♦ Prayer Requests

Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Given the number of prayer requests that we receive, we thought it would be helpful to consolidate into one place, and have prayer requests as a header for this site.

100 responses to “♦ Prayer Requests

  1. Frank, I pray for the family and the woman you ask prayer for too. That is a good thing. (1 Tim 2:1-6)

  2. Frank, welcome and thanks for your comment. We are thrilled that you are no longer bound by false Lordship “salvation” thinking.

    I am pleased to honor your prayer request in praying for the woman to whom you are witnessing, as well as her family. Specifically, that if any of them do not know Jesus as Savior, that they would hear and understand the gospel that they might believe and be saved.

  3. Dear Believers from Expreacherman.com,

    Im writing to You from Poland, to say, that this website really helped me to get out from “lordship salvation” thinking. I would like to thank everyone who made this website, which helped me. Please forgive me for asking immediately in my first comment here, without much testimony and longer writing, but I also would like to ask You for a prayer for a Woman which I was witnessing to, and for her family to be saved.

    Kind regards.


  4. I am praying that those of us who are clear on the gospel would heed the following warning from Ron Shea:

    We all seek approval and validation. And it is a stark warning to each of us. Each of us is torn by a myriad of emotions. And to us, many of these emotions are invisible and unseen by us . . . because we are in the middle of them. They can taint our view of reality. Whether it is the pain of recognizing that someone we loved is probably in Hell, or the need for validation, or any other emotional motive, Satan stands ready to seduce each of us from the purity of the gospel, one inch at a time.

    Throughout our lives, each of us will be targeted by the enemy. And he will seek to sift each of us like wheat in a moment when we are weak.

  5. praying Adam

  6. Daniel (I had previously typed Adam by mistake), praying for your mother’s sister in PR.

  7. Please pray for my mothers sister as she is in Puerto Rico. you know, that hurricane that’s going to threaten my people there.

  8. Kate, praying for you. Wouldn’t it be nice to also have access to radio and share the gospel with those listening?

  9. Marc, praying for you and Ann. Best advice I can give you is draw as near to the Lord as possible, spend as much time as you can with him and doing the things you need to do also of course. May the Lord help.

  10. Kate, I too pray for you, your family, and others affected by the hurricane.

  11. Kate Prayed for you and families affected by the Hurricane Harvey

  12. Kate, praying for you, your family and others in the devestated areas.

  13. katmazdobelieve

    Hey everyone,
    Please pray for my family and all those of us affected here in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Our house has flooded along with thousands of others who are south of Houston.

  14. prayed for you Marc and Wife

  15. Marc, I have prayed for you, your wife, and your marriage.

  16. My wife and I are separated and headed towards divorce. I do not want a divorce.

    Please pray for me and my wife Ann.

    Thank you.

  17. Phil, I join you in praying for the people in Houston and surrounding areas.

  18. Father, I pray for the people of the Houston area that your help will be with them. And any help financial or otherwise we can give.

  19. Grace Global Radio. This is a new internet radio ministry spearheaded by Brad O from Midland, MI. At first he plans to have 12 hours of programming that is repeated twice a day Some radio teachers will be on 5x a week, while others will be less or on weekends. Grace Global Radio which will be a listener supported radio ministry.

  20. Praying William. I understand not being able to sleep so I end up just getting into the Word, staying off the live sites like FB, although I might come and read here. I pray for others. At least I’m resting in Him and I do end up getting sleepy, but that’s not my end goal as I get on. Praying for your son and you too.

    Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:7-8

  21. William, I’m also praying for you and your son.

  22. Praying for you William.. I do know what that is like not being able to sleep…

    Praying for all involved with divorce

  23. William, I am praying for you and your son.

  24. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Please pray for me as I’m suffering from a severe case of insomnia where it is not responding to sleep medication. I lie in bed where minutes seem like hours and it is a very frustrating experience. I don’t know what is causing it. Years ago I had a similar bout of insomnia which lasted for a couple of years. I ended up going to a sleep clinic, but the doctors could not figure out the cause. I had to take much time off from work as I was so drained from my lack of sleep.

    Also, please pray for my son, Kurt who is going through a tough divorce right now which has been lagging on for quite some time. Please pray for us. Thank you.

  25. Emerald, praying with you for both things. That your daughter might be a good and noble Berean.

  26. Hello what is your ministry ..what is the college your daughter is going to ..my church in Massachusetts will pray for you!

  27. Emerald, I have prayed for you and your family in these matters – that God would use each of you in advancing the gospel and that your daughter would be safe and grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus.

  28. emeraldleafministries

    We’re praying for opportunity and direction regarding a possible move to another state to be a part of a good Church and ministry. Our options have unfortunately dried up where we live now. Also, praying for our daughter who’s going off to Bible college this summer far from home. If anyone might be willing to join us in prayer, that would be greatly appreciated. God bless.

  29. John, that has been done to me before too, and it is heartbreaking. A friend’s friend was dying of mesotheliomia and she asked me to go with her to see her. We went, brought a Bible and Tom’s booklet, her sister and another friend were there, and her atheist husband. They also did not allow it, but my friend was persistent and we prayed for opportunity and because of my husband and friend’s recent death I was able to share just a little before being way laid.

    The next time it was the same thing and we had come quite a distance but seemingly to no avail. Then came the time for hospice and she was taken home. That was a really long trip, for someone who lived ‘in town’ (they were on one far side of the valley, we were on the other). Neighboring cities, but it was quite a trek.

    The husband took us out the to back patio and was showing his yard, and what they had done. I honestly do not know what happened from him telling us he did not want us upsetting his wife with talks of God, and wasn’t sure we could see her, to incidental conversations of what was going on in and outside of his house, to saying we could see her, and just to ‘take it easy on her’.

    He took me through a tour while my friend was alone with her friend, then I told her I would stay with Nancy while she went on a tour. I stroked her arm, she had been sleeping but her eyes were opened. I asked if that felt nice and just started to explain (with her smiling) how all good things are from Him. I sure hope I gave her the complete gospel, in those types of moments you are acutely aware it is highly likely you will not see them again and with such resistance to the truth from those around her, not likely another would get it. She smiled as I shared the gospel and did look into my eyes. I pray she understood and believed. Mostly I pray I gave it in full knowing the power of the gospel.

    I didn’t know that I would see so much death in my lifetime, starting it seemed younger than most. But every one faces it, and has these moments, so we pray for opportunity and pray for boldness, and pray for all men, since He was a ransom for all and He wills that all should come to a knowledge of the truth.

  30. jason, we are glad that you are here, and also pray that those who find their ways to ExPreacherman will understand the gospel in its purity.

  31. And then I think of Vicki. I pray that people that come confused become unconfused by the clear teaching presented here. Such was I.

  32. Holly, my wife and I visited the family today.

    We did not have much time alone with them, as there was a steady stream of visitors.

    We had been told, prior to our arriving, that he was not interested in hearing any gospel presentations. As we were leaving, he asked if we would like to pray with him. We did, both thanking God for the kindness shown by the visitors and thanking God for His free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus. My wife also asked them to call us with any questions they may have.

  33. Johninnc, I pray that all that come in with a false gospel will be confounded. That the words they use that are false will fall on deaf ears. I pray for there to be true laborers in his life and that the gospel might be ‘heard’ by him.

  34. My son’s girlfriend went through “The Gospel” booklet with her father. There have been a lot of people dropping by teaching him competing doctrine, including faith healing, etc. He is very confused and very sick.

    Please continue to pray for him

  35. Praying for some other laborers in the harvest, and for his daughter to be bold to share.

  36. Still praying for My son’s girlfriend, her father, mother, and the rest of her family.

  37. praying for the daughter and or someone would share The Clear Gospel of Grace with this daughter’s father not only for her father but for her as well not to have to live with not knowing were her father will spend eternity..

  38. I recently mentioned that my son has a girlfriend whose father has lung cancer and appears to be in quickly declining health.

    My wife has sent “The Gospel” booklet to the young lady and has offered to answer any questions. Please pray that the daughter will pursue every opportunity to share the gospel with her father, and that he will be receptive to hearing it.

  39. have prayed for this gentleman..

  40. My son has a girlfriend whose father is suffering from lung cancer. We do not know whether her father knows Jesus as his Savior.

    Please pray for this gentlemen, that he will have an opportunity to hear the Gospel in its clarity in the next few days.

  41. I pray for you too John and others here. Anyone delivering a clear gospel will suffer in some way (not always) but they need prayer.

  42. Holly, thanks for the reminder to pray for Ron and for Clear Gospel.

  43. I had a nice conversation today with Ron Shea. Some of you know him from Cleargospel.org. His gospel can be found there or also booklets on Duluth Bible’s site. Please pray for court cases he needs to litigate, for wisdom and peace as he presents things, for the truth to be exposed to the light. For fair and honest judges. Pray that the Lord will strengthen and encourage him in the faith as Ron has done much to strengthen and guide others in His truth. This is a spiritual battle, and we all need each other’s prayers.

  44. Brad, Please feel free to ask us questions and to make comments here. We’re here for you. Yes, false doctrine is everywhere and you have to be very careful who you listen to especially as a young babe in Christ.

