IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF SIN?

No, God is not the Author of sin, yes God is sovereign, and yes man has free will.

God is sovereign while granting mankind free will. While God could dictate all human events that will take place, He chooses not to. The reason for this should be obvious. God did not create mankind as robots, but as free individuals. God’s sovereignty means that God can do whatever He wants to. He is all powerful, and all knowing and His purposes cannot be overcome.

However, God is also love and His purpose is that mankind has free will to love Him or reject Him. To say that God’s sovereignty means that whatever happens is God’s will makes God partaker of our sins, and this is impossible! Why? Because God’s holiness prevents this! God cannot go against His own nature.

God’s nature is love and the love He wants in return is genuine not like a action figure who string He pulls and the dolls says “I love you daddy”. Of course mankind’s freedom is necessary for the real love that God wants. And while giving us genuine freedom to love Him He must allow us NOT to love Him. To truly be able to respond to His love we must be able to NOT respond to His love.

Love that is forced is not truly love. Love can only be voluntary not forced. God does not break our stubborn will by sheer raw power, but by love! Mankind has free choice and God has not surrendered His sovereignty. His sovereign plan takes into account our fee will.

Some teach that if mankind has to so much as believe (rather than being                                                                                         sovereignly forced to believe) then he is contributing to his salvation. But that’s like saying that if a man gives a beggar money and the beggar holds out his hand to receive the free gift, that the beggar earned the money!

But there is no merit in believing in Christ. Believing in Christ is simply the hand that receives to free gift from God. Christ went to the cross to purchase our salvation, for which He gets all the glory, but which we are responsible to receive.

QUESTION: IS IT WRONG TO HAVE TATOOS?

That would, of course, depend on the tattoo. A well placed tattoo saying “mom” or “Jesus” or “America” ETC. would be appropriate. Of course if you are a Christian then the rule of thumb would be I Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body”.

And I Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

If we make these two verses rules for our lives we will not go wrong.

DOES THE BOOK OF HEBREWS TEACH THAT A CHRISTIAN CAN APOSTATIZE?

The “falling away” recorded in the Book of Hebrews 5:11-6:6 refers to first century Jews who had been led by the Holy Spirit to leave Judaism and confess Christ, who are now in danger of resisting the Holy Spirit under pressure of persecution, and hardening their hearts against the conviction of the Holy Spirit and     go back to the “Elementary” or beginning and incomplete teachings about Christ under the Old Testament system of types and foreshadows.

They are warned in Hebrews 3:7-8: “So as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. They were led by the Holy Spirit to see their need of Christ, but after repeated resistance they were in danger of grieving the Spirit away: “If we deliberately keep on sinning (by hardening our hearts) after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (after the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need of Christ) no sacrifice for sin is left (If Christ is rejected, there is no other sacrifice for sin) But only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God”.

In verse 29 these people are said to have “trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?

To harden our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of our need of Christ is to walk on the blood of Christ as a common thing, and insulting the Holy Spirit who has brought this conviction to us.

Christians who are truly born again cannot lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit lives in them. But unbelievers who are on the verge of receiving Christ can harden their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and “fall away” from receiving Christ.