Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
January 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. “Is dancing a sin?”
Š Dancing, in itself, is not a sin (Luke 15:11-25; cf. Ecclesiastes 3:4).
Š Dancing, using to tempt through lust, is wrong (i.e. Matthew 14:6).
Š What needs to be discussed is the environment of dancing (Matthew 26:41, I Corinthians 15:33, and I Thessalonians 5:22), and the type of dancing that is being done.
Š Physical contact that leads to sexual thoughts, etc. is often the problem (I Corinthians 7:1-5).
2. “Our church does not do Christmas shows. On New year that is 31st night we have prayer to Gloryfy God through songs etc., and thanking him for the past year. We share our wishes , gifts and sweets dining together. Is that wrong? thank you.”
Š The first question should be: “Do we have authority for the church to assemble for sharing wishes, gifts, sweets, and dining together” (Psalms 19:14, Matthew 7:21-23, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, and I Thessalonians 5:21)?
Š There is no authority for those things to be done, thus we cannot do them (I Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 2:20-23, and II John 9).
Š On top of that (though this point is not necessary for a lack of authority is enough reason not to do it – Luke 6:46) the Scriptures show these things are not a work of the church (Romans 14:17 and Hebrews 13:9; cf. John 6:26-27).
3. “What is meant when preachers use the phrase ‘language of Ashdod’ today?”
Š First, when I speak about those using the language of Ashdod I am making reference to this verse: “And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people” (Nehemiah 13:24).
Š The reason the Jews, God’s physical nation (Deuteronomy 7:6-8), did not know their own language was because of their intermarrying with those of other nations (Nehemiah 13:23 and Ezra 9:2). God had warned His people that if they married those of the heathen nations that they would fall into their errors (Deuteronomy 7:1-6). This had occurred. The Jews lost their own way and language because of their relationships with heathens. We are also warned about being around negative influences and how they will cause us to err from the right ways (I Corinthians 15:33, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II John 9-11).
Š The same problem with the Jews being influenced by religious errors of old exists today in so-called “churches of Christ”. People have lost the ability to study the Scriptures (II Timothy 2:14-18) and to speak as the oracles of God (I Peter 4:11).
Š Thus, saying that people are “speaking the language of Ashdod” you are charging them of speaking religious error because of having ungodly influences.
4. “Bro. Yeager. Having known you for sometime I have always wondered how you have good recollection of verses in the Bible. Is there a method you use that we could all benefit from that you’d share?”
Š Yes, I have a “method”. The method I use is spoken of throughout the Scriptures (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, Psalms 119:97-99, and II Peter 1:12-13).
Š If you use repetition and you regularly search the Scriptures, you’ll know them like you know your way home from work (I Timothy 4:13; 15-16).
5. “dear brian. Will you share with your church that message I sent to you in email? Will you share the prophesy that the earth will never be destroyed (Gen. 8:20-21)? Will you share that Jesus came in 70 AD (Matt. 24:14, Col. 1:23)?”
Š It is not my church (Matthew 16:18 and Ephesians 1:20-23).
Š If you read Genesis 8:22 (one verse past your reference of Genesis 8:20-21) you’ll see the context is not talking about an eternal earth.
Š Matthew 24:14 is talking about the destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-24:2), which is separate from the destruction of the earth (Matthew 24:34-36).
Š When Christ returns the resurrection occurs and the world will end (Isaiah 51:6, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Peter 3:7-14, and I John 2:17).
6. “Are there any good examples that show that increases of wealth can be harmful? Then are there any good examples that increases of wealth can also be ok?”
Š A few examples of harmful increases of wealth (Proverbs 13:7, Hosea 4:7, and Revelation 3:17-19).
Š A few examples of good coming from increases in wealth (Genesis 13:2; Galatians 3:14, Genesis 41:37-43; 47:11-12, and Acts 4:34).
7. “Brother Brian. My husband and myself have been trying to get our daughter –she’s a young adult- to dress modestly. She excuses herself by saying the stores do not offer the clothes we think she should wear. Is the a bible line of reasoning we can use here?”
Š Line of reasoning #1 is that we should do what is pleasing to God at all time regardless of what is “available” (John 8:29 and Colossians 1:10).
Š It is FALSE that there are no modest clothes available in stores. We buy them. Secondly, if they were not available then you should make them yourself (i.e. Proverbs 31:22).
Š Line of reasoning #3 is that she does not want to look like a harlot (Proverbs 7:10 and I Timothy 2:9-10).
Š Line of reasoning #4 is to expose her line of reasoning. If stores no longer sold anything to drink other than alcohol, that would not mean we could drink it (Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:22, Hosea 4:11, Luke 21:33-34, and I Thessalonians 5:7-8).
8. “Do you believe that the King James Bible is infallible or the translators were inspired?”
Š No. The original writers of the Scriptures were inspired (I Corinthians 2:9-13 and II Timothy 3:16-17).
Š The KJV translators made mistakes. For example, “hell” instead of “hades” in Acts 2:27. Jesus was in paradise for three days, not “hell” (Luke 23:39-43; cf. Luke 16:19-31).
Š The usage of “Easter” instead of the “Passover” is another error (Acts 12:1-4). The context is clear enough to discern, but it is an error. Every other time they came to the Greek word “pascha” (Strong’s # 3957) they correctly translated it as “Passover” (Matthew 26:2, Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:1, Mark 14:12, Mark 14:14, Mark 14:16, Luke 2:41, Luke 22:1, etc.).
9. “Marriage is supposed to be monogamous for life, but I was wondering how David & Solomon were allowed to have multiple wives?”
Š For one, we must understand that we are not under the Old Testament law today (Romans 7:1-6, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-17) and should not go there for authority for the things we do unless those same points are repeated in the New Testament (Acts 15:1-5, Acts 15:23-30, and Galatians 5:4).
Š Having said that, let’s understand that from the beginning of creation God wanted man to have one wife, for life (Genesis 2:18-24). God then allowed changes to His plan because of the hardness of His people’s hearts (Matthew 19:3-9).
Š In the fact that God winked at some things in the past, we should understand that such is not the case now (Acts 17:30).
Š During the time of the Old Testament, God was working on His plan to save mankind (Romans 16:25, II Timothy 1:9, and Titus 1:2). That plan was to bring Christ into the world through the bloodline of Abraham (Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:8-9). That bloodline included David and his descendants (II Chronicles 21:7 and Romans 1:3). Thus, God was not going to utterly destroy the promise seed when sin occurred (Exodus 32:7-14), for that would have brought damnation upon us (Romans 5:21, I Corinthians 15:17, Ephesians 2:11-12, and I Peter 3:18).
© 2010 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