Beware the Charismatic Leader

Episode 631 Show Notes 

From the Show

Try to get a picture in your mind of the Apostle Paul at this particular church for three years, day-in and day-out, with tears in his eyes, admonishing them and warning them; saying, “wolves are coming, and do you know what they’re going to try to do? They’re going to try to get the disciples to follow them instead of following Jesus.”

––Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. I am naturally interested in studying the bible and theological books. I also have a young family and while my wife is not uninterested in these things, I also know it would not be ideal for us as a family to read and discuss the types of things I am naturally drawn to, theologically speaking. I think it would be too much for them and unhelpful. What are ways that I can better help my family learn about the faith together?
  2. 2. Does Jesus serve only as the intermediary between us and the Father, or can we also pray to Jesus as well as the Father?
  3. 3. Recently I had a mini debate with some followers and disciples of a very intense charismatic leader. In our conversation they used Acts 2 as their self-defense on personal revelation or dreams. What do you think would be a good response to these interpretations?
  4. 4. Does everyone that goes to hell suffer equally? It would seem reasonable to think that someone like Hitler would suffer more than an ethical, moral person who perhaps had never been exposed to the Word or perhaps kept putting off a decision or was led into a less than real salvation experience.

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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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