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Prayer, Vows and Confession

[posted 12/8/18]

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Question #1:

Hi Dr. Luginbill,

In my Christian walk (been saved for 15 years). Most of my prayers get answered, but then there are times when they aren't answered. I trying to understand why is this the case? I search my heart and can't come up with any answers, even when I ask God in prayer, why are not my prayers being answered. Some will say that it will be answered in God's timing, or that I have unconfessed sin. I pray almost every day that if there be any sin in me, reveal it to me so that I can repent from it. This is what I say in my prayers to God. Why are some prayers not answered? and is there an effectual way to have our prayers answered? My own opinion is that sometimes we may be praying for the wrong things. So why are some prayers not answered? and is there an effective way that we can pray for our prayers to be answered?

God Bless,

Response #1:

Wow! If your "batting average" is that good, you are truly to be commended. Here is what John says:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1st John 5:14 NIV

So the promises we have received that our prayers will be answered hang upon the caveat above – and a good thing too. If all prayers of all believers were instantly answered in precisely the way they asked for them, 1) where would the building up of faith be, since then no patience would be required? and 2) since many ask for the wrong things, even if the motive is good, the mess ensuing would be enormous. But God the Father is the perfect parent. So just as we would not give our five year old a big bottle of nitroglycerine – just because he asked for it – so our Father knows best what we need.

In my experience, He always answers our prayers – just not in precisely the terms we cry out for; rather, giving us precisely what we do need: He knows, we usually don't, at least with precision.

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Prayer Questions

Prayer Questions II

What can we do to make our prayers more effective? Get a better handle on the Will of God through greater attention to the Word of God. In other words, the answer to this question as to most others is "continue to grow spiritually".

We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.
John 9:31 NIV

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
James 5:16b-18 NIV

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #2:

Hi Bob,

A brother in Christ was depressed that God had not been answering his prayers. He was asking why God was ignoring him, and is God supposed to be responding back in an audible voice? He didn't know how he was to recognize the "voice" of God, or whether his prayers are being answered. Others were telling him that he was "grieving the Holy Spirit" by sinning a lot. He said that everyone sins and got upset over it. Others were telling him that perhaps there were unconfessed sin in his life that needed to be repented of. I chimed in and said that we have to put on the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) so we can be in tune with God's will and see if our prayers are coming to pass in that sense, and through obedience to His commandments out of love for Him. Then there were those who said that he wasn't even saved at all, and that made him very angry and he got defensive. Of course, nobody really knows what kind of life this person leads except for him and God. I think he might be looking for some outward proof that God is indeed responding back to him. He says he waits for God to answer back in a voice. I know that God answers my prayers because I know God's will for my life with absolute certainty, and I can see it being fulfilled through requests in my prayers that help me to accomplish God's will for my life. I don't know how prayers are answered in the life of other Christians, or how they were to know they are saved so they can get their prayers answered. Or if they were grieving the Holy Spirit, and what exactly needs to be done in order to know with certainty that they are having their prayers answered.

God Bless,

Response #2:

Well done!

Putting unreasonable demands on God indicates a lack of faith (among other spiritual problems). The whole point in prayer is putting the problem (whatever it may be) in God's hands, and trusting Him to provide the perfect solution for it. Asking for proof is the exact opposite of having faith (reminds me of Gideon and the fleece), and without believing that our prayers are going to be answered, there is little point in praying.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6-8 NKJV

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L

Question #3:

I still wonder how I should approach the prayer. It has evolved over the years, but I remain uncertain about some issues. For example repeating some of the supplications before the Lord every day. I often go through a long list of intentions that are identical each day and I wonder if I should do that. For example, I pray that my Bible study is fruitful - that my heart is open, that in the power of the Holy Spirit I study the scripture as I should and do not waste time, that I am able to see and understand what I didn't see and understand before, that I am able to understand difficult passages. I do not want such an intention to become a rote I go through every day. The same goes for praying for all my brothers and sisters. I wonder how much I should say (many intentions repeat themselves for all of them - progressing in the scriptural truth, spiritual growth, ministry preparation, etc.) and what I should perhaps not be repeating every time. I know that at least some of these may be matters that each one of us must address, but any guidance from you would be much appreciated.

Response #3:

On prayer, I hear what you are saying. The first point I would wish to make is that guilt feelings are a poor reason for doing anything. Prayer is an incredible privilege! Just think of it. We have the right to place our petitions directly before the God of the universe because of the access to the throne of grace we have as belonging to Jesus Christ (Eph.2:18; 3:12; Heb.4:16). People will attempt to move heaven and earth to get an audience with a king or other ruler, but it is the Lord who can actually do anything He is pleased to do (Prov.29:26). Add to this the fact that we are a kingdom of priests (Rev.1:6; 5:10), royal priests of the King Himself. So we have both a duty and a privilege to exercise this office as long as we are on this earth – and how much more is that not true of those of us who really do understand the issues and the importance of all this, and have confidence in the Lord's willingness and ability to help our brothers and sisters and who are intent on leading them forward.

"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way."
1st Samuel 12:23 NKJV

Persistence in prayer is of great worth. But of course there is a time for everything (Eccl.3:1ff.), and that includes a time to leave off praying for certain people and certain things. Generally speaking, more is more and less is less, but we ought never to let the power of the Spirit drain out of our prayers. The more we are aware of actually having a conversation with the Lord as we lay these petitions before Him, the better. The more things become dry and a mere rote, well, that can be a problem. Remember: you have seen many of your prayers answered, and powerfully so, both for yourself and for those in whose behalf you have prayed.

So my bottom line: if you are aware or convicted of some prayer being wrong or misguided, don't pray it. But when in doubt, pray.

Question #4:

I read this passage and I wept bitterly, for I felt that it was describing ME. But then I felt the presence of the Lord, and he took away my guilt.

You should start praying for the commencement of the Tribulation to happen NOW. The timetable you presented is only a rough guideline, because God can shorten it. Revelation 8:4 states that the great tribulation will happen in response to the prayers of the saints.

Response #4:

I'm encouraged by your spiritual rallying, my friend!

If the Tribulation begins sooner than scripture seems to indicate, we will endeavor to persevere through whatever the Lord gives us to handle; and the same thing goes for the possibility that He will delay it. But as far as praying for a change to the time line, I'm not inclined to do that beyond what our Lord gave us to pray: "Thy kingdom come!" Amen!

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #5:

Dear Professor

Your writings continue to bless me and my family and those immediately around us.

I am continuing to go through your Subject Index for my benefit and hope it will also benefit others in due time. Also with some people I would even highlight the Index. Quite a few Pre-Tribbers in town who may initially be more inclined to look up topics of interest to them. (Why bother too much with the Tribulation when you will be a heavenly spectator anyway?).

My desire is to have believers engage and learn, and unbelievers to think about the purpose of life and our need for a Savior. And as I found out, it can be a lonely existence when you leave any false church.

Then again, in their many different situations I am concerned for all my children, family and friends.

Prayer is the only thing that can help in some cases and definitely helps us in all cases.

Professor, I see, as you so generosity expound, that the time is so short. Thank you for highlighting, through the scriptures, the need for constant preparation for the dark times ahead, before the glorious return of our dear Lord and Savior.

In His Holy Name.

Your student

Response #5:

Looks good! The subject index is important – that's why I've got one. Your PDF will be a big help and a fine addition to site navigation; I truly appreciate it.

I'll be keeping your family in prayer. When you say "it's all we can do sometimes", that may be true, but prayer is A LOT. People spend a great deal of time, money and effort trying to get audiences and bend the ear of human dignitaries and officials. But we have access directly to the King of the universe – and He does hear all of our prayers. That is no small thing even though most of us don't value as we should this special access we now have as members of the Body of Christ. We need no intermediary to place our petition directly before our Lord.

He is working it out for good. We have to wait, often, as a test of faith and to temper that faith. But He knows our heart and has already put the solution into the decrees of the Plan of God before the universe was even created.

I do promise to keep your family in my prayers, my friend.

In our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #6:

Hi Robert,

I have another question which has been weighing heavily on my heart and mind. How can I know what God’s purpose for my life is while sitting at home and never leaving except to go to my doctors appointments? I want so much to help others but I don’t get out due to feeling very ill or feeling anxiety and fear from the symptoms I have been experiencing and feel my life passing by so quickly and I am not serving God by staying home each day and resting so much. How can I serve our Lord? I struggle every day with anxiety and fear and listen to Scripture dealing with these issues. I try to constantly remind myself that Jesus truly is with me beside me all the time and that thought comforts me. I know you are very busy and will respect that and appreciate your time and any suggestions you may have. Ty so much!

Your Sister in Christ Jesus,

Response #6:

Everyone is different and everyone's situation is different. The Lord is very well aware of that and gives us all as much as we are willing to handle when it comes to wanting to do His will.

He wants us all to grow up spiritually through attention to the truth. You have access to the internet and so to all of the thousands and thousands of pages available at Ichthys. There is no limit on how much truth you can access, consider, believe, take in, and begin to apply.

He wants us all to progress spiritually through applying the truth we are learning to our circumstances, passing the tests that come our way by means of believing that truth and using it to negotiate the troubles we face. You are already doing that and we can all do more of that and do better with that. BB 6A is focused on helping believers to do just that (link).

And He wants us all to contribute to the spiritual growth of other believers. That will lead, eventually, to a personal ministry which the Lord has designed for each of us. There is no "cookie-cutter" pattern for such a ministry either, and they always will correspond to the gifts and talents He has given us. No believer ever fully comes into such a ministry without growing and being vetted, so the fact that this hasn't happened yet is not to be bemoaned at all. And we can all serve even before that ultimate personal ministry reveals itself. One thing we can certainly do – something few of us do enough of – is pray for others. Here is the link to the Ichthys prayer request list. And I'm sure you know many others who need prayer as well. Also, you are very good with your words of comfort and encouragement. That is ministry too, even if it is happening over email or the phone or however it is done. With the advent of the internet, there are all manner of opportunities for innovative ministry as well.

So take heart, my friend. You have a fair chance to win the three crowns and to please our Lord in so doing.

Keeping you in my prayers day by day.

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #7:

Hello Professor,

Thank you for your prayers. And all of them. I will let you know when I get the answer. It would be a wonderful deliverance.

Professor - this has been a great explanation of the issue. I appreciate the time you have put to get me to where I am - with everything. If I think that the greatest grace is spending eternity with God through our Lord's sacrifice, then it is your ministry has been God's greatest provision to help me grow afterwards. I understand all the points and this is exactly where my question came from - whether the zeugma would not mean reading into Peter's words something that he did not intend to put into them. But your point about this figure of speech being in use - as are others in our day - makes sense.

Professor, our friend, who I believe has just been saved, asked me about Abraham's intercession in Genesis 18:22-33. I have given this some thought and looked at the commentaries as I wanted to put together a clear response and there are aspects of this dialogue about which I'm not sure.

Firstly, some commentators make the points that Abraham is interceding for Lot and, according to others, also for sinful Sodom - based on the fact that he was himself saved by grace (Unger). I'm not certain about this. The key motive seems to be for God not to destroy the righteous with the wicked rather than the intercession for grace for Sodom. But it is true that he asks that the entire city be saved rather than just the righteous. This is somewhat similar to Moses' intercession on behalf of unfaithful Israel.

This is the key point, as I understand this at the moment - a plea for God's justice. On the one hand, Abraham must have known that God is just. On the other - God knows our needs and yet we are to pray to Him.

And this brings me to the other point which I see as important to mention - that Abraham, with all his humility, does persevere with the prayer - as boldly as he is humble (Luke 11:8).

What are your thoughts on this intercession?

In the grace of our Lord,

Response #7:

You're most welcome as always, my friend. I'll be keeping this on my prayer list until we hear the good news. I'm prayer for our friend too.

As to your question, it seems to me that Abraham's willingness to keep reducing the number necessary for deliverance means that he knows very well that there aren't many believers in Sodom. It also means he's not concerned for Sodom. He's concerned for Lot – and it turns out in the end that Lot is (apparently) the only believer in town. Abraham could have just asked for Lot to be dragged out of the city – which is what happened. But Abraham, no doubt correctly, was figuring that Lot would be reluctant to go (and he was right about that too: Lot picked the town, wearying I suppose of the sojourning life – a bad sign given the analogy – and even afterwards wanted a town to go to: Zoar).

A little before this, Abraham had been personally responsible for delivering the entire population of Sodom and all they had from the hands of the army that had conquered the town. And yet Lot had not taken this horrible event as a sign that Sodom was "bad news". He couldn't expect Abraham to keep bailing him out forever, after all. Given the behavior of Lot's wife and his daughters, I rather suspect that while Lot was "tortured in his righteous heart" by constantly being bombarded by the evil in Sodom (2Pet.2:7-8), the women in his family liked it there (his wife "looked back" and his daughters had fiances), and he was not strong enough on his own to get them to move, not really wishing to do so himself either. Abraham was very smart and no doubt had picked up on that too. So from his point of view during this intercession, the simple solution was to keep Sodom in place.

