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Abiding Abortion [01] Abortion [02] 4/7/02 Age of Accountability

Questions
What does it mean to "abide" in Christ? I’d like your comment on pregnant women who go to practitioners, that perform abortions, for their prenatal care and deliveries, please.

What is the Christian view of abortion and birth control?
What is the Scriptural basis for the "Age of Accountability" in regards to children's salvation? My question is from Exodus 3:2, "And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed." My question is, Why do some people say that the "angel of the Lord" is Jesus Christ?

Angels [01]

Angels [02]

Now, my question is about Genesis 6:4-- I’m wondering, how you would fit the demons, cohabiting with women on earth, and could not that verse also mean that the sons of God would be godly men and the daughters of men would be ungodly women?

Angels [03]

The question’s out of I Corinthians, chapter 11, verse 10. Now, I’m not so sure how critical this is to anybody’s salvation or their sanctification, but let me read a few verses before to set the scene. I’ll start at verse 8, “For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have authority on her head because of the angels.” Now, here’s the question, “because of the angels”-what does that mean? “Because of the angels…”

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Angels [04]

In Hebrews 1:14, it says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Does this mean that the elect who have not yet come to know the Lord are being ministered by angels? And, if so, how do they minister to them? Since the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them, is this ministry to prepare their hearts and minds for the day they surrender to the Lord?

Animals

I have a young daughter (4 years old), we are Jewish, and we sent her to school in the Synagogue, and she asked us at the evening meal, "Daddy, why do we eat the animals?"

Apologetics

I recently have been studying apologetics and studied the "presuppositionalist" side and "evidentialist" side, and then I came across a book by Mark Hannah called Crucial Questions to Apologetics and he took a position called "verticalism," which made a lot of sense to me. But, I just wondered, what would your response be to a book like that, and also, how you came to your own personal convictions on an apologetics position?

Apostate

What is an apostate?

Apostles

What confuses me is that I have always understood that the Apostles were the twelve and Paul, and perhaps James. So what I find hard to reconcile here is that it says He appeared to all of the apostles, at least to the twelve, and then it mentions James and Paul specifically. But it also mentions that after He had appeared to all of those, except Paul, then to all of the apostles. Why would he mention extra apostles again there?

Appearance

Is appearance really everything?

Arminianism

Can you talk a little bit about Arminian theology? Is it biblical? And, if a church embraces that theology, are they saved? [Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian?]

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Atonement [01]

My question is threefold, 1. How can the Bible be read to teach "Limited Atonement?" 2. How can the Bible be read to teach "Unlimited Atonement?" 3. What do you believe that it teaches and why?

Atonement [02]

Could you please explain Biblically for whom Christ died? And also, whether all of them that He died for will be saved?

Atonement [03] Atonement [04]

Do you hold to "Limited Atonement"--that Jesus Christ did not suffer, substitutionarily, on the cross, for the sins of the whole world?

Could you please clarify the extent of the atonement, limited versus unlimited? How much liberty does a pastor, an elder have in advising us when or where we should go to get training?

Authority

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After your second sermon on the salvation of babies, I was walking out to the parking lot and I overheard two college girls walking out to their car, and one college girl was telling the other one that because babies couldn’t comprehend sin and the law and election and stuff like that, that no grace was needed to take them to heaven. I was wondering how you would respond to that? Who or what is Babylon the Great, as listed in the seventeenth chapter of Revelation?

Babies

Babylon

Baptism [01]

I got a question from Acts 2:38, Peter says, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." It seems like Peter is indicating that you have got to be baptized to be saved, yet the Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. So I am wondering, what did Peter mean by "being baptized" and why did he say it?

Baptism [02]

If you have been baptized in another church, whether by immersion or sprinkling, is that acceptable for membership at Grace Church?

Baptism [03]

Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

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Baptism [04]

I was listening to a tape by Al Martin where he was pointing out that Jesus basically gave one duty for us to do: to proclaim our faith in a public manner and that was baptism, not altar calls and raising your hand and all of that stuff...it really has nothing to do...that’s already been covered. God has made provision for us to do that. So, I just would like you to comment on how you feel the truth of this issue should effect evangelism, including DE [Discipleship Evangelism] and all of those other things.

Baptism for the Dead

Now, my Mormon relative quoted to me, some time back, 1 Corinthians 15:29, and I have looked at that and tried to study it and figure out what they are saying, because she said, "It says, right in the Bible, that you baptize for the dead." But yet Scofield says down below in the footnote, that they are not talking about that.

Bible [01]

"If the Bible is the Word of God, then why does Paul say, 'This I say; not the Lord?'"
Occasionally, you will mention in one of your sermons, and especially when I listened to a few tapes, that you would leave a word or a particular verse out. An example, would be in the 23rd chapter of Matthew, I think the 14th verse or somewhere around there, you said, "was not in the better manuscripts." What are the better manuscripts and how do we determine which manuscripts are better than others?

Bible [02]

Bible [03]

I am becoming extremely confused and frustrated. This is when you, as well as a few other ministers, state that certain Scriptures (usually from KJV) are not accurate according to the best manuscripts, and that the KJV is not really the most accurate translation. Yet, I have heard and read from equally godly sources that the KJV is the most accurate, and they give source material for this conclusion that sounds most convincing. If KJV is not the most accurate translation, then which translation is and why do you regard it so?

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Bible [04]

Can you give me a reference of some people that have, or maybe yourself, that have written some books about science in the Bible.

Bible [05]

Which Bible translation is best?

Bible [06]

How do I explain Deuteronomy 4:2, which says, “You shall not add to the Word, which I command to you, nor take from it,” since a lot of books were written after Deuteronomy?

Bible [07]

I have a question about the church of the east and the Aramaic translation of the Bible. I’ve been reading that they claim that those are the literal words of Christ, rather than the Greek or an English translation of the Bible. I was wondering if you could comment of that.

Bible Study

What about those Bible Study courses advertised in the newspapers and magazines by the Christadelphians?

"How are we as Christians to view the new wave of science creating life,
Birth Control [01] as they want to call it, in the laboratory. The 'test-tube babies,' the 'spermbanks?'"

Birth Control [02]

What does the Bible teach about birth control?

Birth Control [03] 4/7/02

What is the Christian view of abortion and birth control? "I have a question on Isaiah 7:14-16. In the context when you read it, it sounds as though the child had to be born during the time of the prophet, whereas Matthew refers it to the birth of Jesus?"

Birth of Jesus

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Blessings [01]

"Why are there some of us blessed, and little children are dying in Africa and starving to death?"
In your message “Can God Bless America and Preserve His Reputation”…you’ve also mentioned in the past that you believe that America is under the judgment of God, is that right?

Blessings [02]

Blessings [03]

My question is relating to your sermon on “Can God Bless America?” I understand the doctrine of special and general grace and my question to you, pastor, is--a curse, by the way, has a ring of finality-if this nation has be accursed by God, has He lifted his hand of general grace from us?

Blood of Christ [01]

"What your belief is on the Blood of Christ?"
Could you clarify this issue with the "blood"?

Blood of Christ [02]

Business

"Is it wrong and how would you tell a fellow Christian that it is, to get involved with some of these multilevel marketing things, such as Amway, where you set your sights on certain material things, and then come back and say it is all going to be for the glory of God, because when I get all of this money I will help support retired pastors or I'll do this or I'll do that?"

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Calvinism

Questions
Can you talk a little bit about Arminian theology? Is it biblical? And, if a church embraces that theology, are they saved? [Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian--as opposed to Calvinism?]

Card Playing Carnal Christians [01] Carnal Christians [02]

What is the right Christian stand on playing cards? "Is there such a thing as a Carnal Christian?"
"How does, or how will God deal with the backslidden carnal Christian?"

Obviously, we all believe that Jesus must be "Lord" for us to be saved--to have salvation. How does that fit in, because we hear so often about Carnal Carnal Christians [03] Christians, what is a Carnal Christian? If Jesus is Lord, then how can we be living a fleshly life? Could you draw a distinction between the Biblical teaching on a carnal Carnal Christians [04] Christian or a fleshly Christian? How do you describe to a young 4 or 5 year-old how they can make Christ Child Evangelism [01] Lord of their life? How do respond to people who say as a very young child they were saved, and yet the church there does not even mention, other than...they don’t Child Evangelism [02] mention Lordship other than to say “Savior and Lord”? How can you respond to the person who’s grown up in that sort of an atmosphere? Children 5/18/02

How can you know if a small child has been born again? What evidence?

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Charismatics [01]

"Do you consider John Wimber to be a Charismatic brother who has a different perspective on the Scriptures than us, or do you consider him a false teacher?"
I read an article in a "big city" newspaper, on the Pentecostal movement and I am still puzzled. These people, true believers, and if they are true believers, what are they doing in this movement: "Heal me right away or maybe I'll walk away from Jesus Christ." Can you shed some light on that? I am trying to understand how to articulate or teach to someone in the Charismatic Movement about the following: When they are taught a story in the Old Testament, like Israel being in bondage, they'll build a construct out of that and then say, "We were born into this bondage principle," And then they will build a theology out of that, and I don't know how to articulate: "No, what you just did was wrong. You misapplied Scripture. You built a construct out of thin air."

Charismatics [02]

Charismatics [03]

"Do you believe that Christ, as He exist now, is a material being?
Christ [01]

If so, do

you believe that before He was incarnate He also existed as a material being?" Concerning your message on the fear of the wrath to come, you referred back to Matthew 24, verse 36, “But of that day and hour, no one knows. Not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” It says “nor the Son”… If the Son and God are in and of themselves the same being and they have perfect communion, why does the Son not know the day of the Lord? We have been witnessing, my husband and I, to a neighbor who is Jewish and who comes from Israel. We’ve been getting together with him and last time he brought up his Hebrew Old Testament and my husband was reading with him through prophecies and he would read it in English and the guy would read it in Hebrew. And they came to the 110th Psalm, first verse: “The Lord said unto my Lord,” and so on. He says that word “my” is not there in the Hebrew at all and the word “Lord” is not “Adonai” or “Yahweh” or anything like that, but it’s “Adoni,” which is just like saying “sir” or it’s an address that you can say to anybody.

Christ [02]

Christ [03]

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Christians

I would like you to explain the last chapter in 1 Corinthians. I know that it is disciplinary to the people of Corinthians, but why would Paul, in verse 22, say, "If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be accursed?" I get the point or the idea, but he is talking to Christians. The Professor of the Christian Education Department, at Biola University, made this statement. “If the Church was doing its job, we wouldn’t be here,” referring to attending Biola University. [What I am saying is], if the church was doing its job I wouldn’t have to be going to Biola University. Please give some of the basics for Christian living. For instance, the scriptural viewpoint on dancing, drinking, smoking, and miniskirts, etc.? How do we explain the anomaly, that the church is growing and alive in Communist countries, and that the evangelical church is almost completely dead where democracy has ruled?

Christian Colleges

Christian Living 5/18/02

Church [01]

Church [02]

You are quoted as saying, “Find a church where the Word of God is not taught or a church that doesn’t have a biblical leadership structure and instruct them in the truth.” Now, I can see your viewpoint as a pastor, but what about lay people? Were you making that statement to pastors and those in leadership or to lay people?
I am frustrated by the weaknesses in my church, but what can I do if there isn't a strong church in my area?

Church [03]

Church [04]

Why should I attend church?

Church [05]

When should a person leave a church?

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Church [06]

In many cases people are a little bit confused and it comes under this area, "...of admonishing, forsaking not the assembling of yourselves together." What is a proper definition of "local assembly" or "local church"? Some people feel it's five miles, ten miles and they have very definite feelings about that.

Church [07]

Why or is it necessary to join a local church?

Church [08]

About a year ago, a friend of mine came to me and let me read one of his books called The Fourth Dimension—it was written by Dr. Paul (David) Yonggi Cho, the pastor of the world’s largest church. I was very distressed as I read the book. My question to you is, have you read the book? And what do you know about the man? What is the significance of the covenant of circumcision in the Old Testament as opposed to ear piercing? I have a debate going with another believer that people who die--believers who die and go to heaven--that they’re watching over us. Now, is that something to do with the great cloud of witnesses? Could you talk about children and communion, and should they wait until they’re baptized to take communion? What would you say to encourage those who would want to take communion but for medical reasons could not? You made reference this morning to a person perhaps not taking the Lord’s Table if they haven’t been baptized. We have the admonition that we should examine ourselves, and then afterwards, there’s a warning about we’re not judging the Lord’s body correctly. And you made reference tonight to Hebrews 10. Sometimes I’ve heard a person say that they didn’t take communion because they’ve realized there’s something wrong and they wanted to fix it or they wanted to do something about it; and others say that the reason we examine ourselves is to be, you know, as honest as we can about our sin, but as long as we confessed it, then we really--we’re all lenient, you know. We can’t make moral rectitude of ourselves before we take communion. So, how would you apply this?

Circumcision Cloud of Witnesses

Communion [01]

Communion [02]

Communion [03]

Confrontation Contentment

How can we know when it is best to forgive or confront? What is the secret of contentment?

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"I have been following the Bible Science Panel and they spoke of the age of
Creation [01] the earth in different years. By analyzing the 'so and so begot so and so' and all of that, how old does the Bible say that the earth is?"

Creation [02]

As you know scientists measure the distance of stars and planets in light years. If the universe was created six to seven thousand years ago, how can there be stars whose light we are now seeing, which has taken 5 billion years to get here, if they didn’t even exist 6000 years ago? What does it mean when, God said, "Let there be light?" How did God get into the universe to create all of us?
A ray of light travels at 186,000 miles per second, and light from the edge of the milky way, would then take 100,000 years to reach here. If that is so, then our world would need be quite quite old, because we see those that are so far out there, and we couldn't see them unless those 100,000 years were fulfilled, in order to be in our sight--yes or no? I was recently startled by a couple of friends, who I thought were believers, when they started talking about the people who existed on the earth before Adam and Eve. I’d never been confronted with that before. Could you give us scriptures that confirm--well, straighten that out. A few weeks back, you were teaching and you mentioned that the crown of the believers was not a physical, material crown, but that of the joy that we have in leading someone to Christ. I just was wondering how that fit in with this verse in Revelation 3:11. Speaking of the Church of Philadelphia, it says, “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown.”

Creation [03] Creation [04]

Creation [05]

Creation [06]

Crowns

Crucifixion

I’d like you to comment on a teaching that Jesus descended after His crucifixion into Hell, that He had to suffer down there.

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Cults [01]

"Is the Self-Realization Fellowship a cult?"
I have a brother-in-law who is involved with a church somewhat on the cultic side I believe. He has given me a couple of verses that their group believes that the Tribulation occurred in 70 A.D. and that "this generation" in Matthew 24:34, "geneautos" (Greek) as he puts it, means "this generation" and that the word "millennium" does not necessarily mean 1,000 years. Can you give me something to say to him that would turn him back around?

Cults [02]

Cults [03]

About a year ago a friend of mine came to me and let me read one of his books called, The Fourth Dimension. It was written by Dr. Paul Cho, the pastor of the world’s largest church. I was very distressed as I read the book. My question to you is, “Have you read the book?” and “What do you know about the man?”
In Genesis 1:28 it says that God gives Adam the command that says, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." In Genesis 9 he tells Noah to "multiply and fill the earth," there is no indication of subduing it. Why is that not mentioned, and is that part of the whole kingdom?

Curse

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I was wondering if you could help me with two verses I have been having a problem with exegesis on, it would be Acts 9:7 and Acts 22:9, it's Saul when he’s on the road to Damascus, where it says, “and they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid, but they heard not the voice of Him that spoke to me.” What is the right Christian stand on dancing?
What about dating? Is it normal or abnormal?

Damascus Road

Dancing 4/21/02 Dating Day of the Lord [01]

"I want to ask you a question about the term the "Day of the Lord?" "I have always been along the lines of a 'Pre-Trib' Rapture, and I got into

Day of the Lord [02]

chapter 2 there, and some things seem to contradict themselves. If you could just comment on what the 'Apostasy' is, and what 'The Day of the Lord' is?"

Deacons

"What does it mean when it says 'deacons must be the husband of one wife?'" Both Moses and Enoch--one went with a body and one without a body, they both went to heaven or went to be with God. What’s the difference?
In the Bible, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and then in Hebrews 9:27 I saw that it says, “And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”….how can we explain that because Lazarus was dead, but then had been raised from the dead, so that would mean that he would have to die a second time?

Death [01]

Death [02]

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Death of Christ

My question is concerning the death of Christ. I know that the word-faith people are teaching a very erroneous teaching on the death of Christ and His going to hell and being born again, and so forth. But, it seems like some sound teachers are denying the spiritual death of Christ, to kind of dispute what the word-faith people are saying. I’d like you, if you would, to answer the question: Did Christ die spiritually on the cross? And, what are some of the scriptural texts in regard to that?

Deity of Christ

We witness, my husband and I, to a neighbor, who is Jewish and he comes from Israel. We have been getting together with him and the last time, he brought out his Hebrew Old Testament and my husband was reading with him through prophecies, and he would read it in English and the guy would read it in Hebrew, and they came to the 110th Psalm, the first verse, “The Lord said unto my lord… and so on…and he says that word my is not there in the Hebrew at all. And the word Lord is not adonay or yahweh or anything like that but it’s adoni, which is just like saying sir or it’s an address that you can say to anybody. "To what extent do you believe that cases of epilepsy and lunacy, today, are
due to demon possession, and would it be possible to cure these illnesses by casting out these demons through exorcism?"

Demons [01]

Demons [02]

A friend was saying that he feels that he needs to deliver people from demons. I told him that I didn’t really agree with him because I feel that, it’s a case of sin and the flesh and everything and I didn’t agree that demons could be inside of a Christian, living inside of a Christian, if the Holy Spirit was there. I don’t know, but is this something that you’ve come across?
In 1 Samuel 28, King Saul went to the "Witch of Endor," and the witch conjured up Samuel from the dead, supposedly, and the question is, "Was this really Samuel?"

Demons [03]

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"To whom the Lord loves he scourges and chastises. The Bible says.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . the third. and I was wondering if you could talk about.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:53 AM] . Who is the "them" and when did this happen? Did Jesus violate the dietary laws in the Old Testament when it says in Mark 7:19. go to your brother in private and try to win him over. the history of your Dispensationalism [02] studying the Bible and being confronted with covenant theology. Dispensationalism [01] on the subject? I was wondering if you could articulate for me your own personal theology? I know that you came from a dispensational background. if he won't listen to you take two or three witnesses so that every word my be established." I always thought that He did. and if he won't listen to the church.. the second.he's not seeking help nor wants any. How do we treat Gentiles or tax-gatherers? Does God "punish" the redeemed people? This is a question I just found out yesterday.com/macqaindex/d. . "That He does not punish redeemed people."I thought we were born utterly depraved.. There are three steps that are outlined in those passages [four steps actually--the final one being putting them out].. the last clause." Is that a violation of the dietary laws? What is biblical discernment and why is it important? I have a question on Matthew 18:15-17 that has to do with confronting another brother.biblebb. from Scripture. . because my Bible Study leader said. The first. and trying to help him out of his problems." I have a question and that is in rebuking a brother and going to him in love if he is in sin or having problems. . what is the responsibility of myself for someone else at that point? Dietary Laws Discernment Discipline [01] Discipline [02] Discipline [03] What is Dispensationalism? And what is your position. and when that happened? http://www. and he is stubborn or just doesn't. then you are to treat him as a Gentile or a tax-gatherer. "God gave them over to depraved minds.. it says.it amazed me. and how you’ve sort of come to the conclusions you’ve come to.Subject Area "D" Depravity In Romans 1:28. "Thus he declared all foods clean. if he won't listen to you in a group go to the church and tell them. kind of like.

com/macqaindex/d. chapter two. it talks about the people of Judah who have divorced the wife of their youth and have married the daughters of a foreign god.htm (4 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:53 AM] . if they were to do something like this--is this saying that they were never really saved to begin with? What's your view of divorce and remarriage? Is it true that Christians and non-Christians have the same rate of divorce? Divorce [01] Divorce [02] Divorce [03] Divorce [04] 4/21/02 Doctrine Dominion Theology Drinking What is the Bible’s standard of divorce? How can we determine what doctrines are essential and what are they? What is Dominion Theology? Should Christians Drink Wine Coolers? Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . as far as a person who claims to be a bornagain Christian.biblebb.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www.Subject Area "D" Dispensationalism [03] Could you define biblical Dispensationalism and contrast that with (if there’s any contrast to be made)…with popular dispensationalism? In Malachi. verse eleven. And it goes on into verse fifteen where it says that the people who have done this--not one of them have had any remnant of the Holy Spirit. how does this carry over into the New Testament. What I was wondering.

and I remember back when we used to call the Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead "Resurrection Sunday. believe you can lose your salvation. the antichrist is supposed to arise out of that. Is there any hints to where he’s going to come from? And also.biblebb.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:45:54 AM] . Paul writes in verse two that “Christ is of no benefit to you that were Eternal Security [02] severed from Christ. or doing anything legalistic. is the second Roman Empire.” verse 4. which I was teaching a couple of weeks ago. and even Eternal Security [01] Evangelicals.” I got into quite a discussion with a fellow in the class about whether this meant you could lose your salvation. And. almost every biblical scholar at this point and time believes that the economic community. which talk about the consequences of accepting circumcision or coming under the Jewish law. Now. we came to Galatians 5:2 and 5:4.Subject Area "E" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "E" Subject Easter Questions I have been here in this church [Grace Community Church] for quite some time.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . It’s concerning Revelation. could you please comment on that? In chapter five. will the rapture happen before these events take place or will we see the antichrist come to power? Elders Election [01] Election [02] End Time Events There seems to be a big problem in the church today. I just wanted to ask how you would have dealt with that situation? What would you suggest to me? http://www. which is beginning next week. which was the position he took. Charismatics. “you are fallen from grace. Most Christians.com/macqaindex/e. one of the arguments they use is Revelation 3:5." and I would like to know why we went back to using the name of a pagan goddess? Can women serve as elders in the church? What does the Bible teach about election? Why didn't God choose everybody to be saved? I just have a brief three-part question. concerning the doctrine of eternal security. The first part is.

htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:45:54 AM] . can forfeit the kingdom and wind up in this place of outer darkness. I’m wondering Eternal Security [06] how that relates to “once being saved." and if that is true. we don't lose it.' The question is about the 'evil spirit. where it says that many will fall away in the last days.biblebb. that being a Christian is not just saving by grace. to obey. But I've Eternal Security [05] been asked on Matthew 24. you have to constantly work hard to be a Christian. where it talks about the Lord spewing you out of his mouth if your works are neither hot nor cold. “the sons of the kingdom should be cast into outer darkness." You have always taught here that the purpose of the Church was to "equip the saints. you can never lose your salvation. Do you believe in this? Or do you believe that all Christians will get into the kingdom.com/macqaindex/e. because they don’t live a holy.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . when I used to go to a different church." yet recently you stated that the main purpose of the Church was to "reach the lost. no matter how they live? Eternal Security [04] Is it possible for redeemed people to lose their salvation? I understand about salvation." http://www. should we greet them and have them come into our homes? I know we are not supposed to be cordial to them. after listening to Eternal Security [07] all your preaching. verse 10. always being saved”? I was taught before. that once you become a born again--once you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.' since there is no evil coming from God. where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth. then why don't we have more emphasis on evangelism here at Grace Community Church? Evangelism [02] Evil Spirits "In 1 Samuel 18:10 it says. it only comes from Satan.Subject Area "E" I have a question from Matthew 8:12. Christian life.” I came from an organization where they teach that there are bornEternal Security [03] again Christians who. So that means a Christian could still go to hell? Evangelism [01] "When Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses come knocking at our door. It says. 'Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul. godly. Is that referring to Christians? My question [is] on Revelation 3:16. that we do have salvation. But it seems like.

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and I wondering how we should be applying fasting in today's day and age. do I exercise faith as a result of the fact that I am regenerate or does God regenerate me as a result of the fact that I exercise faith? I wanted to know what you thought [about] Harry Potter.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:45:55 AM] . it talks about giving alms.com/macqaindex/f.biblebb. I have a question from Colossians." It looks as though that fasting should be just as regular as praying and giving alms.” I understand “firstborn of the dead.Subject Area "F" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "F" Subject Faith [01] Faith [02] Faith [03] Faith [04] Questions Does James 2 contradict Romans 4? How can we know if our faith is real? What is the nature of true saving faith? What kind of things do and do not prove the genuineness of saving faith? Myself and some of my friends have been discussing for the last couple of weeks. They refer to Christ being the “firstborn of all creation” in verse 15. and further on it talks about when you are praying. and then in verse 18.” but what is “firstborn of all creation?” How can we know when it is best to forgive or confront? Faith [05] Fantasy Fasting Firstborn Forgiveness [01] http://www. chapter 1. they refer to Him as being “firstborn of the dead. "when you fast.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . and then it says. In Matthew six.

Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. rebuke him. Could you clarify this? Freedom 5/8/02 What is Christian freedom? Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .com/macqaindex/f.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:45:55 AM] . If your brother sins. yet there are many. He clearly teaches in accordance with Luke 17:3. forgive him. their point of view being that forgiveness is there.” He teaches that you have to have a heart always for Forgiveness [02] forgiveness. it is consummated just in my mind and it doesn’t need to be that the sinner come and ask for forgiveness.biblebb.Subject Area "F" Jay Adam's new book on forgiveness that came out in 1989 is in the Book Shack [Grace Community Church's book store] . “Be on your guard. and if he repents. many fine Christian theologians that take a different point of view.

why are there so many interpretations of Genesis 6? The question I have is [concerning] Matthew 5:42.Subject Area "G" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "G" Subject Genealogy Questions In the genealogies of Matthew and Luke.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . an evil spirit to Saul. if the Nephilim giants didn’t survive the flood. Can you comment on all that? Giants Giving [01] Giving [02] God Gospel [01] My question is on Romans 6:3-4…could you explain how that fits into the whole picture of the Gospel? I am quite familiar with the deity of Christ and the Trinity and the bodily resurrection and 1 Corinthians 15. In Luke chapter 1. you who have no money.” Does that mean we give to everybody that asks of us? In Isaiah 55:1. “It repenteth God that He made man”.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:45:57 AM] . buy and eat.” But I have no money. and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. “Come. where God says.com/macqaindex/g. God sent. “It repenteth Him that He made Saul king”. how can we be assured that Luke is tracing the genealogy of Jesus through Mary’s decent? And also can you recommend a book that deals in depth with the genealogies of Matthew and Luke and attempts to harmonize them? I want to ask you. how come when Caleb and Joshua and the spies went to Canaan. on several occasions. how can I buy? There are several places in Scripture where it says. “Give to him who asks of you. they found the Nephilim giants there? And also. on the surface there appears to be some difficulties. in Genesis 6. but what is it when you accept Christ into your heart and how is that transferred and could you kind of go over the Gospel and explain it? http://www.biblebb. and if I could squeeze in another one that’s related to Saul.

. how does the "Salt Shaker" stand in relation to the example set by the Early Church. what is the bottom line as far as the pronouncements of Scripture against these men? Gospel [03] "What is our responsibility to the government. . really doesn't understand the gospel. in that day. . Now. "On the Christian's Responsibility to Government." Later you stated.com/macqaindex/g. with regard to ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together Unity Movement). about the tenth observation made by the historians. who in the past we have consider great theologians. "that anyone who says. but not equal to faith. to let our legislators know how we Government [01] feel?" Sunday night. ". in respect to these men.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers ." My question to you. and could you also explain the dangers in the misleading use of the "sinner's prayer" and receiving Christ. perhaps as a demonstration of faith. which basically segregated themselves from government? Guilt 5/18/02 Is there any such thing as a healthy sense of guilt? Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . was that the Early Church was indifferent to the world's temporal materialism and political Government [02] systems. of those men that were arguing from ECT's side (reuniting Evangelicals and Catholics). that. my questions is. that they can get to heaven any other way than through Jesus Christ." you used the example of the Early Church as a standard for the Christian community these days. and perhaps touching on Revelation 3:20 as well? You have made a statement on one of your tapes. but what they are really not willing to commit to is the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:45:57 AM] .biblebb.Subject Area "G" Gospel [02] Could you talk about the proper place for the "sinner's prayer" (inviting Jesus into you life to be your Savior). these men understand the gospel. Well.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www.

when God says He "hates Jacob?" Does He actually hate the person or does He hate what the person does? The questions of whether Jesus can still or does still heal? And. does the Lord heal believers who pray for healing? Hatred Healing Heart What does it mean to love the Lord with all my heart? Can the people in Heaven see what we are doing? Do they know what we think? Once our disembodied spirits go into heaven. Why doesn't that pertain to today?" Halloween "How should Christians celebrate holidays such as Halloween?" What does hate mean.com/macqaindex/h. such as the Great Tribulation and salvation of other souls? Once up there.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .biblebb.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:58 AM] .Subject Area "H" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "H" Subject Habits Questions How can I overcome a bad habit? "In First Corinthians. would we be able to see events taking place on the earth. would our prayers have any more effect for the salvation of souls. once we have been freed from sin? Heaven [01] Heaven [02] http://www. where they talk about women are supposed to have Hair something on their head when they are praying and whatever.

is heaven an intermediate state or is heaven an eternal state? When we a leave. when we have a greater capacity to be faithful in heaven. I was wondering if it’s going to be that [way]. when we depart from this earth. and he goes out and gets lots more talents and comes back and the master loves him to death. like.biblebb. I was wondering.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:58 AM] . So. The question is. You said something about." Are Christians really supposed to be holy? Heaven [07] Holiness [01] http://www. a “limbos. with the talents? My question is from Luke 16 where you have Lazarus and the poor man and they’re shown in a place together. we’re going to have more of a capacity to be faithful in heaven. "If we’re faithful in what we do on earth. My question is. but are we in heaven? Those that are in heaven. it’s going to be the same way." Well. do they know what’s taking place here on earth? Heaven [04] Heaven [05] Can Christians become too heavenly minded? Heaven [06] In one of your heaven sermons. you were talking about how we’re going to “serve” up in heaven. I know we are not given a new body right away. was Lazarus or Old Testament believers in general in the fullest sense in heaven? Or did they have to wait until Christ died to gather them up? I say this because I heard something in your tape that you don’t believe in a sort of a holding tank. where you have these three guys and the master gives them talents and stuff…and one of them is the most faithful or something. the story about the talents.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .com/macqaindex/h.Subject Area "H" Heaven [03] I have a question for you regarding a book I just read by Earl Davies: Heaven is a Far Better Place. one in Abraham’s bosom and one in torment.

to requite [repay] their parents. Holy Spirit [02] What was the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' life and ministry? I have some questions with regard to some scriptural references to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the eternal state." from Judges 14:6. chapter two.com/macqaindex/h.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:58 AM] .” Now it seems to me that God would want the people to be holy. that they may not transmit holiness to the people with their garments. "He breathed on them. There is one verse here that seems kind of contradictory to what God’s intending." My point is this.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers ." the question is [about] the Holy Spirit indwelling Holy Spirit [01] people before Acts. And what is His function? What is His ministry. In verse 44:19. I mean.biblebb.' and. "The Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily. only eleven of them received Him. and said. I just want to know some Holy Spirit [03] references that I could look up. “And when they go out into the outer court to the people.” What is piety? The question is. 'Receive ye the Holy Spirit. let them learn first to show piety at home. they shall put off their garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. God is speaking to Ezekiel and I am curious as to why He would say this. Then they shall put on the other garments. Also. it says.Subject Area "H" Holiness [02] My question comes from Ezekiel Chapter 44. if you will? Holy Spirit [04] How can a true work of the Holy Spirit be distinguished from that which is false? http://www. It’s talking here about widows who would be serving in the church: “If any widow have children or nephews. I have another question referring to the same thing. I Timothy 5:4. "the Holy Spirit coming upon Samson. that’s part of His desire. and yet here He says he doesn’t want holiness transmitted. what does piety mean in this verse? Holiness [03] 5/18/02 I have a question about the "works of the Spirit. in the gospel of John. for that’s good and acceptable before God. chapter 20:22.

select individuals.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. But. before the day of Pentecost.biblebb.com/macqaindex/h. Holy Spirit [05] God gave his spirit only to certain.htm (4 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:45:58 AM] . So. and if they weren’t regenerated. I was wondering about the rest of the Old Testament saints. if they were regenerated or how. were they living in the flesh.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .Subject Area "H" It’s my understanding that those who live by the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. but those who’ve been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and marked by the Holy Spirit are God’s own. without the Holy Spirit. how were they saved? "How can a physical sin be worse than the sin of Romans 1:21 of not honoring Homosexuality God? Isn't not honoring God a worse sin than homosexuality?" Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . and if they were living in the flesh.

Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. but can you help us understand what some [idols] could be in our lives now? Images "The Bible is clear on the fact. and how he fits into God's Biblical Clock? Islam 12/22/01 Israel Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . Now if He is Omniscient why would He need Faith? Incarnation Integrity "What is a Biblical definition of the word integrity?" Will you clarify why you say Allah is another name for Satan without any explanation or disclaimer that all translations of the Arabic Bible use “Allah” as the name for God? I would like to know your personal viewpoint about the state of Israel.Subject Area "I" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "I" Subject Idols Questions I understand that idols don't have to be graven images. Why do we use pictures of Jesus to teach our children?" I have read that Jesus has faith. you know. that we should not use images of the Lord. that we're to bow down to.htm [5/21/2002 8:46:00 AM] . with regard to Benjamin Netanyahu.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .com/macqaindex/i.biblebb.

so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the earth.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:46:01 AM] . such a Purim.com/macqaindex/j.Subject Area "J" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "J" Subject Jesus Questions Did Jesus.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .' Can you elaborate on this?" "Although a Christian's sins have been forgiven.biblebb. Hanukkah. would be appropriate for a Jewish believer [in Christ] to still celebrate. disrespectfully disobey His parents. that no longer was Jesus technically under parental authority. will Christians still have to give an account for their bad deeds at Judgment?" "What is God's purpose for judgment and wrath?" "Who is judged at the Great White Throne?" Jonah Judgment [01] Judgment [02] Judgment [03] http://www." Which Jewish holidays. Passover. and which if any. at age 12. "At this particular time. would no longer be appropriate? Jewish Holidays 6/4/01 John MacArthur "Who is John MacArthur?" "In our Bible study at work we were studying the Book of Jonah and one of the fellows in the study mentioned that somewhere he heard that one of the Bible teachers had said that he believes that Jonah actually died in the whale. by not informing and not returning with them when it was time to leave? Some Bible commentators have said that. and then when he was spit out God made him alive again. 'As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish. There was a reference to where the Lord says.

com/macqaindex/j. And in v.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:46:01 AM] . but will there be any judgment on Christians for their sins?" Judgment [05] My question comes from I Corinthians 3. where Paul’s talking about the Bema Judgment of Christ.biblebb. giving.Subject Area "J" Judgment [04] "How will God judge 'Non-Christians' who have been very selfless. 15.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . yet so as through fire. he tells about a Christian Judgment Seat of Christ “whose work is burned up and he suffers loss.” Will you tell me a little bit about this Christian and how 3/4/01 he fits into the lordship-salvation scheme? Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . and loving to others all their lives?" "I know that the works or service of Christians will be tested. but he is saved.

John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .biblebb.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. I sit and I pray and I have answered prayers. I want to know Him so bad. but yet do I Knowing Christ really know Him? It's like.com/macqaindex/k. You know? Do you understand me?" Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .Subject Area "K" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "K" Subject "How Questions do you personally know Jesus Christ? I mean it is such a struggle.htm [5/21/2002 8:46:02 AM] .

How much of it can they really comprehend in terms of the Lordship issue? And then along with that.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:46:04 AM] . are we doing that at the current rate of one or two "meetings" a week? Love [01] http://www.com/macqaindex/l. could you give some guidelines on when you should really work to preserve the unity in a church as a member." and John 13:14 about washing our feet and God washing our feet for "an example that you should do that.Subject Area "L" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "L" Subject Leadership Questions It seems that every time I enter a discussion about the qualifications of a pastor." And John 13:34.biblebb. and when the problems get too great you ought to leave it. and I was having a real tough time following that. "Be devoted to one another. it says.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . "This command I give you to love one another. I guess. Part of it was talking about how. Could you explain the connection between those two? Lottery "What should the Christian attitude be towards the Lottery?" Regarding Romans 12:10. Secondly. the conversation eventually ends up in: what are the biblical guidelines for a church? Should it be elder-run or should it be pastorrun? And. Does the Bible offer any guidelines as to who has the final say? Realizing that every church has its problems and realizing the importance of unity in a church. the non-Lordship position was Lordship Salvation [02] derived from Dispensationalism. I don’t know how to answer that question. how you can leave a church if it gets to that situation and it has got to be done? Leaving a Church I’m a little confused as far as the implications of that Lordship to the nonChristian at the point of salvation." First of all. Lordship Salvation [01] are you saying through your series on the Lordship that the call to salvation is synonymous with the call to discipleship? Several of us are taking a campus class--it’s in the college department and it’s dealing with part of your manuscript on Lordship Salvation. what is God trying to tell us? And.

but God said that it is a sin to lie.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. and it's talking about Rahab. in relation with the Bible. why is the Lutheran Church today so liberal and caught up in man's tradition? My daughter asked me a question and it is out of Joshua 2:3-7.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:46:04 AM] .biblebb. Rahab lied to the king and she hid God's people.com/macqaindex/l. and officials asked you if you were hiding Jews. why does He send people to hell? Lutheran Church I was brought up Lutheran and it appears that there are inconsistencies in Luther's Small Catechism. Her main question is: that God forbids us to lie. "Mom. and she said. what would you do if you happened to be hiding Jews in your house. primarily Baptism and Communion. more specifically. Rahab was commended for her faith. If Luther was truly a man of God and the Lutheran Church is really following him. How do you reconcile the fact that she lied and God honored her lie?" At what point does deception become sin? For example. 18-21. but apparently she lied when she was hiding spies. how would you respond to that? Lying [01] Lying [02] Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . And.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .Subject Area "L" Love [02] 5/18/02 If God is such a loving God.

and how are we to discern that? Magic Marriage [01] "What does Paul mean when he says.biblebb. like different races getting married.htm (1 of 5) [5/21/2002 8:46:06 AM] .com/macqaindex/m." "In the case of a Christian friend who is about to marry a nonbeliever.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . Biblically? What is the ultimate purpose of the premarital counseling at Grace Community Church? Is the class meant to be purely instructional or to be a test for the man's or the woman's godliness? Is it Biblical for the man to use the class as a test to see if they should be engaged? Marriage [02] Marriage [03] Marriage [04] Marriage [05] What does the Bible teach about interracial marriages? http://www. would you suggest attendance at the wedding ceremony as their friend?" What is your opinion on mixed marriages. or whether there is some real stuff.Subject Area "M" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "M" Subject Questions How do you discern between regular magician who does acts of delusion and "Christian Magicians?" So I was wondering how we as Christians are supposed to discern that--whether it is all delusion. "Those who have wives should be as though they had none.

htm (2 of 5) [5/21/2002 8:46:06 AM] .biblebb.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . Is it because they were in the Old Testament and weren’t in the New Testament yet? Did God allow it? Was it sin? Marriage [09] What were your thoughts and feelings when you were walking Marcy [John's Daughter] down the aisle as she was getting married? Marriage [10] 4/7/02 Marriage [11] 4/7/02 Marriage [12] 4/7/02 Marriage [13] 4/21/02 If someone marries secretly. You know “for better and for worse. what is God’s view of their sex relationship? What does a Christian wife do if her husband fails to be the authority for her to submit to? Can Christians live together in one house in a communal situation? Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament? http://www.” Marriage [08] I was reading in Genesis and it’s kind of confusing to me that different people had more than one wife. in sickness and health.com/macqaindex/m. where did this come from? What the ministers use.Subject Area "M" Marriage [06] What does it mean to dwell with your wife with understanding? Marriage [07] Where did we get our marriage vows from? I mean you know this saying of the marriage vows when people get married.

will God ever restore this person to the Ministry?" http://www." who would come in and throw the Romans out and kill the Gentiles. for the Ministry. How do we answer that?" Messiah [02] I have two questions. "Were the Jews guilty of killing a God or killing a man? Millennial Kingdom [01] This is in Zechariah. and later. “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up. In verse 19.” If this is the millennial kingdom. Starting in chapter 14.) in his book brings this out. But the priesthood. “This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the feast of tabernacles. to worship the King. because it has to do with feast of tabernacles.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . the Jewish priesthood. both related. what is the purpose of the [millennial] sacrificial system in Ezekiel? Ministry [01] "If a man is chosen. has to step down because of some sort of moral indiscretion. Millennial Kingdom [02] In light of Hebrews 9. they weren't looking for a God! So my question to you is. by God. year after year. specifically says He has done "no violence" yet he went into the Temple and scourged the money changers or drove them out?' Obviously. in other words. verse 16. the Lord Almighty. and if it does.Subject Area "M" "A lot of Jewish apologists object to the fact that Isaiah 53:9 says that Messiah [01] 'The suffering servant has done no violence. he says. there was violence.htm (3 of 5) [5/21/2002 8:46:06 AM] . 'How can Jesus Christ be the Messiah because verse 9. but I’ll just skip over.' and Siegel (sp. During the time of the crucifixion the Jews were looking for some kind of a "knight on a charging horse.biblebb. and to celebrate the feast of tabernacles…” There are other verses here.com/macqaindex/m. why would they be celebrating this feast? “What time is this?” is what I’m basically asking. I have a question. I want to know if this pertains to the millennial kingdom. as opposed to the Jewish people were teaching the Jewish people this kind of thing.

including your relationship with your wife and family? Morality Has common-sense morality died? http://www. And let’s say you’re church C. Where can I find forgiveness for this?" This is going to be a hypothetical question. And. on teaching.Subject Area "M" Ministry [02] "One morning our minister told us that he had been having an affair with one of the women in the church. And.com/macqaindex/m. a shepherd.biblebb. still maintain the same level of a working relationship with church B? Ministry [03] Ministry [04] In Romans 12:7 it says. My question is. Let’s say you had church A.” My question would just be. church C. That is to say. Could you. let’s say that pastor goes over to church B and they take him in and put him in a position of leadership. let’s say that the pastor of church A falls. because he no longer fits the elder qualifications-let’s say it’s immorality. but your concern is in the depth of your ministry and your personal growth with God. What do you do to focus on the depth of your ministry and how do you balance this with the other many responsibilities that you have. And. I understand that and I just kind of wanted you to kind of expound a little bit more. let’s say that you’ve previously had a working relationship with church B. you’ve engaged in mutual ministry.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .htm (4 of 5) [5/21/2002 8:46:06 AM] . church B. “Or ministry. let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth. what type of serving or to what capacity of serving should someone do if they have the gift of ministry? What is the gift of ministry? Ministry [05] You said in the past that you don’t really concern yourself with the breadth of how God blesses the ministry through you and through this church. and church C.

” How do you answer someone that says to you. and last Sunday you gave a lot of examples about cigarettes and all kinds of things. God sometimes kills. “Thou shalt not kill. God says. I don't know if I understand it totally. God also says. is there any biblical proof? Music [02] Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . it says that nothing is unclean. I somewhat understand your perspective on rock music and different styles of rock music. and if so. Murder Music [01] "In Romans 14:14.Subject Area "M" Moral Majority Can you make some comment about Jerry Falwell and the “Moral Majority”? Since God does not contradict Himself and God does not lie.' that would consist in music too. whether it would be a "rock" type beat or whatever. but as far as I understand that verse saying is when 'nothing is unclean.biblebb.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. Am I correct?" I have a question about the Christian rock movement.com/macqaindex/m. “Thou shalt not lie. A certain beat. God cannot lie.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . that in itself couldn't be wrong.” And yet. Is Christian rock music non--biblical.htm (5 of 5) [5/21/2002 8:46:06 AM] .

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" So. the question is.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .htm [5/21/2002 8:46:08 AM] . it says. brotherly kindness.biblebb. godliness. "Your testimonies are full of wonder: therefore my soul observes them. perseverance. and love are increasing. self-control.Subjects: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Go back to Bible Bulletin Board's Home Page http://www. you will not be Obedience unfruitful. "Is the increasing spiritual awareness and meditation of the treasures of God's Word the requirement for a truly obedient walk?" Continue to John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . "If moral excellence.Subject Area "O" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "O" Subject Questions In Psalm 119. knowledge." And in 2 Peter it says.com/macqaindex/o.

they were reporting about the Pope being in Mexico. These people. Where does he tie in with Revelation 17? There’s the beast. true believers. and my dad doesn’t want me to come to church or anything." Can you shed some light on that? Pentecostalism Persecution I am a Hebrew Christian. and I promised him that I wouldn’t go while I’m living at our house. what are they doing in this movement: "Heal me right away or maybe I'll walk away from Jesus Christ. and the false prophet. but for political.biblebb.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . would he tie in with one of those? How can a Christian be popular with the world? Polygamy Pope Popularity 5/18/02 http://www. “Did you attend the services?” I know that a man is supposed to have only one wife.com/macqaindex/p.htm (1 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:46:10 AM] .Subject Area "P" John MacArthur's Questions and Answers Subjects "P" Subject Parents Questions What is your obligation to your parents if they’re not Christians. The problem is that I think that I have broken a promise. then what is the reasoning by Solomon having 600--but God still blessed the men that had more than one wife--like Abraham? Yesterday. there’s the antichrist. not for religious purposes. and if they are true believers. right? And isn’t that something wrong? I mean when I go home tonight he’s going to ask me. they’re in their 80s and they drink alcohol and expect you to serve it in the home and have no respect for your Christian faith? I read an article in a "big city" newspaper. on the Pentecostal movement and I am still puzzled.

.like you're praying earnestly for something over and over and over again. if it's Your will. Would you explain what you mean by "asking in the will of God?" You [have] said that prayer moves God to act." do you kind of tack that one on like.' the 'Saved' people can communicate with God.htm (2 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:46:10 AM] .' that is.how do you know you're not going to get something like a Saul in your life? When we pray does Satan hear our prayers? Or can he listen to us? Would you comment on fleeces? Prayer [02] Prayer [03] Prayer [04] Prayer [05] Prayer [06] Prayer [07] Prayer [08] Prayer [09] Prayer [10] Prayer [11] Prayer [12] http://www.. like some people. you know.. for the purpose of solving their problems?" I know you have to pray in His will. Would you comment? When you pray. Would you explain how I can move God to act? Two things that I would like you to explain. that I hear people use in prayer very often: "Pleading the Blood of Christ" and "Praying to bind Satan"--they're common practices.com/macqaindex/p. "in Jesus' name?" Or. but Your will be done. “Not my will.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .Subject Area "P" Prayer [01] "Isn't it true that only the 'Regenerated. every time they pray.biblebb. only the 'Born Again. how do you know. "Lord. but they're going to pray it anyways. they go." and kind of got the idea that they really don't think it is..” but how do you blend. as the Lord did. that sometimes when maybe you think it’s a burden He’s putting on you to pray and yet you don’t see it come and you are still asking in His will? What is your opinion of the new best-selling book The Prayer of Jabez? Should Christians be learning how to pray Jabez's prayer? Does God answer the prayers of unbelievers? Is there a correct posture for prayer? What does it mean to pray without ceasing? On asking "in the will of God.

com/macqaindex/p. you made the comment that it was wrong for us to ask for more love or more peace because we already have this.like when we say prayers before meals. I don't know. But I don't understand if a family is praying for a safe trip and on their way back half are killed and it's stated." I don't understand what the point of prayer would have been or even constant prayer because it was going to be God's will for the family to split in the first place.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers .? In praying for a brother that is in some sin and this brother continues to be in sin. I was under the impression that he can only be in one place at a certain time. But then there's the other side and don't you think that often when people pray for more love or more peace or any of these things that are ours positionally. When you were talking about prayer. And it's like. I just wanted to ask what suggestions you would have for teaching children to pray? I was raised up a Catholic and my husband. if you're not praying in God's will. should it come to a point where we should discontinue our prayers or what should be. I have a question concerning the gospel where it's talking about hypocrisy of praying aloud versus praying in the closet and praying the Lord's prayer. he still says the Catholic prayer. Could he make something happen that where you'd think you were being answered? I never knew that Satan would be able to hear your prayers if you said them audibly. Does God answer unsaved people's prayers? On the same line as fleeces. And I assume that you were referring to us positionally--we have it all. along that line? Prayer [14] Prayer [15] Prayer [16] Prayer [17] Prayer [18] Prayer [19] Prayer [20] Prayer [21] http://www..biblebb..they're just words to the children and doesn't really mean a thing. can Satan answer your prayer? I mean.htm (3 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:46:10 AM] . "it's God's will. that they're actually asking that it would be more of a part of their experience without denying the fact that it is their position? And in that it wouldn't be irrelevant to pray that way..Subject Area "P" Prayer [13] I understand why God might not answer a prayer for a [new sports car].. but then he's the one that leads the prayers so should I just... like if you're outside of His will.

have you changed in any of your stances or interpretations--anything biblical. verses 14 and 15: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him.Subject Area "P" Prayer [22] My question. And if we know that He hears us.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . chapter five. we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. since many times God’s enemies are in fact or become our enemies? How do we answer someone who quotes passages such as these and claims that the Bible is guilty of the same hatefulness that is found in the Koran? Could you please define what a genuine expositor of the Word is? Thirty years ago you started teaching [here]. I’m just curious. or maybe the way you might have said something? Let’s face it. maybe a better word is “convicted” some people. whatever we ask.htm (4 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:46:10 AM] .biblebb.” How should we theologically classify passages like Psalm 139:19-22 in light of the New Testament teaching to love our enemies and those who persecute us. I’m just curious. has to do with repetitive prayer for salvation for loved ones. Could you comment? Do you find it easier now to develop a sermon from a passage? How do you differentiate between persuasion and manipulation? Prayer [23] Preaching [01] Preaching [02] Preaching [03] Preaching [04] Preaching [05] Preaching [06] Preaching [07] Preaching [08] Preaching [09] Preaching [10] http://www. It’s in I John.com/macqaindex/p. He heareth us. are there any changes in your stances or interpretations? To what extent do you use notes? Do you write a manuscript? What use do you make of quotes and illustrations? How long does it take you to prepare a sermon? How do you guard your preparation time? How long should a sermon be? I've heard it said that 50 percent of a sermon should be application. you probably have offended some people. that if we ask anything according to his will. But. and you know. if I may read two verses.

" why do you preach predominately from the New Testament? Why are you compelled to preach verse by verse through books of the Bible.htm (5 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:46:10 AM] .com/macqaindex/p. I thought. "Does God not choose them?" I just wanted to ask what your view was on "Double Predestination" and Predestination [03] why? Protection "How far are we supposed to go. to protect ourselves.biblebb.John MacArthur's Questions and Answers . what are your reading preferences? What is the ultimate key to effective preaching? If we are to proclaim the "whole counsel of God.' My question is. "Is that like Predestination?" I wasn't raised this way and I was just kind of curious about Predestination." Why was nothing ever said or done to Aaron for making the golden calf in Exodus 32? There was never any mention that he protested against it. I was just curious about my Predestination [02] family members that aren't saved. and our homes from intruders and such?" Christians are marching. Spurgeon? Preaching [12] Preaching [13] Preaching [14] Preaching [15] "I have been studying John.) leading. H. I have heard back and forth that God had a plan. and our family. unlike other notable preachers such as C. why was he not punished? "How do you feel about a march? Protests Punishment http://www. an Anti-Abortion march. I saw Frank Schaeffer (sp. as Christians. chapter 17. I believe. and one thing that came out was that our Predestination [01] names are already written in the 'Book of Life.Subject Area "P" Preaching [11] What abiding lessons would you teach men who are committed to expository preaching that will sustain them for a lifetime of ministry? Since notable expositors are avid readers.

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All of us started with Adam and we are all descendants of Adam, and yet there are many different races around the world. My question has to do with the origin of different races and also language. I think language was at the Tower of Babel, that God dispersed into different languages. Did everybody speak the same language up to that time? And is that true with races also? If Adam and Eve were the first two people, how did we get so many races? Knowing that all children belong to God--during the Rapture, what's going to happen to all the children? I’ve always found the teaching of Harold Camping to be confusing. And, I was wondering, where does he go wrong, and especially with the Rapture? I understand all of the Old Testament feasts have had a New Testament fulfillment, except for the Feast of Trumpets. Aside from the caution against date setting, could that be the Rapture? Is there any difference between the Reformers and the Puritans views on Regeneration? We hear in our church, and I hear it from you, where we tie Christianity as a religion. And as far as I am concerned Christianity was created by Christ, where religion is created by Satan. And I hear ministers tie them both together and we get the idea that Christianity is a religion, where Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And I look at Christianity as a way of life--Not a religion.

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Remarriage

I was browsing in the bookstore and found a book called Jesus and Divorce by Gordon Wenham and William Heth. It’s very new and they make what appears to me to be--I can’t say I really like this--but it seems that they’re really canvassed all the material on the previous books that have been written and have done some hard exegetical work, and their conclusion is that remarriage is just plain not permitted in any case. And, I’m wondering if anybody here is sort of looking over that material, and if any conclusions are being drawn? What happens to a person when he or she believes on Jesus but doesn't repent and doesn't ever turn from sin? What is repentance and how does it relate to salvation? In Daniel 12:2 and in Revelation 20:4-5 we have descriptions of how many who are asleep will hear the voice of our Lord and be raised from the grave to an immortal body. How do these statements harmonize with the statement of our Lord on the cross in Luke 23:43 when He says, "Truly, I will say to you, 'Today you shall be with Me in paradise.'" And also, with the parable in Luke 16, where the rich man and the poor man both died and one found himself in the bosom of Abraham, and the other one was buried and found himself in Hades in torment. Through the latter two statements one would be led to believe that you are risen immediately, whereas, in Daniel 12:2 and Revelation 20 we see "asleep" and then being risen for the first resurrection when our Lord calls? What about all the revivals that we are reading about in the newspapers? The Bible teaches that as a Christian, when we die we receive different degrees of rewards in heaven. And, I’d like to know if you could expound on those different degrees, but also, if there are different degrees of suffering in Hell? Between Ephesians 2:8-9, and between those verses and verse10, something happens after salvation, and it’s denoted by the word “created.” “God creates us unto good works.” And in Ephesians 4:24 we are told to “put on the new man created in holiness and righteousness.” So, God creates righteousness in man, so couldn’t we say, that at times, when we’re walking in the Spirit, and not fulfilling the lust of the flesh, the Christian becomes innately righteous, not just inputted righteousness?

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I’d like to know how to respond to a Catholic who, when asked why they’re going to heaven, whether it’s their relationship or because of religion or good works, they say because of their relationship with Jesus Roman Catholicism [01] Christ, yet they choose to participate in the sacraments. I’d like to know how to respond to that--if they’re in sin and what should I say? Roman Catholicism [02] Will people who accept Christ but remain Catholic be saved? 5/18/02

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Are the Sabbath laws binding on Christians today? In the Bible, John 3:3-5, it says here, "You must be born again to see the kingdom of God." Then in verse 5, after Nicodemus questioned some, it says "Jesus answered, 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." I always understood that to mean that "except in water," being accepting the Word of Jesus, and "of the Spirit, being born of the Spirit," being baptized by the Holy Spirit. I am just curious, like the church teaches ceremonial sacraments, the seven sacraments, plus the Catholic Church, I think, does nine. How do you relate that to the Holy Sacraments? "As

Sacraments

Sadness

Christians we are supposed to have a smile on our face, yet I am sad and I am always thinking about what I can do to possibly help the unbeliever, is this normal?"

Saints

"What did Paul mean in Romans 1:7, concerning 'To all that be in Rome . . . called saints? What is a saint?" "I want to ask why lots of people accept the Lord only when something drastic happens in their lives?" "In Acts 16:31--I come from a Pentecostal background, and they use this Scripture to claim their family's salvation. I have read the Scripture myself and I don't believe it--I believe that a man has to give an account to God for his own salvation. It says here, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

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Salvation [03]

In Jeremiah, Chapter 30, verse 21, "'Their leader shall be one of them; their ruler shall come forth from their midst. I will bring him near and he shall approach me, for who would dare to risk his life to approach Me?' declares the LORD." What does that mean? Why would God say, "' who would dare to risk his life to approach Me?' declares the LORD." Recently a friend and I had some discussions concerning the amount of information that is needed for salvation. My friend is a Charismatic and has that background. And we were discussing the “Heathen in Africa” question. His point was that a person could actually be saved without actually having the name of “Jesus Christ” mentioned or having the gospel, like the Word of God, read to him or preached to him, because God could actually speak to that person and they would be saved much the same way as Abraham was saved in Romans, chapter 4, where Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. And I disagreed with him, and I said, “No, because God has given the Word that is what needs to be brought to them.” And I brought to him Romans 10, that a preacher needs to come…so we come to you at this point. Since Christ purchased our liberty consisting of our freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemnation of God, the curse of the law, and everything else that came with the saving work…and since God alone is Lord of the conscience, do we, in our trying to keep our conscience pure in the sight of God, find ourselves working out our salvation by works, and not by faith? I need to ask you a question about a quote you made a couple of months ago, in the second part of the Biblical View on Abortion. You said, “It is my conviction that God redeems murdered infants, that His grace reaches out and takes those little ones to be with Himself. The Bible is very clear that people perish in Hell because they refuse to believe, that Hell is for those who rejected God and who rejected Christ, something an unborn infant could never do. And so God, not having a just basis, either internally or externally, by virtue of the attitude or the action of an unborn child, would have no basis on which to sentence them to Hell, except for the depravity they inherited in Adam, which is never a cause for damnation, apart from its evidence in behavior or attitude. God must then embrace them into His own kingdom.” I had a problem with this, a couple of problems with it.

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A couple of weeks ago at our Bible study, the discussion got onto the doctrine of election. And, inevitably, it got over to the point of: what about the heathen who have never heard the gospel? One group's feeling, since the Bible teaches faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word, that you have to hear the gospel and you have to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation through faith. And the other side, taking Romans 1, verses 16 through 19 (roughly), as meaning that anyone who believed in a god, or who saw God in the universe, could be somehow saved. Would you address that? I have someone who’s close to me who lives out-of-state and he’s a professing believer, but I fear his faith is a dead faith given the lack of fruits in his life. He does not currently attend church, although I’ve encouraged him to go. The last thing I want to do is point him to a church that might lead him to conclude, falsely, that he’s delivered if he’s really not. I was wondering if you could share some of your wisdom on this. My question comes from John 3, and particularly verse five were Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” And my question is, what did he refer to when he said, "one has to be born of the water," because I know it doesn't mean that we have to be baptized to be saved? How can I be sure of my salvation? In Hebrews 4:12, we’re told that the Word of God is powerful, active, and living. My question to you is this: Does the Word that saves and sanctifies a believer’s life rest in the Word itself or is the Word of God the instrument by which the Holy Spirit regenerates and sanctifies an individual? Is salvation based on accepting Christ as Savior and Lord or does He become Lord later? How do you know when you’re saved? Does God answer every salvation prayer? Is there ever anybody who prays to be saved and gets refused? I’ve heard many times this statement: “When the last soul is saved, the Lord will return.” What is the scriptural base for this?

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Satan [01]

This question is about Genesis 3:1, and 3:14, In what form was Satan when he tempted Eve? It says something in here about "cattle" and he was put on his "belly" to go in to dust. Does God allow Satan to buffet us for us to be stronger in the faith? Does this still happen today? Did Jesus really say, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me"? (John 14:6)

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Second Coming [01]

"Some Bible Scholars say that Christ did not promise to come again. Is this true?"

I was trying to look it up earlier out of Isaiah 35, but was wondering that when the second coming of Christ comes about--the desert--is it supposed to Second Coming [02] bloom and blossom with flowers and vegetation?

Sheol

"What does it mean when in the Book of Jonah it says, 'My spirit went into Sheol?'"
In James 5:13-18, where it told about anointing with oil, my question is kind of a four-part question: 1. Is this for the church today? 2. If so, when is it appropriate for someone to call the elders of the church? 3. What kind of sickness is this for--is it only for sin sickness? 4. How does someone at Grace Community Church call the elders of the church if a serious circumstance should come up? In James 5:14, it says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” Now, if that’s a promise to the church, then should we not be doing that? Or, I guess my question is: is it a promise? Can we claim that as a church?

Sickness [01]

Sickness [02]

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Singleness [01]

What signs and circumstances does one need to be alerted to that God would use to confirm the gift of celibacy? There are a lot of references in Proverbs 31, Titus 2, I Peter 3 about what a godly woman, like a married woman… What is your definition of femininity to the single woman?

Singleness [02]

"If Christ didn't sin then how can I be acquainted with a God Sinlessness of Christ who could not sin because He doesn't really know my sins?"
I am looking for your interpretation of Hebrews 10:26 in context with the passage which says, "For if we sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins." In desiring to use the Word of the Lord accurately, I have often used this passage in sharing with people who would consider themselves Christians and desire to continue to live with their girlfriends, or Christians who justify getting divorces. Does a Christian have an old nature? We know that sin entered the world through man--I assume the word "man" is used in a generic way, since all enter the world in sin. So, if Mary, by her own admission, needed a savior, making her a sinner, and since Jesus was part of her flesh as well as out of the Holy Spirit…I accept by faith that Jesus was sinless, but don’t understand how Jesus would not be tainted by sin, since he was born from her body? The third commandment--“don’t take the Lord’s name in vain”… So, if a person is an actor and he’s going to play a part in a movie and he is going to take the Lord’s name in vain, should he not take the part? Or, if he takes the part, is he going to answer to God? Are there degrees of sin, as far as...I’m thinking of lusting in your heart verses adultery? What is the essence of sin? How far can Christians go in sinning?

Sin [01]

Sin [02]

Sin [03]

Sin [04]

Sin [05]

Sin [06] Sin [07]

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Sin [08] Sin [09] 5/18/02 Sin [09] 5/18/02

I thought I became a Christian 22 years ago, but if I’m more aware of my sin now than I was then, does that mean I’m not a Christian? Why did God allow sin? God cannot sin, so how could Christ have been tempted by Satan to sin?

Sinning Christians

I have a question about worshipping and fellowshipping with so-called, or a professing believer who is in sin, hardened sin of a grievous nature. You’ve come along side them to confront them and there is no repentance. They go to another church and that church does not practice Matthew 18, and so you have a situation where the four steps of Matthew 18 are not applied by their church. They want to go to conferences with you, perhaps pray with you, have fellowship with you, and yet, you’re reluctant to do that because of their lack of repentance.
How do I deal with seemingly Christian people, who love the Lord a lot, who are coming to me, telling me...these are not [just] Charismatic people; [but] these are just people who look in the Word of God and [say] "you" say “works,” “works.” How do we deal [with this]? Because I want to stand up and say, “No way, this man is standing up for the Word of God.” But how do we show compassion to people who are saying that like Pastor Hocking, Pastor MacArthur is a cultist? Do we put them aside?

Slander

Sovereignty

I was wondering what your opinion was on the sovereignty of God concerning picking up hitch-hikers or keeping a gun in your house. Do you believe that you need to take a step out in faith when taking risks like that?
I was wondering, are there conflicts between the different spiritual gifts? I mean, like do you have problems, like if you have an exhorter and a teacher?

Spiritual Gifts [01]

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On the willingness to appropriate those things which are ours...on a number of occasions Jesus said in Matthew 13, speaking about the parables and also in Matthew 25 speaking of the parables of the talents, He said, "For unto everyone Spiritual Gifts [02] that has shall be given and he shall have abundance, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." Does that in any way imply that we could have spiritual gifts but because of our unwillingness to use them Jesus would take them away? Suffering [01] In regard to Luke 22:31 ["Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat"] how might that apply to some of the experiences that Job went through? The Bible teaches that as a Christian, when we die we receive different degrees of rewards in heaven. And, I’d like to know if you could expound on those different degrees, but also, if there are different degrees of suffering in Hell? I’ve witnessed to several people who question the existence of God by saying, “Why does He let the innocent people suffer, innocent people get killed, children die, etc., etc.?” Can one who commits suicide be saved?

Suffering [02]

Suffering [03]

Suicide

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Referring to your message this morning on Titus and the ability to teach, is there a difference, and what is the difference, between the ability to teach and the spiritual gift of teaching that is mentioned in I Corinthians 12? And then, flowing from that, is it possible to be in an elder position or a pastor position likes yours, without having the gift of teaching? What has television done to the way we communicate? How do you know when you are being "tempted" by Satan or "tested" by God?

Television Temptation [01]

Correct me if I’m wrong, but last week, you said that the devil couldn’t put any Temptation [02] thoughts in your mind? In II Samuel, chapter 24, verses 1 and thereafter (about 5 or 6), it would almost seem as though God is prompting David to sin with respect to the taking of an inventory of his army and his troops. And, of course, in a footnote in the NIV, it says that God did not cause him to sin, which is true: everybody has free will. But, if it was to reveal his sinful nature--I’m assuming--if that be the case, Temptation [03] would it not have come about regardless of whether God prompted him with the quote where it says, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah” and yet that’s clearly contrary… Because of pride--it almost seems as though He’s prompting him to do such. There is a very popular Charismatic TV program that promotes the "law of reciprocity," as far as tithing goes--giving money to the Lord. In effect, that whatever you give to the Lord, you are going to receive it back while you are on earth. I just want to hear you views on that. Does God require me to give a tithe of all I earn?

Tithing [01]

Tithing [02]

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Tongues [01]

In Acts 2:4 and 1 Corinthians 12, it talks about the tongue as a spiritual gift. My question is, "How is the tongue supposed to be used today, and how can we misuse it?" In the account in Acts 2 of Pentecost, as I read my New American Standard Bible, over and over I come to the feeling that this miracle was in the hearing. I’ve never heard anybody comment on that and I just would like to hear your opinion of that. If the Church won't go through the Tribulation, and Matthew 24 has some believers who will be in the Tribulation, how do we separate the Church and these people since the Bible has them as one nation? “Do you have to believe in the Trinity to become a Christian?” The Trinity, how could there be three in one? In a recent conversation with a coworker who’s an orthodox Jewess, she and I were discussing theology and we were fine on the Old Testament to a point, and then she turned around and said, “Christians are polytheistic.” I had never thought of this as being polytheistic and I didn’t know how to answer her.

Tongues [02] 11/17/01

Tribulation

Trinity [01] Trinity [02]

Trinity [03] 12/9/01

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There are some movements in the body of Christ to unite the body of Christ. I’m not just talking about channel 40 or KTBN, but I am thinking of Wycliffe too, where they have Catholics and some Charismatics in their organization. Do you think that there are any movements that are good, or do you think that they all endanger sound doctrine?

My question is about being unequally yoked. Some people have told me that this is talking exclusively about marriage. Others have said that it applies also to Unevenly Yoked business partnerships and other situations. Could you please expand on this? What does it mean to be unequally yoked and what type of a guideline should I 12/9/01 have if it is OK for me to have a business partnership with a non-believer?

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In I Timothy, chapter 5, verses 9 and 10 it gives the qualifications for the " widows indeed," it says in verse 10, "... if she has brought up children..." Suppose that there is a lady that gets married and cannot have children, so they decide to adopt a child and later on she becomes a widow. She raised the child, but she couldn't have the child, would she be qualified to be on this list?

Widows

Will of God [01]

"How do I know the Will of God for my life?"
Could you please tell me how we can each know what God's special plan is in our lives, in terms of how we can use our talents, or how we know when we are using them in the right direction?

Will of God [02]

Will of God [03]

If everything happens in the will of God, then why do people say, when you’re doing something wrong, “Oh, that’s not in the will of God; that’s not the will for your life”…if everything is in God’s will?

Will of God [04]

How does a person making decisions know what is the will of God?

Will of God [05]

How can I make decisions consistent with God's will for my life?

Will of God [06]

Can you elaborate on your principles for knowing exactly where God wants us and some patterns maybe we can follow to find that out for sure?

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I always hear that God helps those who help themselves and like you mentioned, you ought to do something, you shouldn't just be in limbo. How do you draw the line between the point where you are doing something that God can work on and where you're doing so much that it shows that you really don't have faith that He's going to answer your prayer?

Wine [01] Wine [02] 4/21/02

Where do you stand on the wine issue and why?

What is the right Christian stand on drinking? "When the Jehovah Witnesses come or the Mormons should we be bold to these people [or hide]?"
I would like to ask a question of Luke 8:16-18, "Now no one, after lighting a lamp, covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lamp stand, in order that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden, that shall not become evident; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light. Therefore take care how you listen: for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." What does it mean?

Witnessing [01]

Witnessing [02]

Witnessing [03]

I have a question in relation to Ezekiel, chapter three, God appoints Ezekiel as a watchman over the House of Israel, and He says in verses 18 and 19, "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his inequity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you have warned the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself." My question is, "If what way or any are these verses applicable to modern day believers in relation to our responsibility to tell unbelievers about the Gospel?"

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We were trying to tell him about the Word of God and that it was real. He said, "Well that’s what you say. You know the only thing that’s real is what I could touch." My question is, when you are talking to people, trying to witness to people like that, what can you do? Is it safe to say when you are witnessing to people to say that Christianity is not a religion, that religion is man trying to make himself presentable to God through his own means and his own actions and Christianity is a relationship with God, having no confidence in the flesh and putting all of your faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ, Who was God in human flesh?
I’ve been involved in a couple of Bible studies where women have ended up sharing throughout the time, so I did some studies on it. I was reading the MacArthur I Corinthians commentary and I came to a sentence that I wanted you to clarify for me. It says, “There are times in informal meetings and Bible studies where it is entirely proper for men and women to share equally in exchanging questions and insights.”

Witnessing [05]

Women

Women Preachers

Would you tell me why the Pentecostal churches use women pastors?

Words of Knowledge

How would you reply to a believer, in the Charismatic movement, who agrees that revelation [new] cannot be added to Scripture, but would still argue that God still gives "Words of Knowledge" in the church, for direction as long as it falls in line with the Scripture?

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but I’ll tell you this--it is a creation of God and that is unarguable. well. You see. and we will point the reasons out for that. and "Answered" by their pastor. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. but plain and simply from a Scriptural definition. in the Old Testament. there may be some people who advocate therapeutic abortion. But you are stopping that process. P. with no retribution. Word of Grace. it isn’t a full person. GC 70-2. I think it’s a very severe thing and I don’t think there is any way around it. Answer Well. I believe with all my heart that the taking of an unborn child’s life is murder. and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. you have a myriad of passages where the Bible talks about how God says there must be blood for blood. You can argue all you want about how much that person is a person. also. with no justice. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. They are just absolute wholesale murderers. but if you leave it alone it will be all a person could ever be. California. Yeah. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. And it says later on that the land is polluted with the blood of those who have been murdered. please. It is a prerogative we do not have. that God’s going to judge this nation. There is no question in my mind. and so what we have is a bloody nation. taking a life if murder. And once there is a creation of God and you have taken that life. by the way in the month of January. I think we are on the road to the end of what we’ve known as the greatness of our land and I think much of it is related to our abortion rate. And I would have a very difficult time entrusting the care of any living thing to a person who would do that. or whatever. Box 4000. let me put it as bluntly as I can--they are murderers. John MacArthur Jr. when we get into Romans 13. I believe. That is a creation of God. It was transcribed from the tape. Question I’d like your comment on pregnant women who go to practitioners. blood on our hands. It is murder. that’s murder. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. They may have licenses and so forth and so on. Now there may be some doctors who don’t understand what the Bible teaches. a life for a life and what we’ve done in America is murder millions and millions of persons that God has created. with no punishment. and there is no question in the mind of Scripture writers. people say. Now. I suppose we could make it very crass and say if you want to go to a murderer for your prenatal care.Cain and Abel. but killing a child in the womb is murder and God defines it as murder. as I am going to point out in a few weeks.O. that’s your choice. We have an absolutely escalated blood guiltiness before a God who demands a life for a life and I believe we are in such deep debt of blood guiltiness that as it says in the Old Testament. All Rights Reserved.com/files/macqa/70-2-6.. I would find it very difficult to do that.biblebb.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:39 AM] .Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. unrequited blood that I think our nation is under the sentence of God for blood guiltiness. We are going to get into that. that it is murder. that perform abortions. Panorama City." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. for their prenatal care and deliveries. the ground cries out for thy brother’s blood….

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and "Answered" by their pastor.O. GC 1301." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Panorama City.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:40 AM] . P. Let me give you some incidents from the early church because it’s important for us to know what the early church thought. with the stoppage of life. when there is being a tremendous amount said on the subject. particularly. but rather. however. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Such abortion has become a rather common process of birth control: if the pill doesn’t work. that is a very important question.biblebb. is granted today on three bases: one. or chemical or physical means. when continuation is likely to result in the birth of a child with grave physical deformities or mental retardation.” It is the expulsion of a fetus. very definitely. prematurely. Question What is the Christian view of abortion and birth control? Answer Now. surgical.Question on Abortion and Birth Control -. California. in the induced sense where embryonic life is terminated either by medical.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. To find out what the Bible instructs about abortion is.com/files/macqa/1301-5. when the continuation of the pregnancy may threaten the life of the woman or seriously impair her health. In the teachings of the twelve apostles—which is. three. John MacArthur Jr. Therapeutic abortion. we get an abortion. There are clinics that just constantly offer that service. abortion is—and I’m just quoting medically—“the expulsion of a human fetus from the uterus. a scriptural view of abortion. we have what we know as therapeutic abortion. it is called miscarriage. one of the earliest historical writings that http://www. I think. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Box 4000. Now. a very simple thing. Word of Grace. We have come to know abortion not in the natural sense or the spontaneous sense. in these cases. I think. For the most part today. incidentally. as it is called. When this occurs spontaneously. It was transcribed from the tape. Just to give you a simple definition. when pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest. in the day in which we live. There is. you could get an abortion for any whim or any reason that you want it. two.

“If men strive”—that is. “then thou shalt give life for life.” If a fight occurs and a woman loses her baby—without an intent.” Now. For one very interesting passage. the reason we quote these extrabiblical sources is because the Bible does not say anything about abortion. Tertullian. Assume that in the middle of the street or in the middle of the house. And we’re not going to spend a lot of time on this. if the unborn http://www. And most commentators would say that it refers to the unborn child. that is. I think.” The early church had a writing entitled “The Apostolic Constitution” and in it. there are two interpretations: that mischief means the death or the injury of the mother or that mischief means the death of the unborn child. but I would like to point out this is where we have some indication regarding fetal life.” The viewpoint of the first century church and the second century church was that abortion violated the commands of God.John MacArthur we have after the years of the church (the early church)—it says this: “Thou shalt not slay a child by abortion. by accident—then there was a price to pay. it said this: “Thou shalt not slay a child by causing abortion. nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born or destroy one that is coming to birth.” And we believe that the Bible teaches that abortion is tantamount to murder. That is. a man which is going to be one.” verse 23.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:40 AM] . Now. “Thou shalt not kill. who was one of the early church fathers. You have the fruit already in the seed. “If any mischief follows. but she is either struck or hit or knocked over or something and you have the incident indicated here. two men start a fight and there happens to be a pregnant lady there who gets somehow drawn into the fight—not according to her own wishes. said. look at Exodus 21. particularly. Exodus 21:22. if there’s a fight going on.com/files/macqa/1301-5. “and they hurt a woman with child so that her fruit depart from her and yet no mischief follows. supported for many reasons.Question on Abortion and Birth Control -. But it does say.biblebb. nor what is begotten shalt thou destroy.” Now. he shall be surely punished according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him and he shall pay as the judge has determined. “To hinder a birth is merely a speedier way of killing.

I don’t think the argument of population explosion—you know. Marvelous are thy works and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hidden from thee. When I was yet in the womb and unformed. But by other means. And I don’t believe that even in the cases of therapeutic abortion. and required—if that is indeed the meaning of the term “mischief” the life that took that life. O God. If God wanted the cessation of that life.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:40 AM] . we read that somewhere in the world there’s a woman having a baby every fourth of a http://www. “God.Question on Abortion and Birth Control -. that fetal life. there is any justification for such abortion. The natural process of miscarriage is God’s way of aborting that which God does not desire to be born. Now. you had a perfect description of me. Certainly by abortion. before I ever existed. thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I am still with thee. when I was made in secret and intricately wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. God could take care of it. I think it has to do with the providence of God and the care of God and God bringing about that which He desires. as actual life. yes. And I think this is sufficient evidence to indicate that the fetal life is indeed considered by God to be actual life. I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Verse 13 and following: “For thou hast possessed my inward parts.” “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me. if that’s what “mischief” is. God active in the actual life of that child before it is born.com/files/macqa/1301-5. I don’t think the scripture qualifies anything against birth control. as real life. you knew what I would be when I was formed. according to verse 23. He will affect what He will affect. then you shall give what? Life for life. And therein does God regard that life. physically. When I awake. they are more in number than the sand.John MacArthur child dies.biblebb. how great is the sum of them! If I should count them. in the case of birth control—just to add to that—I don’t think there’s anything in the scripture to limit birth control. And God certainly is the One who created that life. which in continuance were fashioned when as yet there was none of them!” In other words.” And here we find God active in forming the fetus. I think Psalm 139 bears reading. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unformed and in thy book all my members were written.

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and the conscience awareness of iniquity. if Scripture says anything. where there is a consciousness of one's own impulses. that every time they desire to make a commitment to Jesus Christ. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and ask how many want http://www. Also. God knows when that soul is accountable. Question What is the Scriptural basis for the "Age of Accountability" in regards to children's salvation? Answer I think the best way to answer that is to say this: There is no "Age of Accountability" identified in Scripture. and whatever else that starts to emerge. of the salvation of a child. There is no illustration of it. and that's. you remember. God knows when real rejection has taken place. "Here is the 'age' and from here on you are responsible!" I think the reason for that is because children mature at different paces. Now. Box 4000. and a lot of people believed. that a saving commitment to Jesus Christ comes only after a child has reached the conscience reality of rejection. when that is a saving commitment. but there is never any indication about a child believing. as you well remember. preached to a lot of crowds. It was transcribed from the tape. He encounter a lot of people. God alones knows when that takes place. As to when that is. we have to assume. So the Lord in His wisdom. California. Because you don't know. as to how you deal with that--I was just talking to a parent about that the other day--I believe that it is absolutely essential. when Jesus was taken by His parents to Jerusalem for the Passover and the Feast. anywhere in Scripture. Word of Grace. desires. I think you have a good illustration there. when the love of sin exists in the heart. We can assume then that was the age at which those kinds of questions begin to be personal. I mean. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-17. if I go into a class over here of five or six-year-olds or seven or eight-year-olds.. didn't identify a specific moment.com/files/macqa/70-17-5. Panorama City. and therefore sinful attitudes and passions. you encourage them to do that. we can't know." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and Jesus was asking the kinds of questions that were actually profound questions to the doctors. feelings. P. Jesus never had an encounter with a child and lead him to faith.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. it sets that one illustration. So consequently. Copyright John MacArthur Jr.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:47:42 AM] . All Rights Reserved. It's probably not totally disassociated from puberty. When enmity with God is conscience and willful. and tell them the story of Jesus. had identified about the age of twelve. the transition from childhood to adulthood takes place. There is nothing in the Bible that says. it is important to say this: There is no indication. So I have always felt that somewhere around that period of time. at whatever age they're at. as I say. The Jews. drives. as such. it varies from child to child. and there He was in the temple questioning the doctors.O. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. That would be true from culture to culture. all the way along with the child.biblebb. then. and from age to age in history. John MacArthur Jr.

"I want to invite Christ into my life. "being taken to court and found 'not guilty. are referred to as "innocent. should that child die. "He cannot come to me. But.com http://www.biblebb. of very astute theologians--no one gave an adequate answer. that wouldn't satisfy anything. But. I just think it's up to parents. I have been doing some study on that very issue. and that question was asked of a panel." and the Hebrew word that is used for "innocent" is used numerous times in the Old Testament. but. Another interesting thing that occurs numerous times in the Old Testament." It doesn't mean that they are no fallen. until they come to that point where it is genuine. as well. Now. and He has to exercise grace to do that. because that's what you want from them. "He can't come to me." in those words was the anticipation.biblebb. 'I am going to be buried next to him. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.'" There wouldn't be any reason to say. all he meant was. you remember. And I thought. doesn't mean that they are not sinful--it does mean that God mercifully treats them as "innocent" in spite of that. 08022 Websites: www. and when he said. he was expressing the confidence that he was going to heaven. So I think at that point. I see as a step towards God.'" In fact." "What about the children before the age of accountability. just as He exercises grace to save those who believe. or whatever it might be. I also believe. is that children are referred to. that up until that point of real saving faith. prior to the "Age of Accountability" treats them as "innocent. refer to "not being guilty"--literally. some people have said. and if they love you and you are their mom and dad. would save that child. when a child. because when I was at a conference recently. At what point that becomes saving faith--God knows--I don't know. David knew where he was going to heaven--he knew that. New Jersey. Everyone of those. USA. who had died before the age of accountability. when they die. and that's exactly where he would find his son. that "Age of Accountability" is not clearly identified. when his little baby died. because the story of Jesus is compelling. all the way along. they will all say we do. So. that it refers to the babies that were passed through the fire to Moloch [false god] as the "innocents"." and I think it is a strong "YES. Oh I'm so glad I am going to be buried next to him!" There would be no joy in that. says. every time a child wants to respond and open the heart to Christ--you need to encourage that.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:47:42 AM] .gospelgems.com/files/macqa/70-17-5.com and www. There wasn't any question in his mind about that. God in His mercy." And David knew where he was going. "How can we have theologians who don't know the answer to that question. say at the age of six or seven." then you need to encourage them to do that. and the hope and the joy of reunion.Question to ask Jesus into their heart." based upon the confidence of David who said. and you may not know that.com Email: tony@biblebb. but I shall go to him. so I believe that God. and those children who die. he knew that. do they go to heaven?" I think the answer is "yes. then obviously that's what's going to happen. and the Lord knows that. "I shall go to him. "Well.

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say that the "angel of the Lord" is Jesus Christ? Answer I have to reach back and pull together so many things. Panorama City." Sometimes it could be used in a technical sense referring to an actual angel. So it would just be by virtue of the form.O. Question My question is from Exodus 3:2. and 3rd chapter of Revelation. such as many believe it's used in the 1st. Now. Word of Grace. He is deity. and the unique holiness. 08022 Websites: www. P.com/files/macqa/70-1-6. in fact. Why do some people. California. but it means a preincarnate appearance of Christ. USA. the power.com http://www. yet the bush was not consumed. Right? There is no reason not to believe. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. There are many places in the Old Testament where the "angel of the Lord" is mentioned. and "Answered" by their pastor. referring to a messenger. that before He was incarnate in human form and came into the world. It is due to the fact that His appearances seem to be the manifestation of deity rather than a created being. a created angel. GC 70-1.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:43 AM] . but sometimes it can be used in a nontechnical sense. then He must be that person of deity who is manifest in some element--maybe in fire.biblebb. maybe in a human body. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. the bush burning with fire." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.biblebb. 2nd. we shouldn't have a problem with that because we believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity--and always existed. Box 4000. that He appears more to be deity than He does to be a created being.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. older in the Lord. even an angel. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. because "angel" simply means "messenger.gospelgems. It was transcribed from the tape. New Jersey. "And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush: and he looked. Why not these kinds of things? The word "angel" should not trip us up.com and www. the holiness of this being. and there are some passages that may be even more explicit than that. He was certainly busy doing something. the unique deliverance mode. Those are what we call "Christophanies" that's a technical term. The "angel of the Lord" is often seen as a savior or a deliverer. In many of those places He appears in a form and accomplishing a mission that is so unique to deity that it appears as if He must be deity. And if. and." My question is. or whatever. behold. John MacArthur Jr.

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The only way that could be possible would be in the event that demons were able to take over some kind of human form.O.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. the question he is asking is." Now. You will remember that two angels came to Sodom in Genesis 19 and there the homosexual population of Sodom tried to attack those angels. and “that which is born of the flesh is flesh. that these fallen angels cohabited with women. "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage. would they. if angels can eat a meal. Box 4000.biblebb. when the flood came. which were in enough of a human form to appeal to them in a lustful way. they wouldn’t be very godly men. cohabiting with women on earth. Some would like to believe that the “sons of God” refers to godly men. And I believe there is indication in Scripture that both holy angels and demons can.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:44 AM] . Genesis 6 says that the sons of God cohabited with the daughters of men. and "Answered" by their pastor. That tends to be the view that I take based upon 1 Peter and Jude. if they cohabited with ungodly women? Others say that the “sons of God” there refers to fallen angels.” flesh are human beings. Now. there are several problems with that. All Rights Reserved. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. do that. “that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Word of Grace. John MacArthur Jr. if this is true. who cohabited with women. you will remember that Jacob wrestled with an angel. and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. California. That is that they have appeared in such human form that they were not distinguishable as angels. Now." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. the first verse is John 3:6. It was transcribed from the tape.” that is in that angels are spirit beings. and that the women are ungodly women. P.I’m wondering. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh. but are like the angels in heaven. That’s basically your question. If you remember in the Old Testament. Panorama City. and if those two are distinct how can spirit beings and fleshly beings come together. in which you have angels who left their first habitation and he identifies them with being at the time of Noah. Of course. You will also remember that it says in Hebrews 13:2 that people have entertained angels unaware. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. indeed. how do you explain the Scripture. It says. in reference to those two verses. Question Before I ask my question I just want to point out two verses. GC 70-2. which is when Genesis 6 identifies that incident. then angels can http://www. how you would fit the demons." The other verse is Matthew 22:30.. A classic illustration would be in the 18th chapter of Genesis where Abraham serves a meal to God and two visiting angels because they take on a form. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. my question is about Genesis 6:4-. and could not that verse also mean that the sons of God would be godly men and the daughters of men would be ungodly women? Answer Well.com/files/macqa/70-2-2.

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take on a physical form. They are spirit beings but there are times in the Old Testament, such as Jacob wrestling with an angel, when angels have taken on human form--holy angels. We can assume, also, that fallen angels can appear in a human form. There are illustrations of Satan appearing within someone, controlling someone, to what extent we don’t know. It may well have been that in that time there were human beings who were so totally possessed by demons that they, in fact, were the ones who were engaged in that. But I really don’t think that violates the idea. Spirit beings are spirit beings. Human beings are human beings. Spirit beings, by illustration, in Old and New Testament times, can take on human form. They can appear in human form and in that way be visible to men and in contact with men. Question (continued) So are you saying that in this situation in Genesis 6:4, that they took on a form of humans or that they possessed a human? Answer (continued) I don’t know. I don’t know how it happened, because there is not any information about that. I don’t think they can just go, (he snaps his fingers) like that, and take on human form as such. It’s not a magic thing. They have access to human form. I don’t know whether they took on a human form that was distinctly given only to them or whether they possessed certain people and totally dominated that form. I really don’t know the answer to that. I do know that they left their first habitation and that they became something that was not true to their nature and therein was their condemnation according to Jude. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-10, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright 1990 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question The question’s out of I Corinthians, chapter 11, verse 10. Now, I’m not so sure how critical this is to anybody’s salvation or their sanctification, but let me read a few verses before to set the scene. I’ll start at verse 8, “For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman, but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have authority on her head because of the angels.” Now, here’s the question, “because of the angels”what does that mean? “Because of the angels…” Answer Well, many times in the New Testament, we have to transport ourselves to another dimension in which God is doing things that may not be directly related to us. There are times when God has spiritual purposes on the angelic level. Do you remember, we talked about that in our I Peter study in spiritual warfare? That, here was Job and this whole thing is going on in his life and the reason for the whole thing is God’s trying to make a point to Satan and Job hasn’t got a clue that this is going on. He’s just down there, his whole world is coming apart, he doesn’t know what is going on, and the issue is God is proving to Satan the doctrine of eternal security and the perseverance of faith. Satan comes to God and says, “Hey, you know that guy Job? If I do enough stuff to him, he’ll abandon his faith.” God says, “Have at him. I’ll prove eternal security with Job’s life. I’ll prove perseverance.” And, Job didn’t know what was going on. There are times in this life when God when God may be doing things for supernatural purposes which are out of our sphere. And I believe that even salvation itself is something angels desire to look into. And I believe that God is demonstrating His majesty and His glory and His grace to angels through the church; Ephesians 3 says that, that the angels can see the manifold grace of God in the church. You see, angels don’t experience grace. Why? Because holy angels don’t what? Sin. So, they can’t experience grace, so God wants them to know grace. You say, “Why do they have to know about grace?” Because grace is part of the attributes of God for which they need to give Him glory. So, in order to demonstrate to them His grace, so they can praise Him for His grace, He says, “Look at the church and look what I’ve done with grace, in redeeming those wicked sinners.” And, I also believe that God, in the church, is showing the wonder of His work (in perfection in the church), by how the church orders its life. And part of that has to do with the role of men and women. When a woman takes a submissive role--she who was made for the man--when she takes a submissive role and puts a symbol on her head (because in that culture, when a woman wore a veil, that was the

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symbol that she was submissive to her husband… And when the women in the church took the feminine role, in our society today--that’s different. I still think a woman ought to look feminine, and her hair can be that sign of her femininity, but her whole demeanor should be) that she therefore shows herself under her husband, and thus demonstrates the wonderful work of God in the church to the angels so the angels can give Him glory. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-12, titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question In Hebrews 1:14, it says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Does this mean that the elect who have not yet come to know the Lord are being ministered by angels? And, if so, how do they minister to them? Since the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them, is this ministry to prepare their hearts and minds for the day they surrender to the Lord? Answer Well, let me answer the question first of all by saying, go back to the word “will” here and let’s clear that up. When it says, “They are sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation,” it’s not talking about unconverted but elect people; it’s talking about saved people who have not yet entered into their inheritence. You see the difference? In other words, in Romans 13, it says, “Now is your salvation nearer than when you believed.” What that means is that the full, final inheritance which, as you know, where it says in Peter: “laid up for us”--we are the ones who will inherit that. It’s not talking about elect but unsaved people. It’s talking about saved people who have not yet received the fullness of their salvation. See, salvation comes in three tenses, right? Past: we were saved from our sins; we are being saved, in the fact that we’re being preserved and kept; and we will be saved in the fullest and final and ultimate sense when we leave this world and enter into the fullness of glory. Question (continued) So, how do the angels minister to us? Answer (continued) Well, obviously they do. Right? The fact that they are invisible makes it difficult for us to know how they do that. And furthermore, Hebrews 13 says we can even entertain angels--what?--unaware. Now, the only thing I can say is it doesn’t tell us how they minister and it’s such a secret that they could be doing it and we wouldn’t even be aware of it. Now, I can give you some illustrations that I’ve read about. The one that’s a classic is the illustration of John Paton. John Paton was a young man growing up in England and felt called of God to the New
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Hebrides, which were inhabited by man-eating cannibals. He was married. And he put his little wife on this ship, steamer ship, and they went by the New Hebrides and dropped them off in a little rowboat and they rowed ashore, and that’s how they started their ministry--just rowing ashore, didn’t know the language, and it’s an island full of natives. People had gone there in the past, but they were invited to lunch and never came back…you know how that goes. So when Paton and his wife got off this little boat, they built a little lean-to on the beach. John writes in the biography that at night he could see the natives peering at him from out of the jungle. He tells stories about how that sometimes when he felt that they were coming after him, he would be in the river breathing through a reed. There were other times when he was completely exposed and they never bothered him. After a period of time, God began to do some incredible things. First his wife gave birth to a baby, then she died, then the baby died, and he slept on their graves for three straight nights to keep the natives from digging up their bodies and eating them. He still hadn’t contacted anybody… It wasn’t long after that that there was a native thrown out of the tribe and they made contact and he began to use that native to learn the language and led that native to Christ. He finally had the privilege of leading the chief to Christ, along with all of them. In fact, it says there was something like 35 churches on those islands by the time he left. But, toward the end--and you find this in that book written by Billy Graham, called, Angels--towards the end, when these people started coming to Christ, the chief came to him one time and asked him “Who were those soldiers that guarded your lean-to on the beach every night?” And he said, “What soldiers?” and then he realized that what he didn’t see, God allowed them to see. That’s a very unique situation. We don’t see them--they’re in a different dimension--but they are nonetheless there, active. You remember in Daniel? In Daniel, when Daniel prayed and God sent an angel to answer his prayer, and that angel got held up by a demon for many, many days, and God sent Michael to knock that demon out and then that angel went on and finished God’s answer. Now, what that tells me is sometimes, when we pray, God uses angels to answer those prayers. Maybe to protect somebody, maybe to cause some circumstances to happen, but, unquestionably, to the saved there’s the promise that angels are ministering spirits. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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I have a young daughter (4 years old), we are Jewish, and we sent her to school in the Synagogue, and she asked us at the evening meal, "Daddy, why do we eat the animals?"

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If my four year old daughter said to me, "Why do we eat the animals?" I probably would have said, "Because, they taste good!" And then leave it at that, because somebody said to me, "If somebody asks you what time it is--don't take your watch apart." Let me give you an answer from a Scripture, and the answer is a very simple one, I believe. I believe that God, and this is indicated to us both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, created the animals for the purpose of food. In other words, that is their created intent. In the Old Testament, God outlined very clearly--and again you are back to the authority of Scripture, and I appreciate your coming to ask the question--I really do, but we believe that you have got to have a standard. In other words, if all you do is try to dream up logical opinion about things, you are going to have people who differ and you are not going to know where the right answers are. So you accept a standard, and to us the standard is the Word of God--we didn't invent it, we have had it passed down to us, and when the Word of God says something--we believe that it is true. The Scripture says, for example in 1 Timothy, "All things are to be received with thanksgiving." It says that some will come along and say, "don't eat this" and "don't eat that," but Scripture says, "all things are to be received with thanksgiving." Now, in Acts, chapter 10, there was a group of Jewish people who came to a Gentile and Peter was in that group, he had been raised kosher--he had never eaten anything that wasn't kosher--he was threatened by the thought of eating something that wasn't kosher. The Lord was making a transition, and so the Lord gave him a vision of a sheet coming down and every kind of animal was in that sheet, and Peter said in his vision, "I can't eat those things, I've never eaten anything unclean." And the Lord said to him, "What I have called clean, don't you call unclean." In other words, the Lord said, "It's all now to be eaten and received with thanksgiving." So the best answer to the question is, that Scripture says that God has given us those things for food to be enjoyed from Him. Now, as far as an animal having a soul or a spirit--in a sense as you use the terms--an animal has a soul, if by soul you mean an internal sort of consciousness, not a self-consciousness. In other words, an animal doesn't know that it is an animal. It doesn't know that it is a dog, it doesn't know its name--it has conditioned reflex. It is an outer and an inner creature, in other words, there a physical part and there is an immaterial response part within an animal that you could call a soul. An animal is neither selfconscious, that is, an animal doesn't know its an animal, or know its name, or understand itself, and neither is it God-conscious. It cannot know God. It doesn't know that it's alive it is just alive. It has the ability to be trained for certain impulses, like Pavlov proved, but, an animal has no God-consciousness. An animal has no self-consciousness, it has no sense of morality, no shame.

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The bottom line is, if you just look at the Scripture, that an animal is made by God, animals were created by God for a purpose, and one of the purposes was food. Now, further, animals were not only created for food for people, but frankly, animals were created for food for animals. The whole system of the animal kingdom is a self-consuming system--everybody has a predator, everybody has an enemy in that system. The system is such that man is made in the image of God, and that means that man is self-conscious, man is God-conscious and that is beyond any animal. It is very distinctly in the created pattern--God created everything that He created, then He created man in His own image--with conscious, with a sense of right and wrong, with morality, with self-consciousness, God-consciousness, the ability to build relationships, a sense of shame, etc. And that is why man is a sacred being, whereas an animal is a part of the whole system of the world which depends for survival upon the consumption of that system. The only answer that you need to give your daughter is "That's the way God designed the world to work!" And that is the ultimate answer. I have said that to my kids a thousand times. I don't know anything more than to say that, "That's the way God designed it to be." So enjoy your "Big MAC." Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-15, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright 1994 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question I recently have been studying apologetics and studied the "presuppositionalist" side and "evidentialist" side, and then I came across a book by Mark Hannah called Crucial Questions to Apologetics and he took a position called "verticalism," which made a lot of sense to me. But, I just wondered, what would your response be to a book like that, and also, how you came to your own personal convictions on an apologetics position? Answer Well, I am a presuppositional apologist--that simply means that I don’t believe you start from ground zero with evidence. I think you have to start with a presupposition and that is, God exists and He is the author of scripture, and that you affirm that by faith and that’s given by the Holy Spirit. I believe in God because God planted the belief in my heart. And I believe in the Bible because God gave me the belief in His Word. And, so I start with that. So, my defense of anything will be that God already exists--that’s the presupposition--and scripture is the Word of God. Evidential apologetics starts with nothing and uses philosophical arguments to postulate the existence of God and the authority of scripture. The most popular evidential apologist, the most widely known, would be Josh McDowell, who starts with nothing and does that. Now, to be honest with you, I have not read Mark Hannah’s book. I have read some of his material, but that book on vertical apologetics I have not read. So, it’s hard for me to comment on it. And, maybe a good effort; I need to read it. Thanks for piquing my interest. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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John MacArthur - What is an Apostate?

The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr., the pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question What is an apostate? Answer The word apostasy comes from the Greek apostasia, which is translated "falling away" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The word is closely related to the Greek word for "divorce." Apostates are those who fall away from the true faith, abandoning what they formerly professed to believe. The term describes those whose beliefs are so deficient as to place them outside the pale of true Christianity. For example, a liberal denomination that denies the authority of Scripture or the deity of Christ is an apostate denomination. True Christians do not apostatize. Those who fall away into apostasy demonstrate that their faith was never real to begin with (1 John 2:19). Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus, New Jersey, USA, 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.com and www.gospelgems.com Email: tony@biblebb.com Online since 1986

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-1, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Question I have a question about Apostles. In 1 Corinthians 15:4-8, it says that, "He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also,"--the Apostle Paul. What confuses me is that I have always understood that the Apostles were the twelve and Paul, and perhaps James. So what I find hard to reconcile here is that it says He appeared to all of the apostles, at least to the twelve, and then it mentions James and Paul specifically. But it also mentions that after He had appeared to all of those, except Paul, then to all of the apostles. Why would he mention extra apostles again there? Answer I think basically it is chronological: "He rose the third day, and He was seen of Cephas." I believe there is a certain chronological thing: 1st - He was seen by Peter 2nd - He was seen by the Twelve 3rd - He was seen by 500 brethren 4th - He was seen particularly by James Now these two, Peter and James, indicate some private audiences, and I think there is reasons for both of them. First of all, I believe the Lord appeared specifically, in post-resurrection form to Peter, to confirm Peter, because Peter was to be so absolutely critical for the future of the Church. In fact, Peter is the main character in the first twelve chapters of the Book of Acts. And, Peter vacillated so much, and Peter denied Christ on three occasions, and Peter had so many difficulties in confirming his commitment to Christ, that I think there was a special time when the Lord appeared to Peter. All right, so that's noted. James was the Lord's half-brother, and James here, is not James the Apostle, but James the half-brother of the Lord, most likely, who became the leader of the Jerusalem Church. This probably was an indication of the initiation, if not the consummation of the conversion of James, who prior to this, along with the other half-brothers of Christ (according to John 7) didn't believe in Him, so it may have been that special time. All he is saying is, He appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve, then to the 500, then James, and then the Apostles again. In other words, it isn't so much that it is listing all those He appeared
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to as much as it is kind of giving you the flow of a chronology. That's probably the best explanation. You could take it that "The Apostles" is used here in a very general sense, but I like to think of it in a more chronological thing. Do you remember what He said to them, when he appeared to them the first time, He said, "Now, go into Galilee and wait there till I come, and I will appear to you in Galilee." So He appeared to them in Jerusalem, and went to Galilee later. He went to Galilee and appeared to them again. In fact, after His resurrection He never appeared to anybody but believers--never. People have always wondered why, if the Lord wanted to confirm the resurrection, He didn't appear to unbelievers? The answer to that question is, because Jesus said to them, "I am going to go away and you are never going to see Me again. If you don't believe what you have seen now--why would you believe that? I mean, if they wouldn't believe that He could raise the dead, and they didn't believe when He did all of the miracles, that they knew He did-what would resurrection mean to them? In fact, when they did face the resurrection they bribed the soldiers to lie about it, so it is pointless. To try to bring apologetics to someone who's a rejecter is silly, "He that is convinced against his will is unconvinced still." So what you want to do, apologetics, or a defense of the faith, are a way to strengthen the believers who have to go out and evangelize. So that is why, if you wanted to pin me down to extrapolate a thought out of this--I don't think that apologetics is that strong an argument to an unbeliever who has turned away. I think apologetics strengthens the faith of one who is interested in Christ, and one who is committed to Christ. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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Appearance Is Everything

Question Is appearance really everything? Answer An advertising agency wrote seeking our ministry's business: "Let's face it: appearance is everything. Let us help you enhance your image." My first thought was This agency must not realize they are dealing with a Christian organization. But then it occurred to me that this is precisely the impression many unbelievers must get from the state of evangelical Christianity today: Appearance is everything. Truth and reality often take a back seat to image. This sort of mentality has long been a plague on the church, but in recent years it has reached epidemic proportions. Sadly enough, Christian leaders are frequently the most image-conscious of all. And whole churches are being built on the philosophy that image is everything, while truth is something that must be downplayed or camouflaged so that the church can appear in more appealing dress. In order to achieve a friendly, non-confrontive image, many churches forego the practice of church discipline altogether, lest the all-important image be tarnished. Sin in the body is tolerable as long as the carefully polished veneer remains in place. Worst of all, this attitude is all too pervasive at the individual level. Many modern Christians live their lives as if a pretense of righteousness were as good as the real thing. That is precisely the error committed by the Pharisees of Jesus' day. They had externalized the demands of the law. And many of them lived as if external obedience to the law fulfilled all the demands of divine righteousness. Again and again Christ rebuked the Pharisees for their fastidious observance of the external, ceremonial law—married with a wanton neglect of the law's moral requirements. The Pharisees' teaching had placed so much emphasis on external appearance that it was commonly believed evil thoughts were not really sinful, as long as they did not become acts. The Pharisees and their followers became utterly preoccupied with appearing to be righteous. Yet they were all too willing to tolerate the grossest sins of the heart. That is why Jesus likened them to whitewashed tombs, spotless on the outside, but filled with corruption and defilement on the inside. The notion that morality is merely external underlies all forms of hypocrisy. It is the very error Jesus decried in His exposition of the moral law in the Sermon on the Mount. The central lesson He underscored was this: External appearance is not what matters most. The proper focus of the moral law is
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the heart, not merely external behavior. Jesus' exposition of the law is a devastating blow against the lie that image is everything. Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else's view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers (Matt. 5:21-30). So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent: 1. Because God sees the heart. Scripture tells us "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly. The Bible declares that God will one day judge the secrets of every heart (Rom. 2:16). He "will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil" (Eccl. 12:14). Not only that, secret sins will not remain secret. "The Lord [will] bring to light the things hidden in the darkness" (1 Cor. 4:5). Jesus said, "There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Luke 12:2-3). Those who think they can evade shame by sinning in secret will discover one day that open disclosure of their secrets before the very throne of God is the worst shame of all. It is folly to think we can mitigate our sin by keeping it secret. It is double folly to tell ourselves that we are better than others because we sin in private rather than in public. And it is the very height of folly to convince ourselves that we can get away with sin by covering it up. "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper" (Prov. 28:13). All sin is an assault against our holy God, whether it is done in public or in secret. And God, who beholds even the innermost secrets of the heart, sees our sin clearly, no matter how well we think we have covered it. 2. Because sin in the mind is a fruit of the same moral defect that produces deeds of sin. When Jesus said hatred carries the same kind of guilt as murder, and lust is the very essence of adultery, He was not suggesting that there is no difference in degree between sin that takes place in the mind and sin that is acted out. Scripture does not teach that all sins are of equal enormity. That some sins are worse
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than others is both patently obvious and thoroughly biblical. Scripture plainly teaches this, for example, when it tells us the sin of Judas was greater than the sin of Pilate (John 19:11). But in His Sermon on the Mount Jesus was pointing out that anger arises from the same moral defect as murder; and the one who lusts suffers from the same character flaw as the adulterer. Furthermore, those who engage in thought-sins are guilty of violating the same moral precepts as those who commit acts of murder and adultery. In other words, secret sins of the heart are morally tantamount to the worst kind of evil deeds—even if they are sins of a lesser degree. The lustful person has no right to feel morally superior to a wanton fornicator. The fact that she indulges in lust is proof she is capable of immoral acts as well. The fact that he hates his brother shows that he has murder lurking in his heart. Christ was teaching us to view our own secret sins with the same moral revulsion we feel for wanton acts of public sin. 3. Because hidden sin involves the compounding sin of hypocrisy. Those who sin secretly actually intensify their guilt, because they add the sin of hypocrisy to their offense. Hypocrisy is a grave sin in its own right. It also produces an especially debilitating kind of guilt, because by definition hypocrisy entails the concealing of sin. And the only remedy for any kind of sin involves uncovering our guilt through sincere confession. Hypocrisy therefore permeates the soul with a predisposition against genuine repentance. That is why Jesus referred to hypocrisy as "the leaven of the Pharisees" (Luke 12:1). Hypocrisy also works directly against the conscience. There's no way to be hypocritical without some searing of the conscience. Therefore hypocrisy inevitably makes way for the most vile, soul-coloring, character-damaging secret sins. Thus hypocrisy compounds itself, just like leaven. Beware that sort of leaven. An ungodly culture tells us that appearances are everything. Don't buy that lie. The truth is that our secret life is the real litmus test of our character: "As he thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov. 23:7). Do you want to know who you really are? Take a hard look at your private life—especially your innermost thoughts. Gaze into the mirror of God's Word, and allow it to disclose and correct the real thoughts and motives of your heart. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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John MacArthur - Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian?

The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-19, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright 2000 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question Can you talk a little bit about Arminian theology? Is it biblical? And, if a church embraces that theology, are they saved? [Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian?”] Answer Yes, if you’re talking about Arminian theology. We always want to make the distinction between Armenians and Arminians. Armenians [are] a people; Arminian is a theology from Arminius. Let me just say this. This debate comes up all the time, and I like to answer the thing by saying I really don’t land, necessarily, with labels very comfortably. You know, you can be called a Calvinist or a Hyper-Calvinist or a Four-point Calvinist or…I’ve been called a Four-and-a-half-point Calvinist… One guy called me a One-point Calvinist--I don’t know how he came up with that. And people can be labeled Arminian. I understand what they mean by that, but I, personally, try to resist those labels because those labels are loaded with different content for different people. And people love to slap a label on you and then everybody defines that label in a different way. So, I really run from those labels. At the same time, to put it simply, the debate of Calvinism and Arminianism falls along five simple lines that we all know about called T.U.L.I.P.: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and the Perseverance of the saints--T.U.L.I.P. John Calvin rightly interpreted the Bible to teach that man is totally depraved. What that means, is that, not every human being is as sinful as he could be or she could be, but that every human being is sinful to the point that they’re incapable of altering their condition. That is to say, total depravity means you can’t do anything to save yourself. You can’t even make a right choice. You can’t awaken your spiritual deadness. You can’t give life where there is death. You can’t come to a right conclusion on your own. Total depravity means that everyone, is by virtue of their own will and their own power and their own choices, incapable of redemption. That’s total depravity. Arminius would say--Arminian theology, Palagian theology, as it’s also called--would say “man is capable.” That while man is, in the general sense, a sinner, he has capacities within himself to choose to be saved. That is the debate. I don’t think that’s biblical. I think we are dead in trespasses and sin, and dead people don’t make choices. Dead people can’t make themselves alive. So, I think there is a clear distinction there.

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John MacArthur . by hoping in Christ and Christ alone. where they could jeopardize my confidence that they really are a Christian. Arminian theology says you might not--you could lose your salvation along the way. the sinner can’t resist.Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian? In the case of unconditional election. and consequently can’t give God fully the glory He deserves for all of that. That is. by your own ingenuity. So that. not a Christian. you have the view in the Scripture that the people who are saved are saved because they were chosen by God apart from any merit of their own. when we choose to believe. the person who holds Arminian theology would say that we are saved by acts of our own will. but they could be genuinely saved. I think there are people who just don’t understand rightly those things. but who know they’re sinners and who cry out in their sin for the Lord to save them. You could push the point of not being totally depraved far enough where you’re actually being saved by your own works. we become elect. But. and even to think you could lose your salvation. They don’t understand how what they’re doing works together with the great purposes and power of God. in the end. at the same time--while being confused or ignorant of those things--to know that you’re a sinner and know that the only way of salvation is through Jesus Christ. So. That’s a problem because if your sins are paid for already by Jesus and you go to hell. to misunderstand the election. And then you have irresistible grace. “Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian?” And I would hate to say they couldn’t be. by your own belief. in the typical reformed view. is the idea that if you’re saved. Arminian theology would say the sinner can resist. I think it would be going too far to say someone who holds an Arminian view.’--“after the fact. Jesus paid the penalty for the sins of people who don’t believe. even to misunderstand the irresistible nature of God’s saving grace. It isn’t something that God determined in eternity past. And perseverance of the saints.biblebb. Question (continued) http://www. whether people believe or not. the actual efficacy of the atonement. then that’s double jeopardy. is. Whereas. I guess you could say that someone could be an Arminian and push those points far enough. But. typically. the last in the five points. it’s limited to those who believe and were chosen by God. And you could get to the point where you could really wonder whether someone understands that it’s all a work of God. The question comes. and therefore. or anyone who holds an Arminian view. whereas the Arminian side of it would say that everybody’s sins have been paid for. you’re going to persevere to glory. in its actual work. I really believe that it is possible to be Arminian and to be a Christian…to misunderstand your human capability. all across the world.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:55 AM] .” And then you have limited atonement. it’s something that occurs sort of ‘de facto’ or ‘ipso facto. by your own self-induced faith. they are diametrically opposed.com/files/macqa/70-19-6. means that the atonement. was only for the elect. We have still the power to believe on our own. which is the idea that when the spirit of God works on the heart of a sinner. to misunderstand the extent of the atonement. by virtue of that view. apart from any condition.

and they were over in a room somewhere contemplating their navel and reading John Calvin. They can systematize their viewpoint and once that viewpoint is systematized at some point in history and passed down and passed down and refined and refined and refined. And what I learned growing up was sort of a middle ground. essentially.com/files/macqa/70-19-6. and that’s what they understand. I don’t think it was an assignment. they were steeped in Arminian theology. And it is a very carefully thought out. concise argument for the Arminian position. which is I think the best. and there were only about 30 of them in the whole city of Los Angeles--at the time. and there I was in the middle http://www. they have a scholastic system. it’s that they tend to be in a mold or in a rut (I guess you could say) that traditionally gets passed down. but they were a small little group and we weren’t into that. Roman Catholicism is Arminian! It’s a pretty sophisticated system that can rise to pretty high levels of scholasticism. we sort of had that Baptist middle ground. I went from the Arminian kind of side to the Reformed side. In other words. but I did it--it was to read Shank’s book on Life in the Son. and the other was a more traditional Wesleyan environment.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:55 AM] . Arminian people can make an argument. One is they are in a tradition where people have had it wrong for a long time. I went to a seminary that had Presbyterian influences. in fact. systematic argument.John MacArthur . I went away to college and essentially I went to two colleges. that’s the tradition they’re in. the roots of which were both Methodist. They can make the case. One of the benefits that I had. One was sort of a Revivalist environment. there is a predigested. So. and you have to drop your presuppositions at some point. where we read Wiley and Miley and all of that. Let me tell you. we didn’t like the Calvinists and we didn’t like the Arminians.biblebb. So. That’s probably what a lot of you…you grew in the same kind of environment. I remember one of the exercises that I had to do when I was a seminary student.Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian? Even if they are teachers of churches who teach that? Why wouldn’t they understand if they’re so scholarly? Answer (continued) Well. I mean. is I grew up in an environment where my dad was the preacher and it was basically a Baptist kind of environment. that’s the way they grew up. You didn’t talk about predestination or election--that was kind of a frightening thing and that was for dead Presbyterians. And so. they don’t understand--there are a number of reasons why people get it wrong. I also think a second reason why people get it wrong--and this is true for anything--is because they don’t do the really hard work of studying the Word of God. I got out of that. I also studied the theology of Arminians--Wiley and Miley--systematic theologies written by these men. So. it isn’t that they’re not scholars. In my upbringing. I did it on my own. they’ve been making the case for centuries for their viewpoint. You know. passed-down system. and we had to imbibe all of this Arminian theology. it was very introspective and they were thrilled with their theology.

com and www.John MacArthur .gospelgems.biblebb. I think if people could divest themselves of their presuppositions and if they could be willing to eat a little humble pie and say. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. I just believe that we are where we are because we believe this is true. and I went back to the Word of God and in the Word of God. Through the years. I was able to let the Bible speak. the Bible I believe speaks very clearly about what the truth is. and it is this: if two people take two opposing views of something. they would come to the right answers. right? Well. Somebody is wrong. New Jersey. which was good for me.com Online since 1986 http://www. And it’s not us. I don’t say that in a proud way. USA. in a sense.” and take another hard look at the Word of God. It’s a very simple point to make. I mean. all of that experience sort of canceled each other out. without all the presuppositions cast in stone.com Email: tony@biblebb. I think.Can somebody who holds an Arminian view be a Christian? of this mix and I just decided I’d go to the Bible and find out what the Bible said. But. “It’s possible that I might be wrong. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-19-6. they cannot both be right.htm (4 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:47:55 AM] .

that Jesus Christ died only for the elect. I find in my own mind and in my own study of Scripture a strong case for a "General Atonement. Panorama City. tying it in particularly with John. and what's the point of that? So this particular debate rages hot at this particular time in history. The second viewpoint is. P. How can the Bible be read to teach "Unlimited Atonement?" 3. "God so loved. that is only." that He died providing redemption particularly.. All Rights Reserved. In other words. GC 70-11.com/files/macqa/70-11-6." It seems to me that the giving of the Son was in response to the loving of the world. "Did Jesus Christ die for everyone?" In that sense." that is. How can the Bible be read to teach "Limited Atonement?" 2. was sufficient for the sins of all the world. that Jesus Christ provided a full redemption for all human beings.O." What? "The world"-not the elect. There has been through the years a debate about the Atonement. What do you believe that it teaches and why? Answer Let me qualify this. That it is more logical to assume that if only the elect are saved--that Jesus died only for the elect. and the debate basically is. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. otherwise Jesus died for people who He knew would never be saved. because this is a little bit of a theological question. California. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. but have everlasting life. and that the propitiation which Christ was. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and there are some who believe in what is called a "Particular Redemption. It was transcribed from the tape. Box 4000. chapter three. He died to pay the penalty for sin for the whole world. and "Answered" by their pastor. that whosoever beleiveth in Him should not perish. http://www. and then the gift of salvation is generally offered to the world. 1. . . or specifically for the elect. Word of Grace. John MacArthur Jr." For Jesus dying as the propitiation for our sins--and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world." for a "Universal Atonement.Question My question is threefold The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. .htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:56 AM] .biblebb. There are some who believe in a "Total Redemption. Question My question is threefold. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing." for an "All Encompassing Provision. His atonement was unlimited.

com/files/macqa/70-11-6. His redemption encompasses.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:56 AM] . I think that we can't get too threatened by the fact that with regard to theological issues. I don't like to get pushed beyond that. apparently. compared with other passages. 08022 Websites: www.com and www." "only to those who believe. you have passages in the New Testament on "Eternal Security" that say that God keeps us. and I think this is maybe one way to understand it--I believe that the atonement of Christ was sufficient for the world. because there are many passages that apply His redemptive work "only to the elect.gospelgems. I believe in. on both sides." It is unlimited in the sense that it was sufficient to cover the sins of the whole world--it is limited. You have passages in the New Testament that says that you will be saved if you persevere to the end. some Scriptures which appear to be unlimited--a better way to understand that is in somewhat paradoxical terms--in some points it is limited. in some points it appears to be unlimited. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. For example. New Jersey. but I don't like to just take the title of believing in "Limited Atonement" or "Particular Redemption. because I think that that has some exegetical problems. in its sufficiency--the world. USA.Question My question is threefold So." But I believe.biblebb. but is efficient for those that believe.com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www." that Jesus died only for the elect. So. I would say. that I believe. I think that there are other issues in theology that are very difficult for the human mind to resolve and that has passages. but I admit to you that it is a very difficult issue. You can read some Scriptures which appear to be limited. I guess what you could call a "Limited and Unlimited Atonement. Like. It is no more a contradiction than the many other things that appear to be contradictory. how is it that people are saved by the election of God and damned by their unbelief? I mean. in that it is applied only to those who believe. I think you would have problems explaining certain passages of Scripture. particularly in the realm of salvation. we may not be able to harmonize everything.

So in reality Christ actually expiated the sins of those who believe. Box 4000. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. USA.com http://www. New Jersey. believe because they were chosen before the foundation of the world. The question is.. All Rights Reserved. I think. expiated sin. Panorama City. We have a number of passages in the New Testament that indicate that He died for His own. So in the end. as you study the elective and unfolding purposes of the decree of God. it is clear that those who believe. within humanity. "Only those who believe. and was a perfect and satisfactory atonement for the sins of all of who would ever believe." So Christ actually paid the penalty. Those kinds of statements. if He died and paid the actual penalty for the sins of all people who ever lived. and thus eliminate them from ever being judged?" And the answer is. it is referring to." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. But I think that the way you have to define that is to define it as humanity--human kind.O. Their names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life and the Spirit of God came and regenerated them by the sovereign purposes of God.com and www. Question Could you please explain Biblically for whom Christ died? And also. in terms of Scripture. or the world and narrow it down more specifically to who it is. Now in the end.gospelgems. did He actually atone for?" Right? "Whose sins did He actually pay the price for?" "Whose sins did He actually expiate?" "Whose punishment did he actually bear. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Some people want to say that He actually paid the penalty for the sins of all who ever lived. Then how could you send people to Hell when their sins have been paid for? So you can't really have a complete expiation of the sins of everybody. of course. then Hell would be double jeopardy. suffered the wrath of God. "Whose sins.com/files/macqa/70-17-2. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-17. He purchased His own.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www. It was transcribed from the tape.biblebb. We have some problems with that. is that Christ died for the world--the Scripture talks about the world. Word of Grace. with His own blood He purchased the Church. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. or you are going to end up as a Universalist. California. P.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. whether all of them that He died for will be saved? Answer The answer is. take the humanity.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:58 AM] . John MacArthur Jr.

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CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.K. I believe in a http://www. GC 70-17." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and the mysteries of the unfolding divine purpose." O. I just think He knew what was going to happen. and when you are dealing with the inscrutable nature of God and the mysteries of redemption.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:59 AM] . California. I just can't handle that God predestined. It is like the argument about Predestination--people always say. "Well.O. whatever it is that you believe about the limits of the atonement.' because I don't." When did He know it? Well.com/files/macqa/70-17-9. we don't need to separate.. I'm certainly not going to say all truth resides with me. whatever nuances of that discussion you particularly believe--in the end. on the cross. the atonement will only have value to those who believe--whatever it is that you believe. however. He always knew it. but in the end we make our best shot. it's like trying to figure out things that are beyond our capacity-whether you're talking about the security of the believer measured against the perseverance of the saints. why did He create the people to whom it would happen. then if He always knew it. arguing about that really is pointless in a sense. But don't go out and say "John MacArthur advocates 'Limited Atonement. I understand the debate and I certainly engage in it heartily.biblebb. Whatever it is that you believe about the inherent nature of the atonement. and the mind of God--there will always be grappling with these issues. and went ahead and created the people He knew it was going to happen too--He acted sovereignly in doing that--did He not? You can't escape these issues. It is obvious when something is not explicitly stated in Scripture. My point is. In the end. and "Answered" by their pastor. you are always are going to be in the dilemma. whether they're there or not there--whatever it is that you believe about the actual efficaciousness of the death of Christ and to whom it is applied. innate character of the atonement. Panorama City. P. the death of Jesus Christ is only efficacious for those who believe. it is like trying to unscrew the unscrutable. Question Do you hold to "Limited Atonement"--that Jesus Christ did not suffer. let's take that view: "God just knew what was going to happen. substitutionarily. It was transcribed from the tape. if He didn't want it to happen? Even if He knew it was going to happen and nothing more. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. it has no application to those who don't believe--right? So. or you're talking about volition and divine election. for the sins of the whole world? Answer Yes. we don't need to sort of break fellowship over what exactly is the inherent. And I will tell you why--because I don't like that term. we don't need to become divisive. All Rights Reserved. and that is why theological debates like this have gone on always. John MacArthur Jr. I just can't handle that He elected. whatever was going on. whatever you want to say about it's inherent limits or non-limits--in the end you come to the same place. Well. Word of Grace.. And in the end. It is like trying to define the Trinity. because it is not Biblical. on the cross. whether you are talking about any of those kinds of issues. because in the end. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Box 4000.

New Jersey. But it is the nature of seminary. I understand the call to go to preach the gospel to every creature on the face of the earth." I understand all of that. the harder you hold to these views. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. to deal with. then you are orthodox--and that's the issue. these things are very difficult for us to grasp. I understand the exegesis of 1 John 2:2. because they are so explicit. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. and it is usually related to how much you respect the "scholar of choice" or the "author of choice" and that's fine. and as you grow in your understanding of Scripture. Suffice it to say. I've always been content to fellowship with those who would take an unlimited view. trying to cover a lot of these things. because that would be double-jeopardy. and I know how those passages are dealt with as well." I understand that.biblebb. for which there is really little discussion. .com Email: tony@biblebb. so that we could all rally around it. you are more comfortable with allowing yourself to leave the real hard questions to the Lord. legitimate call to salvation or you're illegitimate in that. 08022 Websites: www. it's the nature of grappling day in and day out. and reading widely on these things. As I say. understanding as best I can what the Word of God has to say.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:47:59 AM] . and I'm happy to softly dogmatic on this point. because they are things that are in the divine mind and we are not capable. actually paid the penalty for the sins of somebody. that "He is the propitiation for our sins. what matters in the end is who believes. theologically. as I do constantly in my life. So there is that issue. But I think in the end. USA. . then they wouldn't go to hell. I have such a strong view of the atonement that I would have to believe that if Jesus. we want to maintain some humility.biblebb. and those who would take a limited view. In the end. you have to stand with a bit of humility and a sort of a soft dogmatism. such as we are able to rally around some things in Scripture. that whosoever . hour in and hour out. But anytime you are crawling into the mind of infinite God and trying to sort out those matters.gospelgems. That's all about establishing trust and confidence in those that God has given to us as teachers. The very fact that we are still discussing this issue is pretty good indication that it is not crystal clear. with these kinds of issues. and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world.com/files/macqa/70-17-9. I understand John 3:16. as long as you believe that people who are putting their faith in Christ go to heaven and those who don't go to hell. to sort of pick and chose where you feel the weight of evidence. on the cross. . which means you have to have an honorable. and who doesn't believe.com and www.Question gospel offer that is universal. It seems like the younger you are. because in the end. I wrote a lot of this in the book on the Love of God.com Online since 1986 http://www.

So. He decided who His death would benefit before He planned His death. Also. I mean. People always ask this question about the extent of the atonement. maybe two. He died.com/files/macqa/70-15-3.” Are you familiar with that term? Grace that is common to all. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. The question then comes. you don’t plan the means until you plan the end or the goal. true? God not only knew who His death would benefit." That’s what we call “common grace”: the rain falls on the just and the unjust.. I cannot go…except to say this. especially of believers. it says." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. He decided who His death would benefit. and therefore you have a wasted effort on His part. Box 4000.O. God knew who His death would benefit. Is that ok. in Acts 14. did Christ die only for the elect or did He die for the whole world? The debate circles around these thoughts: if Christ died for the whole world. from the very outset. That’s what election is.biblebb. For example. in 1 Timothy 4:10. then He died for people that He didn’t save and didn’t choose. you have Him (this is the philosophical approach to it) you have Him dying for people who were never supposed to be saved anyway. in the first place. What the question is. ".. in the “ordis” (sp?) category. Word of Grace. Question Could you please clarify the extent of the atonement. I don’t know if I could clarify it.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. that there are some ways--and you can find certain verses that seem to apply the atonement to the elect only--to go beyond it in several ways. limited versus unlimited? Answer Well. in the generations gone by.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:00 AM] ." Now. and "Answered" by their pastor. It was transcribed from the tape. what does "common grace" mean? http://www. so why would He bother to die for them? Now. So. "yet He didn’t leave Himself without witness in that He did good and gave rain from heaven and fruitful season. GC 70-15. John MacArthur Jr. and that would be in what theologians through the years have called “common grace. California. In other words. God knew that the death of Jesus Christ would be applicable to the elect. because He wouldn’t have planned a death unless He had planned a redemption effected by that death. satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. is basically this: did Jesus Christ die for the whole world or did He just die for the elect? Now. "God is the Savior of all men. we believe in election. we believe in election because the Bible says that the elect were chosen before the foundation of the world--their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life at that time--and they were given to Christ as a love gift from the Father. but I could take a sort of stab at it. We were predestined to be adopted as children of God and all of that. He permitted all the nations to go their own ways. Christ died. P. One first of all. Beyond that. Ken? Ok? (he's the Theology professor). CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Panorama City." He let them go their own ways. there are some ways in which the death of Christ applies to the non-elect and the unsaved. this is a whole lot of human reasoning and that’s what makes it so very difficult.

they can laugh. And we have to let God resolve all that in His own perfect wisdom. But secondly. Now." And. and they can enjoy the richness of life in creation. and yet there was something in it that satisfied the justice of God so that he could be gracious commonly to all sinners. "common grace" shows itself in a temporal way. the very fact that a sinner takes another breath is grace--is it not? Because he deserves to die. There is an element in this whole atoning work that makes men culpable of sin. Somehow in the atonement of Christ. Is that not true? Now that's what makes the whole thing incomprehensible to me. and there is another component in the atonement that renders sinners guilty of rejecting it. and children. if you understand all those components and just leave them there--you're ok. But then there is another component. the atonement. planned for and limited to the elect.biblebb. New Jersey. The first temporal aspect of it would be earthly blessing. we are told to go into the whole world and preach the gospel "to all the elect"--is that right? [No]. they do not go to hell because Christ didn't die for them--they go to hell because they rejected His death. Ok? I mean.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:00 AM] . and they can smile. certainly in the purposes and plan of God in its efficacy (its effectiveness) was from the very beginning. I was fine until I made that statement--right? But that's honest.com Online since 1986 http://www. and whatever. and love. there is the temporal aspect of it. "you will die in your sins because you believe not on Me.Question One. USA. but let's just divide it that way for a moment. because "they believe not on Christ." Jesus simply said.biblebb. and thus they are damned. "to every creature!" So. and that "common grace" will express itself in the blessings of human life and in human life itself. and this throws the mystery into the whole thing.com and www.gospelgems. in other words. So somehow in the atonement there is found even a "common grace" which can be bestowed on an unregenerate. in that God doesn't kill people. and that is this: if a person goes to hell.com/files/macqa/70-15-3. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. the wrath of God was mitigated so that He allows even the unregenerate to enjoy life. it's really all temporal. 08022 Websites: www.com Email: tony@biblebb.

com/files/macqa/70-12-7. Box 4000. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. John MacArthur Jr. “If you want to know what to do. godly counsel. In making a big decision on where I might want to go to get this training. But I have no authority to command you.. I command you to. to say to you. Panorama City.” The point is there. the only authority any pastor or elder has is the Word of God.” But He says. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40. An elder and a pastor is certainly an appropriate person to go to. That’s why the Old Testament says. That very point is where pastor's and elder's leadership becomes out-of-bounds and abusive and overbearing. you’ve overstepped the bounds of your authority. The best we can do is give wise counsel. “Get much counsel and you’ll get wisdom. I’m a visitor here and I’m looking to get some biblical and spiritual training. go ask the elder. He would say. California.” So I believe that our authority stops where scripture ends and then the best we can do is try to give wise counsel based upon our best understanding of the facts. I would recommend this because it appears from what I know about that and what I know about you that this would be a good choice. My authority stops when I close the page of this book.O. It was transcribed from the tape." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. God never intended that.Authority of Elders and Pastors The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Go there. I am nothing more and nothing less than an instrument by which God makes known to you his revelation. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. All Rights Reserved. that is counsel. beyond the pages of the Word of God. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. I may say to you. I have no authority. there is wisdom. and then all I’m doing is giving you counsel. If God wanted us to just listen to one guy. “In much counsel.. You can consider that counsel as to its inherent value and make your own decision. That’s my role. Question This question is concerning elders’ authority or pastors’ authority over the flock of God. Word of Grace. “Go here and get this training. “Given the circumstances. and "Answered" by their pastor.John MacArthur . GC 70-12. an elder have in advising us when or where we should go to get this training? Answer I believe that as far as authority.. That is overstepping my bounds.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:02 AM] . My question then is how much liberty does a pastor. I feel it’s important to seek good.” but that is not authority. When you step beyond the Word of God.”-I have no authority to do that. P. Now.biblebb. if you’re in my congregation.

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I was walking out to the parking lot and I overheard two college girls walking out to their car. for the baby that dies. God. it is sheer grace. I’m sorry if I didn’t and if they might have misunderstood me. Panorama City. I was wondering how you would respond to that. I hope I made that clear in the two messages that I gave. I think they are at that moment regenerated by the grace of God. effects repentance and faith in our hearts. That’s why death is a reality in their lives. John MacArthur Jr. the terminology “born again”--yes. they have to be regenerated. and one college girl was telling the other one that because babies couldn’t comprehend sin and the law and election and stuff like that. It is all grace because they are all sinful. the sheer. Question After your second preaching [sermon] on the salvation of babies.biblebb. Question (continued) They have to be born again? Answer (continued) Well. Answer Well. it’s not like they have to be regenerated and then later on. and then later on. California. P. Babies who die go to heaven by pure grace whether they understand it or not. apart from all or any work. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. pure grace of God.Babies and Salvation The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Nobody ever goes to heaven apart from grace. But. In other words. it isn’t necessary for them to comprehend any of that because that’s the very point: they can’t. At the time they die.O.John MacArthur . It was transcribed from the tape. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. by that grace.com/files/macqa/70-23-4. Word of Grace. They are all culpable. And so. sanctified. that no grace was needed to take them to heaven. They have to be made into new creations. I mean. and "Answered" by their pastor.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:21 AM] . GC 70-23. you know. glorified." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. But. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. They are all guilty before God. which makes it such a wonderful illustration of how all of us are saved by the same kind of grace--only in an adult case. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. All Rights Reserved.. Their regeneration occurs at the time of their glorification. that cannot be separated from glorification. Box 4000.

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But. In chapter 17. which isn’t too hard to figure out: Rome. But. and then consume that false religious system when the antichrist establishes himself as the only one to be worshipped. 08022 Websites: www. which means it takes all false religion that has massacred the true church throughout all the centuries--and masses all of that in one final. it centers itself in a city with seven hills. religious. very likely the Pope. massive.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:22 AM] . Box 4000." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. allow this system to exist for a while.gospelgems. false system. I see it as a conglomerate system of false religion worldwide that is centered in the city of Rome and has.O.com and www.John MacArthur . as its titular head. anti-God paganism that was associated with the Tower of Babel in Genesis. But. GC 70-13..com Email: tony@biblebb. and it appears to me. All Rights Reserved. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. I think it’s a worldwide religious system. as listed in the seventeenth chapter of Revelation? Answer I think Babylon the Great represents a worldwide religious system.com/files/macqa/70-13-4. I still have a question I need to ask you. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Who or what is Babylon the Great. a restoration of the original. Panorama City. Word of Grace. sort of centered in Rome. New Jersey. I see it as a world religious system. It was transcribed from the tape.biblebb. along with the false prophet. whom some believe would even be the kind of person that could serve as antichrist or the false prophet. Question We have read quite a few commentaries about this and I had a dear pastor tell me that the Bible casts a lot of light on the commentaries. It seems to me too that it’s bigger than Rome because it’s drunk with the blood of all the martyrs. if you read carefully through chapter 17. California.Babylon the Great The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. That sets up the final Babylon. USA. So. which is more of a secular world-economics situation. and "Answered" by their pastor.biblebb. that you see in chapter 18. great. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr.com Online since 1986 http://www. and thus it bears the same name. P. The antichrist.

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Some would take the word "for. "They that gladly received his word were . So. but at the same time. one faith. So. Peter says.' you will be saved. one baptism. in other words it would read. "One Lord. the whole of Scripture teaches salvation by grace through faith. because that water baptism was such an immediate. through faith--that not of yourselves." even though that was of course a pre-church situation. "For by grace are you saved." simply takes the confession and the faith and puts it together--one is the heart and the other is the outward acknowledging and I think it puts them together. and you see it in verse 41. in effect." the preposition "for" and translate it "because. So I am wondering. . in Ephesians 4. yet the Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. first of all you want to take Acts 2:38 in the context of the whole of Scripture and it is very obvious and very clear that the whole of Scripture teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. in the name of Jesus Christ.com/files/macqa/70-7-4. 'Jesus is Lord. If you read Ephesians 2:8-9 it says just that. the first and initial act of obedience in the early church. you are an unbeliever. for example. It was so inseparably linked to salvation as to be spoken of. I believe that public confession of that faith came forth in baptism so that baptism is linked with repentance. and confess with your mouth. who wanted the Holy Spirit. because of the remission of sins"--adding that "baptism" is there because you sins have been remitted. but I don't really think that you need to force it to say that." So. "Repent of your sin and make public confession. it is the gift of God--not of works. lest any man should boast. "Repent and be baptized." You also have in Acts. I believe. you are in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity-obviously baptism didn't save him. every one of you. the first and initial act of obedience was the public confession of that faith. It is simply that baptism was so inextricably linked to the inward attitude of the heart as the way that the confession was made that they are tied together. you remember." it's talking about water baptism. I believe that baptism was God ordained as a first step of public confession of a repentant. ." What? "baptized.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:23 AM] . every one of you. in the same breath.Question Question I got a question from Acts 2:38. Obviously. in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." I have gone through that myself and that is a possibility. every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ. for the remission of sin. "Repent and be baptized. what did Peter mean by "being baptized" and why did he say it? Answer Well. because Jesus said to him. "If you believe in heart God raised Him from the dead. believing heart. "Repent and be baptized" is to say." It may be very much like Romans 10:9-10. the illustration of Simon. and then Peter said to him. when it says. visible expression of a heart of faith that they were tied together.biblebb. "Repent and be baptized. chapter 8." It seems like Peter is indicating that you have got to be baptized to be saved. the lack of baptism didn't damn the thief on the cross." http://www. He was baptized. if you will. "This day you will be with me in paradise.

gospelgems.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey.biblebb. USA. So you want to see baptism for what it is--the outward confession of the inward belief.com and www. you don't want to come up with a "Baptismal Salvation" because that would strike a blow at the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith which is pervasive in Scripture. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.biblebb.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:23 AM] .com Online since 1986 http://www.com/files/macqa/70-7-4.Question Now. 08022 Websites: www.

" in the broadest sense and I'll tell you why. Panorama City.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. You say. if a person were to come and say. that over a period of time they might come to a better understanding of the mode of baptism. "yes. after you become a Christian. California. But with regard to sprinkling the question gets a little more difficult. Now. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. was raised in that environment. It was transcribed from the tape. why is baptism an issue?" It's an issue because the Bible commands it--right? It's a matter of obedience. Certainly. I did a tape a couple of years ago called. If you have any questions about that. but I have never been baptized in any way"--we would ask that they be immersed prior to completing or immediately after completing that membership process. GC 70-16. and at some point ask for that immersion to be done.com/files/macqa/70-16-5. as if you needed a baptism for every church you might attend--you only need one baptism in your life. get the tape. and we don't expect people to be rebaptized in our church." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and were instructed that this is the manner in which you do that-their conscience was clear and they were obedient to that which was taught to them--we would acknowledge that. At the same time. or converted in an environment where sprinkling was the mode of baptism. Question If you have been baptized in another church.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:25 AM] . and in good faith they made their public testimony of their faith in Jesus Christ. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. or out of the text of Scripture. All Rights Reserved. I don't believe the Bible teaches baptism by sprinkling. in good faith. since you have become a Christian--since you have become a Christian. That is what we would believe is a valid baptism. We wouldn't want to eliminate their membership because of the mode. Word of Grace.biblebb. Box 4000. whether by immersion or sprinkling. is that acceptable for membership at Grace Church? Answer Well. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. "Understanding Baptism" which summarizes all of it and I know that you can get it in the Tape Room and probably in the Book Store.O. the answer to that is. but if a person.. "I want to be a member of Grace Church. and "Answered" by their pastor. we would hope and trust. P. if you have been immersed anywhere. I don't think that you can support that mode of baptism exegetically. John MacArthur Jr. "Well. but we would want them to come to an understanding of the true biblical means of baptism. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www.

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Sun Valley. However. If baptism were necessary for salvation. what good would it have done Paul to preach the gospel. Perhaps the most convincing refutation of the view that baptism is necessary for salvation are those who were saved apart from baptism. 44) and the gifts of the Spirit (v. 26. That they were saved before being baptized is evident from their reception of the Holy Spirit (v. Peter mentioned baptism in his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38). and hence in no way efficacious for salvation. If baptism were part of the gospel itself. Peter makes no reference to baptism. Ephesians 2:8-9. but not baptize? No one would have been saved. Let's examine what the Scriptures teach on this issue: First. Cornelius and those with him were converted through Peter's message. the pastor of Grace Community Church. we would expect to find it stressed whenever the gospel is presented in Scripture. In http://www. but links forgiveness of sin to repentance (3:19). 24. Paul gives a concise summary of the gospel message he preached. One of the basic principles of biblical interpretation is the analogia scriptura. All Rights Reserved. the paralytic man (Matthew 9:2)... and the publican (Luke 18:13-14) also experienced forgiveness of sins apart from baptism. necessary for salvation. Indeed. The Bible also gives us an example of people who were saved before being baptized. We have no record of the apostles' being baptized. 25. 28. Philippians 3:9. Paul clearly understood baptism to be separate from the gospel.biblebb. the analogy of Scripture. The penitent woman (Luke 7:37-50). That is difficult to understand if baptism is necessary for salvation. etc. California. in his sermon from Solomon's portico in the Temple (Acts 3:12-26). it is quite clear from such passages as Acts 15 and Romans 4 that no external act is necessary for salvation. Paul states that "Christ did not send me to baptize. Galatians 2:16. not baptism. In 1 Corinthians 1:17. Salvation is by divine grace through faith alone (Romans 3:22.Baptism The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. 30. however.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:26 AM] . 47).com/files/macqa/IA-baptism. but to preach the gospel. is what cleansed them). Question Is Baptism necessary for salvation? Answer No. yet Jesus pronounced them clean of their sins (John 15:3--note that the Word of God. 4:5. it is the fact that they had received the Holy Spirit (and hence were saved) that led Peter to baptize them (cf.).John MacArthur ." thus clearly differentiating the gospel from baptism. That is not the case. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. There is no mention of baptism. In Acts 10:44-48. 46) before their baptism. why didn't Peter say so in Acts 3? Paul never made baptism any part of his gospel presentations. If baptism is necessary for the forgiveness of sin. v. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.

John 3:18. In Acts 22:16. 1 Corinthians 10:2. I might also mention that many textual scholars think it unlikely that vv. John 1:33. no individual passage could teach otherwise. pp. 11:38. Notice that the basis for condemnation in that verse is not the failure to be baptized. 10:38-39. Paul recounts the words of Ananias to him following his experience on the Damascus http://www. as we have seen. But there are at least two plausible interpretations of this verse that do not connect forgiveness of sin with baptism." Forgiveness is thus connected with repentance. We can't discuss here all the textual evidence that has caused many New Testament scholars to reject the passage. In Acts 2:38. that baptism and other forms of ritual are not necessary for salvation. thus setting it off from the rest of the sentence. Luke 24:47. as the phrase "not the removal of dirt from the flesh" indicates. The Gospel of Mark.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:26 AM] . 11:16. I refer you to my commentaries on Galatians and Romans..com/files/macqa/IA-baptism. 26:18." instead of "for. Water baptism does not seem to be what Peter has in view in 1 Peter 3:21. 122-128. the verse would read "Repent (and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ) for the forgiveness of your sins. we must compare Scripture with Scripture in order to understand its full and proper sense.John MacArthur . not baptism. while "be baptized" is singular. 12:41. 1 Corinthians 12:13). Matthew 3:11. any interpretation of a specific passage that contradicts the general teaching of the Bible is to be rejected. With that in mind. and William Hendriksen. Thus we must look for interpretations of those passages that will be in harmony with the general teaching of Scripture. 7:4. a verse often quoted to prove baptism is necessary for salvation. It is also possible to take the clause "and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ" as parenthetical. Since the general teaching of the Bible is. et al. Mark 1:8. Baptism is mentioned in the first part of the verse because it was the outward symbol that always accompanied the inward belief. and Luke 11:32. Peter is not talking about immersion in water. 12:50. in keeping with the consistent teaching of the New Testament (cf.biblebb. If that interpretation is correct. let's look briefly at some passages that appear to teach that baptism is required for salvation. which means "to immerse. Peter appears to link forgiveness of sins to baptism. For a detailed exposition of those passages. The English word "baptism" is simply a transliteration of the Greek word baptizo. 10:43. I also do not believe water baptism is in view in Romans 6 or Galatians 3." Baptizo does not always refer to water baptism in the New Testament (cf. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. Support for that interpretation comes from that fact that "repent" and "your" are plural. is actually a proof of the opposite. but only the failure to believe. Acts 1:5. pp. 13:38." It is used in that sense in Matthew 3:11. 9-20 are an authentic part of Mark's gospel. 682-687. 12:13). I see in those passages a reference to the baptism in the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 3:16. It is possible to translate the Greek preposition eis "because of. Acts 5:31. But you can find a thorough discussion in Bruce Metzger. Ephesians 5:26)." or "on the basis of.Baptism other words. And since the Bible doesn't contradict itself." or repentance. He is referring to immersion in Christ's death and resurrection through "an appeal to God for a good conscience. or the tapes of my sermons on Galatians 3 and Romans 6. Mark 16:16.

08022 Websites: www. calling on His name.gospelgems.biblebb." the Greek participle epikalesamenos ("calling") would have no antecedent.com and www." It is best to connect the phrase "wash away your sins" with "calling on His name.com/files/macqa/IA-baptism. However. and wash away your sins. Paul's sins were washed away not by baptism.com Email: tony@biblebb. Baptism is certainly important. and be baptized.com Online since 1986 http://www. USA.Baptism road: "Arise." If we connect it with "be baptized. New Jersey. the New Testament does not teach that baptism is necessary for salvation.biblebb. but by calling on His name.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:26 AM] . and required of every believer.John MacArthur . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.

it becomes so absolutely synonymous with saving faith that Paul writes to the Ephesians and says. with Ananias--baptized. I just wanted to commend you for that and say the more you can say it." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I’ve heard you say on occasion. “What doth hinder me to be baptized?” The Philippian jailer--baptized and his whole household.. It was transcribed from the tape. So. “Well. he’s talking about water baptism. “Repent and be--” what? “Baptized. the eunuch. I just would like you to comment on how you feel the truth of this issue should effect evangelism. That’s right. including DE [Discipleship Evangelism] and all of those other things.. routine expression of true salvation. why is it so important?” It’s so important because the Bible says. Paul.. it seems like this really has an effect on the methodology of evangelism.Baptism The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.” He’s not talking about spirit baptism. I was listening to a tape by Al Martin where he was pointing out that Jesus basically gave one duty for us to do: to proclaim our faith in a public manner and that was baptism. normal. and "Answered" by their pastor. because that has been that standard. God has made provision for us to do that. So. that you don’t make Christ Lord--that He’s already Lord whether you’re saved or not and whether you even know He exists. And I’ve always said this and I say it again: a believer who is reluctant to be baptized should be questioned as to the genuineness of his or her salvation. California. P. And you’re right in saying that the public confession of Lordship was baptism. Box 4000. then it http://www. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36.John MacArthur . Question This is relative to the Lordship thing.000 believed and were what? Were baptized.com/files/macqa/70-8-4. I man. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. with all the accusations you’re getting. it’s that simple.that’s already been covered. Sometimes I think that there’re a lot of areas where more careful use of terminology would help a lot.biblebb.it really has nothing to do. because of this.. it seems to me like there’s so much heat and not a lot of light going on in this. one faith. Answer I don’t know that there’s any such thing in the New Testament as a non-baptized believer. I think the better it’s going to be. “One Lord. 3. In fact. certainly on the day of Pentecost. John MacArthur Jr. You say. I mean. There’s little question about that. not altar calls and raising your hand and all of that stuff. All Rights Reserved.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:27 AM] .O.” and if obedience is the demonstration of submission to the Lordship of Christ. GC 70-8. First of all.. because they were inseparable. Panorama City. Secondly. Word of Grace. and it’s not so much a question as just a comment. one-” what? “One baptism. and I really agree. And every other situation--you know.

" than we did with public baptism? I suppose it’s the legacy of contemporary evangelism. On the one hand. or making a "decision. you say. New Jersey.gospelgems.com and www. But how in the world--and I think what you’re saying is so true--we ever associated salvation more with lifting a hand. 08022 Websites: www.com Email: tony@biblebb.Baptism ought to include obedience to that very initial command. signing a card." I’m not sure I can comprehend how to read that.biblebb. walking an aisle. USA.com Online since 1986 http://www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:27 AM] . you say Christ is Lord. on the other hand. I’ll say it very plainly: those of you who have not been baptized are really a contradiction. It’s a very vital thing.John MacArthur .com/files/macqa/70-8-4.biblebb. "I just don’t want to obey Him.

she didn't know what she was doing. Paul is saying. In other words." And then he said. he is only using what we would call a natural argument rather than a supernatural one. some time back. "I feel the tug on the string that I hold in my hand. USA. no sir. she quoted to me. that they are not talking about that. "Why are people baptizing for the dead if there is no resurrection?" And we are saying. all Paul is trying to say is. right in the Bible. so that they could pay their fare across the Mystic River of Death. so I have no doubt in my mind where she went. But.biblebb. and I have looked at that and tried to study it and figure out what they are saying. 08022 Websites: www.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:28 AM] . today it would be the Mormons. New Jersey. and all he is saying is. the old story of immortality that is told about the little blind boy that was sitting on the top of a hill and he had a kite. there is something in the human heart that longs for immortality. Now. Somebody said to him. She was very senile. That's why people in Greece put a coin in the mouth of the dead body. That is why Indians buried ponies with the dead braves. because she said. "Can you see the kite?" He said. In other words. so that he could go down the River of Life in his canoe." he said.com http://www.Question Question I have a family member that a couple of years ago was taken in by the Mormons (she had a very bad experience in her life). "If there is no resurrection. for example. and it still is with the Mormons that do it. But I know they probably went through the Baptism of the Dead. "Oh. My grandmother that lived up there died and they had converted her. and Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 15.biblebb." And of course it [Baptizing for the Dead] was in error.com and www. "Well then how do you know that it is in the air?" "Well. That's why they put a canoe in a Pharaoh's pyramid. "It says. that you baptize for the dead.com/files/macqa/70-3-15.gospelgems. "Even the pagans understand that there is a resurrection. the whole chapter is to prove that there is a resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:29. then why are these people baptizing for the dead? Even the pagans feel the pull of immortality." But yet Scofield says down below in the footnote." The old adage was that's the way it is with immortality--even pagan people feel the tug of immortality--that there is life after death. "What in the world does he mean by that?" Right? "What is the Baptism for the Dead?" It isn't even important what he means--to us. Like we say. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. People then knew what he meant. and the kite was pulling against the wind. or else why would they be baptizing for the dead?" In other words. There was some pagan cult at that time that was doing Baptisms for the Dead. he is trying to prove the validity of resurrection in general. Answer Well.

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"This I say. John MacArthur Jr.O.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Question I was reading through 1 Corinthians this week and I came across verse 7:12. See. "Don't divorce. but all you have to understand is one basic thing: what he is saying is (very simple). "And unto the married I command.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:30 AM] . Now. and "Answered" by their pastor. not quoting Christ. and at another point he's saying now I'm saying this. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Matthew 19). not the Lord. All Paul is saying here is this. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. "to the rest speak I." (Matthew 5.. It's amazing." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. P. Paul said all that. So all that he is doing here in his discussion of marriage is at one point he is quoting the Lord. Panorama City. I can go all the way back to my seminary days and we were studying this passage and it continually is a question of people.biblebb. not the Lord?" Answer 1 Corinthians 7:12. go back to verse 10. the Lord didn't say this. if the Bible is the Word of God. Word of Grace. he's saying I am not quoting Christ." I am going to tell you what my command is. Box 4000. this is not a quote from the Lord.com/files/macqa/70-5-15. Jesus didn't say anything in the Book of Romans. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www. All Rights Reserved. he's talking about marriage and singleness. Right? In fact. This is not something that Christ has taught. "I am saying this." He's reaching back to where the Lord said that. but the Lord said this too. He is not saying this isn't inspired." That's all." Now. California. then why does Paul say. yet not I. and I was wondering. but he is not saying that it is not the Holy Spirit speaking through him in inspiration. there were a lot of things that Paul said that Jesus didn't say. all he means is: I am saying this. It was transcribed from the tape. GC 70-5. "Don't divorce your husband.

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It was transcribed from the tape. some of you have the Amplified Bible. John MacArthur Jr. to find out what the Scriptures really say. because that is an English translation. there are all kinds of things like that. and "Answered" by their pastor. the Bible you have is in our culture. Let me just back up from that by saying this. Word of Grace. is to collect the ancient manuscripts." Scolfield's notes. a Chinese one. drawn out thing." So. would be in the 23rd chapter of Matthew. and the rest of the world is limping along without the full revelation. An example. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE." What are the better manuscripts and how do we determine which manuscripts are better than others? Answer You are going to have to trust some other people on this one. I think the 14th verse or somewhere around there. Box 4000. I don't know what all you have. etc." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. GC 70-1. because it is such a long. they are going to have a German one. This is such a difficult issue. In Latin America they have a Spanish Bible and it's going to be translated out of the original languages into Spanish. but difficult to communicate to you in a way that is going to be understood. that you would leave a word or a particular verse out. Some of you have a 1901 American Standard--all these various things. California. Question Occasionally. "was not in the better manuscripts. Panorama City. The New Testament was written entirely in Greek. Some of you may even have an old Confirnity Version. In Europe they are going to have a French one." but "koine" or common Greek. you know. which is a Hebrew type language. they are going to have an Italian one. you will mention in one of your sermons. what we have to do then. You have in your hand a Bible." The Bible was written in the Old Testament in Hebrew. You go to the Orient. you got from your Catholic days with the Apocrapha in the middle. alright? Now. which is a "street Greek. So. and especially when I listened to a few tapes. what are we saying? That is almost like Hitler's "Doctrine of the Supreme Race.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:31 AM] . all the Bibles that we do have are basically translated into the languages in which we read them from "manuscripts. P. or Douay Version. not classical Greek like Ceaser's "Golic Wars." as if we got all the corner on all of the truth. they are going to have Japanese one. but a commentary on the Bible--a paraphrase. "My hope is built on nothing less than Scolfield's Notes and Scripture Press" or "Moody Press" I guess.biblebb. with the exception of several passages in Aramaic. http://www.com/files/macqa/70-1-13. not difficult for me to understand. which is not a Bible.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. you said. a Korean one. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. these people who come along and say that the "King James" is the only right Bible--that's not even thinking clearly.O. Some of you have the New American Standard (NASB). maybe you have like I do. You may have a Living Bible. some of you have the NIV (New International Version). But. "the Holy Scolly.

the NIV. We don't have the original Isaiah. many principles that they use in the study of lower criticism and what they have come up with is these two families of manuscripts. I mean. The King James was based upon the "best" available stuff in 1611. It was a perfect opportunity for people to change it. because you assume people would try to make it easier. But. The newer manuscripts have the benefit of all that was in the other set. because there is a science of comparing them. as it went copying along--they could put in something here. the original Acts. But these two groups of manuscripts. do you know what they did to help themselves? They took out all the vowels--they took out all the punctuation. they say Ezra could write to whole Old Testament from memory (he was a scribe) without error. We have no original manuscripts. they wrote. and copies. So scholars just have to come back in--and it is not hard to do if you know Hebrew well. from time to time. than a rich man to get into heaven. And many of them would write one letter [single character]. Through the years of history we have had scholars that are working in a field that is known as "lower criticism" (that's just what they call it). In those 300 years there have been many other manuscripts found. and copies.Question Point 1. and wrote. "It is easier for a thread to go through the eye of a needle.biblebb. that has produced all the modern translations. sitting down to copy the whole Old Testament would be a tough job--right? Especially. put in something there. Right? So. and they have come down. in fact. What we have is copies. So. there are many. there were some who more careless than that."--which is the right one? The "camel" has to be right. in most cases. all the paragraphs and all the spaces. which we now know were the better manuscripts. because they didn't want to change one single letter. and the further back you get. For example. is now manuscripts that are older than the King James manuscripts. That second group. and all that has been added to that since that time. and just wrote consonants in big long strings. And maybe a scribe made a mistake. if you find two manuscripts and one makes something very difficult. that's why. we have none.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:31 AM] . Because a scribe would change a camel to a "thread. than a rich man to get into heaven. So. not harder. has had the benefit of all the years of study since 1611 when this King James came out." but a scribe would never change a "thread" to a camel. the purer you are going to be. we say. one of the laws of lower criticism is you always take the more difficult rendering. the original Romans. they were so precise--they would write one letter and wash their pen. Who have collected and studied all the groupings of these various manuscripts. basically. and wrote. to two groups of manuscripts. http://www.com/files/macqa/70-1-13. we don't have the original John. because once the Scripture was given everybody started to copy it. "That the better manuscripts indicate" such and such. like one manuscript says. but now the stuff that the NAS and others have based upon. one of them has produced the King James and the other has produced all of the other modern translations." and this manuscript family says. "It's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. You can thank the Lord that there are men who spend there whole life just fussing around with these manuscripts. and we have copies. But anyway.

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May I add. Let me recommend a recent book which very carefully discusses the issues. "The King James Version Debate. Answer The question you raised concerning various Bible versions is a very complex issue that cannot be adequately discussed in a letter. These are detailed issues. especially for those who are not trained in the field of the Greek language and New Testament textual studies. state that certain Scriptures (usually from KJV) are not accurate according to the best manuscripts. such as the New International Version and the New American Standard Bible. that it is accurate and why. keep in mind that the supporters of "God wrote only one Bible" theology have mistakenly equated the 1611 King James Bible with the original manuscripts written in the first century. al.com/files/macqa/991224. et. Yet. I would have no reservation in recommending these versions." published by Baker Book House. in order to be witnesses of the true Word of God. I have heard and read from equally godly sources that the KJV is the most accurate. Just a final word. Carson. It is true that God wrote only one Bible. and that the KJV is not really the most accurate translation. When you refer to a KJV Scripture as "not according to the best manuscripts" just exactly what do you mean and what exactly are the best manuscripts? If KJV is not the most accurate translation. I think you might find it helpful.. as well as a few other ministers.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:32 AM] . have been translated by godly men of demonstrated academic repute from the very best manuscript evidence that is available today. and they give source material for this conclusion that sounds most convincing. yet I myself choose to continue using the Scofield Reference Bible because it is the text with which I am most familiar. But I trust that these brief comments will prove helpful. This is when you. Bible versions. but it is also true that it was not the King James translation. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. Often times it is filled with more emotion and heat than it is knowledge and light. It is most important that we all know and be sure of what we are talking about. I would very much appreciate a clarification. The author is Donald A.biblebb. the manuscript evidence that is now available is far superior to that which was available to the King James Version's translators in 1611. then which translation is and why do you regard it so? I'm sure you will agree that in this day and time we all need to be able to point to God's Word and say to the ungodly. So. Let me share with you my own conclusions after studying these issues.Question Question I am becoming extremely confused and frustrated.

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titled "Bible Questions and Answers.Science in the Bible The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. Box 4000. Many Infallible Proofs. It’s his book on apologetics-“why I believe” or something like that. I can’t remember the name of the latest one. or maybe yourself.John MacArthur . And it’s done properly.O. 08022 Websites: www. really helpful book. who’s an outstanding creation scientist…he’s got an excellent.com Email: tony@biblebb." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.htm [5/21/2002 8:48:33 AM] . I’ll tell you a really. Really good.com and www. I just gave mine to somebody just about a week ago to look at.. written by Henry Morris. New Jersey.gospelgems. It’ll load you with more stuff than you can handle. there are plenty of things like that. P. Answer Oh. All Rights Reserved.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www.com/files/macqa/70-13-16. John MacArthur Jr. Question Can you give me a reference of some people that have. that have written some books about science in the Bible. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Panorama City. California. several books…you can check them in the bookstore or in the library. and "Answered" by their pastor. It was transcribed from the tape. USA. Word of Grace.biblebb. GC 70-13. excellent…well. that’s it! Many Infallible Proofs.

It is known as the Authorized Version of 1611 because King James I approved the project to create an authoritative English Bible.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:34 AM] . the NIV does not follow the exact wording of the original Greek and Hebrew texts as closely as the KJV and NASB versions do. As a result. Which version is the best to use? Ultimately. The King James Only Controversy (Minneapolis: Bethany House. completed in 1971. 1979). but aimed more for equivalent ideas. is a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901.A.biblebb. Question Which Bible translation is best? Answer The four English translations used most widely by evangelical Christians are the King James Version (KJV). many people appreciate its dignity and majesty.Bible Translation The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. The NASB. The KJV is the oldest of the four and continues to be the favorite of many. Sun Valley.com/files/macqa/IA-translation. making it a favorite for serious Bible study. Although it contains many obsolete words (some of which have changed in meaning). Its translators did not attempt to translate strictly word for word.. especially for devotional reading. For further study: D. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www. the pastor of Grace Community Church. The New King James Version (NKJV). All Rights Reserved. he or she can explore some of the nuances of meaning that arise out of the original texts. It is a literal translation from the Hebrew and Greek languages. Carson. The King James Version Debate (Grand Rapids: Baker. California. it can be considered a faithful translation of the original texts. the serious student of Scripture should become familiar enough with concordances and wordstudy aids. that choice needs to made by each person individually. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. taken from the same group of ancient manuscripts. The NIV was completed in 1978. Each of the versions have strengths and weaknesses. but they are all reliable translations of the Bible. Nevertheless. James White. and the New American Standard Bible (NASB). that simply updates the archaic language of the KJV. so that even without a thorough knowledge of the original languages.. The NKJV is a similar translation.John MacArthur . and its lucid readability makes it quite popular. Ideally. the New International Version (NIV). 1995).

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When God is finished.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:35 AM] . We all know that there are 39 books in the Old Testament.” since a lot of books were written after Deuteronomy? Answer Well. that’s a good question and you need to have a good answer for that. which details his Second Coming and the establishment of his eternal glory. Question A few weeks ago. which says. Her response to me was that if that was true and if that meant that revelation from God was done and over. then you apply the Deuteronomy 4 passage and you apply the Revelation passage. Panorama City. and the punctuation point is the Book of Revelation. Box 4000. And the answer in both cases is this: when God has finished giving his Word. California. the last living apostle.com/files/macqa/70-23-5. spake in time past by the fathers through the prophets has now spoken unto us by his Son. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. P.O.John MacArthur . nor take from it. We also know that with the book of Revelation written by the apostle John. Those verses simply mean that when God is finished speaking. and "Answered" by their pastor. you can’t add to it.. I was witnessing to a Mormon friend of mine and we were discussing The Book of Mormon and I brought to her attention that she claimed to believe in the Bible.biblebb. which were inspired by God. Word of Grace. But God himself wasn’t finished. You have the last apostle writing the last letter about the final end of the entire universe and God ends the Scripture at that point. then how do I explain Deuteronomy 4:2. and most of the all the other apostles are long dead. but once that was finished and the canon was closed and completed and unarguably affirmed to be the true canon: God had spoken and when He was finished speaking. states that no one can add or take away from this book without receiving judgment from God. even at the end of the Old Testament canon. you don’t add to that. “You shall not add to the Word. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Joseph Smith is one of those “yous” who can’t add to what God has said. So you don’t want to make too big an argument-and that’s what this person is pointing out to you--you don’t want to make too big an argument about where that statement is placed in the sequence. which. All Rights Reserved.. As the writer of Hebrews says." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.D. and if she did so.Bible The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. “God who at sundry times and in diverse manners. then she couldn’t hold The Book of Mormon on the same authoritative level because of Revelation 22:18-19. that’s the end. Acts tells the story of the spread of the gospel of Christ. That principle is still true. That is the meaning of that.” And so you have the whole New Testament in which God presents Christ. the epistles explain the meaning of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. which I command to you. GC 70-23. that’s the end. It is very obvious that the Word of God was not finished with the Law of Moses--it wasn’t finished. who wrote that in about 96 A. The gospels tell the story of Christ. John MacArthur Jr. you can’t add to what God has said. And at that point. in paraphrase. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. and neither can http://www. It was transcribed from the tape.

a week or so ago. If we know anything about an unconverted person that is absolutely true and definitive. If they don’t believe doctrines affirmed by the Scripture. they do not believe because they are blind.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:35 AM] . biblical worldview. but understand this: unconverted people have no capacity to process that information. It’s not the person who’s most philosophically acute. your clever arguments aren’t going to make them believe the Bible. It’s not the person who’s sorted and figured out all the rational arguments. Proclaim the truth and if the Spirit of God wants to do the work of awakening them from the dead. you can argue till you're blue in the face. They are ignorant and they are blind in their heart. No. you get so frustrated because it’s so clear to you. that reason is profoundly affected by their selfish sinfulness and so convoluted that their thinking is futile in terms of grasping truth. it is the biblical definition of their condition. you argue with somebody. under the proclamation. If people don’t believe the Bible. That’s why when you talk to somebody. If you don’t have a Christian. I think. They don’t…unless the Spirit of God awakens them from the dead. in Ephesians. Proclamation is the thing. “They walk in the emptiness of their mind. If people don’t believe the gospel. In Ephesians 4. And remember this: it’s more important that you proclaim the truth than that you somehow try to reason them into believing it. They have no capacity. I’ve learned that through the years and I was telling the elders this and I mentioned it. Dead people don’t think clearly about anything. Just a little footnote: I was talking to the elders a little bit about this on Thursday night because everybody gets into these kinds of apologetic arguments with people…and I want you to understand something at the very outset. Whoever knows the Bible best is the best defender of the faith. http://www. your clever arguments aren’t going to make them believe it. So what you’re dealing with is someone who has basically no capacity.John MacArthur .biblebb. The only way people will ever believe it is when the Spirit of God. their understanding is darkened.] “Why isn’t everything so clear to you?!” You say. if we give them just reasonable stuff here. It’s very good to give people answers. is that they are dead in trespasses and sins. [You say to them. That’s all that’s needed. quickens their heart to receive it. “They are alienated from the life of God. though they have reason. they are ignorant. because fallen people. if we just lay it out. the proclamation of the truth is all that’s needed. and they are alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart. Whoever knows the Bible best is the best defender of the faith because the way you defend the faith is to proclaim the faith. They have no capacity to think clearly about things.” further. what that means is they can’t think right. you can’t think straight. they are past feeling”-I mean.com/files/macqa/70-23-5. “Their understanding is darkened. “They are futile in their mind”.Bible anybody else add to what God has said. I think we would all agree on that principle. don’t they have the reasoning capacity to grasp this and to sort it out and to come to a proper conclusion?” Answer: No. they are empty in their thinking. You have to just keep giving them the truth.” That is a profound condition! Let me just go over that. The biblical definition of their condition. “Why don’t they get it? Why don’t they get it? I tell you. here. it’s good to give people reasons for faith. it goes on.

You can argue with them and show them reasons and they never do respond. Just keep proclaiming the faith. Make Christ the object of the your proclamation. they come into Grace to You constantly--just read one the other day.com and www.com Email: tony@biblebb. The Spirit of God can quicken the heart of people to believe the Bible. So. the way to defend the faith is to know the Bible and to simply proclaim it. And what I do with people like that. And I say again. I believed in evolution…God awakened my heart.gospelgems.John MacArthur . then all of a sudden the Spirit of God awakens their heart and instantly they believe the Bible! I’ve seen it happen all my life. unaided by some of their. “I believed in evolution. whenever I have the opportunity to talk with them. all of a sudden. Trying to reason with those people is difficult because they don’t have the capability that you have because you exist with a Christian worldview and a biblical paradigm and you think the way God wants you to think. to read the record of Jesus Christ in the New Testament in the four gospels and let them reveal the reality of who Jesus Christ really is. New Jersey. you know.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:35 AM] . because it's in the Bible!” It’s a resurrection. aberrant material. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. 08022 Websites: www. I just say that to encourage you. Exposing them to the Word of God is the key.Bible So just keep proclaiming the faith. they believe the Bible. They don’t.biblebb. It’s an awakening. I get letters like that. is to push them towards Christ.biblebb. USA. A man said.com/files/macqa/70-23-5.com Online since 1986 http://www. even though they have all kinds of arguments not to believe it. and encourage them. All of a sudden. I believe in creation.

and "Answered" by their pastor.. in fact. very likely spoken by the Jewish people in Israel. they weren’t talking Aramaic. Question I have a question about the church of the east and the Aramaic translation of the Bible. Word of Grace. And when John wrote the Revelation. But. spoke Aramaic. when God inspired it. For the theological clarification the New Testament demanded. it’s even translated by the writer of Scripture. Box 4000. they wrote in the Greek language. And sometimes in the New Testament you have Aramaic names or you have a quote--some Aramaic that’s translated for us.John MacArthur . I’ve been reading that they claim that those are the literal words of Christ. obviously.com/files/macqa/70-23-7. when Matthew wrote Matthew. It doesn’t matter what language a given conversation might have been in. He inspired it in Hebrew--the Old Testament--with a few sections which are in Aramaic and He inspired the New Testament in Greek. rather than the Greek or an English translation of the Bible. Panorama City. Answer Well. he wrote it in Greek. And then when Paul and Peter and John and James wrote their epistles." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. All Rights Reserved. was given in the Greek language! Not in Aramaic. John MacArthur Jr.Bible The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. he wrote it in Greek. to deny the Scripture. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. I’m sure when the apostle Paul in the book of Acts was having a conversation with Agrippa or with Felix or when he was talking to Roman soldiers. It was transcribed from the tape. when He lived on earth. that’s irrelevant! What is relevant is that when inspired the Bible. the New Testament.biblebb. they wrote them in Greek. http://www. All the manuscripts going all the way back affirm and attest to the fact that they were all written in Greek. I was wondering if you could comment of that. That is to say. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. in the original autographs. That is to say. there might have been different languages used. it’s likely that Jesus. When Mark wrote Mark. When Luke wrote Acts. That is not the language that God chose. GC 70-23. P. the inspired text of Scripture. though Aramaic was the common street language--the common language of the day of Jesus. he wrote it in Greek. the inspiration. And to say that the true record of Jesus is some lost Aramaic manuscript or something is. It’s immaterial what the language being spoken was. because He felt that Greek was a more expansive language with more nuances. he wrote it in Greek. To say that we should reject the Scripture in favor of some Aramaic record of Jesus is tantamount to denying the Bible’s inspiration! It’s a serious issue. When Luke wrote Luke. what is material is that when God inspired the writers to write.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:36 AM] . California.O. When John wrote John. It was the common language of the people. he wrote it in Greek. God chose the language of Greek. he wrote it in Greek. When he got to Rome and when he was a prisoner in Roman jails.

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P. Question What about those Bible Study courses advertised in the newspapers and magazines by the Christadelphians? Answer There was another article in the Daily News. actually it was an ad. Cain and Able. And when they pick up the Times and read about "God is doing something." and so forth. "The expense of these seminars is being absorbed totally by the Christadelphians. Word of Grace. Their subtleties is that they say here. But if you were to read that. and it says. Box 4000. in the first place. because I have been asked this. because who really cares whether it was or it wasn't. the Tower of Babble. "Reading the Bible Carefully--An Exciting 12-week hands-on seminar beginning Thursday. It was transcribed from the tape. "Did you know that even though most everyone talks of the 'apple' that Adam was given by Eve to eat. Panorama City. and why would people want to come to discover such trivial things as that? But anyway. "That the sessions are sponsored by the Christadelphians.O. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. they have been around for a while. And then there is a little tiny note at the side that says." They give as an illustration. But the Christadelphians are a cult. the Bible mentions nothing about an 'apple' at all." You need to know. basic Christianity." It says.biblebb. "Many of the problems people have in understanding the Bible. the Promises made to Abraham. Noah and the Great Flood. a fundamental Christian Community that wholeheartedly believes the Bible alone holds the answers. It's a real battle out there to reach people with http://www." Well. and I think even believers and unbelievers can really be duped if they come to those conclusions. I don't think that is a very good way to attract a crowd. and I am not sure that any Bible teacher ever said that it was an apple." then this is how people view Christianity. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. that the Christadelphians is a cult." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and "Answered" by their pastor. it would sound like this is evangelical. John MacArthur Jr. it says that they are going to talk about "Creation.com/files/macqa/70-16-2. if the average person was just to read that. January 11th. so you need to be very discerning." It goes on to talk about the fact that. the Garden of Eden. and if you read through it carefully. and his organization are going to help you to read the Bible "carefully. it tries to pull you in.. who said it was an "apple"? I never said it was an apple. All Rights Reserved. fundamental. and you need to be very careful about that. GC 70-16. California. "That they are fundamentalists. and they do not hold to the doctrines of Scriptures." it says." So this man." and so forth.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:38 AM] . This is supposed to be it. So you can join us as we sit down together in a class and read the Bible carefully.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. "comes from not reading it carefully. this is supposed to be the movement of God. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. regarding this article.

