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We frequently receive questions in email from people or via the form below about various issues regarding many issues. From time to time we will post the questions and the answers here on the web page. If you'd like to submit a question, simply email our pastor at Bro.Buddy@ChristianChallenge.org or use the form below.
(Last updated September 19, 2007.)

We also have created a TOPICAL LISTING of these questions for your convenience. 

(Newest questions on top) Lately the majority of the questions have been answered via private email. However, we've had quite a few questions without a return email address and the question requires follow-up information. When you send your question, PLEASE include your email address. We guarantee confidentiality. (We may use your first name in our response as posted on the web unless you indicate otherwise.)

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5/25/07

Bro. Buddy responds to email questioning his motives in sharing his testimony of leaving the UPC denomination (May 14, 2007)

A reader writes in response to Bro. Buddy's testimony about leaving the United Pentecostal Church, calling into question his motives. Bro. Buddy responds gently, yet directly, to her pointed email.

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5/31/07

Why does the UPC preach "standards" if they are not in the Bible? (March 3, 2007)

A reader wants to know if the "standards" preached by the UPC are not in the Bible, why do UPC pastors continue to preach them? Why doesn't God show them the truth? Bro. Buddy responds with regard to traditions that each group accumulates unto itself. But he also points out the true error with regard to salvation teachings.

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5/31/07

Doesn't the Bible teach that tongues is the evidence of the Holy Spirit? (January 25, 2007)

Well, does it? This is a common question that is also addressed here and here. However, Bro. Buddy offers a direct response to a 16-year-old girl who is living for the Lord in a non-believing family.

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5/31/07

How do I hear that small, still voice? (January 20, 2007)

Karla wants to know how to hear that small, still voice she knows she's supposed to be able to hear. Bro. Buddy shares how to make the Bible come alive!

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5/31/07

Concerns about a UPC pastor. (January 16, 2007)

Jason is concerned about his pastor. There are things he sees in his life that create internal turmoil. Bro. Buddy encourages Jason to join the DepartingUPC forum to discuss these matters with others who will understand.

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5/31/07

Brad wants to leave the UPC but his wife says she'll divorce him if he does. What to do? (January 16, 2007)

Brad has been a member of the UPC church for 9 years. However he feels the Lord has led him to a proper understanding of salvation and wants to visit a non-UPC church. However, anytime he mentions it his wife says she'll divorce him if he does. Bro. Buddy offers some personal observations and wisdom.

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5/31/07

Questions about spiritism, visions, dreams and the angel Gabriel (January 10, 2007)

A reader has a question about a dream she had in which the angel Gabriel appeared to her as well as other dreams and visions. Bro. Buddy provides some cautions about spiritism and a good reference to help identify false spiritual activity.

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5/31/07

Can Christians live being wealthy? (January 10, 2007)

Teddy wants to know about the seeming paradox between Christians storing up treasures in heaven for the next life and having (or not having) wealth on the earth. Bro. Buddy provides a balanced Biblical perspective on the subject, including the responsibility of Christians to care for the poor, especially fellow believers.

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5/31/07

How can I read my Bible more effectively? (January 9, 2007)

Steven writes with a question about how to train himself to read the Bible more effectively. He feels intimidated by it sometimes. Bro. Buddy shares some insight on understanding the Scriptures as a whole.

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5/25/07

Questions from a young man struggling with homosexual temptations (January 9, 2007)

A young man has been struggling all his life with being called homosexual names and now wonders if he is. Bro. Buddy shares some Scriptural truths about homosexuality.

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5/25/07

Discussion about Biblical reasons for divorce (January 3, 2007)

Chris has some friends who are struggling with the issue of divorce and what Biblical reasons exist for divorce. Bro. Buddy shares a compassionate view of the issue.

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12/22/06

How can I have more faith? (December 22, 2006)

Natasha asks a great question: "How can you have more faith in God?" Read Bro. Nathan's response and be encouraged!

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10/23/06

How does the Old Testament apply today ... and what is modest apparel? (October 16, 2006)

As a follow-up to the previous question (below) the same writer asks how to apply Old Testament scriptures today and for a further definition of "modest apparel".

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10/23/06

Is it wrong for women to wear pants? (October 15, 2006)

A believer and her husband disagree about the application of Deut. 22:5. Bro. Buddy points out the intent of this scripture and how important it is to not pick and choose pieces of "the Law" to back up our arguments.

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10/23/06

Is it against the Bible to drink alcohol? (October 2, 2006)

Kelly wants to know what the Bible says about drinking alcohol.

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10/23/06

Why is the UPC leadership changing their stance on standards? (September 20, 2006)

A long-time Pentecostal believer wants to know why the UPC leadership seems to be relaxing the "standards" that have long been taught in their church.

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06/03/05

Do Apostles exist today? (May 1, 2005)

Mr. Adams wants to know if apostles exist today in the same sense as the original apostles who were eyewitnesses to Jesus.

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06/03/05

Does the New Testament teach any other evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit other than speaking in tongues? (May 1, 2005)

Another Pentecostal member questions the UPC doctrine of salvation.

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06/03/05

I feel trapped in the UPC and need an understanding ear. (May 1, 2005)

A lady shares some of her experiences in the UPC and looks to Bro. Buddy for advice.

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05/12/05

"I am deeply concerned with the direction of your site as it seems to be leading people in a direction contrary to scripture." (May 5, 2005)

This begins a letter from a UPCI minister, warning Bro. Buddy concerning Bro. Buddy's teaching against the UPC doctrines.  Read how Bro. Buddy handles these "scare tactics."

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03/25/05

Can a person make a confession on his deathbed and still be saved? (March 21, 2005)

Just what conditions must a person meet to be saved? Can someone truly call out to God just seconds before they die and still be saved or is it too late? Bro. Buddy shares from the Bible just how close a person can come to death and still be saved.

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03/25/05

Is Jesus really God? (March 21, 2005)

A seemingly simple question. What about the trinity? Do you know? Read what Bro. Buddy has to say.

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01/28/05

How does one go about "finding" an omnipotent being? (January 28, 2005)

Bro. Buddy shares a bit of his testimony -  of how he discovered the one true God when he had proclaimed himself to be an atheist. Do we "find" God or does He "find" us?

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01/21/05

Why are UPCI ministers leaving the organization? (January 17, 2005)

This lady has read some previous questions concerning the false doctrines in the UPC organization. She has several questions related to this and to a statement that Bro. Buddy made in one post concerning the above. 

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01/21/05

Bro. Buddy's thoughts on the Messianic Movement (January 17, 2005)

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01/21/05

Why would God make woman a lesser creature to man? (January 17, 2005)

Jenny is angry with God and feels he punishes women with extra burdens that men do not carry. What is a woman's place? Bro. Buddy shares some thoughts on this.

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09/08/04

Is it ok to wear makeup? (September 7, 2004)

Bro. Buddy has been asked this question here before but from a different viewpoint. Melanie belongs to a Church of God church and is unsure about whether wearing makeup is allowed Biblically.

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09/08/04

Where can I find your studies that relate to UPC issues? (September 7, 2004)

Chris is a former UPC minister who has become disillusioned with that denomination. He asks Bro. Buddy for some solid, Biblically based studies that relate to the UPC.

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09/03/04

How do I explain to my 13 year old daughter that she shouldn't listen to worldly music? (September 3, 2004)

According to Bro. Buddy, you can tell a lot about a Christian's level of consecration to the Lord just by turning on the radio in their car. Read here to find out what else he says about music.

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09/03/04

Is there a web site for former Pentecostal people? (August 30, 2004)

Autumn Springs is the daughter of a UPC preacher. Her eyes have been opened to the false doctrines of this group, but for fear of disrespecting her parents, the pastors, she has not yet left the church. Bro. Buddy gives her some guidance in this area. We've had many questions along this line recently. Scroll down for more.

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09/03/04

Do I tell my pastor that I no longer agree with UPC standards or keep quiet until I feel a release from the Lord? (August 29, 2004)

This lady has been a member of the UPC for over 25 years. The Lord has been revealing to her the bad teachings of the group, especially concerning standards. She plans on leaving the church but fears disappointing her pastor and his wife whom she loves dearly. Bro. Buddy has had the same experiences and shares here.

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09/03/04

In marriage, how do we determine which issues are important enough to fight over? (August 27, 2004)

Bradford's marriage is filled with conflicts that need resolution, but which ones are truly important enough to really work on? Bro. Buddy shares some wisdom from over 40 years in his own marriage.

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09/03/04

How do I respond to a UPC evangelist who is bound and determined to get me to follow the ways of the UPC? (August 26, 2004)

Bro. Buddy recommends a couple of web sites that deal with UPC spiritual abuse. Do you need healing from the false doctrines of the UPC? Read Bro. Buddy's recommendations.

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09/03/04

Bro. Buddy, what happened in your life that opened your eyes to leave the UPC church? (August 26, 2004)

This young lady is about to leave the UPC church over false teachings and prays that she is in God's will. She asks Bro. Buddy's experiences when he felt led to leave the UPC.

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09/03/04

I have secretly become a Christian. Must I tell my parents? (August 26, 2004)

This 17 year old girl is from a Jewish family who fled communist Latvia to come to America. Through reading the New Testament, she came to believe in Jesus Christ as her savior. She fears telling her family of this conversion but also fears denying Christ. She asks Bro. Buddy for his advice.

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09/03/04

Are preachers who preach prosperity messages what you call "false prophets"? (August 12, 2004)

Who are false prophets anyway? Bro. Buddy clarifies who these people are and are not.

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09/03/04

Don't Jews and Christians have the same morals? (July 30, 2004)

Jews and Christians quote some of the same Scriptures. Do they view them differently when it comes to morals? What do you think?

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08/06/04

Is it wrong for a woman to have short hair? (July 30, 2004)

Bro. Buddy has addressed women's hair and head coverings before here. Now he addresses the question directly and explains why a woman's hair is called her "glory."

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07/30/04

Why aren't Jews allowed to subscribe to your "Hebraic Foundations" forum? (July 27, 2004)

Apparently a statement on the Hebraic Foundations website has been the cause of some confusion. A similar question had been asked last week. To help clear up the confusion, the statement about the forum has been revised. Read Bro. Buddy's explanation as to the target audience of Hebraic Foundations.

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07/28/04

What are the differences between Islam and Christianity? (July 26, 2004)

A high school teacher asks this question, wanting to lead a class discussion on the topic. Do you know the differences between Islam and Christianity? If not, read Bro. Buddy's response. You can also read a dialogue between Bro. Buddy and a Muslim inquirer to "Ask the Pastor" by clicking here.

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07/28/04

Do Pentecostals baptize the right way and Baptists the wrong way? And why do Pentecostals say that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one person? (July 26, 2004)

Amanda is Baptist and is in disagreement with family members who are Pentecostal with regards to baptism and the Oneness doctrine. Bro. Buddy answers Amanda with what the earliest Christians believed.

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07/21/04

How do I know which religion is interpreting the Bible correctly? (July 19, 2004)

Michelle, 16 years old, is a new Christian and wants to know how to interpret the Bible for herself so that she won't be blinding following a religion. Bro. Buddy gives some good info on religion vs. relationship.

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07/21/04

Is it ok to have sex outside of marriage if its consensual and is pornography ok? (July 20, 2004)

Karol's husband of 19 years is telling Karol that these things are ok - that nothing sexual is forbidden. Karol asks Bro. Buddy's advice.

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07/21/04

Your previous answer to a question about music and clapping in church was misleading. Can you give New Testament scripture to support your response? (July 20, 2004)

Jonathan read Bro. Buddy's response to "Is it ok to have music and hand clapping in church?" (July 25, 2002) He felt like Bro. Buddy's response was insufficient and challenges him on it. A similar question was asked in March, 2004. Read what Bro. Buddy has to say.

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07/14/04

Why on your Hebraic Foundations forum, do you categorize Messianic Judaism as "aberrant in belief"? (July 12, 2004)

Chris, an elder in a Messianic Jewish congregation asks why the Hebraic Foundations forum is not open to Messianics. The question arises from this statement on the forum: "This  forum is not for Messianic Judaism, Jewish Roots, Yahwist, or  Sabbatarian groups, or any group we consider aberrant in belief." Bro. Buddy gives some info and background on the Hebraic Foundations forum.

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07/14/04

Is it ok for a Christian woman to wear make-up and pants? And why aren't there more mixed racial churches? Also it seems that Christian children's books only picture the white race making it seem there are more white Christians than black Christians. (July 12, 2004)

Gloria recently moved from Hawaii to Washington and has seen a big difference on many issues between the church she attended in Hawaii and the churches that are available in Washington where she is. She asks many questions. Bro. Buddy speaks some to the race issue and also about what the Bible says about women's attire.

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07/14/04

How do I "walk in the Spirit"? (July 12, 2004)

To be overcome trials and tribulations, you must "walk in the Spirit." Have you ever heard a Christian use this term and wondered what they meant?  Bro. Buddy can tell you what it means to "walk in the Spirit."

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06/25/04

Are people that  were really big sinners more blessed than people that have gone to church all their lives? (June 15, 2004)

Carol was saved at six years old and grew up in a Christian home. She feels she's been made to feel inferior to other Christians who have been delivered from treacherous pasts. Have you ever felt that your testimony just doesn't measure up? Read what Bro. Buddy has to say about this.

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06/25/04

Why did you leave the United Pentecostal Church? (June 15, 2004)

Are you curious to know Bro. Buddy's reasons? Read this short article to hear Bro. Buddy's answer.

