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Does God Love the Wicked Too?

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October 20, 2021 6:30 am

Does God Love the Wicked Too?

Core Christianity / Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier

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October 20, 2021 6:30 am

Episode 819 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.

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Questions in this Episode

1. How should Christians think about profanity?

2. I have been listening to you and get mad sometimes at some of your answers. When you talk about the “elect,” you refer to everyone as if they are all saved. I have heard you say that God loves everybody—God does not. God is mad at the wicked. Isn’t it right that only a remnant will be saved?

3. Should couples tithe together or individually?

4. Did Saul lose his salvation?

5. A Rector visits my workplace and I found out that he does not believe in the rapture. What do you think about the rapture?

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I hear people say that God loves everyone, but does God love those who partake in wicked ways as well. That is one of the questions will be answering on today's edition of core Christianity will hi this is Bill Meyer along with pastor Pedro Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day. You can call us right now with your question.

At 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673 map you have a question you want to post on one of our social media sites. Would love to hear that as well. You can watch a drill right now live in the studio on our YouTube channel and message him that way course you can always email us your question at questions at court, first up today let's go to a voicemail received from one of our listeners name Stacy regarding I know that more pronounced and how people are Christian. Not a big deal.

Just worried capillary and satellite monitoring. I know that Larry not have crude hot and I'm wondering how I can help each about that. There may be I should add that growing up I not doubt. Thanks for any help you can provide a preceded Stacy thank you so much for that question right there with you.

You have for the kids. The list is nine and we want to make sure that they're using their speech in a way that honors God and also builds up the people around them instead of tearing them down course you know the kids, you know, brothers and sisters fighting. It's easy to tear each other down and so is an opportunity for us as parents to be able to talk to them about how we use our words and how God cares about the way we use our words to just a few passages of Scripture one that there's a text in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 29 where Paul is in the context here. He's talking about living as new creations in Jesus Christ. He says in second grade. In chapter 5 verse 17 that we are new creations in Christ that the old has been done away.

The new has come in so we should live in light of that reality and part of living in light of that reality is how we use our words. He says let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who here is I think I think maybe one of the ways we can have this discussion is maybe broadening it, broadening it out so not just talking about those those four letter words you want to be careful that you don't other kids hear these things were not using our speech in that way, but say look it's it's a lot more than that it's not avoiding the handful of words that you know you you hear from time to time. It's speaking the truth in love.

It's building up its speaking words as fits the occasion and so it's it's not just that God doesn't want us to speak a certain way that is calling us to use our words a particular way and that he cares about how using our speech and so encouraging our kids by modeling that for them and in how maybe we build them up and encourage them in and speak the truth to them, encouraging them when when they're having a hard time with.

If you know with with their siblings. It really is something that that Jesus spoke a lot about.

I think of the gospel of Luke in Luke chapter 6 verse 45 seceded from from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And I think that's something we can teach to our children as well as you know the way you use your words says something about what's going on in your heart that exposes something of us. And so that's why we want to be careful with our speech. We want we want to realize what's really going on deeper and you also think about that great warning that Jesus gave in Matthew chapter 12 verse 36.

We said that on the day of judgment. We are going to give an account. People are to give an account for every idle word that they speak so you.I think having a conversation about the importance of our words and how we use them to find that God cares about them and that as the children of the true and living God's new creations in Christ Jesus wants us to speak in a way that is encouraging and uplifting and builds the other up and especially in a society where that that doesn't really happen very much and we get in these fights about politics about medicine or whatever it is, and everybody's trying to tear down the other person the other side.

Boy, what would it look like if we as believers new creations in Christ modeled what it was for us to have healthy dialogue that was honest but also encouraging and so may the Lord bless you as you do that for your children, Stacy, and we appreciate your call.

Some great advice. I drill you know I've got to talk to my son a few times about the trash talking that athletes do because he loves professional sports yeah and unfortunately a lot of times. Some of the things that pay say to each other exactly yeah and boy Atlanta give you belaboring this ability really is everywhere is an admin in our competitions in sports and that kind of a thing.

