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Question: Adam (Canada) – I have just accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. My question is this: I am an amateur body builder and I use anabolic steroids to prepare for shows and competition. Will I have to answer for this? Is my continued use going to keep me from entering the kingdom of heaven?
Answer: When you are ignorant of something, its fine; but when you know the truth, you repent, change and do what’s right. The problem with your use of anabolic steroids is the fact that it is illegal within the framework of your competitions, which means in effect that you are cheating the others. So you might be winning by cheating; so that’s a problem. So whether you are cheating at work or in your exams, in the sports, as long as there’s an agreement as to the rules of the competition because God didn’t make the rule. He didn’t make the rules for boxing, for body building, for football or for exams; the rules were there or the rules were rules you agreed to when you joined the sport, or the school or whatever it was; as long as you have agreed together with a group of people or an institution as to what the rules are, play according to the rule because if you then cheat them on the rules, then you’re offending God. The rules are important.
So to your question if that will keep you from entering heaven, you said you’re already born again, so if you’ve received Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, you are already in the kingdom. Nothing prevents you from entering the kingdom because you’ve already entered. The point now is, now that you are in the kingdom, play according to the rules. Now whatever those anabolic steroids were doing for you, the Holy Ghost can do much better. That’s why we’ve got the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will do for you what nothing else could ever do; not even the steroids. He’ll put springs in your steps, he’ll help you with anything if you learn to depend on him, and he’ll make you a success in anything. Just learn to follow his voice. Learn to listen to him.Christian living, Uncategorized, being filled with the HolySpirit tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Solomon (Nigeria) – Dear Sir, Is there any difference between the eye of God and the eyes of God? He mentioned in the Bible, “I will guide thee with my eye…” and then in some others, he used “…the eyes of the Lord”.
Answer: Well, it’s just an expression of watchfulness; like you would say “Keep an eye on him” or “I’ll keep an eye on you”; that don’t mean I’ve got only one eye that I can keep one eye on you and the other on somebody else; no! We have our binocular vision; we normally will see with two eyes to form an image. It’s an expression to say “I’m watching or keeping watch over something”. So God says here “I will watch over you, I will keep an eye on you, I will guide you with my eye”; doesn’t mean that God’s got only one eye; it’s just an expression of watchfulness or guidance. So God’s got two eyes as the Bible shows us and as Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the father”.Beliefs, Christian living, Doctrines of Christianity, Uncategorized, demons and idols tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Oscar (Nigeria) – My father passed on recently and one of the pre-requisites for interring him in our ancestral home was being present to witness the slaughter of goats presented in our home accompanied by libations and certain sayings without which the burial would not hold. I am convicted with guilt that I partook in idol worship or offerings to ancestral deities by my presence and I am concerned we may have unknowingly given such spirits some spiritual legality over us by participating in these rites. How can we avoid or deal with situations such as these spiritually?
Answer: Reading from 1 Corinthians 8:1-5, the Bible says, “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up but charity edifieth. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God; for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak”.
The scripture is clear. These idols are not God. Things offered to nothing. As a child of God, your eating doesn’t give them a spiritual legality because you are not the one that decides what is legal or not; it’s God’s word that decides what is legal or not and so it’s his own conscience that is affecting him and he should go to the scriptures and see what the Bible says about things offered to idols. But like it says if you are eating in, that if for my brother’s sake it will offend him, I will rather not eat so that my brother will not be offended. To us, there is only one God and whether we eat the meat are we the better or worse just like the scripture said. So he should not feel as if he has done something wrong. His conscience is weak because he lacks the knowledge of God’s word concerning him. But also the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:28 that if you are told that this belongs to idols, the Bible says you should not eat it for their own sake so that they won’t think that you are supporting their actions.New Testament, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Afari (Ghana) – Pastor Sir, my question is from Hebrew 9:16. From that scripture, I am able to tell that Jesus is the testator of the New Testament. Could you please enlighten me on who the testator of the Old Testament is?
Answer: From Hebrews 8:5, it says, “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacles; for see saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises”. So Moses is the mediator of the Old one while Jesus is for the New one. The difference is that in the place of the death of anyone, an animal died in his place.
Question: Tracy (Canada) – Where did all the continents of the world come from? If Adam was the first man created by God, why do we all have different skin and colors and languages and culture?
Answer: Reading from 1 Chronicles 1:19, “And unto Eber were born two sons; the name of the one was Peleg; because in his days the earth was divided and his brother’s name was Joktan”. So there was a time when the landmass was divided to form the continents.
Then about why we have different skin colours and languages; that will from Genesis 11:8 it says, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth”. So there was a time they were all together and at this time God changed their language; so they were scattered abroad. As people migrated, climatic conditions; diet began to change some of the genetics, so people had to take on darker skin tone for the hotter climate and so on. So that’s why there’re variations.