April 2012 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.
Š Yes, (Genesis 15:13, Exodus 12:40-41, Exodus 33:1, and Acts 7:2-36).
2. “Is it wrong not to pay someone for work they have done for you?”
Š Yes, (Leviticus 19:13, Jeremiah 22:13, I Timothy 5:18, and James 5:1-4).
Š Consider another application as well… If you agree to pay something and you decide not to, you have lied (Romans 12:17; cf. Proverbs 12:22, Ephesians 4:25, and Revelation 21:8).
Š If you’re going to be one that will only pay for something if it is exactly as you want it, you’d better make sure that is made clear up front. Are you paying them for their work or for the results? You do not want to give someone a reason to have a problem with you (Ephesians 1:3-4, Philippians 2:15-16, and II Peter 3:10-14).
3. “One of the qualifications of elders is convince gainsayers Titus 1:9. So if elders are unable to convert false teachers doesn’t that show they are not qualified to be elders?”
Š The word translated “convict” (Strong’s # 1651) is translated elsewhere as reprove (Ephesians 5:11 and II Timothy 4:2) and rebuke (Titus 2:15). That shows this word does NOT mean to “convert”.
Š Elders are supposed to feed and protect the flock (Acts 20:28-31 and I Peter 5:1-3).
Š They are not expected to convert everyone they talk to. That is IGNORANT. No man can convert anyone. The word of God does that (Psalms 19:7, Psalms 51:13, and Romans 1:16).
Š If you hold the doctrine that a man who cannot convert false teachers is unqualified to be a Sheppard, then you have condemned Jesus who is our chief Sheppard (John 10:11, Hebrews 13:20, and I Peter 5:4). How? Jesus did not convert false teachers (Matthew 21:23-27, Luke 19:47-48, and John 3:19-21).
4. “I am a new Christian. I have heard some teaching about how it is wrong to marry someone isn’t Christian. Do I have to get a divorce?”
Š No, (I Corinthians 7:10-16 and I Peter 3:1-7).
Š In fact, you CANNOT get a divorce (Mark 10:2-12 and Romans 7:1-3).
Š For the record though, this does not mean it is wise to marry someone who is not of like precious faith.
o You will likely be influenced for evil (I Kings 11:1-4, Proverbs 13:20, and I Corinthians 15:33).
o Your house will be divided (Matthew 10:34-37) and that is not good (Mark 3:25).
5. “John 9:31 is in the Bible, but this statement is not true, and we know this because, the man who said the statement was a Pharisee. He made the statement to attack Jesus. God does hear the prayer of all his children, those in sin and those who are not in sin, though we really are all in sin. Will you stop using this verse now, that you have been taught, that this is not the words of apostles, this is not words of Jesus, this is not words of prophets?”
Š Let me start with your question. No, I will not stop using John 9:31. The reasoning is twofold:
o It is supported by many other Scriptures and thus is true (Psalms 66:18, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 21:27, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 1:11-16, Isaiah 59:1-3, Jeremiah 6:19-20, Jeremiah 14:10-12, Amos 5:21-24, Matthew 23:14, John 9:31, I Timothy 2:8, and I Peter 3:12).
o When a statement, even by an uninspired source, can be proven true through the Scriptures; we may use it (Acts 17:28 and Titus 1:12).
Š You need corrected on some other points as well.
o The man was blind and healed by Jesus. He was not a Pharisee. The man, whom was blind, was being attacked by the Pharisees for being healed by Jesus (John 9:13-18; 24-31).
o This man was not attacking Jesus; he was defending Him (John 9:32-33).
Š Finally, it must be stated clearly, a person who was a child of God and has walked away must repent to be considered God’s child again (II Chronicles 7:14, Luke 15:11-32, Acts 8:13-24, and II John 9).
o Remember, to be called a child of God you have to obedient to His will (Matthew 12:46-50).
o That includes being separate from the ways of the world (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
6. “When is it the right time to tell our children that there is no Easter Bunny or Santa Claus?”
Š The real question is… When is it right to LIE to your children about this or ANYTHING else (Psalms 119:163, Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 12:19, Proverbs 12:22, Proverbs 13:5, Proverbs 26:28, Ephesians 4:25, and Colossians 3:9; cf. Revelation 21:8 and Revelation 22:14-15)?
7. “Who is the cause of sin – God or Satan?”
Š NEITHER. Man is, (Romans 5:12, James 4:17, and I John 3:4).
Š To say it is Satan is to say that temptation causes sin rather than our choice to give in, which is wrong. The cause of sin is the lust of men (James 1:13-16).
Š To say that since God gave a law He is the cause is like saying a speed limit sign is at fault when you exceed the speed limit, which too is wrong (I Peter 2:13-16).
8. “How in the world do Christians believe Paul's writings? Christ never met Paul and Christ never told anyone that he was directing Paul to preach the gospel.”
Š Christ did personally meet Paul (Acts 9:1-9).
Š Christ did direct him to preach (Acts 9:10-18; cf. Galatians 1:15-16).
Š The Holy Spirit confirmed Jesus’ appointment (Acts 13:2).
Š Christ, through the Spirit (John 15:26 and John 16:13; cf. I Corinthians 2:9-16), told Paul what to teach (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Š Peter confirmed the authority of Paul too (II Peter 3:15).
9. “Is it arrogant or wrong in any way to say that you know that you are saved?”
Š No, (I Corinthians 1:18, II Corinthians 5:1, I John 4:17, I John 5:13, and I John 5:18-20).
Š However, just saying it does not make is so (Hosea 8:1-5, Matthew 7:21-23, and Titus 1:16)!
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