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Bring It On: Hearing God's Voice

Is it a sin for Christians to read crime novels and such?. Are we only supposed to read about God, Jesus, the Bible, etc? Will the souls in hell be able to see the souls in Heaven? And will they recognize them? What do I need to do to hear God's ... Read Transcript


Terry: WELL, IN THE

TIME WE HAVE LEFT, WE WOULD

LIKE TO ANSWER A FEW OF YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

PAT, DONNA SAYS, "IS IT A

SIN FOR CHRISTIANS TO READ

CRIME NOVELS AND SUCH?

ARE WE ONLY TO READ ABOUT

JESUS AND THE BIBLE, ETC.?"

Pat: I HAD ONE SWEET

LADY WHO WROTE ROMANCE

BOOKS, AND HER EDITOR SAID

YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SEX SCENE

EVERY 100 LINES OR 100 WORDS

OR SOMETHING --

Terry: REALLY?

Pat: IT WAS

UNBELIEVABLE.

SO THEY PUT ALL OF THIS

STUFF IN THERE.

YOU ARE EXPOSING YOURSELF TO

THE MIND OF SOMEBODY WHO

DOESN'T KNOW JESUS.

AND LIKE IT OR NOT, THAT

STUFF WILL PERMEATE.

IT CAN BE DETECTIVE STORIES,

AND IT CAN BE SOME OF THESE

OTHERS.

INVARIABLY, THERE IS A

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

PROFANITY.

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF

PROFANITY.

EVERY FOUR-LETTER WORD YOU

EVER HEARD, EVERY SEXUAL

PERVERSION YOU HAVE NEVER

CONCEIVED OF OR HEARD

ABOUT.

IT IS ALL IN THOSE BOOKS.

AND YES THEY HAVE A PLOT,

AND SOME DETECTIVE KILLS

SOMEBODY AND HE GOES BEFORE

THE JUDGE, ETC.

THAT'S WHAT IS OUT THERE.

AND IT'S REALLY HARD.

BUT SOME DO A GREAT JOB.

FOR EXAMPLE, GRISHOM IS A

CHRISTIAN AND HE WRITES SOME

TREMENDOUS STORIES.

Terry: AND CHRISTIAN

BOOKSTORES HAVE WONDERFUL

BOOKS.

Pat: I THINK THE

CHRISTIAN PUBLISHERS GO A

LITTLE OVERBOARD.

THEY WON'T LET YOU PUT IN A

"DAM" OR A "HELL."

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE AN

AUTHOR, YOU HAVE TO HAVE

SOME REALISM IN THERE.

THEY WON'T LET YOU DO IT.

Terry: THIS IS SASH SHA

WHO SAYS, "THERE THE SOULS

IN HELL BE ABLE TO SEE THE

SOULS IN HEAVEN, AND WILL

THEY RECOGNIZE THEM?"

Pat: I DON'T THINK SO.

ALL WE HAVE IS THE RICH MAN

WAS IN HELL.

AND HE LIFTED UP HIS EYES

AND HE SAW ABRAHAM, AND HE

SAW THE BEGGER IN ABRAHAM'S

BOSOM.

SO APPARENTLY THERE WAS SOME

RECOGNITION, ACCORDING TO

THAT STORY THAT JESUS GAVE.

HOW MUCH INTERPLAY THERE IS,

I DON'T KNOW.

BUT I DON'T THINK DEAD

PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK

DOWN ON EARTH AND WATCH WHAT

WE DO.

Terry: THIS IS JAMES

WHO SAYS, "ON "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," GORDON SAYS WE

WILL HEAR GOD'S VOICE.

HOW DO WE HEAR GOD'S VOICE.

I'VE PRAYED FOR MY SPIRITUAL

EARS TO BE OPENED, BUT I

HAVE NEVER HEARD GOD'S

VOICE.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HEAR

HIM?"

Pat: YOU'VE GOT TO

SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD.

HOW DO YOU HEAR GOD'S

VOICE?

ONE OF THE WAYS YOU HEAR IT

IS BY READING THE BIBLE.

IT ISN'T ALWAYS AN INNER

SPEAKING.

HE CAN SPEAK, OBVIOUSLY, TO

YOU IN YOUR INNER MAN.

BUT HE CAN ALSO SPEAK

THROUGH THE WORD AND THROUGH

THE ADVICE OF GODLY PEOPLE.

HE'S GOT A NUMBER OF WAYS OF

COMMUNICATING WITH US.

THE BIG THING IS YOUR HEART

IS OPEN TO WHAT HE HAS TO

SAY.

Terry: SOMETIMES, DO

YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL

MISCONCEIVE AND THINK

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR

SOMETHING AUDIBLE?

Pat: JEREMIAH SAID GOD

CAME TO ME IN THE MAN OF

VOICE, SO HE HEARD GOD'S

VOICE.

GOD HAS A WAY.

HE'LL COMMUNICATE WITH YOU.

THAT'S THE BIG THING, IF

YOU'RE OPEN TO HIM.

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