Who wears the pants in the family?
There is a popular phrase used long ago that is now seen as sexist. It is that men "wear the pants in the family." Feminists like to use the term "uppity" to mean women who fight for power in the home. Uppity women now rule the homes of America and they literally wear pants.
Satan has worked to blur the roles and one of his most successful tactics has been to make women quit wearing dresses and wear pants most of the time. I don't know of any 20th century book that says women should not wear pants. My favorite book for women is Helen Andelin's Fascinating Womanhood and she says it is less feminine but okay if the pants do not look like men's pants, such as bluejeans. In her chapter titled "The Feminine Appearance" she writes that appearance is very important. She quotes from Proverbs 31 that says, "She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." She writes, "Please note the fabrics. Tapestry is an intricate, beautiful design woven into the fabric. Silk is the most feminine of all fabrics. The color purple is significant, suggesting she cares about her appearance, and goes to some trouble to look her best."
"To acquire a feminine appearance, accentuate the differences between yourself and men. Wear only those materials and styles which are the least suggestive of men's and which make the greatest contrast to their apparel. Men never wear anything fluffy, lacy, or gauzy." She goes on to give tips on fabric weave, color and design: "Avoid such fabrics as tweeds, herringbones, denims, pin stripes, or any fabrics commonly used by men.... Do wear soft or crisp cottons, soft or fine woolens, linens, silks, or anything silky, soft or womanly."
She teaches that women should choose colors that are feminine and avoid browns and grays. Then she has a few sentences about pants that I feel are wrong. She says "Pants are not the most feminine of dress. You can wear them, however, if of a feminine material and style ... soften the masculine effect by wearing a feminine top." She says "Unless you are very young, avoid denims and fabrics used by men." What is "very young"? I assume she feels teenagers are not very young and so should not wear blue jeans.
I disagree with this completely. I wrote to her asking if women should wear dresses and she wrote back saying what seemed to me to be the opposite of what she writes in her book. She wrote saying "No pants except for mountain climbing, camping and climbing ladders to wash windows." I agree with her on this, but not on a wholesale approval of pants she gives in her book.
I searched the web and came up with a few sites written by
Christians who believe as I do. Pastor Art Kohl of Faith
Baptist Church (click Here
to read the entire article)
says in a sermon titled "For Ladies only! Don't be afraid to be feminine" : "It is absolutely wrong for a man to be feminine. It is so wrong that it is listed among other behaviors that tell us a person isn't really saved. First Corinthians 6:9-11, 'Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate..."
"If it is so wrong for a man to be feminine, isn't it equally wrong for a woman to be masculine?"
"We live in a day where some women want to work like a man, dress like a man" and in effect "To be like a man is their highest goal and achievement. ... Anything that man can do, they want to do."
"Many ladies," he says, "are afraid to be feminine. After all, who wants to be different. It takes a great deal of courage for a woman today to be all God wants her to be."
"The Bible is the textbook on femininity, not the feminists. The femininists are really masculinits. Women who want to be masculine." He quotes First Timothy 2:9-15 that gives characteristics of Biblical femininity. It says that women should "adorn themselves in modest appare, with shamefacedness and sobriety." He says shamefaced means "she has the ability to blush. Her eyes are down cast unlike the harlot whose face is bold toward impurity." I think wearing pants contribute to women acting too bold and masculine.
LaVenia Boswell has an article on the web titled "Just Why Can't I Wear Slacks?!" (For her website, Click Here).
) She writes, "Grasping a Biblical understanding of this was one of the most difficult for me. I LOVED wearing slacks. They gave me freedom of movement without worrying about modesty. They were modest ... weren't they?"
"Surely they couldn't really be 'men's' clothing ... because every female I knew wore them. So, what was the big deal (Bible doctrine-wise) about women and slacks?"
"The Pants Issue" was a real hard one for me when I was first saved at 20. I lived in pants, always had, and could not see how my feminine slacks, if not too snug could possibly be called 'manly clothing". When she gave them up she missed them: "All the time feeling I was being deprived of something wonderful."
"It wasn't until several years ago that it suddenly became clear the why's.... Our Father-God began revealing to me why he hates sexual boundaries to be crossed (as they so blatantly are today) in dress, hairstyle, speech, action, outwardly or privately."
"Rebellion against God" and "flaunting His word and His will" is "an ABOMINATION in His eyes." (Deut 22:5) "The woman shall wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD thy God."
... "All through the years I'd heard preachers say pants on women were immodest, well, I just wasn't seeing it. Immodest? How?"
Not being a man I guess I tend to look at women's faces more than my eyes being drawn to any area below the neck ...."
"Slacks and jeans all form a 'v' in the front junction of our legs. Now, if shown a frontal picture of a woman in a dress, another in slacks guess where you're eyes will most likely fall first when looking at the woman in slacks? It's because of the 'V' being in the center. Kind'a like a bullshead on a target. For many men this can cause lustful thoughts, especially if the woman has a nice figure."
"That's just the front!"
"Men love to view the female form. God made them creatures easily aroused by what their eyes see. So, Christian men always have a battle going on. Pants show the length of the legs, the shape of the abdomen, the outline of the hips, the shape and contour of the buttocks, the female's 'v' area, etc."
"Look ate same two ladies from the year. If the lady in slacks bends over, well, what do you see now?"
"Our poor men, they are bombarded on all sides by ladies revealing the shape of their intimate areas. Only a husband or doctor should see such things."
She does see some exceptions. "Now, if a woman does activities which may expose her (horse riding, biking, gardening) of course she is to wear clothing so she is not exposed. I've gardened with a long skirt and had no problem, but riding a bike I like coulottes. That's me. In my closet is a pair of slacks for an emergency or need I haven't considered. Before I use them I hope I will have prayed and asked the Lord for His guidance."
"How did we become a society of pants wearing women? We forgot (or rebelled) over why we'd never, ever worn pants before."
"Along comes Hollywood with their role models, who live to shock and be scandalous to increase their popularity. The starlets cropped their hair, dropped their necklines, raised their hemlines and started wearing men's clothing. Hollywood cheered and called it 'fashionable.'"
"Look on public bathroom doors. As a female, would you walk into the one with a picture of pants or the one with a skirt?"
"Just look at our society -- need I say more. See, our culture has adopted the wrong attitudes. Bossiness, brazenness and boldness tends to follow."
"Sexual boundaries are terribly blurred in America. Who started smudging the line? Could it have been women refusing to obey God's instructions? Started cutting their hair and pulling on pants?"
"Christian women are to uphold a Godly standard for their children, neighbors & family. Even when it might not be the popular thing to do, stand firm with what God shows you."
""Now, I know there are many wonderful, praying Christian women who wear slacks and some even wear shorts, and almost all cut their hair short. I'm not saying that a woman is a horrible sinner to do these things. What I AM saying is that God wants His sons and daughters to RESTORE the paths to dwell in ... the way of HOLINESS."
"She maketh herself coverings"
In a website (Click Here) a pastor's wife, Liz Graf, of the First Baptist Church in Sayville, New York wrote an article called "She Maketh Herself Coverings." She writes "that in order to be modest in god's eyes, our dresses, skirts, and culottes need to fall below our knees -- for any part exposed above the knee is considered nakedness in the eyes of God. (Isaiah 47:2,3 '...make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, .. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen.' Webster's dictionary defines the thigh as being the portion of the leg between the hip and the knee. Another verse that defines nakedness as an exposed thigh is Exodus 28:42.)"
She goes on to say, "Open, low necklines, sleeveless tops and dresses, short and slit skirts and dresses, tight, slinky, form-fitting attire and pants or shorts, have no place in a Christian woman's wardrobe. (You might say 'Sleeveless?! Oh, come on!' Ever notice what advertisers say about 'bare' shoulders? Words like sexy, soft, and alluring are always right there.)"
"Culottes were invented in order to give a lady the freedom to move around -- i.e. gardening, cleaning, bike riding, etc. -- and yet look like she has a skirt on. If you want to wear culottes, make sure they look like a skirt front and back."
She ends with a note on wedding dresses saying that she has seen many "wonderful, sweet, little Christian" girls who dressed modestly and properly but "What happens on her wedding day? To quote a familiar passage -- 'June is bustin' out all over!'" She says she has seen "brides I've been embarrassed to look in the eye because of her immodest apparel."
