(Bible Question) I would like to have a few questions, please: a) after death, will the spirit go IMMEDIATELY to where it should belong whether hell or heaven? b) what are specific examples of spiritual blessings? c) is material blessing part of God's plan in our life, if so why are there still so many Christians who are poor? thank you very much. God bless you all...
(Bible Answers) Greetings in Jesus' name. YES, immediately after physical death, one's soul and spirit will go to either fiery torment or into God's paradise presence based upon their spiritual condition at that point. NOTE: There is no eternal security. Hence, a person might be saved at one point in their life, but later unsaved. The reverse is also truth. (There is no soul-sleep after death.)
Mt. 5:3-11 gives clear examples of those who are spiritually blessed. Ponder them carefully. There are other verses which would also apply. If you have access to a concordance or computer Bible program, you can do a word search and locate them easily.
The greatest example ever of a Christian was the Apostle Paul. [He certainly was not the worst of sinners!] If material prosperity should have come to anyone on the basis of being faithful to God, he would have been the richest Christian who ever lived! Instead, he wrote this:
To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. (1 Cor 4:11-13)
Paul was a SUPER blessed and powerful man, who the world was not worthy of! Yet, he was in rags at times, as were his co-workers. The prosperity message is demonic.
(Bible Question) ...I have been told that we as true christians are to use the name YASHUA OR YESHUA AND NOT THE NAME JESUS when we pray,is that true.They say that the name Jesus is a corrupted name given by the greeks. please explain. thank you and GOD ALMIGHTY be with you.
(Bible Answers) Greetings in Jesus' name. Some people will teach almost anything to draw away disciples after themselves. Apparently some Yeshua people are like that as they seem to be beyond correction and help. We have explained the facts to many, yet they REFUSE to allow the Holy Spirit inspired New Testament evidence of the Savior's name to persuade them. They have their distinctive and that is that! The mere fact that so many got saved, healed, delivered, etc. through Jesus' name seems to have been forgotten by so many who are now deceived! Such people need to learn about the yeshua meaning.
Furthermore, the transliteration into English of the name of the Savior the way the Holy Spirit had it written down from the pen of the New Testament writers is Jesus. Some Yeshua hamashiach people are in other dangerous false doctrines too. Galatianism reintroduced is what is happening through them! Though these are facts, they continue to attack Christians. We are in an apostasy, which is paving the way for the antichrist. We are living in perilous times. God bless you.
(Bible Question) ...There are too many denominations each believing what they want to believe not what God meant to teach us by the scriptures. We spend so much time and effort contradicting and condemning each other and less time preaching true Christianity which is based on the amazing love God has for us all whether we are good or bad. Remember Christ was sent to die for my sins....
(Bible Answer) Greetings in Jesus' name. There are various reasons why there are so many groups believing different things. The problem is with the false teachers, not the Bible or the true teachers, who are defending the truth of God. It is false doctrine and false teachers which create divisions (Rom. 16:17,18 cf. Jude 19).
The greatest example who ever lived was the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a outspoken denouncer of false teachers and false doctrine (Mt. 23; John 8; etc.) His example is love—love for the deceived and love for others so they wouldn't be deceived too. Jesus love is not as you think. Are you acquainted with the real plan of salvation? (NOTE: Islam is a false religion based on a false prophet as he taught about a false savior.) For your own sake, drop all preconceived ideas about your religious thoughts and read the New Testament for yourself to change accordingly.
(Bible Question) Do you believe in the 'Once saved, always saved' doctrine?
(Bible Answer) If we never read our Bible, but only listened to the exalted leaders of our apostate day, the answer would be yes! However, because we know our own eternal destinies depend upon what we do with the message of the Bible and have carefully examined it for decades, we have noticed the clear and contrary message to once saved always saved stated there— if we disown Jesus he will disown us (Mt. 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12). 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). It has been our privilege to help many from such a deadly delusion as once saved always saved, the fifth point of Calvinism. Especially our evangelical book, “The Believer's Conditional Security ” has helped with this and brought about many salvations.
