DRESSING UP and INDECENCY

DRESSING UP and INDECENCY

 

DRESSING UP IS ADORNMENT OF CLOTHING TO COVER NAKEDNESS.

When dressing up is done in order to uncover nakedness or exhibits nakedness, it is said to be indecent dressing.

 

FIRSTLY, The Scriptures make us understand that God is the proper Author and Finisher of human dressing.

 

God is author of descent outdoor dressing

Genesis 3:21

(21)  And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins for their clothing.

 

God is author of proper worship dressing

Exodus 28:39-40

(39)  The coat is to be made of the best linen, worked in squares; and you are to make a head-dress of linen, and a linen band worked in needlework.

 (40)  And for Aaron’s sons you are to make coats, and bands, and head-dresses, so that they may be clothed with glory and honour

 

THOSE WHO SEE DRESSING AS MUNDANE TEND TO REFUSE BRINGING GOD’S CONSIDERATION INTO THEIR DRESSING, BUT THOSE WHO KNOW THAT DRESSING BEGAN WITH GOD BRING DIVINE CONSIDERATIONS INTO THEIR DRESSING.

 

When God made man, humanity was without sin such that human nakedness was covered with God’s glorious covering. With the assurance of a Husband to his wife, Christ assures us that, in heaven and the resurrection this glorious covering will be restored by clothing the Church with sparkling unwrinkled linen garment (Eph 5:25-27; Rev 19:8).

Ephesians 5:25-27

(25)  Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it;

(26)  So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,

(27)  And might take it for himself, a church full of glory, not having one mark or fold or any such thing; but that it might be holy and complete.

 

Revelation 19:8

(8)  And to her it was given to be clothed in delicate linen, clean and shining: for the clean linen is the righteousness of the saints.

 

From pagan mindset, dressing is human culture to satisfy mundane passions and pride (1John 2:16) but from godly mindset, dressing is spiritual ordinance to fulfil divine purposes.

 

In the Scriptures, God’s gold standard for dressing to cover nakedness is not prescription of specific designs and styles but is known to follow some FIVE REVEALED PRINCIPLES:

 

  1. SEXUAL DISTINCTION PRINCIPLE: DRESSING SHOULD DISTINGUISH BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE SEXES (Deut 22:5).

Deuteronomy 22:5

(5)  It is not right for a woman to be dressed in man’s clothing, or for a man to put on a woman’s robe: whoever does such things is disgusting to the Lord your God.

 

  1. MODEST PROPRIETY PRINCIPLE: DRESSING SHOULD PORTRAY PROPER MODESTY AND SOBRIETY (1Tim 2:9-10).

1 Timothy 2:9-10

(9)  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with decency and propriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

(10)  But (as becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

 

  1. DIVINE SANCTITY PRINCIPLE: DRESSING SHOULD MANIFEST HOLINESS TO GOD (Exod 28:40).

Exodus 28:36-38

(36)  You are to make a plate of the best gold, cutting on it, as on a stamp, these words: HOLY TO THE LORD.

(37)  Put a blue cord on it and put it on the front of the twisted head-dress:

(38)  And it will be over Aaron’s brow, so that Aaron will be responsible for any error in all the holy offerings made by the children of Israel; it will be on his brow at all times, so that their offerings may be pleasing to the Lord.

 

  1. DIVINE DIGNITY PRINCIPLE: DRESSING SHOULD BRING GLORY TO GOD (Exod 28:39-40).

Exodus 28:39-40

(39)  The coat is to be made of the best linen, worked in squares; and you are to make a head-dress of linen, and a linen band worked in needlework.

 (40)  And for Aaron’s sons you are to make coats, and bands, and head-dresses, so that they may be clothed with glory and honour.

 

  1. SPIRITUAL ORDER PRINCIPLE: DRESSING SHOULD RECOGNIZE SPIRITUAL HEADSHIP DURING WORSHIP (1Cor 11:1-16).

1 Corinthians 11:1-5

(1)  So take me for your example, even as I take Christ for mine.

(2)  Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.

(3)  But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

(4)  Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.

(5)  But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.

 

1 Corinthians 11:10-13

(10)  For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.

(11)  But the woman is not separate from the man, and the man is not separate from the woman in the Lord.

(12)  For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman; but all things are from God.

(13)  Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?

 

 

SECONDLY, Pagan Cultures make dresses that have always fallen short of God’s good thoughts of propriety for humanity.

 

POSTMODERN HUMANITY IS ABANDONING GOD’S SCRIPTURALLY REVEALED COAT CLOTHING TO REVERT BACKWARDS TO MAN’S CULTURALLY CONTRIVED APRON COVERING. THIS HAS BECOME FRENZY AMONG THE YOUTHS.

 

When humanity fell into sin and lost his/her divinely provided glorious cover, they became ashamed (Gen 3:6-11). Though they knew they were naked yet they did not know the proper way to go about dealing with their nakedness. The best they could think out was cover themselves with skimpy indecent APRONS (vs 7), so God had to set a more respectable pattern for them by clothing them with proper COATS (vs 21) for them from animal skins. God had to get them adequately dressed up to cover their shame nakedness before sending Adam and Eve away from the garden into the wild world (Gen 3:21-24).

Genesis 3:6-11

(6)  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and a delight to the eyes, and to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and gave it to her husband.

(7)  And their eyes were open and they were conscious that they had no clothing and they made themselves coats of leaves stitched together.

(8)  And there came to them the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the evening wind: and the man and his wife went to a secret place among the trees of the garden, away from the eyes of the Lord God.

(9)  And the voice of the Lord God came to the man, saying, Where are you?

(10)  And he said, Hearing your voice in the garden I was full of fear, because I was without clothing: and I kept myself from your eyes.

(11)  And he said, Who gave you the knowledge that you were without clothing? Have you taken of the fruit of the tree which I said you were not to take?

 

Genesis 3:21-24

(21)  And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins for their clothing.

(22)  And the Lord God said, Now the man has become like one of us, having knowledge of good and evil; and now if he puts out his hand and takes of the fruit of the tree of life, he will go on living for ever.

(23)  So the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to be a worker on the earth from which he was taken.

(24)  So he sent the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden he put winged ones and a flaming sword turning every way to keep the way to the tree of life.

 

 

THIRDLY, Present trending culture of INDECENT DRESSING that displays rather than cover nakedness is modern paganism but not civilization.

 

Our youths and even the not-so-young do not understand what has hit them and what is manipulating their way of life into instinctive folly rather than inspired wisdom. How come that dressing is now perceived as means of revealing nakedness instead a means of concealing nakedness? Why this renewed tendency towards designers’ obscene nudity instead of tailors’ decent dignity. Why dress for salacity instead dressing for sanity and sanctity? Many presume recent skimpy trouser fashion is normal Western cultural dressing due to their temperate climate but this is entirely incongruous. If you were trousers to cover cold why wear spaghetti to be exposed to the same cold?

 

INDECENT DRESSING (I.E. DRESSING TO DISPLAY NAKEDNESS) is not incidental personal aberrations but a Cultural Revolution and globally syndicated rebellion. Indecent dressing is part of an organized countercultural nonconformist movement which spread in America and Europe during the 1970s.

 

It began after WW II, when as part of the BEATNIK nonconformist movement of the 1950s by delinquent middleclass university students and their eccentric lecturers. This became the HIPPIE countercultural movement in the 1960s and metamorphosed into the WOODSTOCK movement in 1970s. These rebellious movements all wanted to replace tradition with trend, replace tenets with tendencies, replace objective standards with subjective preferences, replace sound-minded life with psychedelic life, replace modest and descent dressing with sexy and cray fashion and replace purpose-driven lifestyle with passion-driven alternatives. Today they and their worldviews have gained respectable tags as postmodernist movement or postmodern culture, which is rapidly propagated globally through the Entertainment Industry, Literature, Information Technology, the Mass Media, Mass production and Philosophical reengineering.

