Q&A Column

Q#99 Praying in the Spirit

Q. Jude exhorts us to be “praying in the Holy Ghost"(Jude 20), Paul in Ehp.6:18 states, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”, and 1Cor.14:15 says “I will pray with the spirit”, while the religious Pharisee of Luke 18:11 addresses...

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Q#98 The Sin unto Death

Q. Our family has been studying through 1 John together and have come to verse 16 of chapter 5 and are puzzling over what could possibly be a sin unto death. We first questioned what is meant by "death" - is it eternal death (separation from God) or...

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Q#97 How to Deal with Unwillingness

Q. How can I embrace Christ if I am prideful and don't want to be humble?Jojo A. Hello Jojo,Many wonder the same. Thank you for you honesty! The Bible gives us a prayer we can all pray when we feel this way.In Lamentations 5:21,...

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Q#96 Revival and Society

Q. What do you think is the biggest hindrance to revival in today’s society? And on the flip side, what is the biggest key to having revival in today’s society?Colton A. Hello Colton,Thanks for your thought-provoking question. If...

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Q#95 Revival and Desperation

Q. I seem to see we are in desperate need in our land. We are in desperate need in the church. As I talk to other Christians, I don't find a sense of desperation. "It's not good but we seem to be content with it." My question is, can we have revival if we...

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Q#94 Too Late

Q. While I was at church this morning, we sang the song, Have You Any Room for Jesus? One of the verses said, “Oh today is time accepted. Tomorrow you may call in vain.” Am I correct in saying this is not biblical? Does not the Bible say whosoever shall...

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Q#93 Sins of the Spirit?

Q. Can a saved person have “sins of the spirit”?  I have heard this preached on, but I can only find sins of the flesh in the Bible.Anthony A. Hello Anthony,Thanks for your intriguing question. A friend of mine and I discussed this...

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Q#92 Faith without Works

Q. John, I frequently hear people quoting James 2 that faith without works is dead, and then basically proceed to judge others who don’t live up to their personal standard of holiness and pronounce them unsaved. My question is, does this verse and overall...

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Q#91 The Word of Faith

Q. What do you think of the Word of Faith movement? You got me to thinking about this movement, if that is what it is.Earl A. Hello Earl,Thank you for your question. In light of the recent articles addressing faith, it is a fair...

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Q#90 The Spiritual Gift of Faith

Q. I have a question about 1 Cor. 12. You are talking about growing in faith. What about the Spiritual gift of faith spoken of in verse 9? Is that only giving to certain believers as a special gift?Beverly A. Hello Beverly,Thank you...

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Q#89 How to Grow Faith

Q. If I see a defect in my character (an area of frequent failure), does that mean I need more faith? What is your advice on how to grow faith? It seems “trying harder to have more faith” can also become a work of the “self.”Thank you,Irene A....

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Q#88 Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism

Q. What are the beliefs of Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism?Steve A. Hello Steve,Thank you for your question. Volumes have been written on this subject, but here, we will only summarize some major points to highlight the...

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Q#87 Five Views of Sanctification

Q. Kindly briefly explain to me the main differences between the 5 views on sanctification and which you think is the most accurate?. I am Holiness Pentecostal. Thank you.Anonymous A. Hello,Thank you for your honest question. I’m...

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Q#86 Beginning Gospel Conversations at the Door

Q. Greetings John:I have many Gospel of John copies, that I am hoping to distribute in my neighborhood, door-to-door, this summer. I still struggle with how to begin the conversation, going door-to-door. I would appreciate any counsel concerning this. Look...

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Q#85 Salvation, Forgiveness, and Confession

Q. John,I been studying 1 John 1:9 on forgiveness and prayer, in this chapter 1, there is no mention of forgiveness but there is confession."Do Christians have to keep asking for forgiveness for their sins?" A frequent question is “what happens if I sin,...

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Q#84 Be Holy

Q. Could you explain 1 Peter 1:15-16, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Is it saying that believers are actually seen as holy since Christ lives in us and that’s why we...

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Q#83 Imitation or Impartation?

