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Key Questions

Have questions about your faith or Christianity in general? Our DHOP pastors have compiled a range of question and answer segments for your enjoyment. These topics range from How do I get to Heaven to Is Hell Real? Our approach to developing these questions is to identify the areas of curiosity that may arise from those seeking God or from new Christians trying to grow in their walk.

 

Question and Answer

  • Are we condemned or justified?

    Justification is the act of God, as the infinite Judge, pronouncing the penitent believing soul free from the condemnation of His righteous law. It is preceded by forgiveness and followed by regeneration. Forgiveness removes the guilt of sin; justification lifts the condemnation caused by those sins from the soul. God convicts, the devil condemns. It is crucial we know the difference. The just God makes the soul just and upholds His just laws. His law is righteous, and the trusting soul being made just is also made righteous by the same act. Both are one. How are justification and righteousness ...

  • How do I get to Heaven?

    The answer is to this question is simple; believing in Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the only way to heaven. You don’t need money; you don’t need a rosary. You don’t need prayer beads or an offering. You don’t need a visit from an angel, and you don’t need to flog yourself, fill out a complex survey, enter a cleansing or detoxification process, or any of the above. Friends, God made it simple to get to heaven, but religion has made it complicated. But Pastor Carl, how can you say that Jesus is the only way to heaven? How can you ...

  • How will I be judged when I die?

    Contrary to what many people think, God has not made this topic ambiguous in his word. The believer will be judged at the “Judgment Seat of Christ” (Rom 14:10, 2 Cor 5:10) and the unbeliever will be judged at the “Great White Throne Judgment” (Rev 20:11). The believer will be judged sometime between the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and Christ’s Second coming on the Mount of Olives (with the saints). Believers will be judged in Heaven during the 7 year time period of the tribulation, whilst simultaneously, the world is enduring tribulation on earth. We do not believe that ...

  • Is hell real?

    Unfortunately friends, hell is real. I don’t want it to be real, and I don’t even want to talk about this very difficult topic but it is as real as I am. As a pastor, I can’t exclude parts of the bible that are uncomfortable; I am tasked by God to minister the entire word of God, not simply the part that makes everyone happy. All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (2 Tim 4:16) for our understanding. Some pastors don’t even talk about hell thinking it will make them popular but I love you too ...

  • Is it a sin to have fun?

    Of course not! I bet you’re reading this website thinking, “why on earth would a pastor post this on his website?!” Well, the reason I’m doing it is because some people have perverse thinking when it comes to having fun and enjoying themselves in the context of religion or Christianity. People sometimes feel guilty or think God is mad at them when they enjoy themselves. This is a lie of the enemy. What do you do for fun, Pastor Carl? I read, cycle, play golf, tennis, exercise, watch a movie, or go for a walk. It is important to have ...

  • What are the ordinances of God?

    Although there are many meaningful religious services and ceremonies, there are only two practices that clearly rise to the level of ordinances. The true test of the scriptural validity of a Christian ordinance rests in the affirmative answer to three questions: Was it commanded by our Lord Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels? Was it practiced in the early church as described in the Acts of the Apostles? Is its spiritual significance clearly expounded in the Epistles? Only Water Baptism and Holy Communion clearly meet this threefold requirement. By submitting to the ordinance of Water Baptism and by regular observance of the ...

  • What are the Titles of the Holy Spirit?

    The Holy Spirit is mentioned numerous times in Scripture under different names. Let's take a look at the various names attributed to the Holy Spirit, but first, let's review the triune nature of God. Three Personalities of God We worship one God with three personalities. A simple analogy to this is an egg. It is one egg unit, yet it has a shell, yolk and the white. Another similar example is water. Water can be found in three forms: ice, steam or fluid. An egg has three components to its structure just as water exists in three embodiments. God is God, yet ...

  • What do I do now that I'm saved?

    What's next? Okay, so I prayed the prayer of salvation, and I invited Jesus into my heart. Now what? Well, first things first. Hallelujah, my friend, I am excited for you as you can now claim Jesus as your Lord. So you ask yourself, what do I do now that I’m saved? Our recommendation is to go online, book a flight to Denver and come to the Denver House of Prayer as fast as possible. Ha ha. I’m only missing with you; you don’t need to come here to make it official. (We’d love to have you here if you live in ...

  • What does God say about healing?

    We believe provision was made in the atonement (Christ's death, burial and resurrection) for the healing of our bodies as set forth in the following Scriptures: Isaiah 53:4-5 Matthew 8:16-17 Mark 16:15-18 James 5:14-16 Exodus 15:26 Romans 8:26-28 And, while we do not condemn the use of medical means in the treatment of physical disease in any way, we do believe in, practice, and commend the laying on of hands by the elders or leaders of the church, the anointing with oil in the name of the Lord, and the offering of prayers for the healing of the sick (James 5:14). A biblical perspective All true ...

  • What is cleansing?

    We believe Jesus Christ shed His blood, not alone for our justification and the forgiveness of actual transgressions, but also for the complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, and this transaction takes place subsequent to (or after) regeneration (the new birth.) Scriptural references can be found in the following locations: Acts 26:18 Ephesians 5:25-27 Titus 2:14 Hebrews 9:13, 14; 10:10, 14-22; 13:11-12 1 John 1:7-9 The importance of crucifying the flesh Regardless of the ‘cleansing’ whilst we remain in a physical body, the flesh will be ever present. The influence of the flesh does not go away until the ...

  • What is faith?

    Faith is the result of divine persuasion effected by the promises of God. “Faith comes by Hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Faith in Hebrew simply means trust. Faith stems from the heart and is an encompassing word that means trust and confidence. The promises, “exceeding great and precious,” express the faithfulness of God in the heart thus persuaded: confidence is begotten; trust is inspired. “The promises are yea [established] and amen [fulfilled] in him” (2 Corinthians 1:20) – the Christ; He, by them, is the “originator of faith” in the heart (Hebrews 12:2). Confidence in ...

  • What is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost?

    We believe the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer (Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:38-39). It is not required to get to Heaven as salvation is already established by faith (Eph 2:8-9). An enduement of power We believe this great blessing, which provides the enduement of power to witness for Christ, is available to all believers whose hearts are cleansed from sin by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the Bible teaches that our bodies are temples of the ...

  • What is tithing?

    Before I begin this topic, I want to say right out of the gate that if you're not tithing, you're missing out on God's best for your life. Tithing is a biblical principle that is based on the blessing that God has provided for us. Our spirit longs to give, but our flesh does not. We work hard every day to provide a livelihood for our families and there is seemingly a resistance or indeed a fear against giving just 10% back to God as we think we are losing this money and will never see it again. The purpose of ...

  • Who is Jesus Christ?

    Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten son of God. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus' name means ‘Savior’ and Christ means, “the Anointed One.” There is no way to heaven except by Him (John 14:6). Jesus will return soon. What do we believe? The scripture makes it plain that, “this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:11-12). We believe that Jesus laid aside his divine nature and operated as a ...

  • Why should I read the bible?

    The bible is the living word of God. Many people want to know more about God, but have not taken the time to pick up the book that was written for them by the Holy Spirit. The bible contains direction for every situation that can occur in this life. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We like to call it our day-to-day road map. For a believer, reading the bible is like having an ever-ready GPS to help you through the ...

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