The Death of John the Baptist
14 When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee,[a] heard about Jesus, 2 he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.”
3 For Herod had arrested and imprisoned John as a favor to his wife Herodias (the former wife of Herod’s brother Philip). 4 John had been telling Herod, “It is against God’s law for you to marry her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of a riot, because all the people believed John was a prophet.
6 But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, 7 so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted. 8 At her mother’s urging, the girl said, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!” 9 Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders.10 So John was beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a tray and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. 12 Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened.
The same thing happens today. If you tell someone who call himself a believer, but have committed the same sin as this King you will be “beheaded”. All because of harden of hearts and then again rebellious unbelief. It is no doubt that the Scripture is crystal clear in this matters:
“For example, a man who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery. And anyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”
1 Corinthians 7
10 But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord.[a] A wife must not leave her husband. 11 But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.
a. 7:10 See Matt 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18.
1 Corinthians 7
39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but only if he loves the Lord.[a]
a. 7:39 Greek but only in the Lord.
For those who don’t believe in this I have a question for you;
How many times can a man remarry? 10 times? Five times? One time? Or zero times?
See! If you can remarry once you can also remarry 100 times. Even out in the world they will call you by bad names if you remarry more than two or three. The congregation is far, far of the point in this matters. Pastors let people who live in adultery preach or sing or serve as much as they want in “their” congregations without lifting a finger if they get confronted. They rather behead the one who remind them.
There is no end to excuses when it comes to this. Why don’t you pastors buy yourself the new “bible”? The one for homosexuals. It is on the marked now. There they have erased this unpleasant verses for you. Or better; repent face down and get rid of your harden hearts and unbelief!
There is so many “funny” stories here. I will print one;
One “evangelist” came with a very good excuse indeed when I posted something about this at Facebook (FB).
1 Timothy 3
2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[a] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
a. 3:2 Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12.
In KJV it say like in the footnote: (Which I use at that time I believe.
) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
So he explain to me with great “understanding” and let there be no doubt that this means that a man could not be involved in polygamy. In other words be a bigamist. It had noting to do with being faithful to once spouse!
He probably had never red this:
1 Timothy 5
9 A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband.[a]
a. 5:9 Greek was the wife of one husband.
It is not very often you read about a woman being in polygamy is it? That she had many husbands at the same time.
So this “evangelist” tried to explain to me what this really, really meant in the Scripture was that someone who serve in the congregation could not be or have been in polygamy or be a bigamist. He even tried to give a proof of this by the rules by the Romans who ruled Ephesus at that time. But he then “bit himself in his tail” (the same as satan does when he twist the Scripture) because it would be absolutely unnecessary for Paul to write to Timothy about polygamy, about the rules of the Romans since both of them knew this very good.
Long time ago the Romans (and Greeks for that matter) had forbidden polygamy in the land they ruled. And by the way as this “evangelist” tried to explained, it was not any more a great practise by the Jews to live in polygamy like in the old days.
So of course since it was forbidden by the law to live in polygamy it is not what Paul meant when he wrote to Timothy. But for those who really, really want to twist the scripture they are willing to go as far as necessary to make excuses. Harden hearts and rebellious unbelief.