Improper clothing (whether female or male clothing), and other improper things concerning the outward adornment and one's conduct

 

 

You, brothers and sisters in the Lord, being the light of the world and the salt of the earth, must be an example to the children of this age in clothing also. And in order to do this, you must not conform yourselves to this present age, that is to say, you must not follow the fashion, and you need to keep the commandments of God. And when we speak of the fashion of this world we must always bear in mind that it is provocative, expensive, and indecent, because that’s the kind of fashion the children of this age like.

Let’s see now, therefore, what a believing woman and a believing man must not put on and how she/he must dress in order to be an example. First of all, I want to say that a believer, as far as modesty and decency are concerned, must dress always in the same way. Whether a believer goes to the place of worship or to work, whether it is winter or summer, a believer must always dress modestly and decently. The only difference we permit and understand is the weight of the clothes because it is evident that during summer we cannot wear the clothes that we wear in winter. Therefore, in this case the weight of the clothes is different because the material of which they are made is different. A believing man or a believing woman is the temple of God wherever he/she lives on the face of the earth and every day of the year, that’s why he/she must dress always modestly and decently.

 

Woman

 

As far as the outward adornment of the woman is concerned, the apostle Paul says: “In like manner also, [I will] that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10), and Peter confirms these words by saying to women: “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands” (1 Peter 3:3-5).

Let’s start speaking of the things which a believing woman must not wear. She must not wear tight blouses, transparent blouses, and low-necked blouses. And her blouses must not be short-sleeved nor sleeveless, and they must not be made of costly materials. In addition to this, she must not wear trousers (whether they are man trousers or woman trousers), miniskirts, or skirts which reach her knees lest when she is seated she show off her thighs, which must be kept covered.

She must not wear slit skirts, or skirts made of expensive materials. Furthermore, she must not put on fishnet stockings nor those shoes with stiletto heels, nor silver or golden shoes. All these things are not proper for a woman professing godliness, because they make a woman provocative and haughty. Let the woman wear long skirts, which reach their ankles, and let her skirts be decent and modest; and let her blouses be decent and modest as well as her shoes.

Concerning gold or silver jewelry, she must not put any jewelry around her neck, in her ears, around her wrists, and in her fingers. Obviously, she should not put on the wedding ring either, also because the custom of wearing a wedding ring is based on a superstition, which can be read in almost every dictionary of superstitions. This superstition – as I have already said – holds that the fourth finger of the left hand has a vena amoris, that is, a love vein running directly to the heart, so the wedding ring, which is symbol of union of love and of faithfulness, should be put on the left-hand annular finger. Pearls also must not be worn by a woman.

As for the make-up, a woman must hate it, therefore she must not paint her eyes nor put rouge on his face, nor put on any lipstick. The Bible says that Jezebel, Achab’s wife, who was a very wicked woman painted her eyes (2 Kings 9:30). A woman should not put on any perfume because it distracts greatly men and attracts them to her.

As far as his head is concerned, a woman should not cut her hair, because it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut as a man (instead, if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her), and she must not braid her hair nor perm her hair and nor have her hair dyed. A woman should not wear sun glasses because they make her appear haughty. And when she prays or prophesies she ought to cover her head with a veil, lest she dishonor her head, that is, man.

As for her behaviour, when a woman is seated she must not cross her legs nor part them, lest she provoke men. And she must not put a chewing-gum in her mouth, lest she move her lips in a provocative and sensual way.

 

Man

 

Now, let us speak of man, because many tailors have made also man provocative.

