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June 23, 2019


I know you said that a christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost, however, I have been very worried for sometime now about the state of my mind. Every time I read the scripture about this sin it is as if the enemy attacks my mind and replay all sorts of thougts which i am worried that i might have sinned against God in this manner. I believe in God and his power and the Holy Ghost will all my heart, but I have been having this negative thougts that seem not to be going no matter how much I pray. Can you tell me if I have sinned or is it that I worry about my thougts too much why this is happening to me?

First I might suggest you get a thorough medical exam, even Christians can have illnesses or chemical imbalances that can cause depression, worry, and thoughts that you have described.

If there is ‘no’ medical reason, then it may be as you say, Satan or the spirit of Satan is just lying to you to take away your joy.

1 Peter 5 v 12

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

If you LOVE Jesus Christ, and have genuinely asked Him to be your LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; HE HAS SAVED YOU!!!!!!!

Anything, any thought, any statement by another person, or anything else that denies YOUR SALVATION IS A LIE!!!

1 Corinthians 1 v 9

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2 Thessalonians 3 v 3

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”

Hebrews 10 v 23

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

1 John 1 v 9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 10 v 9-11

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

If you have asked God to forgive you of your sins, YOU ARE ETERNALLY FORGIVEN!!!!!!! ***Your past, present, and if any future sins are committed by you, ALL HAVE BEEN FOGIVEN, WIPED AWAY; YOU ARE CLEANSED, YOU ARE SAVED!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 6:11 (ASV)
11  And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

Just keep on claiming God’s promise, even when everything or anyone else tries to deceive you; IF YOU LOVE JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL OF YOUR BEING YOU ARE HIS ETERNALLY,  THAT IS THE BIBLICAL FACT!!!!!!!

The unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit) is to never accept Jesus Christ as your LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; if you have: nothing can keep you out of heaven; nothing ever can separate you from God and His great LOVE for you!!!!!!!***ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!!!***

Romans 8 v 37-39

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Case closed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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June 16, 2019


My wife and I have been in the Word of Faith movement for over 25 years. I just recently figured out that we have been led seriously astray. I want us to extract ourselves from this movement (and the rest of my adult family). I don't know how to get her out of it. She is a steadfast defender of it. She really believes that it is the truth. Logic is of no use with her. She gets extremely upset just to talk about it. I believe if I continue to try and convince her that we have been duped/mis-led, it will mean the end of my marriage. I deeply love my wife. Ending my marriage is not an option. I find it harder and harder to participate in errant religious teaching. Any advice?

I appreciate your concern, and I will pray for you and your family.

Isaiah 8 v 20

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

You are right; logic and reason have little affect on the persons who have bought into the Word of Faith Movement’s belief system. They have chosen to be deceived.

The problem is this movement uses the Bible and subtly but with great charisma twists God’s words to meet their desires.

Prayer and fasting is very important for you, to gather strength to assist your wife and family in overcoming such false teaching. ***You must study the Bible thoroughly yourself, and with LOVE and tenderness expose the ERROR of their teachings in light of what the genuine inerrant, infallible Word of God  “really” says!!!

I find attacking leaders as unprofitable, for even our leader (Jesus Christ) was falsely accused of being a deceiver, a liar, a blasphemer, and a common criminal by most of His critics. So stick with trying to point out the false teachings and doctrines they teach and EXPOSE them to what the Word of God actually teaches.

If you can do this, or get a pastor or mature Christian friend to assist you, God has a great promise for you.

Isaiah 55 v 11

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The true teaching of the Bible WILL OVERCOME, it will EXPOSE the false teaching; THEN, IT WILL BE UP TO YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH!!!

Word-Faith teachers owe their ancestry to groups like Christian Science, Swedenborgianism, Theosophy, Science of Mind, and New Thought--not to classical Pentecostalism. It reveals that at their very core, Word-Faith teachings are corrupt. Their undeniable derivation is cultish, not Christian. The sad truth is that the gospel proclaimed by the Word-Faith movement is not the gospel of the New Testament. Word-Faith doctrine is a mongrel system, a blend of mysticism, dualism, and gnosticism that borrows generously from the teachings of the metaphysical cults. The Word-Faith movement may be the most dangerous false system that has grown out of the charismatic movement so far, because so many charismatics are unsure of the finality of Scripture

John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, p. 290
 

There are many perculiar ideas and practices in the Faith theology, but what merits it the label of heresy are the following: 1) its deistic view of God, who must dance to men's attempts to manipulate the spiritual laws of the universe; 2) its demonic view of Christ, who was filled with "the Satanic nature" and must be "born again in hell; 3) its gnostic view of revelation, which demands denial of the physical senses and classifies Christians by their willingness to do so; and 4) its metaphysical view of salvation, which deifies man and spiritualizes the atonement, locating it in hell rather than on the cross, thereby subverting the crucial biblical belief that it is Christ's physical death and shed blood, which alone atone for sin. All four of these heresies may be accounted for by Kenyon's syncretism of methaphysical thought with traditional biblical doctrine"

D.R. McConnell

 DOCTRINE

God

Word-Faith teachers claim that God operates by spiritual law and is obliged to obey the faith-filled commands and desires of believers. He not only reveals prosperity teaching supernaturally to the Word-Faith teachers, but personally and verbally confirms their unique interpretations of Scripture (Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, pp. 60-62).

They say the Abrahamic Covenant is the basis for commanding God to do His part in the covenant. Robert Tilton says, "we make our own promises to do our part, then we can tell God, on the authority of His word, what we would like Him to do. That's right, you can actually tell God what you would like His part in the Covenant to be" (God's Miracle Plan for Man, p. 36). Kenneth Copeland says, "as a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus. Each time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent, because it is His Word" (Our Covenant with God, p. 32). Copeland goes so far as to say that "God was the lesser party and Abraham was the greater" in the covenant between them (Copeland, Legal and Vital Aspects of Redemption, 1985, Audio Tape #01-0403).

The Faith teachers also make God into a big man. Copeland says, "God is...a being that stands somewhere around 6'-2," 6'-3," that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred pounds, little better, and has a hand span of nine inches across" (Spirit, Soul, and Body, 1985, Tape #01-0601). Morris Cerillo, in an alleged out-of-body experience, describes God: "Suddenly, in front of this tremendous multitude of people, the glory of God appeared. The form that I saw was about the height of a man 6 feet tall, maybe taller, and twice as broad as a human body, with no distinguishing features such as eyes, nose, or mouth" (The Miracle Book, pp. x-xi).

Man

Word-Faith teachers say that not only is God a big man, but man is a little god. Kenneth Hagin has asserted, "man...was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority.... He made us the same class of being that He is Himself.... He lived on terms equal with God.... The believer is called Christ, that's who we are; we're Christ" (Zoe: The God Kind of Life, pp. 35-36, 41). "God's reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself...He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even" (Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham, 1989, Tape #01-3001). He also proclaims, "You don't have a God in you ‹ you are one!" (Copeland, The Force of Love, 1987, Tape #02-0028). Morris Cerillo says "the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself. ...you're not looking at Morris Cerillo, you're looking at God, you're looking at Jesus" (The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God, Audio Tape 1, Sides 1 &;2).

Christ

The deity of Christ is compromised. Kenneth Copeland, in relating what Christ supposedly told him, says, "don't be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you are God...the more you get to be like Me, the more they are going to think that way of you. They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn't claim I was God. I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was with Me" (Copeland, "Take Time to Pray," Believer's Voice of Victory, #15, 2 February 1987, p. 9). "Jesus was on the earth just a man, not the son of God" (Frederick K.C. Price, Tape #RP 19, May 1993). And Kenneth Hagin says, "You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was" (The Word of Faith, December 1980, p. 14).

Atonement

The very important doctrine of the atonement of Christ is distorted. Frequently Word-Faith teachers unduly over-emphasize the spiritual death instead of the physical death of Christ. "Physical death will not remove sins" (Hagin, The Name of Jesus, p. 29). In other words, it took the spiritual death of Jesus to atone for sins. "Do you think that the punishment of our sins was to die on the cross? If that was the case, the two thieves could have paid our price. No, the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God" (K. C. Price, Ever Increasing Faith Messenger, June 1990, p. 7).

According to Word-Faith teachers, when Adam rebelled, or "committed high treason," he not only betrayed God by turning over to Satan what God had given him, he also took on the nature of Satan. So, to redeem mankind and creation from Satan's legal control, Jesus, as the second Adam, had to die not only physically but spiritually. This may be acceptable among some evangelicals. But where it has led Word-Faith teachers is not. They say Jesus not only bore our sins on Calvary, but also took on the actual nature of Satan himself. "Just as Adam died spiritually, Jesus died spiritually. The spiritual death He suffered caused His physical body to die.... When Jesus accepted the sin nature of Satan into His Spirit He cried 'My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?' He was separated from God... He was ushered into the bowels of hell" (Kenneth Copeland, Classic Redemption, p. 13; emphasis added). "Spiritual death means having Satan's nature" (Hagin, The Name of Jesus, p. 31).

Just a man on earth, and taking on the nature of Satan at the cross, Jesus becomes just a sinner in need of redemption. At the resurrection Jesus is a born again man from the pit of hell. "Jesus was born again in the pit of Hell....The Church started when Jesus was born again in the gates of Hell" (Charles Capps, Authority In Three Worlds, pp. 212 13).

Other Doctrines

1) Positive Confession: The Theology of the Spoken Word (Rhematology), or thought actualization, is commonly known as positive confession. It stresses the inherent power of words and thoughts. Each person predestines his own future by what he says verbally and by how well he uses spiritual laws. As such, it is as if we live in a mechanistic universe instead of a personal one (see, Kenneth Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, p. 15; Charles Capps, The Tongue A Creative Force, pp. 117-118; Releasing the Ability of God, pp. 98-99, 101-104).

2) The Gospel of Health: Isaiah 53 is used to justify blanket coverage for the physical healing of every Christian who has enough faith. "...it is the plan of our Father God in His great love and His great mercy that no believer should ever be sick, that every believer should live his life full span down here on earth and that every believer should finally just fall asleep in Jesus" (Hagin, Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing, p. 21). Hagin also denies having a headache for forty-five years, labeling such as "simply symptoms rather than any indication of a headache" (In the Name of Jesus, p. 44).

3) The Gospel of Wealth: A central tenet of the prosperity gospel is that God wills the financial prosperity of every Christian. If a believer lives in poverty, he/she is living outside God's intended will. "You must realize that it is God's will for you to prosper" (Copeland, Laws of Prosperity, p. 51).

BIBLICAL RESPONSE

1) God is the unique, Sovereign of the Universe (1 Timothy 6:15). God is pure spirit (John 4:24). There is no biblical basis for teaching that God has His own body, as an essential part of His nature or being. This would be more in line with Mormonism than orthodox Christianity.

2) Man is unique from the rest of Creation, but is not Divine. He was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 9:6), but bearing God's image does not make him a "little god." By definition, God is an "uncreated" or self-existent Being. Obviously, humans were created and therefore are not self-existent or divine; only God has a divine nature (Galatians 4:8; Isaiah 1:6-11, 43:10, 44:6; Ezekiel 28:2; Psalms 8:6-8).

3) Christ is Eternal, the Only Begotten Son, and the Only Incarnation of God (John 1:1, 2, 15; 1:14, 18; 3:16; 1 John 4:1). In Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). By receiving the limitations of humanity (Philippians 2:6-7) Jesus forwent the exercise of some of His prerogatives as God. But He did not cease to be God. It is also impossible for the natures of God or man (Christ was both on earth) to cease being what they are.

4) The nature of the atonement had to do with Jesus' physical death on the cross being the payment for sins (Hebrews 9:22). Christ said, "It is finished" (John 19:30), which translates tetelistai meaning "paid for in full." Payment for our sins took place on the cross (Matt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 2:24; Col. 1:20-22; Heb. 10:10, 12, 14, 19 20). There was nothing more to pay beyond the cross (Heb. 10:18).