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06/25/04

I had a terrifying dream that I was in mandatory purgatory for all the bad choices I had made in my life. Is this of God? Can you give me some scriptures to meditate on? (June 13, 2004)

Bro. Buddy comforts a troubled heart with assurances from the Word of God.

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06/25/04

Thanks for your page "when you can't stop sinning." (June 10, 2004)

Eric writes, "I really was feeling bad about sin that rose up in my life. But after reading your page I feel like getting up and go again for the Lord Jesus Christ." Thank you Eric for your kind words. Here is a link to the article Eric referred to: I can't seem to stop sinning - could it be that I'm not saved? (January 10, 2003)

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06/09/04

Since becoming a Christian, I've been getting both good and terrible visions of angels and demons. Could these visions be from God? (June 9, 2004)

Christine is upset about visions she's been seeing - almost to the point of thinking that she is losing her mind. Is God allowing her to see a spirit world that most people don't usually see or are these visions something else? Read what Bro. Buddy has to say.

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06/04/04

Was Jesus Christ "the son of God," really God himself, that took the form of a man? What is the name of the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit? Is it Jesus Christ? (May 12, 2004)

Ricky asks two really good questions concerning who Jesus really was and is. Read Bro. Buddy's response to these "Ask the Pastor" questions.

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04/23/04

Have you ever met a Jew? The Jews I know are quite arrogant and the Jewish people themselves have caused many of the problems that have happened to them. (March 26, 2004)

John writes many strong statements against the Jews and seems to want to discuss more about the Jews and Hitler. Bro. Buddy explains that the purpose of this venue is not  to deal with historical-social-political issues of Hitler and the Jews. We limit ourselves mainly to Scriptural questions, but gives some links to studies he has done on the problems in Israel.

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04/23/04

Christianity has it all wrong? (March 25, 2004)

Susan is a Jew and has formed a strong opinion about Christians and their faith through conversations with Christians over the years. She states her views very plainly to Bro. Buddy, voicing her opinion that Christians have a very wrong view of who God is and what our purpose on earth is for. Bro. Buddy refutes her ideas with Scripture about the true nature of our Awesome God! Very interesting dialogue!

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04/23/04

Is there New Testament scripture that says its okay to clap your hands in church? (March 14, 2004)

Kayla asks about clapping hands in church. Is this ok? Bro. Buddy explains a bit about church traditions and worship. Someone asked a similar question a few years back. You can click here to read the earlier one.

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04/23/04

Does the bible clearly state there will be a rapture of "the church" or is this Hollywood and book selling propaganda?(March 8, 2004)

With the "Left Behind" book series becoming so popular that movies are being made based on them, the rapture is being discussed more and more. Do you believe a "rapture" will take place? Click on the question to read how Bro. Buddy responds to this much talked about topic.

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04/23/04

Why aren't we taught Greek and Hebrew to read our Bibles in the original languages? (March 8, 2004)

Good question Lizzy. Have you ever wondered this yourself? Read here to see what Bro. Buddy has to say about this.

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04/23/04

Why don't Christians observe Jewish traditions such as Bar Mitzvahs and yarmulke, since Jesus was a Jew? (March 7, 2004)

Bro. Buddy points our some differences between the Judaism of today and what existed in Bible times and why Christians today don't have a lot in common with Jews of today.

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03/05/04

If God has our lives planned out for us, can prayer really change anything? What are Jews? How are they different than Christians? Please explain the three entities of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (February 18, 2004)

Books and books have been written in attempts to answer these questions that Karen asks. Bro. Buddy shares his thoughts in short answers to these. For more reading on the difference between Jews and Christians, click here, here, here, and here. And for more information on Trinity versus Oneness, click here

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02/18/04

Do you have any suggestions for books or websites that I can research for information on the validity of the Bible? (February 18, 2004)

Crystal is a student writing a report on the origin of the Bible and its validity. She asks Bro. Buddy's help in finding research material. Bro. Buddy gives some helpful tips on web searches and also a couple of good books to check out!

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02/18/04

I believe both the Bible and Koran to be the words of God and that Mohammed is the prophet spoken of in the Bible. (February 7, 2004)

This is how the letter begins and this person goes on to articulate why he believes what he believes. He requests a dialogue with Bro. Buddy on this issue. Bro. Buddy gives some good insights into the Islam faith.

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02/18/04

What were the Biblical names of the apostolic fathers? (February 7, 2004)

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02/18/04

Can you explain more on why Hitler hated the Jews so much? (February 17, 2004)

Sandy read Bro. Buddy's response to this question in a previous "Ask the Pastor" reply (you can read the original reply here) and asks Bro. Buddy to explain further why Hitler had so much hatred for the Jews.

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02/18/04

Why do Christians think Jesus is God? (February 15, 2004)

Bro. Buddy addresses this question and more about why Jesus would allow himself to be killed. 

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01/14/04

What do the Jews believe differently from the Christians? (December 29, 2003)

Bro. Buddy shares some interesting background into the roots of Christianity and how that relates to Jews today. Just who is this Jesus?

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01/14/04

Why does so many preachers teach to be saved all you have to do is "believe in your heart and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus. How can so many preachers be so wrong? (December 27, 2003)

Ever had these thoughts? Bro. Buddy draws examples from scripture to show what the disciple's and Jesus himself really taught on what it takes to be saved.

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01/14/04

"Why are people judged so harshly when they leave a denomination?" (December 31, 2003)

Lucia left the United Pentecostal Church after being a member for many years. She was ostracized by that church, her family and friends. Bro. Buddy explains the difference between a religious mindset and one focused on Jesus.

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01/14/04

"Dear Pastor Martin,  I just want to thank you for the help that your site has provided to  me over the past year since I left the UPC." (December 31, 2004)

This begins a letter from Elizabeth thanking Bro. Buddy for this site. In Bro. Buddy's reply, he re-emphasizes that the church is not made up of denominations but people who love the Lord. Amen!

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11/12/03

Where did the Bible originate and is it the only rule of faith for Christians? (November 10, 2003)

Bro. Buddy answers some questions that many might have concerning the Bible, Bible translations, and outside influences that shape our faith.

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11/12/03

How can I be saved and never have a problem with sin again? (November 5, 2003)

Joey says that no matter how hard he tries, he still sins. He is concerned that he will not go to heaven if he sins. Do you feel that God doesn't want you until you can be perfect? If so, Bro. Buddy's response will help you understand God's love and forgiveness. Read another similar letter here.

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10/24/03

Why are Paul's writings considered Scripture? (October 20, 2003)

Every wondered who decided what writings could or could not be included in the Bible? Bro. Buddy explains a bit about how the Bible was compiled.

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10/24/03

Why don't Christians obey the commandment to keep the Sabbath? (October 20, 2003)

Bro. Buddy has been asked this questions several times in a few different ways. To read his other responses, click here and here and here.

