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Can a preacher who has divorced his wife still preach?
It would depend on a lot of factors. A preacher isn’t expected to be perfect, but at the same time, he should attempt to live a life that models Christian virtue (1 Tim 4:12). It would depend on why he was divorced, what type of life he is living currently, and how he is viewed by the brethren. In short, it is a case-by-case issue, but a divorce in a preacher’s past certainly would be something that should give us pause.
I have a question: is it wrong for churches to sing Christian songs like ‘Hosanna’ (i.e. Christian rock)? Some churches are singing these types of songs, but some people say it’s wrong.
Dear Rock On,
The Scriptures give a few qualifications for the songs that we sing. First of all, they must always be reverent (Heb 12:28). Songs that treat God flippantly or treat worship more as entertainment than reverence to God are wrong. Many churches are more interested in fascinating the people with trendy music than they are with bringing gravity to the minds of young souls that need to be reminded that their Maker is to be treated with fear and awe (Pr 1:7).
Secondly, the songs must be psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs (Col 3:16). The songs must have Bible-based language and doctrinally sound lyrics. They must agree with the teachings of the Bible, and they must be focused on spiritual things. Once again, worship is about God, not us.
Thirdly, they should be songs that are sung from our hearts and by all the members (Eph 5:19). The Bible never authorizes rock bands, choirs, pianos, etc. Instrumental music in worship is an invention that has no biblical foundation to it. The New Testament example is everyone singing from the heart – no more, no less (Rev 22:18-19). If you would like to read more on the subject of instrumental music in worship, we suggest you read “A Cappella”.
I greet you with peace brother(s) in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. My question is: according to the Scriptures, shouldn't we be breaking the bread (off of the loaf) instead of using crackers? Also, should we be sharing one cup as the Word speaks of? I know this is an issue amongst the brotherhood; however, I wanted to know your thoughts. Thank you.
Dear Supper Stumped,
Let’s address the ‘one cup’ issue first. We should only use one cup… unless the Scriptures give us a reason to think that the one cup was an unimportant detail – which they do. Jesus stated that what is in the cup matters, not the cup itself (Matt 26:29). When Jesus took the cup, He gave thanks for the grape juice inside of the cup (Mk 14:23-24). The grape juice represents Christ’s blood; the cup does not. In fact, Jesus told the apostles to divide the juice among themselves (Lk 22:17). We don’t know how the apostles went about doing that. They may very well have poured the juice from Jesus’ cup into twelve other individual cups. When we use multiple cups to distribute the fruit of the vine for the Lord’s Supper, we are doing what Christ did… dividing the juice among all the believers who are going to remember Christ’s death.
As far as breaking the bread, good brethren are divided over whether or not it is an important detail to physically break the unleavened loaf. Unleavened bread is flat because it doesn’t have the yeast to make it rise – like a cracker. Some brethren think it is required to break the bread; other folks point to Scriptures that use the term “break the bread” as a colloquialism to generically refer to any meal. It is best not to be too dogmatic because there is no way to know definitively.
[This question is in response to “Feminine Ways”]
How do you view Deborah in the Bible? How do you explain why God mentions her at all? She judged both men and women in Israel. I'm not convinced that God will be boxed in to whom He can use at any given time. God Bless.
Thinking Outside the Box
Dear Thinking Outside the Box,
The only rules God is “boxed in” by are His own. The Bible is full of women that taught and shared God’s wisdom… Deborah is just one example of them. Miriam, Moses and Aaron’s sister, was a prophetess (Ex 15:20), and so were Philip’s four daughters (Acts 21:8-9). The problem is not with women teaching; it is the venue in which they do it.
We didn’t make 1 Cor 14:34 and 1 Tim 2:12 – those are God’s laws, not ours. We also didn’t make the qualifications that an elder be a man – the Lord authored Tit 1:5-9 and 1 Tim 3:1-7. The qualifications for an elder restrict women from being pastors, but it also forbids young men, unmarried men, and those without children. It isn’t a matter of the value of people; it is a matter of what God’s law says.
Is communion to be offered weekly or monthly?
Dear Day Runner,
Christ told us that whenever we take the Lord’s Supper, we should do it in remembrance of Him (Lk 22:19). In the book of Acts, we see how often the church observed the Lord’s Supper. In Acts 20:7, we see that christians ‘broke the bread’ in remembrance of Christ on Sundays. That is when they did it, so that is when we do it.
Paul says that we are to take the Lord’s Supper when the church is gathered together (1 Cor 11:20). Taking the Lord’s Supper is an act of worship done by every congregation of the Lord each Sunday. When we take a look at all the teaching on the Lord’s Supper, we get the truth (Ps 119:160). Christ commands that we do it in remembrance of Him (1 Cor 11:23-28), the church gives us the example of doing it on the first day of the week, and Paul teaches that we should do it when we are assembled as a church.