Q & A: Diet in the NT, Forbidden to marry?, Joseph, Is Insurance Godly?

Q & A: Diet in the NT / Forbidden to marry? /  Joseph / Is Insurance Godly? – 12-20-15 Sunday Evening
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Q&A: “Born of water?”, “Woman in Rev. 12?”, “Doctrines of devils?”, “Red/Blood Moons?”

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***At Solid Rock Bible Church, if you have a question about the Bible, doctrine, faith or anything related to your spiritual walk with God, we have a “Question Box” where you can deposit those questions.  Pastor Ed then researches each one and give answers from the Word of God to help you grow in your faith !

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 QUESTION:   

“What does being “born of water” actually mean ?”

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ANSWER:

John  3:5-8  “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

“Born of water” = physical birth.  When a child is born from a mother’s womb this is the physical birth, or water birth.

“Born again”  or “Born of the Spirit” = salvation.  When a person places their faith in Jesus, repents of their sins and is made a new creation.

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 QUESTION:   

“In Revelation 12, who is this woman that is spoken of in verse 12 and why was the serpent trying to drown her ?”

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ANSWER:

WHO IS THE WOMAN ?

 REVELATION 12:12-17   Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The “Woman” is Israel, the Jewish people.

Revelation 12:4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 

Verse 4 refers to the devil as the dragon, and we remember how he tried to destroy Jesus when He was a child.

Revelation 12:5-6  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The “man child” is Jesus, and while Mary was the woman who gave birth to Him, this verse is referring to the people of Israel as a whole, not just the individual.  We see this where it mentions she fled into the wilderness, referring to the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation.

 

WHY IS THE SERPENT TRYING TO DROWN HER ? 

Satan hates Israel.  During the Tribulation, Israel is the only people who trust in Jesus the Messiah.  Therefore, he makes war with her.

 JEWS KILL THE ANTICHRIST.

Revelation 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

sword=  3162 μάχαιρα machaira makh’-ahee-rah

1) a large knife, used for killing animals and cutting up flesh

2) a small sword, as distinguished from a large sword

 

THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE ASSASSINATED.

Zechariah 11:16-17  For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.  Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

 

 

BECAUSE JEWS ASSASSINATE THE ANTICHRIST.

Mark 13:14-20  But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:  And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:  And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.  For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.  And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 QUESTION:   

“Exactly what is the ‘doctrine of devils’ ?  Can you name them specifically so we can recognize them immediately when we’re confronted with them ?”

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1. EXACTLY WHAT IS DOCTRINES OF DEVILS ?

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 DECEPTIVE DOCTRINES. Can’t be deceptive unless similar to the real thing.

  –These are lies.

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

SO, ALMOST ANY DOCTRINAL LIE COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO SATAN STARTING IT.

 

2. CAN YOU NAME THEM SPECIFICALLY SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE AND CONFRONT THEM ?

 

  • THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL.    Gets people away from their purpose and the true identity of god.  they make him Santa Claus instead of the Almighty Creator.

 

  • DENY THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY MESSIAH, THE ONLY SAVIOR.

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

 

  • ANOTHER JESUS.   ANOTHER WAY OF SALVATION.

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Galatians 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS YOU CAN HATE OTHERS, BUT LOVE GOD IS A DOCTRINE FROM THE DEVIL.

1 John 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

  • THE DOCTRINE OF SINLESS PERFECTION IS OF THE DEVIL.  (Others can see your sin, but you can’t).

1 John 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS MAN WROTE THE BIBLE AND DO NOT ATTRIBUTE ITS WRITING TO GOD.

1 John 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 

THIS IS A SMALL NUMBER OF THE MANY LIES SATAN HAS THROWN AT THE WORLD TODAY.

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 QUESTION:   

“Is the blood moon a sign ?”

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ANSWER:

Luke 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Signs and the moon will play a part in the Last Days, but that doesn’t automatically mean they are God’s signs.  God’s signs typically are not a naturally occurring events.  A Red or Blood moon is a naturally occurring event which is predictable and charted.  It is not a universally seen thing all over the world at the same time.  A true sign from God would be the star the wise men saw – it was not a naturally occurring event, was different than anything that had ever happened before, or since.

Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Signs from God tend to be much bigger than what man can come up with.

Luke 21:11   And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

 

 

”Q&A – “Born of water?”, “Woman in Rev. 12?”, “Doctrines of devils?”, “Red/Blood Moons?” ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
092715

 

Q&A: “Mercy/Grace”, “Lot” & “Doctrines Of Devils”


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***At Solid Rock Bible Church, if you have a question about the Bible, doctrine, faith or anything related to your spiritual walk with God, we have a “Question Box” where you can deposit those questions.  Pastor Ed then researches each one and give answers from the Word of God to help you grow in your faith !

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 QUESTION:   

“What is the difference between the Lord’s mercy and His grace ? Please be specific.”

 

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ANSWER:

DISTINCTION BETWEEN MERCY AND GRACE.

 LOT KNEW BOTH TERMS AND UNDERSTOOD THEM.

Genesis 19:19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

WE UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THESE WORDS BY THE WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE USED.  ESPECIALLY TRUE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

  •  MERCY = TO WITHHOLD PUNISHMENT WE DESERVE.
  • GRACE = THE GIVING OF GOOD THINGS THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE.

 

MERCY

THE PUBLICAN ASKED FOR MERCY, NOT GRACE WHEN HE WENT INTO THE TEMPLE.

Luke 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Matthew 20:30  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.  And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

Ephesians 2:4 -8   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 

WE DON’T DESERVE TO BE HERE AT THE THRONE, BUT WE ASK FOR YOUR MERCY….EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY.

 

 GRACE

Genesis 6:8  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.  

GOD COULD HAVE TAKEN HIM TO HEAVEN  ALLOWED HIM TO BE THE ONE THROUGH  WHOM THE EARTH WAS REPOPULATED.  

 GRACE IS OFFERED TO ALL MEN.  BUT, THEY MUST RECEIVE IT BY FAITH.

Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Titus 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

GRACE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.  IT IS OFFERED TO ALL, BUT THOSE WHO RECEIVE IT ARE THE HUMBLE ONES.  OTHERS REJECT IT.  THINK THEY DON’T NEED TO DEPEND UPON GOD’S GRACE AND CAN WORK THINGS OUT ON THEIR OWN. 

James 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 SOME PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GRACE, THINKING IT IS UNLIMITED AND WILL ALWAYS BE THERE.

Jude 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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 QUESTION:   

“When did Lot repent for his sin ?”

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ANSWER:

 

2 Peter 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

 

THERE IS NO AREA OF THE BIBLE THAT TELLS US.  EVEN IN FLEEING FROM SODOM, LOT WAS RELUCTANT TO FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD FULLY.  HE WAS BACKSLIDEN MOST OF HIS LIFE.

MOAB= “THE SON OF HIS MOTHER’S FATHER.”

BENAMMI= “THE SON OF HIS PEOPLE.”

 

BACKSLIDDEN PEOPLE DON’T GET THEIR PRAYERS ANSWERED.

Genesis 19:29  And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.  

**LOT MAY HAVE THOUGHT GOD WAS LISTENING TO HIM, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS GOD DELIEVERED HIM FOR ABRAHAM’S SAKE, NOT BECAUSE OF LOT’S PRAYERS.

WITHOUT REPENTING, THEIR LIVES USUALLY GET MORE COMPLICATED, AND WORSE OFF. 

Genesis 19:36  Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

BACKSLIDDEN PEOPLE RAISE THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT A GOOD EXAMPLE, AND THE CHILDREN GENERALLY GO ASTRAY.

Psalm 83:4-8  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;  Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

 

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 QUESTION:   

“Exactly what is the ‘doctrine of devils’ ?  Can you name them specifically so we can recognize them immediately when we’re confronted with them ?

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1. EXACTLY WHAT IS DOCTRINES OF DEVILS ?

1 Timothy 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 DECEPTIVE DOCTRINES. Can’t be deceptive unless similar to the real thing.

  –These are lies.

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

SO, ALMOST ANY DOCTRINAL LIE COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO SATAN STARTING IT.

 

2. CAN YOU NAME THEM SPECIFICALLY SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE AND CONFRONT THEM ?

 

  • THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL.    Gets people away from their purpose and the true identity of god.  they make him Santa Claus instead of the Almighty Creator.

 

  • DENY THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY MESSIAH, THE ONLY SAVIOR.

1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

 

  • ANOTHER JESUS.   ANOTHER WAY OF SALVATION.

2 Corinthians 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Galatians 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS YOU CAN HATE OTHERS, BUT LOVE GOD IS A DOCTRINE FROM THE DEVIL.

1 John 4:20  If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

  • THE DOCTRINE OF SINLESS PERFECTION IS OF THE DEVIL.  (Others can see your sin, but you can’t).

