TRUTH OR LIE THURSDAYS 6.2.2017

It’s TRUTH OR LIE THURSDAY!

Inbox me with your questions, doubts, beefs, unbeliefs with Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible… I won’t put you on blast, but I will do my best to research and give you a good answer.

Jesus is looking for those that NEED healing and freedom! It’s okay to ask questions!!!!!

 

DO I HAVE TO SPEAK IN TONGUES TO BE SAVED?

Q: Does one have to have a specific infilling of the Holy Spirit show by the gift of tongues in order to be saved?

A: Good question.. The answer is no. The gifts help us to spread the gospel and walk in God’s will, but they are not a requirement for salvation. Only obedient faith in Jesus death and resurrection is required.

 

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT ON MY MINISTRY?

Q: When the bible says to “wait” on your ministry in Romans 12 does that mean you have to wait literally?

A: The wait means to put yourself in position to do it consistently. The 3 gifts that are supposed to “wait” on their gifts are teaching, ministry (server), and exhortation. People with those gifts are supposed to wait on those gifts in a position as a waiter or waitress.

This simply means that if you have a gift to teach, serve, or exhort people, to make sure that you volunteer and put yourself in a position to use that gift consistently. This is different from the prophetic gift, which is done according to your faith in the moment, or the  giving gift, which is to be simplified, or the ruling gift, which is to be done diligently.

This is also different from the gifts of the Spirit, which the Spirit controls the flow of, and the 4-fold governmental gifts of the Son, which you really do have to wait on the Lord for.

 

DOES BEING A SUBMISSIVE WIFE MEAN BEING CONTROLLED?

Q: What does being a submissive wife mean? Does it compare to being controlled by the husband? How are they different?

A: Submission is basically being “under the mission.” The wife must ask or figure out her husbands mission aka purpose and come under it by using her own talents, gifts, and abilities to help him fulfill his purpose. She is still fulfilling who she is but she is now helping him on his mission for the day, for the month, for life instead of her own.

 

CAN I DATE AGAIN SINCE MY HUSBAND LEFT ME?

Q: As you know I’m separated from my husband its been 3 years and counting. I have prayed for restoration, believed God for my marriage, walked in love with this man and no change. He is openly with the woman he cheated on me with. I have stop praying for restoration and now I’m just praying for him to be rededicated to Christ. My question is it wrong for me to date RESPONSIBLY? I have a guy who respect me, prays for me, and is very patient with me and my situation…He wants to date me openly…is this wrong because I’m still married?

I talk to the guy on the phone but that’s it and its always pleasant just like best friends, no talk of hooking up or anything. He is a great guy…What am I to do?

 

A: Hey sister… my counsel will probably be different from 90% of the Body on this one… but my recommendation according to scripture is this:

 

Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

 

In the eyes of God, death is the only event that frees you from a marriage covenant. I believe that the role of a separated or divorced Believer is to wait on the Lord in prayer, and to wait on the Lord for restoration of their living spouse. If their living spouse is in another relationship, just wait on the Lord. Serve Him like Anna the Prophetess, and don’t even think about relationships or marriage.

 

Mark 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

 

Contrary to popular error, fornication is not an “out” clause for Jesus teaching on this topic. He was referencing someone who had fornicated before marriage according to the Mosaic Law.

 

You have a great opportunity to dedicate more time to the Lord in prayer, fast more often, pursue your high calling in Christ, watch revival happen in your congregation and community… and know that part of it is all because you chose to seek the Lord instead of pursue an adulterous relationship!

 

Imagine your closeness with God going to another level. Imagine your church on fire. Imagine your community restored and people coming to Christ all around you. All because you chose to wait on and serve the Lord. Is another failed relationship (that started off good) worth more than that? Is sex worth more than that? Is confusing your children worth more than that?

 

I have no doubt that you love and seek God, I just wanted to give you a vision for what you are doing. Above all Jesus is our Heavenly Bridegroom, the one we are married to in the Spirit. He can be the Companion we need if we are willing, and He can also provide purposed friendships with others in the Body of Christ that are focused on serving together. I will be praying for you!

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LAW AND A COMMANDMENT?

Q: Hey I didnt know if you were doing truth or lie Thursday this week. I’ve been struggling with this question and you happened to bring it up earlier. What is the difference between the law and a commandment? Because churches frequently reference the commandments but nothing else. Like chapters that instruct how exactly to kill animals & arrange them on the altar for a sacrifice… How are these commandments different from the 10 commandments? And why do we still need these books in the bible since they don’t apply?

