FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I have just read The Way of the Master -- and I am scared that I'm not saved.
- Why not tell a sinner of God's love
rather than of His Judgment?
- I am struggling with feelings of being
- I have a lust problem.
- What is the place of good works?
- Why don't you speak more about evolution?
- What do you think of Christian rock
- How can I witness to the unsaved when
I am depressed?
- Do you sin as a Christian?
- What about those who haven't heard
- I have my own thoughts on what god
- I have difficulty believing in the
- I am afraid of witnessing because
I have a fear of not being able to answer questions.
- Do you believe in "Once saved always
- How do you witness to someone is who
doesn't believe that the Bible is the Word of God?
- Does the Bible mention dinosaurs?
- How do you witness to a Roman Catholic?
- Where did Kirk Cameron go?
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It is healthy to examine yourself and
see if you are in the faith. Once you have repented
of all sin (see Psalm 51, 1 John 1:9), don't doubt God's
promises. Doubt produces fear. It is also a great insult
to God--if I don't trust you, it means I think you are
Here's a recipe for success:
Read your Bible every day . . . without fail.
Every day. Esteem the Word more important than
your food (see Psalm One).
Obey what you read.
Cultivate a tender conscience.
Never doubt any of God's promises.
Obey the Great Commission (see John 14:21).
2. Why not
tell a sinner of God's love rather than of His Judgment?
Here's a question: How do we know of God's
love for the sinner? Only through the Cross. If you
study the NT you will see that God's love is almost
always in direct co-relation to the Cross. Herein is
love, For God so loved, God commended His love, etc.
Prosperity, blessings, etc., are not a sign of His love.
If that is so, He loves the rich far more than He loves
the poor. So, the Cross is what we should point to to
express God's love to a sinner. How can we point to
the Cross without making reference to sin? How can we
refer to sin, without the Law? The correct/biblical
way to express God's love to a sinner, is to show him
how much he has sinned, how wretched he is . . . (the
Law/wrath/judgment) . . . then give the grace of God.
That will reveal the depth of His love.
Second. When a criminal stands guilty--on
trial--it would be a mistake to speak to him of how
the judge loves him and how kindly his attitude is.
Better for a criminal to see the frown of the judge,
so that he will see the seriousness of his crime and
find a place of sorrow. It is then that the mercy of
the judge should be revealed, no sooner. I hope this
3. I am struggling
with feelings of being unsaved.
There is a wonderful little verse in First
John. It says "Hereby we know that we know Him . . .
if we keep His commandments." I don't "feel" God's presence.
If I lived by feelings, I would conclude that God wasn't
with me. This, then is how I know that I know Him--because
there is something in me that wants to keep His Commandments.
I have a new heart with new desires. Before I was saved,
I couldn't care less about the things of God.
Do you believe that whoever calls on the
name of the Lord shall be saved? Do you believe that
if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive you and cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness?
Do you believe that you are a saint (by the grace of
If you don't believe His promises, then
you are calling God a liar . . . and there is no greater
insult to God than not to believe His promises. See
4. I have
a lust problem.
The Bible says to "guard your heart with
all diligence . . . " That means the area of your thought
life. If we have a problem with lust, we should be quick
to remember that we share that thought with God. That's
scary. He is perfect, pure, holy . . . and just. If
He considers lust to be adultery of the heart, we are
in BIG trouble. That knowledge should send us back to
the Cross, where we should confess and forsake our sins.
We all have similar battles with unclean
thoughts. Be careful what you look at, and what you
think about. If you begin to lose the battle in your
mind, go somewhere and pray. Confess your sins the moment
you become aware of them, and don't let the enemy get
a double victory by not sharing your faith or by allowing
sin to keep you out of fellowship. Make sure you read
the Word every day without fail. That old saying is
true: "This Book will keep me from sin (and Hell), and
sin will keep me from this Book." Also, be very careful
of idolatry. It is easy to change our concept of God
so that He conforms to our sins (a god who doesn't mind
5. What is
the place of good works?
Remember that Jesus said that there was
no one born of women greater than John the Baptist .
. . "But he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is
greater than he." In Christ, your works are pleasing
to God. They can't and don't justify you, but you can
now make God smile when you do good works, evangelize,
love your husband/wife, etc . . . because you are in
Christ. The motive for what you do as a Christian isn't
tainted by guilt. Love and gratitude motivate your life
of godliness. It's like a criminal trying to do something
good for the judge before sentence is given. That's
an attempt to pervert justice. But if the judge pays
the criminal's fine himself out of his own hard-earned
money and the criminal is released on the basis of his
fine being paid, he is free to show the judge how much
he appreciates kindness. One is an attempt to pervert
justice, the other is gratitude in action. One makes
the judge frown with displeasure, the other makes him
6. Why don't
you speak more about evolution?
Over the years I have learned that there
are subjects that are interesting, intellectually stimulating
and important (I have written on evolution reasonably
extensively in one of my books), but they don't bring
a conviction of sin. In fact, I find that if I am careful
to witness biblically, the subject of evolution doesn't
even come up. Once a sinner is under conviction of sin,
it's a non-issue. Look at Luke 13:1-4 to see how Jesus
dealt with sinners' questions, and how He pointed them
back to the issue of sin and judgment.
7. What do
you think of Christian rock music?
The Christian rock thing is difficult.
Some of it is loud secular music with "Jesus" mumbled
in the middle of it, and to me that is just another
sign of how much the world has crept into the Church.
But the rest of it is difficult for me to make any judgment
on, because music is so subjective.
8. How can
I witness to the unsaved when I am depressed?
I would witness anyway. Think of it this
way. I have a cure to cancer. How can I give the cure
to dying people, when I am feeling down myself? The
answer is -- my feelings are secondary. If you have
that attitude, I am sure your joy (the "joy of the Lord")
will flood back. That joy will then be your strength
and sustain you in your trials.
9. Do you
sin as a Christian?
I have sinned since I became a Christian
-- but it is against my will. I may take the large piece
of chocolate cake, or let a lustful thought enter my
mind. However, if I sin willfully, then I am a hypocrite
and not a Christian at all. The first Epistle of John
makes that very clear. When I am aware that I have done
something wrong, I ask for God's forgiveness.
10. What about
those who haven't heard the gospel?
Those who have never heard the gospel
will be given justice. If they have lied, murdered,
committed adultery, etc., God will punish them -- not
because of their ignorance, but because they have sinned
despite the light God gave them via their conscience.
If you really care about them, take the Gospel to them
and tell them how they may be forgiven and be saved
11. I have
my own thoughts on what god is like.
This is transgression of the First and
Second of the Ten Commandments: "I am the Lord your
God, you shall have no other gods before Me . . . You
shall not make to yourself a graven image of any likeness."
Man has always made gods to suit himself.
My opinion doesn't matter when it comes to God's character.
What matters is the truth--and He has revealed what
He is like through the Bible.
12. I have difficulty believing
in the Holy Trinity.
There are many Old Testament and New Testament
references to the fact that God is three-in-one--Genesis
1: In the beginning GOD . . . and the SPIRIT moved .
. . and God SAID (the Word), etc. The Scriptures tell
us that when Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, he lied
to God, 1 John 5:7, etc.
13. I am afraid
of witnessing because I have a fear of not being able
to answer questions.
If you learn to use the Law in evangelism,
you will find that there won't be too many questions
because you will be dealing with the conscience, rather
than the intellect. By that I mean, if you get a man
to admit that he is a liar, a thief, a blasphemer and
an adulterer at heart, "hypocrites in the church," Darwin's
theory-tale, etc., become non-issues. Study how Jesus
dealt with questions in Luke 13. He didn't spend much
time at all on them, but took the sinner back to the
fact that he has to face God on Judgment Day.
To learn how to use the Law in Evangelism, go to our
listen and watch page, where you can listen online
to several of the messages out of the 16
message set (available on cassettes or CDs).
We have created The
Evidence Bible specifically to answer this fear.
The Evidence Bible has answers to over 100 of the most
common questions and objections about Christianity.
You can see these answers in our free online resource
from the Evidence Bible." To bolster your courage,
you may also want to consider reading God
Doesn't Believe in Atheists.
14. Do you
believe in "Once saved always saved?"
When people call and ask where I stand
on the charismatic issue, prophecy, predestination,
etc., I tell them that I don't have an opinion because
I don't want to divide the Body of Christ. However,
let me share where I stand on one issue that I think
Christians may be able to come closer together on--the
issue of "Once saved always saved."
Someone asked my opinion on a book on
the subject, written by a very respected man of God.
After reading the book, one thing I noticed, was there
was a very evident silence on the subject of true and
false conversion. This was despite the fact that it
is incredibly relevant to the topic dealt with in the
book. The New Testament deals with this in great depth.
It tells of Judas' profession of faith (he was in truth
a thief, and was referred to by Jesus as a "devil"),
to the parables of Jesus about the true and false "believers"
sitting alongside one another. It speaks of Demas, who
forsook Paul because he "loved this present world."
As such, he revealed himself to be an enemy of God--"Whoever
is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.".
In one case, the author referred to a
pastor/friend who was found to be "romantically" involved
with another woman. The pastor had made his mind up
to divorce his wife and marry the woman. I presume he
means that he had been committing adultery. Instead
of challenging the man as to the validity of his faith,
and therefore warning him that "adulterers will not
inherit the kingdom of God," he spoke of the man's "loss
I do believe in eternal security for a
true convert. He puts his hand to the plow and doesn't
look back, because he is "fit" for the kingdom (Luke
Those who are fit for the Kingdom are
not hypocrites as was Judas. The true convert is eternally
secure in his faith, because his faith in Jesus is genuine
rather than false.
However, if a man steals, lies, kills,
rapes, hates, lusts, covets, commits adultery, etc.,
and calls himself a Christian, he would be very wise
to examine himself and see if he is "in the faith."
The Bible makes it very clear that hypocrites will not
inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
If a man has no understanding of true
and false conversion (in his ignorance), he may make
a calculated decision to forsake a few future eternal
rewards and trade them for the immediate and temporary
pleasures of sin. His confidence is in an interpretation
of scripture that may have eternally tragic repercussions.
I think that teaching on true and false
conversion would clear the air when it comes to the
contentions between two opinions that so often divide
the Church. It would bring closer together those who
say you can lose your salvation at the drop of a sinful
hat, and others who think that Christians can get away
with murder and still be assured that they are saved,
because they once professed faith in the Savior.
For more information, freely listen online
and False Conversion" from the 16
message set (available on cassettes or CDs).
15. I was
just wondering what the best way to witness to someone
is who doesn't believe that the Bible is the Word of
It really doesn't matter if someone says
that he doesn't believe that the Bible is the Word of
God (or that they don't believe in Hell or Judgment
Day). If I have rightly used the Law (the Ten Commandments
-- to bring "the knowledge of sin"), I merely say, "It
doesn't matter that you don't believe the Bible. You
still have to face God on Judgment Day, and you've admitted
that you are a liar, a thief and that you have committed
adultery in your heart." His conscience will afirm the
truth of the Commandments, and the Holy Spirit is faithful
to bring conviction.
I then, gently (in love), explain to him
that if he walked on a freeway, saying that he didn't
believe in trucks, his unbelief wouldn't change reality.
16. Does the
Bible mention dinosaurs?
There is no question that there were dinosaurs.
They have found many skeletons, but they don't know
why they disappeared. The Bible clearly describes these
creatures in Job 40:15-24 and tells us why they left
us. God Himself speaks and says that they were the largest
creature He made. He tells us that this massive animal
was herbivorous (plant-eating), had its strength in
its hips, a tail like a large tree, very strong bones,
a habitat among trees, was able to consume large amounts
of water, and was a great height. Then the Bible says,
". . . "He who made him can make his sword approach
unto him." In other words God caused this huge animal
to become extinct.
17. How do
you witness to a Roman Catholic?
The problem is that he is most likely
not born again. It is because of this, that there is
contention. I have found that it is often a futile exercise
to try and convince a Roman Catholic that the teachings
of his church are erroneous. Instead, I open up the
Law (the Ten Commandments), then say that if he is not
born again he is not a Christian (I show him John 3
and say that Jesus said it--in the Catholic Bible).
Unless that happens, he is unsaved and cannot enter
Heaven (and there is no purgatory). I then spread it
out by letting him know that if someone is a Presbyterian,
Methodist, Baptist, Salvation Army, Catholic or "whatever,"
and is not born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of
God. When he is truly converted, the Holy Spirit will
lead him into all truth and away from the error of Roman
did Kirk Cameron go?
Kirk Cameron's imput has been shifted
to the joint ministry website at www.WayOfTheMaster.com.
Check it out!