So this is an area where we can really be a model. As Christians are talking to someone just the other day and they were talking about someone that they've come to know who's a believer and there's been spent time together and in the first thing this individual said was boy they just the way that they talk.

They don't talk like other people, they don't swear in the same way that other people swearing and so on is over. There was just it was just interesting to me was really a beautiful thing. Actually them really being able to see the impact of Jesus. It had on on this individual and it leaving an impression on them and so the way we use our words really can honor the Lord and be a witness to the people around us. I meant this is core Christianity with pastor Adm. Sanchez.

If you have a question about the Bible or the Christian life, jump on your phone right now will be taking calls for the next 15 minutes or so. Here's the phone number it's 833 the corn by the way, if you got a question about theology or Christian doctrine and church life. Maybe something happening in your own life that you're concerned about in your wondering how the Bible applies. Feel free to call us at 833 the core and you can always email us your question as well ask questions at core, Let's go to one of our listeners named Barbara, who was a question that bothered me here lately when you talk about you referring to everyone like everyone is saying you many times say that God loves everybody and God does not love everybody got mad at the wicked by a angry. The wicked every day. Not everyone is saying God can save them. What had that there is only around.

Thank you. Stay Barbara, thank you for that. That question, and I by think you may have misheard me in in the past. Perhaps I I think that you're correct in saying that not everyone is elect that is chosen. That's a theological word that we see a biblical word that we see in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, but it is very clear that God loves the whole world and so few things.

One, if you were referring to a couple of passages I think in the Psalms. So for example we turn to the Psalms. This idea of God hating the wicked, something that we see there in in the book of Psalms is something seen a crystal site will got it that hates the sin but love the sinner that that kind of thing and I think that's one way of putting abilities. Look at Psalm chapter 5 for example, it says in verse five. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes. You hate all evil doers is what we do with the passage like that and this is kind of what you were saying Barbara God.

God doesn't love everybody hates some people and you look at some passages like that you know God hates evildoers. One thing I'll say is all of us apart from Christ were evildoers. What Paul says in Romans chapter 5, so it is not like there are some people who are really good and God likes them. He loves them and other people do really bad things and God hates them know all of us apart from Christ apart from his grace apart from the work that he did work were outside of the faith in.

And Paul says in Romans chapter 5 we were enemies, we were rebels against God is a will eat what we make sense of this is the God loves everybody. But then you come to passage like Romans chapter 5 like Psalm chapter 5 verses five and six, which is that he hates evildoers.

Well, one theologian, long ago, Thomas Aquinas, he said, look, God sort of loves and hates the sinner at the same time sinners insofar as they have existence or God made us. He created us, insofar as it's a case he loves humanity what he made a nest because he's God.

And because he's good, but insofar as we fallen away from the Lord. We turn from him and we sin, we engage in the sinful behavior that that's that's hated by the Lord and so I think one way that we can put as God loves the the sinner but hates the sin you think of other text of Scripture that are very clear.

For example, Jesus's words in the sermon on the mount. I quoted this actually yesterday in in the program were talking about loving our enemies.

Jesus in Matthew chapter 5 says you have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.

For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. This is God just as a general love for all humanity for the whole world.

In what ways we see, that is, is the fact because that the son took derives every day rain to fall on the ground for for the good of all people, John.

When we read in John chapter 3 verse 16 God loved the world so much he's gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life of the world. There is not just some people's that's it's the world, though the world of sinful humanity. With God's grace is love that prompted him to send his son into the world so that we might not be condemned, but be saved and so we have to take all these passages of Scripture together in order to come to write understandingly say one more thing at a concern that I have is what we we we really have to be careful that we don't just sort of have this us them mentality when it comes to the world where it's weird where the chosen were special were were the ones who really loved by God and that is hates everybody else seems to me the part of the great commission.

This call that we have as Christians to go into the world and preach the gospel to all nations promiscuously just get it out there is a sign of of God's heart for the nations, and we should have that as well. We should we should take the good news of Jesus to all people, even our enemies. Those who hate us and persecute us.

We should love them because that's an example of how God loves the world causes the rainfall on all and so thank you for for your question in and hopefully that cleared things up for you. God bless.

Thanks much for Israel for that!

