February 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).
1. “I have heard it said by you and others that the world hated Jesus. I don’t think the word says that. Can we really make that statement? Isn’t that unfair to people in Jesuss time since we were not there to see that they hated him? That is a pretty serious charge.”
Š The word of God DOES say that the world hated Jesus (John 3:19-21, John 7:7, John 15:18-20, and John 15:24-25).
Š The word of God is truth (John 17:17, Colossians 1:5, and II Timothy 2:15).
Š Therefore, we can confidently state what God’s word says (Acts 28:30-31 and Titus 2:1).
2. “What should a preacher do if a church exalts him and treats him like royalty?”
Š He should STOP it (Acts 10:25-26, Acts 14:8-18, and I Corinthians 1:10-17).
Š Faithful men do not want glorified (I Thessalonians 2:1-6).
Š Even angels do not allow themselves to be exalted (Revelation 19:5-10 and Revelation 22:8-9).
Š Consider John the baptizer as an example of a man that did not want exalted above the true messenger (John 3:25-36).
Š No preacher, however faithful and diligent he is, should be exalted (Matthew 23:1-12, Luke 14:7-11, I Corinthians 3:1-7, and I Corinthians 4:1-6).
3. “What if someone has been divorced by a spouse for adultery and gets remarried then commits adultery?”
Š There was no scriptural authority for that second marriage to begin with making it an adulterous marriage in itself (Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:3-9, Mark 10:1-12, Luke 16:18, and Romans 7:1-6).
4. “Can sinful things on my mind make my worship to God wrong?”
Š Where your mind is when engaging in worship to God does have some bearing on how God views that worship (Psalms 66:18, Proverbs 21:27, and I Corinthians 11:23-29).
Š Our worship must be done in the proper spirit (John 4:23-24 and Philippians 3:3; cf. Isaiah 57:15 and Ephesians 4:23).
Š The mind is important not only in worship, but in service to God as well (I Chronicles 28:9, Mark 12:30, and Romans 12:1-3).
Š As an example, you could rightfully be hospitable in action, but because of your mindset in that service it could be sinful (I Peter 4:9).
Š I am cautious in answering your question though. For example, while preaching, my mind has to be on sinful things when I am preaching against sin (Ezekiel 16:2). When partaking of the Lord’s Supper my mind is on sinful things in the sense that I have been forgiven of my sins (Romans 4:7). Maybe a more specific question could have a more specific answer.
5. “I have gone from a congregation that the lessons were always about love and giving. Now I am in a congregation that only speaks about false doctrines and false teachers. Which is worse?”
Š Well, it is hard to really say anything since you really have given no details. By “congregation” I am not sure if you mean denominational bodies or other congregations of Christ. By “love” and “giving” or “false doctrines” and “false teachers”, your wording of “only” is unclear. How many lessons have you heard? Who have you talked to? I cannot judge something without the information to make a proper judgment (Proverbs 18:13 and John 7:24).
Š Having said all of that, the lessons among real Christians MUST cover all subjects and aim to teach all truths (Matthew 28:20, Acts 20:20, and Acts 20:26-27).
Š Sometimes there are particular needs in a congregation that may make the lessons SEEM unbalanced. Real teachers will teach what is needed first (Jude 1:3) and then focus on the rest once the opportunities are presented.
Š Sometimes a lesson plan of a real teacher could seem unbalanced because there are some things he is presently not able to teach on because of the students for various Scriptural reasons (Mark 4:33, John 16:12, I Corinthians 3:1-3, and Hebrews 5:8-6:3).
Š As far as which is worse – BOTH, if accurately represented, are equally wrong (James 2:10).
6. “IN 1 JOHN 4 THE BIBLE RECORDS THAT THERE ARE SPIRITS OF GOD AND SPIRITS NOT OF GOD. DOES THAT MEAN SATAN CREATES SOME SPIRITS?”
Š The phrase “of God” does not necessarily infer creation of something or bringing something into existence in a physical manner. Consider this: “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God” (III John 1:11).
Š The point of I John 4:1-6 is differentiation of those who adhere to God’s word being of God opposed to those who do not and thus are “of the world” or “of the devil” (Matthew 13:36-43, John 17:14-16, Acts 13:8-10, I John 5:18-19, and I John 2:29-3:10).
Š God is the Creator of all (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11), including the spiritual beings (Psalms 33:6 and Revelation 10:6).
7. “I have searched and cannot find the verse that says the citizenship of a Christian is in Heaven. Can you help me find it?”
Š In Philippians 3:20 the word translated “conversation” in the KJV means “citizenship” (Strong’s # 4175). The ASV, NKJV, ESV, etc. all translate the word as “citizenship”.
Š The point is taught in other Scriptures using other words (II Corinthians 4:18-5:1, Ephesians 2:5-6, Colossians 1:4-5, Hebrews 12:22-23, Hebrews 12:28, etc.).
© 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