If you search on the net for Bible related questions you will surely find Michael Houdmann’s Got Questions.org website. The website is apparently his full time job that he started after Bible school. He writes weekly articles from his home in Colorado and solicits giving from people on their mailing list. Houdmann does a good job answering a lot of questions about life with Bible verses that he quotes. Overall he’s doing a good job of getting lots of content on the net and answering some basic questions. However, we have received a lot of questions about the answers there. We will answer your questions about how reliable and true to the Word of God his site is from a Spirit-filled believer’s perspective.
Generally, it is interesting and can be used as somewhat informational but you can’t trust GotQuestions.org essays all too much. From our research, it is written by people coming from a very conservative, evangelical religious perspective. Apparently the ‘whatever happens to you is God’s will’ group (we call it Dark Ages Mentality or DAM). For example, anything about the Holy Spirit is usually not in line with Spirit-filled believers or people accustomed to the Biblical beliefs such as what the mainline Assemblies of God, or the Foursquare Christian groups know or expect.
Recently, Mr. Houdmann’s was labeled as a false teacher by several other Christian ministries. Why is this? It is likely the result of “what comes around goes around”, or just plain old ‘sowing and reaping’. He answers the typical questions about Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses with the usual cult responses, but he doesn’t stop there. He also labels other Christian ministries as cults or ‘scripturally off’ who are not cults but just different from his background. That is really saddening to see a Christian attacking fellow brothers and sisters in the Kingdom.
Ministries that we see leading people to Jesus and helping people to walk in His ways are labeled cults and should not be. We don’t see him as a false teacher but from the site answers, just more as an over-zealous traditional religious person.
Generally, Mr. Houdmann seems to be working hard on his website Got Questions.org, raising funds, and trying to develop new sites. But like any information on the net, there’s good but unfortunately, there’s a bit of error as well. Error comes when people write about what they do not understand or have not experienced. It completely missed the boat on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit calling the Baptism “tongues” and saying that this ended with the destruction of the temple in 70AD. You wonder, “What Bible did that come from”, if you are already baptized in the Spirit and seeing miracles working in your life. After all, Jesus said we would do greater works than He, because He was going to the Father in John 14:12.
Although, generally interesting reading, the website can sometimes be a distraction, misleading, and divisive among the church. From a Bible-believing Christians’ perspective, it’s better to see his essay’s as needing to be examined according to the Word of God.. Would love to see him and his website helpers baptized in the Holy Spirit and promoting unity among the body of Christ that would surely bring more people into the Kingdom. I hope that answers your question. 😉
UPDATE 28 April 2016- FaithPro.org BETA
There is so much misinformation and religious teaching out there that distracts us from our relationship with God, we have decided to do something about it. We want Jesus, not religion. The Spirit is our teacher according to John 14:26. It’s time to get inspired answers to life’s questions directly from the Holy Spirit who inspired the men and women who wrote the Bible.
We are creating a new site is called FaithPro.org. We all need inspiration. If you read and study the Word for yourself, the Holy Spirit will inspire and teach you. You will learn from believers who are filled, inspired and led by God’s Spirit. You will learn to walk by faith like a PRO! After all, it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
Check out the new Faithpro.org site here. It’s still in BETA so please let us know how to make it better. Be a part of the inspiration. Some good is going to happen to you, BECAUSE you believe!