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Christian Women With Weave, Was Your Hair Offered To Idols?

Posted by Job on October 14, 2009

Let us remember the verdict of the Jerusalem council of Acts 15 where the Jewish Christians decided the guidelines for sanctification and holy living for Gentile Christians. Consider this verse:

That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”

Now consider this nugget from an article on the movie “Good Hair“:

… the movie, “Good Hair” … details the lengths to which some black women and men will go for straight hair … from a hair salon where a 6-year-old maintains a stiff upper lip as a chemical relaxer sits on her scalp, to the temples of India where the hair women sacrifice in a religious ceremony is swept up, sent to factories and exported as weave

Of course, I know the difference between eating something and putting it in your hair. I also know that Paul liberated this principle from being made into legalism in 1 Corinthians 8. However, allow me to propose this:  humans generally need to eat meat in order to be healthy. So, if there was a choice between damaging your health by doing all that one possibly can to obey Acts 15:29 and thus becoming malnourished or eating meat and being healthy, Paul said to eat meat. Also the context of 1 Corinthians 8 is that the meat that had been offered to idols was then mixed and sold with all the other meat, and it was impossible to tell which meat was which.

So while Acts 15:29 made it unlawful to KNOWINGLY eat meat offered to idols – which is practicing idolatry – UNKNOWINGLY eating meat offered to idols was not idolatry and thereby harmless. The reason is that the prohibition is not on the meat itself, which was fine, but rather the idolatry, which is sin. So this was not  a choice between being an idolater and not being an idolater. Instead, it was a choice between not APPEARING to be an idolater and being malnourished, or APPEARING to be an idolater and being healthy. Paul’s reasoning was that appearances don’t matter, only the heart does, so go ahead, buy your meat at the market with no worries as to whether it was offered to idols or not – because it was impossible to tell – and eat it.

However, where meat serves a vital human need, I would argue that hair weave does not. It is entirely cosmetic. So even though it may be lawful, is it nonetheless expedient (1 Corinthians 6:12) for a Christian woman to adorn herself with hair offered to idols? Is such a thing edifying (1 Corinthians 10:23)? Is hair offered to idols and then sold for a price an appropriate covering (1 Corinthians 11:15) for the body of a Christian woman, seeing that such a body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) as opposed to a pagan temple filled with idols? And is acquiring and wearing costly weave that has been offered to idols a way of keeping 1 Timothy 2:9-10?

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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Now of course I am not going to claim that it is a sin for Christian women to use weave because it MIGHT contain hair offered to idols. Not only would I be guilty of violating 1 Corinthians in saying such a thing, but I would not even be able to rely on the literal interpretation of Acts 15 or Exodus 20:3-4 (the passages concerning idolatry specifically and practicing false religions – which includes participating in their rites and ceremonies – in general). Instead, I am just providing more information for Christian women (and men) to consider in our efforts to make better, more Christ-honoring decisions. After all, where does the idea to go out and put weave in your hair come from? Or the idea that we have to look a certain way come from? Generally the media, Hollywood, mass entertainment, Madison Avenue (commercials), and what have you. They sell you an image of beauty that is not real. I am not merely referring to this image because so much of it is literally fake, whether the product of airbrushing, lighting, cosmetic surgery, photo editing etc. but because it takes our minds and hearts away from the true beauty that is Jesus Christ that is revealed through us through the wonderful works of His creation (Romans 1) and causes us to exchange it for a lie, an image conceived not in God’s mind or made by God’s hands but rather created by man’s hands and conceived in his sinful, corrupt rebellious minds. And what are images conceived and made by man? Merely idols.

So the real issue is not that the hair MAY HAVE BEEN offered to some idol in some Hindu temple. The issue is that your DESIRE to use weave – wherever its origin – probably comes from looking at magazines, watching television, coming up with some false image of beauty that you desire. So, the false idol that is the problem is not in some temple in India, but rather is inside the temple of your own heart! And these false images and idols promoting a perverted, corrupted sense of beauty and attractiveness in the media have only two real purposes. The first is mammon, money. I fear continuing to sound like a leftist or socialist, but the fact is that these images are disseminated to cause you to buy the magazines that contain them, which contain still more images that cause you to want to buy the makeup, hair products, clothes etc. that make the magazine publishers a lot of money.

