Imprisoned and Addicted

Imprisoned and Addicted

Date: 12/02/2018 
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Pastor Doug: Hello, listening friends. Would you like to hear an amazing fact? For most people, prison is a place you want to escape from, but for some South Koreans in desperate need of a break, a day or two in an imitation jail is the escape. Since 2013, the "Prison Inside Me" facility in northeast Hongcheon has hosted more than 2000 inmates. Many of them are over-stressed office workers and students seeking relief from South Korea's hyper demanding work expectations.

For $90 a day, clients can check themselves into a prison where they get a blue uniform, a yoga mat, a tea set, a pen, and a notebook. They sleep on the floor. There's a small toilet inside the room but no mere. Prison rules restrict no talking with other inmates, no mobile phones or clocks. The menu includes a rice porridge for breakfast, and steamed sweet potato and a banana shake for dinner. You might wonder, why would someone pay to be incarcerated?

Well, South Koreans typically work more hours per week and any other first world country. This extra stress leads to a very high rate of suicide among business professionals and students. Park Hye-ri, a 28-year-old office worker said, "This prison gives me a sense of freedom. I was too busy. Park said as she sat in her 54 square foot cell." The prison co-founder, Noh Ji-Hyang said, "Some customers are a little apprehensive about spending a day or two in a prison cell until they try it." After stay in prison, many inmates say, this is not a prison, the real prison is the hectic life we return to."

Friends, the Bible says there are many free people out walking the streets who are actually prisoners of sin. Stay with us. We're going to learn more on this edition of Bible Answers Live.

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Pastor Doug: Hello, listening friends. Welcome to Bible Answers Live and this is a live international interactive Bible study. If you have some questions about the blessed book, the Bible, that's what this program is all about. We have lines open right now, just pick up your phone and give us a call. Want to welcome those who are not only listening on the various stations and satellite networks around the world, and some who are watching via internet or on the Amazing Facts, or Doug Batchelor Facebook page, and you can call in with your questions. It's a free phone call 800-463-7297. That's 800 God says, which is an acronym for 800-463-7297. My name is Doug Batchelor.

Pastor Ross: My name is John Ross. Good evening friends and Pastor Doug as we always do, let's start the program with prayer. Dear Father in heaven, we thank you once again that we have this opportunity to open your word and study together. We want to invite your presence to be with us, be with those who are listening. Once again Father guidance into a clear understanding of your word. For we ask this in Jesus' name, amen.

Pastor Doug: Amen.

Pastor Ross: Pastor Doug you opened the program by talking about people paying to go to prison. [laughs] Usually, when you think of prison, that's not something that people want to go to, but I guess life is so busy there in South Korea. Of course, it can be that way for a lot of people even in North American and around the world that to take a few days off, even if it might be in prison is something that people welcome.

Pastor Doug: A few years ago, I was doing a week of prayer out of prison. I stayed at a hotel, it was out in the middle of the desert, this prison there is a desert but there's a hotel nearby. I was trying to finish a book and I was in a prison myself during the day in the evening, I'd go and do a program with the prisoners, and I thought this is quiet.

[laughter]

It was peaceful, getting away from just all the stress. We were saying before we went on the air, we both thought it wouldn't be bad for a few days to just have no stress, no problems, no responsibility, there's nothing I can do I'm in prison. I can't do anything, so why worry. It just tells you about how people are so stressed that they're just looking for relief.

Now, the Bible has a lot to say about prison and it draws some spiritual analogies of prison. You can read, for instance, in Isaiah 42:7, talking about the ministry of Jesus. It says, "He came to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison. Those who sit in darkness from the prison house." Again, you read in Isaiah 61:1, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor, He sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those that are bound."

So much of Jesus' ministry was about saving people from prison. A matter of fact, the whole Exodus story is God's saving a nation from the prison of slavery, and bringing them to the freedom of the Promised Land. That's an allegory for what he wants to do for you friends is to save you from your sins. Now, he not only wants to save you from the penalty of sin, which is death but believe it or not, God can save you from your sins and give you victory over your sins. People then always wonder, well, victory over every sin, how many sense? How do I stop sinning? Can you stop sinning? There's all these questions about how far are we supposed to go? How do we work our ways to heaven by fighting off sin? We've got a book with an intriguing title. Don't let the title scare you, but I think you'll be encouraged.

Pastor Ross: The book is entitled Is it possible to live without sinning? [chuckles] Good question, will be happy to send this book to anyone who calls and asks. Again, the book is called, Is it possible to live without sinning? If you'd like to receive the book for free, the number to call is 800-835-6747. Just ask for the book called, Is it possible to live without sinning? That number again is 800-835-6747.

