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Title: How Should a Christian Dress and Does God Care


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How Should a Christian Dress and Does God Care
WHAT SHALL I WEAR?
Is it legalistic even to talk about it?
2
Does God have a dress code? Lets see what God
says in His word
  • Eph. 42224
  • put off / put on
  • Col. 3 810
  • put off / put on off
  • garments of evil / on garments of righteousness

Put off the things of the World
Put on the things that will glorify Christ
3
1 Sam. 167
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his
appearance or at his height or his stature,
because I have refused him. For the LORD does not
see as man sees for man looks at the outward
appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. -
Here we are talking about his physical form and
disposition and not about clothing
4
Rom. 1314
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts
NOTE God is interested on whats on the inside
but what we wear is often a gauge of what we are
on the inside
5
Consider
How society has changed and what is now accepted
as normal in the last 50 years
Your behavior sets the tone for how others see
you and your faith. Being modest in your
appearance is just as great a witness to those
around you as your words.
6
One issue many non-Christians have with believers
is that they tend to be hypocritical.
If you are preaching about purity and modesty to
others while wearing revealing clothes you may be
seen as a hypocrite.
By being modest you allow people to see your
inner faith rather than your outer appearance.
7
1 John 216 For all that is in the world the
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life is not of the Father but is of
the world.
Gal. 513 For you, brethren, have been called to
liberty only do not use liberty as an
opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another.
8
1 Peter 334 A Christian should wear what is
appropriate and stylish for any given occasion,
with proper modesty God will look on the heart
of such a woman with approval.
1 Tim. 29 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,but, which
is proper for women professing godliness, with
good works.
9
  • What God has not said

God has not said that dresses have to be so many
inches above or below the knee. God has not said
that how much of the neckline is to be
covered. God has not said that a women cannot
wear jewelry God has not said....and on and on...
10
Some basic principles are
Maintain the male-female distinction
(balance) Duet. 225 A woman shall not wear
anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man
put on a womans garment, for all who do so are
an abomination to the LORD your God Apparel
should indicate the sex of the person men and
women are to honor God in who He created us to be
11
Consider the effect our clothing has on our
influence
Matt. 51416 A Christian is to be salt and light
in this world. Attire is an important part of
our testimony. The way a person dresses is a
indication of that persons character and
spiritual maturity. Dress for both man or woman
should respect the Bible principles of modesty,
non-conformed to the fads of the world and
express humility and simplicity. Now, we're not
talking about modest in your neighbor's eyes, or
friend's, or even family's--but modest in God's
eyes.
12
We should set an example in our Churches with how
we dress. Clothes should not expose areas of the
body that normally draw attention from the
opposite sex. Clothed should not be revealing
because of its conforming fit to the body.
Also in our appearance we should generally be
well shaven, hair reasonably in place as not to
look sloppy or uncaring in physical appearance.
This also can draw undue attention to yourself.
In general your overall appearance should not
draw attention to you that would hinder another
from focusing their attention to worshiping the
Lord.
13
Make sure our clothing does not "offend" anyone
The world is not interested in living a life
patterned after the Word. Likewise a Christian
should not be interested in living a life
patterned after the world. The unbelievers prefer
dress that draws attention to their bodies, which
reflects extravagant and changing fashions.
Consider a man is responsible to guard his mind
from impurity and woman is responsible to help
prevent the lustful stare. Lust in inexcusable on
the mans part but if a woman by her apparel or
conduct has encouraged it, she also shares in the
guilt.
14
A Christian should not attract undue attention to
herself. Clothes should not be provocative or
suggestive, should not expose large areas of the
human anatomy nor have a conforming fit with
suggestive intent.
The Christian should consider how her clothes
reveals her body in its normal movements of
sitting, standing, bending, etc. Clothes should
not be attention getting that would draw
attention to self and off of God.
15
Improper dress should not be a problem for the
Christians. The person who is born again, and
having taken up his cross to follow Christian
should lovingly and joyfully follow the Word.
If a women dresses provocatively, she can cause a
man to sin, similarly the Christian man, should
seek a godly appearance.
16
Rom. 1421 it is good neither to eat meat nor
drink wine nor do anything by which your brother
stumbles or is offended or is made weak
Matt 528 But I say to you that whoever looks at
a woman to lust for her has already committed
adultery with her in his heart.
Rom. 1423 says, But he who doubts is condemned
if he eats, because he does not eat from faith
for whatever is not from faith is sin - teaches
that if someone has doubts about something, even
if it is lawful they sin if they do it because
they go against their conscience
17
Be sure our clothing is modest in God's sight
Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness by
the works of their hands. Despite all their
works, they were still ashamed and afraid when
they met God. He was not satisfied with the
clothing they had made to cover their nakedness.
God sacrificed an animal and dressed them up.
Gen. 321 "Also for Adam and his wife the LORD
God made tunics of skin, and clothed them" . Here
we are reminded that the purpose of clothing is
to conceal, not reveal
18
As any other biblical area of life these
principals need to be taught and modeled in the
Church, among Gods chosen people home, through
generational teaching and example from individual
study and meditation of the Word
19
Things to Consider
Are you buying the outfit to attract the opposite
sex and draw attention to you?
One way to discern if an outfit is modest is to
ask yourself why you are buying it
Remember, it is not Christian like to tempt
others through your dress.
It is not a sin to like nice clothes, but it is a
sin when the desire for fashion becomes more
important than your faith.
20
How Should a Christian Dress?
To Glorify God or for Self
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