Is Joseph Engaging in Divination in Genesis 44?

Episode 315 Show Notes 

From the Show

Joseph clearly sinned by pretending to be a magician. But it was a façade he thought was necessary in order to pull off this test.

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. I know as Christians we are supposed to distinguish between primary and secondary doctrine, matters to salvation and other areas. Talking to my friends One of those areas is homosexuality. While I don’t want to make that it’s not a primary issue it definitely has connecting tissue to primary issues. My question is how do we speak to this? When do I make the distinction on how to speak to someone who is wrong about something like homosexuality?

2. At what point do we consider someone a heretic as opposed to identifying their teachings as heresy? If one teaches a salvation that requires works?

3. I know you value worship on Sunday but what do you think about youth groups who miss church because of weekend retreats or recreational activities? Should we expect the youth to worship with the adults?

4. In Genesis 44, Joseph tells his servant to put the cup in Benjamin's sack. What's the meaning of Joseph using the cup for divination? How should we look at Joseph given what Scripture says about divination elsewhere?

5. Should Christians share their faith even when they don’t know a lot, or should they wait until they first are taught in like a Sunday School class?

6. In John 14:15–17 it talks about the Holy Spirit as our helper. What does it look like for the Holy Spirit to be our helper?


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