Archive for August, 2012

Is It Only A Shame For Women To Speak In Church, But Not A Sin?

August 31, 2012

It is true I Corinthians 14:35 says “it is a shame for women to speak in the church,” but if that means it is not a sin, then I guess the following are also only a shame, and not a sin:

• Revelation 3:18 … shame of thy nakedness …

• Ephesians 5:4 Neither filthiness (form of same Greek word), nor foolish talking, nor jesting …

• I Corinthians 11:6 … if it be a shame for a woman to be … shaven …

• I Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

Not only does verse 35 teach it is a sin for a woman to be a “preacher” (as the term is commonly used today), but verse 34 does also as it commands “let your women keep silence in the churches” and “it is not permitted unto them to speak.”

I don’t recall where the Bible ever says such and such “is a sin” using those exact words, not even in the ten commandments. But I John 3:4 says “sin is the transgression of the law” – so it is a sin to transgress/violate the law of I Corinthians 14:34-35.

Most churches today just ignore God’s instructions on this. Where does the congregation you attend stand on the matter?

Not Of Men, Neither By Man, But By Jesus Christ

August 24, 2012

Galatians 1:1 makes an interesting point in relation to the “deity of Christ” issue I had never thought about (until my friend John C. pointed it out to me recently). It reads “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;).” Clearly here Jesus is contrasted with man.

What could this mean other than the fact that Jesus was not a man only, but was also deity (Acts 20:28)? There are just so many clear passages you have to try to explain away in order to strip Jesus of his deity.

It Is A Sin To Marry A non-Christian

August 18, 2012

Is it right for a Christian to marry someone who is not a Christian? The Bible answer is "no." Paul said in I Corinthians 9:5, "Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?" The fact that Paul specifies he had the right to take a sister (a Christian) for a wife, shows that it would not have been right for him to take a woman who was not a sister. Just like when God specified “gopher wood” in building the ark, that ruled out Noah using another type of wood.

Someone might reply that indeed, Paul had the right to marry a sister, but he didn’t have to, the same way Paul had a right "to forbear working" (verse 6), yet he chose to work (verses 15a and18). Their point is that a right doesn’t always imply a requirement, which is true. But the parallel in verse 5 is that Paul had the right to get married, but he could forgo his right to marriage if he so chose. However, if he did decide to get married, he could only have chosen a "wife that is a believer" (ASV); that is explicitly specified. Why else would Paul have stipulated a sister/believer?

Consider this illustration: Alabama state law says a 15 year old has the right to drive a car "with a learner’s permit and with a licensed adult in the car." We all recognize that is saying he has the right to drive a car, but since it is a right (not a requirement), he does not have to drive. However, the two stipulations specified are not optional. If the young man chooses to drive, he must have his learner’s permit, and he must have an adult with him at all times. Similarly, everybody ought to be able to see the parallel that though we don’t have to marry, the stipulation of "a sister" in I Corinthians 9:5 makes it a sin (a “transgression of the law” – I John 3:4) to marry a wife that is not a sister.

Since God is sovereign, if he wants to he can make it wrong for a Christian to marry an unbeliever, but if they do marry an unbeliever, wrong for the couple to divorce/separate (I Corinthians 7:12-13). In this case, I Corinthians 9:15 proves God chose to do exactly that. It is only left up to us to comply (Hebrews 5:9).

(while studying this question, please also consider the following other passages: I Corinthians 7:39, 15:33, Nehemiah 10:30, and Deuteronomy 7:3-4)

The Pre-Existence Of Jesus

August 12, 2012

It might surprise you to learn that some who reject the deity of Christ don’t believe Jesus even existed before he was physically born of Mary in Bethlehem. I say “surprise” because there is so much in the Bible that proves Jesus existed from eternity. Consider the following conclusive verses:

Micah 5:2 out of … Bethlehem shall he come forth … that is to be ruler in Israel … whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting – so Jesus has been going forth from eternity, not just from his mother’s womb

John 6:62 … ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before – so Jesus was in heaven before he appeared on earth

John 8:58 … Before Abraham was, I am. – so Jesus existed before Abraham existed

John 17:5 … O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was – so Jesus possessed glory before the world was

Philippians 2:5-7 … Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, … made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. – so Jesus had a greater reputation before he came to earth than afterwards

II Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. – so Jesus was rich in position before he came to earth

I Corinthians 10:4 (the Israelites) did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. – so Christ followed the Israelites centuries before he was born of Mary

What Is The Rapture?

August 6, 2012

Our English word “rapture” comes from the Latin word “rapere” which “simply means ‘to be caught up,’ ‘snatched,’ or ‘seized’” (Richard T. Ritenbaugh). The relevant definitions from are:

3. the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.

4. the Rapture, Theology . the experience, anticipated by some fundamentalist Christians, of meeting Christ midway in the air upon his return to earth.

5. Archaic . the act of carrying off.

This is exactly what we see in regard to Christians at the second coming of Christ at the end of the world. Notice I Thessalonians 4:17 reads “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (“raptured” in the Latin version) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” We see the same thing in Matthew 24:40-42: “Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

Revelation 1:7 (“… he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him”) shows the rapture will not be secret as the “Left Behind” series and many false teachers suppose.  And it will not be followed by a 1000 year physical reign of Christ on earth as the earth will be burned up at Jesus’ return (II Pet 3:10).  However we must not let such false teachings about the rapture cause us to deny the rapture itself, anymore than we would let false teachings about the second coming of Christ cause us to deny the second coming itself.

The point of the rapture? Always be ready because when the Lord comes for his saints, you don’t want to be left behind to face God’s immediate judgment in a lost condition.