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Preconditions for Heaven Vol 1
by Segun Olumide
5/10/2016 / Womens Interest
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Some years ago, I met Tosin and later on, we began our courtship and then got married.
One of the issues bothering her in those days was if using attachment or weave-on would take her to hell as her pastor had taught her.
But I quickly convinced her that it wouldn't take her to hell. And I tried to assure her that if it would take her to hell, then we would go to the hell together! How foolish I was!
So she took to my unscriptural advice for years.
THEN THE TRUE LIGHT CAME
"The entrance of your word brings light and understanding to the simple" (Ps. 119:130, paraphrased).
When I came across the life testimonies of Kingsley Ubani(Nigeria), Linda Ngaujah (Sierra Leone), Margaret Amure (Nigeria), Samuel Tega(Nigeria), Olga (Russia), Claire Andoun (Cameroon), Michael Thomas Sambo (Nigeria) and so on as well as searching the Bible afresh and using Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries of the Bible, some issues were forever settled in my heart.
I have removed and disposed of my wedding ring.
My wife also has changed. No more jewellery, attachments, make-up and relaxer.
I want to show you that jewellery, body design, wrong clothing and wrong hair style can take one to hell!
If you buy, sell, use or encourage others to use jewellery, design their body, wear wrong clothes, have ungodly hair style, and so on you are on your way to hell.
The Bible warns: "Though they are fully aware of God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do themselves but approve and applaud others who practice them"(Rom 1:32, AMP).
FIRST THINGS FIRST
First, you need to be born-again if you are not yet saved. To be born-again does not mean going to church, reading the Bible, praying always, paying tithes and offerings, undergoing water baptism, avoiding sexual sin, alcohol, smoking, stealing, murder, cheating, and so on.
According to Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
So to be born-again, you must believe that Jesus rose from the dead and confess Him as your Lord! That's all.
Second, you need holiness within your heart. No evil thoughts. No pride. No envy. No greed or covetousness. No lust. No hatred. No unforgiveness.
Jesus said, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse FIRST that which is within the cup and platter that the OUTSIDE of them may be clean also" (Matt 23:26)
To cleanse first what is within the cup and platter (dish) speaks of making inward holiness your first priority.
Third, you need holiness in your body. That means outward holiness of your mouth, hands, legs, ears, sex organs, eyes, and so on.
This calls for no gossip. No slander. No stealing. No lies. No cheating. No killing. No abortion. No sexual sin. No fighting. No alcohol. No smoking. No wrong clothes. No jewellery. No body design. No wrong hair style.
Paul warned, "Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can DEFILE OUR BODY OR SPIRIT. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God" (2 Cor 7:1, NLT). [See also 1 Thess 5:23.]
The following forms of body design can take you to hell:
Jer 13:23(NLT) says, "Can an Ethiopian [black person] change the color of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? ....."
In terms of race, if God has made you a black person, then remain black. Be satisfied with your skin colour: white, black, yellow, brown or red!
When considering complexion, if you are naturally fair, dark or chocolatey, then don't seek to change it; rather maintain it carefully.
Just be natural, sweet, neat, decent, presentable, radiant and HOLY!
To make heaven, avoid soaps, creams and anything that bleach the skin.
Reasons Why People Bleach or Tone
i. Wrong definition of beauty.
ii. Bad influence from others.
So you want to be like Michael Jackson? But do you know where he is now?
iii. Lack of contentment or satisfaction
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 77% of Nigerian women (the world's highest percentage), 59% of Togolese women, 35% of South African women, 27% of Senegalese women and 25% of Mali women bleach.
Do you know that the government of Ivory Coast has already banned bleaching creams in that nation?
iv. Inferiority complex (rooted in identity crisis)
v. Self-hatred (rooted in slavery, colonialism or apartheid)
vi. Seeking someone to marry you for artificial or false beauty.
There are three major types of beauty, namely: spiritual beauty, soulical beauty and bodily beauty. [1Thess 5:23 talks about the three dimensions of man.]
