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Page updated 01/02/13 03:16:45 AM.

Someone asked a question of Dear Abba:

Q. What is the difference between soul slavery and body slavery?

A. When you are in prison, your body is in slavery. When you are taken prisoner in war, your body is enslaved. When you are kidnapped, your body is enslaved. But because your body is enslaved, it does not mean that you soul is enslaved. Your soul can operate when you body is in slavery, like the Apostle Paul when he was in prison.

You can be free physically and your soul can be in slavery, either as an unbeliever or as a believer out of fellowship, controlled by your old sin nature. That is soul slavery.

When Christ sets you free, you are free indeed, in prison or out of prison.

Q.  What has God promised us along with our so great salvation?

A. First, I have this listed on our web site, under 34 Things God Wants to Give You. You can check it out there.

But He wants to give you peace of mind.
He wants to share His happiness with you.
He wants you to share in His election.
He wants you to be joint-heirs with Him.
He wants you to share His priesthood.
He wants you to be His ambassador.
He wants you to receive a resurrection body exactly like His.
He wants to share His home with you.
He wants you to rule and reign with Him.
He wants you to judge angels.
He wants you to receive the same love that God the Father has for Him.
He shares His anointing with you. You are also anointed.

I hope this will be a source of encouragement for you, and if you need more don’t hesitate to turn to the web site. Thank you!

Q. I divorced my first wife and I married my second wife. Now I’ve realized the mistake I made. Can I go back to my first wife? (The names are kept private.)

A. You can’t go back to your first wife if she has married another. This is found in Deut 24:1-5.

Secondly, the question comes up of what were the conditions of the first divorce. Was it a bonafide Biblical divorce or not? If not, then you are still married to the first and now involved in a second. Which means no domestic tranquility for you. But you haven’t lost your salvation.

I hope this helps with your question.
From Grace to glory …

Q. What about courtship?

A. That is a word that is rare today – courtship – when a man asks a girl out on a date. Well, you don’t meet her at the mall, or some other nondescript place. You call on her at home. You’re not afraid of her parents seeing what you look like or don’t look like. Then the time you spend with her is totally your responsibility. You pay the way. You don’t go dutch treat. You pay the way and pick up the tip, too. If you can’t then don’t go out. She may or may not be your Right-Woman so you have the responsibility to see to it that you protect her soul and body from being violated even by you. You control the relationship so that it doesn’t get out of hand, and out of your hand, too. You are the bishop of her soul, the overseer, and you may be protecting her for her Right-Man which may not be you. Courtship is foreign to our thinking today.

I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Q. If I divorce my wife and marry someone else and my first wife doesn’t marry anyone, can I go back to her?

A. If you have a bonafide reason for your first divorce and for your second divorce, which seems highly impossible – you would have to be the innocent party in both divorces, and with men today I personally doubt it. Too quick and too young to marry even though you may be older chronologically.

I hope this helps some. It seems like jumping in and out of marriage shows a great deal of instability. I don’t think I would be comfortable marrying a man like that.

Q. How can I tell the man that the Lord has designed for me?

A. A very simple way is this:

They opened up a new airport in Miami and I was in charge of the lounge. I was to hire the help for the lounge. So, I interviewed many men. One man came in and told me that he was the one I was looking for because he had worked all the best spots in town. And I didn’t hire him. Why? He is what I called job-hopping. He couldn’t keep a job.

What this means for you - If the man you are dating or planning to marry doesn’t have stability when it comes to his job and can’t be stable in that area, then you know that is not the man the Lord has for you. He telegraphs his instability. But he is sooooooo cute.

Q. All the girls are crazy about this guy and I want to marry him. He is a prize package.

A. If all the girls want to marry this guy, this guy must be spreading his love all around.
If he doesn’t have the capacity to love one woman, then he is not for you. If he spreads his love around, it loses its force and you need all the force and concentration of one love.

In regard to Christ, we love Him, and we are occupied with Him and no one else. There is no other.

Love capacity must have concentration. But who can concentrate on one thing today??  Especially on a woman! Football maybe. Beer for sure!

Q. I am interested in this man. Does his appearance mean anything?

A. Yes appearance means something. It shows what he is thinking. You can usually tell what a man is thinking by the way in which he dresses.

I remember when we first went out on a date, now there is a word, not used today, a date. Well, when we went out on a date, we even brushed our teeth and put on foo foo water, so that we would smell nice to our lady.

Clothes don’t have to be expensive (or designer) but they can be clean and neat. The
way in which men dress today is unbelievable.  No ties, no jackets, etc. And then when you add tattoos and rings and etc. Well, it is easy to tell by the way in which they turn out.

Have you ever noticed how sloppy men and women dress today who are involved in sports? Or haven’t you lived that long?

I remember watching tennis players with long white flannel pants. And white shoes and a nice white sport shirt. Even if they couldn’t play well, they looked good. Today what athlete looks good striking out?

Grooming is important! Sloppy dressers are sloppy thinkers. And they have no respect when being seen with you. You should be proud to be seen with someone.

I always wanted white hair so I could like the man of distinction, but it never happened.

Q. If a man is complimentary to me, does that mean he is my Right-Man?

A. Not necessarily. If a man compliments you and tells you how beautiful you are and describes some of your feminine pulchritude, that is not your man. If a man compliments you and expresses how much he loves the real you, not the body, but the soul, then you have something to think about.

But most of the guys you date, or I should say, that you meet at the mall, don’t even know if you have a soul or not – and don’t care. What it is that they care about? Easy! What they compliment. That is what they are after.

Many people get into bodies today but hardly ever does any one get into your soul. Soul what??

Q. What about double dating (i.e., dating more than one man)?

A. If you are dating someone and you have thoughts of other men, then that is not your Right-Man. Your Right-Man will so totally occupy your mind that there will be no room for anyone else. If he is fulfilling you, then there is no room for even thoughts of others. The same is true when he double dates.

It’s not having a lot of love for a lot of people. It is the capacity and concentration and occupation of loving only one person. “We love because He first loved us.”

Q. Is it right for my date to run me down in public?

A. No! A man in your soul is the best protection a woman can ever have. He will not put you down in private or in public. He will not make fun of you or razz you or embarrass you in any way. This indicates immaturity and that he is not right for you, and he is trying to build his happiness on someone else’s happiness.

Q. The man I am dating is very forceful and pressures me into having a relationship with him. Is this indicative of a Right-Man?

A. No it is not. Love comes from human volition. Anything that coerces your free will will destroy your ability to recognize the man the Lord has for you, and even to respond to your Right-Man.

Women will not respond as slaves, but only as a free soul. Men may try to stupidly destroy the freedom of the woman but when Christ sets you free, you are free indeed. And the Word of God stored in the soul promotes freedom for every one.

What isn’t freely given isn’t worth having.

Q. Will you go into more detail about how a man dresses?

A. Yes. A man can be poor and not have very expensive clothes. But they can be clean, and they can be neat. In other words, the best that he has, that is the way that he will want to be seen with you, to enhance your beauty and not to distract from it.

He can wear jeans – I wouldn’t. I think they are overalls and working clothes but not for dating. That is just me. – But the jeans do not have to be cut with your knee sticking out and also your gluteus maximus.

He can cut his nails and get the dirt out from underneath them. He doesn’t have to wear after shave lotion because he probably doesn’t shave. But he can wear underarm deodorant. To smell like an Arab is not masculine. That is simply bad hygiene. He can brush his teeth and get a decent hair cut and not wear his hair like that which the Lord calls an abomination. These are very simple principle of hygiene which I guess are
no longer simple. When he goes out with you he wants to enhance your appearance and have a favorable turn out so that people don’t say what in the world is she with?

Q. How flexible should a Christian be?

A. You can be as flexible as you want to be and have a relaxed mental attitude about anything and everything. But there are certain things we can’t be flexible about. I cannot be flexible when I am told there is another way of salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ. I cant believe when I am told that Mary is a co-redeemer. I can’t believe that when you pray to Mary she will make Jesus Christ give you what you want, when we are told to pray to God our Father. I can’t believe when I am told that people go to  Purgatory and the Church prays you out after they have a high mass. No, I am not flexible when it comes to what Christ has said. I think we are still PROSTESTANTS. Now, that is a word you don’t hear anymore. We can’t compromise the Word of God.

Q. When I date some man, what should he know about the Word of God for us to have any kind of a relationship?

A. He would have to be a believer first of all.
Secondly, he should know what spirituality really is.
And when it comes to the two of you making any important decisions, they should be made based on the Word of God.
When it comes to raising your children, you should both agree on what the Bible says about raising children and what the world says to do. Like, for example, if you spank your kids you will hurt his psyche, when the Bible says “if you spare the rod you spoil the child” over and over again.

Q. When a man picks me up for a date, should it be my decision how we are to spend the evening?

A. No. If a man is dating you, he should arrive and have the evening planned for the both of you and take responsibility for the evening and should know what it is that would please you and the type of evening you would be happy with.

For example, he wouldn’t take you to a basketball game if you were not interested in basketball. That would only please him and if you watched some of these basketball games they would disgust you.

It is not what pleases him but what pleases you and in pleasing you he is pleased, because he pleased you.

”What is your pleasure, treasure?”

Q. Don’t you think if they put Christ back in the schools it would stop all this shooting?

A. First of all, you started with a false premise. Christ is always in the school.  Christ is omnipresent and you can’t take Him out of the schools. Tthere never was a time nor will there ever be when He is not in the schools.

The problem is not with Christ being in the schools, but it is with parents who are not raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The parents won’t take in the Word of God and don’t discipline their children and the delinquency is with the parents.

Q. I am a single lady waiting for my Right-Man from the Lord. What can I do to sustain myself while I am waiting on the Lord?

A. There are two marvelous provisions for single ladies:

One is the Word of God.
While you are waiting for the Lord to supply your Right-Man, take in the Word of God on a daily basis so that you will be able to recognize the man He sends and also prepare yourself for him.

Secondly, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Bishop of your soul will be your Right-Man until your Right-Man comes along.
So, you have the Lord and His Word and the teaching of the Word of God in Bible classes as expressed in Heb 13:7, 17, those who teach the Word of God are bishops of your souls also.

This is called single bliss.

Q. Someone told me that the UNPARDONABLE SIN was adultery. Is that true?

A. No, that is not true.

Jesus Christ died for all the sins of the world — past, present, and future.
The issue in salvation is not sin but what think ye of Christ. The only sin Christ didn’t pay for was the sin of unbelief.

”The Holy Spirit shall come and convince you of sin,” of unbelief in Me.
The unpardonable sin cannot be done by a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. The unpardonable sin is unbelief in Christ. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you cannot commit the unpardonable sin.

There is one thing God can’t do and that is save a person who will not accept His Son as their personal Saviour.
That is impossible for God.

Q. How will my Right-Man fulfill me so that I can know?

A. One: When he is absent from you, he will leave behind and provide for you fragrance of memories.
Two: He will provide for you soul stimulation that is the basis of all love.
Three: He fulfills your norms and standards of your conscience.
Four: He gives reality to your romantic dreams and imaginations.

The knight in shinning armor, but not like the knights of ancient times, they fit into their armor,

Most people kiss a lot of frogs before they kiss their knight.

Q. Will my Right-Man be aggressive?

A. Yes. Your Right-Man will not be passive. He will be aggressive and masculine. A woman is never told to love her husband in Scripture, for the simple reason is that the man is the aggressor and initiates love.

”Herein is love. Not that we love Him. But that He loved us and gave Himself for us.” ”Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it.”

Man is the initiator and the woman is the responder. She responds to his love and reflects his love. Like we do as the Body of Christ for Christ.

Q. What about companionship when it comes to courting or marriage?

A.  Your Right-Man will enjoy your company over and above anyone elses, and the same thing will be true with you. So, it is not “where do we eat” or “what do we eat.” Eating is an opportunity to be with the one you love and want to be with. Because you would rather be with him, or her, more than anyone else.

If you can’t be together, then the fragrance of memories will fill your soul until the next time you are together again. Your memory center will be filled the fragrance of him and/or her.

When you go into a restaurant where you once ate together, you will remember that time and a smile will come on your lips. Which means that man is not from Mars and the woman is not from Venus. But they are a part of God’s gracious gift to you.

”He who receives a woman from the Lord receives Grace.”

Q. Will you please explain what you mean by norms and standards?

A. We all have a conscience and in our conscience we have norms or standards which means there are some things we will do and something we won’t do.

For example, beer and drugs, etc. are not for me. So I wouldn’t be interested in anyone associated with the same. I don’t believe for example in kissing and telling, where some guy goes out with you and you hug and kiss and he tells all the boys on the corner, etc.

Your Right-Man will have the same norms and standards as you do if you are both Christians and in the Word of God because then both of you will have Divine norms and standards set up by the Lord in His Word. And you will not have a seared conscience, which is a Biblical term for the destruction of your norms and standards.

Q. Does water baptism save?

A. Paul didn’t think so. He said he only baptized two people, that I could remember, Crispus and Gaius. Baptism was a confusion then and it still is.

There are seven baptisms in Scripture and they are not all water.  One is a cloud, with Moses. One is with fire at the Second Advent. Then there is the baptism of the Cross and there is the baptism of Jesus Christ, and John’s baptism, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and believers’ baptism.

The only thing that saves you is not water but it is Christ. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Being baptized is you doing something. The sign over Heaven is “NOT OF WORKS LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST.”

You couldn’t take a fatally ill person confided to bed in a hospital and baptize them for their salvation. In bed, while dying, the promise is “WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”

Q. If I, as a Christian, went on the show to become a millionaire, would the Lord give me the answers to win?

A. Why try to win a million? For what reason? What do you need a million for? Why not just trust the Lord for your needs and be content with what you have?

What you are saying is. “Father, you can’t take care of me so I am going to Satan and his world system so that I can become rich.”

Most Christians along with most people don’t know how to handle money and they all fail the prosperity test. Check our the richest man in the world, Solomon, and what happened to him ...

”The deceitfulness of riches.” Money talks, it says goodbye. You can’t built your happiness on the details of life.

Q. All I am hearing today is about equality. Are we all equal?

A. No, we are not all equal. We are only equal in one sense, that we have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God. In that we are equal. Other than that we are not equal.

Politicians try to legislate equality, but the only way to do that is to lower us all to the lowest common denominator. And then we will all say, “Duh!”

But God in one second can make us all equal. But not by bringing us all down to the lowest denominator. He makes us equal by lifting us up to the highest denominator. How? “We are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, bond nor free, we are all one in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Now that is equality!

Q. I was told that I had to acknowledge that I was a sinner and confess my sins before I can be saved. Is that right?

A. No, that is not right for the simple biblical fact that Christ died for the sins of the whole world, even those who would not believe in Him.

God the Father judged all our sins in Christ Jesus.
Sin is no longer the issue. The only issue to the unbeliever is the question Christ Himself asked, “What do you think about the Lord Jesus Christ?”

Saviour. And we accept Him as our personal Saviour.

”Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath eternal life.” You, Me, life!

I have received questions addressed to me as DEAR ABBA. And I have answered them with the best of my ability by using Scripture for my answers.

Now, Dear Abba has a question for you.

Q. What do Peter and John and the angels have in common?

A. 1 Pet 1:12, “Which things the angels desire to look into.”

The word here for “look” is one of 18 words used for looking in the New Testament. It is the same word used for Peter and John looking into the sepulcher of Jesus Christ. The word is PARAKUPTO, which literally means, “to stoop down and peer into, peering with your eyes popping out.”

John and Peter and the angels are all interested in the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. John and Peter were peering in. The angels are peering down learning from the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

And every time a person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, there is joy in Heaven and the elect angels clap their hands, and the fallen angels are losers.

Q. Are drinking and smoking some of the worst sins in the Bible?

A. No, there are seven worst sins listed in Proverbs and only one of them is overt and that is MURDER. Murder is a sin. The other six are mental attitude sins and sins of the tongue, like hatred, jealousy, pride, judging, gossip, and maligning, etc.

