March 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).
Š There is no “sinner’s prayer” in the Scriptures. No one, in the New Testament whom had not obeyed the Gospel, was ever told to pray some prayer for salvation.
Š Sin keeps one from the privilege of 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).
Š For a sinner to be saved…
o They have to have been taught the truth (John 8:32, Romans 1:16, and Romans 10:17).
o They have to have understood, believed, and openly received the truth they have been taught (Matthew 13:19, Mark 16:15-16, and I Thessalonians 2:13).
o That person then must evaluate and count the cost of being a disciple of the Lord (Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 14:25-33).
o If that person wants to proceed to obeying the Gospel and being converted to Christ, he or she has to repent of his or her sins (Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, and Acts 26:18-20).
o He or she then has to confess Christ (Acts 8:25-39 and Romans 10:9-10).
o That person then must be immersed for the remission of sins into the body of Christ (Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:22-33, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 6:3-6, I Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:26-29, Colossians 2:12, and I Peter 3:20-21).
o The Lord then adds this person to His body, the church (Acts 2:47).
o This person then must live faithfully, in accordance with all of the will of God, for the rest of his or her natural life (Colossians 1:23 and Revelation 2:10). This in itself involves growing (Matthew 28:20 and II Peter 3:18) and continuing faithful in all things (John 8:31).
2. “What creeds do the Church have to keep in order to sustain place in God’s mission field?”
Š The church of Christ is only subject to the will of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:15-16, Colossians 1:18, and Hebrews 3:1-6).
Š The word of our Lord is all-sufficient for us collectively and individually (Luke 4:4, John 6:63, II Timothy 3:15-17, and II Peter 1:3-4).
Š The church is not to follow any human creeds [formal statement of belief] (Galatians 1:6-12 and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š I have no idea what you mean by “sustain a place in God’s mission field”. Can you elaborate? What Scriptures are you getting the idea of “God’s mission field” from?
Š If you are wondering what the local church must do to keep a relationship with God. That answer is – obey Him fully (II John 1:9 and Revelation 2:1-3:22).
Š The local church can maintain her faithfulness by simply holding to the pattern of things taught in the New Testament (II Timothy 1:13). This requires rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:14-18).
3. “Why does God give us the ability to form an opinion if he doesn’t want us to follow our opinions?”
Š Since the beginning God has given you freewill. Meaning you can form and hold to your own opinions all you want to (Deuteronomy 5:29, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Joshua 24:14-16, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Luke 8:4-15, I John 3:1-10, III John 1:11, etc.).
Š God doesn’t want robots, but people who CHOOSE to love, follow, and obey Him (Mark 12:30, Ephesians 5:1, and I John 5:2-3).
Š If you want to obey His will and be rewarded for it, you have to follow HIS will rather than your own opinion (Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 16:25, Isaiah 5:21, Isaiah 55:7-9, Jeremiah 10:23, Luke 6:46, Luke 11:28, John 14:15, and II Corinthians 10:12-18).
Š Your question is not very logical. Consider this… Can you rob a bank? What would happen if you did? Why does the government give you a right to choose to rob a bank and then punishes you if you choose to do so? - POINT – All of that is pretty dumb, right? Isn’t this the same line of reasoning you are using against God?
Š God doesn’t want anyone to perish (II Peter 3:9). That includes you whom are trying to reason against God. He gives you the right to choose. He lays out the consequences of your choices (John 5:28-29). It is up to you to do with those choices, as you so desire. How is that not fair (Ezekiel 18:20-32)?
Š Why would He allow you to be in His eternal house (John 14:1-3) if you want to come to His house and do whatever you want to do?
4. “When did the Aaronic Priesthood come to an end?”
Š The priesthood after the order of Aaron ceased with Christ (Hebrews 5:1-10 and Hebrews 6:13-7:28).
5. “Since baptism is immersion in water, is there a specific body of water through which we must be baptized? By this I mean, would it differ if someone was baptized in a lake, pond, river, swimming pool, bathtub, etc., provided that the body is full submerged in water?”
Š All that is necessary is water sufficient for immersion (Acts 8:36-39).
6. “I believe the Holy Ghost has led me to your website because one day I was just reading online and came to some answers on your weblisting that I have been searching for years. Since this, I praise God. I have a question and I believe God wants me to ask your Church. Will the rapture be in the pretribulation or posttribulation?”
Š What makes you “believe the Holy Ghost” led you to my website? The Scriptures teach no such thing.
Š Where, in the Scriptures, do you read of a “rapture”, “pretribulation”, or “posttribulation”?
Š Tribulation has been and will be all the days of Christianity (John 16:33, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:1-4, Romans 12:12, II Corinthians 7:4, I Thessalonians 3:4, and Revelation 1:9).
Š The truth is, the Lord will return in a time unknown to man (Matthew 24:35-36).
Š He wants us to be always ready (Matthew 24:42-44).
Š He will come as a thief in the night and the world will end (II Peter 3:10-14).
Š There will be a resurrection and both those whom have past from this world and those alive will meet the Lord in the air (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Š The Lord Jesus Christ will turn over the kingdom to the Father as our transformation into eternal spiritual beings takes place (I Corinthians 15:22-57).
© 2016 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