Q. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells us, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” As I began reading some of Rees Howells – Intercessor, the author mentions that Rees at one point resolved to “live up to the teaching of the Savior,” which I take to be...

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QA#82 One Baptism

Q. The Bible says in Ephesians 4 ... "one hope, one faith, one baptism...".  Yet we read in the New Testament about water baptism (Mark 16:16), Spirit baptism (1 Cor. 12:13), baptism into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3), and "the doctrine of baptisms" in Hebrews...

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Q#81 Baptism and Public Profession

Q. The best public confession of our faith is baptism?John A. Hello John,Thank you for your question. It addresses the tradition of recent years. Traditions can be helpful. However, sometimes they can be put on the level of God's...

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Q#80 Infant Baptism

Q. Is infant baptism scripturally sound?  I believe it is scriptural to baptize when one has the ability to believe on Jesus, otherwise it is a work of man to believe the Spirit is or has entered an infant.   What happens then to an infant of believing...

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Q#79 Saints and Disciples

Q. John 8:30-31 As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;Can one be a saint, but not a disciple? It seems there are at least a couple...

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Q#78 Is a Public Profession Necessary?

Q. I understand that to be saved one must trust in Jesus. But is it necessary to humble oneself and confess that I had gotten saved? I made a profession of faith as a young girl. Later in my adult life I had doubts. I “settled” the matter by trusting...

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Q#77 Children and Salvation

Q. I enjoy & am edified by your articles & answers. "When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child" (I Corinthians 13) .... Pertaining to Children being "Saved" rather than "Safe" for a time, Do you believe caution is needed before...

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Q#76 Musical Style and Revival

Q. Can you articulate how the modern trends in Christian music, such as scooping, sliding, breathiness, emotionalism, ccm, worldly sound, etc., are serious hindrances to Revival?Philip A. Hello Philip,Thank you for your question. I...

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Q#75 Change of Mind about What?

Q. Hi John,Thank you for issues discussed thus far. In relation to the lordship salvation controversy, is it wrong to explain to a person the teaching of faith repentance for salvation—that in repentance the person should have a change of mind of who God...

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Q#74 Seated in the Heavenlies

Q. Dear John,Greetings in the LORD. Can you please comment about the believers position in Christ seated in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6) and the perspective of abiding in that position? I am familiar with the identification truths, but this one (Eph 2:6) seems...

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Q#73 Faith and Works

Q. If a person says he has faith but he has no works, can his faith save him? James 2:24 says that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. Could you explain this please!Harold A. Hello Harold,Fair question that many...

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Q#72 Children and the Timing of Salvation and Baptism

Q. I know a young dad with 5 children. The oldest, a girl, struggles with mom's authority, never with the dad. She is 14 and wanted to be saved a few years. The dad wanted to see change in her before acknowledging her desire to be saved. I shared she could...

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Q#71 The Difference Between New Birth and Adoption

Q.John 1:12-13 along with many other passages declare that someone who places faith in Jesus Christ become a child through birth. We are born again and His seed is placed in us (regeneration). What then is the adoption noted in places like Romans 8:14-17? I am...

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Q#70 The Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues

Q.Hello! Do you think you could do a post to shed some light on 1 Cor. 13 &14 as it relates to the gifts of prophecy and tongues? I recently encountered two individuals in my church who claim to have the prophetic gift. I learned growing up that this gift no...

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Q#69 Faith Alone vs. Lordship Salvation

Q.What is the difference between salvation by faith alone and lordship salvation? JimA.Hello Jim, Thanks for your question. The key is in your phrase “by faith alone.” Faith for salvation must be faith alone in Jesus or it is not saving faith. Obviously, to trust in...

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Q#68 Sovereignty, Inevitability, and Responsibility

Q. I have been saved for 51 years. From the time I was saved, I was taught and seemed to grasp quickly that God was totally in charge—that is totally in control. That nothing happened outside of his control. That he could do anything he wanted to do, etc....

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Q#67 Salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the Enemy

Q. So for a while, while I was still living in Michigan, I would go to church and when the pastor told us to bow out heads and close our eyes, he asked us to raise our hands if we were saved, and I raised my hand every time. But then for some reason these...

