Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin?

Does Matthew 5:29-30 Literally Mean We Should Gouge Out Our Eyes If They Cause Us To Sin? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes: 

Principles:

  1. The Bible should not be interpreted literally; it should be interpreted correctly.
  2. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching about “Kingdom righteousness, Kingdom living, and He is emphasizing how you don’t want to miss out on the Kingdom.
  3. We won’t be admitted into heaven by mutilating our flesh. We are made righteous by trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross.
  4. We must take the war against sin seriously.
  5. While we shouldn’t cut our eyes out, we should cut our eyes away from things that cause us to lust.
  6. If we got to heaven by chopping off those things that cause us trouble, then we would have to cut out our heart.

Scripture:

“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you;  for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:30

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.” Mark 7:20

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,…” Mark 7:21

“deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.” Mark 7:22

“All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”   Mark 7:23

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.”   Romans 3:10-11

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’”   Luke 9:23

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?”   Job 31:1

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   Galatians 2:20

Additonal Resources:

Is There Such A Thing As Unforgiveable Sin?

Are There Different Levels of Sin?

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What Is the Meaning of Jesus’ Teaching in John 13:10?

What Is the Meaning of Jesus’ Teaching in John 13:10? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles

1. As followers of Christ we will still continue to sin (miss the mark) so we are to continually repent and confess.

2. Justification is a one-time act but, there is continual repentance throughout our lives that maintains our intimacy with Christ.

3. As believers we need to continue to confess and repent as we “journey” throughout our lives.

4. Just because you go to church or do Christian activities doesn’t mean you’re saved.

Peter Principles 1:
Peter is learning about humble leadership from Jesus.

Peter Principles 2:
Once you’re at peace with me, you’re forever at peace with me.

Scriptures:

John 13:10
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

John 13:11
For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

John 13:5
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

John 13:8
Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

John 13:7
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”

John 13:9-10
Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Summary:
We all need to be continually cleansed of our daily sins but only need to be justified once by Jesus.

Bonus Truth:
Repentance is necessary every time we sin, but getting rebaptized isn’t.

Recommended Resources:

Can I Lose My Salvation?

Should Christians Baptize Their Babies?

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead” In Matthew 8:22?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, “Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead” In Matthew 8:22? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Principles:

Principle 1:
When we prioritize things of this world over knowing and following Jesus it does not go well for us.

Principle 2:
It does not bring blessing when we try to work Jesus into our worldly interests. This is being double – minded.

Principle 3:
We should not prioritize our personal interests or our family’s interest over our commitment to Jesus.

Principle 4:
We are to honor our father and mother, but we are not to honor them more than we honor Jesus.

Scripture:

Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Matthew 8:19

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20

Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” Matthew 8:21

But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:22

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

Check out the show notes for a link to the previous episode:
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26?
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Can I Count on the Promise of Jeremiah 29:11?

Can I Count on the Promise of Jeremiah 29:11? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

1. False prophets and teachers still tell others that if they believe in God nothing bad will befall them. Temporary calamity may befall you even if you radically love God and obey Him.

2. If you want to have a future and a hope come to God, call upon Him, humble yourself, acknowledge you need a savior, acknowledge Jesus is your savior, and seek Him with all your heart.

3. Remember your future hope is not primarily in your today or even necessarily on earth. It is your future heavenly hope, and not a promise for health, wealth, and prosperity today.

4. This is NOT a verse that promises health, wealth, and prosperity.

5. Your future and your hope are not always in health, wealth, and prosperity in this life but in the eternal life to come.

6. As a believer, you don’t know that it’s necessarily going to get worse for you, but you shouldn’t use Jeremiah 29:11 to assume it’s always going to get better before the promise comes.

7. Our promise is not in this life but in the life to come.

Scripture:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

For thus says the Lord, “When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back
to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen
to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who
sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

“It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” 2 Timothy 2:11-12

“Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” Hebrews 11:35-38

Additional Resources:
What Is God’s Will for My Life?

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Are Prayers More Effective Where Two or Three Are Gathered?

Are Prayers More Effective Where Two or Three Are Gathered? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

1. God is always in our midst because we are His people.

2. The authority of the church isn’t supposed to rest on any one individual.

3. God is in the midst of believers when they are: yielded to His Spirit, and are accurately dividing God’s Word as workmen who show themselves approved.

4. The context for understanding Matthew 18:20 is church discipline and authority more than the ability to have your prayers answered.

5. As ambassadors of Christ, the way we represent Jesus, both individually and collectively should bring glory to the Father; not lead others astray.

Scripture:

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Matthew 28:20 “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 6:6 “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Matthew 18:15-17 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

Psalm 141:5 “Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it…”

Matthew 18:18 “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 18:19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.”

James 3:1 “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”

Tweetable Truth: You can get two or three people that agree on the wrong thing, and God will not be there in the midst of them.

Other Resources:

Should a Local Church Have a Higher Standard For Membership Than Membership in Heaven?

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What Is Promise Keepers and Why Is It Coming Back?

What Is Promise Keepers and Why Is It Coming Back? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. “Toxic masculinity” is unbiblical masculinity. 
  2. God is the ultimate promise keeper. If we are followers of Christ, we should be more conformed to His image.
  3. Nobody suffers more than women and children when men live unfaithful lives.
  4. We don’t need men to just join a Promise Keepers group, we need men who will do the things that Scripture calls men to do.

Scripture:

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

For a deeper study, read the account of Elijah on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18:16 – 46.