    Ephesians 4:14-15 – 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

  45. Yeh predestination was one that really got me. I found myself wondering at times “what if I am not one of the elect and I am doomed no matter what?”. Truly a horrific thought process to be in to say the least. Thanks for your input on the subject.

    I will always be very careful around any preacher these days. Just as I am typing this all these different preachers and “Christian” websites I have read over the last six months are flashing through my head! Calvinists and Arminians (or whatever they are called) everywhere!

    Originally I believed in the true gospel. Faith alone in Christ’s sacrifice alone. But then (being fairly ignorant) was eased away from the truth into lies. I was going to mention websites that did this but I know johninnc would not want those websites to be listed (and I agree) they don’t even deserve a mention.

    I will press forward in Christ! I am eternally grateful to God for bringing me back to the simplicity of His gospel.

    I don’t mean to turn this comments section into a theological discussion lol. God bless you all.

  46. Brad, Since you are a new believer and a babe in Christ of several months, I also highly recommend that you have the correct Biblical interpretation of predestination which is another Biblical teaching that is utterly perverted by Calvinism/Lordship Salvation. There is a world of difference between true Biblical predestination versus Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s perversion of it. For centuries, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s perverse definition of predestination has been imposed into all the seminaries, theological dictionaries, and textbooks. Even many non-Calvinists have Calvinist presuppositions built into their minds because the Calvinist lingo especially in regards to predestination has permeated mainstream Christianity.

    Again, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s definition of predestination does not come from the Bible, but originated from Augustine of Hippo whom Calvin emulated and idolized.

    True Biblical predestination takes place AFTER a person comes to faith in Christ. The Christian is predestinated for 3 things which takes place in the future. True Biblical predestination ONLY applies to those that are saved.

    1) They are predestinated to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST – Romans 8:29-30. All saved people will be like Christ. We shall be like Him – 1 John 3:2. This is a future aspect at the Rapture.

    2) They are predestinated to have an INHERITANCE in heaven – Ephesians 1:11, John 14:2-4. Again, this is a future aspect.

    3) They are predestinated to have GLORIFIED ETERNAL BODIES OF FLESH AND BONE just like Jesus resurrected body described in Luke 24:39. Christ’s newly resurrected ETERNAL glorified body is the prototype of what is to come for all saved Christians at the RAPTURE – 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. This will be a body that will NEVER decay.

    Luke 24:39 – Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not FLESH AND BONES, as ye see me have.

    God bless!

  47. Brad, I would be careful with Robert Breaker. One of our readers sent his statement of faith, and it doesn’t seem clear on how one receives eternal life.

  48. Thanks Johninnc and William. I have read the Gospel Booklet. I was actually watching a lot of Paul Washer, John MacArthur, John Piper, RC Sproul before I realized their errors. It is amazing how many false teachers are out there. They like to say that faith IS works. A very cunning deception indeed. The Bible clearly separates the two from eachother, but the wolves don’t. It really is a blessing I have found this website.

    I have found a guy called Robert Breaker on youtube. He in my opinion does a fantastic job describing biblical doctrines. Here is a video I am currently watching:

    (Link removed by administrator. Note: we are not familiar with this pastor, and therefore cannot recommend him.)

    I have been going through youtube comments (my idea of being “out in the wilderness” lol) on certain Christian related videos and it is incredible how many people are looking at their own righteousness to get to heaven: “You can’t just have faith you have to show your faith!” things to that effect. Several months ago right after I was saved, I was speaking with a Catholic priest who told me about a concept he called “anonymous Christian”. His description of this was a person that spends their whole lives doing good works but never knows Christ and will be saved. Literally a works WITHOUT faith doctrine.

    The Pharisees never died, they just changed their names!

    God bless you all.

  49. There is also links to Pastor Tom’s Stack here on expreacherman

    Also sermons from Northland Baptist were Pastor Tom Preaches
    Note it is baptist church only in name not baptist doctrine

  50. Brad, I also recommend that you read Dr. Cucuzza’s expositional article on James 2:14-26 which we all know is a passage that has been utterly perverted by Lordship Salvation preachers. It’s best that you get the correct Biblical exegesis on this passage. Also, please check out Dr. Cucuzza’s article on true Biblical repentance which is another Biblical teaching that has been utterly perverted by Lordship proponents. God bless!

  51. Brad, I’m praying for you. Pages 25 and 25 of “The Gospel” booklet may also help you.

  52. Brad, I am praying for you as well. I was once deceived by Calvinism/Lordship Salvation decades ago as a young babe in Christ who didn’t know any better. Lordship Salvation spawned from Calvinism and Calvinism was originated by Augustine of Hippo (“St. Augustine”) who is also the founding father of Roman Catholicism. The 5 points of Calvinism can be found in the false teachings of Augustine in his heretical writings called, “City of God”. John Calvin idolized Augustine and refined his teachings in his own writings called “institutes of the christian religion”.

