August 2013 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 once believed that a Christian had to do everything right to be saved. I was always worried about this. Then I found the Scripture that says Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. That is in Psalms 37:24. Nothing else matters. Share this with your church instead of telling them to do this that this that and not this not that. Will you share?”
Š Seriously… Did you even consider what the context says? Look at it: “(22) For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. (23) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. (24) Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. (25) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:22-25).
Š The “he” in verse 24 is the “good man” (cf. Matthew 12:35) of the previous verse. You cannot confidently say the fall was a spiritual one (cf. Psalms 34:19). Even if such were the case, when one falls, God wants that GOOD MAN to make it right (II Peter 3:9; cf. Proverbs 24:16).
Š Under the Law of Christ (cf. Galatians 6:2), in which all are held accountable today (John 12:48 and James 2:10-12), we have to do everything right (Matthew 7:21-27, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 11:28, II Corinthians 7:1, Colossians 3:17,I John 2:3-6, I John 5:2-3, and Revelation 22:14).
Š Under the Law of Christ, if one sins, he or she must make it right to be saved (Acts 8:12-24, Acts 26:20, Romans 2:4, II Corinthians 7:9-10, James 5:19-20, and I John 1:9).
Š Thanks be to God that we can repent, because of Jesus (I John 1:7 and I John 2:1).
Š Don’t think for a moment though that God’s grace is a license for sin (Romans 6:1-2).
2. “Should Christians spend time together outside of the worship services and bible studies the church has together?”
Š YES, (Mark 2:13-15, John 12:1-4, Acts 2:41-46, Acts 16:34, Acts 16:39-40, Acts 21:8, Romans 12:13, and I Peter 4:9).
Š Remember, Christians are a family (Ephesians 3:15) and should act as such (I Peter 3:8).
o We call ourselves brethren (Romans 16:14, I Thessalonians 1:4, and I Peter 1:22).
o We have “fathers” and “mothers” amongst us (I Timothy 5:1-2).
o We have “brothers” (I Thessalonians 3:2 and Revelation 1:9; cf. Matthew 12:46-50).
o We have “sisters” (Romans 16:1 and II John 13).
3. “can a person be forgiven of committing suicide?”
Š A suicide is self-murder. Murders are going to Hell (Galatians 5:19-21, I John 3:15, and Revelation 21:8).
Š If you kill yourself, you have no chance of repentance. Repentance of sin, which requires more than just words, is required to be saved (Proverbs 28:13, Matthew 3:8, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 3:19, and Acts 26:20).
4. “How often do Christians at your church make it to the mourner’s bench?”
Š For one, I do not have a church. The church of which I am a member and worker of the Gospel belongs to Christ (Matthew 16:18, Romans 16:16, Ephesians 5:23-25, and Colossians 1:24).
Š Secondly, I have no idea what you mean by a “mourner’s bench”. There is no such thing in the Scriptures. When I entered the “mourner’s bench” on the Internet to see what you meant, here is what I found: “A bench, seat, rail, pew, etc. set aside for mourners and repentant sinners that is usually found at the front of a revival meeting or southern evangelical church” (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mourners'_bench).
Š We do not have a seat set aside for people to mourn, etc. That is a tradition of men and such things are not pleasing to God (Mark 7:1-9, Colossians 2:8, and Colossians 2:19-23).
Š When brethren here need the help of one another to overcome a sin in their lives (Galatians 6:1-2, James 5:16, and James 5:19-20), we do not have one single way for that to be made known. Nor do we keep track of when such notifications are made for me to answer that.
Š As was discussed in question # 1, we do not have a continual sinning going on amongst the saints here (Matthew 5:48 and II Timothy 2:19).
5. “You say that abortion is wrong. Yet, one of the very verses that you people use shows that some infants should not be allowed to be born. Job, a perfect man, said this himself in Job 3:1-3.”
Š First, you are IGNORANT concerning Job. While he was a perfect man at one point (Job 1:1), he did err (Job 34:35-37) and had to make that right through repentance (Job 42:1-6).
Š In that you have erred concerning your conclusion about Job, you have built an argument on a false premise. Job cursed the night in which he was conceived because he was speaking foolishly (Job 35:16 and Job 38:1-2).
Š God’s law has consistently stated that human life begins in the womb (Genesis 25:21-22, Exodus 21:22, II Samuel 11:5, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 24:19, and Luke 1:41).
Š You cannot escape the FACT that God will not excuse the taking of innocent life (Proverbs 6:16-17). *In question 3, we’ve noted already that murder, IF NOT REPENTED OF, results in Hell.
Š We are blessed to have a God that wants no one to perish (Ezekiel 18:31-32, I Timothy 2:5, and II Peter 3:9). That includes murderers of the innocent who, like the Apostle Paul, can be forgiven of murder (Acts 9:1 and I Timothy 1:12-15).
6. “Did the apostles Paul and Peter died a natural death? A man in the class said that his "pastor" told him that Paul was beheaded.”
Š The Scriptures do not plainly say. The most we know about Peter is from John 21:18-19 and II Peter 1:11-14.
Š We know when Paul was near to death (II Timothy 4:6-8), but the details are not provided by God, thus we know it doesn’t matter to us (II Timothy 3:15-17 and II Peter 1:3-4).
7. “Did Jesus put a demon into a pig at some point in the Bible?”
Š Yes, (Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, and Luke 8:26-39).
© 2013 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