Doctrine (Page 4)

Doctrine (Page 4)

Forgiveness – Feeling Forgiven

Q.   How Can I Be Forgiven – and Feel Forgiven? A.   If you desire to be forgiven it’s obvious that you need to be forgiven. All of us have sinned and need to be forgiven – Rom 3:23.    God’s requirements for forgiveness are: Confession and Repentance. Tell God how you have sinned and how sorry you are for your sin. Then ask Him to change you and help you to turn away from your old life of sinning. He will do it!…

False Prophets and What to do About Them

Q.   In the last days there will be False Prophets deceiving many. How would we recognise one in an Assembly, and what should we do? A.   You are right; there will be perverse men who will rise amongst us to do their own thing, seek prominence and draw people away after themselves – all for personal glory. And 1 Cor 11:19 says not to worry; ‘For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest…

False Prophecy

Q.    Prophesying is ‘tops’ in our Church – but it’s just like fortune telling. A year ago a lady told us that we would own a house and have two of our own children – we can’t have any! To support her prophecy she told us many things about us that were true. I know she acts supernaturally but how can I tell if it’s of God or not?  A.   1 Cor 14:3 says, He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to…

Easter

Q.   Is it right to use the term “Easter” to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection? A.   The only reference to Easter in the KJV Bible is in Acts 12:4 and should more correctly be stated as “Passover”, from pascha. Easter was originally a pagan festival honouring Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of light and spring. Sacrifices were offered in her honour. She, Eostre, Easter, has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus, His Resurrection or His people. We are wise to refer to Passover or The…

Could God Ever Do Wrong?

Q.    Would God ever ask us to do wrong? In Gen 22:2 He asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. A.    No, God will never ask us to do evil. But he will push to the limit the boundaries of our commitment to him. The first words of this chapter – “after these things that God did tempt”, (Some time later God tested Abraham) suggest that God never intended the sacrifice to take place. The point was the test:…

Being Gay

Q.   I’m gay, hate being gay and don’t know how to not be gay. I have no reason to live and want to end my life. Physically and sexually abused as a teen, I lived in a pigsty of group homes where the abuse continued until I finally prostituted myself with men before I turned 20. Now I have full-blown AIDS. Doctors told me that my death wish would soon be fulfilled and Christians hated me even more. The churches I…

Baptism in Water

Q.   Why do I need to be baptised in water? A.   The most important reason is that Jesus Himself commanded His disciples to be baptised in water. The Lord Jesus instructed Water Baptism personally. If you are committed to Him, do His bidding. Water Baptism is a believer’s step of faith producing an act of obedience born out of a heart of love for his Lord. John 14:15   If ye love Me, keep My commandments. John 15:14    Ye are My friends, if ye…

Apostolic Vision

Q.   What exactly is “the Vision of our Apostolic Brethren” which Golden Greetings aims to support and inspire? A.   Assemblies are wise to hear God’s direction from their Elders as they minister in close co-operation with Apostolic Brethren. Indeed they hear from God themselves but, in the wider context of direction, are team players with the Apostolic Brethren. It’s no secret that our Apostolic Brethren are constantly on the run from Convention to Convention, from Assembly to Assembly, in Golden Harvest Seminars,…

A Fountain Filled With Blood

Q. See our Redemption Hymn 335. Is there honestly a fountain filled with Blood? A. William Cowper wrote this famous hymn in poetic or lyrical language and it expresses great joy and gratitude for the shed Blood of Jesus. Of course there is no literal ‘Fountain filled with Blood’. If we enter into the intended spirit of what the hymn writer is expressing then we are not being unscriptural singing this hymn. The words, “I do believe, I will believe, that…