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“Modest Apparel”. If God Designed the Fashions…. (Genesis 3:7-10)

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if god designed the fashions
If God Designed the Fashions…
  • (Genesis 3:7-10)
  • Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."
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If God Designed the Fashions…
  • (Genesis 3:21)
  • Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. (NKJV)
shame in exposing body parts
Shame in Exposing Body Parts
  • David’s Servants:
  • (2 Samuel 10:4-5)
  • Therefore Hanun took David's servants, shaved off half of their beards, cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away. When they told David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, "Wait at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return." (NKJV)
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Shame in Exposing Body Parts
  • Babylonians:
  • (Isaiah 47:1-3)
  • "Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate. Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, Take off the skirt, Uncover the thigh, Pass through the rivers. Your nakedness shall be uncovered, Yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, And I will not arbitrate with a man." (NKJV)
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Shame in Exposing Body Parts
  • Paul:
  • (1 Corinthians 12:23-24)
  • And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, (NKJV)
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Determining Appropriate Dress
  • "Mini-clothes are symbolic of those girls who want to seduce a man..."
  • - Mary Quant, London fashion designer and mother of the miniskirt
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Determining Appropriate Dress
  • – Romans 14:8b
  • “…whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.”
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Why Modest Dress?
  • (Romans 13:13-14)
  • Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (NKJV)
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Why Modest Dress?
  • “No matter what the product, from shampoo to beer, the tactics are all the same. Get a beautiful person in there …The use of these models and how they are posed is actually a very precise art, starting with human biology and the nature of sex….On the cover of almost every magazine in the grocery store there is a gorgeous model or actor staring at you with that ever so seductive "come hither stare."
  • – Heather Price
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Why Modest Dress?
  • "Sex is the second strongest of the psychological appeals, right behind self-preservation. Its strength is biological and instinctive, the genetic imperative of reproduction,"
  • - Richard F. Taflinger, PhD
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Why Modest Dress?
  • "An astonishingly great number of men are of the opinion that women are more attractive partly dressed - than nude. They prefer to see women partially disrobed to the sight of complete nakedness."
  • - Theodor Reik, Of Love And Lust
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Dual-Responsibility Here:
  • (Matthew 5:27-30)
  • "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. (NKJV)
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Why Modest Dress?
  • (Philippians 4:8)
  • Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (NKJV)
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Why Modest Dress?
  • (Proverbs 7:7) And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, (NKJV)
  • (Proverbs 7:10) And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. (NKJV)
  • (Proverbs 7:22-23) Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, Till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life. (NKJV)
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Why Modest Dress?
  • (Matthew 22:36-39) "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him," 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' "This is the first and great commandment. "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (NKJV)
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. (NKJV)
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • “Modest”:
  • Gk. meaning "Orderly, well arranged, decent, modest" (akin to kosmos, in its primary sense as "harmonious arrangement adornment"; cf. kosmikos, of the world, which is elated to kosmos in its secondary sense as the world) - Vine's
  • "The well-ordering is not of dress and demeanor only, but of the inner life, uttering in deed and expressing itself in the outward conversation" – Trench
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • (Isaiah 3:16-17)
  • Moreover the LORD says: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, And walk with outstretched necks And wanton eyes, Walking and mincing as they go, Making a jingling with their feet, Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab The crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, And the LORD will uncover their secret parts." (NKJV)
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • Adorned “with propriety”:
  • "a sense of shame, modesty, is used regarding the demeanor of women in the church" - Vine‘s
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • Adorned With “Moderation”:
  • "denotes soundness of mind" - Vine's
  • "it is that habitual inner self-government, with its constant rein on all the passions and desires, which would hinder the temptation to these from arising..." – Trench
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • "not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing"
  • "proper for women professing godliness"
clothing consistent with godliness
Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • (1 Peter 3:1-2)
  • Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. (NKJV)
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • (1 Peter 3:3-4)
  • Do not let your adornment be merely*outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel-- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (NKJV)
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(1 Timothy 2:9-10) - Clothing Consistent With Godliness
  • (1 Peter 3:5-6)
  • For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (NKJV)
live as paul encouraged us to live
Live as Paul Encouraged us to Live!
  • (Philippians 2:15)
  • that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, (NKJV)