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17 07 2014
Marlo Davis

Is Suicide a sin?

17 07 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Marlo. Suicide is self-murder. The Bible says no murderer has eternal life in him (1 John 3:15; Galatians 5:21; etc.). This, of course, does not apply to past murderers who have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11; etc.).

We are not the judges of course, so it is not our place to assume that no one who ever started the process of committing suicide, repented, then died, ever went to Heaven. But we can infer from the scriptures that God will not be mocked and we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We can infer that God will not be tricked into letting anyone into Heaven who manipulates themselves into cutting their wrist and quickly repenting before losing consciousness. If you sow to the flesh you will reap destruction (Galatians 6:8) and according to Revelation 21:8 such unbelieving, unrepentant, murderers will be cast into the Lake of Fire. There are no exceptions mentioned, including those with mental problems. As long as a person has a working conscience they will be judged according to their works (Romans 2:15-16).

The desire for self harm and an unstable mind are both signs of demonic oppression (Mark 5:1-13; 2 Timothy 1:7; etc.). If you are struggling with this and you want to be set free say this prayer and mean it from your heart:

“Father, I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done. I want to be saved. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for my sins, and rose again from the dead three days later. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I give my life to Him. I thank you Lord for saving my soul and changing my life. Now I renounce all ties, bonds, or covenants I’ve ever made with any unclean spirits, curses, or anything else demonic right now in Jesus’ Name. I cancel any unGodly assignments, deals, alliances or curses that I have made myself, or that others have placed on me, right now in Jesus’ Name. Father, purify me and purge me of all uncleanness and unGodliness right now in Jesus’ Name. Spirit of death, spirit of suicide, spirit of depression, spirit of lust, spirit of greed, and all other unclean spirits leave my body, spirit, presence, household, and family right now and never return in Jesus Christ’s Name. I am a child of God and you no longer have any authority over my life. Be gone from my presence right now and forever in Jesus’ Name! I am no longer a slave to sin and am set free right now in Jesus’ Name. Now, Father in Heaven, I ask you to please fill me with the Holy Spirit right now and seal me. Purge me of all uncleanness and unrighteousness right now in Jesus’ Name. Sanctify me into the mighty man of God you have called me to be and use me for your glory in the Name of Jesus. I am your child, Father God, now and forever in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Lord!”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it from the bottom of your heart then you are set free from sin. The works of the devil are destroyed in your life. You are a new creation in Christ with the old things past away and all things are become new! My brother I pray for you right now, and in Jesus’ mighty Name, and I agree with you, commanding all unclean spirits and forces that have bound you to let you go right now in Jesus’ Name. I release the Holy Spirit right now, laying hands on this computer, and trust that the Holy Spirit’s presence has come upon you right now in the Name of Jesus Christ. Greater is He (God) that is in you than he that is in the World. Let the fire of God begin to come upon Christ right now in Jesus’ Name and purge you now that of every trace of evil is commanded out in Jesus’ Name. Evil spirits I bind you right now in Jesus’ Name and cast you out of this life, household, and family right now in Jesus’ Name. Who the Son set’s free is free indeed and this soul, mind, body, and spirit is set free *right now* in Jesus Name’. Spirit of depression, stay away from this soul forever and never return in Jesus’ name. Stay gone in Jesus’ Name. Lord, I ask for perseverance and strength to stand firm in Your ways when the urge to have negative thoughts comes up again. God, you have not given the Spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. I speak that Spirit into Marlo’s life right now in Jesus’ Name. I declare according to your Word Lord that Marlo is completely forgiven, delivered, and filled with the Holy Spirit right now in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Jesus for hearing our prayer, for saving this soul. Thank you for new life! Now lead us to walk in relationship with you daily Lord in Jesus’ Name.

Marlo, if you, or someone else prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart please write back. We’d love to hear how God just set you free! Bless you friend!

29 06 2014
Eric smola

Is sculpting considered unbiblical? I consider myself to be creative with my hands. Im prety good at puting pencil to paper and have had this gift since I was very young. I am a devoted christian who was raised baptist and wholy believe in the bible. I know that the bible says not to make any images of of things in heaven or below the earth or things of the sea but I believe this was in refference to idol worship. I am asking this question because I do not want to go against scripture as I believe the bible is the inerrant word of God and want to do all things for tbe glory of God. Please give me your perspective. Thank you.

29 06 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Eric. You have a genuine question, and God has an answer! Look at 2 Chronicles 3:7 and 10-13. You will see that Solomon had sculptures built in the Temple, like Cherubim. Ultimately, the answer to your question is that sculpting is absolutely okay in God’s eyes, in and of itself. However, sculpting an image for the sake of worshiping that image is a sin, and we know this from the Exodus 20:4 passage you were referring to.

While the NIV version says, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything…” This can almost read as if making any image of anything in nature is a sin. However, the Hebrew word for “image” is “פֶ֣֙סֶל֙” which actually means “idol” or “carved (graven) image.” Other English translations of Exodus 20:4, like the New Living Translations, actually say “idol” instead of “image” there. So Eric, know you are free to be the painter, sculptor, and artist that God crafted you to be. Be blessed Eric!

10 06 2014
Valentine Rangel

Since, God can not die, who are what died when Jesus was crucified?

11 06 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Valentine. John 1:1 tells us the Word of God was with God, but is also God Himself. There is a distinction, yet they are the same. John 1:14 tells us that this Word, that is God, became flesh. We go on to see that this flesh is Jesus, meaning He became a man. We know that men die (Hebrews 9:27). So Jesus fulfilled His role as a man by dying. But when Jesus, or the Word, died in the flesh God still existed in Heaven. Jesus is God, but also distinct from God (known as “The Father”). While Jesus was still in the grave God was still on the Throne. And three days later God (the Father) rose Jesus back to life (Acts 13:30; Romans 6:4). Hope this helps address your concern. May you be blessed forever Valentine. Cheers.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:5-8

31 05 2014
JDVC

what is the difference between in filling and in dwelling of the Holy Spirit?

3 06 2014
dstewdesign

Hi there. Good question. We see from scripture that the “filling” of the Holy Spirit can be a temporary encounter like it was for John the Baptist’s mother Elisabeth (see Luke 1:67). We know that this had to be temporary because Jesus indicated that the Father would later give the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit, to abide with people forever (John 14:16). That word abide also means to dwell within, or in other words, “indwell.” Therein lies the difference. The “indwelling” of the Holy Spirit is when the same power that rose Jesus from the dead doesn’t just fill you, but lives within you. And this is a free gift God will graciously give His children who ask Him in faith (Luke 11:13). Hope this answers your question! Bless you. :)

4 06 2014
JDVC

Another question Sir, if you would care to answer? if the Holy Spirit abides in us meaning our salvation is sure and can’t be lost?

4 06 2014
dstewdesign

Would be happy to answer. :)

We are not saved through the Holy Spirit. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, however, is only available to those who are *already* saved. Hope this helps clarify.

26 05 2014
Darwinshort@gmail.com

According to the bible is the anti christ going to show up before or after the rapture?

28 05 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Darwin. Hope all is well with you. We do not know for sure the times in which these events will take place. Revelation 13 discusses the second beast and Revelation 14:3 references 144,000 that were (already) redeemed from the earth. That could have possibly referred to the “rapture” already taking place. There, however, is another passage in Matthew 24:21-24 that discusses great tribulation. Verses 22-4 says:

22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

These verses, especially verse 23, indicate that Jesus is providing instructions to believers that will be on the earth during this time of tribulation. If believers are on the earth, and this tribulation refers to the same one as Revelation 13 then there is room to interpret that the “rapture” will *not* take place before the anti-christ shows up. The good news, found in verse 24, is that God’s elect (those who are saved) will *cannot* be deceived! So, as long as we come to know the real Jesus before it’s too late our eternal destination will be secure. :)

Those who are not sure they will do to Heaven when the Lord returns can be sure by reading here: http://swordsharp.com/are-you-going-to-heaven/

Thanks for writing Darwin! Let us know if you need anything else. Bless you!

4 05 2014
Kenneth Dunn

Do Christian’s go directly to heaven when they die

4 05 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Kenneth. Hope all is well with you. We don’t know for sure how soon believers go to be with the Lord after death. One theory, based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, is that believers will “sleep” until Christ comes back, then join the Lord at the sound of the trumpet. This moment is commonly referred to in the church as the Rapture.

The other position is based on 2 Corinthians 5:6-8. Those in this category typically interpret Paul’s words as implying that as soon as a person dies (s)he is separated from the body and instantly present with the Lord. So Kenneth, the answer is we don’t know for sure… but as long as you have accepted forgiveness of sin through faith in the loving Lord Jesus Christ you can be 100% sure eternal life is yours!

13 04 2014
marrion o.

Shalom my question is r we blessing God or God bless us?if we r,hw do we bless him?thanks.

13 04 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Marrion. Bless *you* for your question. :) While God can certainly bless us (Malachi 3:10; Ephesians 1:3) the Bible demonstrates that, though different, people can bless God as well.

Psalm 16:7 says, “I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” The original Hebrew root word for ‘bless’ is “בָּרַך” or “barak,” which means to kneel, or bless in adoration. Psalm 34:1 gives us a bit more insight, saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” We bless God by praising Him. This can be done whether talking, or singing (Psalm 96:2). The praise does not always have to be verbal but it can be an action, like lifting one’s hands (Psalm 63:4; 134:2). However you choose to bless the Lord, bless the Lord at all times! Bless you Marrion. :)

30 03 2014
jahn

If God is perfect, then why did he make a covenant that failed?

30 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Jahn. Jesus said, “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” (Luke 16:17) The covenant God gave, or the ‘Law’, did not fail actually. The covenant was between two parties: God, and the people of God. It’s the people who broke the covenant:

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. – Isaiah 24:5

Like any contract, if one party breaks it that does not mean the other person isn’t credible and it also doesn’t mean the contract is invalid. It’s more accurate to say the people under the contract failed, even when God fulfilled His part of the deal.

In fact, God fulfilled the old covenant for us through Jesus Christ. That’s why He made a new covenant, one we could be seen as righteous under. He loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die on the cross to pay the heavy debt that we owed for breaking the Law. But, as you know, Jesus rose again from the dead with all power and stands as an advocate with the Father for your sins and mine. Praise God for the New Covenant!

25 03 2014
Damon Guilliam

Why do we have to be married to have sex

25 03 2014
dstewdesign

Good question Damon. While we may not have an exhaustive list of reasons why we have to be married to have sex, we do have this one from Jesus:

6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. – Mark 10:6-8

Jesus tells us here that men and women have to be married to have sex because God made it that way from the beginning. In other words, that’s how God designed it. We can see some of the negative affects when we do not have sex the way God designed us to when we look at all of the divorce, stds, broken hearts, trust issues, single parent households, etc. God wants us to have sex, He’s not trying to keep us from pleasure. Do it God’s way and you will reap the benefits. Blessings.

27 04 2014
Yolanda

Was JESUS a poor man ??

29 04 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Yolanda. Good question. We do not know for sure what the economic status of Jesus was. Chances are that Jesus was not very financially wealthy because of some of the circumstances surrounding Jesus, like being born in a manger instead of a hotel room or not having a place to rest, (Luke 2:16, Matthew 8:20). But it is possible Jesus was financially wealthy, at least to a certain degree. Consider how Jesus was given expensive gifts from childhood, how He needed a treasurer to keep track of His funds, and how the guards competed against each other over His desirable attire while He’s being executed (Matthew 2:11, John 13:29, Mark 15:24).

Was Jesus poor? We don’t know for sure. He could have been poor at one point in His life and wealthy at another point. What matters is that we listen to Him and store treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). :)

25 03 2014
Kerry Smith

What is a Godly soul tie? What is the difference between a Godly soul tie and an Ungodly soul tie? And is a Godly soul tie only for marriage?

25 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Kerry. The term “soul tie” is not in the Bible. But, if you’re referring to a sexual bond, the only Godly sexual bond is that within marriage. All other sexual bonds are considered either fornication or adultery, which are both sins. See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. But as that passage suggests, even if such a sinful bond has been made that person can still be washed, sanctified, and justified through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We’re here if you need anything else. Cheers.

18 03 2014
Martin Howard

Did the eunuch ask Philip to baptism him to show Philip that he believed or because Philip preached the Gospel? Why would Philip mention baptism to the eunuch if baptism was not required?

18 03 2014
Martin Howard

Is baptism required to have our sins forgiven? Does the word of God tell how to have our sins forgiven? Are sinners allowed into heaven? What must be done to have our sins forgiven according to God’s word?

18 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Martin. All good questions friend. Baptism is a demonstration of your salvation through Jesus Christ. So, it is not the physical act of washing with water that saves you, but the act of good faith toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21). The key to salvation is faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 4:12; etc.) Getting forgiven is as simple as saying a quick prayer to Jesus yourself where you confess your sins to God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

Are sinners allowed into Heaven? Friend, virtually all people in Heaven will have sinned in their lives.

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. – Romans 3:23-26

To summarize, confess you’re a sinner to God and know that He will forgive and cleanse you. If you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, believing that He died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the dead you will be saved. Know that God is not out to strike you down. If you’re in Christ and you sin you have an advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1). There is *no* condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:1)

For more details on salvation go here: http://swordsharp.com/are-you-going-to-heaven/

Please write back if you have anymore questions or you want to make sure you’re going to Heaven! Bless you Martin and may the Lord be yours forever!

19 03 2014
Martin Howard

Saul / Paul was told be baptized to wash away his sins. Acts 22:16 Baptisim was more important than food Acts 9 . The previous passages you sent me were writen to Christians they were already in Christ ” baptized”. Yes when a christian sins they must ask God to forgive them.

5 03 2014
Paul

How should you give pleasure to your wife according to the Bible?

7 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Paul. The best advice we can give is from Ephesians 5 verses 21 and 25 through 33. Submit to your wife out of reverence for Christ and hopefully she does the same. Also, love your wife as Christ loved the church. Love her as your own body. Feed her. Care for her. Present her as pure, holy, and spotless. Also, according to 1 Corinthians 7:4, remember that you should not have authority over your own body but you should yield it to your wife. Be benevolent and fulfill your marital duties (1 Corinthians 7:3). Do all of this and it will go a long way in pleasing your wife. Beyond that, different women have different desires. Ask your spouse how you can better pleasure her. Hope and pray she is blessed by your efforts to please her. May you be blessed and pleased in the process too brother.

4 03 2014
annette

I’m just feeling disgusted with my oldself. it’s like I’m trying so hard to live a new but then the old me is still around. and yuck. I want to quit failing God. I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. I’m praying but I need guidance. help me please.

12 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Annette. Check out our page on overcoming temptation (http://swordsharp.com/how-do-i-overcome-temptation-and-stop-falling-to-the-same-sins/)

Know we are praying for you, love you, and know God will bring the best out of you in Jesus’ Name! Let us know if you need anything else! Bless you. :)

2 03 2014
Diana Fisher

Are the Secret Arts in Exodus performed by demons or are they just mans defiance in God?

7 03 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Diana. Please provide specific passages regarding what you are referring to and we would be happy to help. Best wishes.

27 02 2014
Danielle

If someone were to commit suicide, are they automatically damned? Is there any chance they will be forgiven? What if they are of diminished capacity due to mental illness, in other words aren’t fully aware of their actions. Is there any hope after the horrible thing is done?

21 02 2014
annette

how do I know what Jesus wants me to do? how do I listen and learn his wisdom?

24 02 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Annette. The Bible says, “5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) The first step is to trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own wisdom above what God says. If you acknowledge God in all of your decisions God will direct them. Don’t know which direction to take? Ask God. Then have faith He will answer.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:5-6

Reading the Bible will grow your faith (Romans 10:17), which will help you with that last scripture. It will also help you identify God’s will because it is His Word and it contains His direction. It’s filled with the Lord’s wise counsel. After you ask God for His direction and wisdom look for God’s answer. God may answer you with a word that will be confirmed through two or three people (Matthew 18:16). He may speak through a feeling that you get internally. You may even get an excerpt of scripture that speaks exactly to your situation. Just listen, love, and walk Spiritually (not in sin but in righteousness per Romans 8). Bless you Annette. Write back if you need anymore clarity. Best wishes.

13 02 2014
Ariel Hilliard

I was raised by a Catholic family and I’ve been trying to come closer to God. My question is how do I do that. I’ve asked people and I’m just gotten more and more confused and starting to lose the will to do so. My boyfriend has been taking me to his Baptist church and that only has me more confused no one gives me a even slightly a close answer as any one else that I’ve tried talking to. I’ve tried to pray and now I’ve heard that there is a right way to pray so now I don’t pray because I think I’m doing it wrong. I’m so confused and lost

16 02 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Ariel. Drawing close to God is not as tough as you might think. Why? Jesus already did all the work. Jesus died on the cross for your sins because He loves you and did so to reconcile you to the Father (Romans 5:10-11; etc.). God made it so easy to be reconciled to Him that all you need to do is faithfully accept it. You believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, rose from the grave, and confess Him as your Lord then you have salvation! There’s no magic formula or extended list of tasks to get close to God. If you haven’t said that prayer to receive Christ as Lord of your life write back and we will make sure you get the relationship with God you are looking for.

Once that is done there are other things you can do to feel closer to God. First, God is a Spirit, but He is also His Word (John 1:1). If you want to draw closer to God read your Bible. Meditate on scripture daily and you will begin to feel God’s presence. Second, God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Praise God, whether in church, at home, in your car, or in the shop. If you praise God, He will be there. If you do your part and draw near to God then He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Know that when you’re a child of God He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), so you’re not alone. In fact, He knows what you’re going to ask Him before you start praying (Matthew 6:8)!

Praying is not as difficult as it may seem. Praying as easy as talking on the phone. Just talk to God in your private time. If you’re not living in sin He is attentive to your prayer (1 Peter 3:12). God will certainly hear your prayers if you are righteous in His sight (Proverbs 15:29). And you are righteous in God’s sight if you just believe in Christ (Romans 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; etc.). Finally, ask the Father to simply fill you with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God Himself (2 Corinthians 3:17), and if He lives inside you then He can’t get any closer, right? God will fill you with His Spirit willingly. In fact, Jesus phrased it:

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? – Luke 11:9-13

Do all the things above and we guarantee you will draw closer to God than you ever thought possible. Let us know if you need anything else Ariel. God bless! :)

10 02 2014
James gonzalez

Where does it say we will be reunited with are loved ones

15 02 2014
dstewdesign

Hi James. The Bible does not tell us that we will be re-united with loved ones, necessarily. It depends on the context of your question. If you mean “after death” then it depends on the eternal destination of the loved ones. Assuming all loved ones have had the penalty for their sins forgiven by faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, then the scripture you may be referring to is:

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

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

If you’re not confident you, or your loved ones will be reunited in Heaven after this life ends please write back or email and we’ll be sure help you get there! Bless you James!

25 01 2014
Mary Medina

What dose circumcision mean in yhe bible the way its used in roman and old testament

8 02 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Mary. Circumcision was the sign of the covenant between God and Abraham’s lineage (Genesis 17:10). Circumcision, as you likely know, became part of the Hebrew Law which was effective until Christ died (Galatians 3:13; etc). Romans 2, 3 and 4 discuss circumcision to paint the picture that the simple fleshly act does not justify us, but rather the inward covenant we make with our hearts. The takeaway is that we are not justified by circumcision, but by our faith in Christ. Hope this helps. Bless you! Write back if you need any further clarification.

25 01 2014
science

God created heaven and earth then what about outer space

8 02 2014
dstewdesign

Hello friend. The Bible says:

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. – Genesis 1:16

This is the place where it is mentioned that God created what we know as outer space. Bless you friend!

21 01 2014
William Willis

Where does the Bible say that it’s wrong for a woman to wear pants?

22 01 2014
dstewdesign

Hi William. The Bible does not say that it’s wrong for women to wear pants. The verse you’re probably referring is Deuteronomy 22:5, which says men should not dress like women and vice versa. This would imply women can wear pants made for women, or even uni-sex clothes. Cheers!

18 01 2014
angela lynnbmbk

Will your husband. Be your husband. And you r write be your wife in heaven after you die

19 01 2014
dstewdesign

23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

27 And last of all the woman died also.

28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Matthew 22:23-32

No, your husband will not be your husband as on earth. In Heaven we will be like the angels. Cheers Angela.

16 01 2014
Rebecca

I was having a discussion with my husband about forgiveness and I was wondering how many times our Lord will forgive us for our sins? He thinks that the Lord will onky forgive you once for that sin. He also thinks that he doesn’t forgive those who commit adultery or murder. I want to give him the right information and not the wrong info. Which he seems to have already gotten. Thank u

19 01 2014
dstewdesign

Hello Rebecca. The Bible only discusses one unforgivable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31). That same passage says every other sin can be forgiven. Jesus saves sinners of all varieties.

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

This includes murderers. If you hate someone, you’re a murderer (1 John 3:15). But, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). God is good. Peter asked Jesus how often he should forgive his brother who sinned against him. Jesus told him “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). Forgiving only once is not in God’s character. Think of how many times the Israelites turned away from God and how He accepted them back. God’s grace is abundant. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1). Hope this helps. Please let us know if you need any other scriptures. God bless.

12 01 2014
Lee

Hi, I recently read a tweet from an apologist about Romans 7:14-25. In it he said this passage is misunderstood and that Paul is not describing himself, but is portraying an unregenerate man. My questions are, was Paul talking about himself or a imagined character used for descriptive purposes and how does scripture support either case? Also, what does the term unregenerate mean? I’ve heard it used a few times and it would help to have a clearer understanding of the term.
Thanks and God bless you and your ministry.

19 01 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Lee. Paul is describing the state of Mankind and personalizes in the process. Generalizations are used in places like verse 1 which says, “the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth,” and verse 5, “when we were in the flesh…” I think it is more correct to say Paul is not *just* describing himself but all people before they know Jesus. Paul asks the question “who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Verse 25 and Romans 8:1 he answers the question, saying “through Jesus Christ.” We know Paul has already been saved at this point and knows Jesus, so this is further evidence that Paul is not referring to his current condition.

As for your second question, an “unregenerate man” is someone who is not born again, knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you need anything else please feel free to write back.

Bless you Lee!

20 01 2014
Lee

Thanks, that’s a great description and it makes sense. It does bring up some more questions for me though. If Paul is describing man before knowing Christ does that mean once we have Christ in us we literally stop sinning? I can do ok in keeping from sin for a little while(really it’s probably just a breathe of time), but ceasing sin completely proves extremely difficult in our fleshly condition. Especially sins of the mind. I am wondering, if sin is an example of a man without Christ, and I am still struggling in sin, do I truly belong to Jesus or not? How does one know they are forgiven if they still sin?
Thanks for the help.
God bless.

22 01 2014
dstewdesign

Hi again Lee. Please be sure to read our page on overcoming temptation.

http://swordsharp.com/how-do-i-overcome-temptation-and-stop-falling-to-the-same-sins/

In Matthew 5:48 Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” We know this is impossible under the fallen state described by Paul in Romans 7, but in the last verse of that chapter he specifies that Jesus can save us from our bodies of death. Romans 8 tells us that if we walk in the Spirit there’s no more condemnation for sin and we are free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). The blood of Jesus makes us perfect in every good work to do His will (Hebrews 8:20-21).

Accepting Christ doesn’t imply never sinning again, but that one is free from sin’s bondage. We are no longer under the penalty of sin or slaves to our flesh. But we have to walk in the Spirit and not the flesh (Romans 8:1-11).

Getting saved is as simple as Romans 10:9-10. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins because He loves you. The Father raised Him from the dead 3 days later and He’s alive today in Heaven. All you need to do to be saved is believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again for your sins, (because He did!), and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Have you done this? If so, you’re saved! God didn’t make it complicated because He wants you in Heaven with Him eternally. He paid the penalty for your sins already and you don’t have to worry about paying for your own sins! If your father took you to a nice restaurant and said, “eat what you like, it’s on me,” do you nervously order an appetizer out of fear of not being able to pay the bill? No! Jesus paid the penalty for your sins. The debt is fully paid. Even future sins done after you get saved! (1 John 2:1).

Here’s what you need to know:

1) If you followed the Romans 10:9-10 steps listed above then *yes*, you are saved and forgiven, even if you’ve messed up many times since.
2) Yes, you can, and will, stop falling to the same sins, though it may take some effort and discipline on your part. (See the overcoming temptation link above and walk as the victorious champion you are!)
3) You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you’re not then you can be right now because that’s the Spirit that gives you power to live the life we’re called to live. It’s as simple as asking (Luke 11:11-13). Just say this prayer, “Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name.” And in the Name of Jesus you’re filled right now.

Hope this helps. Please write back if you need anything else Lee. Bless you friend. Expect victory!

29 12 2013
Paula

Did Jesus go to hell when he died on the cross and was separated from God?
I cannot locate scripture to support this.

30 12 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Paula. While there is room to interpret that Jesus did not go to Hell, due to debates regarding the interpretation and meaning of the original language used, the scriptures seem to imply that Jesus did in fact go to Hell briefly before rising from the dead.

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. – Psalm 16:10

In Acts 2:27 Peter referenced this passage when testifying about Christ and the Holy Spirit to the crowd after the miraculous events on the Day of Pentecost. He continued in versus 31 and 32 saying:

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Hope this was what you were looking for. God bless!

30 12 2013
Lee

Hi, i have a follow up question about Jesus descending into hell. Is 1 Peter 3:18-19 also talking about this? If not, how can i understand those scriptures?

Thanks for your help:)

3 01 2014
dstewdesign

Hi Lee. We don’t know for sure if 1 Peter 3:18 refers to people in “Hell” or something else. It is possible that this place could be referring to the same location that Abraham and Lazarus were in, which is distinct from Hell and is possibly distinct from Heaven, in Luke 16:19-26. Some speculation is better than others, but it still remains that there is no 100% conclusive data that we can get from this scripture regarding where the prison is. Wish we could provide more clarity. Be blessed Lee.

16 12 2013
priskah

hi! i am actually in a relationship with a muslim… i am 17 and he’s 19 i’ve done a lot of bad things in the past, i’ve trusted people i shouldent have etc. and max (my actual bf) is just so different. he believes in god he prays , he respects the fact that am a christian and that i am not willing to change anyday! so my question is. if we ever get married eill god bless our union? am i allowed to be with a non christian man? plus i am not a virgin.. if i repent will god forgive me? please answer am very worried. i am young but i want to fix things with god i need him in my life

27 12 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Priskah. Hope you had a merry Christmas. The Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). Marriage is a form of being yoked with someone, and the yoke would be with an unbeliever if he is Muslim and you are not. While God can bless you, whether in or out of sin, it is not God’s will for you to marry an unbeliever. If we let Satan convince us to go for the “right now” union rather than wait for the “right” union then we will potentially put ourselves in hard situations later. If Abraham didn’t rush to produce Ishmael but just waited on God to produce Isaac then the children of Israel would not have all the tension they’ve been having against Ishmael’s descendants. Moses would have taken his people into the promised land if he had just spoken to the rock and waited for the water as God told him rather than rushing to hit the rock (Numbers 20:7-12). Rushing outside of God’s will can both delay and prevent blessings.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Psalm 37:6-7


4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Don’t worry about not having a better husband in the future. Don’t settle for Satan’s counterfeit solution. Wait on God. Delight in Him and He’ll give you the desires of your heart. Have a happy new year with the Lord Priskah! Bless you dearly.

20 11 2013
mathiubam

Can we go to heaven without baptism?please let me know in detail with bible references.

24 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. Believers are called to be baptized (Acts 2:37-38). But, it’s not the bodily washing of water that saves you, it’s the death and resurrection of Christ that does so (1 Peter 3:21). Faith in Christ saves us and grants everlasting life (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). Our works don’t save us; salvation is a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9). Hope this helps. God bless.

17 11 2013
Kirk Howard

These two questions are very controversial with regards to doctrine in our present time, so I would very much like to hear what you believe on these two subjects and the scriptures you found your belief on.
What is women’s roll in the Church and is instrumental music the way we should worship or acapella?

24 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Kirk. We can only provide insight as far as the Bible gives it. While women can certainly do ministry (Acts 18:26; Philippians 4:2-3), the debate is whether they can have authority over or teach men. While the Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:12, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Ultimately, it is difficult to conclude without conflict whether the command was time dependent or whether it is still active today.

As far as worship is concerned, Psalm 150 clearly indicates that musical instruments are completely acceptable tools to praise the Lord. Hope this helps answer your questions.

15 11 2013
amanda

Are seeing spirits a gift from god or the devil and can I use my gift to benefit god?

24 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Amanda. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17). The discerning of Spirits is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10). It is possible to use demonic power to conjure or connect with evil spirits (1 Samuel 28:7-15; 2 Chronicles 33:2-6; Acts 16:16-18), but the “gift” of the Holy Spirit is from God.

You can certainly use your gifts to benefit God by drawing others closer to Him. You can identify evil spirits plaguing one’s life that may have gone undetected otherwise. You can also encourage someone by alerting them to the angels they have around them. Stay prayerful and see how the Lord wants to use you. Bless you Amanda.

13 11 2013
kimberly

So the Hams that those say are cursed are actually any color in all races? Since we where seperated into color a few pages after Noahs time? Kim

13 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Kimberly. Noah cursed Canaan, Ham’s son, after Ham sinned against Noah in Genesis 9:24-25. There is no curse recorded for Ham here, or his other sons Cush, Egypt, and Put (Genesis 10:6). While the regions named after these children tend to trend darker we do not know what races they were exactly. Also, the Bible tells us the Lord separated the people and confused the languages (Genesis 11:5-9). We are not told that God separated people by races. Bless you.

14 11 2013
kimberly

Thank you!

11 11 2013
Pam Childs

If adam and eve were the first human beings were did the women come from that their sons married?

13 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Pam.

After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. – Genesis 5:4

Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.

6 11 2013
Barbie

If you were born with a gift, like being able to see and hear spirits, maybe even feel what they are feeling. How would you deal with that if you are true to your beliefs.
or Lets say if you were pronounced dead but have been sent back, say being reborn of of spirit and are now gifted to feel what others emotions are, or sense a presence like a sixth sence you might say. Would you call me evil or am I like in Corithians… Have been given a gift by the Lord thy God. Our Creator of heaven and of earth.

13 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Barbie. Thanks for asking. While there are certainly people who tap into the demonic realm to gain supernatural powers of observation (Acts 16:16-18) God certainly blesses certain individuals in with gifts from the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and 27-31. It appears like the Lord has blessed you with a gift of (spiritual) discernment. Spend time with God and ask Him to reveal more about your gifts to you. Don’t let the enemy try to trick you into thinking the gifts God has given you are not from the Lord. If you ask God to give you wisdom on this matter, believe you’ll receive it and you will! (James 1:5-6)

We pray the Lord unleashes the fullness of His gifts in your life so you can edify those around you, drawing them closer to the Most High. Bless you.

2 11 2013
Maxwell Rodriquez

A skeptic asked me today,why wouldn’t God create any other civilizations besides ours? He also asked me if this was the best he could do.

3 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Maxwell. Skeptics, by definition, maintain a position of doubt, questioning a position. In this case the skeptic is questioning the existence of God. While the Bible does not touch on whether or not God created other life outside of Earth, if there was a direct answer to this question it would not help convince a skeptic that God actually exists. As a result, this skeptic does not care about actually finding out if God is real, but rather wants to create doubt within you. He decided his position already. That’s why the Bible says,Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. – 2 Timothy 2:23

Hope this helps. Cheers.

1 11 2013
Eddie Huckabee

What does the Bible say about inter-racial marriage?

3 11 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Eddie. There is no place for prejudice in the heart of a believer (James 2:8-9; etc.). So the race of one’s spouse is irrelevant in the eyes of the Lord. Hope this helps. Bless you.

28 10 2013
Kathie

Where does it say in the Bible, women should be quiet?

28 10 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Kathie. I believe you are referring to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 which says,

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

There is certainly heavy debate over this scripture, its applied meaning, its relevance to today, and beyond. Please write back if you have questions. Remember,

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

God bless.

28 10 2013
waschill

Hi. I have a questiin regarding the Hebrew Law. Since we are no longer bound to the Law but released by Jesus, why are the 10 Commandments important. You mention in you answers the we are no longer required to keep the Sabbath but, if that is the case, then why any of the other commandments be held to us. Why do we need to honor our parents? ect.

