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Topic: Church (Early & Fathers)

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2021-06-18
Universal Reconciliation & View of Hell: Where do I find whether early church fathers believed about hell, particularly,"Universal Reconciliation"? (Editor's Note: Steve Gregg continues talking about this question after the break even though he doesn't indicated that he's going to.)



2021-05-19
Family Curses & Divine Counsel for Prayer: Have you heard of bringing prayer to a "counsel of divine judges" which may be tied to Genesis? He feels he may have a family curse. [Genesis 1:26-28, I Corinthians 6:3].
The Didache: What do you think about "The Didache"?


2021-04-05
Various Views in the Jerusalem church: What are the different views of those in the Jerusalem church?
Senior Pastors in the Jerusalem Church: How did the hierarchy of the Jerusalem church compare to those that would be considered senior pastors in churches today? [Galatians 2:12, Acts 15, Matthew 23:8].


2021-01-25
Apostle John: Could you help me fill in some missing information and gaps in his history of the apostle John?



2020-12-01
The Millennium & Partial-Peterism: Are we in the millennium now? And how does that relate to Partial-Preterism? Recommended lecture by Steve Gregg; When Shall These Things Be?



2020-11-04
Drifting Away of the Church: What factors may have affected the drifting away of one church over the other (as with the Galatians and Thessalonians) in scripture? [Acts 14, Acts 17, I Thessalonians 1:9].
Elders in an Immature Church: Was Paul going against his own advice when he appointed elders in the immature church in Acts 14? [Acts 14:23].


2020-09-25
Apostolic Succession: Would you talk about Catholic "apostolic succession" and the early church fathers? [Acts 12].



2020-09-21
Early Christians Worshipped at the Temple: Can you clarify what you meant when you have said that some of the early Christians still worshipped at the temple? [Acts 21:23-24].



2020-09-11
The Holy Spirit & Oil: Is there a connection between the Holy Spirit and oil, or is there an inappropriate conflation of the two? [Zechariah 4:6, John 7:37-39].
Books on Church History: Do you have any particular recommendations of primary books on church history?


2020-09-11
"The Last Days" in the Mind of the Early Church: What was the mindset of the early church regarding the "last days"? [2 Timothy 3:1-9, Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17].



2020-09-08
Andrew of Caesarea: Are you familiar with Andrew (Andreas) of Caesarea's commentary from 1614 and did you figure out what his view of Revelation was? [Revelatioin 13].



2020-08-07
Book on the Antichrist: Caller gives the name of a book by a church father, Hippolytus, on the antichrist (Hippolytus - "On Christ and Antichrist").



2020-07-02
Geneaology of Jesus: Could you help me understand the geneaology of Jesus that seems to be traced through Joseph? [Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38].



2020-06-22
Believing in God-Without Doubt: Should we not know that God is real with every fiber of our being, rather than related to the saying, "I would rather live as if there is a God and be wrong ..."?
The Value of the Church Fathers: Why are the church fathers important to us, since we are all fallible?


2020-06-12
Date of Writing of Revelation: Regarding the writing of Revelation, isn't most of the evidence for the early date internal, and the later date external? [Revelation 13:18].



2020-05-29
Hell: Could you talk about the concept of hell, particularly the unacceptable idea of "eternal torment"? [John 3:16].



2020-05-21
Augustine & Calvinism: Did you say that Augustine was the father of Calvinism?
Calvinism Origins & Manichaeism: What is Manichaeism?
Calvinism, Church Fathers, Alternate Views: Did the church fathers that introduced Calvinism have any opposition?

2020-03-26
Church after the Book of Acts: What happened to the church after the book of Acts? [Matthew 20:26].



2020-03-26
Authority to the Popes to the Apostles: Do the popes have the authority of "binding and loosing" that Jesus promised to the apostles? [Matthew 16:19, 18:18, 2 Corinthians 8:23].
Mary & the Saints Perfected in Righteousness: Relative to the Catholic claim that Mary and the saints are prefected in righteousness, are we not already prefected in righteouseness in Christ? [3 John].


2020-02-20
Apostle John's Life: Can you recommend a source that would tell us about what happened to the Apostle John as he lived out his life?



2020-01-16
Book of Mark: Is the book of Mark, actually recollections of Peter, or was it really written by John Mark?
"Q" (Quelle) Source: What do you think of the hypothetical "Q" source?
Early Church-Pre-Millennial: Why do you think that many of the early church fathers were pre-millennial?

2020-01-07
Early Church Variations & Denominational Splits: Would you clarify the denominational splits in the early church and how it has affected our contemporary Christian faith today?



2019-09-04
Church Father's Writing: What church father's materials should I be reading? [Didache, Clement of Rome, Epistle of Barnabas, Shepherd of Hermas, Letter to Diognitus, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr].
The Holy Spirit (Having, Filled, Baptism): What is the difference between having the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Are you filled once, or many times? [Acts 1:5, 2:4, 4, 8, 19, Ephesians 5].


2019-08-16
Marriage in Heaven: Do you know if the church fathers, Eusebius or Clement, thought that there would be marriage in heaven, regardless of what Jesus taught? [Matthew 22:30].



2019-03-28
Origen: Did the church father, Origen, have access to the New Testament scriptures? What would you recommend of his books?



2019-03-14
Crucifixion Discrepancies: How do you resolve the apparent discrepancies regarding the time of the crucifixion of Jesus? [Mark 15:25, John 19:14].
Church Fathers: What are good sources for reading the church fathers?
Writing of Revelation date evidence: Is there evidence that Revelation was written after 70 AD?

2019-02-21
Early Manuscripts: Early manuscripts of the Bible comment.
Eusebius: Why don't you quote Eusebius who believes the same as you, as far as eschatology? 21, 6, 2,


2019-01-31
Palestinians: What is your view of the Palestinians in regard to Israel?
Church Fathers: You like to cite the church father a lot, except when it comes to the Eucharist. Why is that?


2019-01-15
Trinity: Were the church fathers destroying manuscripts that might possibly compromise of our idea of the Trinity? [1 John 5:7].



2018-12-19
The 4 Gospels: The origins of the gospels, I heard that they were written anonymously.
Church Fathers: A discussion about the Church Fathers ensues.


2018-10-19
Dispensationalists: Dispensationalists trying to pull scripture to support the millennial sacrificial system
Mllennium: Did you say some church fathers also were premillennial?


2018-09-05
David Baxter: Have you ever debated Ervin Baxter about eschatology?
Church Fathers: Do you have any books you recommend, especially re: the church fathers?


2018-04-02
Church Fathers & Becoming gods: What is your thought on what a Mormon told me, saying that even the Church Fathers said that we can become as gods like the Mormons believe, "as God is man can become, as man is God once was"? (THIS CALL IS CARRIED ON PAST THE BREAK EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMS LIKE STEVE ENDED IT IN THE FIRST HALF.)
Baptists What are the main differences between Baptists & Presbyterians?


2018-02-27
Curse on Ham's Son Canaan: Irenaeus quotes passage from Genesis where Canaan is cursed and says Ham instead.



2018-01-12
Nicolaitans: Why exactly did Jesus hate the Nicolaitans? Who were they & what were their bad deeds?



2017-11-01
Institutional Church & the Early Churches: Modern institutional churches is in complete contrast to the apostolic or early church of the 1st century. [Hebrews 10:25]
Grounds for Divorce & Remarriage Discussion: God's view of marriage & faithfulness, but you can get a divorce if there's any impurity, like if your spouse is or becomes an alcoholic.


2017-10-16
Church Father's belief of End Times: What were the Church Father's view of end times & millennium?



2017-09-14
Cremation or Buried in Coffin: Is cremation acceptable or is it better to be buried?
Church Fathers & their Doctrine: Did the Church Fathers influence a lot of their doctrines & traditions in the church?


2017-09-12
Apostolic Traditions Not Found in BIble: Is there anything from the church father's that talks about doctrines that the apostles believed that's not in scripture?



2017-08-29
Institutional Church: Caller would like to weigh in on why Christians are leaving the Institutional churches in droves lately.



2017-08-16
Success in Evangelizing: I would love to evangelize, but it doesn't seem as effective anymore as it was in the earlier centuries.



2017-07-28
Denominations: Are denominations just possibly being an immaturity of people who choose to be divided in certain things. Is there examples of that happening the early church?



2017-07-10
Jesus' Ransom (Atonement) Involving the Atonement, who was Jesus paying the ransom to? I heard the early church thought Satan.



2017-05-18
Building the Church: "upon this rock I will build this church", is this an ongoing thing or something that hasn't been fulfilled yet?
Unity of Faith in the Church: Has Jesus' prayer been answered yet that the church would become unified as one to glorify God?


2017-02-07
Apostolic Doctrine: Apostolic Doctrine related to Calvinisn & Arminianism



2016-04-01
The Word "Disciple": Why is the word "disciple" only used in the gospels & the book of Acts & not in the rest of the New Testament?
Son of God Pre-incarnation: Was Jesus the Son before the incarnation? [Romans 8:3, John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:6]


2016-03-25
Peter the First Pope: Is there any evidence from Bible or the Church Fathers that Peter was the first pope? [Matthew 16:18]



2016-03-16
Overwhelming Presence of the Holy Spirit (about Michael the Buddhist): Caller thinks Michael the Buddhist needs to release his grip on Buddhism & firmly grip Christianity so he can really feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, which he had called & talked about in a previous show.
The Early Church in Jerusalem: In following God’s will & serving Him, what did the church in Jerusalem look like? Were they zealous for the law? Was it an underground church? [Acts 21:18]
Home Church Requirements: Are overseers or pastors required in a home church? Do you have to have apostolic leaders & titles?

2016-03-14
Early Church Beliefs: Did early Christians believe in life after death & did they believe we went to paradise instead of heaven. (Audio of caller is very weak.)
Tips for Teaching: Does Steve have any tips for beginner Teachers who are about to try to lead Bible studies?


2015-11-11
Hell & the Early Church: What was the view of the early church about Hell?
Roman Catholicism: Is the Catholic Church Christian?


2015-10-29
Reformers, Calvinism & the Church Fathers: What was the reason for Reformation to get back to correct doctrine or get the church back from wherever the Catholic Church took it?



2015-10-21
Church History & Church Fathers: Who is the first Church father that you attribute spiritualizing Scripture to, especially eschatology? [Romans 2:28-29, Romans 9 - 11]



2015-10-12
Steve's Mom, A. Wetherell Johnson & Bible Study Fellowship (BSF): So Steve's mom learned under A Wetherell Johnson's teaching in BSF?
Preterism, Church Fathers & John at Patmos: Eusebius says that John the Revelator was exiled at Patmos in 95 AD, so wouldn't that put a damper in the book of Revelation being written before 70 AD? [Revelation 1:9]
Dating of the Book of Revelation: So you use both external & internal evidence, & one of those categories gives more evidence for a late date, but the other one gives more evidence for an early date, is that right?

2015-09-09
Partial Preterism: Is there any documentation that the early church fathers actually believed 70 AD WAS indeed the fulfillment of Revelation since you think it was?



2015-05-13
Church Growth in Dark Ages: How was the church growing in the Dark Ages during the monopoly the Catholic Church had on the Bible, on the Truth? [Matthew 13:31-32]
Materialism: Western Society seems to have lost their way, the husband & the wife both working, undermining the family by being taught by schools & daycares, ignoring Christianity.


