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Dressing In An Ungodly Manner

My question is about christian dressing. People say that God looks at the heart only and not on looks. Some say dressing comes from the heart. One cannot dress unconciously. And anything you wear that's a snare to your brother is the same as being an evangelist for satan, what is your view?

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Vanica: Your daughter's school is ridiculous, and if I were your daughter, I would pull my daughter out of that school.
---Trish on 8/1/12


Wow Vanica that was one strict church your granddaughter went to, sheesh! Poor kid.
---Mary on 8/1/12


My six year old granddaughter went to summer camp held at her school Shabach Christian Academy an affiliation of First Baptist Church of Glenarden located in Maryland. She was told that she was inappropriately dressed because she was waiting a sleeveless shirt. The only parts of her body was showing are her hair, face, neck to the collarbone, the length of her arms from the shoulder to the finger tips, and her ankles. Although she was wearing a sleeveless shirt, she was also wearing an undershirt so it is unlikely that you could see her body parts through the opening of her sleeves. According to the summer camp administration, my granddaughter is dressed ungodly, her mother must bring a shirt to cover her shoulders or take her home.
---Vanica_Weaver on 8/1/12


God isn't too strict with me around the house in the dress code. Going out away from home, I must dress to please God.
---catherine on 8/13/10


Another view: Men are more sexual creatures than females. They are going to look ,regardless. Saved men are not dead. Is a true statement. Women can wear flour sacks and men are going to look. For whatever reason(s). Some men like eyes, could be the way she wears her hair, they way a woman walks. There are myriad of reasons. The bottom line: we are sexual beings and the human body and its parts are out there and we are going to look. Men and women look.We are responsible for our actions. But we can look. That is what eyes are for. But we should dress modest. No cleavage showing but what about the big butts? No hiding that thing! Our dresses/skirts should not be too short, too tight. Lite makeup is ok. Few accessories.
---Robyn on 8/13/10




We, as christians men and women, should be careful in what we choose to wear on our bodies. How we sit and carry ourselves in general(females) Too much makeup is unattractive also. Too much haircolor and different colors worn together in the hair is too ugly and wordly. I believe we should go back to the old landmarks and stay in the service of the Lord.I was raised strict Penetecostal. We were not allowed to wear haircolor, nailcolor, pants,shorts. No makeup and so forth. But people are being taught better and have found out that everything is not wrong or sinful.But we(christians) are in this world but not of this world. There is a difference.
---Robyn on 8/12/10


If you are trully a Christain, the HS will instruct you on how to dress, live, etc
---michael_e on 7/29/10


Yes, you are right. The grace of God which has appeared to all men does not only save but it teaches us to live like children of God (Titus 2 : 11) If your heart is right then your dressing will be right. What you are on the outside is only a reflection of what is on the inside.
---Madu on 7/9/10


I'm a Christian counselor. Men struggle with lust. But there are women who lust after the lust of men. They are the ones with the excessively revealing clothing.
---Don on 4/29/08


A child of God ought to be clothed with humility. Revealing apparel says "look at me!" 1 Peter 3:3, 4 says "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel, But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Timothy 2:9 tells us that the life of a saved woman should honor God.
---Ed_from_IL on 9/21/07




i'm talking to the women here the Bible does say God looks at the heart and i have only found one place where it tells us to dress modest But if we wear anything that isn't modest men will be looking at you lusting A preacher said one time us men have the Holy Ghost but we are not dead i seen a lady last night in Wall Marts she had this top on but you could still see her breast you think men don't look at these women if you have the Holy Ghost your not going to wear anything ungodly
---Betty2 on 9/20/07


I wear anything from long dresses, & long skirts to pants & knee length shorts(for cubscouts & girlscouts) however I also wear a headcovering whether it be an actual veiling or handkerchief, I don't wear imodest clothing, that is not Christian like.
---candice on 9/20/07


About the only Christian dress restrictions are for women not dressing like prostitutes in Corinth. If you dress in a reasonable and prudent manor any thing else as basically fair game. That also applies to makeup and jewelry. I don't care for excessive body piercing or tattoos but that is personal preference and has no elastically bases.
---notlaw99 on 9/20/07


personially, I see nothing wrong in being comfortable as long as it not to revealing. If u can't wear it at school, work, or even in front of parents chances are u can't let others see it also. I wear jeans and t shirts or a blouse that doesn't reveal anything and it also depends on what ur church allows to wear or not wear.
---ANN on 9/20/07


I do not think people are unconscious of what they are doing when they dress. When one dresses seductively to gain attention of the oppisite sex, it is intentional. A christan man or woman is called to be modest.
---jody_martin on 9/20/07


Interesting that most of the discussion is about sexuality. At schools (my profession) the question includes a lot more issues. Isn't the real question on dress, "How can we express ourselves as individuals (cultural, sexual, mood, etc.) while still being modest and God-honoring (Eph. 5)?
---bartel on 9/20/07


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What is wrong with men wearing shorts (if not too short)?
Are knees indecent?
Ah ... I remember that in Victorian times, the piano and table legs had to be covered because it would inflame passions if men and women saw them!
Let's go back to that.
I am sure missionaries in tropic and equatorial areas wore shorts ... SHAME on them!
---alan_of_UK on 9/20/07


