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Untangling the Truth: Elijah

John Collins7/19/2012 1:08:00 PMThe latest "Untangling" book is available: "Untangling the Truth: Elijah".

The idolatry of Tyre was quickly spreading throughout the ancient world. It had long-lasting effects on ancient Greece, Italy, and other nations. God would not let this evil befall his children, and sent many prophets to condemn the false gods of the ancient world.

Many preachers and evangelists of today do not speak of the violent evil that was spreading in an audience of women and children. It would not be pleasant to listen to child sacrifice. Christians of today do not want to listen to men's blood spilled on ancient altars, prostitution openly in temples of Jewish goddesses, homosexuality as a form of worship, or worse evils.

At the same time, very few study the ancient world to learn of the cultures, styles, beliefs, or histories of the nations. A single quote of painted eyes by a woman spreading these evils cannot be the foundation for a doctrine, especially when many other women of the ancient world had similar customs.

They were different customs than today, eyes painted to become larger in an effort to mimic the appearance of their false gods. The paint on their face reached the temples of their forehead, and was nothing like the small amount of cosmetics applied to the eyelids, as is the custom today. The Christian woman William Branham condemned openly in front of her husband would not have been painting her eyes to mimic a false god.

The truth of the matter is that William Branham taught a doctrine of the "breasted god," which essentially is the same thing that Jezebel did in her day - mix the religions of the female goddesses into the belief system of the Ancient Jews. Had William Branham painted his eyes before his own death, it would have been a much lesser sin than bringing the worship of a false goddess into Christianity - even if painting of the face was a sin.

There is no mention of beautifying ones self through use of paint condemned anywhere in the Bible, and Elijah the prophet certainly did not devote his life to condemning Jezebel for her use of paint. The Bible teaches to use a modest dress style, as is custom for the times. No specific guidelines are given, because cultures change as time progresses. Men and women of the ancient world Paul ministered to may be considered immodest compared to the dress cultures today, while other ancient ages of times past may be more modest than even the Christians of the Pentecostal faith.