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DOES IT MATTER HOW CHRISTIANS DRESS?

DOES IT MATTER HOW CHRISTIANS DRESS?

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DOES IT MATTER HOW CHRISTIANS DRESS?

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  1. DOES IT MATTER HOW CHRISTIANS DRESS?

  2. How Should a Christian Dress? A Gentle Appeal Think; Look at Yourself; and Realize: “I could be wrong. Some of my clothing could be immodest.”

  3. How Should a Christian Dress? A Gentle Appeal What Is Our Standard? • World • Parents • Preacher • Elders • Always thought or done “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21

  4. How Should a Christian Dress? A Gentle Appeal The Bible sets guidelines about dress Do you desire to dress in harmony with the bible? If so, you will listen, appreciate, and follow(James 1:21-22) If not, you will be rejecting God (John 12:48) To violate God’s standard is to act outside His will

  5. Someone’s at the door – could someone answer it; I’m not dressed! I’m dressed – I’ll get it It’s probably my friends – we are going to Wild River Country.

  6. How Should a Christian Dress? Why do People Dress Immodestly? • Ignorant and untaught • Want to fit in • Want to be bold and “turn heads” • Don’t realize how they actually look • Careless – don’t stop to think • About Divine principles • Allow world’s standards to influence them • Brethren gradually get looser

  7. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Modest Apparel 1 Timothy 2:9,10 “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.” ?

  8. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Modest Apparel(kosmios) • "Respectable; honorable" (Arndt and Gingrich, 445). • "Well-arranged; seemly" (Thayer, 356). • "Orderly; well-arranged; decent" (Vine, III:79). • "The well-ordering is not of dress and demeanor only, but the inner life’s uttering indeed, and expressing itself in the outward conversation" (Trench’s Syn. 346). Modest Apparel ?

  9. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Modest Apparel • The People’s New Testament Commentary defines modesty as “In simple attire which doesn’t attract attention.” • Bible Knowledge Commentary - “An appearance that is simple, moderate, judicious, and free from ostentation. . . . Christians must be careful about letting a pagan culture set their fashions. ?

  10. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Modest Apparel • Reserved • Humble • Respectable • Decent • Orderly ?

  11. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Shamefacedness-Shamefastness—Propriety • “With shamefacedness” –(aidos) – “A sense of shame or honor, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect” - "A sense of shame" (Vine, IV:17; Thayer,14). • Have we lost the ability to blush (Jeremiah 6:15; 8:12)? • Those who dress (don’t dress) in such a way that the imagination has little else, if anything, to imagine . . what would it take to get them to blush?

  12. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Sobriety—Moderation • SOPHROSUNE - Translated “sobriety,” KJV, ASV; “moderation,” NKJV • “Soundness of mind... ‘sound judgment’ practically expresses the meaning; ‘it is that habitual inner self-government, with its constant rein on all the passions and desires which would hinder the temptation to these from arising....” (Vines, Vol. IV, pp. 44-45). • “Soundness of mind, i.e., (lit.) sanity or (fig.) self-control” (Strong’s, # 4997).

  13. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Godliness • THEOSEBEIA - “Denotes the fear or reverence of God,…” (Vines, Vol. II, p. 162). • “Devoutness, i.e., piety” (Strong’s, # 2317). • Darby: “profession of the fear of God,” NIV: “profess to worship God.”

  14. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Nakedness • “Unclad, without clothing” . . .“Ill-clad” or “clad in undergarment only” (Thayer, p. 122) • “Badly clad” or “not fully clothed” (Kittle, I:773-774) • “Lightly clad” (Liddell & Scott, 170) One can be wearing clothing and still be “naked”

  15. APRON V. 7 Naked (Nude) V. 10,11,21 Recognized as still naked by all (relatively) How Should a Christian Dress? The First Clothing Genesis 3:7-21 [21] . . . the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

  16. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Clothed Original I.S.B.E. article on “Dress” says chiton “resembled the Roman tunic, corresponding most nearly to our long shirt, reaching below the knee always, and, in case it was designed for dress occasions, reaching almost to the ground” (I.S.B.E., II:877). . . . the chiton of the peasantry was shorter like modern kamis of Syrian fellah which is to the knee. Fromthe shoulder to the knee

  17. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Clothed KUTTONET--"a tunic...; generally with sleeves, coming down to the knees, rarely to the ankles" (Gesenius, 420; cf. Harris, 1:459; Brown, Driver, Briggs, 509). “The tunic . . . was a shirt which was worn next to the skin. It was made of leather, hair-cloth, wool, linen, or in modern times, usually of cotton . . . (Fred H. Wight, Manners and Customs of Bible Lands, 91). Fromthe shoulder to the knee

