Worshiping the ‘Creature’ or the “CREATOR”?

Young children often engage in a verbal sparring of “my Dad’s better than your Dad”  We can gingerly nod our heads, smile and remember the days of our youth when we succumbed to this sort of childish ribbing.  The sad fact is that many seemingly mature Christians and unsaved people willingly resort to the same tactics when it comes to their individual  preference in religious preachers.   This ought not to be.  Whether the person who stands behind a pulpit or is viewed over the air waves, it is our responsibility to discern their motive, which  should be that the message given forth should exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, many of these religious messages are not scriptural in content.  The undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ is not being presented.  There is one well-known tele-vangelist who seldom, if ever opens the Bible.  He has it in his hand and raises it up in the air as he chants his familiar recitation, but the message that follows is geared to the emotional self-esteem of the individual and not the admonition of sin, repentance, and salvation through the shed blood of the Savior, God’s only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ.   Yet many folk are enamored by his charisma and accept his diluted humanistic message as ‘gospel’  These folk, unfortunately are worshipping the  ‘creature,’ and not the Creator, God Almighty!

Another one of these ‘tube’ toters of religion whose followers boggle my mind is a woman.  The Bible clearly states that a woman is NOT to teach or usurp authority over a man.  Hello, this should be a huge red- flag that perhaps God is not being honored by the sermonettes being broadcasted.  She has apparently made millions of dollars from her blinded following.   In addition, the Lord has commanded his female saints not to dress in ‘costly array’, but that which portrays Godliness.  (1 Timothy 2:9)   One can easily observe that her garments often do not adhere to this teaching in the Word.  The folks who are smitten by her diluted presentation of God’s Word are worshipping the ‘creature’ and not the Creator, God, Almighty.

Let’s take this from the realm of the air waves and into the pulpits of this Blessed Nation.  We often hear when engaged in conversations concerning spiritual knowledge that, “Well, My Pastor says.”  Friends, if what your Pastor or any man proclaims from the pulpit does not line up with the Bible, then guess what,  IT IS NOT TRUTH!.  Before the scriptures were translated into a language that  people could understand, the religious leaders could and did promote their own perverted version of the scriptures.  Once the people had access to the truth, the reformation took place.  Sadly today,  many of those who own a Bible do not read what is contained therein.  Humanistic preachers monopolize on this fact and are free to preach whatever they like.  Should a member of their following challenge the message,  they are often  treated in a condescending manner.  Thankfully some of these folk ‘come out from among them’ and find a church which does preach the whole counsel of God.  Many of their flock do not, believing that their spiritual leader knows best.   Again, these blinded folk are worshipping the ‘creature’  not the  Creator, God, Almighty.

With the advent of the written Word of God being presented in audio and even braille form, people have access to the truth as God has set forth in his infallible Word.  We actually have an obligation to search the scriptures and learn for ourselves what is truth.  Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ should shine onto them.  Those who do know the truth of the Gospel, should not be carried away by every whim of doctrine but should educate themselves to thwart  the Devils attempt to lead them astray. (Ephesians 4: 14,15)

Our Blessed Creator has given us the ability to learn and discern His infallible Word.  If we lack wisdoom in understanding the Bible, God has promised to impart wisdom unto all who ask and He will give it liberally.  Discern what is the way, the truth and the life, in Christ Jesus.


God’s take on Tattoos and Body Piercing

During my younger years I was repulsed by  the appearance of the heathen people of uncivilized countries because of their practice of painting and piercing of their bodies.  Some were so grotesque I cringed just looking at them.   The time came in my young adult life that guys began wearing necklaces.  Although it was considered ‘cool’, this practice was in my opinion, feminizing men.  I was ignorant of God’s Word stating that a woman should not wear that which pertaineth unto a man.  It would have seemed the opposite would also be true, that a man should not wear that which pertained unto a woman, like necklaces.   When the practice of men piercing their ears evolved, it originally seem to be a mark of one being a homosexual, especially if  the earring was worn in the right ear lobe.  Well, the practice hit the hollywood crowd and spread like Molasses Flood of 1919, corrupting everything in its path.   For shame, for shame.  Why would anyone want to emulate a heathen hollywood inhabitant?   Alas, this practice no longer elicited the stares, glares and dares of society so the young and rebellious took up another heathen practice, body painting.

My Dad served in WWII.  During his enlistment he and many of his comrades received a tattoo on their  lower right arm.  I always associated this tattoo as a mark of his patriotism and service to his country.  The motive for being tattooed was honorable in the respect that it was done because these men were proud to be serving their country.   It represented  a conviction of sorts.  I do not ever remember a lady getting a tattoo!  Well times have certainly changed in regards to skin painting.  Today, it is a cultural fad, one that actually has its roots in witchcraft!

Many of todays youth look at taboos as asserting their independence and rejection of parental authority.  Others cave into peer pressure or just want to be stylish.   Recently, my second grandson succumbed not only to the ear-piercing but also to getting a tattoo.  Fortunately the tattoo is not visible when he is wearing a shirt.  He had no problem in discerning that his grandmother was not happy.  Even though I was not able to see the tattoo, I know it is there and so does God.   Thus, it became my quest to search the scriptures and learn what God  thought about body piercings and painting.

Actually, God has addressed both of these practices in His Word.   In Leviticus 19:28. God states that ‘Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you:  I am the LORD.’  Even though this is found in the Old Testament, we need to remind ourselves that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction., for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Tim 3:16.  Therefore because we have been instructed by God himself that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost…..we are to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirit, which are actually Gods!

As stated in God’s Word, body piercing and body painting were practices of the heathen in regards to the burial of their dead.  Their belief was that by cutting themselves and disfiguring their bodies, the anger of their gods would be appeased.  This is the abomination that God was referring to in Leviticus 19.  Historians have recorded that in some areas of our uncivilized world these rituals are still being conducted.    Since this is the case and God has commanded His people not to participate in such things then we need to please and honor Him in abstaining from body piercing and tattooing.  In 2 Corinthians 6:17  we are commanded to come out from among them and be ye separate.  We are to be a peculiar people to our Heavenly Father.

Consideration also needs to be given to a growing number of health problems being associated with tattooing.  The major concern is the spread of hepatitis C and the aids virus from multiple tattooing and unsanitary needles.    Should one have their tattoo surgically removed, there is not only the residual scarring but also the possibility of infection from the potential cellulitis.

In conclusion, we need to be cautious in not judging the brethren who sport tattoo’s  These folk can still be used by God even though their appearance may be a stumbling block to some.  Oftentimes these body paintings were acquired prior to the salvation of the individual.   In that regard, it would be good to caution our young people to consider what King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:8  “Better is the end of a thing then the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit”  In other words, it would behoove any one considering a tattoo to reflect on their feelings in about 10 or so years.  Many folk end up regretting the foolishness of their youth in this area of tattooing.

The Testimony of One’s Wardrobe

The life and calling of certain people can be readily identified by the clothing that is worn.  We are able to recognize a law enforcement officer, a soldier, a fireman. the mail carrier and other folk by the clothing that they wear.  Even in the realm of sports, we identify our favorite team by the uniform.  In the religious realm we are able to discern a woman of the Amish sect as well as some women of the Muslin cult. images  women in dresses

Let’s take a look at the testimony the apparel of a blood bought, born again Christian woman. We will begin by searching the Bible for the standards which the Lord has established as his guideline for appropriate dress.  We find in the scripture  that God commands women to wear modest clothing, and rightly so.  Many a man has been tempted by the mere sight of a scantily clothed female…Ladies, this ought not to be; we should never be a stumbling block for any man let alone a brother-in-the-Lord.

Granted, most Godly women choose not to wear blatantly immodest clothing.  However, consideration also needs to be addressed in the fabric, style, and cut of the garment when purchasing a particular item of clothing.  Does the cut emphasize the bust line?  Is the fabric clingy and alluring?  Does the style mimic fashion worn by the Hollywood crowd?    Keeping the neckline high and the hemlines low, at or above the knee is most appropriate.  For our sisters who are on the ‘fluffy’ side, longer hemlines may be preferable.  Most ladies who are in within the fellowship of believers are careful that their clothes do not give off a suggestive testimony.  1 Timothy 2:9 would be a good verse to memorize not only in regards to the modesty issue but also in other aspects of dress for the Woman of God.

A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man.  Whoa, what a statement; one that has caused many a controversy within various fundamental churches of today.  Deuteronomy 22: 5, specifically states that God’s women are not to wear mens clothing.  This truth has elicited a range of thoughts from zero tolerance to total apathy.  Pants!  The issue has caused  division among Godly Christian women.  The best advice is to submit to the preference of your Pastor and your husband.   My Pastor for example, has set the “standard” that the women in position of ministry within the church will not wear pants when serving.   His “preference” on the other hand is that all the women in his congregation would not wear pants to church.  images  women in dressesLadies do wear pants to our church services and they are lovingly received.  I have never known my Pastor to be a respecter of persons, and neither is God.    What you wear in your  home and in the market place is at the discretion of your husband and your conviction.  However, the garment should be pleasing to the Lord.  I often cringe at the site of a female in skin-tight britches that reveal the crooks, crevices and panty lines of the person.  This practice is not only repulsive, but also sensual.  In addition, the hip huggers type of britches often expose too much hip, if you get my drift.    A well dressed lady wearing a modest pants outfit in a church service is not offensive to me, but I do have a personal dislike of ladies wearing jeans to church.

Jeans have become the uniform of the world.  This garment is one of the unisex symbols of the unsaved.  I am among the very few women who do not even own a pair of jeans.  In 2 Samuel 12:20, we read that even King David changed his work apparel when he came into the house of the Lord to worship. There are events when it would be considered appropriate for men to wear jeans at church, such as a work day.  This would also be an appropriate occasion for women to wear modest loose fitting britches, instead of jeans.  Women have worked in skirts and blouses for ions, and I still do.   The ruggedness of the denim fabric alone suggests that this is a man’s attire.  Granted, these are my convictions, but I encourage ladies to prayerfully consider how the garment they wear affects their testimony of their love for the Lord.   As I have stated, my personal conviction is that when a lady attends a church service, she should wear clothing that is pleasing to the Lord.  If we have the means to dress in feminine ‘church’ clothes, then this ought to be our practice.

In the book of Esther 5:11, the example is set forth that when we are going to be in the presence of the King, we should wear our royal apparel.  Granted, God does not expect us to show up wearing a tiara, costly jewels and other formal attire.  It would suggest, however, that when we come together to worship our Lord and King, that we do so in clothing that reflects our love, adoration and gratefulness for what He has done for us. It is important that we do not have respect of persons when it comes to their apparel.  This issue is addressed in James chapter 2.  We are not to despise those who are financially unable to purchase clothing suitable for wearing to church.  Being in that situation myself years ago, I prayed and asked the Lord to provide me with modest dresses that I could wear  to church and within two weeks I was given a sackful of nice dresses.

In closing, what we wear does not always exemplify where we are spiritually.  The thoughts set forth in this article are for prayerful consideration by those saints who seek to please the Lord in this particular area of their walk. In addition, we should always be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of our life.  As we aspire to do that which is pleasing to the Lord may we honor our God and Saviour in the area of dress.