Sin-What If I Have Sinned?

What If I Have Sinned?

(A Document for a young child)

 

A popular belief is that everyone will sin at least once in a while, and this cannot be helped. Those same people get angry if the sin of someone else hurts them, and they don’t take the view that it was ‘just one sin’!

 

Think about how Messiah Yeshua views sin. Every sin a person does is bad enough that He died for it. Suppose you had to die if some else sinned. Would you think that that sin was ‘no big deal’ or that the other person sinned just because “everyone will sin once in a while”? Suppose your mother, father, or your guardian had to die if you sinned. Would you think that it was no big deal, or would you instead do your best to not sin?

 

A Lamb or Goat Died

2,000 years ago in Israel, every time any person sinned (even if the person was just 13 years old), a perfect, beautiful, spotless lamb or goat had to have its throat cut so that it would die. The one who cut its throat was the one who had sinned! Could you cut the throat of a lamb so that it died? Would you cry? That lamb stood for Messiah Yeshua Who shed His blood for sin. It was as if His throat had been cut (though it wasn’t). Rather, His hands and His feet were nailed to wood, and He died slowly and painfully. He did this for you and for me.

 

Sin is a very big deal. Yehovah the God of Israel does not see sin as somethi ng that everyone will do once in a while. He instead sees sin as violent act, one so bad that the effects of it can last generations. The consequence of sin is death!

 

Haters and Lovers of God

Most folks are not sons or daughters of the King, Messiah Yeshua. Most ignore Him. Some hate Him. Those who hate Him love sin. Those who ignore Him live as if His dying for their sins was a waste of time. Some deny that they are sinning when they are, because they desire to continue to sin. They are enemies to God. A very few love God and love doing right. You can recognize them because they hate sin and they fear the God of Israel.

 

Sinners Sin

If one who ignores God sins, that is to be expected. A sinner will sin! A sinner is one who naturally sins! God will someday judge this sinner and will take vengeance on him for ignoring Him. After all, he was made in God’s image. He blasphemed his Creator by sinning in that body that is the very likeness of God. He will everlastingly suffer in the Lake of Fire and Sulfur because he refused to turn to the Truth.

 

If someone who hates God sins, this is also expected. A sinner will sin! One who hates God clings to sin. God will someday judge him and cast him into the burning Lake of Fire and Sulfur where he will everlastingly suffer because of his refusal to turn to God and the Truth. God hates all workers of iniquity (sinful guilt)!

 

What is a Saint?

What happens if a Saint sins? First, what is a Saint? Some think that a Saint is a person who is a hero of a church (like ‘our lady of Guadalupe’ in the Catholic Church). That is not what a Saint is in the Bible. A Saint is one who has become the property of God. God owns that person as a son or daughter. A Saint has been saved from sin and from sinning. The Saint can now consistently do righteousness. Anyone who has turned to the God of Israel and has turned from sin and sinning in order to do righteousness is a Saint. One can be very young, and truly be a Saint.

 

If a Saint Sins

What happens if a Saint sins? Again, it is expected for a person who ignores God or hates God to sin. The Bible does not expect a Saint to sin. The King is far more offended if a Saint sins than when an evil person sins. Saints are commanded to not sin. If they do, their Owner is furious.

 

If your parent or guardian tells you to do something, you are supposed to do it (if it is not wrong to do). If your parent or guardian tells someone else’s child to do something, however, the child might do it, and the child might not do it. It depends on whether the child has been taught to obey your parent or guardian. Yeshua knows that those who are not His children will not necessarily obey His voice. The obedience of His children is necessary, however. A Saint’s sinning is very serious. It insults the Owner.

 

The King is furious over a Saint’s sin. Sin put Yeshua on the cross! If the Saint goes to the King and admits that he or she has sinned, and turns from that sin, there is usually forgiveness. The sin sometimes still has some very bad consequences.

 

Suppose, for example, that you were told to never go into a medicine cabinet that was high up in the bathroom. Suppose that you did what you were told not to do: you got up on a chair, opened the medicine cabinet, and put some of the tablets into your mouth. Then your parent or your guardian found out what you did, and knew that the medicine would make you very sick. You might say, “I am sorry, I won’t do it again.” The parent might say, “I forgive you,” while the parent takes you to the hospital to have your stomach pumped—and that’s not fun. It really hurts. The parent forgave, but the result of the sin was still painful. Sin often does bad things even if one is forgiven for the sin.