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10/24/03

If Jews don't believe in Jesus, then what god do they believe in? (October 20, 2003)

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08/22/03

Is there anything in the bible saying that mind reading is bad? (July 23, 2003)

Have you ever wondered about this? Click the question above to find out what the Bible has to say about mind reading.

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08/22/03

How could Jesus pray to God if He is God and if Jesus and God are separate, then does that mean there are 2 gods?  (July 13, 2003)

Bill admits confusion about the Godhead and asks Bro. Buddy to provide some scriptures explaining it. Bro. Buddy gives some insight into what the early church believed about this.

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08/22/03

A collection of questions about tattoos, music, the rapture, and the phrase "sons of God" . (June 15, 2003)

Heidi begins her letter this way, "Hello Pastor, I appreciate all the questions you have answered for this baby Christian. As you’ve probably heard answers only lead to more questions." What follows are several questions on various topics any Christian would find interesting.

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06/07/03

Didn't the apostles start the Catholic church and are there scriptures to back up "sola scriptura?" (June 5, 2003)

Kristen is new in the Catholic church and wonders why others would believe anything but the Catholic faith. Click here to read this interesting dialogue between Kristen and Bro. Buddy. For more reading on the Catholic church, click 1 or 2 or 3.

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06/07/03

What leads you to believe that the early believers worshipped on the first day? (June 4, 2003)

Bro. Buddy gives some very good references for those who want to study this subject of first day worship. If you are serious about studying about the early church, this is a good read for you.

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06/07/03

Can a divorced man be a pastor? (June 3, 2003)

Charley asks about the scripture in 1 Timothy 3:1-6 that talks about a pastor or bishop being a "man of one wife" and wants to know if this applies to divorced men. Bro. Buddy explains how being a pastor is a special placement in the body of Christ and the qualifications for that role.

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06/07/03

I am trying to change but just can't. Doesn't God care about me? (April 22, 2003)

Do you ever struggle with the flesh and just feel as if you can never get victory over it? Read here to find out how to become an overcomer through Jesus.

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06/07/03

In John Ch.14 it says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." Can you explain this? (May 23, 2003)

Anne teaches children of many faiths and finds it difficult to understand this passage. Bro. Buddy shares some insight into who Jesus really is.

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04/17/03

Is it okay for a Christian to smoke? Isn't fornication the only thing that defiles the body? (April 14, 2003)

Bro. Buddy shares with an anonymous poster his thoughts on smoking and what the scriptures say. You can read Bro. Buddy's answer to a similar question about smoking here.

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04/17/03

When was Christianity founded? (April 14, 2003)

Brittany asks Bro. Buddy about the history of Christianity and about religions in general.

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04/02/03

I have problem understanding Matt 7:21-23. Please explain it. I'm in constant depression after reading it. (April 1, 2003)

This Biblical passage can be confusing if you do not understand what Jesus means by "the will of my Father." Are you afraid that you may be one who Jesus is referring by calling him "Lord" but will not be allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven? Read here to find the answer!

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04/17/03

When did the baptism formula change? (March 27, 2003)

Eric asks about water baptism and about baptizing in the name of Jesus as opposed to "the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." If you would like to read more about water baptism, click here or here. Bro. Buddy also has a study out on Hebraic-Foundations that you may find interesting that you can read here

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04/02/03

I've tried the Sacred Names movement, the Messianic movement, and the Apostolic/Pentecostal doctrine and seen error in all. I'm not sure who I should fellowship with? (March 24, 2003)

Donny asks many questions concerning the above doctrines and other things. Bro. Buddy shares some wonderful insights regarding the name of Jesus and the simplicity of salvation. Do you know what's involved in a true Biblical lifestyle? Click here to find out more!

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04/02/03

Is screaming during a church service a sign of demon possession? (March 24, 2003)

Norine had an experience in a church service that she is questioning. She asks Bro. Buddy if it is of God or something else.

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03/21/03

Several Ask the Pastor emails from December and January have been answered privately, but never got posted on this page due to changes in webservant for the page. Here are these questions:

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03/07/03

Where do Jews worship? What do they believe in? What is their holy book called? (March 2, 2003)

Katy asks some basic questions pertaining to Jews. You can view similar questions and Bro. Buddy's responses here and here.

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03/07/03

What is one aspect of Jewish life that was carried over into early Christianity? (March 2, 2003)

Bro. Buddy briefly describes a few practices prevalent in early Christianity that came directly from Judaism.

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03/07/03

Can you tell me about other Christian religions? (February 26, 2003)

Michelle is Catholic but feels she doesn't fit in to the Catholic church. She asks Bro. Buddy about the different Christian denominations.

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02/17/03

Have I turned my back on the truth just because I have left the UPC? (February 13, 2003)

Sarah has been being condemned because she has left the UPC. She is scared and afraid by the things she's being told. Bro. Buddy reassures her by explaining some things about what truth really is.

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02/17/03

Can I wear pants and be saved and attend the UPC? (February 12, 2003)

Tammy has been a member of the UPC church since childhood and is starting to question some of the standards. Read Bro. Buddy's answer as to whether these standards are Biblical or man-made. If you'd like to read Bro. Buddy's response to a similar question, click here.

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02/07/03

Is the King James Version the best? ( February 4, 2003) 

Apparently the writer was misinformed about our church, thinking that we are Mormon, but Bro. Buddy still offers some helpful information as to picking out a Bible translation. Is the King James Version still the best? Read here to find out.

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Do Christmas and Easter have anything to do with the pagan holidays of  winter solstice and spring equinox? (February 3, 2003)

Bro. Buddy gives some perspective to the pagan associations of Christmas and Easter. This question has been asked similarly before but in regards to Christians celebrating these holidays (here). Click on the question to find out more!

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02/07/03

Miracles & False Doctrines (January 15, 2003) 

Amanda, an ex-member of the UPC church,  asks Bro. Buddy why it seems God still blesses with miracles those who adhere to false doctrines. Bro. Buddy explains how God oftentimes does things for us in spite of what may be wrong in our doctrines.

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02/07/03

Now that I'm saved, do I have to change the music I listen to, the way I dress, the friends I hang out with? (Tuesday, January 21, 2003)

A young lady wrote these questions, wondering how much in her life must change now that she's saved. This is a good read for all new Christians.

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12/22/02

Is masturbation sin? (December 16, 2002)

This is an age-old question and has been asked at least two other times in the Ask the Pastor section (here and here). Bro. Buddy provides more scripture and shares that the real issue is lust.

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12/22/02

Will the Holy Spirit continue to indwell the believer who sins? (December 1, 2002)

Carl wants to know if a person sins after they  become a Christian and hasn't asked for forgiveness especially if they sin willfully or knowingly does the Holy Spirit continue to stay there? Click on the question to find the answer!

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12/22/02

How do Catholics and Protestants differ in regard to the significance of Jesus' birth, suffering, death and resurrection? (November 30, 2002)

Bro. Buddy shares both the similarities and the distinctions in Catholic and Protestant belief.

