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Ask Donnell: What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage?

Ask Donnell: What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage?

We received the following question from J;

"Hi Donnell,
I have a question: My sister and I had a heated argument about divorcees remarrying. We both agree that divorce is only permissible in the case of infidelity but according to her interpretation of what the bible teaches (Mathew 5:32) a divorcee remarrying in any circumstances (once their spouse is alive) is a sin and against God's law. I on the other hand cannot accept this interpretation and argued that if there is infidelity resulting in a divorce, the exception “clause” in this scripture (or the innocent party) I believe is free to remarry. Why would Jesus make a point of mentioning an exception and turn around and tell the innocent party, you can divorce because your spouse broke the covenant, but you can never remarry for the rest of your life, unless it’s to the same cheating spouse (who now makes your skin crawl by the way) - it just does not make sense! What about secular people who went ahead and divorce (not for biblical reasons) and remarry and then became saved? wouldn’t they be given? This is just one of the scenarios I see in this complex issue and since divorce is not an unpardonable sin I cannot agree with her interpretation - Am I wrong?"

J, this is a trap question. What looks like the right answer may not be the only right answer. 🙂 I appreciate you asking it because now is as good a time as any to release a solid answer. I've been avoiding addressing it publicly for a long time but since we just started a church we won't be able to avoid addressing it too much longer. Regardless, I have to be very wise with my response because this answer affects us all. Divorce is much more common in the church these days than it's ever been. It's easy to blurt out an answer when you're either not in the situation or it doesn't affect you in any way.

As a result, people can have very strong opinions based on a narrow understanding of scripture while being very insensitive to other people's situations. However, when the answer affects you or people you love, you think twice before running your mouth. You stop giving your opinion and you dig deep into The Word of God for the truth. So let's start with the scripture you cited.

Matthew 5:32(AMP) - But I tell you, Whoever dismisses and repudiates and divorces his wife, except on the grounds of unfaithfulness (sexual immorality), causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a woman who has been divorced commits adultery.

One message in this scripture is clear. Unfaithfulness is grounds for divorce. Therefore, when a spouse makes the decision to have sexual relations with someone outside of the marriage, the covenant is broken and the option for bringing an end to the marriage is available to the spouse who remained faithful. That is what Jesus said. What Jesus did not say is that if one spouse is committing adultery it means the other spouse is free to also commit adultery. The two wrongs don't cancel each other out. The same way you can't steal from someone who stole from you and expect it to be alright you cannot respond to adultery with adultery. Adultery is still a sin whether or not the other spouse did it first. As long as you're still married the rules of marriage still apply.

Now concerning remarriage, the message is not so clear in this scripture even though it seems to be so. Jesus first said that divorce is permitted as a response to unfaithfulness and that's easy to see. However, he follows that up by saying that the divorced person cannot be remarried without committing adultery. That's where the confusion lies. Does He really mean it's okay to get a divorce when a spouse cheats on you but it's not okay to remarry after getting that divorce He just permitted? This is why we have to thank God that there are four gospels. Four different writers heard Jesus say the same things and wrote them in four different ways. If you read something in one of the gospels and you need clarity, look it up in another gospel. Also, since none of us are native speakers of the Hebrew or Greek language from which The Bible is translated, when there is confusion, we also have to balance scriptures by looking at different translations.

Matthew 19:3-9(NLT) - Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” “Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.

In a nutshell if there has been unfaithfulness in a marriage, the intentions of Jesus are captured in Matthew 19:9(NLT). In that unique case divorce and remarriage are permitted. However, before giving His response to the trap question, Jesus made it clear to those who would listen that marriage is valuable in the eyes of God. Divorce was never in God's plan. In God's eyes, marriage is forever. Divorce was only a concession due to the hardness of people's hearts. Therefore, it should never be an option when entering the marriage covenant. If you choose to get married, choose wisely because God expects you to stick with it until the end of your time on the earth.

As I stated earlier, this is a trap question and has been one since the days of Jesus on the earth. The New Living Translation makes it much easier to understand His response in Matthew 19:9. Here's the story behind this translation of The Bible according to BibleGateway.com;

"New Living Translation (NLT Bible)

The goal of any Bible translation is to convey the meaning of the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts as accurately as possible to the modern reader. The New Living Translation is based on the most recent scholarship in the theory of translation. The challenge for the translators was to create a text that would make the same impact in the life of modern readers that the original text had for the original readers. In the New Living Translation, this is accomplished by translating entire thoughts (rather than just words) into natural, everyday English. The end result is a translation that is easy to read and understand and that accurately communicates the meaning of the original text."

