I’ve always wanted to ask Doug Wilson…

Do you have a question that you’d like to ask Pastor Wilson? If so, we’d love to hear it. While we don’t anticipate being able to get to them all, we’ll grab selected questions each week and see what he has to say. The more your question asks for principals (rather than situation specific advice), the more helpful it will be to a broad audience and therefore the more likely we are to throw it at Doug.  So go ahead, ask by submitting a comment to this post (and feel free to leave the contact info blank – it is not required)…

 

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  1. Andy says:

    Can the unreached person ever be saved by following the law of their conscience, or to put it in a familiar way, can the person on the an isolated island ever be saved assuming they have never heard the gospel preached? And, Since Christ could come at any moment, should Christians be motivated by a sense of urgency to reach as many people as possible with the gospel? If not what should motivate Christians to preach the gospel? Please feel free to reword for clarity and brevity if needed.

    • Demetrios Mustakas Jr says:

      As far as I understand it, special revelation is the only way to salvation. Direct contact with God (EX: Abraham, the prophets, the apostles) or hearing the divinely inspired writings of the Bible. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, so that no man may boast Ephesians 2:8-9 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ Romans 10:17 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved Romans 10:9. These scriptures are helpful to understanding faith, grace and salvation in context. Hope that helps!

  2. Veronica says:

    If God always follows the rules why is there a virgin birth?

  3. Matt says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    I greatly appreciate your service, leadership and wisdom shown to countless believers over the years (myself included). I am a local minister within the Assemblies of God, and struggling with certain stances the A/G take, and whether I can agree with the Fundamental Truths. Specifically I am referring to their stance on women in ministry, and what the Bible states with regards to it. I have read much of what you have taught with regards to marriage and the home, but am wondering whether the arguments made within the A/G’s position papers have any credence. I realize that you get potentially thousands of questions, so you may never get to this, but if someone could get a biblical critique sometime to the link below, I would greatly appreciate it.

    http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/Position_Papers/pp_downloads/PP_The_Role_of_Women_in_Ministry.pdf

    Blessings,

    Matt Bryant

  4. Lillian Crossan says:

    Should an American pastor publicly vow from the pulpit that he will never address politics from the pulpit, that he will only preach the Gospel?

  5. David says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    Are professional fighters (boxers, mixed martial artists, Muay Thai boxers, etc) violating the sixth commandment when fighting each other?

  6. judah lothbrook says:

    does anyone else think it’s weird when paul says in I think romans or Corinthians “I say this, not the lord, but I,” – like, doesn’t that mean that part of scripture is uninspired because it is not god speaking but if it is god speaking then it is god lying because it claims to be paul and more importantly, “not the lord”.

  7. Milena says:

    Hi,

    I was trying to look where I can make a question, is this the right place? Thanks

  8. Marcela says:

    My question is this:

    I became I reformed Christian with my family about 3 years ago, now I had been studying the doctrine of baptism for about a year trying to understand the covenantal theology and its relationship with the children of believers. I became to the conclusion (By the grace of God) that I am agree with infant baptism. My family (dad, mom and sister) believes in credo baptism, I am not married but I am 30 years old and I am member of the Reformed Baptist Church. Should I tell my pastors about my pedo-Baptist believes or because my father is my headship should I stay where I am and not saying anything about it?

    Thanks a lot

  9. Tyler says:

    Pastor Wilson, If the Government commissioned a draft and a Christian was drafted himself or herself what would you advise?

  10. Tyler says:

    By the way, could you guys show more than one question at a time?

    • Brian Marr says:

      We could and do when it’s a topic with a lot of questions, but we don’t want our videos to be so long people don’t click or too miscellaneous.

    • Brian Marr says:

      Do you mean more than one question in a video? We could, but for now we want to do shorter videos because often that is what people will be willing to click on and, unless we received a bunch of questions all on one topic (which we do and have done in the past) it makes titling those videos harder. Hope that helps.

      • Tyler says:

        Yes to the latter. I understand some questions take a little longer to answer. Also, maybe you guys could publish more frequently?

  11. Isaac says:

    Would you expound on how you are working towards reconciling the Federal Vision movement with its critics and opponents, so that the Reformed churches can have greater unity and solidarity?

    Especially as a postmill guy this seems like an issue of vital necessity – the first step towards the “Reformed catholicity” you mention, in combating the fragmentation in the Church.

  12. Matthew David says:

    What principles would you suggest for leading a congregation out of an anti-alcohol mindset which fears wine rather than views it as a gift from God to gladden hearts? Should I fear the messiness of untrained consciences making mistakes as they learn to enjoy this gift without sinning, or not?

