QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

Right & Wrong

What should rule Christian conduct?

Why not answer that question with another? “Is this for the glory of God?” If not, the Christian should leave it alone (Col. 3:17). We should not do anything we would not want Jesus to do along with us. If we couldn’t be comfortable with Jesus around, then we should not do it. Such things as movies, risque theater, Sunday sports, etc., are not consistent with Christian practices (Phil. 4:8; Ps. 101:3).

Does the Bible say anything about how a person should dress?

I Tim. 2:9-10 says, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Also read Jer. 4:30 and I Pet. 3:3-4. The principles of modesty and simplicity also apply to men.

What can a Christian young person do on Sunday afternoon?

Sunday afternoons can best be spent either in rest, reading, Christian fellowship, or in some form of witnessing for Christ.

What is wrong with dancing?

It has sex as its basic motivation. Regardless of individual opinion, there is an overwhelming weight of objection to the dance among Christian people, If the collective conscience of the Church is against any practice, you cannot afford to indulge in it.

Is it a sin to consult a fortune-teller?

Yes. Read Deuteronomy, chapter 18, and Acts, chapter 16.

You say that use of tobacco is wrong because it is harmful to the body. What about overeating, and anything else which might be considered harmful to the body?

We should abstain from anything that we know is harmful to the body. For a person deliberately to do something that will harm his body is not only wrong; it shows a serious lack of self-discipline.

What is worldliness?

I John 2:16 defines worldliness as (1) “the lust of the flesh,” (2) “the lust of the eyes,” and (3) “the pride of life.” Anything that lessens your appreciation of spiritual things, disturbs your Christian conscience, or detracts from your love for God and your commitment to Him is worldliness.

Should a Christian work on Sunday?

Sunday should be a holy day set apart for worship and rest. No unnecessary work should be done on this day.

Why is mixed bathing considered wrong?

Because of the scanty attire that is worn by both men and women. Much sexual lust may be inspired by physical appearance.

Should Christians go to the movies?

A Christian should not go anyplace where he could not take Christ with him. If a person insists on going to the movies, he will have to leave Christ behind. A good question to ask is, “Would I want to be found at the movie when Jesus comes?” It is readily apparent that movies are getting worse. Even the secular press admits that. And even most of the so-called “good” movies have some objectionable features. And there is the matter of influence. The association of the movie is all negative. If you go to a “good” movie, others may use it as an excuse for attending the “bad” ones (which almost all of them are). Here’s another case of group conscience. Most evangelical churches have taken a stand against movie-going.

Is it wrong to use tobacco?

Yes. I Cor. 3:16-17 tells us that our bodies are the “temple of God,” and “if any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy.” Tobacco has been proved to be harmful to the body. On this basis it is wrong to use it. Also read I Cor. 6:19-20; II Car. 6:16-17.