What does it mean when Jesus was talking about how times would be when the Son of Man returns where He says, "as it was in the days of Lot"?
The days of Lot refers to how people where living in the sin ridden city of Sodom. Sodom was judged by God due to the actions of the people who lived there of wanting to have homosexual relationships with Lot's visitors. The word Sodomy came from this sinful behavior that was judged by God. Jesus was prophesying of what lifestyles would be like when He returned. In America in 1960 it was illegal in every state to perform homosexual acts. In the year 2000 not one country in the world had legalized same sex marriage. In 2015 America legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. By the year 2017, twenty-six nations have now legalized same sex marriage. What Jesus said would happen is happening right before our eyes. We are very, very close to the return of the Lord. Once again this world is about to experience the judgment of God. Only those who are born again of the Spirit will escape God's judgment and enter the kingdom of God.
A friend of mine has cut marks on her arms, recently gotten several facial piercings and has opened the door of a moving car attempting to jump out. What should I do?
Pray for protection for your friend. This behavior of self mutilation, cutting, attempting to jump from a moving car is very serious. It is often a cry for help from a very troubled soul. This could be the result of a mental disorder, a cry for help from someone in an abusive situation or even a demonic presence. Jesus in Mark 5 had an encounter with a man who had very similar behavior that was caused by the presence of demons in his life. Jesus commanded the demons to leave and the man returned to living a normal life. Encourage your friend to talk with someone who is trained and familiar with dealing with this serious kind of behavior. There is probably both spiritual and emotional/mental issues that need to be addressed. This should not be taken lightly.
This question was asked by a recent guest who attended our church. If you check out our web site
you will find a link
"What We Believe". But most of the time I have found that people are questioning what are the basic things we believe and practice. Here are some of the basic things we believe:
The Bible-It is the inspired word of God and its teachings are still true today.
Sin-Every person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Salvation-Only comes through believing and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Jesus Christ-That Jesus Christ is the only Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
Holy Spirit-When Jesus ascended into heaven He had said He would not leave us as orphans but that the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit would come to abide with us forever. When a person is born again of the spirit the Holy Spirit comes into their life. Believers are then encouraged to also be filled, baptized with the Holy Spirit. These are some of the basics of what we believe and practice.
That is a very challenging question because every teaching of Jesus was important but considering eternity I would put these at the top: John 3:7 “You must be born again.” John 3:17-18 “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already” John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus taught that every man needs to be born again spiritually and that spiritual birth can only happen by believing and accepting Jesus as the only Savior. I see this as the most important teaching, because the fate of your eternal soul depends on if you reject or accept His teaching. To accept means you have believed and confessed that Jesus Christ is your Lord.
Is there really such a thing as the rapture, where people will be taken instantly off from the earth by God?
The rapture is the teaching that Jesus is coming back for His followers, that He will come and all those who are ready will be “caught up” or raptured to meet Him in the air.
Jesus speaking about Himself said that in that day when the Son of Man would be revealed that it would be like the days of Noah or the days of Lot. People would be eating, drinking, getting married, buying and selling, planting and building, carrying on with life and then the end would come. In both cases of Noah and Lot judgment then came from God. The same will be true when Jesus returns and raptures all those who are followers of Christ. After the rapture this world will experience the judgment of God. Luke 17:24-36, John 14:1-6, 1 Thess 4:15-18.
The recent shooting was a horrific act of evil and my prayers and sympathy go out to all the victims and their families. When something like this happens we always want to find a way to keep it from happening again. Consider this, every day 28 people die from a D.U.I. accident. We don’t blame the car, we don’t even go after banning alcohol. We blame the driver. In 2015 there was 1.1 million arrested for D.U.I. and over $44 billion in damages because of D.U.I. but we don’t go after the car or the alcohol we blame the driver. For the 911 disaster we don’t blame the jet plane or box cutters for taking down the World Trade Center, but we blame the individuals. The problem is not with guns, cars, planes or box cutters but with the heart of man. Without God the bible says, “The heart of man is desperately wicked”. A man without God will always a find a way to do wicked things.
How can one church forbid same sex marriages and yet another church encourages and performs the ceremony?
I would say that for the unchurched person it must seem to be very confusing. There are many activities, lifestyles and behaviors that have become common place in society. There are many churches who quickly adapt to the changes that are happening and many who have taken a stand. The one thing that should always govern our behavior is not our culture or the latest PC being promoted. We should always refer to the Bible, to God’s Word. Society, fads, culture must not be the final say to dictate good and evil. There are standards set by God our Creator that are acceptable. Then there are some things that are called sin, evil, or even abominable. Churches that forbid same sex marriages are ones who still believe and practice God’s Word.
Believing in God is a very wise thing to do but listen to what the Bible says,"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!"James 2:19. To believe in God, to believe that He exist is very easy to do and it is evident from just looking at creation. Demons realize, believe there is one true God and they tremble at that truth. Their are many reasons to go to church: to join with other believers to give and receive support and encouragement, to learn and grow in your knowledge of God's Word through teaching, preaching and fellowship, to be equipped so that you can be a better witness in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. The church may need you as much as you need the church.
Communion, Eucharist, breaking of bread all of these are different names for basically the same practice of sharing a meal or bread and drink together as believers. Usually in a church setting there will be a small wafer or piece of bread and juice used to do this. Jesus told us to talk this bread and drink this cup in remembrance of Me. Communion is a time when as believers we take these emblems of the shed blood and broken body of our Savior and remember what sacrifice was made for our salvation. We are to remember the Lord's death and also that He is going to return again. Communion is a time for self examination and dedication to our Lord and Savior and to the local body of believers which is called the body of Christ.