 

A: Great question… I don’t know if there is much difference between a law and a commandmant scripturally, but I can help bring some distinctions between different categories of commandments:

The Law of Love (Love God, Love People) – revealed by the Son of God

The Moral Law, or Law of Liberty (10 Commandments) – revealed by God’s Actual Finger, the Finger of God

Ceremonial Law (Law added for Transgressions) – revealed by Moses after the Israelites rejected the Law of Liberty

Wisdom Law (Creation, Gravity, Seed Time & Harvest,, Physics, Finance, etc)

Government Law (Obeying Authorities over geographical jurisdictions)

Man’s Traditions (habits and rules that men create based on lies or sorcery)

Thank you so much for your question because I believe its important to rightly divide the Word instead of obstruct and confuse and convolute the Word of God. When you look at Exodus 20 you can clearly see the divison of the 10 commandments where God wrote it with His own finger, and then they rejected His Holy Spirit, and then Moses the prophet of God added the rest of the law for transgressions. This is also confirmed in the New Testament.

Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

So the instructions about killing the animals were added for transgressions, and they were a pre-reflection of Christ’s sacrifice.

We still need those books in the bible because it gives the whole story of God’s Redemption plan. It lets us see the progress of History. If the story was incomplete, we wouldn’t be able to understand where we are now in the story. Basically, it was written down so we could learn and understand. I hope that makes sense?

The mistake we sometimes make is not only that we don’t rightly divide the Word, Evangelical Christians also tend to have a mentality that everything in the bible is about heaven vs. hell. So when you mention the laws in the bible, we have trouble distinguishing which laws are which, where they apply, and we assume that laws condemn us to hell.

 

But in reality Jesus’ sacrifice took care of heaven vs hell. Laws aren’t really for salvation, laws represent authority. The laws you keep determine the authority that you choose to follow and respect. There are different consequences for different laws. If I turn right on red, the consequence is different than if I rob a bank. If I live in Michigan, I don’t have to keep the laws Ecuador. So, jurisdiction matters.

 

WHAT ARE THE NATURAL LAWS OF GOD?

Q: You mentioned the law of liberty & I have never heard that before & the wisdom law. I know you gave examples but how does gravity, harvest, & finance fall under the same law?

 

A: The Law of Liberty I consider to be the moral law, or the 10 commandments.

Wisdom laws are just laws that govern how God created things. God doesn’t judge you for not keeping them. He’s just informing you on how He designed things to work. These are the laws of science and math and economics, and physics and nature.

 

If an engineer designed a plane, and gave you a manual – he’s not going to arrest you for putting the wrong gas in the engine. It’s on you if you choose to follow instructions or get creative.

 

ARE HEBREW HOLIDAYS TRADITION OR COMMANDMENT?

Q: I understand man’s traditions like the holidays celebrated & superstitions & stuff, but what about like Passover? Is that mans tradition or is that a commandment? & is that a ceremonial commandment or does it bear enough significance to be observed today? Are there any traditions that are beneficial for the sakes of children?  I didn’t mean solely for children’s sakes, but I know some of the traditions I grew up with did not enhance my understanding of the thing or why the thing is significant. An example is Easter. Getting the basket dressing up & going to church, etc.. I also did not grow up in the knowledge of Christ only a vague idea that there was a God & he didn’t like cussing.

A: Passover would be considered a ceremonial law and holiday. Even if its biblical, its not something we are judged for not doing. Acts 15 says the only thing that Gentile Christians should be instructed about keeping from the Mosaic law is idolatry, fornication, and eating strangled and bloody food.

However there are definitely benefits to reflecting Christ and teaching people how to see Christ through biblical ceremonies or holidays, whether you celebrate them or not. Its definitely more effective than ishtar worship and bunnies and eggs.

WHAT’S AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN?

Q: What is the difference between a Christian & an evangelical Christian?

 

A: There shouldn’t really be a difference, but I use the term evangelical Christian to mean Christians that come from movements that emphasize evangelism. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that if it is led by the Spirit, AND informed by Scripture. Evangelism is important.

However anything taken out of balance can lead to error. The biblical mindset contains so much more than evangelism… And if you have the mentality of win the lost at any cost – you have to think at what cost does it stop? What about obedience first? What about love? What about holiness and the fruit of an obedient life? If we make evangelism an idol that’s above everything else in the bible then we eventually fail at evangelism. We end up cheapening the gospel and making it about marketing our own names.

Like the gifted musical artists that stops worshipping God so he can “reach” non believers with the gospel… (by minimizing the God and the gospel he claims to be secretly spreading).

Or the preacher whose family is out of order because he/she is always out preaching and evangelizing and not placing a priority on loving their spouse and raising Godly seed.

 

Love God

Love People

Great Commission

 

That’s the proper order of the Christian ministry.

