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Questions Answered Part 1 of 3: 2020- 2021

QUESTION: Doesn't scientific law disprove God's involvement in Creation? - Part 2 - 9/26/2021    NEW

ANSWER: No. Scientific facts prove "God's involvement in Creation", as clearly stated in Genesis 1 and 2.

1. There is no proof of crossing "kinds". In order for Evolution to be scientifically established, there must be evidence of in-between "kinds" of life, either in the laboratory or fossil history. EVOLUTIONISTS HAVE NEITHER! What has been done instead is tinkering with the terms used in "phylogeny". ... Read More

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QUESTION: Doesn't scientific law disprove God's involvement in Creation? - Part 1 - 9/19/2021    NEW

ANSWER: FACT: Life can only come from life. No nonliving thing has ever produced life! "Test tube" life requires something living in the tube before the experiment begins. EVOLUTION starts its theory with nonliving matter and claims that, if it hangs around long enough, life will occur! Adding "time" to fake "science" cannot inject "life" into the result! There never has been found any mixture of elements that produce life!

BIBLE: Genesis 1:1; Acts 14:15; 1 Timothy 6:13 ... Read More

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QUESTION: Does everything I do glorify God? - 9/12/2021 NEW

ANSWER: NO. 1. True, a Christian should glorify God in everything done, but not everything done glorifies God. (1 Corinthians 10:31;           1 Corinthians 6:20). Not everything glorifies God (1 Corinthians 6:15-18) This shows that not everything a Christian chooses to do is automatically glorifying to God! Just because something has the ability to, can, commit fornication, doesn't mean God is glorified! ... Read More

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QUESTION: Do I have to be married to be a Good Christian? - 9/5/2021    NEW

ANSWER: No. Jesus the Christ, who began the idea of being a Christian, was not married. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church that "I have betrothed you to one husband that I nay present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:2) ...

QUESTION: Is it really against Scripture to be physically aggressive or violent with others, including family?

ANSWER: Violence with no lesson to be learned is forbidden      (Luke 6:27-29; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 5:28-29) There is absolutely no permission given for a wife to be physically abused, since she is one flesh with her husband. ...

QUESTION: Is disciplining children against the Bible?

ANSWER: No. (Proverbs 29:15) Parenting a child is a Mother/ Father project that requires both "rod and rebuke", not just one of these. ... Read More

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QUESTION: What does it mean that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom" (Psalm 111:10)? - 8/29/2021    NEW & FEATURED

ANSWER: All organised, moral, and wise thinking, all absolute truth, begins with "fear" (aka respect, awe, reverence) of the only true, living, loving God. The fear of the LORD:

1. Concludes evidence with God (Hebrews 11:3; Acts 14:15, 17). Living things never came from nonliving things. The cycle of life (rain, seasons, harvest, rejoicing) are the result of the God who Created these things from nothing and directs them through His wise edicts. 

2. Improves life (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 8:13) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What makes Jesus so special? - 8/22/2021    NEW

ANSWER: The name “Jesus” was, and is today, very commonly used, but the New Testament uses the term “the Jesus” to indicate a special person. The New Testament shows us that:

1. John 7:46 - none spoke like Him. (Luke 4:31-32; John 18:19-21) He did not teach as a prophet to whom God had given Him what to say, but as God Himself! When challenged by Jewish religious leaders, Jesus knew people who had heard Him could teach the religious leaders! He knew what God said and meant, because He was God! ... Read More

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QUESTION: Should Christians take handouts instead of a job? - 8/15/2021    NEW

ANSWER: “The theory of the Communists may be summed up on one sentence: Abolition of private property.” (“The Communist Manifesto,” Karl Marx) To depend on a handout instead of a job, makes one indebted to the “hander.” Since “the LORD Almighty”             (2 Corinthians 6:18) means Creator God is in control of all “blessings,” and that includes money and wealth, then let God give us Rules For Riches:

1. THERE IS SILVER SLAVERY: (Proverbs 22:7; Psalm 115:4;          Ecclesiastes 5:10) Slavery is not only because of skin or by chains, but by the idol of "silver". Making money becomes the idol of all who let it control their life. It is a totally unsatisfactory ambition. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do some people keep demanding justice and never seem to be satisfied? - 8/1/2021    NEW

ANSWER: It seems very few are able to receive TRUE justice.

1. Justice (aka judgment) is the standard of fair and balanced decision in matters of judgment.

Under Moses (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) all judgments (IN OR OUT OF COURTS) tainted by prejudice, or personal advantage, are condemned by God's justice. ...

Under Christ, Jesus offers justice (Matthew 7:1-2; John 5:30; John 7:24GOD NEVER forbids judging/ justice as long as IT IS BALANCED WITH HIS LAW. Every "justice department" should be influenced by, or based upon, God's word to be just. ... Read More

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QUESTION: If everyone is speaking their "own truth", then what is a lie? - July 25, 2021   

ANSWER: First define "truth", then every deviation from that is a lie by definition.

1. Truth is an accurate statement of fact. Truth occurs in 210 Bible verses, not one of which has the plural "truths"! Therefore The Bible does NOT recognize subjective "truths". Since "no lie is of the truth" (1 John 2:21), and truth is to be practiced (1 John 1:6), the Bible is written "to make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth" (Proverbs 22:20-21). "Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar," (Romanas 3:4). Bible facts, scientific facts, life events are all sources of "truth" and require a truthful telling of those facts. Truth does NOT CHANGE, but reporting of the truth may change.

2. Deviations all come from the Devil. (John 8:44) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Should Christians be speaking out when they could lose their Facebook or Twitter accounts, or kicked out of school or work? - 7/18/2021   

ANSWER: The "intimidation factor"  of bullying can have far reaching implication. People may cower in fear that:

1. They would lose to an enemy and become slaves (1 Samuel 17:8-11). But it took a lad of faith to say, "The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:37) It was NOT David's reckless disregard for his life, but a willingness of faith to save his people! Freedom and Liberty always come at a high price, and only those dedicated to it are willing to pay that price. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Jesus' kingdom is NOT here, it's coming in His second coming, right? - 7/11/2021   

ANSWER: NO. This false doctrine's claims deny Scripture.

1. Millennial doctrine is "antichrist," for its claims contradict clear Bible facts about Jesus Christ (1 John 4:1-3). Millennialism ignores what Jesus came to do in the flesh.

