January 2016 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).
Š I do not have a “weekly questions and answers”. I do have a monthly section (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/classesandsermons/questionsanswered.html ). I am not sure if that question is there or not. I do not remember them all. However, here is the answer to your question…
Š For one, the command to keep the Sabbath day was for the nation of Israel (Exodus 31:13-16, Leviticus 23:24, Leviticus 24:8, Leviticus 25:2, II Chronicles 2:4, Nehemiah 10:33, Nehemiah 13:18, and Ezekiel 20:13).
Š The commands to keep the Sabbath Day were under the Law of Moses. As Gentiles, we are not, nor were we ever under the Law of Moses (Romans 2:12-15). The Law of Moses was for the nation of Israel (Leviticus 26:46, Deuteronomy 4:44, Joshua 8:31-32, and Malachi 4:4).
Š No person today is under the Law of Moses (Luke 16:16, Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Hebrews 8:1-13, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22).
Š Would the passing of the Law of Moses necessarily mean that the Sabbath was done away with? Yes, (Colossians 2:10-17). When God wanted something He commanded under the Law of Moses to continue in the Law of Christ, He said so (cf. Romans 13:8-10).
Š Like the Sabbath, many commands in the Law of Moses are no longer in effect. For example, though homosexuality is sinful (I Corinthians 6:9-10), we are no longer commanded to kill those who practice homosexuality (cf. Leviticus 20:13). Though witchcraft is still sinful (Galatians 5:19-21), we are no longer commanded to kill those who practice witchcraft (Leviticus 20:27).
Š The issue of individuals holding to certain parts of the Law of Moses is not a new problem. When Paul and Barnabas were in Antioch they found certain individuals who were binding circumcision and telling others that they needed to keep the Law of Moses (Acts 15:1-5). The Apostles, the church of Christ in Jerusalem, and the Holy Spirit wrote those individuals commanding them to cease teaching those doctrines (Acts 15:6-35). Circumcision, in the flesh, identified the difference between Jews and Gentiles (Acts 10:45). It was a fleshly distinction, which is no more valid (Romans 2:28-29, Galatians 5:6, Philippians 3:3-15, and Colossians 3:10-11).
Š Thus, Christians should not keep the Sabbath because it is not the will of Christ for us to do so. We are to observe His will, not that of the Old Law (Matthew 28:18-20 and John 12:48).
2. “I KNOW CORRECTING CHILDREN WITH SMACKS IS RIGHT. PROVBS. 23:13-14. WHAT THOUGH WHEN THAT IS ALL A PARENT DOES AND NOT DOING MORE TO TRAIN AND TEACH WITH LOVE? THIS IS NOT A QUESTION TO GET NO SMACKING OF A CHILD.”
Š Balance in everything is a must. A parent, as you noted, must correct their children (Proverbs 3:12, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 22:15, and Proverbs 29:15).
Š However, a loving parent (Titus 2:4) with also nurture and find the right balance that includes being gentle (I Thessalonians 2:7).
Š Parents must be a source of comfort and not just correction (I Thessalonians 2:11).
Š Parents must be cautious in not producing rebellious children through overly provoking those children (Colossians 3:21).
Š The goal of all things a parent does should be to properly and lovingly [which includes discipline; Proverbs 13:24] teach their children the right ways (Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Proverbs 4:1-5, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4).
3. “Brother,with all due respect,I would like to ask you a question about re-baptism. If you have been in Church of Christ liberal and repent do have to be re-baptized?”
Š I am not sure what you mean by “all due respect”. I would be concerned if by such you are holding me in some form of admiration. I am not saying you are, just bringing the point up for consideration in the even that such a thought has arisen. I don’t ever want to be exalted in any way (Matthew 23:1-12 and I Thessalonians 2:1-6).
Š I am delighted to provide you with some Scriptural points to consider based upon your question. You should ask yourself some questions…
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, were you taught the truth (John 8:32)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you obey the word of God or the words of men (Romans 6:17 and II John 1:9)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you understand the points of truth taught to you such as being added to the church/kingdom (Matthew 13:19, Acts 2:47, and Acts 8:12)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you believe the truth concerning Christ, His Death, His Burial, His Resurrection, and such as was taught from the first conversions forward (Acts 2:14-41)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you count the cost (Luke 14:25-33) and make an unwavering commitment to the Lord (Luke 9:57-62)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you repent (Acts 3:19)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, did you know Christ and confess Him before men (Acts 8:35-39 and Romans 10:9-10)?
o At the time of your conversion, if it was such, unto whom were you baptized (Acts 19:1-7)?
Š You should answer the questions above, from the Scriptures, and consider your answers. Prior to conversion, one does not have to understand the works of the church (if that is what you consider liberalism – I need to know what you are calling liberalism to really know what to tell you). We know this because people were immersed into Christ (Acts 18:8) and later taught about the work of the church (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
Š I’d really appreciate the opportunity to talk with you further. Conversion (Matthew 18:3) is the Scriptural process wherein a person leaves the kingdom of darkness and enters into the kingdom of Christ (Acts 26:18-20 and Colossians 1:12-13). I need to know more to better answer your question.
4. “Has God always had a law for man?”
Š Without a law in place there cannot be sin (Romans 4:15). The first law given was in the garden (Genesis 2:15-17). Therefore, since Genesis 2, man has always had a law to follow. If not, there would be no sin since sin is transgression of the law (I John 3:4).
Š Today, we are under the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25) a.k.a. the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
Š Even the Gentiles, who were not under the Law of Moses (Ephesians 2:11-17), were under a law likened to the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Romans 2:12-15).
5. “I believe eloquence does not make a preacher a good preacher. I mean, when preachers use big words unnecessarily it just seems to me like he is trying hard to sound like he is smart or something. What could I send to a preacher like that from the bible to make them understand they sound silly and really are not teaching anything by talking over my head?”
Š Men who speak above their audience are not trying to teach, they are trying to either impress or control that audience (Romans 16:17-18, II Peter 2:18, and Jude 1:16-19).
Š Hear are some Scriptures to consider: Acts 5:42, Acts 8:5, Romans 1:16-17, I Corinthians 2:1-5, Galatians 6:14, I Thessalonians 2:13, and II Timothy 4:2
Š In such a case wherein a man could be found to be honest, though he has tried to impress people with his speaking ability, I humbly suggest you share with that man this article: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol16/wotbulletin10252015.html
6. “Why don’t the Church of Christ start teaching yall more from the prophets liken Isaiah and Daniel?”
Š For one, I should start answering this question by stating that I am not the spokesperson for churches of Christ present or past. Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:19-23 and Colossians 1:12-18).
Š In consulting the word of the Lord we find that the words of Christ, the New Testament (Hebrews 9:15-17), are how God has communicated to us today (Matthew 17:1-5, John 1:14-17, John 12:48-50, and Hebrews 1:1-2).
Š Having said that, faithful churches of Christ will teach from the prophets (Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-12); but will not use them as the standard of authority for today (Matthew 28:18-20).
Š Any faithful teacher alive since Christ died on the cross has and will use the prophets for reference and wherein there are truthful applications meant for today. Consider these examples: (Matthew 2:5, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 4:7, Matthew 4:10, Matthew 11:10, Matthew 21:13, Matthew 26:31, Mark 7:6, Mark 9:12, Luke 19:46, Luke 24:44, John 6:45, Acts 1:20, Acts 3:22, Acts 7:42, Acts 28:25-31, Romans 3:10-18, Romans 9:27, Romans 9:29, Romans 10:16, Romans 11:1-5, Romans 11:26, Romans 13:9, Romans 15:2, I Corinthians 9:9, Hebrews 8:8-13, etc.).
Š This will be done carefully as faithful teachers understand that the things contained under the Law of Moses are not in place as a law for today (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, and Colossians 2:14).
Š FYI, I have an ongoing O.T. study: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/oldtestamentstudies.html
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