Q&A-08- Questions & Answers Series #8
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
The apostle Paul encouraged the young man, Timothy, “Study to
show yourself approved under God a workman who does not need to be
ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15.
We welcome you today to our study of the word of God. In this series
of lessons, we've been looking at Bible questions and answers that have
been submitted by our viewers. We're going to the word of God with these
questions to give a "thus sayeth the Lord”, from the word of God.
If you'd like to submit a question to be answered on our program, you
can do that in a couple of ways. You can email us at
questions@TheGospelOfChrist.com, or you can visit our website,
Let's now direct our attention to the questions that we have remaining
to answer today. The first question is: As a very young child, I was baptized
into the Lord's Church. The only problem is I don't really know if I
understood why and if I was mature enough to be baptized. Should I be re-
Friend, as we think about this, this is probably a question that a lot of
people have thought about- especially as you mature, as you understand
things, and as you get a little older. I want to address this from several
Number one, the Bible teaches that you do have to know, and
understand, to be saved, right? Jesus said in John 8:32, "You shall know
the truth and the truth will make you free." I've got to hear God's word,
Romans 10:17, to produce faith, Hebrews 11:6, which is essential. If I'm not
sure about what I knew, then we got a big problem right there. If I didn't
know that I had to hear the word of God, if I didn't know that I had to repent
of sin or didn't really understand that, if I didn't know that I needed to
confess Jesus as Savior, or if I didn't know why I was baptized, or for what
purpose, I just did it because others were doing it- then friend, you didn't
really understand what you were doing. Jesus said ‘you've got to know the
truth, for the truth to make you free.’ If one didn't understand what they
were doing, and now that person does, you need to obey what you know,
because now you understand and you know the Gospel, correctly.
Now what about if a person wasn't mature enough? Sometimes you
see especially very young kids, who may not really fully understand what
they're doing, the commitment that they're making, and the maturity that it
requires. Do I understand that I'm making a lifelong commitment to the Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ? Do I really understand that I am committing to
follow Christ 100%, every day? Luke 9:23. Do I have the maturity to be in
that type of relationship that the Bible likens in Ephesians 5:21-33, as a
marriage to the Lord? Am I ready to live up to that bargain? If the maturity
wasn't there, you didn't really understand and didn't know what you were
committing to- then one does need to be baptized correctly for the
remission of sins.
Now the idea of rebaptism, however, is kind of a misnomer. There is
no such thing in the Bible as rebaptism. For example if when I was young, I
obeyed the Gospel, I understood what I was doing, now someone says, ‘I
feel like I've fallen away and I need to be rebaptized.’ Well you don't find
that in the Bible. There is one baptism, Ephesians 4:4 following. If a person
was baptized correctly, then he doesn't need to be baptized again. If he
wasn't baptized correctly, he needs to be baptized for the remission of sins,
and submit to that one baptism that is found in Ephesians 4:4 following.
Here's what we've encouraged people to think about: Did I really
understand what I was doing? Did I do it because maybe a brother or sister
did? Did I do it for reasons other than what the Scripture teaches? Maybe I
wanted to be like everybody else. Maybe all I knew was that I might go to
Hell if I don't. Did I really understand what I was doing? Did I know why I
did it? Did I have a good comprehension of the plan of Salvation, and was I
mature enough to follow through with that commitment? Now if you can't
answer any of those in the affirmative- then you think to yourself, and you
answer to yourself, is this something I need to re-evaluate, and now that I
do know those things, do I need to be baptized correctly for the remission
of sins, with the knowledge of knowing full well what I'm doing? That's only
something that can only be answered by the individual.
We give these guidelines and principles, which might govern that
decision, but only the individual can answer that question, for themselves,
based on these principles from Scripture.
We now look at a second question to address today: I often hear
people talk about the security of the believer. When asking about this, they
would say that a Christian does not have to worry about being lost,
because once he's saved, he can never be lost. Is this doctrine true,
according to the Scriptures?
Some people would call this the security of the believer, others would
call it as once saved, always saved, or you can't fall from grace. Basically,
when I become a Christian, some would teach and say, you can never so
sin as to be terminally lost.