USA. So we have to be discerning people and we know that. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.com Online since 1986 http://www. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb.gospelgems.biblebb. and we are working hard to make sure we are. New Jersey.com/files/macqa/70-16-2.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:38 AM] .Question the truth in the midst of all of this aggressive error.com and www.

htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:39 AM] . when you get outside the couple itself--that's where I have a problem--either physically outside of them or relationally. the more able we are to determine the character and quality of the infant that's there. in the breeding horses and things like that. You can go back to the bottom line thing and say.) and those guys kind of set the stage for this. its mental skills or whatever. "No. like taking a conceived embryo and planting it into another person. just get the baby!" So. I know that they are involved in doing some of that kind of stuff. but there are ways that you can assist a couple. If they can grow a baby in an artificial womb and chart the course of that baby. and they provide some kind of service to folks to let them know what their alternatives are--I don't think that they are advocating any of this stuff. There are some things that seem to me to be really beyond acceptance. with a leaf--dropping your baby on it--that's a "jungle approach. That's pretty much the traditional view. At the same time I know that there are couples who go see "Infertility Specialists.Question Question How are we as Christians to view the new wave of science creating life. we are grateful for medical advances. if God didn't want me to have the baby leave it alone. I don't know how to answer the question--it is such a broad question--except to say. anytime that you do anything other than the normal God-intended means--I get nervous." But if you push that too far. but what they are after is genetic engineering and we are already a long way down the line. and then pretty soon it will be a question of who gets to live and who doesn't get to live--then comes breeding and so on and so forth. Somebody can say. "We now have developed the right to murder anybody that we don't want to be born. Abortion is one step towards genetic engineering. of course. they will figure out ways to do that." We say. or where you have some kind of surrogate mother situation--which is done all the time. In other words. where you impregnate a woman with somebody else's sperm--other than her husband. if God wanted you to have a baby." We do want some help. If we can't have a baby normally. if you can't have a baby you can certainly adopt a baby.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-3-9. I feel very comfortable with that view. so don't go to the doctor. you'd have a baby. you are going to be holding on to a tree in the back yard. "Well. in the laboratory. Crick (sp." On the other hand. http://www. Abortion basically says. and so we go to a hospital. and monitor that thing. "If the Lord meant you to have a baby--you'd have a baby--you don't need to go through all of that. It is going to get more bizarre all the time." The more sophisticated our prenatal technology becomes. I think. Anytime that you get outside of working with those two people that God brought together for the production of that child--I think you got a real ethical problem. but it becomes a very difficult thing to know exactly where you draw the line." the "sperm-banks?" Answer I suppose everybody has to draw the line somewhere." In fact. we don't say. we have medical doctors in our church who are OB-GYN Infertility Specialists. they will develop the technique to determine its physical skills. "Well. The "test-tube babies. as they want to call it. I will take it Caesarean--I mean.

And it's all part of. You look behind the scenes and you will find that there are many people who are antagonistic to Christ behind the scenes. anytime.biblebb. ultimately taking us to the point of engineering all this stuff--it's really frightening. You see. But anyway. then we will start to do that. Right? "We have too many people. 08022 http://www. It's an attack on God and His sovereignty. USA. Then you come to abortion thing and pretty soon there is a tolerance for some abortions. can get an abortion. It has become a method of birth control. and I think they are--I really believe that there are people who want to engineer the human race--the humanist. I could talk about that sometime. 2. we have too many people. and then we will find out what fetuses we want and what ones we don't want. they want to eliminate crime and they want to eliminate all the problems in society. The way to do that is: 1. All the scare tactics in the world. So. New Jersey. the welfare cases--the people that just eat up the resources of society. the whole thing. To Kill the Babies The next step was--we will start to kill the babies and we will do it under the guise that a woman has the right to her own body.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:39 AM] . and now it is anybody. anyplace.Question I really believe with all my heart. and it's all part of a much bigger conspiracy than we understand." I don't know if you know this--the entire population of the world would fit into the state of Rhode Island--the whole world. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. and some of these things that I say might sound frightening. I think that anytime you go beyond the couple that God brought together and try to create a life. And then if we can plant sperm in anybody that we want. they want to eliminate the drones on the society. So first what did we have? We had a big wave of birth control. which isn't the case at all--it's just murder--plain and simple! It was basically generated by some Jewish Lesbian women. we have all been scared out of our wits about having too many babies [and] they did that for a long time. To Control Birth. The next thing in the engineering process will be to determine how the fetus develops. then you really have got yourself into a serious Biblical and ethical problem.com/files/macqa/70-3-9. It is really something.

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birth control is biblically permissible. Other methods of birth control. Psalm 139:13-16 clearly indicates fetal life is human life. Exodus 21:22. For further study we recommend the following books by Dr. USA. couples should not practice birth control if it violates their consciences (Romans 14:23)--not because birth control is inherently sinful. by John and Paul Feinberg.John MacArthur . but because it is always wrong to violate the conscience. Abortion. is tantamount to murder (cf. but rather to correct and rightly inform one's conscience with biblical truth. Another excellent book is Ethics for a Brave New World (Wheaton. A large family involves increased responsibility.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:40 AM] . Any form of birth control that destroys the fetus or fertilized ovum rather than preventing conception is therefore wrong. do not pose a problem biblically. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Psalm 127:3-5 says children are gifts from God and the man who has many of them is blessed. At the same time. The answer to a wrongly informed conscience is not to violate it. IL: Crossway. nothing in Scripture prohibits married couples from practicing birth control. where the killing of an unborn fetus is punishable by death). or permanently when they have borne children and determine that their family is complete. perhaps the most widely used "birth control" method today. 1985). However. Franklin E. condoms. but children raised in a godly way will influence the world for good and for God's glory. That is evident from Titus 2:35 and Paul's exhortation to young widows in 1 Timothy 5:14. 1989). CA: Hosanna. 1993). New Jersey. 08022 http://www. either for a limited time to delay childbearing. All Rights Reserved.biblebb.What does the Bible teach about birth control? Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Artificial Reproduction and Genetic Engineering (Escondido. not all methods of birth control are acceptable. including the pill. and the common surgical procedures of tubal ligation or vasectomy. and Making Biblical Decisions: Birth Control.com/files/macqa/birthcontrol. Question What does the Bible teach about birth control? Answer To begin with.. Nevertheless. MI: Mott Media. Payne: Biblical and Medical Ethics (Milford. In our viewpoint. If both spouses are persuaded in their consciences before God that they should have no more children. we know God looks approvingly on the bearing of children. no Scripture prohibits them from carrying through with that decision.

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I think. Question I have a question on Isaiah 7:14-16. So Kaiser says we have to see in the word "pleroo" (Greek) or the word "fulfilled" we have to see the latitude to understand analogies. because I think you would enjoy reading it. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. whereas Matthew refers it to the birth of Jesus? Answer That's a difficult passage. it sounds as though the child had to be born during the time of the prophet. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Walter Kaiser (Sp. "Out of Egypt have I called My Son. What I will do if you give me your name and address.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. All Rights Reserved. Panorama City. GC 70-5.com/files/macqa/70-5-16. California. John MacArthur Jr.O. Box 4000. he believes that the word "pleroo" (Greek) when it even says "being fulfilled" can legitimately be related to something that is no more than an analogy. he believes that this is an analogy. and "Answered" by their pastor. Dr. a legitimate prophetic application here and I think that he has done a good job. it's too complex to dig into there. His illustration of that is Matthew 2 where Matthew's gospel says that Jesus.) who is the Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Chicago area. and that everything that is fulfilled is not fulfilled in the sense that we think that it is a direct prophecy http://www. I was reading not long ago on this passage and I would commend for your reading. if you can get a hold of it several things: my dad has recently done an awful lot of work on this passage. and I heard this at the Inerrancy Congress when we were discussing these passages. In the context when you read it. I will send that to you. and it says. Word of Grace. There is. It was transcribed from the tape.biblebb. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. it has to mean the nation Israel. In fact.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:41 AM] . The other view that I have heard recently." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. P. around the time of His birth went to Egypt and then left Egypt.." and you go to Hosea 11:1 and there is no way it can mean Jesus.

is an analogy.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey. It may mean nothing more than an analogy. if I remember correctly and simply. I really can't give that one away.com and www.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:41 AM] . So Kaiser takes 7:14.Question with a direct fulfillment. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. USA.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-5-16. I feel there is a direct prophetic indication here. But to do a complete answer let me send you that material so you can see the full historic picture and then you can see its application. that is to say. 08022 Websites: www.gospelgems. so a virgin had a child. like a virgin had a child.com Online since 1986 http://www.

look at our nation--the more we become non-Christian.com Online since 1986 http://www. would never otherwise be redeemed. New Jersey. It isn't just as simple. which is to say that those "little ones" are taken safely into the arms of God. and so it is a sovereign issue. that happens because it is a low regard of life.com Email: tony@biblebb. you'll find in those countries that there is a low regard for life--a very low regard for life. You take a pagan country.biblebb. as famine and so forth--it has to do with the whole regard for life. because Christians have the highest respect for life there is. the more we become humanistic. and little children are dying in Africa and starving to death? Answer God is sovereign. Those nations that are the most unChristian have the highest [infant] mortality rate. God has offered redemption to all men. Well.htm [5/21/2002 8:48:43 AM] . So. USA. I think that. the easier it is for us to massacre infants--by the millions. that I believe God in His mercy and grace sees the reality of redemption in that for a people who. always. So. The "flip side" of that is. the higher the mortally rate will be. or Africa. and God for the sake of His own glory.com and www. they are nothing more than what this man was asking earlier--it's animal life.com/files/macqa/70-3-11. The ultimate answer is--God is God. before they can come to the point in their own nation where they will be unbelievers.gospelgems. or India. and the sake of His own revelation of judgment and wrath against sin permits sin and its consequences. in many cases. and God has designed the world the way He has designed it. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. I have always felt that the more non-Christian the nation is. 08022 Websites: www. evil has a place.biblebb. Unless you understand that people are created in the image of God. I think that is part of the answer. sin is running its course.Question Question Why are there some of us blessed.

but sir.Blessings The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. you know. I think the judgment that’s defined in Romans 1. that’s what I think. I will respond this way: God will always bless his people. I don’t want to get political either. P. The issue is. is that right? Answer Yes. We need mature men. God is going to bless George Bush who is his child. Look what we’re doing to the Taliban. does God somehow have some obligation to a nation as an entity? And the answer to that is “no. Question Last week. The missionaries got free! Whoever would have thought the missionaries would have been freed? So.e. but He will show himself faithful to his people. and don’t you believe that right now we are seeing some of God’s blessings on America? I.. John MacArthur Jr. we would have said. Question (continued) Now I know there’s tons of wickedness and evil around us. if they had been killed by the Taliban. and "Answered" by their pastor. tell me your opinion. I really do believe that God allowed him to be here for such a time as this. GC 70-23. It seems to me that God is blessing! Answer (continued) Well. (and I don’t want to get political) Bush barely got in by the skin of his teeth. It’s also true there were six other people released and we could have concluded that this was a testimony to the faithfulness of God to his people. it seems to me there’s a lot of godliness! Look at the people that are here. I mean.com/files/macqa/70-23-8.O. There’s hundreds of thousands of dedicated Christians in America. http://www." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing..” certainly not this nation and certainly not a nation that is dominated by the evil that we are dominated by. I would hate to know what the whole Al Gore thing would have looked like in a time like this.John MacArthur . Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Word of Grace. Panorama City. but I would hate to see the Clinton corps trying to run the world at a time like this. God has been glorified in their release. He will do what He wills for his people. understand this.biblebb. Bush is surrounded by godly men. Box 4000.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:44 AM] . It was transcribed from the tape. Those girls over there. men of statue. in your message “Can God Bless America and Preserve His Reputation”…you’ve also mentioned in the past that you believe that America is under the judgment of God. California. All Rights Reserved. that God had a purpose and took them to glory--that would have been the greatest blessing possible! We could conclude that for his own glory and to show himself faithful and to show that He’s a God who hears and answers prayer. That was due to Christians praying--I mean. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.

as He sees fit to bless his own. But I do believe God will bless his own. I mean. He is our rock.John MacArthur . So there are very obvious human factors for that. the now-silent. “In the day of his judgment. I would like to think that’s not going to happen. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. God for us is a shelter in a time of storm. When the war cools down--and I don’t know that it’s God that’s defeating the Taliban. We will be blessed in the midst of all of this.Blessings men of statesmanship. He is our defender. says. are going to rise right back into the same place they were before and the old agendas are going to just be reasserted again. you’re not going to see it change.gospelgems.” he says. 08022 Websites: www. as the last book of the Old Testament. I can’t see anything that’s going to change it. but know this: in the midst of all of this.com Online since 1986 http://www. predictably. whoever’s got the biggest guns and the most bombs is going to win that one. in significant places.” As God blesses certain of his own children in effective places. He will collect his own. And whoever’s up above when you’re down below is in the catbird seat.biblebb. that God has done anything that I could interpret as a categorical blessing on a nation of unbelieving people who have done everything they could. Malachi. But don’t for a minute think that because you are seeing a sort of a groundswell of interest in God that this is tantamount to some real turning to God! I don’t see that…I don’t see that happening. including the media. but when you look at the spiral in America. He will do that in any time. men of vast experience on a national level to provide what needs to be provided in a time of crisis for the sake of our national safety.com and www.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:44 AM] .com/files/macqa/70-23-8. in high places. He is our shepherd--He leads us in quiet places by still waters and green pastures and He brings us to our eternal home. in any sense. He will gather his jewels. God will always bless his own people. to make sure God is completely out of the public discourse. We just need to be faithful to continue to proclaim the truth. New Jersey. But I believe that when all of this quiets down.biblebb. the blessing may spill over on others. He will gather his own. It’s like being married to a believer--a non-believer married to a believer--in I Corinthians 7 “is blessed in the household of the believer” because of the spillover effect. immoral leadership and influence group of this country.com Email: tony@biblebb. And that’s fine. and no judgment will fall upon them. but I don’t believe. at least. USA. “that day. worked very hard.

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Such is the principle of I Corinthians 7. Question My question is relating to your sermon on “Can God Bless America?” I understand the doctrine of special and general grace and my question to you.” Psalm 81: “If my people will listen to my Word and walk in my ways. that that certainly can be restored. then I will deliver them from their enemies and I will feed them with honey from the rock” and all of those kinds of things. then there will be a spillover of blessing (as I was saying earlier) that falls on the rest of people. I mean. has He lifted his hand of general grace from us? Answer Well. called by my name. who stands up and says “Islam is evil” and the MSNBC people say. it’s what the church is not doing. “…and no Christians agreed with him!” It’s not what the world is doing. God could bring about a great revival in America and people could turn to God. for example. Now the question is. Otherwise there would be futility. I think that’s essentially what it is. why would He tell him to go out and preach unless there was the possibility that there was a remnant who would hear and believe and be saved? God knows how large that remnant might be.Blessings The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. California. has a ring of finality--if this nation has be accursed by God. is--a curse. John MacArthur Jr. I think that that’s indicated in Scripture.O. Box 4000. the church becomes more trivialized and marginalized by its desire to be popular. that if there is a wholesale repentance--turning to God--and obedience. Word of Grace. pastor. I mean. If God deemed it to his glory and if it is his eternal plan to do so. when the nation has had restraining grace removed. this is what is so grievous. and "Answered" by their pastor. to what degree and is it recoverable? If you read II Chronicles 7:14 the principle: “If my people. to me. then I’ll restore them. Any sinner who turns to God ever. genuinely prompted by the Spirit of God repents and believes will be saved! If that happens in a large scale and many people are then saved and God begins to bless those people.. why would God call Isaiah. by the way. I don’t know what the future of America is.biblebb. I think that this is the time--this is the greatest time to preach. but God is not obligated to sinful people.com/files/macqa/70-23-10. All Rights Reserved. the greatest time to proclaim the gospel. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. I think there’s every reason in Scripture to indicate that even when a nation is under that judgment of abandonment. [and] the greatest time to call for repentance. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and honestly.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:45 AM] . P. At the same time that we need to step up and deal with these issues.John MacArthur . Panorama City. GC 70-23. at any point in his life. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. like Franklin Graham. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. The sad reality is you have somebody like I mentioned earlier. to go out and preach-after having anointed him in chapter 6. will humble themselves and pray and seek my face. It was transcribed from the tape." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.

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com/files/macqa/70-9-1. regarding the Blood of Christ. and all the myriad of books and tapes. It has very little to do with the Blood of Christ and everything http://www. why are they always attacking you on the Blood of Christ?" And I need to tell you what I have mentioned before.Question on the Blood of Christ -." as long as He died. I do not believe that.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:47 AM] . He had to die shedding blood in a sacrificial way to fulfill the pattern of Old Testament prophetic truth. P. GC 70-9. and "Answered" by their pastor. and out of my ministry. For twenty years that I have been preaching here. no one needs to question anything that I believe about the Blood of Christ. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. and things that have come out of the Church. that Christ could have died "any other way. He had to die by being lifted up. none at all. That is not correct. I saw a letter. that is not true. Through the years there has been no question about what I believe. titled "Questions and Answers" -.biblebb. He died as a sacrifice for sin. and just in order to "touch base" with the fact that he may have created some questions in your mind. It was transcribed from the tape. that this basically has very little to do with theology. [let me say]. And somebody always says to me. Could you let us know from the pulpit.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE. the other day. I believe what the Church has always believed. Box 4000. "Well. Panorama City.. Word of Grace. from someone who said.O.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Question "I see that someone is speaking on MacArthurism. California. All Rights Reserved. what your belief is on the Blood of Christ?" Answer I have done that in the past. John MacArthur Jr. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and literally shed His physical blood.

would definitely be a way to upset people and that's what they have done. a prayer meeting with the administration. that is. But what was curious about it was. these people have decided to try to discredit our ministry. Now if you are seeking to do that. to do it. in which the request that was given for the prayer meeting was. because of the effort to discredit. he admitted to me it was a mistake. of course. I will never forget. I gave a special communion message on that. "You know better than that. personally to me. And so. but we just keep trying to be faithful to the Word of God and moving ahead. you know exactly what I believe. you can find some way. For some reason.John MacArthur to do with trying to discredit me. that I denied the Blood of Christ. misrepresent what I believe. help us to find a way to discredit the ministry of John MacArthur. we could never do that. you know what I teach. they are trying pick an issue that is volatile. I suppose. It came out in a magazine put out by Christian College. you know me." So. I realize that. "We have made a terrible mistake. a number of months ago. Why would you do that?" He said to me on the phone. "Lord. just for the sheer sake of attacking me. in fact. that was the prayer request. that there was a faculty prayer meeting there. And I realize there are ramifications of this. is there some way that you could correct it?" He said. If you have question about what we http://www. I know there have been attacks on our church. and I said.com/files/macqa/70-9-1. that I heard from a faculty member. and part of it has been the endless attacks on our church. that we have to just keep dealing with this onslaught." Now.biblebb." I said. But what we believe about the Blood of Christ is available for all to see. And I just think. when this first came out. I called the president of the school.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:48:47 AM] . And I believe exactly what the Bible teaches and what the church has always believed.Question on the Blood of Christ -. the sufficiency of the atoning work of Christ for salvation. over the telephone. and to attack our belief in the Blood of Christ. It has been a tough two years. I realize that people have left our church over the last couple of years. "No. perhaps unknown to me. "Well.

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at least I did.biblebb." So I believe in the literal death of Christ. --I believe that it came out in His forehead. One of the major ones that I have been accused of teaching is the denial of the Blood of Christ. and as man He had human blood. If you understand in the Old Testament that it says. because it is so bizarre. I don't know how to approach it. --I believe that He shed His literal blood on the cross. because He was the perfect antitype of all of the Old Testament pictures of the sacrificial animal in which blood was poured out. The shedding of blood is a very graphic way to see the life flowing out. but let me just say this." then the pouring of the blood is indicative that the life is flowing out. --I believe that the blood that came out of His heart and the Pericardium around the heart. and the only thing that I ever shot was a big elk.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:48 AM] . when it says. "The life of the flesh is in the blood. His life came out. that Christ was giving His life--being poured out symbolically. "blood and water came out. that He was fulfilling the pictures and symbols of the Old Testament in dying a sacrificial death." It actually had about 20 different tapes. as His blood came out. not just symbolically. in a sense. You have this. but really His life came out when His blood came out since "the life of the flesh is in the blood. it came out in His side. I recently went hunting." in the piercing. maybe 15 of which was on the heresies that I supposedly teach.com/files/macqa/70-7-7. http://www. --I believe that when He died on the cross He shed that blood. --I believe that Jesus was 100% man.Question Question Could you clarify this issue with the "blood"? Answer I received this morning about six pages of stuff that one of our members received in Japan that was being distributed on the "Heresy of John MacArthur. this tremendous sense that life is going out. and that was the picture on the cross. it came out in the opened wounds in His hands and His feet. was indicative of the fact that He was shedding His blood. and I went over and watched the elk die. --I believed it was essential that He die a death that included bloodshed. the literal shed blood of Christ. as you watched that blood come out of that animal--that was the picture in the sacrificial system.

what I said some years ago was that I do not believe that was something in that blood itself that saves people.com and www. USA. help us find some way to discredit the ministry of John MacArthur. I believe exactly what the Bible teaches about the shed blood of Jesus Christ--no more. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. but again you have to understand that this is a conspiracy folks--from beginning to end--this is a conspiracy of people who want to discredit this ministry. where for example. So. the Roman Catholic Transubstantiation. I don't believe. "Lord. some years ago. Every time I celebrate the Lord's Table and take the cup of communion I praise God for the shed blood of Jesus Christ. They set about to find a way to discredit the ministry. you drink the blood and it ministers grace to you--I don't accept that. and they have spun that thing all across the country now.biblebb. and nobody else has in the history of Christianity that has been in the mainstream of the doctrine of Soteriology.gospelgems." that was the prayer meeting.com Email: tony@biblebb. and in that prayer meeting. But I believe that we are saved through the sacrificial death of Christ for our sins as our substitute. all around the world.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:48:48 AM] .com/files/macqa/70-7-7. I don't waver on that one bit. you have to know the bottom line. in the chemicals of it--that's what I said. He died a sacrificial bloodshed death.com Online since 1986 http://www. I said that. and no less. for example. for whatever reasons I am not sure.Question Now. Now. and it was put into a magazine that I didn't believe in the Blood of Christ and that was just enough for people who wanted to attack me to have some ammunition. the major prayer request was. We see that the death of Christ was an atonement for sin. in other words. 08022 Websites: www. but there is nothing in the blood to save or Jesus could have bled on people and not died. I was told some months ago that there was a prayer meeting held by the faculty of a certain institution. and so they came up with that.biblebb. I don't accept something magic. New Jersey. a death in which He shed His blood. He could have cut His finger and that would have been enough if it is just the bleeding. and then it was taken out of context. but that is what is behind it. the "cup" is turned into blood.

if you are underneath a car and that is your goal--that's not a good goal. to get involved with some of these multilevel marketing things. but I'm not going to. There are people who resist that.com and www. Or. such as Amway. New Jersey. and the biggest house.Question Question Is it wrong and how would you tell a fellow Christian that it is. and who can say whether the motive is right--the Lord knows that. If you are in it to get the biggest car. . and then come back and say it is all going to be for the glory of God. it is all a question of motive. .com Email: tony@biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. No. It isn't a question of what kind of an organization are you in--it's a question of what's in your heart.gospelgems. it's a good product. I think it is cheaper at the Price Club. USA. those organizations (many of them) tend to corrupt their motives because all they do is to dangle materialistic goals in front of them. and the biggest gold watch. If you working at Sav-On sweeping to do that it is wrong.htm [5/21/2002 8:48:49 AM] . 08022 Websites: www.com/files/macqa/70-3-19. and again it is a question of where your heart is. I know people in various multilevel organizations who have pure motives. Nothing is wrong with that kind of thing if your motive is right. and the biggest ring.com Online since 1986 http://www. My wife washes our clothes with Amway soap--great stuff.biblebb. where you set your sights on certain material things.biblebb. because when I get all of this money I will help support retired pastors or I'll do this or I'll do that? Answer Here I am! But I am not going to retire. and the fattest diamond bracelet and parade. unfortunately. and we get it from very lovely people and it is wonderful.anyway it's a good product.

John MacArthur Jr. A card in itself isn’t evil.biblebb. don’t do it. Or if it’s going to make somebody else think less of your testimony. The only I can say is this: if it bothers your conscience to do it. But let’s say 21—I remember that one! Let’s say we all sat down in the middle of Africa and played 21. and "Answered" by their pastor. I don’t know. there’s nothing wrong with the card. in the culture in which I live. GC 1301. California. if I were to be doing that. what do you play? I don’t even know how to play the thing. For example. Word of Grace. that’s between your conscience and the community in which you exist and the people in which you exist.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. Panorama City. Or if it’s going to make somebody else stumble. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. don’t do it. Box 4000. don’t do it. It certainly wouldn’t be any great offense to God.com/files/macqa/1301-10. P. so I don’t do it. But if you feel that it has not those factors—it isn’t problematic—and you can do it to the glory of God. if I were to go over to the middle of Africa and sit down among a crowd of Africans and somebody pulled out a deck of cards and we were to sit there and play.O. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. It was transcribed from the tape.Question: What is the right Christian stand on playing cards? -. Question What is the right Christian stand on playing cards? Answer Now what about playing cards? Well." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:11 AM] . CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. somebody would stumble over it. do you think the Africans would be offended? Not on your life! They wouldn’t have the faintest idea what we were even doing. the card isn’t going to hurt you. But on the other hand. It’s just a little card. if we didn’t have anything else to do in the burning sun than play a little 21.

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California.Is there such a thing as a Carnal Christian? -." then. self on the throne. And so people came up with the idea that you could be either a Carnal Christian or a Spiritual Christian. And they would define the Natural person as unregenerate. All Rights Reserved. in fact. It was transcribed from the tape.com/files/macqa/70-9-8. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. Did you get that? And if you're saying to yourself. Christ is on it. Panorama City. "God have mercy on you. unsaved. but He is not in charge. Self is off the throne. And then thirdly.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:12 AM] . life in chaos. Question "Is there such a thing as a Carnal Christian?" Answer Yes. and the life is still in chaos. There was a definition of a Christian as a Carnal Christian. but the life hasn't changed. Word of Grace. GC 70-9. Carnal. The people in the Church used to teach that there were three kinds of people.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. titled "Questions and Answers" -. as if that was a permanent condition. P. there is the Spiritual Christian. Christ is still in there somewhere. and "Answered" by their pastor." But let me tell you what people mean by that. and the life is all in order.O. What's that? That's the Christian who still has self on the throne. once you http://www. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE. Then there is the Carnal person. running around.. and Spiritual. Box 4000. Natural. You know. So the only difference between a natural and a carnal person is that Christ is in there somewhere. John MacArthur Jr. and sin everywhere. "I have never been carnal.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. there is no such thing as a Christian who is not at times carnal.

not at all. The Spiritual man is the regenerate man." And you have hostility in your http://www. this moment here. Now listen. "Well. That isn't at all what Paul had in mind in 1Corinthians 3. you're a Spiritual person. I don't buy any of this stuff. and you are enjoying what's happening. it is simply a kind of behavior. My grandfather use to say the "saints" and the "ain’ts. but I just don't want you to run my life. the Natural man is the unregenerate. Let me show you what it is. the Spiritual man is the regenerate. So carnality is not a permanent state of Christians who have not given Christ Lordship. I am going to stay a Carnal Christian. Anytime you obey the Lord. Anytime you do what you ought not to do. "I don't like what he is saying. "I don't want to go to Hell. And the old definition of a Carnal Christian was a person who believed in Jesus for salvation. Believers and Unbelievers." And that brings in this whole idea of Lordship. right now. then the Spirit of God is at work.Is there such a thing as a Carnal Christian? -. and didn't let Him run his life. are either Carnal or Spiritual. because those are the people who accepted Jesus as Savior. That's not what a Carnal Christian is. If you're sitting there saying. Anytime you do what the Lord wants you to do. you are carnal. And all Christians at any given moment. Anytime you disobey the Lord.com/files/macqa/70-9-8. So it is not a state. That means fleshy. but didn't let Him be Lord. but not as Lord. depending on whether you functioning in the Spirit or in the flesh. But the Spiritual man can act in a fleshly way. There is only two kinds of people in the world.John MacArthur are saved you could say. Read Romans 8. This stuff isn't true." that's it. you are carnal. and I want you to save me from Hell and I want you to forgive my sins.biblebb. you're operating off the principle of sin. If you are sitting there and the Spirit of God is teaching you. you are Spiritual. I like it better. Christians and Non-Christians. I reject all this stuff. Those are the people who said. Carnality is simply a momentary experience of the Believer who is disobedient to God. you honor the Word.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:12 AM] .

Understand? Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb.John MacArthur heart.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:12 AM] .gospelgems. and you may be dealing with sin.com/files/macqa/70-9-8. that's Carnality.Is there such a thing as a Carnal Christian? -. New Jersey.com and www. I don't know.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb. USA. and you don't like what I said.com Online since 1986 http://www. 08022 Websites: www. Your flesh is reacting.

"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. degenerate man. It says there in verse 1. and I am going to give them to you rapidly. in the middle http://www. but in the specific sense of incest. And so. whether they are irreligious or religious. provides an illustration for us. as the duly constituted church and you come across a sinful member--put him out of the church. when you are gathered together. ultimately the spirit. That's the first way God deals with a back-slidden carnal believer.O. that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." so it was his stepmother. and my spirit. It says. but for the time he is to be delivered to Satan for the destruction of his flesh. Now there is a second factor that we need to talk about. "When you are gathered together.biblebb. This is the element of chastening that is not so much the design of the corporate body of the church. 1. Box 4000. Question "You've explained that Romans 1 deals with God's righteous judgment concerning the unsaved. GC 45-21. but who is still without Christ. and the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ (power and authority are the same thing). with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. And not only was this going on. and this is to be done by the church (verse 4). Right? Judgment! But how does God deal with back-slidden carnal Christians? I think that there are four Scriptures that answer that for us. Panorama City. or the soul being saved because it is a believer.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:13 AM] . who are given over to a depraved mind. or it would say "his mother. John MacArthur Jr." Now. that there is an individual in the church who is having a sexual relationship with his father's wife. because of this. It was transcribed from the tape. the text says that this is a saved individual because in the end.com/files/macqa/45-21-2. and haven't mourned over such sin. and it nonetheless would be considered not only immoral in the general sense. this is a believing person. and my spirit is present with you. California." when you are gathered together and you have the authority of Christ." 1 Corinthians 5. 2. You have explained that Romans 2 concerns the basically religious or moral man. The church is to turn that individual over to Satan and there will be a chastening in the physical dimension. relative to chastening. but is the individual attention of the Spirit of God Himself. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh. he tells the church (verse 4). That probably is a term that refers to his stepmother. but rather you look at it as if it was a notch in your belt. in the "day of the Lord" the spirit is going to be--what? saved. I believe God "chastens. whether they are immoral or moral. and "Answered" by their pastor. How does. Word of Grace. in a personal chastening. P." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and that's in Hebrews 12:5. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. or how will God deal with the back-slidden carnal Christian?" Answer Now we know how God will deal with the unregenerate. So. but you are puffed up (verse 2).

is to forgive them in spite of their sin. after those four. http://www. then you are an illegitimate child. the blessedness of it. Don't sin! Obviously.com/files/macqa/45-21-2. back-slidden (is the word Jeremiah used. so that's a good word) Christian. There will be a loss of reward. and assurance. The Spirit of God personally gets involved in the life of that individual in a chastening manner. So there definitely will be chastening by the Lord. you have 1. disobedient Christian (are you ready for this one?). Verse 8. the Righteous One. nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth. that ye sin not. If you are faithful He has given the reward. 2 John. the covering." So that if we do sin. Aren't you glad to hear that? And the text is 1 John 2:1. but when you have a disobedient. "My little children. They not only lose the sense of their salvation. and not a son at all. you forfeit blessings. and He has forgiven us all of our trespasses. despise not thou the chastening of the Lord. in light of unfaithfulness. and live? And he goes on to talk about it. in the life of a carnal and disobedient Christian (and carnal may not be the best term to use. if in fact they will not repent of such sin. we know that he is referring to believers whom he calls his dear children. the "hilasterion" (Greek) for our sins. Under those things we could talk about a lot of other things: of course. don't be disobedient or back-slidden. But I guess we could sum it all up by saying. is that a believer could come to the point in his life where his disobedience caused the forfeiture of that which he had already gained as a reward. disobedient Christian. but that you may be rewarded fully. previous to his disobedience. The Lord has given you a promise that there will be a reward for faithfulness. and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.biblebb. I have to add another thing. "Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for. for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? And if He doesn't chasten you. I want to show you a third thing that can occur in the life of a backslidden.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:13 AM] . " My son. He is the atoning sacrifice (the propitiation. and joy. If you endure chastening. we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ. but they lose the meaningfulness of it. the one other thing that happens. Ephesians one tells us. When a person is back-slidden. 2. God dealeth with you as with sons. and disobedient. and all kinds of things that occur. and sinful. that God does to a back-slidden. turn for a moment to 2 John 8. they not only lose the sense of their salvation and their assurance (that's why 2 Peter 1 talks about making your calling and election sure by adding certain things to your life). these things write I unto you. but He reserves the right to take it back. there is a loss of the meaning and the meaningfulness of salvation. The responsibility of the Church to put that person out. The disobedient Christian I think fits better biblically). "But if anybody does sin. So there is. It is like a father Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us. Now. Now. Jesus Christ as our Savior is our covering for our sins. an empty-handedness if you will at the time of rewards at the Bema Seat." What this indicates. There should be chastening by the Church." And of course.Question of verse 5. that is. the mercy seat). and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits.

and a certain empty-handedness at the time of rewards. His death for us becomes a covering. And since the price is paid.Question So where there is sin and disobedience in the life of a believer there will be chastening by the Lord.com Online since 1986 http://www. we also have the promise that God will." what? "full. there will be a loss of reward. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur Collection" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. because the lack of eternal security strikes a blow against the efficacy of the death of Christ. because Jesus Christ has already paid the price even for the sin we haven't committed. there will be a loss of the sense of being saved. . Isn't that a great grace that God has given us? That's why it is so important to affirm what we call eternal security. and the blessedness of being saved.biblebb. in spite of our sin. USA.com/files/macqa/45-21-2. there should be chastening by the Church.gospelgems. . and that's why you see John says "We write these things unto you that your joy may be.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:13 AM] . New Jersey.com and www." But on top of all of those things. 08022 Websites: www. forgive us. .com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb.

"Well. I believe that there is no way to divest Christ of His Lordship. but He was over in the corner--that was the Carnal Christian. I don't think there is any question that it implies authority. we all believe that Jesus must be "Lord" for us to be saved--to have salvation. what is a Carnal Christian? If Jesus is Lord. 'My Lord." I said. I made Jesus Lord. "Well. you didn't make Him anything. he believed.biblebb. but he was still in charge of his own life." I said. How does that fit in. and the Lord was in the circle." Then I said. that when you become a Christian you can go into any of those two circles. Now. that "Lord" only means "deity. The Bible is clear that Jesus is Lord and if "Lord" means "God" then "God" means that He is in charge! So I believe that when you come to Jesus Christ--He is in charge of your life. I don't agree with that because Thomas wouldn't have said. and chaos in the life--that's an unbeliever." I just go.com/files/macqa/70-7-8. We don't need to debate that--right? People say all the time. "Wait a minute. The third circle was the spiritual Christian--the little throne had the Lord on it and self was in the corner. which was called the Carnal Christian. but He is just not in charge?" So. and he said. "What does that mean?" "Are you telling me that doesn't mean that He is in charge?" "Are you telling me that He is God. In circle number one you had an unbeliever. I believe that all that "curios" (that's the Greek word for Lord) means is "deity. then how can we be living a fleshly life? Answer You ask these big issues. What that conveyed was. you didn't create Christ--He's Lord--period. Right? You can be a self-controlled Christian or a Lord-controlled http://www. I was having lunch with a professor one day. 'Lord' must have meant something to enhance the thought of God--deity. because we hear so often about Carnal Christians. Let's start with one point--OK? Let me ask you a question. In other words.' that's redundant if they both mean deity." Let me ask you a second question. and everything in the life was orderly. and my God. "Can you disobey Him?" [yes]. "Does that change whether He is in charge?" [no]. you don't gain a thing by that. So the Lordship of Christ is a clear cut thing in Scripture--very clear.Question Question Obviously.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:15 AM] . however. "Let's assume. "Can you obey Him?" [yes]. Then you had another circle. "OK. "Is Jesus Lord?" [yes]. you know. Where this "Carnal Christian" thing came in. I think where it became popularized was through a little book that Campus Crusade put out a number of years ago (we used to call it the "Bluebird Book"). It was a little circle and there was a throne in the middle and self was on the throne. these big questions. I know that there is a big debate about whether "curios" (Greek) means "deity" and "deity" alone or whether it implies authority. You had a throne and self was on the throne. it had three little circles.

but that has nothing to do with whether the Lord is one the throne or not.com and www. it is only a question of whether you are obeying Him. What is a Carnal Christian? Well. he's saved. You can be disobedient. He is the master of your life. If you are disobedient--you are not holy.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:15 AM] .Question Christian. it is just God writing your name on the list and saying. Just keep it simple: when you are saved it is a total transformation.com/files/macqa/70-7-8. let me tell you one other thing. in other words. He is the ruler of your life. USA. Christ is on the throne of your life and you are either obedient or disobedient.biblebb. "Well. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. they don't have the option to accept Him just as Savior and keep self on the throne. I don't believe that there is any such thing as a Christian with self on the throne. 08022 Websites: www. it is as if salvation is only forensic.com Online since 1986 http://www. That is what I react against. New Jersey. If you are obedient--you are. if you mean a fleshly one--that's a disobedient believer. Now. I believe that when a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ.gospelgems. I think that there are only Christians with the Lord on the throne--some are obedient and some are disobedient. See. In other words.biblebb. that's the argument with the Carnal Christian idea--is that you can be saved and not necessarily have a changed life because you are still running your life.com Email: tony@biblebb."--nothing changes.

” Then there were little dots in the circle that represented all the elements of life. he says. That was the “natural man. “you’re still fleshly.On the Carnal Christian The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. but as men of flesh. we have what’s called “false teaching on the carnal Christian. “Look. circle number two had the same little throne. he is either spiritual—that is. It had an “s” on the chair. Just forget that. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.” At any point in time in a Christian’s life. you are not yet able. that isn’t two types of Christian. not solid food. in our country right now. Then." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. but not in charge. I could not speak to you as to spiritual men.biblebb.John MacArthur . “And Brethren. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36. Christ is in there. any point in time. that’s what I don’t believe the Bible permits.. it says.” And then it goes on to say “I gave you milk to drink. And it had three circles in it.O. All Rights Reserved. “I couldn’t speak to you as to spiritual men.” Verse 3. the problem with labeling people as a “Carnal Christian” is this: that came to the fore in a little booklet on the Spirit-filled life. Christ was in the corner (if a circle has a corner) down by the edge. “You’re not spiritual”. even now.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:16 AM] . But I can’t speak to you as spiritual because you’re sinful.” In I Corinthians 3. Now. Box 4000. That is one kind of Christian (there’s only one kind) who can either behave by obeying the Spirit or obeying the flesh. and "Answered" by their pastor. for you are still fleshly. California. Word of Grace.” There was a throne. Question John. unregenerate…Right? Self is on the throne and life is chaos. self was still on the throne. living in accord with his flesh. for you were not able to receive it. It was transcribed from the tape. John MacArthur Jr.” Self was still on the throne. had a big circle and a throne. But. as to babes in Christ. and they were all in chaos. The third circle was the “Spiritual Christian. but as to men of flesh. a little chair. living in accord with the Spirit—or fleshy.com/files/macqa/70-8-1. Circle number one had a throne in the middle of the circle. Take your little diagram thing that you might have seen at some point which has Natural Man. All he is saying is. Panorama City. just wipe that out if you can and look at the passage without that in your mind and realize that what he is saying is this: "I couldn’t speak to you as spiritual men.” There’s jealously and strife among you—you’re fleshly!” And you’re walking like mere men. on the throne was Christ. you’re spiritual. this was the “Carnal Christian. and the “s” represented “self. See? He doesn’t say. and this is where all this really came from.” I think a lot of people would be benefited…if you could draw a distinction between the biblical teaching on a carnal Christian or a fleshly Christian. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Answer Well. Indeed. Just wipe that one out. So. GC 70-8. P. and self was http://www. the best thing you can do is forget the concept of Carnal Christian.” unredeemed. See? Now. Carnal Christian. and life was still in chaos. Spiritual Christian.

com/files/macqa/70-8-1. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. that implication has been carried through this whole system. unregenerate. and the implication was. The second one would be a Christian with living faith. Now.biblebb. according to what they’re teaching today.John MacArthur . and the life was in perfect harmony. The spiritual Christian would be a Christian with fruit.com and www. there are two kinds of Christians. and order if you do. The second kind would be a believer who is a disciple. The thing that you have to reject is that there are two kinds! What you really have is one circle: Christ on the throne. the implication of that is that you can be a natural man. 08022 Websites: www. The first kind would be a believer who’s a non-disciple. with Christ on the throne and you down here somewhere.” with you on the throne and Christ down here somewhere. Now. So you got to stop being a Carnal Christian and start being a Spiritual Christian.biblebb. or you can be a Spiritual Christian. would be a Christian with dead faith. and chaos if you don’t obey Him.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:16 AM] . and that’s what you want to be.com Online since 1986 http://www. The carnal Christian would be a Christian with no fruit.On the Carnal Christian somewhere in the circle.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey. or you can be a “Carnal Christian.gospelgems. USA. The first one.

it’s the need to be obedient. What does that mean? But if you say.. that He rose again. you just wouldn’t say to a child.gospelgems. “You know. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.. “What Jesus wants to do is forgive your sin and lead you and calls you to obey and follow Him. I sure believe you get to the point where you’re accountable. right? I mean...” A child can’t even grasp that.com Online since 1986 http://www. John MacArthur Jr. don’t worry about anything. That’s simple.Child Evangelism The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Box 4000. Panorama City. New Jersey. that He died for you. And you always want to do that..com Email: tony@biblebb. “Look. and you want to encourage those steps. P. Word of Grace. Only God knows when the transaction of justification takes place. what you want to do is understand that Jesus loves you. and sanctification begins. John Macarthur: Well. All Rights Reserved. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36. how do you describe to a young 4 or 5 year-old how they can make Christ Lord of their life? Answer Just simply that. Question (continued) So.O. and do what He says”--a child understands that. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. but just keep encouraging them in all those steps all along. and He wants to guide you and lead you.biblebb. Only God knows that. GC 70-8. I think if they’re anything a child understands. and He wants you to give your life to him in obedience”.com/files/macqa/70-8-3. I believe that children take steps towards God.biblebb. Question I’m not sure if you believe in the age of accountability or anything like that.John MacArthur ." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. California. Every person might have a different point in time. Just tell him. USA.com and www. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:17 AM] . It was transcribed from the tape. but I don’t think there’s any given age. 08022 Websites: www.I’ll promise you a 4 or 5 year-old will understand that. Just believe. and "Answered" by their pastor.

com/files/macqa/70-8-3.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:17 AM] .Child Evangelism http://www.biblebb.John MacArthur .

But only God knows that. He’s going to http://www. the guy would give a message. I’ve always affirmed and reaffirmed and reaffirmed my faith. but I can look back to the times when I was eight." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.. That’s why the doctrine of election is such a wonderful doctrine.” I can remember that over and over: “In case you’re not there. “Jesus. and "Answered" by their pastor. John MacArthur Jr. not necessarily visible to men in the actual transaction…it’s made known in the fruit.O. The first thing you have to understand is: salvation is a work of God. if you’re not in my life. “Lord. and felt that they were saved as a child and just ignored it all those years. To be honest with you. and my question is really. and then gotten their life straightened out at some point in time.Child Evangelism The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. please come in my heart. It was transcribed from the tape. Word of Grace.John MacArthur .” You know? I mean. I began to feel that in my heart.com/files/macqa/70-8-5. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.” But. I’d go to camp. If He’s going to redeem you. please…” So.they don’t mention Lordship other than to say “Savior and Lord”? How can you respond to the person who’s grown up in that sort of an atmosphere? Answer Well. you know. when the truth is probably that they never were saved until that point in their commitment when they really came to grips with what it meant to submit to Christ. I don’t know the point at which that transformation actually took place. All Rights Reserved. very difficult. nine years old. I grew up in that atmosphere too. I can look back in my life and I can honestly say there was never a time in my life when I did not believe. I do believe that there are a lot of folks who have looked back at a childhood point of belief and then lived a life that disregarded Christ. I don’t know precisely at what point in time a person becomes a Christian. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36. I don’t know how to identify that for each individual person--very. But. How do respond to people who say as a very young child they were saved.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:18 AM] . I can look back in my life and say. California. Question I came very late in life to understand this Lordship issue. you want to encourage children to believe. “Ask Jesus in your heart. and went to some second commitment. as I said earlier. P. So. and just to be sure. “I believe. of course. but was my own. It’s very difficult. GC 70-8.” I can remember saying. that somebody said. and yet the church there does not even mention. So. I can know when someone says. There were times of disobedience. when you look at a child. I’d say. as a little kid. well. And every time... I did that as a kid. other than. there was always a love for God as far back as I can remember. Box 4000. But. I don’t know whether that was really the moment or whether that was an initial step.biblebb. please come in today. Panorama City. particularly that period of time in my life--and say I began to have a tremendous sense of what was right and wrong--that was not only my parents. I can’t know that. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.

com Online since 1986 http://www.gospelgems.John MacArthur .biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb. and somewhere along that process God will work his saving work in your life. USA.com/files/macqa/70-8-5.com Email: tony@biblebb.com and www.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:18 AM] . New Jersey. 08022 Websites: www.Child Evangelism redeem you.

except you be converted and become as little children. 08022 Our websites: www. “Well. Word of Grace. chapter 18. P. John MacArthur Jr. and I don’t see a lot of the fruit of the spirit in his life.biblebb. and.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:19 AM] . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb.” There it is. set him in the midst. And this is really the only way… People are saying. the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.com Online since 1986 http://www. that is salvation. and whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name. Question How can you know if a small child has been born again? What evidence? Answer Only one way according to Scripture and that is this: Matthew. California.com and www. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. receives me”--now. Well. “Verily I say unto you. he doesn’t pray. what is he? Saved.http://www.com Email: tony@biblebb. GC 1300. but he doesn’t read his Bible all the time.biblebb. watch--“for whosoever shall offend one of these little ones who”--what? “Believe in me. Jesus called a little child to him in verse 2 of Matthew 18." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. New Jersey. and said. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child.com/files/macqa/1300-2. and "Answered" by their pastor. Can a child be saved? Yes--by the authority of the Word of God. It was transcribed from the tape. Do you want any better authority than that? When he believes.com/files/macqa/1300-2. Listen to this: if somebody believes in him. how can you see the fruit of the spirit? I see my little kid and he says he’s saved. and lead family devotions. you know. how do I know whether this is just a child or whether he’s been saved?” There’s only one way to know that a child can be saved and that’s because the Bible says he can. Jesus said that a little child could believe in him.gospelgems. Box 4000.htm The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. USA.O. Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Because he’s really too young to manifest all of the things that indicate it.

but I think you might find that that is at least the emphasis of a false teacher or a false prophet. and my pastor John MacArthur. P.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:21 AM] . because Fuller is moving more and more towards the Charismatics. I frequently find myself turning off his program. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. and when you begin to let go of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture and you wind up with the vacuum of liberalism you also http://www. California. He teaches a course at Fuller Seminary which is a very interesting phenomena.biblebb. Panorama City. someone who leads you away from saving truth. but from there on he presents things that are not true.O. being rather upset at his taking Scripture out of context. The last couple of days he has been reading off stories how he cast demons supposedly out of Christians.com/files/macqa/70-5-3. there is a gentleman that comes on named John Wimber. It was transcribed from the tape. and "Answered" by their pastor. So in the technical sense I would not see John Wimber as a false prophet.. GC 70-5. "Do you consider Pastor John Wimber to be a Charismatic brother who has a different perspective on the Scriptures than us. Chuck Swindoll. Box 4000. He would not present another gospel. Question In the morning on my "drive time" to work. In my own mind. in the fact that he will articulate and adhere to the gospel--the saving gospel of Christ. and I don't know if I can isolate this. All Rights Reserved. right between my boss. Word of Grace. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. John MacArthur Jr. because when you go into liberalism. or do you consider him a false teacher in the light of the passage in 1 Timothy that we have been studying with you?" Answer I would say it is a good question. My question to you." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. but when I talk about a false teacher or a false prophet I usually have someone in mind who perverts the saving gospel.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. I would have to think about whether that is consistently true in the New Testament text.

He has a personality that is attractive but you just have to know that his understanding of the Gifts of the Spirit. "Christian Life" or "Christian Herald" magazine.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:21 AM] . and this big sword zapping people in the head. did a special article on that in which he teaches people how to heal and how to cast out devils. I guess you could call it the Ontology of spiritual life. they hired a Catholic Priest with a Doctorate in Spirituality from some Catholic University to come and teach spirituality and take their students away to some monastery so they could learn spirituality. and Wimber was that person.com/files/macqa/70-5-3. The second thing that they have done is to bring in this Charismatic influence to try and to infuse some feeling into the sort of the vacuous theology that they have wound up with." And I almost fell off my car seat. He is definitely a Charismatic." So that kind of stuff really is so tragic. He began to teach a course called MC-501. "That Jesus is the Christ. but I think basically he is really at a loss in terms of Bible interpretation. about two or three years ago. I heard him say one day that (and I am telling you this because you need to be warned. his understanding of the. and so forth. is not true to Scripture. whatever. And in grasping for some kind of spiritual reality. "When you talk about miracles you can't go to the gospel of John (this is almost a direct quote) you can't go to the Gospel of John since John doesn't deal with miracles. He has a personal sort of warmth and gentleness about his personality that I think is different than a lot of the sort of screaming type of Charismatics. I don't know how people can keep telling themselves that they can cast out devils http://www. and he sees tongues of fire coming out of the sky.Question wind up with no real spiritual reality. So many people have asked me about him because he is on right before we are). some kind of (if you will) feeling or emotion--they have done two things over the last few years: one. He seems to have some balance in his life in terms of his life style that some of them don't. as John 20:31 says. because the entire Gospel of John is one long series of miracles which are all about proving.biblebb. but I heard him say one day.

New Jersey.Question and heal everybody.com Email: tony@biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. when they know themselves that they can't--I mean they can't or they would be at the hospital doing it. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.biblebb. So they seem to always find a way out.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:21 AM] .gospelgems.com Online since 1986 http://www. but you need to be very cautious in listening to him.com and www. USA.com/files/macqa/70-5-3.

Panorama City. there are masses of people who are unconverted-unconverted--who couldn't explain the gospel. and "Answered" by their pastor..John MacArthur . These people. Word of Grace." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. but they have no idea just exactly how God used the death of Christ to satisfy His justice and grant righteousness to those who believe.O. What distinguishes Reformed Theology is an accurate theology. The Pentecostal Movement. as if that in itself. on the Pentecostal movement and I am still puzzled. John MacArthur Jr. Question I read an article in a "big city" newspaper. and it is the doctrine of the "Sovereignty of Satan. All Rights Reserved. are not Biblical. I think. and if you haven't spoken in tongues you haven't received the Holy Spirit--that is not Biblical. true believers. what I am saying is: the defining characteristics that label Pentecostalism "Pentecostalism" as apart from general Orthodox Christianity. So the movement is defined by things that aren't Biblical. but it is definitive in the movement.biblebb. compared it to the Reformed Movement. but those things that define the Pentecostal Movement are not Biblical. P. from other large Pentecostal churches in the area) live under a strange and bizarre doctrine that they never articulate. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. GC 70-22.htm (1 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] . what are they doing in this movement: "Heal me right away or maybe I'll walk away from Jesus Christ. some of them are. If you.What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. by the power of the Holy Spirit. understand what I am saying. So you have a movement defined unbiblically. defined by its unique characteristics. It is not even Biblical to encourage people to speak in tongues. They do not understand anything more than a very shallow and thin grasp of the gospel. They could say that Jesus died for their sins and rose again. It was transcribed from the tape. is not Biblical. and that they wield this great supernatural power. and if they are true believers. it goes back to the Reformation and it's based on an accurate understanding of theology.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. It is not Biblical to say. as a movement. and all the distinctives are not accurately interpreted from Scripture. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 50. Box 4000. It is not Biblical to believe that some people have the power to heal and can go into great places and knock people over. wrong interpretation of Scripture." Can you shed some light on that? Answer You are opening up a huge issue here of the Pentecostal Movement. for example. It is not Biblical to believe that God is going to heal you. At the heart of it. Now. that speaking in tongues is a sign of receiving the Holy Spirit. the way you heard it explained tonight. Many of them (and this has been reiterated to me by people who have come to our church. at http://www. So." It is inherent. What distinguishes Pentecostalism is an inaccurate. California. was some spiritual gift that everybody had to have. I am not saying that all the people in it are not Christians.

and all that does is create false hopes that are dashed to pieces.Pentecostalism. or the demons out of their house. and the Pentecostals and the Charismatics are so blended now. that they believe that these men can do what the Apostles did: they have the power to heal. and Oral Roberts. the power to cast out disease. I heard it. drape their arms over the TV. Benny Hinn is the latest edition of con men in that area. you can't seperate them. Parents who can't sleep.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. and his borders and boundaries are established by a sovereign God. People in that movement are taught that when you get sick: it's the devil. and down to Morris Cerullo. because God is going use me to raise the dead through the television!" I can't think of a more insensitive thing for a man to do. in Pentecostalism becomes the victim. literally. Or the devil is going to get in their house. they said it was the most liberating thing they had ever heard--to find out the "God" was sovereign. week after week. reject Christ. There is a cruelty that goes along day after day. that God was in charge. take their body over to the TV. It is God Himself who has made the blind and the lame. and then this false staging of supposed healings. whatever it is: it's the devil.. And so. Leave their body in the living room.but. Now that is an aberrant theology that says that. with this bizarre expectation of healing. That's one very unbiblical element of that. and they have to pray the devil out. it started out with A. also because of its belief that people today can have the same gifts that the Apostles have. Pentecostalism. When it's announced to you that you have heart disease or you have cancer. There are some people who came to our church from out of this kind of background. it says in the Book of Exodus. The enemy of God. in the ultimate sense. This is utterly unbiblical. but the devil is God's servant: he can only do what God allows him to do. so people can get unsaved on their own. God would like to keep people saved but He can't. it is inimical to that system to believe that Satan is sovereign--not God. you are living. and on and on it goes.Jimmy Swaggart and Benny Hinn.I heard Benny Hinn say. We as believers have nothing to fear from Satan. when one of your children goes astray. with my own ears. Allen. is God's servant. under some bizarre illusion that Benny Hinn is going to heal them through the TV set--it's cruel.. who is Satan..Benny Hinn and whoever the "healers" are. or you have some other problem. he's sort of the prototypical healer today. because they didn't get what they were promised they would get.. was totally opposite everything they had ever heard." you're always trying to cast out demons. God would like to solve the problems in the world but the devil keeps messing things up. by the definition of the current Charismatic Movement. so you're always trying to "bind Satan. It is a strange kind of thing where there is this pervasive fear of Satan. or bind Satan some way.. what gives it its identity are unbiblical. under the sovereignty of Satan in a mode of constant fear. is what it is! But that is only the extreme form of cruelty. When you little baby gets sick: it's the devil. and http://www.What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics least to contemporary "Charisimania".htm (2 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] .. God would like people to be saved but He is not sovereign in salvation.biblebb. and they happened to come on a Sunday (I think). A. that continue to raise people's hopes. and whoever it is..John MacArthur . God. than to have some poor bereaved person drag the corpse of their family member and drape them over the television. the defining elements of the movement itself. And much of the fallout of that movement is people who reject the gospel.. As I said.. I don't know if you have ever thought of it that way. When you lose your job: it's the devil. and when they heard me preach on the sovereignty of God. who live with anxieties and fears that the devil is going to come in and make their baby sick at night.. "that if you have somebody in your family die. This idea.

had to go to hell and suffer for His sins for three days. Kenneth Copeland. later on we wrote a new one called Charismatic Chaos . The book.htm (3 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] . Anybody can come on there and say anything they want about God. or the angels told you--if you have the experience. that the vast majority are not. and continue to have an impact on the hearts of people who are questioning the movement--they're in it. and they get the books. that those people who purvey and ply the trade. and they are very effective at it-raising millions of dollars." the "Charismatic stuff" out. and anything. If you just say. Jakes. and people with aberrant theology. particularly in the media. there are some who know the gospel truth. that I wrote back in 1978. Those books have had a great impact. etcetera. But at the heart of it. etcetera. but they turn on the radio. Kenneth Copeland is the one who said. "That Jesus wasn't any more God than he is!" So you have aberrations all the way down the line. As a final thought. And then people in the middle: there's the serious.What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics yet at the core there are many in the Pentecostal Movement who are Christians who understand the gospel. Joyce Meyer. or you saw this. One such preacher alone. there would be a core understanding of the gospel there. which is full of schemers. who don't come to this church. know they are deceivers. 63 million dollars! They are trading on a certain desperation. "go and heal. said. Of course. etcetera. anything they want to say about the work of God. Nobody polices the movement. That's why Jesus. they call me a "Heresy Hunter. I think it was. And also. they don't ever deal with the aberrations.biblebb. when He sent out the Seventy. because the movement is defined by its experiences and its phenomena. but it is my own conviction. But what you can't do. that on the cross Jesus became a sinner. or you heard voices.they will literally advocate anything! They would advocate absolutely anything. and false teachers who take advantage of people. and dreamers. Kenneth Hagin. last year. and you can see them. They are the ones who say. I don't have any axe to grind with those people. very serious errors of the Word-Faith Movement: Fred Price." If you can heal people--you can be instantly rich. Marilyn Hickey.. somewhere in that movement there is a true body of believers. They turned Jesus into a sinner who had to be punished for sin. If you just took all the "Pentecostal stuff. etcetera. so I believe that some of them are Christians. anything they want about Christ. but take no money. or the Lord told you that. anything they want about the Holy Spirit.John MacArthur . D. I am! And I thank them for the compliment! [Applause]. So I guess I would say. is go on "Channel 40" and say somebody is wrong--that's intolerable! And so that's why in some of their books. and any view of anything that purports to be of God. one of the give-a-ways that there is something seriously wrong with the movement is its breadth. This is a frightening view of Christ. who have an aberrant view of the nature of Christ. and that is when He was raised. if you can just strip the trappings. and then the Father let Him come out of hell. The Charismatics. Also. I just am committed to the truth. or you had a vision.. personally. It's really one of the wonderful realities that "Grace to You Radio" penetrates into those people. and con men. any interpretation of the Bible will stand. not to be confused with the Movement. took in. You can turn on "Channel 40" [Southern California UHF TV Station]. The Lord knows how many." There is one book that has a whole chapter on me as a "Heresy Hunter"--well. People get instantly rich who can't heal.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. you supposedly http://www. but pretend they can. T. and I want to bring the truth to those people. they are questioning the reality of it. the Lord told you this. It embraces anybody.

and the Holy Spirit having three persons. called Good Morning Holy Spirit (I think it was). http://www. but it was really an important statement. and silencing the critics. simply because I called into question some of their unbiblical teaching." AIDS is a deficient immune system. It was the first book that was out really definitively taking on that movement. they put the cover of the book on the cover of the magazine.What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics experienced some of this supernatural phenomena. it will embrace you. who was having lunch with me. totaling nine. It's a kind of "Spiritual AIDS.000--tremendous response. I remember a radio program. they have been saying this long enough. During the time they serialized the book it went up 50%.biblebb. but you can't have a Trinity with nine people--it's not a Trinity. and most people just rollover. I was being vilified as someone who didn't possess the Holy Spirit. "What do you mean? We publish everything!" He didn't even understand the question! It didn't even connect. for "What do you mean? We publish everything!" And I would say.. they have been working their way into the mainstream of Evangelicalism simply by attacking the critics. "This needs to be heard. and in the book." And that was on a radio talk show. at all. but I know one thing. And what has happened is. They said. The way the "movement" has perpetuated itself--it's an infection in the Body of Christ that is spreading rapidly. which had a circulation of. At the time. where a man who was prominent in the Charismatic Movement said. Moody Monthly. was a monthly periodical put out by Moody as sort of a standard. In. there is just no borders. which was a bomb when it came. The Charismatics. So how do you get the truth out of the way? You have to silence the people who speak the truth. fundamental. was not therefore of God. says. he had nine members of the Trinity.I don't know. "I don't know much about John MacArthur. It's not even good English to have nine members of a Trinity! You can have a double-quartet plus one. And Moody. those people who speak the truth. and this kills the Church's immune system! The Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement kills the immune system. He had the Father having three parts (three persons). those people who draw lines that are Biblical.. But in the book. this is discernment. You have to turn them into the "bad guys" the nonspiritual." Today. that has been pretty much the reality with the Pentecostal Movement. he doesn't possess the Holy Spirit." So the magazine picks up the book.htm (4 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] . Evangelical magazine. "Why in the world did you publish that book?" "Why would you publish that?" And with a look of incredulity he said to me. I can give you an illustration. So how do you do that? You have to turn them into "bad guys"--those people with discernment. if I say on "Grace to You" anything negative about the Charismatic Movement--the Moody Broadcasting Network will remove it from the broadcast! Because what has happened over a period of time is that Evangelicalism has just rolled over. at that time. You see. wanting to sign me to a book contract. after I had written the book. so maybe to 225. and it just hit with thunder. about 1980. The only way error can survive is if truth does not prevail. The movement will take you in no matter how bizarre your theology is.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. I said to the publisher.John MacArthur . and this book was a direct attack on that issue. "This is so important. 150. let's just say for the sake of argument. he had nine members of the Trinity. and that created an interesting dialogue. because it makes it a sin to question their theology. I remember when Benny Hinn first wrote his first book. the Son having three persons. the only way error can survive is if truth doesn't prevail--right? It's the only way. we want to serialize the book.000. I said to him.

" They can't rise above it. and somewhere in those movements there is a true church.. "That is the end! Jesus has to come soon! Where else do you go. that God is about as clear about the future as you are. They have attacked the Person of Christ. but speaking in tongues. God not only doesn't determine the future. In fact. at the same time I say that. which is coming from some pretty heady places--the parade is being led by Christianity Today. "Call yourself a Christian if you want. They have attacked the gospel. and so they literally have shouted. The latest is called the "Openness of God" (I am digressing.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. But I think when you look at the legacy of the Charismatic or Pentecostal Movement.What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics because we have been vilified so much as being unloving. but I need to take you there for a minute). http://www. and visions. Surely there are true believers in that movement. R. and many of these people don't either. and divisive.. "If you have the choice between going in your closet and mumbling in tongues.biblebb. and on and on and on. Sproul wrote one. and most of the Evangelical Church doesn't have the discernment to know how to sort all of that out. I have said this before: You can take the Charismatic Movement. they were speaking in tongues. C. and so they just sort of take it in. I don't think history is going to look back and define the impact of Pentecostalism in tongues. it is not going to be. there are people in that movement who are Christians. I have even gone so far as to say. you can take the "Seeker-Friendly Church Growth" Movement. now that we have this case of AIDS. is to reinvent God! That climate to do that. like priests." that's true. Have you been reading about this? This is the last place you can attack. since everybody who goes into that movement. I don't think it'll look back and define it in terms of healings. This is the redefinition of God! I said to someone the other day. when you have attacked the nature of God?" I have a chapter in a new book that came out called. They have attacked the authority of Scripture by adding to Scripture revelations. "Like people. in history looking back. a magazine. which finds a very open climate to question God. and Words of Knowledge. They have attacked the Person of the Holy Spirit. Now that Evangelicalism is so softened up theologically. a bunch of us wrote them. and Words of Wisdom. He doesn't even know what it is. The new view of God is: God is not sovereign. but in their hearts they are truly trusting Christ for their salvation. but if you have the wrong view of God--you're a pagan!" You're a pagan! That's idolatry! That's the last place you can go in heresy. and Sproul in his chapter says. this immune deficiency that can't fight off error--we can't stop the influx of disease--theological disease. He has about as much control over it as you do. not to be confused with the crowd. and now they dictate what is "Politically Correct" to say within the body of Evangelicalism. They are subject to their leaders--like Hosea says. is a minor detail.. to me. and going out and gossiping--go in your closet and mumble in tongues! So I don't want to overstate the importance of that.. "Oh.htm (5 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] . What Ever Happened to the Reformation? I wrote one chapter. So. And they have created a fertile ground now for an all out assault on God.John MacArthur . I think is largely aided and abetted by the utter disinterest in doctrine that has been created by this Charismatic pressure--Pentecostal pressure. And they have found their way into the mainstream. and heresy hunters. long enough and loud enough to silence people.

08022 Websites: www. is that the Pentecostal Movement caused the Church to become disinterested in sound doctrine. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.John MacArthur .What's Wrong with the Pentecostals and Charismatics with any kind of honest.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. analytical.biblebb. and tries to find healings can't find them. is the greatest impact. many times over. and that's documented many.com Email: tony@biblebb.htm (6 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:49:23 AM] .gospelgems. New Jersey. And that ultimately. But what is going to be history's verdict on the effect of the Pentecostal Movement. and critical approach.com and www.com/files/macqa/70-22-2. USA. and that's Spiritual AIDS-the Church no longer has a functioning immune system to recognize deadly error.

They do not have a sound hermeneutic. They will interpret portions of the Scripture: the gospel or whatever. Literal interpretation. and I don't know how to articulate: "No.This is their "stock and trade." And then they will build a theology out of that. and some of the guys are armed. Now. Panorama City.com/files/macqa/70-22-4. and "Answered" by their pastor.http://www. spiritualization. but this is endemic in the Charismatic Movement. how are you going to come up with a new thing if you just have the old Bible? Well.. But they will go to the Old Testament and "novelty is king" in the Charismatic Movement. said that--that's pretty straightforward. All Rights Reserved. Right? They rebuild the city of Jerusalem." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.htm The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.biblebb. He did a series on the Book of Nehemiah.. California.. like Israel being in bondage. It was transcribed from the tape. This is their "stock and trade". that is. One of the things that I commented on in my book Charismatic Chaos was a pastor. and they got the enemies. Grammatical. they go back under the leadership of Nehemiah--they build the wall.right? It's a story about Nehemiah who was the cup bearer to the king in the captivity in Babylon. they are like those people in Athens who always wanted to hear "Some.. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Right? Everybody is building their little section of the wall. you have got to find stuff that's not there.biblebb.. a principle for interpreting the Scripture: Historical. and Israel. P. You know. where are they going to get it? Well.com/files/macqa/70-22-4. Most of those people have no Biblical education--no formal education in the languages of Scripture." Answer This is an excellent question.right? I mean. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and Sanballat and Tobiah trying to thwart the work. Box 4000.. You built a construct out of thin air. The king makes a decree: the people can go back. did this.O...thing!"--tickle their ears. GC 70-22. and sort of reestablishing its nation again. Word of Grace.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:24 AM] . John MacArthur Jr. but you have got to use the Bible to do it. what you just did was wrong. "We were born into this bondage principle. because it would never yield their system! So what happens is. and Nehemiah is there. after 70 years of captivity is back restoring its nation again. The story is about Israel going back and rebuilding its country and its city and its wall.. a prominent Charismatic pastor in Southern California. You misapplied Scripture. and allegory.new.. This is not new.. Jesus went here. This is standard stuff. Question I am trying to understand how to articulate or teach to someone in the Charismatic Movement about the following: When they are taught a story in the Old Testament. You know the story." They can't interpret the Scripture accurately and come up with their theology--it's not there! So.. they'll build a construct out of that and then say. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 50. http://www. in a straightforward way. they use analogies to create their theology. You know what Nehemiah is about. they have to invent it off of analogies. said that.

com/files/macqa/70-22-4. the pool is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The building of the wall is the rebuilding of human personality." MacArthur: "Well. and I want you to understand this--this is like Bible Codes." if this is not what He meant! That's http://www. but this is the "stock and trade. people are sitting there saying ." MacArthur: "The walls of Jericho?" The guy with the problem: "He [the pastor] said.com/files/macqa/70-22-4." MacArthur: "Really? What was the sermon?" The guy with the problem: "It was on the walls of Jericho. But see. Now.biblebb. literally.htm Well. wants to come into your fallen life.http://www. The broken walls are the fallen walls of human personality." This actually occurred. and rebuild your life through speaking in tongues! This was like eight tapes of this. when some guy came in for counseling here. my friend. "Wow! This is fabulous insight! This is bunk! This is a misrepresentation of Scripture. Let me tell you how serious this is. "I am in a real bad situation. the principle of Jericho is. and he said. a. in the city). "This is what God meant.a. This is attributing to God things God never said! And that. there was this girl and I really wanted her. is serious stuff! You are not going to be telling people. you march around it seven times and it'll fall to you!" "So.k. it was the sermon my pastor preached. went like this: Nehemiah is the Holy Spirit. that anything you want. this series on the Book of Nehemiah. the Holy Spirit. that kind of novelty is the "stock and trade" of that Movement. dip you in the pool of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have never seen that!" You know why they have never seen it? It's not there! It's not there! But you see. MacArthur: "How did you get into that situation?" The guy with the problem: "Well." And so. there is what the Book of Nehemiah wants to teach! Nehemiah. he found himself in a position where he could go around her seven times! And the walls of her heart would fall down and they did and they got married. why did you marry her?" The guy with the problem: "Well." I remember years ago. No wonder the guy was in trouble.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:24 AM] . I married the wrong woman." The pool (there was pool referred to in Nehemiah. And you know. "This is deep.biblebb. the average person in the pew says. The mortar between the bricks is "tongues.

biblebb.. and that is not a trivial matter! Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www.I used to talk to pastors about this. we laugh at that. In fact." You can't be spinning off these wild fantasies at the expense of Scripture.. "Ah. because you are putting words in the mouth of Almighty God. normal language."if you are going to interpret the Bible like that. USA. but God can use the little!" You get the drift? "Little Bo Peep.. standard answer: "The Lord. actual history.told me!" And now you've got no revelation confined here. All over the world sheep are lost! People are lost! Did you ever met lost people? Lost people over here.. that kind of stuff.... but that's the point is that the hermeneutic is aberrant to start with. and lost. she was little. "That is not an adequate way to handle the Scripture.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:24 AM] .biblebb.. The only way you can deal with people like that is to say.com Online since 1986 http://www.com and www.you've got Pandora's Box--opened up! How do you answer people like that? I think you answer them "right between the eyes"--"this is an aberrant." That's exactly what they do! "And she didn't know where to find them! Have you ever felt like that.com Email: tony@biblebb. but that is the "stock and trade" of that kind of preaching. but they'll come home!" I haven't figured out what to do with the "waging their tails behind them. allegorizing is serious error." But I mean." I have said this so many times to students.. she lost her sheep.. and saying this is what God meant by what He said. "You know the other night I was reciting 'Little Bo Peep' and the Lord showed me what it meant. "The Bible is real people. then you don't need the Bible! You don't need the Bible! You could use anything! You could use "Little Bo Peep" You could say. "How is it that you know that it means that?" And their answer is going to be.com/files/macqa/70-22-4.com/files/macqa/70-22-4. New Jersey. and the only way to deal with that is to say. Little Bo Peep..htm pretty serious stuff.. unacceptable form of interpreting the Bible! This kind of spiritualizing.http://www.you just don't know where to find them? You laugh at that.gospelgems.

New Jersey. but not a material being as you know it.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:25 AM] . because there is a "body of resurrection" 1 Corinthians 15 again. as He exist now. do you believe that before He was incarnate He also existed as a material being? Answer The answer to the first question is. is a material being? If so.com/files/macqa/70-3-18. or I know it. And there is a body of birds." He says in Hebrews.Question Question Do you believe that Christ.gospelgems. "I am not a spirit. which is a visible body--I do not believe He possessed that before the incarnation. I don't think He entered into that body until His incarnation and then fully became the Incarnate Christ and now is the glorified Christ--Son of Man. I think "a body Thou hast prepared Me. There is a "body of resurrection. "A body Thou hast prepared Me. Son of God! Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.biblebb. and a body of resurrection." He went through the wall and yet He was there and they could see Him and touch Him and feel Him and all that. yes.com Online since 1986 http://www." there is one kind of body.com and www. and another kind of body. and another kind of body. He has a supernatural body.biblebb. and another kind of body. 08022 Websites: www. USA. So. He [Jesus] said.com Email: tony@biblebb." So. and a body of animals. you see the flesh and bones that I have.

California. He limited Himself spatially to a human body. “If I wanted to. why does the Son not know the day of the Lord? Answer Do you understand what we call the kenosis or the self-emptying of Christ? He became a man. He voluntarily gave up His omnipotence.com Online since 1986 http://www. He was in Galilee. Question Concerning your November 29th message on the fear of the wrath to come.com Email: tony@biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. But." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.gospelgems. and that was one of them.The Day and Hour of the Lord The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. He knows.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:26 AM] . New Jersey. you referred back to Matthew 24. Panorama City. All Rights Reserved. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.biblebb. but I yield that up.biblebb. Not even the angels of heaven. He restricted His omnipresence. “But of that day and hour. He restricted His omnipotence…why should we be surprised that He restricted His omniscience? He purposely and willingly and personally limited himself not to know that. He said. 08022 Websites: www. while He was on earth. fully God. and "Answered" by their pastor.John MacArthur . the exercise of His divine attributes. in His glorified state at this time. nor the Son.” It says “nor the Son”… If the Son and God are in and of themselves the same being and they have perfect communion. He put self-imposed limitations on Himself. That was a self-imposed limitation. In one sense. right? He wasn’t everywhere at the same time. no one knows. P. I could call for a legion of angels.O. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.. but the Father alone. GC 70-13. He was in the desert…He gave up His omnipresence. as He limited. Word of Grace.com/files/macqa/70-13-18. John MacArthur Jr. He put a lot of limitations on Himself. USA. It was transcribed from the tape. As God. He gave up His omnipresence. He was in Jerusalem. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr.com and www. He didn’t know. Box 4000. He was up at Nazareth. verse 36. willingly.

htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:28 AM] . And they came to the 110th Psalm.Jesus Christ The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 32. Box 4000. “Sit down at my right hand until I make all the enemies thy footstool. Word of Grace. it’s usage in Scripture is clearly prescribed in reference to deity. Panorama City.John MacArthur .’” OK. the best approach there is to determine what that “lord” means." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. if that verse stood alone. by memory.” But. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. it would not necessarily be convincing. The Lord God says to some other Lord.” and so on. Question We have been witnessing.” Answer (continued) I don’t know how to answer that question because I don’t know whether his Hebrew text is accurate. the first “Lord” is unquestionably a reference to God.” Question (continued) “So a Jew would take that as deity? Because he did not. It was transcribed from the tape.. the word “Adoni” could be used “sir. my husband and I. (“Kuriea”(sp)--it’s often in the form of “Kuriea”(sp)) can mean “sir. for example. P.” as far as I know.biblebb. You determine that. John MacArthur Jr. It sounds to me that you should keep doing what you’re doing because that’s nitpicking Now. to God himself. I don’t know.O. but it’s “Adoni. California. “Adoni” is just a form of “Adonai. if you look at Psalm 110:1.com/files/macqa/70-4-10. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. GC 70-4.” which is just like saying “sir” or it’s an address that you can say to anybody. first verse: “The Lord said unto my Lord. “The Lord said unto my Lord. I don’t know whether it’s been altered. All Rights Reserved. to a neighbor who is Jewish and who comes from Israel. I’m not familiar with that text in Hebrew. a cultural context. I can’t verify that. Answer Well. ‘Sit down at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. to verify that. But when you compare--for example. He says that word “my” is not there in the Hebrew at all and the word “Lord” is not “Adonai” or “Yahweh” or anything like that. it is true that the word “lord” means “sir”--that’s true--and in a secular context. We’ve been getting together with him and last time he brought up his Hebrew Old Testament and my husband was reading with him through prophecies and he would read it in English and the guy would read it in Hebrew.” In the New Testament even. and "Answered" by their pastor. http://www. And I would agree with this: that in Psalm 110:1. “Kurios” in the Greek.” Now the word “my.

And then it talks about “why do the nations rage.” and God’s Son is none other than the Anointed. and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance. “I’ll make the enemies your footstool. David was the sovereign of Israel and remember what the Jews said in John 8? “We have never been in servitude to any man. and in Psalm 2 it is clearly God saying. So when you parallel it with this. thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-4-10.com Email: tony@biblebb. David was the sovereign. against the Lord and against his Messiah. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. ‘Thou art my’” what? “‘My Son. here you have.biblebb. Psalm 110 says. and rulers take counsel together. and the uttermost part of the earth for thy possession. So who would David’s Lord be? Well. the kingdom wasn’t even divided yet so this was the great time of David’s kingdom. Ask of me.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:28 AM] . and verse 12 says.” Well. “Sit down at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. his king.” and who is this King? “The Lord said unto me. So who would be David’s Lord? Who would be David’s sovereign? It would have to be someone higher than David and that’s why we believe it is an intertrinitarian issue. this day have I begotten thee. his Anointed." This is a messianic Psalm. the Messiah.” and so forth. “It’s my Son. the idea of the nations being made subject.com Online since 1986 http://www. the Lord Jesus Christ.John MacArthur . But under David. And then in verse 6: “I have set my king on my holy hill of Zion. So. here is the exact thing happening and who is it? It is God bringing the nations in subjection to “my Son”--to his Son. And thou shalt break them with a rod of iron.com and www. USA. “Kiss the Son lest He be angry and you perish from the way.gospelgems.” Now look at Psalm 2. whoever it is that the Lord in Psalm 110 says He will make the people subject to is the same person in Psalm 2. But. similar to Psalm 110. further.Jesus Christ is in the Hebrew text… I don’t what his text says.” So. they were in the glories of their great kingdom.”--they had forgotten their captivities. the King. and people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves. New Jersey. it says. I mean.

htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:29 AM] . or any congregation--you don't make the assumption that because people are there." but I would say. you are my Church. Word of Grace.for example. I am thinking particularly of. you better do." He is speaking to a wider audience and obviously there were people in the Corinthian Church. It was transcribed from the tape.. many places." I think that is the best way to understand that.chapter 10 comes to mind. There were people. I think also in chapter 12. it is certainly not by the Spirit of the Lord. "If any of you do not love the Lord Jesus Christ--you are going to be cursed. and that could be true of any church. say. I know that it is disciplinary to the people of Corinthians. All Rights Reserved." Some of them were acting immorally. it's indicating that some people. . . in that congregation. And then he says. but one could make the argument that." to indicate that Jesus is coming. . all through Corinthians. obviously. it is apparent that they had a lot of problems. in verse 22. "You know you better make sure your heart is right!" And he uses the illustration of Israel--people destroyed in the wilderness. . I would stand in this pulpit and say to you.God would say that. P.biblebb. . they necessarily all know Christ. because there is an inevitability when the Lord comes in judgment. . he's talking to Christians with the recognition that in the Corinthian assembly there is always the reality that some may not know the Lord. You have that in many. . "Maranatha. well. never entered the Promised Land--sort of an analogy. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. "Let him who thinks he stands take heed. "You are the Church. . so whatever you do.O. where he says in verse 12 (1 Corinthians 10:12). verse 3. ." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Panorama City.Question I would like you to explain the last chapter in 1 Corinthians The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. but why would Paul. and he is saying. Box 4000. What he is saying is. GC 70-11. if indeed they were making the claim--they were lacking the reality.com/files/macqa/70-11-5. let him be accursed?" I get the point or the idea. ." What? "Lest he fall. John MacArthur Jr. Question I would like you to explain the last chapter in 1 Corinthians. California. the Corinthian Letter. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. but he is talking to Christians. some of them were in idolatry. and "Answered" by their pastor. . "I don't care what your claim is--if you don't love the Lord Jesus Christ--you are going to be cursed. so that it was very likely that what Paul is saying at the end is. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. Answer Yes. "If anyone does not love the Lord. "If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ--let them be cursed. there obviously were people confused about spiritual gifts--confusing all kinds of pagan ecstasies. under some Satanic influence were cursing Jesus! And he is saying if people are standing up and cursing Jesus. who were claiming to be Christians." That just reiterates God. So there must have been an awful lot of confusion in the Corinthian Church.

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Word of Grace. but you learn it in the context of a Biblical perspective. So I think when Christian colleges come along side the Church. New Jersey. and history. “Look. California. Answer I understand what the guy is saying. I think there is a sense in which the church needs to be doing a better job in theological training. Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. because what happens in a Christian college is you learn that wide range of academic subjects that prepare you for career in life. But." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. USA.com/files/macqa/70-14-4. Box 4000. which I think is really true education-that’s true education. and English. John MacArthur Jr.com Online since 1986 http://www.com Email: tony@biblebb. with a Biblical perspective. and business. and "Answered" by their pastor. and science.John MacArthur . if the church was providing the full range of education you wouldn’t need that. we wouldn’t be here. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 42. [What I am saying is].biblebb. we want to teach mathematics. “If the Church was doing its job. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. 08022 Websites: www.com and www. I think a Christian college is a tremendous thing.biblebb. if the church was doing its job I wouldn’t have to be going to Biola University. Question The Professor of the Christian Education Department. that is a tremendous assistance in the life in Church as young people are preparing for all kinds of things in the world.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:30 AM] .gospelgems. that.” referring to attending Biola University. All Rights Reserved. And I’ll tell you why I don’t agree with that. What he is saying is. I don’t agree with that. and whatever else. It was transcribed from the tape. A college education is not something that a church can provide. But I don’t think the church can become a college or university and cover the wide range of things that are there. GC 70-14. I mean we are not here to teach you the wide range of academic subjects.What about Christian Colleges? The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.. and they say. at Biola University. made this statement. Copyright 1993 by John MacArthur Jr.O. P.

