IS MAKEUP AN IMPEDIMENT TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
The word of God, the Bible that is more powerful than an atom, hydrogen, and neutron bomb today has become an arm in the hands of a mad man. These people are not guided by soul but are dictated by lower gastric realms, earthy and earthly not spiritual confining the gullible people in the name of preaching have turned them to people with ears but deaf, people with eyes but blind and have taken them into a spiritual coma. Many believers are hanging on the horns of dilemma unable to decide whether to join the congregation or to remain at home and pray on their own. The Bible is a scanner which diagnosis the hidden diseases. This is the medicine given free of cost at your own home. It has become very common today for people to express their inability regarding practicing of many things mentioned in the Bible. Strict adherence is rare to find. However many Christians today are very eager to put into practice things, which are proscribed. Let us think and find out whether God, our heavenly father would burden us, his children with impossible tasks, where as we the earthly parents never burden our children with such tasks. God foresaw and we have evidence to that effect, which says that the commands of God are not impossible to implement. # 1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.(# 1Cor 10:13; Matt 11:30, 12:33) Satan makes us talk like God since to speak against the Holy Ghost would be heresy and such people will not be forgiven. It is inconceivable where we would land. Many earmark Saturday or Sunday as the days. Chosen for prayer and thanks giving for their earthly and temporal purposes like getting jobs, sale and purchase of houses and property’s etc. The Bible is a living book and I would like to try and make you read the good words and how transgression leads to damnation (# James 1:21,22). The U.N.O. today has an official membership of 176 nations with different languages. There are many nations, which are not members of U.N.O. God, willed that chaos is created at the tower of Babel so that different tongues and customs and traditions get jumbled up and finally people would owe allegiance to Him (# Gen 1:29; 9:1,7). The world is multi racial and multicultural, which cannot be denied. Omniscient God foresaw the availability of food and hence God never places restrictions on languages food habits and dress. He never spoke about the body. # John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The body is from dust and unto dust the body shall return. The first commandment laid down rules regarding food because the Israelites were confined to a place. If they spread, he allowed the consumption of animals with cloven hooves; animals that regurgitate but these are not commandments. People who live in tropics wear light clothes; some do not even wear any clothes. People who live in tempsate climates put on woolen clothes. Seasonal fruits, vegetables and animals are consumed. It’s a known fact. No commandments are given regarding ablutions. Most habits and life styles depend on nature and climatic conditions, which unfortunately today has become the center of discussion and preaching’s in most churches. We live in India made of 25 states. Unity in diversity is a keyword. Even Headgear also differs from state to state. Cloaks also differ. Sarees differ. Dialectical differences exist. God never bothered about these things and left it to our discretion. Indian cultural and tradition Women of India make themselves up with vermilion, lamp black, bangles, toe rings, and other ornaments. Is it a Hindu custom or an Indian tradition? Tradition should be respected. Though there are castes, tradition & culture is the same. Whoever is born in India should respect its culture and sovereignty. Though you may not agree oertly you are a part of it and you cannot humble it. Vermilion and lampblack The Bible doesn’t mention. The Israelites were prohibited from tattooing, which is not found in the New Testament, nor lampblack gets mentioned. However people use it because it is medicated and does good to the eyes. Many Hindus do not make use of vermilion but make use of paper stickers today. Many Hindus are being humiliated by false preachers though the Bible does not mention which has resulted in the sporting of vermilion stain not only by women but by men and making fun of Christians and it led to enmity we need not ape our Christian missionaries from abroad. The above-mentioned items of make up are purely regional and it is nothing but making a mountain of a molehill by discussing these silly things. Similarly
turmeric and sandal are good for health and are considered auspicious. These may be people who do not use them. Let us bye pass such things, which will lead to unnecessary controversy. Let us think about nosepieces, bangles and toe rings. All non-Christians do not wear them. In our own state women who wore armful of bangles today seem to wear only one. Nosepieces have disappeared from many. In my childhood the lambadi tribe women were seen in colorful bangles and who today prefer sarees. God made flowers, fragrance and many adorn their chignon and bob is alien. Many false preachers proscribe flowers. Flowers enhance a woman’s beauty but many foreign women look more beautiful but it is a false analogy and false confusion basing on which we should not prohibit our people from wearing them. Beauty and attraction create an aura. If these are for attraction what are soaps, powders, scents, creams and shampoos? And devotees should tells us under what category do they come? If any fool says that the absence of vermilion stain is a special mark of a Christian lady what about Muslims? Since they do not also wear it on they forehead. What are the practices of non-Christians? The Bible gives us do’s and don’ts for others who embrace Christianity. # Acts 15:20,28-29 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. The Old Testament prohibits idol worship, adultery, eating offal’s, throttled animal meat, eating meat with blood and these words were relevant before the advent of New Testament. Paul got these things amended. Idol worship is found through out the world. There is a pantheon of Gods and most of the vows, sacrifices that are practiced today by Hindus are the practices which the Israelites did Bible proscribes idol worship because of the multiplicity of Gods and the anthropomorphic worship. It existed before the coming of Christ. Jews who believed in Christ stopped idol worship. But there are still who practice the false preachers are the true enemies of Christianity and are sowing the seeds of enmity. (# 1 Cor 5:10; 9:19-23; # Acts 21:17-26) Certain Christian organizations have been adopting practices like asking the women folk to remove their vermilion stains, asking them to break their bangles which are the rituals done to a Hindu widow and then only are baptizing them and someone refuses they are not being baptized. Many are questioning us in our Gospel crusades on this subject. We know of many women who are faithful and yet are not baptized for this silly reason. Many women though are faithful are restrained by their kith and kin. Some women blindly believe this false preaching’s and are disobeying their husbands, which is again wrong. Some organizations impose a six months observation period. Bible does not sanction any of these. (# Acts 2:37-42; 8:35-38; 10:47,48; 16:30-33) Silly things were not the criteria for baptism (# Acts 22:16). Jesus might come at any time. Today might be the salvation day. The moment when anyone prays for forgiveness is the moment for baptism, that is the opportunity. If some one is kept in observation and if in the mean while the observed dies who would be responsible? The false preachers who are Satans in disguise speak eloquently about silly matters hours on and are the real culprits. They preach infidelity. God does not get deceived by external appearance. (# Gal 2:7) What is needed is a change of heart, not dress, name and religion. Beware of false preachers and the moment you start praying for forgiveness try to get baptized. Do not delay. Seek and you shall be protected by Jesus. Do not believe the false preachers. Who are like the blind leading the blind? We study practices, traditions and cultures. Non-Christians worship idols and justify such worship as which leads to concentration. We also should not ape them and worship either the cross or any photographic representation of Christ. Any form of anthropomorphic representation would lead to idol worship, which is against the grain of Christianity. The others have festivals we should celebrate festivals. They believe in eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth but now we should love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us remember to err is human and to forgive is divine. The practices, which are proscribed by the Bible, should never be practiced and what are prescribed would never be given up. The final authority is the Bible. Not every fool clad in spotless white with a black Bible in hand and a cross in the neck who intones hallelujah or praises the lord is not a real Christian. A Christian should be judged by his words and acts and not be attire. He shall judge our duty is to obey his commands. # Matt 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Make up of Christian ladies Let us take a look at the attire and adornment of Christian ladies. What does the New Testament say about it? God spoke in the Old Testament but only to Israelites of that era, and not to the ladies of new age and New Testament. The words apply to those who have greed for gold and thus become blind testified by the following (# Isa 3:19; # Ehez 7:19-22, 8:17). # 1 Tim 2:9-11 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. # 1 Peter 3:3-8 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Paul and Peter are identical in their pronouncements up to 90% however Peter went a little ahead and while discussing about ladies of yore wrote about Sarah (# 2 Tim 2:15), (2 pet 3:15-17). Let us examine the concurrent ideas. Braiding Many women in our country sport one braid while school going children have two braids. Some sport chignon. Women in Africa and Arab countries wear dread locks a la pop singers. The Bible does not prohibit braiding, nor braiding alone makes a lady beautiful. Attire Do not be gaudy, cloth your private parts and donâ€™t be immodest. But todayâ€™s women vie with each other and buy silk sarees not to wear but to store and show off. While the poor husbands borrow money the wife is insensitive. Even the color is not mentioned in the Bible. Dress is specific like school dress, uniform etc. But dress alone will not make a school going child top the ranks and the moral is, uniform is needed but hard work is more important. Same is the case with dress code in the armed forces and police to mark them apart. God says that the heart is more important gentle and disposition not haughty soft spoken a lady ought to be a real helpmate. Today some women berate their husbands and always preach. Some husbands are henpecked. A lady should mend the husband and seek refuge in the lord, should believe is truth and believe in the word, wear Christ (# Gal 3:27,28). We should abide by social norms, which are good and should be law abiding and clean in our heart (# Gal 5:22). We should not have a murky heart, faith alone protects and faith should be abiding and it alone can protect our soul. Golden Ornaments. External ornaments alone would not adore said Peter and then paused but did not complete. Satan misinterpreted it. Peter wrote about Sarah. While the faithful interpret the subservience of Sarah to Abraham as a real adornment. The queen Esther and certain chosen women wore external ornaments and hence Peter quoted them. Though these women adorned themselves, they were always loyal and never haughty and their real adornments were their good deeds. We should be careful not to over spend and we should try to acquire the wealth for hereafter. Satan is constantly at work and lets be wary of him. Many false preachers should be disbelieved. One need not be gaudy; one should be pure of soul and heart. Physical purity and cleanses is also important but more important is purity of heart, faith in the word and act accordingly. Dear brothers and sisters let us remember to fix our minds on the realities of life, let us pay less attention to externalities. Marry you must, manner is not important but as per (# Eph 1:4-6) procreate and let the progeny be trained to serve the purpose of God. Externalities are not important. What is important is the deceased soul of man should be heed by the word of God. Which is the beast medicine. Work hard, be on your own do not tolerate deviance from the word of God. God is one. Christ is one and faith is one. Let us
not vivisect ourselves. Live, with love not without, remember God is love. How heinous it is to live without love. # 2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test? # Mark 4:24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you-and even more. # Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. # James 1:21-22 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.