2015-04-28
Catholic Church: Caller asks about the Church Fathers, if they said the church was a spiritual institution or not?
Women Pastors: Steve wouldn't attend a church who had a woman pastor, is that true?
Catholic Mass: Has Steve even attended a Catholic Mass? Does it follow the dictates of what Jesus wants?

2015-04-02
The 70th Week: If the "He" is referring to the Messiah, how did He make a covenant w/ them for one week (7 years). Did the Church Fathers see a gap between the 69th & 70th week? What is the wing when it says, "on the wing of abominations"? [Daniel 9:27, Romans 15:8]



2015-01-21
Tertullian & Lucifer/Fallen Angel: So did Tertullian believe & come up w/ Lucifer Falling from Heaven?
Zeal, even if misguided, is good: Even though caller thinks Rusty, who's been calling in a lot lately regarding the perseverance of the saints, is wrong, at least he has enthusiasm.


2014-11-11
Augustine & Free Will: Caller contends that Augustine believed in Free Will even though Steve said he didn't.
Origen & Free Will: Origen also believed in Free Will.


2014-10-13
Church Fathers Regard to Revelation: It is the contention of the caller, who is doing a followup from a previous show, that the early church fathers did use & consider the book of Revelation inspired, even though it wasn't in the canon of Scripture.



2014-10-10
Church Father, Calvinism & Partial Preterism: I was listening to one of your lectures, you saying none of the Church Fathers believed in Calvinism, so that's a good argument that it's not correct, but, they didn't believe in Partial Preterism either, but the further we are getting away from it more people are believing it, including yourself. So why should we consider one aspect of what the Church Fathers thought, but not another?
Book of Revelation: Since the book of Revelation wasn't in the canon of Scripture for a long time after all the other books, what did they consider the book as, just a inspirational, informative book, like the book of Maccabees?


2014-10-08
Church Fathers & Restoration of Israel: You had a caller say that some Church Fathers believed in the Restoration of Israel, then another caller called & gave you some citations. Did you ever have a chance to look at them?
One left, One taken: You wrote an article for CRI (Christian Research Institute) once about One left & one taken. I couldn't find the article. Do you know where I could find it?


2014-07-11
Church History - Eusebius: There's a story that Eusebius tells about King Abgarus writing a letter to Jesus about his sick son, wanting Him to come heal him, & Jesus replying that He'd send one of His disciples to heal him. Do you know anything about that?
Sanctification - Protestantism vs Eastern Orthodox: Do you know the difference between the Protestants concept of Sanctification verses the Eastern Orthodox perception?


2014-06-26
Studying Early Church: Studying Early Church History is so beneficial.
Forgiveness: Supervisor has a shady character. How do you deal w/ somebody who is very questionable?


2014-05-02
The Bible & the Church Fathers: How did the Church Fathers view the Bible, & how did we stray from that, if we did?



2014-04-29
Early Church Beliefs: Where is the BEST source I can go to find what the Church Fathers taught?



2014-04-22
Church Fathers & Spiritualizing Scripture: When did the Church Fathers start taking the spiritualizing scripture approach more than taking it literally?



2014-04-02
Future Salvation of Israel: Some of the Church Fathers taught a future salvation for Israel almost like Dispensationalists teach. [Romans 11]
Concerning the Election: What then is your view about Romans 11:28 where Paul seems to make a distinction between ethical Israel & this supposed spiritual Israel that you say Romans 11 is talking about? [Romans 11:28, Galatians 3:28]


2013-02-04
Women Having Authority over a Man: What do you think about women having authority over man? [1 Timothy 2]
Women Silent in Church: What does it mean women shouldn't talk at church? [1 Corinthians 14]


2013-01-14
Preterism View: How early did the Preterist View come about? How did it come to be as it is now?



2013-01-02
Women Remaining Silent: Paul says that women need to remain silent in church. What did he mean? [1 Corinthians 14:34]


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