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Atheism and Apologetics II

[posted 5/20/17]

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Question #1:

As for me personally, I have recuperated from my problems regarding ____. So you can take me off the prayer list for that. However, increased theological confusion from reading a plethora of writings from alleged Christians, even respectable teachers, has had a negative effect on my faith.

Response #1: 

Great news on the former – I have been praying for this.

As to "a plethora of teachers", normally I would try to warn someone with this complaint off of what I call "Smorgasbord-itis", that is to say, the inevitable spiritual "indigestion" which comes from listening to discordant teaching – some of which has to be wrong (and with the way things are these day most of which is usually wrong).

In your case, however, since you are preparing for an apologetics ministry, you do need a measure of exposure to and inoculation from false teaching well beyond what would be healthy for others. But as in the analogy, if you're getting too many shots too close together and it's making you sick, try and spread them out a bit.

Here are some links on apologetics:

Cults and Christianity

Apologetics, Legalism, Cults and Philosophy

Apologetics

Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ I

Explaining and Defending the Trinity and the Person of Christ II

Atheism and Apologetics

Proving the Existence of God

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #2:  

Hi Bob,

The good news is that I've landed a job as a teaching assistant.

The bad news is that I am completely confused theologically and not getting the same joy from reading the scripture anymore.

Sincerely,

Response #2: 

It's a common phenomenon to get seriously bad spiritual indigestion from taking in "food" from all manner of questionable sources (just as eating from a series of "greasy spoons" one doesn't know well can result in a case of ptomaine). Still, as a budding pastor-teacher and/or apologist for the Word, some of that inoculation is salutary in the long run. My advice is to set aside some time for yourself, preferable first thing in the morning, when you can work your way through the Bible in a systematic way without any preconditions except to listen and learn. Memorizing passages which especially speak to you is also not a bad idea. We all get knocked back on our heels spiritually from time to time. Getting to where we want to be in this regard requires that we learn how to recover quickly, refusing to give up.

Don't let a bad day throw you off – especially not one on which the Lord has blessed you in this gracious way.

Congrats on your job and entrance into grad school!

Your friend in Jesus Christ who is our all and our everything.

Bob L.

Question #3:   

Here is what a redditor has to say about my "style":

"Actually I agree with you about holding atheists and other critics feet to the fire intellectually. They are the ones who hold Reason Rallys to "stand up for reason" so hold them to the standard they set for themselves even to the point of using satire to make a point. I'm not advocating just ripping people to shreds but some do seem to need a metaphorical slap to wake them up. And if you think satire and ridicule isn't Biblical then check out A Serrated Edge where it's shown that Jesus, Proverbs, the OT prophets, and Paul all used satire to get their point across to those who've closed their minds."

Response #3: 

Apropos also of your blog post, there is an allowable tone and style for an apologetics ministry which is directed towards hostile unbelievers versus ministries dedicated to teaching fellow Christians. However, I'm not sure I see that much sarcasm from the prophets, Proverbs, Paul, and certainly not from our Lord. Some things are sarcastic, but again that tends to be a very sanctified brand of the same. If you are going to minister to other Christians as your primary work for the Lord, please keep in mind that a great many of them will be put off entirely by language which is over the edge, and heavy sarcasm certainly fits into that category. And to what purpose? I can't see a good one – if we are talking about believers. Evangelists and those engaged in apologetics do need different "tactics", but it is still the case that we don't want to say or do anything that might possibly bring the slightest reproach to our Lord and to the gospel of life. Taking on any ministry is thus a great responsibility and we are accountable to the Lord for the way we handle them in every respect.

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:7-8 NIV

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #4:   

Apologizing to a Jewish person for the deity of the Messiah:

http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2017/04/five-proofs-preview.html?showComment=1493280873201#c4775762951773024296

What's interesting is that this particular individual censors Jesus' name in the same way that he does for God.

Response #4: 

This is nice work. I appreciate the way you answered with scripture and walked a tightly balanced course between the truth and dealing with this person from his own frame of reference. That is what Jesus did too, after all.

Also, good "tone".

Keep up the good work, my friend!

In my prayers daily in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #5:  

Hi Bob,

I have had a very nasty relationship with hypercalvinists online. It's very frustrating to debate and argue with them because they often mock and jeer and say that you're not given the divine wisdom to see the truth of hypercalvinism, so you're viewed as a reprobate false convert and become an object of hatred. I have never seen such a more self-righteous, proud, and vitriolic group of people. However, the threats of reprobation combined with the ridicule that makes you feel like a total idiot for daring to disagree with them is very psychologically effective.

Response #5: 

Well, you can't fix everyone.

There are times to part company.

One thing to note though is the persuasiveness of zeal. Most people find zeal impressive. For that reason, the more outrageous the belief or political agenda, the more important being rabidly committed is: it's the only way to get followers (since the facts and a rational assessment won't be able to do it).

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #6: 

Robert

Time for any thoughts?

Brothers : Our study on Salvation - We did read that it is as easy as believing. (some say over 175 ways to salvation) Recently we were listening to an RC Sproul cd on salvation

He began to talk about this but we did not finish.

I Never Knew You

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Today I found these, very challenging, thoughts - Probably worth a long discussion -

Does this come close to understanding the Narrow Road?

He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches." (vs. 31-32)

Here Jesus described the kingdom not just as a seed, but as the smallest seed. Jesus is not describing a kingdom that arrives in a blaze of glory—he is describing a kingdom that begins very small. This is not what the Jews expected, but this is the kingdom that Jesus said was near. The kingdom is a story about gradual growth.

Response #6: 

I think anyone reading your attachment who was squishy in their knowledge and/or faith would be motivated to want to find out more – if they were inclined to be motivated, that is. That is what genuine Christian apologetics is all about.

As to the details in the attachment you provide, in terms of doctrine, since this is not dispositive, I won't comment on impressions left. We are of course safe and sound in Jesus Christ – as long as we believe in Jesus Christ. Lack of growth and a lukewarmness to the truth creates vulnerabilities and leads to steering away from Him or caring about Him and His truth . . . and that is what opens the door for apostasy, the loss of all faith.

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #7:  

Hi Bob,

There are many challenges to my faith coming from many angles, sometimes I don't know whether or not I'm guaranteed to survive them. There's this one charismatic "theologian" who teaches that:

(1) To deny "name it and claim it" healing is the same as rejecting the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

(2) God is the author and source of all evil, but no way responsible for it, because he's all powerful.

(3) Cause and effect don't exist, but rather God causes things to happen "on the occasion." (aka. occasionalism).

He yells that anyone who denies all three of these points has blasphemed the Holy Spirit and will burn in Hell. The problem is that this lunatic is very near to impossible to beat in debate, and appears to use impeccable logic to back up these insane points. It's basically a form of gaslighting that makes me doubt my own reasoning and sanity, thereby questioning my faith.

I eventually lost my temper and emailed him this:

I have two final words for you: darkest blackness (Jude 1:13)

*blackest darkness (Jude 1:13)

. . . because I had lost all interest in playing his insane rules of debate.

Response #7: 

I have great confidence that you will not only get through this life with your faith intact, but will also grow in your ministering to others so as to win a wonderful reward before the judgment seat of Christ.

As to a person who demands strict obedience to flawed teaching on the pain of hell-fire, I don't know a better short definition for a cult – which by definition will have nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus Christ.

To the substance, many people seem to have trouble doing the simple "math" on this: the Father sent Jesus to die for all; Jesus died for all; God is love; God wants all to be saved; God pleads with all to be saved; God did all that all could be saved . . . but a person is lost because of some technicality? God forbid! All who go to hell choose to go there by choosing not to have anything to do with a God who did everything for them. So this person's approach is merely a guilt tactic to gain and hold followers – but it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or the truth.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #8: 

Hello Professor,

How have you been? I hope things are well with you, spiritually and otherwise.