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Thanks, Bill. Have you ever wondered if the little devils and pop-culture movies and novels might have shaped our idea of who Satan is more than the Scriptures when you stop to think about it you really know who or what the devil is what he's trying to do is he everywhere, all-knowing and all-powerful kind of mirror image of God. These are the kinds of questions that many people have in the questions that we answer in this new resource can the devil read my mind. It's a 70 page booklet that gives you a thorough understanding of what the Bible says about Satan and demons and spiritual warfare is booklet is yours for free at core, you can download the resource by heading over to our that's core just look for can the devil read my mind. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez. If you have a question about the Bible or the Christian life we'd love to hear from you. Here's our phone number 833. The core go to James from Kansas City, Missouri, Missouri.

James what your question for pastor. Israel, yes, I was wondering as far as a married couple, one) antilock ring as couple shall we play like together or do we pay it individually, as if I would say that that's probably something that you should do together is as a family as you think about what it looks like to be generous in and give to the work of missions give to the work of your local church were you're being nourished by the ministry of the word encouraged by the saints that are there and you have this conversation and and you talk about this with with your spouse and in you, given I would say give generously that you know will often times we get questions on tithes and offerings. I go straight to second Corinthians chapter 9 because that's really one of the best passages in the New Testament related to giving and what it looks like to support local churches. Paul says in verse six.

The point is this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he is decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver and so I think James is you having conversations with with your wife you you you you talk about this, you say, look, man, God is been so kind to us. He's been so good to us providing for us, not just not just physical needs, but his salvation, his grace, the forgiveness of all of our sins.

What does it look like to invest in his kingdom and in the work that he's doing through our local church in and around the world in missions and and and how can we do that joyfully. What does it look like for us as a family so you have that conversation and you you commit to an end and do that. And boy it really is a beautiful thing. I think when when were able to do this, and there is great joy in giving as well. I'm sure many of you know this you know when you're when you're able to say hey we want to give back to the work of the gospel were consistently giving even at times you know it in ways that are above and beyond. We thought we could have done it without some sort of interesting to me is a little bit earlier in second Corinthians. Paul commends that the grace of God that was given among the churches of Macedonia. He says in chapter 8 verse one is as were in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of generosity on their part. In other word you know they were in a difficult, difficult place, and yet they still had such a heart for the gospel that they wanted to give for its advancement and so I would say brother have those conversations pray about it together with your wife and then and then together come to come to understand is that this is what we want to give an end and we be consistent in that. God bless you brother. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez someone of the ways you can ask a question is by going to our YouTube channel. You can actually watch a drill in the studio and here's a question from rubbish, who is watching us right now in the country of Dubai. He says this is an Old Testament question if Saul was filled with the spirit and the spirit departed from him.

Does that mean that he lost his salvation and is no longer a part of God's kingdom brother God bless you, thank you for listening to the broadcast all the way out there in Dubai well you you look with the Scripture say first able chapter 16 verse 14 now the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. It seems like there has been this great falling from grace if you will. Now we know earlier and in Saul's ministry that the Lord had called him that he was filled with the Holy Spirit that he was prophesying and you don't does it just seem like blood. God was with him in a powerful powerful way but I think the way in which the spirit was working under the old covenant even there with solace is still unique and different from what we see under the new covenant so I wouldn't say that Saul was a born-again believer if you will, who lost his born-again status. He was someone in whom the Spirit of God was working mightily as as a king in Israel he was he was holding this particular office, but as he turned away from the Lord, the spirit of God stopped working in and through him and and he had this terrible fall immediate. He ends up participating in divination at the end of his life. He's no longer trusting in the Lord if if ever he was even to to begin with, so I would not look at him as someone who was saved and then lost their salvation. If you think not assume or think about these Old Testament passages of Scripture we we have to factor in the. The reality of the way in which the spirit of God was working there under the old covenant through these particular individuals. These these individuals who had these the special offices like like being the king of of Israel at that time and so if if your concern is boy looks like Saul lost the Holy Spirit am I going to lose the Holy Spirit which I know is is one of the fears that many people have. I think that the good news is for those who believe in Jesus Christ were told in the book of Ephesians that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

