Q&A-02- Questions & Answers Series #2
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
In Romans 4:3 a great question is asked, “What does the Scripture
Welcome to our Bible questions and answers series. This is a second
lesson in our Bible questions and answers series, and we're so glad that
you've joined us for this exciting study. We've got some really good
questions that have been asked by users of our website or those who listen
to our program, and we're going to give a Bible answer to those questions
today. Some of these questions you've even thought about yourself, and so
we hope you'll stay tuned as we're going to look to God's word that has the
answer to all questions.
Our first Bible question that's been submitted for our lesson today is
this someone writes, ‘I recently heard someone say they needed to have
their baby baptized because babies are born in sin. Does the Bible teach
babies are born in sin?’
Friend this is a very prevalent doctrine. It's a big part of Calvinism in
fact the first doctrine the first and most well-known doctrines in Calvinism
are total depravity. That is when we come into this world; we are totally and
completely depraved with sin. Sin is somehow built into our DNA, we’re
born with it. We’re born sinners, and we’re destined to a sinners’ hell. Is
that the picture, I know that's very popular, but is the picture the Bible
paints a picture that says babies are born in sin?
It absolutely is not! People do not need to baptize babies because
babies are innocent and pure. Men and women babies are not born into
this world with sin. Now how do we know that? The Bible clearly says there
is a time before which a child knows to choose the evil and refuse the
good. He doesn't have the ability to sin up to a certain point which we often
refer to as ‘the age of accountability.’ Listen to what Isaiah says in Isaiah
chapter 7 as he speaks about a child not knowing to choose the right and
refuse the good. Isaiah says in Isaiah 7:16 “For before the child shall know
to refuse the evil and choose the good.” God goes on to prophesy ‘the land
that you will dread will be forsaken by their Kings.’ We learn from this
there's a point in time which a child doesn't know what's right and wrong,
doesn’t have the ability to choose good and evil. To even go back before
that, I want you to clearly see that Jesus did not identify children or babies
or infants and toddlers as those who were totally depraved but rather as
being innocent pure and part of the kingdom of God. Matthew chapter 18
as Jesus has some bring little children to Him. The disciples really don't
think Jesus needs to be spending His time addressing little children or their
parents, and so they kind of rebuke them. Watch what Jesus says in
Jesus said, “Assuredly I say to you unless you are converted and
become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of God.”
What was Jesus teaching there? The kingdom of God is so full of a bunch
little depraved sinners running around? Well of course not! Jesus is clearly
teaching children are innocent. They're pure. They cannot have that
knowledge of good and evil. They come into this world that way, and He's
teaching the people who were listening ‘if you're going to be a part of the
kingdom you need to be innocent and pure like these little children.’ But
friend to go back even further, we want to illustrate from a couple of
passages today that a person does not come into the world stained with
sin, that you do not inherit sin from your parents, that men and women are
born into this world perfect and upright, and it's because of individual
choices that we make after the age of accountability that men and women
Let me give you a couple of examples. Open your Bible if you would
to Ezekiel chapter 28. I want to share with you a passage about the king of
Tyre of this man was not a godly man, but at one point he could've been
right with God because at one point he was pure. Ezekiel 28:12 this is a
prophecy to the king of Tyre. God says “Son of man take up a lamentation
for the king of Tyre,” and so the region of Tyre in that day had a king.
Here's what God's message was to that king in that day. Now I want you to
move ahead just a little in that prophecy to Ezekiel 28:15. Listen to what
God says to this king. “You were perfect,” don't miss this, “you were perfect
in your ways,” watch this, “from the day you were created until iniquity was
found in you.” When this man was created, when he came into the world,
how did God view that? Perfect-not stained with sin, not having inherited
the sin from Adam, that's not the idea. “You were perfect in all your ways.”
When God? “From the day you were created,” adverb of time, “until,” there
it shows a point in time in his life when he chose to sin. “Until iniquity was
found in you.” From this man's example, we see that he was made perfect,
upright, and pure, not sin stained as some would have us to believe today.
Then there's a second passage in Ezekiel that clearly shows men and
women are not born nor do we inherit the sin of our parents. Notice Ezekiel
chapter 18, and there was a proverb in that day in the land of Israel. Here's
what the proverb was. They said, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and
the children's teeth are set on edge.” Basically you ate some kind of sour
candy and your children now taste it in their mouth- implying that people in
inherit the sins of their parents was the idea. Listen how strongly God
spoke against that in Ezekiel 18:20, “The soul who sins shall die. The son
shall not bear the guilt of the father nor the father bear the guilt of the son.
The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” What'd God say? You
shall not, the righteous will not, the one who sins- he's going to sin because
perish because of his own sin. The father shall not inherit- the son shall not
inherit the sin of the father or even his righteousness.
rom this passage, we’re clearly taught ‘I don't inherit somebody else's
sin, nor do I inherit the righteousness.’ Those are individual choices that we
all make. So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God,
Romans 14:12. Not of what Adam did, I give an account for myself. I don't
inherit my father's sin or my father's righteousness. I make my own
choices. As you think about this question, someone said ‘You know we
need to get our baby baptized because babies are born in sin.’ Friend that's
not the case at all. You don't find anywhere in the Bible where it teaches
babies are stained with sin of Adam that they have somehow inherited that
sin. In fact the passages we've looked at clearly show that is not the case.
Here's the second question for today. ‘Some people call their church
by different names of men or different words or actions in the Bible. Does it
matter what name we call the church?’ Basically you find a lot of different
names some of them after great men that they think or some after some
religious act like baptism or something like unto that. Does it matter today
what name we call the church?
We need to realize that the Bible has specifically spoken on this
subject, and it does matter to God. “Whatever you do in word or deed,” the
Scripture says, “do all do all in the name the Lord Jesus,” Colossians 3:17.
The Bible clearly says we're not to go beyond what is written, 1 Corinthians
4:6. The Scripture says we're not to add to or take away from the words
written in the book, Revelation 22:18-19. The Bible clearly says whatever
we do we need to stay within the boundaries of God's word, and it does
name matter to God about names.
Think about this God changed Saul from Saul to Paul. Why did He do
that if names don't matter? We understand that names matter. Would you
name your son Adolf or Hitler or Jezebel if you had a daughter? Would you
name somebody today Judas? Well no. Names carry a connotation, and
names are important to God. Now think about it this way. Let's say that on
the day that you and your wife were going to get married she said, ‘You
know your last name's kind of a funny name, and I don't know if I can spell
it. I think I'll take your best man's name.’ How would you feel about that?
Wouldn't like that. Why? Because names are important. They're significant.
They share a connotation. They show they show connection is the idea.
When we think about the names in the Bible, it does matter to God what
name the church is called by, because and here's the real reason, because
those names either bring honor to men and their ideas or to God and His
Son who built the church.
Let me illustrate. Acts 20:28 the Bible says “Jesus purchased the
church with His own blood.” Who pray paid the price for the church? Did
Martin Luther pay the price for the church? Did John? No John Calvin
didn't. Martin Luther didn't. John Wesley? No, John Wesley didn't. Some
great act in the Bible? No, they didn't. Who paid the price for the church?
Jesus purchased the church with His own blood. If Jesus paid the price
with His own blood on Calvary, my friend shouldn't the name it wears
designate Him as the owner and the one who paid the price for it? Romans
16:16 ‘The churches of Christ greet you.” God established and built the
church. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “No other foundation can any
man lay except that which is laid which is Jesus Christ.” The Bible clearly
teaches that Jesus built and established His church. Jesus said, “I'll build
My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” It's God's
church. It's Christ church and any kind of name or designation that doesn't
bring honor to God and to Christ friend that's a name that you don't find in
Think about it this way. I often ask people to consider this. Let's say
that all we had was the Bible, and we took this Bible and we read it. And we
said to ourselves, ‘This is the word of God.’ We believe it. We're going to
do what it says. We're going to obey the plan of salvation just as they did in
the Bible. If we did that and as Acts 2:47 says “The Lord added us to the
church,” and all we had was the Bible- what church would we be at be
added to? Friend I thumb through my Bible and I read my Bible, and I don't
find Methodists or Baptist or Catholic or Presbyterian or nap. I don't find
any of that. If all we're going to do is follow the Bible, you can't have
denominational names and titles today. Why? Very simply- they're not in
the Bible. You just don't find those in Scripture, and so names do matter to
God. Names matter to us. The Bible says we're not to go beyond what's
written. Friend let's make sure that the name of the church brings honor
and glory to God and is actually found within the pages of the Bible.