Thanks,
William

28 10 2013
dstewdesign

Hello William. The epistles (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, etc.) tend to emphasize the importance of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. One point frequently made is that no one is found righteous by keeping the Law, but rather by accepting the righteousness freely given through Christ. Take a read through Galatians, Romans, Colossians, etc. and you will see.

2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
- Galatians 3:2-13

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:24-26

As far as the commandments are concerned:

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:8-10

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. – 1 John 5:2-3

I pray this clarifies everything. Bless you friend.

28 10 2013
Valentine Rangel

Christ kept the law for us because no Hebrew nor no other human begin could do it,in reality.Christ is also the end of the law, when he said it is, “finished”, at the Cross.If you are a Christian,then God makes you to be IN Christ at the Cross and after the Cross.Your Old human spirit is at the Cross IN Christ and your New human spirit is now alive IN Christ after the Cross. This New human spirit IN Christ is what keeps the law for, in and through us.The power of Sin, wants us to believe we can keep the law,so we fail and try again and again. So we live by choices we believe in Satan or God!

10 10 2013
michael jones

Why did Jesus tell the evil spirits and others not to tell who He was and is there scripture to support why He warned them not to tell who He was?

14 10 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Michael. God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) so we may not understand why God does the things He does. But Philippians 2 may provide some insight into why Jesus wanted to avoid the reputation:

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Bless you Michael.

18 09 2013
David

Hello there I am having confusion understanding the passage in 1 Corinthians 11, God willing, I am going to be married soon and I want to be a Godly husband and leader, in 1 corinthians 11:16 it says

If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice–nor do the churches of God.
And verse 4 and 5 sound pretty clear cut to me and it seems like Paul wants the churches to keep this tradition (verse 2). my woman to be is not use to wearing a veil or covering but it seems like the Bible wants her to, can u help clarify, I want to understand this passage the way God wants me to.

22 09 2013
dstewdesign

Hello David. It is very good you are studying to show yourself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). If your church follows the practice of women wearing coverings in church then you want to obey the order established by the overseer (1 Corinthians 16:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14). Other churches may not enforce that rule. We are saved by grace through faith, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). In the spirit of Romans 14, if you and your wife choose to follow this practice then may the Lord bless you. If not, you should not feel judged and you should not judge others regarding this. All things are lawful (1 Corinthians 6:12). Be careful not to fall under the power of any legalistic restrictions (Galatians 5). May the Lord bless you and your wife David!

13 09 2013
Tim

How do you keep evil thing out of mind?
Nd keep Jesus I’m control?

14 09 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tim. Please read Romans 12. There you will find detailed examples of how we should think act that are counter intuitive to our desires and / or upbringing. Romans 12:2 tells us our minds need to be renewed. The way we transform from a carnal mind to a spiritual mind is through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1-9). Finally, scripture tells us:

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (Matthew 12:35).

If you store evil in your heart your mind will bring forth evil. So make every effort to avoid listening to evil, both internally and externally. Avoid watching evil people, entertainment, readings, etc. Also, be sure listen to and watch as much good and Godly treasure as you can to help you think on those things. Read your Bible daily. Do these things and your mind is sure to be transformed. Write back if you need anything else. Cheers.

11 09 2013
Danielle

I’ve been doing some bible study later and am wondering what your take is on the after life? On purgatory. on heaven and hell, and also about Saturday , not Sunday being the day of rest?and how did it get confused, and what can I do? Should I continue to rest on Sunday?

14 09 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Danielle. There is no mention of Purgatory in the Bible. The Hebrews 9:27 says, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Revelation 20 and 21 give us insight into this Judgment, notifying us that people whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter the “New Jerusalem” and those whose names are not written in the book of life will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

As far as which day you choose to rest, it doesn’t matter according to the Bible.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days” – Colossians 2:16

Hope this helps! Be blessed.

31 08 2013
sandra

Pls. Did Jesus have brothers if yes who are there.

14 09 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Sandra. Regarding Jesus, this passage was written in Mark 6:3

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Cheers. :)

28 08 2013
holly coffay

Is it appropiate to drink around non-believers? I would think this would not be a very good testimony. I wrestle with whether it iis even have a right to go to a bar and drink. How do the non-believers know whether a be.
liever is buzzed or not? At what point do you draw the line as a Christian. If its ok to do things in moderation as a Christian then why would a non-christian have a
desire to change? What about smoking? Would smoking be ok if one smoked in moderation?
Please forgive anyy typo! It is very difficult typing. I dont think. That

29 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Holly. Scripture says, “‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say – but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’ – but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12). If an action is not sinful to a person then, in general, it is within a believer’s legal right to do it. This, however, turns into sin when the action master’s a person, e.g. addiction. Another example of an action, otherwise not sinful, being an act of sin is when the task makes another person stumble in their faith (Romans 14). If you know a person is addicted to chocolate and their on a diet, but you eat chocolate in their face, knowing it will lead that person back into gluttony then you committed a sin (Romans 14:20-21).

Apart from making an unbeliever stumble, or turn further away from God, their opinions of you do not matter. What matters is that you have faith that your actions are fine in God’s sight (Romans 14:22-23). If you have doubts that your actions are ok before God, but you do them anyway, then you are walking in sin (Romans 14:23).

Getting drunk is a sin (1 Peter 4:3; Romans 13:13). Being high, or under the influence, means a person is mastered by the substance (s)he took and also that the person does not have a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). While the act of puffing a cigarette or consuming alcohol is not necessarily a sin, getting drunk or high is. With that said, according to Romans 14,”the line” for each believer is different, but in each case it is dependent on a person’s relationship with God. My line may be not drinking but your line may be an occasional sip of wine. A person who truly receives Christ will become a new creation whose mind will transformed (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17). God will work on their hearts, so we won’t have to. ;) Hope this helps! Stay blessed.

28 08 2013
Jeremy

Hey I was wondering..if the only way for salvation is threw Jesus ..what happens to the people that never heard about him when they die?

29 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Jeremy. This is a good question that is debated within the Christian community. Some believe Romans 2:12-16 implies those who have never heard the Gospel of Christ will be judged by their consciences. Others might argue that Romans 10:13-15 implies that those who never heard of Jesus are in grave danger since He is the only Way people can be saved from the penalty of their sins (Acts 4:12; John 14:6).

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! – Romans 10:13-15

While we do not know the state of those who never heard of Christ, we do know that we are called to do the work of an evangelist and spread the Gospel of Jesus to those in need (2 Timothy 4:5; Mark 16:15). Stay blessed.

25 08 2013
lesego

In Which book did God say women must submit to their husband

25 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello there. Wives are directed to submit to their husbands in Ephesians 5:22 and Colossians 3:18. Blessings!

23 08 2013
April Gardner

What does the bible say about wedding ceremonies? Is it important or is it something man created?

24 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello April. There are wedding ceremonies referenced in the Bible (Matthew 22; Luke 12; etc.) Jeremiah 2:32 references wedding ornaments, or a bride’s attire, implying special clothing for a wedding ceremony. There are no acts of sin in the Bible in reference to lack of a wedding ceremony. But we are aware of the sins like adultery or fornication that exist as a result of not being married (Matthew 5:27-28). Whether you have a big wedding or you just take your spouse to the court house the Bible does not command us to have a ceremony with our partners, but just that we marry them. God bless!

20 08 2013
Austin Mikuli

How do we overcome depression? We see it in our friends and sometimes even ourself. It seems to take the enjoyment out of life and makes it hard to smile and be glad. I pray for strength and that I can crawl out of this hole I’m in but it seems to keep dragging me back down. I don’t know how to be humble and joyful at the same time. I just want to enjoy the life and blessings God has given me but I feel weighed down and almost hopeless.

24 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Austin. Depression and anxiety are closely linked. Here’s what the Bible says about it.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Praying to God is the start for peace of mind and heart. When you feel depressed where do you go? Video games? Food? Other? You need to make sure you go to God first (Matthew 6:33). It makes sense to feel a lack of strength during a depression attack because the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

The word used for “blessed” in the Bible also means “happy.” So we can look for characteristics in scripture to help us identify ways we can operate in holy happiness and ultimately receive our joy. Psalm 1 tells us we are blessed, or happy, when we are not around sinful people, environment, and don’t walk in sin ourselves. We are blessed when we delight in God’s Word and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2). In Matthew 5 Jesus gives many more attributes of blessed people. Romans 14:22 mentions, “Happy is he that condemneth not himself…” If there’s something you are condemning yourself for you need to confess it to God and get forgiven (1 John 1:9). “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

Finally, don’t be carnally minded but spiritually minded. The carnal mind brings death but the spiritual mind brings life and peace (Romans 8:6). Relying on your eyes and circumstances tangibly around you can lead to depression. But those who rely on faith are blessed (Galatians 3:9). Trust God. Bless you Austin.

19 08 2013
Ricky Roberts

Just would like too first say thank you for responding to my first comment, & surprisingly you responded within a matter of only a few hours. I commented to you about my physical & psychological bondage to prescription medication prescribed too me from my Dr for my diagnosis of severe chronic anxiety, & panic attacks as well as agoraphobia ( a fear/timidity of being around others.) I do not know what brought this on. I mean if I do not take the medication than I become so totormented in my mind. I notice that I become extreamly timid, passive, internally self concious, nervous, feel confused & the self consciousness becomes so severe &intense I am even unable to make eye contact wit someone. The only thing that seems to be effective is the xanacks. But I am now addicted to this medicine. And because its a benzodiazapine, it is extreamly dangerous to get off of, mainly because of the seizures & horrible hallucinations. When you responded to me you requested that I repeat the prayer you had outlined for me, & I repeated that payer from my heart & wit all my heart. When I awoke this mornin I activated my faith & believed for my deliverance. But after awhile I could feel the discomfort of the withdrawals slowly creeping in, until I could not bare it anymore. I felt so disappointed & let down & mainly discouraged. I have been prophesied over on 3 different occasions by 3 different men & woman of God that I have a calling on my life for evangelism, but how can I evangelize when I am tormented & plagued wit psychological issues that cause me to be timid, passive & self conscious? Or if I continue to take the medicine that helps me to function normally around others, but then again how can I promise addicts on the street that God can deliver them from every & any bondage wen the whole time I myself am still bound?I refuse to do that! I wanna beable to look people in the eyes & tell them God is able to set them free because He did it for me. If this problem I have is neurological or psychological due to chemical imbalances in my brain, or damages to my serotonin which produces endorphins & dopamines, am I living in din because I have to take this everyday? However if it is not my brain & rather is my mind, then that has to do wit the soulish realm, which could possibly mean this is a serious demonic attack on my mind. If so, where do I go to recurve deliverance? And how can I discern if its physical our spiritual? Oh the Lord knows how I long for deliverance. How I long to serve & follow Him free from any & every bondage. I need a miracle! A miracle that only God can perform! Oh Lord I long for my freedom! Lord let not people ever beable to say You were unable to deliver & fix me. For Your great Names sake set me grew from all yokes off bondages. Surely Your mighty right hand is not to short to save. Surely You Who delivered an entire nation from 430 years of bondage & slavery & out of the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, is more than able to deliver one of Your children from thier bondage & slavery!
I just really wanna know if this is physical like a chemical imbalance, if I am not abusing the medication but taking it accordingly, am I living in sin?

24 08 2013
dstewdesign

Ricky, let’s continue this chat via email and we can get into more details. Provide your location and we will do our best to get you in touch with someone who can pray with you for deliverance. Cheers. SwordSharpStudios@gmail.com

18 08 2013
Ricky Roberts

I am a Christian & according to the Word of God am born again & am a new creation in Christ. However due to my many years of drug addiction, the drugs damaged areas of my brain that have caused a chemical imbalance has in turn developed severe chronic anxiety & sometimes panic attacks. I am on a very strong drug for this diagnosis known as xanacks which is a drug often abused by addicts to get high. I am physically &psychologically addicted & am in bondage to this medication. And I absolutely hate it! I do not want to be enslaved or in bondage to anything, &I believe either does my Savior Who the Word says” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”, & “He whom the Son sees free is free indeed.” However I am not free, but long for my freedom. I just need to know does God hold me accountable or am I living in habitual sin because I take this medication everyday. He knows in my heart how much I hate it & have prayed with tears streaming down my face for Him to deliver me & restore & heal my mind. What are your thoughts on my situation ?

18 08 2013
dstewdesign

Ready to get set free Ricky? It sounds like you are. First, it is not God’s will that we are ever bound by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12). You will not accept the report of the doctor but you will accept the report of the Lord. The enemy may be trying to attack you but no weapon formed against you will prosper. “Vengeance is Mine” thus saith the Lord. The panic attacks are a fear tactic induced by the enemy. But God has not given you the spirit of fear but of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

So here’s what I want you to do. Say this prayer and mean it from your heart. By the time we are done you will be set free for good.

Father, I am so sorry for my sins. You know my heart and that I want to live right by you. But I need your help. Your word says that if I confess my sins that you are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse my of my unrighteousness. Father, I confess to you right now I am a sinner. I no longer want to be addicted to Xanacks or any other substance physically or mentally. I renounce right now the spirit of addiction, the spirit of fear, the spirit of timidity, the spirit of doubt, the spirit of unforgiveness, and every other unclean spirit I’ve ever been in agreement with. I no longer want you spirits in my life and I command you to leave me, my house, my family, my bloodline, and the rest of my environment for good in Jesus’ Name! I repent of all of my addictive habits, un-Godly ways, and every other sin I’ve committed knowingly or unknowingly right now in Jesus’ Name. Now Father, according to your Word, you have forgiven me and are cleansing me right now of al of my unrighteousness. I need you Lord and I accept your cleansing right now in Jesus’ Name.

Dear Lord, we are in agreement with our brother Ricky that he is set free. I speak to every unclean spirit that’s been attacking Ricky and I command you to go right now in Jesus’ Name. Ricky is no longer in agreement with you and you no longer have any right to be there. We command you unclean spirits to depart from his body, home, and family right now and never return in Jesus’ Name. The Lord Jesus Christ has given us the power over the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us (Luke 10:19). According to Matthew 18:18-19 whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven, and if two or more of us agree anything we ask will be done for us of our Father in Heaven. So we bind every spirit of the enemy that’s been upon Ricky and every attack of the enemy right now and cast you out, never to return to him or his household in Jesus’ Name. We also agree for the healing of your mind and body right now Ricky and declare you healed and set free right now in Jesus’ Name. Now Ricky, pray this quick prayer and mean it from your heart:

Father, please fill me and seal me with your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart we’re going to agree with you right now that God filled you with the Holy Spirit. God wants to give us the Holy Spirit, all we need to do is ask for it and accept it by faith (Luke 11:11-13). Is there anything too difficult for God? Isn’t God the Almighty Deliverer? Do you think He will sit back and do nothing while His children get oppressed by the enemy? Is God not faithful? God is both able, and willing to help you. Believe and accept it by faith. Now walk it out. You are no longer in need of any drug. The Great Healer, the Great Physician, Jesus our Lord has healed you. It is so. Now walk in victory brother. Please write back with what the Lord has done for you and let us know if you need anything else. Remember, God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear but will always provide you a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Hold on to that brother and do not let Satan convince you that you have to fall again or be bound by a drug. Who the Son sets free is free indeed!

15 08 2013
Ciera

One other question. I currently moved and I haven’t found a church to go to in my area (Chicago Ridge, IL). Are there any good churches you know of in maybe a 15mi radius?

17 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. After looking up your area, this church looked most-likely to be a good church http://www.epcchicago.org/location.html

Unfortunately, we have no affiliation with the Chicago area and thus are unable to direct you from experience. Please observe some of their online sermons and / or visit. We pray you find the right church if this one does not happen to be it. Bless you!

15 08 2013
Ciera

Hi. What does the bible say about constantly sinning intentionally even though you know its a sin and constantly asking for forgiveness for the same sin (like on a daily basis)

17 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Ciera. The Bible says,

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8

It also says

6 No one who lives in him (Jesus) keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Those who confess their sins to God will not only be forgiven, but they will be cleansed of their unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So the Lord will help us get on the right track if we let Him. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear but will always provide us a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Just don’t give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Hope this helps!

9 08 2013
mathiu

bible and science have different stories/theories about the human origin.Which one is right? can they go together hand in hand?

10 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. The Bible is always right, and science does not always contradict what is displayed in scripture. In many cases science supports the claims the Bible made prior to science’s knowledge of the facts. Here’s a sight we found with some of these scientific facts:

http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/scientificfactsintheBible.shtml

Hope this helps!

8 08 2013
Danielle

How dose one get right with God after having a child out of wedlock. And what of the child. I never married the child’s father.

10 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Danielle. Even King David admitted his mother conceived him in sin (Psalm 51:5). David even committed adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-5) and had her husband killed (2 Samuel 11:6-17). The two eventually had a child together, King Solomon, whom the Bible says the Lord loved (2 Samuel 12:24). Despite all of David’s shortcomings the Lord still chose his bloodline to produce the Messiah, Jesus (Matthew 1:1; etc.).

How does one get right with God? All it takes is to confess to Jesus that you’re a sinner and he will forgive you in addition to cleansing you (1 John 1:9). Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is you Lord and believe that He died on the cross for your sins and rose again from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). Make every effort to repent, or turn away from the wrong things you’ve done and try hard to live for Jesus doing righteous things (2 Peter 3:9). Then just ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13; Romans 15:13; etc.). Do those things and you will be justified before God (1 Corinthians 6:11). Need help doing this? Write or email back. It would be our pleasure!

7 08 2013
karen

If living with someone. For 25 years and raised 6 kids and not married means I will not enter heaven and my prayers wont be answered

10 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Karen. God will answer the prayers of someone living in sin, but there are conditions:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

You need to confess your sins to God to be forgiven and cleansed (1 John 1:9). God will hear the prayer of a sinner willing to repent. According to 1 John 1:9 you can be forgiven and cleansed of all of your sins. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done wrong for the last 25 years or the last 25 seconds, God still loves you and wants you to be saved as you walk in relationship with Him (John 3:16; 17:3; 1 John 5:20). The good news is that God has graciously given you another day to get things right. If you turn away from all activity God would deem sinful and dedicate your life to live righteously God will certainly hear all of your prayers (1 John 5:14-15; 1 Peter 3:10-12; James 5:16). Need more info on how to get your relationship right with God? Not confident you’re going to Heaven when this life ends? Please write or email back and we’ll be happy to make sure you get on the right track!

5 08 2013
mrtunstill

We just lost an aunt on my wifes side of the family a couple of days ago. The aunt is our grandmothers little sister. Another woman that works in the town we are from is known to be a medium. That woman contacted our grandmother asking for permission to meet up, because she says our aunt is keeping her up at chatting her ears off. She says that our aunt has a msg for our grandmother, and then revealed some personal information to her that only a few people had any knowledge of. She came to us for advice, but all I could do is tell her what I felt about the thing, and what scriptures that I have found that led me that way. Now I have a few questions. Since we are instructed to keep away from mediums in the old testament, is it safe to say that mediums are real? If so who exactly.are mediums contacting? What advice can we give her, and scriptures to show to back it up?

6 08 2013
dstewdesign

The Bible does clearly tell us not to turn to mediums (Leviticus 19:31). In Leviticus 20:6 God says He will set His face against anyone who turns to a medium or spiritist. While the Old Testament Law no longer needs to be enforced since Christ fulfilled the Law (Matthew 5:17; Romans 10:4; etc.), God’s character remains the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Being a medium, spiritist, witch, diviner, or the like is detestable before God (Deuteronomy 18:9-11; etc.). The Bible mentions these because they are very real and can cause trouble if you’re not careful.

This is not just an Old Testament concept. Observe Acts 16:16-19. There Paul and Silas encounter a slave girl possessed by a spirit “by which she predicted the future.” You see there that the mediums contact demonic spirits which give them information.

As for advice, the Bible tells us to hate what is evil but cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). I would advise your grandmother not to ever see this woman again because the Bible tells us to “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and not to give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). I’ve also heard many testimonies of such encounters leading to demonic possession and beyond. She will need to confess her sins to Jesus in order to be forgiven and cleansed (1 John 1:9). If a spirit did cling to her she will likely need to find a Holy Spirit filled believer and/or church to cast the devil out (Matthew 10:1; etc.). She will need to get her life right with Christ, submitting as a disciple of the Lord if she is going to get power over the demonic and avoid being hurt by the enemy (Luke 10:19; etc.). Hope this helps. I pray your family is protected, healed, delivered, and completely set free from the enemy and his attacks in Jesus’ Name.

4 08 2013
Scott

What does the Bible say about mixing the races?

6 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Scott. There is no place for prejudice in the heart of a believer (James 2:8-9; etc.). The only restriction the Bible gives Christians when it comes to dating or marriage is that the potential spouse is also a believer who shares your faith (2 Corinthians 6:14). Hope this helps. God bless.

1 08 2013
Piuslyn

In the bible it says we must confess all our sins to be saved and make heaven… etc does that mean we must mention every sin we’ve ever committed as we’re asking for forgiveness?? Or if we say “Lord, I confess all my sins to you, the ones I’ve done knowingly and unknowingly, forgive me” does that cover every sin? Thanks

1 08 2013
dstewdesign

Great question. God is able to forgive all our sins at once like Jesus did when healing the man sick of the palsy (Matthew 9:2; etc.). Jesus gave the example of the tax collector in Luke 18:13 repentantly requesting mercy for being a “sinner” in general without him giving specific examples. While repenting of specific sins is a biblical concept (Proverbs 28:13; Luke 15:21; James 5:16; etc.) the Bible never implies that one must list out an exhaustive list of all sins in order to be saved. Hope this helps!

28 07 2013
lee

Can the apochryphal or deuterocanonical books be substantiated with other scripture? Certain groups claim it was part of the septuagint which they also claim Jesus and the disciples used and quoted from during Christ’s time and the subsequent years of the apostles preaching. Is there any way to know whether or not these books are the inspired word of God?

1 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Lee. That is a good question, but not one we specialize in here. We strive to answer Bible questions pertaining to the 66 books, from Genesis to Revelation, that we acknowledge as God’s Word. Obviously God can speak to or through individuals outside of the Bible, but we do not aim to the validity of the divinity in other writings. We pray you find the answers you need in Jesus’ Name. Bless you!

28 07 2013
Richard

I have committed adultery with a woman. Who still married an married to her as well I have given my life to Christ an not know how to get out of the mess I’m in what should I do?

1 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Richard. The first thing you should do is confess your sin to Jesus for forgiveness in your prayer time asap (1 John 1:9; etc.). After that, realize you’re forgiven because Jesus will remove your sins from you as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Next is the tough part, repentance. You have to let Jesus cleanse you, making the effort to repent, or turn away from your sinful behavior toward a lifestyle of holiness (1 Peter 3:9; Hebrews 12:14; etc.). It will be difficult to do so if you stay in environments that will tempt you to fall in sin again. Do not give the devil a foothold for you to fall back into sin (Ephesians 4:27). All-in-all you need to avoid anything that might lead you to fall back into sin with this woman, or any other person. This includes places, texts, conversations, environments, entertainment, or anything else (Psalm 1; Luke 6:45; etc.). Know you are forgiven and walk as a man of God who appreciates the grace you received through Christ Jesus. Hope this helps. Let us know if you need anything else!

26 07 2013
Forrest

If a child dies before being born does he go to heaven or hell

27 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Forrest. The Bible does not address the eternal status of unborn babies. While some might argue that a baby can be conceived in sin (Psalm 51:5), and thus possibly go to Hell as a result, it is really difficult to Biblically justify an unborn child going to Hell. The Bible mentions that those who live under God’s Law break one point then they are guilty of all of it (James 2:10). Sin is the breaking of God’s Law (1 John 3:4). It is difficult to imagine a case where an unborn child can actively transgress against God’s Law, and thus be sent to Hell. This would also appear to be unjust and outside of God’s character. Ultimately, we cannot use scripture to 100% confirm an answer because this case in not mentioned in the Bible, but, given God’s character and other scripture, it is difficult to support the notion that an unborn baby can be sent to Hell. Be blessed.

25 07 2013
Tim

What was the chief priest role in the old testament

27 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tim. The chief or high priests were responsible for offering gifts and sacrifices to God on behalf of the people (Hebrews 5:1; etc.). Aaron was the first (Exodus 28:1; etc.). Hope this helps. God bless.

23 07 2013
Keith

what is the role of the Levites in the worship life of Israel

25 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Keith. The Levites serviced the tabernacle, along with other duties aiding the priests, working in the Tent of Meeting, etc. See Numbers chapters 3 and 18. Hope this helps.

21 07 2013
kevin

Is it ok for a married couple to have oral sex?

22 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hey Kevin. This is one of those topics where the Bible does not give a direct answer. We are more or less left to read between the lines of existing passages. Some would argue that it is a sin, making the argument that oral sex is non-vaginal sex, and, as a result, sodomy. They would argue this is one of the sins Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed for. Others would go further and argue that intentional ejaculation outside of vaginal sex with one’s wife is a sin. This belief stems from God’s killing of Onan as a result of him spilling his seed to the ground rather within his brother’s wife (Gen. 38:9-10). They may also argue that oral sex is not “natural affection” and falls under the same class of sin referenced in Romans 1:31, Colossians 3:5, and 2 Timothy 3:3.

On the other hand some believers believe oral sex is Biblically ok. These believers would turn to Hebrews 13:4 and argue that the marriage bed is not defiled, and therefore all consensual sexual activity between the husband and wife is fair game.

For this question, the answer is not 100% clear and thus leaves us to be led by the Holy Spirit’s guiding. The Bible says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Corinthians 6:12). Ultimately, in the spirit of Romans 14, if you feel guilt about doing it then don’t. Hope that helps Eric!

20 07 2013
mellia

What dose the bible ssy about a husband divorcing his wife just because hes not happy even though she didn’t cheat

22 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Mellia. Jesus said, “…I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” So it is a sin to divorce someone for any other reason. Let us know if you need anything else. God bless. :)

22 07 2013
Reshada Wilcox

Hey, I need to know what to do to become closer to God, it seem like the same thing is hindering me. I try to find love in relationships and I never find it. I feel like I will never find true love. I was talking to this guy, But as if today I’m not going to talk to him. He is really sweet, he treat me right, But he’s not a Christian; Get ask for my help to become a better person, he Pray at night. But u just don’t feel as if I need to be with him. We have been talking for 1 1/2 month and I have already gain during feelings for him as if we have been talking for years. If just upsets me when he ack as if he is to busy to talk to me. He works at 12 hour shift and he has a kid. I don’t know what to sleep But as of tonight I’m leaving him alone and focusing on me and God. Do you have any advice for me?

22 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hey Reshada. It seems like you already know what to do. You are choosing to stop being involved with a man that (1) appears to already have a family, and (2) is not a Christian. By choosing to do so you are making the right choice of being preventative before you fall to adultery (Matthew 5:28; etc.) sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; etc.) being unequally yoked with an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14), or some other sin. It is certainly the right choice to put away any sinful activity (Ephesians 4:31; etc.). If you seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness He will provide for all of your needs (Matthew 6:25-34).

We *so* encourage you to focus on getting your relationship with God right Reshada. That way you can ultimately be the woman of God you were called to be, which will ultimately bless your relationships as a future wife and mother. Stay prayerful and be sure to read your Bible daily. God bless you!

23 07 2013
Reshada Wilcox

Thank you so much for your help

23 07 2013
Reshada Wilcox

Hey. It’s me once again. I don’t know how to break it down to the person I was talking to, He thinks that I’m judging him and I’m not. What should I say? Should I just not say anything at all and hope he want call or text anymore or what? And by the way you have good advice; have you everyone thought about being a therapist?

27 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello again Reshada. “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” – Matthew 18:8

If you need to cut someone off to make sure your relationship with God is right then do so. This can certainly include not answering phone calls, etc. Don’t give Satan a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). Bless you.

24 11 2013
Reshada Wilcox

It has been a minute. Hey how have you been? I have a friend whom I meet in October at school. We became really close. We was in my dorm reading the Bible & talking about God, faith, and our past. Awhile after things got a little out of control but he stopped it before it went to far. I knew for a fact it was the devil’s work. I like the fact that he stopped it before it went to far & I feel like maybe that’s the person God has ordained me to be with but he has a girlfriend & him & I are only friends. I really don’t want yo be I’m a relationship with him but we both have caught feelings for each other. I get so impatient waiting , I feel say if everyone has their other half but me. I need to continue to focus on God & wait until he places my husband in my life. What do I need to do until then?

15 07 2013
john

How can I find a way to live with myself after the things I’ve done? Even though I am forgiven, I can’t forget what I’ve done and somehow forgive myself.

15 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi John. I feel like the Lord want’s me to tell you that He isn’t done with you yet. The pain you’ve caused in the past God will remember no more. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). John, stop holding onto the old ways. The Apostle Paul persecuted the church in his past. But he says in Philippians 3:13-14 that he is, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Your past is your testimony. Other than the blood of Christ, your testimony is key to helping others overcome their battle with the enemy (Revelation 12:11). Don’t let your past be the enemy’s tool to keep you down, but use your past as a tool to war against the enemy. You are more than a conqueror John (Romans 8:37). Greater is He that’s in your than he that’s in the world (1 John 4:4). I love you John. Don’t look back. Stay focussed on the prize. Your best days are ahead of you in Jesus’ Name.

21 07 2013
John

Thanks so much for your words. I know that is the truth. It just gets hard when daily life often reminds me of my mistakes. I still find myself committing the same sins that cause my guilt. I manage to resist for short periods, but end up relenting to them at some point.

The Psalms are a constant comfort, and I find myself reading more of Paul’s writings, so I am familiar with those verses. They help me more than I ever thought they could in the past. Thanks for reminding me of them. I have to keep the Word constantly in mind through listening or reading to keep my mind from wandering into dark thoughts. I am considering Christian counseling. Do you think that could help?

I think often about what the Lord wants me to do with my life, and how I can give some sort of testimony as you described. I have difficulty discerning what is God’s will and what is simply the will of my own mind. I’ve heard many messages about waiting upon the Lord, and hearing God’s direction, but how can I be certain that I am distinguishing God’s direction from my own thoughts and desires? Honestly these decisions often frighten me and I end up not doing anything, which makes me feel like I’m missing my purpose. Thank you again for the very real help you’ve given me. I’ll keep working at it! God bless you and this ministry.

22 07 2013
dstewdesign

Praise God and bless you for your kind words John. Definitely stay in the Word daily. Getting counseled by other believers is something all of us can benefit from (Proverbs 1:5; 12:15; 27:17; Hebrews 10:25; etc.).

Your understanding may have you confused about your future, but if you don’t lean on that, but rather trust in the Lord with all your heart and acknowledge Him in all your ways then He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6). We pray you find and walk in your Godly calling in Jesus Name!

20 07 2013
Fanie Barnard

What was the thorn in Pauls life?

22 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Fanie. According to 2 Corinthians 12:7, the thorn was a messenger of Satan.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a ***thorn in the flesh***, the ***messenger of Satan*** to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

If you are referring to the controversial debate as to whether this “thorn” was a physical infirmity or a spiritual attack it is not clear. Those who believe the thorn was purely spiritual would argue that a “messenger of Satan” is a spiritual entity and, thus, would not be physical. It appears to be most likely that the affliction was physical though because of Paul’s writings in Galatians 4:13 which says, “Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.” However, verse 14 follows by saying, “And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” The following verse refers to the infirmity as a “temptation,” which again, implies the possibility of a spiritual ailment. There is also the possibility that the “thorn” is both physical and spiritual, but again, there is not enough conclusive evidence to 100% verify one way or another. Hope this helps.

15 07 2013
chris vaughn

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SUICIDE. IS IT ACCEPTABLE IN ANY SITUATION. WHAT IF YOU HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS. DO YOU GO TO HELL

15 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Chris. Suicide is self-murder. The Bible clearly states that no murderer has eternal life in him (1 John 3:15; Galatians 5:21; etc.). This, of course, does not apply to past murderers who have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11; etc.).

