Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
June 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).
1. “Please I need a scriptural answer for this. Over here in Ghana, we still do the chieftaincy system, with its pouring of libations, incantations, shedding of animal blood and swearing of oaths among others. It so happens that there are some members of the Lord's church who are traditional leaders or chiefs. Please I want the scriptural position on taking up traditional leadership roles such as being a chief alongside being a Christian, which comes with the honor of dining with the Lord every Lord's day?”
Being a civil leader among people is not a problem (Acts 10:1-2).
Giving honor to a civil leader, having civil leadership, is not a problem (I Peter 2:13-17).
Living in and up to certain lawful civil customs in a given society is not a problem either (I Corinthians 9:19-27).
The pouring out of libations [drink offerings], shedding of animal blood, and swearing of oaths, those are the problems:
No Christian would accept sacrifices towards him or herself (Acts 14:8-18).
No offerings are to be made even to God now (Hebrews 10:1-22).
If by incantations you mean magic spells and charms, by all means this is sinful (Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:6, Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:9-14, I Samuel 28:3-25, Isaiah 8:19-20, Malachi 3:5, Acts 19:18-19, and Galatians 5:19-21).
Swearing, if I understand what you mean, is wrong (Matthew 5:33-37).
An oath being right or wrong depends on what you mean by the word. The way in which it appears you are using the word, would be wrong (James 5:12).
If you mean a covenant, a promise, and agreement; then such is a different discussion with many areas to consider. As a whole, such are not wrong in themselves (i.e. Matthew 20:1-16).
I am not sure what you mean when you speak of the honor of dining with the Lord every Lord’s day. It appears though you are saying this one in authority has certain prestige that is being honored in social meals tied to spiritual things. Thus, consider a few Scriptures as general points if they apply: (Matthew 23:1-12, Mark 12:38-40, Romans 12:10, Romans 14:17, I Corinthians 3:18-4:6, Philippians 2:3, and James 2:1-12).
2. “I like your website. I cannot find classes for kids. What do you recommend as good doctrine for children to learn? Just using the Bible is more than young children can benefit from.”
There is not book or chapter of the Bible directed to children for me to have a section of my website for. Teaching children is the work of parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Proverbs 4:1-5, Ephesians 6:4, and Titus 1:5-9).
When the Gospel is taught to adults, children are to be present to hear it without some modification made for them (Deuteronomy 31:12, Ezra 10:1-4, Matthew 14:13-21, Matthew 15:32-38, Matthew 18:1-5, and Mark 10:1-15).
Saying that children cannot learn from the Scriptures is false (II Timothy 3:15-17).
3. “As Christians do we have to be against science? I am reading 1 Tim. 6:20 and thinking it is saying this to us.”
Actually, I Timothy 6:20-21 teaches to avoid oppositions to science, not to avoid science: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen”.
The word translated “science” [γνῶσις] in I Timothy 6:20 means: “knowing (the act), i. e. (by implication) knowledge:— knowledge, science” (Strong’s # 1108).
God does not oppose knowledge, He wants us to have knowledge (Proverbs 2:1-10, Proverbs 10:14, Proverbs 19:2, Hosea 4:1-6, Colossians 1:10, Colossians 3:10, and II Peter 3:18).
Also, real knowledge obtain through real investigation, is certainly in accordance with God’s will (I Thessalonians 5:21).
4. “I am a faithful sister follower in the word of God in each way each day. I live in Nairobi Kenya. I have a kinswoman that I have to live with me now. When this arrangement made I thought I could teach her the word of God in each way. She is not receiving now the good news. What can I do if she not willing to be reading the good news with me?”
There are many factors that are unknown in answering this question. There are also plenty of side matters to consider.
Why did you have a kinswoman come to live with you?
Was it to provide her with needed physical assistance (i.e. Luke 10:25-37 and I Timothy 5:10)?
Was there an agreement in place that your purpose of having her in your home was for her to learn and if that did not happen there was an expiration of your hospitality? Were you honest about your intentions (Romans 12:17)?
Are you teaching using carnal subtlety (II Corinthians 11:3)?
Are you thinking she is a lost cause (i.e. I Timothy 6:4-5)?
In general, if a person is not interested in learning the Gospel, you cannot do anything more (Proverbs 23:9, Matthew 7:6, Matthew 10:14, and Acts 13:42-51).
The only other thing left to do is to live as an example to this person (Proverbs 4:18, Philippians 2:14-16, and I Peter 3:1-4).
5. “What is the age of accountability?”
There is no “age of accountability” stated in the Scriptures.
Each person, from young to old, has to have several things under consideration when discussing if he or she is lost. Consider a few...
Has he or she sinned, meaning they transgressed the Law of God (I John 3:4) and are capable of understanding that (James 4:17)?
Can he or she hear (Romans 10:14-17), understand (Matthew 13:19), and believe the Gospel to be taught it (Acts 18:8)?
Can he or she really, without having his or her hand held by mom, dad, grandparents, etc., understand the commitment it takes to faithfully follow the Lord (Luke 14:25-33)?
Can he or she really, without the need for parental consent, serve God (Matthew 6:33)?
Does this person need to be converted (Acts 3:19), changed (Acts 26:28-20), from what they are to a sinless person (II Corinthians 7:1 and II Timothy 2:19)?
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