Saturday, February 26, 2011

Honoring Parents Age Limit-And The 10 Commandments

Question:
My parents are difficult to deal with. I am in my thirty's and my parents are always bossing me and my children. The always quote the Bible but they never go to church. Do I have to do what they tell me? I have asked preachers but no one can answer this.

My Answer:

The Bible talks about children and parents. In the Ten Commandments it does not give age restrictions on our obligation to honor parents. It is logical to assume that the commandments were given by God through Moses to adult Hebrews. In what we call the fifth commandment, children are not charged with keeping this but adults. Those adults will then teach the commandments to there children. God has set a pattern where families have a continuous cycle of teaching the ways of the Lord from generation to generation. Their is no statute of limitations on the Ten Commandments for believers today. Are parents always right? No. But we are commanded to honor them. Christians like to talk about the Kingdom. Our kingdom has a King, King Jesus.

As Moses received this commandment from the LORD that commandment came with a promise.

Exodus 20:12 [NASB]"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you."

The New Testament reinforces that the Commandments are still applied to a Christian's life. In our Christian lives we are under grace not law-yet we honor The Law which is the will of God to lead our lives. In Galatians the use of the law is described in a Christians's conversion.

Galatians 3:24 [NASB] "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith."

The Apostle Paul reinforces The Law (Moral Law or the 10 Commandments) to the New Testament believers in Ephesus.

Ephesians 6:2 [NASB] "HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),".



Honor your parents. No, they will not always be right. But we treat our parents with honor. We respect our parents even when we disagree with them. One day you might be in charge of there physical care. In the cycle of life your children may be in charge of your physical care one day. You will be blessed and a blessing in all of these situations if you follow this commandment.

Jesus rebuked Pharisees in not caring for there parents. The offenders said they had given their money to serve God and could not be expected to care for there parents. Christians like to talk about the Kingdom. Our King gives commands. In the New Testament He reinforces the Commandments as part of Kingdom living.

Matthew 5:15-16 [NASB] 5"But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God," 6he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition." Jesus wants us to honor our parents clear and simple.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Trinity and Baptismal Confusion

Question Received:
When I got saved did I receive Jesus or the Holy Spirit in my heart? What did I get baptised in, the Spirit of Jesus or the Holy Spirit? Was Jesus around at creation?



Answer:
Your question really is about the Trinity and the roles the Father, Son and Holy Spirit play in salvation. Patrick of Ireland had a tremendous illustration of the Trinity. Patrick was a great evangelist. He evangelized Ireland around 400 A.D. People want to talk about silly legends of Saint Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. Modern advertising use the evangelist to sell beer. Patrick used the shamrock to show the that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The shamrock, or three leaf clover each has a leaf connected to the center. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God yet they all three retain a separate identity. The Godhead or Great Three in One is the Trinity. All three are God with separate identities yet are coequal. This mystery baffles other religions. Cults have taught wrongly about the Trinity. The Trinity is one of the essentials of the Christian faith. Trinity is not a bible word. Plenty of Bible verses show the role of the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in Salvation and creation.

Jews and "oneness cults" ( The belief that there is no trinity and only Jesus) are often confused by Deuteronomy 6:4 [NASB] "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!". God often refers to Himself as we in the Old Testament. In the New Testament we can clearly see the work of the Trinity. Matthew 3:16 [NASB] " After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,".

In salvation we are not saved by water baptism. We are saved by work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Christ died to pay for the sins committed against God's law by those who would be saved. The Spirit convicts people of sin and draws people to repentance. We are baptised in obedience to Christ's commands. We have the wholeness of God the father, Son and Holy Spirit in our hearts. Ephesians 1:13 [NASB] "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. ".

In the fullness of the Trinity Jesus Christ was in creation. This same power of God communes with us. Are you born again as described in John chapter 3. There should be no doubt what Spirit dwells in you if you are saved. Trust fully that the Trinity is active in Salvation and Creation.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Is My Christian Friend Really A Christian?

Question Received:

"I'm not sure whether I am dealing with a "backslidden Christian" or an apostate. Can you help me discern which, and how I might pray for this situation? This person accepted Christ and for many years lived a dedicated Christian life, even held an ordained office in the church. Then a distinct trait of selfishness surfaced and the person became obsessed with gaining personal gratification, even at the expense of others, i.e., life became all about them. Accompanying this behavior was also a mean, tyrant-like demeanor that surfaced if they felt challenged in any way. This person stopped saying Grace at meals which was a definite change from the normal procedure they used before eating. Eventually all spiritual conversations were turned into arguments until finally there was no spiritual talk at all coming from them. Yet, the person attends church and Sunday School every week and financially supports the church with tithe. Is this person simply backslidden or is it apostasy? Where is the fine line drawn? Please help me discern what I am dealing with. Sometimes I feel afraid when I am with this person."

Answer:

It is right to be concerned about your friend. Is he backsliden or in apostasy? It can not be discerned by what information you have shared. Your friend is not living and enjoying the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." [NIV]

Christians do fall into trouble and depression. Charles Spurgeon, the great London "Prince of Preachers" in the 1800's, battled depression for years. Christians also fall into wrong doctrine. Paul writes to the church in Galatia about this. Galations 1:6 "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ." [NIV] The false prosperity gospel comes to mind when physical satisfaction is the primary focus of faith.

In the parable of the sheep and goats [Matthew 25:31-46] we know all professing members of the church are not Christians. Only The Son of Man the King will discern who is a Christian and a member of the kingdom.

Pray with your friend. I would suggest John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

1 Corinthians 15:57 " But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Apostasy or backslidden? You can not draw that line. Pray with your friend and comfort him. If what you say is true he needs peace and most of all peace with God.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UNEDITED QUESTION:
"What does the Bible have to say about a church saving money? I am a member of a church that has an abundance of financial resources currently. We are between Pastors, with our most recent Pastor leaving us to move to another local church, then sueing us two weeks later. WE've got some members taht believe we should just give him whatever he wants financially, doesn't matter if we are "right" or "wrong" in the matters set forth by the lawsuit. There are others that want to spend the money on an abunance of short-term programs, and others that want to wait until we have a Pastor, with a better defined direction & have the lawsuit behind us - which could be another 2 - 8 years. So, what does the Bible say about wise use of resources and saving money, particularly as a church? Thanks for your help."

ANSWER:

The Bible does not say anything about a church saving money. The Bible does say clergy can be paid. [John 10:12] Scripture also says we should minister to those of the church, especially widows and orphans. [James 1:27] Your question says nothing about why a former pastor is suing your church. The command to not sue believers is being ignored and the testimony of the pastor and the witness of your church is in jeopardy . Their is great dysfunction in this described situation and mediation by Christian leaders is needed. [1st Corinthians 6:1-11] This scripture applies directly to your church situation.

A church can only spend what it has. No one needs to out spend their budget. A balanced budget with balanced giving will tell a church how much it can spend on ministry. Yes we often need buildings and have to pay utility bills and pay staff to maximize ministry and missions. A budget made and kept will keep your church in financial integrity. A budget will also help you grow and plan for future ministries and missions.

The biggest concern is that, from the information from your question, your particular church is not like minded in purpose, vision and in what ministries and missions your church is called to do. This should happen before any grand financial plans to use God's money are planned and carried out. [1 Peter 3:8]

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why Missions, Ministry and Evangelism?

Question:
People say they are doing God's work. He said "It is finished." Why do we work if he has done all the work?

Answer:
People ARE doing God's work when they are doing God's work.

Matthew 25:37-40 [NASB] “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"

If f King Jesus commands something, and we are in the kingdom, and if we are His subjects, we do it! We are privledged to minister in missions, ministry and evangelism.




John 19:30 [NASB] says "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." Christ did win the victory for us over death,sin, Hell and the grave. He paid for the sin of believers and took the wrath of God prepared for those who broke the law, that is us Christians. That is finished.

