November 2013 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 Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Joshua 1:7-8, Proverbs 30:5-6, Galatians 1:6-12, and Revelation 22:18-19.
2. “Is there a way to easily show the kingdom is not worldly?”
Š Yes, (Luke 17:20-21, John 18:36, and II Timothy 4:18).
Š For the record, Jesus could have started an earthly kingdom (John 6:14-15), but instead established a heavenly one (Colossians 1:12-13 and Hebrews 12:22-23; 12:28).
3. “What is chambering in Rom. 13:13?”
Š The Strong’s # is 2845. Definition says: “a place for laying down; the marriage bed” (Thayer).
Š Other verses use this word and translate it as “bed” (Luke 11:7), “conceived” (Romans 9:10), and “bed” [contextually marriage bed] (Hebrews 13:4).
Š In connection with “wantonness” [unbridled lust; Strong’s #766], you’d have to conclude that this is another term for adultery [unlawful intercourse with another’s wife]. Certainly, we know that the bedding of another’s mate is wrong (Romans 13:9 and Galatians 5:19-21).
Š The Bible also calls this fornication (I Corinthians 5:1). Again, God is clear on this too (Acts 15:29, I Corinthians 6:9, I Thessalonians 4:3, and Jude 7).
4. “The bible itself says that we cannot understand it because it is hard to understand. I study and cannot answer questions with sure conviction. Where can I find some reassurance that I will find the answers to some of my questions?”
Š The word of God does not say that you cannot understand it. The verse you MAY be twisting (interestingly enough considering the context) is II Peter 3:15-18.
Š In fact, the Scriptures teach us that we CAN and MUST understand them (Proverbs 1:5-6, Proverbs 2:2-9, Proverbs 3:13, Proverbs 4:5-7, Proverbs 15:32, Matthew 15:10, Ephesians 3:1-4, Ephesians 5:17, II Timothy 2:7, and I John 5:20).
Š There are some Scriptures to consider when you lack understanding (Matthew 13:13-15 and John 8:43).
5. “Heya. If I notice a congregation in my area is starting to do things that are unscriptural, would I be breaking autonomy if I went and talked with them about it?”
Š “Autonomy” has become a word that has been twisted to pervert the truth. The truth is, elders only have oversight of the local church wherein they are elders (I Peter 5:1-4). That being said, the Gospel of Christ is not bound by some sort of “congregational lines” (I Corinthians 4:17).
Š When the truth needs preached, the entire world is open ground (Mark 16:15-16).
Š When a faithful Christian can help erring saints or otherwise with the truth, regardless of whether or not they are part of the same congregation, then they MUST do so (Acts 15:1-35, Galatians 2:11-17, Philippians 2:19 and I Timothy 1:3-7).
Š In the Scriptures congregations even shared epistles (Colossians 4:16, I Thessalonians 5:27, and Revelation 1:4) and had works in common (Romans 15:25-27).
6. “I know a brother in Christ who is really weak. He has not been faithful in attendance or trying very much to grow. Recently he asked for help securing a motor vehicle. He needed someone to cosign a loan or help with collateral. Was I wrong for not helping him?”
Š First off, if the fruit of this person is bad that tells you something about him (Matthew 7:20, Matthew 12:33, and John 7:24).
Š If a so-called “Christian” cannot honor his or her commitments to God, when eternity is at stake (Romans 2:6-10), how would you consider that person credible (Proverbs 25:19)?
Š Additionally, the Scriptures warn us of becoming a surety for anyone (Proverbs 6:1-5, Proverbs 17:18, and Proverbs 22:26).
Š If someone is in need and they are faithful, a loan should not be what you do anyway (Ephesians 4:28; cf. Acts 4:34-37).
7. “I have often wondered why we exist. God is loving so it doesn’t seem like he would just make us for his own purposes. People say that God has a purpose for everyone but I don’t think that is the case. What does the bible say about why we exist?”
Š Our existence is for the purpose of God’s pleasure (Proverbs 16:4, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Isaiah 43:7, Isaiah 43:21, and Revelation 4:11; cf. Romans 11:33-36).
Š Such is why, to be saved, one of the things you must do is get over yourself (Matthew 16:24-27).
8. “When there is a sharp religious divide between a man his wife and his children is it possible for that to turn out okay in a peaceful way? I am talking about the kind of sharp arguments that end with demands for the Christian to stop worshipping God.”
Š No, when there is a “sharp” divide peace will not be in place and that is true for various reasons (Proverbs 28:4, Amos 3:3, Matthew 10:34-37, Mark 3:25, Luke 14:25-33, and Acts 17:16-17).
© 2013 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