Each of these types of beauty, in turn, can be:
1. beauty from God (God-given or godly beauty)
2. beauty from man (artificial, unnatural or man-made beauty).
3. beauty from Satan (Satanic or demonic beauty).
Every female on earth is beautiful and every male is handsome (Genesis 1:27, 31).
But some are more handsome or beautiful than the others.
Writing about natural bodily beauty, Solomon pointed out in Proverbs 31:30, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised."
This bodily beauty concentrates on the human face (Prov 6:25). But it's actually more than facial beauty.
So if natural bodily beauty is vain, then artificial beauty is double vain! Vanity upon vanity, all is still vanity because bodily beauty all ends in this world (Eccl 12:8, 13-14)!
This is the beauty of the human soul consisting of mind, emotions and will.
This is the beauty of the human spirit. And your spirit is eternal!
This is the greatest and most important kind of beauty anyone can have because it will be relevant throughout all eternity!
1 Peter 3:3-5 (NIV) says, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
4. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
5. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves BEAUTIFUL. They were submissive to their own husbands."
vii. Seeking a false sense of confidence and happiness.
viii. Wrong prescription by some so-called "experts."
x. Lack of fear of God.
xi. Demonic insurgency or obsession (to take people to hell).
Dangers of Bleaching
i. Risk of liver cancer, kidney cancer, skin cancer, blood cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, brain damage, leukemia, ochronosis, sun burn, eczema, rashes, and so on due to the likely high presence of hydroquinine, mercury and cortisone.
Professor Lester M. Davids of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and others have revealed these health problems associated with bleaching.
ii. Bleaching can damage natural skin protective (malenin) to the extent that stitching in surgery becomes difficult or even impossible, which may lead to death.
My wife told me the story of a woman who died because her skin could not be stitched during surgery due to bleaching.
iii. Poor or no recovery from injuries or wounds.
iv. It will take one to hell.
Solution to Bleaching
In Psalm 139:13-14, David revealed: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Genesis 1:27, 31 reads: "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
31. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morningthe sixth day."
2. MAKING UP
God warned, "Tell her to remove the PROSTITUTE'S MAKEUP FROM HER FACE" (Hosea 2:2, NLT).
Peter wrote, "With EYES FULL OF ADULTERY, THEY NEVER STOP SINNING; THEY SEDUCE THE UNSTABLE" (2 Pet 2:14, NIV).
The make-up kit comprising lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, and so on was designed by Satan to take people to hell.
The Bible calls it the prostitute's make-up because it's used by prostitutes to seduce people sexually.
2 Kings 9:30 (NIV) says, "Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she put on eye makeup, arranged her hair and looked out of a window."
All those who use make-up have the spirit of Jezebel (see Revelation 2:20-23, too)!
To make heaven, you must obey this command in Hosea 2:2, even though, it was proverbial and remove the prostitute's make-up from your face immediately!
There are 2 types of Churches today, namely:
i. the Prostitute Church (that allows anything and everything to go on unchecked).
They are not preparing for the rapture.
ii. the Remnant or Glorious Church (that fears the Lord Jesus and submit to his Lordship in all things) [see Eph 5:25-27].
They are preparing for the rapture of the saints.
Only the Remnant or Glorious Church will be saved, while the Prostitute Church will roast in hell!
The warning in Romans 9:27 (NIV) drives the truth home, 'Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved." '
This message you are reading now is not for everybody, but for those that will be part of the Remnant or Glorious Church (Matt 19:10-12)!
Who is on the Lord's side? And who is on pastor's or bishop's side? Choose whom to follow today: the Lord Jesus or your bishop/pastor/general overseer?
3. ARTIFICIAL EYE LASHES
Artificial or false eye lashes are used by women who are dissatisfied with the natural ones God has given them.
So whenever they flutter their eye lashes, they look sexually attractive to men.
"But godliness with contentment is a great gain" (1Tim. 6:6).
4. ARTIFICIAL NAILS
When men and women prefer artificial nails that look like the claws of a lion to their made-in-heaven natural nails, then the last days are here.
God made man in His own image and after His own likeness, but sadly, man today is remaking himself in the image of animals and after the likeness of demons!
