Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Women, Adorn Yourselves With Modest Clothing

"Likewise, women ought to adorn themselves modestly and discreetly with proper clothing, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments" 1 Timothy 2:9
Paul Washer's wife says, "If your clothing is a frame for your face, from which the glory of God is to shine, it's properif it draws attention to your face. If your clothing draws attention to your body, to outline it, to make it noticed, then it's sensual." This is a good rule of thumb to live by.

Gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Erica Campbell's opinions on this matter, along with several contemporary "Christian" women, conflict with the biblical interpretation. Yolanda Adams, arguing in defense of Erica Campbell's form-fitting dress seen above-left, claims that Erica Campbell was not trying to be sexual when she decided to wear the dress, but that it was simply a matter of style: "I know for a fact that Mary Mary, because I've known them for years, they don't try to be sexual," Adams told Think Positive magazine. "Some of the things that they want to wear, they're in style." Erica Campbell claims wearing that dress is about "confidence."

A Christian is not concerned with what is or is not "in style." They are concerned with modesty and what brings glory to God. Just because something is "in style" does not mean a Christian should be caught dead in it. Discernment, ladies! String bikinis are "in style," yet for a professing Christian woman to wear one is indecent and immodest. Only a couple decades ago, the secular authorities would have arrested these professing "Christian" women for the things they wear to the beach these days. Confidence has nothing to do with it whatsoever. Paul Washer's wife is correct. When women are drawing attention to their figure, or parts of their figure, by what they choose to wear, what they are doing is wrong!

I know several professing "Christian" women who claim that the questionable clothing they wear is a matter of being "comfortable." When you are wearing tank tops or t-shirts where the neckline drops to the bottom of your cleavage (let alone exposing your cleavage in the least), your choice in clothing has nothing to do with being "comfortable." You are merely lying to yourself. Every other man and woman knows exactly why you are wearing those kinds of clothing.

It has nothing to do with wearing sheets and moomoos, the way that ignorant and rebellious individuals like to exaggerate the issue. A woman can wear decent, modest clothing and still exhibit style, grace, and beauty. But this concept is foreign to worldly women and lost on their ignorance. When they have grown up in Sleeze Town and are influenced by Sleeze Town, they cannot see any clothing but Sleeze Town clothing as "comfortable" and "in style." I have seen secular women exhibit more modesty in their choice of clothing than many contemporary "Christian" women do. When a secular woman has more dignity in how she presents herself than a professing Christian woman does, there is something wrong.

Paul Washer is correct when he says, "In Philippians we are told to think on things that are excellent, that are noble, that are just, that are right, that are true. The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance."