3ABN Today Bible Q&A

What Is A Cult, and How Do I Recognize One?

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

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Series Code: TDYQA

Program Code: TDYQA210005A

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01:15 Hello and welcome to another 3ABN Today,
01:17 Bible Q and A.
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01:45 on how you can do that,
01:46 in case you're brand new to this program.
01:48 You're like, "Oh, I do have a Bible question."
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02:21 My name is Greg Morikone,
02:23 and again we're so glad that you have joined us today,
02:25 and I'm joined here at 3ABN around this desk.
02:29 May I say by Pastor John Lomacang.
02:30 So glad that you're here with us today.
02:32 Always a blessing to get together
02:34 and answer Bible questions.
02:35 I love it.
02:36 I know that you're a student of the Word
02:38 but, Pastor, why does the Bible means something to you?
02:39 Because of the person that it reveals.
02:41 You know, you could read a book,
02:43 but if you don't know the author,
02:44 then it doesn't make sense.
02:45 Like a young lady
02:47 who was having dinner with a young man
02:48 and he asked, do you like to read?
02:50 And she said, I'm reading a very boring book.
02:51 And he said, I think I wrote that.
02:53 And then the next date they had,
02:54 she said, it's the best book she ever read.
02:57 The difference was she came to know the author.
02:59 And I think that
03:01 the Bible is not just a book of knowledge,
03:03 but it's a book of the revelation
03:04 of Jesus Christ.
03:05 And that's what makes the difference.
03:07 Amen. Wow.
03:08 Excellent illustration. Thank you for that, Pastor.
03:10 Praise the Lord.
03:11 Jason Bradley, it's good to have you here with us today
03:12 on Bible Q and A.
03:14 It's great to be here.
03:15 You know, it's always a blessing
03:16 to open God's Word.
03:18 People are hungry in the world
03:19 and they're sending in all of these questions.
03:20 And so it's just great
03:22 to be able to study it out together.
03:23 Amen.
03:25 And, Jason, real quick too,
03:26 because years ago you were not into the Word.
03:27 Yes.
03:29 But the word means something to you now.
03:30 God has done a transformation.
03:31 It does because, you know, in retrospect,
03:33 as I look at my life
03:35 I've just seen how God's hand has been over it through
03:39 the whole time,
03:40 even when I was out there in the world,
03:41 God had protected me.
03:43 So, yeah, I'm grateful.
03:44 And thank the Lord for a praying mother.
03:46 Amen. Thank God for a praying mom.
03:47 Amen.
03:49 And sitting right next to me is my dear wife, Jill.
03:50 So glad to have you here with us today.
03:52 Thank you so much, sweetheart.
03:53 I love the Word of God.
03:54 I love to open up and study the Word of God
03:56 and we love to share it with you, our 3ABN family.
03:59 So I'm looking forward to this program.
04:02 Amen. Yeah.
04:03 And thank you each one for being with us today,
04:05 being here with us today and thank you for joining us.
04:07 And again,
04:09 we have received so many questions here at 3ABN.
04:11 Just not that you're impatient,
04:13 but just your question will be answered.
04:16 We just received so many.
04:17 We have so much fun
04:18 going through all these questions,
04:20 but excellent questions.
04:21 And you all are students of the Word as well.
04:23 And it's just encouraging to open the Word of God.
04:25 We enjoy these Bible Q and A programs.
04:29 I want to read from 2 Timothy 2:15.
04:32 It says,
04:33 "Study to show thyself approved unto God,
04:37 a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
04:39 rightly dividing the word of truth."
04:42 So do you have your Bible with you today?
04:46 Better get it.
04:47 Do you have a pen? I hope you do.
04:49 And maybe a piece of paper,
04:50 or if you're into the electronic age,
04:52 you want to take notes on your cell phone.
04:53 We hope that you do that today.
04:55 Take notes because this is rapid fire.
04:56 We try and answer these questions
04:58 in a matter of two to three minutes.
05:00 So it's happening really, really quickly.
05:02 But before we open the word of God,
05:04 let's go to Him in a word of prayer.
05:05 Jason Bradley,
05:06 why don't you open with a prayer for us?
05:08 Sure thing.
05:09 Dear heavenly Father,
05:11 we thank You for the privilege and opportunity
05:12 of studying Your Word.
05:14 And, Lord, we just ask for Your Holy Spirit
05:16 to guide us and to lead us into all truth
05:19 and to be with the viewers
05:21 and help their understanding of what's being shared today.
05:25 In Jesus' name we pray.
05:26 Amen. Amen.
05:28 Thank you. All right.
05:29 Our first question,
05:31 Pastor John, I'm gonna come to you.
05:32 Okay.
05:34 And this one, it's a great question.
05:35 Says, are Seventh-day Adventists a denomination
05:38 or a cult?
05:39 Okay. Let me give the short answer.
05:41 No, we are not a cult.
05:43 We are a denomination.
05:45 The nutshell of a definition of a cult
05:47 is a religion or movement
05:48 that does not look to Jesus as the means of salvation.
05:52 Or they look to a particular person
05:56 as the person of adoration, the person of veneration.
06:00 You have like the voodoo cult or satanic cult.
06:03 These are movements that do not include Christ
06:05 as the focal point.
06:06 We are very much a denomination,
06:09 but even bigger than that,
06:10 we are a movement,
06:12 a continually growing movement.
06:14 And we believe in salvation by grace,
06:16 through faith in Christ alone
06:18 and all of our beliefs,
06:21 every one of our 28 fundamentals
06:22 is founded on the Bible and the Bible only.
06:25 Amen.
06:26 We also believe that
06:27 eternal life is something
06:29 that comes through Christ alone.
06:30 We are not saved by our works.
06:32 We're saved by the work of Christ.
06:34 As John 17: 3 says,
06:35 "And this is eternal life
06:37 that they may know You,
06:39 the only true God
06:41 and Jesus Christ, whom You sent."
06:43 That is our foundation as a denomination.
06:45 Also we believe that
06:46 there's no other person or individual
06:49 ever in existence
06:50 that could bring salvation other than Christ.
06:52 Acts 4:12,
06:54 "Nor is there salvation in any other,
06:56 for as there is no other name under heaven,
06:58 given among men,
07:00 by which we must be saved."
07:02 A cult does not look to Jesus as the person of salvation.
07:06 They may say,
07:07 "He's a good man.
07:08 He's a prophet, He's a teacher."
07:10 But if He is not the means of salvation,
07:12 they could be a formation of a cult.
07:14 And also you have those who use Christianity,
07:16 but they twist it.
07:18 And they'll say, well, I believe in Christ.
07:19 However, like the Jim Jones cult,
07:22 David Koresh
07:23 and the Heaven's Gate cult, a lot of these,
07:25 they use Christianity to draw people,
07:28 but ultimately it's the person who gets the veneration.
07:30 It's the person
07:31 who is the means of their salvation
07:32 and we are not that.
07:34 It is Christ and Christ alone.
07:35 Amen. Amen.
07:37 Excellent. Yeah. Good answer.
07:39 Jill, I'm going to come to you on this one.
07:41 There's no name associated with this one.
07:43 It says, a good question though.
07:44 Can you forgive the devil?
07:48 That's a great question.
07:50 I'm gonna flip it on its head
07:51 and say, should we forgive the devil?
07:54 You know I like lists, so here's three points.
07:56 Point number one,
07:57 Satan is the originator of sin and evil in this world.
08:01 This is Christ Jesus
08:02 speaking to the Scribes and the Pharisees
08:04 in John 8:44,
08:06 "You are of your father, the devil
08:09 and the desires of your father you want to do."
08:12 He was a murderer from the beginning
08:14 and does not stand in the truth
08:15 because there's no truth in him.
08:17 When he speaks a lie,
08:18 he speaks from his own resources,
08:21 for he is a liar and the father of it.
08:23 Satan is a liar and the father of lies.
08:26 Satan is a murderer and the father of murder.
08:29 He is the originator of sin and evil in this world.
08:33 Point number two,
08:35 Christ came to destroy the works of the devil.
08:39 1 John 3:8,
08:41 "He who sins is of the devil,
08:43 for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
08:45 For this purpose,
08:46 the Son of God was manifested
08:48 that He might destroy the works of the devil."
08:52 So Christ came to destroy the works of the devil
08:55 and not just destroy his works.
08:58 He also came, point number three,
08:59 to destroy the devil himself.
09:02 Hebrews 2:14-15,
09:04 "In so much then
09:06 as the children have partaken of flesh and blood,
09:08 He Himself, that's Jesus, likewise partook of the same,
09:12 that through death
09:14 He might destroy him who had the power of death."
09:17 That is the devil.
09:19 "And release those who through fear of death
09:21 were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
09:23 So not only did Christ come
09:24 to destroy the works of the devil.
09:27 He came to destroy the devil himself.
09:29 We are called in Matthew 5, to love our enemies.
09:33 We are also called
09:35 to forgive those who have hurt us.
09:39 We are also called in Matthew Chapter 6
09:41 to forgive, so that we can be forgiven.
09:46 We are not called in the Word of God
09:47 to forgive the devil.
09:49 We are called to be wary of Satan,
09:51 for he is a roaring lion.
09:53 "We are called to do battle against Satan, "
09:55 Ephesians Chapter 6.
09:57 "We are called to resist him,"
09:59 James Chapter 4,
10:01 but nowhere in scripture
10:02 do I see that we are called to forgive the devil.
10:05 Hmm. Excellent, yeah. Very good.
10:07 Thank you, Jill.
10:09 Jason Bradley,
10:10 this question doesn't have a name,
10:11 but it's a good one.
10:13 It says, "When Jesus comes back,
10:14 the dead in Christ will rise.
10:18 So are those dead in the grave now?
10:20 I think basically were the dead now, Jason.
10:22 It's a good question. Yes.
10:24 Those that are dead are resting in the grave.
10:27 But let's see
10:28 what the Word of God has to say about it.
10:30 So in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17,
10:35 the Word of God says this,
10:36 "For the Lord Himself
10:37 will descend from heaven with a shout,
10:39 with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God
10:43 and the dead in Christ will rise first.
10:46 Then we who are alive and remain
10:48 shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
10:50 to meet the Lord in the air.
10:52 And thus, we shall always be with the Lord."
10:56 Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6 and 10,
11:01 "For the living know that they will die,
11:04 but the dead know nothing.
11:06 And they have no more reward,
11:08 for the memory of them is forgotten.
11:10 Also their love,
11:11 their hatred and their envy have now perished,
11:15 never more will they have a share
11:17 in anything done under the sun,
11:20 whatever your hand finds to do,
11:22 do it with your might,
11:24 for there is no work
11:26 or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave
11:31 where you are going."
11:33 Acts 2:29,
11:35 "Men and brethren,
11:37 let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David,
11:40 that he is both dead and buried.
11:44 And his tomb is with us to this day."
11:47 Also consider John 5:28-29,
11:52 "Do not marvel at this,
11:54 for the hour is coming
11:56 in which all who are in the graves
11:58 will hear His voice and come forth.
12:01 Those who have done good to the resurrection of life
12:04 and those who have done evil
12:05 to the resurrection of condemnation."
12:08 So yes, the dead are in the grave.
12:11 They're resting. That's right. Amen.
12:13 Excellent. Thank you.
12:14 You know, it's really incredible
12:16 how the Word of God, right?
12:17 Can just explain these questions that we have.
12:19 So thank you so much.
12:20 You're watching right now 3ABN Today, Bible Q and A.
12:23 You can send your questions via email at bibleqa@3abn.org,
12:28 or you can text your questions, (618) 228-3975.
12:33 Pastor John,
12:35 this comes from Frank in California.
12:37 And can you please explain Revelation 14:14-20?
12:43 Let me go ahead and read them.
12:44 I don't know if I'm gonna read that many verses,
12:46 but I think it's important to read it.
12:47 Okay.
12:48 Revelation 14:14,
12:50 "Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud,
12:51 and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man,
12:54 having on His head a golden crown,
12:56 and in His hand a sharp sickle."
12:58 Verse 15,
12:59 "And another angel came out of the temple,
13:01 crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud,
13:04 'Thrust in Your sickle and reap,
13:06 for the time has come for You to reap,
13:08 for the harvest of the earth is ripe."
13:10 Verse 16,
13:11 "So He who sat on the cloud
13:13 thrust in His sickle on the earth,
13:14 and the earth was reaped."
13:16 Verse 17,
13:18 "Then another angel came out of the temple
13:19 which is in heaven,
13:20 he also having a sharp sickle.
13:22 And another angel came out from the altar, "
13:25 that's verse 18,
13:26 "who had power over fire,
13:28 and he cried with a loud voice to him
13:29 who had the sharp sickle, saying,
13:32 'Thrust in your sickle
13:33 and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth,
13:37 for her grapes are fully ripe."
13:39 And verse 19,
13:40 "So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth
13:43 and gathered the vine of the earth,
13:46 and threw it into the great winepress
13:48 of the wrath of God.
13:49 And the winepress was trampled outside the city,
13:53 and blood came out of the winepress,
13:55 up to the horses' bridles,
13:57 for one thousand six hundred furlongs."
14:01 In a nutshell,
14:02 these verses identified two groups.
14:05 The one that is described as
14:07 those who are the harvest of the earth is ripe.
14:11 Those are the ones
14:12 that will be gathered into God's kingdom.
14:14 These are the description.
14:16 The harvest is ripe.
14:17 Jesus said so many times,
14:19 the harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few.
14:21 So these are those that will be gathered in.
14:23 Why is the harvest ripe?
14:25 Because the harvest is ripe
14:26 when it is finally sealed with the latter rain.
14:29 That's when a harvest is ripe.
14:30 These have been sealed by the latter rain.
14:33 They are ripe for the coming of the Lord.
14:35 They will be saved,
14:36 but those who are in the second group
14:38 will experience the wrath of God.
14:40 Now it says, her grapes are fully ripe.
14:43 And you remember the song
14:44 where the grapes of wrath are stored.
14:46 Glory, glory, hallelujah.
14:48 That is in fact describing those
14:49 who will be a part of the destruction.
14:52 So these are the two groups that are talked about here.
14:54 Those who are ripe for salvation,
14:56 those who are ripe for destruction simply put.
15:00 Wow. Amen.
15:01 Excellent. Yeah. Thank you, Pastor John.
15:03 And thank you Frank, for sending in your question.
15:06 And I forgot when I mentioned the contact information.
15:08 We'd love to hear your name or your name,
15:10 we'd love to know it and where you're from,
15:12 maybe the country or the state that you're from.
15:13 So don't forget to add that to your email
15:15 or to your text message with your question.
15:17 Jason, coming to you.
15:19 What does it mean to be an overcomer?
15:22 Hmm. Good question.
15:23 That's a great question.
15:24 We'll start with the definition.
15:26 By definition
15:27 an overcomer is one who succeeds in dealing with
15:30 or gaining control of some problem or difficulty.
15:33 Now from a biblical standpoint,
15:34 an overcomer is one
15:36 who is successful in holding on to God,
15:38 no matter what,
15:39 and gaining the victory through Christ.
15:42 Romans 8:35-39, says,
15:45 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
15:49 Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
15:52 or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?
15:56 As it is written:
15:57 'For your sake we are killed all day long.
16:00 We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.'
16:03 Yet in all these things,
16:05 we are more than conquerors through Him
16:08 who loved us.
16:09 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life,
16:12 nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
16:15 nor things present, nor things to come,
16:18 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing
16:22 shall be able to separate us from the love of God
16:25 which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
16:28 An overcomer continues to press forward.
16:31 Philippians 3:13-14 says,
16:34 "Brethren, I do not count myself
16:36 to have apprehended,
16:38 but one thing I do,
16:39 forgetting those things which are behind
16:42 and reaching forward to those things
16:43 which are ahead,
16:45 I press toward the goal
16:47 for the prize of the upward call of God
16:50 in Christ Jesus."
16:51 And this passage sums it up.
16:53 1 John 5:4-5 says,
16:57 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
17:01 And this is the victory
17:03 that has overcome the world, our faith,
17:06 who is he, who overcomes the world,
17:09 but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."
17:12 Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
17:15 I do. Hmm.
17:16 Amen. Thank you, Jason.
17:18 And that's, again another great question us coming.
17:20 Jill, this one comes from Gordon
17:23 and it doesn't say where he's from,
17:24 but Gordon asks,
17:25 "Do really poor people need to pay or give
17:30 tithes and offerings?"
17:31 Wow.
17:33 Thank you, Gordon, for that question.
17:34 The short answer is yes.
17:35 But I would say we don't pay tithe,
17:37 we return what is already God's.
17:40 Let's look at a couple of tithing principles.
17:43 The tithing principle is biblical.
17:45 It is not just Jewish.
17:47 Some people say it's Jewish
17:49 'cause it's established in the laws and ordinances,
17:51 but Abraham paid tithe.
17:53 You can look that up in Genesis Chapter 14.
17:56 The New Testament Church gave sacrificially
18:00 to support the work of the gospel
18:03 going forward.
18:04 We see that
18:06 the tithing principle is a command
18:07 that's in Malachi 3:8.
18:11 It says, "Will a man rob God, yet you have robbed me,
18:14 but you say,
18:16 in what way have we robbed you?
18:17 In tithes and offerings."
18:20 So the tithing principle is a command.
18:23 The tithing principle is also fair.
18:25 We're told in Deuteronomy 14:22,
18:28 that we are called to give one-tenth of all our increase.
18:31 In other words,
18:33 whether you're very, very poor or very, very rich,
18:36 you still give the same percentage wise.
18:40 If you only made a dollar today,
18:41 while you're going to give a dime,
18:43 if you made a million,
18:45 well, that would be a hundred thousand dollars.
18:47 But the principle, the percentage is the same.
18:50 The tithing principle is fair.
18:52 The tithing principle
18:53 also comes with a promise from God.
18:56 And I love this, especially if you're poor,
18:59 this is a precious promise.
19:00 Malachi 3:10,
19:03 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse
19:06 that there may be food in my house,
19:07 and try me now in this as the Lord of hosts,
19:10 if I will not open up for you the windows of heaven
19:14 and pour out for you such a blessing,
19:16 that there will not be room enough to receive it."
19:19 What is that blessing?
19:20 Sometimes it's monetary blessings,
19:23 sometimes as in the children of Israel,
19:24 your sandals might not wear out
19:27 and your car might keep running,
19:29 but when you are faithful in returning that to God,
19:32 He will honor and bless you in return.
19:35 That's right. Yeah, absolutely.
19:37 Thank you so much.
19:39 This is kind of the fun part of Bible Q and A,
19:41 because we've been now
19:43 going for about four or five weeks now,
19:46 and we're getting some response
19:48 and I want to read one of those right now
19:50 from one of our earlier programs
19:51 and, Pastor John, this is for you.
19:53 So thank you for this follow-up
19:54 to one of the answers
19:56 or just maybe some clarification that you want.
19:57 This says, hi, Pastor John Lomacang,
19:59 you mentioned in the first Bible Q and A
20:02 according to Revelation 12:1,
20:05 the woman is the one
20:07 who gives birth to the male child
20:09 who rules all nations, et cetera.
20:11 My question is this.
20:13 May you please clarify for me
20:15 how the church, the woman
20:17 gave birth to Christ
20:19 and not Christ begat the church?
20:21 I was told that
20:22 I am teaching that
20:24 the church gave birth to Christ.
20:25 So, Pastor, that's a great follow-up.
20:27 Okay.
20:28 Well, the Bible uses the woman interchangeably.
20:31 But what is being talked about in Revelation Chapter 12,
20:33 Revelation is an overarching picture
20:36 of the great controversy
20:38 from the birth of Christ
20:39 to the very last war against the woman.
20:42 And in both cases, the word woman is used.
20:45 Well, why is Revelation 12:1 so significant?
20:48 It's because it goes right back.
20:50 Let's read Revelation 12:1.
20:52 It goes right back to
20:54 what happened when Mary gave birth to Jesus.
20:57 It says in Revelation 12:1-2,
20:59 "Now a great sign appeared in heaven.
21:01 A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet
21:05 and on her head, a garland or crown of 12 stars,
21:08 then being with child
21:10 she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth."
21:13 When you follow the story of Jesus,
21:16 there was an edict by Herod
21:17 to kill children two years old and under.
21:20 That's right.
21:21 And thankfully
21:23 the Lord was not a part of that slaughter.
21:25 It was a terrible slaughter of children,
21:28 but this is what the Bible is talking about.
21:30 The woman that is described here
21:33 is the one that's being the focal point of the dragon.
21:36 So who's the dragon? Revelation 12:9, Satan.
21:38 So you find the dragon, Satan through Herod
21:42 tried to have Jesus killed when he was born.
21:45 That was a literal woman, Mary and Joseph, the father,
21:49 which was not the literal father,
21:50 as we know,
21:52 but so that's the literal application
21:53 of this verse.
21:54 The symbolic application of this verse
21:56 is the description that's given in the Bible.
21:59 In Ephesians 5:23,
22:01 the Bible uses the woman once again,
22:03 as a symbol of the church.
22:06 For the husband is the head of the wife
22:08 also as Christ is the head of the church,
22:10 and He is the savior of the body.
22:12 So you find here that symbolism,
22:14 Jesus is using the woman and the husband and the wife
22:18 as a symbol of Christ in the church.
22:20 And so,
22:21 this is that simple picture there
22:23 in Revelation Chapter 12,
22:25 the woman is in fact
22:27 the one that is the object of Satan's literal anger
22:32 when Mary gives birth
22:33 and the symbolic anger
22:36 when Revelation 12:17 talks about
22:38 the woman or the church.
22:39 So today the devil is not persecuting a woman,
22:43 he's persecuting the church
22:44 who keeps the commandments of God.
22:46 That's the simple and direct answer.
22:48 It's symbolic in reference to the church.
22:51 It's literal in reference to Mary
22:52 who gave birth to Christ.
22:54 Excellent.
22:55 Thank you, Pastor John. Yeah.
22:56 You know, it's just incredible.
22:58 God's given you a tremendous talent and gifts
22:59 and all of you here.
23:01 But yeah, thank you so much, Pastor John,
23:02 that's a good clarification to that.
23:03 You know, there's so much more to it too,
23:05 in Matthew 13 that Elijah give,
23:07 because the picture in Matthew Chapter 2
23:08 where Mary is running with Joseph to hide in Egypt.
23:12 But if you get a chance to read Matthew 2:13-15,
23:15 you'll see the literal application
23:18 of Mary running for her life.
23:19 Wow.
23:20 You know, this Bible Q and A,
23:22 I mean, it happens so fast
23:23 and it's like, we're on the set.
23:25 And literally, I mentioned after the first program,
23:26 it's like, I almost have to take a breath
23:28 partway through because it's just like rapid fire.
23:30 So we hope that you are taking notes today.
23:33 Thank you again for joining us.
23:34 You can send your questions into 3ABN at the email
23:37 that's at the bottom of your screen.
23:38 That's bibleqa@3abn.org,
23:42 or you can text your questions, (618) 228-3975.
23:46 Just for a little pause,
23:48 we all can kind of take a breath you at home.
23:49 I'm gonna just ask you this question.
23:50 This maybe, maybe a kind of a hard one,
23:53 but what is a favorite book of the Bible, Pastors,
23:55 one stick out to you that you really enjoy studying?
23:58 The Book of Philippians is one of my favorite books.
24:00 It is the champion's book.
24:02 It is the athlete's book.
24:03 It's the book that shows all the possibilities of Jesus.
24:07 And Paul is in this,
24:08 he's in this Olympic mode
24:10 where he is saying,
24:12 I can do all things through Christ
24:13 who strengthens me.
24:14 He who began a good work is gonna complete it.
24:17 He just continues to roll off.
24:19 Let this mind be in you, which is also in Christ Jesus.
24:22 I have not arrived yet,
24:24 but I'm pressing toward the goal.
24:25 He is in this athletic mindset. And I love it.
24:28 I've always said to people that are discouraged,
24:30 read the Book of Philippians
24:32 and you'll find the possibilities
24:33 available in Christ.
24:34 Amen. What about you, Jason?
24:36 What's your favorite book or one of your favorites?
24:37 It's hard to narrow it down to one favorite book,
24:39 but I like the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
24:41 because I get to learn more about Christ.
24:43 I get to see the parables and all of those things
24:46 and identify with also the prodigal son.
24:49 So, in that way, like those are my favorite.
24:52 Amen. Excellent.
24:53 What about you?
24:55 And then we'll go to the next question to you.
24:56 I would say Romans. You love Romans?
24:57 I love the Book of Romans
24:59 because when you read the Book of Romans,
25:00 you discover that we are all sold under sin,
25:02 whether you're Jew or Gentile, whether you know God or not,
25:04 we all have sinned.
25:06 And what a beautiful plan of salvation.
25:09 You see justification by faith and righteousness by faith.
25:12 We see the gift of the spirit and walking in obedience
25:15 and practical Christian living.
25:17 Romans has it all. I just love Romans.
25:19 Amen.
25:20 And I've got to join Jill on that.
25:21 Thank you.
25:23 I mean, if you just look at the Romans,
25:25 Revelation and Philippians.
25:27 The quick book, Philippians. Oh yeah.
25:29 Isaiah is the Bible in its totality.
25:31 It's amazing. Amen.
25:32 Quite a bit of stuff to enjoy in the Bible.
25:34 Oh, amen. That's right.
25:36 So we're enjoying the Bible today on 3ABN Today,
25:37 Bible Q and A.
25:39 This question comes from Julie from South Dakota.
25:41 And this one's for you, Jill.
25:42 Says,
25:44 "What exactly do we have to do to be born again?"
25:46 So turn with me.
25:48 Thank you for that question, Julie.
25:49 Turn with me to the Book of John.
25:51 We're going to John Chapter 3.
25:52 This is Nicodemus
25:53 who came to see Jesus by night.
25:55 And we see this principle of being born again.
25:57 Being born again is crucial for salvation.
26:01 John 3:3,
26:02 Jesus answered and said to him,
26:03 this is Jesus talking to Nicodemus.
26:06 "Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, "
26:09 in the Greek, it means actually from above,
26:13 "he cannot see the kingdom of God."
26:16 And it reminds me of what Paul said in Ephesians 2.
26:18 You know, this passage, Ephesians 2, 4, and 5.
26:21 God who is rich in mercy because of His great love
26:24 with which He loved us.
26:26 Even when we were dead in trespasses and sins
26:30 made us alive together with Christ,
26:33 by grace you have been saved.
26:34 You see, we were all in this dead place,
26:37 this dead state with our sins
26:40 and Christ made us alive again.
26:43 That in a nutshell is the born again process.