Friend what we're asking today is- is that doctrine true? Is it the case
that when I become a Christian, I can never be lost?
Friend you clearly find in the Bible, listen real carefully now, you
clearly and explicitly find in the Bible, that even though I am a Christian, if I
live in sin and die in sin, the Bible says I absolutely can and will be lost.
The idea of once saved always saved- that's not part of the Bible. In
fact, I'm going to show you from the language that sometimes false
teachers use. Look in Galatians 5:4. Sometimes we say you can't fall from
grace. Look how God addresses that idea. The Bible says to Christians, the
Bible says in Galatians 5:4, "You have become estranged from Christ, you
who attempt to be justified by law," watch this now, "You have fallen from
grace." Paul is writing to the church in Galatia, Galatians 1:1-2. He's writing
to people who are Christians, and he says to those Christians, "You've
become cut off," the idea is severed, "You've become severed from Christ."
Why? You attempted to be justified by law. Here's the problem- some of
these Christians are now propagating the idea that you've got to be a
Christian, and you've got to follow the law of Moses, and so Paul is saying
to those of you who are Christians, and who are attempting to make
justified by the law- you have fallen from grace. Now keep in mind this: a
Christian can attempt to be justified by the law of God. When a Christian
does that, he falls from grace; therefore, a Christian can fall from grace.
Now the wording there, ‘fall from grace,’ the literal language of the New
Testament there is, "You have fallen 'ek', out of grace." You were in the
grace of God, you attempted to go back, are now espousing a false law
system and a false doctrine, you're out of God's grace.
Think about this with me. Man says you can't fall from grace. To
Christians, God said, you already have fallen from grace. Some of them
were so entrenched in sin. They were no longer in the grace of God and
they would indeed be lost. Now let me give you another example. In Acts 8,
there is a man by the name of Simon the Sorcerer. Simon hears the
preaching of the Gospel. Simon obeys that message. He is baptized, and
as a result, the Bible says, he obeyed the Gospel, he became a Christian.
He's a child of God. The Bible says he was baptized, and he is now walking
and worshiping with the saints- but a problem arises. Acts 8:18, Simon who
in his former life was a trickster, or a magician. He now sees that through
the laying on of the apostles' hands, the gifts of the Spirit can be given. He
says, ‘I'll give you money, if you give me that gift also.’
What does Peter say to Simon who is a Christian? Look at Acts
Chapter 8:20. Peter said to him, “Your money perish with,” what? “with you
because you have thought that the gift of God should be purchased with
money.” Peter clearly said to Simon, your money is going to perish with
you. What did Peter say? Simon, you're lost. You're going to perish, and
your money's going to perish. Why would Peter say that? Your heart's not
right in the sight of God. Peter would go on to say, ‘you've got neither part
nor portion of this matter, repent and pray to God that the evil thought of
your heart may be forgiven you.’ Simon had to repent. He needed to be
forgiven of something. That clearly implies sin.
God cannot look upon wickedness, Habakkuk 1:13. Sin separates a
man from God; therefore, Simon was in sin. He was separated from God,
and he was in a lost or perishing state. The idea that once you become a
Christian, you can never so sin as to be lost is false doctrine. That's not
true. You find the exact opposite of that being taught in the Bible.
Now, let me share with you one other passage with which great
clarity, which shows with great clarity that this idea is not true. 2 Peter 2,
Peter is writing to certain Christians who have gone back to the world, who
have left Christ. I want you to listen to how he describes their state now. 2
Peter 2:20, Peter says of those who have gone back to the world, “if after
they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that is, they will obey the Gospel, they're
Christians, they've now gone back to the sin. If after that, they've escaped,
they are again entangled in them and overcome,” now don't miss this, “the
latter end is worse for them than the beginning.” What? It would have been
better had they not known the way of truth, the way of righteousness, than
having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
Now here are the questions to consider. How is it the case, that the
latter end is worse for them than the beginning? How is it worse now for
them, than before they even obeyed the Gospel? Here's how: because
they were Christians. They at one time had salvation. They were at one
time in Christ. Now, not only are they back lost in sin, now they know what
they've lost. Now they know what it means to be saved. Now they have
willfully denied the teaching of God and of Christ.
