68. I do not see a precedent for tithing in the New Testament, other
than giving and receiving. I have always been a giver so it is not
a question of trying to avoid giving. I have always exceeded a tenth
in my giving for many years. The problem I have with the teaching
is that it is so matter of fact and seems to bring so much law with
it. BT Hemel Hempstead Herts
must be the most controversial question that people in the body of Christ
are asking today. As there is no safe ground to tread in answering this
minefield of a question satisfactory for everyone we must stick to the
scriptures that relate to us as New Creations in this current Dispensation
of Grace if we are to avoid further confusion. Each of us must search
the scriptures and come to a personal peace as to what is the correct
approach to the question of "tithe or not to tithe".
a difference between giving under the "Law of the Tithe" which
was a specific command coming from God to Moses to the Israelites and
tithing today which should simply be a persons freewill choice of giving
10% of a wage or salary. Therefore if someone chooses to give 15% or 20%
they are not tithing in the Old Covenant biblical sense.
Law one tenth of the whole produce of the soil was to be assigned for
the maintenance of the Levites. In turn the Levites were to dedicate a
tenth to God for the use of the high priest and in all likelihood a second
tithe for the many festivals. Also every third year a third tenth was
to be eaten in company with the poor and the Levites. These legalistic
tithes are similar to our taxes today and gifts for the support of our
mentioned in the New Covenant but we need to study those scriptures in
the proper context. If New Creation Christians were commanded by the Apostles
to give under the "Law of the tithe" then this entire subject
can be put to rest. 2 Cor 9:6 "Every
man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver".
69. It seems to me that if we practice the Law of Leviticus which
includes the Law of the tithe we are cursed according to the Word
of God. Can you throw any light on the New Testament view for me?
What are your views? BT Hemel Hempstead Herts
far as Paul's epistles are concerned you are correct in your assumption
though many would disagree with you. Paul's discourse in the book of Romans
explains that believers through Christ are justified, and then he shows
that all under the law are in condemnation (fail of justification) as
Deut. 27:26 aptly states "Cursed is he who does not confirm the words
of this law by doing them.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'"
for all fail to obey all the things in the law. Rom 3:23. "For all
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". The law is not
of faith but decrees life by doing the law, rather than by faith in a
person who fulfilled the Law perfectly for us. To seek righteousness by
the law is also contrary to the prophets, for Hab 2:4 says that "the
just shall live by faith, not by the works of the law".
The intention of the book of Hebrews is important as Paul here attempts
to teach Jewish Christians that they should cease trying to keep the demands
of the Old Covenant law. He begins to explain the supremacy of Christ
over the angels, Joshua and the Prophets. He needed to make these comparisons
as the Jewish Christians at that time were trying to hold onto the law
rather than receive the wisdom and power that comes with the gift of grace
in believing in Jesus Christ.
My view is to embrace the Grace of the gift of Gods Son and have nothing
to do with the Law as we are dead to it by faith in Jesus Christ's death,
burial and resurrection. God is not into percentages today, He desires
rather that his children to obey him as he speaks to our hearts. Let's
be generous in our giving to support the church we attend and the ministries
that feed us spiritual food, as we simply hear and obey giving freely
and cheerfully. 377
Would you like to help this ministry?
70. I am asked why Jesus is referred to as "Eternal or "Everlasting"
Father" in Is. 9:6,7 He is a Distinct Person of the Trinity from
the Father. Likewise, is not "the Name" (singular) of the
"Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" (titles) of Matt.
28:19 the same as "Jesus Christ" Rev. S.G London
Matt. 28:19 we read of the Trinity "Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost". The Godhead is a Trinity made up of three distinct
persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The best argument I have ever heard
to boost that statement is that if God is one person and "God is
love" and love has to give to exist, then there has to be more than
one within the Godhead, for to give to oneself only would equate to selfishness.
It would be reasonable to suggest based on the Trinity being three in
one persons that the latter half of your question would lend itself to
the Father and Holy Spirit equally being called Jesus Christ. Certainly
the Godhead would not take affront to this being said as Jesus Himself
said similar to this whilst He was on earth. John 14:8-11 "Philip
saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith
unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest
thou then, Shew us the Father?
He is the
everlasting Father, or the Father of eternity; he is God, one with the
Father, who is from everlasting to everlasting. He is the author of everlasting
life and so is the Father of a blessed eternity. He is the Father of the
world to come, the father of the new creation state, which is put in subjection
to him. 326
71. There are many Christian leaders nowadays that teach that a
couple can get divorced, where Jesus said not. I would like a clear
In Mk 10:2-12 the Pharisees asked the same question regarding divorce
and Jesus replied giving a clear answer which was No. He pointed out that
Moses, under the Dispensation of Law, gave in to their request by writing
them a bill of divorcement; nevertheless he told them that the hardness
of their hearts was the reason for the marriage breakdown.
did Paul, quoted from Gen 2:23 which set the importance of marriage
which is meant to be the type of the union between Himself and the creature.
Our marriage lives are to reflect that "Mystery" which Paul
spoke of in Eph 5:21. The marriage union is a top level priority
to God as it speaks of His "Eternal Purpose" being established
in the earth; therefore Satan sees it as his top priority to destroy marriages
and family values.
of FIRSTS would state, "The thing which is "FIRST" gives
it its level of importance. The first words that were ever spoken and
recorded in the Bible were those of Adam when he by the Spirit said "This
is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father
and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one
flesh." Gen 2:23.
the first man Adam never had a father or mother from whom he could leave
so his words were a prophecy from God as to "His Eternal Purpose".
This has always been His intention from the beginning to have His one
Son in the Creature as the creatures' only life, thus bringing about the
Union (marriage) between God and man. In this union the wife, the weaker
vessel which is the body of Christ, shows forth the Glorious power OF
THE ONE TRUE MAN - CHRIST.
Now we know
that under the Dispensation of Grace in which we live the blood can and
does wash every sin that we repent of and even those which we unknowingly
commit causing hurt to others by our actions. No true Minister of Christ
would make it easy for a couple to divorce, endeavouring rather to counsel
them to reconcile. It has never been Gods will that a couple divorce,
but if they do they will experience pain which divorce brings and correction
from their Heavenly Father. In my experience over many years of pastoral
counselling I have found that the one who initiates the divorce usually
ends up worst off in the end.
72. Why do Muslims claim to believe God - but love to shed innocent
blood in the name of Allah and that they are doing right things for
God - they believe more in their charms and magic? Where will they
be at the end?
we all know - belief systems can be dangerous to ones health and the health
of others. Faith in the truth as written in the Holy Bible as men were
inspired to write by the Holy Spirit is far above the beliefs from doctrines
of devils that men so easily take on board in their hearts and minds. 2 Tim 3:16 "All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may
be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works".
Ultimately the Bible will subdue all other contenders for men's hearts
and minds and will assert itself as the only infallible Word to trust
We also know
as Christians that our Heavenly Father loves all people and desires that
all come to the saving knowledge that "Jesus is Gods everything"
and wills that everyone come to that same conclusion.
way to deal with erroneous belief systems is to preach the truth and trust
that the Holy Spirit will convict the hearer to receive the love of God
in the form of His Son - who died for the sins of ALL peoples of the world
as Rom 3:23 says "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God".
overplays his hand and peaceful Muslims worldwide are open to receive
a new thought about a Loving Heavenly Father. The radicals in their religion
have caused them to be tarnished with the same brush of hatred in the
name of their God Allah.
Now is a
great time to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified and the only way to
the Fathers house and eternal life. Let us pray that intelligent Muslims
rethink about those that kill in the name of their God with hatred in
their hearts will be ushered into heavenly bliss, at the time of their
death, by their actions that have caused untold misery to innocent men,
woman and children.
73. John 14:23 states that those that love Jesus will obey His commandments.
Why then do we continue to sin and use the excuse of we are not
perfect beings therefore we will sin. When we are born again aren't
we supposed to be made perfect just like Him. Marcos
read John 14:23 "If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him".
Part of those
words is found in 1John 1:8-9 "If
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not
in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
In the regeneration
our bodies become the temple where God dwells. As containers we house
the one who is perfect - Christ Jesus. Paul even though he knew the truth
of the exchanged life said in 1Cor 9:27 "But
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection".
God accepts us as we are, because of who we contain, our bodies have not
as yet been redeemed and only will be when Christ returns for His body.
Salvation is threefold - our spirit is saved the moment we believe and
confess on Christ Jesus - Rom 10:9. Our soul is being saved by
the on going renewing of the mind process - Rom 12:2 and our body
will be saved on resurrection morning. 2 Cor 1:10 lays out for
us our past, present and future salvation. "Who
delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust
that he will yet deliver us".
for Gods elect, spirit soul and body, will only be completed in the near
future; in the meantime we accept and live by faith in His finished work.. 1John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the
sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him
as he is".
thought - if an unbeliever can be tempted upward to do a good work so
a believer can be tempted downward to do an evil work, so like Paul we
say "O wretched man that I am! who shall
deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. So then with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Rom 7:24.
74. How do I find myself? F.R MI USA
seems you are going through an identity crisis. This happens to most human
beings at some level during their lives. If you are not as yet a believer
and have not as yet experienced the new birth you will continue to feel
lost as to who you are and what life is all about.
two kinds of individuals - those that are still searching and those that
are found. To find your true self as a seeker will need help from an outside
source. This source is the 3rd person of the Godhead - the Holy Spirit
who delights in convicting seekers to acknowledge their isolated and independent
stand that causes them to feel lost. At the right moment, we who are meant
to be found in Him, this is called predestination, call upon the only
one who can fill us with a sense of purpose and can bring about finality
as to who we really are in the sight of God and His universe.
If you are
already born-again and feel lost then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal in
a greater measure Christ Jesus who is the real you in you. Even Paul the
Apostle felt the need to know the resurrected Lord in a deeper way and
said in Phil 3:10 "That I may know
him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death". Finally read 1John
3:2 as it clearly lets believers know who they are in Christ "Beloved,
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is". 301
to be born-again
75. Acts 13:33, Was the Man Christ Jesus the Son of God eternally or
did he become the Son Of God when he was physically resurrected?
13:33 says "...he hath raised up Jesus
again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this
day have I begotten thee". In Heb 1:5 these words
are repeated by Paul in addressing the Jews "For
unto which of the angels said he at any time…" getting
the point home that God never said to any of the angels what He has said
to Christ; explicitly, "thou art my Son,
this day have I begotten thee". Jesus was begotten not
created of the Father after his body death, so now He becomes Head (first
born) of the New Creation state. We in the election become 2nd, 3rd, 4th
etc until the last person in the election receives Christ which will then
usher in the coming of the Lord for His body the Church, and the creation
of the New Heaven and New Earth.
not created. He is one with the Father, eternal in nature, and with Him
there is no beginning and no end. Col 1:15 reads "Who
is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature".
Paul is making mention of a messianic prophecy found in Psalm 89:27 "Also I will make him my firstborn, higher
than the kings of the earth". This does not teach that
Christ was created. The word "firstborn" means that which is
"chief" in rank or in other words first. In Jer 31:9,
Ephraim (synonym for all Israel) was said to be God's "firstborn".
"...for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim
is my firstborn".
point is that Ephraim was Joseph's son, and was younger than Manasseh.
So here we see that the use of the word "Firstborn" was intended
to show that he was greater than Manasseh. John 1:1-3 say it all
"In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with
76. Why is it so hard to get up and pray in the mornings? and what
time do you suggest I wake up or does it really matter what time of
day we pray? Nordine C. Luton
God never sleeps it wouldn't matter what time you pray. As prayer is simply
our communication with our Heavenly Father, it should be the same as having
a heart to heart with your best friend.
as Christians, we turn that which should be spontaneous and a delight
into a legalistic works minded program, erroneously believing that our
boring, religious minded actions are catching our Heavenly Fathers attention.
It would be similar to one of our children, if you are a parent you will
understand, making a daily appointment to speak with you, you no longer
are Mum and Dad but the CEO of the Heavenly Corporation. Refuse to take
on board a religious and sterile prayer program and become as a little
child speaking to his Daddy, it works wonders.
the body of Christ was held in bondage to a man-made and works minded
program where everyone had to get up at 6am and pray diligently for one
hour. Even though this new prayer program seemed like the real thing -
it in time faded into the background and lost its appeal as many were
just too tired in the end to keep it up. End result - more guilt and condemnation
for the poor easily led child of God.
a look at how our Lord prayed to the Father in John 17:1 "These
words spake Jesus… (referring his words of comfort and
instruction, spoken in the previous three chapters of Johns Gospel) and
lift up his eyes (face) to heaven". This is a prayer motion
to recognize the seat of Heavenly power and majesty… and this is
significant of the faith and warmth of the mind of Christ, and of his
assurance of the divine favour: it shows that his mind was filled with
devotion and love, and was empty of shame and legalism, and was full of
immense freedom and boldness. and said, Father;
or "my Father", he used the word Abba, which signifies "Daddy".
77. Every time I seem to get close to God I end up messing up or
being ferociously attacked by the enemy until I fall. I want my
husband saved but can't seem to walk in the spirit long enough for
him to be affected or see a change in me.
you begin to renew your mind by realizing the indwelling Christ spirit
as being your new nature, the false condemnation you are being attacked
with will begin to lessen. You are falsely taking the performance stance
as being the measure of your worth and effectiveness as a Christian.
yourself as only the container of the only perfect one - Christ Jesus
the Lord. As a container we are told to "present
our bodies a living sacrifice" Rom 12:1, in other
words let the Christ within decide where and when and to whom you minister
the Christ-Life truths. Remember as a temple (container) you are not the
main event, He is, so get your eyes off your problems of being a good
witness and let His light shine through you in honesty and integrity of
the scriptures. 1Co 3:16 "Know ye
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? "
to try within your own strength to bring about a good result but rather
trust Him in you to bring about a change in your attitude regarding your
husband's salvation, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts and draws sinners
to Christ, not you. John 6:44 "No
man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him".
When your husband sees your relaxed approach (resting in Him) to his salvation
and Christianity, he will be attracted to your God.
the Spirit means you are listening to His voice and act accordingly. The
voice of the enemy always brings a Christian into condemnation and doubt
as to their state and standing before the Father. Remind him (Satan) that
you know the truth of your union and he should address any future accusations
to Jesus (your High Priest), as you no longer live independently but simply
the presenter of the facts, this should finalize your position as one
saved and accepted by faith and grace.
78. Does the advice to Timothy denote that we may drink a little
wine... instead of striving for spiritual healing? J. C. Hamburg
Tim 5:23 reads "Drink
no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine
often infirmities". To do literally what this scripture
says to do is to stop drinking water altogether. Now we know that Paul
is not saying that but is saying that in moderation wine was a remedy
that he felt would help Timothy's stomach condition. Paul must have discerned
that Timothy's long and exclusive use of drinking water had been detrimental
to his health therefore the following guidance was deemed proper.
was always careful in his communication. First with himself in 1Cor
9:27 "But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection" then with the welfare of others,
by preaching the Gospel of the grace of God, for their souls' profit and
salvation "lest that by any means when I
have preached to others". Though there was never any risk
of Timothy running into an overindulgence of drinking, Paul was aware
that some could exploit such a directive to indulge themselves excessively.
