Bible Questions Answered By Brian A. Yeager

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Bible Questions Answered

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February 2019 Bible Questions Answered

1. “Brother ,i have a doubt Can two walk together in doctrinal disagreement? (In church of Christ) what is the role of LOVE in this kind of situations or is it ok disagreeable? What is meant by paul in ROMANS 16:17?”

  • You are right to doubt, for two cannot walk together in doctrinal disagreement. I am guessing your doubts arise from Amos 3:3. The word of God teaches that saints must be unified in thought, practice, teaching, etc. (I Corinthians 1:10, Galatians 2:11-17, Ephesians 5:6-11, Philippians 1:27, Philippians 2:1-2, Philippians 3:16, I Timothy 1:3-7, II John 1:9-11, and Revelation 2:14-16).
  • There will be times where there are saints in a congregation that are stronger, more knowledgable, have stronger consciences, etc. Some won’t even be as capable as others (Luke 12:41-48). That was even true when spiritual gifts existed among the saints (I Corinthians 12:3-27). Even with all of that, there still has to be proper unity. Sometimes that means the stronger, more knowledge, concede (not be “disagreeable”) to the weaker without compromising the truth (Proverbs 23:23 and Galatians 1:10). That even includes matters of authorized liberties (Romans 14:1-15:9, I Corinthians 8:1-13, and I Corinthians 10:23-33). This requires an ability to understand that one cannot bind his or her conscience on others (I Timothy 4:1-5).
  • The role of love when there is any sin, including division, is to correct the erring (Revelation 3:19). If the person refuses correction loving the Lord demands that you follow His instructions (John 14:15 and I John 5:2-3) of withdrawing yourself from that person or persons (I Corinthians 5:1-13, II Thessalonians 3:6, II Thessalonians 3:14-15, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II Timothy 3:1-5).
  • Romans 16:17... To mark someone is to note them (II Thessalonians 3:14-15). This includes social functions too (I Corinthians 5:9-13). By allowing someone to go unmarked you are allowing that person to be a potential predator to those unaware of their doings (Galatians 5:7-9; cf. Acts 20:28-31).
  • Those causing divisions are in error and are to be avoided (Titus 3:9-11). This is based on the premise that there is to be NO DIVISIONS among us (I Corinthians 1:10). Even if they are not divisive, just committing an offense [i.e. Matthew 16:21-23] of the doctrine of Christ (II John 1:9) they had learned (Romans 6:17 and II Timothy 3:15-17).
  • See question # 2 for more information that similarly ties to some of what this question addresses.

2. “you're very right in your study Exposing Institutionalism within the Church I am sharing this material with others within the Lord's family. is it something that sends brethren to hell?”

  • Please see question # 1. Much of this answer is the same. For what is “Institutionalism” and the study about such errors please take the time to study through this material: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/studyofinstitutionalism.htm
  • The basic premise of the errors of “Institutionalism” is the violation of Scriptural authority. Anytime any person or congregation goes beyond or falls short of what the Lord has authorized that person or congregation has sinned (I John 3:4).
  • When you study the Scriptures, you see clearly that authority from the the Lord must be established for all that we say and do (Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 9:1-9, Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Deuteronomy 29:29, I Samuel 15:1-35, II Samuel 6:6-7 [cf. I Chronicles 15:1-16], II Samuel 7:1-7, Job 32:8, Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 20:25, Proverbs 21:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Isaiah 8:20, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 12:46-50, Matthew 15:1-9, Matthew 17:1-5, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:4, Luke 6:46, Luke 11:28, I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-12, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:21, II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 3:14-17, James 1:21-25, I John 2:3-6, and Revelation 22:18-19).
  • Any single violation of the Lord’s will makes a person or congregation guilty of violating the entire word of the Lord (James 2:10-12). The result is that that person or congregation is lost and the end of such is Hell (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 6:23, and James 1:13-16).
  • One more thing… I do understand that we can call those who were faithful and now in sin “brethren” (I Corinthians 3:1-3, Galatians 1:6-11, etc.). However, make sure that you understand in relationship those in error are not our brethren (Matthew 12:46-50). Be careful how you address the erring as not to confuse them. What is lawful is not always expedient (I Corinthians 6:12).

3. “Hebrews 9:27 It is appointed for men once to die than the judgement. There are people that will be living when Jesus comes. Are they going to die?”

  • All I can tell you is what I Thessalonians 4:13-18 says.  From that context, it does not appear that those whom are alive will physically die at the return of Christ. That is the conclusion you’d reach also if you study I Corinthians 15:35-58.

4. “The words of truth website is very useful and has more resources than most. I use it often. I would be willing to pay for the service. Why don’t you have a reasonable fee for using your website? The laboring man in the word deserves wages Lk. 10:7.”

  • I do receive a form of wages for my work. I am supported by faithful brethren to do the work of an evangelist as the Scriptures teach should be done (I Corinthians 9:1-14, II Corinthians 11:8, Galatians 6:6, and Philippians 4:10-18).
  • I use those funds to provide for my family (I Timothy 5:8), help others (Acts 20:35 and Romans 12:13), and to cover all of my expenses in teaching the Gospel. That includes my website. Careful studies of the word of God have taught me that I can NEVER charge someone for my service to them (Matthew 10:5-15).
  • Beware of those whom charge for their teaching materials (II Peter 2:1-3).

5. “What does it mean to confess ,jesus is son of god.? Is this the sole confession one should confess( even spell out) before baptism.?(the acts 8:37).”

  • One must confess the Lord prior to conversion and thereafter during life as well (Matthew 10:32-33 and Romans 10:9-10). 
  • Acts 8:25-39 is one example of a conversion.  That does not mean that conversion example contains a quote that must be used.  What language would you even recite that quote in if those were the “magic words”? That conversion example doesn’t even teach all one must do to be converted (i.e. Luke 14:25-33, Acts 3:19, etc.).
  • To confess means to acknowledge.  In fact, the KJV uses the word "acknowledgeth" in I John 2:23.  The point is, one must profess Christ (John 11:27).  Not to confess Christ is to be against Christ (II John 1:7).
  • No, you do not have to directly quote the Eunuch. Again, as stated in the answer to your first question, one must acknowledge Christ.  In whatever expedient way that could me done would fulfill the command.  For example, a person might just say "yes" to a question asking them if they believe in Christ (I Timothy 6:13; cf. Matthew 27:11 and John 18:33-37). Jesus did not deny Himself by not saying the exact wording the Eunuch used (II Timothy 2:12-13). Also consider: Mark 14:61-62.