Paul warned, "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1Thess. 5:22).
5. PAINTED NAILS
Why must you paint your fingernails or toe nails? Why can't you just be natural? Do you think your Creator did not do a perfect work?
Are you a prostitute who must draw the attention of men to her body by any available means?
Take the warning: "Avoid every kind of evil" (1Thess. 5:2, NIV).
God admonished, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and DO NOT MARK YOUR SKIN WITH TATTOOS. I am the LORD" (Lev. 19:28, NLT).
Someone might say that was under the law and that we are now under grace.
Thank God for grace! But then, I have 4 questions for you.
First, why did Paul quote the Law in 1Tim. 5:18, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain" (Deut. 25:4)?
Second, why did Jesus approve of tithes in Matthew 23:23, which though came optionally before the Law but was to be obeyed compulsorily under the Law and which we still follow today (Hebrews 7:1-10)?
Third, why did Paul quote Exo. 22:28 from the Law in Acts 23:5 saying, "for it is written: Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people"?
Fourth, why did Jesus say, "Do not think that I have come to abolish [end or destroy] the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matt. 5:17, NIV)?
Friend, some things are still relevant in the Law today till Christ will come!
So contact an expert today to help you to remove tattoos or designs on your body immediately.
7. COSMETIC SURGERY
This involves using medical operation to beautify yourself, to change your sex, to alter your skin colour, to change the size of your breasts, and so on.
I remember a transsexual on campus in those days who would dress like a lady. He would even create false breasts for himself. I was told he used the female public toilet.
Eventually, he left Nigeria for abroad where he underwent surgery to become a lady. I saw his photograph and I was surprised!
Everything that God made was good (Gen. 31:1). So, don't tempt your Maker.
"Stay away from every kind of evil" (1Thess. 5:22, NLT).
TRUE LIFE EXPERIENCES
Bro. Thomas Sambo saw a sister lost forever in hell who said, "My pastor told me that wearing trousers, as a lady was not a sin against God. He also said perming or jerry curling my hair, bleaching my skin, using lipsticks, plaiting my hair with attachments were never sins against God. But the very day I arrived here, I discovered that my pastor had deceived me. Can I ever forgive that man? Now it is too late for me. Can I ever leave this place?"
Sis. Margaret Amure was a minister of God in Benin city who died of ulcer. Surprisingly, she was condemned to hell for harboring hatred and unforgiveness in her heart towards her husband as well as wearing jewellery, make-up and trousers. But by the mercy of God, she had a second chance. [You may request from us for the free DVD of her testimony today or watch it online.]
Jesus took Sis. Carillo in Bolivia to hell and showed her why Christians go to hell. He showed her a woman in hell for using make-up and another woman in hell just for using jewellery.
At a point, Sis Carillo protested, "It's ordinary jewelry."
But Jesus replied, "I hate it."
The Lord plainly told her, ". I'm only pleased with the natural look of my saintsshe doesn't need make-up to look beautiful to anyone.those things don't please MeHe who loves the world is an enemy of God."
Sis. Linda from Sierra Leone was living like a prostitute when she died and was thrown into hell where she saw her mother and brother. After a short time, the Lord's mercy brought her out and she eventually received these warnings from Jesus: "Any bishop or wife any Pastor's wife who's putting on these (weave-on /attachments/ artificial hair); any prophetess even if she prophesies to thousands of people - putting on these things (weave-on/ attachments/artificial hair)will not see my face."
"Any woman, in and out of the church, putting on trousers, putting on eyelashes, putting on (artificial hair), earrings, gold teeth, tattoos, false fingernails, bleaching the skin, (using) bleaching cream. tinting the hair perming the hair, stretching the hairwill not see God's face (paraphrased).
Wrong clothing can be classified into 5 groups namely:
1. Opposite-sex clothes
Deut. 22:5 (NIV) warns, "A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the LORD your GOD detests anyone who does this".
Some may agree that this was relevant under the Law and that why can't we keep the other laws in Deut. 22. Why must we single out this verse?
