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Is it possible for someone who has sold his soul to the devil to be born again?

on Oct 16 in demons and idols, occultism tagged by qatranscripts

Question: Is it possible for someone who has sold his soul to the devil to be born again?

Answer: I think we need to probably explain a little bit of what we mean by selling the soul to the devil and then to which extent the person has related with the devil. But is it possible? It is possible. The Bible says that Jesus bought the whole field including everyone under every authority; those that are under the power of darkness included. The only thing that we might consider is how far this person has gone in his relationship with the devil because he may have gone beyond by blaspheming against the Holy Spirit in his fellowship with the devil, and then in that case, he has crossed the line and that will not entitle him for salvation anymore.

We don’t know the extent of sale because he used the word sold and we do not know the transactions regarding the sale. The world is legally saved but for someone to be vitally saved, he has to accept Jesus Christ. This person from the question obviously is not someone who was born again and backslid, it doesn’t seem to suggest that; but I believe that if he receives the Word of God no matter the extent to which he has gone, if he receives the Word of God, he can be saved.

He can be saved, because firstly he doesn’t have a right over his soul to sell his soul. You quoted a scripture that Jesus bought the whole field and so all souls belongs to Jesus Christ. So, there is no such a thing as you selling your soul; it doesn’t belong to you anyway! So, you can’t sell to the devil. You just can’t do that. It doesn’t belong to you. You only sell what belongs to you and since God said all souls are mine, no one has a right over his soul. So even if you sat and said, “Devil I want to sell my soul to you today”; it’s still an illegal transaction – it will not work, it will not be recognized! Satan of course will take advantage of that situation and try to destroy your life, run your life but that’s not the way God is looking at it. God’s not going to be saying, “Well you sold your soul to the devil”. What did the devil pay for it? So, you can’t sell your soul to the devil no matter how many times you say it. But Pastor Tony mentioned something about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that if we look at it from a moral stand point when you say someone has given himself so much to the devil to the point that he blasphemes against God. Well, Jesus said if you blaspheme against the father, you’ll be forgiven; if you blaspheme against the son, you’ll be forgiven, but if you blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, you’ll never be forgiven in this world or in the world to come. So, it is assumed that such a fellow doesn’t even know enough about the Holy Ghost to blaspheme against the Holy Ghost; that we’ll assume. So, selling your soul to the devil is an illegal transaction not recognized by God and so He’s not going to be holding you about that. So, anyone really can be saved. Praise God! Hallelujah!

I often get bullied by other kids in school. Sometimes, I get pushed down and it hurts me really bad. I’ve told my teachers several times but he just gives a warning to the other guys and that’s it. I told my dad about the situation and he said I should defend myself by beating the kids who bully me back and that way they will respect me. He actually told me never to come home crying or complaining to him. Pastor, should I defend myself by beating up the other kids?

on Oct 16 in Christian living, Societal Affairs tagged by qatranscripts

Question: I often get bullied by other kids in school. Sometimes, I get pushed down and it hurts me really bad. I’ve told my teachers several times but he just gives a warning to the other guys and that’s it. I told my dad about the situation and he said I should defend myself by beating the kids who bully me back and that way they will respect me. He actually told me never to come home crying or complaining to him. Pastor, should I defend myself by beating up the other kids?

Answer: This young boy or girl needs to learn something about bullying. People bully other people when they notice a weakness. I believe they noticed a weakness in his life. And now that he’s born again, he needs to through the agency of the Holy Spirit by speaking in other tongues, strengthen himself. Number one – he cannot retaliate because Jesus told us not to retaliate, Paul also emphasized the same thing in Romans 14 that vengeance belongs to God. But I’m looking beyond the bullying at the primary level or at the school level because when he comes out of the school and gets to the society, there are other senior bullies out there. Economic giants that want to bully you out of your businesses, take over your businesses, take over your organizations, what are you going to do? Are you going to run to your dad? Or run to your teacher? I think the person needs to learn how to walk in the fullness of the spirit which is the first one, speak in other tongues, strengthen himself and walk in love towards these people. When they notice that there is a unique courage of strength in him, they will stop bullying him. There is something about the presence of God in a man’s life that communicates confidence and boldness, that others will see and even if they want to touch him, they will start respecting him. He needs to learn how to walk with God and learn the word of God to overcome the situation.

