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Question: Thank you so much for all the work you do, I love following along each day to the emails and the q&a. My question is should a Christian have/need life insurance? Or should we live as the Bible says and not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. We spend a lot of money each month on insurances including life insurance and each year it goes up more and more. Are we being selfish by not trusting in God to provide should something happen? Thank you so much. With love and blessings Karen
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Karen, thank you very much. It is great to hear you are enjoying the site.
Since I do not want to directly provide financial advice to anyone. Let me discuss the question as if it was directed at myself.
However, we do not want to go off into left field with this either. I guarantee you, if we throw our hands into the air and say, “God will take care of it” and we do not go to work…
- We will lose our job
- We will lose our home
- We will go hungry
Think about ancient times. People worked for themselves; they planted, they harvested and preserved their food. They hunted and did the same. They had to plan and they had to work for the days ahead.
Turn your Bible with me to,
2 Thessalonians 3:10
10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
God wants people to plan, work and take care of themselves just like the ant. Otherwise, we do not have a place at the table. Our Father is very straight forward. So while tomorrow is promised to no one, we still need to plan for tomorrow to a degree (James 4:13-14).
The important part to remember is do not leave God out of it. Do not have so many plans that you forget to include God into those plans. Even ministries must plan so they can grow properly, etc. There is nothing wrong with that.
I would also like to add that handicapped people are exempt from this verse. If one does not have the ability to work, our Father certainly understands that and He is very fair (Psalms 25:8-10).
Now that we covered some ground work, we can answer your question.
I would assess my situation with questions like these:
- Do I or my spouse work?
- Do we own our home outright, or do we have payments and how much are they?
- What other expenses do we have?
- If my spouse passes away, can I cover the expenses comfortably?
Personally, I see life insurance as a policy in case a working spouse passes away, specifically “the bread winner“. Depending on the expenses of a household, if a working spouse passes away this could leave the surviving spouse not only grieving over the death, but stressing themselves out over expenses and what they can and cannot afford.
If a household is paid for, meaning there is no house loan, car loan etc. Then there really should not be a reason for life insurance. In this scenario, if my wife wanted a million dollar policy on me, I just might keep a closer eye on her! All jokes aside, I realize there are many different examples and circumstances one can be in.
If a couple is retired and both are on social security (for example). If one of those spouses passes away typically from what I have seen is the benefits of the deceased spouse are passed on or partly passed on to the surviving spouse. If this fits your scenario, please do your own research on that. I simply wanted to bring that to light for you or others to dig deeper into.
Regardless, if a surviving spouse cannot cover the expenses with the passing of their spouse, then I would get rid of the expenses today and/or look into a reasonable life insurance policy if that is not an option. Simplifying your life can be very rewarding and many times it removes us from debt that keeps us in bondage, something to think about.
You are correct, life insurance is pricy and it only goes up with age. So this is certainly something you will need to consider and think over and of course, always put our Father into your plan.
Question: What is swine?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Betty.
Swine is a “pig” or pork when referred to as a cut of meat. The word “swine” is found 20 times in the King James Bible.
Turn your Bible with me to,
8 “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.”
Swine or pig is unclean, meaning God does not want us to consume this type of flesh. A pig has a divided hoof which is one of the signs of a clean animal, however a pig does not chew its cud and due to that it is considered by God to be unclean. In Isaiah 65:4-5 our Father tells us those who eat the flesh of swine (pig) “are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.”
I do not know about you, but I rather not be smoke in our Father’s nose. That is a very irritating sensation. Ever been around a camp fire that keeps blowing in your direction?
What do you do?
You keep playing musical chairs to get away from the smoke!
We want to be pleasing to our Father, we love our Father and He loves us. So we should do all we can to improve our relationship with Him. Surely we can relate to that thought with our own children.
