Q: I hear a lot of teaching on boundaries in relationships. Also, people tell me I need to learn to say “no” more often. I am curious… is this consistent with what the Bible teaches about service and sacrifice? Aren’t we supposed to prefer our brother, and yield to others? – S. in Virginia
A: This is a very good question. There has been quite a bit of teaching on boundaries in recent decades. Several best-selling books have been published on this subject. Seminars and classes are offered for interested Christians. So, is this biblical?
Question: “I have often heard that all sins are the same. There is no such thing as big sins or little sins. Is this true? Are all sins equal?” – B. in Charlottesville, Va.
My Answer: The idea that all sins are basically the same is commonly asserted today. We often see this stated when a person is criticized for committing a particular sin. I have heard people say things like this, “You can’t judge me for this sin. My sin is no bigger or worse than the sins that you commit. I’ve seen you lose your temper or speak sharply!” They may tell you that Christians have no right to label a certain sin as more offensive than any other sin. To give but one example, they may say that sexual immorality is no worse than gossip or selfishness. Their obvious attitude is this, how can you judge an adulterer, fornicator or homosexual if you, yourself, are guilty of being unkind or sharp tongued? After all, sin is sin. All sin is equally wrong, or so they say. Continue reading →
Question: Where did the various human races come from?
Answer: According to the Scriptural account, there is actually only one human race. Biblically all humans are part of is one family. We are all descended from Adam and Eve. This is plainly taught in the Scriptures. Indeed, Eve’s very name means “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20), thus indicating her as the primal ancestors of all men. We are also all descended from Noah. During the Flood, all human beings were destroyed on the earth, leaving only Noah and his family (see Genesis 7:21-23 and 1 Peter 3:20). This is why the New Testament says that God has made all the peoples of the earth from one blood, one human stock (see Acts 17:26).
Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? This question has arisen recently in national politics. Someone in our offices here at Advancing Native Missions brought this to my attention. He then asked, “Who are the Seventh-day Adventists? And how wacky are they?” Good question. Continue reading →