Archive for October, 2009

The Bible Says We Are Justified By Works

October 31, 2009

James 2:24 reads "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only."

This passage should make it clear to the honest Bible student that works do have a role in our salvation (Heb 5:9, Rev 22:14, II Cor 5:10, Acts 10:34-35, I Pet 1:22, I John 2:17, Rev 20:12, Matt 7:21, etc.).

Some don’t want to accept what God says on this topic, so they try to find ways to get around the plain meaning of James 2:24. They say that James 2:24 is only talking about justification before men, and not salvation from sin. But the James 2 context rules out this meaning. This section begins in verse 14 with the question – can a man’s faith save him if he doesn’t have works? This is obviously talking about salvation from sin / eternal salvation as it refers to faith being a condition of that salvation. James then spends the rest of the chapter answering that question. He answers it "no" in verses 17, 20, 24, and 26. So verse 24 is an answer to the question, can faith without works save? And God’s answer is that works justify, not faith only.

Eph 2:8-9 and James 2:24 are not contradictory at all. Eph 2:8-9 is discussing the basis for our salvation (what earns it). That basis is the death/blood of Christ. James 2:24 is discussing whether or not receiving that salvation purchased by Christ is conditioned upon our works. It is. Believe what God said about it.

How Often Should Congregations Eat The Lord’s Supper?

October 28, 2009

Should we follow approved Biblical examples?:

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

I Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

II Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us

I Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

I Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord

What is the approved example in regard to the frequency of eating the Lord’s Supper?:

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7)

Does It Matter How We Worship God ?

October 26, 2009

About building God’s old testament temple, David said in I Chronicles 29:1 “the work is great: for the place is not for man, but for the Lord God.” This verse expresses the truth that though the people would use the temple, the temple was not being made to please man, but to please God – and should be built according to his specifications. The same is true about the church and worship today. Many so called Christians think it doesn’t really matter how you worship God as long as you worship Him and “your heart is in it.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Notice the following verses regarding the question of whether or not God cares how we worship him, that is, what we do when we worship him.

It Does Matter How We Worship God:
John 4:23-24 … they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth
Genesis 4:3-5 (Heb 11:4 / Rom 10:17) Cain worshipped God, but unacceptably
Leviticus 10:1-2 Nadab and Abihu worshipped God, but in the wrong way
I Samuel 13:8-14 Saul worshipped God, but in an unauthorized manner
Matthew 15:9 our worship can be vain (useless, worthless)

Again, most think they can just worship God in a way that pleases them and other people – so their worship services are designed to be “fun and exciting” to bring the largest crowd in. But worship “is not for man, but for the Lord God.” We should do what we do in worship in order to please Him; we should do exactly what He prescribes in the new testament.

Would you have a clue about where to turn in your Bible to find out what God desires us to do when we worship Him?