Christian Womens' Dress Code

What does Bible say about a Christian womans Clothing?

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Dec 12, 2009
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God has spoken clearly and unmistakably on this subject, and thus it has been lifted out of the realm of individual preference on to the plane of obedience to God and His revealed will.

The Lord set a certain relationship between husband and wife; and women are today to maintain the same relationship. So we find that this distinction between the men and women was emphasized in the Old Testament by having men and women to dress differently, as indications of their different positions. I think it is right to believe that the same distinctions are to be maintained today.

Again in 1st Corinthians 11:1-6 the Bible clearly states that in the manner of wavering their hair, women and men are to be different. "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man has long hair, it is shame unto him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for covering" (vss. 14-16). And the context plainly says that this difference is based on the fundamental difference in men and women, because "the head of the woman is man" (vs. 3).
1 Corinthians 11 (KJV)
4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
 5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
 6For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
 7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
 8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
At a minimum, this means women should have their heads covered (and men should have their heads uncovered) when the Body of Christ is gathered corporately for prayer, edification, and/or w
  •  However, women pray throughout the day and in many locations.
Women often speak God’s Word to children and friends outside of church settings. Thus 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 does not describe a situation that occurs only in public church meetings. For these reasons, some maintain that women should wear head coverings always and not only in church meetings. This is a reasonable and defensible position. Both Old Testament Hebrew women and Christian women throughout church history wore head coverings all the time and not at worship services only.
We conclude that the Bible clearly commands that women’s heads be covered in public church meetings, while it is less clear (but probable) that women should wear head coverings all the time.
  • Head covering versus long hair
The Bible is referring to a piece of cloth or fabric when it commands women to wear head coverings (and commands men not to do so). Beginning in the late nineteenth century, some argued (based on verse 15b) that Paul is instructing women to have long hair and that the so-called head covering is nothing more than long hair. If this “long hair equals head covering” interpretation is true, then we should be able to substitute the phrase long hair for the word covering in this passage (and short hair for no covering) and retain the passage’s meaning.
However, this substitution of phrases (and thus this interpretation) does not make sense. For example, if covering means long hair, then verse 6 would be arguing that those women with short hair should cut their hair short— which is a logical absurdity. Likewise, verse 5 would then mean that a woman with short hair is one and the same with women who have no hair— again, a logical absurdity.

15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
When Paul says in verse 15b that a woman’s long hair is given her as a covering, he is not defining the nature of the covering.

When Paul says in verse 15b that a woman’s long hair is given her as a covering, he is not defining the nature of the covering. By the time he reaches verse 15, the inspired apostle has already presented his argument at length. His readers know what he is talking about, viz. a piece of cloth called a head covering or veil. He is now bringing to bear additional considerations for his listeners to weigh. One such consideration is how our innate sensibilities tell us that women’s heads ought to appear different than men’s heads. Our own natural sensibilities, says Paul, tell us that women’s heads should be more covered than men’s.

Five reasons does the Bible give for wearing head coverings

First, the apostle refers to the created order that God established at the beginning of the world. In 1 Corinthians 11:7-9, Paul says women should wear head coverings because they were created subordinate to men. This references Genesis 2 and the creation of Adam and Eve.

Second, Paul refers to the angels. All admit that 1 Corinthians 11:10 (“because of the angels”) is a difficult verse. Women should wear head coverings “because of the angels,” and angels are as real in Atlanta or Paris or Montreal today as they were in Corinth in 60 A.D.

Third, the inspired apostle appeals to nature or the natural order of creation. 1 Corinthians 11:13-15 says that the natural order of human existence confirms that women should cover their heads.

Fourth, the apostle concludes his instructions by informing the Corinthian church that all the churches have their women wear head coverings. Note that in verse 16, the word churches is plural. Churches in a variety of locations and in a variety of ethnic and cultural settings all practiced the wearing of head coverings.

the head covering is an external symbol of a truth taught throughout the Bible: the headship of a husband over his wife, and the wife’s corresponding duty to honor her husband’s leadership.

Other Bible Verses:

In Deuteronomy 22:5, it says, "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God."

It means that a woman should not wear mans clothing whatever is that. By the same a man should not wear anything which identifies woman’s sign.
Again, if a woman dresses like a man and a lot of women do, God says they have committed an abomination. It amazes me, but I do not know any Christian women who would think of committing an act of bestiality, but yet they would commit the abomination of cross dressing. The Bible says this is an abomination.

1 Timothy 2:9 (King James Version)
 9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
The Bible in First Timothy 2:9 tells women to adorn themselves in a long flowing garment, not a short, tight garment.

Also, women are commanded to dress with shamefacedness. That simply means they are not to draw attention to themselves. And pants draw attention to the woman's figure. So if you wear a pair of pants, or even a tight skirt, it shows the figure and it is not shamefacedness, or modest, because it doesn't flow. It shows the figure and it stimulates men. And of course, you should not want to dress in such a way that it stimulates the lusts of a man.

The second reason why shorts and mini-skirts would be inappropriate for a woman is because the Bible specifically says that when a woman's thighs show, she is naked.

Isaiah 47:2-3 (King James Version)
 2Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
 3Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

So if a woman dresses in such a way where that part of her body is exposed, the Bible says she is naked. Mini-skirts expose that part of the body. Thus, if a woman wears a mini-skirt, she is naked. And shorts, they expose that part of the body, and the Bible says in Isaiah chapter forty-seven, if she shows that part of the body, she would be naked. Well then, if you wear a pair of shorts, you would be naked, according to God.
Therefore shorts and the mini-skirt would be immodest, because they are not long, and because they expose nakedness. And as I said, the thigh goes down into the knee. So the only way to guarantee that the thigh is not exposed is to wear a skirt or dress that goes below the knee. That is why a preacher demands that a woman wear skirts and dresses below the knee.
There is no sin in wearing pretty clothes. In fact, God wants your clothes to be beautiful. God wants a woman to be beautiful. God wants a woman to be beautiful for her husband.
We read in Proverbs chapter thirty-one that the

Proverbs 31:21-22

"virtuous woman will wear pretty clothes. It says, "She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple (So we read here that a virtuous woman wore very beautiful clothes. Is it a sin to wear beautiful clothes?
A lot of Christians would make it out to be. They think you have to wear black clothes. Like the Quaker people, who say you have to wear black clothes all the time. God never said you had to wear black clothes all the time. If you want to wear black clothes all the time that is fine.

The Bible doesn't say that wearing black clothes is a sin, but it is also not a sin to wear blue clothes, gray clothes, green clothes. You can wear pretty clothes and that is fine. God wants you to be beautiful. You know, a woman should want to be beautiful for her husband.
In First Corinthians chapter seven it says that the husband owns the wife's body, and if that be the case, if a woman deprives her husband of her beauty, she is actually sinning against her husband. That is why God gave the woman to the man.
1 Corinthians 6:19 -20

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

A Christian should show the glory of God by her modesty that anyone can recognize that she is a Christian. Christianity somehow is corrupted because of some political and economical influences. Many businesses are trying to disgrace women to sell their naked dresses and make statement that Christians can wear naked cloths. But it’s not TRUE and it should be ignored and hated by all Christians. It’s a great miserable that many Pastors are teaching people wrong. I don’t know how this problem be overcome. 

Author's note: Refrences: 1. A Brief Examination of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 by Dr. Robert Spinney With a Prefatory Note by Rev. John Peter Bodner Hope Assembly of Bible Christians P.O. Box 158, Port Credit Station Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5G 4L7, 2.
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