 

WHAT’S STOPPING GOOD MARRIAGES FROM FORMING?

Q: What do you think is the number one thing or some things that hinders men and women from successfully connecting and building an intimate bond that leads to marriage?

 

A: Men have to have the 1. Confidence, and make a 2. Decision to initiate a real connection to make that level of 3. Covenant. Many men haven’t been raised or discipled by other men in that type of covenant atmosphere, and therefore have difficulty with that type of confidence to decide to make the covenant. Men literally make a decision to get married before they even approach it. If they haven’t made the decision, they are just playing games. If they don’t have the confidence in their heart, they need discipleship and to learn how to seek God.

 

WOULD THE APOSTLE PAUL PROMOTE A PROFANE RAPPER?

Q: Since Paul quoted a poet, do we get to promote and partner with profane artists to spread the gospel?

 

A: Many sincere people see the scripture about Apostle Paul at Mars Hill as an excuse to minimize the importance of sanctification and holiness in evangelism… but I believe the proof of the pudding is seen in the fruit of our ministries. Does our fruit remain and come to maturity, or does it fall away and become impotent? I also believe that the evidence for a balance between holiness and evangelism is also in the scripture. So many times we are impressed with the work of modern day Simon the Sorcerers, but the original Apostles weren’t. They didn’t see the need to use his influence to spread theirs. Instead, they commanded him to repent. We have to reach people with the gospel while also refusing to promote and use our marketing platforms for wickedness. Paul’s general statement “Even your own poets have said” is totally different from promoting a specific work that is filled with sin. If we want to bear fruit that remains, we have to reach people with the gospel without promoting the things that oppose the gospel. As Jesus said: “Lead us not into temptation.”

 

KOBE VS JORDAN?

 

Q: Question: If Kobe in his prime, were playing in Jordan’s prime, would Jordan still have 6 rings?

 

A: Hey Brother! Thanks so much for the question Lol… I don’t really think Kobe compares to Jordan. Kobe was very athletic and skilled and smart but Kobe was more of a shot-taker than a shot-maker in my opinion. Jordan was on another level as a scorer. That’s not to say that Jordan didn’t have any bad games, and Kobe wasn’t a good scorer. Just overall, Jordan was a lot more efficient and productive.

As far as the rings, Jordan would still have those rings because of Pippen and Rodman, who were all-time greats on defense, and Pippen was basically a skinny version of Lebron James. Jordan never won a playoff series until Pippen came. My thing is basketball is a team sport and when you put Jordan with Pippen and Rodman and Harper I don’t think anybody in history could beat those guys.

The one-on-one conversation doesn’t really do the sport justice. Kind of like when we idolize preachers and exalt the gifts on stage instead of realizing that ministry is a team sport. (You know I had to make this spiritual   But yeah I think that we win as a Body when we don’t make the conversation about the individual but the team.

 

1 Corinthians 12

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

 

ARE PRAYER WATCHES GOOD KINGDOM MINISTRY OR JUST VAIN RELIGION?

 

Q: What’s the deal with prayer watches, I’ve heard and read some stuff about having specific hours that you/we are assigned individually to pray for the world and our circles of influence. Any truth to this or is it good intentioned religion?

 

A: Hey Brother! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to do this yesterday. Got caught up doing other work. As far as scheduled prayer watches go, I think it’s definitely something that is beneficial and useful in the kingdom of God. The bible discusses Night& Day prayer in several scriptures, (Luke 18 and Acts 15) come to mind. Sometimes scheduled prayer watches can be an effective way to make call out to the Lord night & Day.

I have been involved with several of these efforts over time. We Ran a House of Prayer ministry for Detroit where we had prayer watches covering certain times 7 days a week for about 3 months. It was a powerful time. Night & Day prayer is a surefire way to engage with the power of God on a corporate level.

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RACE VS ETHNICITY?

Q: I don’t understand what you meant when you posted about replacing race with ethnicity.

A:

Revelation 7:9

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

 

Revelations says that every tribe, tongue, kindred, and people group, and nations (ethnicities) will bring HIm worship. It says nothing about race AT ALL. Race is purely a construct of Babylon

 

When I replace race with ethnicity, I’m replacing Babylon sorcery with Biblical reality.

1 Timothy 1:4

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

 

In our day its the “race” discussion that is never ending. When you get to the truth about our “ethnicity”, that discussion can be now be completed, and ended. Then we can understand biblical prophecy, and get on with giving the Lord glory in holiness and hastening His return.

 

Believing a Lie is a Hindrance to Obeying the Truth.

 

You don’t need to know your ethnicity to be saved at all. But Romans 11 is clear that there will be an awakening in the prophetic timetable.

Romans 11

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

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