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Q#66 Salvation and the Word of God

Q. What do you say to people whose testimony of salvation does not include the Word of God? They just knew something happened sometime in their life, The Lord Jesus Christ gave them peace and their life was changed. Noel A. Hello...

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Q#65 Praying Again for Salvation

Q. Hello, I’ve been struggling with assurance of my salvation for years now. I got saved when I was 4. I can see it in my mind and I remember my mom praying with me and then running into the other room to tell my dad and brothers that I got saved. But I...

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Q#63 The Oversensitive Conscience

Q. How would you help someone who is dealing with an oversensitive conscience? This would be the kind of person who is living in a state of false guilt, constantly feeling the need to apologize for tiny things, over analyzing and over correcting while...

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Q#62 Abiding and Eternal Security

Q. Hello, I have friend at work that I have been talking to about salvation and he believes that when you get saved you abide in Christ and Christ in you. But when you start to live in sin and don’t abide in Christ then you walk away from your salvation and lose it. ...

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Q#61 Dealing with False Professions

Q. Hi John, I've recently subscribed to your blog and have appreciated your clear biblical teaching, particularly on defining repentance (Q#12 Repentance and Turning from Sin). I have a question regarding false conversion. I presume you would agree...

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Q#60 Believing in Mary and Jesus?

Q. Can a Catholic who believes in God but is raised to believe they can also pray to Mary go to heaven as long as they sincerely believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins? For some reason I seem to struggle with this today knowing my family is all...

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Q#59 Joel 2: Conditional or Unconditional?

Q. Hi John, My question is regarding the prophecy in Joel Chapter 2. Is it a conditional revival promise or an unconditional prophecy of the millennium? On the one hand, the announcement of the "locust army" in verses 1-11 and the signs in verses 30-31...

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Q#58 Salvation: Past, Present and Future

Q. Hi John. Recently I heard a Pastor speaking about our salvation as a three-step process. We were saved, are being saved, and will be saved. Is this a new way of talking about the doctrines of sanctification and glorification, or is there something else...

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Q#57 Habitual Sin and Salvation

Q. Could you possibly explain 1 John 3:6-10 to me? We studied it at church last night and many people weighed in and the general consensus was that a true believer cannot continue in sin habitually. It is proof that he never knew God in the first place....

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Q#56 Treasure in Heaven

Q. What are the "treasures" Jesus calls us to lay up in heaven? If they are spiritual, does that mean they are not tangible, physical things (crowns would be tangible)? My first thought was that it is referring to souls that God has used us to lead to...

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Q#55 Believing, Confession and Salvation

Q. Hey John, I wanted to ask you about Romans 10:9-10. My question: is confession or a prayer necessary for salvation or is simply believing the Gospel sufficient? I have gotten away from things like “ask Jesus into your heart,” “give your life to Christ,”...

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Q#54 The Essence of Prayer

Q. Hi John, Just read E. M. Bounds, "Power Through Prayer." The basic theme is effects of hasty prayers vs. time spent with God, etc. Have questions. My husband always said prayer is listening to and talking to God. Bounds says much time in prayer is...

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Q#53 Old Man and New Man

Q. Hello John, I am having trouble understanding Romans 7 which describes the war between the old man and the new man (I think!) and at the end Paul asks who shall deliver me and he says that thru Christ he will be delivered. But then he says only with his...

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Q#52 Putting Off and Putting On

Q. Hello Bro John! I have a couple questions regarding putting off the old man and putting on the new man. I know at salvation a part of us dies and that is our old man or our old spirit. What would Romans 8:10 be referring to when it is says “the body is...

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Q#51 Filling: Asking or Yielding?

Q. I hear a lot of Pastors say you are to pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and other Pastors that you don't pray for filling of the Spirit, which is right? I always understood that when you yield to the Holy Spirit your walking in the Spirit and...

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Q#50 The Importance of the Resurrection

Q. Some in fundamentalism are teaching that the resurrection was not necessary. Where do you stand on this issue? It is a new and unexpected position to me, and I'm wondering if it is a common belief among fundamentalists? Judy A. ...

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