In the law is written: “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 22:5). Now, this is the only passage in the Scripture which refers clearly to the way a man should not dress, therefore we will start from it. Some time ago, I happened to read some words spoken by some famous tailors about the male fashion; the substance of what they said was that the man of this age must look like a woman in his bearing and therefore the male fashion must help to feminize him. Needless to say, those who speak in this way are effeminate men or sodomites. So in this age, through these famous tailors, who are under the power of the devil, many clothes for men which look like female clothes (both in the cut and in the colours) have been made. These tailors don’t pay any attention to the Word of God, rather it must be said that they scoff at the Word of God openly. That’s why believers, especially younger people for the fashion is addressed mainly to them, must be careful what they put on because various male clothes are influenced by this perverse tendency whose purpose is to make a man flabby and frivolous.

Before I start speaking of those articles of clothing that a believing man must not wear, I want to point out that it is not only women who seek to attract men through their clothes, for men also seek to attract women through their clothes. Remember that many tailors have made diligent researches on women in order to find out what male clothes attract women the most. Do not underestimate this, brothers, do not be ignorant of Satan’s devices.

Let’s start from the shirts. Men should not wear those pink or yellow shirts with strange and attractive drawings, because their purpose is to attract women’s attention. Shirts must not be close-fitting lest they show off the muscles of man’s bust and arms; I know that some believers like to show off their muscles in this way; brothers, abstain from doing such a thing, which is improper. Shirts must not be made of very expensive materials; the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world.

As far as the tie is concerned, it is something which is superfluous and something which makes a man ‘higher’ and therefore don’t put it on. Put a man without a tie near a man with a tie on and you will notice immediately the difference; there is great demand for ties, in some places it is mandatory; what’s the use of it? At least, the belt helps to keep the trousers adherent to the waist and keeps them from falling down, but what’s the use of the tie? I believe that the tie – especially the tie which is fashionable - is useful only to make man attractive. Today, it’s not difficult to meet believers who forget to bring their Bible to the place of worship but don’t forget to put on their flashy and odd tie! They have all kinds of ties; always a new tie on, always an expensive tie!

As for trousers, they should not be too loose-fitting nor too tight-fitting; in the former case because they tend to feminize the man (which is the aim of many tailors), while in the latter case because they show off a man’s curves making him provocative and attractive. If the woman must not wear miniskirts, a man must not wear minitrousers (shorts and bermudas), which are so fashionable during summer, because it is shameful for men to show off their thighs and legs.

As for shoes, they must not be luxurious shoes made of crocodile skin or made of some other very expensive material. Let man dress with propriety and decency in order to glorify God in his body.

As for jewelry, men also must not wear any jewelry, therefore no necklaces around the neck, no bracelets around the wrists, no earrings, no rings.

As for hair, a man also should not perm his hair nor have his hair dyed. And since if a man has long hair it is a dishonor to him, he should not have long hair like a woman, he must not have a pigtail, and he must not have his hair shaved on both sides of his head in order to have the hair only on the top of his head as many young people do today. Men also should not wear sunglasses, nor put on any perfume because it distracts the woman and attracts her. And when a man prays or prophesies, he must not have his head covered, lest he dishonor his head, that is, Christ.

As for his behaviour, a man must not open his shirt to show off his chest, and he must abstain from crossing his legs in the place of worship and outside it; when it is hot he must not put himself bare-chested before other people because that is a bad habit.

 

Replies to the main objections

 

● ‘God looks at the heart!

That’s true, but it is also true that God does not look only at our heart, I mean that He looks also at the way we dress, and if we don’t honor our body and the sound doctrine through our clothing he is not well pleased with us. If God looked only at the heart, He would not have said through Paul how a woman must adorn herself, nor would He have said through Moses that a woman must not wear anything that pertains to a man. Don’t you think so? If God looked only at the heart, we could go to the place of worship or to work completely naked!!! But obviously we can’t do such a thing because it is an abomination to God. Then, I put the following question to you sisters: ‘If God looks at the heart, what do men look at?’ It does not seem to me that when men see you walking with your miniskirts or with your low-necked dresses or with your close-fitting dresses, they look at your heart! They look at everything except your heart. They don’t care about your heart at all, I say it again, ‘at all’!!! Here is the point, men looks at your body. Therefore, knowing that men feel attracted to women, and when they see you the first thing they look at is your body, you must be careful what you put on because the less covered you are the more exposed you will be to their insolent compliments and to their provocative and piercing glances.

Therefore, you must do every effort not to attract men’s attention through your clothing and anything else which may help to attract their lustful attention, which will cause them to sin and thus in this case you will cause them to stumble. However, there are men who, because of your provocative dresses, not only will look at you but will also try to touch you and to rape you. And in fact there are many women who have been raped because they were dressed in a very provocative way. There are some people who have come to the conclusion that it is not men who rape women but women who rape men! I must confess that they are not completely wrong in saying such a thing because there are some women who, through their clothing and behaviour, really solicit men to sin against them. Consider what I am saying, and you will see that it is so. Therefore, sisters, you run several dangers by wearing provocative and indecent dresses.

 

● ‘The cowl does not make the monk!

I agree with you, however the fact still remains that a monk must put on the cowl. Whether he is a true monk or a false monk, therefore, he must wear the cowl. This applies to the nuns also, who must wear a special dress. The fact still remains, however, that when a woman meets a monk or a man meets a nun, her or his senses are not stimulated as when a woman meets certain brothers or a man meets certain sisters who wear very provocative and tight-fitting clothes! Ah, if only many sisters were dressed like nuns! For sure they would not induce their neighbour to fall into temptation.

Furthermore, it must be said that the clothes a person wear show what the person is inwardly. That is something that have been said even by some sociologists and psychologists. That shows the importance of clothes. Younger people who rebel against the modern society show their rebellion through eccentric clothes. Prostitutes wear particular dresses to attract men. Transvestites are dressed like men or women, according to their perversion, in order to attract people of the same sex. In other words, in our society people speak also through the clothes they wear. And since we Christians live in the midst of the world, and we also have to say something to this world through our clothes – what we want to say to the children of this age is that God is holy and we are called to honour our body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we no longer belong to this world, having been delivered from this present age –, we will be able to deliver this message to the world only if we are dressed blamelessly. That’s why a believing man or a believing woman must appear a holy person outwardly. Be careful, I am not saying that we must pursue only the outward holiness, but I am only saying that the outward holiness also is important because it indicates that we want to honor God with our body, and also because in certain cases the world will see only this of us, it will hear only what we will say to it through our clothes.

Obviously, we must have also a pure mind, a pure conscience, a pure behaviour in our private life, otherwise we will be hypocrites, we will be like those whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly but inside are full of dead men’s bones. And we must beware of every form of hypocrisy since the hypocrites will be cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. Nevertheless, clothes are very important in the life of a Christian. Some people of the world have gone as far saying: ‘Tell me what you eat and I will say who you are!’ and, ‘Tell me what kind of people you frequent, and I will tell you who you are!’, but also: ‘The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside and indicates what you intend to do!’ As for the last two expressions, I must say that they are not wrong, because the people we frequent and the clothes we wear indicate what kind of people we are.

 

● ‘Many of the things you say are not written!

You are right in saying that they are not written, but in the way I have spoken them, for they are written in another way. How? Let’s take for example the following words of Paul: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are [were] bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and also these: “For this is the will of God, …. that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel [body] in sanctification and honour” (1 Thessalonians 4:3,4). What do we learn from these words? We learn that our body does not belong to us but to God, for He bought it, that the Holy Spirit dwells in it and thus our body is holy, as it is written: “The temple of God is holy” (1 Corinthians 3:17), and therefore we must see to it that we dress it properly and we do not adorn it with gold and silver nor uncover parts of it, as the children of this present age do. Answer this question of mine: ‘If the Scripture states that our body is the house of God, thus a sanctified house, what right have we got to profane this house by besmearing it with cosmetic and colouring creams or by adorning it with gold jewelry, or by putting haughty and indecent clothes on it? As you know, the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world, which lies under the sway of the wicked one, therefore what shall we do if we wear haughty clothes? We will clothe the temple of God, or adorn the house of God, with the pride of the world. Jewelry is vanity and is not necessary to the body, therefore if we put jewelry on our body we will adorn the temple of God with the deceitful vanity, as the people of the world do. To uncover parts of our body in the presence of other people is a dishonor to us and dishonors our body, therefore if we uncover it we will dishonour God.

