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Topic: Gods Sovereignty

Episode Topic Audio

2021-05-12
Humans Created to be Unable to Sin Could God have created us unable to sin, and yet still given free-will?



2021-05-05
God's Foreknowledge: Shouldn't have God known in advance that Adam would need a helpmate, and that mankind would fail and He would need to send the flood?
Chuck Girard & Alisa Childers: Are you familiar with Alisa Childers, Chuck Girard's (Love Song) daughter?


2021-04-28
Why Didn't God Create us Better?: Why didn't God create us with stronger desires to do good and more self-control?



2021-04-26
Predestination: What are your views on "predestination" and why people believe in it or not? [I Peter 1:1-2, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:5, Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:22-23].



2021-04-22
Why God Gave Free Choice to Adam & Eve: Why didn't God create Adam & Eve with more self control and more of a desire to obey Him, so they would have a more pleasant walk with Him?



2021-04-16
God as Absolute Authority in Contrast to a Friendship with Him: How do you abide in Him, in a close and loving way, when you know that you are dealing with your king and He has absolute authority over you? [John 15, Romans 8:1, Psalms 145:8, I Corinthians 13:4-8].



2021-04-12
Our Responsibility Over Earth by Prayer: Do you agree with the statement of Wesley's that God does nothing on earth except in response to prayer? [Matthew 6:10, Genesis 1:26-27].



2021-04-09
God Created a Flawed World: If God is all powerful and wise, why did He create such a flawed creation, and create beings that did not have the self-control to do the right thing? [Deuteronomy 30:11].
God's Foreknowledge: If God has foreknowledge, why would He bother testing us, if He already knows the outcome?


2021-04-07
Properly Preaching the Gospel: As scripture warns we are to be careful not "to preach another gospel", How does one properly preach the gospel? [Galatians 1:7-9, John 6].



2021-03-31
Disagree that God has the Right to Our Lives: I disagree with your position that because God created us, He can do whatever He wants with us?
God Torturing Us: If God can't go against His character, than can He torture us?
God's Right to Tell Us What to Do, or Suffer Consequences: Does God have the right to make people do whatever He wants them to do, or make them suffer consequences?

2021-02-10
Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?: Did you say that true Christians can lose their salvation?
Salvation & Sanctification: What role does God have in salvation and sanctification? If we have a part in it, doesn't it take away the glory that is His alone?
God's Sovereignty & Control Over One's Salvation: Could you help me understand God "works all things" relative to one's salvation? [Ephesians 4:1, Philippians 1:6, I John 2:19, John 17:12, I Timothy 4:1, Hebrews 3:1, Hebrews 3:12].

2021-01-27
Deism: Do you think it is more reasonable to consider a Deist view since God doesn't doesn't seem to micromanage things and free will seems more prevalent? [Proverbs 21:1, Hosea 8:4].
Need for Rebaptism: If I wandered away from the Lord at one point in my life, becoming a prodigal, but returned to Him, do I need to be rebaptized?
God's Voice (God Speaking): How do you know when it is God speaking vs just having one's own thoughts? [Acts 16:6-7].

2021-01-25
God's Children Suffering: Help me accept why God would continue with his plans for having children if He knew they would suffer terribly in their lives?



2021-01-25
Calvinism vs the Alternates: What is the difference between Calvinism and other denominations? Recommended lecture; "God's Sovereignty & Man's Salvation."
Steve Gregg Leaving Calvary Chapel: What lead to your departure from Calvary Chapel?


2021-01-25
Ishmael's Temperament: Is the description of Ishmael's obstinate temperament in Genesis just an example of God's foreknowledge, or was he predestined to be that way? [Genesis 16:12]



2021-01-13
Jesus' Crucifixion-God or Jesus' Will: Whose will was it that Jesus be crucified? [John 10:17-18, John 13:1, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:53].



2021-01-11
Predestination: Is "predestination" biblical? [Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:5-6, Romans 12:2].



2021-01-06
God's Sovereignty Putting Those in Power in Governments: Since it is God who puts people in power, can you comment on the current controversy with the election? [Hosea 8:4, Daniel 2:21, Revelation 13, John 12:31, Psalm 115:16, Hebrews 13:17, James 3:1, Romans 13].



2020-11-10
Mad at God About the Election: My wife is mad at God about the election, and I rather think it may be God's judgment. What do you think? [Psalm 75:7, Daniel 2:21, Psalm 42:5-11, Psalm 43:5].



2020-11-05
When Hardship Can't Be for Good: I am having a hard time understanding how my current circumstances can ever turn out for good? Can you help? [Romans 8:28].



2020-11-02
A Time to Die - COVID: Are all the people dying of COVID, dying when they should die, as it says in Ecclesiastes?[Ecclesiastes 3:2, Daniel 5, Hebrews 2:15].



2020-09-30
So Many Religions, So Many Innocents: If God is such a loving God, why would He allow other religions to exist and mislead somewhat innocent people?



2020-09-28
Overthrow God-Don't Submit: Should we not be more interested in over-throwing God than submitting to Him, since He cannot fairly distribute justice? (Rec Lecture:Three Views of Hell)



2020-09-17
Why Does God Let Children Die if He Can Do Miracles?: Why would God do miracles for certain people and let children die of starvation every day?
Bible is Not Reliable: Caller says the Bible is not reliable, because He says He is sorry He ever made mankind. [Genesis 6:6].


2020-09-09
Why Does God Make Any That Will Not Believe?: Since God knows who will accept Him, why would He still make people if they will be consigned to hell?



2020-09-08
Why Pray: What is the purpose of prayer, if God doesn't change His mind, and things are established already? [2 Kings 20, I John 5:14-15].



2020-09-04
God's Sovereignty Defined: What does it mean to you to say that God is sovereign?
Fallen Away-Once Partaken of Heavenly Gift: Does God's sovereignty relate to the verse in Hebrews about one who has received the heavenly gift, but has fallen away not being able to return? [Hebrew 6:4].


2020-09-04
Bad Kings Ordained by God-Leadership in the Future: Why did God allow bad kings? Were they ordained by God? Can the same thing happen again in the future in the United States? [Hosea 8:4, Romans 13:1, Daniel 2:21, Proverbs 21:1, Acts 5:12].
Matthew713.com: Where is your alternate site, Matthew713.com?


2020-09-02
If God Knows My Future, How Am I Accountable?: If God knows my future, then how am I accountable for where I end up?



2020-08-31
Who is in Charge on Earth?: Who is actually in charge on earth? [Proverbs 21:1, Psalms 34:7, Daniel 2:24, Romans 8:28].
The Earth Getting Worse Till the End: Do you think that the earth is going to get worse progressively before He returns? [Revelation 20:7-8].


2020-08-27
God Knows Past, Present & Future: If God knows all things, the beginning and the end, then, how can He regret the choices people make? [Isaiah 46:10, Genesis 3:9, Genesis 4:9, Genesis 18:16-33, Genesis 22:12].
God's Preordaining Everything: Does God not knowing some things throw a monkey wrench into the concept of God preordaining everything (Calvinism)?
Making a Donation: Do you have a phone number to make donations to? How do you spell Temecula?

2020-08-03
Satan Created and Not Omnipresence: Where does it say in scripture that Satan is a created being that cannot be everywhere at once? [Job 1-2].



2020-07-17
Terrified into the Church: How could John MacArthur, a Calvinist, believe that people could be terrified into entering the church, if they are already elect?



2020-07-10
God's Sovereignty: Isn't God completely sovereign? If God wants a child to be born, is there anything we can do to prevent that? [Matthew 10:29, Genesis 50:20, Acts 2:23].



2020-07-08
Why Did God Create the Evil Realm: If God is so good and all-powerful, why would He create a evil realm, its consequences, and competition for righteousness?



2020-07-03
Characterizations of Calvinism: Do you agree with the suggestion that the Calvinist view and characterization of God, is like He intervenes to assist someone who is mentally ill and cannot make a decision?



2020-06-26
God is Not a Racist - Insufficient: Isn't saying that "God is not a racist", an insufficient response to clarifying why God doesn't choose any racial group for carrying out His will? [Romans 2:5-10].
Calvinism-We Are Not Robots: Is it not insufficient to say that "we are not robots" in your argument regarding Calvinism and the matter of free-will and predestination?


2020-06-17
God Limited by Lack of Faith: Is God's ability and power limited by lack of faith? [Mark 6:5-6, James 4:2-3].



2020-06-15
Book of Job: Could you help me with the implications of the story of Job? Does God have to give permission to Satan to inflict us? [Job, Psalm 34:7, Psalm 91:11-12, Romans 8:28, I Peter 1:7].



2020-06-01
Arminians Not Willing to Pray for the Salvation of Others: Could you help me refute the Calvinist argument that Arminianism undermines the motivation to pray for the unsaved?



2020-06-01
Origin of Sin: From where do you think sin originated?



2020-05-29
Arminian & Calvinist Analogy: Could the contrasting views of Arminian & Calvinist be paralleled to the formation of diamonds and superstitious alchemy?



2020-05-13
God Authored Evil: I understood that John MacArthur said that God is the author of evil, can you comment?



2020-05-13
Calvinism & Hyper-Calvinism: Would you talk a little bit about the various degrees of Calvinism and specifically, Hyper-Calvinism? [Romans 10:9, Joshua 24:14-15, Deuteronomy 30:19].
Calvinism & Lordship Salvation: Do Calvinists believe in Lordship and Lordship Salvation?
Dispensationalism Reviewed: Can you give a quick overview of what Dispensationalism is?

2020-05-11
The Chosen of God, the Elect: Why do you believe that we are not chosen as the elect by the Holy Spirit?
A Sovereign God That Allows Evil in the World: If God is sovereign, why does He allow so much evil in the world?


2020-05-11
Suffering in the World: Why does God permit evil, specifically, suffering in the world? [Philippians 4, I Peter 5, Matthew 6, Matthew 8:26].



2020-05-08
God's Intention in Creation: Can you clarify your position that God did not intend for this creation to be corrupted and people to fall? [Genesis].
God Omniscience Questioned in the Creation: If God is omniscient, why then would He go forward with the creation, knowing that it would be corrupted and He would have to wipe everyone out?
Sin in Heaven & No Free Will: Would it not follow that the only way there will be no sin is in heaven, is if our free will is taken from us?

2020-05-07
God Seems Evil in the Old Testament: Some Old Testament passages make God sound really evil, particularly when he has people massacred or annihilated. How come God just doesn't do it himself?
God Not Good All the Time: Is it legitimate to say that "God is good all the time" in light of all the terrible judgments in the Old Testament? [I Samuel 15].
God Sends Evil Spirit: When the Bible says that God sent an evil spirit, how do you understand that and harmonize that with a good God? [I Kings 22:22, Job 1, I Samuel 16, Judges 6-9, Judges 9:23].

2020-04-21
Old Testament Salvation: How could the people of the Old Testament be saved, since Jesus had not yet come as the mediator? [Genesis 15:6, Hebrews 11].
Faithful Non-Christians, Who Just Don't Know: What happens with those that are the committed and faithful, but not a Christian, like the religious Jews?


2020-04-17
Defining One's Faith: What do you tell people about your faith, without aligning to a particular group, movement, or theology?
Calvinism: Comment on Calvinism and how their theology maligns the character of God.


2020-04-15
God's Comfort & Being With Us: Could you clarify how God will be with us, and what the comfort of God is? [2 Corinthians 1:3-5].



2020-04-06
God Allows Rape & Intercourse: Why would God allow rape and child molestation, and could He have not made a different way to make children so that no one could be hurt in that way?



2020-03-31
Why Do We Pray: Do we pray to change things, or pray that God will changes his mind, or what? [James 4:2-3, Matthew 6:10].



2020-03-27
Angry with God: When a believer is disappointed or angry with God, Is it always sinful, or does God actually welcome our feelings? [Job 13:15].
Psalms, Prayer & the Human Heart: Do you think that God put the Psalms in scripture to just give an example of the human heart?


2020-03-20
Calvinist Views of Election & Predestination: Could you talk about the Calvinist views of election, being chosen, and predestination held by some of the leading Calvinists, such as Calvin and Sproul? [Romans 8-9].



2020-03-19
All Things Controlled by God: What do you think about the reference to "works all things according to His will" in Ephesians? [Ephesians 1:3,11, Romans 8:28, Luke 7:30, I Thessalonians 4 ].



2020-03-11
Kenosis Theory & the Bethel Movement: Because of my concern about the Bethel movement and Bill Johnson's teaching, I am trying to sort out the "Kenosis Theory"? [Philippians 2].
Hillsong Music Bans: Do you think it is an over-reaction to not ban singing of Hillsong music?


2020-02-12
Calvinism & Irresistible Grace: Is this verse an example of God's "irresistible grace"? [John 6:44, 12:32, Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34, Jeremiah 31:3, Hosea 11:1].



2019-12-26
God's Control Over Our Lives & Suicide: Is God actually in control of all the time from conception to death? Even in light of suicide? Will they go to hell?



2019-12-20
God's Sovereignty: Are you taking all the scriptures into consideration when you are assessing God's sovereignty? [Acts 13:48, Revelation 13, Luke 7:30, Matthew 23:37, Proverbs 1, Genesis 4:7, Isaiah 66:3 I Corinthians 16:15].
Trinity Quandry: Is there a way to reconcile the question of the humanness of Jesus, but He was God, but didn't have the same attributes of God?


2019-05-14
Why God Allows Suffering: Why does God allow harm to come to innocent people, like what happened in 9-11?



2019-05-03
Foreknowledge & Freewill: If God knows everything we will do, how is that freewill? Open theism discussed.
Two Witnesses (Revelation): Did Jesus know everything? Can we know absolutely who the two witnesses were in Revelation?


2019-04-04
God's Sovereignty: How to do you understand God's sovereignty working with our free will (personal sovereignty)? Meticulous providence (micro management) compared to one who allows some independent choices.



2019-03-14
Jesus the Son of God: How do I understand the relationship or overlap of the Father and Son, and how His omnipresence and omniscience worked?
Jesus before age 30: What was Jesus doing the first 30 years before His ministry started?


2019-03-08
God's Omnipresence: Is God is present at every moment of time? Are there any other dimensions mentioned in the Bible?



2019-03-08
Is God in Control?: Is God really in control, or has He given control to man? Is He protecting His people? [Psalm 91:11, Psalm 34:7].



2018-10-19
Calvinism & the Sovereignty of God: The Calvinist definition of God's sovereignty discussion.
Lectures on Relationships: Where can I find your lectures on Relationships?


2018-07-30
Calvinism & Free Will: How can Calvinists say that God can't give people Free Will because can't God do anything He wants? Isn't He a Sovereign God?



2018-07-06
Privacy from God: Does God know everything that is going on in our private lives? Are we not allowed some privacy?
Exorcisms: What happens if someone wants you to do an exorcism? is it immediately effective or not?


2018-04-18
God Changing His Mind: Can God change His mind? Anthropomorphic dialogue



2018-04-03
God's Sovereignty: God making us suffer forever, is Calvinism rather sadistic, thinking God will only save some, but the rest are going to burn forever & forever & ever?
Ecclesia: Ecclesia in the KJV was changed to church building instead of church assembly, just like they didn't like translating baptize to immersion, because King James did not believe Immersion for Baptism.


2018-01-10
Doubting God: James says not to doubt when you pray for something, that a person who doubts is like a person who is being tossed by the ocean, a double-minded person, but everyone has a crisis of faith once in awhile, questioning events and why God is allowing something, even John the Baptist did, so what exactly is James saying here? [James 1:5-7, Matthew 11:3, Ephesians 6:16]



2017-12-28
Human Pawns to God: Are we simply pawns being arranged by God? Are we being tested just to see if worthy opponents? Isn't that a little bit unfair? [Ephesians 2:6-7, Ephesians 3:10]



2017-11-09
The Size of God: How big is God & why does He care about something so small? Does moral character, moral laws apply to other worlds?



2017-10-24
Calvinism & Eternal Security: A calvinist caller calls to debate a little bit about eternal security, defining the sovereignty of God, defining free will, free choice.



2017-10-11
Calvinism: Every time I hear the words election & predestination, they always seem to talk about the sovereignty of God, but what does that mean?



2017-09-26
Mormonism: Mormonism, LDS discussion, the only way to convert a Mormon is on the spiritual level, but also trying to create doubt, & a true prophet would always be right, otherwise they are false prophets.
Figuring out God's Will every Decision: How do we determine what decisions to make as a Christian when it's not clear from the Bible?


2017-08-17
A Different Take on the Trinity: Is the reason Jesus couldn't do anything apart from the Father & the Father can't do anything apart from the Jesus, & the Holy Spirit?



2017-08-14
God Allowing Suffering: Why does God allow suffering for His children?



2017-07-05
God Bringing Good & Bad: Does God create good & bad, create terrible things & cause them to happen? [Jeremiah 29:11-12]
Knowing God's Ways: We can't know God ways, is that true?


2017-07-03
God's Sovereignty: Did God just sovereignly blind some people just because He was sovereign?



2017-06-09
God's Sovereignty: Accessing Facebook Page & i'd like to take about God's Sovereignty & our free choice.



2017-05-10
Calvinism & Predestination: Regarding Calvinism & Predestination, with the Sovereignty of God, can't He choose whom He will save & whom He will not?



2017-05-08
No Plan: God does not have a plan for us, God just allows stuff to happen, & healing is just medical, the caller heard someone say.
Mental Illness vs Demon Possession: How do we know if it's Mental Illness or Demon Possession?


2017-02-23
God's Sovereignty: God's sovereignty, predestination, but He's also omniscient. (caller a little bit hard to hear)



2017-02-07
Self-Control & Calvinism: Calvinism in relation to self-control & the fruits of the Spirit. [Galatians 5:22-23] (follow up)



2016-04-07
Hardening One's Heart: How does God deal with people hardening hearts? Why did Pharaoh's heart get hardened?
End Times Timeline Chart: Do you have a chart of a timeline of End Time events?


