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Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions
No. Yes. “Conservative” means different things to different people. For some, a conservative church is one that uses a traditional liturgy or sings from the old hymnal. For others, conservative equals “strict,” as in, “You mean that your church is more Read More
The chief concern for Christians in all things is to glorify God. Scripture says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV). The issue of legalized marijuana is no different. The answer was simple when the use of marijuana was illegal in all states. Since God’s will for us Read More
Yes, tithing is commanded in Scripture, but that is not the whole story. Tithing actually began before it was commanded. When Melchizedek blessed Abram, he responded by giving Melchizedek “a tithe of all” (Genesis 14:19-20). A “tithe” is, simply, a “tenth.” In the Old Testament, God commanded that a Read More
This is something you should discuss with your pastor, because there are different types of birth control, different circumstances, different motives, and different preconceived ideas about the subject. When the Bible does not speak directly to specific situations, your pastor can help you identify the relevant biblical principles and how to apply Read More
No, the Bible doesn’t contain any mistakes. Everything it says is reliable and true, since it is given by inspiration of God. This is what makes it “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV). Yet, skeptics are challenging the reliability of Read More
Micro-evolution, that is, the changing of characteristics within a species, happens regularly and is biblical. God created plants and animals each “according to its kind” to reproduce each “according to its kind” (Genesis 1). We see changing characteristics within a Read More
“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions
It’s a legitimate question, and one that should be reviewed on a regular basis. Organizations change over time. Using outdated materials to evaluate them is both unwise and Read More

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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions

Is the use of alcohol a sin?

Of course we know that that cannot be the case. Christ Himself drank from “the fruit of the vine” (Matthew 26:29), and in the institution Read More
“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (THIRTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions
Anytime someone asks, “Is so-and-so saved?” it is vital that our answer make clear what we mean by the word saved. When the Son of God sacrificed His perfect life on the cross, He provided complete atonement Read More
Strictly speaking, the appropriate word for the issue of divorce is serious. We are serious about divorce because we strictly adhere to the Word of God. The seriousness of divorce is not determined by “our church,” but rather by what God has said in His Word. God is serious about His institution of marriage, and therefore He is also Read More