November 2011 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. “How do I know what God’s plan is for my life?”
Š God’s “plan” for your life is: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
Š He gives you the choice to follow that plan or not, which proves that God does not “script” your life (Exodus 15:26, II Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 26:13, Proverbs 1:29, Luke 11:28, John 5:28-29, Acts 3:19, and Galatians 6:7-9). *More in question #4.
Š Don’t forget, many things just happen because of chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
2. “I am a parent struggling to see that I should spank my child. I have thought about many things written about what the Lord says on this. I am stuck with Heb. 12:9-10. Because it seems like those two verses show that spanking is just something abusive that parents get pleasure out of doing. Am I right?”
Š “Their own pleasure” means “as seemed good to them” (ASV).
Š The point of Hebrews 12:9-10 is that God’s correction is for matters of the soul rather than the flesh (cf. Ezekiel 18:27).
Š Spanking a child, who needs disciplined, is right (Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-14, and Proverbs 29:15).
3. “Should you ever say that you know the truth when you should be always looking for the truth? Shouldn’t you listen to other views on the bible?”
Š We should arrive at a point wherein we KNOW the truth (John 8:32, John 17:8, Romans 2:2, Colossians 4:6, II Peter 1:10, I John 5:13, and I John 5:20).
Š No, we shouldn’t be willing to listen to other views on the Bible once we have arrived at the truth (I Timothy 1:3-4).
Š It is not the will of God that we be unsure of the truth (Luke 12:29 and Ephesians 4:14).
Š Man (myself included) can be wrong IF we draw our thinking from sources other than the properly handled truth (Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 14:12, Jeremiah 10:23, Romans 10:1-3, I Corinthians 4:6, II Corinthians 10:12, II Corinthians 10:18, and II Timothy 2:14-18).
Š The word “sovereign” means: “a supreme ruler” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Š God is the supreme ruler above and beyond all and everyone else (Deuteronomy 32:39, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalms 10:16, Psalms 24:1, Psalms 47:2-3, Acts 17:24-26, I Corinthians 10:26, and Revelation 4:11).
Š God does whatever He wants (Psalms 115:3 and Psalms 135:6).
Š What our sovereign God has decided, what He wants, is for us to CHOOSE FREELY whether or not we will serve Him (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalms 119:30, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Joshua 24:14-16, Luke 10:38-42, Acts 2:40, Romans 6:17, and James 1:21-25).
5. “Most artistic portrayals of Jesus are of a Caucasian male with blue eyes and long light-brown hair? Are those portraits accurate from what we can read about Jesus?”
Š Jesus was not a Caucasian male (John 4:7-9, Hebrews 7:14, and Genesis 14:13; cf. Matthew 1:1).
Š He did not have long hair either (I Corinthians 11:14-15).
Š There are no inspired pictures of Jesus. Therefore, it is something that does not matter to the saving of our souls (II Peter 1:3-4).
6. “You have mentioned godly sorrow in your sermon recently. What is godly sorrow?”
Š It’s the kind of sorrow that leads to repentance (II Corinthians 7:9-10).
Š Consider the following Scriptures as further commentary on the subject: Ezra 9:6, Job 42:1-6, Jeremiah 31:18-19, Ezekiel 20:4, and James 4:8-10.
7. “Can I serve God without having compassion for others?”
Š No: I Peter 3:8, I John 3:16-17, Jude 22-23, Romans 12:15, and Luke 10:25-37.
8. “If the whole church comes together into one place doesn’t 1 Cor. 14:34-35 say that women are not to utter a word?”
Š No, a woman is commanded to utter words during times when the saints are assembled (i.e. Ephesians 4:15, Colossians 3:16, and James 5:13).
Š Furthermore, understand that there are times when the church assembles, for reasons outside of worship, where women would need to be permitted to speak (Matthew 18:15-17, Acts 11:26-30, Romans 10:10, James 5:16, etc.).
Š Having said all of that, in any and all situations, a woman is NEVER permitted to teach or to take authority over a man (I Timothy 2:11-12).
9. “Does 1 Corinthians chapter 7 verse 14 allow for a non-Christian man to lead the prayers for his Christian family during meals?”
Š No, that verse is talking about the purity of a marital relationship between a believer and non-believer (I Corinthians 7:12-15).
Š The unbelieving spouse is still lost, outside of Christ, and needs converted (I Peter 3:1).
Š The prayers of “non-Christians”, who are accountable to God and have sinned (Matthew 18:1-4 and James 4:17), are not heard (II Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, I Timothy 2:8, and I Peter 3:12).
© 2011 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