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What was the Purpose of Fasting in Zechariah 7?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What was the purpose of fasting in Zechariah 7?
Answer: The evening meal is an important part of our family life. But there are times with an active family life (three kids with my wife and I both working) that this evening meal gets delayed or missed altogether ...

Why did God Command Hosea to Marry an Adulterous Wife?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why did God command Hosea to marry an adulterous wife?
Answer: The opening words from the book of Hosea can be an affront to our understanding of God. Hosea was instructed to, “Go take yourself a wife of harlotry” (Hosea 1:2). This heart-wrenching instruction ...

Is There an Unpardonable Sin?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is there anything a person can do, or is there a sin they can commit, to irrevocably and irreparably condemn them to Hell - such as blasphemy, taking the mark, worshipping the enemy, or selling their soul?
Answer: Did you know that the Bible actually speaks ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

Does Authorship of 2 Peter Matter?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I have heard that there are some stylistic differences between 1 and 2 Peter. I agree that 2 Peter is authentic and was written by Peter, but does it really matter?
Answer: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Regarding the Word of God, it is suggested ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

Why is the Closing of the Canon an Important Issue?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why is the closing of the canon an important issue?
Answer: The closing of the New Testament canon is a central issue to the Christian faith. It may not seem like it, but it most certainly is. This can be illustrated for a number of reasons.
In order for a book ...

1 John 1:9 and Rewards

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

What is Postmodernism?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is postmodernism?
Answer: Postmodernism is a term that describes the mindset of our current culture—a collective mindset that is markedly different from the mindset of the previous era (the modern era). We are living in the postmodern era. Postmodernism ...

Why are there Different Books in the Bible?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: Why are there different books in the Bible?
Answer: This is a very good question, and one that I’m not sure anyone can answer completely.  At bottom, the Bible with its 66 books was chosen by God as His primary communication tool with man.  It is a compendium of ...

What does Job 5:7 Mean?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Job 5:7 states, "Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward." What does this mean?
Answer: Every person is born into this world with a corrupted nature. This is unavoidable due to the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve (Gen. 3). Through Adam’s sin, ...

What is the Remnant Principle?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is the remnant principle?
Answer: The remnant principle, as seen in Scripture, is that historically God moves in the minority. This can be seen all the way back with Noah, in Genesis 6–7. Noah and his family survived, but everyone else perished. Genesis ...

Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?
Answer: Unfortunately, many Christians shun Bible prophecy because of the assumed controversy that surrounds it. Prophecy is relegated to a secondary doctrine, which is seen as not essential to ...

Is the Rapture before the Tribulation?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Can we know with certainty that the Rapture of the Church is before the Tribulation?
Answer: My wife and are truly blessed. We have two teenagers and a beautiful three year old little girl. The difference in age is remarkable. With our older children (both ...

Why so many Bible Translations? Why so many Denominations?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: If the Bible is the only reference point for Christians, why are there so many denominations?  And why are there so many Bible translations?
Answer: This is one of those thoughtful questions that I suspect nearly all Christians have asked at one time or another.  ...

Why did Rome Destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this Fulfill the Book of Revelation?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Why did Rome destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this fulfill the book of Revelation?
Answer: When answering any historical or theological question like this, we should always look to the Bible first to see what God has said, if anything, about the subject in ...

How do We Grow in Our Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How do we grow in our faith? The Bible refers to walking by faith and renewing our minds. How do these factor in? Is there more to it?
Answer: Growing in faith is an important concept, and is an essential part of the Christian life.  Before answering “how,” I’d ...

Will People Be Able to Fly in Heaven?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When we receive our glorified bodies will we be able to fly?
Answer: I have noticed over the years that there is a lot of confusion on this subject. I tend to think that some of this stems from the influence of the culture around us. Certainly movies and books ...

What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question:  I am a believer in Christ. I trusted in Jesus for salvation, but what does it mean to walk by faith now that I am saved? This confuses me. I have been only saved few months.
Answer:  Great question.  The phrase “walk by faith” is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 which ...

If I Struggle with Sin Does this Mean I am Not Saved?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I struggle with sin at times. Does this mean I am not truly saved?
Answer: “I believe in God, but I just can’t stop committing the same sins over and over.”
“I’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer and ‘committed my life to Christ,’ but I act in ways that make me ashamed ...

Understanding the Atonement

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: I have been trying to understand the Atonement for some time. I have developed an understanding of this, and I wanted to know if it is contradicting the Bible.
Answer: Your attempt to seek support of your view of the Atonement reflects both humility and wisdom. ...

