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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Inadvertent Snare

It says in Judges 8:27 "Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house" God had given an extraordinary and absolutely unexpected victory to the Israelites over their oppressors through Gideon. As a memorial of his gratefulness towards the Lord, Gideon made an ephod and placed it in his home town, Ophrah. But God's Word the Bible tells us that instead, it became a snare for Gideon and his family.

From the proceeding verses (22-26) we see that Gideon had no intentions of taking any leadership role amongst the Israelites. He wanted to give all the honor and glory to God for this marvelous victory. From the spoils of this war he wanted to set up a memorial to glorify God, that too from the voluntary portions given by the people. Gideon had no intentions of using any idol or representations of pagan gods as a memorial; rather, he wanted to do this through an ephod. An ephod was a part of the unique dress worn by the priests in the service of God's Tabernacle (Exodus 28:4-8) and it was also used to find God’s will (1 Samuel 30:7-8). Thus we see that Gideon had no intention of going contrary to God in any manner in his desire to set up a memorial honoring God. His only mistake was that although he wanted to do this to honor and glorify God, but he did it according to his own wisdom, understanding, and desire, without asking God about it and without receiving any instructions about it from God; he went ahead and did whatever seemed right and good to him according to his own understanding and desire.

We see subsequently in, verses 33, 34 that after some time, after Gideon had passed away, the Israelites turned away from God and started following pagan gods again. It seems from verse 27 even while Gideon was alive, they started venerating the memorial set up by Gideon, using it as one of the objects of worship amongst others they had adopted from the gentile deities; because of which It became a snare to Gideon and to his house.

This example shows that Satan, without our knowing about it or realizing it, can use our good and God honoring intentions to entice people away from God and make them fall into false worship, which can then become a cause for stumbling, and falling into sin, instead of being a blessing. Whatever is necessary and required for worshiping and honoring God, God has already got it recorded along with the necessary instructions in His Word. Whatever else is there besides that which God has had recorded, is not from God; it is not in God’s will, and no matter how reverently it may be believed in and observed, it is, in Lord Jesus’s own words a “vain worship” (Matthew 15:9), i.e. an inconsequential and fruitless worship, or even an act of “iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). Therefore it is essential for Christian Believers to not rely upon their own wisdom and understanding and act on assumptions in things related to God, more so in things related to worshiping and glorifying God, but to first seek God's will and only then act accordingly (1 Thessalonians 5:21); lest something we do today, creates problems for our children and subsequent generations. All that is required to honor and glorify God, has already been given to us by Him in His Word. To please God, we only need to learn His Word and obey it (1 Samuel 15:22), instead of devising our own assumed ways and methods of worshiping and glorifying God, and creating problems for ourselves and others, as happened through Gideon's ephod.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Is the Bible silent about Jesus’ life between 12 to 30 years of age?

Very many things have been given to us in God’s Word the Bible about God, His kingdom, our relationship with Him, His works, attributes, Laws, Commandments etc. but not everything about God has been given in the Bible. God in His Word has got written that which He wants us to know and follow so that we can draw near to Him, be saved, and become members of His family.

Although the Bible does not give us any details about Lord Jesus since the time He was a boy of 12 to the time when He started His ministry at the age of 30, but the Bible is not entirely silent about this time period either. This is a misinformation spread by those who oppose God and the Lord Jesus that the Bible is silent about the Lord’s life between 12 and 30 years of age; and based upon this misinformation they spread another falsehood that the Lord Jesus between this time period had gone to India, learnt spiritual things here and then returned to Israel to preach them. The fact is that the Bible very clearly states that the Lord Jesus has always lived with His family in Israel. In this context, take a look at some verses from the Gospel accounts from the Bible:

Matthew 13:54 “And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?

Mark 6:2-3 “And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him.”

Luke 2:39-40 “So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

Luke 2:51-52 “Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

Luke 4:16 “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.”

John 7:15 “And the Jews marveled, saying, "How does this Man know letters, having never studied?"”

Take note that the references from Matthew, Mark, and John clearly show that everybody was amazed at the Lord’s teachings, as to how did He learn all that He preached ‘having never studied’. In other words, the people knew that the Lord Jesus had never gone anywhere to learn, He had remained amongst them, yet He had learnt such wonderful things, and preached so amazingly and magnificently. Had the Lord gone anywhere, then it would have been written about Him that the people realized or understood that He had learnt it all in the foreign place He had gone to” – but nobody ever said this about Him. Secondly, all that the Lord Jesus preached was based upon and quoted the part of the Bible we now know as the Old Testament. Had the Lord learnt something anywhere else then He would not have taught from the Old Testament but would have then taught according to the ‘knowledge’ He had acquired from outsidebut it was never so. All His teachings were based on the Old Testament part of God’s Word.

Take not of the references from Lukethese three references very clearly show that the Lord Jesus’s upbringing was in Nazareth of Galilee, the place where He resided with His family.

So although the Bible may not provide any details about the life of Lord Jesus between 12 and 30 years of age, but it does inform us that He was always there in Nazareth, in Israel during that time period and the people had seen Him live and grow up in that region.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Why does James 5:16 command us to "confess our sins to one another"?

To understand it correctly, James 5:16 should be seen in its context – as a part of the passage from James 5:13-18. When we do so, it becomes apparent that there are two processes mentioned in these verses – physical healing and trespasses or sins. While the healing being mentioned in James 5:16 is a continuation of the thought of healing given in 5:14-15a; the confession of trespasses or sins mentioned in James 5:16 is not for their forgiveness – since, that has already been stated as accomplished in 5:15, prior to asking the confessing to one another in 5:16. The word used here in the original Greek language and translated as ‘confess’ into English, is ‘exomologeo (ex-o-mo-lo-ǰe'-ō)’, and means to acknowledge or (by implication, of assent) agree fully, (Strong’s Bible Dictionary).

To help us understand it better, we need to keep in mind two other verses related to this thought. These two verses are, first, 1 John 1:8-10, where the apostle John, by using ‘we’, and the present tense ‘have’ (instead of the past tense ‘had’) is saying that everyone – he included, sins, even now; and second,Galatians 6:1-2, where the Apostle Paul is exhorting other Christian Believers to lift up and help in the restoration of those Christian Believers who somehow have fallen into some ‘trespass’ or ‘fault’, i.e. have done something wrong; and those helping should also bear in mind that at some time they too can fall into a similar predicament. These references help us understand and accept the fact that Biblically speaking, even established and mature Christian Believers have a tendency to fall into sin, to commit errors or trespasses, to fall short of expectations or standards of morality expected of them. In other words, nobody is perfect and above reproach, everybody always needs God’s grace, strength and forgiveness to remain honest and true to the Lord, and may at times need to be extricated out of unpleasant situations by the Lord.

With the above in mind, coming back now to James 5:16, we can surmise that what is being implied in the verse is that “do not be overly righteous, nor be a hypocrite; do not have a ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude, considering yourself over and above everyone else, or others around you. Rather, be humble and have an attitude of accepting and acknowledging that you too can falter and commit sin, therefore confess your trespass to one another’ i.e. maintain an attitude of accepting and acknowledging before others that you too are prone to errors or sin, just as the others are, and you too need the prayers and help of others for your restoration, whenever you fail or fall.”

This verse is not saying that we need to go and declare our sins and short-comings to people around us, and our doing so will contribute to the forgiveness of those sins. Rather, it means to say that instead of being haughty, we need to remain humble and open to any correction from others; as and when they see some short-coming in us. Whenever our fault or trespass is brought to our notice, we should be gracious and humble enough to accept (‘confess’) it. We should also seek the prayer support of other Believers to keep us that way, or to be delivered from the situation, since the prayers of God’s people are a very effective means of help in any need.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Learning the Bible

 Since I am employed in a secular job and unable join a Seminary, can I get Bible training in some way by being at home, so that I can know more about the Lord?

The love we have for God's Word, the place and priority we give the Bible in our lives is the indicator and measure of our love for God (John 14:21, 23).The more we know God's Word, and more the importance we give to God's Word in our daily lives, the more useful and beneficial it will be for our daily activities and needs (Psalm 119:97-105).

The best, easiest, and most effective method of learning God's Word is to read and study it personally, to meditate or to ponder upon it regularly, and to practically apply it in our day-to-day lives continually. If you are a Born Again Christian Believer by repenting of your sins and submitting your lives to the Lord Jesus, then the Holy Spirit of God resides in you (1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13), and to the followers or disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit Himself not only teaches all things about the Lord, but also makes them understand those teachings and to put them to practical use in their lives (John 14:26; 16:13-15). The fundamental and unalterable fact is that without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, no one can learn anything about God and His Word (1 Corinthians 2:11-14), from anywhere and from anyone. Hence the basic preliminary requirement to learn and understand the Bible is to be a Born Again Christian Believer so that the Holy Spirit of God can help and teach God's Word to you. Often people have a false fear that they are not good enough, or are not up to the moral standards required to learn God's Word. Such fears are false and from Satan; see from Psalms 25:8-14 a list of the kind of people God teaches His Word; and you will find that God does not withhold the teaching of His Word to us due to any weaknesses or shortcomings in us – He is ready and waiting, if we are ready to fulfill the preliminary requirement of being Born Again and come to Him in faith, to learn from Him.

I too am a person employed in a regular secular, and have never been to any Bible School or training program. I just trust in the Lord ask Him for His Word as per the need at hand, and whatever He gives, I share it with others, and endeavor to apply it in my own life as well. I regularly read the Bible according to a Bible Reading Plan, and by God's grace and guidance am able to read through the Bible from the beginning to the end, once every year. This has been going on for the last about thirty years, i.e. since the time I was Born Again, although by birth I belong to a 'christian' family, and was brought up observing all the traditional 'christian' rites and rituals. Whatever study and preparation is required to answer Biblical questions and for other Word related Ministry, is over and above this daily Bible reading. The desire to share with others, whatever God teaches me has resulted in God using me in this manner in this ministry of sharing and teaching His Word – on a voluntary basis, not for any remuneration, or for any status or position etc. in any Church or organization, but just so that I can help people learn and understand the Word of God and about our Lord God, and thereby learn more of God’s Word myself. I have found that the more I share God’s Word with others, the more I benefit from it personally, in many different ways.

Based on my own life experiences it is my suggestion that you begin by starting to read the Bible regularly and orderly – whether or not you are able to understand all that you read. The first time I read through the Bible, it was out of obstinacy born out of humiliation, that at least once in my life I will read through the Bible end to end, because a Hindu friend of mine had ridiculed me that you yourself have neither read nor know the Bible and you are trying to tell me about it – and since that first reading, I developed an interest and liking for the Word of God. But always do read God's Word with a prayerful, honest, seeking and submissive heart; ask God to teach and educate you (James 1:5) as you read His Word; and then whatever He tells or teaches you, apply it in your life as well as share it with some one, and you will find that as you do this regularly a change will come within you, you will develop an understanding about God's Word, and as you properly utilize whatever God has taught you, God will continue to teach you more and deeper things from His Word.

But beware, because fear of man do not hesitate or compromise in following, obeying and conveying whatever God has taught you from His Word – that will be detrimental (Proverbs 29:25; Jeremiah 1:9-10, 17-19; Galatians 1:10). It will take some patience and time in the beginning, because God will start by teaching and telling you the basic things in His way, as to a spiritual beginner (1 Peter 2:1-2). While He does this, you may have to 'unlearn' much of what men may have taught you, so as to be able to learn from God. He will give you that which is required in your life, and is according to the ministry He has planned for you. As you remain committed and faithful to Him, as you endeavor to use His Word honestly and correctly (2 Corinthian 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:15-16; 2 Timothy 3:14-16), gradually He will start taking you deeper into His Word, and using you more and more effectively for His service.Therefore have patience and never become complacent or lax in fulfilling your responsibility towards the Lord and His Word. Persevere in His ways, and you will never regret it in your life (Isaiah 40:31).