It is a bit sad and perhaps funny to think of Abraham realizing that no one was going to change Lot's family's mind, and so no one was going to be able to change Lot's mind – concluding therefore that the solution was to try to get the Lord to change His mind. It was not Abraham's best moment – as anyone reading about him bargaining with God in this way must surely conclude anyway. But he was acting out of love for Lot. Better always to act out of faith in the Lord. With hindsight – which none of us possess when we're on the battle line as Abraham was – perhaps when the Lord said He was going to destroy Sodom, Abraham might better have said, "What about Lot?", or "Would you please save Lot?" That is precisely, after all, what Abraham wanted – and it is precisely what the Lord did.

Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #8:

Hello Professor,

Firstly, thank you for your explanation of Genesis 18:22-33. It makes very good sense. I didn't even consider that Abraham would base his prayer on the assumption that Lot would be reluctant to move away from Sodom, but once we recognise that this is where the context is pointing, everything else makes sense - unlike it is the case with the other explanations I've read where there always seemed to be something missing.

One part of your explanation that I'm not entirely clear about is when you say that Abraham wasn't concerned for Sodom. Now I understand that once we accept that Lot was the main motive behind the supplication and he didn't want to move, then we can also see why he wanted the whole city to be delivered even if he was not concerned for it. It's just that this conclusion seems counterintuitive when we see Abraham plead for the whole city.

Would you say that any of the following points is worth mentioning when explaining this passage:

a) Abraham pleads for mercy for sinful Sodom based on his understanding that his own salvation is by grace through faith (Genesis 15:6). This is what Unger says in his commentary. It is true that we are all sinners, but it still seems rather unlikely to me that this should constitute a part of Abraham's motivation, particularly given that Sodom and Gomorrah were known for their exceptional wickedness.

b) Perhaps it could be mentioned that Abraham does plead for God's justice to be executed, similarly as it is the case with the Psalms. The Psalmists know that God is perfectly just and will execute His judgment in righteousness - and yet they ask for Him to do so, often using the argument of His righteousness to "spur Him on" to action. So on the one hand - we believe that God will do the right thing, but on the other - there is nothing wrong in us asking for Him to act in this way. So although with his assumption about Lot he goes things in a roundabout way and the "negotiation" is not, as you wrote, his best moment, he still asks for the execution of righteousness.

c) Finally, we could still make the point that Abraham does actually make the supplication - instead of trying to take matters into his own hands and deciding to rescue Lot by his own effort and without God's help.

Response #8:

I don't see any value in Unger's take. Abraham appeals to justice because he thinks this will solve his problem – but this approach overlooks the facts that i) God knows everything, and ii) He would never do anything unjust, so iii) it is Abraham who is the one who hasn't sized things up exactly right. This is a good lesson for us all because we all get upset about things that happen and we all become anxious from time to time in our prayers about what we have been or are praying for. But just like in this case, God has it all planned out perfectly and for the good (Rom.8:28). On your point "c", certainly; we have to give him that, at least.

Question #9:

Hello Dr. Luginbill,

First of all, I'd like to thank you for your replies to my questions because most are reluctant to answer them because they haven't studied the bible enough. My question is why do people close their eyes in prayer? I can't recall the passage in the bible, but when Jesus prayed, it said that He lifted up his eyes" while praying. I think so. Where does closing eyes in prayer come from? Tradition? I close my eyes in prayer because it removes all the distractions around me. Is it essential to close our eyes in prayer? One of my friends was saying that he never closes his eyes in prayer. I don't know where closing eyes in prayer comes from. Your thoughts on this?

God Bless you and your ministry,

Response #9:

You're certainly welcome, my friend. I think posture of any sort in prayer (see the link) is at best a reflection of our attitude – one hopes for good (i.e., perhaps as a mark of respect). I don't know of anything that requires closing one's eyes; doing that for concentration is, when possible, a good thing. But, for example, if we are driving and the brakes fail, keeping our eyes open as we pray would be advisable.

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #10:

Another question I have is more personal. How exactly do you pray? I am not sure I have a clear thought how prayer ought to proceed. I thank God in the morning for all the people he has given to me to help me grow in the Truth and I pray for them asking for a supply of his peace and grace to sustain them in their daily work and walk. I pray for my family and for those whose difficulties with the Truth have scarred me somehow. Then throughout the day, I typically just mention things that make enough of an impression on me to God in "prayers in passing", sort of. But I wonder how I can pray for all the people I would like to pray for like the Ichthys prayer list. I present them all as a whole before God and ask Him to address each specific issue according to His Grace. I mention what I remember exactly as samples of the prayer requests but that's it.

I know that it is a matter of personal application but I think I can make a better application if I could probably be given some guidance. So far, it's just my own ideas, not that I could even state them clearly.

Response #10:

Praying is something the Bible has a lot to say about, but it is also a very personal thing. Your approach sounds like a good one to me. Thanksgiving is important; so is prayer for others. Like anything else in the Christian life, the more you do it and the better you do it the better it is. So praying for everyone in a group at once is a good thing; praying for individuals and their specific concerns is better; both are better than not praying at all – as long as one is praying with the right attitude in the power of the Spirit. The more one grows, so also grows the amount of time devoted to prayer – and the effectiveness of it too. As with many other issues of application, there is not a single "perfect approach" that can be bottled or canned – because we are all different. If there was such an approach, it would be in the Bible. Our Lord gave the disciples the Lord's prayer when they asked a similar question, and that prayer is a perfect rubric to orient believers to all good things, if it is understood: We have a Father, He is perfect and able to do all we ask; we are going to be with Him in a perfect kingdom by and by; we have been provided for today, the only "day" any of us should be concerned about: because yesterday Jesus died for our sins and they are forgiven (provided we too walk in forgiveness), and our ultimate deliverance safe into the kingdom is assured. In other words, we are praying for things we already know are going to happen and have happened – and that same spirit of faith and confidence in the answer to our prayers should be present in all we add to this framework (see the links: "The Lord's Prayer I" and "The Lord's Prayer II").

Question #11:

Hi Bob,

Before R.C. Sproul died he had the following to write.

Most of us probably do not engage in such things, but superstitions remain part of the lives of many Christians. For example, some believers think praying the same prayer every day will guarantee a certain result. Take care to cast all superstitions from your life and trust in the Lord’s sovereign will that is working for your good.

I do pray for the same things each day. I go through the prayer request list of ichthys.com. Does that make me superstitious?

Sincerely,

Response #11:

Here is what I read in scripture:

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Luke 18:1 NIV

Pray without ceasing.
1st Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

See the link: Prayer: the Persistence, Purpose and Power of.

Our Lord gave us "the Lord's prayer" to be repeated daily, and that is a good example to consider. If we are repeating it only through rote and giving no attention to what it means, that would be clearly less valuable than if we are understanding the words and their implications and appreciating them as we say it, recognizing that we are in a conversation with our dear Lord when we pray it (see the link: The Lord's Prayer).

So I wouldn't worry about what famous dead preachers who didn't think things through had to say when it comes to matters that are this important.

In Jesus our dear Savior,

Bob L.

Question #12:

I was fine for months and now I feel tired. How do I keep at it without relying on being in a good mood? Especially when sickness comes or someone starts drama in the family? I end up going back to sin for comfort.

On prayer. Is the peace given to us a blank clear mind so we can fill it with good thoughts? Thanksgiving and confession clears my mind so I can read the bible and think about God, but what about prayer requests? Like for patience or strength? It's not a feeling he gives you so how do you pray for that? What's the point of prayer requests if I'm not doing it right?

Response #12:

As to peace, God has called us to peace. Admittedly, that can be difficult for anyone to achieve if he/she is not living alone. But it can be done. One thing every believer discovers early on is that sin never brings comfort only more turmoil and lack of peace. Mastering the process of "faith rest" is the stuff of spiritual maturity, and that is a "hill" which must be constantly defended. Just as the Israelites were winning as long as Moses held up his staff (Ex.17:11-12) – but started losing as soon as he let his arms down – so also we have to aggressively embrace the truth we know, reaching out for the help of the Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, but we have to say "Yes!" to Him and "No!" to sin, temptation and all things negative and unprofitable.

For more on fighting the fight, please see the newly released BB 6A: Peripateology (there is a good deal in there about peace as well).

It's hard to do prayer "wrong", but it is possible. As long as we are honestly putting petitions before the Lord, thanking Him, conversing with Him, and doing so without hypocrisy or under false pretenses (like the Pharisees) or without first confessing our sins, we are told that even if we do not know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit will take care of that for us (Rom.8:26).

And a word about "feelings". It's very important for all Christians to understand that while we all have moods and feelings, these are often very poor guides to action or indicators of true spiritual realities. Emotions are like little children who cry for the wrong reasons and who can be giddily happy when it is inappropriate from the adult perspective. The "adult" is our spirit cooperating with the Holy Spirit to dictate to our heart what the truth is regardless of how we may feel. With little children, if we lead them and teach them, they will follow and learn (eventually); the same is true of our emotions. Far too much of contemporary Christianity puts emotion in the driver's seat and pays little attention to the truth. That is exactly the opposite of the way to gain spiritual maturity, walk a good walk for Jesus, passing the tests that come, and eventually helping others do likewise (much about this in the post linked above as well).

Keeping you in my prayers daily,

Your friend in Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #13:

[vowing]

Response #13:

Thanks for your encouraging comments, my friend. And I have every confidence in you that you will continue to fight a good fight and run a good race. As I always do, let me again recall that this is a one day at a time race and a one day at a time fight. Neither a good race yesterday or a bad fight yesterday has anything to do with today – except to the extent that we focus on yesterday and let the good make us complacent or the bad make us despondent; neither emotion is helpful. That is why I embrace what Paul says: "I'm heading straight for the finish line" (1Cor.9:26), not looking back but straining for the tape. This also means that "once and for all solutions", while they sound great, are mostly to be avoided.

The Lord tells us not to make vows, even though that was a big issue in the Law. Why not? For one thing, we are flesh and are likely to fail in the vow, especially if it is a difficult one. Better just to keep running, keep fighting, and trust the Lord to take care of the rest.

Question #14:

When I was a teenager, I promised God I would never drink coffee. I have broken that promise many times since then. Should I still keep that? I did make the promise and I read in the Bible that we need to keep oaths we keep to God. Then again, I have already broken it.

Response #14:

God is merciful and forgiving, and He knows that we are but flesh. That is precisely why we should stay away from vowing:

"But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one."
Matthew 5:34-37 NKJV

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
James 5:12 NKJV

It's not really possible to "vow" according to the Law today in any case inasmuch as the Law of Moses is now defunct (e.g., Heb.7:12), and there are no priests or temple messengers or sacrifices or even a temple to go to make a true vow.

Question #15:

If we confess sin, but miss some because we forget or don't realize, is that held against us?

Response #15:

It says at 1st 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" (NKJV). N.B., I take "forgive us our sins" to mean just that – not "some of our sins" or "the ones we mentioned". Obviously, if we know about some sin and deliberately fail to mention it, that will not work (Ps.66:18; cf. Ps.32:3-5; Job 31:33). And I take "all our unrighteousness" to mean "all". So the only exception to full forgiveness for everything upon confession would be a knowing, deliberate concealment of some sin – which then is no confession worthy of the name.

Question #16:

On the sin, it is because I have an overactive conscious. I am sure you are familiar with the stereotype of Christians families saying (usually only to the women) makeup is sinful! showing ankle is sinful! speaking out of turn is sinful! existing is sinful! you not being completely lowly when you said that was sinful!), and so it is a bit frustrating to feel always guilty and be constantly thinking 'I don't know if that was wrong, I should confess just in case'. I guess I will just have to tell God 'if it is blatantly sinful I will try to confess, but the more vague, if I were to go with that, I would spend a huge chunk of my waking hours confessing.

Response #16:

There is nothing wrong with a daily general confession (in addition to immediate confession whenever one is aware of having erred; see the links: in BB 3B: "The Believer's Dealing with Sin" and "Relative Accountability for Sin"). General confession is part of the Lord's prayer which we are supposed to say every day: "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors". A goodly portion of the sacrifices in the Law were for "sins of ignorance". Believers who are advancing spiritually have, after gaining a measure of spiritual maturity, fewer problems in this regard because they begin to get control of areas which are clearly sinful on the one hand and stop worrying about the other stuff (things they don't know about) on the other. After all, we are not here to "stop sinning" (although sinning is bad of course and becoming more sanctified over time is both essential and also a normal development in growing believers); rather, we are here to grow, to progress in our walk with Christ, and then produce a good crop for Him. Being over-focused on the negative makes the Christian life seem and feel negative . . . when it is actually of course the exact opposite.

