Archive for February, 2012

Is There Such A Thing As An Age Of Accountability ?

February 23, 2012

After children are born innocent/upright (Ezekiel 18:20, Ecclesiastes 7:29), they usually do many things that need correcting by their parents, but are still deemed innocent (Jeremiah 19:4 “and have filled this place with the blood of innocents”) because they have not reached an age (maturity level) of accountability before God. Notice the following passages that teach this concept:

· Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good … – children don’t have the ability to choose between right and wrong

· Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh … wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left – little ones don’t even have the maturity to discern between their right and left

· Romans 9:11 For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil …

· II Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, therefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. – David was expecting to see his dead son in heaven one day, leading to the conclusion that children are not held accountable for any unruly behavior.

This is just another nail in the cog against both the inherited total depravity theory and the infant baptism practice.

John 20:28 And The Deity Of Christ

February 17, 2012

Another simple but plain verse teaching the deity of Jesus is John 20:28. It reads, And Thomas answered and said unto Him (Jesus), My Lord and my God. Then in the following verse, Jesus attested to the truthfulness of Thomas’ statement: Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed …

Conclusion: Jesus is more than just Lord. He is GOD (Deity). Thomas said it, and then Jesus himself agreed to it. This passage should remove all doubt.

I Peter 4:11 Speak As The Oracles Of God

February 10, 2012

I Peter 4:11a reads, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God …

Some Christians have the misguided understanding that this verse teaches we must always use the very words of the Bible when we teach its truths. But words from what translation would we be required to use? This view (when taken consistently) would mean we couldn’t use words such as “baptistry” or “airplane” or even “popcorn” since those words are not found in the Bible. Actually if this theory were true, then we could only speak Greek when teaching, since that is the language the New Testament was actually written in.

But that is not what this verse is saying at all. Passages like Nehemiah 8:8 show it is perfectly acceptable to God for us to read from the Bible and give the “sense.” In order to cause the audience to “understand the reading,” it would actually be good to put it in our own words, or better yet into words our audience understands best (proving what we say with Bible quotations – Acts 18:28), instead of trying to couch our teaching in words they don’t understand. Wisdom demands we teach in a way that is understood best by our audience.

For example it is right to quote Mark 16:16 exactly, but it also right to say “Mark 16:16 teaches a person has to be believe and be baptized to be saved.” That is essentially what the verse teaches in our own words.

Then what does I Peter 4:11 mean? It means the same thing as about a hundred other passages in the Bible say – we should teach the truth, not doctrinal error. Similar examples are:

· John 8:32 And ye shall now the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

· Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

· II Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in condemnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

· I Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

· II John verse 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of the Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

I Peter 4:11 has nothing to do with what exact words we use in teaching the gospel; it has everything to do with making sure whatever words we do use convey the truth.

Is Debating Authorized By The Bible ?

February 2, 2012

Many Christians are opposed to religious debating, but it shows they value their own opinion higher than God’s, because it is clear God approves of this type teaching method. Notice the following Bible passages proving such …

Acts 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. – The word “disputed” in the KJV is the equivalent of our word “debated” now.

Acts 19:8-10 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of threemonths,disputing andpersuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. – If religious debating is so bad, why did Paul choose to do it every day for two whole years?

Acts 15:7,9 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them … And when there had been much disputing … – Even debating between Christians is approved by God’s word in order to try to resolve doctrinal differences.

Jude verse 3 tells us to “contend for the faith.” Although that would certainly include contending for the truth privately, it would also authorize doing it publicly if the situation warranted such.

Proverbs 25:9 tells us to “Debate thy cause with thy neighbor.” What other cause is more important than the cause of Christ?

Paul said he was “set for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17). Are you?