Answers to Bible Questions

Answers to Bible Questions
August 29, 2021

Tonight we're going to have one of our fifth Sunday evening question and answer sessions. It might seem hard, but the Bible is the book that gives us answers if we just search, we can find.

Question 1: We have songs in our song books that talk about the rapture. Is it wrong to sing songs that teach false doctrine?

It is as wrong to sing songs that teach false doctrine, as it is to teach false doctrine in our classrooms.

  • Colossians 3:16

Singing is teaching, if it is wrong to teach false doctrine, then it is wrong to sing false doctrine.

  • Titus 2:1

It is incumbant unto us to sing, and teach scriptural doctrine.

The question comes up, about figurative language in songs. There are places in scripture that speak figuratively.

  • Psalm 50:1

Scientists will tell you that the sun does not rise or set. The earth revolves around the sun. What you aren't seeing isn't the sun rising, but the earth's rotation. Thus, if you take it literally, it would appear to be false teaching. However, figuratively, the sun appears to rise and set. Thus, we know we can take this scripture figuratively.

The same is true of other forms of literature, including songs. We need to take into account that some words may be used poetically, or figuratively. Thus, it may not be teachign false doctrine.

But, if a song lyric is teaching false doctrine we must heed that we don't give heed to the doctrine.

Jesus is Coming Soon by R.E. Winsett

Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear
Freedom we all hold dear now is at stake
Humbling your hearts to God saves from the chastening rod
Seek the way pilgrims trod, Christians awake

Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound

Love of so many cold; losing their home of gold;
This in God’s Word is told; evils abound.
When these signs come to pass, nearing the end at last,
It will come very fast; trumpets will sound.

Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound

Troubles will soon be o’er, happy forevermore
When we meet on that shore, free from all care
Rising up in the sky, telling this world goodbye
Homeward we then shall fly, glory to share

Oh, Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon
Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound
All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies
Going where no one dies, heavenward bound

This talks about there being signs that may take place for the end of the earth. However, this idea is a direct contradiction to Matthew 24:36, that says of that day and hour no man knows the hour.

Verse 2, is left out of our songbooks, because of the intent of the passage. However, what is listed in our books, the idea of rising to meet Him in the air, is in fact scriptural.

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:17

The doctrine of the rapture, teaches this as well. However, premellinalists, take this word rapture and give it their own meaning. The word, rap.. to seize, rapture, is to seizing by violence. To be carried away, as in, music seizing one by rapture.

It is an expression of great joy or pleasure. And, it can mean being carried away in body or spirit.

It means to be carried away. Isn't that what 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says? The idea to be called up, to be taken away. Yet, the premillenial doctrine says is that the signs, that Jesus talks about in Matthew is about the end of the world, is a secret rapture where Christians will be taken away, and everyone remaining will live on the earth. It is the imagination of men. There is no scriptural basis for this doctrine of premellenialiam.

However, the idea of being taken away, is what the scripture teaches.

  • 2 Peter 3: 10

The problem with the doctrien of rapture is that they say it will happen in secret and Christ will reign on the earth for a thousand years. Which is not what the scripture teaches.

We should not sing songs that align with that doctrine.

In our songbooks, this word rapture is talked about expressions of joy. Or, the soul that is taken away. Nothing was found in our songbook that expressly teaches the doctrine of rapture.

Rapture- can be translated, as being caught up, which conveys the teachings of 1 Thessalonians 4.

  • John 5:28

There is no room for the premillenial doctrine known as the rapture.

Question 2: Did the Christian Period start at the death of Jesus, or at Pentecost in Acts 2?

Understand that the answer to this question has little bearing on us today. We most certainly are living in the Christian period today.

Considering the aspects of the things involved int his question can lead us to truth. We may not know the exact answer to this question. There are some secret things we may not know.

  • Deuteronomy 29:29-30

There are some things we may never know.

We do have all that we need to know to live Godly in Christ Jesus.

  • 2 Peter 1:3

When did the Christian period begin? At the death of Jesus, or Pentecost, or even when Christ was born?

Why did Jesus come?

Without His birth he would not have been able to die. He was born to die, that was His purpose. Why did He died.

I was only by His death is that we can be saved. He died, and the church began at Pentecost.

My opinion, is the Christian age began at Pentecost. Pentecost means, fifty days. It literally took place fifty days after His death. When did the old testament end?

  • Colossians 2:14

If it ended at the cross, then how could the Christian period begin in fifty days.

  • Acts 2:41, 47

This refers to, the establishment of the church.

We dont' read about the existence of the church until the end of Acts 2. So that leaves fifty days we have to figure out what to do with.

What about faithful Jews who died in the fifty day period. What about practicing Gentiles. We can't prove there were patriarchs living in the first century. Perhaps there were some who, outside of Judaism, were faithful to God, under the Patriarchal plan.

For this period of time, the gospel had not been preached outside of Jerusalem. There seems to be a period of time when no law was in place. But, what about the gospel of grace? Could it be that the grace of God was active during this time?

  • Acts 1:8

There is this period of time, where the gospel had not been preached to the Gentiles, outside of Jerusalem, or to the Samaritans, or to the uttermost parts of the earth. During this time, fifty days to 20 years, a short period of time, where God's grace may have covered the faithful who sought to obey Him.

  • Colossians 1:5,6

Everything in history, prior to the establishment of the church was with the express purpose to bring the church into existence. So, my belief is that the Christian period began on the day of Pentecost.

Question 3: Do you know of any congregations of the Lord’s church that existed during the middle or dark ages? Can you speak about the existence of the church prior to the restoration movement?

Traces of the Kingdom, is a book written by Keith Sisman, a brother in the church. It documents the church in Europe from the middle ages back to about 1100 ad.

Some believe that the Catholic church replaced the Lord's church. However, Jesus taught that His kingdom would not be destroyed or break into peices.

  • Matthew 16:18

He talks about a kingdom that shall not be destroyed.

The church is a kingdom that would stand forever, it has never been stamped out in the world. Throughout history there has been restoration movements.

The protestant reformation movement, stopped short of true restoration. Yet, there were some who sought to reform to true restoration. Zwingli, was a man who taught that we are to follow the scripture, that silence forbids, he taught belief, and baptism for the remission of sins.

He was taken and executed, legend says by drowning because of his belief in baptism.

Following World War 2, there was a group of Christians who waited to go into Germany to teach the gospel. They were in Switzerlan, talking to a librarian, who upon hearing their story said, that was the church he was in, and that it existed in Switzerland for over 100 years.

We owe a great debt to those men, Cambell, and others who brought into America the principal of restoration. We know about it in America because it was documented.

In other places, we may not have documentation. The point is that as long as God's word endures, the church will exist. The word of God is the seed to the kingdom.

The question to you tonight, is are you in that church?

You can be if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent of your sins, confessing Him before men, and are willing to act in obedience to His command to be baptized to have your sins washed away. Then, live a life faithful to HPim unto death.

If you have questions about the Bible, we invite you to contact us to find  help you the answers.

 

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