Question #17:

Hello Dr. Luginbill

Especially in this social and political climate, I feel temptations I never felt before. It is very easy to get the focus off the Lord and onto other things. I hate some of the desires it generates. Just that on the vague 'is it-a-sin?'s, I get a bit frustrated because it generates constant guilt feelings. I do think I would feel better if I set aside specific time, though, because that would demonstrate I do want to confess I think, even if I miss some sins.

May the Lord come back soon. I can't wait to be free of this sin nature, and not be able to sin anymore,

Response #17:

Honest and humble people recognize that they sin. Self-righteous and legalistic people try to cover things up. As I said, James says that a person who could completely control his/her tongue would be "perfect person" – and no one is that; and it's unquestionably harder to control one's thoughts. So none of us is ever going to be perfect this side of the resurrection. We fight the fight day by day, we try to get better with each step along the way, but we are kidding ourselves if we try to say we've "arrived" and no longer need to confess – kidding ourselves, but NOT the Lord.

If in doubt, I see no harm in confessing. But if one is sure that a sin was not committed, it's a mistake to allow emotions of doubt, fear and guilt stampede us into confessing when there is nothing to confess. Gaining confidence in our walk with the Lord reduces this problem until it fades into nothingness.

Keep fighting the good fight, my friend!

And amen! Marana Tha – "Oh our Lord, return!"

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #18:

Dear sir

How have you been, Sir?

It is false that we cannot quit sinning, is it not? I mean, when a Christian has a particular sinful habit and is in full cognizance of its sinfulness, they CAN stop it, can they not? I began to think last year that Romans 6:1-4 meant that it is possible to live sinlessly in this world but after I began reading you, I decided that that was wrong. But that can seem the only effective defence against a very difficult-to-break sinful pattern. I agree completely that we cannot be totally free of sin in this life. I believe that we can't because there is plenty that is sin that we don't even recognize as such. But how do we deal with sins that are obvious to us and which we know that we have a responsibility to keep away from?

Yours in our priceless Lord Jesus Chris

Response #18:

I think you have this one just right. We definitely should not sin and we definitely can stop sinning like we did when we were spiritually younger. There is a whole lot of ground between "no change" and "perfection" but many people who expound on this issue seem to miss that very important point. I don't know if you are familiar with baseball, but to put it those terms, there is a very big difference between a beginning little league player who can't ever seem to even get his mitt on a baseball and a major league shortstop who has one the golden glove award – they both miss baseballs, but the former is an object of pity while the latter is an object of admiration. Serious, mature Christians are not to engage in repetitive sinful behavior, and certainly nothing gross or dishonorable. There is a big difference between occasionally getting angry in one's heart but then controlling it and repenting and being an alcoholic – just for example. Both persons are sinners, but in the former case it is a question of a mature believer who is ever ratcheting down the sin nature and its expressions whereas the latter individual is lost in the grip of sin. The fact that mature, advancing believers sometimes sin does not mean that they have not made great progress in the fight against sin. Assuming that there is no difference between this person who is walking close to the Lord and someone who is subject to all manner of sin at all times is absurd, but that is how some would-be theologians seem to see it.

As teachers, we teach both things that the Bible teaches because both things are true: 1) absolute intolerance of any sin whatsoever; 2) absolute forgiveness upon confession for sins inevitably committed. The fact that we have sin natures means that sooner or later a baseball is going to trickle past us into the outfield. A professional ball player knows this and even though he may be upset with himself for the error is not going to quit or go into despair because of one or two errors. These things happen. Understand, it is still an error. Understand, it is still a sin. God is intolerant of sin and so must we be, in ourselves and in the way we present the issue to others. But God also understands better than we do that we are but flesh and that we cannot possibly fight an absolutely perfect fight no matter how dedicated we may be. That is why Christ died for all sins; that is why we have been given the blessing of forgiveness after salvation through confession. That is grace, writ large indeed. We do not abuse grace (so as to fail to pursue sanctification in earnest); but we do not teach that God denies grace to us when we sin – that is a horrible lie. Legalism is uncomfortable with the idea of forgiveness for sin and seeks to exalt the intolerance God has for sin into a false doctrine of the possibility of absolute sinlessness. That is an affront to Christ – because it suggests that there can be victory over sin without the blood of Christ; and it is also a very damaging lie because it will make those who believe it either 1) assume that what they cannot stop doing is actually not sin (denying the sinfulness of sin is the first step to apostasy); or 2) become terribly depressed over their failures and become hors de combat in the spiritual warfare in which they should be engaging. The correct position, the biblical position is simple enough: "Don't sin!" . . . "and when you do, recognize your mistake, turn away from it, confess and get back into the fight". Any other point of view, either tolerant of sin or refusing to recognize the spiritual truths of our circumstances in this evil world, only leads downward and backward.

Here are some links which speak about the "how" of the first part of the proposition above:

Sin, Salvation and Forgiveness: Claiming the Mental and Spiritual High-Ground

Sin, Fear and Forgiveness

Guilt, Sin and Victory through Spiritual Growth

Dealing with Sin and Guilt

Sin, Guilt, and Salvation

Sin, Guilt, and Salvation II

Salvation and Sin

Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology I

Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology II

Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness II

Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness I

Fighting the Fight II: Struggling with Sin, Doubt, and Severe Testing

Fighting the Fight I: Accountability, Faith, Sin, Forgiveness, and Reward

Doubting Salvation and Questions of Sin

Sin and Salvation, Confession and Forgiveness

The Battlefield Within: Fighting the inner spiritual Struggle.

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #19:

Hi Bob,

I just want to say from the outset that I am forever grateful for your prayers and those who prayed for me at your website. I can CLEARLY see my prayers being answered and coming to pass. There is no avoiding it because I believe that nothing can stop God from accomplishing His divine will.

"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."
(Psalm 37:4-6)

I believe that this passage is telling us that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, then our desires of our hearts will be God centered. Is this the correct interpretation?

Whenever I ask a fellow brother in Christ about how long they can go without sinning, it's always something negative. 99.9% of professing Christians reply by saying, NO...that's not possible! I read a poem from an unknown author about a little girl who asked her father if someone can go a week without sinning, and the father said no. She then asked if someone can go a day without sinning, and her father said no. She then said, "then I want to live my life moment by moment to the Lord.

This is a tough question for me, but I believe that a believer who loves God with all their heart can go a day without sinning. I need help here as I am not completely sure if a Christian can go a day without sinning. I am leaning towards Yes, we can go a day without sinning (Phil. 4:13. What are your thoughts on this?

God Bless,

Response #19:

For very good reason, scripture never puts things this way – as if not sinning might be something equivalent to dieting or training for a race. We are NOT to sin . . . period. But we do sin, and when we do, we are to confess our sins.

No one will sin less by "trying not to sin today"; such a thing will probably only lead to more sin. That is addressing things by means of the flesh, not by the Spirit, and Paul's description in Romans chapter seven tells us that this approach is futile. On the other hand, if we are walking in the Spirit, we will not be carrying out the deeds of the flesh (Gal.5:16ff.).

I am sure that it is possible to go a day and not commit an act of porneia, e.g. Indeed, any Christian who is walking in Christ is accomplishing that every day (one hopes). And it may be possible to go a day and not commit a sin of action (if one stays home with the phone off of the hook and the shades drawn) – but doubtful if a person has to commute in traffic. James tells us that controlling the tongue is impossible (cf. Ps.39:1-6); it might be possible to go a day without uttering a single careless word and only words that are edifying (Col.4:6), but just as with action, there are things that we should do as well as those we should not do. Can we perfectly navigate a day and say everything we should while avoiding everything we should not say? I have my doubts. Most of our sins are sins of ignorance – which is why most of the sacrifices of the Law were for sins of ignorance (execution was the standard for sins of arrogance – but if it has been rigorously carried out the population would have soon disappeared). So it might be possible to go a day without doing or saying (or failing to do or say) anything by the commission or omission of which was sinful . . . AS FAR AS THE SINNER KNEW. But that is significantly different from ACTUALLY not sinning in action and word in the opinion of God who knows all. And that is why in the Lord's prayer we are directed to ask for forgiveness every single time we pray it: "And forgive us what we owe you just as we also forgive those who owe us."

When it comes to sins of the heart, that is a whole different subject. The heart is "desperately wicked" and incapable of even being comprehended (Jer.17:9). The sin catalogs in the New Testament are "sins of the heart" heavy, and it was covetousness, the one mental sin in the ten commandments, that doomed the apostle Paul in Romans chapter seven. Can we really go a day without a prideful thought? Without a jealous thought? Without getting upset, frustrated, angry? Without expressing the slightest doubt or fear or anxiety? One could go on at great length. And even if we THOUGHT we had done so, in truth no doubt we would only be expressing arrogance in respect to the sins of ignorance we had committed. Can a person go a day without a mental sin? Maybe if in a coma.

In any case, this is the WRONG way entirely to think about things and to go about things. This is like playing chess by trying not to lose pieces, or like fighting a war but never going on the offense and expecting to win. The Christian way of life is both defensive and offensive; they complement each other, but the purpose of defense is not to be perfect (which is impossible) but to make it possible to gain momentum in spiritual growth, progress and production – something which being embroiled in sinful behavior (especially sinful actions which are arrogant rather than ignorant) makes impossible. The latter is the first place Christians need to clean up their act and press forward with sanctification in all other areas too. But this life is a fight to the end, and we have sin natures which make being perfect impossible. War is messy. So is our warfare . . . unless and until we get our priorities straight.

What is our attitude toward sin? Don't do it. What if we do? Confess it. What if we are not sure? There is prayer for confession in the Lord's prayer we pray daily or more often . . . and that ought to tell you something.

Is this Christian life about sin? Not at all. It is about responding to the forgiveness of sin we have through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior on Calvary's cross.

What does that mean? Doing what Jesus wants us to do. What does Jesus want us to do? He wants us to grow, progress and produce. He doesn't want us to sin – obviously – but His purpose for is to glorify Him through earning eternal rewards; putting sin aside is a necessary part of reaching that goal but it is not the objective itself, and if a person focuses on that as the objective, he/she will fail in the mission.

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #20:

1. I became interested in "worldly solutions" to justice instead of spiritual growth. It became so bad that at one point I started flaming others over social justice issues on a Christian forum. ("There are seven things the Lord hates... a person who stirs up conflict in the community." Proverbs 6:19)

2. I started to esteem worldly wisdom...although not to the point of accepting evolution or higher criticism of the scriptures. I need to repent of this.

3. I am having my faith attacked. There are people who are telling me that the gospels are entirely legendary and even though I have reasons, the fact that they keep such a bold face in the front of those reasons is extremely discouraging.

4. Worst of all, I am afraid God will not grant me the repentance I need in order to receive salvation.

I pledged my undying loyalty to Christ...and look at how far I've fallen! I am alive, so I cannot collapse into despair. Every day that I am alive is a good day.

Response #20:

Every day we're still here is a great opportunity . . . to learn about our Lord and grow through His truth, to walk with Him in rejection of the world, and to help others do so too through the ministry opportunities He gives us. We are stocking our treasuries in heaven which no mortal man can touch or disturb, and we will enjoy what we've put in them through the power and grace of God forever.

The Lord forgives us when we confess (Ps.32:5; 1Jn.1:9); our job is to keep punching forward, not looking backward.

Yours in the dear Lord Jesus Christ our Savior who saved us by giving Himself over to be judged in full for every single one of our sins.

Bob L.

Question #21:

Hi, thank you for your ministry.

Please pray for my two sons to be saved. I haven’t been a very good example of a Christian for them. With most of the churches taken over by political beliefs and financial gain instead of Christ, I can’t recommend them to attend. I try to explain that the views from our religious leaders today are not Christian at all.

I thank God for you and your site most everyday. Christ is coming very soon. I can feel it.

Thank you

Response #21:

I'm happy to hear back from you, my friend.

I will be praying for you and for your two boys. I've also put a prayer request up on the Ichthys list.

Your comments on the "church-visible" in our day of Laodicea are very familiar – it's what almost all Christians who are really serious about following Jesus Christ through the truth find out.

Thanks so much for your kind comments – they're greatly appreciated (Ps.115:1).

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.


P.S.:  If you haven't noticed or already done so, please check out the list of wonderful ministry offerings on the Special Topics page, including postings by Bartek Sylwestrzak (*series on Mary now complete!), Christian Vassallo, John Jackson, "Bible Readings by Emma", Bible Reading Log by Christian Vassallo (helps for reading through the English Bible),  The Holocaust: A Biblical and Historical Examination (Future Implications) by Fred London, the Expanded Index to topics found at Ichthys, and, most recently, Foundational Principles, by Odii Ariwodo.


Special Prayer Requests

A special word of thanks to all who have been praying for this ministry.  The Lord has brought about a great deliverance for me and mine.  I am forever grateful to Him, and also to all of you who have been faithfully interceding for me and for this ministry.