We are not the judges of course, so it is not our place to assume that no one who ever started the process of committing suicide, repented, then died, ever went to Heaven. But we can infer from the scriptures that God will not be mocked and we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We can infer that God will not be tricked into letting anyone into Heaven who manipulates themselves into cutting their wrist and quickly repenting before losing consciousness. If you sow to the flesh you will reap destruction (Galatians 6:8) and according to Revelation 21:8 such unbelieving, unrepentant, murderers will be cast into the Lake of Fire. There are no exceptions mentioned, including those with mental problems. As long as a person has a working conscience they will be judged according to their works (Romans 2:15-16).

The desire for self harm and an unstable mind are both signs of demonic oppression (Mark 5:1-13; 2 Timothy 1:7; etc.). If you are struggling with this and you want to be set free say this prayer and mean it from your heart:

“Father, I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me for all the wrong I’ve ever done. I want to be saved. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for my sins, and rose again from the dead three days later. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I give my life to Him. I thank you Lord for saving my soul and changing my life. Now I renounce all ties, bonds, or covenants I’ve made with any unclean spirits, curses, or anything else demonic right not in Jesus’ Name. I cancel any assignments, deals, alliances or curses that I have made on myself, or that others have made on me, right now in Jesus’ Name. Father, purify me and purge me of all uncleanness and unGodliness right now in Jesus’ Name. Spirit of death, spirit of suicide, spirit of depression, spirit of lust, spirit of greed, and all other unclean spirits leave my body, spirit, presence, household, and family right now and never return in Jesus’ Name. I am a child of God and you no longer have any authority over my life. Be gone from my presence right now and forever in Jesus’ Name! I am no longer a slave to sin and am set free right now in Jesus’ Name. Now Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit and seal me. Purge me of all uncleanness and unrighteousness right now in Jesus’ Name. Sanctify me into the mighty man of God you have called me to be and use me for your glory in Jesus’ Name. I am your child Father God, now and forever, in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Lord!”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it from the bottom of your heart then you are set free! You are a new creation in Christ with all old ways past away and all things are become new! My brother I pray for you right now, and in Jesus’ mighty Name I command all unclean spirits and forces that have bound you to let you go right now in Jesus’ Name. Holy Spirit, let the fire of God begin to come upon Christ right now in Jesus’ Name and purge him of every trace of any lingering evil influence right now in Jesus’ Name. Evil spirits I bind you right now in Jesus’ Name and cast you out of Chris’ life, household, and family right now in Jesus’ Name. Who the Son set’s free is free indeed and Chris is set free *right now* in Jesus Name’. Spirit of fear, go now in Jesus’ name. Be thou removed in Jesus’ Name. God has not given the Spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. I speak that Spirit, that Holy Spirit, into Chris right now. Father, you say in your Word if a child asks for bread would a loving father give him a stone or scorpion? But how much more will you give the Holy Spirit to those that ask? Chris asked for your Holy Spirit Father and I declare, according to your Word, that Chris is filled with the Holy Spirit right now in Jesus’ Name. Thank you Jesus for hearing our prayer, for saving Chris’s soul, and for giving him new life in you! Now lead Chris to walk in relationship with you daily Lord in Jesus’ Name.

If you prayed that prayer Chris and meant it from your heart please write back. We’d love to hear how God just set you free! Bless you brother.

13 07 2013
Reshada

Yes it did help, thank you,; my cousn. Wanted to know. I’m trying to help her on the right path. She see me reading my Bible & saying my prayers yet she doesn’t try to do anything. All I can do is pray forher

14 07 2013
seyo

where did crucify Jesus?
what is the different between Shyon and Bethlehem?
Could you give some verse that talk about that ?
thank you.
God bless…..

15 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. Jesus was crucified at Calvary (Luke 23:33). Though Christ died on the cross, He rose again on the third day after His death (Romans 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; etc.). Also, the Bible does not contain the word “Shyon,” so unfortunately we do not understand what you are looking for there. But, Jesus was born in Bethlehem (John 7:42; etc.), if that helps. Hope your concerns were addressed! God bless.

25 07 2013
seyo

thank you, for your answer, but i still not sure.
Could you please, just tell the place where did they crucify Jesus, tell me about the verses that talk about that. thank you.

27 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello again. In the last answer we mentioned that Jesus was crucified at Calvary and gave the reference scripture, Luke 23:33, was in parenthesis. The NIV translation calls it the place of the Skull. Another word for Calvary is Golgatha. The location being referenced is near Jerusalem. Hope that clears any misunderstandings.

29 07 2013
seyo

Hi, how to chose the verses to preach the sermon?

1 08 2013
dstewdesign

Paul said, “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22). Identify your audience and find scriptures you can use to relate to them with the hopes of leading them to Christ. Otherwise, have faith, knowing that God will give you the right words to say (Mark 13:11; etc.). May the Lord use your voice mightily for His Kingdom in Jesus’ Name.

4 08 2013
seyo

thank for you help? God bless you…

4 08 2013
seyo

there are so many doctrine, which one is the better doctrine?

4 08 2013
Reshada Wilcox

Yes. How van I tell the difference between seasonal people and lifetime ppl? On Aug 4, 2013 10:04 PM, “SwordSharp.com” wrote:

> ** > seyo commented: “there are so many doctrine, which one is the better > doctrine?”

13 07 2013
Reshada

How did God become soooo powerful?

13 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Reshada. Romans 1:20 references God’s “eternal power.” It may be hard to grasp, but the simple answer is that God *always* had His great power. Hope this helps!

13 07 2013
Wade K. Waldron

How do you get to stay in heaven after judgement?

13 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Wade. Revelation 20 and 21 explains what happens at and after the Great White Throne Judgment. Verses 12 and 13 of chapter 20 explain that the dead are judged according to their deeds. Verse 15 explains that those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Those whose names are in the Book of Life get to live with God, as explained in chapter 21.

How do you get to stay there? Have your name written in the Book of Life. How do you get your name written in the Book of Life? Revelation 3:5 says, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” If those that overcome get their name written in the Book of Life, the next natural question is, what do we need to overcome? The two things mentioned in 1 John are “the wicked one” (1 John 2:13-14) and “the world” (1 John 5:4-5). Each scripture mentions how to overcome them:

1) Knowing the Father (1 John 2:13);
2) Having the Word of God abide in you (1 John 2:14)
3) Being born of God (1 John 5:4), and
4) Belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (1 John 5:5)

Diving into each would heavily extend this answer, but this is a good overview of generally what it takes to live with the Lord and get eternal life. Be blessed.

11 07 2013
sherry airah

Is there any lovelife in heaven? I mean like boy and girl relationship?

13 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Sherry. The Pharisees asked Jesus a similar question about married couples in the afterlife (see Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 20). Jesus said in Mark 12:25, “For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.” As a result, we do not expect to have any dating in Heaven apart from the union between Jesus, the Bride Groom, and His people (Matthew 9:15; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2; etc.). God bless.

8 07 2013
Ryan

It’s water baptism necessary to get to heaven

9 07 2013
dstewdesign

Good question Ryan. This is a highly debated topic within the Christian community. Some say that water baptism is essential because of passages like John 3:5 which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.‘” Mark 16:16 also says “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Others say water baptism is not essential because of passages like Ephesians 2:8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Those holding this perspective would argue that the act of water baptism is a “work” which does not save us. These believers would also point to Biblical examples of believers who went to Heaven without being baptized like the criminal who died next to Jesus (Luke 23:43).

Which view is correct? While different believers interpret these passages differently, our advice is that you make every effort to get baptized. Why? When Peter preached the Gospel and explained the Holy Spirit’s outpouring on the people the receptive listeners asked what they needed to do. He replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The direction given is to be baptized and as believers we should make the effort to obey. Hope this helps. Cheers!

10 07 2013
Ryan

Thanks bra that helped a lot

8 07 2013
Ashley

Is it a sin that I slept with my ex husband’s cousin?

9 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Ashley. Sex outside the context of a marriage is called fornication. The bad news is that fornication is a sin according to scriptures like 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. That’s the good news, according to passages like 1 Corinthians 6:11, is that you can be washed of your sin, sanctified, and justified through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Need help repenting? Staying away from sins? Want to be sure you are going to Heaven? Feel free to write back or email. Bless you Ashley!

2 07 2013
Jeffrey Metzler

Should Christian guys still get circumcised?

2 07 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Jeffrey. Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

As long as you are in Christ it doesn’t matter of you’re circumcised or not (Colossians 3:11). What matters is that you obey God’s commands as a new creation in Christ (1 Corinthians 7:19; Galatians 6:15; etc.).

Paul went as far as to devote most of Galatians to this very topic, spending much of Galatians chapters 2 through 6 on explaining the inability of circumcision to justify a man before God. Check out those passages for further confirmation. Best wishes.

14 06 2013
Jason

Can a man who was divorced before he was saved become a pastor, when he didn’t even know it was a sin? I’ve heard different views on this and I don’t see a clear answer to the view stating he cannot which is always based on the scripture “man of one wife”. Wouldnt this also disqualify men who remarried after the death of a spose? Seems like if Paul was referring to divorce then he would have just said it. Seems more to apply to men who had multiple wives at the same time. Thanks and God bless.

15 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Jason. It appears you are referring to the 1 Timothy 3:2 passage:

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

This passage has to refer to having one wife who is alive and can’t refer to past wives who have died. 1 Corinthians 7:39 tells us that when a spouse dies the living partner is free to marry again. This passage undoubtably rules out polygamists from being pastors. However there is great debate over whether divorced people are eligible or not.

Some believe (sinfully) divorced people with ex-wives that are still alive are not eligible because acquiring a second wife implies an adulterous marriage. These people would argue such a person has two wives. Those with biblically justified divorces are tougher debates, but can be argued that they are free from the legal binding of their old relationship just like the widower. When it comes to those that were saved after a sinful divorce a new debate emerges. We are new creations in Christ when we get saved where all old things pass away and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Some would interpret this as meaning it would be ok now. Others might say that you are not eligible for this particular position in ministry because of your situation, just like people argue single men, or women are also not eligible. Nonetheless, you should be prayerful. Even if the Lord leads you not to take on the role of pastor, know that *all* believers are eligible to minister and witness because the Great Commission is not exclusive! Hope this helps.

20 06 2013
Jason

This does help brother thank you. I’m not currently thinking, wanting, or being asked to be a pastor I just needed some clarity on the subject. I currently teach a mens small group and its great. I have read a lot of your posts and I appreciate your honesty to give straight forward biblical answers, this is why I asked for your help. All I’ve really got before is a trust me its wrong answer and I don’t fully see it that way due to the circumstances. God bless keep up the good work,
J

14 06 2013
Pete

Why do Christians worship on Sunday rather than the Sabbath? Scriptural basis for it?

15 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Pete. There are Biblical accounts of believers having worship meetings on the first day, or Sunday, in the Bible (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3). There are also accounts of worship meetings on the seventh day, or Saturday (Acts 17:2). There are even scriptures telling us that some early church believers met every day for worship (Acts 2:46-47). According to the Bible it doesn’t matter which day we choose to observe for worship (Romans 14; etc.). Whether you choose to worship Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays, don’t let others judge you about it (Colossians 2:16-17). But when we restrict our mindset to thinking we have to be restricted to specific days we are in bondage again (Galatians 4:8-11). But we have been redeemed from the Law through Christ (Galatians 4:3-5). Please see the referenced scriptures and write back if you have any questions or concerns. Bless you Pete.

13 06 2013
Fred

Is masturbation wrong?
Is it right or wrong to have musical instrument in worship?

15 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Fred. In many modern translations of the Bible there is a term called “sexual immorality.” Older translations like the King James Version use the word “fornication.” Both terms are used to define sexual sin in passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. The original Greek word used is Porneia which is the selling off or surrendering of sexual purity (http://biblesuite.com/greek/4202.htm). Masturbation is a person’s voluntary act to self-engage in sexual activity or induce an orgasm, which falls into the same category. So yes, masturbation is a sin. Write or email back if you need help to get set free friend.

Musical instrument worship is seen in the Bible. David and the whole house of Israel worshiped God with percussion and stringed instruments (2 Samuel 6:5). Psalm 150:4 tells believers to praise God with dance, stringed or wind instruments too. No, it is not wrong to have musical instrument worship. Bless you!

7 06 2013
Ciera

My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years now, have a daughter together and live together. For a while now i have been trying better my relationship with God and live holy but i seem to constantly fall short. He is not interested in really having a relationship with God or living holy and sometimes I feel like that kind of slows me down as far as bettering my relationship with God. We plan on marrying when we can get the money but sometimes I feel like I will never have a good relationship with God if we are together. Is there a way to stay together and still build a successful relationship with God?

8 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Ciera. The Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked, or have tightly knitted partnerships/relationships, with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). This seems to imply that believers should not seek to be romantically involved with non-believers because it creates an unnatural dichotomy of spiritual light and darkness which can bring uncleanness to the believer (2 Cor. 6:14-17; etc.). This likely describes one of the reasons your relationship with God seems hindered, but this can be fixed.

If you did not have a child with your non-believing boyfriend I would suggest you part ways from him, at least until he comes to know the Lord. However, you’re already tied to him since you have a child and now you are a family. So what do you do? If you plan to still be physically intimate and live with your boyfriend then according to 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 I suggest you marry rather than live in sin or burn with passion. If money is an issue maybe you should marry/elope at a courthouse and save up for a big ceremony later. Once you are married you have the opportunity to win your spouse over to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:13-16). But you will not win him over with your words, but with your Godly lifestyle along with a gentle and quiet spirit (Read 1 Peter 3:1-6).

Other than what we discussed, be sure to submit every area of your life to God, turning from all sin. Be sure to read your Bible daily and find a good Bible believing, teaching church that loves God and people. Let us know if you need help with any of this and we’ll make sure you get what you need! The sooner you get yourself right, the sooner you can start leading your husband to the Lord. The sooner both of you are living in line with God the better off your daughter will be because the way we train our children when they are young is the way they will be when they are older (Proverbs 22:6). Start getting right with God today because today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). We’re here if you need anything Ciera. Bless you sis!

9 06 2013
Ciera

Thank you for the advice and scriptures. I have been reading and praying daily, and I hope to keep it up. We have not been intimate for a while now (which causes issues) and I feel like my main priority is having a relationship with God and our daughter. I really want and value a intact family but I’m not sure if our differing views on how we should live life would make for a successful family.

12 06 2013
Tim Lewis

Where in the bible does it say that shacking up (having sex before marriage) with someone is not a sin

15 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tim. The Bible does not say that sex before marriage is *not* a sin. Actually, it implies the opposite. “… It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:1-2). 1 Cor. 7 mentions the way to avoid fornication, which is to be married.

Feel free to read a more detailed answer on our Sex & Marriage page:
http://swordsharp.com/is-sex-before-marriage-wrong/

God bless you.

1 06 2013
Dee

What does the Bible say about donating your organs to science?

2 06 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Dee. If we lived under the Law dead bodies, and resultantly their parts, would be considered “unclean” (Leviticus 21:11; etc.). But we are not under the Law anymore (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18; etc.). Though the context is about people not using their bodies to commit sinful acts, Romans 6:13 tells us not to offer our body parts for sin to be tools of wickedness. So it would appear to be clearly wrong to offer one’s organs to further the research or development of a sinful scientific agenda. Alternatively, we should let the Holy Spirit lead us and walk in the knowledge that everything is permissible for us as believers (Galatians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:12; Romans 14; etc.).

25 05 2013
augustin solis

. What does the Bible say about getting paid if you are the music coordinator in a church.

29 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Augustin. The Bible does not specify how salaries should be broken down in the New Testament church as far as staff outside of the pastor. As a result, we are left to develop our own conclusions based on the scriptures we do have. Consider 1 Corinthians 9:11-14 which says:

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

While the context appears to imply that it is referring to pastors, it seems within reason to believe that music coordinators who sow spiritually with their talent should also be able to reap “carnal things,” or monetary payment. But other churches may not feel comfortable applying this scripture this way. Hope this helps. God bless.

20 05 2013
shekhar

Hi bro, i am in a relation with a believer whom i know since last 2 years almost, we both love each other alot & there is a great understanding & caring for eachother,and we know that if we spend our life together we will be an example because we have the fear of the lord in our life & also we have given the first place to God in our life, should we wait for God to give us the confirmation wheather He wants us to get married or not??, i am asking you this question because she is waiting for God’s confirmation….

20 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Shekhar. I have two scriptures for you:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

Your partner is doing right by waiting on the Lord and so should you. Everything may look good now, but you do not know what tomorrow holds (Proverbs 27:1). There are some ways that seem right to us, but all they bring is death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). But if you trust God to make everything happen according to His timing and order, *not* relying purely on your understanding of the circumstance, and acknowledging Him throughout every step, then God will line up your path.

A quick testimony: I was in love once with a believing woman I thought I would marry. I was with her for over two years before the relationship suddenly ended. It turned out God had another woman for me that I was able to be with for many years. I am still very happily married to this woman of God and our relationship continually gets stronger. I made every effort to seek God’s guidance first and we both waited on the Lord to make it all happen. I know it’s hard to wait for a celibate man of God to wait, but if you trust God and His timing it will be worth it. Bless you man of God. Keep seeking God first and keep your trust in Him.

20 05 2013
SMB

I’m a Christian is there anything wrong with being friends with a Jehovah witness that’s twice your age. Why to Jehovah witness think their Christian only.

20 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. This is a tough question to answer Biblically because the scriptures do not appear to have a black and white answer. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 essentially commands believers not to even eat with believers who willingly live in sin. This person, however, may be genuine and not know that the Jehovah’s Witness doctrine is not entirely Biblical. 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us believers not to be “yoked together” with unbelievers, but your friend may possibly just be misguided.

The Bible tells us to gently restore our brothers and sisters in the faith when they are in sin but to watch ourselves, lest we be tempted (Galatians 6:1). But if your friend continues to preach a gospel other than the one preached in the Bible by the Apostles that person is at risk to be accursed (Galatians 1:6-10).

As far as your friend being twice your age, if you are a minor that may or may not be a problem, depending on what your parents think. Otherwise, there is no Biblical age restriction on friendship.

There are many different online resources dedicated to helping believers witness to their Jehovah’s Witness friends. Here is a page:

http://www.gotquestions.org/Jehovah-Witness-Christian.html

If you need other pages, advice, or help feel free to write back. Keep the faith friend. Be blessed.

18 05 2013
Laura

Hi, can u explain in the view of female head covering in precense of men & angels as it is written in 1corinthians 11…I dont fully understand it…I was braught up as a bretheren and had to cover my head in church and in prayer times…as a grown woman of God I dont feel this scripture applies to today….or does it???

18 05 2013
dstewdesign

Great question Laura. This is a questions we cannot fully answer. I am not sure anyone can truly explain verse 10, but here is a page full of commentary on the passage: http://biblecommenter.com/1_corinthians/11-10.htm

We wish we could have unraveled this mystery of God more completely but we hope the commentary helps. Bless you.

15 05 2013
,joy

Pls. Is it a sin to divource.?

15 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Joy. Jesus said, “you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). So, you can see the general answer to the question, “Is it a sin to divorce?” is “Yes.” However, as you can see, there are a couple places in scripture that tell us the few conditions in which it is not a sin to divorce, e.g. sexual immorality and marital unfaithfulness. Feel free to write back if you need more clarification beloved.

8 05 2013
dayana

What does God think about unplanned teen pregnancy and if a child is suppose to be a gift why would he give teens one when thay aren’t ready??

8 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hi there. God views fornication as a sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; etc.), even if it is unplanned teen pregnancy. Regarding the child, most would agree that God allows us to choose our own actions. Generally speaking, we usually get ourselves into trouble when we choose to act outside of God’s plans, purposes, and will (Psalm 89:31-32; etc.). One of the main reasons God allowed the teenager to get pregnant is because He allows us to choose our actions (Joshua 24:15; etc.). Apart from a full predestination theological view, to say that God is the reason one committed a sin is essentially to pass blame away from us and onto God for our choice to do so. James slightly touched on this topic.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:13-17

Just because parents sinfully create a baby does not mean God cannot grow the child into a Godly person or use the child for great things. One of the greatest men of God ever was born from a sinful conception, King David (Psalm 51:5). Keep that in mind as you raise the baby. God loves you and the baby-to-be too. Walk in God’s forgiveness and love because there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)!

12 05 2013
murthy

when man die where he goes and when resurrection occurs and when judgement happen, i am having some fears on death. pls clarify biblically

15 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hello there. The Bible says, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). After people die they are judged by God. There are some theological differences among believers regarding whether believers sleep in between time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) or instantly goes into the presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Whatever your perspective, after death all will be judged by the Lord one way or another with the believers being welcomed into God’s Kingdom and the non-believers being cast into the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15).

As far as the fear of death is concerned, know that spirit is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7). For believers a model perspective to have is “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Friend, let me ask you, are you positive you are going to spend eternity with Christ? If not, say this prayer and mean it from your heart:

“Father, I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me for the wrong I’ve ever done. I want to be saved. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for my sins, and rose again from the dead three days later. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I give my life to Him. I thank you Lord for saving my soul and changing my life. Now I renounce all ties with, or strongholds from, the spirit of fear, death, lust or any other unclean spirits right now in Jesus’ Name. Leave my body, spirit, presence, household, and family right now in Jesus’ Name. I am a child of God and you no longer have any authority over my life. Be gone from my presence right now and forever in Jesus’ Name! Now Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit. Seal me and sanctify me until I’m home in your arms forever in Jesus’ Name.”

If you said that prayer and meant it you are completely set free in Jesus’ Name! Now you can be *100% confident* that you will spend eternity with Jesus! The fear is gone and you now have that Spirit of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind. Now be sure to get plugged into a Bible believing and teaching church. Be sure to read the Bible daily and please write back if you have any other questions or comments. You are loved friend. We love you and Jesus does too!

2 05 2013
Awesley Carter

are there still apostles today? According to the Bible

4 05 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Awesley. Hope all is going alright. People define “Apostle” differently today. The definition I will use is “people who do miracles through power given from God” because of 2 Corinthians 12:12.

“Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.” – 2 Corinthians 12:12

Some argue that since the Bible was completed there is no longer a need for miracles. However, this is purely speculation with no definite Biblical support.

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:17-18

After prayer I’ve seen God do multiple healing miracles in the last week, from a guy with poor vision being able to read and blood pressure dropping to a man partially def in one ear that could hear clearly instantly. We usually try to remain unbiased in our answers but this is a case where God’s active power cannot be denied today. We do not preach a dead Jesus but a Living God that is all powerful. The conditions or frequency of healing can be debated, but that’s a different question. :)

Bless you friend. Feel free to write back if you need anything else.

24 04 2013
Lynn

What does God fo when a soul is saved

25 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Lynn. While the Bible tells us that there is joy in Heaven when a sinner repents (Luke 15:7) there is not much more specific detail regarding what God does after a soul is saved. If you are interested in something more specific please specify in a reply and we will be happy to answer your question. Bless you!

15 04 2013
len price

Need biblical proof that as Christians we need to tithe

15 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Len. Tithing is undoubtedly commanded in the Old Testament Law (Deuteronomy 12:11; Malachi 3:10; Hebrews 7:5; etc.). Under the new covenant, we are dead to the Law and no longer justified by it (Galatians 2:19-21). However, the concept of giving material finances in response to spiritual blessings is expressed in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 9:11 says, “If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?” Also see Philippians 4:15-20. The difference between the Old Testament giving and New Testament giving is that the Old specified a tithe, or 10%. The New Testament has no specific guideline but talks about one giving out of one’s heart.

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

God bless you Len!

15 04 2013
James Williamson

It does say in 1st Corinthians 14:3 that women are to to keep silent in the church, but then again God and the Lord Jesus Christ do not mention anything about women to be silent therefore it is not a sin to not obey what one of the Apostles wright about whether or not women are to be silent in the church or not.

15 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hello James. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must study and rightly divide it (2 Timothy 2:15). For example, 1 Timothy 5:23 says, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” We know the scripture does not imply that believers should stop drinking water, or that those who do not drink for Romans 14 reasons should take up wine when they are sick.

The epistles were written by Apostles like Paul who wrote down the wisdom they were given by God (2 Peter 3:15). Consequently, we should make every effort to live in accordance with the direction they gave us in the scriptures. In an effort to answer questions in an unbiased biblical manner we attempt to shed light on the reasons why some believers interpret why it is biblically ok today for women to be pastors. Some believe this was a command specific to this culture and time period. For example, 1 Corinthians 11:14 tells us it is shameful for a man to have long hair when many men proudly where long hair today around the world. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” The point is there are biblical passages and interpretations that exist which make room for a theology where women preaching is justified in today’s culture. Others do not agree and take the 1 Corinthians passage extremely literal. In each case, believers should make an effort to study and rightly interpret the instruction, then live in accordance with the apostles’ teaching. I pray this answers your question.

14 04 2013
Rindie

How can I ask God for healing of my acne? Is there something in my live that I should change first? When will God hear me and how can I bw sure?

14 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Rindie. God’s modern day healing power is a highly debated topic among Christians today, from whether God still heals or not to the extent of God’s healing. To avoid going down a rabbit hole addressing each of these topics we will answer under the assumption that God *does* still heal today, as I personally believe and have witnessed first hand recently.

Another point that is difficult to deal with is whether acne is view in God’s eyes as a sickness, infirmity, or disease. “Acne” and “pimples” are not referenced in the Bible, so we cannot biblically label them one way or another. As a result, we cannot confirm or deny biblically if acne is one of the items a believer can pray to be healed of.

In any event, if you want to pray powerfully and effectively, including the ability to pray for the healing of others, you need to be righteous before God (James 5:16). According to James 5:14-16, if you are sick and you get such elders in your church to pray in faith and anoint you with oil in Jesus’ Name, and confess any sins you might have then you will be healed. So, if there is any known sin in your life you need to confess it to the Lord so you can be forgiven. If you turn from your sins and live righteously before God you can surely know that He will hear your prayers because His word said He would (Proverbs 15:29; James 5:16; 1 Peter 3:12).

There’s one important note about praying for healing that was touched on in James 5:14-16, but I’d like to emphasize. That is you must pray in faith that God will do what you asked and not doubt. God may not answer you when you want Him to, but you have to have faith He will answer. What you ask for may not happen when or how you want if you pray in faith, but if you doubt that you will receive what you prayed for you can almost surely expect it *not* to happen (James 1:6-7; etc.). All you need to do to effectively pray is live righteously, as referenced above, not doubt, and have a tiny bit of faith the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20; etc.).

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:23-24

I will tell you a quick testimony I heard from a pastor who has been a vessel to pray and see Jesus heal four def people in his lifetime. This pastor is an anointed man of God used to heal many, but his own son is def and has been for 30 years. He’s prayed many times over his son and said that he would continue to do so until God heals him because he believes he heard from God that his son would indeed be healed. This pastor did not get the healing for his son that he wanted instantly, but he continues to pray in faith that God will eventually heal his son in accordance with His word. The original language of the Matthew 7:7-8 passage implies that we should not just ask God, but keep on asking Him and we shall receive; to knock and keep on knocking so the door will be opened. So my advice to you is, if you want God to remove your acne, or move on anything else in your life, just make sure you’re making every effort to live righteously before Him and faithfully ask Him to do so in prayer. Keep praying until you get what you want from God. Do not focus on the problem, or on the question “what if God doesn’t answer my prayer?” Rather, have faith that God will work in the situation at the best time, in the best way, that He will be glorified the most from. For, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Also see Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:6-7.

I know this was a lot, but we pray this blesses you and gives you all the information you need. Bless you Rindie.

14 04 2013
Michiel

Is it right for women to preach?

14 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Michiel. Is it biblical for women to preach the Gospel? Yes. Is it biblical for women to serve as the overseer, or head bishop of a church? Many would argue, no. Here is the biblical support.

The Bible is clear that women can certainly be involved in ministry (Acts 18:26; Philippians 4:2-3). However, the Bible appears to imply that women should not serve in any senior pastoral position. Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” Note, this passage does not forbid women from teaching or having authority over other women or children. This command also does not say that women should not share their faith with men. Priscilla (Acts 18:26), Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3) are just a few of the women of the New Testament who helped spread the Gospel to many types of people. Some believe this instruction was specific to the time period. Some argue that this passage was less about women pastoring and more about speaking against the time’s cultural tendency for women to disruptively talk in sermon settings. (Also see 1 Corinthians 14:34-35).

Moreover, while the definitions of “bishop” or “overseer” and “deacon” may be slightly different between believers, 1 Timothy 3 describes qualifications for these positions in a context that implies they are reserved for men only.

If anything is unclear please feel free to write back. God bless.

15 04 2013
Michiel

Thanks for the help :) Much appreciated!

13 04 2013
dale short

Who was melchizedek and who is melchizedek?

13 04 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Dale. There is not much in the Bible about Melchizedek, or Melchisedec. He is only mentioned in Genesis 14, Psalm 110, Hebrews 5, 6, and 7. Each of the Old Testament references to him are alluded to and expounded upon in Hebrews 7; so we can turn there to find out everything we need to know about him. We know Melchizedek met up with Abram, or Abraham, after the kings were killed (Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 7:1) before receiving a tenth of the spoils (Gen. 14:20; Heb. 7:4). We also know from Genesis 14:18 and Hebrews 7:1 that Melchizedek was both a king and a priest. Hebrews 5, 6, and 7 refer to Jesus as being a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 7 takes the time to go in depth, ultimately conveying that Jesus is now our King and Priest forever.

The priests after the order of Aaron needed to continually make sacrifices for the sins of the people before dying, getting replaced, and repeating the cycle. This was an imperfect system which needed to be replaced by the rise of a priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 7:11). This Priest is made, not after the Law, but after the power of an endless life (Hebrews 7:15-16). A better hope than the Law was brought to us which allows us to draw close to God (Heb. 7:19). The priests under Aaron could not continue to serve because of death (v. 23), but Jesus will serve forever as the only Priest after the order of Melchisedec (v. 24). As a result, all people who come to Christ can be saved because they have Him to act as their Priest who intercedes to God on their behalf (v. 25). Aaron’s priests were imperfect people who needed sacrifices for their own sins, but Jesus does not because He’s sinless, undefiled, holy, and higher than the Heavens (v. 26-27). Jesus made one sufficient sacrifice for the people when He gave Himself on the cross before rising three days later (v. 27).

Hope this answered your question Dale!

9 04 2013
Jessica Jimbo

Can anyone tell me where in the bible it teaches us as parents the correct way to raise our children and/or communicate with them?

9 04 2013
dstewdesign

Good question Jessica. The Bible has plenty to say about parenting. We will give you a few highlights. Ephesians 6:4 says, “…provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” The correct way to raise one’s children is to raise them to love and rely on the Lord, obeying His commands and trusting in Him. That passage sums up much of what the Bible teaches on parenting. But what it does not convey is the need to discipline one’s children, sometimes physically, so they will learn wisdom and be a delight to you (Proverbs 29:15, 29:17). This does not mean one should abuse one’s child because abuse can provoke anger and that should be avoided as the scripture states in Ephesians. That can apply verbally too. The Bible says, “…provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Colossians 3:21). Rather, you should discipline in love because you love your child (Proverbs 13:24). Teach your children the way they should go early so when they are old they will not depart from it (Prov. 22:6).

When it comes to communication, be sure to listen and make your child feel heard. “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him” (Prov. 18:13). “…be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Prov. 15:1).

And finally, be sure to practice what you preach. If you’re living like a hypocrite then you cannot expect to effectively tell you child how to live right when you do not (Matthew 7:4-5; etc.). If you behave like a bad person in deed or speech your actions will corrupt the character of, and likely communication with, your child (1 Corinthians 15:33). So, be a great and Godly example for your children. Be sure to discipline them in love and teach them the right ways to live on this earth in reverence toward God. Don’t provoke your children to anger, but listen to them and encourage them. I, not the Lord, think you should treat them with the love, respect, and openness that you want from them so they feel comfortable doing the same back to you. We pray this helps! Feel free to write back if you need anything else. Be blessed Jessica!

7 04 2013
Sahiti

Hey , :) Random girl from the park here :P

7 04 2013
dstewdesign

Not random. Chosen and loved by God. Glad to hear from you! If you ever have any questions, need encouragement, direction, to find a church, or anything at all don’t hesitate to write! :)

10 08 2013
David Cooper

I have been told by a school that faith is the Holy Ghost. Is that true? Also that Jesus was born again so that is why we have to be born again. Is that true?

11 08 2013
dstewdesign

Hi David. While the Bible says we can build up our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 1:20) the Bible does not say anywhere that faith *is* the Holy Ghost. Also, we have to be born again because Jesus said we need to be in order to see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). It is through Jesus that we are born again. Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1, 1:14). Through the Word of God we are born again (1 Peter 1:23). Bless you!

27 03 2013
Carlise

Hi I’m carlise and my questions kinda long because it has a back story. I just recently came back to following God and reading the bible after two years of making bad decisions. I know that because I asked gods forgiveness he grants that because I mean it. I’m trying so hard to stay on my path. I’m having a hard time because my mother always hurts me mentally and never sticks to promises or commitments. What advice and scripture can you give me to help me stay on my path and not give up?

28 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Carlise. We praise God that you recently re-committed to Christ! Keep reading your Bible daily and staying on the right path. Feel free to write back or email if you need anything on your journey. ;)

There are many reasons you should not give up and turn away from God. Here are a few. One, if you go back you will be even worse off than before (2 Peter 2:21-22; etc.). If you willingly turn to a life of sin after receiving the knowledge of truth you essentially forfeit Heaven and reserve a place in Hell (Hebrews 10:26-27; etc.). …and no one wants that.

Two, Jesus never said following Him would be easy, but rather said it would make life on this earth difficult because of all the persecution you’d face. But He also said that if you endure to the end you will be saved (Matthew 10:22-25; etc.). The trials in your life test your faith and develop perseverance within you, ultimately helping you mature as a believer (James 1:2-4). If you persevere and stand through these tests you’ll be blessed and ultimately receive the crown of life God has for you (James 1:12).

How can you stay on the right path? As we commonly reference on our site, Luke 6:45 tells us that we output good if we input good and output bad if we input bad. If you want to stay on the right path then all negative input that encourages you to sin needs to removed from your life. The sin-glorifying music, movies, books, etc. Alternatively you should daily read your Bible, listen to spiritual or positive music, and frequently reside in Godly environments. It is essential to find, and regularly meet with, a body of believers that will encourage you to continue on the path of righteousness (Hebrews 10:24-25; etc.).

As far as your mother is concerned be sure to always honor her (Matthew 15:4; etc.). If you do then things will be well with you and you will live long (Ephesians 6:2-3). And just like God forgave you, be sure to forgive your mother when she makes mistakes. If you hold onto unforgiveness then God won’t forgive you (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26; etc.). We are supposed to pay our parents the respect and reverence they deserve.

The following advice is inspired by Luke 6:27-36. The next time she tries to hurt you show her love. When she shows hate you should show love. When she curses you, bless her. If she tries to take over, let her. And in all of it don’t be condescending but be merciful. Do good to her even when she does evil to you. Also reference a similar teaching in Romans 12:14-21. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Hope this helps Carlise. We’re here if you need anything else. Stay strong and be blessed!

26 03 2013
Wade K. Waldron

Where is pergatory in the bible?

26 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Wade. Purgatory is never mentioned in the Bible. Bless you.

24 03 2013
shawna

So if someone is abusive should i leave them … isnt divorce wrong. Should i stay with them in sickness and health good and bad??? And keep trying to guide Him to change? What does the bible say about givig up on a relationship?

25 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Shawna. Yes, it is wrong to divorce one’s spouse apart from marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 5:31-32; 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). But the Bible does not say that you have to tolerate being abused. In a way, David was being abused by his king, Saul, but he ran away to escape the danger. He still loved and honored his king while he battled his demons. The Bible does not discuss what to do in this scenario exactly, but I think you should love and support him from afar just the same.

Scripture does encourage you to remain married to your husband because you may actually lead him to salvation (1 Corinthians 7:12-16). If your husband treats you wrong it is possibly because he does not love himself (Ephesians 5:28-29). Trusting God while being submissive and reverent with a meek and quiet spirit will help you win over your husband (1 Peer 3:1-6). Keep all of this in mind moving forward, but if it comes down to it you may need to get the law involved, which the Bible implies is ok under Romans 13. I pray this helps you Shawna. Feel free to write back if you need anything else!

20 03 2013
Nadia

Hi.. I’ll be 25 in a couple of months. I’ve been dating my boyfriend since I was 18. He’s a kind and gentle soul. Truly one of my best friends. The problem that we’re facing is.. We started dating in sin (engaging in pre martial sex). Now the that I’m saved and vowing not to have sex till marriage.. its kind of wearing on our relationship. I could imagine how much easier it would be if we hadn’t partaked in sex at all before but we had.. now its hard. I’m still working towards a degree in college and he’s working towards his career.. So we’re not ready for marriage. Please advise me on how I can help strengthen my relationship and dig us out of the rut. How can we resist temptation?

21 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Nadia. Many other people face the same temptation and you are not alone. Here’s the good news. God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear, but will always provide you a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). The thing is, you have to take the escape route and not stay where the temptation is greatest. Do your best to identify those places of high temptation in your life and escape. Sleeping over the boyfriend’s house? Love songs about fornication? Spending alone time with the boyfriend behind closed doors? The Bible tells us to flee youthful lusts and follow righteousness, faith, charity, and peace with others who call on the Lord with a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). A similar passage tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Both ultimately instruct us to cling to God, walking in Godliness and Godly activities while running away from and resisting fleshly attacks tempting us to sin.

Luke 6:45 tells us, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil…” If you want to output more holy behavior be sure to input Godly things into your heart. Be sure to daily read your Bible, pray, get Godly fellowship, and any other good and Godly thing that will encourage you to walk more closely with the Lord. The other side of that coin is to avoid anything that would encourage you to fall into sexual sin. Examples include television programs, love songs, conversations, celebrity news, or anything else that glorifies fornication. Try the above and let us know how it works out. If you truly want to overcome this Nadia know that God will get you through it. Just remember not to put yourself in those tempting situations, and if you find yourself in one, run! Be encouraged woman of God. :)

17 03 2013
Rosie

My question is when god send Cain to go kill who is the victim here in this

21 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Rosie. Genesis 4 tells the Cain and Abel story. There is no verse in the story that claims God sent Cain to kill Abel. Rather, Genesis 4:8 tells us Cain asked his brother to go into the field, then he attacked him and murdered him. I hope that clears up any misunderstandings. God bless.

14 03 2013
Thomas Julian

Actually I have been saved and I have Jesus Christ as my personal lord and Savior but I was reading in my life application study Bible and their was a passage that stated that any who wished to become a Jew could and I realize that it is for grace alone that I have been saved I would like to become a Jew in reverence of my GOD Yahweh also I would like to learn Hebrew as it was the language of Ishua Jesus Christ thank you for your reply. I love you your brother in Christ Thomas

13 03 2013
Nadia

I’m trying to resist sin..but those that I sin the most with, I work with. So I’m constantly around them. They’re always gossiping and cussing in my presence. I don’t know how to separate myself from this. Its easier to walk alway from a friend at home.. But these are at my work place. Help!

14 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Nadia. Glad you are looking to improve in this area of your life. If you find yourself continually failing to resist the sin you’re being tempted with it is likely because you are missing the key component of “submitting to God.” The Bible tells us that we need to submit to God *and* resist the devil for him to flee from us (James 4:7). Oddly enough, three verses prior the Bible says, “know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” While this passage certainly does not mean that we should avoid being friendly with people in the world it does imply we should be careful to avoid befriending worldly concepts and desires. Be careful you don’t fall in love with the gossiping and unclean language.

We will not always be able to remove ourselves from sinful situations and sinful people in this world (1 Corinthians 5:10). But Jesus says we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). Salt is used to preserve. Always make every effort to preserve those around you and never let them remove your saltiness. Immediately after verse 13, Jesus followed up by saying we are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). We should never hide our light but we should shine our light before others so they will see the good we do and glorify God (Matt. 5:14-16). So Nadia, in your company, hide the Christ in you no longer. When others around you convey their darkness, try even harder to shine your light. I encourage you to do so in love and try to avoid coming off as self-righteous. The shining of your light will make them uncomfortable and they may treat you negatively in response, but take courage in these words from Jesus:

18 If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.” – John 15:18-21

Hope this helps Nadia. May the Lord strengthen you in and get glory from your position at work. Be blessed.

12 03 2013
Thomas Julian

Is it Ok to eat pork

14 03 2013
dstewdesign

The Hebrew Law in the Old Testament clearly forbid the consumption of pork along with other dietary restrictions (Deuteronomy 14:8; etc.). However, eating pork is generally acceptable to do and is *not* a sin in God’s eyes according to the Bible. Why is it *not* a sin despite the Bible saying it was initially? Two reasons. One, through Jesus the Law was fulfilled (Romans 8:2-4; etc.) and is no longer needed for us to be righteous in God’s eyes (Romans 10:4; etc.). Two, Bible specifically tells us that the dietary laws do not need to be followed anymore. In Acts 10:10-16 the Apostle Peter, who was a Jew, received a vision from God where the Lord told him to kill and eat food deemed unclean. Peter told God that he couldn’t do so because the foods were unclean but the Lord told him not to call anything impure that God has cleansed. Moreover, there are other areas, like Romans 14, that provide a more detailed description of our dietary freedom in Christ, but the point is that it is Biblically ok and we should not judge people in this area whether they choose to eat pork or not.

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. – Colossians 2:16-17

Hope this helps!

12 03 2013
Thomas Julian

How can a person become a Jew

14 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Thomas. The Bible does not direct us to become Jewish. Converting to Judaism does not save a person. Rather, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that contains the power to save everyone, whether they are a Jew or a gentile (Romans 1:16). If you’d like more information on receiving that salvation, so you can be forgiven of your sins and inherit eternal life through Christ, please write or email back. We’d be honored to help friend. Be blessed.

12 03 2013
April

I am at a point in life and my search for having better faith. What do i do if I am going to church almost every Sunday, trying to be a christain the right way. It seem that the more I go the more me and my husband disagree on EVERYTHING, ive tried inviting him to.church. but he would rather still drink, do drugs, and watch porn or porno pictures. He doesnt understand that me being pregnant I don’t want to be sexual all the time especially with a man who desires other women in pictures. He thinks his only responiblity is to work when he wants to, but it deffinatly takes more than that to be a husband, i meann he doesn’t want for anything( but drugs). And I sometimes feel like I have to wear the pants in our marriage when he’s not wanting to be responible but I dont want to be the man of our marriage its not my place nor is it my job. Please tell me where in the bible Does it tell me what to do, cause I’m very close to just packing me and my children up and leaving

13 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello April. To touch on your desire to have more faith, the Bible says faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If you want more faith, try reading more of the Bible and attempt to get a better understanding of what you read.

While we are not here to justify his actions, we can go to the Bible for some of the things you brought up. The wife, and the husband, are both supposed to avoid restricting each other of physical affection (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). The result of not doing so is temptation (v. 5), such as pornography.

While it is obvious your husband needs the Lord and has many areas he needs to work on, try focusing on what you can do to save the marriage even when he doesn’t. 1 Corinthians 7:10 tells wives not to depart from their unbelieving husbands who are willing to stay in the marriage because they may actually lead the men to be saved (1 Cor. 7:10-16). Be sure to be submissive to your husband as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). 1 Peter 3:1-6 says, “1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

When your husband isn’t being a leader, remain submissive. When he responds with curses bless him back because Luke 6:28 says, “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” Here is a general phrase I’ll give you based on my interpretation of God’s Word: Strive to be the perfect wife to produce the perfect husband.

Following the above directions as God instructed will be nearly impossible alone, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26; etc.). Follow the guidance of Peter and Paul’s instructions from 1 Corinthians and 1 Peter, then have faith that God will win over your husband. Begin there and write back to let us know how it is going or if you have any other questions. May the Lord bless your marriage April!

11 03 2013
Bryan

I don’t want to die I never have but subconsciously. I tied over dosing on a LOT of pills 2 times as a teen. And shot my self in the head once yet I am still here I don’t get why I fail at everything I do just like my CO from my regiment in the marince corps said I would. Yet I still get this sence of feeling like I have to die or kill my self i don’t know why ….. No I do hear voices an no I am not mentally unstable like I said I don’t want to die. So my question is where in the bible can I find guidance and love. To help me get through these unwanted urges to die I just got your app but idk where the responce will be to look for an answer. I am to scared to find a church. To ask this questionbecause our ggovernment is a bunch of tyrants and a wanna be dictator

12 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hey Bryan. Thanks so much for writing in. It appears God has been truly on your side, protecting all the way since you were able to survive such potential tragedies. God must not want you to die without experiencing His love first. The Bible says God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). So if you frequently feel fear, e.g. the fear of death, and you also feel like you are missing love that is a sign that you are missing God’s Spirit and / or are being attacked by an evil spirit.

Sure, you have done wrong in your life, and you may even deserve death (Romans 6:23). But Jesus said, He has come that you might have life, and that more abundantly (John 10:10). Christ came to give you new life Bryan. He wants you to be born again by believing in Him and letting Him give you His Holy Spirit (John 3:1-16). The Bible says, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That means it doesn’t matter what wrong you’ve ever done. When you’re in Christ, your past stays in the passed and your future is eternal.

You say you need guidance. You probably feel lost in life. Well, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). If you need to find your way in life you need to turn to Jesus. If you acknowledge Him in all your ways the Bible says He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:6). And God’s Word directs us to go to worship gathering like churches to be encouraged by fellow believers to love and do good things (Hebrews 10:24-25). The Bible tells us the devil is a murderer who is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan wants to convince you that church is scary, but that is far from the truth. You may have failed a lot trying to do things yourself. When we try to do things in our own power that is expected because Jesus said we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). On the other hand, the Bible tells us that we can do *all* things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

So Bryan, I say to you now that if you want to get your mind right, lose the fear, get a fresh start on life, and stop being a failure you can get all of that right now! God new you’d need Him right now since before the earth began. Do you know what He did for you? About 2000 years ago God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life. Then, He poured His wrath on His sinless Son, not for His sins, but for yours. Jesus gladly took the punishment He didn’t deserve so you wouldn’t have to. Jesus suffered and died on a cross for you because He loves you. But the Almighty God did not leave Him in the grave. 3 days later He raised Jesus from the dead with all power, and He is alive today, ruling from Heaven with all things under His feet. And with that great power that God used to raise Jesus He wants to save you right now. And we are believing God for your deliverance. To start, with the authority we have in Christ right now we speak to all evil spirits and forces attacking Bryan right now. The Lord rebuke you. In the Name of Jesus we bind you right now and cast you out of Bryan. We cancel your influence and assignments over his life right now in Jesus’ Name. Spirits of suicide, death, hate, murder, and every other unclean spirit We cast you out right now and command you to never return to him or his family in Jesus’ Name. We declare Bryan free right now in Jesus Name, and who the Son sets free is free indeed!

Bryan, if you want God in your life again and you want to attain all the great things we talked about above as well as be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), then here’s what you need to do. Pray to God right now saying, “Father, I am sorry for all of my sins, known and unknown. Please forgive me for all of my sins. I want to be saved. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Who died for my sins and rose from the grave three days later. I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord from this day forward and I accept Him as my Savior. I give my life to Him. I thank you Lord for saving my soul, forgiving my sins, and changing my life. Now please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord!” If you just prayed that prayer, congratulations brother! You just booked your spot in Heaven! Jesus also said that if we ask for the Holy Spirit that God will give Him to us more than a loving father would give a loving child bread (Luke 11:9-13). We hope you prayed that prayer. Either way, please write us back or email to let us know how this message helped. Do the same if you need help finding a good church in your city. We love you Bryan and support you. We will be here for you if you need anything on your new journey. Bless you brother and God bless!

12 03 2013
Bryan

thank you very much after reading your message and praying the prayer i got chills down my spine and tears came to my eyes i do not know why because i have not cried in ~4 years when my grandfather passed away. … i live in phoenix az and i am having a hard time finding a Non- Denominational church near me is there any special place i can look ?

Again thank you very much i have not felt this great full since i prayed to god to guide me where he wanted my life to go and he told me with out any reservations at all i had to join the Marine Corps.

13 03 2013
dstewdesign

Bless you Bryan. That’s the power of God. If you prayed that prayer of repentance you are Heaven-bound and have begun your new journey with the Almighty. We praise God for you Bryan and pray for your continued growth in Jesus’ Name! We do not know the Phoenix area at all, but here is a Non-denominational church we found online that looks like it teaches the Bible from the website: http://www.gracewalkchurch.org/

Check it out. We pray it is a blessing to you. If so be sure to get plugged into the church beyond the surface Sunday worship attendance so you can be built up in the faith by a church body. We love you Bryan. Feel free to write back or email any time!

6 03 2013
andrew

I lost my mother less than ayear ago. I’m having a really hard time dealing with the loss. What scriptures could i review to maintain hope. It seems like some times that god isnt listening to me and i just need something to kepp moving on.

7 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Andrew. We are sorry for your loss. We pray your mother was a believer in the Lord Jesus. If so, though it will be painful now you still have the joyous comfort that you can see her again in Heaven. When we leave our bodies we go to be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We have no affiliation with this group, but this web page has a lot of good scriptures that may encourage you:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-death/

As far as your prayer life is concerned, here is a passage directly from 1 John 5:13-15.

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

If you are a believer in Christ, based on the above scripture, you can be sure that God hears your prayers, even when you don’t feel like He does. We know God doesn’t lie (Titus 1:2; etc.) and we have to have faith in God’s word no matter what because without faith we can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6). His word, which we must trust, also says all things work together for good to them that love the Lord (Romans 8:28). So you have to be hopeful for the good that will soon come into your life, even after heartbreak. Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

During down times we have two ways to turn, toward God or away from God. The enemy just wants to devour you (1 Peter 5:8-9), so turning from God should never be an option. Alternatively, Jesus loves you so much more than you know. God, being the Loving Father He is, has His arms open right now, ready to embrace you and carry your heavy burdens (Matthew 11:28; etc.). Be sure to cast all your cares upon Him and He will sustain you (Psalm 55:22).

If you need someone to talk to we are here for you. If you need anything else let us know. You can write back or email any time and we will be sure to get back to you, even if it is just to talk. We love you Andrew, and so does Jesus.

7 03 2013
Kiera

Thank you so much , that helped a lot..

10 03 2013
Kiera

Hi again , I’m having problems with forgetting what someone has said . and I have been to the point where I want to get physically violent with the girl . I keep praying for God to deliver me from the urge but every time I think about it , I just want to hit her. Seems as if everyone wants to say stuff and do things to make me angry when I’m trying to get myself together and I tend to think violently and I’m not a violent person . I want to have love and peace for everyone like God has love for everyone..

11 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi again Kiera. Know that many people have struggles like this and that you’re not alone. It is not uncommon for Satan to target people with attacks who are trying to live righteously before God (e.g. Job). Touching on one of the scriptures we gave you before, Luke 6:45, make every effort to avoid inputting into your heart music, television, conversation, etc. that may give birth to violent emotions. Rather, input the alternative by doing things like surrounding yourself with peaceful, Godly people or reading applicable scriptures.

Here are some to get you started, some of which specifically mention how reading God’s Word can help with anger issues:
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be **swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath**: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and **receive with meekness the engrafted word**, which is able to save your souls. – James 1:19-21

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” – Proverbs 15:18

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” – Proverbs 16:32

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:17-21

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5:44-48

Start there. Meditate on those scriptures and do your best to apply them. And be sure to forgive this person of her wrong doing just like you want God to forgive you when you do wrong (Mark 11:25-26; etc.). Hope this helps Kiera. Feel free to write back if you need anything else. Represent Christ. You can do it!

5 03 2013
sarah thacker

I have been struggling w drug addiction for quit some time now an I was wondering if I’m maybe cursed for something my family did
An,if I read my bible go to church have asks Jesus into my heart but,I keep struggling am I going to hell
I am very scared about this I’m afraid I won’t make it

5 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Sarah. I want you to know that there is hope for you and that God loves you incredibly more than you know. I also want to make you aware of Satan’s tactics. The enemy would love to see you convinced that God has turned His back on you and that you might as well turn away from Him toward a path of sin and death. I pray you don’t let the devil convince you of that.

Here’s the deal. The Bible tells us that there is *no condemnation* for those of us who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1). It also tells us that we should not sin, but if we do sin that we have an advocate with the Father in Jesus who paid for our sins (1 John 2:1-2). What does all this mean? This means that not only is every sin you’ve ever committed forgiven, but every sin you commit in the future will be forgiven as long as you continue to stay in Christ and walk after the Spirit.

What you must also realize is that since you are a disciple of Christ, through Christ you have authority over evil (Luke 9:1; Luke 10:17-19; Mark 16:17-18, etc.) and evil no longer has authority over you (1 John 5:18; etc.). So, if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, asked for forgiveness of your sins, and are making a daily effort to walk after the Spirit (read your Bible, pray, surround yourself with Godly people, etc.) then no curse, hex, evil spirit, or any other attack of the enemy has the authority to keep you captive. Any thought that crosses your mind that instills fear is of the enemy because God does not give the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Sarah, have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead? If so, you’re saved according to God’s Word itself (Romans 10:9-10)! Do you want to be forgiven and cleansed of your sins? All you need to do is confess to God that you’ve sinned. Not only will God forgive you of your sins, He will cleanse you of the unrighteousness too (1 John 1:9). Finally, if you have not done so, you need to ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit that will fill and sanctify you (1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:22; etc.). If you ask God for the Spirit He will fill you just like a loving father would give his son food if he asked for it (Luke 11:9-13). If there’s anything in this paragraph you have not done be sure to do so right away. If you have done everything then you can be sure that according to God’s word have a place in Heaven waiting for you! And if God said it Himself then you know it’s happening because God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18). ;)

I hope you’re encouraged Sarah. I can tell that the devil has done his best to keep you down, but if God is for you no one can stand against you (Romans 8:31). I believe what the enemy meant for evil in your life, God will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20). So right now, under the authority we have in Jesus Christ we speak to all evil spirits attacking your body and cast them out right now in the Name of Jesus Christ. Loose Sarah right now and never return to her in Jesus’ Name. We declare her free right now in Jesus’ Name. She will serve God and she will not be bound to any forces of the enemy in Jesus’ Name. She will be a mighty woman of God in Jesus’ Name. We cancel every assignment of the enemy, every curse, every plot, and every attack on her life and her family right now in Jesus’ Name. We come against and cast out the spirits of unbelief, fear, and death right now in Jesus’ Name. Sarah will have a spirit of love, joy, peace, and a sound mind in Jesus’ Name.

We love you Sarah and are rooting for you! We know you are set free. The Bible says in John 8:36 that if the Son sets you free you are free indeed. And Jesus has set you free this day. Please write back to tell us about the new found victory Christ has given you. If you ever need anything comment or email. We are here for you sister and can’t wait to meet you in Heaven! God bless.

6 03 2013
Kiera

Hey my name is Kieraa , I’m a christian and I feel like I’m spiritually dead. Things aren’t the same as they were when I first got saved. I feel lost and I don’t know what to do.

7 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Kieraa. Thank you for writing in. The Bible says the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Ephesians 2:5 also makes a reference that we are “dead in transgressions” but made alive with Christ. Without knowing the details of your life, it is possible that this “dead” feeling you have is the result of sin’s presence in your life.

If you regularly practice sin, from unforgiveness to fornication, based on the above scriptures it would make sense that you feel spiritually dead inside. How can you help it? Are you doing things you know you shouldn’t be doing? 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” All you have to do to get clean is essentially confess your dirty deeds to God and He will do the cleaning for you.

Another thing you can do is make every effort to remove all sins, sinful influences, and sinful environments from your regular life. The Bible says in Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Could it be that there is sinful and / or negativity being placed into your heart through songs? People you hang around? Movies or TV shows? If your favorite song induces depression or your friends are always speaking negatively it may be weighing you down.

It may also help you to realize that your salvation is not based on how you feel or what works you do, but on your faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9; etc.). Make every effort to do “good” things and walk in the Spirit. If you walk in the Spirit, not only will you not fulfill your sinful desires, but you will produce the fruits of the Spirit which include love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:16-26). How do you “walk in the Spirit?” Do things like daily prayer, daily Bible reading, regularly attend a Bible believing & teaching church, frequently converse with other strong believers, etc.

Start there. If you need anything else or anymore information please feel free to write back or email anytime. God loves you Kieraa, and so do we. Be strong and walk in the joy you are meant to have in Christ! :)

2 03 2013
Murthy kk

Where the people soul (believer or non believer) goes after death after new testment

5 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello again. The Bible tells us that people die once, then face Judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus alluded to this Judgment in Matthew 25:31-46. There Jesus mentions sending people to one of two places. We know those two places to be God’s Kingdom, Heaven, or the place of everlasting fire, Hell. Believers in Christ will not perish in eternal fire (John 3:16; etc.). Everyone else is already condemned (John 3:18; etc.). The good news is that even if we are living sinful lives pointed toward Hell, God is not willing that anyone perishes but that all would turn to Him to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; etc.). We pray every reader of this page sees God’s love for them and accepts the opportunity to be forgiven, made right before God, and renewed by His revitalizing Spirit. Bless you friend.

2 03 2013
Murthy kk

What is father,son, and spirit, is it one or they different

5 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Murthy. While the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct from one another, the Bible expresses that Each is God. Despite each being distinct, the Bible is clear that there is only one God, not three (Deuteronomy 6:4; etc.). No one debates that the Father is God (John 6:27). Though it is frequently debated, the Bible states that Jesus Christ, the Son, is God (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 1:14; Colossians 1:15; etc.). The Holy Spirit is also God (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 3:16; Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:17; etc.). It can be confusing that three distinct entities can be one, but just consider a person. A person’s voice, thoughts, and body are all distinct, but they are one individual. An egg is one egg even though it is shell, white, and yolk. God is no exception, being Father, Son, and Spirit. Hope this helps.

1 03 2013
Taikea

I am not baptized. Does this prevent me from being with GOD and Jesus? How do I choose a true holy man or woman to baptize me? Help…..I’m lost.

3 03 2013
dstewdesign

Good question Talkea. This is a highly debated topic within the Christian community. Some say that baptism is essential because of passages like John 3:5 which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.‘” Mark 16:16 also says “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Others say baptism is not essential because of passages like Ephesians 2:8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Those holding this perspective would argue baptism is a “work” which does not save us. These believers would also point to Biblical examples of believers who went to Heaven without being baptized like the criminal who died next to Jesus (Luke 23:43).

Which view is correct? While different believers interpret these passages differently, our advice is that you make every effort to get baptized. Why? When Peter preached the Gospel and explained the Holy Spirit’s outpouring on the people the receptive listeners asked what they needed to do. He replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The direction given is to be baptized and as believers we should make the effort to obey.

You want to be baptized. Praise God! If you need help finding a church where you can be baptized please write or email back. In general, as long as you are baptized according to the scriptures by a true Christian it generally should not matter who is baptizing you. Jesus commanded that the disciples make disciples of all nations and baptize them (Matthew 28:19; etc.). Many would interpret this to mean any disciple of Christ, a Christian, should suffice to baptize. Hope this helps!

1 03 2013
tray smith

What is difference between the kindom of God and the kindom of Heaven. And where is Heaven in the sky or on the new earth?

2 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tray. We can’t answer this question in general as it depends on the context passage to passage. Also, there is room slight variety of interpretation when it comes to defining “Kingdom of God.” There are times when it does not refer to a physical place at all, but God’s dominion and associated attributes (as we generally define it – 1 Corinthians 4:20; Matthew 12:28; etc.). Examples range from Christ’s direction to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness in Matthew 6:33-34 to requesting that God’s Kingdom come in the Lord’s prayer (Luke 11:2; etc.). Jesus was accused of casting out a demon by using demonic power in Matthew 12. But in verse 28 He responded by saying that was not true because Satans kingdom would not in-fight, but the Kingdom of God came upon them because He cast out the devil. Again, this example is not as much a physical manifestation of the Kingdom, but a demonstration of God’s power and dominion over evil. There are also other places where the “Kingdom of God” is used that do imply a physical place that can be entered (Matthew 19:24; Matt. 21:31; 1 Corinthians 6:9; etc.).

It is likely that some instances of the Bible mentioning the Kingdom of God and of Heaven can be referring to the same thing in either context. In Mark 1:14 it mentions that Jesus preached repentance because “the Kingdom of God” was at hand, but in Matthew 4:17 He says, “Repent: for the *kingdom of heaven* is at hand.

The Bible speaks of there being a New Heaven and a New Earth (Revelation 21:1). This would imply Heaven and Earth are distinguishable and separate. So Heaven would not be on Earth. Hope this answers your question!

28 02 2013
Andrea Bourcy

is it ok to gett tattoos?

2 03 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Andrea. Under the Hebrew Law tattoos were/are a sin (Leviticus 19:28). The Bible never explicitly states that getting them is not a sin elsewhere. That’s why many would argue that tattoos are sins. On the other hand, some believers would argue that because Christ has fulfilled the Law (Romans 10:4; etc.) the act of getting a tattoo is no longer sinful. They would argue tattoos are ok just like eating non-Kosher foods is, turning to passages like Colossians 2:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:12. The Bible says that everything is lawful, but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23; etc.). In the spirit of Romans 14, if you are convicted in any way about getting tattoos then don’t do it. Hope this helps.

25 02 2013
Dana Downs

If a person kills themself and they have accepted Christ, will they go to Heaven?

25 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Dana. The Bible tells us that no murderer has eternal life in him (1 John 3:15). Suicide is self murder. While we know God forgives sins (1 John 1:9) and that a repentant person will not perish (2 Peter 3:9). At the end of the day, God is the Judge (Romans 2:16; etc.). So, we cannot say for sure. But based on the scriptures they seem to imply that a person who intentionally murders one’s self, whether they claim to be a believer or not, would not inherit eternal life. Hope this answers your question. We love you and we’re here if you need anything else friend.

25 02 2013
Valentine Rangel

When there’s a capital letter on the word “Law” and a small Letter on the word “law”, what is the meaning of this, when used in the middle of a Bible verse?

25 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello there. It really depends on the context. Generally speaking, the capital “L” would imply a reference to the Hebrew Law discussed in the Old Testament that was brought to the Israelites through Moses. If you are confused about a passage in particular please feel free to write back. God bless!

24 02 2013
Lee

Proverbs 5:19 describes being satisfied with your wife’ s love. I think this means in physical as well as emotional ways. How can a husband cope with a wife who has no desire for a physical(sexual) relationship?
How can I stay satisfied with my wife when I literally am not physically satisfied? Is it wrong to desire sexual satisfaction from my wife? It makes it difficult to abstain from immoralities such as pornography or masturbation when I receive no contact from my wife. How can I handle this situation?
Thanks

25 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Lee. The wife, and the husband, are both supposed to avoid restricting each other of physical affection (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). The result of not doing so is temptation (v. 5), just like what you are talking about now. We know from 1 Cor. 7 that desiring one’s wife is not wrong.

Instead of focusing on how your wife can satisfy you, try focusing on what you have control over. The Bible tells husbands to love their wives ads Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25-28). When the temptation to fall into sexual sin rises up submit to God and resist the devil so he will flee (James 4:7). God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Cor. 10:13). Stand strong brother. Be sure to input Godly things like the Bible, Godly music, and other Godly things. Be sure to avoid sin-glorifying entertainment, activities, and people. This concept is derived from Jesus’ teaching in Luke 6:45, etc. We will pray for you Lee and we are here for you. Feel free to write back if you need anything else!

22 02 2013
Tim

What’s does the bible say about masterbation

23 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Tim. We touch on this on our Sex & Marriage Bible Answer page: http://swordsharp.com/is-sex-before-marriage-wrong/

If anything is unclear or you need anymore information please feel free to write back. God bless.

21 02 2013
Jeffrey

Did Jesus Christ really set.up the Catholic Church? Im Baptist. I think there some things that they are doing wrong. Like you have to go to confession to clear your sins. I thought only Jesus Christ could clear you of your sins. What is the true denomonation of Christianity?
Sighned,
Jeffrey

23 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Jeffrey. The Bible has no mention of Jesus ever setting up the Catholic church. Many Christian denominations have traditions that are not biblical. Some would resultantly call these traditions “wrong.” While confessing sins to receive God’s forgiveness is Biblical (1 John 1:9), coming to a preacher, priest, or other person as a mediator between you and God is not Biblical because Jesus is the only Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).

