Let go of that hamburger! (Jesus already slaughtered your sacred cow.)

I received an intriguing question today on my YouTube channel, and I wanted to share it with you all.

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Chaulze Brown

“Three things
1.)Why did they (other than Isaiah) feel the need to get naked to prophesy? I do get why Isaiah did that and understand it was a sign specifically to warn the people of what humility and shame was to look like, what was to come, should the people to not chose rightly. But why did the other prophets strip off all their clothing? Back then the culture was so different. Everyone didn’t have their own showers. In this day and age too many are perverted or seriously twisted in some cult. Too many people equate nudity with pornography, etc, if it’s not at the pool, or the beach. And Christians today are very much the minority.

2.) In light of what has transpired on your channel since that fateful day😆, and the terrific bible study series that sprang out from the spiritual persecution you came under, would you consider it sound judgment to continue wearing your bikini top when it’s convenient for you, if during a time you’re heading out to go to the pool or another bikini party? I mean no disrespect by that question. Just curious, in light that on this video, you did state that one should really consider “who your audience will be”, while one is picking out an outfit… or something like that.😁 What ever you choose. Don’t ever let the legalists hurt you, while they’re just really hurting themselves!

3.) Who do you think your audience is when you record and finalize one of your YT videos?”

My response:

“1. The other prophets stripped because God was working through them. It was like when Moses was told to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground. When the Spirit of God falls upon you, it’s time to strip away the man-made bandages and just be present with God’s creation and His Spirit.

2. If I’m at the pool, I will keep wearing a bikini. If I’m at the store or gym, I’ll wear shorts. I’m not preaching to already saved people when I go out into the world, I’m trying to reach the unsaved. So often clothes are a barrier, a wall to relationships. If I’m covered up, I don’t want that to be a wall in my witness, as a memorial of judgment against a non-believer, where they feel like they can’t speak to me. If they feel that they’re already judged because of something as superficial as their appearance, how can we talk about the real issue – the heart?

3. My audience is dependent on the topic. The Holy Spirit sends the right people to the right videos. I didn’t come to preach to already saved people, but those who are unsaved – the people who think they’re saved because of their adherence to an arbitrary, artificial standard of behavior. Saved people don’t need saving – lost people need saving and that can only happen through the message of Jesus Christ. I’m here to remind people that Jesus has slaughtered every sacred cow, so they need to let go of the hamburger they’re holding onto.”


I’ve noticed so many people love me for what I have to say, that I tear down and mock the sacred cows of Churchianity – until it gets time to talk about their Bessie. That cow is sacred, and they leave me in their anger. It’s not my message – I’m here to remind everyone that there is not a single sacred cow that Jesus didn’t slaughter when He went to the cross and it’s time people let go of their hamburgers – that cow is already dead.

The Holy Spirit determines the audience and He will always send the right people to the right video. Not every video is meant for every person. Everyone is welcome to listen to the message, but they must recognize that it’s not always for or about them.

Don’t let your frankenburger get in the way of sharing the gospel with others, nor should you allow it to blind you to the fact that everyone is made in the image of God, and that they need to hear the message of Jesus Christ – that there is a King, with a Kingdom, and He is returning, so repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

 

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Christians get this commandment wrong all of the time. Do you?

Christians the world over have been threatening their children and grandchildren with punishment if they so much as think about saying “Oh my God!” These Christians couldn’t be more misguided.

“You are not to use my name to deceive, thereby defiling the name of your God. I am the Lord.”  -Leviticus 19:12 ISV

Taking the Lord’s name in vain isn’t about using God’s name as a swear word or saying “OMG.” You take the Lord’s name, using His name, in vain, (Leviticus 19:12) when you claim to be His child, grafted into the vine, (Romans 11:11-22) a believer of Christ, but your fruit, (Matthew 7:15-20) your works show that you don’t belong to him.

I take my husband’s name because we are one family. I take God’s name because I am His adopted child. (Ephesians 1:5) If I am not married to my husband, I don’t get to take his name. Likewise, if I’m not God’s child, I don’t get to take His name by calling myself a Christian.

Legally, I could change my last name to pretend that I had a relationship with anyone (for example, if I changed my last name to “Kardashian,”) but I’d be taking that name in vain. I have no relationship with the Kardashians, so I’d be taking the name in vain – clearly using it on false pretenses to increase my standing among other people.

The Pharisees constantly bragged about being Abraham’s seed and the “chosen people” and children of God. (Galatians 3:29) Jesus Himself accused them of taking God’s name in vain as He said they were of their father, the Devil. (John 8)

“You are doing your father’s actions.” They told him, “We’re not illegitimate children. We have one Father, God himself.”

“Jesus told them, ‘If God were your Father, you would’ve loved me, because I came from God and am here. I haven’t come on my own accord, but he sent me. Why don’t you understand what I’ve said? It’s because you can’t listen to my words. You belong to your father the Devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and has never stood for truth, since there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies…'”  -John 8:41-44 ISV

It is important to note that taking God’s name in vain is a sin, like all sins, that begins in the heart. When a person takes God’s name in vain, he first rejects God in his heart, but verbalizes his approval of and connection with God to bring himself glory.

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean. It is out of the heart that evil thoughts come, as well as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, stealing, false testimony, and slander.” -Matthew 15:18-19 ISV

If you want to honor God and make sure that you’re not taking His name in vain, make sure that your actions, your fruit, your works, testify to the fact that you are God’s child. Don’t honor God with your lips only – make sure your actions show who you really are.

“Then the Lord said: “Because these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, worship of me has become merely like rules taught by human beings.”  – Isaiah 29:13 ISV (referenced in Matthew 15:8)

TL;DR – “Faking my name for personal gain, is taking a name in vain. ”

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If you’re obsessed with modesty, you’re the type of person Paul warned about.

Have you noticed that the Church seems preoccupied with policing the clothing of women – from the smallest of baby girls to the oldest of women – the Church is obsessed with something they call “modesty.” Maybe you’ve seen it at your church – women in denim skirts that touch the floor, or women in spaghetti-strap maxi dresses with a white t-shirt underneath at a funeral – I know I have.

If it’s what’s on the inside that counts, why is it that the Church puts so much emphasis on how people look outside of church services?

The only thing that matters is, “what does the Bible ACTUALLY say?” Let’s use the actual Bible, in the original Greek, rather than an English translation. 1 Corinthians 12:23. The word used is the Greek word “εὐσχημοσύνην” (euschémosuné – Strong’s Concordance #2157) which means, “decorum, becomingness.” Therefore, are you dressed correctly for the occasion? It has nothing to do with being “too tight” or “too revealing.”

Is it proper decorum to wear a bathing suit to a church service? No. Is it proper decorum to wear a bathing suit to swim at a church pool party? Yes. Is it proper to wear a dress suit to church? Yes. Is it proper decorum to wear a dress suit while swimming at a church pool party? No. The Bible is saying that Christian women should know the difference!

Decorum is all about acting appropriately for the position that you hold and the event that you are at. Christians aren’t supposed to stand out for all the wrong reasons – like being inappropriately dressed for the occasion. Christians draw negative attention to themselves by not having proper decorum. We see this at the Wedding Banquet parable in Matthew 22:1-14. A guest is kicked out for not wearing the proper wedding clothes. It’s not that they were immodest or revealing, NO! It’s that they were  dressed inappropriately for the wedding (like wearing a sports jersey or jeans to a wedding would be, while modest, inappropriate.)

In 1 Timothy 2:9, the word “αἰδοῦς” (Aidos – Strong’s Concordance #127) is translated as “modesty” but in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it can also mean “reverence.” This is the only verse in the Bible that this word even appears. It’s important to note that there is a play on words here, if you’re not familiar with Koine Greek. The word derived from “κοσμέω” (Cosmos – Strong’s Concordance #2889) means both “adorn” and “world” and is translated as such throughout the Bible. So women aren’t to adorn / make their world be about hairstyles and jewelry. When you understand the actual passage, you see it’s about not being materialistic, and being concerned with being a good person on the inside.

Women today, especially Christian women, make clothing and hairstyles their world. How many “modest” bloggers spend all of their time making outfits of the day, blogging about modest fashion, policing others’ clothing and acting “holier-than-thou” because they’re soooo “modest?” Even if you dress like a frump, if you’re like many “modest” bloggers, you’re being the kind of woman 1 Timothy talks about NOT being.

Nakedness was our original condition before sin. We only covered up because of sin. We only feel shame because of sin. The high priests and Aaron only covered their thighs and up to their neck, because they were in sin – they had no covering before God, because Jesus hadn’t come yet. We have Jesus. Our sin is atoned for. We have no shame because we are right with God. When we are under the covering of Jesus, it’s as if we’re back in the garden, before sin. Nakedness is not a sin. Being naked or showing skin isn’t automatically improper – it depends on the occasion. Likewise, showing skin doesn’t mean you’re trying to lure others into sexual sin. Christians need common sense!

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