2. If He failed to establish His kingdom, then no one has observed the Lord's supper (Luke 22:29-30) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Can a Christian celebrate US Independence Day? - 7/4/2021   

ANSWER: Yes. The Declaration of [US]  Independence, July 4, 1776, stated: "All men are equal, ... they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." ... This clause admits that:

a. There are "Rights" that come from God to individuals without any guarantee from any government; ... Read More

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QUESTION: What is wrong with "critical race theory" or CRT? - 6/27/2021 

ANSWER: It completely contradicts God's teaching about humans, which makes it ungodly. ALL HUMANS are created by God with a physical body and soul (Genesis 1:27; 2:7), ... and NEVER is the color of skin a line of separation. All humans came from Eve (Genesis 3:20), and the one family of Noah (Genesis 9:18-19), so all "skin colors" are simply variations within the same human family. ... CRT is defined as "an intellectual movement ... based on the premise that race is ... a socially constructed category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color ... especially African Americans." By definition, CRT is designed to teach hatred and resentment against "white skinned people", and guilt and self-effacement among those "white skinned people". ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why can't we praise God with the instruments they used in the Old Testament? - 6/20/2021   

ANSWER: 1. God was specific in giving details about His worship. In Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy, the priests were never instructed to use instruments of music in connection with the sacrifices offered. ...

2. David takes credit for authorising instruments for praise.          (1 Chronicles 15:15-16; 23:5) Though they were used outside the holy tabernacle, they were assumed to be "musical instruments of God" (1 Chronicles 16:42). They were never authorised by God to be used in the ... temple. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Jesus didn't teach "absolute values", did He? - 6/13/2021    FEATURED  

ANSWER: In mathematics, the "absolute value" of a number or integer is its distance from zero. There must be an absolute beginning point for numbers to have value. So also with humans.

1. JESUS CHRIST WAS THE SACRIFICE FOR AN "EVERLASTING COVENANT" AND MAKES CHRISTIANS "COMPLETE IN EVERY GOOD WORK TO DO HIS WILL." (Hebrews 13:20-21) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Didn't the Roman Catholic Church determine what was in the Holy Bible? - June 6, 2021     

ANSWER: Let the Bible determine this answer:

1. The 39 books of the Old Testament were set and accepted by Jesus Himself. Of the Old Testament, it was accepted that "No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for... holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20-21) All who quoted from it cited the writer (Acts 2:25-29), book (Acts 1:20), and even a chapter (Acts 13:33).  ... Read More

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QUESTION: Scriptures are too old to be relevant in today's world, with modern problems, right? - May 30, 2021      

ANSWER: WRONG. If you need to ask, you haven't read Scripture, OR years of my articles in particular.

1. The Cycle of Life proves that what God said is not outdated! Ecclesiastes 1:4, 9-11 reflects God's wisdom. What happens hasn't changed, only the speed and method. Mankind still has the same fleshly aspirations, but with accumulated knowledge of God's World to achieve them. 

2. Please read hundreds of articles I have written over the years to show Scripture after Scripture that apply to everyday events. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Eastern religions, e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, predate the Holy Bible, right? - 5/23/21

ANSWER: WRONG. The Bible story predates all religions, even though the writing of that story took place over time. 

1. Nothing predates the Creation except God. (Genesis 1:1;      Colossians 1:15-16). All idolatry in all religions have been attempts to make a visible Creator (Romans 1:25).

2. Bible events are passed along and changed to form traditions and misunderstanding, until God inspired men to write the exact details of those events. ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can we know what, or whom, to believe? - May 16, 2021   

ANSWER: Always consider the facts and the source of your information. There are far more words with no facts than there are facts. Facts are reality. Truth depicts it accurately.

1. Facts are Facts and Never change (Daniel 7:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1).      The facts of the Gospel hadn't changed, Pauls preaching hadn't ... Read More

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QUESTION: What skin color did Jesus have? - 5/9/2021

ANSWER: He had the "universal" human color! 

1. God's Human family is ONE. (Genesis 1:26-27) The only physical distinction drawn was between "male and female". (Genesis 3:20) Since all mankind has come from the same woman, it stands to reason that all skin colors (or aviations thereof) are blended together. ... Read More

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QUESTION: What does the Bible teach about "climate change"? - 5/2/2021   

ANSWER: 1. "Climate change" is out of our hands. According to www.climate.nasa.gov, "Earth's climate has changed throughout history. ... Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth's orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives." Because of mankind's limited knowledge, variations in the planet's average temperature is solely controlled by "Earth's orbit". ... Read More

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QUESTION: What is the difference between a translation, interpretation, or paraphrase of the Bible?4/25/2021  

ANSWER: God inspired the very wording of the Scriptures            (2 Peter 1;16-21). Scripture did not originate amidst "cunningly devised fables," or myths, fables, traditional lore, or made-up stories. There is no fiction in the Scripture narrative! "Once upon a time" is never in actual Scripture!

1. "Eyewitnesses of His majesty" means there is no hand-me-down, or go-between person who would have made mistakes in reporting ... Read More

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QUESTION: Who are our enemies? - 4/18/2021    

ANSWER: An enemy is everyone who opposes those who trust in God, and do the things described by David in Psalm 56:5-6: "All day:

1. "They twist my words" -- By changing the meaning of the words after they are used, Lawyers can make an innocent conversation sound evil. Politicians and some preachers can make good words become wrong (Jude 4; 2 Peter 3:16) ...

2. "Their thoughts are against me for evil." ... Read More

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QUESTION: What is a "Seder Service"? - April 11, 2021  

ANSWER: The "seder service" is a recreation and observance of the Jewish Passover from the Law of Moses.

1. It was an annual feast to remind the Israelites of their deliverance from Egypt and beginning of them as a national people. (Exodus 12:1-31; 12:48, 50;   John 6:4)

2. Jesus ate the Passover under Moses' Law (Luke 22:14-20) The Apostles left this meeting with endorsement for the Lord's Supper, NOT the Jewish Passover. ... Read More 

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QUESTION: What does the Bible say about "Easter Holy Week"? - 4/4/2021    

ANSWER: Christians celebrated NO 'holy week' in the New Testament. Christians do NOT re-enact the last week of Jesus' life before the cross.

1. Jesus prophesied the events of His last week (Matthew 20:17-19). The Apostles and Christians "... did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus the Christ" (Acts 5:42), and when scattered, "went everywhere preaching the Word" (Acts 8:4). Teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ certainly includes everything in the gospels... but it is never limited to one week in His life, or teaching about it once in a year.

2. Christians remember... Read More

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QUESTION: Is a politician's church attendance "news"? - 3/28/21    

ANSWER: It should not be so! On December 8, 2020, The Washington Post ... article, "Joe Biden Goes to Church. Politics Remains Outside," written by Robin Givhan, said, "Church attendance isn't a measure of one's faith or a substitution for good deeds, but it is a way of singling religiosity." 1. ... Who separated church from state? It was not God, nor the US Constitution, but politicians' lack of faith? ... If "church attendance isn't a measure of one's faith", then what is it? ... Read More

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QUESTION: Is There Life On Other Planets? - March 21, 2021   

ANSWER: Only in the godless minds of Evolutionists.