What is the true denomination of Christianity? According to the Bible, there is no “true denomination.” Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” (John 8:31). The Bible also says, “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Ultimately, that means if you want to be a true Christian you need to be a disciple of Christ. If you want to be a disciple of Christ you need to continue, or remain and abide, in God’s word. Since Christ’s Word is the Bible, that means we need to continually abide by the scriptures to be Christians, whether we call ourselves Baptists, Catholics, or non-denominational. Whatever your background, if you’ve repented of yours sins through faith in the Gospel and live your life with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will go to Heaven (Romans 10:9; 2 Peter 3:9; etc.). Hope this answers your question Jeffrey. Bless you.

13 03 2013
Jeffrey

Thank you.

12 02 2013
lea krohn

Should one fast, is it necessary?

12 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Lea. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that it is mandatory to fast for one’s salvation. Fasting does have benefits, like helping us develop increased faith for a more powerful prayer life (Matthew 17:20-21). We are saved by grace through faith in Christ, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9; etc.). Hope this helps! Be blessed.

10 02 2013
faith in god

Hello can you explain to me what does 2 of Samuel 21 to 27.. mean?? People think that the 2 persons mention there were in love with eachother?? Is it true? If so they were gay? Or people misunderstood the whole message??

12 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello there. Please provide the chapter for your 2 Samuel verses 21 through 27. We know the Bible does not condone homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 124-31; etc.). Any interpretation of the passage that says otherwise is an unbiblical interpretation. God bless!

10 02 2013
Thom as

Some newly born chrisrian become the judges of character. They are quick to point out what is not right nor christ like. In the bible it states before you wipe the spec from your brothers eye remove the plank from yours….What does God say or feel about judgment of other? How do we council those newly born Christians without judgment of them?

12 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello. Pending on your translation there are two main contexts of “judging” in the Bible, “condemning” and “discerning.” The scripture most commonly quoted on this topic is Jesus’ famous line in the Matthew 7:1-3 passage you mentioned, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” We know Jesus is referring to condemnation here because the original Greek word for “judge” used here is “κρίνετε” or “krino” (kree’-no) which means to condemn or punish. The other use of the word “judge” is found in places like 1 Corinthians 2:15 which says, “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” Here the original word for “judge” is “ανακρινει” or “anakrino” (an-ak-ree’-no) which means to examine, investigate, scrutinize, and discern.

Many hear the first scripture and assume Jesus implies we should not judge in the way Paul talks about as well. However, we know the Bible is not contradicting itself and also know with deeper analysis what the scriptures are saying more clearly. So to answer your question, it is biblically wrong to hold a self-righteous perspective and tell others “you are going to Hell,” or “God’s going to smite you because you’re a sinner.” It is, however, biblically ok to tell people if what they are doing is right or wrong in the eyes of the Lord. The difference is the Bible says we should gently restore a fellow believer caught in sin in meekness (Galatians 6:1). Believers who condone, justify, or support sin should be treated a bit more harshly as seen in 1 Corinthians 5:1. Hope this answers your question friend.

6 02 2013
Michael

Does it matter what type of music i listen to?And I’m 15 i dont think im ready to be saved yet ,but i plan on getting saved during or after college…is that good or bad?

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Michael. Hope all is well. The music we listen to totally matters. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” The bottom line is if you put music saying bad things into your body then your body will output bad things. The same goes for other entertainment like movies or tv shows. Even hanging around bad friends can lead you to act bad. So if you want to be good in God’s sight you need to do things that please Him.

One more important thing. The Bible tells us that we do not know what tomorrow will bring (Proverbs 27:1). You do not know if you will live to see college. You do not even know if you will live through the night. God loves you. And He loves you enough to give you the chance *right now* to get it right. You may have done some bad things in your life… things you know God should punish you for. But you know what? God loves you so much He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and be punished for *your* sins so *you* don’t have to! God loves you so much He raised Jesus from the dead to live forever so He could defeat Death and give you eternal life.

My friend, the Bible says today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Not “when I’m in college” or “when I’m old and the fun stops.” No. It says, “today.” Feel free to email us if you’d like to talk more. We pray you don’t fall victim to Satan’s temptation traps. In Jesus’ name, we pray you give your live to Christ and accept eternal life today.

6 02 2013
jamesmsam

Asking someone else to pray for me, does this really makes big difference rather than I claim myself to God on what I need?

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

We are glad that you claim to be God’s and we will certainly pray for you friend!

6 02 2013
Elizabeth

What does the bible say about a woman and a man living together before marriage or staying the night with each other as friends.?

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Elizabeth. The Bible does not directly say it is a sin for a man and a woman to live together or stay in the same home over night. If it did then brothers and sisters around the world would have to move out at 18. However, the Bible does direct us to flee “youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22) and to not “give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27). We know fornication or other pre-marital / extra-marital lasciviousness is a sin according to the Bible (2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19-21; etc.). So as long as a man and woman living or sleeping in the same place avoid such sins and are acting in purity the Bible does not condemn the act. Hope this helps. Peace to you.

5 02 2013
jamesmsam

I know a protestant church where an unmarried woman as pastor, preaching (in the altar) and organizing but the strength of the church remains 20 to 25 souls from the last 18 years. What does the bible says about women pastoring? Will gifts work even though your life isn’t good?

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello again James. The Bible is clear that women can certainly be involved in ministry (Acts 18:26; Philippians 4:2-3). However, while there are some that argue that this command was a product of the time period, the Bible appears to suggest that women should not be pastors. 1 Timothy 2:12 says, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (Also see 1 Corinthians 14:34-35). Note, this passage does not forbid women from teaching or having authority over other women or children.

Moreover, while the definitions of “bishop” or “overseer” and “deacon” may be slightly different between believers, 1 Timothy 3 describes qualifications for these positions in a context that implies they are reserved for men only.

To touch on your final question, while the Bible does suggest that it is the righteous who are heard by God (1 Peter 3:12; etc.) Jesus did say that many who did miracles in His name would not go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). Bless you.

5 02 2013
jamesmsam

Please define Deliverance ministry (done by various gift’s from God like healing, casting out evil spirits etc.,) and Church ministry (pastoral, shepherd). Is it biblical where you can accommodate the Deliverance ministry to Church ministry.

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello James. The phrase “Deliverance Ministry” does not appear in the Bible so we cannot biblically define it. But if you are asking if it is biblical to exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a church ministry then the answer is yes. 1 Corinthians 14 provides direction on how to use certain spiritual gifts in the church. In fact, the Bible tells us we should aspire to use spiritual gifts to edify the church (1 Cor. 14:12 & 26). In Acts 2, after the Holy Spirit’s power was first demonstrated there were about 3000 people that came to Christ after Peter preached to them. Paul and Barnabas preached the Gospel and scripture says their message was confirmed by the signs and wonders they did (Acts 14:3).

While the demonstration of the Spirit’s power is Biblically approved, it must be done in decency and order (1 Cor. 14:40). Hope this answers your question friend. God bless.

5 02 2013
jamesmsam

Hi, what are the differences of a fasting prayer and other faithful prayer? And why? Will it really differ the response of God? if yes, how?

5 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello James. What we do know is that fasting while praying helps increase our effectiveness to drive out evil spirits (Matthew 17:20-21). Some would argue this passage more specifically implies fasting with prayer increases one’s faith, and the increased faith results in more effective exorcism.

We also know that without a faithful prayer we should not expect to have what we asked for (James 1:6-7; etc.). So while we have no evidence to suggest that God responds differently to our prayers based on whether one is fasting or not, one can argue that fasting while praying has an effect on the amount of faith we develop for our prayer. The resulting increase in faith could be the difference between us having enough to get what we asked for and not not getting it; like the disciples in Matthew 17:14-21. Hope this helps.

3 02 2013
Tim

What’s does it mean to give God the glory and honor? Where can I find it?

5 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tim. The definitions of the words “glory” and “honor” for the most part retain their meaning, whether glorifying God or people. Here are some examples:

The King James Translation of Luke 17:18 references a man that did “give glory to God.” The context is Jesus being approached by 10 lepers who came to Him for Healing (Luke 17:11-19). Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest and they were healed on the way (v. 14). But after they all saw the priest and were healed only one came back to Jesus, “glorified God” with “a loud voice,” fell at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him (v. 15-16).

Other examples include 1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Timothy 1:17, and Revelation 4:11. Hope this helps!

5 02 2013
Tim

But God already has all the glory so how can you give him something he already has?

7 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Tim. If an “honorable judge” in the legal system was disrespected by a convict in his court would that make him less honorable? No. Neither does it make him more honorable if that convict respected the judge like a loving father. Similarly, God’s glory is independent of men giving glory. God made the world as well as everything in it and does not need anything, especially from us (Acts 17:24-25). Psalm 97:6 says, “The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.” The scripture implies God demonstrates His already existant glory, not that His glory depends on our acknowledgement of it. So, to answer your question, you can give glory to a God who already has glory the same way you can paint on a canvas that has already been painted on. Hope this helps clarify this. Feel free to email us if you have any other questions on this topic. God bless.

31 01 2013
Ann

Hi, according to the Bible it is possible to lost the salvation, I know that is not truth, but days ago I meet a Pastor that he told me that. I know in who I am Believed.

1 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Ann. We actually have a Bible Answer page for this question. We hope you get the revelation you are looking for! http://swordsharp.com/2011/07/04/can-you-lose-your-salvation/

31 01 2013
Tim

Where in the bible can I find the story of satan getting cats out of heaven

1 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hi Tim. You can find this referenced a few places like Luke 10:18 in the New Testament or or Ezekiel 28:28 in the Old Testament. Hope this helps. Be blessed.

30 01 2013
RAUL ARANDA

HELLO AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE TO KEEP PRAYING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, AND OUR PROBLEMS! THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER, BUT I NEED YOUR GUYS PRAYERS TO GET OUT OF MY SITUATION COMPLETELY! I STILL DON’T HAVE ANY INCOME, AND MY CASE STILL DOESN’T SETTLE, AND AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO RECOVERD

25 01 2013
Eugene

Could u better explain Matt. 12:29, Luke 11:21-22. Im seeking deliverance thank u.

1 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Eugene. Many commentaries have solid interpretations of the passage. Here are a few of them: http://biblecommenter.com/luke/11-21.htm

God bless.

23 01 2013
RAUL ARANDA

HELLO.. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE HERE TO PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, I HAD A ACCIDENT AT MY WORK, AND NOW AM NOT RECEIVING ANY TYPE OF CHECK OR INCOME! I HAVE A 9 MONTH YR OLD BABYBOY AND IT BREAKS MY HEART TO NOT BE ABLE TO BUY HIM DIAPERS OR FORMULA SOMETIMES! :( IM GOING TO RETURN A USE CAR THAT I HAVE BECAUSE I CAN’T PAY FOR IT ANYMORE! I WOULDN’T WANT TO BECAUSE I USE IT TO GET A TREATMENT AM RECEIVING FOR MY INJURY:( I CANT BEAR TO SEE MY WIFE AND BABY ALWAYS SAD BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION IM IN!!:( PLEASE EVERYONE HELP ME PRAY TO GOD THAT I COME OUT WITH VICTORY OF ALL MY PROBLEMS AND NECESSARIES!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 01 2013
dstewdesign

We will certainly pray for you Raul. Be sure to make every effort to seek God above all else during this tough time and beyond, e.g. read the Bible daily, turn away from sinful practices, praying, ministry, etc. If you seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness all your daily needs will be provided (Matthew 6:25-34). Have faith that your Heavenly Father will provide, because He will friend. Bless you.

24 01 2013
RAUL ARANDA

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! IM GOING THREW A VERY HARD SITUATION IN MY LIFE, BUT IN GOD I TRUST TO HELP ME THREW IT.. THANK YOU AGAIN!
GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

18 01 2013
Valentine Rangel

Thank you for your “Godly Wisdom”!

18 01 2013
Steven

Please calculate Jesus’3 days 3 night’s from his death to resurrection.

18 01 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Steven. Because the Bible does not give us exact dates we are unable to confirm them as well. If you find you have a specific question about biblical content please feel free to write back any time. God bless you!

18 01 2013
Valentine Rangel

For a child from infancy up to before the age of accountability,I believe has a dead spirit,when he or she dies young.God allows them entry into heaven by bringing the dead spirit to Life and not holding them accountable for any possible sins,because they are too young.Please tell me,what you think!

18 01 2013
dstewdesign

Hello again. The Bible does not mention anything about an “age of accountability,” nor does the Bible suggest that a baby has a dead spirit. At SwordSharp we usually attempt to avoid making claims that are based on the opinions of men outside of scripture. In general, we need to be careful about holding perspectives about theology that are not confirmed in God’s Word. Scripture directs us to avoid the holding onto the various doctrines of men but to the truth (Ephesians 4:14-15). And we know from scripture that God’s Word is Truth (John 17:17).

Some believers use the first half of Romans 2 to argue that all babies go to Heaven because they likely have not developed the conscious to sin, nor the ability accept Jesus as their Lord. They would argue that God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4; etc.) and that it would be unjust to punish a baby who never received the opportunity to consciously sin or accept Christ. Other believers use Psalm 51:5 (typically the NIV translation) to argue that babies are “born in sin” and that they can go to Hell. Others believe that only a Christian parent’s baby is guaranteed to go to Heaven because the child is sanctified through the parent (1 Corinthians 7:14).

While there are genuine believers on different sides of the fence, because the Bible does not give a clear answer on the topic of babies going to Heaven unfortunately we are unable to confirm a right answer. We do praise God that He has given us the opportunity such that if we believe in Christ and repent of our sins we will not perish, but have eternal life! (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9). Hope this helps friend.

12 01 2013
tony

The genealogy of Jesus in Mathew is for Joseph, but the angel told him that Mary is with child from the Holy Spirit. Why or how is Joseph in the line of Christ?

12 01 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Tony. As you may have noticed, the genealogy in Matthew, as was typical, only traced the male lineage from Joseph to Abraham (Matt. 1:2-16). Joseph was the husband of Mary and resultantly served as the earthly father of Jesus (Matthew 1:16; etc.). Because Jesus was not from the seed of a man, but of God (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:31-35; etc.), Joseph is referenced in the lineage because he was the earthly “father” of Christ. Hope this answers your question.

7 01 2013
Thomas

Should married couples fast together?

8 01 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Thomas. While the Bible does not restrict couples from fasting together, it is clear that it is not mandatory for one to fast if his or her spouse is. The King James version of 1 Corinthians 7:5 says, “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer;” One can conclude from this that Paul is suggesting that the only time it is biblical for a person to “defraud” his or her spouse during a period of fasting and praying. An assumption can be made that it is possible the other spouse is not fasting at the same time. Because this behavior was not condemned one can follow by this logic that it is certainly Biblically justified if only one in the married couple participates in the fast, as long as the other respects the limitations of the fast. Hope this helps. God bless you Thomas.

6 01 2013
Valentine Rangel

I believe angels are spirit beings.I believe man is a three part being, with a spirit, soul and body.The soul in itself is man’s personality, with three functions, mind, emotions and will.The will is an element of choosing or deciding.My question is:”Do angels have a soul to make decision to follow God or Satan?”

6 01 2013
dstewdesign

Good question. Angels appear to have the ability to analyze situations and respond cognitively. Consider the reaction to worship in Revelation 19:10. Also consider that angels process and execute the orders of their commanders, including battle (Rev. 12:7-9). We also know that cherubs can indeed sin (Ezekiel 28:14-16). While the Bible does not explicitly define the “science,” if you will, of differentiating and defining the roles and connection between bodies, souls, and spirits we can conclude from the above passages that angelic beings do indeed make choices and decisions to at least some degree. God bless.

22 02 2013
Robbie

I believe Ezekiel 28:14-16 is symbolic of Tyres sin isn’t it?

23 02 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Robbie. Many believe this passage pertains to Satan and his fall from Heaven because of references to the Garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:13), sinning (v. 15). being cast out of Heaven (v. 16), then on the ground (v. 17), and the destination to be devoured by fire (v. 18). We cannot speak on any certainties of speculation as far as symbolism is concerned because none are specified in the scripture. We wish we could give you a more direct answer here. Hope this helps. God bless.

4 01 2013
chris

Where does Cains wife come from

6 01 2013
dstewdesign

Hello Chris. The Bible does not specify. we know from Genesis 5:4 that Adam had other sons and daughters. So the simplest explanation is it was one of them. Others may speculate that God could have possibly created a few other mates for early men like Eve was created for Adam. The point is we do not know for sure. Wish we could help more. God bless.

2 01 2013
Beverly

Are there any rules for shouting in church?

6 01 2013
dstewdesign

Good question Beverly. 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 is an area that talks about one’s conduct in church. While the context primarily refers to one speaking in tongues, the text does specify that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (v. 33). It also mentions that up to three tongue speakers can speak at once with an interpreter or up to three prophets while the others carefully listen (v. 26-31). Ultimately, some would argue that shouting in the church is both disorderly and breaks the order defined in verses 26-31 if done while speakers are bringing forth the word of God. Others validly argue that “order” is defined differently at different churches.

The Bible does not appear to have a clear instruction against “shouting” in a church. What we can legitimately conclude is that any form of shouting that is done in a manner that clearly detracts the congregation from receiving the Word of God is unbiblical. Hope this helps.

6 01 2013
dstewdesign

Good question Beverly. 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 is an area that talks about one’s conduct in church. While the context primarily refers to one speaking in tongues, the text does specify that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (v. 33). It also mentions that up to three tongue speakers can speak at once with an interpreter or up to three prophets while the others carefully listen (v. 26-31). Ultimately, some would argue that shouting in the church is both disorderly and breaks the order defined in verses 26-31 if done while speakers are bringing forth the word of God. Others validly argue that “order” is defined differently at different churches.

The Bible does not appear to have a clear instruction against “shouting” in a church. What we can legitimately conclude is that any form of shouting that is done in a manner that clearly detracts the congregation from receiving the Word of God is unbiblical. Hope this helps Beverly.

30 12 2012
Venessa

So whats reasons for divorce? According to the Bible?

31 12 2012
dstewdesign

The two Biblical grounds for divorce are adultery (Matthew 5:32; etc.) and being abandoned despite making every effort to live a Christian life and attempting to stay with the spouse (1 Corinthians 7:12-15). Blessings.

29 12 2012
John

What do you do to resolve a terrible situation of having a 31 year old anti-social drug using son still in your home and not working an prone to violent rants?

30 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello John. Even when all hope seems lost, a child’s salvation can begin with one of his or her parents. When a parent is saved the child is made holy (1 Corinthians 7:12-14). So a great place to start if you want your child saved is with yourself. Make every effort to get yourself right with God and let your Godly light shine when you interact with your son (Matthew 5:16). Be sure to show love despite all his shortcomings because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Bless when he curses, pray when he uses you (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14; etc.). Read the Bible often and get it in your heart so you don’t respond in sin when your son does something to prompt you to (Psalm 119:11).

Start there and write back if you have anymore questions. Make sure *your* walk with God is as good as it can be and it may just rub off on your son for the better. Bless you John.

28 12 2012
Venessa

So r u sayn that I can never remarry unless its with my xhusband? I mean that’s wat the Bible says? I am an adulterous unless I reunite wit my x?

30 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi again Venessa. According to the Bible, if one divorces one’s spouse for a non-Biblical reason and marries another before the original spouse dies then the new marriage is adulterous (Matthew 5:32; 1 Corinthians 7; etc.).

Never forget that even though one has sinned God still wants us to repent to be forgiven and reconciled to Him (2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:9; etc.). Much love and God bless.

28 12 2012
Venessa

Me & my husband is not married by law. He says we are living & vowing to this covenant. So we got rings & said some vows in the privacy of our own home and we concider ourselves married. My question is this a marriage under God? Oh by the way he is still legally married to his xwife but been seperated for 4 Yeats with no contact with eachother at all. Wat does the Bible say? I don’t wanna do thi if its sin

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Venessa. While one can debate the validity of a marriage made with vows of commitment between two people for life before God and other men that is not legally recognized, one cannot debate the sinful activity of being sexually involved with someone married to another person, also known as adultery.

Adultery is a sin according to the Bible (Matthew 5:27; Mark 7:21; etc.). Not only is sexual activity with a married person adultery, but even the act of lustfully looking at that person is adultery as well (Matthew 5:27-28). If a separated person unites with anyone other that his or her wife the union is adulterous. The Bible says, “…A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11). I pray the Lord leads you toward righteousness and gets glory from the situation. God bless.

28 12 2012
Sofia

For five years me and my boyfriend been together we have a daughter together i want to be with him he says he wants to be with me my family says we are not good for each other that we are just attached to one another i want to marry him i know its a sin but since we just been with each other would god still bless us when we do get married? Would the lord still bless me when i do get married to the one i have been with and have a child by ? How do i save my child for the sin i and her dad have done?

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Sophia. While the details of your past relationships are unclear, if neither you nor he have ever been married, if you two want to marry it would not be a sinful union. The Bible specifically says it is alright to marry if two people burn with passion for one another and do not want to unite in sin (1 Corinthians 7:9). Your marriage will likely be blessed too. If you turn from sin in favor of hearing and obeying God’s word you will surely be blessed (Luke 11:28).

The way you save your child is by you being saved through faith in Christ yourself. “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy” (1 Corinthians 7:14).

25 12 2012
Ronnel

Is Jesus also a god? If it is,why do they say there is only 1 God?

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Ronnel. We have an entire section devoted to this question on the Android app, but to answer your question the Bible declares Jesus to be God (John 1:1 & 1:14; etc.), Jesus to be man, and that there is one God (1 Timothy 2:5; etc.).

Here are some of the supporting scriptures from the App that support the Biblical claim that Jesus is also God:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-2, 1:14)

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)

“I and the Father are one.” Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” (John 10:30-33)

and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:10, 13)

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10)

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)

The Bible says there is one God and that Jesus is God. While this seems like a contradiction, it it can’t be because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2; etc.). Many argue that saying Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit are all distinct, yet God is no different than saying shell, white, and yolk are all one egg. Hope this helps clarify. Bless you.

25 12 2012
Tim

When was christ born(not the day we celebrate it)

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tim. The Bible does not specify when Jesus was born. No one knows the day specifically, however most scholars would agree that the winter (December) was an unlikely time for His birth. Personally speaking, since no one knows the day, any day one chooses to celebrate Christ’s birthday is just as good as the next. :)

25 12 2012
Tim

what does the bible say about women preaching?

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Tim. While there are some that argue that this command was relevant to the time period, the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:12, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” So it is actually not literally Biblical for a woman to preach over an entire congregation compiled of men filled with other qualified male ministers. However, this command does not condemn women “preaching” to, or over other women. This command also does not say that women should not share their faith with men. Priscilla (Acts 18:26), Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3) are just a few of the women of the New Testament who helped spread the Gospel to many types of people. Be blessed.

25 12 2012
Ronnel

How will i know if i was blessed by holy spirit and truly accepts Jesus in my life?

28 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Ronnel. Generally speaking, one knows if one has truly accepted Christ Jesus as Lord if one sees a lifestyle change in his or her life that is turned from being sin-centered to God-centered. This is illustrated in 1 John 3, Romans 6, and many other areas of the New Testament.

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” – 1 John 3:9-10

Otherwise we know by faith because God’s Word says those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9-13; Acts 2:21; etc.). Hope this helps. Please write back if you have more questions on this.

19 12 2012
deni

Is using secular songs in worship wrong? Is having a movie night that show secular movies that have no reference toGod but to secular reasons for christmas at a church wrong? If so what verse(s) can I give my friend. Every fiber tells me its wrong but I have nothing to back it up.

21 12 2012
dstewdesign

In and of themselves secular songs, movies, books, or anything else being played in church is not restricted in scripture. The use of them likely falls under the Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10 frame of thinking where we should not be bound by legalistic restrictions. At the same time, while “everything is permissible… not everything is constructive.” (1 Cor. 10:23).

However, when the secular entertainment played for the sake of enjoyment contains elements that are sinful or glorify sin then we likely fall into the area of making others stumble, which is a sin (Romans 14:20; etc.). Hope this helps. If not, you have more questions, or you want more specific scripture references please write back. God bless.

19 12 2012
deni

How do I handle this situation in a Godly matter? 5he church I was going to has a lot of busybodies in and it. I thought they were preaching the word of God, but I have since come to confused. Alot of things that happened I thought the pastor was innocent of and had no clue. Then I found out he has his pet ones to do his bidding. He has said things to me personally that has me questioning his walk with God. When I told some one that said pastor would never say that I are wrong. He has said things to me several time that go against what is right and twist words in bible to fit his situation. How do I address this. I found several people forced to leave that didnt agreee with him. I know that I cant bring it before. I dont have 3 witnesses

21 12 2012
dstewdesign

Good to hear from you Deni. I am sorry you are having trouble at your church. As you alluded to, a church is not to receive accusation against an elder without at least two witnesses (1 Timothy 5:19). If you find at least one more person that also noticed sinful behavior you may bring this up to the governing body of the church or the church board.

In general, if someone is in sin in the church is caught in sin they should be gently restored by brothers and sisters in the church (Galatians 6:1). The text does not say that if they are caught we should judge them when they fall because we all have sin (Romans 3:23; John 8:1-11; etc.).

However, for those believers that are immoral and willingly pursue a lifestyle of sin they should be handed over to Satan (1 Corinthians 5:1-8). We should not associate with people who claim to be believers but willingly live lives of sin (1 Cor. 5:9-11). The Bible says we shouldn’t even eat with these people (1 Cor. 5:11). So if your pastor is like this you, nor the rest of your congregation should not associate with him and hand him over to Satan with hopes that he will turn his life around (1 Cor. 5:5). If the entire church is corrupt then it’s time for you to remove yourself from it under the same reasons. Hope this helps.

19 12 2012
Daniel s.

I’m having problems with a guy that always aggravates me when he sees me.. he vadalises my car when he can.. i got to the point where i want to hurt him really bad!! What should i do? I believe in god, but i haven’t been straight with the lord so i don’t think he hears my prayers anymore, am at an edge!! Help me!

19 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Daniel. I’m sorry to hear that. One thing you need to do for sure is forgive him (Colossians 3:13; etc.). Jesus said, “if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15).

You should also:

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
– Romans 12:14-21

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32

If you have been living in sin, unless you’ve prayed a prayer of repentance (1 John 1:9; etc.) if you are not living righteously before God then the chances are your prayers are not being answered (Proverbs 15:29; 1 Peter 3:12). So be sure to confess your sinful ways to God if you have not been living right so He will forgive and cleanse you (1 John 1:9; etc.). Continually read your Bible too (John 15:7; Psalm 119:11; etc.).

Hope this helps. We pray the Lord gives you favor with this person, that the troubles are removed from your life, and that God gets massive glory from the situation in Jesus’ name!

17 12 2012
kering4u

What does cursing with z’s in the middle mean?

18 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi there. As you mentioned, cursing with z’s in the middle is still “cursing” as implied by the question itself. Intentional use of unclean language is sinful behavior (Luke 6:45; James 3:1-12; Ephesians 4:29; 5:3-5; etc.). If a phrase is used to be intentionally crude or foul it is sin (Eph. 5:3-5; etc.), from known four-letter words to clean words used in a crude manner.

Using human logic, not of the Bible, placing z’s in the middle of a word doesn’t change it’s meaning or intent. If someone in hip hop culture says, “It’s goin’ d-z-own,” those familiar with the slang would interpret that statement as “it’s going down.” The z’s don’t change the meaning or intent. The same would apply for profanity. Biblically speaking, we should strive to avoid unclean speech as the above scriptures show. Hope this helps.

16 12 2012
Taylor

This scripture has cause separation of many separations of denominations;
Romans 6:14b “for you are not under law but under grace”.

One side suggest, refering to the law, to mean, we are not under the penalty of the law which is death.

The other side suggest, not under the law to follow it or to live by it.

For me,I must determine what law is this text is referring to, in the context of the whole chapter of Romans 6

Whatdoyasay

18 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Taylor. The “Law” in question is the Hebrew Law given to the Jews. We know this because it is discussed a few chapters earlier in Romans 2:12-27. There the distinction is made that the gentiles don’t have this “Law” but the Jews do. This is just one of the many references implying he is referring to the Hebrew Law. The Law is discussed in the chapters surrounding Ch. 6 if you’d like to double check on your own. The ultimate point is that since Christ fulfilled the Law with His death and resurrection we are not justified in God’s eyes by the deeds of the Law (Romans 3:20; etc.), but by God’s grace through faith in Christ (Romans 3:28; 5:1; etc.). Hope this answers your question.

13 12 2012
Taylor

Is speaking in tongues, a known language or an unknown language or both?

13 12 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Taylor. Most would agree that speaking in tongues can be either a known or unknown language at any given time. During the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost each person filled spoke in tongues and each man heard the others in their own language (Acts 2:1-8). Additionally, Paul referenced speaking in the tongues of men and of Angels (1 Corinthians 13:1), which can be interpreted as an angelic language foreign to mankind. Hope this answers your question. Many blessings!

9 12 2012
Shekhar

If I am having Beer once a while & not regular, is that Fine….as far as everything is concern, I don’t feel there is any problem if I am having it & even after having it I won’t feel that I have done something wrong……what would be your Personal opinion about it?

9 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Shekhar. We try to avoid personal opinion here where possible, but the good news is the Bible does touch on the subject of drinking. Drinking is not a sin. Colossians 2:16 says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink…” “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). There was even a case in scripture where it was recommended that someone drink a little wine for one’s stomach and ailments (1 Timothy 5:23).

Though drinking alcohol itself isn’t a sin, it is a sin to: 1. Get drunk (Ephesians 5:18; etc.), 2. Drink around a person you know has an alcohol problem (Romans 14:13-21; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13), and 3. Drink if you have convictions about doing so (Romans 14:22-23). “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Hope this helps! God bless.

10 12 2012
Shekhar

Thank you for your Response
God Bless You….

3 12 2012
Daniel

I need help really bad.. since i was at a early age i started Watching porn videos.. now am 20 and its kinda like one of my hobbies..i know about Jesus.. i been trying to stop but i can’t. Later am back at it again! I always promised the lord am going to quit but i don’t! Am such a liar i hate myself for it! I cant overcome the feeling of doing it. N when i had enough of it I feel so guilty n sorry. I use to talk about god to others but now i stop because of how much of a liar i am.. what can i do?? Its like an addiction to me! Sometimes i do it because i know if u break something in gods eyes like his rules u break them all.. n i have a baby n a wife but were not merry so i know that only is living in sin! So my porn addiction doesn’t make it any worse because even if i stop.. am still not merry so in gods eyes am still a bad person! What’s gonna happen to my life? I cant take the guilty feeling of it, but can’t stop?? Please pray for me & god bless you!

3 12 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Daniel. Many men have been in your shoes and you are not alone. But there’s one thing you said that isn’t true, but Satan wants you to think it’s true… that you can’t stop, because you can.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

As hard as it is, when you are tempted you *must* resist, no matter how hard. You can’t give in. From experience, there’s usually a habit of falling when the temptation gets strong enough, and you need to break that habit and fight back by resisting. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Based on the two scriptures above you need to realize:

1) Realize the same challenges face your other brothers and sisters in Christ
2) Resist the devil with all your might
3) Submit to God by praying, reading the Bible, getting encouragement from other believers, commanding the tempting devil to flee in Jesus’ name, or whatever else you can think of
4) Search for a way out of falling to sin desperately, and when you find it, take it immediately!

There are some other things you can do to help.

1) If you are outwardly outputting sexual sin consistently it is because that is what is stored in your heart (Luke 6:45). If you want to stop you do not *just* stop watching pornography, but stop looking, watching, or being anywhere that will convince you to lust in that manner. This includes gawking at women, watching regular daytime television that glorifies sexual immorality, or just hanging around people that think watching pornography isn’t a big deal.

2) The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Confess that you’ve sinned to Christ and know that He will surely forgive you of all your sins and cleanse you of the uncleanness stored in your heart. This scripture, and many other areas of the Bible show God’s loving willingness to make you clean in God’s sight.