I don't believe the Holy Spirit ever departs from you. And while we can grieve the Holy Spirit through sin. He doesn't abandon us. God does not abandon us. He continues to work in us by his grace trying us up to himself, sanctifying us as he promised he would do. He keeps us in. So thank you for listening. The broadcast given us a question. There your listing your core Christianity, just a reminder that we air live on many radio stations. At 11:30 AM Pacific time, which translates to 1230 Mountain 130 Central or 230 Eastern time. You can also listen to our podcast anytime online or on the podcast app and we would always love to hear your question you can voicemail us if you want at any time and we have a question here from Misty in Fort Wayne, Indiana Misty what your question for Israel. Bless you for what you do. I appreciate everything I question comes from the book of Revelation and editor of the Bible I hear a lot of opinion of how and times are going to occur and the rapture and everything and I was just wondering if you could.

You now can't tell me how the rapture's gonna take place and how those answered and unfolded. You know the believers in the saved are going to have to endure some of trials or any kind of expand on that he Misty thank you for giving us a calling and you're right, there are all sorts of different opinions on the end times.

In particular, the rapture, now let me just say one thing before I give my answer. The fact that there are difference differences of opinion on eschatology doesn't mean that were not brothers and sisters in Christ, and so people might disagree on the rapture on the great tribulation on how to understand the book of Revelation and still be you know, born-again believers need a sanctified through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ blood bought forgiven and so that's that's something that's really really important. We don't want that. We don't want to talk about these things in such a way that would suggest that we have a difference here were were outside of the body of Christ.

Now for those who believe in the rapture that the timeline is essentially that there is is going to be this this rapture of the church that is it that believers are going to be taken away caught up into the air to be with the Lord than theirs, and to be a period of worldwide evangelization described in Matthew chapter 24 verse 14 Israel is going to be converted no point to Romans chapter 11 verse 26 the Antichrist root revealed the man of sin as he's called in second Thessalonians, and then the second coming, the final judgment.

Now my opinion Misty what I believe and this was really that the position of the majority of Christians throughout the history of the church is that there aren't two separate comings of Jesus that is a rapture of the church for for believers for for God's people and then a second coming later, but that those passages of Scripture that sometimes will be pointed to his is teaching a rapture are actually really just about the second coming that that Christ is going to come back bodily for all people for all his people. In particular, he's in a bring judgment to the world at that time and restoration rescue to his his people and that the books that you really want to go to to to study this, our first and second Thessalonians, and in first Thessalonians chapter 5 the apostle Paul said now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything you have no need of anything to be written to you for you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night and and maybe that's kind of scary for you when you had to come as a thief in the night is what people are saying there is peace and security, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But but listen to what the apostle Paul says now and I think that this should be a comfort to you, but you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief, for you are all children of the light children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober is is look that day is coming the day of judgment.

Christ is going to return and pin people get really concerned about that.

Oh goodness I'm I'm afraid I'm scared will one if you belong to Jesus. You have nothing to be afraid of because he's coming back for his pride to redeem her and you are not of the darkness, so that that day would overtake US this this terrible thing you are Paul says children of light, a child of the light is over really meant to comfort each other when we talk about the coming of the Lord. We should comfort one another encouraging one another as as we talk about his singlet. This is this is the blessed appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ and we don't have to be afraid because our sins are forgiven, we are in Jesus Christ, we belong to him and he's coming back for us for for our good and especially when when the church experiences persecution when we struggle in our own lives.

Personally, whether that's with with sickness or with people coming against us.

Will this promise of the coming of the Lord is really meant to be a un-encouragement and comfort to us because we know that in this world. We have no lasting home. We are strangers and exiles as as the apostle Peter said, looking forward to the world. Jesus is bringing with him in his second coming, that the new creation were already new creations are already a new creation by faith in Jesus Christ Misty one day Jesus is gonna restore the whole world is beautiful, the awesome work and enjoy fellowship with him. Thanks for listening to core Christianity request your copy of today's special offer. Visit us at core, and click on offers in the menu bar or call us at 1-833-843-2673.

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