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die,…” 1 Kings 19:4

“Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18

“And the brethren, when they heard about us, came from there as far as the Market of Appius and Three Inns to meet us; and when Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.” Acts 28:15

“not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

Principles:

Promise Keepers is an opportunity to:

1. Strengthen the hearts of men  

2. Increase people’s devotion to Christ

3. Strengthen the local church

Additional Resources:

Call to Action: Set your alarm daily for 7:31 to pray for the 2020 Promise Keepers event.

Who is Ken Harrison of Promise Keepers? 

5 Characteristics of a Godly Man

What Does It Mean to Be A Man After God’s Own Heart?

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What Are The Top Ten Most Viewed Episodes of 2019?

What Are The Top Ten Most Viewed Episodes of 2019? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

1. Why Does God Seek to Kill Moses in Exodus 4:24?

2. How Old Is the Earth? 3. Is Watermark Community Church a Cult?

4. What Should We Make of Kanye’s Profession of Faith and Celebrity Conversions in General?

5. What Are Altar Calls, and Are They Biblical? 6. What Is One of the Biggest Mistakes a Pastor Can Make?

7. What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26?

8. Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church?

9. How Do I Know Who God Wants Me to Marry?

10. What Is The Meaning of Jesus’ Exception Clause in Matthew 19:9?

Additional Resources:

Why Does the Bible Say, “Jacob I Loved and Esau I Hated?” 

Why Is It Front Page News When A Celebrity Announces He Is Gay? 

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Need hope and perspective? Consider the position of Jesus’ father, Joseph

That makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? 

Need hope and perspective? Consider the position of Jesus’ father, Joseph

That makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? 

Whatever challenges you face as you head into 2020, but I am certain they are not as great as the one Joseph faced over 2000 New Years ago. 

“Hey Joseph, there’s a bit of a situation with your fiancé, Mary. Now don’t freak out—and don’t break up—but let’s just say she’s coming with some baggage. The kind that will arrive in about nine months. By the way, His name is Jesus, and He’s the Son of God.”

Makes whatever we are facing seem a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it? I know you have real issues: broken families, failing health, addictions, unemployment, overwhelming debt, or a host of other problems. But understanding the significance of the news Joseph received in Matthew 1 can provide us a lot of perspective, and a lot of hope. And who couldn’t use a little more of both as 2020 comes crashing onto the scene?

Want some perspective? There is nothing you or I are going to face this year that the good hand of our sovereign Lord doesn’t already know all about. And just like God brought comfort to Joseph in the midst of his confusion, he wants to bring comfort and assurance to you. Your situation might be a result of man’s (or your) rebellion more than God’s revelation, but take comfort in knowing that whatever your situation, the Lord wants to bring insight, wisdom, instruction and peace into your heart as you deal with it.

Need some hope? How about the hope of knowing that the result of Joseph facing his challenge with grace ended up being part of God’s provision to bring grace into the world. Aren’t we glad that this unplanned pregnancy didn’t meet a tragic end, and as a result we can enter into today, tomorrow and even death pregnant with hope?

This year I resolve to know more about God’s perspective and hope than ever before. I invite you to join me. Check out jointhejourney.com and jump into his word daily with me.

Are There Different Levels of Sin?

Are There Different Levels of Sin? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Principles:

  1. There are certainly different consequences to certain wrong behaviors.
  2. We don’t go to heaven because of what we do or don’t do. We go to heaven because we trust in what Christ has done.
  3. All sins separate us from God. All sins demand a gracious work  from a gracious Savior.
  4. A sin is a sin when talking about what separates you from God, but ammends often look different depending on the harm done to the other person.

Scripture:

“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people,  but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.”   Matthew 12:31

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:10

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

“…and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ 

shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” Matthew 5:22

“or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”   Matthew 5:48

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:10

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3

“…not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:5

“and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also  told you before and solemnly warned you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:6

“And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,” Hebrews 9:27

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a citadel.” Proverbs 18:19

Additional Resources:

Is There an Unforgivable Sin? https://youtu.be/-YgJbxQJbys

Is There Such A Thing As An Unforgivable Sin? – Version 2 https://youtu.be/DtyqK8ilGa8

Does A Person Who Commits Suicide Go To Heaven? https://youtu.be/ylRE0kLz8p4

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Should a Local Church Have a Higher Standard For Membership Than Membership in Heaven?

Should a Local Church Have a Higher Standard For Membership Than Membership in Heaven? I answered that question this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.


Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. The local church is not a means of salvation.
  2. The local church is a means of santification, and a means to which you can experience the grace and mercies of God.
  3. We’re saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith which saves is never alone. It should be accompanied by good works.
  4. Membership in a local church is a part of the sanctification process, and it is the job of spritual leaders to protect the flock from perverse teachers and their teachings.
  5. Good shepherds protect the flock from wolves and even unruly (bully) sheep.

Scripture:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;” Acts 20:29

“and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.” Acts 20:30

“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

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;”   Romans 10:9

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.”   Matthew 18:15

“But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you…”   Matthew 18:16

“If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”   Matthew 18:17

“It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife.” 1 Corinthians 5:1

“You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed 

from your midst.” 1 Corinthians 5:2

“For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though 

I were present.” 1 Corinthians 5:3

“I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5

Additional Resources:

How Do I Know If I Am Saved?

What Does the Bible Say About Covenant Membership and Church Discipline?

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