Q: Is there one thing that can completely block my prayers?
A: Absolutely. It's a lack of forgiveness. You can pray any prayer you like and it won't do you any good until you forgive other people their sins. Prayer without forgiveness is like a car without an engine. Or a body without a soul. It simply doesn't work. Jesus Christ said after He taught the principles of prayer, "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." (Matt. 6:14-15)
Jesus also told a story about this, and I think it's one of the most intriguing parables He ever told. It's the parable of a guy who's been forgiven effectively a $20 million debt, a debt he could never repay if he lived a thousand years. So he gets forgiven; then he runs out and finds a guy who owes him what amounts to a 20-dollar bill and he says: "Pay up." And when the man can't pay up, he hauls him off to debtor's prison. Well, when the Master found out about this, He was upset. You can think what a horrendous thing for us humans to do, when we've been forgiven what amounts to an unpayble debt, to then not forgive others whose debts by comparison are like a 20-dollar bill. So we need to forgive people — that's one of the principles that Jesus Christ taught when He taught us the principles of prayer.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank tells the tragic story of Nathan Verhelst. Nathan was born as a girl in Belgium, and at some point, she decided that she would be better off if she were a he. After hormone therapy and several surgeries to transition from female to male; Nathan tells of looking into a mirror and being disgusted. A year following the last sex-change procedure, Verhelst was euthanized. And so, the Belgian health service tried to turn a woman into a man, had failed, and then killed her. The trans train has roared into town in record time—far faster than the “L,” the “G,” and the “B” in LGBTQ+. Time Magazine referred to the trans movement as the next civil rights movement. If you so much as suggest that a trans woman is not the same as a biological woman, your career is in danger. It is incumbent on us to stand for truth no matter the cost—but to do that we must be informed, and we need the love and care that was demonstrated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the second segment, Hank revisits a question he ran out of time with on yesterday’s broadcast—In Revelation, what does John mean in saying that Satan will be bound for a thousand years and then set free for a short period of time?
Hank also answers the following questions:
I’ve heard you correct people that misinterpret Romans 4:17 as saying that we can call things into existence; but in John 14:12, Jesus says that if we believe in him, we will do the same things he does or even greater things. Can you clarify this for me?
How could God create ex nihilo (out of nothing)?All Sermons by Hank Hanegraaff