I think that he shouldn’t feel intimidated, you know, he shouldn’t fight but he should actually pray for them. He can begin to talk to them. Perhaps someone is bullying him, there’s a word he could say to that person that puts confidence in him and the person could tell that he’s not afraid because here he says they push him down and it hurts him but if he’s able to remember as a Christian and build up his confidence perhaps even call some of these guys when there is no bullying time, just talk to them about his Christ life or about Christianity, they will begin to respect him more and not try to bully him all the time. All he needs is to learn about the Holy Spirit because with the Holy Spirit, you can become bigger than anything. If he learns more about the Holy Spirit and before they bully him, he takes the position of the aggressor; that’s spiritually, they will leave him alone. I think from the reaction of the teacher and the reaction of the dad, we can tell that they expect more from him, they expect him to take a stand and not just to allow the situation to continue. And now, the question is should I retaliate by beating? Obviously not! And if he resorts to the counsel of the Spirit of God, he will surely be guided as to how to address the situation and he also will be strengthened to take a stand, by the time that presence of the Spirit of God is manifest in him, they would respect him because actually bullies look for those that they can enjoy bullying and if they see this is not a good victim, they would respect him, they would leave him.

Let’s suppose we are talking about a nine years old, do we think this answers are okay? Let’s assume that this child is about nine years or even eight, would you still hold to these answers? Or would you change your answers? Were you assuming he was about that age? Or were you thinking he was probably fifteen, sixteen? What were you thinking?

I was actually thinking it will be a young boy because bullying is about that age. So Tayome from United States, you’ve heard the answers. You’ve got to believe in who you are. You have to believe in who you are in Christ and in God’s Word, we are told to have no fear. Refuse to be afraid. If two people are approaching a dog that’s aggressive and one of them is afraid, the dog will attack the person who’s afraid. The dog is sensitive to the fear hormones that are released. It can tell that you are afraid and go after you. Bullies are somewhat that way. But even if they were a large number, you must refuse to fear. When you stand bold, God will stand for you. You are not too young. We don’t have time but I could have told you of my personal testimonies in that regard as young as you are and I took on bullies with the gospel. So the power of the Holy Spirit in your life will be your defence.

Who are the twenty-four elders mentioned in Revelation 4:10?

on Sep 30 in Doctrines of Christianity, angels, kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Daniye (Zimbabwe): Who are the twenty-four elders mentioned in Revelation 4:10?

Answer: Revelation 4:10 says, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou art worthy, o Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hath created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and they are created”. In the Bible, if you study throughout the book of Revelation, you’ll find several references to the elders but the twenty four elders are not named, but because of their role as describe to us, we can at best have some speculation and many Bible scholars would say that if they don’t know who the other twelve are, they do believe that one-twelfth of them, that means half of them must be the twelve apostles, but then there is a little dispute as to who is the twelfth apostle. Would it be Paul the apostle, since he wasn’t one of the original twelve; certainly not Judas Iscariot, because the very reason for that question is because Judas was; hmm! He condemned himself and then he committed suicide because he was the son of perdition. So, he wouldn’t be among them. But then, was it Matthias? Who could it be? We’ll leave that last one to God to decide who the twelfth apostle would be, even though the one chosen by the eleven apostles was named among them but whether or not that was God’s design has remained a controversy in the church for so long. But I think that like the Bible says “Judge nothing before the time”, so let’s wait till the Lord shows up and then we will see all the apostles. Then they say what about the other twelve, are they the twelve patriarchs? Now, when they refer to the twelve patriarchs, they’re talking about the twelve sons of Jacob. Now, that will be a little going too far because if it’s the twelve patriarchs; sons of Jacob, what of Jacob himself? Then what about Isaac, then what about Abraham, then what about the great Moses, and then Joshua, you know, the list is endless, and then, what about the great David, come on, after whom Jesus is named, what about John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said, “no man born of woman is greater than John”. So, will they be the four beasts? No, it couldn’t be. Since, we weren’t giving the names, let’s just leave that and call them the twenty-four elders till we find ourselves before the Lord and they will be introduced to us. Praise God!

