There are hundreds of
questions that people ask through the year. Some are quite easy to
answer, others not so easy. Folk often ask, "Where did we came from?
Where are we going to? Is there a heaven? Why do we have to die? and
many others far too numerous to mention. However there is one thing
that I have noticed and that is people like to get straight and
clear cut answers to their questionings.
Children Looking for
A father and his young son
were one day sitting before the fireplace, the father was reading
the paper, the boy was looking at pictures in a book. Suddenly the
boy asked his father, "What is electricity, and how does it go
through the wires. The father said, "I don't know. Never knew very
much about electricity." A little later the boy asked, "What makes
lightning and thunder?" "Well, to tell the truth," the father
answered, "I don't exactly understand that myself." Some time
passed, then the boy said, "Say, Dad." He hesitated a moment, then
dropped the matter with "Well, never mind." "Go ahead," said the
father, "ask the question. How else are you ever going to learn?"
You may smile at this, for the father had not told the boy a thing,
except of his own ignorance, and then he had expected his child to
learn by asking questions.
There are thousands of
homes, so-called Christian homes, in the world today where children
are asking their parents questions about the things in life that
really count; but very seldom do they get an honest,
straight-forward, enlightening answers. We need to know the answers.
The Bible has them all. Yes, it is up to the parents to know the
answers, and the way to find out the answers is to read and study
Is it Alright for Christians to Wear Jewellery?
Now here is a question that
is often put forward, is it alright for Christians to wear jewelry?
Now, I have found as I
studied this book that God is not only interested in the souls of
His people but we find that He is also very interested in their
outward appearance. God has given some very definite instruction
concerning the things that we are to wear.
Numbers 15:38-40 God instructed His people to put borders of
blue on the fringes of of their garments. And the reason given was
that "ye may look upon it, and remember all
the commandments of the LORD, and do them.“ This distinctive
dress was to remind them that they were God's people. Their dress
marked them as distinct from all of those who did not serve God.
We find in the New Testament
that there are principles laid down for God's people.
2:15,16,17 says, “Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world
passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of
God abideth for ever.”
The love of the world is the
love of display. The man of the world is interested in the material
things, he has no time at all for the spiritual things. The world is
carnal, all its interests are self centered.
St Paul speaks of the carnal
mind. By that he means a worldly mind, the unconverted mind. St John
tells the Christian, "Do not love the world or the things of the
world, because our interests should be different. Our interests
should be spiritual.” We need to be careful that we do not dress
like the world.
It is an alarming fact that
the love of the world predominates in the minds of the young people.
I remember two young men who attended one of the city churches. They
dressed like Bodgies. Actually they were nice young fellows but by
dressing like Bodgies they gave the impression that they were
Bodgies, and Bodgies did not have a very nice reputation. You should
be able to distinguish a Christian by their dress and appearance.
Their dress should be neat, well chosen, without undue show and
God has laid down some
principles to guide us in regards to our outward appearance.
1 Timothy 2:9,10 says, "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 works.”
The principle is that
Christian women are to have a modest appearance. They are to refrain
from using or wearing Jewelry.
St Peter adds this counsel,
Peter 3:3,4 says, "Whose adorning let
it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing
of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man
of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of
a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great
The thing that God is
opposed to is vain show. It is not the thing for a Christian woman
to make a vain display of dress and ornaments in order to attract
attention to herself. Her greatest attraction should be her
Plaiting of the Hair
The plaiting of the hair was
the time consuming hair styles that were all the fashion in Peter’s
time. They are with us today. The Ladies often spend hours having
their hair trained to follow the latest fashion.
Peter mentions the wearing
of gold, the glittering rings, the bracelets, the anklets, that the
fashionable women wore in the Roman Empire. The putting on of
apparel undoubtedly referred to the custom of changing dresses and
ornaments several times a in a day to meet social requirements. We
can become so engrossed in our outward appearance that it can become
'idolatry of dress.'
Why is God Against Wearing Jewellery?
But you might ask, why is
God against the wearing of jewelry? Because the way that you dress,
the way you adorn yourself, is a revelation of your character. That
is why that God is concerned about ‘vain show’ and the following of
the fashions of this world. The worldly idea of beauty is so often
the very opposite to that of the Christian’s idea.
When God's people
transgressed against Him at Mt Sinai, He said,
"..Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of
thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy
ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee. And the
children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the
Later on we read where the
bracelets, the earrings, rings and jewels of gold, were given as an
offering for the building of the tabernacle.
When God's people turned to
the use of jewelry, it was a sign of apostasy. In
2:13, God says that Israel "..decked
herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her
lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.”
Then bringing it down to our
day, in the Book of Revelation
chapter 17 the false church is pictured under the symbol
of an evil woman, and she is described as
“arrayed in purple and scarlet colour and decked with gold and
precious stones and pearls."
While on the other hand,
when God's true church is described, the woman is said to be clothed
with the righteous character of Christ.
Why were Precious Stones and Jewellery Created?
However you might be
inclined to say, "Why then was jewelry created?" It was given for
practical uses. Today jewelry is used in our timepieces. Diamonds
are used in cutting instruments. We use diamonds and sapphires in
our radiograms. The industrial uses of precious stones are many and
GOD plans to use precious
stones in His glorious city, the New Jerusalem. The streets will be
of pure gold. Every gate will be a single pearl. The foundations of
the city will be of precious stones. God intended that precious
stones and jewels would beautify the dwelling places, not the body.
As one well known writer has
said, "If men would give less attention to the artificial and would
cultivate greater simplicity, they would come far nearer to
answering the purpose of God in their creation." Well, the same
principle applies as in the case of jewelry.
What Should be the Appearance of a Christian?
We are not to attract
attention to ourselves by our appearance. I realize that Ii am
treading on dangerous ground. One has to be very careful; it is
possible for a person to look so odd that we can attract attention
to ourselves in the wrong way. A Christian should not be a ‘laughing
very definitely should be distinctive.
appearance is to reveal that one has abundant health. This is always
revealed in the face.
The best way I can
illustrate this is to give you my impression of what I saw in two
cities, New York and Liverpool. The thing that made the most
profound impression upon my mind, was the unhealthy appearance of
the girls that I saw in my brief visit to that great metropolis of
New York. I can quite honestly say that I did not see one girl in
that city with a complexion that caught my attention. I thought
now maybe there was something wrong with me, perhaps I had met the
wrong ladies, the ones with poor complexions. But checking with
the other men on board our ship they assured me that my conclusion
was correct. However when we arrived at Liverpool, what a
difference! The girls stood out with their lovely complexions, the
real peaches and cream that you hear about.
Our Faces Reveal our Character
Yes, your face reveals
your inward condition. You only paint things that look a little
shabby, isn’t that right? Cosmetics are not necessary for a person
who is in good health. Usually they have sparkling eyes, radiant
In speaking of the sins of
His people, God said, “Declare unto them
their abominations: Thou didst paint thine eyes and decked thyself
Ezekiel 23:36, 40.
Jeremiah 4:30. "Though thou deck
thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rent (paint) thy face
with painting; in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers
will despise thee, they will seek thy life." The term "rentest
thy face" means enlarges thy eyes.
The Oriental women used to
put a black mineral powder on the edges of the eyelids. This black
powder had a metallic glitter and made the eyes appear larger and
more brilliant. God speaks against this kind of thing and well He
While in New York I went
to ±he Stage Door Canteen and was able to have a real close-up
view of some of the famous actresses. I don’t mind saying this and
it is true
all the paint and plumage that they had on, they looked as if they
were on the war path. Instead of being attractive, they really
It reminded me of Jezebel,
that wicked and idolatrous queen of Israel. In
Kings 9:30-37 it describes how "she
painted her face and tired (adorned) her head and looked out at a
window... so they threw her down and some of her blood was sprinkled
on the wall."
