I am Sr. Writer at What Christians Want to Know (WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com) & a pastor, father, grandfather, & train wreck.
Posted 7/3/13 at 12:44 PM | Jack Wellman
I have heard people say that they know of someone who is “walking with God.” That saying reminds me of James McDonald whose ministry “Walk in the Word” does just that in their teachings. But what does the Bible mean when someone does walk with God? Are there ways we can walk with God? What hinders our walking with God?
Enoch Walks With God
Enoch was said to have walked with God. In fact in Hebrews chapter 11 in what is called the “Hall of Faith” it says “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God” (Heb 11:5). What I noticed was that Enoch, by faith, was taken up so that he didn’t even die. Where it says that “and he was not found” indicates that they were looking for him and they couldn’t find him. This was because “God had taken him” and “before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.“ Going back to Genesis 5:22-24 is says, “Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
It is obvious that Enoch walked with God and walk by faith and this pleased God so much that He must have thought, “Okay Enoch, up here!” Wow. Enoch is only one of two men (Elijah the other) to have never tasted death. FULL POST
Posted 6/28/13 at 1:11 PM | Jack Wellman
Have you heard about the homophobic Bible called the Queen James Bible? Is the Queen James Bible an attempt by the publishers or authors (or both?) to water down the truth of the Bible? You be the judge but this Bible seems to want to make the Bible be gender-neutral. If you have not yet heard about it, you soon will. You will also hear about the increasing pressure on Bible teachers, speakers, authors, and pastors who are facing an increased risk of being accused of hate speech. Many will go silent on the subject of same-sex marriage. Many already fear saying anything about it, particularly if they call homosexuality or same-sex marriage sin, as the Bible clearly does. The threat, or really, the promise to have hate speech charges filed against Christians and churches is because of what some say is discrimination.
The Queen James Bible claims that there is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior the 1946 publishing of the Revised Standard American Bible. What they fail to tell the readers is that the word itself, homosexual, did not make it into the English language until 1892 so this fact shouldn‘t surprise us. This is the same argument that evolutionists might use to accuse the veracity of the Bible by stating that it doesn’t mention dinosaurs and the very same situation applies here…the word dinosaur is a relatively new word and was not around when the Bible was written. FULL POST
Posted 6/24/13 at 12:15 PM | Jack Wellman
I had a close friend of mine come up to me in tears after church. He said that his wife said she did not love him anymore. He said that she fell out of love. She said that there was nothing else they could do but to divorce. What a tragedy. A marriage of 18 years disappears, just like that. All because his wife believed that she fell out of love.
I have heard the term “I fell in love” or “I fell out of love” but it seems to me that this is the wrong meaning for the word love. We can fall off a log or fall out of bed but falling out of love? I have never fallen out of love with my wife, my children or my friends. Where is that in the Bible? What about falling in love? I have fallen in a pond and I have fallen in the bathtub but I never did fall in love. Worship songs that sing about falling in love with Jesus are not biblically accurate in my opinion.
Would we fall out of love with our children? How about falling out of love with our mother or father? What about falling out of love with Christ? Conversely, if humans can fall out of love, is it possible for Jesus Christ fall out of love for us? Not possible! In time, I grew to love my wife when we were dating. Over the months, she did things for me and I tried to do things for her that displayed my affection for her and she for me. We grew closer together by the things that we did for each other and love was the result. I am not saying that we didn’t have romantic feelings but more than that, what she showed me by her actions was that she loved me in deed, not just in word or feelings. FULL POST
Posted 6/16/13 at 4:16 PM | Jack Wellman
Jesus was teaching us about the persistence of prayer I believe in Matthew 7:7-12 which says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” I see this as praying, but I also see that it is doing something after prayer and not just praying and sitting down on the couch and waiting. Here is why I say that as I will break down these verses into three different sections…which are three different actions…and see if you agree.
James said that we don’t have because we do not ask and when we do ask, we ask for the wrong motives. James writes, “you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (James 4:2b-3). It is not wrong to ask but if we ask for the wrong reasons, such as not for the purpose of glorifying God, then we ask amiss! We should ask but for the right reasons. So the first thing Jesus tells us to do in prayer is ask…but we should ask with the right motives. FULL POST
Posted 6/9/13 at 3:49 PM | Jack Wellman
Sadly, many churches divide over non-essentials and surely this must grieve the heart of God. One church I heard of actually divided over the color of the carpet in the front lobby. Such divisions must surely grieve the heart of God. I had to nearly separate two Christians who were arguing over what type of worship music should be used and which type God accepts. They had quite a few “blow ups” in their heated argument and it was like World War III had started. When we divide over things that are not biblically black and white we are putting our own interests ahead of others which are contrary to living the Christian life. Paul said that we should “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Phil 2:3). In many cases, this is reversed to read “let each esteem themselves better than others.” We ought to “Be devoted to one another in love [and] Honor one another above yourselves” (Rom 12:10) and “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ“ (Eph 5:21). Likewise, these are often reversed to be “love yourselves and honor yourselves above others.” FULL POST
Posted 6/2/13 at 2:57 PM | Jack Wellman
Why would God say that He would strike the earth with a curse if the hearts of the fathers would not be turned toward their children? I am referring to Malachi 4:6 which declares “And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest [or otherwise] I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” This comes just before God’s thunderous warning, “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes” (Mal 4:5). Clearly, this was speaking about John the Baptist which was said of him that “he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared” (Luke 1:16-17). Jesus affirms this in Matthew 11:12-15 “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” FULL POST
Posted 5/25/13 at 7:08 PM | Jack Wellman
Red, white, and blue we do display
For patriots gave their best
No greater cost did they pay
Do many now lay at rest
Washington, York, and even Lee
Without a second thought
So you and I are this day free
With precious price they bought
Thank you all who have thus served
Put life and limb on line
In hell on earth did not lose nerve
With patriot acts sublime
We thank you God for their strong will
From ship to parachute
Old glory flies even still
To you we all salute
Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.
Posted 5/22/13 at 3:35 PM | Jack Wellman
Let Jesus Come into Your Heart
When a mother heard her young son rummaging through the kitchen drawer she came in and screamed. There was the young boy standing with a long knife pointed at his chest ready to plunge the knife into his heart. His mother screamed and he dropped the knife and started to cry. She said, “What are you doing?” The young boy said, “I wanted to let Jesus into my heart.” The young boy went into the kitchen after he asked his mother about Jesus and how to go to heaven. She had told him to “Just let Jesus come into your heart.”
That event was not just a story but it really happened. This unbiblical presentation of the gospel almost cost her son’ his life. Where in the Bible does it say that we must “Let Jesus into our heart?” Answer? Nowhere! Should we also let Him into our kidneys, our liver, or our appendix? Come on. This doesn’t work. FULL POST
Posted 5/15/13 at 10:08 PM | Jack Wellman
“What I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do“ (Rom 7:15). That Scripture is actually very comforting because sometimes it's really hard to forgive ourselves. I don’t know how many Christians that have told me that they just can not stop sinning. This really discourages them. Just as Paul said, the things that they do not want to do they end up doing but what they want to do, they do not do (Rom 7:19). Does this sound familiar?
All believers are in this same situation and we may find ourselves thinking these same thoughts. It’s a daily struggle. Walking with God on a daily basis is a battle because the old nature is still alive but there is actually good news in this. The very fact that we know that something is wrong, like when we sin, is evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in us. Those who are without Christ are without the Holy Spirit and those in the world have no such conviction. It’s business as usual. But for believers, the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. To be aware that we are sinning and acknowledge our struggle with sin is wonderful because at least you want to do what is good, even if you don’t always do it. FULL POST
Posted 5/10/13 at 3:38 PM | Jack Wellman
The Italian proverb is true: After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. I heard a true story about a young man that was trying to find a bar in Chicago. It was called The Gates of Hell. Yes, there was an actually a bar called The Gates of Hell. I am not sure if it is still there or not. This is certainly not a place you would want to visit but someone had asked a man on the street where it was at. The man happened to be a pastor. He simply told him where it was. He didn’t try to share the gospel with him, he didn’t try to tell him about Jesus even though he perceived that the young man was not saved. He simply told the man how to get to this bar called The Gates of Hell.
The young man may have not known that the man giving him directions was a pastor and it seems certain that the young man didn‘t realize that he was asking a pastor for directions. The young pastor simply told him how to get to The Gates of Hell. Here is how he described it. Listen to the irony of his directions to The Gates of Hell: FULL POST