5) God is the only One who ever created reality by the power of His Word (Genesis 1:3). He does not have or need "faith." Faith is depending on something outside ourselves. If God depends upon something outside Himself, He is not Supreme and therefore not God. Man, not God, is in need of faith. The faith referenced in Mark 11:22 and Hebrews 11:3 is clearly "the faith which has God as its object," not "the kind of faith that God has."

6) The use of words for Positive Confession ‹ One may help or hurt another by words of encouragement or condemnation, by telling the truth or misleading, etc. But to treat words as if they were some "star wars" type weapon by which reality is manipulated or altered is not biblical, but occultic.

RESOURCES

A Different Gospel (Updated Edition) D.R. McConnell. Warns of the movement's cultic nature in its doctrine of healing and its understanding of the atonement, and demonstrates how far the movement's doctrine of prosperity is from Scripture's true teaching. Chapter end-notes, Bibliography, 195 pages, softcover. $8.

Christianity in Crisis, Hank Hanegraaff. Documents the antibiblical doctrines of the Word-Faith Movement and shows their systematic subversion of the historic Christian faith. Appendices, Notes, Bibliography, Scripture and Subject indexes, 447 pages, hardcover. $17

I hope this can help…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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June 9, 2019


I know that God is a spirit so what is a spirit? 

John 4 v 24

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

In simplest terms spirit is that which is not confined to the physical world, the physical universe, to a physical existence, to a physical body.

Spirit is not confined by physical laws, time, space, etc…

Spirit has it’s existence outside of the physical creation…

John Wesley describes ‘spirit’ this way:

“Not only remote from the body, and all the properties of it, but likewise full of all spiritual perfections, power, wisdom, love, holiness…”

According to John Wesley, ‘spirit’ is life outside (remote) a physical body. Spirit is not bound or controlled by any physical properties. Wesley adds; God as spirit includes ALL SPIRITUAL PERFECTIONS. Including but not limited to Spiritual: power, wisdom, LOVE, holiness; attributes that are not limited by or affected in anyway by a physical existence, the physical universe…

Adam Clarke says this:

“This is one of the first, the greatest, the most sublime, and necessary truths in the compass of nature! There is a God, the cause of all things-the fountain of all perfection-without parts or dimensions, for he is ETERNAL-filling the heavens and the earth-pervading, governing, and upholding all things: for he is an infinite SPIRIT!”

According to Clarke ‘spirit’ transcends the weaknesses and limitations of all physical dimensions…

Spirit is ETERNAL, the physical is not!

Spirit exists in every dimension but is not confined or limited to any dimension…

Spirit is NOT A MATERIAL SUBSTANCE, and cannot be defined, described or categorized by attempting to qualify it by a list of it’s chemical or mineral properties. ***Spirit CANNOT BE EXPLAINED BY ANYTHING PHYSICAL…

Spirit is not limited to an analysis by our human intellect or by our physical senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing…….

As my best friend Reverend Fred Tarlton probably said it best, “We really don’t know what ‘spirit’ is!”

***On final analysis, we only know what is ‘spirit’, God is spirit; and ‘spirit’ is not confined or limited by physical, material existence…….

I hope this helps.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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June 2, 2019


My question is about Romans 8:28-30. About verse 29 when it walks about foreknew and verse 30 when it talks about predistined. Please explan what it means about foreknew and predistined. There seems to be alot of controversy about these verses. Am taking a class in Romans and they are pointing to one way and I disagree with them, so just curious to what your thinking is in these verses. Thankyou!

Romans 8 v 28-30

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

The doctrine of Predestination is the most heated doctrinal debate among professing Christians! *******It is really sad!!!

I will give you first “THE” correct answer, and then a detailed explanation...

God has “predestined” the way of salvation. In-other-words by God’s ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN WILL, God has decided and determined from ALL eternity, that ONLY THOSE WHO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR WILL BE SAVED!!!  Will be justified in His, God’s eyes...

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

It is predestined (pre-determined) by God’s sovereign will that a person MUST be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to be Children of God...

John 3 v 3

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 1 v 12-13

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

There is ONLY one way for anyone to be a Child of God, a Christian; by having a LOVE relationship with the ONLY SAVIOR: Jesus Christ...***That is what has been predestined!!!!!!!

By God’s foreknowledge (Omniscience), He knows from ALL eternity who will one day LOVE Jesus Christ; who will one day by God’s grace, willingly accept Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and Savior...

Who knew, God has always known, that is foreknowledge...

Detailed Explanation

There are those who cannot reconcile God being SOVERIGN, with God allowing man by free will to accept His free gift of salvation. They believe that God chooses who will be saved, and God chooses who will be eternally lost. It is not up to us in anyway, our desire to be His does not matter. We cannot accept Him or reject Him, that decision is God’s SOVEREIGN WILL, and HE, God decides alone, ABSOLUTELY...

That is what is called the Calvinist view of the Doctrine of Predestination; it is grounded in God’s SOVEREIGN WILL. To some that means that God, cannot give anyone a will of their own, it is His will and forever only His will...

It does well to stress the truth of God being ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN (supreme ruler) of everything. ***But it denies that very same SOVEREIGN WILL of God, by declaring God cannot give man “free will”, or free choice. It declares God has the ABSOLUTE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO DO ANYTHING, but He cannot give a “free choice”, a “free will” to man...

So in essence God’s SOVEREIGN WILL MUST submit to their idea of what “SOVEREIGN” means. They decide not God, what He can and cannot predestine, what His sovereign authority can and cannot allow.

The following is a “5” point clarification of both sides of the debate.

 Calvin’s perspective:

1. Unconditional Election…….Predestination

2. Limited Atonement………...Limited Atonement

3. Natural Inability…………….Total Depravity

4. Irresistible Grace…………...Effectual Calling

5. Final Perseverance ……….Final Perseverance

Arminius Perspective:

1. God from all eternity, determined to bestow salvation on

     those who, as He foresaw, would persevere unto the

    end in their faith in Jesus Christ, and to inflict everlasting                

    punishment on those who should continue in their unbelief,

   and resist to the end of life, His divine succors.

           Conditional Election…….The way of Salvation

                                                        Predestined

2. That Jesus Christ, by His death and suffering, made an

      atonement for the sins of mankind in general, and of every

      individual in particular; that, however, none but those who

      believe in Him can be partakers of the divine benefit.

                  Universal Atonement…….He died for all, but the

                                                             Individual must accept

                                                              that gift.

3. True faith, saving faith cannot proceed from the exercise of

     our natural faculties and powers, or from the force and

     operation of “free will”, since man, in consequence of his

     natural corruption, is incapable of thinking or doing any

     good thing; and that therefore it is necessary to his conversion

     and salvation that he be regenerated and renewed by the

     operation of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of God through

     Jesus Christ…

                               Total Depravity

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.

                                 Free will to choose by grace

5. Those who are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ by faith,

     are thereby furnished with abundant strength and succor

     sufficient to enable them to triumph over the seductions of

     Satan, and the allurements of sin; nevertheless they (man),

      can give up or lose their salvation.

The Beginnings of Salvation

The finished atonement of Jesus Christ becomes effective for the salvation of mankind, only when administered to the believers by the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit done in us, is necessary to salvation as the work of Jesus Christ done for us. The redemption Jesus worked for us in the flesh becomes effective only as He works in us through the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is the continuation of the work Christ accomplished upon the cross.

We will now consider the nature of this work, and consequently we turn our attention to what in theology is generally known as the benefits of the atonement. We shall consider these, first in their objective form as "words" of the covenant, and secondly in their subjective aspects as the inner "grace" of the covenant.

Thus we will cover (1) The Vocation or Call (2) Prevenient Grace.

 The Gospel Vocation

The Holy Spirit as the agent of Jesus Christ, makes known His divine purpose for the salvation of the world, through a Proclamation commonly known in theology as the Vocation or Call. The word comes from the Greek “klesois”, which means a vocation or calling; “kalein” to call, referring backward to the Spirit’s pleading for people to accept the call; and “kletos” the called, carries the thought forward to those who have accepted that invitation, and who are, therefore the elect. In this sense, the Church is the “ecclesia”, or called out ones.

Election and Predestination are closely related to Vocation and calling. The understanding of the meaning of Predestination has an intimate connection with the doctrine of the Atonement in regard to the extent of its benefits.     

Predestination is the gracious purpose of God to save mankind from utter ruin and damnation. It includes provisionally, all mankind in its scope, and is conditioned solely (not mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his

 only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in

 him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

                                     John 3 v16

“Whosoever”, not whosoever God picked, “loved the world”, all mankind, not a chosen few.

It is the plan, the way to salvation that is predestined not the person. Thus predestination is God’s general and gracious plan of saving mankind by adoption as children through Jesus Christ; election pertains to the chosen ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord, God, and Savior. *The elect are chosen, not by absolute decree, but by personal acceptance of the conditions of the call, by any and all who by their “free” will act upon the “grace” of God that is freely offered to all mankind…….Not a predestined few.

 The vocation or call is God’s offer of salvation

to all mankind through faith in Jesus Christ.

This is the gracious “Beginnings of Salvation”.

The call is universal and includes three things---

the proclamation, the conditions upon which

salvation is made, and the command to submit

to the authority of Jesus Christ.

                      *Acts 5 v32…Acts 13 v38-40

                                  ***Acts 4 v12***

The agent of the call is the Holy Spirit, and the

Word is the instrument of His operations.

Awakening is a term used in theology to denote that operation of the Holy Spirit by which the “Totally Depraved” minds are “quickened”, by the Spirit to a consciousness of their lost condition. In this “quickening”, the Spirit not only works through the medium of objective truth, but by a direct influence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

Free Grace

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered

   him up for us all, how shall he not with him

   also freely give us all things?"   Romans 8 v 32

"But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made

   lower than the angels, crowned with glory and

   honor because of the suffering of death, so that

   by the grace of God, he might taste death for

    Every one."     Hebrews 2 v 9

The person being predestined to heaven or hell as a doctrine or belief system naturally tends to inspire "contempt" or "coldness" towards those whom they suppose are unable to comprehend "their" truth  (note, their truth, not necessarily God's truth). Since obviously, the person is lost, incapable of comprehending spiritual truth, there is no need to explain or defend their faith, their doctrine. "You, we, are incapable of understanding." They have the wisdom, the truth, because God chose them, not "you" or me", or we would naturally agree with their "truths". The lost are reprobate in their eyes, eternally rejected and spurned by their "loving" God.

Therefore, they can boldly ignore others doubts.

"They are set in their ways",

"No need to defend my faith, they are not worthy of my time or effort",

 "No Point",

"They can't understand, so there is no reason to study to show themselves approved".

The person with this view, can easily be unconcerned about others feelings. "They got upset for no reason, I was just stating the "truth".

The reprobate can be lied to, and since God hates them, so can you. You can laugh at them, call them names, be insensitive to their hurts, pains, and sufferings.

Your only real obligation is to love God, and His chosen people. Its the "chosen" against the "reprobates". ***Not, so God loves the world.

He didn't, and you can hate anybody who is mean to you, who disagrees with your view, that is  perfectly "ok". Because they are destined to Hell fire, Praise you know who....

On the other hand, believing in God's free grace, is more demanding than anything. Not only must we love the lost, and do what we can to seek their salvation even for a bitter enemy. Be willing to give are all for them:

"Yet now, if You will forgive their sin---but if not,

   I pray, blot me out of Your book which You

   have written."    Exodus 32 v 32

"For I could wish that I myself were accursed

  and cut off from Christ for the sake of my

  brethren, my kinsmen by race."  Romans 9 v3

"Open your mouth for the speechless, In the

  cause of all who are appointed to die."

                             Proverbs 31 v 8 
Our love and sacrifice not only extends to our brothers and sisters in Christ, the lost, anyone we might consider our bitter enemy, but even to those who miss-guidedly believe in "Predestination" of the person. As God did love the world (all the people in it), we are to love all the people of the world too!!! As best we can with His grace!!!  That is being a Christian... And they shall know we are Christians by His love in us, for them!!!