I'm now working on another text - on the cult of Mary. Now I can plainly see why you don't consider apologetics a part of your ministry. One spends a long time referring to and refuting unbiblical falsehood and we know that if someone really seeks the truth, they will understand that Mary shouldn't be worship and that a host of Catholic dogmas on her (Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity or her Assumption) is just man-made nonsense and of such calibre that writing about it really is a test of patience. I have begun now and I will complete it, but I also wouldn't consider apologetics the main thrust of my own future ministry.

As I have been debunking the false teaching of Mary's sinlessness and writing about true sinlessness of our Lord, a question appeared to me as to why Mary had to be a virgin. I know that the sin nature is passed on through the male line and that explains why the Holy Spirit had to cause a woman to conceive, but I realised I'm not sure why it had to be a virgin?

In our Lord,

Response #8: 

I'm doing very well at present – thanks for asking!

As to virginity, in terms of a birth that was not contaminated by the sin nature, that was not necessary. In terms of fulfilling prophecy, and for Christ to be the first born, and to put aside all human speculation and innuendo, it was absolutely necessary.

I'd love to have a look at your piece when you are done.

I hope that things are going well for you too. I'm keeping you in my prayers daily, my friend.

In Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #9:  

"Some have great confidence in skeptical scholarship, and I once did, perhaps more than anyone else. If anyone thinks they are assured in their unbelief, I was more committed: born of unbelieving parents, never baptized or dedicated; on scholarly credentials, a PhD from a secular university; as to zeal, mocking the church; as to ideological righteousness, totally radicalized. But whatever intellectual superiority I thought I had over Christians, I now count it as sheer ignorance. Indeed, I count everything in my former life as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing the historical Jesus who is also the risen Lord. For his sake, I have given up trying to be a hipster atheist. I consider that old chestnut pure filth, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a CV that will gain me tenure at an Ivy League school, but knowing that I’ve bound myself to Jesus—and where he is, there I shall also be."

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/april-web-only/how-god-became-jesus-and-how-i-came-to-faith-in-him.html

Response #9: 

A nice paraphrase of Philippians 3:4-10 – one that reminds us that Paul started out as an unbeliever but turned to the Lord . . . and this person did too, despite (in both cases) the seeming impossibility of that based on pedigree.

Some links on atheism:

Atheism and Apologetics

Confronting Atheism

Proving the Existence of God

Unbelief and its Consequences

Dealing with Atheism in the family

*Atheism: Putting Truth to Death

Atheism in spiritual warfare

Atheism and Gnosticism: Denying the Truth about God

Proving the Existence of God

In Jesus our Lord,

Bob L.

Question #10:  

What I wrote to an atheist.

The five points of atheism:

(1) Total Depravity: all of mankind is inherently bound, without the sovereign grace of historical progress, to be trapped by the superstitious beliefs of the culture and era of their birth.

(2) Unconditional Election: only those who were fortunate enough to be born in the enlightened era can be an "intellectually satisfied atheist" (in the words of Richard Dawkins) and therefore elected to be holders of the truth, without any respect to intelligence, good works, or virtue.

(3) Limited Atonement: Darwin's theory of evolution alone is effective in awakening a full appreciation of materialism, but only to those who have been elected to enlightenment.

(4) Irresistible Grace: Those who have escaped the clutches of the superstition of their culture/era and fully understand evolution are forced against their natural will of superstition to believe

(5) Preservation of the Saints: any who have truly escaped will abide with their lack-of-faith faith for the rest of their lives, and those who fail to do so never came to realization of the Truth to begin with.

Response #10: 

Very nice – but it'd take a lapsed Calvinist atheist to fully appreciate it (or rather to be riled by it).