  18. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Clothed . . . The simplest form of it was without sleeves and reached to the knees or sometimes to the ankles. . . . Women as well as men wore it [see Cant. 5:3, A.R.V.], although there was no doubt a difference in style and pattern in what was worn by the two” (Fred H. Wight, Manners and Customs of Bible Lands, 91). From the shoulder to the knee

  19. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Exposing the thigh = exposing one’s nakedness } Exodus 28:42 “And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.” Nakedness

  20. How Should a Christian Dress? Examining Biblical Principles Exposing the thigh = exposing one’s nakedness } Isaiah 47:2,3 “…Remove your veil, take off the skirt, uncover the thigh, pass through the rivers. Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame will be seen… Nakedness

  21. How Should a Christian Dress? Our Dress and Actions Affect Others • Our dress says something to others about ourselves - “Attire of a harlot”(Proverbs 7:10) • Creates sexual temptation, causing others to sin(Matt. 5:28; Prov. 6:25; Jam. 1:14; Matt.18:6-7);[David saw Bathsheba and lusted](2 Sam. 11) • Sets a poor example(Matt.5:13-16),which could put others in danger.

  22. How Should a Christian Dress? Our Dress and Actions Affect Others • Bring shame on Christ and His children(Eph. 5:25-27; Jam. 1:27). • Discourage other Christians(1 Thess. 5:14). • Mislead weak Christians(Phil. 3:17). • Ultimately, you lose your soul unless you repent, and you may cause others to also be lost (Gal.5:21).

  23. Examining Biblical Principles Ways in Which One Can Be Immodest • Too short, (revealing the thighs). • Too low. Off the shoulders (showing shoulders/chest/back). • Too sheer (can be seen through). • Too tight (fits like a sausage wrapper - more suggestive/ appealing to men). • Careless body positioning and movements. OK when participating in sporting event? OK when participating in a school function? OK at a swimming pool or beach?

  24. Examining Biblical Principles Ways in Which One Can Be Immodest • Short dresses/ mini skirts • Dresses with splits • Backless dresses • Sun dresses • Low-cut blouses and dresses revealing cleavage • Swimsuits • Tight/formfitting • Short shorts (revealing the thigh) • Jogging shorts • See-through styles • Majorette uniforms • Cheerleading outfits

  25. How Should a Christian Dress? Questions Regarding How to Dress: • Can I stand, walk, sit, kneel, bend over, etc., in this clothing without being "naked" according to Bible standards? • Does my clothing emphasize certain body parts or areas that might tend to provoke lust in others? • Does my clothing cause others to admire and respect me, or does it prompt opinions otherwise?

  26. How Should a Christian Dress? Questions Regarding How to Dress: • Since clothing can indicate character (cf. Prov. 7:10), would my clothing suggest an abundance or lack of upright character? • What kind of influence will my clothing have on those who are not Christians? • What kind of influence will my clothing have on those who are Christians? • Would I wear this if Jesus was physicallyin my presence?

  27. How Should a Christian Dress? Reminders for Parents: • Begin early - don't allow immodesty until 12 or 13, and then expect sudden correction. • Take the lead in teaching children about modesty; don't wait for someone else to do it. • Teach children by word of mouth - in our homes, and teach them by example. Children can quickly and easilyidentify inconsistency. • Be consistent in setting and applying standards. • Mothers, teach your sons and daughters what God teaches, and do not undermine godly husbands and fathers as they properly lead.

  28. How Should a Christian Dress? The Moral Impact of Immodesty • We disregard God by disregarding His word(Jno. 12:48-49; cf. 1 Sam. 8:7). • Defiles and sears the conscience(1 Cor. 8:7; 1 Tim. 4:2). • You lose your sense of shame(Jere. 6:15; 8:12). • You conform to the world(Rom. 12:1-2). • Will likely move toward more immodesty(2 Tim. 3:13). • Will likely move to other forms of worldliness(2 Tim. 3:13). • Will resent questions and teaching on the subject(Acts 22:22).

  29. How Should a Christian Dress? Conclusion • Modestly – reserved, decent, respectable • Exhibiting Shamefastness – can blush, have shame • Use Good Judgment – common sense • Show Godliness – devotion to God • Respect Others – opposite sex could lust • Cover Your Nakedness – cover from the shoulder to the knee

  30. How Should a Christian Dress? Conclusion “As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.” Proverbs 11:22

  31. How Should a Christian Dress? A Gentle Appeal What Is Our Standard? • World • Parents • Preacher • Elders • Always thought or done “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21