Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
October 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).
1. “Much greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,I hope you are doing well by the grace of God. Also we are doing fine here in Kenya, Am very much happy when I open your website and go through reading in. What to do if the Church splits 50/50 on a vote about doctrine matters? Is there a tie-break in the bible like cast lot or so?”
I am not sure what you mean by, “I hope you are doing well by the grace of God”. That statement can be taken (not saying you meant it to be) to mean that you think God is somehow making someone’s life good or bad in this world. Be cautious with that (Ecclesiastes 9:11). The life of faithful Christians is not one that is without problems in the flesh (John 16:33, Acts 14:22, and I Peter 4:12-16). If you are referring to spiritual things (i.e. Romans 5:2), I am well.
Regarding votes in the congregation. There is no authority for such and that in itself makes it wrong (Galatians 1:6-9).
In regard to all things, the Scriptures our are standard of authority (Luke 11:28, Colossians 3:16-17, II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 3:15-17, and II John 1:9).
If an individual or congregation cannot PROVE something is right with God; he, she, or they should not practice it (Romans 14:23, Ephesians 5:10, and I Thessalonians 5:21).
Regarding being split on a decision. This too is a HUGE problem. The brethren are to be perfectly unified in mind, speech, doctrine, etc. (Acts 2:46, Romans 15:5-6, I Corinthians 1:10, I Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 2:2, Philippians 3:16, and II John 1:9-11).
“Splits” [division] ultimately needs to lead to action (Romans 16:17-18). Thus, though I know NOTHING about your situation, where there are those whom are divisive they must be dealt with (i.e. Galatians 2:1-5 and Titus 3:9-11).
Again, there is no tie in a vote wherein such is not approved to begin with. Regarding casting lots, such was a miraculous way God chose things (Acts 1:15-26), during a period of time that has ceased (I Corinthians 13:8-13).
On other occasions, casting of lots was a “by chance” thing, such as “rolling the dice” (Matthew 27:35). Would you leave matters of the faith to a chance (Romans 14:23, Ephesians 5:10, and I Thessalonians 5:21)?
2. “We teach our children songs like Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Walks With Me. Why do we teach our children that we are to pray to the Father of Jesus instead of Jesus? And what should our children be taught about why the cant take communion when we let them sing?”
I do not know who you mean by “We”. We, the church in El Paso, do not sing Jesus loves me (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/studyingthesongswesing_jesuslovesmeanswers.html).
I am not familiar with the song “Jesus Walks With Me”.
If you are learning to pray to Jesus through songs, those songs are teaching error. Whether in song or not, we are commanded to speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15 and Titus 2:1).
The TRUTH is that Christians are to pray to the Father through the Son (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17, and I Timothy 2:5).
The only individuals that should be partaking of the Lord’s Supper are those whom are faithful disciples of Christ (Acts 20:7). A disciple of Christ is one whom has chosen obedience to the Lord and continues in such a state (John 8:31-32). A.K.A. a “Christian” (Acts 11:26).
Consider also that the proper partaking of the Lord’s Supper not only requires the ability to remember the Lord’s death, but also to spiritually evaluate one’s self (I Corinthians 11:23-32). If a child has reached a point in time wherein he or she can really evaluate his or herself (Lamentations 3:40), shouldn’t he or she have decided to obey the Gospel?
For more information on what is to be done in becoming a Christian consider the following: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/tobesaved.html
For further consideration… When you speak of “We” in regarding to teaching children, do you realize that the responsibility of teaching children the word of God lays upon the parents (Genesis 18:18-19, Exodus 12:26-27, Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Deuteronomy 11:18-19, and Ephesians 6:1-4)?
In regard to children singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs… While the instructions regarding the Lord’s Supper are specifically for disciples, our Lord does permit children to come to Him in other ways (Matthew 18:1-6, Matthew 19:13-15, and Luke 18:15-17).
Sin is what separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:12).
The innocent, whom know not nor can discern right from wrong, are not sinners (James 4:17).
Thus, they would certainly be capable of coming to God in song so far as their understanding would permit. Consider, loosely (for the context and verse I am going to cite is in reference to Christians and a contextual difference regarding miracles, etc.), how joy would bring one to sing to God (James 5:13).
3. “Why do you have a stated problem with regards to selling bible based books for a profit when the bible is made to be something used as profitable 2. Tim. 3:16?”