How Do We Avoid Sin Like Christ?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How did Jesus endure the Cross and be firm with men in His ministry without sinning? How do I show love while remaining firm as I deal with difficult people (or difficult situations) without sinning?
Answer: Your question has two parts. Let’s look first at how ...

Am I Living in Sin or am I Married?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I am living with a member of the opposite sex. We have been involved, to some degree, physically. Does this mean before God that we are married?
Answer: No, you are not married in the eyes of God. This, however, does not mean that your actions are honoring the ...

Am I Violating 1 Corinthians 11?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I wear a hair system for male pattern baldness. Am I violating 1 Corinthians 11?
Answer: The concept of head coverings has been controversial for Christians since the first century. Paul’s brief discussion on this topic in 1 Corinthians 11 has been at the center ...

Can I Lose My Salvation?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Can I lose my salvation? Is once saved always saved taught in the Bible?
Answer: Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) is a title given to a doctrine that many evangelical Christians affirm, which simply is the belief that once a person is saved by faith in the Person ...

How do I Deal with a Fear of the Holy Spirit?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: How do I deal with a fear of the Holy Spirit? Whenever the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up, I feel an involuntary surge of fear. I don't know why.
Answer: The enemy does attack at various times and in various ways. This is exactly the time that we need the ...

Can You Clarify the Meaning of Matthew 16:19?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Can you clarify the meaning of Matthew 16:19? In specific, how does this relate to the Kingdom of Christ?
Answer: Before we can answer this question, let us make sure we understand the context. Jesus was directly addressing Peter, and had just made His famous ...

Are House Churches Biblical?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: My family and I are considering joining a house church. We want to worship God without compromising. What are your thoughts?
Answer: The location of where you meet with a local assembly of believers should not be the focus. The New Testament Church met in a ...

Has the Kingdom come in some form?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why shouldn't we understand Rev. 1:5-6, 9; 5:10 as clearly asserting that the Kingdom 'has come' in some form?
Answer: Let’s take the time to take a brief look at each of the verses that you mentioned. In Revelation 1:5 the text speaks of Christ as the, “ruler ...

How many languages in Genesis 10?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Genesis 10:5 says, "From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations."
Genesis 11:1 says, "Now the whole earth had one language and one ...

What is the Lausanne Covenant?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Can you explain what the Lausanne Covenant is about, who wrote it, and when?
Answer: The “Lausanne Covenant” is a document that was agreed upon at the first International Congress on World Evangelization (ICWE), which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. This ...

Did Peter Write Hebrews?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is it possible that Peter wrote Hebrews?
Answer: Let’s ask the question a different way, “Who wrote Hebrews?” Quite often, people assume it was the Apostle Paul. This, itself, is unlikely. It is quite notable that the language of Hebrews is vastly different from ...

Has the Kingdom of Christ Arrived?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does Matthew 16:28 (along with Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27) teach that the Kingdom of Christ has arrived in some form?
Answer: These verses cannot teach that Jesus would return to establish His Kingdom during the lifetime of the disciples present on that day because ...

Did the Body of Jesus Rot or Decompose?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Answer: This question can be answered directly from Scripture. We remember that on the day of Pentecost Peter began to preach to the Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14). Peter quoted from a Messianic Psalm that was written centuries before by David.
Specifically, Peter was ...

What is Lordship Salvation?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Answer: First, let us be clear that Lordship Salvation is not a debate about whether or not Jesus Christ is Lord. This is an obvious truth from Scripture (Phil. 2:11). Further, let it be noted that 1 Peter 3:15 teaches, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” Believers ...

Does Authorship of 2 Peter Matter?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I have heard that there are some stylistic differences between 1 and 2 Peter. I agree that 2 Peter is authentic and was written by Peter, but does it really matter?
Answer: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Regarding the Word of God, it is suggested ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

Why is the Closing of the Canon an Important Issue?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why is the closing of the canon an important issue?
Answer: The closing of the New Testament canon is a central issue to the Christian faith. It may not seem like it, but it most certainly is. This can be illustrated for a number of reasons.
In order for a book ...

What is Postmodernism?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is postmodernism?
Answer: Postmodernism is a term that describes the mindset of our current culture—a collective mindset that is markedly different from the mindset of the previous era (the modern era). We are living in the postmodern era. Postmodernism ...

What was the Purpose of Fasting in Zechariah 7?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What was the purpose of fasting in Zechariah 7?
Answer: The evening meal is an important part of our family life. But there are times with an active family life (three kids with my wife and I both working) that this evening meal gets delayed or missed altogether ...

Why did God Command Hosea to Marry an Adulterous Wife?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why did God command Hosea to marry an adulterous wife?
Answer: The opening words from the book of Hosea can be an affront to our understanding of God. Hosea was instructed to, “Go take yourself a wife of harlotry” (Hosea 1:2). This heart-wrenching instruction ...

Is There an Unpardonable Sin?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is there anything a person can do, or is there a sin they can commit, to irrevocably and irreparably condemn them to Hell - such as blasphemy, taking the mark, worshipping the enemy, or selling their soul?
Answer: Did you know that the Bible actually speaks ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

1 John 1:9 and Rewards

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

What is the Remnant Principle?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is the remnant principle?
Answer: The remnant principle, as seen in Scripture, is that historically God moves in the minority. This can be seen all the way back with Noah, in Genesis 6–7. Noah and his family survived, but everyone else perished. Genesis ...

How do We Grow in Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How do we grow in our faith? The Bible refers to walking by faith and renewing our minds. How do these factor in? Is there more to it?
Answer: Growing in faith is an important concept, and is an essential part of the Christian life.  Before answering “how,” I’d ...

Will People Be Able to Fly in Heaven?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When we receive our glorified bodies will we be able to fly?
Answer: I have noticed over the years that there is a lot of confusion on this subject. I tend to think that some of this stems from the influence of the culture around us. Certainly movies and books ...

What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question:  I am a believer in Christ. I trusted in Jesus for salvation, but what does it mean to walk by faith now that I am saved? This confuses me. I have been only saved few months.
Answer:  Great question.  The phrase “walk by faith” is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 which ...

If I Struggle with Sin Does this Mean I am Not Saved?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I struggle with sin at times. Does this mean I am not truly saved?
Answer: “I believe in God, but I just can’t stop committing the same sins over and over.”
“I’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer and ‘committed my life to Christ,’ but I act in ways that make me ashamed ...

Understanding the Atonement

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: I have been trying to understand the Atonement for some time. I have developed an understanding of this, and I wanted to know if it is contradicting the Bible.
Answer: Your attempt to seek support of your view of the Atonement reflects both humility and wisdom. ...

How Do We Avoid Sin Like Christ?

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How did Jesus endure the Cross and be firm with men in His ministry without sinning? How do I show love while remaining firm as I deal with difficult people (or difficult situations) without sinning?
Answer: Your question has two parts. Let’s look first at how ...

Did the Body of Jesus Rot or Decompose?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Answer: This question can be answered directly from Scripture. We remember that on the day of Pentecost Peter began to preach to the Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2:14). Peter quoted from a Messianic Psalm that was written centuries before by David.
Specifically, Peter was ...

What was the Purpose of Fasting in Zechariah 7?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What was the purpose of fasting in Zechariah 7?
Answer: The evening meal is an important part of our family life. But there are times with an active family life (three kids with my wife and I both working) that this evening meal gets delayed or missed altogether ...

Is There an Unpardonable Sin?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is there anything a person can do, or is there a sin they can commit, to irrevocably and irreparably condemn them to Hell - such as blasphemy, taking the mark, worshipping the enemy, or selling their soul?
Answer: Did you know that the Bible actually speaks ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

1 John 1:9 and Rewards

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

What does Job 5:7 Mean?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Job 5:7 states, "Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward." What does this mean?
Answer: Every person is born into this world with a corrupted nature. This is unavoidable due to the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve (Gen. 3). Through Adam’s sin, ...

Why did Rome Destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this Fulfill the Book of Revelation?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Why did Rome destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this fulfill the book of Revelation?
Answer: When answering any historical or theological question like this, we should always look to the Bible first to see what God has said, if anything, about the subject in ...

Am I Violating 1 Corinthians 11?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I wear a hair system for male pattern baldness. Am I violating 1 Corinthians 11?
Answer: The concept of head coverings has been controversial for Christians since the first century. Paul’s brief discussion on this topic in 1 Corinthians 11 has been at the center ...

Can You Clarify the Meaning of Matthew 16:19?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Can you clarify the meaning of Matthew 16:19? In specific, how does this relate to the Kingdom of Christ?
Answer: Before we can answer this question, let us make sure we understand the context. Jesus was directly addressing Peter, and had just made His famous ...

