Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
October 2010 Questions / Answers
(These questions were emailed from this website and are answered here for the studies of those interested).
1. “Brian, I was recently asked a question that I would appreciate your help answering:
Do we always know or understand the sins that we commit against our heavenly Father?”
Š First off, it is wrong to say or do anything that we are not sure is pleasing to God (Romans 14:23, Ephesians 5:10, and Colossians 3:17).
Š Secondly, and the answer is completed here, sinning without knowing you've committed a sin is ignorance, which is a sin in itself (Acts 17:30 and Ephesians 5:17).
Š Finally, if what you’re doing is not righteous then it is a sin (I John 5:17; cf. I John 2:29 and I John 3:8-10).
2. “I want to know what is the real meaning of the statement the fear of the Lord in the entire book of proverbs. I know that God does not want us to really fear him, right?”
Š The fear of the Lord is exactly what it says. We are to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
Š We are to work out our salvation in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12; cf. II Corinthians 7:1).
Š We are to realize that the consequence of sin has a scary end (Hebrews 10:26-31). Thus, we are to walk in fear of God (Acts 9:31).
Š That phrase (fear of the Lord) appears in Proverbs 1:7; 1:29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16; 15:33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17 (these are the verses I could find).
Š Sincerely, if we fear God always we’ll find true happiness (Proverbs 28:13-14).
3. “Are there verses in the Bible that tells that God hates the ways people think?”
Š God certainly has a distaste for the way men think when those thoughts are according to our own standard: Proverbs 12:5, Proverbs 15:26, Isaiah 55:7, and I Corinthians 3:18-19.
4. “Is it wrong to celebrate Halloween as just a tradition of handing candy out and spending time as a family in a way that does not honor paganism?”
Š Caution must be applied in regard to this question. Some celebrate days for different reasons than others may or may not. This CAN, not MUST, be acceptable (Romans 14:5-6).
Š Though we MAY celebrate some days, we cannot do so to the disruption of the conscience of our brethren (Romans 14:7-14).
Š Certainly, we can have no day as a “religious day” (Galatians 4:9-11).
Š For sure, some of the history of “Halloween” is dark and involves paganism. From all of this aspect, we must steer clear (II Chronicles 33:6, Acts 19:18-20, Galatians 5:20, and Philippians 4:8) without making a law of our conscience bound upon others (Romans 14:1-3).
Š Remember, it is not wrong to be part of cultural events of said events are not of a so-called “religious” nature (I Corinthians 9:19-23 and I Corinthians 10:23-32).
5. “Brethren. How can we tell which of our brethren are wise enough to be counselors to others?”
Š The Bible defines those men whom are wise: Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 9:8-9, Proverbs 14:16, Proverbs 15:2, Proverbs 15:14, Ecclesiastes 8:5, Jeremiah 9:23, Matthew 7:24-27, and James 3:13-18.
Š Some have argued that wisdom comes only with age. Such an argument is false (Job 32:9 and Ecclesiastes 4:13). However, the aged among us ought to be able counselors advising from the word of God (Titus 2:2-6).
6. “DO YOU AGREE THAT GOD HAS A 7,000 YEAR PLAN BASED ON THE 7 DAYS OF CREATION AND 2 PET. 3:7?”
Š You likely meant II Peter 3:8.
Š No. Creation was done in SIX, twenty-four hour days (Genesis 1:5; 1:8; 1:13; 1:19; 1:23; 1:31; 2:2).
Š The end of the world is unknown to all, not patterned after any verse (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10 – which is the context of the verse you are using).
7. “Brian, isn’t there a scripture reference when the Lord said a parent in the law of Moses was supposed to kill their children if they did not mind them?”
Š Deuteronomy 21:18-21
Š NOTE: We are not under the Law of Moses now (Colossians 2:14). Therefore, no one is permitted by God to have his or her child stoned to death.
Š We are supposed to raise our children aright (Ephesians 6:1-4) and withdraw ourselves from those who err (I Timothy 6:3-5).
8. “I know there was slavery in Israel. Was there slavery with Christians?”
Š Yes: Ephesians 6:5-9, Colossians 3:22-25, I Timothy 6:1-2, Titus 2:9-10, and I Peter 2:18-20.
9. “Dear Mr. Yeager. The BIBLE says we are living in liberty which means we are living free in Christ (Gal. 5:1 and 5:13). How says you that we are then under a law?”
Š We are under the Law of liberty (James 1:25 and James 2:8-12) a.k.a. the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
Š We are free from sin and the Law of Moses through the Law of Christ (Romans 8:2).
Š Being made free from sin we are the servants of righteousness/God (Romans 6:18 and Romans 6:22).
Š If there were no law in place there would be no sins to need freed from (I John 3:4).
Š For emphasis sake, understand that the Law Christ freed people from was the Old Law (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, and Hebrews 9:15-17) which could not offer eternal salvation (Acts 13:39).
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