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  • Are those who have never heard of Christ going to hell? Question and Answer

    Romans 1:18-23

    That’s one of the most emotionally laden questions that a Christian can ever be asked. Nothing is more terrifying or more awful to contemplate than that any human being would go to hell. On the surface, when we ask a question like that, what’s lurking there is, “How could God ever possibly send some person to hell who never even had the opportunity to hear of the Savior? It just doesn’t seem right.” I would say the most important section of Scripture to study with respect to that question is the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The … View Resource

  • What would you say in response to the doctrine of baptismal regeneration? Question and Answer

    Romans 2:28-29

    I would say, first of all, that I’m not at all an advocate of baptismal regeneration. I don’t think that baptism conveys regeneration either for infants or for adults. Regeneration is a sovereign work of God the Holy Spirit. Now, baptism is a sign of regeneration, but that doesn’t mean the sign is conveyed automatically by the sacrament itself. As a Protestant, I believe that the sacraments are effective by and through faith. In the operation of baptism, God makes a promise to His people and to their seed. If they come to faith (and that would presume they were … View Resource

  • With the rise of seeker-sensitive churches, how do we understand biblically “seeking” God? Question and Answer

    Romans 3:10-12

    SPROUL: In Acts 17, Paul at the Areopagus quotes some of the pagan poets and talks about people groping after God. They have the statue to the unknown god, and in one sense they’re seeking Him. In the other sense, speaking didactically, the apostle spells out specifically what the natural human condition is. Quoting the psalm and adding to the fullness of it, the Apostle Paul makes it very clear that no one—that’s a universal negative—no one in their natural state seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-12). Thomas Aquinas had to answer this question centuries ago: “Why is it that people … View Resource

  • How do I cultivate a renewed mind? Question and Answer

    Romans 12:2

    We have to pray for it. We don’t believe in the Holy Spirit to the degree that we ought to. We don’t trust Him to the degree that we ought to, which means we’re not really trusting God to do what He promised He would do. We don’t ask God for the things He told us to ask Him for, and we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). We have to ask the Lord to renew our minds, and He does that by the Spirit of God. He does that from us studying His Word—and notice I said … View Resource

  • What is the role of civil authorities in the Christian life? Question and Answer

    Romans 13:1-7

    The civil magistrate is under the sovereignty of God and is a minister of God. I can remember speaking at the inaugural prayer breakfast for a governor several years ago in the state of Florida where I said: “Today’s your ordination day. God has ordained the church. He’s also ordained the state, and all who are functioning in that role are under the authority of Christ, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” People may declare the separation of church and state, but often they mean by that the separation of the state and God. But, remember … View Resource