Ezekiel 18 v23, 32

1 Timothy 2 v 4, 6

2 Peter 3 v9B

As such we are not merely to be hearers of the law (Bible), but Doers of the law...

James 1 v22

1 John 3 v18

Romans 2 v13

Luke 11 v28

As such we are to take the time and effort to know and defend our faith and beliefs. For all people are worthy of our love!!!

2 Timothy 2 v15; 4 v2

Acts 17 v11B

As such, we are to be humble and always "teachable"...

1 Corinthians 3 v18; 8 v2

1 John 4 v1

1 Thessalonians 5 v 21

As such, we should be forgiving!!!

Luke 23 v 34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Conclusion:

As Christians we must share the humility of Jesus, we must share the truth of Jesus, and we must share the LOVE of Jesus, who is the Christ!!!

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Galatians 2 v 20  

                       "I have been crucified with Christ;

                it is no longer I who live, but Christ who

                lives in me; and the life I now live in the

                flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,

                who loved me and gave himself for me."

The impulse or decision to turn toward communion with God depends on the impact of divine agency upon the human heart. The initial awakening or “quickening” may be described as the pressure from God which is given freely to all, (not sought by man’s fallen nature), but whose intent by God’s grace can be acted upon or rejected by the individual at their choice.

Awakening or “quickening” is not regeneration, but rather the preparation for the same…The office of “quickening” is to produce the sense of need and the measure of aspiration and desire which are requisite to make one a willing subject in the consummation of adoption into the family of God.

It is a serious “contradiction” to believe God gives a universal call to all mankind, and then secretly withholds the power to believe or accept the call from all those He has not given the ability to choose salvation. It is further a very serious contradiction to acknowledge God loves all mankind, then for reasons outside the teachings of God’s inerrant, infallible Word, rejects certain people without giving them the grace or ability to reject Jesus Christ for themselves. (limited atonement )

The divine intention is that all men shall avail themselves of their blood bought privileges in Jesus Christ. ***The call is not fictitious but genuine.

*******It is not only an external offer of salvation,

          but is accompanied by the internal grace

           (prevenient grace) of the Holy Spirit

          sufficient to allow the fallen person, in his             

          “total depravity” state, to “freely” accept

            or reject salvation.*******

Jesus Christ atoning blood sacrifice opened the door for this grace, and provided it for all mankind…This grace works with the fallen “totally depraved” nature to allow every human being to exercise his God given “free” will to ultimately make the greatest choice to accept or reject saving grace, saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The greatest “good” is to accept Jesus Christ, to deny this choice would be “sin” itself !!!

Prevenient Grace

Before actually discussing prevenient grace, it may be well to call attention to the fact that the grace of God is itself infinite, and therefore cannot be limited to His redemptive work, unspeakably great as this may be.

1) Grace is an eternal fact in the inner relations

of the Trinity.

2) It existed in the form of sacrificial love before the

foundation of the world.

3) It extended order and beauty to the process and

product of creation.

4) It devised the plan for restoration of sinful man.

5) It is manifested specifically through revealed

religion as the content of Christian theology

6) It will find its consummation in the regeneration

of all things, of which our Lord testified.

*The absolute holiness of God determines the nature of divine grace, and its laws ever operate under that standard.

Prevenient Grace, as the term implies, is that grace which “goes before” or prepares the soul for entrance into the state of salvation. It is pre-aratory grace of the Holy Spirit exercised toward man helpless in sin. As it respects the guilty, it may be considered a form of mercy; as it respects the powerless, it is enabling power.

It may be defined, therefore, as that manifestation of divine influence which precedes the full regenerate life. We will consider,

1) the Historical approach

2) the nature of Prevenient grace

3) Prevenient grace and Human Will

The Historical Approach.

The idea of grace (charis) is fundamental in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Genesis 6 v3; Zechariah 4 v6; John 6 v44; 15 v5;

Romans 5 v6 (asthenon, helpless) [asebon,godless]

Romans 5 v8 (amartolon, transgressors)

Romans 5 v10 (echthpoi, under wrath)

1 Corinthians 2 v4-5; 2 Corinthians 3 v5;

Ephesians 2 v1; 2 v8; Philippians 2 v13;

1 Thessalonians 1 v5; 2 Thessalonians 2 v13,

1 Peter 1 v2; Titus 2 v11…

During the period of the early fathers, the doctrine of prevenient grace seems never to have been questioned, except by the Gnostics and

Manichaeans.

Justin(165 ad) says, “That we may follow those things

                                 that please Him…He both

                                 persuades and leads to faith.”

Tertullian(220 ad) writes: “the greatness of some

                                    good things is unsupportable,

                                    so that only the greatness of

                                    the divine inspiration is

                                    effectual for attaining and

                                    practicing them.”

Clement of Alexandria(220 ad) bears the same testimony. “It is not without eminent grace,”

              He states, “that the soul is winged, and

                                 soars, laying aside all that

                                 is heavy….Neither is God

                                 involuntarily good, as fire is

                                 warm; but in Him the

                                 imparting of good things is

                                 voluntary, even if He first

                                 receives the request. Nor

                                 shall he who is saved, be

                                 saved against his will…

                                God ministers salvation to

                                 those who co-operate for

                                 the attainment of knowledge

                                 and good conduct.”

Origen(254 ad) makes the statement:

                                 “our perfection is brought about

                                  not as if we ourselves did

                                  nothing; yet it is not completely

                                  by ourselves, but God produces

                                  the greater part of it.”

Cyprian(258 ad) writes to the same effect.

                                 “If, depending on God with

                                  your whole strength,”

         he continues,  “and with your whole heart,

                                  you be only what you have

                                  begun to be, power to do so

                                  is given you in proportion to

                                  the increase of spiritual

                                  grace.”

Therefore I assert, that in a broard sense, the doctrine of Prevenient grace was indeed held by all the early fathers.**The laxed interpretation of it, however, by the Greek fathers, led to Pelagianism.  Augustine and the theologians of his period distinguished five kinds of grace.

1) Prevenient grace which removed the fallen

   incapacity to choose and invited repentance.

2) Preparing grace which restrained the natural resistance and disposed the will to accept salvation

by faith.

3) Operating grace which conferred the power of

believing and kindled justifying faith.

4) Co-operating grace which followed justification,

and served to promote sanctification and good works;

5) Conserving grace, by which faith and holiness were conserved and confirmed.

At a later period in the history of Christian thought, theologians regarded faith as constituting a fourfold office as follows:

1) Elenchtical, or the awakening to a knowledge

of sin.

2) Didactic, or instruction in the way of salvation.     

3) Pedagogical, or the conversion of the sinner.

4) Paracletic, or consoling and strengthening of

the converted.

John Wesley had basically four types of God’s graces.

1) Prevenient grace

2) Convicting grace

3) Saving grace

4) Sanctifying grace

The Holy Spirit is the Author of preliminary grace; that is, of the kind of preparatory influence which is imparted to the entire human race. It is not recognized and is without meaning to the sinner unless they choose to act upon it. And it must be understood that God’s grace is His grace, it is we who attempt to dissect its various attributes and workings by defining and giving names to various aspects of its manifestations.

******* Grace is Grace*******

The Nature of Prevenient Grace

The nature of Prevenient grace is found in the fourth article of the doctrine of Remonstrants.

4. Divine grace or energy of the Holy Spirit, which heals the

     disorders of a corrupt nature, begins, advances, and brings

     to perfection everything that can be called good in man;

     and that, consequently, all good works, without exception, are

     to be attributed to God alone, and to the operation of His grace;

     that, nevertheless, this grace, does not force the man to act

      against his inclination, but may be resisted and rendered

       ineffectual by the perverse will of the impenitent sinner.                               

This proposition is analyzed by the theologian Watson in his institutes.

1) Everything that can be called good in man,

previous to regeneration is the direct working

of God’s prevenient grace. Man himself is

totally depraved and incapable of any good thing.

2) God’s prevenient grace works upon the

unregenerate allowing them to do good things.

And gives them the ability to choose or reject

saving faith in Jesus Christ.

3) There is human co-operation with the

Holy Spirit, aiding and “quickening” the human’s

“free will to reject or accept Jesus Christ.

4) That prevenient grace is given to all mankind

to bring them to salvation through Jesus Christ,

but that this grace is so given, that man’s “free”

will can resist the pleading or calling of the

Holy Spirit.

This analysis suggests five main points.

1) Mankind is totally depraved, incapable of

seeking God without his loving grace.

2) Prevenient grace is an unconditional benefit

of the atonement

3) The continuity of grace as excluded the

Calvinistic distinction between common and

Efficacious grace.

4) synergism, or co-operation of grace and free will.

5) Mankind does have power to reject or accept Jesus Christ before regeneration.

The doctrine of natural depravity affirms the total inability of man to turn by himself to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

This being postulated, the affirmation that all have an equal probation involves the doctrine of a gracious influence unconditionally secured as the common inheritance of the race: this gracious influence so secured; by the same blood that purchased for mankind a conscious existence procured for them all grace needful (deon) for the responsibilities of that existence.

Prevenient Grace and Free Will

Prevenient grace is exercised upon the fallen nature of mankind. This grace is exercised upon his entire being. This grace operates upon the intellect, the feelings or will, upon the person or central being which is beneath and behind all affections and attributes. It thus preserves a belief in the unity of the personality. Prevenient grace has to do with man as a “free” and responsible agent. Prevenient

grace has to do further, with the person as enslaved by sin. This grace assists man’s fallen nature to rise above his depravity and allows him to assert his “free” will. If the person co-operates with this grace it can ultimately lead to saving grace, salvation…

This prevenient grace of the Holy Spirit, unconditionally bestows upon all mankind, the power and responsibility of “free” will. To choose or to reject the call of God to salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ…

At this point, I have shared everything necessary to clearly articulate my position…Therefore at this time I find it unnecessary to discuss repentance, faith, or conversion.

The sole purpose in this paper was to explain my position on the topic that anyone by God’s grace can be saved!!! Any human being, but they must make the choice for themselves, which is possible by God’s prevenient grace…

This paper cannot change or correct anyone’s stand, only God’s Holy Spirit can do that. And God gives us the right to say yes or no, so I can do no less.

But I am satisfied that by the Power of the “Eternal” God, I have stated my position appropriately, concisely, and adequately.

God’s will be done!!!!!!!

Glory to God in the Highest!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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May 26, 2019


In Revelation 21 where God says `I am making everything new` what is the context and the time frame of this statement

Revelation 21 v 5

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

This is directly linked to what the prophet Isaiah said in reference to the age to come. Literally as human history is coming to an end, as the Day of the Lord approaches, as it is called throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 43 v 18-19

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

As mankind, those who are saved and will be saved are spiritually recreated in the ”re-birth”, having been born again by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; there will come a time when all that we know in this physical realm will be changed, renewed, transformed into a new and eternal age of existence…

2 Corinthians 5 v 17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

As our present corruptible seed must put on incorruption, our mortal bodies must put on immortality; the rest of creation will put on eternal attributes as well.

1 Corinthians 9 v 25

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”

Romans 8 v 21

“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

1 Corinthians 15 v 42

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:”

1 Corinthians 15 v 50

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

1 Corinthians 15 v 53

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

This will occur for some at the rapture of the Church, just before the last seven years of human history, just before the Tribulation Period, as the Anti-Christ takes power.

First those who are dead in Christ will be transformed, made eternally new and incorruptible.

1 Corinthians 15 v 52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

1 Thessalonians 4 v 16

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Then those living Christians will also be raptured and transformed as well.