In Jesus our dear Lord,

Bob L.

Question #11:   

Dialogue with an atheist about Jesus:

Him: There are no contemporary historians (eye witnesses or any writer alive at the same time as Jesus, who wrote about Jesus. Not a single one) You need to do some research yourself.

Me: Homer also doesn't have a single eye-witness account of his existence. That doesn't mean he didn't exist.

Him: We have Homers written work. We do not have anything written by Jesus. Try again.

Me: Homer was blind and thus couldn't have written anything in those days. Poetry was first and foremost an oral artform, and what we have is the result of someone transcribing what he wrote. Also, if we were consistent with your standard, we would have to say that Siddhartha Gautama (aka Buddha) didn't exist either, seeing that he also didn't write anything.

Response #11: 

What's the difference between a "historian" of the Greek world and the writers of the gospels? The second biggest one I know is that ancient historians were seldom eye witnesses to the extent that the gospel writers were (even Thucydides and Xenophon didn't see most of what they wrote about). But John, Matthew and probably Mark were there for all of it – and Luke as Paul's companion was in a position to interview countless eyewitnesses. But of course the biggest difference is that the Holy Spirit produced in all four cases the perfect and flawless message of God.

Question #12:  

Hi Bob,

People who deny God think they're wise, but their thinking is really superficial and childish (Romans 1:22). Without God, everything you do is superficial, foolish, and far from your grasp of comprehension. This is the real reason why atheism is so irrational and stupid.

Response #12: 

The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when [God] fetters them, they do not cry for help.
Job 36:13 NIV

The above is the essence of the problem: the godless (atheists or not) want nothing to do with God, even though He is their only hope of deliverance and has in fact provided for their salvation from sin and death at the highest cost: the death of His own dear Son Jesus Christ on the cross for them.

Yet they say to God, "Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways."
Job 21:14 NIV

They said to God, "Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?"
Job 22:17 NIV

Question #13:   

New blog post:

http://godsphilosopher.blogspot.com/2016/07/occams-razor-objection-against-gods.html

Response #13: 

Nice job.

I'm not much on formal logic (or math) as you know. But it does strike me that Occam's razor is a bad argument in any case. Why? Because as in the textual critical principle of lectio difficilior it can only be a rough guide at best. When it comes down to cases which are disputable (as most important cases are) it's a weak indication of truth. Even if we gave it two to one value, I wouldn't accept those odds in Russian roulette, would you? And what we are dealing with here is even more important.

Keep up the good work for Jesus Christ our Lord!

Bob L.

Question #14:   

Hi Bob,

There are some people who are not Christian but nonetheless excellent responders to natural revelation, who unfortunately get thrown into a loop by propaganda. I encountered the following person on Reddit:

Background: I'm a theistic Unitarian Universalist, was raised in a Lutheran church, was a UU for awhile, the a Presbyterian, then a UU again, and I was happy there. Oh, I believed in God, and held Jesus in high regard. But then I did the stupid thing and looked up proof of God on the Internet. There, they waited for me: the New Atheists. I'm a person with a rather easily hurt mind at the best of times. Imagine trying to sort this all out on the Internet..... Plus, I had an allergic reaction to antibiotics and they gave me prednisone. I was SHATTERED...... I clung onto the most basic arguments. I looked everywhere but found little comfort. I looked for any sort of proof of an Afterlife. Slowly, I got better. I went to a psychologist, I went to my minister at the UU church. He gave comfort but it was more a bandaid where a tourniquet was needed. I read up on the latest NDE research and there came things that science has trouble explaining. But then the materialist rebuttals came. Quite few made sense initially, but they began to show their flaws. It's been 18 months since it happened, and I'm still recovering. Today, I was in a bookstore, looking for information about animals. I love science, I truly do. It's awesome. It brings us so many answers to questions about the universe. But I've always left room for God, Miracles and everything that can't be explained. But there were so many books there trying to sell me that science and naturalistic explanations were the end all, be all explanation to all the BIG WHY questions. And I was triggered. Why do people feel a need to push that sort of thing when one's just looking for a good book on science? I love most of science. I really do. It's just these guys are making it very hard to get to for me. Thoughts? Experiences? Was anyone here a very VERY hardcore atheist at one point? What people in high scientific esteem also have faith? Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Taoist, Hindu, Theistic Agnostic? Any will do.