 

WordWeb Dictionary defines the two movements as follows:

1. Noun: “beat generation”
A United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g. bebop)
=beatniks, beats
~youth subculture
⊃beat, beatnik

2. Noun: “hippie” (pl. hippies)
|hi-pee|
Someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
=flower child, hippy, hipster
~crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
⊂flower people, hippies, hipsters.

3. Noun: “hippies”
|hi-peez|
A youth subculture (mostly from the middle class) originating in San Francisco in the 1960s; advocated universal love and peace and communes and long hair and soft drugs; favored acid rock and progressive rock music
= flower people, hipsters
~ youth subculture
⊃ flower child, hippie, hippy, hipster

 

Post-modern pagan culture no longer regards dressing and clothing as meant for shamefaced decency to cover nakedness (Gen 3:7-10, 21) but for shameless fashion to exhibit the body and nakedness especially for salacious seductiveness, rebellious revelry and promiscuous lustfulness.

 

Women who pursue modern flirting fashion of salacious gentile cultures are fast creeping into Churches half-naked. These follow the past counsel of Balaam (Num 31:16) and Jezebel (Rev 2:20) to dress moabitishly sexy or fashionably crazy with no regard for respectable modesty or decency.

 

In the recent decades of revising Divine Truth with mundane trend, many Christians had already been deceived to revise or reject age-old apostolic teaching on the worship veil (1Cor 11:1-16) to dishonorably unveil their head in Church with no reverence for apostolic ORDER of godly modesty (Rom 12:1-2; 1Tim 2:9-10; 1Pet 3:3-5) and apostolic ORDINANCE for angelic dignity (1Cor 11:1-5, 10-13).

1 Corinthians 11:1-5

(1)  So take me for your example, even as I take Christ for mine.

(2)  Now I am pleased to see that you keep me in memory in all things, and that you give attention to the teaching which was handed down from me to you.

(3)  But it is important for you to keep this fact in mind, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God.

(4)  Every man who takes part in prayer, or gives teaching as a prophet, with his head covered, puts shame on his head.

(5)  But every woman who does so with her head unveiled, puts shame on her head: for it is the same as if her hair was cut off.

 

1 Corinthians 11:10-13

(10)  For this reason it is right for the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.

(11)  But the woman is not separate from the man, and the man is not separate from the woman in the Lord.

(12)  For as the woman is from the man, so the man is through the woman; but all things are from God.

(13)  Be judges yourselves of the question: does it seem right for a woman to take part in prayer unveiled?

 

Socially speaking clothing oneself in public is NOT for submission to the public BUT for respect from them (Gen 3:7-11; Gen 9:20-23), because nakedness is social (and even spiritual) disgrace (Ezek 16:37; Nah 3:5). Dressing up recognizes and covers off the carnal shame of our naked bodies which we carry along naturally. Today however, dresses are no longer decently tailored to cover naked shame (Gen 3:7, 21) but fashionably designed to obscenely and crazily show off the carnal shame of exposed bodies and figures.

 

Today’s New Age, “hippie” culture of fashionable nudeness is heathenish and must never be brought into the Church’s Angelic fellowship and heavenly worship services. Even in the society, fashionable nudity, salacity and decadence do not depict the shamefaced modesty, sobriety and reverence that Christians should be known for (1Tim 2:9-10; Tit 2:11-13; 1Pet 3:3-4). THE GODLY PURPOSE OF DRESSING IS TO COVER NAKEDNESS FOR DIGNITY AND DECENCY NOT FOR HEATHENISH EXHIBITION OF NAKEDNESS AND OBSCENE NUDITY.

 

Adornment is meant for godly beauty and dignity (Exo 28:40-43; Job 40:10) not for worldly decadence and dishonour. Over the years adornment has degraded from REVEALED dignifying decorousness to REINVENTED elegant stylishness and now debased to REBELLIOUS fashionable salaciousness.

 

May God grant us understanding and readiness to live for Him by the power of His Spirit.

 

May the great virtues in our dressing up draw many to come to Christ. Amen

 

 

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Ordained Gospel Minister and practicing Physician
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