How many languages in Genesis 10?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Genesis 10:5 says, "From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations."
Genesis 11:1 says, "Now the whole earth had one language and one ...

Did Peter Write Hebrews?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is it possible that Peter wrote Hebrews?
Answer: Let’s ask the question a different way, “Who wrote Hebrews?” Quite often, people assume it was the Apostle Paul. This, itself, is unlikely. It is quite notable that the language of Hebrews is vastly different from ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

1 John 1:9 and Rewards

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?
Answer: Unfortunately, many Christians shun Bible prophecy because of the assumed controversy that surrounds it. Prophecy is relegated to a secondary doctrine, which is seen as not essential to ...

Is the Rapture before the Tribulation?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Can we know with certainty that the Rapture of the Church is before the Tribulation?
Answer: My wife and are truly blessed. We have two teenagers and a beautiful three year old little girl. The difference in age is remarkable. With our older children (both ...

Why did Rome Destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this Fulfill the Book of Revelation?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Why did Rome destroy the Temple in 70 AD? Did this fulfill the book of Revelation?
Answer: When answering any historical or theological question like this, we should always look to the Bible first to see what God has said, if anything, about the subject in ...

Will People Be Able to Fly in Heaven?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When we receive our glorified bodies will we be able to fly?
Answer: I have noticed over the years that there is a lot of confusion on this subject. I tend to think that some of this stems from the influence of the culture around us. Certainly movies and books ...

Can You Clarify the Meaning of Matthew 16:19?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Can you clarify the meaning of Matthew 16:19? In specific, how does this relate to the Kingdom of Christ?
Answer: Before we can answer this question, let us make sure we understand the context. Jesus was directly addressing Peter, and had just made His famous ...

Has the Kingdom come in some form?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why shouldn't we understand Rev. 1:5-6, 9; 5:10 as clearly asserting that the Kingdom 'has come' in some form?
Answer: Let’s take the time to take a brief look at each of the verses that you mentioned. In Revelation 1:5 the text speaks of Christ as the, “ruler ...

Has the Kingdom of Christ Arrived?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does Matthew 16:28 (along with Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27) teach that the Kingdom of Christ has arrived in some form?
Answer: These verses cannot teach that Jesus would return to establish His Kingdom during the lifetime of the disciples present on that day because ...

Is There an Unpardonable Sin?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Is there anything a person can do, or is there a sin they can commit, to irrevocably and irreparably condemn them to Hell - such as blasphemy, taking the mark, worshipping the enemy, or selling their soul?
Answer: Did you know that the Bible actually speaks ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

If I Struggle with Sin Does this Mean I am Not Saved?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I struggle with sin at times. Does this mean I am not truly saved?
Answer: “I believe in God, but I just can’t stop committing the same sins over and over.”
“I’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer and ‘committed my life to Christ,’ but I act in ways that make me ashamed ...

Understanding the Atonement

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: I have been trying to understand the Atonement for some time. I have developed an understanding of this, and I wanted to know if it is contradicting the Bible.
Answer: Your attempt to seek support of your view of the Atonement reflects both humility and wisdom. ...

Can I Lose My Salvation?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Can I lose my salvation? Is once saved always saved taught in the Bible?
Answer: Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) is a title given to a doctrine that many evangelical Christians affirm, which simply is the belief that once a person is saved by faith in the Person ...

What is Lordship Salvation?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Answer: First, let us be clear that Lordship Salvation is not a debate about whether or not Jesus Christ is Lord. This is an obvious truth from Scripture (Phil. 2:11). Further, let it be noted that 1 Peter 3:15 teaches, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” Believers ...

Why so many Bible Translations? Why so many Denominations?

Click Title to Open
(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: If the Bible is the only reference point for Christians, why are there so many denominations?  And why are there so many Bible translations?
Answer: This is one of those thoughtful questions that I suspect nearly all Christians have asked at one time or another.  ...

Are House Churches Biblical?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: My family and I are considering joining a house church. We want to worship God without compromising. What are your thoughts?
Answer: The location of where you meet with a local assembly of believers should not be the focus. The New Testament Church met in a ...

What is the Lausanne Covenant?

Click Title to Open
(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: Can you explain what the Lausanne Covenant is about, who wrote it, and when?
Answer: The “Lausanne Covenant” is a document that was agreed upon at the first International Congress on World Evangelization (ICWE), which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. This ...

What is John Warning About in 2 John 8?

Click Title to Open
(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is John warning about in 2 John 8?
Answer: Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God could be found in the lives of the people you disciple for Christ. This idea is present in the text of 2 John 8. In this brief statement we also have one of the ...

How Does James 2:14-26 Impact Our Faith?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: How does James 2:14-26 impact our faith?
Answer: “It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone.” These words came from John Calvin in 1547 as he responded to Canon 11 of the sixth session of the Council of Trent....

What is Wrong with the Reformed View of the Warning Passages in Hebrews?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: What is wrong with the Reformed view of the warning passages in Hebrews?
Answer: Properly understood, the book of Hebrews can cause believers to move on towards a life that brings glory to Christ and rewards to individuals in the coming Kingdom. Improperly ...

1 John 1:9 and Rewards

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Does 1 John 1:9 lead us as believers to be in a constant state of confession? If we fail to confess our sins, how does this interact with our future rewards in Heaven? Can our failure to confess our sins negate our future rewards?
Answer: There are several ...

Why so many Bible Translations? Why so many Denominations?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: If the Bible is the only reference point for Christians, why are there so many denominations?  And why are there so many Bible translations?
Answer: This is one of those thoughtful questions that I suspect nearly all Christians have asked at one time or another.  ...

How do We Grow in Our Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How do we grow in our faith? The Bible refers to walking by faith and renewing our minds. How do these factor in? Is there more to it?
Answer: Growing in faith is an important concept, and is an essential part of the Christian life.  Before answering “how,” I’d ...

Will People Be Able to Fly in Heaven?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: When we receive our glorified bodies will we be able to fly?
Answer: I have noticed over the years that there is a lot of confusion on this subject. I tend to think that some of this stems from the influence of the culture around us. Certainly movies and books ...

What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question:  I am a believer in Christ. I trusted in Jesus for salvation, but what does it mean to walk by faith now that I am saved? This confuses me. I have been only saved few months.
Answer:  Great question.  The phrase “walk by faith” is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 which ...

How Do We Avoid Sin Like Christ?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: How did Jesus endure the Cross and be firm with men in His ministry without sinning? How do I show love while remaining firm as I deal with difficult people (or difficult situations) without sinning?
Answer: Your question has two parts. Let’s look first at how ...

Am I Living in Sin or am I Married?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I am living with a member of the opposite sex. We have been involved, to some degree, physically. Does this mean before God that we are married?
Answer: No, you are not married in the eyes of God. This, however, does not mean that your actions are honoring the ...

Am I Violating 1 Corinthians 11?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: I wear a hair system for male pattern baldness. Am I violating 1 Corinthians 11?
Answer: The concept of head coverings has been controversial for Christians since the first century. Paul’s brief discussion on this topic in 1 Corinthians 11 has been at the center ...

How do I Deal with a Fear of the Holy Spirit?

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(By Ryan Cafferty)

Question: How do I deal with a fear of the Holy Spirit? Whenever the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up, I feel an involuntary surge of fear. I don't know why.
Answer: The enemy does attack at various times and in various ways. This is exactly the time that we need the ...

Does Authorship of 2 Peter Matter?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: I have heard that there are some stylistic differences between 1 and 2 Peter. I agree that 2 Peter is authentic and was written by Peter, but does it really matter?
Answer: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Regarding the Word of God, it is suggested ...

Why is the Closing of the Canon an Important Issue?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why is the closing of the canon an important issue?
Answer: The closing of the New Testament canon is a central issue to the Christian faith. It may not seem like it, but it most certainly is. This can be illustrated for a number of reasons.
In order for a book ...

Why are there Different Books in the Bible?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: Why are there different books in the Bible?
Answer: This is a very good question, and one that I’m not sure anyone can answer completely.  At bottom, the Bible with its 66 books was chosen by God as His primary communication tool with man.  It is a compendium of ...

Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?

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(By Mark Fontecchio)

Question: Why should we study prophecy when no one seems to agree on it?
Answer: Unfortunately, many Christians shun Bible prophecy because of the assumed controversy that surrounds it. Prophecy is relegated to a secondary doctrine, which is seen as not essential to ...

Why so many Bible Translations? Why so many Denominations?

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(By Raymond Isbell)

Question: If the Bible is the only reference point for Christians, why are there so many denominations?  And why are there so many Bible translations?
Answer: This is one of those thoughtful questions that I suspect nearly all Christians have asked at one time or another.  ...