Part 1: Social Acceptances

TEXT: I Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…”

I. Clothing
Appearance makes a social statement of our view of life and how we would like those around us to interact with us – tramp, loose, lack of respect

Three principles for Christian apparel
1. Modesty (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.”)
--In Bible times certain styles carried connotations of worldliness
--Realize men are tempted by visual images
--Do not wear revealing or tight clothing

2. Gender (Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”)
--Why is a separation of men’s and women’s clothing important in the scripture?
--Pagan worship -- heathen men wore the attire of a woman and committed whoredom in the temple; women did the same.
What does this scripture teach?
No transvestites
Deception is a sin
Should be a distinction between the two genders

3. Appropriateness at church (Exodus 3:5 “And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”)
Bible days = respect shown by taking of shoes

Rules for clothing in church
Rule 1: Appropriate cloths should be worn
Rule 2: Clothing should convey an attitude of respect and admiration for God

II. Movies
Psalms 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Problem: What you see influences you and becomes a permenant part of you.

III. Drinking
Ephesians 5:18 "Be not drunk with wine, wherein in excess, but be filled with the Spirit."

“We’ll they drank wine in the Bible”
--Wine in the Bible was not unfermented grape juice
--The wine that Jesus drank was fermented

Two kinds of wine consumption in the Bible
--Strong drink
--Diluted (for water purification) anywhere form 10:1 to 20:1
--Example: 2 beers equal to 22 glasses of diluted if mixed 3:1
--Impossible to get intoxicated on water diluted for purification purposes.
--Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

IV. Gambling
Isaiah 65:11-12 “But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop (good luck fortune), and that furnish the drink offering unto that number (bad luck destiny). 12Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.”