A viewer asks: "When one dies, at what point do they go to heaven? Is it immediately or at the resurrection?" This is a question, among many other related subjects, that has piqued the interest of believers throughout time. The scriptures are very clear that heaven is the ultimate destination of those who are "in Christ" and that hell is awaiting those who reject Him. Does we reach either of these destinations at the moment of death or after the second coming of Christ and the end of time as we know it? If the latter is true, what occurs in the interim? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at these questions in view of various passages of scripture that seem to lift back the veil and let us glimpse at life on the other side.
Does the Bible teach that sinners should pray to receive salvation? Well-known revivalists and evangelists of the 20th century popularized this practice by calling people, often by the hundreds or even thousands, to the platform to repeat a prayer and receive Christ into their hearts. Religious pamphlets often conclude with a version of this prayer for the reader to pray if they desire to be saved. Is this taught in the scriptures? Were sinners in the book of Acts ever told to pray to receive Christ into their hearts to save them or were they told to respond to the gospel in another way? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we examine this popular practice in light of the bible.
Is it possible for a person once saved to forfeit their salvation? While it is true that God will not break His promise and it is also true that no man or spiritual force can pluck us from God's hand, can a person abandon Christ and thus be eternally lost? The Calvinistic doctrine of The Perseverance of the Saints is a hotly debated topic in theology and has been for centuries. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine this teaching in light of the scriptures.
Giving is a predominate theme throughout the word of God. God, Himself, is the Supreme Giver. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." Through the ages, His people have been taught to give back to Him by giving to His cause and by sharing with others. Though the practice of tithing, or giving a tenth of one's property back to God, predates the Mosaic law, it was made a commandment unto the Israelites. Congregations of Christians are taught to collectively treasure up a portion of what they have been given each first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Is this the same thing as tithing? Are Christians commanded to tithe under the new covenant and if not, what are we to give to the local church?
The New Covenant that was established through Jesus Christ is not only better in its very nature but in what it provides. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we continue our study of the New and Better Covenant and why it is folly to attempt to live under the Old Agreement.
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