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Question - Jan. 04, 2004 04:59:37 pm
Dr. Lindstrom, I greatly enjoy your ministry and listen to your radio program as often as possible. I have heard you speak on the rapture and how only saved indiviuals will be raptured and how children who are not, will be left. I guess my question is, can you give me verses that would back this fact up? And also, what about babies who are in the womb at the time, and if a child is saved because he is not yet accountable age wise, wouldn't he be saved in Christ and be raptured as well? Thank you for your input.
The rapture is the evacuation of the believers. Life will continue after the rapture. If children were raptured, then all children would be raptured. God is not a respecter of persons. At the time of Noah's flood there was a disruption of life and all life babies and children were slain. This included babies in the wombs of mothers. At the rapture, the Bible only speaks of living believers being taken. From the time of the rapture until the Second Coming Matthew tells us that [Mt 24:37, 38, 39] "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Give it some thought.
Question - Jan. 04, 2004 12:55:28 am
Dr. Lindstrom you should really post the church service times on your contact page along with all your other info there.
Thanks for the good suggestion.
Question - Jan. 01, 2004 01:55:37 am
Dr. Lindstrom, thanks for bringing the word, "hyperdispensationalism" to me when I was asking about Paul's writings compared to the remainder of the New Testament. I did some more searching, and I see that they have some strange teachings, as in their apparent obsession with baptism not being for this dispensation. I realize that baptism doesn't save us, but I sure cannot understand why they are so absolutely against it. The main thing I wanted to ask is this; Why does there seem to be so much difference in the teachings of Jesus and the disciples, compared to Paul. Jesus and the disciples seem to preach law in the Gospels and in just about every other book of the New Testament, while Paul seems to preach salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. Please help me to understand what seems like a big difference in the salvation message. This is why I was looking at the websites that taught we should be following Paul's writings of faith alone in Christ alone compared to the other teachings of what seemed to me to be law in the remainder of the New Testament. Thanks so much for having this question section on your website.
The dispensation of law continued until Pentecost when the church age began. We during this age are not under the law but under grace. I recommend the notes in the Old Scofield reference Bible on this topic. The Fifth Dispensation: Law. This dispensation extends from Sinai to Cal-vary—from the Exodus to the Cross. The history of Israel in the wilderness and in the land is one long record of the violation of the law. The testing of the nation by law ended in the judgment of the Captivities, but the dispensation itself ended at the Cross. (1) Man’s state at the beginning. (Exodus 19.1-4). (2) His responsi-bility. (Exodus 19.5, 6 Romans 10.5). (3) His failure. (2 Kings 17.7—17, Acts 2.22,23). (4) The judgment. (2 Kings 17.1-6; 25.1-11 Luke 21.20-24). The Sixth Dispensation: Grace. Grace. Summary: (1) Grace is “the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man . . . not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Tit. 3.4,5). It is, therefore, constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands right-eousness from man, as, under grace, he gives righteousness to man (Rom. 3.21,22; 8.4; Phil. 3.9). Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and faith (John 1.17; Rom. 10.4 -10). Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad (Ex. 19.5; Eph. 2.1-9). Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift (Deut. 28.1-6; Eph. 2. 8,9; Rom. 4. 4, 5). (2) As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ (Rom. 3. 24-26; 4. 24, 25). The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but acceptance or rejection of Christ, with good works as a fruit of salvation (John 1.12, 13; 3.36; Mt. 21.37; 22.42; John 15.22, 25; Heb. 1.2; 1 John 5.10-12). The immediate result of this testing was the rejection of Christ by the Jews, and His crucifixion by Jew and Gentile (Acts 4.27). The predicted end of the testing of man under grace is the apostasy of the professing church (see “Apostasy,” 2 Tim. 3.1-8, note), and the resultant apocalyptic judgments. (3) Grace has a twofold manifestation: in salvation (Rom. 3.24), and in the walk and service of the saved (Rom. 6.15).
Question - Dec. 31, 2003 08:22:23 am
DR. Hank! It seems these days, that Romans 10:9&10 is being used for the Gospel. This doesn't jive with the real and true Gospel of Christ. I beleive, when you look at the entire chapter, these verses are dealing with witnessing. Could you give us your thoughts on these 2 verses. Thanks and God Bless. Wally
You are absolutely right on!! No works are necessary for salvation. Often churches demand a public confession of Christ to be saved. And they demand that you confess Christ as Lord of your life. They base it all on Romans 10:9,10. This verse supports neither. Salvation is by FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE.
Question - Dec. 31, 2003 08:18:07 am
What about Kwanzaa?
Did you have a happy Kwanzaa? © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com I'm a little late in asking, forgive me. But, did you have a happy Kwanzaa? I know the celebration officially ended 10 days ago, but the news has kept me busy until now. President Bush was quicker to the trigger than I was. Back on Dec. 20 a full six days before onset of this very spiritual weeklong rite he sent "warm greetings to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa." It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over even though I don't personally celebrate this sacred event. Why did Bush issue a proclamation on Kwanzaa? Well, he explained that this important holiday was established in 1966 as an African-American celebration of "family, community and culture. The seven-day observance, beginning Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1, serves as a special time to recognize and reaffirm the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, of African culture. These are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith." Bush continued: "Kwanzaa provides an opportunity for people of African heritage regardless of their religious background or faith, to come together and to show reverence for their Creator and creation, to commemorate the past, to recommit to high ideals, and to celebrate the good life. These life-affirming traditions take on particular resonance this year, as the United States and the world face new challenges to peace. As individuals, families and communities take part in this celebration of unity and enduring values, I extend best wishes to people throughout the globe for a wonderful and memorable Kwanzaa." Touching, moving, multi-cultural. Bush was correct in pointing out that this new high holy day is a very recent invention. There are few holidays we can actually attribute to one man's vision. Kwanzaa is such a holiday coined by Ron Karenga in 1966. Who was Ron Karenga? Glad you asked. He is a convicted felon sentenced five years after inventing Kwanzaa for torturing two black women by whipping them with electrical cords and beating them with a karate baton after stripping them naked. He placed in the mouth of one of the victims a hot soldering iron, also scarring her face with the device. He put one of her big toes in a vise, and detergent and running water in both of their mouths. But that wasn't the beginning of the bizarre and violent behavior of Karenga, the patron saint of Kwanzaa not by a long shot. Just about the time he was dreaming up this new holiday, he was also inventing a new political movement on the campus of UCLA. That movement was called "black cultural nationalism." His group was called United Slaves. And it was defined mainly by violent confrontations with the Black Panthers at UCLA. Two of his followers shot dead two members of the Panthers in 1969. But no sooner did Karenga get out of prison on the torture charges in 1975 than all was forgotten about his criminal and violent past. He was proclaimed Saint Karenga. Four years later, he was running the Black Studies Department at California State University in Long Beach. How did he get that job in academia with his record? Glad you asked again. Paul Mulshine, who has done an admirable job of chronicling Karenga's history for FrontPagemag.com, has a theory. Karenga had a jailhouse conversion. No, he did not become a born-again Christian. He did not renounce violence. He did not even repudiate his past. But he did become a Marxist. And, while becoming a Christian might have disqualified him for a role in the world of the modern U.S. university, a conversion to Marxism was perceived as a sign of rehabilitation. The one-time psychopath had seen the light. In conclusion, I hope this little cultural and history lesson helps you see the light about Kwanzaa. It's being taught to your kids in your government schools. It's become a commercial bonanza in black communities through the United States. And, now, even the president of the United States is praising it as a legitimate holiday. Good grief. What's wrong with America?

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