The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.
Exodus 15:2

Addendum: 12/24/16:  I also want to thank everyone who has been praying for my family and especially for my mother.  She passed away yesterday morning at the age of ninety-six.  Considering the sad shape she was in, it was a blessing that the Lord took her when He did.  She died "full of years" in the company of those who loved her, and now she is with the Lord – and nothing is better than that (Phil.1:23; Rev.7:17; 21:4).

*Urgent Prayer Request #2 [11/14/18]: Please pray for our friend Odii and his fiancιe Abi.  Her family has just survived a home invasion where the invaders expressed the purpose of killing her father, a prominent local judge, from religious and political motives.  While no one was physically injured (all valuables were stolen), their city is a very dangerous place, and this may not be the end of it.  Please pray not only for their protection but for a way out to a safer country.

Urgent Prayer Request: **[latest update 12/13/18 below] Please be in prayer for our brother Vau who has just received a preliminary diagnosis for neuroendocrine cancer, a rare cancer that combines with different cancers from the colon and the liver (in his case). Our brother is undergoing more testing for confirmation of diagnosis and is being prepared for chemotherapy. His loss would be a heavy blow to his wife and children. But we know that nothing is impossible for the Lord. [for more requests, see below]

Update from Vau (5/14/18):  Hello my friend! I'm so glad to hear from you and yes I saw the posted and I'm so grateful for the prayer request, because I do know the prayer of the righteous availeth much. I've been meaning to keep you posted as well but I had some tough times early going. But as of 8th or 9th, I've been feeling great and stronger each day. I had the week off of chemo this past Thursday which completed the first cycle of treatment out of 4 cycles. I start the 2nd cycle this Thursdays and they will be testing me some time this month to see where I stand and if there's any improvements.

But if I may testify, God has been so good to me. He is manifesting himself daily and he has blessed me tremendously to the point that I can't explain it all. He has been taking me higher and my faith has increased. This situation I'm in has touched hundreds of people and support is coming in from all sides. There's a lot of eyes watching this very carefully and a lot of people are touched deeply and when God completes his miracle, I believe some will believe in Him and His son Jesus like never before. He's been using me in a mighty way to witness and pray for quite a few people and God has been blessing it. I'm so excited and encouraged and I thank God for you and the Saints that are lifting me up in prayer by bombarding heaven on my behalf. I love you all in Christ Jesus and I promise I will send my next update after they retest me to see where I stand. I'm looking for them to tell me some news. But either way, good news is coming my friend. 

Your friend/brother in Christ our Lord,

Vau

*Update from Vau (6/15/18): 

Hello my brother in Christ! I wanted to update you again with the latest CT scan results. The test show that the cancer has not spread and that it's stable. Praise God! Which also means that the Chemo is working and no changes is needed. All the way from the doctor to the nurses, they all seemed amazed at how well I've been handling the Chemo treatment with minimum side affects. They say I look very well and that I make there job easier with my attitude and results. But all of the Glory belongs to God. I'm trusting God for a great miracle that will have doctors, nurses, friends and family astonished by shrinking and completely removing the tumors/cancer in the liver and colon. The doctors and the treatment can only do so much and what it's doing now is what they were hoping it would do which is to stabilize, but I know what's impossible for man and medicine is possible with God, I also know my faith and my obedience is being tested highly, and the devil has been coming against me, so please also pray for my strength and faith to increase even the more as I fight this physical and spiritual battle. I thank you and all of the Saints of God for your consistent prayers and thoughts, for I know that the prayers of the righteous availeth much which means a lot to me.
God bless you my friend!
To God be the glory to whom all blessings flow!
Brother Vau

*Update from Vau (7/28/18):

Praise God! My tumor marker levels went all the down to 12.1 not including the last 3 weeks of chemo which the next time I test is 8-6. Remember, it started at a 275. Normal level is 2.5. This past Thursday was my last treatment and I go back for a Cat scan and testing on 8-6-18 and will see the Doctor 8-9 for review and next step. The Doctor said don't put to much stock on tumor level I guess regarding in shrinkage of the cancer on my liver, but still great news the the chemo treatment is working to stabilize it until God reverse it and take it away at his good timing :).  

*Update from Vau (8/19/19):

Hello Brother Bob,

Thank you much for information you provided me and the encouraging words/prayers from you and the other Saints that are praying. So sorry for the late response. I've had a few follow up appointments. Basically, the neuroedocrine cancer on the liver has grown a little and there's several small tumors growing as well. Even though my tumor markers went down, it didn't stabilize or shrink the cancer on the liver, but it may shrunk the cancer on the colon. Can't really tell about the colon because of the mass covering it, but what we do know is it must not be growing or that big. But the main enemy right now is the rare neuroedocrine cancer on the liver. That's the biggest threat at the moment. So when I went to my first appointment the Doctor immediately said he wanted to start me back on Chemo Therapy again, but this time it would be different chemo from the last. I remember last time they had mention something about Immuno Therapy, but when I ask him about it he immediate shut it down because he said it probably wouldn't based on some studies done. But keep in mind this is a very very rare cancer around 5% of cancer patients get this type of cancer so everything pretty much is experimental and there hasn't been enough studies to truly get definite diagnose on how to try to treat it all the way especially in the liver. But in the middle of conversation it was like God dropped something on his heart, he said you know what, lets try the Immuno Therapy and he felt like because I was doing well and looking well (which he's been very amazed) I could handle the Immuno Therapy and then if needed go back to the Chemo if the Immuno Therapy didn't help.

So when we went back to the second appointment after he consulted with specialist from MD Anderson and others, they were not sure and said he could go either way and others said to do the Chemo instead. But my Doctor said he's still not sure himself and he's wrestling with ideals in his head (which I believe it's the Immuno Therapy). I'm going to one of the specialist he spoke with Friday for second opinion. Even though my Doctor spoke with him, it was very quick and Doctor really never took his time to case the entire situation. Once I see him Friday, my Doctor will be waiting for me to comeback; we have a decision to make. This has been very tough and heavy on me, but I'm trusting and believing that God will guide me and give me the right thing to decide. This is no doubt a job for God. According to man, there's no cure only treatment, but according to God there's nothing IMPOSSIBLE for him to do. I'm trusting and believing that God is going to provide a miracle. He has healed me several times where doctors or man wasn't involved and I know he can do it again my friend. There are risk in doing both of them by the way, pretty much if the cancer grows and I get sick from it, I won't be able to switch from one to the other. That's in either case, but I'm confident that once God gives me what to do, it will work out the way it suppose to work out.

I appreciate all of my brothers and sister in Christ praying for me on your website and I thank you brother Bob for checking up on me, encouraging me, teaching me and praying for me as well. I will keep you posted, but just so you know I'm leaning toward the Immuno Therapy at this present moment. I felt that way from jump. Me, my wife and my mother are all in agreement, but God will have the final say so for sure.

To God be the glory from where all blessing flow,

Brother Vau

Update about Vau (11/27/18):

Our friend Vau had received mixed signals from the doctors such that the situation was that this new therapy was not going to work out and with not much encouragement from them regarding the traditional methods.  So our friend Vau put things in God's hands.  And there are NO better hands!  I received this from him yesterday:  "I've been feeling good and doing well to God be the Glory! I've had a little mild stomach issues which had me thinking funny things, but after prayer and seeking God for healing, I promise you the issue got much better."  He is back at work and also about to reinstate his teaching ministry on Facebook.  Stay tuned for a link once this is about to launch.  Vau asks me to thank everyone for their prayers and to say how much he appreciates them.  God is good!

Update from Vau (12/13/18):

Hello my friend! I pray all is well with you. Well for me, I received not the best news today. The CT scan came back showing growth on the liver and also tumor in the abdominal which is why my stomach has been giving me issues. The bottom line is they want to start back on chemo (which is not an option) or try immunotherapy which I was approved for the first time around but decided to try the 2nd chemo plan. The insurance may not approve the second time around but we shall see. I'm not sold on that either. But I told them I need 2 weeks to think about and to go ahead and check with insurance to see if they will approve it.

I'm standing on what's been told to me from God that I will be healed and to Trust, Believe and Surrender all to him. I'm doing just that and I believe God will lead and guide me. Before my appointment today I prayed for a while and the Holy Spirit came in like a flood and spoke to me and said to me what I mentioned earlier and confirmed some things. I believe it with all my heart and I shall not be moved. It's in Gods hands and he will lead and guide me to what I need to do. Please continue to pray for me that my ears and my mind stay in tune to what God is saying. Meanwhile for me, I'm staying the course and not changing any plans at all. I will proceed with my ministry 1-6-19 and I'm looking for God to move.

More Prayer Requests:

  • *For our friend Gaurav, for encouragement, health, and material deliverance. [n.b., Gaurav was the first one on this list years ago; he writes that he is still "hanging in" and staying faithful to the Lord, but he and his family are in greater material need than ever; please remember them in your prayers]
  • *For Shontel, for the means and opportunity to get out of a debilitating and dangerous domestic situation ASAP.
  • For David's wife who is entering hospice [*update: our friend's wife has gone to be with the Lord; please pray for his comfort].
  • For Kevin for successful brain tumor surgery.
  • For Bob P. for help in healing a painful skin disorder (praise here as the condition has been somewhat ameliorated, but please keep him in prayer); *and Bob wife, Debbie, just diagnosed with invasive ductile breast cancer.
  • For comfort for Jon and his family in the loss of his father.  Thanks to all who have been praying for him.  Jon reports convincing evidence that his dad was indeed saved before the end.  Praise the Lord!
  • For Abby for success and blessing in her new efforts in ministry, and for her cousin Danny's health. *Please also pray for her health, strength and perseverance in stressful and challenging circumstances.
  • For our friend Bartek, for the recovery of his health, and also for success in gaining citizenship in the UK [*praise here as his petition was successful!]. *Also, please pray for empowerment and help for his father in his evangelization ministry.
  • For help and support for Yuhanna and his family in the midst of continuing trial and testing, and for the salvation of his wider family. And please pray in particular for financial help and help for a better job for his wife in the midst of this crisis.  **[update: 12/18: please pray for success for a critical initiative that would overturn much wrong and right the situation for our friend and other affected; *next 60 days are crucial]. *Yuhanna also asks for prayer for his wife and children find a sound biblically based church and for the Lord to display the fruit of The Spirit in their lives; and also for Charlotte to find employment.
  • For Ramsey, for success in his job application process [praise here! please keep him in your prayers].
  • *For the empowerment of our friend Curt's ministry; for his health, the health of his family [praise for good news here - please pray for Curt's own health], and for his finances. *Critical: please also pray for immediate deliverance from false accusations.
  • For our brother Abishai's help and guidance in preparing for ministry, as well as for his healing and help with his business to provide for his family's basic needs, and for the health and healing of his young daughter [praise here!].  Please also pray for his brother, a believer, to be led to the truth on important issues of doctrine.
  • For our friend Betty's help and deliverance [praise the Lord for answered prayer!].
  • For our friend Carol's recovery, encouragement and for help in her professional life.
  • For our friend Vau's father for healing from critical illness, and for Vau's encouragement [praise here!].
  • For our friend John's family's deliverance from cult influence [praise for some good news here, but some members are still entrapped]. *Please also pray for John's health and that of his wife as well.

  • For our friend Kathleen's recovery from a terrible accident.
  • For our friend Steve for strength, protection, providence and deliverance – more needful now than ever.
  • For help and deliverance for our friend Cindy's daughter.
  • *For our friend Brittany's healing from cancer, and for her spiritual recovery and encouragement.
  • For our friend Ken and his family's protection from persecution for seeking the truth.
  • For the family of Jewel, a recently martyred pastor in Bangladesh (please see the link).
  • Ken Young's ministry and for his health (please see the link).
  • For Christian congregations being persecuted in Sri Lanka (please see the link).
  • For our friend Neal's help in and healing from devastating illness.
  • *[For young Joel, a newborn with Zellweger syndrome . . .]; from the family:  little Omari Joel passed on June 4, 2018 at the age of 5 ½. There are no words to express our gratitude for your prayers, and your love will always be remembered. Your prayers were blessed with love, grace, and an eternal relationship with Jesus. May God continue to bless you each and every day, and thank you for bringing our family into your family. Amen. Many blessings, keep family in your prayers!!!
  • For our friend Mark's successful surgery and swift recovery.
  • For the healing, blessing, encouragement and vindication of our brother, Nihal
  • *For our friend Mike's encouragement and God's blessing on his livelihood to provide for his family (urgently needed at present!).
  • For Helen's healing from cancer and for her comfort in the loss of her family members.
  • For pastor Don's wife Jessie's healing from cancer.
  • For Clyde's encouragement and deliverance in severe testing.
  • For John, for help in getting more hours or work or a better job.
  • For our friend John's help in coping with a difficult medical condition (cadasil).
  • For our friend Paul's father-in-law, for deliverance from cancer.
  • For healing for Leigh's dad's health (praise for betterment here - she thanks everyone for their prayers), for her daughter's healing from hypothyroidism and celiac disease, and for encouragement and help for her.
  • *For the salvation of Judah's friend, and for help for Judah in overcoming spiritual obstacles and for help in preparing for ministry.
  • For Tom for help in the development of all skills necessary for an apologetics ministry combating atheism in particular. *Please also pray for the salvation of his grandmother.