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12/22/02

What are appropriate roles for women in spiritual authority? (November 29, 2002)

Kathie has read some of Bro. Buddy's other comments about women's roles in the church (here and here) and she asks for more clarification. Bro. Buddy provides some broader examples and applications.

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12/22/02

What are the differences between Catholics and Protestants? (November 28, 2002)

Sharon's daughter has been asking questions about the differences between Catholics and Protestants. Sharon shared about praying to the saints and Mary and about the Pope. But what other differences are there? Bro. Buddy highlights a few other major distinctions and gives a website reference.

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12/22/02

My wife left me for another man. Can I remarry? (November 28, 2002)

John (not his real name) writes that his wife left for another man. Now she is in jail and refuses to give up her party lifestyle. Is John free to remarry scripturally? Bro. Buddy provides some Biblical answers.

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12/22/02

How do you live according to Judaism and Jesus? (November 27, 2002)

Patrick wants to know what are the core similarities when comparing a life according to Judaism and Jesus. Bro. Buddy shows the moral absolutes and the distinctions.

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12/22/02

Multiple questions from Chris about Jews, Christians, denominations, heaven, etc. (November 26, 2002)

Chris had a lot of questions about Jews, heaven, denominations, etc, as well as Hebrews 10:26. Bro. Buddy provides some excellent answers.

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11/27/02

How can you tell God's will from your own desires? (November 21, 2002)

Denise writes, "Is there an easy way to discern the will of God from the desire's of my own heart?" Excellent question! Read for an excellent response!

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11/27/02

What does the Bible say about women wearing pants? (November 21, 2002)

Does the Bible address the issue of pants? Is there a deeper issue involved? Bro. Buddy addresses (pardon the pun) the issue.

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11/27/02

What is the difference between Christians and Jews? (November 20, 2002)

Samantha wants to know the difference between Christians and Jews? This question has been addressed before (see here and here) but Bro. Buddy provides further insights.

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11/27/02

From October 23 thru November 19 several "Ask the Pastor" emails didn't make it to us. However, they were stored on the webserver and we were recently able to retrieve them. Here are Bro. Buddy's responses:

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11/27/02

Boring Church? (October 18, 2002)

Bethany attends a Free Will Baptist church but is attracted to her boyfriend's Pentecostal church. She feels her own church is boring in comparison. Bro. Buddy reminds her it is the truth that sets us free, not excitement.

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11/27/02

Blood Covenant Marriage? (October 17, 2002)

Dawn asks about the origin of the idea of a blood covenant in marriage between a virgin man and a virgin woman. You'll enjoy Bro. Buddy's insights into this interesting area regarding marriage.

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11/27/02

Do the Scriptures condemn masturbation? (October 17, 2002)

This is a frequently asked question. Bro. Buddy shares there are no scriptures that directly address masturbation, although there are some considerations to take. (See also: Is masturbation a sin?)

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11/27/02

Question about Women in Authority in Church (October 15, 2002)

A gentleman asks about the role of women in authority in the church. Bro. Buddy provides his understanding in this area.

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11/27/02

Questions on Judaism and Christianity (October 13, 2002)

Suzi asks several questions about Judaism and Christianity, including: What is the definition of Judaism? How and why Judaism gave birth to Christianity?  What is the temple and the synagogue? How did Judaism lose to Christianity? Bro. Buddy addresses each question directly.

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11/27/02

A Monkey's Uncle? (October 6, 2002)

This questioner believes the various theories of evolution discredit the Bible and wants to know how Bro. Buddy can believe in a book that "was written by people". Bro. Buddy shares his faith and show's he's no monkey's uncle ... or nephew ... or grandson, etc. <G>

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11/27/02

What can you tell us about the Omega Code? (October 1, 2002)

A writer has heard about an "Omega Code" that supposedly helps a person have powers and be in deeper spiritual relationship with God? Bro. Buddy shares about the seal that all believers have.

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9/28/02

Why not use "Yeshua" or "Yahweh"? (September 24, 2002)

A reader wants to know since the original Scriptures were given to us in Hebrew, why don't we use the Hebrew names for Jesus (Yeshua) or God (Yahweh)? Bro. Buddy explains how we ended up with the English equivalents.

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9/28/02

Why different denominations if we're all Christians? (September 16, 2002)

The writer is trying to explain to her daughter that Christians, even though in many different denominations, are serving the same God. Bro. Buddy offers some Scriptural analogies to help.

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9/28/02

What is "Holy Laughter"? (May 13, 2002)

Solomon wants to know what "holy laughter" is. Bro. Buddy offers two different things that sometimes carry this name. [Editor's Note: This reply was sent in May but somehow was overlooked for inclusion in our website. It was added to the website with the September 28 update.]

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9/13/02

Can you explain to me what God is? (September 12, 2002)

A Jewish girl writes with questions about God. Who is He? What does He do? Is He in charge of the world? Did He just make the world and leave us alone to figure out faith? Her questions are full of searching. Read Bro. Buddy's thoughtful responses.

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9/13/02

Is the Old Testament and the Torah the same thing? (September 11, 2002)

Just what is the Torah? Is it the same as the Christian Old Testament? Is the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament the same thing?

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9/13/02

Where do Jews worship? In a Synagogue? (September 11, 2002)

It's a common misconception that all Jews worship in a synagogue. However, there are different streams of Judaism and each one has a different name for its place of worship.

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9/13/02

What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants? (September 9, 2002)

Bro. Buddy gives 10 significant differences between Catholic and Protestant views and beliefs. 

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8/29/02

What are the fundamental doctrines of the church? (August 29, 2002)

There are a great many traditions among Christians. However,
there are certain basic doctrines that a person must accept in order
to be considered a Christian. 

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8/28/02

What Does The Scripture Say About Makeup? (August 28, 2002)

Is there Scripture the specifically addresses the area of makeup for Christians?

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8/28/02

Why did Hitler want to kill the Jews? (August 25, 2002)

Read the answer to learn about the diabolical plan behind Hitler and all other enemies of Israel.

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8/28/02

Is Once Saved Always Saved in the Bible? (August 25, 2002)

Is the doctrine of "Once Saved Always Saved" Biblical? Read to find out!

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8/28/02

Is the Lord's Supper more than "Ritualized cannibalism"? (August 20, 2002)

A reader has been told that the Lord's Supper is nothing more than "ritualized cannibalism". Bro. Buddy shares the truth and the beauty of communion as "a memorial meal that is made part of our worship in the new covenant."

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8/12/02

"I'm pregnant and I want to fast - is there an alternate to fasting from food?" (August 12, 2002)

So how does someone who is pregnant fast? Can you "fast" from an alternative activity such as TV, telephone, etc? Bro. Buddy addresses the consecration issue.

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8/10/02

What Jews will the Messiah accept when He returns? (August 10, 2002)

The questioner asks since many Jews are still practicing their religion under the covenant of Moses (the "Law" and the "Mishna"), what Jews will the Messiah accept when He returns? Read Bro. Buddy's answer and his answer to a similar question posed in July 2001

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8/10/02

Since I'm gay, does that mean I'm going to hell? (August 2, 2002)

The writer says she's a Christian and close to God but is "gay". Can a practicing homosexual go to heaven? Read Bro. Buddy's Biblical response.

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8/10/02

Is Smoking a Sin? (July 29, 2002)

The question is easily understood. Bro. Buddy offers a Biblical response to this oft-asked question.

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7/31/02

What is the Difference Between Jews and Christians? (July 26, 2002)

"What is the difference between Jews and Christians? Did Christianity start with the birth and death of Christ or did it exist before he was born? Do the Jewish and Christians worship the same God, but don't agree on the virgin Mary? Did Moses live before or after Jesus and was he Jewish?" (See also: What is the difference between Messianics and Christians? from January 16, 2001)

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7/25/02

Another Question on the Eastern Gate (July 26, 2002)

Marsha wants to know where in the Bible it says the Eastern Gate is to be opened at the second coming of Jesus ... or is it just tradition. 

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7/25/02

Music and Clapping (July 25, 2002)

Anonymous wants to know if it's wrong to play music and clap your hands in church. 

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7/25/02

Piercing and Tattooing (July 21, 2002)

Glenda wants to know if the Bible addresses the area of body piercing and tattooing. (Body piercing as distinct from ear piercing.) 

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7/8/02

Who do Jews worship? (July 7, 2002)

Karen wants to know "If the Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah, then who do they worship?" She also asks about the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" and Water Baptism. You'll enjoy Bro. Buddy's answers.

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7/8/02

What does the Bible say about wearing jewelry? (June 16, 2002)

Kandi wants to know what the Bible teaches about wearing jewelry and getting your ears pierced. Brother Buddy takes her straight to the scriptures for the answer.

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5/5/02

What is the difference between the Eastern Gate and the Gate Beautiful? (May 6, 2002)

Lisa asks for clarification between the Eastern Gate and the Gate Beautiful. Bro. Buddy explains that these are two separate names for the same gate and gives both the historical and prophetical view.

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5/5/02

Why are ministers so picky about what name to baptize with? (April 29, 2002)

This is obviously an important question and one that comes up often. Bro. Buddy refers to a Bible Study he wrote for the Hebraic Foundations email conference that addresses this important question.

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Standards (April 28, 2002)

What are the basic dress standards you believe in? Also, what are the basic holiness standards you believe in? Is watching TV wrong? Bro. Buddy tackles these questions giving Biblical insight.

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What is fasting? (April 27, 2002)

So just what is fasting? What does the word mean? We get a lot of questions about fasting and in this response Bro. Buddy brings it down to its most basic concept, based on the definition of the Hebrew word tsum.

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5/5/02

What does Paul mean when he says, "And so all Israel will be saved?" (April 26, 2002)

Many people have stumbled over the verse in Romans 11:24 that looks forward to a time when "all Israel will be saved." Just what does that mean? Does it mean what it says or is there another explanation? Bro. Buddy dives right in and ties in some thoughts from Zechariah to help shed light. 

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5/5/02

How do you know if you are called to the ministry? (April 24, 2002)

That's a pretty simple question, right? Obviously not, because so many wrestle with this area. Bro. Buddy shared practical insights into evaluating the call on your life.

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What happens when we die? (March 30, 2002)

Glenda wrote wanting to know when we die do we go straight to our eternal abode or do we remain unconscious until Jesus comes back. Bro. Buddy shares straight from the scriptures about these important questions, disproving the "soul sleep" teaching.

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3/27/02

Is a "Daniel Fast" abstaining from things that defile us? (March 25, 2002)

We get a lot of questions about the "Daniel Fast" and Bro. Buddy has provided some good insights into clearing up the confusion. Be sure the look at the other article regarding the Daniel Fast.

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What kind of Music Should a Christian Listen to? (March 18, 2002)

Should Christians listen to gospel music only? Can Christians listen to worldly music in order to reach out to someone?

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3/7/02

The Euro and the Mark of the Beast (March 5, 2002)

DF wants to know if the Euro will lead to the Mark of the Beast and if Christians should use the Euro? Bro. Buddy provides Biblical advice about dependency on God for direction.

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The Eastern Gate (March 1, 2002)

How does the Eastern Gate relate to Jesus Christ? What does the Bible say about the Eastern Gate?

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Questions about Pentecostal ministers, churches and standards (March 1, 2002)

An anonymous writers who knows of Bro. Buddy's former association with the UPC organization wants to know how many Pentecostal ministers and churches have left that group. A secondary question is in regard to the degree of separation between the world and the church required by the UPC. 

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2/25/02

How to Baptize? (February 22, 2002)

A friend writes wanting to know how Bro. Buddy handles the issue of baptism - sprinkling or immersion, in what name, etc. Bro. Buddy shares his insights into the issue and references an article he's writing for the Hebraic Foundations conference. That writing has been posted in the Hebraic Foundations section, entitled The Name Above All Names.

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2/25/02

Where did the giants come from? (February 22, 2002)

An enquiring mind wants to know if the flood was because "sons of God" came into the daughters of men and created a race of giants, where did the giants come from after the flood? Bro. Buddy gives insight into this perplexing problem.

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2/25/02

According to 1 Tim. 2:11-14 can women hold positions of authority over men in the church? (February 17, 2002)

Kevin wants to know if this Scripture precludes women from teaching men or holding positions of authority over them. If this is so, what should one do who attends such a church? Bro. Buddy gives his understanding of this issue and his personal response to such a church.

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Women's Hair and 1 Cor. 11 (January 30, 2002)

Someone wrote, "What is your interpretation of the discussion about women's hair in 1 Cor. 11?" Bro. Buddy addresses this question from a Scriptural and historical setting.

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Is a marriage ceremony important? If you've made a commitment to each other, why do you have to have a marriage ceremony before you have sex? (January 23, 2002)

Does an "official" marriage ceremony have validity? How important is it to be married "legally"? Bro. Buddy addresses these concerns and shows how God ordained human government as a safeguard against irresponsible behavior in society.

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2/25/02

Pastoral Confidentiality (January 15, 2002)

Dan wants to know what the guidelines are for pastors in disclosing information revealed to them in counseling. Bro. Buddy sheds light on this complex issue.

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2/25/02

Jewish engagements and weddings (January 11, 2002)

Debbie wrote asking for information on Jewish engagements and weddings. Bro. Buddy suggested a book entitled The Jewish Way in Love and Marriage .

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2/25/02

Easter and Sabbath (January 4, 2002)

Frank wrote asking about the origins of Easter and Sabbath. Are Sabbaths only on Saturday? Are any other days to be observed as Sabbaths? Bro. Buddy shares from Scripture and from his research.

