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I Thessalonians 5:22


Here is an interesting article I just read about I Thessalonians 5:22, the verse that speaks of abstaining from the appearance of evil. I've certainly heard this verse used to talk about things that just look like they might be evil, but I think the verse refers specifically to things that are actually evil.
http://www.fundamentallyreformed.com/2010/05/05/the-real-meaning-of-1-thessalonians-5-22/
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1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


Anything that even looks evil we should abstain from. This scripture is instruction for the way a Christian should live, a life style that reflects the Christian faith.

One good example is the popular belief that it's ok, to dress as you please, go to church dressed as you please is the spirit of rebellion to the core.
To the world it is harsh, unfair and a form of ruling over others, when as said above, it is an instruction, a how to act, live etc as a Christian.
We are to "be ye separate" from the world. If we are drinking, cussing, smoking, our breasts exposed, tight jeans, then this shows we are of the world, not of Christ. We are rebellious and disrespectful.

I've been to a lot of churches the past year and have seen more stumbling blocks than the light of Christ.

Lack of respect of our God has just blown me away with the way so called Christians dress, act, live.
No respect.
I'm not saying this is you by no means; but this is a very serious situation in our churches today.

What is actually evil, is the appearance of it, which then will manifest itself.

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I know that tight jeans and exposed breasts would be bad anywhere, not just at church. Do you know of any verses that give clothing instructions for how people should be dressing for church? The only one I can think of is I Timothy 2:9, where woman are told not to wear gold or pearls or costly clothing. Wearing clothes that are too fancy is described in this verse as immodest.
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emoticon Thank you for your reply!
The bible doesn't have a "dress code" as what to wear.
It's a matter of respect of our faith, what we believe is reflected in our life style, dress, behavior and so on.
It is a personal choice.
I will wear pants on a Wed, bible study but not Sunday church service.
I hope not to impose "my" convictions on others. We all have our very own, lol, but... it's the spirit of the church these days, no respect.

We should not have to dig to find in words specific things to do or not to do. It's in our spirit already what we should do and not do; through convictions. The Holy Spirit will never lead us astray.
We are either justifying our behavior, self willed, or we are under conviction, governed by the Holy Spirit.

If we are not separate from the world and it's "dress code" and other behaviors, then how could we ever expect to be an affective witness?

I would never buy an apple with a prune displayed as the content.

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Almost forgot!

It don't get no plainer than;

Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Th 5:22

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Winkks ...

emoticon Thank you for your reply!

You're quite welcome. It's nice to interact with someone on this forum again,

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The bible doesn't have a "dress code" as what to wear.
It's a matter of respect of our faith, what we believe is reflected in our life style, dress, behavior and so on.
It is a personal choice.
I will wear pants on a Wed, bible study but not Sunday church service.
I hope not to impose "my" convictions on others. We all have our very own, lol, but... it's the spirit of the church these days, no respect.

I'm curious. Since you wear something different on Wednesdays and Sundays, do you see yourself as showing LESS respect on Wednesdays than on Sundays? I don't see it that way, since I don't tie my dress as closely to respect as what you seem to be doing. I'm an ambassador for Christ every day of the week, so as long as I'm not being sinful in my clothing choices, then I am being respectful to God in whatever I'm wearing. I can wear the same thing on Sunday as I do in the midweek service, and I don't think God gets less respected by me.

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If we are not separate from the world and it's "dress code" and other behaviors, then how could we ever expect to be an affective witness?

Of course, sometimes this can go go more extreme than what it really needs to. The Amish, for example, separate from all sorts of things that they consider worldly. They abstain from driving cars, and they have every right to have that standard, but I wouldn't consider driving a car to be worldly in the same way that the Amish do. Are the Amish more effective witnesses because of their separation?


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Winkks ...

Almost forgot!

It don't get no plainer than;

Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1Th 5:22

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That's right. Whenever evil appears, we should abstain from it. It's not telling us to abstain from things that only "look" evil but are not actually evil.
Here are a few translations of this verse in other versions of the Bible.
1. Stay away from every form of evil (Jewish New Testament)
2. Abstain from every form of evil (New King James Version)
3. Abstain from every form of evil (New American Standard)
4. Avoid every kind of evil (New International Version)
5. Keep away from every kind of evil (Living Bible)
6. Abstain from evil—shrink from it and keep aloof from it—in whatever form or whatever kind it may be (Amplified Bible)
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I have most of those translations in my desktop e-sword. All of the translations relay the same message, as I read it.

Abstain
Avoid
Keep away from
Stay away from

I like the Amplified version;
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6. Abstain from evil—shrink from it and keep aloof from it—in whatever form or whatever kind it may be (Amplified Bible)



There is no 'loop hole' in the bible to live contrary to the message and be in line with the gospel.
You can't be contrary and inline at the same time. Same as the dark v. light.

The point of my input on this subject is the condition of the church as a whole, how lax and disrespectful it is these days. How contrary it appears to be.

One perfect example is a man wearing a hat in the church service. Dogs being allowed in the church service. Drinking and eating during the church service.
(That's a small example of what this church does)

Another church, the young girls dressed in spray on jeans, chest exposed, was I entering a house of ? or a church of God?

Seems to me what appears to be usually is.
"Looks like a duck, walks like a duck"


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My vision is very bad. I didn't see the post you made before the last post. Sorry.

Yea, you're right about me on a Wed. You sound like my husband there, only he thinks I should not wear pants on that day either.
Wed, bible study.
Sunday, worship service.
There is a difference between worship and study.

It's a personal call, however, the church as a whole is lacking respect in many ways. Dress just seems to be the most pronounced.

I'm beginning to think that the church is becoming so worldly that it doesn't even notice how it shows.
God bless (((hug)))


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