February 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. “Just wondering. The Error Of Mechanical Instruments Of Music In Worship To God...... and psalm 150: 1-6 contradict each other, is it wrong to worship GOD with instruments?”
There are many Old Testament Scriptures that instruct singing with mechanical instruments of music (Genesis 4:21, IISamuel 6:5, IChronicles 13:8, IIChronicles 20:28, Psalms 71:22, Psalms 144:9, etc.).
For Christians, what is written in the Old Testament is not our law. We are not under the Old Law, but under the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Colossians 2:8-17, and Hebrews 9:15-17). The only purpose of studying the Old Law is learning (Romans 15:4 and ICorinthians 10:1-12).
If you justify yourself by the Old Law, you fall from grace (Galatians 5:4).
Furthermore, if you are going to do part of what is under the Old Testament Law, you are bound to do it ALL (Galatians 3:10 and Galatians 5:2-3).
Therefore, if you are going to worship God according to Psalms 150:1-6, you better also offer animal sacrifices (Psalms 66:15). You better put sinners to death (Leviticus 20:10-16). You better stone to death people who work on Saturdays (Numbers 15:32-36) and stone rebellious children too (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). You better go and invade the land of Canaan to inherit it, even to the point of killing everyone there (Joshua 6:21). And the list could go on and on to many things NOBODY is doing today.
Since we live [everyone; John 12:48] under the New Testament we are do all that is written there (Matthew 28:18-20 and Colossians 3:17).
The New Testament shows us to sing and that is it (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Acts 16:25, Romans 15:9, ICorinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, and James 5:13).
2. “I have called my husband a fool and I was so sorry and have ask God to forgive me,I'm just having a hard time mentally defending myself against him,it is constant turmoil with him.did i sin? I don't want to lose this race because I lost my temper over what I consider mental cruelty.”
I cannot say, based on the limited information you’ve given (Proverbs 18:13 and John 7:24), whether or not you’ve sinned. What I can do is give you some Scriptural things to consider.
While there are times it is wrong to call someone a fool (Matthew 5:21-24), that does not mean there are not appropriate times to do so (Psalms 14:1, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 10:23, Proverbs 14:9, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 29:11, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 26:19-22, Luke 11:37-40, Luke 24:25, ICorinthians 15:35-36, Galatians 3:1-3, etc.).
You should consider how you talk to your husband as part of your studies (Ephesians 5:33); even if he is not a Christian (IPeter 3:1-6).
You may have to correct him (James 5:19-20), just do it respectfully (Titus 2:3-5).
Regarding your temper, again, I cannot say what you did or did not do. There are times when we can act while angry and be right (Mark 3:1-7 and Ephesians 4:26). However, losing control is not good (Proverbs 14:17, Proverbs 16:32, and James 1:19-20).
3. “After reading your attempt to show all in error except a "few" like you I suppose, and reading the verses that you allow as validation of your interpretation, I would ask you why you do not do Jesus saying? Jesus says anyone who is not against me is for me. Just because some do not agree, as long as they are not against Jesus they are okay.”
The only thing I can think of is that you are twisting Jesus’ words in Mark 9:38-40 and Luke 9:49-50.
During the time Jesus’ disciples were teaching, John’s disciples were too (John 3:25-36). If you fail to understand that, you fail to see that two separate groups of people were working at the same time for the same cause (cf. Matthew 3:1-6). Thus, they were very much FOR Jesus.
Jesus did not teach that you were for Him as along as you were not against Him (Matthew 12:30 and Luke 11:23).
Furthermore, now that all things are revealed and there is not an overlap of preparing for Christ to come the first time and Him actually teaching Himself, the “for Him” line is clearly drawn (John 14:6, IJohn 2:3-6, and IIJohn 9).
Finally, we MUST be in agreement to be in fellowship with other Christians and the Lord (ICorinthians 1:10, Philippians 2:2, Philippians 3:16, and IJohn 1:3-7).
4. “Can a person in a separate congregation write a letter to another congregation about someone in sin at that congregation?”
Yes, (Acts 15:1-35, ICorinthians 1:11, and IIIJohn 9-14).
Just to be clear, the majority of the New Testament is made up of letters written to congregations or individuals in like manner of your question.
5. “we do used one cup but we not so much happy with it. because some member making contradiction. can we use more cups in communion is okay?”
Yes, you may use more than one container to drink from (Luke 22:15-20).
Jesus equates the cup to His blood. The cup refers to the fruit of the vine. The fruit of the vine symbolizes Jesus’ blood (Mark 14:24-25). It was His blood, not a cup, which was shed for the remission of our sins (Matthew 26:28-29 and Revelation 1:5). We do not drink a cup, we drink the fruit of the vine.
Making the “cup” the center of one’s remembrance of the Lord’s death is to completely miss what you’re doing when eating the bread and drinking the fruit of the vine (ICorinthians 11:26)!
6. “Thank you for this good website of resources for study. I have learned a lot. My question is from something I see a lot. I have noticed in many Churches of Christ that there is a focus on the five steps to salvation. Then, there is a rush to baptize people. After that, a lot of those people fall away and some do it very soon after they are baptized. Shouldn’t more time be spent in teaching these people than just an invitation at the end of a sermon?”
No where, in all writings of the New Testament, did someone mention “five steps to salvation” and then baptize someone. Many more things were taught (Acts 2:14-41, Acts 3:1-26, Acts 8:5-39, Acts 10:1-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:25-33, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, etc.).
Yes, more teaching than just a rush to baptism MUST occur in all cases. Teaching often occurs as people are able to learn, not just a packaged plan (Mark 4:33).
Consider that, everyone needs taught different things. Some need to consider whether they love God more than money (Matthew 19:16-26). Some need to be taught about divorce and remarriage (Matthew 14:1-4). Some need to be taught that the way the worship is wrong (Mark 7:1-9 and John 4:5-24). People who have never learned of the true and living God need to be taught about Him (Acts 17:16-31). You start teaching at different places with each person you teach.
People MUST be informed of what being a Christians means (John 8:31-32) so that they can count the cost of being of disciple of Christ (Luke 14:25-33).
Sometimes, people might even need to be told they’re not ready (Luke 9:57-62).
That being said, apostasy is a reality that even perfect teaching cannot always prevent (Luke 8:13).
Even the Master Teacher saw some that He personally taught fall away (John 6:59-66).
7. “I read in some material on your website that some people cannot please God. I do not find that in the scriptures at all. You say your website is words of truth. Most of it is. Will you remove that false statement?”
I cannot imagine that you found some statement on my website, such as you state, that was not supported with rightly divided Scriptures. I searched my site and found that statement in 18 documents. All of them were supported with Scriptures (i.e. Galatians 1:10, Hebrews 11:6, etc.).
I will not remove that statement, for it is Scripturally right: “(4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (5) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:4-8).
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