3) After you are forgiven you need to make every effort not to fall back. Realize after Christ sets you free you are free indeed (John 8:36). We have to repent and turn from our sins to be with God in the end (2 Peter 3:9; etc.). This includes and fornication you may be committing. If you are not married and you burn with desire, get married so you won’t be in sin (1 Cor. 7:9). Any other sins you have done, make every effort to stop. Destroy all the tapes. Block all the channels. Delete all the numbers. Clear the history on the computer. Do whatever it takes to make sure the old you that lived in sin stays dead to sin so that you may live in Christ (Romans 8:13; etc.). If we sow in the flesh we will reap corruption, but if we sow in the spirit we will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

Be sure to read all the reference scriptures given above as much as possible and remember the points made. Others have been where you are and worse, but have made it out through Christ to live free and clean Spirit filled lives. You will do the same. Feel free to write back or email if you have any other questions or concerns. Don’t let us down. Don’t let your baby down. Don’t let yourself down. Don’t let God down. Repent and be set free in Jesus’ name!

4 12 2012
Daniel

Thank you very much! I know now i can overcome my problems . I really don’t want to let anybody down. Am going to try harder! Thank you for replying back to me! I was embarrass to say anything but now, am happy i did! Bless you! And god bless you!!

28 11 2012
Rich

Before my wife and I became christians we enjoyed a healthy sex life. Now thatwe have both been saved, she says that oral sex is a sin. Is it sinful, even though we are married?

28 11 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Rich. This is one of those topics where the Bible does not give a direct answer. We are more or less left to read in between the lines of existing passages. Some would argue that it is a sin, making the progression of statements that argue oral sex = non-vaginal sex = “sodomy” = the sin Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed for. Others would go further and argue that intentional ejaculation outside of vaginal sex with one’s wife is a sin. This belief stems from God’s killing of Onan as a result of him spilling his seed to the ground rather within his brother’s wife (Gen. 38:9-10).

On the other hand some believers believe oral sex is Biblically ok. These believers would turn to Hebrews 13:4 and argue that the marriage bed is not defiled, and therefore all consensual sexual activity between the husband and wife is pure and ok.

For this topic I will defer to my usual answers: Everything is permissible but not beneficial (1 Corinthians 6:12) & if you feel even a hint of guilt doing it then don’t (Romans 14). Hope that helps Rich!

1 12 2012
barbara deandaq

Can god and jesus love me even though I have been a iv drug user for eight years. I can’t seem to let it go and its done nothing but harm me. I started using because I felt like I was alone but now the emptiness and pain inside my heart is so loud I see I dug this ditch I’m in. I want to know can I still be loved by Jesus

1 12 2012
dstewdesign

God the Father, and Son, Jesus Christ absolutely love you Barbara. God’s love is not dependent on what sins you do. The Bible says, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God loves you so much He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth so He would live a suffering life of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3) and die a tortuous death on a cross for you.

Though He was sinless, Jesus was sacrificed to pay the penalty for for the sins of all those who believe in Him (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10; etc.). The good news is that Jesus didn’t stay dead, but the Father raised Him from the dead and now those of us who believe can be credited with the righteousness of Christ (Acts 2:24; Romans 4:23-24, etc.) resulting in reconciliation with God and eternal life in Heaven (Romans 5:10; John 3:16; etc.). *That’s* how much God loves you and much more!

The scripture writer says, “…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:39

God has called people that were not His and loves the unloved (Romans 9:25). So, as the point was made above, it does not matter whether you are a drug user or not, God loves you and wants to set you free from the bondage of sin (Romans 8:2-4; 2 Peter 3:9; etc.). If you make Jesus Christ Lord of your life you will not be condemned for the sins you’ve committed and Christ will set you free from sin (Romans 8; etc.) You may use because you feel alone, but if you turn from your sins and give your life to Christ He will *never* leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13; etc.). If you confess your sins to God, not only will He forgive you of them but He will also cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). You can have new life in Christ and become a new creation free of the destructive turmoil in your old life (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God loved you long before you even thought about loving Him (1 John 4:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; etc.). We pray you turn from your sins and accept the love of God through His Son Jesus to experience the joy and freedom that comes with being a Christian. Please write back or email if you need any help doing so and be sure to find a Bible teaching church with a body of believers that will encourage and develop you in your walk with the Lord. Jesus loves you and so do we Barbara! God bless!

25 11 2012
David R.

I had a question.. it says in the bible that in
order to go to heaven.. we need to accept
Jesus Christ as our personal savior, not live
A sinful life, follow the ten commandments
And be baptized, etc..
But how did that guy who was at the cross
with Jesus went to heaven if he obviously
didn’t lived a good life.. the bible also says
god cannot be mocked.. so how was that
Possible for that man?? Thanks!! &of course
God Bless You!!

26 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello David. Your understanding of what it takes to get to Heaven is almost fully accurate, but there are a few misunderstandings. First, no person is made righteous by the Law, or specifically the 10 Commandments, but we are only made righteous through faith in Christ (Romans 2; Rom. 3; etc.). The term “Personal Savior” is not referenced in the Bible, but it is true that faith in the Savior, Jesus the Christ who died and rose to pay for our sins, is the key reason we can be forgiven, saved, and reconciled to God in Heaven (John 3:16; Romans 5:11; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 1:14; etc.). We are not saved by the works we do but by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; etc.).

Moreover, the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23) and everyone is a sinner (Rom 3:23; 1 John 1:8; etc.). The Bible also says that if you live under the Law and break one point in it, you are guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10). So the person who tells a white lie, bearing false witness against a neighbor is just as guilty as the serial killing blasphemer. That’s why we *all* need a savior for our sins, because no one is righteous (Rom. 3:9-10; etc.) and no one is “good” (Mark 10:18; etc.) enough to go to Heaven themselves.

With all that said, now we can answer the question directly. Since living a “good life” doesn’t get anyone into Heaven, the criminal next to Jesus was just as guilty in God’s eyes as the Apostle Peter. And like Peter, he had faith in Christ and was offered eternal life.

It’s possible for the worst sinner to be saved. When the Pharisees questioned why Jesus was with sinners He replied, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Luke 9:12-13). In fact, Christ’s point to Simon the Pharisee was that the more sinful one is, the more grateful one would be for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 7:36-50). Now we obviously know that God’s grace does not justify sin (Rom. 6; etc.), God won’t be mocked (Galatians 6; etc.), and willingly continuing in a lifestyle of sin can disqualify one’s self from being forgiven (Hebrews 10:26-27) but that is another topic altogether. The convict next to Jesus was simply one of the first of many wicked sinners being graciously forgiven and reconciled to the Father through faith in Christ Jesus.

27 11 2012
David R.

WOW Thats amazing!! I didn’t really
understand before, but now i do!
THANK YOU! ITS ADMIRABLE WHAT
U DO FOR PEOPLE! GOD BLESS YOU!

21 11 2012
nancy

Thank u.. So if i gt maried in bengali family who r christian n if dy want me to touch feet of eldrz to gve respect.. I hpe i wil nt annoy God by doin so.. My relation wid Almighty is mst imp n so i want to b clear

20 11 2012
nancy

I want to knw dat acording to bible touching feet of elders jus to gve dem respect is it wrong.. Lyk its bein prctisd in bengal culture.. Actualy its wrtn in bible nt to bend or bow bfre idol or images.. N worship dem is wrng as d 2nd commandmnt tel us.. Bt if v touch feet of human eldrs to gve dem respect dn is it wrong..plz tel ds thru bible refernce whr its wrttn v cnt touch feey of human elderz

20 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Nancy. While the Bible does not say it is “wrong” to touch anyone’s feet the Bible also does not say it is mandatory to touch anyone’s feet either, whatever their position. While touching feet may not be wrong, it is indeed a sin to bow down, as in worship, another “god” or person (Exodus 20:3-5; Matthew 4:10; etc.). The details of Bengal church culture are unclear, but if people do not have a biblical reason for doing what they do then it’s a man-made tradition that may not be of God. Hope this helps. God be with you.

20 11 2012
Sandra Patterson

Thanks for your comments on Genesis 6:2. As a graduate seminary student, who responded similarly to your comment below, to my son [a fall seminary student candidate who first raised the question to me], I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your reply for its comprehensive attempt and particularly your last sentence, i.e. at the end of the day”the Bible does not say” and so we would therefore be remiss in trying to make it say”anything else”. My final point to him, in this vein, is that “this was God’s will and that there is plenty more in the Bible that is ‘pristine’ and doctrine enough for us to accept and practice! Thank you so much for your firm stand in this great day of falling away! Thanks to my wife for her interest in it enough to ‘seek you out’. Thanks Baby!
I am glad to add ‘SwordSharp’[wordpress] to my list of future resources!
Pastor M. Patterson

19 11 2012
carl

Is playing a video game where u killed zombies
bad?? If so why? Thank you!

20 11 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Carl. Zombie games range from Plants vs. Zombies to Left for Dead. Many zombie games have elements that glorify sins like unclean language, hate, and murder while others do not. While the context of the killing does matter, in general, different believers will have different opinions on this topic. In an effort to avoid over analyzing the type of zombie, motive for the killings, or anything else that may clearly be allowed, or condemned by the Bible, we will defer to the Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 6:12 principles: If there is no sin blatantly glorified in the game then play it by faith. If you feel any conviction for playing the game and you think it may be wrong then do not play it. Otherwise, if you wholeheartedly feel it is clean then feel free to play without letting others judge you.

21 11 2012
carl

Thank you ! I just play it when am bored..i don’t feel like its bad but i might stop.. Thank you for responding
to my question.. God Bless You!

19 11 2012
Gloria

do they eat in heaven?If so-what.

20 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Gloria. The Bible does not say for sure, but it is possible. There are some scriptures that suggest the possibility of consuming in Heaven. In Mark 14:25 Jesus said to His disciples at the last supper “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” The implication could be that we will be able to drink in Heaven. Additionally, Jesus ate fish in His resurrected body in Luke 24:40-43.

Ultimately, we do not know for sure, but it is very possible we will eat good food in Heaven. God bless.

23 11 2012
Gloria

the fruit of thevine-did Jesus not say somewhere. in the bible that Hes the vine.Could it b that the vineHe will drink of is not wine as we know it but to do with God as Hes the vine? Which body are we then nourishing?Im confused!!!

25 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Gloria. There are a couple different contexts in which Jesus refers to a “vine.” In the Last Supper Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:25; etc.). Here Jesus is referring to the last time He will have a literal drink with His disciples until after He resurrects.

The other case is John 15 where Jesus says, He is “the true vine” and His “Father is the husbandman” (John 15:1). He says shortly after,

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5

The latter example is about abiding in Jesus, e.g. obeying His Word, following His commands, living for Him and through Him. This is a separate case than the “fruit of the vine” which was a bit more literal and referring to an actual drink. I hope this clears up any confusion. We’re here if it doesn’t.

18 11 2012
Randy Phillips

Did Jesus drink alcohol? Jesus said himself. 25 Most certainly I tell you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.”

18 11 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Randy. I’m not sure anyone knows for sure. We know for sure Jesus drank wine:

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” – Luke 7:33-34

However, the debate exists because some argue that Jesus drank unfermented wine that was not alcoholic. Others might argue that no one would call Jesus a “winebibber” or “drunkard” if the wine He drank wasn’t alcoholic. We know for sure that Jesus never got drunk because drunkenness is a sin (1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:10; Ephesians 5:18; etc.) and Jesus never sinned (1 Peter 2:22; etc.). Hope this helps. Be blessed.

23 11 2012
Gloria

what is your advise to new convert when answering question on their belief in particukar when dealing with unbeliever with in a relationship?

25 11 2012
dstewdesign

In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23) Jesus describes four different types of seeds, each representing a type of convert. Some don’t understand it and Satan leads them astray; some do not root themselves in the faith and fall in the face of persecution or trouble; others get pulled away by the thorns like the cares of the world or deceitfulness of riches; and others stay grounded in the faith bearing fruit for the Kingdom.

With that said, a new convert should make every effort to avoid “thorns” and get rooted in the Word of God so (s)he does not get led astray. Such a person needs to develop a strong foundation before engaging challenging questions alone. How can one develop such a strong foundation? Listen to and obey the Word of Christ (Matthew 7:24-27), e.g. read the Bible and obey the teachings. Go to the Bible and research challenging topics before engaging in a discussion. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” So until prepared, it is best to avoid addressing the questions of an unbeliever one’s self.

As far as relationships go, the Bible tells in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 not to be “yoked” with unbelievers or have close, tightly-knit relationships. This does not mean to not associate at all with non-believers, because then we’d have to leave the planet (1 Corinthians 5:9-10). But if you are not married to an unbeliever you have an intimate relationship with you should indeed distance yourself from that person. This is not to say one should not attempt to fulfill the Great Commission and deliver the other party the Gospel because he or she may end up getting saved through the new convert. Hope this helps.

18 11 2012
sandra

Who were the sons of God inn Genesis six.

18 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Sandra. I believe you are referring to Genesis 6:2. Many believe the “sons of God” is just a term used for men while women were referred to as the “daughters of men.” Some even believe these “sons of God” were actually angels that came to earth and reproduced with human women. Others believe God created more men other than Adam that were not born but reproduced on the earth with Adam’s daughters. Many have taken this passage in many directions with some arguments being much stronger than others.

The Bible never truly identifies who the “sons of God.” If we consider the context of chapter 5 prior it is about men, their lineages, and the children they reproduced. The verse prior to Genesis 6:2, verse 1, is about men increasing on the earth having daughters. The context of the rest of the chapter is about Man’s punishment for wickedness. Because of the prior reasons it appears the strongest case for the identity of the “sons of God” are the male descendents of Adam. However, because the Bible does not specify, at the end of the day we do not know for sure. Grace and peace.

18 11 2012
jerry

Hello again.. yes am a Christian, my parents are Christians also.. i have accepted Jesus in my heart, but i have not been baptized, is that good?? And thank you for my last question!! God bless you!

18 11 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Jerry. This is a highly debated topic within the Christian community. Some say that baptism is essential because of passages like John 3:5 which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.‘” Mark 16:16 also says “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Others say baptism is not essential because of passages like Ephesians 2:8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Those holding this perspective would argue baptism is a “work” which does not save us. These believers would also point to Biblical examples of believers who went to Heaven without being baptized like the criminal who died next to Jesus (Luke 23:43).

Which view is correct? While different believers interpret these passages differently, our advice is that you make every effort to get baptized. Why? When Peter preached the Gospel and explained the Holy Spirit’s outpouring on the people the receptive listeners asked what they needed to do. He replied, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” The direction given is to be baptized and as believers we should make the effort to obey. God bless.

17 11 2012
Julie

Thanks!

16 11 2012
jerry

I know we can’t do both good and bad at the same time, because its bad and God doesn’t like it.. What can I do?? That’s exactly what i do.. what could happen to me if i keep living my life like this? God Bless!

17 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Jerry. You are correct that believers in Christ can’t willingly continue in a lifestyle of sin:

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” (Hebrews 10:26).

Are you a Christian already who has repented and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior for the forgiveness of your sins? If not, write or email back and don’t bother reading the rest. If so, please continue.

The Apostle Paul, posed a similar question to you in Romans 7. “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:19, 24). The good news is there’s a solution that was outlined short after saying, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” So, while we do need to ultimately turn from our sinful lifestyle, God will both purify us from sin, and forgive us of the sins we do commit.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” – 1 John 2:1

If we sin against God know that Jesus, who already paid the penalty for our sins at the cross, acts as our advocate (1 John 2:1). Jesus preached forgiving repeat offenders many times over (Matthew 18:22). What you never want to do is willingly have a lifestyle of sin, taking advantage of God’s grace by willfully living a life of sin anyway (Hebrews 10:26).

The Bible says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8). This means God knows our hearts and will punish those who live to please the sinful nature.

Lots of people go through this, including someone who asked about this not too long ago. Avoid inputting sinful entertainment, discussions, environments, etc. so you will be less likely to sin because you will output the sin that was input into your heart (Luke 6:45). Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). Remember, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Confess your sins to God and he will not only forgive you, but cleanse you of them (1 John 1:9). At the end of the day, if you do fall to sin, God has your back (1 John 2:1). Hope this helps. Be blessed.

16 11 2012
Julie

In the Bible it has Jesus saying that one needs to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Then it says that everything is done through Jesus name. I have noticed some churches baptize in Jesus name and some through the the Father,Son and Holy Spirit. Is one wrong our do both of them count?

17 11 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Julie. This is a widely debated topic in church. Jesus Himself did in fact tell His disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). However, in all instances of baptisms seen throughout the book of Acts we see the disciples baptizing “in the name of Jesus” where specified (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 19:5; etc.).

Many churches argue baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit is the way to go because Jesus directly said to do it. Others argue that being baptized in Jesus’ name is the way to go because that’s what the Holy Spirit empowered Apostles and church founders practiced. Because both are referenced in the Bible I’m not sure anyone can say that one way is “wrong” or that one “does not count.” I know some churches that try to do both, baptizing “in the name of the Father, in the name the Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit.” As long as one repents and is baptized into the Lord for the remission of sins in a biblical manner one should be good (Acts 2:38). Hope this helps.

8 11 2012
ke

What does the bible say about racism? How does God feel about racism?

9 11 2012
dstewdesign

Good question. James 2 is largely focussed on directing believers to not show favoritism or partiality toward specific groups of people. The Bible also says,

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29

All in all, racism is not Biblically condoned. God bless.

8 11 2012
Monica

How can you tell the difference between conviction and condemnation?

9 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Monica. Conviction, as seen in John 8:9, is the result of one’s conscience rewarding or punishing one’s actions based on whether an action is “good” or “bad.” The bad feeling one gets inside after doing wrong is conviction.

Condemnation, however, as seen in Matthew 20:18, Romans 8:1, or 1 Corinthians 11:32, is the judging punishment given as a verdict, usually given from a person in power. If you need further clarification do not hesitate to write back.

7 11 2012
James

How do I what God is telling me to do? I have multiple job offers right now. All of which mean drastic changes for my family. How do I tell which path is the one God wants me to take?

9 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hi James. Great question. I wish the Bible directly told us things like “Thou shalt take the job in Texas.” Some scriptures that comes to mind are:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. – Matthew 6:31-34

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

So our advice is to:

1) Pray about it
2) Seek God’s Kingdom and Righteousness above all else, including money, status, etc. This may involve you actively ministering more, serving the Lord, etc.
3) And have faith that the Lord will indeed guide you to where you need to be.

Hope this helps. God bless.

6 11 2012
jdvc

hello again, sir what is the only reason in the bible that a couple should divorce? and if a divorced couple married again are they committing immorality?

9 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello. If a divorced couple reconciles, marrying and coming back together with each other it is never a sin. In fact, it is the only way for a divorced person to marry again without sinning (Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11).

…A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” – 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

Anyone who divorces his wife and marries **another** woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” – Luke 16:18

The only two exceptions according to the Bible are adultery (Matthew 19:9) and if one is left after faithfully living a Christian life (1 Corinthians 7:15).

I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” – Matthew 19:9

But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances;” – 1 Corinthians 7:15

6 11 2012
RICK

I feel like such a liar, a failure, a hyporite because one day I read the Bible and try to do what God wants, and another day am doing the opposite. I promise so much to God, and I always fail Him. What can I do to stay focus in His word?? and can God forgive me?? Even as I always fail Him? God bless.

6 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Rick. The Apostle Paul, one of the greatest evangelists of all time and one of the fathers of our faith felt similar, writing about his struggles in Romans 7. “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:19, 24). The good news is he answers who, “…through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25). The Bible says in the following verse, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” So, while we do need to ultimately turn from our sinful lifestyle, God will both purify us from sin, and forgive us of the sins we do commit.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” – 1 John 2:1

If we sin against God Jesus, who already paid the penalty for our sins at the cross, acts as our advocate (1 John 2:1). Jesus preached forgiving repeat offenders many times over (Matthew 18:22). What you never want to do is willingly have a lifestyle of sin, taking advantage of God’s grace.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” (Hebrews 10:26).

The Bible says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8). This means God knows our hearts and will punish those who live to please the sinful nature.

Lots of people go through this Rick. Avoid inputing sinful entertainment, discussions, environments, etc. so you will be less likely to sin because you will output the sin that was input into your heart (Luke 6:45). Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). Remember, God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Confess your sins to God and he will not only forgive you, but cleanse you of them (1 John 1:9). At the end of the day, if you do fall to sin, God has your back (1 John 2:1). Hope this helps. Be blessed.

8 11 2012
RICK

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I MORE THEN
ANYONE NEEDED TO HEAR THAT! I
TRULY THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS!
MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN ABUNDANCE!

2 11 2012
Karen Gaona

Who is satan?and who was he in heaven?

4 11 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Karen. The Bible refers to Satan, or the Devil, as an “ancient serpent” (Revelation 20:2) who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). He fought with his angels against Michael and his angels but Satan lost and they were all cast out of Heaven into the earth (Revelation 12:7-9). 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

More insight is shed on his mentality from Isaiah 14

“12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:12-15

Hope this helps. God bless.

1 11 2012
jdvc

is it a sin not to have our Lord Jesus as your personal Lord, saviour and God?

1 11 2012
dstewdesign

If one does not have faith in Christ one is condemned already according to Jesus (John 3:18). The Bible calls those deny Jesus as the Christ liars who have the spirit of the antichrist (1 John 2:22; 2 John 1:7; etc.). Jesus is the only Way to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; etc.). Jesus is the only mediator between God and Man (1 Timothy 2:5). Confessing Jesus as one’s Lord is the way one gets saved (Romans 10:9-10). Philippians 2:6 tells us Jesus is in the form of God, and later in the same passage it says Jesus’ name is above every name (Phil. 2:9), every knee will bow before Him (Phil. 2:10), and that every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord (Phil. 2:11). If God wants one to do something, and one does not do it, most would agree that the refusal to do the act would be considered a sin. Hope this helps.

30 10 2012
sasha

My mother just passed and I feel her prescence all the time.
I was wonering, once yyou pass away, can u come back to visit your loved ones or is that not possible?

31 10 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Sasha. I am sorry for your loss. If your mother was a Christian the good news is that though she will be present with God (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23; etc).

As far as coming back is concerned, the Bible says it is a sin to consult the dead, or be a necromancer (Deuteronomy 18:10-11), but it is Biblically possible to interact with a dead person like Saul did with Samuel through the woman at Endor (1 Samuel 28). Otherwise, when people like the Apostle Paul talked about live in relation to death he always did so in a manner implying that one could not come back.

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” – Philippians 1:22-24

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” – Hebrews 9:27

The Bible also describes the dead in Christ as “asleep,” implying a lack of consciousness, but says the dead will rise before the living on the Day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:15-16). So the Biblical reply is that in all likelihood our loved ones who passed away will not visit us. But rather, if you and they are believers, you can expect them to be waiting for you in Heaven. God bless.

30 10 2012
Valentine Rangel

Now in mans fallen state, men and women both can be deceived by Satan.Do you agree?

30 10 2012
dstewdesign

James 1:16 says, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.” This implies the possibility that men can be deceived. As addressed in your last question, Eve was deceived so we know women can be deceived.

28 10 2012
Venessa

I think temptation was always there because the Only law was not to eat that fruit from that tree. Man is Not God so therefore curiosity or temptation to be disobedient was with Adam before Eve was made.

28 10 2012
Valentine Rangel

I know in the Garden Of Eden,Eve was deceived first to sin.Adam being a man was not deceived, but chose to sin, is one school of though.I believe he was deceived also to sin.Do you agree?

29 10 2012
dstewdesign

Good question. The Bible does not agree.

And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. – 1 Timothy 2:14

God bless.

23 10 2012
Art

Why God allow all sin to star

23 10 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Art. Your question is unclear. Please clarify and we’ll be happy to answer it. God bless.

23 10 2012
Valentine Rangel

Since Jesus Christ has eternal life explain to me what died in him, when He died at the cross!

23 10 2012
Valentine Rangel

Thank you! Since Loucifer(Satan) was created, then he has everlasting life.Do you agree?

23 10 2012
dstewdesign

Interesting inquiry, but no, the Bible does not agree with that claim, and resultantly, neither do we.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” – Revelation 20:14

Jesus also said He would say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” – Matthew 25:41

These are referring to the same place. Hell is the second death, the opposite of eternal life (Romans 6:23; etc.).

In a sense one could argue that “eternal life” is a matter of semantics, claiming that whether it’s Heaven or Hell, people, the devil, and his angels will exist somewhere eternally. But Biblically speaking, we either get eternal life through Christ or a second death with Satan. Hope this helps.

22 10 2012
Jdvc

Were in the bible is the clearest picture of trinity?

23 10 2012
dstewdesign

Good question. While the Bible never speaks of a “Trinity,” the concept of there being one God revealing Himself in three Persons, if you will, is biblical. The clearest picture of the “Trinity” is in the King James Version translation of 1 John 5:7.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

The controversy over this passage is that this portion of the passage does not appear in all of the original manuscripts of the Bible. Many that do not believe in the “Trinity” argue that this segment of the scripture was added later by early manuscript writers who had an agenda to push the theology of the “Trinity.” However, there are other areas of scripture that still support God being the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Father being God is least debated, but is supported here: (1 Thessalonians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; Philippians 2:11; etc.)

…which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 1:1

The Son being God is widely debated, but the scripture clearly shows this is the case: (John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:13-20; etc.).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1, 14

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

… the kingdom of his dear Son: … Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, … all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, … And he is the head of the body, the church: … For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; …” – Colossians 1:13-20

God being a Spirit is rarely debated. The Bible clearly says, “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24). However, God being the Holy Spirit is debated among those that refute the concept of the “Trinity.” However the Bible ties the Two together in 2 Corinthians 3 where Paul talks about the (Holy) Spirit he follows up by saying in verse 17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Additionally, in Acts 5′s account of Ananias and Sapphira it reads:

Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, … thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” – Acts 5:3-4.

The implication of the latter passage being that lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God, thus God is the Holy Spirit.

I hope this helps. God bless.

23 10 2012
jdvc

can we also use to explain the trinity the time when Jesus our God was baptized by John the baptist?

24 10 2012
dstewdesign

Hello again. It is tough to discern your question. The passage with John baptizing Jesus neither confirms, nor denies the theology of the “Trinity.” For support of the “Trinity” please see the prior answer. God bless.

21 10 2012
Valentine Rangel

Does everlasting life have a beginning?

22 10 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Valentine. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” – John 5:24

So the answer to your question can be argued in one of two ways. Either faith in Jesus Christ is the start of everlasting life, or death is the start of everlasting life. The scripture talks about in multiple places that belief in Jesus results in everlasting life (John 3:16; 3:36; 6:27; 1 Timothy 1:16; etc.).

However, Paul spoke of a desire to depart and be with Christ over staying on earth to serve (Philippians 1:21-24) implying his earthly death would be an end to his earthly life and a beginning to his eternal one.

In many ways the answer to this question is a matter of perspective. But whatever your perspective it is clear that faith in Christ is the mandatory catalyst for eternal life to be obtained (John 3:16; 3:36; 6:27; 14:6; 1 Timothy 1:16; etc.). Hope this helps.

21 10 2012
denise waldon

What does the bible say about suicide?

22 10 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Denise. Because suicide is self-murder it is commonly believed that all who commit suicide will go to Hell. This is because the Bible tells us that murderers will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they are washed and sanctified of their sin through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 3:15-16).

While it is technically possible one can do the act leading to suicide and can possibly genuinely repent before the life is taken, it is incredibly unlikely. The Bible tells us that God will not be mocked and we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). If we sow in the flesh we will reap destruction (Galatians 6:8). So those who plan to commit suicide, then repent before their life is taken will not fool God into letting them into Heaven. Hope this helps. God bless you.

17 10 2012
believer

I have some problems with some guys i use to know.. they have aggravated me and my family on the street.. which has really humiliated me.. they have thrown water bottles at my car on the street when they spot me.. i have alrdy gotten into a fight with one of them because this person saw me and got off his car.. i can’t go out with my family without being scare of something happening to my family.. i am currently temporary disable because i hurted my leg.. so i were to bump into them again they would definitely take advantage of my situation..

18 10 2012
dstewdesign

I am sorry to hear about your troubles. Here is one thing Jesus said to us in relation to our enemies:

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:27-28

I also would like to give you this passage from Romans 12. I pray it helps you and we pray the Lord gives you safety, peace, favor, triumph over your enemies, and victory over Satan’s attacks in Jesus’ Name!

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

23 10 2012
believer

Thank you! Ill keep praying for a change.. GOD BLESS!!!

17 10 2012
scott

I want to know what the Bible says about remarriage after a failed marriage. And is it ok to preach when you have had more than one wife

17 10 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Scott. In general, the Bible tells us it is a sin to remarry another person other than one’s original spouse (1 Corinthians 7:10; etc.) though there are a few Biblical exceptions like marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 19:9; etc.) and the wife abandoning one who is making the effort to live a Christian life (1 Corinthians 7:13-16). As far as being a pastor or overseer goes, 1 Timothy 3:2 tells us this role is reserved for one who is the husband of one wife. Some would argue that this means one wife at a time. Others would argue that someone who has been remarried, particularly in a sinful manner, would not qualify for the position. We cannot give you a definite biblical answer for which position to take. But we can comment that anyone who preaches and condones sinful behavior, such as sinful remarriage, should be expelled from the church (1 Cor. 5:11-13). But for a believer who has sinned, they are still Christians who are disciples of Christ (Acts 11:26). Resultantly they can still be seen as under the Great Commission where Christ told His disciples to make other disciples in all the nations (Matthew 28:16-20; etc.).

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Just because you sin does not mean you should stop proclaiming Christ. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). What ever sins you have done, even if it was remarry sinfully, never let them stop you from making God’s love know to the world through His Son. Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16). I pray this helps. Bless you Scott.

3 10 2012
Dave

What can i do? I hear noises at nite in my room.. i have had nightmares bout something scaring me.. etc.. things start sounding like there moving.. is there a prayer that can help me with this?? Very thankful

3 10 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Dave. The first scripture that comes to mind when talking about fear is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So if you feel scared to the point of nightmares over sounds, the unknown, etc. then that spirit is not of God and you are being attacked spiritually.

There are measures you can take to get rid of such fear. First, don’t give in to being afraid, but resist that feeling. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Try telling yourself, even out loud, “I will not be afraid of noises, and I will not be scared by this dream!” But in order for that to work, as the scripture says, you have to first submit to God, e.g. follow His commandments, do all He wants you to do, etc.

Try reading the Bible more often, especially when the fear begins to rise. Jesus told us that our good and bad actions people make are heavily related to the good or bad we store in us (Matthew 12:35; Luke 6:45). If you intake Godly reading, entertainment, company, etc. you will produce good. Likewise, if you intake entertainment, music, etc. that is filled with fear or other sinful concepts then you will likely produce those feelings.

One more suggestion is to pray, asking God to remove the fear. The Philippians 4:7-8 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” So just pray and ask God to remove the fear, then just have faith that He will and wait for the peace to guard your heart and mind.

At the end of the day, the Bible says perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18). It turns out that God is Love (1 John 4:8). So the closer you get to God the further fear’s bondage will be from you. So make every effort to get close to God (pray, read your Bible, go to church, worship Him, Christian entertainment, whatever you can think of to get closer to God) then you will begin to have a sound mind that is free from the bondage of fear and anxiety. Hope this helps! I pray the Lord gives your heart and mind the soundness and peace He desires all His children to have in Jesus’ Name!

4 10 2012
Dave

Thank you so much!! Just by reading
what you said i felt safe and secure!!

28 09 2012
ray

If a person is married but is getting a devorce can I speritly marry them is that a sin

28 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Ray. I’m not sure we understand your question, but if you are asking if it is a sin for a married person who is getting a divorce to marry another person while still married then yes, that is a sin. Each husband should have his own wife and each wife her own husband (1 Corinthians 7:2). Please write back if you need more clarification. God bless.

27 09 2012
mathew

Is it really bad or a sin to eat pork? Why? What else is bad or a sin to eat?

28 09 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Matthew. Does the Bible say that eating pork is a sin? Yes. Is it a sin to eat pork? No. This can be confusing and even seem contradictory until we dive deeper into the scriptures.

Under the Hebrew Law brought in through Moses (See Exodus, Deuteronomy, etc.) there was a list of actions that couldn’t be done from the eating of pig (Leviticus 11:7; Deuteronomy 14:8) to sea food that doesn’t have fins and scales (Deut. 14:10). The Hebrews were given command under the Law to follow these dietary laws as well as many other practices. So, yes, the Bible does direct people not to eat pork.

