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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Must Christians Always Turn the Other Cheek?

host Adriel Sanchez aired October 19, 2020

Episode 556 Show Notes 

From the Show

When the church experiences violence due to preaching the gospel, we humbly respond by praising the Lord and by suffering with Jesus for the testimony that we have.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. How do I answer objections against the supposed violence in the Old Testament?

2. Do bishops and elders have to be married people, or can you be single and still be an elder or deacon in a church?

3. What would you say to a Christian who has been waiting years for an answer to a specific prayer about pain and suffering? I know about verses like Romans 12:12, Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 40:31, etc. I know Job probably suffered for years before his trials came to an end, but personally, it’s been 5 years and I am still waiting.

4. I ran across this question the other day: Are Christians always meant to be pacifists? Do we have the ability to defend ourselves from physical violence, or must we always turn the other cheek?


Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God 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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