IT’S LIKE THIS, KAT November 13, 2011 Dear friends: Each Sunday I am answering questions or commenting on topics of which I have been asked. You are also welcome to respond to any of the questions or topics presented here. Comments by others will be printed the following week, unless you decline to be published or I receive material that is in poor taste or inappropriate (for which I reserve the right not to print). No names or personal information will be printed unless I have your express permission to do so. If you would like to contact me but do not want to be published in the column, please do so. I am available for private counsel. One of my articles will be printed in each edition. If you decide for whatever reason you no longer wish to be on the mailing list, let me know. Please forward this to all you think might be interested. Question: Some people/denominations believe it is wrong for a woman to wear pants or shorts. Why do they believe this and what is your belief? Answer: The premise for this belief comes from a scripture in the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 22:5: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.” This is the only scripture that is used by those who believe women should not wear pants or shorts. Most Bible scholars believe that this verse was referring to homosexuality. However, without considering that argument, the fact is that there was no such thing then as a pair of pants for men or women. They all wore robes. I would imagine that there were female robes and male robes available, and there was some distinction. The same thing is true today. Men’s pants/jeans are different than women’s pant/jeans. Not only could my husband not fit in my jeans, but I don’t think he would wear them if he could! The principle behind this scripture, in my opinion, is that we are distinctly male or we are distinctly female and that we should not try to be the opposite of what we are. Along with Romans 1, I believe this scripture validates God’s position on homosexuality. If modern day Christians choose to take this scripture to mean that women are not to wear pants, it’s not a problem for me. However, it is an inconvenience to them, and it restricts activities. In many instances, pants are preferable to a dress and more modest! As always, let God be your guide, but I do not believe it is a sin for women to wear pants. COMMENTS FROM A READER REGARDING THE 11/6/2011 ISSUE: The other night I followed a fire truck wailing and going quickly towards my store. The scene I encountered there was very grim. There was no fire, but there was an absolute power outage. I went in the store and it was only illuminated by flashlights being used by the night crew and nobody seemed to know what was going on. At that point, I had to leave as I was off the clock. I began to walk towards my car and the night was pitch black save for the light from the fire truck behind me and blue-red flashing lights off in the distance. I heard someone screaming off in the distance, and I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that another earthquake was imminent. I got a very chilling thought then. Was this a glimpse of the rapture? Is this a sign of something to come? I've read Revelations many times over, but the experience of a tangible view of what really is described in Revelations was very intense and would make one’s hair stand on end. Revelation 1:1, 3 (NIV): “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, . . . Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” I'd like to encourage you as part of a fellowship to be ready. Be ready because Christ is returning soon. If you want to know you're ready, you don't need a lot of legalities. Just live a Godly life as best you know how. Stay in the Word, stay in prayer, continue learning every day, and, as you do, be waiting on the Lord as He will be here soon. Thank you, Josh Redwood Today’s Article from Kat: GOD KNOWS “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Sometimes we win. Sometimes we lose. God never said this life would be easy. As I reflect on the highs and lows of my life, I realize more and more that there’s no way around the lows. If there were no lows, we would never know the joy of the highs. When I was a little girl, my mom bought me a little Indian purse. It was made of something like leather and had some fringe on it (I still love fringe!). I remember being so happy and excited about this little purse, and then one day I lost it. I don’t know where exactly, but I couldn’t find it. My mom thought maybe I left it on the pony ride at the store. I probably did, but when we returned to the store, it was gone. My excitement turned into sorrow. Has that happened to you? If you are human, it has. You have experienced loss to some degree. For some of us, the loss has been greater than for others. When I heard about the little girl in our neighborhood who was found dead in the sand box at the park, the loss I have felt recently seemed so insignificant. I thanked God that my son (who turns 17 tomorrow) is healthy and strong, and that all my loved ones are safe. God never promised us this life would be easy, but He promised that He would always be with us. He promised us that He would go before us and prepare the way. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. He knows in advance when loss will occur in your life. Whether it’s the loss of a little girl’s purse, the loss of a pet, or the loss of a loved one, God knows how to comfort you. His is the only true peace. I am so thankful that He knows, and that His comfort is more than we could ever ask for. I look back and see how God truly has turned my sorrow into joy in so many areas of my life. He has and will do it again and again. Today, whatever you are going through, whatever loss you feel, allow God to fill that void and bring you peace, hope, and encouragement. He will do it for you! You may say, “Things will never the same.” They may not, but I believe God has something better than anything we’ve ever had before. The best is yet to come, in this life and for all eternity! May God’s peace and joy be abundantly yours! Kathy Qualifications/Credentials: Kathy has been in the ministry for 30 years. She is ordained with Open Arms Fellowship (openarmstoall.com), a ministry ran by Kathy and her husband Randy. Kathy and Randy minister in Word and song and specialize in the area of relationships and meeting the needs of the world around them. They are the worship leaders for Western Hills Assembly of God. Between the two of them, they have four children and two grandchildren! She may be contacted through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Disclaimer: Kathy Barnes is not a secular, professional counselor. The nature and purpose of her ministry is discipleship, not professional/secular counseling, and she has not been trained in medicine or psychology, nor has she been trained in any type of secular counseling. Kathy Barnes’ emphasis is in the direction of the Word of God, and she trains people to search the scriptures (the Bible) for answers to life's problems. Neither Kathy Barnes nor any representatives or contributors to this column are responsible for and cannot be held liable for, any harm, injury, or loss occurring in the lives of participants of this column. Kathy Barnes cannot control decisions or events in participants' lives or what participants may decide to do in the future. Quoted scriptures taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.
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