The truth is: if you read the whole chapter 22, you will discover that it is only this verse 5 that has this clause: "FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD DETESTS (HATES or DISLIKES) ANYONE WHO DOES THIS (NIV)."
The KJV puts it as: "FOR ALL THAT DO SO ARE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD THY GOD."
So there are things that God hates or dislikes under the law; and which he also hates or dislikes under grace (see Prov. 6:16-19).
This verse does not say God hates or dislikes the practice, but it says He hates or dislikes the person who practices it (Rom 9:13)!
But then, it implies that he hates the practice deeply!
2. Sexy Clothes
Prov. 7:10 reads, "And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot"
This talks about a woman with the dress of a prostitute.
Hosea 2:2 (NLT) says "..Tell her to remove the prostitute's make up from her face and CLOTHING THAT EXPOSES HER BREASTS."
Rom. 12:7b (NIV), ".Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody."
Any clothes that suggest sex is wrong.
Christians men and women, boys and girls preparing for heaven should avoid clothes that are see-through (transparent), body-revealing, too-short, too-tight, sagging and so on.
Your breasts, cleavage, bra, pants (underwears), thighs, shoulders, stomach, and so on should not be exposed.
Both male and female should wear clothes that cover their legs, chests, back of the neck, and so on all to a reasonable extent.
Paul instructed women to "adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL" in I Tim. 2:9 (KJV).
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines modest thus: "Modest clothing covers the body in a way that does not attract sexual interest."
It also describes modest as "shy about showing your body or attracting sexual interest, because you are easily embarrassed; not very big, expensive etc, especially less big, expensive etc than you would expect."
So modest clothes are neither sexy nor expensive.
He wrote that women should "adorn themselves in modest apparel, with SHAMEFACEDNESS AND SOBRIETY" (I Tim. 2:9).
Dr. Vine's Greek Dictionary defines "shamefacedness" as "a sense of shame, modesty and is used regarding the demeanor of women in the church..(It's) rooted in character.(and) reflected in the face."
Again, the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines "demeanor" as "the way someone behaves or looks that gives you a general idea of their character."
Also Dr. Vine's Greek define sobriety in 1 Tim. 2:9 as "Soundness of mindsanity or (fig.) self-control. (It) refers to having complete control over the passions and desires so that they are lawful and reasonable; a certain cultailment and regulation of passions, both removing those that are improper and excessive and also arranging those that are necessary to the proper time and in moderation."
So 1 Tim. 2:9 that says "that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety" can be simplified as "that women adorn themselves in unsexy and inexpensive clothes, with a sense of shame (uncomfortable feeling of guilt and embarrassment experienced when you are wrong) and soundness of mind (self-control with moderation in proper things.")
3. Expensive Clothes
Paul warned, "I also want women to dress MODESTY, WITH DECENCY AND PROPRIETY, NOT WITH braided hair or gold pearls or EXPENSIVE CLOTHES" (1 Tim. 2:9, NIV).
Peter also admonished, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and FINE CLOTHES" (1 Pet. 3:3, NIV).
According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, one of the meanings of "fine" is "grand, expensive, better than others of the same kind."
Grand means impressive.
So "fine clothes" above refer to "impressive and expensive clothes."
4. Clothes with Wrong pictures/Words/Attachment
Paul wrote that women should adorn themselves modesty "not with braided hair, or gold or pearls or costly array" (1 Tim. 2:9 KJV).
This implies Christians should not wear even clothes that have pearls, diamond, gold, stones, beads, chains, cowries, and so on attached to them.
In addition to that, imagine Christians putting on clothes that have the image of a naked woman, a demon, an alcoholic drink, cigarette, painted lips, people having sex, man dressed with a chain on his neck, and so on.
Also imagine Christians putting on clothes that have inscriptions like: "I NEED FREE SEX," "Gulder: Beer of champions," "There Is No Hell," "Nobody Can Be Holy," "Corruption is not a crime until you're caught," "Money is number one in life," and so on!
The Bible warns us, "Avoid every kind of evil" (1 Thes 5:22, NIV).
