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September 15, 2019


I`m doing research on how a christian should behave and I wonder if you could direct me to any old testament scriptures regarding direction from God on how we should and/or should not be behaving towards people.

Exodus 20 v 2-17

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 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; 6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 13. Thou shalt not kill. 14. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15. Thou shalt not steal. 16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

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.”

The whole Bible is a description of how God’s children are to behave, and how fallen humanity behaves by their own reasoning and their own effort, and their own moral standards…

The book of Proverbs is a good source of how Christians, God’s children are to behave…

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7, is Jesus Christ’s official teaching on how Christians are to behave.

A book called the “Training of the Twelve” is a great book on how and what Jesus taught His disciples to do and be…

Jesus summed it up this way:

Matthew 22 v 37-40

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Leviticus 19 v 18B

“…but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”

***LOVE God, LOVE each other (everyone) with the same LOVE God LOVES us, with grace, compassion, and mercy…

LOVE not just Christians, people that agree with us, but even LOVE those who hate God and us the most…

Luke 23 v 33-34

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Matthew 5 v 43-45

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44. 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.”

As God as our example He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST, and He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE GOSPEL and REPENT!!!!!!!

That being true, God wants us to share His LOVE with ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!!!

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Ezekiel 33 v 11

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

*******If we as Christians, as children of God do not LOVE and share the glorious atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ with each other and the LOST, WHO WILL???

As Christians we have “3” great obligations of LOVE!!!

1) To LOVE God with ABSOLUTELY EVERY ATOM and SUB-ATOMIC PARTICAL OF OUR BEING…

Deuteronomy 6 v 5

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

2) To teach the truth of God to OUR children…

Deuteronomy 6 v 7

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

3) To share the LOVE of God, the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to EVERY HUMAN BEING WE CAN…

Matthew 28 v 19-20

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

I hope this helps…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbcI`m doing research on how a christian should behave and I wonder if you could direct me to any old testament scriptures regarding direction from God on how we should and/or should not be behaving towards people.

Exodus 20 v 2-17

“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 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; 6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 13. Thou shalt not kill. 14. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15. Thou shalt not steal. 16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

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.”

The whole Bible is a description of how God’s children are to behave, and how fallen humanity behaves by their own reasoning and their own effort, and their own moral standards…

The book of Proverbs is a good source of how Christians, God’s children are to behave…

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7, is Jesus Christ’s official teaching on how Christians are to behave.

A book called the “Training of the Twelve” is a great book on how and what Jesus taught His disciples to do and be…

Jesus summed it up this way:

Matthew 22 v 37-40

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Leviticus 19 v 18B

“…but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”

***LOVE God, LOVE each other (everyone) with the same LOVE God LOVES us, with grace, compassion, and mercy…

LOVE not just Christians, people that agree with us, but even LOVE those who hate God and us the most…

Luke 23 v 33-34

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Matthew 5 v 43-45

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44. 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.”

As God as our example He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST, and He WANTS ALL TO HEAR THE GOSPEL and REPENT!!!!!!!

That being true, God wants us to share His LOVE with ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE!!!

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Ezekiel 33 v 11

“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

*******If we as Christians, as children of God do not LOVE and share the glorious atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ with each other and the LOST, WHO WILL???

As Christians we have “3” great obligations of LOVE!!!

1) To LOVE God with ABSOLUTELY EVERY ATOM and SUB-ATOMIC PARTICAL OF OUR BEING…

Deuteronomy 6 v 5

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

2) To teach the truth of God to OUR children…

Deuteronomy 6 v 7

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

3) To share the LOVE of God, the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ to EVERY HUMAN BEING WE CAN…

Matthew 28 v 19-20

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

I hope this helps…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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September 8, 2019


Do you believe that if God calls you, you (a person, anyone) can NOT possibly resist? Or, do you think that someone can resist God? thanks! All these little questions are really really helping me. michelle

There is only one thing God CANNOT DO, GOD CANNOT SIN!!!

The greatest good a person can do is to freely accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR…

To not provide that free choice to humanity, would not allow the greatest good that man can do, and that WOULD BE SIN!!!

People who deny the concept of man’s “free will”, do it under several miss-conceptions.

First, they say man is “born” totally depraved, and we have no ability or even any desire to save ourselves; THAT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!!

Therefore they say, man has no “free will”, and we only desire to sin. Without God, we are slaves to sin without any ability to freely choose otherwise!!! Again that is true.

However there is God, and God being fully aware of our inability to even desire to be good, has provided what many of the early Church fathers called “prevenient grace”. The grace that goes before, the grace that is provided to ALL MANKIND, so that through God’s mercy, even lost sinners as we all are, sometimes do good things, sometimes make right choices, and provides us with the attribute of “free will”…

This prevenient grace allows us to make the free choice to sin or not to sin; WHICH SHOWS ALL THE MORE HOW TOTALLY DEPRAVED WE ARE, WHEN EVEN WITH GOD’S GRACE IN OUR LIVES WE STILL CHOOSE TO SIN, TO DENY HIM!!!

God calls all sinners to repentance, that IS ALL OF US, EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD…….

Isaiah 53 v 6A

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”

Romans 3 v 23

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

Throughout the Old and New Testament God calls ALL sinners to repent, to turn from our evil ways.

Jeremiah 18 v 8

“If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”

Why does God say “if” they turn away, IF God’s call could not be ignored by sinners??? This statement in Jeremiah would be pointless, and it would take up space in God’s Holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible that could be better used for THINGS THAT WOULD CORRECTLY GUIDE US…

Jeremiah 26 v 3

“If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.”

Again God says: “if so be they will hearken”, if we cannot resist His call, why does God again say “if”? If we cannot resist, then there is NO “IF” about it, He either calls us or He doesn’t…

Jeremiah 26 v 13

“Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.”

Here God calls sinners to amend his, our ways, to repent of our sin; but if they, we cannot resist His call THERE IS NO POINT IN TELLING US TO, WE SIMPLY WILL OBEY BECAUSE WE CANNOT RESIST???

Ezekiel 14 v 6

“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

Again what point is there to tell us to repent if WE CANNOT resist His call??? We either will because we cannot resist, or He has not called us???

Ezekiel 18 v 23

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

God’s desire is THAT EVERYONE SHOULD REPENT!!!!!!!

But most do not, why if WE CANNOT RESIST HIS CALL???????

Ezekiel 18 v 32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Again and again God calls ALL sinners to repent and live; but most do not. Why if WE CANNOT RESIST???????

1 Timothy 2 v 4

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

In Timothy it is made perfectly clear God desires and calls ALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE…

But some would say, God desires all, but does not call all to repentance; those He calls will repent.

If so, that on one hand God decrees who will repent and who won’t by His irresistible call; THEN HOW COULD HE “HONESTLY” say He wants all to repent; YET SAYS “I WON’T LET SOME REPENT, BECAUSE I DON’T CALL SOME”???????

1 Timothy 2 v 6

“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Is God a liar, HE GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL?

Numbers 23 v 19A

“God is not a man, that he should lie…”

***GOD DOES NOT LIE!!!!!!!***

God sent His Son Jesus Christ because HE LOVED ALL OF US…

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.”

God LOVES us ALL, His Son died for us ALL, but not ALL OF US WILL SAY “YES” TO THAT LOVE THAT CALL!!!

Second people argue that if a person can say “NO” to His call, then God is not sovereign. For NO ONE can say “NO” to the sovereign will of God. This sounds good, sounds righteous, sounds like it acknowledges God’s absolute power and authority over His creation; but in reality IT DOES NOT!!!

For it declares GOD CANNOT GIVE MAN “FREE WILL”, GOD CANNOT GIVE US THE GRACE TO CHOOSE.

***GOD IS NOT A HUMAN LEADER. God does not worry about someone else taking His power or authority, nor does He worry about someone appearing to have power over Him; it simply cannot happen, EVER…

So by His sovereign will God has graciously allowed us and given us the ability to choose to do the ultimate good, to say “yes” or “no” to His CALL by His grace and mercy!!!!!!!

It is His choice not ours, that gives us His prevenient grace that allows us ”free will”, “free choice”…….

He gives us the ability to resist His call upon our lives…….

For the greatest “good”, to voluntarily LOVE Him!!!!!!!

Below is a detailed explanation of my answer:

 

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 (no mysterious, or humanly inconceivable hidden agenda beyond God’s Word), solely on faith on 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 v 16

“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” (Read my paper entitled:                 “Inherited Depravity”) 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 directinfluence upon the minds and hearts of all mankind by God’s grace…

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 requiste 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 rejectsaving 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.

 Prevenientgrace 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!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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September 1, 2019


How is the rapture going to be explained to those left behind? Surely they will notice millions of people instantly gone from the Earth? If they do see that these people are gone, how could they not believe? And if they do believe because of the events or other reasons, will they go to Heaven at the end of the 7 years (I was pretty sure the answer is yes to this last question, but while I`m at it...)?

2 Thessalonians 2 v 6-11

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9.  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

“And you know what withholdeth”, the Holy Spirit’s work within God’s Church stops the Anti-Christ from taking absolute power. Once the rapture occurs the Church is taken to heaven and then the Anti-Christ has complete reign to take world-wide power.

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE.”

As God’s Church and the Holy Spirit’s influence is taken away from those left on the earth, God allows Satan to delude the minds of mankind, so that the VAST MAJORITY LEFT WILL NEVER EVER COME TO JESUS CHRIST!!!

***Most will believe any lie Satan through the Anti-Christ will tell.

Only a remnant of Jews and a very, very, very few gentiles will be saved after the rapture. *******Not because God does not want them to be saved, but THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIES OF Satan by THEIR OWN CHOICE…….

The “truth” millions missing, the Bible record confirming the reason; YET THE PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND WILL BELIEVE ANY LIE TO DENY THE OBVIOUS TRUTH!!!!!!!

Now Satan has already started a foundation of lies to support alternatives to the rapture.

For many years it has be suggested by unknown sources that aliens will abduct people by the millions some day. Over the past 100 years we have heard stories of people being abducted by alleged aliens, some have returned to tell their stories; some have never been seen again.

Some have suggested in some-kind of evolutional event, millions will be taken or will simply vanish, leaving only those who can evolve properly to remain.

Some might suggest as happened in the past, people will disappear because of religious cult activity.

Technology is such, that perhaps some-kind of electromagnetic disaster might explain millions missing. A new weapon which dissolves people and leaves no remains. Liken to the legend of the Philadelphia Experiment where supposedly the US Navy using electromagnetic waves made numerous sailors disappear, some to even be fused into the ships themselves. Again something from the past that might be plausible for those left behind after the rapture.

The lies literally are endless, but the bottom line will be God will allow Satan and the godless of our society to finally have a go at ruling themselves completely.

The ultimate “TRUTH” will be revealed, Satan and mankind left alone WILL ONLY DESTROY THEMSELVES AND ALL OF CREATION, unless God intervenes………………………………………………

And God will intervene………………………………………………  

Revelation 19 v 11

“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.”

And Jesus Christ WILL RETURN as King of kings and Lord of Lords…….

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.”

At the end of seven years, ALL WILL COME TO FINAL FRUITATION, the LOST WILL BE ETERNALLY DAMNED, AND THOSE WHO LOVE JESUS CHRIST WILL LIVE IN ETERNAL JOY WITH GOD. ***Where God is that will be Heaven!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 25, 2019


Hi there, I`d like to ask a question about the meaning of Romans 14:22a. I have read that some Bible translations do not translate it very accurately when they say ... `keep such things (faith for disputable matters`) between yourself and God` - thereby implying that we are not to talk about our convictions on these matters to younger or weaker Christians in the faith, - to help them grow in their understanding and liberty in God. I`ve heard that a better translation is `have your own convictions before God (on these matters)`; in other words, you have them with a convinced conscience before God, but you can still talk about them with other believers to help them grow and understand, just not force your convictions on them, or cause them to stumble with your liberty. Which one is the `better` translation, and how do we know? Do you have any thoughts? Kind regards Tarryn

Romans 14 v 21-23

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” KJV

To understand any portion of scripture You must consider it in its proper context.

Let us began with perhaps a more precise translation of your text and its context.

“It is the fine thing neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything which makes the road more difficult for your brother to walk. As far as you yourselves are concerned you have enough faith to know that these things do not matter--well, then, let that be a matter between yourself and God. Happy is the man who never has cause to condemn himself for doing what he has come to the conclusion it was right to do. But he who has doubts about eating something stands condemned if he does eat it, because his decision to eat is not the result of faith.”

