Dear Director Froese,

Thank you for your response to my inquiry.

You mentioned in your response that the requirement to be baptized is not found in the Bible.

I reopened my King James Bible, and this is what I found:

In Matthew 3:15, Christ tells John the Baptist to proceed with His (Christ’s) baptism, “to fulfill all righteousness….” Then in Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells His apostles, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

This seems very clear to me that Christ tells us that baptism is a must.

-S. Bennett, WA
Dear Mr. Froese,

I wanted to share a few thoughts with you. I drive an 18 wheeler and do much reading while away from home. Midnight Call is a favorite from cover to cover. The various articles or columns seem to follow the same general theme or mindset, and that’s okay. Then in April, “All Things New” followed a different path. Going back in history, Dr. Bigalke spoke of John Wesley as an example of the spiritual lesson he wanted to teach. In doing so, Dr. Bigalke ministered to people like me in ways unlike other writers do. In my case, depression has been an issue for many years, and like John Wesley, I often question my own salvation. So, the connection to Mr. Wesley was personal. Still, aside from that, the idea of using a person or event from the past as a foundation for the article was great. That story stayed with me while driving as something solid to dwell on. With thousands of examples that could be used, I hope you consider doing more of that in the future; just something to consider. The Lord’s richest blessings to all of you forever.

-M. Evans, FL
Dear Editor,

In 27 AD, the first day of Unleavened Bread fell on a Saturday. “For that sabbath day was a high day” (John 19:31). The day preceding was Passover on a Friday. “Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany (on Saturday)…On the next day (Sunday) much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna…” (John 12:1, 12-13). This thus proves that Passover fell on Friday that year.

Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover (John 19:31-37), so Jesus was crucified at noon on Thursday. The next day (Passover), the one after preparation day, the chief priests and Pharisees went to Pilate and asked for a guard to secure the tomb (Matthew 27:62-66). The women also went home “and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment” (Luke 23:56).

The preparation of the spices was done on Passover because these actions were not allowed on the Sabbath. Thus, Jesus was in the tomb three days and three nights—Thursday, Friday and Saturday—to fulfill Jesus’ own statement that he would be in the tomb three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40). There is no supposed missing day in Holy Week, when Jesus rested, as many churches incorrectly state.

After 2,000 years, why not get it correct?

-G. Mellish, NC
Dear Editor,

In the February issue of the Midnight Call, you ask, “Are creation and science compatible?” And then go to some length to prove the Bible by science. Conversely, if you let the Bible prove science, it is much simpler. We know that the earth was in flood at the time of creation. Genesis 1:9, “And God said, let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

Then after Noah’s flood, Genesis 9:11, “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”

God does not tell us how many times before He had destroyed the earth by flood. But in 2 Peter 3:5-7, we read: “That by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

So creation and science are perfectly compatible, and we can take the Bible literally.

Evolution, in spite of being so widely accepted, is an unproven and unprovable theory.

-V. Birdsell, IL
Dear Brother Arno,

Surely you would vote for a Christian over a non-Christian; surely?

I am referring to your book, The Sure Foundation of the Church, page 347, subtitle “Neo- Dominionists.”

-C. Gunter, AR
Dear Mr. Froese,

I would like to submit the follow prophecy for your consideration:

Israel will stand alone if she continues oppressing her neighbors!

The leader of Israel leads his people astray, promising that his policies will lead to peace, when there will be no peace.

You have greatly misled this people, saying to your people, you shall have peace, when violence is near at hand.

Distress, panic, and destruction shall come, and the people of Israel shall seek peace, but there shall be no peace.

Hear this, you ruler of Israel: You abhor and reject justice and pervert all equity. You have built up the nation of Israel by shedding innocent blood, boasting that no evil can come upon you.

Your talk is filled with lies and plans for violence. Every finger on your hands is covered with blood. You falsely accuse your neighbors and tell lies about them. You don’t know how to live in peace or to be fair with your neighbors.

The Lord has shown the leaders of Israel what will take place in the future. Change your policies of war and oppression!

-K. Keene, MN
Dear Arno,

I greatly appreciate the Midnight Call and your humble and straightforward pulpit ministry. I am trying to write out of loving concern.

To make my point a little more clear, the following are reasons why the body itself cannot be sin.

I give at least four reasons for this: 1. Jesus lived in a body just like ours, but He was sinless, as many Bible passages demonstrate. 2. Sin and the sinful nature is not a physical problem, but a spiritual problem. 3. Arno Froese’s interpretation of 1 John 3:9 is absurd and very close to the heresy of Gnosticism, the very heresy the Apostle John was writing against: the idea that sin is physical, and that the spirit can be pure and sinless even though the body is committing sin all the time. 4. The Apostle Paul called the body “the temple of the Holy Spirit”—if what Arno Froese has written is true, the Apostle was wasting his time telling believers to keep their bodies undefiled.

-R. Grout
Dear Mr. Froese,

Why didn’t the God of Heaven tell David and his son Solomon that “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?” (Isaiah 66:1). “Ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Isaiah seems to be written before David and Solomon’s time.

If Isaiah knew this, why didn’t David and Solomon? Why the earthly temple? The more my wife and I read and study our Bible, the more questions we have.

It is good to have answers to questions. God bless you.

-J. Spencer, OH
Dear Editor,

I have been a Christian since the late 1970s, and have never heard any preacher talk about a subject that troubles many Christian friends and myself. We wonder what will happen to our pets when the Rapture takes place, and even when they die!

Our pets are living creatures, not other “possessions” like jewelry, cars, homes, or other lifeless objects! Would a loving Bridegroom (Christ) take us away and leave our pets to starve to death?

Psalm 36:6 says, “He preserveth man and beast.” First Corinthians 2:9 says, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor can the heart of man imagine what God has prepared for those who love him!” Now, if God has prepared things that we cannot imagine, surely he would prepare something that we can imagine: our pets being with us for all eternity! Why is this important subject never taught or preached? It is not very comforting to me to think that my pets will starve to death with no one to take care of them.

-J. Demmy, PA
Dear Sir:

I was given a book called 23 Minutes in Hell. I know that hell exists and those who don’t believe in our Savior Jesus Christ will eventually end up there. This book tells of an experience of a gentleman that actually went there for 23 minutes so God could show him what it would be like for eternity. I am finding it difficult to believe this even though this author sounds truthful and in the Word. Is this somewhat similar to those that claim to see “Jesus”?

-J. DeHylton, OR
Dear Brother,

I have a question: in the beginning chapter of the Book of Luke, we read that Zechariah was working in the temple when he allegedly had a “divine” visit from the angel Gabriel. This visit was to advise that Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, were going to have a son, even though they were “advanced” in child bearing years. And we have come to know that this son would be known as “John the Baptist.” We learn that this John the Baptist did, in fact, baptize Jesus the Christ to “fulfill all righteousness.”

Allowing his baptism, Jesus did “command” at least three times, when he stated, “Except ye be baptized, ye can in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven.” This “command” begs the question, what is the fate of all those who were not baptized while in earthly life? Now to complete my question, the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, asked a strange question (1 Corinthians 15:29): “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?” Does this mean that there was baptism for the dead at one time? And secondly, does any church today baptize for the dead?

-S. Bennett, WA
Dear Sir,

I am a subscriber and love Midnigth Call magazine, and appreciate feedback. Your answer regarding ‘Satan in Heaven’… “There is no direct information…about Satan’s whereabouts.” Please enjoy God’s answer to that question: Ezekiel 28:12-19.

-G. Craig, NC
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