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 Why Should I Pay Taxes
 

Louise was a dedicated Christian woman. She had a strong biblical foundation and she knew Jesus since early childhood. She grew up in a warm, loving Christian environment. Her parents loved God with all their hearts and were very involved in their local church. They faithfully attended every service and bible study the church sponsored. They taught Sunday school and had a vast understanding of the bible. There was one major flaw in their belief system they did not pay income taxes. They thought it was robbing God of money He should get. Louise, in her adult life, carried on the same practice until the IRS caught up to her practices and levied a heavy penalty against her for all those years of not paying taxes.

Oh this is just great! Why should I pay taxes? This income belongs to God not the IRS. She was dumfounded by the IRS notice she clenched tightly in her fist. Anger flustered her beautiful face and her green eyes flamed with fury as she wrinkled her beautiful olive complexion into a distorted dried looking prune. How in the world was she going to come up with $40,000 dollars within 6 months?  She vowed she would not pay the back income taxes anyway. She was not about to pay taxes which she thought were wrong to pay in the first place.

She consulted her parents (Who counseled her to not pay the taxes because it was Gods money.) She talked to her financial advisors, her closet friends and her fiance. She spoke to members in her choir and her bible study companions. They all accept, her parents, strongly advised her to pay her taxes and figure out a way to pay back the $40,000 she owed the government. By now she was extremely upset, confused and she did not know where to turn for help. She decided to talk with her pastor about this looming financial crisis. Surely, being a man of God he could give her some solid counsel. She went to  visit him at the church.

She sat in Pastor Wilsons office fidgeting with her purse as she looked nervously around the office. Just then Pastor Wilson came in and warmly greeted Louise. What can I do for you? Pastor I am in deep financial trouble and I need to hear from God on my circumstance. She explained all that was transpiring in her life at the moment  Pastor Wilson listened compassionately for 35 minutes as Louise told him a history of her financial woes with the IRS. She told him how she was taught by her parents to not pay taxes because that money belonged to God. Pastor Wilson sat quietly for several minutes thinking about what to say.

Louise lets pray and ask the Lord to come into this circumstance and give you wisdom on the right course of action to take in this crisis. (Pastor Wilson knew she should pay her taxes because it is taught in the bible they that she is supposed to pay her taxes. But he felt she would not listen to his counsel because she was so against the idea of paying taxes.) So they prayed the Lord would give her wisdom about what do and that He would give her peace.

That night Louise came across Romans 13:6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. The Lord opened her mind and revealed to her that her beliefs she held from childhood were wrong. He wanted to her to pay her taxes every year and pay off her $40,000 tax penalty. Now Louise knew Why should I pay taxes! This Christian woman had reached another maturity level in Christ.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Romans  13:6

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 Speaking In Tongues - A Sign
 

“Tongues then are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers” (1 Cor. 14:22).

It’s commonly believed that speaking in tongues is a private prayer language but that idea is read into the text. Not a single verse states that tongues is for private prayer, however, 1 Cor. 14:21-22 clearly say that speaking in tongues was a sign. In 1 Cor. 14:21, God said, “through men of strange tongues … I will speak to this people. This is a quote from Isa. 28:11-14 in which God said that through “foreign lips and strange tongues” He was going to speak to, that is judge, “this people in Jerusalem”. Then 1 Cor. 14:22 continues on to say, “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers. From this we can see that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement for “this people”, the unbelieving Jews who had rejected their Messiah. That judgement came in 70AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem.

Foreign languages were first used as a sign of judgement against the people who were building the tower of Babel. Gen. 11:1-9 tell us that, because they refused to spread throughout the world, God confused their languages and scattered them over the face of the earth.

Next, in Deu. 28, after God promised Israel that He would bless them if they were obedient, He said that if they were disobedient He would bring against them “a nation whose language you will not understand” (v.49). So, just as foreign languages were used as judgment against a disobedient people at Babel, they would be used as a sign of judgment against Israel if they were disobedient.

The Old Testament shows tongues being used as a sign of judgement against Israel on two occasions.
1) In Isa. 28:11-14, Isaiah prophesied that the Assyrians, a people “with foreign lips and strange tongues”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Israel.
2) In Jer. 5:15-17, Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonians, “a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand”, would be God's instrument of judgment against Judah.

Both of these prophecies were fulfilled confirming tongues as a sign of judgement.

Moving on to the New Testament, 1 Cor. 1:22 says that Jews demanded signs.

  • In John 20:30-31 we are told that Jesus did signs in the presence of His Jewish disciples to prove that He was the Christ, the Messiah, and eternal life was in His name.
  • Then Heb. 2:2-4 tell us that God used signs to bear witness to salvation through Jesus.

Speaking in tongues was a sign to the Jews that salvation was in Jesus, the One they crucified. There are three mentions of tongues in Acts and on each occasion Jews were present and people believed in Jesus.  

Looking at the three events in Acts, we see -
(a) In Acts 2, the Jews were amazed to hear God being praised in foreign languages and three thousand were cut to the heart and believed when they heard they had crucified their Lord and Christ (Act 2:36-41).
(b) In Acts 10-11, at Cornelius’ house, Peter and the other Jews who had come with him were astonished when the Gentiles believed in Jesus and spoke in tongues (Acts 10:43-47).
(c) In Acts 19:1-7, twelve Jewish disciples of John the Baptist spoke in tongues after they had believed and were baptised in Jesus’ name.


In all three passages, Jews were the target of the sign of speaking in tongues and each time it pointed to belief in Jesus so it is obvious that tongues were a sign to the Jews that salvation, even for the Gentiles, was in the One they had crucified – and they would be severely judged for it.

In Matt. 24:1-2, Jesus spoke of judgement saying that the Temple would be destroyed. It was further prophesied about in 1 Cor. 14:21-22 which say that through “men of strange tongues” God would speak to “this people” and it would be a sign to them. As already said, this quote comes from Isa. 28:11-14 and this connection to previous judgement against Israel makes it obvious that speaking in tongues was a sign of future judgement against them for crucifying their Messiah. Judgement came when God used the Roman army, a “men of strange tongues”, to destroy Jerusalem. The sign of speaking in tongues was not likely needed beyond that point because tongues had served their purpose – judgement had come.

Finally, many believe that speaking in tongues is for private use despite 1 Cor. 12:7 and 1 Pet. 4:10 saying that all gifts are for serving others, for the common good. There is no suggestion of tongues being for private use but, as shown in this article, the Bible tells us that speaking in tongues was a sign of judgement against Israel. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, he said not to forbid speaking in tongues and this was simply because tongues were still being used as a sign to the Jews but once judgement came, in 70AD, the sign had served its purpose and the gift of tongues ceased. Many ignore the clearly stated purpose of speaking in tongues and force fit a ‘private prayer language’ into the text, at the expense of sound interpretation. Amen.


The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html

The video of “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q013wNYg83g

Christian Issues' blog can be subscribed to at -
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Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

Author Mick Alexander  Added On 12/18/2016
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 Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
 

Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
What does face to face mean in 1 Cor. 13:12?

Regarding 1 Cor. 13:12 and the term "face to face", in Ex. 33:11 we are told that God talked to Moses "face to face, as a man speaks with a friend". We know this is figurative language because Ex. 33:20 tells us that Moses did not actually see God’s face. The same thing happens to us today when God speaks to us through His Word. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Bible is living and active and that it judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. As we read the Bible, even though we don’t see God’s face, we feel and know that we have personally come "face to face" with Him.

To understand 1 Cor. 13:12, we first need to look at James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18.
i) James 1:21-25 liken reading the Bible to looking into a mirror. Just as a mirror reflects our physical condition, the Bible reflects our spiritual condition – a mirror is being used as a symbol for the Bible.
ii) James 1:21-25 refer to the Bible as "the perfect law that gives freedom" and, in the next paragraph, there is a link to a PDF showing that "the perfect" in 1 Cor. 13:9-10 is speaking about the Bible also.
iii) 2 Cor. 3:18 also speaks figuratively about looking into a mirror (the Bible) and being changed into Jesus’ image. The Holy Spirit changes us from glory to glory as we continue to look into the Bible.

This tells us that Mirror = the Perfect = the Bible.

1 Cor. 13:12 is a continuation of the discussion on the cessation of prophecy and knowledge and it uses figurative language similar to James 1:21-25 and 2 Cor. 3:18. It says, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known". This verse speaks of "now" and "then" - "now" being the time when Paul was writing 1 Corinthians and "then" being the time when "the perfect" was to come. Therefore, our interpretation of this verse depends upon what "the perfect" is. In the following link, I show why I believe that the coming of "the perfect" refers to the time when God would give His final revelation for inclusion in the Bible, making it complete; this revelation being the book of Revelation -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/blogarticles/tonguesandtheperfect.pdf

The following interprets 1 Cor. 13:12 in the light of "the perfect" being the completed Bible -
"Now [with an incomplete Bible] we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror [prophecy was limited];
then [when we have the completed Bible] we shall see face to face [figuratively speaking].
Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when we have the completed Bible] I shall know fully, even as I am fully known".

Regarding "mirror", the polished metal mirrors used in Paul’s day gave a poor reflection. This speaks of the poorer understanding of things like our spiritual condition, Jesus’ sacrifice, End Times etc., that we get when we only read the Old Testament. But, just as today’s glass mirrors give a clear reflection, the New Testament gives us a clear, "face to face" understanding of God’s Will.

Knowing fully is not referring to knowing God fully as even in our eternal state we will not know Him fully or be all-knowing like He is. We will never be omniscient. Knowing fully simply means having a full knowledge of God’s Will, Plans and Purposes as revealed in "the perfect", complete Bible. Through the New Testament we can come to a much deeper knowledge of these things than through reading the Old Testament alone. God’s Will for man is fully known from the beginning to the end, from Genesis to Revelation. With this in mind, the verse is saying,

"Now [with an incomplete Bible] I know in part [because knowledge is in part];
then [when the completed Bible comes] I shall know [God’s Will] fully,
even as [that is, in the same manner as] I am fully known [by Him]".
[I will fully know God’s Will just as He fully knows me].

So, through the Bible, we can figuratively come face to face with God and as we continue to look into this spiritual mirror we will come to know His Will fully and be transformed into Jesus’ likeness, going from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18).

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html

The video of “Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face” can be seen on YouTube at-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01FrXFi1OHA

Christian Issues' blog can be subscribed to at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/feed/

Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

Author Mick Alexander  Added On 11/19/2016
Rating (0)  Category Christian Bible Studies
 Speaking in Tongues and 1 Cor. 13:11
 

Regarding speaking in tongues, what is 1 Cor. 13:11 saying? The verse says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me". In this verse, the putting away of the so called childish ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning is parallel to the cessation of the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge spoken of in 1 Cor. 13:8. The following points make this connection obvious -

I) 1 Cor. 13:11 is right in the middle of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 which is about the cessation of the three spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.

II) In 1 Cor. 13:11, the word translated "put away" (G2673 - katargeo) is the same word that is used in 1 Cor. 13:8 where it talks about prophecy and knowledge ceasing. So, in saying "put away", Paul is talking about the cessation of speaking, thinking and reasoning.

III) Because verses 8 and 11 are both talking about the cessation of three things, it is obvious that speaking, thinking and reasoning are parallel to the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.
Speaking = tongues
Thinking = prophecy
Reasoning = knowledge

Therefore, 1 Cor. 13:11 is saying, "When I was a child, I talked like a child [tongues], I thought like a child [prophecy], I reasoned like a child [knowledge]. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me".

Paul figuratively refers to tongues, prophesy and knowledge as "childish ways" because they were for the infant church and were put away, ceased, as he became a man, that is, as the church matured. Tongues, being a sign of judgement (1 Cor. 14:21-22), ceased with the early church, some time after Jerusalems judgement in 70AD and God stopped giving biblical prophecy and knowledge to men when Revelation was written (around 96AD) because He had nothing further to add to His written Word.

Some suggest that 1 Cor. 13:11 is about abuse or love or moving on spiritually but the context of the verse rules these out. The verse is right in the middle of three chapters on spiritual gifts and, further still, it is firmly anchored in the middle of six verses which are talking about the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge so the context is clearly about the cessation of the spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge and not about things like abuse, love or moving on spiritually.

Another suggestion is that becoming a man, in 1 Cor. 13:11, is talking about maturing when Jesus returns but this cannot be as, at the Rapture, we will not become a man but be totally transformed into spiritual beings, no longer even human (1 Cor. 15:50-53). Sudden change from a flesh and blood human being into an immortal, spiritual being can hardly be called maturing.

All this, I believe, shows that tongues, prophesy and knowledge ceased with the early church.

A final point for thought:
Some believe that, in 1 Cor. 13:9-10, the perfect is Jesus and that all gifts cease when He returns but this cant be true for two reasons:
I) the perfect is neuter gender, not masculine, so it cannot be referring to Jesus.
II) Even if the perfect was Jesus, 1 Cor. 13:9-10 say that only prophecy and knowledge cease at the coming of the perfect, not all the gifts.
The following books on the cessation of tongues, prophecy and knowledge are free to download -

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html


This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads2.html


Mick Alexander
leeandmick@gmail.com
http://www.ChristianIssues.biz

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