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Questions Answered: 2020

QUESTION: How can a Christian's vote count the most? - October, 2020    

ANSWER: Keep Bible principles in mind when casting the vote. 1. Don’t Support Abortion. (Romans 9:11; Exodus 1:16-17; 2 Kings 21:16). God condemned Egypt and Judah, because He hates “Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17). God-fearing people will not vote for a leader determined to kill babies!  2. Uphold One Who Respects Bible-Believers.                           (2 Chronicles 34:19) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What can save the USA? - October, 2020   

ANSWER: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34) Righteousness is the state or condition of being "right" as defined by God by His commandments and by His example (1 John 3:7Psalm 119:172;       1 John 2:1). Governments should exist to protect the righteous within their citizenry (Romans 13:3-5). ... Read More

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QUESTION: What must Christians do to remember the crucifixion of Christ? - August, 2020

ANSWER:  Simply, preach the Word  (2 Timothy 4:2).  Don't be distracted  (1 Corinthians 2:1-2). ... By following a man-made religious calendar, people have been turned away from that Cross. “Christmas” diverts attention to Jesus’ birth; “Lent” places the emphasis upon human denial; “Easter” skips the cross to Jesus’ resurrection; and “the thief on the cross” makes salvation from a thief rather than Jesus! ... Read More

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QUESTION: With political campaign promises, Internet articles, and "fake news", who can be trusted for the truth?- 8/16/2020

ANSWER: Surrounded by the sinful (Psalm 12:8), King David points out a most disheartening belief in v4: "Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?" When even sinners abandon speaking truth, there is no confidence in anyone, anything, anywhere. ... Today, Christians should be "putting away lying, 'Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," (Ephesians 4:25) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do Christians always give in to evil-doers? - August 9, 2020

ANSWER: Have Christians not read what David said: "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14)? Paul rephrased this in   Romans 12:9. ... The church of Christ must accept the fact that there is a moral war that is being waged constantly... The capitulators may partially quote and misuse 2 Timothy 2:24. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why is there so much hatred today? August 2, 2020

ANSWER: Whatever the rationale or reason for hatred and violence, there can be no question that in the world, hatred is preached and practiced! As a reminder of the ways of the world from which a Christian is delivered, Paul wrote Titus 3:3...  hatred is one of a progression of seven attitudes that separate and divide people with conflict and hurt. Hatred is a wrong motive that produces a wrong action, "strife". ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem the wicked are in charge? - July, 2020

ANSWER: A problem already discussed in Psalm 58. Verses 1-5 show how thoroughly wicked some may become; verses 6-9 ask God to dismantle the strengths of the wicked; and Verses 10-11 mention how satisfied the righteous are when that is done. ... Read More

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Question: What do you think about "reparations" for Afro-Americans because of slavery in the past?    July, 2020

Answer: Here’s a lesson on Settling Old Scores: On January 24, 1972, a Japanese soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, was discovered in Guam, hiding in the jungle for 28 years, thinking World War II had not ended! ...  If this sounds surreal, today’s world events are simply people “settling old scores” of history: ... (Judges 2:10-11) ...  Read More

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Question: What has caused so much rioting? June 7, 2020 

Answer: What began as peaceful protests were commandeered by paid, organized gangsters who steered the crowd into a vicious riot... Why?... According to the political doctrine of Karl Marx, all humanity is divided economically along lines of the “haves” and the “have-nots.” ... Jesus identified one man’s “class envy” of his brother’s inheritance as “covetousness,” which He then condemned       (Luke 12:13-21Galatians 5:19-21) ... Read More

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Question: How long were the days of Creation?    May, 2020

Answer: That there was a "beginning" of the Creation, none seems to dispute. In human experience, we know that everything in our world must have had a beginning. And in Scripture, this is completely true (Revelation 1:8). Only God pre-dates Creation (Hebrews 1:10-12, quoting from Psalm 102:25-27). Jesus Christ believed in the "beginning", because He was there as the "Word" of God            (John 1:1-3). ... Read More

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Question: In all seriousness, here are a few reasons I find it virtually impossible that Paul wrote Hebrews... and if you find legitimate holes in my arguments, well then you're clearly communists. - May, 2020

Answer: "Legitimate holes" cannot be dissed like he has done. Reference Hebrews 2:3; 1 Corinthians 16:21Galatians 6:11Colossians 4:18;                     2 Thessalonians 3:17Philemon 19 ... Read More  

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If the church exists in homes, why does anyone need to assemble- May 17, 2020 [Full answer is available in Publications On COVID Quarantine 2020]    

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QUESTION: Do you think our economy will ever recover?

ANSWER: For every calamity, God promises a recovery. 1. Calamity (or "mischief") can be caused by the wicked. God warns, however, that whatever calamity someone starts will turn on him or her (Proverbs 26:27;                Proverbs 24:17-18). God rewards good deeds, but He also rewards evil deeds as well. Don't forget how racial hatred was dealt with in  Esther 7:10. ... Read More

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Question: Why does it seem that society is out of control?

Answer: Because the media focuses almost entirely on the “lawless,” or those who are “out of control! 1. The “lawless” are in charge because the “lawful” have not insisted otherwise! (1 Timothy 1:5-11) 2. Those who crucified Jesus Christ were ignoring: (1) Moses’ Jewish Law on guilt: (Deuteronomy 19:15). ...  Read More

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QUESTION: What can Christians do when storm destruction occurs? March 8, 2020

ANSWER: The church of Christ began on the Pentecost after Jesus was raised from the dead (Acts 2:22-47) ... and "all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria" (Acts 8:1) ... 1. In the midst of that turbulence of persecution and death, the church gathered together to pray    (Acts 12:12) and did what they could: ask God for help. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Are we saved like the thief on the cross? - 3/1/2020

ANSWER: Read Galatians 6:14-15. The Holy Spirit-inspired Apostle Paul wrote this summary of why the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a most important, pivotal moment in human history. 1. No person has any reason to “boast” (brag), for nothing we do has earned our salvation. (Acts 4:12;             1 Corinthians 3:21) ... Read More

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QUESTION: Did Jesus teach or practice Socialism? - February 23, 2020

ANSWER: False claims about Jesus' teaching have always been circulated by the Devil: (John 2:18-22; Mark 15:29-30Luke 23:4-15; Matthew 28:11-15). Jesus Christ was nowhere near being a Marxist Communist, for: 1. He never forced "rich" people to give up their wealth to "equalize" with the "poor." He lived under Moses' Law  ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why does it seem everyone is branded a "racist"? - February 16, 2020    

ANSWER: "Racial discrimination" is racist, nothing else. “Discrimination” is the quality or power of finely distinguishing,” or making, judgments. Making moral judgments based upon what God says, is exactly what God wants us to do. Solomon asked God, “For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" (1 Kings 3:9). Making judgments and discerning on the basis of good and evil is what God's wisdom is all about. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Are people wrong who love God? - February 9, 2020

ANSWER: Jesus Christ is the discerner of who does, or does not, love God. (John 5:42) Since He knows the hearts, the rest of us must be determined by the following: "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments." (1 John 5:2) "If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar. (1 John 4:20-21) ... Read More

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QUESTION: What can Christians do when they are accused of violating "Political Correctness"? - February 2, 2020 

ANSWER: "Political correctness" is an expression of false teaching. The Devil is "the accuser of our brethren" (Revelation 12:10). He accuses only, but without proof. It means that everyone who accuses without proving their case is doing the Devil's work. "PC" is simply accusing by labelling but not proving. ... Read More

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QUESTION: How can we tell when God is speaking to us? -   January 26, 2020   

ANSWER: God only speaks today through His written Word, the Bible. (Hebrews 1:1-2; John 5:46-47) Just as Moses' words were written to be read, so Jesus' words have been written to be read. So Paul preached               (Acts 13:26-27). The Bible is not called "the Word of God" for nothing! ... Read More

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QUESTION: Why do bad things happen to good people? - 1/19/20  NEW & FEATURED  

