MODESTY ALWAYS FASHIONABLE
IN GODS EYES
This is a sensitive topic. There are few subjects that seem
to get as strong a negative reaction as this one. People resent
being told how to dress, and they resent being told how to dress
their children. But regardless of how the world goes, and
regardless of the reaction of worldly brethren, modesty never
goes out of style for the child of God. Immodesty is always
wrong, and modesty is always right in the eyes of our maker.
Let us notice three passages that teach about modesty
and warn about immodesty.
1 Timothy 2:9-10, In like manner also, that
women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and
sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly
array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good
This passage contains three words which help us with
Modest. This word identifies that which is
orderly, seemly, appropriate. It deals with more than just what
is modest and what is not. It urges Christian women (and by
extension men also) to refrain from shocking fads in dress and
appearance. It condemns ostentation and dressing to attract
attention. But let us not forget that dress which is orderly,
seemly, and appropriate, would also have to be dress that is
modest. We can attract attention by wearing outlandish clothing,
but we can also attract attention by what we do not
cover/conceal. The word modest demands that we do not wear that
which is too short, too low, too thin or too tight. How much is
too much in these things? That which says look at
me, notice my body. It does not matter whether we
are trying to draw attention to ourselves or not, if we wear that
which draws attention, causes others to look and gaze, then we
Shamefacedness. This word refers to shame which
is rooted fast in ones character (see Vines). The natural
question is, of what are we supposed to be ashamed? At the end of
Genesis chapter 2, Adam and his new bride were both naked, but
not ashamed. In chapter 3, the woman and the man sinned by eating
the forbidden fruit. Suddenly they were aware of their nakedness
and were ashamed. They tried to cover and hide themselves (vs.7-
10). God did not say to them, Dont worry. I created you
naked. Nakedness is natural. Covering yourselves would be
unnatural. God even made them coats (garments) of skins so
they would be clothed. The word for coats is
kethoneth. It is defined as a tunic, under garment, robe,
a long shirt-like garment usually of linen, generally with
sleeves, coming down to the knees.
This truth is evident: in a world with sin, nakedness
is not appropriate. Where sin exists, men and women should be
ashamed of displaying themselves. It is a sad state of affairs
that we let boys and girls grow up with no sense of shame in this
Sobriety. This word refers to sober-mindedness
and self-control. In Titus 2:2 it is translated temperate,
and in Titus 2:5 it is translated discreet.
With these words in mind, and given the over-sexualized
nature of our society, these questions seem natural:
Does it represent temperance to wear clothing
several inches above the knee?
Is it appropriate to wear low-cut clothing that
attracts attention and invites the eyes?
Is it modest to wear clothing so thin your underwear
can be seen through it?
Where is the sense of shame? Galatians
5:19-21 says, Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
God. This passage speaks plainly to these matters.
Immodest dress is uncleanness. It is lascivious
which has to do with indecency, wantonness, suggestive. How can
it be classed as anything else?
The power of this passage is also that it does not
allow for loopholes based on technicalities. Even if
someone is able to convince themselves that tight, revealing
clothing is not precisely found in the definition of words like
uncleanness or lasciviousness (which is
ridiculous), surely we must admit that such shamelessness is in
the category of such like as stated in verse 21. Paul
didnt have to specifically mention clothing that was
revealing and immodest. The Holy Spirit saw to it that such
like was also condemned.
Matthew 5:28 says, But I say unto you, That
whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart.
It is wrong to watch women (and men for that matter).
It is wrong to cast our gaze and lust. Jesus said our eyes are
the light of the body (Matt. 6:22). We must keep our hearts
(mind) pure (Matt. 5:8).
Since lustful looks are wrong (sinful), then that which
promotes those looks is also wrong (sinful). Many women have
intentionally dressed to cause a man to stumble (fall, sin)
through his eyes. How many women and girls who think of
themselves as Christians have unintentionally set the same
stumbling block before others? It may be done without intention
and without thought, but it is not done without sin.
Consider these reasoning problems:
Some say that culture is the only factor in deciding
what is modest. The account of Adam and Eve and their shame
proves this is not so. Moreover, society does not teach us that
the revealing modern clothing trends are pure and without sexual
overtones. Just the opposite. Advertisers sell the clothing as
sexual. They promote it for the purpose of grabbing attention.
