Archive for April, 2012

Is “Keepers At Home” in Titus 2:5 A Command Or Recommendation ?

April 27, 2012

Most gospel preachers I know say the teaching to wives to be “keepers at home” in Titus 2:5 should be followed if the family can afford to do so. They say it is wise and best if a wife can stay at home, but if she "has to," she may work a full time job without sinning. But doesn’t this change Titus 2:5’s instruction from a command to a recommendation? Would these same preachers allow the Titus 2:5 instruction to be “chaste” to also be just a wise recommendation?

This is a serious mistake. Either Titus 2:5 has nothing to do at all with whether or not a wife should work full time outside the home, or it is demanding that she not do so. And that is because the phrase “keepers at home” is given as a command, not a recommendation.

"Workers at home" (ASV) means the same as when a lady fills out on a form her occupation as "housewife" or "homemaker" → we all know what that means. Recently a lady taking a phone survey asked me my wife’s occupation. I replied “Carol is a keeper at home … in the Bible sense of that phrase.” I asked her if she knew what I meant by that. She said absolutely, and needed no further explanation. So it seems those who feel no obligation to obey the injunction “keepers at home” know perfectly well what it means, while most of those who do feel an obligation to obey God’s word don’t know what the phrase means. Wonder why?

Situation ethics (“a wife may work if the family cannot afford for her to stay home”) doesn’t work here any more than it would with a wife selling herself as a prostitute because the family can’t afford for her not to. The point?: no amount of money (even during "financial troubles") is worth losing your soul over (Matthew 16:26).

I Timothy 1:10 Condemns Homosexuality

April 20, 2012

I Timothy 1:9-11 reads “We also know this: The law was not made for a good man, but for people who are lawless, rebels, ungodly, sinners, unholy, not religious, father-killers, mother-killers, murderers, sexual sinners, homosexuals, slave traders, liars, and those who break promises. These and other things are against the healthy teaching as found in the glorious gospel of the blessed God which He trusted to me.” (The Simple English New Testament)

Don’t think this is just a matter of one translation. The New American Standard also translates the Greek word here homosexuals. So does The Living Bible. The New King James Version has the word sodomites. I think we know what city and what sin that word originated from (Jude verse 7).

I Timothy 1:10 clearly condemns homosexual relations.

May Women Be Pastors/Elders ?

April 13, 2012

Pastors (elders) are leaders/overseers over the congregation (Acts 20:17,28, I Peter 5:1-2).

The Bible PRECLUDES a woman from taking on this leadership role:

• I Corinthians 11:3 the head of the woman is the man

• Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

• 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.

• I Timothy 3:2 "A bishop then must be … the husband of one wife" – (because it is a leadership role) – Can a woman be a husband ?

Conclusion: The woman’s role is not the leader of the congregation.

The Substitutionary Death Of Christ

April 6, 2012

Some gospel preachers believe the death of Jesus was only sacrificial, but not substitutionary. Let’s examine some passages that prove Jesus was also a substitution for us …

Isaiah 53:6b reads “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” so our sins were actually/spiritually placed on Jesus. This phrase is likely a type/anti-type reference to Leviticus 16:21-22 where the sins of the people were placed upon the scapegoat. This doesn’t mean Jesus was a sinner (had ever committed sin), but it does mean Jesus (in his death) was treated by the Father as if he had sinned – the sins of the whole world for all time were placed upon Jesus. II Corinthians 5:21a puts the same idea this way – “For he hath made him to be sin for us.” Jesus took the punishment we all deserve.

Isaiah 53:5 says “the chastisement of our peace was upon him” (Jesus). This shows Jesus wasn’t just a sacrifice; he was also being punished to bring peace between God and sinner. He was not punished for anything he had done (he lived his whole perfectly), but he took the punishment that we deserved for our sins. Galatians 3:13 confirms this idea when it says “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us ….” Jesus took our curse so we didn’t have to – the Bible says so.

We see this again in the story of the crucifixion of Christ. Remember his words in Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The truth is when our iniquities were placed upon Jesus (Isaiah 53:6b), the Father had to break spiritual fellowship with (forsake) Christ. It is not that Jesus sinned; instead God had to treat Jesus like a sinner (in our place). Of all the pain and torture he had to suffer on the cross, I imagine this was the hardest for Jesus to endure. It was the first and only time in history the Son was separated (spiritually) from the Father.

You might say Jesus took our place on that cruel cross. On the cross Jesus received the punishment for our sins that we deserved. We have so much to be thankful for in the substitutionary death of Christ. He did it for us!