ANSWER: Without the Bible, there is no adequate explanation. Reread Genesis 1 - 3 and realise: 1. God's world for humans was perfect, but human sin ruined that setup (Romans 5:12). 2. The curses of Difficulties and Death were placed on Adam & Eve (and subsequently every human)  (Job 14:1) Bad things happen as a consequence of sin. 3. ... Read More

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​QUESTION: Why is there so much to fear? - January 12, 2020

ANSWER: Because the wicked are in charge of the media which promotes it. (Proverbs 10:24-25) Wicked people have more reason to live in fear because they do not honour God's wisdom in their lives; they naturally assume others also live as they do. Therefore they cannot assume anyone else lives honourably. ... Read More     

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QUESTION: How safe are we in worship? - January 5, 2020

ANSWER: On December 29, 2019, [a church of Christ in Texas was targeted in a mass shooting]. ... 1. The state of Texas had made it legal to carry guns in church worship. ... 2. While police seek a motive for the criminal's action, God has given one for the very first murder in history, and every one since: evil works (1 John 3:11-12). ... Read More

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—–All responses from John T. Polk II—–

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Questions Answered: 2019

Question: Should abortion be outlawed?    May, 2019

Answer: The Bible addresses: (1) When does life begin? (2) Is abortion ever justified? As for (1), David provides an inspired description of God’s working in a birth in Psalm 139:13-16. Since, at the same time, God “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), at what point is abortion NOT a “fight against God” (Acts 5:39) in making a new person? ... Read More

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Question: How do we know we can trust the Scriptures? May, 2019

Answer: The Scrlptures, themselves, prove their truthfulness and reliability when predictions made hundreds of years before, happen as accurately as they were originally written! And, this also shows how precisely the prophecy was worded, how exactly it had been copied and preserved, and how detailed were the events described! No other book in the history of mankind can so clearly show it came from God! ... Read More

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Question: Where did "Mother's Day" come from?   May, 2019

Answer: The first mention of “mother” is when God established the law of marriage: ... After leaving the Garden of Eden with sin, “Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). ...  According to the Bible, God’s Law has always honored and included Mothers: "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12). ... Read More

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Question: What does the Bible say about "self identification"?    April, 2019   

Answer: We keep hearing about people who “self-identify” ... The dictionary defines it as, “identification with someone or something outside oneself.” “Self-consciousness” is the awkward feeling that we do not feel comfortable with our surroundings, but we can adjust. “Self-identification” is the fiction that we can actually make ourselves something/someone other than what we really are! “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil?” (Jeremiah 13:23) ... Read More

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Question: Whose prayers does God hear?    April, 2019   

Answer: Let God tell us. God does NOT listen to those who will not hear Him (Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 28:9; Daniel 9:13-14). God rejects worship that is not what He commanded. Jesus established the Supper that remembers His death (Luke 22:19-20). Paul preached that example                      (1 Corinthians 11:23), but the Corinthians did not practice it that same way          (1 Corinthians 11:17-22). ... Read More

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​Question: What can we, as parents, teach our children about living godly lives today?”    March, 2019   

Answer: Nothing can beat the reality of God-given wisdom from Solomon in Proverbs 1:1-9:18. Children should learn how to wisely live life, and what pitfalls to avoid. Wisdom stands, and wisdom speaks; there are five ways a "proverb" helps (Proverbs 1:2-4).  ... Read More

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Question: How can Christians argue religion when they are forbidden to do that?    February, 2019   

Answer: Some will condemn any attempt to expose the organization and practice of evil, while harboring those who refuse to change from their evil ways. They make the church of Christ composed of a “mixed multitude” rather than people desiring to be pure from their sins. Ephesians 5:25-27. Have these Christians not read: 1. What David said in Psalm 34:14? ... Read More

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Question: Why is society out of control, and what can be done to change it?    February, 2019

Answer: There is little being done to hold everyone responsible for their own actions (Titus 1:15). Add to this the interminable delay in executing justice, and Solomon rightly said: “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11) ... Read More

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Question: What can I do to keep my Christian life in order, when everything around me seems to be changing?    February, 2019

Answer: To be sure, there is a great deal that is changing about our immediate world. A Christian will come out better than before, though. I'm immediately thinking of the biblical words "confidence" and "patience."  

