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Dress and Dignity — 14 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for explaining the Nakedness of our Lord, and the real meaning of Modesty. I have always believed that we should dress modestly when we go to church to worship God. I see so many woman dressing inappropriately when entering God's House to worship.

  2. Such a great post!!!
    "As soon as sin began, legalism began. Adam tried to cover his shame by his own works. However that did not work". What a simple explanation about legalism/selfish works. The Gospel is simple and we try to make it complicated. I like this discussion very much. Thanks William for more thought provoking insights.

  3. Gen 3 is my favorite text in the Bible. Enmity, sinfulness, and the drama of humans doing and experimenting on what apppeals to them is charade of forthcoming struggle in life; downfall and success. Good thing is, God has planned ahead. Christ is the ultimate sacrifice for man's redemption.

  4. William,
    The Pharisees used to have a strong sense of modesty, and covered themselves with all sorts of garments--but they felt no need of the Saviour.
    It is practically and metaphorically possible, then, that moving away from the Saviour can cause "covering up" as well-but with our own garments.

    (By the way, does the last quote mean that men should not be OB-GYNs?)

  5. Many people dress modestly but have no need of a Savior.

    I have been to many women doctors who treated me without respect and kindness, and with contempt and even anger. Only a couple I have been to were kind. However, every male doctor I have been to has treated me with respect, compassion, caring and modesty. Women doctors arent' all they are cracked up to be so I don't search them out anymore.

  6. Thank you everyone for your comments and participating in this discussion. Jane and Andrew make some very valid points. Just like, just going to church does not make you a Christian, dressing modestly does not make you one either. Everyone who appreciates the Savior will want to fellowship with beleivers and dress appropriately, but that does not mean that everyone who fellowships and dresses appropriately appreciates the Savior.

    Jane, your comment shows why it is so important for both men and women, everyone to show human dignity. Simple human dignity should be extended by both genders to both genders.

  7. William, you said, "So they weren’t really walking around naked in the Garden, as we think of the word “naked.” They had a covering." That is the position that Ellen White takes but I also think there is a spiritual side to this business of nakedness. For instance in the letter to the Laodiceans, Rev 3, when it says, "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see" (Rev 3:18 NKJV) most scholars consider this to be symbolic.

    There are also some Old Testament texts that use the word, "naked" symbolically. For example:

    "Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate. Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, Take off the skirt, Uncover the thigh, Pass through the rivers. Your nakedness shall be uncovered, Yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, And I will not arbitrate with a man." (Isa 47:1-3 NKJV)

    Jerusalem has sinned gravely, Therefore she has become vile. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness; Yes, she sighs and turns away. (Lam 1:8 NKJV)

    Again speaking of Jerusalem, "'When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,' says the Lord GOD." (Eze 16:8 NKJV)

    Consider also Hosea 2, Nahum 3 where scripture is speaking of entire groups of people. So the question is when Adam and Eve became naked was it only a physical nakedness or did they lose their white robes of righteousness in the same way as the one who fails to watch, "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame" (Rev 16:15 NKJV)

  8. I am very thankful to God for this site and I still follow on ssnet although I get the emails. There are some articles that are written which I find very informative but in one of those articles captioned Dress and Dignity there is a miss print. The man possessed with demons and naked is found in Luke 8 not 18.

    [Moderator's note: Got it corrected, Thank you.]

  9. Thank you KK for your kind words and the correction. Its good to know someone has my back. 🙂

    Thank you Tyler for the verses building upon the point about the Ellen White Quote where I mentioned, "Likewise our good works can never cover our spiritual nakedness. Even after making his own clothes from fig leaves, Adam still felt naked in God’s presence. Only Jesus could cover Adam’s shame" Your verses help make the point about spiritual nakedness even more clear.

  10. I find the article very inspirational. Without the righteousness of Christ, we will all be naked. E.G White says "The great Redeemer represents Himself as a heavenly merchantman, laden with riches, calling from house to house, presenting His priceless goods, and saying, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:18-20). {1SM 358.1}.

  11. I find article informative. And I 🤔 nk from what I read biblical and even in thee pen of inspiration it is wrong for a women to wear anything for men and men also not to wear anything made for women.

    • The Bible forbids cross-dressing, which, in today's world, usually precedes people declaring themselves as "transgender" or members of the other sex.
      The Bible does not address the issue of who should wear dresses and who should wear pants. Perhaps men should be thankful, because in Bible times, men wore "robes," which are "dresses" in modern language. 😉

  12. Thank you for the article. Please pray for me as I seek to be modest even in my job. In the past year, my dress has changed and I have become more modest, but my job is as a shaved ice truck driver, and it is easy to get my clothes dirty(due to bleach while cleaning or shaved ice syrup/flavor.). I do not have sufficient modest clothing, so I wear sweatpants. I used to wear stretchy shorts as much as I could, but in the summer of 2023 I started wearing khakis(canvassing trip required that) and I like them better, so I like to wear those now. I thought about wearing jeans or khakis while working, but they could get dirty. I'm not particularly eager to buy clothes that are supposed to look nice and make them dirty. But for the sake of modesty: Maybe I could get 2-4 pairs of jeans or khakis that I wear only for work. Do you think that sweatpants are immodest? I feel as if they are and that I should have more proper dress.


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