Is I Corinthians 7:9 talking about unfulfilled desires?

Question: I was wishing to ask a question about I Corinthians 7:9. Is it okay to say that it is better to marry than to burn with unfulfilled desire? Answer: “Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner,…

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How do I move forward from a breakup?

Question: Good evening, I’m relatively new to this website, but I have found it particularly helpful for hearing Q&A’s specifically related to Christian life. I’m a freshman college student who dated a girl for around 4-5 months when college started. It has been almost three months since she broke up. I’ve been slowly getting better,…

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Can a person who committed fornication marry someone else?

Question: Good day. I have a question concerning your answer: Do I have to marry the man I committed fornication with? My question for you is: Can the lady who asked the question get married to another person? If yes, won’t that count as adultery for her and the man she marries? Thank you. Answer:…

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Must married couples have children?

Question: Hello Mr. Hamilton! I hope this finds you well! I have a question and wanted to hear your thoughts on it. I don’t know of any verse that says Christians, if married, should have children. However, in I Timothy 5:14, Paul says he wants widows to bear children. Does that mean they have to?…

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How do I teach my family?

Question: Good day, Minister, I have been subscribed to La Vista Church of Christ emails for a while now, and I’ve really benefitted from it. But now I have a problem of my own. I’m the youngest child of several siblings, and my siblings are all boys. I turned 18 recently, but I became a…

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Where does the Bible say the people of Babel defied God?

Question: Good day, I’m slightly confused about Scripture and interpretation here. The story of Babel is always propped up as a story of man’s defiance of God’s will, but nowhere do I see the Bible actually state that they defied God. Yes, they did go against God’s command. God wanted people to disperse around the…

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How do I know I received the Holy Spirit?

Question: Good morning, Thank you for all the helpful resources available through this website. I have found this site to be very helpful. I have read many of the articles you have regarding re-baptism, and I would like to gain further insight into this topic. I was baptized at the age of 14. However, I…

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How do I repent of stealing from my neighbors?

Question: Hello, I have sinned for many years. I recently gave my life to Christ. I repented to the Lord of all my sins. I am devoting the rest of my existence to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. One of my biggest sins was being a thief for many years. I stole mainly to survive,…

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Should we send our son to a therapeutic boarding school?

Question: Dear Minister, I have two sons: A is 13, and B is 9. Both are adopted and are non-biological siblings. My husband and I have had both boys since they were infants. We go to church twice a week, pray and study the word together every day, the boys go to an excellent private…

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I can’t find a job

Question: Good day, I’m 20. I’ve been searching for a new job since I lost my previous one. I’m a web developer and a graphics designer. It has been frustrating searching for a new one. I’ve been rejected more times than I can count. I even got an acceptance email, and I never got a follow-up after that.…

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Thank you for the many resources

Question: Good morning, I just wanted to say thank you for the many resources y’all provide on the website. They have been very helpful in my studies. May we continually grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Answer: Thank you for the encouragement.

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Do I have to marry the man I committed fornication with?

Question: Hi. I am a born-again Christian woman. I have committed fornication with a younger man who is still in college and who is also a Christian. I have realized that it is wrong and repented since then, and I have not had any further sexual relationships with him. I have also avoided communicating with…

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Can you be forgiven in old age if you willfully sinned in your youth?

Question: Good day, minister, I have been faced with this question a few times and even got the question recently again, but I never had any real good answer to it. I have read your article about deathbed repentance, but my question doesn’t really extend that far. Whether it is scriptural or not, I refuse…

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Should I arrange for someone to study with my son?

Question: Good morning sir. I hope you are well. My son, who is 14 years old, has shared that he wants to be baptized into the Lord. I don’t know if, at his age, he understands and wants to be baptized for the right reasons. I had planned to arrange for someone from the church…

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Thanks for the help with my OCD

Question: Thanks so much for all the help you have given me over the years. Answering questions by email and speaking to me on the phone. I am very thankful. I have truly learned so much over the years. I got hooked up with NOCD last year, and the counselor I’ve been working with has…

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Why are the laws for remarriage different between the Old Law and New Law?

Question: If the marriage law is universal, why is the remarriage law in Deuteronomy 24 different from Romans 7:2 in that the guilty party who gets married to a second spouse can go back to his/her first husband? Answer: The two laws of God are different. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I…

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Did I defile myself by sexually touching a woman?

Question: Greetings, I just wanted to know if I sexually touched a woman with clothes on but no intercourse, did I defile myself as Revelation 14:4 says? “These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and…

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Does the type of water matter in baptism?

Question: Dear Minister, Thank you for your website. It has a lot of good stuff. It is really awesome. Thanks. And thanks for being willing to answer questions by email. Is any water type (fresh, chlorinated, salt, a bit muddy, etc) acceptable before God for baptism? As far as I know, no one but me…

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Is saying “in the precious name of Jesus” at the end of a prayer wrong?

Question: Dear brother, Recently, a brother in the congregation insisted that it is wrong and unscriptural to end one’s prayer with the phrase “in the precious name of Jesus.” He insisted that adding the adjective “precious” is tantamount to adding to the word of God. He has quoted a La Vista Church of Christ article…

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Is Matthew 5 only for the Jews?