    The Bible says that Roman Catholicism is the great mother of all whores – Revelation 17:5, and Calvinism/Lordship Salvation are her whore daughters. Brad, it’s best to stay away from local churches for now since the majority of all churches teach false doctrine that is all works based. You can learn a lot from us here at expreacherman.com and I also recommend that you stick with true preachers/teachers of God’s Word like Ralph Yankee Arnold, Hank Lindstrom, Thomas Cucuzza, and on YouTube there’s also Doug Hamp, Kevin Thompson, and John Ricci.

    Stay as far away as possible from the following wolves in sheep’s clothing:

    John MacArthur
    John Piper
    RC Sproul
    J.I. Packer
    Paul Washer
    James White
    Kirk Cameron
    Ray Comfort
    Steve Lawson
    Francis Chan
    Billy Graham
    C.H. Spurgeon
    Martin Luther

    Matthew 7:15-20 – 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    “Fruit” in the context of Matthew 7:15-20 is their doctrinal beliefs and teachings that does not line up with God’s Word.

    Hope this helps, God bless!

  53. I have bought the Secure Forever! book am just waiting for it to arrive. I hope it will help me out. Thanks for all your prayers and help. God bless you all.

  54. Praying for you Brad

    Please take heed to what we have been admonishing you..
    not only is LS our enemy but to often when comming out of Lordship salvation we swing over to other extreme of licenes the trail of the gnostics. wich is just as treacherous as lordship.
    myself to keep things in perspective its all works for salvation or works because of salvation we are saved by Grace apart from works by non meritorious Faith. We must expose ourselves through the word of God by prayer asking for wisdom and understanding to know and walk according to The Truth of The Gospel.
    We also need to be listening to sound biblical Teaching from a pastor with a congregation and elders.

    that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
    4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

  55. Brad,I will pray for you. Please take heed to stay away from LS teaching.

    You might want to read “The Gospel” booklet to help you dispel any of the false doctrine that you may encounter, or may have encountered. See below.


  56. I have been deceived by Satan in the last few months by lordship salvation. God is bringing me out of it, but I keep at times falling back into legalistic thinking. Please pray for me to come out of this soon and in peace. God bless you all.

  57. Thanks Holly, that definitely looks like something I can use. After our initial discussion I talked to him again yesterday. I was able to show him some verses about how turning from sins is a work and God repenting I could tell that he was questioning what his church was teaching him about salvation. He believed that one could lose his salvation and regain it because that is what he says happened to him. Then I said if one could lose it, they cannot regain it, to show the flawed logic behind what they were teaching. I told him what Hebrews 6:4-6 would mean if that was the case, and he asked do these verses mean that when one falls away are they still saved.I did say that those verses preach eternal security. I can tell he is really contemplating what it truly means to be saved. I am just hoping that when we keep discussing this it can keep going deeper into what the Bible says the gospel is.

  58. William, I am praying with John in agreement for your wife, praying for His help.

    Ryan, I just shared this link with a friend who used to believe you could lose your salvation. It contains a lot of Bible verses, but asks them in question format. See if it might give you some more verses to share.


  59. Ryan, I have prayed for you in your conversations with your friend and the others that you mentioned.

  60. At college, I met another “Christian” (quotes because I am not sure if he is saved) who is turning into one of my best friends, however he believes that one can lose their salvation. Today, I shared with him some things about what I believe, and shared with him a documentary (Another Gospel by Mark Sennett) which we are then going to discuss sometime. Just prayers for that conversation, and that God can speak through me. Also next week, with a group of professing Christians that both of us are in, we are going to discuss salvation, and whether one can lose their salvation depending upon their life after they get saved. There are four people, two who I know believe that one can lose their salvation, one guy who might believe in perseverance of the saints, and then me, believing in OSAS and not perseverance of the saints, just need prayers that that discussion can go well.

  61. William R Adams, I have prayed for your wife – and you. I have prayed that God would comfort and heal your wife and ease her burden, and that He will provide you strength in caring for her.

  62. William R Adams

    Please pray for my wife. She had an operation to remove a large tumor. Thankfully it was benign, but she was left crippled. She was legally blind before but is having more difficulty with this challenge.

  63. Oh no John… I am so sorry for them… I pray the Lord will give them much comfort in knowing where he is right now. My mom lost my younger brother (15 mos. younger) when I was 3 years old to a tragic accident. As young as I was, I will never forget that day. May the Lord be very near to them.