(Comment) Sorry brother but you are so wrong by calling Calvinists heretics. There are so many more important things to fight for instead of picking on another brother in Christ. So John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul are heretics in your mind. How sad you are if you believe that.
(Bible Answer) Long ago, at the synod of Dort, the Calvinists first called Christians like us who rejected their strange doctrines heretics! After that, many eternal security teachers have said that Christians like us are heretics, cultists, believing a works salvation, etc. Do you think we should call them Christians while they call us heretics and lie about us? You exalt John MacArthur and R. C. Sproul as being true teachers, seemingly because they are popular. The Pope is more popular. So do you think he is sound? In case you are not aware of it, ALL Calvinists (and even some who reject once saved always saved) say King David sinned with adultery and murder yet remain saved; Peter disowned Jesus, yet remained saved; the prodigal when in wild living with prostitutes was saved; etc. That is the devil's message to reclaim souls. If ANY teacher was 100% right on all other subjects, but taught such dangerous concepts he should be exposed and refuted with Scripture. We have done this for truth lovers. The Calvinists have a double message and have grossly distorted the image of a Christian by teaching such reprehensible things. We believe in obeying God, including Jude 3,4 to contend against the grace changers. SOULS hang in the balance. God won't be mocked (Gal. 6:7-9), unlike they teach.
(Bible Question) ...in matthew 5: 32 it says except for fornication/sexual immortality..then ends with causes her to commit adultery...my 2 questions or comments are this....fornication etc is before marriage, so i assume this couple hasnt been married as of yet but betrohed maybe? and if he divorces her it appears its saying no matter if she dates and fornicates it is seen in the eyes of the lord as adultery. Were they married as we know it?
another thought on this is if the above isnt while married or isnt doesn't matter...i read sometime ago erasmus made an error ...but more important telling me marriages end not by a civil court but by the bible and then by death...paul says if single remain so OR reconcile with my wife..for give 7x70...a remarriage is adultery. etc...so your understanding please,
(Bible Answer) The word fornication in the KJV at Mt. 5:32 is a very bad translation for our day. The actual Greek word means sexual immorality. The same word is used in 1 Cor. 5:1 and includes incest with one partner being married. Hence, it is NOT just sexual sin between two unmarried people. The point of marriage is not sexual union! Joseph and Mary were married before they had sexual union (Mt. 1:24,25). [The perpetual virginity of Mary is a hoax.]
What you read about Erasmus might not be factual. We don't know. What we do know is God will hold us accountable to the Scriptures. So forget about anything outside the Bible. The Bible is final authority (2 Tim. 3:16,17).
We do not understand all the details about divorce and possible remarriage, but we are absolutely certain multitudes are in adultery through such! There is no question that a remarriage is allowed for Christians who lost their spouse through death. They can certainly remarry. Hope this helps. God bless you.
(Bible Question) If grace is as conditional as you say it is, could a person who is a christian, commit a single major sin and spiritually die from that single major sin, and before they had a chance to repent, and go to hell because of it? I can't believe a person who had slipped once, even a major of a sin (as you give in your examples of adultery or murder) who had been continually striving up until that point in his or her life to "enter the narrow path" by which is salvation, to loose their salvation over a single, solitary act.
This is not to say that I do not believe people can't loose their salvation over time and over time....At some point, a person can loose their salvation... but I don't think it's for us mortals to determine what that point is, or we can fall for the trap of Matthew 7:3-5 where we try to look at the speck in our neighbor's eye while having a plank in our own.
But as to your assertion that Christians are no longer sinners... I disagree with that. We are simultaneously saint AND sinner at the same time. How do you answer Romans 7:5 - 25 otherwise? Paul states that he does what he does not want to do, which is why we need to continually be repenting from our sins, to reorient ourselves on Christ.