Did you know that playing marbles is a sin? Yes, Christ said it over and over again, “Marvel not.”

Q. What about accusations that are made against me as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ?

A. Believers are prohibited from judging other believers. Judging always has a bad connotation in Scripture. However, a believer is to discern. Matt 7:1-2, Rom 14:4-10, 1 Cor 2:15.

A believer in fellowship can evaluate, especially on the basis of a frame of reference and knowledge in the human spirit. But a believer out of fellowship will always be judging, his own sin nature will control his thought and speech pattern. Every believer must live his life as unto the Lord, however parents have jurisdiction over their children. Every believer has the right of privacy before the Lord.

God judges believers for judging and carnality. Heb 12:6. A believer is to leave all discipline in the hands of the Lord.

Rom 8:33, corrected translation, “Who shall bring any accusation versus the elect of God.”

The answer: No one!

Q. I hear so much today about loving everybody and I am confused because I honestly don’t love everybody. Can you help me?

A. Love is at its maximum after the point of propitiation, God being satisfied, to every believer.

The believer is in union with the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore, because of propitiation, God can love the believer with maximum Divine love. Eph 1:6, 1 John 3:2. God can love every believer with maximum love regardless of the spiritual status because of the following doctrines:
    A. Positional truth.
    B. Application of propitiation.
    C. Concept of God’s love. Grace depends upon the character of the One initiating love.

Love is exhaled in three areas when the believer is functioning under the principle of growing in Grace:
    A. Towards God.
    B. Toward a member of the opposite sex.
    C. Friendship.

In addition to the above, there is a Greek word, ASTROGOS, and this word occurs in the negative sense in Rom 1:31, 2 Tim 3:3 and this is the relationship love between parents and children.

AGAPE love is produced by the filling of the Holy Spirit in the mentality of the soul only. And when this love is produced, there is the absence of mental attitude sins. It also respects the volition of the individuals and also respects the privacy and property of others. This is the “love everybody” concept.

PHILOS love is the filling of the Holy Spirit plus doctrinal information. This is a total soul love. There is an exhale from every aperture of the soul.
AGAPE love is commanded toward God and all believers. Gal 5:22-23, Rom 5:5, 1 John 4:7-10

The source of PHILOS love is the application of the Word of God.

The difference between AGAPE and PHILOS love:
AGAPE is specialized, always mental.
PHILOS is general and total a total soul rapport that comes through knowledge of doctrine to certain members of the human race and the Lord only, John 29:15-17

Total soul rapport with the Lord:
Self consciousness: You are aware of the Lord
Mentality: You are thinking about the Lord
Volition: You are making decisions for the Lord
Emotions: You appreciate the Lord.
Conscience: You share His norms and standards.

That is a total soul rapport with the Lord and with only a few selected people.

Q. I am a believer and I am single and I am waiting for my Right-Man. What principles can I claim?

A.  If you are a believer and you are single, remain in that status and take the waiting time to grow in Grace. Learn the doctrine of Right-Man/Right-Woman until your position of being single changes.

It is much better to be single than being married to the wrong man!!!!

If you cannot live with yourself, you cannot take your problems and live with someone else. And changing from single to married status is the most insane thing you can do because you make your problems worse.

If a man cannot support himself, then he cannot support others who are dependent upon him, i.e., “He that provideth not for his own family especially those of the house of God.”

As a believer, it is better first of all, to understand pertinent doctrines on the subject of love, sex, and marriage before any change is made from being single to becoming marriage. 1 Cor 7:8-10.

When you study the doctrine of Right-Man/Right-Woman you may come to the conclusion that you are married to the wrong person. This is not an excuse to break up the marriage. Keep growing in Grace and lean heavily on the Lord.

You can turn an unhappy marriage into a happy one by:
Accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Your domestic problems are secondary to your relationship with the Lord.
Get with the filling of the Holy Spirit and grow in Grace and move into maturity. Plus having a relaxed mental attitude and having the mastery over the details of life with a capacity for love and life, and this will do wonders for your marriage.
If, as a believer, you go against God’s will and marry an unbeliever or a wrongly divorced person, remain in status quo marriage. You are not to break it up. Get back in fellowship and never look back. God has forgiven you and so should you.

You will have problems and the natural repercussions of a mixed marriage, but your responsibility is to stay filled with the Spirit and learn the Word of God and use the principles of winning the unbelieving mate to the Lord … by your manner of life.

Q. Do you know of any Scripture that relates marriage to our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ?

A. Yes I do, and that is a great question. I have tapes on that and literature from some of our Bible classes. Once you understand your relationship with the Lord as the Bridegroom and you as the bride, you will be able to apply that in marriage and even with your children. We are the bride of Christ and we are also the children of God so that is a great application there.

Here are some of the verses that you asked for: Isa 54:5, Isa 61:10, Isa 62:5, Eph 5:25, Mark 2:19-20, John 2:9-11, John 3:29, Jer 7:34, 16:2, 25:10, 33:11, Joel 2:16, Psa 19:5, Psa 45:1-15, Rev 21:2, 22:9, 22:17

Q. What is Category Two love?

A. Category one love is toward God. Deut. 6:5, Rom 8:35, 1 Jn 4:19.
Category two love is towards a member of the opposite sex, specifically Right-Man/Right-Woman. One and only one. S.O.S. 8:6-7.
Category three love is toward friends, John 15:13, 2 Sam 1:26

The strength or fortification of Category two love, is mentioned in S.O.S. 8:6-7. It is said to be as strong as death and cannot be extinguished by the pressures of life.

S.O.S. 8:6, “Love is as strong as death. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. The coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” Literally, a flame of Jehovah.

That is the force of the love of Right-Man and Right-Woman.
However, death destroys pseudo love as well as mental attitude sins, Ecc 9:5-6.

The exclusiveness of Category two love is extended to one person, even one person of the opposite sex. All others are excluded, therefore happiness in sex is found in one person only. Prov 5:18-19.

This excludes the following as a basis for sex happiness, which are being taught now in Red Book magazine and on the Internet:
    A. Auto-erotism
    B. Homosexuality and/or lesbianism
    C. Promiscuity and/or adultery
    D. Bestiality

Category two love produces an exclusive and perfect happiness which is self-sustaining and partner sustaining.

There is a sex happiness which cannot be known apart from Category two love. Prov 15:17. It does not depend upon anyone or anything else. This is the whole doctrinal basis for the honeymoon.

Therefore, Category two love is protective under two situations:
    A. In the absence of the loved one. S.O.S. 1:13, 4:6, there is fragrance of memories.
    B. Also protection in the presence of the loved one, S.O.S. 2:4

Category two love illustrates relationship with the Lord:
    A. The Right-Man is the Lord and the Right-Woman in the Old Testament was Israel. Jer 2:2, 33, Isa 54:4
    B. In the New Testament, the Right-Woman is the Church. Eph 5:23-31

Q. Can you help me? Every time I confess my sins, then I do the same thing over again and then I confess again. I can’t believe that God will forgive me all the time.

A. The very verse that you use for confessing you sin answers your doubts.

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God is faithful – He will constantly forgive you. God is just – He is justified in forgiving you, your sins, because He died for them on the Cross. He even forgives the ones you don’t mention, based on the ones you do mention.

The problem is that we all have an area of weakness and they differ. When you are out of fellowship you go to your area of weakness.

”Lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us.” That is the area of weakness.
Since you know and acknowledge your area of weakness, then when you are tempted in that area, remove yourself from the temptation. Being tempted is not a sin but when you succumb to the temptation, then that is a sin. So stay away from that which is the one things that so easily besets you.

You know there is a promise that says that “God will not test you above what you are able but will provide a way for you to escape.”

Sometimes the way of escape that He provides is a good pair of shoes, and you should leave the area of temptation.

I will follow this up with the principle found in the Bible of how to isolate your sins and not light one sin on another which is what you are doing. I call it chain-sinning, like chain smoking, lighting one cigarette on another.

More to come …

Q. Can you help me? I am having trouble with confession of sin.

A. When you sin and confess your sin, that sin is forgiven, 1 John 1:9.

God is faithful, which means He will always do what follows. God is just, which means that He is faithful to do what He is about to promise and He is right and fair in doing it. ”To forgive us of our sins.” When God forgives it, He forgets it and puts it “as far away as the East is from the West.”

Since God has forgiven the sin, we are to forget it. Phil 3:13, “Forgetting those things which are behind.” You have to look at that sin from the Divine Viewpoint and what is the Divine Viewpoint? Forget it!

If we remember a sin we have confessed, it becomes the basis of perpetuating that sin and perpetuating Divine discipline. Now, when you confess the sin, three things may happen:
    A. Divine discipline may be removed.
    B. Divine discipline turns into one of the other reasons for suffering, so Divine discipline is turned to blessing.
    C. Divine discipline is lessened, the principle of cursing turned to blessing.

If you remember a confessed sin, you create, or sprout, a new sin from a dead sin. The word is “seed” in Heb 12:15. Now you may be under Divine discipline, but not for the confessed sin, but from new sin. Perpetuated Divine discipline is caused by perpetuating sin. Heb 12:15, looking diligently.

Constantly ride herd on yourself. Check yourself that you don’t perpetuate your confessed sins. Put your faith in and claim the promise of 1 John 1:9.

Heb 12:15, “Fail of the Grace of God.”
Failing to use the Grace of God. Don’t miss using the Grace of God, by allowing one confessed sin, dead sin, to be the basis of another new sin.

Heb 12:15, “Any root of bitterness spring up.” New sin from dead sin,

Heb 12:15, “Trouble you.”
Remembering past sins gives you a guilt complex.

Heb 12:15, “Thereby many be defiled.”
When you carry a guilt complex, others are affected.

If you don’t isolate your sin, all other doctrines will not get you out of sin. So this is an important doctrine.

Next time we will take up what happens when you are chain sinning – adding one sin to another.

Don’t forget when you are out of fellowship you are under Divine discipline and you are grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. Your prayers are not heard and the Holy Spirit, who is your Teacher, cannot teach you the Word, and if you stay out of fellowship long enough, you go home through the sin unto death.

Q. Will you explain chain-sinning further?

A. The principle of converting sins or sprouting new sins from a dead seed, which is confessed sin. There are three areas of converting sins:

A. Mental.
    1. Hatred: If you have confessed a sin involving you and someone else and when you see this person you have mental attitude hatred, you have sprouted the sin of hate, a new sin from a dead sin. Result: Divine discipline for the mental attitude sin of hatred.     2. Guilt complex; “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” Rom 14:2. We are forgiven on the basis of God’s Grace and what the Bible says, 1 John 1:9, not on the basis of our faith. If we confess, we are forgiven.

B. Tongue.
    1. Gossip: Running someone down and it is not true.
    2. Maligning: Running someone down and it is true, Rom 12:19, “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. I will repay.”
    3. Public confession of sin: Which often passes for revival.
    4. By blaming others for your sins: Operation patsy.
    5. By discussing past failures with people in order to get their sympathy.

C. Overt activity: Harassment, violence, revenge activity.

All believers fail. We all have an old sin nature and we must:
    A. Confess our sin, 1 John 1:9
    B. Forget it, Phil 3:13
    C. Isolate it, Heb 12:16
    D. Move on, Phil 3:14

Q. Could you give me some Scriptures on unlimited atonement?

A. Yes. Here are some:

1. Definition: Unlimited atonement means that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world.
    1 John 2:2. And He is the propitiation, satisfaction, for our sins and not for ours alone,  but also for the sins of the whole world.

2. Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all members of the human race, not just for the redeemed ones who accept Jesus Christ.
    2 Pet 2:1. Even in dying the Lord that bought them, talking about the false prophets, teachers, etc.

3. He died for all.
    1 Tim 2:6, Heb 2:9, Titus 2:11, 2 Cor 5:14, 15, 19, Ezek 18:4

4. Application of unlimited atonement to salvation:
    A. Jesus Christ died for all.
    B. Why? Because of Rom 3:23, “All have sinned.” All are spiritually dead, imputed sin. All sinned when Adam sinned. All were counted guilty because Adam was guilty. In Adam all died, in Christ all are made alive.
    2 Cor 5:14-15, “If one died for all, then all were dead.”

5. The volition of man is the issue in salvation. Will man choose for Christ or against Christ?

6. If man chooses against Christ, he stands on his own good works against the good work of Christ, the Cross.

7. The issue in the last judgment, the great white throne judgment, is human good vs. Divine good.

8. Unlimited atonement in the Old Testament.
    Isa 44:22-23. Jacob, the unbeliever, Israel the believer. This doctrine comes under the title of “Basic Bible Doctrine.”

Before you go into combat you need basic training.

Q. What does the Bible say about people retiring as senior citizens? And what does the Bible say about handicapped people?

A. I will answer both of these questions as I prefer always to do so that the Word which is alive and powerful will be able to illuminate the particular subject in view.

First, I can quote the verses for old age and I can also give a personal testimony about old age. I never like to teach experience for Doctrine, but in this case my experience is a result of Doctrine. I am only saying this so that you will know that I am not 19 years old, and may have some credibility with you aged ones. May 20th, 2000 I will become 78 years young, and it will be 40 years now that I have been studying and teaching the Word of God.

So, briefly, and I will go into detail, because I think it is important, I have not retired, and I will never retire. I see too may old people walking around or crawling around bemoaning their fate. Get a life and be somebody.

Here is one verse, of which there are many, and with which I will continue this subject of retirement and handicapped people. Psa 92:14, “They shall bring forth fruit in old age and they shall be fat and flourishing.”

You don’t retire. You serve the Lord now even though you don’t have a 9 to 5 job, and you bear fruit in old age. It is easier than when you were younger.

I will explain next …

Q. What advantage does a handicapped person have?

A. 2 Cor 5:7, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”

If a person is blind, they can’t see this world around them, and so the principle is they walk by faith and not by sight. Most people go astray when they walk by sight. 2 Cor 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

So, a blind person has an advantage, especially in this day because they cannot be influenced by what they see in the world system under Satan. When you can’t see, you walk by faith. And when you can see, then we are the seeing sightless instead of sightless seeing.

Q. Can handicapped people serve the Lord?

A. Surely, probably more so than a so-called person who is not handicapped. When a person is handicapped, they know they are handicapped. And so then they know there are certain things they can’t do. So they are half way home. Now since there is something they can’t do, now is their opportunity to call upon the Lord and put their situation in His hands and take it out of their hands and stop using handicapped parking places as a sign of sympathy.

Handicapped people have a great advantage knowing they are handicapped as opposed to some one who thinks they can do anything and everything.

More next time with Biblical illustrations ...

Q. What is the difference between human good and Divine good?

A. We come into this world physically alive and spiritually dead. When a person rejects Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, they have no relationship with God for God is a Spirit and they must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

So, the unbeliever can only produce human good, coming from their own energy.

But, the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, in fellowship with God in time, controlled by God the Holy Spirit can produce Divine good, the fruit of the Spirit. The distinction is made in 1 Cor. where we have gold, silver, and precious stones (Divine good) and wood, hay, and stubble, which is human good, which will be burned up. Rev 20 tells us we are judged according to our works. All human good is no good and will be all burnt up.

Now, if a believer is out of fellowship with God in time, he is quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit and he, too, then produces human good and acts as an unbeliever even though he is still saved.

Q. Where do you find Right-Man/Right-Woman in Scripture?

A. 1. The pattern and the precedent of Right-Man and Right-Woman was established at the creation of man, Gen 2:21-25.

A. Adam and one Eve. Not two Eves, or five.
”A godly seed” comes only from the Right-Man/Right-Woman. If otherwise, then only the Grace of God, Mal 2:15.

B. In the one man/one woman concept, the woman was “brought” to the man, Gen 2:22. When a Christian woman or man conducts the “big search” instead of trusting the Lord in guidance when it comes to marriage with the right one, difficulties result. We trust Him for salvation, but why not for marriage?

