August 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. “If Saint Joseph was Jesus's father, then who is Jehovah? How can I create a Life Journal? I see my church have a bible daily reading plan and was wondering if you can give me a few tips to create one.”
Š First, the word “saint” is often misused. The word “saint” is synonymous with the terms “disciple”, “Christian”, “member of the church”, etc.” that point to one who is following the will of the Lord. Such was used in both the Old and New Testaments (Psalms 97:10, Psalms 116:15, Psalms 149:1, I Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 2:19-21, Colossians 1:9-14, and Hebrews 6:10).
Š Jehovah is a name for God, the Almighty, the Most High (Exodus 6:3, Psalms 83:18, and Isaiah 12:2).
Š Jesus was not born because of Joseph. Read Matthew 1:18-25, John 3:18, and I John 4:9.
Š I have no idea what a “Life Journal” is. The Scriptures do not mention it, therefore it is not something that is a “good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Š No “church” should issue a daily reading plan. Reading through the Bible will profit you little. The word of God is to be studied (John 5:39, Acts 17:10-11, and II Timothy 2:14-18), meditated upon (Psalms 1:1-2, Psalms 119:97, and Colossians 3:16), and applied (James 1:21-25).
o People do not learn at the same rate, same, way, and don’t have the same abilities (Matthew 25:14-30, I Corinthians 12:14-27, and I Peter 4:11). Sometimes people aren’t ready to learn (Luke 24:25, and John 16:12).
o Even in teaching one has to understand that there are different learning capabilities and rates of understanding (Mark 4:33, I Corinthians 3:1-3, and Hebrew 5:8-6:3).
o Truth is, not all Scriptures are easy to understand and cannot just be easily read through (II Peter 3:15-18).
2. “There is a lady that is soon to die related to a member of the congregation I am a member with. The lady is not a Christian. The preacher here is comforting the family by saying that only God knows what is in her heart and he will judge her on that. How is that right?”
Š That statement is absolutely false as is the “preacher”. While God knows what is in the heart, actions are also judged (John 5:28-29, II Corinthians 5:10, and Galatians 6:7-8). False peace is wrong (Jeremiah 6:14).
Š Furthermore, to be saved one has to repent and be converted (Acts 3:19). Repentance includes bringing forth fruit worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8 and Acts 26:20).
Š Someone on their “deathbed” is not really capable of turning to God and doing anything. One has to not only hear, but be a doer of the word (Romans 2:13 and I John 2:3-6).
o I am NOT saying you have to have a long Christian life (Matthew 20:1-16).
Š If it were Scriptural to wait until the point of death and then just get wet to be saved; everyone would opt for that. However, a lifetime of rejecting the truth leaves one with damnation ahead of them (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Š There is a point of too late and too far (Romans 1:18-32) even when it comes to erring saints (Hebrews 10:26-31), though we must be cautious of drawing our own lines here.
3. “My wife and I are expecting our second child. We are studying about being parents. Can you give some bible points for us to consider for teaching our children to be spiritual focused?”
Š For one, there are many Scriptures to consider… Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 3:12, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-14, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 29:17, Ephesians 6:4, and Titus 2:4.
Š Being spiritually focused is the key here. First, they MUST see it in you (Matthew 5:14-16, I Timothy 4:12, and II Timothy 1:5).
o If your children see you are more focused on a career or material possessions (Luke 14:33 and I Timothy 6:6-10); they’ll not be spiritually focused (I John 2:15-17).
o If your children see hypocrisy, they’ll rightfully (III John 1:11) not heed to you (Matthew 7:1-5).
o Let your children see that your focus is on things above (Colossians 3:1-4).
Š Teach your children the Scriptures (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and II Timothy 3:15).
Š Teach them not to use worldly wisdom (I Corinthians 3:18-19), but spiritual wisdom (Proverbs 4:5-7 and Colossians 3:16).
Š Let your children, to a degree wherein they are capable of choices, have freewill as God has granted to all of humanity (Proverbs 1:29).
Š Let your child seek God as such must be their desire (I Chronicles 28:9).
Š At the same time, don’t let your children run free as did Eli (I Samuel 2:12-3:14).
Š Realize the DANGER of allowing your children to be influenced by the world (I Corinthians 15:33).
Š Don’t provoke your children to anger and force rebellion (Colossians 3:21).
Š Parent with UNITY (Mark 3:25).
Š Use God as an example in your decisions as a parent (Ephesians 5:1).
Š Don’t think that the list above is the “know-all” of parenting. There are just too many things to list. The above is the “hem of the garment”. Use the Scriptures as your standard and, as noted above, discard the wisdom of men.
4. “Does the church of Christ practice monitions?”
Š The dictionary says: “a warning of impending danger. a formal notice from a bishop or ecclesiastical court admonishing a person not to do something specified” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Š The word of God is the standard by which true churches of Christ are guided (Luke 4:4, John 6:63, II Timothy 3:16-17, and II Peter 1:3).
Š “Monitions” are not found in the Scriptures as a “formal practice” and thus are not followed or taught by Christians (Proverbs 30:5-6, I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-12, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š While that practice as specifically defined by men is not mentioned in the Scriptures, CHRISTIANS are commanded by God to admonish one another (Romans 15:14 and II Thessalonians 3:14-15). Thus, amongst churches of Christ you will find CHRISTIANS admonishing one another when such is necessary according to the Scriptures.
5. “I am a truck driver. I spend 42 weeks a year on the road. I have a hard time finding congregations that are sound. I have visited there once with youall. I have kept up with the website and learn a lot. Recently I have read some studies you have that cause me to doubt being on the road. I am a member of a congregation that I only am with 10-20 Sundays a year. My question is, can I really even be considered as a member of any congregation?”
Š No, you are not a member of that congregation (I Corinthians 12:14-27 and Ephesians 4:15-16).
Š As you have indicated, your career choice really has provided you with many dilemmas.
o It is very hard to find faithful Christians (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 22:14, and Revelation 2:1-3:22). More on this here: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/lookatmorethanworshipservice2014.html
o Being a husband [if such applies to you] cannot be done aright while being on the road 42 weeks if your mate is not with you (I Corinthians 7:1-5, Colossians 3:18-19, and I Peter 3:7).
o Being a parent [if such applies to you] cannot be done from the road (see all that Scriptural points of question 3).
Š The question is, now that you have doubts and the Scriptures above should not help you feel right, what will you do (Proverbs 28:13 and James 5:19-20)?
Š Furthermore, you should question why the congregation you are a member of [speaking loosely] has not brought these things to your attention. That alone makes them unfaithful to the truth (Acts 20:20 and Acts 20:26-27).
6. “WHAT ARE SOME VERSES THAT TELL CHRISTIANS TO EXAMINE OUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS?”
Š Psalms 119:59, Lamentations 3:40, Ezekiel 18:27-30, Haggai 1:5, Haggai 1:7, Luke 15:11-17, I Corinthians 11:23-32, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians 6:4-5, and I John 3:20-21.
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