Here is the basis for your answer. Since modern speech has many nuances that help to convey meaning over and above the literal words being used the New Living Translation focuses on translating thoughts instead of just words. The same way you cannot translate Spanish to English or vice versa word for word without losing the essence of what's being said you cannot translate Hebrew or Greek to English word for word. That's how you end up with parts of some translated scriptures which appear to be inconsistent with a logical thought process. Every scripture that's translated to English should logically flow in a certain direction based on the thoughts being expressed. That's why I accept the New Living Translation of Matthew 19:9 as the answer to the question of divorce and remarriage.

Now, here's an interesting point. Since Jesus only spent a very short time addressing the issue of marriage and divorce, The Apostle Paul elaborated on it some more. It was his responsibility to bring structure to the church so he went into a little more detail than Jesus did on several issues including this one. Jesus already addressed infidelity as a concession for divorce so Apostle Paul did not have to repeat that. However, since his job was to address the situations facing the church at the time he could not take a hard-line stance without trying to understand what people were dealing with. Here's what Apostle Paul had to say;

1 Corinthians 7:10-16(NLT) - But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife. Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?

This is another concession for divorce that was created to address a situation they were currently facing. Christian women whose unsaved husbands walked out on them were stuck between a rock and a hard place. They didn't trigger the divorce and their husbands had no regard for the Biblical position on divorce because they were not saved in the first place. The same was taking place with husbands whose unsaved wives divorced them. They were stuck even though they did nothing wrong. The assumption here is that the couples got married when they were both unbelievers and one spouse became a believer during the course of the marriage. That's because The Bible discourages the initiation of marriage between Christians and non-Christians in 2 Corinthians 6:14.

So what's the conclusion of the entire matter? Jesus laid the foundation, then the Apostle Paul built upon it. The safest place to be is in a position where you can quote directly from the scriptures to support your position. However, there are issues we face today in the church that the Apostle Paul had not seen during his time. Issues like spousal abuse, child abuse or homosexuality during a marriage were not addressed directly. What do you do when your life is in danger as a result of spousal abuse? Do you stay married until the person kills you? What do you do if you find out your spouse is abusing your children? Do you keep your children in an abusive situation?

What do you do if your spouse decides to "come out of the closet" in the middle of your marriage? Do you stay married to a spouse who is gay? Had they faced these issues at that time they could have asked Apostle Paul and he would have addressed them in one of his letters to the churches. Hence, we would be able to quote the scripture to establish our position. However, what do we do when we cannot quote an exact scripture? We have to do the same thing Apostle Paul did. First, he outlined what was the direct commandment from The Lord. Once that was established he clearly stated that what he was about to say was not a commandment. He then gave the best advice he could based on the wisdom of God in his own heart.

That's how we handle divorce and remarriage now. The same way Apostle Paul did it. We outline the commandment first then we address people's personal situations and give them the best advice we could give them based on the wisdom of The Holy Ghost within us. If Apostle Paul drew a hard line and just quoted what Jesus said, he would not have given the concession for Christian spouses to divorce unsaved spouses who walked out on them. However, he did just that. He was an Apostle so he dealt with people like a father. He loved them and did his best to help them deal with their issues in a Godly way. He was not a Pharisee. We must be willing to understand God's heart in dealing with people's lives but we must be sure not to confuse Godly advice with a command from God. What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage? It depends! The command is no divorce or remarriage without adultery. Now let's address your situation and see how The Holy Spirit directs us.

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Ask Donnell: Why Did Noah Curse His Grandson Canaan?

Ask Donnell: Why Did Noah Curse Canaan, the son of Ham?

We received the following question from Roshawn;

"Good night Angel and Donnell,
In Genesis 9:24 Noah cursed his grandson and not his son Ham- why? What did Ham “do” to bring this curse unto his generations after him? What really happened in the tent? Thanks."

Great question Roshawn. This is one of those accounts in Bible history that we struggle to understand in Western culture. Throughout the scriptures it's clear to see many major differences between the Middle Eastern cultural mindset of that time and our modern/ post-modern way of thinking on this side of the earth. Principles of honor, ancestral tradition, family legacy, strong community along with multi-generational blessings and curses are foreign to most of us outside of our understanding of The Bible.

Jeremiah 6:16(NKJV) - Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

In our society we do not value many of the same things they valued and some of what's important to us now did not matter much to them. Thankfully, we have The Bible and within it is outlined the ancient path. As we adhere to its teachings we will see where we have strayed from that path so that we can return. (Jeremiah 18:15) With that being said, let's first talk about Noah.

Genesis 9:18-29(NKJV) - Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated. And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.” And he said: “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant.” And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.

I've heard and have also been involved in several debates about the consumption of alcohol in the Christian community. This story in Genesis gives the first account of anyone drinking wine in The Bible and it's not a good one. Noah's decision to drink alcohol blurred his sensibility resulting in him ending up drunk and naked in his tent. What should have been a moment of personal enjoyment started a chain of events which eventually resulted in a curse being brought upon the family line of one of his sons. Remember, the scriptures say that from these three was the whole earth populated after the flood. Genesis 10:6 says, "And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." So the curse was upon one of Ham's four sons. Was it really worth it?

Ephesians 5:18(NLT) - Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

By The Law of First Mention, which is a theological principle, because of the account of Noah's misfortune in Genesis 9:18-29 The Bible teaches that alcohol can destroy families. That's what happened then and it's still happening now. The entire situation could have been avoided if Noah was not drunk with wine. He would have been in his right mind and none of this drama would have taken place.

In the same way, many situations people face today can also be avoided if they stop letting spirituous liquors control their minds. The lives of many people will be preserved if drivers resist the urge to drink and drive. Many drunken brawls at bars and clubs will not take place. Many unnecessary drunken sexual encounters at or after parties will be avoided. Many fathers will remain sober and maintain the respect of their children. Many people will preserve their dignity. Alcohol can take control of a person's mind the same way a demon does.

Proverbs 20:1-3(NKJV) - Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Proverbs 23:29-35(NLT) - Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”

A person who is under the control of alcohol is under the control of a spirit. Isn't it interesting that alcoholic beverages are also called spirits? Why? Maybe because alcoholism is like demonic possession. When you're drunk you're under the control of something else and it's not The Holy Spirit. Regardless, some people in The Church will continue to defend their use of alcohol until something tragic happens to stop them.

Yes, there are people who drank wine in The Bible and it seems to be allowed in moderation. Yes, Jesus turned water into wine. However, over and over The Bible tells us what happens to those who drink alcohol and end up drunk. With all of that information we should be able to make an informed decision. If we can't figure it out for ourselves when the message is so clear it's because we don't want to figure it out, we just want to drink. If that's the case, nothing can be done.

I do want to address the argument which states that alcoholic consumption is acceptable in moderation. What's the definition of moderation? One glass? Two glasses? One shot? One bottle? A slight buzz? A major buzz? Is the person drinking the alcohol providing the definition of moderation? The mere fact that alcohol blurs your senses means that the person drinking the alcohol cannot be the same person who defines the limits of moderate consumption. What if the person can really hold liquor? Is it still moderation if the drinks keep flowing?

Believe me, I have seen several Christians drunk with wine who probably thought they were drinking in moderation. They thought they were alright with the heavy stench of alcohol on their breaths, glassy eyes and their senses altered. However, the alcohol was playing games with their minds. Maybe a quick cell phone video clip could help them see the effects of their "moderate" drinking. Before you ever think you've had enough alcohol one glass can lead to two glasses which can lead to three which can eventually lead to some bad decisions. Is it really worth it?

Proverbs 31:4-7(NLT) - It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.

Isaiah 5:21-23(NLT) - What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever. What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

I guess some could say that Noah couldn't hold his liquor but they can. Well, go for it! That's something to be really proud of. Now that we've discussed Noah's role in starting this whole thing, let's answer your question about Ham and Canaan. What did Ham do wrong? He dishonored Noah by telling his brothers about their father's nakedness instead of covering him. The moment Ham discovered his father drunk and naked in the tent he should have covered him up and ended it there. Instead, he made the decision to broadcast it to his brothers outside bringing embarrassment to Noah.

Exodus 20:12(KJV) - Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Ephesians 6:1-3(NKJV) - Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

If you want to die young, dishonor your parents. If you want to live long, honor them. Not only that but honoring your parents causes things to go well in your life. That's a promise from God and He watches over His Word to perform it. Exposure to the nakedness of family members beginning with parents was a sign of dishonor so much so that in Leviticus 18 it became law. Many laws that were coined in Leviticus were already understood within Jewish culture but they needed to be emphasized or else people would operate without restraint. This was one of those laws. Ham's brothers obviously knew that dishonoring Noah by seeing his nakedness was wrong so they walked backward into the tent and covered him. So how is this relevant to our lives?

