Archive for June, 2020

Some Other Approved Examples We Should Emulate Besides Acts 20:7

June 25, 2020

· Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized

· Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

· Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

· Acts 9:26 … Saul … assayed to join himself to the disciples …

· Acts 12:5 … prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God …

· Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained … elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

· Acts 16:40 … when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them …

· Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

· 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.

· Acts 20:27 I have not shunned to declare … all the counsel of God.

· Acts 28:8 … Paul … prayed (for) … the … sick …

· II Cor 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men …

Does Jesus’ Divorce And Remarriage Law In Matt 19:9 Only Apply To Christians?

June 18, 2020

Matt 19:9 “Whosoever” (just like the “whosoever” in John 3:16 = everybody)

So God’s law on marriage applies to everyone who qualifies by getting scripturally married:

· Matthew 19:2 “great multitudes” were present (not just saints)

· Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus went back to the beginning of the human race (not Jewish or Christian experience). Was Cain, etc. (who was not a faithful child of God) amenable to the Genesis 2:24 marriage law?

· Matthew 19:5,6 “a man” (so any man)

· Matt 19:8 “from the beginning” (not just Christianity’s beginning)

· Matt 19:9 “Whosoever” was actually spoken to non-Christians

As usual, many only say “context rules” when the context helps their position.

To say the only ones amenable to Matt 19:9 are the ones Jesus was directly speaking to would be saying only those Pharisees are amenable to it, and would be about like saying only Timothy is required to wear modest clothing since that is who I Tim 2:9-10 is written to.

Does The Bible Teach Both Sides Of Every Question?

June 11, 2020

We have to get out of this mode that the Bible teaches both sides of every question and therefore we pick the verses that seem to agree with our pre-conceived theology, and ignore the rest. Instead, since the Bible is the word of God, all verses are true (in the absolute) and so we must figure out how all the verses on any particular topic are true.

For example, the Pentecostals (and many other churches) look at texts like Acts 21:9 and conclude women can preach with no restrictions. Others look at passages like I Cor 14:34-35 and conclude women can never teach the gospel, not even to other women and children in their home. Instead of picking out the verses which seems to support our current view and ignoring the rest, we should figure out how Acts 21:9 and I Cor 14:34-35 are both true. That is when we determine it is okay for a women to teach the gospel as long as it is not in the church assembly or over a man (I Tim 2:11-12). See what I mean?

Similarly on the subject of water baptism, the “hermeneutical” method of many is affecting their salvation. They look at passages that seem to fit their pre-conceived theology that baptism is not necessary to salvation (the passages like John 3:16 that teach faith is necessary) and therefore think it is okay to simply ignore the 6 or 8 clear verses that conclusively prove baptism is also necessary to salvation. And that has kept them from ever being baptized “for the remission of sins” (for that reason) – which is a critical element in what God requires for one to be saved (Acts 2:38). It is parallel to a divorce not for fornication; if it is done for the wrong reason, it is unscriptural and God does not approve of it (Matt 19:9). It is the same with the reason for baptism – if baptism is done for the wrong reason, it is unscriptural and God does not approve of it. See also Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, and I Pet 3:20-21.

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We Should Try To Live Perfectly

June 4, 2020

In one of my phone studies recently, the student made the comment that his pastor had told him that we keep the Sabbath today by picking out a day of the week to try to sin less on that day. That bespeaks of an attitude I hear expressed a lot – that “we all sin, therefore it is okay to sin.”

It is true none of us will live without sin (I John 1:8), but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. I John 2:1 reads “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” In Exod 20:20 “Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you … that ye sin not.” Psalm 4:4 says “Stand in awe, and sin not.” I Cor 15:34 instructs “Awake to righteousness, and sin not.” I Pet 2:21-22 says “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” And so God commands us not to sin; God instructs us to follow the example of Christ in living above sin.

And if that is our goal, sinless perfection, then we will be disappointed whenever we do not meet our goal; we will repent. On the other hand, if our goal is to only obey 50 percent of God’s law, then we will be satisfied when we only do 50 percent, and will not repent.

Another who couldn’t dispute the fact that Matt 19:9 showed her marriage was adulterous, replied that “it serves as a reminder that if we could’ve kept the law there would’ve been no reason for Him to die.” Referring to actions like terminating such unscriptural marriages she wrote “when you do that, you’re negating Christ dying on the cross. You’re saying that I don’t need Christ, I can just go back and deal with the (God’s) law.” This is the attitude that I am talking about – that we can just continue in sin because the death of Christ will take care of it (Rom 6:1-2).

In the Old Testament, God told the Israelites in Deut 5:29 “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!” And in the New Testament James 2:10 says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” So God expects us to obey everything in his law, all the time, until we die.

And when we fail, when we sin, I Cor 10:13 proves it is always our fault as it reads “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” We shouldn’t blame our sin on Adam or anybody else.

And if we want to be forgiven of our sin, we have to repent of it. II Pet 3:9 explains that God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” So those who steal must quit stealing (Eph 4:28) to be forgiven; those who cuss must quit cussing (Eph 4:29); those who lie must quit lying (Rev 21:8); those in homosexual relationships must terminate those relationships (I Cor 6:9-10); and those in adulterous marriages must terminate those marriages (Matt 19:9). There are no ifs ands or buts about it.