  • For the deliverance of Michael's wife from extreme charismatic influence.
  • For Michael's deliverance from debt, stress and unwanted conflict – special prayer help needed here as things are getting worse.
  • For our friend Karl's mother's salvation.
  • For our friend Oscar's continued spiritual growth and help in securing suitable employment in spite of serious satanic opposition.
  • For Richard Khum and Mission Training School in Myanmar (richardlkhum@gmail.com).
  • For Ashley and help with her marriage.
  • For Wen and family in a new area without suitable Bible teaching.
  • For Zach's healing, deliverance and comfort from severe cult abuse and control, and to be led into God’s truth.
  • For the salvation of Danny's mother and for her healing in extreme pain; for healing in body and mind, and for his protection and blessing on his family and for their reconciliation.  Please also pray for Danny's living situation, and also for his job situation where he is experiencing persecution.
  • For deliverance for John's friend from the JW heresy.
  • For our friend who wished to remain nameless, for her protection and the protection of her children from a hostile and aggressive "ex".
  • For the deliverance of Jay's friend from the influence of a noxious cult.
  • For our friend Anna and her family's comfort in the loss of her daughter, and for the comfort, encouragement and salvation of her two children.
  • For our friend Sheila's healing from the effects of a chronic condition.
  • For our friend Sandra, suffering from multiply myeloma [praise here! please keep her in your prayers].
  • For David's wife who is recovering from back surgery.
  • For friends Lynette, Angie, Marcia, Dan and Jeffery, all of whom are presently under heavy spiritual pressures and in need of prayer and encouragement.
  • For our newly converted brother Jacob in India, for healing for him and for his daughter, for his material needs, and for the salvation of his parents.
  • For our friend Tommy, for a roof over his head.
  • For the protection of Crystal and her family.
  • For Billy's mother to be led into all of God's truth.
  • ***For Resi in transitioning from Roman Catholicism and for help in serious financial difficulties.  Please also pray for our friend and his cooperative to be successful.  Prayers also please for family who does not share his faith. And please pray for our friend's protection from persecution in a place where standing up for the truth and not following the crowd results in suspicion and shunning.
  • For Kim and her family, and for her daughter's deliverance from a cult.
  • For Leigh – she thanks everyone for their prayers (the Lord has taken her father home in a peaceful way).
  • For Ryan's salvation.
  • For Brian's healing from sleep apnea, protection on a hazardous job, and continued spiritual growth.
  • For help for Steven in successfully carrying a heavy and difficult academic load in preparing to minister to the body of Christ.
  • For the opening of Daniel's heart to the gospel and his salvation in Jesus Christ.
  • For Becca's family, for help with serious medical and financial troubles (praise here for answered prayers!).
  • For the salvation of John's two unbelieving sons.
  • For Charles' granddaughter, for the perseverance of her faith and for her deliverance from drug addiction, and for the salvation and spiritual growth of another granddaughter.
  • For Bogdan's salvation and receptiveness to the truth.
  • For Clinton, for spiritual growth [praise here for completing his degree and landing a good job!].
  • *For Chris, for the preservation of his job in the midst of budget cuts [praise here! Victory! Job retained!], and for his health and protection on the job. *Please also pray for Lisa's health.
  • For the salvation of Mitch's wife.
  • For help for Sam's recovery from cancer and deliverance from extreme insomnia.
  • For Cary, for encouragement in persecution abroad, and for health and strength.
  • For Ania, for her salvation and spiritual growth in the truth.
  • *For our friend Odii, for help in finding a way to make a living without compromising his principles in a difficult field (social media). *Please pray for the success of his business as a base for ministering the Word.   **Please also pray for his fiancιe and her family for protection from violence in the place where they live.

  • For Alex' and Chris' mother, for her salvation and the opening of her heart to the truth.
  • For our friend Carmen, for the protection of her granddaughters, and her encouragement and strength in negotiating a difficult trial; for her boy Josh's recovery and for encouragement for him to turn to the Lord for help.
  • *For Amber's continued spiritual growth and encouragement, and for her healing.  Please also pray for the salvation of her grandmother.
  • *For Sande's encouragement and perseverance in proclaiming and teaching the Word in the face of significant resistance. Please pray also for his health and the health of his mother and grandmother (suffering from aplastic anaemia and spinal stenosis respectively).

  • For Christine, for help and protection in a longstanding debate with several JWs, and for Melina and Sandra, for their salvation and deliverance from the WT.
  • For Christian, for the prospering of his consultancy in order to have more time to prepare for and engage in ministry [praise here!  please continue to pray for the success of his business].
  • For Kim, for help for her and her family in struggling with severe financial pressures and for moving forward with spiritual growth.
  • For Brooke, for peace and blessing her marriage, and for her spiritual growth.
  • For Filip, for salvation in Jesus Christ and spiritual growth thereafter.
  • For Mιlanie, for her healing and help in finishing her degree under difficult circumstances, and for encouragement to move forward with spiritual growth.
  • For Jeffery, for the salvation of his two sons.
  • *For Dorota's healing from inoperable cancer, and for her salvation [*praise here as she has responded to the Lord! Please pray for her course of chemotherapy].
  • *For old friend and seminary colleague, pastor Mark, for his healing from cancer and its complications.
  • For Peter, for the deliverance of his family from cult influence and to be led to salvation in Jesus Christ.
  • For comfort and encouragement for Charles and his wife Joan who was just diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

  • More E-mails:       Complete archive of previous emails:  Ichthys' Emails

    Eschatology Issues XXIII

    Apologetics, Ministry and False Teaching

    Culture and Christianity XIX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry VI

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality II

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief III

    Fighting the Fight VII

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions VI

    Interpretation, Application, Exegesis and Ministry

    Biblical Anthropology VII

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VIII

    Text and Canon

    New Testament Interpretation V

    Grace versus Law II

    Apathy, Atheism, Cults and False Teaching

    All about Ichthys III

    The Battlefield Within II: Combating anger, fear, blaming God, blaming others

    Salvation Questions III

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation III

    Eschatology Issues XXII

    Cults and Christianity X

    Cults and Christianity IX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry V

    Fighting the Fight VI

    Marriage and the Bible VII

    Culture and Christianity XVIII: Substance Use and Abuse, Tithing, Politics and Environmentalism, Friendship, Self-Defense, and Work

    Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry II

    Old Testament Interpretation XI

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ VII

    The Transitional Era of the Book of Acts and its Unique Spiritual Gifts

    Old Testament Interpretation X

    Marriage and the Bible VI

    The pre-Trib 'Rapture': so called 'imminence' and other false proofs refuted

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth III

    Eschatology Issues XXI

    Eschatology Issues XX

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations X

    Legalism, Past and Present III: Sabbath observance, tithing, dietary regulations and other issues

    Believers in the World V: Ministering, Mutually Encouraging, and Coping with Family, Politics, and Health

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief II

    Old Testament Interpretation IX

    Christology Questions IX: Christ and His Church

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ VI: Perseverance

    Science and the Bible III

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation II

    Eschatology Issues XIX

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry IV

    Bible Interpretation IX

    Marriage and the Bible V

    Gospel Questions XIII

    Biblical Anthropology VI

    Cults and Christianity VIII

    Fighting the Fight V: Dispatches from the Laodicean 'Front' II

    Old Testament Interpretation VIII

    Eschatology Issues XVIII

    Spiritual Growth III

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry III

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation II

    New Testament Interpretation IV

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IX

    Peace, Reconciliation and Salvation

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ V: Soldiers of the Cross

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VII

    Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation

    Cults and Christianity VII

    Old Testament Interpretation VII

    Sin, Guilt, and Salvation

    Eschatology Issues XVII

    Dangers of the Pre-Trib Rapture False Teaching

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VIII

    The Infinity, Magnitude, Glory, Providence and Plan of God

    Eschatology Issues XVI

    Gospel Questions XII

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God IV

    Nephilim, Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast

    Angelic Issues VII

    Prayer Questions II

    The Trinity and Messianic Legalism II

    Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment II

    Atheism and Apologetics II

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth II

    Culture and Christianity XVII: Humor, Self-Defense, Pacifism and War

    Culture and Christianity XVI: Alcohol, Money and Dietary Issues

    Dreams, Visions, Miracles, Exorcism, Tongues, and False Prophets

    Calvinism, Catholicism and Ichthys

    Apologetics, Legalism, Cults and Philosophy

    The Law, Legalism, and Rome

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ IV

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers V

    Faith and Free Will in Trial and Testing

    Free Will and God's WILL in Salvation

    Jobs, Money, Finances and Giving: What does the Bible say?

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry II

    Eschatology Issues XV

    Dealing with Sin and Guilt

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ III

    Preparing for Tribulation II

    It is Better on the Other Side

    Family Matters

    Christology Questions VIII: The Deity, Humanity and Life of Christ

    The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament II

    Biblical People and Places: Eve, Cain, Noah, Abraham, Hagar, Esau, Joseph and more

    Biblical Anthropology V: Body, Spirit and 'Soul', Present and Future

    Satan, Antichrist, the False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions V

    Prophets, Prophecy, and False Prophets

    Christology Questions VII: The Life and Spiritual Death of Christ and Holy Communion

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God III

    Culture and Christianity XV: The Bible vs. some Sensitive Social and Political Issues

    Christology Questions VI: Christophany, Deity and the Spiritual Death of Christ

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth II

    Spiritual Warfare V

    Cults and Christianity VI

    Fighting the Fight IV: Dispatches from the Laodicean 'Front'

    Eschatology Issues XIV

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 3

    The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future II

    Gospel Questions XI

    Blindness, Disease and Healing

    Ministry and Preparation for Ministry

    Atheism and Apologetics

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VII

    Church History II

    Salvation Questions II

    Culture and Christianity XIV

    Encouragement, Spiritual Testing and Spiritual Growth

    Judaism and Legalism in the church-visible

    Bible Interpretation VIII

    Apostasy, Sin and Salvation

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching III

    Eschatology Issues XIII: Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection, Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast

    Salvation Questions

    Theological Questions II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions IV

    Old Testament Interpretation VI

    More Questions on the Book of Hebrews: Melchizedek, Esau, and the 'Impossibility' of Being Restored

    Believers in the World IV: Making Godly Choices vs. Following Man-Made Rules

    Guilt, Sin and Victory through Spiritual Growth

    Confronting False Groups and False Teaching II

    Cults and Christianity V

    Politics versus Spiritual Growth

    Christian Struggle, Perseverance and Deliverance

    The Bible and the Natural World

    Sin, Fear and Forgiveness

    An Extended Conversation on the 'Unpardonable' Sin

    Eternal Realities: Real Heaven, Real Hell

    Eschatology Issues XII: Babylon, Armageddon, Israel, 2026

    Ministers, Ministry, and Preparation for Ministry

    Evangelism in Principle and Practice II

    Gospel Questions X: Glory, John the baptist, the hidden talent, the Kingdom of God

    Old Testament Interpretation V: The Flight to Egypt, the Virgin Birth, Jonathan's Choice, Tyre in Prophecy

    Matthew Questions, verse by verse

    Marriage and the Bible IV

    Politics and Political Action on the Eve of the Tribulation

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading IV

    Spiritual Growth II

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ II

    Baptism: Water and Spirit VI

    Science and the Bible II

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers IV

    Culture and Christianity XIII: College, Dating, Marriage and Friendship

    Eschatology Issues XI: Trumpets, the Millennium, the Time of the Tribulation and the Resurrection.

    Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology II

    Bible Interpretation VII

    Salvation and Sin

    Bible Interpretation VI

    Eschatology Issues X: Strong delusion, blood moons, 2026, imminence, apostasy & the mark of the beast

    Angelic Issues VI: Cherubs, Guardians, Elders and 'gods'

    Sin according to the Bible: Hamartiology I

    Bible Chronology, Aramaic and Interpretation

    Christians and Mental Illness

    Culture and Christianity XII

    Prayer Questions

    The Trinity and Messianic Legalism

    Anger, Anthropopathism, Eternity and Divine Motives

    Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God II

    Christology Questions V: the Baptism, Temptation and Spiritual Death of Christ

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God II

    Believers in the World III: Prosperity Gospel, Tithing, Cults and Legalism

    Gospel Questions IX

    Faith, Hope and Love: Virtue in Spiritual Warfare

    Trinity Questions II

    Some Sensitive Topics IV

    Finding a Church – or Something Better? II

    New Testament Interpretation III

    Faith vs. History, Archaeology, Philosophy

    Believers in the World II: Confronting False Groups and False Teaching

    The 144,000 and the Two Witnesses of the Tribulation

    Biblical Anthropology IV: Soul and Spirit, Image and Likeness, Book of Life, Life at Birth, Accountability and Infant Salvation.

    Spiritual Growth

    Predestination, Free Will and False Teaching

    Christophany and the Trinity

    Love, Marriage, and Divorce: Marriage and the Bible III

    Interpreting Dreams and Analyzing Prophetic Claims

    Culture and Christianity XI: Lying, Suicide, Tattoos, Investing, Drugs, Music, Family, Dating, Politics

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading III

    Eschatology Issues IX: Amillennialism, Trumpets, and the Seven Days

    Spiritual Warfare IV: Demons, Demonic Influences and Satanic Methodology

    Satan's Fall from Grace

    Atheism and Gnosticism: Denying the Truth about God

    Sin, Salvation and Forgiveness: Claiming the Mental and Spiritual High-Ground

    Struggling with Salvation . . . and Relatives

    Legalism, Past and Present II

    Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry II

     All about Ichthys II: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord

    The Book of Job and Christian Suffering

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers III: Creationism, Neanderthals, Fossil Record

    Christology Questions IV: Jesus' Birth, Baptism, Early Life, and Kenosis

    Third Party Testimony III: Near Death Experiences, Revelations and Tongues

    Third Party Testimony II: Charismatic Claims of Visions, Dreams and Prophecy

    Third Party Testimony I: We Believe God and His Word – Not People

    God Heals - in His way (not our way)

    Sanctification, Separation and Restraint

    Finding a Church – or Something Better?

    Culture and Christianity X:  Military Service, College, Politics, and Race Relations

    Contemporary Churches and Women Preachers

    Culture and Christianity IX: Politics, Tithing, Music, Crucifixes, Alcohol, and Gambling

    Marriage and the Bible II

    Biblical Anthropology III: Soul versus Spirit, "Soul Sleep", and the Interim Body

    New Testament Interpretation II: Who is equal? Grace in vain. Unequally yoked.

    Aspects of the Crucifixion II: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?

    Aspects of the Crucifixion I: Carrying the cross, trials and rooster crow.

    Salvation Lost and Found

    The Canon: Content, Chronology, and Criticism

    Spiritual Warfare III: Peter's 'Angel', Saul's Death, and Strange Events

    Old Testament Interpretation IV: Gehazi's Leprosy, Tyre's Destruction, and Immanuel

    Nephilim, Fallen Angels, and Genesis 6

    Gospel Questions VIII

    Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness II

    Sin, Atonement and Forgiveness I

    Annihilationism, Universalism, Hell and Judgment

    When is the Rapture?

    Noah, the Flood, and the Nature of Animals

    The Tribulation: Timing of, Preparation for, and Conditions in

    Eschatology Issues VIII: Revelation, Tribulation and Judgment

    Antichrist: the Mark, the Number, and the Identification of the Beast

    Satan's Revolt and the Tribulation to Come

    Old Testament Interpretation III: The Name 'Jacob', the Mark of Cain, Jeshrun.

    Old Testament Interpretation II: Urim and Thummim, the Bronze Serpent, the Ark.

    Being Saved: Security, Apostasy, and the Sin unto Death

    Fighting the Fight III: False Teaching, Local Churches, and the Truth

    Fighting the Fight II: Struggling with Sin, Doubt, and Severe Testing

    Fighting the Fight I: Accountability, Faith, Sin, Forgiveness, and Reward

    Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church II

    Dispensations, Covenants, Israel and the Church I

    Witnessing: Cults and Christianity II

    Witnessing: Cults and Christianity I

    Ministry and the Ichthys Ministry

    Biblical Interpretation V

    Baptism: Water and Spirit V

    Spiritual Growth, Church-Searching and "Discipling"

    Unbelievers, Free Will, and the Plan of God

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations VI

    Baptism: Water and Spirit IV

    Paganism, Idolatry, Mythology and the Occult

    The Lives of the Apostles and the Writing of the New Testament

    The Essence of God and Deity of Christ

    Parables and their Interpretation

    The Meaning and Purpose of True Christian Assembly

    Marriage and the Bible

    Spiritual 'ups' and 'downs'

    1st John: Text and Interpretation

    Eschatology Issues VII

    Perseverance in the latter days of Laodicea

    Babylon USA?

    Baptism: Water and Spirit III

    Prayer: the Persistence, Purpose and Power of.

    Paul the Apostle: Aspects of his Life and Ministry

    Gospel Questions VII: The Wedding at Cana et al.

    Israel, 'Lost Tribes' and the Star of David

    Israel and Antichrist in Eschatology

    Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions III

    Culture and Christianity VIII

    The Geography of Heaven, Hades and 'Hell'.

    Eschatology Issues VI

    Bible Interpretation IV

    Legalism, Past and Present

    The Resurrection Body and our Eternal Future.

    Christ the First-Born, High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek.

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading II

    Bible Versions, Bible Translation, and Bible Reading

    Hermeneutics, Typology, Christophany, Theophany and Anthropopathism.

    No, Hebrews does not teach that you lost your salvation.

    Gospel Questions VI: the Long Ending of Mark et al.

    Judas and the Betrayal of Christ

    Doubting Salvation and Questions of Sin

    The 144,000: God's Seal vs. the Mark of the Beast

    Atheism: Putting Truth to Death

    War in Heaven II

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions II

    War in Heaven

    The Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Questions I

    The Law, Love, Faith-Rest and Messianism

    Paul and the Law

    Genesis Questions III

    Sin and Salvation, Confession and Forgiveness

    Have I Lost My Salvation? (III)

    The Battlefield Within: Fighting the inner spiritual Struggle.

    Putting Christ in Christmas: Loving Jesus, the Star and the Magi, Wonderful Counselor.

    Old Testament Interpretation: Moses and Zipporah, David's disastrous Census, the Destruction of the Midianites, et al.

    Healing, Miracles, and Dreams: Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff by biblical Means

    153 Fish: Explaining some Difficult New Testament Passages

    Kenosis: Our Lord's Self-Limitation during the 1st Advent

    Biblical Anthropology II: 'Soul sleep', & dichotomy vs. trichotomy

    Biblical Anthropology I: The Nature of Human Beings and Human Life according to the Bible.

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers II.

    Culture and Christianity VII: Jury Duty, Witnessing, Biometry, Military Service et al.

    Culture and Christianity VI: Halloween, Holidays, Aliens, and Christian Applications.

    Angelic Issues V: Michael, the Angel of the Lord, Christophany, demons, cherubs, and Satan's revolt.

    Angelic Issues IV:  Satan's Revolt in the Plan of God.

    New Testament Interpretation: Melchizedek, 'Forsake not Assembly', 'Women Remain Silent', Water-Baptism, Tongues, Prophecy, Intervention of Departed Believers.

    Lost my salvation II?

    All about Ichthys: Mutual Encouragement in the Lord. 

    Genesis Questions.

    Fallen Angels, Demons, Nephilim, and the Devil's Methodology.

    End Times Interpretation II.

    Salvation, the Gospel, and Unbelief.

    The Bible and the Canon: The Inspired Word of God.

    End Times Interpretation.

    Grace versus Law.

    Communion and the Spiritual Death of Christ.

    Sinlessness and 1st John.

    Israelology, Anti-Semitism, the Remnant, Gentiles, Lost Tribes, Jewish Myths.

    "Soul Sleep" versus our true Heavenly State.

    Christology Questions III: The Angel of the Lord, the Lamb Slain, monogenes.

    Angelic Issues III: Demons, Satan, Elders, Female Angels and Guardians.

    Against Universalism III: Unbelievers in the Plan of God.

    Waters Above, the Firmament, and the Genesis Gap.

    Marriage "Matters".

    In Need of Guidance and Encouragement.

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations V.

    Servants, Slaves, Disciples, and Ministers.

    Baptism: Water and Spirit II.

    Bible Interpretation III: David's Anointing, Stephen versus Genesis, Triplets, This People, and more.

    Evangelism in Principle and Practice.

    Scripture versus Personal Experience.

    Calvinism, Covenants and Catholicism.

    Culture and Christianity V: Temporal Authority vs. Biblical Application.

    False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security III.

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism IV: Unclean and Impure?

    Things to Come III: The Wrath of God and the Fate of the Beast's Army.

    God Works All Things Together for Good.

    The 7 Trumpets, the 7 Kings, Nephilim, Antichrist and Revived Rome.

    The Coming Tribulation and the Kingdom of God.

    Sin, Confession and Forgiveness.

    Mutual Encouragement in Christ.

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations IV.

    Culture and Christianity IV: Doing one's job as 'unto the Lord', the peril's of 'heroic medicine', Christian perspectives on legalizing marijuana, when lying is not a sin, and when life begins.

    Eschatology Issues V: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons".

    Ichthys and Contemporary Christianity.

    Gospel Questions V: Help my Unbelief, Respecting our Enemies, etc.

    The Two Witnesses of the Tribulation: Moses and Elijah.

    The Apostles, the Jerusalem Council, and Legalism then and now.

    Aspects of the Christian Walk: Gambling, Lying, Christmas, Judging, Worrying, et al.

    No Rapture

    Believers in the World: Using our Free Will to Respond to the Lord

    Christology Questions II: The Serpent Lifted and the Cross, Jesus' Infallibility, Destroy this Temple, the Sign Spoken Against, His Glorification, the Spirit's Anointing, and the Necessity for His Humanity.

    Paul's Jerusalem Error, Worshiping Truly, the Priesthood of the Believer, and Peter's Vision of the Impure Food

    Christian Trials and Testing

    Gospel Questions IV: The Prophet, the rich man in Hades, Peter's wife, the 'eleven' and the 'twelve' apostles, 'the world could not contain' (Jn.21:25), and progressive revelation.

    Eschatology Issues IV: Israeli politics, 'This Generation', Signs of the Times, the Beast presently alive?, 'Flee Babylon', Preparing for the Tribulation, and 'was, is not, will be'.

    John's Water-Baptism versus the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

    Eschatology Issues III: Over-focusing on Revelation, the Seven Churches, Enoch versus Elijah, and the Symbolism of the Menorah

    The Purpose of Chronicles, Cyrus the Persian, the Chronology of the Exodus Plagues, Qumran and Isaiah, Nebuchadnezzar's Madness, and Jeremiah 31:22, "A Woman will Embrace a Man".

    Aaron and the Golden Calf, Mount Zion, Moses and Zipporah, the high priest's attire, and the ark of the covenant.

    Aspects of the Genesis Curse on Animals, the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, and Kainam.

    The City of David, the Star of David, Solomon's Wisdom, and the Song of Solomon.

    The Israelites at Kadesh and 'not entering the Land of Promise'.

    Genesis Gap: Questions and Answers.

    Sin and Spiritual Transformation.

    Cults and Christianity IV

    Cults and Christianity III

    Cults and Christianity II

    Cults and Christianity.

    One Baptism: the True Meaning of Peter's Words at Acts 2:38.

    Apostasy and the Sin unto Death, the Conscience and Sanctification.

    The Plan of God and Individual Salvation (excerpt from BB 4B)

    In Your Anger, do not Sin:  Ephesians 4:26 and the Sin Nature

    Bible Interpretation II: Easter, Abiathar, the Hyssop-Blood Cross, Baal, the Scarlet Thread, Names of God, Adiaphoria, and Mezentius.

    Spiritual Warfare II

    Culture and Christianity III

    Have I Lost my Salvation?

    On the Firing Line: Encouragement in Christian Trials

    Eschatology and the Old Testament

    Prayer and our Walk with Jesus.

    Issues of Canonicity II: Aramaic, Enoch, KJV, and the Pastorals

    Bible Vocabulary and Bible Word Studies

    Satan, his Demons, and the Gnostics

    Antichrist: Alive and Well and Living on Planet Earth?

    The Nature of Angels

    Our Eternal Future: Life after Death for Believers in Jesus Christ

    Giants and Nephilim, Sumerian Myths, and Sea Monsters

    Dreams and Visions II

    The Golden Rule

    The Divinity of Jesus Christ

    Free-Will Faith and the Will of God

    Some Sensitive Topics III

    The Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy: explaining James 4:5.

    Faith: What is it?

    The Seven-Fold Spirit of God.

    Free-Will Faith in the Plan of God.

    Putting the Word of God First.

    Free-Will Faith.

    The False Doctrine of "Soul Sleep" II.

    The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security II.

    The Plan of God

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism III

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism II

    The Dangers of Messianic Legalism.

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 2

    The Gift of Tongues: Part 1

    Mega-Churches, Emergent Christianity, Spirituality and Materialism.