There is no better and easier way than this to learn God's Word.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lent and Fasting

Should one fast during Lent?
   Easter, Lent, fasting during Lent, Christmas etc. are traditions or festivals that are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible, and neither are there any teachings or instructions about believing on them or observing them. Nor is it indicated or mentioned anywhere that by believing in them or observing them anybody was considered righteous by God; or that by not believing or not observing them anyone was considered unrighteous; nor is it anywhere stated that there was any gain or loss in a person’s blessings from God, by observing or not observing them.

   God in His wisdom did not have the date of birth, or of crucifixion of His Son documented in the Bible although time-keeping and recording has been present since the days of Genesis Genesis 7:4, 11; 8:4-5, 13-14. Therefore if these were so important and useful, then God would have had these so important dates of Christmas and Easter, related to His only begotten Son, recorded in the Bible. But He did not do so, nor has He ever expressed the desire that men ought to determine a date for them and observe these days and festivals; nor has He given any instructions or methodology of observing them. Christmas and Easter etc., initially were pagan days which those who converted to Christianity in a superficial manner did not stop observing but continued to observe in the name of ‘Christ’ instead of in the name of their former deities, after their becoming ‘christians’.All these feasts, festivals and traditions are man-made rituals, that tend to promote appearing righteous by works; but their observances are vain according to the Bible (Matthew 15:8-9). Because all are self-righteousness is like filthy rags in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6), and no can ever be righteous in God’s eyes through any kind of works (Romans 3:20, 28; Romans 4:2; Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). The only thing that pleases God is obedience to Him and His Word (1 Samuel 15:22). He hates vain feasts and festivals "Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them" (Isaiah 1:14; see Isaiah 1:11-18). God wants a good character and humility, and a true submission, commitment and obedience towards Him, not the observance of man-made and self-devised festivals (Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8).

   If the fast in Lent is in accordance with the forty day fast of the Lord Jesus then the things written in the Bible related to this fast by the Lord Jesus should also be a part of this Lent fasting. The description of this fast by the Lord Jesus is found in Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. From these portions of God’s Word we learn that:
·         The Lord Jesus observed this fast of 40 days only once, and that too at the begining of His Ministry, not at the time of His being caught and crucified. Neither did He repeat the fasting on certain deignated days, although the Passover feast was observed annually by the Israelites.
·         As it says in Matthew 4:1 during this period of fasting the Lord was alone in the wilderness, and the purpose of His being in the wilderness was for Him to be tempted by the devil. He had gone into there by the leading of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 4:1), not to fulfill any tradition or observe any ritual.
·         In that period of 40 days He did not take any food (Luke 4:2).
·         During that fast of forty days the Lord was also tempted by the devil throughout those forty days (Luke 4: 2). At the end of those forty days the devil tempted Him with the three temptations mentioned in Matthew 4:3-11 and Luke 4:3-13, the ones we are commonly aware of.
   In the observance of the Lent and the fasting in the Lent period, is even one of any of the above ever seen? If not, then how can it be in accordance with the fast of the Lord Jesus? In that case, would it not be telling lies to the people in the name of the Lord and teaching them wrong doctrines, and deceiving them for a fruitless endeavor?

   Before His crucifixion the Lord and His disciples were not fasting, they observed the Passover; they sacrificed and ate of the Passover Lamb (Matthew 26:17-21). Therefore to observe the time preceding the Lord’s crucifixion as a ‘fast’ and abstain from eating meat in that time has no Biblical basis or precedence.

   We also see that the Lord never asked any of His disciples to do anything like what He had undergone at the beginning of His Ministry, when they started their ministry with Him. Neither later, in the book of Acts or in any of the Epistles, where under the guidance of the Holy Spirit many teachings and instructions have been given for the learning and improvement of Christian Believers, never has there been any mention or instruction regarding any such fast or practice.

   Such a ‘fast’ has neither any basis nor has any necessity, nor is it of any use, nor does God give it any consideration or reward – because such a ‘fast’ is neither given by nor desired by the Lord. Presently people traditionally observe a contrived a ‘fast’ and with a contrived purpose, but they disregard the admonition of Isaiah 1:14-15. But still they expect, and also teach to others, that when they observe it God will take it into consideration and bless them for it, as if God is under a compulsion to do so – which He most certainly is not!

