Summary: Too often the Christian allows his thinking about clothing to be determined by the pressures of fashion and the tenets of sexual libertinism.
A. Text: 1 Tim. 2:9,10.
B. Too often the Christian allows his thinking about clothing to be determined by the pressures of fashion and the tenets of sexual libertinism.
C. The so-called Sexual Revolution has done more than we like to admit to set our standards for us.
D. As a corrective, in this lesson we will try to make an honest attempt to align our thinking with the biblical principles we have studied previously.
E. If we have understood these principles accurately, it is important that we apply them obediently.
I. BASIC IDEAS ABOUT CLOTHING
A. Proper uses of clothing.
1. To cover nakedness - Gen. 3:7-11,21.
2. To protect from the elements of nature and from injury, etc. - 2 Tim. 4:13,21.
3. To adorn - 1 Tim. 2:9.
a. We adorn ourselves not only for our own sakes, but for that of others.
b. We use clothing socially in a variety of ways: to gain peer approval, to gain respect and credibility, to attract the opposite sex, etc.
c. Within godly limits, adornment for these reasons is normal and acceptable.
B. Kinds of immodest apparel.
1. Perverse = clothing that is transvestite. Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 6:9.
2. Revealing = clothing that does not modestly cover the body’s nakedness. Isa. 47:1-3.
3. Suggestive = clothing that is sexually provocative, titillating, lascivious. Rom. 13:14; Gal. 5:19.
a. Clothing that suggests or teases is as tantalizing, if not more so, than that which reveals — e.g. tight, form-fitting garments; clothing worn without proper undergarments; garments which accentuate the private, erotic parts of the body.
b. Consider that the modern swimsuit is immodest for several reasons:
1) It reveals too much of the body.
2) It is often tantalizingly tight.
3) It allows for no undergarments.
4) By limiting its “coverage” to the private parts of the body it thereby draws attention to those very parts.
4. Defiant = clothing worn to “make a statement” and assert one’s independence.
a. It is a bold person indeed who uses clothing deliberately to flout the sensibilities of others.
b. Rom. 12:10; 15:2; Phil. 2:3,4.
5. Unbecoming = clothing that does not befit godliness - 1 Tim. 2:10. E.g. ostentatious clothing.
II. SPECIFIC PROBLEM AREAS
A. We all have a tendency to rationalize our conduct.
1. While we give at least lip service to the biblical principles of modesty, we can most of the time find some way to make an exception for the activities we want to engage in, however much they may be in conflict with those principles.
2. If we are not outright hypocritical, we are blameably inconsistent — and in a nearly impossible position to help a weaker Christian!
B. Commitment to the Lord’s will that has exceptions attached to it is really no commitment at all. Only unqualified obedience pleases the Lord - Jas. 2:10,11.
C. Here are some areas where we may be dangerously inconsistent in the application of our convictions.
1. Double standards.
a. Singles and marrieds.
1) Dress that is thought to be unacceptable for married people is sometimes tolerated in the case of the unmarried. Why so?