DID THE WINE JESUS DRANK HAVE ALCOHOL?

Yes it did. This is conclusive if you take into account scripture and the original Greek version of it. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke about what the scribes and Pharisees said about Him and John the Baptist in an effort to marginilize them. John didn’t eat or drink, because he only ate locusts and honey. Saying he didn’t eat meant he didn’t indulge himself with food. They said of him that he had a devil, telling the people “This is why you shouldn’t listen to him.” Continuing in Matthew 11:19, Jesus said “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.’ But wisdom is judged of her children.” If the wine Jesus drank did not have alcohol, why would they call Him a winebibber? The original Greek word there for “drinking” was “πίνω” (PEE-no), which means to “imbibe”.

Jesus drank wine with alcohol, so it is lawful to drink alcoholic beverages. It is a great sin to be a drunkard. It’s a hard way to find yourself back. If you have problems controlling alcohol, don’t put it to your lips.

DOES THE BIBLE SAY IT IS WRONG FOR WOMEN TO WEAR PANTS?

This rule comes from Deuteronomy 22:5, which states “The woman shall not wear what pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination to the Lord your God.” The problem with the interpretation by many of this law is that they didn’t take into account that men and women both wore dresses in that day. God warned men through His servants the prophets that He will raise up their skirts and expose the nakedness of the iniquities they committed they thought were not noticed by God. If one took into account what men and women both wore in that day, then perhaps they would think of the meaning.

What this law meant was that women should not play the role of men and men should not play the role of women. This covers things all along the spectrum. This does not include women working, sports, or anything like that. Women made clothes and other materials to sell them, which would qualify as a job. If a man wears a skirt, stockings, and stilettos, then that is wrong. It is a man being effeminate, which is also written in 1st Corinthians 6:9. Sex change operations and taking hormones to change genders are an abomination to the Lord. To those of you who did such things, but say “Can’t God make mistakes?”, implying God put them in the wrong gendered body, it is not God that made the mistake, but you did.

WHY ARE GENTILE CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO EAT PORK AND SHELLFISH?

While God gave pretty strict laws to the Israelites concerning food, Christians for the most part do not obey these laws. To learn why God gave these strict rules, food consumption and otherwise, read my posts “God’s Health Laws” and “God’s Tolerance In The Old Testament”.

Right after Gentiles started converting to Christianity, there were Jewish Christians who wanted to turn Gentiles into Jews by following all of the Old Testament laws. The Gentiles were uncircumcised, idol-worshippers, promiscuous, and ate pork and shellfish, as well as other things known as “common”. Common meant “defiled”. Peter was among those who wanted Gentiles to be turned into Jews while Paul was adamant in his opposition doing so. After a big debate, James in Acts 15:13-21 proposed a resolution to this problem. The key verse is 20, which states “But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

See, many of the first Gentile Christians were Greeks and Romans, who made idols of their gods. Although it’s not clearly written that they did, I am one hundred percent sure that they made idols of their new God. They still do. The Gentile cultures were also very permissive sexually, so this would have to be dealt with. Staying away from blood is necessary because God says that is the life of a beast. Christians must obey these laws.

In his first epistle to Timothy, a close friend of Paul’s, Paul said (1st Tim. 4:1-4) “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” “Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received of them which believe and know the truth.” “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” Timothy’s father was Greek, but his mother was Jewish.

Paul wrote these things about people in the last days who will say it is immoral to eat meat. The reason I say that is because he said that every creature can be received with thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for the meat we eat makes it moral, and it is utterly immoral for anyone to call a meateater immoral. Even Christians do so. If you disobey things so clearly written, your soul will be very much in danger.

Bring on the shrimp!

WERE THERE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WHAT PAUL AND JUDE TAUGHT (FAITH VS WORKS)?

There has been great attention given by scholars at the differences of what the apostle Paul taught, and what Jude, the brother of Jesus taught. Scholars point out to scripture where Paul mentions faith in Christ as being the only way to salvation, while they point out that Jude made mention of works. One thing you can almost always count on scholars on Christianity having- a lack of wisdom.

While it is true that there was a lot of dissension in the early Christian church that pitted faith in Christ against works, only those who fail at the ability to think can use Paul vs Jude as an example. There were many early Christian Jews whose mission in life was to turn Gentile Christians into Jewish Christians by focusing on the Law as a way to salvation. They ignored that God said there will be a new covenant that will come (Jeremiah 31:31-33). There is no question Paul fought hard at making sure that people knew that salvation can only come through faith that Jesus was the Messiah, which was the new covenant. He wrote about this in his epistles many times. What too many scholars void of faith or wisdom ignore is that Paul also made sure to let the people know to obey the Law. Paul wrote that works, which meant obeying the Law, would not bring salvation, but not obeying the Law made void salvation through faith. If one becomes a Christian but doesn’t change their sinful ways, then their conversion is for nothing. There are too many examples to list here where Paul made mention of sin, and pointed out people doing things contrary to the Law that should even be excommunicated. He chastized the Corinthians for not doing so (1st Cor. 5:1-13). Continuing in the next chapter, Paul wrote (1st Cor. 6:9-10) “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor men who are effeminate, nor homosexuals,” “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusers, nor extortionists shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Do you think Paul was referring this to nonbelievers? Of course not.

Jesus said that after He returns, there will be many who are condemned that will say they accepted Him as the Christ, but that He didn’t accept them (Matthew 7:21-23). How does this happen? Did any of these so-called experts ask themselves “Was Paul unaware that Jesus said this?” I am quite certain that Paul knew what Jesus said considering Paul had hands laid on him, transferring wisdom about the Christ and scriptures to him from other apostles. Paul was well versed in the Gospel, and did great work to spread the Gospel. He suffered greatly doing so. Paul obviously knew what Jesus said.

Jude never said that salvation comes through works, but did say salvation is kept through works. Paul said salvation comes through faith, but you better obey the Law. Are these mutually exclusive, or are these in concert? One does not exclude the other at all, but then again I am no scholar.

WHY DID THE RICH YOUTH HAVE TO SELL ALL AND GIVE TO THE POOR TO FOLLOW JESUS?

In Matthew 19:16-22, a young man asked Jesus what it took to follow Him, and Jesus said to follow the commandments. The young man said he has done so since his youth, so what does he still lack. Jesus told him if he wants to be perfect, then sell all he has and give the proceeds to the poor. After saying that, the young man became sad and left because he had many things.

This set of verses is brought up by many who exploit the class war, but they always conveniently leave out the commandment “You shall not covet your neighbor’s possessions.” Many believers will even cite this verse to say that rich men can’t truly follow Jesus. This is folly. Job was the most righteous man on earth according to God Himself, yet he was rich.

There was another follower of Jesus who was also rich, named Joseph of Arimathaea. In Matthew 27:57, Joseph was described as both being a disciple and rich. This means Jesus did not make the same request of Joseph as He did with the young man. Why do I say this? Because Joseph was both a disciple AND rich. Joseph didn’t sell all of his things and give the money to the poor in order to follow Christ. Why would Jesus not make the same request of Joseph as He did with the young man? Because Jesus knew the hearts of them both. He knew Joseph would sell all his things if Jesus made that request, so it was unnecessary to make it. Jesus tested the young man to see if he was willing to make the same sacrifice He knew Joseph would have made.

WHAT DOES ‘THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST’ MEAN?

I am going to get more into the smaller questions of doctrine here. I have answered many of the major questions here, and even got to questions that people used in their word searches in the page above titled “Unanswered Questions….” This question as to the dead in Christ rising first has been cited by rapture believers for years, and there are some who dismiss their interpretation while giving their own point of view as to what 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 means. The verses state as follows:

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The “dead in Christ” are those who are no longer living, but are faithful to God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. How they will rise has nothing to do with altitude. The dead in Christ are already in heaven. They will rise by being alive once again. Right now, the dead in Christ are without bodily form and await to be put into incorruptible flesh. The term “incorruptible” means “undecaying”, not unable to break laws. 

At the sound of the last trump, the dead in Christ are the first to put on their new undecaying flesh bodies. At the same time, the elect God has reserved for the last generation are taken from this earth and are also put into new undecaying flesh bodies. It is written that God has shortened the days for the elect’s sake, not that the days are shortened for anyone else. It is also written that God will send His angels to gather together His elect from the four winds (Matt. 24:31). It is also written that the church of Philadelphia will be kept from the HOUR of temptation (Rev. 3:10). Now many will say that the church of Philadelphia will be here during that time, but not feel temptation. This is incorrect because Christ said the word “hour”, meaning time. “I will keep you from the time of temptation.” I have discussed this with a few, but they always ignore that Christ said “hour”. He could have simply said “I will keep you from temptation”, and that would be that, but He didn’t. As I said in teaching here at my site, I will not add or omit words to suit my point of view. I don’t ignore words clearly written, even if it goes against my own personal beliefs. In that same hour, the church of Smyrna will go through tribulation and imprisonment for ten days, and some will suffer death afterwards (Rev. 2:8-10). This is the only other church Christ didn’t speak negatively about, so their righteousness should be unquestioned. At the same time, they suffer the hour of temptation. Add everything together without a preconceived notion and you should accept that the seven thousand elect God has reserved for the final generation are the ones Paul speaks of in 1st Thessalonians 4:17.