“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.”

Malachi 3:16

Modest Apparel

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 6:20

There is a subtleness that is creeping into our assemblies and it must be noted. Slowly but surely the fashions of this world has invaded the lives of the Christian in a way that many have overlooked. Not only is it shown outside of the church (at home, work, school, supermarket, etc) but also in the church. Where before you wore clothes that fit right and covered every necessary body part, the fashion designers of this century have made it fashionable for a size 8 woman to wear a size six! The invention of the mini skirt and see thru blouse has joined forces with this trend exposing more than needs to be seen. We (children of God) feel that this is acceptable because this is the fashion of the age and everyone is doing it, but wait! Let us find out what is acceptable to God. Is this not the reason why we were put on this earth, to please God?

Romans 12:1(Amplified Bible) say “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Not only does God want us to represent holiness on the inside (1Corinthians 6:19) but on the outside as well (verse 20). We’ve been taught long ago that women that wear men apparel and men that wear women apparel are an abomination to God (Deuteronomy 22:5) so the Devil begins to infiltrate the saints of God’s lives with other styles of this world, which is also detestable unto God. He has us believing that if we do not wear these items in God’s sanctuary that it is O.K., on the contrary! We must represent God everywhere we go. Remember, everywhere we go, we are in God’s sight (Psalms 139:7-12).

The mini-skirt, see thru blouse, any attire that exposes cleavage, belly button, waist line, back, and tight form-fitting clothing; these styles were created to entice the lust of the flesh. The designer’s motto is “If you got it, flaunt it!” You then become duped when you hear people say that they feel better or seem to exude a great deal of confidence when they are placed into these styles in what is called the “make-over”. These styles never exhibit holiness. If we are not careful the Devil will have us believing and saying. “There is nothing wrong with this!” Or “We can’t find anything else out there to wear!” The Lord wants us to show godliness. Saints, just as living for God makes us act sensibly, modestly and appropriately so should our clothing reflect that as well (1Timothy 2:9). That can only come by living wholeheartedly for God. “Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.” (Romans 12:2 -Living Bible)

What is sensible and appropriate attire? What is modest apparel? Is it pleasing to God? These are questions which needs to be asked each time we purchase clothing for ourselves and for others. If we are living for God, we must begin to examine our wardrobe and see if it reflects godliness. When you bend down, is the small of your back exposed? If you cannot lift up your hands above your head to praise the Lord for fear that you may expose your stomach or if you are constantly pulling on the hem of your blouse to cover your mid-section, then the blouse you are wearing is inappropriate attire. We ought to be an example at all times (I Timothy 4: 12) that means no tight, form-revealing clothing. Girls’ dresses must cover at least to the bottom of the knee. It is also to be understood that girls wear no heavy makeup like rouge, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, or colored fingernail polish.

The style for young men in this world is no different. They are wearing their clothes three sizes too big. At times the undershirt is much longer than the outer shirt and is being exposed because it is now cool to wear your shirts out of your pants. Pants that are too long are no longer cuffed (hemmed) but the folds are carefully placed upon the tongue of the boot or the sneaker being worn (conveniently exposing another logo). We are now advertising the designer’s logo on all of our clothes. We feel that these logos must be seen, whether it is stitched on our outerwear or our underwear. We feel a sense of worth if we can show everyone just how much name brand apparel we have. This normally results in a haughty spirit, which is clearly something that God dislikes (Isaiah 3:16-24).

If you look into your wardrobe and notice any piece of garment that does not display holiness, take notice, for you have been “lulled to sleep” by the fashions of this world. Do not worry; the fact that you have noticed is confirmation that the Lord is opening your eyes. Make the necessary changes to draw closer to God by replacing those garments with those that are acceptable to Him. When you have made the changes (not only in what you wear, but how you wear it!) let us then take our Lord’s advice and “Watch and pray.” (Matthew 26:41) for “blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who stays awake (alert) and who guards his clothes, so that he may not be naked and [have the shame of being] seen exposed!” (Revelation 16:15-Amplified Bible)