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” you know. including wearing a miniskirt. Beloved. "rudy-toot-toot. It was transcribed from the tape. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Dancing. let me tell you this: if you’re going around and you’ve got your thumb in your mouth and you’ve got your security blanket and you’re tickling your nose with what you don’t do. then you have set up an artificial standard of your spirituality. drinking.O. drinking. you have probably bypassed true spirituality. and miniskirts are not the basics of Christian living. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Box 4000.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. even if they want to keep on not doing what they ought not to do. Word of Grace. “Are you saying it’s right to dance." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and "Answered" by their pastor. For instance. I wish they’d start doing what they ought to do. “we don’t smoke and we don’t chew and we don’t go with girls that do. but I believe that. and you have suckered yourself into thinking you’re securely mature when in fact you’re infantile. But if you just base your spirituality on whether you do or don’t do those things.Question: What are the basics for Christian Living? -. and miniskirts.” see. it has to do with what I think my testimony must be before other believers. smoking.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:31 AM] . their entire orientation toward spirituality is what they don’t do.com/files/macqa/1301-13. drink. the scriptural viewpoint on dancing. listen. I’m not advocating all these things.. Question Please give some of the basics for Christian living. that’s hard stuff. we have the right to do that. Christian people who mean well. Kilts have been in our family for years. “We’re the boys from the institute. The Bible doesn’t say it’s right or wrong to do those things. John MacArthur Jr. GC 1301. Do you know there are some very good Mormons who don’t do any of those things and will spend eternity in hell? That’s right. smoking. And you know something? Usually they don’t do a lot of things. Mostly what they ought to do--they don’t do. the Spirit of God will take care of those kinds of issues. etc. Now listen to me." see. I have very strong convictions about what’s right and what’s wrong and I’ll tell you. And I want you to know that as a Scotsman. P. I’d like to take your blanket away and make you face the issue that your spirituality is not a matter of what you don’t do! You say. the Bible doesn’t talk about those things in that context. There are many people. and I mean good people. http://www. Now. I mean that. smoke. and wear a miniskirt?” I didn’t say that. But the reason I don’t do those things has nothing to do with what I think the standards of the Christian life are. who base their entire spiritual life on what they do not do! Did you know that? You know. In other words. California. along with what they ought not to do… They don’t do. I don’t do any of those things.biblebb. They are not the basics of Christian living. I’ll tell you. Panorama City..?” Answer Let me answer this--and I want to answer this lovingly and yet I want to answer it pointedly. But I believe this: I believe that if you walk in the Spirit. they just don’t do.

in its depth and maturity. people. “Don’t do that. That’s very apparent. true spirituality. is an inherited traditional legalism. But when we get into gray area things…You know.” And the Bible does say. “We don’t…we don’t…we don’t…we don’t…we don’t…”? All we need to say is this: “We do walk in the Spirit. “Do you think it’s a sin to smoke?” Of course it isn’t a sin to smoke! Where would you ever get the idea it’s a sin to smoke? You say.” You know.Question: What are the basics for Christian Living? -. that for somebody to flop on somebody else and wander around a floor with moody music playing is not conducive to spiritual growth. I don’t need a rule on that. You know the Bible talks about walking in the Spirit in the New Testament? This is the key to the Christian life. True spirituality is walking in the Spirit and letting the Spirit convict us of the things the Spirit wants to convict us of--That’s his business. the whole place just broke up. doing the wrong thing. Oh ho. “Don’t gossip… Don’t backbite. he said this: “Loving the Lord and loving your neighbor is the fulfillment of all. Listen. I mean. and strength. Now.John MacArthur When you go around and you start evaluating people’s spirituality by what they don’t do. they knew exactly what I was talking about. You read them. Then you became a Christian and you realized you don’t dance. I heard one fellow say one time.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:31 AM] . you used to think you had to go to the dance. maybe smoking can take care of itself. But that isn’t covered in the list. I’m talking about gray area things. “Do not beat your wife. Clearly the Bible defines many things that are sinful and wrong. I understand that very clearly. It’s very obvious to me. kind of dance with the girl. I mean. you know. “You know. “But we’ve always thought it was a sin…” Listen. the Holy Spirit’s told me that very simply. People say to me so often. Let me give you a little thought. get her in the right mood and then you could go out and neck. True spirituality isn’t that at all. the artificial standard of spirituality is the list of what we don’t do.” Do you know why? I love my wife. in our house. I don’t have a sign in the kitchen that says. I said. mind. you see?” Yeah. I mean. And I realize too that a person’s clothing and how they dress is usually a revelation of the http://www. “Who likes to lean down and kiss a girl and smell a camel?” You know… I’m being facetious. But you see. there’s the artificial standard of spirituality: we don’t do this.com/files/macqa/1301-13. on the wrong basis. it does say. beloved.biblebb. Do you believe the Holy Spirit can guide your life? Do you believe that we need to have a big thing here in Grace Church that says. takes care of those kind of things. when the apostle Paul wrote Romans 13. Of course. “Do you think it’s a sin to dance?” And you know. that’s… You know. But I believe. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” So you see. it’s an interesting thing. but what we do! See.” and if you begin on that principle. there wasn’t one guy in the building that didn’t understand that. soul. But you see what I’m saying is people don’t do all these little things and they kid themselves into thinking that that’s spirituality when all it is. there are lists of them in the New Testament.” I’ll tell you what the Bible does say. you’re really sitting in the wrong seat. I love my children! That precludes the necessity for the rule. we know some things are wrong.” what? “The law. the Bible doesn’t say anything about it! If you want to put leaves in your mouth and set them on fire. well. I said to this group of kids this week. kids always say. Do not maim the children. but the Bible doesn’t say. you just go straight out and neck. before you were a Christian.

but don’t let your dress become your standard of spirituality. self-control. One does them in response to the Holy Spirit. If you’re just out there subscribing to some code. Now watch. this is an important issue and I don’t think that you’d want to ever get in the place where you evaluate your spirituality by what you don’t do--very.com/files/macqa/1301-13.Question: What are the basics for Christian Living? -. that’s legalism. That’s attitude fruit.” You know what fruit is? Well. faith.John MacArthur depth of their spirituality. very dangerous. The legalists and the truly liberated. bypassing the attitude.biblebb. If you do action fruit without attitude fruit.com Email: tony@biblebb. that’s legalism.biblebb. “Hereby is my father glorified that you bear. USA.gospelgems. Do you see the difference? Well.” what? “Much fruit. and so forth… Goodness. meekness. 08022 Our websites: www. New Jersey. faith.” what? All attitudes: love. temperance. Jesus said in John 15. You see. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Now mark it. godly.com and www. You know what attitude fruit is? Galatians 5: “The fruit of the Spirit is.com Online since 1986 http://www. you can look about and you find that fruit is good works (Colossians). The result of attitude fruit is action fruit. Spirit-filled Christian may do the very same things. Fruit is not only good works. And so I’ve divided fruit into two things: action fruit and attitude fruit. fruit is attitudes. If you walk in the Spirit.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:31 AM] . the Spirit produces the right attitude that’s produces the right behavior. the other does them to try to buy favor with God. Did you get that? Because you’re cranking it out in the flesh. joy.

your freedom--even your life. We have become concerned more with our own comfort and well-being than with the command of Christ that we should follow His steps. has made way for a brand of Christianity where taking up one's cross is optional--or even unseemly. It is more than a curiosity that the church has flourished behind the iron curtain while dying in the West. Indeed. I am certainly not in favor of totalitarianism.com/files/macqa/endofcoldwar. Our culture. the evangelical church is almost completely dead. in "free" Europe. Gal. we in the free world have lost any sense of subtlety of the enemy and how he attacks.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:33 AM] . Biblical Christianity there has long since ceased being a significant force.The Church at the End of the Cold War Question How do we explain the anomaly. and that the evangelical church is almost completely dead where democracy has ruled? Answer A remarkable sidelight to the staggering political changes that have remade our world in recent months is the emergence of a vibrant Christianity from behind the Iron Curtain. How such a thing could happen is no great mystery--especially to those who have lived for Christ under Communist persecution. where democracy has ruled. many members of the church in the Western world suppose they can best serve God by being as non-confrontive to their world as possible. on the other hand. Public policy is governed almost totally by philosophies that are intolerant of and even hostile to the truth of Scripture. We have grown careless and apathetic. The reasons are clear. The offense of the cross (cf. Lacking any visible external threat to our faith. Having absorbed the world's values. that the church is growing and alive in Communist countries. All over the Communist bloc. Christianity in our society is now dying. Subtly but surely worldliness and self-indulgence are eating away the heart of the church. Atheism and humanism have taken over. Shallow conversions are unthinkable in a society where identification with the Savior can cost you your job. But we who live in free societies need to understand the dangers inherent in the system that gives us our freedom. too. How do we explain this anomaly? Maybe freedom isn't all it is cracked up to be. the cost of following Christ is understood from the beginning. the church is growing and alive. The gospel we proclaim is so convoluted that it offers believing in Christ as nothing more than a means to contentment and prosperity. I have personally seen evidence even in China that the church there is thriving--even though for the most part it has been forced underground. There. your family. where atheism was official dogma for half a century. By contrast. It is happening in America. 5:11) has been systematically removed so that the message might be http://www.biblebb.

. I read your article "Deadly Trends of Popular Christianity" (Jan/Feb 90) and I am sorry to say. I almost cannot believe.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:33 AM] . while in those opposed countries the spiritual life is taking really off the ground. "God is with us" and repeated after a Christian man the prayer "Our Father. mockeries. What was the decision of the elders of this church. Until 1980. collective discussion with about seventy people (the size of the church)? To disband the church because they said thirty-three percent of the above number wanted to move to different churches because ours did not deal with "their problems. activities. etc. their disappointments"--exactly what you said. Thursday night two hours. insults.com/files/macqa/endofcoldwar. I understood if I speak up. their hurts. etc. The same week I got that letter. personal discussions. their needs.biblebb. radio. It is sad when you see what is happening here in the United States. That kind of thing could happen only in a free society. I am in an church that for the last three and a half years has met in a rented building. because we really are living the last days. but I agree with you one hundred percent. being exposed daily to the persecution.000 people kneeled in the downtown city of Timisoara (the city where the uprising started) cried. a leading Soviet scientist--a believer--was a guest in our church. I would not be surprised if Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union will send their missionaries here in the States. Let me share with you a letter I received recently from a Masterpiece reader: Dear Brother John. Sunday night two hours. I lived in Romania. with so many Christian churches. etc. amazed to hear that 200. The church somehow got the idea it could declare peace with the enemies of God. I am also writing expressing my frustration too." which was not publicly said since the Communists took over that country.The Church at the End of the Cold War made more acceptable to unbelievers. many of them standing up Sunday mornings three hours. if the Lord will not return in the next ten years. All of a sudden the building was put for sale. to find what I call easy Christianism. TV. people in the church do not like to hear and I was accused about being divisive. And here in the United States people decided to disband a Bible-believing church. He told http://www. In this way. after "consulting" through surveys. To me it is no wonder. I look back to Romania. Just an example: in the capital of Bucharest my former church has almost 1000 members in a small building where only 300 people can be crowded. I come in this country considered by me with a high spirituality.

we will soon see the end of our influence for Christ as well. offer the greatest spiritual hope for Europe. where the Protestant Reformation was born. much of the church has been caught unaware. We are called to fight a spiritual battle. for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The cold war may be over. but the spiritual battle rages on. The night is almost gone. What few Christians seem to realize is how frighteningly fast the church is declining at the same time. He was shocked to discover that in America teachers are forbidden by law from teaching anything but evolutionary theory.biblebb. and there may be little time left.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:33 AM] . We must wake up. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light (13:11-12). not the "free" ones. New Jersey. The awful reality is that with the Iron Curtain now gone. 08022 Websites: www. and the day is at hand. "It is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep. As Paul wrote to the church at Rome.com/files/macqa/endofcoldwar. missionaries from Romania might be evangelizing America. has become the world's neediest mission field. Western Europe. Everyone is astonished to see how rapidly the face of the modern world is changing. We cannot afford to be indifferent.com Email: tony@biblebb. In what may be the greatest days of missionary opportunity ever.The Church at the End of the Cold War me that he routinely teaches creation science to his students in Russia and has never encountered any opposition.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. That should at least challenge our notion of what constitutes true freedom. and we cannot win by appeasing the enemy. A needy world needs to be confronted with the message of salvation. if the church in America does not get back to biblical Christianity. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.com and www. Meanwhile.gospelgems. We cannot continue our mad pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. the Communist nations. USA. It is not really far fetched to imagine that ten years hence.

“I will tarry at Ephesus for a great door is opened to me and there are many adversaries. “Well.Question Question John. they’ve got problems. Now there are limitations to that. “If you find a church that doesn’t have problems don’t go or they’ll have problems. One of those principles is an acceptance of opposition as a challenge. To lay people I’d say. stay away. in your radio notes on The Dynamic Church you give Seven principles for doing the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way. I can see your viewpoint as a pastor.biblebb. The typical young pastor wants a perfect situation and what Paul is saying in 1 Corinthians 16 is. You can go in and fight a losing battle and wind up throwing your pearls before swine all the time. Paul said.Campbell Morgan as saying that if you have no opposition in the place you are serving. Question (continued) http://www.” Then you quoted G. “I have to stay in Ephesus because there is so much trouble here. you say.com/files/macqa/85-1-2.” But you see.” Now.” The challenge of the ministry is not to go where everything is as it ought to be. “Find a church where the Word of God is not taught or a church that doesn’t have a biblical leadership structure and instruct them in the truth. Then you are quoting again. but to go where everything isn’t as it ought to be and make it what it ought to be. When I made that statement I was speaking to pastors and those in leadership. I have got to get it straightened out.” If they have already reached perfection. then you are serving in the wrong place. (1 Corinthians 16). You said to accept opposition as a challenge. but what about lay people? Were you making that statement to pastors and those in leadership or to lay people? Answer That’s a good question.” I always say to them. I don’t want to go to that church. what happens with young men is…I’ve had so many young guys come to me and say.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:34 AM] . “If you are not being taught the Word of God faithfully. you could only mess it up. get out of there and get someplace where you can you can.

USA. But I agree with you. so I left. I’d just like to state that I just resigned as an elder from a church where for about three years. There’s no question about that.” So.biblebb. I’m glad you asked that. Answer (continued) If you are in a church where people refuse to respond to the Word of God. There are churches like that.com Online since 1986 http://www. even from a preacher’s standpoint. where you are bouncing this stuff off of rocks.biblebb. New Jersey.com and www.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:34 AM] .com/files/macqa/85-1-2. there is that possibility.Question Well. I tried to get my point of view across and I always quoted Scripture. They could not counteract that. “I’m going to the Gentiles because you will not hear. that’s a problem. remember? He left and said. the apostle Paul shook the dust off his feet. you need to be in a place where you can be fed and you can be taught. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. 08022 Websites: www.gospelgems. but [still] there was no change.com Email: tony@biblebb. if you are in a situation where you bring the Word of God to the situation and they’re not interested in that. I mean.

If possible. Panorama City. seek out those who are godly examples and know Scripture. considering the outcome of their conduct.com/files/macqa/FAQ1. Thirdly. If the door is open to teach the Bible in some area of ministry. Copyright 2000 by John MacArthur Jr. not by compulsion but willingly. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:36 AM] .O. Secondly. as is regular observance of the Lord's table. He should obtain some good commentaries and Bible study resources to help with that task. we encourage believers to get involved in whatever way and at whatever level possible. whose faith follow. Box 4000.biblebb. He should not pull back but remain involved and allow God to use his personal devotion and Bible study to fuel his involvement. Question I am frustrated by the weaknesses in my church. P.. nor as being lords over those entrusted to [them]. But what does a person do if his church is doctrinally sound but weak in other ways? First. Word of Grace. we recommend getting involved in a good fellowship or Bible study group where a person can study God's Word along with other committed believers. Last. It is easier for Christians to exercise their gifts and repair problems in the context of doctrinal truth than in one where error blows around those we seek to help (Ephesians 4:14). the Bible assumes that every believer is to be involved in a local church.John MacArthur . to influence churches toward a more biblical ministry. even though many Bible believing churches have problems. but not least. but being examples to the flock" (1 Peter 5:2-3). Hebrews 13:7 says to "remember those who rule over you. All church leaders have a scriptural responsibility to be an example to believers. not for dishonest gain but eagerly. and "Answered" by John MacArthur Jr. All Rights Reserved. find a ministry within the church that has qualified godly leadership whose faith and life you can emulate. Continual worship and fellowship with other believers is crucial." Peter exhorted the elders to "shepherd the flock of God…serving as overseers. He should carefully and enthusiastically teach God's Word as it ought to be taught. if no "official" position is available to exert a positive biblical influence. he should do it. but what can I do if there isn't a strong church in my area? Answer When there is a choice between a church with a strong doctrinal foundation and one with a questionable one-though both may have problems-we recommend you go with the one with the stronger doctrinal foundation. A Christian shouldn't allow himself to get so busy that he loses his focus on spending time in God's Word and in prayer. We would not encourage any believer to stop attending church simply because the church is weak. A copy of the tape series can be obtained by writing. do not http://www. who have spoken the word of God to you.Finding a Good Church The following "Question" was asked about a recent Radio Study: A Member's Guide to Growing a Stronger Church. When you need counsel and help with the Word of God.

to recognize those who labor among you. brethren. but they feel they must be there to encourage others in biblical living and ministry. We can approach them on Sundays or phone them during the week and ask what specifically we can pray for them. Church members can pray for God to develop and strengthen their relationships both with leaders and laymen in the church. Those who engage in a faithful. their usefulness in ministry to others. even those who may seem misdirected (they need our prayer even more).biblebb. "And we urge you. Be at peace among yourselves. When believers develop their ministry within the body of Christ.Finding a Good Church overlook an extremely important but often neglected area of ministry-prayer. We should faithfully pray for neighbors and co-workers within our sphere of influence and friendships. Every believer should also develop a consistent evangelistic prayer life. it transforms their attitude about church attendance. They not only want to be at church. But prayer is foundational to all we do and stand for. They can even find themselves giving thanks to God for the sometimes misdirected http://www. their personal holiness and testimony. We should be seeking the salvation of all men whenever and wherever we have opportunity. It is no longer duty and drudgery. it cultivates a much deeper gratitude within their hearts. As relationships are forged. our input is generally not welcome. If we are viewed as one who is merely critical. and our prayers should reflect God's desire for the salvation of all men (see 1 Timothy 2:1-8). fervent ministry of prayer for their weak church will be encouraged by the opportunity God has given them to have an impact there. We should pray that God will direct them back to His Word and will and lead them to discard unbiblical ministry fads. We should pray for their personal prayer life and Bible study. Most people are far more receptive to someone with whom they have a good relationship.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:36 AM] . It is exciting to consider all the options available to Christians in imperfect churches.John MacArthur . When we lack specifics. and all of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives (Galatians 5:22-23). When believers attend church with a view to ministering to others. we usually find increased opportunities to give input and to express our biblical concerns pertaining to personal and church issues. The ministry of prayer is not popular with many in the church-in fact. their love and joy in the Lord. we can pray for their walk with God. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Paul wrote. An extension of such a prayer ministry might be the practice of sending cards to various people to let them know you are praying for them. Believers in strong and weak churches alike need to commit themselves to faithful prayer for other believers in the church. and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. it's hard work.com/files/macqa/FAQ1. and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. So it is important to pray for good relationships with the leaders and members of the church. We can encourage them by sending a card to thank them for their labor of love and let them know we are praying for them." God will bless the believer's obedience to His Word in this matter. Furthermore. No believer is exempt from the ministry of evangelistic prayer. their sanctification. Believers should remember to pray especially for their pastors and elders (their church leaders). it is effective and brings glory to God. This kind of involvement develops and stimulates further personal prayer life and Bible study.

USA. always abounding in the work of the Lord.biblebb.Finding a Good Church efforts of pastors and church leaders. knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.com/files/macqa/FAQ1. immovable. be steadfast. "Therefore.com and www.com Email: tony@biblebb.gospelgems. 08022 Websites: www. New Jersey. And perhaps they could become the very influence that God uses to stimulate their church toward a more biblical ministry.1 Corinthians 15:58 © 2000 Grace to You Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:36 AM] ." -.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb.John MacArthur . my beloved brethren.

John MacArthur . the pastor of Grace Community Church. to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Hebrews 13:7 and 17 help us to understand that God has graciously granted accountability to us through godly leadership. he said "Until I come." They learned God's Word and the implications of it in their lives. In fact. Question Why should I attend church? Answer The New Testament repeatedly emphasizes the importance of local assemblies. give attention to the public reading of Scripture. but God has called us into His body-the church is the local representation of that worldwide-body-and we should gladly minister and be ministered to among God's people. as is the habit of some. and all the more. All Rights Reserved. and http://www. Of course.. they commemorated the Lord's death and resurrection through the breaking of bread.Attending Church The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. when Paul gave Timothy special instructions about the public meetings. as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25). Active local church membership is imperative to living a life without compromise. and teaching." And it is only in this setting that we can encourage one another. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. It is only through the ministry of the local church that a believer can receive the kind of teaching.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:37 AM] . Sun Valley. Part of the emphasis in public worship includes these three things: hearing the Word.biblebb.. It is only in the context of the local assembly that these things can most effectively take place. and they prayed. and teaching. accountability. to exhortation and teaching" (1 Timothy 4:13). The New Testament also teaches that every believer is to be under the protection and nurture of the leadership of the local church. it was the pattern of Paul's ministry to establish local congregations in the cities where he preached the gospel. California. they joined to carry out acts of love and service to one another. "And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.com/files/macqa/IA-whychurch. but encouraging one another. not forsaking our own assembling together. These godly men can shepherd the believer by encouraging. admonishing. Acts 2:42 shows us what the early church did when they met together: "They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship. Furthermore. we can do these things individually. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands every believer to be a part of such a local body and reveals why this is necessary. It is only in the local body to which one is committed that there can be the level of intimacy that is required for carefully stimulating fellow-believers "to love and good deeds. being called to obedience and action through exhortation.

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Too many people abandon churches for petty reasons. 3:5). However. or out of a duty to obey God rather than men. But those who transfer their membership for such reasons ought to take extreme care not to sow discord or division in the church they are leaving.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:38 AM] . If the church is seriously out of step with the biblical pattern for the church (2 Thess.. If unholy living is tolerated in the church (1 Cor. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www.biblebb. Membership in a church is a commitment that ought to be taken seriously. There is certainly nothing wrong with moving one's membership just because another church offers better teaching or more opportunities for growth and service. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. If the church is characterized by a wanton disregard for Scripture. 3:6. Such circumstances would include: If heresy on some fundamental truth is being taught from the pulpit (Gal. This is not to suggest that these are the only circumstances under which people are permitted to leave a church. And such moves ought to be made sparingly. 5:9-11). such as a refusal to discipline members who are sinning blatantly (1 Cor. Bible-believing church. Sun Valley. All Rights Reserved. Christians are commanded to respect. Disagreements over simple matters of preference are never a good reason to withdraw from a sound.When to Leave a Church? The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. If the church is marked by gross hypocrisy.John MacArthur .com/files/macqa/IA-lvchurch.13:7. California. and obey those whom God has placed in positions of leadership in the church (Heb. If the leaders of the church tolerate seriously errant doctrine from any who are given teaching authority in the fellowship (Rom. giving lip service to biblical Christianity but refusing to acknowledge its true power (2 Tim.. 1:7-9). honor. the pastor of Grace Community Church. 14). there are times when it becomes necessary to leave a church for the sake of one's own conscience. 17). 5:1-7). Question When should a person leave a church? Answer Leaving a church is not something that should be done lightly. 16:17).

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All Rights Reserved. where there's a congregation. that's a church. It was transcribed from the tape. that's a church.. It can be. forsaking not the assembling of yourselves together.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:39 AM] . Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.com/files/macqa/1359-6. Panorama City..gospelgems. What you're asking is can a guy come from 35 miles away and still be a part of a local assembly? Yes. GC 1359.com Online since 1986 http://www.. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Very hard to define that because of denominations and different churches.. Answer I think any time two Christians. titled "How to Function in the Body" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Word of Grace. If there's five thousand Christians in a church. ". P.biblebb. There are advantages to being close.com and www.Church Membership The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. God can use him there and use his gifts there and use his abilities there as well as anywhere else. I don't think that's the issue. ten miles and they have very definite feelings about that. Box 4000. where there are teachers.biblebb. obviously. So the important thing to realize is that you are a member of the total body of Christ and you are to attach yourself to a local assembly. that's a local assembly. and "Answered" by their pastor." What is a proper definition of "local assembly" or "local church"? Some people feel it's five miles. New Jersey. Question In many cases people are a little bit confused and it comes under this area..O. if you're two Christians on a desert island. USA. 08022 Websites: www.of admonishing. California.com Email: tony@biblebb. for the sake of ease of involvement. A church is a place where there are elders. I don't think the distance his house is from the assembly is the issue.any time Christians get together in a local community they can constitute a church.John MacArthur . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. John MacArthur Jr.

just autonomous running around. Now beyond the statement of Scripture and beyond the argument of history. If you are not submitting yourself to some rulers of Christ in the church. There is no such thing in the New Testament. it says in Hebrews 10:25. you have thirdly the fact that Hebrews 13 says that all Christians are to submit themselves to the rulers over them. Word of Grace. then you're disobedient to Hebrews chapter 13. It was transcribed from the tape. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. They all historically were in a local congregation. Why is it necessary to join a local church? For many reasons. John MacArthur Jr. And the reason we do this is because Hebrews 10 says we stimulate one another to love and good works. Panorama City. P. for sure. and probably several other times during the week for fellowship. "Remember those who have the rule over you. All Rights Reserved. So we do know that they kept rolls and they kept lists of the people who were in their congregations. that spiritual stimulus that comes from the community of Christians. Verse 17. The Bible says not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. for example.O." There is a command there to attend the assembly of Christians. So we are to be involved in an assembly of Christians. And that becomes the pattern. who have spoken unto you the Word of God. Number one. You need that peer pressure.com/files/macqa/1359-7. Question Why or is it necessary to join a local church? Answer That's a good question. And that assumes that you'll be in a local congregation to be able to do that. Let me just read that to you so you understand what it says.. if you will.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:41 AM] . titled "How to Function in the Body" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. When you stay away.biblebb. Every one of them belong to some local assembly. the church. No Christian is a law unto himself. They had. and you're to follow their faith. There is never seen in the New Testament a Christian who doesn't belong to a local assembly." Here again you have the statement that the congregation is to be submitting to elders and leaders.John MacArthur . And there is no such thing in the New Testament as a Christian who doesn't belong to some local assembly. that they had an actual roll of widows. In fact. "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some and much more as you see the day approaching. you grow cold. "Obey them that have the rule over you and submit yourselves for they watch for your souls. California. and "Answered" by their pastor." You're to be under these people who are rulers. We know that there were between the churches letters of recommendations sent commending one member to another church when he left a certain area. Box 4000. elders in the church. In the early church they came together the first day of the week. We are to come together. Very important. Paul wrote to Timothy and talked about the widows' list. Now from the historical argument I'll take it a step further. And we know that they had lists in those local assemblies of their people. And we know that Christ rules through the local assembly. whose faith follow.Church Membership The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. GC 1359. in the http://www.

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P. My question to you is. which is a genuflecting and repeating the same thing over and over. I guess." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. It’s difficult to put the finger on it because there are times when he will articulate the gospel as we know the gospel. white magic.The Korean Church (Paul Yonggi Cho) The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. We would say. John MacArthur Jr. It is strongly into what Hunt likes to think of as “forms of sorcery. you would see them doing this kind of thing. At least they have a lot of people going there. much of that stuff is almost http://www. and "Answered" by their pastor. I just finished last night. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. California. For example.com/files/macqa/70-4-3. a friend of mine came to me and let me read one of his books called The Fourth Dimension—it was written by Dr. and Paul (David) Yonggi Cho. in that. if you put all the right gimmicks together and say all the right words—in fact. So. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 32. where people go for hours and hours and pray. and the occult. he is a highbred of many things. Yes. It’s an eclectic: it’s a collection of all kinds of things. the pastor of the world’s largest church. but if you begin to look deeply into his theology and his viewpoint. I was very distressed as I read the book. very carefully with men who are on the Christian scene who are in one way or another deceiving people. Panorama City. have you read the book? And what do you know about the man? Answer Paul (David) Yonggi Cho is a Korean pastor. it’s a cultural phenomenon.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:42 AM] . I have interacted with a lot that’s been written about him. And part of it is a Korean phenomenon.000 members or something. reading a book called The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt.O. you know… But. In fact.biblebb. It’s strongly Pentecostal-Charismatic.. GC 70-4. he deals very. I have read much of what Cho has written.” It is also infused with some of their old traditional ancestor worship and some of their old religion. it is laced with all of that “health/wealth/prosperity/healing” kind of thing that’s sort of a white magic approach.John MacArthur . a pastor of the world’s largest church. All Rights Reserved. they have probably 200. Frederick Price. Robert Schuller. But. sitting in my easy chair. It was transcribed from the tape. Question About a year ago. a book which I had prior read when it was in manuscript form—it was about twice as long and had a lot more to say until the editors got a hold of it. Men like Kenneth Hagan. Paul Cho. Kenneth Copeland. they have this place called Prayer Mountain. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Box 4000. hour after hour. Cho comes across on the surface as an evangelical and he identifies very overtly with evangelicals. “Isn’t it wonderful that they pray?” but if you were to go there. Word of Grace. In other words. you see that it basically is syncretistic.

biblebb. New Jersey. But I don’t want to deny that in the middle of it all. So I do not believe that Cho is a full. I think he is a syncretistic eclectic who’s collected a whole lot of different things. You keep reciting it and claiming it. biblical evangelical.com Online since 1986 http://www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and claiming it.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:42 AM] . USA. until it happens. and claiming it. because a lot of things that those people look for and experience in their own culture are made available through that religion and there’s a promise of health and wealth and happiness. But that’s what makes it difficult.biblebb.gospelgems. thorough-going.com Email: tony@biblebb. and claiming it. 08022 Websites: www. which is always a ticket to some amount of success.com/files/macqa/70-4-3. a positive effect. he articulates the gospel and no doubt that has an effect on people.The Korean Church (Paul Yonggi Cho) like a mantra in “TM” where you just keep telling yourself something is true over and over and over again.com and www.John MacArthur . He has a high appeal in his nation.

Circumcise your heart. a symbol of the removal of sin from the life. It was a physical identification because of the fact that it was unique to the people of God.biblebb. God was always giving out outward symbols to identify what He wanted to say about inward responses and inward attitudes. and "Answered" by their pastor. I think by the time you get to the New Testament.and you do it all the time. They never http://www.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:43 AM] . didn’t He? I mean. Panorama City. And circumcision was a symbol of cleansing and when a child. Cut that off so that the outward symbol is only a sign or an indication of what God wanted done in the heart. titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. ritual upon ritual upon ritual. all the time…it’s painful. it’s bloody and so forth and so on…and the picture was that what God is doing here is giving you a symbol of what He wants to do in your heart and that’s why the Bible says circumcise your hearts! You know? Cut off that which contributes to your uncleanness. They grabbed onto that and that became the mark. Every animal that was ever sacrificed was a symbol of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Word of Grace. because they had lost the meaning of it and they were just doing it and it became for them a symbol of God’s blessing. was born. Life was filled with ceremonies and ceremonies and ceremonies and ceremonies. right? Every cleansing. no matter how they lived. California. on the 8th day the foreskin was removed and it was in a way. It was transcribed from the tape. GC 70-2. In other words. P.O. John MacArthur Jr. many object lessons. Question What is the significance of the covenant of circumcision in the Old Testament as opposed to ear piercing? Answer What is the purpose of circumcision? The best way to say it is this. just their whole religion was a series of object lessons. There was this thing to do and that thing to do and the other thing to do and this was symbolic in so many.com/files/macqa/70-2-5. And so circumcision was just another one of God’s symbols and it was a very dominant one. washing of the hands. a baby. Every animal sacrifice was also an identification of a child of God in the Jewish era. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.. In the Old Testament economy. All Rights Reserved. God was saying to them…. every washing of a pot. Box 4000. and He makes that very clear throughout the Old Testament. Every child that was born went through that and it was a way to constantly remind the people that there was an inner reality of cleansing that God was after. we learn by object lessons. many cases. Circumcise you hearts comes the cry of the Old Testament. washing of a pan. A covenant child. that was more an aberration of God’s intention than anything else. washing of the feet. There were many of them. Now circumcision is one of those very same things. And so what they did was they never did bother to circumcise their hearts. okay? Especially in a more primitive time in the unfolding of God’s revelation in the Old Testament God gave His people many.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. every ceremonial washing they went through was a symbol of the inward washing of the heart.

htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:43 AM] . USA. Paul says in verse 28. without any impact and so the basic symbol was a symbol of cleansing.com Online since 1986 http://www. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb. New Jersey.gospelgems.Question did bother to take care of the inside.com and www. neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.com/files/macqa/70-2-5. They thought themselves to be right with God based on what they did on the outside. And that’s why in Romans chapter 2. "he is not a Jew who is one outwardly.com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb. but He is a Jew who is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart. in the spirit and not in the letter. So what they had come to was just a symbol without any meaning." you see.

and praise. there’s every reason to assume they know nothing about what is going on down here.” Once they have entered into the presence of the Lord. And in what sense are they a cloud of witnesses? They’re not a cloud of witnesses in the sense that they are sitting around witnessing us. If. you go into the presence of the Lord in which there is fullness of joy forevermore and your fellowship is with the church triumphant. to understand that. they witness to us about the validity of faith. “to depart and be with Christ”--once they’ve left here and entered into the presence of the Lord. there is nothing in the Scripture to indicate that that is the case and everything in the Scripture to indicate that when you leave here. they don’t witness us. “absent from the body. to put it in the words of the old hymn. That would invade their holy environment with sin. and Moses and all the way down to the prophets Isaiah and etc.Cloud of Witnesses The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Hebrews 11 lists all those people-“the heroes of faith” we call them--from Abraham and Sarah. So. Box 4000.-Gideon and Barak and Jephthah and all those heroes of the faith.. In fact. In other words. Now. chapter 12.O. you need to only look at the cloud of witnesses that are identified in the prior chapter. etc. John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape. Word of Grace. The picture there is that they are witnesses to the validity of living by faith. present with the Lord. there is absolutely a total disconnect from this world. you know. Now.com/files/macqa/70-23-2. “lost in wonder. Abraham chose to believe God over his own common sense.. they chose faith over everything. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. In Hebrews. Some preachers used to preach that they’re like filling a big heavenly stadium and we’re running in a track down here and they’re all rooting us on--that is not the image there. and "Answered" by their pastor. it talks about the fact that we are encompassed about by a great cloud of witnesses. Question I have a debate going with another believer that people who die--believers who die and go to heaven--that they’re watching over us. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. in fact. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. GC 70-23. love. is that something to do with the great cloud of witnesses? Answer Believers who die--there’s nothing in the Bible to indicate that they’re watching over us. There’s nothing to indicate that they are even aware of what’s going on down here--nothing whatsoever. Moses chose to disdain the court of Pharaoh and to believe God to his own suffering. P.”. There is no indication in Scripture that they have any further knowledge of or awareness of the things going on in this world.John MacArthur . that were the case that would invade their perfection with imperfection.biblebb. California." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. They are. That would invade their perfect fulfillment with dissatisfaction. All Rights Reserved.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:44 AM] . which is a long passage. and many of http://www. Panorama City.

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Box 4000.O.” So. that that’s good instruction. I watched my own four children growing up--never did they rebel against Christ. I think they need to come to a certain level.com Email: tony@biblebb. It was transcribed from the tape. we were willing to let them. it would be hard to say to a seven or eight-year-old who says. I think it can be instructive. 08022 Websites: www. Panorama City.” I think it can be instructive at a time when children understand its meaning and they believe in their hearts that they believe.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:46 AM] . “Baptism is the entrée into that. P. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. And. All Rights Reserved. and should they wait until they’re baptized to take communion? Answer I think it’s so hard to know.com/files/macqa/70-15-9.biblebb. I mean. you know.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and we don’t know whether we ought to let you do this. Copyright 1994 by John MacArthur Jr. “I love Jesus and I’ve asked him into my heart.” And. New Jersey. I hope they don’t have peas. John MacArthur Jr. GC 70-15. and "Answered" by their pastor. his basic response was. then I think the intent of their heart is consistent with the intent of God in the service. At what point was their childlike faith saving faith? I don’t know. “Well.” “Well.” And I said." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. what I’m trying to say is. and I don’t think you should become necessarily legalistic and say. there may be an appropriate time to start letting a child participate--when they understand. “We’re going to the Lord’s Supper tonight and we want you to come and it’ll be your first time. “I think we’ll wait a while. Word of Grace.gospelgems. specifically.” If it’s their good intention to honor Christ and they understand that we’re remembering His death and resurrection. But as soon as they wanted to participate.com and www.biblebb. I’m not sure this is really true. I remember the first time my father had a conversation with me about it--he’s reminded me several times--and he said. USA. in the life of a child when they reach the age when genuine salvation occurs. California. And then they’ll reach a point at some juncture when that saving faith is real and that service has its full meaning to them.com Online since 1986 http://www. Question Could you talk about children and communion. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. I mean.

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it was unable to be fulfilled. she was in the throes of death already and didn’t live very long after that. and "Answered" by their pastor. Question What would you say to encourage those who would want to take communion but for medical reasons could not? But they felt discouraged because they couldn’t do so. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. I really wish that I could be baptized. that the Lord does understand. “I wish that I could be baptized. Word of Grace. Where we don’t have the capability. I think the heart attitude counts for the act because it’s the heart that God looks at anyway. But. http://www.” Answer That’s a good question. California. maybe just a few weeks from death. Well. If a person doesn’t have the capacity to swallow." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I don’t think we need to sort of reduce it to an IV drip--I don’t think that’s required. Let me give you a parallel question. What I mean is. if somebody needed to be fed intravenously because they couldn’t swallow or for other reasons. And I would just say that the desire in the heart to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. certainly. it would not be healthy for them to do so. It was transcribed from the tape. Because of physical compunctions. All Rights Reserved. After we talked a little bit about that. so how would you encourage them in such a way…that because medically. I understand that.O. Panorama City. it would be a danger to their health. Where we have the capability to do what God has asked us to do. and I gave her the gospel and she responded to the gospel and she repented. because it is impossible for them to do. but God looks at the heart in a matter like that.htm The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. what they would otherwise do. we do it. Like say. You understand that? If a person cannot do. I’m quite confident. GC 70-19. They miss that ordinance. and another lady had encouraged me to go there. where the act is impossible. Box 4000. and yet. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. She was in her 90s. maybe hours. It was an impossibility to immerse her. P.com/files/macqa/70-19-1. the intent of the heart is sufficient to satisfy Him. and I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that question. the desire in the heart to exalt the cross and exalt the Savior on the cross…certainly God counts as the act. encourage them that it’s not a negative thing to not do it if you can’t. she said to me--she said.com/files/macqa/70-19-1.biblebb.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:47 AM] . God knows the spirit of obedience and the heart of obedience. that are in no way capable of being baptized. obviously they can’t eat the bread and they can’t drink the cup. I remember a dear old lady in her 90s that I had the privilege of being with when she embraced Christ in the hospital. maybe days.http://www.. Copyright 2000 by John MacArthur Jr. but I’m quite confident that the intent of her heart was sufficient to indicate to God the spirit of obedience that was there. In what way would you encourage them--you know.biblebb. John MacArthur Jr. and that would be the question that comes to--and I’ve faced this question a number of times and it sort of broadens the picture a little bit--there have been people who have come to Christ in a very severe and final illness.

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biblebb. Panorama City. Box 4000. as honest as we can about our sin. I think it’s the idea that if you know that there is some breach that you can make right. and others say that the reason we examine ourselves is to be. GC 70-23.Communion The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. We can’t make moral rectitude of ourselves before we take communion. you know.John MacArthur . that needs to be done. then we really--we’re all lenient. you know. that that’s important because if you don’t do that.” If you can do something about it to make it right. So. I mean. But when there is something that can be rectified. and "Answered" by their pastor. We have the admonition that we should examine ourselves. some act of obedience like baptism. California.com/files/macqa/70-23-13. you just need to stop doing wrong. how would you apply this? Answer Yeah. do that! There are some things that you don’t need to do anything right about. some place where restoration can occur. Question I have a question regarding the Lord’s Table." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. you have trivialized that to some degree and you’ve trivialized the Lord’s Table and there may be chastening in that.. do something about before you take the table. there is something that you can do that is right. Sometimes I’ve heard a person say that they didn’t take communion because they’ve realized there’s something wrong and they wanted to fix it or they wanted to do something about it. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. I would say. but as long as we confessed it. John MacArthur Jr.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:48 AM] . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. Question (continued) And how does that apply to the warning about not judging the Lord’s body? Answer (continued) Well. And you made reference tonight to Hebrews 10. and then afterwards. “what you can do something about.O. you can go and make it right. You made reference this morning to a person perhaps not taking the Lord’s Table if they haven’t been baptized. there’s a warning about we’re not judging the Lord’s body correctly. Word of Grace. good question. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. All Rights Reserved. some terrible offence against someone or you know someone has against you. It was transcribed from the tape. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. P.

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13:5.forgive or confront? The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. Believers should have a sort of mutual immunity to petty offenses. 2:21-25. confront the offender. It is the Christlike attitude called for in Ephesians 4:1-3. Isa. 3:35-36). Scripture everywhere forbids us to overlook wrongs committed against another (see Ex. 22:3. and Scripture gives ample warning of http://www. California. Examples of this abound in Scripture. 6:1-2). and even encouraged. the guilty party should be confronted. When ignoring an offense might hurt the offender. We are called to maintain a gracious tolerance ("forbearance") of others' faults. On the other side of the issue are people who confront over any slight infraction and make themselves intolerable. you may choose to forgive unilaterally. Love "is not easily angered" (1 Cor. 59:15-16. Whenever possible. David (2 Sam. While we are entitled. So for the sake of peace.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:49 AM] .. Isa. the pastor of Grace Community Church. Lam. to preserve the unity of the Spirit. If you observe a serious offense that is a sin against someone other than you. Paul confronted the Corinthians for tolerating sin in the church and rebuked them for failing to deal with a man living in sin (1 Cor.biblebb. Sun Valley. Question How can we know when it is best to forgive or confront? Answer That's a good question because most people seem to err on one side or the other. If you are the only injured party. However. If every fault required formal confrontation. 1:17. Mat. Sometimes choosing to overlook an offense might actually injure the offender. even if the offense was public and flagrant.com/files/macqa/IA-pillars2. we are to show tolerance whenever possible (see 1 Pet. Deut. Joseph (Genesis 37-50). 5). and Stephen (Acts 7:60) each demonstrated the unilateral forgiveness of Christ (Luke 23:34).. NIV). it is best to forgive unilaterally. Are there any biblical principles to help us make the right choice? Yes! Here are six guidelines to help you know whether to forgive or confront. Some people think it is best to overlook every offense and take pride in their tolerance.John MacArthur . especially if the offense is petty or unintentional. to overlook wrongs committed against us. This is the very essence of a gracious spirit. Some sins have the potential to defile many people. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. All Rights Reserved. 23:6. In such cases it is our duty to confront in love (Gal. the whole of our church life would be spent confronting and resolving conflicts over petty annoyances. Jer. Justice never permits a Christian to cover a sin against someone else. 16:20. When a sin is scandalous or otherwise potentially damaging to the body of Christ. 16:5-8). confront the guilty party. 5:39-40).

Both the offense and the breach must be confronted. New Jersey. 1 Cor. Scripture calls for the church to discipline individuals who refuse to repent of open sin in the body. IL: Crossway.forgive or confront? such dangers (see Heb.John MacArthur . USA. Lastly. Matt. and reconciliation must be sought. Any offense that causes a breach in relationships simply cannot be overlooked. 5:1-5). pp.gospelgems. And both the offended party and the offender have a responsibility to seek reconciliation (Luke 17:3. (Adapted from John F.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:49 AM] .biblebb. In fact. 5). MacArthur. The only instance where such a conflict should remain unresolved is if all the steps of discipline in Matthew 18 have been exhausted and the guilty party still refuses to repent. [Wheaton. 1 Cor. There is never any excuse for a Christian on either side of a broken relationship to refuse to pursue reconciliation. 123-33) Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb. 5:23-24). 1998].com Online since 1986 http://www. 12:15. any time an offense results in a broken relationship.com Email: tony@biblebb.com and www. confrontation of the sinner should occur. 3:13. 08022 Websites: www. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. 18:15-20. so that the purity of the body might be preserved (Matt.com/files/macqa/IA-pillars2.

http://www. Fifth.biblebb. He faithfully infuses every believer with His own strength and http://www. 1 Pet.biblebb. In 1 Timothy 6:6 Paul exhorted a young pastor with these words: "Now godliness with contentment is great gain. learn to live above life's circumstances. and distress. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".com/files/macqa/IA-pillars1." Paul didn't take pleasure in the pain itself. For those who are willing to learn. While that secret eludes most people. And having food and clothing. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Second. We should not be surprised or ungrateful when we experience trials because we know that God sees perfectly the end result (cf. 6:6). and it is certain we can carry nothing out. That's how Paul lived. learn to rest in God's providence. and Jesus said He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 8:28). that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Like Paul. All Rights Reserved. with these we shall be content. we know that He is unfolding His agenda and purpose in our lives. we can learn to rely on Christ's promise. California. For we brought nothing into this world. then I am strong. learn to give thanks in all things.com/files/macqa/IA-pillars1. 5:18-20). Rom. and he knew it was important for others to learn to make that same choice. Third. Thankfulness is first of all a matter of obedience (1 Thess. learn to rely on God's power and provision. The apostle Paul wrote. persecution. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities. but it is also a characteristic of a Spirit-filled believer (Eph. in distresses. 4:12-13). it need not elude any true believer. in needs. Sun Valley. the pastor of Grace Community Church. He had learned the secret to contentment in every circumstance of life (Phil 4:11-2)." Paul understood that covetousness and contentment are mutually exclusive. When Paul wrote "godliness with contentment is great gain" he wasn't just speaking philosophically (1 Tim. We also should learn to take pleasure in the power of Christ in times of distress. reproach. "Most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities. If we truly know God.htm The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. here are six steps to a contented life from the life and teaching of Paul.. In 2 Cor.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:50 AM] . 13:5). Paul had learned to give thanks in every circumstance and he exhorted all believers to do the same. like the apostle Paul you can and should learn the secret of a contented life. 5:18). in persecutions. for Christ's sake. First. Eph. 12:9-10 he wrote. He has sovereignly determined each part of His plan for us so that we'll be benefited and He'll be glorified (cf. Fourth.. For when I am weak. 5:18. learn to be satisfied with little. Question What is the secret of contentment? Answer If you belong to Christ. but in the power of Christ manifested through him in times of infirmity. Paul had learned to make the choice to be satisfied with little. in reproaches.

com and www. 3:16). But the soul of the generous man.biblebb.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www. Paul summarized this mindset in Philippians 2:3-4.com/files/macqa/IA-pillars1." A self-centered man is a discontented man. 9:6).http://www.biblebb. 2 Cor.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:50 AM] .com Email: tony@biblebb. 11:24-5.com Online since 1986 http://www.gospelgems. USA. but also for the interests of others. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Finally. the man who lives for the interests and benefit of others. become preoccupied with the well-being of others. will find blessing upon blessing in his life (see Prov. Luke 6:38.htm sustains them in their time of need until they receive provision from His hand (Eph. 19:17. where he wrote: "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests.com/files/macqa/IA-pillars1. New Jersey.

USA.gospelgems. GC 70-3.. All Rights Reserved.000 years.000 years old.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. "So and so was the son of so and so" and skip three generations. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. He figured that all out and estimated therefore.com Online since 1986 http://www. and many of those genealogies early in Genesis tell us how old people were.How old does the Bible say that the earth is? -.O. and if you expand them a little bit. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. New Jersey. he is really a great-grandson. 08022 Websites: www. in other words. By analyzing the "so and so begot so and so" and all of that. and "Answered" by their pastor. Question I have been following the Bible Science Panel and they spoke of the age of the earth in different years. California.biblebb. It was transcribed from the tape. Ussher's date came down to 4. because there are definitely points at where the genealogies skip. The problem with that is: the genealogies are not necessarily comprehensive genealogies. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. how old does the Bible say that the earth is? Answer One of the things that we have passed down to us was what was known as "Ussher's Dates. But even with genealogical consideration we wouldn't be anywhere near beyond 10.biblebb. John MacArthur Jr. P.000 BC and it's 6.com and www. it won't be much beyond that. So we can't isolate the chronological history of the world down to the specifics of the genealogies. as I said. In other words.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and he did some calculations based upon the genealogies of Genesis. Because. titled "Questions and Answers" -." there was a man named Ussher. Word of Grace. it may say. Panorama City.000 just using the genealogies.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:51 AM] . Box 4000.com Email: tony@biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-3-2. that everything sort of began in 4.

and he will probably sit you down and give you a 4-hour lecture. No. if God is able to create the universe. did He create an embryo? Did He create a fetus? Did He create a child? Did He create a young man or a full grown adult? Well. because what you are saying is true in every part. who is the former head of the Creation Research Institute. And when He created Eve..com/files/macqa/85-1-4. For example. how can there be stars whose light we are now seeing. I have the power to create the light. And there is evidence to that effect.” He created a grown woman.” The point is that if God can create the light. the head of the Science Dept. not only where it originates but where it reaches. Do you understand what I am saying? In other words. He can create the light. When He created creation. He created grown animals. “Well. so that there is no http://www. You can come to the college and ask George Howe. for example on the day that He created all the plants. In other words. God doesn’t say. when God created Adam. If the universe was created six to seven thousand years ago.Question Question As you know scientists measure the distance of stars and planets in light years. but you’ll have to wait 21 years.biblebb. And when God created animals. it’s a bigger question than it appears. He didn’t create a little baby and say. if they didn’t even exist 6000 years ago? Answer I can give you a simple answer to that question. God not only created the planets. He certainly can stretch the light as far as He wants in that creative act. so when you look to the stellar heavens and you look at the space and the planet and the stars and the light and all of the things that are a part of that. which has taken 5 billion years to get here. but He also created their light and He not only created their light but He created the full span of their light to reach the earth instantaneously. now I’m going to have to hang around for 10 billion years until the light gets where I want it to go. He created a full grown adult. “Adam. That’s a big question. did He create all the seeds in the ground and then everybody waited until the plants grew. she’s nice. instantaneously He created a full mature creation. He instantaneously created that in it’s full maturity.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:53 AM] . I am not a scientist.

In other words. you look at a cliff with all the strata. Question (continued) Well.com/files/macqa/85-1-4. You have uniformity. is the result of a sequence of time and uniform change. But we believe that and you see the evidence from every angle. indicative of the fact that we live in a very new world and a new earth and a new universe and that’s what science is over and over again demonstrating. The only way that can happen is to have a fully created universe. Event #1 was a six day creation of a fully matured earth and universe. So. There are only two possible views of creation. Right? Which is the evolutionist’s view. Answer (continued) Well. One is that creation. as fully mature as it is right now. right? And you say. It’s instantaneously created in its maturity. and biblical creationists believe that there were two great cataclysmic events that shaped the earth. let me take you a step further. so that the universe is six days old after He starts.biblebb. as we know it today. they’re looking at the world and they’re seeing it change right now and so they project the changes back into time and they want to take them all the way back until there was nothing and that strings http://www. Now science looks at that and based upon the theory of uniformity. That is catastrophic. The system of measurement assumes uniformity. you look at a bunch of strata. It’s not created in a series of embryonic forms which must evolve and evolve and evolve to get where they need to be. Nobody understands that. of course you don’t.Question necessity to have time for all of those light years to bring the light to our vision. well it took so many billion years for this and then so many billion years for this…either that or there was a tremendous catastrophe. it’s a fully mature world an universe that He has created. but we believe in catastrophe and catastrophe is the fact that God creates instantaneously a whole universe of fully mature creation. A catastrophic event that literally shaped the face of the earth in an instant. I guess I don’t understand that.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:53 AM] . Now.

Answer (continued) No.com Online since 1986 http://www.gospelgems. Question (continued) But. He didn’t just create it here. But uniformity is not necessarily true. 08022 Websites: www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. not if God created the light in its full span. The earth was dramatically shaped instantaneously in the catastrophe of the flood. You have to allow for catastrophe.com Email: tony@biblebb. The universal flood. which in one fell swoop.com/files/macqa/85-1-4. New Jersey. He created it in it’s full span. you cannot apply to all of the past history of the earth and the universe a uniform system of change.biblebb. He created it all the way along the path. The second great catastrophe was what? The flood.biblebb. An instantaneous catastrophe in creation and an instantaneous catastrophe in the flood. when God drowned the entire world. You can’t prove that that’s true.com and www. shaped and reshaped the whole earth and out of that flood came the great ice age and the icebergs…the whole shot. So as a result of that. even if it was catastrophically created…that star…the light would still take as long as the scientist says it would.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:49:53 AM] .Question them out billions of years because they don’t allow for a catastrophic event. USA. Instantaneous is a little bit longer.

biblebb.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:54 AM] . So first God created light all by itself and then later He created all of the planets and stuck the light on them. 08022 Websites: www. let me see if I can answer that.com/files/macqa/85-1-7. New Jersey. “God said. He created everything in six days and one of the things He created was light. right? Because you know when it’s on and you know when it’s off. Let there be light?” Answer Okay.biblebb. Now I don’t know how to tell you all of the scientific things but you know what light is. Now when God created.com and www.gospelgems. and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. so when you look up into the sky you see the light attached to the planets and the sun and the moon and the stars and all of that. What does it mean.Question Question In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. So God created light all by itself and it wasn’t until later that He created the sun and the planets and all of the other things that hold the light.com Online since 1986 http://www. USA.com Email: tony@biblebb.

so it’s hard to understand somebody who always was and never had a beginning. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. He never had a beginning.com Email: tony@biblebb. so He was in existence before He created the universe. because He always was and He always was and He always will be. He was never born. USA.com/files/macqa/85-1-17. 08022 Websites: www. Because for us we only understand things that have a beginning and an ending. He always was.biblebb.com and www. Now listen carefully. He never started and He never ends.Question Question How did God get into the universe to create all of us? Answer You want to know how God got into the universe to create all of us? Let me tell you something. Now we understand that. but we don’t understand that. New Jersey.com Online since 1986 http://www. Do you understand that? He always was. He never started.biblebb. but that’s the way it is with God. it was easy for Him to come in and make you and me and everything else. So the God who always was.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:55 AM] .gospelgems. That’s what we mean when we say God is eternal. He didn’t get into the universe. And then one day He created the universe. one day created a universe and then once He created it. God always was. There was no universe. He never had a start.

Question Question A ray of light travels at 186. in 1675. the earth. is that the earth is about 7-10 thousand years old. rounding it off.000 kilometers a second." Well. in 1728. if you can at all clear any of this up for me.000 miles per second. let me tell you why that doesn't work. the first careful measurement of the speed of light was made by a Danish astronomer.5 http://www. This fact would seem to remove the biblical chronology from serious consideration if we're going to have any honest assessment from science. I would much appreciate it. I believe God created the heavens and the earth. in order to be in our sight. It's been measured many times since then and is said to have reached an equilibrium at the number I gave you a moment ago.6 faster than today and that it continued to decline until 1960 when atomic clocks began to be employed to measure it. it's just a few thousand years ago. Setterfield charted a rate of about 5.792." Barry Setterfield. Question: hence to all that above. fascinating research by an Australian scientist named Barry Setterfield--listen to this. the universe. proposed the decay in the speed of light in his writings called "The Velocity of Light in the Age of the Universe"--according to Setterfield. A light year is the distance light travels in a year. and light from the edge of the milky way.000 years to reach here. Research has been done on the speed of light. Many a scientist comes along and says. They've done it in kilometers. God not only created the star. and I am not at all a creation-evolutionist. If this is the case. and we couldn't see them unless those 100.000 years were fulfiled. Bradley. an Australian scientist. because we see those that are so far out there. Does that sound impossible? Well. let me give you another solution. would then take 100. but what I do hear. What about the speed of light? God created a star out there and it's X number of light years away--it would take a million years for it to get here! The light can' t get here! The fact that we can see the light of the star way out there indicates that millions of years must have gone by. The speed of light is generally accepted as being 299. how about this for a wild solution. "I've got a problem with with a young earth.biblebb. a star might come into being a million light years away from the earth but couldn't actually be observed until a million years later because it would take that long for the star light to reach the earth from outer space.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:56 AM] . If that is so.7 kilometers decrease in velocity per second between 1675 and 1728 and 2. would be much much older than only a handful of a thousand years--yes or no? Answer No.com/files/macqa/991210.458 kilometers per second or. then the solar system has to be immensely older than the few thousand years indicated by the Genesis chronologies. then our world would need be quite quite old. First--this comes from some interesting. Please. Riemer. Thus. Hang on. He created the light in between there and here. 300. if that's too simplistic. Don't get me wrong. "Arguments that the speed of light has been slowing down and thus traveled much more rapidly in the past would indicate a very young universe. The data indicate that the speed of light in 1675 was about 2. in terms of thousands rather than billions of years. Well. at best. and then by an English astronomer.

com Online since 1986 http://www.Question kilometers per second decrease between 1880 and 1924 and he kept charting the decrease. Wow. such as the half life of uranium 238. that would explain why the dates derived from various types of radioactive measurements on physical. Everything changes. The velocity of an electron in its orbit is proportional to the speed of light. Setterfield figures the earth was created about 4040 plus or minus a hundred years. You just take those same figures. geological elements.com/files/macqa/991210. USA. radiometric ages in rocks. What appears to be old isn't old at all if you understand this immense fact. So that light once traveled 7 million times faster than it does now. Hence.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:56 AM] . Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. decaying into lead over millions of years. meteorites. Moreover. 08022 Websites: www. On this basis. He postulates that at the time of creation. assuming that's correct.gospelgems.com Email: tony@biblebb. He worked out a curve tracing the decay of the velocity of light. along with everything else.com and www. At the time of creation. you have light being almost instantaneous 6000 years ago. the speed of light was going so much faster than it does now. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. New Jersey. put them on a curve. If the speed of light has indeed decayed.biblebb. then the most basic empirical measurement of the age of the solar system would fit precisely into the genealogical chronologies of Genesis.biblebb. the speed of light was 5 times 10 to the 11th power faster than now. and other astronomical objects in conventionally allocated years can all be predicted by the high initial value of C and accommodated within a 6000 year framework. would all be skewed.

That’ll be pretty neat. All Rights Reserved. you have nothing…nothing…then six days of creation. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.O. and then it become “tohuw” and “bohuw. Answer I just was looking in my Bible and just before Genesis 1.. it’s possible that we might be able to do some healing. Question (continued) When we come back to earth for 1. I think Jesus will do it. There’s no reason to assume anything other than that. I’d never been confronted with that before. Do you remember Him saying that? He said. GC 70-13. And in that pre-gap sort of creation. straighten that out. There is no reason to assume anything other than the fact that you have six days of creation. It was transcribed from the tape. I have a blank page. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. mine doesn’t say a word about those folks. Now.John MacArthur . Panorama City. Could you give us scriptures that confirm--well. some kind of creation. Probably--just to grab one little thought--probably.Rewards in Heaven and Suffering in Hell The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. http://www. John MacArthur Jr. when they started talking about the people who existed on the earth before Adam and Eve. He was giving them a taste of the kingdom. So. some of His disciples are going to heal too. and then God remade it. when we come back to the earth.biblebb.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:49:57 AM] . there was some kind of angelic constituency on earth.com/files/macqa/70-13-14. because when Jesus healed the first time He came.” Hebrews 6 says that.” without form and void. Don’t you? So. That is impossible to prove from scripture. possibly…people like that have been influenced with the fact that maybe there was some angelic occupation of the earth. for the thousand-year millennium--will we be able to heal people or. didn’t they? So. P. Box 4000. Have you ever heard of the gap theory? The gap theory was the idea that there was. did Jesus heal alone or did some of His disciples heal? Some of his disciples did.000 year reign. “You have literally tasted the good things of the age to come. and "Answered" by their pastor. will we be able to heal people or will [only] Jesus be able to heal people? Answer (continued) Well. what do you think about that? Maybe the next time He comes. wouldn’t it? I think so too. That’s a figment of somebody’s imagination. you have man. originally. and that’s where the occupancy of the earth begins. It is highly speculative at best. Word of Grace." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. who I thought were believers. Question I was recently startled by a couple of friends. for sure. will Jesus do it? Well. Prior to that. California. and on the sixth day.

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material crown. I just was wondering how that fit in with this verse in Revelation 3:11. which is rejoicing. the crown of rejoicing. That’s what he’s saying. Question A few weeks back.. it is a crown.Believer's Crowns The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. And that reward. USA. which is eternal life. GC 70-12. it says.biblebb. Speaking of the Church of Philadelphia. And when he says.com Email: tony@biblebb. but that of the joy that we have in leading someone to Christ.htm [5/21/2002 8:49:58 AM] . John says the same thing--II John 8 I think-“Look to yourselves that you lose not the things which you have wrought but that you receive a full reward. Panorama City. Box 4000. “Don’t let anybody take your crown. for example.” what he means is don’t let anybody lead you down a path of sin that will somehow lessen the potential of your eternal reward. holding onto it." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. New Jersey." You can earn a reward and lose it.com Online since 1986 http://www.com and www. 08022 Websites: www. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. is not a crown that says rejoicing.com/files/macqa/70-12-13. California.” Answer What he’s saying there--well. he’s certainly wasn’t meaning a physical crown or they’d be going around like this. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown. That crown’s your life! That’s what that means. Word of Grace. you were teaching and you mentioned that the crown of the believers was not a physical. What he is saying is don’t default in your spiritual life and forfeit your reward. “I am coming soon.John MacArthur . John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and "Answered" by their pastor. it is a crown. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40. P. It was transcribed from the tape. The crown of life is not a crown that says “life”.gospelgems. All Rights Reserved. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.O.

That is more of the terrible. Kenneth Copeland--that whole group of people. and "Answered" by their pastor.biblebb. California. Tartarus.com/files/macqa/70-13-13.” He didn’t say. there’s a big difference. the wordfaith movement…that Jesus somehow had to go to Hell to atone for sin. It was triumphant arrival. GC 70-13. And He descended into that place and while Hell was having a party celebrating His death." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. in His flesh. and He showed up to mess up their party and to tell them that He was alive. Box 4000. That is a blasphemous teaching that miscomprehends and misrepresents the atonement on the cross. What it does say--what it does say…Peter tells us that Christ. His spirit went and preached to the spirits in prison. I deal with that in my book called Charismatic Chaos. Colossians 2 says the same thing. He was alive--His spirit was alive. And He proclaimed His triumph to them. John MacArthur Jr. there’s nothing in the scripture that says He went down there and suffered.com http://www. He said.com and www. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Answer Yes. 08022 Websites: www.” And. Panorama City. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr.O. “I am finished. “He made principalities and powers subject to Himself.John MacArthur . was in a grave. First of all.gospelgems. not one in which He had to suffer in Hell to atone for sin. All Rights Reserved. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. And I believe while His body was in the grave. He showed up to tell them that He was alive and had conquered. gross error that has come out of Kenneth Hagen. USA. Kenneth Hagen stuff.. They have been saying all kinds of bizarre stuff. Question I’d like you to comment on a teaching that Jesus descended after His crucifixion into Hell. And that’s not true. It was transcribed from the tape. the place of bound demons.Rewards in Heaven and Suffering in Hell The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. that’s Kenneth Copeland. “It is finished.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:50:00 AM] . right? And. Word of Grace. it says that when He was on the cross hanging there. New Jersey. “It is finished. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.” There they were celebrating His death.” He said.biblebb. that He had to suffer down there. And I believe that is a reference to the demons that are in the pit. P.

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. I remember when they first began to occupy a facility on Hollywood Boulevard. Box 4000. right across from the new Kaiser Hospital (and that has been about 30 years ago) they have been around a long time. P. All Rights Reserved. Panorama City. the bottom line of that kind of thing is that it is a self attaining to a level of righteousness or a being. and "Answered" by their pastor.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. "Self-Realization" gives it away.” Answer Let me just respond by saying the Self-Realization Fellowship. I don't know that there is much more that you can say about it. What they basically are is sort of an offshoot of Eastern Mysticism. titled "Questions and Answers" -. You sort of sit and meditate yourself into meaningful being. but it would be a form of Eastern Mysticism. John MacArthur Jr. to the best of my knowledge. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. California. which is supposedly sufficient. So it is a religion of man's own invention.com/files/macqa/70-5-1. Word of Grace.Question: Self-Realization Fellowship a cult? -. probably be involved with some kind of Transcendental Meditation to one degree or another. It would be a lot of Eastern Mysticism. GC 70-5. I think originally its roots have to do with India Mysticism (from India).htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:50:01 AM] . It was transcribed from the tape. Question “Is the Self-Realization Fellowship a cult? I have looked through some of their books and have some family involved. has been around for quite a long time. but as I have pointed out in the past. down at the back of what used to be the old Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.biblebb.O. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 http://www. It's a sort of "Science of the Mind" kind of thing.

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biblebb. "You need to expose yourself to some alternatives-read some things.D. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. You couldn't fly an airplane without training. and you couldn't run a computer system without training. he is in the wrong place and he doesn't have the wherewithal to make the decision himself so he becomes a victim of whoever teaches it. Let them listen to tapes that we preached on that or someone else has. If he is not open you are stuck. it's a guarantee if you don't know what you are doing. Again. USA. means "this generation" and that the word "millennium" does not necessarily mean 1. You would have to take the guy back and teach him Hermeneutics.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:50:02 AM] . and the best thing that you can say to someone like that is.com/files/macqa/70-3-17. but people think that they can pick up the Bible and tell you everything that it means "off the top of their head." You can build your own little Kingdom and keep unloading on them as long as you keep them happy and make them think that they are really into the deep stuff--you got them. New Jersey." Give them some good things to read. If you don't know the principles to interpret Scripture it is for sure that you are going to come up with the wrong answer--it's for sure. "If you are really objective and want to know the truth--listen to this. in other words--you have got to learn how to interpret the Bible--this is back where we started tonight. He has given me a couple of verses that their group believes that the Tribulation occurred in 70 A. It is the old story in California." If they have got any personality or any charm or any dynamics they can get a bunch of people to follow them. if he is then maybe you can feed him some stuff that will help to see where his error is. 08022 http://www. Say. There is nothing that you can say about an isolated thing like that. it is tragic that people don't know how to interpret Scripture.000 years." Find out if he is open.Question Question I have a brother-in-law who is involved with a church somewhat on the cultic side I believe. It is amazing. and that "this generation" in Matthew 24:34. and you couldn't operate on someone without training. and you will have 50 followers in a half an hour. say you are Moses. If you really want to know the truth then don't get locked into that situation. "geneautos" (Greek) as he puts it." Obviously. Be willing to study some other sides to that. "Expose yourself to some other material. "Grow a beard. and you couldn't do a lot of things without training. Can you give me something to say to him that would turn him back around? Answer I would say to him.

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So. the pastor of the world’s largest church.biblebb. It is strongly into what Hunt likes to think of as forms of sorcery. in that he deals very. For example they have this place called Prayer Mountain. I guess. Robert Schuller. I was very distressed as I read the book. hour after hour. sitting in my easy chair. In fact. it’s a collection of all kinds of things. “Have you read the book?” and “What do you know about the man?” Answer Paul Cho is a Korean pastor. It is also infused with some of their old traditional ancestor worship and some of their old religion. but if you begin to look deeply into his theology and his viewpoint. it’s a cultural phenomenon.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:50:03 AM] . At least they have a lot of people going there. Kenneth Copeland. and Paul Cho. I just finished last night. and we would say isn’t it wonderful that they pray. They have probably 200. I feel that basically. white magic and the occult. I have read much of what Cho has written.com/files/macqa/85-1-3. The Fourth Dimension.000 members or something. Frederick Price. But. I have interacted with a lot that’s been written about him. very carefully with men who are on the Christian scene. Part of it is a Korean phenomenon. you see that it basically is syncretistic. My question to you is. It’s difficult to put the finger on it because there are times where he will articulate the Gospel as we know the Gospel. Paul Cho. it’s an eclectic. you know. he is a hybrid of many things. Cho comes across on the surface as an evangelical and he identifies very overtly with evangelicals. but if you were to go there. where people go for hours and hours and pray.Question Question About a year ago a friend of mine came to me and let me read one of his books called. pastor of the world’s largest church. A book which I had prior read when it was in manuscript form and it was about twice as long and had a lot more to say until the editors got a hold of it. you would see them doing this kind of thing. who are in one way or another deceiving people. It’s strongly Pentecostal/Charismatic. reading a book called The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt. It was written by Dr. which is a genuflecting and repeating the same thing over and over. but it is laced http://www. Men like Kenneth Hagen.

com and www. where you just keep telling yourself something is true over and over and over again. that’s sort of a white magic approach. but I don’t want to deny that in the middle of it all. You keep reciting it and claiming it and claiming it and claiming it and claiming it until it happens. In other words.biblebb. USA.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:50:03 AM] . I think that he is a syncretistic eclectic who has collected a whole lot of different things.gospelgems.com Email: tony@biblebb. he articulates the Gospel and no doubt that has an affect on people…a positive affect. prosperity.Question with all of that health. But that’s what makes it difficult. so I do not believe that Cho is a full thorough going Biblical evangelical. He has a high appeal in his nation because a lot of the things that those people look for and experience in their own culture are made available through that religion. if you put all of the right gimmicks together and say all right words…in fact much of that stuff is almost like a mantra in transcendental meditation (TM). kind of thing. healing.com/files/macqa/85-1-3. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. 08022 Websites: www. wealth.com Online since 1986 http://www. and there is the promise of health and wealth and happiness. New Jersey.biblebb. which is always the ticket to some amount of success.

That has to do with the curse. Noah can multiply children and replenish the earth. Question In Genesis 1:28 it says that God gives Adam the command that says. Box 4000. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Why is that not mentioned." there is no indication of subduing it. All Rights Reserved..com/files/macqa/70-11-8. and fill the earth.O. and he could be fruitful and multiply the earth.com Online since 1986 http://www. Word of Grace. but as soon as you have the "fall" then immediately. USA. but it is impossible to imagine that he could totally control it. and he could subdue it in the sense that he harnessed all of its assets and powers and all the things it yielded and control that-he was the king. "Be fruitful and multiply. So by the time that you come to Noah. He could sort of oversee that replenishing. John MacArthur Jr." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I think when Adam in his innocence was created.Question on Adam's Rule over the Earth -. 08022 Websites: www. Copyright John MacArthur Jr.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.biblebb." In Genesis 9 he tells Noah to "multiply and fill the earth. thorns. Panorama City. California. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. New Jersey. and subdue it.com and www. because it's cursed. and "Answered" by their pastor. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and is that part of the whole kingdom? Answer Well.biblebb.gospelgems. It was transcribed from the tape. GC 70-11. P. and thistles--and man in order to control a tiny piece of ground has to work by the sweat of his brow to even eke out a living. he could rule the whole of creation--he was king of the earth! It was a question simply of having access to the whole of God's created environment.com Email: tony@biblebb. He could do that because the earth was a willing servant.htm [5/21/2002 8:50:04 AM] .

“They heard the voice. So in one place you could say. In other words.” Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey.biblebb. it's Saul when he’s on the road to Damascus. and what you have to understand in putting those two together. They heard a voice but couldn’t articulate what the voice said.” and in another. In Acts 22 it says they didn’t hear the voice. where it says.” Answer In Acts 9:7 it says they heard the voice. But the intent of it is to say that they heard the voice without hearing what the voice said.com/files/macqa/85-1-13.htm [5/21/2002 8:51:19 AM] . but they didn’t hear what the voice said.com and www. an uncertain sound.gospelgems. but they heard not the voice of Him that spoke to me. in the sense of having heard what He said. if you will. 08022 Websites: www.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb. “and they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid. they heard. you could say. “They heard not the voice of God. is they heard the voice.Question I was wondering if you could help me with two verses I have been having a problem with exegesis on Question I was wondering if you could help me with two verses I have been having a problem with exegesis on. it would be Acts 9:7 and Acts 22:9. USA. I remember when I went through the book of Acts.

you’ll find out that they pagans danced orgy dances and the whole key to what they were doing was to stimulate the sex drive.Question: What is the right Christian stand on dancing? -." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:20 AM] . Question What is the right Christian stand on dancing? Answer Now. Box 4000. There was dancing and praising God in Psalm 150. GC 1301. I don’t want to get into this in a long detail. Now if you were. to start with. Word of Grace. John MacArthur Jr. That’s what we’ve inherited today. P. The dancing that was done in the Old Testament was done by an individual before God as the full expression of joy! I’m not even too sure that there were any particular steps! I don’t think somebody did—you know. you would find yourself ill pressed to do that. to use that as a defense of modern-day dancing. He was dancing all the way through http://www. Panorama City. But. California. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.O. and "Answered" by their pastor. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. What it means is that they praised God by the expression of the body! They just abandoned themselves to the joy that was theirs in God. if you study Old Testament history.com/files/macqa/1301-11. not the worshipful expression of the body as it frees itself to just glorify God and to express its joy as it spins and twirls and jumps and leaps and praises God! You know who would do the dance in the New Testament? The guy in Acts that got healed. In the Old Testament. There wasn’t any indication that it was ever a partner thing or there ever was anything closely or remotely related to sexual stimulation involved. There’s no question about that! David danced before the Lord.biblebb. when they got really blessed—they did the “funky chicken” or whatever that thing is. on the other hand. dancing is in the Bible.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. however. there was dancing that was exalting and praising the Lord. Let me just say this. you know… I don’t think they had a new wave of Hebrew dances swinging through the lands. It was transcribed from the tape.

com Email: tony@biblebb.” He said. “You know.com Online since 1986 http://www. you know—we were really well protected. we used to say when we were at Christian school—I went to a Christian school that didn’t have any dances. we used to go to the dance because we’d take a girl out and take her to the dance. Totally. I realized you don’t dance.com and www. And believe me. A guy became a Christian.” Yeah.biblebb. That’s the only kind of dancing Israel ever did. and he said.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:20 AM] .biblebb.Question: What is the right Christian stand on dancing? -. “Then when I became a Christian. outside marriage. you just go right out and neck. right? The point is. they aren’t dances to praise God. you know. is to be disregarded and turned away from totally. But hanging on somebody and going around a smoke-filled room with the lights out while somebody sings a suggestive song isn’t remotely related to the Word of God. get her all warmed up.com/files/macqa/1301-11. the way the world sets up dances. anything—anything!—that in any way stimulates desire for another person physically. New Jersey. USA.gospelgems. You know. outside that which honors and glorifies God in every part. true. and then we could go out and neck.John MacArthur the temple. 08022 Our websites: www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. leaping and jumping and praising God! Now that God likes.

Dating The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. P. We have discipline people who have had their marriage break up and where we felt there was sin. In case you wonder whether anyone does date around here. number one. it’s definitely abnormal! You know. you know… Obviously. see. but I know there is a certain frustration that we’ve talked about in regard to this… So let me give a simple answer if I can. I think there has been some planning. I think that there is one reason why perhaps our young people in the college department and career and maybe high school too. I think that we’re more oriented toward ministry and more oriented toward the spiritual dimension than we are toward the socializing aspect of it. titled "Bible Questions and Answers--Part 7. And I think that we’ve tried to teach thatwe’ve tried to convey that. I spoke at a church in this area one time. All Rights Reserved. publicly. Question What about dating? Is it normal or abnormal? Answer For some guys at Grace [Grace Community Church]. that’s why they were there. there wasn’t a Bible http://www. It was transcribed from the tape. That’s hard on me because. Copyright 1976 by John MacArthur Jr. Panorama City.com/files/macqa/1301-E. “Open your Bibles” and there wasn’t a sound. I think we also reject the world’s flippant. California. I mean. speaking where people are interested! And I went in there-they were bored to death! They were all sitting there. although in the process they do. GC 1301-E. you know.biblebb. and "Answered" by their pastor. They weren’t a church that was concerned with Bible study and the week before me the speaker was Steve Allen! So.O. I don’t know.John MacArthur . easy-go relationships between the sexes. I spoke to their singles-college and career and all-and they weren’t even interested in what I was saying. I realized that I was out of my element and I said. Secondly. you know. very frustrated. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Word of Grace. you know.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:22 AM] . we have this running problem of guys at Grace who won’t date and many lovely young ladies.. self-styled approach to easy-come. and just looking at their watches because there was a party going on afterwards! They just wanted to get to the party. frankly. I mean. I think and I hope and pray that our young people have a very high ideal of marriage and they see a tremendously important reality in the commitment of one person to a person of the opposite sex. I see some red ears. we’re not Aunt Martha’s Lonely Hearts Club and people don’t come here just to find a mate. John MacArthur Jr. but perhaps the one reason why they are not as involved in that is the fact that we have a high ideal of marriage. you know. I’m used to being. it seems to be that they do because we marry somewhere between two and four couples a week! So somebody is dating-I don’t think they’re blind weddings." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. it’s not as if it isn’t working out. I think maybe the fruit of all of this has been that they see that thing as such a high and lofty thing that it’s very difficult to treat it as a social occasion-that’s one reason I think. you know. And so. Box 4000.

Looks reveal character. “The show of their appearance does witness against them. Proverbs 22:1 says. two lines of bowling doesn’t constitute engagement…. I would say also that perhaps because we’ve carried this thing a little too far. I think that dating can be beneficial because it develops an understanding and a sensitivity to the opposite sex and it helps you to develop a sense of social etiquette. I think it’s good to teach yourself how to give and how to build up somebody else and how to minister to somebody else. God has always designed that a man and a woman would complement each other in terms of filling out needs and so forth and I think a young man can be a great assistance to a young lady and in many ways of complementing her life and broadening his own experience. of course. The Bible talks about a “proud look”. to learn how to be sensitive and gentle and to learn how to be responsive and to learn how to give a little to somebody else.biblebb.” Associate with someone with a very good reputation. we tend. you know. to learn how to gracefully deal with a person of the opposite sex. 2. It’s not biblical. To learn how to do that is very important. when finally somebody does date.John MacArthur . It’s easy if all you ever do is spend your time with your own friends to develop a very isolated lifestyle that may wind up making you a difficult person to be married to in the long-run.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:22 AM] . hmm. “He likes her. the father and the mother arranged everything and of course that’s the way it ought to be.com/files/macqa/1301-E. to minister to each other.” I mean. And after all. When you’re picking a partner.” So reputation and appearance… http://www. the Bible talks about a “wanton look. I think it’s good. So. “Aha! There’s something going on!” See. pick a person on the basis of their reputation. but I would just add that I think that dating is acceptable in our society. Number one. you know. So. finished their miniature golf. you’re going to spend your life giving yourself to someone of the opposite sex. I think there are some reasons. So. In the biblical generation. we tend to say. you know… There I was doing my little exposition all alone. if you’re going to be married. I think there ought to be a stimulation in that area. Secondly. a sense of communication with those of the other sex. but rather as a group of people in ministry. a little practice wouldn’t hurt. but we’re trying to work with it. Certainly to be with a person of the opposite sex is to prepare yourself in some sense for the giving that is marriage. The Bible says a lot about who you pick.” Isaiah 3:9 says. I would also caution that it would be wise if you would make sure you choose your dating very carefully. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. very carefully. someone whose appearance is what it ought to be.Dating in the place so. and we’ve got them married before they’ve even. there are several things you ought to remember: 1. Make sure you find the biblical pattern and follow it. I don’t think that we are in the situation of seeing ourselves as a social entity.

“Out of the abundance of the heart”-what?-“a mouth speaks. many of yours.” 4. USA. Companions. I would also encourage you to date in a group setting and to avoid a situation where you might be tempted to compromise your purity and your Christian testimony.Dating 3.biblebb.com and www. So. to socialize with. and to minister with.gospelgems. 08022 Websites: www. And all of these things ought to come into your choice as you chose someone to be with. I dated my wife and look how it all turned out! You know. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb.John MacArthur . that’s what I did. I’m for dating! I mean.com Email: tony@biblebb. fantastic! I thank God for that process because in our life it worked right into the will of God and it can still work that way as it has in many. New Jersey. Speech. I Timothy talks about modesty: “clothes will reveal a vain heart.com Online since 1986 http://www.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:22 AM] .” 5.com/files/macqa/1301-E. One really great way to tell somebody’s character is to find out who they run around with-who are their friends. Clothes.

Box 4000. Let me put it this way." really puts an emphasis on judgment. but which by virtue of the title. and "Answered" by their pastor. but in Amos 5:18. that was the Day of the Lord. simply: the Day of the Lord is any day when the Lord moves in wrath and judgment. Answer Let me tell you just basically and I will give it to just as simply as I can." I was always looking forward to that. And in His the essence of it is judgment. Panorama City. when it says. Every time God moved in. like the rapture of the Church and the glory of the saints. Now." an so I have a little confusion with it. I believe that in the past there have been many Days of the Lord.O. California. Question I want to ask you a question about the term the "Day of the Lord. I think there is coming in the future a great Day of the Lord. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.biblebb. P. but God is going to have His day.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. which will have some good features to it. "The Day of the Lord.com/files/macqa/70-5-22. But the Day of the Lord is primarily a judgment term. You got you day buddy. 08022 http://www. and then as I started looking in it I don't think it's a very good thing. GC 70-5. All Rights Reserved. New Jersey." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. in a sense as a good thing to come. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. It is a broad enough term when referring to the Second Coming to encompass some good things. Word of Grace. It was transcribed from the tape. USA. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. in a holocaust of judgment to one degree or another. It is as if it is contrasted to the day of man. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. It is not purely an eschatological term related to the Second Coming.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:23 AM] . John MacArthur Jr. "Woe unto you that desire the Day of the Lord. I am glad that I won't be here for that..

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and what "The Day of the Lord" is. If you could just comment on what the "Apostasy" is. and our gathering together to Him" maybe a more comprehensive statement. the Rapture." the time of judgment he focuses on hasn't come. the "Day of the Lord. that the judgment has not happened because this hasn't happened.com/files/macqa/70-3-5. he's just saying that it can't of happened because this event has not taken place. It's not a question that sorts out the Rapture here. somebody may be telling you that you have missed it all-whatever. I think it is an "apostasizing. "don't let anybody deceive you.Question Question I go to a Bible Study and we were discussing 2 Thessalonians. I don't think that it is the Rapture--some people believe that it is the "snatching away. and I got into chapter 2 there. But. that you be not shaken in mind. the culmination of all of this is the coming of the Lord--don't think that it has happened because the rest of this stuff hasn't even unfolded fully yet: the "man of sin" hasn't been revealed. that has not happened." Now the question is. by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. he's just saying. "So don't let anybody deceive you. The whole idea--they were being told that everything had happened and they had been left out. . brethren. http://www. The whole idea of that phrase in verse 1. I don't see that you can sort that out. and not only that. nor by word. "Is it an apostasy in the Tribulation. . but the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." don't let anybody tell you that you have missed the Rapture. I have always been along the lines of a "Pre-Trib" Rapture. because it says. [The 'apostasy'] is a progressive falling away from the truth. and discussing the Rapture. part of it. The "Day of the Lord" is always associated with judgment. is already at work.' and the man of sin is revealed. . and what he is saying is. in a sense. They were afraid that they had already missed it. "the mystery of iniquity is already at work.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:24 AM] . and by our gathering together unto Him. the son of perdition. "Now we beseech you." So the mystery of iniquity is already at work. and some things seem to contradict themselves. "the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . because the "man of sin" isn't revealed." they make it the rapture. Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God. . and so forth. So verse 3." I just think what he is saying there is: the whole idea of the coming of Christ cannot come to fullness and fruition until these things take place--and they have not taken place. that's not going to happen. or is it an apostasy that begins before the Tribulation?" I think the answer to that is that it is before [the Tribulation]. Answer Chapter 2:1 of 2 Thessalonians. after the Rapture. the apostasy. In the first place. verse 7. says. and we got into chapter 2. and so forth. He is not necessarily saying that you are going to see that. I'm telling you that the final end hasn't come." What was happening in the Thessalonian Church was that some people were fearful that they had missed the Rapture. neither by spirit.biblebb. until first of all there is an 'apostasy. so Paul is writing to inform them that. but it certainly would include. nor by letter. or be troubled. I think.