I do want to add, there is nothing wrong with a pig in of itself, our Father created all of the animals and said it was good (Genesis 1:20-25). He just does not want us to eat pigs and other unclean animals (Leviticus 11). Pigs are a scavenging creature by nature and will eat just about anything. Contrary to what some people will tell you, God never cleansed these animals, He never changed their DNA. They are still unclean.
Question: I am looking for the true meaning of speaking in tongues? I am trying to share with my son that it is languages and not gibbering like most are taught. Any guidance is appreciated. Thank you the wonderful true teachings God bless
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Sondra and good job trying to help your son understand our Father’s Word.
The word “tongue” as often cited in the Bible is Strong’s word G1100 and it means,
Of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication a language (specifically one naturally unacquired): – tongue.
Did it say some mysterious language?
Did it say a language no one could understand?
The word “tongue” or “tongues” simply means, ‘a language, one naturally unacquired‘.
All we are talking about is a language and there are many of them in the world.
“One naturally unacquired” simply means to know a language you were not born with. I was born in the USA so my native language is English. If I learn the Spanish language that would be, “one naturally unacquired” since I was not born with it.
No big deal, that is pretty simple to follow and plain common sense.
We should understand, our Father “is not the author of confusion, but of peace,” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Our Father does not create confusion, yet the babel tongue doctrine brings mass confusion. Since our Father does not create confusion and no one can understand the so called babel tongue or “penticostal tongue,” who is it from? That sort of narrows it down does it not?
We are now going to read an excerpt of our study, “The Lesson of Pentecost Day” (please take some time to read the entire study).
3 “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”
4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit who gave them this gift.
This word “cloven” is Strong’s word 1266 meaning, “to partition or divide“. What are we partitioning? “Tongues” which is Strong’s word 1100 meaning, “a language.” We are not talking about babel speech or some secret language as we will learn shortly, the words spoken by the Apostles were understood by everyone. They spoke and the Holy Spirit caused that speech to be understood by everyone in attendance in their own native language.
Only our Father can accomplish a miracle like this, if we recall from Genesis 11:6-7 the people of the world were all of one language at one time. It was our Father who then confounded the languages of man to begin with so He can certainly remove that confusion if He so desires.
5 “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”
Jews which is to say Judeans, meaning those who are of the blood line of Judah or those residing in Judea claiming to be Jews.
6 “Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.”
No matter who was in attendance, a Russian speaking person, Japanese or Spanish it did not matter, they all heard the Apostles speak to them in their own language and they understood it. This is in fact the “cloven tongue,” one voice understood in every language.
7 “And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?”
8 “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”
The multitude was astounded as they understood the Apostles, in the very accent of the town they were born in. This is going to be repeated in the near future when the Elect are delivered up.
9 “Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,”
10 “Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,”
11 “Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.”
There was no confusion, rather extreme clarity due to the gift of God.
Did our Father’s Word say everyone left in utter confusion?
What was spoken by the Apostles was understood by everyone in attendance in their own language. The Apostles did not speak in babel tongue. They spoke in their native language (tongue) which was Galilean, yet their words were understood by everyone in attendance in their own language, even down to the very accent where they were from.
That is extreme clarity just like 1 Corinthians 14:33 explained to us.
Personally, I feel the babel tongue doctrine is one of the worst false teachings there is. Yes, worse than the rapture doctrine. Those who believe in a rapture are simply mis-lead due to their lack of knowledge in God’s Word.
On the other hand, the babel crowd claims to speak in a “tongue” or language that only God or the Heavens can understand. Now how on earth does that “edify” the church? That is not edification, but confusion and we know our Father does not deal in confusion. Instead of edifying the church they are purposely deceiving the congregation. I guarantee you our Father is not impressed.
These false teachers are trying to impress men, to make it appear as if they walk a little closer to God than the rest of the congregation. You want to be real careful when a Pastor or Teacher of God tells you His Word says this or that. Always, always make sure they can document what they are telling you in the Bible and that it lines up with the rest of scripture.
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