 

The immediate context is the question about eating certain meats and drinks and anything else that the Jewish rules and regulations might put upon a convert to be a Christian. The first Christians were Jews and many of the early converts felt all Christians including gentile converts must obey the Jewish ceremonial laws, including those specifically mentioned in our context.

In general what Paul is saying is this, as a mature Christian you may more clearly see what is right and appropriate to do; and as such your conscience is free to do some things that less mature Christians believe to be sin or at least inappropriate. In such cases Paul says; “Don’t make a big deal about it! Submit to the conscience of the other Christian, so that you do not cause your fellow Christian to have doubt.”

Example: I have a Pastor friend Reverend Henry Moore who smokes an occasional cigar. He has no doubt that it is okay to smoke cigars in proper moderation. But he does not smoke in front of others so he DOES NOT OFFEND THEIR CONVICTIONS…

Since smoking or not smoking IS NOT essential to salvation; it is not necessary to demand a young Christian to see the ‘right’ or the ‘wrong’ of smoking an occasional cigar. To debate the point or a similar point of view about some other non-essential belief may only hinder a new Christian’s belief system. Let them have their conviction about non-essential things, and teach them things that are ABSOLUTELY essential to the Christian faith, to the Christian life style.

Example: Some Christians like Rock and Roll, I do not; but liking it or not liking it IS NOT ESSENTAL TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. The words may be bad and that can be an important issue, but the Rock and Roll genre in and of itself IS NOT A SIN. So Paul says,

“DON’T MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT!”

Example: A man may come to the conclusion that his Christian freedom gives him a perfect right to make a reasonable use of alcohol; and, as far as he is concerned, it may be a perfectly safe pleasure, from which he runs no danger. But it may be that a younger man who admires him is watching him and taking him as an example. And it may also be that this younger man is one of these people to whom alcohol is a fatal thing. Is the older man to use his Christian freedom to go on setting an example which may well be the ruin of his young admirer? Or is he to limit himself, not for his own sake, but for the sake of the one who follows in his footsteps?

That is what Paul is saying, consider how your freedom in Christ may affect others, and then live to benefit them as best you can…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 18, 2019


It was stated that Mt. 22:30 (about there being no marriage in heaven) implies that the number of the redeemed is set. Is this true? What else does the Bible say, or imply about this being true? Is this similar to the debate about predestination? Thank you so much for considering my question, Abbyrae

Matthew 22 v 23-30

“The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24. Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26. Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27. And last of all the woman died also. 28. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29. 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.”

The best method for interpreting scripture is to let scripture interpret scripture. In this case the text you mentioned must be carefully considered in it’s proper context.

First, there is absolutely nothing in the context that would even suggest this statement of Jesus should be taken symbolically. Therefore our text must be taken literally not symbolically or mystically.

Second, Jesus statement is in response to the Sadducees. The Sadducees were not many in number; but they were the wealthy, the aristocratic, and the governing class. The chief priests, for instance, were Sadducees. In politics they were collaborationist; quite ready to cooperate with the Roman government, if cooperation was the price of the retention of their own privileges. In thought they were quite ready to open their minds to Greek ideas. In their Jewish belief they were traditionalists. They refused to accept the oral and scribal law, which to the Pharisees was of such paramount importance. They went even further; the only part of scripture which they regarded as binding was the Pentateuch, the Law par excellence, the first five books of the Old Testament. They did not accept the prophets or the poetical books as scripture at all. In particular they were at variance with the Pharisees in that they completely denied any life after death, a belief on which the Pharisees insisted.

**Thus the subject that initiated Jesus response was the Sadducees’ denial of life after death, not for a set number, but for anyone.

The Sadducees produced a question which, they believed, reduced the doctrine of the resurrection of the body to an absurdity. There was a Jewish custom called Levirate Marriage. How far it was ever carried out in practice is very doubtful. If a man died childless, his brother was under obligation to marry the widow, and to beget children for his brother; such children were legally regarded as the brother's children. If the man refused to marry the widow, they must both go to the elders. The woman must loosen the man's shoe, spit in his face, and curse him; and the man was thereafter under a stigma of refusal.

Deuteronomy 25 v 5-10

“If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her. 6. And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel. 7. And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of My husband's brother. 8. Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; 9. Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house. 10. And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hath his shoe loosed.”

