Q: When a man and woman are approaching marriage in a relationship, should all secrets be revealed? Sexuality, Drug Abuse, Addictions etc. As Christians, if it is true that such confessions are not necessary to reveal, is it the right thing to do to accept and forgive that which you may never know from your partner and move forward towards marriage?
Honesty is always is the best policy, but you must prepare yourself for the truth. Fortunately, you have information to make a decision before making a lot of investments. The blessing is that you can enter into the marriage knowing the challenges and having the information to ask yourself what can you live with. Be sure to seek God for discernment and the power to make the right decision based on more than just your feelings. God is forgiving but it is often difficult to forget although not impossible. Phillipians 4:13— Pastor Mike
Q: I have secondary income, must I tithe it, or can I put it towards another fund i.e. building fund? Last week, I placed a portion of my secondary income into the building fund, but I feel this may not be pleasing to God. What should I do?
We are all acquainted with the familiar scripture “Bring ye ALL the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house…Malachi 2:10. Because the tithe is a tenth of ALL of our income, even secondary income would be subject to the tithe. The feeling that “this may not be pleasing to God” is the teaching of the Holy Spirit that ministers God’s wisdom. 1 Cor. 2:13. God is pleased anytime that we operate in faith. His love understands the heart of those who seek his blessing, it is the spirit that teaches us those things that come first.— Pastor Mike
Q: Why does the bible say that we are saved by hope as referenced in Romans 8:24? “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doeth he yet hope for?”
For those of you that have read the above scripture and are now doubting the security of your salvation, STOP! The unshakeable promise of our salvation as referenced in I John 3:15, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of god; that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” continues to undergird the believer with the promise of salvation.
Paul wanted us to know that although our salvation was secured for the believer at the point of repentence, confession and belief, there is an element of incompleteness that will not be fulfilled until the coming of the Christ. Because our completeness lies in the coming Christ, we are looking forward in confidence to a hope that only his glory can reveal.
We are saved, being saved and shall be saved! Our hope is the motivation that secures our faith. It is a hope that won’t disapoint because it is secure. Our hope is based in Christ not in a man made effort to secure our eternal existence. It is an anchored hope that endures the disapointments of life and reminds us that our labors are not in vain.
I am grateful to God, that what I can see right now (war,calamity,sickness etc.) is not my hope, but yet the forward looking promises of things which I have yet to see lies the eternal hope of our God!— Pastor Mike