March 2015 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. 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).
á God expects you NOT to sin (John 8:1-11, Romans 6:1-2, Romans 6:15-16, I Corinthians 15:34, II Corinthians 7:1, II Timothy 2:19, Titus 2:11-14, and I John 2:1).
á He expects you to avoid anything that will cause you to be tempted to sin (Proverbs 4:14-15, Matthew 26:41, Romans 13:14, I Thessalonians 5:22, and I Peter 2:11).
á There is nothing in the Scriptures that allows confession of sin prior to the sin.
á Furthermore, asking for forgiveness even after a sin has occurred; is not enough to have the sin forgiven (Ezekiel 18:30, Matthew 3:7-8, Luke 13:1-5, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30-31, Romans 2:4, and Revelation 3:19).
á You have to turn away from sin, not turn to it, to be forgiven (II Chronicles 7:14, Isaiah 55:6-7, Jeremiah 7:1-5, Ezekiel 14:6, Ezekiel 33:14-16, Matthew 21:28-32, and Acts 26:18-20).
2. ÒOur small local church has lost many of it's members resulting with the contribution to be far less and now barely able function. If we have some funds in a treasury that was accumulated before losing so many members. Is the local church scripturally authorized to invest the money in a short term CD or Savings Account etc where interest is paid?Ó
á For one, the LordÕs body should not be accumulating funds. The Lord is not served if He returns and finds His money in the bank. The church may spend the LordÕs money by supporting faithful preachers (I Corinthians 9:6-14, II Corinthians 11:8, and Philippians 4:10-18), aiding truly needy saints (II Corinthians 8:4; 9:1-14), supporting widows indeed (I Timothy 5:3-16), and supporting qualified (cf. I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) elders (I Timothy 5:17-18). We know the works of the LordÕs church are evangelism (I Thessalonians 1:7-9), spiritual edification (Ephesians 4:16), and aiding needy saints (Romans 15:25-27).
á We need authority from the Scriptures for everything we do (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 6:46, I Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, II Timothy 1:13, and II John 9). There is no authority for the church to invest the LordÕs money carnally for interest or other gains.
á Funds collected for the LordÕs work are not under our authority (Acts 5:1-4).
á When you take someone elseÕs money and use it according to your own will, that is theft (John 12:1-6)!
3. ÒI really am thankful you have this questions materials to learn from. I have a question I want to submit. I heard a sermon where the minister said that the poor are shunned by God because poverty comes to sinners. He used Proverbs 22:4 as his proof that if you are poor it is because you are a sinner. I think he is using that wrong. WhatÕs your take on this?Ó
á I do not want to offer you Òmy takeÓ. That infers (though I know you may not be meaning to do so) that we have some ability in ourselves to determine what is truth and error. The word of God is truth (John 17:17 and Colossians 1:5) and stands regardless of Òour takeÓ on it (Psalms 119:151-152 and Matthew 24:35).
á If you look at the context of Proverbs 22:4, such as the preceding three verses, you will see this ÒministerÓ has twisted the Scriptures (II Peter 3:15-17) in his conclusion. Notice: Ò(1) A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (2) The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. (3) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. (4) By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and lifeÓ (Proverbs 22:1-4).
á The kind of riches that comes through the Lord are spiritual riches (Proverbs 8:18-19, Luke 18:22, Ephesians 3:8, and Revelation 3:14-18; cf. Luke 16:11).
á Poverty is not a sign of sin (Luke 6:20-21, Luke 9:57-58, Romans 15:25-27, II Corinthians 8:9, and James 2:5).
4. ÒI am wondering why many in the church talk about loving each other but they dont even know one another outside of worship. I dont think Jesus meant we are just to show love when we are worshipping. You can see his love for fellow believers and tells us to love like he did. Your website has a lot of lessons that deal with this. I agree with all of them. I have never been to El Paso. If I came there would I find that the church really has this love for each other or would I find you preach on it and it stops there with a sermon?Ó
á First, to put Scriptures to this point you are making, Jesus expects Christians to love one another as He loved us (John 13:34-35 and John 15:12-17).
á Brotherly love is demanded of Christians (Romans 12:10, I Thessalonians 4:9, Hebrews 13:1, I Peter 1:22, I Peter 3:8-9, and I John 4:7-12) and when absent you know that those people or that person cannot even love God (I John 4:20-21).
á Brotherly love is action (I John 3:11-18) and is seen in more than one way (i.e. Proverbs 27:5-6, II Corinthians 12:15, Ephesians 4:1-2, Philemon 1:1-25, etc.).
á Now, concerning the congregation here in El Paso, among the members you definitely find sincere love for one another. It is visible (Matthew 7:20). The faithful members know one another very well. Brotherly love requires a relationship (Matthew 12:46-50 and Galatians 5:13-14), not just a time together in worship. YouÕd have to come, inspect, and judge whether or not you see it here (I John 4:1).
5. ÒYou use too many scriptures when preaching. You use them all wrong. Why do you think using scripture after scripture proves YOUR point? Do you even know what it means to study a chapter of the bible in context?Ó
á First of all, I teach two classes per week that are verse by verse through the Bible. Each class going through every verse in the chapter. One Old Testament and one New Testament class (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/classesandsermons/textualstudies.html). Therefore, you have CLEARLY not examined what I actually teach or how, but have made a false charge without the facts (Proverbs 18:13).
á Secondly, I challenge you to show me one example of something I have taught wherein I have incorrectly used a Scripture. If I did that it would be sinful (II Peter 3:15-17). When I study for teaching I study the context of every Scripture I use. In fact, I even look over those contexts freshly even if I know them well. Again, false charge!
á Thirdly, I pattern how I teach (using Scriptures and how) after how men of God taught in the New Testament. Consider comparing the way I teach with the following: Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 9:12-13, Matthew 13:1-23, Matthew 15:1-9, Matthew 21:12-13, Luke 4:16-30, John 6:26-33, Acts 7:1-51, Acts 8:27-38, Acts 13:15-41, Acts 15:13-21, Acts 28:23-31, Romans 3:9-24, Galatians 4:21-31, etc.
á As far as context goes, I teach often that danger of taking Scriptures out of context. Check my website. YouÕll find items like this: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wordsoftruthbulletin08_24_2008.html
á Finally, I use so many Scriptures when teaching because the truth and salvation is not found in my words, but in His (Luke 4:4, John 6:63, John 6:68, John 17:17, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 10:14-17, I Corinthians 15:1-4, II Timothy 3:15-17, Titus 1:1-3, and James 1:21). ThatÕs why I am commanded to preach the WORD (II Timothy 4:2).
6. "Was Jesus while he was on earth acting as an example for us as humans ever angry?"
á Yes, (Mark 3:1-6; cf. Psalms 7:11).
á He even acted based on scripturally based (Jeremiah 15:17) emotion (John 2:11-17).
á Anger, in itself, is not sinful (Ephesians 4:26).
á Using God as our example (Ephesians 5:1), understanding at the same time we do not have His roles, we can see that spiritually minded wrath isnÕt even wrong (Romans 1:18).
á It is carnal/fleshly wrath we have to be really concerned about (James 1:19-20).
7. ÒI am part of a church where everyone seems to be treated differently. ShouldnÕt all Christians be treated the same based on 1 Cor. 12:25?Ó
á In many ways, NO all Christians should not be treated the same (i.e. Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 15:1-7, Romans 15:1-3, I Thessalonians 5:12-14, II Thessalonians 3:14-15, I Timothy 5:1-2, Hebrews 13:7-8, and Hebrews 13:17). *The preceding Scriptures were not a complete list of all the different ways to treat brethren.
á Even the context of the verse you used (I Corinthians 12:25) says there is to be different treatment of some for various reasons (I Corinthians 12:22-24).
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