   Why is it that people so enthusiastically accept and observe man-devised and contrived rituals and traditions but do not care about learning and obeying what God actually wants from them (1 Thessalonians 5:21)? Why do they blindly follow and remain committed to man devised rituals that have no Biblical sanction or standing, but are not committed and faithful in obeying God? Why?

   “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:1-6).

Thursday, March 07, 2019

How can we Christian Believers be victorious in our struggle with feelings and emotions like anger, jealousy and hatred etc.

The feelings and emotions enumerated are "works of the flesh" (Galatians 5:19-20), and it says in Galatians 5:16 "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." The Lord Jesus, after giving a list of evil things that defile a person, in Mark 7:20-21, concluded with the statement: "All these evil things come from within and defile a man"(vs.23). So if our mind and thoughts are preoccupied with the works of the flesh, with wrong and sinful ideas that cause defilement, then at the opportune moment, Satan will have us act accordingly and commit sin. We  can overcome these through the power of the Holy Spirit of God – given to every Born Again child of God to help and guide him in his Christian life (John 16:13). Therefore the first thing we need to do is be sure that we actually are a Born Again child of God, a Christian Believer, by confessing our sins before the Lord Jesus, asking for His forgiveness for them, and submitting our life to Him.

Unless one has experienced God’s forgiveness, we cannot be forgiving ourself, and the way to be victorious against such emotions and feelings is only through forgiveness – ask God to forgive us for being unforgiving, and we too forgive the person for whatever wrong he has done to us, just as the Lord has forgiven us all the wrong that we have committed against Him (Matthew 6:11, 14-15; 18:21-35; Mark 11:25-26; Colossians 3:13).

Next, since what is inside our heart and mind controls our thoughts and deeds, therefore we need to, fill our hearts and minds with Godly thoughts and God's Word. Spend time reading and studying God’s Word the Bible and listening to Christian songs and worship, and Christian messages. Also utilize our time in keeping company with God’s Born Again children, through Bible studies, Prayer meetings, and House fellowship meetings etc. as often as we can. We need to ask God to help us change our thoughts and desires into those in line with His Word and will for us. For doing this, Philippians 4:4-9 shows us the way:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! – Stay preoccupied with and rejoicing about the Lord – the things He has done, is doing, the help and security He provides, His continual presence with us, His promises for us, the eternal benefits He has bestowed upon us etc.

 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. – With the thoughts of the Lord Jesus and His attributes taking hold of our mind, strive to behave like Him – be tender and gentle to all, not just to some specific ones, and let this be evident in our behaviour.

 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; – Thank God for everything, good or bad, even the unexplainable and incomprehensible in our life, since there is nothing that happens in a Believers life that will not eventually work for his good (Romans 8:28) through the grace and will of God. Being thankful is being trusting and faithful to God. Therefore put forth our requests to God with thankfulness. The verse says - " let your requests be made known to God" i.e. neither be demanding or impatient about them nor instruct God how to go about doing His job, just inform Him and let Him do the rest. God has a method and timing for everything, and it is the best (1 Peter 5:6-7).

 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Our not being anxious, rather being thankful for everything, will ensure that God's peace will control and guard our heart and mind, so Satan will not be able to place his thoughts within us, nor draw us into doing anything wrong.

 8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. – To meditate upon something, it has to be within us, within our heart and mind; so, fill our mind with the things of God, and virtuous thoughts stated in this verse, and remain pre-occupied with them. Even when that offending person comes our way, if we are thinking and meditating upon good things, the wrong things will not find place in our heart.

 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. – Emulate the people of God, practically live the Christian life as taught in God’s Word and seen in the life of God’s people, and witness about the Christian Faith through our life – it will help us overcome Satan’s ploys (Revelation 12:11).

Living according to Philippians 4:4-9 will bring a radical transformation in our thoughts and desires, and help us overcome our negative thoughts. We should take this a step further by fulfilling Romans 12:17-21 as well, and ask God to provide us with opportunities to go and help the person we have problems with, and to give us the grace and strength to actually help him when the opportunity comes.

As a child of God, we have God’s Holy Spirit within us to help us be overcoming and victorious (1 Corinthians 6:19), and “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7), therefore fearlessly live a Christian life of power, love and sound mind.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Is it appropriate for a Christian Believer touch the feet of elders?

 Stooping or bowing to touch the feet of an elder is considered an act of giving honor to the elder. To bow before a person considered honorable, can also be considered as venerating him or considering him worthy of veneration. Generally speaking, in bowing to touch the feet of a person, both of these are implied. By doing so the person touching the feet, is conveying to the person whose feet are being touched, that I respect and honor your age, experience, status, qualities and attributes etc. and consider myself as the dust of your feet, and I need your blessings.

This practice is not seen amongst Christian Believers since the Word of God – the Bible forbids any man from being considered as venerable, and there are clear examples in the Bible where created beings have refused to accept veneration from other created beings, (Acts 10:25-26; 14:14-15; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). Usually this expectation of touching of feet is seen in those who are not Christian Believers.

A Christian Believer, by repenting of his sins and having received the forgiveness of sins on the basis of the accomplished work on the Cross of Calvary by the Lord Jesus, and having submitted his life to the Lord, is by the grace of God a child of God (John 1:12-13), his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who resides in him (1 Corinthians 6:19), he is being built up into a dwelling place for God along with other Christian Believers (Ephesians 2:21-22), he is being changed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18), and as a member of His Worldwide Church is a Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27), is a joint heir with Christ Jesus (Romans 8:16-17), and is a light to the world on behalf of the Lord Jesus (Matthew 5:14).

In contrast to this, man is born with sin nature (Psalms 51:5) and continues to sin (1 John 1:8, 10), before God his wisdom is foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:25-27), nothing good resides in him (Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:20-23), all his imaginations are evil (Ecclesiastes 9:3, Job 15:14-16), and nothing good can come out of him (Job 14:4), and by his very nature is contrary to God (Romans 8:7); man is temporal (James 4:14), and cannot inherit eternity in his state of flesh (1 Corinthians 15:50).

Now, in this sentence, " There is nothing wrong or improper in a Christian Believer bowing to touch the feet of someone, it is only a sign of respect nothing more" in place of ‘Christian Believer’ put in the afore mentioned attributes of a Christian Believer – "child of God, temple of the Holy Spirit...", in place of “someone” put in the state and attributes of a carnal man – "sinner, full of evil, mortal...", and in place of “touch the feet” put in its implications, "I respect and honour your age, experience, status, qualities and attributes etc. and consider myself as the dust of your feet, and I need your blessings" and thus reconstruct the sentence.

On doing so the form of this sentence will be something like this : "For a [Christian Believer] child of God, temple of the Holy Spirit, dwelling place of God, likeness of the Lord Jesus, Bride of Christ, joint-heir with Christ, light of the Lord for the guidance of the world to bow down to a [person] sinner, a fool before God, devoid of anything good within, all of whose imaginations are evil, who cannot bring forth anything good, a mortal man, who by his very nature stays contrary to Godand to imply [touch his feet] that I respect and honour your age, experience, status, qualities and attributes etc. and consider myself as the dust of your feet, and I need your blessings there is nothing wrong or improper, it is only a sign of respect, ।nothing more." On the basis of constructing the sentence in this manner now decide, does it still sound proper and appropriate as before?

Now think it over whether for a person who is, a child of God, a temple of the Holy Spirit, is being conformed to the likeness of Lord Jesus Christ, and has been placed before the world as to reveal the light of the Lord Jesus, would it be appropriate for him to imply to a person having a sin nature, is mortal, is devoid of God’s wisdom, and by nature is contrary to God, that I need your blessings because I am like the dust of your feet!

The answer is self-evident, that for a Christian Believer, by virtue of the reality of his spiritual state and the status and position bestowed upon him by God, it is inappropriate for him to bow before a person and touch his feet, for what this act implies.