I recently was at a Church where the minister had talked to a female singer about her low-cut dress. I agree there are somethings that we should not see in church, but it was not the clothing complaint that bothered me. The Preacher said, “You can tell that she was not raised Holiness.”
When was Holiness perverted into a standard people should live?
The only standard that the Bible mentions is to live like Christ. No one can live up to the standard of Christ even with a set of rules. So there must be more to it than a set of rules.
The Bible says that Holiness is a way of life that comes from a devotion for God. It is being set apart for God’s use. Furthermore, Paul made it very clear that one person’s understanding of holiness should not be forced on another person.
Holiness is not a level to be achieved. If it were, we would be adding to the work that Christ has already done. Legalism always says, “I can add to the work of Christ.” It is a precursor to pride, arrogance, and then a fall.
Holiness on the other hand is a natural demonstration of God working in one’s life. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says that we are saved by grace, not by works. If we were saved by grace we could boast about it. He wraps it up by saying in verse 10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
He juxtaposes our works to us being the work of God that he prepared for us to be. The changes of our heart come from God working in us not by our attempts.
In other words, the closer our relationship with God, the more the acts of God will be demonstrated in our lives.
If a church sees fit to mandate the dress code for people on the platform they have that right. But it needs to be on the premise of continuity and decency, and not because of rules.