Archive for November, 2011

Do We Have To Sin? by Cecil May

November 26, 2011

"No one can live a perfect life." "God gave a law no one could keep to make us realize our need for grace and Christ." "It is impossible to live without sin. No one ever has."

Statements such as the above are heard frequently. The last statement, "No one ever has" is true with but one exception; Jesus Christ did. I do not find the other statements stated or implied in Scripture, and I do not think I believe them.

No one can deny having sinned. Universal human experience acknowledges that, and Scripture confirms it: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23); "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us … If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us" (I John 1:8, 10).

To say that everyone has sinned, however, is not the same as saying everyone had to sin, that we had no choice in whether we sinned or not. It does not accord with my conception of the fairness and justice of God to believe he would give a law he knew was impossible for those subject to it to keep and then condemn them for not keeping it.

Further, it does not accord with my experience. While I recall with sorrow times when I have sinned; I do not recall a time when I had to sin. Sins I have committed have always seemed to me, even as I look back on them, to be a choice, a bad choice certainly, but a choice I made.

No doubt some sins are committed in ignorance, sins that were not known at the time to be sins. But even in such cases, it could have been known. The information was available.

The fact that Jesus lived without sin shows that it was not impossible to do. It will not do to say that he was especially endowed with divine power to defeat temptation. If that were true, he would not have been "one who in every respect has been tempted as we are." But he was (Hebrews 4:15).

I know I have sinned. I do not believe there was ever an occasion when I had to sin.

Unlawfully Married Couples – Why Must They Separate ?

November 19, 2011

Matthew 19:9 reads “And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” Those who stand for the truth on the divorce and remarriage issue insist that a couple involved in an adulterous marriage (per Matthew 19:9) must terminate their marriage. Can’t we see that principle from Mark 6:17-18 which shows Herod and Herodias were in an unlawful marriage? They needed to terminate their marriage to become lawful, right?

But why do such have to separate? At least three reasons …

Because they have no right to be married; they are not bound (maritally obligated, scripturally married) – Romans 7:2-3

Because they need to go back to their rightful spouses – I Corinthians 7:10-11, Romans 7:2-3

Because every time they have sexual relations, they commit adultery – Matthew 19:9. What does adultery mean?:

· adulterer – denotes one who has unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another (Vines)

· Hebrews 13:4 adultery is something done in “the bed”

An unlawfully married couple must stop committing that adultery; they must get out of the relationship!

Women Preachers – What Is The Issue ?

November 10, 2011

When we say God forbids women preachers, the issue is not → May women preach (teach the gospel) outside the assembly of the church? I agree that they can, and they must. The following Bible passages prove such:

• Acts 8:1,4 – the whole church (including the women) “went everywhere preaching the word.”

• Acts 2:17 – “your daughters shall prophesy” (preach through inspiration)

• Acts 21:8-9 – Philip had four virgin daughters “which did prophesy”

• Titus 2:3-4 – the aged women are to teach (God’s new testament law) to young women

Notice it is scriptural for women to teach the gospel, as long as they don’t do it in the assembly of the church (I Corinthians 14:34-35), and as long as they don’t teach “over” the man (I Timothy 2:12). For example, a woman could teach a ladies or children’s Bible class at her home, or even at the church building.

The issue is → May women preach to the assembly of the church? 90% of United States congregations allow that. The Bible unmistakably says they should not.

The Law Of Moses Condemned Homosexuality, Putting It In The Same Category As Beastiality

November 4, 2011

Leviticus 18:22 reads “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” The very next verse says “Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.” Do you see how the old testament law calls homosexuality an abomination, and puts it in the same category as having sex with an animal?

This is repeated in Leviticus 20:13-15: If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. … And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Those who claim to be Christians but excuse the practice of homosexuality put themselves in a quandary. The way they reason on passages like these in Leviticus, it would be impossible for them to prove bestiality is wrong. This shows their position is absurd. Homosexuality is sinful (Romans 1:26-27) and such a person can only be saved if he quits committing his sexual immorality (Revelation 21:8).