It involves the phrase "avoiding the very appearance of evil". When the passage is poorly translated, and taken out of context, it appears as if it is saying that one should avoid doing anything that someone else might take as being evil. The SP counselor talked about what an evil world we lived in, and how this persons mind was now polluted with the things of the world. Just about every Sunday Mormons are reminded to "avoid the appearance of evil." And the very God of peace sanctify you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 Paul told the Thessalonians to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). This was used, in my youth, to explain why you should not, among other things, drink ginger ale in a bar, go to drive-in movies with a girl even if you are completely virtuous, go into a liquor store to buy candy or pretend a Tootsie Roll is a cigar. 23 And the very God of peace a sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to avoid the mere appearance of evil. That passage says “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” If we give the appearance of evil, we tell the world that it’s okay to sin. Ironically, the whole “avoid the appearance of evil” Pharasaism is based on a mistranslation (actually, just an archaic translation, where a word means something different in Elizabethan English than it does today) of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 2 Timothy 2:22. Verse Concepts. That's the key. I was told directly that I should only have LDS friends growing up. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. They have to obey all these rules - or at least look like they're obeying them. (1Th 5:22 KJV) This is generally interpreted by small-minded men as an excuse to avoid interacting for good in the lives of others. If you associate with those that don't believe as you do, you aren't "avoiding the very appearance of evil". It's tricky being a Mormon. Abstain from all appearance of evil. - President James E. Faust, April 2007 Ensign: First Presidency Message: Enriching Your Marriage … Thessalonians 5:22: ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil.’. The apostle Paul in writing to the Thessalonian members counseled them: “22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 22) There are too many members of the Church who have a tendency to live on the edge. Hey Cathy, thanks for your kind words. At that moment, me picking up the magazines six months earlier came back, and I was so thankful he had not seem me, or I would have been the subject of his talk! This is a very hard task indeed. abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22) "Since there are no harmless flirtations and there is no place for jealousy after marriage, it is best to avoid the very appearance of evil by shunning any questionable contact with another to whom we are not married." We need not become legalistic regarding what others may perceive to be evil. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 22 a Abstain from all b appearance of c evil. [3] I did not avoid the appearance of evil. Looking the part. 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy a kiss. But we do need to remain cognizant of our witness to the world and of our duty to support fellow believers. They were using "appearance" in an antiquated way). 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