I want to know what the law of the spirit of life in Romans 8:2 is; is it Faith?

on Sep 30 in Uncategorized, faith tagged by qatranscripts

Question – Banye (Cameroon): Pastor, I want to know what the law of the spirit of life in Romans 8:2 is; is it Faith?

Answer: I want to read Romans chapter 8 for the context which I think will be very explanatory. She said from Romans 8 verse 2, but I’ll start from verse one. It says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit; verse 2: For the law of the spirit of life hath made me free from the law of sin and death; verse 3: For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh; God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; verse 4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. Verse 5:  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit; verse 6: For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Verse 7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Verse 8: so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Verse 9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Verse 10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness. Verse 11: But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you. That’s just an explanation. There is a law of life that is at work in us now that we are in Christ. It is inherent to us and because there is life in us now, we have Zoë; we are totally disconnected from the law of sin and death.

So, the law of life is the law of the spirit of life in Christ, so we’re living by that law. Now, the other part of the question is, is it faith? No! There is a law of faith. The law of faith is different from the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

I led my Grandma to Christ but for some reason, she relocated to the village and due to ailment and ageing has not been attending church services, but I noticed she has been participating or giving her support to idol worship. Will this affect her salvation in any way? And will she make heaven if she passes on to glory?

on Sep 30 in Beliefs, demons and idols, judgment tagged by qatranscripts

Question- Bright (Ghana): Dear Pastor, four years ago, I led my Grandma to Christ but for some reason, she relocated to the village and due to ailment and ageing has not been attending church services, but I noticed she has been participating or giving her support to idol worship. Will this affect her salvation in any way? And will she make heaven if she passes on to glory?

Answer: The point here is he should have ensured that she listens to messages. You know, sometimes because of the setting of maybe some villages, they don’t have Bible Word churches where they can continue to hear the Word and then there have to be some follow up with the Word, maybe sending messages. I like the fact that now, we have audio messages ranging from Rhapsody, other messages, even an uneducated person can listen and be blessed.

You know, when you lead someone to Christ, it doesn’t end there. Just because you relocated to the village, doesn’t mean it’s over, you’ve got to do something about it, there’s got to be some follow up. So, the only reason she’s back to idol worship is because she is surrounded by idol worshippers and she doesn’t have the right people to show her what to do. So, she will think it is okay. And so, instead of asking to know if it’s convenient, the right thing to do is to follow her up and ensure she is in the right path. Going back to idol worship definitely negates her commitment to the Lord. The Bible says we should flee idolatry, you see, she can’t go back to idol worship and mix the two; it’s not possible. We were reading where in the word; I think it was last month; where it says, my little children flee from idolatry and He explained so much on idolatry. Idolatry is against God, I want you to understand, it’s setting up another god against our heavenly Father. So, it’s not something that should be tolerated, otherwise, what is the meaning of the Lordship of Christ. Salvation is the L ordship of Christ. I also think that because it’s the grandmother. Sometimes, people are a bit careful talking to their parents than their grandparents out of respect, but since she’s saved and she knows the importance of salvation, she should bring the right materials to the grandmother. There’s even an error. She said, “She stopped attending church services due to ailment and ageing”. So, there’s a problem here because it means if she has energy to worship idols, why shouldn’t she move that energy to the Lord; simple! It’s simple, you know, the Bible says, “wide is the road that leads to destruction and many there be that go in that way and narrow is the way that leads to life and few that be that find it”. You see, so it’s important that we recognize what God’s word really tells us, we shouldn’t look for the convenient way, you know, of mixing good and bad and hoping that somehow God will look at it and say alright it’s okay. See, it’s not okay. The Word of God is simple but it’s real and definite.