April 2014 Questions / Answers
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. “I feel silly asking this question. I wish to remain anonymous so I have not given my email address. I have been a Christian for long enough that I should know the answer. I will just check your wordsoftruth.net for the answer. My question \ when Jesus returns what will happen to christians who be already dead and in Heaven?”
Sometimes, we should be ashamed if we don’t know the things we should know at a certain stage of our faith (ICorinthians 15:34). Having said that…
…However, there are times wherein we may need reminded of things (IIPeter 1:12-13 and IIPeter 3:1-2). I am hoping that, if you’ve been a Christian for some time as you’ve stated, that you already know this answer and just need reminded (Hebrews 5:12-6:2).
All who are dead as of right now are either in torment or paradise (Luke 16:19-31 and Luke 23:39-43), not Heaven or Hell.
The eternal reward or punishment will not begin until Christ does return (Matthew 16:27 and Matthew 25:31-46).
When Christ returns, those Christians who are already dead will rise first, and those alive will follow (IThessalonians 4:13-18).
2. “I can not like worship with the Church. I want to serve our Lord but I can not sit in the Church and be comfortable around all the people there. Is it ok for me to just serve our Lord in my house instead of going to the Church?”
Correctly worshipping God includes assembling together with the local congregation (Acts 2:42-44, Acts 20:7, ICorinthians 11:17-33, and Hebrews 10:25) of faithful Christians (Ephesians 5:11 and IIJohn 1:9-11).
I am not sure what you mean by saying “sit in the Church”. The church/body of Christ is the people of God (ICorinthians 12:27), not a facility.
If you would be so kind as to write me again and let me know what makes you uncomfortable and what area of the world you live in, maybe I can help you find a faithful congregation. That faithful congregation will work with you, as long as it does not mean compromising the truth (Proverbs 23:23 and I Timothy 1:3-7), to make you feel physically comfortable (Galatians 6:2).
3. “Brian, would you recommend the Message Version?”
I have not researched every “version” of God’s word. From what I have researched, I have seen repeatedly that the King James Version is superior to others in that there are no damnable errors contained therein. I have taught a lesson on why I use the KJV. The link: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/WhytheKJVOvertheNIVNASBorESV_handout.pdf
In a very brief search of “The Message” online, I found this as a quote [massive perversion] of Romans 10:8-13: “So what exactly was Moses saying? The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. 9 Say the welcoming word to God - "Jesus is my Master" - embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. 10 With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!" 11 Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this - heart and soul - will ever regret it." 12 It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. 13 "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help” (http://www.biblestudytools.com/msg/romans/10.html).
You do not need to know Greek to know that saying Jesus your Master, as a lone action, will not save you (Matthew 22:15-18, Matthew 26:24-25; 27:3-5, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 7:36-50, and Luke 11:45-54).
You do not need to know Greek to know that saying, “God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not ‘doing' anything”, is false (Proverbs 9:6, John 8:31, Acts 3:19, Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 3:14, James 2:14-26, James 4:6-10, etc.). In fact, any command (Luke 6:46) or approved example (ICorinthians 11:1), is evidence that “you don’t have to do anything” is false doctrine.
You do not need to know Greek to know that you will not be saved, “simply by calling out to God” with trust (Matthew 8:28-34 and Acts 22:16; cf. Mark 16:15-16, John 8:31-32, Acts 8:25-39, Acts 26:18-20, Colossians 1:23, etc.).
You do not need to know Greek to know that God will not set things right between He and you, that’s your part (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:40, ITimothy 4:16, Hebrews 3:13, and James 4:6-10).
You do not need to know Greek to know that every religious background is not okay (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, ICorinthians 1:10-13, Ephesians 4:4, Ephesians 5:23, etc.).
You do not need to know Greek to know that you cannot think that everyone who calls “help God” gets help (Proverbs 1:24-33, Isaiah 59:1-3, Ezekiel 8:17-18, Matthew 7:21-23, John 9:31, and James 4:3).
Those who “translated” God’s word to the “Message Version” did not even attempt to do a word for word translation. Notice what the goal was: “His primary goal was to capture the tone of the text and the original conversational feel of the Greek, in contemporary English” (http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Message-MSG-Bible/). Clearly, this makes this perversion exactly that - a perversion (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:5-6, Galatians 1:6-12, and Revelation 22:18-19).
I am SURE that we could find thousands of other things to show as erring, but such effort would be as useless as this perversion itself.
4. “Would it be wrong to pray to angels?”
Yes, as we are only permitted to pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son (Matthew 6:6, Matthew 6:9, Acts 8:22, Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17, and ITimothy 2:5). Anything else is going beyond what is right - thus sin (IJohn 3:4).
5. “Does a Christian woman have to be submissive to her husband if he is not a Christian?”
Yes, (IPeter 3:1-7). Thus, you single ladies better beware! If you choose a heathen husband, you’ll have to be in subjection.
6. “What percent of the Church have to agree to something in a congregational vote for it to be the right decision?”
The word of God is what is right (Psalms 33:4, Psalms 119:75, and Psalms 119:128).
The Lord’s way is the only way (John 14:6).
Jesus is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23 and Colossians 1:18).
Congregational votes are not Scriptural. The standard is the word of God (Ephesians 4:15, IITimothy 1:13, IITimothy 3:16-17, and II Peter 1:3-4).
The right decision is always to do what is right in the sight of God (Jeremiah 7:30-31, Luke 4:4, Luke 6:46, ICorinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:10, and Colossians 3:17).
In line with the Scriptures, we must all be in agreement with the truth to be right in the sight of God (ICorinthians 1:10, Philippians 2:2, and Philippians 3:16).
Any time that man departs from the standard [the word of God] and makes decisions, things are going to go way WRONG (Leviticus 10:1-2, Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 30:12, ICorinthians 5:1-13, ICorinthians 11:17-34, Galatians 5:1-9, and ITimothy 1:19-20).
7. “How many times do I need to ask God for forgiveness of my sin before he forgives?”
First, you must understand that there is more to getting God’s forgiveness that just asking for it. You have to confess the sin (Proverbs 28:13 and IJohn 1:9) and repent of it as well (Luke 13:3).
Repentance includes bringing forth fruit meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8 and Acts 26:20).
Once you have done those things, you are then forgiven (Ezekiel 18:21 and Acts 3:19; cf. IICorinthians 5:17).
8. “The scripture says that we are all born sinners. Jesus was born of a woman. How was Jesus considered sinless?”
Your premise is wrong. No one is born a sinner (Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Ezekiel 28:15, and Matthew 18:1-4).
Sin requires the ability to know right from wrong (James 4:17) and the choice to do wrong (Ecclesiastes 7:29, Romans 14:23, and IJohn 3:4).
Jesus was considered sinless because He never chose to do something against the will of His Father (Hebrews 4:14-16 and Hebrews 7:26).
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