  64. Please pray for our young sisters in Christ, Libby and Bailey – that they would grow in grace and be bold in sharing the gospel.

    Also, please pray for my colleague Alan and his wife, who lost their 10 month old infant son today.

  65. Lynette , Praying for you and Husband

    below is a positional statement from a sound doctrine sound truth of the Gospel bible church . this is not a statement from expreacherman
    in the light of the trial you are in below is a statement on marriage/divorce/remarriage

    “The POSITION STATEMENTS are not meant to prohibit honest and healthy discussions concerning what the Bible teaches about these issues; however, we believe that such discussions must be conducted under the guiding principle that believers are to strive to maintain unity.

    These POSITION STATEMENTS are subject to modification, deletion, or addition at the sole discretion of the Board of Elders. However, the Elders must issue a draft copy of each Position Statement in order to receive comments from the members. Thirty days will be allowed for comments before a final version is published.”

    “MARRIAGE/DIVORCE/REMARRIAGE – We believe that the Bible teaches a very high view of marriage. It was designed by God to be an honorable, holy and permanent union. Unfortunately sin has affected this relationship and, as a result, divorce has become an option to some people. We believe that in a marriage composed of two believers, divorce is definitely discouraged but is allowed only in the case of adultery. In this situation the innocent spouse has the option to remarry. A Christian who acquires a divorce for reasons other than adultery is not free to remarry. In the case of a mixed marriage (a believer married to a non-believer), the Christian partner is not to seek a divorce but is to grant it should the unbelieving spouse desire it. In such a case the person would have the option to remarry. Above all, it should be noted that we strongly discourage divorce for it is our desire that couples make every effort to stay together. However, we also believe that it is incumbent upon all believers to show mercy and compassion to those who have been divorced. (February 1985. Reinstated October 2013).”

  66. Well put Keith: I completely agree with you that justification cannot be lost but rewards can be. I think the author of Hebrews uses the term “salvation” concerning kingdom rewards that’s why I use the term justification for what cannot be lost. I’ve never done a thorough study of the term “books” in the Bible. Someday I will get around to it Lord willing (although He could catch us up today and I wouldn’t complain). I’m not sure that the OT uses the term “book of life” in the same way as the NT (Ps 69:28): Anyway very interesting and well written Keith, thanks.

    I completely agree with you Phil— 1Cor 3 speaks of a different judgment (Bema) than Rev 20 (GWT). I believe John 5:24-30 is a good passage to use when trying to show the works salvation crowd that the two judgments are not one and the same. Jesus clearly states that those presently (v25) who hear His word and believe have passed from death to life and shall not come into judgment (v24). He then speaks of a future judgment when ALL the in the grave will hear His voice (v28) and be judged according to their works – (v29). ALL in the grave do not come forward at the rapture (1Thes 4:16-17) or at His coming (Rev 19:11-20:6) there is an order to the resurrections (1Cor 15:22-26).

    I think 1Cor 3:5-15 pairs up with Rev 4 and John 5:28-29 with Rev 20:11-15.

  67. I think the Judgement Seat or bema seat is a picture of those who have been raised in Christ to eternal life (us). It is a picture of awards to those who have competed worthily in an ancient athletic contest. And, likewise, we will receive rewards (gold, silver…) for what we have done in the Spirit. But what is not of the Spirit will be burned up and won’t count. (wood, hay, stubble). 1 Cor. 3:5-15. And there are different crowns for different kinds of worthy service. But even the least faithful saved person will receive something.

    Although there may be differing opinions on the Book of Life, I think the Great White Throne judgement for the condemned.

  68. I agree with John, salvation (speaking on eternal life) has always been by grace through faith. A believer will not take the mark, I do not believe they can worship the beast, and the dragon (Satan) would know if it was worship.

    Here is an article on John MacArthur and his famed thoughts on the mark of the beast.


  69. I think to have one’s name blotted from the Book of Life may be to forfeit one’s eternal rewards because of faithlessness, not to lose or forfeit eternal life. The promise of eternal rewards is made to both Old Testament saints and New Testament saints. In the Old Testament, Daniel was promised that he would receive an eternal reward at the resurrection of the righteous:

    “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days” (Dan. 12:13).

    In Rev. 3:5, Christ promised those who remain faithful (he that overcometh) in the Church at Sardis that “I will not blot out his name out of the book of life”.

    The New Testament writers promised that those who remain faithful will be co-heirs with Christ in His earthly kingdom (Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:12), which will begin at the Millennium (Matt. 25:34) and extend throughout the eternal age (Rev. 22:3). Notice that in Rom. 8:17, the first part of the verse states that all who believe on Christ for eternal life are “heirs of God”, or indwelt by the Holy Spirit, without any other conditions. The second part of the verse states that being a co-heir with Christ in His kingdom is conditioned on suffering with Christ by contending for the faith (2 Tim. 2:12).

