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Episode 928 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.
1. Do I have to tithe my inheritance?
2. I used to be a leader in a church, but my church dissolved. I have done some terrible things since then. Am I still saved or am I past that point?
3. If I attend church virtually, can I also take the Lord’s Supper and be baptized virtually?
4. Will I recognize my family and friends in heaven?Today’s Offer
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I still consider myself saved after committing grievous sins best is one of the questions will be answering on today's addition of core Christianity hi this is Bill Meyer along with Pastor Israel Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answered your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day.
Would love to hear from you at our phone lines are open right now you can call us with your question. At 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673. I can also post your question. One of our social media sites you can watch a drill live in the studio on our YouTube channel and you can send him a question that way for you to and you couldn't always, of course, email us at email@example.com. Today let's go to will call we received from one of our listeners question about regularly. However, I received an inheritance and I was told it's a gift must feel like want to test God in Christ when gift or inheritance thinking hey thank you for that question. Very practical and I guess the first thing I would want to send in often times we do I draw a distinction between the type as it was in the Old Testament under the old covenant, which was this requirement for the people of God there living under the Mosaic covenant.
It was probably the we we talk about 10% would probably include everything all the different ties that they were giving. I was probably more than that dancer.
Sometimes it was it was that if that still binding on believers today under the new covenant. I think I think giving generously is something that we are all called to do as Christians. I don't know that I would say that the that high of the old covenant should be imposed upon new covenant Christians believers in Jesus Christ today. Which isn't to say that we shouldn't be giving to the local church and supporting the work of ministry, because Jesus himself said, and Jesus had no problem talking about about money and in in our possessions.
He said in Matthew chapter 6 verse 19. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven were neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal where your treasure is, there your heart will be also on their nurse's connection between the things we invest in and in where our heart is and and if it works both ways that we we invest in those things were passionate about, but if you want to be passionate about the work of missions and the advancement of the gospel give to that invest in that and so I would say well I don't think that your you're bound to give a tithe on that you're free to give generously from all that the Lord gives to you and remember what Paul tells the Corinthians in second Corinthians that the Lord loves the cheerful giver. I love this text of Scripture. And it's one that I often go to win the question of tithing comes up it's in second Corinthians chapter 9 in in verse six, Paul says, 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 has decided in his heart. I think you can take that that word too hard for yourself sister, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver, and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times. You may abound in every good work. As it is written, he has distributed freely. He is given to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. What a privilege it is friends that God gives to us the ability to invest in the good of his kingdom in the work of missions is something that we should be excited about something that should bring us joy and and so I pray that that as you consider sister God's generosity to you, not just in this an inheritance, but most of all the gospel in his son Jesus and the forgiveness of your sins as you meditate on that more and more.
You would that we all would be shaped into generous cheerful givers. God bless great counsel. Thank you for that. Israel you're listening to core Christianity with Pastor a drill Sanchez and if you have a question about the Bible, the Christian life doctrine, theology, or even how your Christian walk on a day-to-day basis intersects with what's happening in the world around us. Feel free to give us a call. Here's our phone number is 833 the core that's 1-833-843-2673 want to take a moment to say thank you to a very special group of people we call them our inner core.
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This is from one of our listeners named Bob. I grew and I filled in for pastor when he had made it out, but we had trouble with the church and we had to leave and dirty terrible mansion after no muscle advised that already valuation model: my question that you will but okay, I'm sorry to hear about the trouble that you had in this church and sounds like your question is you can. Can I still consider myself a Christian after I've committed a grievous and I don't know what specifically it is that you're talking about. I just want to preface my comments by saying that if you've if you hurt someone or if you've done something that's illegal.
