Articles about Standards

Standards – with a capital S – is a system of thought common in conservative Pentecostalism. “Standards” are unofficial guidelines by which they believe Christians are to live righteous lives, pleasing to God. Unfortunately, these ideas are usually substitutes for biblical ideals, lean heavily toward legalism, and are little more than the basis for judgement between brothers and sisters in Christ… not to mention the basis for judgement by Christians toward non-believers.

Doreen asked: "I do not cut my hair because I believe the bible says not to. This may seem silly, but I would like to style my hair by putting lots of layers but keeping it looking long...one Pastor says never ever cut your hair and others just do not care one way or the other. What do you think?"

One of the identifying marks of a particular brand of Pentecostalism is a list of do's and don'ts known as "Standards". Note the capital S. This list of restrictions includes things like long hair for men, women in pants, adult beverages, cosmetics, wedding bands, movies, and so on.

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