14 results for tag: Q & R


Q&R with Greg Albrecht – “Does God Bless Financial Vows?”

Question I watched a television ministry that claims if you make a financial vow unto the Lord it will change your circumstances. When you’re seeking answers, you just want to believe that something will work, almost like looking for a sign. I want to have faith in God, but at times I’m tempted to transfer my faith to human promises. Response The program you watched may base its “theology” in the Word-Faith movement, which, among other unbiblical teachings, teaches the health-wealth or Prosperity Gospel. The teaching is based upon human effort and performance. Obey, and you will be blessed—disobey and you will be cursed. But the gospel of ...

Q&R with Greg Albrecht – “Rethinking Church”

Question I’ve been re-thinking my whole church scene.  I enjoy church for what it provides. I like to see friends, I like to hear a good message, and I enjoy Christian music and hymns. But for me church has not been a God-encounter.  In fact, outside of church and any of its activities and programs I am finding people in my life who inspire me and encourage me to dig deeper, and I like to think that I am doing some of that same kind of thing for others. The whole concept of not being concerned about where exactly I attend church and how often I physically show up inside of a building is new to me, but I am coming to believe that ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – How does the gospel influence life and politics?

QUESTION Let me start off by thanking you for your excellent resource which is a blessing and encouragement for those of us who have stepped away from institutional Christianity. So a big thank you for that. I've never found cause in any of Greg's writings before to want to write but wanted to comment on his blog post “Lost and Alone.”  My concerns are not with the theology but the social-political comments which I think highlight some areas for awakening and growth among US Christians. I'm an American ex-pat living in Europe where the Christians are surprised by the apparent lack of social conscience in America towards the homeless, poor, ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – “How can I show love and compassion without condoning specific behavior?”

QUESTION My cousin had a child out of wedlock. Some time after the birth, my family had a baby shower for her. My father, who is Christian, did not feel it was right for him to attend due to the fact that the baby was born out of wedlock, and believed his attendance would only show that he tolerated this behavior. However, at the same time my father attended a funeral for a close friend of the family who committed suicide. I feel that he should have given the same support that he gave to a friend of the family to my cousin. I hate to compare and contrast sins, but isn’t it rather hypocritical of him? RESPONSE Your question seems to be this: if we ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – “Is becoming a better person the goal of Christianity?”

QUESTION I am confused.Someone told me that the main thing Christians should do is to become better people and in turn make the world a better place. I want to be a better person and I want to help change the world but isn’t Christianity more than that? RESPONSE Exactly! Christianity is more than a checklist of rules that help to make us and others better. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not primarily about morality. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a self-help program. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a formula. It is not a careful regimen of popping religious pills to make us better, nor does it consist of religious programs that will give us more ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – “Does the Bible condemn cremation? “

QUESTION Please explain cremation from a biblical, Christian viewpoint. Is there anything wrong with being cremated? RESPONSE Burial became the Christian practice following its Old Testament roots. Of course, Jesus was buried, but in a tomb, above ground, and in a very different way than our Western custom of burial in a casket. The Bible gives no specific burial practice, customs or traditions that we must follow. For many years, Christian sailors have been buried at sea, for example. God does need for us to be buried in a particular way so that he might resurrect us. Some bodies are so destroyed in accidents or in warfare that burial of the complete ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – “Those mean, nasty, hateful Christians . . .”

QUESTION It seems that our society is becoming tolerant of most everything except Christianity. Why is this? Could it be that the love Christians are to show is offset by fire-and-brimstone preaching condemning to hell those who do not comply? RESPONSE Has Christianity been so marred by inaccurate representations of God that many have determined that Christians at large are bigots, fear-mongers, hateful and nasty people?  I heard of one survey that determined that the least desired potential next-door neighbor in the United States is a fundamentalist Christian. Some might say that's because many people don't want Christians next door making them ...

Q & R with Greg Albrecht – “Are Catholics Christians?”

QUESTION Is there a difference between a Christian and a Catholic? RESPONSE No, there isn’t necessarily any difference between a Christian and a Catholic, or a Christian and a Lutheran, or a Christian and a Baptist. On the other hand, not all Catholics, Lutherans or Baptists are Christians simply because of their membership in a specific denomination. Christianity is a personal relationship between God and humans, and no human organization has the exclusive right to represent God on earth. Some doubt that there are any Christians at all in certain churches, and some Protestants typically have this view toward Catholics. This issue goes back to the ...

Q&R with Greg Albrecht – “Is Christianity a Religion?”

QUESTION:  I’ve heard you use the word religion in a negative way.  How do you define religion? What is the difference between Christianand Christian religion?Some application forms ask, “what is your religion?”  What’s a good answer? ANSWER:  I make a critical distinction in the definition of the word religion.  I define religion as any belief system or methodology that promises God’s love and blessings in return for human effort and performance.This definition is a sub-definition of the commonly used definitions for religion, i.e. 1) serving and worshipping God; 2) commitment to or devotion to faith, as in attending church religio...

Q & R – Greg Albrecht – “How do you define sin?”

Question I am seeking to join a church that promotes Christianity w/o the religion, but they define sin as "missing the mark".  Isn't that a religious definition of sin? I am moved to not join this church because of that, however, no brick and mortar church is perfect. What do you think, briefly? Response I would say that defining sin as “missing the mark” is narrow and legalistic. Sin is bigger than failing to measure up to a standard - it includes that, of course, but sin is our nature - for humans, sin is part of our spiritual environment, just as air is to our physical environment.  Perhaps sin is a bit like gravity - a spiritual law ...

Q & R: Greg Albrecht – “Does Satan exist?”

Question I just listened to one of your sermons broadcast and after being with Plain Truth ministries for a LONG time, I was quite surprised when you said you didn't know if Satan exists? The Bible says that God created the devil as the most perfect beautiful angel he could make, but because of his beauty he turned against God and persuaded 1/3 of the angels to go with him, he was thrown down to Earth. I don't know why I'm writing this. You're more knowledgable than I am, or at least I thought you were. I've settled in my mind that Satan exists as an evil influence, and that as humans, we're capable of evil but Satan with his influence makes things ...

Q & R – Greg Albrecht – Why does Jesus mention the Sabbath?

Question Hello Greg, I worshipped with you and many others on CWRa – your message was "SO THAT ... OR BECAUSE?" As a side note, I am wondering why Jesus referred to "the Sabbath" in Matthew 24:20? Hebrews 4 seems to indicate no specific day for "Sabbath-rest" now. Praying for and supporting PTM/CWR. Response Great to hear you joined us for the message. The question to which you refer, in Matthew 24:20: “Pray that your flight will not place in the winter or on the Sabbath.” Matthew 24 is the Olivet Prophecy – some believe many of Jesus’ warnings/predictions are yet to take place.  I believe, based in large part on vs. 34, ...