January 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. “a 13 yr old family member of theirs who lives out of state wants to obey the gospel but her parents are unfaithful members of a liberal church and are opposed to her to doing so. The girl has learned that liberalism is wrong. She wants to be a Christian. What if he parents keep her from right worship? Is she okay since she is young?”
Š The first question that needs to be asked about this 13-year-old girl is if she is truly a sinner that needs to obey the Gospel (i.e. James 4:17).
Š Does she have the innocence of a child (Matthew 18:1-5)?
Š On the other hand, if she is lost and capable of making the decision to fully obey the Lord (Matthew 13:19, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 13:3, John 3:1-5, John 8:23-24, John 8:32, Acts 2:14-47, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:12-39, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:25-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-9, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:9-17, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 1:23, Colossians 2:12, James 1:21-25, James 2:10-26, I Peter 2:1-2, II Peter 3:10-14, etc.), then she is FULLY accountable to all that applies to a person who seeks to obey the Lord. That means she cannot allow her parents to keep her from obedience.
o She must love the Lord fully (Mark 12:30 and I John 5:2-3).
o She must put Him first (Matthew 6:33, II Corinthians 5:14-15, and Colossians 3:1-4).
o She must obey Him over her parents (Matthew 10:34-37).
o She must put her hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:57-62).
o She may have to move to where there is a faithful congregation (if there is none locally) to labor and worship with. She cannot worship where her parents are if what you say is true (Psalms 26:4-5, II Corinthians 6:14-18, and Ephesians 5:6-11).
Š Caution must be exercised here. Don’t jump to a conclusion. Be SURE this girl is really taught and fully knows the cost. Furthermore, the answer above ASSUMES you are teaching the truth and have properly weighed the situation. All of which I highly doubt, for if you have to ask the question you do not know the right way to act. You’d better be careful (James 3:1).
2. “How can we prove the kingdom is not a world empire?”
Š Luke 17:20-21, John 18:36, Colossians 1:12-13, and II Timothy 4:18.
3. “Can a person be mislead by a misguided conscience?”
Š Yes. Paul lived with a clear conscience (Acts 23:1, Acts 24:16, and II Timothy 1:3), but was a persecutor and murderer of Christians (Acts 9:1-2, Acts 22:4-5, Galatians 1:13, and I Timothy 1:12-16).
Š Israel was the same way (Romans 10:1-3).
Š People can feel they’re doing the right thing and be absolutely wrong (Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 14:16, Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 30:12, Jeremiah 10:23, Jeremiah 17:9-10, John 16:1-3, and II Corinthians 10:12-18).
4. “Our congregation has had a recent surge in youth from a Christian college nearby. In our worship there has been some who have begun clapping their hands during song worship. Is it wrong for this to be going on? The few doing it said they do it in college services. Others have no joined in.”
Š First, there is no such thing as a “Christian College”. A Christian is a disciple of the Lord (Acts 11:26), which is a follower of the Lord (John 8:31). A college is a human organization, not a disciple of the Lord. To form a religious organization, aside from the local church, is unscriptural because there is no authority for it (Matthew 7:21-23).
Š Regarding the clapping of hands in worship song service or otherwise, there is no authority for that either. Such alone makes it wrong (Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 9:1-9, Jeremiah 7:31, Isaiah 8:20, Matthew 12:46-50, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, and II Timothy 1:13).
o Worship is to be done God’s way (John 4:23-24, Philippians 3:3, and Colossians 2:18-23).
o Any addition to God’s will is wrong (Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š The congregation (YOU INCLUDED) should have stopped this immediately (John 2:13-17, Galatians 2:1-5, Galatians 2:11-17, I Timothy 5:20, and Titus 1:10-14).
Š Since they did not, it will spread (I Corinthians 5:1-9, I Corinthians 15:33, and Galatians 5:7-9).
Š You should not have stayed in the presence of error nor should you stay now (Psalms 119:115, Proverbs 9:6, Proverbs 13:20, Jeremiah 15:17, Romans 16:17, II Thessalonians 3:6, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II John 1:6-11).
5. “I am so frustrated. It is so hard to learn everything God doesn’t want me to do. I feel hopeless. In searching your website I find things I never even considered every day. How will I ever get it right? This is such a painstaking task that I am so so so ready to just give up. What do I do?”
Š Don’t give up (Galatians 6:9 and Hebrews 12:1-3).
Š Think differently. Stop looking for what you’re doing in life incorrectly. That is backwards. Start by making sure you’re doing things right BEFORE you start doing them then you’ll never have to be concerned about getting it wrong (Proverbs 20:25, Romans 14:23, and Ephesians 5:10).
Š Understand that you cannot get it all overnight. Growth is a process (II Peter 1:1-10).
Š You are right, it is “painstaking” to learn and obey the truth (I Corinthians 9:24-27). That word means: “done with or employing great care and thoroughness” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Š If you are a faithful Christian attending a faithful congregation (which is a question you should be SURE is answered correctly), use your brethren for help (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Luke 22:31-32, Ephesians 4:16, I Thessalonians 5:11-14, and Titus 2:3-5).
6. “What does the sin of lovers of pleasures in 2 Tim. 3:4 mean?”
Š You cannot love pleasures MORE THAN GOD (II Timothy 3:1-5). Consider the following Scriptures: Matthew 22:37, Matthew 26:41, Luke 8:14, Romans 8:12-13, Romans 13:12-14, Galatians 5:16-17, Ephesians 2:1-5, II Thessalonians 2:12, I Timothy 5:6, Titus 3:3, Hebrews 11:24-26, James 5:1-5, and I Peter 2:11.
Š That does not mean that all carnal pleasure is wrong (i.e. I Corinthians 7:31-34).
Š Love nothing more than God (Matthew 6:24, Matthew 22:37, and Luke 14:26).
© 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