Short shorts/skirts, see-through and/or low-cut attire, are not
ok because that is the fashion. Such worldly fashion is sinful.
We are to be as different from the world as light is from
darkness (Matt. 5:14-16). Certainly culture has something to do
with how we dress. We want to become all things to all men to
save some (1 Cor. 9:27) and we dont want to cause any to
stumble (1 Cor. 10:32). If we find ourselves in a culture that
requires women to cover their ankles or their faces, Christians
should comply with that, but fashions and fads and culture cannot
make it ok for us to exchange that which is orderly, self-
controlled and discreet, for that which is lustful, unclean, and
Some dress modestly in most settings, but then lose all
shame when it comes to certain situations. Warm weather does not
make it ok to reveal or expose ourselves. Sporting activities do
not make skin-tight, thigh-exposing volleyball shorts or any
other sports wear suddenly become less lustful and lascivious.
Fill in other activities or situations as you will: swimming,
public workout places and spas where others can see when we
expose ourselves. Situations do not make a wrong thing right.
Would you wear, or want your daughters (and sons) to
wear revealing clothing when a sexual pervert is near? Would you
feel comfortable in doing so? Would you claim its your own
business what you wear? Logic and reason and decency dictate that
you would cover up and in no way expose
yourself to longing and craving eyes. You know this is true. Why
then would you wear such in public for the whole world to see?
What a shame that the god of this world has blinded the
minds of many in this matter.
What a shame that Christian minds and hearts have been
influenced and at times even overrun by worldly trends.
What a shame when we are without shame and cannot blush
What a shame when parents teach their children it is
more important to be fashionable with the world than to be
acceptable to God.
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THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM #2
Garland M. Robinson
WHAT THE LORD FORBIDS
In order for the Lord to be in our midst, we must put away
those things the Lord forbids.
WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES
The Lord does not reward immaturity. We are
babes in Christ when we first obey the Gospel (1 Peter 2:2; 1
Cor. 3:1). We are to grow and mature to become full grown.
Hebrews 5:12-14 describes some who had not grown as they should.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have
need that one teach you again which be the first principles of
the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and
not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in
the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat
belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason
of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and
A major sign of immaturity is neglecting to attend the
assembling of the saints. This is made clear in Hebrews 10:25.
Such a willful sin brings a certain fearful looking for
of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the
adversaries (v.27). God means business. If were not
faithful, he will cast us out into outer darkness; there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 22:13).
Growing unto maturity requires not only Bible study at
home, but Bible study with those of like precious faith (cf. 2
Peter 1:1). The great opportunities ahead of us require a well
taught membership that is able to teach others. Here is where our
strength lies. Are you growing in maturity and knowledge? There
comes a time when the Lord will no longer dwell in our midst. If
we do not grow and mature, the Lord will not be with us forever.
The Lord does not reward lukewarmness. This was
the condemnation of the church at Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22). The
assessment they made of themselves was that they had everything
they needed. They were self-sufficient. They rested in their own
ability. It caused them to become complacent and apathetic. They
were content to just coast along. They were not hot or on fire
for the Lord. Neither were they cold or totally indifferent to
Him. They were simply in the middle. There was no real
commitment, no real plans for the future. They were just holding
their own. How often may we find ourselves in such a condition
What about the local congregation you attend? Is it
just getting along or it is fervent in the Lords work? Is it
just keeping the doors open or it is marching forward? Is it just
existing or is it holding the banner high?
The work we all have to do requires initiative, enthu-
siasm, effort, zeal, faith and love. Lukewarmness does not
achieve these things. Apathy brings us shame. We will be
condemned as a result. The Lord said to the church at
Laodicea, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Rev.
3:18). Are we a part of a congregation that will prompt the Lord
to say the same thing about us? Do we contribute to the problem
or are we a part of the solution?
If we desire the Lord to be with us and remain with us, then
we will have to act like we want Him to be there. What must we do
to assure the Lords presence and approval?
We must have an unswerving Loyalty to the TRUTH,
Gods word. Paul exhorts Timothy to Hold fast the
form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and
love which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 1:13). To Titus we
read, But speak thou the things which become sound
doctrine (Titus 2:1). To Timothy he said, I
charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For
the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the
truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all
things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make
full proof of thy ministry (2 Tim. 4:1-5).
We must love the truth (cf. Zech. 8:19). Proverbs 23:23
says to buy it and sell it not. We must preach it when its
popular and when its not (2 Tim. 4:2), hold it fast (2 Tim.
1:13), contend for it earnestly (Jude 3), and only speak that
which is sound, solid and true (Titus 2:1). We must have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). We
are to identify and avoid those who cause division (Rom. 16:17-
18). When we do this, the Lord is in our midst.
There can be no substitute to soundness in both
doctrine and practice. Jesus is in our midst
only if we teach/preach His word and
do His commandments. If we adulterate His word, He
is not with us.
If we substitute items of worship which He has not
authorized, He is not with us:
Singing must be congregational and it
must be a capella. Our songs must be psalms, hymns and
spiritual songs (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19). Songs of patriotism are
not authorized. Mechanical instruments of music are not trivial.
They are not a matter of opinion. We must do only that which the
The collection must be in harmony with the
Lords will. First Corinthians 16:2 says it must be on the
first day of the week. Paul wrote, But this I say, He
which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which
soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man accord-
ing as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver (2 Cor. 9:6-7). Each Christian is to give and it
must be from the heart a free-will offering. This eliminates fund
raisers such as car washes and rummage sales. The example of our
brethren at Corinth was that they first gave themselves to the
Lord (2 Cor. 8:5). We should do likewise.
The communion (Lords supper) is a solemn
act in which we partake every first day of the week. The first
century church did so, and so must we (Acts 20:7). It cannot be
eaten on any other day of the week nor for any other purpose than
to remember and show the Lords death till he come (1 Cor.
11:26). Jesus said, this do in remembrance of me
(Luke 22:19). Its emblems are specific, consisting of unleavened
bread and fruit of the vine (grape juice). It cannot be mixed
with barbecue or turned into a common meal. If we adulterate or
pollute the Lords supper, Jesus will not be in our midst
because we are not acting in accordance to His will.
Our prayers are directed to God the Father in
the name of Jesus the Son. This is as the Scriptures direct
(Matt. 6:9; John 14:13-14; 15:16). When we do these things in
accordance to the Lords will, we have the promise that He
will be with us. Prayer is powerful. God tells us so. The
effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth
much (James 5:16).
We must desire the Unity for which the Lord prayed
and died. Jesus prayed for the apostles, Neither pray
I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father,
art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that
the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John
17:20-21). Paul exhorted the church at Corinth, Now I
beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the same judg-
ment (1 Cor. 1:10).
The unity required of the Lord is shown in Ephesians
4:1-6: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you
that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With
all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in
the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye
are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one
baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.
Living a faithful Christian life is a must if we
desire the Lord to continue in our midst. The Lord tells us who
we are in Matthew 5:13-16. Ye are the salt of the earth:
but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do
men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Loving one another is a cardinal tenet of faithfulness.
Jesus said, A new commandment I give unto you, That ye
love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if
ye have love one to another (John 13:34-35). John
wrote, If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother,
he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath
seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this
commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
brother also (1 John 4:20-21).
It is such a tragedy for brethren to have animosity for
one another. How in the world do those who are guilty in this
matter think they can go to heaven with this hanging over their
head? If we cant get along in this world, we dont have
the slightest chance in the world to come. I must do everything
within my power to make things right with my brethren. If things
continue to be unresolved, let it be because others are unwilling
to reconcile. Ive done my part. Theres nothing more I
No other people or organization on earth can rightly say
they have the Lord Jesus in their midst. He stands with us. He
guards, guides and direct us. He is our King. He is our guide,
our savior, our redeemer. We desire Him to continue to be in our
midst. He has promised He will be, as long as we do His will.
Nothing else in this world matters than for us to be
faithful to Him unto death. Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in
vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58).
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OUR ONE HOPE
Anyone who reads the newspaper or views television knows
that things in our world seem to be a mess. The Bible says,
all have sinned and come short of the glory of
God (Rom. 3:23). We know that many live in darkness
outside of Christ (John 3:19). There is turmoil on every hand:
war, crime, immorality you name it! There are a group of
people that lived in the same conditions at one time. They were
called Gentiles. They were without God, without Christ and had no
hope (Eph. 2:11-12), but all that changed with the death of
Christ. The writer of Ephesians said: But now in Christ
Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
Christ (Eph. 2:13).
There is hope! There is hope for the world! More
importantly, there is hope for you! Christ is the answer. Read
the following, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the
will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ
Jesus (2 Tim. 1:1). Christ is our hope. He is the
answer. Paul later wrote that he knew in whom he had believed and
was persuaded that Christ was able to keep that which he had
committed (2 Tim. 1:12).
Will you put your hope in Christ? Will you follow Him?
Got problems? Marriage going bad? Children rebellious? Not enough
money to pay your bills? Search the scriptures (John 5:39).
Christ is our hope. He is the answer.
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SATANS INSIDIOUS ATTACKS ON THE CHURCH
The first verse of Genesis 1 introduces mankind to the
existence of God, In the beginning God. The
first time Satan introduces himself to mankind is in the garden
of Eden in the form of a serpent (Gen. 3:1-6). The first time he
is mentioned by the name of Satan is in Job 1:6-12. Therefore,
one cannot believe in the existence of God and not believe in the
existence of Satan!
Various terms are used throughout the Scriptures to
describe the evil one that opposes God and His
children: Satan, adversary (Zech. 3:1), The devil,
slanderer (Matt. 4:1; Rev. 12:9), The god of this world
(2 Cor. 4:4), The prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2), The
father of lies (John 8:44), Murderer (John 8:44), The great
dragon (Rev. 12:9), Serpent (Rev. 12:9; 2 Cor. 11:3), Deceiver
(Rev. 12:9), Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matt. 12:24),
The wicked one (Matt. 13:38), The prince of this world (John
12:31), Ruler of darkness (Eph. 6:12), The tempter (1 Thess.
3:5), Accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), The enemy (Matt.
13:39), A roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), Belial, worthless,
wicked (2 Cor. 6:15), Angel of the bottomless pit (Rev.
Satans ultimate destination, along with his
angels, as well as all whom he is able to destroy, is
everlasting, unending damnation in hell (Matt. 25:41,46). As one
seriously contemplates these facts, he cannot help but tremble at
the very thought of being lost!
As powerful as Satan is, he can be resisted and
overcome, Be Sober, be vigilant; because your adversary
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith... (1 Peter
5:8-9). This is why Christians are to put on the whole
amour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of
the devil (Eph. 6:11).
Johns inspired words truly give us strength to
press on, even in the hottest of confrontations with the evil
one. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
the world (1 John 4:4). In addition to this, God has not
left His children defenseless. On the contrary, According
as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath
called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3). It is truly
comforting to know that God is with us every step of the way in
our journey to heaven as we walk in the light (1
John 1:7). ...I will never leave thee, nor forsake
thee (Heb. 13:5).
The Bible gives numerous examples of Satans
insidious attacks on the body of Christ: Persecution (Acts
4,5,9,19), Certain brethren making circumcision a condition of
salvation (Acts 15), Conspiracy of certain Jews to kill Paul
(Acts 23), Forming of factions (1 Cor. 1), Brother living in an
incestuous and adulterous relationship and the church accepting
it (1 Cor. 5), Making a gluttonous feast of the Lords supper
(1 Cor. 11), Some denying the resurrection (1 Cor. 15),
Perverting the Gospel of Christ (Gal. 1), Peter siding with the
Jews (Gal. 2), Two sisters at odds with one another (Phil. 4),
Works of the flesh (Gal. 5), Malicious use of the tongue (James
Satan wants to ultimately destroy every soul so they
will be with him and his demons to suffer eternal punishment.
Satan is the father of all lies. He is constantly tempting the
Lords people through the lust of the flesh, the lust
of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). He
greatly rejoices when children of God live by the iron
rule and not the golden rule (cf. Matt. 7:12). He
and all of his demons rejoice when the lust of the
flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) reigns in the heart of Christians
instead of the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and
temperance (Gal. 5:22). The father of all lies is constantly
trying to divide the body of Christ through bitterness, wrath,
anger, clamour, evil speaking and malice (Eph. 4:31). When this
takes place, evangelism, benevolence and edification come to a
Be assured that the devil knows every faithful
Christian. He knows you and he knows me. If he can get us to
yield to him (Rom. 6:16), then doubt, discouragement, envy,
strife, hatred, jealously, covetousness, as well as all works of
the flesh, will put us well on the road to destruction. Even when
this takes place, those who have gone back under Satans rule
can repent of their sins and be restored (Gal. 6:1-2; James
5:19-20; Jude 23)!
Through Christs death, burial and resurrection,
Satan has been bound, thus destroying his works (1 John
3:8; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14-15). Every Christian has been given
assurance that we can overcome any and all temptations if we will
look for the way of escape. There hath no temptation
taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who
will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may
be able to bear it (1 Cor. 10:13). John wrote,
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father
in his throne (Rev. 3:23).
Remember, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit wants every
Christian to be with them in heaven (Rev. 22:17)! Brethren,
dont allow Satan to distract you from serving the Lord!
Continue to fight the good fight of faith (1
Tim. 6:12). Put on the whole armour of God (Eph.
6:11). Be unmoveable, always, abounding in the work of
the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58). You will hear the welcome words
of the Savior one day, Come, ye blessed of my Father
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world (Matt. 25:34)!
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DO WE LOVE THE LORD MORE?
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith
unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto
him, Feed my lambs (John 21:15). This is a good question
for us to ask ourselves.
Do we love the Lord more than we love our
relatives? If we do, we will not let them hinder us from
obeying the Lord or worshipping Him. The Lord taught:
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will
I confess also before my Father which is in heaven
Do we love the Lord more than we love our money?
If so, we will cheerfully and liberally support the Lords
work. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall
reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap
also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his
heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God
loveth a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6-7).
Do we love the Lord more than we love entertainment
and pleasure? Indulging in pleasure at the expense of
Christian living and serving God is sinful for these things have
taken over Gods rightful place (cf. Luke 12:15-21). Sinful
pleasure is always wrong. But she that liveth in pleasure
is dead while she liveth (1 Tim. 5:6). Ye have
lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have
nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter (James
Do we love the Lord more than the praise of men?
If so, we will be willing to obey God even if it means we must
incur the rejection of men. Some Jewish leaders believed on
Christ but would not confess him because they loved the praise of
men more than the praise of God (John 12:42-43).
The Lord must be the supreme object of our affection.
We must be able to sing with meaning, O How I Love
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THINGS PRECIOUS TO CHRISTIANS
Marvin L. Weir
Gods love is precious to Christians! Without
Gods love, there would be no hope for fallen mankind. All
accountable people sin (Rom. 3:10,23). The wages of sin
is death (Rom. 6:23). When one sins, he is separated
from God (Isa. 59:1-2). One cannot simply pardon himself from the
sin he has committed. Without the love of God providing a plan
for reconciliation and redemption, sinners would have no hope. To
the Ephesian brethren Paul said, That at that time ye
were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no
hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye
who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
Christ (Eph. 2:12-13).
That passage often referred to as the golden text says,
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Think about that
little word so. God SO loved that He purposed, planned,
and provided a way by which man can be forgiven of his sins and
reconciled to God. Man would be hopelessly lost were it not for
the love of God!
Gods Word is precious to the Christian!
Spiritually speaking, man is not capable of directing his steps:
the way of man is not in himself (Jer. 10:23). A
trustworthy guide is needed. Ones emotions, feelings and
opinions do not measure up to the challenge. The Psalmist knew
the answer and was right in saying, Thy word is a lamp
unto my feet, and light unto my path (Psa. 119:105). The
Word of God is right, pure,
true. It is settled in heaven
(Psa. 33:4; 119:140,160,89).
Gods complete will for mankind is revealed
only through His inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish
foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of
God (1 Cor. 1:18). Paul reminds us that ...faith
[cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
(Rom. 10:17). For one to be saved, he must hold
fast to Gods Word (1 Cor. 15:2). Only the
word of his grace can build us up and give us
an inheritance among all them that are
sanctified (Acts 20:32). The seed to be
sown before a lost and dying world is the Word of God (Luke
8:11). Gods Word liveth and abideth forever
(1 Peter 1:23,25) and will judge all mankind in the last day
(John 12:48). Put your trust in the sword of the
Spirit, the word of God (Eph. 6:17).
Heaven is precious to the Christian! There are
only two roads one can travel through life: one leads to eternal
life and the other to eternal ruin (Matt. 7:13-14). Hell is to be
avoided at all costs (Matt. 10:34-38). It has been
prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt.
25:41) and for those who know not God and
obey not the gospel (2 Thess. 1:8). What a joy
it will be for the faithful to get to Heaven, as God will
...wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former things are passed away
(Rev. 21:4). All of those written in the Lambs book
of life shall be in heaven; but, those who
maketh an abomination and a lie shall never
enter this precious place (Rev. 21:27).
Grace and mercy are precious to the Christian!
The apostle Paul says it best, For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-
9). Salvation is Gods wonderful gift, but salvation is not
unconditional. Gods wonderful grace covers only those
who love Him and submit to His will. As Jesus said, ...If
a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with
him (John 14:23). One cannot continue in a life
of sin and expect Gods grace to abound (Rom. 6:1).
Salvation is precious to the Christian! Paul
describes it like this: I have fought a good fight, I
have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not
to me only, but unto all them also that love his
appearing (2 Tim. 4:7-8, emph. mine).
Fellowship is precious to the Christian! How
wonderful it is to associate with those of like precious
faith (2 Peter 1:1)! We dare not, however, fellowship
those walking in darkness (Eph. 5:11). To aid, support in any
way, participate with, or encourage those who are enemies of the
cross is wrong.
Let us be thankful for the fellowship that is ours in
Christ Jesus. How wonderful it is to be in the company of those
who love God! Never forget the many things precious to the
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DEPARTURES FROM WORSHIP
James R. Lewis
Departures from God often are first observed in matters of
worship. Cain is a good example of such departure. Both Cain and
his brother Abel offered sacrifice unto the Lord. Abel offered
by faith (Heb. 11:4). His sacrifice was acceptable and
well pleasing unto the Lord. Cain also offered, but the Lord
had not respect unto Cain and his offering. Cain
departed from Gods way in that he offered something
different than what God had authorized. Another example of
unacceptable worship is Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron. These two
brothers offered strange fire before the Lord, which he
commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and
devoured them, and they died before the Lord (Lev.
10:1,2). Changing matters of worship is disobedience to God. It
is unacceptable to the Lord.
The kingdom of Israel was divided following
Solomons reign. Rehoboam, Solomons son, ruled over the
southern kingdom; and Jeroboam was the first king over the
northern kingdom. It seemed clear to Jeroboam that if the nation
continued to worship together in unity at the temple in
Jerusalem, then he would have little hope of keeping the tribes
under his reign separate from the southern kingdom. Accordingly,
the first order of business for Jeroboam was to change the
worship and this thing became a sin (cf. 1 Kings
Even in the New Testament, the apostle Paul rebuked the
church at Corinth for perversion of the Lords supper (1 Cor.
11:18-22). The apostle plainly stated that the one who failed to
properly discern the Lords body, was eating and
drinking damnation to himself (v.28).
The above examples clearly establish that departure
from Gods authorized way of worship is a serious thing. The
Bible warns that worship which comes from the doctrines of men is
vain (Matt. 15:9). The Bible also warns against
will worship (Col. 2:23), which is simply following
mans will in matters of worship rather than following
Gods will. Faithful worshippers know they must worship God
in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It is a grievous
error for man to attempt to worship God in some manner or fashion
which is not authorized by the truth, Gods word.
Here are three present-day departures from the
authorized worship of God.
1) Failure to observe the Lords supper
every first day of the week is a departure from the truth (John
4:24). The Bible teaches that the Lords supper is to be
observed every first day of the week (1 Cor. 11:24-26; Acts
2) The use of mechanical instruments of music in
worship is a relatively recent innovation. It is both a
biblical and historical fact that such instruments were not used
in authorized New Testament worship. It is also a historical fact
that it was several hundreds of years before even the attempt to
introduce them in worship. Even many of the founders and leaders
of denominational religions openly opposed their use. God
authorizes singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in worship
(Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). The use of mechanical instruments into
worship is a departure from Gods authorized worship.
3) The modern day practice of hand clapping is
also adding to what the Bible authorizes in worship and is,
therefore, a departure from the faith.
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