September 2014 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. YouÕll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.
á Jesus is the foundation (I Corinthians 3:11).
á The Apostles are PART of the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:19-22).
2. ÒIs it possible for God to completely forgive really serious sins like murder and adultery?Ó
á First off, there are no Òreally serious sinsÓ in that all transgressions of the law of the Lord are sins (I John 3:4). Even not doing right when you know better is a sin (James 4:17).
o If you offend the truth in one point, you are in the same boat as a murderer, etc. (James 2:10-12).
o Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, coveters, drunks, extortioners, the unclean, witches, hateful people, contentious people, people with misplaced zeal, the wrathful, strife makers, liars, carnally fearful, unbelievers, murderers, etc. are all equally damned (I Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, and Revelation 21:8).
á Now to the point, yes a person can be forgiven of murder or adultery.
o A non-Christian would have to obey the Gospel (Matthew 13:19, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 13:3; 5, Luke 14:25-33, John 3:1-5, John 8:23-24, John 8:31-32, Acts 2:14-47, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:26-39, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:25-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-9, Acts 19:18-19, Romans 1:16, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, Romans 10:14-17, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 1:23, Colossians 2:12, Hebrews 11:1; 6, James 1:21-25, James 2:10-26, I Peter 2:1-2, II Peter 3:10-14, Revelation 2:10, etc.).
o A Christian would have to confess that sin, repent of it, and bring forth fruit worthy of repentance (Psalms 32:5, Proverbs 28:13, Luke 17:3-4, Acts 8:12-24, Acts 26:20, II Corinthians 7:8-10, and I John 1:9).
á Paul is an example of a murderer (Acts 8:1, Acts 9:1, and Acts 22:1-4) being forgiven (I Timothy 1:12-15).
á The Jews murdered Jesus (Acts 2:22-36 and Acts 3:13-15), but were able to be forgiven (Acts 2:37-41 and Acts 3:17-19).
3. ÒIf a man is divorced from the one and only woman he ever married. The woman he was married and had divorce dies. Can he marry another woman who is a widow herselve?Ó
á Look, marriage and divorce questions frankly scare me. I never know if someone is withholding some detail that might change the answer. Furthermore, you should understand that I nor any other preacher is the standard by which you must find your answer (I Corinthians 4:6).
á Then, there are always things to consider within the framework of putting someone away, even for fornication, based on principles in the Scriptures. I.E. Jeremiah 3:20-23; cf. Ephesians 5:1.
á In the scenario, exactly as you presented without any other detail (small or major), then the marriage could occur (Romans 7:1-3).
á If there is some detail that you have not included, that would very possibly change the answer. Thus, please be sure you at least run your thoughts by verses such as: Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:3-9, Mark 10:1-12, I Corinthians 7:10-11, and I Corinthians 7:39.
4. ÒI have been studying end times and am confused. I have always believed in the rapture but I cannot find any verses that talk about it. What verses teach about the rapture?Ó
á The doctrine known as ÒThe RaptureÓ (certain people taken to Heaven while others are left on earth) is false (Matthew 25:31-46, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and II Peter 3:9-14) and is not in the Scriptures.
5. ÒWhat are your thoughts concerning a faithful Christian taking vacations? Where? Do what? I would like to do something special with my wife but am a bit discouraged not knowing where to go and do with attending worship services as a priority.???Ó
á We are Scripturally permitted to carnally enjoy the fruit of our labors (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, and I Timothy 6:17).
á We may spend time with people, even non-Christians (though there must surely be caution here; James 4:4), at carnal events such as feasts (I Corinthians 10:27-31).
á John the Baptist was Òall about businessÓ, but Jesus took time out for entertainment purposes (Matthew 11:18-19).
á Jesus attended social events such as a marriage feast (John 2:1-2).
á Jesus went to dinners (John 12:1-2).
á Jesus authorized taking a break and time for leisure (Mark 6:31-32).
á You should use those and other Scriptures as the standard to choose where and what to do. As you noted, make sure your plans include the Lord. Make sure you are still studying daily (Acts 17:10-11). If you are to be gone on the first day of the week, which I highly recommend you NOT to do, youÕd better be sure youÕre assembling (Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25) with FAITHFUL brethren (Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:22, and II John 1:9-11). Consider this study with this answer: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/wotvol15/wotbulletin09212014.html
6. ÒIs this true: Jesus, in his earthly ministry, ministered to the circumcision. Jesus instructs us to identify Paul as our pattern (1 Tim 1:16; 1 Cor 4:16; 1 Cor 11:1). A failure to operate according to the LordÕs revelations to Paul often leads to frustration with denominational traditions. In [Paul's] writings alone we find the doctrine, position, walk, and destiny of the church. Peter and Paul taught different messages (Peter prophecy, and Paul mystery).Ó
á This is the second time I have heard of this doctrine this month. The Apostles, not just Paul, are part of the pattern of the truth to be followed (Matthew 18:18, Acts 2:42 and Ephesians 2:19-22).
á This doctrine also puts Christ in the backseat. Really? How can one claim that in light of the Scriptures (John 14:6, Hebrews 1:1-2, I Peter 2:21-22, and I John 2:3-6)?
á Even PaulÕs words, inspired by God, prove Christ is the pattern (I Corinthians 11:1 and I Timothy 6:3-6).
á While on earth Jesus did focus mainly on the Jews (Luke 19:1-10). However, His command was to take HIS WORD to ALL NATIONS after His death (Matthew 28:18-20). His word will judge us (John 12:48).
á It was not just Paul in whom the mystery was revealed or through whom the mystery was revealed (Matthew 13:10-11 and Ephesians 3:1-5).
á Peter and Paul did NOT teach different messages. The Apostles taught the same things (Acts 15:22-23, Acts 16:1-4, II Peter 3:1-2, and Jude 1:17).
á There is ONE faith (Ephesians 4:1-6).
á Though many more things could be said, we should remind ourselves that the source of the Apostles teaching was the same (John 14:26, John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:9-13, II Timothy 3:16-17, etc.).
á Paul equated himself with, not above, the other Apostles (I Corinthians 12:28).
á Are there things in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts that do not apply today? Yes, (i.e. Matthew 6:10 and Acts 3:1-12)! There are things that even Paul practiced that do not apply today as well (I Corinthians 13:8-13). That does not nullify what any of them taught. It just means such has to be rightly divided (II Timothy 2:14-18).
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