The second reason, make no mistake, is to challenge and attack Biblical notions of modesty, decency and sexuality. Most of the publications, TV shows, movies etc. that endlessly present these images also ceaselessly mock anything resembling notions of Biblical purity, including but not limited to marital fidelity. Even if they don’t directly attack it, they undermine it with the lie that a man and wife can sit and look at that junk 24/7 without either A) being tempted to stray (adultery) or B) fantasizing (which is also adultery Matthew 5:28), or similarly that our children can watch it without either being tempted to commit fornication or fantasizing about it. So similar to my challenge regarding tattoos, the issue is not whether weave is permissible according to scripture, but whether the motivation to get a weave is Christ-honoring in the first place.

That said, there may be many motivations for getting hair weaves that are completely legitimate, i.e. totally unrelated to wanting to look like the female vampires in these soft-core pornographic magazines and music videos. Some women may state that their husbands like the way that it looks. Others may profess that it is a look that they prefer for themselves. Others still assert that in their work environments (office or professional jobs, etc.) they must maintain a professional appearance. Again, I am in no sense asserting this to be some sort of law that has any bearing on anyone’s salvation, justification, sanctification or consecration. There are also many who may perceive me to be just totally off base, tilting at windmills and causing unnecessary division and confusion (stumblingblocks as it were) when I should focus only on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, risen, and will one day return. To such people, I apologize in advance, and please know that it is not my intent. Instead, my reason for dealing with this topic is this Biblical one: Christians, beware of and be separate from the world and things in it, whether it be its mindsets, its desires … or its idols. After all, we only have to look at the world of televangelism. Paula White, Medina Pullings, and many others are counted among those who market their own appearance, and tie it into their false health/wealth/family prosperity gospel doctrine. Jan Crouch, Juanita Bynum and Cathy DuPlantis are just among the many who proudly declare that they have had cosmetic surgery (or surgeries)! Extend it a little further and we have professed evangelical Christians Carrie Prejean’s lingerie modeling (and plastic surgery), Heidi Montag’s Playboy modeling, and Miley Cyrus pole dancing, all done for a little bit of fame and fortune that even were it to last 1000 years would be a mere flicker of an instant in the eternity that we will either spend with Jesus Christ in New Jerusalem or in the outer darkness where the worm never dies, the fire is never quenched, and there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. Again, the issue is not the weave, but the heart and where it lies.

However, for people who are considering the issues raised in this post, allow me to refer you to an expert on the topic by following the link below:

I’m a natural systah

Also, for those who may be wondering what all of this is about to begin with, please play the video below.
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Love And Law

Posted by Job on March 2, 2008

From Ronald Dart of http://borntowin.net

“Love is a better teacher than a sense of duty, at least for me”-so said Albert Einstein after being exposed to Mozart’s sonatas. He was studying violin at the time, and fell in love with Mozart. He reminded me of the author of the 119th Psalm who cried: “Oh! How love I thy law.” It also brought to mind the rather juvenile approach, “I obey God because I want to, not because I have to.”

I wish I had fallen in love with the piano, but I lacked the discipline to learn enough to fall in love. If Einstein had not reached a level of competence through duty, one wonders if he would ever have discovered the beauty of Mozart. My piano teacher lacked the ability to create in me a love for self-expression on the piano. She had no passion for it, and was unable to create the passion in me.

If you are like me, you probably had a very small handful of teachers who had a passion for their subject. I should say that, if you were lucky, you had that small handful.

It is a quirk of human nature that we don’t like to do as we are told. Adam and Eve were just fine with a hundred trees in the Garden of Eden, but there was one tree they were to leave strictly alone. However, they went straight to that tree and ate, when they could have eaten of the tree of life and lived forever. We are still paying for that mistake.

When you begin reading through the Bible, it isn’t long before you come up against the Law of God. It might be helpful to recall the quirk of human nature that doesn’t like to be told what to do. One thing about the Law of God that is not well understood is that, for the most part, compliance is entirely voluntary. There are exceptions when you enter society. The law prohibiting murder was not voluntary, and the civil authority could take the murderer’s life. But laws such as, “You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn” were purely voluntary. There were no animal rights people enforcing this law.

Tithing is the Law of God, but compliance is voluntary. I don’t see anything like the IRS in biblical law. So you can actually look at the Law of God and decide to do it or not do it. Why, then, would you obey it?

Years ago, I found a book about stocks by Justin Mamis titled When to Sell. I studied it diligently. I drew charts and graphs and measured the movement of stocks trying to time the moment to sell. In the process I learned something that an experienced investor could have told me. Most people who try to time the market end up buying high and selling low. This is not the recommended method of investing.

Maybe, I thought, I am not buying at the right time. So I bought the same author’s book When to Buy. I still ended up buying high and selling low. So I abandoned the stock market and invested in real estate instead. I decided to experiment with selling those two books on Ebay. The bidding ended, much to my astonishment, at $15. I still feel guilty about that, because I am certain they didn’t work any better for that guy than they did for me.

Why am I telling you all this? The reason is simple. In investing, you always do better where you have an edge. It may be that your edge is in knowledge of a given business.

What would it be worth if there was a book for sale that gave you an edge in everything you do? In life itself? Would you buy it? Well, as it happens, there is such a book, and by now you have figured out that I am talking about the Bible in general, and the Law of God in particular.

I could go on, but I would rather you listen to the message I presented recently titled Love and Law. Use the audio player below to listen, or just click here to download it. (Alternate Link)

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Ronald L. Dart

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Charles Spurgeon: Jesus Christ Drank Fermented Wine

Posted by Job on January 23, 2008

From SharperIron.org by Doug Kutilek at 1:00 am January 23, 2008. Filed under: Christian Living, Church History Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

“The Wines of the Bible: an Examination and Refutation of the Unfermented Wine Theory. By the Rev. A. M. Wilson. Hamilton, Adams & Co.

‘UNFERMENTED wine’ is a non-existent liquid. Mr. Wilson has so fully proved this that it will require considerable hardihood to attempt a reply. The best of it is that he is a teetotalert of more than thirty years’ standing, and has reluctantly been driven ‘to conclude that, so far as the wines of the ancients are concerned, unfermented wine is a myth.’ While total abstainers are content to make no assault upon the cup used at the Lord’s table, they work harmoniously with all who seek the welfare of their fellow men; but when they commence warfare upon that point they usually become more factious than useful: everything is then made subordinate to their one idea, and the peace of the church is disregarded. It is well, therefore, that one of themselves should protest against carrying a principle to extremes, and best of all that he should do so by showing that the theories which have been advanced are utterly untenable. We wish the utmost success to the abstinence cause, and, therefore, trust that there will be no pressing of the question of unfermented wine at the Communion, for it will not promote the cause, and will create much heartburning, and, worst of all, it will be contrary to the Divine precedent. The question is not necessary to the temperance movement, and we wish it had never been raised. Mr. Wilson has written the thick volume now before us to settle the matter, and we believe that he establishes beyond reasonable debate that the wines of the Bible were intoxicating, and that our Lord did not ordain jelly or syrup, or cherry juice to be the emblem of his sacrifice.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon The Sword and the Trowel, 1877, p. 437

Unfermented Communion Wine

A question having been raised, in The Christian Commonwealth, as to the wine used at the communion services at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Mr. Spurgeon wrote to the Editor as follows:—

Dear Sir,

We use Frank Wright’s unfermented wine at the Tabernacle, and have never used any other unfermented wine. I am given to understand that some of the so-called unfermented wine has in it a considerable amount of alcohol; but Mr. Wright’s is the pure juice of the grape. One person advertised his wine as used at the Tabernacle though we had never used it even on one occasion. So far as we are concerned, we use no wine but that produced by Messrs. Frank Wright, Mundy, and Co.

Yours truly,
C. H. Spurgeon”

C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, IV, p. 135 London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1900
(also reprinted in facsimile by Pilgrim Publications)

“Certain neighbours of mine laugh at me for being a teetotaler, and I might well laugh at them for being drunk, only I feel more inclined to cry that they should be such fools.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon Writing in the guise of his character “John Ploughman”
John Ploughman’s Pictures, pp. 41-2 Pilgrim Publications (Pasadena, Tex.) reprint, 1974

[For the best account known to me of Spurgeon’s reported ale- and wine-drinking in his younger days and his adoption of total abstinence, see C. H. Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore (Moody Press, 1984), pp. 181-183. For the best recent article on wine and alcoholic beverages in the Bible, see Norman Geisler, “A Christian Perspective on Wine-Drinking,” Bibliotheca Sacra, vol. 139, no.

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On Keeping The Law Romans 3:23

Posted by Job on October 29, 2007

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BIBLE MEDITATION: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Suppose you are driving down the road and a police officer stops you for running a red light. You say to the officer, “I ran a red light, but you have no right to give me a ticket because I have stopped at all the other streets, and I have obeyed the speed limit.” He responds, “Don’t tell me about all the things that you’ve done good. You’ve broken the law.” If you think that you’re going to be saved by keeping the law, then you must keep all of it because God demands perfection. No amount of obedience can make up for one act of disobedience. If you keep the whole law and yet offend in one point you are guilty of it all.

ACTION POINT: Read Romans 7:1— 8:4. Can you relate to Paul’s quandary about keeping the law and the war within his members concerning its requirement of absolute obedience?

Do you know Jesus?

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