Alright a third question for us to consider today is a very popular one
that we often hear as it relates to salvation and especially as an objection
the baptism. Here's the question that's been submitted, “The thief on the
cross,” the writer says, “was saved without baptism. Please explain why
you teach baptism is essential to salvation.”
Let's understand very clearly. Luke 23 about verse 43 following Jesus
clearly said to the thief on the cross, ‘Today you will be with Me in
paradise.” There's no denying nobody is going to deny we clearly believe
and teach, as the Scripture does, that the thief on the cross was saved. But
what about this part- the thief on the cross was saved without baptism?
Now let's explain how this kind of goes no and in the logical form that
people put it in. The thief on the cross was never baptized- that'd be the
first part of it. The thief on the cross was saved; therefore a person can be
saved without baptism. We do not deny, we clearly teach the thief was
saved- but what about that very first part of the proposition? The thief on
the cross was saved without baptism- if I said to you prove that which you
would have to do to reach the logical conclusion therefore men and women
don't have to be baptized to be saved- if I said to you prove from the
Scripture that the thief was never baptized, could you do that?
You can look through the New Testament completely and you can
never find anywhere that said the thief was never baptized. Now someone
says ‘Well wait a minute now, you can never find anywhere that says that
he was baptized.’ No denying that. But friend listen real carefully this
statement, the thief on the cross was never baptized, is an assumption.
People surmise that. They have this idea in their head, but you can't know
one way or the other. Now think though that for a second. If you can't know
one way or the other if the thief was or was not baptized, the whole
argument falls. You don't have a leg to stand on in that argument. You
cannot use the argument the thief was saved without baptism that we don't
have to be baptized today- because you can't prove it's an assumption.
You can't prove it one way or the other. Do you want put your faith in an
assumption that you cannot prove?
Secondly as you think about the thief on the cross, consider this with
me. Did the thief die under the Old Testament age or the New Testament
age? Well according to Hebrews 9:15-17 the law of Christ went into effect
after His death. We've got the preaching of the gospel occurring in Acts
chapter 2 on Pentecost. 50 days after Jesus died, the first time the gospel
is ever preached or heard by anybody in a reality sense. The thief died
under the Old Testament. He's not an example of New Testament
salvation- like unto David like unto Noah like unto Solomon like unto other
people you find like unto Naaman-other people you find in the Old
Testament. I'm not going to draw all those examples up and say ‘well this is
how we need to be saved today under the new covenant.’ No. That's not
what the Bible says.
The whole argument falls completely on its face because you cannot
prove one way or the other if the thief was or was not saved- which is the
major beginning of that argument. He was living under a different law
system than we are today. I know a lot of people say ‘well the thief on the
cross proves baptism is not essential to salvation.’ You cannot prove that
from his example. We've clearly shown that's an assumption you can't
prove one way or the other. You have to prove the first proposition for that
logical argument to be followed through with the conclusion; therefore,
baptism is not essential to salvation. You cannot draw a ‘therefore’ if you
don't have all that's there. Friend in that argument you surely don't have all
the information- you cannot use that as an argument.
Alright let's move to another question. Then another question for us
to consider today someone's a writer submits this question, ‘I often hear
people say they know when Christ will come. I've been studying my Bible,
and I can't find anything on when Christ is specifically going to come. Does
the Bible teach when Christ is going to return?’
Now friend there's no denying the Bible teaches Christ will return. 1
Thessalonians 4:13-18 “He'll come with a shout with the voice of an
Archangel, and He will claim His own on that day.” Jesus said in John
14:1-4, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again.” There's the definitiveness of this, yes there's no
denying Jesus is coming again.
But when is He coming? Well let's listen to the Lord's words on that,
and it may surprise you. As often as we hear people try to put a time and
date on Christ's return, listen to Matthew chapter 24. I want you to notice
what Jesus says in His own words about His return. Matthew 24:36, “But of
that day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven, but My
Father only.” When’s the when's the world going to end? When's Christ
going to come back? We know those two are uniquely tied together based
on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, and 2 Peter 3:9-12.
When is Christ coming back? When's the world going to end? We hear a
lot of people say ‘I know when the world's going to end. I know when Christ
is coming back.’ Here's one thing I can guarantee you, anybody who says ‘I
know exactly, June 3, 2025 the world's going to end, or June 5, 2020 Christ
is coming back,’ anybody who says they know when the world's going to
end or when Christ is going to come back- you can know this for sure- that
person is a flat out liar. They have not said what the Bible says because the
Bible does not say that. “No one knows the day nor the hour,” Christ said
about his the world coming to an end, and the His return we just don't know
when that's going to be. When you get these people who make these
prophecies, we have you all these ideas- we've been studying the 70
weeks of Daniel, we've been looking around let- wait a minute now! Jesus
said, ‘No man knows the day nor the hour.’
Instead of trying to figure out exactly when that date is- which you
cannot-why not just be ready always? Isn't that what Jesus taught? Be
ready always. Watch and pray. “Pray without ceasing.” Live in such a way
that regardless of when Christ comes, I'm ready for that day!
Here's the final question for today. A writer submits or reader of our
website submits, ‘Why do Catholic bishops not marry and teach that one
must not be married to be a bishop when in 1 Timothy 3:1 following the
Bible says they have to be married to be a bishop?’
Well let's turn our attention to that very good question, and let's
consider this for a moment. Notice the words of 1 Timothy chapter 3 as
Paul speaks about the qualifications of bishops. 1 Timothy 3:1 says this this
is a faithful saying, “If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a
good work.” Here's the qualification, “A bishop then must be blameless,” uh
oh, “the husband of one wife, temperate, sober minded, of good behavior,
hospitable, able to teach.” The basic question is this- why is it the case that
in the Catholic Church today they will say that their bishops and their
priests and the men they call ‘Father’ they cannot marry? When you open
the Bible in 1 Timothy 3:1-3 the Bible says they must be married to be a
The reason is this and it's very simple and we don't say this to be
unkind, but this is a stark contrast between the church of the Bible and the
Catholic Church. Catholic Church says to be a bishop cannot be married
and don't need to marry- and we know all the problems that have come
from that the sexual molestation, and all the things that have come
because of that. Catholic Church says bishops, priests, things like that-
don't need to married. You open the Bible and it says ‘a bishop then must
be the husband of one wife.’ The two don't match up.
Take God and His word. Let God be true and every man a liar. Friend
of all the examples we might be able to draw up this is one of the clearest
to show the Catholic Church has departed from the teaching of the New
Testament. The Catholic Church is not the one church you read about in
the Bible. We encourage you to listen very carefully to this, if this is in stark
contrast to what the Bible teaches and the Catholic Church is doing the
exact opposite of what the Bible actually commands and here's what we
ask you to consider today- what else is the Catholic Church doing that is
not found in the Bible? There are a whole host of things that are just not
right that they do that are not found in the Bible. We don't say that to be
mean or unkind. We don't say that to just blast the cut. That's not the idea.
We say those things in love. We want men and women to be saved, to
become a part of the one church to be right with God, and to live in such a
way that one day they can inherit heaven that heaven can be their home.
But if the Bible says a bishop then must be the husband of a wife, and the
Catholic Church says they can't be married- you've got two that are
diametrically opposed. So let God and the Bible be true and every man and
his doctrine a liar.
We encourage you to check your Bible make sure and see if the
things that you believe are right. And friend if you've never become a
Christian, more than anything we'd love to help you with that today. If you
believe Jesus is the Son of God, if you're willing to repent of sin in your life,
if you would confess the beautiful name of Jesus before men, and be
immersed in water you can be saved today.
On that great day of Pentecost Peter preached “Repent and be
baptized every one of you for the forgiveness of our sins.” We're glad that
you've joined us today for our question-and-answer session, and we hope
that you'll join us next time as we're going to look to the word of God for the
answer to all questions.
Study Questions for: “Questions and Answers: Lesson 2”
1. What is asked in Romans 4:3?
2. What does Isaiah 7:16 say of children knowing right and wrong?
3. According to Matthew 18:3, what does Jesus say of children and the Kingdom?
4. According to Ezekiel 28:15, King of Tyre was perfect until what?
5. What does Ezekiel 18:20 say of children and their parent’s sins?
6. According to Ezekiel 18:20, can we inherit our parent’s sins or their righteous?
7. What will we give an account of according to Romans 14:2?
8. how are we to do things according to Colossians 3:17?
9. What does Revelation 22:18-19 tell us never to do?
10. According to Hebrews 9:15-17, when did the law of Christ go into effect?