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I know some of you will say God looks upon the heart. The Old Testament is an example to us and God laid out a dress code. Now some will say, but what about the poor. Please save this rational for the ignorant. “Study to show thyself unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.
The following is an article written by pastor, Bob Hess:
The attitude today is: “Bring on the entertainment and forget all of that “boring”, “exclusive” and “divisive” preaching stuff”. I had a preacher tell me one time that “…a church never grows above her pastor’s spiritual example”. This “dress-down” business in the pulpit to impress those who come to services, is nothing more than showing disrespect to the King of kings that the pastor represents. It is the first step in “down-playing” certain things that people need in order to follow Christ. Next is softening the message. Stop teaching about the wrath of God and of a place called “Hell”. Then, just teach about the Love of God. Forget about preaching about “particular sins” and “lifestyles” because someone’s feelings may get hurt and they won’t come back. Don’t make people follow in their Bibles, just flash scriptures on a screen. It takes too long for them to find the references (finding references is part of learning since they don’t have the movie screen when they are looking for things when not in church). We are not in the pulpit to impress or entertain, but to preach the TRUTH and to set an example of the respect that is do to the King of kings and Lord of lords. What goes on inside the walls of that church building and behind that pulpit is SERIOUS BUSINESS. You don’t see the representatives of the President or the kings of this earth representing them in “everyday” dress or the “dress down” styles that preachers do in the pulpits today”. All that is amounts to nothing more than trying to build numbers and not to give an example to ALL who attend services. The apostle Paul said “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” in First Corinthians 11:1. The word follow, in the Greek means to imitate. Again, in First Corinthians 4:16 he said “Wherefore, I beseech you be ye followers of me.” Then in Philippians 3:17 he writes “Brethren, be followers together of me…”. In Second Thessalonians 3:9 he wrote “Not because we have not authority, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.” I know that this makes the “progressive” group angry, but that is life. I guess having grown up in the age when preachers were known, even when walking in a crowd by their appearance, actions and respect for the office and pulpit behind which they stood. My mother and dad, in my early years, were not very religious. But, the actions and habits that some displayed as the progressive began in its earlier years, caused even them to question the sincerity of those progressive pastors. This is just my opinion. Some reading may have a different one. One day we will stand before the Lord and He will disclose what HE feels about it and how we carried out HIS commission. 1. Go out and as you go win. 2. Bring those who are WON in. 3. Immerse them. 4. Teach them TO OBSERVE His teachings. That is the commission. It is NOT to come down to the standards of the world, but to bring people UP to the standards of Christ by SETTING PROPER EXAMPLES and TEACHING and PREACHING with words and living examples.
“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28.
“Even as” has the connotation that whatever one is doing, it parallels something or someone else. Christ is definitely an impeccable example to follow.
Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). When we walk in His Light, there is no way we can not be good examples. Sounds like a great deal with an awesome guarantee. Follow Him, and you will be an example to follow. Paul invited his disciples to follow him as he followed Christ. We have many little and big people hanging onto our shirt tails. If we are walking in Jesus’ Light, they can’t go wrong.
When I was a child, I thought my grandfather, Allen Riley, was God. I followed him everywhere. He was a four foot eleven inch, Irish leprechaun with curly black eyebrows across his forehead. I basically worshiped him. He could do no wrong. Then, I grew up and could easily rest my arm on his shoulder, but he never stopped being ten feet tall. Many people will excel or fall because of their example. If our example is a reflection of Jesus, those who follow us can’t go astray as they follow Jesus in us.
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it” (Luke 9:23, 24).
When we look down the path of a Christian’s life, we see two sets of footprints, one behind the other. When there’s only one set of prints, Jesus is carrying somebody on His shoulders.