Here's how God describes this picture. What's it like? When a
Christian gets caught up in sin and goes back into the world, it's like a dog
returning to his own vomit. It's just disgusting. It's like a pig having been
washed, returns to the muck and mire. It's dirty. There are a host of
passages, not just these three, but there are a host of passages, which
clearly teach a child of God can so sin as to be lost and separated from
To answer the question, is the security of the believer a Bible
teaching? Friend, it absolutely is not.
The Bible teaches I must fight the good fight every day, 1 Timothy 6.
The Bible teaches I must be faithful unto death, Revelations 2:10. We must
make our calling and election sure, 2 Peter 1:10.
We now turn our attention to another question that has been asked,
and this indeed is a very good question, very relevant to a lot of us today as
we live in the world and we have to hear stuff of the world. Here's what our
viewer writes: I work in a factory, and many of the people I work with claim
to be Christians; however, most of them curse or use bad language. Can
you give me some Bible verses that teach about cursing and bad language,
and how a Christian should talk?
We absolutely can, because the Bible clearly teaches that foul
language is not something a Christian should do. I cannot claim to be a
faithful Christian, and bad words be coming out of my mouth left and right-
that's not the way a Christian ought to do.
Now how do we know that? What does the Bible teach about cursing
and things like unto that? I want you to notice what Colossians 3:8 will say
on this subject. The Bible says, “but now you yourselves are to put off all
these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy language out of your
mouth.” How does a Christian put off filthy language out of your mouth?
Listen to Ephesians 4:29. The Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth, or let no corrupt word proceed out of your
mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace
to the hearers.” Colossians 4:6 “let your speech be with grace, seasoned
with salt, that you may know how to answer each one.” “As a man thinks in
his heart, so is he.” We will give an account for every idle word we speak,
Matthew 12:37 and following. These are Scriptures to think about as it
relates to the subject of cursing or filthy language. The Bible says, don't let
it come out of your mouth. The Bible says that's not the way a Christian
himself ought to talk.
Another question that we want to address today is this. Someone
writes: My Mom believes that it does not matter, what you believe or teach,
that everyone is going to be saved. What does the Bible say about this?
Well friend, this all-accepting, everybody's-going to-be-saved
regardless of how immoral or what you believe ideology, is extremely
popular today- but is it Biblical? Does the Bible teach, regardless of what
you believe, everybody's going to be okay?
Friend, Jesus did not teach that. Listen to what Jesus said. Jesus
said the opposite of that. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “it's not everybody
that looks up into Heaven and says ‘Lord, Lord’ that's going there, but he
who does the will of my Father in Heaven.” It's not enough to just say you
believe in Christ. It's not enough just to acknowledge certain things. To go
to Heaven and to be saved, Jesus said you've got to do what He says.
Luke 6:46, Jesus asked this question, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’
and do not do the things which I say?” These people are calling Christ
Lord. They recognize His power, and they see his majesty, no doubt some
of them have seen the miracles. They say, "Lord, Lord" then they go and
do what they want, or what somebody else teaches. Jesus said those two
ideas are not compatible.
Jesus said, in John 14:15, "If you love me, keep my commandments."
It's not enough to just believe whatever. Everybody who believes
something is not going to be saved. Just because you claim to be a
Christian isn't enough. In fact, did you know, that Jesus taught that the
majority of people are not going to be saved? Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus said,
"Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to eternal destruction,
and many there are who go down it, but difficult is the gate, and restricted
is the path that leads to eternal life, and few there are who find it."
Our next question: We have friends who are branches off of the
Mormon Church, and they believe in polygamy. Is polygamy sinful in the
Well friend, we know, all the way back to the Old Testament, that it
was never God's will for kings to multiply their wives. Deuteronomy 17:17,
God said that the kings should not multiply their wives, or horses, or
whatever it may be. They weren't to have a number of those- that was
never God's divine will. To understand about the subject of polygamy and
marriage we need to go back to the original plan and pattern of God in
Genesis 2. God created one man, Adam, and one woman, Eve. In Genesis
2:24 says, “for this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, be
joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” What's God's
original pattern? God didn't create Adam and Eve and Barbara. God
created Adam and Eve. God said ‘a man shall leave his father and mother,
and be joined to his wife,’ not wives. “The two,” not three- four- five- and
six, shall become one flesh. ‘One man, one woman, for life.’ That's God's
original plan for marriage. We know that's still in existence today. Matthew
19:1-6, Jesus quotes Genesis 2:24 as it relates to divorce, and remarriage.
