There is so much legalism that gets into people's hearts. Too many people forget that salvation comes through the blood of Jesus not by man made rules. A thread was just temporary closed on a subject that is very argumentive and that is it a sin for women to wear pants. This is a legalistic issue. Holiness churches teach this not in reality based on true biblical interpretation but because of the need of certain individuals who need to control the lives of other believers. As being part of a holiness group for many many years I know for a fact that most of these standards of Holiness as they are called are man made or faulty interpretation of the Bible. When the issue about pants are taught on by Holiness preachers they claim that pants were created for men not women and that is what makes them sin. Yet historically they know they are in error. Also there are islands in the pacific and even in Oriental countries women have worn pants for thousands of years. A general superintendant of one of the largest Holiness movements once said that they could not reach these people because of this issue so they shook the dust of their feet and dropped trying to reach them for God. You can take so many things and make a legalistic issue out of it. These groups teach that a woman cutting her hair is sin and they take the scripture in 1 Corinthians 11 and twist it. They ignore the fact that God told Israelite men that if they wanted to marry a woman from another nation she would have to shave her head. Also they ignore the fact that in some tribes the women shaved their heads and wore wigs when betrothed so no man would be attracted to them. Then they say wearing jewelry is sin. Some do allow a wedding ring and watch. Others do not. They took two scriptures in I Timothy and I Peter and twisted them to fit their teachings and yet ignore all the scriptures in the Old Testament which tells us jewelry was worn by the Jews. There is a scripture in Ezekiel where God himself speaking metaphorically of Israel as if she is a woman declared he was going to deck her in jewelry. I have heard the following things preached against by Holiness groups. Deodorant, After shave, colored shirts, colored underwear. Soap. Women shaving their legs and underarms. Tie clasps or tacs. Cufflinks. Earrings. Necklaces. Gold Chains. Shoes with buckles on them. MEn using hair spray or style gel. Colored suits. Pants for women. Makeup for women. Women cutting their hair. Men letting their hair touch their collars or ears. Moustaches. Beards. Caffeine of anykind. Men working in their yard shirtless in the heat. ANy kind of swim suit. Young people suiting out for gym. Any length of shorts for men or women. Jogging pants for either men or women. Bloomers. And on and on and on we go. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for all the added rules and regulations they added to the law. He said they made it hard for a person to be saved. There were laws for laws. That is how legalistic religion can become. I think people can have personal convictions unto themselves but unless the Bible explicitly teaches something then we should keep our mouths quiet. Paul spoke about modesty for women. Why was this just directed towards the women? Very rarely do women get sexually attracted by sight. Men lust from their sight senses. It is what men see that they lust after. Yet when I was in the Holiness groups the females wore dresses four inches below their knees and yet males lusted after them. It is what is in the persons heart. When the clothing issues came up in the Bible there was two purposes. One is that God wants distinction between the sexes and two God wants no one to tempt the other to sin by lusting. The Bible really is a moderate book. Not legalistic and not liberal.