If you have a Bible question, our phone line here to the studio is 800-463-7297. That'll bring you right here to our studio and I think we're ready for our first caller of this evening. We've got Andrew listening in Tennessee. Andrew, welcome to the program.

Andrew: Good evening Pastor Ross, Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug: Evening.

Andrew: I have a question regarding the-- Let me see how they put it, basically there's no verse in the Bible that says that the Virgin Mary or the mother of Christ ever consummated the relationship with Joseph, therefore, certain denominations believe that she remained a virgin prior, during, and after Jesus Christ's birth. What does the Bible say about that?

Pastor Doug: No, I don't think the Bible teaches that. It tells us that Joseph and Pastor Ross and looking up this specific verse. The Bible says Joseph knew her not until he took her as a wife, but it says he knew her not until the child was born. Everything in that leads us to believe that after Jesus was born, they had a normal marriage relationship. Why wouldn't they? The idea of it that Mary lived out, first of all, that would have probably been pretty lonely for her and Joseph, they were legally married. Why would she? What's the point of that? There's no sin in married people being intimate.

The Bible says the marriage bed is undefiled. It really comes from paganism that trying to build the doctrine that Mary was not only a virgin before, but she stayed a virgin after, nothing in the Bible teaches us that.

Pastor Ross: The verse referring toPastor Doug is Matthew 1:25, for it says speaking of Joseph, "And he knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son, and he called His name Jesus."

Pastor Doug: Now we got a website, it's called Marytruth.com. It actually tells about both Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany. Mary Magdalene rather and it talks about Mary the mother of Jesus, is a lot of confusion about these characters, especially since that Da Vinci Code Book. If you just go to Mary Truth, you'll find some great information there that explains-- Mary why she was a godly woman. Nowhere in the Bible doesn't say that she remained a virgin. The Immaculate Conception is not talking about Jesus being born of a virgin. It says Mary was born through Immaculate Conception. Almost defies her. Nothing in the Bible teaches that. I hope that helps a little bit, Andrew. Does that make sense?

Andrew: Yes, it does. I could never understand why they said that because the Bible says Jesus had brothers or siblings, brothers and sisters.

Pastor Doug: It is probably true that the brothers and sisters of Jesus came from a prior marriage of Joseph but that doesn't mean Mary was a virgin and there's other reasons for believing that. When Jesus is dying on the cross, he commits the care of his mother to John. Jesus if he was the oldest he would not have left home and become an itinerant preacher. It's very likely that these were the stepchildren of Mary. Also, Joseph dies way before Mary does. He's probably dead when Jesus begins his ministry because he's never seen in the picture again. He's probably older or had another family and these are the half brothers and sisters of Jesus. I thank you for your call, Andrew, and we appreciate that very much. Take a look at that Web site marytruth.com.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Katie listening in Los Angeles. Katie, welcome to the program.

Katie: Hi, good evening.

Pastor Doug: Evening.

Katie: I want to know is it my responsibility to pay for my husband's tithe? We have a separate bank account and we share expenses. Is it my responsibility to pay tithe for him?

Pastor Doug: Let me restate what I think you're asking. Your husband is not a believer or he's not practicing.

Katie: He is. He is.

Pastor Doug: But he doesn't pay tithes?

Katie: He doesn't pay tithe but he believes in tithe but he doesn't.

Pastor Doug: Does he have a separate income from you?

Katie: Yes. We are both social security but on taxation. He has a income too.

Pastor Doug: You don't need to take responsibility for his decision and his income. You can only really be responsible for yours. You would hope that would be his decision to give offerings and tithe. If he doesn't you shouldn't be taking that out of his account or you're not responsible to pay twice as much for him out of your account. It's a change of heart that he needs. It's not that God needs more money. Does that make sense Pastor Ross?

Pastor Ross: Yes. We do have a study guide that talks about this. I don't know if you've seen this before, Katie, but I think you'll find it helpful. Some good information about tithe but also offering. The biblical principles for that is called In God We Trust. We'll be happy to send this to anyone wanting to know more about what does the Bible say about money? The number to call is 800-835-6747 and you can ask for the study guide called In God We Trust. Pastor Doug, you just preached a sermon this weekend on the subject of money.

Pastor Doug: Yes.

Pastor Ross: I think that'll be available in a week or so on Facebook or YouTube. If anyone wants to find out more, it was a great biblical sermon series.

Pastor Doug: Actually, it's probably on my Facebook page now. I know it is. It's called 'How to find freedom from debt'. 'How to find freedom from debt'.

Pastor Ross: Folks can take a look at that as well. Thanks for your call, Katie. Our next caller that we have looks like we've got Andrew listening from Dayton, Ohio. Andrew, welcome to the program.

Andrew: Hello, good evening.

Pastor Doug: Evening. Thanks for calling.

Andrew: My question basically I'm looking for somewhere in the Bible where I could find an example of the battles that man has faced in order to become righteous and receiving salvation from God. Just the best examples that I could study.

Pastor Doug: Of course, no man obtains righteousness through a physical battle. I hear some great battles in the Bible from David and Goliath to Samson but they didn't obtain righteousness through the battle. There are examples in the Bible where people battled temptations successfully. Joseph, I think of the story where Joseph was tempted by his master's wife and he was very courageous willing to go to prison rather than commit adultery. That's quite a battle that he fought as a young man. You've got the spiritual battles. Is that really what you're looking for? Are you looking for just men who battle for righteousness through you get the stories of Peter and his repentance from sin and he goes from being a coward to being very brave. He denies Christ and then he tells people he's willing to die for Christ. He goes through quite a transformation.

Andrew: Yes, definitely I was speaking about the spiritual battle. The end where the temptation and everything that you have mentioned. This is where I'm at. I just wanted to see.

Pastor Doug: David went through some great battles. He fell but he found repentance and you can read the story of his repentance in Psalm 51, Psalm 32 and how he ended up overcoming and becoming a righteous leader once again.

Pastor Ross: We do have a book that you might find interesting. It's called The Armor of God. It talks about how we can live a victorious life.

Pastor Doug: Perfect.

Pastor Ross: The Bible gives us some very practical ideas or resources that can be used and we'll be happy to send this to you, Andrew, if you just call and ask for it. The number to call is our resource phone line. That's 800-835-6747 and you can ask for the book called The Armor of God and we'll be happy to send it to you or anybody who calls and asks. The next caller that we have is Gavino listening from San Antonio. Gavino, welcome to the program.

Gavino: Good evening pastors.

Pastor Doug: Evening.

Gavino: There's a verse, I think it's in Revelation. It says that Jesus Christ is given power from heaven above and earth below. My question is didn't he have that power already and why is he being given this power over again?

Pastor Doug: It'll help to look at the particular verse. I know it tells us in Matthew 28 where Christ says, "All authority he's given me." You're mentioning revelation. Pastor Ross I think is doing a search right now in Revelation but I think if you go to Matthew Chapter 28, we can address that one to start with. Christ, of course, had all power before. You can read where John says, in the Gospel of John, "All things that were made were made by him." That's Matthew 28:18, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." Is that the one you're talking about?

Gavino: Yes. I was wrong on the Chapter.

Pastor Doug: That's Matthew 28:18. Christ is reminding the disciples that Jesus had all authority. It wasn't just given to him after he rose from the dead. He had it before he came into our world. Christ laid aside his power and authority and divinity when he became a man. Obviously, he's a little baby. He's not exercising a lot of cosmic authority. He laid aside, he humbled himself, became like a human, laid aside his divine authority and power. After the resurrection, he's reminding the disciples, " I've been re-glorified again with the Father and all authority has been given to me. I'm your friend and I'm going to give you power to do the work I'm telling you to do."

Gavino: All right. That makes sense. Did he had to relearn everything as he was growing up of who he was?

Pastor Doug: Yes. This is really amazing to think about but when Jesus, Pastor Ross and I were just talking before the program about this very bright baby girl who had a phenomenal IQ but I think Jesus when he was born, he had to learn to walk and talk like other children. His neighbors that knew him growing up, did not think that he was a magician or a sorcerer or some special person. They said, "Isn't this the carpenter's son?" For his neighbors and family friends even his own brothers they knew he was a Godly man but they were shocked to learn he was the Son of God. They came to believe it. He must have seemed like another child. Learning like other kids learn.

Gavino: All right. Thank you.

Pastor Doug: It probably was--Other people wonder at what point did Jesus understand his Divine mission and many think when he was 12 years old and he went to the temple with his father. God revealed to him during that Passover that he was the Lamb of God. It probably started to dawn on him about his 12th birthday.

Pastor Ross: The reason for that is because of the answer he gave to Mary and Joseph when they found him in the temple and he said, "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?" I think they began to realize. Jesus also began to understand his mission there. The next call that we have is Kenny listening from Indianapolis. Kenny, welcome to the program.

Pastor Doug: Kenny, you're on the air. You might have your mute on. Kenny, Indianapolis, Indiana, are you still with us?

Pastor Ross: All right, we might come back to Kenny. Here we have Denise in Rhode Island. Denise, welcome to the program.

Denise: Hi. Can you hear me?

Pastor Doug: Loud and clear.

Denise: Great. My first question-- Thank you for taking my call, by the way, I appreciate what the both of you do. I really do. I have a question that I've thought about. For a long time, I have never been able to ask anybody about it. We know that Jesus says that in heaven we human beings will not be married or given a marriage but in Revelation we are told that Jesus will be coming for the church and the church will be his pride. What are your thoughts about that? I know there's no marriage but there is a marriage. What do you think about that?

Pastor Doug: Yes, that's a good observation. When Jesus says they're not given any marriage in heaven but they're like the angels, someone was asking so do Adam and Eve get their divorce papers when they get to heaven? Well, what the Bible says what God joined together let not man put asunder. When Christ says they neither marry he's actually using a verb, in other words, there are no new marriages but if there's a couple here on Earth and they've enjoyed 50 years together, an uninterrupted marriage, they can hang out together in heaven, there will be no procreation there and there'll be no new marriages there.

I don't think God is handing divorce papers out to people who go to heaven that love each other and want to be together. You know what I'm saying? You're right that ultimately we are married to Christ. The church is considered like the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven like a bride and the Bible says we are invited to the marriage supper of the lamb and the Bible says husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church. The church is like the Bride of Christ, Jesus was not married because he is married to the church. He used a lot of wedding language in his sermons.

Denise: Thank you so much I appreciate it.

Pastor Doug: Thank you, Denise. It's a great subject we enjoy talking about, by the way, friends I'd freeze up a line if you have a Bible question. We do have some lines open, one more time it's 800 God says to call in with your Bible questions, that's 800, are you ready? 463-7297.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is calling from Calgary Canada. We have Nahoth. Nahoth, welcome to the program.

Nahoth: Thank you so much. How are you?

Pastor Doug: Doing great. Thank you for calling.

Nahoth: I just want to understand more about Luke 17, 34.

Pastor Doug: Okay, going there right now. I want to read it to everybody, it says, "And I tell you that in that night there'll be two men and one bed, one will be taken the other left. Two women will be grinding together, one taken the other left. Two men will be in the field, one taken the other left." I read the all three and then it says where Lord? He said wherever the body is that's where the eagles are gathered together. You're wondering where are they taken?

Nahoth: Yes. That's the last one, the answer that Lucas give.

Pastor Doug: Well, first of all, let me just back up. Jesus is talking about his Second Coming and he describes two women in a field, two men in a bed, two men in a field. There's two in all three, they go opposite places. One saved, one is not saved. You see there's two kinds of people asleep. Sleep is a symbol for death, Jesus said our friend Lazarus is asleep. When Christ comes, there's the dead who are wicked, they are lost and you've got the dead in Christ. You've got two kinds of people that are working in the field. Jesus said the harvest is great, the laborers are few, you got the true and the false gospel.

A woman is like a church, two kinds of women working with the word, grinding the meal, the true and the false. Then they said where are they taken and Jesus said wherever the Eagles. The word eagle there is a buzzard, it's a vulture. Wherever the vulture or wherever the body is that's where the Eagles go. We had to shoot a bear once and he ran off in the woods, well, we knew he died but we didn't know where. A couple of days later we knew where because there were vultures circling up in the hills and wherever the body is that's where the vultures are. Now notice it says where are they taken?

The Bible tells us that they knew not speaking of the lost until the flood came and took them away. Now, who is taken away in the flood? The flood came and washed away the wicked and so God cleaned the world. It's saying that the wicked are taken away in judgment. When the children of Israel were disobedient they were carried away from the Promised Land into a land of captivity. Does that help answer your question?

Nahoth: That means those who will be taken will go to heaven and those that will remain they will be taken to where the vultures are?

Pastor Doug: No, he's actually saying that the ones who are taken are taken away in judgment not as two different groups view this differently. The ones who are taken away, they were taken away in judgment and if they said where Lord? He said wherever the body is that's where the eagles are. That group taken away, that's not a happy group. The children of Israel if they were left in the Promised Land it was considered a blessing, if they were taken away it was a bad judgment. Hey you know we need to keep going to another question Nahoth. Thank you, I appreciate that. We're going to try and get one more in before our mid-program break.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is calling from South Korea. I believe we have Ji-Hwa calling from South Korea. Ji-Hwa, welcome to the program.

Ji Hwa: Hello.

Pastor Doug: Hi. Thank you for calling and your question tonight.

Ji Hwa: My question comes from Chapter 6 verse 1 and Chapter 11 same book.

Pastor Doug: Chapter 6 of what book?

Ji Hwa: Sorry, book of Acts. Acts Chapter 6:1 and Chapter 11:19.

Pastor Doug: Okay, you want me to read? Shall I read that?

Ji Hwa: Sorry, 19 and 20. Let me just briefly explain my question. From my understanding it seems to suggest that the Hellenist is in Chapter 6 seems to suggest that it's just Greek-speaking Jews because they're Jews and they're-- one group of Jews are complaining against another group of Jews and Chapter 11:20 seems to suggest that they were preaching to the Jews only now they're moving onto Gentiles. It's the same word used Hellenist and my question is how do we-- how do I know--? I want to ask if my understanding is correct and also when Abraham believed in Jesus I know that he was believing in Jesus as a gentile, not of the Hebrew.

My question is about the Hellenist and gentile and Jewish, how do I know that different-?

Pastor Doug: All right well, let me do my best. We've got about a minute to try and answer your question. Thank you for that question. In the Bible, the Hellenistic were Greek-speaking Jews, a number of Jews had scattered throughout the Roman Empire and they had learned some of the customs and the culture of the Greeks. They were believers in Jehovah but they had been influenced by the Greek culture. It was called Hellenization. They were Jews, they were Greek-speaking Jews and those widows had been neglected in the distribution of the food because they thought that the more orthodox Jewish women they would give them the food when they distributed to the poor widows first.

The Hellenistic were complaining, they said we're being discriminated against. Well, the Hellenistic we're also debating against Steven in Acts 9 and in-- yes, Acts 9:29, of course, Abraham was not Hebrew, he's the father of the Hebrews [laughs]. I guess you'd say everybody was a gentile up until the time of Abraham so I hope that helps a little bit. We're getting ready to take a break. We didn't want to cut you off, want to try and get some of your questions. We're not going away, friends. You still can call in with your Bible question. We're going to be back in just a moment or two with more Bibble answers.

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Pastor Ross: All right, next caller that we have is Stacy from Compton, California. Stacy, welcome to the program.

Pastor Doug: Hi Stacy, you're on the air.

Stacy: How are you doing?

Pastor Doug: Good. Your question?

Stacy: I have a question, what is Ezekiel 16:11? I had a friend who started wearing jewelry based on this passage. I just want you guys to explain a little better for him.

Pastor Doug: All right, let me read this for our friends that are listening. Going to Ezekiel Chapter 16 and start with verse 11, "I ordained you-"

Stacy: To 13.

Pastor Doug: Start with 13, you say?

Stacy: No, from 11 to 13.

Pastor Doug: Okay. 11, "I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrist, and a chain on your neck. I put a jewel in your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus, you were adorned with gold and silver and your clothing was of fine linen silk and embroidered cloth." First of all, in the ancient weddings, they didn't have paper money, gold and silver and jewels were money. When Eleazar wanted to thank Rebecca for watering his camels, he gave her bracelets and earrings. It tells the weight of them because it was a payment. At a wedding, the wedding gifts were often given to the bride, they were jewels, or it could be coins, that they would wear on the wedding day.

Now here, God is speaking in an allegory. Ezekiel's a prophet, he's speaking an allegorical language of God's marrying His church. "When I found you, I gave you great wealth." When they came out of Egypt, they spoiled the Egyptians and the Egyptians gave them articles of gold and silver and jewels. They then later turned that into the sanctuary. God says, "You had fine linen silk and embroidered cloth." Everything mentioned here was also in the sanctuary. It's like God was talking about them being his bride.

Earlier, caller, we talked about the wedding, New Jerusalem, that's where God's church is, comes down as a bride, adorned. New Jerusalem's full of gold and pearls and silver and so forth. God is not telling us to wear all these things, He's using an allegory of how He saved Israel, how He gave her great wealth when He brought them out of Egypt. They had this beautiful tabernacle and yet they turned around and worshiped other gods. You go to the New Testament and, first of all, what did they make the golden calf out of? Out of their jewels.

Stacy: You're right.

Pastor Doug: What did God say? "Break off your ornaments so I can know what to do with you." God told Jacob, "Come and meet with Me." They buried their jewels and they came and they met with the Lord. God said, "Let it not be the outward adorning." Christians should be careful and humble in our appearance. We shouldn't be ostentatious. Who was it a few years ago, a bunch of evangelists got in trouble, and someone wrote a song, "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex." They were making fun of these televangelists and their wives that were all dressed heavily bedecked.

I would not use this verse as very good support for Christians dressing with a lot of ornaments and ostentatious-- Thank you. I have a book that I think you will enjoy that you can share with your friend, it's called Jewelry: How Much is Too Much? Jewelry, how much is too much? I think we all wondered as Christians, you see somebody and they've got not just an earring on but they got earrings going up the ear, they're picking up radio frequencies. There's the nose and the eyebrow and the tongue. Where does it stop?

Pastor Ross: We'll be able to send the book to anyone wanting to learn more about what does the Bible say with reference to adorning, the number to call is 800-835-6747. You can ask for the book, Jewelry: How Much is Too Much? Again, the number is 800-835-6747. We have Bonnie listening from Ontario, Canada. Bonnie, welcome to the program.

Bonnie: Thank you.

Pastor Doug: Thanks for calling.

Bonnie: Thank you for taking my question. What I'm wondering is will we see our pets in Heaven? The pets that we loved, that become part of our families. I know Scripture tells us that there will be animals in Heaven, all the way through the Revelation, that there will be animals in Heaven. Will we be able to see our pets in Heaven?

Pastor Doug: We understand that we develop these strong loving bonds with pets and animals. Typically, humans outlive their pets. We have to lay them in the grave and it's very sad. We have many fond memories and we wonder, is that the end for them? Will we ever see them again in the Resurrection? There is no specific scripture we can point to that will say our particular pets will be raised. Of course, there are scriptures, several, that talk about animals in the New Earth. I've got a friend, Steve Wohlberg, who wrote a book called Will My Pet Be in Heaven?

He makes some compelling arguments and he says that certainly, God can do this, nothing's too hard for the Lord. God says that He's going to surprise us. The eye hasn't seen or the ear heard the things God's prepared for those that love Him. I can promise you this though, nobody is going to get to Heaven, Bonnie, and be unhappy. First of all, just be assured you're going to be happy. The Lord is going to surprise the redeemed. They'll be no painful memories. I can't guarantee nor point you to a scripture that says our particular pets will be in Heaven.

You would think that God would want to resurrect the donkey that spoke to Balaam, and maybe the ravens that brought food to Elijah so yeah. There's some special animals we read about in the Bible. The donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem, you wonder, does he get a chance? I think God's going to surprise us. That's really all I can tell you. Take a look at Steve Wohlberg's book, you can just type in "Will My Pet Be in Heaven?" You can probably order that online.

Bonnie: How do I spell his last name, please?

Pastor Doug: I'm going to guess, W-H-O-L, I think, B-E-R-G.

Bonnie: I will Google that. Thank you so much, Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug: Thank you.

Bonnie: Have a blessed evening.

Pastor Doug: God bless.

Bonnie: Thanks, bye-bye.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Stacy listening in San Bernardino. Stacy, welcome to the program.

Stacy: Thank you, Pastor. How are you?

Pastor Ross: Good. How are you doing?

Stacy: Good. I called before, my child was screaming and you put me on mute. She's asleep now.

Pastor Ross: Sorry.

Stacy: You can probably recognize my voice. Good evening, pastors. It's 7:38 PM here. I do have a Bible question. I have a very, very close friend who is fighting- we all fight our own demons-- with homosexuality. He knows about it better than I do. I want to help him. My question is, Biblically speaking, is do homosexuals have a chance to be saved? How can I help my friend in his struggle?

Pastor Doug: I see pastor Ross is typing a verse and I think he's looking at the same verse I would. Is that the Corinthians?

Stacy: I didn't find a verse.

Pastor Doug: There's a verse that talks about "Where you once were, but you were saved." The Bible is very clear that there's all kinds of sins that are listed that will not be in Heaven. Adulterers, thieves, liars, and in that list, it's a broad list of very clear sins, homosexuals are listed. It's talking about people that practice these things. A person may struggle with the sexual temptation and frankly, it doesn't matter if a person is struggling with heterosexual temptation. They are giving into online pornography, even though it's heterosexual or it's homosexual. God is calling for all believers to be pure. Did you have that verse?

Pastor Ross: Yes. You're reading 1 Corinthians 6 and if you look from verse nine through to verse 11 as at least several things but verse 11 tells us and such were some of you but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Clearly, Paul is describing people who have experienced conversion. A change in their lives and he says, "You used to practice these things but now you have been washed.

Pastor Ross: I think in that list it specifically mentions amongst other things, homosexuals. Yes. Fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves. Those are covered. Drunkards and so on.

Pastor Doug: It says those that practice those things would not be in the kingdom of heaven but those that turn from their sins and repent, all message of the gospel is about repenting from sin. Whatever those sins are. Homosexuality, it's sort of has been normalized in our culture. The Bible hasn't changed. People need to turn from their sins. People used to believe you had to get married before you had sex and that's sort of being normalized by our culture too but premarital sex, the Bible says it's wrong. I guess you can tell I'm old fashioned.

Stacy: No, I like that. Does that go with addiction too, their struggling with addiction?

Pastor Doug: Yes. Well, I think we're all sinnerholics. In other words, everybody struggles with sin, and it's only the power of God that we find victory from whatever those sins are. It's not like one person looks down and knows that another person. Everybody, we've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God's glory. Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in our sins and that's including addictions.

Pastor Ross: We do have a book that I think would be good for anyone wanting to learn more about this. It's called Tips for Resisting Temptation. We'll be happy to send this to anyone who calls and asks. The number is 800-835-6747. Again, you can just ask for the book called Tips for Resisting Temptation. You can also read it online at the Amazing Facts website. Thank you for your call, Stacy. Our next call is Rodger. You're listening in Colorado. Rodger, you're welcome to the program.

Rodger: Hello. Thank you for taking my call.

Pastor Doug: Absolutely. Your question tonight.

Rodger: I've been hearing a lot about this 70 AD. If somewhere is that important, how come in the book of Daniel it was never mentioned?

Pastor Doug: The date is not mentioned. The event is mentioned. I think it's in-- Pastor Ross will have to help me here. When it talks about-- I think it's Daniel 9 where it talks about that the prince that would come would cause an overspreading flood and it describes that when the Romans came and destroyed Jerusalem, I think that is in Daniel 9 but it doesn't say the date.

Pastor Ross: Daniel 9:26 speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem says, "Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end shall be with a flood." That is a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans.

Pastor Doug: That happens one generation which is 40 years in the Bible after Christ makes the prophecy. Jesus said that they would not be left one stone upon another. He says that in 30 AD, a Bible generation, he says, "This generation would not pass away till these things be fulfilled." Exactly 40 years later, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans. Matter of fact, it even says the enemy would come down like an eagle on the-- the Roman emblem on their flags was an eagle. I think there are prophecies that talked about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Rodger: Okay. None of it is really-- Somebody told me that the-

Pastor Doug: The specific date is not given in Daniel but the event is talked about.

Rodger: Still, okay. Thank you very much for that. That helped a lot because somebody told me that in Revelation the four horses, the white horse is driven by the antichrist which resembles 70 AD which I said, "Wait a second. God would not do that. Put an antichrist on a pure white horse."

Pastor Doug: Yes. I would disagree with the interpretation there in Revelation. I don't know what we can give that covers the four horsemen, Pastor Ross.

Pastor Ross: I don't think if we have a book specifically about the four horsemen, but the white horse would represent the gospel going forth victorious in the first century AD.

Pastor Doug: It's not the antichrist.

Pastor Ross: No. Just the opposite.

Pastor Doug: Typically in Revelation 19, Christ is pictured on the white horse too. The word of God.

Pastor Ross: Absolutely.

Pastor Doug: Thank you very much, Rodgers.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Tina listening from Massachusetts. Tina welcome to the program.

Tina: Good evening pastors. Thank you for taking my call.

Pastor Doug: Absolutely. Your question.

Tina: I was raped 31 years ago. He plead guilty, and he went to prison. He was in and out of prison over the years and the state has always told me whether he was in prison, out of prison. At one point, he raped another woman and then was in and out of prison some more. Last month, I was sent a noticed that he died and, to be honest, I was ecstatic, I was just so happy but then I thought that I shouldn't be happy. I don't know if I've forgiven him. I feel like he's stolen so much from me and I don't know-

Pastor Doug: You're struggling with how do you forgive?

Tina: Yes. Whether it's okay to feel relieved that he's dead and I don't have to worry about ever meeting up with him.

Pastor Doug: You shouldn't feel guilty about feeling relief if you've been living with a certain amount of fear but keep in mind that people who do evil things if a person is not born again, if they're not lead by God's spirit, then they're lead by selfishness of the devil. They're going to act like lost people. Just keep things in perspective that this person, I don't know who they are but if they're doing what you've described, they're acting like lost people act. Some do despicable things. Don't let the devil rub your joy because it rubbed this man's eternity. Think about that. If a man dies lost, what's his next thought? He awakens in the judgment to face all the deeds he's ever done. You really have to pity a person to face that you've lost eternal life. Don't let him, that anger and that bitterness consume you.

When you're born again, God washes away your sin and he washes away your guilt. Even if that guilt is connected to what someone else did to you, you get a whole new beginning. Embrace that you're a new creature. Don't let the past even though those memories are there. Just say, "Lord, I'm thanking you for the new heart, the new life. Old things are passed away. All things are made new." Keep reminding yourself that and those angry feelings would start to go away. It's going to get better especially now that you know that this threat is no longer there.

Tina: Can I ask you one more question?

Pastor Doug: Yes.

Tina: I carry a firearm because I just can't let that happen to me again because it just-

Pastor Doug: For protection.

Tina: Yes. I noticed that churches, many of them, in particular, come out and, essentially, like a prier. Is it wrong because they're saying that you shouldn't have firearms but why is that wrong? In the Bible, it talks about people having weapons. Even in 1 Samuel 13, it talks about how the Hebrews had no weapons to fight because they gave them up.

