Christian Lifestyle: Can We Determine a Person’s Salvation?

Christian LifestyleMany people live lives that don’t appear to be a Christian lifestyle. Are we able to determine whether people are saved or lost upon their death?

We are in no position to assess someone’s state of heart nor their destination upon death. A person may be a believer, who rebelled against the Lord in a severe and lasting way. If so, then that person was welcomed into the Lord’s presence in the manner Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 3:  Christian Lifestyle Continue reading

Is The Catholic Belief in Purgatory Biblical?

purgatoryIn Hebrews 4, it says Jesus, our High Priest, passed through the heavens. Does this mean Jesus spent time in purgatory before He entered Heaven?

Hebrews 4:14 (NKJV)

Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

In Hebrews 4:14, the writer says that Jesus is a high priest Who passed through the heavens. The Greek word for Heavens is ouranos, which can mean the air, the universe or Heaven. Given the context of Hebrews 4, the author is using the word to mean the earthly atmosphere and the universe. Continue reading

When Was Satan Cast Down From Heaven?

When Was Satan Cast Down From HeavenCan you explain Satan’s origins and his fall? Was Satan created and When  Was Satan Cast Down from heaven?

The history of angels (and demons) is sparsely covered in scripture, probably because they are secondary to the purposes of God in authoring scripture. Nevertheless, we do get some details in the Bible.First, we know that the Lord created the angels prior to the Creation, according to Job: Continue reading

Can Satan know & Influence the Thoughts of a Believer?

influenceDoes the enemy (Satan/demons) have the ability and control to know a believer’s thoughts, and then control circumstances to influence their actions?

Scripture tends to suggest that the enemy can be influential concerning a believer’s emotions and may also have a degree of power in their thinking in some ways. Nevertheless, the enemy’s power (no matter the degree) is always under the authority of God. The enemy does only what the Lord permits, and therefore the enemy’s ability to influence a believer’s thoughts or actions is limited to what the Lord allows as a test of the believer for our spiritual good.

The Bible says the Lord allows these tests for our good, but never to tempt or encourage us to sin. Therefore, if the enemy’s tests should succeed in causing us to stumble, then we are at fault for willingly following the enemy’s temptations or falling to the enemy’s deceptions through circumstances.

As scripture teaches: Continue reading