July 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.
1. “Thank you for doing these questions and leaving the answers indexed. It is useful. I have found this website to very helpful in my studies. I am from a congregation you would say is liberal. I am ok with that. I think your teachings are on point but a tad bit more serious than anyone should take the bible. I have a question. As a congregation we get a lot of preachers wanting monthly help and some wanting to do missionary trips. Should we get a budget from them to know who needs the help the most?”
Your statement of: “ I am from a congregation you would say is liberal. I am ok with that. I think your teachings are on point...” causes me to have deep concerns.
Jesus died to purchase His body the church (Acts 20:28 and Ephesians 5:25).
That means, one body/church (Ephesians 4:4-6) that He heads up (Ephesians 1:22-23).
There is no “liberal” church, “conservative” church, etc. The true church does not teach certain doctrines here, different one’s there, etc. (II John 1:9-11, John 17:20-23, I Corinthians 4:17, and Philippians 3:16).
Therefore, you should not be okay with me teaching “on point”, but considering where you assemble as liberal. That means we are not at all united in the singular body of Christ. I hope we can study together and bridge this gap Scripturally.
I am confused as to how you reason. You appreciate these questions & answer studies. You find what I teach to be “on point”. Yet, you conclude that I take the Scriptures too seriously.
The word of God is the standard by which all of mankind will be judged (John 12:48, Romans 2:16, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, and II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
Have you considered that sin is transgression of the Law (I John 3:4)?
The Law of Christ is what we are under (Galatians 6:2 and James 1:25).
All it takes is one offense to be guilty of all (James 2:10-12). The liar and murderer are alike in God’s sight (Revelation 21:8).
Could it be that you like my website because the truth is taught. However, you have to consider me “too serious” when it comes to things that would require you change whom you are in fellowship with? Or, maybe, is it that you have some views you do not want to part with for some reason(s) and that makes you find some way to try and discount some Scriptures? Please examine yourself in these things (II Corinthians 13:5).
You are either a child of God or a child of the devil (I John 3:8-10).
You are either with Christ or against Him (Matthew 12:30).
If you find yourself looking to me for answers, that means you are NOT getting them from those you are in fellowship with. That says something. If you believe I would consider you in error on something, which you infer, then that is not me being “too serious”. That is you being in error or me being in error, but we cannot both believe different things and both be right. There is but one standard (Luke 4:4) that we must both hold to (II Timothy 1:13) and speak from (I Corinthians 1:10) cautiously (II Timothy 2:14-18 and II Peter 3:15-18).
If I am erring, which going too far with things would be (Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Acts 15:1-35, Galatians 1:6-9, Colossians 2:5-23, and Revelation 22:18-19), you should not be looking to me for answers (Proverbs 19:27 and Romans 16:17-18).
Since I do not know anything about you or the congregation you are a part of, I would not say you are “liberal” (John 7:24). I once often used that term, but have come to find it way too vague. Just for your information, a Christian and a congregation of Christians should be liberal in some things (i.e. I Corinthians 16:1-4 and II Corinthians 8:1-4).
Regarding a faithful congregation supporting faithful preachers (though you have stated I would not call the congregation you are with faithful)… A congregation should support faithful evangelists (I Corinthians 9:1-14, II Corinthians 11:8, and Philippians 4:10-18).
There is no authority to require a budget from an evangelist seeking support.
A congregation MUST know that an evangelist is faithful, as supporting him is fellowship (Philippians 4:14-15 [the words translated “communicate” and “communicated” in the KJV mean fellowship], and faithful brethren cannot be in fellowship with those not faithful (Ephesians 5:6-11).
I do not know what you mean by “missionary trips”. That is not biblical terminology. It is often used by man-made religions to justify thousands of unscriptural practices.
2. “We have a lady in the church here that says her husband rapes her. We are wondering how to handle that? She is a member he is not a member.”
I do not know how to handle this situation with the very little information you have written (Proverbs 18:13).
When you say she is a “member” and he is not, does that mean he is not a Christian? Does that mean he is a Christian, but not a member of the local congregation? Is He reasonable? Is she reasonable? How is their marital relationship aside from this issue (whatever it really is)? Has their been legal actions taken?
If he is a Christian, that would open the door for the two of them to involve brethren (Matthew 18:15-17) and close the door to some civil actions (I Corinthians 6:1-8).
I am not sure exactly how, in a proper marriage, rape can occur. A Christian woman should be giving her body to her husband (I Corinthians 7:1-5).
This question requires much more information be given. The surface of it contains many scary implications. It also brings about many questions… Why do you know this information? How was it brought about? Why? What is really going on? I do not think this can be answered from any source on the Internet.
3. “Can you explain why so many different things are said about being saved when we can read Ro 10:13 ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’?”
The phrase “call upon”, as used in Romans 10:13, means: “ to entitle; by implication, to invoke (for aid, worship, testimony, decision, etc.):--appeal (unto), call (on, upon), surname” (Strong’s #1941).
“Calling on the name of the Lord” is not a simple statement. It includes many other things than just saying the name of the Lord (i.e. Acts 2:21-47 and Acts 22:16).
Calling on the name of the Lord is also an action that those who have already obeyed the Gospel continue doing (I Corinthians 1:2). In worship and life in general, Christians are constantly invoking the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:1-17).
In regard to being saved initially, there are MANY things one must do. They may even vary in some instances. For a general study, consider some of the following Scriptures: Matthew 13:1-23, Matthew 18:1-4, Acts 3:19, John 8:31-32, Romans 10:9-17, Acts 8:4-39, Acts 19:1-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:25-33, and Romans 6:1-23.
There are many more if you so desire to learn them. Let’s study together so we can find what you would need to do to be saved.
4. “What is a door or utterance?”
I am guessing that you are asking about a “door of utterance” i.e.: “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds” (Colossians 4:3).
A door of utterance, as used in Colossians 4:3, meant an opportunity to teach (cf. Acts 14:27, I Corinthians 16:8-9, and II Corinthians 2:12-14).
A similar statement is “an entrance” in regarding preaching (i.e. I Thessalonians 2:1-2).
Remember, God DIRECTLY sent the Apostles places to teach in ways He does not today (Acts 16:1-10).
5. “The BIBLE says I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. That was SOLOMON not JESUS. Why did Jesus claim to be greater howeverbeatit, Solomon was?”
You are quoting I Kings 3:12 which refers to what Solomon asked of God in I Kings 3:5-10. It appears you are also referring to Matthew 12:38-42 and/or Luke 11:29-32.
You cannot compare an earthly king to the Heavenly king. All Solomon was promised was in regard to mere men (i.e. I Kings 1:37; 47).
There is no comparison between Solomon and Jesus for many, many reasons. Therefore, Jesus is NOT like Solomon. Here are a few Scriptures that would certainly open the eyes of an honest person regarding Jesus being greater than Solomon: Isaiah 9:6-7 [cf. Luke 1:26-38] Matthew 17:1-5, John 1:1-18, John 3:25-36, John 8:23-24, Colossians 1:12-20, I Timothy 6:13-16, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 6:19-10:22, and I Peter 3:21-22.
FYI… You will not stand before Solomon on the Day of Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 14:11-12, and II Corinthians 5:10).
6. “how can a person take away the righteousness of another person like stated in Isa. 5:23?”
In context (Isaiah 5:20-25), those who take away “the righteousness of the righteous from him” are those that are taking away justice from the righteous for bribes (Proverbs 17:23 and Micah 3:11), which was wrong (Deuteronomy 16:19).
The word translated “reward” in Isaiah 5:23 means a bribe (Strong’s # 7810).
The passage in question is about perverted judgment against the righteous (i.e. I Kings 21:1-13) and they were doing that even to the defenseless (Isaiah 10:1-2).
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