'Doctrine' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

'Doctrine' Tagged Posts (Page 3)

Gone Too Far

Q.    I’ve gone too far wrong in my marriage; why stop now? A.    Firstly, if you have any regard – for your spouse; for God and what He wants; for your family; for yourself – see the Elders in your Assembly urgently and immediately. In this short note, let me tell you emphatically that you have not gone too far for God to redeem you out of your horror dilemma. What Jesus Christ accomplished for you on the Cross of…

God’s Will and My Choices

Q.    I’m hung up about knowing God’s will and the choices I make. Can you throw some light on a few points please? Q1.    Do my decisions really matter to God? A.   Absolutely! He cares about what goes on in your heart. Perhaps you should consider that your decisions are ultimately a matter of whether you choose to worship God or yourself, or the ways of the world, the flesh and the Devil. And God not only desires, but deserves, to…

God’s Unconditional Love

Q.    Isn’t God’s love unconditional? How can you say that we have to repent or change our lifestyle to be accepted by God? I believe everyone will get to Heaven one way or the other. A.   You make a serious error. God’s love is unfathomable, but it is not unconditional. Consider the Lord Jesus’ statements: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love…

God’s Face Shines on His People

Q.   What does the Bible mean when it talks about God’s face shining on His people? A.   The Aaronic benediction of the Levitical priesthood in Num 6:25 contains the words May His face shine upon you. These seemingly simple words contain two of the great secrets of the Bible. God’s “face” refers to intimacy; “shine” refers to radiant spiritual power. This contains the two greatest blessings of all Scripture: A personal relationship with God, and, His glory revealed in believers by the…

God Not Limited

Q. Can God be limited?   A. According to Calvinism, if man can resist God or thwart His purposes then God is no longer Sovereign God – and man must be Sovereign. Thus they claim that it is impossible that man could either accept or reject God’s salvation. But the Bible says that man does resist and reject God. This has been going on since the earliest days of his history. Adam rejected God’s Word. Cain rejected it, Noah’s generation…

Gifts of the Holy Ghost and other Manifestations

Q.    A few months ago during praise and worship a woman in the congregation says she saw a white mist weaving in and out through the choir and she believes it was the Holy Spirit. It seemed to take hold of a man in the choir and he leapt off the stage and danced around the same way the white mist had been doing. Was this of God? A.   I cannot comment confidently on the “white mist” manifestation in your church, since one would…

Gay Tendencies

Q.    I’m more attracted to same sex people than to those of the opposite sex. How should I handle those feelings? A.    First and foremost, realise that Man’s improvisations on, and departures from, God’s original intention for His creation, always end in disaster. You owe it to Him to fulfil HIS plan for your life! A glance at 1 Tim 1:8-16 will show you that God knows that you will face the temptation to stray from Him and His ways…

Fruits of Righteousness

Q.   What are the Fruits of Righteousness? A.   1 Cor 1:30 tells that Christ is made unto us, amongst other things, Righteousness. More than giving us Righteousness, He Himself is our Righteousness. That Righteousness should produce Fruit means that it has Life within itself, which confirms that it is the Life of Christ in us. The Fruit Righteousness produces is the very Fruit of the Indwelling Christ, the Fruit of the Spirit of Christ according to Gal 5:22-23 is love, joy, peace,…

Four Baptisms

Q.    How Many Baptisms Are There? A.    There are actually four Baptisms that must be considered. The word ‘baptism’ originates from the Greek word ‘Baptizo’ which, according to Thayer, means ‘to dip, to immerse, to submerge, to overwhelm.’ Strong’s adds ‘to make fully wet’. The first is Baptism into the Body of Christ and is the ‘one baptism’ mentioned in Eph 4:5, and expounded upon in Rom 6.This most important Baptism brings about salvation. Rom 6:4-5 Therefore we are buried…

Forgiveness for the Unrepentant – Part 2

Q.   How can I forgive when there’s no apology? A.   Choose to forgive. Develop a forgiving heart.  Then forgive as Jesus forgave you. He’ll enable you if you’re willing. Jer 33:1-9 Col 3:13. – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Forgiveness is not inherent in the nature of Man – until he receives the Lord’s forgiveness. Have you been forgiven? Act as an agent…

Forgiveness for the Unrepentant – Part 1

Q.   Can I forgive one who has betrayed me if he is not repentant? A.   Were we to wait for those who have hurt us to repent first, we will almost certainly wait a long time. We also give ourselves ‘reason’ to remain bitter the rest of our lives. And there is already too much of that in the Church while the secular world speaks of reconciliation. Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, pray for them, and do good to…

Forgiveness – Offenders and Aggrieved Parties

Q.    Re ‘Forgiveness for the Unrepentant’, what about how to deal with offenders, unrepentance, and redressing the aggrieved party? A.   You’re quite right; we dealt then mainly with our responsibility to live forgiven and forgiving. Living in unforgiveness, we spread bitterness and “defile many”. We also block God’s forgiveness in our own lives. See Matt 6:14-15; Heb 12:14-15    Our last sentence said, “Accountability and correction are related issues …”, and here is some teaching on how God’s people should deal with…