Judging Teachers More Strictly

Q. We have a short family Bible study every night.  We rotate the opening prayer each night between my children so that they learn that they are speaking to a real God and not a figure like Santa Claus. They are attentive, ask questions, and when I go over chapters we studied weeks before they remember what we have studied.  My question concerns James 3:1. Am I held to a stricter judgment because we have Bible study as a family and I am teaching my children, or is James speaking of a formal teaching role within the Body of Christ?

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Casting The Stones?

Q. I recently heard that the stones on the breastplate that the priest wore, were taken out, and cast down, much in the way (for those who practice it) chicken bones are thrown down, to see what God wanted them to do. I was told, “that is the only way they heard from God”.  Personally, I don’t believe this.  I have never read anywhere in God’s word of the Priest throwing down the stones out of the breast plate. Surely, if God can speak to Moses, and Abraham, He could speak to those High Priests too, couldn’t He,

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Interpreting 1 John 2:22

Q. 1 John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist — he denies the Father and the Son.”  What is the meaning of “such a man is the antichrist” in this verse? Is this the spirit of the antichrist as said elsewhere? Or something else?

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The Kingdom Is Within You

Q.  What exactly did Jesus mean when he replied “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you?” (Luke 17:20-21)

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New Wine In Old Skins

Q.  Re: Matt. 9:16-17.  I understand the literal meaning of these verses but don’t understand the point Jesus was making in the context of the chapter. Could you shed some light on this please?

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Where To Tithe?

Q. Our pastor says we required to pay our entire tithe to the local church and then let the leaders decide how to distribute the money.  His support for this view was based on what Paul did when he took the money given in Corinth to help the church in Jerusalem. It he correct in this?

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The Mark Of The Beast

Q.  A popular prophecy commentator  claims that the letters representing 666 are not Greek but are Arabic and mean “Allah is Lord” which is written on the head gear of Islamic militants.  I know that this man has some questionable theology, but could there be some validity to this and that this head gear could actually be the mark of the beast?

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Resurrection Of John The Baptist?

Q.  I was in Church on Palm Sunday sitting next to my brother. I heard the Pastor make a statement that John the Baptist was resurrected.  My brother and I looked at each other and both of us said, “I didn’t know that.”  Is there any scriptural evidence to back this up?  I left this particular church awhile back because of many doctrinal statements this pastor has made that I was in disagreement with.  I’m wondering if this is yet another one.

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The Last Eight Days. Follow Up

Q.  Our study group has been going through your “The Last 8 Days” articles and have a question regarding the following statement:  “The disciples knew the 483 year mark had been reached a few days earlier and that the Messiah was among them.”  The person with the question said that is not said anywhere in the gospels.  Would you please let me know how the disciples knew that, so I can give them an answer?

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