April 2013 Questions / Answers

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The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them.  Names and contact information has been removed.  The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through.  You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.

 

1. “What does it mean that Jesus was the propitiation for our sins?”

Š     That English word appears three times in the KJV (Romans 3:25 [Strong’s #2435], I John 2:2 [Strong’s #2434], and I John 4:10 [Strong’s #2434]).

Š     The word means “Atonement” according to Strong’s dictionary.  Thayer says, “the means of appeasing”.

Š     Hebrews 9:5 translates the Greek word used in Romans 3:25 as “mercyseat”.

Š     Atonement means “restoration”.  That is what Christ came to do (Luke 19:10).

Š     Biblical commentary: Romans 5:6-11 and II Corinthians 5:18-19.

  

2. “I consider myself spiritual,  I do believe in a bigger power.  I also believe that my God would be all accepting of everyone elses gods.  I understand the importance of Faith.  Then why is this man i love so sure that if I do not believe in his Faith we are doomed?”

Š     What you consider yourself is not the standard by which you should measure yourself (Proverbs 21:2, Luke 18:10-14, II Corinthians 10:12, and II Corinthians 10:18).

Š     Being “spiritual” is about not being carnally minded (Romans 8:4-8).  This comes through the word of God (John 6:63) and changing your mindset to be godly (Romans 12:1-3).

Š     Belief in a “bigger power” is not the same thing as belief in the only and only true and living God of Heaven and earth (Acts 17:16-31 and I Corinthians 8:4-6).

Š     The true and only God (Isaiah 43:10 and Isaiah 46:9) is not accepting of everyone’s gods (Exodus 20:3-5, Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 32:16, and Matthew 4:10).

Š     Faith is more than important; it is necessary (Hebrews 3:12-19 and Hebrews 11:6).

Š     I cannot speak as to your relationship and the differences in what you believe from what your man believes.  What I can say is, unity in THE ONE FAITH is the only true unity (Ephesians 4:1-6).

Š     Division is not conducive of a good working relationship in any way (Mark 3:24).

 

3. “Does God feel things like sadness and joy and anger?”

Š     Yes, (Genesis 6:6, II Samuel 6:6-7, Isaiah 9:17, Ezekiel 18:31-32, Micah 7:18, Zephaniah 3:17, Luke 15:7, and Colossians 3:6).

 

4. “Is it scriptural for a church that is considering hiring a preacher to: 1- Require that he not receive outside support even when they are unable to provide him with enough  support so that he can provide for his family adequately?  2- Require that his wife not work outside the home?  3- Interview not only him, but his wife and his children?”

Š     Churches should be concerned with finding a man to come and work with them, not for them.  Preachers cannot be hog tied to a local church and do effective work for the Lord.  When Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus (I Timothy 1:3-7), there was no hiring process.  When Titus was to set things in order he went to places that were lacking elderships to do so (Titus 1:5-9).  There was no “hiring process”.  That being said, churches certainly have to test and be sure men are sound in the faith (I John 4:1), but that is it.

Š     The first question – NO!  A preacher is worthy of adequate support (I Corinthians 9:1-14), which he has authority from God to obtain from other congregations (II Corinthians 11:8 and Philippians 4:14-18).  There is no Scriptural authority for a congregation to make these decisions for a preacher.

Š     The second question – NO!  Where in the Bible does God speak about a preacher’s wife?  A preacher is no more or less qualified to preach than any Christian is qualified to be a Christian based upon his wife.  If any woman may work so may the wife of a preacher.  That is no business of a congregation.   If the preacher’s wife is a Christian, she should only be examined as far as any other Christian woman is (i.e. Titus 2:3-5). 

Š     The third question – NO!  What is the Scriptural pattern for “interviewing” a preacher?  NONE!  Enough said there!  All that should be looked at in regard to the family of a preacher is the same as any other Christian.  Elders and deacons have qualifications for their families (I Timothy 3:1-14), but that’s it.  Paul wasn’t even married (I Corinthians 7:8).  What do you know about Timothy’s wife, Titus’ wife, Silvanus’ wife, Barnabas’ wife, John’s wife, etc.? 

Š     Congregations that start these human policies of “hiring” (Mark 7:1-9) need to be reminded of the consequences of adding to God’s word (Proverbs 30:5-6 and Revelation 22:18-19).

Š     The main requirement of a preacher is that he is faithful (I Corinthians 4:1-2) and that he does/will do the work God wants him to do (II Timothy 4:1-5).  *More on this in the next question.

 

5. “should a preacher be exposed if he is not living the things he is preaching?”

Š     For one, whether a preacher or not, you cannot teach others if you are not living aright (Matthew 7:1-5 and Romans 2:1-29).

Š     One must practice what he preaches (I Corinthians 9:27, I Timothy 4:15-16, and Titus 2:7-8).

Š     Therefore, yes he should be rebuked and if he does not repent he should be exposed (Luke 17:3-4, Romans 16:17-18, and II Thessalonians 3:6).

 

6. “Hebrews 10:25.  The last part of that verse says, 'so much the more as you see the day approaching.’   Is that 'day' referring to the judgement day? Appreciate your answer. Thanks.”

Š     Throughout the times leading to AD 70 (wherein Jerusalem was attacked, the temple destroyed as Jesus promised a punishment, persecution hit a high, etc. - Matthew 24:1-34 [note verse 21 especially]), the Scriptures warn about a day coming (Romans 13:11-12, James 5:8, Hebrews 10:25, and I Peter 4:7).  The book of Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians who were looking for what Jesus promised.  Thus, it was significant that they assembled together to be spiritually strong and even so much more as they saw the signs of the attack coming. 

Š     In regard to language such as, “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”.  Remember, any time that the Lord brought A judgment day upon a nation or city, such language has been used (Isaiah 13:1-9, Isaiah 36:6-8, Ezekiel 30:1-6, and Zephaniah 1:1-8).

Š     You know it was not THE Judgment Day as no one can see that day coming (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10). 

 

7. “Does speaking the truth in love in Eph. 4:15 mean we should never offend anyone when teaching?”

Š     There are many ways in which this question could be answered.  Let me take two different approaches. 

Š     First, our example in Christ, which we are to follow (Ephesians 5:1-2 and I Peter 2:21-22) and then the examples of other inspired men we are to follow (I Corinthians 11:1).

o  Jesus was/is loving (Ephesians 5:25 and II Thessalonians 2:16).

o  He spoke in ways many would consider offensive both to His disciples (Matthew 16:1-12, Matthew 16:21-23, Mark 7:14-23, Mark 9:14-19, Mark 16:14, and Luke 24:25-26) and those who needed converted (Matthew 12:38-42, Matthew 15:1-14, Matthew 22:15-33, Matthew 23:13-33, and John 6:22-36).

o  To say that speaking in an offensive way is wrong is to make Jesus a sinner.  We know that is not the case (Hebrews 4:14-16 and I John 3:5).

Š     Consider these other examples too (Isaiah 56:10-12, Jeremiah 2:23-24, Ezekiel 16:28, Acts 3:17-19, Acts 8:20-24, Galatians 3:1, James 4:4, I John 3:8, and Jude 4).

Š     Having said those things, there are those people who enjoy being offensive and use these Scriptural truths we’ve discussed as a license to speak offensively.  One has to balance being bold (Ephesians 6:19-20) with being kind (Colossians 3:12).

Š     Having to rebuke someone means that person is lost (Revelation 3:19).  There should be no pleasure in such an action if you understand why it had to be done in the first place.

 

8. “Since I was a young person I struggle with fears of abandonment.  Sometimes I feel abandoned, even by God.  I am a Christian.  I know I should not feel this way.  What should I do to rid my mind and heart of this feeling?”

Š     I will approach this question as though you are a Christian.  Though, I should be clear, there are many who think they are Christians wherein they are not and never were (Matthew 7:21-23).  If you have not truly obeyed the Gospel of Christ, you were never a Christian.  Consider the following Scriptures as PART of what you would have had to follow to become a Christian (Romans 10:17, Matthew 13:19, Luke 14:25-33, John 8:23-24, John 8:31-32, Acts 3:19, Acts 26:20, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 2:37-41, Acts 8:12, Acts 18:8, Acts 2:47, Colossians 1:23, etc.).

Š     If you are a faithful Christian, you simply have to realize that you would/will never be forsaken by God (Psalms 37:25, Romans 8:35-39, II Timothy 4:14-17, and Hebrews 13:5-6).

Š     Also know that, while it may not seem so, there will always be faithful brethren (Romans 11:1-5).

Š     When there is a breach in relationship between God and man it is due to mans choice to sin, not God’s choice (Isaiah 59:1-3).

 

 

 

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