    The Letter to the Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who were tempted to forsake Christ and return to the Mosaic Law. These believers were eternally secure in Christ but risked forfeiting their eternal reward or inheritance in the kingdom by returning to the curse of the law, and hence, the power of sin (1 Cor. 15:56). The writer of Hebrews exhorted them to continue to remain faithful to Christ so that they could look forward to “a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Rev. 11:10, 16).

    Rev. 22:12 and 14 seem to indicate that entering the New Jerusalem is a privilege only for those who have been counted worthy to inherit the kingdom of God by producing the fruits of righteousness which can only be done by walking in the Spirit:

    “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work will be…Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.

    Rev. 22:24 states that “the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it”. The “kings of the earth” are those who have been counted worthy to be a co-heir with Christ to rule and reign in His Kingdom.

    Thus, those who remain faithful to Christ (he that overcometh) will “inherit all things”, including not only eternal life but also the privilege of entering the New Jerusalem and ruling and reigning with Christ as a co-heir in the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:7).

    I also take that to mean that those who make up “the nations” in the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:24, 22:2) are composed those who will be spared from the lake of fire because they have eternal life but will forfeit the reward of ruling and reigning with Christ. The nations will “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem (v. 24) under the direction of the kings of the earth who reign with Christ. It may be that each of the kings of the earth is given charge over a geographical area which includes several cities, as Christ states in the parable of the minas in Luke 19: 17, 19.

    It seems that those in both the Old Testament era and the New Testament era who are lost and destined for the lake of fire never had their names written in the Book of Life to begin with (Rev. 20:12,15). Those who have their names blotted from the Book of Life escape the lake of fire because their names were written in the Book, but then forfeit the eternal reward of inheriting the Kingdom of God because of faithlessness.

    Calvinism and LS misapply the doctrine of perseverance to eternal life, whereas scripture applies it to eternal rewards.

  70. John, Thanks for the links. I totally forgot that we had this conversation last year. I think I’m getting old and starting to show signs of SENILITY. My memory is not as good as it used to be. I agree with you that what is stated in Exodus 32:35 gives the answer to what is being said in Exodus 32:33.

    Exodus 32:35 – 35 And the Lord PLAGUED the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

    I believe that “blot out” in the context of Exodus 32:33 means to “wipe out” the Israelites with a plague resulting in PHYSICAL DEATH. This is consistent with 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 where the sinning Corinthian Christians who were indulging in gluttony and getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:21 were stricken with illness and some with physical death. We also have Ananias and Sapphira whose physical lives were “blotted out” because of their sin of lying to the Holy Spirit in the presence of Simon Peter.

    Then we have the Israelite men of Numbers 25:1-3 who indulged in sexual immorality with Moabite women and also worshiped their false gods resulting in God “wiping out” or “blotting out” 24,000 physical lives in Numbers 25:9. Then we have King David who sinned against God by taking an unlawful census of all the fighting men of Israel and as a result God “wiped out” or “blotted out” 70,000 physical lives in 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    In conclusion, “blot out” is a symbolic phrase of God terminating the physical lives of those who grievously sin against Him. In the instances involving UNSAVED people, “blot out” definitely means eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire.

    1) For the SAVED, “blot out” = termination of physical life for grievous sin, BUT are still eternally saved – 1 John 5:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, Numbers 25:9, Acts 5:1-11, 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    2) For the UNSAVED, “blot out” = Eternal condemnation – Psalm 69:27-28, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8.

  71. William, I don’t think this passage can be construed to mean that believers can be written out of the Lamb’s book of life. We discussed this last year, and I don’t have any new insights since then.

    Please find links below to our previous discussions of this passage:


  72. John, good comment. Can you give me your thoughts on Exodus 32:31-33?

    31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

    32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

    33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

    Verses 32 and 33 has been confusing for me for quite some time. I believe the account of the Israelites who became impatient because of Moses delay in coming down from the mountain and then made a golden calf to worship consisted of saved Israelites as well as unsaved Israelites.

    I know verse 33 will no doubt be used by Arminian/Lordship Salvationists as well as other false doctrinists to falsely teach that saved people can have their names blotted out, which would mean “loss of salvation” in their minds.

  73. William, I had a couple of follow up thoughts.

    If believers were at risk of taking the mark, that would put the responsibility for keeping themselves saved in their own hands, rather than in God’s hands. We know from scripture that we are not responsible for keeping ourselves saved.

    John 6:39: And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

    John 10:28-29:[28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

    Also, this verse sounds like only non-believers will take the mark:

    Revelation 13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

  74. William, I don’t think any tribulation age believers will take the mark.

    If they did, then you would have believers who were not eternally secure and who ended up in hell. In other words, people who had eternal life that isn’t eternal.

    If believers had to keep from taking the mark to get into heaven, and only some believers succeeded in accomplishing this feat, then there would be cause for boasting in heaven. “I am here because Jesus died for me and was raised from the dead, and because I succeeded in avoiding the mark.”

  75. John, What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark? What about those who cave in to the pressure?

    I believe that those who teach that Tribulation age Christians are saved by grace through faith “plus perseverance” are teaching a false gospel of works, that is, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation.

  76. William, I don’t think that any believer will ever take the mark.

    My rationale is this: all believers are eternally secure. No one who takes the mark goes to heaven. Therefore, no believer will take the mark.

    I know there are some who hold that tribulation age believers will be saved by grace through faith plus perseverance.

    However, that concept is entirely antithetical to grace, which is the only way anyone has ever been, or will ever be saved.

    Accordingly, we will not entertain any comments that teach a different plan of salvation for tribulation age believers.

  77. John or anyone, I’m very confused regarding the imminent future reality of the mark of the beast. I know that according to Scripture all church age Christians will have been raptured by then – 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thess 4:16-17. My question is regarding the Tribulational age Christians. What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark of the beast and what if some Christians get scared and cave in to the pressure of taking the mark??

    I know that the flaming heretic MacArthur is falsely teaching that those who take the mark of the beast during the Tribulation period can still be saved which is a blatant lie.

  78. Lynette, So sorry to hear that. I’m praying too. God takes adultery seriously and will not let it go unpunished.

  79. My prayers too for you Lynette and your husband.

  80. sad to hear this Lynette..

    Praying for you and Husband


  81. Lynette, I am so sorry that your husband is having an affair. I have prayed for your comfort and encouragement. I have also prayed for your husband.

  82. Compliments of the New year all. Thank you for your prayers and responses. It seems it was too little too late for my husband. He’s been having an affair with a woman from the church he attends. I don’t know what to do. Please pray for me. And anything you have for encouragement….

  83. Lynette – NAR is very pervasive and seductive. I have a good friend who was ‘higher up’ in the echelon of the well known lead ‘prophets’. Jeremiah 23 tells us that these lying prophets speak of vision from their own heart, it didn’t come from Him, He hasn’t sent them, He hasn’t spoken to them but they prophesy lies. If a man prophesies and it does not come true, he is a false prophet, it is the standard of the Word of God. They want to add to it. The will be rebuked and found liars (Prov 30:6). I’m praying with you, but please do take some of these resources, and listen to them. And definitely start with the gospel for him. Typically NAR is way off on the gospel. Love in Christ. BTW, I did an article on NAR prophet Bill Johnson of Bethel. To date it is still one of the most visited articles on my site. That shocked me truthfully, I wrote it for a specific reason, but I had no idea the people who would read it, nor his follower’s responses (many I just could not post they were so bad).


  84. Lynette Welcome
    below are links to sermons that praying you find helpful.
    I myself came out from among false gospel of works . God used expreacherman and others on this blog roll with sound biblical doctrine .
    also used and is using the ministry of Duluth Bible Church teaching me The Faith Rest Life centered around our Perfect Postion in Christ Jesus as believer souls in His Finished Work ,
    Duluth Bible Church has live webcasting service’s

    11 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 1

    12 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 2

    13 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 3

    09 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 1

    10 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 2

  85. Lynette, I have prayed that your husband would be delivered from any false teaching under which he is sitting. I have also prayed for you to provide clarity to your husband regarding the gospel message.

  86. Please pray for my husband, he believes in the new apostolic reformation and I really don’t know how to help him. I have been trying to show him through Scripture but he doesn’t understand. He says show me that believing in the fivefold ministry will make me miss heaven then I will leave that church. Please help. My marriage is falling apart. He believes in tongues and prophets and apostolic gifts being present in the church today. I’m so torn I’m even thinking of divorcing him…

  87. Pereira, praying, and also that you may be sure she is hearing the pure gospel, which is the only power of God unto salvation. Make sure she hasn’t been told it’s by works, such as stopping doing something, turning from sin, confessing sin, etc. Remember the Word has power, have verses for her to hear. His Word draws people, so did Christ when He was lifted up on the cross (Jn 12:32), so praying you will have opportunity and that the Lord might bring other laborers into her life.

  88. Pereira, welcome!

    I have prayed for your mother – that if she doesn’t know Jesus as her Savior, that He would draw her to Him, and that she would hear the gospel and understand,that she might believe and be saved.