Second Thessalonians is basically a book that needs great intense study. 08022 Websites: www. rather than before. "and then the man of sin. And I think that is all that the writer here is saying. this question comes up a lot. I think it's apostasy. I think that he is just talking about the "Day of the Lord." I mean you can follow some of the people that has wanted to postulate a Post-trib Rapture. I believe that the Pre-tribulation Rapture is the only doctrine that makes any sense in Scripture.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. "but then that wicked one will be revealed.gospelgems. So. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.com and www." Now. But the problem is." and they say that "apostasia" (Greek) means "rapture.biblebb. who opposes and exalts himself. it's got some very unique features in trying to sort out all these factors." and it's already working that way-verse 7 says. and lying wonders.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:24 AM] . You can come to Scripture. in general." I don't feel that way. USA." and after that is going to come the "Day of the Lord. is that you didn't miss that. But. I don't think the Rapture is even in the discussion really. and then comes the Lord in judgment. New Jersey. before that will be the Rapture. I really believe that the Church will be raptured first.com Email: tony@biblebb.Question Let me just say this. some people say that. a Mid-trib Rapture. you can knock down the Pre-trib theory by reinterpreting words and reinterpreting verses. because before that happens there has to be the "falling away." of course. or whatever.com/files/macqa/70-3-5. and you can "shoot it down. but you will find it (I do anyway) almost impossible to build up a Post-trib theory--it just doesn't survive scrutiny." So. then the Tribulation. or in the middle. that means that we are going to be raptured at the end of the Tribulation. that is the rapture--the "catching away.

in the midst of the discussion here says. the only difference that I could find between and elder and a deacon basically was skill in teaching the Word of God. and the qualifications basically are the same.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:25 AM] . In other words the primary distinction between an elder and a deacon textually. But verse 11. about the qualifications for elders and deacons. So I don't see a difference in leadership capability between an elder and a deacon. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. and I find nowhere from verses 8 to 13 where it says that a deacon can be a woman. All Rights Reserved. all I see is a difference in the skill in which they can articulate the Word of God. GC 70-5." and it uses the http://www. It was transcribed from the tape. because it says.O.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.. what I found in my study was that the difference. and "Answered" by their pastor. Panorama City. California. so could you pick one up on Sunday maybe or next weekend)--I go through all the whole process of discussing it.com/files/macqa/70-5-12. is that unique ability to handle the Word of God that is a God-given gift. We might also conclude that deacons don't have to be leaders like elders. John MacArthur Jr. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. I just wrote a book on deacons and rather than try to cover everything (it will be available this week. In fact.biblebb. because they have to have demonstrated. Box 4000." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and refuting those who taught error. in verse 12. that they can rule their children and their own house. but that's wrong. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Question I have been reading in 1 Timothy 3. he's talking about elders and then he sort of shifts gears and talks about deacons." Answer Let me tell you what that means--all right? So you are wondering why there are women deacons? Verse 11 is a key verse. If you will look at verse 11. verse 9. "Even so. Word of Grace. "Let deacons be the husband of one wife. The spiritual qualifications really aren't any different: it takes just a godly and virtuous a person. P.

deaconesses.biblebb." Paul says. because that's not a spiritual qualification for anybody." by the way. "There are other women who served with me in the gospel. not slanderers. never a divorce." the issue is. http://www. You show me a man who is only married to one woman and I can't tell what he is. I heard today about a church in our area where the pastor and the assistant have just been caught in affairs with different women. You show me a one-woman man and I will show you a man who has got spiritual integrity. but they have a whole lot of interest in somebody who isn't their wife. faithful in all things. It isn't saying that in order to be qualified to serve in the church you have to have one wife. are you a one-woman man? There are plenty of people in the world who have only one wife. I guess in English we call them.com/files/macqa/70-5-12. So. I think that the women are mentioned there in verse 11. the footnote too on that "husband of one wife"--that is in the Greek text a "one-woman man. "have you only had one wife. is a very general term in the Bible-it simply means "servant. but he's not a one-woman man. Early church history corroborates that in that they recognized deacons calling them. non-leadership thing thrown in. "is the one you have the one you are committed to?" The issue is. and there are some reasons in the Greek text why it seems to me that that is a separate group isolated out from the rest. By the way.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:25 AM] ." rather than wives--wives would be an arbitrary translation. The word "deacon." And it is my conviction that the reference there is directly to those women who serve in a deacon role. sober minded. He may have only one wife." The issue is not. he may have only had one-wife ever. he uses the verb form of the same word." I think a lot of people have misunderstood it because of the "Authorized" translation." "Phoebe" in Romans 16:1 is called a deacon. They blew the whole leadership of the church. "are to be serious. That would be the only non-spiritual. You could be an outright pagan and have one wife. Now that is not a one-woman man. he talks about deacons. So I think there is room for that. so that he talks about elders. and then he talks about the women who serve as deacons also.Question word "women. but what the text says is a "one-woman man. That doesn't qualify anyone for anything. and she was a woman obviously.

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they both went to heaven or went to be with God. for disobedience. I think he was transformed in the process because he was a son of Adam and Adam was fallen and so was Eve and so he bore the sins of his nature. Enoch got transformed. for God took him. I’d rather be with the Lord than to have a terminal illness. one went with a body and one without a body. "some of you are weak and some of you are sickly. you mentioned something about God taking some of His loved ones. http://www. I think it’s an illustration and I don’t think it’s to say that Enoch was a perfect man who didn’t need to be transformed. I mean. I mean. that’s a good question.” And is there anyone else who has ever lived with the same spiritual characteristics in their lives? Also. he went for a chariot ride and ended up in glory. What’s the difference? Answer Yes. So you have those two people who were uniquely taken to the Lord. We are just going to take off! So I don’t think it’s that uncommon. Now both of them. I think you are going to have a whole lot more in the rapture. Somewhere along the way. really. awhile ago.com/files/macqa/85-1-8. and one was Moses. for God took him.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:27 AM] ." and then the final "coup de grace.biblebb. I don’t know what else to say. It’s just like the discipline in the church. Those people are in better shape than the weak and sickly. that is an amazing statement! What it seems to say to me is that one day God took a walk with Enoch. A parallel to that would be Elijah who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire. So I don’t know the answer to that question. a second part of that is. I think what you see with Enoch and what you see with Elijah in a single illustration is exactly what’s going to happen with the rapture of the church. that He walked with him all the way to heaven. and He had such a wonderful time with the guy. “Enoch walked with God: and he was not. Now." some of you sleep. You know if the ultimate chastisement of a sinful believer is death.Question What are some of the key things God looked at when He just said Question What are some of the key things God looked at when He just said. All that I can say about Enoch is that Enoch walked with God: and he was not.

was buried. Moses. USA. So the difference would be in the ability to express the fullness of glorification in that glorified form. So he would be without the full expression of his eternal glory until Daniel 12 comes to pass.biblebb. in a very real sense there is no difference. waiting for your glorified body. The same with Elijah.gospelgems. New Jersey. 08022 Websites: www.com Online since 1986 http://www. too. unless there is a difference to be in heaven in your glorified body as over against just your spirit. Every other saint who dies. There is no difference. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.com Email: tony@biblebb. You see.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:27 AM] . you remember. Enoch went in in a glorified form…he got transformed on the way up…there was no body anyplace. in the mountain.com and www.Question What are some of the key things God looked at when He just said Now as to what’s the difference.biblebb.com/files/macqa/85-1-8. his spirit goes to heaven and his body is here. the resurrection to life everlasting that will come to the Old Testament Saints.

" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-2. that’s also a very small group of people who were raised from the dead and yet in the future there will be a whole group of Christians who will miss death because of the rapture. Todd.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-2-1. It was transcribed from the tape. It is extremely unusual when they don’t die and we can count on death. We’d like to be in that group wouldn’t we? But. so that would mean that he would have to die a second time? Answer The question he is asking is how can it be that the Hebrews 9:27 passage is all-inclusive. John MacArthur Jr. but there are less than a handful out of the millions and millions that have died. You have the ones that were raised by Elijah. the prophet from the dead. So. he didn’t die at all? So. All of those people died twice. but then had been raised from the dead. And of those who have died twice. in fact. that men die and they die once and then they face God’s judgment." if Lazarus. “It is appointed unto men once to die. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Then you have to answer the question about what about the “rapture”--a whole population of Christians aren’t even going to die once. It’s still true that it is appointed unto men once to die. died twice. the daughter of Jairus and the son of the widow of Nain. That is the norm. Panorama City. Word of Grace. when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. They’re going to be raptured to heaven. P. what about Enoch.how can we explain that because Lazarus was dead. I’ll ask you a question. we just know that the principle of Hebrews 9 is still true. All Rights Reserved. And we need not fear that. so they had to die twice. In fact.. from all of that biblical data is that the statement of Hebrews 9:27 is a general statement to which there are by God’s design. and then in Hebrews 9:27 I saw that it says. California. what we assume then. So we take it as a general principle in that regard. In fact anyone who was ever raised from the dead died twice. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. Men die. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. certain exceptions. you’ve got at least one person who never died at all and you’ve got Lazarus who died twice.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:28 AM] . titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Then you have the people that Jesus raised. “And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”…. Question In the Bible. Box 4000. When Jesus died on the cross it says the graves were opened and all kinds of Old Testament Saints came back to life. in history you can count the people that didn’t die by just counting Enoch and maybe Elijah was translated in a whirlwind. and you not only have Lazarus but a lot of other folks who died twice.O.

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we cannot dispute the reality that Christ was made sin. my God. in disputing that. to answer the question: Did Christ die spiritually on the cross? And. But.com/files/macqa/70-15-1. His nature was not defiled. that’s obvious. That’s the mystery of it. and then being born again and coming back to the world on His resurrection morning. And so. if you would. right? And they ran a spear into His side and out came the pericardial fluid. what He experienced was a separation from God.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. I know that the word-faith people are teaching a very erroneous teaching on the death of Christ and His going to hell and being born again. beyond that. but He Himself was not culpable. and Jesus articulated that when He said. In that sense. you’re right. California. They have Christ dying on the cross as a sinner. what are some of the scriptural texts in regard to that? Answer Well. And. What. John MacArthur Jr. for example. spiritual death is usually defined as separation from God. It was transcribed from the tape. He was alienated from God. and in being completely covered with sin. in that sense. And so we know He died physically. teaches--going to hell. and "Answered" by their pastor. P.O. Question (continued) Besides the reference in Matthew. I think there was a spiritual element to His death. obviously. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. “Being made sin for us”--the separation occurred.biblebb. Paul says. because they crucified Him and He yielded up His spirit. GC 70-15. I mean. in the experience of bearing sin in His own body--literally.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:29 AM] . I would say. yes. then going to hell--this is what Kenneth Copeland. We know He died physically. it seems like some sound teachers are denying the spiritual death of Christ. now that is the caveat that you have to place there. which indicated probably that His heart had burst. Box 4000. Question My question is concerning the death of Christ. so that His death was a voluntary substitutionary death and not one for His own iniquity. to kind of dispute what the word-faith people are saying. He was made sin. Ok. While He bore the sins of many. and so forth. But. which is the essence of what spiritual death is. Now. I’d like you. Spiritual death is alienation from God." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and there suffering punishment for His sins. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. And that’s where the word-faith people just completely misrepresent the death of Christ. Word of Grace. Christ did die spiritually. I believe. mixed with blood. why have You forsaken Me?” I think. there was a spiritual alienation--there was a spiritual death. do you have any other scripture that would talk about that http://www. Panorama City. “My God. He Himself never became a sinner. in the sense that all of our sin was placed upon Him.

And I think that’s what it means. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www. again. chapter 3.Question separation? I know in Psalm 22--that’s a reference. So. Another text that comes to mind is in Hebrews.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:29 AM] . when we talk about spiritual death. verse 18. but quickened by the Spirit”…and I’m wondering--that “quickened by the Spirit”--what is that? Answer (continued) Now. and what I think you have to hold there (and that’s why I wouldn’t refer this verse particularly to this issue)--I think it simply means. indicating that sin was taken away. but He was alive in His spirit. But. and then he would be taken outside of the camp. we’re not talking about someone’s soul going out of existence. And I think it’s just inherent in that. you can kill the body. all that’s saying is that. as He bears this sin. He then went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison. but you can’t kill the soul. from Psalm 22. but His soul did not go out of existence. having nailed it to the cross. the verse in 1 Peter. And there again you have the same concept of alienation.” And then it says. just off the top of my head. that there will be an alienation from God. He has taken it out of the way. So. thank you. which was the accumulated sin. Just off the top of my head I am trying to remember if there’s any specific one…my mind is drawn to Colossians. the debt that we had accrued against God. because that’s where he drew that from. chapter 2. that would be true of anyone who dies. He went there to preach. as the one who has to suffer.” It is true that He did go to the abode of demons. but He didn’t go there to suffer. I can’t. Do you have any in mind? Question (continued) Well. He was dead physically. Christ is the scapegoat. the just for the unjust. the real Christ was still alive. That doesn’t speak of the alienation that He experienced on the cross in bearing sin.biblebb. while His body was dead. Good question. “being put to death in the flesh. You remember. it tells us there that “being alive in the spirit. what this is saying is that the whole body of sin was placed upon Christ and nailed with Him there. outside the camp…remember the scapegoat? The high priest would put his sins on the scapegoat. He suffers without the camp. where it says that the “certificate of debt” (verse 14) “consisting of decrees against us. “For Christ also has suffered for sins. which was hostile to us. In other words.com/files/macqa/70-15-1. where we see Christ depicted as the scapegoat. that He might bring us to God. what I think that means. think of any other specific statement with that regard. where he is sent out into the wilderness bearing sin. Answer (continued) Yes.” I think. And. that His body was killed. right? I mean.

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to a neighbor.Question Question We witness. We have been getting together with him and the last time. That’s true and in a secular or cultural context. the first verse. when you compare. “the Lord said unto my Lord.com/files/macqa/85-1-10. the word adoni could be used as “sir”. sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. is in the Hebrew text. I don’t know what his text says. who is Jewish and he comes from Israel. So who would David’s Lord be? Well. adonay is just a form of adoni. In the New Testament. which is just like saying sir or it’s an address that you can say to anybody. he brought out his Hebrew Old Testament and my husband was reading with him through prophecies. I don’t know how to answer that question because I don’t know whether his Hebrew text is accurate. I don’t know whether it has been altered--I can’t verify that. the first Lord is unquestionably a reference to God. as far as I know. because that’s nit-picking. I would agree with this.” but its usage in Scripture is clearly prescribed in reference to deity to God Himself. it would not necessarily be convincing.” Now. the best approach there is to determine what that Lord means and you determine that. David was the sovereign of Israel and do you remember what the Jews said in John 8? “We have never been in servitude to http://www. Answer Well. “sit down at My right hand until I make all of the enemies thy footstool. by memory. I am not familiar with that text in Hebrew.biblebb. even “kurios” can mean “sir. Okay. but the Lord God says to some other Lord. that in Psalm 110:1. to verify that. my husband and I. and they came to the 110th Psalm. if you’ll look at Psalm 110:1. “The Lord said unto my lord… and so on…and he says that word “my” is not there in the Hebrew at all. But. And the word Lord is not adonay or yahweh or anything like that but it’s adoni. the word my. for example. and he would read it in English and the guy would read it in Hebrew. It sounds to me that you should keep doing what you are doing. for example.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:31 AM] . Now it is true that the word lord means sir. if that verse stood alone.

and the rulers take counsel together. But further it says. lest he be angry and you perish from the way. look at Psalm 2.biblebb. Psalm 110 says. His annointed.com and www. It talks about. the Lord Jesus Christ. and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance. “it’s My Son. “I have set my king on my holy hill of Zion. “Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. why do the nations rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves. against the Lord and against His Messiah.Question any man”--they had forgotten their captivities. and in Psalm 2 it is clearly God saying.gospelgems. So here you have similar to Psalm 110. His King. so who would be David’s Lord? Who would be David’s Sovereign? It would have to be someone higher than David and that’s why we believe it is an intertrinitarian issue. says He will make the people subject to. So this was the great time of David’s kingdom. thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” and God’s Son is none other than the Annointed." This is a Messianic Psalm. And then in verse 6.” So whoever it is that the Lord. Ask of me. USA. this day have I begotten thee. David was the sovereign. here is the exact thing happening and who is it? It is God bringing the nations into subjection to His Son. and the uttermost part of the earth for thy possession. 08022 Websites: www. So when you parallel it with this and verse 12 says.com Online since 1986 http://www.'" what?….the Lord said unto me. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron. I mean the kingdom wasn’t even divided yet. is the same person in Psalm 2..htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:31 AM] .” And who is this king? ". "I’ll make the enemies your footstool. "Kiss the Son." Well. the idea of the nations being made subject.com/files/macqa/85-1-10. the King.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb. 'Thou art my. the Messiah. New Jersey. but under David they were in the glories of their great kingdom.'"and so forth.. in Psalm 110. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. "'my Son.” Now.

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"Do I feel that a lot of it could be eliminated by casting out demons?" I don't believe necessarily. personally. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. http://www. John MacArthur Jr. and it certainly involves Satan. what will happen--and I can tell you that I have been in mental institutions all around this area. and any Christian who is obedient to Christ will be freed from that. California." and we come to Christ.Question about Exorcism -. are due to demon possession. that the Lord calls us to cast out demons. if you have severe problems. Panorama City.biblebb. it is a result of willful choices made by human beings. in our contemporary psychological approach to these problems have come to the fact that." A lot of it.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and "Answered" by their pastor." according to Ephesians six--I think a lot more mental illness and a lot more aberrant and abnormal behavior can be attributed to demonic work than we ever imagine. calling on people and visiting people and so forth--inevitably what happens when a person goes in there is. today.O. such as epilepsy. The answer to the question. from just understanding the New Testament record. P. but the promise. psychology doesn't help." Yes. I think today. If we knew the truth. but it is hard to just isolate it. Box 4000. and knowing that demonic forces are powerful. Question To what extent do you believe that cases of epilepsy and lunacy. not just flesh and blood. for the most part. I believe anyone who comes to Christ will be freed from that. can definitely be due to a physical problem. today. GC 70-3. Today. I think a lot of it is "functional disorder. Word of Grace. and would it be possible to cure these illnesses by casting out these demons through exorcism? Answer I think. because it is a result of sin. they don't have any cure--they just give them medication to calm the symptoms--they can't deal with the problems. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. rather than a spiritual problem. then we would know that standard psychological answers don't solve that problem. "Greater is He that is in us. Christ just spoke to demons and they left. we basically. strong. So. we have no such ministry existing in the Church. All Rights Reserved. and the fact is that we do "wrestle against. But. but principalities and powers. But what can be diagnosed as epilepsy can usually be diagnose as such by virtue of some physical things. I do believe that much of mental illness is a result of demonic and Satanic activity.com/files/macqa/70-3-1. It was transcribed from the tape. I think that there is behavior that might appear to be epileptic that definitely could be demonic. than he that is in the world. I think. titled "Questions and Answers" -.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:32 AM] . we have sophisticated enough diagnostic techniques to do that. "Resist the devil and he will flee from you. and the Apostles as well..A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. It's not a question of having to go around and cast those out--that was a very unique ministry of Christ and the Apostles in a sovereign way.

New Jersey. So. the whole business is "bunk.com and www.com/files/macqa/70-3-1. There is another new book called "Psychological Seduction" written by the man that is the Chairman of the Psychology Department at Boston College (I think it is). As a solution it doesn't really work. which I have started to read." because it has shown now that they can't get to the problems just through psychological means.gospelgems. but the reason it doesn't work is because the forces there are greater than can be dealt with. USA. 08022 Websites: www. I don't want to oversimplify. But I think the answer is to "Come to Christ" and then to live an obedient life.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:32 AM] .John MacArthur I just got an article the other day across my desk. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb. I think the reason it doesn't work in many cases (sometimes it does--people just need guidance). but I think that that's it.biblebb. who is a very respected academician who says psychology.Question about Exorcism -. which basically talks about psychology and its inadequacy.com Email: tony@biblebb. as such.com Online since 1986 http://www. with just human information or human technique--and I think that it is supernatural.

you know. I tried to do that and they wouldn’t go anywhere. I think Derrick Prince and a few other people in a very sort of fringe charismatic group got into this. we had a girl there and she had all kinds of demons and they kept talking and yelling. now I’m old and foolish. I’ve tried to cast demons out of people when I was younger and foolish. I remember Jerry Mitchell and I. I don’t know. who propagated this quite extensively in several books and it was picked up by some other people. that this guy was looking for the demon of postnasal drip. And I think by the time I left he thought that he had to deliver me of a spirit of a demon of rebellion or something. and he began talking about how he really feels that if you have a spirit of anxiety or anything it's not of God. I told him that I didn’t really agree with him because I feel that. I mean. Now. and we tried sending those demons http://www.biblebb. but is this something that you’ve come across? Answer Yes. but the ridiculous part of it is to assume that this guy can run around telling the demons what to do.htm (1 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:33 AM] . I mean.com/files/macqa/85-1-12. He was saying that he feels that he needs to deliver all of these people of demons. You know. was dealing with demons that were inside of him of lust and homosexuality and different things. but. living inside of a Christian. so therefore it’s of the devil. And I wrote about this in one of my books. if the Holy Spirit was there. I don’t want to underplay the demonic world and it may well be that demons are involved in all that kind of stuff. there was a guy back in Florida by the name of Don Basham. you know and really crazy stuff.Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying that he was on some trip with some friends and he started having “Word of Knowledge” from the Lord and he got these visions and stuff. it’s a case of sin and the flesh and everything and I didn’t agree that demons could be inside of a Christian. who supposedly is a Christian. Then he went on to say that the Lord was giving him a Word of Knowledge that this friend of his.

like so many people are.Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying everywhere. where they have the armor of God. to me it’s superfluous to go around casting devils out of people. cast demons out.com/files/macqa/85-1-12. but apart from the apostles that was never done. we sent them everywhere and they didn’t go! They didn’t go anywhere.biblebb. if somebody’s nose runs. “Resist the devil and he will flee!” OBEDIENCE! It’s the whole issue. We sent them to the pit. is a victim of bad teaching. so that’s ridiculous to reduce everything to that kind of a simple thing. in virtue. or if someone’s anxious cast the demons out. Albuquerque. …. In fact. So. to Phoenix. Tucson. He may wind up having more problems with them. in fact more than we would probably like to admit. Can he cast out the flesh? Not hardly. If someone is sick. and may mean well. one that everything is the result of a demon. and then it lists all of the things that are the works of the flesh. But that is a preoccupation of certain sort of far out charismatics. we can’t heal the sick and we can’t tell the demons what to do. But. in obedience and all of that kind of thing. in holiness. given access to that. by virtue of sin in their life. Question (continued) http://www. You put on the armor of God and you resist the devil. He did that and of course in Matthew 10 he says I give you power over disease and the power to cast out demons. We had absolutely no authority over demons. And the fact of the matter is we really don’t need to do that because the only reason a person would be under that kind of demonic influence would be if they had. in the entire New Testament. than the people he is trying to help. But the works of the flesh are these. cast the demons out. He no doubt. you read Galatians 5 and you don’t see that. It’s as simple as James says. And the fallacy of it is. it’s not an uncommon thing. but he may get himself into a situation that would be spiritually very dangerous if he thinks he can confront demons on their level and tell them what to do. in the life of Christ. There is never any indication in the epistles of Paul where he says to people in the church go around casting demons out. Now.htm (2 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:33 AM] . we sent them to the desert.we’re wrestling with principalities and powers and so forth…but the answer to that comes in spiritual readiness. I believe that all of our spiritual warfare is bound up in Ephesians 6. We are not apostles.

that is. what I fear is that I would be disobedient and sinful. anybody but him…. because of the nature of the ministry God’s given us. I know they would. I have no fear of being possessed of a demon. So there is a vulnerability there. they would. They’d do the same with anybody who is in a position of spiritual leadership. I remember when this girl kicked my until my shins bled and this voice kept screaming out of her. demons are. They want to stop the kingdom. My responsibility is to look at my own life and to be sure that I am obedient to God. which says. but Christian radio has given a platform to the http://www.” screaming at me. they would. To always believe that everything that goes wrong is an attack of the devil in a sense is irresponsible. they would.” That’s not where God lays the responsibility. if the demons could take my life. seems to be an attack. anything that happens. And you know the Christian radio…we can all say we are thankful for Christian radio. But I don’t have any fear of that. would believe it too. but there is so much of it. What I fear in my life is not demon invasion. because you are really not looking where the real issue is. it is the junk that I hear being taught. so my objective is not to run around looking for demons that I can send to the pit. so I know that the demons know whose side I’m on.htm (3 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:33 AM] . “Get him out of here. Answer (continued) That's the second point I want to make. It’s frightening to me and I don’t know how the Lord can allow it. I have no fear of being overrun by demons. not him. “I’m not really responsible for the problems in my life. not him. like a trial. Do you believe that? I believe that.com/files/macqa/85-1-12. And it’s unwise. if you think about it. If there is any one thing that literally drives me right up the proverbial wall. This is a typical illustration of the absolutely disastrous plethora of terrible teaching that exists in the name of Christianity. And if they could take over.Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying Everything seems to be an attack. I really believe in my heart and you. that there is a certain sense of irresponsibility built into that view. that if the demons could take over my life.biblebb.

which of course does not really major on the miraculous. how many of you people have come out of a background of confusion where you didn’t understand the Word of God? Right? I mean just out of curiosity how many of you came out of that kind of a background where you were taught the wrong things of God. That is an absolutely inane statement! The gospel of John. you are a nice girl. “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” Satan himself. Sometimes I wish that they’d wipe all Christian radio.Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying biggest pile of bologna that’s imaginable. because in Acts 5 Peter said to Ananias. He disguises himself as an angel of light. Question (continued) Thanks! Can I have two points clarified then? Christians can’t be possessed by demons…or controlled? Answer (continued) Let’s put it this way. he’s joining it. I listened to a fellow.com/files/macqa/85-1-12. I could not believe what he was passing off as Biblical scholarship! It was absolutely irresponsible! He made one statement.htm (4 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:33 AM] . that would send us away too. There are so many confused people. that’s the subtlety of it. he said I want to refer to the book of John. I don’t know. I mean. The devil knows what he’s doing! He is not attacking Christianity.biblebb. So. Demons could get inside Christians and do a lot of damage. (laughter from audience). this guy doesn’t even know and he is passed off as an expert! He teaches a course in how to heal at Fuller Seminary. I don’t like to use the word possessed because that speaks of ownership and we were bought with a price and we belong to Christ. And you know. Of course my real wish is that they’d just wipe out some of it and not all of it. but I listened to a guy this morning who comes on before I do on K-Bright (KBRT?). but demons don’t have to stop http://www. I mean. the whole thing is a record of a series of miracles! But. It’s really tragic and you know we see it in our radio ministry and tape ministry because of the tremendous amount of mail we get from people asking questions. So. I mean. I’m appalled at this and it’s a terrible burden on my heart that. who was a Christian. I mean. and he may love the Lord. I didn’t mean to preach at you. filled the heart of Ananias. for example.

We wrestle. you can’t have the Holy Spirit and a demon in the same place. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. I say no it’s the same thing. miraculous way. The solution to that is obedience. saying certain words. and mighty deeds 2 Corinthians 11:11. very hard on Christians if they give place to them by sin. which is worse? To have a demon fouling up your life or to be disobedient? People will always say. I think demons can get in Christians and mess them up if they give them place. in an apostolic. to have a demon!”. Right? So. Question (continued) And we can’t. I don’t think we can do that. So I don’t know what you mean by possessed. healings.Question I happened to be getting my hair cut and my hairdresser was relating different experiences of his and he began by saying outside our ear.biblebb. in today’s age. people say. That we don’t want to forget. So that’s a hard question to answer because I don’t want to assume that…. Using formulas. I have said to people. exorcise demons out of people? Is that what you’re saying? Answer I don’t think there are any formulas to do that and that’s what exorcism was. with principalities and powers Ephesians 6:12 says. but I don’t think it went past that. because He literally could cleanse a person of their devils and He passed that on to His apostles. you could have the Holy Spirit and sin in the same place. The signs of an apostle were miracles. let’s not use the word possessed because that speaks of ownership and we belong to Christ.htm (5 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:33 AM] . that’s hand to hand combat. But I think the solution to that is not exorcism. “Oh. Jesus could. Confession of sin.well. turn from it and walk as you ought to walk. secondly I don’t think we can. command demons out of other people. The signs of an apostle were those. if they give them opportunity for that. But let’s say the demons can be very. Well. because the solution is the same! Confess you sin. Somehow they can be very active.com/files/macqa/85-1-12.

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however." It's like the clock that doesn't run that's right twice a day. Word of Grace. The demon in the woman said that. Question In 1 Samuel 28. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. who obviously is under the control of demons. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. King Saul went to the "Witch of Endor. USA. The question comes up.com/files/macqa/70-16-6." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. In my experience I have been in a bizarre conversation with a demon on one occasion who said he was Jesus. All Rights Reserved. Box 4000." (woman medium." Why would a demon say that? Because that's the subtlety of demonism--they want to be accepted.O. and that this medium simply conjured up a demon impersonator. one who mediates between demons and humans). this was a demon impersonating Samuel saying the right thing for the purposes of deception. then why did the demon say the right thing?" Answer. I will tell you that it is my own conviction that it was not Samuel. So I would take it that this was not Samuel. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.. that's the deception of demons.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:35 AM] . "if this was a demon. what did she say? What did she say about Paul and his companions? She said. but that it was a demon impersonating Samuel. California.biblebb. "These men preach the truth. "It's right just enough to be deceptive. and the witch conjured up Samuel from the dead. quite frequently identifies himself as Jesus Christ. "Was this really Samuel?" Answer The text does not say. and by the way there are countless records of demons making such claims--to be Christ.Question on Witch of Endor The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. as we have said about false religion. 08022 http://www. So for a demon to identify himself as Christ or as Samuel would not be out of the ordinary. One only needs to go back to somebody like Charles Manson. that's the subtlety of it. and the question always is. supposedly. New Jersey. P. John MacArthur Jr. because the demon wanted the people to believe that this woman was part of the kingdom. It was transcribed from the tape. about the fact that Samuel's response was appropriate. Panorama City. Look at the demon possessed girl in Acts 16. in the passage. GC 70-16. So it is not surprising. and so the question is. and "Answered" by their pastor. to remember that this man.

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but then you have as you move toward the flood. Adam knew God. it talks about the sin of man. His children. Who is the "they" and when did this happen? Answer What you are asking about Romans. but the pilgrimage of mankind.. and so in that earliest generation of human history. God had planted in the heart of man and in the environment of man the evidence of His existence.the "theys" and the "thems."Is this the personal experience of every unbeliever or is this a chronological picture of human history?" I personally would opt out for the fact that what you are seeing here is a chronological picture of world history. therefore God gave them over.in verse 25." and then it says in verse 28. from an intimate.com/files/macqa/70-6-1...". what you have to see here is not the pilgrimage of every person from the knowledge of God to ignorance. really has been in that situation. His Godhead and so forth. Even Adam.htm [5/21/2002 8:51:36 AM] . That moved very fast and from that point on the whole of civilization. When you have a restored civilization from the loins of Adam. it says. they are building a ziggurat. but verses 18-32. the terrible decline of the human race and by the time you get to Genesis 6... chapter 1. what you have from the beginning is that man.com Online since 1986 http://www.gospelgems. knows God--even looking at Adam.. Abel obeyed the revelation of God.. that's why he hid from Him. verse 18.in verse 22.. "for they exchanged the truth. still recognized the voice of God.. New Jersey.com Email: tony@biblebb.Question In Romans Question In Romans.biblebb.I don't understand it when in verse 21.". "They became fools. because they have gone so fast from the knowledge of God to a reprobate mind.. God drowns the whole civilization. chapter 1. Cain violated the revelation of God. was obviously created with the knowledge of God... So. "For they knew God. after the fall.. His power.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www. still knew who God was.. a temple of false idols and God has to scatter them and change their language. understood the revelation of God. So.". still by the time you get to Genesis chapter 11. and their family knew God. after the flood.... right? And Eve knew God.com and www.I thought we were born utterly depraved. USA. still understood the law of God.". But man then began to decline and what you have here is the chronology of man who originally worships God. "God gave them over to depraved minds. is. after he was created.. Cain and Abel. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. unfallen state to idolatry and that reprobate process ending up with a whole civilization of reprobate people who just keep reproducing each other.

it is what comes out of the man that defiles him.com and www. I don't think there is any statement regarding Jesus where He overtly sets aside all of that.Question Question Did Jesus violate the dietary laws in the Old Testament when it says in Mark 7:19. I think the dietary laws are set aside clearly in Acts 10. is that Jesus here is saying that dietary laws are not really the heart issue at all--it is not what you take in that defiles you. You are asking about that incident about Jesus saying. But. that's not until the Book of Acts. kill and eat!" And he says." And the Lord said. that has nothing to do with setting aside the dietary system. USA.com Email: tony@biblebb. "It enters not into the heart. New Jersey. In the experience of Peter the sheet comes down with all the clean and unclean things." Is that a violation of the dietary laws? This is brought up also. again. In Acts 10. the last clause.com Online since 1986 http://www. God definitely sets aside the dietary laws." The statement. it is what comes out of what's inside of you that defiles you." which means the "toilet" in effect. I think." in effect? "It is not what goes into the man that defiles him. what you have to keep in mind.com/files/macqa/70-7-6. Jesus wrote it and had the right to edit it anyway He wanted. "purging all foods. Answer Jesus never violated anything. 08022 Websites: www. I have never eaten what is unclean.htm [5/21/2002 8:51:37 AM] . by a lot of Rabbinical antagonists to the Christian faith." So. "Lord. So. and you remember in the vision. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. "Purging" the food as it goes through the body. Peter. but into the stomach.biblebb. "Call thou not uncommon what God has cleansed. and goes out into the draught. "Arise. I might add." is not even a proper understanding of that text.biblebb. I don't think that has any reference there.gospelgems. "Thus he declared all foods clean. "Don't be concern about what you eat.

False teaching then leads to an unbiblical mindset.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:38 AM] . abstain from every form of evil. because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Discernment intersects the Christian life at every point. but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. "Do not believe every spirit. And how else do we have true knowledge of God but through the pages of His Word. the pastor of Grace Community Church. According to the New Testament. discernment is not optional for the believer-it is required.. http://www. Discernment-the ability to think biblically about all areas of life-is indispensable to an uncompromising life. And God's Word provides us with the needed discernment about every issue of life. God "has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness." that we have been given everything we need to live a Christian life in this fallen world. All Rights Reserved. Sun Valley. the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically. The key to living an uncompromising life lies in one's ability to exercise discernment in every area of his or her life. they are not armed to take a decidedly biblical stand against the onslaught of unbiblical thinking and attitudes that face them throughout their day. First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: "But examine everything carefully. hold fast to that which is good. It is incumbent upon the Christian to seize upon the discernment that God has provided for in His precious truth! Without it. Unfortunately. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.. it is through the "true knowledge of Him. California. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words. Christians are at risk of being "tossed here and there by waves. Peter goes on to say that such knowledge comes through God's granting "to us His precious and magnificent promises" (2 Peter 1:4). You see. failure to distinguish between truth and error leaves the Christian subject to all manner of false teaching. Question What is biblical discernment and why is it important? Answer In its simplest definition. right and wrong. through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence" (2 Peter 1:3). and they unwittingly engage in all kinds of unbiblical decision-making and behavior.John MacArthur . discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error. For example. and carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14).biblebb. discernment is an area where most Christians stumble.Discernment The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. In short.com/files/macqa/IA-discern. According to Peter. which results in unfruitful and disobedient living-a certain recipe for compromise. the Bible? In fact." The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says. They exhibit little ability to measure the things they are taught against the infallible standard of God's Word.

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he had sold his birthright as a Jew to Rome for money." You don't want them around. multiple times. How do we treat Gentiles or tax-gatherers? Answer What you have to understand is those are basically terms that reflect an outcast.biblebb. and sin. You see. if he won't listen to you take two or three witnesses so that every word my be established. . and sin. and Rome made Israel into a province and. in behalf of Rome. Gentile is used here not in the sense of a racial slur but in the sense of an unbeliever--someone outside the covenant. He was a man. of course. . You treat them like someone who doesn't belong--you don't let them come in--1 Corinthians 5. There are three steps that are outlined in those passages [four steps actually--the final one being putting them out]. treat them as somebody that doesn't belong and somebody who is an outcast. treat them like an unbeliever. literally thought that that was the epitome of being a traitor. The first. the people literally despised the tax collector because. "Treat this person as a heathen and tax collector. In order to carry out the Roman occupation there was a tax collecting process. So when Jesus says." He means. the oppressed Jews. And then the Lord said. "This day has salvation come to this house. which they saw as oppressive and invasive. if a person is in the church and they follow up in sin. go to your brother in private and try to win him over. ." So. and what happened was the Roman government sold franchises to willing Jews to exact tax from their own people. The tax-collector was the most despised person in the nation of Israel. and was exacting taxes out of his own people. in a sense. the second. "A little leaven does. he was what the text called a "Little Mokhes"--he was a tax collector--what the Hebrew would call that. and they won't repent when you go through the process--you treat them like an outsider.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:39 AM] . they oppressed the people in taking those taxes.com/files/macqa/70-7-5. then you are to treat him as a Gentile or a tax-gatherer. furthermore. that we have to treat people who http://www. Now. Now." What? "Leavens the whole lump. You want them to be treated as if they were heathen and as if they were an outcast. I believe also. In other words. You remember the story of Zacchaeus. the third.John MacArthur Question I have a question on Matthew 18:15-17 that has to do with confronting another brother. under the yoke of Rome. if he won't listen to you in a group go to the church and tell them. and if he won't listen to the church. don't you? You remember that when Jesus came to his house he made all kinds of vows and promises that he was going to pay back fourfold everything that he had taken. Here was a Jew buying into the franchise to collect taxes from his own people to pay an oppressing government--in their view. Furthermore. Well. That is what Matthew did. took taxes from his own people. put Pontius Pilate in there to sort of be the Roman governor and exact Roman order and Roman law. let me go a dimension beyond that.Question on Confrontation -. what you have to understand is that Rome had taken control of Israel. and he had extorted from the people and overcharged them and he was going to do it all. give it all back.

John MacArthur are heathen and tax collectors or outcast with some consideration for what they need to be. How do you treat a heathen and a tax collector? Hopefully.com Online since 1986 http://www. 08022 Websites: www. you don't curse them.gospelgems. Hopefully. USA.com and www. that we go after them as we would an unbeliever.Question on Confrontation -. so I would see in that even the implication that you might pursue them that they might cease to be a heathen and cease to be an outcast.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-7-5. you compassionately call them to salvation.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:39 AM] . So I think that there might even be an evangelistic intent in that.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb.

chapter 11. in other words it is to conform us more to Christ. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. and "Answered" by their pastor. I don't think anywhere that the text translates the word "punish. All Rights Reserved. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:40 AM] . "That He does not punish redeemed people.it amazed me. . Answer (continued) OK. Word of Grace. because we would never feel His chastening. if He didn't it would be tragic. So. There is no final.biblebb. it says that if we would chasten ourselves then we wouldn't be chastened by the Lord.com/files/macqa/70-1-7. ultimate damnation. Panorama City.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. The Bible says. Question (continued) He said that there was a difference between chastising and punishment. in fact. chapter 12. talks about the fact that the Lord chastens those who have defiled His table. which you are referring to says. . Where? On the cross. John MacArthur Jr. So. 1 Corinthians. It was transcribed from the tape. because my Bible Study leader said. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. yes the Lord does bring chastening into the life of a child of His." Then in 1 Corinthians 11. It's remedial. Box 4000." Answer It depends what you mean by "punish. The ultimate punishment has been already given to us.O. "To whom the Lord loves He chastens.. yes we would like to call it a "remedial chastening" rather than a punitive or a condemning chastening. obviously." There will be no ultimate punishment. "To whom the Lord loves he scourges and chastises. but there certainly is chastening. then he's making a distinction that he can make if he explains what he means. California. to say that we had to be ultimately punished would be to say that Jesus Christ had inadequately borne our punishment. in the sense that it instructs not to do that. in terms of Romans 8:1. and every son He scourges." but it is basically the same thing in one sense--it's not a final punishment. . because we go off on some tangent of sin and we would never want to turn back. He chastises. OK." He scourges." I always thought that He did. The best way to say it is. GC 70-1. P." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Hebrews. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Question Does God "punish" the redeemed people? This is a question I just found out yesterday.

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The other passage indicating what would be if he does respond somewhere along the line. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. to the elders of the church and they should go deal with it.com Email: tony@biblebb. If they don't deal with it.O..biblebb. and trying to help him out of his problems.com/files/macqa/1359-4. then it says you treat him like a heathen and a tax collector. California. But if he does not respond. then you follow the pattern of Matthew 18. Box 4000. then you admonish him as a brother but you sever your fellowship with him. Second Thessalonians 3 has the same issue. then you tell it to the church. Question I have a question and that is in rebuking a brother and going to him in love if he is in sin or having problems. USA. Matthew 18. then you would love him and restore him as a brother. All Rights Reserved.John MacArthur . Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. If they don't hear it. chapter 6. Galatians.. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.. 08022 Websites: www. P. which means you may tell it to a group of Christians. what is the responsibility of myself for someone else at that point? Answer If you rebuke him and he does not confess the sin and turn from the sin. John MacArthur Jr. You take two or three witnesses.gospelgems.biblebb.Church Discipline The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. GC 1359. put him out. It was transcribed from the tape. and "Answered" by their pastor.htm [5/21/2002 8:51:42 AM] . then you turn him away.com Online since 1986 http://www. If your brother will not do what is right. Word of Grace. New Jersey. Panorama City.com and www. and he is stubborn or just doesn't.he's not seeking help nor wants any. titled "How to Function in the Body" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.

out of control. and all kinds of charts and all kinds of things that try to explain this very complex system." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and there could become a distinction in the teaching of Jesus. The earliest and most foundational and helpful comprehension of dispensationalism was: "That the Bible taught a unique place for Israel and that the Church could not fulfill God's promises to Israel. I have been accused through the years of being a "leaky dispensationalist" and I suppose I am. sort of." When I went through the Sermon on the Mount in writing my commentary. You see it. So let me take you down to where I believe dispensationalism (I don't use that term because it carries too much baggage). and more compounded. therefore.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:43 AM] . but let me take you down to what part of dispensationalism I affirm with all my heart--it is this: "That there is a real future for Israel. on the subject? Answer I will try to condense this because I don't want to get too bogged down.O. Word of Grace. dispensationalism says. dispensationalism became the term for something that grew out of that and got carried away because it got more. for example.biblebb. Question What is dispensationalism? And what is your position. and the new covenant for Israel." and that has nothing to do with some kind of extrabiblical system. GC 70-16. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. . P. Panorama City. All Rights Reserved. and it just kept going and going and going until it became this very confounded kind of system. and they started to even go beyond that. I really believe that they got carried away and started imposing on Scripture things that aren't in Scripture. John MacArthur Jr.com/files/macqa/70-16-9.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. "The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) has nothing to do with us. and then there were some books in the New Testament for the Church and some books in the New Testament for the Jews. and more. there is a still a future and a kingdom involving the salvation and the restoration and the reign of the nation Israel (historical Jews). It is a system that got. I think it started out with a right understanding. . between what He said for this age and what He said for the Millennial Age. It was transcribed from the tape. as well. I pointed out how foolish that is. So let me tell you.. that's where I am on that). so we don't need to worry about it. And then there could become a distinction between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. in a book by Clarence Larkin . but there was a distinction between the new covenant for the Church. California. If you want to see it in graphic form . in a Scofield Bible and other places. Not only was there a distinction between the Church and Israel. . Dispensationalism is a system. For example. That has nothing to do with some developed sort of grid placed http://www. (if we just take that much of it. and that's all I want to take of it. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. and "Answered" by their pastor. traditionally. from Scripture. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE." Dispensationalism at that level. Box 4000. .

which promises a kingdom to Israel. literal. "You show me in that verse. meaning there is no kingdom for Israel.biblebb. there is no future Millennial kingdom. Was it Israel? Yes. chapter 37. So my dispensationalism.) who was the mayor of Jerusalem. is only that which can be defended exegetically or expositionally out of the Scripture. believing that there is one covenant and the Church is the new Israel. a Messiah. it was a tremendous event. slaughter-was it literal? Yes. there is a future for Israel--there is a new covenant. when Israel sinned. right near the Knesset in Jerusalem. a throne in Jerusalem. it's on them. The reason that I believe you have to have a future for Israel is because that is what God promised. and Teddy Kalik (sp. grammatical. but the blessings means the Church? There is no exegetical basis for that and you now have arbitrarily split the verse in half--you've given all the curses to Israel and all the blessing to the Church--on what basis exegetically? I remember when I was in Jerusalem one time and we were in the convention center. right on to the 33rd chapter. and what's going to happen to you if you don't--and then it gives you a whole lot of illustrations of that--right? It reveals God and His Law and it tells you what's going to happen to you if you obey it. what historical. You have the promise that there is going to be a real kingdom. it was the Jerusalem conference on prophecy. So if Israel received all of the promised curses--literally--why would we assumed they would not receive the promised blessings literally. the burden of proof is not on me.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:43 AM] . A straightforward understanding of the Old Testament leads to only one conclusion and that is that there is a kingdom for Israel. Ezekiel. In the Old Testament . The simplest way that I would answer someone. And when somebody comes along and says all the promises of the kingdom to Israel are fulfilled in the Church. and there is no future for Israel--an amillennialism. and David Ben-Gurion was there. and Israel is gone. who is what is called an "amillennialist. My answer to them is simply this. And you see it in Jeremiah. One way to understand that is to ask yourself a question. . . and it tells what's going to happen to you if you obey it. Charles Feinberg. if you want to use that term. it's simply about this--it reveals God and His Law. disobeyed God--what happened? Judgment. cursing. chastening. And you have the promise of a kingdom to Israel. in the Old Testament. and if you wanted to get sort of a general sense of what the Old Testament is about. the Valley of Dry Bones is going to come alive--right? God's going to raise them back up. you have the promise of a king. because some of those are in the same passages? And how can you say in this passage the cursing means literal Israel. where it says that it really means the Church--show me!" Where does it say that? On what exegetical basis. and by a simple clear interpretation of the Old Testament--it is obvious God promised a future kingdom to Israel." or a "Covenant Theologian" that is. chapter 30. a David's line. and it was an amillennialist who got up to speak and he made the great announcement to David Ben-Gurion and to http://www. God's going to put a heart of flesh in and take the stony heart out and give them His Spirit. interpretative basis of the Scripture can you tell me that when God says "Israel" He means the "Church"? Where does it say that? That's where the burden of proof really lies.Question over Scripture.com/files/macqa/70-16-9. and I was there with Dr. who was the keynote speaker. in Jeremiah. Now. who was the Premier of the Land of Israel at that time. and if you don't--blessings and cursing. We were sitting on the platform and an amillennialist had come to speak.

Feinberg was.com/files/macqa/70-16-9. I remember when that message was done. was. then you cannot conclude anything other than that God has a future for Israel.gospelgems.com and www. and takes the church to glory then He brings that time of Jacob's distress.Question some of the Knesset members. I don't believe there is a difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. 08022 Websites: www. then why not just say. New Jersey. I think that the only thing the Bible really holds up in that kind of system is that there is a future for Israel. it could mean 'Canadians'" How can you say. I don't believe that you can hack up New Testament books--some for the Jews and some for the Church. because it preserves the literal interpretation of Scripture. and that's an exegetical issue. There would be no kingdom . ." And his opening line. because he gave the next address. but you don't need to take a trip to Jerusalem to say that. If you take a literal approach to Scripture. and he said that means the government of your life. if you can't say what's literally there? Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. then who's to say? Right? I mean. What that means is that the Church is distinct from Israel.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:43 AM] . and I sat through it with Dr. and the mayor of Jerusalem. and when God is through with the Church. It is probably more than you wanted to know. Feinberg--Dr." And then he launched into a message about the promises of God. that the promises to Israel in the Old Testament were being fulfilled in the Church. once you're not literal. I don't believe there are two different kinds of salvation.biblebb. purges. but it is very. redeems Israel. Israel really means 'left-handed Texans'--if it's not exegetical--if it's not in the text. to put it mildly. and the kingdom comes. Listen folks. . that we read about earlier.com Email: tony@biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. "The government will be upon His shoulders" (9:6ff). I don't believe there are two different covenants. USA. I don't want to say any more than that about dispensationalism. "So we have come all the way to Jerusalem to tell you that you get all the curses but the Gentile Church gets all the blessings. Now it is one thing to say that. Well. he preached on Isaiah 9:6. "Well. I don't believe the Sermon of the Mount is for some future age. and all these Jewish dignitaries as well as the three thousand people that were there. very important. and he's talking about personal conversion here and so on and so forth.biblebb. "upset.

titled "Bible Questions and Answers. I began to test some of those things. and "Answered" by their pastor. you understand the essence of what I believe is a legitimate. as I got into seminary. Because if you believe there’s a distinction between Israel and the church.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:45 AM] . but confused. biblical dispensationalism. John MacArthur Jr. and now it’s become my own. the Reformed people who want to claim me as Reformed. All Rights Reserved. say I’m Reformed. But. kind of like. I’ve always said a man has no right to claim a theology if he’s not an exegete because how can you know what the whole is if you can’t interpret the parts? So.. “His hope is built on nothing less than Scofield’s notes and Moody Press. Word of Grace. the promises of a kingdom of Israel have to come to pass. at least to begin to understand it. I sort of grew up in that dispensational environment. I was born at a very early age.biblebb. It was more at that point hero worship. I have been perhaps aptly designated as a leaky dispensationalist. that demands a kingdom. Panorama City. and that’s why you have to have a kingdom. it has again yielded to me a Reformed theology. and fortunately was born near my mother. And over the years of exegeting the scripture (now 25 years here). then the church is not Israel. Question I was wondering if you could articulate for me your own personal theology? I know that you came from a dispensational background. and found myself drawn toward carefully examining the scripture. there’s no question. I came to understand that more narrow definition of dispensationalism while in seminary. and that makes you premillenial. And let’s see. That permits a kingdom. I began to be exposed to reading among more Reformed theologians. Box 4000. I…I was raised in a dispensational environment. P. GC 70-15.” And. and I was wondering if you could talk about.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. But. People used to say of me. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. let’s see. and when that happened? Answer Well. It was transcribed from the tape. the history of your studying the Bible and being confronted with covenant theology. and found that my study of scripture over the last 30 years has yielded an affirmation that that is in fact correct. it is the byproduct of exegesis. At the same time in seminary. Here’s my dispensationalism--I’ll give it to you in one sentence: there’s a difference between the church and Israel--period! If you understand that. Copyright 1994 by John MacArthur Jr. it’s been a process.com/files/macqa/70-15-12. what else. and how you’ve sort of come to the conclusions you’ve come to. I was convinced of it when I started because I read so many noble men who have held that view.O. California. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Or." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and if the church is not Israel. I was convinced of it when I started and I’m more convinced of it now as I’ve gone through the text.

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But the old popular dispensationalism--and some of you know that the word “dispensation” simply refers to stewardships--and the idea was that God functioned.John MacArthur . and you can say. And they also assumed that maybe God saved http://www. I can see God working uniquely in the kingdom and then finally in the eternal state.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:46 AM] .Biblical Dispensationalism vs Popular Dispensationalism The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. So. there was a time before the fall when man was innocent. which is followed by the dispensation of the kingdom. And God ordained certain systems of government to control this sinful being--to wrap him up. hid in the garden--he had a guilty conscience. God working after the cross. Word of Grace. It’s what you do with those categories that becomes problematic. in order to control man. GC 70-13. That’s why he made clothes. which was really the first criminal law that God instituted: if people take life. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. who now had a conscience that could tell right from wrong.O. P.com/files/macqa/70-13-9. God brought in the next dispensation. All Rights Reserved. For example. covered himself. you can look at that. tie him down…and part of that human government had to do with capital punishment. I can see God working with Adam before the fall. The dispensation of conscience meant that God was working with man. Some of the old-fashioned dispensationalists made those categories too hard and fast. and then you had conscience. And God mediated His rule on earth to man in an innocent condition and treated him as innocent. It was transcribed from the tape.. Then. through the history of redemption. Question Could you define biblical dispensationalism and contrast that with (if there’s any contrast to be made)…with popular dispensationalism? Answer Yes. you better take their life as well. John MacArthur Jr. the old dispensations were innocence. Popular dispensationalism isn’t very popular…any more. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. “Well. and "Answered" by their pastor. In other words." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. then you have human government. biblical dispensationalism as compared to popular dispensationalism. in different ways. which is followed by the dispensation of the eternal state--the new heavens and the new earth. Human government was then followed by the dispensation of law.biblebb. through the new covenant in Christ. which is followed by the dispensation of grace. California. All in all. Panorama City. which I think was human government.” We all can see that. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. That’s fine. during the time of the law. right. I can look at that. and that will preserve the dignity of man and respect for the image of God in created men. Box 4000. there were seven dispensations that somebody figured out and laid them all out that way. working with Adam after the fall…God working with Moses before the cross. I mean. that’s fine. Then came sin.

they were saved by grace. but we’re obligated to keep the law out of obedience to God. not the present dispensation…you start chewing the Bible up and splitting it into little pieces. it’s all about the millennium--it tells people how to live in the millennium…don’t pay any attention to it now.” That’s the danger in dispensationalism: it begins to hack the Bible up and cut it into pieces. The whole of my dispensationalism can be stated in one sentence: it is a distinction between the Church and Israel. I think all we need to do is keep the church and Israel distinct. some people. when I wrote the book. people say. That was the dispensation of the New Testament. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness. At the end of the old covenant.” That’s a form of dispensationalism.Biblical Dispensationalism vs Popular Dispensationalism people different ways in different times. And they drew these hard and fast lines. and all those people who just got carried away. they eliminated the Lord’s table because they said that stuff is in the past dispensation. secondly. for example: it’s all about the kingdom age. The book of Matthew is irrelevant to us. Now. whack! You have the end of law. “What do we care what the gospel according to Jesus was? We’re not in that dispensation. we’re under grace. I see there’s much more of a flow. it’s just wrong to put too much into them: to come up with different means of salvation and all kinds of different covenants by which God saves…it gets too complex and you can’t support it scripturally. see more continuity between the old covenant and the new covenant. There is more continuity there than the old dispensationalists who said there is discontinuity.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:46 AM] .biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-13-9. It has the sermon on the mount. We’re not under law as a means of salvation. you start the new--it’s all grace. “The book of Matthew has nothing to do with the church.John MacArthur . I should have added that one) “We’re in the dispensation of the church. There were people who believed that there was no grace in the Old Testament and there’s no law in the New Testament. or how to live in the past when Jesus is on earth. And. That is it. In the old. and it isn’t relevant to us. if you just wanted a little corollary. it’s not for us. even in the dispensation of law. Jesus lived in the prior dispensation. That’s really all you need. there’s law in the new. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. We’re in the dispensation of the church that started at Pentecost” (they’ve got that dispensation. did he not? And that’s how he was redeemed. it says nothing about the church. one very prominent Bible teacher came to me and said. what He taught is only relevant to His dispensation and the kingdom to come when He’ll return. so your arguments about the gospel according to Jesus don’t matter to us. And then there’s all kinds of forms of that known as hyper-dispensationalism. Period. Bullingerism. the Campbellites. That kind of dispensationalism has really been refined and there are only vestiges of it hanging on today--it’s being very often redefined. which will answer your question. “the Gospel According to the Apostles” is a chapter on dispensationalism. In fact. The Gospel According to Jesus. http://www. for example. There’s grace in the old. They eliminated baptism. That’s what made. And today. The sermon on the mount tells us how to live in the kingdom age or the future. what is a proper dispensational viewpoint? I’ll put it to you very simply. the age of law. It’s not that it’s wrong to see those ways in which God operated. And. And in the new book called Faith Works. Salvation was always by grace through faith.

John MacArthur . 08022 Websites: www.Biblical Dispensationalism vs Popular Dispensationalism The overlap if very clear. beyond that. you’re going to be safe.com Email: tony@biblebb. USA. And. If you just distinguish between the church and Israel.gospelgems. I see more continuity there (and I don’t want to get too technical here) than the old dispensationalists.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:46 AM] . So. So. New Jersey. If the Bible says that God is going to give a kingdom to Israel.com/files/macqa/70-13-9. I believe He means Israel and not the church. but maintaining the clear distinction between Israel and the church.com and www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. which is a hermeneutical issue. we have to maintain that hermeneutical distinction.biblebb. you really don’t need to go. That’ll carry you all the way from the past clear through eschatology and you won’t lose your moorings.

how does this carry over into the New Testament. So. "Then they that feared the Lord spoke often one to another. John MacArthur Jr. And it goes on into verse fifteen where it says that the people who have done this--not one of them have had any remnant of the Holy Spirit. "When the day comes it burns like an oven. California. for the most part." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. the wicked from the redeemed. P. those who have defiled hearts. unregenerate people. and even a servant honors his master. it says. and "Answered" by their pastor. so He's talking about unredeemed people. why don't you honor Me?" He is therefore revealing these people as unregenerate people--they don't honor God. if they were to do something like this--is this saying that they were never really saved to begin with? Answer Not necessarily. and He comes down into chapter 2.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. "Another thing you have done. "and the priests despise My name. GC 70-1. You see what he is doing here is pronouncing judgment upon an ungodly. verse eleven. when He says. and when He writes all these indictments. He's sorting out the wicked from the saved. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. they were giving lame sacrifices. But the other people are going to be judged: In verse one. just like you said. instead of bringing the first of the flock they were bringing some crippled lamb or some diseased lamb that they wouldn't eat anyway and offering that to God." in other words. it talks about the people of Judah who have divorced the wife of their youth and have married the daughters of a foreign god. It was transcribed from the tape. and He says. And then you say 'What way have we despised Your name?' 'You offer polluted bread upon My altar. Then further.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:47 AM] . In verse eleven. you notice in verse six. So He is talking about unregenerate people. and so forth. there is a very interesting statement made in verse sixteen. Back in chapter one. What I was wondering. chapter four. as far as a person who claims to be a born-again Christian. if you will. and there's a whole bunch of indictments for different things. and again He's marking out these as those who don't honor God--those who offer polluted sacrifices. He talks about some of the other things they have done. chapter two.O. Because over in chapter three.com/files/macqa/70-1-4. and the Lord harkened and heard it and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon His name. and that's what He means down in verse fifteen. He says "even a son honors his father. Panorama City." In other words. and He says "They will be mine in the day that I make up my jewels and I will spare them as a man spares his own son that serves him. the Lord knew out of the nation who were the true believers. this has been bothering me for quite a while. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE." and so forth and so on. you have committed an abomination by profaning your marriages. you have divorced your wives and gone off and married the daughter of a foreign god--you have married pagans. After all these pronouncements of judgments. Word of Grace.biblebb.'" In other words. "None of you possess the Holy Spirit (is one way to translate that verse). Question In Malachi." and all of that kind of stuff. Box 4000. and they shall be mine. http://www.

I mean. you have made the Lord one with that harlot." he says. he calls them "saints" in chapter one."--not necessarily true. I mean. "saints. because they were dishonoring His name--an unbelieving people. and that is why we are warned in 1 Corinthians.com Email: tony@biblebb. but the dump isn't going to affect the sunbeam. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. "you lack none of the Spirit's ministry. I'll tell you another illustration to prove it to you. having said that. that's not a Christian. this is characteristic of an unsaved person.gospelgems.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:47 AM] . and some of you (he says in chapter five) have even committed incest with his father's wife. because any sin that could be committed. So a Christian could commit any sin but these people in Malachi were definitely people to be judged by God. that when you see it being committed you can say. let me say this. we would respond differently to the committing of that sin than this person would. 08022 Websites: www. "Well. chapter six. The Corinthian church was full of people. because if you join yourself to a harlot. New Jersey. Right. that's to say then that a Christian could do that. but many of you. you join the Lord to a harlot. could be committed by a Christian. none of us is completely invulnerable to committing any sin. USA. and we might repent and turn from it. So divorce is not a sin. you come behind in no gift of the Spirit" he says. So those kind of sins can be committed by believers.com/files/macqa/70-1-4. 1 Corinthians.com and www. but any Christian could commit that sin.com Online since 1986 http://www. holy ones. If you are one with the Lord and you unite with a harlot. "have committed fornication. But the Lord is undefiled--it's kind of like--I've used the illustration of a sunbeam shining into a dump--the sunbeam can shine into the dump.Question Now. but it doesn't mean that a Christian couldn't do the same thing.biblebb. short of denying God and denying Christ.biblebb. "not to join ourselves to a harlot.

His disciples concluded that it would be better never to get married (Matt. emphasis added). 21:11. Furthermore. 2:16). Divorce destroys the marriage and thus breaks asunder a union God Himself has established (Mark 10:9). Question What's your view of divorce and remarriage? Answer In Matthew 19. and He has decreed that in every marriage. 19:9. 19:8). Jesus' teaching on divorce is clear. note that Jesus Himself included this exception clause: "Whosoever shall put away his wife. and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery" (Matt.. and He forbade the remarriage of those who divorce on improper grounds. Jesus is treating divorce as a last resort. calling such remarriage adultery: "But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife. 7:14). only "because of the hardness of your hearts" (Matt. the husband and wife are to become one for life. He allows an exception in this one case. 24:1-4). He restricted divorce under most circumstances. King James Version. if a wife displeased her husband in any way. Jesus states that God ordained the institution of marriage. The Old Testament contained a few provisions governing the remarriage of divorced people (Lev.com/files/macqa/divorcere. that when He had completed His teaching. First. Jesus stated that this was never the purpose of Moses' Law. "I hate divorce. and shall marry another. Jesus teaching on divorce was given specifically to refute the rabbinical loopholes. except for the cause of unchastity.What's your view of divorce and remarriage? Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. The rabbis had taken these laws and broadened them to permit divorce for virtually any reason." says the Lord (Mal. The word "unchastity" in that verse is the Greek word porneia. only to be sought in the case of hardhearted adultery. 5:32). All Rights Reserved. except it be for fornication. "fornication"--which includes all kinds of gross sexual immorality. This would free the abandoned spouse to remarry. 19:10)! So God's utter hatred of divorce is very clear in Scripture. The apostle Paul allows one more reason for divorce: if an unbelieving spouse abandons a believer. makes her commit adultery. there are two extraordinary cases in which Scripture teaches that God does permit divorced people to remarry. 14. He so rigidly opposed divorce. http://www. Deut. Nonetheless. Clearly.biblebb. he was entitled to divorce her.John MacArthur . Under the rabbinical laws. the believer is under no obligation in such a case (1 Cor. In fact.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:49 AM] . committeth adultery" (Matt.

com Online since 1986 http://www. USA. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew 16-23.biblebb. 1981).John MacArthur .htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:49 AM] . divorce is not sanctioned in Scripture.What's your view of divorce and remarriage? But we must emphasize that apart from those two specific. exceptional cases. The Fulfilled Family (Chicago: Moody.(Chicago: Moody. 08022 Websites: www.com/files/macqa/divorcere.biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.gospelgems. 1988). New Jersey.com and www. and.com Email: tony@biblebb. More extensive answers to this question are available in John MacArthur.

biblebb. "Well. now it has become an evangelical urban legend--every time I turn around--I heard a secular news reporter say on the television the other day. titled "The Recipients of Christian Invincibility" Romans 8:28. Box 4000. "I'll question it on this basis: Who did you ask that question too? If you just surveyed the people who 'claimed' to be Christians--that doesn't count." Well. it's a question of dishonoring God! You can't say that the power of God has no effect on marriages! I said. Question Is it true that Christians and non-Christians have the same rate of divorce? Answer Some reporter called me a few months ago and said. and I might suggest to you that you don't know who the true Christians are. GC 80-254. now it has been proven that divorce among evangelical Christians or among Christians is the same as non-Christians. P.Divorce The following "excerpt" was made by John MacArthur Jr. a new survey that indicates that divorce among Christians is the same as divorce among non-Christians.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:50 AM] . And what irritated me about it is that this is a dishonor to God! Because it denigrates the power of God in the life of a believer. I believe that is to dishonor the Lord. and in fact. "How dare you question me! How dare you question the integrity of this poll!" Well. A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.com/files/macqa/80-254-1. It was transcribed from the tape. I don't believe it.John MacArthur ." Now we are just another statistic. All Rights Reserved. "You don't do that. with regard to the marriage! It wasn't a question whether you get your statistics right. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Panorama City. Reporter: There is a new study. I said. Reporter: But this is what the survey says! John MacArthur: I don't care what the survey says--I don't believe that. this poll has been taken and it has been determined that Christians are divorced at the same rate that non-Christians are divorced in America. This survey has been done. What do you think of that? John MacArthur: I don't believe it--I do not believe that." So I didn't buy it at all. it showed up in a newspaper and the guy who took the poll wasn't happy. so he wrote me a very. very strong letter. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. This is to say that God has no power in a http://www. I have a large "strong letter" file--this is one.O.. to say that the power of Christ is zero in a marriage--the power of the Holy Spirit in a marriage. I don't believe that. I do not believe that true Christians get divorced at the same rate that non-Christians do. Well. Word of Grace. because he thought I was questioning his integrity.

. who knows what you are going to get? The same company that does the surveys is the company that surveyed the people who said.biblebb..biblebb. I think that is what Psalm 69:9 means. 08022 Websites: www.. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. but I just feel like occasionally "whipping" out a letter. "We don't want Bible teaching anymore in the pulpit. etc." I am really consumed by my zeal for the glory of Your Name and the reproaches that fall on You fall on me." Now what does that tell you about that crowd--if they don't love the Word of God? Well.com Online since 1986 http://www. ". When you are dishonored I feel the pain! That's how you know you love God--that's how you know you love Christ.Divorce marriage? When divorces occur in our church [approximately 10.gospelgems.com/files/macqa/80-254-1. since it keeps showing up I am going to have to write another letter because I think there are people who are buying into this and it's a dishonor to the Lord.com and www..com Email: tony@biblebb. it bothers you. etc. USA.that zeal for Your house has eaten me up.John MacArthur . I am not at the point of making whips and things [reference to earlier comment in the sermon about Jesus making a whip and cleansing the temple because God was dishonored].htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:51:50 AM] .000 members] and they occur occasionally here-very often it is because somebody in the marriage who professed Christ--didn't know Him.. when Christ is dishonored. and denominations.. I am a small voice but just coming to the defense of the character of our God. etc. If you go out and survey people in "churches" across the spectrum from Catholic to Protestant. New Jersey.

http://www. and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes because he’s found some uncleanness in her. In Deuteronomy 24:1.” Now.biblebb. here the Bible provided for divorce.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. God refers to this passage in Deuteronomy. This is the first indication of divorce. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. in the beginning. that he write her a bill of divorcement. Box 4000. But let me draw your attention quickly… Deuteronomy 24 is the first passage that deals with this issue. Panorama City. and send her out of his house. God had permitted a bill of divorcement and under certain circumstances this could happen. cleave to one another. given in her hand. it was not so. It was transcribed from the tape. But because of the hardness of hearts. In Jeremiah 3:1. God didn’t want it that way. according to what Jesus said. From the beginning. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:51 AM] . Word of Grace.Question: What is the Bible’s standard of divorce? -. In Isaiah 50:1. So. He is merciful and He desired to release the innocent one from a bond of a shameful union. it was a bona fide act of God and it was done because of the hardness of hearts. and "Answered" by their pastor. John MacArthur Jr. Question What is the Bible’s standard of divorce? Answer You know. P. “When a man taken a wife and married her. God did not want to force people to have to maintain a shameful relationship." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. But.com/files/macqa/1301-7. and they two should become one flesh. God designed that a man and a woman should leave their parents. you need to get the tape. California. GC 1301. God recognized a bill of divorcement. again indicating that He had permitted it and He had allowed it. From the beginning.O. and that’s the way it ought to be for good. there’s a tape on that that covers it in great length and if you really want to know it in detail.

‘Whosoever shall put away his wife. and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery. You’ll find those in chapter 22:13-19. the right to remarry. “What is uncleanness?” because that’s the first grounds for divorce. The right to freedom then (because of innocence). they would pay with their life. it was a testimonial to the innocence of the one who was released. some say. So.Question: What is the Bible’s standard of divorce? -. Three. That is adultery.’ but I say to you”—and here Jesus really supersedes the Old Testament—“anybody that puts away his life except for the cause of fornication.John MacArthur Now. It was mandatory in the case of dismissal and had several purposes. and the protection of a reputation were at stake. http://www. sexual involvement. let him give her a writing of divorcement. divorce wasn’t the response to adultery. what was the judgment? Stoning. chapter 5. See? Everything just up to that point. and He removed the uncleanness and brought it to this… In Matthew 5:31: “It hath been said . But the very fact that there were cases in which divorce is stated to be not permitted indicates there would be other cases where it would be permitted. according to Jesus. Well. So. Now. One.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:51 AM] . stoning was. but still shaming and shaming and shaming.com/files/macqa/1301-7. it protected the woman’s reputation. And so the temptation would be to just go almost that far. in a shameful union. Two. God was very explicit. this is important: those people knew that if they committed adultery. It was a certificate of innocence. it gave evidence of legal freedom to remarry. The reason I say that is because when somebody committed adultery in the Old Testament. Uncleanness then would be shameful and—notice this.” that is.” There’s only then one ground for divorce.biblebb. there were some cases where absolutely no divorce was permitted. God wanted to permit a release for an innocent party in the case where the partner was doing that continuously and always stopping short lest he lose his life or she lose her life. Is it sexual adultery? Not really in this text. Now you see here this statement “a bill of divorcement” in verse 1. So you know what the temptation was to do than? Everything short of that. Do you see? But Jesus took that thing and qualified it even further in Matthew. “causes her to commit adultery.

“If they’re apart. but God hath called us to peace.com/files/macqa/1301-7. let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband.biblebb. a believer is not “in bondage.biblebb. for his faith in Him. He departs.” But.” He is not in bondage.com Email: tony@biblebb.” The only other case Paul allowing here for divorce is where you have the case of an unbeliever who leaves. let him depart.” And again you see God says. And so this seems to indicate a freedom from that union. year after year. I command. in I Corinthians 7:10-11. a brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases. The Lord doesn’t want a Christian to have to endure constant punishment.John MacArthur That’s all.com and www. let not the wife depart from her husband. you have the further word on divorce. let them be rejoined. “But if she depart. USA. It says there: “Unto the married. Now. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. verse 15: “If the unbelieving depart. 08022 Our websites: www.” God doesn’t want people separating. that’s covered in further detail in the tape. All right now.gospelgems. New Jersey. So we find then that the only legitimate causes for divorce in Scripture would be adultery or an unbeliever who departs… And probably the implication is departing because they cannot tolerate Christian faith.Question: What is the Bible’s standard of divorce? -. as I say.com Online since 1986 http://www. yet not I but the Lord.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:51 AM] . let him depart.

John MacArthur . The written Word of God therefore must contain all doctrine that is truly fundamental. equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17). All Rights Reserved. or some other source of authority. we can learn it from the Bible. if a doctrine is truly fundamental. of course. Therefore the Gospel message itself must be acknowledged as a primary point of fundamental doctrine. those promises would ring empty. We do not need to look beyond the written Word of God for any essential doctrines. papal decrees. But what message will determine the content of our gospel testimony? The biblical message of instantaneous justification through faith alone-or a system of rituals and sacraments that are supposed to convey grace to the participants with no guarantee of ultimate salvation? What authority will we point people to? The Scriptures alone-or a papal hierarchy and church tradition? Those two gospels are flatly contradictory and mutually exclusive. There is nothing necessary beyond what is recorded in God's Word. In other words. Therefore we are dealing with matters that go to the very heart of the doctrines Scripture identifies as fundamental. It is able to make us "adequate.Doctrines The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. is the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura-Scripture alone. I. Question How can we determine what doctrines are essential and what are they? Answer To begin with. Paul reminded Timothy that the Scriptures are "able to make thee wise unto salvation" (2 Timothy 3:15. Can we get more specific? Let's turn to Scripture itself and attempt to lay out some biblical principles for determining which articles of faith are truly essential to authentic Christianity.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines. That means Scripture is sufficient. restoring the soul" (Psalm 19:7). "The law of the Lord is perfect. All these considerations determine what message we proclaim and whether that message is the authentic Gospel of true Christianity. Apart from the truths revealed to us in Scripture. no fundamental doctrine. there is no essential spiritual truth. it must have its origin in Scripture. not tradition. California. Sun Valley. no supposed spiritual authority outside "the sacred writings" of Scripture can give us wisdom that http://www. If there were necessary doctrines not revealed in Scripture.biblebb. KJV). Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. This. The psalmist wrote. the pastor of Grace Community Church. if a doctrine is essential for salvation.. nothing essential to soul-restoration.htm (1 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] . According to the Bible itself. All Fundamental Articles of Faith Must Be Drawn from the Scriptures First.. the strongest words of condemnation in all the New Testament are aimed at false teachers who corrupt the Gospel.

The doctrine of the Trinity. no latter-day prophecy can contain truth apart from Scripture that is genuinely fundamental. Acts 4:12). That verse makes faith itself essential to a right relationship with God. Sacred Dissertations on the Apostles' Creed [Phillipsburg.John MacArthur . http://www. Elsewhere we are told that eternal life is obtained through the knowledge of the true God and Jesus Christ (John 17:3. Some would argue that the only test of whether something is essential to true Christianity is whether it is affirmed by all the major Christian traditions. "Without faith it is impossible to please Him. "Thou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes" (Matthew 11:25. and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed. KJV).htm (2 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] . "There is much truth in the remark of Clement of Alexandria. 'No Scripture. The truth of God is not aimed at learned intellectuals. it is simple enough for a child. This does not mean that a doctrine must be non-controversial in order to be considered a fundamental article. making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:7). 10:30). Scripture is full of statements that identify the terms of salvation and the marks of genuine faith.Doctrines leads to salvation. 14:6. It does not speak in riddles. is certainly essential to true Christianity-and it is very clear in Scripture-but you will find no comprehensive statement of the Trinity from any single passage of Scripture. "The testimony of the Lord is sure. a doctrine must be regarded as fundamental if eternal life depends on it. The point is not that every fundamental article of faith must be supported with an explicit proof text. No papal decrees. It is plain and obvious to those who have spiritual ears to hear. No key is necessary to unlock the teaching of the Bible. the fact of His deity (and by implication the whole doctrine of the Trinity) is a fundamental article of faith (see 1 John 2:23).biblebb. Since Jesus Himself is the true God incarnate (1 John 5:20. Our Lord Himself confirmed this when He said all must honor Him as they honor the Father (John 5:23).'" (Herman Witsius. II. hardly anything of any substance would remain to distinguish the Christian Gospel from the "salvation" offered by pagan morality or Islamic theology. By that rule. No "secret knowledge" or hidden truth-formula could ever qualify as a fundamental article of faith.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines. it must be clearly set forth in Scripture. It is not cryptic or mysterious. no oral tradition. 1993 reprint]. Everything Essential to Saving Faith Is Fundamental Third. as to be contradicted by no one. I apprehend. The Fundamentals Are Clear in Scripture Second. It also expressly identifies both the existence and the veracity of God as fundamental articles of the Christian faith. 1:21) III. The Word of God is not a puzzle. is so favorably treated. for he who comes to God must believe that He is. if an article of faith is to be regarded as fundamental. John 8:58. for example.

And a third suggests that no true Christian would deny his or her own sinfulness: "If we say that we have not sinned. The apostle John began his first epistle with a series of statements that establish key points of the doctrine of sin (hamartiology) as fundamental articles of faith." And according to Romans 4:4-5. Such doctrines. Only those who trust God to impute Christ's perfect righteousness to them are accounted truly righteous.John MacArthur . you shall be saved. we are deceiving ourselves. involve fundamental articles of genuine Christianity. Galatians 2:16-3:29). 4). First Corinthians 16:22 makes love for Christ a fundamental issue: "If anyone does not love the Lord. but as what is due. "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord. and adds another: the lordship of Christ. 8). and seeking to establish their own. his wage is not reckoned as a favor.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines." Romans 10:9 confirms that the resurrection is a fundamental doctrine. 10). those who seek acceptance before God on the ground of their own righteousness will find they fall short (Romans 3:27-28. let http://www. and the truth is not in us" (v. then our preaching is vain.htm (3 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] . and His word is not in us" (v. Of course. because 1 Corinthians 15:14 tells us. your faith also is vain. the bodily resurrection of Christ is a fundamental doctrine. justification by faith is a fundamental doctrine as well: "Now to the one who works. But to the one who does not work. Other ideas are expressly stated to be affirmed only by unbelievers. In other words. It is at the heart of all doctrine that is truly fundamental. Is that not the precise failure of Roman Catholicism? But "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (v. we make Him a liar. we lie and do not practice the truth" (1:6). they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:3). In fact.biblebb. obviously. A second statement rules out the humanistic notion that people are basically good: "If we say that we have no sin. In chapter 5 we will return for a closer look at the doctrine of justification by faith. and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. his faith is reckoned as righteousness" (emphasis added). This is precisely the difference between Roman Catholic doctrine and the Gospel set forth in Scripture.Doctrines The truths of Jesus' divine Sonship and Messiahship are also fundamental articles of faith (John 20:31). "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness. IV. Every Doctrine We Are Forbidden to Deny Is Fundamental Certain teachings of Scripture carry threats of damnation to those who deny them. That condemns wanton antinomianism (the idea that Christians are under no law whatsoever) and makes some degree of doctrinal and moral enlightenment essential to true Christianity. but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly. an error in understanding justification is the very thing that was responsible for the apostasy of the Jewish nation: "For not knowing about God's righteousness. "If Christ has not been raised.

it is Christ's own perfect righteousness. is our righteousness (Jeremiah 33:16). Our Lord had much to say about the authority and infallibility of the Word of God. The Lord Himself. says that no one speaking by the Spirit of God can call Jesus accursed. 1 Corinthians 12:3.John MacArthur . for if He was not virgin-born. as it is written. That is the very essence of justification by faith alone.biblebb. But in vain do they worship Me. 'This people honors Me with their lips. The Fundamental Doctrines Are All Summed up in the Person and Work of Christ Paul wrote. Those verses by implication also condemn those who deny the Virgin Birth of our Lord. all the fundamental doctrines related to the incarnation-the Virgin Birth of Christ. How are the fundamentals of the faith personified in Christ? With regard to the inspiration and authority of Scripture. "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Romans 10:4). His deity. It is also why Paul wrote that Christ is become to us righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30).… You nicely set aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition" (Mark 7:6-9). and it is why Jeremiah called Him "The Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6). Jesus Christ. V. imputed to the believer. Those who reject any of the cardinal doctrines of the faith worship a christ who is not the Christ of Scripture. "No man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid." And a similar verse. and this is the spirit of the antichrist" (1 John 4:2-3). which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). sola fide. 14). He is the incarnate Word (John 1:1. The truth of Jesus' incarnation is also clearly designated a fundamental doctrine: "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. it is evident that both a lofty view of Scripture and a sound method of Bible interpretation (hermeneutics) are fundamental tenets of true Christianity.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines. http://www. Of course. and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. That is what Paul meant when he wrote. but their heart is far away from Me. This is the deceiver and the antichrist" (2 John 7). "For many deceivers have gone out into the world. Christ Himself embodied or established every doctrine that is essential to genuine Christianity.htm (4 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] .' Neglecting the commandment of God. that makes the pivotal difference between true biblical justification and the corrupted doctrine of Roman Catholicism and the cults. Christ Himself established sola Scriptura as a fundamental doctrine when He upbraided the Pharisees for nullifying Scripture with their own traditions: "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites. teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.Doctrines him be accursed. He would be merely human. He upheld the written Word's absolute authority (Matthew 5:18). And since those who twist and distort the Word of God are threatened with destruction (2 Peter 3:16). In the doctrine of justification by faith. you hold to the tradition of men. not eternal God come in the flesh.

The fundamentals of the faith are so closely identified with Christ that the apostle John used the expression "the teaching of Christ" as a kind of shorthand for the set of doctrines he regarded as fundamental. in order to turn people away from the darkness of error. Hebrews 2:3-4). We must confront head-on the blindness and unbelief that will be the reason multitudes will one day hear the Lord say.Doctrines His humanity. Again.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines. and His sinlessness-are part and parcel of who He is. the attempt to precisely identify and number such a list of doctrines would be an extremely difficult thing to do. Far from encouraging union with those who denied the fundamental truths of the faith. The essential doctrines related to His work-His atoning death. "He who does not believe has been judged already" (John 3:18). On the other hand. Furthermore. "I never knew you. depart from Me" (Matthew 7:23). To him. To do so is tantamount to the arrogance shown by the http://www. Such a task is beyond the scope of this article. a reasonable list of fundamentals would necessarily begin with these doctrines explicitly identified in Scripture as non-negotiable: the absolute authority of Scripture over tradition (sola Scriptura). Reject them and you nullify the heart of the Christian message.John MacArthur . Our passion ought to be to proclaim the fundamentals with clarity and precision. the one who abides in the teaching.htm (5 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] . we must recognize that those who have turned away from sound doctrine in matters essential to salvation are condemning themselves. So What? It has not been my purpose here to attempt to give an exhaustive list of fundamental doctrines. the deity of Christ. justification by faith alone (sola fide). it must be stressed that those who act as if crucial doctrines were of no consequence only heap the false teacher's guilt on themselves (2 John 11). he has both the Father and the Son" (2 John 9). His resurrection. and the Trinity. these doctrines represented the difference between true Christianity and false religion. "Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ. We have no right to pronounce a sentence of eternal doom against anyone (John 5:22). However. But by the same token. we should resist any temptation to wield these doctrines like a judge's gavel that consigns multitudes to eternal doom. To deny any of those doctrines is to attack Christ Himself. That is why he wrote. and the reality of His miracles-are the very basis of the Gospel (cf. But what are we to do with this understanding? First of all. we have no business receiving just anyone into the communion and fellowship of the church. does not have God. John forbade any form of spiritual fellowship with or encouragement of such false religion (vv. We must not set ourselves up as judges of other people's eternal fate. We should no more forge spiritual bonds with people whose religion is fundamentally in error than we would seek fellowship with those guilty of heinous sin. 10-11).biblebb. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

com and www.John MacArthur .com Email: tony@biblebb. USA. Reckless Faith [Wheaton. We must also remember that serious error can be extremely subtle. 1997]. They disguise themselves as apostles of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:13). (Adapted from John F. 108-17) Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. pp.com/files/macqa/IA-essentialdoctrines.Doctrines Corinthians.biblebb. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness" (vv. 14-15). New Jersey. IL: Crossway.htm (6 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:51:53 AM] . who refused to dismiss from their fellowship a man living in the grossest kind of sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-3). nothing is more desperately needed in the church right now than a new movement to reemphasize the fundamental articles of the faith. In view of the current hunger for ecumenical compromise. False teachers don't wear a sign proclaiming who they are. MacArthur. 08022 Websites: www. for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.biblebb.gospelgems. "And no wonder.com Online since 1986 http://www.

com/files/macqa/70-9-4. Let me give you this very simply. Word of Grace. ok? Dominion Theology. John MacArthur Jr. or Kingdom Theology. California." There is another kind of theology. we are to take power over Satan and demons. that's a new label. who is now advocating a new kind of Dominion. and there are always new theologies.. and we are to take over the spirits. And what it basically says is that the Church's mandate is to take over the institutions of the world. "That as believers. "That the Church is to take dominion over the institutions of the world. we are to take over the demons.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:55 AM] . What Dominion Theology says is that we are to take over the Powers of Darkness. Dominion Theology comes in a lot of forms.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing." basically is saying.O." That's another form of Dominion Theology. and "Answered" by their pastor. espoused primarily by John Wimber. All Rights Reserved. We are to take dominion. P. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. that's the Liberation Theology side. GC 70-9.What is Dominion Theology? -. we are to exercise dominion over them. for a new kind of theology. and that's why they talk about "Power http://www. that is existing today." It is a form of theology that says. but I think what you are probably talking about is John Wimber. It was transcribed from the tape. Panorama City. Question "What is Dominion Theology?" Answer Have you heard about that? Dominion Theology. Box 4000.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE. that is called "Liberation Theology. who is networked through a group of churches called "The Vineyard Churches. titled "Questions and Answers" -. and we are to dominate Satan.

Taking dominion over. to literally take over the Satanic World. And they believe that whatever people's problems are. We are never told. you take care of him. no matter what it is. And that is why they talk about Power Evangelism.'" Even Michael. But rather said." And if Michael. break the bondage of demons and so forth. That we as Christians. who is "superan-gel. And it gets extreme. "Michael the archangel. never told. Pleading the Blood on demons. tend to be demon in-duced. Listen to Jude 9. that are infiltrated and influenced by demons. "Resist the devil and he will" what? "Flee from you.What is Dominion Theology? -. We are told by James. where would we find a mandate to do that? The Bible simply tells us. to invade the Satanic World and take dominion over demons. did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment. but all of the institutions of the world." In other words. and by just moving around in the visible world. to take dominion over demons. 'The Lord rebuke you. it’s a demon. does not take to himself the exercise of authority over fallen angels. by living in the natural world. Power Healing. not only demons. have failed to exercise the power that we have. supposedly. You have to overpower the demonic world. We are not called to take dominion over http://www. that if you want to deal with the enemy. "Lord." have you heard that? "Binding demons.John MacArthur Evangelism" and "Power Healing. and you have to take dominion over these demons. right? You put on the whole armor of God. Pleading the Blood on Satan." We are never told to bind Satan. We are never told to plead the Blood on Satan and demons. as a holy angel. "Binding Satan. and you'll be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are not called to take dominion over the institutions of this world." did not dare rebuke Satan. and demonstrate your divine power to the lost. We are never told to bind demons. but said.biblebb. You hear them talk about. in order for them to be saved.com/files/macqa/70-9-4. he trains people.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:55 AM] . It is unbiblical. you put on the whole armor of God. They say that you cannot evangelize without signs and wonders. when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses.