Pastor Doug: The Philistines they took them all. All right. Well, let me give you a quick answer because I know we have a couple of more calls waiting. There's no Bible verse that says that it's a sin for a Christian to use self-defense when it's necessary. When the Bible says, "Turn the other cheek." It's talk about if someone slaps you. It's not talking about that you should let a person assault you or your family and just see or take it mildly without doing anything to defend yourself. In fact, the Bible says that a strong man would defend his house and if you want to break into a strong man's house, you got to bind him so he can't defend his house.

I think the Bible uses common sense in that area. I personally don't have a problem with-- Depends on if you're living in a dangerous area, I would hope if someone was threatening you, the first thing you do is fire in the air. Our son encountered a bear in the woods, he had a gun. He was smart enough not to shoot the bear with a 22 he shot in the air the bear ran away. A gun could also be a deterrent that would actually prevent someone from being injured, yourself and somebody else just depends on your training and how you're doing it. I always have just thought of a gun is a tool. I hope that helps a little bit , Tina it will keep you in our prayers. I know you've been through a lot and I think the Lord is going to continue to give you healing.

Pastor Ross: Next caller that we have is Mark listening in Utah. Mark, welcome to the program.

Mark: Thank you. How are you doing?

Pastor Doug: Good.

Mark: I'm a long listening to Pastor Doug. He's answered a lot of my questions. This one is mostly curiosity but so it says in there Emmanuel will be his name God with us translated and my Bible has that God with a big G so does that mean it's actually saying eternal one with us? Then the other part of that is why is he called Jesus if it says he's supposed to be called Emmanuel?

Pastor Doug: Well, actually Jesus in the Old Testament prophecies there's a number of names that are used. He's called the branch. He's called the servant. he's called Emmanuel. He's called the is it the descendant of David? Yes, the son of David. Christ goes by he's the seed of the woman trying to think of other Old Testament titles for Christ, but there are many titles that pointed to the Messiah and so the one that calls him Emmanuel, God With Us God became a man and dwelt with us. You'll hear that a lot during the Christmas season. We had songs about it at our Christmas program yesterday.

It's one of the names wherever you see the word EL in Hebrew, whether it's Daniel or Rachel or Elijah or Elisha, Mishael, EL means Elohim. It's one of the names for God. It's saying God with us. We've been separated from God because of our sins but through Christ, we are reunited with God, one of the wonderful promises in the Bible is where it says in Revelation and God himself will dwell with us and we will see him face to face. So hope am I helping Mark?

Mark: We can expect his so we can say that it does say Eternal one because big G means Eternal one, right?

Pastor Doug: Yes, it's talking about Jehovah there, talking about Yahweh the Everlasting God and so yes, I actually have a book that I think you would enjoy talking about the name of God. We will send you anyone who has a question about this would be happy to send you a free copy and all you've got to do is go to the resource line and ask for the book The Names Of God.

Pastor Ross: The number to call these 800-835-6747 and again, you can ask for the book called The Names of God and we'll be happy to send it out to anyone who calls and asks, we have Jamie listening in West Frankfort, Illinois. Jamie, welcome to the program.

Jamie: Hi, how are you?

Pastor Doug: Doing good, we've got about two and a half minutes. So got a quick question?

Jamie: Yes, so real quick. I hate to even ask this because I don't want people to get the wrong opinion. I have a close relationship with God but I'm a major, empathy. I'm very sensitive have empathy for animals people like literally every day if I see anyone anything hurting. I know all about free will I know the Bible but I still have anger towards God for not coming, because he still in control. It's like I understand free will but you're ultimately in control. This is why I'm angry at you, come back and end all this.

Pastor Doug: Great question. Now, you know the Lord's Prayer?

Jamie: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Do you know the part that says thy will be done?

Jamie: Yes.

Pastor Doug: Do you know why we pray that God's will, will be done? Because a lot of what's happening in the world today is not his will now the Bible tells us that the devil there's an enemy a very powerful enemy that has created a rebellion in the universe that is being fought here on our world and God, because of the principles that God lives by he cannot use a force to just kill all the creatures that disagree with him.

He's allowing the results to play out and I have a feeling Jamie if you better understand the battle between good and evil you'd see that God is very loving God wants to come he wants to put an end to all this sin. It is hurting him more than it's hurting anybody but because of his government and the rules, he runs by God does not just zap with lightning or squash anyone who asks or questions him and the devil created a rebellion against God's character.

He led a third of the angels to follow him in this rebellion. He came down to our world and he basically went our first parents listen to him. He set up his headquarters down here and carrying out this war against God and God actually invaded satan's territory when he came down into this world to save us. Jesus refers to the devil as the prince of this world, whenever anything bad happens people say it's an act of God, but you read in the Book of Job and it says that the devil went and the devil caused all kinds of pain and misery and storms and fire and every good and perfect gift comes from God.

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