  89. Pereira from Brazil

    Please pray for my mother to be saved …

    Her name is Graça (Which means Grace in english) !

  90. Preston, wonderful story and great for us to seize the opportunity like that. I have a RC friend who for years I’ve continued to weave His Word into as many conversations as possible. Before my husband died, there was a night we were having dinner with her and a sort of loose, liberal, anything goes (except Christianity) French friend. A couple things came up and the French friend got very hostile, she railed on me and I prayed. My husband and son Adam went to speak up a couple times to try to defend, I nudged the under the table, I was afraid they might somehow offend in defending me. My other friend (the Roman Catholic) also got offensive. I said very little. My husband spoke and asked them that question; “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” He repeated it as they were kind of dumbstruck knowing he was dying. They gave the same stumbling answers, and he was able to tell them why he knew where he would go when he died. This particular French friend didn’t speak to me for months, and it was funny, I never said one unkind or forceful thing. But then my husband died. And I was able to share the gospel at his funeral. She shared shortly thereafter in tears how Gilbert’s question had really gotten to her. She still stubbornly resists the gospel. My other friend I believe is listening. I continue to pray for the both and for opportunity to share the good news. What a great way to do it Preston. I like to do it at Christmas too when I share about the Tree and what it symbolizes to us.

  91. Preston, what a great story, and a wonderful idea.

    It is good to hear from you

  92. Hey John,

    its been a while. Wasnt sure i would post this, but decided to do so.

    About family at the holidays…..

    My niece is/was RC. A couple of years ago, I had the chance (10 minutes) to talk bible with her. I asked her the 2 questions.
    1. where are you going when you die
    2. how do you know.

    Her response – i hope so. Because i am a good person. been baptized, confirmed, I do good things. I am not as bad as others. I go to church. etc NOTHING about Christ and him crucified.

    So i only had a little time, to tell her about the “free gift” of salvation and a couple of verses—She had to go, but her eyes got REAL big. So after, i prayed to God for another chance.

    Two years later. She is a freshmen in college. And wouldnt you know the college she chose is near my home. To save money, she decided to stay with us for a year or two. (coincidence???).

    Anyway, i got my chance. So i asked her the two questions again. Do you know the SHE DID mention the cross this time. So we went over some passages to “sure” things up for her.

    So whats my point for this post?

    I asked her “that was much different then the last time i asked you; what changed”?

    She replied “because i have been listening to what you were saying”.

    Problem – i cant remember ever talking bible with her after the first conversation. I cant remember talking bible with another while she was around.

    I can only come up with ONE conclusion. A couple of years ago, i asked my wife, who is involved with ALL the holiday meals, if I could pray before the meal (usually a child would pray), she of course said “ok”. Why? So I could share the gospel within the prayer. Every holiday, i would pray and include the clear gospel in that prayer”. THIS is what I believe my niece was listening too.

    to plant a seed can be done in many ways. Including a simple prayer before a meal.

    Of course i will pray for you and others who have posted on this blog.

    Happy holidays to all.

  93. Katmazdobelieve

    Thanks. I am going to re-read all the post including the link Holly shared.

  94. John, praying for your family, and for opportunities to humbly share the gospel.

    Kate, also praying for your mom. Here is an article I did on eternal security, maybe some of the verses will help. Just remember there is power in the gospel. They just haven’t heard it correctly presented, don’t give up!


    Michael, praying for wisdom to overcome with the truth ❤

  95. There is something that boarders true faith saved by Grace but they are unaware how unattractive they make the Lord out to be

  96. Kate, I have prayed for both you and your mother.

  97. Katmazdobelieve

    Hello all,
    Please pray for my mother. It is becoming increasingly difficult to stay in a relationship with her. She is older and she is an arminian lordship salvation is. Her Pharisee style law keeping is getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse….
    I dread having to tell her that I REJECT all the teachings about the “gospel” I ingested as a young and younger person.
    I know she is going to stand against just accepting the gospel. She is going to bring up all the verses that are used to bolster her point. I hope she isn’t so hardened in her piety that she will soften.

  98. Michael, I will pray for you and your church, and for those who are clear on the gospel to have the discernment to recognize those things that undermine the gospel message.

  99. Hello thank you ..

    I love your site for the gospel truth it preaches.
    My church does have challenges with lordship Salvation …a faction of those who are not members but they want to be with us even the leader of those wants to become pastor.
    There is spiritual warfare but God is good! Please pray for us As we deal on a day to day basis ..

    Lord bless

  100. We are going to be hosting a number of family guests over Thanksgiving, some of whom have contrasting/conflicting beliefs.

    Please pray for familial harmony, and that we will be attentive to opportunities to share the gospel.

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