His kingdom has not ended. He wants more people in the kingdom. We reach out to others in ministry, missions and evangelism so others can receive the grace we undeservingly received. After a war work begins after victory.



We received a command from our King. The command is get to work.

Matthew 28:16-20 is better known as The Great Commission.

"16But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.

17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.

18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Holiness without Jesus?

QUESTION:
How do other religions use the word holy, or do they?


ANSWER:
Of the many world religions the word holy is common. What it means is completely different to the Christian context of our holy God. Our God is separate from all creation and completely and always with out sin. In other world religions "holy" can mean a higher level of consciousness. In other religions holy can mean "with out sin." Scripture says in Romans 3:23 that "for all have sinned and follow short of the glory of God." All people need the Savior. Sinners [all men even religious figures] need the Savior.

Jesus Christ who was fully God, fully man, is holy and with out sin. His death on the cross was valid due to His sinless life. Believers receive His righteousness as Christ became our sin and was punished in our place where we can have Peace and fellowship with God. The Lamb of God, Jesus, was and is Holy.

John 1:29 [NASB} "29The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Through the work on the cross done, and only possibly done by Jesus Christ, we have peace with God.

Romans 5:1 [NASB] " Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"


The Old Testament proclaims there is no one or thing, man or pagan deity, holy

1Samuel 2:2 [NASB]

"There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God."

No rock is like our God. God alone is God.

Only Jesus Christ the Holy one of God is and was sinless.

Hebrews 7:26 [NASB] "26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;"

No other religion understands holiness apart from God. They can only be Holy in the eyes of God by the victorious work of God's Son on the cross.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Update on David Charlton Update-Our 3 Year Old Christmas Offering Recipient and LCH Patient

Here is the Caring Bridges report for 3 year old David Charlton. You can still support this family - keep reading for info.

In Christ Alone!

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Thank you for visiting David's site. David was diagnosed with LCH (LANGERHAN'S CELL HISTIOCYTOSIS) on 9/10/2008. on 10/11/2010 we were told davids LCH has spread to his GItract and will now be on chemo for 6 months to a year. This website will provide you all with updates on prognosis and treatments he is receiving.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers

The Charlton Family

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david has done pretty well this last weekend and this week. he already looks like he has gained some weight in his face! next round of chemo will be in 2 weeks.
we have an ultrasound on monday to check on the growth of baby will and measure all the organs and check for more birth defects...please keep us in prayer

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sermon Borrowing - Plagiarism or Similar Styles?

Question:
My pastor is using sermons he has copied from other sources; the internet I think. These messages are preached for the most part exactly as I find them on the internet. Is this acceptable from the Biblical perspective?

Answer:
All preachers use unoriginal material, hopefully the Bible. When preacher,s without giving credit, use a complete sermon, and use the same illustrations and unique commentary this is stealing or plagiarism. The eighth commandment Exodus 20:15 "thou shalt not steal" is broken. It is hard to be about the business of saving souls when you are breaking God's moral law and not preaching the truth using true stories.. There have been instances on the internet busting preachers who have copied other preachers even down to "zany" personal  and vivid Vacation Baptist School experiences.
Using a general well known illustration is not committing plagerism.  Claiming to be the orginator of "the two row boats and a helicopter" illustration is wrong.  Preachers can use stories and deflect credit by saying "someone once said...".
Be certain that if you confront your pastor he is not just preaching from the same text but is reproducing another's sermon. If the sermon is on the internet you should watch the sermon along with some church leaders. I Timothy 5:19 "Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses." If everyone agrees then approach the preacher.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Was the Reformation Just So Henry The VIII Could Divorce?

Question asked to me and answered "Is their is really a difference between Catholics and Protestants?



Is their a difference between Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism? This is the question that is at the heart of your inquiry. Has the desire to get along together shielded people from being able to objectively discussing our differences?
The very fact why Protestants are called Protestants answers this. Protestants "protested" the actions of the Church of Rome or what we call today the Roman Catholic Church. My public school education taught me that the Reformation came about just so Henry VIII could divorce his wife in 1533 A.D. In 1517 Martin Luther started the Reformation as he nailed his "95 Theses" on the Whittenberg door. Luther wanted to purify or reform the church of Rome. The Reformation had many forks that changed Christian direction in many parts of Europe. The ultimate result is that protestants practiced and taught different fundamentals of the faith than Catholics.

Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;"

Solus Christus - Christ Alone
Acts 4:12 (NASB)
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
Ephesians 2:7-9 (New American Standard Bible)
7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Sola Fide - Faith Alone
Galatians 2:16 (NASB)
16 "nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law;"


Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God Alone
Luke 2:14 (NASB)
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Protestant Christians believe in the authority of scripture alone over church teaching or tradition. Protestants do not accept the authority the Pope or any one else as the sole human head of the church. We differ on Sacraments/ordinances. The protestant Christians do not recognize the role of the priest in being a mediator in the forgiveness of sins. That job has been claimed.
1 Timothy 2:5 (NASB)
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,"

Have Roman Catholics done great things for humanity as your question stated? YES.
In history, have Catholics and Protestants treated each other horribly betraying their stated faith in Christ? Yes
Being a Christian does not happen by joining a church.
We do not believe that salvation is issued by the church. salvation comes from Jesus Christ as we receive the "New Birth" described in John 3.
Do not be vague in your understanding. Their are major differences in Catholicism and Protestantism .
We believe that faith is stated in scripture -is by Christ alone, by grace alone, by faith alone, for the glory of God Alone - no matter what church or denominational
affiliation you have.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Presbyterians, No Christmas and Finding a New Church OH MY!

Here is a proposed question to me unedited.

Question---

Question:192567: Thank You for the knowledge you have given/passed ! I had a dear friend of mine who is a Presbyterian. He says he does not believe in celebrating Christmas because Christ had never said a word about it nor his disciples. He further says, with great surety, that Presbyterian Church is the only church that practices the true teachings of the Bible. Now, how to go with him !? In this context i would request you to elaborate para 3 & 7 of your answer, please. In the North East state of Arunachal Pradesh(India) there is rapid spread of Revival Church. I have the feeling that this church's teaching is somewhere in the line of Presbyterian one but however one would like the other, why so ? Who is to be blamed for such divisions ? Why can't Revival Church be simply a Baptist church ?

Presbyterians come with a variety of views on aspects of practice concerning Christianity. That's true with all Christians and denominations. Presbyterians trace their theological heritage to John Calvin. In the 1700's some Puritans in America objected to rowdy and drunken pagan like celebrations that claimed to celebrate the birth of Christ. Scripture does not say to not observe or to observe Christmas. Presbyterians do not have a rule against Christmas. This is a individual or local church matter. Christ is to be worshiped. Matthew 4:10, John 1:1 and Hebrews 1:8 support the worship of Christ as do many Bible passages. You have the right to observe the birth of your Savior. As far as Presbyterians I have known some that believe the superiority of Reformed theology, infant or covenant baptism and their form of church government. That is their opinion or practice. Their are conservative and liberal and all kind of Presbyterians. Your friend is convinced his beliefs or practice are best. To claim his denomination only teaches the "truth" of the Bible is troubling. If he is exclusionary to other Christians and deny their freedom in Christ I would be concerned. He might just be exuberant about his church. Pray for discernment concerning your relationship with him.
As far as Revival Church I have no way of knowing if they are Presbyterian by their website. You should ask a church leader. All true Christians share core beliefs in Christ as Savior. As far as baptism, the mode of baptism, who can partake in the Lord's supper, baptism in The Spirit and "eternal security" seem to be what divides
denominations. If you are separated from those who fellowship like you need to find a church body that you can fellowship with. You should be able to fellowship and worship with other Christian groups with out "joining". To be in leadership though you would need to promote the church's doctrine. Brother celebrate the diversity in Christ. If you are a Baptist Christian, and have no Baptist Church in your area, you might consider, with prayer and affirmation, starting one. Be glad you can choose how to be a Christian by your study, prayer and maturing in the faith and learning from mature Christians.