Ask Pastor John
Ask Pastor John
Jan 4, 2021
Can I Take a Vaccine Made from Aborted Babies?
Play • 12 min
Several vaccines in current use are developed from the cells of aborted babies. Can Christians use these vaccines in good conscience?
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
Crossway
February 28: Leviticus 19–20; Psalm 55; Luke 19
Old Testament: Leviticus 19–20 Leviticus 19–20 (Listen) The Lord Is Holy *19 *And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *2 *“Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. *3 *Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. *4 *Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God. *5 *“When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. *6 *It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. *7 *If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, *8 *and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from his people. Love Your Neighbor as Yourself *9 *“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. *10 *And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God. *11 *“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. *12 *You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. *13 *“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. *14 *You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. *15 *“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. *16 *You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life1 of your neighbor: I am the LORD. *17 *“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. *18 *You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. You Shall Keep My Statutes *19 *“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material. *20 *“If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free; *21 *but he shall bring his compensation to the LORD, to the entrance of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering. *22 *And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the LORD for his sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven for the sin that he has committed. *23 *“When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden.2 Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten. *24 *And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD. *25 *But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to increase its yield for you: I am the LORD your God. *26 *“You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. *27 *You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. *28 *You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD. *29 *“Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity. *30 *You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. *31 *“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God. *32 *“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. *33 *“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. *34 *You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. *35 *“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. *36 *You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin:3 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. *37 *And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the LORD.” Punishment for Child Sacrifice *20 *The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *2 *“Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. *3 *I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. *4 *And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, *5 *then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. *6 *“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. *7 *Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. *8 *Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you. *9 *For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him. Punishments for Sexual Immorality *10 *“If a man commits adultery with the wife of4 his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. *11 *If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. *12 *If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed perversion; their blood is upon them. *13 *If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. *14 *If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is depravity; he and they shall be burned with fire, that there may be no depravity among you. *15 *If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. *16 *If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. *17 *“If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity. *18 *If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from among their people. *19 *You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to make naked one’s relative; they shall bear their iniquity. *20 *If a man lies with his uncle’s w…
18 min
Bible Thinker
Bible Thinker
Mike Winger
20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 24)
Question Time Stamps for Quick Reference: 0:00 - Introduction 1. 0:13 I'm a follower of Christ, and I have several major illnesses which makes me uninsurable, and I can’t afford a funeral plan. My family will likely cremate me, but I’m REALLY troubled about this. Can only buried bodies be resurrected? Will I miss out on eternal life and go to Hell if my body is cremated? When I asked a pastor nearby, he said cremation is Pagan and only burial is biblical. Is this true? 2. 8:10 How do you see God when you pray? My mind wants to envision a person. 3. 10:29 Is there a possibility that “Lady Wisdom” in Proverbs 8 is actually the Holy Spirit? Is there ever any definitively male or female pronouns used in the Hebrew or Greek to know? 4. 13:26 Romans 11: 25-32 seems to say that the Jewish people will turn back to Christ. Do you have any thoughts on that or see a connection between that and the rising number of Messianic Jews is Israel? 5. 18:59 I am a new Christian, formally LDS. Many LDS folk have been very active at challenging my new beliefs (the Trinity, etc.) I want to share the Gospel with them, but I recognize I'm still learning. Do new Christians have an obligation to defend our beliefs and evangelize, or is it o.k. to ask these challengers to give me space? 6. 22:02 If God is timeless, how could He have sequential thoughts, especially before time was created (e.g., His decision to make time and creation)? 7. 25:36 What are our "non-negotiables" as Christians? What doctrines do we unapologetically plant our flags on and refuse to back down from? 8. 32:33 To what extent do we expose works of darkness? (Ephesians 5:8-14) A family member who claims to be a Christian is openly selling food w vulgar text & images and I found out she’s supplying alcohol to minors as well, through her business. The 1st part was bad enough, but I can’t stay silent anymore. She is already unhappy with me and another family member calling her out on behavior that endangered her child & our family, but admitted at the time that she “should be a better Christian.” How do we handle this? 9. 34:12 Is the Paradise mentioned by Paul in his vision of being taken to the third Heaven, Jesus to the thief on the cross, and in the account of Lazarus the same place? 10. 37:11 How can God love the whole world while hating sinners like in Psalm 5:5? 11. 41:23 Any advice for a wife whose husband has admitted he is not as spiritually mature as the wife? She doesn’t want to lead *him,* but is more spiritually mature. 12. 44:07 If a born-again Christian dies suddenly with an unconfessed sin (not a lifestyle) like momentary lust or deceit, will this lead to Hell? Or does Christ's sacrifice cover all sins (past & future)? 13. 49:05 Where are we when we are judged? On Earth, in Heaven, or somewhere in between? 14. 50:51 In Matthew 27, who are the people coming out of the tombs when Jesus rises? Did they continue earthly life and die again, or ascend too? 15. 54:22 How can I get close to God and overcome demons I have and oppression? 16. 57:31 My wife and I think we are called to move to Alaska for missions (to Remote Alaska). How can I know God is guiding us there? 17. 1:01:47 Would you please explain Matthew 10: 23? What is meant by “before the Son of Man comes”? Mark does NOT state this in his rendition of “Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles” (Mark 6:7-13). 18. 1:05:04 Have you ever read anything on the Eastern Orthodox view of the Holy Trinity called the Monarchy of the Father? If you have, do you have any thoughts? 19. 1:06:22 I think I'm getting diagnosed with Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Proverbs 16:5 scares me. Am I unsavable? I want to be saved and truly converted, but fear is my motive. 20. 1:13:22 My heart has become hard due to continued rebellion which led to a problem trusting Christ and resting in Him. How do I know if I’m repentant when I’m not “sorry” anymore? I miss living near to Christ. Every Friday at 1pm PT Here’s how you get your questions answered in the Q&A 1) Please reread your question before you ask to ensure that it will make sense to me. Clarity is paramount. 2) Wait till we go live before asking. We don’t take questions until then. 3) Put a “Q” at the beginning of your question. 4) Please only ask once, our mods are checking the chat continually. 5) I’m truly sorry if I’m unable to get to your question. I know its a bummer, but I am doing my best. 6) If you arrive late we may have already gathered 20 questions. Please check the live chat to see if we are full on Qs. Thanks! Helping you learn to think biblically about everything, because the Bible is more brilliant, beautiful and life-changing than most of us have realized.
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