Category: Tough Questions

EP038 – When deceived by cults, whose fault is it?

EP038 – When deceived by cults, whose fault is it?

The New Testament is filled with warnings of false teachers who would preach a different gospel, which Paul says is no gospel at all (Galatians 1:7).  False gospels have been around since the first century and are still alive and thriving today.  Our question for this episode pertains to the person who has been deceived by one of these cults.  Whose fault is it?  Would God really judge a devout person who unknowingly follows a false gospel?  This is a question that should strike at home because there are millions of people today who have been deceived into following a cult.  So what do we do about it?

Scriptures:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (key verse) – Test everything!
  • 1 Corinthians 4:6 – Don’t go beyond what is written in the Scriptures
  • 1 Corinthians 3:13 – faith tested by fire
  • 1 Peter 1:7 – faith tested by fire
  • 2 Corinthians 8:22 – testing a brother in the faith
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5-7 – test (examine) your own faith
  • Philippians 2:22 – Timothy was ‘approved’ (implies that his faith was tested)
  • 1 Timothy 3:10 – Deacons in the church are tested
  • Acts 17:11 – The Berean Jews tested everything Paul was saying according to the Scriptures
  • Revelation 2:2 – Testing those who claim to be apostles and finding them to be false
  • 1 John 4:1 – Test the spirits to see whether or not they are from God
  • Galatians 1:6-9 – Even if an angel brings another gospel, that angel is to be accursed
  • Galatians 2:1-10 – The gospel Paul preached was tested and approved by pillars of the faith
  • 2 Timothy 4:3-4 – Some would rather hear what they want to hear, rather than sound, biblical teaching
  • Ephesians 5:6-14 – Encouragement to not be deceived

Resources:

EP036 – LGBTQ Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

EP036 – LGBTQ Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of this series, we recommend that you do that before listening to this episode.  In this episode we take a look at what the Bible has to say about marriage.  What is the purpose of marriage?  Why is there polygamy in the Bible?  Would Paul, or any of the New Testament writers, have considered life long, committed same sex attraction relationships in his writings?  Also, if God is supposed to be all about love, would He really deny any of His children marriage?  The main scripture references we used are listed below.  We are also providing you with a list of resources we used for this entire series.  We hope this series is helpful to you!  We would also love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Feel free to write to us at lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [@TCPyouthpastors].

Scripture References:

Origin of Marriage:

  • Genesis 1:27-28 – “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
  • Genesis 2:23-24 – “The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh: She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

Polygamy:

  • Genesis 4:19 – Lamech
  • 1 Kings 11:1-6 – King Solomon
  • Deuteronomy 17:17 – “And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.”

Marriage in the New Testament:

  • Matthew 19:6 – “Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
  • Download PDF of “sexual immorality” used in the New Testament (Greek = porneia)
  • Mark 7:14-23 [example of “sexual immorality”]
  • Ephesians 5:21-33 [Wives and Husbands]
  • Colossians 3:18-19 [Wives and Husbands]
  • Revelation 21:1-4 [The Church as the Bride of Jesus]

Resources used for this Series:

*Were loving, faithful same-sex relationships around in ancient history?  Some say “no,” but the historical evidence says otherwise.  Hubbard’s book below addresses this, but here is a blog article that is just as helpful.

Books:

Software:

Podcasts:

  • Unbelievable? Podcast – Multiple episodes
  • Hole In My Heart Podcast – All episodes
  • Think Biblically Podcast – [Apr 4; Jun 21; Mar 8 & 15; Feb 22]

Journal Articles:
[We wanted to know how LGBTQ scholars handle the biblical languages.  These articles will only be helpful to those who are familiar with biblical Greek and Hebrew.]

  • LGBTQ/Queer Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible – David Tabb Stewart – available here
  • The Bible and The Transgender Christian: Mapping Transgender Hermeneutics in the 21st Century – Katherine Apostolacus – available here
EP035 – LGBTQ Part 1: What Does the Bible Really Say?

EP035 – LGBTQ Part 1: What Does the Bible Really Say?

Part 1: What does the Bible really say about Homosexuality?

The LGBTQIA+ topic is one that is not only relevant to our society today, but all cultures in and throughout history.  You probably already know that the Bible has some things to say about this, but is what you have heard an appropriate and sound use of the biblical text?  In this first part of our series we take a look at what the Bible says about homosexuality.  The main scripture references we used are listed below.  We are also providing you with a list of resources we used for this entire series.  We hope this series is helpful to you!  We would also love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Feel free to write to us at lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [@TCPyouthpastors].

Scripture References:

Leviticus 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
[Chris takes a look at how “lie with” is used.  When we compare it to Leviticus 20:12-16 we can conclude that “lie with” means to have sexual intercourse.]

Genesis 19:1-14 – Homosexual gang rape (not related to monogamous and consensual committed gay relationships between two individuals) [compare to Judges 19:22-25]

Romans 1:26-27 – “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” [We talk about the root of the sin issue here, and how it builds to Romans 3:23.]

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” [Paul makes a key distinction here between active and passive partners.]

Note: All of these passages deal with the act of homosexuality, but not necessarily committed relationships between two individuals.  We will get into that in Part 2 as it is a point that is often talked about in these discussions.

Resources used for this Series:

Books:

Software:

Podcasts:

  • Unbelievable? Podcast – Multiple episodes
  • Hole In My Heart Podcast – All episodes
  • Think Biblically Podcast – [Apr 4; Jun 21; Mar 8 & 15; Feb 22]

Journal Articles:
[We wanted to know how LGBTQ scholars handle the biblical languages.  These articles will only be helpful to those who are familiar with biblical Greek and Hebrew.]

  • LGBTQ/Queer Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible – David Tabb Stewart – available here
  • The Bible and The Transgender Christian: Mapping Transgender Hermeneutics in the 21st Century – Katherine Apostolacus – available here
EP027 – What about Slavery in the Bible?

EP027 – What about Slavery in the Bible?

The guys tackle a question from one of their students this week: What about slavery in the Bible? It’s a valid question that many believers and non-believers ask!

EP025 – Why Do Good and Bad Things Happen?

EP025 – Why Do Good and Bad Things Happen?

We pulled two questions out of our “Rando Box” for this one:

  • I have so much and others have so little… why am I deserving of these blessings?
  • What did “Bob” do to deserve this?

 

EP022[Live] – Dealing with Doubts

EP022[Live] – Dealing with Doubts

This is our first LIVE podcast. We got together for one night of combined student ministry, which we call “Merge,” and talked about what to do with doubt and how it can play a role in our walk with God.

EP011 – My Friend the Atheist

EP011 – My Friend the Atheist

In this episode we tackle a question that a listener emailed to us: “How do I minister to my friend who grew up in the church but eventually left and turned to atheism?” Thanks for listening!

EP010 – Why Go To Church? [Senior Pastor EP]

EP010 – Why Go To Church? [Senior Pastor EP]

We brought together three local senior pastors from three different denominations to discuss why actually going to church matters. If you have ever thought that churches are in competition with each other, this episode may shock you!

EP005 – If God Is Good, Then Why Does He Allow Evil?

EP005 – If God Is Good, Then Why Does He Allow Evil?

The problem of evil has been a stumbling block for people throughout the ages. If God is such a good God, and He is all powerful, then why doesn’t He simply abolish evil? Wouldn’t that be the good and morally responsible thing to do? Thanks for listening!