1 John 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

  • THE DOCTRINE THAT SAYS MAN WROTE THE BIBLE AND DO NOT ATTRIBUTE ITS WRITING TO GOD.

1 John 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 

THIS IS A SMALL NUMBER OF THE MANY LIES SATAN HAS THROWN AT THE WORLD TODAY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Q&A – Difference Between Mercy & Grace/When Did Lot Repent ?/What are “Doctrines Of Devils” ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
092715

Q&A: Are There Degrees Of Sins ?

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***At Solid Rock Bible Church, if you have a question about the Bible, doctrine, faith or anything related to your spiritual walk with God, we have a “Question Box” where you can deposit those questions.  Pastor Ed then researches each one and give answers from the Word of God to help you grow in your faith !

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 QUESTION:  

“Recently I got into a little debate about sin in God’s eyes.  I have noticed a lot of Christians lately saying ‘All sin is equal in God’s eyes’.  I told a friend I disagreed because of these verses . . .”  and they listed some verses.  “They state otherwise.  Why would God call some sins abominations if all sin was equal ?  She agreed that the only greater sin was blaspheming the Holy Ghost but all other sin is equal in God’s eyes.  She said that I was taking verses out of context, so my question is – was I ?  If all sin is not equal in God’s eyes, can you share more scriptures that would confirm this ?”

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ANSWER:

IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN SINS, WE CAN SEE IT THROUGH TWO DIFFERENT WAYS.

1. BY WHAT CONSEQUENCES ARE ATTACHED TO IT.
2. BY WHEN GOD EXPRESSES HIS FEELINGS TOWARD IT.

***KEEP IN MIND THAT SIN SHOULD NEVER BE ANALYZED FROM A PEOPLE-PERSPECTIVE OR STANDARD.  PEOPLE HAVE A TENDENCY TO CHANGE STANDARDS TO FIT THEIR CURRENT IDEAS – ESPECIALLY TO ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH WHATEVER SIN THEY ARE COMMITTING AT THAT TIME.

1. BY WHAT CONSEQUENCES ARE ATTACHED TO IT.

♦ ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES.

1 John 5:16-17  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin [eternal view]: and there is a sin not unto death [present view].

♦ PRESENT CONSEQUENCES.

ENTICING PEOPLE AWAY FROM GOD = DEATH.

Deuteronomy 13:6-10  If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

THE THIEF = PAYING DOUBLE (restitution).

Exodus 22:7 If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double.

THE SEXUAL PERVERSIONS = DEATH.

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

2. BY WHEN GOD EXPRESSES HIS FEELINGS TOWARD IT.

ABOMINATIONS.

08251 ץוקשׁ shiqquwts shik-koots’ or ץקשׁ shiqquts shik-koots’ unclean things, impure
08441 הבעות tow‘ebah to-ay-baw’ or הבעת to‘ebah to-ay-baw’ personal afront, rebellion.
BOTH INCLUDE A RANGE OF PENALTIES.

THESE ARE THE BASIC CATEGORIES OF ABOMINATIONS TO THE LORD.

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

MOSES RECOGNIZED THAT THE PEOPLE COMMITTED A SIN WHICH WAS MORE LIKELY TO ANGER GOD THAN ANOTHER SIN. (Did all lying stop ? Wasn’t there stealing, or lack of commitment, etc ? Yes. But, this sin was counted as greater).

Exodus 32:31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12  When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard , or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD : and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

THERE IS A SIN THAT CANNOT BE FORGIVEN. (A SIN UNTO DEATH ?).

Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

THIS INDICATES THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF SINS.

GOD SAYS THAT LOOKING AT THE SIN OF NAILING JESUS TO THE CROSS AND THE SIN OF BETRAYING HIM, THAT BETRAYING HIM TO THE ROMANS WAS THE GREATER SIN.

John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin.

GOD’S MERCY AND GRACE IS ENOUGH TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL SIN.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.

THE DANGER OF LOOKING AT THE BIBLICAL TEACHING ON THIS IS THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL TRY TO FIND THE LESSER SIN AND DO IT BECAUSE IT IS NOT AS SERIOUS IN THE SHORT TERM AS THE GREATER SIN.  

REMEMBER ANY SIN IS STILL SIN IN GOD’S EYES, SO LET’S STRIVE TO KEEP OURSELVES PURE AND HOLY FOR OUR LORD !

 

”Q&A: Are There Degrees Of Sins ?”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
092015