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Bring It On-Line: - February 20, 2017

Is it wrong to love romantically when we are not even together? "I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place." Which generation is being referenced? Read Transcript


It's time to Bring It On with your email questions.

And we're going to start with this one from Ebi.

"I'm an 18-year-old Christian, and there

is a girl I have a crush on.

I realized that she also loves me, too.

And when we chat on Facebook, we use romantic words

with one another.

We've never had sex or even kissed

and we don't plan on doing that until marriage because we

are not even a couple.

Is it wrong to love her romantically?"

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, not wrong at all.

I think it is very appropriate.

You know that love is of God.

God is love.

That's what the Bible says.

And so you have love for this woman.

And, boy, apparently in your case,

it is very pure, what you're doing.

And if you want to look toward getting married,

I think that sounds wonderful.

So you're 18.

But I think you're very mature in your understanding.

Is it wrong?

Of course not, all right?

WENDY GRIFFITH: And she loves him back.

That's always good.

PAT ROBERTSON: Amen.

That's even better.

All right.

Kimberly says, "Mark 13:30 in the NLT says,

'I tell you the truth.

This generation will not pass from the scene before all these

things take place.'

'This generation' means what generation?

It sounds like Jesus was talking about the generation

of the disciples.

But I have heard pastors use the same words indicating something

yet to come."

The word in Greek is [GREEK].

And that can also be translated "nation," "race," "nation."

And what I think Jesus was saying is this nation,

this [GREEK] will not pass.

It's not this generation of people

that are living because, obviously, they did pass away.

And that was years ago.

But the Jewish race is still there.

And I think what He's saying is that race will not leave

until all this is fulfilled.

WENDY GRIFFITH: That's really interesting.

I've never heard that.

But that actually makes a lot more sense.

You need to be with somebody who speaks a little Greek.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Yeah, I do!

Amen!

[LAUGHTER]

PAT ROBERTSON: All right, OK.

I feel so uneducated right now.

All right, Sandy says--

PAT ROBERTSON: You don't know Vanuatu,

you don't know [GREEK]!

What are we doing?

[LAUGHS] I'm kidding.

Go ahead.

WENDY GRIFFITH: I speak a little French.

All right, Sandy says, "Exodus says that God hardened

Pharaoh's heart.

Whether He did or not, why did all Egyptians

have to suffer the plagues when it was

either God or Pharaoh's fault?"

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, trust me, it's not God's fault.

What is it, "hardened"?

You know, if you take the sun and you shine in a mud puddle,

the mud becomes hard.

If you shine it on wax, the wax becomes soft--

so the question of the tenor of the heart.

Like it or not, we are at the mercy of our leaders.

The leaders lead Germany into World War II.

The leaders lead Japan into World War II.

The leaders have the lead people into the World War I.

It's the leaders that have lead and the people who

have to bear the consequences.

You wish it weren't the case, but that's just the way it is.

So you say, why should those Egyptian people have to suffer?

Well, they had Pharaoh.

And I suppose they could have risen up against him.

But that's just the way it's been.

I don't have a full answer for it.

All right.

WENDY GRIFFITH: All right.

Sarah writes in, "I need to know how God sees me.

I've been stealing and then asking for forgiveness.

But I feel I may have asked too much of the Lord.

Also, I let my brother have custody of my daughter,

and now it seems they are teaching her to disrespect me.

Can you ask to be forgiven too many times?

Does God put a limit on it?"

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, they came to Him

and said, if I forgive my brother,

how often should I do it, seven times?

He said, no, seven times 70.

So there's an unlimited amount of compassion and forgiveness.

But it sounds like you've got a serious problem.

You gave your daughter up for adoption

and you wonder why your child disrespects you?

There's something seriously-- you've

been stealing off and on, which means you've been shoplifting.

And they've probably caught you.

I don't know if you've gone to jail or not.

You need serious counseling.

You've got a major problem.

And I wouldn't worry so much about how often God

forgives you.

I think what you need to say is, God,

I've got to straighten my life out.

Please help me, you know, get over what this is.

It sounds like you're a kleptomaniac.

I don't know what's going on, but you've

got a serious problem.

And you need professional help.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Amen.

That's a good word.

All right.

Julius says, "Pat, is tithing a mandate?

Will the Lord place a curse on you

if you do not pay an actual 10% of your income every time?"

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, God doesn't curse people on account of them

not giving money.

Come on!

I don't know who teaches people all this cursing by God.

God is a God of love.

God is a God of redemption.

God wants one thing more than anything

else right now among us.

He wants a universe filled with people who love Him.

And He doesn't want to curse you on account of your tithe.

The tithe was there in Israel.

It was the Israel way of doing things.

And it is a good standard.

But, you know, some would give two or three times the tithe.

You know, you can give up to 50% of your income

according to the IRS.

So, you know, that's just a little standard.

But, no.

God doesn't curse you if you don't give so much money.

I mean, this is ridiculous.

Where'd they get that teaching?

WENDY GRIFFITH: Of course, the Bible does

say you will be blessed if you give, your farms running over.

Yeah, but not cursed.

Yeah.

But I think, if you withhold what belongs to the Lord

and if He says the tithe is mine,

that you're withholding what's God's.

But I think we're free from all that.

I mean, you know, we give from the abundance of our heart.

And we give because we love Him.

And, you know, everything we have

belongs to Him-- not just a tithe, 100%.

It's all His.

Our life is His.

And that's our attitude toward this,

I'm merely a steward of what possessions I have on earth.

And it all belongs to God.

That is a question of how much He lets

me keep, not how much I give.

WENDY GRIFFITH: Amen.

When I'm tithing, it just seems like everything

goes a little bit smoother.

PAT ROBERTSON: So much, yeah.

So it's a good thing to do.

All right, Edwards says, "Would you

please explain 1 John 3:9, 'Whoever has been born of God

does not sin for His seed remains in him.

And he cannot sin because he has been born of God.'

I don't understand what this verse means."

Well, here again, I hate to keep doing Greek lessons.

But the Greeks have a number of tenses.

And their present tense means continuing, ongoing action.

So that verse says, "He that is born

of God doesn't keep on sinning," doesn't keep on doing--

not one time.

They've got an aorist tense, which means do it one time.

Present tense means continuous.

And that's what he's saying.

If you're born of God, you don't keep on sinning.

That's simple, all right?

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