1 Corinthians 15 v 51

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,”

This is not the second coming of Christ, for Christ does not return to earth, He meets His Church in the air, and the present day Church is raptured and transformed into the heaven of heavens…

Then the rest of humanity and all of creation WILL BE RENEWED, RECREATED, TRANSFORMED INTO IMMORTALITY, I believe this will occur at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; WHEN JESUS CHRIST LITERALLY RETURNS AND TOUCHES DOWN ON EARTH…

Zechariah 14 v 4

“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

The great and dreadful Day of the Lord, great for the saved, the genuine Christian; dreadful and eternally terrible for THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS CHRIST AND HIS SAVING BLOOD SACRIFICE!!!

The Saved to eternal joy, the Lost to eternal damnation…….

How quickly these events take place or unfold on that final day of human history, or as humans our first day of eternity begins, NO ONE KNOWS BUT GOD…

But God clearly describes that glorious and eternal day for THOSE WHO REALLY LOVE HIM!!!

1 Corinthians 15 v 54-55

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

2 Peter 3 v 10

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

Dissolved, burned up, transformed into a new heavens and a new earth; fit for God and His Saints, FOR ETERNITY!!!!!!!

2 Peter 3 v 13

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

Revelation 21 v 1

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

No more sea, No sea of doubt, no sea of any kind; NOTHING EVER SEPERATING US FROM GOD OR EACH OTHER WHO ARE SAVED, FOR EVER!!!!!!!

Revelation 21 v 4-5

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

When will this all finally take place???

In Chapter One of Our ETERNITY!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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May 19, 2019


could you please explain proverbs 20 by breaking it down a line at a time and putting it in laymans terms. a fairly new christian is understanding it different than the way i understand it. also is there anywhere in the bible that speaks about beer?

Proverbs 20

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

4. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 7. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 8. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

11. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them. 13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. 19. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. 21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. 23. Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good. 24. Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way? 25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry. 26. A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. 27. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

29. The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. 30. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.”

Verse by verse…

1. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Alcohol affects the mind and it’s affects on a person can be VERY VERY FOOLISH and DANGEROUS, even to the point of uncontrollable anger or rage. ***USER BEWARE!!!

2.  The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

It is far better to obey the laws of the government than to provoke civil judgment upon yourself.

3.  It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

It is wise not to cause problems, and it is foolish to get involved with problems when YOU DO NOT NEED TO…

4. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

The lazy person always finds an excuse not to do what they need to; as a result they beg people to do it for them or to excuse their lack of effort…

5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Mysteries can be figured out often with proper counseling or education…

6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

People will tell you how good and honest they are, but usually THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD AND HONEST AS THEY PRETEND TO BE… Genuinely good people are not all that common…

7. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

The honest person will bless their children by their example of behavior and integrity…Our children learn by what they see we are…

8. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

A righteous leader will avoid a lot of evil things for their people. The light of the truth and it’s understanding and wisdom will help a leader or a person to avoid many problems…

9. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

No one is good or sinless because of their own deeds, we are saved ONLY BY THE ATONING SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!! We cannot save ourselves ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT….

10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

People find all kinds of ways to deceive others, deceiving others GOD ABSOLUTELY HATES!!!!!!!

11. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Adults and children alike often show their true character by what they do…Our actions speak louder than our words…

12. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

God has given you the ability to learn by your senses, SO LEARN!!!!!!!

13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Don’t be lazy, don’t procrastinate, do what you are able to do TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY…

14. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

People often lie about the value of something, the seller to get more money than they should, the buyer to save more money than they should…

15. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Wisdom, knowledge, understanding is far more valuable than money…

16. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

In this world it is smarter to hold something of value of another person’s to be sure they will keep their promise…

17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

It sounds great to get something for nothing or really cheap; but in the end you usually wind up with what it is really worth. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true…

18. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Think carefully about what you are going to do, ask other’s advise, and then DO WHAT YOU REALLY THINK IS BEST TO DO!!!

19. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Don’t listen to gossip, they may say you are wonderful to your face, but to others they are probably saying bad things about you just like they do about others!!!

20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

We are to show respect and honor to our parents, and when we do God will honor us…

21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Money gained quickly is often lost quickly. Often when we do not work hard for something, we take it lightly, and miss-use it and lose it quickly…

22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

Don’t do something bad to someone who has done wrong to you; LET GOD TAKE CARE OF IT…

23. Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

People find all kinds of ways to deceive others, deceiving others GOD ABSOLUTELY HATES!!!!!!! This is repeated, why? God DOES NOT WANT YOU OR I TO LIE ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!!!!

If you can’t tell the truth, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!!!!!

24. Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

God created us, therefore it is God who can best tell us how to live. He does this through His inerrant, infallible word the Bible. The Bible has God’s truth in it, IT CAN SHOW US HOW GOD WANTS US TO LIVE!!!!!!!

25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.

When you promise to do something do it, it is wrong not to keep your word…(so be sure before you give your word, that it was not foolish to do so)

26. A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

Again a wise leader can do much to avoid wickedness or problems…

27. The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

Be rational, think carefully about what you are doing; THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!!!!!!!

28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

When a leader is trustworthy and merciful to those they lead, they will be LOVED by those they serve!!! They will continue to be voted in their office…

29. The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

Young people are known for their youthful vitality and health; and a long life for a person often declares they lived a good life…

30. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Punishment for evil or violations of the law properly done, not too harsh and not too lenient will be very beneficial to the one being corrected…Proper judgment and proper punishment is necessary in this world so people will learn to obey what is right and good!

I hope this assists you in your understanding of this proverb.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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May 12, 2019


In Romans when Paul refers to `calling on the name of the Lord` is he referring to what Ananias told him in Acts 22:16?

Acts 22 v 16

“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Romans 10 v 13

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I do not think anyone knows for sure who Paul is referring to. But more likely Paul being the devout Jew and Pharisee that he was, and very read in the Old Testament scriptures, he is probably quoting: 

Joel 2 v 32

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.”

Paul may also be considering,

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

But this is unlikely because of the timing that the book of Acts was written and available to readers. However the oral understanding of this text may have been well known to Paul and it may very well have been one of the earliest wide-spread doctrines of the Church.

***Jesus Christ ONLY!!!***

John Wesley agrees with my assessment:

“Nor shall any one who hears this doctrine of salvation, and credits it as he is commanded, be permitted to pray or supplicate the throne of grace in vain: for the Prophet Joel hath declared, Joel 2:32: Whosoever shall call upon, invoke, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of sinners, shall be saved-shall have his guilt pardoned, his heart purified; and if he abide in the faith, rooted and grounded in him, showing forth the virtues of him who was called him out of darkness into his marvellous light, he shall be saved with all the power of an eternal life.”

Dr. Taylor says this:

“Believing in Christ, or God, Romans 10:11, and calling upon God, Romans 10:12-14, are in effect the same thing; as calling upon God necessarily connects and supposes faith in him: and he who duly believes in Christ has such a sense of his dependence upon Divine grace, that he looks unto God and trusts in his power and goodness alone for happiness: which is the true religion of the Gospel.”

So calling on the name of the Lord does not necessarily mean in Jesus name only, but includes in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Paul and Joel the prophet are saying: “call upon the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD!!!  ***Which of course we KNOW TO BE THE TRINITY, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…

John Calvin also considered Paul’s reference to this passage in Joel:

‘The context in Joel,’ says Calvin:

“will fully satisfy us that his prediction applies to this passage of Paul.”

In essence Joel was prophesying what Paul would declare in the future, and Paul was quoting Joel, interesting!!!

The key to the phrase wherever Paul got his inspiration, is that WE MUST CALL UPON, WORSHIP, AND SUBMIT WHOLELY TO THE ONE TRUE GOD, GOD MUST BE OUR ABSOLUTE AND ONLY LORD!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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May 5, 2019


Dear Brother, Many Churches beleieved that once saved is always saved and many are not. I agreed in one point that once saved or after baptism or after repentance once or after born again there is a chance to do a sin but there is a living mediator Jesus is for us as well we are sons of God the Father, Jesus would be mediate for us. I agreed that 100% faith in Jesus is good enough to enter in heaven. My questions are: 1) Judas was saved - then, he lost - Yes or no? 2) Why Paul was telling I didnot achieve it but I am trying to fullfill it - why? 3) If I saved I know that I can not do any wrong worship - if I am praying to Mary after Saved `Am I Saved and will be in heaven`? or if I am doing wrong any other worship (even though in Jesus)`Am I saved and would be in heaven? 4) Bible says (Gal/Cor/Reve)that drunkards/idol worshippers/immoral acts who do it will never deserved for heaven? 5) If I am saved and I got some gifts by grace and I am doing it but I will not there in heaven according to Mathew 7:21-23 - Why? 6)If I did a sin, and I could not say to Lord and I died after few minutes or few hours - Am I saved and would be in heaven? 6)Luke 23:43 says Jesus is with good theif in Paradaise - Paradaise and Heaven is different? If I am saved one and after death I am going to heaven or paradaise? Eliya/Enoch is taking in to heaven but Jesus said in John 3:13 `No one is in heaven`! Why? After our death are we going to heaven or paradaise? Acts 2:34-36 says that David is not yet ascended in to heaven! But what about Ephesisans 4:8-9? So that after death we would be with Lord - how can be? What is the proof that all are going to heaven(Saved one) after death as Jesus is only one gone to heaven with physical body! and no one else! Bible says all Lord`s people will be resurrected in 2nd arrival of JEsus (1 Cor.15. 1Thes4: and Acts)And Revelations 20:4-6 says that 1st resurrection would be in 2nd arrival and who after death would be in paradaise - heaven or paradaise? So how Catholic church can teach that a)Mary is in heaven - resurrected? 2) Mary hear prayers or how catholics can pray to Mary if She is not in heaven? What is Bible scholors in Catholic? See while Mary is on earth a)Mary can not understand things properly(Luke 2:50) b)Mary guessed things (Luke 2:42-44)(c) Mary is blessed by a man prophet simeon (Luke 2:34) - how Mary can hear prayers?? How Mary can bless from heaven if She is in paradaise? How do you respond? Prayers,

Was Judas Iscariot saved?

No, Judas Iscariot was never saved, he pretended to be a follower, Jesus clearly wanted Judas to get saved; but the fact is Judas Iscariot was NEVER SAVED, and WAS A THEIF ALL ALONG!!!

Judas pretended to care about the poor, but his real goal was to steal as much money as he could…

John 12 v 6

“This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

Judas apparently was embezzling portions of the money he had been asked to care for that was intended for the ministry…

Jesus referring to the person who would betray Him, called him a devil. Clearly history has shown Judas WAS THAT BETRAYER, and clearly Judas was NEVER A GENUINE SAVED BELIEVER!!!

John 6 v 70-71

“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71. He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”

Why Paul was telling I didnot achieve it but I am trying to fullfill it - why?

Philippians 3 v 12-14

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14.  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Not Paul, nor you, nor me, nor anyone is “””PERFECT””” but God!

Paul is saying that, though we work to be perfect none of us will be until we are transformed by God at Jesus second coming…

If I saved I know that I can not do any wrong worship - if I am praying to Mary after Saved `Am I Saved and will be in heaven`? or if I am doing wrong any other worship (even though in Jesus)`Am I saved and would be in heaven?

Being “saved” DOES NOT STOP YOU from sinning or from false worship. The Holy Spirit indwelling in the believer encourages and empowers the saved person in doing right, and we have the grace and desire to do right, but a person CAN STILL REFUSE TO LISTEN TO GOD! ***If you are “SAVED”, then you cannot lose YOUR SALVATION, EVER!!!!!!! If however you are not living as the Bible instructs you and me to, then WE MUST ASK OURSELVES ARE WE GENUINELY SAVED? If yes, WE MUST CORRECT OUR BEHAVIOR, if no, WE MUST REPENT OF OUR SINS AND ASK JESUS CHRIST TO BE OUR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

***Heaven or Paradise which are terms often meaning exactly the same place is WHEREVER GOD is!!!!!!! So all saved people will be with God!!!!!!!

Bible says (Gal/Cor/Reve)that drunkards/idol worshippers/immoral acts who do it will never deserved for heaven?

No one, ABSOLUTELY no one deserves salvation or Heaven.

