May 2012 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. “I'm sorry but I see nothing wrong with mixed dancing with the proper attitude. I grew up in the 40's with the big name bands and went to dances. My mother said she let me go because she knew nothing more on my mind except the joy of dancing. Same with mixed swimming. I had no immoral or sexual or any other bad thoughts on my mind. Some preachers have different thoughts as we got it preached to us under the works of the flesh. That covered dancing and everything else not written in scripture. I feel both are okay if you are not minded to lust.”
Š For one, the absence of Scriptural support for the above views says a lot (Isaiah 8:20).
Š “I see…” does not equate to “God approves” (Isaiah 55:7-9, Jeremiah 4:14, I Corinthians 3:18-19, and II Corinthians 10:17-18).
o What we feel in our hearts or our way of thinking is often wrong (Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25, Jeremiah 10:23, etc.).
o We need the authority of Christ to say these things are right (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 3:17, and II Timothy 3:15-17).
Š Secondly, I do not have to prove you wrong. The burden of proof is on you (Ephesians 5:10 and I Thessalonians 5:21).
Š Thirdly, who cares what “preachers” have said (I Corinthians 4:6)?
Š Fourthly, the movements in dancing can cause enticement (Matthew 14:1-11).
Š All of that being said, you cannot conclude that putting yourself in a certain position to lust (regardless of what you were initially “minded” not to do - Matthew 26:41) is acceptable to God if you read these Scriptures: Matthew 5:27-30, Mark 4:19, Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:16-24, I Thessalonians 5:22, James 1:13-16, I Peter 2:11, and I John 2:15-17.
2. “What lessons can be taught to people who are hooked on pornography?”
Š The obvious is that lusting after someone, whom you’re not married to (Hebrews 13:4), is a sin (SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION AS ALL POINTS THERE APPLY TO THIS QUESTION).
Š Secondly, the carnal mindset needs to be addressed (Romans 8:4-8).
o Consider that, a spiritually minded person would be disgusted by someone who would have his or her naked body on display in such a manner (Palms 101:3).
o For the spiritually minded person, beauty may include physical attraction but it also goes well beyond that (Proverbs 31:10-31 and I Peter 3:3-6).
o For those who think that thoughts are okay as long as you do not act, though we’ve already addressed the sin of lust, consider that we’re to CONTROL our thoughts (Proverbs 15:26, Proverbs 24:9, Matthew 15:18-20, and II Corinthians 10:5).
3. “Does John 3:13 mean that no one is in heaven? Don’t we go to heaven or hell when we die?”
Š Yes, John 3:13 means that no man or woman has died and gone to heaven. Contextually, it was a point to show that no man had seen God (cf. John 1:18 and John 6:46).
Š When you die you either go to torment or paradise in Hades (Luke 16:19-31; cf. Luke 23:39-43 and Acts 2:22-31).
4. “What are the seven deadly sins?”
Š There is no such thing! In searching the Internet to find where this originated, it APPEARS to come from the Roman Catholic Church (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins).
o Catholicism says these sins are: lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, anger, envy and pride. It has also been said that they are adding seven new deadly sins including drug dealing and damaging the environment (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336330,00.html#ixzz1ubbTNwfr).
Š All sin is equal and result in spiritual death (Romans 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, Romans 8:13, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:6, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, James 1:13-16, and Revelation 21:8).
5. “Can other religions like Buddhists get to heaven?”
Š No, (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, I Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 4:4-6, Ephesians 5:23, I Timothy 2:5-6, and I John 5:11-12).
6. “Why was the Lord’s prayer for communion just thankful for the bread and then the cup? Shouldn’t our prayers always include other things we are thankful for because of 1 Thess. 5:18?”
Š For one, it was the Lord praying. He’s the standard to follow (I Peter 2:21 and I John 2:1-6). Who are we to say He should have or should not have prayed for something (Romans 9:20)?
Š Secondly, there are several “forms” of “prayer” (Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, and I Timothy 2:1):
o Prayer is the general term (I Peter 3:12).
o Supplication (Acts 1:14 and I Timothy 5:5): “a seeking, asking, entreating, entreaty to God or to man” (Thayer’s Greek – English Lexicon of the New Testament; page 126; Strong’s # 1162).
o Thanksgiving (I Timothy 4:1-5): “the giving of thanks” (Thayer’s Greek – English Lexicon of the New Testament; page 264; Strong’s # 2169).
§ The giving of thanks can be broad (Ephesians 5:20) or for one specific thing (Acts 27:35 and I Thessalonians 1:2).
o Intercessions (Romans 10:1 and James 5:16 [translated “prayer”): “imploring of God’s aid in some particular matter” (Thayer’s Greek – English Lexicon of the New Testament; page 218; Strong’s # 1783).
Š If you study this through, you will learn that there are many times wherein we may offer a prayer of thanksgiving for just one thing.
7. “In a recent sermon you said that God will allow people to believe lies. I disagree. How can you say that if you read Timothy 2:4? He will not allow people to believe things about him that are false.”
Š As I Timothy 2:4 says, God does want all to be saved (II Peter 3:7-10). However, he gives us up when we reject Him (Romans 1:17-32).
Š Yet, He will allow people to believe lies (II Thessalonians 2:9-12) and even has sent the lies (I Kings 22:15-23).
8. “Does the bible really condone slavery?”
Š God does not approve of abusing others (Galatians 5:13-14), but does approve of slavery (Ephesians 6:5-9, Colossians 3:22-25, Colossians 4:1, I Timothy 6:1-2, and I Peter 2:18-20).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager