Biblical Q&A: Should Christians Today Still Use Holy Water?

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[Anonymous asks] Should Christians of today still use holy water after Christ died for us?


Thank you for your question

Answer:

Holy water under the old covenant was meant for a husband’s jealousy. If he suspected of his wife’s unfaithfulness and became jealous and had reasons not to trust her, he would take her to the priest. The priest would make the holy water which would be bitter putting some of the dust of the floor found in the tabernacle and have the woman drink it from a bowl. If the woman was found guilty by the LORD, her belly would shrivel meaning, she wouldn’t be able to have children [Numbers 5:17-27]. 

Nowhere in the New Testament does it say to use holy water. That was done under the old covenant. Jesus came to fulfill the requirements of the Law, we are under grace.

What is grace? Grace just means favor, God’s favor on you. He did something for you that you didn’t deserve, mainly, keeping the law on your behalf. Through His death on the cross and resurrection, by placing one’s faith in Jesus, His righteousness gets credited to our account. God looks on those who put their trust in Him as if they have kept the whole law.

The Catholic Church still uses holy water to this day for cleansing and for battling the demonic forces of evil. The way they use it has nothing to do with the Biblical meaning of its use and its purpose.  

But the truth is that the only thing for cleansing a person’s life is the Word of God which is also used to battle against the devil’s tactics and schemes [Ephesians 6:10-18-The Full Armor of God]. 

Many false churches who claim to be Christians will always contradict God’s Word and make you do things contrary to what is written in Scripture. We must be students of His Word to be protected from deception.  

 

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Biblical Q&A: Why Are people leaving the church?

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[God’s Warrior asks] One question that I have is, why are we as Christians pushing people out of the Church? Is it because of our doctrine? Are we like the Pharisees, who want to be seen in public?


Thank you for your question

Answer

I will start with your last question first: Are we like the Pharisees, who want to be seen in public?

If some churches are like the Pharisees then that would put the church in a dangerous situation [Matthew 23]. Being a Pharisee means that you don’t belong to God, they were self-centered, loved praises from men, loved money, and taught man-made tradition that contradicted the Scriptures. Basically, that would constitute a false church or a liberal one. A false church will not necessarily push people away from a church building but will be pushed away from the truth of God, Jesus Christ.

Is it because of our doctrine?

The Truth of Scripture will either bring a person closer to Jesus Christ or will push them away. It depends on the person’s heart. A heart that is hardened will not allow the Holy Spirit to come in, but a heart that has softened, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, will gladly open his heart to Jesus. 

2 Corinthians 2:15-16

15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things?

Some churches could be doing something wrong, meaning they have drifted away from Christ and are starting to become more like the world [liberal ideology] and the power of Jesus in that church will not be active because of their departure from the truth.

Revelation 2:2-5          

2 I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 3 I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent

[The church of Ephesus] The believers were well versed [knowledgeable] with Scripture and even exposed false teachers, but the love that they used to have in the time of Paul, started to die and Jesus was trying to warn them to kindle [to ignite the passion for Christ they once had] or else the church would be dispersed [die off]. 

There could be many other reasons why people are leaving the churches, but Jesus did say that the gates of hell will not prevail [Matthew 16:17-19] as to destroy their [faith in Jesus Christ]. At the end of all things [appearing at the judgment seat of Christ], many who profess Jesus will be found out if their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 

Another reason would be according to 2 Timothy 4:2-4 which says, 2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine refers to a time that will be close to Christ’s return. It will become more wicked, people will abandon and exchange the Truth for the lie. 

but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. These people who are leaving the churches who preach the truth are driven by their flesh, wanting to hear teachings that will satisfy [the itch] their sinful lifestyles. 

False doctrine [a church that does not preach against sin] and one’s sinful desires for material gain will be one of the strongest motivators for abandoning the truth found in Scripture.

In the end, people will reap what they have sown. Those who preached the truth to bring people to God’s kingdom will have treasures in heaven. Those who mislead people away from Christ for personal gain, eternal darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

Biblical Q&A: How Do I Know God’s Calling For My Life?

 

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Edward asks:

I just want to know how would somebody know that he has the calling for God upon his life?


Thank you for your question

Answer:

First of all, we need to recognize God’s voice. By reading the Scriptures you will get acquainted with God’s character and the things that He likes and dislikes. We must be vigilant because Satan can also speak to us or even one’s flesh/desires, so knowing the difference is essential. God has a calling for all believers, the closer we are to the Lord, the clearer we can hear Him and distinguish who is speaking to us.

John 10:4-10

4 When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t recognize the voice of strangers.”

6 Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them.

7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

In verse 4, only the sheep (believers) can recognize Jesus’ voice and verse 9 tells you why. Because of the Holy Spirit indwelling a person (saved) can they know the difference between the Lord’s voice and Satan’s. The more we dig deeper into the Word of God, the better our hearing becomes.

Do you want to know what God’s will is for your life? If the answer is yes, then knowing what God has already revealed in Scripture for all His children to follow must first take place before He will reveal the one that is specifically tailored for you.

God’s calling that’s tailored for a person

All Christians have different callings… 

  • Pastor
  • Street Preacher
  • Helper (all kinds)
  • Financial Supporter (generously) 
  • Speaker 
  • Greeter at church
  • Prayer Warrior
  • Visiting the elderly, and the sick
  • Giving out tracts

but the same goal, bringing people to Christ.