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Bring It On-Line: Letters to God

Is it okay to write letters to God? Will he still hear me and answer my prayers if I write them down instead of saying them out loud? Must you go to church to get into Heaven? Within the Christian community, I have heard the expression ... Read Transcript


Terry: WELL, IT IS TIME

TO ANSWER SOME OF YOUR

E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

PAT, SHERRY SAYS, "MY

BROTHER WAS RAISED AS A

CHRISTIAN BUT HAS BEEN A

DEVOTED MUSLIM FOR MOST OF

HIS ADULT LIFE.

I'M A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN.

HE HAS BEEN TO MECCA,

CHANGED HIS NAME, GOES TO

MOSQUE AND PRAYS DAILY.

HE BELIEVES HE HAS FOUND THE

TRUTH, AND I'M WORRIED ABOUT

HIM.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER.

HOW SHOULD I PRAY FOR HIM?"

Pat: WELL, THE BIBLE

SAYS IT IS NOT GOD'S WILL

THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT

ALL SHOULD COME TO THE

KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.

WHAT YOU'RE ASKING IS HOW

SHOULD I PRAYER FOR MY

BROTHER TO FIND THE TRUTH.

Terry: YES.

Pat: I WOULD RECOMMEND

ONE THING: ASK HIM TO GO TO

THE IMAM AT THE CHURCH WHERE

HE WORSHIPS, AND ASK THAT

IMAM ONE QUESTION: DID

MOHAMMED EVER SAY FOR SURE

HE WAS GOING TO HEAVEN?

ASK HIM THAT QUESTION.

AND THE ANSWER WILL BE NO,

HE NEVER DID.

THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO

HEAVEN IS TO DIE IN JIHAD

AGAINST THE INFIDELS.

Terry: INTERESTINGLY

ENOUGH, SHE WOULD BE AN

INFIDEL ACCORDING TO THE

QURAN.

Pat: BUT HOPEFULLY THE

BROTHER WILL NOT TRY TO KILL

HIS SISTER.

BUT ASK THE IMAM THAT

QUESTION.

AND HOW DO YOU PRAY?

JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU MAY BIND

THE SPIRIT THAT HAS COME

UPON HIM, AND ASK GOD TO

GIVE HIM HIS LIGHT.

THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO.

Terry: STEPHANIE SAYS,

"HI, PAT, I'M A

HOME-SCHOOLING MOM FROM

BEAUMONT, TEXAS.

AND MY KIDS AND I WATCH YOUR

SHOW EVERY DAY.

IT KEEPS US UP ON EVERY DAY

EVENTS.

THEIR AGES OF 18, 12, AND

11.

THEY GET SO EXCITED WHEN

"BRING IT ON STARTS," AND I

THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EXCITING

FOR THEM TO HEAR FROM YOU.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR

BEING A SPECIAL PART OF OUR

LIVES EVERY DAY.

Pat: I CAN SAY HI TO

THE VAUGHN CHILDREN.

THAT IS GREAT TO HAVE A

FAMILY THAT HOME-SCHOOLS.

THESE HOME-SCHOOLERS ARE

DOING SO WELL.

GOD BLESS YOU.

Terry: IT IS GREAT TO

UTILIZE THE NEWS OF THE DAY

TO DISCUSS CURRENT EVENTS

WITH YOUR KIDS.

BETTY SAYS, "I HAVE A

PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING

TITHING.

ARE WE OBLIGATED TO TITHE AS

BELIEVERS SET FREE BY

JESUS.

I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH

GIVING, BUT I HAVE THE A

PROBLEM WITH THE IDEA THAT

GOD, WHO PAID THE PRICE WITH

HIS SON, WOULD REQUIRE

TITHING.

IS THIS NOT FROWNED UPON BY

PAUL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.

PAT, PLEASE HELP OUT.

I DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON

GOD'S BLESSINGS BY NOT

TITHING.

PLEASE HELP."

Pat: WE HAVE BEEN

BOUGHT WITH A PRICE.

GOD OWNS US.

THAT MEANS HE OWNS

EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT.

HE OWNS OUR POSSESSIONS AND

HE OWNS OUR FAMILY --

EVERYTHING.

HE BOUGHT ME FROM SATAN.

BOUGHT ME FROM SIN.

