(Bible Question) By looking in the answers that you give on your site, at the weekly Bible answers of the internet church of evangelicaloutreach, It seems that you recommend to people to stay only reading the New Testament of the Bible. The Old Testament is not also important to christians read?
Another question: I recognize that Jesus is not God the father, but He is ALSO our father as we can read in this passages of the Bible:
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
"He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son." (Revelation 21:6)
(Bible Answer) I just looked over what you referred to and there is nothing to suggest the conclusion you arrived at about the Old Testament! Nothing! It is just as valid to say we believe the moon is made out of green cheese as it is to say we believe the Old Testament is not also important for Christians to read. Perhaps you are not acquainted with our materials. In them we have MANY references to the Old Testament, which could not be cited if what you wrote was true. Think. NOTE: If you have heard someone say we teach the Old Testament is not important, please correct him. If he does it a second time rebuke him for lying!
Jesus is called father in Isa. 9:6, but that has nothing to do with him being a separate person from the Heavenly Father, which you seem to agree on. Jesus is Not The Father. Isa. 9:6 says Jesus is the father of eternity and also shows his deity, which is something the Jehovah's Witnesses deny. The JWs try to discount Jesus being the mighty God (Isa. 9:6), by saying Jehovah is the Almighty God. They overlook that YHWH is called mighty God, just one chapter later in Isa. 10:21! Hope that helps. God bless you. Heb. 3:14.
(Bible Question) I thank God for His grace given to you in writing the above article. In my struggle with life after nearly 2yrs of walk with Jesus, I was discouraged and few days ago went back to old self. Still in my confusion, I stumbled through this article. God spoke to me through it. Its very helpful. May God bless you and please remember me in your prayers.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. Thank you for telling us what happened. PLEASE know this life is R-O-U-G-H for all because the age has been cursed (Gen. 3). There are many problems and troubles which befall all, but KNOW THIS: if you are a Christian you have THE BEST this life can offer anyone. Overcomers have a wonderful, thrilling, exciting eternal future beyond the grave. What is heaven like? In a word, PARADISE. So, don't be discouraged regardless how bleak it may seem. This life is short and can end at any time, even for the healthiest. When we die we'll leave all our problems behind and finally go home to be with our spiritual family and God. One of the truths about the clever devil is he will try to use discouragement to turn us back to darkness and death, if possible. He doesn't always just tempt with sin. Sometimes he will plan months or years ahead to take a person down if possible. You must remain guarded. Stay in the Bible. Read, memorize, ponder and act on God's word. Have you read this for new converts? It is loaded with truth to help you. Have you signed up for our internet church? GOD BLESS YOU.
(Bible Question) I am a little confused by some of your writing. Although I agree with you in principle I question your concept of "every time you commit a sin you loose your salvation." Now maybe you don't believe that but that is what seems to come across. Regeneration is the process by which we are being made into the image of Christ. As such we do err in various ways at various times and do sin in doing so. I see sin as.... I would like you to give a clear definition of the standard to which you are holding everyone else up to from your perspective. I appreciate your work so don't take this as negative criticism. Blessings,
(Bible Answer) What you claim is our concept is NOT our concept! We have NEVER taught that and have had for years on our doctrinal statement otherwise:
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 bodes (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.).
How could you get so far from reality regarding our beliefs? We have ONLY heard the license for sin teachers misrepresent us in the same fashion you have stated in their unjust effort to discredit our doctrine and ministry by misinformation. You claim to appreciate our work, yet I know from past emails you are NOT in agreement! How can you write the way you do?
NOTE: A person is INSTANTLY regenerated and becomes a new creation. At that same moment he is set free from his sin addictions. For your own good, stop reading people of the past (who are supposed to be noteworthy) and focus your attention in upon the New Testament. The Bible is final authority, not any person outside the Bible. Stop teaching others until you learn the truth yourself. Remember:
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge.... (Prov 19:2)
At the point of salvation (upon repentance and a submissive faith in JESUS) one gets spiritual life. For him to remain spiritually alive is not a guarantee in this hostile spiritual environment. Along the way, as he follows Jesus, he will face many tests and temptations, which will cause many to turn and go back to death and darkness. Hence, he must remain guarded. As long as he stays alive, he stays saved. He may become poor, sick, etc., along the way but if he has JESUS he has everything, including cause to rejoice because of his paradise future beyond the grave! Have you read the plan of salvation? God bless you. 1 Tim. 4:16.
(Bible Question) Please help me with this question -If I don't believe or agree with everything you say but I still accepted Jesus into my heart just like you did am I still going to our Heaven (that is the same Heaven you and I believe someday will be our permanent home)??? Thanks and God Bless
(Bible Answer) There are certain doctrines which have nothing to do with one's salvation, such as the timing of the rapture. On the other hand, to be a present tense Christian, you must be a present tense follower of Jesus. You say you “accepted” [past tense] Jesus. Three questions: (1) How did you do that? (2) Were you set free from your sin addictions when you “accepted” him? (3) Are you following Jesus NOW?
