When Do Believer’s Reach Sainthood?

Does a believer have to die and wait so many years to be declared a saint?What is a Saint? The Roman Catholic Church doesn’t declare every one of its followers as saints. Sainthood is usually reserved for a precious few, and those only by the Vatican, but can the Vatican really declare who is and who isn’t a saint? What does the Bible say about who is and who isn’t a saint? Does someone have to be known publically for their charitable work or work on earth for the Lord and then die and wait … [Read more...]

What The Bible Says About Prayer Cloths And Anointing Oil?

Does the Bible mention asking for prayer cloths and being anointed with oil?The Anointing of the Priests The use of oil in worship and other practices is found throughout the Old Testament with Israel, including when Israel’s first priest Aaron, as well as his sons, were anointed with oil. This consecrated them for service as priests for God, as it says in Exodus 30:30-32 “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. And you shall say to the pe … [Read more...]

Why Is The Tribe Of Dan Missing From The Book Of Revelation?

Why did the Tribe of Dan go missing in the Book of Revelation when all the other tribes are mentioned?The Tribes in Revelation When the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation, which was really Jesus’ revelation and not his own (Rev 1:1-2), why was the tribe of Dan not mentioned along with the other tribes? John writes in Revelation 7:4-8; “And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from t … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean To “Abstain From The Appearance Of Evil?”

Christians are to avoid evil, but what about even the appearance of evil? What does this mean?Resisting Evil Who among us who believe in Christ have not been tempted? Even Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness, and so we are no exception to the fact that we are going to be tempted, however, we can’t blame the devil or demons because we are all responsible for our own actions and the consequences of those actions. So how does temptation lead us into sin? James writes, “Let no one say whe … [Read more...]

How Can Our Righteousness Exceed That Of The Pharisees?

Jesus told His followers that their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees, but is this humanly possible?The Pharisees The Pharisees were the most affluent and powerful group in the Jewish culture, at least at the time of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. Even their name drips with self-righteousness, as they are the “separated ones,” which is from the Aramaic (Semitic) and comes from “perishayya,” meaning “separated, separatist,” and closely corresponds to the Hebrew word “parush,” … [Read more...]

What Was Paul’s “Thorn In The Flesh?”

Many have speculated about what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was so what do most believe it was?Why the Thorn? The Bible says that the Apostle Paul prayed three times to have his “thorn in the flesh,” and wrote, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me” (2nd Cor 12:8), but God did not remove it, so the first question that comes to mind is, why did God allow the Apostle Paul to suffer from a “thorn in the flesh?” The Apostle Paul tells us that God allowed this t … [Read more...]