Friday, 25 November 2011

The Godly Woman’s Guide to Appropriate Apparel For all Ladies and Young Ladies


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
(Romans 12:1, 2 NKJV)



Dear Ladies and Young Ladies,

We live by the word of God. Everything we say and everything we do is modelled by the Bible.

Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 NKJV).

The clothing styles of our day present a challenge to all of us. We must take the extra time to shop wisely and not compromise on how we dress, not only at church, but everywhere we go.

After much prayer and consideration, we present these guidelines as a tool to equip and assist you with evaluating how you currently dress and modifying it accordingly, based on God’s standards. We trust you will receive them in the same spirit of love and concern.

Ladies and young ladies, be feminine, but be modest.



THE FASHION CHALLENGE

The marketplace is full of fashion that has been designed by people who are trying to lure women into accentuating sexual appeal. It is everywhere, from the racks in the stores to the mannequins on display, to television advertising, television shows, and magazines.

At times, it may seem that adhering to God-pleasing, modest dress is practically impossible. Know that it is possible! It may mean taking more time to shop for the right outfit, trying on many items before purchasing, layering tops for maximum coverage, choosing a larger size, or tossing out items from your current wardrobe that fall short of a Godly standard.

with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).



CLEAVAGE

Never acceptable, not even a hint.

It is never appropriate to reveal the feminine aspects of your body to anyone other than the man to whom you are married. Your tops need to be two inches above your cleavage to insure coverage in all positions. Brassieres should be discreetly worn at all times, meaning the straps do not show or the colour/design does not draw attention under your clothing.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3 NIV).



TIGHT CLOTHING

As Godly women, we dress to look nice and honour God's ways. Skin tight clothing overemphasises the shape of your body. Give yourself permission to go up a size.

Spaghetti straps, strapless tops, halter tops, and backless tops should always be covered by a sweater or a jacket.

Shorts above the knee of any length are considered recreational wear and are not appropriate when coming to social gatherings.

Skirt lengths should be no shorter than “at the knee” when standing, sitting, or kneeling.

As you dress every day, stand in front of a mirror and make sure that your cleavage, midriff and thighs are covered in all positions. Raise your arms over your head and kneel down to check all areas.

Panty lines and panties need to be discreetly covered.



TATTOOS & PIERCINGS

Many have asked us for insight on this subject. First of all, let us say that our comments concerning tattoos and piercings are not meant in any way to make someone who already has them feel any condemnation.

If you are considering tattoos and piercings, please study God’s word and pray before making this life long decision. Bible references are provided on the next page to assist you. Many people have shared with us that they regret getting tattoos when they made the choice in their youth in a moment of emotion.

Many people who have multiple piercings and/or tattoos admit that they find themselves obsessed with acquiring another. Others have admitted they are “addicted” to this behaviour.

Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Lev 19:28)



BIBLE REFERENCES

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1,2)

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV).



NO CONDEMNATION…

Again, if you already have tattoos, we do not condemn you. We love you and we want you to know the Bible principle in Romans 8:1, which says that there is no condemnation to those ... who no longer walk according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.



Original by Alice Stephens
W.O.W. - Women of Wisdom Ministry - Faith Assembly of God, Orlando, FL
407-275-8790, ext. 123 - stephensa@faithassembly.org

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