Christian Perspective

Christian Perspective from The GBS Ministry Library

Consistent Victory Over Sin

What is the relationship between Romans 6:11-13 and Romans 13:14? ~ Richard Dear Richard, Way to turn my own question on me! I had asked this question because many in the holiness tradition appear to believe that being entirely sanctified takes care of the fight...

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How to Study the Bible 3

Dear Mark Μy last column gave examples of the first two reasons for differences between English translations: alternate or more precise ways to express the original in English, and disagreement about how to interpret the original Greek/Hebrew text. The third reason...

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How to Study the Bible 2

I have not had the opportunity to attend Bible College. How can I study the Bible to get as much as possible without special training? Mark Dear Mark There are four basic things that every English speaker can do that will take them a long way down the path of Bible...

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God’s Word & Original Sin

I’ve heard we don’t have any of the original manuscripts of the Bible. If that’s true, how can we be sure about what God really said? S.M. Perplexed Dear S. M. Perplexed, Imagine a 3rd-grade teacher composing a lengthy poem on her classroom whiteboard and asking her...

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Invitation to Gay Marriage

We have become good friends with a gay couple that lives near us, and they just love our family.  One of them is a University professor who has said that he’s highly impressed with our girls. He’s never seen girls like them. The other day we received an invitation...

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What is Sex?

In terms of physical affection in a dating or engagement relationship prior to marriage, where is the line? Is everything short of sex okay, and what is sex?   -ms Dear MS, Let me start with your last question. Sex is … God-designed. God created human sexual...

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Applying 1 Corinthians 5 to the Family

Do 1 Cor. 5:3-11’s prohibitions not associate or eat with a so-called brother who is under church discipline apply to inter-family relations, such as husband-wife, parent-child, or sibling relations?   DB Dear DB, Three reasons lead me to think the answer is...

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The Name of Jesus

Dear Phil, There seems to be a special emphasis on the name Jesus in Scripture. It is a name above all names. There is no other name whereby we can be saved. Miracles have been performed using that name. The Sanhedrin forbad the disciples to preach in his name. (I...

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Bribery

Do you think it is a form of bribery for a charitable organization to offer special resources to people who donate larger sums of money? ~Joan Dear Joan, No, I don’t think so. God rewards both sacrifice (Matt. 5:12) and performance (Luke 19:13-26). If incentivizing...

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Apostasy

What is the falling away or apostasy of 2 Thess. 2:3? ~Doug Dear Doug, Here’s what I think we can know for sure about this passage. First, although the KJV translates it “a falling away,” the Greek text reads “the apostasia.” The presence of the definite article most...

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