26:46 It is being transformed out of the kingdom of darkness
26:50 and being brought
26:51 into the kingdom of God's dear son.
26:54 So how does this process work?
26:55 Let's look at John 3:5, Jesus said,
26:58 "Assuredly, I say to you,
26:59 unless one is born of water and of the spirit,
27:03 he cannot enter the kingdom of God."
27:06 So the Holy Spirit,
27:07 we know that
27:09 the words that Christ speaks to us,
27:12 are spirit and life and the spirit gives life.
27:14 The flesh profits nothing.
27:16 So being born again
27:18 involves the work of the spirit.
27:20 I also believe it involves the work of the Word of God.
27:24 In Ephesians 5,
27:25 we see the washing of the water of the Word.
27:28 In 1 Peter 1, we are being born again,
27:31 not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible
27:34 through the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.
27:38 It's also an unseen process.
27:41 Jesus likened it to the wind in verse 7 and 8
27:43 in John Chapter 3.
27:45 "Do not marvel that I said to you,
27:47 you must be born again.
27:48 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it,
27:51 but you cannot tell
27:53 where it comes from and where it goes.
27:54 So was everyone who is born of the spirit."
27:58 We cannot see the wind,
28:00 but we could clearly see its effect.
28:02 We cannot see the spirit,
28:03 but we can see the effect of the spirit
28:06 on the heart.
28:07 So being born again involves the cross.
28:11 Nicodemus said,
28:12 "How can these things happen? How can this be?"
28:15 Jesus said, "The new birth flows out from Moses."
28:19 Remember the serpent was lifted up on the cross.
28:22 Jesus lifted up on the cross, accepting that by faith.
28:26 So we behold Jesus on the cross by faith.
28:29 We ask Him to forgive our sins,
28:31 accept Him into our heart by faith,
28:34 receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
28:37 and walk in newness of life.
28:39 Wow. Amen.
28:41 Excellent. Thank you so much.
28:42 And thank you, Julie, for that question.
28:43 We believe you're asking it for yourself.
28:45 So yeah, we'll be praying for you as well.
28:48 Jason, this is a great question.
28:50 It says,
28:51 "Is any church that worships on Saturday
28:53 okay in your estimation?
28:56 The short answer to that is no,
28:58 but instead of just going with my estimation,
29:01 let's look at God's Word.
29:02 All right.
29:03 So John 14:15 says,
29:06 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
29:09 The Sabbath is not the only commandment.
29:12 So, you know, again,
29:13 if you love Me, keep My commandments.
29:15 One question that should be asked is
29:17 does the church that worships on Saturday,
29:19 the seventh day Sabbath keep all the commandments of God.
29:24 2 Timothy 3:16-17,
29:27 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God
29:31 and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction,
29:35 for instruction and righteousness
29:37 that the man of God may be complete
29:40 thoroughly equipped for every good work."
29:42 Another question that should be asked is,
29:45 is the church's doctrine biblically sound.
29:50 Can it be proven through and through?
29:52 Just because the church worships on the Sabbath
29:55 does not automatically mean that it's okay.
29:58 For example, there are some churches
29:59 that may meet on Saturday
30:01 that don't believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
30:05 They believe He was a prophet or a good man.
30:07 Consider John 1:7-11,
30:11 "For many deceivers have gone out into the world
30:14 who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
30:18 This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
30:22 Look to yourselves,
30:23 that we do not lose those things
30:25 we worked for,
30:26 but that we may receive a full reward.
30:30 Whoever transgresses
30:31 and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ
30:35 does not have God.
30:36 He who abides in the doctrine of Christ
30:38 has both the Father and the Son.
30:40 If anyone comes to you
30:42 and does not bring this doctrine,
30:44 do not receive him into your house nor greet him,
30:46 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds."
30:49 The church must line up with the teachings of Christ.
30:54 Good. Yeah. Excellent.
30:55 Amen. Thank you, Jason.
30:57 Yeah, and I liked it.
30:58 Not your estimation,
30:59 but answer from the Word of God.
31:01 So thank you.
31:02 Pastor John,
31:04 this comes from George in Texas.
31:05 His question is,
31:06 "Eve was deceived yet Adam wasn't.
31:10 He knew what would happen.
31:11 Adam knew what would happen.
31:13 Should he eat of the fruit?
31:14 So did he commit suicide because of his actions?"
31:18 Wow. I love this question.
31:20 I thought about it. The answer is no.
31:22 Adam did not commit suicide
31:24 by entering into sin any more
31:26 than we commit suicide by entering into sin.
31:30 Now, have you done anything wrong?
31:31 Are you still alive?
31:32 Well, you didn't commit suicide.
31:34 When the Bible said, you will surely die.
31:36 It was the eventual effect.
31:38 Death passed upon us.
31:41 The Bible says in Romans 5:12,
31:43 "Therefore just as through one man
31:46 sin entered the world and death through sin
31:50 and thus death spread to all men
31:52 because all sinned.
31:54 You might say to a baby, well, the baby just was born,
31:57 it's three days old.
31:58 Is it a sinner?
32:00 By nature, it is.
32:01 But it has not reached the point of accountability.
32:03 When that baby reaches the point of accountability
32:06 and begins to understand that
32:08 the difference between right and wrong,
32:10 then accountability now says,
32:12 are you going to stay on the path of death
32:14 or are you going to choose life?
32:16 And you find in the Bible,
32:17 the Bible never says choose death
32:19 because we already are in death.
32:22 We already are abiding in death.
32:23 All have sinned
32:24 and fallen short of the glory of God.
32:26 The wages of sin is death.
32:27 So Adam didn't commit suicide.
32:29 He just, now the nature that God had given to him
32:33 was now infected
32:34 and the end result would be death.
32:37 So did Adam commit suicide? No.
32:39 The Bible says Adam lived to 930 years and he died.
32:46 If we don't accept Christ,
32:47 however long our lives are,
32:49 we will also die.
32:50 It's not suicide.
32:52 It's the refusal to give up the very thing
32:54 that will condemn you to eventual death.
32:57 And unfortunately
32:58 without Christ, that is eternal loss.
33:01 Wow. Yeah.
33:02 Excellent answer, Pastor.
33:04 That's an interesting thought, you said infected, right?
33:05 Infected, that's right. Yeah.
33:07 That's excellent.
33:08 You know as in Adam all die.
33:09 So in Christ all shall be made alive,
33:11 1 Corinthians 15:22.
33:12 So the Lord as in Adam all die,
33:14 but Jesus says,
33:15 but in Christ all shall be made alive.
33:16 Amen.
33:18 Do you wanna get rid of that suicide pact?
33:19 Accept Christ.
33:21 There you go, Pastor. Amen. That's good.
33:23 Jason, this comes from Linda
33:25 and she lives in the state of Michigan,
33:28 just north of us a little bit.
