The Fall and Rise of Christian Standards
Xulon Press, 2005 - 208 oldal
If you associate dress standards with legalism, this book will positively rock your world! For those seeking a balance between nit-picky rules and permissiveness, it's an indispensable resource. What about legalism and freedom in Christ? What if I'm not convicted? Isn't God just interested in our hearts? These questions and many more are answered with biblical reason and logic. Using the wall of Jerusalem as an analogy, the reality of the church's cultural accommodation is clearly illustrated: the ruins of modesty, dignity, and gender distinction. The case for biblically based standards is established through practical understanding of relevant scriptural principles and their legitimate application to the polarizing issue of personal standards. This is a makeover for the church from the inside out!
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Section 1 Surveying the Ruins
Ashes for Beauty
Section 2 Clearing the Rubble
Legalism The Imaginary Giant
Understanding Freedom in Christ
What If Im Not Convicted?
Can We Be Too Different to Attract Others?
Does Blessing Mean Approval?
Should women wear pants?
Isnt God just interested in our heart condition?
If a man has lustful thoughts because of how a woman is dressed isnt that his problem?
How short is too short?
Isnt it wrong to make judgments about others based on how they are dressed?
If the message is true does the appearance or technique of the messenger matter?
Are Christians to be visibly different from the world?
How can modesty be fostered in a degenerate culture?
Section 3 Laying the Foundation
Understanding Biblical Modesty
Understanding the Identity Principle
Section 4 Let the Building Begin
Understanding Bible Passages About Dress and Appearance
Whats wrong with tattoos and body piercing?
Men Rise Up and Build
Section 5 So Built We the Wall
What Does a Biblical View of Dress and Appearance Look Like?
The Finishing Touch
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