Biblically Abstaining from the Appearance of Evil
1Th 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
You can look like a Christian and not be one but you CAN’T be a Christian and not look like one.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(secret on the hand or openly)
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.(openly)
Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault(without sin) before the throne of God.
The way to LIFE is NARROW…. The way to hell is BROAD. You must keep the MORAL LAW of GOD to enter heaven. A Christian is a slave to righteousness… We have to walk in the LIGHT and have absolutely nothing to do with darkness.
2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
You can’t mix light with darkness without the light becoming darkness. God let the heathen armies destroy Israel two times because of disobedience. X-MASS, Easter, St. Valentine’s Day, Halloween, etc are all an abomination to a Holy God. They are pagan so don’t believe the lies. X-MASS & Easter was just an excuse to bring paganism in the church(to appease them). If satan can just reconcile in people’s minds christianity with darkness, then he has them in his hands. There are powerful bankers behind all these abominations. Trillions are wasted on these abominable “holidays” worldwide each year as the world starves to death! This is why church leaders are necessary to keep corruption from their flock. We need to stay AWAY from bars, nightclubs, etc. It’s really wise to stay away from any place that serves alcohol. Many will try to use the strawman that ungodly things could happen at the grocery store, this is simply ridiculous.
Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness(sexual immorality), not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
2 single people of the opposite sex going out to dinner, etc is setting yourself for temptation and/or being falsely accused. An appearance of evil! Heathen people know the places that Christians should not be in and they know the fakes from a mile away. We need to be blameless not only before God, but men also. People should have no just complaint before us.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The need to disassociate from darkness means to not listen to ungodly music. Teaching click here. Same applies to freakish hairstyles and a man to have long hair, braids, colors, etc. (or for a woman to have short hair, dy their hair, etc is all rooted in dark principales). A study on modesty here.
Same goes for sporting events. What ungodliness happens at sporting events? Swearing, not compatible with being a Christian, ungodly music, ungodly dress, fighting, idolatry, etc… Click here for the “sports” rebuke… TIM TEBOW is “EXHIBIT A” of a heathen! He runs around with his shirt off, dates worldly woman, go to ungodly country music concerts, and the list goes on and on. It’s a reproach to the Cross of Christ! Even associating with guys who promote Tim Tebow (and the like, ungodly souls) are in sin too!
Makeup – Jezebel tried to use makeup to seduce Jehu… Also fancy hairstyles promote harlotry. Who are YOU trying to look good for??? You are going to great means to be seductive and look “better” which will stumble other. Think about it. You do these things for ONE REASON ONLY. To become more ATTRACTIVE! This also relates to jewelry… why wear it??
1Ti 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness(not seeking to be noticed) and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
1Ti 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
What does God say wins a husband?? Makeup? Jewelry???
1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1Pe 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1Pe 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
1Pe 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
What do you put on? Christ!
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Most will try to use 1 Cor 9:19-27 as they preach the gospel. This is not saying to adapt to evil. It’s not to give an offense unnecessarily, NOT to apoint of yoking with sin/sinners.
1Co 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1Co 9:20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
1Co 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. (Paul stayed under the MORAL LAW of CHRIST which was from the beginning. He NEVER associated with darkness to gain souls.)
1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak((he did not flaunt his strengths as to not scare them away), that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1Co 9:23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Many will try to use Romans 14 to argue against the appearance of evil… This is speaking about certain meat, celebrating birthdays, etc. If there is no darkness in these things, let them be AND if they are not putting those standards on others, then they are OK.
Who are you hanging out with? Sinners? Watch what the bible says:
Pro 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Pro 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
Pro 22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Pro 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Pro 24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Pro 24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
Pro 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Pro 24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Lot was destroyed by this unequal yoking. Even when he left sodom he came to disgrace…! Influence was upon himself with the wicked lifestyle he yoked with, thus, he prostituted his daughters!
Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
HIS unity is being sanctified and ruled by the word and conformed by the word.