DOES IT MATTER TO GOD WHAT WE WEAR…?

REALLY?

Morality?

Holiness?

Heaven’s standard?

Judgment?

Well, the world doesn’t really care what you wear or don’t wear as long as it fits into the current status quo which is determined by popular opinion, ….which  is manipulated by the rich and famous, and……

…..which things are fading away and will completely disappear when Jesus comes to cleanse the earth and the heavens with His fire.  And the old will pass away and the new will come in which dwells righteousness, and which will be the dwelling place of all those who love righteousness, even the righteousness of God in Christ.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAFE IN JESUS WHEN THAT FINAL CONFLAGRATION COMES.

Popular opinion is a contrived, manufactured thing.  It is imposed through fashion designers, Hollywood, fashion houses, models (usually they get told what to wear), plus, plus. 

And all of that is manipulated by – the love of money, by sensuality –  ‘sex appeal’, ‘lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes, and for the most part by people who do not have an objective absolute sense of morality, but rather a subjective one, that is; I decide what is moral or immoral….anything goes…as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, and “as long as it doesn’t offend me“.

It is strange that when we want to find out which way is north, we use a gadget called a compass.  I recently found my old compass and expected it to point North.  Instead the arrow pointed in a general direction of north; it did not come to rest at a fixed precise point each time I moved it around.  I played with it a bit hoping that it would ‘come good’.  But ah! It was hopless.  The mechanism was damaged, or the magnetic material was compromised, so I had to throw it out.  It was worthless.

Airline pilots, and ship masters all need to have a sound working device to give them a true  directional finding.  Engineers need to operate within certain laws in order to design roads, tunnels, bridges, building and other infrastructure, which we all make use of one way or another.  Without such certainties we could not do what we do; there would be little order.  In ancient days were used and still it happens today that the stars in the night sky are used as a compass to determine direction.

But when it comes to morality, – so many people claim that there is NO fixed moral compass – NO ABSOLUTES, and some even go so far as to say that there is not such thing as “morality”. 

Human behaviour is either  – moral, or ‘amoral‘ – showing no concern whether something is moral or not. There is a term for that – pure selfishness, which is Pride in its rawest form.

Everybody wants to do their own thing.  Society does not want to follow a moral compass (or have one) imposed by some OTHER.  And this is because the issue of morality is directly connected to the conscience of man.  and the conscience of man is the lamp of God. 

And man does not want to be accountable to God, because he is in rebellion and is lifted up in his own importance and pride and personal ambition.  and hence this notion of Macro Evolution, or the Theory of Evolution as it relates to origins of life, etc.   But this Theory of Evolution is very convenient to those who love the darkness of their sinfulness, and refuse to come to God who sees all and nothing is hid from His sight, and to this their conscience testifies, though they refuse to believe it.

This Theory has produced in the minds of hundreds of millions in recent generations that because we evolved from animals, there is no God to be accountable to, and hence it is indecent to suggest that we should be bound by a morality imposed by some “fairy tale god’ who is written about in some old religious fairy – tale textbook. 

Such is the unbelief and cynicism of millions today, denying the God who loved them and bought them with His own blood in the Man Jesus Christ, who died, was buried and rose from the dead , and who is appointed to Judge the whole world, which day is fast approaching, and faster for some who will when they leave this old world will see the foolishness of their folly and lament in an eternity of pain and woe, where they might wish in vain for the meagre pains of earth rather than that which will then, forever trouble them.

So…

Does God care what we wear? 

What we wear WILL have an effect on somebody else, for good or for bad.

Man will reap what he sows everytime. 

If he sows according to his own ideas – ‘No God’, no morality; he will reap accordingly. 

If he sows accroding to God’s law of faith and love, he will reap accordingly. 

It is up to men to sow what they will.

Choose your seed wisely.

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Jesus said – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21.

Mankind refuses as a whole to come to God because he does not want to be found out that he was wrong for so long; that would hurt his pride.  It is best if our pride be thoroughly shattered and crushed friend – NOW, while we are yet here on earth. For Pride comes before a fall, and great will be that fall.

So what has all that got to do with what I wear?….

These things may help to lay a foundation for our understanding, so that we may see more clearly to check our motive and intent as to why we wear what we wear.

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There are many Christians who think that God doesn’t care what we wear; “He is only interested in our hearts”. .. “He looks on the heart”  – “He knows my heart.”

He sure does. But this is only partly true.  It is not the whole story.  Far from it.

The issue behind what we wear, has to do with God’s standard of holiness

and wisdom, understanding and knowledge,

and  either the rejection of it or the acceptance of it. 

And, I hasten to add, due in large part to ignorance,

which is due to preachers of God’s Word failing to speak on the matter.

Ahhh, some in the church will say, but what I wear is none of anybody else’s business, and God doesn’t care what I wear.  I can wear what I like.  It’s got nothing to do with living for Jesus, or being saved.

There is a well known prayer throughout the world that goes like this:

Our Father, which art in Heaven.

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in Heaven…..(etc)

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This is commonly called the Lord’s prayer.  and it was given by Jesus to His own disciples who asked Him to teach them to pray.  While it is a model prayer for those who follow Jesus, remember that Jesus was as one of us in the flesh and dependent on His Father in Heaven as well as we are, during His life on earth.

Jesus never told His disciples to do something that He Himself as a man, was not prepared to do or did not actually do. 

Hypocritical teachers teach their students one thing but do something else.  And Jesus was right on to that.   It is the sign of a good teacher  – IF they teach truth and goodness by example and not just with words.  And Jesus was the best, and He still is.  So, it is very possible that Jesus prayed in the same way Himself.  If a preacher does not live what he believes, then he has no right to preach to others until it becomes part of his own life.  Jesus was no hypocrite.

Note some things in these few words of Jesus.

Father…in Heaven

Hallowed (holy)…Your name

Your kingdom come…(and) done on earth

Jesus tells us that the Father dwells in Heaven, (God’s eternal dwelling place) is above the earth and thus far above human thought and reason and practice  and estimation.

From the very beginning of time, God shows Himself that while being all powerful and all wise, He is not so High that He is unattached to, or disinterested in, or dismissive of mankind.  We see this right through the Holy Bible to the very end.

God personally and intentionally prepares a most suitable and exquisite dwelling place for mankind called Earth – Genesis 1.

God personally and intentionally forms a man from the dust of the earth and breathes from His own Breath – Spirit, into the nostrils of the man – Genesis 1:26-.28; Genesis 2:7, 18-25.

He personally and intentionally comes  to that man and walks with him and instructs him in and as to his new and pristine home – Genesis 2:15-18.

When the man and the woman fall into sin (rebellion) and its curse, God still  condescends to personally and intentionally come to them and show them some of His unfailing mercy and kindness, and also gives them hope for their future generations – Genesis 3:8-24

(That God drove out that man and that woman from that Garden called Eden, was no less a necessity than it is to remove contaminated materials from your home.  It was time for mankind to spread across the face of the earth). 

Jesus also tells us that God’s name is ‘hallowed’, meaning holy and blessed.  What does holy mean?  What did Jesus mean by saying this abour His Father’s name?  These questions while simple, require some serious consideration on our part.  For this matter of holiness and blessedness, is very much related to our discussion on whether God cares about the way we dress ourselves.

Holiness and blessedness is a state of being:

a) holy;

b) blessed.

These terms in some small way describe God’s very nature and eternal state of Being.

Holiness as it relates to God’s Being is an absolute and unchangeable Perfection  of Purity.

Blessedness might be described as the absolute state of Happiness, Contentment and Honour.

Both these words have their opposites.

Moral filth and its contamination is the opposite to holiness.

Cursedness – woe, constant want, disgrace and disatisfaction is the opposite to God’s state of Blessedness. Both states are eternal.  There is a state of the Blessed; and a state of the Cursed.  It is one or the other and it must be one or the other.

So Jesus tells us that God His Father’s name is holy  – both blessed and pure in absolute and perfect expression and substance.

Jesus also tells us that the Father’s kingdom and His will ought to be done on earth as it is done in Heaven, and to this end we need to pray.  And if we must pray for it then we ought to believe that God wills it so and will bring it about in due course.  But the primary concern is that the kingdom of God actually makes its presence in each one of us.  The Kingdom of God is described by Paul as righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost – (Romans 14:17)

This also needs careful consideration.

The will of God is perfectly obeyed in Heaven by all His holy angels and by all the saints who have gone to be with their Lord – Jesus  Christ.  God’s will in Heaven is based on holiness. Everything in Heaven is absolutely and eternally pure. Every action.  Every word.  Every sound.  Every thought. Every thing.  Such purity would shock us to the core and cause us to fall flat on our faces, if God showed it to us in its fulness.  we in our humanity could not bare such a thing.  And this is evidenced by our inability to look into the sun’s light with our naked sight.  Our eyes naturally avert away from that light for protection.  This gives us some idea of how we would and even do avert our eyes away from Jesus Christ in His purity.

This is what happened in part to Isaiah when he saw the Lord in His glory – (Isaiah 6).

It is what happened in part to Peter, James and John when they were on the mount of Transfiguration with Jesus as He was praying and His glory was seen and Peter was rattling off something about erecting tents for them to stay there permanently – he had no idea what he was talking about.  Then they heard God speaking from Heaven and ‘they fell on their faces and were sore afraid (overcome with fear).’ (Matthew 17.)

It is what happened in part to John on the Island of Patmos where he was given what is called – “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (Revelation 1:1)

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And that which is done obediently in Heaven ought to be done here on earth and so we must pray.  And it needs to firstly be done in us.

These small glimpses of those who dwell in heaven that are recorded in the Bible, is quite revealing.  And this is no less so with garments that are worn in Heaven. 

Angels do not go around semi naked; nor are there little cherub babies who are almost naked as is represented on the walls and ceilings of the Vatican and other such places of iniquity; nor do the children of men who, by the grace of God have entered that blessed state of Heavenly  glory and are called by God – saints, which means holy one.   Men, even religious men have degraded the holiness of God to a corrupt and perverted view of sinful finite men.

To say that God does not care what we wear is both false and ignorant. He cares for us in every matter.  He cares for what we wear in Heaven, and He cares what we wear on earth.  God is not like mere man – inconsistent, fluctuating, unreliable, faithless, unholy.

God sees all things that we do and knows our intents and motives of heart and discerns between our soul and spirit – Hebrews 4:12, 13 ….

“For the Word of God is living, and powerfully working, and sharper than every two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of both soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge of the thoughts and intentions of the heart;
and there is no creature unrevealed before Him; but all things are naked and laid open to His eyes, with whom is our account.”

The Garden of Eden.

After Adam and Eve fell into transgression by disobeying the command of their Creator God and Father, God came to seek and save that which was lost.  After He judged the serpent, then them, He made a covering of coats from animal skins for them both the man and the woman.  I can imagine this would have infuriated the devil who had come to steal kill and destroy and gloat over their calamity and nakedness. 

But God is merciful and full of comnpassions.  And He showed them a great act of mercy and kindness.  He could have just left them to their own devices.  But no.  His love is always so great that He reaches out to us even when we have sinned against Him. 

It is only after some considerable time reaching out to us without our yielding to His will, that He will leave us for a time to our own devices.

The record says “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21.

Is it possible to find out how long or short their ‘coats’ (robes) were?

Did God just make little skimpy see through garments for them?  NO!

Did they have splits up the side or back like we see today?  NO!

Did Eve get one with her midriff showing a low cut neckline?  NO!

Or Adam with one to show off his biceps and strong thighs?  NO!

Did God ask them what they would like to have in the design?  NO!

Jesus told us that we should do to others what we want them to do for us.  Jesus was the perfect example of this.  If we care to read in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ,  we will find the following statement by John who saw how Jesus was clothed – “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps (chest) with a golden girdle.”  Revelation 1:13

Jesus had a garment clothed down to the feet.  Jesus is the perfect example of holiness, and angelic beings and saints worship Him there as God for He is God – God and immortal Man.  This is the example of dress set for all those who dwell in the presence of God in Heaven.  There is no desire to expose any  part of the heavenly body except for face, hands, and feet.  But because of sin’s entrace into the  world and death by sin, man has corrupted his way in all the earth and constantly seeks to expose flesh, nakedness.

It is my conviction that God made for His two  rebellious children long coats that went down to the feet, just like His Son would have in His day, and as it is in Heaven.

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (‘aprons’ is better translated – girdles or waist cloths, or loin cloths) Genesis 3.

Why did they attempt to cover up?  Having fallen into temptation and into various lusts, they now were ashamed.  Their conscience was wounded and they needed to address their conscience.

Why was it that they covered their loins with fig leaves sewn together?  Why didn’t they make hats for themselves? Or gloves seeing it was their hands (not only their hands, but also their eyes) that got them into trouble?

God who is holy had blessed them at the beginning so that they would mulitply and fill the earth. The procreative organs in the human are in the central part of the body.  God had pronounced a wonderful blessing, and it concerned all their person, including their procreative parts. That blessing was to display something of the glory of God in all that they did.

God deems marriage to be holy – pure in its original form and intent.  Marriage is God’s idea and plan.  It was always meant to be between one man and one women till death took one of them.  Marriage is not negotiable as an item to experiment with by mankind – trying different options and arrangements.  

As  far as God is concerned, marriage is a holy – pure matter.  God will judge all who treat it otherwise.  God is disgusted with same sex marriages, and marriages between people and things, like trees, or animals, which thing is happening in today’s corrupted world.  God will have the last say, for it is before Him we will give account of ourselves and we will not be able to miss that appointed time.

Temporal happiness of human society depends largely on the procreative blessing of God embedded in the loins of both man and woman. The loins speak of strength and motion.  The whole stomach – loin area is where most of man’s motion comes from – walking, running, resting, bending and stretching, and also the blessedness of intimacy between a husband and his wife. Most likely for these reasons they made coverings for themselves in that area.

The Hebrew is for apron is chagor or chagorah and speaks of a belt in reference to the waist.

Certainly what was once sacred had now become profaned or defiled.  What was once blessed now had become to them a curse.  What was something precious and honorable had now become a shame and an embarrassment.  The pleasantness of an innocent blissful life was now terminated by the death process (sickness) and many other curses.  They now knew that the conception and bearing of children would be interrupted by this unknown but terrifying certainty called death, and what lay beyond.

The man and the woman saw that they were now naked.  They were shamefully naked because of their shameful sin.  Previously, they had nothing to be embarrassed about.   Nothing to feel any shame about.  No guiltiness.  They were innocent, totally innocent before God and the holy angels and each other. 

There had been only had one restriction.

Did God care about what they wore?  Yes!

Did God care that they were naked?  Yes!

Did He tell them that they had made a nice job of the fig leaves?  NO!

Their act of disobedience caused the special favour of God upon their whole person, including their physical bodies to be taken away.  Before they sinned they were not ashamed.  As soon as Adam ate the fruit their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked.  Only after Adam chewed and swallowed did their shame appear to them.  He was Eve’s spiritual covering as her husband.

Jesus said that the devil comes for to steal, kill and destroy (John 10).  And our first parents saw the cruel reality of that truth.

But God could not and did not cut them off entirely. He came to them where they were at, and sought them out and communicated to them His tempered anger, and His abundant mercy.

Today it is the same.  When we come to Jesus Christ and confes our sins and forsake them, He washes them away with His blood and forgives us, then we are clean and have His favour on our persons.  But if we stumble into sin again, we lose that innocency and we realize that we are naked – undone – once again before Him.  It is then we must humble ourselves once again before Him seeking His mercy and favour, and confessing our sins and fleeing from the filthiness of it.

Adam and Eve were not just shamefully naked around the waist and groin, but their whole body was shameful. Did God care that they were naked?  Did He tell them that they had made a nice job of the fig leaves?  “Nice job guys!”? –   NO WAY!

Sin makes  you dirty not just in one place of your soul, but all your soul; not just in one place of your body but through all your body.  The whole person is affected by sin.  If we commit fornication, we are dirty all over not just in one place.  That is the nature of sin.  It affects the whole  person.  This is why God would have – I believe, made long coats of skin for them, not just something small to cover their private parts.  God is far more  holy and righteous and thorough than we think He is. 

God Himself established what was in Heaven to come on earth.  Modesty – that which was suitable in God’s eyes, as it is in Heaven.

God DOES care about what we wear.

And He went to great length to show us in the beginning. 

God has also spoken in many places in Scripture about clothing.

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“He Knows My Heart”

To say that God is ONLY interested in our hearts and not what we wear, is refuted by the plain teaching of the Bible?  However HE IS very much concerned about the condition of our heart.

1Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

If one reads the whole account of this incident, one will find that God is speaking to Samuel particularly about the height and stamina of Eliab, the firstborn son of Jesse, not about his clothing.  The physiology of a person can be very impressive.  Samuel was to some degree impressed by Eliab’s physiological appearance. 

But that was not God immediate interest.  His immediate interest was the condition of the heart of a man.  For it is just as Jesus said – out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.   And Solomon had said centuries before, that out of the heart come the issues of life.

God was looking at the condition of the heart of the young sons of Jesse.  Were they honest and filled with integrity?  Were they merciful and just?  Would they buckle under the responsibility of kingship?  Would they keep God’s commands in faithfulness?  Or would they do what king Saul had done and rebel against their Maker?
The moral condition of the heart would determine the answer to these questions.

Jeremiah 17:10 tells us that God searches our hearts and examines our innermost being.

WORKS.

God also tells us that He will judge our works and our words.

“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.    Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” Ecclesiastes 11: 9, 10

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  Ecclesiastes 12:14

WORDS.

“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”  Matthew 12:37

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Clothing and Fornication

God says that the body is for the Lord and the Lord for the body. “Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” 1 Corinthians 6:13

…and just a few lines later He says through His apostle “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Corinthians. 6:18.

You may ask – What on earth has clothing got to do with fornication?

Quite a lot actually.

Are you aware that modern fashion designs of clothing are designed for the most part to attract the eye of the beholder to certain parts of the body of the one who wears the clothing (or lack of it)?

One thing women must understand is that men are affected by what they see a woman wearing or not wearing.  God blessed males with sight awareness, being physically attracted by what they see.  Women for the most part are excited more by what they hear from a man.  While there is some overlapping on these points, it is generally accepted to be the case.

But because of sin entering into the world, that which WAS pure and innocent is now perverted, and becomes the full focus.  and so billions of dollars are made by ‘selling’ the female body to society.  To the women they think they will become more admired, and sought after, more attractive and desirable.  And much of that will lead to fornication and adultery and broken marriages. In the mind and heart and then acted upon.

To the men, their sexual desires are played upon and fed to incite them to  more and more sexual activity- fornication, adultery, and broken marriages.  In the mind and heart and then acted upon.

It must be stated here that God intended for the husband and wife to enjoy every provision of His for their marriage.  ‘Sex’ to use the modern word, is to be kept for one man who is the husband of one woman till death parts them.  Most of the body and the intricate shaping of the body is to be exclusively kept for the marriage covenant between one man – the husband of one woman his wife.  They are allowed to enjoy each other in their own privacy.  Their bodies are not to be treated as fair game for even the eyes of others.

Young men and women who are not yet married are to keep their own bodies for the Lord until God provides them with a suitable spouse.  While the passions rage hot more so with the young, they are to cry out to God and rely on Him and the help of the HOLY Spirit to enable them to resist temptation to fornicate privately or with someone else.

Temptation comes to all as it did to Jesus.  But Jesus hid the word of God in His heart so that He may not sin against God His Father: Psa 119:11 – I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

 

We can also sin against our neighbour, brother, sister.  Jesus said, “It is impossible that the offenses should not come, but woe to him by whom they come!” Luke 17:1 

It is very possible to cause our fellow human to stumble into sin, either in thought, in word, or in action, by what we wear. 
Here is a short list of things that have come to my attention so I include them here as things to avoid at all costs.  The following types of clothing does not produce holiness or righteousness or peace or joy in the heart of anyone.

Tight trousers or jeans, or shorts for that matter, draw attention to the buttocks and crutch of both men and women – young and old. 

Tight skirts draw attention to the buttocks, stomach and thighs of women. 

Low cut dresses draw attention to the cleavage of a woman and thus her breasts. 

Slits in skirts front, back and sides draw attention to the upper legs and towards bottoms.

See-through materials allows for eyes to see form, and even the skin of other persons which would otherwise be hidden. 

Shiny, slick materials are also used to enhance form and sensuality, stimulating the eyes and the lusts of the eyes.

Men who wear their shirts deliberately unbuttoned down the front with their chest showing and some to their navel are hailed as being “sexy”.  It is not godliness.

The movies have for a hundred years portrayed all this and we are dictated to as a society by Hollywood’s ‘movies’, and other forms of media, all working to press us like sardines into a tin can.  To make us think and act like the very thing they indoctrinate us with.  Movies are produced by people with an agenda – good or bad.  And because many if not all big money movie makers are sold out to do evil, they will produce evil in their movies. 

What is in the heart will come out.

Just as surely as the heart pumps out blood, whether the blood be healthy or unhealthy,

so too  will it pump out good or evil according to the moral content of it.

Hollywood is a den of iniquity.  It is full of idolatry and witchcraft, blood sacrifices, child molestation, satanic rituals.  And so is the music industry.

But we are so conditioned that we do not recognize the nature of the beast.  Hollywood has often been referred to as Horrorwood.  Is it any wonder?  It could also be called ‘Sex City’, etc.   And it is not just ‘Hollywood’ that produces such filth.

Movies are very captivating and are used as a teaching or manipulation tool.  Movies fill the minds of gullible people with suggestions and subliminal messages.  Movies are used to grab the emotions of the viewer  through multiple imagery, sounds, music.  ‘Movies’ are created to entertain – amuse, to dull reason and sound judgment, and excite the passions and emotions.  

And I have also been duped by the filth of Hollywood, and that by my own choice, for which I am ashamed, and have repented of before God.  And now, I want to keep my eyes clean before my God and not look upon vain and worhless things.  To keep your eyes clean from moral filth will help keep your heart right before God and thus a good conscience before Him.

The word “amuse” is made up of two syllables; ‘a’ and ‘muse’. 

“A” is an adopted word from the Greek language and indicates a negative (such as ‘not’, ‘never’. 

“Muse” means to ponder , to consider, to be thoughtful, to carefully and thoroughly to think about a matter.

Amusments like modern movies, cartoons,  are designed to captivate the emotions and sentiments. But for the most part we do not weigh up what we are being fed on the big screen – or the minature screen as is the case today.

We give our money to the movie industry in order to see their wares, and they obligingly tell us how we should or should not feel, think or not think.  We are like bulls with rings in our noses, and are easily led along to where we do not know….the slaughter house.

Even Christians are dumb.  We drink and eat what the world has to offer without any real concern for what we are consuming from its filthy table.  We do not consider that the place we preach about – Heaven (if we do preach about it any more), is void of the very immoral things we partake of down here. Yet Hell is filled with those who lament that they ever ate from the world’s table of muck.

John says“Love NOT the world, or the things of the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

Jesus said we cannot serve two masters. We will either hate (detest) the one and love the other, or will hold (adhere) to the one and despise (disesteem) the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24.

It is the love of money that drives the world.  And the world has three chief friends.  Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life.  1 John 2:16

Designers of clothing in general think that to sell something, it has to be ‘sexy’ – have sex appeal – to accentuate the flesh and skin.  It has to have ‘eye’ appeal, and it has to appeal to fleshly (sex-ual) lusts (appetites).  The advertising world  is riddled with many slogans, as well as naked or semi naked bodies, all to make that thing we call – MONEY!  

And what is money?   It is an ever changing commodity with which we use as currency to buy or sell.  The western society is consumed with its acquisition.  But the very thing sought after will turn out to be like helium gas.  It is soon to pass away forever.  There is no need for money either in Hell nor in Heaven.

In Hell and the Lake of Fire, there are unsatisified lusts, cravings of flesh and eye, and an unbroken ‘pride of life’ that is riddled with everlasting shame and disgust and remorse.

In Heaven there is no lust of flesh, or lust of eye, or pride of life, for these things have been dealt with by Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. And all who believe and obey His gospel enter into something far greater; an ever increasing and unending satisfaction of things spiritual which things are forever being revealed in Jesus Christ.  There is no boredom in Heaven.  There is no same old same old in Heaven.

The dear Muslim young man is told by his Mullas that those who give themselves to Allah in his holy Jihad will receive 70 concubines to entertain them for ever.  Those who follow this teaching, at the point of their death, find out what a wretched lie they were sold.  There is no ‘sex’ after this life.  There are no concubines in Heaven and there are none in Hell or the Lake of Fire.  Those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword.  Those who seek to fulfiull their lusts of flesh and lust of eye in this life will be tormented by tormentors who will show no mercy or relent.  What you see is not what you will get.

The devil is in the detail.  And the devil is behind all this a-moral filth that we see poured out through every possible means today.

This was the case in Noah’s day and in Lot’s day.  And Jesus told us plainly that as it was in the days of Naoh and Lot, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man when He comes.  Jesus Christ is coming suddenly, unexpectedly.  We live in the last days of human government on earth.

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The Lord “delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure (delight or approval) in the legs of a man.” Psalm 147:10.

Clothes are mostly designed and made to accentuate various parts or the form of the body, either to reveal it completly or subtily.  Anything that promotes the flesh  – its lustfulness, and pride of life and lust of eyes, has no place in Heaven.  It is unrelatd to holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.

Peter the apostle of Jesus Christ, says that we are to cast all our care upon him; for He cares for us.

Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

God’s care for us is far greater than any care that any person could have for another.

Paul says – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Men, God calls you to glorify Him in THE WAY YOU DRESS.

Women, God calls you to glorify Him in THE WAY YOU DRESS.

God cares very much

what effect our actions and thoughts and words

have on other people.

The following ten points are taken from a sermon by Al  Martin Trinity Baptist Church (YouTube). (some comments are added in the brackets)

He referred to them as 10 magnets which attract the eyes of a man to a woman.

  • dresses or skirts with lengthy slits (or are too short; the least amount of leg shown the better; men’s eyes are attracted to the legs of women)
  • dresses or skirts that hug the buttocks…that pull back into the thighs
  • any upper garment that hugs the breast…to shape and isolate
  • unbuttoned blouses, low necklines that reveal the breast or cleavage…(women) bend over and look at yourself in the mirror at home
  • sleeveless blouses or dresses or large armholes (or necklines that are too wide and one side slips off the shoulder)
  • low rise skirts or pants
  • see through clothing (allowing your under garments and body form/skin to be seen)
  • inadequate material to cover your upper thighs (or even the knees)
  • slacks pants or jeans that hug buttock, thigh or crutch
  • bear midriff or back.

All these things are designed in modern clothing for everyday wear, and are particularly present in women’s clothing.

Let me mention a couple of things on this. 

The Bible says that the eye is never full of seeing. – “All the rivers are going to the sea; yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers are going, there they are returning to go again.  All words are wearisome; a man is not able to utter it.  The eye is not satisfied to see, nor is the ear filled from hearing.” Ecclesiastes 1:7, 8.

The eye is not satisified to see.  The eyes are always looking, seeking,  searching for anything to look upon.  The devil knows this and he through the serpent in the Garden of Eden enticed Eve to focus her attention – her eyes, on the fruit that God had commended them not to eat. 

And let us not be ignorant.  He also clearly meant for them NOT TO TOUCH it. 

Any fruit or nuts that they could enjoy they would naturally take with their hands and put it to their mouth.  Do not touch is clearly implied.  Eve was right when she included that in her dialogue with the serpent, but was very wrong in talking with the serpent at all.

As she looked, he engaged her in chat.  He disarmed her with his guile.  As she looked at the forbidden fruit she saw how beautiful it looked, how lovely, how desirable, so good – even to eat. So she touched with her hands and it felt good, she plucked and no doubt smelled the aroma, and now, being thoroughly conviced of its harmless beauty she put it to her mouth and proceeded to eat. 

Nothing happened. ???

Fancy that… nothing happened. 

God must have meant something else.

So she gave to her husband nearby and he ate with full recognition of what she was eating, and was offering to him.

This is what happens to men. We see  women young or old who are wearing clothing described above and immediately our eyes will want to go to the area that is focused on, where the line of the garment is heading to.  Men have a natural great curiosity to find out that which is hidden on a woman.  and women eiterh ignorantly or otherwise oblige them.  And so offences take place.

But what we as men must do is turn from this – avert our eyes.

Turn our eyes to Jesus… “My eyes are ever toward Jehovah; for He shall bring my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:15

The devil laid a trap for Eve and she fell into his snare by looking intently at what God said  leave alone.  Lust of the eyes and pride of life.

The devil laid a trap for King David and he fell into it by looking intently at what God said leave alone.  Lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh.  David wrote that he would set no evil thing before his eyes.

The devil laid a trap for Judas and he fell into it by looking intently at what he should have avoided. Lust of the eyes and pride of life.  The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.

“I made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look intently on a virgin?” Job 31:1

“I will set no wicked thing before my eyes; I have hated the work of those who turn aside; it shall not fasten upon me.”  Psalm 101:3  

It is not sufficient just to AVOID a bad thing or a forbidden unlawful ‘good thing’. 

We must fill our eyes with something good and right and holy. We must fill our eyes, our minds with  that which is acceptable to God and allowed by Him for us.

Your wife “… she is a loving deer, a graceful doe; let her breasts satisfy you every time, and always be ravished in her love.Proverbs 5:19  Do NOT allow the breasts of another woman to be your delight.  Look away and remind yourself that your eyes are “holiness unto the Lord”.  I personally have used this scripture thousands of times over many years, one that the Lord rebuked me with and now I love it.

If you do not have wife, then fill your eyes, your mind with things that are pure and virtuous, good and excellent which God is pleased with.  It is a fierce battle which you can win if you abide in Jesus and in His word.

If you do  have a wife then determine in your heart and mind that she alone will be your delight.  And if you are having marital troubles, then Jesus Christ is your Saviour and the Saviour of your marriage. Pray to the Father in Heaven.  Humble yourself before Him. Cry out for God to intervene in your marriage. Perhjaps the reason you see fault with your wife is that you yourself are at fault. Ask God to reveal your own hearts condition, and ask for His help. 

DO NOT THINK THAT DIVORCE IS AN OPTION.  IT IS NOT. 

SALVATION IN JESUS IS YOUR OPTION AND GOD  IS ABLE TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE…

IF YOU WILL HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE HIM,

AND CRY OUT TO HIM AND TO SOME OTHERS TO PRAY FOR YOU AS WELL AS YOURSELF.

This is why we as men must surrender our whole person to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, even our eyes. Men are responsible before God as to what they look at, what they lust after, what they desire.  While we can not always avoid a first sight of something, we can make a choice of looking a second or third time, or just having a long investigative look.

And women, you are your brother’s keeper.  You are responsible before God for how you dress.  What you wear could cause your brother – neighbour to commit sin in his heart before God.  Your body is not a sex object.  Make sure you do not allow it to become one.  Make sure if your are married that you do not reveal your nakedness which is for your husband alone to another man’s eyes.  The guidelines above will aid in that regard.

Your cleavage is for your husband alone, no one else.  As are your thighs and your knees, and even your shoulders.  These things are holy unto the Lord.  They are not your own.  You have been bought with a precious prcie – the blood of Jesus Christ.  Therefore glorify God in your body and through your body which are Christ’s.

If you put fashion above modesty and purity, or even approving looks or comments, then you may well become a stumbling block to your neighbour.   Anf ytour neighbour is also your family in your own house.  One of the things we as people love is, to be approved by others.  But for those who follow Jesus Christ we should always seek the approval of God even if we do not get approval from anyone else.

“Be What You Want!”

The world, in bold defiance against its infinite and loving Creator, arrogantly says “Be What You Want”; “Do What You Want” – “Do What You Will”.

The devil through the serpent said at the beginning of his run for world rulership – “And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil”  Genesis 3:4, 5.

As if he were saying It doesn’t matter what God says don’t do, do it anyway and you will become like him.  You shall be as ‘god’.

Today, the options for mankind to become whatever they want to is ever increasing.  Men can become women.  Women can become men.  Mankind can have animal DNA implanted.  Mankind is searching for different ways to produce immortality and has already made some startling promises – or suggestions,  or suppositions…which they can never keep…but people are buying into the lie because they do not want the truth.

Years ago, last century, there was a song being sung …Why Can’t A Woman Be Like A Man?

The origin of the ideas behind the song traces back to George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion of 1913.

WHY CAN’T A WOMAN BE LIKE A MAN?

Because God created them to be different and unique yet being of equal worth, and for each complement the other, just like the foot compliments the hand, and the ear  compliments the eye.

It  is not right for a woman to wear things that are distinctly for men, or for a man to wear things that are distinctly for women.

In Deuteronomy 22:5 we read God’s instruction on apparel.

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth 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.” KJV

” There shall not be the thing of a man on a woman, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Jehovah your God.” LITV

“The apparel of a man shall not be on a woman, neither shall a man put on a woman’s dress; for every one that does these things is an abomination to the Lord thy God.” Darby

“`The habiliments** of a man are not on a woman, nor doth a man put on the garment of a woman, for the abomination of Jehovah thy God is any one doing these.”  Young’s LitV  – **clothing

This statement by God to Israel through Moses is quite pronounced.  In this case the abomination is not just an act committed, but also the person who does not submit to this counsel.  And the abomination is to God Himself. 

The meaning of abomination is disgusting; similar words are loathsome, nauseating – sickening, repugnent, etc.  If something is sickening or nauseating it makes you want to vomit, puke.  That gives us a picture of how God feels about this matter.  One thing we need to keep in mind, something that was an abomination to GOD Himself in the past is always an abomination.  God’s standards do not change like man’s.  God is not a man that He should lie.

God made both man and the woman.  He gave to them different functions and abilities and strengths. He made them distinctive one from the other.

Man on the other hand wants to blend, merge, marry everything.

God requires the man to be distinct from the woman in his dress, and the woman to be distinct to man in their attire.  God requires the men to be distinct in appearance from the women.  

But man says in his arrogancy – UNISEX!  Be what you want! Become a woman; or become a man, or become whatever you will.   and if you think you should have been born different, then becoem different to the desires of your heart.

God never intended for mankind – men  and women to run around naked, or with loin cloths only.  That mode of dress is a statement of man’s or woman’s) worth about themselves. In the beginning when God first made man from the  dust of the ground, He made them to be covered with His own glory – innocence.  But man threw away his God given innocence and craved something else.  He got what he lusted after – death and decadence.  God told Adam plainly – In the day you eat of it – the forbidden fruit, you would die.  What did Adam know about death?  Experientially – nothing.  But what he did know was that what would come upon him would not be good if he disobeyed.

Today we have a western decadent world view that allows for anything and everything.  We have “BEEN HAD” people.

We have become a people who are boldly unclean before God; unclean in heart, in thoughts and imagination, unclean in words and actions, and in dress.

Its funny yet tragic.  We now can produce the whitest cleanest clothes in our washing, with amazing new products we put in our water. We can produce the cleanest and whitest teeth.  We can produce the brightest looking dishes you ever did see. 

But we cannot clean our own conscience, our own souls.  While we make the outside cleaner and  brighter, we make the inside filthier and filthier.

Jesus told the phraisees of His day “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” Matthew  23:25

So we are no  different today.  We  clean the outside of things but do not know how to, or even want to clean our souls. 

Instead we appease our consciences by saying – There is no God.  Or, God knows I am only human. Or, God judges my heart not my works. Or, I am not under law – I am under grace; God will forive me.

Today, we have women and men parading around publicly in little more than skimpy loin cloths – glorified underwear – even almost naked.  And in some places in cities on cerntain days – naked.  And it started on the beaches first of all.  It made rational sense, that if you were going to get wet at the beach it is better that you get as little of your clothes wet as possible.  And if your ‘bathing suits’ were smaller then less would get wet and it wouldn’t feel so uncomfortable.  and besides, you would look great! And you could get suntanned and become like the beautifully dark skinned Africans, or Polynesians.  And also, you could get to show off a little and be free in the open air underneath God’s heaven.

At first the modern practice of mixed public bathing was frowned on by society at large, but gradually people  got used to seeing one another half naked, then quarter naked.  And now certain authorities allow for their beaches to be nude bathing zones. Just be free.  Be yourself.  There is no God.

Wrong!

Man is  not without excuse: he has been given a conscience which is like an internal radar system, or law officer.

What is known to be a man’s piece of clothing must not be seen on a woman, and vice versa.  It doesn’t  matter whether it is in public OR private, for God sees at all times, and He knows exactly what is going on behind closed doors or underneath his canopy.  So do His angels that have been assigned to us.  The angels of God record everything that we do and say.  As do the evil spirits.

For a long time now the lines of distinctives in clothing, have been gradually blurred and they are getting fuzzier by the year.

It is high time that we who are not of this world, who have been called out of Darkness into the Light of God,  return to godly principles and cease to do as the world dictates.

Why can’t a woman be like a man?  –

Why can’t a Christian be more like Jesus?

We are also to be clothed and in our right mind (God mindful).  We are to be modest in our dress. We are meant to be wearing garments that do not display our flesh or our sexual distinctives. 

Gen 3

God clothed Adam and Eve with coats of skin – animal skin.  The word coat means a full length garment.  God did not concern Himself with making a garment to cover their genitals, but to cover their whole frame, except their feet, hand and head..

Ex 20:26

Deut 22:5

be not conformed to this world

don’t be pressed into the mould that the world puts forward

“love not the world nor the things of the world”

the world is constantly changing its mould

“purity of motive does not cancel the effect of your appearance”

Ladies, men are stimulated by the sight.  It is not sufficient that women say that the men are at fault, that ‘THEY” are full of evil.

1 Tim 2:9 modest apparel is not talking about what is fashionable.

Shamefacedness is having eyes that are downcast and not leering at the men, and that goes for the men toward the women too. While it is good to be able to look with purity into the face of our neighbour, we must be careful not to place or impose ourselves upon our brother or sister, and in doing so we may bring ourselves under condemnation.

60 years ago the women in a church wore hats, wore long dresses, covered themselves modestly.  This wasn’t simply because the Queen of England wore dresses or hats.

It was because of the standard set out in the Scriptures.

1 pe 3:4 gentle and quiet spirit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wOkCZMGVo

10 basic rules for women  to consider in their dress – attire.

Don’t have slits in your dresses or skirts..

a dress with a slit of any significant length automatically draws the eyes of a man to the slit and the sinful base desire of men and youths is to investigate with the eyes, what the slit reveals – the body of the woman.

Don’t wear tight fitting dresses or skirts.

The eyes naturally follow the lines of a womens attire. God never intended for women to dress in a mnner that would revealing their physical forms  in detail.

don’t wear breast hugging garments

don’t wear upper garments that show your cleavage

don’t wear blouses or shirts that bear your shoulders and reveal your breasts in the slightest.

don’t wear garments that will expose your flesh at the waist

dont wear see through clothing unless you have outer garments that will hide your form or flesh

don’t wear skirts or dresses that uncover the legs

don’t wear slacks, or trousers these are essentially men’s clothing

you may be pure in your motive but your dress will have an effect on men.

Do not put a stumbling block before your neighbours husband.  Women are their brothers keeper too.

Men, you need to be more  prudent in your dress code too.

do all for the glory of God.

it is not for the glory of God that you put a stumbling block before your brother or sister, to cause them to sin in their heart

do not cause your brothers eye to sin or your sisters eye to sin.

FOOTNOTES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Fabian_Society

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Pure Socialism involves a centrally planned economic system, which requires a government controlled population of workers to operate the system. Therefore Socialism is both an economic system and a government system. Socialism absolutely requires government control of all economic as well as political and public affairs.” 

The most important features of the planned economy are:

  • production targets for different segments of the economy,
  • rationing of certain commodities to determine demand for them,
  • price and wage fixing by the state, and
  • a conscripted labor market in which workers are assigned jobs by the state.

The right of the individual to excel, or to improve himself or his condition is denied, along with all other individual rights, in favor of one single individual right: the right to be exactly the same as everyone else. The balance between the mutually exclusive ideals of individual liberty and total equality always favors total equality at the expense of individual liberty.

Pure Socialism cannot coexist with the honest popular elections of representative Democracy because no population would ever willingly (or knowingly) vote for the total loss of individual rights required to achieve pure Socialism; thus the biggest problem of Socialism is how to select the leadership. In practice, the Socialist method of selecting leaders has been by use of force. In pure Socialism, all power is vested in the central government, and, economically speaking, the government does everything, and the individual, nothing, other than what he is told. http://www.catholicamericanthinker.com/pure-socialism.html

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“…Pope Hadrian I in AD 774 presented him (Charlemagne) with a copy of the Donation of Constantine.  This was reputed to be the grant by Constantine of immense possessions and vast territories to the Church.  It was another papal forgery.”

Putporting to have been written by the Emporer Constantine himself, it ermged from nowhere.  The document with one master stroke put the popes above kings, emporers and nations, made them the legal heirs to the territory of the Roman Empire, which granted it to them, lock stock and barrel, adn gave St Peter – or rather St Silvester and his succcessors – all lands to the West and beyond, indeed all lands of the planet.” http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/vatican_billions.htm

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George Bernard Shaw – 1856- 1950

George B Shaw was a athiest until the age of 30 after which he embraced mystic ideas of a Hindu nature, the evolution of all things. (see more on GBShaw in footnotes)

George Bernard Shaw’s notion to change the entire world and bring it under Socialism is nothing less than seeking to establish a One World Government having a one world economy, with a one world religion, under a one world leader.  It is a slavish system ruled by a powerful dictator with sufficient force behind him to enforce his despotic rule over the masses.

Socialism denies any other rule but the rule of those who hold its power.   This ideology is expressed in the Vatican masters who say that the popes of Rome have total religious and political rule over the earth. (see footnote)

Though raised in the Irish tradition of Anglicanism, he denied the atoning work of Jesus Christ and claimed that man is responsible for his own actions; that he can progress and be set free from traditional views. 

While having some sense of right, such as:

opposing vaccinations (we now know that vaccinations are a modern form of deliberate depopulation, owing to the not so ‘secret’ ingredients in the vaccines),

and speaking out against both sides in the conflict of the World War I stating they were both culpable, he became a member of the gradualist Fabian Society (see link ).

He was a brilliant writer and thinker intellectually, and espoused his ideas very prolifically, which resulted in a loosing of morality from its moorings. Namely from…

the Biblical doctrine of

God as Creator;

man as being accountable to a holy and just all wise and all knowing God;

man being wholly redeemable through the sacrificial giving of God Himself alone in the form  and nature of mankind in Jesus the Christ, by His selfless singular and once for all, death on a Roman Cross .

George Bernard’s denial of Jesus Christ, which is not merely an intellectual denial but also a spiritual denial with eternal ramifications, having spiritual ramifications, also became more acceptable to those who ‘enjoyed’ GBS’s teachings.  And they WERE his teachings or doctrines, which he presented to the world through – stage plays, -printed form, and through his lectures on public street corners. 

Early in his life, as well as joining the Fabian Society, he aligned himself with other Socialist groups. He along with many others wanted to change the world and bring it under the rule of socialism through that thing we call democracy.  This world wide spread of Socialism is now unfolding right before our eyes in 2016.  (see footnotes on socialism)

George Bernard Shaw’s notion to change the entire world and bring it under Socialism is nothing less than seeking to establish a One World Government having a one world economy, with a one world religion, under a one world leader.  It is a slavish system ruled by a powerful dictator with sufficient force behind him to enforce his despotic rule over the masses.

George now knows how wrong he was and unless he repented before he died, will without any end will be filled with hopelessness and bitterness and remorse for his foolishness.