You must be guarded. You MUST do things MUCH DIFFERENTLY than before when you were saved the first time. Obviously, there was a spiritual weakness then, which now needs repaired and fortified so it doesn't happen again. You need truth but also a determination to stick with the Lord Jesus, regardless the price you have to pay. Have you read Vital Truths For New Converts To Christianity? It is also vital for you to act on the Biblical Spiritual Safeguards.
Are you aware there is NO Eternal Security? Consequently, what most people think about grace, sin, salvation, etc. has been distorted. You MUST guard and keep yourself pure this time. It is up to you, not God. If it was God's responsibility, no one would ever backslide or get into false doctrine. Do you know about our NO Eternal Security Book?
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(Bible Question) I just finished reading your article on a new believer [New Converts], it was excellent, all of it, I now can relate to the persecution for doing right, and avoiding evil, as I mentioned I lost my job, but gained a deeper, separated walk with Christ. I destroyed many idols in my life, literally with a hammer, I wont go into them all, plus as mentioned sold all my valuable idols, and paid off all my financial debt to man.
...I met an older woman here in my community which is charismatic, and sees nothing wrong with social drinking, as she said the Bible says its ok because Christ drank it, which as I studied the word, is a false teaching also, its wrong as you know, and a sinful behavior, the worldliness in the modern apostate church is thick I am learning....
Have not met any true Christians here yet, and the woman who likes to drink in moderation, says I need to be in fellowship, I do understand this, but I want to be in a fellowship of true born again narrow road believers, so I spend my free time, studying the scriptures, starting to memorize scriptures again, and learning about all the false teachers and teachings. Which I bought into many years.
...My question is do you know these booklets, they are ____________. I am excited to share Christ as God leads, and love to hand these out, and I look for opportunities whenever I am out and about. I find myself at times forcing myself on others, and then feel guilty for not giving them out to every person I come into contact with, but its amazing how many times God has led me to family, neighbors, clerks, mailmen, and the list goes on.
I would never want to be responsible for another's blood for not sharing the Gospel, so worry when I am not out passing them out to the massed, and I feel the personal approach for me is the best, as I am shy, kind, and humble as I share them, and sometimes I share my testimony, others its just a smile, and I tell them that Jesus is my Lord and savior, and what is written in this small booklet has changed my life forever.
I do use discretion, or discernment when I am out and about, and have been rejected by many,but have also given many in various situations. I could just put the Booklets on cars, or in waiting rooms, etc,,, but I like the one on one approach, where the person I am sharing with can see my passion, and love for Jesus, and hopefully for their souls.
Do you think this is a good ministry? Or a good way to share the Gospel? As I pray its amazing how God brings people across my path, or they may cross my path many times if I missed them, then all the sudden there is an open door to share, I know you may have experienced this in your ministry. Thanks again for your ministry, and encouragement, may God be your strength through all the days. Love in Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. You are walking in Christian love and the fear of God. Thank you for thinking about the lost all around you.
Your actions are similar to ours! We hand out salvation literature wherever we go with very few exceptions! We have been doing this for decades. We love it and it is very easy! Somehow the devil has Christians deceived to not be doing such an easy and important thing. We have had MANY great conversations over the years because of such. All Christians should be involved in Tract Evangelism.
We are not acquainted with ___________. Hence, we can't really comment on the actual items you have been handing out or the source they come from. However, to spread their material will also spread their other messages. That means, if they believe in something heretical such as once saved always saved, then you might actually be giving material away which can indirectly cause people to think such is truth. From personal experience, and great regret, years ago I did a similar thing. Hence, it is a real possibility.
Since Evangelical Outreach has different types of gospel literature especially designed to win souls in our dark day, let me recommend our own gospel tracts which are loaded with Bible truth. One man said of our Heaven/Hell tract that it is like listening to a 30 minute sermon. You can print your own Free Gospel Tracts or purchase Salvation Literature from us by credit card. They are very powerful. We have seen many people freeze in their tracks as they read our salvation literature. They bring results!
It is a very noble and wise thing to be involved in tract evangelism. One of the blessings is not having blood on our hands, which few seem to care about in our dark day. All Christians have been Entrusted With The Gospel. Hence we better do something about it.
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(Bible Question) I believe in conditional security. But recently when discuss with one the church member, he quoted the verse I Corin. 5.5. and it confused me. So, please explain in detail since it says that the soul will be saved at the end. Please reply me at the earliest to discuss with him again to convince the real truth. Yours in Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. It is important to ponder what the grace changers are saying about 1 Cor. 5:5 because it helps to reveal their license for immorality! By using that argument for a verse which does NOT say what they want it to say, they are actually declaring there are “Christians” who are committing a form of sexual immorality which even pagans didn't do, according to 1 Cor. 5:1. Shocking isn't it! They are clearly teaching a license for immorality. Use the verse against them!