You see, brothers, what you need to bear in mind is that if you wear indecent clothes or haughty dresses and you uncover your body as the children of this age do, you will show that you don’t esteem your body, which is the temple of God; for this reason you must understand what the will of the Lord is, so that you may live as wise and not as fools.

 

● ‘There is no need to say these things (the Lord Himself will reveal them to the brethren!)

That is what many pastors say. However, answer this question of mine: ‘What would you answer me if I told you that you don’t need to tell your child not to put his fingers in the wall socket when you see him touching it? Or what would you answer me if I told you that you don’t need to tell your children not to speak bad words when you hear them using a bad language? Or what would you answer me if I told you that you don’t need to tell them that they must not steal if you know for sure that they have stolen something? Wouldn’t you say to me: ‘We are their parents, therefore we must instruct and admonish them! We can’t permit them to do whatever they like! As parents we have this duty towards our children!’? Likewise, as for the things which a believing man or woman must not wear, those who have been appointed to shepherd the saints MUST warn them and exhort them, so that they should not wear certain articles of clothing because they are indecent and dishonor the doctrine of God. If a sentry sees that the enemy is coming and does not blow up his trumpet, what shall we say about that sentry? We shall say that sentry is a sentry in name but not in deed, because such a sentry does not do his job. Obviously, those who rule over the sheep of the Lord must be an example, ruling their own houses well, because if they are not able to settle things in their own families they will not be able to settle things in the life of other believers. But the fact is that today most pastors are not careful what they put on (especially outside the place of worship), and the same thing must be said about their wives and their children. When we see them, they look like people of this world, who have not yet turned from worldliness and the vanity of this wicked world. Maybe when they go to the place of worship they are dressed properly, but outside it they are unrecognizable. That’s why these pastors don’t urge the sheep to dress modestly and decently, for they themselves don’t dress how they ought to, and thus they are afraid of the reprimands of the sheep, who know their way of dressing outside the place of worship. Things being as they are, therefore, the words ‘the Lord Himself will reveal these things to the brethren’, are lying words, for actually they don’t want the Lord to reveal these things to the brethren.

 

● ‘We have been saved by grace and not by works, what you teach is a form of legalism which kills spirituality’.

It is true that we have been saved by grace, but it is also true that God did not give us permission to live like the heathen who don’t know God. At least, the Bible that I read does not say that we have permission to live like the heathen. My Bible does not say to me such a thing, either directly or indirectly. The apostle Paul said that we have been set free from sin to serve righteousness, therefore we must present our members as slaves of righteousness and not as slaves of iniquity. Therefore, since we have been called to serve righteousness with our body, we must no longer dress as when we belonged to this world and we served sin. However, the fact is that today almost all speak of the salvation we obtained, but they hardly ever speak of the fact that when we turned to Christ we became slaves of righteousness. I mean that we hardly ever hear that we became slaves of Christ (1 Corinthians 7:22), and thus as slaves we must obey His word by doing what is right in His sight. Yes, we are Christ’s slaves; He is our Lord and our Master, who bought us with His blood, and therefore we must obey Him, we must honour Him, we must not provoke Him with unjust deeds and words. On the contrary, it seems to me that many have forgotten these things, because they are dressed just like the heathen. Perhaps someone will say to me: ‘Did Jesus not say that we are His friends?’ Yes, Jesus said that we are His friends, but He also said: “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14 – NKJV). On the contrary, it really seems that – according to the things that are said by these rebels – Jesus said that we are His friends even if we don’t obey Him, that is, even if we love the world and all or just some of its lusts. No, Jesus of Nazareth did not teach that we are His friends even if we conduct ourselves like the heathen. Rather, James says that those who love the world are enemies of God, and thus they are enemies of Christ as well, because the Father and the Son are one. Therefore, consider carefully the fact that we are friends of God if we obey Him; the condition is very clear.