Why then is it not a sin to eat pork? Simply put, it’s an outdated law just like the American Law of Prohibition which formerly banned the buying or selling of alcoholic beverages. In fact, the entire Hebrew “Law” was outdated when Christ died and rose from the dead (Romans 10:4; etc.). Romans 14 strongly communicates this as well as the following passage in Colossians:

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. – Colossians 2:16-23

There are more scriptures in support of this as well. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to write back or email. Hope this helps!

29 09 2012
mathew

Thank you! God bless!

26 09 2012
lana

What does the bible sayif u love someone that has been divoeced an know is scared to remarry but u don’t want to let them go but do not want to live in sin either. I don’t think he will ever want to but I know love me

27 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Lana. Even if we love someone, unless the person has been divorced for a Biblically unsinful reason:

e.g. was cheated on sexually (Matthew 5:32; 19:9), was left as the result of one’s committed relationship to Christ (1 Corinthians 7:13-16).

then it is a sin to marry that person (1 Cor. 7:10; etc.) unless you are that person’s former spouse (1 Cor. 7:11).

Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:32). I pray you side with the Lord. Please feel free to write back or email if you have any other questions or concerns. God bless.

24 09 2012
Eric

Is it possible to actually hear gods voice?
How can we know for sure if he hear our prayers?

24 09 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Eric. Though rare, it is not Biblical to say one *cannot* hear God’s voice because people have throughout the Bible from Samuel (1 Samuel 3) to Paul (Acts 9).

How do we know if God hears our prayers? Well, we know He does *not* hear our prayers if we are not living righteously (Proverbs 15:29; John 9:31; etc.), unless it is a prayer of repentance (2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:9; etc.).

Otherwise, believers know God hears our prayers because the Bible says He does (Proverbs 15:29; etc.). “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.“- (1 John 5:14-15).

Note that even if we know God hears us, if we doubt that God will answer the prayer then we shouldn’t expect it to get answered at all (James 1:6-7). I pray this helps in Jesus’ Name.

25 09 2012
Eric

Thank you!

23 09 2012
david

Is it wrong to use medical cannabis if its prescribed by a doctor for a christian?

23 09 2012
dstewdesign

Great question David. This is a question that the Bible does not give a black and white answer to. The Bible does not directly mention anything about smoking. There is a descent argument a Christian may make as to why doing so would be a sin. Most would use scripture like 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 arguing that a believer’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and should be honored as such. They might say that smoke is harmful to one’s lungs and other body parts, therefore it is dishonorable to do so, thus it is a sin.

On the other hand, some believers would use Colossians 2:16-23, particularly verses 20 through 22, to say that because Christ died on the cross, so did the legalistic dos and don’ts like not being able to take particular prescribed drugs.

So is the use of medical cannabis a sin? 1 Corinthians 6:12 says,”‘Everything is permissible for me’-but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’-but I will not be mastered by anything.” Based on that passage, we know it is a sin to take medical cannabis if one develops an addiction to it. If one thinks they are prone to such an addiction, and there are other options to treat the diagnosis, then one should probably avoid taking medical cannabis in an effort to not give the devil a foothold into his or her life (Ephesians 4:27). We also know it is certainly to take it if one does so illegally, whether it is taking another’s prescription or illegally acquiring it (See Romans 13:1-7 about obeying the law).

Other than the cases above, or any other sinful uses otherwise omitted, because the Bible does not say for sure one should probably adhere the Romans 14 philosophy where you do everything in faith and if you feel it might be wrong then don’t. I pray this helps. Bless you David.

22 09 2012
kiyingi paul

what is the true true Sabbath of the Lord?
And who is Ellen G White?

23 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello there. Ellen G White is not a biblical figure at all, so I cannot give you a Bible answer as she is concerned. :( If she teaches or walks in line with a theology that was not traditionally taught by the scriptures then you should withdraw yourself from her (2 Thessalonians 3:6). If a teaching is contrary to the scriptures then it’s not of God because all scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

As far as the Sabbath goes, Jewish tradition holds that the Sabbath, or Shabbat, starts Friday by sunset and lasts through Saturday evening. Hope this answers your questions!

22 09 2012
michelle

Can you lose your salvation?
I have read that once your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life it can never be erased. But what happens if I’m a Christian and backslide into sin then die before I can repent and colme back to him. Wht happens to all that unforgiven sin will I go to hell? Or lose some of my rewards

23 09 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Michelle. This is actually one we covered in one of our answer slides. Please take a look and write back if you have anymore questions! God bless. :)

http://swordsharp.com/2011/07/04/can-you-lose-your-salvation/

17 09 2012
nice guy

Which is the best religion to convert to? The best one that follows gods laws? The one that comes closer to what god asks for??? And why other religions comes short to gods will.. thanks!

17 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello there. Needless to say, the New Testament of the Bible is focused on introducing Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31; etc.), and God in the flesh (John 1:1, 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:15; etc.) as well as the early “religion” that stemmed from His life and ministry (See the book of Acts, etc.). Since the disciples of Christ were also called Christians (Acts 11:26), needless to say that the right “religion” is Christianity according to the Bible.

That being said, the disciples of Christ should live a lifestyle worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27; Ephesians 4:1; etc.). “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27). James followed up the next verse encouraging believers not to show partiality or bias against people, particularly in the church (James 2). “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” (James 1:26). So the right “religion” encourages one to maintain clean speech. We know Jesus said it is not what goes into one’s mouth that makes one unclean but what comes out (Matthew 15:11; etc.). Ultimately, Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). “And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).

If you are asking about sects of Christianity then we have no comment. We believers should not have divisions among ourselves but be united (1 Corinthians 1:10). As long as you are encouraged to follow the Biblical principles listed above and the rest of God’s word as rightly outlined in the scriptures then you should be good! God bless.

16 09 2012
Luke j.

Do you have to Baptist a newborn baby when he’s born?? And by not doing so could it affect him? I though u get Baptist to be forgiven for your sins? What sins could a new born have? & is it right for a person to decide for a baby about it rather then letting him do it once he’s older?? Thank you! God bless!!!

17 09 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Luke. While the Bible never tells us it is a sin to baptize babies, all Biblical acts of baptism were directed toward individuals who were able to choose to be baptized (Acts 2:38; etc.). In Acts 2:38 when Peter directed believers to repent he also directed them to get baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. While there is no black and white way to say whether baptizing babies is right or wrong, those who hold that baby baptisms are wrong would likely use an argument saying babies can’t make the decision to repent, and likewise can’t make the decision to get baptized. They would argue that just like parents can’t confess Jesus as a baby’s Lord or repent for the baby they can’t have a valid baptism for a baby either; that one must make the decision one’s self to get baptized just like one must make the decision to repent, or confess Christ as their Lord (Romans 10:9-10; etc.).

I wish we could give you a black and white answer on this. I hope this helps. Be blessed Luke.

15 09 2012
John r.

People say the virgin Mary has powers because of being the mother of Jesus, is it true? And why do they believe that ?

16 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hi John. While the Bible does of course speak of believers being empowered by the Holy Spirit with spiritual gifts to conduct miracles (1 Corinthians 12; John 14:12; etc.) it does not teach that those who are dead have the power on earth to do anything. The Bible says that people die once and then go to judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Paul, who is also one of the saints people pray to, expressed in his letter that he was torn between staying on earth to aid people on earth and going to Heaven to be with the Lord (Philippians 1:21-25). If he could aid people from the grave or from Heaven he would not have had this conflict within himself.

Why do people believe it? I’m not sure. I guess this goes back to the previous answer just before this one (Romans 1:18-25). Bless you John!

15 09 2012
Victor s.

Why do people believe in other gods like the dragon, Buddha, Joseph smith,virgin Mary, the months of different animals, Allah, the prophet Muhammad, the weird lady with six arms i n India, the Watch Tower, and the Sabbath day, if Jesus is the only way to heaven?

16 09 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Victor. With the exception of the Sabbath Day, which the Bible does talk about (Exodus 16:29; etc.), we can’t necessarily speak for everyone as to why they believe the different things they believe. Yet, Romans 1 does touch on this subject in a general manner. See verses 18 – 25:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

So we can generally say that people worship other gods because they suppress God’s truth because of their own wicked desires (v. 18). Because they did not glorify of give thanks to God their hearts were darkened (v. 21). Because they thought trusted in their own wisdom over God’s (v. 22). I think that’s the best insight we have into this. But when we proclaim the truth let’s be sure to do so with love, respect and humility without patronizing or condemning those of other views (1 Peter 3:15; etc.). God bless you Victor!

15 09 2012
Daniel

What does the bible say about other gods? My friends say that the virgin Mary has powers to cure and heal like Jesus is it true? And why do they believe that? They say its true because she was the mother of Jesus.. then does the husband of Mary and their sons have powers too???

16 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Daniel. In the Bible God commands us not to serve other gods (Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 5:7; etc.). According to Jesus you can’t serve two masters (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). There’s only one true God (John 17:3). While one can obviously worship other people, things or spirits, the Bible generally references other “gods” as inanimate objects that do not hear, see, eat, smell, etc. (Deuteronomy 4:28; 28:36; etc.).

As far as Mary is concerned, another person asked the same question just after you did. Please see that reply above. Hope that answers your first question. Be blessed.

15 09 2012
cmd

What does the Bible say about Christians responding to non Christians as to why they believe is Jesus Christ, as well as the Bible?

15 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hi there. When Jesus sent out His disciples he told them “…whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city” (Mark 6:11; also see Matt. 10:14 & Luke 9:5). Many would use this passage to say the answer to your question is to just do your job of sharing the Gospel, and if they don’t receive it, it’s on them.

The Bible also says to “Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully” (1 Peter 3:15 AMP). So we should both study and give logical replies to anyone we talk to about the faith. We must also remember to do so respectfully. But don’t get into meaningless debates that drag on and go nowhere with someone you know will never come around (2 Timothy 2:23). Hope this helps. God bless.

14 09 2012
ryuu

I have a friend who i grew up with. He is seeing a married women and told me has been intimate with her. I have told him its wrong but he won’t listen. I don’t know how to help him? & thanks for my last question! :)

13 09 2012
ryuu

I fell in love with my girlfriend and later we got our own place. We got pregnant and now we got a son, but we didn’t get marry, and are not marry yet. Is it wrong according to god what we did?

13 09 2012
dstewdesign

Hello Ryuu. I’m glad you asked. The bad news is that you and your girlfriend did commit the sin of fornicating, or having sex before you were married. We see fornication is a sin in places like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19, etc. The good news is that God still loves you (John 3:16; etc.) and you can still be forgiven if you confess your sins to Him (1 John 1:9). Repentance, or turning away from our sinful habits, is a necessary step for us if we want to go to Heaven (2 Peter 3:9).

If you find the desire to be intimate with your girlfriend is too strong to bear then the Bible directs us just to get married so you don’t have to be in sin (1 Corinthians 7:2, 7:9). Hope this answers your question. Please feel free to write back or email if you find you need more prayer, help, or advice!

7 09 2012
Deni

First giving honor to God who has let this ministry stand. I know it has been a long time since I have written, but I have not missed reading questions and answers along with the dagger. I’ve have read the book of Colossians chapter 1 verse 28 several times before. Today when I read it, I was confused. I thought I understood but realized I did not. So I reread the whole chapter and more questions came. I know that Jesus sacrificed himself for us and intercedes for us daily and because he has reedeemed us he can present. Us faultless before God how than does Paul say We can do the same. Or is my understanding of the scriptures themselves is wrong. Please shed light so I may see clearly. Thank you.

8 09 2012
dstewdesign

Bless you for your kind words Deni. All glory to God. Paul describes his role as a minister with the goal of serving / training believers (in this case, the Colossians) in verse 25. Because this is his role he stives to make everyone he ministers to as mature, faultless, and perfect as possible when it comes to serving God (Verse 28). That verse explains that one of the main reasons he preaches Christ is to mature, or perfect, the believers he teaches as much as possible. In verse 29 we see he also chases after such sanctification.

Paul would not be making a claim that the power to be “perfect” is in himself or another person. We see in verses 12-14 he gives credit to God the Father through Jesus for delivering people from the power of darkness. Hope this helps.

2 09 2012
abhishek

i a leader of my church and a strong beliver. i have a stammer and because of stammer i m getting trouble in preaching the gospel.i believe that my suffering will bring glory and honour to his name.

2 09 2012
dstewdesign

You know Moses had a speech problem too (Exodus 4:10). Yet God still called him to proclaim His name mightily. Don’t think your speech problem means God can’t use you to preach the Gospel. ;) Bless you.

1 09 2012
Jme

I have a question. I know the Bible says to honor thy parents. & it also says something about standing behind your husbands decisions or something along the lines of that. What if your parents and your husband are not on the sam page? For example my parents want us to visit more. Ny husband doesn’t want to so, we haven’t been seeing them,but my daughter & I really want to see them. I have just been going along with what my husband wants so that we don’t argue. My mom has recently told me that us not being around is really hurting her feelings. I just want to do whats right. I do miss my parents, but I don’t want to argue with my husband.

1 09 2012
dstewdesign

Good question. The Bible tells us wives to submit, or be subject to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22). Does that mean the wife has no say? No. In the verse prior it tells married couples to submit, or be subject to one another (Eph. 5:21). So Biblically you should feel comfortable making requests and petitions to your husband, like seeing your family more frequently.

As far as decision making goes, one can debate the husband’s say should generally carry more weight than a parent’s at the point of marriage. While all children are called to obey their parents in the Lord (Eph. 6:1; Colossians 3:20), the Bible also says the married person will leave the parent and be united as one flesh with the spouse (Eph. 5:31). In the same general passage it says the head of the wife is the husband like the head of the Church is Christ (Eph. 5:23). I hope this answers your question! God bless.

2 09 2012
Jme

Thank you. That is very helpful. I appreciate it.

14 08 2012
Venessa

Thank you so much for your quick response and thank you for reminding me what the bible says about love thank you that is total clarity!!

12 08 2012
Venessa

How do we know when we’re inlove? Or what does it mean to be in love?

13 08 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Venessa. Great question. There are a few words for love in the original Greek translation like agape, eros, and phileo. The Bible does not give a definitive check list for Romantic love, or eros. Though the word for affectionate love was used, agape, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us some insight on how to identify love:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

So if one just can’t wait to be intimate with someone then patience is lacking and it’s probably lust.

If the pinnacle of love is marriage then we can look to Biblical characteristics to help compare them with our emotions. Ephesians 5:33 tells wives to respect their husbands. If a woman doesn’t fully respect a man then she can’t fully love him Biblically. Same goes for a series of other Biblical marriage instructions: If a couple can’t stay faithful (1 Corinthians 7:2); If a man won’t die or “give himself up” for a woman (Ephesians 5:25); If a couple cannot submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21); If a man can’t love his woman as much as himself (Ephesians 5:28); etc.

If any of the above is missing from you or your partner then it may be lust, and may be a relationship you want to pass on. Please write back if this doesn’t help! God bless.

5 08 2012
chris

Hello um i know sex before marriage is wrong and all and masturbation but what about simple stuff that are not sex like kissing is that sexually immoral or a sin

6 08 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Chris. The Bible does not tell us if premarital kissing is or is not a sin. So unfortunately no one can give you a direct black and white answer as far as defining all aspects of “sexual immorality.” That means we are left to give you an answer based on our interpretation of what is in scripture. The Bible does say to flee youthful lust (2 Timothy 2:22). So it is safe to say that whatever you do with your partner, don’t do it in lust.

One can casually and respectfully kiss on the lips. One can also lustfully caress another’s hair. So if the motivation behind an action is to appease, satisfy, or gratify a lustful desire you probably should not do it. The Lord knows our inner intentions (Proverbs 16:2).

And the last constraint is not to do anything that you think may lead you to fall into such lust or other known sins. Don’t give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:27).

Hope this helps. God bless.

1 08 2012
roy

What does the Bible say about relationship with family, do you have too abide by all the wishes to where it puts you in jeopardy of going in debt, that is where you owe out more than you take in. I would like to know where to find it in the Bible if there is a verse on this subject.

1 08 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Roy. If you are under the authority of your family then the Bible seems to suggest that you should listen to them. Why? Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20 both direct children to obey their parents in the Lord. Many would interpret this to mean that as long as your parents do not give unGodly instruction you should obey them. Romans 13 directs us to obey governing authorities. So if you are under their authority the Godly thing to do is to obey them.

If you are not under their authority then it is a little different. Without knowing the specifics of the issue all I can suggest are some Proverbs.

Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. – Proverbs 11:14

Get advice from people knowledgeable in the area you are having trouble with. Find many people wise in the area, get their unbiased advice, see what the consensus is, and move forward with the decision. The wise guidance can come from within, or without your family.

Finally, don’t reject the counsel of those knowledgeable and experienced in the area in favor of your own, uneducated decision.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise. – Proverbs 12:15

Hope this helps.

30 07 2012
mrtunstill

I was reading matthew 6:7-8, and Jesus says, depending on translation, not to babble as the gentiles did, because they believe that they will be heard because of their many words. It says that God already knows what we need before we ask him, and so on. Is it wrong to pray the way that we always have? Using a lot of detail and praying for specific people and things like that?

31 07 2012
dstewdesign

Good question. The original word for babble is βαττολογησητε or battologeo meaning to “stammer,” with the implication of pointlessly and excessively talking and / or using vain repetitions. Is it wrong to pray the same way multiple times? Absolutely not.

It’s most easily seen in the original language, but Jesus in fact directed us to ask and keep on asking so it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7). “For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” – Matthew 7:8 AMP

There is a difference between praying the same way multiple times and mindlessly saying words you’ve memorized or learned. If one asks God for food 1000 days in a row, according to Matthew 7:7-8 it is not only ok, it is encouraged. However, if one mindlessly repeats the Lord’s Prayer “give us this day, our daily bread” or some repetitive chant without consciously and meaningfully expressing one’s self then he or she should not necessarily expect to be heard. Hope that clarifies it a bit.

31 07 2012
mrtunstill

A lot!

30 07 2012
Dave Kezerle

JESUS is quoted many times that we should help the poor and less fortunate. Should the government also take care of the poor?

31 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Dave. In general, Jesus commanded His disciples to do many things (Mark 16:15; etc.). In fact, holding to Christ’s teachings and commands is a big part of what makes a disciple a disciple (John 8:31). From a Godly perspective, everyone should live holy and repent of their since (2 Peter 3:9; etc.), including people in the government. Does that mean they will? No. Hope that answers your question.

16 07 2012
Officer Dalton

Why is a pagan symbol ( the cross) used as a
holy symbol when pagans did not worship or honor God and Jesus.
What does the bible say about sorcery?
Why did god permit some of his greatest diciples (King Solomon,Moses) to perform sorcery ?

17 07 2012
dstewdesign

1) The cross was a symbol of death, like the electric chair is today. It is where horrible criminals were punished. We can’t answer the question for all people because the answer is subjective but the cross is likely a holy symbol because it symbolizes where Christ sacrificed His own life to save our souls.

2) The Bible says those who practice sorcery are an abomination to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) and will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20) without repenting (1 John 1:9).

3) Please provide Biblical examples of what you are talking about when you say God permitted Solomon and Moses to use sorcery. There may be a misunderstanding.

God bless.

16 07 2012
Officer Dalton

Where in the bible does it say that the Sabbath is on Sunday?
What will happens if we don’t keep all of gods commandments?
What does the bible say about false teachings from our spirital leaders?

17 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hello.

1) Because you have so many questions I will try to keep the answers to each brief. The Bible does not say the Sabbath is on Sunday. In fact, Jewish tradition holds that it is actually between Friday and Saturday night.

2) Using Leviticus 4:2, 13, etc., it can be argued that all sins are the breaking of God’s commandments. The Bible says the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), implication being spiritual/eternal death (Revelation 20:14). So any sin deserves Hell. That’s why we need a Savior for our sins, and Jesus is the only Way (John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 8:1; etc.).

3) There are a lot of negative things said about false teachers in the Bible. One of which is that they will bring swift destruction upon themselves (2 Peter 2:1).

15 07 2012
Hunter k!

The bible talks about how we should not be selfish. The bible also talks about how god wants all our glory. Isnt that kinda selfish. Please help me out.

15 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Hunter. The Bible indeed directs us not to do anything out of selfish ambition, as the NIV puts it (Philippians 2:3; Galatians 5:20-21; etc.). The original translation of the word is a little off, from the original meaning, but that’s another topic. Obviously, a skeptic can stretch this argument to say “no one should ever do anything for themselves because that’s unbiblical” but that’s not what God’s intention is.

When you say wanting all the “glory,” that word is a construct which we may not be defining the same. When God complements anyone in scripture, it can be argued that they are being “glorified.” 1 Samuel 2:8 says God raises up the poor to inherit the “throne of glory” as the Amplified and King James translations put it. In those same two translations Job says his glory was stripped, implying that he had some in the first place (Job 19:9). I can go on with other examples (Psalm 3:3; Micah 2:9; etc.) but I will stop there. The point is, pending on your definition of “glory,” the question you ask may be based on the false premise that no one else can have any glory for anything when that is not what God desires.

Now if we try to take the glory and honor that belongs to God and claim it as our own, similar to Herod, we are in true danger (Acts 12:21-23). Hope this at least partially addressed your concern. Feel free to write back if it does not. God bless.

15 07 2012
Marc

Great, but requesting/advertising the need of money for ministry sake in the public tv channels and places in the midst of non-Christians won’t make a bad impression and a bad understanding about Christian living? isn’t a question mark for our testimony? our God is a great God! we do God’s ministry. I am very concerned about this. please help me to understand this properly.

15 07 2012
dstewdesign

As referenced prior, it is biblical for ministries to ask for money (1 Corinthians 16:1-2), even if that ministry is on television. There is a cost to spread the Gospel, especially on television. Without donations the church does not have the means to support ministry at all. The millions who hear the Gospel via tv, radio, or even plane travel would virtually disappear without donations. There is a difference between asking for money, which is supposed to happen (1 Cor. 16:1-2), and supporting false prophets delivering a twisted “prosperity Gospel.” Jesus told us to watch out for these wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). Hope this clears that up. If not feel free to write back.

15 07 2012
Marc

Great, but requesting/advertising the need of money for ministry sake in the public tv channels and places in the midst of non-Christians won’t make a bad impression and a bad understanding about Christian living? isn’t a question mark for our testimony? our God is a great God! we do God’s ministry. I am very concerned about this. please help me understand this properly.

14 07 2012
Marc

Nowadays I see many Christian organizations, even the pastors are advertising they need offerings to support them for broadcasting tv programmes, church construction etc,. is this right?

14 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Marc. It is Biblical for churches to ask for donations to support the ministry. Paul ordered the churches to do so in places like 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. However, it is your choice which ministries you want to donate to and how much (2 Corinthians 9:7). If you don’t support the vision for the ministry then don’t donate to it and vice versa. Hope this helps.

13 07 2012
sandra

The bible says we should honor our perents in Ephesians 6:8 what if our father is stopping u from going to church for no reason. And again help me w ith the importance of dowry

14 07 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Sandra. That’s actually Ephesians 6:2, referencing the commandment. And the key passage is in verse 1:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1.

So if a father is commanding his child to do the unGodly, or avoid the Godly, then it is not a sin to disobey one’s parent(s). In fact, it is usually a sin to obey the parent when such a command is made.

As for dowry I’m not sure what the importance of it is at all, Biblically speaking. Dowry can’t get one into Heaven. Only Christ can. ;)

7 07 2012
Tre

Is there a wromg way to be baptised? I was told that my baptism was wrong because I was baptised in the name of The Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit, instead of in the name of Jesus. I was also told that because water was poured over my head instead of me being taken under that it was wrong. Im not sure exactly where to look in the bible, so maybe you can help. Are those statements true?

9 07 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Tre. This is a confusing topic, particularly because Jesus Himself said to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). However, in all instances of baptisms seen throughout the book of Acts where we see the disciples baptizing in the name of Jesus where specified (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 19:5; etc.).

Many churches argue baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit is the way to go because Jesus directly said to do it. Others argue that being baptized in Jesus’ name is right because that’s what the Holy Spirit empowered Apostles and church founders practiced. I know some churches that try to do both, baptizing in the name of the Father, in the name the Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit.

Because both baptisms are biblical no one can tell you your baptism was “wrong”. As long as you repented and were baptized into the Lord for the remission of your sins you should be good (Acts 2:38).

As far as sprinkling versus water immersion, the original translation of the word “baptize” used in places like Acts 2:38 means to immerse or submerge. Romans 6:4 says “…we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father…” Colossians 2:12 also seconds the notion of being “buried.” So it would appear to be the case that the only biblical form of baptism would be a submersion under water. Hope your questions were answered Tre.

9 07 2012
Tre

I greatly appreciate it. God bless.

2 07 2012
Eric Johnson

Is a man free from a divorce ducree when he marries again, or can he have common law marriage with another companion?

5 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Eric. A married couple is bound together until death (1 Corinthians 7:39). The only other scenario one is free from one’s spouse is if the divorcing partner leaves one for living as a believer (1 Cor. 7:15). Otherwise, if two spouses split the only way they can remarry without sinning is if they remarry each other.(1 Cor. 7:10-11). So if one marries another who was not one’s original spouse it is a sin; that is, if the original spouse remains alive. And of course, since common law marriage is a legally recognized form of marriage between two individuals then the same truth will hold. God bless.

2 07 2012
david

In matthew 16:4 the pharisees wanted to see Jesus peform miracles but Jesus said thee only sign you will see is the sign of Jonah.

What was the sign of Jonah?

5 07 2012
dstewdesign

Great question David. This must be referring to the Resurrection of Jesus. Why do I say that? Let’s look at the same reference from Jesus a few chapters earlier:

39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- Matthew 12:39-40

Hope this helps. God bless.

1 07 2012
sandra

What are the benefits of bible studies

1 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Sandra. Bible studies for the most part are included as a type of believer’s worship meeting / assembling referred to in Hebrews 10:25. As the Amplified translation of the text tells us:

24 And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
26 For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward].

- Hebrews 10:24-26

We ultimately see such meetings are a place believers should go to be developed in the faith and encouraged not to fall back into a lifestyle of sin. Hope this helps. Be blessed.

1 07 2012
Marisela Gama

What is the seal we need in order to be saved?

1 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Marisela. The Bible tells us how to be saved in many areas but one passage speaks about this most directly:

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9

So we can see directly from scripture that being saved boils down to two things:

1) Acknowledging Jesus as Lord of your life
2) Faith in God, emphasis on the death and resurrection of Christ

While one can write a book on this topic I will mention a few points. Just saying the phrase “Jesus is my Lord” doesn’t make you saved just like saying “I’m a duck” makes you a duck.

To make Jesus one’s Lord implies one must have served someone else prior. Romans 6 explains to us that we were once slaves to sin, implying “Sin” was our master. When one truly makes Jesus their Lord they repent, meaning they turn from their life of sin toward a holy lifestyle (Romans 6; etc.). To avoid perishing, repentance is a mandatory prerequisite (2 Peter 3:9). You can be cleansed and forgiven of all your sins if you confess them to him (1 John 1:9).

*After* we get saved God seals us with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). We do not need the seal to be saved but rather the seal is given after we are saved as a deposit for the guaranteed Day of Redemption to come (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 4:30).

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise – Ephesians 1:13

Good question Marisela. God bless.

30 06 2012
alberto

If you make a pact with god that you wount have sex until you get marry. Is this pact bliblico or this os something that man created?

1 07 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Alberto. In a way it is biblical. When we confess Jesus to be our Lord (Romans 10:9-10) it pretty much is a pact. But it’s not just one where we give up one sin but we exchange all of our sins for His righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; etc.) and a holy lifestyle (1 Peter 1:13-16; etc.). Also, if one has sinned in one particular manner, such as fornication, we can confess our sin to God and He will agree to forgive us and cleanse us (1 John 1:9). And like any other pact, there potential penalties for breaking it (Hebrews 10:26; etc.). Hope this helps! God bless.

30 06 2012
Davy

Hello i need help with a question or statement that was made to me And i don’t know what is the best way to refute it

There is nothing in the Bible that could not have been known by a regular human living in that time period. Absolutely nothing. As far as proof goes, I think it rests on the Bible. Why is it that people back then could hear God?

If a modern-day person were told by God to kill his son, no person on this earth would believe him. Why then do we trust the story of Abraham? Honestly, I think you guys want solace in the face of our world’s tragic uncertainty, and you’re willing to set aside the most basic pieces of knowledge that humanity has established. No one has ever risen from the dead. No one hears the voice of God (and if they claim to, they are considered INSANE). There is no such thing as virgin birth. No one has ever lived to be nearly 1,000 years old. I wouldn’t trust ANYONE who told me they were having a child without having had sex. There’s no reason I should trust a 2,000 year old book that tells me the same thing. Faith, in this context, seems to be a voluntary suspension of every strength of our species (will, power, reason, logic) undertaken for one purpose: to make the nothingness that we truly intuit to be our fate slightly less terrifying. Believe in this; I don’t mind, but don’t tell me that the bible’s “truths” can be proven.

The proof of prophecy on the website you provided isn’t credible. It lists no sources. Besides, if we treat the bible as an allegorical text (unless you’re a literalist, in which case our argument stops here), then we could establish a connection between any number of biblical lines and a past event. Why is it that we cannot coherently attach these messages TO THE FUTURE? Simple: because you treat prophecy in hindsight. You look for a convenient historical event to attach your literary references to. It is the mark of bad scholarship.

30 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi again. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18. Though I wish you could, you can’t save everyone. As you can see from the scriptures there are some that will just find Christianity foolish and unfortunately they will have to find out the hard way.

If you want some references to defend your faith we reference a couple good Christian sources on our Bible Answers: Unbiased and Uncut Android app as well as our page here:

http://swordsharp.com/is-the-bible-reliable-and-divinely-inspired/

http://swordsharp.com/can-we-prove-god-exists/

Hope this helps. I pray the Lord gives you the wisdom you need to defend the faith on your site (James 1:5)! God bless.

28 06 2012
david

Hello I have a site on facebook that promotes real marriage. I have zeal but I am not as agile as this group. I am have trouble refuting a couple gay arguments and am wondering if you could help me out. I would also be honered if you posted your God given insights to the subject on the page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/100000000-strong-for-marriage-is-between-a-man-and-woman-only-period/298516092746

Thanks and be Blessed

28 06 2012
dstewdesign

Feel free to ask questions any time David. God bless you and your ministry!

26 06 2012
sandra

Why is it that sometimes our prayers don’t get answered.And were in the bible did spirits hold Daniel,s prayer

26 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Sandra. For believers, God will always answer our prayers (1 John 5:14-15; etc.). But we have to be persistent (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 18:1-8; etc.) and faithful (James 1:6-7; etc.) or else they may not be answered. The thing is we may not like the answer He gives because He may say no (1 Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 26:39; etc.), or not yet (Psalm 37:7; etc.).

For non-believers, unless it is a prayer of repentance (1 John 1:9; etc.) it isn’t likely that God will answer, or even hear your prayer (Proverbs 15:29; etc.).

And I am not familiar with what you are referring to. Maybe try reading through the book of Daniel? Feel free to write back if you have more details or any other questions.

26 06 2012
Nakia

You fail to grasp the point ……again. I don’t know about your god, but my God is a just & compassionate God. He judges us in light of what we know. Therefore, because He is just, he would not judge based on knowledge I received 5 years after my divorce. That is not biblical….that would go against His word. Yes, we must believe every part of the bible to be true one do that before having knowledge of it? This is the reason that people stay away from the church & ultimately away from God. People like you make God legalistic instead of loving; judgemental, not just. If I didn’t know enough to discern Word from religion from interpretation, you essentially would have condemned me to death; I could never follow the God you described.

26 06 2012
dstewdesign

I’m sorry you feel attacked with the answer Nakia. Know that I love you and so does Jesus, despite whatever sins you’ve committed. You should feel welcome to ask questions here. I pray you base your knowledge of God on scripture. If you find scripture to back up your perspective please feel free to share. Maybe we’re missing something. But if we base our beliefs on how we think God should be, then we start to fall into the Romans 1:18-32 category. We don’t want to worship the created image rather than the Creator or exchange the Truth of God for a lie.

If you have not already, please read each reference we provide in an answer because the opinions of the people, including those at SwordSharp, mean nothing if the scriptures do not back them up. We do not aim to condemn. Rather, we aim to convey what the Bible says about certain topics. Let the scriptures judge you, not people.

