Summary of 20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 87)

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00:00:00 - 01:00:00

In this video, Pastor Mike provides 20 answers to questions about Christianity, including its origins, purpose, and how God governs Israel. He also discusses the concept of "taking up one's cross" and how it relates to being saved.

  • 00:00:00 Pastor Mike discusses the biblical concept of "taking Jesus' yoke upon oneself," explaining that it refers to bearing the burdens of life that would otherwise be too heavy for others to carry. He goes on to say that, although Jesus does give us rest from our struggles, the primary point of this passage is that we should follow Him.
  • 00:05:00 In this video, Pastor Mike explains that taking up one's cross (i.e. suffering) is necessary in order to be saved, as opposed to relying on Jesus' free salvation.
  • 00:10:00 Pastor Mike discusses trusting God with our heart and mind when it comes to making decisions that will lead others to God's judgment seat, and how it can be difficult when we love those who sin. He concludes by sharing an example of a person who was hated and rejected, but ultimately used for good by God.
  • 00:15:00 In this video, Pastor Mike discusses his personal opposition to Christian pastors practicing and teaching dreams interpretation using dream dictionaries Google and their own reasoning to interpret. He believes that if a dream is from the Lord, then it is a Holy Spirit-given message, and if it is not from the Lord, then it should not be interpreted. He goes on to say that dream interpretation should be a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit, and not something that is learned through dream dictionaries or other means.
  • 00:20:00 Pastor Mike discusses 20 questions with a skeptical audience, answering questions on Christianity's origins and purpose. He argues that Christianity does not exist to control people, but instead preceded Judaism and was based on belief in a risen Jesus.
  • 00:25:00 In this video, Pastor Mike talks about the different ways that God governs Israel: first, they are brought out of Egypt; then, under Moses, they are brought into the Promised Land; and, during Joshua's time, they are left to govern themselves. First Samuel chapter 8 mentions that the people want a king, and this leads to Samuel praying to God. God says that they should obey the voice of the people, which means that they should not have a king. However, later in the same chapter, when the people ask for a king again, Samuel blesses David, who becomes Israel's king. David is followed by other kings who are also chosen by God, until Jesus returns and restores his kingdom over Israel. This restoration happens through Jesus' death and resurrection, not through any earthly kingdom.
  • 00:30:00 In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, Satan proclaims that he will do "these things" (i.e., achieve great things) in order to exalt himself to the right hand of God. In Philippians 2, Jesus tells us that Satan is "exalted" (i.e., has lost his place of superiority) because of his humility (vs. pride).
  • 00:35:00 Pastor Mike provides advice on how to approach a girl who is attending a church that emphasizes prophecy in tongues. He advises taking the advice with a grain of salt, as this is not what is typically covered in dating advice.
  • 00:40:00 In Hebrews 5:9, it is stated that Jesus was perfected when he became the author of Salvation. This means that Jesus went through the process of being obedient to the Father and only doing what the Father showed him. This makes him perfect, and he walks perfectly throughout his entire life.
  • 00:45:00 In this YouTube video, Pastor Mike talks about how the word "complete" is not just about being morally perfect, but also about completing the job that was given to Jesus before he was crucified. He also addresses the issue of Heavenly intercourse and motherhood, which he argues is bad theology.
  • 00:50:00 In this video, Pastor Mike discusses how believers can know what God wants them to do with their lives, based on what is found in Scripture.
  • 00:55:00 In Ephesians 5, Paul calls husbands to love their wives sacrificially in order to lead them properly. If husbands don't love their wives sacrificially, it will hurt their marriage and the church.

01:00:00 - 01:30:00

In this video, Pastor Mike responds to questions from YouTube viewers about the Bible and textual criticism. He offers advice for those interested in understanding the Bible and provides his thoughts on various passages.

  • 01:00:00 In this video, Pastor Mike discusses some of the differences between the Bible as it is today and as it was when it was originally written. He also offers advice for those interested in textual criticism.
  • 01:05:00 In this video, Pastor Mike responds to questions from YouTube viewers. One viewer asks how to overcome fear of the dark, and Pastor Mike recommends various psychological techniques. Another viewer asks how to understand First Corinthians, and Pastor Mike provides a summary of the verses.
  • 01:10:00 In this video, Pastor Mike explains that it is not wrong for people to think biblical teachings sound dumb because worldly people don't understand them. He goes on to say that it is consistent for people to see wisdom where there is actually foolishness, and that this is what happens when people hear biblical teachings.
  • 01:15:00 In this video, Pastor Mike discusses the purpose of animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. He argues that these sacrifices were meant to show the viewer a picture of the death and sacrifice of Christ. He then goes on to say that if we can eat an animal, which he believes is morally appropriate, then we are killing it in order for our life to live.
  • 01:20:00 Pastor Mike discusses his thoughts on Second Thessalonians 2 7, which he uses as a proof text for the church being removed before the time of the Antichrist. He shares that there is much debate amongst those who believe in the end times about who the Lawless one is, with some theories pointing to the Antichrist and others suggesting that the Holy Spirit is the Lawless one. He concludes that the strongest challenge to this view is the lack of clarity in the text.
  • 01:25:00 Pastor Mike discusses the difficult interpretation of Thessalonians 5:9, which states that "God has not destined us for wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." He goes on to say that although he agrees with this verse, he has pushbacks against the Rapture position because of the lack of clarity in the passage.
  • 01:30:00 Pastor Mike discusses the different types of Wrath that God is likely to pour out on Earth in the future, emphasizing the fact that Believers will be present during this time despite not being doomed to wrath. He encourages viewers to cling to hope and remember the promise of eternal life in Christ.

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