God numbers every hair on your head (Matt 10:30). That much is agreed upon by all Christian denominations. But Pentecostals have a unique belief about those hairs on your head: we believe that God has some special instructions for them. Specifically, we believe that God asks males have a short, decent haircut; for the females, we teach that they not cut or shorten their hair in any way.
This seems like an odd statement: that The LORD of all creation cares about your hair length. But in this blog, I'm going to tackle what The Bible says on this most interesting subject.
How long is long?
There is a fascinating passage in the New Testament about hair. It is found in the letters of The Apostle Paul. If you did not grow up in the Pentecostal church, you may have never heard this preached or expounded.
"Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is…
We have a situation in Pentecostal ministry. Seemingly, the number of Biblically-grounded traveling preachers has dwindled.
Replacing them is a growing list of theologically-unsound pulpit performers. The key word here is performer, because performance is the decider nowadays. ... "What were his revival totals?" ... "I hear he baptized 20 in a church 3 hours away." ... "Bro. ______ is a poet with sermons, an excellent speaker".
Numbers & showmanship. Is this the measuring line of modern ministries? It shouldn't be this way, nor do I imagine The Apostles ever intended such an outcome for The Church.
Let's explore why this has happened, and describe how it can be reversed.
"You have one shot - just ONE - to impress a Pastor." This is very common advice told to full-time evangelists as they begin their ministries.
When a traveling preacher is scheduled for a Sunday service, he knows that if he does not "blow the doors off th…
while ago … Myself, a longtime friend several-years-my-elder, and one of the leaders
of a certain church were having dinner. This leader’s church was in transition.
They were in the process of looking for a suitable shepherd, but had not
located one as of yet. As
the 3 of us conversed, I posed the question: “while you’re in-between
Pastors, who is your shepherd? Do you have a Bishop? Is there an elder preacher
who is holding the pulpit until you find one? Who are the church committees counseling
with in their decisions?” The
leader’s response disturbed me: “we don’t need a pastor right now.” He
continued, “we’re bringing in visiting ministers. They can speak for The Lord
in this season and give us leadership. We can wait for a while.” I
was shaken. I’m still uneased by their words. Of course, I understood when they
said we don’t need a pastor right now,
the last two words were unnecessary. I knew the real meaning. This person was
telling me: we (I) don’t need a pastor.