Our job is to cover our family members especially our parents. There are things we may know about them that will bring them great shame and disgrace that should never become public information. However, people do it all the time. They get offended then put people's private business on blast for the whole world to see. Couples get divorced and tell their former spouse's private affairs to others. Children fall out with their parents and reveal family secrets. We dishonor each other when we take advantage of vulnerability and exploit it instead of covering it.

Some things we say to others are just too much information (T.M.I.). We should make it our business to protect the honor of our families and that also extends to the family of God. What happens in The Church stays in The Church. If we have issues we should deal with them then heal together and move on. We should handle our stuff internally and not turn our church family into a laughing stock for the world. If we won't do it to our blood relatives we should not do it to those who are related to us by The Blood of Jesus.

Now to answer the final part of your question. Why did Noah curse Canaan, Ham's son instead of Ham? It's simple. That's how curses work. By cursing Canaan, Noah really cursed Ham. In their culture, little was more important than family heritage. We're not sure why Noah chose to curse Canaan and not any of his other three brothers but that's what happened. The curse Ham received extended beyond his own generation and that's a much worse curse than one that ended with Ham. It's the type of curse that gets someone's attention. Ham knew it was bad when he was assured that it would continue in his son's life. Unfortunately, that's what he got for dishonoring his father.

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The Body Church's Sunday Sermon Video - The Vision (Part One)

Superbowl Sunday Service At The Body Church

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

You are invited. Since next Sunday falls on Superbowl Sunday we decided to call it Superbowl Sunday Service. That's all. Join us and enjoy free spiritual food. 🙂

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Superbowl Sunday Service At The Body Church

Superbowl Sunday Service At The Body Church

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

You are invited. Since next Sunday falls on Superbowl Sunday we decided to call it Superbowl Sunday Service. That's all. Join us and enjoy free spiritual food. 🙂

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It's Official! The Journey Has Begun In Atlanta For The Body Church

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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Ask Donnell: Can Angels Really Be Sons of God?

Ask Donnell: Can Angels Really Be Sons of God?

We received the following question from Barney;

"Shalom Donnell,

Could you please be so kind as to cite for me any one, or more, specific Scriptures in the Bible that “directly” and “unambiguously” call ANGELS the Sons of God? PLEASE do not cite Gen. 6:2, 6:4, Job 1:6; Job 2:1 and Job 38:7 because each of these noted Passages does not specifically declare ANGELS as SONS of GOD (that is inferred) – the individuals revealed in these Passages are merely called Sons of God. Once again, each of these above referenced Passages has no “direct” or “unambiguous” correlation to ANGELS of GOD specifically described as the SONS of GOD. Your kind response will be most appreciated."

Barney, thanks for reaching out. You do have a very interesting question. It sounds to me like you have a particular point you would like to make about the nature of the sons of God. I can safely assume that you don't believe they are angels. I searched the scriptures for other references to sons of God but outside of those on your list the only references left are in the New Testament and those refer to God's people. Anyway, for the benefit of the other readers, let's take a look at those scriptures you highlighted.

Genesis 6:2-4(NKJV) - Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. 3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

The Bible actually outlines the punishment for these sons of God who stepped out of line with their created purpose and chose to intermingle with human beings in the following reference.

Jude 1:6(KJV) - And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.

These fallen angels have a special place in hell for what they did.

Job 1:6-7(AMP) - Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, From where did you come? Then Satan answered the Lord, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it.

Job 2:1-6(AMP) - Again there was a day when the sons of God [the angels] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and the accuser) came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, From where do you come? And Satan (the adversary and the accuser) answered the Lord, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it.

Job 38:6-7(KJV) - Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The Amplified version of The Bible clearly outlines the reference "sons of God" to mean angels in Job 1:6-7 and Job 2:1-6. That's a little more than an inference, it's a direct quotation from what is actually a widely accepted translation of The Bible. There's really not a whole lot more I can say on this issue. Outside of these Old Testament references to sons of God, here are some references in the New Testament.

Luke 20:34-36(AMP) - And Jesus said to them, The people of this world and present age marry and are given in marriage; But those who are considered worthy to gain that other world and that future age and to attain to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage; For they cannot die again, but they are angel-like and equal to angels. And being sons of and sharers in the resurrection, they are sons of God.

