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20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 86) [Video]

0:00 – Intro1. 0:22 {Can We Resist Sin Without the Spirit?} How were the disciples able to follow Jesus and resist sin without the Spirit indwelling them? Is it possible to be a Christian without the Spirit?2. 8:52 {Help with the Hiddenness of God} The hiddenness (and silence) of God is causing me doubts. Is there any advice or help you can offer (such as that God is silent now because revelation has been completed with the New Testament)?3. 16:35 {A Young Pastor being Disrespected} I am a young pastor of a church with people mostly in their 60s and 70s. My staff often micromanages me, corrects me in public, and treats me like a grandchild instead of their pastor. Any advice?4. 22:00 {Is Christian Nationalism Biblical?} Is Christian nationalism in the sense of theocracy a scriptural concept?5. 25:49 {God’s Judgment vs. Justice} How are God’s judgment (him being a judge who carries out consequences) and His justice (establishing order) different if He uses His judgment to apply justice? Or can you explain His judgment vs. His justice?6. 28:29 {Are Batchelor Parties Always Sinful?} I am attending a bachelor party and I have a Christian co-worker who said “Christians shouldn’t go to bachelor parties.” How would you response to this? All at the party profess to be Christians.7. 32:49 {Are Rapture Dreams Truly from God?} What are your thoughts on Christians that have “rapture dreams” claiming that the rapture will be soon? Do you think these are from God, or just a result of all of the end times talk that has ramped up lately?8. 37:00 {Was Aaron Punished In Place of Moses?} In the book of Numbers, why did God punish Aaron for unbelief when Moses is the one who struck the rock?9. 41:19 {Overcoming Addictions} I struggle with an addiction to nicotine and caffeine. There are no rehab centers for these. What do I do? I know its sinful, but I need help to overcome. I can’t be a slave to two masters.10. 45:45 {How Were Jesus’ Words Translated?} Did the synoptic writers translate Jesus’ words from Aramaic to Greek? Does that partially explain why they don’t match each other exactly, because they translated to best explain His teaching?11. 50:46 {Will the Father Not Forgive Us?} Matthew 6: 14-15 says we should forgive others of their trespasses or our Father will not forgive us of ours. But the Bible also says that all of our sins have been atoned for on the cross. Can you explain?12. 55:06 {Is Typology Only About Jesus?} Is typology only ever about Jesus? If so, how do we explain the type/antitype in 1 Peter 3: 21? If not, how do we tell true vs. false types when “no new theology” can come from typology?13. 1:01:27 {Christ’s Law vs. the Moral Law} What is Christ’s law, and how is it different from the 10 commandments which many argue is the moral law we are to keep to this day?14. 1:05:36 {Do Our Spiritual Gifts Ever Change?} As believers, are we given a static set of spiritual gifts, or are our gifts more dynamic in nature so that God adds to and/or subtracts from them according to our season of life or our maturity in Him?15. 1:09:48 {Should We Date Unbelievers for Evangelism?} My cousin is dating someone who is not a Christian in the hopes that they will get saved. Is this okay to do?16. 1:13:58 {If My Own Child Comes Out…} What is your take on what we should say when unbelievers ask, “What would you do if your child came out to be gay?” Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.17. 1:16:55 {Avoiding Distraction in Prayer} What is the best way to focus on God? Do you know of any techniques for this? While I’m praying, I try to focus on God, but I always seem to get distracted.18. 1:18:45 {Can We Wear Cross Jewelry?} What are your thoughts about wearing cross jewelry?19. 1:21:05 {Am I Doing Enough in Marriage?} My wife works very hard, long hours. She frequently comes home exhausted and stressed. My job is fairly stress-free, and I work from home. I feel like I’m not doing enough for her. What should I do?20. 1:23:16 {How to Glorify God at All Times} If Scripture tells me to glorify God in all I do, how can I glorify God when doing things like taking a math class, playing checkers, eating a meal, listening to Beethoven, etc., if these things are “morally neutral”?Currently doing these Q&As every other Friday. Hopefully my workload will allow me to do them more often in the future. I take questions from the live chat. Start your question with “Q” and try to include one or two specific verse references if you have them. Due to the number of questions we get I can’t possibly answer them all so I apologize if you send one in that doesn’t get an answer. https://BibleThinker.org

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Teenagers with identity issues [Video]

Our world feels the deep need to have an identity but they are commonly falling into the error of thinking that they CREATE their own identity. When you find your identity in Christ you find that you won’t be so pulled in countless silly directions by the trends of modern culture. You will be stable because you know who you are and who you belong to.Original question and answer, unedited, here. https://youtu.be/HotTxSroljA?t=4361My website https://BibleThinker.org

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A potential problem [Video]

On my Friday Q&A I was asked about a type of therapeutic/spiritual prayer practice where you attempt to hear from God. I like the idea of getting help in prayer but I also see some very real dangers in this practice if we fall into thinking that our inner thoughts are God’s revelation.Here is the full answer from Q&A episode 80.https://youtu.be/s_QcR9kQfIA?t=4185My website https://BibleThinker.org

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A situation where you should NOT give to your church. [Video]

If you want some more info on why I think that 10% is NOT required giving from believers to their local churches then watch THIS video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDZSno_kDZ8My website https://BibleThinker.org

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Not Even JOEL OSTEEN Can Copyright Strike This Video: Osteen Misused the Bible 93% of the time.