1) "Confidence" is based upon trust and reliance, and a Christian's "confidence" in God is dependent upon Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:4) ... Read More

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Question: What makes you think the church of Christ is better than any other church?    February, 2019

Answer: The church of Christ is made up only of people who have accepted, and been saved by, what Jesus taught, not what humans have said about it! 1) The church of Christ was begun on the first Pentecost after Jesus' resurrection, described in Acts 2. The 12 Apostles were baptised in the Holy Spirit, and preached the Gospel of Christ to assembled Jews "from every nation under heaven" (Acts 2:5). ... Read More  

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Question: Why do you feel people who believe in Jesus, and have already been saved, are NOT Christians? - January, 2019    NEW   

Answer: What I "feel" has nothing whatsoever to do with what I preach and teach. And no one has been saved by their own understanding, but without doing what Jesus commands!                 A) Feelings do not establish doctrine. As Jesus said in Mark 7:7: "And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." ... Read More

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Question: What is "toxic masculinity"? - January, 2019   

Answer: Yet another hate-filled, anti-God lie repeated as if it were true! Labels are no substitute for logic, and become libel when there is no proof from Scripture or experience. As Proverbs 17:15 states, "He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD." ... Read More

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Question: Should we believe in a God different from everyone else's God? - January, 2019   

Answer: The Bible is the gradual unfolding of the revelation of GOD, and therefore, it is His verbally inspired "Christian Evidence Textbook."       1. The beginning of all rational thought is "God", as in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. ... Read More

—–All responses from John T. Polk II—–

Questions Answered: OLDER

QUESTION: Should Christians protest in the street?    NEW & FEATURED

ANSWER: Note four points from the incident in Acts 17:1-9: 1. Opposition to the success of Bible teaching is always motivated by jealousy          (1 Thessalonians 2:3-10). ... 2. Evil men from the marketplace literally describes people who have nothing else to do but hang around amid the public. They have no scruples, purposes, or responsibilities ... Read More

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QUESTION: When world religions are compared, how is "our God" different from any other "god"? - September, 2018

ANSWER: In "comparative religion" classes, all religions acknowledge a "god" or Supreme Being. They will NOT make a true comparison because there is no attempt to examine each religion's "sacred" books in detail. ... (1 Corinthians 8:4-6) The Bible proves that 1. The God of the Bible cannot be compared equally to so-called "gods" ... Read More

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Question: What Has Happened to the “Party Animals”?       September, 2018

Answer: Read Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-27; Luke 9:37-42 and learn of a man’s “only child” who was demon-possessed. … This shows:  1. There is no such “demon possession” today. Read More

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QUESTION: Do we have to have a "marriage ceremony" to be married? - August 26, 2018

ANSWER: It is difficult to define "adultery" and "fornication" without a proper ceremony. Jesus used both words for that which mars a marriage (Matthew 5:32; 19:9). Adultery is fornication that dirties a marriage by taking intimacy outside of it. (Genesis 2:22-25). God began marriage with a "wedding ceremony" that consisted of ... Read More

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QUESTION: Is it wrong to get tattoos? - August, 2018

ANSWER: Though we are no longer under the law of Moses, it is "written for our learning" (Romans 15:4). God was very specific to associate tattoos with idolatrous superstitions in Leviticus 19:26-28. ... Scarring the body as a pin punishment for dead people, or tattoos (permanent body pictures) memorialising fantasies or life itself, was not to be acceptable among God's people. ... Read More

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QUESTION: Does God exist?! - August 19, 2018

ANSWER: The Bible IS a "Christian Evidence" textbook. (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is based upon "evidence" and it is a solid conviction of "things not seen." ... The Bible makes statements that point to external data, for example 1. Every effect must have an adequate cause. ... (Hebrews 3:4; Genesis 1:1). ... Read More

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Question: How can Jesus help me with my problems today?

Answer: This is best illustrated by reading Scripture.                  (Mark 6:45-50). Let’s note some parallels with our plight, today. 1. Jesus waited until they were “in the middle of the sea.” Why? They had to realize that He was back on shore and separated from them. But He knew where they were, and what their need was, and how to best help them, didn’t He? Today, we know that “after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). But we forget that He knows where we are, what our need is, and how best to help us, don’t we? 2. They were “straining at rowing, for the wind was against them.” Read More

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Question: Is it scriptural for Christians to eat a fellowship meal in the church building, even if it offends some brethren?  

Answer: Yes, and the answers are in Scriptures by way of reply. ... 1) Most assemblies of Christians involved a "temple" (which was borrowed space) or houses (which certainly had kitchens in them); 2) It was "with gladness and simplicity of heart" (spiritual unity) the church of Christ "ate their food" (a carnal meal) according to Acts 4:46. 3) Where   Read More

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QuestionWhy is there so much fussing between different religions? Don’t we all believe in the same God?    

Answer:  No, not only do we not believe in the "same god", we do not all believe the same about the One God! Therefore, one’s fundamental belief about God creates religious differences that cannot be overlooked. Item:  James 2:19-20    Read More 

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Question:  When does life begin? And what about Abortion?   

Answer: The Bible answer surely begins with David's inspired description of God's working in a birth:  Psalm 139:13 - 16. Read more.   

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Question: Were Adam & Eve real, or just a story?  

Answer: If they were not real, then Jesus Christ and the New Testament are frauds and should not be believed. This question about the credibility of the Bible account is one of many challenges that must be met with truth, for only truth will set us free from our doubt (John 8:31-32). Read more.

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Question: Are we in a "holy war"? Are Christians truly at war with Islam?

Answer: ... There has never been a carnal war between Christ's Kingdom and any government of men, because of the spiritual nature of the kingdom of Christ and the carnal nature of the kingdoms of men.

The Old Testament surely shows us that 1) Abram did good in rescuing Lot and his people and goods from the hands of the marauding kings (Genesis 14:1 - 16Read more.

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Question: Should the Lord’s Supper be observed every week (on the first day of the week), less regularly, or annually? 

Answer: This requires, as Bible subjects do, a study of the subject with all pertinent Scriptures presented. 1. Jesus established the supper by using the Passover meal's elements and giving them an entirely new meaning for His disciples (Matthew 26:26 - 30). Read more.

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QuestionHow can we recognize bad advice from good advice?

Answer: James 3:13 - 16. There are many people who don't seem to have a clue about knowing what's wrong in their world today, or what to do about it. Everyone's "standard of living" seems to have shifted and confusion abounds on these matters. As always, the Bible not only identifies the cause, but also gives the cure. Based upon this passage in James 3, there are two tests to help us see if we are following bad advice. Read more.

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QuestionWhat's wrong with change? (from an email sent 2/21/2008)

Answer: The wisdom of Solomon said: "My son, fear the LORD and the king; do not associate with those given to change, for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?" (Proverbs 24:21 - 22). In politics, the ruin of nations has been those who simply promised "change" and came into power. Read more.  

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QuestionTell me about division in the church. Isn't it to be expected? 

Answer: Jesus warned of the dangers of being divided when unity is called for when He said: “But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand’” (Matthew 12:25). Read more.

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QuestionMy Pastor said we have entered the End Times because there are wars and rumors of wars, after which Jesus will come again for the Rapture. Are we in the "end times"? 

Answer: (1)  There is no Bible “sign” that precedes Jesus’ Second Coming; and (2)  There is nothing in the Bible about a millennial Rapture of God’s people from off the Earth. Let’s study Scripture for each part of the answer.

(1) Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:1-2) and His disciples asked when that would take place and added another question about His coming (Matthew 24:3).  Read more.

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Question: A friend, who is an ex church of God pastor, asked me to get your thoughts on 1 Corinthians 15:29, I believe this is the passage the Mormons cite for being baptized for your ancestors. 

Answer: The section of Scripture under discussion is 1 Corinthians 15:20-32: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.   Read more.

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Question: Are the modern day Jews still God’s chosen people? 

Answer: Why not ask one of them, the Apostle Paul?

I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites... (Romans 9:1 - 8). Read more.

—–All responses from John T. Polk II—–

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