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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?


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.”


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


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”


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


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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.”


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


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…”


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


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.”


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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.”


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!!!!!!!


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!!!!!!!


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???


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…


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


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???


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…


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


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

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