...where the Lord Jesus is "Head over all things to the Church" (Eph. 1:22)
Does God Create or Cause Evil?
How do you explain 2 Kings 21:12 and Isa. 45:7, which say that God creates and brings evil upon people?
As for God's creation of evil, many see hell itself as an evil idea in itself and a place that that a loving God would never send them to - but God created hell itself for punishment of the devil and his angels and all who follow them. God does not and did not create sin, period. The word evil in the verses you mention and many others also refers to calamities and judgments that God sends on those who choose to sin. I would encourage you to download an excellent free Bible program called e-Sword with both the KJV and KJV+ (Greek & Heb. references at each word used) Bible versions along with the many free commentaries and other references also available, esp. Gill's commentary and Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Gill provides a great commentary of Isaiah 45:7:
I form the light, and create darkness,.... Natural light, or that light which was produced at the first creation, and of which the sun is the fountain and source; or day which is light, and night which is darkness, the constant revolutions of which were formed, appointed, and are continued by the Lord, Gen_1:3, moral light, or the light of nature, the rational understanding in man; spiritual light, or the light of grace, by which things spiritual and supernatural are known; the light of joy and comfort from Christ, the sun of righteousness; and the light of eternal glory and happiness: this is all from God, of his producing and giving; and so darkness is his creature; that natural darkness which was upon the face of the earth at the beginning; what arises from the absence of the sun, or is occasioned by the eclipses of it, or very black clouds; or any extraordinary darkness, such as was in Egypt; or deprivation of sight, blindness in men; and, in a figurative sense, ignorance and darkness that follow upon sin; judicial blindness, God gives men up and leaves them to; temporal afflictions and distresses, and everlasting punishment, which is blackness of darkness:
I make peace, and create evil; peace between God and men is made by Christ, who is God over all; spiritual peace of conscience comes from God, through Christ, by the Spirit; eternal glory and happiness is of God, which saints enter into at death; peace among the saints themselves here, and with the men of the world; peace in churches, and in the world, God is the author of, even of all prosperity of every kind, which this word includes: "evil" is also from him; not the evil of sin; this is not to be found among the creatures God made; this is of men, though suffered by the Lord, and overruled by him for good: but the evil of punishment for sin, God's sore judgments, famine, pestilence, evil beasts, and the sword, or war, which latter may more especially be intended, as it is opposed to peace; this usually is the effect of sin; may be sometimes lawfully engaged in; whether on a good or bad foundation is permitted by God; moreover, all afflictions, adversities, and calamities, come under this name, and are of God; see Job_2:10.
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"Can the Jews be in control of the nations, rather than the Jesuits?"
The Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuits have used the Jews as scapegoats for their treachery for centuries. While many "court Jews" including the Rothschilds et. al. have aligned themselves with and served as agents for the Jesuits, Jews are not allowed positions in the highest decision-making eschelons of the Order. The Papacy is the dominant force behind modern Zionism, which extends well beyond the Jews to Freemasonry as well, all of which is directed by the unseen hand of the Superior General of the Jesuit Order, a/k/a the "Black Pope," to whom Pope "Francis" Jorge Bergoglio answers also. For more information we recommend this website: spirituallysmart.com.
"My co-worker asked me a question and I'm not sure how to answer her... She asked if God accepts everyone's prayers?
I wanna say no but then how does he accept when we repent??"
God is of course able to hear all prayers, but the scriptures show that many prayers are not heard. God knows our hearts - and the prayer of true repentance will always be heard; however, God pays no attention to the sacrifices and prayers of the wicked, and even at times refuses to hear the prayer of Christians who are in unrepentant sin. When the Bible says God will not hear, it means He refuses to answer in the manner sought - as when Moses told the people in Deut. 3:26: "But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me..." In 1 Pet. 3:7-12 the apostle cites Psalm 34:15-16 when he says, "for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." Isaiah 59:2 declares, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" - and Prov. 28:9 says, "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." The Bible has MUCH more to say on this topic, which we try to cover exhaustively in this audio message we would urge you to hear: "When God Answers Prayer - And When He Doesn't."
Do you believe in once saved always saved?
We believe the Bible teaches emphatically the eternal security of the believer - but also teaches the eternal INSECURITY of the make-believer. This is a huge subject involving comparison of many scriptures, some of which seem to contradict each other, but rightly interpreted are in perfect harmony. For a thorough understanding of our position please listen to our 5-part sermon series "Security in Salvation."
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If Jesus Is Jehovah, do you believe the same as Oneness Pentecostals?
No, we are not oneness pentecostals. However, the reason Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8, "Before Abraham was, I AM" - is because He was and IS the same "I AM" that appeared to Moses in the burning bush. No man comes to the Father except thru the son (John 14:6) - it has always been this way; as for us, so it was for Moses and Adam as well. In calling Himself the "First and Last" Jesus also claimed to be Jehovah; compare Rev. 1:8-11&17, 2:8 and 22:12-13 with Isaiah 44:6 and 48:12-16 (a great passage showing the Trinity in the OT); Jesus also claimed to be Jehovah at Rev. 2:23 (compare with Jer. 11:20 and 17:20). You may also compare Isaiah 43:11 and 45:21-23 with Heb. 12:2, Phillip. 2:10-11, Titus 1:3-4 and 2:10-13. The only conclusion you can come to is that the Lord Jesus is in fact Jehovah.
What is your position on "replacement theology?"
There are 2 forms of replacement theology; we hold to neither. One form held by those of preterist/reformed theology holds that "the Church" (a universal church) has replaced national Israel as God's elect chosen people. We say God still has a plan for Israel as Paul makes clear in Romans 10-11.
The other form held to by Scofieldite pretrib dispensationalists says that "the Church" (a universal church) will be removed from the earth during the tribulation so it can be replaced by national Israel as God's instrument of witness on the earth as 144,000 "Jewish evangelists" (a phrase not found in the Bible) preach a new gospel of salvation by grace plus works (a damnable heresy in light of Gal. 1:8-9).
For more on this subject we urge you to listen to our 6-part series of messages on the heresies of C.I. Scofield (download the PDF also), beginning with this message: There's ONE Chosen People, NOT TWO.
Do you believe the tribulation includes the outpouring of God's
wrath while there will be Christians on the earth at that time?
YES. This is the reason we titled our webpage "The (True) Post-Trib. Rapture", since Steven Anderson and others promote a mid-trib rapture position that they deceptively call post-trib, that does not include the outpouring of God's wrath. On this page, (1) we explain at point no. 8 why there is only ONE return of Christ, not two as the Pre-wrath position requires, and (2) because as pointed out at point no. 2 (formerly point 5, but moved up to the 2 spot due to the increasing popularity of the Pre-wrath rapture position), Paul makes it very clear at Romans 8:18-23 that the rapture of the saints CANNOT precede any part of the outpouring of God's wrath - Seals, Trumpets, and Vials included. It is utter folly to suggest that the tribulation Christ spoke of does not include the outpouring of God's wrath, as Steve Anderson suggests in his absurd video. You need to see that the Revelation is NOT given in a linear chronology; John's visions of the Seals, Trumpets and Vials are clearly three separate visions in parallel of various portions of the 70th Week of Daniel 9. The earthquake seen at the 6th seal is the exact same earthquake seen at the 7th trump and 7th vials; similarly the lightnings, thunderings, and hail seen at the 7th Trump are the same as described at the 7th Vial. The 7th Trump clearly describes the rapture and beginning of the millennium, and Christ makes it very clear at Matt. 24:29-31 that the 6th Seal of Rev. 6 (seen also at Matt. 24:29), precedes or accompanies the rapture - which will not tale place until after the AC & FP are destroyed and cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:11-20:4). This is dealt with in detail in this highly recommended sermon series: Pre-Wrath (and Pre-Trib) Rapture Doctrine Shattered.
Do the Eucharist and Baptism have anything to do with salvation?
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance for His church; read Luke 22:14-20 and 1 Cor. 11:20-34. As with baptism, which is also commanded, neither have anything to do with salvation. The abomination in the way the RCC has perverted this ordinance is that they teach (1) that the bread and wine is transformed into the literal body and blood of the Lord Jesus by some magical act of the priest; (2) that through this "eucharist" Christ is offered afresh and anew each time the mass is said; and (3) saving grace is imparted through the eucharist and thus participation in the mass is necessary for salvation. This is an abominable error for many reasons, not the least of which is Christ was offered one time for all sins to provide eternal redemption (Heb. 9:24-28, etc.).
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"Why do Baptists and Protestants only have 66 books in their Bible?
The Bible the Catholic Church uses has 73 ... how can you be sure they're wrong and you're not?"
The biggest issue that has differentiated historic Baptists, as well as other true Christians, from the cults is the source of authority.for both doctrine and practice. True Christians who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who have the Bible as their sole authority for faith and practice have rejected not only the Popes and their church "traditions," decrees, and pagan rituals, but also other sources that they endorse, including the Apocrypha (the inter-testament books they add to the Bible). These books have been rejected by both ancient Jews and by true Bible-believing Christians as being non-inspired for several reasons, including their many contradictions and errors within themselves, as well as contradictions with the rest of the Canon of accepted books of the Bible that Bible-believing Christians have received and held as God's Word throughout history.
Does the Sermon on the Mount apply to the future Millennial Kingdom?
What aspect of the Kingdom of God does the Lord's Sermon on the Mount apply to?
In my view the kingdom at issue throughout Christ’s message – His gospel of the kingdom – and the kingdom the apostles preached (Ac. 8:12, 20:25, 28:23,31, etc.) is not at all limited in scope to His future earthly millennial kingdom. Paul made this very clear when he said “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 14:17) and “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (1 Cor. 4:20). Both applications there were present realities, not future. Many times of course when the phrase “kingdom of God” is used throughout the NT it does clearly refer to the millennial kingdom – but not always.
I believe Christ’s kingdom has four general manifestations: (1) a present personal/spiritual reality, whereby Christ reigns in the hearts of His born-again regenerated saints, who have already been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into His kingdom (Luke 17:20-21, Col. 1:12-13); (2) a present visible reality, where Christ reigns in his local, visible assemblies (those few churches that are operating Biblically under His exclusive Lordship); (3) Christ’s future earthly millennial reign, and (4) the eternal consummate kingdom (1 Cor. 15:24-25, 2 Tim. 4:18).