Archive for April, 2011

How Do We Know We Are Saved ?

April 23, 2011

Many religious people say they know they are saved because they feel saved, or they have had some “better felt than told” experience. But I John 2:3 reads “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” So we don’t know we are saved based upon our feelings, but instead it is based upon whether or not we are obeying God’s new covenant law.

Remember the story in Genesis where Joseph’s brothers smeared blood on his garment so their father (Jacob) would think Joseph had been killed by a wild animal (Genesis 37:31-34)? It worked – Jacob mourned, just as if Joseph was dead. But the reader knows Joseph was still alive. Jacob’s feelings were based upon false information, and were therefore unreliable. So might our feelings be unreliable about our own salvation – if they are not based upon the truth of God’s word – only the truth will make us free from sin (John 8:32).

Revelation 22:14 makes it clear that our salvation is dependent upon our obedience to God’s word, as it reads “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (referring to heaven). Our feelings are unreliable as they can be deceived. The only way to be sure of your salvation is to keep God’s commandments.

Back to I John 2, verses 4-5 read “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” So keeping God’s commandments is how our love for God is completed, and is how we know that we are in (fellowship with, a saved relationship with) him.

Sabbath Keeping Also Demands

April 17, 2011

Those who claim we must still keep the Sabbath today (in spite of passages like Colossians 2:14-17) aren’t usually consistent with their argumentation. For example, Galatians 5:3 reads “For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.” Yet Sabbath keepers don’t usually keep the Sabbath as it is outlined under the old law, and they don’t keep a whole host of other old testament commands. Consistency would demand that they do. Let me detail what I mean …

First, Sabbath keeping demands doing the following on Saturday (the 7th day):

· Exodus 20:9-10, 31:15, 35:2 no work

· Exodus 35:3 no fire (even in sub-zero weather)

· Exodus 16:23 no cooking

· Jeremiah 17:21-22 no carrying of a burden

· Exod 31:14-15, 35:2 (Num 15:32-36) breaking the Sabbath was penalized by death

Second, he that would be bound/obligated by any one of the Old Testament laws (like the Sabbath) is a debtor to keep all the Old Testament laws, including:

· circumcision

· new moon observance

· feast of unleavened bread

· feast of weeks (Pentecost)

· feast of trumpets

· day of atonement

· the feast of tabernacles

· the Sabbath year and year of jubilee

· laws of animal sacrifice and offerings

· Levitical priesthood

· many, many other Old Testament laws (someone counted over 600)

Conclusion: If you are going to try to bind the Sabbath, you also must bind all the regulations regarding the Sabbath and all other Old Testament laws also. You can’t just pick and choose to your fancy.

Are Good People From Other Religions Going To Heaven ?

April 11, 2011

You might have read in the news two or three years ago that Billy Graham said people from religions besides Christianity were going to heaven. I read recently that “83% of evangelical Protestants in America agreed that good people of other religions can go to heaven . . . more than half – 54% – of evangelical Protestants said yes, people of religions other than Christianity can go to heaven.” How can we explain this quote in light of passages like the following?:

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 8:24b … for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

The Bible is supposed to define the Christian religion, its manual you might say. It appears to me that not too many of those who claim to be Christians are following the manual anymore.

Women Preachers and II John verses 9-11

April 5, 2011

I can’t think of anything more decisively taught in the Bible than the fact that women should not preach in church. Notice the following two passages …

I Corinthians 14:34-35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

I Timothy 2:11-12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

In spite of the clarity with which the practice of “women preachers” is condemned in the Bible, most congregations allow such. Me thinks they are more concerned with doing what they feel is best and what they want to do than they are concerned about doing what God actually says.

And what if you a member of a congregation that allows women to teach from the pulpit? Wouldn’t the following passage describe your standing before God? …

II John verses 9-11 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed : For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.