Does God ‘preordain’ people for destruction?

stained-glass-1209475Dear Pastor Charles:

I was reading my Bible the other day and came across a passage that is confusing to me. The passage is John 17:12, “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.” I am assuming that Jesus is referring to Judas here. This sounds to me like Judas was condemned by God before he was even born. What Scripture is Jesus referring to here and was Judas chosen by God to be doomed? Thanks for your help. Curious…


Dear Curious:

Thank you for your question. Jesus is referring to Judas in this passage. The Scripture He is citing is from Psalms 41:9, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” King David wrote this Scripture Continue reading Does God ‘preordain’ people for destruction?

If God is truly good, why does He allow evil in the world?

stained-glass-1209475Dear Pastor Charles:

I have a basic question that is preventing me from fully trusting God. I realize that this is only a short column but maybe you can shed some light for me. My problem is this: If God is all knowing, all loving and all powerful, then why does He allow the evils of suffering, injustice and tragedy to happen to His creation? Thank you for any help that you might give.

Sincerely Bewildered.


Dear Sincerely Bewildered:  

I sincerely thank you for your question for it is a very good one. In fact, you have touched upon one of the basic questions of theology, called theodicy, the problem of justifying God. The premise is this: Because God is all powerful and because He is altogether good, how can one explain the presence of evil in the world? If God were all powerful, He COULD do something about evil. If He were altogether good, He WOULD do Continue reading If God is truly good, why does He allow evil in the world?

Contend for the faith but don’t be contentious. Jude 1:3

Dear Pastor Charles:

I was reading my Bible in the Book of Jude and a word seemed to stick in my mind that has caused me to doubt some of the things my particular denomination stands for. The word is ‘contend’ and is found in Jude 1:3, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” My question is this: If we are to “contend for the faith” how can a denomination align itself with other religions who deny that Jesus is the Christ? Thanks for your opinion. Wondering.

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Sounding off…

Dear Friends,

I am in the process of moving some of my blogs on Google + to this website which will be the new central location for my work.

Constant improvements are being made to the site. For instance, you can listen to or read the Bible in many versions right here with the free You Version Bible App.

Also, there are links to Christian businesses such as Christianbook.com , Family Christian Store and Dayspring Christian Store who fully deserve the support of the Christian community.

No, I am NOT becoming a commercial enterprise that exists for the purpose of extracting money from you. The works found on this website that are authored by me are free of charge to anyone who will take the time to read and to seek the Lord.

Jesus is the true Author and Giver of Life. It is by His Spirit that He freely gifts His people for the building up His body, the church. So, receiving a gift and reselling is just not my cup of tea. That would be highly impolite and an insult to the Giver.

However, in full disclosure, the links to the Christian businesses found here will provide a small percentage back for any purchase that you may make while visiting these businesses via the links. Any amounts that come back will be used solely and entirely to reach those who are seeking to know the Truth that will set them free.

Please leave comments to the posts as I do value the contact. Knowing that I am impacting you in a positive way is my motivation to continue this work.

God bless!

Pastor Charles…

Are there 2000 year old people walking the earth today?

Dear Pastor Charles: I was reading my Bible the other day and came across a verse I do not understand. It is found in Matthew 16:28, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Does this mean that some of the disciples did not die? Thank you for your response. Perplexed.


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Faith in the Workplace-

Dear Pastor Charles: I am having a difficult problem at work that I hope you can help me with. I am a Christian and I try to take my faith with me wherever I go. I try very hard to give my employer my best effort each day and it has not gone unnoticed as I receive great evaluations and good bonuses for my efforts. My problem lies with some of my fellow workers who constantly hassle me and try to make me look bad to my bosses. I don’t know why they do this to me because I have certainly done nothing to them that warrants this treatment. Perhaps it is because I don’t go out for drinks after work, I don’t know. I just know that it really bothers me to be treated badly when I am trying to do my best. What should I do? Tormented…


Dear Tormented:

You should thank God that you are being persecuted for His name’s sake because it means that you belong to God. Jesus said in John 15:18-21, Continue reading Faith in the Workplace-

Who does the will of the Father? … Good question from a curious reader…

Dear Pastor Charles: In Mathew 21:28-31, Jesus asks the religious leaders of His day which of the sons in His story did the will of his father. First of all, when Jesus spoke in parables, there was always a comparison to real life. What does this parable tell us we should be doing for our Heavenly Father? Secondly, although He never says it directly, He seems to be saying that the son who said “yes”, but failed to do the work, was actually the one who did the will of his father. Is this what Jesus really means, and if so, why? Curious…

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How to handle a Pastor who doesn’t meet your expectations

Dear Pastor Charles: I hope you will address an issue for me that has been on my mind for some time. Isn’t it true that a minister’s primary responsibility is to visit the members of his church? Our minister seems to think that the only reason he is paid is to preach on Sunday. What do you think? Disgruntled.

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"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." Gal 5:1