Good Fruit From False Teachers & Prophets: If good fruit can't come from a bad tree, then how can good things come from false religions, teachers, and prophets, like Joseph Smith? [Matthew 7:15-18, I John 1:3, Deuteronomy 13:2, 2 Peter 2, James 3:2].
Elementary Principles of the Faith & Going On to Perfection : What is meant by the word "perfection" in the discussion in Hebrews 6 (about the priesthood, maturity, and the elementary principles of the faith)? [Hebrews 6:1, Hebrews 5:12-6, Colossians 3:14, 1 Corinthians 3:1-10].
Everlasting Meaning Forever-or Not: If the term "everlasting" is the same word used in the verse about everlasting life and everlasting punishment, how can the meaning be different in one case, and not the other? [Matthew 25:46]. The Meaning of Everlasting: Does it not detract from the meaning of our insight into eternity to have the meaning questioned? [Matthew 25:46, Ezekiel 18:4, Ecclesiastes 12:7].
Old Covenant Israelites Restoration to God: How do the Israelites who were cut-off in the Old Covenant, come back to be restored to God in the last days, especially if they don't know they are Jewish? [Hebrews 8:13, John 8:37-40].
Memorizing the Bible: Should I re-memorize books of the Bible in a newer translation? Bible Restrictions in the Future: Do you think that one day we will need to know the scripture by heart, as we may no longer have access?
Verses of Comfort for Those with PTSD: Could you share some verses of comfort that might help with PTSD? Would Jeremiah 29:11 be helpful? [Jeremiah 29:11, Joshua 1:7, Hebrews 12, Psalm 34, Psalm 37, Psalm 103:1-15].
Memorizing the Bible: Comment; Should Christians find 65 friends and each memorize a book of the Bible, then we would have it when in prison together. The Imagination: What do you think about one using their imagination?
Hell-Conditional Immortality: Does your understanding of the Conditional Immortality allow for only a brief period of suffering? Hell-Conditional Immortality & Universal Reconciliation (Restoration): How does the view of Conditional Immortality align or differ from the Universal Reconciliation (Restoration} view in regard to the punishment?
Tongues as an Unknown Language: Where in scripture can you make a case for speaking in tongues being an unknown language, pehaps that of angels? [I Corinthians 14:2 & 13]. Tongues as a Known Language: Is tongues in the book of Acts at Pentecost a known language? [Acts 2, Acts 10, Acts 19, I Corinthians 14, Jude 1:20].
Judging Selves & Others: Is there a contradiction about judging oneself and others in I Corinthians? [I Corinthians 4:1-5, I Corinthians 2:15, I Corinthians 5:3-12, I Corinthians 6:2-5, I Corinthians 10:15, I Corinthians 11:13, I Corinthians 13:31, I Corinthians 14:29, John 7:24].
Unicorns in the Bible: Could you tell me what the Hebrew word translated as unicorn for the animal is that is being referred to in the Bible as a unicorn? King James Only Response: What would you suggest as being the best source for responding to the King James Only group?
Steve Gregg's Shift to Amillennialism: Could you give me a couple of scriptures that helped to shift your thinking to Amillennialism? Millennium in Revelation: Doesn't Revelation talk about the millennium pretty clearly? If so, how do you see that? [Revelation 20, Luke 10].
Job Knew of Heaven: Since Job said he was going to his long home? [Job 7:10]
Kingdom of Heaven & Birds in the Trees: You are mistaken about the definition of the birds in the trees and the kingdom of heaven? [Matthew 25:34, Matthew 19:23-24]
Defining the meaning of "Last Days" by Scripture: Can you help me how the scriptures be understood differently than relative to the end times? [Isaiah 2:2, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 35, Isaiah 42, Isaiah 54, Micah 4:1-4, Ezekiel 39, Joel 2:28, Hebrews l:1, I John 2:18, James 5:3, I Peter 1:20, Hebrews 12:22, I Corinthians 10:11].
Penal Substitution, Required Payment, Parable of Unjust Servant: Would you comment on Penal Substitution-the idea of God requiring payment for the forgiving of sins and its relationship to the parable of the unjust servant? Why could He have just not forgiven without requiring payment? [2 Corinthians 5:19, Luke 16:1-13, Titus 1:2, Romans 3:25f].
Fulfillment of the Coming Kingdom: Jesus said he would not take of the vine before the fulfillment of the Kingdom, but Peter says they ate and drank together. Is this proving the fulfillment that the Kingdom had come? [Luke 22:18, Acts 2:41].
Using Social Media: Should Christians use social media to respond to political and social issues? Christians Facing Difficult & Challenging Times: What should Christians, who are facing difficult times and low prospects for employment, be thinking and doing according to scripture? [2 Thessalonians 3:10].
Steve Gregg & His Leaving Baptist Denomination: What caused you to switch from being a Baptist? And what denomination did you shift to afterward? Path of Maturing in the Lord: As you grow and mature in your walk with God and knowledge of the Bible, does the path naturally take you to different denominations and fellowships? [Matthew 11:29-30]. Fig Tree Illustration & Meaning in Scripture: What does the story mean about the fig tree that is cursed to never produce fruit again? [Luke 13, Mark 11:12-14].
Hell Must be Eternal: How is hell possibly not eternal, particularly in light of reference to "tormented day and night, forever"? [Revelation 20:10, Revelation 14:11, Revelation 15, Matthew 25:41 & 46].
Propitiation is God Being Paid-off: If Jesus was the "propitiation", and propitiation means a pay-off, was requiring a God paid off? [I John 2:2]. Sin Already Forgiven: If our debt was paid by God, then are our sins forgiven past, present, and future, requiring no further repentance? [I John 5:12].
Wine at the Last Supper: I disagree with your position that wine was served at the last supper? Wine in the Millennial Kingdom: Can you imagine wine being served in the millennial kingdom and the saints being drunk?
God Seems Evil in the Old Testament: Some Old Testament passages make God sound really evil, particularly when he has people massacred or annihilated. How come God just doesn't do it himself? God Not Good All the Time: Is it legitimate to say that "God is good all the time" in light of all the terrible judgments in the Old Testament? [I Samuel 15]. God Sends Evil Spirit: When the Bible says that God sent an evil spirit, how do you understand that and harmonize that with a good God? [I Kings 22:22, Job 1, I Samuel 16, Judges 6-9, Judges 9:23].
Seared Conscience: When scripture speaks of people who are seared, are they believers? [I Timothy 4:2]. Quenching and Grieving the Holy Spirit: Would you talk about the meaning of quenching and grieving the spirit?[Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 5:19, Isaiah 63:10]
Significance of Three Days in Tomb: Do you think that the three days for the time in the tomb has significance because typically the 4th day, bodies tend to decompose, and the Bible says His body would not see corruption? [Psalm 16:9-11].
Sexually Transmitted Disease & Suicide Among Homosexual Community: Do you think that this passage may be referring to the numerous sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, and the higher rates of suicide among the gay community? [Romans 1:26-27].
Gift of Healing Today: If the gift of healing is still applicable today, as promoted by many Pentecostals, why do we not see it happening today? [Romans 2:16, I Timothy 1:16, Mark 10, Mark 16:17-18, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Acts].
Jesus Humor: I can think of only one verse that might refer to Jesus having a sense of humor. [John 21:25] Numerology & the Bible: After Isaiah chapter 40, there appears more alignment with the New Testament message, & there may also be a relationship between the 39 chapters of Isaiah to the 39 books of the Old Testament. Do you think that numerology has anything to do with this? [Lamentations, Psalm 119].
End Times Timeline & Dispensationalism: Why don't Dispensationalists pay attention to who the epistles were written to, and the timeline references in scripture about "this generation", "soon" and "shortly come to pass"? [Revelation 1:1-3, Revelation 22:10, Matthew 24:34].
God's Intention in Creation: Can you clarify your position that God did not intend for this creation to be corrupted and people to fall? [Genesis]. God Omniscience Questioned in the Creation: If God is omniscient, why then would He go forward with the creation, knowing that it would be corrupted and He would have to wipe everyone out? Sin in Heaven & No Free Will: Would it not follow that the only way there will be no sin is in heaven, is if our free will is taken from us?
Children Being Required to Fast: Do you think children should fast, or be required to fast, to overcome sinful behavior? Train Up a Child: What does the verse in Proverbs mean, "train up a child in the way he should go..." [Proverbs 22:6]. Donations Through PayPal: Can people still donate through PayPal?
The Chosen of God, the Elect: Why do you believe that we are not chosen as the elect by the Holy Spirit? A Sovereign God That Allows Evil in the World: If God is sovereign, why does He allow so much evil in the world?
Parable of the Unjust Steward: What are we being taught in the parable of the unjust steward, and his manipulating the funds of his employer after getting fired? [Luke 16]. Women Not Above Men: What does the Bible mean when it talks about women not being above a man? [I Timothy 2].
