Our Dress In Worship
Even though worship is not a "dress parade", many times we become
too sloppy, and revealing in the way we dress for worship. Our clothes do
contribute to the emphasis we place on worship to God. This does not mean we have to
wear fine and expensive clothes. But the way we dress should be in keeping with
the dignity of the occasion.
Women are commanded in 1 Timothy 2:9-10, "In like manner also, that the
women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation…which
is proper for women professing godliness with good works." Modest clothing
is the way women who are "professing godliness" dress. Certainly a
woman or man whose clothing is not modest is not professing godliness by the way
they dress. In this verse "moderation" suggests being restrained
and "propriety" suggests conforming to what is proper in the worship
The wearing of lewd and revealing clothing to worship God is unthinkable, but
some do it anyway. A woman who wears clothing that exposes herself to men is
contributing to their sin of lust. Our Lord says in Matthew 5:28, "But I
say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed
adultery with her in his heart." She becomes guilty of contributing to his
sin of adultery, so she also becomes guilty. In our actions as well as the
clothing we wear, 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, "Abstain from all
appearance of evil."
Some think they have to follow the style and fashion of the world, regardless
of how short and revealing clothing gets. But we are told in Romans 12:2,
"And do not be conformed to this world." Why? Because this world is
going to be lost, and if we conform to this world we will also be lost. We
are conforming to this world when we dress immodestly. We
are "to keep ourselves unspotted from the world"
Would we dress in sloppy or revealing clothes if we were attending our parent’s
funeral? Our Lord says in Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are
gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
we dress to show respect for someone much greater than our parents, when we
appear in the presence of our Lord to remember the death of our Saviour and to
honor and worship God? He is the one who made us and who will determine our
future in eternity.
When we worship we are actually in the
presence of the Lord. He deserves only our very best. We are told in Romans
12:1, "That you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God". Do you actually think God is pleased with us when we wear
immodest clothing as we present our bodies a living sacrifice in worship to
Him. Are we doing as our Lord says (Matthew 6:33), "seeking
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness"? If we are
wearing clothing that is immodest, how could we? Our dress should show a moderate opinion of our own value.
Our dress should
be pure, proper, chaste, and decent. It should not call attention to ourselves,
because it is showy, sloppy or lewd.
Questions Lesson 12
Our Dress In Worship
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (1 Timothy 2:9-10) How are women commanded to adorn themselves?
In revealing clothing.
In modest clothing.
In what ever style is popular.
Immodest clothing is how those who profess godliness dress.
3) (Matthew 5:28) One who lusts after a woman
Commits adultery with her in his heart.
Does not commit adultery with her in his heart.
Is not responsible.
A woman who dresses immodestly contributes to a man committing adultery in his
5) (1 Thessalonians 5:22) We are to abstain from
All appearance of evil.
Some appearance of evil.
In our actions as well as the clothing we wear, we should abstain from all
appearance of evil.
7) (Romans 12:2) Should we be conformed to this world?
No, this world is going to be lost and we will be also if we conform to it.
Yes, so we can fit in with the world.
Yes, so we can be popular.
We are conforming to this world when we dress immodestly.
9) (Matthew 18:20) When we assemble for worship
The Lord is not present with us.
The Lord is present with us.
We don’t know if the Lord is present with us or not.
Our dress as well as our worship should honor the Lord who is in
our presence at worship.
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