If you read II Timothy 3:15-17, you will see that the way wherein the Scriptures are profitable to obedient hears is for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The word translated “profitable” in II Timothy 3:16 means: “helpful or serviceable, i.e. advantageous” (Strong’s # 5624).
Now, as to why I take issue with the selling of biblical materials? Such motivation for money is a sure sign of a false teacher (II Peter 2:1-3).
In addition to that, most of the “writers” I am familiar with are already being supported to preach the Gospel (I Corinthians 9:1-14). Then, they are double dipping in the pockets of people by asking them to cover the expense and provide profit for what they are already, in most cases, being supported to do. They are damned thieves (John 10:1-14) and wrong for many reasons (Isaiah 56:10-12, Micah 3:11, and Jude 1:11)!!!!
For an in-depth consideration a study, note the PRINCIPLE in what Jesus taught His disciples regarding their miraculous abilities (Matthew 10:5-15).
4. “What is a Christian missionary?”
A Christian missionary is something that the Bible says nothing about (Proverbs 30:5-6, Mark 7:1-9, and Revelation 22:18-19)! That should speak volumes (I Peter 4:11).
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, and I Corinthians 4:6).
5. “There is this job that I have been praying for. Now in my prayer time when I am thinking in my spirit I believe that this is my job for the taking and that God will blessed me with it. Ask and you shall receive. I have applied for the job. The listing has been removed. I know God wants me to have this job, but what if someone else is praying for it too. How will God decide which one gets it? This is the only reason why I can think I would not get it. Please give me insights.”
Where in the Scriptures are you taught of God to pray for secular employment that you desire? Would you even consider James 4:3 for a moment here?
You used the words “ask and you shall receive”. Consider the context of the words you are using (Matthew 7:7-11). Consider that prayers in the first century involved miraculous works (Matthew 21:18-22) that have passed today (I Corinthians 13:8-13).
Also, understand that when God granted miracles such as feeding people (John 6:1-27), it was to confirm the word (Mark 16:15-20). The word has been “once delivered” (Jude 1:3) and that application is no longer there.
God HAS given us ALL THINGS pertaining to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3-4). What is there to ask for, besides His mercy, grace, continued longsuffering, and forgiveness if you transgress and confess those faults (Luke 18:10-14, II Peter 3:9,and I John 1:9)? Physically speaking, we may seek His continual providing in things He does give (Acts 14:17 and Hebrews 6:7). Jobs are not among those things!!!
In testing the literalness of “ask and ye shall receive”, you find that it does not hold to a blanket statement (II Corinthians 12:1-10)!
The rest of your question is a bit foolish (don’t be offended by that [cf. Galatians 3:1].
Be reasonable. You first state, “I know God wants me to have this job...” You then wonder, “ but what if someone else is praying for it too...” If you KNEW God wanted you to have something, how could you question it? How do you “know” anyway? Are you thinking that God has talked to you somehow? If so, are you afraid that He lied to you? We both know you have no revelation from God concerning this. On your part, this is all babbling. Part of learning is listening to “reason” (Acts 17:1-3 and Acts 18:4). You need to be reasonable.
God is not a respecter of persons so He is not going to choose a job for or against you (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11,and I Peter 1:17).
God gives man freewill (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Luke 10:38-42, Acts 2:37-41, etc.). God is not going to make an employer choose you or someone else. Man even has the freedom to choose to be unfair (James 2:1-12).
6. “Can Christians in countries where there are concubines have them since they were used in the bible by David a man after god’s heart?”
You read about concubines all throughout the Old Testament (Genesis 22:24, Genesis 35:22, Judges 19:1-10, II Samuel 20:3, II Samuel 21:11, etc.). There are some today in other countries (i.e. http://www.beijingmadeeasy.com/beijing-society/er-nai-modern-chinese-concubine).
We are not under the Old Testament law today (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Colossians 2:8-23, and Hebrews 9:15-10:22).
A concubine is: “(in polygamous societies) a woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives” (Oxford New American Dictionary).
Above all all laws of men today (Acts 5:29), we live under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 and James 1:21-25).
The words of our Lord, that we are under today, do not permit concubines in any way (Matthew 19:3-12, I Corinthians 7:1-5, Ephesians 5:31, and Hebrews 13:4).
David was a man that the Lord said was after his own heart (Acts 13:22). That was in a time before David was an adulterer, murderer, etc. (I Samuel 13:14). David’s heart wasn’t always in accordance with the Lord’s (i.e. II Samuel 11:1-12:23).
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