 

If a Saint sins and doesn’t turn from that sin, King Yehovah may judge that Saint with a judgment far worse than He would for non-saints who sin in the same way. Saints have no business sinning.

 

Some sins will not be forgiven in this life. Two Saints who sinned were named Ananias and Sapphira. They held back some money. Yehovah killed them because they lied to the Spirit of Yehovah.

 

Saints will also be judged:

 

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that every one may receive the things in the Body according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.

 

The Meaning of Forgive

What does forgive mean? Suppose you had a friend who was playing with you, and your friend tore your doll’s dress. Suppose that this friend seemed to do it on purpose. You became angry, and you and your friend were not friends for a while. Suppose your friend later came and said, “I am sorry. Will you forgive me?” Your friend would be saying, “I admit that I did wrong and I know that I can’t fix it the way it was before. Will you be willing to accept the doll’s dress the way it is so that you and I can be friends again?” To forgive is to be willing to carry the consequences of what a person did to you, and to be willing to take the hurt that was caused. In some cases, you might not be able to trust the other person again. You can still forgive. You cannot forgive someone who did wrong to another person, however. The one who was damaged must forgive.

 

There Must Be a Turning from Sin

If a Saint sins, the Saint sometimes may be forgiven. The King certainly only forgives a Saint’s sin if he or she turns from doing that sin. One who says, “Forgive me!” is saying, “I am turning from doing this; please carry the damage of what I did, and please be willing to take the hurt that I caused you.” This is a request for justice, but of a different kind. The wrongdoer is asking the other person to remove the burden of guilt so that justice is now satisfied regarding that person. If the other person or if the King says, “I forgive you,” he is saying, “I will carry the harm, hurt and burden of justice for what you did.” If the wrongdoer does the wrong again, he or she did not turn from doing it, and therefore lied! This will only anger the offended person more, and it will anger the King Who was hurt by the sin!

 

Sin and Death

Messiah Yeshua provides forgiveness. It is far better to not sin in the first place. Sin causes death! The Bible teaches the Saint that the wages (that is, the payment) of sin is death! That is a terrible thing! So, the Saint is being warned, DON’T SIN. Take sin very seriously! Do right!

 

What is Sin?

What if the Saint seems to sin the same sin over and over again? Many do not know what sin is. If one doesn’t know what sin is, he or she might think that something is sin when it actually isn’t, or might think something isn’t sin when it is. Suppose, for example, that you have a dirty word come up in your mind. You might try to get the word out of your mind, but it comes back again and again. You don’t say the word, but the word is just there. Have you sinned? No. Most thoughts are not sin (unless they are thoughts where you begin to plan to do something that is sin).

 

There seem to be six Biblical definitions of sin. We will consider each so you can know what is and isn’t sin.

 

(1) All unrighteousness is sin. This means that anything that is not right before God is sin. In order to find out what is not right, one must read or hear the Bible, or obtain some direct communication from the Biblical God. It is wrong to steal, so this is a form of unrighteousness (a form of not doing right). It is a sin to not treat your parent or guardian with respect (like to talk back to them as if they are your enemies or your girlfriend). It would be an act of unrighteousness for your parent or guardian to tell you to do something that is wrong according to the Bible; that would be a sin of the parent or guardian! (In such a case, treat the parent or guardian with respect, and have enough respect to report it to a trustworthy authority.)

 

(2) To know to do something that is right to do, and to refuse to do it is to sin. Suppose that your parent told you to make your bed, but you play instead. This is sin against your parent. You have been disobedient! You would be able to play later, but you choose to play instead of being obedient. This is wrong! The same is true of the commandments that Yehovah the God of the Bible gave to all. (He gave most commandments to one group, the Israelis, and most to the priests of Israel, but He gave a few to every person.) Violating His commands is sin. (There are different levels of sin; some have very serious consequences while others only required an animal sacrifice with the confession.)

 

(3) Anything that is against what the Bible teaches is sin. Any reader can know what is right or wrong by reading what the Bible says is right or wrong. One who fears God and believes the Bible will do what is right. For example, the Bible states that no sentence can be passed against one on the testimony of what just one person says about the other. At least two or more witnesses must say the same thing in order for a sentence to be passed. (A witness does not have to be a person. It can be a camera or anything that tells a true story. Nowadays, DNA evidence is one of the best witnesses.)

 

Suppose your friend comes to you and says, “John hit Sue!” Then you say to another friend, “John hit Sue!” You have sinned against John by doing this because you claimed that this story was true when you are not a witness. You didn’t see John hit Sue.

 

You are to listen to your parent or guardian because a good parent or guardian protects. When it comes to others, however, you should never believe what just one person says about another person. That can be gossip. Always wait to see if others who witnessed it say it the same way. Do it the Bible’s way! (If you are being warned about another person by just one person, however, use wise caution. That one person may be speaking the truth. You are not a witness, but your life can be saved by one person’s testimony or warning to you!)

 

(4) Sin is the transgression of the Law! What is transgression? The word means to “go outside the rules!” What is the Law? This is the Teaching of God, the Teaching of Moses. This is found in the first six books of the Bible. Yehovah gave this Teaching to the People of Israel. It told the Israelis that they are not to bow down before any other God except Yehovah the God of Israel! If anyone of Israel secretly bows down to another God, this is sin. Get to know this Teaching of God! You will never understand the way God thinks of things as right or wrong until you get to know this part of the Bible. The word right is righteousness in the Bible.

 

(5) The Lamp of the wicked is sin. If a person tries to tell you what the Bible says, and that person does things that are not right, do not listen to him. His ‘lamp’ is like a flashlight. He tries to show you and others what is right and true as if he is shining a flashlight on something so that you can see it. His flashlight is not a good flashlight, though. It will show you things that will help you do wrong. Do not follow his flashlight. Do not listen to him telling you how you should see things in life. All religions of error do this very thing. They claim to be true and Godly sources of light, but they teach sin rather than light.

 

A Saint Keeps from Sinning

What if a Saint sins the same sin over and over again? If the Saint is one who has been saved from sin and from sinning, he has been saved by Yeshua (Salvation)! Yeshua has all power! So, if He has saved a person, that person already has the power to not sin! If a person truly cannot stop sinning, he hasn’t been saved. Remember that a sinner is one who sins! A Saint is one who has been saved from sin and from sinning in order to do right and good, justice and acts of obedience. If a person cannot quit, that person has not been saved. If anyone thinks that sin is not serious, that is a great insult to the Yeshua! That person has not been saved and is not a son or a daughter of this God. The Saint will refrain from sinning! The sin will make the Saint so upset and fearful of the anger of the King that the Saint will turn from doing such mean things against Yeshua!

 

How Long Does God Stay Angry?

You might ask, “If I sin, will God be angry with me about that all the time?” If you turn from doing that sin and admit that you did it, He will not come after you. If you are a Saint and you sin, He will angrily come after you because you are a child of His! He will not overlook your giving Him a bad reputation before others and angels! Two Saints in the Bible lost their physical lives by one sin (look up Ananias and Sapphira). If you are not a Saint and you are fearful of this, you might consider this before becoming one. However, don’t forget that the consequences of not becoming one are everlasting.

 

Can I Live without Sinning?

Well, you certainly can’t live by sinning! Many will tell you that you can’t live without sinning once in a while. Don’t believe them! They do not know the King Yeshua, and they don’t know the power of the new life that He gives in Salvation. They think that God is weak—that He can’t help a person to not sin—while claiming that God can do anything! They are wrong; you can prove them wrong! How? Don’t sin!

 

Must Pastors Have Believing Children?

Must Pastors Have Believing Children?

 

The Text in Three Renderings

Titus 1:6 (KJV) If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly…

 

Titus 1:6 (Darby) if any one be free from all charge [against him], husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.

 

Titus 1:6 (Youngs Literal Translation) if any one is blameless, of one wife a husband, having children stedfast, not under accusation of riotous living or insubordinate–

 

Titus 1:6 differs in three translations. Someone is confused. How the text is translated will determine whether the text mandates pastors to have believing children in order for them to qualify as pastors.

 

Berry’s Rendering

Berry did a literal rendering that I have found trustworthiest:

 

“…if anyone is unimpeachable, husband of one wife, having believing children, not under accusation of dissoluteness or insubordinate.”

 

The Greek word Greek Pistos does not give help since it can be rendered faithful or believing with equal ease. The same would be true in Hebrew.

 

Solving the Mystery

In order to solve the mystery, I knew that I had to look at the words surrounding this section of text. I looked up the word translated riot, excess and dissoluteness (Greek Asotias). Thayer stated this:

…(the character of an Greek Asotos, i.e. of an abandoned man, one that cannot be saved,… hence prop. incorrigibleness), an abandoned, dissolute, life; profligacy, prodigality…

 

Next, I looked at the word translated unruly, insubordinate (Greek Anupotakta). Thayer stated regarding this word,

 

“not made subject, unsubjected … that cannot be subjected to control, disobedient, unruly, refractory.”

 

One in faith would not be classified with these words. I then checked one more word that was rendered accused or accusation (Greek Katygoria). Thayer stated that this word meant accusation, charge, and the idea of a formal court accusation was part of the meaning. The accusation, then, was very severe. I was able to arrive at a conclusion from this. This is how I did it.

 

The King James version said “having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” This made it sound like the faithful children might or might not be accused as riotous or unruly regardless of whether they were. The words for riot and unruly eliminated the possibility of the children being Saints. Therefore, one could not be a faithful person (in either the secular or the Spiritual sense) and be properly accused of these two things. The faithfulness of the children was not a matter of faith in God (if we accept the King James Version rendering that does not demand that they be in faith, but rather that they only be faithful), but their lifestyle must show the opposite of the repugnant behaviours.

 

I then considered the Darby translation, “having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.” This translation made it sound like one could be a Saint and yet be accused of the two repugnant behaviours (which behaviours eliminate one from having salvation). This was impossible. If the text referred to believing children (that is, to Saints), they would not be justly accused of things that would prove that they are unsaved. I therefore knew that Darby had rendered the text wrong.

 

If I were to suppose, however, that Darby understood the Greek to say, “having believing children not [that is, in contrast to being] accused of excess or unruly,” this would fit. I knew that one could be an unbeliever, and still could be a contrast to anyone accused of excess or unruliness. The text, then, would have given only one option: the children must be Saints and they must not be rotten to the core. The other option—that they could be well-behaved children while still yet not being in faith—is not allowed if the two phrases are contrasts to each other. If the text only allows for believing children, and not also for well-behaved unbelieving children, a pastor would have to quit his pastorate if even one of his sixteen children were unsaved no matter how well behaved he (or she) was. Since salvation cannot be commanded into a child by a parent, the calling of the pastor would be rescinded by Yehovah due to the child’s lack of faith. The verse that states, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29) would prove untrue. Moses, David, Samuel, Noah—none of these men of the Bible would have been able to be a pastor. And whether Paul met the criteria or not in these regards would be left up to extra-Biblical stories.

 

Moses was a shepherd (pastor) as Isaiah prophesied:

 

Isaiah 63:11 Then He remembered the days of old, Moses, His people: “Where is He who  brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He Who put His holy Spirit within him, Who led by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make Himself an everlasting Name?

 

Young’s translation, “if any one is blameless, of one wife a husband, having children stedfast, not under accusation of riotous living or insubordinate,” makes the most sense to me. It does not eliminate any major or minor category or possibility, and it would not rule out most all of the pastors in the Bible.

 

‘New Testament’ Usage

I then considered the usage of the ‘New Testament’ word translated faithful to see if John MacArthur’s footnote was correct. He states in his footnote,

 

“Faithful” is always used in the New Testament of believers and never unbelievers, so this refers to children who have saving faith in Christ and reflect it in their conduct. Since 1 Timothy 3:4 requires children to be in submission, it may be directed at young children in the home, while this text looks at those who are older.

 

The MacArthur Study Bible, Word Publishing, 1997

 

 

 

The following sections show what I found:

 

Section 1. Texts that Refer to God As Faithful

1 Corinthians 1:9   God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Messiah Yeshua our Lord.

 

God obviously is a believer. The remaining texts of this section are similar:

 

1 Corinthians 10:13   There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

 

In this text, faithful denotes an action, not a status.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:24   Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do [it].