C. A Christian is to get his or her life partner on the basis of Grace, not human hustle and panic, i.e., “looking for Mr. Goodbar.”

D. Sex was introduced in marriage long before any children were born. Sex within marriage is not for having children only. Notice the word “cleave,” Gen 2:24, which is soul and body contact.

E. According to Gen 2:24, Mama and Papa interfering with the marriage of their children is wrong and disastrous.

Q. Does a mature believer have his prayers answered more than an immature believer?

A.  Whether you are a mature believer or an immature believer, your prayers will not be answered as a believer if you are out of fellowship.

Psa 66:18. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Also found in Isa 59:1-3.

A mature believer, therefore, should be spending more time in fellowship than an immature believer. So, he should be at the throne of Grace more than an immature believer. Secondly, a mature believer would know what not to ask for and what to ask for. You don’t ask for things which are given in another way. For example, you don’t pray for the Holy Spirit to fall on you, or the church. Every believer is indwelt by God the Holy Spirit. Now the believer has to stop quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit by confession of sin and then the Holy Spirit can control them.

So, the mature believer is in fellowship more than an unbeliever and knows more what not to pray for than a immature believer. Some people don’t ask and others ask amiss centered on their own lust pattern. And so they ask amiss.

Q. I don’t understand my wife. Can you help me?

A. Women are not hard to understand. The Bible tells you all about them. Instead of going to the bar looking for women, why don’t you go to the Book?

1. God demands that believers marry believers, those who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. 2 Cor 6:14 ff

    A. Believers are never to marry unbelievers, no matter how nice the unbeliever may be. It is prohibited. Well, what about people who disregard this principle and marry anyway? The results include misery, unhappiness, and every problem imaginable along with suffering.
    B. Since marriage is a Divine Institution, two believers may marry. Unbelievers, those who have not personally accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, are not to live like animals. They too are to keep sex within the bounds of marriage.

2. Even in the empty life of the unbeliever, when the Right-Man is married to the Right-Woman, he derives great happiness from her, even though his life is empty.
    Ecc 9:9, “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity,” empty useless life. “For that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.”

The one good thing this unbeliever did in his useless life was marry his Right-Woman. Why is this point so important? This is the emphasis. If the unbeliever with the right unbelieving woman can be happy, just think what you can enjoy as a believer when both are saved and are living the Christian way of life!

Q. Part Two, I Don’t Understand Women

A. Eve is the first woman and so we begin with dealing with her.

Eve was deceived by Satan.
She was equally guilty with Adam.
Adam deliberately sinned. 1 Tim 2:14
He saw Eve spiritually dead before he sinned.

The only way that Adam and Eve could sin, without an old sin nature, was by the use of their negative volition. And this caused spiritual death. This brought into existence the old sin nature.

Eve could have fellowship with Adam after sinning in her soul. She lost fellowship with God. She died spiritually and her human spirit died.

Q. I don’t understand women. I can’t figure them out. Can you help me?

A. The Word of God is very clear on what women are like. Of the two, man is more complicated than the woman.

Let’s take the first woman for example:
    Eve was created by God.
    Eve was created a grown woman.
    Eve was made from the rib of Adam.

Adam lost something when the rib was taken from him. But God gave it back to him in the form of a beautiful woman. Now that is what God can do with a rib. Can’t you take a rib?!

The Hebrew word for man is ISH and the Hebrew word for woman is ISHAH.
Eve was brought to Adam to be a help to him.

Principle: The woman does not have to hunt for the Right-Man. God has the Right-Man for you.

“Eve” – this help was from his own species and not from lower creation. Gen 2:20. Lower creation is not compatible with human beings eliminating the concept of common original evolution.

Eve was made for Adam. Body, soul, with the ability to have fellowship with Adam. In her soul she had:

Self-consciousness – she was aware of Adam
Mentality – she thought about Adam
Volition – she decided to please Adam always
Emotion – she appreciated Adam
Conscience – her norms and standards were like Adam’s

She had a human spirit and that gave her the ability to have fellowship with God.

Q. What then is a woman like?

A. The woman was originally created for the man, and Adam was created in the image of God. She was created for man because he was lonely. A woman than is basically a responder, and only in that situation is she truly happy. She is a helper of the same species.

Then in the marriage relationship, the woman fulfills the man and the man is complete by having the woman. Gen 2:23 Note that a woman’s capacity to respond is hindered by many things.

Basically, a woman is beautiful because of what she thinks. As a woman thinketh in her mind so is she. An inner mental attitude of love minus envy, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, and implacability. Beauty on the inside survives the attacks of time, 1 Pet 3:1-7

If the woman does not have something to which to respond, she becomes bitter, frustrated, and/or practices some form of escapism, such as clubs and drinking, etc. Therefore, the interrelationship between husband and wife must be one of co-operation rather than of competition.

The woman’s stability, believer, comes from the daily function of taking in the Word of God and growing into maturity and keeping away from an emotional revolt in the soul.


Q. What part does morality have in the Plan of God?

A. Morality is absolutely necessary for the orderly function of the human race under the Divine Institutions.

    1. Divine Institution # 1: Free will, volition
    2. Divine Institution #2: Marriage
    3. Divine Institution #3: Family
    4. Divine Institution: # 4: Nationalism

Therefore, morality is for the whole human race for it makes the Divine Institutions function smoothly. For example, unbelievers are to be legally married to unbelievers. They are not to live like animals. But, it must be understood that morality does not save.

Thus, Christianity is not a morality, but a living, dynamic relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

Morality, even to believers, has no dynamic in itself. It cannot save or manufacture spirituality. The dynamic is found in the filling of the Holy Spirit and maturity.

Morality must be distinguished from human good.
Morality is bona fide, which stems from respect for authority and for keeping the law of the land, and of the family unit, respect for property, and the rights of others, and the privacy of others. “Live and let live.”

Human good is religion. Asceticism. Trying to pull you up by your own boot straps.
Going through ritual to gain brownie points with God. And it is phony, hypocritical,
socialistic. And all of these are covered with a coat of being nice, sweet, patronizing. etc.

Human good proceeds out of the strong area of the old sin nature and it is never acceptable to God.

In the unbeliever, morality and human good can overlap. But in the believer, the Holy Spirit in control produces Divine Good, and in this case, morality is Divine Good because of the production of the Holy Spirit.

What makes the difference in the believer between morality and human good is the source — either the old sin nature or God the Holy Spirit.

The human good that comes from the old sin nature is inconsistent and often becomes a facade for the hidden sins that are the worst sins, and sins of the tongue.

Parents should teach their children what morality is and the principles regarding the Divine Institutions of free will, marriage, family, and nationalism.

Q. Can you break down the Mosaic Law so I can understand it?

A. There are three sections in the Mosaic Law:

A. Codex A. This is the moral code, the commandments of Exodus 20, Deut 5,
which shows that I am a sinner and need a Saviour. This refers to the 10 basic commandments and the ramifications of them.

B. Codex B. The spiritual code. These are the ordinances. And these picture a complete Christology, the feast days, Levitical offerings, modus operandi of the priesthood, organization, and material for the Tabernacle. They present the Saviour. Exodus 24-31

C. Codex C. Social code, the judgment of the dietary laws, marriage, taxes, etc. It presents a way of life for the Jews, and norms and standards for stability in any national entity. Exodus 21-33
1. The Mosaic Law was given to Israel only. Ex 19:3, Lev 26:46, Rom 3:19, 9:4
2. The Mosaic Law was not given to the Gentiles. Deut 4:8, Rom 2:12-14
3. The Christian way of life is not under the Mosaic Law. Acts 15:5, 24, Gal 2:19, Rom 6:14
4. Christians operate under a higher law, the law of spirituality. Rom 6:2-4, Rom 10:4,  Gal 5:18-23
5. The present purpose of the Mosaic Law is to convince of sin by the Word. The Holy Spirit only convicts of one sin – the sin of unbelief. Rom 3:20, 1 Tim 1:9-10, Gal 3:23-24
6. Limitations of the Mosaic Law:
    A. The Law cannot save, no justification. Gal 2:16, 3:10
    B. The Law cannot give life. Gal 3:21
    C. The Law cannot provide the Holy Spirit. Gal 3:2

”The Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ and after Christ came, we are not longer under the schoolmaster.”

Q. What about mother nature?

A. Who is mother nature? I didn’t know nature had a mother. Neither does God have a mother. God has a Father.

1. The present state of nature.
Rom 8:20, for the creation was made subject to vanity.

2. Nature was originally good and not subject to uselessness, Gen 1 and 2
Sin, Gen 3, destroyed that which was good, and always does.

3. Any good that comes from nature today, comes through man’s work. Gen 3:17-19

4. This situation that nature can be advantageous does not exist because of the desire of nature. But God brought it to pass, Gen 3:19, so that the subjection of the nature would be compatible with the fallen state of man. It is advantageous for man to be occupied with work. Rom 8:20

5. Thus, Adam was to have dominion over nature but by the fall, nature was cursed.

6. As the second Adam, the last Adam will bring peace to nature.

7. The hope of nature, creation, is the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. Then the Earth
will be compatible with man on Earth. All regenerate at the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ. Rom 8:21

8. There will be future changes in the status of nature.
    A. At the Rapture, there will be no change.
    B. At the Second Advent, a change takes place. Isa 11:6-9, 35:1, 2, 7, 65:26
    C. However, Earth will be in all its glory in eternity. Rev 21:1
    ”I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth for the first Heaven and the first Earth were passed away and there was no more sea.”
        1. This is the ultimate glory of the Palestinian covenant.
        2. In that covenant land was promised to the seed of Abraham, Israel, forever. Gen 17:8

Please don’t tell the environmentalists.

Q. What part does God the Holy Spirit have in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ?

A. 1. The Holy Spirit did not come to indwell all believers until the Lord Jesus Christ had ascended and was glorified. John 7:38-39

2. The purpose of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in this dispensation is not to glorify the Holy Spirit. but to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, John 16:13, while Jesus Christ is absent from the Earth. John 16:14

3. The purpose of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the body of the believer is to glorify Christ and we are so commanded, 1 Cor 6:20. This is accomplished by the filling of the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18 with 1 John 1:9.

4. The believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 6:19. This glorification occurs on the inside of the believer. 1 Cor 3:16

5. When the believer is filled with the Spirit, in fellowship, his life is written by the Holy Spirit. 2 Cor 3:3. Declared to be the epistles, or letters, of Christ written by God the Holy Spirit.

6. When the believer is filled with the Spirit, Christ is at home in his body. Eph 3:16-17, “That Christ might dwell,” literally, be at home, “in the soul.”

7. Therefore, the transitional command in Rom 13:4, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” The filling of the Spirit produces the fruit of the Spirit and makes no provision for the flesh, the old sin nature. The use of 1 John 1:9 provides cleansing. Then the Holy Spirit controls, then the use of growing in Grace operates unto maturity and Christ is glorified. John 16:14

8. When the believer is controlled by the Holy Spirit, the Lord is glorified. Phil 1:20 with 1 Cor 6:19-20

9. When the believer is controlled by the Holy Spirit, the Lord’s character is formed in the life. Gal 4:19, Gal 5:22-23

10. The fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22-23, is the character of Jesus Christ as He walked on this Earth.

11. All believers are ambassadors for Christ, 2 Cor 5:20. But when a believer is out of fellowship, his representation of Christ is not Christ glorifying.

12. The carnal believer is commanded to wake up and let the Holy Spirit glorify Christ, “be filled with the Spirit,” Eph 5:14-18

13. The glorification of Christ is done through the shining forth of the maturity of the believer. Believers are lights, reflectors.

Q. Do you think we are headed for another crash?

A. I remember very clearly even up to today seeing the results of the crash in the twenties. I remember seeing soldiers sitting on orange crates on the corner with a cup in their hand and inside was an American flag and pencils which they were selling. I have never forgotten that sight.

What possessions do we have that we can’t lose them? And, if we can lose them, are they really our possessions? There is only one possession that we have that we cannot lose.

Psa 16:5, “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup Thou maintainest my lot.”
He is our Portion. And He, our Portion, maintains, Him, our Portion. That is a possession we can never lose, if he maintains it. Maintains Himself?

Put the possessions that you can lose second and put the Lord first and then you’ll have no problem if there is another crash.

Q. Someone came to my door and asked me to fill out this questionnaire on what I thought it took to get to Heaven. See if you choose the ones I chose.

A. Which of the following will get you into Heaven?

1. Church membership.
2. Tithing.
3. Water baptism.
4. Working around a church
5. Witnessing to five people a day
6. Praying.
7. Not missing a prayer meeting.
8. Confessing your sins.
9. Good works.
10. Giving money
11. Walking an aisle
12. Speaking in tongues
13. Fasting.
14. Reading your Bible every day.
15. Singing in a choir.
16. Teaching a Sunday School class.

The answer: None of them will. Only one thing will get you into Heaven:
”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Q. What do you think of horoscopes in line with the Word of God?

A. One time I was asked what sign I was born under and I said I was born under a sign that said No Vacancy.

But I can tell you from Scripture what you life was in the past and what it is now and what it will be in the future without knowing what day you were born. Your physical birth is not important, but your Second Birth is!

Christians are born under the sign given by Isaiah:

Isa 7:14. “Wherefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall  call His Name Immanuel, which means God with us.”

Here is your past ... Eph 2:1-3, “dead in trespasses and sins, walking according to the course of this world, children of disobedience, lust of the flesh, children of wrath.”

Here is your present ... Eph 2:5-9. “Quickened us together with Christ and has raised us up together and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ. Saved by Grace through faith and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

Here is your future ... Eph 2:7, “That in the ages to come, He might shew the exceeding riches of His Grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

What sign are you born under? No Vacancy to the sign of the virgin birth. Now you can celebrate two birthdays. Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!

Q. What does the Bible say about Easter?

A. There is a passage in Acts 12:4 that says “Easter” in your English Bible. But it is not “Easter.” It is the Greek word PASCHA, which is Passover.

The phrase, “after the Passover” signifies after the festival was at an end. The term “Easter” is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven.

The festival of Pascha held by Christians in post-apostolic times was a continuation of the Jewish feast, but was not instituted by Christ, nor was it connected with Lent. For this Pascha, the pagan festival of Astarte was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate western religion, as proof of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.

Q. Should we, as Christians, celebrate Easter?

A. “Some esteem one day over another and we esteem all days alike.” We can celebrate Easter every day. Remember it is not a rabbit that we are celebrating but a Lamb.

”Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.”

Since we are talking about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can celebrate that every day.

Here is a good way to celebrate Easter: Give some one the Gospel because in the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. And there is another way in which you celebrate Easter – by living the Christian way of life, which is the life of the resurrected Christ.

Q. Are Christians religious?

A. No! Definitely not! If someone calls you that, well that is an insult. “Religion” comes from a Latin word RE LEGGIO, which means to turn back. And that is exactly what religion does. Religion is man trying to work his way to Heaven and Christianity is Christ giving you a gift of Heaven and you either receive it or you don’t.

I know the word “religion” appears in the Bible, but the translator didn’t know what to do or how to translate the Greek word.

James 1:26-27, says “pure religion.” The Greek word there is THRESKEIA, which is literally “worship.”

”True worship is visiting the widows and the fatherless.” It is used of the Jews worshipping angels in Acts 26:5.

The worst thing a Christian can be called is religious – which means you are lost and are in formalism and overt-type activities.

Q. What is the condition of little babies who are born into this world?

A. We all come into the world lost, without Christ, and without hope, and we are enemies of God and alienated from God. Babies are so cute and precious we forget all about their condition. We are all born with an old sin nature.

1. The old sin nature is passed down through the man. Rom 5:12

2. Satan attacked the woman instead of the man because Satan had to make the woman sin in order to trick the whole human race.
If the man had sinned and then told the woman to eat and she did, she could have said, “Well, I only obeyed my husband.” And she would not have been guilty.