Since the 1 Cor. 5:5 argument has already been examined and dealt with on our website, please consult it here —> 1 Cor.5:5 answered. Why not ask the OSAS proponent some questions about once saved always saved?
Have you signed up for our internet church? Do you have a copy of our 801 page book, The Believer's Conditional Security? It can surely help you in various ways. God bless you. Heb. 3:14.
(Bible Question) ...Hey, my names ______. While I was listening to your video ["Form Of Godliness. Ray Comfort, Are you a good person?"] I'd agree with the importance of repentance and continually turning from sin as 2 Peter 2:20-22 mentions not being like the dog that returns to its own vomit. However I was confused about the discussion on are you a good person. If I'm evangelizing and lets say I ask others are you a good person and we go through the 10 commandments. From my understanding I'm neither a good person and it is wrong for me also to be called good. Now I do believe if I or others don't repent and we keep living in sin for example lust, I believe we will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven and will not be with Christ because the Lord clearly mentions this in Matthew chpt 5 as well as Galatians 5:19-21 and in other scriptures. To help you answer my questions better, these are the verses I have been going by that lead me to think no one is good. If you can help me understand this better I'd appreciate it, thanks. Romans 3:10; Mark 10:17-18; 1 John 1-8-10
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. Your email came at the perfect time! What you wrote is an endorsement to my most recent sermon about the sick disgusting distorted image of a Christian which is presently taught and believed by many. In it I actually deal with Rom. 3:10 and Ray Comfort's dangerous deception that not even a Christian is a good person! (Don't be duped by Ray Comfort.) To hear more sermons you can listen here –> Christian Sermons.
You brought up Mark 10:17,18. Let's look at it:
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”
That is saying only God is good in the absolute sense. It is NOT saying there are no good people! Jesus himself taught there are good people and righteous people too:
He [God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Mat 5:45)
A real Christian is both good and righteous. If not, according to that verse, he is evil and unrighteous, which describes the lost. (Don't be duped by Ray Comfort. He has helped to distort the image of a Christian!)
There is nothing in 1 John 1:8-10 which denies there are good people. Remember this about sin: All sins are not the same in their effect on our souls. Some sins are greater than others (Jn. 19:11). One type is eternal (Mk. 3:29), while others are not. Another type of sin is uniquely against our bodies, while other sins are outside our bodies (1 Cor. 6:18). 1 Jn. 5:16 declares there is a sin that does not lead to death while there is a sin that leads to death. Sins such as worry (Phil. 4:6), unthankfulness (Col. 2:7, 3:15; Lk. 17:11-18) and not being completely humble and gentle (Eph. 4:2) are not included in any of the lists of sins that will send people to the lake of fire, even if they were once saved. However, other sins certainly will send any person to hell if they die unrepentant, even a person who was once saved. (See 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rev. 21:8; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5,6; Jude 7; Rev. 22:15; etc.). Are you a NO ETERNAL SECURITY person like we are?
Getting back to Ray Comfort, did you know he is a grace changer like many others? We gave Ray Comfort the Skull and Crossbones Award. We would never use nor could we ever recommend his tracts merely because they will indirectly promote a counterfeit grace, which he believes in. (Comfort could never say that King David lost his salvation when in adultery and murder. Hence, he thinks there are people today who can act the same miserable way and yet have salvation too! He thinks there are 2 types of adulterers, 2 types of murderers, etc. – one with salvation and one without salvation. That is spiritual POISON (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rev. 21:8; Eph. 5:5-7; etc.)
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(Bible Question) I just finished reading your view about salvation (salvation plain and simple). I just have one question. Can you explain to me what it means in Ephesians chapter 2, verse 6? You may want to start at the beginning of the chapter to keep it in context, but here it says that those who are saved are already seated with Christ. The Apostle is speaking in regards to himself and believers who have yet to finalize their salvation as you claim. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. Here is the verse you asked about:
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (Eph 2:6)
Paul used that as pastoral encouragement. We are not there now with Christ in an absolute sense anymore than we were raised up with Christ when he resurrected from the grave. We are still fighting the devil's lies and temptations. We are only seated now with Christ figuratively. In the same epistle and to the same group which he wrote that verse to, Paul also wrote:
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph 5:5-7)
Paul knew the ones he wrote could lose their salvation, as he wrote about at other times, especially in 1 Timothy. Please read our teaching on that. We believe that we are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8,9) but we can fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4). We are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) but our faith can become shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19,20) and cease to exist (Lk. 8:13; Rom. 11:19-23). We are not under the law (Rom. 6:14,15) but if you live according to the sinful nature you will die (Rom. 8:13). Paul taught against legalism (Gal. 5:3,4) but he also taught that no immoral, impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph. 5:5-7). We are not saved by works (Eph. 2:8,9) but to reap eternal life and not destruction you must sow to please the Spirit and not the sinful nature (Gal. 6:8,9). God is faithful to us (1 Jn. 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13) but we must be faithful to him to the very end of our lives to escape the lake of fire or second death (Rev. 2:10,11). God surely loves us (Jn. 3:16; Mk. 10:21; Rom. 8:35-39) but those who inherit the kingdom of God love God (Jam 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:9) and to love God means to obey his commands (Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 5:3). We have freedom in Christ (Gal. 5:1) but this freedom is not to indulge the sinful nature (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16).
