Standards For Biblical Christianity

In his book, Grace Amazing Steve McVey shared a portion of a brochure that a woman in his audience gave him. She told McVey everyone who joins her church receives one. The brochure is entitled, “Truth About Standards: Biblical Standards for Christians.”

Here are a few of the “standards” “Christians” are to live by, according to their brochure.

The brochure identified Scriptural reasons not to . . .

  • participate in worldly amusements such as attending ball games, rodeos, circuses, racetracks or bowling alleys
  • go dancing or participate in mixed bathing
  • cut your hair short if you are a man
  • allow your hair to grow long and not cut it if you are a woman
  • wear clothing that “pertaineth to” the opposite sex

Here’s “standards” you ladies will like . . .

  • Women are to wear decent, modest clothes with modest styles; moderate prices and colors; all with decent dress lengths, sleeve length and neck lines.
  • Women are to refrain from wearing jewelry or makeup

It sounds as if a church committee sat around a table one day with the pastor and thought up all the things they thought “good Christians” should not do, Then they combed God’s Word to find scriptures that justified their “standards”. To me these “standards” are pure legalism. I wonder what they do for fun in that church.

>¹Grace Amazing; ©2001 by Steve McVey; Harvest Home Publishers, Eugene Oregon 97402; pg. 128


About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Standards For Biblical Christianity

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Sometimes it seems man’s standards are higher than the Lord’s. Who do we fool but ourselves? The devil loves to make it more onerous for Christians to live the Christian life by his standards..

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