-2-others (“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness andsobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professinggodliness) with good works.” 1 Tim 2:9). “Modest apparel” does not refer to the characteristic about theclothing but to a specific type of garment. The Greek word used here is “katastole” (
, Strong’s#G2689). The literal meaning of the word used here is “a long flowing garment that is let down.” A goodrule is that no dress should be more than 3 inches above the floor when kneeling. A rule that might seemarbitrary but some rule must set the standard in the absence of a Bible measurement for “modest.”Regarding the wearing of pants and pant suits, this has been one of the most significant instruments onthe scene in the past several years to break down the modesty and femininity in our Christian ladies. Veryseldom has a worldly fashion such as the pant suit gained such overwhelming acceptance in Christian circles.The cut of the lady’s pant makes them immodest because they are form fitting, outlining the anatomy of thewearer in detail. This fact far outweighs the argument that pants are more modest for some activities thanare dresses. For those activities which seem inappropriate for a dress, we suggest knee length culotte skirtsor very full knee length skirts which would allow for a great deal of movement. Pants are also a greatdetriment in instilling grace and femininity into our Christian girls. It is clear from the Bible that pants(breeches) is a masculine garment (“And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; fromthe loins even unto the thighs they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when theycome in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in theholy
that they bear not iniquity, and die:
it shall be
a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.”Ex. 28:42-43). This garment is referred to in the Bible only as male attire. Observation will reveal a girl justnaturally has a tendency to behave more masculine in pants than in a dress. The Bible states a sharpinjunction against the blurring of the distinctions between genders with clothing (“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
abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deut.22:5). This text calls this practice an “Abomination” – Webster’s Dictionary defines an abomination as “a disgusting, hateful, or loathsome thing.”Because of our desire to produce Godly Christian young ladies that are not worldly, we only allow onering per hand and one earring per ear. (“...not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But(which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Tim. 2:9-10).These are convictions that have come from the study of the Bible, human nature, and much prayer. Theyare not meant to be critical of those who disagree. This is, however, a matter of conviction and not mereopinion. The goal of this position paper is to help produce Christian ladies and young people who are notconformers to the world but rather are above average in their testimony to the world. God’s Word teachesthat their testimony is important and should be maintained.It is important that a child’s convictions be consistently taught. No Church would guarantee that itsChristian convictions would be the answer for every ill of society. But, a good family (“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Eph. 6:4)and a Bible believing church (“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 19:14) coupled with a such convictions (“And they shall teachmy people
between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean andthe clean.” Ezek. 44:23) will give every Christian a chance to excel in truth, talent and testimony.Your adoption of an appropriate dress code will help maintain a discrete testimony. Please help othersto dress in a manner that will foster a good role model too. (“For after this manner in the old time the holywomen also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves...” 1 Peter 3:5).