I don't feel it is correct for women to have to wear veils and caps like some churches teach. On a website, (Click Here to read the entire article), Harold Martin, writes a tract called "The Christian Woman's Veiling." He is an Anabaptist and writes: "We are often asked the question: 'What is that cap you wear on your head? What's the significance of a sort of veiling worn over your hair?'"
"The woman's veiling is something taught in the Bible. ... You will find God's teaching about veiling in I Corinthians 11. Verse 6 of that chapter says that if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off, or her head shaved, let her cover her head."
"But what is the background for this commandment? Why does God say to the woman, 'Let her cover her head'? The answer is that the veiling worn by the woman is a symbol. It is a symbol of at least things:
1. The woman's acceptance of man's
2. The purity that characterizes Christian living
3. The prayer-life of one who is serving Christ"
I sympathize with this. Women are so manish today. But I believe Sun Myung Moon has said the day of veiling is over. He said American women have taken off the veil and proceeded to take off most of their clothes. He said a near naked woman is accepted almost anywhere as if it is normal. Women have gone too far.
In a website (Click Here) Irene Taylor wrote an article called "Dress for Respect." She writes, "The clothes we wear may not 'make the man,' but they make a definite statement about our attitude toward self and others. Business leaders recognize this and emphasize the importance of dressing for success. The way we present ourselves reflects our attitude toward life in general. We have become so casual in our dress, we think casually about events toward which respect should be shown. A lax dress code shows a lack of respect."
She goes on to say, "Often the sad response is, 'No one tells me what to wear. It's no one's business what I wear.' But that is not really true. One is governed either by biblical principles or by society's current fashion designers." She says that a man who does prison ministry told her that there is a sign in the reception room that read, "Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Underwear and bras must be worn. No halter tops; no shorts. No revealing clothing."
Pastor E. L. Bynum wrote an article (Click Here
Dress Codes For The World
Dress Codes For
This subject always stirs up some preachers and you begin hearing that you are a legalist, etc. especially from preachers whose wife "wears the pants" in the family -- and also at other times doesn't wear much of anything at the church swim-ins.
Several years ago Mary and I were in New York state in meetings. At a campground where we were staying between meetings I picked up a folder advertising the horse racetrack not far down the road.
I was interested in the fact that in order to eat in the Clubhouse overlooking the racetrack you had to dress a certain way. In other words, they had dress standards.
Men had to have on a coat -- or jacket and a shirt and tie. No jeans, shorts, etc. The ladies were re quired to wear a dress or skirt and blouse. At the bottom of the folder it stated that you would not be allowed into the Clubhouse for dining unless you were dressed properly.
I could not help but think of how sloppy many of God's people dress for the church services. I am not talking about sinners coming to church. I am talking about those who claim to be saved who show up dressed like the world.
They come poured into a pair of pants or a short skirt or a dress that they have to keep pulling down. Or a low cut dress or blouse that reveals part of their breast. We should strive to be an example to the lost world.
Recently while in Albuquerque, New Mexico having my truck serviced, Mary and I went across the street to a little coffee shop. I picked up an advertisement for a place called Club Obsession.
The advertisement said, "Albuquerque's newest and most glamorous nightclub. Featuring the hottest DJ's in the nation. Turning out the hottest R&B, pop, reggae, hip hop dance music ever."
Sound like a fun place? In large 12 point bold type along one side of the folder were these words: "Dress to impress - no denim tops or bottoms, no T-shirts or jerseys, no flannel shirts, no baseball caps, no combat/hiking boots, no tennis shoes."
Just below that, in large type, were these words: "No exceptions." I could not help but think that some Baptists I know would not be able to meet the dress code of this nightclub.
I am sorry to say I see men and women in many churches that would not be able to get into this night club. I see them participating in the services and taking up the offering, etc.
Folks, we are in a mess in our churches and so many preachers do not have the backbone to preach separation. We need to get back to the Bible, but it will never happen with the sissies coming out of most of the Bible schools.
What a tragedy that horse racetracks and nightclubs have better
dress standards than many so-called Bible-believing Baptist
Tabernacle Baptist Church
E. L. Bynum, Pastor
1911 34th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79411
In another site (Click Here) a woman writes an article called "Is There a Dress Code for Christian Women?" She quotes Paul who said in Roman 14 "...make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way ... Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification."
