Gospel Gazette Online
Vol. 14 No. 11 November 2012
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I Do Not Want to Be Alone

Louis Rushmore, Editor

Louis RushmoreI am a 63 year old woman and not the smartest in this world. I love your tv pogram. And I thank God for you. I would like to study the Bible though an online college but I do not have the money could you please give me how I can accomplish this. Also do you believe as I do that if our President ptomotes abortion then we as Christians ehould not vote for him. I am a sinner. I have been married 3 timee, i am getting old yet I do not want to be alone. I am engaged to a man that believes we can have sex then ask for forgiveness. I do not believe we should and we have not for over a year but he at times trys to make me feel bad for my decision. I do believe God put us together to learn from each other. Our main problem is I owe a lot and I mean a lot to the IRS and if we marry, I will burden him with my debt. I had to retire both shoulders are bad from working at Kellpgs I justhad surgery on one on Monday and will have surgery on the next two months,I had to retie,my job turned down workmens comp. Please say a prayer for me and Ray. Also advise me of way tocollege online to study the bible so. i might learn to help myself and to help others, also that Ray will stop trying to make me sin. I have done way to much all on my own And pray really pray that I will somehow get releast fom these taxes And I have a son who is very smart a lot more inteligent then me He says he is egnastic, please pray that he sees the way. And thank you again for being here for us sinners and I especially thank God for your ministry through Jesus Crist Amen. mary heiden

Jesus reinstituted God’s original plan for marriage – one man for one woman for life. He, however, provided one exception only for divorce and remarriage. Our Lord provided the opportunity for the innocent party to divorce because of adultery and to marry again – to someone biblically eligible to marry. “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9 NKJV). By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul instructed that when someone divorces for reasons other than adultery, only two biblical options are available. The spouses may resume the marriage or remain celibate. “Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11). However, it is possible that there may be an innocent party to divorce not because of adultery (e.g., desertion, abuse), and yet neither Jesus Christ nor any inspired writer taught that in these cases that one was eligible to remarry with God’s approval (1 Corinthians 7:10-11).

A man and a woman can be friends without the benefits of cohabitation – not living together as though they were husband and wife, as well as not having a sexual relationship of any kind. While married couples should experience companionship, non-married persons can also enjoy companionship within biblical bounds.

Bible correspondence courses, some of which are online, are available free. Two of them are offered at the following link: www.gospelgazette.com/course/course.htm. You may also contact the church of Christ in your community. In addition, thousands of articles are archived on Gospel Gazette Online, and they are accessible through an onsite search engine according to topics in which one is interested. New articles are added monthly.

An agnostic is someone who doubts whether God exists. There is abundant evidence outside of and inside of the Bible that proves the existence of God. The intricate design apparent in the created universe that far exceeds the capability of mankind is one such evidence. As much as the existence of every dwelling declares that it was built by someone, the existence of the universe – from the night skies to the intricacy of the human eye – call for a builder, too. God is that Builder who is responsible for the intricate design of the created universe. He also provide revelation of Himself in the Bible. The New Testament portion of the Bible pertains to the current age – the Christian Age or Christianity.

The very existence of the Bible that evidences a source beyond mere mortal men likewise proves the existence of God. For instance, many hundreds of prophecies recorded through inspired penmen over about 1,600 years foretold of the establishment of the spiritual kingdom or the church, as well as the coming of the Messiah or Savior Jesus Christ. Every one of those prophecies was fulfilled completely in every detail; that does not happen with human ingenuity alone. Again, have your son contact a congregation of the churches of Christ in his community to learn more.

So Sad

Louis Rushmore, Editor

I have read a lot of things but never one so sad as what you think since when is it a sin to go to a church meeting or to join with them ? Jesus said after his disciples said we saw/heard som people preaching and casting out devils in your name and we forbade them, and what did jesus say? do not forbid them for if they are for us ,then they are not against us! It is Late in the time we are waiting fofr the Lords appearance , any time soon, perhaps it is you who need repentance? read what it says and believe it first before yousay someone has sinned!you should beglad that someone has asked for Jesus to lead them,by the Holy spirit and not by a man who thinks they are right,and most surely are not completely right. That is why you are still on earthto learn what is right and tho we are to do all of the things that Jesus christ did and more, because He sasid so. The one thing we know is we are to glorify God in all that we do. Scripture says “the whole duty of man is to glorify God” ~ Love in Jesus Christ, Rev L P Richardson Sr

It should have been obvious to the apostles that someone performing miracles was validated by those miracles as having God’s approval – the source of those miracles through the Holy Spirit. “Now John answered Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.  For he who is not against us is on our side’” (Mark 9:38-41; Luke 9:49-50 NKJV).

Only by a shallow acquaintance with the Word of God could one come to the conclusion that any type of religious belief or practice is satisfactory with Jesus Christ. Consider these words of Jesus. “‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23). “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). “…Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted” (Matthew 15:13). These types of biblical references from the mouth of our Lord are plentiful.

Likewise, the New Testament epistles provide abundant warning about the dangers of false teachers and false doctrine. Here are some. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Romans 16:17-18). “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9).

Biblical Truth will make one free from sin (John 8:32; 17:17). Manmade churches exist in spite of biblical Truth as well as in opposition to the church of the New Testament over which Jesus Christ is Head and for which He will return at the Second Coming.

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