Tsadde posted a topic in God, Church & FaithI am a pentecostal christian, and in the two churches I've congregated myself in (one of which I am still residing in, and hope to continue to stay for a long, long time) cutting your hair in sometimes forbidden. In my first church, which was very much dictated by man, instead of God, they said it was a sin to cut your hair in the slightest way. Even so, members always seem to go regardless! In the one I'm in now, they say it's fine to trim and such, but not to chop off your hair or do anything drastic. I've been wanting to get bangs for two years- the pastor's wife once told me she doesnt approve of people doing so, but understands that some people have complexes about how they look, because some people in our church do have bangs. I dont want to defy my pastor, but the Bible does not prohibit it. I also dont want to present myself in a way that doesnt please the Lord. What should I do?
I am a pentecostal christian, and in the two churches I've congregated myself in (one of which I am still residing in, and hope to continue to stay for a long, long time) going to the movies has been prohibited. Even so, members always seem to go regardless! I dont want to defy my pastor, but the Bible does not prohibit it, and I dont agree with not being able to go. I mean, I've heard some reasons- its time spent not focusing on God (but if I watch a movie at home, isnt that the same thing?), in a movie theatre your sitting amoungst sinners (sinners are everywhere, and if that's the case, I shouldnt be able to leave my house, right?), you wont be ready for Jesus' second coming in a theatre (but how those a theatre affect my readiness? Am I suddenly polluted by going to watch a movie?) I'm not saying that those reasons arent valid, I just want explanations. I want to understand! Lastly, I understand the concept of temptation when going to see a movie- some are violent, sexual, inforce wrong messages. But I'm interested in watching movies that are good for me as a christian- like watching disney movies with my younger brothers. So, should christians be able to go to the movies? Why, or why not? What biblical or christian reasoning do you have? What should I do?