Number of Jews into Exile: How many Jews went into exile in Babylon? Holy Garments, Holy Mean, Clean & Unclean: Why is the prophet speaking of holy garments and and holy meat? [Haggai 2:10, I Corinthians 6:9-11].
Born Again & Sinlessness: I don't seem to understand what it means to be born again, because the Bible says you won't sin. Can you help me know how to accomplish this? [I John 3:9]. Confessing Your Sins to One Another: Every time we sin we are supposed to confess to our brother, so so I have to go do that all that time? [James 5:16]. Christ in Me Should not Allow Sin in Me: If I have Christ in me, how can I still sin? Am I not to overcome the devil? It is really hard! [Galatians 5:17, Philippians 3, I John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 23, Matthew 11:29, Matthew 26:41].
Rejecting Knowledge of God: Would you comment on the application of perishing for lack of knowledge in Hosea 4:6 and relating it to us today? [Hosea 4:1 & 6, Hosea 5:4, Hosea 6:3]. If My People Called By My Name: Could you comment on 2 Chronicles 7:13 and if the promise is about making America great? [2 Chronicles 7:13, I Corinthians 1:10, Joshua 1:7, Ezekiel 7:21].
Calvinism & Hyper-Calvinism: Would you talk a little bit about the various degrees of Calvinism and specifically, Hyper-Calvinism? [Romans 10:9, Joshua 24:14-15, Deuteronomy 30:19]. Calvinism & Lordship Salvation: Do Calvinists believe in Lordship and Lordship Salvation? Dispensationalism Reviewed: Can you give a quick overview of what Dispensationalism is?
Dispensationalism Defended: Because the Plymouth Brethren and John Nelson Darby were the orginators of Dispensationalism, and were linquists & scholars, how can you disparage their belief system? [Matthew 11:25, Acts 4:13].
Hyper-Dispensationalist Bullingerite Calls Steve a Heretic: Caller (Hyper-Dispensationalist Bullingerite), insists that Steve is a heretic and not following Jesus. [I Corinthians 11, Acts 9, Acts 28:30-31, 2 Timothy 2:7-8, I Timothy 1:16, I Timothy 6:3-4, Mark 16, Galatians 2, Matthew 10, Matthew 15, Romans 2:16, Matthew 24].
Trinity Doctrine Defines Christianity: I thought that believing in the Trinitarian doctrine is what made someone a Christian? [Acts 11:26, John 14:8, John 16:12-13, Matthew 8:27, Mark 4:41, 2 Peter 3:18].
Dispensationalism & Dual Covenants: Do Dispensationalists believe that Jews will be saved outside of Christ? [Hebrews 8:13, Zechariah 12:10].]. Full-Preterism: Who could I read that would present the case for Full Preterism? [Revelation 11].
Petra, Edom, Bozrah, Moab: Could you discuss Petra (Bozrah) and if it was in Edom & Moab? Temple Servants-Gibeonites: Were the temple servants Gibeonites? Is There an Actual Rapture: What is the background of the word used for rapture? Do we really have a biblical basis for believing in the rapture, or is it metaphorical? [I Thessalonians 4:17, 2 Thessalonians 1:8, Acts 28:15, 25:1, 2 Corinthians 12:2, 15:52].
Second Coming or 70 AD: Could you help me sort out when the biblical language seems to be more about the destruction of the temple in 70AD, or the second coming of Christ? [Matthew 24, Luke, Mark, I & 2 Thessalonians 2, 1 & 2 Corinthians].
Liberty & Government: Why would people in government want to take away our liberties? What is the motivation? Government Enforced Vaccines or Chips: If the government requires you to get a vaccine or a chip, would you do it?
Some Heroes of the Faith Were Tortured & Slain: Could you explain the shift in the description of the heroic men of great faith who achieved great things, and then the fact that others were tortured and slain? [Hebrews 11:32-34].
Revelation-Date & the 144,000: Would you defend the Partial-Preterist view, particularly the date of writing the book of Revelation, and the 144,000? [Revelation 7:1-8, Revelation 14:1-5, Ezekiel 9, Hebrews 13:4, John 1:47, James 1:1, James 1:18, James 2:1, James 2:7].
Seeing the Second Coming Through Telescopes: Do you think that it would be possible that people could see Jesus returning via telescopes before most of us would see it? [I Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 15:52]. Someone Who Won't listen to Steve Gregg: How would you respond to someone that won't listen to you, Steve Gregg, because of his conviction that you are not obedient to scripture according to Isaiah? [Isaiah 8:20].