    Epignosis, Christian Epistemology, and Spiritual Growth.

    Jephthah's Daughter, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.

    Christian Unity and Divisiveness.

    Death, Martyrdom and Resurrection.

    Blessing, Cursing, and Prayer.

    Freedom and Responsibility.

    Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.

    Only-Begotten, Mother-of-God, On-this-Rock: English-only Interpretation is Dangerous.

    The Greek Text of the New Testament and some Issues of Textual Criticism.

    What does the name 'Christian' mean?

    Some Jewish Issues.

    Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment (part 2).

    Christians Beware: Internet Frauds and the Need for Spiritual Discernment.

    Sin and Forgiveness.

    Spring Special: The Millennial Regathering and Purging of Israel.

    Life Begins at Birth.

    Culture and Christianity II

    Culture and Christianity I

    The Saved and the Unsaved

    Last Things and Last Judgments

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry IV

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry III

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry II

    The Local Church and Personal Ministry I

    More on Antichrist and his Kingdom

    Antichrist and Babylon

    Prophecy Questions.

    Theological Questions

    Heavenly Things.

    Dysfunctional Churches.

    Some Sensitive Topics II.

    Christmas Special: The Judgment and Reward of the Church.

    What is God's Will?

    Apologetics

    Thanksgiving Leftovers.

    Combating Legalism VI

    Combating Legalism V

    Combating Legalism IV

    Combating Legalism III

    Combating Legalism II

    Combating Legalism I

    Aspects of the False Doctrine of Institutional Security

    Chronological Order of the Books of the Bible II

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations III

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations II

    Biblical Languages, Texts and Translations I

    Gospel Questions III: Least in the kingdom, Millstones, Pennies, Pebbles, Babes, Rhaka, Tallits, and the Crown of Thorns.

    Gospel Questions II: Jesus' Turning Water to Wine, Sweating Blood, Walking on Water, Washing the Disciples' Feet, and the Promise of Freedom."

    Things to Come II: Genesis Rapture, Daniel's Weeks, Seven Kings, Signs of the Apocalypse, Tribulational Suffering, Seven Seals, the Bride of Christ, and Mystery Babylon.

    Things to Come: The Half Hour, the 144,000, the Book of Life, Rewards, the Beast's Kingdom, the Great Apostasy, and the so-called 'Partial Rapture'.

    Satan and the Existence of Evil.

    The Holy Spirit: Blasphemy against, Restraining Ministry, and Gender.

    Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Growth

    Christian Love, the Golden Rule, Christian Military Service and Self-Defense.

    Issues of Canonicity: Apocrypha, Enoch, and Inspiration.

    Church: The Biblical Ideal versus the Contemporary Reality.

    Numbers, Letters, and the Mark of the Beast.

    Gospel Questions I: Jesus' Life, the Gospels and Cherubs, and who Wrote Matthew.

    More Questions about Genesis.

    Naaman, Nero, Nineveh, and Senacharib.

    The False Doctrine of Absolute Eternal Security.

    Choosing Hell: Questions about Salvation and the Love of God.

    The Chronology of the End.

    The Route of the Israelites in Crossing the Red Sea.

    Some Issues of Transmission, Translation, and Transliteration: The Camel and the Needle, etc.

    Aspects of the Life of Christ: Jesus' siblings, the man born blind, et al.

    Jesus is God and man.

    Jesus is God.

    Redemption, the Blood of Christ, Christ our Passover, and The Passion of the Christ.

    Eschatology Issues II: Angelic bodies, heaven and hell, Satan and the Nephilim, etc.

    The Book of Job and Biblical Interpretation.

    Some Questions about Eternity.

    Who Controls our Thoughts and Emotions?

    The Day of the Lord.

    Sleep as a Euphemism for Death.

    Literal Hell.

    Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in Hell (1Pet.3:18-20), & Michael's Rebuke of Satan (2Pet.2:10-11 ).

    Recovering from Sin.

    The Timing of the Resurrection.

    Dispensations, the Church, the Rapture, and the Destruction of the Universe.

    Christianity versus Contemporary Kitsch.

    Purpose Driven Life, Oprah's New Age Religion, et al.

    Lot, Esau, and Cain: Learning through Negative Examples.

    Against Universalism II: Only Believers are Saved.

    Against Universalism I: Free Will and the Image of God.

    Courage in the Fight.

    Demon Influences.

    Sabbath Questions.

    The Seven Edens and the Eden of Adam and Eve.

    Opposition to the Genesis Gap from the Creation Research Institute et al.

    Mary 'Full of Grace'?

    Changing the Name of God?

    The Beast:  Some Questions about Antichrist.

    The Book of Revelation:  Some Questions.

    Red Hot or Lukewarm? Bible Teaching versus Sermonizing.

    The Last Judgment and the Great White Throne.

    Baptism:  Water and Spirit.

    Spiritual  Marathons.

    Christology:  Some Questions on the Life of Christ.

    Regarding Ichthys.

    Train up a Child in the Way he should Go.

    War, History, and Politics.

    Unbelief and its Consequences.

    Dreams and Visions.

    Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ.

    Free Will and Faith under Pressure.

    Angelic Issues II.

    Science and the Bible.

    Bible Interpretation I:  Academics, Versions et al.

    Faith in the Word of God: the Basis of all True Worship.

    Aspects of the Resurrection II.

    Faith and Encouragement in the midst of Fiery Trials.

    Some Sensitive Topics.

    Jethro, Amenhotep, Iraq, the Catacombs, and the KJV.

    Eschatology Issues: The Fig Tree, Ezekiel 38, Joel 3, and the Trumpets.

    Christ the Rock, the Rooster's Crow, and the Cross.

    Applying Faith II: Production, Forgiveness, Circumcision, Truth over People.

    Applying Faith: Eating, Drinking, and Vacation.

    The Tree of Life, Communion, and the Virgin Birth.

    Grammar Questions.

    Can Prayer Be Offered From Heaven? & Some Genesis Questions.

    Walking the Path of Faith through the Light of the Word of God.

    Salvation on the battlefield, truth revealed to infants, and damnation.

    Preparing for Tribulation.

    Divine Sovereignty and Divine Judgment.

    God's Free Gift of Salvation.

    Should Christians wear Jewelry?

    The Lord's Prayer.

    The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ.

    Cremation or Burial?

    Zechariah, Demon Possession, Marriage, Spiritual Experiences, and Bible Prophecy.

    No Grounds for Divorce?

    The Shape of the Universe, Hominids, and the Genesis Gap.

    Taking Personal Responsibility: Interest, Bankruptcy, Gambling, and Employment.

    The Seven Churches, the Judgment Seat of Christ,  and other issues in Eschatology.

    The Canonicity of the book of Hebrews.

    Great White Throne, the Last Judgment, and the Outer Darkness.

    Political Action versus Biblical Christianity.

    Study Tools and Methodologies.

    Covenants.

    The Gospel and the Kingdom of God.

    Pursuing a Deeper Relationship with Jesus and Christian Epistemology.

    The Origin and the Danger of the Pre-Tribulational Rapture Theory.

    The Divinity of the Spirit and the Percentage of those who are Saved.

    Should Christians ever consider getting a lawyer?

    Pastoral Authority, Popes, Pat Robertson, and Pelagianism.

    Some Questions on Church Polity.

    Apostles and Evangelism

    Luther, Arminius, Calvin, Kant, Ironside, Tutu and Thieme.

    Angelic Issues.

    Transmutation, Resuscitation, and Resurrection.

    Is the Soul a tertium quid?

    More on the Documentary Hypothesis and More on the Rapture.

    Enoch's Walk with God and Some Questions in the Gospels.

    The Influence of the Renaissance and Rationalism on the Church and Cutting off Arms in Malachi 2:3.

    Sabbath Observance.

    1st John 5:20 & Romans 6:23.

    Eschatology Questions.

    Baptism and Following Jesus.

    Where is Armageddon?

    Assurance of Salvation.

    The Cross, Sin, and the Devil in God's Plan.

    More on: Spiritual Gifts; Hats & Hair; the Age of Accountability.

    Daniel 9:25 and Daniel 11:30.

    Who will populate earth during the Millennium?  and  Asking for Wisdom: James 1:5.

    Was Judas Saved?, The Gospel of Judas, and Issues of Canonicity.

    Is 'My Son' Israel or Jesus in Hosea 11:1?  &  How do you Prove Sin to Someone?

    Did Matthew Write his Gospel in Hebrew?

    Christian Crowns, Pagan Names, and the Time of the Cock-Crow.

    Child-like Faith, Mark vs. Matthew, the Mahdi, and 'Who was with God in the Beginning?

    True Orthodoxy and False Creeds.

    Foot-washing, Bitter Herbs, Baptism, and Borrowed Faith.

    All Things Charismatic.

    Friday versus Thursday Crucifixion.

    Jesus' Cursing of the Fig Tree, Apostasy, and 'Feng Shui'.

    The Genesis Serpent, Using "it" to refer to the baby Jesus, and more on Tattoos.

    Combating Gnosticism.

    Resisting the Devil.

    Why did Jesus choose John over James to take care of His mother Mary?

    Antichrist's 'desire of women' in Daniel 11:37 et al.

    Do recent catastrophes have a divine origin?

    Does God really want us to be sick and poor?  Revisiting the prosperity gospel.

    Why did our Lord Jesus arise from the tribe of Judah?

    What will our relationship be in heaven with children who died young?

    The baptism of the Holy Spirit as distinct from speaking in tongues.

    The Grammar behind the Genesis Gap.

    The Great White Throne Judgment.

    Moses and Zipporah.

    The Victory of Faith.

    Does God's choice of us eliminate our free will?

    Why does God allow bad things to happen?

    The Bible as "divine", roof prayer, and tattoos.

    Character in Hebrews 1:3, et al.

    Exorcism, et al.

    "Are the children of unbelievers lost if they die before receiving Christ?"

    How not to get "left behind".

    "Is baptism necessary for salvation?"

    "The nature of life after death."

    "The personality of the Holy Spirit."

    "The dragon of Revelation 12 and the talking idol of Revelation 13."

    "Bound by Satan in Luke 13:16, language and the Tower of Babel, Daniel's 70th week, and the number 12."

    "Infirmities and Diseases in Matthew 8:17"

    "The Leftover Baskets of Bread and Fish in John 6."

    "Waiting for the Ascension" and "Amos 4:11".

    Why was Canaan cursed?

    Should Christians have a competitive attitude?

    John "leapt for joy" in the womb - or did he?

    Satanic Influence in Video Games and Television.

    Moving Mountains:  Matthew 21:21

    Not a hair shall be lost? Luke 21:16 versus Luke 21:18.

    The reign of antichrist:  7 years or 3 and 1/2 years?

    The Trinity in Scripture.

    The Ark of the Covenant.

    "Doubts about the Nephilim in Genesis 6" and "Ezekiel 9:4 and the Mark of the Beast"

    "Word Counts in the Bible", "Him whom they Pierced (Rev.1:7)", and "Necromancy".

    "Waiting for a Savior" and "The Direction East in the Bible"

    Transubstantiation.

    Is there a purgatory according to the Bible?

    Your desire shall be for your husband: Genesis 3:16.

    Have I committed the unforgivable sin?

    Is the local church meant to be a patriarchy?

    Why doesn't the Bible mention all of the prophets of the children of Israel?

    The True "Victorious Life".

    Tohu in Genesis 1:2 and the Cause of the Darkness.

    Why Doesn't God Prevent All Children from Dying?

    Why were Christians being regarded as "evil-doers" in 1st Peter 2:12?

    The Scofield Reference Bible.

    Phylacteries and the Mark of the Beast, and "What about Joseph?"

    Feeling desperate and alone.

    Is Tithing net or gross?

    Assembly of the local church, and Jesus' use of "I AM" from Exodus 3:14 in John 8:58

    The "burden of the Lord" in Jeremiah 23:32-40, and judgment for idle words in Matthew 12:36-37.

    The importance of spiritual resiliency.

    Does God use disease to discipline us?

    Recovering from Cult Exposure.

    Variability in Christian Testing and Personal Tribulation.

    Is there any value to the Apocrypha?

    The Communion Ceremony outside of the local church.

    The Christian Walk, the End, and Tattoos.

    Should Christians honor Sunday as the new Sabbath?

    Chronological order of the books of the Bible.

    Doubt, light, missed opportunities et al.

    Addicted to Sin.

    Corporate prayer in Matthew 18:19:  "when two agree on earth".

    What does the Bible say about humor?

    The value of cumulative prayer.

    Our Heavenly, Pre-Resurrection, Interim State.

    How could a loving God order the destruction of the Canaanites?

    Should Christians observe the Torah?

    Church Polity and three other passages.

    Walking with Jesus.

    Tongues: does 'no man' understand?