God bless you. Rev. 2:10,11.
(Bible Question) Please show me using the definition of "free will" an example of free will working in your life. Please be specific in your answer. Hint: God cannot be part of your answer as "free will" is define. (You must have done it all on your own no exception).
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' holy name. NOTE: You are implying a Calvinistic unscriptural understanding of free will and have just unwittingly made God the author of sin! You have taken away man's free will to choose right over wrong and obedience over sin. Hence, when a person sins he was FORCED BY GOD to choose evil over good! That would also make Judgment Day a joke! In Calvinism, man is nothing but a programmed robot, just acting out how God has chosen him to act. Calvinism is FALSE.
Here are two verses showing free will:
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (Acts 2:40)
Part of the problem with you is: You have spent too much time listening to teachings and far too little time reading only the Bible. For your own good, drop all preconceived ideas and carefully read the Bible ALONE and change accordingly.
(Bible Question) Greetings, I just wanted to know, how do you explain "gift of tongues"! I mean Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Thanks
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. We do believe the genuine tongue does still exist today, but as with MANY other things there is definitely a counterfeit tongue too! In case you are not aware of it, Charismatic Catholics do talk in tongues and claim to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, yet prophesy “thus saith Mary”! Obviously, what they are doing is NOT from the real Holy Spirit, but too few know it. (Sadly, many are Returning To Catholicism.) Hence, too MUCH emphasis has been placed on tongue talking, even among real Christians who believe in it, and far too little emphasis on why Christians were to get the Holy Spirit—to be a witness for Jesus!
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)
Power to witness for Jesus is the reason for it. That should be the emphasis. Multitudes are on the road to eternal hell fire and people are flapping their tongues in the church building but not witnessing to the lost! Something is very wrong!
In Acts, they had the real Holy Spirit and they were witnesses for Jesus too! We should all question if anyone really has tongues who is not witnessing. (That, however, doesn't mean just because one is witnessing he has been baptized in the Holy Spirit, for even the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons witness for their false gospel and counterfeit groups.)
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(Bible Question) I am replying to your video about Judas losing his salvation. My question is how could anyone including Judas be saved before Jesus died since without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.(Heb. 9:22). If Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice how could Judas be saved if the sacrifice had yet to be offered before his death. No one in the gospels could have been saved. Jesus had to first lay down His life, then, and only then, could a person be saved by believeing this truth. Romans 10:9 says and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved. Salvation starts by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God. Therefore Judas was not saved because the Son had not yet offered Himself, and until He died salvation ( the new covenant/testament) was not in force. (Heb. 9:16-22) Thanks for your time.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. You have arrived at a false conclusion because you have made the common mistake of listening to too many teachings instead of reading the Bible. It is FACT, that people were saved before Jesus' death because Jesus said so!
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)
End of discussion! Here's more proof:
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.” (Luke 19:9)
Also, people in the Old Testament had salvation and/or justification too! Go by the Bible.
Regarding Judas, he was a disciple (Mt. 10:1-4) and disciples are part of Jesus' spiritual family (Mt. 12:49,50). Therefore, Judas was once saved! There are important spiritual truths to learn regarding this with Judas Iscariot. Please read that carefully. There is NO Eternal Security. The sooner professing Christians learn that the better it will be for many.
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(Bible Comment) OSAS proponents quote Phil 1 v 6 to support their views. However, this promise is conditional upon faith and obedience. When the Lord promised the children of Israel the "promised Land" their continued tenure depended upon obedience. Eventually they were cast out for sinfulness. In a similar way we are promised eternal life if we truly repent and accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord; and if we continue in the faith. The promise is conditional upon continual obedience. Kind regards
(BIBLE ANSWER) Thank you for the insights on Phil. 1:6. What you stated about the children of Israel and the promised land is good. However, Phil. 1:6 is NOT even close to a solid proof text for once saved always saved:
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:4-6)
It was only their partnership in the gospel that Paul referred to in v. 6! They were supporting Paul's ministry and sharing in the fruit (Phil. 4). That is what he was confident of that would be carried on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Do you have a copy of our 801 page book, “The Believer's Conditional Security”? Phil. 1:6 and over 100 other arguments the eternal security people use are dealt with there. God bless you. 1 Cor. 2:9.
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