I think it's really important for you to come clean about that, that's part of the process of repentance if you will and and turning to the Lord and so not concealing or hiding throughout Scripture we have instances where people people who were noodle but middle part of the, the, the family of God. If you will, within the church committed terrible sin. Some you think of King David, adultery, murder you think of it does every every quote unquote hero in the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament seems to have had you know that at one point or another in their life. Just the very grievous sin that is sort of marking them and so III say that not to excuse whatever you've done, which is so that you know that there's hope that when you turn to the Lord confessing your sin that he forgives that the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient even to wash away those sins that were so ashamed of that. We we just want to hide and conceal and and I would say that you want to bring this into the light now you need to be in a good church that is faithful to the word of God that can bring the gospel to bear in your life and in this particular situation where you can experience that's that restoration that the apostle Paul talks about in the book of Galatians in the book of Galatians in Galatians chapter 5 I think he gives a really helpful description her as she Galatians chapter 6, verse one. Listen to what he said brothers. If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself. Bless you to be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
And so one. When you go to the Lord in true confession. Sincerely, repenting of your sins. He forgives you, you have that to you know if you've done something to hurt someone or something illegal you need to you need to come into the light. You need to to confess and and and bring this on them. There may be consequences. Obviously, you know we can we can choose our sins. We can choose our car consequences. There may be consequences. But in that you can still experience the mercy and grace of God. True and genuine healing and and and three just getting plugged into a solid church where you can get accountability in the help that you need that your family needs where you can experience that that restoration that the apostle Paul talks about in Galatians chapter 6 verse one. Thank you for your question. Your listing to core Christianity Jalisco to join his calling in from Chico California joy watcher question for pastor.
Israel and I am turning to radio patients a lot because I met had been due to chronic and spacious evangelical pizza MSN name flag conspired to Nancy F. Lewis said Martin Luther I never hear anyone mentioning and quite and fearless. The turn-of-the-century between the 18th, 19th Ave. that and I'm reading a book and I find it that there biblical to the best of my knowledge I'm not that you know where to look offended by bloodbath. I find that can bond with will will joyfully get your question is when I hear more people talking about Ellen light of the talk about these other these other pastors and historical figures, preachers, church fathers bet on her, hear her name mentioned for those of you who don't know she help to cofound the Seventh-day Adventist church and in just like with with all churches that there's a there's a spectrum of of belief even among the Seventh-day Adventist, but some of the this sort of core things core teachings that they embrace one of them would be just that the Saturday Sabbath and that still being binding on believers today and we get that question from time to time here joy on on the broadcasting of what we worship on Sunday instead of on Saturdays. As of this.
This would be something where there's there's difference and I think probably that that right there, especially being so distinct and different from what Christians have done historically for the last 2000 years is one of the things it that causes people not really to refer to her very much. I think I think that's actually one error area where where she is or where that when that group is in error. Just the way that they view the Sabbath still today, there are a number of other things, that doesn't mean that you know that there they're all running often times you know that you people who still really believe in Jesus and the gospel and embrace that the truth of the gospel and yet that you know are confused about other parts of of Scripture, and I think that's one area where there's some confusion in the Seventh-day Adventist church and so we we we talked about that on the broadcast before, but that's the end of the best answer I could give you in terms of why people don't refer to her as is often joy and let me just say to you, God bless you sister may may the Lord be with you and if you continue to study the word encourage you and give you a sense of of his presence.
And I do pray that on believers in your area would be able to to reach out to you joy and connect with you even white while your shot and maybe maybe requesting some pastors to come and visit you and spend time with you.
I hope that that that's an opportunity that you have because you're one of Christ's precious sheep that bless you and joy. We will be praying for you here at core Christianity with your illness. So thank you so much for your call. This is core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez's if you got a question for a girl, give us a call right now our phone lines will be open for the next 67 minutes or so 833. The core is the number by the way were to be recording a second program today.
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If you have a question. Weren't able to: during the live show jot the number down 833-843-2673 or 833 the core, you can call us for the next 40 minutes. Let's go to Carol in New York City. Carol, what is your question for pastor. Israel services videos do go to the and their people there but I run the loan from home for people who can't get out and then in the afternoon and I'm a bit of the church in virtual reality and interesting to me and there's some good churches and marinade service people all around the world of good preaching and teaching. However, I find that they will have communion and baptism in virtual reality. No baptizing people and whatnot and you revere your avid follower, you know everything is a virtual reality and hidden values not real waterless.
Why not really bread and I did have a problem that I have a hard enough time doing it on the unit with their own element from the moment and whatnot. So I really have a difficult time and I want to hear your thoughtful impact. Yeah, I have a very difficult time with it to Carol coming if it's not real water. And if it's not real line. It's not real bread. It's not real, baptism, and it's not real communion and I think this is the there. The reality what we have to take Jesus's word seriously than we think about church and the gathering together of the assembly of believers coming together around the table of Lord be one of the things that signified and in the Lord's supper there in a number of things are there that are signified or that for the picture there, but it's the unity that we have as the body of Christ coming together that mapping realized in in a particular place in a moment of it in time. The apostle Paul said in first Corinthians chapter 10 verse 14, my beloved, flee from idolatry by speak is to sensible people judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless is it not a participation in the blood of Christ, the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ because there is one bread, we who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread that can happen in virtual reality.
And I'm concerned that we are one of the things I see happening all around us. Carol is a sort of minimizing of Church of the significance of what takes place when we gather together and understand some people like our dear sister Joy who just called and are shut in that they can't they can't be there because of sickness or or something else, but for the rest of us. God calls us to gather together to come be ministered to by the preaching of the word to partake of these gifts of grace Unicom sacraments: ordinances that he gives to us because we need that nourishment. We need that spiritual nourishment those reminders of the gospel of God's goodwill and love toward his people and I'm just afraid that so many people are our either casting those aside altogether just sort of you know reinventing how to go about it mean as you say now you know with what technology does assertive virtual church thing or were doing baptisms without water and communion without bread and wine that kind of thing will all know that's contrary to the word of God, and I think we want it rather than you know, encouraging people to do just stay home and end do this sort of virtual church than we want to encourage them to come and to gather with the St. so we can see each other face-to-face so we can encourage one another. Get to know each other seated if you will together around the table of the Lord singing together that that's what God calls us to brothers and sisters and so I'm I'm with you Carol have a have a difficult time with that, and frankly I just think it's not biblical.
That's an issue definitely and thanks for that clarification. There Israel you're listening to core Christianity let's go to Rob calling in from Missouri.
Robert your question for Israel of all guys" broadcast, my question would be when we go to heaven will recognize our friends and family in the same way we do our Rob, thank you for your encouragement, brother, and I believe that the answer to your question is yes, Jesus said in Matthew chapter 8 verse 11, that many are going to sit down in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with the patriarchs, I think, assuming there on that working to know each other that were going to do to experience genuine fellowship is the family of God, not just with the people that we knew here on earth but with with the saints who have gone before us with the people of God who we read about even in in the Scriptures in heaven is this great gathering of the family of God. Even right now unit as as were awaiting for the final judgment in the resurrection of of the dead their art that the saints in heaven.
Those who have believed in Jesus Christ and received by faith worshiping him around the throne of God. This is the picture that we get in the book of Hebrews in Hebrews chapter 12 verse 23, it says it will we gather together for worship and can this is just talking about the importance of worship. The audit of the hubris is what what what were going to ease as you have come to mount Zion verse 1222 to the city of the living God of the heavenly Jerusalem. Innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect was our loved ones who have died in Christ and are now in his presence perfected in holiness and at night and I do think there is a matter know exactly how this works but there's a recognition of of of the ability to recognize, you know are our loved ones and and those who have gone before us because we have this perfect knowledge it's given to us in the Lord in the presence of God. Paul speaks of this in in first Corinthians chapter 13 goes on to say, and in Hebrews 12, the other the Hebrews and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel's brothers and sisters what what what a beautiful thing. What a wonderful thing that we have, to look forward to in Christ coming you know it when we die. You know it in Christ are spirits being made perfect in holiness and and coming into the presence of God into the very throne room of God to worship him. Not not not just on our own, but together with all the angels in in festal attire gathered together for this great celebration and with our loved ones in Christ who have gone before us and I do believe Rob that we will know each other, even better than we ever have with with this perfect knowledge and we will experience that that perfect peace and perfect joy and perfect fellowship in heaven.
We get a foretaste of that now this side of heaven in the church with the people of God, the fellowship that were called to experience again and grow in an and nourish in our own lives and so appreciate your question brother may God bless you as you continue to seek faithful to him and may he be with you and with your family. Thanks for listening to core Christianity request your copy of today's special offer. Visit us at core, Christianity.com and click on offers in the menu bar or call us at 1-833-843-2673. That's 833 when you contact us. Please let us know how you been encouraged by this program and be sure to join us next time. As we explore the truth of God's word together