    The few saved, the door in heaven, visions of heavenly realities, and Christmas.

    Spiritual Warfare.

    Christian suffering and spiritual maturity.

    Aliens, antichrist, and eschatology.

    Does exceptionally sinful behavior indicate that a Christian has lost salvation?

    Should Christians celebrate Jewish festivals?

    The Deaths of the 12 Disciples / Apostles of Christ.

    Categories of Sin in Psalm 19.

    Some brief answers on a variety of topics.

    Pastoral Support, Pastoral Preparation, and the Purpose of Assembly.

    Eternal Rewards.

    Encouragement, Isaiah 6:11-13, and the Hope of Repentance.

    Questioning the Genesis Gap.

    Dinosaurs, the Nephilim, Noah, et al.

    How much should we pay our pastor?

    More about Women Preachers.

    Is it wrong for me to celebrate Easter?

    The Remnant in Isaiah 6:13.

    The Big Distinction.

    The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter 3:10.

    The Day of the Lord.

    Church History.

    The Sealing of the Holy Spirit.

    Visions of Angels: Colossians 2:18.

    Waiting on God's timing:  patience in testing.

    "Your Throne, O God":  Psalm 45:6.

    Moses striking the Rock.

    Procreation and Creation.

    What is meant by the phrase "the Lord's footstool"?

    1st Peter 3:3-5

    A conversation about divorce and remarriage.

    Faith in the midst of the fiery trial.

    Hebrews 10:26 again, and two other notes on Arthur Pink and the Greek word diakonos.

    What is the correct translation of Isaiah 59:19?

    Is the star of Acts 7:43 the star of David?

    Some questions about Nimrod and Christmas trees, Tongues, and Healing

    Is Jesus the only One ever to restore sight?

    What happens to people who were born and died prior to the birth of Christ?

    Which is better, the King James Version or the New King James Version?

    What is the minimum necessary to be saved?

    How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 2)?

    How can we know whose interpretation of the Bible is right (Part 1)?

    Psalm 22:1, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

    The "Mind of Christ" in 1st Corinthians 2:16

    Simeon and Simon, and the two crows of the rooster

    Ichthys, saints, and the Last Adam

    Does Hebrews 10:26 teach loss of salvation?

    Eternal security: where does one draw the line?

    Who are Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39?

    How did John the baptist come to doubt Jesus?

    Is Jesus literally seated on the throne at God's right hand?

    Are the Celts the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    Whatever happened to the "Genesis Gap"?

    "The baptism which now saves you":  1st Peter 3:21.

    Hebrew Language Study Tools.

    What type of healing is being discussed in Isaiah 53:5?

    The Origin of the Four Seasons

    2nd Peter 3:5: Doubting the Tribulation

    Tent-making and Galatians 6:6

    A Question about Ichthys books

    Biblical Metaphors and Symbolism

    Faith and the Pre-Tribulational "Rapture".

    Faith Healing.

    Bible translation and John 8:58.

    Melchizedek and the high priesthood of Christ:  two questions et alia.

    In need of encouragement.

    The centurion and the Syro-Phoenician woman.

    Who is the Meshiach?

    A Sadducean Question

    What is "heaven" like according to Christian teachings?

    Acts 20:28: Whose Blood?

    1st Corinthians 11:  Hats or Hair?

    Confession of Sin, Fellowship, and the Filling of the Holy Spirit.

    A Miscellany of Questions and Answers (Nineveh, the beast, tongues, demons, Sadam, etc.)

    Some Greek Questions in the Gospels (John 1:3; 2:19; 8:58; Luke 23:43)

    Is Man trichotomous, and does that mean that salvation is three-tiered?

    Questioning the Trinity

    The blood of Christ

    Christ knocking at the door in Revelation 3:20

    The futility of memory without God and eternal life.

    The meaning of Jesus' words, "I am" in John 8:58

    What does the Bible say about Heaven and Hell?

    Peace in 1st Corinthians 14:33

    Salvation and Church Affiliation.

    Several questions on the book of Hebrews.

    Does the Bible prohibit women from preaching or teaching in the Church?

    Should Christian leaders refrain from drinking in public?

    How to use the Bible translations at Ichthys.

    The Worship of Jesus:  a proof of His divinity?

    An Extended Conversation about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    Is water baptism required for Christians today?

    Are health and wealth a part of the gospel?

    Will those in Hades be able to see Christ's return?

    Feelings of Guilt about Remarriage.

    Who are the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?

    What does "the Word was with God" mean in John 1:1-2?

    Three questions on three verses in Isaiah (Is.21:4; 28:10, & 66:24).

    How important is education for a pastor?

    Does Hebrews 10:26-35 ("deliberate sinning" etc.) mean that a believer can lose his or her salvation?

    Availability and use of Ichthys materials: several questions.

    Is there any difference between demons and fallen angels?

    Confronting atheism.

    Two questions about Judas Iscariot.

    Three Questions about Tattoos and Salvation.

    The Hebrew word for 'one' (`echadh) and the uniqueness of God.

    Did the witch of Endor really conjure up the spirit of Samuel?

    A Question about the "Waters Above".

    Why did God the Father wait so long to send Jesus into the world?

    How does being "slain in the Spirit" relate to being baptized in the Spirit?

    How do you prove the existence of God?

    Where does the Bible teach that Jesus is God?

    Is it ever Justifiable to Tell a Lie (part 2)?

    Seeing double in Matthew.

    Mary, Joseph, and Nazareth.

    Is the Westminster Catechism a Good Reference Tool?

    What does it mean "the spirit returns to God" in Ecclesiastes 12:7?

    Is there any Connection between biblical Gemstones and Moral Characteristics?

    Are Miraculous Gifts Operational Today?

    Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (Christophany: Gen.3:8).

    Can those in organizations which teach "salvation by works" be saved?

    Is "helpmeet" a wrong translation in Genesis 2:20?

    Our will and God's WILL.

    Cast thy Bread upon the Waters:  What do the seven and eight portions in Ecclesiastes 11:2 mean?

    Was Cain Satan's literal "seed"?

    The Demon Possessed Girl in Acts 16:16.

    The "Sin unto Death" in 1st John 5:16.

    Is death just a natural part of human life?

    Communion and the Blood of Christ.

    What does it mean in 1st Corinthians 7:14, "the unbelieving husband is sanctified"?

    The Re-institution of the Feast of Tabernacles in the Millennium.

    Secular Documentation for the Exodus.

    The false doctrine of "soul sleep".

    The Author of Hebrews and Jesus' Perfect Completion of His Mission.

    The Trinity in Isaiah 63:10-15.

    How old was Jesus at the time of His crucifixion and resurrection?

    Five Smooth Stones: 1st Samuel 17:40

    How can we know the Bible is true?

    The name "Jesus".

    Habakkuk's Prosperity Prayer: Habakkuk 3:17-19.

    Jeremiah 31:22: "A Woman shall Compass a Man".

    The New International Version of the Bible and some issues in Bible translation.

    Is "the Prophet" of Deuteronomy 18:18 Muhammad?

    The One True God and the Trinity in the Old Testament.

    Are those in Hebrews 6:4 who "crucify the Son of God afresh" lost?

    Are New Bible Translations Part of a Conspiracy?

    What exactly is the "red heifer prophecy", and how does it relate to the events of the end times?

    Where did the waters of Genesis 1 go?

    Interpreting Revelation

    Sin, Baptism, and the Book of Revelation

    Tithing and the Book of Life

    The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel.

    English and the Tower of Babel.

    The "Seven Thunders" of Revelation 10:3-4

    The fate of the unrighteous dead in Isaiah 66:24

    Who are the "sons of the kingdom" in Matthew 18:11-12?

    Why does Judah get greater honor than Jerusalem in Zechariah 12:7?

    Are there Female Angels?

    Longevity in the Millennium.

    How is the date of Easter computed?

    What is the meaning of the 1290 days versus the 1335 days in Daniel 12?

    What Church era are we now in?

    The mark of the beast.

    Christophany in the Exodus.

    Can you explain "help my unbelief!" in Mark 9:24?

    What does it mean to "overcome" in Revelation chapters 2 and 3?

    Are women required to wear veils or hats in church?

    Is the world about to come to an end?

    Does the Bible ever describe the earth as being round?

    Pre-, mid-, or post-Tribulation rapture?

    Pearls before swine.

    Recognizing the Messiah.

    The gift of healing.

    The origin and fate of the "giants" in Genesis chapter six.

    Christian suffering - Christian encouragement.

    Is speaking in tongues biblical?

    Is speaking in tongues a sin?

    Can you recommend a good commentary on the book of Romans?

    Aspects of the resurrection.

    The recipients of Peter's epistles.

    Pre- or Post-Tribulation "rapture"?

    The lives of the prophets.

    The old prophet who lied.

    Animal sacrifice in the millennium.

    Is it ever justifiable to lie?

    Who wrote the King James version?

    The meaning of the divine name יהוה.

    The so-called "documentary hypothesis".

    The relationship between the books of Kings and Chronicles.

    David's disastrous census of Israel.

    Aspects of the Unseen Angelic Warfare and 666, the Mark of the Beast.

    The 200 million strong demon army of Revelation 9:13.

    Deliverance through Childbearing in 1st Timothy 2:15?

    Some questions about the Tribulation.

    More on divorce and remarriage.

    Divorce and remarriage.

    The antecedents of ICHTHYS.

    What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?

    The manner of the apostle Peter's death.

    Wasn't Matthias the thirteenth apostle?

    Forward progress necessary for salvation and spiritual growth.

    The "seven days" of human history.

    1st John 1:9 and confessing sin.

    ICHTHYS and the role of traditional Christianity.

    Can you recommend a good survey for the Old and New Testaments?

    Where can I find more information on the "Genesis gap"?

    Is Church membership an issue in salvation?

    Can you recommend a church?

    Are these materials available for purchase as books?

    A bit of autobiography.

    What is your opinion of the Abingdon one-volume Bible Commentary?

    What is the significance of the number "20" in the Bible?

    The 144,000 of Revelation chapters 7 and 14.

    What is your view on predestination?

    Who is "true Israel"?

    The chronology of the date 2026.

    Does baptism play a role in being born again?

    Why does the devil have access to God while man cannot stand in His presence?

    The structure of the book of Revelation.

    What is your view of the rapture?

    What is meant by the "10 days" of Revelation 2:10?

    Dragons in the Bible?

    Are there apostles in the Church today?

    What is the meaning of the word "chosen" in the Bible.

    The Passover.

    What are the most common Bible names?

    What is the biblical significance of the number forty?

    What does the Bible have to say about witchcraft?

    How can I protect myself from false teaching?

    Didn't the devil know he couldn't defeat God?

    Are the Masons wrong according to the Bible?

    Six Questions.

    Can the faith of "backsliders" be restored?

    Are there biblical origins to mythology?

    What does the phrase "sides of the pit" mean in Isaiah 14:15?

    Can prayer be offered in the name of the Son?

    Election and John 6:37?

    Is it valid to celebrate Christmas?

    Can you give me some information on divine names in the Bible?

    What is the significance of name changes in the Bible?

    Is faith a "gift of God"?

    Is there a "gospel of Thomas"?

    Is the nature of Man dichotomous or trichotomous?

    Will the temple be rebuilt in Jerusalem?

    Does the Bible teach a literal Millennium?

    What does the word "good" mean in Genesis?

    Who are "the dead" who "rise first" in 1st Thessalonians 4?

    Are the Greek tenses in John 7:34 correctly translated?

    Is the devil "mad" to oppose God?

    Does the Bible require supporting the pastor financially?

    How can Jesus be a man and God at the same time?

    How did people atone for intentional sin in Old Testament times?

    What is the symbolism of the Lamb of God in Revelation?

    Can you recommend some word study tools for Bible study?

    Can people who commit suicide be saved?

    Are tattoos biblical?

    Is it "ichthys" or "ichthus"?

    What is the difference between wisdom and discernment?

    Marriage of Believers and Unbelievers.

    Is hearing believing in John 6:35?

    How certain a date is 2026?

    Is Paul describing himself in Romans chapter seven?

    Is tithing required for salvation?

    What is the evidence for the "rapture"?

    Is there any validity to the "prosperity gospel"?

    Who are the "Nephilim" in Genesis chapter six?

    Church attendance.

    Is there a literal "devil"?

    What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?

    What is the unpardonable sin?

    Believing the Bible for Spiritual Growth.

    Why was the New Testament written in Greek?

    What about those who have never heard of Christ?

    What about elders and deacons?

    Eternal Security and "sinless perfection".

    Eternal Security and "salvation by works".

    Does the Bible teach ex nihilo creation?

    When did Jesus first know He was God's Son?

    Are there prophets today?

    Despairing of life.

    How important is baptism?

    How could Christ have been three days and nights in the grave?

    Do Muslims worship the One true God?

    What can I do about spiritual fainting?

     


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