 

2 Thessalonians 3:3   But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.

 

2 Timothy 2:13   If we believe not, He abideth faithful. He cannot deny himself.

 

Hebrews 10:23   Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised…)

 

Hebrews 11:11   Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

 

1 Peter 4:19   Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

 

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Revelation 1:5   And from Messiah Yeshua the faithful Witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…

 

Revelation 3:14   And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God…

 

Revelation 19:11   And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him is called Faithful and True. And in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

 

Hebrews 3:2   …Who was faithful to Him Who appointed Him, as also Moses in all his house.

 

 

 

Section 2. Texts that Refer to the Word of God As Faithful

1 Timothy 1:15   This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Messiah Yeshua came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 

The Word of God is also faithful in every way. It cannot be viewed as a “believer,” since a believer refers to one who is a cognizant living being. But the usage of the word must consider such texts. The remaining texts of this section will be similar in nature:

2 Timothy 2:11   [It is] a faithful saying. For if we be dead with [him], we shall also live with [him]…

 

Revelation 22:6   And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

 

1 Timothy 4:9   This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

 

Titus 1:9   Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

Titus 3:8   [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

 

Revelation 21:5   And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

 

 

 

Section 3. Texts that Refer to Saints As Faithful

Acts 16:15   And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us.

 

The word faithful in the above example is modified by to the Lord, which shows that one must know to what or to whom one is faithful. The text writers do not assume that the word faithful is always used of believers, else the modifiers (such as to the Lord) would be completely redundant. The same rule will be noticed in the following texts:

 

1 Corinthians 4:17   For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in the Messiah, as I teach every where in every church.

 

Ephesians 1:1   Paul, an apostle of Messiah Yeshua by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Messiah Yeshua

 

This text implies that there are some who are faithful—but not to Messiah Yeshua. One could be faithful to other things and/or people.

 

Ephesians 6:21   But that ye also may know my affairs, how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things…

 

Colossians 1:2   To the saints and faithful brethren in the Messiah which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Messiah Yeshua.

 

Colossians 1:7   As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of the Messiah

Colossians 4:7   All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, [who is] a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord

 

The following texts are not modified (they do not describe to what one is faithful), and the word faithful continues to refer to Saints:

 

Galatians 3:9   So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

 

Avraham is called faithful, and this goes along with they which be of faith. Therefore the word faithful is, in a way, modified.

 

Colossians 4:9   With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is [one] of you. They shall make known unto you all things which [are done] here.

 

The term brother is used with faithful, so that both terms are recognized to refer to attributes of a Saint (a believer).

 

1 Timothy 1:12   And I thank Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…

 

This text does not explain in what categories he was found faithful. It is fair, therefore, to assume that Yehovah found him faithful in every category which pertained to ministry and to good reputation with unbelievers (secular faithfulness). If the term faithful means believer or believing, we should be able to replace one of these into this text, and it should make sense:

 

And I thank Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me believing, putting me into the ministry…

 

This makes no sense to me. [Note: another wrote, “Why? I see how it could to some. One would need to be believing before being put into ministry…”]

 

1 Timothy 6:2   And they who have believing masters—let them not despise, because they are brethren, but rather do service because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

 

This text, with the next text, produces a problem. The same word is rendered by the King James translators in two different ways in the above verse: “believing” and “faithful”. This is not honest. Joseph Thayer, in his Greek-English Lexicon, rendered the verse as follows:

 

And they that have believing (Greek Pistous) masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather let them serve [them], because believing (Greek Pistoi) [ones] they are and beloved who are being helped by the good service.

 

I was about to commend Dr. Thayer for his consistency, when I checked the next text to see how he rendered it. In the King James, it reads:

 

2 Timothy 2:2   And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also.

 

Dr. Thayer rendered it this way:

 

And the things which thou didst hear of me with many witnesses, these commit to faithful (Greek Pistois) men, such as shall be competent also to teach others.

 

Why didn’t he render it in the following way?—

 

And the things which thou didst hear of me with many witnesses, these commit to believing (Greek Pistois) men, such as shall be competent also to teach others.

 

Is it because he realized that the issue was faithfulness to the task, and not belief, since all who were being discussed were recognized as being in the faith, but not all were apt to teach? Must not the men not only be faithful (saved), but also be secularly faithful to their responsibilities? If this is the case, the word pistoV does not have to refer only to believers when used in the New Testament.

