August 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 The only book of the Bible that clearly attributes penmanship to John is Revelation (Revelation 1:1-2, Revelation 1:9, Revelation 21:2, and Revelation 22:8). Penmanship is not identified in the others that are often said to be written by him.
Š There is much historical evidence for John being the penman, but that is not FACT!
Š Penmanship doesn’t matter. God is the author of all Scriptures (more on this in question #6).
2. “I understand that people who sin deserve God doing bad things to them. But why does God allow infants to be born with genetic diseases and other problems?”
Š Life is not scripted with God acting as a puppet master (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
Š When God created this world everything was good (Genesis 1:31). Man has messed that up (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Remember, it is the sins of man that brought death into this world (Genesis 3:17-19).
Š Suffering is not a punishment for your sins either. Jesus suffered (Mark 8:31), yet had no sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Š We’ll learn when studying Ecclesiastes that our lives (*carnally speaking, realizing the life to come is what we live for) are vain in that we suffer just as the wicked in this life (Ecclesiastes 2:13-17).
Š Be cautious with questions like this. It is not our place to put such blame on God (Job 36:23, Isaiah 40:13-14, and Romans 9:20).
3. “When the antichrist comes the church will be raptured. What happens then if someone wants to come to Jesus and no one is on earth to teach them?”
Š The premise of your question is wrong. The antichrists have already come and are ever present (I John 2:18, I John 2:22, I John 4:3, and II John 7).
Š When Jesus returns, no one will be on earth or need to hear the Gospel (Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10-14).
Š The word “rapture” or the idea do not appear in the Scriptures.
4. “Can a church supply the needs of a missionary from the treasury? Can two or more churches do this for a missionary? If so, why cannot church A and church B send money to church church C to facilitate support?”
Š There is no such thing as a “missionary” in the Bible.
Š I will answer your question by talking about the supporting of preachers of the Gospel (Romans 10:14).
Š The only way a congregation can support a preacher is by directly sending funds to him (Philippians 4:14-16). There is no Scriptural support for a congregation sending money to another, etc. for the support of a preacher of the Gospel.
Š Wherein there is no authority from the Lord we cannot act (Leviticus 10:1-2, Isaiah 8:20, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 28:20, I Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 3:17, and II Timothy 1:13).
5. “The Bible clearly teaches that perfection is impossible. Romans teaches this clearly brother. If you or I are measured up against LAW we both will always be found guilty. In fact, Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and DO sin .. and as we do God continues to justify us (3:24). Why do you teach otherwise?”
Š First off, if you are always in sin as you say above, we’re not brethren (Mark 3:31-35).
Š Secondly, Romans 3:23 does not come close to saying what you say it says. The verse talks of sin here in the PAST TENSE: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. There are two areas of Scriptures, though more could be listed, that apply to what you have done with this verse (II Peter 3:15-17 and Revelation 22:18-19).
o Consider that this is subjective as well. For one, we know that “all” doesn’t really mean everyone who has ever been on earth (Hebrews 4:14-16, I Peter 1:21-22, and I John 3:5).
o Also, we know that young children and the innocent of mind cannot sin (James 4:17).
o Therefore, you have to take the verse in context of the fact that it is written to Christians in Rome as the direct application.
Š Thirdly, perfection is not only possible, but is necessary (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 7:1, II Corinthians 13:11, Colossians 1:28, and I Peter 1:13-16).
Š Once one is made pure from the blood of Christ (Revelation 1:5) through obedience to the Gospel (Acts 2:37-41, Acts 8:25-38, Acts 18:8, Acts 22:16, etc.), that person is expected to cease from sin (Ephesians 5:1-11, II Timothy 2:19, and Titus 2:11-14).
Š Finally, God does not continually justify us if we continue in sin (John 5:10-14, Romans 6:1-2, Galatians 2:17, and I John 1:9). If this were the case, we’d never have to repent of a sin; which we KNOW is wrong. If a Christians sins he or she must repent or he or she will perish (Acts 8:13-24, II Corinthians 7:8-10, II Corinthians 12:21, Revelation 2:1-5, Revelation 3:1-3, and Revelation 3:14-19).
6. “How can the bible be infallible when it was written by fallible men?”
Š The Scriptures are infallible because man did not author them (II Samuel 23:2, Job 32:8, Jeremiah 1:9, Matthew 10:16-20, John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:9-13, I Corinthians 14:37, Galatians 1:10-12, II Timothy 3:15-17, and II Peter 1:20-21).
7. “Will all of mankind eventually be saved?”
Š No, (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 22:14, Matthew 23:14, Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 13:23-24, Mark 16:15-16, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, II Thessalonians 2:12, etc.).
8. “If a christian man marries a nonchristian woman who tells him she’s never been married before. Then he later found out that she lied. He found out because she is now a christian and believes she has to tell her husband the truth. Is that marriage wrong? Since she was a nonchristian doesn’t baptism wash away her sin of lying and nonbiblical divorce since she wasn’t a christian anyway?”
Š All men everywhere are held accountable to the truth (Acts 17:30). Everyone will be judged by the words of our Lord (John 12:48).
Š Fornication is still fornication even when committed by non-Christians (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
Š If a non-Christian was not under any law they could not have any sins to be remitted through obedience to the Gospel (Romans 3:20, Romans 4:15, and I John 3:4).
Š If this woman had no right to be married to this man, they are in adultery (Matthew 19:9).
9. “What can the church use the collection of the saints for?”
Š Supporting evangelists (I Corinthians 9:9-14, II Corinthians 11:8, and Philippians 4:14-16) and elders (I Timothy 5:17-18).
Š Assisting truly needy saints (Romans 15:25-27, I Corinthians 16:1-4, and II Corinthians 8:1-9:14). Even with Christian widows there are qualifiers (I Timothy 5:3-16).
Š The only other work of the church, though caution must be exercised here (Proverbs 14:12 and Ephesians 5:6), is spiritual edification of the body (Ephesians 4:15-16). We know such things that are carnal do not fit here (i.e. Romans 14:17).
© 2012 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