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

In God’s eyes ALL SIN IS SIN, He does not make a distinction.

James 2 v 10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

***But by the grace of God, those who truly accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; WILL BE FORGIVEN AND ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Romans 6 v 23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

If I am saved and I got some gifts by grace and I am doing it but I will not there in heaven according to Mathew 7:21-23 - Why?

You are missing the point, the people ONLY APPEARED TO BE SAVED, THEY WERE NEVER SAVED AT ALL!!!!!!!

***Jesus said: “I NEVER KNEW YOU!!!!!!!”

Matthew 7 v 23

“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

We are not saved by our good works; we are SAVED BY JESUS’ atoning blood sacrifice. ***Many people can do wonderful things, and “appear” saved, like those in the scripture you mentioned; but unless they genuinely LOVE God, THEY ARE STILL LOST!!!!!!!

If I did a sin, and I could not say to Lord and I died after few minutes or few hours - Am I saved and would be in heaven?

You cannot lose your salvation, if YOU are truly His! When you are saved, you are eternally forgiven for all your past, present, and future sins!

NO, that does not give you a license to live and behave anyway you want to. ***For if you are “saved”. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO SIN, you may sin, but YOU NEVER DESIRE TO!!!!!!!

Romans 11 v 29

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Once you accept Jesus Christ as YOUR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR, Neither you or God can take it back!!!

Being saved YOU WILL BE WITH GOD!!! 

Luke 23:43 says Jesus is with good theif in Paradaise - Paradaise and Heaven is different? If I am saved one and after death I am going to heaven or paradaise? Eliya/Enoch is taking in to heaven but Jesus said in John 3:13 `No one is in heaven`! Why?

Paradise and Heaven refer to wherever God is, SAVED PEOPLE WILL BE ETERNALLY WITH GOD SOME DAY!!!!!!!

John 3 v 13

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

Jesus is simply saying, no one really KNOWS God the Father as well as God the Son, who has eternally been in the presence of God, and in Him has come down as man to testify to the truth of God!!! *******NO ONE is like Jesus Christ…

He is both God and man, Jesus was with God, is God, and in His human body has come to earth to tell the world the things of God!!! 

After our death are we going to heaven or paradaise? Acts 2:34-36 says that David is not yet ascended in to heaven! But what about Ephesisans 4:8-9?

Acts 2 v 34

“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,”

This scripture is quoting what David said while he was still alive on the earth, David had not yet died and gone to Heaven.

So that after death we would be with Lord - how can be? What is the proof that all are going to heaven(Saved one) after death as Jesus is only one gone to heaven with physical body! and no one else! Bible says all Lord`s people will be resurrected in 2nd arrival of JEsus (1 Cor.15. 1Thes4: and Acts)And Revelations 20:4-6 says that 1st resurrection would be in 2nd arrival and who after death would be in paradaise - heaven or paradaise?

Heaven and Paradise are the same place. Proof we will be with Him, Jesus said so!!!!!!!

John 14 v 2-3

“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

So how Catholic church can teach that a)Mary is in heaven - resurrected?

Mary the mother of Jesus is a “born again” believer, SHE IS IN HEAVEN!

Her spirit like all saved people immediately go to Heaven upon their death. At the resurrection her spirit will be reunited with her transformed new physical-spirit body, that will last for eternity, like all saved people.

Mary hear prayers or how catholics can pray to Mary if She is not in heaven? What is Bible scholors in Catholic? See while Mary is on earth a)Mary can not understand things properly(Luke 2:50) b)Mary guessed things (Luke 2:42-44)(c) Mary is blessed by a man prophet simeon (Luke 2:34) - how Mary can hear prayers??

I know we can pray directly to God, but since Mary and all deceased saved people are alive with God, I don’t see a great deal of harm in asking them to talk to Him for us as well. ***But there is nothing in the Bible that even suggests that the saved in Heaven can hear us! *******So pray to God, that is what Jesus did, and HE is our example!!!!!!!

How Mary can bless from heaven if She is in paradaise? How do you respond? Prayers

Again Heaven, Paradise usually refers to the same place…….

God is the one who blesses us not anyone else.

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April 28, 2019


In mark 4:11-12 Jesus seems to be saying that he is hiding salvation from the people. Why doesn`t Jesus just tell them. Why did he speak in riddles?

Mark 4 v 11-12

“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12. That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.”

A parable is a story or illustration to describe a concept. All of the parables Jesus told WOULD easily be understood by those WHO REALLY WANTED TO KNOW and UNDERSTAND!!!

He used word pictures and phrases that were well known to the common people, ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS THINK ALITTLE BIT.

Those who didn’t really care about what He said, or if understanding would have rejected Jesus and His teaching anyway; would simply not take the little effort it would take to fully understand Jesus!

So by speaking in simple to understand parables He weeded out the sincere searcher from the insincere pretender. If they didn’t understand, all they had to do is ask like His disciples did, and JESUS WOULD HAVE EXPLAINED THEM. ***But not really caring, those who did not understand, and would not accept if they could understand, simply walked away STILL IN THEIR DELIBERATE DIS-BELIEF!!!!!!!

David Ring is a well-known Baptist evangelist with a slight speech impediment do to cerebral palsy. Many a time I have heard people walking away complaining: “I couldn’t understand a word he was saying”.  ***Others were very convicted by what he said, and often the alters are flooded after he speaks. ***But for some, his speech impediment like Jesus’ parables TOOK JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO LISTEN TO and JUST ALITTLE MORE EFFORT TO THINK ABOUT, so they walk away unsatisfied, and unchanged by a deliberate choice of not caring enough…….

When a person wants genuinely to learn they will learn; if not, they will walk away by a deliberate act of their will: UNCHANGED!!!

That is what Jesus is telling us through Mark’s gospel in the text you are concerned about…….

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April 21, 2019


Upon Jesus has returning to heaven, is he still residing in his resurrection body? i.e. does he now live in a physical body? Would there be anyone else who has left the earth (e.g. Elijah, Enoch) living in a physical body?

There has been much Theological debate on your very question. The reason for the debate is the Bible does not really say, so all we can do is speculate. And with speculations come many opinions and much debate!

First Jesus,

John 20 v 17A

“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:…”

Jesus was resurrected in His original physical body, as I believe implied here in that text.

Once He was ascended to God the Father in heaven I believe He was permanently transfigured, a glimpse we see in:

Matthew 17 v 2

“And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.”

This transfigured body is physical and spiritual both in one body. The incorruptible seed must put on incorruption.

So it is my opinion that Enoch and Elijah have similar bodies as the ascended Jesus Christ. The same physical-spiritual bodies we all will have in glory.

1 Corinthians 15 v 51-53

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

2 Corinthians 3 v 18

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

So Jesus’ body and all His saints, us included some day, will have physical-spiritual bodies. Having physical attributes yet with spiritual incorruptible and ever eternal attributes as well…

Answered by: Dr.  Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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April 14, 2019


How is Jesus sacrifice on the cross sufficient? If a person rejects Jesus as Savior they die, are judged, and go eventually to the Lake of fire for all eternity. Jesus died for our sins, but he did not go to the Lake of Fire for all eternity so how is that equal? Thanks

John 3 v 16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

***Jesus is God’s ONLY BEGOTTEN SON!!! How is Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross not more than adequate payment for the forgiveness of our sins???

True Jesus did not spend an eternity in Hell, but He ABSOLUTELY experienced the ‘second’ death, when ALL the sins of humanity were put upon Him on the cross. Then for the ONLY TIME IN ETERNITY Jesus was stripped of His intimate and vital oneness with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 27 v 46

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

At that moment Jesus Christ, the sinless, without blemish sacrifice was DAMNED BY GOD FOR OUR SINS!!!!!!!

He was in that instant separated from His beloved Father!!!

Not for anything He did, but for our transgressions…

Those who are eternally LOST, eternally DAMNED, WILL NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE PAIN AND ANGUISH JESUS CHRIST EXPERIENCED IN HIS MOMENT OF BEING DAMNED!!!!!!!

Isaiah 53 v 7-12

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

He deserved none of that, WE DESERVED IT ALL; THEREFORE HIS LIFE, DEATH, and RESURRECTION PROVE HIS BLOOD SACRIFICE WAS AND IS ETERNALLY SUFFICEINT FOR OUR SINS…….

And those who say “NO” to Jesus gloriously sufficient and LOVING atonement, justify ETERNAL DAMNATION and WILL RECEIVE IT; IF THEY DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR!!!

At this very moment Jesus pleads with the LOST to accept Him.

Revelation 3 v 20

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Jesus is presently OUR atoning blood sacrifice and OUR advocate with the Father, OUR High Priest.

Hebrews 2 v 17

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Hebrews 4 v 15

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Hebrews 7 v 26-27

“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27. Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Hebrews 9 v 11-15

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

Now Jesus can be OUR High Priest, but the day is coming when JESUS WILL BE MOST PEOPLES” ETERNAL JUDGE!!!

Revelation 19 v 11-16

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Jesus, the KING OF KINGS, THE LORD OF LORDS, the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, GOD INCARNATE, GOD IN THE FLESH, died for all of mankind’s redemption. In that “ETERNAL MOMENT” when Jesus was separated from His Father, and the Holy Spirit, stripped of His eternally intimate LOVE relationship from God, JESUS SUFFERED FOR OUR SINS IN THAT MOMENT ETERNALLY !!!!!!!

***THAT IS WHY HIS ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE EVEN EXCEEDS AND HIS SUFFERING MORE THAN EQUALS ANY PUNISHMENT WE MAY HAVE…….No matter how long it lasts for the LOST…

That rejection of Christ's sacrifice more than exceedingly justifies ETERNAL DAMNATION !!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris smith, sbc


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April 7, 2019


Hi there, in Leviticus 4 and Numbers 15, the OT talks about `unintentional sins` and when the person becomes aware of it, they are guilty and need atonement. The OT also says that God looks at the heart; if someone sinned unintentionally, why were they still guilty if it was not intentional? Was it because they had still sinned, and SIN is unacceptable to a Holy God - intentional or not? Also, in the NT, Jesus` once-for-all atonment covers all of our sin - do we need to still repent for unintentional sin, or just say sorry? And lastly, what about `accidents`...if I drive in my car and accidentally kill someone - is that sin? Unintentional sin? An accident? Please explain on these? Kind regards, Tarryn

Genesis 6 v 5

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

God does judge the inner “heart” of mankind, and God has determined that all men, women, and children without Jesus Christ in their “heart” desire to sin continuously!!!

True there are unintentional sins, but they are NONE-THE-LESS SINS! If OUR hearts were absolutely in tune with God’s holiness, WE WOULD NOT COMMIT EVEN UNINTENTIONAL SINS. For if we were ABSOLUTELY free from sin, WE WOULD RECOGNIZE “UNINTENTIONAL” SINS, and NOT DO THEM!!!

James 2 v 10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

James tells us that whoever commits just one sin, HAS BROKEN THE WHOLE LAW OF GOD…

The Law of God is like a pane of glass, the slightest break anywhere on the pane ruins the whole glass. The same with the Law of God, any sin, ruins the whole Law of God. So whether intentional or not, it breaks GOD’S LAWS AND MOCKS HIS HOLINESS…

 

It is only because of God’s gracious and LOVING mercy that He considers our ignorance or blindness that allows us to do certain sins in ignorance, but THEY ARE STILL SINS, and “ANY” SIN IS AN ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION TO THE LORD!!!!!!!

***If our hearts were absolutely “right” with the Lord, unintentional sins WOULD NOT OCURR… 

Great second question as well!

In order to be saved once for all time, we MUST by the grace and power of God repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, God, and Savior! His atoning shed blood then covers eternally ALL our past present and future sins. We are ETERNALLY SAVED!!!

Sealed for ALL TIME by the Holy Spirit!!!

Ephesians 1 v 13

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,”

Repentance is not necessary for continued salvation, for the genuine Christian IS ETERNALLY AND FORVER SAVED!!!