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2/25/02

Why did Hitler kill so many Jews? What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants? (December 15, 2001)

Two questions from someone trying to learn. Bro. Buddy shares about Satan's hatred of the Jews. He also comments on the way the Catholics and Protestants view Biblical authority. Plus much more.

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2/25/02

What effect does worldly music have on the believer? (December 9, 2001)

A 21-year old Christian wants to know how worldly music affects the life of a believer.

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2/25/02

Why snakehandling? (December 2, 2001)

We'd like to know the answer to this question as well!!! The writer goes on to ask about the attraction of Pentecostalism.

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2/25/02

Questions about Christian Challenge (November 16, 2001)

Clinton wrote in with several questions about Christian Challenge including: "Does your Church believe in the Trinity? Is it Pentecostal? Is it a UPCI Church?  Was your Pastor Ex UPC? Is once saved always saved scriptural?"

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2/25/02

If my church is a false church, how do I break free? (October 23, 2001)

Mike has been struggling with reconciling the beliefs of his church (UPCI) with Scripture. Now he's wanting to know how to walk away. Bro. Buddy shares from his own personal experience as a former United Pentecostal pastor and evangelist.

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2/25/02

Where does the spirit go when a person dies? Is there Judgment Day every day in heaven? What about cremation? (October 3, 2001)

Good questions. Ever wondered yourself? Bro. Buddy shares some insight on what happens after we die.

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2/25/02

What does the Bible say about homosexuality? (September 20, 2001)

An anonymous writer asked what the Bible has to say homosexuality.

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2/25/02

Does the Jewish population outnumber the Christian population in the US? (September 18, 2001)

Someone writes wanting to know how large each belief system is in the US.

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2/25/02

Can a woman be the lead pastor of a church? (August 26, 2001)

What does the Bible say? Bro. Buddy shares his understanding of this issue.

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2/25/02

Dialogue with Kevin on sin and repentance (August 24, 2001)

Kevin asked about a Christian who continues to sin - is that person saved? What exactly is repentance? This is a great dialogue between Bro. Buddy and Kevin that may clear up some issues for others.  

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2/25/02

Is masturbation a sin? (August 20, 2001)

What was Onan's sin? Is there a deeper issue?

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2/25/02

Is the temple being rebuilt? (August 16, 2001)

"Is the Temple of Solomon being rebuilt? And if so, what does it have to do with God's plan for Armageddon?"

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2/25/02

What does "Foxes have holes..." mean? (August 14, 2001)

Jesus said, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air, their nest, but the Son of man has no place to lie His head." What did he mean?

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Scientific Discoveries (July 21, 2001)

This wasn't really a question. Fred wrote that the writer of Genesis didn't know about dinosaurs, etc. Bro. Buddy gives his view on whether he'll trust the ever changing world of science or the rock solid Word of God. 

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2/25/02

What is the difference between non-denominational churches and Protestant denominations? (July 19, 2001)

Someone wrote asking about the differences between non-denominational churches and Protestant churches. They also wanted to know why denominations "break away from the general Christian Church".

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2/25/02

If God made a covenant with the Jews, how than are we to presume that the Jews are not to be admitted to God's Kingdom? (July 10, 2001)

William read the 2nd oldest article listed below, A four-part question from Jordan, and asked the question above. Bro. Buddy explains the purpose of the Mosaic covenant and how it was fulfilled and even pointed to a new covenant.

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2/25/02

How do we know when to celebrate the feasts when our calendar and the Jewish calendars are so different? (June 27, 2001)

Dominic has found out about the pagan roots behind modern Christmas and Easter dates and celebration. He wants to find out when the real dates of the Jewish feasts are on our calendar. Bro. Buddy explains the difficulty with celebrating the OT feasts today.

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2/25/02

More Questions about Pentecostalism (June 20, 2001)

An article below entitled Questions about Pentecostalism caused this writer to enter into a dialogue with Bro. Buddy where he shares his fears and concerns about his walk with the Lord.

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2/25/02

Can the Catholic faith get you to heaven? (May 23, 2001)

Eliezer asks if the Catholic faith can get you to heaven. Bro. Buddy points out that no man-made system can save you - not Catholic, not Pentecostal, not Baptist, etc. You'll have to read the article for the rest!

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2/25/02

Which church is THE church? (May 16, 2001)

A 15-year old young man is seeking to understand the differences between various religions. He wants to know why we're so divided over names. Bro. Buddy assures him in his faith and points him back to Jesus, and assures him that the Lord will make it clear to him where he should worship.

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2/25/02

How to Jews and Christians differ in regard to the concept of evil? (April 30, 2001)

Jordan wants to know the differences between Jews and Christians when it comes to the concept of evil. Do both believe in Satan? Do both believe in Hell? Bro. Buddy shows how similar and yet how distinct these two groups view evil. 

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2/25/02

What is the best book of the Bible to start reading in? (March 26, 2001)

This is a good question, especially for new believers.

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2/25/02

Should Christians celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? (March 9, 2001)

An anonymous writer asks if everyone is to observe the Feast of Tabernacles in the millennium, shouldn't Christians be observing it now? Bro. Buddy explains the reason why this particular feast would be observed in the millennium.

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2/25/02

What are the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity? (February 25, 2001)

Jennifer is doing a research paper for her history class on Judaism and asks for comparisons and contrasts between Judaism and Christianity. Bro. Buddy shows how both belief systems started as one, then separated and now seem to be growing closer together again.

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2/25/02

What is the Rapture? (February 23, 2001)

Peter wanted to know the answer to this question. Bro. Buddy gave a succinct response, explaining what the term means, where the word came from and how it relates to Scripture.

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2/25/02

Is it wrong to divorce for reasons other than adultery or fornication? (February 2, 2001)

An anonymous writer asks the above question. While this type of question is hard to answer without understanding the background of the question, Bro. Buddy does explain other Biblically acceptable reasons for divorce.

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2/25/02

What is the difference between the Jewish religion and the Christian faith? (January 22, 2001)

Mike is doing a research project on the difference between the Jewish religion and the Christian faith. His project is worth 100 points and he doesn't know where to start so he decides to "Ask the Pastor!" Bro. Buddy gives a great response from the historical viewpoint.

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2/25/02

What does speaking in tongues look and sound like today? (January 22, 2001)

Krystal wrote back following Bro. Buddy's emailed response (below) and asked the follow up question listed above. Bro. Buddy makes the distinction between the early church's understanding of speaking in tongues as languages understood by the hearer and modern practice.

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2/25/02

Please explain "Speaking in Tongues" (January 22, 2001)

Krystal asked for an explanation of "Speaking in Tongues". Bro. Buddy explained the OT background for this gifting as it was exercised in the early church and compared it to how it's promoted today.

