I think you misused some verses in “Careful What You Say”

Question: This is something I think can be especially difficult among the churches of Christ just because of our tradition. There is a very popular way of reading the Bible in the churches of Christ that goes way back to our roots and the reasoning is that a belief or practice can only be authorized…

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Is it wrong to pray the Psalms?

Question: I have an urgent question that is generating heat in my congregation. This heat is created by my wife. She prays the Psalms, and I personally do not agree with her on this. But she insists that it is the word of God. I don’t agree because we are New Testament worshipers and the…

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Does the church curse an erring brother when withdrawing from him?

Question: Does the church curse an erring member in the cause of the withdrawal of fellowship, according to I Corinthians 16:22? Answer: “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!” (I Corinthians 16:22). The Greek anathema, translated here as “accursed,” is defined by the Vines Dictionary as: “Curse,…

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Does premarital sex make you married or cursed?

Question: I know you are super busy all the time, but if you get a chance sometime, could you help untangle my spiritual thoughts? I am asking for help regarding two theologies out there concerning marriage: One theology is that the first person you have sex with you are married to and any after that…

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How do I stop the curse of women in my family not marrying?

Question: The issue I am about to ask might be foreign in your part of the world. However, if you can understand, I would like to get some help. In my family, there has been an issue of girls not being able to get married. Some of my cousins have run off with married men.…

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Should a preacher say, “I break all generational curses on you”?

Question: Why do so many preachers pray over people by saying “I break all generational curses on you”? I read what you wrote about God visiting the iniquities of the fathers on their children, but I still need biblical verses to disprove these preachers and convince myself. Answer: “For the time will come when they will…

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What are blessings and curses?

Question: A student of mine asked this question and I’m not sure how to answer. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks. I want to know what are curses and what brings curses upon a person? And what is a blessing? How can a person be blessed? Answer: “But no man can tame…

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Is there any hope for me?

Question: I went through your article, “A Sin Leading to Death.” Like so many other articles on the sin that leads to death and apostasy, there seems to be no final consensus on what are these sins, what are their consequences, and the chances of reversing these consequences. So the article held some hope for…

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