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…
He was a powerful preacher, used in the gifts of The Spirit. He preached conferences, campmeetings, and national events. People would drive for several hours just to hear him. ... And at some point during all this, he sinned. Committed deeds that would end his public ministry. A man used of God, now a trophy on Hell's wall.
If you have been in Pentecost for a while, you've heard stories just like the above. They are jarring. They can even make us afraid to trust the pulpit at times.
Surely there is some sign that these sins are happening? There must be an indicator - a precursor - to these moral failures. Indeed there is, and that is the subject of today's post.
There are specific passages in The Word of God that I, a full-time preacher, still wrestle with. I don't believe this is bad. It reveals The Bible has even more to teach me in the years to come.
Problem scriptures are, in my opinion, not problematic: they represent future launch points of deeper understanding in His Word. However, there are certain places in Holy Writ that bother me, and I'm not talking about scriptures I don't understand. Quite the opposite. I understand them, and they shake me to my core.
One verse particularly continues for me to be a source of what The Elders would call, "The Fear of God". That verse is the subject of this post.
My biggest fear
A few years ago I was reading through Judges chapter 16. The passage is discussing the fall of Samson - his sin, loss of strength, and ultimately his death. In the midst of this story, a terrifying statement is made:
"... And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him." - Judges 16:20