33:29 And her question is,
33:31 "How are we supposed to tell young children to love Jesus?
33:33 And then you are going to be persecuted,
33:36 you're going to be killed
33:37 because we're living in the end times?
33:39 Wow.
33:40 Heavy, heavy question.
33:42 That is.
33:43 Well, hello Linda.
33:44 That's definitely
33:46 a difficult conversation to have.
33:47 She probably has some children in her household
33:49 or maybe someone she knows.
33:50 Yeah, I believe it. I believe it.
33:52 You know, I think the first thing
33:53 that we should do is
33:54 introduce children to Christ
33:56 and show them His beautiful character.
33:59 You know, we don't start with the death part.
34:02 We just introduce them to Christ
34:05 and show them His character.
34:08 Also we want to make sure that
34:10 they develop a relationship with Him.
34:12 And Proverbs 22:6 says,
34:15 "Train up a child in the way he should go.
34:17 And when he is old, he will not depart from it."
34:20 The other thing we need to realize is that
34:22 not everyone is going to die.
34:24 I shared this passage earlier,
34:25 but it's also applicable to this situation.
34:28 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17,
34:31 "For the Lord Himself
34:33 will descend from heaven with a shout,
34:34 with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God
34:37 and the dead in Christ will rise first.
34:40 Then we who are alive and remain
34:44 shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
34:46 to meet the Lord in the air.
34:48 And thus, we shall always be with the Lord."
34:50 So not everyone is going to die.
34:53 But in broaching the subject
34:55 of persecution and death with children,
34:56 we need to share
34:58 inspirational stories with them.
35:00 The three Hebrew boys
35:02 who were saved in the fiery trial.
35:05 You know, they chose to stand up for God.
35:08 Joseph, who was sold into captivity by his brothers
35:12 later imprisoned
35:13 and then ended up being the second in command in Egypt.
35:17 Daniel in the lions' den,
35:19 all of those stories,
35:21 we need to help them also understand
35:23 why persecution comes
35:25 and how important it is for them to stand for Christ,
35:28 no matter what.
35:29 We also need to explain to them
35:31 why they should not be afraid of what men can do.
35:34 Matthew 10:28 says,
35:37 "And do not fear those who kill the body
35:39 but cannot kill the soul,
35:41 but rather fear Him
35:42 who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
35:45 And finally,
35:46 we need to make sure that the message is age appropriate.
35:50 In other words,
35:52 is that child at an age
35:54 where he or she can comprehend a message
35:57 of this magnitude?
35:58 And I hope
36:00 this answer was helpful for you.
36:01 Excellent. Thank you, Jason, so much.
36:03 Now this next one comes from Sondy
36:06 and the question has a little bit of some sexuality.
36:11 So if you have maybe a really young child
36:12 in the house right now,
36:13 maybe you wanna get him occupied
36:15 somewhere else if you would so like.
36:16 But it's a really good question.
36:17 So we wanted to find an answer from the Word of God.
36:20 And this one is for you, Jill.
36:22 It says,
36:23 nowadays
36:25 people see masturbation as an act of satisfaction
36:28 or gratification
36:30 when asked whether it's a sin or not
36:32 they say,
36:33 "It isn't a sin.
36:35 The actual sexual intercourse is."
36:37 What does the Bible have to say about masturbation?
36:40 So that's a heavy-duty question.
36:42 Thank you, Sondy, for that question.
36:44 The Bible does not specifically address
36:46 the word masturbation,
36:48 but the concept is very clear in the Word of God.
36:51 I want to start by saying that
36:52 purity is not a line in the sand.
36:55 It's not saying
36:57 I will go this far and no farther.
36:59 And as long as I stayed back from that line,
37:01 I am pure.
37:02 Purity is a state of heart.
37:05 Let's look at Matthew, Jesus addressed this principle.
37:08 I would say that
37:10 anything that pulls us from Jesus,
37:13 anything that pollutes our heart with the lust
37:17 that is sin.
37:18 Matthew 6:27-28.
37:23 This is, of course, the Sermon on the Mount
37:24 and Jesus addressing this concept of.
37:27 The Pharisee thought, okay, we cannot commit adultery
37:30 or sexual intercourse outside of marriage,
37:33 but they never addressed this issue of lust,
37:36 but Jesus addressed it.
37:38 Matthew 6:27-28.
37:41 You have heard that it was said to those of old,
37:43 you shall not commit adultery.
37:45 But I say to you that
37:46 whoever looks at a woman to lust for her
37:50 has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
37:54 The physical act of adultery, yes, that is sin.
37:56 But the thoughts of lust that is sin as well.
38:01 Masturbation involves lust.
38:04 If you're involved in pornography,
38:06 that's usually connected with masturbation
38:08 and usually there would be lust involved
38:11 or sexual fantasies or thoughts.
38:14 The Word of God tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:18,
38:19 "Flee sexual immorality.
38:22 Every sin that a man does is outside the body,
38:25 but he who commits sexual immorality
38:28 sins against his own body.
38:31 Or do you not know
38:33 that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
38:35 which is in you,
38:36 whom you have from God, you are not your own.
38:38 You are bought with a price,
38:40 therefore glorify God
38:41 in your body and in your spirit."
38:43 I just wanna say,
38:45 if you have slipped into the cauldron of lust,
38:48 the Lord can redeem, cleanse and forgive.
38:52 Hmm. Excellent.
38:53 Thank you so much, Jill, for that.
38:55 That's a heavy question,
38:56 but a great answer from the Word of God.
38:58 Pastor John,
39:00 this question comes from Travis,
39:01 from Washington State.
39:03 And the question is,
39:04 "What and when is Armageddon?"
39:07 Wow. I love that question.
39:08 That's a Revelation question
39:10 and Revelation is another book I like very much.
39:12 You know, Pastor, there seems to be so much out there,
39:13 whether it's in the film industry
39:15 and stuff, talking about Armageddon
39:16 and the end times and stuff.
39:18 So it's really good question. True.
39:20 Armageddon is such a theme that people look at.
39:23 When the Gulf War happened back in,
39:25 I think 19...
39:27 Sorry, yeah, somewhere in the past.
39:29 Okay.
39:30 When President Bush was president they said,
39:32 "Oh, a battle of Armageddon."
39:33 And it passed over
39:34 and we know the rest of the story.
39:36 But Armageddon is the final battle
39:38 between truth and error,
39:40 between light and darkness, between Christ and Satan.
39:43 And let me break it down into three categories.
39:45 Let's first go to Revelation Chapter 16.
39:48 And I'm going to take about
39:49 a few extra seconds on this, Greg.
39:50 Okay. That's okay.
39:52 Because this is important for people.
39:53 Revelation 16 introduces
39:54 the coalition forces of Armageddon.