She goes on to say, "So, we must interpret that dress code by the impact and effect our dressing standards have on others. It's not based on fashion, or how we feel, or what looks good on us. Those are secondary considerations. First, we must make certain taht the way we dress is edifying and never a stumbling block. It is an others-focused dress code."
She writes against skirts above the knees because "when you sit down, that same skirt is sex inches farther above your knees."
Incidently, a secular book entitled, New Women's Dress for Success by John T. Molloy states, 'No matter what fashion says, you should never wear mini skirts to work.... At work your skirt should also be at or below your knee. ... Shorter skirts simply send the wrong message.' And this is based on surveys he has conducted every year since 1970. So even those without a Christian perspective see skirt length as an important issue."
I read his book and he also says that women shouldn't wear pants to work either. Molloy writes in his bestseller, "If you want to wear the pants in the office, don't wear pants to the office. Our latest research shows 6 percent of men are threathened, while 53 percent admit to being turned on by women wearing pants."
I don't feel men and women should swim together. Men should never see so much of other women's skin. Bikinis are ridiculous. One-piece suits are better, but still too revealing for me.
One woman wrote about clothing saying, "Men do look at the outward appearance -- and you can take that literally. Men are more visually oriented than women. As women we need to take this into consideration as we consider what may be a stumbling block to others. Certainly men have the responsibility to control their thoughts and lusts, as we all do, but we shouldn't make it more difficult for them by the way we dress."
On one website (Click Here) I found a pledge that you might consider signing:
Pledge To Bring Christian Women
Back To Decency In Dress
Purpose: It is no accident that the terrible immoral trend in our nation and the world at large should coincide with shameless fashions in dress. The women of any nation help determine its morals. So it is to the (professing) Christian women that this pledge is directed. Most Christian women cannot be discerned from the worldly unbelievers in their style of dress.
"In like manner I wish women to be decently
dressed, adorning themselves with modesty
and dignity." (1 Tim. 2:9) A true Christian, as St. Paul
admonishes, will not indulge in any
freedom if he causes his brother to sin. Well might we say, "If any unseemly dress fashions lead men to sin, I will not dress so."
Realizing that you simply cannot promote
modesty without standards, I pledge to do my
part in restoring a true Christian example by adopting the following dress code:
1. I pledge to wear dress or skirts that extend well
below the knees in any posture. My
dresses will not be sleeveless or have low
2. I pledge not to wear trousers, slacks, or shorts as this apparel is not pleasing to God: "A woman shall not be clothed with man's apparel neither shall a man use woman's apparel: for he that doeth these things is abominable before God." (Deut. 22:5) I will keep this pledge with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ regardless of the spirit of the times.
&nb sp; Signed______________________________
In a catholic website (Click Here) I found the following statement from a Cardinal entitled: Men's Dress Worn By Women by Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, Archbishop of Genoa, Italy written in June 12, 1960. I would like for you to read some of what he wrote. He has some good insights. Sadly women have degenerated since 1960 and the state of men and women relationships are worse because his message was not received. He writes, "... there is this year a certain increase in the use of men's dress by girls and women, even family mothers. Up until 1959, in Genoa, such dress usually meant the person was a tourist, but now it seems to be a significant number of girls and women from Genoa itself who are choosing at least on pleasure trips to wear men's dress (men's trousers). "The wearing of men's dress by women affects firstly the woman herself, by changing the feminine psychology proper to women; secondly it affects the woman as wife of her husband, by tending to vitiate relationships between the sexes; thirdly it affects the woman as mother of her children by harming her dignity in her children's eyes. Each of these points is to be carefully considered in turn:--
"A. MALE DRESS CHANGES THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMAN.
"In truth, the motive impelling women to wear men's dress is always that of imitating, nay, of competing with, the man who is considered stronger, less tied down, more independent. This motivation shows clearly that male dress is the visible aid to bringing about a mental attitude of being "like a man." Secondly, ever since men have been men, the clothing a person wears, demands, imposes and modifies that person's gestures, attitudes and behavior, such that from merely being worn outside, clothing comes to impose a particular frame of mind inside. "Then let us add that woman wearing man's dress always more or less indicates her reacting to her femininity as though it is inferiority when in fact it is only diversity. The perversion of her psychology is clear to be seen. "These reasons, summing up many more, are enough to warn us how wrongly women are made to think by the wearing of men's dress.