5. WORLDLY CLOTHES
Some clothes are worldly by nature. There have been revelations that Christians should avoid wearing lace and jeans. At first, I was skeptical to some extent.
Paul warned, "I also wants women to dress MODESTLY, WITH DECENCY and PROPRIETY, NOT WITH BRAIDED HAIR OR GOLD OR PEARLS OR EXPENSIVE CLOTHES" (1 Tim 2:9, NIV).
Peter also admonished, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as BRAIDED HAIR and the WEARING OF GOLD JEWELRY and FINE CLOTHES " (1 Pet 3:3, NIV).
The servant of God, Margaret Amure that I wrote about earlier was condemned to hell because of hatred towards her husband, her wearing trousers, using jewellery and weave-on (or attachment) and make-up.
She woke us up to the reality that part of the reasons why women are very few in heaven was due to their mode of dress and adornment.
Other people have confirmed some of these things. You can google Mrs Carillo from Bolivia, Linda from Sierra Lone, Samuel Tega from Nigeria, and so on.
Very importantly, KJV renders "braided" in 1 Timothy 2:9 above as "broided." And that is from the Greek word "plegma" which according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon means "what is woven, plaited, or twisted together; a web, plait, braid."
So this verse is saying women and girls should not have their hair woven, plaited, or twisted together.
God wants us to avoid artificial beauty. He wants us to be natural in our looks and to maintain that naturalness. He wants us to be natural and decent.
Don't weave or plait your hair with anything. Neither use wool, thread nor even your own hair to get your hair plaited!
Those making attachments or weave-ons, those selling them, those advertising them, those dressing people's hair with them and those working with the companies manufacturing such are all on their way to hell!
Even as an estate agent or land lord don't rent out shops to people who want to sell attachments, alcoholic drinks, jewellery, make-up kits, cigarettes, women trousers, and so on.
1 Timothy 5:22 (NIV) warns: "Do not be hasty... and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure."
2. Fixing [of weave-on or artificial hair]
"Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be' (1 Thes 5:22, amp).
Having artificial hair or another person's natural hair fixed on your head is a sign that you are neither appreciative nor satisfied with your natural God-given hair.
If God has endowed you with natural Brazilian, African, Chinese, British or Australian hair [long or short, brown or grey, black or red], then be satisfied with that. Don't change it; just maintain it in a neat and healthy way.
3. Hair Relaxer
Hair relaxer was invented years ago to change the hair texture. This terrible perversion has made it easy for many Africans to jerry curl or perm their hair or even to apply packing gel.
If your hair is relaxed, it does not have a natural look anymore.
As a heavenly candidate you must cut off relaxed hair from your head and let it grow natural hair afresh.
My wife had to visit the barbershop to have her relaxed hair cut when we got this revelation through Brother Kingsley Ubani. (Read his publication online: Time Is Over; Run for Your Life!)
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth"(Prov 27:1, NIV).
Please note that God did not command women to cut their hair. No. (See 1 Cor 11).
If you have long or short natural hair, just maintain it. But if your hair is artificial, then you will need to remove the artificiality or cut it so that natural hair can grow again!
This is man-made or false hair that is worn on the head. It is equally wrong and sinful.
This is the act of slightly altering the colour of one's hair. Why do you have to change your hair from black to brown or from yellow to red?
"But godliness with contentment is great gain" (1Tim 6:6).
This implies that godliness without contentment is great loss. O what great eternal loss that could be!
What a discontented generation of men and women, boys and girls we have today!
People, especially elderly ones sometimes dye their grey or white hair. I never saw anything wrong about it until Sister Carrillo saw someone in hell guilty of dyeing her hair.
The Bible says, "The glory of young men is their strength, grey hair the splendor [beauty] of the old..
The hoary [grey] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness" (Pro 20:29, NIV; Prov 16:31, KJV).
7. BLOWING/STRETCHING THE HAIR
Blowing or stretching the hair is another form of perversion. This will stop anyone from making heaven. Scrape it off now.
8. ARTIFICIAL SPORTING WAVES
Some hair waves are natural but those artificial ones must be removed from your hair if you are preparing for the rapture.
Either by washing or shaving, remove this abomination called fashion immediately.
9. HAIR GELLING/JELLING
You don't have to gel your hair. Just wash your natural hair with a good soap, apply a good hair cream that maintains and retains its naturalness and comb it. This applies to both male and female.
10. WRONGLY STYLED HAIRCUT
God said, "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard" (Lev 19:27, NIV).
No Christian should have a nasty haircut. One side higher than the other, all-back, flattop, artificial dreadlocks, artificial parting, fashionable beard, and so on are ungodly.
Earlier in my Christian life, I used to wear crazy styles. One day, a guy mocked me that the style on my head was called "Girls follow me."
Nevertheless I did not change until one day that I preached the gospel with an ungodly haircut on my head, and one of the listeners, a young boy, challenged my authority for preaching with the kind of hairstyle I had. It shook me that I could be preaching the right gospel while my hairstyle preached a wrong gospel!!
God used that experience to change me forever.
Paul wrote, "Therefore, if [my eating a] food is a cause of my brother's falling or of hindering [his spiritual advancement], I will not eat [such] flesh forever, lest I cause my brother to be tripped up and fall and to be offended" (I Cor 8:13, AMP).
11. UNCOVERING THE HAIR
A careful study of 1 Cor 11 shows there are two types of covering for a female, namely:
i. Natural or Irremovable covering - this speaks of a woman's NATURAL long hair.
Someone noted that this is A COVERING, but not THE COVERING!
Yes, she needs more than that.
1 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NIV) reveals, "Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,
15. but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering."
ii. Artificial or Removable covering - this speaks of a form of fabric.
1 Corinthians 11:5 (NIV) reads, "But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her headit is the same as having her head shaved."
It has been explained that since this covering is to be worn or used when prophesying or praying, [not necessarily when bathing, taking care of your hair, cooking or walking down the road] therefore it's removable!
Ten Truths Every Believer Should Understand about Head Covering
1. It seems God and angels don't like to see a woman's hair (long or short) whenever she is prophesying or praying (1 Cor 11:5,6,10,13), but they want to see a man's hair whenever he's prophesying or praying (vs 4).
2. A woman not covering her head [exposing her hair] and her having her head shaven or shorn are both dishonorable or shameful: the former is a dishonour to her head [husband], which is sinful while the latter is an unsinful dishonour to herself (vs 5b,6).
3. A woman has only one choice from these two options:
i. either she covers her head with a fabric
ii. or she shaves or cut off (skin) her hair (vs 6).
4. Long hair is a woman's glory, but shaven (skinned) head is a woman's shame (vs 6, 15).
5. Long hair (not short hair) is a woman's natural covering, but she needs more than that (vs 15b)!
[How many of you women or girls have NATURAL long hair? That's A covering for you, but not THE covering yet!]
6. There is a removable (artificial, fabric) covering to be used when a female is praying or prophesying (vs 5).
7. Artificial fabric covering is a sign of authority on a woman's head (vs 10, NIV).
8. A man or boy should not cover his head whenever praying or prophesying lest he should dishonour his head [Christ] (vs 3,4).
9. Church history shows that women and girls should cover their head with a removable, artificial fabric covering whenever they are praying or prophesying.
According to an article titled: "Is a Woman's Long Hair Her Covering?" by Jeremy Gardiner, the founder of the Head Covering Movement, Dr. Thomas Schreiner (Professor of New Testament Interpretation, SBTS), A.T. Robertson (Former Professor of New Testament Interpretation, SBTS) and Greek scholar Dr. Daniel Wallace did a good work to clarify these two forms of coverings for a woman or girl!
Jerry also pointed out that Tertullian (160 215 AD), wrote just 150 years after Paul wrote 1 Corinthians revealing that the church in Corinth was still following the Biblical custom of women covering their hair with a veil or clothing in his day.
In fact, Tertullian noted, "So, too, did the Corinthians themselves understand him. In fact, at this day the Corinthians do veil their virgins. What the apostles taught, their disciples approve."
Jerry buttressed that Hippolytus (170 236 AD) similarly penned these words about the same time "let all the women have their heads covered with an opaque cloth"
[Please kindly google Jerry's article and study.]
10. There was a true testimony of a Christian woman who was condemned to hell because she was guilty of not covering her head in prayer or prophesying (John 12:47-49, John 10:35b)!
She didn't repent before she died. So she went to hell. You can argue it today, but a day is coming when no one can argue it any more!
Paul warned "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, NOT WITH braided hair or GOLD or PEARLS or expensive clothes" (1Tim. 2:9 NIV).
Peter also warned, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the WEARING OF GOLD JEWELRY and fine clothes" (1 Peter 3:3, NIV).
Forms of jewellery
1. Earrings 2. Ring
3. Necklace. 4. Bracelet (hand chain/hand band)
5. Bangles 6. Ankle chain
7. Nose ring 8. Chain belt
9. Chain wristwatch 10. Gold teeth
11. Golden/Silver cuff-links or buttons
12. Gold silver tie clip
13. Golden Spectacles/glasses
10 ReasonS Why we must avoid jewellery
1. God told the Israelites to borrow gold, silver and clothes from the Egyptians and put them on their children, not on themselves, I believe, for safety reasons.
The gold and silver was a form of wealth serving as their reward for the unrewarded hard labour they did in Egypt (Gen 15:13-14, Gen 13: 2).
Exodus 3:22 (NIV) reveals that God told Moses, "Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egptians" (See verse 21, too).
2.Then God later asked them to bring the gold and silver as offering to build the tabernacle, not to decorate their bodies.
The LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering .
"These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze
"Then have them make a sanctuary for me. Make this tabernacle'' (Exodus 25:1-3, 8-9, NIV, see vs 11-40).
Gold is a building material. That's why the heavenly city is built with gold among other things (Rev 21:18, 21).
You may use it to manufacture cars or equipment; build or decorate a house, and so on. But don't use it to decorate your body!
3. Jewellery is part of what prostitutes use to seduce people.
God says, ''I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot
"The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls.
"This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH'' (Hosea 2:13, Rev 17:4-5, NIV, see also Isaiah 3:16-23, Ezekiel 23:1-3, 40).
4. It is an idol.
Gen25:2,4 (NLT) reveals, 'So Jacob told everyone in his household, ''Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves.
So they gave Jacob all their pagan idols and earrings, and buried them'' ' (See Ezekiel 7:15-21, Rev 21:8).
5. God hates it.
In Exodus 3:22, He didn't command those women that collected the jewellery to wear it, but Exodus 32:2 shows that it became their lifestyle.
But then in Exodus 33, God commanded them to remove it all because he hated it.
"No one put on any ornaments. For the LORD had said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites, 'You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you. So the Israelites stripped off the ornaments at Mount Horeb" (Exo. 33:4-6, NIV).
Jesus told Sis. Carillo from Bolivia that he hates jewellery!
6. Paul and Peter instructed us to take our eyes off them.
"I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, NOT WITH braided hair or GOLD or PEARLS or expensive clothes" (1Tim. 2:9, NIV, see also 1Pet 3:3).
7. It's a sign of worldliness.
1 John 2:15-17 reveals, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
If I come to you as a man preaching with chain on my neck and earrings in my ears, how will you feel about me?
Does the Bible say men should not wear it, but only women should wear it?
Years ago, I bought a chain which I wore on my neck for some time. Shortly afterwards, I became born-again.
No one told me to stop using it. I knew it was worldly.
Church history had it that on 17th February, 1930, three visitors believed to be angels came to a prayer group attended by Prophet Orekoya who later became a disciple of Apostle Ayo Babalola.
The angels gave Prophet Orekoya 3 instructions for them, one of which was that their women should stop using golden ornaments, earrings and other bodily adornments (1 Pet 3:1-4).
Later on, Apostle Babalola founded the Christ Apostolic Church (C.A.C) and passed a similar instruction to them.
It's important to notice that in the life testimony of Evang. Funmilayo Adebayo of RAPEC, Lagos who served Satan for several years before Jesus arrested her, a mention was made of a particular year when the kingdom of darkness was sad because more people on earth made heaven the year that had just ended than the year before due to the fact that Apostle Babalola commanded CAC women to avoid worldly adornment such as jewellery!
Guess what. Satan was sad and mad because the number of people who made heaven in a year increased to just fifteen (15)!
And it was traced to CAC in Nigeria because the women avoided worldly adornment like jewellery!
She was also the strong woman spiritually behind the invention of hair relaxer intended to take African women in particular to hell!
Today, she is a Christian. In fact, after she was born-again, she disposed of her jewellery which was worth N30 million into a pit toilet and gave up her ill-gotten wealth!
8. It's based on human traditions, not doctrine of Christ.
For instance, the wedding ring originated from Egypt. Then the Romans embraced it. Later on, Europeans and Americans took it to the level of expensive fashion.
In fact, Germans, Indians, Jews, and so on had their different funny human traditions that make use of wedding ring. But these human traditions are foreign to the Bible!
In Matthew 15:3, 6-9, Jesus was blunt with the misleading religious leaders: "But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
6. ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
7. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
In some places or cultures, ring was a seal of marriage as a contract between families, not a union of love between two people.
Around 860 AD, after rejecting it as worldly or ungodly for a long time, Christians adopted it when they decided to make marriage official.
It was majorly for the bride or woman, but it became popular among men in the 1940's.
In John 12:48-49 (NIV), Jesus warned: "There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken."
9. It's a sign of ignorance or deception.
Ignorance is the result of lack of knowledge while deceit (deception) is the outcome of lack of understanding or of correct interpretation.
Hosea 4:6 reads, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
People use jewellery because they don't know what they are doing; and they don't know that they don't know!
Colossians 2:8 says,"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Others use it because they have been cleverly deceived by their dearest pastor and the pastor's wife through smart misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the Bible.
If you and your leaders are blind to these truths, just remember that Jesus said if the blind lead the blind, they will both fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14, see Isaiah 42:19-22).
Ignorance Is No Excuse
Luke 12:47-48(NIV) points out, "The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows..."
Romans 2:1 (AMP) reads, "Therefore you have no excuse, defense or justification, O man..."
10. People from around the world who have seen or visited hell and/or heaven reveal that ordinary jewellery take people to hell.
Once you leave this world, you may not have a second chance to come back here and repent!
Friend, you only have this one life to live. There is no duplicate.
Don't spend eternity in torments of unquenchable fire because of worldly fashion!
After a billion years a billion times has ended, eternity is just about to 'unfold.'
Years without an end. Where will you spend your years without end?
CAUTION AND BALANCE
Proverbs 4:26-27 warns: "Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."
It's important for us to avoid two wrong extremes here.
On the one hand, don't look kinky, sexy, worldly and ungodly on your way to hell, though, you may be truly born-again.
On the other hand, don't look hagard, wretched, unkempt, dirty, offcolour or smelly; even if you are the holiest Christian on earth!
If a wife or spinster begins to dress, smell or feel like an old school remote villager of the 16th Century or Stone Age, then she may have self-inflicted, unneeded marital or premarital crisis respectively and some other social issues.
Be balanced, wise and presentable to God and man!
If you are not yet born-again, say this:
I choose to repent today. Also I choose to believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose up for my justification.
The Scripture says, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom 10:9).
Therefore, I believe in Jesus in my heart and confess Him as my Lord. Now I am born-again (Amen).
SAY THIS ALOUD TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT
Also Jesus said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8).
And on the day of Pentecost "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4).
Therefore, I receive the Holy Spirit by faith right now and I begin to speak in an unknown tongue (unlearned tongue) as He gives me the utterance.
I command every foul spirit [spirit of fear, spirit of unbelief, spirit of doubt, religious spirit, unforgiving spirit] wanting to hinder me to stop in its evil operation in my life in Jesus' name.
Thank you God for filling me with your Spirit in Jesus' name (Amen).
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