39:56 I'll start with verse 13, Revelation 16:13,
39:59 "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs
40:02 coming out of the mouth of the dragon,
40:03 out of the mouth of the beast,
40:05 out of the mouth of the false prophets,
40:07 for they are the spirits of demons."
40:09 Verse 14,
40:10 "Performing signs,
40:12 which go out to the kings of the earth
40:13 and of the whole world
40:14 to gather them to the battle
40:16 of that great day of God Almighty."
40:17 That's the battle of Armageddon,
40:19 the battle of the great day of God Almighty.
40:21 Now let's look at the object,
40:24 the reason why Satan is wanting to have this battle.
40:28 Revelation 12:17,
40:30 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman
40:32 and went to make war with the rest of her offspring,
40:35 who keep the commandments of God
40:36 and have the testimony of Jesus."
40:38 Not only does he hate Christ,
40:40 but after Jesus left,
40:42 he couldn't fight against Christ.
40:44 So he's now angry with the woman
40:46 who is obedient to the commandments of God.
40:48 Can I put a pin right here?
40:50 If the commandments of God is being avoided
40:52 in the denomination you worship,
40:53 you are not a threat to the devil.
40:55 Now the danger is,
40:57 you'll be with him on his team in the battle of Armageddon
41:00 against those who keep the commandments of God.
41:03 That's very solemn and very sober.
41:05 So if you honor the commandments of God,
41:07 you are on God's side.
41:08 Let's look at the outcome of the battle,
41:10 Revelation 19.
41:11 This is the outcome of the battle of Armageddon.
41:13 Revelation 19:11,
41:16 "Now I saw heaven open and behold, a white horse,
41:19 and he who sat on him was called faithful and true.
41:22 And in righteousness, he judges and make war."
41:25 Verse 14,
41:26 "The armies in heaven
41:27 clothed in fine linen white and clean
41:29 followed him on white horses."
41:31 And here's the outcome, verse 19 and 20,
41:33 "And I saw the beast,
41:34 the kings of the earth and their armies
41:36 gathered together to make war against him
41:37 who sat on the horse and against his army."
41:40 And verse 20.
41:41 This is where Jesus comes out victorious.
41:44 "Then the beast was captured, and with him, the false prophet
41:47 who worked signs in his presence
41:49 by which he deceived those
41:50 who received the mark of the beast,
41:52 and those who worshiped his image.
41:53 These two were cast alive
41:55 into the lake of fire and brimstone."
41:57 So the nutshell is,
41:59 the battle is the last push against light and darkness,
42:02 Christ and Satan, good and evil,
42:04 but Jesus wins.
42:05 Amen. Amen.
42:06 Yes. Thank you, Pastor. That's important.
42:08 Yes.
42:09 Jason, this question comes from Vanessa from Trinidad
42:14 and she says,
42:15 "My family will normally say stuff like this.
42:18 "I'll call you after your Sabbath.
42:21 I did not come because it was your Sabbath."
42:24 Basically the Sabbath is referred to as my Sabbath,
42:28 but I always tell them that it is the Lord's Sabbath
42:30 and should be kept holy by all.
42:33 Am I wrong in my response?
42:35 Or did I leave out anything?"
42:36 Hmm.
42:38 First off, Vanessa,
42:39 I'd just like to say that I love Trinidad.
42:40 I love doubles, I love roti.
42:42 I love all of that,
42:43 but now we're going to get to your question.
42:45 All right.
42:46 I think that you responded in the right way,
42:48 but I would recommend that you share with them
42:50 reasons from Scripture as to why you believe that
42:55 the Sabbath is the right day
42:56 that the seventh day Sabbath still applies.
42:59 So let's go back to the basics.
43:00 Genesis 2:2-3 says,
43:03 "And on the seventh day, God ended his work,
43:06 which he had done.
43:07 And he rested on the seventh day
43:09 from all His work, which he had done.
43:11 Then God blessed the seventh day
43:13 and sanctified it
43:14 because in it, He rested from all His work,
43:17 which God had created and made."
43:20 Now Exodus 20:8-11,
43:23 "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy."
43:25 We're in the fourth commandment here.
43:27 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
43:30 But the seventh day
43:31 is the Sabbath of the Lord your God,
43:33 in it you shall do no work.
43:35 You nor your son, nor your daughter,
43:37 nor your male servant, nor your female servant,
43:40 nor your cattle, nor your stranger
43:44 who is within your gates,
43:45 for in six days
43:46 the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
43:49 the sea, and all that is in them
43:51 and rested the seventh day.
43:52 Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day
43:55 and hollowed it."
43:56 Isaiah 58:13-14,
43:59 "If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
44:02 from doing your own pleasure on my holy day
44:04 and call the Sabbath a delight the holy day of the Lord,
44:08 honorable and shall honor him
44:11 not doing your own ways nor finding your own pleasure,
44:14 nor speaking your own words.
44:16 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord.
44:19 And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth
44:22 and feed you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
44:26 the mouth of the Lord has spoken."
44:28 One thing that always fascinated me was
44:31 when the Israelites were gathering manna.
44:35 They had six days that they could gather manna.
44:37 On each day
44:39 they were only supposed to gather
44:40 what they were going to use that day.
44:42 On the sixth day,
44:44 they were to gathered double the portion
44:47 in preparation for the Sabbath.
44:49 That was the only time
44:50 in which the excess did not spoil.
44:53 The Sabbath is special
44:55 and share those reasons with your family.
44:57 Amen. Excellent. Thank you, Jason.
44:58 Absolutely, Jill and I know we love the Sabbath day.
45:01 It's a delight.
45:02 This question comes from Cynthia,
45:04 and this is for you, Jill.
45:06 It says,
45:07 "Can or does Satan put actual thoughts
45:09 into our minds?
45:11 I've always heard, he cannot read our minds,
45:14 but can he put
45:15 some sinful thought into our minds
45:18 when he tempts us with something?
45:20 Is he putting that thought or temptation into our minds?"
45:23 Again, this question comes from Cynthia.
45:25 Thank you so much for that question, Cynthia.
45:27 Before I answer it, I just want to jump back.
45:29 I gave the wrong reference in the previous question.
45:33 So the reference I said was Matthew 6.
45:35 It should be Matthew 5:27-28.
45:38 This was Jesus referencing adultery.
45:41 So that would be Matthew 5:27-28.
45:44 Now on to Cynthia's question,
45:46 let's look at a couple of principles
45:47 pertaining to temptation.
45:48 Principle number one,
45:50 temptation does not come from God.
45:52 We're going to James.
45:53 James 1:13,
45:56 "Let no one say when he is tempted.
45:58 I am tempted by God,
46:00 for God cannot be tempted by evil,
46:03 nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
46:06 Principle number two,
46:07 temptation itself is not sin.
46:12 James 1:14-15,
46:15 "Each one when he is tempted
46:16 is drawn away by his own desires
46:18 and enticed.
