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How can someone experience salvation?

A few snippets from Scripture on the subject of salvation . . .  To be saved, we need to: Hear the gospel (Romans 10:14) Understand the gospel (Acts 28:27) Believe the gospel (Hebrews 11:6) Response of belief: Repentance (Luke 15:7) Burial in water (baptism) symbolising death to serving sin  (Romans 6:4) Rising to a new […]

Who can understand parables?

In Matthew 13:1o Jesus’ disciples ask him why he taught in parables. Jesus replied, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven…’ (Mat. 13:11). Here Jesus is referring to his disciples, i.e. the people who followed him and learned from him: these people, his disciples, were the ones who […]

After someone is baptised, will they continue to have battles with the devil and its temptations for the rest of their lives?

Yes. When someone becomes a Christian they still face difficulties and temptations like they did before they were a Christian. James, who was writing to Christians, makes it plain that they were still going to face temptations: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be […]

Can Christians join the military?

There are a number of reasons why Christians cannot join the military, a few of which are given below. 1. Although Christians are to be subject the the authority of the governments of the countries they live in (Rom. 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14), Christians are ‘strangers and pilgrims’ in this world (Heb. 11:13-14) and have […]

What should you do when you love someone else’s spouse?

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. [Heb. 13:4] Marriage is sacred, so we need to respect another couple’s marriage and not interfere with it. If we are married, we also need to respect our own marriage and treat it […]

What does the Bible say about taking vengeance?

In the New Testament, which quotes from the Old, God says that Christians should not take vengeance on people who have wronged them: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” [Rom. 12:19; cf. Deut. 32:35] Vengeance is […]