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Christian talk radio with Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez

Core Christianity is a daily program that has a Bible Q&A format. Together, Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer any and all questions about the Bible, theology, and matters of religion.

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Nov 15

Is Joseph Engaging in Divination in Genesis 44?

Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I know as Christians we are supposed to distinguish between primary and secondary doctrine, matters to salvation and other areas. Talking to my friends one of those areas is homosexuality. While I don’t want to make it seem that it’s a primary issue it definitely has connecting tissue to primary issues. My question is how do we speak to this? When do I make the distinction on how to speak to someone who is wrong about something like homosexuality? 2. At what point do we consider someone a heretic as opposed to identifying their teachings as heresy? If one teaches a salvation that requires works? 3. I know you value worship on Sunday but what do you think about youth groups who miss church because of weekend retreats or recreational activities? Should we expect the youth to worship with the adults? 4. In Genesis 44, Joseph tells his servant to put the cup in Benjamin's sack. What's the meaning of Joseph using the cup for divination? How should we look at Joseph given what Scripture says about divination elsewhere? 5. Should Christians share their faith even when they don’t know a lot, or should they wait until they first are taught in like a Sunday School class? 6. In John 14:15–17 it talks about the Holy Spirit as our helper. What does it look like for the Holy Spirit to be our helper?

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Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Key questions answered in today's show: 1. There are so many challenges facing the church. How do you guys continue to have hope?  Do you see the future of the church as better than it's current state? 2. I have several friends who are homosexual. Leviticus 18.22 calls it an abomination. But does that mean the church should reject them? This is a common practice in the south to the point that they can’t serve on any church board or hold any office in the church. But Matthew 7 says “don’t judge others lest you be judged.” I know judgment is for the Lord, but I care deeply about my friends who are homosexuals. I’m not sure how we are supposed to handle that? 3. What does it mean for God to be one in essence and three in person? Does God's covenant name, “Yahweh,” belong to the entirety of the Godhead or does it belong more to God the Father? 4. Should Christians live like Jesus could return in any minute even when the church has been waiting over 2000 years for him to return?

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Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Our son is two and he is our first child. How do we start teaching him about Jesus at this age? What should be the thing we focus on? 2. How can we know that the Jehovah’s witness interpretation of John 1 isn't a valid possibility? Can we really know that those verses don't mean Jesus is a God? 3. How is the Holy Spirit our “helper”? 4. How do we understand the Psalms that have no elements of thanksgiving or praise?

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Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Key questions answered in today's show: 1. Why did Jesus teach in parables? 2. I have heard people say that the Bible is really clear but after dealing with it for years, the Bible seems less and less clear to me. Do you think we protestants are right to insist that the Bible is clear even when there are so many obscure and difficult passages in the Old Testament and the New? 3. How can I tell if my Pastor is a false teacher? 4. Should Christians still trust the past writings of teachers and authors who have fallen into deep sin? 5. Do you have any advice for how to balance having a spiritual life with being a parent of young children? 6. What do people mean when they say that, “God is love”?

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Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer caller questions. Key questions answered in today's show: 1. I have a question about Romans 11. In whom and what are the gentiles and Israel grafted into? And what is the nature of this engrafting since it seems Paul says that parts of Israel have been broken off and he warns the gentiles that they can be broken off? And lastly, what is the significance of this for the Christian's life? 2. I've been taught my whole life that after the cross and resurrection, unbelievers are sitting in a prison with an open door and all they have to do is just walk out. This sounds a lot like universalism but I am assured by those teaching it that it is not because those that do not' walk out are choosing to stay. Can you explain this idea? 3. What does it mean to “watch and pray” in the book of Matthew? 4. In Romans 9, Paul says he wished he could be accursed for the sake of his Jewish brothers. Is he saying this because he wants us to have a love for the Jewish people? 5. Why are there so many references about Jesus’ blood in our redemption, and not just that we are saved by Jesus himself? 6. What makes for a Godly Marriage?

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