***But, and this is enormously crucial, a Christian MUST repent of their sins in order to remain in intimate relationship with God!!!!!!!

It is not that God will turn away from the Christian that has sinned, but ultimately a Christian that does not repent of their present sins, like Adam and Eve, they will hide from the presence of God.

For example, lets say you barrow $500.00 from a friend, you agree to pay them back in 2 weeks. Two weeks pass, and a third week goes by, for what ever reason YOU simply do not have the money to pay them. If YOU see them, YOU become nervous, you start avoiding them because of guilt feelings or embarrassment, YOU stop returning their calls because of fear, because of what they might think or say.

Your friendship is disrupted, because YOU will not or cannot give them what YOU know they have a right to.

It is the same with God, God still LOVES us, still wants intimate fellowship with us, but if we sin and do not repent, we begin avoiding Him, hiding from Him. We may stop praying, stop reading the Bible, stop going to Church, we may avoid OUR Christian friends, because in OUR heart WE KNOW WE MUST ADMIT OUR SIN TO GOD, AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE US…SO WE AVOID HIM.

Repentance restores OUR attitude toward God, and we no longer have a reason to fear Him or to hide from Him, so our intimate relationship that was disrupted by OUR lack of repentance, IS RESTORED!!!

An accident is an accident, yet even so, I certainly would ask God to forgive me, if I killed some one, and I would desperately desire the victims LOVED ones to understand and forgive me as well!!

I may have accidently caused suffering, but I STILL CAUSED UNNESSARY SUFFERING!!! ***For that reason alone one should ask both God and man for forgiveness!

God is always ready, willing, and able to forgive us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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March 31, 2019


Question: Regarding original sin, I have read and understand the proposed manners in which the sin of Adam has been transposed to the rest of us from birth (the Calvinist view), but the `how` is less concerning to me than the `why`. Why would this be considered `right` or `fair`? The Arminian view seems to be more `fair`, at least on the surface.

Who ever said sin was fair, sin is not fair and NEVER, NEVER, EVER WILL BE FAIR!!! ***That is why God hates sin so much!

Sin does not simply affect the sinner but also those who come in contact with the sinner or their sin. Sin corrupts completely!!!

Adam and Eve sinned; their act of disobedience, their denial of God’s word corrupted the whole human race by means of the genetic mode of transference. In-other-words the disease of sin is passed on from parents to children through genetics, through procreation…

Is this fair, absolutely not!!! *******But God never said sin or the total corruption by sin on humanity was fair!!!!!!!

Exodus 20 v 5

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

God tells us in this text that as parents our sinful or immoral behavior WILL HAVE A LASTING AFFECT UPON OUR CHILDREN…

Societies’ sins, individual sins WILL HAVE A LASTING AFFECT ON OTHERS!!!

What we do behind closed doors CAN HAVE AN ADVERSE AFFECT ON THOSE NOT BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS!!!!!!!

Sin is sin, IT IS OUR DISOBEDIENCE AND DENIAL OF GOD’S WORD, we are not fair, and WE ARE THE CAUSE of the corruption of mankind, not God!!!

God warned us to listen to Him and obey His laws, why, because His laws if accepted and followed would have spared us from the fair and unfair consequences of sin. ?***But we all choose NOT TO LISTEN TO HIM!!!

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Is it fair, no, does that stop us or prevent us from choosing to sin, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Throughout human History we have seen the utter evil our continuing sin has placed upon all mankind, yet has it slowed down our sinfulness, has our depravity decreased??? No it has not…

Is it fair that Jesus Christ had to die upon the cross we made with OUR SINS???

No it is not!!!

But because God LOVES us, He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place, that by God’s grace through faith WE MIGHT BE SAVED, AND ESPECIALLY BE FREED FROM THE UNFAIRNESS OF SIN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ETERNITY!

For now, if humanity as a whole is going to continue to deny and disobey God and His holy inerrant infallible word the Bible, life, sin, and the consequences of sin WILL CONTINUE TO BE UNFAIR, AND WE AS THE HUMAN RACE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO BLAME!!!!!!!

Sin is unfair, it is brutally and terribly unfair, but through God’s LOVE, if we are willing to accept Jesus Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; one day JUSTICE and FAIRNESS WILL PREVAIL!

Revelation 19 v 11-16

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

***Only when sin is no more, WILL LIFE BE ETERNALLY FAIR…….

At the Seconding Coming of Jesus Christ.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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March 24, 2019


Romans 2:6 - 8 What is the meaning of the passage? Is it teaching works-based justification from God?

Romans 2 v 6-8

“Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,”

No it does not teach justification by good works, or salvation by obedience to God. ***It teaches exactly what Paul teaches in his epistle to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 2 v 10

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As the two previous verses in this chapter of Ephesians clearly teach, THOSE WHO ARE ETERNALLY SAVED ARE NOT SAVED BY ANYTHING THEY DO!!! We are saved by GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ, and that ONLY!!!!!!!

Paul reinforces that FACT, that ABSOLUTELY BIBLICAL DOCTRINE in his epistle to Titus.

Titus 3 v 5-6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6. Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”

God saves us by His mercy, mercy is not earned it is a gift from the sovereign will of God; received by us by GRACE through FAITH and ACCEPTANCE of Christ’s LOVING blood sacrifice upon the cross for our sins…

Paul could not be clearer, even using your own wordage in:

Romans 3 v 20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

What Paul is referring to in the text you quote, is GOD”S WILL FOR ALL PEOPLE.

We are saved by GRACE, but it is God’s ordained goal for His Children to produce good works, good deeds, works of righteousness. Paul DOES NOT mean they, the potential Christian seek salvation by their good works, but that Christians WILL RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOR FROM GOD BECAUSE OF THEIR GOOD DEEDS, THEIR, OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL; in ETERNITY!!!

Remember this verse:

Hebrews 11 v 6

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

First comes salvation by GRACE through FAITH, that means we BELIEVE and ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST FOR WHO AND WHAT HE DID FOR US; second, and this is equally important in ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST, WE MUST BELIEVE GOD WILL REWARD US FOR OUR DEEDS DONE IN HIS HONOR, AND FOR HIS GLORY!!!

Paul basically says to the Christian, “I know it is not always easy, but continue, be patient in doing good works even thought it seems NO ONE CARES, for God cares and WILL REWARD YOU SOME DAY!!!!!!!”

And Paul continues, “to those who reject Christ and live life to serve primarily their own desires, in the end, THEY TOO WILL BE REWARDED ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS. ***They shall be damned…

The rewards Christians receive are in addition to salvation, salvation is not a reward, SALVATION IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT FROM OUR LOVING GOD AND SAVIOR!!!

Each persons’ deeds will be tested by fire, and those that are pure and worthy WILL BE GIVEN A REWARD. Those things we do for show, or perhaps simply for worldly comforts or with the wrong attitude will be burned up, and there WILL BE NO REWARD FOR THOSE DEEDS; BUT THE CHRISTIAN WILL NOT LOSE THEIR ETERNAL SALVATION…….

1 Corinthians 3 v 13-15

“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

The works of the LOST, no matter how ‘good’ they appear, ARE BURNED UP, for they were NOT DONE FOR THE HONOR AND GLORY OF GOD…

We are justified by God’s LOVING gift of salvation by His BLOOD SACRIFICE UPON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS; we SHOULD BE DOING RIGHTEOUS DEEDS BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN!!!

Matthew 5 v 44-45

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

But again that DOES NOT MEAN WE ARE SAVED BY OUR GOOD DEEDS, BUT RATHER OUR GOOD DEEDS INDICATE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN!!!!!!!

All Christians WILL PRODUCE GOOD DEEDS THAT GOD SEES AS GOOD DEEDS, but not all deeds that appear good to us are really good and what we perceive as an absence of good deeds is not always accurate either …

God knows the difference!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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March 17, 2019


I`m having a debate with a friend concerning marriage, eternity, and premarital sex its clear in the bible that marriage isn`t eternal and yet in the debate on premarital sex, a main point is that the two participants are `joined as one spirit` (I`m not sure where in the bible this is said, or implied... I know Genesis 2:24 talks about being joined as one flesh, which obviously would perish with death. But still, this is taught in my church and made as main point in any debates I have) these two tenets seem counterintuitive to me. how can the married couple be joined as one spirit, and yet be unmarried as two separate entities in heaven? does death suddenly rip this merging apart? or is the whole `one spirit` thing contrived? obviously the absence of eternal marriage is plain. just see Matthew 22:29-30 , Mark 12:24-25 , and Luke 20:34-36. so seeing as the fact that marriage ends with death seems undebatable (The son of god said it himself... that seems pretty solid to me), how can one push the joining of `spirits`? and if the two aren`t in fact joined in spirit, it raises a much shakier issue, in my opinion, about premarital sex. I for one am set in my convictions, and don`t care for the risks, emotional trouble, or complications involved with premarital sex, but when portraying it as a sin, I find myself hard pressed to push my point. I can`t defend the `joining as a spirit` point of view, because I hardly believe it. As for the verses (especially by Paul) concerning sexual immorality, many push that they were intended for a specific time and purpose, as much of the bible is (you don`t see any present day Christians condoning the taking of multiple wives, yet it was a common practice in the old testament , Jacob for example. Or the laws concerning the consumption of only blood-drained meat, the single-seed planting of fields, the laws concerning the trimming of hair and beards... etc.). I just don`t know how to defend against the argument that the ban on premarital sex is more of a old fundamentalist Christian taboo, and not in fact, a sin. I can pull out all the verses, but in the end, it still remains that the bible is vague on the issue. I mean, paul also said to avoid getting married if possible, yet christians encourage and praise marriage as a wonderful institution? Forgive me, I know this is more of a theological discussion than a simple bible question and answer. but it is an issue i constantly find myself in the midst of on a daily basis, especially now that i`m in the public university system. ANY help would be appreciated.

I unfortunately or fortunately, do not see the problem you see.

Genesis 2 v 24

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

This verse on marriage is referring to our temporary earthly existence. While we are on this temporal plain, marriage is the intimate process where one man and one woman become “one” flesh; one in emotion, one in spirit, and should be one in unity. It is God’s sovereign will for men and women in the here and now. Marriage is meant by God to be a beautiful, fulfilling oneness between the sexes, and can only be as God intended, when, WE FOLLOW HIS STANDARD FOR THAT ONENESS…

Just because marriage is not eternal, does not change the spiritual and moral perfection of marriage and sex within marriage only!!!

***God has clearly stated within His inerrant, infallible word the Bible, fornication, sex outside of the marriage covenant between one male, one female, and with God Himself IS A SIN!!!!!!!

Why, BECAUSE GOD SAYS SO!!!!!!! We really do not have to understand why, to understand IT IS A SIN, or that GOD DOES NOT WANT ANYONE TO FORNICATE…

 Matthew 5 v 32

“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

Fornication, sex outside of marriage Jesus says is SIN, WE MUST AVOID IT. Some maintain sex outside of marriage is “ok”, once a person has been married and divorced. No, Jesus says, being released from marriage only to have sex outside of marriage IS STILL FORICATION, and IS STILL SIN!!!  

Matthew 15 v 18-19

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:”

Here again, Jesus’ own teaching declares FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE TO BE SIN!!!

Acts 15 v 20

“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

The apostles clearly understood Jesus’ teaching on premarital, or post-marital sex outside of marriage AS BEING SIN, stating as God’s Children WE ARE TO ABSTAIN FROM IT, AS ALL HUMANS SHOULD ABSTAIN FRON IT, BECAUSE FORNICATION, SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTSIDE OF THE MARRIAGE COVENANT IS SIN!!!!!!!

Romans 1 v 29-32

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31. Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

God through the apostles declares FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE TO BE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!!!!!!!

1 Corinthians 6 v 18

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

God says “FLEE” FORNICATION, because while we are in this physical realm IT IS SIN FOR US, IT IS BAD FOR US, IT IS NOT HIS WILL FOR US!!!!!!!