Please know there is no once saved always saved. Many people who get born again go back to wickedness like a dog returning to his vomit (2 Peter 2:20-22). Not everyone who says they will be in heaven will actually get there! Do NOT be deceived by the lie of eternal security . Multitudes are in hell now because of it:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:7-9)
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Heb 3:14)
"The Believer's Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted" is the book the eternal security teachers do NOT want you to read or even know about! It is a massive 801 page, fully documented volume and available in softback, hardback or voicebook. If interested, you can order it here at Evangelical Books. Remember Mt. 7:21.
(Bible Question) I see from your website that you reject the “pre-tribulation rapture” view of the end times. Please present your view on the second coming of Christ, and the prophetic events surrounding it. Yours in the Kingdom of Christ,
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. We simply believe that the rapture will occur AFTER (post) the great tribulation, because that is what Jesus taught about the timing. Rather than repeat what is already detailed, please click on post tribulation rapture.
The society we are in is getting more vile as the years tick by paving the way for the antichrist to get in power and the infamous mark of the beast being issued. The saints will face the antichrist! They will NOT be raptured out before. Though the timing of the rapture can hold importance for some the B-I-G issue is, instead, holy living. If one is settled in his heart to suffer and die for Jesus, as all professing Christians should be, then as the days get worse and the sufferings of the righteous increase it won't really matter much. We must make it our number one goal to enter God's holy kingdom. Hence, if you are a Christian keep yourself pure. To die is gain, for the righteous. Death is only departing this cursed life to go to Paradise. Hopefully, this helps you. God bless you.
(Bible Question) I am really very worried about the unforgivable sin and what does it mean. ...Most confusing is John 8:48-51 'The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?" 49 "I am not possessed by a demon," said Jesus, "but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death." Here Jesus didn't tell them that they committed the unforgivable sin. I am really confused please help....
(Bible Answer) The Lord Jesus clearly told us what eternal sin is (Mk. 3:22-30). The ones who committed it blasphemously thought Jesus had a demon and by the power of the devil he was performing miracles. Though it is not stated in John 8 that the wicked people who believed similarly sinned in that way, they must have.
NOTE: to be believing on Jesus in a saving way is the same as OBEYING Jesus. Mental agreement about the Lord is NOT saving faith! Demon faith will not save anyone! Remember Heb. 3:14.
(Bible Question) Hello, I knew it was wrong for me to marry him to begin with, but I was tempted and fell for the temptation.... A few phone calls later and he was asking me to marry him. I still loved this guy but I knew I would be giving up the Lord to be his wife now. He wrote me the most convincing letters and in them he poured out his heart to me. I was talked into marrying him....Now I want to leave him again and go back to the Father and Jesus, but I don't know if the Lord would want me back. I know of the story of the prodical son, but isn't that referring to someone who was lost and had never been saved who came back to the Father?
What about the warnings in Hebrews about walking all over the Son of God and those who knew the Truth but fell away. doesn't it say that it is impossible to renew them to repentance again seeing that they crucify the son of God afresh and put him to an open shame? Would I be doing that if I tried to come back to the Father? (Heb. 6:4-6) (Heb.10:29) I look forward to and would appreciate a response.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. Sorry for all the pain, misery and confusion. One thing that is clear is: NO sin or person is worth going to hell over. YES, you can come back to God and he wants you back. The Prodigal was definitely saved before he departed from the Father and became dead and lost. Such is shown in Lk. 15:24:
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.
The prodigal became spiritually alive AGAIN after repentance. Hence, he was alive before sins brought him to spiritual death. The Father was glad to have him back. He wants YOU back too!
Don't get stressed over Heb. 6:4-6 and Heb. 10:29. They refer to people who committed eternal sin to return to the synagogues. That is why they couldn't be renewed again by repentance unlike the prodigal and others. Remember also that Peter got saved again too (Lk. 22:32b, NKJV) after he disowned Jesus. Here is another passage which also shows you can return to salvation (James 5:19,20). So, please stop allowing the devil to torture your mind with thoughts that God won't take you back. Resist his thoughts. Fill your mind with Scripture. GOD BLESS YOU.
(Bible Question) Concerning the time of the Rapture. Aren't you confusing the appearing of the our Lord with his actual pyhsical second coming to the earth w/ all his saints? Number two: There are Trumpets of God sounded in the first half of the tribulation and there are also the angelic trumpets which as you know are sounded in the last half of the tribulation. Paul...in teaching of the rapture called that trumpet the Trump of God not an angelic trumpet which you suppose. God bless. Responses are accepted.
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. No we aren't confusing the two. Jesus is coming for the saints in Mark 13:24-27 (gathering them from earth to heaven) and “with” the saints in Rev. 17:14. If we are the last generation we will face the Antichrist before the rapture! No rapture will save us from that “test.”
You are confusing the issue by trying to separate the trump of God and angelic trumpets. Of course, the angels of God are blowing trumpets they got from God:
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. (Rev 8:2)
Hope that helps. BTW, living HOLY needs to be the top concern of all true Christians. God bless you. Heb. 3:14.
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