FASHION, CULTURE and SCRIPTURE

What should we follow as authentic guide for the Church’s standards in such matters as fashion, worship veil, marriage and sexual morality, women ordination to the Presbyterate and Episcopacy, etc? Should we follow the Apostolic revelation in the Scripture? Or follow cultural modernity, ecclesiastical innovations and media bandwagon statistics of today?

FASHION is a CULTURAL preference trend or popular bandwagon with the MOTIVES of either revolt against certain detested values or pursuit of certain desired values (Rom 1:20-25; Eph 2:1-2). The new skimpy-hippy culture is a protest against shamefaced temperance and a pursuit for shameless exhibitionism and sexual liberalism. It is part of the militant anti-Christian, new-age, counter-culture movement of rebellious godlessness, shamelessness and lawlessness. The Bible calls this “the course and cares of this world” and the “MYSTERY OF LAWLESSNESS” of perilous end times (2Thes 2:3-12; 2Tim 3:1-5). What is the motive of your attire? Is it to look reverent and respectable or to look decadent and seductive?

Today’s culture of fashionable nudeness must never be brought into the Church fellowship and worship services. Even in the society, fashionable nudity, salacity and decadence is not the shamefaced modesty, sobriety and reverence that Christians should be known for (1Tim 2:9-10; Tit 2:11-13; 1Pet 3:3-4). THE PURPOSE OF DRESSING IS DIGNITY AND DECENCY NOT NUDITY AND OBSCENITY.

Adornment is meant for godly beauty and dignity (Exo 28:40-43; Job 40:10) not for dissipation and dishonour. Over the years adornment has degraded from honourable decency to elegant stylishness and now to fashionable salaciousness. Beauty and adornment are of two types:
1. inward moral and spiritual beauty of virtue and holiness (2Chr 20:21; Isa 61:10; 1Pet 3:4), ADORNED WITH SUPERNATURAL GRACE AND GLORY (1Tim 2:10; 1Pet 3:5; Rev 21:2) and
2. outward physical and material beauty of figures and looks (Gen 6:1-4; 29:17), ADORNED WITH SUPERFICIAL/SYNTHETIC CLOTHING AND COSMETICS (2Kin 9:30; Isa 3:16-24; 1Tim 2:9; 1Pet 3:3).

While maximizing the inward adornment, Christians should purpose in their hearts to agree with the Apostles (1Tim 2:9-10; 1Pet 3:3-5) by insisting that their outward adornment must be done
i) soberly not seductively,
ii) for respectable decency and dignity not for fashionable nudity and discourtesy,
iii) with shamefaced modesty WHICH COVERS NAKEDNESS not with shameless madness WHICH FLAUNTS NAKEDNESS.
Our outward beautification must be guided by our inward motives. THE CHURCH SHOULD REGULATE AND PUBLICISE ITS TOLERABLE MODERATION (Php 4:5). Whatever you wear matters always: it is either a manifestation or a manifesto, a portrayal or a proposal. What is the motive of your attire? Is it for sobriety and moderation or for salacity and ostentation?

Superficial and synthetic cosmetics or outward decoration with costly ornaments should be MODERATED because it neither saves nor commends us to God (Rev 17:4; Rev 18:16); it produces either temporal decency or degeneracy and may lead to eternal judgment (Eze 16:8-19). On the other hand spiritual, moral and inward transformation with holy ornaments should be MAXIMIZED because it regenerates, redeems and commends us to God (Rev 21:2); it always prepares for eternal blessedness in God’s presence (Rev 21:9-24).

Today’s couture is fast getting dominated by crazy (indecent) fashion designers and sexy (seductive) fashion models, through ready-made junks, aggressive marketing and militant licentiousness. The modest clients and their seasoned tailors are getting compelled to join the trend of crazy disarray rather than godly array, with intemperance fast overriding decency. The mass media hypes the notion that costly and crazy fashion is trendy and cool, while decency and dignity is mocked and jettisoned. Christians must not allow themselves to be pressured into the sexy fashion craze nor the ostentatious glamour vogue, but boldly insist on decency and moderation. Our calling is to do God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven and so bring His Kingdom’s counter-culture to bear on earth.

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6 Responses to FASHION, CULTURE and SCRIPTURE

  1. Christ Jesus said at Matthew 10:34 “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

    While Satan works to maintain “peace on earth” and halt prophecy, mankind is alienated from God. What was prophesied long ago is currently taking place and will continue to until the battle of Armageddon.

    Ezekiel 29:8 “Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: I am going to bring a sword against you and wipe out man and animal from you.”

    Yes, that means God is angry.

    Revelation 16:21 “Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from heaven on the people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.”

    We are currently in the Tribulation and the severity is about to become much worse. If you think things are bad now, you can’t imagine how bad they will become.

    Satan is not the cause of what is occurring in the world via natural disasters, plagues, pestilence, financial crisis and all the rest. It is Yahweh’s will and it comes directly from Him. He is the One in control, and the One whom is nature.

    Psalm 83:18 “May they know that You alone – whose name is Yahweh – are the Most High over all the earth.”

    Calamity will come upon mankind and it will be via Yahweh’s hand. Satan is powerless to stop Him and mankind is powerless to stop Him.

    Ezekiel 28:23 “I will send a plague against her and bloodshed in her streets; the slain will fall within her, while the sword is against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

    Yahweh is about to bring full rebellion to Satan’s empire. As hard as he works to try and keep peace, he will not be able to halt the people from rebelling against the governments. There is a reason the job failures and the staggering economy, and the lost homes. They are all designed to culminate against each government of every nation affected by this curse from God.

    Malachi 1:4 “Though Edom says: “We have been devastated, but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of Hosts says this: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called a wicked country and the people the LORD has cursed forever.”

    Satan will bring the nations back up from ruin for a short while, but they will not hold together. During that period of destruction, the people will curse God and seek their true benefactor that is opposed to Christ and Yahweh – Satan. The Antichrist will then make his appearance. The people will be awed by Satan’s regained powers and his strength to bring peace to this world of people. But it will not last. Yahweh will see to that.

    Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”

    All of mankind is cursed except for the remnant. Think. How many people survived the Great Flood? Sodom and Gomorrah? It will not be any different. Those events were precursors to what will occur in these End Times.

    Mark 11:12 “[ The Barren Fig Tree Is Cursed ] The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry.”

    Mark 11:21 “Then Peter remembered and said to Him, ” Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed is withered.”

    Satan’s family tree is barren and was cursed long ago. Mankind is withering under our Creator’s curse.

    Jeremiah 17:5 “[ Curse and Blessing ] This is what the LORD says: Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes [human] flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.”

    Mankind is under a curse and belongs to Satan. It requires effort – action on the part of anyone hearing this wake up call to get out of Satan’s empire. Those that have remained are to receive the plagues just ahead. Everything else has just been foreplay. The worst is just ahead, and it’s all from Yahweh.

    When Satan’s empire totally crumbles out from under him and them as their Antichrist, this is what will happen:

    Ezekiel 33:27 “Tell them this: This is what the Lord GOD says: As surely as I live, those who are in the ruins will fall by the sword, those in the open field I have given to wild animals to be devoured, and those in the strongholds and caves will die by plague.”

    Ezekiel 38:22 “I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone on him, as well as his troops and the many peoples who are with him.”

    Habakkuk 3:5 “Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps.”

    That is the path Yahweh will lead Satan’s followers down.

    Deuteronomy 28:16 “You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.”

    There will be nowhere to hide.

    For the so-called Christian churches that claim to reveal Yahweh’s Word in truth:

    Revelation 2:23 “I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”

    They are cursed especially for their lying conduct in reference to Yahweh and Christ. Remember when Yahweh killed the first born males of ancient Egypt? Now He will kill the children of Satan that make up the false churches.

    1 Chronicles 21:27 “Then the LORD spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath.”

    The only way this will happen is if they repent and accept Yahweh for who He really is – in Truth.

    Otherwise, those churches professing to be true Christians will go the way of the rest of cursed mankind.

    Revelation 2:11 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death.”

    • CHAPLAIN says:

      When Christ was born, the Christmas Angelic carol sang “peace and goodwill towards all humanity” and announced “good tidings of joy”. May this month of December in which the Church marks the birth of Christ bring you good times in Jesus’s Name.

  2. CHAPLAIN says:

    That was a sharp and worthy rebuke and warning.

    Hope you’re not among those brethren who insist that God can only be referred to as Yahweh. If that is so, then you’re saying that the inspired writers of the Bible who used Eloa, Elohim, El, Theos, etc are wrong!!Such brethren should be warned that God will judge us if we deviate from His revealed Word in the Scriptures.

    Gal 1:6-9 KJV2000 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.

    “Yahweh” is also called “God” the Father Who is in heaven, and is the Maker and Judge of all, according Christ, His Apostles and the Prophets.

    • Oluchi Iro Nkama says:

      I dont think its God that is the cause of the things that are happening just like the person from follower of Yahweh said.Satan has a part in the things that are happening and we also because of our rebellion.If i am wrong or said any wrong thing please let me know and explain further on everything.

  3. CHAPLAIN says:

    You are right. The Yahweh man just quoted the verses of rebuke but left the verses of instruction.

  4. CHAPLAIN says:

    Some believe that dressing and even the Bible are from cultures of other tribe or age and are not really relevant to our “culture” of today.

    To such persons we say:

    The Bible is from a culture yet it criticized and sought to change that culture.Every culture must also be subjected to the criticism of the Bible for change. It is the inspiration of the Bible and the confirmatory testimony of the Resurrected Jesus that gives the Bible authority. Anyone who challenges Jesus’ authority must first die and resurrect.

    The Christian WAY of life is a COUNTER-CULTURE because it is a HEAVEN-CULTURE as in the opening of the Lord’d prayer. The prophets were counter-culture and heaven-culture inquirers (1Pet 1:9-12). The prophetic revelations in the Scripture are not by private cultural interpretation but by Holy Ghost inspiration and heavenly confirmation (2Pet 1:15-21). The Scripture is both above and against every culture, not subject to any.

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