  13. Bob says:

    Is there any Biblical reason to support the nation of Israel? Am I becoming an anti-Semite if I have doubts about Zionism?

  14. Jonathan White says:

    Hello Sir,

    What is the significance of the covenant given to Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11: 32-39?

    Was God trying to switch horses midstream? (v.39 points to a “no” on that one).

    It almost seems like this covenant cheapens the one given to David, because it is in competition with the it. (Obviously God knew Jeroboam would fail his end of the covenant… but so did David. Is this just God being God and getting to play favorites?)

    Would it be incorrect to say that all of us are in some sense offered a covenant, as Jeroboam is… a covenant that some of us are predestined to break?

  15. Rick says:

    Do you require prospective members, leaders and employees to sign a statement of faith document?

    • Brian Marr says:

      Now that’s a good question, and we might put that in front of Doug. As far as potential church members are concerned, they meet with the elders and the elders judge whether the person has a genuine Christian testimony and life. Then, the member goes before the congregation and affirms that they are a sinner in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus, that they trust in Christ as their savior, and that they have been baptized in His name. The congregation accepts them and a prayer is offered.

  16. Dave says:

    Pastor Doug,

    Why is God described as hardening hearts for the purpose of ensuring certain people will not believe if all men lack the ability to believe innately? What need is there for God to prevent belief through the judicial hardening of hearts if fallen hearts will never be able to believe anyway apart from regeneration? Thanks.

  17. Hi. I’m just looking for the Shame sermon. I went to the early service that Sunday and would like to listen to it.

    Thanks,
    Jessica

  18. Balint says:

    Bibically, is frequent failure in fulfilling the imperatives found in the Epistles normal for a Christian?

  19. Jhi says:

    This is for Doug:

    What are your thoughts on NT Wright’s book, ‘Surprised by Hope’, and his eschatological views presented therein? Do you agree or disagree, and why?

  20. Jayson says:

    What ought American Christians do about ISIS? Is there ever a place for armed mission relief? Thanks.

  21. Nathan says:

    Hey Pastor Doug,
    Do you think it’s necessary to obtain a seminary degree in order to be a pastor? I am currently studying Reformed Theology and the Bible on my own accord and just trusting in God that He will provide a way for me into to ministry, instead of enrolling in college and going into debt. What are your thoughts on this matter?

    • Demetrios Mustakas Jr says:

      I do not think that it is necessary/mandatory to go into debt to attend seminary. I would encourage other arrangements be made such as saving up, getting help from a family member, and possibly extending your start date until you could afford to find a way to financially support going to seminary. That is totally a personal call on my part and not instruction or teaching (don’t take it the wrong way). As far as the necessity of Seminary training specifically I would appeal to Ephesians 4:12 and that equipping of the saints is not a small task. Some would appeal to a verse like Galatians 1:11-12 saying that Paul “did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” saying that they do not need to have formal instruction. However, in that same section of scripture (Galatians 1:16-18) you see that he went to Arabia for 3 years, apparently to consider and study the things of Jesus. Now he was ALREADY a very educated Pharisee and would have most likely known the law (OT) better than the disciples and he still waited to be future equipped before setting out on ministry. So direct instruction by Scripture itself would lend to an understanding that it is important to be prepared, I would argue formally, for ministry. Indirectly, there are just so many opportunities for error and heresy to be committed without the proper training to an individual. Hope that helps!

  22. Christopher says:

    Dear Pastor Wilson,
    As Christians are being beheaded in Iraq by terrorists, should able bodied christian men respond gun in hand? Sort of a roughriders crusade.

  23. Jonathan says:

    Pastor Wilson,
    Regarding the persecution of Christians, most notably being the current rise of ISIS, how are Christ’s followers to respond? Yes, we should pray, but what else? God did not create the office of Elder and stop there. He also made Deacons. So we should also seek to physically help those in need. Isaiah 1:23 shows that God cares about caring for widows and orphans and judges nations who do nothing to help them. So how are we, individually and corporately, to minister to Christ’s Bride in this need? And how should the CRE in particular respond?

  24. Tyler says:

    Pastor Doug, can Christians fight in a war? I’m talking about boots on ground and gun in hand?

  25. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was conducting
    a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me dinner due to
    the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss
    this topic here on your website.

  26. Katie Piggot says:

    When will Ask Nancy return? Thanks.

  27. Anna-Kathryn Kline says:

    What is your view of Christian missionaries taking their small children to dangerous countries?

