Archive for December, 2011

What Does Repentance Mean In Regard To Unscriptural Marriages ?

December 30, 2011

Notice the following passages relating to the matter of what repentance means regarding righting wrongs:

· Luke 19:8-9 Zacchaeus: if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

· Acts 26:20 that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance

· Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.

Now for application: If a person becoming a Christian is a kidnapper – can he keep on kidnapping? Can he keep all the children he has stolen (I Tim 1:10)? What about a polygamist – can he keep on practicing polygamy? Can he keep all four of his wives (I Cor 7:2)? If a homosexual wants to become a Christian – can he keep on practicing homosexuality? Can he keep his homosexual partner (Rom 1:26-27)? And finally, what about a person who desires to be a faithful Christian, but is living in adultery – can he keep his adulterous marriage, that is, keep practicing adultery with his unlawful wife (Matt 19:9, Rom 7:2-3)?

Remember Mark 6:18 – For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. Based upon that statement, do you think John the Baptist wanted Herod to keep his wife, or to give her up?

The Watchtower Society Is Wrong When They Say Jesus Is Not Deity – Acts 20:28

December 23, 2011

The Watchtower Witnesses claim Jesus is not really God, that he was formally only Michael the archangel. But the Bible teaches in a number of places that Jesus is God. One such place is Acts 20:28. Notice four translations of that verse:

· KJV … to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.

· NKJV … the church of God which He purchased with His own blood

· NASV … the church of God which He purchased with His own blood

· NIV … the church of God, which he bought with his own blood

Acts 20:28 has to be calling Jesus God since Jesus is the one who actually shed blood. It can’t be talking about God the Father since the Father has never had any blood (John 4:24a, Luke 24:39b). The following verses additionally confirm it was Jesus who shed his blood:

· Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ …that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

· Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

So Jesus is God – at least according to the Bible He is.

How Could Our Election To Salvation Be Conditional ?

December 16, 2011

When discussing the Calvinists’ “Unconditional Election” theory, at times we are asked – how could an election be conditional? Notice three Bible illustrations …

In Judges 7:4-7 God elected who would go into battle (300) with Gideon conditionally, based upon who drank water by putting their hand to their mouth, as opposed to those who got down on their knees to drink.

God said in Joshua 6:2ff “I have given into thine hand Jericho.” So God had chosen to give the Israelites the city, yet remember they still had to walk around the city 13 times in order to get it.

In Acts 27:22-23,34b the angel of God told Paul there would be no loss of life on his voyage. But verse 31 makes it clear that that “election” (to physical salvation) was conditional upon abiding in the ship.

How could any honest person look at the following two passages and not conclude our election to spiritual salvation is conditional?:

· II Peter 1:10a Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure

· Hebrews 5:9 … he (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him

Is It A Shame For Women To Speak In The Church Or Not ?

December 9, 2011

Tomorrow I will be engaging in a public debate on the issue of “women preachers.”  I predict that all of my opponent’s arguments will be made in an effort to prove “it is NOT a shame for women to speak in the church,” even though I Corinthians 14:35b plainly says, “it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

Just to reiterate:

I Corinthians 14:34a says – Let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted unto them to speak.

My Opponent will say – No need to let your women keep silence in the churches, for it is permitted unto them to speak.

I believe my opponent will admit in the discussion that his arguments are made to support the above conclusion. I plan to let him tell us for sure by checking the appropriate statement below:

· it is a shame for women to speak in the church

· it is NOT a shame for women to speak in the church

Which of the above do you think my opponent will choose ?

Which of the above do you think I would choose ?

Which of the above do you think God would choose ?

Was The Prohibition Against Women Preachers Just A Cultural Matter ?

December 2, 2011

Some contend the New Testament prohibition against women preachers was just a first century cultural matter, but by this reasoning you could pretty much just throw out the whole New Testament, since all of it was written in the first century.

Remember that before there ever was any culture, God said in Genesis 3:16 the husband should “rule over” the wife. That law hadn’t changed as we get to Jesus’ day (Ephesians 5:22-24 – “the husband is the head of the wife”). Though culture had changed/developed immensely in those thousands of years, the same law continued – and still remains today.

Notice also that the Bible was not meant to regulate or dictate cultural matters:

· Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles “into all truth” (John 16:13), not etiquette.

· The Bible was not intended for just one period of time; instead, it was written to apply throughout the rest of earth history (I Peter 1:25 – “the word of the Lord endureth for ever”).

The Bible reason given for why a woman is not to “teach, nor to usurp authority over the man,” is not temporary or because of current culture; instead, it goes back to the beginning, the creation (I Timothy 2:13 – “For Adam was first formed, then Eve”). Since the facts of the creation haven’t changed, then neither has the reason for this regulation.

Just two verses after God revealed women shouldn’t “speak in the church,” he wrote “the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (I Corinthians 14:37). So prohibition wasn’t culture; it was commandment. God wisely headed off the modern day culture argument.