By Pastor Bill Mosley
Modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc. are terms that have been used by parents for centuries as they attempted to teach their children moral excellence. These terms are likely still used as many parents continue to teach their offspring proper standards. This is no surprise when parents seek to bring up their children by biblical criterion. However, the idea of modest behaviour that is taught in the Bible has somehow taken on a relative meaning by worldly standards. But then these words (modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc.) have always had a relative point by which they obtained an established meaning.
The Word of God gives the definition and the level of requirement established by God if the condition of modesty, decency, virtue, etc. are to be achieved. The world today, as always, has set a different standard for modesty, decency, virtue, and chastity. And once again the church has picked up on the standard set by the world and are busy defending their position on action and appearance not only in the world but also at worship services.
Legalism is generally cried out when this subject is approached. However, strict adherence to the law is not an undesirable quality. Law is an established rule that must be observed if society is to have any resemblance of a high quality of life. Even civil law is established by our all wise God and is beneficial not only for those who observe and respect the law but also for the disobedient (Romans 13:1-7). Just as surely as God required Israel to follow the ceremonial law in their worship, just that surely the moral law of God was given not only to Israel but to all mankind and His requirements have not been repealed. God does not haphazardly introduce His commands. Each command of God has it's own divine purpose and morality and decency is a divine requirement.
Several months ago there appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal a photo of a woman in the nude standing partially hidden behind what appeared to be a pulpit stand in a church. Enough of her body was exposed to reveal she was totally naked. Both the caption and the article was to draw attention to make the religious gullibles believe that she could be as spiritual in her nudist church as anyone else and could fellowship with God feeling neither restraint nor remorse. The first woman that found herself naked ran and hid in the trees and there were no other folks around at that time other than her husband.
Of course her Maker was watching and her awareness of that caused her embarrassment and fear. Wouldn't it be great today if those who bare their bodies would as quickly take steps to get out of sight of public view. Yet hiding from God remains impossible. Now as before it should be an embarrassment to be seen even partially naked. However, carnal eyes have a way of adjusting to the dark and it seems that society no longer has the propensity to feel embarrassed. But God has not changed!
Even when the ceremonial law was being follow and sacrifices were being offered in their proper order and for specific purposes God did not ignore decency. When the blueprint for the altar of stone was given not only was the proper material required but also the manner in which it was to reconstructed. One of those requirements was for the purpose of decency. They were to approach the place of worship in a proper manner (Exodus 20:26, "Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.") If decency did not matter why would the Lord direct them to be careful about their approach to the altar.
Not only was the approach to be proper for the sake of decency, their attire was for the sake of modesty. Aaron and his sons were to wear proper clothing as they ministered to the Lord. One of the requirements of the priest's garment included modesty (Exodus 28:42,"And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach..."). It is obvious
that the God of heaven was taking care that His stand on modesty apparel would not be neglected.
The act of worship they were performing was ceremonial...but their appearance as they worshiped was moral. Although the act of worship for believers in Christ is much different than then the believer's moral appearance in worship has not lessened in the least. The sad conclusion of the church today seems to be that Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services are not as demanding spiritually as Sunday morning services and casual (often immodest) apparel is in order.
God was concerned about the moral issue of nakedness outside the ceremonial worship of Israel. Outside of marriage the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus explains the rule of modesty to be followed by the closest of relatives and the nearest of friends. The end result of disobeying these moral rules is the severe displeasure of God. He calls such disobedience an abomination in His sight.
The stupidity of arguing that the Gentile church is no longer under the law in an attempt to exempt so called Christian activity from moral excellency is so full of holes that it wouldn't even get damp at "Wet and Wild" in Dallas. To say we are no longer under the law but under grace only enhances responsibility. Hear our Lord on this matter (Matthew 5:27, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever
looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart").
Why would any Christian want to give another person a reason to commit adultery in their heart? Yet many men and women of all ages who call themselves Christians "unclothe" themselves donning modern swim attire, that only the most worldly can possibly call modest, and bathe together without any apparent shame. It is immoral in the sight of God! Once again listen to the inspired Word (1st Timothy 2:9,10, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works”).
One of the requirements for the bishop (pastor) before those who look to the man in that position as an example is “good behaviour” (1st Timothy 3:2). Those words are translated from the same word as is translated “modest apparel” in (1st Timothy 2:9). God is as interested and His requirements are as noble concerning the modest appearance and good behavior of men as that of women. Few if any would argue that a pastor has no responsibility to keep the requirement of good behavior. However, some that claim to hold the position of pastor will strip to a modern swim suit and bathe with the boys and girls they should be setting a moral example before. By inspiration from God Paul gives this bit of advice to the Corinthian church: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1st Corinthians 11:1). What a mockery it is of the word of God to claim the sacred position of leadership and throw modesty aside.
