Wow! What a ride!
There will come a day when every Christian alive on the planet Earth will disappear into thin air. What an honor to think it may happen to our generation! If it does happen to us, we would have eternity to ponder “Where were you?”, “What were you doing?”, and “What were you thinking about?” when Rapture happened.
The word “Rapture” is not actually found in the English Bible translations but is used to describe a Biblical truth, like the “Trinity,” another word not found in the Bible, but describing a truth found in the Bible.
Paul also discusses Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4 and ends with “comfort one another with these words.” Therefore Rapture should be comforting to all Christians. It’s the ultimate “We win!”
Dear Compass, (In regard to Genesis and the fall of man)
A believer friend of mine was recently saved and just went through a divorce. She was venting about men and relationships and said, “It’s no wonder Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden and led to the fall of man.” I explained that Eve also sinned, but she countered by saying Eve wasn’t told not to eat the fruit by God, she was told by Adam, so she wasn’t directly disobeying God. I had to go back and look at the scripture again, and Eve clearly knew that God said she was not supposed to eat the fruit but was the first one to eat it and offered it to Adam. But I don’t think Adam was the only one who sinned–he just had direct orders from God. Can you shed any light on this?
First, you can’t say that just because God didn’t personally have a conversation with you about a certain sin, you don’t have to obey His word. He chooses to convey His Word (scripture) through the men, and women, He chooses. The test is “Did it come from God?”
Second, God did not hold Eve accountable for the first sin as she was deceived by Satan. Rather God held Adam accountable because he sinned when he was fully aware that it was a sin.
It was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. —1 Timothy 2:14
|The sin nature is passed on from the male (1 Corinthians 15:22), hence allowing for a female to have a sinless child if a woman could have a child without a male donor. This happened only once (Matthew 1:25), Mary being impregnated, not by man, but by God’s Holy Spirit.||For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. —1 Corinthians 15:22|
but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. —Matthew 1:25
You should pray for your friend to draw near to God in this difficult situation. In the long run, that’s the only thing that will permanently heal the hurt.
Paul wrote in 1 Timothy that women are not to preach or to teach men. Jesus came to make men and women one in Him. Please respond on how women then are called to witness in personal testimony, in music, or in other ways of service. Why did Paul write that, and what is the role of women in the church?
Whenever God gives instruction, it is ALWAYS for our good.
So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today. —Deuteronomy 6:24Paul never minimized women’s role in service to Christ or to the church. He did say that “I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man” (1 Timothy 2:12). He then explained that Adam was not deceived (he sinned knowingly and willfully), but that woman was deceived.
See also Deuteronomy 10:3
For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. —1 Timothy 2:13-14
Guardianship of God’s truth in church doctrine is one of the most important instructions for the church, and it is brutal warfare. Men are told to constantly and diligently guard against:
- Doctrines of demons.
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons —1 Timothy 4:1
- False teachers whose heresy spreads like “gangrene.”
and their talk will spread like gangrene. —2 Timothy 2:17
- Wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. —Matthew 7:15
- All ungodly men who teach “strange doctrines.”
As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines —1 Timothy 1:3
Obviously, God has greatly gifted women in areas where men are often less strong. Having charged the men of the church with the safeguarding of the sheep in terms of doctrine, women are compelled to serve in every area—including teaching other women, strengthening families (“so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children” —Titus 2:4), music, writing, arts—and certainly sharing testimonies of what Christ has done in their lives. But most importantly, Godly women are usually more sensitive than their husbands. And through this sensitivity, God often entrusts women with the powerful responsibility of influence in the lives of their husbands. God’s protection of women in the church is a confirmation that they are equally loved and esteemed by Him. He protects what is of value to Him. ______________________________ ______________________________
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul. —Psalm 121:7
God’s protection of women in the church is a confirmation that they are equally loved and esteemed by Him. He protects what is of value to Him.
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