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Questions and Answers

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Q: Once saved always saved
can you give me some Bible references for supporting our belief that once saved always saved, that you can’t lose your salvation so that I can share this with a friend.

Answer: In the Bible one reads, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God”, 1 John 5:11-13. Click here to read more


Q: Can you tell me what Matthew 25 means?
There are a lot of people out there that believe you have to do works to get to Heaven and sometimes it does sound like it." I guess what I should be asking is whether or not the word "righteous" here means salvation by faith or salvation by works, because Matthew 25: 31-36 doesn't let us know if the sheep accepted Christ into their lives or not. I guess the word sheep means that they were already saved by faith, but if this were the case then the story itself would be pointless because we already know that those who don't accept Christ are going to Hell."

Answer: One must find and keep within the context of thought taught by our Lord. His discourse began in chapter 24 in answer to His disciple’s questions concerning the time of His establishment of the Kingdom. Keep in mind, His disciples were looking for a literal kingdom where Jesus would sit upon and reign from David’s throne in Jerusalem. Click here to read more


Q: Can a person go to heaven without dying?

My sister said a man was coming to their church that has a healing ministry and has been to heaven. I feel that a person cannot go to heaven until death except for John. I have never read it in the Bible but I could be wrong. Will you help me to understand the truth.

Answer: Your question, as I understand it, is twofold: 1) Can a person go to heaven without dying? and 2) Can a person return from heaven after dying? Click here to read more


Q: Can you help me understand the Trinity?

Answer: God wants man to know Him! Yet, God is Spirit and no man has beheld His essence. Finite man has difficulty in identifying with and relating to that which he cannot see. Infinite God can be known to finite man only through God’s revelation of Himself. Thus, the reason God sent His Son to this world in the form of flesh. Jesus told His disciple, Phillip, “. . . he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father”, John 14:9b. Man is able to better relate to God through the Person of Jesus Christ. Click here to read more


Q: What does Luke 7:33-34 mean?

Answer: In order to stay within context, one must back up to verse 29. Verses 29-30 identify two different classes of people who gave audience to the preaching and ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus. Click here to read more


Q: What does the Bible say about suicide?

Answer: What, if anything, does the Bible reveal concerning suicide? The term suicide is not used in Scripture, however, the act is found within the pages of the Bible. What is suicide? “In a broad sense, suicide is the intentional taking or forfeiting of one’s own life.” Click here to read more


Q: In your walk with Christ what have you concluded is the proper means of tithing?

Answer: As we look into the Word of God, we find much evidence that tithing is a command for every child of God. This, like every other command of God, is not optional. In Malachi 3:8-10, God tells us that we rob Him when we refuse to give our tithes... Click here to read more


Q: What does the Bible say concerning the “two end time” witnesses?

Answer: In Revelation 11:3-12, God’s two witnesses are introduced. The Scriptures indicate the length of their ministry to be 1,260 days. This number coincides with the Jewish calendar which consists of twelve months, containing thirty days each. The 1,260 days computes to three and one-half years: half of the seven years Tribulation. Most commentators agree upon the length of ministry of the witnesses. The question pondered is,... Click here to read more


Q: My question is about losing your salvation...

Answer: These are questions which seem to weigh heavy upon the minds of many. Most know of someone who falls within this category... Click here to read more


Q: I hear people say “you have to pray in the spirit”, exactly what is that? I mean anything we pray are we not praying in the spirit?

Answer: The phrase ‘praying in the Holy Spirit’ is found twice within the Scriptures. First, it is found in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” The context surrounding this command to ‘pray in the Spirit’ concerns... Click here to read more


Q: What is the purpose of Genesis 17: 11, 23-27? Am I missing something or what? Why would I need to know a 99 year old man was circumcised?

Answer: The answer is found in verses 7-11. Circumcision was to Abraham a sign of the covenant between God and himself. God had promised to make of Abraham a great nation, Israel. He would accomplish this through Abraham's son, Isaac (verse 19). Circumcision was to be a visual reminder... Click here to read more


Q: Our Sunday School class is studying 1 John chapter 5, and the passage last week incited a lot of interest because vv. 16-17 are somewhat less than clear. I've looked at a bunch of commentaries and assorted resources and at this point, I still don't know what the "sin that leads to death" is. Our homework assignment was for us to come back on the 27th with an answer. Most writers I've read admit in discussing this passage that this is one of the more controversial passages in the Bible. I'd be real interested to get your take on this. Thanks for your time.

Answer: My first observation is that this passage is addressing "brothers", Christians. In fact, the entire book of 1 John is to the child of God for the purpose of promoting faithfulness to the Lord and to assure the Christian of his eternal security in Christ, 1 John 5:13. When God saves, He saves forever! Therefore,... Click here to read more


Q: In describing Jesus, I've heard the phrase over and over, "Fully God and fully man." My question is, is that a quoted phrase from the Bible or is it an interpretation or extrapolation commonly used from the pulpit? If this (or words to this effect) are an actual quote, where can I find it?

Answer: The phrase 'fully God and fully man' is not to be found within Scripture (as far as I have been able to determine). This is a phrase used to... Click here to read more


Q: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will NOT BLOT out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.", Revelation 3:5.
From reading this verse, it appears that there is something one could do (sin) that would cause God to remove our name from the Book of Life. We (Baptists) teach that once one is saved they are always saved. This seems to be a direct contradiction.

Answer: When taken in context of the letter to the Church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6), the emphasis in this passage is assurance of the believer's salvation, not the threat of losing one's... Click here to read more


Q: "If Jesus is in fact our Judge (per John 5:21-23; Revelation 20:11), how can He also be our Advocate (per 1 John 2:1)? I don't believe the reference to "him" seated on the great white throne in Revelation refers to Jesus. I believe that John means here, God the Father. So, therein lies my confusion. All the more confusing in that John is the author of all 3 of these scriptures."

Answer: First, let's look at the passage in 1 John 2:1-2. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for us only, but also for the sins of the world."We should note several truths from these verses. 1) This is written initially to... Click here to read more


Q: I just finished a study on cities of refuge from the book of Joshua. The thing that struck me was the fact that in the Old Testament "Thou shalt not kill" The word is Ratsach which means all forms of killing whether it was a accident or it was deliberate. The New Testament for "thou shalt not kill" is Phoneuo. It has two meanings slay or murder. The question in my mind is from one of the commentators, explaining Numbers 35:32 and numbers 35:33---any killing whether intentional or not polluted the land and defiled the land therefore the slayer had to be removed from the land. If it was intentional he was put to death, if it was a accident he could go to a city of refuge. Can you comment on what I have said? Is it accurate?

Answer: I have pondered over your question, but I am having difficulty understanding what it is you are asking. If you are wanting me to comment on what the commentator has written, then I need to know the entirety of the context of which he wrote.

Maybe you are questioning the Scripture concerning the differentiation between murder and manslaughter. If so... Click here to read more


Q: The question I have today stems from a conversation that my husband and I had. He brought to my attention that the converted Jews in the new testament worshiped in the temple. At first I argued but then saw in the scriptures that they went to the temple on the Sabbath. How were they able to worship Jesus as Christians in the temple? I read on a website that they worshiped on Saturday in the temple and met on Sunday separately to observe the Lord’s supper. I was always taught that after the resurrection worship time changed to Sunday, and the converts met in homes. What are your thoughts on this subject?

Answer: Looking at Scripture, one will find some interesting facts concerning your thoughtful question. Turning first to the Gospels, one finds... Click here to read more


Q: What are your thoughts on Ephesians 1:11?

Answer: In order to understand the meaning of verse eleven, we must include the context in which this verse is located. Ephesians 1:1 indicates this epistle was written to... Click here to read more


Q: What happened to Christ's spirit the three days he was in the tomb? Where is it in scripture?

Answer: This is a great and perplexing question and many have contemplated its answer. In order to comprehend the answer, one must first acknowledge the established truth that Jesus Christ accomplished and... Click here to read more


Q: In my reading this morning of first Corinthians chapter 11, it appears that Paul is saying that women should cover their head when they pray.( it's amazing to me that the number of times I've read this chapter in my life, it never really occurred to me that it appears to be overlooked by Christians of faith). When I was a kid, growing up a Catholic, women did cover the head with a hat in church. But that stopped at some point in my life and I'm not sure when or why. Appears he also says that long hair is bad for man, (my paraphrase,) yet every picture, every movie where men of that era are shown with long hair. It would appear that only Muslim women cover their heads. Just wondering if you have a minute you would tell me what you think about that chapter and those two issues.

Answer: In the passage of Scripture to which you make reference, 1 Corinthians 11: 2-16, the Holy Spirit speaks through the Apostle Paul to the Church of Corinth concerning authority and headship within the church. To do so, Paul used the cultural traditions... Click here to read more


Q: What do the Bible verses mean concerning the unforgivable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

Answer: What did Jesus mean when He said, "Therefore I say unto you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either this age or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:31-32, NKJV, emphasis mine).

The Jews during the public ministry of Jesus knew of two ages: the age in which they lived and the coming prophesied age of the earthly reign of the Messiah known as the... Click here to read more








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