Archive for April, 2013

“Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go” is an Absolute

April 26, 2013

Proverbs 22:6 reads “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Many think this verse is only expressing a general rule and not an absolute. No doubt the Bible does contain some instruction and consequences that are only meant to be taken as a rule of thumb, but Prov 22:6 is not one of them.

Just like Matt 6:33 guarantees in an absolute sense that the necessities of life will be provided us if we will seek God first, Prov 22:6 guarantees in an absolute sense that our children will grow up and live as faithful Christians if we raise them correctly. The problem is with our training. Which of us parents does a perfect job (no mistakes, I John 2:1) of training our children in the way he should go the whole time we are bringing them up? I dare say none of us (I John 1:8,10), and certainly not me. But if we did, God’s guarantee of a successful result is firm.

This understanding is confirmed by the qualifications given for an elder.  Tit 1:6 says an elder must have “faithful children,” while I Tim 3:4 says an elder must be “one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.”  Obviously there is a connection between doing a good job raising our kids and our kids growing up to be faithful Christians.

In practical terms, what this text is saying is – Every time a parent makes a mistake, he increases the chances of his children not being faithful when they grow up.  My memory is bad but it seems like about the time I became a Christian everybody thought Prov 22:6 was absolute and Matt 6:33 was just a general rule.  I think some even thought Matt 7:7 was a general rule.  But all three of them are absolutes.  God means what He says whether we agree with it or not.

Arsenokoites

April 19, 2013

Paul condemned those described by the Greek word “arsenokoites” in I Timothy 1:10 and I Corinthians 6:9. The word is translated “homosexuals” in both verses by the NASV.

John R.W. Stott describes this word in his 1985 book “Homosexual Marriage”- “the Greeks used this expression to describe the one who took the active role” (in homosexual intercourse, ptd).

This word (Strong’s #733) is defined as:

Thayer – one who lies with a male as with a female, a sodomite

Arndt and Gingrich – a male homosexual, pederast, sodomite

Strong – a sodomite

Wigram-Green – male homosexual, sodomite

It is translated as:

homosexuals – New American Standard

sodomites – New King James Version

homosexuals – Simple English

homosexuals – Green’s Interlinear

sodomites – The New Testament Translated from the Latin Vulgate

partakers in homosexuality – New Berkley Version in Modern English

those who participate in homosexuality – The Amplified New Testament

homosexualist – The New Testament Kliest and Lilly

men who practice sodomy – Charles B. Williams

So I Tim 1:10 and I Cor 6:9 condemn homosexual relations. As I Cor 6:10 says, they shall not “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Malakoi

April 12, 2013

Paul condemned those described with the Greek word “malakoi” in I Corinthians 6:9. (the word is translated “homosexuals” in the NKJV)

John R.W. Stott defines this word in his 1985 book “Homosexual Marriage” – “It meant males (not necessarily boys) who played the passive role in homosexual intercourse.”

This word (Strong’s #3120) is defined as:

· Arndt and Gingrich (“among the most highly respected dictionaries of Biblical Greek,” Wikipedia) – … effeminate, especially of catamites, men and boys who allow themselves to be misused homosexually

· Wigram-Green – effeminate (specifically as of homosexual males)

So I Corinthians 6:9 condemns homosexual relations.  As verse 10 says – they shall not “inherit the kingdom of God.”

Sodom and Gomorrah

April 5, 2013

The gay church claims the sin of Sodom was just the sin of inhospitality. That must be the understatement of the year! Notice from Genesis 19:4-5 the men of Sodom requested homosexual relations with their visitors. Then we see from verse 7 the proposed homosexual relations were called "wicked.” Jude 7 calls their sin "fornication" (not inhospitality). It goes on to say they went after “strange flesh." That would indicate the fornication was of the homosexual type (Romans 1:26-27), would it not? If the sin of Sodom was only inhospitality, I wonder why the term “Sodomite” has been used for centuries to refer to homosexuals and not to the inhospitable?