1. God "formed the earth and made it ... to be inhabited" (Isaiah 45:18). Our world, and ourselves, are solid, dramatic proof that God created it this way! (Romans 1:20) There is no proof, evidence, or reason to believe that life as we know it exists elsewhere. 2. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Didn't Jesus approve drinking when He made water into wine? - 3/18/2021   

ANSWER: Jesus did NOT make alcoholic wine, nor approve drunkenness in anyone! John 2:1-11 outlines Jesus' first miraculous "sign" which "manifested His glory", and it was "the water that was made wine". This miraculously bypassed the normal time involved in growing, harvesting, and processing the grapes into wine, thus it was a miracle showing His power over time and the elements. It was a sign that God's power was working ... Read More

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QUESTION: Is it wrong to be afraid? - 3/14/2021    

ANSWER: The wisdom of Proverbs cannot be surpassed: Proverbs 10:24-25; Proverbs 28:1; Proverbs 29:25. Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honor God's wisdom in their lives; they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honourably. A guilty conscience makes one afraid, but one who trusts in the LORD feels safe and bold as a lion. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why is our government called "godless"? - 3/7/2021   

ANSWER: Maybe this incident will illustrate: In a Congressional debate on gender, Representative Greg Steube stated, "... We are seeing the consequences of rejecting God here in our country today." Democrat Representative Gerald Nadler replied, "What any religious tradition describes as 'God's will' is no concern of this Congress." REALLY? 1. Jesus would tell him, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29) Nadler was born into a Jewish family ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why has society changed so quickly? - 2/28/2021     

ANSWER: The "fate" of any nation involves only one principle factor: obedience or disobedience to God. 1. The Law of Moses stated, "If you do not obey Me ... I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart." (Leviticus 26:14-17) ... The law of Jesus Christ says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7) ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can a Christian respond to false charges? - February 21, 2021      

ANSWER: Since this is not a new problem, let the Apostle Peter instruct us in 1 Peter 2:15. 1. Let our good conduct make them liars!  (1 Peter 2:11-12) 2. Remember the Example of Jesus (1 Peter 2:21-23, quoting Isaiah 53:9). 3. Do not become like them, with false charges   (1 Peter 3:8-9) ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can a Christian become a saint? - February 14, 2021   

ANSWER: The distinction is between name (Christian) and function (saint), but not in condition (saved). When God told Moses to "Sanctify to Me all the firstborn, ..." (Exodus 13:1-2; Exodus 13:12) To be "sanctified" is to be "set apart" or designated for a particular purpose. Jesus' prayer showed that His followers are "sanctified" (John 17:19) ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can "true love" be recognised? - February 7, 2021   

ANSWER: While counterfeit religion gives us a "St. Valentine's Day"; and worships the mythical pagan gods of Lupercus, protector of shepherds and flocks; or Cupid, later substituted with the Roman Catholic "Valentine"; and offers commercialised gifts of flowers, candy, or jewellery; I think of Dorwin Stoddard. ... Read More

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QUESTION: What should a Christian do when there is a change in Government? - January 10, 2021  

ANSWER: God's Word helps us make a proper judgment.

1. Watch what they do (Matthew 7:16-20);

2. Only the wicked use violence to gain power (Psalm 11:5; Proverbs 21:7; Psalm 27:12-13; Psalm 55:9);

3. Judge their Judgment (Proverbs 17:13; Proverbs 17:15; Proverbs 24:24-25);

4. Always remember ... Read More

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QUESTION: In your opinion, should "GRAPHE" of James 4:5 be translated as "Scripture"? - January 3, 2021     

"Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously". (James 4:5

ANSWER: Every use of the expression "HE GRAPHE" in the New Testament always denotes the inspired Word of God. James 2:8 quotes Leviticus 19:18; James 2:23 quotes Genesis 15:6; and James 4:5 teaches Genesis 6:3. Whether it is a direct quotation, specific reference, or inspired summary of a former message, it always refers to what God has previously said in "writing" (GRAPHE). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Does alcohol have any good use? - October 25, 2020

ANSWER: There are three uses of alcohol, each as a medicine, that is, to be used with a very low dose, only for pain relief, out of necessity, briefly at best. They are: 1) To relieve recurring weakening digestive problems                      (1 Timothy 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:3Titus 1:7) ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can a Christian's vote count the most - 10/18/ 2020   

ANSWER: Keep Bible principles in mind when casting the vote. 1. Don’t Support Abortion. (Romans 9:11Exodus 1:16-172 Kings 21:16). God condemned Egypt and Judah, because He hates “Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17). God-fearing people will not vote for a leader determined to kill babies!  2. Uphold One Who Respects Bible-Believers.                           (2 Chronicles 34:19) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Grace cancels out all sin, including wilful sin, right? - October 10, 2020

ANSWER: WRONG! God's grace does NOT cancel a person's sin NOR will it save on the Day of Judgment. Here's why: 1. Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. ... Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. (Genesis 6:8, 22) ... 2. ... Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Do we need Jesus today? - October 4, 2020   

ANSWER: Absolutely! In a hero saturated society, most of whom are make-believe, Jesus has been lost in the shuffle. Super heroes are a human attempt to elevate someone who is worthy of adulation above others. Consider the Real Jesus: 1. Jesus is Only Begotten. (1 John 4:9; John 15:13; Galatians 3:26; 1 John 3:5; John 8:24) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What can save the USA? - October, 2020   

ANSWER: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34) Righteousness is the state or condition of being "right" as defined by God by His commandments and by His example (1 John 3:7Psalm 119:172;       1 John 2:1). Governments should exist to protect the righteous within their citizenry (Romans 13:3-5). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why Come to Jesus? - September 6, 2020   

ANSWER: Because there never has been, or will be, anyone like Him. (John 7:31, 45-46; Acts 4:10-12). ... 1. Jesus was Sinless (Mark 1:9-11). ... 2. Jesus was Powerful (Mark 2:5, 10-12). ... 3. Jesus Alone Can Save (Galatians 6:14) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why should I be baptized again? I've already been baptized in water. - August 30, 2020  

ANSWER: The first time the Gospel of Christ was preached in its entirety was the day of Pentecost... the people were told to "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized..." (Acts 2:38, 41) Repentence by itself did not save them! ... Read More

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QUESTION: How does the Old Testament help us today? - 8/23/2020   

ANSWER: A study from Psalm 18:1-50 should help. This psalm is exactly recorded in historical setting in 2 Samuel 22:1-51

1. In picturing God and His deliverance, anthropomorphisms and theophanies abound. ... According to Jesus Christ, "God is Spirit" (John 4:24) ... 

