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Your Questions, Honest Answers: - September 6, 2017

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A CHURCH INCLUDES THE WORD "REFORMED" IN ITS TITLE? DOES THE DEVIL CONTROL KARMA? IS IT OKAY TO HAVE PICTURES/ FIGURINES OF JESUS IN YOUR HOME AS LONG AS YOU'RE NOT PRAYING TO THEM? Read Transcript


And welcome back to The 700 Club.

It's time for your questions and some honest answers

from Pat Robertson.

We're going to start with this question from Lisa.

She says, Pat, my son is 10 and he saw something

on the internet about Jesus coming

on the 23rd of September, 2017--

which is a few days away--

and it's gotten to the point where

he's scared of any loud noises like fireworks, et cetera.

I'm wondering if you could maybe calm him down.

Maybe pray for him on TV or something.

Well, I'll say this to him right now.

The Bible makes it very clear.

Jesus said, no man knows the day or the hour.

Not the angels in heaven, not the son.

In other words, Jesus himself said,

I don't know when it's going to be for me.

And only the Father has in his power.

So for somebody that said it's going

to be the 23rd of September, he's lying through his teeth.

And do not believe him.

Nobody knows.

Nobody knows.

And when the Lord comes, he's going

to come with a shout of command, the angels will rise in chorus,

the dead in Christ shall rise.

It will be a trumpet of God.

And the dead in Christ will rise,

and it's going to be a glorious thing.

You don't have to be scared of it.

But in the meantime, nobody knows.

And for somebody to say it's the 23rd, he is lying.

OK?

He's 10.

He's probably thinking, don't come back yet.

All right.

Elizabeth writes, what does it mean when a church includes

the word reformed in its title?

Well, I think it has to do with the Reformation--

the reformed church was that which came out

of the Reformation tradition.

And it is not sacerdotal.

It doesn't have the trappings of the most sacerdotal churches

that have all the ceremonies and so forth.

It is reformed.

Primarily dealing with the Bible,

they believe the Bible is foundational in the preaching.

So they strip down churches.

You see the pulpit at the center.

There are a lot of things like this,

but that's what they're essentially talking about.

It's out of the Reformation.

OK.

Here's one from Amanda.

She says, I've always believed in what

comes around goes around.

So I try to be a good person, but it always

seems like my family and I always

get the bad end of the stick.

Yet I know quite a few people who are terrible.

They lie, steal, and much more.

And it seems like they are always on top

and have no problems.

So does the devil control karma?

Because it honestly feels like it.

Karma, by the way, is the Hindu concept

of a wheel of fate that goes round and round and round.

You have good karma and bad karma.

That's baloney.

That is not a biblical concept whatsoever.

Well, the Bible does say you reap what you sow.

And so if you're doing a certain thing,

if you're hurting people, the chances

are it's going to come back and hurt you.

But you know, the Bible--

you read the Psalms, and the Psalmist is looking--

you know, how come these evil people get away with so much?

Their children are healthy, they are fat and happy,

they got lots of money.

And everything seems to be going well for them.

Well, the Bible says, until I looked at the last day

and I saw their end, they're on a slippery slope.

And the end of those people is hell itself.

So don't you be worried about what's

happening to somebody else.

You do what's right for you, and God will look after you.

All right?

Amen.

Good work.

All right, Serena says, is it OK to have pictures, figurines

of Jesus in your home, as long as you're not praying to them?

Well, we're not supposed to worship idols.

But I just think a picture of Jesus?

I mean, what's the big deal?

My grandmother had one in her kitchen.

Well, sure.

But just keep in mind, you don't pray to that picture.

You don't pray to some angel.

You don't pray to Saint whatever.

And when you begin to do that, then you're into idolatry.

As far as a picture.

But you know, we're not supposed to have graven images.

And that's one of the commandments.

But I just don't think it's any problem.

I don't believe if we took away all the pictures,

you'd demolish most of the great art of the Renaissance.

Of course, nobody knows exactly what Jesus looked like.

There is a lot of different depictions of him.

Well, you read in Isaiah what it was.

He was so-- his visage was so marred,

he didn't even look human.

Wow.

They beat him up so badly.

So he wasn't a pretty thing.

He had no form or comeliness that we would desire him.

Right.

But nevertheless, I say, you'd have

to destroy all of the art of the Renaissance.

And there's some really, really beautiful pictures of the Holy

Family of Jesus, and so forth.

As long as you don't worship them.

At the same time, there are statues in these churches where

people have literally rubbed the toes almost off, because they

rub it, asking for a blessing.

No way.

That's idolatry.

All right?

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