July 2013 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. YouÕll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.
á The word of God DOES teach us to Òlove thy neighbor as thyselfÓ (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:31, Mark 12:33, Luke 10:25-37, Romans 13:9-10, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8-12).
á Everything I write about homosexuals is from the Scriptures (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, I Corinthians 6:9-10, and Jude 7; cf. Genesis 18:16-19:25).
á What I say appears hateful for it is full of hatred [disgust] as the Scriptures teach me to be toward all SIN and SINNERS (Psalms 31:6, Psalms 119:104, Psalms 119:163, Psalms 139:21-22, Amos 5:15, Romans 12:9, I Peter 3:10-11, and Revelation 2:6).
á On the other hand, I love all sinners enough to write these things and urge them to repent that they might be saved (Acts 3:19 and Revelation 3:19).
á I also have enough compassion to ask the Lord to be longsuffering with this world that they might be saved (I Timothy 2:1-5; cf. II Peter 3:9).
á According to God, homosexual do NOT have the right to a family (Genesis 2:18-25).
2. ÒFor whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:13). IsnÕt this all that matters? Says nothing about baptism does it?Ó
á There is no one, single action, that will bring salvation to anyone whom is lost. That includes baptism and calling on the name of the Lord. One context shows both need to be done, in addition to other things (Acts 2:21-41).
á There are many things we must do to be saved (Matthew 10:22, Matthew 16:24-27, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 13:23-24, John 8:31-32, John 10:9, John 14:6, Acts 3:19, Acts 15:11, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:9-17, I Corinthians 1:18, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:5-10, Ephesians 5:23, II Thessalonians 2:10, I Timothy 4:16, James 2:14-26, I Peter 3:21, etc.).
á Calling on the name of the Lord does INCLUDE baptism (Acts 22:16).
á Please consider that the entirety of the Scriptures needs to be considered when you are looking at your salvation (John 5:39). Then take that information and work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
3. ÒDo your choices change your future or does God already have it all planned out for you?Ó
á God does not have your future mapped out. What YOU do is what affects your life here on earth and in the life to come (Exodus 15:26, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:14-16, Job 4:8, Proverbs 1:31, Proverbs 12:14, Isaiah 3:10-11, Jeremiah 2:19, Luke 11:28, John 5:28-29, II Corinthians 5:10, Galatians 6:7-9, Colossians 1:21-23, and Hebrews 10:36).
4. ÒShould a Christian army be formed to fight against the oppression our government stands for and against the sinfulness we see?Ó
á There are so many reasons we should not be even thinking this. For one, God has never authorized Christians to form an army. WeÕd need His authority for this (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:4, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
á Secondly, Christians are in a battle and that battle is NOT a carnal battle (II Corinthians 10:3-4, Ephesians 6:10-17, I Timothy 1:18, I Timothy 6:12, II Timothy 2:3-4, and Jude 3-4).
á Finally, we should not be surprised that wickedness is in the world (Galatians 1:3-4 and I John 5:19).
5. ÒI know about the sons of Israel, but did he have any daughters?Ó
á Israel is Jacob (Genesis 35:10).
á Yes, he had daughters (Genesis 34:3 and Genesis 37:34-35).
6. ÒWhat does the bible mean when we read about the new man and old man?Ó
á There are three contexts of the Bible that, if you study them through rightly (II Timothy 2:15), you will find that the old man is that sinful being you leave behind while becoming a new spiritually minded person in Christ (Romans 6:1-18, Ephesians 4:17-5:11, and Colossians 3:1-17).
7. ÒWhy does the Church of Christ think it is the only right church?Ó
á Let me begin by saying that all who call themselves churches of Christ are not really what the Bible says is the church of Christ (II John 9; cf. Galatians 1:2-9, Galatians 3:1, Revelation 2:1-7, Revelation 2:12-29, Revelation 3:1-6, and Revelation 3:14-22).
á Those of us who correctly bear the name church of Christ (Acts 2:47) know we are the only church that is right because the Bible says so:
o Jesus promised to build His church (Matthew 16:13-18).
o His church bears His name (Acts 20:28 [cf. Matthew 1:23] and Romans 16:16).
o His church is the ONLY church [church = body; Ephesians 1:22-23 and Colossians 1:18] (Ephesians 1:22-23) that exists rightfully (Ephesians 4:1-6 and Colossians 3:15).
© 2013 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