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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…


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.”


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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris smith, sbc


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


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!!!


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


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.”


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…


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.”


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

God knows the difference!!!

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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.”


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…….


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:”


1 Thessalonians 4 v 3

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


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.”


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


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!!!


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


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 


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


February 17, 2019

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

Matthew 24 v 13

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

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

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

Philippians 1 v 6

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

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

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

Romans 11 v 29

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

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

Ephesians 2 v 8

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

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

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

Ephesians 1 v 13-14

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

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

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

So then what does the text you mention mean?


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

Matthew 7 v 21-23

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


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


1 John 5 v 13

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

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

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

Ephesians 2 v 9

“Not of works, lest any man should boast”


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


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


February 10, 2019

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

Mark 12 v 1

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

Mark 12 v 9

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


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

Isaiah 5 v 1-7

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

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

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

The “others”…

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

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

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

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

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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


February 3, 2019

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

Romans 5 v 13

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

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

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

Romans 2 v 12-13

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

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

Romans 3 v 23

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

For Paul makes clear,

Romans 6 v 23A

“For the wages of sin is death…”


Romans 6 v 23B

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

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

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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


January 27, 2019

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

Isaiah 34 v 16

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

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

Matthew Henry the great Theologian explains it this way:

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

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

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

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

Acts 17 v 11

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


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


January 20, 2019

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

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

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

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

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


Titus 3 v 5

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

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


Now to Zacchaeus your example.

Luke 19 v 8-9

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 2 v 10

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Matthew 7 v 22-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perhaps they are not saved???

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


January 13, 2019

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

Acts 18 v 21

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

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

Acts 23 v 6

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

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

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

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

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

Acts 15 v 1

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

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

Acts 15 v 7-11

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

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


Peter continues:

Acts 15 19-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans 14 v 5-6

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

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

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


As Solomon put it:

Ecclesiastes 12 v 13

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

Again Jesus summed up the commandments as two:

Mark 12 v 30-31

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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


January 6, 2019

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

Matthew 2 v 13

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

Luke 2 v 4-5

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

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

Matthew 2 v 22-23

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

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc

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