Another thing that must be said is this: to tell the brothers and sisters that they must not dress indecently but with decency and propriety is not a form a legalism which kills spirituality. The commandments which quench the Spirit and nullify the grace of God are the commandments regarding circumcision, the Sabbath day, the Jewish feasts and the new moon, foods (the prohibition of eating certain ‘unclean’ foods), and the commandment on tithing as well, to mention just some of them. Yes, even the commandment on tithing kills, because it is part of the mosaic law, thus of the Old Testament. However, it seems that no one realizes it. The commandment of tithing kills, that’s the legalism which kills. On the contrary, according to these pastors who love money rather than the Lord, tithing does not kill but does good to believers, much good to the faithful who pay tithes, but above all to them who collect the tithes of the faithful. Hypocrites, did you forget that according to the law tithes had to be collected by the Levites? Are you Levites? The levitical priesthood was abolished in Christ, therefore we cannot command the people of God to tithe any longer. I really don’t understand why according to you the levitical priesthood and the atoning sacrifices, which had to be offered by the priests, were abolished in Christ, while the tithes that the Levites had to collect from the people were not abolished!! However, you command the saints to tithe and you take advantage of the fact that the saints don’t know the Scriptures! You don’t care about the fact that many sisters are dressed like prostitutes, but you care about their tithes, you are very much interested in their tithes. You greatly err, for to command the brethren to dress properly is not legalism. The commandments which urges the saints to keep their own body in sanctification and honour are not precepts which bring the saints into the bondage of the law and cause them to fall from grace. Rather, it is your indifference that kills the saints, because it encourages them to dress indecently and to profane their body. Your jokes kill, your desire to become powerful after the flesh kills, your impudence kills, your misdeeds kill!! You mistake salvation for holiness. Therefore I remind you that the end of our faith is the salvation of our soul, while the fruit of our faith is holiness. Salvation is obtained by grace, through faith in Christ Jesus; but sanctification (the progressive sanctification) is achieved by keeping the commandments of the Lord and of the apostles. Therefore, if you don’t command the saints to dress with propriety and decency it means that you don’t want them to pursue holiness. This is serious, very serious, because it means that the biblical passage which says that without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14) is of no importance to you. Therefore, you do not honour the Word of God and you induce the saints to do the same. However, do not deceive yourselves, in due season you will reap the fruit of your rebellion.

You even say that these exhortations cause unbelievers to stumble. On the contrary, your exhortations, whose purpose is to induce people to give you tithes and a lot of money for God’s work, do not cause those unbelievers who hear you to stumble, do they?!! No, these precepts which I teach, whose purpose is to honour the doctrine of God, do not cause unbelievers to stumble, rather it is your greed, your love for money, of which you are full, that causes unbelievers to stumble. It is the passing of the offering basket - and sometimes you even pass it out twice or three times because once is not enough for you – before the face of both believers and unbelievers, accompanied by all kinds of blessings for those who give a lot of money, which causes the unbelievers who hear you to stumble.

I conclude by saying: ‘Wisdom says “It is a joy for the just to do justice” (Proverbs 21:15 - NKJV). To do what pleases God is not something that makes us angry or kills us or saddens us, rather it is something that makes us glad. As for dressing with decency and property, there is not a single God-fearing believer who is displeased with this way of dressing because by it the name of the Lord is glorified through him or her. It is a joy for the just to dress with decency and propriety also because he knows that God will reward him also for his efforts to pursue holiness. God is just and will never be indebted to anybody.

Therefore, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation which I wrote for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you. I have spoken openly to you, brothers. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

 

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