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Want To Go To Heaven? Stop Showing Skin…

That time of year is approaching yet again.  The time when everyone wants to go to the beach or the pool for a quick dip in order to temporarily at least escape the Carolina heat.  And, unfortunately, with each passing year we see that this season is the time when women’s shirts show more and more midriff and cleavage, and their shorts show more and more thigh.

Ladies, I’m asking you as a man, a fellow human being, a husband who wants to be faithful to his wife in mind as well as in body, and as a father of a little girl.  Please be modest.  Please.

That not reason enough?  Well, how about this?  Do you want to go to heaven for all eternity?  Or do you want that sun tan you’re working on to turn into a major, never-ending burn that no amount of aloe will ever fix?

Here’s the thing, Christian sisters…

The Bible commands us to dress modestly and discreetly both by direct command to women and by implication to men (1 Tim. 2:9-10; Matt. 18:6-9), and yet we are now in the time of year when many – including many of those who profess to believe in God and follow him – do the exact opposite.

This happens due to either ignorance of God’s Word, stubborn pride and selfishness, or a desire to conform to the standards of the world rather than the standards of God.  Regardless of the reason behind it, sin is being committed when we dress immodestly in public among those who are not our spouses, and the wages of impenitent sin is death (Rom. 6:23; Heb. 10:26-31).

Yeah, that’s right.  I said it.  Someone needs to…

Women and men who wear the name of Christ should not be solely considering whether or not their clothing is in fashion, stylish, or if what they wear will keep them cooler or warmer depending on the weather.  First and foremost, Christians must consider whether or not what they wear is modest and proper for those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ.

Here’s that verse again, for those of you who are still reading but didn’t look it up in your Bibles when I cited it earlier:

Likewise also, that women should adorn themselves in RESPECTABLE apparel, with MODESTY and SELF-CONTROL, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with WHAT IS PROPER FOR WOMEN WHO PROFESS GODLINESS – with good works.

For those of you who have questions about the “braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” part, let me refer you to this article I linked to a few days ago by a brother in Christ named Wes who really summed up exactly what Paul was talking about in one of the best and most understandable ways that I’ve seen.  What I want to focus on in this article is the part of modesty’s definition that condemns showing skin.

In the interests of getting the point across, let me be very clear…

Ladies, it is shameful and sinful to expose or draw attention to the private parts of your body! 

You sin against God whenever you wear these low-cut shirts that show your cleavage or your stomachs in public! 

You sin against God whenever you wear those shorts which stop well above your knee and show off lots of leg! 

You sin against God whenever you’re in public and wear those really tight pants or shorts that accentuate your backside! 

You sin against God whenever you wear really tight shirts that accentuate your breasts! 

You sin against God whenever you wear bikinis or swimsuits that show off most of your breasts, your torso, your backside, and your legs!

I wish that there wasn’t a need to speak so bluntly and forcefully about such things, but there is.  Friends, please know that those who profess to love God must obey him (John 14:15) and dress appropriately, even if it means inconveniencing yourself during the summer months by wearing something a little warmer in public.  Souls are at stake, including your own!

“But Jon,” some will say, “‘modesty’ is such a subjective term.  Europe’s definition of modesty is far more liberal than ours, while the Middle East’s definition is far stricter.  So how can one know what modesty truly is?”

That’s a legitimate question.  In Europe nude beaches are the thing.  In Saudi Arabia women are stoned to death for showing their ankles.  Is modesty really nothing more than a cultural thing, then?

Here’s the truth of the matter.  We can have confidence that the Bible holds the answer to what modesty really is because God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33).  Let’s see how by first going way back to the beginning, to Genesis…

Do you remember how, when Adam and Eve sinned and thus realized they were naked, they made “coverings” for themselves out of fig leaves?  In spite of that, Adam confessed later on that he still felt naked (Gen. 3:7-10).  Have you ever wondered why they would still feel naked even after clothing themselves?

Perhaps because in the original language, “coverings” (chagorah) literally is defined as a particular type of garment which is the equivalent of underwear covering only the midsection.  So when you see those paintings of Eve with fig leaves over her midsection and bosom, remember that those paintings are incorrect because, going solely by the definition of the Hebrew word for “coverings,” Eve would not have been covered at all above the waist.

Ladies, if a loincloth was all you had to wear, you would feel naked too, wouldn’t you?  With that in mind, how much difference is there between today’s swimwear and your underwear?  Not much.  Really.  Let’s be honest.  Not.  Much.

Later, we see that God himself clothed Adam and Eve with “coats” of skin (Gen. 3:21).  In the original language, “coats” (kethoneth) literally is defined as a particular type of garment covering someone from the shoulders to the knees.  Now, why would God do this?

After all, at this time Adam and Eve had already clothed themselves.  So why did God go to the trouble to clothe them himself?  And why would he inspire Moses to record this in the book of Genesis?

Perhaps because he planned that Genesis would be part of “whatever was written in former days” that was “written for our instruction” and example (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11).

In other words, when we read the Old Testament and see how God clothed Adam and Eve from the shoulders to the knees in contrast to their skimpy fig leaf loincloth underwear, we now know God’s standards of modesty and thus have a non-subjective definition to uphold and live by.  There’s your definition of modesty.  Non-subjective.  Black and white.  Universal, regardless of what they do in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.  God’s revealed standards trump whatever man’s standards are in whatever culture he is in.

Some will still ask, “But what’s the harm in showing off some skin?”  Good question.  Here’s the answer…

Have we forgotten that the One who loved us so much that he sent his Son to die for us has commanded us to not walk “in lewdness and lust” and to “make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Rom. 13:13-14)?  Do you know what that means?

Ladies, speaking as a man, I can tell you how difficult it can be to avoid lusting after women who aren’t my wife when most of the women around me are showing off their cleavage and thighs.  And yes, God still holds me to the responsibility to not lust.  That’s very true, but it doesn’t stop with me.

He also expects THOSE AROUND ME (that’s you, ladies) to do their part to not put the temptation in my path (Matt. 18:6-9; Rom. 14:21)!!

So ladies, help us guys out.  As Christians, that’s what we all are supposed to do, right?  Bear one another’s burdens?  (Gal. 6:2)

Deep down, sisters, you know what the low-cut shirts and bikinis do to your average male when he sees them.  You girls know.  Let’s be real.

Mary Quant, the London fashion designer who invented the miniskirt, said, “Mini-clothes are symbolic of those girls who want to seduce a man.”  When she was asked where wearing miniskirts would lead to, she replied with one word:  “Sex.”

When the cruise ship Santa Maria was hijacked by terrorists in 1967, you want to know what the women who were on board (most if not all being non-Christians, I might add) did with their skimpy swimsuits?  Do you think they put on those itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikinis and went out on deck to get some sun and frolic in the pool in front of those pirates?

Nope.  Here’s what they did.  They all went out of their way to hide the bikinis and wear modest clothing because, by their own admission, they didn’t want to entice the terrorists to rape them.  And that’s what you would do too, right?  Sure, you would.  You’re smart, just like them.  They knew exactly what wearing the skimpy clothing would cause men to desire.  Deep down, so do most of you, sisters.  Let’s be real.

However, many of you women don’t care.  I know.  Over the years, I’ve talked to several young women – including, unfortunately, some within the church (and some of their mothers) – who basically say, “So what?  It’s the guy’s problem, not mine and not my daughter’s.”

Well, it may be more of your problem than you think…

I recently read a sociologist’s interview with a young man who expressed deep anger and resentment towards women for sexually “teasing” him, as he put it, via what they wore and the flirtatious way they acted around him, only to later have the power to with the threat of an accusation of rape deny him the fulfillment of those urges. Another young man interviewed said that he himself felt “sexually violated” by what the skimpy clothes and suggestive poses his female peers constantly exposed him to, only to then have and exercise the power to deny him the satisfaction of those urges. These and other young men confessed the need to “get back” at women for teasing them in these ways.

After revealing that hundreds more felt this way, the sociologist concluded that the immodest dress and sexually teasing actions of many young women is one of the main contributing factors to the startling rise of many young men’s interest in violent hard-core pornography, date rape, and deep, violent anger and resentment towards females in general, things which in many cases carry over into marriage and lead to spousal and child abuse.

While the contribution of women’s immodest dress and actions in no way justifies these sinful actions of men, at the same time it should not be overlooked or excused away.  Ladies, let me put it to you this way.  If I purposefully get into a Rolls Royce, drive it to the worst part of town, park it right in front of some gangstas, get out of it and lean up against it right in front of those hoods, and hold the keys to it in my right hand and my big, fat wallet bulging with cash and credit cards in the other hand…what’s going to happen?  You know what’s going to happen.  I’m going to get robbed.

