Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
February 2017 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. “You need to focus your teaching on Jesus. The only thing you should teach on is Jesus. All of this study of subjects, books of the bible, and the such are a wastings away of precious time. Jesus is the only thing that matters. Why does the Church allow teaching of old, apostles and when Jesus is all that matters?”
All of the Scriptures are profitable and to be taught (Psalms 19:7-11, Psalms 119:11, Psalms 119:97-105, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:14-17, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
When anyone is faithfully teaching the Scriptures, Jesus is being taught. Jesus is the “Word” (John 1:1-5, John 5:39, I John 1:1-2, I John 5:7, etc.).
The work of an evangelist is to learn, live, and teach (I Timothy 4:12-16 and II Timothy 4:2) the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27).
The basis of my teaching is upon what is needed to be taught here locally amongst the saints in El Paso, TX. I pattern that approach from the Scriptures (i.e. Acts 20:20 and Jude 1:3-4).
If you examine what I teach locally on a weekly basis in sermons, classes, and articles (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/indexfiles/newthisweek.html), you’ll find a good balance.
2. “HOW DO I GET DEUT. 28:8 FOR ME?”
Deuteronomy 28 begins with the word “And” (Deuteronomy 28:1). Thus, it is a continuation of things previously addressed.
If you read the context starting from Deuteronomy 27:1, you find that the people being addressed was Israel (Deuteronomy 27:9). It was not written for anyone today.
Not only does the context address blessings upon Israel, but curses if they disobey. Even that they would be led back to Egypt in bondage again as slaves for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:68).
If you read the context, you will see that nothing there applies directly to anyone today. It is in a Law that has passed (Matthew 11:13, Luke 16:16, Romans 7:1-6, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22). It was addressed to a people of God [Israel] that are no longer His chosen people (cf. I Peter 2:5-9).
Under the Law of Moses, the blessings for God’s people [Israel] were carnal (Exodus 32:13, Deuteronomy 12:10, Jeremiah 32:22, etc.).
We have to understand that the blessings today are spiritual and yet to come (I Peter 1:1-9).
Jesus did not have a carnally “blessed” life (Luke 9:58).
The Apostles did not have a carnally “blessed” life (Acts 12:1-2, II Corinthians 11:16-33, etc.).
Even if the Law of Moses were still in effect, those things would not apply to anyone outside of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-17).
3. “I am following a question from your study in Novembers questions. You stated that the Christian Church are not brethren. If they teach baptism for the remission of sins, doesn’t that make them Christians no matter what Church they join?”
You are referring to question # 2 from the questions asked and answered in November (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/november2016questionsandanswers.html). In that document, this was stated:
“The Christian church is not made up of Christians, to be our brethren, as no one in that religion are doing the will of the Lord (Matthew 12:46-50).
The Lord revealed one church [body; Ephesians 1:22-23] in the Scriptures (Romans 12:4-5, I Corinthians 10:17, Ephesians 2:13-17, and Ephesians 4:1-6) that is made up of the only saved people (Acts 2:47).
The Lord built His church (Matthew 16:13-18).
The “Christian church” was founded by men during an erring human movement called “The Restoration Movement”. They are not the one church you read of in the Scriptures (Acts 20:28, Romans 16:16, Colossians 1:12-24, and Hebrews 3:1-6).”
I do not understand how that answer is unclear. The Christian church / Disciples of Christ movement was not started until the 1800’s. They are not the Lord’s church and they do not teach the truth concerning the Lord’s church and they err in many other teachings too. You are questioning if baptism for the remission of sins makes them Christians. If you read Acts 2:14-47, you’ll find that those people were added to “the church”, not a movement of religion that wasn’t founded yet.
“Baptism for the remission sins” alone makes no one a disciple/Christian nor does it add anyone to the body of Christ. One must hear, believe, and understand much more than that to become a Christian (i.e. Acts 8:5-39). One MUST understand he or she is being added to the kingdom/body of Christ (Matthew 13:19) for the word of God to take root. How could someone be taught the truth about the one body/church of Christ and then believe that being a member of the “Christian church” saves them? That shows they do not understand the kingdom/body/church. Thus, they are at the best wet sinners once baptized. *In addition to baptism (Galatians 3:26-29), and even hearing and obeying the Gospel (Romans 1:16), there are still many more “steps to salvation” that a lost sinner must take to Christ (i.e. Luke 14:25-33, Acts 3:19, Acts 26:18-20, Romans 8:23-24, Romans 10:9-11, etc…). Thus, no magical phrase such as “for the remission of sins” exists that makes someone a Christian.
Furthermore, the “Christian church” does not teach the truth. One must hear, believe, understand, obey, and continue in the truth to be saved (John 8:31-32 and Colossians 1:3-6). Don’t dismiss this point. You are what you obey (Romans 6:17). If you obey error, regardless of your intentions, you are not saved and that needs corrected (Acts 19:1-7).
One more thing… Some people think there is “nothing in a name”. That is not what the Scriptures teach: Acts 4:10-12
For more on the Christian church and on this subject matter (including “joining a church”, please consider the following:
4. “We have a member who has left to be a missionary for the mormons. Her family are still members. She has come to visit and the family is inviting everyone over to spend time with her. I feel this is wrong, but the elders even announced the potluck at the house of the family. Is it wrong? If not, is it okay for me to object for my conscience? If it is wrong or even right for me not to attend, what can I tell the elders and other members without stepping over the elders?”
First, this woman who fell away from the faith and joined herself to an erring religion should have been marked and must be avoided from there forward (Romans 16:17-18). The elders, the congregation, her family, and you have erred in not doing so.
It is wrong that her family and/or anyone else proclaiming to be a faithful disciple of our Lord would have any such social interaction with her. The word of God says that interaction must stop (I Corinthians 5:1-13 and II Thessalonians 3:6).
You should not “feel” regarding this or other spiritual matters (Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 28:26, and Jeremiah 17:9-10).
The Scriptures are the standard to which you should be looking for what to do here, not your feelings or conscience (Luke 4:4, Luke 6:46, Colossians 3:17, and I Peter 4:11).
IF what you are saying is accurate, you should tell the family of this girl, the elders, and others that they are erring according to the Scriptures cited above (I Timothy 5:20 and Titus 1:13)!
On another note, no one should have “announced” this event in the assembly. Such social functions are not a work of the church. You can see this when the church in Corinth assembled, abused the Lord’s Supper making it a common meal, and then were told twice not to assemble for meals, but to eat at home (I Corinthians 11:18-34). For more on this, please consider this: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol14/wotbulletin02162014.html
5. “I am doing Lord's work among the poor people who worship Idols. I know the monies collected for God cannot be given them. I want to show them the idols cannot feed them but we can if the come to Jesus. Is it wise to set up pantry of food for them to see real God work and not idols?”
We should certainly want to save people from all forms of idolatry because they are going to perish for such practices (Ephesians 5:5, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:5, I Peter 4:1-5, and Revelation 21:8).
The way to expose idolatry is to preach against it regardless of how such would be received by the hearer (Acts 17:16-31 and I Thessalonians 1:5-10).
When seeking to convert anyone, from any sin(s), the only method approved by the Lord is the preaching/teaching of His word (Psalms 19:7, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:14-17, I Corinthians 1:18-24, I Corinthians 15:1-2, Colossians 1:5-6, and James 1:18-25).
There is no authority to set up a pantry. There is no authority to use food to show people anything. That makes it wrong (I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-12, and Revelation 22:18-19).
In fact, there is a whole lesson of the Scriptures wherein people were rebuked because Jesus performed a miracle in feeding them to confirm who He was (cf. Hebrews 2:1-4) and they missed the point and followed Him for the food (John 6:1-27).
One more thought for your consideration… It appears [I say this cautiously; if I am wrong disregard this] as though you are viewing them differently and approaching them differently because they are poor. Read James 2:1-13 and be cautious IF you’re someone seeing “poor people” instead of lost souls.
6. “What about Acts 10:43? That does not say baptism.”
What is your point? Acts 10:43 doesn’t speak of baptism, repentance, grace, the blood of Christ, confessing Christ, hearing the gospel, counting the cost, the death, burial, resurrection of Christ, the church… etc.
There are many passages of Scripture regarding salvation that mention nothing about baptism or other factors that are necessary for salvation (i.e. Luke 9:57-62, Luke 13:1-5, Luke 14:25-33, John 8:23-24, John 8:32, Acts 3:19, Romans 1:16, Romans 8:24-25, Romans 10:9-17, Ephesians 2:1-10, Colossians 1:23, James 2:14-27, Revelation 1:5-6, etc.).
The fact is, baptism is one of many things required for sinners to be saved (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:14-41, Acts 8:1-39, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 16:13-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 6:1-6, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 2:12, and I Peter 3:20-21).
The fact is, if you continued reading in the context from which you have grabbed Acts 10:43, you would read this: “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days” (Acts 10:47-48).
If you want to be saved, rather than argue for or against any doctrinal position, you cannot deny from the Scriptures above that baptism is necessary for salvation. It is not greater or lesser than other factors that lead to salvation, but it is just as necessary as them all. You need to start by learning about the purpose, life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ into Heaven (Acts 2:14-36). Then you must learn from there many other things to be saved as the examples in the Scriptures of conversion [cited above], all combined, show. Then you’d be immersed just as the conversion examples show. Can I help? Can you set aside your desire to “debunk baptism” and just look for what the Lord actual desires you to do to be saved?
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