  28. Pr. Wilson, you have spoken in ephemeral tones about the nature of the American Revolution and its relevance to your eschatology before. For the record, was the AR, in your opinion, a violation of “submission to the governing authorities”? Two kingdoms, one kingdom, all that. Praying for your pastorate and ministry.

    Thanks.

  29. Kate says:

    I recently viewed the ‘Ask Doug’ on nudity in art and was prompted to think of my latest Facebook News Feed controversy. :) But in seriousness, I know some Christians are divided on this issue. I wondered what Doug’s (or Nancy’s) thoughts were on nursing mothers, breastfeeding their children in public without a nursing cover? Is it unwise? Why or why not?

  30. Lillian Crossan says:

    Why is it Biblical for churches to confess national sins to God, say, during a worship service? What is the theology of how God views nations and tribes (as opposed to individuals)?

  31. Michelle says:

    I finished reading God Rest Ye Merry and really enjoyed it. I have a couple questions regarding celebrating Christmas. Should Christians celebrate starting with Advent and continue all the way through Epiphany? You did not talk about the 12 days of Christmas in your book. This makes for a very long celebration! Also, in your recommendations for Advent you stress it being a time for celebrating. Many of the family Advent practices seem to be remembering God’s promises of the coming Messiah. These include lighting candles, Bible readings, eating bitter chocolate,singing Advent songs, etc.. This is also what is done in church: only singing Advent songs and saving the “Christmas” songs for after Christmas. This seems to be more of a somber attitude, saving the rejoicing for Christmas Day and after (the 12 days of Christmas until Epiphany). In your book it seems we should already be in the celebratory phase during Advent. Am I misunderstanding something?

  32. Michelle says:

    This question is for Nancy. I enjoyed Doug’s book, God Rest Ye Merry. I agree with what he says about making Christmas a big celebration. What seems to steal my joy during this season is the shopping. I have a hard time finding gifts for all the people that I need/want to buy for. It takes so much time to find something that each person would enjoy. I find myself getting anxious ( in a negative sense) as the Christmas season approaches because of this. How have you dealt with this? I want to be full of joy but find myself feeling stressed and tired instead. How do you make a big celebration without getting too stressed? I want to be teaching my children by my example.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Dear Pastor Wilson & Mrs. Wilson,
    How would you counsel a wife whose husband has decided to return to the Catholic faith he was raised with, and rejected, before marriage? Should she submit to his leading to the Catholic Church and convert herself, or should she stand on her conviction of justification by grace through faith and sola scriptura and attend a separate church? This wife is painfully torn between the desire to be in unity with her husband and children, and standing firm on what she believes the bible teaches. How does a couple/family navigate this complex issue of a spouse changing the way they interpret and practice their faith? How do they then teach their children in the faith? Thank you so much.

  34. Matthew Abate says:

    Lately, I’ve been coming across the view within Evangelical circles that says, “When Christ was on the earth, he retained his divine nature except for these three omni traits: his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence; therefore, Jesus was wholly dependent upon the person and power of the Holy Spirit to perform his miraculous deeds. I find this view somewhere along the spectrum between heterodox and heresy. What are your thoughts?

  35. Mason says:

    Given that the Last Supper was an actual meal, should the Lord’s Supper be a full meal rather than a piece of bread and a small cup of wine?

    • Mason says:

      I apologize for the double post. When I checked back I couldn’t see my comment, so I thought it didn’t get submitted.

  36. Matt says:

    Dear Pastor Wilson,

    I was raised in a Christian home where all forms of alcohol consumption were considered sinful. As a father now, I am curious how one may enjoy the “wine on the lees well refined” as it says in Isaiah without causing my children to stumble? How should I approach having and drinking alcohol in the home?

  37. D.J. DiPretoro says:

    Pastor Wilson, in a sermon on Romans 6:3-11, you said that because we are united with Christ, when he died, we died. All well and good. However, you said that God’s wrath that fell on Jesus also falls on us because we are in Christ, because God’s justice requires that God pours out his wrath on sin, even sinners. My question is, if Jesus is the propitiation, if he takes God’s wrath for us by grace through faith, then how can we say that the wrath of God falls on us since we are in Christ?

  38. Mason says:

    Given that when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper it was a full meal, and that Paul describes the practice as a full meal. Should The Lord’s Supper be celebrated as an actual meal?

  39. Evan says:

    Pastor Wilson,

    I understand that you are a supporter of the TR tradition. What are your thoughts on the Comma Johanneum in 1 John 5:7?

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