46:20 Then when desire has conceived,
46:22 it gives birth to sin and sin when it is full grown,
46:27 brings forth death."
46:28 You know I heard the illustration once
46:30 "You cannot stop the birds from flying overhead,
46:32 but you can clearly stop them
46:34 from making a nest in your hair."
46:37 What does that mean?
46:38 The thought and the temptation,
46:40 the passing desire is not sin.
46:43 It's when we nurture it. It's when we dwell on it.
46:46 It's when we act on it.
46:48 That's when it leads to sin.
46:51 Principle number three,
46:53 Satan cannot read our minds,
46:56 but he definitely can see our actions.
47:00 He's made a lifetime,
47:02 thousands of years
47:03 of studying human behavior and actions.
47:07 He studied human character
47:08 and he knows how we will respond
47:10 in certain temptations
47:12 or where our weak places are.
47:16 Satan, principle number four,
47:18 is deceptive and beguiling.
47:20 2 Corinthians 11:3,
47:22 "I fear somehow
47:23 as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness."
47:27 So your minds may be corrupted
47:29 from the simplicity that is in Christ.
47:31 So what does he use?
47:33 He can put thoughts in our mind.
47:34 He can use other people to put thoughts in our mind.
47:38 He can impress us with certain feelings
47:40 or emotions or words, any of those things.
47:43 But the good thing is that Christ is stronger
47:46 and we do not have to give into those temptations
47:49 because He won the victory for us
47:51 and He wants to live in us and give us victory.
47:54 Excellent. Thank you very much. Amen.
47:57 Well, I tell you, the time has gone by in a hurry.
47:59 So we've got a few remaining questions,
48:02 but we don't have time to go around to each one.
48:03 So we'll just put them out here on the table,
48:05 so to speak.
48:06 And each one of you may comment or answer
48:08 how you wish or maybe just one person.
48:10 Great questions still.
48:11 This one is referring to Daniel 12.
48:14 No name associated with this one,
48:16 but it's a good question.
48:17 "In Daniel 12,
48:19 it speaks of knowledge being increased.
48:21 Is this literal figurative, spiritual or all three?"
48:27 All three. All three.
48:28 Nutshell of it.
48:30 Someone's...
48:31 I think Danny said this once, He said,
48:32 "Do you know that
48:34 the knowledge to create the supercomputer
48:35 existed in the Garden of Eden.
48:36 People just did not know
48:38 what to do with all the elements."
48:39 And so the mind,
48:41 they were way smarter then, than we are now.
48:43 Think about it.
48:44 There was no sin,
48:45 but knowledge has increased on every level,
48:48 internet, intellectual, media, scriptural.
48:52 There is no excuse for people being in ignorance nowadays.
48:54 That's why the Lord says times of ignorance,
48:56 God winked at,
48:58 but now he's commanding all men everywhere to repent.
49:01 So nobody's gonna be lost
49:02 because there was not information.
49:04 It's like saying,
49:05 I can't find my way to this address.
49:06 And they say,
49:08 "Do you have a map?" No.
49:09 "Do you have a GPS?" No.
49:11 And now we can say, "Do you have a cell phone?"
49:12 That's all right. We could.
49:13 Knowledge has definitely increased.
49:15 Amen. Anyone else?
49:16 He covered it. Yeah.
49:17 That's perfect.
49:19 So this is a good question. This comes from Esther.
49:21 "How can I biblically explain
49:23 how bad secular music is to a Christian?"
49:27 So this is from Esther.
49:29 Well, I would say, you know,
49:30 first look at 1 Corinthians 10:31,
49:33 "Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
49:36 do all to the glory of God.
49:38 So the question then becomes,
49:40 how does this secular music bring honor and glory to God?
49:43 And where does it point you?
49:45 Because I know that some of the music
49:47 that I used to listen to,
49:48 it glorified the use of narcotics,
49:50 the sale of narcotics, alcohol, promiscuity,
49:53 all of those things.
49:54 That's what the message
49:56 that's in some of the secular music is doing.
49:59 So where is it leading you?
50:01 Also, even with Christian music and stuff like that,
50:04 you have to be aware of the type of music
50:06 that you listen to there too,
50:07 because again, where is it leading you?
50:10 Is it making you want to dance
50:12 or is it making you want to praise the Lord
50:14 or is it making you want to crowd surf?
50:17 What is the, you know, where is it leading you to?
50:20 So that would be the question that I would pose to them.
50:23 I love that, Jay.
50:24 I was thinking of tagging along with that,
50:26 it's Philippians 4:8.
50:28 To me, that's the litmus test for music
50:30 what you already brought out.
50:31 Philippians 4:8,
50:33 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true.
50:34 Is it true? Is it noble?
50:36 Is it just? Is it pure?
50:38 Is it lovely? Is it of good report?
50:41 Those are the things
50:42 that we are to meditate and dwell on."
50:43 Those are the things that we are to listen.
50:45 We know that God created music.
50:47 Clearly we're called to proclaim praises to God,
50:50 but is, does it line up with what the Word of God says?
50:53 And also having been a disc jockey before,
50:56 music is a very deceptive thing
50:59 because you could put wonderful lyrics,
51:01 but the music will start getting you back to,
51:03 "hey."
51:05 Am I right Jay,
51:06 where you used to feel that?
51:08 So here's the key.
51:09 And this is something
51:10 that the Lord really brought me out
51:12 when it comes to Christian music.
51:14 One of the reasons
51:15 why the Hebrews did not bow
51:16 on the plain of Dura in Babylon,
51:18 when they were told,
51:20 when the music plays to bow,
51:22 the reason why they did not bow
51:24 is not because of the instruments,
51:27 because when music leads you to bow at the wrong altar,
51:31 it ceases to be worshiped to the true God.
51:33 So watch out for the lyrics because there are some songs,
51:37 I know there's one Christian song
51:38 that says tonight, tonight, I want to see you tonight.
51:41 Well, in my secular understanding
51:42 that will be,
51:44 you want me to come over to your house?
51:45 What does that have to do with Christ?
51:46 So watch out,
51:48 even Christian artists have lyrics
51:50 that are so suggestive and crossover,
51:52 that it makes a person whose mind is not pure
51:55 think opposite than thinking about Christ.
51:57 Yeah. Excellent. Yeah. Thank you so much.
51:59 I know that music can be a touchy thing,
52:00 but really is it bringing me to Christ
52:02 or is it not?
52:04 This hour has gone by in an incredible hurry.
52:07 And we, again, just want to encourage you
52:09 to open the Word of God yourself,
52:12 to study what we've talked about here today,
52:14 because God has things for you too.
52:15 And thank you for sending in your questions.
52:17 Where are we going to do right now
52:19 is actually take a really quick break.
52:21 Then we'll be right back with some closing comments.
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