Bible Questions Answered By Brian A. Yeager

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Bible Questions Answered

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March 2019 Bible Questions Answered

1. “Is it possible for a Catholic to be a Christian and remain in the Catholic Church? Do all religions lead to heaven?”

  • The Catholic system of religion was born out of man, not the Lord. As such, one cannot practice Catholicism and be faithful to the Lord at the same time (Mark 7:1-9, Galatians 1:6-10, Colossians 2:4-23, I Timothy 1:3-7, and II John 1:6-11).
  • Jesus established His body, the one and only church, in the first century (Matthew 16:13-18, Acts 2:36-47, Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 3:1-12, Ephesians 5:25, Colossians 1:12-18, Colossians 3:11-15, Hebrews 3:1-6, and Hebrews 12:22-23).
  • Just as there is only one Christ, one Father, One Spirt - There is only one system of faith and one body of believers approved by the Lord (Ephesians 4:1-6).
  • You do not read of the “Catholic” church anywhere in the Scriptures. For what God calls His people throughout the Scriptures, please consider this study that should help:
  • The only way to the Father in Heaven is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6 and Acts 4:10-12). Those in faithful in HIS church are the saved (Acts 2:47). There is no other religion that leads to heaven. You cannot wear the names of organizations of men or the names of men and be saved (I Corinthians 1:10-13). For more on these things, consider this series of studies:
  • By you asking this question, it is obvious that you have not been taught and converted to Christ. Will you please consider a study with me (i.e. Acts 8:25-39)?

2. “What day is the Bible Sabbath, and do we still keep it today?”

  • Rest on the seventh day was first established at creation (Genesis 2:1-3). Man’s first instructions to keep it were under the Law of Moses (Exodus 20:8-11 and Leviticus 23:1-3).
  • The Old Law was done away in Christ (Luke 16:16, Romans 7:1-6, and Ephesians 2:11-17).  A new and better law was established (Hebrews 8:1-10:22).
  • Along with the Old Law, the Sabbath is gone (Romans 14:5-6 and Colossians 2:6-17).
  • If one were to argue to keep the Sabbath from the Law of Moses, they’d be bound to keep the whole law of Moses (Numbers 15:40 and Galatians 3:10-11).  Keeping of those Old Laws is useless (Galatians 2:16-17).  Furthermore, justification through the Law of Moses means giving up the grace we find in Christ (Galatians 5:4). 
  • Most do not consider that if they were keeping the Sabbath Day today, they’d be stoning those labor on that day (Numbers 15:32-36).
  • The Sabbath Day was made for man, not the other way around (Mark 2:23-28).  The Sabbath Day HAD a purpose (Exodus 20:8-11).   Man was the beneficiary (Exodus 23:12 and Deuteronomy 5:13-15).  
  • There were exceptions even during the time the keeping of that day was in effect (Luke 13:11-16 and John 7:14-24). 
  • By you asking this question, it is obvious that you have not been taught and converted to Christ. Will you please consider a study with me (i.e. Acts 8:25-39)?

3. “How should I view Deut. 24:1-4?? Can my husband just decide I need to go and I have to go? Can I fight this?”

  • Jesus addressed this very question in Matthew 19:3-12 and Mark 10:1-11. His answer is very clear. Under the law of Christ, as the Law of Moses is now done away (Romans 7:1-6 and Hebrews 9:15-17), if he sends you away he is sinning (I John 3:4).
  • We later read: “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife” (I Corinthians 7:10-11).
  • The only authorized liberty one has to end his or her marriage is in the event his or her spouse is guilty of fornication [unlawful sexual intercourse] (Matthew 5:31-32).
  • That however, isn’t even all that simple. God hates putting away (Malachi 2:14-16). For a person really to be pleasing to the Lord, even in the case of fornication, he or she should have tried to bring about repentance from his or her sinful spouse before ending this covenant relationship (Luke 17:3-4). Yet, when fornication occurs that is not even the only problem in that marriage that needs resolved. Please consider the following:
  • If your husband is trying to end your marriage, you should fight it. Try to resolve whatever issues there are therein. If you are a member of a faithful body of Christ (unlikely - sadly; Matthew 7:13-23), brethren would need to be involved in this (Matthew 18:15-17).
  • Please consider studying with me in addition to this email. There is likely much more to be considered that what I have written or referenced above.

4. “I am following the lessons on elders. It is interesting. I have not seen you use James 5:14and15. Does that indicate that you think it is not a work of elders today? If so, why would you remove that work of an elder as it certainly does apply as much as any other elder work?”

  • The text in question reads: “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14-15).
  • I have not used it yet, and may not, for it does not apply today. The praying for the sick was directly connected to the miraculous spiritual gifts that existed in the first century (I Corinthians 12:3-11). Those gifts, that were directly given by the Holy Spirit, no longer exist today (I Corinthians 12:28-13:13).
  • When prayers of such a nature were offered, MIRACLES occurred (Acts 9:36-42 and Acts 28:8). There was no sending to the doctor, taking medicine, etc. There was a purpose for this (Mark 16:15-20 and Hebrews 2:1-4).
  • If you read down through James 5:17-18, you see the miraculous connection.
  • Anointing with oil was a miraculous application too (Mark 6:12-13).
  • To make this study very simple… In the first century individuals were converted to Christ and afterward an Apostle would come, lay hands on that person, they would receive the Holy Spirit and some gift(s) at the very moment (Acts 8:4-24 and Acts 19:1-7). There are no Apostles today. That is the simplicity of the matter.
  • I know this is hard for many to understand. It is not taught properly nearly anywhere today. I would be more than willing to study more in-depth with you about it. Please also consider the following studies for more information on this matter:

5. “God is holy to the supreme degree. We cant reach that. Since God expects us imperfect people to be holy what degree does that mean?”

  • There was a statement in the Old Testament Scriptures that could certainly lead you to think as you have (I Samuel 2:2). However, the point of that statement was in comparison to “other gods” or false gods (Exodus 15:11).
  • Thankfully, in Christ, once properly converted we are clean, pure, without sin, washed, etc. (Acts 22:1-21, Romans 6:1-23, I Corinthians 6:9-11 [cf. Acts 18:8], Ephesians 2:1-10, Hebrews 10:15-22, and Revelation 1:5).
  • Therefore, we are expected to be and can be holy as He is holy (II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, I Thessalonians 4:7, I Peter 1:13-16). There is no “degree” there (Matthew 5:48, Ephesians 5:27, Hebrews 12:14, and James 2:10-12).