Whether people from this site or individuals at a local church, I pray you never let the actions of fallen people separate you from the God who loves you and His Body. We love you sis. Trust in the Lord. God bless.

26 06 2012
Richard

God is also a Just God and He will not look pass Sin ether.

26 06 2012
Nakia

It is true that God does not overlook any sin. All sins WILL be judged, but in light of what was known. God does not condemn the non-believer who has never heard the name of Jesus; the one who has knowledge of Jesus and chooses not to believe is condemned. In the same way, He does not judge a sin committed by a person without knowledge of s sinfulness the same way as He would a person who chose to do it in light of the knowledge. . We are held accountable once we have the knowledge; we are judged in light of what we know, without knowledge we cannot make an informed decision. Once we are aware that a behavior is sinful and do it anyways, we have made a decision to sin. We have exercised our God given free will to go against Him. The same is not true for those without knowledge.

26 06 2012
Richard

(Ecc 12:14 God will certainly judge everything that is done. This includes every secret thing, whether it is good or bad.

24 06 2012
david

I am currently attending a church that forbids divorced people to to become members? Is this biblical? Or rather, is this wrong

25 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi David. The way you describe their behavior sounds very unbiblical. “Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’” (Matthew 9:12; etc.) The surrounding verses make it clear Jesus said this to demonstrate His desire to embrace sinners for the purpose of ministry. To neglect one from being in one’s church for making a mistake is to not be Christ-like.

On the other hand, if one were to openly support and condone the idea of divorce then it *is* biblical to not allow them to be members (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). Hope this helps.

26 06 2012
Richard

That’s not Biblical and no love of Christ their, a church that says such things is a pharisees and sadducees church, legalistic in nature.

23 06 2012
sandra

If we don’t hear from God thus it mean God is testing you

25 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Sandra. “Hearing from God” can be interpreted many different ways. It can refer to prophecy, answering prayer, audibly hearing from God, etc. It is commonly believed that there were 400 or so silent years between the last written book of the Old Testament (Malachi) and the New Testament Gospels. If this indeed was the case God did not specify a reason, if He had any at all.

There are other cases where people will not hear from God because they have sinned (John 9:31; etc.). Sin can distance us from God (Isaiah 59:2). But God does not universally not communicate with sinners. God has confronted some sinners directly after sinning like David in 2 Samuel 12.

As far as prophecy is concerned, some do not hear from God in this manner because it may not be their spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-31).

The bottom line is there are many reasons one may not hear from God and the reason is not necessarily a test. If we want to hear from God we should make every effort to put aside ungodly things and seek after Him with all our hearts because if we come near to God He will come near to us (James 4:8). Hope this helps. Feel free to write back if you want to ask a more specific question.

23 06 2012
Nakia

What does the bible say about relationships prior to marriage other than not having sex?Is it ok to hold hands , hug, or kiss during the premarital relationship?

23 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Nakia. The Bible does not lay out specific universal details when it comes to dating activities and liberties. What we do know is that we should:

1) Flee (youthful) lust (2 Timothy 2:22)
2) Avoid looking with lust (Matthew 5:28; etc.), and,
3) Not give Satan a foothold (Ephesians 4:27)

This is not an exhaustive list but it is a solid base. Some people can casually kiss without being tempted to lust. For others, even a grazing touch may produce lustful intentions within one. So rules here, within the Biblical guidelines, are dependent on the believer’s spiritual condition and personal preferences. Hope this helps.

18 06 2012
Richard

What about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues, Knowledge, discernment, Prophecing, Healing, are they still in effect today?

And my other question is the five fold Ministry are they in effect today? Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Ministers….

18 06 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Richard. Some use 1 Corinthians 13:8 to argue that there is/was a point when the gifts of prophecy and tongues ended or will end. Some would refute this claim and argue that the prophecies ceasing and tongues stilling simply means these things will come, go, and be fulfilled/spoken. While understanding of this passage is left to interpretation, one must point out that the context of this passage is to show the value and importance of love over these spiritual gifts, not to quantify how long spiritual gifts will exist.

In Acts 2:17, Peter quoted Joel 2:28 to describe the gifts of the Holy Spirit saying, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams“. If the last days will have gifts of the Spirit, Acts 2:17 confirmed the gifts came 2000 years ago, and today is later than then, there is no reason to suggest these last, last days will not have these gifts.

To address your second question, if the gifts of the Spirit exist, the roles they pertain to as distributed throughout the Body of Christ described in 1 Corinthians 12 – 14 also still exist. There is nothing in the Bible to suggest otherwise. God bless.

14 06 2012
tracie

They are some people say we will know who our family member in heaven..I think we wont even thou I would love to seen my mother that just recently went to heaven.I think we will all think we are sisters and brother..plz let me know what you think…will I know my moma as my moma..

14 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tracie. We will certainly be able to identify our family members in Heaven with knowledge of their roles and identities in relation to us in the afterlife. Notice in Luke 16:19-31 how the rich man who died recognized Abraham as “Father” and how the identities of all the people in this account were preserved. However, we see from Matthew 22:23-32 that the interpersonal/hierarchical relationship of marriage will not exist in Heaven between people. That being said, we can’t answer your question for sure. You will certainly be able to recognize your mom in Heaven as the mom you had on Earth, but it is not very likely that she will have any role as your mother in Heaven. Hope this helps!

22 06 2012
tracie

Thank you.well I just thought we would not bc ..if one of my family mems. didn’t make it to heaven..god would not won’t me to know.I really love this web page ..it so so great..

14 06 2012
charles

Were did cain get his wife from
Genesis 4:17

14 06 2012
dstewdesign

Good question Charles. The Bible does not specify. we know from Genesis 5:4 that Adam had other sons and daughters. So the simplest explanation is it was one of them. Others may speculate that God could have possibly created a few other mates for early men like Eve was created for Adam. The point is we do not know for sure. Wish we could help more. God bless.

7 06 2012
Dillon

I went ahead and took your advice and I took a look at the refernces you gave me and it gave me another question. In the second reference where it broke down the verse and gave definitions it says “something disgusting (morally)”. It doesnt mention anything about it being so wrong its a sin. Can you explain this to me please?

7 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Dillon. It appears this question is straying away from defining “abomination” and turning into a tangential question asking if homosexuality is a sin. If you ask about it we’d be happy to answer the latter if you like. The word “abomination” is not always found in the Bible to refer to something sinful to God (Genesis 43:32) but, by definition, always refers to something a person, culture, or God is morally opposed to. So cases like Leviticus 18:22, some activities are declared sins and God provides his reasoning… because it is an abomination. Hope this helps.

7 06 2012
tracie

Is it a sin to mixs race.

7 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tracie. Good question. There is no place for prejudice in the heart of a believer (James 2:8-9; etc.) The only restriction the Bible gives Christians when it comes to dating or marriage is that the potential spouse is also a believer who shares your faith (2 Corinthians 6:14). Hope this helps. God bless.

8 06 2012
tracie

Thank you…my son is dating a diff.race then he is ..I just always heard it was….

4 06 2012
Dillon

I have taken Biblical classes in both New and Old Testament and I learned something very interesting that is not taught in any church or Sunday School class I have ever been to. When we read Leviticus 18:22 we read the word “abomination”, which has a completely different meaning back then than it does today. Why do we preach this term in modernday meaning than in what they mean: against tradition?

4 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Dillon. I can’t speak for how the word “abomination” is defined at other churches or Sunday Schools but I can say what is was originally meant to mean according to today’s lexicon. The Hebrew word used what we translate to mean “abomination” is תֹּועֵבָ֖ה or tow`ebah (to-ay-baw’) which means something morally shameful or disgusting; an abhorance; something profane. At the end of the day, that’s why we can’t rely on people for our spiritual development, we have to rely on God and His Word. God bless.

5 06 2012
Dillon

I find this interesting: you said the Hebrew word we use is tow`ebah when the Hebrew word used is toevah. Could you explain?

5 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Dillon. I am no Hebrew scholar but I can tell you my references.

http://qbible.com/hebrew-old-testament/leviticus/18.html

http://biblelexicon.org/leviticus/18-22.htm

The first site referenced is the Hebrew transliteration of Leviticus 18. While verse 18 displays “Tôëväh” upon hovering over the word it gives the Hebrew word תּוֹעֵבָה and its English parallel tow`ebah. These findings are consistent with the second link. As a third precaution I went to a non-Christian Hebrew-English translator (http://translation.babylon.com/hebrew/to-english/) and translated the word. This resulted in words consistent with the definition I gave you in the prior message. I imagine the slight differences in the word are just conjugations but I do not know enough about Hebrew to confirm.

I hope my explanation sufficed. Please check each of the sources for yourself. In the future do not hesitate to question the information on this site or the sources. After all, this is just information relayed from people and we need to be like Bereans who verify the claims about God that are being made (Acts 17:11). We want to make sure we get it right, right? God bless.

3 06 2012
jamesmsam

Practically, a business man has a lot of possibilities to commit silly sins in order to keep him compete and to keep the discipline in his business. how does looks in the sight of God?

4 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hey again James. The Bible says,

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” – 1 Peter 1:14-16

Sins separate us from God, causing Him to possibly hide His face from you and not hear you (Isaiah 59:2). At the end of the day a business man has to decide if he wants to store up treasure on this earth or in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). You can’t serve both God and Money (Matthew 6:24).

3 06 2012
jamesmsam

Why God created us? what is the purpose of human living? what is the reward of fulfilling/not fulfilling the purpose?

4 06 2012
dstewdesign

For some reason the Lord led me to answer this question from an angle I have never been led to before.

20 … Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? – Romans 9:20-24

We ultimately don’t know why God created us, but He did. God, being the Creator, chose to do so in His omnipotent sovereignty. We see from verse 23 that the at least part of the purpose of life is to see how glorious God is, for the saved children of God that is. For the lost that is not the case, as verse 22 shows us. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us throughout the book that “Everything is meaningless,” but finishes it by saying:

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

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

That’s why Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19-20). That touches on the reward you get as well, more specifically detailed, though still seemingly metaphorical, in 1 Corinthians 3:8-15. To concisely wrap up the answer, God created us for His glory with the purpose of living for Him. We will be rewarded by how much we do so and encourage others to do the same with treasure in Heaven. But this only applies if you are saved, having forsaken your sins and accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9;.2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16; etc.). Live for the Lord brother. God bless.

3 06 2012
jamesmsam

How about spending a part of my tithe to orphans and poor people then? Should it be given only to churches and minister’s of God?

4 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi James. “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 27:30. So we should not give the Lord’s tithe to the poor.

2 06 2012
jamesmsam

Okay as tithing is something between God and me. how can I decide to whom shall I give my tithe? can I split my tithe?

3 06 2012
dstewdesign

Good question James. The Bible does not give us specific direction as to which ministries we should donate to if associated with multiple. Resultantly we are forced to form opinions based on the scriptures. Some may argue that your contribution should go to your “storehouse” or your church/ministry (Malachi 3:10). This would be inline with 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. Others might argue that one should give to all ministries they are associated with. Others might argue that giving anywhere is alright as long as it is a ministry building the Body of Christ. While there is debate over this issue, 2 Corinthians 9:7 says:

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

So however your heart leads you to give, do so cheerfully and God will be able to bless you for it (2 Corinthians 9:6-15).

31 05 2012
rich

What does the Bible say about aliens??

1 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hey Rich. The bad news is the Bible does not give us any information about aliens. The good news is that God loved you so much He sent His only Son Jesus the Christ to pay the penalty of your sins by dying the cross and rising from the grave. How does that apply? Whether aliens exist or not, whether aliens take your life or not, if you believe in Him, accept Him as Lord (Romans10:9-10), turn from your sins (2 Peter 3:9), you will not be condemned for the sins you’ve committed (Romans 8:1-4) but will have eternal life (Romans 6:23; John 3:16). Hope to see you when we’re taken out of this world Rich. God bless.

31 05 2012
Bernadette

I have a question. What does the word of God say about a person who may be walking in witchcraft? What does this mean? I don’t understand. I was accused of this, and banished from my last fellowship permanently! I am heart broken and terribley confused, and treated very unjustly and unfairly. I am very angry and bitter and hurt right now. I don’t even want to try anymore.

1 06 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Bernadette. I am sorry to hear that. Please don’t let the sins of men discourage you from living for God who loves you and wants to see you in Heaven.

When it comes to witchcraft the Bible says it is a sin along with divination, enchantment, and other such activity (Deuteronomy 18:10). Under the Hebrew Law witchcraft is a sin punishable by death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27). Though we are no longer under the Hebrew Law (Romans 10:4), sorcery is still a sin which can prevent one from going to Heaven (Galatians 5:20-21). As a result, we should make every effort to stay away from any unGodly spirits or practices. In fact, of the exorcisms I’ve personally seen or been apart of a large portion of them were people with spirits of witchcraft.

Hold on to the faith sis. Don’t be like the seeds planted in rocky soil and let the troubles of this world convince you to fall from grace (Mark 4:3-20). Stay reading your Word and stay encouraged. We love you and we’re rooting for you.

29 05 2012
Tre'

Is it a sin to listen to music or watch things on TV that gives negative messages or contains profanity?

29 05 2012
Tammy

Could You use. Your tithe on. Somthing important then put back?

30 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tammy. Because tithing is historically recognized as one’s “first fruits” (likely because of Nehemiah 10:37 and 2 Chronicles 31:5) some believers would argue that delayed offering is no longer a “tithe.” Others might say that spending a tithe is fine as long as you pay it back with 20% interest (Leviticus 27:31). Others would say that giving tithes at all is an Old Testament custom that since Christ fulfilled the Law (Romans 10:4). One way or another, however you choose to give is between you and God. Just know that we are called to give a charitable financial contribution to churches (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Whatever you choose to give should be donated from your heart cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) and from your sacrifice God will supply all your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ (Philippians 4:18-19). Hope this helps Tammy.

30 05 2012
dstewdesign

Great question Tre. While listening to profanity and/or watching sin-glorifying entertainment may generally not be sins in and of themselves they corrupt the heart, influencing the observer to fall in sin.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. – Luke 6:45

To simplify this passage, we output what we input. We corrupt our hearts with such entertainment and we are not doing ourselves any favors if the goal is to live holy and avoid falling to the temptations of the flesh. So to answer your question, unless you are watching something causing you to lust (Matthew 5:28), observing sinful entertainment is not necessarily a sin, but it is an investment in sin that can really separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2).

28 05 2012
david

Is it ok for me not to go to church on a Sunday in order to see my children from a broken marridge,so that I csn spend more time with them.they won’t go.to church if I ask them ,and I don’t want to put them before Jesus.would I be compromising my faith.or should I go to church in the morning and then see them.please help.

30 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi again David. The Bible tells us parents to train up children in the way they should go so when they are old they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). We know they should go toward Jesus because He said He was the Way, the only path to the Father (John 14:6). That means you should train them to follow the Lord, even when they don’t want to be trained.

As for missing church, the Bible tells us not to forsake the assembly of believers (Hebrews 10:25). The original context of that passage is a worship meeting like church or a Bible study. Does that mean we have to go on Sundays? No. If you have life commitments, work, etc. we should not be legalistic and think missing a Sunday is a sin. But you should find a (church) gathering that is convenient for your schedule, even if it’s another day in the week.

28 05 2012
david

me wife divorced me I was a back slidden believer.she wasn’t a true christian,if she became a Christian would I be able to marry her again or is that a sin .

30 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi David. The Bible completely supports, and encourages, the (re)union between a husband and a wife (1 Corinthians 7:10-11; etc.). Remarriage is only a sin when one remarries someone other than his or her spouse if the spouse is still alive after a sinful divorce (Matthew 5:32; Romans 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10-11; etc.). Even if your wife was not a Christian such a union would still be encouraged because you would sanctify your wife and may even lead her to salvation (1 Corinthians 7:12-16). May the Lord bless and mend the tie between you and your wife.

22 05 2012
Marc

Dear Bro, I am literally confused, please help me understanding this. I am young god fearing person… my girl and I sincerely loved each other for years.. recently she is feeling so guilty that she had sex with a guy out of his compulsion. she just ve taken baptism. I completely hated her initially when I came to know this, then my heart din let me calm. we ve been so close to each other merely married in both physically and mentally so wept and fasted in the presence of the lord. he talked to me about forgiveness by Mathew 18:21to35. now I am neither able to forget her nor to forgive her. this is ruining my life. Please advice me what should I do as a Christian.

23 05 2012
dstewdesign

I’m sorry to hear about that Marc. The good news is you found out what type of person she was before you married her. The bad news is you were deeply hurt in the process. As for advice, not forgetting is not necessarily an issue but not forgiving is. We have to forgive those who sin against us if we want God to forgive us of our sins (Matthew 6:14-15). We also shouldn’t hate others because hate equals murder, and murderers do not have eternal life (1 John 3:15). How do you forgive? We can start by knowing that if you confess your guilt in this area Christ will cleanse you of the sin (1 John 1:9). So a great place to begin is to acknowledging the problem and let Christ solve it.

How else can you avoid the sin of unforgiveness and hate? Try studying and meditating on scripture like David and read your Bible daily (Psalm 119:11).

It may also help to be encouraged in the faith by continually meeting with other Spirit-filled believers who can encourage you in the faith and help you keep a Godly attitude (Hebrews 10:25).

What has helped me in the past has been to remember all the foul things I have done to Christ despite His love and grace. How I used to gladly live in sin and metaphorically slap God in the face. When I recall how He *still* forgave me despite my rebellion and great disrespect; How He knew I would be a rebel but *still* took those brutal beatings, a bloody cross, and all that undeserved torture; When I think of all of that, then compare it to the things I hold against others it makes them seem relatively insignificant. I hope this encourages you to forgive, move on, keep God first, and use this experience as training on what to avoid as you look for the Godly wife God has for you. God bless you Marc. Feel free to write back or email if you want to discuss any of this further.

17 05 2012
deni

I really appreciate the fact of there is always something biblical that we can refer too. I pray that God strengthens you and makes answering questions easy. And that you are lead minute by minute by the Holy Ghost. I thank God for a cite like this. My husband and I are separated. I have been praying for restoration but feel my husband is being influenced by people who are against us. I have came to the conclusion that no matter what happens I am going to serve God.How can I encourage myself. Because the devil is really tightening me on this. Are there some verses that will strengthen me when the devil fires those fiery darts. I see him as a lost soul that God has called me to pray.for Is this is the right way of looking at it.

17 05 2012
dstewdesign

May the Lord bless you for your heart and kind words. I praise God that you have chosen to serve Him. The Lord certainly wants you to continue to be a submissive, Godly example (1 Peter 3:1-2) because you may be the one to save your husband (1 Corinthians 7:16).

How can you encourage yourself? Try to stay connected with other dedicated believers who will motivate you to do right and encourage you in the faith (Hebrews 10:25). Also try reading the Word for comfort (Psalm 119:50). In addition to many of the scripture references given above try these:

Psalm 10:17; Psalm 34:19; James 1:2-12; Matthew 5:10-16; Romans 12:21; 1 Peter 2:20; 1 Peter 3:9; Galatians 6:9

Please write back if you need more scripture. The Lord will bless you for your faithfulness Deni (Proverbs 28:20). Keep being a light. I’m sure you are encouraging other readers who are going through similar issues. I pray your husband is saved and your marriage is mightily blessed in Jesus’ holy Name.

16 05 2012
Richard Mosley

What does the bible say about tattoos?

16 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Richard. Under the Hebrew Law tattoos were/are a sin (Leviticus 19:28). While the Bible never specifies that it isn’t a sin elsewhere. Resultantly some would argue that it is. On the other hand, some believers would argue that because Christ has fulfilled the Law (Romans 10:4; etc.) getting a tattoo is no longer sinful. They would argue tattoos are ok just like eating non-Kosher foods is, turning to passages like Colossians 2:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 6:12. In the spirit of Romans 14, if you are convicted in any way about getting tattoos then don’t do it. Otherwise, do so in faith and keep praising the Lord. Hope this helps.

16 05 2012
jay

What does. It say. About a man that work more than hes paid for will soon be paid for more than he work

16 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Jay. The Bible has much to say about work. Maybe Proverbs 12:11 is what you’re referring to?

He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Feel free to write back. God bless.

9 05 2012
Tre'

I hear a lot of ppl say that they believe that the earth is 6000 yrs old. I may have it backwards, but doesn’t the Bible say that a day to the lord is like a thousand years? If that is true, wouldn’t it make since that the world is much older than 6000 years?

11 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi again Tre. The argument for a young Earth (roughly 6000 years) primarily stems from the estimated span of time covered tracing Jesus’ lineage back to Adam (Matthew 1; Luke 3). That is not to say that there is not a possibility that God created the universe in a metaphorical or relative 6 days (e.g. 1000 years). At the end of the day we will not know until we get to Heaven. :)

11 05 2012
Tre'

True. Thanks!

9 05 2012
Tre'

My wife’s best friend here in our neighborhood is married to my friend who is deployed right now. We always sit around and talk about the word, which always seems to turn into somewhat of an argument because she believes things that she hears from ppl, and has never read the Bible. A lot of the stories she believes in are not in the bible. To sum it all up, another one of my wife’s friends told me that according to the Bible it is wrong for me as a married man to talk to her about God without my wife being there. I wasn’t able to find that in the Bible, but I also didnt know where to look. Is that statement she made true?

11 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tre. From Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman (John 4:7) to Paul and company speaking to the Lydia (Acts 16:13-15), we see it is not a sin for a man to talk to a woman about God. Peter also interacted with women in a Godly context without his wife when he healed Tabitha in Acts 9:39-42. We know Peter was married (Matthew 8:14). If it wasn’t a sin for these Godly men we know that it is not a sin today for men to talk to women about God without their wives being present. We know many people, especially those who haven’t read the Bible, will make false claims about what ‘s written in the scriptures. But as the old saying goes, “if it don’t make Bible, it don’t make sense.” Hope this helps Tre. God bless.

11 05 2012
Tre'

A lot thanks!

8 05 2012
david

Hello i was reading the word and came across romans 13:8-10, and it came to mind that even military killing does not sound like loving my neighbor as myself. So is it a sin? I read the app question that talks about it and God did allow killing in the old testament and allowed it but it sounds like the big justification that you use is that God allowed it and he wouldnt contridict himself so military killing is okay which makes me think of adultory God did not destroy David or solomon for having many wives and God blessed david through bathsheba so is adultory justified because God allowed it and blessed it, or can it be that God is above the law he gave us to live by? I would appreciate your input thanks and keep fighting the good fight.

8 05 2012
dstewdesign

Good concern David. If you recall, though King David was not destroyed, his involvement with Bathsheba actually displeased the Lord (2 Samuel 11:27) and he was later punished (2 Samuel 12). Also, adultery has to do with lustful actions toward a non-spouse. So Solomon’s activities with his wives actually were not adulterous because they were His wives. God will not contradict Himself because He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). While punishing the guilty does not sound loving we have to realize that in addition to being Love (1 John 4:8) God is a just Judge (Ezekiel 33:20; Psalm 7:11). Just because a judge does what He is supposed to do, convict and condemn the guilty, it does not necessarily mean a judge is not loving. Hope this helps David. God bless.

6 05 2012
James

Thank you so much! I think am clear now. I’ll try use them.

5 05 2012
James

I love my wife more than anything in this world. I am afraid how would this be in the sight of the lord. according to bible, what is the limit has set to love our spouse? sometimes my spouse doesn’t care my love. I feel this relationship is something special above sex and support. As a child of God, how should I love my spouse? how can I lead her into Christ centered life? Would be great if someone help me to understand what God wants.

6 05 2012
dstewdesign

Great question James. Husbands are certainly supposed to love their wives and the Bible tells us how much… as much as Christ loved the church and gave His life for her (Ephesians 5:25). While that is a great amount we should never love anything more than Christ because then we will not be worthy of God (Matthew 10:37). So to concisely answer your first question, you are supposed to love your wives as much as possible, but not more than God.

How can you lead her to a Christ centered life? Well in 1 Peter 3:1-2 we see that wives can win over their husbands with submission and a Godly lifestyle. We can assume the same for husbands. So do your best to be a Godly example in the home, turning from sin and being disciplined reading your Bible, praying, etc. Overtime this will have an affect on your other half. Hope this helps James! May the Lord anoint your lifestyle and family.

3 05 2012
jessicaj

My husband and I are unable to conceive a child. Yet these people who kill their children or use drugs while pregnant. Or just don’t want their children are able to. This makes me so angry I don’t understand why god would let this happen to his followers. Why won’t he answer my prayers to bless us with a baby?

3 05 2012
dstewdesign

I’m sorry to hear that Jessica. I’m sure every experienced and dedicated believer has had similar emotions at some point in their lives. When it comes specifically to dealing with child bearing issues, some dedicated women of God have had the same struggle. Recall Abraham’s wife Sarah (Genesis 11:30; etc.) and Hannah (1 Samuel 1). In each of those cases God produced a son that had a massive, positive, Godly impact on their world. We have to remember that God’s ways are not ours and neither are His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Remember, all things work together for good to them that love the Lord (Romans 8:28). While the wicked seek after passing things, worry about tomorrow, and seek to store treasures on Earth we should seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness so all our needs will be added to us (Matthew 6:25-34). Hope this helps Jessica. May the Lord be with you and bless your future child.

2 05 2012
jeffrey

I am confused on the statement, that alot pastors have used, that’s is: if your heart is the most wicked and disceful thing, then why does God go by your heart, I am really confused on this.

2 05 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Jeffrey. The question is unclear. When you hear God “goes by your heart” what is the context? Are you asking if the state of one’s heart will get one into Heaven? We’ll be happy to answer the question when this is clarified. God bless.

28 04 2012
Tracy

What does the bible say about suicide?

30 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Tracy. Because suicide is self-murder it is commonly believed that all who commit suicide will go to Hell. This is because the Bible tells us that murderers will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they are washed and sanctified of their sin through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 3:15-16).

While it is technically possible one can do the act leading to suicide and can possibly genuinely repent before the life is taken, it is incredibly unlikely. The Bible tells us that God will not be mocked and we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). If we sow in the flesh we will reap destruction (Galatians 6:8). So those who plan to commit suicide, then repent before their life is taken will not fool God into letting them into Heaven. Hope this helps. God bless you Tracy.

26 04 2012
jeffrey

Where in the bible does it say that greed is one of the reason for the poor.

27 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Jeffrey. You may possibly be thinking of Proverbs 1:19. Here is the AMP translation:

So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; such [greed for plunder] takes away the lives of its possessors.

I do not believe the statement “greed causes poverty” is biblical, but this was the closest scripture I found to such a claim. Hope this helps. God bless.

21 04 2012
Patricia

I just watch a documentary on December 21,2012. It was full if many cultures coming up with this same date as to our earthly end.
I quit watching because God is the only one who knows this information.
What does the church say or is there anything biblical about this?

22 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi again Patricia. Because churches can disagree on many concepts it is best we always defer to what the Bible says. The Bible tells us the Day of the Lord will come like a “thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10). Jesus further emphasized this point through parables in Luke 12:35-40 and Matthew 25:1-13. Ultimately, because Jesus will come back at an unexpected hour (Luke 12:40) we should take away:

1) No one will be able to calculate this time… or else it would be an expected time which is contrary to what Jesus tells us; and,

2) We should strive to maintain a Holy life at all times because we do not want to be caught unprepared and left behind like the five foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Hope this helps. God bless.

20 04 2012
Kelsey

When I die and if i get to go to heaven will i reconize my family such as my husband my mom and my brother.? Also will my husband stillbe my husband bc in our vows we said” till death do us part”

21 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Kelsey. Jesus told us that we will neither marry nor be given in marriage in Heaven (Matthew 22:30). We will be like the angels (Mark 12:25). However, as Abraham and his identity were preserved in the afterlife so will ours be (Luke 16:24). So to answer your question, yes, you will recognize your family in Heaven but no, you will not have the marriage you had on earth.

P.S. if you’ve repented of your sins, accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior you don’t have to wonder *if* you’ll go to Heaven… you will be! (2 Peter 3:9; Romans 10:9-10; etc.) Bless you Kelsey.

20 04 2012
Patricia

Im a Christian, but have never felt or been so isolated from family and friends.

I’m 100% disabled & a veteran and hombound as Well with extreme & chronic back pain.

Ive been athome for 4 weeks straight alone. Know calls or visiters.
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Everyone is tired of me.

Will God forgive me if I take my life that if fill of pain and loneliness?

I sit day was after day in pain alone. It’s. gone on for years. I’m done & want ti die.

21 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Patricia. If no one else loves you, know that we love you and so does Jesus. We need you to stay around because who else can give the testimony about how you will make it through better than you? Who else can impact others that feel the same or worse in the future better than you? If any, you can probably count them on one hand. The point is you are needed on this earth. Don’t let Satan deceive you into murdering yourself. Murderers don’t have eternal life (1 John 3:15) and Satan knows that. He’s your adversary who wants to devour you (1 Peter 5:8). I know it’s been a rough 4 weeks but you have to realize God will use the bad for your good (Romans 8:28) so you can develop perseverance and become a better believer in the end (James 1:2-12).

It appears you are being mentally attacked by Satan so in unison with all the saints agreeing over the web we come against the devil to bind you and cast you out in the name, power, and authority of Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:18; 21:21; John 14:13; etc.). Lord, we know you have not given the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Lord please let your Holy Spirit come upon Patricia, even right now, even as she reads this message and renew her mind. Please heal her physically and spiritually, forgiving her sins and renewing her mind (Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; etc.). We pray all of this in the mighty name of Jesus and we know it will be done because God’s Word says it will be in Matthew 14:13, etc.

Patricia, I encourage you to repent of your sins and dedicate the rest of your days to the Lord. Read your Bible daily. If you can’t go out to church email nearby Bible believing & teaching ministries and request that some members bring the Word to you. Most churches usually have home visiting ministries regularly and I pray you get plugged into more than you know what to do with in Jesus’ Name. For some encouragement you may want to check out the beginning and end of the book of Job. Please write back with your testimony. I am confident you will have one! We love you and need you in the body of Christ Patricia! God bless!

18 04 2012
Dawn Clark

What do I say to someone who believes herself to be a Christian but has just announced that she is gay and “always has been”?

18 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Dawn. Great question. First we need to understand that homosexuality is a sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-32; etc.). We also know that if we willingly and deliberately continue to live in sin after receiving the knowledge of Christ that our sins won’t be paid for (Hebrews 10:26). So we need to understand that we can’t expect to go to Heaven if we have an unrepentant lifestyle of sin.

Now we can’t debate the possibility that she has had such desires as long as she can remember. But she needs to understand that “always being” gay does not justify homosexuality in God’s eyes any more than “always being” a liar or thief does.

From homosexuality to hate, we are all born with the propensity to sin since we descend from Adam (Romans 5:12; etc.). But the good news is that God loves your friend so much that He sent His only Son to die a horrible death before rising again, all just to pay for the penalty of her sins so she doesn’t have to (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; etc.). So tell her that if she confesses to Christ that she is a sinner God will certainly forgive her sins and cleanse her (1 John 1:9). If she doesn’t resist Him, but turns from her old life of sin she will not perish but have everlasting life (2 Peter 3:9; etc.). Tell her all of this in a loving manner and hopefully she will taste the abundant life we have in Christ.

Feel free to write back with an update if you have anymore questions or comments. God bless you Dawn!

14 04 2012
leo

What does the Bible says about race?

15 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi Leo. God scattered men over the Earth with different languages at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). We do not know how varied the individuals were in terms of skin color and facial features at that point because the Bible doesn’t speak on it directly. Hope this answers the question you’re trying to ask. God bless.

10 04 2012
cococaa

Was The holy spirit present with us before Jesus Came

11 04 2012
dstewdesign

Hi there. The Spirit made appearances and came upon people prior to the cross of Christ for many purposes, including craftsmanship, prophesy, and battle (Exodus 35:31; 1 Samuel 10:6; Judges 14:19; etc.). We know there is a difference because Jesus tells his disciples that He will send the Comforter, or the Holy Spirit, after He ascends into Heaven and that He won’t come unless Jesus goes (John 16:7; etc.). Blessed you.

10 04 2012
Tre'

I know that in the Bible it says that “…the dead knows nothing” -ecclisiastes 9:5. what about when we see mediums on TV, and they claim to be speaking with the dead, is it safe to say that they are speaking with satan or a demon?

11 04 2012
dstewdesign