He says, ‘for this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, be joined
to his wife, the two shall become one flesh. What God has joined together,
let not man separate.’ That original pattern is still in place today-one man,
and one woman, for life.
Now, here's a passage for you to consider, as it relates to the
singularity, one man and one woman, for marriage. I want to direct your
attention to what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:2. He says, ‘let
each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.’
So the church in Corinth they write to Paul, and they've got questions
related to marriage and sexual relations. Paul says here's God's plan. Each
man has his own wife. Let each wife have her own husband. The
singularity of marriage- there's one man, one woman for life, that's the plan
that you find in the New Testament. God does not condone or authorize,
and the Scriptures definitely do not promote- polygamy anywhere in the
You know sometimes, I've seen when flipping through the channels
and I see a reality show where you've got some man, Mormon background
and he's got all these wives. You know why those shows are popular?
Because of all the drama! Somebody's fighting. Somebody's upset because
they didn't get enough of his attention. Who got to sleep with him last
night? Who's the favorite wife? You've got four or five women, one man,
that's just not going to work very well. It doesn't take a whole lot of common
sense to realize. Those kinds of relationships are not going to end well, and
more importantly, the Scripture teaches that's not according to the will of
God. When God set the pattern, one man and one woman for life that was
the final pattern that God himself had set.
Another question we want to answer today: I often see the Ten
Commandments at public buildings, and I have friends who believe that we
should keep the Ten Commandments today. Are the Ten Commandments
binding today on Christians?
Now friend, when you go back to Exodus 20, and you read those ten
commandments, Jesus did mention many of those under the new law, but
is the ten commandments of Moses, is the Old Testament, is the Sabbath
Day, binding on Christians today?
I want you to listen to the words of Ephesians 2:14-15 as we address
this question. The Bible says, of Christ, “He, Himself, is our peace, who is
made both one, Jew and Gentile, has broken down the middle wall of
separation,” now watch this, “having abolished in His flesh, the enmity that
is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in
Himself one new man from the two, thus making one man, one new body,
as it were.” When we think about the Ten Commandments, Jesus on the
cross abolished that- Hebrews 8:13. He says a new covenant has made
the first obsolete. Ten Commandments are part of the old covenant and
part of the first covenant. That's not something that Christian is going to be
judged by today. When I stand before God, am I going to be judged by the
Ten Commandments and Law of Moses?
Listen to the words of Jesus in John 12:48. Jesus said, “He who
rejects me, does not receive my words, has that which judges him.” What is
it Lord? “The word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
While the Ten Commandments was the good law, holy law or right
law- it was given specifically to the Israelites. The law of Christ in the new
covenant is what we're under today. Nine out of those Ten Commandments
have been brought back under, under the teaching of Jesus- but today we
don't worship on the Sabbath. We worship on the first day of the week,
Our desire and our prayer for every person is that we will turn our
attention to the word and will of God with a humble heart. Submit to God's
will. Obey the gospel of Christ, and live in such a way, that God receives
the honor and the glory from my life, and from yours.
May God bless each of us as we strive to do just that.
Study Questions for: “Questions and Answers: Lesson 8”
1. According to 2 Timothy 2:15, why should we study the Bible?
2. According to John 8:32, what will make us free?
3. In Ephesians 5:21-33, what is our relationship with Christ compared to?
4. According to Ephesians 4:4, how many baptisms?
5. According to Galatians 5:4, can we fall from grace?
6. Can we be estranged from Christ according to Galatians 5:4?
7. What does Habakkuk 1:13 say of God?
8. What does 2 Peter 2:20 tell us about abandoning the word of God?
9. According to Revelation 2:10, how long should we be faithful?
10. According to Colossians 3:8, does it matter how a Christian speaks?