2016-02-04
Greg Boyd: Are you familiar with Greg Boyd on open theism? Have you his book about the Sovereignty of God & our free will, called, "Is God to Blame?"?



2016-01-11
God's Sovereignty: Is God intervening when He let's some people survive tragic events & others not?



2016-01-07
God's Sovereignty & Our Free Will: God has His sovereignty & He gave us free will, but what about Him allowing people to commit murder, allowing people to commit suicide? A person can shorten their life sooner than God was intending them to die, but they can't live longer than He wants.
God's Sovereignty & Child-bearing: What about a couple wanting children but God not allowing it?


2015-10-19
God Being for Us: If God is for us, who can be against us? What does that mean? We seem to be up against a lot of foes. [Romans 8:31-36]



2015-03-25
Literalism about Hell: We don't have any life w/ out God, so how could we exist in hell? [Acts 17:27]



2015-03-23
God's Will - Sovereignty of God: "God wills to use our wills to accomplish His will." Can Steve unpack that saying? God allowing Islam to do what they are doing, what does he think?



2015-03-13
King Solomon: Would you say King Solomon died saved or unsaved? [1 Kings 1-12, Ecclesiastes 12]
God allowing bad things to occur: God doesn't do bad things to us, but does He allow bad things to happen to us? [Hebrews 12]


2015-01-22
Power of God: How can or does a person rely on the Power of God?



2014-11-17
Free Will & Sovereignty of God: A lengthy discussion about Free will & Sovereignty, using Samuel & Saul as an example in the beginning, but they go all over place. The discussion is 25 minutes long! [1 Samuel 9:1-27, Ephesians 2:1-2]



2014-10-27
Calvinism & God's Sovereignty: What do Calvinists think of people who are saved who are not Calvinists?



2014-09-05
Michael the Buddhist: Caller wants to tell Michael the Buddhist to ask God to reveal Himself know to Michael the Buddhist? People should pray for him.



2014-09-05
God changing Laws: Can God change His own laws? Can He all of a sudden say stealing is good & not evil? Do you believe in a personal God?



2014-07-28
Steve's answer to the disagreement: Caller agrees that God is Sovereign, but He does allow calamity happen. [Romans 1]



2014-07-28
Sovereignty of God (disagreement): You said that your wife being killed was perhaps the Sovereignty of God. That's stupid. You say many other false teachings on your show as well. What did Jesus & Paul say about false teachers?



2014-07-22
Sovereign of the World: Who is Sovereign of this world? Is it God or Satan?



2014-07-14
God Creating Humans: Why did God make the human race? What is the point of making us?
God & Man: Why did God create us on a less level than Him, a lesser tier?
Flawed Humans: Why did God make us flawed? [Psalms 139:14]

2014-06-25
God Sovereign & Unchanging: How can God be claimed to be Sovereign & Unchanging when you see major differences from the Old Testament to the New Testament?
Discipling Children: What is the Biblical way to disciplining your children? [Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-14, Proverbs 22:6]


2014-03-05
God's Sovereignty: Why does God have complete control or authority over us?
Witnessing to Atheists: How do explain the God of the Old Testament to atheists who think He was an angry God as Richard Dawkins believes? Where is the starting point to engage w/ Atheists, such as Jesus being the Son of God?


2014-01-29
Thwarting the Will of God: If God is omnipotent, how can ANYTHING thwart His will? i'm mainly talking about the King of Persia withstanding God, preventing Him from answering Daniel's prayer for 20 days. [Daniel 10:1-21]



2013-02-08
Admiring God's Creation, but not Creator: Buddhist caller says that everything exists, no matter paradigm you live in, has merit of by its creation in itself. [Romans 1] (A lot of snap, crackling, pop going on here!)



2013-01-28
A New perspective of Genesis 1: Caller was listening to a program that says the reason Genesis 1 is there is not to give a literal interpretation of Creation, but that there's only one God, & He is it. [Genesis 1]



2013-01-04
Putting God in a Box: Even thought we don't believe in Calvinism, we can't put God in a box saying that He can't make people do what He wants, can we?
T. Austin-Sparks, Watchman & A. W. Tozer: What do you know about Sparks, watchman Less & Tozer? Did they believe in Christian mysticism?
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sinner: We hear all the time the phrase, "Love the Sinner, but hate the sin", but I wouldn't find myself able to love people who murder & rape people.

2013-01-03
God Being Able to Multitask: How can God deal with some many people at the same time?


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