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  1. No, we believe that salvation is by God's grace without any kind of work. But when a person is saved he is regenerated and receives a new nature that wants to please God. This new nature will express itself in his actions and will bring about a change in his behavior. Good works do not save us but they are the evidence that we are saved. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18 ESV
  2. When you see someone doing something that will harm him, love requires that you warn him. Anyone who practices sin is in danger of eternal punishment in Hell. If a person loves his sin he will resent being told that it is wrong and to him a warning will sound like hate speech. Christians are commanded to proclaim the good news that Jesus died for their sins but before we do this we must show people that they are sinners. Someone who doesn't think he is a sinner won't be interested in learning how his sins can be forgiven. Good news and bad news | clydeherrin CLYDEHERRIN.WORDPRESS.COM Two brothers named Bob and Bill decided to get medical examinations. Neither was aware of any health problems; they simply wanted to make...
  3. It is believed by many that climate change is caused by human activities such as the use of fossil fuels. Others disagree with this assessment and believe that humans can’t affect climate. I have read arguments on both sides of he issue and I have noticed that both sides have one thing in common. Neither side looks to the Bible for answers to the question. That is unfortunate because the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Leviticus 26:3-13 describes the blessings the people of Israel will experience if they obey God’s laws. One of those blessings is related to climate. If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. Leviticus 26:3-5 ESV Leviticus 26:14-39 tells what punishments will follow disobedience. Again there is a reference to climate. And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit. Leviticus 26:18-20 ESV 1 Kings 16:30 – 18:46 shows how God used the weather to punish disobedience. King Ahab married Jezebel, the daughter of the king of Sidon, and began worshiping Baal, the god of the Sidonians. God sent a drought that ended only after Elijah’s famous contest with the prophets of Baal to determine who was the true God. And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” 1 Kings 18:36-39 ESV It is clear that the climate of Israel was dependent of the obedience or disobedience of the people, but what about the rest of the world? The greatest climate change in all of history was the worldwide flood in Noah’s time. Here is what the Bible says about its cause. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:5-8 ESV The principle that humans control the climate by their obedience or disobedience to God is clearly a universal one and isn’t limited to the Israelites. Jesus said that a time will come when the human race will be as evil as it was in the time of Noah and God will once again judge the world. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26,27 ESV God has promised that he will never send another flood to destroy the world so the coming judgment will be different. God protected Noah and his family by sending them into the ark before the flood came; he will protect believers by taking us to Heaven by the rapture. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 ESV Revelation 6-19 describes the future judgment. One of the judgments is global warming so severe that it will make our present climate seem like an Ice Age by comparison. The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. Revelation 16:8,9 ESV God is in complete control of the climate. Sometimes he determines the climate by our obedience or disobedience to his commands so we can influence it by the way we live. This is the only way we can influence the climate, but it is a real way so we should keep it in mind when we decide whether we will live a life that pleases God or one of rebellion against him.
  4. All homosexuals deserve to go to Hell. So do all heterosexuals. All of us, regardless of our sexual orientation, are sinners who have fallen short of God's requirement and deserve eternal punishment. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." This tells us two things about homosexuality. It is a sin which will keep those who practice it from entering the kingdom of God but it can be forgiven just as any other sin can. We tend to treat it differently from others sins because we live in a society which generally doesn't consider it a sin but a normal expression of human sexuality. Perhaps you can find the answers to your question by reading the words of someone who was once a practicing homosexual but who is now a Christian. I recommend that you check this site: Emily Thomes – Called out of darkness into His marvelous light EMILYTHOMES.COM
  5. He even does good things for those who are not his children. "He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." Matthew 5:45
  6. I don't see anything wrong with women engaging in professional sports. What I find objectionable is men who pretend to be women taking part in women's sports.
  7. The Bible refers to believers as saints.
  8. No, it was always part of God's plan. It just wasn't revealed to any of the Old Testament prophets.
  9. Dispensationalists do not deny that during the present age the church, made up of saved Jews and saved Gentiles, is the Israel of God. But God's eternal plan involves the nation of Israel. Jesus came as king of the Jews. They rejected him and as a result God has temporarily set them aside as the instrument through which he carries out his work on earth. One day the church will be removed from the earth through the rapture and God will resume working through the nation Israel. Israel's experience today has a parallel with something that happened in its past. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt they first refused to enter the promised land and had to spend 40 years wandering in the wilderness. When he sent their king to them they rejected him and have spent almost 2000 years being dispersed among the nations. After the 40 years God brought them into the land as he originally intended. A time is coming when they will accept their king and God will establish the nation as head of the nations of the world. The fact that they have begun returning to their own land and have a nation of their own is a sign that the time is near. The unbelief of the Jews that delay God's plans for them but it can prevent the plan from being carried out.
  10. Do you welcome people who move into your neighborhood from other places in this country? They could easily be criminals too. We are constantly in contact with people whom we know nothing about. Rather than fearing what they could do to us we should reach out to them in friendship and share the gospel with them when we have the opportunity to do so. We may not know what these people are like but God does and he has a reason for bringing us into contact with them.
  11. Sometimes modern medical procedures can seem almost miraculous. Most of my life I was very nearsighted. One doctor told me I was legally blind in my left eye. A few years ago I developed cataracts and had to have surgery for them. The replacement lenses they implanted were designed to correct my nearsightedness as well. Today my eyesight is is much better than it was. It is still a little less than 20/20 but if I had to I could get along without glasses.
  12. This is a good description of what happens when spiritually blind people try to figure out what God is like. They can learn some things about God but their knowledge is incomplete. Jesus came to show what God is really like and to enable people to actually know him. The second elephant | clydeherrin CLYDEHERRIN.WORDPRESS.COM Most people have either read this poem by John Godfrey Saxe or have heard the story that it tells. It was six men of Hindustan To learning much...
  13. When humans make plans they sometimes use pencils because they know they may change their plans and have to erase what they have written. That never happens with God. If he writes down what he is going to do he uses indelible ink because he knows his plans will never have to be changed.
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