8 Ways to Get Your Grace Questions Answered

question-markLast week many of you helped me give away 13,000 copies of The Gospel in Ten Words. It was truly a team effort. If you told your friends they could get a free Kindle download, perhaps by sharing a message on Facebook, then you had some skin in the game. Thank you! Be encouraged because many are now hearing the good news of God’s unconditional love and grace for the first time. Go team!

And if you don’t believe me when I say many are hearing about grace for the first time, you should see my in-tray. It has been swamped with emails, messages, and questions, questions, questions!

This is wonderful for it means people are thinking and checking things out for themselves. They want to know more about the undiluted gospel of grace.

The downside, however, is there is little chance I’ll be able to answer even a tenth of the questions that are now coming my way. If you write to me, the odds are high that you’re not going to get a response. I’m sorry about that. I would love to sit down with you and just chat. But it’s not going to happen. There’s only one of me and a lot of you.

But your questions are good! And since they may speak to deep shifts in understanding that the Holy Spirit is working out in your life they deserve good answers.

So how can you get the answers you are seeking? Here are 8 suggestions:

1. Ask the Holy Spirit. I am serious about this. We have a teacher-centric culture in the modern church that promotes an unhealthy dependence on men. I can say that because I am a teacher. But the Holy Spirit is the Teacher of all teachers (John 16:13). He really is the highest authority on every subject, every problem, and every question.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been puzzled by something, asked the Lord for wisdom and understanding, and he’s given me revelation, often immediately. Perhaps this is easier for some people than others, I don’t know. What I do know is that the sooner we all learn to rely on the Holy Spirit, the better we will be. So I strongly encourage you to take your questions directly to the Lord and put James 1:5 into practice.

Of course, the Holy Spirit works through people. But if you take your question to someone with a mixed-up theology, you’ll likely get an answer tainted with an unhealthy mixture of old and new covenant theology. In view of that, I also recommend the following approaches to asking questions.

2. Search the archives. Want to know my least favorite kind of message to receive? It’s the one that begins, “Paul, have you written anything on…” Please, please, PLEASE, check out the subject index or use the search box at the top-right corner of this website.

3. Search the scripture index. This brand-new feature, added at the end of 2014, will direct you to hundreds of posts on hundreds of scriptures. If you want to know my take on, say Matthew 6:14 or Hebrews 10:25, that’s the place to look.

4. Join an ongoing discussion here on E2R. How do you do that? Search the E2R archives, find a post on the subject you are interested in, and ask your question as a comment in the discussion thread underneath that post. That way you will attract responses from others with an interest in the same subject. I personally have learned much from the discussion threads under posts.

5. Post your question on E2R’s Facebook page. Don’t send me a private message – I don’t often check my messages and they back up big time – but post your question on E2R’s Facebook page for all to see. Do keep your question short (2-3 sentences max), and phrase it like this: “Does anyone have any insight into….” Invite people to contribute. E2R readers are an amazing bunch of people who love to help others.

6. Put your question on someone else’s FB page. E2R is hardly the only grace-based page/group on Facebook. There are dozens, if not hundreds of good grace pages with more being added every day.

7. Write about it. This may surprise you, but many of the posts here on E2R were written because I was puzzled about something. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and as I write the Holy Spirit guides me. I know this doesn’t work for everyone but it may work for you. Give it a go.

8. Send me a message, but do so knowing that I probably won’t be able to reply. How can you increase the chances of getting a reply from me?

(i) Keep it short. (Unless you’re writing to encourage me, in which case lengthy essays I can frame and show Camilla are welcome!)

(ii) Don’t think of me as The Answer Guy. If I am able to answer your question, don’t hit me with five follow-up questions. Milked cows need a break.

(iii) To avoid disappointment, don’t ask me to join your online group, Skype you, phone you, or weigh in on some argument you’re having on Facebook. Do feel free to invite me to lunch though!

(iv) Understand that my goal is to reveal Jesus and help you experience the Father’s love. So don’t ask me about politics or obscure Bible passages pertaining to the Nephilim or what-have-you. Neither of us has time to waste on controversies or godless chatter (2 Tim 2:16).

(v) Don’t expect me to have an opinion on everything. I am quite comfortable saying, “I don’t know.”

(vi) Don’t ask me what I think about another man’s ministry or the latest controversial article from Tom, Dick, or Harry. I love my brothers and sisters and I’m not interested in creating fracture lines in the body of Christ.

Comments

  1. Thank you Paul for giving away so many copies of your book. We know where your heart lies!
    Peter Wilson

  2. WOW! what a gracious, graceful way of responding to too many questions. That is what I call “practicing what you preach” and using your gifting In wisdom and humility for the Glory of God🙂

  3. Hi Guys,
    I see the poll above has a comment option. Please don’t use it as I can’t respond. Use the regular comment form you see underneath this. Thanks.

  4. Hi Paul,

    I’ve been a regular reader of your blog, and I missed out on the free ebook giveaway, is there by any grace a link where I can get it again for free? Also what are your thoughts on Joyce Meyer? Is she preaching mixed grace?

  5. lets do lunch, have your people call my people and we can meet in maybe? california

  6. Gilly Stott says:

    Hey Paul. Can I please make a request – well more of a plea, really?! Is there ANY possibility you might be producing a cracking, grace-based leaflet/booklet specifically aimed at not-yet-believers?! The Gospel in 10 Words is fantastic but I know a whole book can seem a bit much to many first-tasters. It would be absolutely great to have something simple and slim to keep several copies ready in my bag for when i go “shopping”. i’d be happy to purchase a good quantity and I wouldn’t mind betting others might too!
    Thanks for listening to my plea!
    Big blessings,
    Gilly

    • Hi Gilly,
      This is a question I get asked a lot and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for years. It is my heart’s desire to do this, but I know if I whip something up it’ll just be me and it won’t be that good. I’m waiting for a flash of Holy Spirit inspiration! That said, I haven’t been idle and for the past 6 months I’ve been working on something that is wholly unlike the 3 books already available. I’ll make an announcement about that later in the year.

      • Hi.
        Wondering if you have progressed with this booklet idea? Tracts I come across are really not so good and I have contemplated making one but not sure how. I want to reach out to people but not sure how.

      • I have made some progress, but not much. I hope to have some more news on this front in a few months.

  7. khayyam modir says:

    I signed up for the blogs but got no blogs nor ebook. please help? thanks! khayyammodir@gmail.com

  8. Hey Paul! I work as a chaplain at a Christ-centered non-profit children’s home for restoring children who have been abused and neglected. The people I work with are amazing, and we have much in common (love kids, Jesus, etc), but come from many different Christian backgrounds (from Catholic to Baptist to Pentecostal). I want to spread grace!

    Are there any ministers you recommend who–in our mixed to true grace journey–are good for beginning the process? Staff have been interested in gathering to watch videos. And we are seeing fruit of the gospel on campus! Holy Spirit is doing what only He can do. But just curious what might be a good place to start for a broad audience!

  9. Good evening Paul, I am writing to you regarding the rapture and tribulation, there is much on the internet about rapture then tribulation or tribulation then rapture and some of the different sites contridict each other, What I did get from one of the sites what whether the rapture occurs first then the tribulation or tribulation then rapture, we should be looking forward to being with Christ. I look foward to your thoughts. Thank you for the suggestion to ask the holy spirit, my body is tingling

  10. Hello Paul, do you have a teaching on fasting? Thanks

  11. Paul will you please pray for me? I read your series on a better way to pray- speaking to your mountains and it was profound and insightful. I’m trying to understand how to pray and believe like you do now over sickness. For now, I’m asking you to pray for my healing. With deep appreciation and overwhelming gratitude thank you for your gift of prayer. Thank you for pursuing the Lord and learning who He is so that you found a better way to pray for healing. I just discovered you and your blogs yesterday and read the series on a better way to pray with bated breath. I will be buying the book you recommended. Thank you.

    • Kristy says:

      I received a better way to pray and divine healing made simple today and cannot wait to read them. Thank you for sharing.

