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Your Questions, Honest Answers: - October 11, 2017


Time for your questions and some honest answers.

And Pat, this first one comes from Ethyl, who says,

"When my son told me he was going to marry an atheist,

it was a tough pill to swallow.

But I managed to get through it.

I raised my son to believe we, as Christians, should only

marry inside the church.

But I know he loves her so much that I can't bring myself

to say anything about it.

Should I respect his right to make his own choice?"

Well, Ethyl, your son is grown up.

The Bible's very clear.

What fellowship has Christ with Belial?

The Bible says do not be unequally yoked together

with unbelievers.

And what is happening there, as Billy Graham said so cogently

a few years ago-- you marry an atheist,

and you've got the devil for your father-in-law.

That's what's happening.

And this son is going to be in torment

because they will be fighting all the time about very

important things.

That assumes that he really cares about the Lord.

If he doesn't, then, of course, they'll

both be into atheism together.

But what can you do as a parent?

Well, you can advise him.

You can counsel him.

But the Bible says raise up a child on the way

that he shall go.

And when he's old, he won't depart.

You haven't raised him very well if he's

going into atheism right now.

All right?


This is Ashley, who says, "Someone very dear to me opened

up recently that he doesn't know what he believes in

after we die.

He's not sure heaven exists.

I believe in it.

But I found myself at a loss for words.

I did not know how to explain to him that it is real,

nor do I want to push any beliefs on him.

How should I handle this?"

This idea of not pushing beliefs--

I think you need to tell people.

How do you know about life after death?

Well, we know somebody who came back from death.

His name is Jesus Christ.

And it's verified in the Bible and by eyewitnesses

that he rose from the dead.

He died and rose from the dead.

And he came back to tell us what the afterlife was all about.

And you've got tremendous amount of material

in the Bible talking about the afterlife.

There is life after death.

We live on after this life.

We're spiritual beings.

And our bodies will die.

But the spirit is going to live on forever.

So I don't know.

How do you tell somebody that?

Well, it's biblical.

You take them to the Bible and say,

here's what the Bible says.

If they don't believe the Bible, well, the other thing

that you can do with somebody who's an unbeliever-- just

quote one scripture.

"It is appointed unto man once to die,

and after that, the judgment" is said over and over again.

It is a point [INAUDIBLE] the man wants to die.

After that, the judgment.

And then those people will learn firsthand

what life is like after they die.

But then it'll be too late for them.

All right?

This is Ron, who says, "I struggle emotionally

after interviewing for jobs.

My age seems to become my biggest hurdle.

God continues to provide interviews.

But all too often, I'm told I'm overqualified

or 'too technical,' a.k.a.

too old, even when I have skills they require.

I've been in IT for 25 years.

I'm in my late 50s, stay current on technologies,

and even professionally dye my hair to appear younger.

How do I allow God to mold my heart, mind, and attitude

to stay relevant to a younger generation?"

We've got laws about age discrimination.

And it's clear that some of these employers

are discriminating against you on account of your age.

I know you don't like a lawsuit.

But I think they need to have a wake-up call that they

are breaking the law.

And they're doing it very subtly.

They'll never tell you that's the reason.

But it's clearly the reason.

And I think that you ought to document some of these things

and then bring a case and let them explain

to a judge what they're doing.

But in your own life, know, there are many,

many opportunities.

Some of the great fortunes were made

by people who had moved on into their 60s.

You think of Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

He was in his 60s or 70s.

I think my friend, who's now deceased,

who started Chick-fil-A-- he was certainly in his 60s,

maybe 70s when he started that.

There are tremendous opportunities for people

who've moved along in age.

You have experience.

You have opportunity.

Look for an opportunity where you are in charge of yourself

and you're not dependent on somebody else.

All right?

This is Kara, who says, "I'm walking through a very

dark time in my life.

And in the face of my struggles, I

want to reflect the utmost integrity

and closeness with God.

As hard as I try, I still come up short.

And I get so mad at myself.

I understand that God gives us grace.

And I don't want to get under condemnation.

But will God hold it against me on Judgment Day

for the ways I'm falling short in spite of my diligent efforts

or is it only deliberate sin we're held accountable for?"

What does the Bible say?

By grace are you saved, through faith and not of ourselves

as a gift of God.

Salvation is a gift of God on account of faith and grace,

unmerited favor.

You don't earn salvation.

You're not going to work your way to Heaven.

So stop trying.

You are trying too much.

Trust in the Lord.

And let Him take care of the problems.

Give Him your life.

And then let the Holy Spirit lead you.

And then follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

All right?

This is Dorothy, who says, "Our church teaches

that a baby baptized is now a child of Christ.

How can that be since a baby cannot commit to anything?"

Well, being a Baptist, I would agree with you

on that particular point of view.

There are some who believe in--

well, they say if the parents consent to the baptism,

they are [INAUDIBLE] to the fact that that child was

going to be justified by faith.

It's the faith of the parents.

I don't think that is what the scripture teaches.

But baptism is for believers.

That's what the Baptists believe.

And I'm a Baptist.

They believe in baptism or regeneration.

But it just isn't there.

I think you take a little baby and put some water

on his head--

he's not going to necessarily live a godly life.

But that brings him into the fellowship of the church.

And there are many, many, many people,

certainly Catholics and Episcopals and others,

who believe in sprinkling or dedication of children.

But they are dedicated to the Lord.

And their parents are saying, well,

we will make sure these children are

raised in the Christian faith.

But I do believe baptism is for believers.

That's what the Bible teaches, in my opinion.


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