The Sadducees cited a case of Levirate Marriage in which seven brothers, each dying childless, one after another married the same woman; and then asked, "When the resurrection takes place, whose wife will this much-married woman be?" Here indeed was a catch question.

Jesus began by laying down one principle, the whole question starts from a basic error, the error of thinking of heaven in terms of earth, and of thinking of eternity in terms of time. Jesus' answer was that anyone who reads scripture must see that the question is irrelevant, for heaven is not going to be simply a continuation or an extension of this world. There will be new and greater relationships which will far transcend the physical relationships of time.

Then Jesus went on to demolish the whole Sadducee position. They had always held that there was no text in the Pentateuch which could be used to prove the resurrection of the dead.

Matthew 22 v 31-32

“But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32. I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Now, what was one of the commonest titles of God in the Pentateuch? "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob." God cannot be the God of dead men and of moldering corpses. The living God must be the God of living people. The Sadducee case was crushed. Jesus had done what the wisest Rabbis had never been able to do. Out of Scripture itself Jesus had confuted the Sadducees, and had shown them that there is a life after death which must not be thought of in earthly terms.

Jesus point was twofold, one INDEED THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH and two OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN HEAVEN WILL BE DEEPER AND FAR MORE INTIMATE THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED ON THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY!!!!!!!

***Simply, Jesus said: “THERE IS NO MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN.”

Jesus was not in anyway attempting to suggest or qualify how many people would be in heaven!!! He had already settled that question before.

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.”

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.”

Jesus came to save ALL who would receive Him as LORD, GOD, and eternal SAVIOR; the limit of those who will be in heaven is simply a limit WE PLACE UPON OURSELVES, whether we choose to accept Jesus or not!!!!!!! ***Only that determines how many people WILL BE SAVED!!!!!!!

However, God knowing all, past, present. and the future; GOD DOES KNOW BY NAME ALL WHO WILL BE SAVED.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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August 11, 2019


Question: How is Job a tragedy?

Tragedy:

1. a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. 

2. any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion. 

3. the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life. 

4. a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.

Job by the very definition of the word “tragedy” is indeed a horrible tragedy but with a most merciful, gracious and encouraging final outcome!

Job 1 v 13-19

“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 14. And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15. And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 17. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19. And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

Job is certainly a dramatic composition based upon a real story, and a real person Job, with a real family he initially loses. It is obviously a very serious and sober theme. Losing ALL your material possessions, then ALL your beLOVED children, then YOUR very own health goes bad. Your wife tells you to give up your faith, and curse God. You are faithful and stoic, refusing to deny God, yet YOUR so-called best friends BLAME YOU FOR ALL YOUR MISFORTUNE. You know its not your fault, but everyone is telling you it is. You start analyzing your heinous circumstances, you begin doubting yourself, you start thinking “maybe it is my fault?” But your head tells you it is not your fault, but your emotions, your terrible situation and everything and everyone else is telling you: IT IS YOUR FAULT!! Then you start doubting God, and are almost to the point of blaming Him and near the brink perhaps of EVEN LOSING YOUR FAITH …

THAT IS A GREAT TRAGEDY!!!!!!!

But in the end God declares His LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY to and for Job.

Job is vindicated before his friends, ALL that he has lost is restored to him, and above ALL, Job finds a far greater, more mature, and more intense LOVE and understanding of God his Creator!!!

Job 42 v 5-6

“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42 v 12-17

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13. He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17. So Job died, being old and full of days.”

The lesson of Job is:

No matter how bad your life may get, if YOU stay true to your faith in God, in Jesus Christ, God will make ALL THINGS RIGHT IN THE END!!!!!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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August 4, 2019


Some Christian denominations practice what is called infant "dedication" or "christening." What is the difference between these two practices and are they Biblical?

Proverbs 22 v 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Each denomination has it’s own emphasis and understanding of “infant baptism”, “child dedication”, “christening, etc.

Some denominations believe that infant baptism saves the child, the Roman Catholic Church is the primary source for this belief. ****Infant and or adult baptism however SAVES ABSOLUTELY NO ONE!!!

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ASV)
8  for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9  not of works, that no man should glory.

Titus 3:5-6 (ASV)
5  not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6  which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Only a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST SAVES ANYONE!!!!!!!  And this is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Accepting Jesus Christ as YOUR Lord, God, and Savior: SAVES YOU…

But there is certainly a biblical concept of “child dedication”, “christening”, and “infant baptism”!

In their proper biblical concept and context, these rituals are a symbol. One, the parents, the blood family, and the Church family pledge together to raise the baby, the child in the understanding and truth of God. To dedicate their lives in training the child in the truth and wisdom of the one true God.

As Abraham did,

Genesis 18 v 19

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

As the people and nation of Israel, as the children and people of God are commanded to:

Deuteronomy 4 v 9

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;”

Deuteronomy 6 v 3-9

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 4. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: 5. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

As Christians and as especially Christian parents it is OUR glorious and gracious obligation of LOVE to raise OUR children from the moment they are born of the saving knowledge and beautiful truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Whether it be by sprinkling, emersion, or no water or ceremony at all, WE ARE TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION THE TRUTHS, LAWS, and the LOVE of GOD ALMIGHTY…….

***If we do not, who will???????

These ceremonies or rituals are a physical symbol of OUR obligation of LOVE to share the HUMILITY, TRUTH, and LOVE of JESUS CHRIST…….

Our being dedicated to do so!!!!!!!

Secondly, they are a symbol of the child being dedicated to God. Not that these ceremonies save them, but that We are in agreement as the followers of God, that the child, the baby is from God and is meant to live and be for the service of OUR LOVING God…

Psalms 78 v 3-6

“We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6. That the  generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:”

This obligation of LOVE to dedicate OUR lives and OUR children’s lives to the understanding and knowledge of God is clearly taught in the New Testament as well,

Ephesians 6 v 4

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 That, these verses and many more are what “christening”, “child dedication”, or “infant baptism” SHOULD BE A SYMBOL OF…….

These ceremonies, rituals are a physical symbol of adults dedicating OUR lives in teaching God to OUR little ones ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR AND OUR LIVES!!!!!!!

These ceremonies, rituals are symbols of OUR desires that these very precious little ones will one day be saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

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.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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July 28, 2019


in Colossians 1:16 (NIV and NLT), him (referring to God) is lowercased. why is this so? isn`t God always `Him` and not `him`. Why the difference sometimes?

Colossians 1 v 16

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  NIV

Colossians 1 v 16

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” KJV

It is the same in most translations “”him”” which is simply a pronoun is not usually capitalized in English unless at the beginning of a sentence. ***Out of respect I usually capitalize “He” or “Him” or “His”, etc, in reference to God, but it is not the general rule of the English language. 

Some translations may do it, but I really think, even in those that do, IT IS NOT DONE IN EVERY SITUATION EVEN IN THOSE TRANSLATIONS.

It is simply an inconsistency of our writing styles…

Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc
 


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July 21, 2019


why did Jesus say `why call me good, no one is good but only God`... what does this means. is this a claim that He is not God? please answer PLease t.y

Matthew 19 v 17A

“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…”

No, your statement is exactly the opposite of what Jesus is claiming. He is ABSOLUELY declaring Himself TO BE GOD!!!!!!!

Jesus asks, “why do YOU call me good?”

Answer: “We call YOU good because of all the wonderful works YOU do. The sick are healed, the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, those that are demon possessed are freed from their oppressed possession. Even the dead are raised from their graves, and all of nature obeys YOUR words!  Above all YOUR gospel HAS THE POWER TO SAVE, YOU speak with great authority and power! No one speaks as YOU do! *******We call YOU good, because YOU ARE GOD!!!”*******

Jesus’ question is asking His listeners to contemplate, why do you call me good? Jesus wants them to sincerely and soberly think about it, “Why am I good?”

Then, He states a fact, “NO ONE IS GOOD BUT GOD!!!!!!!”

*But wait a second, if ONLY GOD IS GOOD, and Jesus is clearly and ABSOLUTELY GOOD; WHO MUST JESUS CHRIST BE???

Answer:

***”Jesus Christ is: God”***

There is NO OTHER CONCLUSION!!!!!!!

John 20 v 28

“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Jesus question-statement was meant for us to realize THAT HE HIMSELF IS THE ONE TRUE GOD!!!!!!!

