Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
March 2017 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. “What is the difference between unity and tolerance? And what is the basis for unity? How long can I worship with brethren that are wrong before I become in the wrong for fellowship with them?”
Unity is being one in speech, mind, judgment, practice, teaching, obedience, etc. (Mark 3:31-35, Acts 2:46, Romans 15:6, I Corinthians 1:10, II Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 2:2, etc.).
We are to be as unified as Jesus and our Father (John 17:20-23).
Tolerating, or rather as the Bible calls forbearance, is part of how we are unified (Ephesians 4:1-3).
Forbearance is best illustrated by correctly understanding how the strong in the faith allow the weak in the faith to limit lawful liberties as not to cause the weak to stumble (Romans 14:1-15:3 and I Corinthians 8:1-13). You will note that even when forbearing with the weak, compromising the truth is not permitted (Romans 14:1-3; cf. I Timothy 4:1-5).
Neither unity or forbearance allow for compromising the truth (Psalms 119:1-4, Ephesians 4:14, I Timothy 1:1-7, I Timothy 6:3-5, and Jude 1:3-4).
The basis of unity is the rule (Philippians 3:16), the teachings of God (II John 1:6-11). The best text I can think of to certify the basis of our unity is I John 1:1-7.
We are commanded to have NO fellowship with those erring (Ephesians 5:6-11, I Timothy 5:22, and I Timothy 6:3-5).
Rather than worship with those in error, we have to come out from among them and be separate (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
I know many who do run to Revelation 3:1-6 to challenge what the Scriptures above teach.
Where did God say in Revelation 3:1-6 that those who had not defiled their garments could continue worshipping with those whom did? Wouldn’t that in fact contradict what was said to those in Pergamos in the same letter (Revelation 2:14-16)?
Wouldn’t the fact that those in error in Sardis, that were told to repent (Revelation 3:3), necessitate those remaining faithful withdraw themselves from them if they did not repent (I Corinthians 5:1-13 and II Thessalonians 3:6)?
If you choose to worship with those who are in error, and haven’t repented, you are sinning yourself (Romans 16:17-18, Titus 3:9-11, and Revelation 2:20-21).
2. “what can we be thankful for?”
The Lord says: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Be thankful for whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise (Philippians 4:6-8).
God is responsible for our creation (Genesis 1:27), the inhabitable earth (Isaiah 45:12), our natural resources needed to live (Acts 14:17), medications (Ezekiel 47:12), our salvation (II Peter 3:15), the natural capabilities we have (I Peter 4:11), our sources of edification and such spiritual needs (Acts 20:32 and I Thessalonians 5:11-14), our children (Psalms 127:3), wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-6) through the revealed word (Colossians 3:16), directions to follow (II Timothy 3:15-17), spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), grace (Ephesians 2:1-10), hope (Romans 8:24-25 and I Peter 1:3-9), and endless other things. He has given us all things pertaining to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4).
There is no shortage of things to be thankful for. From physical things such as the food we eat (I Timothy 4:1-5) to our spiritual blessings such as our brethren (Colossians 1:1-4), be thankful (Colossians 3:15).
3. “I do not believe that Polygamy is sinful per se, but it isn't God's ideal, and tends to become sinful like hoarding wealth. I know you don’t agree. What is your basis of disagreement since many in the good book practiced Polygamy?”
In times past God permitted polygamy (Genesis 4:19, Genesis 26:34-35, Deuteronomy 21:15, I Samuel 1:1-2, I Samuel 25:42-44, and I Kings 11:3).
There were things in the past that God allowed, but no more (Acts 17:30-31). See question # 7 for more on changes from the Old to New Laws.
Now, the law regarding marriage plainly shows that one eligible man is permitted to be married to one eligible woman (Matthew 19:3-12, Romans 7:1-3, I Corinthians 6:18-7:11, and Ephesians 5:31).
We need authority from our Lord for all that we say and do (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 6:46, Luke 11:27-28, Ephesians 5:10, and Colossians 3:17). There is no authority, under the New Testament, for the practice of polygamy.
4. “What does Col.1:13 mean about being translated into the kingdom?”
The word recorded as “translated” in this passage in the KJV means: “to transfer, i.e. carry away, depose or (figuratively) exchange, seduce: — put out, remove, translate, turn away” (Strong’s # 3179).
Meaning, He has removed us from citizenship in the world of sin (Galatians 1:3-4) and has made us citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20-21, Hebrews 12:22-23, and Hebrews 12:28).
5. “Are believers required by Jesus to follow the leadership of Donald Trumf?”
Yes, Christians are to subject themselves to the authority of Donald Trump (Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1-2, I Peter 2:13-17, and Jude 1:8)
The only exception would be if he requires something of us that would violate God’s word (Acts 5:17-29).
6. “Can you explain righteousness?”
Explain??? How about this: “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (I John 3:7-10).
You might also consider that all unrighteousness is sin (I John 5:17). Sin is transgression of God’s law (I John 3:4). Righteousness is not of ourselves (Romans 10:1-3).
Based upon what we can study in the Scriptures (i.e. Matthew 5:6, Matthew 5:20, Matthew 6:33, Acts 10:35, Romans 1:16-17, Romans 6:13-22, I Corinthians 15:34, Ephesians 5:9 [cf. Galatians 5:22-23], Philippians 1:11, II Timothy 2:22, and James 3:18), righteousness is the action (Psalms 15:2, Psalms 106:3, and I John 2:29) of doing what is right according to God (Job 36:3 and Psalms 119:172) under the words of the New Testament (Romans 10:4, Galatians 2:21, and Galatians 3:21-29) and from applying properly divided (II Timothy 2:14-18) principles of things written before the New Testament (Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-12).
Consider: “He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour” (Proverbs 21:21).
You can turn from righteousness (Ezekiel 33:18), so do not think righteousness is secure without continuance in such.
7. “The 4th commandment is the only one that says remember and keep holy. God never changes his commandments. Read what mans punishment is for disobeying the commandments. If you disobey the least of these you have disobeyed them all. The passage they try to change the sabbath is where his followers gathered togather after his death. Nothing more than we would do when we morn for one we lost. If the Sabbath changed at that time then why does Paul reference the Sabbath 84 times in Acts? Was Paul's writings wrong?”
You should consider what the Lord of the Sabbath taught as you seem to place far greater emphasis on the Sabbath Day than the Lord ever did (Mark 2:23-28).
The first premise of your human reasoning is that the, “4th commandment is the only one that says remember and keep holy”.
You’re wrong: “That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God” (Numbers 15:40).
Where did God mention a numbering of commandments, specifically, as you infer? If you really want to talk about the most important things, consider this: “But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:34-40).
The second premise of your human reasoning is, “God never changes his commandments”.
You’re wrong again: Matthew 5:21-48, Matthew 11:13, Matthew 19:7-8, Mark 10:4-12, Luke 16:16, John 4:19-24, Romans 7:1-6, Romans 8:1-4, Hebrews 7:1-10:22, etc.
Specifically, since you are hung up on the Sabbath, such was clearly changed (Colossians 2:6-17).
You are correct, though not in your application, if a person violates one of God’s applicable instructions he or she is guilty of all (James 2:10-12).
Paul’s writings in Acts? 84 times? The word doesn’t even appear in Acts but about nine times. Paul didn’t pen Acts (Luke 1:1-3 and Acts 1:1). The fact that Acts records Paul teaching on the Sabbath day (Acts 13:14-44, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 17:2, and Acts 18:4), means nothing more than that.
Here is something to consider… If you are going to justify yourself based upon the Law of Moses (scary; Galatians 5:4), aren’t there other things you must be doing than the Sabbath (Galatians 3:10)?
Are you practicing the death penalty for various sins (Leviticus 20:9-13).
Are you stoning to death everyone working on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-36)?
Are you keeping the feasts (Leviticus 23:1-44)?
Have you reclaimed the promised land (Deuteronomy 7:1-12), rebuilt the walls and temple Jerusalem as they did when they were restored (Ezra and Nehemiah)?
I assure you, you are NOT keeping anything of the Old Law correctly. It was never written to you (Leviticus 27:34 and Numbers 36:13) to begin with.
Faithful Christians understand that unto us is given the authority to esteem one day above another or to see every day like any other (Romans 14:5-12). Paul penned those instructions. God authored them (I Corinthians 2:9-13, I Corinthians 14:37, and II Timothy 3:16-17).
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