This could cause the derision of disrespectful people who would have insinuated
that the apostle indulged in intemperance and excess.
advice to the use of wine was not for self gratification but for health
reasons to help digestion. Latest Medical reports suggest strong evidence
that a little red wine each day is beneficial to ones health.
for healing is not the Bible way but receiving a healing is. James
5:14 says "Is any sick among you? let
him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing
him with oil in the name of the Lord". Let us rather strive
according to Phil 1:27 "...that ye
stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith
of the gospel"
An old chestnut of a question. I've been a Christian 21 years and
unemployed a fair bit- do we tithe benefits. Dave M.
command to tithe unemployment or any other form of government benefits
or social security is not found in either the Old or New Covenant. The
way for us to give today is stated in 2Cor 9:7 "Every
man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver".
have become so legalistic in their approach to Christian living that even
in their giving they have become more like the Pharisees in the days of
Jesus. Mt 23:23 "Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and
faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone".
We just don't
get it! Living by the Spirit of Christ in this age of God's Grace is the
only way to live as a Christian. To live by the letter of the Law, which
the "Law of the Tithe" is a part of is to remain under an old
order given to National Israel. Rom 7:6 "But
now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held;
that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the
from the law of death through the corruption of the Adamic nature, dead
to a covenant of works and the ministration of it. Truthfully, if Moses
himself turned up to proclaim it's right to govern us, who are now called
the New Creation, it would be shot down by the Lord Himself, for the Word
says in Rom 6:14 "For sin shall not
have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace".
are we under the Law's painstaking demands, instead we are free from its
curse and condemnation, all this accomplished by Christ's finished work
on the cross. At last the remedy is available for us to take freely of
His Gospills soothing the exasperating and provoking law which leads to
Although I am a child of the living God, and I try to be a good and
better person, am I sinning because I smoke, and if I am then a sinner,
am I eternally damned. I don't even know if I can give up, or if I
or not smoking cigarettes or any kind of tobacco does not cause you to
be sinner or a saint. Salvation is a three part process, past present
and future. In your case as a child of God, brought about by the new birth
in believing on Christ Jesus, salvation in regards to your spirit is in
Now your problem is a present one which involves your nicotine cravings
affecting your mind and physical makeup. Eternally dammed because of your
smoking habit you are not. You will though be harming your physical body
which Paul the Apostle reminds us as being the temple where His Spirit
now dwells. With this thought in mind ask the Lord in prayer, who is your
indwelling nature, to enable you by His power to deliver you from your
Trying to quit by your will power is different than when He, who is the
ever present deliverer in you, rises up in you and the Spirit of self-control
takes over. Gal 5:22 "But the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law".
It doesn't take much thought as to His will for you in this matter. Therefore
your part is to choose whether you want to continue to smoke or not, His
part is to empower your proper decision.
My wife has come across some teaching connected with binding and
loosing (Matt 16:19), whether it is breaking strongholds, loosing
soul ties, or spiritual warfare, by binding yourself and others
to the will of God and loosing wrong agreements, false beliefs,
soul ties etc,. Is this taking the teaching out of context with
the amount of times that binding and loosing is mentioned in the
Bible? D.J Redditch
Lets read Matt 16:19 "And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind
on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth
shall be loosed in heaven". The Greek words for bind and
loose (dein and luein) are a translation from the Hebrew words for bind
and loose, which also have another meaning obvious in Matt 16:19 to be "forbid"
There is commanding evidence that Matthews Gospel - "The life of Jesus"
was written originally in Hebrew. When translators took the idiomatic sayings
of Jesus and turned them into Greek they lost the meaning of the local words
of the day. When however the Greek words are translated back into the Hebrew
the meaning becomes clear.
What Jesus meant when He spoke to Peter was not in the context which you
described in your question, soul ties etc. Jesus knew that soon a New Covenant
would be in force and that the old laws would not fit or help the new creation
believer in his everyday life. Therefore the Lord was placing first upon
Peter the right to "forbid" or "permit" any action he
felt was the will of God in spiritual and natural matters where there wasn't
any precedent. If Peter permitted something then God would be behind his
decision and if not He would also forbid as Peter saw fit.
The Apostles like the Rabbis before them had the task among the community
to interpret the scriptures and take the lead during difficult times or
in a crisis. Often they had to settle disputes and their judgment was important
as in the example given in Acts 15 "And
certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except
ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved."
Peter eventually ruled by permitting (loosed) the Gentile believers from
the yoke of the Law of Moses "...Now therefore
why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither
our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they".
would like to know more about contributions to the church and tithing.
If one is struggling financially and cannot make ends meet is that
person obliged to tithe monthly, yearly or not all?
Christians we all are indebted to help the church we attend with our financial
offerings and of course our God given gifting. Where the problem arises
is not in our external lack but in our inner poverty in knowing Christ
as the supplier of all our needs. If the pastors and ministers would be
willing to address the truth of tithes and offerings in such a way as
fits the new creation believer in this dispensation of Grace, then the
struggle on the people and ministry would be lessened. 2Cor 9:7 "Every man according as he purposeth in
his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth
a cheerful giver ".
If the pastor has not had a revelation of Christ in him, as his all in
al,l then he unfortunately will try to impose the "Law of the Tithe"
on the people and to coerce them to give. Now having been a pastor myself
for over 15 years and a total of 28 years in ministry, I know the hardship
that ministers face on a daily basis to keep the ministry solvent. However
to knowingly put a congregation under an Old Covenant legal requirement,
specifically given to the Jew under a past dispensation, would be wrong
of the minister. Equally wrong would be the congregation holding back
their giving even when hard pressed to do so.
answer here is for the church to have a revelation as to His sufficiently
in providing for both minister and congregant. Luke 6:38 "Give,
and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the
same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again".
your giving is weekly, monthly or yearly (not at all is not an option),
let it be from a loving and willing heart as we are admonished to seek
the prosperity of others before ourselves and how important it is the
fund the Ministers of Christ with double honour as they labor to bring
Christ to their towns and cities. 1Cor 10:24 "Let
no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth".
is the biblical view on cremation? Some people say a Christian should
not even consider it? Mrs T.A
is no reason to worry about the non-possibility of resurrection due to
cremation. Some Christians worry that if their body is cremated they will
be disqualified for the resurrection, mainly on physical grounds. The
reasoning goes like this - if the body is consumed by fire, how can it
be resurrected? The case against that line of thought is that bodies that
are buried also disintegrate. When it comes to the resurrection we are
to trust God to arrange out the molecules, who made everything out of
nothing in the first place.
The Bible has a lot to say about death and in the Old Covenant burial
was the standard custom. Cremation was the exception and seen as appropriate
for only severe offenders and there are some scriptures against cremation
as in Joshua 7:15 & 25. Cremation was a sign of judgment in I Sam 31:12 Saul and his sons were cremated following their dishonorable
death. In II Kings 23:20 Josiah's restoration of true worship included
slaughter of false priests and cremation of their bodies.
However there is no clear opposition to this manner of dealing with human
remains or a command in Scripture against cremation in the New Covenant,
which governs our way of life and ultimately our death and burial. The
doctrine of the resurrection of the body has motivated the Christian practice
of burial. Christians have a healthy view of the body, both in life and
As believers in Christ we are comforted as we face sickness and death
in this life knowing that death will not have the last word. Our bodies
that are so integrally a part of us will be resurrected in glory and immortality.
And though we accept the physics of the grave we are not in agreement
with death at the basic level for 1 Thess 4: 13-16 declares "Brothers,
we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve
like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and
rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who
have fallen asleep in him… For the Lord himself will come down from
heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with
the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first".
Is Body piercing acceptable to God, my daughter wants to have her
belly pierced, but I feel that it is an abuse of the temple of the
Holy Spirit. David
a parent of two daughters's and grandfather of two, [one of my daughters
is still in her teens and the other now 25 years old and married.] I will
share my thoughts with you.
has had body piercing on the face, tummy and a tattoo on her lower back.
