September 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.
1. “Is there anything said in the word that Timothy was a young preacher?”
“Young” is a relative term. A 40 year old is young to an 80 year old person. A 40 year old is old to a 15 year old person. “Young” does not mean a child or a teenager (i.e. Titus 2:3-5). I am 42 years old, have raised three children to adulthood, have a married son, and recently had someone older tell me, “you’re just a baby” as we discussed aging.
Sometimes age is in reference to experience. Solomon called himself a child in regard to his experience as he expressed his desire for wisdom and understanding (I Kings 3:7-9)
There are Scriptures that infer Timothy was, again relatively speaking, a youth to Paul (I Timothy 4:12 and II Timothy 2:22). There was a point wherein Paul considered himself “aged” (Philemon 1:9).
Don’t read too much into “let no man despise thy youth”. Paul felt as a spiritual father to Timothy (I Timothy 1:2; 18 and II Timothy 2:1) and looked after him as a father would his child (I Corinthians 16:10-11).
For consideration… Paul picked up Timothy at one point (Acts 16:1-3). He later felt confident in Timothy enough to leave him at Ephesus to protect the congregation from error (I Timothy 1:3-7). He trusted Timothy to teach what he had been taught by himself (I Corinthians 4:17). Timothy had worked long enough to have Paul’s unwavering trust (Philippians 2:19-23). He trusted Timothy to continue the Lord’s work when he was going to die (II Timothy 2:1-4; 4:1-5). Therefore, Timothy was not “too young” in age or experience.
2. “If the Church is rundown and out of date what is the biblical approach to choosing when to build a new Church in a new place? Should we look to build in a growing part of town where new people are? What happens if we take the Church out a neighborhood that needs it there? Where will people go that have come to the Church to pray go if its moved? Thank you.”
Let me begin by saying that there are enough misconceptions in your question about the church that I could spend many pages teaching on these things. I will not. I will attempt to give you enough “food for thought” (so to speak) to encourage you to further look for and desire the truth. We will see how that goes.
You are referring to the church as though the church is a physical structure. The church is not a physical structure. The church is the people of the Lord (I Corinthians 12:27 [the body being the church; Ephesians 1:22-23], Hebrews 3:1-6 [the house of God being the church; I Timothy 3:15], and Hebrews 12:22-23).
When John wrote to the “seven churches”, buildings did not get letters, read them, repent, etc. (Revelation 1:4-9; 2:1-3:22).
When a problem is told to the church (Matthew 18:15-17), a building is not hearing and dealing with that problem.
When fear came upon all the church, buildings were not afraid (Acts 5:1-11).
Threats against the church were not against buildings (Acts 8:1-4, I Corinthians 15:9, and Galatians 1:13).
Buildings do not have peace or ears (Acts 9:31 and Acts 11:22).
Buildings do not gather together or get spiritually fed (Acts 14:27; 20:28 and I Corinthians 14:23).
Buildings do not meet in someone’s home (Romans 16:5, Colossians 4:15, and Philemon 1:2).
Buildings do not get offended (I Corinthians 10:32).
The relationship between a husband and a wife cannot be compared to a physical structure (Ephesians 5:23-33).
Buildings cannot take care of widows (I Timothy 5:3-16).
Knowing that you are speaking of the meeting place of the church, I will give you some Scriptural thoughts concerning that… The Lord has said nothing about construction, maintenance, etc. of a meeting place for saints. Thus, this matter is something of men, not of God.
The church may assemble in public places or private homes (Acts 2:46 and Colossians 4:15).
The church is not instructed how to build a place to assemble, where, how to fund it, etc. Therefore, it is the work of men; not of God. As such, caution is certainly advisable (I Corinthians 4:6 and Revelation 22:18-19). You cannot have the Lord paying for things that He did not instruct us to build. You can learn from the Old Testament how the Lord views building things built for Him without His instructions (II Samuel 7:1-7). You can then read further to find that He knows how to instruct what He wants IF He wants it (II Samuel 7:8-21 and I Chronicles 28:11-21).
The place and location wherein the congregation of God’s people assembles has nothing to do with teaching the lost. The assembling of the saints may have non-saints in attendance (I Corinthians 14:23-24), but the purpose of assembling is not for non-saints (Hebrews 10:25).
Worship [INCLUDING PRAYER] is not for non-Christians (John 9:31 and I Peter 3:12).
The teaching on the first day of the week is not for non-Christians (Acts 20:7).
Edification and comforting of one another is not for non-Christians (Ephesians 4:16 and I Thessalonians 4:13-5:14).
Remembering the Lord’s death is not for non-Christians (I Corinthians 11:23-33).