    A. The woman sinned first. She was deceived. 1 Tim 2:14
    B.  The man sinned secondly, deliberately, Titus 2:14, and he acquired an old sin nature
    C. Both were now guilty before God.

3. The human race is counted guilty because Adam sinned. Everyone sinned when Adam sinned, retrospective. When Adam was condemned, Adam’s progeny was condemned.

1 Cor 15:22, “For as all in Adam die,” spiritually, imputed sin, “even as in Christ shall all be made alive.” “So, by one man sin came,” Adam, “and so by one Man salvation came, the Second Adam,” Jesus Christ.

Q. What does it mean when it says “Greet every one with a holy kiss?”

A. The word “kiss” is PHILEMA, which means to kiss. It was a token of Christian brotherhood, whether by way of welcome or farewell.

A “holy kiss,” is  HAGIOS PHILEMA, which means free from anything inconsistent with that calling as a saint, which is a believer. Which means kissing only saints. Which makes sense. So, we don’t kiss frogs and hope they become saints.

There was to be an absence of formality and hypocrisy and a freedom of prejudice arising from social distinctions, from discrimination against the poor partiality toward the well to do. In other words, we are all one in Christ, neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, bond nor free.

 A holy, separated kiss.

Q. Is perfect environment the answer to man’s problems?

A. No! At the beginning of man’s history, there was perfect environment for an unknown length of time. At the end of man’s history, the Millennium, we have perfect environment for 1,000 years.

In the Garden, Satan came into man’s perfect environment and helped to destroy it. Found in Gen 3. At the end of the Millennium, Satan comes into perfect environment and stirs up a revolt. Found in Rev 20:3, 7-10.

Man’s volition was involved in the destruction of perfect environment in the Garden. Perfect environment will not solve man’s problems in the Millennium.

The only answer is regeneration– and then the intake and application of the Word of God.

At the end of the Millennium, unbelievers, with old sin natures, will join Satan’s revolt even though they had 1,000 years of perfect environment. Perfect environment does not improve the old sin nature.

It is possible that Adam and Eve lived 1,000 years in perfect environment before Eve got around to sinning along with Adam – negative volition toward the Word of God.

Revolt at the beginning of time was on a personal basis – Adam and Eve.
Revolt at the end of time will be on a mass basis.

The reason for the Millennium is to prove again that perfect environment is not the answer.

Unbelievers cannot appreciate or enjoy perfect environment. 1 Cor 2:14. The Word of God inside of you creates a perfect environment for you.

There will be perfect environment in eternity. And it will be beneficial because there will be believers in resurrection bodies minus the old sin nature.

In order to start out with perfect environment, there must be

1. The removal of religion.
2. The removal of Satan, the father of religion.
3. The removal of demons.
4. The removal unbelievers.

Q. What part do emotions play in Christianity?

A. The emotions are the appreciators of the soul. Emotion is a response to something in the thought pattern, it is a result of what you think.

1 Pet 3:8, “Finally be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” The word “pitiful” means good emotions.
    A. One mind. The standard is the Word of God.
    B. Compassion, using the Word to help others.
    C. Love, a rapport through the Word of God.
    D. Pitiful, good emotions influenced by the Word of God.
    E. Courteous, a mental attitude of Grace.

Good emotions means an appreciator of the finer things or enjoyable things of life on the basis of who and what the Lord is – Gracious. Phil 4:8-9.

The Word of God is the criterion for emotions, but emotion is not the criterion for the Christian way of life. You are not saved because you feel saved. You are not spiritual because feel spiritual. The norm or standard for the Christian way of life is the Word of God, never the way in which we feel. How you feel does not determine whether you are saved or not. Or whether you are spiritual or not.

Your status depends on what the Bible says, therefore, good emotions are based on the Word of God flowing from the human spirit to the mind and from the mind to the emotions. The emotions of the soul must be channeled through the Word of God.

The human spirit sends the Word of God to our emotions and we have an appreciation of God and we are not dominated by our emotions. Now, the Word of God sent to the emotions and we have on appreciation for God. When emotion is made the criterion, we get into false doctrine which appeals to the emotions.

When you take this appreciator, the emotions, and try to make it a standard or a norm for the Christian way of life, you are not only in trouble, but you become a trouble maker. Rom 16:17-18. “Belly” refers to emotions.

Bad emotions are described in 2 Cor 6:11-12 and Rom 16:17-18.

Q. What will eternity be like for the believer?

A. The believer’s hope is that we know facts concerning eternity:
    A. Absent from the body and face-to-face with the Lord. 2 Cor 5:8, no Purgatory.
    B. No judgment. Rom 8:1.
    C. The appointment of the second death is cancelled. Heb 9:27-28.
    D. We have a new home, a new dwelling place. John 14:1-3.
    E. We have an eternal inheritance. 1 Pet 1:4-5.
    F. We have no more tears and no more sorrows. Rev 21:4
    G. We will have a resurrection body with which we will live with Jesus Christ forever. 1 Thes 4:13-18, Phil 3:21, 1 John 3:1, 2, 1 Cor 15:51-57.
    H. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” Phil 1:21.

What the saved soul anticipates (John 5:29):
    A. A resurrection to life.
    B. Good. The good, acceptance of Jesus Christ.
    C. Evil. The evil, the rejection of Jesus Christ.
    D. A far better place. Phil 1:23
    E. Eternity in the very presence of God. 2 Cor 5:8
    F. An inheritance reserved in Heaven. 1 Pet 1:4
    G. Reunion with loved ones in the Lord. 1 Thes 4:13-18

What the lost soul anticipates:
    A. A Christless eternity which is separation from God.
    B. Resurrection of damnation. John 5:29
    C. The Lake of Fire. Matt 25:41, Rev 20:15
    D. Fear. Rev 21:7

The soul of the believer is:
    Saved, 1 Pet 1:9
    Stablized, Acts 14:22
    Delivered, 2 Cor 5:8, Phil 3:21, Resurrection body and no old sin nature.

Man’s initial relationship to God is one of the creature to the Creator. God is the God of the whole race by virtue of creation, whether acknowledged or not. Jer 32:27. But He is not the father of the human race, only those who believe, Gal 3:26

Man is a living soul, Gen 2:7. All souls belong to God, Ezek 18:4, Dan 5:23.
Man’s eternal relationship to God is determined by his response to God’s offer of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:36.

There are two kinds of people in the human race, believer and unbeliever –
    Saved soul and
    Lost soul.

There are two destinations.
    A. A place of bliss, John 14:1-3, Rev 21-22:7
    B. A place of torment, torture, Luke 16:19-31, Rev 20:15

Q. Is it wrong for my wife not to go to church with me?

A. Yes, it is wrong, not only for her not to go to church with you, but for her not to go to church – period. We are told as Christians not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. This is what Christ is talking about when He says the Word of God divides a house, and He said He would send a sword and not peace. I would continue to go to church if I were you, and possibly if she sees that this is important in your life, she may change her mind if she wants anything with you. You have to be sure if she is a believer or not, for if she is a believer she is to “grow in Grace in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Q. What is the footstool in Scripture?

A. The footstool is mentioned in Heb 1:13, 10:13. The footstool is an idiom in the ancient language, representing the fact that your enemies are conquered.

This footstool operation refers to Jesus Christ in His humanity having victory over Satan at the Cross and Church Age believers in Christ bump one demon each. One on one at the Second Advent.

”Operation footstool” is prophesied for us in Psalm 110:1. The following steps are necessary in dealing with Satan and his demons.
    A. The virgin birth
    B. The Cross, death, and burial of Jesus Christ
    C. The resurrection of the humanity of Christ
    D. The ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ
    E. Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of the Father
    F. The formation of the body of Christ
    G. The rapture of the Church
    H. The cleansing of the bride of human good, preparing to return with Christ.
    I. The Second Advent.
    J. Satan bound and demons bumped.

Q. What is the Angelic Conflict?

1. God created angels with free will, volition.
2. Satan acted independently of God, i.e., Satan’s five “I wills.”
3. God sentenced Satan. Matt 25:41
4. Satan impugned the character of God.
How can a loving God cast His creatures into the Lake of Fire? This is human viewpoint. It does not consider all of God’s essence, but only love and not righteousness and justice.

5. God’s answer:
God created man with volition. Every time a member of the human race, created a little lower than the angels, chooses for God, the character of God is vindicated and Satan loses the argument.

This resolves the angelic conflict and answers the questions:
Why man? Why sin? Why suffering?

Q. What is God like?

A. God is sovereign, righteous, justice, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, immutability, and veracity.

We will take these characteristics one by one and apply them to our life.

God is the Supreme Being of the universe. Heb 6:13. Therefore He is the highest King. Psa 47:7
God has absolute will and does whatever He pleases. Psa 115:3
In His sovereignty, He pleased Him to give free will to man. “Whosoever.” The meeting place of the two wills is the Cross. God’s absolute will meets man’s free will at the Cross.

God’s sovereign plan for the human race was this:
    A. Stage one: Salvation. Acts 6:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
    B. Stage two: The believer in time. Eph 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.”
        How? 1 John 1:9, Witness, Acts 1:8, using Gospel information, John 3:36
    C. Eternity. The believer has eternal life in Heaven.

Both “believe” and “confess” are non-meritorious. Therefore, it is Grace all the way.

Next time, the righteousness of God. I know you can’t wait.

Q. What is God like?

A. Righteousness:

God is absolute righteousness, Psa 145:17
Man is minus absolute righteousness. Rom 3:10-12, Isa 64:6. Man’s righteousnesses are as filthy rags in His sight.
God’s absolute righteousness cannot have fellowship with man and his filthy rags, who is sinful, Isa 59:2
God demands the same righteousness in His creatures that He, God, has. Rom 3:23
God’s righteousness was satisfied with Christ’s work on the Cross. Therefore, the meeting place is the Cross, where absolute righteousness is imputed to man. 2 Cor 5:21

The Grace of God at the Cross meets the faith of man and there is a marriage of Grace and faith. And this wedding of Grace and faith causes conversion.

Q. What is God like?

A. The Justice of God:

God is just and cannot be unfair. 2 Chron 19:7
His justice demands that disobedience against His laws be punished. John 3:36
God is a judge that placed a penalty on sin. Psa 50:6b, Rom 6:23, death
God’s justice is satisfied because of His provision. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for spiritual death, Col 2:14

Therefore, God is:
    1. Just to forgive, Rom 8:1
    2. Just to condemn, John 3:18

Next time we will take up the love of God. I hope you can wait!

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Love

God in His sovereignty decided to treat man in Grace. Eph 2:8-9. Love is the motive of Grace. Righteousness and justice stand in the way because sin is a barrier between man and God.

God’s righteousness cannot have fellowship with man’s filthy rags. Isa 59:2. Justice demands a penalty for sin. Rom 6:23.

In His love, God the Father sent His Son to go to the Cross to die for the sins of the whole world. John 3:16.

So, righteousness and justice are solved and love and eternal life can get through the “Grace pipe” to man. The barrier is removed and the issue is now the Lord Jesus Christ.

The alternative to God’s love is wrath, which is righteousness and justice. John 3:36. If you do not accept Christ, who satisfied the righteousness and justice of God, then you are subject to His righteousness and justice, which is His wrath.

Our next characteristic of God will be eternal life.

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Eternal Life

God has eternal life, which has neither beginning nor ending. Psa 90:2

To share His eternal life with us, God the Eternal Son was willing to leave Heaven and become humanity and die for the sins of the world, John 10:17-18

His Deity could not provide eternal life. Therefore, He became true humanity, the God-man, in order to die. Heb 2:14-15

God will share His eternal life with believers. John 10:27, 28, 1 John 5:11, 12a

Conversely, the unbeliever does not share God’s eternal life, 1 John 5:12b.

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Omniscient

God is all knowing. Col 2:3. Therefore, He reads our minds. 2 Tim 2:19. He knows who is born again and who is not. God does not use His omniscience to be unfair. Example: in the exodus with Pharaoh and Judah.

Therefore, Rom 8:28, God in His omniscience works all things good and bad together for them who belong to Him.

Knowledge is imparted to the believer through the Word of God. 1 Cor 2:16, Heb 4:12. By means of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 2:9-12, 2 Tim 2:15.

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Omnipresent

God is everywhere at the same time. Prov 15:3. We cannot hide ourselves or our sins from God. Psalm 139:7-12

We can put our faith and trust in Him and His Word in any situation in life because
of God’s omnipresence. Matt 28:20. “Lo, I am with you always.”

He even speaks to the Chinese ... Notice, He calls them by name, “Lo, I am with you always.”

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Omnipotence

God is limitless in ability and authority. Matt 28:18. He upholds all things by the Word of His power, Heb 1:3.

He has power to save. Salvation, Heb 7:25
He has power to keep you as a Christian, 1 Pet 1:5
He has power to raise in resurrection in eternity, 1 Cor 15:43
He will share His power with the believers, Phil 4:13

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Also Immutable

He is neither capable nor susceptible to change, Matt 3:6a, Heb 13:8

Because He is immutable, He always keeps His promise.

Immutability plus omnipotence, equals faithfulness.

When we read that God repented, or changed His mind, it is an anthropopathism, which doesn’t mean that God has changed, but the people have changed and that God must treat them differently.

Num 23:19, “God is not a man that He should lie, neither the Son of man that He should repent. Hath He said and shall He not do it? Or, hath He spoken and shall He not make it good?”

Q. What is God like?

A. God is Absolute Veracity

”Veracity” means that He is perfect truthfulness. There never is a time when He is in error. God cannot lie.

A. Titus 1:2, “Which God that cannot lie.”
B. Heb 6:18, “Impossible for God to lie.”

His veracity, truth, is eternal.
Psa 117:2, “Truth of the Lord endureth forever.”

There is veracity in our salvation.
John 14:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

We can depend upon His veracity to sustain us.
Psa 91:4, “His Truth, His Shield, His Buckler.”

His veracity provides Truth for us in His Word.
”Sanctify them with Thy Word, Thy Word is Truth.”

Q. Who are the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6?

A. First, remember the principle that the Bible interprets the Bible.

Gen 6:1-2, “And it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of
Earth and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of god saw the daughters of men, that they were fair and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

”Sons of god” is the issue here. We find this same expression “sons of god” in Job 1:6, Job 2:1, Job 38:7. The Hebrew word is BENI HA ELOHIM, which is the Hebrew word for fallen angels.

Next, the verse says that the women were fair. But they weren’t fair in any sense of the word because the Hebrew says they were beautiful.

”The fallen angels took the daughters of men.” This is an angelic infiltration into the human race to corrupt the human race so that Christ could not come into the world as our Saviour.

The word “wives” is plural, which means they had more than one. The fallen angels are Mormons.

Now, this was the beginning of Satan’s plan. In the angelic realm marriage was stopped after this judgment from God as now angels are no longer married or given in marriage. Matt 22:30

Apparently angels, even though a superior type of creation, procreated in a manner similar to members of the human race – just as animals, the lower creation, procreate and produce their own kind.

Satan’s master plan was to cut off the Cross by infiltrating the human race with some angelic males finding human females and procreating – thereby developing a race that was not true homo sapien.

We will find out next what was the result of angels cohabiting with women. Can’t you just wait to find out the sex life of angels? That would make a good book! But there is already one written – it is called the Bible.

The result of the satanic angelic infiltration into the human race, Genesis 6

Noah’s line remained true humanity, Gen 6:9. The rest of the race was infiltrated by angels which resulted in supermen, i.e., Hercules, Atlas, Caster, Pollox.

God’s reaction to Satan’s plot:
Gen 6:3, “My Spirit,” the Holy Spirit, “shall not always strive to make the Gospel clear to the unbeliever in spiritual death,” convince them of the sin of unbelief in Christ.

Gen 6. That He also is flesh as long as man is alive. He has a choice.

The application of verse 3 today. Man’s life span is 120 years at most.

Gen 6, “Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.” They heard the Gospel for 120 years. For 120 years God the Holy Spirit evangelized through various people: Enoch, Methusaleh, and Noah.

Note: The human race gets its old sin nature from the man and the super race got its old sin nature from the fallen angels, the fallen angels being male.

The only people who accepted Christ as their personal Saviour were eight humans who remained true humanity, and were in the ark, starting the new civilization called postdiluvian.

Next time, the result of angelic infiltration, Gen 6:4-5. I know you just can’t wait.

Result of the Infiltration of Angels into the Human Race

Gen 6:4, “There were giants in the Earth in those days.” The word “giants” is NEPHALIM, literally, fallen, corrupt ones.

Gen 6:4, “The same became mighty men.” Literally, heroes.
Gen 6:4, “Men of renown.” This is supermen. This is the hero phase of Greek mythology.
Gen 6:5, “Wickedness of man.” A concentration of wickedness along with the destruction of true humanity.
Gen 6:5, “His heart was only evil continuously.” The heart is the mind, the thinking part of the soul. We know that mental attitude sins are the strongest and greatest source of wickedness.

These fallen angels are in prison now. Jude 6, 1 Pet 3:19-22, 2 Pet 2:4-5. The angelic hell is called Tartarus in the Greek. These angels are not operative now. They continue to be in prison till the middle of the Tribulation, at which time Satan is cast to the Earth and is denied access to Heaven.

The events of Rev 9:1-11: Demons are released from angelic hell called the Bottomless Pit.

But notice Gen 6:8, “Found Grace.” Salvation, Gen 6:9, Just, justified.
Perfect in his generation true humanity. He walked with God, in fellowship with God.

Q. As a believer I have failed. How do I recover and move on?

1. Use 1 John 1:9, which is to confess and name the sin or sins.
2. Phil 3:13, Forget those things which are behind.
3. Heb 12:15, Isolate the sin. Don’t chain sin.
4. Phil 3:14, Move on.

Q. I am having trouble with Heb 12:15. Can you help me?

A. Sure. Heb 12:15, “looking diligently.”
This means to constantly ride herd on yourself and check out that you don’t perpetuate your confessed sins. Put your faith in the promise of 1 John 1:9 and rest in it.

”Fail of the Grace of God.” This is failure to use the Grace of God. Don’t miss using the Grace of God by allowing one unconfessed sin to be the basis for another new sin.

”Any root of bitterness springing up.” This is new sins coming from dead sins.

”Trouble you.” Remembering past sins gives you a guilt complex.

”Thereby many be defiled.” When you carry a guilt complex, others are affected around you.

If you don’t isolate your sin, all your other doctrines will not get you out of sin.

Q. Will you please explain Heb 6:1-6?

A. In Hebrews 5:1-10 Paul is giving the doctrine of the high priesthood of Christ. Then he stops and tells them why he is going to do chapter 6 before he continues.

They cannot take it in because of lack of growth and they are out of fellowship. They should be teachers but they still do not understand the basics.

Heb 6:1, “Knowing what you are leaving, let us go on into perfection.”
Keep moving towards maturity. Not laying again the foundation, the basics.

And then the verse gives a list of the basics. These basic doctrines are:

1. Repentance from dead works. This is human good. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the means of not producing dead works/human good.
2. Faith toward God. This is faith in the Word of God as believers.
3. Doctrine of baptisms. There are seven baptisms in Scripture.
4. Laying on of hands, which is identification.
5. Resurrection of the dead, the doctrine of resurrection.
6. Eternal judgment.

When this list is referred to again as in verse 6, only the first is mentioned but all six are referred to. This can be seen in the Greek grammar.

One of the laws of interpretation of Scripture reads, “The use of a word in context is determined by the first use of the word.”

Repentance was used in verse 1 as the head of the list of basic doctrines, the ABCs.

Q. Are there any descriptions of Heaven in the Bible?

A. Yes. There are some and the one I like best I call “the Heaven of no more.” Rev 21:4, perfect happiness in eternity.

”Wipe away all tears,” tears that come from pressure and sorrow, not tears of happiness.

Four things are removed:
1. “No more death.” Death is often the focal point of human fears. The word “death” is associated with pain, painful dying.
2. “No more sorrow.” This is mental agony or pain.
3. “No more crying.” This is a manifestation of pain.
4. “No more pain.” This is physical pain.

”Are passed away,” which is an Aorist tense in the Greek, which means “once and for all passed away.”

There’ll be perfect and perpetual newness, Rev 21:5.
1. “Behold I make all things new,” perpetually new and never gets old.
2. “Write for these words are true and faithful.” Veracity and immutability guarantee the glories of the eternal future. No rust, no corruption, no sin. Rev 21:7

Now, many other things could be said of Heaven and the eternal state. But this will give you a basic understanding of what it will be like.

These are the things you will miss in Heaven. Yea!

Three Characteristics of the Eternal State. Rev 21:3-5

A. The personal presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, Rev 21:3.
”The Tabernacle of God” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:14.

B. Jesus Christ will be accessible to all, Rev 2:22.

Principle: Since the tabernacle is beautiful and Jesus Christ dwelt in the tabernacle in the past as per the Shekinah Glory, He will be in His glory and will not have the humiliation associated in the past with the Cross.

C. Rev 21:23 indicates that Jesus Christ, the Lamb, has a resurrection body full of light. Your resurrection body will contain light. People will not be recognized on the basis of light being reflected or refracted but on the basis of having the light on the inside.

Q. What causes illness?

A. There are three categories of illness in Scripture:

    1. Physiological, this is a physical illness, an organic illness.
    2. Psychosomatic, this is mental illness.
    3. Demon-induced illness.

When demons possess unbelievers, they can produce certain kinds of diseases. Also Satan and/or demons are permitted by God at times to affect believers’ health from the outside. No believer can be indwelt by a demon.

    A. Satan was permitted, from the outside, to buffet Paul with a “thorn in the flesh” type of disease or pain. 2 Cor 12:7
    B. Satan was responsible for Job’s illness. Job 2:6-8, Permitted by God since Job is a believer.
    C. Satan uses demons to produce disease in individuals. Acts 10:38, “And healing all who were oppressed of the devil.” These illnesses have as their source, the devil.

Luke 13:16, v 10-17, the cause of this woman’s disease is demon possession. The doctors could not heal her because she was bound by Satan.

Doctors today are baffled with demon-induced illness.

Q. Can you tell me anything about the eternal Jerusalem?

A. The eternal Jerusalem fulfills three separate functions:

1. Headquarters for the universe of eternity. It is described in Rev 21:9-27. Notice especially Rev 21:24. It is the personal residence, therefore, of the Lord Jesus Christ, Rev 21:22 and the bride will be there.
2. Fulfills a promise made to Abraham still outstanding. Heb 11:9-10. Abraham lived in a tent, died in a tent. And was promised a city in the future.
3. Illustrates something of the glory of eternity. Look at the description of its beauty in Rev 21.

Q. What does the Bible say about Jewish people?

A. There are three types of Jews:
1. Racial
2. Religious
3. Regenerate

The first warning against anti-Semitism is given in Gen 12:1-3. Anti-Semitism is hostility towards the Jews.

Jews should be evaluated as individuals, just as you do any Gentile. A Jew should be evaluated as an American citizen by his patriotism, his politics, etc. Jews fought in wars for America and died. And there were Jews in the Alamo.

Evaluate the Jews as a nation, and the nation is called Israel today, which is not under God. Zionism is the attempt to fulfill the covenants of the Old Testament through man’s ability rather then under God’s ability at the Second Advent.

Palestine is a Gentile name for Israel. It comes from the proper name Philistia and it is not an accepted name from Israel’s thinking.

The Jews are under the fifth cycle of discipline and are dispersed among the Gentile nations. They will be dispersed till the Second Advent of Christ. “Jews are back in the land today,” which is simply based on unbelief.

There are certain Jews who are internationalists. Communism was founded by Marx and Engel, both of them were German Jews. These Jews should be evaluated as Gentiles and their actions should be condemned on the basis of the Word of God.

A Jew who becomes a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is no longer evaluated as a Jew, but as a member in union with Christ, in the body of Christ.

Beware of anti-Semitism. Every off-base publication has published things knocking the Jews. Possibly Barry Goldwater’s defeat in 1964 was due in part to anti-Semitism on the part of certain so-called conservatives.

Gen 12:3, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee and in thee shall all families of the Earth be blessed.”

Q. Can you tell me what imputation means?

A. Yes. 2 Cor 5:21, “He made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Imputation is the act of God whereby He credits perfect righteousness to the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor chapter 3 and 4 shows that every believer is a minister, or has the responsibility of witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 5:21 is a summary of salvation. On the Cross Jesus Christ died spiritually for us before He died physically. He died twice – so that we don’t  die twice.

In salvation our sins are blotted out and we have eternal life and credited to our account is perfect righteousness. We have imputed unto us God’s perfect righteousness which qualifies us for Heaven. The third Heaven.

Q. Will you explain 1 Cor 3 – about gold silver and precious stones, and wood and hay and stubble?

A. Yes. One is a reference to human good and the other is Divine Good.

Human good is dead works, Heb 6:1.
Human good will not save mankind, Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:5.
Human good is not acceptable to God, ever. Isa 64:6, Rom 8:8.
Human good is condemned by God, 1 Cor 3:11-16, Ecc 12:14
Human good is the basis of judgment:
    A. In the unbeliever at the last judgment, the great white throne. Rev 20:11-15
    B. In the believer at the judgment seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:11-16, 2 Cor 5:10, Rom 14:10
Human good is a product of the old sin nature, carnal. Isa 64:6.
Human good was rejected at the Cross. Human works are never accepted for redemption  and accumulated human good will be burned at the judgment seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:11-16.
    A. Divine Good – gold, silver, and precious stones – is a believer in fellowship.
    B. Human good – wood, hay, and stubble – is a carnal believer out of fellowship. Human good is burned.

Q. I understand that the Christian doctrine is not to have sex before marriage, but I can’t find it anywhere in God’s Word.

A. Prov 6:32, Heb 13:4, Prov 5:8-9, Job 31:9-12, Matt 1:25, Luke 1:27, 1 Cor 7:34, 1 Cor 7:36-37, SOS 1:16, SOS 8:9-10. There are many more and if you need more, I can mail them to you as it would take up a lot of your computer.

”For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy, for I have espoused you to one Husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

Q. What is the sin unto death?

A. The sin unto death is found in 1 John 5:16. The sin unto death is not one particular sin that you  commit. There are those who have a pet sin and they say that if you commit that one, well you go out under the sin unto death. But that is not true.

One time I was told that mixed bathing was the sin unto death. They probably meant mixed swimming. I was involved in mixed bathing in the service and I bathed with thousands of men and I wasn’t even a believer at that time.

No, the sin unto death is not one specific sin. It is simply staying out of fellowship with the Lord for a length of time and the Lord takes you home before your time. It does affect you physically and is probably not a good way to go home. It is probably a horrible death.

1 John 5:16, “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is unto death, he shall ask and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death, THERE IS A SIN UNTO DEATH I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

Q. Is it right for a Christian to invest in the stock market to gain wealth?

A. No, you don’t ask or look for something which you get by another means. Here is the source of all wealth:

Deut 8:18, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God for it is He that giveth thee power to gain wealth.”

The problem is that you don’t ask or pray for wealth. It comes another way.
James 4:2, “Ye have not because ye ask not.”
James 4:3, “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

What do we ask for since we want wealth? Ask for wisdom.
James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and abraideth not, and it shall be given him.”
James 3:17, “The wisdom that is from Above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

So, if you want wealth, ask for wisdom. Our example is Solomon – the richest man that ever lived because ... he asked for wisdom and when he received wisdom, he also got with it wealth.

1 Kings 3:5, “God said, ask what I shall give thee and Solomon said.”
1 Kings 3:9, “Give Thy servant an understanding mind to judge Thy people.”
1 Kings 3:10, “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”
1 Kings 3:11, “Because thou hast not asked riches for thyself, but hast asked understanding to discern judgment,”
1 Kings 3:12, “I have done according to thy words, Lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding mind so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”

Still no money, no wealth. But listen next …

1 Kings 3:13, “And I have given thee that which thou hast not asked both riches and honour so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.” 1 Kings 3:14, “I will lengthen thy days.”

If you want wealth, don’t ask for wealth, ask for wisdom. And you will get wealth. And when someone comes to visit, show them the wisdom you received, and not your wealth.

”My people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge.”
The Lord is never affected by the stock market. He has the stock, cattle on a thousand hills. The Lord will never ever have to file for bankruptcy.

Q. You wrote about the importance of assembling yourselves together and I agree. But what do I do when I have searched in the area where I live and there is not a church teaching the Word of God? Can I not grow other than assembling in a church that doesn’t teach the Word of God?

A. Yes, if there is no one in your area not teaching the Word of God, then what you have to do is supplement and listen to tapes from those who do teach the Word of God and from literature, etc.

P.S. It is possible you may be out of the geographical will of God.
He said, “If any man is willing to know My Word, he will get the Word.”

Q. What does the word “repent” mean? I have heard so many different things, like “feeling sorry for your sins.” But honestly, there are some sins I don’t feel sorry for. Can you help me?

A. The word “repent” does not mean “feel sorry for your sins,” or “turn from you wicked ways.” 

Christ said, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” This is the word He used: “METANOEO,” a compound word. META means “to change.” NOEO means your “mind.” Therefore, change your mind. This is not about sin. That has already been paid for. Sin is not the issue. Christ is the issue. “What think ye of Christ?” Change your mind about Him. He is more than teacher, but Saviour.

Judas was a disciple, which means he was taught the Word of God by a Teacher who is Christ. But he never accepted Christ as his personal Saviour. It is said that Judas repented. The word for “repent” there is different. It is “AMETA MELOMAI.” The letter “A” in front of this verb negates its meaning. It means literally “he had no regrets.”

He didn’t change his mind about Christ, “METANOEO,” and he had no regrets. He didn’t even feel sorry, which still would not have saved him.

Q. What is a good way to study the Bible?

A. There are many ways of studying the Bible. One of the general principles is that it would help you greatly to understand the Bible if you marked the following:

Not only what is spoken, but to whom it is spoken, and of whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows.

These wise and weighty injunctions are of paramount importance in the studying of the Word of God. No better instructions can be given in a general way.

We can apply these rules by going into the garden of John’s first epistle, and pluck some of the rare flowers of expression.
What is spoken?
There are three great Truths brought out in John’s epistle.
The manifestation of life.
The manifestation of love.
The marvel of light.

These are identified with the crisp, concise, and comprehensive mono-syllable sentences.
”The word of life.”
”God is love.”
”God is light.”

These are not given in the order in which they occur, but it is essential to recognize the order. Life precedes light, and light enables us to see love. Life is manifested, focused and operates in the Son, who is the life. Life is revealed in and through the Son, John 1:1-4, and is climaxed in Him who is the true God and eternal life. 5:20

Light is the essential quality of God’s being, for He is light, therefore, the luster of holiness and the beauty of righteousness radiates from Him. 1:5
Love is not a mere emanation from God. It is what He is in the essentiality of His nature.

God is love, 4:8, 16. He was, not He will be, but He is and always was, and always will be.
Love does move God although He in His love moves.

Life must precede light, as it was at the beginning. God created before He said, “Let there be light.” Then all was completed when the handiwork of love was revealed. This is true in Christian experience.

When we are quickened from the death of sin, then we perceive the blood of God’s Son cleanses, and we behold the manner of love in God’s giving and Grace.

Q. I have a friend who is truly sincere. Does that mean they are right?

A. No, that does not mean that they are right even if they are sincere. They can be sincerely wrong. It’s like the majority may rule, but the majority is not always right. In Scripture it is the remnant.

The words “sincere” and “sincerity” occur in the Bible seven times. Four times in Corinthians, one in Peter, one in Ephesians, and one in Titus.

Titus 2:7, “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works in Doctrine showing incorruptness, gravity and sincerity.”
Phil 1:10, “That ye may approve things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”
1 Pet 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.”

You can almost tell from the context of these verses what “sincere” means.

The Greek adjective in 1 Pet 2:2 is the word ADOLOS, which means “without guile, guileless, pure.”

The way in which this word was used in the ancient world a woman would hold a plate up to the light to see if there were any cracks in it before she bought it.

Our English word “sincere” does not have the same connotation.

Q. Why are wives never told in Scripture to “love their husbands?”

A. Because the Bible says that is the husband’s responsibility.
Eph 5:25, “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it.”

Q. What does it mean and what kind of love is it when it says “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church?

A. The Greek word for “love” there is AGAPE, which is the emphasis on the mentality of the soul.

This is what it looks like, soul love.
    In the man’s self consciousness, he is always aware of his wife
    In the man’s mentality, he is always thinking about his wife.
    In his volition, the man is always making decisions for her.
    In his emotions, the man appreciates his thinking about her and it is exciting.
    In his conscience, the man’s norms and standards are filled by his wife.

”Whom my soul loveth.”

Q. Will you please explain Prov 15:29?

A. Prov 15:29, “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

”The wicked,” in context, is either an unbeliever or a believer out of fellowship. If a believer is out of fellowship, the Lord will not hear him. And the unbeliever will only be heard when it is a prayer for salvation.

Psa 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my mind, the Lord will not hear me.”

Isa 59:1-2, “My hand is not shortened that I cannot save, and My ear is not heavy that I cannot hear; but your sins have separated you from your God and He will not hear you.

James 4:3, “You ask and receive not because you ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust.”

Q. This man in our Church is always cussing. It can’t be possible that he is a Christian, can it?

A. Yes, it is possible that he is a Christian. It is possible for a person to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and still cuss. A believer out of fellowship can do anything that an unbeliever can so out of fellowship he acts just like an unbeliever.

Our example is Peter. Peter is said to have denied the Lord and he cussed and did swear also.

Can you imagine that for the first pope? A pope cursing! Heavens!

Q. What touching love did Jonathan give of his love for David?

A. He gave him his robes and some of his arms, although the scarceness of arms had made them very valuable. 1 Sam 18:4, 1 Sam 13:22

Q. Did Saul remember his promise to give his daughter in marriage to the one man that would slay Goliath?

A. No, he never kept his promise. He gave her to another man. 1 Sam 18:17-19, Saul never kept his promise.

Q. What awful design did Saul form to get David killed?

A. He required him to kill 100 Philistines as the price of his daughter, Michal, hoping he would be killed himself. 1 Sam 18:20-30

Did the plan succeed? No, David killed 200 and was unhurt.

Q. Did Saul’s daughter love David?

A. Yes, and she proved it by letting him down from a window that he might escape her father’s rage. 1 Sam 18:20, 28; 19:8-17
Sounds like Rahab!

Q. I am confused. Can you help me? I heard a preacher on TV the other night say that we will not be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and that the word air, is “spirit.”

A. Dear Confused,
Don’t let them confuse you with false doctrine. The word for “spirit” in the New Testament is PNEUMA. The word in 1 Thes 4:1 for “air” is not “spirit.” It is the word AER – air. And it appears in many other passages as “air.” Like Eph 2:2, “Satan is the prince and the power of the air.”
Now, that is misrepresenting the Lord. You know what happened to Moses when he misrepresented the Lord.

Q. It seems like capital punishment is going to be an issue in the coming election. Do you believe in capital punishment?

A. My opinion about capital punishment is not the issue. The real issue is that the Lord Jesus Christ believes in capital punishment.

Gen 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.”

Romans 13:1-4, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

Stephen was stoned and that is capital punishment Jewish style. Christ was crucified and that is capital punishment Roman style. The cross people wear around their necks is a symbol of capital punishment. The next time you see a person wearing a Cross, just go over to them and say, “I didn’t know you believed in capital punishment.” They may even tear the Cross off.

Q. I heard a person the other day quote a Scripture and they said that they believed in an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Does that mean that that person is a Christian?

A. No. Satan and politicians quote Scripture. Satan quoted Psa 91:11 to the Lord Jesus Christ and he was not a Christian.

Matt 4:6, “And said unto Him if Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down. For it is written ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning them and in their hands they shall bear Thee up lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone’.”

Quoted from Psa 91:11, “For He shall give His angels charge over Thee to keep Thee in all Thy ways.” Satan quoting Scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ. Misapplication, of course. Most people misapply Scripture.

Q. I have a friend and he says that he believes in God. Does that mean he is a Christian?

A. No it does not. Every one at one time or another reaches God consciousness and believes in God. But, who is the God that they believe in? If it is not Christ, then they are not Christians.

Satan and fallen angels believe in God. James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God. Thou doest well. The demons also believe and tremble.”

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” “You believe in God. Believe also in Me. I go to prepare a place for you.”

Q. Questions by Jeremiah Answered by Abba!

How will I pardon thee? Jer 5:7,”How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.”

A.  Eph 1:7, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace;”


How shall I put thee among the children? Jer 3:19, “But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from Me.”

A.  John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:”


Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Jer 8:22, “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of My people recovered?”

A.  Matt 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”


Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Jer 13:23, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

A.  Acts 8:27, ”And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,”

2 Pet 3:14, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”


How will you do in the swelling of the Jordan? Jer 12:5, “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

A.  1 Cor 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? Jer 13:20, “Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?”

A.  Col 1:28,”Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

Heb 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

This may be a good Bible study for young people. Questions and answers found in the Bible.

Q. Two people came to my house last night and they told me that I had to take Christ into my heart to go to Heaven. My question is, what if I have a transplant? Does Christ stay with my old heart?

A.  The Bible does not say to take Christ in your heart. The Bible says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” 

The Bible also says in Jer 17:9, “The heart is desperately wicked and incurably sick.” I don’t think Christ wants to go there.

The “heart” these people are talking about is a pump, an organ of your body, which has nothing to do with belief in Christ. 

Romans 10 says, “With the mind man believeth unto salvation.” It is putting your faith in Christ, which is an exhale, not an inhale.

I would question whether or not a person who takes Christ into his heart is saved or not.

“For by Grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Q. Is it more spiritual if a person says “Holy Ghost” instead of Holy Spirit?

A.  No.There is no such thing as a Holy Ghost. First of all, the word for “spirit” is PNEUMA. Every time the Holy Spirit is mentioned it is PNEUMA, which is spirit. Secondly, God is a Spirit, not a Ghost. 

In 1611, King James selected some people to translate the New Testament Greek into the King James English of 1611, and some were unbelievers. One school was Oxford and the other school was Cambridge and there was competition between them and they tried to up stage one another and one said “Spirit” and the other said “Ghost.”

But the Greek word is PNEUMA in both cases. But you are never going to stop them from being in error.

Q. Does lifting up your hands make you spiritual or is it a sign of spirituality?

A.  First of all, anything an unbeliever can do is not spirituality. Spirituality is a supernatural way of life and demands a supernatural way of execution, which the unbeliever can not do. But, an unbeliever can lift up their hands in glee and they do in many occasions.

The context will show what it means to lift up your hands. Heb 12:11, “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous but grievous, nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

This is describing a believer out of fellowship and who is under Divine discipline. Divine discipline is for correction. It is not pleasant.

But, if you are exercised thereby, then it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. If you get back in fellowship, that you are fruitful, the fruit of the Spirit. The next verse explains the result of getting back into fellowship.

Heb 12:12, “Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down.” A picture of a believer out of fellowship.

But they never complete the verse. it goes on to say “and the feeble knees.” When people lift up their hands in glee, well, also lift up your feeble knees.

The passage is talking about a believer out of fellowship under Divine discipline and if you are out of fellowship and lift up your hands, you are still out of fellowship. You can’t walk in love and you can’t walk in the truth if you have feeble knees.

What is the exercise that produces the fruit of righteousness?

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Compare it with the fruit of righteousness in Heb 12:11-12.

But, you won’t stop people from lifting up their hands because it feels good and it is emotional and draws attention to themselves as supposedly being more spiritual than you. But spirituality is the filling of the Spirit.

Eph 5:18, “Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” You are indwelt by God the Holy Spirit and now you have to be filled if you are out of

There are some people who can’t lift up their knees or even walk. Can they be spiritual?  Of course! A bed ridden person dying of cancer can be spiritual.

Q. I am going to a shrink and he told me that I am a product of my environment. Is he correct? Please help me.

A.  Wrong! Absolutely wrong. Save your money. Environment has nothing at all to do with your character.

Cain and Abel had the same environment, and one turned out good and the other bad. So it wasn’t the environment that they grew up in.

God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is not called the God of Nahor, Esau, and Ishmael who were their brothers growing up in the same environment.

Environment is not the answer. Regeneration is.

Abel, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob became believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and their brothers did not.

Save your money!

Q. I was told when Christ died on the Cross, He carried His blood into Heaven. Is that Biblical?

A.  No, and I know where you got that from. I got it from the same source and we will not mention who teaches it to protect the guilty. The blood of Christ itself doesn’t save you. His sacrifice on the Cross does. Christ did not bleed to death. He was already dead when they put the spear in His side.

He died spiritually first, and then He died physically. He died twice on the Cross.
If you had the blood, as some say they do, it would not avail anything to you. It is the sacrificial death of Christ on the Cross that saves.

In fact, very little blood was shed at all. He did not bleed to death.

Q. Take a married couple that is having difficulties. Does having children remove or reduce the difficulties the couple is having?

A. No. If a couple is lacking domestic tranquility, a child or children won’t solve the problem, but will add to the problem.

Case in point. Yesterday it was announced that here in Indiana, the heartland of America, a woman prostituted her 11-year-old daughter to a 80-year-old man for cigarettes and beer. I think she only got eight years … what a shame!

The Lord Jesus Christ warned us of this. It seems like it is almost impossible how mothers treat their daughters and sons. Isa 49:15, “Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea! They may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” You would never think that to be true, but it is. I can give you many illustrations that I have run across in my life.

The problem is stated for us also in Titus 2:3-4, “That aged women be teachers of good things, that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands to love their children.”

The love of husband and of wife and children have to be taught.

Q. Would you please tell us who you will vote for in the coming election?

A.  I have been voting since 1940 and no one that I voted for ever did anything for me personally which ever had any meaning. Only with the exception of one election:

Isa 42:1, “Behold My Servant, whom I uphold, Mine Elect in whom My soul delighteth. I have put My Spirit upon Him. He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.”

I voted for Him and He changed my life!

Q. I was talking with someone from the Salvation Army and we were discussing salvation. This person said that you can never know if you are saved, and they said that they are “merely holding on.” Can you know if you are saved or not?

A. Yes, you can. The Bible says so. But you have to believe the Bible.

1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that you may know that you have eternal life and that you might believe in the only Begotten Son of God.”

Yes, we know we have eternal life. He gave it to us a free gift.

”I give unto them eternal life and no one shall pluck them out of My hand,” John 10:28.

Q. Is it hard to know the will of God for your life?

A. No, it is not hard. The will of God is found in the Word of God. If you find out what God’s will is, then you know what His will is for your life.

First of all, God is not willing that any should perish but all should come to a change of mind about Jesus Christ.

Therefore, He wants the whole world to be saved. But they are not all saved, so then most of the people in this world are not interested in the will of God for them.

God’s will is that every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ should grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Saviour Jesus Christ, but some are still babes in Christ and there is no growth or maturity.

We know the will of God, but we don’t want His will for our lives. But, if you are willing to know the will of God for your life, you will know it.

Just look up the passages that say, “God is willing ...” and you will know.

Q. I hear some pastors referred to as apostles. Are there any apostles today?

A. No. In order to be an apostle, you had to be an eye witness of the resurrected Christ.
1 Cor 9:1, “Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?”
1 Cor 15:8-9, “And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.”

There is no such thing as a succession of apostles, no sons of apostles. We never receive anything in the Christian life through physical birth. Every thing we have comes as a result of the spiritual birth.

No one has or will today receive apostolic stature. 2 Cor 12:12, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” No human being can perform miracles at will today.

The word “apostle” is an Attic Greek word for “admiral,” the supreme commander, one who holds the highest rank. An apostle exercised absolute authority, spiritual dictatorship, over the churches until the Canon of Scripture was completed, and the Word of God is now the Absolute Authority.

Apostleship was a spiritual gift, 1 Cor 12:28
Apostleship was sovereignly appointed – no human merit involved.
God the Father, Rom 1:1. Jesus Christ, Eph 4:11. The Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 12:11

Q. What do you think, biblically, of the nomination of a Jewish person as vice-president?

A. Jews have served our country very faithfully. Hyman Solomon financed the fight for our independence. Jews were valorous in WW II.

There are two Biblical principles that will keep us as a nation in existence. One: If we continue to send missionaries out with the Gospel, which a Jewish vice-president would not do. Two: We can continue as a nation as long as we do not become Anti-Semitic. With a Jewish vice-president, that is hardly possible.

Gen 12:1-3, “I will bless them that bless Israel.”
It will be interesting to see if the Lord wants us to have a Jewish vice-president, and that would favor Israel.

Gen 12:1-3, “I will curse them that curse Israel.”
It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Arabs.

Q. How did you feel about the spiritual tone of the Republican convention?

A. There was more religion than there was Christianity.

Elizabeth Dole quoted a few verses and that was great. And there was the comment about the fact the government can’t take care of the soul. And that was good if only they applied that to the so-called abortion issue.

Then we had the ecumenical movement there. They had a Catholic priest and a Greek Orthodox priest and general of the Salvation Army and his wife. And they had a Muslim, and a Mormon, and a Jewish rabbi, and a Methodist minister.

They all read their prayers off of a teleprompter or notes. I don’t know if any of them were believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ was mentioned once by the Mormon – a football player. And they read from the Koran.

I don’t think there was a spiritual connotation there.

Q. The other night I heard someone ask us to pray with him for salvation. And he said I had to confess my sins and that I had to ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart. Is he right?

A. No. You don’t have to confess your sins for salvation. If you are a believer and you sin, then you have to confess your sins, not for salvation but for being restored back to fellowship. That is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

You don’t invite Christ into your heart because your heart is incurably sick, literally. Jer 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

It is not an inhale, it is an exhale. You exhale your faith in Christ. You believe in Him. You put your trust in Him. He invites you to come to Him.

”Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in Me hath everlasting life,” John 6:47

Q. Is there such a place called Hell?

A. Yes, there is.

It is place.

It is a prepared place.

You are never invited to go there.

There is no Grace there.

There is no love there.

The Lord is not there.

It is hot and there is no water.

There is no peace there.

You have lousy neighbors.

And you never die.

It is not prepared for people.

Matt 25:41, “Depart into everlasting fire prepared for Satan and his angels.”
But, the Lord has a place prepared for you. John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Reject the Lord’s place and you go to Satan’s place.

Q. I was taught that Jesus Christ went to hell.

A. Jesus Christ did not go to hell. What He did do was that He emptied out Paradise, the abode of all Old Testament believers, and they traveled with Him into Heaven. Paradise is now replaced by Heaven. In Hades there is also Torments, the place of the unbelievers, and Tartarus, the place of the fallen angels.

Christ did not go to hell. Neither will you if you accept Him as your personal Saviour.
Hell is prepared for Satan and his angels. And he is not there yet.

Q. In discussing angels, you said that believers would judge angels. Can you tell me where that Scripture is found?

A. Yes. 1 Cor 6:3, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels?”
Also in Col 2:15, there is a military metaphor used there when a war was over in the ancient world, one victorious soldier took another victim into custody. One on one.
Therefore, when the number of believers that fill up the body of Christ matches the number of fallen angels, then the Rapture will occur.

Q. Would you, as a pastor, marry two unbelievers?

A. Yes, I would because they are both lost and this would give me an opportunity to win one or both of them to the Lord.
I did have an experience one time when after a wedding ceremony, some lady stated that she had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour at the wedding. Since then I have never hesitated to do weddings any where.

But, I would not marry a believer with an unbeliever.

Q. I read where some Christians use the word “doctrine.” What does “doctrine” mean?

A. The word “doctrine” is literally, “teaching,” and when they use the word “doctrine,” they are referring to a certain category of the Word, like the doctrine of salvation and the doctrine of spirituality – breaking down the Word into different categories.

The word “disciple” simply means one who has been taught the Word of God. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are saved. Just that they have been taught the Word of God – like Judas.

Q. What is the difference between hatred and righteous indignation?

A. Righteous indignation means that you are angry and sin not – as Christ was angry and sinned not. He was angry over false doctrine – like works for salvation, like works for spirituality, etc.

Hatred is a mental attitude sin and you are mad over something that doesn’t pertain to the Word of God. That is when you put the situation in the Lord’s hands and let Him handle it and you stay relaxed under the Filling of the Spirit which is love, a relaxed mental attitude of Grace, don’t get out of fellowship because of someone’s attitude.

I guess in this world today righteous indignation will be called a hate crime and we may all be put in prison.

Q. The Bible says we are to “Pray without ceasing.” How can we pray without ceasing when the government won’t let us pray in school?

A. The government can’t stop you from praying in school when you know what a biblical prayer really is. It is not an overt expression. It is not crossing yourself. It is now bowing down or getting on one knee.

It is not the position of your body, it is the position of your soul.

”Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,” Eph 6:18.
It is not even opening your mouth with vain repetitions like “Mea Copa, Mea Copa,” and the only prayer that you hear all the time, “Our Father which is in Heaven.”

Here is the way in which you can pray in school or anywhere: Matt 6:5, “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are for they love standing in the synagogue and in the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily, verily I say unto you, they have their reward.”
Their reward is not answered prayer, but being rewarded by being seen of men.

Matt 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.”
When you shut the door, no one can hear or see you.

Ball players get up to bat and cross themselves and strike out. Pitchers get on the mound and take their cap off and face center field and cross themselves and the batter hits a home run.

You don’t have to open your mouth to pray. But people want to be heard and seen and so they pray to people and not to God the Father.
It is easy to pray in school. I do. 

The government doesn’t know what prayer is either.

Q. What is it like when a Christian dies?

A. From the following passages, I will come up with a conclusion. The Psalm says,  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of a saint.” Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Job said, “Though skin worms destroy my body, I will see the Lord.”
Paul also said, “Absent from the body is face-to-face with the Lord.” Revelation says, “No more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, and no more death.”


This isn’t death. It’s glory
This isn’t dark, it’s light!
It isn’t stumbling, groping, or even
Faith, It’s sight!

This isn’t grief of having my
Last tear wiped away,
It’s sunrise, it’s morning
Of my eternal day!

It isn’t even praying
It’s speaking face-to-face
It’s listening and glimpsing
The wonders of His Grace.

For this is the end of pleading
For strength to bear the pain
Not even pain’s dark memory
Will ever live again

How did I ever bear this earth life
Before I came up higher?
Before my soul was granted
Its very deep desire.

Before I knew this rapture
Of meeting face-to-face.
The One who sought me
The One who saved me
The One who kept me
By His Grace.

Q. Do you believe in “What star are you born under?”

A. No, but I can give you the Biblical principle if you tell me what month you were born. I can give you the passage for the month of your birth.

I used to kid, but I don’t anymore because people are too serious. I used to say when I was asked “What sign are you born under?” And my answer was ... I was born under a sign that said “No vacancy.” But, if you are interested in biblical astrology, I will send it to you. No charge.

Q. I was born may 20. What is my biblical astrology?

A. May 20. “Taurus” is your sign – the sign of the bull. The bull talks about judgment in Scripture.

Isa 51:20, “Thy sons have fainted. They lie at the head of all the streets as a wild bull in a net. They are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God,” verse 22.

”Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God that pleadeth the cause of His people. Behold, I have taken out of thy hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of My fury. Thou shall not more drink it again,” verse 23

”But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee, which have said to thy soul, Bow down that we may go over and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over.”

Here is where Israel, is regathered at the Second Advent of Christ and all her oppressors are punished. The illustration of the judgment is as a “raging bull,” an expression of His righteousness and His justice.

Bulls are also used in the Scripture about the atrocities that occurred around the Cross and upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psa 22:12, “Many bulls have compassed Me, strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.”

Here is antagonism predicted upon Jesus Christ on the Cross.

Psa 68:30, “Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls with the calves of the people.  Till everyone submit himself with pieces of silver, scatter thou the people  that delight in war.”

Wild bulls are very stubborn, which is a negative attitude about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isa 34:5-7, “For My sword shall be bathed in Heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of My curse, to judgment. The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and coats with the fat of the kidney of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.”

This again depicts judgment and the fury of the Lord. This is the Day of the Lord and the battle of Armageddon.

The emphasis in this astrological sign is the righteousness and justice of God. Christ judged on the Cross. Christ coming as Judge. And negative volition about the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bulls!

Q. What is God’s will for my life?
A. Here are seven things declared to be the will of God for you.

  1. It is the will of God that every member of the human race be born again. 2 Pet 3:9, “Not willing that any should perish.”

  2. It is the will of God that all believers be sanctified. This is experiential sanctification, which means to stay in fellowship. 1 Thes 4:3 carries the idea that a believer is to be set apart unto God by being in fellowship, so believers will be under His direction.

  3. It is the will of God that all believers be filled and controlled by God the Holy Spirit. Eph 5:18

  4. It is the will of God that we give thanks in everything. 1 Thes 5:18 correlated with Rom 8:28. If you are going to do the will of God, if you are going to be guided by God, this must be your mental attitude.

  5. It is the will of God that believers suffer. 1 Pet 3:17. Since it is God’s will that you suffer, 1 Pet 4:9, then the purpose of suffering is blessing. Suffering is:
    A. God’s way of blessing the believer.
    B. God’s way to bring maturity in a quicker way
    C. God’s way of directing our attention to the things that are really important in life. such as:
         1. Fellowship with Him.
         2. Knowing the Word of God.

  6. It is the will of God for every believer to trust the Lord. Prov 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not to thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.”

  7. It is the will of God for every believer to be productive. 1 Pet 2:15
    All production is in the area of Divine Good – the filling of the Spirit – and the exhale of the Word of God and growth to maturity.

Q. What happens when a person commits suicide? I heard that they can never go to Heaven?

A. I heard the same thing growing up in a Catholic orphanage.

Suicide is one of the many ways in which a person dies. It can be murder, or dying of cancer, or an auto accident, or a plane accident, or on the battlefield, or just old age.

But no matter how you do, it separates the body from the soul. Only the body dies, not the soul. The soul lives forever. No one can kill a soul. “Fear them not who can only kill the body.”

When Christ went to the Cross it was for the salvation of our souls, not of our body. So when you die you depart and where you go when you depart depends on whether or not you wanted to be with Christ. If you accepted Christ as your Saviour, then when you depart you will be absent from the body and face-to-face with the Lord.

But, if you reject Jesus Christ, then you decide you don’t want to be with Him and so you are separated from Him for all eternity and that is the second death.

As a Christian in your body here on Earth you are “unequally yoked” to a temporary body having an eternal soul. At the Rapture of the Church you receive your “right body,” a resurrected eternal body like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 8:38-39, tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, “neither life nor death.”

Q. A verse says “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.” Can we pray that Jerusalem will be peaceful this year?

A. No! When we pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, which means the city of peace, there can not be peace in Jerusalem for at least seven years from now.

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem means when the “Prince of Peace,” the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to this Earth and places His feet on the Mount of Olives. That cannot occur for seven years if the Rapture happened this year. After the Church is removed from this Earth, there will be still seven years more of “Jacob’s Trouble,” the Great Tribulation to Israel. And then the return of Christ.

Q. I recently saw on TV, a minister performing a wedding ceremony for lesbians and homosexuals. What does the Bible say about this?

A. Marriage is for believers and unbelievers, too. It is a designed institution as a factor for the stability of a nation. There are some guidelines in Scripture for marriage. There are three passages of Scripture which are sentinels for marriage and other important decisions in life, like the following:

Deut 4:2, “Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from It, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

Prov 30:6, “Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Rev 22:18, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the Words of the prophecy of this Book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book.”

So, the guidelines for marriages are found in the Bible and nothing is to be added to it or diminished from it.

I will follow with basically what the Bible says about marriage in the February 2001 Sugar Sticks.

Q. What is a carnal Christian?

A. A carnal Christian is a believer who is going to Heaven when they depart from this life, but in time they are out of fellowship.

They don’t have fellowship in time with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you. That ye also may have fellowship with us and truly our fellowship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ".”

They are walking in darkness and not in the light.
1 John 1:6, “If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the Truth.”

They are called carnal Christians.
1 Cor 3:1, “And I, brethren, cannot speak unto you as spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.”

So they are grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit rather than being filled.
Eph 5:18, “Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.”

They don’t have the unity of the Spirit.
Eph 4:3, “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

If they stay out of fellowship, they may go home before their time and that is called the sin unto death.
1 John 5:16-17, There is a sin unto death. I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin unto death.”

When you are in fellowship the Holy Spirit controls your life, like this:
Gal 5:22-23, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self control, against such there is no law.”

And when you are out of fellowship, the works of the flesh are these:
Gal 5:19-21, “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings.”

So, you can see that a believer in fellowship and a believer out of fellowship have nothing in common.

In fellowship you produce Divine Good.
When you are out of fellowship, you produce dead works, human good.

Q. Would you please explain Matthew 10:28, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul?”

A. There is a similar verse repeated in Luke 12:4, “And after that they have no more that they can do, but rather fear him.” In Luke this is peculiarly solemn.

”I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Even him, which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

A decisive proof that there is a hell for the body as well as the soul in the eternal world. In other words, the torments that awaits the lost will have elements of suffering adapted to the “material” as well as the “spiritual” part of our nature, the soul – both of which we are assured will exist for ever. Souls live for ever, you can’t kill a soul. It spends eternity somewhere. The soul is the real you. No one can kill you, the real you. The body, yes, but that is a temporary dwelling place for the soul.

The saved soul will one day have its “right body,” a resurrection body like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Q. How do you perform memorial services for those who have lost loved ones if you don’t know if the person who has departed is saved or lost?

A. All memorial services and marriages are handled the same way, different circumstances but the message is the same, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

If I don’t know whether or not the person who is departed is saved or lost, I present both sides of the picture. For example, if the person may be lost, since I don’t know, this is the condition the lost person becomes an evangelist! Luke 16:27-28, “Then he said, I pray thee therefore father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them lest they also come into this place of torments.” The unbeliever becomes an evangelist and says “tell them not to follow me in unbelief and don’t come here.”

Whereas if the person is a believer who has departed, the other side of the message is true. Luke 15:7, “I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that changes his mind, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no change of mind.” Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in Heaven in the presence of the angels of God over the sinner that changes his mind.”

The departed believer wants you to follow them in belief and come where they are.

Q. Do you think it is right for preachers on TV to sell Bibles?

A. No. Definitely no! The Bible is one of the three great gifts God gave to the world and I don’t think a gift such as a Bible should be sold.

The advantage that the Jews had over all the other people was that to them “was committed the oracles of God” and that distinguished them from the rest of the world.

The Gideons have the right idea they give away all their Bibles for free. The idea is to get this Book into the hands of people, but don’t charge for it.

When people join our Church, they have a desire as believers to want to fellowship with us, I introduce them to the congregation as the newest members of our Church and I extend to them the right hand of fellowship and I give them a Bible ...

All churches and ministries of the Word have to be supported, and when people are blessed through the Word of God, then they respond by supporting the spreading of the Word of God with free will offerings.

”What is not freely given is not worth having.”

”God, Who spared not His Only Begotten Son, but gave Him up freely for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?”

Q. What is a good way to pray thanking the Lord?

A. Thank Him for His attitude and actions toward you.

  1. God is loving, 1 John 4:8.
  2. God is merciful, Psa 116:5.
  3. God is mighty, Job 35:5.
  4. God is faithful, 1 Cor 1:9.
  5. God is true, John 3:33.
  6. God is holy, Psa 99:9.
  7. God is light, 1 John 1:5.
  8. God is great,  Job 36:26.

This will give you a good start ...

Q. Do we have any Scriptural references where people interceded with God on behalf of others?

A. Yes, we do.
Moses, David, and Hezekiah are examples of people who prayed for others.
Moses, Exodus 32:32.
David, 1 Chr 21:17.
Hezekiah, 2 Chr 30:18.

Intercessory prayer is an integral part of the believer’s prayer life.

Q. As a Christian, how can I get the most out of life?

A. God promises Heaven for all believers after this life is over. Rev 21-22. He also promises to give good gifts to His children that will make this life abundant, victorious, happy, and joyful.

Gal 5:22-23 lists God’s gifts, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control, against such there is no law.”

  1. Consider each gift separately. See how you can use this gift to enrich your life and glorify God.
  2. Look up the meaning of each of these Words in a good Bible dictionary.
  3. Consult a Bible concordance to read the verses which use these terms. Claim them as God’s gifts to you. As you mediate upon each one, some gifts will appear as clusters of heavenly fruit waiting for you to gather.
  4. Other promises will appear as blank checks signed by God for you to cash.
  5. Read a biography of a Christian whose life exemplifies these gifts. Consult a Christian library or book store for suggestions. Claim these gifts as God’s promises to you.
  6. Practice them in your daily living. Choose one gift to practice each week for several consecutive weeks. Ask for God’s guidance daily. Getting the most out of life depends upon your attitude, not circumstances.
  7. Cherish every moment of it. Be positive in all things. Happiness is being a child of God living in God’s plan and Word and will.

Q. Can God take away my fears in this uncertain world?

A. Yes, I find courage in the following verses.

”Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait I say, on the Lord,” Psa 27:14.
”Be strong and of good courage; fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee. He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee,” Deut 31:6.
Deal courageously and He shall be with the good,” 1 Chr 19:11.
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries which is to them an evident token of perdition, but you of salvation, and that of God,” Phil 1:28.
”Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,” Eph 6:10-13.

Q. I would like to know what the Bible says about marrying your uncle.

A. Lev 14:18, “Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother.”

That is your uncle. The Bible says no. This country also still says no to marrying your first cousin and this is closer than a first cousin. It is your father’s brother – the same family.

Q. I have noticed recently that there are a great deal of natural disturbances, like earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, flooding, fires, volcano eruptions. Is there any Scriptural significance?

A.  Yes there is. Most people explain that they are the sign of the last days when the Lord returns to this Earth. But before the Lord returns to this Earth Church Age believers will be gone.

There is a famous passage of Scripture, Acts 16:31, and most people know about the Philippian jailer who is discussed in that passage.

In this section, Acts 16:26-34, we have two miracles. It answers the question, “What do I do when there is a catastrophe?” You all probably have had that happen to you, or the possible expectation of disaster or catastrophe.

In this context, we have an “earthquake” and many people are concerned about what is God’s view about the earthquake.

Every time we have a national disaster and every time we have a local disaster, you look for the people who are ready to hear the Gospel because in every disaster condition that has ever existed, God is going to reach certain people. This is illustrated by the Philippian jailer.

Remember in any disaster, and you are going to see many disasters in your day, and you will survive these disasters because God will use you as He did Paul. Paul survived this disaster to find the persons who were willing and ready to face the issue of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

There must have been many people in Houston who were ready to hear the Gospel.