It all came as a shock to me, but believe me you learn to live with it
and trust the Lord that He who is in them will eventually shine through
and the fashion excesses of this world begin to fall away. My youngest
also has had her face and belly button pierced and on her insistence we
permitted her to do so on her at sixteenth birthday. Recently she by her
own choice has removed the belly button ring although still has a small
round silver stud under her bottom lip to the side.
we are from a different generation as our children, and we have a difficult
time adjusting to their world that they are pressed to conform to gain
acceptance from their peers, or simply to be fashionable. The prophets
and teachers for this generation are the pop idols and the celebrity culture
addiction which dictate their taste and fashion, just as I sported the
Elvis ducktail, and similar garments of the day.
let us put into our children while they are young the message of Christ
in them as their life and know that the seed which we have sown as earthly
Fathers will produce inward fruit in its time.
As far as
the physical body being the temple, which it is, I personally do not have
a problem that people will suffer spiritually because of their choice
to pierce or not to pierce. Rather let people know that it is the anger
and lust that comes from their heart and then out of their mouth that
defiles the temple.
85. I would like to know what the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is
as mentioned in Matt 12: 31-32 as I feel that I may have
by accident committed this unpardonable sin. It seems to me that
if you say anything that is unwholesome about the Holy Ghost even
if by accident you will not be forgiven. I look forward to hearing
of all I would like to put your mind at rest by saying that you have not
committed the unpardonable sin according to what Jesus said in Mt 12:31 "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of
sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men".
This sin was committed
by the Scribes and Pharisees who accused Jesus of casting out devils by
the power of Beelzebub, which was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, who
was the power which was operating in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
They knew that the
miracles of Christ were wrought by the Spirit of God, yet spitefully and
stubbornly imputed them to the devil, with the deliberate aim to malign
the glory of Christ. Their actions revealed their evil intentions and
resentments against him; which sin was unpardonable at that present time
and under that Dispensation of Law where the sin of blasphemy was punishable
Fortunately in our
day and under the Dispensation of Grace we have an Advocate with the Father
through the ministry our High Priest - Christ Jesus the Lord. There is
no sin that cannot be cleansed and forgiven by the penitent sinner through
the means of Christ shed blood. The only sin that still damns a person
is the sin of not receiving the gift of salvation in believing in the
finished work of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection at a place called
86. When do I as a Christian enter into the Kingdom of God and when
I sin am I still part of it? Daniel O.
You enter the Kingdom of God when you receive Christ as your Lord and
saviour by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth the
Gospel message of His resurrection from the dead as stated in Rom 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved".
3:5 "Jesus answered Nicodemus who was
an officer in the temple and said, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
of God". And unless someone has his mind renewed by the
work of the Holy Spirit, he will never understand divine and spiritual
things appertaining to the Kingdom His dear Son.
of water and of the spirit is entirely a spiritual experience as the water
speaks of the Word of God. There is nothing natural implied, as in water,
for the baptism into Christ takes place the instant one believes and confesses
Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
At the moment
of physical death the spirit and soul of the believer can he be thought
to have similarly entered into an open state of grace, and the Kingdom
of God. Unless a person is regenerated, he is not born heir apparent to
the Kingdom and without internal holiness, shall not enter into it, enjoy
it, or see God.
live eternally with the God they contain at the time of their physical
death. The God of the Christian now dwells in temples made without hands,
and we as believers will be where He is, because the Bible says that Christ
has gone to prepare a place for us. John 14:2 "In
my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you".
to a Holy God is to still have the old god in the temple or container
of our body. Being born-again takes out the old man (Satan) and replaces
it with the new man (Christ). If we sin, as in bad behaviour, we have
an advocate with the Father through our High Priest - Jesus Christ whose
intercessory work and shed blood cleanses us of every sin we confess. 1 John 1:9.