Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
November 2010 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. “Mr. Yeager I am a Christian. I am a member of a very large Baptist Church in the Atlanta area. I came upon your webpages while searching for a Church to attend and found the things you have written about Baptists Church a bit harsh. One thing I would like to see you answer is how your little Church is righteous being so small?”
Š For one, there is no such thing as a Christian who is also a Baptist (Acts 4:10-12 and I Corinthians 1:10-13; cf. Matthew 26:46-50).
o If you once obeyed the Gospel and have fallen away, you would know that there is no such thing as a Baptist Christian.
o Don’t proclaim to follow John the Baptizer. He taught that none should follow him (John 3:25-30 and Acts 19:4).
o The Baptist church started in 1609 (http://centerforbaptiststudies.org/400years/). The church our Lord died to establish (Acts 20:28) was in place in the first century (Romans 16:16). The saved where added to His church then (Acts 2:47). HINT: that means the saved are not added to the Baptist church, for it did not exist!!!!
o A Christian is a disciple of Christ (Acts 11:26). A disciple of Christ is someone who not only begins following Christ, but also continues to do so (John 8:31).
Š Secondly, being larger in number of followers is not a necessarily a good thing (Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24, Luke 18:8, and I Peter 3:20-21).
Š Finally, truth is a bit sharp (Hebrews 4:12).
Š God’s people are expected to communicate in plain speech (I Corinthians 2:1-5 and II Corinthians 3:12). It is my hope that you will hear the truth, so that you might be freed from sin (John 8:32). Please, seek further and let us help!
Š I have a series of articles, that include information about the Baptist church, that you should consider: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/bulletinindex/cocbulletinsvol10.htm
2. “why don’t you see that the parable of the good samaritan show you that the church is to aid in benevolence to any who ask?”
Š The church is not under discussion in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Š Why doesn’t II Thessalonians 3:10 show you that your premise is false?
Š Additionally, Luke 10:25-37 is teaching how individuals ought to aid those in true and obvious need. By doing so, one is displaying a neighborly attitude.
Š I Timothy 5:3-16 clearly shows the difference between what the individual can do with their money and how the church is limited in using the Lord’s money.
3. “Brian,We, like most congregations that I know of, have a monthly singing service in which the majority of the hour is spent singing. Some brethren do not attend because they feel like it is ‘only a singing’ service. If you have a class outline that points out the importance of singing I would appreciate a copy. What can be said to these people?”
Š I do not have an outline on the importance of singing. Such is easy to prove though (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, etc.).
Š However, the real point is the violation of Hebrews 10:24-25 when those who are not assembling with the saints do not come together at any time in which the saints assemble.
Š These certainly are walking disorderly (II Thessalonians 3:6).
4. “The Holy Spirit teaches the truth. False Teachers are teachers that KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY teach something that is false. We have the Holy Spirit helping us to teach the truth but I at times teach something that is wrong but I am not a false teacher when I teach something I do not know for sure. How can YOU who haves not the Holy Spirit say someone is a False Teacher everytime something is wrong in their teaching? If this were true know one would ever get to heaven.”
Š The Holy Spirit TAUGHT the truth and did so directly (John 16:13).
Š If the Holy Spirit were speaking through you, which He does not do today (I Corinthians 13:8-10; cf. Acts 8:12-20), you wouldn’t have to worry about saying something wrong (Matthew 10:16-20).
Š You would not have to learn from studies either (I John 2:27).
Š The Scriptures are clear about anyone who does not bring the truth in teaching (Romans 16:17-18, Galatians 1:6-10, I Timothy 1:3-7, etc.; cf. Matthew 12:33-37).
Š Ignorantly teaching error is not an excuse (Matthew 22:29, James 1:16, and II John 9).
Š To keep from being a false teacher you must teach only that which you are SURE is right (I Thessalonians 5:21; cf. Romans 14:23).
Š One more thing, false teachers are also those who do not teach what NEEDS to be taught, for error often spreads because teachers don’t teach correctly (Ezekiel 3:18, Acts 20:26-27, and II Timothy 4:2-5).
Š Be SURE about this – There us a greater judgment on those of us who take on the role of teaching (James 3:1). So yes, it sure is hard for us to get to heaven.
5. “Is it wrongful to attend services of denominations?”
Š We need authority for all that we say and do (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 12:46-50, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:4, Luke 6:46, Luke 11:28, John 14:23-24, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, James 1:21-25, and I John 2:3-6).
Š In addition to that, we have condemnation of worshipping with ANY group or person in error (Proverbs 1:10, Ephesians 5:11, and II John 9-11).
Š There is no way a person who loves the truth would ever consider sitting through a service of error (Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 119:104, Psalms 119:115, Jeremiah 15:17, John 2:13-17, and Romans 12:9).
6. “Is it wrong to call my dad father? I am asking because Jesus said call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. I want to say thanks for answering my question.”
Š Matthew 23:8-12 is the condemnation of “religious titles”.
Š Jesus approves of a parent being called a “father” (Matthew 19:19 and Ephesians 6:1-2).
Š There is a clear distinction in the Bible when it comes to God THE Father (John 4:21) and our earthly fathers (Luke 1:32 and Hebrews 12:5-9).
7. “Dearst Holy Brother In Jesus Christ our LORD our Saviour. My question has relevance to a situation our people face today. In the Old Covenant God said that same sex relationships where abomination <Levi. 20:13> Does Jesus Christ our LORD our Saviour teach that same sex relationships are a sin?”
Š Jesus says a man is to cleave to His wife (Matthew 19:3-6).
Š That is what we have authority for in the sexual realm (I Corinthians 7:1-5).
o As noted in question 5, we need authority for all that we say and do (Matthew 4:4).
o There is no authority for homosexual relationships and that alone makes it wrong (Leviticus 10:1-2, Numbers 9:1-8, II Samuel 7:1-7, Mark 7:1-9, and Acts 15:24).
Š In addition to those points, homosexuality is also plainly condemned in the Law of Christ (Romans 1:20-32, I Corinthians 6:9-10, and Jude 7).
8. “Brian. Have you heard about the naturist-christians? They say that Christians should walk about and even worship in the nude. One of the defenses they use is that A transformed, purified heart is stronger than clothing, to keep you free from lust and sin. They say baptisms were done in the nude with both sexes in attendance. What would be the bible answers to those points?”
Š It is absolutely ignorant to proclaim that anyone is strong enough, even when fully faithful to God, to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41, I Corinthians 10:12, and I Peter 2:11).
Š Clothing, once sin entered into this world, is God’s design (Genesis 3:21).
Š We are to be covered (Exodus 28:42 and I Timothy 2:8-10).
Š For those who argue that Jesus said He was “naked” in Matthew 25:43… Let it be clearly stated that being naked in the Bible does not necessarily mean you have no garment on at all (Job 22:6). Besides that, Jesus also taught that He was not literally talking about Himself (Matthew 25:44-45).
9. “Brother Yeager, I appreciate that you are willing to answer questions and publish those answers. Recently the congregation I attend had someone introduce the idea that the Lord came the second time already and they based that statement upon 2 Thess. 2:1-2. To my shame, I was not ready with an answer and still feel that answers given were not very complete. Could you comment on this? Thank you.”
Š Throughout the New Testament there is language about the “day at hand” or the “Lord is at hand” (Romans 13:12, Philippians 4:5, etc.)
Š We read that the end of all things is “at hand” (I Peter 4:7).
Š Yet, we know Christ hasn’t returned because the world still stands (II Peter 3:12).
Š We are in the “last days [times]” (Hebrews 1:1-2 and I John 2:18), thus the coming of the Lord is “at hand” every day (II Peter 3:1-11).
Š NO ONE knows the day the Lord is coming (Mark 13:31-37), so any verse saying “at hand” has to be understood in the framework of these being the last days.
© 2010 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