DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: If I become a Christian, will I have to be perfect? A friend of mine is urging me to ask Jesus to come into my life, but I don’t think I’d ever be able to do what God requires. — P.F.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Can you lose your salvation once you’ve honestly committed your life to Jesus? A friend of mine says you can, and another says you can’t. This bothers me, because I sincerely believe in Jesus, but I’m afraid I’ll do something wrong and maybe lose it all. — R.J
Sin cuts us off from God and erases any hope we might have of ever sharing in heaven’s joys. And that means we’ll never get to heaven on our own, no matter how good we’ve been, because we’re not perfect.
God knows that when we ignore him and live without him, eventually we end up only hurting ourselves, and he doesn’t want that to happen, because he loves us. We even end up as slaves to our own appetites and desires.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: People sometimes ask how my husband and I have stayed together for 40 years, since our personalities are so different. For example, I’m a detail person and he isn’t. Please encourage couples to stay together, even if they have differences. It can happen, with God’s help. — S.A.
Jesus demonstrated his divine nature by his life. Even his worst enemies couldn’t point to any sin he committed, and by his miracles he demonstrated his command over nature — something only God could do.
Don’t conclude that children never get anything out of church. They might not get much out of the sermon, but they’ll have an opportunity to learn hymns, and they will also realize that God listens when his people pray.
My father never had any problems with alcohol, but after mother died last year he began drinking heavily, and now it’s gotten out of control. How can my brothers and I help him? If we try to say anything he just leaves the room.