BIBLE TEACHING ON GODLY DRESS
This study clarifies what and how godly woman should dress; the biblical perspectives of godly dress.
As people who have been enlightened by the light of the true Word of God, we will teach on this. There are several wrong perceptions and teachings about Christian clothing and dressing, and it is better to mention some of them before we share the 4 Biblical Perspectives of Godly Dressing.
Avoiding Bible Standard on Godly Dress.
Some Pastors and churches say they don’t have to emphasize on Christian dress or preach against worldly dressing because Jesus didn’t mention anything about it. This assumption and conclusion is erroneous and a deceptive excuse, because Jesus didn’t mention everything during His earthly ministration because His disciples could not understand everything then so He committed the disciples unto the Holy Spirit who would teach them “all things”. So it was the same Spirit of Jesus Christ that inspired the Apostles who unequivocally taught against worldliness and on how Christians should dress. Romans 12:1, 1 Timothy 2:9, 10, 1 Peter 3:3, 4.
While some preachers and churches are trying to avoid the teaching of godly dress style, some others say anything goes. These type of preachers from America to Africa say your outward look and dressing does not matter to God. They say it is your heart that matters to God not your body or what you wear. This is a pure satanic, destructive doctrine. The Bible states it clear from Old Testament that God is not delighted in His children exposing their nakedness. From Genesis, God made the first clothing for humanity after they fell into sin and were sent out of the Garden of Eden. The LORD God made the clothing from animal skin for a purpose – to cover their nakedness. So from here the primary purpose of clothing, of dressing, is to cover our nakedness. All senses will agree with this, spiritually, physically, philosophically and mentally; that we wear clothes primarily to cover our nakedness. So when a person wears clothes and the nakedness is not properly covered, the person is not just being fashionable but working against God’s natural purpose; that is ungodly and out of sense. If being half Unclad is the latest fashions, then animals are more fashionable, and humanity has descended below animal.
When a Christian who has the knowledge of the Almighty God claims that she is dressing not to cover her body but for fashion, that Christian is both spiritually and naturally insane. The Bible admonishes us in Romans 12:1, to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. What does that means? God is interested in how you present your body as well your heart. God will not accept half Unclad presented body. How you present your body is more important to God than the sacrifice you present. He told Moses that the children of Israel should be careful so that their nakedness is not exposed, because that might attracts God’s wrath. Exodus 20:26
Any pastor or church that ignores to teach you biblical ways and manner of proper and godly dressing is an ungodly pastor and church. The deception of the devil to lure many women and even men to hell through worldly dressings are now accepted in many churches, they don’t see anything wrong with how you dress, it doesn’t matter how you present your body. The kind of wears women can’t wear to night parties about 20 years ago because of natural sense of decency are what our Christian women are wearing to churches today with confidence. The same women are pastor’s wives, deaconesses and workers; the same women can speak in tongues of angels and men, they can pray with thunders. Such women are operating under the spirit of Jezebel. At the same time you see Christian brothers doing jerry curls, inordinate hair-do, using earrings and so on.
While some churches and their pastors declare anything goes-style of dressing, another side also goes extreme in legalistically dressing. They claim to be conservative and then go extreme. This other side speaks against women wearing “ready-made” clothes, buttons down shirts and they narrow them down to some specific styles they can wear; some even oppose women using hats and so on. Going extreme cannot bring godliness, it will only bring hypocrisy; such denominations have double standards, their standards of godly dress in Africa is different from what they have in the Western countries. If it is true that wearing trouser, buttons down shirts, using hats and so on are sins, then it should be sins everywhere, every time and at every situation.
The truth about sin is that sin is sin universally and at every condition. Then why do we see the same denominational women wearing hats, button down shirts and suits in Western countries? Why do we see the pictures of their women on their websites and on Facebook wearing suits, button-down shirts and even trousers in some occasions in western nations? Some excuse it is because of the weather there and I do wonder, “Is it possible for something that is sin in a particular country not to be sin in another country?” If women wearing suits, trousers, not covering their heads are sins in Africa or Asia, then they are sins in America and everywhere, irrespective of the weather, condition, country or the profession.
Some Christians are now teaching that a Christian woman cannot weave her hair naturally, use wool or rubber to plate. All these are extremism which does not last. For many years in Christianity in Africa women have been moderately weave, use wool and rubber until some people came with visions. Such is nothing but misleading extremism. A Christian woman can moderately weave her hair, use wool or rubber without going against God’s will.
The standard of the Bible is not anything goes permissive styles neither is it conservative legalism, Bible standard is MODERATION! One of the attributes of Christianity is moderation. Moderation in everything: how you live, what you say, what you eat, what you drink, how you dress, what you wear, car you ride, house you live in, what you use and so on. When you are in Christ, you don’t show off yourself, because your self is death, you don’t show your body, your riches, your pride; you show Christ and Him alone. Anything that will share or take glory from Christ you don’t get involves.
