October 4, 2017
Loren C. Due, PhD, DMin
The scripture does not say anything about the body but the spirit. It makes no difference whether the person’s body is cremated or buried in the ground or wall or buried in the ocean, if they are saved when they died Jesus will be coming for them. They will immediately get a new immortal and incorruptible body.
The scripture says this about these earthly bodies: 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (KJV) 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Here is what the scripture says about us being caught away: 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (KJV) 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
- Masonic and Eastern Star affiliation:
The word clearly warns us not to be associated with those that do not believe what we believe. It says it this way: 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Jesus said it this way: John 3:20-21 (KJV) 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
- Will wearing long white dresses put you in heaven:
Wearing the long dresses was a trademark of Pentecostal women of yesteryear and many taught that if don’t dress that way you were not saved! The scripture says: 1 Timothy 2:9-10 (KJV) 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. The real question today for those who obey the Word of God is what is “MODEST APPAREL?”
- No lipstick and Red dresses:
The old saints of yesteryear said you were not saved if you wore lipstick and painted your face. Here is the scripture they used: 2 Kings 9:30 (KJV) 30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. Others used as a prohibition on lipstick and painting your face this scripture: Jeremiah 4:30 (KJV) 30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothe thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
- Gay, but celibate and abstaining:
There are those people who are gay or lesbian and they have chosen to not have sex by being celibate and abstaining from sex with opposite or same sex. Jesus said it this way: Matthew 19:11-12 (KJV) 11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
- Men with men and Women with women:
Oftentimes Genesis 19 chapter is referred to when describing this behavior, however, our reference today by the Apostle Paul clearly states God’s attitude concerning this behavior: Romans 1:24-30 (KJV) 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
- If you don’t return tithes you will go to hell:
Many misquote the scripture that speaks directly to the returning tithes to the Lord; not that you to hell but you are cursed with a curse. The scripture says this: Malachi 3:8-12 (KJV) 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
- Only white christians going to be saved:
There are those who believe only their nationality will be saved, but you can not find any such idea in scripture. Jesus said it this way: Luke 9:24 (KJV) 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. This scripture says whosoever which means any human being who will do. No nationality is mentioned. The Apostle Paul says it this way: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (KJV) 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
- Not having children is a sin:
Why do some married women openly talk about unmarried women who have children and they also talk openly about women married who are barren! I do not find a scripture that says being barren is a sin, but I do find this: Isaiah 54:1 (KJV) 1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Then I see the Apostle Paul saying this: Galatians 4:27 (KJV) 27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
- Women wearing men clothes and men wearing women’s clothes:
The old Pentecostals taught that women could not wear pants because it was a sin! The scripture they used was interpreted out-of-context. The context of that scripture by the Jewish Rabbis related to God’s displeasure with deception. Some men would dress as women during war to draw out the men and kill them by deception and likewise women similar behavior of a deceptive nature. The scripture use: Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV) 5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
- Masturbation is a sin:
Since before the “Dark Ages” church leaders and some doctors have told people that God was against masturbation/masterbation and that it is a sin. The scripture they have used over centuries clearly states that the character in the Bible was having intercourse with his brothers wife and he did not want to produce a child by her. When you read the definition of masturbation/masterbation it is not what they have killed and mutilated many people with. The scripture says: Genesis 38:6-10 (NLT) 6 In the course of time, Judah arranged for his firstborn son, Er, to marry a young woman named Tamar. 7 But Er was a wicked man in the LORD’s sight, so the LORD took his life. 8 Then Judah said to Er’s brother Onan, “Go and marry Tamar, as our law requires of the brother of a man who has died. You must produce an heir for your brother.” 9 But Onan was not willing to have a child who would not be his own heir. So whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground. This prevented her from having a child who would belong to his brother. 10 But the LORD considered it evil for Onan to deny a child to his dead brother. So the LORD took Onan’s life, too. Onan was guilty of DISOBEDIENCE not pleasure; he refuse to give his dead brother’s wife a child as required by the law.
- If you don’t speak in tongues you can’t go to heaven:
There are those who say speaking in other tongues is when a person is actually saved, but as you read the scripture you find that speaking other tongues according to Acts 1:8 is for the added power: Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The power it is referring to is the power to be a witness. Jesus did say something that is most important: John 3:5-7 (KJV) 5 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. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. As I see the Word of God to go to heaven you must baptized in water and receive Jesus Christ as Lord into your heart to be saved.
- Divorce is a sin:
There are those who look down on individuals who divorce as if they are evil and sinful not realizing as long as the tempter is free people will make choices that may not agree with them. Jesus gave the appropriate reason that divorce could be acceptable. Some men and women are too judgemental not realizing that could be in that same boat some day. Jesus said it this way: Matthew 5:31-32 (NLT) 31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. Then the writer Matthew comes back again and quotes Jesus explaining this again: Matthew 19:7-9 (KJV) 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. So when fornication (some act of sexual impropriety with someone other than one’s spouse) is involved Jesus grants divorce is acceptable, however, if it not fornication then they can and they will be considered an adulterer. I find no scripture that says adulterer who has repented to the Lord will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
- Stay married to an abusive spouse:
There are those who counsel people and tell them to stay with an abusive spouse (male or female). I find that contrary to the Word of God to tell someone to stay married and take beatings and whatever else abusive thing the person is dishing out. The Apostle Paul says that abusive people will not inherit the Kingdom of God. To me that means the person will not be saved unless they repent and get saved. The scripture says: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV) 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: …. nor abusers of themselves with mankind,,,, Why would someone tell someone to stay with an abusive mate which could lead to that person not only being abused but being murdered. Too many have died unnecessarily at the hands of men who are murderers.
- Eating pork is a sin:
There are certain people who condemn those who eat pork and other meats. Under the law there were certain prohibitions, but we have a word from the Lord that gives clearance to eat what we desire as long as we are thankful and pray over it. Here are a few scriptures that relate to eating meat: In this next scripture the Apostle Paul has committed to not eat meat “IF” offends his brother. I believe it is a choice we have to make whether we decide to not do something if it offends someone. 1 Corinthians 8:13 (KJV) 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. I believe people who are offended easily are not spiritually mature and need to understand that all human beings are created by God have the freedom of choice. These people need to mature and learn to respect the choices others make, as well as, their own. The Apostle Paul lays it to not let anyone judge you with regard to food, drink, holidays, new moon or the days of rest. God is our final judge. We must judge ourselves according to the Word of God because if says it like this in one place “Judgement begins in the house of God….!” Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV) 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
We find instruction and warning to Timothy and now to us today: 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV) 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; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Meditate on these words of deception and truth and find the balance from God’s word that applies to your life. I pray that God’s word will bless you to make the right choice.