AND TRANSLATED ME INTO THE

KINGDOM OF HIS SON.

SO 10% IS NOTHING.

IF YOU WANT A LITTLE MARK,

BUT, NO, WE'RE NOT UNDER ANY

SPECIFIC OBLIGATION.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO GO OLD

TESTAMENT, YOU TRY THREE

TITHES.

AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE 50%.

SO YOU GIVE OUT OF THE LOVE

OF YOUR HEART TO THE LORD.

AND I THINK THE TITHE IN THE

OLD TESTAMENT SHOULD BE A

MINIMAL, MINIMAL AMOUNT.

BUT IT IS NOT JUST A TITHE

TO A SPECIFIC CONGREGATION.

IT IS A TITHE TO THE POOR.

IT IS A TITHE TO THE WORK OF

THE LORD AROUND THE WORLD.

WHEREVER HIS PRESENCE IS

MANIFESTED.

Terry: JODY SAYS, "IS

IT OKAY COULD WRITE LETTERS

TO GOD?

WILL HE HEAR THAT IF I WRITE

THEM INSTEAD OF SAYING THEM

OUTLOUD?"

Pat: GOD LOOKS AT YOUR

SPIRIT.

IT IS THE COMMUNION OF YOUR

SPIRIT WITH THE LORD.

IF YOU WANT TO WRITE A

LETTER TO GOD, WRITE A

LETTER TO GOD.

GOD IS A LOVING FATHER.

HE DOESN'T GET MAD AT YOU.

IF YOU WANT TO WRITE HIM A

LETTER, WRITE HIM A LETTER.

Terry: THAT'S ACTUALLY

A GREAT BEGINNING TO

JOURNALING, AND LISTENING TO

GOD'S VOICE.

Pat: AND YOU CAN WRITE

DOWN THE ANSWERS TO PRAYER.

IT'S YOUR SPIRIT.

WE WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN

TRUTH.

NOT ALL OF THESE RITUALS.

GOD IS NOT INTO RITUAL.

HE IS INTO SPIRITUAL

REALITY.

Terry: BRIAN SAYS, "I

HEARD A VERY WELL-KNOWN

PASTOR SAY IF YOU DON'T GO

TO CHURCH, ESPECIALLY IF

YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, YOU

WON'T GO TO HEAVEN.

ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE,

WE'RE SAVED BY GRACE.

I HAVE NO CAR AND NO WAY TO

GET TO CHURCH.

NOW I'M SCARED I WON'T GET

TO HEAVEN.

IS THIS TRUE?"

Pat: I THINK THAT

WELL-KNOWN PREACHER TO SPEND

THE TIME READING THE BIBLE.

IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO

ASSEMBLE WITH FELLOW

BELIEVERS, BUT THAT WILL

NEVER, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR

FORM, BLOCK YOU FROM GOING

INTO HEAVEN.

BY GRACE YOU ARE SAVED.

IT IS A GIFT OF GOD.

THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.

Terry: MANY PEOPLE WHO

ARE NOT ABLE TO GET OUT OF

THEIR HOME, WORSHIP WITH THE

TV OR RADIO.

THIS IS CHRISTINA, "I'VE

HEARD THE PHASE, SPIRITUAL

PRIDE.

CAN YOU DEFINE THE MEANING

OF SPIRITUAL PRIDE?"

Pat: I'M MORE HOLIER

THAN YOU.

I AM A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN.

I HEARD PEOPLE BRAG ABOUT

HOW SPIRITUAL THEY ARE.

I HEARD A SINGER BRAGGING ON

HOW LUCKY GOD WAS TO HAVE

HIM --

Terry: REALLY?

Pat: WELL, THAT'S NOT

EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS SAYING,

BUT THAT'S SPIRITUAL PRIDE.

I CAN SPEAK IN TONGUES AND I

CAN INTERPRET AND PROPHESY

AND I'M BETTER THAN

SOMEBODY.

THAT'S PRIDE.

GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD

BOAST, SAVING THE CROSS OF

JESUS CHRIST, MY GOD.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CAUSE FOR

BOASTING, AND THAT IS WE

BOAST IN JESUS, WHO DIED TO

SAVE OUR SINS.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

THAT'S ALL OF THE TIME WE'VE

GOT.

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