Quotes and Notes for the Day
DANGEROUS TRENDS IN BIBLE CHRISTIANITY- IV
(Casual Apparel – And concluding remarks !)
Today’s society is becoming more pagan by the day and it just happens that nakedness is a characteristic of paganism. What is even more alarming is the matter of the professing church moving along in the same direction. The bible makes it clear that not only men and women are to wear clothes but that there is to be a difference in the type of attire they wear.
Casual dressing is swiftly becoming the undesirable standard for member attendees in today’s fundamental baptist church services. Many male believers come to church looking like they just got out of bed, with uncombed hair, shirt tails hanging and athletic shoes (sneakers) on their feet. Some women wear low-cut blouses and tight fit jeans. Sunday assemblies sometimes look like a secular crowd attending a sporting event or going on to a worldly entertainment venue than they do to a church service. Believers even come to church in shorts and clodhopper shoes.
Based on their appearance, holiness, Christian purity and Scriptural sanctification do not appear to be themes on which many professing believers are meditating as they come to church. “Dress down” with a sloppy appearance rather than “Dress up” for something special has become all too common place within our circles. The biblical concept that God deserves our best appearance in public gatherings, rather than our worst seems to be almost completely forgotten by some professing Christians. ” oh! well, I would have you to know that God looks on the heart and not on the outward appearance.” Yes, nobody denies that; and the same scripture portion tells us ” that man looks on the outside.” to see what is on the inside of us. Our outside appearance is more or less, the reflection of what is on the inside of us.
The bible emphasizes three principles with regard to Christian apparel. 1. Modesty: In 1st Timothy 2:9 we read, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not ; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But (which becmeth women professing godliness) with good works.” Since men are most influenced and tempted by visual images, more than women, much of what the bible says about clothing focuses on the need for women to be careful what they wear. However modesty should not be limited to women alone- men need to be modest too, as the principle of modest apparel stresses up on appearance that the individual does not draw attention to the body with revealing or tight clothing.
2. Gender : We have The Old Testament command set forth for us in Deuteronomy 22:5 which reads, ” The woman shall not wear that which pertainth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” This verse sets forth clearly that men should look like men, women should look like women. A question often asked is: “Does the bible say that women should not wear pants?” No! the Bible says that a woman and a man should not mix clothing, they should not appear the same. In today’s culture slacks are commonly accepted in feminine styles- made specifically for women. Christians required discernment in this matter; avoid the styles where there is little distinction between the styles.
3. Appropriateness: In the Old Testament , the way to express respectfulness was to take of the shoes. We read in Exodus 3:5 “And he (the LORD God-Jehovah) said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” In our day respectfulness is often demonstrated by the type of clothing worn. Ladies and men ought not come to church in sloppy sweat pants or torn Jeans. Every Church attendee is expected to come with his/her best cloth he has; if worn out clothing is all what the person has, he/she ought not be judged. For most, the question is not whether one has clothes nice enough, but rather if he/she has an attitude of respectfulness.
Today’s styles carried connotations of worldliness- which caused others to lust. Why is there no shame in being uncovered? Have women today lost the ability to blush? Where is the awareness of God’s holiness and His presence? Concerned saints who express their concerns about this undesirable trend are unjustly labeled as hypocrites, legalists and judgmental by those who have accommodated this unwholesome trend. We at the peoples Gospel Hour do not make this negative trend a basis for our fellowship or separation, but we strongly maintain our convictions about this development.
We hope that we have not been misunderstood by our readers. Our goal is positive: to replace bad tendencies and trends with corrective wholesome biblical habits and practices that truly glorify God. We have the exhortation given in 1st Corinthians 10:31, which reads, “ Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff