Q. When is Christ coming again?
A. The Scripture says, Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (Prov. 27:1). Concerning His coming, Jesus said, But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only (Matt. 24:36). The important question, therefore, is not when Christ is coming, but when he comes, will He find me watching, waiting, and looking for Him. His coming is certain, but before that great day, He gives us the opportunity to work for Him in a very exciting generation.
Q. Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?
A. The Scripture says, For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (II Cor. 4:17). The purpose of life, therefore, is to prepare us for heaven by being in a place of uncertainty which is this world. The difficulties of life are allowed by God so that we will greatly appreciate heaven when we arrive there. You are here in order to believe the Gospel, accept Christ, grow in Grace, and arrive at heaven a strong son of God. We are certainly not here to live lives of indulgence. Only a fool will think otherwise.
Q. Who are the people who really matter in life?
A. The greatest person you know is the one whom you would most want to pray for you when you are sick or in trouble. The important people in this world are those who represent heavens purposes and inject spiritual reality into the business of living. Be happy if you know such a person.
Q. Is there healing in the atonement?
A. Yes, but it cannot be invoked until the physical universe and the body of man is redeemed. The Scripture says, Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23). The body will be redeemed when Christ comes again for His own. Until then, tragedy, disease, and death will characterize the human condition. Until then, we must labor in the midst of limitation, rather than believe in a non-promised deliverance from every difficulty.
Q. Isnt it presumptuous to say that Christ is the only way of salvation?
A. It would be if it would not be true, but the Scripture says, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). The doctrine that there are many ways of salvation is a violation of the clear teaching of Scripture.
Q. Wont everybody finally be saved?
A. The Bible, speaking about Jesus Christ, says, And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power (II Thess. 1:7-9).
Q. How much influence should a Christian leader have?
A. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and said, Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (I Cor. 11:1). He wrote to Timothy and made a suggestion but then said, and the Lord give you understanding in all things (II Tim. 2:7). He also announced that he would not be the master of someone elses fate. Leadership, therefore, should be assumed responsibly, reluctantly, and most carefully. The Bible advises every leader saying, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation (James 3:1). That means, Dont let the Bible class get too big until you know what you are talking about. In the Scripture, there is nothing like the call to adulation that is promoted by so many quasi-leaders today. The best credential for leadership is humility.