 

1 Peter 5:12   By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

 

3 John 1:5   Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers…

 

This sounds all-inclusive, and covering much more than merely the status of being saved. This word is an adverb rather than an adjective, but the thrust of the word will be the same if it is from the same root.

 

Revelation 2:10   Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison that ye may be tried. And ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

Revelation 2:13   I know thy works and where thou dwellest, where Satan’s seat is. And thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith even in those days wherein Antipas is my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

 

Revelation 17:14   These shall make war with the Lamb. And the Lamb shall overcome them. For He is Lord of lords, and King of kings. And they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

 

This describes believing ones with three different characteristics. Faithfulness is an attribute of the believing one, not the belief itself.

 

 

 

Section 4. Texts that Refer to Those Who are Faithful in Secular Responsibilities

Matthew 24:45   Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

 

This text is one of several that has nothing to do with ‘modern Church’ doctrine, since the ‘modern Church’ (whatever that is) was not yet formed. The faithful and wise servant is faithful and wise in terms of his master’s affairs. The issue of the servant’s faith is not part of this text. The text continues,

 

Matthew 24:48   But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, “My lord delayeth his coming!” and shall begin to smite the fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken, the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

This evil servant is still a servant. The word servant, in this case, obviously does not imply one who is born of God. The faithful and wise servant was put in charge of the entire household to give food to them in the appropriate season. This does not sound like a general description of a Christian or the Christian’s responsibilities. This text is a warning to the Israeli leadership of the End Times regarding doing responsibilities to provide food. (Adopting, or better, stealing Christian theology from texts referring to Israel is a common anti-Semitic Replacement Theological tool.)

 

Matthew 25:21   His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

Matthew 25:23   His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

These texts are a comparison of a man traveling into a far country and the Kingdom of Heaven (or so the added text assumes). The coming of the Kingdom of Heaven, in this case, accompanies a reward for the good and faithful servant and damnation for the evil servant. (This cannot refer to Christian theology since an “earn your salvation” concept is repugnant to salvation by Grace. These texts pertain to Israel in the End Times, which is far beyond the scope of this paper.) If faithful means having saving faith in Christ, the parable-type comparison of the man traveling into a far country and leaving his servants to do his work is ruined, since this would be anachronistic (outside of a right sense of time and timing). The same is true in the next text.

 

Luke 12:42   And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?

 

Luke 16:10   He who is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true [riches]? 12And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

 

If faithful indicates having saving faith in Christ, this text makes no sense.

 

Luke 19:17   And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant. Because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

 

1 Corinthians 4:2   Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

The steward is born of God. Why, then, must he also be found faithful if, by faithful, saving faith in Christ is implied? Is this not saying the same thing twice?

 

1 Corinthians 7:25   Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord. Yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

 

1 Timothy 3:11   Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

 

If faithful indicates Salvation, this text makes no sense. How can one be “saved in all things”? Can one be partially saved?

 

Hebrews 2:17   Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto the brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Yeshua was a faithful High Priest in things of God. The word faithful must not refer to saving faith, since this text would then make no sense.

 

Hebrews 3:5   And Moses verily is faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after…

 

3 John 1:5   Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers…

 

When I put the above evidences together, I was unable to agree with Dr. MacArthur’s footnote regarding this word. I see no proof that an elder or a pastor must have children who have saving faith in Christ. I see much proof that they must have children who are faithful in ways that are the opposite of “dissolute or insubordinate” (Greek Asotias E Anupotakta).

 

Faith and Truth

Faith and Truth

 

1. If there is a faith that is the Truth (and therefore eliminates all other faiths as being the Truth, though other faiths will contain some of that Truth), it will be imitated by those who don’t want to live according to that faith, but want to appear to be representing it.

 

2. Truth is always absolute. Thus, the idea of altering it according to circumstances proves that it isn’t Truth; Truth doesn’t change.

 

3. If prophet A speaks Truth and prophet Z speaks Truth, Prophet Z’s prophecy never is weightier than prophet A’s prophecy. There is no such thing as ‘a final prophet’ whose prophecy is above all other prophets if each prophet speaks Truth. If there can be a final prophet whose prophecy must be heeded more than another prophet’s prophecy, that proves that Truth was never the issue. Truth has no competition.