So I get robbed, and the police come, and let’s say they arrest those thugs.  Who committed the crime?  The gangstas.  But do you know what any honest cop is going to tell me?  They’re going to say, “Hey, don’t be stupid.  Don’t go flaunting your wealth right in front of the people who are likely to rob you.”

Ladies, men are created by God to be visually stimulated sexually.  We are turned on by what we see, first and foremost.  If you show off your body in front of us, here’s what’s going to happen.  The ones of us who have no morals are going to look at you as a piece of meat that they want, and because they have no morals they’re going to take what they want, regardless of what you want.  And if by the grace of God they don’t, then they WILL go to porn to satisfy their urges…which means that the porn business which degrades and uses women will continue to exist and prosper.  Do you want that?

Yes, yes, I know that ultimately the decision to do these wrongs is on them, that’s true…but Matthew 18:6-9 tells me that God will say that you had a hand in it as well.  Do you want that?

And as for those of us who have morals, well, it’s less likely that we will go after you PHYSICALLY in any way…but with enough visual stimulation, don’t rule it out over time.  But what is going to happen, I guarantee it, is that we will MENTALLY look at you as a piece of meat that we want.  And we also will be that much more tempted to satisfy those urges which your immodesty helped create by turning to porn.

And if we aren’t married and are trying to obey God by not having sex until we’re married, you’ve made it that much harder for us.

And if we are married and are trying to obey God…and honor and love our wives completely…by being 100% faithful both physically and mentally to our wives, you’ve made it that much harder for us.

And again, I know that ultimately the decision to commit these wrongs is on us, but Matthew 18:6-9 promises me that God will hold you accountable also.  Is that what you want?

How much better our society would be if we all just decided to do things God’s way! 

How much better if we would simply remember that our bodies are not our own, but God’s (1 Cor. 6:18-20)!

How much better if we would honor him with our bodies and be considerate of the spiritual well-being of others by how we dress (Phil. 2:3-4)!

How much better if parents would not permissively contribute to their daughters conforming to the immodest standards of the world (Rom. 12:2), but rather would let God’s standards of dress be their standards!

How much better if parents would teach and enforce those standards to the next generation (Deut. 6:6-7)!

How much better it would be if we all taught our children that “marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Heb. 13:4).

Want to know what would happen if we taught – both by word AND example – that biblical truth to the next generation like we should?

Our daughters, when they grew up to be ladies, would save the sexually enticing showing of skin for the privacy of their marriage bed, at which time they would be willing to satisfy THEIR HUSBAND’S needs, and he theirs (1 Cor. 7:1-5).

Our sons would go through puberty without the added burden of being bombarded with sexual temptation by the female skin they see all around them, only to be denied fulfillment and thus grow more and more angry and resentful towards women in general.

They would enter into marriage with a proper attitude towards their wives, and the intimacy between them would be all the more rewarding.

Because of this, more marriages would be saved from adultery and divorce.

In the meantime, more young women would be safe on dates.

The porn industry would not profit.

All of us would be blessed in this life as well as in the life to come.

Doesn’t that sound great??

But as it is, our society has forgotten the command of God for modesty, and many in the church have conformed to the world rather than to God in this area.  By doing so, they contribute to the fornication, lewdness, heartache, and worldliness that plagues our society by tempting the unmarried (and those who are married to others) around them.

And here’s what’s going to happen…

At judgment God will hold them accountable in addition to those who unrepentantly gave in to the temptation to fornicate which was put in their path (Matt. 18:6-9).  They will receive the wages of their sin, eternal death in hell (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8).

Take it to the bank, friends.  That’s exactly what will go down.

Don’t be a part of this!  Dress modestly, and teach others to do the same!

It’s Not Just Genesis: Denying The Historicity of Genesis Does Not Uphold Biblical Christianity

If they did not really exist, why believe the Bible?

A few years ago my wife’s employer, a professed believer and follower of Jesus Christ, informed Beth of her belief that the events of the book of Genesis (the creation of the world in six days, Adam and Eve, the global flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.) was fictional.  When Beth asked her why she believed this, she cited the genealogical timelines recorded in Genesis (Gen. 4:17-5:32) which, when taken into account alongside the historical fact that Jesus Christ lived about two thousand years ago and the biblical genealogical records tracing his lineage back to Abraham and Adam (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38), would promote the conclusion that this world is only around six thousand years old.  She then explained how this contradicted the scientific “facts” of evolution which promote a rather lengthy age of 4-6 billion years for this planet.  She also pointed out that the historical existence of Adam and Eve contradicts the “proven facts of evolution” which proclaim that mankind evolved over millions of years from animals.  As for the global flood, she dismissed it as an obvious fable and myth.

Sadly, this was not the first time (nor would it be the last) in which I had heard of a supposed Christian denying the authenticity of Genesis in favor of upholding the erroneous, unproven, and inconsistent man-made theories of evolution.  About ten years ago, I was involved from time to time in a college ministry.  On one occasion, the college minister had invited a brother in Christ who taught at a university to speak to these college students about how the six days in which Genesis says the world was created in reality were each symbolic of millions of years.   When asked by me and a few others why he believed this, he said that due to the “proven fact” that this world is millions and millions of years old, we should not take these six days in Genesis chapter one literally.  According to him and many others, the six days are obviously representative of much longer periods of time, which would then back up what science has supposedly proven to be true.

However, much scientific, archeological, and historical evidence exists which contradicts these notions.  My purpose in writing this article is not to directly present such evidence; therefore, I encourage the reader to examine the material published by Apologetics Press to which I have already provided links in this article.  I encourage the readers of this blog who do not believe in Christianity and/or are atheists to examine the material at Apologetics Press with an open and honest heart.  To my Christian readers, I commend you to them in order for you to learn more and thus be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).  To further help us obey this scriptural command, this article will consider the biblical evidence which supports the historicity of Genesis so that we can see how logical consistency would force those professed followers of Christ who deny Genesis’ authenticity or try to change its message in favor of man’s evolutionary theories to also deny Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Why Do You Believe In Jesus?

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…” (2 Cor. 13:5)

To begin with, let’s examine exactly why we believe in Jesus Christ.  Why are you a Christian?  What is the basis for your faith in Jesus?  Is it only because your parents were churchgoers and taught you to be the same?  Similarly, is it “because I’ve always believed”?  While both of these reasons are important and should not be discounted, our faith must be built on more.  Why?  Because both the skeptic and the honest seeker of truth will, legitimately, be dissatisfied when they ask you, “Why should I become a Christian?” and the only answer you give them is, “The reason I’m a Christian is because my parents brought me to church and taught me since childhood, and so I’ve always believed.”  “Fine,” they will say, “but why have you always believed?  Why did your parents believe?  Why did the Christians who taught them believe?  Why should I believe?”

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…” ( 1 Cor. 13:11).  I went to church because my parents wanted me to, and I believed in Jesus because they believed in Jesus.  That needed to change as the years passed, because when “I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Cor. 13:11).  My faith needed to be my own, and it needed to have concrete, thought out, scriptural, logical, and consistent reasons (Rom. 10:17; 1 Thess. 5:21).  Therefore, I as an adult believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, my Savior, and my Lord because God raised him from the dead (Rom. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 15:12-19) after he lived a sinless life (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15) in order to die on the cross as the saving propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2; Rom. 5:6-11).

If Jesus Was Not Completely Truthful About Genesis, Our Faith Would Be Meaningless

Jesus had to be sinless in order to truly be a sacrifice on our behalf to appease the wrath of God over our sins.

There are additional reasons for my faith in Jesus, but for the purpose of this article I want us to focus on the fact that our faith in Christ is meaningless if he wasn’t raised from the dead…after having died on that cross to save us from our sins…after having lived a sinless life.  If Jesus hadn’t lived a sinless life, then his death on the cross would not have been the propitiation for our sins.  Therefore, God would not have raised him from the dead to prove to us that he is our Savior.

The key to this which I want us to focus on is the necessity of Jesus having lived a sinless life.  Specifically, I want us to focus on the fact that no deceit was found in his mouth (1 Pet. 2:22).  Think about that for a minute.  If Christ had been dishonest in any way, he could not be the propitiation for our sins and God would not have resurrected him.  Therefore, he could not be our Savior, which means that our faith, the Christian religion, is meaningless.

Bringing this back to the historicity of Genesis, we will see below how both Jesus and the apostles and prophets his Holy Spirit inspired (John 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:12-15; Acts 2:1-4ff; 1 Cor. 2:9-13; 14:37; Eph. 3:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21) talked about the events recorded in Genesis as if they were factual, historical events.  This is significant because if they in fact were mistaken or lying, then Christ could never have been our Savior.  Therefore, Christianity as a whole would be completely false.  Those who deny Genesis while professing to be followers of Christ need to realize this.

The Flood

If the flood is a myth, then Jesus lied.

For example, Jesus while describing how Judgment Day will occur compared it to the day when the Genesis flood came (Matt. 24:35-39; Luke 17:22-27; cf. Gen. 6-9).  Peter also used the flood to illustrate the importance of immersion (1 Pet. 3:18-21) and the importance of not being a false teacher (2 Pet. 2:1-5, 9-10).  Notice that they did not imply nor refer to the flood as a story or myth in any way.  If the global flood did not actually occur, then by talking about it as if it did occur Jesus and his apostles were being less than truthful, and therefore sinned.  If that was the case, why are we Christians?

Sodom and Gomorrah

If the destruction of Sodom is a myth, then why believe any of the Bible?

Again, Jesus on several occasions referred to the Genesis account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah during the days of Lot as illustrations of lessons or warnings he wanted to give to cities or people he or his apostles were teaching (Matt. 10:14-15; 11:23-24; Luke 10:10-12; 17:22-32; cf. Gen. 19:1-29).  Paul, Peter, Jude, and John also referred to Sodom to illustrate warnings God gave to Christians (Rom. 9:27-29; 2 Pet. 2:1-10; Jude 6-7; Rev. 11:7-8).  Again, notice that they talked about what happened to Lot and Sodom as if it was an actual historical event.  If in fact it wasn’t, then we’ve put our faith in liars and our religion is meaningless.

Adam and Eve At The Beginning

If the first three chapters of the Bible are myth, the entire Bible would have to be a myth.

While teaching about divorce, our Lord quoted Genesis twice (1:27; 2:24), specifically referring to the marriage of Adam and Eve (Matt. 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-8).  By talking about Adam and Eve as if they were historical characters, Jesus himself confirmed their historicity.  The Holy Spirit-inspired Paul would later affirm this by referring to Adam as “the first man” (1 Cor. 15:45), also doing so as if he were referring to a historical figure.  Therefore, to call Adam and Eve mythological would be to imply that Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Paul were at best mistaken and at worst liars.  And since the message of all three ultimately originated with God the Father (John 12:49-50; 16:12-15; 1 Cor. 2:9-13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21), to say that Adam and Eve were not real or were not the first human beings would be to call him either mistaken or untruthful as well.  While one would expect this from an atheist, the Christian who would do so is either ignorant of the Scriptures or rebelliously blasphemous, and in either case has exposed a serious flaw in his faith.

If man was created on the same day as land-dwelling animals as Genesis says, then man and dinosaurs co-existed. However, if man and dinosaurs were truly millennia apart then the Bible is false.

Furthermore, by stating in Matthew’s account, “Have you not read that he (God) who created them (Adam and Eve) from the beginning made them male and female,” and in Mark’s account, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them (Adam and Eve) male and female,” Jesus is placing Adam and Eve at the very beginning of the existence of this world.  The Genesis record does the same by stating that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day along with the land-dwelling animals (Gen. 1:24-31).  Christians who state that the days in Genesis were in reality symbolic of millions of years each in their attempts to make the biblical account coincide with the flawed and unproven theories of Darwinistic evolution have Adam and Eve coming onto the scene millions of years after “the beginning.”  By doing so, they are disagreeing with their Lord and Savior who said the opposite.  If they choose to persist in doing so, even after “receiving the knowledge of the truth” (Heb. 10:26-31), they make their Christianity meaningless and put their soul in eternal peril.

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

If you believe God raised a Man from the dead, then why is it so hard to believe that God created the world in six literal days?

I am continually amazed that some can apparently believe that God raised a Man from the dead after giving this same Man and his followers the ability to perform many miraculous signs which defy the laws of science…all while finding it hard to believe that God could also create the world, animals, and man in six literal days, and later decide to destroy that entire world with water and several cities with fire and sulfur.  I am even more amazed that these same folks proclaim to put their faith in this Man as their Lord and Savior…all while basically stating or implying that he, his followers, the Spirit who inspired them, and God the Father himself are wrong about their testimony as to the beginnings of our race.

Yet, perhaps we should not be amazed at this, because the same God who told us about the beginning of the world in Genesis also told us that false teachers would come, giving preference to empty human theories and philosophies over doctrine, and that many naive brethren who lack knowledge themselves would follow after them (Hos. 4:6; Matt. 7:15-27; Acts 20:28-32; Rom. 16:17-18; Gal. 1:6-10; Eph. 4:11-14; Col. 2:8; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; 4:1-2; 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:1-9; 4:1-5).

You can’t confess Christ while denying his Word, but that’s what you do when you do not take Genesis for what it says.  May we all choose to have faith which trusts in our God over men!