Is My Toddler Experiencing Spiritual Warfare? with Special Guest Michael Horton

Episode 440 Show Notes 

From the Show

If you belong to Jesus, Satan hates you. And he hates your children. And he’s seeking to destroy our families. That’s just what the Scriptures say. So, no matter what’s going on, you should pray and that’s exactly what the apostle Paul said in Ephesians chapter 6, verse 18. When he’s talking about spiritual warfare he says, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. How do I refute a friend who consistently refers to the God of the Old Testament as a God of wrath and the God of the New Testament as a merciful God? 

2. I've gone back and forth on the doctrine of annihilationism. And I know it's controversial. But the more I read the Bible, I see more support for it in both the Old and the New Testaments, all these questions, all these references to sin as being destroyed, destroy. John 3:16, “that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” But what does perish mean that needs to be destroyed? I fully accept that those who don't accept Jesus and aren't saved won't make it into the kingdom of God. But I'm going back and forth on the eternal torment question, because another argument is, Jesus uses the word Gehenna in the New Testament, which refers to an actual place. So I know that's controversial, but I'm just trying to sort it out. 

3. My 18 month old toddler sometimes wakes up at night crying and won’t stop for about 30 minutes to multiple hours. My step parent mentioned spiritual warfare? But I have prayed over my home a while ago. Can you give me some thoughts or insight that can help me? 

4. How do we determine what commands were meant for the apostles alone and which are meant for all Christians? I believe the extremes of "apostles only" or "all Christians always" is incorrect. So how do we arrive at a solid "middle" when necessary and either or when necessary and not be guilty of misappropriating Scripture out of context or inserting ourselves into the text? 

Resources

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

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