 

4. A faith that is Truth will be mimicked by false adherents to it until that faith looks like a lie. That way, all faiths begin to look like each other, and that way Truth can be erased (unless there is a God). Mimicking Truth proves that there is Truth, and it also proves that those who follow error are determined to silence Truth to hide their own shame and sin.

 

5. There is no such thing as Truth without an attached God. Truth and a God must always be together. No created being can possibly learn Truth without a God, since Truth is not visible in most of its actions and pronouncements. Only a God associated with Truth can declare Truth. ‘Discovering’ Truth never occurs. A human can only discover that there is Truth. Only a true God can reveal Truth. (Part of the Truth isn’t necessarily Truth.)

 

John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son Who is in the bosom of the Father—He hath declared!”

 

6. A false god will be accompanied by a ‘false truth.’ That false ‘truth’ will appear to be what it isn’t: Truth. A false god will usually have a false prophet or prophets and priests who declare the false ‘truths,’ and a set of scriptures that give the rules of life and of the future according to those false ‘truths.’

 

7. A faith that is Truth absolutely never needs to be defended, but must instead be lived. Since it must have a God associated with it, if that deity cannot defend what needs to be defended, the ‘truth’ of that deity is that deity’s impotence. Any person defending his/her god/goddess is proving the indefensibility of that deity and the falsehood of that deity’s ‘truth.’

 

8. A faith that is Truth will always tend to save lives of others and benefit those outside of that faith. A faith that is a false ‘truth’ will do the opposite: it will make the leaders rich and impoverish others, and it will not tend to save lives at the risk of its own. It will not seek to benefit those outside of the faith unless that benefiting will make it look good, and it will always finally seek its own rather than what is best for others. It will always put its adherents into jeopardy, promising what won’t be delivered.

 

9. A faith that is Truth will call its faithful to defend those outside of the faith even at the cost of the lives of those in the faith since Truth is absolute. If there is no resurrection, Truth isn’t absolute, since death would cancel the absolute. That is impossible. Thus, those in the faith will look to the resurrection since what is absolute can never go out of existence. That will make defending those outside of the faith at the risk of the faithfuls’ own lives reasonable.

 

10. Zeal that is according to Truth will show itself as a life-saving fervency, and not as a explosion of steel nuts designed to maximize damage. Those who follow a faith that dictates ‘heroism’ in the form of destroying anyone (innocent or not) in order to get a point across prove their faith to be based on bitterness and on the total lack of potency of their god. Those who follow a faith that is Truth will also show heroism: that form heroism that gives life to others who are not in the faith (as well as to those who are in the faith).

 

11. The zeal that accompanies Truth will fight in battles and war with great zeal, but the fight will be for the defenseless, and not for the deity. Even David, when he killed Goliath, stated:

 

1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Palestinian, “Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield! And I come to thee via Name Yehovah of armies, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied. 46This day, Yehovah will deliver thee into my hand. And I will smite thee. And I will take thy head from thee. And I will give the carcasses of the army of the Palestinians this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild animals of the land. And all the land will know that there is a God in Israel!”

 

This was no defense of God. It was to show that there is a God in Israel. David did not desire war with the Palestinians; the Palestinians desired war with Israel (read the text). Had the Palestinians kept their agreement (read the text), only one Palestinian would have died, and the rest would have lived.

 

12. When a false ‘truth’ begins to have less success than its leaders thought that should occur, followers of that false ‘truth’ become all the more zealous to shut up the mouths of those who challenge that false ‘truth.’ They become more belligerent, and they demand more rights instead of making certain that their own belts haven’t broken. This eventually leads to violence that is founded in humans fighting in the places of their own deity, since their own deity can’t fight for itself. Those who have to fight to maintain the rights of their deity to not be insulted prove that their own deity is impotent.

 

Consider the Lilies of the field (Just pictures)

Lily of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field 

 

Matthew 6:28 Consider the lilies of the field—how they grow. They don’t toil and they don’t spin. 29And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 

This Tribulation-timed text written for future heroes and heroines contains a simple command. The following picture is detailed; view it closely to see its beauties. (To do this, right-click, and choose “Save Image As…” Save it to your computer. Then double-click on it to view it in your viewer.)

 

Lily of the Field