Galatians 5 v 19-21

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

*******God cannot make it clearer for us, FORNICATION, SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE is unclean for us, it is SIN, it is SIN just like: IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, VARIANCES, EMULATIONS, ETC, ETC, ETC…….

And those who practice FORNICATION, SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTSIDE OF MARRIGE, just like ALL OTHER UNREPENTENT SINNERS WILL END UP IN HELL!!!!!!!

Colossians 3 v 5-6

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6. For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:”

To fornicate, WILL BRING THE WRATH OF GOD…….

1 Thessalonians 4 v 3

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:”

It is the WILL OF GOD FOR US ALL TO ABSTAIN FROM FORNICATION, FROM PREMARITAL, or any SEXUAL INTERCOARSE OUTIDE OF MARRIGE…….

Matthew 22 v 29-30

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”

This verse simply says THERE WILL BE NO SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS IN HEAVEN, IN ETERNITY…

It does not say, that the marriage relationship that we experience here and now will not have an eternal affect on our personal relationships in heaven, in eternity. So to think that disobeying the clear teaching of God on fornication is somehow “ok”, or that premarital sex, or sex outside of marriage is somehow “ok”, simply because sexual relationships are not eternal, IS NOT A LOGICAL CONCLUSION!!!!!!! 

Certainly the emotional intimacy that we have with people now will be continued in eternity; the how God knows, even if we do not…….

But He clearly tells us STAY AWAY FROM FORNICATION!!!!!!!

That is good enough, if we WANT TO BE HIS!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, Sbc


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March 10, 2019


Read Acts 8:9 and on. It`s about Simon the Sorcerer and the towns people. Summary: Philip preaches the good word. Townspeople believe, they are baptized. Two days later Peter and John show up, lay hands and the people receive the holy spirit. Question: Why did the holy spirit take two days to get there? Why did it take laying of hands on for the holy spirit to come or was the holy spirit already there?

Acts 8 v 9-17

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10. To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15. Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.”

One, the Holy Spirit is God, as is God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ; by definition God is Omni-present. So the Holy Spirit is everywhere except Hell of course. So He was there just not as active as He would have wanted to be in the lives of the townspeople.

Second, your question is a Theological question. Some Theologians and various Christian denominations believe this episode illustrates what they call a “second work of grace”.

The first work of grace is a person becoming saved, the “second work of grace” is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within a TOTALLY committed Christian, or entire sanctification.

A person initially accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior. As the Holy Spirit works upon the believer, the person becomes convicted of not totally giving himself or herself to God, the person in obedience commits their whole being to God; they surrender all to God. The Holy Spirit in a “second work of grace” then entirely sanctifies the believer and eradicates the desire to sin in the individual. The Holy Spirit then indwells the entirely sanctified believer in a more complete way, in that now the individual is more desirous and committed to obeying His leading…

This is how some describe the time lapse. It takes time to become totally and absolutely committed to God, to Jesus Christ.

As a Baptist I personally believe there is only one “work of grace” at the time of genuine conversion and salvation. When a person is actually “born again” that is when the Holy Spirit indwells the individual Christian. True a person grows closer and closer to Jesus Christ as we mature in our faith and trust in Him, that is basically called the process of sanctification. The process of growing and I might add glowing more and more like Jesus Christ.

Also God provides greater access of His power and grace as the Christian needs it to overcome our circumstances, temptations, etc.

The townspeople in my opinion had made an outward commitment to Jesus Christ, but when they were filled with the Holy Spirit several days later THEY HAD FINALLY MADE THE INNER COMMITMENT THAT ACTUALLY BRINGS THEM INTO A LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST AND THEY WERE THEN SAVED…….

***Jesus became their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!

Third,

The laying on of hands is a symbol of the Christian’s relationship and total commitment to God and each other through our mutual LOVE relationship with God…

As baptism is a symbol of our death and resurrection with Jesus Christ…

To be obedient we should be baptized and as genuine and true Christians certainly we are absolutely committed to our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR Jesus Christ…….

***However it must be made clear neither the act of being baptized nor the act of laying on of the hands saves or sanctifies anyone, WHAT IT TAKES IS AN INNER CHANGE OF THE HEART THAT IS INITIATED AND GIVEN THE POWER BY GOD HIMSELF through the gift of grace through faith in JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

 This of course is only a short and simple explanation for many volumes have been written on your question.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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March 3, 2019


Hi, my wife works for our church, I am a deacon for our church, we don`t get to attend any services together or with our children. can we serve to much?

Matthew 19 v 29

“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

So in one sense you can’t serve God too much.

The question is, are you serving in a wrong way? If in serving the way you and your wife are is causing marital, spiritual or problems with your children, then perhaps you are serving in the wrong way.

You are not only responsible to serve God, but you are also to be a ‘good’ steward of the spouse and children God has blessed you with!

One solution might be, that once a month you and your wife and children should be free to sit and worship together as a family. Ask your pastor, and suggest it to him…

If you are in a Church that just doesn’t have enough dedicated workers that can allow you that opportunity, and your service is not hurting your family relationships, God WILL BLESS YOU…

Another idea would be to have a family worship time at home, which might include a family discussion of what you each did and learned at Church.

The bottom line is if you are all growing and maturing in the Lord, then what you are doing is probably fine. But if your relationships are hurting because of your serving in the way you are, something should be changed…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc 



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February 24, 2019


Every time I come across this passage, I wonder what Jesus meant by `2 swords being enough?` The text is Luke 22:

Luke 22 v 38

“And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.”

The Jews believed that their Messiah was going to conquer the world, and that their nation Israel would rule the world under the authority of God’s anointed one (Messiah, Christ). The apostles were Jews; they too believed the Messiah’s role in human History was to take world control by military might. For them, Jesus was that Messiah.

But Jesus came not into this world to conquer it by military strength but to save the world through His shed blood!!!

John 12 v 47

“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

Many a traveler would carry a sword for personal protection from robbers and wild animals. Jesus is saying, “You have plenty of protection for personal safety, WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE THAN THAT!”

In other words Jesus is saying WE ARE NOT GOING TO FIGHT!!!!!!! He instead will die for the sins of this world…

No swords are necessary to force the kingdom of God upon people, but if you must, our weapons are sufficient for personal safety…

As Christians we share the LOVE of Christ, we are to LOVE people into the kingdom, God will not, and chooses not to force anyone to accept His Son now. ***But one day, Jesus will return as King of kings and Lord of Lord’s and in that Day, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess the TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Romans 14 v 11

“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Philippians 2 v 11

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

One day, but for the apostles it was not to be in their time…

To this day, it is still in the future…

Maranatha, come Lord Jesus…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc




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February 17, 2019


When Jesus says to the Pharisees, `those who endure to the end will be saved` (Matthew 24:13) does that suggest that you can lose salvation?

Matthew 24 v 13

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

To interpret scripture properly, it must be understood in the light of the rest of scripture.

The holy inerrant, infallible word of God the Bible clearly teaches that a genuine, truly “born again” believer CANNOT EVER LOSE THEIR ETERNAL SALVATION…

Philippians 1 v 6

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

It is Jesus that promises to keep a saved person eternally saved!

***Jesus death and resurrection proves He can save us, His power, LOVE, grace, and mercy and His word declares THAT THE “GOOD WORK” (SALVATION) THAT HE BEGINS IN GENUINELY REPENTANT SINNERS WILL BE COMPLETED BY GOD, BY JESUS HIMSELF!!!

Romans 11 v 29

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

Salvation is a gift from God to ALL who will accept Jesus Christ as THEIR LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!

Ephesians 2 v 8

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

God’s gift once accepted cannot be given back nor can God change His mind, the gift accepted is without repentance!!!

God Himself guarantees a repentant sinner’s salvation!!!!!!!

Ephesians 1 v 13-14

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

God the Holy Spirit, God Himself seals us, puts His mark of eternal ownership upon the genuine Christian!!! God’s promise is the earnest money that eternally guarantees OUR permanent salvation!!!!!!!

Those are just a few of the scriptures that substantiate eternal life, salvation, is INDEED ETERNAL!!!!!!! *******For Ever!!!!!!!*******

So then what does the text you mention mean?

It simply means that THOSE WHO ARE REALLY SAVED WILL ENDURE UNTIL THE VERY END!!!!!!!

If a person professes to be a Christian but does not receive eternal life, THEN THEY WERE NEVER SAVED IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!

Matthew 7 v 21-23

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

God NEVER KNEW THEM, THEY WERE NEVER HIS CHILD, THEY WERE NEVER REALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

So in proper biblical context, the text you refer to does not suggest a truly saved, “born again” believer can lose their salvation!!!!!!!

***SALVATION IS ETERNAL!!!!!!!***

1 John 5 v 13

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

How can YOU know that you will be saved, if YOU can lose it??? How can it be “ETERNAL”, if YOU can lose it???

You know because IT IS ETERNAL, YOU know because GOD is the one that saves YOU, and KEEPS YOU ETERNALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Ephesians 2 v 9

“Not of works, lest any man should boast”

*******We are not saved by our works, WE ARE SAVED BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD SACRIFICE THAT JESUS CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED UPON THAT BLOOD SOAKED, BLOOD DRENCHED CROSS!!!!!!!

If only by His grace and power WE say “YES” to Him,

“YES I LOVE YOU GOD”…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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February 10, 2019


In Mark 12, 1) What do the farmers represent? 2) What do the `others` represent in Mark 12:9? 

Mark 12 v 1

“And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.”

Mark 12 v 9

“What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.”

Farmers-Husbandmen…

The owner of the vineyard is God; the vineyard itself is the people of Israel. This was a picture with which the Jews were perfectly familiar. In the Old Testament it is vividly used in:

Isaiah 5 v 1-7

“Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2. And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? 5. And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6. And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.”

The “farmers” or “husbandmen”, in other words those who cultivate and take care of the vineyard stand for the religious leaders of Israel throughout the history of the nation.

Israel were to be the people of God, sharing and by God’s grace converting all people (gentiles too) to a saving relationship with God. ***Israel failed at their task, and God picked the Church to be a witness to all people.

The “others”…

The religious leaders of Israel failed at their responsibility to convert all people to a saving knowledge of God, so God appointed “others”, the 12 apostles and all the leaders of the Church (pastors, preachers, teachers, evangelists, etc) to carry on their appointed task to reach as many as are willing for Jesus Christ.

These others are not from one specific church, and are absolutely not from one particular denomination but from the invisible Church that is made up of all “genuinely” true born again believers throughout the church era.

God will bring His Church to full sanctification and WILL SUPPLY THOSE WILLING TO SERVE AS ESSENTIAL LEADERS OF HIS CHURCH…

His Church, His people, all that accept Jesus Christ as their personal and only Lord, God, and Savior!!!

The general point is that God will replace worthless workers with those WHO WILL TRULY SERVE HIM AND HIS PEOPLE WHERE EVER THEY, WE ARE FOUND…


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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February 3, 2019


Romans 5:13 states that until the Law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. My question is, if one was not held accountable for his or her sin ( except dying a physical death from the result of Adam`s sin), how could they be judged and condemned rightfully by God? For example, Cain murdered his brother Abel. According to this verse, his personal sin was not imputed on him. So what about all the people who lived from Adam to Moses--what happened to them after death if they are not held personally guilty? Thank you!

Romans 5 v 13

“(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

This scripture DOES NOT take away a person’s responsibility for their sin. We ARE STILL ACCOUNTABLE!!!

This verse simply means sin was in the world long before the “written” law, and now with the written law comes even greater condemnation and personal awareness for our sins. For now we cannot claim we do not know right from wrong, WE ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE! ***But ignorance of the Law is NOT A LEGITMATE EXCUSE…

Romans 2 v 12-13

“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13. (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”

Whether a person is judged guilty by the written law, or by the unwritten law that God puts upon our conscience, or that God’s nature teaches us; WE ARE ALL STILL SINNERS, AND WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDINGLY…

Romans 3 v 23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

For Paul makes clear,

Romans 6 v 23A

“For the wages of sin is death…”

Since ALL HAVE SINNED, ALL NEED THE ONLY SAVIOR!!!

