April 2015 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. Please be mindful that there are often circumstances and details to every question that could potentially change the answer. Rightly divide the truth (II Timothy 2:15).
Š The church of Christ here in El Paso is not my church (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 5:23, and Colossians 1:18).
Š I do not make the rules for who can and cannot be members in the body of Christ. The Lord does that (Acts 2:47).
Š The part members of the church have is to be sure that we are in fellowship with those who are faithfully in Christ (I John 1:3-7; cf. Ephesians 5:6-11).
Š A person engaging in fornication [a term that means unlawful sexual intercourse; including homosexuality (Jude 1:7)] is not a “moral” person. The Scriptures identify such a one as a lost sinner (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
o The only sexual relationship authorized in the Scriptures is that between an eligible male and female (Genesis 2:20-25, I Corinthians 7:1-5, and Hebrews 13:4).
o That is enough to show homosexuality as wrong because any other relationship is unauthorized (Matthew 28:20 and Colossians 3:17).
o In addition to that, though we do not need to even go this far, homosexuality is explicitly shown to be sinful (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, and Romans 1:18-28; cf. Genesis 18:16-19:26).
Š To be clear, this view is equal for homosexuals and all other sinners (James 2:10-12).
Š Faithful Christians equally feel the same way about all sinners (Psalms 119:104, Psalms 119:128, Psalms 119:163, Psalms 139:21-22, Amos 5:15, Romans 12:9, I Peter 3:10-11, and Revelation 2:6).
2. “I am writing to ask for an understanding of 1 Cor. 11 concerning the head covering. I really want to know the truth on this matter. Is the woman's hair her covering? Must a woman have long hair? These scriptures are very confusing to me.”
Š There is nothing clearer to be said that what the text itself says: A man must be uncovered and a woman covered upon her head (I Corinthians 11:4-5). The covering is then defined very clearly: “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” (I Corinthians 11:14-15).
Š More can be found here: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wordsoftruthbull07_10_2005.html and here: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/1corinthians11verses1_16answers.htm
3. “okay. so you said that there is no authority for a second lord’s supper on sunday. using your study method you would have to take it only at night. do you only take it at night? the times of worship at the church in el paso is not night. where do you get authority for morning lord’s supper. and since you say you have to prove things with verses you do it just like that too.”
Š The Lord’s Supper (a.k.a. breaking bread; I Corinthians 10:16) must be observed upon the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
Š The pattern of authority, from the Lord [NOT ME], shows the WHEN on the first day of the week to be WHEN the disciples can come together to do so and involves waiting for a time wherein ALL can be assembled (I Corinthians 11:23-33). *Note verse 33 as that is my direct answer to your question! The time of day is, from that inference, upon the spiritually minded saints to decide.
4. “So, I am learning a lot of things where I worship are wrong. Where do I start with them? The preacher and elders are set in their ways. They give me a tract or the brush off when I ask for authority. What do I do?”
Š If anyone, leaders included or excluded, are “set in their ways”; there is nothing you can do with those people other than withdraw from them (I Timothy 6:3-5).
Š Real Christians never have their own ways (Proverbs 14:12, Isaiah 55:7-9, and Colossians 2:20-23).
Š Those who have their own ways will not be reasonable (Proverbs 21:2 and Matthew 15:1-14). That is why you get brushed off or are given materials written by men instead of Scriptures because they are protecting their own interests rather than seeking only the truth (Titus 1:10-14).
Š As for trying to reach any whom may be faithful among the members, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know the people where you are. There are many things to consider when looking to help a person or group of people out of error. Many more than I will even list below, but just to show how much you should consider here are a few OF MANY things to consider:
o Are they spiritually or carnally minded (I Corinthians 2:14-3:3)?
o Will they follow the preacher and elders or the truth (Galatians 1:6-10 and Colossians 2:4-8)?
o What does their fruit tell you (Matthew 7:15-20)? I.E. are you the only one asking questions (I John 4:1)?
o How much knowledge base is among the members (Hosea 4:1-6 and Romans 10:1-3)?
o Do those members highly esteem the men teaching or leading to the point of trusting them over the truth (II Corinthians 11:3-4)?
o Are the members guilty of complacency (Revelation 2:14-16)?
o Based upon your spiritual examination of these people (John 7:24), would you err in trying to help them based upon these truths: Proverbs 9:7-8, Proverbs 23:9, Matthew 7:6, Matthew 10:14, and Acts 13:44-51?
Š I wish I had more I could say. Scripturally speaking, without knowing the people involved (Proverbs 18:13), I really cannot do more than give you some of the things above to consider yourself.
5. “Fellow Sir, if you take the words written by Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John you have the gospel. That is all that Jesus requires of humankindness. How can you justify use of letters written to other people than yourself as something Jesus wants you to use as church procedure?”
Š Jesus did not write Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They were written after His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into Heaven. Consider John’s words: “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:24-25).
Š Furthermore, your acceptance of the book of Luke would also mean you have to accept the book of Acts (Luke 1:1-3 and Acts 1:1).
Š Since that is the case, you’d also have to conclude all the Apostle’s teach is in as acceptable doctrine too (Acts 2:42).
Š Okay, so I will stop with the argument building. I just did so to show your conclusion is ridiculous. The fact is, Jesus taught that His disciples would go on after Him to teach all things He taught them with the help of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:20, John 14:26, and John 16:13).
Š The whole New Testament is the word of Christ (Hebrews 9:14-17).
Š Jesus sent the Spirit to have the Apostles teach His word (John 14:26).
Š Consider the following as continued study material for yourself: Romans 15:18, I Corinthians 2:1-13, I Corinthians 11:1, Colossians 3:16, II Timothy 3:15-17, and Revelation 1:1-3.
6. “I HAVE NO CHURCH IN MY AREA THAT IS TRUE. CAN I WORSHIP ON THE SKYPE WITH THE CHURCH? WOULD THAT BE RIGHT?”
Š Let me start answering your question with the fact that it is sinful for non-preaching saints to assemble and worship with unfaithful Christians (Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 119:115, Proverbs 13:20, Jeremiah 15:16-17, John 2:13-17, Romans 16:17-18, Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:22, I Timothy 6:3-5, II John 1:9-11, and Revelation 2:14-16).
Š One cannot argue they are worshipping with a group of sinners under the argument that they are there to teach when they are not teaching. I have a whole lesson on that: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/falseconclusionfromsynagogue2012byeager.htm
Š The local church is a body. The members come together to form that local body (Ephesians 4:16). Just as a physical body cannot exist in separated pieces, neither can the spiritual body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:14-27).
Š The problem with Skype or other forms of modern technology is that worshipping with Christians requires coming together (I Corinthians 11:18-33).
Š In fact, there are things that must be done together than cannot be done without a bodily presence (I Corinthians 10:16-17, I Corinthians 16:1-2, Ephesians 5:19, etc.).
Š It is actually sinful to forsake gathering with other Christians (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Š There is much in being a member of a congregation than just worship (i.e. I Thessalonians 5:11-14). You have to live among the saints, locally, to do those things. There is much more that could be said, but if the point hasn’t already been made I doubt it could be.
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager