I find on the increase, at an alarming rate, the number of people who will not hear sound doctrine, or the number of people who will quote some little cute secular saying at me to make their point about Biblical doctrine.
I have used Scripture in these situations and still the person on the other end will tell me I use half truths because I have not gone into prayer to ask God what he wants me to do in this situation (which, of course, I had many times but always in the context of His will and Biblical teachings). But the issue in these cases are this, "Is a person supposed to ask God is it OK to do something that the Bible already states it is NOT OK to do?". The answer to this of course is an emphatic, NO!
An example of why it is NOT OK to ask God if we can do something that the Word already says we cannot do is found in Numbers 22. (The full account is contained in Numbers 22 - 24). Let's look for a moment at it. Balak wanted Balaam to come and curse Israel. In verse 8 Balaam said he was going to receive direction from the Lord. In verse 12 God said unto Balaam, "..Thou shalt not go with them...". A second time Balak sent messengers to Balaam and offered riches to come do it. Balaam responded, vs 18, "..If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more." But then added in verse 19 that he would go again to the LORD to see what He would say to him. (God had already told him he could not go, he should not have asked again). In vs 20, "And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do." Vs 21, And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab." vs 22, "And God's anger was kindled because he went:..."
In vs. 12 above the directive will of Jehovah
is made known to Balaam, in vs. 20 Jehovah's permissive will. The
prophet is now free to go, but knows the true mind of the Lord about it.
The matter is wholly one between Jehovah and His servant. The permission
of vs. 20 really constitutes a testing of Balaam. He chose the path of
self-will and self-advantage, and Jehovah could not but gravely disapprove.
The whole scene, vs. 22-35, prepared Balaam for what was to follow. (Scoffield's
notes, page 197).
The above is simply to show you why I have decided to enlarge the Bible studies with an "issues" section. It is also to show you that an additional reason is to help you to see that God has spoken on many issues, clearly, and it is NOT OK for us to go to Him in prayer and ask if we can do it anyway. As in the case of Balaam, God may just say "yes" as a test and we can be sure we are not in God's will if we do this.
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As always I remind you to be a Berean. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica', in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:11. Before and after reading these articles, pray and ask God for understanding and wisdom. Then search the Scriptures, the King James Bible, to be sure they are true.
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