Romans 8:14, 19(KJV) - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.... For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Galatians 4:6(KJV) - And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Philippians 2:15(KJV) - That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world

1 John 3:1-2(KJV) - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

If The Bible calls angels the sons of God in The Old Testament and a select group of people sons of God in the New Testament what's the difference?

In the Old Testament when referring to angels, The Bible uses the Hebrew word "ben" for son. According to The Strong's Concordance, this word actually means sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for un- righteous men] or sons of God [for angels]). In other words when The Bible refers to the angels as sons of God in The Old Testament it's not calling them the offspring of God but it's merely characterizing them as a group. It's like calling them the "team" of God or God's "group".

In the New Testament, the Greek word translated into son of God is "huios". Here's what it means in different references according to the Strong's Concordance;

A. used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38)

B. used to describe those who are born again (Lk. 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ

C. of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others
I. in the OT used of the Jews
ii. in the NT of Christians
iii. those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12:5-8)

D. those who revere God as their father, the pious worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father's will in all his acts.

As you can see, there's a major difference between sons of God who are the "ben" and those who are the "huios". There's nothing wrong with angels being referred to as sons of God. The Amplified Bible and the Strong's Concordance both agree that the references to sons of God do refer to angels in several cases. However, as we've outlined, it's just a figure of speech.

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How Jesus Built His Dream Team

How Jesus Built His Dream Team

So we're starting an assembly called The Body Church in Midtown Atlanta. If this is your first time hearing so, SURPRISE!!! 🙂 There's allot that goes into this process. At the top of the list is getting the right team together. What would Jesus do?

Matthew 4:18-22(NKJV) - And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Before Jesus officially launched His public ministry with The Sermon on The Mount He started off by Himself. Then He built His core team by selecting brothers Peter and Andrew then brothers James and John. With a four man team at once He immediately started teaching. He also selected Philip according to The Book of John. Great crowds gathered to hear His wisdom and see the miracles.

Luke 6:12-16(NKJV) - Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.

It was only after He taught for some time that out of the many people who followed Him He appointed 12 apostles. He prayed all night and the next morning He picked The Dream Team. They learned by watching Him minister to others in public and by Him expounding to them personally what He taught. He led by His example and with what He poured into their lives. They were able to ask Him questions and get direct answers.

He dealt with them as a group and also as individuals. Before He sent them out to do anything they followed Him for some time and saw the pattern He desired. He was humble and served them. He ended conflicts with a lesson. He led them in service and taught them by serving them.

Jesus didn't need His own temple. He went out to preach in the open air with great wisdom and miracles supporting it. As a result, people followed Him. Jesus only called out five people personally; the rest followed Him because of what He did. Out of those who followed He picked the rest of His dream team. This is a great model to follow.

The Body Church is launching in Midtown Atlanta on Sunday, January 26th. If you're interested in helping out in any way, you're invited to our Interest Meeting.

Location: Starbucks (Midtown) - 867, Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308
Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Time: 7:00PM

To RSVP, email us at TheBodyChurchInc@gmail.com.

Visit our website at www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Video of The Month - Christian Teen Questions & Answers

What is love?
What's the big deal about sex?
Why are young people so angry?
What's the connection between drug use and evil spirits?

This video addresses over 30 questions from Christian teenagers.

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Happy New Year From The Cracked Door

Philippians 3:13-15(KJV)- Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

It's a new year. God has a plan for your life this year. Whatever you start doing for Him, be sure to to finish it!

The Cracked Door Conference 2014

Main Conference Sessions
Dates: Thursday, January 2nd and Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Main Sanctuary, Divine Destiny Worship Centre, Diego Martin, Trinidad

Coffee Shop Conversations
Date: Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Fellowship Hall, Divine Destiny Worship Centre, Diego Martin, Trinidad

Bookbag Blessing
Date: Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad

You can view the conference live online at Divine Destiny Worship Centre.

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The Cracked Door Conference 2014

The Cracked Door Conference 2014

Main Conference Sessions
Dates: Thursday, January 2nd and Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Main Sanctuary, Divine Destiny Worship Centre, Diego Martin, Trinidad

Coffee Shop Conversations
Date: Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Fellowship Hall, Divine Destiny Worship Centre, Diego Martin, Trinidad

Bookbag Blessing
Date: Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad

You can view the conference live online at Divine Destiny Worship Centre.

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