I responded with the following:

The New Atheists think they're all that, but they're not. For every reason they give to disbelieve in God, there's an equally good reason to believe in him. In fact, I am being overly charitable: they're not just equally good, they're better.

He appreciated the encouragement. How sick the world is, where even the most basic and innocent conceptions of God are under attack!

Response #14: 

Good work my friend!

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:2 NIV

As this verse indicates, even little children acknowledge in wonder the existence and majesty of God from what He has made – a fact that refutes the wisdom of the wise . . . who in fact have merely substituted a lie for the truth because they did not wish to accept the truth.

Yours in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.

Question #15:  

"Heaven is a fairy tale for those who are afraid of the dark." ~ Hawking

"Atheism is a fairy tale for those who are afraid of the light." ~ Lennox

Response #15: 

Nice One!

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:19 NIV

Question #16: 

More new posts on atheism:

http://godsphilosopher.blogspot.com/2016/08/analyzing-richard-dawkins-on-why-he.html

http://godsphilosopher.blogspot.com/2016/08/biblical-criticism.html

Response #16: 

These are very well done! I'm very favorably impressed by your reasoning. I also want to congratulate you on your tone. I think you are definitely finding your apologetic "voice", as well as an appropriate approach for teaching the Word.

I will definitely be including these links the next time I post anything on atheism.

Keep up the good work for Jesus Christ!

Bob L.

Question #17:  

Hi Bob,

A Native American Proverb: You can't wake up someone who is pretending to be asleep.

I was thinking about this, but what if sleep is an evangelistic tool?

A nearly universal "white lie" that is told to children when someone dies is that he is "only asleep." This is because there is a very strong metaphor between sleeping and death. Perhaps God makes sleep necessary as a "hint" to all of humanity that just as one can wake up a sleeper by a loud voice, perhaps one can be "woken up" from death by a similar voice.

Response #17: 

Let me reply to this in regard to the proverb you shared. I would like to compare sleep to a person being unsaved. Believers are awake – we get it. But many are still asleep and need to be awakened to the truth. However, there are also many who are only pretending to be asleep; they have already heard the gospel and have already rejected it, and are so self-satisfied with being their own god that they are intolerant of anyone suggesting that they are not in control of their eternal destiny, even going so far as to pretend that the real God doesn't exist. It's pretty hard to wake someone like that up, because the problem is not that they don't know the truth – which is to say, they're not really asleep, merely pretending.

Yours in our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #18: 

Hi Bob,

I noticed that you said on in one of your emails that you consider it very probable that Dostoevsky was an unbeliever. Well, here is how literary critics describe the themes of his novels:

"Another reason for hope is the power of the gospel itself. Dostoevsky does not despair of the gospel touching the heart, even of the atheist who thinks man has invented God. The key to reaching such a person is to announce the gospel from personal experience of the Church's faith, thus showing that faith is not just words. The Christian must speak of his meeting with Christ, telling what he has seen and speaking of eternity. This might touch the heart of the atheist, who being really more idolater than atheist, is searching for someone to worship. Through contact with true Christians who preach the gospel by their lives as well as by words, the atheist might be converted and enter into the spiritual world, the gate of which is guarded by the mystery of Christ."

These do not sound like the words of an unbeliever to me personally. If so, then he was, like Cornelius, an exceptionally God-fearing unbeliever.

Response #18: 

I'm not a Dostoevsky buff, but I note that this quote is not from him. What I do know suggest to me that he was highly religious, but that does not make him a believer in Christ. Many Eastern Orthodox, many Roman Catholics, many old line Protestant, and indeed many Buddhists, Muslims, animists are highly religious, but that doesn't make them born again. In fact, religion, the ritual placating of the divine, most often militates against their desiring of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone – they've already done so much "work", after all, why would they have any need of grace?

As in the case of many on the margins, we'll have to wait until the other side to find out for sure.

In Jesus,

Bob L.

Question #19:  

It's been a while, but here's a new atheism post:

http://godsphilosopher.blogspot.com/2017/03/argumentum-ad-cabbala.html

Response #19: 

This is very helpful for anyone doing apologetics who doesn't have your mathematical and academic background. It's a pleasure to see how you and your ministry are developing so well.

One minor point has to do with tone. You've gotten a lot better at that too, mind you. And if I were sharing this with my USMC buddies, no issues. However, this is out there for all to see. So I would suggest dropping the (admittedly humorous) references to questionable practices because they undermines the seriousness of this extremely valuable piece (among other things).

There's nothing wrong with writing like this, if one is a humorist, for example. But I'm reminded of this advice that Paul gave Titus:

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:7-8 NIV

Enough said. Humor is always dangerous. I use it in my teaching a great deal and think that I have learned how to steer clear of rocks and shoals. But as we were once advised by a deputy provost, "think twice before you tell a joke – any joke".

Again, I don't want to lose the main point that in my humble opinion this is excellent work, and I'll be sure to post the reference the next time I do something on atheism or apologetics.

Your friend in Jesus Christ,

Bob L.

Question #20:  

It's always interesting to hear atheists talk about how "empirical" they are when the Bible says it is because of what we can see that we know that God exists. Psychologists may have been right about psychological projection being the way of how the primitive mind copes with his own insecurities.

I think any atheist's argument is just going to sound unbelievably stupid on judgment day. There will be no need for God to present an apology.

PS: I may have a chance to speak with Stephen Hawking privately and in person.

Response #20: 

Thanks for all your recent emails. We are about to start spring-break here and it is much needed. I hope that you are about to get some respite there as well.

I heartily concur regarding "the end". That is the most important perspective to keep in mind whenever we are talking with others about the truth and they are reluctant to accept it. It's God's opinion that counts . . . and in the end that will be made clear to all:

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Romans 14:11-12 KJV

Interesting news. From what I have heard of the man, there doesn't seem to be any hope of making a dent in a heart as hard as adamant – but only God truly knows the heart.

Best wishes for this and for all your good efforts for the Lord and for the truth.

Bob L.

Question #21:   

Dear Bob –

Our church asked me to preach a sermon one Sunday. I initially resisted accepting the invitation, but my wife enthusiastically encouraged me to say - Yes.

The theme I chose for the event was "The Time is Now"- a storytelling adventure relating to Heaven explaining the principle of "quantum faith" - I didn’t quite know what this meant when the idea can to mind. The event evolved far beyond my capacity to anticipate, imagine, or dream as I said "yes" to preach a sermon initially at some "future" date, that rolled fast forward to the Sunday after Easter. It turned out to be, of course, the way the Holy Spirit is at work/play all the time - "BLESSED."

Response #21: 

Thanks for the "share"!

It's a wonderful principle, and one I think that anyone interested in Christian apologetics should grab hold of: "blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed"; the unbelieving world "believes" all sorts of things it hasn't seen – and physics is a great example of that - so why the disdain for Christians who believe in Jesus Christ though we have not set physical eyes on Him? Quantum faith indeed.

For [Moses] grew strong by seeing the One who cannot be seen (i.e., by keeping his mind's eye on the invisible Jesus Christ).
Hebrews 11:27

Keeping you in my prayers daily, my friend – for ministry and for your memoirs.

Your friend in Jesus Christ our dear Lord and Savior,

Bob L.


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

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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 144,00, 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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