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Holiness part b 

Holiness is an internal work with external results.

     A. 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1

          1. What fellowship does light have with darkness?

          2. 2 Cor. 6:17, "Come out from among them, and be ye
          separate," "and I will receive you,"

     B. 2 Cor. 7:1 "perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

     C. Holiness encompasses all areas of our life.

          1. Body, soul, and spirit.

          2. Attitudes are an integral part of holiness.

               a. Bad attitudes detract from our testimony.

               b. The "holier than thou" attitude creates a barrier
               between the "saint" and "sinner".

Scripture: Adornment and Dress

General Principles
"Be not conformed to this world" (Romans 12:2).
"I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 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" (I Timothy 2:8-10).

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 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. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves" (I Peter 3:3-5).
"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" (I John 2:16).

Deuteronomy 22:5          2 Corinthians 8:21
1 Samuel 16:7          Philippians 4:5
Romans 12:17                      Philippians 4:11
1 Corinthians 9:25                Titus 2:3-5
Immodest Dress
"Behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart" (Proverbs 7:10).
"Come down, and sit in the dust, 0 virgin daughter of Babylon ... make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen" (Isaiah 47:1-3).

Genesis 3:7, 21                 * Matthew 5:28
Genesis 9:20-25                  Luke 8:26-36
Genesis 38:14-19                Acts 19:13-17
Leviticus 18:6-19               * I Peter 3:1-5
2 Samuel 11:1-5
Makeup and Hair Dye
"Though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee" (Jeremiah 4:30).
"With shamefacedness and sobriety" (I Timothy 2:9).

2 Kings 9:30                     Proverbs 20:29
Esther 2:13-15          * Ezekiel 23:40
Proverbs 6:25 (NKJ-V)    Matthew 5:36
Proverbs 16:31                  * I Peter 3:3-4

Ornaments and Extravagant Dress
"Though thou deckest thee with ornarnents of gold ... in vain shalt thou make thy self fair; thy lovers will despise thee" (Jeremiah 4:30).
"Not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array" (I Timothy 2:9).

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel', (I Peter 3:3).

Genesis 35:1-7                 Proverbs 6:16-17
Exodus 32:2-4                * Isaiah 3:13-23
Exodus 33:4-6                * Ezekiel 23:26
Exodus 35:22                 * Ezekiel 23:40, 42
Numbers 31:50-54             * Hosea 2:13
Judges 8:24-27                 Luke 12:33-34
2 Kings 9:30                  Luke 16:10-13

Distinction Between Male and Female

"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God"  (Deuteronomy 22:5).

Leviticus 6:10          * I Corinthians 6:9-10
Leviticus 16:4          * I Corinthians 11:13-15
Romans 1:26-27         Revelation 21:27


"Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion.... Instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness" (Isaiah 3:17, 24).

"Cut off thine hair, 0 Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath" (Jeremiah 7:29; see 8:5.)

"If it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.... Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering" (I Corinthians 11:6, 14-15).
"Hair as the hair of women" (Revelation 9:8).

Numbers 6:1-21               Ezekiel 16:7
Deuteronomy 21:10-14    Amos 8:10
Deuteronomy 22:5           Luke 7:37-38
Ezra 9:3                          John  11:2
Nehemiah 13:25               John 12:3
Proverbs 16:31                    1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Isaiah 15:2                       I Corinthians 11:1-16
Jeremiah 47:5                     1 Timothy 2:9
Jeremiah 48:37                    1 Peter 3:3
Ezekiel 7:18

Stewardship of the Body
"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1).

"Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder" (Proverbs 23:31-32).
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey?" (Romans 6:16).

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are"
(I Corinthians 3:16-17).
"Nor drunkards ... shall inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:10).
"All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any" (I Corinthians 6:12).
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

In this lesson we have seen Scriptural references which address general principles of holiness.

     Immodest Dress:

A.     Dressing in a manner which exposes the body or in a manner to attract people.

Makeup and Hair Die

A.     Coloring the hair is spoken of as vanity.

B.     Makeup is commonly associated with "Jezebel" and harlotry.

Ornaments and extravagant dress

A.     Jewelry is associated with "worldliness". In fact in some instances; is referred to as an "amulet", which refers to it's use in occult practices.

B.     We teach that other than a wedding band, engagement ring and a watch there is no need for jewelry.

C.     Extravagant dress is, again, dressing in a way which attracts people to you rather than Christ.

Distinction between sexes

A.     Men and women were created differently.  Men ought to look like men, and women look like women.


A.     The Bible clearly states that if a women cuts or shortens her hair it is a shame to her.

B.     Long uncut hair on a women is a glory to her and shows submission to her husband.

C.     Men ought to have short neat haircuts distinguishing themselves from women.

Stewardship of the body

A.     We teach against the consumption of alcohol.

B.     There is sufficient evidence that in Bible days wine did not contain alcohol.  Since there was little "good" water to drink it was thought that wine was safer to consume.

C.     Your Body - the temple of the Holy Ghost.

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