Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
September 2016 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).
1. “For the devil would Love for you and your congregation to continue in its WORK BASED SALVATIONAL DOCTRINES OF MEN and lead you to the FLAMES OF HELL ....your baptismal regeneration and book of acts want save your soul in the end my deceived prideful friend : your BOASTING will be burned up before the judgement seat of Christ !! The Lord will NOT EXCEPT ANY MANS MERITS BEFORE THE HIS THRONE ....No formulas of salvation will be excepted !! Which will include the church of Christ heresies !! Which are no more than a splitter group of Mormonism ; MORMONS ALSO REQUIRE WATER BAPTISM TO BE SAVED ? But are Mormons saved ? I think not!!they are also deceived ... I only say this because the Holy Spirit has put it in my heart to email you at 3:33 in the mourning to save your soul ? I hope this message does not fall upon a stubborn prideful heart ?and that you heed the warning ! For whet the Lord gives the Lord takes away even that which YE have ? For you have done that which is not right in the sight of the Lord and lead many astray ? WILL YE Repent of this wickedness before him and receive the truth by FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE TO RECEIVE HIS GRACE ALONE ?”
The devil is not an “it”, but a him (Hebrews 2:14, James 4:7, and I Peter 5:8).
Jesus requires us to do good works (Matthew 7:21-28, Matthew 25:1-30, Luke 6:46, Luke 11:28, Romans 2:6-10, Galatians 6:7-9, James 1:21-27, James 2:14-26, I Peter 3:10-11, III John 1:11, Revelation 22:14, etc.).
Salvation includes God’s grace and our works (Ephesians 2:1-10 and Titus 2:11-14).
Baptism is PART of the process that causes one to become a new person (Romans 6:1-6).
Consider II Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 3:26-29 as something you should study.
Baptism plays a role in the rebirth process (John 3:1-5 and Romans 6:3-6).
The book of Acts is part of the New Testament of Jesus Christ. To be saved, all that applies to a person today within the words of Christ must be obeyed (John 12:48 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9). Consider what Jesus commanded the Apostles before they engaged in the events written in the book of Acts (Matthew 28:18-20).
I am not thinking you meant to use the word “EXCEPT”. Maybe “accept”? The fact is, Jesus requires “merits” when He stands in Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, and II Corinthians 5:10).
Not sure what you mean by “formulas of salvation”. Jesus is the author of salvation and such requires the lost obey His will to be saved (Hebrews 5:8-9 and I Peter 1:22).
The church of Christ has nothing to do with Mormons (Romans 16:16).
What the Mormons require is irrelevant. It is what the Lord requires that matters (Matthew 17:1-5 and Acts 4:10-12).
You are lying about the Holy Spirit putting something into your heart. There are no Apostles to give man the Holy Spirit today. In the book of Acts, which you seem to hate, shows you how that worked (Acts 8:1-24 and Acts 19:1-7). God speaks to man today through His word (John 6:63 and II Timothy 3:15-17).
You know nothing of my heart. Learn to judge righteously (John 7:24).
So, is it faith alone or grace alone or Christ alone that saves? Dumb question, right? Faith cannot happen without works (Romans 10:14-17). On we could go...
2. “Is drumming in the Church sin?”
If you meant to ask if drums can be used in worship to God, the answer is no. There is no authority for such in the New Testament. We are to sing songs that we understand (I Corinthians 14:15), that are of the truth (Titus 2:1), and make melody in our hearts (Ephesians 5:19).
If you study through the New Testament, you find that singing is what disciples of the Lord did and are to do (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Romans 15:9, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, and James 5:13).
It is not about what musical interests we have or what we like, we are to worship God (John 4:23-24) by the authority of Christ (Colossians 3:17).
For additional thought, not knowing what you think the church is, consider how the church is the saved people (Acts 2:47) not a physical building (I Corinthians 12:27).
3. “What did Judas do with the 30 pieces of silver?”
Brought it to the chief priests and elders, confessed his sin, and case it down in the temple (Matthew 27:3-10; cf. Zechariah 11:12-13).
4. “How do I deny myself and give up my personal life to follow Jesus Christ without becoming uptight, legalistic and miserable as a christian?”
Consider something, to help you think about this… Put this question in the form of a marriage. How do you give up your own selfish desires to marry a person without becoming bound to a legal document and being miserable? You love that person (Ephesians 5:33)!
