December 2011 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. “What kind of information should be required to be on a preacher’s resume?”
Š What kind of information was on the resumes’ of John, Luke, Paul, Peter, Philip, Silas, Timothy, etc.? If you understand my question, you should understand that you have NO AUTHORITY from God to require anything of the sort (consider - Isaiah 8:20).
Š That being said, you are required to examine not only preachers, but all people who would seek to be in the fellowship of the local church (Matthew 7:15-20, Acts 20:28-31, II Peter 2:1-3, I John 4:1, and Revelation 2:2)!
Š Faithful men and women in the kingdom should be able to supply some references from other brethren they’ve labored with in the kingdom (Acts 9:26-27, Romans 16:1-2, Colossians 4:10, and Philemon 1:10-21).
Š Faithful brethren would also expect, preacher or not, that questions would be asked and answers expected (Colossians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:21, I Peter 3:15, and II John 9-11).
Š When it does come to preachers, it is not the most well liked (Acts 23:12 and Galatians 4:16) or most well spoken men (I Corinthians 2:1-5) that are the best of preachers. In fact, a faithful man of God may also be known as a “trouble maker” (I Kings 18:17 and Acts 17:2-6).
2. “Why did Paul carnally attack Elymas the sorcerer?”
Š Start by reading Acts 13:4-13.
Š Secondly, realize that the purpose of miracles was to provide evidence of the true work of God (Mark 16:15-20 and Hebrews 2:3-4). Acts 13:12 shows that this is what Paul accomplished by miraculously blinding Elymas.
Š Therefore, Paul did not retaliate in a vengeful manner. He used the opportunity to expose error. He knew that a carnal response is wrong (Romans 12:17-21). He himself taught against carnal attacks (II Corinthians 10:3-4).
Š Elymas did false works. Paul showed the power of God over the works of this disciple of Satan (I Kings 18:17-40; cf. Acts 26:18). Falsehood must be exposed (Romans 16:17-18).
3. “We have two elders who think that we can help any Christian out of the treasury. Every time some Christian needs money these elders are ready to write the check. What verses can I show them to help them see that we can’t write a check to every Christian who needs money for any reason?”
Š For one, there is a Scriptural precedent in place. That precedent is that the finances of an individual Christian, even in times of real need, is the first resource to be used for matters of “benevolence” (I Timothy 5:3-16). That same text shows that the church is to use the Lord’s money with caution.
Š Secondly, there are principles and questions that have to be examined. If the person is capable, is he or she working (II Thessalonians 3:10)? Is the financial matter really a NEED? Needs in the Scriptures were things like helping POOR SAINTS, etc. (Romans 15:25-27). This is not helping someone get Thanksgiving dinner, etc. (*Note: Sometimes, working saints are still needy saints. A job does not mean one is well off.)
Š Even with individual funds, true needs (like famine) are those things that are important (Acts 11:27-30).
Š Outside of truly needy saints; faithful elders (I Timothy 5:17-18) and preachers (I Corinthians 9:7-14, II Corinthians 11:8, and Philippians 4:14-17) are authorized to be supported with the Lord’s money. The church is not God’s form of social welfare, even for Christians.
4. “Where does the bible say that increases in technology is a sign that the end of the world is near?”
Š The Bible does NOT say that. There is NO sign of the coming of Christ and the end of the world (Matthew 24:35-36, Matthew 24:42, Matthew 24:44, Matthew 25:13, Mark 13:31-32, I Thessalonians 5:1-2, and II Peter 3:9-10).
5. “What is the most important book in your library that you use most often in your studies?”
Š This should not be a question!!!! The answer to this question is found in the most important book in my library (Psalms 119:97, Psalms 119:113, Matthew 4:4, John 5:39, John 6:63, John 14:23, Acts 17:10-11, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 2:14-18, II Timothy 3:15-17, Hebrews 4:12, and I Peter 1:23-25).
Š Let me add that, unlike most so-called “preachers”, I have a very limited “library”. Outside of my Bible, I mainly use a concordance and dictionary! If more “preachers” used less books with the ideas of men in them (I Corinthians 4:6); more sermons, articles, and classes would have Scriptures rather than junk (Psalms 119:43, Ecclesiastes 12:10, Acts 26:25, I Corinthians 2:9-13, and II Timothy 4:2)!!!!
6. “Will God forgive murder if someone truly changes and turns to God?”
Š Yes, if someone truly repents and turns to God through obedience of the Gospel they can be forgiven of murder (Acts 2:36-41 and Acts 22:3-4; cf. I Timothy 1:9-16).
7. “Guilt. Guilt will kill the soul. Works and repentance based salvation gives birth to guilt. How can you, of little faith in salvation through grace, teach anyone that they should feel guilty about sin?”
Š Job 42:1-6, Psalms 51:17, Psalms 73:21-22, Jeremiah 31:19, Matthew 26:69-75, Acts 2:36-41, I Corinthians 11:27-32, and II Corinthians 7:9-10.
Š Salvation requires repentance (Acts 3:19 and Romans 2:4), works (James 2:14-26), and grace (Acts 15:11).
8. “Why does Matthew – John not tell us about Jesus more when he was a child and teenager? I think this information would really be useful to children and young adults learning how to live a godly life at a young age?”
Š “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name… 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 20:30-31 and John 21:24-25).
Š Teach your children about the childhood of Jesus by reading what is written about his youth (i.e. Luke 2:40-52). What is written, concerning Christ or any other Bible subject, is all that needs to be written for us to know and do what is right (Deuteronomy 29:29 and II Peter 1:3-4).
9. “WHO ARE THE OTHER SHEEP THAT JESUS HAS (John 10:16)?”
Š We need to understand that, while Jesus was on earth, His aim was to teach only Jews (Matthew 10:5-6; cf. Luke 19:1-10).
Š Therefore, Gentiles [non-Jews] are the other sheep that would be brought into make up one fold/body (Ephesians 2:11-17; cf. Galatians 3:26-29).
Š After the death of Christ, all men were to be taught the Gospel and given the opportunity to obey the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 1:16, and Romans 9:24).
10. “My wife and I visited my son over Thanksgiving. He is in college. We were very upset when we attended services with him and found out that the church he’s worshipping at is liberal. When I talked to him about it he said that me and his mother were not worshipping at a congregation without problems and that there really is not a difference. We worship at a conservative congregation. There may be a few problems but the church is not liberal. How can I get him to see the difference?”
Š First, why didn’t you investigate the congregation you assembled with before getting there (Ephesians 5:11)?????
Š You cannot get him to see the difference, because there is none! A little error and a lot of error are both the same things (James 2:10-12).
Š The labels “liberal” or “conservative” are not the standards (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:17, I Timothy 1:3-7, and II Timothy 1:13)!
Š Secondly, you’ve set the example of compromise and he’s following that example. Therefore, you’re in NO PLACE to correct him until you fix your life first (Matthew 7:1-5 and Luke 6:41-42).
Š Thirdly, you do not “worship at a congregation”. You worship with a congregation, not AT a congregation (Acts 11:26).
Š Stop worshipping with people in error (Psalms 26:4-5, Jeremiah 15:17, I Corinthians 10:21, II Thessalonians 3:6, and I Timothy 5:22). Find, even if it includes relocating, a congregation that is wholly in the truth (Matthew 23:23 and I Timothy 5:21).
Š Make sure this congregation you find is unified in all things (I Corinthians 1:10).
Š Then, after you’ve fixed your own life, explain your repentance to your son and how he needs to do the same (I Timothy 4:12).
© 2011 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