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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Is God Sovereign Over Governments?

host Adriel Sanchez aired January 4, 2021

Episode 612 Show Notes 

From the Show

Earthly governments are legitimate, they are apart of the world that God created. However, they are also accountable to God. And God can use even evil rulers to accomplish his good purposes in the world. We see that with Jesus, don’t we? We have wicked rulers delivering Jesus up to be crucified, but we know that this was in God’s plan to deliver salvation to us.

——Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Are God’s promises conditional on our actions? If we don’t forgive others, will he not forgive us? Do I fall out of God’s favor every time I sin?

2. Does God control governments, history, and policies in order to fulfill all that he promises to do?

3. Can Christians have the Holy Spirit in the same way the early disciples did at Pentecost? 

4. What is the difference between the soul, the spirit, and the flesh? Which is like our body? What is the difference between those three, and are the soul and the spirit the same thing?

5. A pastor recently said that there is a difference between knowing that you are a sinner and actually mourning over your sin. God has shown me that I am a sinner, that I cannot make myself good enough for him, and that I need Jesus. But I don’t remember mourning my sin, and I feel like I’m mentally torturing myself to see if I am truly saved. What does it mean to mourn your sin? What makes it true mourning?

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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 five children.

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