Questions and Answers
Is it advisable to pay tithes in our
QUESTION 1: ecclesias, out of our salaries or even if one is not working?
Jesus never told his followers how
ANSWER: much money to give to God. We can read in Mark 12:41-44 that Jesus sat down opposite the treasury and watched as people were putting their money in the box. Some rich people who were putting in gave a lot of money and had a lot left over, but he also observed a poor widow who put in the last money she had. Verse 44 says: "For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
What do we think happens when
God does not answer our prayers on time?
There are always three answers God
ANSWER: can give us with regard to prayer. With `yes', He will give us what we want; with `no', He will give us something better than what we asked for; thirdly to `wait', He gives His best at His own time. Jesus also prayed to God in heaven that he would not suffer on the cross, but then said: "Do not do what I want, let your will be done." This is a good example of prayer for us to learn.
Is it advisable as Christians to have
QUESTION 3: more than one wife?
The bible tells us that a man should
ANSWER: have only one wife (1 Timothy 3:2) A man ought to be faithful to his wife, but we have incidences in the Old Testament of people who had more than one wife: Abraham was one of them, David, King Solomon etc. The trouble is that it usually led to unhappiness. It was not the way that God meant it to be (Mark 10: 6-8). Once one is baptized if they are single they can only take one wife. However, if when they come to a knowledge of the Truth they have more than one wife, they are to keep them all and look after them, but not to take any more.
Should rebaptism take place?
I have observed many people saying, ANSWER:
`I was baptized when I was a baby, therefore I don't need any rebaptism.' Infant baptism is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Jesus told us to preach the gospel to all and baptize all those who believe in him (Matt 28:19). All the first century Christians were baptized, dipped in water (Acts 6:36), often in a river the way John the Baptist did in the river Jordan. Before a person is baptized, there must be an understanding and belief of the gospel and the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Therefore baptizing babies is not valid baptism in the sight of true Christians and God, and scriptural baptism is needed.
Bro Gideon Hankomone (Mazabuka, Zambia)