(Bible Answer) There should be no controversy over saving grace. To get saved one must have a submissive faith in Christ, but all don't believe. After initial salvation, different things can occur which can bring about spiritual death—sometimes fast and sometimes slower. You wrote you can't believe. Perhaps you should write you won't believe. The Biblical evidence teaches many things which are disturbing. Certain sins will cause loss of salvation if committed only once, as with Adam and Eve who lost their salvation over one sin! It was not practice, lifestyle, habitual, etc. for them. They only slipped once, to use your terminology! With their example, you should change. No other evidence is needed, but you won't change will you?
Today's grace changing heretics downplay sexual immorality, drunkenness, theft, etc. to support their doctrine. They ludicrously deny committing murder or adultery makes one a bible-defined murderer or adulterer. They reject the evidence to their own harm and cleave to a demonic myth which allows wickedness. King David sinned with adultery, murder, etc. and lost his salvation too. If a Christian takes the mark of the beast ONCE, he loses his salvation! Think. Don't allow your flesh to control your doctrines. Go by the Bible. Furthermore, if a Christian disowns Jesus once, he will be disowned by Jesus (Mt. 10:33). That means loss of salvation over ONE sin. How can you deny this?
The Bible tell us facts. This answer to you is not judging and has nothing to do with Mt. 7:1-5, which refers to hypocritical judgments. A bible-defined sinner is NOT a Christian. A Christian is a righteous person, not a sinner. Sinners are contrasted to righteous people:
And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" (1 Pet 4:18)
If one is righteous he does what is right. If one is not a righteous person, he is of the devil:
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil... (1 John 3:7,8)
Rom. 7 is NOT Paul as a Christian. The sinful nature is personified there. If it is Paul as a Christian then Paul committed EVIL CONTINUOUSLY (v.19), which is contrary to all the other Scriptures. Think. Paul was exemplary. He was holy. He was obedient. He was not a wicked person. He was not the worst of sinners. He was a Christian not a sinner.
Your position as one who rejects eternal security, but denies the above is essentially just as bad as a once saved always saved proponent or worse. You both believe you can disown Jesus once, commit adultery once, murder once, preach another gospel once, etc. and remain saved! Your position will prove to be a lethal snare just like theirs. In hell, the slight differences won't matter.
(Bible Question) I have a Bible question - I came across a segment of _________. He was asked a question re: Judas Iscariot's salvation and his answer was that Judas Iscariot REPENTED of betraying Jesus and he bases his answer on Judas rejecting the money and tossing the coins in the Temple. Furthermore, he adds that Acts 1 mentions the details of how Judas died. He was found hanged but that he didn't do it alone. He said the verse says that he was split open from the adam's apple all the way down to where his intestines spilled out. This could only be from the doing and help of the Caanites who helped kill him since he was a betrayer and would not tolerate such a man in their region. Thus being murder.
How TRUE is this allegation? Its the first I've heard of this and disturbs me because
this blows out of the water that he committed suicide and in hell for his action. (Among other things he also believes that Luke 17:26-37 is interpreted as the Anti-Christ taking one and the other (disciple) is left behind and has nothing to do with a rapture.) On what basis does he make this claim? Thank you in advance.
(Bible Answer) Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Please know that a Judas Iscariot bible study reveals there is no evidence to support the concept that he was split from his Adam's apple down, nor that the Canaanites had anything to do with it! His intestines did spill out but that is all the record says:
With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. (Acts 1:18)
Judas did hang himself:
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. (Mat 27:5)
The Mormons try to use those facts to say the Bible has contradictions, which it doesn't. Perhaps Judas hung himself and the rope broke or was cut by someone and his body then fell to the details of Acts 1:18. Judas murdered himself (suicide).
Regarding the Lk. 17:26-37 passage, I have no clue how he came to that interpretation, but it seems built upon no rapture, which is also wrong. There will be a rapture, but the point of contention is usually when in conjunction with the tribulation will it happen? The answer is, the Bible teaches a POST tribulation rapture, which could be devastating to the pre-trib people, who wrongly think they will escape serious trouble during that time. They won't! Will their faith be destroyed? Only God knows at this point. Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU.
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