Demon Possession & Exorcism: How long does it take to get rid of demons? Demon Exorcism: Do people know when demons come out of them when they are being exorcised? Demon Deliverance & Laying on of Hands: Should you lay hands on someone you are trying to see delivered from demons?
Demon Possession: Caller comments about demon possession. Partial-Preterist & Timing Past or Future: How does a Partial-Preterist determine when something in Revelation is about the past and when it is about the future. [Revelation 12, Revelation 20
Wise as Serpents, Gentle as Doves: Would you clarify the directive to be wise (or cunning) as a serpent, but gentle as doves? It seems that characteristic is bad in the serpent. [Genesis 3, Matthew 10:16]. When the Serpent was Created: Was the serpent created as the same time as the rest of the animals in Genesis?
Jesus, the Eternal Son: Do you think that Jesus was the eternal son? It seems that Jesus was the word, not the son, in eternity past? [John 1:1, Acts 13:33, Psalm 2:7, Revelation 1:5, Colossians 1:18, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1:34-35].
Women Speaking in Church: What does it mean in scripture when it indicates that women should be silent in churches? Do it mean she should not teach? [I Corinthians 14:34, I Corinthians 11:5, I Thessalonians 4:11].
Devastating Events-Though God Promises Good: Can you help me understand how to apply the promise for good from Romans in my devastating circumstances, including my divorce and son's suicide? [Romans 8:28].
Murder, Annihilation, Prophets-Then & Now: How do you harmonize the Old Testament prophets telling people to annihilate others, and modern prophets telling people to do things that are contrary to God's will and character?
The Eucharist (Communion Memorial): Could you help me sort the various views of the Eucharist (Communion), and what if I can't decide? What then, would the ramifications be of perhaps being wrong? (Acts 10). The Eucharist (Communion Memorial): What would the ramifications and consequences being mistaken about the Eucharist? The Eucharist & Church Membership: How can I join a church if I am not sure what happens at the Eucharist, if their statement of faith is specific about it? [I Corinthians 1].
Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation: If the seven churches in Revelation are in Asia Minor, then why would John be writing to them instead of the believers in Jerusalem? [Matthew 24]. Blessing Promised to Churches in Revelation: Would the blessing promised to the seven churches in Revelation be primarily because they would witness prophecy being fulfilled? [Revelation 2:10, Revelation 3:10]. Laws Written on our Hearts-Absolute Right & Wrong? Are the laws of God really written on our hearts, so that we know absolute right and wrong? Particularly since so many right things are contingent on the circumstances and situation? ?
Augustine & Calvinism: Did you say that Augustine was the father of Calvinism? Calvinism Origins & Manichaeism: What is Manichaeism? Calvinism, Church Fathers, Alternate Views: Did the church fathers that introduced Calvinism have any opposition?
Kingly Line of Jesus (Jaconiah): Why is Jaconiah (Coniah) included in the genealogy in Matthew, when he wascursed in Jeremiah, which excluded him from being in the kingly line ? [Matthew 1:12, Jeremiah 22:30, Luke 3].
Dispensationalists View of Paul's Epistles: One of my Dispenationalist friends thinks that Paul's epistles are the only books that really apply to us today. Is that typical of Dispensationalists? [Matthew 7:24-27, I Timothy 6:3].
Homeless Who Don't Want Help: Caller comments that he too has found that often homeless folks do not want to go to facilities, etc., in agreement with Steve's previous comments. Begotten Son of God: Would you comment on the word used for "begotten" used for Jesus [Revelation 1, Colossians 1:18]. Jesus- The Eternal Son: Have you read the book by Gregory the Great on his view of Jesus as the Eternal Son?
Eternal Security (Once Saved, Always Saved): How do you counter these common proof texts for eternal security: 1. It is a free gift, 2. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit, 3. You are adopted. [Romans 11:29, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:13, I John 4:13, I John 5:11, John 15:6, Luke 15:11-32].
Jews Identified or Black Jews (Black Israelites): What do you think about Jews being black (Black Israelites)? How do we know and identify those that are considered Jews? Jews, Not Really Jews: What do you think about when the Bible says that some confess themselves to be Jews, but are not? [Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:9].
Jesus as the Son in the Old Testament: Could you clarify your position about Jesus identified as The Son in the Old Testament, in light of these verses? [Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 9:6, 2 Samuel 7:14, Proverbs 30:3-4, Acts 13:33].
Judgment at the Bema Seat: Regarding the Bema Seat and giving account of our sins, will we be judged on our works and not on our repented and forgiven sins? [I Corinthians 11:31, I John 1:9]. Living a Lazy Christian Life: Do you think that if we simply live an undisciplined or lazy Christian life, not necessarily living in flagrant sin, it will also be counted against us at the judgment? [Revelation 3:15, Matthew 13:37-38].
The Stigmata: Was Paul talking about the stigmata in the verse about bearing the wounds of Christ? What do you think about the stigmata? [Galatians 6:17]. Calvinists & The Thief on the Cross: How do the Calvinists explain the story of "the thief on the cross"?
Revelation About Today, Rather than the Past: Caller disagrees with Steve Gregg and thinks that the book of Revelation is about today and the future, and his evidence is that the described events (great earthquakes, sinking islands, and wormwood) have not yet been fulfilled.
The Sermon on the Mount: What should I consider when sharing "The Sermon on the Mount" with introducing someone to Christianity? The Unity Church and the Gospels as True Historical Events: How do you affirm that the gospels are true historical events to someone being drawn to the Unity Church? [John 19, Luke 1].
Jesus Return & the Millennium (1,000 years): Did Jesus already came back for 1,000 years, or is He coming back in the future for 1,000 years? Dispensationalism vs Amillennialism: Would you help me to sort out Dispensational & Amillennial views about end times? [Revelation 20].
Jesus or God Judging: Can you unpack the scriptures on Jesus actively judging, and God being the ultimate judge? [John 5:22, John 12, I Corinthians 15, Revelation 3:21]. Forgiveness at the Cross, Judgment Later: When Jesus plead that God forgive them at the crucifixion, does that mean they just escaped being judged then, but will still face later judgment.[Luke 23:34].
Antichrist and Man of Lawlessness: Would you elaborate on the words "Antichrist" and "Man of Lawlessness" in my Bible study on the book of Daniel]. [Daniel 7, 10, 11, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11, Revelation 13, Revelation 17, I John 2:18-22, I John 4:3, 2 John 1:7-11].
Steve Gregg's Transition from Dispensationalism to Amillennialism: Could you share how your made the transition from Dispensationalist to Amillennialist? [Zechariah 14, Revelation 20, John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15].
Rebuilding of the Temple: Would not the rebuilding of the temple be in contrast to scripture and God's intentions and His finishing work in Christ? [2 Thessalonians 2:4, Acts 7:48, Revelation 13, I Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16].
Jesus-The Propitiation: Is Jesus the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, for all time? [I John 2:2]. Gospel in a Nutshell for Evangelism: What would be the best way to put the gospel in a nutshell for evangelism?
The Holy Spirit & Mary, Mother of Jesus: when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary, did she then have the Holy Spirit as we do? [Acts 1, Acts 2:17, Psalm 51:11, John 7:39]. The Holy Spirit in The Old Testament: Can you clarify the Spirit coming upon people in the Old Testament and if He would then stay with them? Hail Mary, Full of Grace: What does it mean to say, "Hail Mary, full of grace?" Does it mean she was born sinless?
Pandemic Ramifications & Tyranny: Would you comment on the lock-down, the potential tracking, and forced vaccinations proposed relative to the pandemic? Chip for Vaccinations, Mark of the Beast: Do you think that the rumored chip for vaccinations is potentially the "mark of the beast"?
Caller Attempting to Disprove Christianity: A non-believer presents his postulates about the necessity of proving ones' genealogy from David without such the fallacy of Christianity would be proven. An discussion ensues about what makes him hesitant to follow Jesus. [Matthew 1:1]. Comment on Coronavirus/ COVID-19; Non-believing caller comments on the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic:
Birds Evil in the Bible: Could you comment on the birds in the trees being evil, and the idea of larger churches leading to allowing birds to nest in them? [Matthew 13:32, Luke 13:19, Revelation 22:16, Daniel 4:12, 21, Ezekiel 17, Ezekiel 31, I Corinthians 5:6-7].
Bankruptcy & Debt: What does the Bible say about excessive debt and bankruptcy? [Psalm 37:21]. [Editor's Note: Steve continues his thoughts after the break, even though it seems like he ended it before the break started.]
Once Saved, Always Saved (Eternal Security): Would you talk about "once saved, always saved" (eternal security)? There are several arguments about being sealed, born and unborn, and bride of Christ or betrothed? [Ephesians 1:13, Revelation 7:3, Luke 15:11-32, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Romans 7, Revelation 19:6-9, John 15:6].