Q. Can you give me an ideal of what an ambassador for Christ really is?

A. God has ambassadors in every walk of life. He has ambassadors in business, in the professions, in labor. No matter what you do for a living or in what circles you move, that is the sphere in which you represent the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are to be an ambassador where you are, to make a pulpit out of your circumstances, whatever they might be.

Social change and the solving of social problems, is not the issue in the spiritual life.

In SPQR, for example, where slaves were always rampant, Paul did not encourage the many slaves who had become believers to revolt or to demand a change in status. He encourages them to remain where they are, “As God’s free men,” 1 Cor 7:22. How you earn your living is an advocation.

Your vocation in life is being an ambassador, a vocation to which God appointed you.

An ambassador has his instructions in written form, a completed Canon of Scripture. He does not belong to the country to which he is sent. He does not regard insults as being personal.

The recall of an ambassador is a declaration of war. The Rapture recalls the royal family of God to Heaven and intensified spiritual warfare will break out in the Tribulation.

Q. Is there any Biblical information about the killings that are going on in our schools?

A. To me there seems to be one – Satan in school.

  1. Satan is a killer.
    A. He has the power of death. Heb 2:14, 15.
  2. He killed Job’s children. Job 1:12 cf 1:18-19.
  3. He motivated Cain to kill Abel. John 8:44, cf 1 John 3:12.
  4. He often administers the sin unto death. 1 Cor 5:5

Q. Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was of the devil. Is the devil involved in illnesses?

A. Absolutely.

  1. He was responsible for Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” 2 Cor 12:7.
  2. He produced illness in Job, Job 2:6-8.
  3. He uses his demons to inflict diseases, Matt 12:22, Luke 13:16, Acts 10:38.
  4. Causes certain types of deafness, dumbness, paralysis, and crippling effects by means of demon possession. Matt 4:24, 9:32.33, Matt 12:22, Mark 8:17-18, Acts 8:7.
  5. When demonism causes the affliction, the removal of the demon or demons produce instant cure. Matt 10:1, Mark 1:32-34, Mark 6:13, Acts 8:7, 19:12.

Q. How can you tell when a person is demon possessed?

A. Here is a list of the Biblical characteristics of demon possession.

  1. Loss of individuality. The demon-possessed person no longer has control of mental, moral, or volitional faculties of the soul. Mark 5:1-13, Luke 8:17, 9:39-40.
  2. Abnormal behavior.
    A. Convulsions. Mark 1:26, 9:20, Luke 4:35.
    B. Violence. Matt 8:28.
    C. Abnormal strength. Mark 5:4, Luke 8:29.
    D. Raving. Mark 5:5. Crying or screaming.
    E. Self mutilation. Mark 5:5.
    F. Foaming at the mouth. Mark 9:20, Luke 9:39.
    G. Nakedness. Luke 8:27.
    H. Grinding of teeth. Mark 9:28.
  3. Loss of health.
    A. Dumbness. Mark 9:17, Luke 11:14.
    B. Deafness and dumbness. Mark 9:25.
    C. Blindness and dumbness. Matt 12:22.
    D. Epilepsy. Mark 1:26, 9:20, Luke 4:35.
    E. Mental illness. Mark 5:15.

Q. Can Satan heal?

A. The answer is yes! Satan is a healer.

Healing was a temporary spiritual gift before the completed Canon of Scripture. Acts 19:11, 12, cf Phil 2:27, 2 Tim 4:20.

God still heals today, but never through the agency of the gift of healing. Phil 2:27. There exists no bona fide divine healer in this present dispensation.

Since Satan possesses the power of disease, he often counterfeits healing by the removal of the demons, Matt 12:24, 24:24, 2 Thes 2:9, Rev 16:14.

Q. I was at the World Trade Center when all this happened and it was scary. They are talking about war. I don’t understand it. Is this a part of Bible prophecy? Please help me.

A. I recently sent out an email on Promises concerning war and how the United Nations (see Sugar Sticks for September 2001), which was formed to stop war, did not succeed.

The reason for this is that the Lord Jesus Christ said there would be wars and rumors of war until He returns. And when the Prince of peace stands on this Earth at the Second Advent there will be no more wars.

There is no peace without the Prince of peace.

Q. Why has God allowed America to be attacked?

A. God has not forsaken America. America has forsaken God. God allows us to have free will and we are responsible for the decisions we make individually and collectively.

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Are we not in this country filled with the same principles that bring on destruction? Some of the ashes floating over New York remind me of Sodom and Gomorrah.

There is a passage and there are many passages that give us as Christians why the Lord, as you say, allows this to happen to us.

Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because they have rejected knowledge, I will also reject them, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

The knowledge here is not academic knowledge or education. “But thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God.”

The basic reason for the decline and destruction of a nation is rejecting the Word of God, which is the mind of Christ.

Q. Why is America being attacked?

A. One of the reasons is because of the lack of spiritual leadership in the pulpits of our country – failure on the part of pastors teaching the Word of God daily.

”Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion under foot, they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto Me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. The spoilers have come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord will devour from one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace. They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns,” Jer 12:10-13.

A good verse for a Sunday School class.

Q. Does God discipline nations?

A. Yes, there are five cycles of discipline to nations.

  1. The first cycle of discipline. Lev 26:14-17.
    Loss of health, decline in the agricultural economy, terror, fear and death in combat, loss of personal freedoms due to negative volition toward the Word of God.
  2. Second cycle of discipline. Lev 26:18-20.
    Economic recession and depression, increased individual discipline for continued negative attitude toward the Word of God in spite of the first warning.
  3. Third cycle of discipline. Lev 26:21, 22.
    Violence and the breakdown of law and order, cities broken up.
  4. Fourth cycle of discipline. Lev 26:23-26.
    Military conquest and foreign occupation, scarcity of food – reduced to one tenth of the normal supply, the breaking up of families.
  5. Fifth cycle of discipline. Lev 26:27-31.
    Destruction of the nation due to maximum rejection of Biblical principles.

The five cycles of discipline are also covered in Deut 28:15-68.

Q. Is there a place called hell?

A. Yes, there is a “place” called hell. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Hell is prepared for the devil and his angels,” Matt 25:41.

  1. Hell is a place. It is not an allusion or a figment of anyone’s imagination or a dream. It is a place.
  2. And it is a “prepared place,” but not for you.
  3. If you notice in Scripture no one is ever invited to go there. Why would you want to go somewhere where you are not invited?
  4. There is no air conditioner in hell. It is hot as hell there.
  5. There is no water there either – thirsty all the time.
  6. There is the gnashing and grinding of teeth.
  7. There is torment there – flames of fire.
  8. There is no exit in hell. You can’t get out – ever!
  9. There is suffering there, and anguish.
  10. And you can never die – no mercy killing.

Why would any one want to go there? You don’t have to do anything to go there.

But you are invited to go to Heaven where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sickness, and no death. It is yours simply by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Christ has a place prepared for you and that is with Him. Heaven is also a prepared place.

Q. What about the innocent children in Afghanistan if we bomb them?

A. When you start with a false premise, you end up with a false conclusion. There are no innocent children anywhere. We all come into this world as little children wherever we are. As little children here or in Africa, we are born physically alive and spiritually dead. “In Adam all die.” We are all born enemies of God and aliens.

When a child reaches the age of accountability, they have an opportunity all their life to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, because He is not willing that any should perish. When they do accept Christ as their Saviour and their country is bombed and they die, they depart to be with the Lord as citizens of Heaven, which is much better.

If they don’t reach the age of accountability, then God is fair and they go to be with Him because they have not had the chance to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, which is what sends anyone to the Lake of Fire.

Q. What does the Bible say about gun control? Will gun control put a stop to crime? I would appreciate your answer.

A. I will answer you by asking you a question. And your answer will give you the answer you are looking for.

  1. What did Cain kill Abel with?
  2. Did what did Moses kill an Egyptian with?
  3. What did Jael kill Israel’s enemy with?
  4. What did Solomon kill the Philistines with?
  5. What did David kill Goliath with?
  6. What did they kill Stephen with?
  7. What weapon did the first pope Peter carry?

See if you if you can match up the following.

Sword, stones, sling shot, jawbone of an ass, tent pin, his bare hands, a sacrificial knife. Long before guns were invented, people were killed.

Q. People say that all roads lead to Rome and they think the same thing about going to Heaven. What does the Bible say? Does it matter what you believe?

A. All roads may lead to Rome, but all roads do not lead to God.

You can’t come to God through Buddha, Mary Baker Eddy Glover, Judge Rutherford, Brigham Young, or Joseph Smith, Confucius, Ghandi, Mohamed, virgin Mary, or the Pope. The only way to get to God the Father is by the Lord Jesus Christ.

“No one cometh to the Father but by Me.”
“I and the Father are one.”
“He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.”
“There is one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.”
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on Him.”
“There is no other name given to men under Heaven whereby we must be saved.”
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Q. Will you be honest with me? What does all this lifting up of hands mean that I see people doing on TV?

A. Not a thing! An unbeliever can lift up his hands. Anything an unbeliever can do is not salvation or spirituality. Christianity is a supernatural way of life and needs a supernatural means of execution.

Lifting up hands in Scripture means that your hands are hanging down and you have to lift them up in order to serve, which simply means you are out of fellowship. The passage goes on to say, “and make straight paths for your feet” which also means you are out of fellowship. You can't serve the Lord when you are out of fellowship. To get back into fellowship is the claiming of the Promise of 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Q. Can you help me on ways to study the Bible?

A. Yes, there are many ways. One of the ways in which I have studied the Bible is in a two-fold way.

  1. I pick out a word.
  2. And then I look for the word throughout the Bible and make a Doctrinal notebook.

For example, “seed.”

  1. The Seed of a woman, Gen 3:15.
  2. The Seed of Abraham, Gen 17:7.
  3. The Seed of Isaac, Gen 21:12-13.
  4. The Seed of David, Psa 132:11.

Then I show the performances of all these Promises of a seed.  And then I can always turn to my Doctrinal notebook.

Q. How old was the Lord Jesus Christ when He completed our so great salvation and departed to be with God our Father?

A. The answer is two-fold! On His mother’s side He was 33 years old. But on His Father’s side??? The Ancient of Days!

Q. I don’t believe in astrology, but is there any significance in Scripture when it comes to what star we are born under?

A. Yes, there is. For example, I don’t know what your birthday is, but I will use mine as an illustration. I was born May 20 and from April 20 to May 20 we have Taurus, the sign of the bull. In Scripture the bull represents judgment.

Isa 51:20, “Thy sons have fainted. They lie at the heads of all the streets as a wild bull in a net; They are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of Thy God.”

The illustration of judgment as a raging bull is an expression of God’s righteousness and justice. Bulls also are used in Scripture about the atrocities that occurred around the Cross and upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Many bulls have compassed Me, strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round,” Psa 22:12.

Wild bulls are stubborn, which shows negative volition to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word and His plan, i.e., those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

Send me your birthday and I will give you a Biblical description of your birthday. Or, see our online publication, Christian Astrology.

Q. Do you need to repent of your sins to be saved?

A. Suppose you can’t remember any sins at the point of salvation what then?

  1. First of all, the Bible doesn’t teach that you have to repent of your sins. It just says “repent.”
  2. “Repent” means to change your mind. It is from the Greek word META NOEO.
  3. All sins have been taken care of on the Cross.
  4. Sin is no longer the issue in salvation.
  5. The issue in salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ. So, you have to change your mind about Him.
  6. Both in the Old and the New Testament it says:
  7. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

What think ye of Christ? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Q. Do I have to lead an unbeliever in a sinner’s prayer and make them confess that they are a sinner and ask for forgiveness in order for them to be saved?

A. No! Sins were paid for on the Cross. Sin is not the issue in salvation. God the Holy Spirit convicts of unbelief in Christ for salvation. The unbeliever just simply accepts the gift of eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Father I accept Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.”

Q. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when the Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “Let this cup pass from Me,” was that talking about the Cross?

A. No. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when He was sweating blood and cried, “Let this cup pass from Me.” It was not the Cross, but the Garden, when Satan tried to get Him from going to the Cross. And God the Father delivered Him from that cup.

Heb 5:7, “Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared.

God the Father didn’t deliver Him from the Cross, but He did deliver Him from the satanic attack in the Garden.

Q. What is the difference between a priest and a pastor?

A. All believers are priests, including pastors, 1 Pet 2:9.

Roman Catholics have a specialized priesthood like the Old Testament, but according to the Scriptures, every born again believer is a priest.

Q. What is the difference between a chapel, a church, a temple, and a synagogue?

A. A synagogue is where Jewish people meet – usually unbelievers. There are no temples today biblically.

Believers are temples today. Unbelievers have temples, like Muslims.

A Church is a local assembly of believers, and/or the body of Christ. A chapel is usually a place where people meet, like in a hospital, to pray. I was a chaplain for the Houston Astros and we had chapel services in between innings in the locker room – not a designated church building.

Q. Why do women have to wear a scarf on their head?

A. They don’t. That is also a Catholic doctrine. You wear a scarf when you are cold, not for any religious expression.

Q. Why are we commanded to be filled by the Holy Spirit?

A. Eph 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit” is in the imperative mood. It is imperative that we be filled with the Spirit because:

  1. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted. Dare we believe that by our own puny efforts we can magnify the Son of God?
  2. The fulness of the Spirit is the desire of the Lord Jesus Christ for all believers. In John 17, Jesus Christ prayed that the joy He and the Father had, we might have also, and the filling of the Holy Spirit is joy.
  3. The filling of the Holy Spirit is necessary to live the Christian way of life, Gal 5:22, 23.

Q. Who are the “dead in Christ” at the Rapture that are to rise first?

A. The dead in Christ are the bodies of the believers at the Rapture. When you die, the only thing that dies is your body. Souls live for ever – both the believer’s and the unbeliever’s. So the body rises first.

Q. Can you help me? I am confused about becoming a saint. How long after death does it take for you to become a saint? And what kind of good works do you have to do to become a saint?

A. You become a saint at the moment you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. “Saint” is a title for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul calls the believers there “saints,” and they were the most corrupt of all Christians. You don’t have to do anything to become a saint – you do not have to die. But you are a saint when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour on earth. There are other titles for believers such as children, sons, brethren, members of the body of Christ, and the family of God.

“Saint” in the Greek language is “HAGIOS,” which means set apart unto God for all eternity at the point of salvation.

Q. I was baptized when I was an infant. Now that I am an adult, do I have to be baptized again?

A. Babies should not be baptized Biblically. Baptism means that you have accepted Christ as your personal Saviour and you are going to walk in newness of life.

Since an infant is not able to make a decision to accept Christ as Saviour, they are still lost and without Christ. Water baptism is for believers only.

Baptizing infants is another Roman Catholic doctrine, where the godfather presents the baby for baptism and the priest asks the godfather, “Have you renounced Satan?” When the issue is not the godfather, but the child. Renouncing Satan doesn’t save you either.

Q. Can you explain blessing by association?

A. Blessing by association is what the Bible speaks about when prophets went from town to town witnessing and teaching. Some people welcomed them into their homes and fed them and gave them a place to rest and sent them on their way.

The people that took them in were blessed by association with the prophets.

If you are supporting some one who is spreading the Word of God, you are blessed by association and are a part of that person’s ministry.

Q. I wonder if you can help me. Why are our prayers not answered?

A. There are several reasons. One is that the person who prays is not in fellowship. The Scripture says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me,” Psa 66:18.

In Isa 59:1-4 our prayers are not answered because “our sins have separated us from our God.”

Another reason why our prayers are not answered is because we address them incorrectly. Some people address their prayers to “Oh Holy Ghost,” or “Oh sweet Jesus,” or “Oh Mary, mother of God.” Your prayers will never be answered when they are addressed in that way.

In the Lord’s prayer in John 17, the Lord Jesus Christ did not pray to the Holy Spirit, or to Himself, or to Mary, but He addressed God the Father. All our prayers are to be addressed to God the Father. I hope this has helped you in your prayer life. “Our Father, which art in Heaven.”

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