March 2014 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.
1. “Is there anything unscriptural with a local work that makes it a policy to not use a man in leading prayers for a specified amount of time until they are certain that he is sound and truly faithful?”
We should never approach a biblical subject with “is it unscriptural”. We need to approach all matters with the question of what God says, not what He does not say (Leviticus 10:1-2, Deuteronomy 12:32, IISamuel 7:1-7, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 28:18-20, and ICorinthians 4:6).
It is SCRIPTURAL, before anyone is even allowed into the fellowship of the saints, that they MUST be examined (Matthew 7:15-20, Colossians 2:8, IJohn 4:1, IJohn 1:3-7, and IIJohn 9-11; cf. Jude 3-4). Be aware - false brethren sneak in (Jude 4).
Secondly, sin prevents God from hearing prayers (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 1:10-18, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and IPeter 3:12). Therefore, you’d better do your level best to be sure the person leading everyone in prayer is actually capable of being heard by God.
Thirdly, you have to know that the person leading the congregation in worship is actually capable of doing so. In prayer, everyone needs to be able to agree with the public prayer that’s lead and be able to be edified (ICorinthians 14:15-17).
You cannot just assume people know how to pray or will do it correctly (James 4:3; cf. IJohn 5:14-15). Prayer is a learned skill, not a natural one (Luke 11:1).
Again, there are many levels on which this question can be addressed. Consider that not all people are good at leading (Isaiah 9:16 and ITimothy 3:6-7). Some people get nervous in front of others. Other things could prevent some men from ever leading.
Weighing these things, there is no way that a sound congregation would ever just allow anyone to lead prayers, songs, teach, etc. without doing all they can to know that person is faithful and capable first. The results of being mislead are not good (Matthew 15:14).
2. “Why don’t you have any studies on STDs?”
Faithful Christians do not engage in unlawful sexual relationships to be concerned about STD’s (Acts 15:20, ICorinthians 6:13, ICorinthians 6:18, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians 3:5-6, and IThessalonians 4:3).
I teach people to get married to fulfill sexual desires which is teaching that prevents STD’s (ICorinthians 7:1-5 and Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, every lesson I have against fornication and for marriage is a lesson against STD’s.
If a Christian erred and committed fornication, the STD’s that could come from it are not as bad as the consequences they’d face from God (Galatians 5:19-21) or the brethren (ICorinthians 5:1-13 and IIThessalonians 3:6).
3. “Do we have to answer every Bible question asked to us because of what IPeter 3:15 says?”
No, (Matthew 21:23-27, ITimothy 1:3-7, ITimothy 6:3-5, IITimothy 2:23, and Titus 3:9-11).
4. “can you give me book and verse on where our souls come from? I am stuck thank you.”
God (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Isaiah 57:16, Jeremiah 38:16, Zechariah 12:1, and Hebrews 12:9).
5. “What should be considered in determining when the church assembles? Is it wrong if the Church is meeting and members choose not to come?”
The first and obvious answer is the Scriptures (Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 28:18-20, ICorinthians 4:6, Colossians 3:17, IITimothy 1:13, and IITimothy 3:16-17).
Within the Scriptures you find that the church is to, at the least, assemble on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7 and ICorinthians 16:1-2).
You also find that the church MAY assemble at other times (Acts 14:26-27) and for reasons other than worship (Matthew 18:15-17 and Acts 15:1-31).
One thing that MUST be considered when the local church assembles is whether or not all of the members CAN assemble at that time (ICorinthians 11:33). You cannot just meet whenever and leave body parts out of that assembly (cf. Ephesians 4:16).
Yes, it is wrong if someone CHOOSES not to assemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:24-31).
6. “Are Christians supposed to use medicines when sick?”
You should do all that you (lawfully using the Scriptures) can to take care of your body (ICorinthians 6:15; 20).
Medicines, doctors, and such are explicitly and implicitly authorized to be used in the Scriptures (Genesis 50:1-2, Isaiah 1:6, Jeremiah 8:22, Jeremiah 30:13, Ezekiel 47:12, and Colossians 4:14).
7. “Could you please comment some on John 12:25-26?”
We have to surrender our lives to Christ to be saved (Matthew 16:24-27). This means that Christ always comes first (Luke 9:57-62 and Colossians 3:1-4). If one is not willing to give all for our Lord, they cannot be saved (Matthew 19:16-30 and Luke 14:25-33).
Christians are servants of Christ (Romans 1:1, Colossians 3:24, and Colossians 4:12). This requires self-denial (Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23-24). This requires us to follow in the steps of Christ (Philippians 2:4-11, IPeter 2:21, and IPeter 4:1-2).
We will receive honor from our heavenly Father (Romans 2:10 and IPeter 5:4). When serving Christ faithfully, we can know we’ll eventually be in Heaven with Him (John 14:1-3).
That being said, we have to remind ourselves that we cannot “earn” Heaven regardless of how hard we work as servants for Christ (Luke 17:7-10 and Ephesians 2:5-10; cf. ICorinthians 15:9-10).
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