THE FOUR BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR WOMEN DRESSING!
So what are the Biblical standards for dressing for godly women? The answer is that a godly, regenerated woman can wear anything as long as it goes along with these four biblical perspectives:
(1) WELL COVERED: When you give your life to Jesus and living a new life in Him, you are not controlled by the world fashion’s sense, you are not dressing to belong or please yourself, you dress primarily to cover your body as a living sacrifice to God. Because you realize your body is a temple of Holy Spirit. Anything you wear must cover you well. How? Your skirts must reach below your knees; your shirts must well cover your chest; any tops, gowns, etc. Your wears on top must not show the trace of your breasts if you bend down and your underwear must be under, not over. That is the meaning of well-covered dress.
Wearing shirt or top that shows your cleavage as a woman is sign of satanic influence on your soul. If a Christian woman wears a cloths that doesn’t cover her knees, that the trace of her breasts can be seen, that people can see any of her under-wears outside, she does not present her body as a holy temple of God, she is defiling God’s temple since she claims to be a child of God, and the punishment is serious.
NOTE: Any dress you wear as a woman, on the top, that reveals your cleavage is the most sinful and ungodly dress of all. Those Christian women who wear such are under the trap of Satan, they are satanic agents of pollution, and the bad news is majority of Christian women are victims.
(2) NO TRANSPARENCY: Any clothing you wear as a godly woman must not be transparent or evaporated that your underwear will be seen. Since the purpose of wearing clothes is the cover your nakedness, wearing transparent or evaporated clothes has defeated that God’s purpose in such woman’s life. Wearing transparent, evaporated clothes is an indirect nakedness and disobedience to God; it is as bad as half Unclad. As a Christian, godly woman, you are watchful of what you wear and how you wear them so that you are not disqualified by God just because of your dress-style.
If you don’t wear trouser as a woman but you wear cut-and-sow or ready-made clothing that reveal your cleavage, then you are walking in the better trap of Satan.
(3) NO TIGHT: If you are wearing skirts, gowns, shirts, native dress, self-made, uniforms, sport wears, whatever, where ever, it must not be tight. Wearing tight clothes that shows the shape and anatomy of your body to the world is also an indirect nakedness. You wear clothes to cover your body not to show your body shape. When the motive is to show the shape of your body then something it wrong, it is called inordinate motive. A godly woman does not dress to show the shape of her body, so body hugs and all sorts of tight clothing are ungodly and can lead to damnation and condemnation of one’s soul at the end.
(4) NOT EXPENSIVE: Either a woman or a man, as a child of God, Bible directly warns us not to buy, wear expensive clothing, not because you can’t afford it but because you are a Christian, modest. Christianity is all about modesty, meaning showing little about yourself, your financial capacity. You don’t buy clothes by the reason of your financial capacity; you buy clothes by the reason of modesty. Wasting money on expensive clothing and accessories is un-biblical. Our modern preachers can tell you opposite but here is what the Bible says, “in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,” 1 Timothy 2:9.
Costly clothing is unbecoming for a heavenly conscious woman or man. Then how can we measure costly clothing and every other thing we buy? Simply apply the principle of moderation: (I) ask yourself why you want to buy it for that price, are you buying it for its quality, for ego, to class and prove your financial level? Or because it is the reigning fashion and you want to belong? (II) Ask yourself if you can get another clothing of same quality with lesser price. Then let the Spirit of God guide you. God knows our intentions and thoughts, so we can’t deceive Him.
GOOD MOTIVE + BAD MANNER = CONDEMNED PERSON
Some women claim that they wear any clothes with pure motive, without any bad motive to seduce. If you have a pure motive and you don’t care about the manner you express that motive, it is a sin. If your pure motive is generating un-pure thoughts from those who see you then you have become the source and cause of un-pure thoughts. When you are a child of God, you show God’s glory, people see you and see Christ not otherwise.
Some say they wear what they want to wear, and if it affects any man, such man should close his eyes. Such statement should not be from a regenerated person who is a child of God, because (1) closing eyes will only lead the world into darkness, but a child of God is a source of light, to help open the eyes of the people in darkness, it is not to close the eyes of people into deeper darkness. (2) A child of God dresses to edify not to instigate lust or shows self.
Also, using makeup, artificials, weave-on, fixing nails, painting lips or nails; bleaching, toning or lightening skin; blowing hair, using expensive perfume and jewelries, and all that are evidences of worldliness and ungodliness.
May the Lord give us understanding of the truth, and may we take to necessary correction but it gets too late.
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