"B. MALE DRESS TENDS TO VITIATE
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN AND
"In truth when relationships between the two sexes unfold with the coming of age, an instinct of mutual attraction is predominant. The essential basis of this attraction is a diversity between the two sexes which is made possible only by their complementing or completing one another. If then this "diversity" become less obvious because one of its major external signs is eliminated and because the normal psychological structure is weakened, what results is the alteration of a fundamental factor in the relationship. "The problem goes further still. Mutual attraction between the sexes is preceded both naturally, and in order of time, by that sense of shame which holds the rising instincts in check, imposes respect upon them, and tends to lift to a higher level of mutual esteem and healthy fear everything that those instincts would push onwards to uncontrolled acts. To change that clothing which by its diversity reveals and upholds nature's limits and defense-works, is to flatten out the distinctions and to help pull down the vital defense-works of the sense of shame. "It is at least to hinder that sense. And when the sense of shame is hindered from putting on the brakes, then relationships between man and women sink degradingly down to pure sensuality, devoid of all mutual respect or esteem. "Experience is there to tell us that when woman is de-feminised, then defenses are undermined and weakness increases.
"C. MALE DRESS HARMS THE DIGNITY OF THE
MOTHER IN HER CHILDREN'S
"All children have the an instinct for the sense of dignity and
decorum of their mother.
Analysis of the first inner crisis of children when they awaken to life around them even before they enter upon adolescence, shows how much the sense of their mother counts. Children are as sensitive as can be on this point. Adults have usually left all that behind them and think no more on it. But we would do well to recall to mind the severe demands that children instinctively make of their own mother, and the deep and even terrible reactions roused in them by observation of their mother's misbehavior. Many lines of later life are here traced out -- and not for good -- in these early inner dramas of infancy and childhood.
"The child may not know the definition of exposure, frivolity
or infidelity, but he possesses
an instinctive sixth sense to recognize them when they occur, to suffer from them, and be bitterly wounded by them in his soul.
"III. Let us think seriously on the import of everything said
so far, even if woman's appearing in
man's dress does not immediately give rise to all the upset
caused by grave immodesty.
"The changing of feminine psychology does fundamental and, in
the long run, irreparable
damage to the family, to conjugal fidelity, to human affections and to human society. True, the effects of wearing unsuitable dress are not all to be seen within a short time. But one must think of what is being slowly and insidiously worn down, torn apart, perverted.
"Is any satisfying reciprocity between husband and wife
imaginable, if feminine psychology be
changed? Or is any true education of children imaginable, which is so
delicate in its
procedure, so woven of imponderable factors in which the mother's intuition and instinct play the decisive part in those tender years? What will these women be able to give their children when they will so long have worn trousers that their self-esteem goes more by their competing with the men than by their functioning as women?
"Why, we ask, ever since men have been men, or rather since
they became civilized -- why have men
in all times and places been irresistibly borne to make a
between the functions of the two sexes? Do we not have here strict testimony to the recognition by all mankind of a truth and a law above man?
"To sum up, wherever women wear men's dress, it is to be considered a factor in the long run tearing apart human order.
"Men may come and men may go, because God has left plenty of
room for the to and fro of their
free-will; but the substantial lines of nature and the not less
substantial lines of Eternal Law have
never changed, are not changing and never will change. There are
bounds beyond which one may stray as
far as one sees fit, but to do so ends in death; there are limits
which empty philosophical fantasizing
may have one mock or not take seriously, but they put
together an alliance of hard facts and
nature to chastise anybody who steps over them. And history
has sufficiently taught, with
frightening proof from the life and death of nations, that the reply
to all violators of the outline of
"humanity" is always, sooner or later,
"From the dialectic of Hegel onwards, we have had dinned in our
ears what are nothing but fables, and
by dint of hearing them so often, many people end up by getting used
to them, if only passively. But the
truth of the matter is that Nature and Truth, and the Law bound up in
both, go their imperturbable way, and
they cut to pieces the simpletons who upon no grounds
whatsoever believe in radical and
far-reaching changes in the very structure of
"The consequences of such violations are not a new outline of
man, but disorders, hurtful
instability of all kinds, the frightening dryness of human souls, the shattering increase in the number of human castaways, driven long since out of people's sight and mind to live out their decline in boredom, sadness and rejection. Aligned on the wrecking of the eternal norms are to be found the broken families, lives cut short before their time, hearths and homes gone cold, old people cast to one side, youngsters willfully degenerate and -- at the end of the line -- souls in despair and taking their own lives. All of which human wreckage gives witness to the fact that the "line of God" does not give way, nor does it admit of any adaption to the delirious dreams of the so-called philosophers!
"V. We have said that those to whom the present Notification is
addressed are invited to take serious
alarm at the problem in hand. Accordingly they know what they have to
say, starting with little girls on
their mother's knee. "They know that
without exaggerating or turning into fanatics, they will need to
strictly limit how far they tolerate
women dressing like men, as a general rule.
"They know they must never be so weak as to let anyone
believe that they turn a blind eye to a
custom which is slipping downhill and undermining the moral standing
of all institutions.
"They, the priests, know that the line they have to take in the
confessional, while not holding women
dressing like men to be automatically a grave fault, must be sharp
and decisive. "Everybody will kindly
give thought to the need for a united line of action, reinforced
on every side by the cooperation of all
men of good will and all enlightened minds, so as to
create a true dam to hold back the
"Those of you responsible for souls in whatever capacity
understand how useful it is to have for
allies in this defensive campaign men of the arts, the media and the
crafts. The position taken by fashion
design houses, their brilliant designers and the clothing industry,
is of crucial importance in this whole
question. Artistic sense, refinement and good taste meeting
together can find suitable but
dignified solution as to the dress for women to wear when they must
use a motorcycle or engage in this or
that exercise or work. What matters is to preserve
modesty together with the eternal sense
of femininity, that femininity which more than anything else
all children will continue to associate
with the face of their mother.
"We do not deny that modern life set problems and makes requirements unknown to our grandparents. But we state that there are values more needing to be protected than fleeting experiences, and that for anybody of intelligence there are always good sense and good taste enough to find acceptable and dignified solutions to problems as they come up. "Out of charity we are fighting against the flattening out of mankind, against the attack upon those differences on which rests the complementarity of man and woman. "When we see a woman in trousers, we should think not so much of her as of all mankind, of what it will be when women will have masculinized themselves for good. Nobody stands to gain by helping to bring about a future age of vagueness, ambiguity, imperfection and, in a word, monstrosities.
From the web (click Here to read the entire text) I found an article that had some good points. It was entitled: "What About Women Wearing Pants? by Brother Christopher T. Flournoy.
He writes, "What does the Bible say about a saved woman wearing pants? Is it even an issue with God? Or is it merely a matter of preference or opinion to be left up to individuals to do what is right in their own eyes? Since we believe the Bible, more specifically, the King James Bible, to be the FINAL AUTHORITY (not tradition, opinions, or how one "feels" led), lets start there.
"Deuteronomy 22:5 - The woman shall not wear that which
pertaineth unto a man, neither
shall a man put on a womans garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
"After reading this verse, what things pop into your mind? Earrings and necklaces on men, long hair on men, short hair on women, dresses on men, and of course, pants on women. Notice the word "abomination" is used to describe how God feels about cross-dressing. I looked it up in Websters Dictionary.
"abom.i.na.tion -ba:m-*-na--sh*nn 1: something abominable 2: extreme disgust and hatred :
"Thats pretty strong language, wouldnt you say? While most church members react in disgust to Sodomites who parade down the street in dresses, they readily accept and even defend women wearing pants. According to Gods Word, it is no more of an abomination for a man to wear a dress than it is for a woman to wear a pair of pants.
"Yeah, but thats in the Old Testament, so it doesnt apply to Christians today."
"Ah yes, the battle cry of the liberal and the carnal church member. Lets deal with this objection by considering some other abominations found in the Old Testament.
"People seem to be playing "pick-n-choose" with Old Testament
verses. They want the
twenty-third Psalm, the hundredth Psalm, and all the OT verses that wont affect their lifestyle, but then they try to explain away any OT verse that would have any effect on how they live.
"II Timothy 3:16 - ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and IS PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
"Is not Deuteronomy 22:5 scripture? If so, then it is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, and for instruction in righteousness.
Preachers, will you be like so many of the
liberals of today and cut these verses out of your Bible as Jehoiakim did? Or will you stand like Paul and be able to say,
"And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house," - Acts 20:20
"Yeah, but I thought all guidelines for how a Christian is supposed to live were in the New Testament"
... "Throughout this passage Paul continually uses the Old Testament to prove something. Focus on verses 6 and 11. Paul tells us that those OT writings are for us today. I suppose Paul would be called a legalist or a Pharisee by the liberals. Just because something is in the OT does not negate it from being applicable for us in the church age. Any commandment or teaching in the OT that is repeated in the NT is for us.
"Yeah, but Deuteronomy 22:5 is not repeated in the New Testament"
"Wrong. In fact, the New Testament is even more specific. I Timothy 2:9 says,
" . . . that women adorn themselves in modest apparel . . ."
"Apparel" today is a very general term that means "any article of clothing." But did you know that in 1611 the word "apparel" meant "loose, long flowing garment?" Look it up in an old Oxford English Dictionary that has the archaic meanings of words. Furthermore, the Greek word is katastole which is an EXACTING WORD, and it is the ONLY place in the Bible where it is used. There are lots of words for clothing, attire, etc., but this word comes from a verb form which means "to lower." It denoted a loose-fitting outer garment, which was LONG. Paul used this word specifically to tell women that they are to wear long DRESSES. Pants, miniskirts, tight dresses, etc. can not fit the definition of this exacting word. Consult your Vines Dictionary for verification of this word definition.
"The fact that God wants a CLEAR distinction between the appearance of a man and a woman is also repeated in I Corinthians 11 when Paul deals with the issue of hair length. God is very concerned with the outward appearance of a saved person. To believe otherwise is to profess ignorance of the Word of God.
"Yeah, but what makes you think that pants are a mans garment?"
"Good question. I have a four part answer to this which demonstrates that pants always pertain to men, even today.
1."Breeches" were an article of clothing designed by God
for the priests who were all men. The
word does not occur very often in scripture, but in every case
its mens apparel (Exodus
28:42, Leviticus 6:10, 16:4). According to my Hebrew lexicon,
"breeches" means "trousers that extend
to the knee, below the knee, or to the ankles." This would
include pants, shorts, or
2.Until the advent of Hollywood and the movie screen,
everyone (including lost people) knew
that pants were mens apparel and dresses were womens
apparel, and they dressed accordingly.
Our cultures (and sadly most churches) acceptance of
cross-dressing has resulted largely
from the influence of television, the placement of women in the
workforce and the pressures of twentieth century
3.The universal symbol for designating a mens bathroom is a stick figure wearing a pair of pants. The universal symbol for designating a womans bathroom is a stick figure wearing a dress. Coincidence? Hardly. Even our sinful society recognizes that there is a difference in a mans and womans clothing.
4.Pants are a symbol of authority, as evidenced by the saying " Im the one who wears the pants in the family." Sadly, most women might as well wear the pants, since they rule their homes anyway!
"Yeah, but pants are not really that immodest"
"The following is from What in the World Should I Wear? by Mrs. Cathy Corle:
"A friend of mine told me that her decision to restrict her wardrobe to dresses and skirts came as a result of a ladies class. All the arguments and reasons that could be given were unheeded until the lady who was speaking said, Let me just demonstrate something to you. She asked the ladies in the audience to close their eyes momentarily. She held up a large picture of a woman in an attractive, modest feminine skirt and blouse. She asked the ladies to open their eyes. Then she inquired, What is the primary focal point to this picture? Where did your eyes first fall naturally? The audience agreed that their eyes were first drawn to the face of the woman in the picture.
"She once again asked the ladies to close their eyes. When they opened their eyes they were looking at a large poster of a woman in a sport shirt and blue jeans. She asked, Now, be honest with yourselves, and tell me where your eyes first fell naturally when you looked at this picture? Many of the ladies in the crowd were surprised to find that most peoples eyes first focused upon the hips and crotch area that were so vividly emphasized before they ever noticed the womans face.
"If this happened in a crowd of ladies, how much more would it be true of men? For my friend, Joetta, this was all the evidence that was needed."
"To this I say, "AMEN!" Christian women should always be aware of Matthew 5:28,
"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed
adultery with her already in his heart. "
"Yeah, but wearing pants may be wrong for some saved women, but Im not convicted about it."
"So youre not "convicted" about wearing pants? Big deal. Does that give you permission to rebel against the Word of God? You must ask yourself, "What is the FINAL AUTHORITY on deciding what I believe and how I live? The Bible? Or how I feel convicted?"
"Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
"Yeah, but wearing pants is not really that big of an issue, and they are much more comfortable and practical to wear"
"Its kind of funny that for nearly 6000 years, women always wore long dresses, but only since the last 40 years, a dress is suddenly "impractical" to wear. You cannot change history to validate what you want to make acceptable for today. Nowadays, women think that they cannot so much as rake a few leaves without adorning themselves in a pair of pants.
"If you saw a man wearing a dress, what would you call him? Uh-huh, you would have no trouble knowing that it was wrong, and an abomination to God (even if his dress had a fly). But we have been conditioned by the world and erring brethren that a pair of pants is a good and acceptable thing for a woman to wear today. Just because it is common does not make it right. In fact, I believe that it is all part of Satans plan to further defile mankind by mixing the genders. Have you noticed how wimpy the boys are getting and how masculine the girls are getting? Womens sports are becoming the rage. We would rather have our girls learn how to "Kill em on the court" than to learn to be chaste and skilled at homemaking. This is how we have come to put our women in military combat positions. We would have never even considered this 20 years ago, but now we are eliminating the difference in the sexes that God made.
"Oh there will always be a difference in gender, because there HAS to be. But now, the emphasis is not on the beauty of a girls femininity (which brings out the masculinity in a man). NOW the emphasis in the difference in BODY PARTS! There is no longer the striking difference between a beautiful woman in feminine attire, long pretty hair, and a masculine man that practices chivalry. (Put a real feminine woman around a man and see how chivalrous he becomes.) Now the difference is emphasized in her physical body difference, which is leads to lust and a degradation of womanhood! (and manhood too). A feminine woman is in her rightful place of an elevated position. But as soon as she steps down off her pedestal to wear pants and be "equal" to a man, it drags everybody down, which is exactly what Satan wants. The devil is still whispering in Eve's ear to destroy mankind.
"If you look at it, youll find it was usually the woman that lead in the matters of sin and error. You can begin at the garden, through Israels idolatrous apostasy and even into recent history, with cults, Charasmania, and other errors. Now the boys are wearing earrings and have long hair, while the girls are wearing pants and chopping their hair off, even though this is forbidden in scripture (I Corinthians 11). To top it off, most preachers will not preach against short hair and pants because this would affect a majority of the women in his congregation including his wife and daughters! (Say amen right there.)
Another reason for wearing a dress
My wife and I have a son who attends a Waldorf School. We notice that the women all wear long dresses. My wife asked why and was told that pants mean a split in the personality. A dress means wholeness. It is best that there not be a row of buttons going all the way down the dress either, they said.
The above statements have many good points. It is spiritually low for women to wear pants. That is cross dressing. We must not get digested by Hollywood which is the main church of most Americans. We must work to stop Hollywood stars and other secular powers from leading America to hell. We must not do this through force like some Muslim countries do. I pray that WFWP can begin teaching what true femininity is.
Michael Jordan's earring
Michael Jordan is the most famous athlete in the world and he looks like a woman because he wears an earring. Shown here is his autobiography that shows him wearing an earring on the front cover. He is a terrible role model by doing such a thing. Millions of boys and men will become effeminate because of him. At the rate were going, men will be wearing make-up, dresses and nylons. Men should not have long hair and wear earrings. Men and women must look different, not the same.
You hardly ever see a woman or girl in a dress anymore. I was at a mall the other day and started counting how many women had dresses and how many wore pants. After I got to 70 women with pants and 5 with dresses I stopped. Women even look like men now. By the way, two out of the five dresses I saw were on teenagers who were wearing extreme mini skirts. Satan is not for modesty or having men and women be different. You can see his success by simply looking at how people dress.