Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

How often we are reminded of the brevity of life. We awake to find out that a family member or friend has passed away unexpectedly. Sometimes people will go to the doctor for some tests and they are informed that they only have a few months to live. The fact of the matter is that today may be our last and there is nothing we can do about it. God gives life and it’s God who takes it away (Job 1:21). Though we may not have a terminal disease, none of us are promised our next breath. We can die from nothing at all being wrong with us.

Scripture proves this fact – Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth”. This is also seen in – James 4:14 “Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away”.

It is an unchangeable fact that we could die today, at this very moment in time. Likewise, we live with the reality that Jesus could return at any moment. We say that we believe these truths, but do we really? If we truly believed that today could be our last we would do things completely different.

We should live in a way that if we knew for a fact that we would die tomorrow we wouldn’t have to change one single thing. This is possible, and this is exactly how every child of God should live.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Where Would You Go?

If you could go anywhere you wanted, where would it be? Would you go to a ballgame or a concert? Would you take a long vacation? Would you go hunting or fishing? Would you visit another part of America or another country? There is nothing wrong with any of these destinations, but nowhere is better than being in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

The Psalmist said “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps 84:10). It was clear where he desired to be, and his desire was honorable. David said in Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

Would You Go To A Worldly Place?

“The tents of wickedness”

The psalmist goes on to say that he would rather be a doorkeeper in the “House of God” than to dwell in “the tents of wickedness”. Notice the contrast: Tents are a temporary place a house is considered permanent. Anything this world has to offer is like that tent… it is temporary, but those things that God offers His children are permanent… better yet they are eternal.

Unfortunately, there are multitudes of people who choose the temporary over the eternal. Some people who receive a terminal diagnosis and decide that they are going to “live it up” during the time that they had left. As hard as they try, they never find that joy that they are seeking in the things of this world. They don’t find happiness or peace in alcohol, illegal drugs, or illicit sex. The wise of heart when they hear they have a terminal illness prepare to meet the Lord God. They do this because there is no place any better than being in the presence of the Lord.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Would You Surrender?

The Psalmist David was a man who had surrendered to the Lord. Notice that he addresses Him as “My God”. Surrendering to the Lord is the most important decision a man can make. If today truly could be your last day then no choice is more important than choosing to surrender to God. If you know that you have surrendered to Him then you have an obligation to spend all your days serving Him.

If Today Was Your Last Day

Would You Serve?

The Psalmist says that he would rather be the lowly doorkeeper in God’s house than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin.

As Christians, we are slaves to our Master. A slave can not choose to serve only when it was convenient for him. A slave does not reserve the right to refuse a task that is handed down from his Lord. A slave can not go off and do his own thing and then return to his master when he feels like it. A slave’s life is a life of consistent service to his master! “

“Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness” (Rom 6:16-18).

Jesus said in – John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.” – As slaves of Christ, we are required to serve Him! Many people today want to profess Jesus, but they want to continue to live life their way. They want to go where they want to go and they want to do what they want to do. They only want to serve Jesus when it is convenient for them. That is not how it works! We must spend our days faithfully serving the Lord. If today was your last day would it be spent serving your Master? If so, who is your Master? God or this World? “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24).

If Today Was Your Last Day

What Should You Do?

Foremost, even before your last day, you should have already obeyed the gospel of Christ and done your utmost to be faithful in every way. We should have already prepared for our last day upon the earth because that day can come upon us like a thief in the night (1 Thess 5:2 f; 2 Pet 3:10).

Jesus instructed us concerning the temporal and the eternal in – Matthew 6:19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. Let us first seek the kingdom of heaven and all the things we need to exist in life will be provided (Matt 6:33).

Each day of our life, let us study to be approved of God (2 Tim 2:15). Let us preach the Word of God in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). Let us prove all things and hold firm that which is good (1 Thess 5:21). Let us earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3). Let us put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11-18). Let us help all who are in need, especially the saints of God (Gal 6:10). Let us do all the Lord asks us to do each and every day of our life, and come our last day we shall rejoice in the full assurance of our salvation is come upon us. Then can we utter with confidence the words of the apostle Paul: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Tim 4:7,8).


Temptation is around every corner these days. It is not only in our communities but in our own houses in which we live. We find it on T.V., Radio, magazines, and that ever growing internet. No person is exempt from temptation. We know the Devil has his role to play in our temptations. The Bible calls him “the tempter” (Matt 4:3). He is our enemy, who like a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he might devour (1 Pet 5:8). Satan tempts all men through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 Jn 2:16). He is powerful, but we know that first century saints were able to overcome him: “. . . you have overcome the wicked one” (1 Jn 2:13). With God’s help, we can overcome him as well. Just what can you and I do to overcome his temptation?

A Strong Desire to Overcome Satan

If we are going to overcome the Devil, then we must first possess the desire to do that. The Bible says, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall” (2 Pet 1:10). Diligence to overcome comes from your desire within.

Resist Satan

Overcoming the devil does not happen by accident! “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jam 4:7). Some Christians fail to overcome temptation because they never really try to resist the tempter. How can we resist him? “Resist him, steadfast in the faith” (1 Pet 5:9). What else helps in our resistance? “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11-18).

Fill our Heart with God’s Word

If our heart (mind) is filled with the Word of God, then we will know what is right and wrong in the sight of God and this will help us be prepared in advance when the devil tempts us. The Psalmist David wrote, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps 119:11). Christians are instructed, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col 3:16).I have written unto you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one” (1 Jn 2:14). If we will follow this instruction, then we will be better prepared to overcome the evil one.

Imitate the Example of Jesus

What did Jesus do when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness? Each time He was tempted, He said to Satan, “It is written,” then He quoted the Word of God. Like Jesus, we should use “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph6:17) when we do battle with the tempter.

Flee from Sin

Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on” (Prov 4:14,15). The New Testament says, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity . . . Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Tim 2:19,22).

   Look for a Way of Escape

“. . . but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13). God promised an avenue of escape but it’s up to us to take it.

Watch and Pray

Jesus told His weary apostles, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41).

The devil does not want any of us to go to heaven. He uses every means at his disposal to get us off course. If we are serious about overcoming him, then each of the seven things that have been noted above is essential in our fight against him.

Taking God At His Word

Do you remember coming up as a child and having your mother say to you, “Mark my word young man”! It got your attention, didn’t it? It was her way of saying, “I mean what I am about to say, so pay attention to me.” As an adult, several things get our attention fairly quickly but none quicker than the law itself. We obey man’s laws because of the police and the courts which back them up. If we don’t, eventually we will pay the price. It’s not that much different with God and His law. The only difference is God has the power to throw both soul and body in hell (Matt 10:28).

There are many approaches to God’s Word among men these days. The atheist says it is just a production of man and that there is no God. The agnostic sees enough evidence to doubt the atheist but not enough to believe that the Bible is the product of an all-powerful God. The denominational world twists, misinterprets, and misapplies God’s Word. The liberal-minded sees it only as a love letter and lives by only those Scriptures they deem relevant. The radical reads more into the text than what is actually there and binds what God has not. One thing is for certain, it is absolutely essential that all men take the word of God seriously if they intend to enter into the Promiseland!

The Word of God will be accomplished, regardless of how men view it. Jesus said that the Word of God is what will judge us on the last day (Jn 12:48). He told his disciples that while heaven and earth would pass away “My words shall not pass away” (Jn 21:33). It is interesting that Jesus speaks these words immediately after his prophecy of the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem.

When Jesus used the phrase, “Verily, verily I say unto you”, he was emphasizing the imperativeness of what he was about to say.  The word “Verily” or “Amen” in the KJV appears 129 times. In other words, the Word of God is saying to us, “Mark my words,” “I tell you the truth,” or “Most assuredly”. God is trying to convey to us in the most urgent way that I am not playing with you when it comes to what I am speaking to you. Yet, despite God’s Word trying to gain our utmost attention,  we seemingly are not taking God seriously. Question for us spiritually, what does it take for God to get our attention? Will it take hell itself or will we take God at His Word?

The Word of God made it plain when it proclaimed, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:16). It is just as plain when Paul warned, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thess 1:7-9). The Word of God was described by the Hebrew writer like this: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb 4:12-13).

How many will continue to ignore the warnings of Jesus and be lost? Will we be faithful to our calling and responsibility to know, live, and spread God’s word? Or will we hear the saddest words known to mankind, “…I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matt 7:23).

The Church Christ Built

Whether you know it or accept it as fact, all churches are not the same. Not even all local churches of Christ are the same. Some churches are different in their organizational arrangement. Some churches are different in their goals and purposes for existence. Some churches are different in their doctrines and traditions which they practice.

Perhaps you are looking for a church which is striving to be like the one you read about in the New Testament? If you are, then you need to seek a church which is speaking where the Bible speaks and is silent where the Bible is silent. “If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11).

The Church Is NOT A Social Club

The Church building should not contain a kitchen, a banquet hall, or a gymnasium. This church should not sponsor ball teams, conduct concerts, or secular activities. Wholesome social and secular activities are important in the life of a Christian, but God made a distinction between the responsibilities of the home and the church. “What? have you not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise you the church of God and shame them that have not?” (1 Cor. 11:22,34). The church of Christ should specialize in being a church, and encourage parents to specialize in building good and moral homes.

Jesus purchased the church by His own blood, and it was thereby established for spiritual purposes (Eph. 5:25-27 f;1 Pet. 2:5). The gospel is God’s power to draw men (Rom. 1:16 f; Jn 6:44-45), and whether young or old, all who sincerely seek to please God will be held by good spiritual food.

A Church Like Christ Built

Is it Possible in the 21st century to have a church like Christ intended in the first century? Yes, since seed always reproduces after its own kind, the church can exist today just like the one of the first century. The word of God is the spiritual seed (Lk 8:11 f; 1 Pet. 1:23), and when it is obeyed without addition or subtraction, then the characteristics of New Testament Christianity will be reproduced. In other words, we have the blueprint which produced first-century churches of Christ, that is, the New Testament.

What Is Our Organizational Structure? Other local congregations just like this one exist throughout the world, but there is no headquarters on earth. Each local church is independent and self-governing. Christ is our only head (Eph. 1:22-23), and the Bible is our only creed (Gal. 1:6-8 f; 2 Jn 1:9). Within the framework of each congregation qualified men are appointed to serve as “elders” (1 Tim. 3 f; Titus 1). Their authority is only to teach and administer the Word of God, and their allegiance is only to Christ. Elders do not oversee the work of another congregation nor any “brotherhood work”. They oversee only the work of the flock of God “among them” (1 Pet 5:2 f; Acts 20:28).

What Is Our Goal Or Purpose For Existence? You should find that in the church reading and studying of God’s Word. The church’s primary mission is to preach the gospel by grace through faith.  Our purpose for existence is therefore spiritual in nature. “You also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 2:5). Being a spiritual house, we meet to worship God just as Christians did in the New Testament days. We are careful to do as they did, namely to sing, preach, and pray, and on the first day of the week we partake of the Lord’s supper and give as God has prospered us (Acts 20:7 ff; 1 Cor. 14:15; 1 Cor. 16:2; 1 Tim 2:8). We try to be equally careful not to add anything to our worship that He has not authorized lest we worship God in “vain” (Matt. 15:7-9).

How Can One Become A Member Of This Church? The answer is quite simple_just become a Christian as Christ commanded his disciples preach to the world (Matt 28:18-20 f; Mk 16:15,16)! When one is saved, he is added by the Lord to the church. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47). Who should be saved? All those who believed and confessed that Jesus was the Christ, (Rom 10,9,10) and all who repented and were baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Obeying these commandments makes a person a Christian. We wear no other name than Christ’s and seek to be no other kind of church than the one described in the New Testament.

Differences Between Local Churches Of Christ

Yes, divisions have occurred just like they did among some of the churches in the first century (1 Cor. 1:10-13 f; Gal. 1:6-7). We are saddened by this division just as God must be (1 Cor. 14:33), and we continue to work that the unity for which Jesus prayed may exist (Jn 17:20-23). However, the Bible predicted that some would “depart from the faith” (1 Tim. 4:1) and would “not endure sound doctrine” (2 Tim. 4:2-4).

Different attitudes toward Bible authority is the basic cause of all religious division. “Let us speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent” is to some only a slogan and not a commitment. When people cease demanding biblical authority for all that they say and do religiously, they will soon depart from the faith and will adopt ways that please the world and themselves (2 Jn 1:9 ff; Matt. 7:21-23; Matt. 15:7-9).

Some “churches of Christ” play an instrument of music in their worship. We reject instrumental music because the Bible is silent about any use of them when Christians worshipped. Singing is the only kind of music authorized by the New Testament (cf. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).

We are also different from some churches which make a plea for “grace” and “unity” but who in reality seek compromise. Many of the words they use sound Biblical, but the message they preach is non-distinctive. “Union” – not “unity” – is the result of this spirit of open fellowship of all kinds of different doctrines. Unity must be based on doing God’s will in God’s way, not just on pleasing the majority (Eph. 4:3-7 f; Lk 6:46). Christians must be of “one mind” striving for “the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27 f; 1 Cor. 1:10).

Likewise, we reject the practice found only among modern churches of promoting and subsidizing human institutions to do a good work in the name of the church (e.g., colleges, hospitals, benevolent institutions). Some have shifted the work of the church to a different “who” and have relegated the church to the role of being fundraisers to subsidize these self-governed institutions. While charitable and educational businesses may do much good, they are an unscriptural addition to God’s arrangement when they become an extension of the Lord’s church. God designed the church and made it sufficient to accomplish its own work in evangelism, edification, and benevolence (Acts 6:1-7 f; 1 Pet 5:2-3).

What must one do since there are these differences? No headquarters exist on earth to tell us where to work and worship as a Christian. Nor is there an official council to enforce its creed or withdraw from and expel a congregation. Therefore individual Christians need foremost to search the scriptures for themselves to learn God’s pattern of the Lord’s church (1 Jn 4:1). Then they need to search until they find a church whose leadership is committed to following a “thus saith the Lord.”

Is there only one baptism approved of by God’s Word? Yes, only one, according to Ephesians 4:5. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Which baptism is the one approved of by God since many are mentioned in scripture? The answer is discovered in Acts 19:1-7. Here, we are told that while in Ephesus Paul baptized (immersed in water) 12 men in the name of Jesus.

Paul did exactly what Peter taught thousands to do in Acts 2:38. He was doing the same thing Philip did in Samaria (Acts 8:12) and with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:35-38). Each of these men, Peter, Philip and Paul simply taught the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (the Gospel: 1 Cor 15:1-4) and then baptized those who believed in the name of Jesus, that is, by his authority. We know by the commandments of Jesus and his apostles that all who heard the gospel and believed in their heart that Jesus was the Christ and confessed such with their mouth (Rom 10:10), and who had repented of their sins (Lk 13:3) were granted baptism (Acts 2:38).

Notice that the apostle Paul baptized the men in Ephesus in the name of Jesus despite the fact that they had already been baptized under the baptism of John. Obviously, the one baptism was not the baptism of John.

The men at Ephesus had also not been baptized with the Holy Spirit, as they confessed to Paul that they had not heard whether there was a Holy Spirit. After they had been baptized in Jesus name, Paul laid his hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. The one baptism then is not Holy Spirit baptism. Baptism in Jesus’ name is the same one Ananias had encouraged Paul to receive, according to Acts 9:17-18 and Acts 22:12-16.

Baptism in the name of Jesus was what Peter and Philip preached. Ananias was sent by Jesus himself to baptize Paul in his name. Paul baptized the Ephesians in Jesus’ name. These men were simply fulfilling what Jesus himself had taught in Matthew 28:18-20.

The one baptism found in Ephesians 4:5 is the one Jesus gave us to the end of the age. Thus what Jesus said after his resurrection is true today as it was then: “And he said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not shall be condemned.” All who obey not the gospel shall be punished with everlasting destruction. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thess 1:7-9).

Signs of a Dying Church

The first stage for any church to reverse negative trends is awareness or, to state in another way, confronting the brutal realities.

Many churches in America will close their doors in the coming years, and many of them will die because they refuse to recognize problems before they became irreversible.

So, it is with both sorrow and great love for local churches that I share a pattern that is increasingly common. I call it “the six stages of a dying church.”

  1. Denial. The church is declining numerically, but no one seems concerned. Fewer people are reached with the gospel, but no alarm sounds. The church’s impact on the community is negligible, but life continues in the church like nothing has happened.
  2. Recalibration. There is a sense that something’s wrong in the church, so the church responds in one of two ways. Do more of what we are doing that has proven ineffective. Or, secondly, seek a “magic bullet” program, emphasis, or new pastor. The church does not really want to change. It just thinks it needs an adjustment.
  3. Anger. Church leaders and members begin to recognize that the magic bullet did not reverse the negative trends, so they deflect the blame. It’s the denominations fault. It’s those young people who don’t respect the way we’ve always done it. It’s the messed-up culture. It’s the people in our community who stopped attending churches. The anger in these churches is palpable.
  4. Exodus. The church had been losing members gradually to this point, but now the outflow increases. Even those who don’t officially leave attend less frequently. The worship service is desolate on Sunday mornings. The anger in the church moves to demoralization.
  5. Desperation. For the first time since the dying process began, the remaining members say they are more open to new ideas and change. However, their words are more words of desperation than conviction. They now see the handwriting on the wall. Their church will soon die.
  6. Death. The church becomes another sad and tragic statistic. At best, the church deeds its property to a healthy church. The process from denial to death in the recent past would take as many as thirty years. Today, the process is much shorter, ten years or less.

Churches have broken free from the death stages, but they are rare. The longer the church waits to make substantive changes, the more difficult it becomes to reverse the path. It’s significantly easier to make changes at stage one than stage four.

Also, keep in mind that nearly nine out of ten of the churches that die are in communities that are growing. The problem is not a shortage of people. The problem is a shortage of courage, commitment, and sacrifice.

Dressing Like A Harlot

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Even so, when we dress like the world, we are desirous to gain the fruits of the world. Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, you will know them” (Matt 7:16-20). The words of Proverbs 7:6-27, is a passage worth reading because it warns against the wiles of the harlot who seeks to seduce another into the destruction of his soul.

Here we find a foolish young man seeking sexual experimentation goes to a “worldly-wise woman whose character is known by the manner in which she dresses. This is a boisterous woman who despises to be in subjection to her husband. She is too active to give adequate care to her home and children because she is occupied trying to appear seductive. She has a face hardened by sin, and can no longer blush (Ezra 9:6 f; Jer. 6:15 cf; 8:12). She persuades her victim using flattery to inebriate him.

This young man is described by the writer of Proverbs as a fool who goes blindly and willingly to his own destruction, not knowing just how great a price he must pay for his indiscretions!

The description of this woman makes it clear that she was a harlot. What is a harlot? The word “harlot” here describes a person who is willing to engage in sexual behavior with someone to whom she is not legally married. The more modern day word for a “harlot” is a “whore”.

If one is available for purposes of sexual immorality, how does one advertise this fact? One way, clearly, is to dress in “the attire or dress of a harlot.” What is the attire of a harlot? Proverbs 7 does not give a description of the “attire of a harlot” or of anyone else’s attire, for that matter. So then, what is the attire of a harlot? The attire of a harlot is any manner of dressing which communicates the message of sexual interest so that there is the underlying implication of sexual availability, the freedom from shame and moral or spiritual restraints.

On the other hand, one who wishes to communicate the message of chastity and moral restraint will studiously avoid dressing in a manner which raises doubt about moral character!

There are many modem ways to wear the “attire of a harlot.” Women may wear the attire of a harlot by either overdressing or underdressing. Dressing in a garish manner, wearing too much makeup, wearing slinky gowns, etc., may be as much the attire of an harlot as underdressing in the skimpy shorts, halter tops, modern swimwear, miniskirts, any attire revealing private parts, etc., all characteristic of those who wish to send the signal – “I am available.” Every such woman is either telling the truth or lying by her manner of dress. If she is telling the truth, she is guilty of the sins of lasciviousness and fornication. If she is lying by her manner of dress she is guilty of the sins of lasciviousness and lying. There is just no “Christian” way to wear “the attire of a harlot.”

And what about the men? Can they, and do they, not also wear the “attire of a harlot”? It is becoming more characteristic for men to communicate their lack of morals through various stages of undress and various manners of dress. The more abbreviated male swimwear is coming into vogue which is designed to emphasize the male genitals; shirts are worn unbuttoned to reveal the chest hair; shirts and trousers are worn too tightly, or wearing no shirt at all in order to communicate availability. Male homosexuals sometimes wear a ring in one ear or both to advertise themselves.

All of these things shout one message loud and clear; they are the signals of the decay of the morals of a nation. We are becoming a nation of fornicators – and we advertise it. Celebrities seek a public forum to boast of it. And slowly citizens seek opportunities to imitate the lifestyles of the rich and famous!

No thoughtful Christian who wants to do right will be guilty of wearing the “attire of a harlot” because to do so is to be guilty of lasciviousness, which is a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). The penalty for lasciviousness is that those guilty cannot “inherit the kingdom of God.” In other words, those guilty of dressing like a harlot will spend an eternity in Hell.

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