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Reason number one is the fact that. that http://www. titled "Questions and Answers" -. They really drank water if you want to see the true picture. 5 to 1. California. was highly diluted with water. And there are several reasons why. All Rights Reserved. I am convinced after studying the Word of God and studying the backgrounds around the Word of God.Should Christians drink Wine Coolers? -. and even in the Old Testament.. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. And they are not in a particular spiritual order.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. 8 to 1. I want it to be the Holy Spirit. A Wine Cooler is an alcoholic beverage. 6 to 1. Question "Should Christians drink Wine Coolers?" Answer Perhaps some of you were hoping that this question didn't come up. Word of Grace. "Should Christians drink Wine Coolers? Let me give you just a brief response to that. but be filled with the Spirit. by putting a little bit of fermented wine in it. Ephesians 5:18.com/files/macqa/70-9-3. John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. not some substance. very strongly about drunkenness. because it killed whatever else would be in the wine.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and "Answered" by their pastor. of any kind. in which is dissipation. that the wine which was imbibed in the time of the New Testament. and they simply purified the water. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:56 AM] . Beyond that. It is my own personal conviction that I do not drink alcoholic beverages. very strongly about losing control and dissipation. GC 70-9. I believe the Bible warns very. Box 4000. "Be not drunk with wine. P.O." If I am going to be under the control of something. and very. It was transcribed from the tape. at any time. 7 to 1. Panorama City.

and those who drank "strong drink" drank it for the purpose of drowning their problems. the very fact of thirst could contribute to a high consumption of wine. that I will give to you.com/files/macqa/70-9-3. The wine that was consumed in the Bible was very definitely mixed with water extensively. I certainly would not want to be responsible for giving someone else the idea that it was ok to drink alcoholic beverages and then watch them.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:51:56 AM] ." Romans Chapter 14. I won't do it. to have dragged enough people out of saloons." Now I have lived long enough. for us to consume that kind of beverage. and in deference to not making someone stumble." "Strong drink" was unmixed. as they did in Biblical times. And since we live in a culture where alcohol is only an option and not a necessity. And since there is no compelling reason to do it. "The Kingdom of God is not food and drink. as to why I don't believe that Christians should drink wine. I choose not to do that.biblebb.Should Christians drink Wine Coolers? -. be destroyed by what they saw me do. is simply because of what the Apostle Paul says. in an out of control way. to have tried to "patch up" enough shattered devastated lives. The other reason. And he says.John MacArthur might cause them some physical problems. It was not the normal drink of the time of our Lord. it seems to me. wine and "strong drink. without particular constraint. to have tried to put together families and marriages that have been devastated by alcohol. to have a healthy hatred for it. they mixed it with water. unless you have diluted it sufficiently with water. so that your body could not hold the amount that it would take to inebriate you. "If anything that I eat and drink offends my brother. that I don't think you can advocate wine drinking from the Bible. http://www. for people to drink unmixed wine. the Land of Palestine was hot. And so in deference to a weaker brother. You read in the Bible about two kinds of drink. In order to prevent drunkenness. Because you lived in a warm climate. So that is simply to point out to you.

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CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. P. and I remember back when we used to call the Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead "Resurrection Sunday. We might do that now. we used to give out little tags you can put on your lapel saying "He is Risen" and have everybody wear them for a week. Word of Grace. Box 4000. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing." In fact. John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. It was transcribed from the tape. 08022 Websites: www. but it is a little more complicated. and "Answered" by their pastor.com Online since 1986 http://www. Let's call it "Resurrection Sunday"--I buy that--that's good! Put that in the bulletin--whoever does the bulletin. Panorama City.gospelgems. USA. Question I have been here in this church [Grace Community Church] for quite some time.com Email: tony@biblebb. GC 70-11.htm [5/21/2002 8:53:18 AM] . Good point. New Jersey." and I would like to know why we went back to using the name of a pagan goddess? Answer That's a good question.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-11-4. for in those days we did not have quite as many people.Question I have been here in this church The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.O. California. Thank you for asking--we always called it "Resurrection Sunday. but it is "Resurrection Sunday"--let's call it that.com and www.

is achieved when men and women lead and submit in a godly manner (Ephesians 5:22-33). he did not follow that statement with a cultural argument. Titus 2:4-5).biblebb. For further study: John MacArthur.biblebb. New Jersey. USA. of course." Exactly the same phrase is used in both passages. "The Subordination and Equality of Women" (tape 1844). The reasons he gave are that the woman was created after the man. So in the same way sin tries to dominate us all. All Rights Reserved. Our society's current thinking on the woman's role is contrary to the priorities revealed in the Bible.com/files/macqa/IA-womenelders. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr..Women Elders? The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr.com Email: tony@biblebb. When the apostle Paul said that a woman should not "teach or exercise authority over a man" (1 Timothy 2:12). 13-14). but you must master it. Sun Valley. "Your desire shall be for your husband. The intended balance. fallen women desire to overpower their husbands. God designed a woman to fulfill a role in the home that no man ever can (Proverbs 31:10-31..com and www." That verse is not talking about women's eternal destiny. and he shall rule over you" (Genesis 3:16).htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:19 AM] .gospelgems. God's High Calling for Women (tape series). Genesis 3 explains why that conflict exists. There God told Cain. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and fallen men tend to oppress them in the same way sin oppresses the sinner. After the Fall. God told the woman. Genesis 4:7 helps us to understand what that verse means. California. the pastor of Grace Community Church. Rather he went all the way back to creation to show that women weren't intended to dominate men (vv. "The Role of the Godly Woman" (tape 1845). Question Can women serve as elders in the church? Answer We don't believe there's a place for women elders in the church. and its desire is for you. Paul goes on to say in 1 Timothy 2:15 that "women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint. but means that they are saved from being second-class citizens through the privilege of rearing children. and that she was deceived when acting independently of his leadership.John MacArthur . 08022 Websites: www. "Sin is crouching at the door.com Online since 1986 http://www.

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The Bible says prior to salvation. California.htm The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. This is what Jesus meant in John 6:44. according to the kind intention of His will . . for it does not subject itself to the law of God. Question What does the Bible teach about election? Answer Election is the act of God whereby in eternity past He chose those who will be saved. because it does not depend on anything outside of God. .11 reads. . In this state of death. such as good works or foreseen faith (Romans 9:16). http://www. He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son. . that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In Acts 13:48 we read. and those who are in the flesh cannot please God" (Romans 8:7-8. "No one can come to Me. " .spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. The effect of all this is that no sinner can ever make the first move in the salvation process. Scripture says the mind of every unbeliever "is hostile toward God. having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will. "And when the Gentiles heard this. and whom He predestined. unless the Father who sent Me draws him. and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. let's look at the biblical evidence. and is also demanded by our knowledge of God. This doctrine is repeatedly taught in the Bible.com/files/macqa/IA-election. All Rights Reserved. when He said. That describes a state of total hopelessness: spiritual death. or please Him in any way. "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.http://www..com/files/macqa/IA-election. that He might be the first-born among many brethren. also we have obtained an inheritance." Ephesians 2:8 suggests that even our faith is a gift from God.. the sinner is utterly unable to respond to any spiritual stimulus and therefore unable to love God." Ephesians 1:4-5. all people are dead in sin-. these He also called. Election is unconditional. these He also justified." This is also why the Bible repeatedly stresses that salvation is wholly God's work. for it is not even able to do so. emphasis added). the pastor of Grace Community Church.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:20 AM] .biblebb. they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord. these He also glorified. obey Him." Romans 8:29-30 states. To begin with.biblebb. and whom He justified. "For whom He foreknew." Acts 16 tells us that Lydia was saved when. and whom He called. Sun Valley.

biblebb.com/files/macqa/IA-election. does this rule out human responsibility? Paul asks and answers that very question in Romans 9:19-20. In summary. and on the basis of that love relationship chosen them for salvation. The same is true of the elect. and not under compulsion. "God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation. Such passages as Hosea 13:4-5. 1 Peter 1:20 says Christ was "foreknown before the foundation of the world." Surely this means more than that God the Father looked into the future to behold Christ! It means He had an eternal. God alone is responsible for their salvation. First Timothy 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:9 tell us that God is not willing that any should perish. The ultimate question of why God chose some for salvation and left others in their sinful state is one that we. and called us with a holy calling. and He chooses those whom He sees choosing Him. This argument suggests that God simply looks into the future to see who will believe.biblebb. whom we are told God "foreknew" (Romans 8:29)." And if divine foreknowledge simply means God's knowledge of what will happen in advance. the offer of mercy in the gospel is extended to all alike. "whom He foreknew. loving relationship with Him.com/files/macqa/IA-election. with our finite knowledge. Amos 3:2 (KJV). and Romans 11:2 clearly indicate this.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:20 AM] ." Occasionally someone will suggest that God's election is based on His foreknowledge of certain events. Isaiah 45:22 and Acts 17:30 command all men to turn to God. "the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out" (John 6:37). repent and be saved. For example. cannot answer. That means He knew them--he loved them--before the foundation of the world. even the elect would persist in sin and be lost.htm In 2 Thessalonians 2:13. He also predestined. The Bible affirms human responsibility right alongside the doctrine of divine sovereignty. refers to much more than mere cognitive knowledge of a person. Left to themselves. If God's choice of the elect is unconditional. Finally. it refers to God's establishment of a love relationship with that person. not according to our works. because they are taken from the same fallen lump of clay as the rest of humanity. They are responsible for their sin. but desires that all should be saved." and Romans 8:29 says. We do know that God's attributes always are in perfect harmony with each other. But that is not the biblical meaning of "foreknowledge. but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.http://www. but that does not eradicate the responsibility of those who persist in sin and are lost--because they do it willfully. Isaiah 55:1 and Revelation 22:17 call "whosoever will" to be saved. not God." Second Timothy 1:9 informs us that God "has saved us. Moreover. the Lord Jesus said that. so that God's http://www. Notice that 1 Peter 1:2 says the elect are chosen "according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. the apostle Paul tells his readers." When the Bible speaks of God's foreknowledge. He says God's choice of the elect is an act of mercy." in both the Old and New Testament. we can say that God has had a special love relationship with the elect from all eternity. then these arguments may appear to have some weight behind them. The word "know.

com and www.biblebb.com/files/macqa/IA-election.http://www. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb. New Jersey.com Email: tony@biblebb. love.biblebb.com/files/macqa/IA-election.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:20 AM] .htm sovereignty will always operate in perfect harmony with His goodness. and justice. wisdom. USA. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.com Online since 1986 http://www.gospelgems.

because I don’t know the mind of God. And so. I don’t know. that condemns all men to hell. they are all damned to hell. “You are condemned already because you”--what?--“believe not. California. And that’s the tension. See. And somehow. It is our sin in Adam and the nature we bear because of that. and that’s why He did it. but not simply because of the sin in Adam--primarily because of the sin of unbelief.O.biblebb. I don’t know how God can have no pleasure in the death of the wicked and will let the wicked die. The rest are damned. and "Answered" by their pastor. Adults don’t ask them because they’ve learned there’s no answer. Ok? Thank you. I don’t understand that question. I don’t know how on the one hand God can say in Isaiah 46:10. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36. So. But. Let me tell you something else: does God ever make a mistake? Is God ever wrong? Is God loving? He is. Word of Grace. John 3 says. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. and because they bear a sin nature. Why didn’t God choose everyone to be saved? You know something. God is glorified in what He did. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. why didn't God choose everybody to be saved? Answer Kids always ask those questions. Ok? And the basic answer--and I hope you can understand this--the basic answer is: because He got more glory for his own name by doing it the way He did it.com/files/macqa/70-8-6.” Now. You know what the Scripture says: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked”--God says that. and I was wondering. “I do all my good pleasure” and then say. Question [A very young Child]: I listened to your sermon last Sunday. this is where the tension comes. It was transcribed from the tape. it’s at this point that I trust God--I trust his character. P.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:22 AM] . God does what He does for His glory. honey? I don’t know. Box 4000. “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Panorama City. that provides for me the tension. All Rights Reserved. I’ll give you a basic answer. that’s not God’s problem. Let me put it to you very simply: all men born in Adam are born with the sin nature. saves some. http://www. So there are some questions you just can’t answer--that’s one of them.John MacArthur . GC 70-8.Election The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. As all men go to hell. in his marvelous grace. honey. whose problem is that? That’s our problem." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. whatever He does fits into his character somehow. John MacArthur Jr. And if it’s hard for us to understand. I don’t know the answer to that. in some way. isn’t it? Because we just don’t have the ability to understand that. God.” I don’t know that..

I thank him. what do we do? When we’re saved.com Online since 1986 http://www. “I don’t understand that. purpose of God. But. I rejoice.John MacArthur .gospelgems.biblebb. and when I go to an unbeliever. Now you say. New Jersey.com/files/macqa/70-8-6. I go to them and I say.” And I leave the resolution to God. I don’t say. pull up their shirt-tail and see if they have an “E” stamped on their back.com Email: tony@biblebb. “You’ll be damned by your unbelief” and I plead with them to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. And when men go to hell. Damnation is by the unbelief of men. who do we blame? Them. So. I praise God. predestined. And neither do I. “Are you elect?”--like Spurgeon said. The implications are this: if I’ve been saved.” That’s right. who do we thank? God.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:22 AM] . I know God is perfect and He resolves it perfectly and that’s the best we can do with it.Election Salvation is by the elect. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. You say. 08022 Websites: www.com and www. “How do you resolve that?” I don’t resolve that! I can’t resolve that. USA.biblebb.

It’s concerning Revelation. “Well. the antichrist is supposed to arise out of that.” Not necessarily. we don’t know. with regard to the European Economic Community. Question I just have a brief three-part question. a charismatic type of personality… As to who he will be. All Rights Reserved. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. California. It was transcribed from the tape. clear to Balbeck. from my viewpoint. So. And I believe the church is raptured prior to that time. which extended all the way from England on the west. the Stone cut out without hands.O.End Time Events The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. John MacArthur Jr. I believe what we are going to see is a revived Europe. people say.. and "Answered" by their pastor. I wouldn’t want to be real dogmatic on that. He really doesn’t show himself until halfway through the tribulation. Question (continued) http://www. a great speaker. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. Box 4000. So. it’ll all go back to 10 eventually. almost every biblical scholar at this point and time believes that the economic community.John MacArthur . which is beginning next week.com/files/macqa/70-13-12. Is there any hints to where he’s going to come from? And also. so it would be three and a half years ahead of that event at least.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:23 AM] . and maybe a little bit ahead of that. representing that final form of the revived Roman Empire. will the rapture happen before these events take place or will we see the antichrist come to power? Answer Well. Whether the fact that there are 10 toes means there can only be 10 nations… I mean." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. which is east of Beirut! Way into the Arab world…was once a part of that empire. comes and crushes that. And I believe he will be a great leader. of course. which would mean nothing more than a revived Europe--the focus of all the world will be there. if there are 13 now or 12 now. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. that’s the ten toes of Daniel”…the problem is that there are 13 nations in the common market. What you have there is still reconstituted old Roman Empire territory in a revived Europe. is the final form because Christ. What really fascinates me is that this never really was a full-blown Roman revival until Eastern Europe fell. I hate to say--you know. it is the final form of human government. a reconstituted Roman Empire. GC 70-13. which is the ground from which the antichrist will rise. “Well. the rapture will happen before the disclosure of antichrist. is the second Roman Empire. There’s no way to know specifically. Panorama City. because Eastern Europe was also a part of that massive Roman Empire. I wouldn’t want to say. And. P. Secondly.biblebb. Word of Grace. and we assume that the image there. The first part is.

and we’ll have an interchange with them. and after the tribulation and the new kingdom is set. represented in the 24 elders. that might happen. We’re coming back. the New Jerusalem… Supposedly there will be people who are not in the angelic form still on earth. the third part is. correct? Answer (continued) Right. and again. we come back in glorified bodies to people living on the earth in normal bodies. there’s supposed to be a new kingdom on earth. and we’re the bride that makes that a bride city. We come back. those are some of the reasons.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:23 AM] . I suppose we wouldn’t have to worry about the mark of the beast as well.End Time Events But also. when the tribulation on earth begins with the breaking of the seven seals.biblebb. Question (continued) And. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www.” Question (continued) And the second part is. there’s a lot of reasons. The people who are raptured--are they going to be back on earth? Answer (continued) “Yes. Secondly. very much like the Old Testament saints did with the angels. if the people are raptured up. and there are others with reference to the nature of the church. isn’t there supposed to be three leaders that fall and one small…one rises up out of…? Answer (continued) “Sure. we’re coming back.com/files/macqa/70-13-12. I believe the 24 elders pictured in heaven when the tribulation begins represent the church.” The New Jerusalem descends out of heaven like a bride. So. but let me give you just one technical reason. And the reason we take a view that the rapture will happen before is…well. I believe that the breaking of the seven seals is the wrath of God. since there’s 13 now. the nature of Israel. so the church is in heaven.John MacArthur . that is correct. and the purposes of God in the future. and the scripture promises that we will be kept from the wrath of God. if the rapture happens before.

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GC 70-2. So we ought to ask John.he that is an overcomer…. Panorama City." Now they point out two things. "Well. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. People say. Now please comment on this verse and also explain what Moses meant in Exodus 32:32.O. and even Evangelicals.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:24 AM] . Box 4000. So now in verse 5 of Revelation 3 we know what he is talking about. he is an overcomer. Question There seems to be a big problem in the church today. "For whatever or whoever is born of God is overcoming the world." Now what the Lord says here is not that He will blot out our name. That is an absolute fact. So he says the one that is an overcomer. John says. when he said. one of the arguments they use is Revelation 3:5 which says. which Thou hast written. That is the greatest verse. There are no other conditions to that. In Revelation 3:5 it says. It was transcribed from the tape. and if not please blot me out from Thy book. California. I don’t know how those people can do that with that verse. has overcome the world. Now. Number one. and you overcome by your faith and you are born again. P. They also say that God has an eraser and He will use it to remove your name from the book. "He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments and I will not erase his name from the book of life and I will confess his name before my father and before His angels. Charismatics. the same will be clothed in white raiment. That’s the definition of a Christian. what is an overcomer? What are you talking about? What do you mean by this?" Well John will tell us that "we have overcome. but I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels. "But now if Thou wilt. Word of Grace.com/files/macqa/70-2-4. and "Answered" by their pastor. Most Christians. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.." verse 4 of 1 John 5. "John.now how do you get to be an overcomer? Who wrote Revelation? John." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Saving faith makes you an overcomer--you are born of God. "he that is overcoming"…. believe you can lose your salvation. Answer I love that verse in Revelation 3:5. The day will come when you enter into the glory of the presence of the Lord and He will clothe you in the brilliance of pure and holy reality forever and ever.biblebb. who by faith in Jesus Christ has been born again. "And I will not blot his name out of the book of life." Now I want to explain that verse. John MacArthur Jr. Now http://www. but that He will not." So the overcomers are the people born of God. Copyright John MacArthur Jr.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City." So saving faith makes us an overcomer. forgive their sin. you’re liable to get your name blotted out of the book. then you will be clothed in white raiment. The world is no longer his master. concerning the doctrine of eternal security. that overcome is in the present tense and that means that you have to work in order to keep your salvation. even our faith. you see right there. If you are an overcomer. All Rights Reserved. "And this is the victory that overcomes the world. The one who is a Christian. Is that conditional? Is there any other condition except being an overcomer? No. That’s one of the best verses in all the Bible on eternal security.

my brethren. And when you want to affirm the doctrine of security there are two passages that I would recommend to you that are unanswerable. She came to church for a long time and then totally bombed out and they don’t know what happened. the same thing Paul said in spirit in Romans 9. What he is saying is. who could sit and listen to that entire series and not believe in the security of true salvation. my passion runs so deep. they would erase you out of that city roll and you then would be dispossessed and disenfranchised. "I will not do that. a rather protracted series on Romans chapter 8 on the security of the believer. so they explain it as the loss of salvation." This is the outcry of an impassioned heart and you don’t find the doctrine of insecurity in that outburst of passion. has an unwilling mind and that may be the problem. or if you discredited yourself.com/files/macqa/70-2-4. if you are not going to do anything for this people that I love I can’t bear the burden--just eliminate me." So I don’t think that Revelation 3 does anything but affirm the fact that the Lord is going to do for us what He promises…. Right? 1 John 2:17.biblebb. blot my name out. I will confess you before my Father and before His angels." He is really saying. but I’ll never do that to you. essentially. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. where he says. Israel. I promise to do that and in no condition will I ever do to you what men do to men. confess us before God and angels and men may blot people out but God doesn’t do that. but I will affirm you. that’s really what Moses is saying. I believe. or if you dishonored the city in any way and brought reproach upon it. Anybody. If they had been of us they would have continued with us. In other words they say well what about my Aunt Ethel. This is a gilt edged guarantee that you can’t lose your salvation so when they pick on that verse they are in real trouble. Well. I could almost come to the point where I say God I am so about the salvation of Israel that. He’s going to keep us in His book forever." In other words.a white raiment. if you have put your faith in Me and are by virtue of saving faith an overcomer. He says. The Bible explained it as "never having had it". I will never blot you out. He is just pouring out the emotion of his own heart. for the highest honor the city could give. "I could almost wish myself accursed for the sake of my kinsmen.Question how you can get eternal insecurity out of that. You belonged to that place but if you committed some criminal act. And what God is saying is that they may do that to you in Sardis.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:53:24 AM] . you will be clothed in white garment. I do not know. I have such a great concern for this people that I wish you’d do something for this people and oh God. When you came into the city you were written on the rolls of the city and you were identified as a member of that city and that was an honor. You would be. Now you were asking about Moses and Moses is saying. a man without a city." Now where did He get that? This is written to the church at Sardis and at Sardis they had a basic principle in terms of the city and citizenry that many cities of the ancient world have. And then I think part of the reason people believe in insecurity is because they can’t explain certain people’s behavior. if you will. "They went out from us because they were not of us. No matter what you do. but they went out from us that is might be made manifest that they never were of us. "Oh Lord if you don’t do something with this people. It isn’t necessarily that he is articulating some theological concept. In fact we did a series. There is nothing Moses says there about whether or not that could happen. "Oh Lord. which was used for very honored people in the city. John 10 and Romans 8. "damn me and save them".

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” I got into quite a discussion with a fellow in the class about whether this meant you could lose your salvation.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:26 AM] . you have now nullified grace. In chapter five. GC 70-13. In an adult Sunday school class in our church back there. It was transcribed from the tape.” and there is some kind of temporal action that you can do. Paul writes in verse two that “Christ is of no benefit to you that were severed from Christ. salvation is by grace if you do this and if you do that. then Christ is of no benefit to you. those people who went around saying “we’re Christians. and Paul’s viewpoint is always if you add law to grace. I mean. Question We were members here until about five years ago when we moved to Utah. California. we came to Galatians 5:2 and 5:4. As soon as you say. and that’s part of salvation. if you are receiving circumcision. he got so upset that he got up and left. “you are fallen from grace.. Does that cover it? Question (continued) http://www.biblebb. So. which talk about the consequences of accepting circumcision or coming under the Jewish law. Word of Grace. Circumcision was a very important symbol. John MacArthur Jr. believing that this is contributing to your salvation. you nullify grace. what he is saying is. that’s clear in Romans 3 and Romans 4.Can a Christian lose their salvation? The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. which was the position he took-in fact. like keep mosaic ceremonies and get yourself circumcised. we were going through the Book of Galatians.” In verse four. you have now fallen from the grace principle. and "Answered" by their pastor. or doing anything legalistic. In other words. which is grace.” So. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Box 4000. you’ve nullified grace. you’re back to context. “Yes. it is grace plus my works and that negates the only means of salvation.” verse 4. P. this is adding law to grace. “Yes. which I was teaching a couple of weeks ago.O.John MacArthur . you have to keep the mosaic law and go through the physical rite of circumcision. All Rights Reserved. But. those Judaizers were trying to make it a means of salvation. I just wanted to ask how you would have dealt with that situation? What would you suggest to me? Answer First of all. you have now forfeited a salvation purely and only by grace and you’ve clouded the issue by your works. Panorama City. and I think what he’s saying here--Galatians five--he’s writing to believers and yet he knows that in the wings are the Judaizers. you have fallen away from the only means of salvation. but it was not a means of salvation." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. You are now saying.com/files/macqa/70-13-6. which is the principle of grace. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. As soon as you add any law to grace. but we believe before you can enter into Christ. again. He doesn’t mean you were saved and now you’ve been lost. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. you are really severed from Christ…if you’re seeking to be justified by law.

Christ set us free to be free. But. you’re not going to be perfected by the law through works. what that was. And I think all he’s saying here is. USA. Answer (continued) Well. Keep standing firm. that he has been severed from Christ. “Look. if I try to live in the flesh. because if you get into that. What I want to say is. New Jersey.” but I don’t think that’s what this is saying. I don’t want to presuppose that you can’t lose your salvation and read it into the text. which is the only thing that can truly save.John MacArthur . he said. being justified by the Spirit through grace. I think to go beyond that is to read anything into the text. for a Christian.Can a Christian lose their salvation? I was wondering if you thought those verses had any relevance to believers once they’re saved. now I’m going to have to say the believer somehow lost his salvation. you’re going to fall away from the grace principle. then you’re going to say that Christ is of no benefit to a believer. if you say that.gospelgems. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Paul has been preaching through this entire book: salvation by grace. The principle of comparing grace to law goes through this whole book.com/files/macqa/70-13-6. in verse four.com Email: tony@biblebb. 08022 Websites: www.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:26 AM] . And.com Online since 1986 http://www. and if so. it has some implications. You could say. you began in this Spirit. you can’t be perfected by your flesh. “Look. If I’m going to say this is going to be applied to a believer. I mean. I’ll get cut off from the power of Christ. Don’t let somebody come along and tell you your works are going to save you. back in chapter 3.com and www. “Well.biblebb. and you’re going to be cut off from Christ.” I mean. Obviously.biblebb.

by very nature. and by very desire. P.” Roman 8. Jesus said. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. or he’s not a true Christian. Panorama City. John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Second point: a Christian. weeping. doesn’t obey as often as he should. “Being confident of this very thing. no matter how they live? Answer First of all.” I came from an organization where they teach that there are born-again Christians who. and I have lost none of them. None of them are going to be lost--none of them. “the sons of the kingdom should be cast into outer darkness. death. Now. “All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me.O. “shall separate you. GC 70-13. Do you believe in this? Or do you believe that all Christians will get into the kingdom.” John 6. and "Answered" by their pastor. Question (continued) Just one more question? Who are the “sons of the kingdom” there in Matthew 8:12--who’s that talking about? Answer (continued) Jews. with gnashing of teeth.John MacArthur .Do you believe that all Christians will get into the kingdom. and you can’t lose your salvation.” Nothing. you’re going to pursue the things of God.com/files/macqa/70-13-17. Question I have a question from Matthew 8:12. but they were going to wind up cast out of the very kingdom which was their inheritance and their http://www. Paul said. you’re saved because you were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world.” Paul said. So. can forfeit the kingdom and wind up in this place of outer darkness. Box 4000. doesn’t hate sin as much as he should. It says.. And. All Rights Reserved. that He who has begun a good work in you. Christian life. a Christian--a true Christian--isn’t going to choose to live like that. That’s not the perfection of His life. “What shall separate you from the love of God? Nothing. principalities. Doesn’t love God as fully as he should. If you’re truly saved. It was transcribed from the tape. that Christians are going to wind up cast out of the kingdom. godly. you’re going to pursue the right thing. longs to live a holy life. no matter how they live? The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. but that’s the desire of his heart or her heart. Word of Grace." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. that you might become like Jesus Christ.biblebb. because they don’t live a holy. Jews. California.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:27 AM] . Life. That’s clear as it can be in scripture. but that’s the direction of it. That is not going to be interrupted. and desires to obey. will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. I don’t believe that kind of stuff. Right? Because a true Christian loves God. where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth. powers--nothing. you can’t lose your salvation. hates sin. who had every right by birth into the line of Israel to inherit the kingdom promised to Israel. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr.

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Sun Valley. but they were not really of us.gospelgems. The One who chose to save you "is able to keep you from stumbling. in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us. One who is saved "has everlasting life. 08022 Websites: www. For further study: John MacArthur. and . Romans 8:28-39 reveals clearly that there is nothing in the universe that can separate the elect from the love of God. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.com Online since 1986 http://www. But anyone indwelt by the Holy Spirit is secure eternally. and because of that may lack assurance of salvation (Psalm 51:12). First John 2:19 says. All Rights Reserved. because He is the "deposit guaranteeing our inheritance" (Ephesians 1:14).Eternal Security The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. Hebrews 3:14).. people who profess to know Christ at one time but later deny Him were never really saved to begin with. Eternal Security (tape series). so those who do so are revealing that they were never truly saved (John 8:31.John MacArthur . they would have remained with us.com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb. for if they had been of us. New Jersey. . Question Is it possible for redeemed people to lose their salvation? Answer The Bible says no. According to Scripture.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:28 AM] . California. the pastor of Grace Community Church. Even true Christians can sin.com/files/macqa/IA-redeemed. "They went out from us. is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24)..com and www. however.biblebb. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy" (Jude 24). A failure to grow spiritually can also rob us of the confidence that we are God's children (2 Peter 1:9). ." A true believer will never depart from the faith (Philippians 1:6). It is the present possession of all those who have truly trusted Christ. but they went out. USA. Eternal life by definition cannot be temporary.

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Question I understand about salvation." Now some say that what you have here is the unveiling of the false.. But he that shall endure to the end. 08022 Websites: www. titled "How to Function in the Body" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. California.John MacArthur . And they're going to be worshiping in their temple again.biblebb.. of course.. All Rights Reserved. that we do have salvation. Box 4000. under pressure people who attach themselves to Christianity during the time of the Tribulation under pressure of attack from the beast and whatever else. New Jersey.com/files/macqa/1359-3. Panorama City. just turn in your Bibles so we make sure we get the right context. the love of many shall grow cold.com Online since 1986 http://www. I think it has reference to those who have attached themselves. Matthew 24:10.and it can be to Israel as well as the possibility of being attached to Christianity.biblebb. "The abomination of desolation takes place. "And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and hate one another. we don't lose it. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.. Is that referring to Christians? Answer Well let's look at it." And it may be that at that time those who are not really followers of the truth. So I don't think it has reference there to Christians. And. verse 10.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:29 AM] . Word of Grace.O.gospelgems. Others say it has direct reference to Israel. Many false prophets shall rise and deceive many.com Email: tony@biblebb. in verse 15. the same shall be saved. where it says that many will fall away in the last days. they begin to drop off. GC 1359. And everything is going to be peaceful and wonderful and there may be there's a reconstruction of religion in Israel. those who are not really believers in God are going to be made manifest cause they're going to bail out. John MacArthur Jr. here you're talking about the time of the Tribulation so the church has already gone by this time. out of the world.com and www. and "Answered" by their pastor.in other words. in the first half of the Tribulation there is going to be a pact between Israel and the Antichrist.. P. For example. USA. It was transcribed from the tape. And because iniquity shall abound. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.Eternal Security The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. But I've been asked on Matthew 24. And all of a sudden the beast comes in the middle of the week and he destroys that thing.

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All Rights Reserved.biblebb. USA. it’ll lose its power. New Jersey. and "Answered" by their pastor.com/files/macqa/70-8-9.com Online since 1986 http://www.com and www.John MacArthur .gospelgems. Box 4000. Panorama City. you are neither cold nor hot. always being saved”? Answer Well. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36. I would that you were cold or hot. P. it’ll lose its place in the community--that’s the issue. So because you are lukewarm. Question My question [is] on Revelation 3:16. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: I know your deeds.” What he is talking about here is not a Christian losing his salvation. 08022 Websites: www. where it talks about the Lord spewing you out of his mouth if your works are neither hot nor cold. California. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.. I will spit you out of my mouth.htm [5/21/2002 8:53:30 AM] . and neither hot or cold.O.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb. first of all. but a church losing its witness. John MacArthur Jr. I’m wondering how that relates to “once being saved. Word of Grace.Eternal Security The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. And if a church doesn’t take a strong stand. It was transcribed from the tape. losing its identity--and it did. GC 70-8. it’ll lose its presence. you have to understand that he’s writing to a church. He’s talking about a church losing its impact.

com/files/macqa/70-23-20. John MacArthur Jr.John MacArthur . a respectful one. a helpful one.com Email: tony@biblebb." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. They were right at your other church.gospelgems. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. to obey. We’re not talking about working hard to be a Christian. you can never lose your salvation. that being a Christian is not just saving by grace. Once you become born again. you have to constantly work hard to be a Christian. USA. California. and "Answered" by their pastor.htm [5/21/2002 8:53:31 AM] . and that’s what we’re talking about. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.. I mean. I’m a son! But. a useful one. after listening to all your preaching.biblebb. New Jersey.Eternal Security The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. my parents would like me to be a good one. just a simple analogy: if I’m born into a family. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Box 4000. I don’t have to work to be a son. So that means a Christian could still go to hell? Answer No. All Rights Reserved. We’re talking about living your Christian life to the glory and honor of God and to your own blessing and eternal reward. that’s it forever. But it seems like. GC 70-23. an honoring one. Question I was taught before.com and www. 08022 Websites: www. that once you become a born again-once you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. we’re talking about working hard to honor God as a Christian. No.O.biblebb. Word of Grace. It was transcribed from the tape. Panorama City.com Online since 1986 http://www. when I used to go to a different church. P.

actual infants. he's writing in general to all who are children. you find yourself losing your fear to witness or to present the gospel to others. I just want to know what the Bible says about that and in your opinion. and "Answered" by their pastor. And then "paidia" (Greek) infants. It was transcribed from the tape. Box 4000. Answer Let's take a look at what the Bible says. should we be greeting them and having them come into our homes? I know we are not supposed to be cordial to them.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. chapter 2." who is Satan.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:33 AM] . Even to where you start to challenge the cults. "because you have known the Father. Then he sorts out this whole collective group of children into their various spiritual ages: "fathers" are identified as those that "have known Him that is from the beginning. and this is a good place to start. to 1 John. So." And then "young men" are identified as those "who have overcome the wicked one.biblebb." that is. Panorama City. Word of Grace. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. P. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. GC 70-5. John MacArthur Jr.com/files/macqa/70-5-11." You know God--that's it. another word for children in verse 12. California." that's spiritual "goo-goo. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Just to put things in perspective. to the point where you really become bold." Now. It doesn't identify any particular age. On the other end of the spectrum is a spiritual father who has plumbed the depths http://www. all the redeemed.O. "Your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. you see Mormons knocking at your door and Jehovah Witnesses? Well. Question My question relates to "Discipleship Evangelism" [DE]. "Da Da. "I write unto you little children. and the next thing you know. After you go through DE and you begin to train others. he says in verse 12 of 1 John 2.. All Rights Reserved. he sorts everybody into three categories: you're either a spiritual infant who knows the Father. My question is: Is this a problem when you begin to pray and ask the Lord to lead people into your life." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing." he uses a general word "tekna" (Greek) which basically means offspring. Turn first of all.

that when someone reaches that level of understanding the Word of God. because invariably he wants to take on the cults. It is inevitable. that they are. I can almost label a guy when he gets to that level. "With what does the wicked one occupy himself?" Well. "tossed too and carried about by every wind of doctrine. "overcome the wicked one?" Verse 14 explains it. in what sense has a spiritual young man. they do not confuse me at all. and you have overcome the wicked one. I think his primary occupation and primary function is in the realm of false doctrine and false teaching and false religion. . "I have written unto you (middle of the verse) young men because you are strong. and knowing God in an intimate way. we've come to the place that she was asking about where we begin to know God in a personal and intimate way-beyond just the Word. in terms of understanding. you asked a simple question. "he knows Him who is from the beginning. because I have become strong in the Word of God and I have overcome the http://www.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:33 AM] . we know the God behind the page. understanding what he believes and having overcome the wicked one in terms of false religion it is very frequently manifested by an aggressive approach towards evangelism. because he's there. what a spiritual young man is. mature." What? "Abides in you. We are not stuck just with what the Bible says. As a pastor. Satan is primarily disguised as an angel of what? Of light. Cults aren't a problem to me.biblebb. and he wants to straighten everybody's theology out. We don't want to be an infant very long." Now. particularly to people who are in systems of false doctrine. Now." We would like to be a spiritual father. Paul says in Ephesians 4. we understand the God behind it." We are all on the way from being an infant to being a spiritual father. . comprehending the truth of God. they can't woo me away.com/files/macqa/70-5-11. according to 2 Corinthians 11. That is. in my mind. But the middle step of growth he identifies as being a young man who has overcome the wicked one. . and I have seen this in my own experience. therefore. is one who has overcome the wicked one in the sense that he no longer is weak in understanding the faith to the point where he can be victimized in his doctrine.Question of the eternal God." How did you get strong? Because the "Word of God. That's very common. at the growth point in his spiritual life that this identifies. I can tell you.

The thing that you don't want to do is get in the position where you become the student and they become the teacher. Right? We are to be able to (Peter says) "give an answer to every man that asks us of the reason for the hope that is within us.biblebb." Also. because you do not want to expose yourself to unsound doctrine. we should be able to answer them with a reasonable answer in meekness and fear. Now. We should even be able to confront them as we are encouraged in Titus to confront the heretics. So that's a very common thing." So it all depends on what the ground rules are. if you can't then I think that you don't want to victimize yourself. these people are victims. with reverence. but nonetheless a direct answer. we have to realize several things: realize number one. I don't think that we need to go in and defend that Biblically. and reassuring themselves by our inability to respond http://www. "You are actually bidding them Godspeed and therefore becoming a partaker of their evil deed. what do you do when you are in that situation? Well. If you can set the ground rules--fine. "Eats like a gangrene and begins to consume." Right? 1 Peter. when anybody comes along. first of all I think it is important for us to preach the truth. Let me tell you something: they don't need the reinforcement of restating their system again. They are deceived people and they desperately need the truth.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:33 AM] . So I don't see anything wrong with that. you don't want to be gracious to them to the point where. if you are at the point where you can do that. So.com/files/macqa/70-5-11. You shouldn't shun that if you are a spiritual young man. I don't care what cult they are in. Now. and you do not want to give them a platform. They are victims. You do not want to expose yourself to the kind of thing that Paul says.Question wicked one in that sense of his deceptiveness. But at the same time you don't want to expose yourself to their gangrenous kind of teaching. I am still on the way to becoming that spiritual father. so if there is some way in which you can get to their vulnerability and establish the ground rules by which you can give them the truth--that's the seed planted. as John the Apostle writes in his epistle.

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" A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Question You have always taught here that the purpose of the Church was to "equip the saints. Sometimes we overestimate what is necessary in the specifics of the proclamation. so that he manifests the product that he is going to promote. and "Answered" by their pastor." is a proclamation of the gospel. your transformed life. the most effective evangelistic tool that we have is a transformed life-that is our testimony. All Rights Reserved. It's a starting proclamation. I have never known how to share the gospel. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Now. But it is also one of the sad realities of the Church. and living as if Christ couldn't transform anybody. and you know Christ.com/files/macqa/70-17-6." when the fact of the matter is. Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. lays a tremendous groundwork with the people that know you. then. or hadn't transformed him." and if that is true. The edification of the saints is not the end. and He can change your life. or some other formula. P. Box 4000. this little "DE" [Discipleship Evangelism] formula. that if I am going to make the transforming power of Jesus Christ convincing. Sometimes we think. that we sometimes underestimate the capability that we do have--it may take us a little longer to get to the point. the evidence of God at work in your life. that's not true. Word of Grace. then why don't we have more emphasis on evangelism here at Grace Community Church? Answer The edification of the Church. Copyright John MacArthur Jr.O. John MacArthur Jr. You may not be able to say it as http://www. is to edify the believer. such as. It is back to that same old idea. then you know how you came to know Christ. the building up of the saints is so that they can be more effective in evangelism.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:34 AM] . until I finally learned this little formula. "well. Right? So the most effective evangelistic weapon (apart from just simply speaking the gospel). I think it is one of the sad realities in the Church. I have got to demonstrate how He transformed my life. you spiritual attitude. to build him up towards Christ-likeness. let me tell you something else. Now evangelism doesn't occur in a vacuum. but if you are in Christ. your genuine devotion to Jesus Christ and to the life of the Church. GC 70-17." yet recently you stated that the main purpose of the Church was to "reach the lost. effective evangelism occurs out of a transformed life.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. that everybody doesn't know how to present the gospel clearly and fully. It was transcribed from the tape. So the purpose of the Church. your mature Christian walk. So we are built up in the faith so that our testimony is strong. California. it is the means to the end. First of all. and that there is credibility in the gospel that we preach: that Jesus Christ indeed can change a life. "Jesus Christ died for me and He changed my life. Nothing is more ineffective in Christian evangelism then somebody proclaiming the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. your love for people. and the simplest word..biblebb.

Somebody may go out and give a very simple.com and www. "Here is the formula that I want you guys to use.biblebb. . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. but the goal of that edification is to build up the saints to proclaim the truth. USA. "Here is a little tract. and that's what it is." The Apostle Paul. but listen carefully--it is not necessarily the refinement or the formula that God uses--it is the truth that He uses. never any where in the New Testament." And that's what Paul was doing. So.gospelgems." What? "see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Rather the whole of the New Testament unfolds the sweeping reality of redemption through Jesus Christ. Jesus never sat His disciples down and said. The reason we preach all the time "edification.com Online since 1986 http://www.Question well. but it hits the good soil and the person is converted. "Let your light so shine before men that they may . and we who are saved know why we are saved. Well. .com/files/macqa/70-17-6." He doesn't do that either. but keep in mind that's really kind of the icing on the top. . as if you had been refined and trained to say it. and if God isn't working in the heart of that individual. You can go out and have the slickest memorized presentation of the gospel. but first of all we must build up the saints to make our message credible. I wish more people would get involved in "DE" because I think it is so helpful to have a concise way to articulate the gospel. and realize that the credibility of your life lays the platform on which individual testimony becomes believable. in any of his 13 epistles said.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:34 AM] . don't underestimate that. and I want you to memorize it.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey. I know that is sort of a long answer. 08022 Websites: www. Here are the five steps to being a Christian." is because we preach the New Testament. But don't underestimate your ability to do that. then it's falling on hard ground. You may not have it as refined as you would like. and maybe not a chronological organized presentation of the gospel. and you don't want to underestimate your ability to articulate that.

and "Answered" by their pastor. when the Lord allowed him to go and test Job.O." Of course. P. Copyright John MacArthur Jr." And God said. That illustrates the same idea: an evil spirit comes from the Lord. and it is 1 Samuel 18:10." for as far as she is concerned. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Question The question comes really from my daughter. All Rights Reserved. Box 4000. "You don't have anybody on this earth who will be faithful to you if given the circumstances that I can create. and no devil. he did. no devil himself can act in this world independently of and outside of the allowing will of God.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:53:35 AM] . only in the sense that no evil spirit. and as a result of that Job's faith was strengthened. GC 70-5.com/files/macqa/70-5-20. John MacArthur Jr. She was studying the Word the other night. Panorama City. It was transcribed from the tape. it only comes from Satan. no demon. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. except within the larger picture of God's allowing. and no demon.biblebb.. Answer All that you have to do to explain that is to let her know that no evil spirit. "Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul." Her question is the "evil spirit. California. "Yes. and Job proved to pass the test. "You go and do whatever you want to Job. it was all within the limitations of God's will." And God said to the devil. Word of Grace. and of course. anytime can ever do anything. You remember when the devil came before God and said." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I have one faithful servant (Job 1) Job. That "evil spirit" was from God only in the sense that the devil was from God. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 http://www. there is no evil coming from God. in effect.

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parents and team boosters chipped in to buy a new. he had put that player in the game. His participation had in no way affected the outcome of the game." the coach told incredulous reporters. The coach remembered that late in one of the semifinal matches. After all. the violation was a mere technicality--the team would have won anyway. After the school surrendered the championship trophy.The Importance of a Good Example Question How important is a good example? Answer I was profoundly impressed by an item I saw buried inside the sports pages recently. A high school basketball team from Rockville County. His priorities had been set long before this. studying the team's grades. noticed for the first time that one of his third-string players had failed some courses. with his team leading by more than 20 points. and the school forfeited the state championship. his players would believe he had flaunted the rules. If he covered up the truth. the coach. He could keep quiet and hope no one noticed. had easily won the state championship. rolling over all their opponents. A few weeks after the championship game. his team would be stripped of the championship. He reported the infraction. He never even pondered any alternatives. I'm sure it was painful to give up the title. "Winning means nothing anyway unless you do it by the rules. If he revealed the infraction. This one does not say "State Championship. But it was technically a violation. Georgia. Yet the coach realized the player involved surely was aware of the breach of rules. The coach said from the moment he discovered the violation. Too many young lives could be adversely affected. but the coach believed his first responsibility was to be a good example to his team. The youngster was academically ineligible for the basketball team.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:37 AM] . he knew what he had to do. larger trophy. The ineligible man had played only a few minutes. The coach was in a distressing predicament. Young People Represent a Sacred Trust http://www.com/files/macqa/goodexample. He realized that the championship was not as important as his team's character or his example to them. It was possible that the whole team knew and thought their coach had purposely ignored the eligibility guidelines.biblebb." but in my opinion it stands for something far more important. Winning a state championship at the expense of his integrity was not worth the price. It was unlikely anyone outside the school would ever discover the offense.

The example they receive from those who influence them will determine whether they embrace or discard right values.biblebb. Those words affirm both Timothy's youthfulness and his obligation to influence others for good.The Importance of a Good Example I wish all coaches. and parents understood that young people are our most valuable resource. There is no question about the importance God places on being the right kind of example to children and young people. Christians often speak of being a "good testimony. but rather in speech. all Israel was charged with the task of teaching God's law to the nation's youth (Deuteronomy 6:7). coaches. but being a good testimony for Christ means much more than just talking about Him. love. faith and purity.com/files/macqa/goodexample. he had failed as a father. you have a solemn responsibility to be a good example. You Can Be a Good Influence Being a good example is a responsibility all of us share-. conduct. The Bible clearly emphasizes this truth. was severely judged by God because he had failed to train his sons in the way of righteousness (1 Samuel 3:13). Titus 1:5). depending on how clearly and consistently we demonstrate our commitment. There is great insight in the words of the apostle Paul to a young minister: "Let no one look down on your youthfulness. love. Although he had basically been a faithful priest. They will reject or accept our values. Note the progression: "speech. teachers. we all are an influence on people around us. whether we're trying to be or not. In the Old Testament." Those words envelop every conceivable sphere of influence. show yourself an example of those who believe" (1 Timothy 4:12). If actions speak as loudly as words. Eli. and other authority figures. Scripture says every parent's highest duty is to train his children in the way they should go. Paul wanted Timothy to be constantly aware of the impact of his words and actions on others. The complexion of the world a generation from now will be determined by the youth of today. he was commanded to be a good example.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:37 AM] . faith and purity. The fact is.not just parents. and God ultimately struck him dead for it. Whether you are a young person yourself or someone who influences them. so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). a priest in the Old Testament. And a basic requirement for those in spiritual leadership is that they demonstrate the ability to train their own children properly (1 Timothy 3:2-4." The word testimony usually makes us think of verbal witness. Almost everything we say or do affects our friends and family either for bad or for good. http://www. conduct. A testimony for Christ mandates that we live lives of obedience to Him. how we live is more important than what we say in influencing people for Christ. Even as a young person.

Therefore even "hidden" impurity will ultimately affect the kind of example we are. And so contemporary young people desperately need good examples of purity. One who fails at purity fails at everything. People who fall into immorality are predictably those who have nurtured impure thoughts. It's the last word in Paul's list of influential characteristics. But if those hits are all home runs and the pitcher loses the game. which wage war against the soul" (2 Peter 2:11). Modern society does all it can to amplify the power of lust.com/files/macqa/goodexample. Nothing combats the soul more fiercely than moral impurity. Timothy would be particularly susceptible to impure desires. together with pride. if a pitcher goes nine innings and gives up only four hits. Lustful desires and provocative images. and annuls the positive message of "speech. It undermines any good influence we might otherwise have. Paul wrote to Timothy. but in many ways it is the acid test.The Importance of a Good Example The Toughest Standard of All I want to focus especially on the issue of purity. shatters credibility. love." That is why it is so damaging when a church leader fails morally. [and] faith. our estimation of his performance will not be nearly as enthusiastic. entertainment that heightens illegitimate passions. and sound http://www. A person who bombs out in the area of moral purity is like the pitcher who keeps giving up the long ball-no matter what else he does that's good. [and] faith" (1 Timothy 4:12)--purity remains the ultimate criterion of a good example. In baseball. All of that sets the tone for the forces that influence today's young people. Isn't it interesting to note that this was true even in Timothy's day? Paul realized that as a young person. The result is an almost irresistible pressure to compromise--especially in the area of purity. integrity.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:37 AM] . through advertising designed to capitalize on evil desires.biblebb.will inevitably bear fruit in our behavior. Assuming everything else in a person's life is right-even "speech. "Flee from youthful lusts. and a value system that belittles moral virtue. conduct. Moral impurity almost always begins in the mind. love. conduct. we're going to rate him as a failure. are the chief characteristics of our world system (cf 1 John 4:16). It is intriguing that Paul warns Timothy about "youthful lusts. What we sow in our thought life--good or evil-. and pursue righteousness" (2 Timothy 2:22)." Temptation to lust can be overwhelming to young people. Peter amplified the warning: "Abstain from fleshly lusts. we would normally think he pitched a great game.

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord. Here are some key verses to memorize and meditate on if you're struggling with impure thoughts: ". USA. And God's Word offers the means of winning that battle. Have you considered what kind of example you are? Are you a positive or a negative influence? The Battle in Your Mind Scripture acknowledges the ferocious battle we must wage to keep our minds pure. so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it.. "Thy word I have treasured in my heart.com and www.. and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2). there aren't many positive examples. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth.com Email: tony@biblebb.be transformed by the renewing of your mind.gospelgems.biblebb. you're affecting the young people in your life. You can be one. but you shall meditate on it day and night. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. New Jersey. for then you will make your way prosperous. that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2).htm (4 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:53:37 AM] . Sadly. that I may not sin against Thee" (Psalm 119:11). that you may prove what the will of God is.com/files/macqa/goodexample. Whether you're a young person or elderly.The Importance of a Good Example character. and then you will have good success" (Joshua 1:8). 08022 Websites: www.

they stand back to back." [Alexander Ross. they will never extract out of them more than two propositions: That an empty phantom of faith does not justify.] James is not at odds with Paul. 2: 115. And as Paul contends that men are justified without the aid of works. Institutes of the Christian Religion 3:17:12 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.. "The Epistle of James and John. 3:20). and not by faith alone. John Calvin. Question Does James 2 contradict Romans 4? Answer The most serious problem these verses pose is the question of what James 2:24 means: "You see that a man is justified by works. "by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight. "Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!" (Rom.James 2 vs. 1954). as if he had said. he is combatting a Jewish legalism which insisted upon the need for works to be justified." The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. 18). not of the imputation of righteousness. Let them twist the words of James as they may. trans. . but requiring that the justification of all believers shall be operative. so James will not allow any to be regarded as Justified who are destitute of good works. the pastor of Grace Community Church. . California. and that the believer. Now he is stressing the importance of faith's fruit--the righteous behavior that genuine faith always produces. too.. [Henry Beveridge. 53. manifests his justification by good works. confronting different foes of the gospel. not by a bare and imaginary semblance of faith. Sun Valley. Those who are justified by faith prove their justification by obedience and good works. 1966 reprint)." (Rom." John Calvin explained this apparent difficulty: It appears certain that [James] is speaking of the manifestation. Thus Paul condemns the same error James is exposing here. "They are not antagonists facing each other with crossed swords. James insists upon the need for works in the lives of those who have been justified by http://www. . All Rights Reserved. Paul never advocated any concept of dormant faith. 6:15).com/files/macqa/IA-james2.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:54:09 AM] .John MacArthur .biblebb." Some imagine that this contradicts Paul in Romans 3:28: "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. he is not discussing the mode of justification. Those who imagine a discrepancy between James and Paul rarely observe that it was Paul who wrote. and "Having been freed from sin. not contented with such an imagination.] In 1:17-18. you became slaves of righteousness" (v. In one word. saw righteous works as the necessary proof of faith. When Paul writes. Paul.. Romans 4 The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. James affirmed that salvation is a gift bestowed according to the sovereign will of God.

James echoes the Master Himself. but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven" (Matt. [Excerpted from Faith Works] Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. 1979). which shows itself in works. salvation without new life. Paul declares that we are saved by faith without the deeds of the law. He is not arguing for works in addition to or apart from faith. James demands that a man who already claims to stand in right relationship with God through faith must by a life of good works demonstrate that he has become a new creature in Christ. justification without sanctification. He said. He is showing why and how. is dead. false "faith. Lord.] James and Paul both echo Jesus' preaching. . He is confronting the concept of a passive. Again. living faith always works. New Jersey. James could not be more explicit. 'Lord. Lord. Paul's emphasis is an echo of Matthew 5:3: "Blessed are the poor in spirit. but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. if it has no works. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Edmond Hiebert. . James declares that we are saved by faith. 'Lord. Verbal allegiance. The error James assails is faith without works. being by itself" (2:17). Lord.gospelgems.' will enter the kingdom of heaven. [D.John MacArthur . will get no one to heaven: "Not everyone who says to Me. Paul insists that no man can ever win justification through his own efforts. James was stimulating a sluggish faith that minimized the results of saving faith in daily life.com http://www.biblebb. USA." which is devoid of the fruits of salvation.com/files/macqa/IA-james2. 08022 Websites: www." James's teaching has the ring of Matthew 7:21: "Not everyone who says to Me.' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46)." Paul represents the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.biblebb. Romans 4 faith. That is in perfect harmony with James: "Prove yourselves doers of the word. Jesus chided the disobedient ones who had attached themselves to Him in name only: "Why do you call Me. for "faith. and not merely hearers who delude themselves" (1:22). not lip-service. Both James and Paul view good works as the proof of faith--not the path to salvation.com and www.' will enter the kingdom of heaven. James the end of it. 'Lord. With this Paul thoroughly agreed.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:54:09 AM] . . 7:21). The Epistle of James (Chicago: Moody.James 2 vs. He is fighting against dead orthodoxy and its tendency to abuse grace. who insisted on a theology of lordship that involved obedience. Paul was rooting out 'works' that excluded and destroyed saving faith. true. 175.

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1 John 1:8- http://www. 73:25. In His parable of the soils and the seed. who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold. The Fruit/Proofs of Authentic/True Christianity: q q Love for God: Psalm 42:1ff. "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it. If you are unsure about the reality of your faith. 2:17ff.com/files/macqa/IA-faithreal. All Rights Reserved. Evidences That Neither Prove Nor Disprove One's Faith q q q q q q q Visible Morality: Matthew 19:16-21. All believers are fruitful. Religious Involvement: Matthew 25:1-10 Active Ministry: Matthew 7:21-24 Conviction of Sin: Acts 24:25 Assurance: Matthew 23 Time of Decision: Luke 8:13. The Character of Genuine Saving Faith 2 Corinthians 13:5 I. those who are saved would bear fruit. some sixty.. Luke 10:27. California. Proverbs 28:13. vivid pictures of receptions of God's Word that never resulted in salvation. The Bible also describes what good fruit looks like. Sun Valley. some thirty" (Matthew 13:23). Romans 7:14ff. Question How can we know if our faith is real? Answer The Bible provides a clear understanding of genuine saving faith-true faith produces good fruit. In this parable.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:54:10 AM] . Jesus said. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.. Intellectual Knowledge: Romans 1:21. In contrast. 2 Corinthians 7:10. it serves as a guide for spiritual fruit inspection. even though not equally fruitful. the pastor of Grace Community Church.biblebb. The following chart lists the characteristics of genuine saving faith. please take the time to study this chart. fruit-bearing plants thrive in the good soil that pictures a redeemed heart. In essence. Romans 8:7 Repentance from Sin: Psalm 32:5. while unbelievers are unfruitful.Faith The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. 14 II. taking care to read each of the accompanying Scripture passages. 23:27. three of four soils produced fruitless plants.John MacArthur . the Lord Jesus taught that.

4:7ff.com Email: tony@biblebb. James 5:1618 Selfless Love: 1 John 2:9ff.John MacArthur . James 4:6. p. 9ff. 1 Timothy 2:1-4. Yet if List II is true. Romans 16:26.com and www. 22. Separation from the World: 1 Corinthians 2:12. III. 115:1.. The MacArthur Study Bible. New Jersey.. 08022 Websites: www. John 15:14ff.com/files/macqa/IA-faithreal.biblebb. Isaiah 43:7.gospelgems.Faith q q q q q q q 10 Genuine Humility: Psalm 51:17. Philippians 4:6ff. 3:14.. 1 Peter 1:2. USA. 1 John 2:15-17. 48:10ff. James 4:4ff. 2190) Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. then the top list will be also.. The Conduct of the Gospel: q q q q q q q q q q Proclaim it: Matthew 4:23 Defend it: Jude 3 Demonstrate it: Philippians 1:27 Share it: Philippians 1:5 Suffer for it: 2 Timothy 1:8 Don't hinder it: 1 Corinthians 9:16 Be not ashamed: Romans 1:16 Preach it: 1 Corinthians 9:16 Be empowered: 1 Thessalonians 1:5 Guard it: Galatians 1:6-8 (Adapted from John MacArthur.biblebb. Ephesians 4:12-16 Obedient Living: Matthew 7:21. 1 John 2:3-5 If List I is true of a person and List II is false. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Continual Prayer: Luke 18:1. Jeremiah 9:23. Matthew 5:1-12.com Online since 1986 http://www. there is cause to question the validity of one's profession of faith. Devotion to God's Glory: Psalm 105:3. John 15:1-6. 24.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 8:54:10 AM] . 5:5 Spiritual Growth: Luke 8:15. Ephesians 6:18ff..

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taken by themselves. Saving faith involves both the mind and the will. emotional. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Sun Valley. However. Noted theologian B. That is not to say that faith is the basis of our salvation. salvation is "all of grace. by virtue of His death. and a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ who. Apart from the new birth. Paul anticipated that men would tend to boast of their part in salvation when he wrote that faith (one of many components of salvation) "is the gift of God…that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). As Charles Haddon Spurgeon was fond of saying. Question What is the nature of true saving faith? Answer Scripture is everywhere clear-the one thing a person must do to be saved is exercise "true saving faith" in Christ. In addition to calling us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. though it manifests itself in action. the Bible does not present faith as simply "mental assent to the facts of the gospel.biblebb." Faith comes as a result of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit-He quickens our hearts to believe. Were faith a work of man's own doing. strictly speaking. Faith is the instrument that God uses to bring individuals into a saving relationship with Himself. In other words. acknowledgment of their truthfulness and exact correspondence to man's spiritual need. But such a concept is foreign to the writers of Scripture. and volitional elements. The Bible says that if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved..John MacArthur . However. All Rights Reserved. It is not something that individuals are capable of mustering up on their own. God grants us faith and that faith is evidenced by our walking in the good works that "God [has] prepared beforehand" for us to walk in (Ephesians 2:10)..com/files/macqa/IA-savefaith.Faith The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. Therefore. the presence of all three components together results in saving faith. The Reformers spoke of three aspects of faith: recognition of the truth claims of the gospel. California." True saving faith involves repentance from one's sin and a complete trust in the work of Christ to save from sin and make one righteous.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:54:11 AM] ." Faith comes to the believer as a gift from God. even faith in Christ that saves. rather. Perhaps the most vivid of those figurative references is found in Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for http://www. is insufficient to meet the biblical definition of saving faith. saving faith consists of mental. faith. the pastor of Grace Community Church. "The saving power of faith resides thus not in itself. but in the Almighty Savior on whom it rests…It is not. man would be in a position to take partial credit for his redemption. the New Testament uses several figures of speech to describe the nature of saving faith. Any one of these three aspects of faith. provides the only sufficient sacrifice for one's personal sin. B. there can be no true faith. Warfield said. but that Christ saves through faith. it is the channel by which God grants salvation. comes as a result of God's work in us.

gospelgems.com Email: tony@biblebb. recognizes his or her dire need of nourishment and refreshment and comes to Jesus begging that He fill the need. Finally. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:54:11 AM] . Jesus likens true faith to hungering and thirsting. The unbeliever. True faith hears. the unbeliever acts-he begs Jesus to satisfy his hunger and quench his thirst. Next. In that passage. That is a beautiful picture of faith.biblebb.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www. First. there is recognition of Jesus' claim to be the "bread of life" (John 6:35) and the possessor of "living water" (John 4:10). and actively responds.Faith righteousness.John MacArthur . for they shall be satisfied" (Matthew 5:6). New Jersey. believes. the unbeliever is convinced that Jesus' promise is really true and that it corresponds exactly with his profound hunger and thirst.com and www.com Online since 1986 http://www.com/files/macqa/IA-savefaith. by virtue of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. USA.

let's take a look at some popular tests that neither prove nor disprove the genuineness of one's faith. the pastor of Grace Community Church. They're honest in their dealings with everyone-but God.biblebb. While they don't prove or disprove one's faith. Here is a list of seven conditions that do not prove or disprove the genuineness of saving faith. Paul wrote to the people in the church at Corinth to test or examine themselves to see if they were truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). But where do we start? By what criteria do we determine true from empty faith? What are the distinguishing marks of genuine saving faith? Surprisingly.Faith The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. The Pharisees of Jesus day rested on visible morality for their hope and yet some of Christ's harshest words were directed at them for this very thing. they're important to know and understand so you will not be deceived. They speak contemptuously and reproachfully of no one-but God. Many who possess visible morality know nothing of sincere love for God. and forthright [trustworthy] in their dealings with people.htm (1 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . honest. As important as it was in Paul's day. All Rights Reserved. moral. They can be religious. how much more important it is for people in our churches today to put their faith to the test and to make sure they have not been deceived. Whatever good works they appear to possess.. They may seem to be grateful.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. 20. California. they know nothing of serving the true God and living for His glory. what do I http://www. Visible Morality There are some people who just seem to be good people.. They are like the rich young ruler who said. So before we look at the tests that prove genuine faith. James referred to this as a "dead faith"-meaning a mere empty profession (James 2:17. They won't rob anyone-but God. They have visible virtues and an external morality. there are a number of popular standards or tests that really don't prove the genuineness of one's faith one way or the other. Whatever the person does or leaves undone does not involve God. 1. One can be a Christian and possess these things or one may not be a Christian at all and still possess them. Sun Valley. Seven conditions that do not prove or disprove genuine saving faith. They're thankful and loyal to everyone-but God. 26). kind and tenderhearted toward others. loving. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. "All these things [conditions] have I kept.John MacArthur . Question What kind of things do and do not prove the genuineness of saving faith? Answer Churches today are filled with people who hold to a faith that does not save. They have good relationships with everyone-but God.

they stood in grave danger of turning away and rejecting Christ. Active Ministry It is possible to have an active and even a public ministry. who He was.htm (2 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . People can possess an intellectual understanding and knowledge of the truth and yet not be saved. They even had a measure of experience with gospel truth. and yet not possess genuine saving faith. There were people in the church who knew all about God and understood gospel truths. that He died on the cross. They have an empty form of religion. They had everything together except the oil in their lamps. The oil is probably emblematic of the new life. That's what the writer of Hebrews was warning against in Hebrews 6:4-6. Saul of Tarsus (later becoming the apostle Paul) thought he was serving God by killing Christians. Jesus illustrated this when He told of the virgins in Matthew 25.Faith lack?" Their focus is on visible morality. 2. when He came they didn't go in. Balaam was a prophet who turned out to be false (Deuteronomy 23:3-6). and yet not possess genuine saving faith. be religiously involved. and even many details about the life of Christ-and still turn their backs on Him. know the truth. but possessing that knowledge alone does not save.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. They had religious involvement but were not regenerate. People can know all about God. In Matthew 7:22-23 Jesus said. the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. While the knowledge of the truth is necessary for salvation. not "you must put on an external morality. all about Jesus. In Hebrews 10 the writer warns this kind of man that he is treading underfoot the blood of Christ by not believing what he knows to be true. They'd seen the ministry of the Holy Spirit at work in people's lives-and yet knowing all of that." People can "clean up their act" by reformation rather than regeneration-so reformation in itself is not a mark of saving faith. 3. Intellectual Knowledge Another condition that can be misleading is intellectual knowledge. Judas was a public preacher and one of the twelve disciples of Christ-but he was an apostate. According to Paul there are people who possess an outward form (a mere external appearance) of godliness but who have denied the power of it. 4. that He's coming again. but that visible morality doesn't necessarily mean salvation. neither of these conditions by themselves translate into true saving faith. They waited and waited and waited for the coming of the bridegroom. A person can be visibly moral. and visible morality is a fruit of salvation. And even though they waited a long time.John MacArthur . Jesus told one of the Pharisees "you must be born again" (John 3:6). "Many will say http://www. There are many people who know the Scriptures but are on their way to hell! A man cannot be saved without the knowledge of the truth. who is Christ.biblebb. They weren't regenerate. that He came into the world. that He rose again. That which was most necessary was missing. Religious Involvement Religious involvement is not necessarily a proof of true faith.

That's external reformation." A person may remember exactly when it happened and where they were when "it" happened. And then." or "I remember when I prayed a prayer.htm (3 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . not internal regeneration. "Well. Nine conditions that prove genuine saving faith. I feel good about myself." But that is faulty reasoning.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. and that doesn't square with the whole point of Satan's deception. A Time of Decision So often people say things like: "Well. I want to change. Many even feel badly about their sin. "I don't like living this way. even conviction of sin is not a proof of salvation." But that doesn't necessarily mean a thing. What then are the marks of genuine saving faith? Are there some reliable tests from the Word of God that enable us to know for certain whether one's faith is real? Thankfully there are at least nine biblical criteria for examining the genuineness of saving faith. They may say to themselves. I'm ok. been baptized. but many do not respond in true repentance. The Holy Spirit works to convict men of sin. They say. have we not prophesied in Your name. I have assurance. you who practice lawlessness!'" Those whom Jesus spoke of had been involved in active and public ministry-but Jesus said he never knew them. and of judgment. Even the demons are convicted of their sins-that's why they tremble-but they are not saved. "God won't condemn me. 5.biblebb. Lord. Satan has deceived multiplied millions of religious people into thinking they are saved even though they are not.Faith to Me in that day. because I remember when I signed the card. No degree of conviction of sin is conclusive evidence of saving faith. gone forward in church services. If thinking one is a Christian is what makes one a Christian. I must be a Christian because I feel that I am. He wants people who are not truly saved to think they are. Our world is filled with guilt-ridden people. Conviction of Sin By itself. but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. These are seven common conditions or tests that don't necessarily prove or disprove the existence of saving faith. righteousness. it would not be possible to be a deceived non-Christian. then no one could be deceived. Our salvation is not verified by a past moment. 'Lord. depart from Me. Someone may say." They may amend their ways and yet fall short of genuine saving faith." or "I remember when I walked the aisle" or "went forward in church. The Feeling of Assurance Feeling like you are saved is no guarantee you are indeed saved. Sobering words indeed. signed cards. 6. gone into prayer rooms. Many people have prayed prayers. cast out demons in Your name. Some may confess their sins and even abandon the sins they feel guilty about. http://www. and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them. and joined churches without ever experiencing genuine saving faith. I think I am one. I know I'm a Christian. 'I never knew you. 7. but he never left his idols or turned to God (Acts 24:24-6). Felix trembled under conviction at the preaching of the apostle Paul.John MacArthur . by definition.

One cannot love God without hating that which is set to destroy Him. Sin seeks to destroy God's work and His kingdom." (Matthew 10:37-39) The question then is this: Do you love God? Do you love His nature? Do you love His glory? Do you love His name? Do you love His kingdom? Do you love His holiness? Do you love His will? Is your heart lifted when you sing His praises-because you love Him? Supreme love for God is decisive evidence of true faith. we must be careful to distinguish the difference between that kind of true love for God that seeks His glory from the kind of self-serving love that sees God primarily as a means of personal fulfillment and gain. In examining our faith we should ask: "Do I have a settled conviction concerning the evil of all sin? Does sin appear to me as the evil and bitter thing that it really is? Does conviction of sin increase in me as I http://www. soul.John MacArthur . Sin curses God." Thus. So when someone says. True love seeks the highest good of its object. hatred] against God.htm (4 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] ." we would rightly question his love for her. He seeks after God and thirsts for the living God. This gets to the heart of the issue. Sin blasphemes God. But the regenerate person is set to love the Lord with all his heart. and strength. That should be obvious. The heart that truly loves God desires to please God and glorify Him.Faith 1. The man who loves God will be grieved over his sin and will want to confess it to God and forsake it. God has become his chief happiness and source of satisfaction. Those who are truly saved love God.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. True love for God will therefore manifest itself through confession and repentance. if a man's heart is at enmity with God there is no basis for assuming the presence of saving faith. If a man says to his wife. they were not worthy of Him. Who wouldn't understand that? If we truly love someone we seek their best interests. Repentance from Sin A proper love for God necessarily involves a hatred for sin that leads to repentance. then we will hate whatever is an offense to Him. Jesus taught that if someone loved their father and mother more than they loved Christ. but those who are not truly saved resent God and His sovereignty. By the way. "I love God." then there is every reason to question the genuineness of his love for God. True saving faith doesn't believe in Christ so that Christ will make one happy. and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.biblebb. nor indeed can be. God is the first and highest affection of his renewed soul. Romans 8:7 says "the carnal mind is enmity [hostility. "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Sin killed His Son. 2. His delight is in the infinite excellencies of God. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. for it is not subject to the law of God. Their well being is our greatest concern. Love for God First of all a deep and abiding love for God is one of the supreme evidences of genuine saving faith. "I love you but I could care less what happens to you. He who finds his life will lose it. If we say that we love God. In Matthew 10:37-39 Jesus put it like this: "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. mind. Internally they are rebellious toward God and His plan for their life. but I tolerate sin.

They regularly seek communion with God through http://www. Devotion to God's Glory True saving faith is manifested by a devotion to God's glory." It's true. which is sin. They come empty-handed in genuine humility. and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:3-6)-all marks of humility. Christians do what they do because they want to bring glory to God. True saving faith comes as a little child-humble and dependent. and those who are meek. We cry "Abba. but the man who denies himself. their desire is to see God glorified. broken and humble. But gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6). Remember what he said to his father-"Father. Hypocrites may pray publicly. 66:2). True believers have a personal and private prayer life with God.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. Without question Christians fail in each of these areas. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled. and am no longer worthy to be called your son" (Luke 15:21). Their desire is to impress people-but they are deficient in the duty of secret prayer. What grieves me most-my misfortune or my sin? Do my sins appear to me as many. 3. Jesus said blessed are those who are poor in spirit. Those possessing genuine saving faith do not come boastfully to God with their religious achievements or spiritual accomplishments in hand. to live in humility and self-denial.biblebb. takes up his cross daily and follows Christ (Matthew 16:24). That attitude results in real repentance. frequent and aggravated? Do I find myself grieved over my own sin more than the sins of others?" Genuine saving faith loves God and hates what He hates. In Matthew 18 Jesus said that "unless you are converted and become as little children. 5. Father" because the Spirit within us prompts that cry. In the Old Testament we see that the Lord receives those who come with a broken and contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18. Continual Prayer Humble. Whatever believers do.Faith walk with Christ? Do I hate it not primarily because it is ruinous to my own soul or because it is an offense to the God I love? Does the sin itself grieve me or am I only grieved over the consequences of my sin. It is not the perfection of one's life but the direction of a life that provides evidence of regeneration. 51:17. submissive. because that's what hypocrites want to do. hate sin.John MacArthur . "Hypocrites are Deficient in the Duty of Secret Prayer. you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. We must come as the prodigal son. It is not the man who is full of himself who is saved. 4. whether they eat or drink.htm (5 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . Isaiah 57:15. but the direction of a Christian's life is to love God. James wrote: "God resists the proud. and those who mourn [their sin]. Genuine Humility Saving faith is manifested through genuine humility. recognizing his unworthiness and being devoted to the glory of God. believing prayer is mark of true faith.

htm (6 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . The believer is marked by the absence of love or enslavement to the satanically controlled world system (Ephesians 2:1-3. the Christian is characterized by the absence of love for the world. Paul expressed that assurance when he wrote in Philippians 1:6. If any man love the world.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. James 4:4). And why do we love God and love others? Because this is the believer's response to His love for us. that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. believers are marked by a love for God and for fellow believers.' you do well" (James 2:8). 7." If you are a true Christian. that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. Jesus said we will know that we are His disciples by our love for each other (John 13:35).biblebb. He feels the pull of heaven on his soul. Selfless Love An important characteristic of genuine saving faith is selfless love. Colossians 1:13. and sees his brother in need. but the Spirit who is from God. The Spirit will move you from one level of glory to the next. there's no other way. Negatively. James wrote. So examine your life. but the direction of a believer's life is upward. John wrote. 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself. If you love God you will not only hate what offends Him. Spiritual Growth True believers grow. as we all fail in these areas. You'll increase. "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture. Do you see spiritual growth? Do you see the decreasing frequency of sin? Is there an increasing pattern of righteousness and devotion to God? 9.John MacArthur . because we love the brethren. and shuts up his heart from him. You'll improve. Obedience http://www. the love of the Father is not in him. "Whoever has this world's goods. True believers are not those who are ruled by worldly affections. True saving faith separates one from the pursuits of this world-not perfectly. Christians are those whom God has delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of His Son. If you're alive you are going to grow. He who does not love his brother abides in death" (1 John 3:14). you are going to be growing-and that means you are going to be more and more like Christ. how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 John 3:17). "We know that we have passed from death to life. but you will love those whom He loves." (1 John 2:15). He finishes and perfects that work. Life produces itself. 8. but their affection and devotion is toward God and His kingdom.Faith prayer." In 1 John 2:15 we read: "Love not the world. 6. not the spirit of the world. "being confident of this very thing. "We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). When God begins a true work of salvation in a person. neither the things that are in the world. In 1 Corinthians 2:12 Paul wrote that "we have received. Separation from the World Positively.

All true believers are called to a life of obedience. hatred for sin.John MacArthur .Faith Obedient living is not one of the optional tracks given for believers to walk.com/files/macqa/IA-genuinefaith. How can we know our faith is genuine? Examine your life in the light of God's Word. New Jersey. devotion to God's glory. 08022 Websites: www. which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). We are saved unto the obedience of faith (see 1 Peter 1:2).biblebb. Jesus taught that every branch that abides in Him bears fruit (John 15:1-8). These are the real evidences of genuine saving faith. selfless love. humility. Paul wrote that believers "are His workmanship.com Online since 1986 http://www.com Email: tony@biblebb. separation from the world.htm (7 of 7) [5/21/2002 8:54:13 AM] . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.gospelgems. created in Christ Jesus for good works.biblebb. That speaks of obedience. Do you see these characteristics in your life? Do you have a love for God. a pattern of personal and private prayer. the evidence of spiritual growth and obedience. USA.com and www.

Question Myself and some of my friends have been discussing for the last couple of weeks. Panorama City. USA. 08022 Websites: www. Question (continued) And how would you show that to someone in Scripture if they didn’t want to believe that? Answer (continued) Ephesians 2:1-10. GC 70-23. John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.John MacArthur . and "Answered" by their pastor. New Jersey. Box 4000.com/files/macqa/70-23-18. California. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Word of Grace. It was transcribed from the tape. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.gospelgems.biblebb. the whole chapter.Faith The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.com Online since 1986 http://www.com Email: tony@biblebb.O." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51.biblebb.” You exercise faith because He awakened your dead heart.htm [5/21/2002 8:54:15 AM] . P..com and www. All Rights Reserved. do I exercise faith as a result of the fact that I am regenerate or does God regenerate me as a result of the fact that I exercise faith? Answer “A.

All Rights Reserved. for young people to get lost in all of that. to be honest with you. Box 4000.John MacArthur . But I think for young children to be exposed to that kind of fantasy world. You don’t sell millions and millions of books unless people like reading them. You know. whether it’s Star Wars or any of that hocus pocus stuff that deals with things that are fantasy. foolishness. in a way. even if Harry Potter in the end is a good guy. http://www. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. California. you could sit back and say that this Roland gal is a good writer--very. you know.O. It was transcribed from the tape. People have asked me through the years if I want to write novels. it’s the Green Hornet…was big when I was a kid.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:54:16 AM] . John MacArthur Jr. I don’t even like to marry fiction with fact or reality with non-reality because I think that’s confusing. I don’t think it’s helpful to people and I think particularly children don’t need to think that there’s some mystical spirits moving around in the world. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien and others that have some kind of Christian overtones. and I say. S. I’m not even much of a devotee of people like C. from that standpoint--just a common sense standpoint--it’s silly. you know. Panorama City.biblebb. “What do I write fiction? Who needs fiction?” I don’t want to write fiction. is really. It’s anything that’s not real where you have a certain element of miracles. She’s a very talented writer and you could sit back in a critical way--I could read those things and appreciate art for art’s sake. forget the fantasy. And then you add the more serious matter that you’re now dealing with a world of spirit beings and you’re now into the fringes of the demonic realm and I think that’s a very serious thing. you know. it rarely ever enters my mind so I don’t have a lot of thoughts about Harry Potter. I don’t think that’s helpful. you can forget the fantasy." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. fantasy doesn’t fit into that category. I don’t think people need to get caught up in it.. very clever. You know. So. It’s Superman. It’s Spiderman. P. You know. I have to build my life on reality. Answer Well. to check out of reality and the more and more people that check out of reality. Of all the things that could be learned in the world that are helpful. Word of Grace. I really can’t build my life on a fantasy. the less and less likely we are to have an influence on their lives. Question I wanted to know what you thought [about] Harry Potter. I think there is spiritual reality in the world and they ought to know what the spiritual reality is. and "Answered" by their pastor. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE.Fantasy (Harry Potter) The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Just give me a good dose of reality. I don’t think that that’s necessary. at best. first of all. Fantasy is folly to me. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.com/files/macqa/70-23-19. you could say that is silliness. GC 70-23.

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Jesus isn't here now!" Yes. "Why don't your disciples fast?" Now." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I think fasting is a very important part of Christian experience. John MacArthur Jr. Question In Matthew six. and loneliness. in other words. So for those who are believers. you don't fast. that fasting. those times of great stress. "Your disciples don't fast! Why?" Well that's very interesting. one like Myself." "praying always. Word of Grace. with all prayer and supplication. The best way to illustrate that is: when the disciples of Jesus were confronted by the Jewish leaders. the Holy Spirit is so much like Him that He said. Box 4000. and fear--those kinds of times that would not exist while you were walking around in the presence of Jesus Christ.com/files/macqa/70-17-4. "I will come to you. even the Holy Spirit. fasting is obviously identified with unique circumstances. but the traditional prescription. fasting is never commanded.biblebb. "When the bridegroom is with you. Jesus' response was. prayer is: "pray without ceasing. "Well.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:54:18 AM] .. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. it talks about giving alms. and acknowledging http://www. "I fast twice a week. at least in the teachings of Jesus. and further on it talks about when you are praying. having said that as the general pattern. but it is still true that having left. You say. of Matthew 6. In fact. Panorama City. for those who are walking with Jesus Christ. and I wondering how we should be applying fasting in today's day and age. because this is a time of joy. Fasting then is not a normal course of life for us." repeatedly we are called to pray. and pain. California." In fact. Answer Well. and isolation. because we enjoying the fullness of the blessing of the presence of Christ. that you fasted twice a week.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. another Comforter. P. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. "When I go I'll send the Comforter. He said to His disciples. Jesus was telling us that fasting is an unique experience that is identified with times of grief. said. the Jewish leaders said to Jesus. not the Biblical prescription. However. was for those times of great need.O. He's talking about verse 16." "watch and pray." and He has come to us in the form of the Holy Spirit. and sorrow. We are never commanded to fast. it was typical of devout traditionalist Jews to fast twice a week. and to them that was emblematic of holiness. this is not a time for fasting. and "Answered" by their pastor. You remember that the Publican in Luke 18. You deprived yourself of food twice a week. GC 70-17." It looks as though that fasting should be just as regular as praying and giving alms. we experience His presence at all times." A Couple of things to say about fasting: First of all. "when you fast. All Rights Reserved. that if you wanted to be spiritual. So the Jews came to Jesus and said." so he was following. "Whenever you fast do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do. So the first thing to remember is. It was transcribed from the tape. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. and then it says. we are commanded to pray.

because it was near the optic nerve. it was just immediate that I wanted to come into the presence of the Lord and beseech Him. so engulfed. you pray for the well-being of your son. and come before the Lord. He was in his last year of college. You ask the Lord. and for the first time I was actually hungry. great anxiety. and that would be associated with times of importunity. I was saying. and God was so tremendously gracious during that time. because the implications were so severe.biblebb. because one is so overwrought with prayerful concerns. which could be fatal. and there was just a sort of a very immediate response to fast and pray on behalf of that kind of serious situation. and all of that. and of course. I can give you some personal experiences from my own life when great crisis come into my own life. It was the ninth day. before they drilled a hole in his skull. which means times of relentless prayer and concern about those matters that are on our hearts. over at the USC Medical Center. fasting is in the Bible. associated with times of great concern." You know. spare his life. it was a tremendous amount of concern over that. I remember when the doctor told me. But during that time I can honestly say that I spent nine days taking him back and forth to the clinic while they were doing non-evasive techniques to determine what this tumor was. and no desire to satisfy and of the cravings of the flesh. So I think that the time to fast is of course those times when we are swept up in prayer. you go through the whole process--I conducted his funeral about 100 times--just going through the process of yielding up to the Lord this young man. You know you could use him down the road. take him out. where you are saying. there are times when it would be appropriate to fast. "Lord. First of all. whatever your will is. and great prayer--all of that kind of issues in prayer. It is not isolated from prayer. fasting is a somewhat normal response to those kinds of exigencies. In fact.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:54:18 AM] . Mark was not aware of the seriousness of his tumor situation. and went in and actually got inside. and so those were times of intense prayer. I think that is all we can really say is in the New Testament about fasting. I remember being up in my office on a Wednesday night. and things like that. I think it was his last year. by the finest cancer specialist around. the neurosurgeon at Cedar-Sinai (hospital) that it could be fatal. and pediatric tumor specialist. "You know this world isn't a fit place for anybody. That was at a time when I was in great concern and prayer over the fact that my son Mark had been diagnosed as having a brain tumor. and fasting is always associated with prayer.Question that fasting is not commanded in the New Testament." to a sort of a middle ground in a few days. the next day the doctor was going to tell me the results of all the tests. that we have no desire to eat.com/files/macqa/70-17-4. so serious. and the pineal gland." I prayed and fasted. The longest time of fasting that I ever experienced in my life was a nine or ten day fast. to the degree that we are we are so somber. "Lord. You could see a flow going from. in times like that it may be that the flesh doesn't have such cravings. It was the first time http://www. and great sorrow." and by the time that I got to the end of it. in which I ate nothing. because you are enjoying the fullness of the presence of God and all of His blessing. "Are you sure that You have the right kid? This is a good one. naturally. They didn't want to do any invasive things. and they were done at the Frank Norris Clinic. it is a part and parcel of times of prayer. whatever your will is. He belongs to You. that there are times when it wouldn't be appropriate to fast. and of course Patricia [John's wife] was aware. I was waiting for the next morning. and so forth and so on.

biblebb. glorious for him. and we just wanted to let you know that all the news is good. The question is. I mean. that come along with great times of prayer. I was up there. broke her neck. and I said. "Hi. I saw your light on up here. that if He was going to take him to heaven--wonderful. to give you that little recitation. it was on a Wednesday night. and never will be a problem. He said to me. you know. we really like your son. that there are great times of fasting. and I thought you might be hungry. who had been in the church for many years. or something. "Pastor. how are you?" And she said. she had never been in the office. it was between the end of the day.). and we would rejoice in that. unrelenting communion with God. it is a piece of misplaced skin tissue. The fact of the http://www.com/files/macqa/70-17-4.Question that I actually felt any hunger pangs. in order that the Lord might accomplish His purposes in our hearts and draw us to Himself. and they were all locked. Why did the Lord put me through that?" Of course. and food has no place. it is not any problem at all. that there is some spiritual virtue in that.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 8:54:18 AM] . it seemed too carnal--it needed to be something more." I mean. And then I told him the whole story. I just rejoiced that God had concluded the fast in a most appropriate and gracious way. There was a knock on my door. they gave her less than 5% chance to live. and we don't think it is a problem. that woman had never done anything. Three years ago. as I was going by. I didn't even know that she knew where my office was. And I actually got hungry sitting up there. the answer to that is. So I think fasting needs to be associated with times of prayer. and he hadn't known all the behind the scene details about the potential fatality. and I was so surprised.. I only say that. but who had never been in my office ever. because I think some people think that if you just arbitrarily don't eat. And I think I said something like. as other kind of indulgences and things that entertain us don't. and he said. and I was just praying and thanking the Lord for the perfect peace. and I took that sandwich in a little bag. and I don't even know how anybody got in there. and I brought you a sandwich. So I went to the door and opened the door. I went to the college where Mark was. because everything else was closed in the office. that they had told me about. that was a pretty profound moment for somebody who is not very mystical. That was another time when prayer just kind of takes over your life. and I went back to my desk. I just couldn't bring myself to going down to In-N-Out [A popular California fast-food Hamburger restaurant]. You deliver the sandwich. you just go into instant communion. but somehow the Lord had impressed upon her heart to make me a Bologna sandwich. and everything was locked up. "So. I say that carefully. So God put Himself on display and was gracious in that regard. and the office was closed. You are that involved in my prayer life that when the fast is over. "We are happy to tell you this is a benign epodermoid (sp. to say. "Why do you think the Lord put me through that?" I said. and there was a lady standing there. because there are like four sets of double doors you have to go through.Ahhhhhh" I don't think it was any more coherent than that. "Put you through that! You didn't know what I knew. it might have been less coherent than that actually. it is not even anything to worry about. and said. Lord. I greeted her." I was so thrilled. The next morning the doctor called me. That woman had never given me a cookie. and we are so happy for him. And a lady was knocking on my door. We are just rejoicing down here.. "Ahhhh. and Wednesday night services were going to start in an hour or so. Patricia had a car accident. and I told him.