John 10 v 30

“I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 8 v 6

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

Deuteronomy 6 v 4

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord:”

Jesus is saying, “I AM GOD!!!!!!!”

To be His follower, THAT IS WHAT WE MUST BELIEVE!!!!!!!

And it is He, WHO WE ARE TO SERVE!!!!!!!

And His creation is what We must seek to redeem, by sharing the Humility, the TRUTH, and the LOVE of Jesus Christ by everything we think, say and do…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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July 14, 2019


I understand that God is SOVEREIGN and can do just about ANYTHING as desired. However I am confused by what 'God is always JUST means. Does it imply COMPLIANCE with 'Justice', and if so is 'justice' defined. If (as I assume) it is GOD's definition, then surely saying 'God is just' tells a person NOTHING MORE than the fact that God is sovereign. (Note: The reason for this question, is that the statement 'God is always just' is used as a FOUNDATION for 'attempting to explain' difficult situations).

You bring up an interesting question.

Psalms 89 v 14

“Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”

You are correct to assume “true” justice is defined by God Himself. ***But that is really true of EVERYTHING, God is the author of all CORRECT definitions. He defines sin, evil, good, bad, etc……..

But saying God is “just” is not simply saying, HE IS SOVEREIGN. We define justice as:

Justice is the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause. 

2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice. 

3. the moral principle determining just conduct. 

4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment. 

5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward. 

6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice. 

7. judgment of persons or causes by judicial process: to administer justice in a community. 

8. a judicial officer; a judge or magistrate. 

Since that is our basic human understanding of JUSTICE, the word JUSTICE creates an image in our mind, which is based on our understanding of the word.

So to say God is “just” is to create in us as mere human beings a concept or a perception of His personal character. It provides an impression that we can relate to of who God is.

Now take our human imperfect concept of “JUSTICE”, consider it in the heart of a perfect, holy, merciful, ABSOLUTELY LOVING God, and THAT IS GOD!!!

God is perfectly just

God is perfectly righteous

God is perfectly moral

God is perfectly LOVING

God is PERFECT!!!!!!!

By knowing these things we can trust that in His SOVERIGN will, God’s character is a perfect reflection of EVERYTHING THAT IS “GOOD”!!!

His JUSTICE though it is His definition is the perfect reality of our understanding of justice…

God knows and vividly understands how we define JUSTICE, as such, the Bible refers to Him as “just” so that we can understand His character and attributes in light of our definitions…

The bottom line is:

Romans 3 v 23

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

All humans have sinned; we are all LOST without a LOVE relationship with Jesus Christ.

Romans 6 v 23A

“For the wages of sin is death;…”

All humans DESERVE WHAT EVER EVIL HAPPENS TO US!!!

***WE DESRVE DEATH!!!!!!!

However JUSTICE is tempered with God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY; THEREFORE:

Romans 6 v 23B

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

We DESERVE whatever difficult situations happen to us, it is ONLY BY HIS GRACE (gift), LOVE, and MERCY that we do not have more difficult problems…

God’s JUSTICE says:

Jeremiah 14 v 16C

“…I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.”

God’s LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY says:

Matthew 5 v 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.”

Romans 8 v 28

“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.”

John 3 v 16-17

“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. 17.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

And in the end of our mortal existence, for those who LOVE God:

Revelation 21 v 4

“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.”

 

*******WE CANNOT SEPARATE GOD’S LOVE FROM HIS JUSTICE, PERHAPS THAT, IS THE TRUE MEANING of GOD BEING “JUST”…….

For now Paul says of many of our questions:

1 Corinthians 13 v 12

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

One day we will understand…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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July 7, 2019


My dear brother in Christ, I am interested to find the right explanation on the following versus: Matt. 19:28-29, Mk. 10:29-30 and Lk.18:29-30. I know that we, Christians, are not on the same prosperity promises like the people in the Old Testament. To be able to follow Jesus we have to give up all our possessions, like is written in Luke 14:33. I understand that to `give all` and follow the Lord is a matter of heart attitude, willingness, and readiness to let go of anything the Lord asks. I understand also from Mat.19:28-30 that the receiving of all the blessings and also inheriting eternal live described in verse 28 will occur `in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne`, accordingly to verse 29. But in Mark and in Luke is written that we receive now, in this time: houses and farms, ... Even logically, my understanding is coming like this: if we cannot follow Jesus with what we have but we have to sell it all and give .... , How can we be able to follow Him having 100 times more homes and farms? Now, my question is very simple and sound like this: How I will be able to understand the parallel texts of Mark 10 and Luke 18 where is written that we are going to receive the blessings, `now, in the present age, ... `, when Jesus said we have to give up all? I think it is easier to understand that we receive more brothers and sisters in the family of God, but I do not think that is right to spiritualize the texts by saying that we are going to receive spiritual blessings now, when the texts are mentioning real houses and farms, or to receive them in a sense that our brothers in Christ will welcome us in there homes. Please give me some advice!Thanks a lot, John Banu

Matthew 19 v 28-29

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 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.”

Mark 10 v 29-30

“And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

These sections of scripture are not declaring every Christian must give up all their possessions. Jesus is simply saying, “IF in following me you for whatever reason somehow do not obtain some or even all the blessings I offer in this world, DON”T WORRY, YOU WILL BE BLESSED FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!”

The point is not you must give up your possessions, but if in serving Him you do, THEN GOD WILL BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY SOME DAY, SOME HOW!!!

God of course MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST IN YOUR LIFE, but if He does bless you with material things, THAT’S GREAT, AS LONG AS HE IS FIRST IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE…

Luke 14 v 33

“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

Once again this DOES NOT MEAN YOU MUST GIVE UP ALL THAT YOU HAVE! It means GOD MUST BE ABSOLUTELY FIRST AND ABSOLUETELY FOREMOST IN YOUR HEART AND LIFE!!!!!!!

God MUST BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE, YOU MUST LOVE HIM THE MOST


You MUST BE WILLING TO HAVE NOTHING, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO GIVE UP ALL YOUR POSSESSIONS, FRIENDSHIPS, FAMILY,ETC; but only if God specifically tells “YOU” to, and for His specific purposes for “YOUR” or “MY” or “SOMEONE ELSE’S life, and only then MUST WE BE OBEDIENT AS HE TELLS US INDIVIDUALLY TO GIVE UP AS HE ASKS US…

 In short, the Lord gives: WE NEED TO BE THANKFUL; the Lord takes away, WE NEED TO BE THANKFUL!!!

Whether we are rich or poor, have much or little, we must give God all the praise, honor, and glory. ***God must be our first LOVE!!!!!!!

When will we receive these great blessings from God, for all eternity…….

Our breath, our life, our salvation, all that we experience and have here and now IS A BLESSING, the little possessions we have, or the great possessions we have; but now they are marred by the sin in this world; but in eternity when Jesus returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, THEN OUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE, PERFECT AND WITHOUT ANY FLAW OR LACK!!!!!!!

God blesses each individual as He sees fit, and with what He blesses us with is also His decision alone!!!

In all things we must give thanks!!!!!!!

Philippians 4 v 12

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

1 Thessalonians 5 v 18

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Serve God, seek Him, and He will bless you more than you can ever imagine!!!!!!!

Matthew 6 v 33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

According to His will and purpose…

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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June 30, 2019


Did Jesus always know he was going to die on the cross for our sins, or did God reveal this to him at a point in his life?

The question you asked is a question Theologians have discussed for centuries.

***Jesus was fully God, and was fully man in His incarnation. Both God and man…

As God He is omniscient (all knowing), yet it is clear He voluntarily limited some of His memory as a man.

Mark 13 v 32

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

So at the time of His incarnation He limited His knowledge of when His Second Coming would be. That would suggest He may have limited other memories or knowledge He would have as God while He was in His incarnation.

Further Jesus was amazed or marveled at certain events several times, again suggesting He had limited some of His divine attributes.

Mark 6 v 6

“And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.”

Mark 14 v 33

“And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;”

Luke 7 v 9

“When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”

As God He certainly knew He would die for us, but in His incarnation He may have not known all the details of His earthly life until God the Father and God the Holy Spirit revealed it to Him…

*******Jesus always had full access to His divine nature, but He used it as He saw fit!!!

The answer, as God absolutely He knew, He planned it from the foundation of the world!!!!!!!

Revelation 13 v 8

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

As man, the Bible simply does not choose to tell us; and that I deduce is sufficient…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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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.

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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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…….

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc



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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!!!

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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