The collection is not to be taken of non-saints (I Corinthians 16:1-2).
Regarding your question about places to pray… The location of one who is praying is of zero significance (John 4:20-24, Acts 16:19-25, and I Timothy 2:8).
Again, there is more to say, but this should start you down the right road of discovery. Would you care to study further? Let me know.
3. “I have been a secretary at a school for almost 15 years. The school district I work for is restructuring and I am facing a choice to work for a new principal or find a new job. I have applied to work for a lawyer has her secretary. The job will pay well and will have similar hours to the school. I am wondering though, because lawyers in the bible are wrong, can I work for a lawyer without sinning?”
Not knowing you, I cannot say much about the first several sentences you have written (Proverbs 18:13).
Regarding the “lawyers” in the Scriptures… Those were experts in the Law of Moses and the ones that were wrong were such because of their misuse of the Law and their hypocrisy (Luke 7:24-30, Luke 10:25-37, and Luke 11:37-54).
Not all lawyers spoken of in the Scriptures were in error (Titus 3:12-13).
Therefore, you deduction that lawyers are wrong are wrong for various reasons.
One thing you should consider is why you applied for a job, if/when you struggled with whether or not it was right to take it (Romans 14:23 and Ephesians 5:10)?
4. “In 1 Tim. 5:24 is that meaning that God doesn’t know if people have sinned till he talks to them?”
The context is concerning Timothy dealing with the sins of others (I Timothy 5:19-25). It is not about what God knows or does not know.
Sins cannot be hidden from God (I Samuel 16:7, I Chronicles 28:9, II Chronicles 16:9, Psalms 44:20-21, Psalms 139:1-24, Proverbs 5:21, Proverbs 15:3, Isaiah 40:27-28, Isaiah 46:9-10, Jeremiah 16:16-17, Jeremiah 17:10, Jeremiah 23:24, Matthew 9:4, John 2:23-25, John 6:64, Acts 5:1-10, Romans 2:16, I Corinthians 4:5, Hebrews 4:13, Revelation 2:20-23, etc.).
5. “I have read some things on the words truth website you have that say that God will not allow you to prosper just because you follow him. Have you ever read how that Peter could not fish unless Jesus was with him (John 21)?”
Nothing in John chapter 21 says that Peter could not fish unless Jesus was with him. Jesus simply performed a miracle, which was to confirm His identity to His doubting disciples (Matthew 28:16-17 and Acts 2:22).
Fact… Under the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) which is in effect right now and we will all be judged by (James 2:10-12); God does NOT send prosperity to His followers (James 2:1-9).
Fact… God teaches people today to be content with whatever it is they have in material things (Matthew 6:25-34 and I Timothy 6:6-10). We see this in the faithful such as Jesus Christ (Luke 9:58) and the Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:11-17).
Fact… One’s relationship with God does not grant them material possessions and in some cases requires the surrendering of such things (Luke 18:18-30).
You need to repent (Luke 13:1-5) of your twisting of the Scriptures (II Peter 3:15-17).
With the type of reasoning you have in this question, I am SURE you have believed and followed many errors. Let me help. Will you?
6. “Our congregation has started something I have never heard of, but our minister says other congregations are successfully doing it. What is happening is that our elders do not always agree on things. There are 4 elders. Sometimes the minister would be a tie breaker. Now some people didn’t like that. So the minister said we needed to appoint an Elder Chairman to have one more say than the others. Is that right?”
Shouldn’t you ask why he is using other congregations as your standard to follow instead of the Scriptures (I Corinthians 4:6)? If this new thing was something God approved of, you’d read about it in His word (II Timothy 3:15-17).
Knowledge, through the word, gives us everything we need (II Peter 1:3-4).
Do you realize how serious it is that you are part of a congregation that is doing something in addition to the Scriptures (Galatians 1:6-9)? Do you realize that such an action has ceased your relationship with Christ (II John 1:9)?
When a congregation is successful at something, that MUST mean it is something that is acceptable to God (Ephesians 5:10). When Timothy was instructed about leadership in the local church, it was the appointment of elders and deacons that were qualified to be such with NO MENTION of a “chairman” (I Timothy 3:1-15). The same was true with Titus (Titus 1:5-9). This “Elder Chairman” position is sinfully and addition to the Scriptures (Revelation 22:18-19).
If elders are shepherding according to the word of God, there should be no “ties” to break. The Scriptures should be the unchanging standard (Luke 4:4 and Revelation 22:18-19). There MUST be Scriptural agreement, not tie breaking on various opinions (Amos 3:3, I Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 2:2, and Philippians 3:16).
Therefore, and it should be abundantly clear, NO THIS IS NOT RIGHT!
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