Thursday, July 21, 2016

The LORD is interested in our sanctification

Check out Something I Don't Understand from Stan on his Blog, Winging it, where he shares his excellent commentary on modesty, and generally, about Christians choosing poorly.

As Believers we are called to a higher standard. Our standard is from the LORD who let's us know what He expects in His Word.

"Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. 

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 

that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 

not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 

and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 

For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 

So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you."
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8


Anonymous said...

Fantastic link! I wonder the same thing all the time. I see 9 year olds, tweens, and high school girls in skin tight, short clothes, and the college girls in the same but more... miniskirts, fishnets, tops that don't cover their undergarments, skinny jeans, ultra short shorts (especially in summer, yikes, the tiny spaghetti tank tops and 3" inseam shorts come out in droves), and very high heels. With hair and makeup to match. Then I look around and I see mothers - women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond - dressing like these 20 year olds - wearing the same tight clothes, short skirts, tops that are showing things they ought not, and very high heels (not dress pumps, but the kind of heels that say "lady of ill repute"). The husbands and fathers - right by their side.................. doing nothing. I've even seen elders and pastors' wives dressing like this.

(Side related note, the high school/college girls dressed like this always seem to be in very public ministry - like the worship team, or they go on missions trips dressed like this.)

Case in point: Church I used to attend... had several attractive high school & college girls. They always wore tight, short clothes and super high heels. Pretty much all of them were in public ministry and given a lot of privilege. A couple of them had short, chic haircuts, making them look very posh/"mature". I said, mark my words, the 8-9 year olds will start wanting to dress like those girls... Not even 6 months later, a 5th grader cut her hair to a short, chic cut, making her look many years older and "more mature" than she was. She also started wearing miniskirts and heels! With mom and dad sitting right next to her, and obviously buying her those outfits, because at age 10, that girl's not out shopping on her own... (strangely enough though the mother didn't dress provocatively at all).

Go ahead and try to address this issue at your local assembly. I'm sure you can imagine how you'll be received. I honestly don't speak up anymore because I've found it to be a fruitless endeavor.

I've learned that I can only be responsible for my own appearance and conduct. I leave it at that.


The Piper's Wife said...

Thank you, Carolyn. I understandably agree. Like so many issues, many Christians do not choose to listen to the LORD.

As this world's chaos continues to spread we can only do what we can in our sphere of influence, and sometimes it can only be our own choice to follow the LORD.

Our Hope is in the LORD!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill,

I do want to make it clear I'm not "complaining", nor am I angry or bitter, nor do I hate these believers, but I am just very, very sad. I am sad to see older women feel they need to be decades younger than they are, and I am sad to see little girls wanting to grow up too fast.

I do pray God would change hearts in His church.

Thanks for your posts, Jill.


The Piper's Wife said...

I understand, Carolyn, and it is sad to see where our Christian culture has gone towards.

We grieve, but we know the LORD surely grieves ever so much more over His children who choose to listen only to parts of His Word. LORD, have mercy!

May we, the Body of Believers, choose to draw closer to the LORD in all areas to glorify Him!

Thanks for the clarification, Carolyn, for others to understand.