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Dear Mr. Froese:

I am very upset about your answer to the drinking wine question. You used Luke 7:34 and Matthew 11:19 to say that Jesus drank wine. People are using this to qualify their drinking.

In the verse before, Luke 7:33, Jesus states, “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.” According to your interpretation, John had a devil; not so.

In verse 34 Jesus said, “The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!”

Where do you find that Jesus was “gluttonous” or a “winebibber”?

Jesus was quoting what others said. He didn’t say He was gluttonous or a drinker.

I always valued the Midnight Call, but I think you are wrong for “narrow is the way… and few there be that find it.”

-M. Mumbower, TN
Dear Gentlemen,

I am writing to find out if there is anything in the Bible about doctors. I do not know that much about the Bible. I do know that Jesus healed people; in fact, one woman went to Jesus and touched his robe and she was healed. I have also heard from a salesperson that was selling aloe, that aloe is mentioned in the Bible. I am praying that you might be able to answer my question about doctors. My question is this: my wife said that she thinks there is something in the Bible that says doctors cannot heal. Thirty years ago, I dated a young lady who also said that she didn’t go to doctors. She had good health. In fact, she told me that there were people who could cure you by touching you. I told her that these television programs show special things for their ratings. I want to know if you can trust doctors to heal me. I have cancer, plus I recently found out that I have glaucoma.

I do know for a fact, that the Church of Scientology and Christian Scientists do not go to doctors. I heard or read that a couple who were Christian Scientists, did not take their child to the doctor and the child died. The state was going to prosecute them. Then the state had to back off because it was against their religion to go to doctors.

-R. Rager, MD
Dear Editor,

My wife and I became born again believers in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior in August of 1985. She came from a Roman Catholic background, and I from an Anglican background, and we both ultimately ended up in a small country Baptist church. We have been married 50 years. We both thank and praise God for bringing us together and for keeping us together. My wife and I are like-minded in Christ, and we both have been given an unquenchable thirst and a deep love for God’s precious Holy Word. It cuts us both to the heart when we see God’s Holy Word twisted, distorted and misrepresented. In the spring of 2015, our church received a new pastor. He and his family are wonderful, God-fearing people, but soon he started to preach on “Calvinism.” Immediately, a red flag went up to my wife and I, because it did not represent the holy, loving, merciful, compassionate, and just God that He has declared Himself to be in His Holy written Word.

On behalf of my wife and myself, I wrote a six-page letter to our pastor explaining to him that Calvinism just didn’t line up with the Scriptures, and I asked him kindly for his comments, which to this point, he has never answered. We have been long-time subscribers to Midnight Call, and in the September issue, I noticed a book on sale by Dave Hunt called What Love Is This? concerning Calvinism, and we sent away for it. I read the book first and then asked our pastor if he would like to read it, and he said he would because he already had a couple of Dave Hunt’s book in his library. We found that Mr. Hunt’s book expressed exactly what we believe to be true in Scripture concerning this subject, but after our pastor read the book, he asked me to see him in the back of the church after the service. When I arrived at the back room, I was confronted by the pastor and all the church elders. I was immediately told that Dave Hunt’s book did not properly represent true Calvinism, that it was poorly written, and that it was very demeaning and they were extremely offended. I was warned not to lend that book to anyone else in the church!

I was accused of being an Arminian, but I told them that I did not subscribe to Calvinism, Arminianism, Augustinianism, or for that matter, any other of man’s “isms,” and that we follow Jesus Christ and Him only. We pray and ask God’s Holy Spirit to impart to us His wisdom and clarity of understanding when we read His Holy written Word, and we completely and faithfully trust God for this. I told them that my wife and I believe in the eternal security of salvation for all “true” born again believers in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and they then said that we were one point Calvinists. I told them that they did not hear what I had just told them, and then they accused me of causing disunity in the church. I told them I had no intention of telling anyone in the church about this but the pastor. I apologized profoundly to them, shook their hands in peace and then left.

Dear Editor, did I cross the line with God’s anointed; was I incorrect in what I did, or was I just simply making a mountain out of a molehill? It feels like God has placed a burning hot coal in our hearts concerning the truth in His precious Holy Word, and we feel like we are all alone in this matter. Please help us; no matter the consequences, we value your trusted opinion. We thank you for your magazine and the work that you do for Jesus Christ and His truth.

-R. Langabeer, ON, Canada
Dear Sir,

My question concerns the thief on the cross and the lesson Christ wanted to convey to us about confession and forgiveness. Does the event show that forgiveness is offered to us even at the very last moments of our lives? If like the thief on the cross next to Christ (who seems to have given no thought in his life to God, his own sinfulness or his eternity in heaven or hell), one is suddenly aware (by the fear of his impending death) of the salvation that is possible from Christ, and if we on our deathbed confess our sins and ask forgiveness, will we like the thief be forgiven? I would appreciate your thoughts as I have been trying to understand what teaching that God may want to give us in this part of Christ’s victory on the cross, and do not want to mistake flawed reasoning for the truth. Thank you for your reply, and may God bless your ministry in its efforts to share the gospel with the world.

-D. Hebert, ON, Canada
Dear Sir,

I am studying the Bible on tithes, and would like to know if it is necessary for Christians to give tithes. Also, do you think that the believers, including Gentiles, during the apostles’ day gave tithes?

-M. Carlos, Brasilia, BRAZIL
Dear Editor,

Your article and letter regarding cremation as “pagan” has caused me much concern. I am a born again Christian and have been most of my life. My husband and I agreed on cremation and made the arrangements years ago. He died 10 years ago.

I felt no qualms about this decision and had discussed it with my pastor.

I think of the saints burned on stakes, devoured by beasts, and people lost at sea. Does it concern God what happens to the shell we occupied here on earth? We know our spirits have a new body with Him in heaven.

It seems cleaner than our bodies rotting and becoming worm-infested in the ground.

Ashes are dust—it all goes into the earth again in time.

There are so many who just cannot pay the cost of a funeral.

I have always had the greatest respect for your teachings, and still do, but I take issue with you on this. I do not see that the Bible teaches this.

-G. Beyer, OR
Dear Mr. Froese,

Your naming of the four great powers of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome are, to my understanding, correct, not only from the Book of Revelation but also from the Book of Daniel. But, it seems to me that there are two parts of Rome. One is ancient “Pagan” Rome from 168 B.C. until its breakup by the various tribes around it more than 600 years later. The other succeeds it and is called “Papal” Rome, which eliminated three of these tribes; thus, in effect in 538 A.D., gave the Pope not only the power of the church but also the power to control civil governments. With this dual power, it became a persecuting power and historians credit the church, working through civil governments, with persecuting and killing thousands who disagreed with its doctrines and its policies. Nearly a thousand years later as Protestantism began, the protest for which it is named and later, when the head of the Papal Church was jailed, some of that persecution came to an end.

The lesson of the 1260 year period of the “woman in the wilderness” (exactly the length of time of the supremacy of the papal power) is that it is not up to governments to enforce Christian behavior. One becomes a saint by choosing to serve Him who gave His life for us. The Scripture says, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

It is the One who gave His life for our redemption who said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Papal Rome claims to have the authority to change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. It has repeated that claim time and again, and says that the change is a “sign” of its authority to do so. But Sunday is still a pagan holiday. It has no validity as a Sabbath either in Scripture or in history.

-F. Owens, ID
Dear Brother Arno,

I want to say how much I have enjoyed and been blessed by the many books and CDs that I have received since becoming a life member. Brother Arno’s remarks in the CDs of the Month are so profoundly Scriptural and perceptive. In one CD, I was particularly struck by his comment about what he called the “fanatical nationalism” permeating the church, especially in the U.S. I have come to understand this so much better because of the teaching presented in Midnight Call. I agree that many Christians in our nation are deceived in believing that America is a Christian nation and that it was founded as a Christian nation. I just, in fact, read a book (American Gospel) by a secular author (which I rarely do, but I have time for since I’m retired), Mr. Jon Meacham, who was the managing editor of Newsweek. Mr. Meacham, who I’ve seen on news programs many times on MSNBC, is a very well-spoken and seemingly kind gentleman, who I would say is a nominal Christian. He is an accomplished historian and the book espoused many of the same ideas which I have read in Midnight Call. He traces the Freemason and Deist roots of the American founders, and it really seems that not one of them was a real Christian—not so far as I can determine.

Amazing to me was the final quote and sort of capstone thought to the book from Thomas Jefferson, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” I read that and just thought it sounds like President Jefferson was talking more about the altar of Freemasonry or Humanism than the True God, our Father. Jefferson’s mind itself unfortunately was under much tyranny, since this is not the statement of one born again of the dear Holy Spirit by faith in our glorious Lord Jesus. Also, eternal hostility and judgment belong only to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

-M. McLaughlin, OH
Dear Mr. Froese,

I am writing to ask a few questions, about which I have heard others asking the same. As a Christian, should anyone take a drink of alcohol, wine or beer? Some think a glass of wine is fine. They say the Lord even drank wine, but I do know that the Lord didn’t drink the mess that’s in the stores today. I hear that Baptists, Catholics and others drink alcohol and wine to suit their surroundings. I feel that if they are Christians, they wouldn’t want a strong drink of any kind. As sinners, I know none of us, not one is perfect. Lord knows, I would like to be; that’s my desire.

--S. Thomas, NC
Dear Sir,

Has there been an evaluation of the source of those trumpet noises from the sky recently heard around the world?

-J. Monaco, FL
Dear Sir,

Recently, in the past few months, a request was given to the city of Kennesaw to allow a Muslim mosque. It was voted down until they threatened to bring a lawsuit against the city. Because of that the city reversed its decision to allow a Muslim mosque in Kennesaw. Even though they can now have a mosque, they are still going to sue the city. The city does not want a mosque in Kennesaw, GA. Since this event, I have noticed a Department of Homeland Security police car and have been told that the FBI is also in Kennesaw looking around. The mosque is not even open yet and people are already showing their disapproval. An example of this is a person has been barbecuing pork right in front of the location of the mosque. When it opens, I fear that it may cause major problems. If you could, please investigate this and report on it to make others aware. I would appreciate it.

-N. Watson, GA
Dear Sir,

Correct me if I am wrong. Doesn’t John MacArthur believe that the shed blood of Jesus represents the violent death Jesus. How does the violent death say that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, when the blood was spilt on the ground and soaked in? My point is if what John MacArthur teaches is not correct, then Midnight Call would be supporting a false message of a Biblical understanding. Midnight Call’s Statement of Faith says, “We are justified by the blood,” which I believe is true. Can’t find in Scripture where it says we are justified by His (Jesus’) death. Thanks.

-F. Warner, MD
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