Posted November 28th, 2011 at 07:57 AM by Lois
There are no standard standards. Though often touted as God's rules or commands, people become perplexed when they go to another church within the same organization and find differences in these teachings.
You may have simply visited another church and observed the differences or perhaps you switched churches and are a member at a new church. Same group, different church..... and different standards? How can standards change from church to church within the same organization, when they are taught as originating with God and the Bible?
Something is taught as wrong in one, yet wrong and a sinful at another, but OK in yet another. One teaches only skirts and dresses on women, another specifies how much below the knee they must be, and another allows pants underneath in cold weather. Pants? That abomination is allowed?! I thought once an abomination, always an abomination? Huh?? One says a woman shouldn't cut her hair for any reason but it isn't a sin and another says you lose protection for your family and you are lost if you do. One allows facial hair on men and another forbids it. One says no make-up at all, that you are a Jezebel, and another allows basic foundation and cover-up. One demands sleeve length to reach the wrist, another to the elbow and yet another is fine with it between the elbow and shoulder. And the list goes on....
Aargh!! It is enough to make the head spin! How can so many with 'the truth' be teaching so many versions of these standards? Especially when they state this is what God says. Hmm. Is God confused? Does He change his mind all the time? Is something a sin in one area, but ten miles away it isn't? These are some of the questions people face when they encounter all the differences. It is no wonder that questioning the teachings often starts with standards. They are anything but standard in the churches. If they cannot agree among themselves and get these right, what else could they be teaching that is faulty?