Romans 6 v 23B

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are ALL JUDGED SINNERS worthy of only DEATH and DAMNATION, but through God’s grace, LOVE, and mercy we are offered redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal salvation through justification by faith in Jesus Christ’s atoning blood sacrifice upon the cross, that our sins put Him on…….

Whether we are guilty of sin under God’s written law or His ETERNAL HOLY law, WE WILL BE HELD accountable; the only provision for forgiveness is a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. Our personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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January 27, 2019


Could you please help me to understand the meaning of isaiah 34:16 ??

Isaiah 34 v 16

“Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

The statement simply means, STUDY THE WORD OF GOD, (none shall want her mate) NOT A SINGLE VERSE WILL NOT FIND IT’S FULFILLMENT, every WORD is from God’s mouth therefore all the verses are interconnected to each other and makeup the COMPLETE SCRIPTURES OF GOD by the power of the Holy Spirit!!!

Matthew Henry the great Theologian explains it this way:

”Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, with the dealings of providence around us, that we may be more diligent in seeking the kingdom of God and his righteousness. What the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform. And let us observe how the evidences of the truth continually increase, as one prophecy after another is fulfilled, until these awful scenes bring in more happy days.”

John Wesley considered founder of the Methodist Church, his life and teachings the inspiration for the Wesleyan Church as well as other Holiness denominations says this of your text:

“…if you pursue this prophecy, you will find, that all things exactly come to pass, as I have told you.”

The point being God’s holy, inerrant, infallible Word the Bible IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE AND EVERY VERSE, EVERY PROPHECY WILL COME TO PASS          , it’s mate being the fulfillment of each and every word…

Acts 17 v 11

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

***So we SHOULD SEARCH AND STUDY THE HOLY WRIT THE BIBLE as often as we can…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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January 20, 2019


So I got a question about salvation be free of works. Is salvation always free to everybody, no matter what condition they are in, once they place their faith in Christ? Well if so, then what about this passage? Luke 19:8-9 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. ; And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.` So this passage is declaring that if we wronged someone in the past (by stealing, cheating, or gossip), he cannot get saved unless he makes restitution or gets his wrongs right. Am I correct? Many people say that restitution/getting wrongs right is necessary for salvation. Adam Clarke, a Bible commentator said in his commentary of vs.8: `This restitution the Roman laws obliged the tax-gatherers to make, when it was proved they had abused their power by oppressing the people. But here was no such proof: the man, to show the sincerity of his conversion, does it of his own accord. He who has wronged his fellow must make restitution, if he have it in his power. He that does not do so cannot expect the mercy of God.` David Guzik`s commentary on v9: `Today salvation has come to this house: Jesus did not command Zacchaeus to do what He commanded the rich young ruler to do, because Zacchaeus did not need to. His giving heart was the way that this rich man could receive salvation.` So it makes me wonder, is salvation a free gift, only to the people who didn`t wronged someone? Is righting out wrongs necessary for salvation? This passage convinced me of this because of the way it reads. If giving up filthy sins such as lies, adultery, swearing, lust, materialism, etc. is not necessary for salvation (but for fellowship), why is restitution? I don`t understand. Please explain.

You are to be commended for a well thought out question and research!!! Never stop asking challenging questions, its those questions answered properly that can really help a person mature in their faith…

Salvation is not a result of our good works, our good works are a result of our salvation. We are not saved by our good works, but a saved person will perform good works…Those good works are obedience to God’s Holy word the Bible…

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Again:

Titus 3 v 5

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

***We are ABSOLUTELY saved by grace through faith, which is indeed an ABSOLUTELY free gift from God!!!!!!!

Free in that we Do Not and Can Not pay the price ourselves; ONLY A SINLESS AND HOLY GOD COULD PROVIDE THE ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE NECESSARY TO REDEEM OUR SOULS…….

Now to Zacchaeus your example.

Luke 19 v 8-9

“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”

Jesus does not say, “Zacchaeus you are saved because of what you have done.” ***Jesus seeing the sincerity of Zacchaeus by his changed heart, in the good works he was willing to do; acknowledges that Zacchaeus is “truly” saved.

In-other-words, as a result or visible consequence or direct product of Zacchaeus accepting the free gift of God’s salvation, specifically in Zacchaeus’ case, he was lead by the Holy Spirit to do as the text says he will do.

His deeds, his good works were the result of his salvation, not the cause of Zacchaeus’ salvation!!! 

Ephesians 2 v 10

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As Paul continues God’s doctrine of salvation by grace and grace alone; Paul concludes, AS A RESULT OF ACCEPTING THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION, we will do good works, as God has always expected us to do!!!

As the creation (product, result) of accepting Jesus Christ as a person’s LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; there will be a transformed life!!!!!!!

But that is again the result, NOT THE CAUSE, NOT THE REQUIREMENT FOR A PERSON’S SALVATION.

Also the works we produce, the conviction God gives us, the deeds God wants us to do, IS UNIQUE TO EACH CHRISTIAN. ***Not everyone will be asked of the Holy Spirit to do what Zacchaeus was lead to do as a result of his salvation. ***That is between God and the individual!

Again I want to make this exceedingly clear, what Zacchaeus said he would do was the RESULT of is conversion NOT THE origin OF HIS SALVATION!!!

What Jesus did upon the cross for Zacchaeus and ALL CHRISTIANS, is the origin, the reason or the price for our salvation; our, Zacchaeus’ good works are merely the visible result of salvation by grace through faith!!!!!!!

***But visible works are only an indication of a person’s salvation, for as humans we cannot know or judge a person’s inner heart, ONLY GOD CAN DO THAT…

Many people do great and noble things every day, some will even give God the credit for it, yet, if they have never accepted the free gift of salvation by genuinely accepting Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR; they are not saved!!!

Matthew 7 v 22-23

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Our good works are WORTHLESS unless WE FIRST LOVE JESUS CHRIST!!!

LOVING Christ, accepting Christ as our LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR is the only decision we must make to be saved, and those are the result of accepting God’s free gift of His GRACE, LOVE, and MERCY for our lives…

In response to your quote of Adam Clarke, “This restitution the Roman laws obligated…”.

Clarke says, that Roman law demanded restitution, NOT THAT GOD DEMANDS RESTITUTION AS A REQUIREMENT OF HIS SALVATION. ***God may want a saved person to make restitution but NOT AS A REQUIREMENT OF SALVATION, BUT RATHER AS A PRODUCT OF THAT SALVATION.

And once again that is between each individual and God, God will not take back His salvation if a genuine Christian ignores a specific good work God may want that specific individual to do!

That individual will be hindering the fullness of his/her relationship with God, but will not lose the free gift of salvation already given them. ***Though, the individual would need to ask themselves, “why won’t I do it?”

Perhaps they are not saved???

Perhaps they are, but they need to mature more in their faith???

But again, WE ARE NOT SAVED BY OUR OBEDIENCE, WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE, ALL OF US THAT ARE SAVED OR EVER WILL BE SAVED, ARE SAVED EXCLUSIVELY BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, NOT BY ANY WORK OR DEED WE MIGHT DO, OR THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO!!!!!!!

It is Jesus Christ’s atoning blood sacrifice that saves us, there is no other way to be saved!!!!!!!

Guzik, who I do not know much about, may simply be saying that Zacchaeus because of his new transformed cleansed heart WANTED WITH ALL HIS HEART TO DO WHATEVER HE COULD DO TO CORRECT HIS WRONGS. Not by requirement to be saved, but rather, a deep desire of his own conviction to do so. He, Zacchaeus wanted to do those things as a result of his new life in Jesus Christ…

Zacchaeus needed to do it for himself, not as a requirement of salvation, but as a result of that salvation and what he felt he needed to do to honor his God.

And finally your last point. Whether we realize it or not our slightest, most insignificant sin to the greatest of sins, ALL WRONG OTHER PEOPLE. We all hurt others by our sins, ALL OF US!!!!!!!

And the least of sins, the least of your’s, the least of mine; THE SLIGHTEST SIN PUT JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS.

You and I killed Jesus Christ, as well as all other sinners…

So in order for ANY OF US TO BE FORGIVEN, SAVED WE MUST HONESTLY, SINCERELY, and GENUINELY ACCEPT GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION…….

By grace through faith we must decide by the power of the Holy Spirit working upon us, to ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS OUR PERSONAL LORD, GOD and SAVIOR!!!!!!!

And that is being a “true” Christian, and ONLY THAT!!!!!!!

The rest is only the good works expected of a CHILD OF GOD!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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January 13, 2019


In Acts 18:21 Paul says he must keep the Feast. Why do not Christians keep the feasts today. I have been searching for the answer to this question and have found nothing that says we are not to keep the feasts...but in the old Testament it says......shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. I do not understand, please help.

Acts 18 v 21

“But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

Paul was a Christian, but he was raised a Jew. He himself called himself a Pharisee of Pharisees.

Acts 23 v 6

“But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.”

For Paul it was very much part of his “normal” every day life to participate in and enjoy Jewish feasts. He was physically born a Jew, gentiles are not. Paul spent MUCH time, arguing against the Judaizers. Those Jews who believed part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ was to follow Jewish ceremonial laws and customs. To this Paul said:

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

It is not wrong for Jewish-Christians to continue to participate in and enjoy many of the Jewish feasts. But it is equally correct for all other Christians to enjoy salvation without the necessity of following Jewish ceremonial laws and customs…

Acts 15 v 1

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.”

Peter the apostle also a Jew, in response to Paul’s and others concerns about these Judaizers responded:

Acts 15 v 7-11

“And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”

Peter points out even the best of Jews do not keep all the rules and regulations of the Jewish faith, included in that would be the various feasts and ceremonial customs. So why, says Peter, should gentiles saved by grace as we (Jews) are saved by grace, why must the gentiles be expected to follow customs that are foreign to them and NOT ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION???

The answer, THEY, WE, DO NOT HAVE TO FOLLOW THEM…

Peter continues:

Acts 15 19-20

“Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

Simply said, LOVE Jesus Christ and with the assistance of the Holy Spirit within you, live YOUR life to the best of YOUR ability!!!

The only requirement for salvation is genuinely LOVING God with EVERY fiber of our being, and our fellow man as ourselves…

And that is not by our power or will but by God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY!!!!!!!

Celebrating most Jewish feasts or celebrating Christian Holidays is lawful for all; but WE ARE NOT DEMANED TO FOLLOW ANY OF THEM…

***We ALL are SAVED BY GRACE!!!!!!! Of those who have accepted Jesus Christ, as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR…

Romans 14 v 5-6

“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”

Again in Romans the clear teaching of scripture is that each person must be persuaded in their own mind what customs to follow and what religious traditions not to follow. The Christians’ only obligation is to genuinely LOVE God and to LOVE our fellow mankind!!!

Whether we celebrate a certain feast day or not, WE MUST LOVE THE LORD, and give God THANKS in all things…

Whatever we do MUST BE DONE SINCERELY FOR GOD’S GLORY.

As Solomon put it:

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Again Jesus summed up the commandments as two:

Mark 12 v 30-31

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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January 6, 2019


Why do the Gospels of Matthew chapter 2 & Luke chapter 2 seem to give two different accounts of where Jesus was taken shortly after His birth? Matthew says Egypt; Luke says Nazareth?

Matthew 2 v 13

“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”

Luke 2 v 4-5

“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.”

Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth at the time of Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus. When the Census was ordered Mary and Joseph went to the City of David which was Bethlehem to be properly counted. While in Bethlehem Mary gave birth to Jesus, and they were soon warned in a dream not to stay in Israel and not to stay anywhere in the region of Judea and instead they went to Egypt. Later after the male children up to the age of three had been murdered by Herod’s men and Archelaus took over the reign of Judea after his father Herod’s death; Mary, Joseph, and the young Jesus moved back to Nazareth where Jesus was to be raised…

Matthew 2 v 22-23

“But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc