Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My Holiness Standards

About a month ago, I started talking about my holiness standards and why I dress the way I do. In A Peculiar People, I talked about being separate from the world not only through our actions but also through the way we dress and present ourselves. Before you continue, click the link above and read that first, it will help you understand the main reason for my holiness standards.
So, now that you have read A Peculiar People, you are probably wondering, "Why the skirt and the long hair?" "Can't you be different without looking like that?" I believe the answer to that is no. I'm NOT saying that if you don't wear a skirt or have long, uncut hair you can't be a peculiar person or you are not living for God. I am simply stating what I believe and why I believe it.

"A woman must not wear men's  clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this." Deuteronomy 22:5 (NIV) This is one reason for the skirt. The Bible directly tells us not to wear a man's clothing. You don't see men going around wearing skirts....

In 1 Timothy 2:9, it 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." This is saying we need to dress modestly, and not to wear jewelry or makeup or anything like that.

Ok, now for the hair. 1 Corinthians 11:14-15 says: "Doth not even nature itself teach you that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a women have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her is given her for a covering." A woman that has long hair is full of glory and power. "For if the women not be covered, let her also be shorn, but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered." 1 Corinthians 11:6 This is saying that it is a shame for a women's covering--her hair (see 1 Corinthians 11:15 above)-- to be shorn or shaven. In other words, a woman shouldn't cut her hair. 

So I know this sounds like a lot of rules and regulations to follow, but I enjoy doing this. When you love God with all your heart and soul and mind, then you want to do everything it takes to please Him. I am NOT forced to dress like I do, I do it because I want to do everything I can to please Jesus. 

Like I said before, I am NOT saying you are going to hell and all that if you wear pants or cut your hair. Please do not misunderstand me, I do NOT believe that. I do not think that only us Pentecostals are going to heaven. These are my personal convictions and how I believe I should live.

People who are not Pentecostal can be used of God and please Him just us much and, sometimes more, than those who are.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Also, I just wanted to let you know that the book I am currently working on, Somewhere Between Two Houses, is now posted under My Stories on the side bar. Check it out and tell me what you think. 

(This post and A Peculiar People can also be found under my beliefs for quick reference.)

1 comment:

  1. I consider myself a conservative Pentecostal (Trinitarian). I do not wear pants, have long hair (will occasionally trim the split ends) and wear very little if any jewelry. I also wear a "prayer covering" in private prayer and public worship. These are my convictions and such a great part of my testimony. On several different occasions I have been stopped in stores, gas stations ect.. and asked if I was a Christian and all have said it is because of the way I am dressed. I love the Lord so much for all that he has done for me that I enjoy being a peculiar person, separated from the world. It is not grievous or embarrassing to me. There is a world of hurting people out there who need the Lord and they need to see someone who is different, changed by the grace of God, to get the help they need. I just want to please the Lord and be a living testimony for him. DLR