Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is there any one denomination or church that is the only way to heaven?
A. Jesus said:
John 14: MKJV
6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.
Q. So no specific church will get you to heaven?
A. As Jesus said, no one gets to the Father except through Christ. No church gets you to heaven, only Jesus.
Q. So I don't need to go to church then?
A. Hebrews 10: MKJV
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is , but exhorting one another , and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Ephesians 4: KJ21
11 And He gave some to be apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we henceforth be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and their cunning and craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
We need to go to church so that we can grow in Christ, and learn the ways of God. We need to go to church because God tells us to do so. But in today's world, in many countries going to church isn't available. Also some people who follow God's word are sometimes asked to leave watered down church's. There are cases where going to church just isn't possible.
Q. I need to go to church, but it doesn't matter which one?
A. Galatians 1: MKJV
8 But even if we or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Matthew 24: MKJV
24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders; so much so that, if it were possible, they would deceive even the elect.
Yes it matters, you should stay away from dangerous teaching. Because even God's elect can be deceived. Find a church that teaches the whole Bible, as much as possible. There are no perfect churches. The church continues to grow, as we as individuals grow. Churches are made up of people, people are not perfect. Stay away from: Mormons-the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah Witnesses, and the Church of Christian Scientists. Also stay away from churches that do not believe Jesus is God. These are cults or occults.
To learn if the Church has failed click on the link below:
Click here to learn if the Church has failed
To learn how to judge false teachings click on the link below:
Click here to learn which standard you can use to find the true teachings about God
To learn about false christs and how to know the Jesus from the Bible click on the next link:
Click here to learn the Biblical truth about Jesus Christ
Q. Which day should I go to church? Do we need to follow a specific sabbath? Is sabbath Saturday or Sunday?
A. Col:2:16: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days
5: One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6: He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it...
Let no one judge sabbath days. A sabbath can be a special day or any day, or every day.
Yes the Old Testament had Saturday as Sabbath and yes the New Testament has some scripture for possible Sunday gatherings.
But understand this, neither is the true sabbath, the true sabbath has NOT come yet:
Read Hebrews chapters 3 and 4, in particular:
4: For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
8: For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
So the TRUE SABBATH has not yet come. Although this is absolute, I must not push this sabbath, just as no one must push Sunday or Saturday (see the verses above, let no man...). I prefer to label everyday as sabbath, because I cease from work into my rest in Christ for my salvation:
10: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Verse 12 is the true secret of the sabbath:
12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
This verse seems out of place, chapters 3 & 4 are talking of rest and sabbath when all of a sudden we get verse 12.
The words "dividing asunder" in Greek is the word "merismos". It is the merismos of your soul and spirit which is the key to sabbath. Most christians do not even know the difference between their soul and spirit. Do you? Well, some refuse to believe they are different even though verse 12 separates them. Only the word of God can distinguish which is which.
The spirit is that part of man that died when Adam sinned. It's that part which is born again, it's that part where God lives. It's that part where God speaks and moves.
The soul, is the personality of a person. It's his mind, will, and emotions. This is the part that demons use when they possess or oppress people. The word psychic comes from the Greek word "psuche" which is translated soul. Soul power or psychic power is forbidden by God and is demonic. But many christians serve God in their soul and not their spirit. That's why Jesus said this:
21: Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
It is possible to do the work of God and not please God. How you say? The secret is in verse 21, they have not done the will of the Father.
God has a plan for each of us. A specific plan, but we go off to college to find our calling, or we do something that looks nice, fun, or some other reason for God. We don't go to Africa to evangelize just because it needs to be done, you go because God sends you. If He doesn't send you, don't go.
I dare say, most work for God today is dirty rags in God's eyes because it is done by personality and soul, not by the spirit.
True sabbath is laying down your wants and desires and works, to do God's will. And you must bury God's will too, and let Him bring it to you. God promised Abraham a child, he couldn't wait so he got Ishmael. This was not the promise, but a curse. Then he got Isaac, and Isaac was the promise. But God wanted Abraham to sacrifice him to God. We must sacrifice even what God wants us to do, and then let God bring it back. The Bible says:
17: By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18: Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure
So Isaac was raised again for the promise. Jesus spoke of this as well:
24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25: He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
Jesus, Himself, refused to perform a miracle until His mother encouraged Him to do so:
1: And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3: And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5: His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
So all the talk of worshipping on Saturday or Sunday is all nonsense. Either day is fine, no one should judge either. The Bible says:
"There remainest therefore a rest to the people of God."
Q. Why do bad things happen? Accidents, death... does God kill?
A. In brief, Jesus said,
John 10: MKJV
10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The Bible also says:
1 John 5:19 NIV: We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
Because this is an important subject I created an entire page for it:
Why does God allow Evil?
Q. What about the rapture? What does the Bible say about that?
A. I have a page on that subject. Click on one of the following links:
Click here to learn about the rapture
Click here to learn how to be prepared
Q. How do you get saved?
A. John 3: MKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Romans 10: MKJV
9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
If you want to go to heaven and be saved all you need to do is to pray and speak the following and believe it or mean it in your heart:
"Dear Jesus, I confess and accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I believe that you died for my sins. I also believe that God raised you from the dead. I believe and receive that I am now saved through faith in what you have done. Lord, I pray this in your holy name. Amen."
To learn more about salvation click on the link below:
Click here to learn about salvation
Please note, basic salvation will save you from hell and the Lake of Fire, but it won't save you from the Tribulation, nor will it give you access to the great heavenly city New Jerusalem. Yes, it guarantees heaven, but not a place in the city in heaven. To learn more about gaining salvation from the Great Tribulation click on the link below:
To learn how to enter into New Jerusalem click on the link below:
Q. Can someone lose their salvation?
A. This is a very difficult answer and you will find 2 main camps on this. Those who believe in OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved) and those who do not. It appears most who do not, think salvation can be lost pretty easily. Though if you try to pin them down on where it happens you may get different answers or uncertainty. I however, fall in the middle. Salvation can be lost, but it is extremely hard to do. And I discuss it at length here: Concerning OSAS
But the Lord warned me years ago about this topic, because if I do not handle it properly it will give license to live in sin and carnality to those undisciplined and unlearned who may hear what I teach, if they don't hear or understand all of it. Living in sin as a Christian is dangerous and will hold eternal consequences. Not necessarily the loss of salvation, but perhaps a short visit to Fire and an eternity having to eat Leaves of the Tree of life for pain or loss. I discuss this more at length here:
Eternal Judgment: of the Believer
Q. What are your Tenets? What is your Statement of faith? What is the Vision you are trying to accomplish?
A. What I believe - Click here for more
Q. Do you design all these pages yourself? Who do you host your site with?
A. I am the writer and web designer of these pages. I discuss a bit about me and those who have inspired me here (and a little about webhosting):
I have more links for webhosting and other web tools here:
Q. Do you have a blog?
A. Yes, I do!
Q. What Translation of the Bible do you recommend?
A. The Protected & Inspired Word of God - click there to learn about translations.
Q. What's with all these abbreviations in the scripture references on your site?
A. I did research and a study on Bible translations, (found above), and discovered some translations I really like and agree with. My favorite translation being: The Modern King James Version. But I use several versions on this site. I use 3 main versions (after King James Version) but I also use others from time to time. Here are the abbreviations I use and what translations they are:
King James Version - KJV - If you see a scripture with no abbreviations it is probably KJV
The three I most use:
Modern King James Version 1999 - MKJV
New King James Version 1979 - NKJV
Literal Translation of the Bible 1995 - LITV
others I sometimes use:
Young's Literal Translation 1862-1898 - YLTV
Revised Webster Bible 1998 - RWV
Analytical Literal Translation 1999 - ALT
The 21st Century King James Version 1994 - KJ21
World English Bible - WEB
Hebrew Names Version or World English Bible: Messianic Edition - HNV or WEB:ME
Q. Do you have a news page or a mailing list?
A. I used to, but decided a blog took care of all those needs. So no, not any more.
Q. What do you believe about military service or self defense?
A. When I was single and had no children, I believed in trusting God to defend me. I would probably not have used any weapons in self defense. But now that I am a husband and father, I would defend my family with weapons.
As for the military, I believe in Government authority:
Romans 13: MKJV
1 Let every soul be subject to the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God.
2 So that the one resisting the authority resists the ordinance of God; and the ones who resist will receive judgment to themselves.
3 For the rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the bad. And do you desire to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it.
4 For it is a servant of God to you for good. For if you practice evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain; for it is a servant of God, a revenger for wrath on him who does evil.
5 Therefore you must be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
6 For because of this you also pay taxes. For they are God's servants, always giving attention to this very thing.
7 Therefore give to all their dues; to the one due tax, the tax; tribute to whom tribute is due , fear to whom fear is due , and honor to whom honor is due.
I had a bad time with the Navy. For 2 reasons, first because I had sinned and went in the military when God had other plans for me. Second, many men in the Navy were very immoral. Neither of these 2 problems are a direct fault of the military. I respect our military and government. My family has many men who were in the armed services. I, myself, was in 2 branches of the military. I have an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force. To read about my Navy experience:
Q. Do you know of any critics to your teachings or website?
A. Yes. I have had several critics at different times. And I have no fear sharing this. Once years ago at christian message board, one particular gentleman, had decided I was a false prophet and was deceiving people. Here was a page he created just for my website (this is an internet copy and is no longer on live internet):
He said that I claimed to be a prophet. I do not believe in saying such things. But I have shared prophecy. I discuss on the following page, 4 sources of prophecy including the mantle of prophet, so there are 3 other ways to have prophecy:
He had a problem with my claim to have been in the presence of God. The sad thing is, many people who have gone to church have been in the presence of God and some have not even known it. I am sure I have been in God's presence many times and not known it, but I have sensed Him multiple times. I know of many many Christians who have sensed God's presence.
He thinks my testimony is a story of delusion and lack of stability. He also claims that I have been hospitalized for suicidal tendencies. Which is completely untrue.
At one point in my youth I had ran away from home because someone in my family was doing something wrong and I didn't want to uncover it, when my pastor questioned my reason for running, I let him believe I was suicidal so I could get out of the house until I found a way to deal with the situation. Eventually my I told my dad, and the situation was resolved.
He went on to say on his website, that my motives were wrong for many of my actions. Of coarse they were! I admit my motives in my testimony and asked for God's forgiveness. Perhaps he has a problem that God chooses the weak things of this world to confound the wise. Because my life was very weak and miserable without God.
He uses my pursuit of the monastic life as such an example. I admit it was not God. God even told me so. But monastic life is NOT of God for any reason, because God has said this:
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under the grain-measure, but on a lampstand. And it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
Hiding in a monastery is the same as hiding the lamp. We need to be a light to the world, we can't if we are hiding in a monastery.
He goes on to say we cannot experience the presence of God or feel Him. This confirms my testimony, because as a Catholic and Lutheran I had been led to believe such a thing. But look at this:
Acts:17:27: That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us
He went on to attack my testimony because I tried to get together with my ex-girl friend after this experience a week or so afterwards. He say's that such an action proves I had never encountered God. He is thinking that an encounter with God makes you sinless, which is absolutely false.
However, I did NOT meet my girlfriend, and in fact ended the possible re-established relationship myself.
He also goes on to say that Paul had such an experience. We can read that God told Paul to go to the gentiles, but Paul went to the Jews first. So Paul was a bit slow to obey God as well.
He claims I have "Narcissistic Personality Disorder", of which is quite silly. Because while I was in the Navy and refusing to obey orders, the Navy performed tests on me for any mental illness. In fact tests were done on me more than once. I was found normal with very strong in spiritual beliefs.
To understand why I disobeyed the orders, you can read my Navy testimony:
He also has a severe problem in believing or understanding this basic christian truth:
Prov:16:9: A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Ps:37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Ps:85:13: Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
He accuses me of being self centered because I believe God ordains my steps, shutting doors and opening others:
1Cor:16:9: For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
2Cor:2:12: Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
Col:4:3: Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Rv:3:8: I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
He says my faith is "experiential only" yet I have learned many of my teachings from others. I did not create my teachings. You can see many of these teachings by:
Watchman Nee (go to the bottom of that link to read more about Nee)
... and so on. There are others not so famous who preach many similar teachings. No, my teaching is not based upon experience only. My webpages are full of scripture and I have examples of others teaching nearly identical doctrines.
I had another man create a blog to try and counter my blog entries concerning Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall and make me look bad, I would share it here, but the blog address uses my full name, which I would rather not publish, but upon request I will gladly share it privately.
On June 25, 2013, I discovered a new website of someone defending Randy Shankle and attacking my work and ministry on the subject of Randy and the Church in Marshall. I decided to blog about this website here:
Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall, also have publicly discussed me. Some of which I suppose can be heard and found in their library. And which I have record of here (however, at this time all audio clips are NOT working):
Q. So who is Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall? And what are they to you?
A. Randy Shankle was a semi prominent Minister in the late 80's and early 90's and even was featured on TBN many times and he even had his own show on there. He also wrote the book "The Merismos", which helped bring about his popularity. He has since published other books, mostly through the Church in Marshall.
I went to the Church in Marshall for 4 years, and the first 2 years was in their Bible school. I discuss how I got there in my Testimony:
And of coarse I have lots of information about Randy and the Church in Marshall on my blog:
I also go into more detail about Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall on this page here:
Q. What happened to your original site: www.kingdom-gospel.com?
A. In the fall or winter of 2011, I accidentally left my wallet at a friend's cabin. I then cancelled my Debit Card to get a new one, not knowing how long it would take to get my wallet. And then I forgot to change my website payment to my new card. By the time I found out, I contacted DotEasy (my website host) it was too late. They told me they had to put in a new order to the Domain Register to get the address back. And since I placed the order rather quickly, they said there was a good chance I could get it back. However, they were wrong. GoDaddy swooped in and bought the domain address. I have a history of disliking GoDaddy which you can read about here:
At that time, GoDaddy was reselling the address, and I think they wanted $200. I was slightly tempted, but only for like 1/10th of a second. I hated them and I wasn't gonna shell out money for some address that wasn't so important, especially since I found that gospel-kingdom.com was available! Then lo and behold Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall bought it!
I actually had to laugh, and it kind of made sense. In the past they had spent money in advertising with Google, buying other web addresses, making blogs, all to beef up their internet profile and point to their website because my blog and website had HIGH search engine placement and theirs did not; that is over the search of "Randy Shankle". My blog, websites, and such, usually were in the top 10 results and often in the top 2. And I never paid a cent to get there, while they paid 100's of dollars if not a thousand or more.
So of coarse, if they could pay $200 to get a top placement in search engines, as well as erase my pages I wrote uncovering their sins, it would be a "wise" investment. And while there may be some advantage for them, it doesn't pan out as they would want. Because I have a new site, and my blog is still up, and it gets high search engine results, but more importantly the damage is done. People already know the truth about Randy Shankle and the Church in Marshall. Which is why the Lord finally told me to stop blogging on them as I had. What needed to be said and uncovered has been accomplished. So that's the story of what happened to my website.
Q. Is there any other ministries or men of God behind this website/ministry?
A. No. Just myself, although I do at times refer to others on this website, they do not share in this website and ministry, except perhaps as brothers in Christ, if they are doing the will of the Father. Some of these persons have done great works in my life and have inspired me. I discuss this more indepth here:
About the webmaster and this website
Q. Who are you? How do I contact you?
A. For the purposes of protection of me and my family, I do not name myself on the internet. I am a white married male born in the late 60's, and live in Wisconsin. I have been to 2 years of Bible school. I was raised Lutheran, became Catholic, and am confirmed in both denominations. I also was a charter member of an Assemblies of God church. I have served in 2 branches of the military. I pursued becoming a monk in the Catholic church and met God at a monastery on a mountain which changed my life. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at a Catholic Charismatic Conference. You can read much about my life and testimony at the page on the following link:
Click here to read my testimony
You can contact me by using the link at the bottom of the page. I am available to answer other questions, and would consider ministering at certain events or services. Please feel free to ask me any question, and I will try to help you as best I can.
Q. Are you ordained?
A. Yes, by man and God. I am NOT an elder or bishop, but I am a doma (click on "doma" to find out what a doma is). Here is the text of my certificate:
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS - - that Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries accepts (my name), having demonstrated by actions and by statement of faith a love for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, into the world-wide ministry of Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries.
I, Rev. Dr. David M. Ford, on behalf of this ministry and all its members, do hereby select, appoint, and anoint you, (my name), a legally ordained independent minister of Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries, and authorize you to perform all standard Christian religious services including the rites of marriage and baptism, on this day, November 24, 2004.
Rev. Dr. David M. Ford
Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries
Q. What kind of minister are you?
A. I do not like to label myself. It can be prideful and turn away people if one runs around labeling oneself. You can know a tree by its fruit.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits...
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Math 12:33 ...for the tree is known by his fruit.
What are the contents of my site filled with? Evangelism, teaching, prophecy, church order, or milk for lambs? You read it and decide for yourself. One's website will reflect one's person, whatever is most prevalent will reflect one's gift or gifts.