2. David strives to be righteous (obedient to God's will), and God helps and sometimes delivers the righteous from dangerous enemies. ... Read More

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QUESTION: With political campaign promises, Internet articles, and "fake news", who can be trusted for the truth?- 8/16/2020

ANSWER: Surrounded by the sinful (Psalm 12:8), King David points out a most disheartening belief in v4: "Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?" When even sinners abandon speaking truth, there is no confidence in anyone, anything, anywhere. ... Today, Christians should be "putting away lying, 'Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," (Ephesians 4:25) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do Christians always give in to evil-doers? -  August 9, 2020

ANSWER: Have Christians not read what David said: "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14)? Paul rephrased this in   Romans 12:9. ... The church of Christ must accept the fact that there is a moral war that is being waged constantly... The capitulators may partially quote and misuse 2 Timothy 2:24. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why is there so much hatred today? August 2, 2020

ANSWER: Whatever the rationale or reason for hatred and violence, there can be no question that in the world, hatred is preached and practiced! As a reminder of the ways of the world from which a Christian is delivered, Paul wrote Titus 3:3...  hatred is one of a progression of seven attitudes that separate and divide people with conflict and hurt. Hatred is a wrong motive that produces a wrong action, "strife". ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem the wicked are in charge? - 7/2020

ANSWER: A problem already discussed in Psalm 58. Verses 1-5 show how thoroughly wicked some may become; verses 6-9 ask God to dismantle the strengths of the wicked; and Verses 10-11 mention how satisfied the righteous are when that is done. ... Read More

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Question: What do you think about "reparations" for Afro-Americans because of slavery in the past? July, 2020

Answer: Here’s a lesson on Settling Old Scores: On January 24, 1972, a Japanese soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, was discovered in Guam, hiding in the jungle for 28 years, thinking World War II had not ended! ...  If this sounds surreal, today’s world events are simply people “settling old scores” of history: ... (Judges 2:10-11) ...  Read More

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QuestionShould the Lord’s Supper be observed every week (on the first day of the week), less regularly, or annually? - July 5, 2020

Answer: This requires, as Bible subjects do, a study of the subject with all pertinent Scriptures presented. 1. Jesus established the supper by using the Passover meal's elements and giving them an entirely new meaning for His disciples (Matthew 26:26 - 30). Read more.

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QUESTION: What must Christians do to remember the crucifixion of Christ? - June, 2020

ANSWER:  Simply, preach the Word  (2 Timothy 4:2).  Don't be distracted  (1 Corinthians 2:1-2). ... By following a man-made religious calendar, people have been turned away from that Cross. “Christmas” diverts attention to Jesus’ birth; “Lent” places the emphasis upon human denial; “Easter” skips the cross to Jesus’ resurrection; and “the thief on the cross” makes salvation from a thief rather than Jesus! ... Read More

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Question: What has caused so much rioting? - June 7, 2020 

Answer: What began as peaceful protests were commandeered by paid, organized gangsters who steered the crowd into a vicious riot... Why?... According to the political doctrine of Karl Marx, all humanity is divided economically along lines of the “haves” and the “have-nots.” ... Jesus identified one man’s “class envy” of his brother’s inheritance as “covetousness,” which He then condemned       (Luke 12:13-21Galatians 5:19-21) ... Read More

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Question: How long were the days of Creation? - May, 2020   

Answer: That there was a "beginning" of the Creation, none seems to dispute. In human experience, we know that everything in our world must have had a beginning. And in Scripture, this is completely true (Revelation 1:8). Only God pre-dates Creation (Hebrews 1:10-12, quoting from Psalm 102:25-27). Jesus Christ believed in the "beginning", because He was there as the "Word" of God            (John 1:1-3). ... Read More

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Question: In all seriousness, here are a few reasons I find it virtually impossible that Paul wrote Hebrews... and if you find legitimate holes in my arguments, well then you're clearly communists. - May, 2020

Answer: "Legitimate holes" cannot be dissed like he has done. Reference Hebrews 2:3; 1 Corinthians 16:21Galatians 6:11Colossians 4:18;                     2 Thessalonians 3:17Philemon 19 ... Read More  

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If the church exists in homes, why does anyone need to assemble- May 17, 2020 [Full answer is available in Publications On COVID Quarantine 2020]    

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QUESTION: Do you think our economy will ever recover?

ANSWER: For every calamity, God promises a recovery. 1. Calamity (or "mischief") can be caused by the wicked. God warns, however, that whatever calamity someone starts will turn on him or her (Proverbs 26:27;                Proverbs 24:17-18). God rewards good deeds, but He also rewards evil deeds as well. Don't forget how racial hatred was dealt with in  Esther 7:10. ... Read More

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Question: Why does it seem that society is out of control?

Answer: Because the media focuses almost entirely on the “lawless,” or those who are “out of control! 1. The “lawless” are in charge because the “lawful” have not insisted otherwise! (1 Timothy 1:5-11) 2. Those who crucified Jesus Christ were ignoring: (1) Moses’ Jewish Law on guilt: (Deuteronomy 19:15). ...  Read More

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QUESTION: What can Christians do when storm destruction occurs? March 8, 2020

ANSWER: The church of Christ began on the Pentecost after Jesus was raised from the dead (Acts 2:22-47) ... and "all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria" (Acts 8:1) ... 1. In the midst of that turbulence of persecution and death, the church gathered together to pray    (Acts 12:12) and did what they could: ask God for help. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Are we saved like the thief on the cross? - 3/1/2020   

ANSWER: Read Galatians 6:14-15. The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul wrote this summary of why the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a most important, pivotal moment in human history. 1. No person has any reason to “boast” (brag), for nothing we do has earned our salvation. (Acts 4:12;             1 Corinthians 3:21) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Did Jesus teach or practice Socialism? - 2/23/2020

ANSWER: False claims about Jesus' teaching have always been circulated by the Devil: (John 2:18-22; Mark 15:29-30Luke 23:4-15; Matthew 28:11-15). Jesus Christ was nowhere near being a Marxist Communist, for: 1. He never forced "rich" people to give up their wealth to "equalize" with the "poor." He lived under Moses' Law  ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem everyone is branded a "racist"? - February 16, 2020    

ANSWER: "Racial discrimination" is racist, nothing else. “Discrimination” is the quality or power of finely distinguishing,” or making, judgments. Making moral judgments based upon what God says, is exactly what God wants us to do. Solomon asked God, “For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" (1 Kings 3:9). Making judgments and discerning on the basis of good and evil is what God's wisdom is all about. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Are people wrong who love God? - February 9, 2020     

ANSWER: Jesus Christ is the discerner of who does, or does not, love God. (John 5:42) Since He knows the hearts, the rest of us must be determined by the following: "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments." (1 John 5:2) "If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar. (1 John 4:20-21) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What can Christians do when they are accused of violating "Political Correctness"? - February 2, 2020 

ANSWER: "Political correctness" is an expression of false teaching. The Devil is "the accuser of our brethren" (Revelation 12:10). He accuses only, but without proof. It means that everyone who accuses without proving their case is doing the Devil's work. "PC" is simply accusing by labelling but not proving. ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can we tell when God is speaking to us? - 1/26/20   

ANSWER: God only speaks today through His written Word, the Bible. (Hebrews 1:1-2; John 5:46-47) Just as Moses' words were written to be read, so Jesus' words have been written to be read. So Paul preached               (Acts 13:26-27). The Bible is not called "the Word of God" for nothing! ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do bad things happen to good people? - 1/19/20    

ANSWER: Without the Bible, there is no adequate explanation. Reread Genesis 1 - 3 and realise: 1. God's world for humans was perfect, but human sin ruined that setup (Romans 5:12). 2. The curses of Difficulties and Death were placed on Adam & Eve (and subsequently every human)  (Job 14:1) Bad things happen as a consequence of sin. 3. ... Read More

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​QUESTION: Why is there so much to fear? - January 12, 2020

ANSWER: Because the wicked are in charge of the media which promotes it. (Proverbs 10:24-25) Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honour God's wisdom in their lives; they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honourably. ... Read More     

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QUESTION: How safe are we in worship? - January 5, 2020

ANSWER: On December 29, 2019, [a church of Christ in Texas was targeted in a mass shooting]. ... 1. The state of Texas had made it legal to carry guns in church worship. ... 2. While police seek a motive for the criminal's action, God has given one for the very first murder in history, and every one since: evil works (1 John 3:11-12). ... Read More

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—–All responses from John T. Polk II—–

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Questions Answered Part 2 of 3: 2019

QUESTION: There are so many asking for donations, how can I know where to give my money? - December 8, 2019   

ANSWER: 'Tis the season for MISS-giving. The idea of gift giving is so widespread that it is easy to make wrong decisions. Consider this information before making donations to the following:

1) Charitable Organizations: On average per $1 raised, nonprofits spend $0.37 for overhead, and advertising alone can cost $0.67.  ...

2) Disguised Religion: No one should question that good works done by some groups fall into Matthew 7:21-23; ... Christians must not support religious causes that support churches which do NOT preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) ... The Salvation Army and Goodwill are extensions of the Methodist Doctrine; Samaritan's Purse is an extension of the Baptist church; ...  Read More

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QUESTION: Don't scientific discoveries rule out God? - 11/1/2019    

ANSWER: Without God, there is no explanation for the absolute identity of humankind as separate from animals.

1. The first surgery was same day (Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 2:21-22). All surgery today follows the same procedure: 1) Create "a deep sleep"; 2) make an opening in the body to work on or remove a part; 3) Close the opening surgically made; 4) Awaken the patient for the healing process. The GOD WHO MADE US WOULD KNOW HOW TO OPERATE ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do you keep preaching Scripture? It is so out-dated for today; society keeps changing all the time. - 10/27/19

ANSWER: Oh, really? What Jesus said applies to you: "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29)

1. God certainly knows more than you (Galatians 4:4-5). ... There had never been, nor would there ever come, such richness of influence than when Jesus came. ... Judaism reached its zenith of corruption (Acts 3:14-15). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Isn't it comforting to know my dead Mother is watching my children growing up? - October 20, 2019    

ANSWER: It is a myth to believe that a person, after death, stays in touch with life on Earth. This myth contradicts what God says in the Bible. 

1. Jesus clearly described the afterworld in Luke 16:27-31Jesus clearly indicated that: (a) The rich man knew only what spiritual condition his brothers were in at the time of his death, but not since; (b) No one ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why aren't church of Christ preachers humble like denominational pastors are? - October 13, 2019   

ANSWER: The most dangerous false teachers are those who profess their humility and seeming desire for more truth. Those who take "delight in false humility" are "vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" seem to appeal to the "ignorant and unstable". (Colossians 2:18; 2 Peter 3:16). Those who claim to love brethren who criticize their ways, and progress their "forgiveness" for all who oppose their false teaching are some of the most insidious, hypocritical, arrogant people who ever have claimed to be Christians! ... Read More

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QUESTION: Does the church of Christ believe in miracles today, according to Mark 16:17-18? - October 6, 2019   

ANSWER: When a "snake handler" died in Middlesboro, Kentucky, several years ago, Scripture was once again publicly misrepresented. 

1. Jesus Christ said the Gospel should be preached to "every creature," but that "signs" proving the truthfulness of that Gospel were for "those who believe" (Mark 16:15-20). The "signs" were for the miraculous beginning of its spread, for the Lord was "working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs" (Hebrews 2:3-4) All believers were NEVER promised these "accompanying signs" because... Read More

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QUESTION: Since humans are causing "climate change", when will the Earth be destroyed? - September 29, 2019   

ANSWER: "Climate change", aka "global warming", "global cooling", et al. is purely manmade political propaganda to use for a complete government control of every aspect of human life on Earth. Let's turn to the Bible and see the truth: 

1. Only God controls Earth's destiny (2 Peter 3:5-7; 3:10) It is the "day of the LORD", NOT the "day of man"! ... Read More

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QUESTION: If I am saved by grace, what else need I do? - 9/15/19   

ANSWER: Grace simply describes favour, desire to help!              (John 1:14-17). Grace through Moses' Law now is through Jesus Christ.

1. "Grace and Truth" must stand together. Grace does not save without truth. Since Jesus was "full of grace and truth", the first time He taught in His home synagogue, "all bore witness to Him, and marvelled at the gracious words witch proceeded out of His mouth." (Luke 4:22) His gracious words involved His reading Scripture (Isaiah 6:1-2) and showing its application (Luke 4:16-21). His words of grace were not offered apart from God's Word of truth. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Do my devout friends have to be baptized and go to the same church to be saved with me? - September 1, 2019

ANSWER: "Devout" is from a word meaning "good reverence" that is only used by Luke. ... It is a worthy quality in anyone who has it. The problem is that it depends on what someone is devoted to as to whether or not it saves their soul.

1. Jews were devoutly wrong without Jesus. (Acts 2:5, 14, 23-24, 38)

2. Gentiles were devoutly wrong without Jesus (Acts 10:2; 11:14; 15:7)

3. Saul of Tarsus was making "havoc in the church"... devoted to Moses' Law, but was told to "be baptized" (Acts 8:3; 22:16) ... Read More

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QUESTION: If the Holy Spirit dwells in us, why do we need to go to church and Bible classes? - August 25, 2019   

ANSWER: No one would know that "the Holy Spirit dwells in us" except by quoting Scripture2 Timothy 1:14: "That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us." .

1. We cannot ignore verse 13: "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from em, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."

2. Follow the God's word in Scripture: a) in Creation (Hebrews 11:3) ... Read More

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QUESTION: If Evolution is true, of what moral value is human life? - 8/18/2019   

ANSWER: Evolution is the false doctrine of Creation without God. It replaces god with the idol of Time and Chance. Those who believe in Evolution must consider humans as animals without souls whose deaths are of no special moral value. It has:

1. False Promises (Jeremiah 5:12-13) False preachers teach false ideas and cause people to falsely believe that 1) God either doesn't exist, or doesn't care, or doesn't help; 2) Nothing bad can happen to those who obey God. This causes frustration with, and rejection of, God when something bad does happen. People are "tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, " (Ephesians 4:14) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What can be done about the shooting massacres that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio? - 8/11/ 2019  

ANSWER: Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature. Meanwhile: 

1. Speedily execute those who have done the murdering. (Genesis 9:6; Ecclesiastes 8:11; Romans 13:4). Government that doesn't exercise speedy capital punishment for murders is rebelling against God as much as those who commit the murders. If not, why not?

2. Remove all legal rulings and programs that discourage heterosexual marriages. (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:11-12). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why is there so much indecision about so many things? - August 4, 2019   

ANSWER: People haven't made a definite decision about important matters. Barnabas came to Antioch, he "encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord." (Acts 11:23

1. Some are "double-hearted" (Psalm 12:1-2) In this day of "political correctness" right words are shouted down and right actions are condemned. The "godly and faithful" may resort to idle speech and flattery "with their neighbour," hiding within  his or her heart the knowledge of what's right and the fact he is wrong. (Psalm 28:3) ... Read More

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QUESTION: If the Bible is the word of God, why are there so many atheists? - 7/28/2019   

ANSWER: There are two kinds of atheists: practical and doctrinal.

1. Practical atheism is described in Titus 1:15-16. Many people practice atheism, that is, they live their lives as though there is no God. They think they exist because of godless evolution; or they are totally in charge of their lives because of humanism, which is human pride elevated over anyone else; or they think their lives are completely hidden in darkness from God's view! They are "without excuse," "futile in their thoughts," and have "foolish hearts"           (Romans 1:20-23), and thus live in sin (Romans 1:24-25). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Since God loves everybody, then just leave me alone. - July 7, 2019 

ANSWER: Jesus said, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). but that is NOT all that Jesus said!

1. God gave Jesus so people in the world of hate could be saved, as Jesus stated in John 3:19; John 7:7; John 15:19; John 17:14. ...

2. God requires the world to repent so they should be saved. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem that society is out of control? - 6/30/2019  

ANSWER: Because the media focuses almost entirely on the lawless, or those who are out of control!

1. The "lawless" are in charge because the "lawful" have not insisted otherwise! (1 Timothy 1:5-11) The people who want to live in violation of any restriction from God's control are allowed to direct: government leadership and legislation; church policies; entertainment values; and educational institutions. ... Read More

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Question: How can Jesus help me with my problems today? - 6/23/2019    FEATURED

Answer: This is best illustrated by reading Scripture.                  (Mark 6:45-50). Let’s note some parallels with our plight, today. 1. Jesus waited until they were “in the middle of the sea.” Why? They had to realize that He was back on shore and separated from them. But He knew where they were, and what their need was, and how to best help them, didn’t He? Today, we know that “after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). But we forget that He knows where we are, what our need is, and how best to help us, don’t we? 2. They were “straining at rowing, for the wind was against them.” Read More

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QUESTION: Why does anyone need "organised religion"? - June 16, 2019   

ANSWER: What would be the value of "unorganised" religion?! An "unorganised" church (which means "assembly") is described in Acts 19:32, since God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) ...

1. What is religion? Paul noted that Athens was very religious (using a word that means "fearful of deity"). Festus explained to King Agrippa ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why is the church of Christ so judgmental, condemning everyone but themselves? - June 9, 2019  

ANSWER: How can you see through the fog & smog of judgmental sinners and think condemnation is only coming from Christians? 

1. It is NOT wrong to teach what is right. Moses taught Israelites that loving God means keeping His commandments and judgments.           (Deuteronomy 7:11-12; Deuteronomy 11:1) In the Bible God has given His judgments about human behaviour. It is not judging to preach God's judgments, for we are not making that judgment ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:31-32). ...

2. Judging is wrong when we are harsher on others than we are on ourselves. (Luke 6:37; Romans 2:1-2)... Read More

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QUESTION: Since "everyone who loves is born of God and knows God" (1 John 4:7), then are homosexuals who love each other "born of God"? - June 2, 2019      

ANSWER: This is a very good question in view of our present society. Presenting homosexuality as an "alternate lifestyle" in schools, popularising representatives in movies, entertaining the idea on TV, or defending as "legal rights" with organisations, have all made this sexual concept sound acceptable. Those who oppose such an idea have been made to feel guilty by being labelled as prejudiced, racist, homophobic, or hateful. What can Christians say? 1. Jesus condemned homosexuality by emphasising God's created sexual order was unchanged (Matthew 19:4-5) ... Read More

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Question: Should abortion be outlawed? - May, 2019   

Answer: The Bible addresses: (1) When does life begin? (2) Is abortion ever justified? As for (1), David provides an inspired description of God’s working in a birth in Psalm 139:13-16. Since, at the same time, God “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), at what point is abortion NOT a “fight against God” (Acts 5:39) in making a new person? ... Read More

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Question: How do we know we can trust the Scriptures? - 5/2019      

Answer: The Scrlptures, themselves, prove their truthfulness and reliability when predictions made hundreds of years before, happen as accurately as they were originally written! And, this also shows how precisely the prophecy was worded, how exactly it had been copied and preserved, and how detailed were the events described! No other book in the history of mankind can so clearly show it came from God! ... Read More

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Question: Where did "Mother's Day" come from? - May, 2019  

Answer: The first mention of “mother” is when God established the law of marriage: ... After leaving the Garden of Eden with sin, “Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). ...  According to the Bible, God’s Law has always honored and included Mothers: "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12). ... Read More

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Question: What does the Bible say about "self identification"?    April, 2019  

Answer: We keep hearing about people who “self-identify” ... The dictionary defines it as, “identification with someone or something outside oneself.” “Self-consciousness” is the awkward feeling that we do not feel comfortable with our surroundings, but we can adjust. “Self-identification” is the fiction that we can actually make ourselves something/someone other than what we really are! “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil?” (Jeremiah 13:23) ... Read More

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Question: Whose prayers does God hear? - April, 2019   

Answer: Let God tell us. God does NOT listen to those who will not hear Him (Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 28:9; Daniel 9:13-14). God rejects worship that is not what He commanded. Jesus established the Supper that remembers His death (Luke 22:19-20). Paul preached that example                           (1 Corinthians 11:23), but the Corinthians did not practice it that same way               (1 Corinthians 11:17-22). ... Read More

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​Question: What can we, as parents, teach our children about living godly lives today?”    March, 2019   

Answer: Nothing can beat the reality of God-given wisdom from Solomon in Proverbs 1:1-9:18. Children should learn how to wisely live life, and what pitfalls to avoid. Wisdom stands, and wisdom speaks; there are five ways a "proverb" helps (Proverbs 1:2-4).  ... Read More

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Question: How can Christians argue religion when they are forbidden to do that?    February, 2019   

Answer: Some will condemn any attempt to expose the organization and practice of evil, while harboring those who refuse to change from their evil ways. They make the church of Christ composed of a “mixed multitude” rather than people desiring to be pure from their sins. Ephesians 5:25-27. Have these Christians not read: 1. What David said in Psalm 34:14? ... Read More

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Question: Why is society out of control, and what can be done to change it?    February, 2019

Answer: There is little being done to hold everyone responsible for their own actions (Titus 1:15). Add to this the interminable delay in executing justice, and Solomon rightly said: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11) ... Read More

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Question: What can I do to keep my Christian life in order, when everything around me seems to be changing?    February, 2019

Answer: To be sure, there is a great deal that is changing about our immediate world. A Christian will come out better than before, though. I'm immediately thinking of the biblical words "confidence" and "patience."  

1) "Confidence" is based upon trust and reliance, and a Christian's "confidence" in God is dependent upon Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:4) ... Read More

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Question: What makes you think the church of Christ is better than any other church?    February, 2019    

Answer: The church of Christ is made up only of people who have accepted, and been saved by, what Jesus taught, not what humans have said about it! 1) The church of Christ was begun on the first Pentecost after Jesus' resurrection, described in Acts 2. The 12 Apostles were baptised in the Holy Spirit, and preached the Gospel of Christ to assembled Jews "from every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). ... Read More  

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Question: Why do you feel people who believe in Jesus, and have already been saved, are NOT Christians? - January, 2019   

Answer: What I "feel" has nothing whatsoever to do with what I preach and teach. And no one has been saved by their own understanding, but without doing what Jesus commands!                 A) Feelings do not establish doctrine. As Jesus said in Mark 7:7: "And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." ... Read More

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Question: What is "toxic masculinity"? - January, 2019   

Answer: Yet another hate-filled, anti-God lie repeated as if it were true! Labels are no substitute for logic, and become libel when there is no proof from Scripture or experience. As Proverbs 17:15 states, "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD." ... Read More

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Question: Should we believe in a God different from everyone else's God? - January, 2019   

Answer: The Bible is the gradual unfolding of the revelation of GOD, and therefore, it is His verbally inspired "Christian Evidence Textbook."       1. The beginning of all rational thought is "God", as in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem that, no matter what people are voted into office, government(s) never seem to change? - 1/6/ 2019      

ANSWER: Because human nature never changes, and the corruption of power appeals to the worst of human nature! This is seen in advance before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. Moses was given detailed instructions for a king to follow if he was to be given the throne over God's people (Deuteronomy 17:14-20) ... Read More

—– All responses from John T. Polk II —–

 

Questions Answered Part 3 of 3: OLDER

QUESTION: Are Christians at war with Muslims? - 12/30/2018    FEATURED

ANSWER: The Muslim Religion was not in existence in Jesus' days, but the Bible clearly shows us how to deal with it, and all other religions. The Old Testament shows us that: 1. Abram rescued Lot, his people, and his goods, from the hands of the marauding kings (Genesis 14:1-16); 2. God delivered His people from their oppression in Egypt (Exodus 1:8-222:23-25; Exodus 3:7-10). ... Read More   

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QUESTION: What does the Bible say about Jesus' birth? - 12/16/18        

ANSWER: There is a vast difference in what the Bible actually says, and what people have added as misrepresentations and human traditions! ... 1. God's son was born to a woman who did not believe in abortion. (Luke 1:35) ... 2. When Jesus' birth was first announced to shepherds (Luke 2:13-14) ... it did not mean there would be peace all over the earth. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Our Elders teach that our whole life is "worship." Why should we attend services? - 11/18/2018   

ANSWER: It seems your Elders are teaching their own interpretation of Scripture that would take away any reason at all for assemblies for worship! Let's examine God's word. 1. There is a difference between the words "worship" and "service" which they have not understood. (Genesis 22:2, 5)... Read More

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QUESTION: How Devoted should Christians be? - 11/11/18   

ANSWER: Spiritually addicted! (1 Corinthians 16:13-16) After a serious summary of what it means to follow Christ, Paul gives an example of a family who shows what it means. "Watch" refers to open-eyed alertness either to spiritual dangers ("Incoming!") or spiritual opportunities to doing good (Galatians 6:10) Militarily it means "stay on guard". ... Read More

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QUESTION: Where does the Bible give the date for Jesus' Second Coming? - November, 2018

ANSWER: The Bible has been tortured by everyone who attempts to set such a date. In all Paul's epistles, he wrote about the End Times as did Peter: "In which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.   (2 Peter 3:15-16) Read from Matthew 24 ... The exact date is never given! ...     Read More

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QUESTION: Should Christians protest in the street?   

ANSWER: Note four points from the incident in Acts 17:1-9: 1. Opposition to the success of Bible teaching is always motivated by jealousy          (1 Thessalonians 2:3-10). ... 2. Evil men from the marketplace literally describes people who have nothing else to do but hang around amid the public. They have no scruples, purposes, or responsibilities ... Read More

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QUESTION: Where does the Bible say the Apostles were baptized? - October 28, 2018    

ANSWER: Refer to these Gospel accounts: Mark 1:4-5; John 1:31-36,   John 1:40-45. John the Baptist's baptism of repentance was preached to all the people of Israel (Acts 13:24). Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." (Acts 19:4) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does God give us our various talents if we can't use them to worship Him? - October 21, 2018  

ANSWER: "Talents" or "abilities" are variously found in people, and should be used to serve God, when limited by His commands. But "worship" requires only the few "talents" that please God. What talents are limited or not permissible for worship? 1. Body (1 Corinthians 6:18-20;               1 Corinthians 10:31) ... 2. Musical skills (1 Samuel 16:18) David was a skilled harpist who added his musical talent to God's worship. ... Read More

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QUESTION: There was a murderer who claimed to hear God. Why do things like this happen? - October 7, 2018  

ANSWER: Tragic ignorance of God's Word in the Holy Bible. 1. In the Bible, God condemns murder He told Israelites, "You shall not murder." (Deuteronomy 5:17; see also Romans 1:28-29) God never contradicts Himself. (Luke 11:18). 2. God never speaks to anyone a directly nymore (Hebrews 1:1-2) ... Read More

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QUESTION: When world religions are compared, how is "our God" different from any other "god"? - September, 2018   