The same is true with the Lord. You have to fall in love with Him (Luke 10:27) and that love will fuel your desire to obey His will over your own (John 14:15, John 14:21-24, John 15:10, II Corinthians 5:14-15, and I John 5:1-3).
You then set your affection on things above and that changes you (Colossians 3:1-17).
Then you keep that love going (Jude 1:21) lest you just go through the motions (Revelation 2:1-7).
Falling in love with the Lord is not all that difficult. We naturally have some knowledge of our Creator and of right and wrong (Acts 17:16-30 and Romans 2:12-14).
We, like children to a parent, have a Father. That relationship is the bond (Isaiah 64:8) we share with God that makes the love we need for joyful obedience natural (I John 3:1-3).
If you understand the reward, the homecoming, misery will not occur (I Peter 1:3-9).
5. “Why does the church teach tithing for Christians, when it is only commanded of Old Testament Israel? Why didn't Paul teach tithing to the New Testament church when he had the opportunity to (2 Corinthians 9)? Why does the church worship on Sunday, when the seventh day was established forever? There is no biblical support for Sunday worship; it is a tradition of the Catholic Church which Protestants accept.”
“The church” does not teach tithing for Christians for as you indicated, it is an Old Testament teaching. Consider:
Tithing is mentioned in the New Testament to show hypocrisy of those, still living under the Law of Moses at the time, in how they tithed (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42, and Luke 18:10-14).
Tithing is mentioned in the New Testament in showing imperfection of things past that have ended (Hebrews 7:1-22).
Tithing, as it were under the Law of Moses, required a tenth (with other qualifiers), of all that one possessed (Leviticus 27:30-33 and Deuteronomy 12:6-7; cf. II Chronicles 31:5-6). Such was given to/for the Levities to serve (Numbers 18:21-24 and Nehemiah 10:37-39) and to the truly needy among them too (Deuteronomy 26:12-15).
The Law, priesthood, etc. has changed (Hebrews 7:1-10:22). Thus, tithing is no longer in place. You seem to know that by the wording of your question.
In the New Testament, which we are all under today (Romans 7:1-6 and Ephesians 2:11-17), there is authority for saints to give upon the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:1-4) as purposed in heart (II Corinthians 9:6-7) to support the Lord’s work. That’s all we have.
If you would study II Corinthians 8:1-9:13 you would find that connects to the first day of the week collection in I Corinthians 16:1-4!
The church assembles on the first day of the week because that is what we read about in the New Testament (Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 16:1-2).
The seventh day, the Sabbath day, was for the nation of Israel to observe (Exodus 31:13-16, Leviticus 23:24, II Chronicles 2:4, Nehemiah 10:33, Nehemiah 13:18, and Ezekiel 20:13). The Law of Moses was for the nation of Israel (Leviticus 26:46, Deuteronomy 4:44, Joshua 8:31-32, and Malachi 4:4).
The passing away of the Law of Moses included the end of the Sabbath (Colossians 2:6-17).
Regarding “forever” (i.e. Exodus 31:16-18)… Such is not always to be taken literally. The earth was said to be forever (Psalms 104:5). However, we know such is not literal (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10).
6. “What does it mean when you ask God to speak to you and you don't hear anything? Does it mean you are not saved?”
This is a question that has a lot that could be discussed. For one, a person’s faithfulness does relate to God hearing or not hearing his or her prayer (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 1:10-18, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:12).
Also, what one prays for certainly has a lot to do with “answers” [so to speak] (James 4:3 and I John 5:14).
Having said those things, the fact is that whether or not you are faithful to God He is NOT going to communicate with you from/by/relating to your prayers. In a simple answer, of which much more could be discussed, consider these things:
In these last days, that began in the first century (Acts 2:1-41), God has spoken to us by His Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide the Apostles (John 16:13) to write His words for us to follow today (I Corinthians 2:1-13).
Thus, God is only speaking to us through His fully revealed, all-sufficient, inspired word (II Timothy 3:15-17).
7. “If salvation is only by Jesus how does Moses and other Old Testament people of faith get to heaven?”
Jesus is the way, truth, and the life and He is the way to the Father (John 14:6). Hence, we have to fully obey His will to be in a relationship with our Father (II John 1:9).
Good question. For, prior to Christ, they all died not having received the promise (Hebrews 11:39-40).
However, we do read that the death of Christ saved those under the first covenant too (Hebrews 9:15-17).
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