Jezebel was a sun
worshipper; she was an enemy of God. In other words, she was the
very opposite to what a Christian should be. She was a heathen and
to attract the opposite sex she painted her face. And just as I have
stated, our faces reveal our character. And just as Jezebel revealed
her character by her appearance, it is very important then as
professing Christians, particularly as Christian women, that there
is displayed the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the
sight of God of great price.
Looking for the Light in Our Faces
A missionary over in China
advertised for a servant, and a well dressed lady responded to the
advertisement. The missionary hesitated, for she really wanted
someone who would scrub, wash and make beds. Oh yes, the lady
understood just 1 what was required, so she was hired. One day the
missionary noticed that this lady was looking in a small mirror,
again on another occasion it happened. The missionary was interested
to know why? The secret was out. "It is coming; the light is on my
face!” The lady went on to say "I used to see Christians on their
way to church and I noticed how bright their faces were. I wanted to
look like those Christians so I thought that if I came here to work
for you I might get some of it. My husband tells me the light is
coming and I was looking into this mirror to see it.”
As sincere Christians in
these last days, making special preparation to meet the Lord, may
our outward appearance reveal that inner beauty of character, so
that we may rightly represent the kingdom of God.
Is Anything Wrong with Dancing?
While I am on this subject
of what God expects of His followers, I must answer the question
that repeatedly comes up. What is wrong with the dance? Young people
often say, “The Bible mentions dancing, David danced and the Lord
was blessed with David.”
We find out that there are
two kinds of dancing mentioned in the Bible, one that is acceptable
to God, the other is not.
Exodus 15:20 we read of Miriam, the sister of Moses, and the
women of Israel dancing on the banks of the Red Sea after the mighty
deliverance of Israel from the hosts of Pharaoh. This dancing was an
expression of their deep emotions and gratitude to God.
We also read of King David
dancing before the Ark. This dance was a result of the joy that
David felt. But I want you to notice that David danced alone and
also the women of Israel danced only among themselves.
The second kind of dance is
Mark 6:21-28. We read of Salome the daughter of Herodias
who danced before Herod. So infatuated was Herod by her dancing that
he rashly promised her all she desired, even to half of his kingdom.
After consulting with the wicked Herodias, Salome asked for the head
of John the Baptist. This dance was very clearly associated with
evil. And it was this type of dancing that we read about in
You will remember that when
Moses came down from the mountain after communing with God, he found
that the children of Israel were worshipping the golden calf. And
associated with this idolatry, commandment breaking and rebellion
against God, was dancing.
verse 19 we read “As Moses came nigh
to the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing.”
This dancing was highly
immoral for we are told in
verse 25, “Moses saw that the people
were naked.” When the Israelites danced at Mt Sinai they were
"naked". Why? Because of sex appeal. The more the female form
reveals, the more it appeals to the lower side of the natural Man.
Dancing permits intimacies that would never be allowed anywhere
else. In the dance is involved the embracing of the opposite sex. It
is obvious to many that this is dangerous. If one can embrace the
opposite sex on the dance floor, then why cannot he do the same
anywhere else? Why should it be considered correct on the dance
floor and yet very wrong to embrace another man's wife somewhere
else. No normal husband or wife would be at all happy to find his or
her partner in the embrace of a member of the opposite sex anywhere
but in the dance hall!
Is Anything Wrong with Embracing the Opposite Sex?
Now that brings us to the
question of "What's wrong with embracing the opposite sex?" The
answer is that it stimulates the feeling emotions and instincts.
These instincts should only be stimulated between two people that
are married. Dancing definitely stimulates the sex instincts. This
of course is particularly so in the case of the male, although not
necessarily so in the case of the female.
Many good Christian women
have objected to the statement that dancing is immoral, but they do
it in ignorance, for they have not
realized the effect of dancing on their partners. Liquor and dancing
It is very interesting to
note that among the dark races, where at special times they engage
in immoral rites, the dance leads up to their sexual orgies, usually
the dance precedes the fire walking.
And so it was with the
Israelites. When they danced at Mt Sinai, they “were naked”. In
other words they stripped themselves.
Dancing and Sensuality
Dr W.S.McKeever, an
authority on social relationships, wrote “Our chief objection to
the social dance is that it always seems to be drawing its
participants toward the borderline of sensuality." Again from the
pen of Dr McKeever, "The new social dance is a dance of death.
Young 15 year old striplings are forced by the dance into an
intense sexual development, instead of experiencing the normal,
slowly awakening sex consciousness.
And how true this is of
the dances of today. Many social workers are really troubled. They
claim that the dance is associated with the appalling laxity in
morals of today. Professor Faulkner, the famous dancing master and
proprietor of the Los Angeles Dancing Academy, investigated the
results of the the dance.
was his deliberate conviction that two-thirds of the women and
girls who morally fall do so through the influence of the dance.
This led him to quit the dancing academy.
A Roman Catholic priest, in
arguing for the confessional, admitted, “By the confessional we can
tell how our people fall. We trace the laxity of 19 out of every 20
who have lost their purity, to the dancehall.
Is it OK for Husband and Wife to Dance?
However there are some who
ask "Is it wrong for a husband and wife to dance?" Not at all as far
as the above principles are concerned, but the thing is this, what
parents do, the children, will do. If Christian parents take the
stand that dancing is contrary to Christian principles then to be
consistent they would not dance even though it only involved
The Christian needs to be
social, but his social life needs to be governed by Christian
Galatians 5:21 Paul lists the works of the flesh, "Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told
you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit
the kingdom of God."
Oh yes, I have been to
dances even though I was not much of a dancer. But you would never
see me in a dance hall. Why? Because Satan has perverted what at one
time was a joyous expression of one's feelings. Oh yes, it looks
very attractive. The rhythm of the music, the gay dancers and all
Perhaps some of you have
read how that during the last World War the enemy used to leave
watches, fountain pens, and other valuable and useful articles lying
around. To all appearances they were very good watches and excellent
fountain pens. But as soon as one of the soldiers bent down and
picked one up there was an explosion and the man was blown to
Satan is very cunning, he
makes things look so attractive, but death is the end of it. As Dr
McKeever says, The new social dance is a dance of death.” This is a
man of the world speaking, not some religious square.
now our final question and it is one that is often asked,
"Why is the common pack of cards considered to be
unfit for the Christian to use?"
In answering this one we
would state that playing cards is a form of gambling.
It is not commonly
known that the common pack of cards with their figures and markings
etc; are known to be immoral in their significance. It is stated
that these cards are a parody of the Christian faith. It is claimed
that the Joker is a caricature of Christ and that he is actually
represented here as an illegitimate. This being so the common pack
of cards should not even be kept in the Christians home, let alone
use them in a game. This possibly may account as to why these cards
are usually associated so much with the sordid side of life;
gambling and other doubtful activities, as represented by gangsters
and crooks in movies.
Good Things give the Greatest Pleasure
The Apostle Paul in his
instruction to Christians declares, "Finally,
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsover things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be
any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things."
It is the good things that
give use the most lasting pleasure and happiness.
The American chief White
Feather had a lovely voice and he was called to the White House to
sing before King George VI and queen Elizabeth. With real depth of
meaning he sang that lovely gospel song "I’d rather have Jesus than
silver or gold". Turning to the Queen at the conclusion of his song
he asked this pointed question. Do you know Jesus as your personal
Saviour? The queen smiled and said "He is in my heart." The king, a
deeply religious man, added "I'd rather have JESUS too."
Friends I would rather have
Jesus too, wouldn’t you? Let us look beyond the tinsel, the glitter
of this life, to the reality of life with Jesus: life far more
abundant, and rewarding. Won’t you do just that?