Why Does God Allow His People to Suffer?

Episode 572 Show Notes 

From the Show

Is there any Psalm other than Psalm 73 that more clearly refutes that heresy known as the Prosperity Gospel? Here is the faithful psalmist, Asaph, calling out to the Lord, and yet he doesn’t have wealth or riches, he actually feels stricken, smitten, and afflicted. And yet, as he goes into the temple of God, God gives him an insight: everything that the wicked have that they put hope in, one day it’s going to disintegrate.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. What can pastors and the church do to help people live through various aspects in life that are not addressed in the Bible without binding their consciences?

2. Does Revelation 3:5 teach that we are once saved, always saved?

3. The bible seems to say that we have eternal souls. But we clearly did not have the bodies we have until we were born. So, where were our souls before we were born?

4.   What is the motivation to live godly when we suffer the same persecution as non-believers? Why does God allow suffering for believers?


A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering by Michael Horton

Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis Johnson


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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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