Ask Your Preacher
Is it a sin to wear pants?
One Leg At A Time
Dear One Leg At A Time,
We are guessing that your question has to do with women wearing pants. The Old Testament gives us the principle that women are to dress like women, and men are to dress like men (Deu 22:5). This concept of men avoiding looking effeminate and women looking feminine is reiterated in the New Testament (1 Cor 6:9, 1 Tim 2:9). In some cultures and time periods, only men wore/wear pants… other cultures have pants that are specifically tailored for women, and it would be quite noticeable and disturbing if men wore them! The key is that men are to dress like men, and women are to dress like women. Men should never look effeminate, and women aren’t to look masculine. Culture and current fashion will dictate the specifics of what we wear, but the principle remains the same throughout all ages.
Today, many older people cannot afford to marry due to funds they get each month for different reasons. They will lose part of their money. What does a christian do about this problem? Thank you.
Dear Social Insecurity,
There is a reason that the marriage vows include the words “for richer or for poorer”. We can certainly sympathize with difficult financial circumstances, but money problems aren’t an excuse for living together outside of wedlock. Young and old alike have financial considerations to factor in when getting married. God promises that if we trust Him and do what is right, He will always take care of us (Rom 8:28). If two people truly love each other and want to get married, then they should both count the cost and just say, “I do”. No matter what, it would be ungodly to have sexual relations outside of marriage (1 Cor 7:2).
I have heard many interpretations and predictions on what it is thought the mark of the beast will be. One of those thoughts is a microchip placed in your hand. Would it be wrong to implant my dogs with microchips? This seems to be the most effective way of keeping up with them and preventing them from getting lost, but is it wrong?
Devoted Dog Breeder
Dear Devoted Dog Breeder,
The verse you are referring to is Rev 14:9. However, take comfort – it isn’t referring to your pups. The book of Revelation is dealing with the struggle between christians and the idolatrous nation of Rome; therefore, it can’t be referring to modern microchipping, no matter what the televangelists and pop-culture preachers say.
It is important to remember that the book of Revelation is a book written with symbolic and figurative language (Rev 1:1). It is a vision the apostle John received on the island of Patmos that uses apocalyptic dream-like visions to teach on a real-life subject that was “soon to come to pass” and “at hand” (Rev 1:1 and Rev 1:3). Considering John wrote the book somewhere between 65 A.D. and 100 A.D. – we are about two thousand years too late for the vision to specifically apply to us. Today, you need to obey the Gospel in order to be in God’s light (1 Jn 1:5-6). We recommend that you read “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”, so that you can feel confident about what will save your soul. There is more to it than simply asking Jesus into your life, but it has nothing to do with unmarked hands or microchipping.
Where in the Bible does it say that the kingdom is the church? From my reading, the kingdom is still in the future when Christ comes back.
Looking For Citizenship
Dear Looking For Citizenship,
Jesus and John the Baptist said the kingdom was near (Matt 3:1-2, Matt 4:17). Jesus taught His disciples that the kingdom would come within their lifetime (Matt 16:28). Jesus also taught that His kingdom wouldn’t be a physical kingdom, but a spiritual one (Lk 17:20-21, Jhn 18:36). Jesus used the terms ‘church’ and ‘kingdom’ interchangeably (Matt 16:18-19). The Bible teaches that you enter them both through baptism (Jhn 3:3, Acts 2:41). The Bible teaches that God is calling people into the church (1 Cor 1:2), and He is calling people into the kingdom (1 Thess 2:12). Lastly, Paul says that the christians who are in the church are also in the kingdom (Col 1:13). The church is synonymous with the kingdom.
What is with Mormons?
Scratching My Head
Dear Scratching My Head,
Those well-dressed, bike-helmet wearing young men traveling in pairs through your community are known as Mormons, and they are part of the Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). The LDS church was formed in the early 1800s by a man named Joseph Smith, Jr. Joseph Smith professed to have been visited by the angel, Moroni. Supposedly, Moroni directed Mr. Smith to a set of golden plates which he then dug up and translated from their ancient language into English. This “translation” is known as the Book of Mormon and is one of four books that the LDS church uses for guidance.
Okay, now that we’ve explained who they are, let’s see what the Bible says about Mormonism. God tells us that even if an angel preaches a different message than the Bible, he is accursed (Gal 1:8). That means that even if Moroni were real, Joseph Smith shouldn’t have listened to him. Secondly, the Bible tells us everything we need to know about life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). We are also told to never add or subtract from the Word of God (Rev 22:18-19). Either the Book of Mormon says more than the Bible – in which case, we shouldn’t listen to it, or it says exactly the same thing as the Bible – in which case, we don’t need it! Ultimately, the LDS church is a false religion that is leading people astray and destroying their souls.