Question: Hello, A friend of mine who is against divorce and remarriage says that Matthew 5 has a “Jewish element,” that is, the word “council” in Matthew 5:22, so it is a chapter only for Jews and not for Christians.  What do you think about that? Thank you. Answer: This is a variation of an…

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Are the churches of Christ the only correct church?

Question: Hi Jeffery, In the article “Wasn’t Babel the city of Eridu?” you mentioned, “You will not find any claim that the churches of Christ are the only correct church on this site.” Do you no longer believe in the one true church? I understand that not every church with the name “church of Christ”…

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Does a Christian have to believe in a young earth?

Question: Good day!I hope you are well. I have a rather strange question. I do believe the Bible literally without question where it needs to be, but I’ve never really even thought of asking this question before, even though it seems to be an obvious question. The question is this: Does a Christian have to…

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I liked the way you handled a heckler

Question: I just read something that the minister wrote about a question where somebody asked about masturbation and prostitution. The guy got mad at being corrected and chastised the minister. He said that he was judging him and called him a liar, but he didn’t say that. Meanwhile, the minister highlighted the man’s own quote…

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Is wasting food a sin?

Question: Hello, Brother in Christ! I recently got into a discussion about the usage of food in certain parlor games and advertisement tactics. In these situations, people would buy food and use it as paraphernalia to perform the game mechanics or as a way to advertise a product. The result of this is that the…

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How can you discount near-death experiences?

Question: Hello, I have a few comments about near-death experiences. First, you answered “No” to Job’s question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” To me, your answer is not biblical unless I misunderstand you. Jesus Christ promised eternal life for those who repent while on Earth and believe in him. So if one…

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How do you teach in an area that holds strong prejudice?

Question: Good day, I wanted to ask: What can I do in my local community to get the word of God out, not just about salvation, but the natural progression of the conversation about the right church? For context, I am in South Africa. This is rather significant because most churches in my local area…

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Will we reach heaven if some commands are broken?

Question: Good day,I have a rather important question that’s been bothering me. In James 2:10, it is stated that all sins are equal. Breaking one means breaking all. It is trying to get the idea across that we shouldn’t excuse sins because that might lead us to accept some sins into our lives and not…

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What is your understanding of Jeremiah 4:10?

Question: I just wanted to get your understanding of Jeremiah 4:10. Answer: “Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, “You will have peace”; whereas a sword touches the throat'” (Jeremiah 4:10). Imagine a robber has grabbed you, and he has a knife against your throat. He…

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The new Topics section is very helpful

Question: Hello Mr. Hamilton,I have been meaning to tell you that I really appreciate your efforts with the website. The new “Topics” category is very, very helpful.Sincerely. Answer: I’m glad you found the addition useful.

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Do marriages really end at death?

Question: Marriage vows say, “Until death, do we part,” is this the truth? If so, I am so sad about this. I need to understand. Though, I cannot find a definite answer. I know there are things that we are not to know. Also, I understand that I am human. I am searching for a…

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Can one congregation withdraw from another congregation?

Question: Can a church withdraw from Christians who are not members of the local congregation? 1.         Mark those who cause division and hindrances – Romans 16:17 2.         Philippians 3:17 – Mark those who are good examples 3.         Galatians 5:15 – Don’t bite and devour each other. C.        Can a church withdraw from another church? Hey Brother Hamilton! God bless. I’ve read almost…

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One article was an answer to my prayer

Question: I have turned to your website many times to find specific answers, but today was not for that reason. However, it turned out to be very helpful at this particular time. The article written by Doy Moyer, ‘Beyond Our Strength,” was the answer to a prayer.My husband of 55 years passed away recently and…

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What if a withdrawn from brother continues to attend services?

Question: Greetings Brother Hamilton, I am concerned about the withdrawal of membership from a brother in sin. I read through your notes on fellowship and understood them, but I want to be precise. When a brother is withdrawn from fellowship with other Christians, can he still come to worship but is prevented from partaking in…

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Can salvation be lost?

Question: Hi, I was hoping you could shed some light on an issue that only seems to get more confused as I try to look into things from a biblical perspective. That issue is whether or not it is possible to lose your salvation following baptism. My understanding and belief is that baptism is a…

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A sad and complex situation

Question: This is sad and complicated. Katie married Joe, and neither were previously married. It is unknown if they were believers. Katie and Joe divorced. The reason is unknown, but it is rumored to be because Joe didn’t want kids. Katie had a child with Ken before her divorce from Joe was final. Katie later married…

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My wife wants a divorce

Question: Hello Brother, I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits. My wife has decided that she wants to separate and sell our home. She has also discussed divorce, saying that she’s unhappy. First off, I acknowledge that while by worldly standards I was a good husband, by Christian standards, I failed…

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Do commentaries contain God’s words?

Question: In these dark days of political upheaval, financial uncertainty, and more, Christians and non-Christians alike have been asking many questions! Deep spiritual questions. I have questions, and I am not the only one in our Bible study groups! l think you will agree that men of God have written Bible commentary and claim that…

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