Frequently Asked Questions
Is Fire & Grace Church a 501(c)(3)?
No, Fire & Grace Church is not a 501(c)(3) organization.
Churches are tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations without filing as a 501(c)(3).
However, we believe that registering as a 501(c)3 does not automatically make a church bad.
Can I lose my salvation once I am truly saved?
How does something become lukewarm? It first must have been hot. "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). How can someone be spit out if they are not at one point part of the body?
No Christians can 'earn' their salvation, that has been achieved solely through the death and ressurection of our Lord Jesus Christ. But a Christian may choose to walk away from their faith by choosing instead to live in a lifestyle of habitual sin and continutally quenching the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gives us a clear example in Matthew 25 with the parable of the talents. All three of the servants recognized thier master in the beginning of the parabable, but the servant who chose to bury his talent out of fear was cast into
outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Pastor Dean Odle explains this issue extensively in many sermons and in his book
Without Fruit, Twice Dead Believers
The Falling Away
Once Saved, Always Saved?
Why does Fire & Grace Church meet on Sunday?
Under the New Covenant, believers may gather on any day of the week. The first-century apostles did not keep to the tradional sabbath from the Old Covenant when they gathered and preached. "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them..." (Acts 20:7).
We are no longer under the constrictions of the law, but instead are blessed to have Jesus Christ as our true sabbath. Church gatherings should meet whichever day they are able or desire.
For more in-depth information on this topic, please watch Pastor Dean Odle's sermon:
The New Testament Church & the Sabbath Question.
Is it Biblical for women to be in ministry?
In Acts 2, Peter quotes the prophet Joel in saying, "...And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy... And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy..."
Throughout the book of Acts, women are mentioned by name (Priscialla, Junia, Phebe, etc) as prominent deacons, apostles, and leaders in the first-century churches.
The Greek word for 'women' (gynē) is the same word used for 'wife.' In 1 Corinthians 14:34, Paul is specifically addressing women who have husbands, so clearly 'women' in this passage was meant to translate as 'wife.'
Pastor Dean addresses this issue extensively in a class from his school, Fire & Grace School of Ministry, which he made publically available.
Pastor Dean Odle's teaching:
Women in Ministry?
Are the gifts of the Holy Spirit for Christians today?
Yes, 1 Corinthians 12 applies to all Christians and extends to us today. No where in scripture does it state that the gifts would cease with the first-century apostles. 1 Corinthians 14:1 tells us to desire spiritual gifts, and we believe it is important to continually ask for and chase after these gifts to continually have more of the Holy Spirit's power operating in our lives.
not depdendent or sealed by the gift of tongues; however, the gift of tongues is incredibly important as it gives us refreshing in our spirits (Isaiah 28:11-12) and allows the Holy Spirit to intercede in prayer through us.
Pastor Dean's sermon on the
Gift of Tonuges
Prophecy Quake episode on the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Which version of the Bible does Pastor Dean recommend?
Pastor Dean recommends a Bible from the Textus Receptus translation because those manuscripts were not corrupted or altered as the Alexandrian manuscripts were. The King James Version of the Bible is what he uses to study, teach, and preach. You can find the exact Bible he uses here, but keep in mind that you'll need to ignore the commentary.
Since the KJV is an English translation of the Bible, it is still important to go back and look at the original Hebrew and Greek words used in the original manuscripts. We recommend using a Strong's concordance or the Blue Letter Bible app.