Dear Sir,

I just read an article, “The Right Rules of Conduct” by Norbert Lieth. Near the end of the article, he says the redemption of Jesus was accomplished for all men. Nobody is excluded or specially elected. This is my belief. I have been a Southern Baptist for 70 years. All of a sudden in the last two years, they have tried to jam down our throats predestination and election, which I disagree on. What are your thoughts on this subject?

-D. Cunningham, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

You stated that 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” But it is not to us necessarily!

Even the laziest Bible student recognizes that the dietary laws (not suggestions for better health!) in Leviticus, didn’t apply to Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1-3) after the Flood, and they do not apply to us, the Church. Most Christians intuitively know that while God is indeed the same as always (Hebrew 13:8), His dealings have not always been the same. And Abraham knew no Law but was called “A Friend of God.” Etc.

The Old and New Testaments are common divisions we Christians cite. But to the serious Bible student, there is a treasure trove of blessings to find if we “rightly divide” (2 Timothy 2:15) the Scriptures! The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 3:8, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

One cannot search out the riches of Christ in the four Gospels or the Old Testament, without recognizing Paul’s unique Gospel, given to him personally by the risen Lord.

-D. Wesson, CA
Letter to the Editor:

My ex-wife married me in the Catholic Church, but soon had enough of some Catholics asking Mary’s help rather than prayers directly to Jesus only. She added that God shows no partiality, therefore Mary is in her grave until resurrection time like the rest of us humans. What about Elijah and Moses, who were apparently present with Jesus at the Transfiguration? And not that advance blessing for Mother Mary? What of Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, and so on?

Likewise, there is disagreement regarding Holy Communion in our Catholic Mass. When God said, “Let there be light,” I trust we agree that it happened! When Jesus at the Last Supper said, as He distributed the bread and wine, “This is my body…this is my blood…take and eat and drink, all of you,” what happened? And in other Holy Scripture, “Unless you do, you will not have life in you.” Pretty clear and heavy, wouldn’t you agree? So when our priest at Mass asks the Holy Spirit to repeat that change for the ongoing spiritual food of each current generation, what happens?

Your thoughts on these divisive issues are appreciated, while we await His full revelation.

-L. Conrad, WI
Dear Brother Arno Froese:

Thanks for your letters along with the Midnight Call magazine; since I was a child back in Brazil, I read the Midnight Call’s literature and it is solid food; may the Lord bless you and your team.

Several years ago, the mail carrier told my mom the magazine’s name intrigued him quite a bit, which soon led him to go to church. He ended up giving his life to Christ. The Lord’s Word is powerful in so many ways, and His people are being gathered all over the world.

I was wondering if you might help to clarify something in the Bible, please: it is verse 15 in 1 Timothy chapter 2, where it says the woman will be saved in childbearing…I am scratching my head about it and do not know what to make of it. I cannot help but think about women that have no children.

-A. Trajano, WV

The Four Blood Moons: Right or wrong, God does say He will show wonders in the heavens. Plural, meaning more than one heaven.

God’s sign/signal has been shown to us all after the flood. That sign/signal is the rainbow. God says, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (Genesis 9:13).

As for me, the heaven above proclaims God’s creation. Remember, the Star of David proclaimed Jesus’ birth: a sign/signal to proclaim God’s love for mankind.

Matthew 2:9, “…The Star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” Did everyone on earth see the Star? Maybe not but to me, it was a sign/signal proclaiming God’s gift to mankind.

We can debate all day long, but I’m reminded constantly of one of my favorite Bible verses in the Bible, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it: for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).

-R. Tanciar, NC
Dear Mr. Arno Froese,

I have been a Christian since I was in my early 20s. I was raised in the Methodist church. After I got married, we attended a Methodist church, then a Baptist church and an Assembly of God church. In the Assembly of God church, we were taught healing, gifts of the Spirit, miracles, etc. My question is mainly about healing and miracles. In your opinion, do they really happen today as they did in the book of Acts? I have a friend who just died of cancer. She was prayed for many times, and went to a healing service and was prayed for with laying on of hands. Nothing happened and she died. I have back problems and have asked God many times for healing. It hasn’t happened. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, but don’t understand when things like this happen. Thank you.

-D. Haler, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My pastor is beginning to teach from a Preterist viewpoint. When I searched for info on this, I was greatly bothered by this belief or system of Scripture interpretation. It just does not ring true. Where did this come from, and is this a legitimate way of Scripture interpretation?

-E. Frey, LA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My Bible says in Luke 23:39 that one of the malefactors asked Jesus to save them. Verse 40 says that the other one rebuked him. In verse 41, he said that this man had done nothing amiss. In verse 42, he said, “Lord…” How did he know that Jesus was Lord? He asked Jesus to “remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” How did he know that Jesus was going to have a kingdom?

The only way he knew these things was that he somehow previously heard about Jesus, probably from John the Baptist. He could have been baptized and fell away later. He didn’t have the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).

In Acts 19:4-6, those baptized by John the Baptist were re-baptized in the name of Jesus, to receive the Holy Ghost.

Deathbed sinners do not have Jesus beside them to forgive their sins. They need to come to Jesus earlier in their life.

-B. Landman, OH
Dear Mr. Froese,

I just read your book, The Great Mystery of the Rapture, and like it very much. Yet I have difficulties with your statement that we should be comforted with this hope that Jesus could come back at any moment. I believe so too, that the Rapture could take place at any moment.

Unfortunately, this comfort is not the case with me. I just can’t be comforted. Frankly, I feel as if I am an alien in this world. I am so tired of life and have such a deep and inner yearning to be present with the Lord, so much so that it becomes somewhat painful. I just want to get away from here. Every day I hope for the Rapture to occur, and every day passes by and the Lord has not come. As a result, I am progressively sad, tired, and despondent. There seems to be nothing to be joyful about. Do you have an answer for me?

-N. Schanz, Berlin, GERMANY
Dear Mr. Froese,

I want to first thank you and your staff for the encouragement and edification my wife and I have received for many years from this ministry. I know that you are aware of the many problems that plague most of today’s churches. I understand that the real Church is a saved believer, and in its basic definition has nothing to do with a building, denomination, traditions, etc. And having church is simply where two or more gather in the name of the Lord. I know the Bible exhorts us to not give up the assembly of one another or simply quit having church.

In my business, I often have opportunities to talk to my customers, and have been surprised how many of them are born again believers, but don’t go to church for a number of different reasons. Yet they do desire fellowship.

Fellowship can be done in so many ways. I right now am fellowshipping with you. Many believers today are going to all types of media for fellowship, some good, some bad. The organized church for many years provided a social need that many believers get in other ways now, with the instant communication used in our world today.

As sad as I am to see the organized church failing, I am encouraged that God provides ways to continue to have church and fellowship. I believe you once said that all Christian organizations could be shut down, and Christ would still build His Church. I am starting to believe shutting down most churches would be helpful in the implementation of the Gospel. Is not the greatest apostasy going to be tied to the end time organized church through the false prophet? Are we not as believers to always remember our first love (Christ), and not push earthly agendas such as worldly peace, patriotism, saving the planet, etc.? And yet every denomination and church seems to have one. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for the truth you have spoken over the years.

-B. Basinger, AR
Dear Mr. Froese,

I have been a reader of the Midnight Call magazine for several years, and greatly enjoy and benefit very much from all the good articles and excellent authors writing them.

I am somewhat confused by the recent article by Mr. Hanisch concerning “Why Does Everyone Understand the Bible Differently?” Many conclusions were drawn concerning the early church, deity of Christ, canon of Scriptures and ecclesiology, which were good. However, quoting Mr. Hanisch, “We are experiencing today a newly revived conservative Reformative theology, but although the Reformers went back to the Bible, where biblical prophecy is concerned… Thus, eschatology is for the end times the most controversial them of all.”

I am a firm believer in the Pre-Tribulation deliverance of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18); the severe, 7 year tribulation judgment of God (Rev. 5—19); the 1,000 year reign of Christ and His Bride (Rev. 20); and the great white throne judgment of lost souls.

My questions:
1. Has the professing body of Christ essentially left out (wrongly) the blessed hope of the Church (Titus 2:11-13; 1 John 3:2-3)?

2. Has the Reformed Church been the movement contributing to this unfortunate state the professing Church is in?

-R. Valnes, OR
Dear Brother Froese,

I am writing this in as short a way as possible. I desperately need answers on how I can live as God’s teachings tell me. I believe it is completely wrong to accept their lifestyle, and isn’t it also wrong to associate with them?

My son married a strict Mormon woman who believes everything they teach, even though I have openly witnessed regarding the truth to them. I am 81 years old, seriously ill and right now thrown into living very close with them.

I love the Lord with all my heart and want to live a righteous lifestyle. They want me to celebrate Christmas with them, have family dinners and do things together, and I do not know what to do; it’s causing me bad stress. Please advise me if I should stay away and move, etc.

-A. Bramel, OH
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