  12. hey Paul would you be so kind to help me understand in Galatians 6:8 through 9 where it says Do not be deceived God is not mocked for whatever a man sows that he will also reap. for he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption but he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit reap everlasting life and let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart therefore as we have opportunity let us do good to all especially to those who are in the household of Faith. for me when I read this it makes me think I have to do Works to stay saved and I know that’s not true but just trying to get some understanding and meaning of this I was saved here just a little while back so I am kinda new at all this🙂

  13. Geraldine says:

    Paul, now that my eyes have been opened to undiluted grace, thanks to you and Joseph Prince and other hyper grace teachers, I’m having difficulty finding a church. I live in New England, USA, a region where Christianity suffers. Any suggestions?

  14. John Gale says:

    Paul How do I interpret 1 John ch 1 v 9, with Jesus paying for my past present sins. I need to sort this to help me progress. Many Thanks
    John

  15. grandma says:

    Paul, I’ve been a subscriber for awhile on your site, but now I’m not getting emails that notify of new posts. Have I been deleted from your site? (Using an android phone) Also, I had downloaded the grace pack onto my tablet. Tablet had a meltdown and had to do a factory reset. Your books were lost, when I tried to redownload them, it saw me as a brand new subscriber. What do I do from here?

    • Subscriptions are managed entirely by readers. We couldn’t delete you even if we wanted to. Sounds like you may need to resubscribe. Sorry for the hassle.

  16. Can anyone help me out on Luke 21:36? New to this and stuck on why Jesus told the disciples to pray that they may be counted worthy to escape??

  17. Hi Paul,
    Have been so blessed by E2R! I saw in your bio you lived in CA in the past. Do you recommend any Grace churches in the California Bay Area?

  18. Hi Paul. I’ve been following your blog and have read some of your books, and it’s all right on! What baffles me, however, is the number of times you quote Brennan Manning (who used a bit of Eastern mysticism and leaned towards Universalism – contrary to Scripture) and Charles Spurgeon (a Calvinist who believed that some people were born to be saved and some to be damned – also against Scripture, and at the completely opposite end of the spectrum from Manning!) Your writing, however, makes the grace message very clear – neither Universalist nor condemning. Thank you for your posts.

  19. Dear Paul
    Kindly permit me to ask you a long question. I’ve chosen to ask you because I consider you as my mentor in matters of grace. You’ve been instrumental in my transition from legalism to grace. God used you to help me understand grace. For a long time I used to preach the law. This I now know is an error. But I have to admit that there are issues I still see ‘darkly’ and need guidance as I transition the church into the life of grace. One of them is this:

    My church treasurer left her husband of 10 years and is now dating an usher who happens to be a married man. They have been sleeping together for about 4 months now. I’ve spoken to them separately warning them of the consequences of sin. The treasurer stepped down from church leadership position voluntarily but says she has made up her mind and will not stop dating that married usher. The usher has become very hostile to his wife, beat his wife, kicked her out of the house and told her he doesn’t love her anymore. He openly told his wife that he has fallen in love with the church treasurer and will marry her no matter what. He has even put the picture of the daughter of his new lover (the church treasurer) as his Facebook profile photo and not his own kid’s (he has one kid with his wife). Last week the usher’s wife and the treasurer almost fought in the church hall blaming the treasurer for wrecking her home. The whole church now knows this and are waiting to see what I will do. This is just one scandal among many scandals that has rocked my church since I began teaching on God’s amazing grace two years ago. Many blame these scandals on my new found teaching of grace. I’ve also been battling that thought of late. It’s like the teaching of grace has set people free and some are using the freedom to do every conceivable sin from drinking to adultery (Galatians 5:1, 13). I’ve made up my mind to be a grace preacher no matter what because I believe it’s the true gospel. But I’m so scared. At this rate I might end up with a bunch of addicts in my congregation. What should I do? I don’t want to revert back to legalism. I’ve been a strict legalist for many years and I know it is a better way of controlling people but I now know it is not God’s way. Since I began to teach on God’s grace as I’ve learnt from you, I’ve lost control over the people. I can’t scare them with unpardonable sin, hell fire, God’s punishment etc. any more (I used to teach that believers can lose their salvation and end up in hell). I’ve tried to balance the teaching as much as I know. I’ve hammered the point that even though God has forgiven as, sin remains deadly and the consequences real. But the new found liberty seems to have deceived many into thinking that they can go on living in sin and still be safe. My questions are:
    1. How can I stop people from “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4) without resorting to legalism?
    2. What is your take on church disciple and excommunication?
    3. Can I excommunicate these open sinners from the fellowship and still remain a grace preacher?
    4. If I overlook their sins, what impact will it have on the church? Can it set a bad precedent that will trouble the church in the future?
    5. What about Holy Communion? Can I let people who have rebelled from every teaching of our Lord and are living in open rebellion take communion with us?
    6. Some legalist pastors have warned me that if I continue preaching grace a lot, I will ruin the church. They are accusing me of taking the grace message too far. My question is: Can a pastor take grace too far?
    7. What in your view should I do with my church treasurer and usher? They have already voluntarily stepped down from church leadership positions. Should I let them remain members of the church even if they go ahead with their adulterous affair and plans to remarry?
    The experience I have had in my city is that even when a church excommunicates a brother who is unwilling to repent, there is zero impact because they would simply move to the church next door, will be received and even given position of leadership. This is because many young churches are so desperate for members that they would even embrace the devil himself if he came in and offered to support the church financially. This means even excommunicating these two might not help lead them to repentance. They’ll most likely join the church across the road and be given leadership positions. This might end up encouraging others to do the same knowing that should they be excommunicated, they’ll just move to the next church without losing a thing.
    James

    • You raise several important questions that would require more than a short comment to respond to, but I will say this: Blaming sin-scandals on grace is like blaming the dust in your house on the light. When your room is dark, you can’t see the dirt; but turn on the light and there it is. Grace doesn’t stir up sin, but the freedom that grace brings surely reveals what is in the hearts of men. You are worried that by preaching grace you might end up with a bunch of sinners in your church. I say this is a good thing! Jesus had many sinners in his circles too. Grace attracts sinners; it changes them from sinners to saints. Just because a few prefer to live in the swill of sin instead of joining you at the banqueting table is no reason for you to throw out the meal or replace it with stones of law. Can a person take grace too far? Well if a person can take Jesus too far then I suppose he can, but I don’t think so.

      As for what you should do with the treasurer, I will leave that for you and the Holy Spirit to figure out. There is no rule. I have kicked some sinners out and never seen them again; others I’ve let stay and they’ve been radically changed. Give your burden to the Lord – it’s his church – and see what he will do with it. But don’t stop preaching the gospel!

      • Thanks a lot Paul.

      • James I have to be honest here your answer is in Pauls (Paul of the Holy Bible) writings to the church and he states sin especially moral which is no legalist can not be tolerated it in the church. You should ask the Holy Spirit to give you revelation wisdom into Pauls writings of the Holy Bible. He makes it clear warn them with love then should they not turn from this moral sin they must leave the church and the man certainly must not be deacon of the church. What so many churches miss today, is upholding Gods word and instructions for their church. You hurt others in the church by ignoring clear instructions on this. God loves you and has already told you what to do. I wouldn’t ask Him for something He has already given you. Ask for wisdom in how to do what He has already shown you. You know the answer already.

    • momzilla76 says:

      The other side of grace is love. What makes sin “sin” is that it is unloving towards self, others and God. Adultery is selfish, abusive and unloving towards those we made promises to. You could bathe your congregation in preaching this dynamic of sin being the polar opposite of love by teaching true love, God’s love and the “one another” love Jesus preached and point the biggest finger at those in the wrong without mentioning them once. The way a bank tellers and store cashiers learn to spot forged money is by handling and seeing the real things so much. This preaching true love will let everyone know that certain actions are not good and that you do not condone hurting others(sin) even though you may not be kicking them out of membership.

  20. James I will also add to my previous commentary that you cannot control what happens to these people outside of your church that is up to God and their choices, but you can control the affect they have on yours by following God’s instructions on this. With much love and compassion for your situation.

  21. Dear Sir Ellis,

    I love to study about a lot of Christian topics and I want to understand more of it.
    May I ask about the following questions for my clarity
    1.) What is Sin?
    2.) Do we assume that “Sin” is out of our dictionary when we truly believe in Jesus? This includes we can tell a lie or steal because SIN was erased (deleted in our Christian life dictionary) by JESUS on the Cross?
    3.) or SIN was validated or redefined its meaning or terms and conditions because of the work of Jesus on the Cross?

    If you do have links pertaining to these kinds of questions, may I request for it?

    Thank you very much!

  22. I really enjoy your no-nonesense writing style as well as your tact and respect in handling others. Your thought provoking posts have really helped me organize my own thoughts on certain topics as you explain Gods grace with such simplicity. The deeper a truth is understood, the easier one can reiterate it. I’m working on deeper comprehension and being able to reiterate Gods grace as elocantly as you do! Thank you! Your site has BY FAR become my favourite and more shared online learning tool.

  23. Hi Paul
    I really need your help on this. My fiancé and I are getting married in a court house / justice of the peace but I’ve heard people say that I won’t be married in the eyes of God because a pastor/ priest etc… Is not marrying us. This is killing me , I love God with all my heart and I’ve been waiting for this day my whole life. I will be married in the eyes of God right ? No matter what these religious people say ?
    Thank you so much please write back .
    Tommy

    • Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding, Tommy. Don’t worry about what those party-poopers say. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit so everywhere you go, he goes. It’s going to be impossible for you not to get married in the eyes of God. Also the Bible tells us that civic authorities and governments are there because God wants them there. “The authorities that exist have been established by God… This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants” (Rom 13:1,6). So you can look upon the JP or judge as God’s servant executing God’s will.

      In many countries around the world it is very difficult to get married in a church. Does God think less of those marriages? Not at all. So enjoy your big day and don’t let anyone rob you of enjoyment of God’s good gifts. Blessings!

  24. Thank you so much for your blessing and insight of Gods word , that’s a huge weight off of my chest . Time to get back my happiness leading up to our big day.
    Tommy

  25. Hi Paul! Perhaps I’m completely technologically impaired, but I’ve wanted to read your whole series on the eternal series topic (I started at once saved always saved), yet I’m not sure how to advance through the successive posts you talk about. At first I thought I just needed to click the arrow where it says “standing secure on God’s promises” at the bottom of your post. But then at the bottom of the “standing secure on God’s promises” post, it leads me to another post that starts to get off the topic of eternal security. Basically I’m not sure how to chronologically advance through your series on eternal security.

    • The series was not written in any special order. It’s a bit of a rabbit trail. But you should be able to find every post in the series listed on the Eternal Security page. This can be found in the Resources submenu at the top of this website.

      • Ok, perfect! Thanks Paul! By the way, I’m really enjoying your website. I’m actually in bible college now, but still have so many unanswered questions, so I really appreciate all your resources more than you can imagine!

  26. Yam Bahadur gurung says:

    God doesn’t give grace to work..??

  27. Loverofgrace says:

    I’ll try to make this quick. Can someone choose to walk away from their relationship with God? If so. Do they go to hell? Let’s say they made a profession for Christ when they were 12 and at the age of 21 they renounce that there is a God and they choose to become a satanists. (Yes that is extreme but I have had that question posed in reference to eternal security)
    Would love your insight or direct me to a previous article. I tried hard to find one before I posted.

    Thanks for your time

  28. Thanks Paul. Just read “Stuff Jesus Never Said” Great book. Page 50 states that “babies who die go to Heaven; all of them.” Your constant reference to scripture teaching is what appeals to me most, but where does it say in scripture that anyone; adult or infant goes to Heaven when they die? Have read many articles on “what happens when we die” and am convinced “no one other than Jesus has gone to Heaven when they died. I know Elijah, Moses and Enoch are considerations, but do you feel we go to Heaven when we die?

    • My point is that babies don’t go to hell. For more you might be interested in this post.

      • Paul, love your work and books, but in my comment addressed regarding page 50 of “Stuff Jesus Never Said”, my question wasn’t whether Babies went to hell or heaven at death, but whether ANYONE goes to Heaven or Hell at death, because I can find nothing in scripture verifying they go anywhere until His return.

      • There are verses that suggest we go straight to heaven when we die (eg: 2 Cor 5:8, Php 1:23, Hebrews 12:1) and others that suggest we sleep until Jesus returns (eg: 1 Thess 4:13). I lean towards the former but I could be wrong. It’s not a debate I feel strongly about. The main thing is I expect to be with Jesus forever (1 Thess 4:17).

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