November 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.
Š It is not wrong to try to teach someone in error out of error (Mark 10:1-12, John 18:19-21, Acts 17:16-31, and Acts 18:24-28).
Š Where you need to stop is if they are not willing to be taught out of their errors (Proverbs 1:28-31, Matthew 7:6, Matthew 10:14, Matthew 15:14, II Timothy 2:23, and Titus 3:9-11).
Š Additionally, make sure that you are not being dishonest by trying to pretend to be in a study to learn when you are really trying to teach (II Corinthians 4:1-2). Being subtle is a tool of the devil (II Corinthians 11:3).
2. “In the bible the church only met on the first day of the week. Why do churches now meet on Wednesdays?”
Š We know that at least one congregation assembled only on the first day of the week (Acts 20:1-11).
Š Yet, others assembled more frequently (Acts 2:46 and Hebrews 3:13).
Š The church may assemble for many reasons, on any days, outside of the first day of the week (Matthew 18:15-17, Acts 14:27, Acts 15:6-35, etc.).
3. “Is Noah’s flood happen global or local? Did God destroy everyone other than Noah?”
Š Global (Genesis 7:18-24, Genesis 9:8-11, and II Peter 3:1-6).
Š All flesh, with the exception of Noah and his family, were destroyed (Genesis 6:17, Matthew 24:38-39, and I Peter 3:20-21).
4. “Does God know in advance who will and who will not obey Him? If he does, doesn’t that mean we really do not have freedom of choice?”
Š Yes, God knows who will and who will not obey Him (Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:23-24, John 2:23-25, John 6:60-64, II Timothy 2:19, and Hebrews 4:13).
Š Before God created man He knew man would sin and therefore need a Savior (I Peter 1:17-21).
Š Before a person is born in the flesh, God knows what they’ll do (Jeremiah 1:5).
Š However, knowing what someone will do does not mean you chose that for them. Clearly, God has given all of mankind freewill (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:15, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Luke 11:28, John 5:24, John 8:30-31, Acts 2:37-41, and Hebrews 10:39).
5. “What is a necromancer in the Old Testament?”
Š Two Hebrews words (Strong’s #’s 4191, 1875) are combined to make up the word translated “necromancer” in Deuteronomy 18:11. Those two words mean one who is talking to the dead (i.e. I Samuel 28:3-20).
Š A necromancer is an abomination in the sight of God (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). The punishment for such sins, under the Old Law, was death (Leviticus 20:27).
Š Things such as this are a work of the flesh, which causes one to be lost (Galatians 5:19-21).
6. “Hi. I have a question that I know might not get a clear answer but I hope you can reply with something that may help me. I am a private person. I do not like talking to other people. I guess you could say I am an introvert. I get very uncomfortable when I am around a lot of people. I even shop for groceries in the middle of the night to avoid people. I want to be saved. I want to be part of a good church. Do I have to talk to people to do this?”
Š Please read all that will be discussed here. First, you are going to have to communicate to someone the desire to be taught and then allow that person to teach you (Acts 8:27-38). I can help you here, if you want to study even via email.
Š After you are taught the Gospel you need to be converted (Matthew 18:3, Luke 14:25-33 John 8:32, Acts 2:37-41, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 16:13-15, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, Galatians 3:26-29, etc.).
Š Obedience to the Lord doesn’t end at conversion (John 8:31 and Colossians 1:23). This INCLUDES assembling and working with Christians locally (Acts 11:26, Acts 20:7-11, I Corinthians 12:14-27, Ephesians 4:16, and Hebrews 10:23-25).
Š Here is the wonderful part of how you can be helped by faithful Christians. If you tell one of the brethren about your difficulties, they will work with you. You’ll not be expected to speak out or put in situations wherein you are uncomfortable. Faithful Christians will do everything humanly possible to work with you. These people will now be your brothers and sisters in Christ and they will act like such as they help you bear this burden (Galatians 6:2).
Š Don’t allow your fear of people to cause you to be eternally lost in Hell! It’s not work it!
7. “What's the difference between a church having a garage sale, and a church charging for tapes and CD's?”
Š There is no difference. Both are fundraising events without God’s authority and are thus SINFUL (II Samuel 7:1-7, Proverbs 30:5-6, Isaiah 8:20, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Luke 6:46, Colossians 3:17, II Timothy 1:13, and II John 9).
Š The only way the local church may fund her work is by the collection on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:1-2).
8. “What about a woman who is put away (divorced) by a man simply because the man no longer wanted to be married? Fornication is not involved and the woman repeatedly tried to prevent the divorce, but to no avail. After a couple of years the man marries another woman. Is the put way woman then free to marry?”
Š No, she is commanded to remain unmarried (I Corinthians 7:10-11). If she does remarry, she becomes an adulterer just as her husband who remarried (Matthew 5:32, Mark 10:10-12, and Romans 7:1-3).
Š Those who use Matthew 19:9 for a “mental divorce” or a “post fixed divorce” have twisted the cause and effect of that verse. The fornication MUST come before the putting away, not after.
9. “MAN I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS CREEPING ME OUT. REV 13:16-17 SHOWS US THAT SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET IS A SIGN OF THE END OF THE WORLD. MY QUESTION IS, DOES THAT MEAN WE ARE CLOSE? IF WE ALL STOP USING THE INTERNET FOR SHOPPING WILL THAT ALLOW THE END TO SLOW?”
Š One thing is for sure, whatever is being talked about in Revelation 13 is something that has already occurred (Revelation 1:1-3). Thus, it has nothing to do with the end of the world.
Š You should know that there are no “signs” of when the world will end (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:7-14).
Š Revelation 13 is discussing the beast, which has biblically been prophesied to be the Roman Empire if you take the time to put all these things together (Daniel 7:1-7; cf. Daniel 2:31-45 and Revelation 13:1-2). Thus, Revelation 13:16-17 is talking about economic hardships imposed on Christians by the Roman Empire. That conclusion is both biblically and historically accurate.
Š Christians long have had to fight against governments that persecute through means of economics amongst other things (Ephesians 6:10-13).
© 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