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Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. right? And when it says He was firstborn from the dead. It was transcribed from the tape.’ It doesn’t mean “first in chronology”.” And probably a better way to translate it would be “He is the Image of the invisible God.” It means of all the people that have ever been born of creation.” Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus..” but what is “firstborn of all creation?” Answer The word “firstborn” is the word ‘prototokos. weren’t there? Sure." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.gospelgems.” “the supreme one. hey. there were other people who got resurrected before Him. New Jersey. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Question I have a question from Colossians.Jesus Christ: Firstborn The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. they refer to Him as being “firstborn of the dead. USA.John MacArthur .com and www.com Online since 1986 http://www. and the Supreme One of all creation. In the Old Testament… So. Box 4000. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-10.biblebb.” I understand “firstborn of the dead. He is the primary one. it means “first in preeminence.biblebb. and then in verse 18. ‘prototokos’ means “the primary one. Copyright 1990 by John MacArthur Jr. 08022 Websites: www. John MacArthur Jr.htm [5/21/2002 8:54:19 AM] . They refer to Christ being the “firstborn of all creation” in verse 15. California. Word of Grace. All Rights Reserved. Okay? It doesn’t mean chronology--that’s what you’re asking.O.com Email: tony@biblebb. P. chapter 1.com/files/macqa/70-10-8.

biblebb. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40.com/files/macqa/70-12-14.com and www. California. Word of Grace.htm The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.O. All Rights Reserved.. New Jersey.biblebb. USA. forgive him.” He teaches that you have to have a heart always for forgiveness.com/files/macqa/70-12-14. many fine Christian theologians that take a different point of view. Question Jay Adam's new book on forgiveness that came out in 1989 is in the Book Shack [Grace Community Church's book store] . So. yet there are many. and "Answered" by their pastor. rebuke him. Could you clarify this? Answer I think that it’s both. If you sin against me. their point of view being that forgiveness is there. John MacArthur Jr. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr.com Online since 1986 http://www. Box 4000." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Panorama City. So it’s a twodimensional forgiveness. I do that willingly.gospelgems. it is consummated just in my mind and it doesn’t need to be that the sinner come and ask for forgiveness. that relationship will never be restored. for Christ’s sake. I think that I have to forgive in my heart--that takes care of my heart attitude--but until that sinner comes and repents to me.htm [5/21/2002 8:54:20 AM] . “Be on your guard. GC 70-12. 08022 Websites: www. It was transcribed from the tape.http://www. I have to forgive you in my heart even as God. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb. But I will never be able to have a right relationship with you until you come to me and seek the forgiveness that opens up the relationship. I don’t want to bear a grudge. If your brother sins. and if he repents. has forgiven me. P. He clearly teaches in accordance with Luke 17:3.com Email: tony@biblebb.

He’s free. Box 4000. Word of Grace. You see. About 3:00 in the morning. Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him. and he’s trying to put the whole thing together.”-.what? “Free. Question What is Christian freedom? Answer That is a really important question.htm (1 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . A man is never liberated from the dilemma until he arrives at the solution! So. John MacArthur Jr. “You guys are still fuddling around with the problem! You’re still playing religious games! If you would listen to me.” “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you. You take a guy (and this is the way I usually illustrate this) who’s got a very. California. slaves to the Babylonians. right? He’s only free when he’s discovered the truth. GC 1301. “truly.and marvelous words they were about who He was -. isn’t he? And let’s say he comes to the conclusion and he gets an answer and he goes back and checks his answer and it’s wrong. Have you forgotten that you were slaves to Egypt. And he struggles and he struggles and and he struggles--you know what happens? The guy is a slave to his problem. first of all. Jesus said to the Jews. It was transcribed from the tape. ‘If you continue in my word. they said. P. “We are Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to any man! How sayest thou. we’ve never been slaves to anybody. and let’s look at the total picture of Christian freedom. chapter 8. he starts about 8:00 and he keeps this problem going and he’s got a bunch of x’s and y’s and all this kind of stuff.” Oh really? Ho.com/files/macqa/1301-12.biblebb. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. http://www. That’s all. You’d have to go to verse 30 to begin with. John 8:30: “And as Jesus was speaking these words”-.“alethos”. instead of being satisfied with an answer. There is no freedom apart from knowing the truth because the search goes on.” Now notice.” You see. very complex math problem and he’s got this assignment that he’s got to turn into his professor the next day and he’s in an advanced mathematics class or an advanced something or other that has to do with math… And he’s got to get his problem done. then are you my disciples really’” or “for real” -. freedom is a result of knowing the truth. he gets an answer and he goes and checks it about five ways and it’s right. What is Christian freedom? I think there were a couple of people who asked this… First of all.O. And of course. He’s still a slave. you would know the truth and the truth would set you free from the tremendous problems you have imposed on yourself by your legalism. that freedom is a result of truth. So. and "Answered" by their pastor. Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.“many believed on Him.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. let me go with you to John. ‘We shall be made free’? Why. their legalism--they were satisfying themselves in the fact that they were working out a problem.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -.

” verse 34. All things are lawful. I’m going to kill you for your sin. you don’t stomp their grace. “So what if I do wrong? The Lord’s forgiven me in the past. The problem is solved.htm (2 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . Christian freedom has to do with finding the truth in Jesus Christ and being liberated. “Sorry. sin’s power is broken. And then Jesus said.” You are slaves to sin.” You know what that says to me? That says. How many times can a person die? Once. sin will bother you a lot more than it did before you were saved.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -. I already died. you sin. some people have taken this idea of freedom and just gone crazy with it. You’re free! So. it says. you never get a solution so you never get free from the bondage of sin! When the solution to sin comes. sin doesn’t bother--listen. sin is forgiven. whosoever commits sin is the” what? “Slave of sin. “Well. He’ll forgive me again. it means you’re free from the penalty of it! You’re free from the wages of it. Where is it?” I’m not going to tell you.” Did you know that? You say. if you love somebody. You see. “Where is it? That’s my life verse. as long as you sin.” I say.” I heard one man who said--I think it was the week before last--he said.John MacArthur slaves to the Greeks. But taking it a step further than that.” http://www. I want you to know something exciting--Romans 6. first of all. Being free from sin doesn’t mean you’re free from the actuality of it. But.biblebb. but all things aren’t expedient. one. verily I say unto you. how far does our freedom go as Christians? There’s a lot in the New Testament about Christian liberty and about what Christians are free to do. what is the greatest thing to know about as a Christian? It is to know that you’re free from the consequences of what? Sin.” So you’ve been freed from sin… “In what sense? Are you saying that as a Christian I never sin?” Is that true? Some people say. he couldn’t tread on his love like that. he doesn’t really love the Lord… Because if he loved the Lord. “All this are lawful. In Romans 6:14. if you stop and think about it. “MacArthur. I’ve got to find that one.com/files/macqa/1301-12. what is the boundaries of Christian liberty? Are we free? Listen. boy. “Well. “verily. slaves now currently to the Romans? “We were never slaves to anybody”? Check again. We have been made free from sin. That means that sin doesn’t bother us anymore. And when sin comes to me and says. “Worst of all. but under grace. “For sin shall not have dominion over you for you’re not under the law. as Christians. all things are lawful. do you? So. Romans says we’re free from the law. Now there’s got to be a boundary. two. the Lord’s going to take care of me so I’ll just do what I want to do.” I have actually heard that preached… That we have been made free from sin. Where does Christian liberty fit into this thing? Just how free are we? Well. but I’ll not be brought under the power of any. Isn’t that really what contributes to Christian peace? I mean. I’m saved and. you sin. when you become a Christian. he doesn’t understand freedom. You see. you see. you’re free. You know. Chapter 6. Why? Because you died with Christ. I Corinthians says.

for one believes that he may eat all things. chapter 10. Now. Peter. You see.htm (3 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . a Jew became a Christian. in Acts. I’ll tell you something else: I don’t sin that grace may abound. Man. I want to take this freedom to Romans 14 and 15. So you see. Go ahead. they don’t escape guilt. Listen. there was no more http://www. some people say. he couldn’t handle that. “Let not him that eats despise him that eats not. you know. let me just say this to begin with: there are several principles here regarding freedom. another who is weak eats only herbs.” In other words. You just do what you want to do! And you know. That’s right. he got apoplexy. God forbid. “I have never in my life eaten anything unclean!” The Lord said to him. the big issue isn’t what you eat or what you don’t eat--and those were issues in those days. you’ve even got people who claim to be Christians and claim so much freedom that they can have sexual relationships outside of marriage and they can just about do anything they want without any theological problem. nevertheless I live. it just has no ultimate penalty. that is the death! I died in Christ when I gave him my life! I was buried. kill and eat.” you see.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -. we’re free. right? That’s Romans 6. Sin has no claims on me. Well. saying. Now. free from the penalty of sin. Because here. there was a liberty there. we’re free from the wages of sin. but they at least have fit their theology to rationalize along with their behavior. Boy. too many years.biblebb. And I rose and I walk in newness of life! I have paid the penalty in Jesus Christ by my union with Him. It’s your tough luck I also rose from the dead. Well. you run into another area: how free are Christians? You know. in one. I imagine the first ham sandwich he ever ate went down hard. So we are free from the power of sin. And these are the same people who are always saying that you shouldn’t feel guilty for anything. you have this idea of freedom and how does it work together with the Christian’s commitment. they don’t escape chastisement. for God has received them. Sin can’t touch me. I still sin.” Peter says. But in Romans 14. for example.” You’ve got some people who eat meat and others who are vegetarians.John MacArthur “When did you die?” “I died the day I received Jesus Christ: I was crucified with him.com/files/macqa/1301-12.” You see. It says. he couldn’t handle that! And oftentimes the Gentile would just sticking it in and turning it. “Well. “See all those animals there? They’re all clean. let not him who eats not judge him that eats. Rise. But there are some other things that go along with it. “Him that is weak in the faith receive even not to doubtful disputations. I guess we’d have to consider the first thirteen verses probably as one unit of chapter 14--really tell us that we’re free in Christ. there was no more dietary laws. when the Lord came to Peter and spoke to him in the sheet and said. there was a freedom there. “Don’t you dare call unclean what I’ve cleansed!” That was tough for Peter. too many years had gone by when he had been circumscribed to the law. we’re Christians. we can do what we want to do. The first few verses of the chapter--in fact. “Hey. fella. I died in Jesus Christ on the cross. we’ve got liberty. you see.” you know… “Have a little pork!” See? I mean. he went over to a Gentile’s house and they had roast pork. Believe me.

it doesn’t matter! These aren’t even consequential gray-area things! So you’re free. that was somehow in the creation.” When I was a little kid growing up in Philadelphia. and he that eateth not to the Lord. I might be more loving toward my weaker brother who doesn’t yet understand his liberties. You’re free to do whatever you want. if he the regards the day. So those outward laws were gone.” Hey.” you say.” Paul says. “I like that. that is a very interesting statement.” Well. but judge this rather. some of the Jews were still upholding the Sabbath and some of the Gentiles were saying. “Let us therefore not judge one another anymore. They had violated the Lord’s Day. And so. that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. “I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus. What happened here? Well. The second principle is don’t offend.htm (4 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . they had this little box in which they had to fit everything.com/files/macqa/1301-12. doesn’t it? That’s right. And yet the Jews couldn’t handle those things and when they saw some people doing certain things. “that there is nothing unclean of itself. he doth not regard it. but it’s here… But it isn’t evil. maybe it was in the fall. verse 13.biblebb. we’re going to go out and go fishing. “Who are you that judges another man’s servant? To his own master. from the grape evil? No. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. he stands or falls. another man esteems every day alike. yeah… All things are lawful. “Ahhh.” Boy. Is the fruit that comes from the tree. http://www. “Well. There’s a second principle. it grieved their spirit. eats to the Lord for he giveth God thanks. some of them went into the drugstore to make a phone call. You say.John MacArthur the clothing law of the wool. maybe I think I am free to do all those things. there’s no law you can’t make a phone call on Sunday! But you see.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -. Free to do whatever I want. You see? There are some gray areas where these things apply.” Hmm. He goes further and He says in verse 4. He that eats. But He says. all the peculiarities of Israel had been set aside in the institution of the church. and nobody in the church came back that night to hear them. from the vine. Well. he regards it to the Lord. “But it gets alcoholic!” Who gave it the property that causes it to get that way? You say. it’s just fruit that comes from the grape. eateth not and giveth God thanks. but maybe if I didn’t do them. I could not read the funny paper on Sunday! You know that’s true in some cases now? Do you know there was a choir that came to a church back there where I went to church as a little boy and they sang on a Sunday morning and in the afternoon. Is money evil? No. The first principle is you’re free. some people regard a day above another. were exercising their liberties. and he that regards not the day to the Lord. “Oh. One man esteems one day above another. who had matured in the faith.” In other words. “Look. Now that really ties it down.” Some of the more liberated Jews even. and so forth and so on… There was no more kitchen cooking laws… All of that stuff had been set aside. Now watch: things are not evil of themselves. no. you legalists! We’re free of the Sabbath. Let every man be judged by God.

And if any of those things make my brother stumble. “Oh. just so that you can have something to eat or something to drink. it’s just wine. The sin is to depreciate your testimony. but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Sprit. “Well.” The reason the Bible doesn’t say it’s evil to drink wine is because wine of itself isn’t evil. “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and things with which one may edify another. “But don’t you think it’s a sin to drink wine?” Listen. And then he says in verse 19. The difference in wine is the difference between the wino and the communion service. but verse 15. can we dare? Do we? See.htm (5 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . You see. I hope I didn’t shoot you down too bad… But it doesn’t say that! What it does say is.biblebb. if you happen to be in a land where there’s no Welchs. things are not unclean! Things are neutral things! One man could touch the thing and make it into an evil thing. be offended. the best thing for him to do is avoid it. and if you haven’t matured to the place where you understand that freedom. then I will not do those things. you make do. I can drink as much as I want whenever I want in front of whomever I want. you won’t do anything to make him stumble. destroy not the work of God. No. but to him that esteemeth it to be unclean. friends: the sin is to violate the conscience of a weaker brother. Can we. Now. This is the whole point. even if you have the liberty to do some things. some people can say. It doesn’t say that. it is the man who had the thing in his hand that is the problem! “There’s nothing unclean of itself. you’re not walking in love.” and you know what they do? They offend somebody! If you love your brother. “It is good neither to eat meat nor to drink wine nor anything by which thy brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak!” Listen. to him it is unclean. For food. don’t violate your conscience. “If your brother is grieved with your food. or be made weak.com/files/macqa/1301-12. Ah.John MacArthur You see. it isn’t the thing itself. I can do as I want. another man could touch the thing and it could become a holy thing. Let not your good be evil spoken of for the kingdom of God is not food and drink. That’s all he’s saying! You know.” In other words. we had to have real live wine at the tomb of our Lord! I know that there were people in other groups who were going. it really isn’t that big of a deal.” In other words. “It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or anything that will make your brother stumble. The thing in itself is nothing. but the thing becomes a forbidden thing if it wounds or grieves another brother. he doesn’t. I’m free in Christ. I mean. right? I mean. it’s the guy who imbibes the fruit of the grape that is the problem. he doesn’t say it’s evil to drink wine. it isn’t the fruit of the grape that creates the problem. The thing of itself is not the problem. verse 21. There’s no sense in violating your conscience. I can carry on like I want. the thing of itself is nothing! It is the communion we were celebrating of our blessed Lord. you know. That’s the sin. Martha. In verse 1 of chapter 15: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.” In other words. oh see…” you know. it’s just there. don’t do them… Just to take care of the http://www. You see? This summer when we went to Israel and they didn’t have any grape juice. Paul says. You say. I know there are some people who think it is a cardinal sin to drink wine! It doesn’t say that in the Bible.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -. You see. if he’s determined it in his mind. Destroy not him with your food for whom Christ died.

Yes.biblebb. You know who the weaker brother is? Not a new Christian. but the things that He knew would be good for man.” Christ didn’t do the things that He wanted to do always.com Email: tony@biblebb. Peter says in his epistle.” Who’s the example? I love this.John MacArthur weaker brother. USA. “Never use your freedom as a cloak of maliciousness.com Online since 1986 http://www.” Don’t use your freedom to hurt other people. So.com and www. maintain a clear conscience before God-this is God’s standard. A legalist.com/files/macqa/1301-12. “For Christ pleased not himself. what are the principles? You’re free.biblebb. “And let every one of us please his neighbor.htm (6 of 6) [5/21/2002 8:54:22 AM] . But your freedom should never get to place where you exercise it to the wounding of another person. verse 3. don’t give an offense.gospelgems. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. New Jersey. as a Christian. 08022 Our websites: www. a legalist.Question: What is Christian Freedom? -. you’re free… That’s true.

many good sources.. began to be about 30 years of age. “And Jesus. tracing it the other way.O. and then it starts going backwards. you have David here and off of David. being as was supposed. what is most interesting is that the genealogy of Matthew starts with David and goes to Joseph. so we know that we know that it takes a different turn.” So this genealogy does not trace it through Joseph. the key thing is that you have to study those in detail.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and "Answered" by their pastor. The reason we assume that the Matthew genealogy is indeed the genealogy of Joseph is because that’s exactly what it says in verse 16. Now. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. children. The genealogy of Luke starts with Mary and goes backwards.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:09 AM] . But Joseph came down through a different family. began to be about 30 years of age. There are different names. In other words. There are many.biblebb. P. We know that because the names in the genealogy are different. “Jesus. Now. Mary is not mentioned because this was not normal to trace that through the woman. William Hendriksen’s commentary on Luke is excellent. Jacob begot Joseph. because it says. who was of Matthat. The reason that Joseph’s name appears here is because it is normal to place him in the line through His father. You have to realize this. But what is intriguing is that it never says Mary and that’s where the confusion comes. He has an excellent section on that particular genealogy. John MacArthur Jr. It says in verse 23 of Luke 3. so you’ve got a lot of ways you could still be a son of David or a child of David or in the Davidic line. how can we be assured that Luke is tracing the genealogy of Jesus through Mary’s decent? And also can you recommend a book that deals indepth with the genealogies of Matthew and Luke and attempts to harmonize them? Answer Matthew gives a genealogy in chapter one. So they’re coming down through different lines. and off of them children. Box 4000. it says he was only http://www. Joseph is in the line of David and so is Mary. the son of Joseph. So it tells us it’s down to Joseph. It was transcribed from the tape. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. but what is stated here is very unique. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Luke gives it in chapter 3. Now when you come to Luke. Question In the genealogies of Matthew and Luke." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. All Rights Reserved. who was of Heli. the son of Joseph. Panorama City. And that the best explanation of the line of the genealogy of chapter 3 of Luke is that it is the genealogy of Mary. being as it was supposed. on the surface there appears to be some difficulties. California. I would suggest to you that if you are looking for a good source. do not incorporate the name of the woman. GC 70-2. Himself. The real problem with it--it’s different than the genealogy of Matthew 1. We believe that Matthew gives the genealogy of the Lord. It’s different. through the line of Joseph.com/files/macqa/70-2-3. Himself. Word of Grace. Joseph comes through one of those channels. Mary comes through another. for the most part. In Luke chapter 1. what you have to recognize there is genealogies.

com/files/macqa/70-2-3. New Jersey. Because you’ve got your right to rule through what member of you parents? What parent? Your father.gospelgems. So you have two different fathers. but He couldn’t be of that line.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:09 AM] . then had to be the son of Joseph legally.biblebb.biblebb. and Jeconiah had been cursed and it was said that no son of Jeconiah would ever reign. “Is that important?” It’s extremely important in Jesus case and I’ll tell you why. And the difference in the two fathers--you have Jacob begetting Joseph in Matthew and you have a Heli begetting…the one who begets Jesus. In other words He couldn’t be born of the heritage of Jeconiah but He had to be in that line to receive the right to rule. So we are sure that this is the genealogy of Mary.com Online since 1986 http://www. So every element of those genealogies is essential to Christ’s right to the throne. but Mary. 08022 Websites: www.Question supposedly the son of Joseph. He comes through the Davidic line by His mother. but He could not be the son of Joseph physically. because Joseph was in a part of the Davidic line that came through a man named Jeconiah. And what’s marvelous about it is that Jesus Christ is the One who should rule every way you look at it. who was also of David and His legal right through Joseph. And so Jesus. And so we believe that such a statement is a statement that is attempting to be consistent with a male genealogy and yet demonstrate that in fact it is not Joseph that is the issue here. I mean that’s the way it is. So He got His genetic right to rule through Mary. So Joseph gave Him the legal right to rule. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. He comes through the Davidic line by His father.com and www.com Email: tony@biblebb. Your father gave you the right to rule. And so He had to be in that line. without giving Him the polluted line of Jeconiah. and she. though unnamed is there in the implication of the fact that He was only “supposedly” the son of Joseph. USA. You say.

there also were these Nephilim.John MacArthur . It’s consistent with what he tried to do in the garden as we pointed out at the time.Nephilim (Giants) The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.O. this is just some powerful people. some powerful men who fell on others in the sense of overpowering themthat’s what I put in the note and that’s exactly what I believe is accurate. And so http://www. They were already on the earth when children born of these unions of demonically possessed people came out. and have children-that’s to show the depth of the fallenness of man: he engages himself with demons willingly. So.. men in that day. It was transcribed from the tape. I think that in the context of what Satan was doing in Genesis 6 is the best interpretation. This is not a race of people. that the earliest views of Genesis 6 that we can find (even among rabbis. was sort of a word that they all knew was in the scripture and they knew that it referred to giants. But.biblebb. as if they were a race. It’s helpful to me. Later on.” The term is from a Hebrew verb “to fall” and it has to do with powerful beings that crush somebody. I suppose you could say even deadly. Panorama City.” because of its usage here.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:10 AM] .com/files/macqa/70-20-3.” They didn’t mean that they were the children of Nephilim.Genesis Chapter 6 . as we did when I went through that. and "Answered" by their pastor. John MacArthur Jr. “Nephilim. And so that word “Nephilim” is describing them. the “sons of God” as fallen angels-demons-who come down and possess men. how come when Caleb and Joshua and the spies went to Canaan. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 48. however. to say nothing of early church fathers) viewed the “sons of God” as angels." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.” It says. if the Nephilim giants didn’t survive the flood. There were oppressive. Word of Grace. they found the Nephilim giants there? And also. in Genesis 6. by taking. But.” There were in ancient times mighty men and men of renown born to those unions. GC 70-20. “The products of those unions were mighty men and men of renown. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. P. powerful conquerors. why are there so many interpretations of Genesis 6? Answer Well. Box 4000. to know that most of the views that are different than the one that I hold have come later in history. Question I want to ask you. the fact that there are so many interpretations of Genesis 6 means that a lot of people have gotten it wrong…right? Because there is only one proper interpretation. They were “mighty men. All Rights Reserved. I understand that because there are some obscurities in the passage. who then take wives and really desire demon involvement. “There are Nephilim there. when the spies went into the land and they came back to report what they had seen. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. these powerful. The idea is that they are threats and dangerous… It just describes them because we want to know something about the pre-flood society. they simply said. California. They were powerful. I suppose you could call them conquerors or warriors. it says that at that time there were “giants on the earth in those days” and it uses the word “Nephilim.

biblebb.com and www.” They just took that word in its generic sense-in its general meaningrather than having it refer to some race.John MacArthur . like the Nephilim that are mentioned in Genesis.Nephilim (Giants) when they came back and wanted to report that essentially the Canaanites were unconquerable. They couldn’t have been children of Nephilim. it’s just a term that has to do with warriors-powerful. “They’re Nephilim. and it couldn’t have had any children that lasted until that time. USA.com Email: tony@biblebb. they simply said. because the flood drowned everybody but eight people. as you said.com Online since 1986 http://www. the spies who didn’t believe they could conquer Canaan wanted to make their point as strongly as they could and so they said.gospelgems.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:10 AM] . chapter 6. In Joshua and Caleb’s day. deadly. “They’re like the giants.biblebb. fearful kind of men. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.com/files/macqa/70-20-3.Genesis Chapter 6 . it wasn’t a tribe. So. New Jersey. Nephilim was not a race. 08022 Websites: www.

com/files/macqa/70-13-1. and they plead with you for money. dark eyes. and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.gospelgems. John MacArthur Jr.Giving The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. it’s an absolutely massive enterprise. little children come up and literally hang on your clothes. and "Answered" by their pastor. hang on your arm. genuine need--and they come to you and ask for that need to be met. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. when begging is successful." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. and very careful that you don’t "grow a beggar. Because when you do that. But. who has them doing this. you make begging successful. So.biblebb. New Jersey.com and www. The assumption is that the need is real. It was transcribed from the tape. then you should do that.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:11 AM] . None. for example. There’s a general principle and that is the principle that when someone has need--legitimate. P. What you’re really asking is. yes: give to him who asks of you.” Does that mean we give to everybody that asks of us? Answer I think that’s a general principle. where there is a situation you know to be a genuine need. 08022 Websites: www.John MacArthur . Let me just say this. Word of Grace. you’re to do that. you have to be very judicious." that you don’t feed that kind of a thing. You find that in most third world countries of our time. and of course. you realize that around the corner is the guy who owns all of these little kids. One of the principles that I operate on as I travel around the world is never to give any money to a beggar. big. and you have the opportunity to meet that need. When we were in India.com Email: tony@biblebb.. All Rights Reserved. USA. and collects 75% of everything that they collect.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. And. with these great. it becomes a career. that the need is genuine. The assumption is that he’s not trying to take advantage of you. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Box 4000. “Give to him who asks of you. Panorama City. California. Question The question I have is [concerning] Matthew 5:42. and you have the resource to do that. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr.O. And. “If I see a beggar. do I give money to a beggar?” That’s not the point. GC 70-13.

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I know your church is weak and you need a few good folks--I’ll be one. You know. “Come. David said.biblebb. mind. but we indeed give to him by receiving from him and getting from him. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. if we couldn’t give God anything. He demands some things. I think you can get caught up in a bit of a semantical game." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Ultimately. but what can you give to the church. “I will not give the Lord that which costs me nothing. where God says. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Box 4000.” That makes perfect sense to me. you who have no money. All Rights Reserved. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:12 AM] . why are there so many commands in Scripture? The one thing we are told to give him is whatever He asks for. and "Answered" by their pastor. and in reference to that. “I understand that whatever I give to the Lord has to be sacrificial”. http://www.Giving The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. So. He tells us to love our neighbor. He tells us to adore him.. true? And He tells us to worship him. I know you’re hurting in this area. but if you can help me out: I was listening to one sermon by a pastor (he preached here at Shepherd’s Conference last Spring) and he was saying--he kind of took that thought to another level and said that there’s nothing we as sinful people can give to God. Isaiah 55:1. “it’s not what can you get. soul. John MacArthur Jr. He tells us to praise him…over and over and over and over. Panorama City. It was transcribed from the tape. GC 70-23. we don’t give God something in the sense that He lacks it! I mean. He tells us to serve him. Do you know what I’m saying? Question (continued) Yes. you know.com/files/macqa/70-23-12. not to fill up what He doesn’t have. “OK. Word of Grace. David understood you give to the Lord.O. God. P.John MacArthur .” But I have no money. Question This morning you said in the sermon a couple of times. everything you obey in the Scripture is an act in which you are rendering to God something God asks from you. We are giving him. to repent--I mean. how can I buy? Answer Well. those are commands! Every single command. It’s not like.” David said. in taking everything to its philosophical end. He tells us to honor him.” No…no. He tells us to confess our sins to him. but to show appropriate respect to who He is and what He does have. buy and eat. California. just to harmonize that. in encouraging someone else toward church membership. He tells us to love him with all our heart. I can say that you need to give or God needs something from you? Answer (continued) God doesn’t need anything. our giving is simply a recognition that He lacks nothing. and strength.

That’s what you’re doing. My children. my wife bought everything…worse than that. USA. she used my money to do it! My children can’t give me anything that I lack.Giving it’s not that you’re filling up something God lacks. you are acknowledging his absolute and utter sovereignty over your life.John MacArthur .htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:12 AM] . but when they give me something. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and you’re giving him the glory that He’s due. 08022 Websites: www. they can’t give me anything I don’t have! Even at my birthday. you are rendering him the proper respect.com/files/macqa/70-23-12.gospelgems. New Jersey.com and www. when they’re grown up and little.com Email: tony@biblebb. it is a demonstration of the depth of their love and their affection and their respect and their honor for me. It’s that you’re doing what He commands you to do.biblebb. By that.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb.

" It talks about his feet. we understand that that means. “I’m sorry I ever made them”. It is simply a device by which to say something about God. So. We. because if that’s how God felt. you talk about an endomorph. He would say to himself. a mesomorph--different shapes of the human body. “It repenteth Him that He made Saul king”." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. will understand when God says.O. that “It repenteth God that He made man. “Morphae” is the word for body. Question There are several places in Scripture where it says. Box 4000. Sometimes it talks about God as if He were a bird. you’re simply dealing with an anthropomorphic concept. That’s what we can anthropomorphisms. in the case of Job. Panorama City. God is not a pigeon. and "Answered" by their pastor. The reason I use that word is not to give you a long word. It was transcribed from the tape.” all that is saying to us is that from our vantage point.” and God http://www. we understand that emotional expression because what that means is they are a major disappointment to me.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-12-4. an ectomorph. God permitted an evil spirit into Saul’s situation.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:14 AM] . Word of Grace.John MacArthur . Satan goes to God and says. He’s a spirit.Can God Change His Mind? The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. God is not a bird. “The arm of the Lord is not shortened and it cannot heal. it talks about even his appearance. in the case of Saul.” But obviously that is not “ipso facto.” Does God have eyes? No. “I wish I’d never made them. John MacArthur Jr. very often when you read in the Scripture. “anthropos morphae.” how God feels. And so we don’t want to make more of that. “It repenteth God that He made man”. but that shouldn’t surprise us. He’d know He’d feel that way because He knows everything. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. as if He were a man. For example. so bad about the condition that if He were a man. All Rights Reserved. So. “Let me after Job and I’ll destroy his faith. but in order for us to comprehend in our minds something true about God which is otherwise indescribable to us. “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth. Can you comment on all that? Answer Sure. inexplicable. in the Scripture it says. and if I could squeeze in another one that’s related to Saul. anthropomorphic means that you refer to God in terms of a man’s body or a human body. God sent.. God is not a chicken. California. So. Anthropomorphism is two Greek words. It says. God permits the devil and evil spirits all the time. "The Spirit has not flesh and bones. God is not an eagle. Now.” “Anthropos” is the word for man: anthropology. on several occasions. Remember our discussion of that not long ago? How that. but to give you a word to explain. It talks about the “everlasting wings” and He “covers you with his feathers.” Does God have an arm? No. and if that’s how He really felt He never would have made them in the first place. an evil spirit to Saul. P. the Bible writer chooses to speak to us in terms which we understand.” God is not a man. God felt bad. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40. from our viewpoint. for example. GC 70-12. who is otherwise indescribable.

God will.Can God Change His Mind? says. “Have at him”.biblebb.” and Paul starts to be hindered and hindered and hindered by Satan? Sure.com Email: tony@biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www. “Give me Paul and I’ll tear him up.” and the Lord says. 08022 Websites: www. including Satan himself.gospelgems. “Let me get after Peter and I’ll sift him like wheat. New Jersey.John MacArthur . and Satan goes to God and says. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. for his own eternal purposes and his own glory and the advancement of his kingdom. Satan goes to the Lord and says.biblebb. “Have at him”. to function within the framework of God’s confining sovereignty.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:14 AM] . USA. permit those evil spirits.com/files/macqa/70-12-4.com and www.

htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:15 AM] . “Don’t you know that as many of us as were baptized” or literally a better way to say it. a divine miracle occurred by which you were immersed into Christ.Question My question is on Romans 6 Question My question is on Romans 6:3-4…could you explain how that fits into the whole picture of the Gospel? I am quite familiar with the deity of Christ and the Trinity and the bodily resurrection and 1 Corinthians 15. when you become a Christian. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says. So there is a sense in which. but Christ lives in me and the life which I live. It means to be literally immersed into Christ. you were placed on the cross with Christ. at that moment. We say a guy was immersed in his studies. you rose from the grave also. In that immersing into Christ. “I am crucified with Christ. again a divine miracle. nevertheless I live. you literally were buried with Christ and when He rose from the grave. now there is a new term in the book of Romans. you died with Christ.com/files/macqa/85-1-16. what does that mean? Verse 4 explains it. even so we also should walk in newness of life. The wages of sin is what? Is death. You are placed into Jesus Christ. right? Or he was immersed in his music. “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit…right? Galatians 2:20 says. Now. through that immersion into death and as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. We are buried with Him. So don’t we know that as many of us as were immersed into Jesus Christ. but what is it when you accept Christ into your heart and how is that transferred and could you kind of go over the Gospel and explain it? Answer First of all we want to see what the verse says.biblebb. In Philippians. you were literally placed on the cross. Paul over and over again says that we are IN Christ. That meant you died. for what it means to be a Christian. So you payed “in http://www. Christ lives in me and I live in Him. so that somehow in God’s plan and God’s purpose and God’s mind.” Now we talk about immersed in ways that don’t refer to water. you are immersed into Jesus Christ. I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me. So I don’t live any longer. and that’s the idea here. yet not I. “immersed into Christ. So when you received Christ.

It is appointed unto man. who loved you and gave Himself for you. nonetheless. you can say at the beginning of that verse. you’ve paid the penalty. what? Once to die. is that by faith in Christ you are immersed into Christ. That’s why the law has no hold over you and that’s what He goes on in the rest of the chapter to explain. it’s Christ that lives in me. what? I live. You’ve died. 08022 Websites: www. You did it. You’ve been judged.com and www.biblebb.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 8:55:15 AM] . I am crucified with Christ. Therefore. New Jersey. USA. Okay? Good question.Question My question is on Romans 6 Christ” the wages of sin already. that’s why you’ll never die again.gospelgems. so the wonderful truth of the Gospel as it’s indicated in Romans 6:3-4. yet it’s not I. you rise in Christ and then you walk in Christ…so that the life which you now live is not your own. That’s why no judgment will ever come. but you live by the faith of the Son of God.biblebb.com/files/macqa/85-1-16. You died in Christ. you literally die in Christ.com Online since 1986 http://www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.com Email: tony@biblebb.

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-17, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Copyright John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question Could you talk about the proper place for the "sinner's prayer" (inviting Jesus into you life to be your Savior), perhaps as a demonstration of faith, but not equal to faith, and could you also explain the dangers in the misleading use of the "sinner's prayer" and receiving Christ, and perhaps touching on Revelation 3:20 as well? Answer Let me start with Revelation 3:20. In the technical sense, Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me." The context of Rev 3:20 is that Jesus is knocking on the door of the "Church"--it's not really a specific illustration of how to evangelize somebody. Jesus is speaking to the Church; He is concerned about the character, or if you will, the lack of character of this church. Just to put the context together for you; so you'll remember, I'm sure, the church at Laodicea: "lukewarm...I'll spit you out of my mouth...you say you, 'are rich, and have wealth and don't need anything,' and yet you are wretched and miserable, poor, blind, and naked," and all of that. And then He says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock!" I want to get in the church, is what He is saying--I want you to receive me as Lord of the church-He wants to come into the church and work there. It's not really the human heart that is the issue there, although I think that you can extrapolate and say, "the Lord wants entrance into the life of a sinner; He wants to come in and cleanse that sinner; He wants to come in and wash that sinner, and that does take you to John 1:12. John 1:12 is a very clear verse, it says, "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God." What does it mean to receive Christ? Well, when you talk about saving faith, you are basically talking about three things, there are three components: 1. Is to comprehend the facts, the truth of the gospel. 2. Is to believe that they are true. 3. Is to engage yourself in appropriating them for your life. So it would be to say, "I understand the gospel; I understand Jesus died; I understand He rose again; I understand (what I said this morning) that He is a member of the Trinity, who came into the world through the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, rose from the dead, and the
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Father approved of His work so perfectly, that He raised Him, gave Him the name "Lord", seated Him at His right hand, from which He now reigns over His church, interceding for them, and will return and establish His kingdom. I believe that--that's true. You say, "I understand that, I comprehend that." Secondly, you say, "I believe that; I believe that is fact, that is spiritual reality. Third, "I place my life and my eternity on the reality of those facts, by acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I think there is an element of reception at that point. It is a receiving of the truth, as the truth; it is believing it and it is appropriating it in a personal way. I don't think that it is inappropriate to say, "Christ, I want you to come and take command of my life. I want You to be my Savior, I want You to forgive my sin. I acknowledge You; I confess you as my Lord. I want You to save me. I want You to come and indwell me, because you have the promise of Acts 2:38, that when someone hears the gospel, and when they repent, it says, "You shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of Christ." So you could pray and say, "Lord, I want You to save me, I confess You as my Lord. I believe in the gospel, I believe that You are the Christ who died for me, I acknowledge that, I want You to save me, I want You to be the Lord of my life, and I want the Spirit of God to take up residence in my life. But all of that must be cast in a very important perspective, and this is, I think, maybe the best answer I can give to your question, as to how you approach someone. In the end, salvation is a work of God--is it not? And I think the best illustration, in the New Testament, of a sinner coming and praying the "sinner's prayer" is the publican, again in Luke 18, who said, "God be. . . ." What? "merciful to me a sinner." And I think we always have to understand that salvation is God's prerogative. It is not automatically mine because I articulate a formula with my lips--it is mine because God graciously grants it to me. In the end I must ask for that gift to be given. What I do, when I am talking to someone about Christ and when I want to lead them to, not only understanding the truth, but believing the truth is the truth and then making a personal commitment to it, to receiving Christ, to appropriating it, to confessing Him as Lord, is at that point to say to them, "I encourage you, if you believe the gospel, and you believe it is the truth, and you are ready to put your life in the hands of the Savior, that you ask Him, now, to save you. Rather than telling Him you are qualified; that you ask Him to save you." That to me is the sinner's prayer. I remember when I was called down to this little Riverside Hospital, down south of here, one night, and it was late, and I was going home. It was like seven o'clock, and I thought, "Well, I better go right away." I went into this hospital room and there was a guy in the bed, and I could see immediately he was dying of AIDS. Of course, there were other homosexuals in the room, in fact, there was a homosexual aide from the Hollywood AIDs Center, whatever it is. And there was a homosexual male nurse there, and then there was one of this guy's consorts or lovers there. And I walked in the room and walked over to the bed, and introduced myself to David Chastain (sp.), who had called and left his name and said, "I am dying, please, somebody told me you could help me prepare for death," and so I went. I walked in the room and the other three were gone--very fast. I said, "David, I want to know why you
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called me." He said, "Because I am dying and I'm going to go to hell." He said, "I know it, because I know the gospel." He said, "I was raised in a Christian family. I went two years to a Bible college, but for the last twenty years I have lived as a homosexual." And he said, "Every minute of it I have known it was wrong, I have know it was sin, and I have known that I have dishonored God. I don't deserve to be saved; I have defied God. I have denied the gospel my parents taught me and now I am on the brink of death and I want God to save me, but I need some help." So I took his hand and I said I want you to tell me what you understand about Christ, and he articulated the gospel clearly. And I said, "Do you believe that? Do you believe that Jesus Christ actually died on the cross as a sacrifice for sin, to satisfy the justice of God on behalf of sinners who believe? Do you believe that He rose from the dead literally, and that God therefore affirmed the perfect sacrifice by the resurrection--do you believe that?" He said, "I believe that." I said, "Then you know the truth; you have heard it and you believe it. Only one thing remains, and that is to cast yourself on the mercy of God. God is not bound to save you. You have defied Him, but Jesus said this, "Whoever comes to Me, I will in no wise . . . What? . . .cast out." I reminded him of that, and I said, "All I can tell you to do is to plead with God to save you, and I'll plead with you." And so he launched into this prayer, and it was an amazing prayer, and he went through the recitation of his wickedness and his evil (not specifically, but generally) and how he had defied God and ignored the gospel of his youth, and how he had defied his parents, and how he had remembered how his mother had prayed for him so long, and here he was having come to the end of this horrible wicked lifestyle. Now he was crying out to God to save him and he knew he wasn't worthy and he just prayed with tears and passion. And all the time he was just wringing my hand as I stood by the bed. Then I prayed, and I just said, "God be merciful to him, a sinner. He comes, You know his heart. It must be that the Father is drawing him, at least it seems such, if indeed this is the work of the Father to draw this penitent--then save him." And that's what I prayed, and probably the prayers of both of us took 20 minutes. At the end of that time we said "Amen," and his rather rigid body sort of relaxed after the prayer, and he just looked off at the wall. I said, "What are you looking at David?' He said, "I am looking at the calendar." I said, "Why?" He said, "Because I never want to forget the day of my new beginning." That's a quote. He said, "I really believe the Lord has forgiven me." He had five days to live, as it turned out. He spent those five days witnessing to everybody around him, and I spent a portion of those five days hauling material down to him, which was like a cram course for heaven--you know. I kept saying, "You know, you are going to get all this in a few days--you know. What's the hurry? He said, "I just want to know, I just want to know. He just had a hungry, hungry heart for the truth. That's how I approach that, rather than saying to somebody, "Here's a little prayer on this page. Pray it and you are in." It's not like, "O.K., I prayed the prayer and I'm qualified!" It's like, "God be merciful to me a sinner!" Isn't it? I think that's the way you approach it. O.K.? Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by:

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-17, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Copyright John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question You have made a statement on one of your tapes, "that anyone who says, that they can get to heaven any other way than through Jesus Christ, really doesn't understand the gospel." Later you stated, with regard to ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together Unity Movement), that, ". . . . of those men that were arguing from ECT's side (reuniting Evangelicals and Catholics), these men understand the gospel, but what they are really not willing to commit to is the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven." My question to you, in respect to these men, who in the past we have consider great theologians, what is the bottom line as far as the pronouncements of Scripture against these men? Answer This is a big question and I'm not sure that I can answer every aspect of it concisely, but let me say it this way. Some of you know what we are talking about: these guys that are coming along saying, "We are Christians, we are Evangelicals, but we also think that all the Catholics are saved, and the Greek Orthodoxs are saved," and then in this book, The Ecumenical Jihad, "when we all get to heaven, we may find the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Confuciusists, the Atheists who sought for truth, and the Jews, and they are all going to be there, and what they didn't know about Jesus down here got sorted out when they got there." And the question is, and it is a very legitimate question, and it's a question that I battle in my own mind, the question is, "Are these people Christians who advocate this kind of thing?" If somebody says a Muslim might get to heaven, does that mean that they are not a Christian? That's the real question. If somebody says that a Catholic might get to heaven, does that mean that they are not a Christian? And at this particular point I can't go so far as to say that. The point that I was trying to make on the tape is this, I know these men and I know they believe the gospel, and they understand the gospel, and they can articulate the gospel, but what I don't understand is . . . they believe the gospel, they believe the gospel is the means of salvation, they understand justification by grace through faith alone, they can articulate it better than I can, they have written books on it. And I know that if you believe that, then you are saved, and they believe that. What I don't understand is how they can have this other category of people, and say about them, "Well, I know they don't believe that, but they might make it anyway." And that really is your question. Question (continued)

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Well, isn't that another gospel? Answer (continued) Well, there is no other gospel, and they wouldn't say that the Muslim way is the gospel or any other thing is the gospel. It's sort of like those people who say, "I believe the gospel, I'm saved, I heard the gospel, I believe it, I commit my life to Christ by grace through faith, but (I have heard people say this through the years), but those people over there in Africa, who never heard anything, surely God has some way to deal with them differently because they have never heard about Jesus Christ. It is sort of like that kind of mentality. I guess the ultimate question is, "Can a person understand the gospel, be saved, and have bad theology elsewhere"--answer: Yes, unfortunately that's true. When I ask these men, and I asked them personally, "The doctrine of Justification by grace through faith alone, do you believe that?" "Yes, we believe that, absolutely." "Do you believe that is God's means of salvation and that alone is God's means of salvation?" "Well, yes, we believe that." "Well, then how can you make this other statement. How can you dichotomize your thinking and create this other possibility over here?' It just seems to me like it is a kind of schizophrenia. And I don't want to deny them the salvation that they personally affirm, but at the same time it is incomprehensible to me, that if you say salvation is by grace through faith alone, that you can turn right around and say something else to some other group. I don't know whether they feel some emotional pressure to do this that causes them to compromise the gospel on that front, which in their heart they believe. Maybe it's not a lot different than somebody who believes the gospel is the gospel, but maybe in a conversation, with somebody they don't want to offend, mitigates the real gospel a little bit so as not to offend their friend. Maybe it's just that gone mad--I am not sure what it is. But again, God has to sort all that out, and God knows the heart, and I don't know the heart. I just know we need to be faithful to the gospel as it is revealed in Scripture. But it is very disappointing, it's extremely disappointing to all of us. I got a letter from one of those men, who said all those kinds of things about "Jihad", and he said, "MacArthur has got the wrong end of the stick." Well, I don't know what that means, but it is the only end I got handed, because if you read that thing (ECT Document), if there was another end then I would have taken it, but that stick had one end, and that is the end they gave me, so I don't know what that means. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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John, I want to thank you for the things that we have all been learning about our response to the government. I understand what you are saying about how we need to back our government, even though it is not the best government, even though it is not a Christian government--there is no Christian government--only Christian people. I also understand when you say that we shouldn't be into full-time political, even Christian political activism, even though there are some people who are employed-Christians employed full-time in politics. But now, my question is, "What about people who are interested in some of the political things that are happening, say the 'Gay-rights' bill, or right now there is a bill open for public comment on, 'Rights for Newborn Children' who have some physical deformity, and they are allowing them to die. And so that's open for public comment, and I am wondering what is our responsibility to the government, to let our legislators know how we feel?"

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I think that I may have said this, maybe not clearly enough, I believe that we need to take every means available to us as citizens to effect change in country--legally. Every time you have an opportunity to do that--you need to do that. As a conscientious Christian, if there is any way that you can legally protest against abortion--I saw in the "Daily News" today that Tom Bradley says, now he is going to appoint more Gays. He is going to be giving more Gay appointments. He is sorry that he has overlooked the Homosexuals. Well, that's sickening to me, and I am sure that it is to all Christian people, but I am not going to go down and shoot Tom Bradley. But if there is a forum where I can say what needs to be said, and then I want to say that. If there is a letter that I can write then I need to write that letter. If there is a vote that I can make, then I need to make that vote. If the Lord called me to be involved in government, or in civil service as a policeman, or as a County Prosecutor, or a District Attorney, or I don't know what-working even as a Legislator or something. I don't see anything wrong with that. The thing that concerns me is the illusion that Christians banding together, using political means, can bring the Kingdom or expedite the Kingdom. What happens is, they start out with good intentions to be involved in moral issues, and I am not against that. I think Christians ought to stand up against Abortion and Gay-rights and the ERA, and a lot of other things. I really believe that we ought to take our stand on those issues, but somehow, what happens is, in the midst of wanting to take the right and legal means to take a stand and preach and proclaim against sin--we get diverted into the illusion that we can change our country by effecting changes in the political system. I mean, we want to vote, and we want to vote together on some things. We ought to know, for example, who are the legislators in the State of California who are "Pro-Abortion" and we ought to let them know where we stand. It is a fine line. I know in my own case, if I feel that I need to write a letter to a Senator--I write a letter. If I feel that I don't care to do that--I don't do that. But I want to use every legal means, every means within my power. I want to teach and preach here so that it is very clear what we believe, and we make a statement, and we teach our people what their stand should be in the world. What bothers me is I know many pastors who have literally abandoned the church, and abandoned the pulpit, and abandoned

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studying the Scriptures, abandoned teaching the Bible--to run around and get themselves associated with the Mormons, and the Moonies, and all these cobelligerents to gain certain religious freedom. To paraphrase, "What shall it profit the Church if we gain our freedom and lose our message?" I mean, what's the point? So, we just have to be sure that we are clear what our message is. What I am saying too is, because my government isn't all that it ought to be doesn't mean that I can shoot people in my government, or that I can be an unruly citizen, disobey the law, not pay my taxes, and so forth. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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Sunday night, "On the Christian's Responsibility to Government," you used the example of the Early Church as a standard for the Christian community these days. Well, about the tenth observation made by the historians, in that day, was that the Early Church was indifferent to the world's temporal materialism and political systems. Now, my questions is, how does the "Salt Shaker" stand in relation to the example set by the Early Church, which basically segregated themselves from government?

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That's a good question. We have a little "Salt Shaker" that comes out each month and we are back to this same idea. The only thing you will find in the "Salt Shaker" are issues related to Biblical truth and morality, in other words, sin as over against righteousness. We are not going to put in there issues about whether they ought to pave Roscoe Blvd--write your Congressman. Or, whether they ought to allow certain laws to pass related to schools, or education, or budget, or zoning, in other words, what we are dealing with is moral issues when we feel there is "due process" by which we can articulate the Christian perspective. Now, in the last couple days, Sam Erickson (sp.) has been here. I was talking to Sam about how he fits because you see he is the head of the Christian Legal Society, which basically is a group that functions in Washington; a group of Christian lawyers who go into the courts and lobby for the Christian viewpoint. Again, what they are doing is taking "due process" of law in an honorable and reasonable way, demonstrating Christian character and Christian testimony, and articulating a Christian viewpoint on these issues--now that's very vital, and that's what we are asking people to do in the "Salt Shaker." That's not political, that is taking a voice in moral issues that face our nation and giving the Christian perspective. The editor of the "LA Times" one time said to me (he was coming here--the owner), he said, "why don't you ever use the platform there to 'get on the bandwagon' for some of these really important political issues?" I said, "Because the only thing that I want to talk about is what God talks about. Everybody has got their opinion--I think God has the right to be heard in the midst of all of this." And all we want to do is to articulate the Biblical view, and it is key for us to have Christian lawyers who will go into a courtroom, for example, when a debate is going on and give a Biblical viewpoint to an issue that is confronting the nation. Right now the Christian Legal Society has three cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, in which they articulate the Biblical view, but they do so with a great sense of graciousness. Let me give you an illustration. They put out a magazine "Christian Legal Society" and in it was an ad for an attorney wanted by some law firm. It said, "A Christian legal firm would like to hire a Christian attorney etc." One of the Jewish groups, which by the way are behind a whole lot of this stuff because there is that ancient antagonism to Christianity, and we understand that and we love them anyway, but we understand there is an antagonism there. So, this group called up the Christian Legal Society and said, "How dare you? It's unethical for
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you to put a 'Christian Lawyer' in there, that's discrimination, etc." So, the Christian Legal Society called them back in the next day or so, Sam said. He said, "I just want you to know that we want to be sensitive to you. We don't want to be a discredit to the legal profession, and if that is an offense to you in our magazine [then] we won't put that there any more." And he said, the girl was an attorney who listen to him in the Washington office who broke into tears, that anyone would be that conscientious. It doesn't matter to them [Christian Legal Society] because their magazine only goes to Christian attorneys, so they know what they are saying, but rather than make war--they would seek to make peace and express themselves in a gentle way, but when it comes to standing for truth, they need to be there to speak. So, what happens is they treat those people with kindness on that level, but when they get into the courtroom, and those people are crying for the Humanist viewpoint, they say this is what we believe is right based on the Scripture and the tradition that has been established by Christianity. It's a question of morality as over against just partisan politics and views on things that aren't moral issues. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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Is there any such thing as a healthy sense of guilt? -- John MacArthur

The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 1300, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Question Is there any such thing as a healthy sense of guilt? Answer That’s a good question. When is it right and when is it destructive? Well, there’s a lot of talk about that and there are a lot of people trying to get off the hook on the area of guilt. Not too many years ago, there was a great big blow-up in evangelical circles over the factors of guilt; and people were going around saying that the Christian should never feel guilty for anything--that we have been forgiven, totally forgiven, totally liberated, totally set free--and that any guilt is artificial, unreal, and self-imposed and can do nothing but destroy us. It really bordered on antinomianism, or lawlessness. Is there such a thing as healthy guilt? Yes, there is. That’s like asking, “Is there such a thing as healthy pain?” All pain is good. It’s good in this sense… You say, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not so hot on it.” Well, pain is good. It’s good because it tells you your body has a problem, right? If you don’t feel any pain, you just go on injuring yourself and you don’t know what you’re doing. I don’t know what you call it, but there is such a disease as that. There is such a problem as people who can’t feel pain and they can be terribly ill and have no idea; therefore, they can seek no remedy. And so it is that in the area of spiritual life, in the area of the soul, a soul needs to be warned when it’s sick. I really praise God for guilt--real guilt--because I want to know when I have violated God’s law, don’t you? I don’t want to go blissfully on in disobedience and stupidity! I want the chimes to go off, and man, they do… Don’t they? You know, you can tell yourself, “I shouldn’t feel guilty, I shouldn’t feel guilty”; go out and sin and see how you feel. You’ll feel guilty. God put that in you. That’s grace. Now, if you can’t forgive yourself when God’s forgiven you, if you understand that God’s forgiven your sin and you’ve confessed it and repented of it and it’s still hanging on and pounding your brain, then you’ve moved from real guilt into psychological guilt and that’s destructive! Do you know what that means? That means you won’t forgive yourself and if you won’t forgive yourself, you’re better than God-you’ve got a god-complex--because God forgave you. The Bible says, “He removed your sin,” what? “As far as the east is from the west and buried them in the depths of the sea, and He remembers no more.” And listen; if God’s forgotten my sin, I’m sure not going to let myself get bothered by them. Real guilt is what I feel what I ought to feel; Psalm 51, “When my heart is broken.”

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Is there any such thing as a healthy sense of guilt? -- John MacArthur

God wants a broken and contrite heart when there’s real sin. But once sin is repented of and once sin is turned from and sin is taken care of, God doesn’t want us playing god with our own lives and browbeating ourselves with needless, destructive psychological guilt. Forgive yourself; God has. So, there is a need for real guilt. Incidentally, Psalm 51 is the best Psalm to study on the area of guilt. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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John MacArthur - Overcoming Bad Habits

The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr., the pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved. Question How can I overcome a bad habit? Answer A bad habit is usually connected to wrong beliefs and attitudes. We should not want to change a habit only because it is embarrassing, expensive, unhealthy, or makes us feel guilty--rather we should want God's greater purpose for our life to be fulfilled. Until we deal with the underlying wrong beliefs that weaken our resistance to the bad habit, we will have only limited success in overcoming it. The Christian must see that bad habits are ultimately spiritual issues. We must not hesitate to call them sins. And we need to realize that the means of sanctification described in Scripture (chiefly the Word of God and prayer) are essential for overcoming such habits. We are responsible for our own sin--including those sins "which so easily beset us." The fact that we do something wrong habitually does not relieve us of responsibility. On the contrary, it may make the sin all the worse. So we must take personal responsibility for our own habits and not shrink from calling them sin. Sinful habits are not insurmountable problems for the Christian. After all, the Holy Spirit indwells us and is working to conform us to the image of Christ. And if God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) Furthermore, Galatians 5:16 says that if we "walk by the Spirit, [we] will not carry out the desire of the flesh." And 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a promise that God will not permit us to be tempted beyond our ability. If we make use of the resources provided by God through His Spirit and His Word, we can attack any habit knowing that we can win. Let me make some practical suggestions for overcoming bad habits that I think you will find helpful. First of all, remember that sin begins in the mind. James 1:14-15 compares a person falling into sin to a fish or animal that is caught with bait. It sees the bait, desires it, and is trapped in the process of grabbing it. Likewise, sins that ensnare us begin in the mind. The person who steals first thinks about the thing he wants. He then thinks of a plan for getting it. After he has schemed in his mind, he takes it. He could have stopped the sin in his mind before it became completed in his action. That's why Scripture commands us to renew our minds (Romans 12:2), to think about good things (Philippians 4:8), and to meditate on the Word (Psalm 1:2). Defeating a habit also requires changes in lifestyle. We are to make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14). The person who wants to stop smoking should throw away all his cigarettes and not buy any
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more; the person struggling with sexual sin should get rid of any suggestive materials in his possession. Avoid the company of those who have the same problem (1 Corinthians 15:33), and avoid the places and circumstances which tempt you. Finally, don't try to battle a bad habit alone. Develop relationships with more mature Christians who will encourage and support you (Galatians 6:2). Spend time in prayer with them. Ask them to "check up on you" regularly, and be honest about your failures (James 5:16). Biblical change is not just turning away from sin; it is turning toward righteousness. The person who lies must speak the truth (Ephesians 4:25). One who steals must not only stop stealing, he must work and give to others (verse 28); and one whose language is unwholesome must learn to edify others (verse 29). Do not just stop sinning--start doing what is right. The good habits you build will replace the sinful ones.
For further study: Erwin Lutzer, How to Say No to a Stubborn Habit (Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1978).

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In First Corinthians, where they talk about women are supposed to have something on their head when they are praying and whatever. Why doesn't that pertain to today?

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In regards to 1 Corinthians, chapter 11, about a woman having her head covered; what Paul is referring to there was, in the Corinthian time there were distinctive ways in which a woman demonstrated her submissiveness. A woman demonstrated her submissiveness with her hair--the covering of her hair-women had long hair. He says, "Doesn't even nature tell you itself, that, if a woman have long hair, it is a glory unto her." But in those days a woman wore a covering, and the covering was the symbol of their submissiveness. And the women in the Corinthian thing were going through a sort of an "ERA Equal Rights" movement, and they were throwing off their covering and shearing off their hair. Carcopino (sp.) in his book on daily life in Rome said, "They were running around bare-breasted with spears--sticking pigs, and climbing poles." Women's Lib isn't anything new--they were doing it then too-trying to be macho, wanting to get equality with men. So, Paul was saying to them, "Look, you want to be sure that in your society, if a covering is a symbol of submissiveness--you keep your covering on, because you want to demonstrate your womanliness and your submissiveness by God's design." And then he just supports that by saying, "Can't you see that God has designed a woman's hair to be unique to a woman?" And of course the argument scientifically is that a woman's hair grows faster than a man's hair does--demonstrating that God's intention for a woman is uniquely her hair. I think that says to us today that a woman (some of you are going--"Oh boy, I hope my hair is long enough!"), I am not saying that, what I am saying is that a woman's should be distinctly feminine, and a woman's demeanor distinctly feminine, and whatever it is in our culture that demonstrates femininity and a woman's unique God intended role is how a woman ought to look. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia

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The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California, and "Answered" by their pastor, John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape, GC 70-5, titled "Bible Questions and Answers." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing, Word of Grace, P.O. Box 4000, Panorama City, CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Copyright John MacArthur Jr., All Rights Reserved.

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I have a little boy who is going to Christian School--he's in Kindergarten. It has come to my attention that they are going to be making "Jack 'O Lanterns," for Halloween and "Black Cats." I talked to his teacher and she said that "at Christmas they make Santa Clauses, and Easter Bunnies on Easter." I told her, I said that, "This is why my son is in Christian School--I want him to be separated from this. I teach him at home that we are not supposed to be a part of Halloween or this and that, but yet you are compromising, or contrary to me, to what I am saying and it is confusing him." "Mommy, why can't I do this; they are doing it?" And he understands he is in a Christian School. I have an appointment to talk with the principle of the school tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock--can you give me some advice?

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I think that's good. Well, I think you're right. Why create the unnecessary confusion? "Jack 'O Lanterns," and "Cats," and "Witches," and "Devils," and "Demons," and people dressed up in funny costumes and all of that. That is all out of paganism. In fact, I wrote a whole thing on that one time--I don't know if we have any of those around any more. The terrible mixture of Old Church festivals with pagan festivals, you know, like the Saturnalia feast of the pagans that got all mixed up with Christmas and that kind of thing. I think that it is good to keep those things distinct, and I think you're right to go talk to the Principle. I think it is a simple an issue as basically saying, "Look, this is a Christian School so let's celebrate the things that speak of Christ and the Word of God, and set a different pattern." What we have always done with our kids in reference to Halloween, is to give
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them some kind of alternative when they were little (now they don't care). But when they were little we wanted to do something as a family that would be even more special than what everybody else did; and if you can create that for your own child he's not going to have any problem with what the others are doing if you do something with him that is even better. But I would definitely speak to the people and let them know how you feel about that; I think that is very important.
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When a person persists in those sins.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:11 AM] ." Now the question is. verse sixteen. Box 4000. "I love Jacob and I hate Esau. Question What does hate mean. "I hate the assembly of evildoers. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-11. and one who spreads strife among brothers." It doesn't say He hated Jacob." Then over in Psalm 26:5. Word of Grace." Then over in Psalm 11:5. California. verse 4." And then. it is the sin in the sinner persisted that God hates. pride. "The fear of the Lord (or true worship of God) is to hate evil. but if the sinner persists in the sin." So we know that everyone falls under the general category of the love of God. of course." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing." In Proverbs. hands that shed innocent blood. and again. chapter 9. In Jeremiah." I was thinking of Psalm 5:5 where it says. "For God so loved the whole world. But." By http://www. a heart that devises wicked plans. it says. With regard to Esau. arrogance and the evil way. a lying tongue. Even God says. It was transcribed from the tape. P. It says. John MacArthur Jr." So God hates the sin. nowhere in Genesis does it say that God hated Esau--it doesn't say anywhere that He hated Esau. God says. a false witness who utters lies. when God says He "hates Jacob?" Does He actually hate the person or does He hate what the person does? Answer You remember in Romans. It was only after Esau had chosen sin and abandoned God for many. and the perverted mouth I hate. as the question indicates. He even lists the sins that He hates.O. Thou dost hate all who do iniquity. do not this abominable thing which I hate. "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked. "There are six things which the Lord hates. "The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. but He says. In Malachi 1:4. "The Lord. then the sinner feels the hatred of God.com/files/macqa/70-11-1. seven are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes. "Esau have I hated.Question What does hate mean The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.'" It is the deed of the sinner that the Lord hates." And so it is the sin that He hates. saying 'Oh." Now in all of these cases you can see clearly that what it is that God hates is not the individual but-what? The sin.biblebb. what does John 3:16 say." towards people who sin. who continues in the sin will feel the fury of God's hatred. feet that run rapidly to evil. and the one who loves violence His soul hates. "Does God hate the person or does He hate what the person does?" Well. in Proverbs 8:13. you probably have something which makes it very clear. "is indignant forever. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE." The New Testament says that "The Lord does not desire that any should perish. "I sent all my servants the prophets again. it says that. an even more extensive statement is made in that familiar text of chapter six. It is the act of sin that the Lord hates. but there are a number of times in Scripture when God is expressed as "hating. many years--over a thousand years before God would look back and say. I might just say as a footnote. "Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated. it is also true that the sinner who does not repent. Panorama City. "The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked. I was just thinking of chapter 44.

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GC 70-19. and has ascended to the right hand of the Father-what then. P. I may comment on that next week. and even diminishes with the apostles. in the line of reasoning. by word. then I got home. I was talking about the gift of healing. Because there is no way that even if He does heal somebody. I’m not saying He couldn’t heal. in order to give you a full answer. the gift of healing. Question My question essentially arises from your presentation of Luke. directly. the question in synopsis. So. either by the petition of the individual who is directly afflicted. which He exercised on earth for the purpose of demonstrating his Messiahship and revealing Himself to be the One who had power over the physical world. Jesus had it and He gave it to those who were around Him who were His representatives. John MacArthur Jr. even though He is not physically present? Answer That’s a very good question.biblebb. this is very important to notice: there is no healing ministry that Jesus can do now that can prove that He is the Messiah. He’s not here. mark this. and I made somewhat of a reference to that this morning in the first hour. You http://www. The gift of healing was the specific issue to deal with in the life of Jesus. But.O. But.Gift of Healing The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. And the answer to the question is He can do whatever He wants. as I commented on this morning.htm (1 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:13 AM] .com/files/macqa/70-19-8. if anything. this morning. that is. My wife pointed out to me that that would have been helpful if I’d have said something about it. that it is necessary to connect that with Him. Copyright 2000 by John MacArthur Jr. keeps Him from essentially doing the same thing where He heals supernaturally. which Jesus demonstrated. So. in order to affirm that the gospel that He was bringing and they were preaching was in fact from God. person to person. So. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. the 70. California. Word of Grace. or one on His behalf. and "Answered" by their pastor. and left him sick. and I’m still thinking about it. where people are coming to Him in essentially a petitionatory manner and making requests of Him. thought about it some more. He is either making a touch or someone else is making a direct petition to Him. The first one is this: no one is saying that Christ cannot heal. keeps Him from. All Rights Reserved.John MacArthur . I was talking about the gift of healing. which the Messiah must have if He’s going to grant to us a glorified body. The question of whether Jesus can still or does still heal is a different question. somebody here has the power to heal. chapter 4. As I drove home. And then He is. Panorama City. and completely. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. There are a number of ways that I need to approach the question. healing some distance from where He is standing. Paul met Trophimus when he was sick. the power to heal had diminished as his ministry went on. goes essentially something like this: if Christ (as you presented this morning) heals by one of two ways in His earthly ministryit’s either by direct touch [or] divine intervention. Knowing that Christ is completely raised from the dead-He lives forever and lives on our behalf now. so I’m glad you asked the question. even in Paul’s case. It was transcribed from the tape. but not in the second. was unique to Him.. and the apostles. I thought about this quite a bit. through the petition of prayer." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Box 4000.

not at all to be considered as normal course events. “I had an illness and God healed me”. there is no guarantee and there is no--let’s put it this way: it is not the normal thing. I do believe that we can go to the Lord and say. that doesn’t say anything to people about the power of Jesus Christ because there is no natural connection between what happened to you and Jesus. “You know. http://www. “Can you glorify yourself in a physical healing or a recovery? Put your glory on display…” And the Lord may choose to do that. extremely rare. or a paraplegic move limbs that weren’t moved. if you go through the New Testament and try to find a verse that says. So. and He’s not touching. and when the sin is dealt with. it can’t achieve that purpose. and a Moron could say God healed them… It might have been certain physiological things that were going on. Paul prayed for the deliverance of the thorn in the flesh. Today. the person confesses the sin. as believers.biblebb. In fact. it would be a healing connected to some chastening for sin. We can “cast all our care on Him” in the general sense.Gift of Healing can say to someone.htm (2 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:13 AM] . Somebody could say they were healed by Allah. your view is that God did it. however. the purpose of Jesus’ miracles was clearly demonstrated: it was His voice and it was His touch connected to that healing.” We can go before the Lord and say. but that doesn’t say anything to the public at large.” A Christian Scientist could say they were healed (and they do) without medicine. “pray for people to be healed. Can we do it? Of course we can do it. But. So. that’s part of our “care. we. My view is you were lucky. He’s not there. there is no command for us or demand of us to go to God and ask for physical healings. but that does nothing to demonstrate the deity of Jesus Christ. or whatever it is. “Well. I’m not saying God can’t do that. I had cancer and I prayed. it says. in that case. Somebody could say they were healed by praying to Buddha. then the reason for the chastening can be set aside. And you might say.com/files/macqa/70-19-8. It’s not explicitly part of what we do as believers.” you won’t find one. didn’t get it. somebody says they were healed… Somebody might say.John MacArthur . we have a situation where “if any is sick among you”--which I think has to do with being spiritually wounded. and the doctors can’t give a natural explanation to that.” That’s your belief. very rare. He isn’t speaking. The idea that I was trying to point out this morning is that miracles are very. or completely deaf who could hear as a result of prayer. might affirm that. I personally have never seen a quadriplegic walk out of a wheelchair. “Well. if we take it as a healing. Somebody could say that the witch doctor healed them or the Shaman healed them. Jesus was making that necessary link that was really not arguable. that’s your belief. spiritually weak… But even if we grant that it’s some kind of sickness. apart from the passage in James. And it was not arguable because there were vast crowds in most cases who saw the touch and heard the voice. a major emphasis in Scripture. we set that whole thing aside.” And somebody comes along and says. and I don’t have it anymore.” So. Do you see what I’m saying? So. and confess your sins. which was the purpose of those miracles. But. The elders of the church pray on behalf of the person. That is not. “Go to the elders of the church and let them pray over you. Then we come back to the issue of “does the Lord heal believers who pray for healing?” And the answer to the question is He can do whatever He wants to do. There are times when people are restored and when they become well when they’ve been ill. So. and He’s not visible. I’ve never seen someone completely blind who could see as a result of prayer. It does nothing to unarguably enforce the authority of Scripture because there’s no immediate connection. In James.

I’ve been studying a little bit about what’s called “zero-based energy. There’s just a little sidelight on this. they go through the whole ultrasound process (she does a very. The other thing would be that the typical thing of the amazing recuperative powers of the body. Point number two. and it’s completely separate. And the third one. you know. I’m praying for my dear friend who’s ill. providentially--not in some massive kind of flow of miracles that are all around us--but at times. very thorough examination before they send them off to surgery) and she says sometimes that they go back and they do a second one. Either one. I think that’s reasonable. I do think that for God’s purposes. Would you agree with that? Answer (continued) Well. If you can create a vacuum. I think the diagnosis issue is really big.John MacArthur . there’s nothing there. But. I think all of those are very right.Gift of Healing “Lord. You remember that Paul.” Zero-based energy is so--it’s so beyond comprehension. you know. And we have every right and every reason to ask God to do that. I just know it seemed to me this morning you were making the presentation to deal with the certain heretical doctrinal line of thinking. he said. I’ve been doing some work on--I’m going to do a book on the origins and the beginnings and all (we’ve talked about that). a perfect vacuum would be the absence of everything but space. bring about restoration. working through the healing of that body for His own purposes. you can miss the diagnosis. when they’re shown physical symptoms of a certain disease. through the restorative power of the body. is that God did a providential action that was essentially nondependent upon the theology or the relationship that that person has to Christ in eternity. and as well allowed him further usefulness. Let me see if I can define it in a simple way. rather than just extrapolating from what was in the text. two days later maybe--there will be no signs. actually. and then when you look for what you thought was there it’s not there. I think. And I asked this question essentially from an ulterior motive because my girlfriend is an MD specializing--she’s a director of a major trauma unit here in Los Angeles. because those are the kinds of cares that we can cast on Him. a perfect vacuum--now. “Epaphroditus was near to death” but he said “the Lord delivered him”--remember that? And the Lord spared Paul the pain that his death would have brought on Paul. There’s nothing http://www. You know. okay? You have space with nothing in it. when Epaphroditus was sick. and recently I’ve been digging into things that are way beyond my mental capability. even through His own supernatural intervention. “What essentially has happened here?” And I essentially give her the reasoning that one of three things has occurred. saying. the medical science is very advanced.htm (3 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:13 AM] .com/files/macqa/70-19-8. the person never really had it--you essentially diagnosed something else that was correctable or whatnot. So. providentially. In other words. that would be a vacuum. He may through His own power. you made a mistake--she doesn’t like that one. So. She tells me about times where there are people that come in. Question (continued) Thank you. but doing the right diagnosis--I mean. she questions me about that. God can spare the life of a believer through medicine.biblebb. And she says later on--one.” The Lord may through medicine.

So. There’s no air there. and so forth and so on. at the end of his life. at any point.com and www. I really doubt that. I’ll get this down exactly when I get the book done… I’m still working through the material…but it’s something like. the amount of what they called “zero-based energy” in one molecule would be enough to keep the stars of the universe lit for some number of millions of years. USA. Now. there’s no chemicals. look: there is energy the likes of which we cannot even comprehend. They have been able to do this experimentally. died in total disappointment…because he got all the way down to that and he couldn’t define it because it doesn’t have a chemical definition and it is God who upholds all things by the word of His power. whatever is going on diagnostically or recuperatively. who have their spinal cord cut. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. there’s nothing there! What is this? Well. These kinds of things the Lord does. again I say.” that that just blows our minds.com/files/macqa/70-19-8.Gift of Healing there but empty space! There are no nothing there…no molecules…nothing. 08022 Websites: www. there’s no nothing…it’s just empty space--a vacuum. understanding that. and understanding when the Bible says “Almighty God” and the “power of God. I mean.biblebb. there’s no hydrogen. And if God chooses to activate.John MacArthur . are getting up and walking out. the power is so great--and I don’t have this right. That’s in one molecule! That’s the kind of energy that exists in the universe.gospelgems. just add up every molecule in the universe and imagine what His power is like! For Him to do a little tweaking on your anatomy is not a major problem.htm (4 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:13 AM] .com Email: tony@biblebb. that massive energy in the recuperative process of the body-who’s to say He can’t do that? But. I doubt whether people who had their legs chopped off are getting new ones and I doubt whether quadriplegics. What is absolutely mind-boggling to me is that when they create a complete and perfect vacuum and they study that vacuum--let’s say of a molecule--what they see in there are oscillating waves of energy. New Jersey.biblebb. you know. I doubt whether people who have lost their eyes can see. I only say that to point out the fact. it’s hard to conceive of that. there’s no oxygen. But.com Online since 1986 http://www. this is where Einstein. they calculate that the amount of energy. no matter what’s going on in the trauma ward. but this is not an age of those kinds of dramatic miracles that were protected and preserved for that unique explosion that demonstrated the arrival of the Messiah.

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You see them on the bumper stickers. All Rights Reserved. The first one is in Mark 11:23. "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart." I don't want to doubt with my heart. so is he. GC 70-5." The best way to understand it." I believe the heart is really the equivalent of the mind. you know--I.htm (1 of 4) [5/21/2002 9:09:15 AM] . it's something that's emotional. and I want to believe with my heart. and then a heart. "As a man thinks in his heart. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City." And then in Mark 12:30 it says." And now in Romans 10:10 it also says. What is a heart? You know we have so much cultural garbage piled around the heart in our world. We associate the heart with emotion--that's our problem. I think when you look at loving the Lord your God with all your heart. "love" K-Mart. but I don't understand exactly what is a heart? I don't know--it's not this physical thing that pumps blood. and with all your strength.com/files/macqa/70-5-13. Answer That's terrific. it shall be granted him. or whatever it is. and "Answered" by their pastor. Jesus is saying. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. mind. 'Be taken up and cast into the sea. Question I want to read a couple of verses first and then ask you a question." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. John MacArthur Jr. Box 4000.biblebb. It was transcribed from the tape. Word of Grace. you cannot sort out all four of those things and say "this is this" and http://www. P. the best way to simply your question is this: the heart is the core of our being in the Scripture. whoever says to this mountain. but believes that what he says is going to happen. soul. It is that part of us which "knows" and "thinks" and "feels. and strength. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. "For with the heart man believes. and dogs." The Old Testament says. and with all your soul. and parakeets. and with all your mind. "Truly I say to you..O. California. and I definitely want to love the Lord with all my heart. but that is not the Biblical use of the term "heart. more than something that's cold and decisive. "I love you with all my heart" means "vooom" you know? Whatever.' and does not doubt in his heart. Panorama City. you know with beagles.

But when I know that. and I feel there. You know you have 1 John 3:16. in the Bible. The truth of the matter is.biblebb. that is where you feel your emotion. "How long http://www. and if you try that on some girl she will probably slam the door in your face.com/files/macqa/70-5-13. I think what he's doing is simply trying to get the message across that we have to love God with every fiber of our being. and every perceivable and imperceptible dimension of existence. or know about Him. the more I know about God. That's where Habakkuk was in chapter one. you don't feel any emotion. Therefore. that's where you feel your emotion. translated in the Authorized Version "bowels. you're not hurting over his need. if you want to talk about emotion you are going to find in the Hebrew culture that the emotion is." You go back to the Song of Solomon. I understand there. frankly." and we got four little deals in us all going independently." in other words. the more ready I am to believe Him for everything. he's crying out to God. "If you say you love God and your neighbor has need and you shut up your bowels of compassion. Now. because I know Him. Do you know what I mean? I can't believe He will deliver me unless I know that He is a God that has proven to be a deliverer.htm (2 of 4) [5/21/2002 9:09:15 AM] . But the heart is the composite essence of my thinking processes: I think there. you know. in effect. The more I know about God. I cannot trust God for something in a vacuum of ignorance. and when his lover comes to the door and he's at the door and he says." That doesn't sound too romantic. It is not emotion without mind--that's what I am trying to say. I can't believe that He will strengthen me unless I know that he is a God of great strength. I know there. "I feel my love for you in my bowels. I can't believe that He will comfort me unless I know Him to be the God of all comfort. it is my knowledge about God that controls my responses. I would say that in a general sense the Hebrew understanding was that the heart was representative or equivalent to the mind--to the thinking capabilities.Question "this is this" and "this is this" and "this is that. That means that you can only love God in the sense that you know God. "how dwells the love of God in you?" So. I cannot know God. the more capable I am of loving and adoring and praising Him.

New Jersey. and knowledge. come down and judge this bitter and hasty nation. because of what I know. he says in effect. the Caldeans. He says. and attitude. that is.htm (3 of 4) [5/21/2002 9:09:15 AM] . "I'm going to use the Caldeans to judge the Israelites. He uses the term of God's covenant-keeping character.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-5-13.Question am I going to keep crying God. It's the mind really. his knowledge of God. "and everything goes wacky in the world." And then God says. soul. it begins to control his emotion and his feeling so that." "I mean. Come down and revive your people Israel. "If everything in the world goes to pieces I will continue to rejoice in the Lord of my salvation.com Online since 1986 http://www. As he begins to recite in his own mind his theology proper. and understanding." So loving the Lord your God with all your heart. 08022 Websites: www. but that is the basic distinction: that the heart is the center of thought. after he has recited all the history of what God has done.k. trusting God with all your heart. therefore. mind. But that is the distinction that you want to make.com and www. Then that has the effect of affecting your feeling and your emotion. I'm o. and God doesn't make mistakes. and strength.com Email: tony@biblebb. "I don't understand it." he says. USA.biblebb. God is too holy to look on iniquity. He uses the term Almighty God: he talks about God's eternity. in chapter 3. He cannot look upon sin. believing in God with all your heart. is a question of knowing God in your heart.gospelgems. finally. and we could say more about that." And he says. why don't you revive your people? Why are You judging them? How can You judge them with this bitter and hasty Caldean nation?" He's got a terrible problem and so he steps back and starts to recite what he knows about God. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. if all the crops die. He was before the problem and He'll be after the problem.

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A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.. P. titled "Questions and Answers" -. And I know it is kind of a whimsical thing to think my saintly grandmother. when you go to Heaven. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. and praise. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. And you will be taken into the rapture of having reached perfection. John MacArthur Jr. There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that they could see what we were doing and there is every reason to assume that they could care less about that. and "Answered" by their pastor. There will be no desire on the part of anybody to look back here. And there is every reason to assume that they could care less. you are lost in wonder. All Rights Reserved.Can the people in Heaven see what we are doing? -. Question "Can the people in Heaven see what we are doing? Do they know what we think?" Answer There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that they know what we think. Let me tell you something folks. Box 4000. There is none. Your saintly grandmother isn't the least concerned with you and your daily routine. Your saintly grandmother is totally captive to the majestic. is looking over the edge and watching me. GC 70-9. And there is no indication that they can see back here anyway. Don't you believe it. Word of Grace.biblebb. California. Panorama City. unimaginable glories of the eternal dwelling place of God.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:16 AM] . love. who is now in Heaven. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE.O. And you will gaze on the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was transcribed from the tape.com/files/macqa/70-9-7.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.

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It was transcribed from the tape. I would sure rather sit down. All Rights Reserved. So our spirits are in heaven. Paul says. and of course that's what happens at death." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. when "the dead in Christ rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4).htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:17 AM] . P. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. and our existence there will be so glorious. Relative to your first question. GC 70-5. "Will we be able to look down here and see?" I don't know the answer to that question. would our prayers have any more effect for the salvation of souls. So I think to be with the Lord is a consuming thing. such as the Great Tribulation and salvation of other souls? Once up there.com/files/macqa/70-5-5. after our spirits leave to go to be with the Lord. Panorama City. if I http://www. and 2 Corinthians 5. John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. "Absent from the body--present with the Lord.. but I don't believe that even if we were able we would want to. that there would be absolutely no interest in what is going on down here. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. and once we enter into that. I think that we will have entered into a dimension of living in which we will exist for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. we will ever be with the Lord. would we be able to see events taking place on the earth. once we have been freed from sin? Answer Interesting questions. I don't know whether we will be able to or not." And yet we await the resurrection of the body which occurs at the rapture of Christ. I think that it is going to be in the communion with the risen glorified Christ and all the other saints that are there.O. California. Philippians 1:21. Word of Grace. and "Answered" by their pastor. the Bible says once we are with the Lord.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. I always think about the fact that being in the presence of Jesus Christ will be such a consuming reality and such an utter fulfillment. and the question that you are asking is. not for the preoccupation of the difficulties of earth. "Far better to depart and be with Christ" (there's no middle ground). titled "Bible Questions and Answers. Box 4000. Question Once our disembodied spirits go into heaven.

I don't know whether we need to divide those two? Now the second question: There is nothing in the Scripture to indicate that there is any prayer at all in heaven by anybody.com and www.biblebb. 08022 Websites: www. and spend those seven years getting to know some of the saints of old than looking back here being preoccupied with whatever is happening. My sort of inner feeling is that what happens in this world would be beyond our concern and probably be beyond our capability of seeing.Question have such opportunity. but there will be a lot of praise. USA.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey.com Online since 1986 http://www.com/files/macqa/70-5-5.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:17 AM] .biblebb.gospelgems. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.

So. And there is in the book of Revelation a city called the New Jerusalem that is described as an 1400-mile-cube that hangs in the middle of eternal space. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. http://www. absent from the body for a believer.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:18 AM] . So. is heaven an intermediate state or is heaven an eternal state? Answer No. In Philippians 1:21. John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape. Okay? There are no intermediate states.biblebb. But. But. but what characterizes heaven above all things is that heaven is where God is. The question is..” Throughout all of redemptive history. there is no such thing as an intermediate state. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 48. We are still awaiting the new heaven and the new earth.com/files/macqa/70-20-2. there are features of heaven that can be described. P. I guess you could say. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Heaven is-really. we are waiting for the new heaven and the new earth. in the New Testament. That will make up part of that eternal state. in II Corinthians 5. Heaven is where God is. and "Answered" by their pastor. or any given point. full presence of God and Christ and the Spirit and all of those that have died righteous…and their spirits are now in the presence of God waiting for the resurrection when their bodies will be gathered to join themnew bodies. the best way to understand heaven is it is the immediate. and that is the capital city of Heaven-the throne of God is there-and it gives a tremendous description of that in Revelation 21-22. “Paradise is the place you’re going to be with Me. Word of Grace. “Today you shall be with Me in paradise. Panorama City.Heaven The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Question I have a question for you regarding a book I just read by Earl Davies: Heaven is a Far Better Place. you read about the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are the same thing. in eternity. All Rights Reserved.” And so. That is not talking about the eternal abode of God. “Far better to depart and be with Christ." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.O.John MacArthur . Box 4000. which is our eternal state. glorified bodies. is to be present with the Lord. and it won’t be created until this one is destroyed. those righteous ones who leave this world enter into God’s presence.” you might say paradise is not the final new heaven and new earth. GC 70-20.” but it was a place of the righteous dead in the presence of God. the place of the deadthe righteous place of the dead) or whether it’s the present heaven. There are distinguishing parts of heaven in the sense that there is a place in the Old Testament that is called “Abraham’s bosom. When Jesus on the cross said to the thief. Paul said. that’s talking about that which will replace the present physical heaven and physical earth. Jesus said. whether it’s paradise or whether it’s Sheol or Hades (in the Old Testament. There is no such thing as purgatory-that is a fabrication of the Roman system…nonbiblical. In fact. whatever the unique characteristics of His presence at any given time might be. California. which hasn’t yet been created. heaven is the presence of God.

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do they know what’s taking place here on earth? Now. prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. and where is He? He is the Lamb in the midst of the throne.” is clearly the promise that is given to the believer who dies.” To depart is to be with Christ. It was transcribed from the tape. chapter 5. but are we in heaven? Answer The question you asked. when we depart from this earth. to be at home with the Lord. John MacArthur Jr. also says. and "Answered" by their pastor. P. “to be absent from the body. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. California. 2 Corinthians. ‘How long. Box 4000. Panorama City. if the answer is no. All Rights Reserved. we are absent from the Lord.” I think it’s clear from perhaps three passages. “I am hard pressed from both directions having the desire to depart and be with Christ.’” Answer (continued) http://www. and I think this is equally strong. Word of Grace. “We are of good courage. do we go immediately to heaven?” I think the answer Scripture gives is “yes. in Revelation 6 it says. Hebrews 12:23. Question Paul says.” Verse 8. for we walk by faith not by sight. where he says in verse 23.John MacArthur . One of them would be Philippians.com/files/macqa/70-14-1. And they cried with a loud voice. Right? We see Him in the vision of Revelation 4. and John says that throne was in heaven because he was caught up to heaven to see it. So. “While we were at home in the body.biblebb. “to depart and be with Christ. where you have the general assembly and the church of the firstborn who are in heaven.” That statement. and because of the testimony which they had maintained. of chapter 5. chapter 1. O Lord.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:09:20 AM] . “When we depart. Copyright 1993 by John MacArthur Jr. perhaps that we could add to that would be the text of Hebrews 12:23.” 2 Corinthians 5:8. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 42.” When we a leave.” and we know where Christ is: He’s at the right hand of the throne of God on High. “when he broke the fifth seal I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God.” and Jesus told the thief on the cross.. and I say.Do we go to heaven right after death? The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. will thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth. I know we are not given a new body right away.O. verse 6. Question (continued) Those that are in heaven. holy and true. “It’s better to depart and be with Christ. “to depart and be with Christ” leaves no room for anything in the middle--“to depart and to be with Christ. GC 70-14. and Revelation 5. 2 Corinthians." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. And I think one other Scripture. “Today you will be with me in Paradise.

I don’t think Hebrews 12 has any reference to that when it says.biblebb. they could put themselves in a position where sin could influence them.John MacArthur . and they’re watching you. and we will contemplate His throne.com and www. New Jersey. and to be fully exalted. as much as it is the preoccupation with the right that Christ has. or even necessarily the memories. I think it is a selective memory.Do we go to heaven right after death? “Do they know what’s going on. The Glory of Christ would make us very disinteresting to them. and how long is He going to tolerate anything less when He is as glorious as He is? Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. You probably have heard sermons where you’ve got all the saints in heaven.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:09:20 AM] . who are so overwhelmed with who He is. So. So that what you have in Revelation 6 are people who are focused on Christ.gospelgems. because if they could remember evil-if they had the capacity to remember and cogitate with evil.biblebb. and we will know as we are known. that can in any way distract them from the preoccupation that they have with the living Christ. USA. They are living in eternity as witnesses to the validity and benefit of a life of faith. but witnesses to the validity of a life of faith as described in chapter 11. So I think what they can do at that point in time is to remember what occurred on earth. And what you have then in Revelation 6 are not people in heaven who are watching what’s going on in the world. and they’re in a big arena. It isn’t that they are sitting in an arena watching us do what we do.com/files/macqa/70-14-1. and we will be face to face. I think what you have there is a great cloud of witnesses--witnesses to what--not witnesses of you. In fact. and you’re down there running. I don’t think that’s what it means at all. I don’t believe that there is anything going on. There’s no reason to assume that all of a sudden they have had a blanked out memory of the past. on earth. to be all and all. but they remember it with a pure mind so it never degenerates into an evil thought. I think you understand what I’m saying.com Online since 1986 http://www. and so forth and so on. and we will contemplate His glory. on earth?” And the answer to that question is they know what went on. and the Lamb is all the glory of that place. all that we know about heaven is that we will contemplate the Lord. “We are encompassed about by so great a cloud of witnesses. is that Jesus Christ might have the fullness of glory and worship and majesty that He is due. that they are pleading with Him to exercise the authority to bring the world into harmony with His glory.” You know that passage. on earth. and I think the only reason that they even pray about what is going on. I don’t think people are in heaven looking down on earth. 08022 Websites: www. specifically of their suffering. So I think that the vision that elicits the prayer is not the vision of the problems in the world. who are enamored with the glory of Christ.com Email: tony@biblebb. there’s no reason to assume that they would do that.

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Question Can Christians become too heavenly minded? Answer No! Christians are those who have been delivered from this present-evil age. It may sound paradoxical to say this. In other words.com/files/macqa/IA-heavenmind. not on things on the earth" (Col. struck down. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. it is. yet not crushed.John MacArthur . the very thing Scripture commands: "Set your mind on things above. Those who fix all their affections on the fleeting things of this world are the real escapists. Their affections are heavenly. "We do not lose heart. California. Paul is a wonderful example of the proper biblical perspective between heaven and earth. Paul was saying exactly what Peter told the scattered and persecuted believers he wrote to: we endure the sufferings of this world for the sake of the glory of heaven (1 Pet. but not forsaken. persecuted. "We are hard-pressed on every side. 8:18). All Rights Reserved. we don't seek to escape this life by dreaming of heaven. Even though our outward man is perishing." Then in verses 16-17 he adds. but not destroyed-always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus. which is but for a moment. Earth is temporal. Though some would deride this as escapism. For our light affliction.Heaven The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr.. after all. Their desire is for that which is eternal and not for the passing things of this world. "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom. this system of Satan.biblebb. He faced overwhelming persecution on earth and never lost sight of heaven. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 he says. and his approach to life was anything but escapist. Heaven is eternal. The apostle Paul penned that command. we are perplexed." Elsewhere he told the church at Rome. 1:3-7). but not in despair. the pastor of Grace Community Church. But we do find we can endure this life because of the certainty of heaven. is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Sun Valley. Whatever we suffer in this life cannot be compared with the glory of the life to come. that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. A proper Christian worldview is uniquely focused heavenward. 3:2). because they are vainly attempting to avoid facing eternity-by hiding in the fleeting shadows of things that are transient.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:21 AM] . In fact. into the eternal kingdom.. but heaven should be at the center of the Christian worldview.

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and since there won’t be sin in there anyway. It was transcribed from the tape. there couldn’t be any jealously or envy. and he goes out and gets lots more talents and comes back and the master loves him to death. I was wondering. we have that ability because who gave it to us? God! So we don’t take any credit anyway. Do we hate each other for that? Do you resent somebody who can teach God’s Word? Does somebody who teaches God’s Word resent someone who is unusually gifted at. you were talking about how we’re going to “serve” up in heaven. Remember the first guy? He was given five talents--made ten.. some three. it is. He’ll maximize your capability there. some four. Box 4000. where you have these three guys and the master gives them talents and stuff…and one of them is the most faithful or something. we’ll have all kinds of different capacities. “Well." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:23 AM] .Heaven The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City." Well. dependant on how God designed us and how well we fulfill our design here. Question In one of your heaven sermons. we’re going to have more of a capacity to be faithful in heaven. some whatever. but nobody is going to be concerned about that.John MacArthur . You said something about. some eight.O. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www.com/files/macqa/70-8-7. There are some five-talent people. GC 70-8. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 36.biblebb.No! We see all the blending beautifully of God’s design. the story about the talents. and "Answered" by their pastor. I was wondering if it’s going to be that [way]. "If we’re faithful in what we do on earth. John MacArthur Jr. Panorama City. with the talents? Answer Yes. and that will determine how we will be useful to Him in the future. So. We’ll all have different functions and different standards of service. The second guy was give two talents--doubled it. Everybody is going to understand that that was all a gift from God. All Rights Reserved. it’s going to be the same way. And then the last guy did nothing with his opportunity. sharing Christ with unsaved people? Does he resent somebody who gives generously as the gift of giving? Does that person resent someone who has the gift of. some ten-talent people. when we have a greater capacity to be faithful in heaven. perhaps. boy. like. some seven. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. So people say. All God asks is that you give Him all you have and in the life to come. And we all know that whatever it is we do. do we all have different talents in the church? Sure we do. California. The same thing will be true in eternity. aren’t we all going to be exactly the same in heaven?” No. Now.. P.. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Word of Grace. All God asks is that you use the capacity He gives you to the fullest.

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if you want to know what I really believe. Until the final new heaven and new earth. after the final judgment is the final Hell and the final new heavens and new earth. So.com and www. the unbelieving are in torment.biblebb. but not the final Hell because the final Hell. I believe that torment was to be in a place of punishment. but I believe to be in Abraham’s bosom was to be in a place of bliss. said. But." Answer Right. P. USA. according to the book of Revelation.biblebb. I don’t believe in a holding tank. GC 70-12. which have yet to be created. one in Abraham’s bosom and one in torment. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. limbos. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. the believing are in a blessed place where God’s presence is.Heaven The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City.com http://www. a place of blessing. My question is. It was transcribed from the tape.John MacArthur . when He came to the earth." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. you can go back and find some of the tapes on that and I’ll give you a more detailed explanation. Ephesians 4. And sometimes I can’t be specific about that because I can’t remember all the detail of a message. And that’s just splitting hairs in a sense. All Rights Reserved. Jesus went in the holding tank where all these people were in limbo and took them up to a good place. for example. there was a holding tank. I believe that they were in the presence of God. Box 4000.gospelgems. a “limbos. Panorama City. right? In the future. I believe they were in the presence of God in a good place. So. “I go away and I go away to prepare a place for you. California.” so the finally prepared place was not yet prepared. purgatory. was Lazarus or Old Testament believers in general in the fullest sense in heaven? Or did they have to wait until Christ died to gather them up? I say this because I heard something in your tape that you don’t believe in a sort of a holding tank. but they were not in the full.. But I don’t believe. and "Answered" by their pastor.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:24 AM] . Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. John MacArthur Jr. they are in an eternally blessed place that will still yet have a final form. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40. Until that time. but that’s where I am. a place of the presence of God. awaits the final judgment. there will be a final form of that. or anything like that. Word of Grace. final new heavens and the new earth. 08022 Websites: www.com/files/macqa/70-12-12. New Jersey. Question My question is from Luke 16 where you have Lazarus and the poor man and they’re shown in a place together.com Email: tony@biblebb. Jesus.O.

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our Lord has been reduced to a utilitarian genie. we must be the prophetic voice of our God and affirm the holiness of His Name. and holiness of our Lord. awesomeness. and Revelation 4-5.biblebb. and hucksters and salesmen have become the chief spokesmen for our faith. holy. 6:3). And it all begins with us--the shepherds (Isa. He is holy. "Holy to the Lord!" Let me make several suggestions that will provide a "second wind" when we are ready to drop out of the race for holiness. Some timeless chapters include Job 38-42. Isaiah 40-46.. working wonders?" Are you a holy minister? That is basic. Anything less suggests our apparent loss of respect for the majesty. Hos. "Let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit. holy (Isa.htm Question Are Christians really supposed to be holy? Answer I am deeply distressed by so many of the contemporary fads and flippancy that underscore the shallowness of much of American Christianity. This greatly alarms me. perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor. O Lord. We must demand that any effort in the name of our Lord manifest the integrity of His nature. A "Los Angeles Times" headline reads. The words of Exodus 15:11 echo in my heart: "Who is like unto Thee. 7:1)..htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:09:26 AM] . 4:9). awesome in praise. "New Creed of Business: Jesus Sells. holy and must be so represented." Tragically. The hour's challenge for Christ's church is this. Cleanse your mind and soul with God's Word. His holiness is His only attribute repeated three times like this.biblebb. One has to ask if we have any right at all to represent our holy God if we are not totally committed to a holy life. the priest. We must be known like Aaron. http://www. 24:2. Psalm 99.com/files/macqa/holiness.majestic in holiness. Ponder long over great passages about God's holiness.http://www. Nothing is more disturbing than our failure to recognize the central truth about God--that He is holy. holy. who was to be marked by the words. As those who are privileged to be called to teach and preach His Word.com/files/macqa/holiness.

The Existence and Attributes of God. When they do read. 5:17). "Thy Word have I treasured in my heart. The kind of depth and passion for holiness we find in the great Puritan writers can't be absorbed through speed reading.com http://www. or the wit of our sermons that puts power in our lives.biblebb. It isn't the cleverness of our methods. USA. Robert Murray McCheyne was twenty-seven when he wrote these words of encouragement to a newly ordained missionary friend of his: "How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his sabre clean and sharp.com and www.htm Be like David." Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. 39:30) deeply engraved in their thinking. A holy ministry is an awful weapon in the hand of God. New Jersey. 08022 Websites: www. Dr. The century-old Holiness by Bishop Ryle and Jerry Bridges's recent The Pursuit of Holiness will be a blessing.gospelgems. the techniques of our ministry.com/files/macqa/holiness. Immerse yourself in some excellent reading about God's holiness. Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. they don't read great literature. Nehemiah (1:6). The men most used by God always have "Holy to the Lord" (cf. Ex. and Daniel (9:5) each confessed their sins in the fear of God who in turn shored them up for the tasks ahead. Tozer's The Knowledge of the Holy and The Pursuit of God are priceless.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:09:26 AM] .com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb.http://www. I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name. Turn off the television and spend some time with some of the great works that may be collecting dust on your shelf. And when they do read great literature they don't immerse themselves in it. George Sweeting suggests that prayer is God's cure for caving in. It is the awe of God that produces holiness. Remember you are God's sword--His instrument. I am concerned that the pastors I meet don't read.com/files/macqa/holiness. 119:11). will be the success. that I may not sin against Thee" (Psa. Ezra (9:6). every stain he rubs off with the greatest care.biblebb. The greatest saints have been most aware of their sin and potential for collapse. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. according to the purity and perfections of the instrument. "In great measure. Stephen Charnock is superb in his classic.

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because as Christians.biblebb. One. so the remembrance of that was built around the Passover and the Passover was a symbolic feast. and we know that that only happened once. when we enter into our relationship with Jesus Christ in the fullness of our glorified form. Communion is a similar thing. Then they shall put on the other garments. we will be having communion. I believe two things will occur. there will be a re-institution of symbolic activity that was a part of the old covenant. we don’t transform that into the real body and the real blood of Christ. that they may not transmit holiness to the people with their garments.” Now it seems to me that God would want the people to be holy. and yet here He says he doesn’t want holiness transmitted. Ezekiel 40 to 48 is a description of the Millennial Temple.com/files/macqa/85-1-1. There is one verse here that seems kind of contradictory to what God’s intending.Question Question My question comes from Ezekiel Chapter 44. “And when they go out into the outer court to the people. that’s part of His desire. what was the greatest act of deliverance God did in the Old Testament? The deliverance out of Egypt. That shouldn’t surprise us. We actually go through symbolically the blood and the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. and we don’t do what the Catholics do. being the Lord’s Table. there will be a glorious temple created in that future time. it says. “Do this http://www. that is to be built during the time of the Millennium and in that Millennial Temple. Answer Let me just give you a general feeling for that section of Scripture. I believe that when we get to the Kingdom. they shall put off their garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. I mean. In verse 44:19. which caused the people to remember the delivering power of God. And in that time. because the Lord said. It’s a description of the temple that is to come. We understand it to be symbolic as a way of remembering the great thing that God has done. Now. in the New Covenant. we have a symbol.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:28 AM] . which we engage in all the time. God is speaking to Ezekiel and I am curious as to why He would say this. In the Old Testament.

in the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ. apparently. there will be within that function of that temple in the glorified state certain people. And so that’s why when he goes out among the people he sets aside his priestly garb. in the sense of righteousness. So.com and www. what you have there. in that Millennial Temple there will also be a reenactment symbolically of the significance of the worship of the old covenant.K? Good question. because it is indigenous. apparently. I believe at this particular point. to that function alone. in a symbolic form.biblebb. they are all holy because they are. So.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:28 AM] .gospelgems. I don’t think that it’s talking about transmitting holiness to those other people.com/files/macqa/85-1-1. 08022 Websites: www. the activity of the communion as a remembrance of the cross and I also believe that according to Ezekiel 40 to 48. but the idea is that a priest who functions in the Millennial Temple. and it’s a little bit debatable as to where this Millennial Temple is. in the wonderful symbolism that goes on there. on the basis of that verse… the idea of holy here does not mean that the people are unholy. but let’s assume it’s occupied by the holy redeemed of God… they’re all holy people.biblebb. O.Question until I come and do it with you in my Kingdom”. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus. New Jersey. set apart for certain priestly function.com Online since 1986 http://www. which is unique to them and the garments of which belong uniquely to them and not to the other people. So. will be uniquely a priest and the other people cannot commingle with that priestly function. USA.com Email: tony@biblebb. if you will. but in a sense. I believe. there will be. is the activity of the temple and there will be.

Fulfill the role. 08022 Our websites: www. It’s just talking about the fact that children should be reverent. honor their mother and father.com Email: tony@biblebb. California.” What is piety? The question is. GC 1301. and that attitude should come from the heart of a child. and "Answered" by their pastor. That’s all it’s saying. New Jersey. let them learn first to show piety at home. for that’s good and acceptable before God. toward mother. titled "Bible Questions and Answers.gospelgems.biblebb. It’s talking here about widows who would be serving in the church: “If any widow have children or nephews. let them learn first to have all reverent attitudes in all relationships in the home and requite [repay] their parents for that is good and acceptable before God. Panorama City. relationship etc. They should. honor even their grandmother and grandfather… Show concern and reverence to everybody connected to them. if a widow has children or nephews. Box 4000. I don’t know anything more specific in relation to the question than to say.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley.Question: What is Piety as seen in 1 Timothy 5:4? -.com/files/macqa/1301-15. USA. Question I Timothy 5:4.com and www. duties.htm [5/21/2002 9:09:29 AM] .” The only thing it’s simply saying is this: that there should be an acknowledged reverence for God. John MacArthur Jr. It was transcribed from the tape. P. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.O.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb. what does piety mean in this verse? Answer The Greek word means “to act reverently. as the Old Testament says. to requite [repay] their parents. Word of Grace. father. I don’t think that it’s talking so much about holiness as it’s talking about reverence toward the position of authority and responsibility that adults have in a home." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.

. this is simply an indication of how the Spirit of God worked: the Spirit of God came and went and moved in these ways. only eleven of them received Him. Remember Jesus said. "When I go to the Father. Answer I deal with that in my book on the Charismatics [Book: "The Charismatics"]. I see that as the distinctive. I have another question referring to the same thing. and moved in a unique and marvelous and miraculous way in spiritual intervention. when you come to the key verse. but now He comes to "abide with you forever. I mean. nor by power." the question is [about] the Holy Spirit indwelling people before Acts. John MacArthur Jr. and did His thing. That's why the Old Testament says." from Judges 14:6. and said. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. it says in 14:16.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:30 AM] . many occasions where it says." and "The Spirit of God came. "And the Spirit of God came upon" so and so. in the Old Testament." So. the Holy Spirit who will come. "Not by might. it is to say that in the Church there is the "fullness" of the Spirit that was not necessarily the same as it was in the old covenant--the fullness of the Spirit is released. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. Panorama City. and He shall give you another Comforter.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. you come to the Gospel of John. Box 4000. Now. and "Answered" by their pastor. . 'Receive ye the Holy Spirit. could ever do anything that would please God apart from God's power. that's back to that ladies question about polygamy and all that. "The Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily." My point is this." and "The Spirit of God departed. for anything that was done of a divine nature the Spirit of God had to come and to do His work. for He dwells with you. and shall be in you. "the Holy Spirit coming upon Samson. "No flesh can be justified in and of itself." in the same passage.com/files/macqa/70-1-14. and He will teach you all things. that's the new part. because in the transition the Lord gets together with His disciples and. California. "I cannot send the Holy Spirit unless I go to the Father. in the gospel of John. in one of the chapters. chapter two. now or then. "He breathed on them. in the Old Testament you have many. and lead you into all things. "I will pray the Father.biblebb. Now. No person at no time. that He may abide with you forever. chapter 20:22. "The Spirit of God departed. if we are weak in the flesh. whom the world cannot receive."--what? "'By My Spirit' says the Lord. GC 70-1.O. neither knows him: but you know him. No." Now. they were weak in the flesh--understood? In the flesh you cannot do anything." in the flesh we cannot please God. that's why God was patient and overlooked some things in the Old Testament that He doesn't http://www. It was transcribed from the tape." So." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Now.' and. but ." Let me see if I can make it as simple as possible. by the way. Question I have a question about the "works of the Spirit. He came and He went. Word of Grace. P. because it sees him not. Even the Spirit of truth. Also. He shall send you the Comforter. now that is not to say that they didn't have the Holy Spirit.

'Receive ye the Holy Spirit. I don't think they received the Spirit there.gospelgems. if he said that. USA." I think at that point He was merely giving them a promise.biblebb.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:30 AM] .com Online since 1986 http://www. and said to them.biblebb. "He shall be with you." and the Holy Spirit.com Email: tony@biblebb." and "You shall have power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you." Now. He was giving them a symbolic illustration. "He shall abide with you forever.com and www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus." or. because the ministry of the Holy Spirit is so unique. in John 20. because He was still saying in Acts 1:8. That was simply a promise of what was going to come. when He said to them. 08022 Websites: www. That's why He says to us.com/files/macqa/70-1-14. I think they received the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. "You shall receive the Holy Spirit. couldn't have come upon them already.Question in the New Testament. it is full and complete only after Christ has done His full and complete work--that releases the Spirit to an indwelling kind of ministry in us. "breathed on them. New Jersey.

California. just very briefly. involved in the life and ministry of Christ.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:32 AM] . Panorama City. in some way Jesus. functioned in a number of ways in the ministry of Christ. That's why in Matthew. and their conclusion was. He attributed His deeds and His works to the Holy Spirit. Copyright John MacArthur Jr." and the reason it was blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was. when the Jews concluded that He was of Beelzebub the devil--you know. that the Spirit of God decended like a dove and came upon Him.biblebb. It is also clear that during the ministry of Jesus Christ.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Word of Grace. "You are of the devil!" And He called that "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. part of His voluntary self-imposed restriction was giving Himself over to let the Spirit of God work through Him in a way that is beyond our ability to understand. It was transcribed from the tape.com/files/macqa/70-17-10." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. All Rights Reserved. chapter 12. part of His incarnation. and they had watched everything he had done. and all that we know is what is revealed in Scripture. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. so that when one denied that the work of Christ was the work of God. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board http://www. First of all. who was the divine agency of the Trinity. Additionally. Question What was the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' life and ministry? Answer The Holy Spirit. they had seen His miracles. because He had yeilded Himself to the Father's will and to the Spirit's power. P. in His incarnation limited the independent exercise of His attributes to the will of the Father and the power of the Spirit. that basically planted the seed for the incarnate Son of God in Mary. the Apostle Paul said that He was raised by the Spirit. you remember. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and "Answered" by their pastor. and involved in His resurrection. and I think therein was the emblem of the empowering of Jesus for His ministry. one was blaspheming the Holy Spirit who was doing that work through Him.O. they had heard all of His teachings. so that in some way. Box 4000. GC 70-17. and again you are into the Trinity again. so that part of His selfemptying. John MacArthur Jr. it was the Holy Spirit.. You remember at His baptism. when raised from the dead. and the inscrutibility of the Trinity. So the Holy Spirit was the agent of the birth of Jesus Christ. So the Spirit was involved in the incarnation.

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there’s an entire. there’s a new Jerusalem. California. when everything is resolved. His eternality is tied to His identity. But. The only difference is going to be with reference to us. and "Answered" by their pastor. you might want to check some other resources. endless universe. Question (continued) And what is His function? What is His ministry." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. His person. obviously. anyway. just like He does now. You might find some other references to the eternality of the Holy Spirit. ultimately. I mean. Panorama City. Copyright 1992 by John MacArthur Jr. sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh. There’s a whole angelic creation. “the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected all things to Him. that God may be all in all. God’s not going to stop doing what He does now! If it’s going to be righteousness in eternity. GC 70-13. Question I have some questions with regard to some scriptural references to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the eternal state. I mean. there’s a whole heaven of heavens. That comes to mind and I think…yes. Word of Grace.” “All in all. So. in sustaining all http://www.O. I don’t know-offhand. All Rights Reserved. Try Hebrews 9:14. He’s going to have to sustain the righteousness. there’s the abode of God. you know. He is as eternal as any other member of the Trinity because He is God.com/files/macqa/70-13-7. Box 4000. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. John MacArthur Jr. It says that. and all the enterprise that God is involved in. and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled. Isolating the Holy Spirit out from the rest of the Trinity to note that He is eternal.John MacArthur . I can’t just grab any out of the air.. But. How much more will the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit…” Now.” And so there you have the eternal God-everything ultimately resolved in His eternality in the end. It was transcribed from the tape. And if you start there in Hebrews 9:13.biblebb. “If the blood of goats and bulls. when we get to eternity.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:33 AM] . verse 13. the third person. And Hebrews 9:14 (I think) is the only reference to the eternal Spirit. all things are subjected to God. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. P. The Holy Spirit will continue to do whatever the Holy Spirit has always done. you might be able to find some other ones. Answer Isolating him out from the rest--I don’t know if I can think of that offhand. He will uphold everything. if you will? Answer (continued) Well.Rewards in Heaven and Suffering in Hell The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. I just want to know some references that I could look up. we’re not all there is. I think about I Corinthians 15:28 because it’s just such an important one. there’s a reference to the eternality of the Holy Spirit.

New Jersey. He will always continue to play in that.com Email: tony@biblebb. 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.biblebb.com and www. USA.Rewards in Heaven and Suffering in Hell that is…and whatever role Holy Spirit has always played in that.com Online since 1986 http://www.com/files/macqa/70-13-7. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:33 AM] .John MacArthur .gospelgems.

and that they stand in great need of Him. It cannot be some mystical. if it inclines their affections more to Him-that is a sure sign that it is the true and right Spirit. fantastical Christ. if it teaches them that He is the Son of god to save sinners. Question How can a true work of the Holy Spirit be distinguished from that which is false? Answer From a careful study of 1 John 4. This imaginary christ diminishes their esteem of and dependence on Jesus as He came in the flesh. such as the "inner light" extolled by the Quakers. The devil has a fierce hatred against Christ. All Rights Reserved. (The following material is condensed. a true work of the Holy Spirit: (1) Exalts the true Christ.biblebb. "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. The person to whom the Spirit testifies must be that Jesus who appeared in the flesh-not another christ in His stead. he never would go about to stress these truths. the pastor of Grace Community Church.com/files/macqa/IA-truespirit. http://www. if it confirms their minds in the belief of the history of Christ as He appeared in the flesh. adapted and excerpted from Jonathan Edward's The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God. this is the spirit of the antichrist. In short. (3) Points people to the Scriptures. California.Holy Spirit The following "Question" was asked of John MacArthur Jr. (2) Opposes Satan's interests. Satan mortally hates the story and doctrine of redemption." (John 4:2-3) When a ministry raises people's esteem of the one true Jesus Christ. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. The true Spirit of God gives testimony for that Jesus alone. who was born of a virgin and was crucified-if it confirms and establishes their minds in the truth that He is the Son of God and the Savior of men-then it is a sure sign that it is from the Spirit of God.. Sun Valley. (4) Elevates truth. This is true even though we are ultimately incapable of determining whether anyone's conviction or affections reflect real saving faith. and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. the great theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards was able to identify five distinguishing characteristics of the Holy Spirit's work. If the spirit at work among a people convinces them of Christ and leads them to Him.) It Exalts the True Christ. and now it is already in the world. of which you have heard that it is coming. The words of the apostle are remarkable. if it reveals that He is the only Savior. and if it begets in them higher and more honorable thoughts of Christ than they used to have. especially in His office as the Savior of men. The Spirit that inclines men's hearts to the Seed of the woman is not the spirit of the serpent that has such an irreconcilable enmity against Him.htm (1 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:36 AM] .John MacArthur . and (5) Results in love for God and others..

Here is a plain antithesis. It can no way serve his end to make that candle of the Lord shine the brighter. and against worldly lusts-this is a sure sign that it is a true. and watchful to discern what is sinful. as well as all those acts and objects by which they are gratified." or "the things that are in the world. take such a course? Would he make them more careful. and the world listens to them. whatever convinces them of the dreadfulness of sin. profits." What the apostle means by "the world.biblebb. insensible. It Points People to the Scriptures http://www.htm (2 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:36 AM] . Satan will not cast out Satan (Matt.Holy Spirit It Opposes Satan's Interests "You are from God. nor the things in the world. and the misery to which it exposes-must be the Spirit of God. because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." we learn by his own words: "Do not love the world. the guilt it brings. and to avoid future sins. Would the devil. the love of the Father is not in him. stupid conscience that is most easily blinded. is not from the Father. and not a false spirit. For all that is in the world.com/files/macqa/IA-truespirit. 12:25-26)." (1 John 4:4-5) When the spirit that is at work operates against the interests of Satan's kingdom. Therefore if we see persons made sensible of the dreadful nature of sin and the displeasure of God against it. therefore they speak as from the world. The awakened conscience would evermore disturb his affairs.John MacArthur . We may also safely determine from what the apostle says that whatever lessons people's esteem of the pleasures. whatever he does. It is for his interest. to lull conscience asleep and keep it quite. It is not to be supposed that Satan would convince men of sin or awaken the conscience. The difference is plain: the one is of God. The term also comprehends all the corruptions and lusts of men. whatever turns their hearts from an eager pursuit after these things. the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life. and honors of the world. If anyone loves the world. cross his interests. we may conclude that whatever effects this concern is from the Spirit of God. when he is about to establish people in sin. against sin. and to be more wary of the devil's temptations? The man who has an awakened conscience is the least likely to be deceived of any man in the world. little children. the true and the false. They are from the world. The apostle is comparing those who are influenced by two opposite spirits. and is obsessed with the things of the world. To have that with its eyes and mouth open in the soul would tend to clog and hinder all his designs of darkness. and disquiet him. the other is of the world. but is from the world" (2:15-16). and overcomes the spirit of the world. whatever engages them in a due concern about eternity and causes them earnestly to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. So by "the world" the apostle evidently means everything that pertains to the interest of sin. The devil is called "he who is in the world. inquisitive. and have overcome them. it is the drowsy. The Spirit that operates thus cannot be the spirit of the devil.

He has long experienced its power to defeat his purposes and baffle his designs. or else draw men off from it. On the contrary. he who is not from God does not listen to us. Satan has all his power and dominion by darkness. He knows it to be that light by which his kingdom of darkness is to be overthrown. convincing them of those things that are true-we may safely determine that it is a right and true spirit. He represents things as they truly are. Another rule by which to judge spirits is that whatever operates as a spirit of truth. It is upheld and promoted only by darkness and error. in order to deceive men. leading people to truth. that they are helpless in themselves-then that spirit operates as a spirit of truth. that they must give account of themselves to God. and the father of lies. that life is short and very uncertain.com/files/macqa/IA-truespirit. Would the spirit of error. he who knows God listens to us. It is the sword of the Spirit that pierces him and conquers him. Christ tells us that Satan is a liar. if the spirit at work makes men more aware than they used to be of the central gospel truths: that there is a God. It is that sharp sword that we read of in Revelation 19:15. that they have immortal souls. the spirit of darkness will not uncover and make manifest the truth. in order to promote his kingdom of darkness. 6).htm (3 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:36 AM] .biblebb. Whatever spirit removes our darkness and brings us to the light undeceives us.Holy Spirit "We are from God. that there is another world. Every text is a dart to torment the old serpent. 8:20) is never the cry of evil spirits who have no light in them. it is God's own direction to discover their delusions. Therefore the devil is engaged against the Bible and hates every word in int.John MacArthur . For instance. the Bible. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The devil never would attempt to beget in persons a regard to the divine Word. He has felt the stinging smart thousands of times. We may be sure that he never will attempt to raise anyone's esteem of it." (1 John 4:6) The spirit that causes people to have a greater regard for the Holy Scriptures and establishes them more in the truth and divinity of God's Word is certainly the Spirit of God. It Elevates Truth "We know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error" (v. lead men to the sun? The devil has always shown a mortal spite and hatred towards that holy book. A spirit of delusion will not incline persons to seek direction at the mouth of God. my duty is immediately to thank God for it without inquiring by what means I http://www. "to the law and to the testimony!" (Isa. He brings men to the light. He has done all in his power to extinguish that light. beget in them a high opinion of the infallible Word? Would the prince of darkness. It is his constant plague. If I am brought to the truth and am made aware of things as they really are. On the other hand. His kingdom is a kingdom of darkness. that He is a great and sin-hating God. that they are exceeding sinful by nature and practice. which proceeds out of the mouth of Him that sat on the horse. with which He smites His enemies.

When the spirit that is at work among the people brings many of them to high and exalting thoughts of the Divine Being and His glorious perfections. representing Him as the chief among ten thousand and altogether lovely. The surest character of true. Moreover. divine. It Results in Love for God and Others "The one who does not love does not know God." verse 19 says. supernatural love-distinguishing it from counterfeits that arise from a natural self-love-is that the Christian virtue of humility shines in it. when it makes Him precious to the soul. He devotes more space to it and so insists much more largely on it than all the rest. http://www. delightful sense of the excellency of Jesus Christ. there is a counterfeit love that often appears among those who are led by a spirit of delusion. and arouses love for all the children of God and followers of Christ. That naturally will cause them so much the more to prize those peculiarities that make them the objects of others' contempt. It is love that arises from apprehension of the wonderful riches of the free grace and sovereignty of God's love to us in Jesus Christ. There is enough said in this passage of the nature of a truly Christian love to distinguish it from all such counterfeits. abases. When we desire the presence and communion of the diving Savior. winning and drawing the heart with those motives and incitements to free love of God and the wonderful dying love of Christ-it must be the Spirit of God.biblebb. The spirit that makes the soul long after God and Christ must be the Spirit of God. 13:4-5). It is a love which above all others renounces. I say that when a spirit operates after this manner. It is occasioned by their agreeing on issues where they greatly differ from all others and for which they are objects of ridicule from the rest of mankind. when it works in them an admiring. It is attended with a sense of our own utter unworthiness (see vv. 9-11. If the spirit that is at work among a people operates as a spirit of love to God and man.htm (4 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:36 AM] . "We love. This last mark which the apostle gives of the true Sprit he seems to speak of as the most eminent. There is commonly in the wildest enthusiasts a kind of union and affection arising from self-love. (Thus the ancient Gnostics and the wild fanatics that appeared at the beginning of the Reformation boasted of their great love to one anotherone sect of them in particular calling themselves "the family of love. excites to acts of outward kindness.Holy Spirit have such a benefit. earnestly desires the salvation of souls.John MacArthur .com/files/macqa/IA-truespirit. 8). Indeed. the spirit that quells contentions among men gives a spirit of peace and good-will. it is a sure sign that it is the Spirit of God. 19). we must be under the influence of His Spirit. a life that pleases and honors Him. and annihilates what we term self. Christ's love is a humble love (1 Cor. acquaintance with Him. there is the highest kind of evidence that this is the Holy Spirit. conformity to Him. for God is love" (v. because He first loved us.") But this is quite another thing than that Christian love I have just described.

John MacArthur . But here some may object. USA. vileness. And no wonder. and poverty of spirit-those are the manifest tokens of the Spirit of God. therefore. errors in conduct.biblebb.gospelgems. Therefore try the spirits by these rules and you will be able to distinguish the true spirit from the false-even under such a crafty disguise. self-emptiness. 08022 Websites: www. self-renunciation. weakness. 1994]. we see a love attended with a sense of one's own littleness. the very reason the apostle John gave these marks was so that we could test the spirits. deceitful workers. and utter insufficiency. "Such men are false apostles. for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. After all. Reckless Faith [Wheaton.htm (5 of 5) [5/21/2002 9:09:36 AM] . and the delusions and scandals of some professors. 225-31) Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. when it is united with self-diffidence.com and www. disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (As appearing in John MacArthur.com/files/macqa/IA-truespirit. appendix 2. the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14. irregularities.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb. and God in him. Conclusion These marks that the apostle has given us are sufficient to stand alone and support themselves. They plainly show the finger of God and are sufficient to outweigh a thousand such little objections as many make from oddities. After all. pp.Holy Spirit When. New Jersey." To which I answer that this can be no objection against the sufficiency of these marks to distinguish the true from the false spirit in those false apostles and prophets-even when the devil is transformed into an angel of light. IL: Crossway.com Email: tony@biblebb. He that thus dwells in love dwells in God.

He was with you. but those who’ve been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and marked by the Holy Spirit are God’s own. It was transcribed from the tape. California. So. God gave his spirit only to certain. You also will be reminded that John the Baptist. who really was an Old Testament prophet. John MacArthur Jr. and if they weren’t regenerated. Question (continued) What was the difference when the Spirit came at the day of Pentecost for us now? http://www. When Jesus says. any time. And they were rejecting the strivings of the Holy Spirit. if they were regenerated or how.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:37 AM] .Holy Spirit (Salvation of OT Saints) The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and if they were living in the flesh. I believe also that the Spirit of God sustained that new life. Question It’s my understanding that those who live by the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. it is evident that the Spirit of God led the believers-and you can show a number of places in the Old Testament where that was true… There were also special anointings of the Spirit for prophetic work and leadership. All Rights Reserved. There seems to be an awful lot of confusion about that issue because we make too much of a point of the New Testament saint’s relationship to the Holy Spirit. Box 4000. I don’t believe that it is possible for any person. So. you did. The Spirit of God is the agent by which God moves into the heart of man. I believe that Old Testament saints were given new life by the Spirit-that the Spirit of God did come upon them. P. Word of Grace." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I was wondering about the rest of the Old Testament saints. before the day of Pentecost.John MacArthur . select individuals.biblebb.. were they living in the flesh. God sent the flood to destroy the world and He said this: “My spirit will not always strive with man. Panorama City. I believe that new life was dispensed and imparted by the Spirit and sustained by the Spirit. GC 70-12. So. and "Answered" by their pastor. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. prior to this point. There was new life. “He has been with you. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 40. the Spirit of God was striving with the unconverted and the unbelieving to bring them to the knowledge of the true God.” He is not saying that you. You remember back in Genesis 6.com/files/macqa/70-12-1. but I believe there was regeneration in the Old Testament. He shall be in you. how were they saved? Answer That’s a very good question. That’s the only way anyone could have a relationship with God. was filled with the Spirit from his mother’s womb.” Even then. didn’t have the Holy Spirit.O. But. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. to experience a relationship with God apart from the Holy Spirit-I don’t care what dispensation you’re talking about or what era. way back then. without the Holy Spirit.

He shall be in you. He will stop doing. you don’t want to make too much out of that and say by it that. after the rapture. the Spirit came and before that He wasn’t here.gospelgems. “He has been with you. “Well.com and www. and the only way they can be converted is by the agency of the Holy Spirit. for example. New Jersey.biblebb. Still. what unique nuances occur within the church you can find out by starting in Acts. People say.com Email: tony@biblebb. now you’re back to what Jesus said in John’s Gospel when He said. You have the same problem at the other end of the line. through all of human history! Now. But.com Online since 1986 http://www. USA. people will be converted. 08022 Websites: www. All it says is “the One who restrains will no longer restrain” which means that whatever restraining work the Spirit of God does on sin in society.” No. the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the world.biblebb. again.Holy Spirit (Salvation of OT Saints) Answer (continued) Well. The Holy Spirit functions in bringing God into a relationship with man. It never says that. chapter two.” One difference was the gifts of the Spirit. a very unique manifestation of ministry. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.John MacArthur .com/files/macqa/70-12-1.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:09:37 AM] . and just following the pattern.

com/files/macqa/45-21-5. let me just say this.htm [5/21/2002 9:09:38 AM] . as you have said? How can a physical sin be worse than the sin of Romans 1:21 of not honoring God? Isn't not honoring God a worse sin than homosexuality?" Answer Well. Do you understand what I am saying? First. not honoring God is the worse sin of all. Homosexuality is simply a result of that." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. I think that's why Paul uses it as the illustration of the utter sinfulness of man. I believe that is what Paul is saying here. Question "I agree that homosexuality is a sin.O. 08022 Websites: www. and "Answered" by their pastor. you make the determination in your life that you are not going to honor God. when he says this is how far he has gone--he has gone to homosexuality. He goes through all of these things: the ultimate thing that a man can do is to totally invert the created intention of God. New Jersey.com Online since 1986 http://www. Box 4000. and then you move into sinful living and the epitome of the expression of a life that doesn't honor God is homosexuality. USA. California. but is it the most heinous sin.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. you can't line them up because they are not equivalent--they are sequential. as homosexuality does is the worst physical sin.com and www. I mean to totally invert it.com Email: tony@biblebb. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. In other words.biblebb. Panorama City. It was transcribed from the tape. John MacArthur Jr.gospelgems. that is the limit of Paul's conception of sinfulness. P. GC 45-21. Word of Grace.biblebb. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and it is an expression of a life that does not honor God because it doesn't just pervert--it inverts the created order.

. "Oh. It could be a good thing. that we're to bow down to. The biggest thing in their life is to make money. Golf is a good thing. It could be anything. Some people bow down to the shrine of money and they worship money. but it's my wife. it can be even humanism. "boing.not so much for the money sake usually but for the sake of being able to show the other people that they have the money. It isn't that they really want a different car. that's their whole life... California." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. You can worship the mind. It's like the guy who was playing golf. they're gone. I suppose.biblebb. we're for that. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. you know. It could be booze. It was transcribed from the tape. a good thing can become a very evil thing. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: http://www. that's all right..O. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:45 AM] . just "shewwww. in most cases." you know. But for some people it becomes God. "They don't normally." So you can get to the place with any good thing. Box 4000.. It's always a pride thing much more than it is a materialistic thing. I didn't know funerals got to you like that..there's nothing wrong with boyfriends and girlfriends. You go out there and you bat around a little white ball. it's they want everybody else to know they have a different one that's better than the others. Some people go to college and all they want is degrees after degrees after degrees so that they can write them all down on a little piece of paper and everybody will think they're bright. Panorama City.long gone. And you can worship education. you know. Word of Grace. It could be anything. P. titled "How to Pray. Anything that dominates and diverts you from the total goal of submitting yourself in worship to God. I've seen girls. it could be a girlfriend. So it can be materialism." He said. I mean. A lot of people like golf. But the perspective has to be proper.. house. GC 1358.you can get to the place where even a good thing. And this other guy said to him.John MacArthur . and "Answered" by their pastor. clothes... you know. You know. it's as if they were worshiping the little white ball. going in the church and active and aggressive in the Word of God and they get attracted to some guy and all of a sudden. and a funeral went by and [he] took his hat off and he bowed his head as the funeral went by. John MacArthur Jr. All Rights Reserved. It could be sex.Idols The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. They can't do anything else. For some people. but can you help us understand what some [idols] could be in our lives now? Answer Anything that substitutes for God in your life is an idol. I've seen some people totally abandon all their Christian testimony for the sake of some girl that they fall in love with and visa versa. And it's terrific. It could be money. It could be even a hobby. Question I understand that idols don't have to be graven images. Anything that takes precedence over God is an idol." Set your goals for God and anything that diverts you to another thing.com/files/macqa/1358-5.

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By the way.htm The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Panorama City. I don't know why. there are pictures of Jesus. if someone wanted to believe that you should never have a picture of Christ at all. I don't argue with that at all. Question "The Bible is clear on the fact. and God was a Spirit and had no image. that is the Old Testament. And it is the heart attitude that is the issue. let me give to you what I think might be a helpful answer. Hebrews 1. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE. California. I don't like pictures of Christ. and "Answered" by their pastor.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:49 AM] . GC 70-9. It was transcribed from the tape. It is another thing to have a representation on paper. And of course. remember now.. I wouldn't mind. And so if.com/files/macqa/70-9-10. I don't think they are wrong. Word of Grace. When the Old Testament commandment said. That's fine.com/files/macqa/70-9-10. All Rights Reserved. right? He is the visible image of God. John MacArthur Jr. and we are not to make idols. as long as we don't http://www. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. I just don't care for them personally. that is an interesting question. Are we disobeying the Word of God? No. P. which is worshiped.O. that we should not use images of the Lord. "That we are not to make images of God. which is clearly not worshiped. personally.biblebb. God actually appeared in a visible form. in this sense. it is one thing to have an image of Christ. Box 4000. But even God made Christ into an image that could be seen. in children's books.http://www. Why do we use pictures of Jesus to teach our children?" Answer Well. titled "Questions and Answers" -.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.biblebb. in fact. the point was for the purpose of worship.

08022 Websites: www.com/files/macqa/70-9-10.http://www. We are not drawing an image of God. as if it were Jesus or God. Not that the form is to be worshiped at all. and really did live on the earth. in which God came. New Jersey.htm worship the picture.gospelgems. and we are simply reproducing the form of a man. USA.biblebb.com Online since 1986 http://www.biblebb.biblebb. We are not worshiping the picture.com and www. that it is simply a representation of a man that really did walk on the earth. I think we can make a distinction in the minds of children. As long as we understand.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:49 AM] .com Email: tony@biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-9-10. God Himself came in the form of a man. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 314 Columbus.

chapter two. Not something He had to hold on to." And Jesus was talking about the time when He would come and establish His kingdom. not even the Son of Man. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. Philippians 2 said. by being willing. In other words.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. according to Philippians. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. He had to operate in a mode of trust. It was transcribed from the tape. because He didn't at that time. He had to entrust Himself to God. Omnipotence. John MacArthur Jr. full Omniscience. Consequently. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. All Rights Reserved. no.O. "No man knows the day or the hour. and "Answered" by their pastor. Consequently. that's not necessary. Word of Grace. when He took on humanity. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. and returned to the Glory that He had with God before He came into the world. but He was willing to give up that complete equality with God. Prior to incarnation. in those self-imposed limitations. I think that would have been limited to His incarnation. and at that point. When Jesus was Incarnate. New Jersey. He would again have full exercise of His attributes. Question I have read that Jesus has faith. Now that's all bound up in the Incarnation. and in the expression of that incarnation. GC 70-17. Let me see if I can define that for you. in His incarnation. by the willing restriction of His own Omniscience. and knows full well when the Second Coming will occur: when He will come and establish His Kingdom. Panorama City. and since His glorification. He didn't even know when the Second Coming would occur. But in the time of His incarnation. What did that mean? Did it mean that He ceased to be God? No. and restricted the independent exercise of His attributes. Omnipresence. with the full Omniscience. and limited Himself only to that which the Father willed. Box 4000. P. you have a statement like this. What it means is: He ceased to freely and independently exercise some of His attributes.com/files/macqa/70-17-3. prior to that He was equal with God. I think once the incarnation ceased. California..htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:52 AM] . and He went back to the fullness. 08022 http://www. He didn't know everything that could be known. He turned Himself literally into being a servant. back to being face-to-face with God. as John 17 says. because He is in full communion. Now. USA. and submitted Himself to the Father.biblebb. and Immutability of the Trinity. Now if He is Omniscient why would He need Faith? Answer The way it is articulated in the New Testament is that Jesus trusted His Father. where Jesus says. but He thought being equal with God was not something He had to grasp." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.

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biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-7-1. New Jersey. but we could talk about the Biblical things. Imagine that we are making bread. The lack of integrity comes when a person proclaims to believe something and does not live up to that. You have integrity when every component touches every other component--that's integrity. what he is saying by that is. We take flour--right? We put some flour in there and then water I think.com Email: tony@biblebb. integrity is living what you believe and living what you preach--that is as simple as I can put it.com and www. I'll give you a good illustration. USA. 08022 Websites: www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. and take it and stick it in the oven.com Online since 1986 http://www. French Bread--what do I know? Let's assume that you put a little salt or sugar--whatever. and put some water in there. put in an egg. When every ingredient touches every other ingredient you make bread. Your life has a lot of components. what was that? Mixing it all together. In other words. what you say. I told you--OK. In other words it's conducting yourself in your behavior in accord in what you say you believe." but let me give you an illustration that might help and I have used this some years ago. I think Paul hits it on the head when he talks about having a clear conscience. "My behavior and my belief are in accord so my conscience is not wounded. and when every ingredient of your life: what you believe. I believe that it is best affirmed in the sense that you have a clear conscience and you know that what you have said is in fact the way you live. you just put in flour. Let's assume that we had a big pan and we want to make bread.gospelgems. and what you do all touch each other-that's integrity. now you have to imagine that I am making bread--I never have made bread in my life so I'm guessing at this. put in yeast. What are you going to have? You are going to have a mess--a warm mess.Question on Integrity Question What is a Biblical definition of the word integrity? Answer Well. and then maybe you want egg bread so you put an egg in there--just drop an egg in! See. it's not a Biblical one.htm [5/21/2002 9:10:54 AM] . put in water. You left out one thing.biblebb. simply put.

Panorama City. That is http://www. I wouldn’t go to somebody worshipping an idol and say. Isaac. They do not even believe that He is the God of Abraham. God the true and living God is not Allah! That has to be made clear.” they may call him “the God. “Let us make man in our image. let me tell you who this god really is. He is not the triune God who said. they have one god.biblebb. Allah is another name for Satan because "the Allah of Islam" is not the true and living God.com/files/macqa/70-23-3. “Let me introduce you to the real God who is not “the god” of Islam. I was a missionary to Muslims in the middle east for four years and I led Muslims to faith in Christ by explaining to them the true character of God--Allah--as explained in the Bible. and Jacob.” What I would say is. whose true and legitimate heir was Ishmael…so they rewrite the Scripture.. I mean. and Jacob. California.O. Word of Grace. that’s a very good question. Jesus Christ. and Jacob. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. Now. They do not believe in God as a trinity. You have to be very careful when you go into a missionary effort with people by taking their deity and somehow turning that deity in the true God…you create a confusion. Box 4000.John MacArthur . They may call him “al-ilah. Will you clarify why you say Allah is another name for Satan without any explanation or disclaimer that all translations of the Arabic Bible use “Allah” as the name for God? Answer Yes. Isaac. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. but their god is not a trinity--that is not the true god. P. So. and I think it’s much important to identify the true and living God than to somehow tweak the false god and sort of transform him into the true God. As an Arabic speaker. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 51. The Allah of Islam is not God…is not the God of Abraham. They are monotheistic. that’s not the true god. and to call some entity of your own manufacturing or some demon or Satan himself “god” doesn’t make it so.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:10:55 AM] . is not the God and Father of our Lord. He is not the God incarnate in Jesus Christ--they say that is blasphemous. “Well. The fact of the matter is all false religions have a god or gods.” He is not the God of Abraham. “That is a demonic substitute for the true and living God. It was transcribed from the tape. now you’re getting on a right footing. John MacArthur Jr.Islam The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. if you speak in their language-“al-ilah. All Rights Reserved. You know what I’m saying? I think you have to make a clean break with that and I think that that is very important. We are not talking about the same god. Isaac. and "Answered" by their pastor. GC 70-23. They believe He is the God of Abraham. I sing many praises to Allah in the name of Jesus. Question My husband and I are missionaries to Arabs and we’ve been approached by Christian Arabs in this congregation with this question: "Allah is the name that thousands and millions of believers in Jesus Christ use for God.” “the God” and you take the uppercase letter down and you say." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing.” but that is not God. therefore.

biblebb. the unknown god. Even the clock that doesn’t run is right twice a day. out of some religion and sort of tweak him a little bit and shape him into the true and living God. Everybody calls him “God”… The Hindus have millions of entities that they call “God”.” Call Him what you will.John MacArthur .com/files/macqa/70-23-3. In fact. this god over here by the name of such-and-such is really the God the Bible. They’re very strong on the doctrine of sovereignty. their word would be for “god” and you would not say. None whatsoever. is in no way. I understand that there are some parallels. you can say. or form connected to the true and living God. “Well. I think you have to have a clean and total breach. “al-ilah” means “the God” and if you translated it. Allah--is the creator god and that he is sovereign. it means “the God. but what do we do with a god whose name is “Allah” in the Arabic Bible? Answer (continued) Well. I understand that it makes some sense to attempt to do that because of the monotheism and because they believe that god--their god. That’s the deadliness of false religion. “This god that you admit you don’t know. Question (continued) I agree with you 100% and the Arabic believers in this congregation stand with you 100% with what you’ve said. let me introduce him to you. they believe in a god that is so sovereign that nothing that man does can in any way alter his will: everything is the will of Allah. “The God of Islam that you know as Allah is not the true God. shape. that’s the true and living God. when He went to Mar’s Hill.Islam not any representation of the true God. I understand that. let me tell you about him…” He said.” Question (continued) But it’s OK that we’re using the word “Allah”… “Dear Allah. thank you for this day…” Answer (continued) Well if that is--in the Arabic language. but you know. none of them are God…none of them. let me tell you who your god really is”--that’s not the right approach. the god of Islam.” You cannot take a god. They come in and find points of identification.” You just have to make that clear. could only identify one idol in that environment that he could identify with the true God and that was the god that didn’t have any name or any identity! He didn’t say. It’s the same problem you have in any religion that has a god because their language has a “god. The apostle Paul. an idol. You can’t accommodate yourself to those points of identification or you give too much away! I think it’s critical to say the name Allah.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:10:55 AM] . “Let me tell you who the true God is and you http://www.” So what you have to say is. “Well.” If you were to go to a tribe in Africa as a missionary and find that they are worshipping a god. It’s kind of a deterministic sovereignty. “There is the true and living God who is not the Allah of your Bible. that’s the subtlety and that’s the seduction of it.

gospelgems.com/files/macqa/70-23-3.com Online since 1986 http://www. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus.biblebb.John MacArthur . because just calling him God may not convey to them that the God you’re talking about is distinct. and Jacob--that’s a clear distinction.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:10:55 AM] . as you know him.” Question (continued) Do you believe that Arabic Christians should use another name for Allah. Isaac. and Jacob. the names of God are very clear. You could use. But I think one good way to do it in an Arabic environment would be to identify him as the triune God. I know in Arabic. yes. He is the God of Abraham. there’s a word for trinity…He is the “elphalothe (sp?) al-ilah”. for God? Answer (continued) Well. New Jersey. So whatever it takes to modify the term to explain that it’s not Allah. El Zidkenu--the God who is righteousness…You can use any biblical terms you want.com and www. The way He’s identified in the Scriptures. That’s not the god of Islam.Islam have to abandon the one that you’ve been worshipping. El Mekaddishkem. 08022 Websites: www.com Email: tony@biblebb. but it is his triunity. Those are biblical names for him. as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. saving name. is important. it is his covenant name as the God of Abraham. it is his name. He is El Elyon. USA. which connects him with Christ--any biblical names. He is the triune God. El Shaddai. I think the safest place to go is to call him what the Bible calls him.biblebb. He is the God of Israel--that in itself is a clear distinction! He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Isaac.

as He has His people still in existence. of course from a theological standpoint. Question (continued) Is there not some kind of movement from Netanyahu about nationalizing Israel? Answer (continued) As I said. I think. by specific identification. and "Answered" by their pastor. Now as to what Netanyahu means politically or socially to the country of Israel. notwithstanding. for the coming salvation. not only to the Land. or for that matter. others may come and go before the Lord does His work with Israel. P. he will contribute to the firmness and the rigidity. according the Romans 11:25-27.com/files/macqa/70-17-1. Question I would like to know your personal viewpoint about the state of Israel. any other leader in Israel. except for the fact that the antichrist makes a pact with Israel. I don't think there is any way that you can identify any current political leader in Israel in terms of the actual fulfillment of any prophecy. is that Israel is still to receive the promises of God. still identified as a national entity in their land. and the solidarity of Israel as a nation. and then He'll save the remnant and then the Kingdom will come in which they will participate in the fulfillment of messianic blessing. obviously he takes a more hard line and a more traditional Jewish viewpoint as over against conciliation with the Arabs. The fact that they are in the land and that they still exist is within the purposes of God. Israel. I don't know how that plays in terms of the future animosities and hostilities between the Arabs and the Jews. but He will gather them to Himself. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. He'll purge out the two-thirds of the rebels (the prophet says). All Rights Reserved. GC 70-17.biblebb. in the end times. John MacArthur Jr. California." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. The reason I say that is that the Scripture does not identify any leader in Israel.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. and how he fits into God's Biblical Clock? Answer (given in 1997) My personal viewpoint on the state of Israel. Scripture is very clear that the Lord will gather His people. Israel is already a nation so Netanyahu is not going to contribute to the nationalization of Israel. and that positions them. but in the end.O. obviously he is a conservative. as over http://www. Box 4000. Panorama City. It was transcribed from the tape. So far as whether Benjamin Netanyahu. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. he may come. he may go. There is no identification of any leader in Israel.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:56 AM] . with regard to Benjamin Netanyahu. fits into the prophetic scheme.. will be saved in the end. and they will receive the Kingdom promised to them. Word of Grace. but I do believe that Netanyahu.

Question against any kind of blending with the Arab world.com/files/macqa/70-17-1. USA.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:10:56 AM] . 08022 Websites: www.biblebb.biblebb. that even if Netanyahu was not there it would be highly unlikely that they would ever decide to amalgamate or mingle with other Arabic cultures.com and www.com Online since 1986 http://www.com Email: tony@biblebb. New Jersey. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur Collection" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. although that runs so deep.gospelgems. It may be that he makes a contribution to the sustaining of the purity of that nation.

You remember when they found Him.. "Jesus http://www. because He couldn't sin--right? Jesus answers the question." Answer In Luke 2:41-52. He was now responsible to keep the Law Himself. California. I think that He was still under some parental authority. and they came down for the feast." that means that they are made a "son of the Law. that no longer was Jesus technically under parental authority."--I don't think that's true.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Jesus was 12 years of age. "At this particular time that no longer was Jesus technically under parental authority. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. It was transcribed from the tape. that. and He was simply in the temple doing everything He could to comprehend what that responsibility really meant. Panorama City. To say. When they started back home it became apparent to them. He was simply asking questions. Box 4000. they would. And where was He? He was in the temple. He was in the temple--right? And what was He doing? It's very important to note that He was asking questions-He was not teaching. John MacArthur Jr. it doesn't mean they are on their own. and then they started back home. He had come under the Law. it is traditional at age 12. because that same text says that. He had reached. that Jesus' family had gone down to Jerusalem for the feast. In His humanness He was asking the questions that pertained to the matters that were at hand in His own life. So we will not conclude that Jesus was exercising His right to live on His own. somewhere along the road. But it does mean that they take on personal responsibility for the Law. Now.htm (1 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:12:49 AM] . All Rights Reserved.com/files/macqa/70-16-4. Question Did Jesus.O. for their own obedience to the Law of God. or to be on His own. what we could call. P. and certainly would have exercised perfect parental respect. certainly in most cases. "At this particular time. Word of Grace." What that means is that they become responsible. or to conduct His life apart from His parents. and it must have been a large group or they would have known immediately that Jesus wasn't there. So His parents had to return back to Jerusalem and they found Him. It doesn't mean they are kicked out of the house. Nor should we conclude that He had sinned in doing what He did. But the correct understanding of that whole issue comes right from the mouth of Jesus. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. that Jewish boys are "bar mitzvah. that general time of accountability where He was personally accountable to the Law of God. and they obviously went with a whole entourage of people.biblebb. and "Answered" by their pastor. or to be non-submissive to them in any way. GC 70-16. He was not ursurping a role of authority in the temple with the learned men. you will remember. at that age. but as this whole entourage moved back towards Nazareth it became apparent that Jesus was not there. disrespectfully disobey His parents. who had come down from Nazareth. probably friends and relatives. at age 12. by not informing and not returning with them when it was time to leave? Some Bible commentators have said that. continue to live with their parents.

it was just a priority--the ultimate priority.com and www.Question Himself grew in wisdom and stature.biblebb.com/files/macqa/70-16-4. "I must be about my Father's business. and this was part of it.htm (2 of 2) [5/21/2002 9:12:49 AM] . When His parents said. New Jersey.com Online since 1986 http://www. "Why have you done this?" He gave the right answer. At the age of 12." but He said this. spiritual development--He didn't go from imperfection to perfection.com Email: tony@biblebb. USA.gospelgems. There was actual development: physical development. "Look." There was development in Jesus. and that their authority would not be ignored by Him. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. He didn't go from sin to righteousness--He just had an expanding spiritual awareness. He didn't say. "You're not important. I think in a general sense He was saying. the claim on His life had to do with that which was from God. 08022 Websites: www. I have been made a 'son of the Law' and I must understand the fullness of what this means. but it would always be under the authority of His Father." They had to recognize that from then on. and in favor with God and men. He was asking the questions that pertained to His own living.biblebb." There was no rebellion there. and that's all He was saying. righteous life.

the Apostle Paul says. Hanukkah.O. But Jesus took the elements: the bread and the cup that were connected to the Passover. Word of Grace. as such.com/files/macqa/70-21-1. the Jewish New Year has nothing to do with the Old Testament. Panorama City. Jesus ends the Old Testament ceremonial law. it is representative of My Blood shed for you. or they are still holding to a certain dietary law. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55GRACE. Jesus made the transition from the Passover. I suppose you could say scruples. even as Christians. go essentially. there is even some instructions about. not to offend the Jewish people. All Rights Reserved. GC 70-21. and they will leave those things aside. as such. if people have certain.His Stances and Interpretations in his Preaching The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. is no longer representative of deliverance in Egypt. the believers there were instructed. let's say. to the Lord's Supper--it was at a Passover meal. or festival. There are certain holidays that don't have anything to do with the Old Testament: Hanukkah. the Sabbath. Then in the Book of Acts there is a gradual sort of disconnect with that. with regard to some of those remaining ceremonies. titled "Questions and Answers--Part 49. But as far as the New Testament is concerned. in the Jerusalem Council. If they are still holding to. in the 15th chapter of Acts. and which if any. essentially from the vantage point of the New Testament. all the feast and festivals that were a part of it. which was the great historic indication of the power of God to deliver His people and became the basis of the Passover. would be appropriate for a Jewish believer [in Christ] to still celebrate. there are no Jewish holidays that are still a part of the Christian faith. John MacArthur Jr.biblebb. Passover. all of the ceremonies were set aside and we know that because Jesus indicated to us in His attitude with the Scribes and the Pharisees a certain indifference to that. and they are not free to violate those because they don't yet understand their freedom. and the blood put on the door and the lintel. California.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:51 AM] . Question Which Jewish holidays. however. that Jesus took the bread. "Don't offend them. this bread doesn't represent the unleavened bread of the Passover in Egypt--it represents My Body. would no longer be appropriate? Answer Well.John MacArthur . it was to be a memorial and God instituted it there in Egypt. if they have certain convictions. And in Romans 14 and 15. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. the Feast of Lights is more of a traditional feast than an Old Testament Biblical feast. and "Answered" by their pastor. And this wine. It was transcribed from the tape. and with the ceremonial law. So the objective is. I think Purim has nothing to do with the Old Testament.." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. P. "From now on. such a Purim. which had once been in reference to the Passover in Egypt. When you come into the Book of Acts. and said. don't force them into liberties which their conscience doesn't yet allow them to do--they need to be instructed and they will come to a point where they will better understand the terms of the New Covenant. the night of His betrayal. and most particularly. and we know that because as the church was being built under the leadership http://www. Box 4000. which was the main celebration. So Jesus Himself transitioned out of the Passover.

htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:51 AM] .. I don't think that's what the New Testament intends. Feast of Tabernacles--all of those. Yom Kippur. nothing wrong with other traditional Jewish celebrations: the Jewish New Year.His Stances and Interpretations in his Preaching of. as far as we are concerned in the Church: Jewish Christian. "Rise Peter. what they call Messianic Synagogues.com/files/macqa/70-21-1. and so forth. However. whatever it is. Acts 10 where there is a vision that Peter has and on this sheet that he sees. whether it is the New Year. "No new moon. but that they can let them go because of their freedom in Christ. Gentile Christian. and in fact." that is. and they observe all of the Jewish customs. have established. monthly celebrations. as a Christian you can bring into that kind of celebration a much richer understanding of the reality of which those things were but a shadow. When you get into the Epistles. I think it is wrong to do that. The Apostle Paul is showing us how things have dramatically changed. We are not under obligation to maintain any of those things. there's nothing wrong with participating in those events-nothing wrong with the traditional family celebration of Passover. and Peter is told. within the family.well. who are believers. I think the flow of the New Testament is that is what you are trying to do is to teach those people who come out of that background that they no longer need to hold to those things. they are like the Judaizers of the New Testament. "Don't let anybody hold you to those things. "No Sabbaths. http://www. Old Testament ritual on Christians. the monthly New Moon Sabbath. and the shadow has no more place. "I can't do that. there is no necessity to observe any of those things from the standpoint of our Christian faith. Passover." that's the weekly celebrations. kosher and non-kosher. no dietary regulations. and I would draw your attention to one particular Epistle.biblebb. the Day of Atonement. and the festivals were essentially Pentecost. a sheet coming down from heaven. within the framework of tradition. and in a sense. whether it is the annual feasts like Pentecost." verse 17. And so. trying to impose Jewish custom. fifteen years. probably. "Messianic Synagogues. When you come into the Epistles. those things were never instituted in the church--they were left to the past. there's all kinds of animals. in any dietary law. "Let no one judge you in drink. but the substance is of Christ. who are running around. and that's just an illustration of the break with the past. clean and unclean.John MacArthur ." And the Lord says to him." There has been a movement for a number of years and I have addressed it throughout the last. So I think that is the best passage to take people to who are asking that kind of question. weekly celebrations--he says.. kill and eat. "Don't you call unclean what I have cleansed." They were shadows." Now. Let no one judge you regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths. "which are a shadow of things to come. you know. Jewish ceremony." And he says. it becomes very specific and the texts that I would. rather than Churches. particularly the Apostle Paul. annual celebrations. That's one of the reasons why it is problematic to have what we call." So there is no more distinction between clean and unclean. all of the Jewish traditions. So. and the 2nd chapter of Colossians. one in the Book of Acts. Colossians 2:16. I can't eat the unclean animals. where Jewish people. they go through all of that ritual. they observe the weekly Sabbath. "So let no one judge you in food. and the most notable of all of them is the Passover. Passover. no religious observances. he says this in verse 16. they observe it on Saturday. and now the substance has arrived." and that was the point at which the monthly sacrifice was made--on the first day of each month--the new moon. and that's Colossians.

His Stances and Interpretations in his Preaching You celebrate the Passover because of God's redemption--the Redeemer comes and the Passover is over and now you have you have the Lord's Supper. who is Christ. USA.htm (3 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:51 AM] . New Jersey. So I think that it is best to see no Biblical obligation at all for any of those things. began. legitimately celebrated.com/files/macqa/70-21-1. 08022 Websites: www. but I think that it is wise. which is "first fruits" and the last Pentecost. and in a sense put an end to the shadow.biblebb.com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb.gospelgems.John MacArthur . because now the Holy Spirit had come and the great harvest. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. You celebrate Pentecost.com Online since 1986 http://www. if you are in a Jewish context to graciously participate in those kinds of traditions understanding that they all point to the reality. of souls. as it were. was the Pentecost at which time the Holy Spirit came--remember it was the day of Pentecost the Spirit came--it was the great harvest feast and the Spirit came on that day.com and www.

From there I proceeded to Talbot Theological Seminary to complete my seminary training. Question: Could you explain how you came to know Christ as your Saviour? John: I really can't remember a time when I didn't believe.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry by John MacArthur All Rights Reserved If you enjoy listening to Christian radio or cassette tape studies. pastor of Grace Community Church of the Valley in Panorama City. I grew up with a pastor's heart and a pastor's mentality. both in football and baseball. you are probably acquainted with John MacArthur. There was nothing in Christianity that I could see that was objectionable. I thought that perhaps I'd be a professional athlete. Question: Have you always wanted to be a preacher? John: I am a fifth-generation preacher. and I accepted openly everything about Christ. I guess I just assumed that I'd be a pastor like my father and grandfather. But as I became involved in athletics during my college days and found fulfillment in that. Question: What kind of educational background do you have? John: I was raised in the southern California area. and then I completed my college education at Los Angeles Pacific College--now defunct. But the incident I recall as having a pivotal effect on me occurred when I was traveling with my father to http://www. I saw how my father and grandfather functioned. So I chose seminary over an athletic career. his philosophy of ministry. his background.htm (1 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] . In the following interview John shares a little about himself. From the time I was very small--five or six years old--I would stand on a soapbox in the backyard and preach to my sisters or anybody in the neighborhood who would listen--and get angry when they didn't respond. and I never had a time when I rebelled. and how the tape and radio ministries began. so I attended schools there.biblebb.com/files/macqa/macarthur. I did have some opportunities to play professionally. but by then I had affirmed in my own heart that God wanted me in the ministry. My first two years of college were spent at Bob Jones University. California. Because my father and grandfather were preachers and pastors. and I understood what it was to be a pastor.

and she was wonderfully saved.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry a revival meeting in the Midwest. That incident crystallized for me a moment of commitment to Christ even when I was very young. Later that evening a man came to our house to ask if I had been involved. At the same time I traveled a lot and preached at youth conferences and special meetings. http://www. I felt like I had to tell my father--and the Lord--what I had done." So at that point my priority was clearly defined. I knew that I needed experience in preaching if I was going to be effective in a church ministry. "Lord. And I got acquainted with a boy in the neighborhood--we were about seven at the time. Someone asked me to go and share Christ with a girl who had been shot in the neck by her boyfriend. Question: Have you been able to realize some of those athletic dreams and desires even in the ministry? John: I have Bible studies with several of the professional sports teams in Los Angeles. Question: Talk a little about the history of Grace Church and your association with it. But it all came down to an incident during my last year of college football. "You know. So the Lord has seen fit to use all that background. I can see now that my life is really in Your hands. which is now The Master's College. I went and introduced her to Christ. with the baseball teams and with the Rams. And during that time I made a total commitment of my life to Christ. somebody had seen me in the area. He had plans for us one afternoon. and I taught at Los Angeles Baptist College. And the Lord knew that there needed to be some further refining in my life. and during that time I reconsidered a childhood dream of being a professional athlete. I said. I remember being devastated at having betrayed my father's trust.biblebb. And I told myself then." Question: Did you know then that you were headed for the ministry? John: After that I changed schools to pursue an athletic career. And my father assured him that I would never do a thing like that. and You have absolute control of not only my eternal destiny. That night at the meeting I went forward. Then I joined the staff of Talbot Theological Seminary and spent two and a half years preaching all over the country--an average of 35-40 times a month. My father was staying in a home in the town and preaching every night. John: When I left seminary I worked in a church with my dad. but also my time here in this world. when I went away to college. Question: After that incident did you ever come to a crisis point in your relationship with God? John: Yes. After my freshman year of college.com/files/macqa/macarthur. and we went down and vandalized the local school--overturned desks and the sandbox. and we were involved in a serious accident. but there were some areas of my life that were not in submission to Christ. poured out inkwells and did some bad things. I was driving across the country with five other young people. I wound up in a hospital and was in bed for three months.htm (2 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] . I was willing in my heart to do what God wanted me to do. She was lying in a hospital with a severed spinal cord. I was 18 years old at the time. this is what really matters.

You try it and see what happens. and that comes about through the Word of God. of course. who began our radio ministry. I thought that possibly the other 10 to 15 hours would be used in visitation and so on. Norm comes out of a background of business and television. And that has happened many times. I think by then they might have been saying. I have absolutely no desire to build the church. I simply want to allow Him to do that through me in a small way in one location. I found that my "other 10 or 15" hours turned out to be another 30 in addition to the 30 I already had for study--I never sacrificed that. That is a ministry that overflows out of the relationship that I have with the Lord. And at the end of the week. I do not study the Bible to get a sermon. I was approached about candidating. I get to share them with the rest of the church. I believed that Ephesians 4 says the pastor's job is to perfect the saints. 'I will build My church. which comes from the study of His Word." So he began as a volunteer to develop the radio program. Question: What is your philosophy in building a church? John: When a reporter asked me once if I had a great desire to build the church. And as we grow together. But the men said. It was a strong church in terms of personal relationships and love. Everybody does that." And I responded. I told him. when I've discovered the truths that have been there. "I don't care if he's good. The ministry began first.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry At the end of that time I was asking God to open a door for me. "We'll take care of the visitation. A good example would be Norman Sper. There was also a wonderful youth program. He said to me one day. and what did you end up doing in those days? John: I had said that I wanted at least 30 hours a week to study. Question: So then the leadership comes from right within the church itself? John: That's right. "Wonderful. just get him young!" So after I had preached here one Sunday night. although there were not nearly so many people. Jesus said. because James says visitation is pure religion. energetic and wonderful church even then. What always interested me was that we didn't have to start a ministry for these people.htm (3 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] . Instead I approach the Scriptures this way: I have an insatiable hunger to know what the Bible means so that I will know how I can live to glorify God. That's not my job. and they simply stepped in to http://www. not counting supporting staff and others. We now have more than 40 people on our pastoral staff. It was an exciting. Most of them have come from our congregation. And the pastor before him had also died of a heart attack. out of that comes the nurturing of leadership.' and I would rather not compete with Him. Question: What were you committed to. my calling is to know God. That overflows from my life and touches the lives of those in the congregation. and eventually I came as pastor. At that time the pastor of Grace Community Church had just died of a heart attack." As I see it. and there was good leadership.biblebb. The church had 450 to 500 people at the time.com/files/macqa/macarthur. "No." But. and it has grown into a full-time ministry for him. what you anticipate and what really happens are two different things. My ministry is to spend my whole life finding out what the Bible says. "I think your messages would do well on radio.

biblebb. What is your philosophy of raising money? John: I don't often concern myself with that. "John. I don't know anything about running a business. and would you like to have a part?" Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the growth of the tape ministry? John: The tape ministry has been a very exciting thing to me. California. "God has blessed our ministry. but we can't guarantee that anyone can produce this somewhere else. so we'll take over your support. I'm excited about the future of our video ministry. then we move in and say. we need to have your messages on tape. because it will enable me to begin to fulfill a goal I've had all through my ministry: to train young people for the Lord's service." it takes a lot of money to operate. I went away to seminary. But we do believe that we ought to say. Video is such a flexible and effective means of communication. Question: In such a vast ministry as "Grace to You. and it's becoming more and more available and easy to use. and all these people show up." And of course I said. I said to somebody the other day. We want you to give your full life to this. "People. http://www." And frankly I don't know why. Men come here from churches all over the world to study and learn from us. Since my Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills and everything there is in the universe. and it's wonderful to watch the Lord work.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry help it function better. And as the ministry develops and grows. Question: What kinds of things do you see for the future? John: So many of my longtime goals are now being fulfilled. so the people who miss can get them. When I first came. if He's got a project in mind. Why don't you do that?" So he brought a little recorder and started making reel-to-reel tapes--big seven-inch reels. a dear man came to me after my first Sunday and said. I'm thrilled with the opportunity. that's wonderful. and I learned the Word. He can finance it.htm (4 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] . And even today I don't comprehend that. "I keep coming here on Sunday to preach. in Newhall. I was recently called to be president of The Master's College.com/files/macqa/macarthur. But I do believe that there are some biblical standards that need to be applied. We can tell them the basic biblical standards." Question: Did you ever envision a church of more than 7000 in attendance on Sunday morning? John: Well. "Well. We don't believe in gimmicks to induce people to give for whatever reasons. Our task is to know that God is in something and then to let people know that He is in it so that they can be a part of it. And it isn't something you can reproduce. I was raised in a pastor's family. of course not. and I really don't know what to tell them. and my dad taught me the Word. So I leave that to other people. which has really grown in the past year. I don't know anything about a financial organization. do you know what God is doing.

"You know. As time went on it became impossible for him to produce tapes one at a time because the demand grew here in our church. "We ought to be on the radio. and the tape ministry began to grow. copying from one tape to the next. It has always depended on the volunteer people who would give of their time to it.00 a tape. Then a young man whom I had gone to college with got hold of a tape series we had run and decided to play them every night on his radio station in Baltimore. Then by word of mouth. That's less than a blank cassette of equal quality costs. Question: One of the outgrowths of this ministry has been the "Grace to You" radio program. and eventually he had his whole house wired with these little machines. you really need to be on the radio. people in other states and even other countries were hearing about the tape ministry.biblebb. we have a tape library where a person can have a library card and just check out tapes and then send them back. And they just played a tape. and we sell albums for a little more than $2.00 apiece. The response was so positive that he told us. as a featured preaching hour.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry Then one Sunday a doctor came to me and said. Question: What is the charge for the tapes? John: We don't charge any more for the tapes than they actually cost us to produce. that was all. Norm Sper came to me one time and said. Let me buy you a little cassette machine. I spend so long each week studying for the Sunday messages. I guess it shows how hungry people are to learn the Word of God. "Well. Individual tapes are $3. Why don't you do that? Why don't you pray about that and pursue that ministry if God has brought you to that?" So we purchased some time on a local radio station. That price has made this ministry accessible to anybody. That doesn't include tapes copied and distributed by other tape tape ministries around the world. and I feel so burdened about that because that's the basis of everything we do. Maryland. We have never actively promoted it until the past few years." But I couldn't give time to make radio programs. We finally http://www. We decided to upgrade our equipment.com/files/macqa/macarthur. And if someone wants the tapes and can't pay." So he did. and one dear brother took the little cassette machine home and all the reelto-reel machines. "We could do this on cassettes. Someone said it's not right that we don't let people know that it is at least available.htm (5 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] ." And I said. Would you give us a little idea of how "Grace to You" got started? John: It's like so many other things. Question: How many tapes do you distribute? John: Last year we produced the five-millionth tape. that's great.

I believe it's wrong to hound people to give. and God has changed their lives. and very antagonistic to the gospel.MacArthur: The Man and His Ministry decided that maybe we would take the tapes and edit them for radio. Question: Can you recall some of the most interesting letters you have received from the listening audience? John: I have so many letters with so many wonderful things that it's hard to narrow it down.biblebb. and realize what a significant role radio plays in the spreading of the Word. Her initial reaction was to turn the radio off so that he would not become angry. the opportunities we have today are greater than any era in the history of Christianity. Question: What is your philosophy of appealing for money on the radio? John: We just rarely do that. But we don't have any surplus. and within two weeks. I once received a letter from a girl who had put a gun to her head to kill herself. And we've slowly expanded from that beginning. He started listening to "Grace to You" daily. I've received letters from people who listen in prison. since I had already preached about 700 messages. but beyond that.com/files/macqa/macarthur. I see so much of that today that just doesn't honor the Lord. I'm a little resistant to the idea of appealing for funds. Truly. she set the gun down and received Jesus Christ as her Saviour. He began to listen. and was captivated by the word of God. Question: How has the Lord provided? John: Well. I can't help but marvel.htm (6 of 7) [5/21/2002 9:12:54 AM] . It would give us maybe 1400 radio programs. or to make money a focus of the ministry. Recently I heard from a woman who was listening to "Grace to You" when her husband came home unexpectedly for lunch. but something kept her from doing that. It's incidents like that that keep my enthusiasm for this ministry so high. He was an unbeliever. We feel we have a responsibility to let people know what God is doing. It might be easier to operate if we had greater resources. either. So I'd rather err on the side of saying too little. I've received letters from whole families who have been saved through listening to the program. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia http://www. we have never faced a crisis so severe that it threatened our ministry. and give them the opportunity to participate. he came home and told her that he had accepted the Lord as His Savior. I'm constantly amazed at how the Lord provides through His people. When she heard the radio program. but then perhaps we wouldn't be as consciously aware of the need to trust God to supply our needs. When I think of all that God is doing around the world.

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Now an analogy is simply using something as a word picture. In fact. and he spent the time in prayer--really basically crying out to God. and "Answered" by their pastor. Word of Grace.Question The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City." Can you elaborate on this? Answer I don't believe that there is anything in the prophecy of Jonah to indicate that he died. So he vomited him out. I think Jonah went into the belly of a fish. All Rights Reserved. Box 4000. I think that the indication there is that he was alive and that God preserved him through that situation. I think our Lord simply borrows the illustration of Jonah more in an analogous. which would be more than difficult if you were dead. than in any directly prophetic sense. Copyright John MacArthur Jr. I http://www. or as an analogy or an illustration sense. he would make anybody sick--even a fish). I don't think there was anything there to indicate that he was dead." A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. Question In our Bible study at work we were studying the Book of Jonah and one of the fellows in the study mentioned that somewhere he heard that one of the Bible teachers had said that he believes that Jonah actually died in the whale. he was there for three days. It was transcribed from the tape. and I think the Lord is not necessarily referring to Jonah. John MacArthur Jr.com/files/macqa/70-5-7. Panorama City. and then when he was spit out God made him alive again. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-800-55-GRACE. P.. "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish.biblebb. California. There was a reference to where the Lord says. titled "Bible Questions and Answers. the time that he spent in the belly of the whale is even chronicled for us in the book. GC 70-5.O. Now to surmise that he was dead. so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the earth. based upon the New Testament text is to push the point of an analogy. in the sense that Jonah is a prophecy of the death and resurrection of Christ.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:56 AM] . and the fish vomited him (and I am not surprised because I can understand why the fish would want to vomit such a disobedient prophet.

com Email: tony@biblebb.biblebb. but I don't even think our Lord says that. that is a "type" of Christ which would be a nonverbal prediction--I wouldn't necessarily argue with that.Question think all our Lord is saying is that in a sense that is analogous. and what appeared on the surface to be obviously a resurrection. you are talking about the body and not the spirit. by which He went and preached to the spirits in prison. it is pretty clear He was made alive in the spirit (Peter says). He is simply saying. I think. as an analogy--a time analogy. So I think that it is just pushing the analogy. even when He was in the earth wasn't dead. He doesn't say it is the fulfillment of a prophecy. . I am going to be three days and three nights in the earth. "As Jonah. If you want to argue about the fact that Jonah had to be dead because Jesus was dead." Well.gospelgems.so shall the Son of Man. I think it's an analogy and no more. there is obviously a difference. There is a difference between a fish and the earth.com/files/macqa/70-5-7.com and www. Now to take an analogy and then to try to push backwards into that analogy--everything that is true about what you are using it to illustrate--there's no basis for that. . so why can't there be a difference in the condition in the fish and the condition in the earth? It's simply used. New Jersey. and this you have to realize--if we want to push the argument a little bit--the truth of the matter is that Jesus.com Online since 1986 http://www. "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the fish. Now. Right? Was Christ--did He go out of existence? Did He pass out of existence in there in the grave? No. Added to Bible Bulletin Board's "MacArthur’s Questions and Answers" by: Tony Capoccia Bible Bulletin Board Box 119 Columbus. there is another element to it.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:56 AM] . . He just says. Maybe the story of Jonah is in a sense a "type" of Christ. 08022 Websites: www. Now if you want to go a step further you might even want to say that. too." So I think it is an analogy. there's no reason to do that. USA.biblebb.

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Word of Grace.A copy of the tape can be obtained by writing. hearing some guy say. It was transcribed from the tape. verse 10. doesn't it say that we have to give an account?" Yes. CA 91412 or by dialing toll free 1-80055-GRACE. How far is that? That's far! The East is from the West. or even "katakrima" http://www. that scared the life out of me. He has forgiven you all your trespasses. Chapter 5. California. titled "Questions and Answers" -. this is very important. Your sins are forgiven and even God Himself says. "You know.John MacArthur The following "Question" was asked by a member of the congregation at Grace Community Church in Panorama City. Copyright 2001 by John MacArthur Jr. P." They are removed as far as what? As far as the East is from the West. "We must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. "Your sins and iniquities I will remember no more. GC 70-9. "Well. and "Answered" by their pastor." Did you ever hear anybody say that? Boy. they are buried in the depths of the sea. "My little children.O. but someday all your sins will be flashed on a big screen.Question: Forgiveness of Sin -. I thought to myself.com/files/macqa/70-9-9." that's true. you may be a Christian. 1John 2. You say." "Will Christians still have to give an account for their bad deeds at Judgment?" Answer You know I remember when I was a little kid.htm (1 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:58 AM] . what's the sense of forgiveness if all that stuff going to happen then?" And I have heard people say that. wait a minute.. it says.biblebb. but that is not what the Bible teaches." Now the word here is not "krino" verb or "krima" which means condemnation. but listen to 2Corinthians. they are forgotten by God. "Well. Panorama City. because of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Question "Although a Christian's sins have been forgiven. Box 4000. All Rights Reserved. John MacArthur Jr.

The useless things burned away. they would take the winners up on the "Bema. out of our life. inconsequential. will be the gold. and when fire gets to it. or punishment. It is not damnation.htm (2 of 3) [5/21/2002 9:12:58 AM] ." And it is the "bema" that was speaking of a reward. The only evaluation for us future. worthless. with all of his heart. whether it is good or bad. condemnation. will be the level of reward that we should receive. I was in Corinth. you remember that as he looked to the future. "Wood. And the Apostle Paul looked forward to that. The other things are not bad. Not evil. and what was just worthless. by which we will be rewarded. not a place of punishment." and would you please note that word bad. And what is left then to evaluate there. It’s useless. or whatever. you just don't reward it spiritually. "We will all appear before the "Bema" of Christ. Even stubble is used to make bricks. and what is left. and they took me to the "Bema" that was there. our sins are covered? The only thing to evaluate is what. So there will be a reward for us." And what it was. was a place of rewards.