What Is the Sin in 1 John 5:16 That “Leads to Death”?

What Is the Sin in 1 John 5:16 That “Leads to Death”? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

1. Whatever the “sin leading unto death” is, you can be sure that it is not a sin committed against YOU.

2. You never want to build a doctrine or interpretation based on an unclear text. You always want to interpret unclear passages in light of clear passages.

3. All sin, eventually, does lead to death.

4. Don’t mess with sin.

5. A sin that leads to death does not keep a person out of heaven. It means they will no longer have a chance to serve the King on earth.

6. 1 John 5:16 is an instruction on who to pray for and who not to pray for.

7. Pray for those who persecute you and pray for those who are in the snare of the devil.

8. As the Church, we should be accepting and loving toward all people, but we should not affirm people in their sin because all sin leads to trouble, and continued sin leads to more severe trouble.

Scripture:

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death.” 1 John 5:16-17

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.” Proverbs 29:1

“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26

Additional Resources:

Why Do Christians Ignore Other Old Testament Laws but Condemn Homosexuality?

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Is Jesus Contradicting Himself in Mark 9:40 and Matthew 12:30?

Is Jesus Contradicting Himself in Mark 9:40 and Matthew 12:30? I answered this question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

  1. When reading Scripture we must not just take one verse, but rather look at the context.
  2. We can partner with others on issues and not confuse people that we believe the same gospel.
  3. We can and should be accepting and loving toward all who are suffering under any expression of sin and brokenness before  God without ever being affirming of the sin.
  4. It is possible to be affirming of others on some issues while expressing strong and necessary disagreement regarding other issues of ultimate importance.
  5. In all our interactions, whenever possible, we should model civility without compromising clarity.
  6. Always study Scripture to evaluate whether what you hear is true, accurate, and consistent with God’s Word. ( Acts 17:11 )
  7. We should show civility, kindness, and love in all things.  We also need to show clarity in all things.
  8. We should lift up the gospel and the name of Jesus everywhere, but without encouraging others to follow everybody who says they know Jesus.

Scripture:

“I and the Father are one.”   John 10:30

Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?   John 14:9

“For he who is not against us is for us.” Mark 9:40

“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”   Matthew 12:30

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”   Mark 9:38

“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,   Mark 9:39

for whoever is not against us is for us.   Mark 9:40

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”   Matthew 12:34

“If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.”   Matthew 12:27


Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided 

against itself will not stand.   Matthew 12:25

“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.   Matthew 12:29

“Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:

Additional Resources:

Are Mormons Christian?

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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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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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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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What Does It Mean to “Train up a Child in the Way He Should Go”?

What Does It Mean to “Train up a Child in the Way He Should Go”? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

1. Proverbs are not promises, they are observations and principles that are largely true.

2. How can a kid not grow up to be a fool? Don’t allow them to learn the ways of the world from a rebellious, self – seeking, foolish authority figure.

3. Children repeat the patterns they see modeled for them as they grow up.

4. Children see how important Scripture is when their parents live their lives devoted to it.

5. Children are impacted when they witness their parents living “on mission” (having already determined they are going to do what God says to do).

6. Hurt people hurt people. Children who have been raised in peaceful homes likely will create peace for others and desire more of it for themselves.

7. When you “seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness” one of the things God typically adds to you is the blessing of a generation that wants to follow in your steps.

8. Don’t just put Scripture on your wall, put it on your heart and live according to it.

9. When you passionately follow Christ, and the blessing of living according to God’s will and way is on you, your kids will be more likely to want more of the kindness of God they have witnessed.

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

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7

“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:8-9

“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

“The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

Additional Resources:

How to train up your child:
1. Have a plan ( Deuteronomy 6 )
2. You must be present to win
3. Be a parent (not a pal)
4. Passionately follow Christ

Are Family Curses Real?

What Is the Biggest Mistake Most Parents Make?

What Is a Biblical View of How To Discipline My Children?

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How Should I Respond If My Child Says They Want to Change Their Gender?

Show Notes:

How Should I Respond If My Child Says They Want to Change Their Gender? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Scripture:

“Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death.” Proverbs 19:18

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who hurries his footsteps errs.” Proverbs 19:2

“The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.” Proverbs 19:3

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

Principles:

  1. Don’t be surprised when your children want childish things.
  2. Don’t confuse less common expressions of male or female with a child being misgendered.
  3. Empathize and lead.

Great parents do these things:

  1. Have a plan.  2. They are present.  3. They are a parent.

In Summary:

1. Love your child.  2. Listen to your child.  3. Help your child.

In all things remind them of the goodness of God and His way.

Additional Resources:

What is The Biggest Mistake Parents Make?
How Should Christians Respond to the Case of James Younger?

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