This week, I had the joy to answer some questions from our listeners across the country in a special one-week “Q&A Series” (airing the last week of February). While it’s not possible for us at Back to the Bible Canada to answer all of the many questions that we receive, it was our goal to address as many as we could.
Ben Lowell (CEO) put the questions into four categories, leaving the final day of the week to a random selection, with no specific topic. Of course, we could not answer all the hundreds of questions, but because some of them were similar in nature, we could combine a number of them that way.
The final round gave us some sense of what Canadian Christians are asking from coast to coast. At first, I was surprised by some of the questions we were not asked. There were no questions about social issues such as abortion and homosexuality. We did however receive a question about euthanasia and another one about Alzheimer’s, as well as the role of God when people suffer from debilitating diseases.
One of the primary categories of questions were those that touched on the issues of salvation. People seemed quite aware of the call for obedience and discipleship, but were also aware that salvation was entirely by grace. How is it that these two things intersect, and when can we know with assurance that we are truly saved?
Another category dealt with the Bible, especially how we should understand it. Is it to be taken literally? How should we deal with the accounts of miracles?
A third category dealt with the second coming of Jesus. And here, the questions were a little more personal, for the listeners wanted to know where I stood on the matter of the rapture.
Finally, we received all manner of questions about the church. How about church discipline? What constitutes a healthy church? And, then, there were those questions that we could not categorize. They included questions about divine election, polygamy in the Old Testament, the roles of men and women in marriage, whether Jesus was aware of his divinity, the person and impact of Satan in the world, and so forth.
If you want to know how I answered them, make sure you listen to Back to the Bible Canada from February 29-March 4, when we air this series. But as I have just now finished recording in the studio, I am in somewhat of a reflective mood. I am left with a number of conclusions.
First, I am thankful that people are reading their Bibles and engaging with truth. Second, I see a growing awareness that people are looking for answers from a source they can trust. They do want to hear from someone who has put in the time to study the Bible thoroughly, and holds a position of biblical inerrancy. And finally, I find that God’s people need to know the difference between a position in which people who take the Word seriously can honestly disagree, and those areas where no disagreement can be permitted.
Finally, I am overwhelmed by the calling that has been given to me at Back to the Bible Canada. The need for solid Bible teaching has never been greater!