ANSWER: In "comparative religion" classes, all religions acknowledge a "god" or Supreme Being. They will NOT make a true comparison because there is no attempt to examine each religion's "sacred" books in detail. ... (1 Corinthians 8:4-6) The Bible proves that 1. The God of the Bible cannot be compared equally to so-called "gods" ... Read More

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QUESTION: Is it wrong to read or write "tell all" books? - September 23, 2018   

ANSWER: "Tell all" books are mostly written for the same motive as Judas Iscariot: money! Judas Iscariot is the poster boy for "betrayal", for it was he who would betray Jesus, being one of the twelve (John 6:71). "Betrayal" is simply giving someone over to his/ her enemies for their misuse. This may involve their privacy, person, or prominence; and it can be accomplished by "sexting", social media gossip, or numerous other ways. ... Read More

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Question: What Has Happened to the “Party Animals”?- 9/2018

Answer: Read Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-27; Luke 9:37-42 and learn of a man’s “only child” who was demon-possessed. … This shows:  1. There is no such “demon possession” today. Read More

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QUESTION: How can I tell who my real friends are? - 9/9/2018   

ANSWER: Get into trouble or suffer loss of health, wealth, or popularity. (Proverbs 14:20). Material success attracts people like a light attracts moths, but when the light goes out, the moths leave and find another light. "Friends" who only share your spotlight or attention will desert you when you are having trouble shining. (Job 1:3) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Do we have to have a "marriage ceremony" to be married? - August 26, 2018   

ANSWER: It is difficult to define "adultery" and "fornication" without a proper ceremony. Jesus used both words for that which mars a marriage (Matthew 5:32; 19:9). Adultery is fornication that dirties a marriage by taking intimacy outside of it. (Genesis 2:22-25). God began marriage with a "wedding ceremony" that consisted of ... Read More

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QUESTION: Is it wrong to get tattoos? - August, 2018

ANSWER: Though we are no longer under the law of Moses, it is "written for our learning" (Romans 15:4). God was very specific to associate tattoos with idolatrous superstitions in Leviticus 19:26-28. ... Scarring the body as a pin punishment for dead people, or tattoos (permanent body pictures) memorialising fantasies or life itself, was not to be acceptable among God's people. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Does God exist?! - August 19, 2018   

ANSWER: The Bible IS a "Christian Evidence" textbook. (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is based upon "evidence" and it is a solid conviction of "things not seen." ... The Bible makes statements that point to external data, for example 1. Every effect must have an adequate cause. ... (Hebrews 3:4; Genesis 1:1). ... Read More

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QUESTION: Aren't all believers in Christ Christians? - 7/29/2018  

ANSWER: 1. A "brand name" only applies to the original. Examples: Kleenex is not all facial tissues ... 2. (Acts 11:26) What church? The church of Christ began in Acts 2 with the preaching of the new Prophet Jesus, whom God raised from the dead; and the new command to "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; (Acts 2:38) ... Read More

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QUESTION: I've already been baptized in water. Do I need to be  re-baptized? - July 15, 2018      

ANSWER: The first time the Gospel of Christ was preached in its entirety was the day of Pentecost after Jesus' resurrection and ascension back into Heaven. Then people were told to, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized int he name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) When Philip joined the Eunoch's chariot and "preached Jesus to him" (Acts 8:35), the eunuch said, "See? Here is water. ... Read More

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Question: Is it scriptural for Christians to eat a fellowship meal in the church building, even if it offends some brethren?  

Answer: Yes, and the answers are in Scriptures by way of reply. ... 1) Most assemblies of Christians involved a "temple" (which was borrowed space) or houses (which certainly had kitchens in them); 2) It was "with gladness and simplicity of heart" (spiritual unity) the church of Christ "ate their food" (a carnal meal) according to Acts 4:46. 3) Where   Read More

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QuestionWhy is there so much fussing between different religions? Don’t we all believe in the same God?    

Answer:  No, not only do we not believe in the "same god", we do not all believe the same about the One God! Therefore, one’s fundamental belief about God creates religious differences that cannot be overlooked. Item:  James 2:19-20    Read More 

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Question:  When does life begin? And what about Abortion?   

Answer: The Bible answer surely begins with David's inspired description of God's working in a birth:  Psalm 139:13 - 16. Read more.   

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Question: Were Adam & Eve real, or just a story?  

Answer: If they were not real, then Jesus Christ and the New Testament are frauds and should not be believed. This question about the credibility of the Bible account is one of many challenges that must be met with truth, for only truth will set us free from our doubt (John 8:31-32). Read more.

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Question: Are Christians truly in a "holy war" with Islam?

Answer: ... There has never been a carnal war between Christ's Kingdom and any government of men, because of the spiritual nature of the kingdom of Christ and the carnal nature of the kingdoms of men.

The Old Testament surely shows us that 1) Abram did good in rescuing Lot and his people and goods from the hands of the marauding kings (Genesis 14:1 - 16Read more.

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QuestionHow can we recognize bad advice from good advice?

Answer: James 3:13 - 16. There are many people who don't seem to have a clue about knowing what's wrong in their world today, or what to do about it. Everyone's "standard of living" seems to have shifted and confusion abounds on these matters. As always, the Bible not only identifies the cause, but also gives the cure. Based upon this passage in James 3, there are two tests to help us see if we are following bad advice. Read more.

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QuestionWhat's wrong with change? (from an email sent 2/21/2008)

Answer: The wisdom of Solomon said: "My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those given to change, for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?" (Proverbs 24:21 - 22). In politics, the ruin of nations has been those who simply promised "change" and came into power. Read more.  

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QuestionTell me about division in the church. Isn't it to be expected? 

Answer: Jesus warned of the dangers of being divided when unity is called for when He said: “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand’” (Matthew 12:25). Read more.

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QuestionMy Pastor said we have entered the End Times because there are wars and rumors of wars, after which Jesus will come again for the Rapture. Are we in the "end times"? 

Answer: (1)  There is no Bible “sign” that precedes Jesus’ Second Coming; and (2)  There is nothing in the Bible about a millennial Rapture of God’s people from off the Earth. Let’s study Scripture for each part of the answer.

(1) Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-2) and His disciples asked when that would take place and added another question about His coming (Matthew 24:3).  Read more.

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Question: A friend, who is an ex church of God pastor, asked me to get your thoughts on 1 Corinthians 15:29, I believe this is the passage the Mormons cite for being baptized for your ancestors. 

Answer: The section of Scripture under discussion is 1 Corinthians 15:20-32: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.   Read more.

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Question: Are the modern day Jews still God’s chosen people? 

Answer: Why not ask one of them, the Apostle Paul?

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites... (Romans 9:1 - 8). Read more.

—–All responses from John T. Polk II—–

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