Unity In The Church?

Q.  Would you take time, possibly, to address a concern I have about unity of the Spirit – no differentiation between the Jew/Greek/bond/free/male/female – and the nationality issue?  I’m speaking specifically about those who are Jewish Christians.  Is it a natural response to being saved as a Jew to consider oneself different from Gentile Christians?

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Is The Church Responsible?

Q.   I heard someone teach that it is the duty of the Bride of Christ to finance the return of the house of Israel to the homeland.  He goes so far as to say that “the blood of Israel is on our hands.”  In other words, if we as Christians do not help finance the return of Israel to the homeland, somehow we will be found with blood on our hands.

He is using the story of Ruth and Boaz to support his teaching.  He likens Ruth gleaning the four corners of the field and bringing the grain to lay in Naomi’s lap as the Bride of Christ financing the return of the dispersed Israelites from the four corners of the earth to the homeland.

From your studies, what exactly does scripture have to say on this issue?  Is the Body of Christ responsible for the return of the Jews to the homeland?

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Bema Seat Rewards

Q.  Since he will still have access to the Heavenlies, will Satan be watching the Bride receive our Bema Seat rewards?  I can’t imagine that such an incredible event would be tainted by allowing him to be there.

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Worshiping God

Q.  We have a new pastor and he has been very persistent about how the congregation praises the Lord.  He wants everyone to raise their hands, shout and move about.  Many in the congregation, including me, don’t always feel comfortable doing this.  From time to time, I have raised my hands to the Lord but I don’t do it all the time.  I was raised singing the old hymns and they speak to my heart and soul but the new pastor is insisting on singing the newer contemporary songs.  The newer songs seem very repetitive to me and they go on and on without seeming to have an ending.  What I need to know is…does the Lord expect everyone to raise their hands and shout to show praise to Him?  Is He disappointed when I don’t do this?  This really bothers me and I don’t want the Lord to be unhappy with the way I praise Him.

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How Can They Ignore Prophecy?

Q.  I have 3 questions regard the Pastors / teachers who willfully ignore, and even reject Bible prophecy with a spirit of contempt. 1) On what authority do these pastors assume they only have to teach the scriptures they “approve of”?  2)  What does the Bible indicate will happen to the pastors / teachers who do this?   3) Is Second Timothy 3:16 suggestive, or are we to take it literally?  Thanks for your valuable insight as always!

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Why Did The Disciples Choose To Die As Martyrs?

Q. Why did the apostles choose to suffer a martyrs death? If Christ died once and for all for our sins, and bore all the suffering of mankind, why did they feel the need to be martyred?  They were the closest to Christ, so shouldn’t they have best understood Christ’s message of “it is finished”?  I don’t understand why they didn’t preach in hiding like what takes place in Muslim and communist countries today.  It sounds like they believed in redemptive suffering- a Catholic concept.

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Gentiles Or Church?

Q.  Why did Paul use the word “Gentiles” in Romans 11:25 when it is the Church he was referring to that would come into “fullness”?  Shouldn’t it be “fullness of believers” since the Church consists of both Jews and Gentiles?

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Dust, Sand, And Stars

Q.  I just read a commentary on the three types of people who represent the seed of Abraham.  The author likened them to the Jews, the Arabs, and the Church.  I’ve only recognized these Scriptures to be speaking to two groups; the “earthly promises” to Israel and the “heavenly/spiritual promises” to the Church.  Would you please clarify.

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The Hebraic Roots Movement

Q.  I am wondering what the Biblical responsibility towards Jerusalem and the Jewish people is for those who have received Christ as their Savior and live under grace. I see pastors wearing prayer shawls and holding firm to the Old Testament laws, holidays and feasts and have noticed a major influx of church leaders preaching and teaching about the Jewish people still being God’s chosen people and about how much we owe them.

I pray daily for the peace of Jerusalem, but I don’t feel led by the Lord to buy a prayer shawl or observe feasts and holidays as laid out in the Old Testament. I can’t find the requirement for any of that in the post resurrection scriptures, but, if these are things I should be addressing, I will. My outlook on this is simply stated: Either Jesus changed everything, or He didn’t. I believe He did.  Can you please clarify this for me?

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