Modern swim suit attire cannot be called modest dress by any stretch of the imagination. Yet many church and denominational leaders plan fun trips for youth that includes donning skimpy swim suits that leave little to the imagination. This is true whether it is men/women or boys/girls. The Bible does not give the size or shape of the garments Adam and Eve invented but I am sure it covered more than the garments many church members wear today even on the streets of America.
No pastor or preacher can expose his views on the matter of modest apparel without being aware of opening himself up for criticism. The opinion of man amounts to nothing at all apart from the direct command of God. However, when God leaves no doubt concerning His feeling about modesty it would do all of the human race good to heed His word and do His will. Especially those who name the name of Christ. God's word does indeed direct in the area of modesty, decency,
virtue, and chastity. It would do every believer good to examine their appearance in the light of God's word. This is doubly true for all with the responsibility of leadership whether they are called of God or chosen by the church.
May God help us as believers today and members of the body of Christ to separate ourselves from the world in appearance and apparel; in fashion and fellowship. Paul was not simply passing the time of day when writing this corrective message to Corinth (2nd Corinthians 6:17,18) "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
America: A Nation of Evil Hypocrites!
Noah's nakedness speaks volumes as to the evils of booze (liquid devil). Our American society has deteriorated into a heathen culture of open nudity.
“And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.” —Genesis 9:21-23
The Demon-Possessed Maniac of Gadarenes
Luke 8:27 and 35, “And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs... Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.”
What a precious passage of Scripture! This afflicted man was possessed by devils, running around naked and living in the wild. The entire city knew he was insane. Yet the Bible says when he found Jesus, he came into his right mind and put his clothes back on. Amen! Jesus is the cure for insanity and nudity.
Millions of Americans go to psychologists, psychiatrists and religious leaders for help; but the Word of God says the afflicted man at Gadarenes came into his RIGHT MIND when he found Jesus. It is interesting that being in one's “right mind” is associated with being properly clothed. Americans have a problem keeping their clothes on because they AREN'T in their right minds, they are mentally-ill. This is clearly evidenced by the fact that nearly half of the women in America have murdered a child by abortion. Only a mentally-ill person would deliberately kill a precious child. So it doesn't surprise me in a rotten society that devours it's own children that they would also have a problem with nudity.
The Cure for Nudity is Jesus!
Women who love and respect the Lord won't wear bikinis at the beach, or wear miniskirts, or wear pants, or pose in Playboy. There's not an honest normal man alive who doesn't know what's wrong with women wearing pants—they are extremely revealing of a woman's flesh.
We are living in evil times, when unrepentant sinners are trying to justify every sin imaginable with the Bible. I heard a woman on the news, a professional pornographic model, claim that God approved of her vile career. She said that God created Adam and Eve naked, so nudity must be ok. Evidently she's never read Genesis 3:7 or 1st Timothy 2:9.
Here's a Scripture for all you women who keep trying to justify your nudity and immodest clothing ... “Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?” (Malachi 2:17). Beyonce Knowles claims to be a devout Christian; yet says she has permission from God to wear sexy clothes and strip on stage. She is woefully wrong! Beyonce needs to see Jesus.
I've been studying American history much over the past year. One thing has stood out in my mind through it all, and that is all the beautiful vintage dresses that women wore during the Civil War era and throughout the early and mid 1900's. I promote these type dresses and patterns on my women's page. In the 1960's Communist subversives paid provocateurs like Gloria Steinem to promote the feminist agenda. The Rockefeller family was instrumental in engineering a generation of women to embrace feminism.
Consequently, we are today living in an unrepentant wicked nation of rebels, whores, slanderers, murderers, lesbians, gays, God-haters, divorcees and quitters. We are living in a gutter-culture, a morally toxic society. The British Invasion and feminism of the 1960's successfully led to a revolution of sexual immorality, producing millions of unwanted children born out of wedlock, and the federal legalization of abortion in 1973. Hollywood is a hot-bed of sexual immorality, flowing out like sewage across America.
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The Darkness of Their
God knows what we watch on TV. It's just as bad to watch adultery on TV as it would be for us to be in same room with them. The TV has a desensitizing effect on its viewers. Sin is not shocking anymore but rather becomes commonplace (no big deal). This is why many people have become lackadaisical and acceptant of the wicked sin of homosexuality. The following reads like a synopsis of hellivision and unholy-wood:
Romans 1:28-32 -"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:"
Verse 32 describes TV perfectly, i.e., a window which allows people to have pleasure in the sins of others:
"Who KNOWING the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM."
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"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" —2nd Thessalonians 2:12
"And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible." —Isaiah 13:11
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