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Should Christians Avoid Wearing Jeans on Sunday Mornings?

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June 13, 2024 5:00 pm

Should Christians Avoid Wearing Jeans on Sunday Mornings?

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Episode 1510 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.

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  1. What is the "Law of Christ"? 2. Should pastors correct people for wearing jeans at church? 3. How can I respond when people try to disprove the Bible by misquoting it? 4. What should I look for in a worship service?     Today’s Offer: How To Keep Your Faith After High School   Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.   View our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone.

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Should Christians Avoid Wearing Jeans on Sunday Mornings? That's just one of the questions we'll be answering on today's edition of CORE Christianity. Hi, it's Bill Meyer, along with Pastor Adriel Sanchez, and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Bible and the Christian life every day. You can call us with your question. Here's our phone number, 833-THE-CORE.

Your question there. That's 833-843-2673. You can also post your question on one of our social media sites, and you're always welcome to email us at questionsatcorechristianity.com. First up today, let's go to Donna calling in from Missouri. Donna, what's your question for Adriel?

Yeah, thank you for taking my call. My question is, if we're not under the Moses's commandments anymore and we're under the law of Christ, what exactly is the law of Christ? Hey Donna, thank you for that excellent question. So we aren't under the law of Moses anymore, not in the sense that that we were outside of Christ. Outside of Jesus, before we had faith in Jesus Christ, the law was over us to condemn us. When we are united to Jesus Christ through faith, pictured in baptism there, when we're united to Jesus, we were dead or became dead to the law, so that the law no longer stands over us to condemn us. And Paul talks about this in Romans chapters 6 and 7 in particular. We've been set free from the law. Now the law has no more power over us to condemn us, to kill us, but that doesn't mean that we're then, you know, called to live lawless lives or that the law doesn't have any relationship to us.

Certainly not. And Paul, you know, he's the one where we get this language of the law of Christ from a couple of places. One, in Galatians chapter 6, he says in verse 2, bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.

That language is something we also find in 1 Corinthians chapter 9 in verse 21. To those outside the law, I became as one outside the law. They're speaking of his ministry to the Gentiles. I became as one outside the law, not being outside the law of God, he says, but under the law of Christ that I might win those outside the law. You remember when Jesus was with his disciples in the upper room in John chapter 13, and he's getting ready to depart from them, he's giving them this upper room discourse as it's come to be called, and he says, a new commandment I give to you, a new commandment that you should love one another, even as I have loved you. Now, I think that's a great summary of the law of Christ, and you come to find that that doesn't contradict the law of Moses, because the summary of the law, as we're told throughout the New Testament, is that we love God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and that we love our neighbor as ourselves. This is what Christ himself was calling us to. And so no longer under the law of Moses, we can't be condemned by it, we're set free to follow the law of Christ in Christ, to love God, and to love one another. And that looks like, as Paul says in Galatians chapter 6 verse 2, bearing each other's burdens. Love is the ultimate fulfillment of the law, and so we might say that that's specifically what our Lord is getting at. And I appreciate that question, and again, the big distinction there is we don't do that in order to be justified.

We're not under the law that can't condemn us anymore, we do that as those who have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ, and now set free to love God as we should. Thanks, Donna. That's what the gospel is all about. Thanks for that, Adriel. Great response. This is Core Christianity with Pastor Adriel Sanchez. Let's go to Dennis calling in from Nebraska. Dennis, what's your question for Adriel?

Yeah, thanks for taking my call. I'm a 69-year-old man. I wear a clean white cotton polisher and clean blue jeans with no holes in the church. In the middle of a sermon, the last time I attended church, the reverend out of nowhere said, you would wear nice clothes to a job interview, why would you wear blue jeans and a t-shirt to church? And being the only member of the congregation dressed like that and attended that church for two years, I felt kind of personally called out. At that point, COVID came along and the church quit having service for a couple years, but that's the third time that, you know, moving around and going to three different churches that I've been called out on that. I can afford nice clothes, I just don't feel that I have to worry about what I wear as long as it's not distracting to any other congregation.

I guess I wonder what your thoughts are on that. Dennis, my thoughts are, one, part of my heart breaks to hear that from the pulpit, you know, a pastor is making you feel like you're sinning because you're wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt, a white polo. It's just totally inappropriate, I think. I mean, Christians are, pastors are called to address sin, to call out wicked behavior, but it's these kinds of things that I think drive people away from the church.

And so that's why I said my heart breaks. Frankly, I'm sorry that that happened to you. I just think that that's totally inappropriate. Now, certainly, you know, things like modesty and how we dress and not wanting to be a distraction to the people around us, I think that's fair, that's good, right? Like, you know, somebody walks in and they're wearing a Halloween costume and they're trying to make a stir or something like that. Well, yeah, you know, maybe not during the sermon, maybe beforehand saying, hey, you know, brother, can you take off the clown mask or whatever?

This is inappropriate. This is, we're here to worship the Lord. The attention is not supposed to be on us. And so it seems to me like this is, and I mean, you've said now this is the third time that something like this has happened to you, it seems to me like this is taking something that isn't really, you know, the main thing, that big of a deal.

Certainly, you know, you're not being distracting in any way and turning it into a really big deal. And as a result, hurting people and not helping people to follow Jesus or to walk with him. And so that's what I would want to say first. The other thing I would want to say to you, Dennis, is I hope that you get into a good church. Recognizing that you've had these experiences, I know, you know, when people are made to feel this way in church, some of them stop going and then just never go back.

And I hope that that's not the case for you. I hope that you get plugged into a good church where the main thing is focused on, not how you dress, but whether or not you're clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That's the main thing. And as we gather together for church, we gather to come under the ministry of the word, to build one another up in the word of God, to sing praises to God, to experience his grace, the forgiveness of our sins, to commune with the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

I mean, that's what it's about. And sadly, in many churches, that's not what it's about anymore. And so my prayer for you is that you would find a solid church where you can go and worship the Lord and be encouraged in sound doctrine. And where your blue jeans and polo shirt aren't going to keep you from being able to do that freely.

And it's just so absurd to me. And so, hey, I want to take a moment to pray for you, Dennis, and just ask that the Lord would be with you and would indeed guide you into a solid congregation, our Father in heaven. Lord, I pray for Dennis. God, thank you that when we go out of fellowship, Lord, and even when we're wandering around, sometimes, Lord, because we've experienced things in church that have hurt us or have frustrated us. Jesus, thank you that you continue to pursue us. And, Lord, that you draw us back to yourself. And I pray that you would continue to pursue Dennis, Lord, that you would help him, Lord, and encourage him and open the doors for him to find a good congregation of Christians, where the focus is on your word and glorifying you and on the pure preaching of the gospel. And, God, that he would continually submit himself to you and to your word. Not to man's rules or regulations, Lord God, but that he would willingly submit to your law and to your word and be eager to receive that grace that you have for him, that you have for each of us, Lord. And so please be with him. Please encourage him. And please, Lord, I pray that you would guide him to a good, solid church where he can grow in grace and encourage others with the gifts you've given to him. In Jesus' name, amen. Amen.

Dennis, thanks so much for your call. And, Adriel, that troubles me, too. I mean, talk about majoring in the minors. I mean, what's that pastor thinking? Yeah, well, I mean, and again, just how inappropriate it is to, I mean, to bring that up from the pulpit, to say something like that.

I mean, if you really feel that way, the right thing would be to, you know, go up to somebody and say, hey, you know, and I'm not even saying this is the right, I don't think that that's the right way to feel. I think that there's obviously other issues there. But, you know, to do that from the pulpit, I mean, that's indicative, I would say, of maybe some other issues there going on in that congregation. And I've seen this, I mean, it just, gosh, especially those kinds of personal from the pulpit, you know, being called out. I've seen it with, you know, parents who bring their kids in church, and the kids are making a little bit of noise, and the pastor was like, you know, basically, get that kid out of here, he's making too much noise.

Nothing makes me more mad than that, man. It's like, goodness gracious, Jesus who said, let the little children come to me. And here we are in so many of our churches, pushing people away, pushing away the little children, pushing away seekers or whoever, because we, you know, they're not wearing a suit to church, or because, you know, they're making a little bit of noise in the service.

It's just things are backwards. And so it does, as you said, Bill, breaks our hearts, breaks my heart, because we want to see people get plugged back into church, and drawn near to Jesus, and grow in good Christian fellowship. And so, oh Lord, grant us that, grant those listening right now who maybe are hurt, and have been hurt, and haven't been back to church in a while. That steady resolve in their hearts to get reinvested, replugged in, maybe not at the church where they were, if there are problems there, but to get plugged into a good church that's faithful to your word.

Here's a positive example for you. When we were, my daughter, my youngest daughter was three years old, three or four years old. We were in church, large church with a large, older population in the congregation. And during some of the worship, they had a couple of contemporary worship songs, and my daughter started doing some impromptu worship dance in the aisle. And some of the older people were kind of looking askance at her and at us, like, why aren't you controlling your daughter? And the pastor said from the pulpit, I noticed a couple of kids are worshiping the Lord right now, and if any of you have a problem with that, it's your issue.

I think it's great. And boy, it was just so refreshing to hear that from our pastor. I remember, this makes me think, Bill, of there was a guy we were ministering to years and years ago at our church who was just getting off the streets, and he was coming to church and didn't have a ton of clothes. And one Sunday, I didn't see him there, and I asked him afterwards, like, hey man, missed you, missed you at church. And the poor guy, man, he just said in tears, I feel like I smell, pastor.

I haven't been able to wash my clothes. I mean, he had tears in his eyes because he felt like he couldn't come. He was embarrassed about being around these people in church, and he felt like he couldn't come because he hadn't had a shower, and he couldn't. He was just getting off the streets.

He didn't have even access to one. And so, of course, we sought to minister to him and to help provide for his needs, but it just made me think, man, how many people are in situations like that? And, you know, maybe they come and they hear a comment like that, or they're looked at a certain way, and they just think, I can never come back here. And that's not the way of our Lord Jesus, is it? Jesus who welcomed the broken and beat down. And so, man, God help us to be like that, eager to extend the love and the grace of our Lord Jesus to people who desperately need it. Amen.

So well said. This is Core Christianity with Pastor Adriel Sanchez. If you have a question about the Bible, the Christian life, doctrine, theology, you can always leave us a voicemail at 833-THECORE or email us at questions at corechristianity.com.

Let's go to Steve calling in from Kansas. Steve, what's your question for Adriel? Yeah, I have a friend, an atheist friend through Facebook that regularly posts negative statements about the Bible. I've been praying for him. But recently he posted a biblical publication that has the Old Testament commands that sounded inappropriate. They do sound inappropriate and inappropriate, such as in Leviticus 20, kill adulterers in Zechariah 13, kill false prophets.

And there are 18 other verses like similar verses like that. So the question is, is how do we respond to such public publications? Do we rebuke those or do we just ignore it? And just how do we respond to that type of publication?

Steve, thank you for your question. God bless you as you seek to minister to this atheist friend. And I would say the first thing is to continue to do what you're doing in praying for him. I think that there is a particular, with some atheists, there can be a particular hardness of heart. And of course, the psalmist says, the fool says in his heart, there is no God. And the reason for this is because the evidence of God's goodness and eternal power is all around us through the created world. And so an individual has to so suppress that truth, that sense of God that we're born with, by hardening their hearts in order to come to the place where they just say, well, there is no God. And so there's a hardness of heart there that can only be broken, softened by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And so continue to pray for him. Now, when you get these kinds of arguments, you have to weigh, is this worth my time? Is engaging with this? Are they open to listening and to learning and to a discussion, or are they just sort of mudslinging, looking to, you know, kind of gotcha, that kind of a thing? And no, I'm actually not interested in listening to anything you have to say.

Now, maybe you're having conversations with a guy who does seem really open and interested. In that case, I would say, okay, then maybe give it some time and go through those verses that are brought up and talk about them. It sounds to me like they're pointing out verses in the Mosaic civil law pertaining to how to execute justice or punish people who were sinning against God's covenant, idolaters, and so forth. And that's certainly different than the way we handle those things today. We're not under the Mosaic civil code as they were in the Old Testament.

That was specific to Israel as a political body at that time. But it does highlight certain things, like the deadliness of false teaching, the deadliness of the dissolution of the family, how that affects broader society, and frankly, those are things that we're seeing all around us today. So I would say you have to ask yourself the question, am I just wasting my time trying to respond to this stuff with these internet atheists? And I'll say a lot of times that is the case. I don't sense, and I've had these kinds of discussions before, that there's a real openness or willingness to learn. But maybe there is.

Maybe there is an openness there, and if there is, then maybe give it time. Prayer. But if not, then consider the words of our Lord Jesus where he talked about not casting your pearls before swine. Those who are just going to turn around and trample you and them underfoot.

They could care less about what you have to say, and you could do better things with your time. And certainly praying for them and praying for your friend is one of those better things. And so may God bless you and appreciate you reaching out to us and appreciate the work that you're doing in seeking to lead others to the Lord. Steve, thanks so much for your call. We do appreciate you, the fact that you're doing your best to interact with this individual and share the truth of the gospel with him.

Amen. Well, we do receive emails here at Core Christianity, and you can email us anytime with your question. Here's the email address. It's questionsatcorechristianity.com.

And Adriel, here's one that came in from Leon writing to us from England. He says, I'm currently attending a Methodist church here in England, and I'm thinking about switching churches because of a few things that bother me. The Sunday service is held in more of a classroom setting rather than a church. Also, the Reverend is female, which I personally have no problem with, but I know that ordinarily the teaching roles of the church are for males. And finally, even though the Bible is preached correctly, the preachers stutter a lot, and we often have to stop singing the hymns because no one knows the rhythm of the song, including the preacher. I just wonder if you think I should find a church that has more confidence and is in more of an actual sanctuary with a male preacher. God bless you.

Yeah. Okay, great question. And I mean, here, the way I would answer this is I would say that it seems to me like the main thing here, and this is where I would have a theological or biblical disagreement, is having a female pastor.

Because I do think that in 1 Timothy 3 and in Titus 1 and other places, the office of teaching elder is reserved for called and qualified men. And so that's a biblical issue, right? The other things, well, we're not meeting in a pretty sanctuary. I don't think that that's a big deal. The fact that the musicians or the person leading the music stutters, I don't think that that's a big deal.

I mean, that can be distracting, but that certainly isn't the main thing. That's not, I would say, a reason that a person should choose a church or not choose a church, not if the doctrine is good and the theology is sound. But here, as I said, there would be a difference. I would have a difference with the ordination of female pastors. And so I would say, on that ground, yeah, finding a church that does hold to the historic Christian view as it pertains to ordination and getting plugged in there, where the Word of God is faithfully proclaimed and you can hear good preaching and so forth. And so that's what I'd say to you, Leon.

Now, I don't know what the church landscape is like in the area where you are. I recognize that that can be another great challenge for people. And so I hope that there is something close by you that is encouraging and where you can continue to grow in your relationship with the Lord.

So well said. By the way, we forgot to mention earlier that we have a wonderful resource for you that just came out in the last couple of weeks. It's Adriel's book, and it's on the Lord's Prayer. Yes, if you're looking for a resource that will help you or someone you love grow in communing with God in prayer, consider getting ahold of this book.

It's Praying with Jesus, Getting to the Heart of the Lord's Prayer. Just recently published. It's my first book, and I'm excited to share it with you. I hope that it encourages you in your relationship with the Lord. Bill, by the way, it's been neat to hear from many friends, people in my church, people who I've known for a while but moved out of state and got the book, feedback, people who are saying that they've been encouraged to pray and that it's been a help for them. So I hope it's a help for you as well. Again, the book is called Praying with Jesus, Getting to the Heart of the Lord's Prayer.

I'd love to send that to you for a donation of $25 or more. You can find Praying with Jesus at corechristianity.com forward slash offers. And speaking of praying, here's an email from Jennifer. She says, I want to ask you if reading a written prayer is less sincere or an improper way to truly pray. I find myself losing focus if I pray freestyle, and I like to begin writing my prayers down or reading other printed prayers so I don't forget what I want to pray about.

Yeah. No, there's nothing unspiritual about writing your prayers down. In fact, there's an entire book of the Bible of written prayers called the Book of Psalms. And so sometimes we feel like, you know, the only kind of sincere prayer is the one that just sort of flows right out of you, you know, extemporaneously.

But that's not necessarily the case. And we see throughout the scripture example of prayers that were written, written prayers. And so I encourage people to write down their prayers, especially for those of us like myself who, you know, it's easy for you to lose track of your train of thought.

It's a great way to pray consistently and to even recall the things that you prayed for. And so I encourage you to do that. God bless and thank you for listening. Thanks for listening to Core Christianity. To request your copy of today's special offer, go to corechristianity.com forward slash radio, or you can call us at 1-833-843-2673. That's 833 the core. When you contact us, let us know how we can be praying for you and be sure to join us next time as we explore the truth of God's word together. Thank you.
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