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2/25/02

What is the difference between Messianics and Christians? (January 16, 2001)

Kathy wants to know the difference between a Messianic Jew and a Christian. Bro. Buddy shares from the history of the church and the history of the modern Messianic Jewish movement and shares a concern about "balance". 

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2/25/02

What is the difference between Christians and Mormons? (January 5, 2001)

Someone wrote asking the difference between Christians and Mormons. Brother Buddy responded with some general information and provided a good Internet resource for further study.

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2/25/02

Wild Olive Branch and other questions (December 26, 2000)

Ben wrote in with some questions from someone else that he didn't know how to answer. The questions were regarding the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith, Hebrew holidays, and other issues from Romans 11 and Isaiah 59. 

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2/22/02

The Sabbath and Paul (December 6, 2000)

Did Paul observe the Sabbath all his life? Does Hebrews 4:9 instruct Sabbath-keeping? Will all nations observe the Sabbath at the end of days? Bro. Buddy responds to George's questions.

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2/22/02

"Is it bad for me a 14 yr old male to dye my hair?" (October 16, 2000)

This is the question Bro. Buddy received. How would you answer it? Read Bro. Buddy's answer.

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2/22/02

Forgiveness - Just what does it mean? (October 8, 2000)

Forgiveness is an issue many Christians grapple with. How do we forgive. What does it mean to forgive? Is it just letting go of resentment, or is it wiping the slate clean, or what? Bro. Buddy addresses these questions posed by Arnold.

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2/22/02

The Sabbath and Hebrews 4 (October 3, 2000)

James wants to know if the Sabbath is not intended for the Christians, then how do we understand Hebrews 4:8-9. He also inquires if there is any Scriptural detail regarding the Sabbath being done away with. Bro. Buddy offers scriptural and historical perspectives to this question.

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2/22/02

Question about Isaiah 53 (September 26, 2000)

If Isaiah 53 foretells the death of Jesus by piercing, why did the apostles tell Jesus that surely He would not die that way? Good question. Brother Buddy offers a good answer. 

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2/22/02

Question about Matthew 11:12 (September 19, 2000)

Matthew 11:12 says: "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force." (NASB) What does that mean?

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2/22/02

Santa Claus and Where did the races come from? (September 11, 2000)

Lonnie wants to know if it's ok to have Santa Claus decorations and where all the different races came from after the flood of Noah's time.

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2/22/02

 

Conversion to Judaism (September 10, 2000)

Someone wrote who is seriously considering conversion to Judaism to get "closer to God". Bro. Buddy explains that no religion can give you that. Religions can only make you religious. To get close to God you have to ... well, maybe you should read the dialogue for yourself!

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2/22/02

What can a Christian do on Sunday? (September 4, 2000)

Are Christians to forsake all non-religious activities that are not essential to life on Sunday? Or is it ok to do things not directly tied into God? Bro. Buddy responds to this series of questions with straight talk about the New Covenant. 

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2/22/02

Is Speaking in Tongues Necessary? (July 28, 2000)

This is an often asked question and Bro. Buddy provides some excellent Biblical perspectives as well as digging into his own experiences with this doctrine. If you're struggling over this issue, you'll benefit from reading this Q&A.

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2/22/02

Demons, Temptation & Hearing from God (July 16, 2000)

What role do demons play in our temptations? And how do know when we've heard from God, especially in knowing what to do in response to a temptation? Here's a great question and answer exchange for those struggling with temptation.

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2/22/02

Repetitive Sins (July 7, 2000)

"Can a person who is saved commit the same sin repeatedly...?" This is the beginning of this heart-felt question about how to deal with repetitive sins. Read Bro. Buddy's thoughtful reply.

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2/22/02

Charismatic Gifts and Speaking in Tongues (July 4, 2000)

What about the phenomena of the Charismatic Gifts? And is speaking in tongues still for today? These are the questions Bro. Buddy addresses in this "Ask the Pastor" segment.

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2/22/02

Background on Pentecostal movement (May 17, 2000)

Someone wrote in asking for background information on the Pentecostal movement. Bro. Buddy answers from his background and studies. 

posted
5/12/00

Bless the Church or be Cursed??? (May 7, 2000)

If you don't tithe or otherwise bless the church, are you cursed? That the gist of this question. Read Bro. Buddy's response for the Biblical view of the Curse.

posted
5/11/00

Dialogue regarding Music and friendship with a Muslim (May 1, 2000)

Someone wrote with questions about what kind of music to listen to. A follow-up question regarded friendship with a Muslim. Interesting dialogue.

posted
1/18/00

What is a Daniel fast? How long does it last? (January 18, 2000)

Eunice wrote asking the question above. Bro. Buddy responds with historically accurate information and a call to not over spiritualize the issue. Good information for the disciple.

posted
3/21/00

God as your "Significant Other"? (January 7, 2000)

Bill wrote asking for suggested materials regarding looking at God as your "Significant Other." Bro. Buddy responded with information about "spousal worship", "falling in love" and the effect of music on our relationships. Very interesting reading!

posted
12/15/99

Question about Romans 8:11 (December 11, 1999)

Ken wrote asking for insight into this passage, particularly "the life given to our mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells us". Bro. Buddy responds regarding "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."

posted
12/15/99

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (November 19, 1999)

Resa, a life-long Christian, is confused about verses relating to the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit." Read Bro. Buddy's enlightening response.

posted
12/15/99

 

Question about numbers (October 26, 1999)

Marcus wants to know  if there is anything spiritual significant to the number 40, specifically in reference to Moses' life.

posted
12/15/99

Is it wrong to study genealogy? (October 22, 1999)

Waynon wants to know if 1 Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:8 forbid the study of genealogy in a modern context.

posted
12/15/99

Jewish Feasts and Sabbaths (September 15, 1999)

A reader wants to know if Christians are obliged to keep the Jewish Feasts and Sabbaths. Reader specifically references Colossians 2:16,17.

posted
3/15/00

Questions about Pentecostalism (August 4-6, 1999)

An anonymous reader was troubled after his experiences in a Pentecostal church. He wrote Bro. Buddy looking for answers.

posted
12/15/99

Question about Revelation 21 (From April, 1999 - added December, 1999)

K.H. wants to know about the "fearful and unbelieving" who are not able to enter in heaven. Who are these people?

posted
12/15/99

A question about fasting (March 10, 1999)

Tracy wanted to know how to keep from being negatively affected during a 2-3 week fast. Read Bro. Buddy's response to learn about different kinds of fasts.

posted
12/15/99

A four-part question from Jordan: (December 16, 1998)

  1. How are Jewish people different from Christians?
  2. Why don't they believe the same stuff we do?
  3. Will Jews go to heaven?
  4. Do people who believe in reincarnation go to heaven?

posted
12/15/99

Dialogue between Bro. Buddy and Rob. (December 2, 1998)

Rob sent a message to Bro. Buddy after reading his article, "Believers with Jewish Hearts." Here is Rob's original message and Bro. Buddy's reply.


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