My agenda is just to help you learn to think biblically about everything. I WISH I could share my original, uncut video analysis of a typical Osteen sermon but, for the time being, this will be the best I can do.I do this for educational purposes.This is Joel Osteen’s original sermon. I didn’t pick it because it was worse than others he does. I didn’t pick it because it suited my purposes. Back when I started preparing my first video on Osteen this was just the most recent message he had given. My original critique and analysis included a lot more content but I had to cut it down a lot to avoid the copyright claims of Lakewood Church. https://youtu.be/kJ8bUV2eYmEMy website https://BibleThinker.org

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I told you so [Video]

Dr. Peter Gurry is a well respected scholar, Greek professor at Phoenix Seminary, and the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including the new “Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism,” which is careful analysis of rhetoric and facts about how reliable the New Testament is. Here is the playlist where top scholar after top scholar review The Passion Translation and demonstrate that when it offers something new it’s frequently something wrong. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ3iRMLYFlHuv-ISp_iIw1WL8zaEm86L8This is the interview on Alisa Childer’s channel where today’s clip was found. She was interviewing both Dr. Peter Gurry and Dr. John Meade on “The Amazing Story of How We Got the Bible.” It’s worth a listen if you find that topic interesting. https://youtu.be/qBpFWejXdRkMy website https://BibleThinker.org

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I hate to have to make this video. These are the lies two Christians are spreading about me.

Some related linksSince both Tim Hurd and Doctrinal Watchdog seem to think that I am only now changing my views because of a response to their criticisms, here are a bunch of old clips of me having these views long before their videos every came out.Here is the MacArthur clip:https://youtu.be/7Q4OL0svHYI?t=1587This clip is about being “slain in the Spirit,” how self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, and how you still should have control over yourself, according to Scripture, while speaking in tongues:https://youtu.be/QDZSno_kDZ8?t=2641This second clip is about being “slain or drunk in the Spirit” and “unknown utterances.” Specifically, how “there’s no biblical foundation” for being slain in the Spirit:https://youtu.be/fT3CWYKsS-4?t=2863My shorter video called “Spirit-Filled: What it Does and Doesn’t Mean”:https://youtu.be/6MWkLxSQ1IMWhy I don’t use people’s preferred (and untrue) pronouns.https://youtu.be/7Q4OL0svHYI?t=3677Why I would not attend a same-sex wedding:https://youtu.be/y0saRGl9do4?t=2538This clip against living a homosexual lifestyle (in addition to my 4-part series):https://youtu.be/Dx7Om-yYMMI?t=1605The green text at the end of the video also says, “Winger also told Joel Webbon of Right Response Ministries that Christians are [not] obligated to keep the 10 commandments.” Here’s that clip in context. It should be clear that I am not saying it’s ok for you to murder people. Nor is my view so strange. John Piper holds the same view.https://youtu.be/Ylw45go4dpQ?t=6457Since Doctrinal Watchdog has also claimed that I have no problem with female pastors and teachers, I will provide related clips. Though I would nuance my views more than he wants me to, this is definitely a deception.This clip is stating that women are not to be the teaching elder of the fellowship and that “women are not to take the role of lead pastor or teaching elder, and to have that position as a woman would be what 1 Timothy is saying not to do.” And that it’s “God’s ordained structure for men and women.”https://youtu.be/fT3CWYKsS-4?t=2157Reiterated here that women are not called to the pastoral role:https://youtu.be/fT3CWYKsS-4?t=3447You can also check out my whole Women in Ministry series to see my views.This clip giving my position on “By His stripes we are healed” and if that relates to physical healing for us today. Another point where I disagree with Bethel:https://youtu.be/QsjM4i-S7FE?t=17Doctrinal Watchdog’s multiple deceptive videos about me (his channel seems to do this to others as well). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTkDnXXJBd0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7tZE9ZwZIchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJyu_wfyPrAHis channel has several others on me. They seem to grow in number daily.BTWN’s (Tim Hurd’s) misleading video about me. (He has also added another yesterday)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPlyyMRI45UMy website https://BibleThinker.org

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20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 85) [Video]

Today’s first question is about whether, in a particular situation, applying for loan forgiveness is morally permissible for a Christian to do.I take questions from the live chat, after the stream has begun. Start your question with “Q” and try to include one or two specific verse references if you have them. Due to the number of questions we get, I can’t possibly answer them all, so I apologize if you send one in that doesn’t get an answer. Doing the best I can. :)Check back in a few hours for timestamps to each question.https://BibleThinker.org

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My non-Christian husband is addicted to porn. Should I divorce? [Video]

This is a painful and difficult to answer question. I really hope that me sharing my own thoughts and including several relevant verses from the Bible brings some help to those who need it.My website https://BibleThinker.org

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People are not good. [Video]

It’s very tempting to try to view myself as if I am truly good. If you read the Bible in context you’ll see how much of it is showing mankind how serious our sin is, while we stand around with goofy smiles, thinking that we’re not that bad. We can think that it’s going to harm our psychology to see ourselves as truly sinful but it seems to me that a truly healthy mindset doesn’t self-deceive. When we do finally admit that we are deeply in need of forgiveness we are humbled and ready to trust in Jesus to provide all the grace that’s needed to wipe away all our sin. God’s grace will fix our guilt, our denial will only make the problem worse.See the WHOLE answer here. https://youtu.be/BO92nZDILWY?t=4425My website https://BibleThinker.org

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Joel Osteen misuses the Bible 14 out of 15 times in one sermon. [Video]

Since Joel Osteen removed my first video giving a full analysis of his sermon, I am uploading this highly edited one focused on his use of Scripture specifically. Why are you doing this Mike? Because you can’t think biblically if your teachers are misusing the Bible all the time. And pointing out when and how this happens is one of the best ways to help people learn not to do it themselves.I don’t have anything personal against Joel Osteen. I do, however, feel a calling to help people learn to think biblically about everything and I recognize that the pop-level teaching of popular internet/TV preachers has done a lot of harm to our ability to read the Bible and our awareness of how serious Jesus’ call to discipleship really is.My website https://BibleThinker.org