September 2015 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. Please be mindful that there are often circumstances and details to every question that could potentially change the answer. Rightly divide the truth (II Timothy 2:15).
Š First, we should realize that Jesus was not out personally baptizing as people often think (John 4:1-2).
Š Secondly, nothing is said about baptism in that context (Luke 17:11-18:34). Children, in that context (Luke 17:11-18:34), are compared to those who would make up the kingdom, as one needs to be converted and become as little children (cf. Matthew 18:1-4).
Š Thirdly, no one was or can be immersed without first accomplishing many things that an infant or child simply cannot do (i.e. Matthew 3:5-8, Matthew 13:19, Luke 9:57-62, Luke 14:25-33, Acts 8:12-39, Acts 18:8, Romans 6:1-18, etc.).
2. “Some churches of Christ in my area have a Bible Bowl. Do you know what that is and is it wrong?”
Š I have no idea what a Bible Bowl is. I have many ideas in mind as I think about it, but I do not know. I thought I would search the Internet and find out, but I am not in the mood to be irritated (Psalms 119:104 and Romans 12:9).
Š I do know it is wrong (unless it is a literal bowl holding accurate translations of the Scriptures – which I doubt) because I read of no such thing in the Scriptures (Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 28:18-20, I Corinthians 4:6, Galatians 1:6-9, Ephesians 5:10, Colossians 3:17, I Thessalonians 5:21, II Timothy 3:15-17, James 2:10, II John 1:9, and Revelation 22:18-19).
3. “You say on your articles that God’s love alone is not going to save us. John 3:16 DUDE is that in your Bible? Keep writing! It shows what a blithering idiot you really are! You cult of morons. Works does not save. Ephesians 2:8-9. People look alone at the word in Acts 2:38 the word "For". That word "For" means "cause of". In other words it can be read as..."Repent and be baptized "because of" the remission of sins”. I believe salvation comes to all because God loves all! Do you realize hell is for you?”
Š I am not sure what article(s) you are referring to. When I wrote and asked you never responded. Thus, I have to answer you in general.
Š Nothing, alone, saves us. Meaning, there is not one single word, practice, work, etc. that alone get’s anyone to Heaven. Consider James 2:10-26 as clear evidence in such. Moreover, read your “proof text” of John 3:16 that requires more than God’s love itself (faith).
Š Be reasonable on this. God wants all men to be saved (I Timothy 2:1-5). He is not willing that any perish (II Peter 3:9). Jesus came as a show of God’s love for all (Titus 3:4, I John 3:16, and I John 4:9-10). However, that same loving Savior said that few will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24). Those are HIS WORDS!
Š Regarding Ephesians 2:8-9, would you please read Ephesians 2:1-10? Would you please consider that those Ephesians did works to be saved (Acts 19:1-7)? Salvation is not by works, grace, or faith only. All three are necessary (Philippians 2:12, Acts 15:11, and Romans 10:9-10). Grace involves much more than people often think (i.e. Titus 2:11-14).
Š I am not sure why you used Acts 2:38. This disproves your doctrine, especially if you read the immediate context (i.e. Acts 2:36-41). Regarding the grammar… If “for” means “because of” would you hold that same teaching regarding Matthew 26:28 and Romans 3:25? I would guess not because of the consequences of such. Therefore, said illustration should show you that you’re being dishonest with your grammatical argument.
Š If by arguing against Acts 2:38 you think you are debunking baptism, I suggest you read through the Scriptures and see that you cannot have salvation, for sinners, without baptism (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:1-41, Acts 8:1-39, Acts 9:1-18, Acts 10:1-11:18, Acts 16:13-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 6:1-6, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 2:12, and I Peter 3:20-21).
Š Now, to discuss “morons” and a “blithering idiot”… If I were purposefully teaching false doctrine you’d be right to use such language (Matthew 23:1-35, Luke 3:7, John 8:44, Acts 13:8-11, etc.). Let me show you a real example of such of real moronic thinking: “I believe salvation comes to all because God loves all! Do you realize hell is for you?” I think your inability to reason is shown here and I hope others can learn from it. You are not the first that has said similar things. Understand that, if everyone is saved then no one can go to Hell. Your statements show you do not even believe your own doctrine!
4. “Is it a sin for men to have long hair?”
Š Yes, (I Corinthians 11:3-16; cf. I John 3:4).
5. “What did Jesus mean when he said where I go, ye cannot come?”
Š Statements such as you have mentioned are recorded at least in these Scriptures (may be others I did not find): John 7:34, John 7:36, John 8:14, John 8:21-22, and John 13:33.
Š In those contexts, which if you read you will see, Jesus is talking about going to be with His Father in Heaven (John 7:33, John 8:19-29, and John 13:36-14:3; John 14:27-28).
Š We see this come true in Acts 1:9-11 after His death, burial, and resurrection.
Š In death, people do not go straight to Heaven [or Hell] (Luke 16:19-31).
Š However, Jesus’ statement of His going where the disciples could not go is limited to those contexts in which the statements were made. There is eternity wherein we [the faithful in Christ] will be where He is (John 14:1-3, Romans 8:17, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Thessalonians 2:1, and Revelation 3:21).
6. “Can you tell me why you gather w/the "brethren" on Sunday seeming that its not the Fathers appointed day of rest (Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Exodus 20:11). And can you tell me by who's authority the Sabbath (Malachi 3:6-7) has been changed to Sun-Day which is the venerable day of the Sun??”
Š We assemble on the first day of the week by the authority of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 16:1-2; cf. Matthew 28:18, Luke 6:46, and Colossians 3:17).
Š Since you have leveled your questions from the Old Testament and have taken a doctrinal stance from them, let me ask you a question… Have you not read that, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4)?
Š I know you personally and I know you [Gabriel _________] are not of the children of Israel in the flesh. The Law of Moses was never for you (Ephesians 2:11-17; cf. Deuteronomy 4:44 and Malachi 4:4).
Š The Law of Moses, which you have cited for your authority to keep the Sabbath, has been done away in Christ (Romans 7:1-6, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22).
Š The only purpose of the Old Testament today is to learn from the examples therein (Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-12). It is NO ONE’S Law!
7. “What was Peter talking about in 2 Peter 1:17-18?”
Š Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-10, and Luke 9:28-36.
8. “I suffer from being a stubborn person. I can know what I should do but I just sometimes refuse because I am stubborn. Is there hope for me?”
Š If you remain stubborn, then there is not hope for you (I Samuel 15:23, Proverbs 1:20-32, Proverbs 28:14, Proverbs 29:1, Ezekiel 3:7, Zechariah 7:11–12, Acts 7:51-59, and Hebrews 3:5-19).
Š Therefore, please, change your stubborn attitude (Acts 3:19; cf. Proverbs 8:33).
Š Please understand, change is not done through blaming someone else, saying your sorry, etc. Change, meaning real repentance, is a process that takes time and includes bringing forth fruit. Neither God nor faithful Christians will accept anything less than real confession of sin and repentance of such. If you have a history of stubbornness change can start today, but will not be complete until you’ve proven such is no longer happening in your life. Consider this outline from 2009 as a further study (and the Scriptures therein will prove all I just said): http://www.wordsoftruth.net/truerepentance_byeager2009.html
9. “What can be some good biblical passages that disclose that lying to another is sinful?”
Š Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 12:17, Proverbs 19:5, Proverbs 19:9, Romans 12:17, II Corinthians 8:21, Ephesians 4:25, Titus 2:7-8, I Peter 2:12, and Revelation 21:8.
© 2015 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