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
Dear Arno,

Could you please tell me which translation of the Bible you use, as I value your opinion and I am confused as to which is most trustworthy. God Bless.

-R. Gates, UT
Dear Editor,

Thank you for receiving my concern that baptism is being dropped by many churches. I’ve tried to convey this as simply as possible.

Baptism is very important according to the Word of God.

1. Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

2. Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

3. Romans 6:4: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

4. Ephesians 2:5: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).”

-W. Robertson, GA
Dear Mr. Froese,

My mother received Midnight Call 50 years ago when MC was in Ohio.

This book, 23 Minutes in Hell, is disturbing and confusing. Can a man who says that he is saved and a child of God lie or have some vision as this?

On page 43 he says that he looked down from space on his return and could see “the curve of the earth.” Was he up or down? On page 107, he says that hell is down in “the center of the earth.” Did he go up or down? Is this “your old men will dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28)?

Could you please reply?

-C. Lee, LA
Dear Arno Froese,

I just have some questions I would like to ask: It seems you use the KJV. Is that conviction or preference?

What are your thoughts on Christian modesty? Is contemporary rock music something to desire? Are you Pre-Trib? Are you dispensational in your approach to the Bible?

Are there beliefs and practices you hold to?

Trying to be a New Testament church in these last of the last days is a very definite challenge.

H. Dean, NY
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