Welcome to the podcast of the Bible Answer Man broadcast with bestselling author and CRI President Hank Hanegraaff! On the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers your questions with well-reasoned answers to equip you in the essentials of the historic Christian faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord. When it comes to the essentials of Christianity, there must be unity: "In essentials, unity; nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."
Matthew Chapter 2: Predictive Prophecy and Typological Prophecy
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/03/21), Hank continues his series on teaching through the Bible, currently working his way through the Gospel of Matthew. Before moving on to chapter 2, Hank takes a moment to say a word about Mary, the mother of Jesus. For most of his Christian life, Hank lacked a proper appreciation for the grandeur and glory of the mother of his Savior. More serious than a lack of enthusiasm was his continual denial of the perpetual virginity of the mother of our Lord. While he has never supposed that Mary was not a virgin before the birth of Christ, he has both preached and written that Mary conceived children after the birth of Christ. And for that Hank is truly sorry.
Moving on to chapter 2, Hank reads through the first twelve verses before pausing to point out an important distinction between predictive prophecy and typological prophecy. In chapter 1, we encountered the virgin birth prophecy, which is typological. Here in chapter 2, we encounter what is known as a predictive prophecy. Predictive prophecy is fairly straightforward, while typological prophecy is somewhat more complex.
Matthew Chapter 1: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/02/21), Hank follows up on yesterday’s broadcast where he gave an overview of the book of Matthew and read the first chapter as a part of his series on teaching through the Bible. As you go through the first chapter of Matthew, you realize that a lot of questions arise. For example, “Why organize the genealogy of Jesus Christ into three groups of four?”, “Why include women?”, and “What should our disposition be toward Mary?” Hank addresses these questions and more as he teaches through the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
Teaching Through the Gospel of Matthew - LEGACY
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/01/21), Hank explains that he is going to start something that he probably should’ve started a long time ago. For years his wife Kathy has been telling him that he ought to teach through the Bible. Instead of just answering questions that people give to him on the broadcast, he ought to anticipate those questions as he goes through the Word of God. And so today Hank begins with the Gospel of Matthew, using his acronym LEGACY to set up a foundation to understand the background of this part of Scripture.
Best of BAM: The Need for Discernment
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank laments the lack of discernment in the Christian community as scams continue to multiply. Years ago Hank wrote about Harold Camping, who on the basis of alleged biblical insight predicted that God would bring judgment day on May 21, 2011. It is ironic that Camping cited Amos 3:7 in vindication of his claims. Amos could rightly say “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” for he was a true prophet of God. Unlike Camping, who attempts through esoteric numerology to calculate the exact date of rapture as well as the precise date of Christ’s first advent; the prophets provided date parameters which in concert with ancestry, birthplace, and crucifixion prophecies; pinpoint Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. As much as one might hope that Camping was an outlier, in reality, his number is legion. Hank recently was sent a link to yet another sensationalistic Bible prophecy video, this one based on a prophecy by Alexander Cain. The video alleges to be a prophetic message to President Joe Biden. However, a little research demonstrates that Alexander Cain is a pen name and the video is a mere rehash of material produced back in 2015. The original video predicted that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would usher in “the greatest and darkest event in human history” which was to occur prior to January 1, 2017. Obviously, as with Camping, Cain proved to be a false prophet—not only because the EMP failed to materialize, but because the biblical passages to which it alludes have nothing whatsoever to do with the twenty-first century.
Learning To Rightly Interpret Scripture
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/26/21), Hank talks about learning to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy. Hank brings up a question he received from a Christian leader, who wanted to know why God chose to reveal Himself in the way that He did. Why the confusing prose of Genesis? Why bizarre prophecies such as those encountered in Daniel and Ezekiel? And why end the panoply of Scripture with a virtually unintelligible book chronicling the end of the world? In thinking about how he should respond, Hank was reminded of Rebekah Valerius’s inclusion of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in her article which is featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal. In the article, she quotes Chesterton who said, “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” And that is the essence of the matter. Scripture is a heavenly condescension. To explain the profundity and purposes of God to humanity is “like trying to explain Einstein to a little-neck clam.” This is precisely why we must approach the task of interpreting Scripture with a great deal of humility. As you read through the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal, Hank hopes you will remember that while seeking to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy takes effort, it is well worth the investment.
A Christian Response To Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy - Part 4
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/25/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, traditionalism vs. tradition and why so many people mistakenly describe liturgical worship as dead faith, Ignatius of Antioch’s desire for martyrdom and the role of suffering and persecution in Christianity, learning to thank God for suffering and allowing it to bring us closer to Christ, and what Christians today can learn from the example of Ignatius of Antioch.
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