Archive for February, 2016

God Hates The Sinner (Not Just Their Sin)

February 27, 2016

The below passages prove God hates the sinner (in a sense), along with their sin. He also loves them in the sense that He wants the best for them and wants them to change and be saved from their sins (John 3:16, etc.). But God hates the sinner in the sense that He has to separate His fellowship from them, hide His face from them, discontinue hearing their prayers (Isaiah 59:2, I Pet 3:12), cast them away from His presence, take His Holy Spirit away from them (Psalms 51:11), and they forfeit His salvation (Rev 3:5).

· Lev 20:23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.

· Lev 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

· Deut 32:19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

· Psalms 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

· Psalms 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

· Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

· Psalms 11:5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

· Psalms 53:5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

· Psalms 78:59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:

· Prov 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

· Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.

· Zech 11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

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The Marriage Vows

February 19, 2016

Some preachers say God allows divorce as long as we don’t get remarried, but remember our wedding vows? …

· For better or for worse

· In sickness and in health

· For richer or for poorer

· Till death do us part

The vows are an agreement to stay together (even if things get “worse”), not just an agreement not to remarry if we divorce.

Matthew 5:37 commands “let your communication be, yea, yea”

Romans 1:31 condemns “covenant-breakers”

So we must keep our vow to stay together.

Conclusion: Divorce (except for fornication) is a sin, even if one never remarries.

Luke 18:29-30 Absurdities

February 12, 2016

Luke 18:29-30 reads “… There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”

Our last “Doctrine Matters” installment pointed out how verse 29 allows (really requires) a man to leave his wife if their marriage is unscriptural (per Matt 19:9) because that is the only way it could be “for the kingdom of God’s sake.” However some still insist Luke 18:29 gives permission for a man to divorce his scriptural wife for reasons other than fornication. For example gospel preacher Mike Willis teaches one can leave one’s spouse if they become an emotional or financial burden.

But notice the following parallel absurdities pointed out by my friend David McKee …

“Owe no one anything” (Romans 13:8a), “the wicked borroweth, and payeth not again” (Psalms 37:21) … unless making the payments for your house becomes an emotional or financial burden. Then you may, “for the sake of the kingdom of God,” walk away from the responsibility and obligation of paying what you owe on your house (Luke 18:29).

“Children…honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2), “but if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (I Tim 5:8) … unless your father and mother become an emotional or financial burden. Then you can, “for the sake of the kingdom of God,” walk away from all responsibility towards them (Luke 18:29).

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalms 127:3), “Fathers, bring up your children in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), “Admonish the young women to love their children” (Titus 2:4) … unless your children become an emotional or financial burden. Then, “for the sake of the kingdom of God,” walk away from any responsibility you have towards them (Luke 18:29).

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25), “what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matt 19:6) … unless she becomes an emotional or financial burden. Then you can, “for the sake of the kingdom of God,” divorce her and sever all responsibility towards her (Luke 18:29).

Do you see David’s point regarding Mike’s false teaching on Luke 18:29?

How do we know Luke 18:29-30 is talking about leaving one’s spouse because the marriage is adulterous (per Matt 19:9)? By process of elimination – it is the only reason a marriage must be terminated for the kingdom of God’s sake.

Does Luke 18:29-30 Allow For Divorce?

February 8, 2016

In spite of the fact that scriptures such as Matt 5:32, I Cor 7:10, and Matt 19:6 prove conclusively that divorce except for fornication is always a sin, preachers like Mike Willis will turn to Luke 18:29-30 to try to find authority for divorce for just about any reason as long as no remarriage follows. Here is how that text reads – “There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”

But this promise is not talking about a man who wants to leave his wife because of some perceived incompatibility (as Mike is contending for); instead it is talking about someone making a sacrifice for the Lord, a man having to leave his wife when he doesn’t want to. Specifically it is talking about a man who loves and wants to keep his wife, but the union is unscriptural/adulterous (per Matt 19:9), therefore he must make a sacrifice for God and leave his wife “for the kingdom of God’s sake” (not for his own sake).

As everybody should know, committing sin (divorcing a wife unscripturally) is the very opposite of doing something for the kingdom of God’s sake.

What Does “Causeth Her To Commit Adultery” In Matt 5:32 Mean?

February 4, 2016

Matt 5:32a reads “… whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery …” That shows it is a sin (in and of itself) to divorce a spouse, but what does it mean “causeth her to commit adultery”?

This is best explained by I Cor 7:3-5 – “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

So when a man divorces his wife thereby causing the marital bed to be separated, that leads to adultery most of the time – the wife is undeservedly tempted to fulfill her desires/needs with another man. It is that the man places a sexual stumblingblock before his wife.

And it’s always a sin to put a stumbling block before another person – I Cor 8:9-12:

But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

Conclusion: Divorce for any reason other than fornication is sin (even if no remarriage follows), because you cause your spouse to commit adultery.