Anything that is too revealing, too tight and tasteless would be unacceptable for Christians. Leave the leather dresses and pants at home,ladies. See through blouses/skirts/dresses are a no-no. No panty lines and bra straps showing. Make sure pants are loose but well-fitting. Dresses/blouses not too tight. For men: button shirt all the way up, no chest hair showing, no earrings,tight and revealing pants. Hair short and neat. This is modest to me. At home/church/work. We are Christians 24/7.
---Robyn on 9/20/07


I believe it is wrong for women to wear pants, shorts, low-cut blouses, etc. and I believe it is wrong for men to wear shorts. We go to church to worship God, not to get in a contest to see who can display the most flesh. Tonight at church we discussed clothes. A person should not be exposed to breasts and legs at church. Church is God's house, not a brothel. A woman sat behind us Sunday morning and her skirt was so short, half of her thighs showed. And, women show cleavage. It is a disgrace!
---Linda on 9/20/07


the bible says not to be a stumbling block to others dressing unapropriately will quickly cause on to stumble per say you are a woman and you have on a shirt that half covers you breast men will look at you and lust over you same with short shorts or skirts or clothes too tight we should not turn these people away nor judge but pray God shows them they a causing one to falter or stumble and then it is up to them to change
---andre9789 on 5/2/07


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hookers dress as their peers do. Does this make their dress ok? NO any outfit that doesnt give due diligence to trying to prevent men from lust is just as wrong for that woman who is doing the dressing if that makes sense. if a woman dresses, knowing full well that it will make men lust (sin) she is sinning as well
---r.w. on 7/3/06


The key word to describe a Christian's dress is modest. However what is modest varies from era to era and place to place.
---Bruce5656 on 4/26/06


neat, clean and conservative
---rue_bartley on 4/26/06


how should a christian dress
---Kwabena on 4/26/06


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First of all what is a snare 2 me may be a blessing to another, so a person who dresses in a way i find uncomfortable may not know he or she is affecting me that way. Christ knows the human heart, if a person (woman) is what I consider not properly dressed I bring this up 2 my wife who can determine what needs to be said. Let us try not to judge people becouse so far I have not met one person guilty of a sin I have not myself been guily of.
---leverne on 1/4/06


Great Mike! That is a good personal test. Bruce, think about it - if men are visual, and a woman's breast is a part of her sexuality and a part of what attracts men to her, then ANY part of the breast showing is immodest. What is the purpose of showing cleavage - but to attract sexually. Also, the African culture referred to earlier was not Christian - so, of course they would would expose and exploit their women. Basically, when I got saved... I covered.
---daphn8897 on 1/4/06


Just ask yourself...Is my clothing drawing attention to me and away from the Object of our worship? He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30)
---mike on 1/4/06


The amount of clothing worn would have been determined by the climate of the place they lived. I agree that modesty and what is considered indecent is a cultural issue. In the U.K. (and probably elsewhere) many do not seem to know what modesty means any more (or do not care) and just show as much flesh as is possible without getting arrested. They have no self respect. The climate here no longer determines what SOME people wear.
---emg on 1/4/06


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Elder, I did not ask how much of the animal was covered. I was referring to the fact that God made clothes for Adam and Eve from animal skins after they sinned and then I went on to say that we are not told how much of the body (meaning Adam and Eve's bodies) were covered. Obviously it must have become wrong for them to be naked after they sinned, otherwise God would not have clothed them, but we can only guess at what those clothes looked like and whether any flesh was still exposed.
---M.P. on 1/3/06


If, in all cultures, at all times, bare brested is immodest, just how much of the breast must be exposed to qualify as immodest? Women in our culture show cleavage that ranges from just a hint to... well leaving nothing to the imagination. In some cultures it is the underside of the breast that is the key, in others the nipple. Remember, at one time an exposed ANKLE was considered immodest!
Modesty is based on time and culture.
---Bruce5656 on 1/3/06


How much of the animal was covered? What part of how Jesus was dressed is misunderstood? His chest down to his feet were covered. Culture still does not dictate what is right and wrong. We are now in a culture that thinks murder is the right thing to do.
---Elder on 1/3/06


Gentlemen, you are fooling yourselves if you believe - whether culturally desensitized or not - that a bare chested man is ever the same as a bare chested woman. It is not just a "western" premis of modesty - it is a Biblical one - evidenced by the misuse and exaggeration of it in many orthodox Jewish as well as muslim communities. Jesus said, "If a man LOOKS on a woman to lust..."
---daphn8897 on 1/3/06


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Elder, although we are told that God made clothes for them we are not told how much of the body was covered by the skins of the animals. If we are to go entirely by what is said in Genesis on this issue people in the tropics should be covered in sweltering animal skins. We simply do not know when it became the custom in some countries for it to be immodest to even show an ankle yet in another it was considered quite alright for a women to have naked breasts.
---M.P. on 12/30/05


Culture never has and never will determine what is Proper and Modest in God's sight. In Gen. when God "Clothed" Adam and Eve it doesn't mean He just put some clothes on them. He covered their exposed body. Body Piercing and Tattoos were a sign of Slavery. Lack of clothing was the sign of the Harlot. No clothing in public was a sign of Demon possession. People in the right mind of Jesus clothe themselves properly.



---Elder on 12/30/05


I know Elder disagrees, but I do not believe that topless in the tropics is unseemly, or provokes lust among those who have always dressed in that way.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/30/05


Randy I agree with you absolutely. Within one's own culture one should dress modestly and I still say that everyone knows what the word modesty means (in their own society and culture). However it is not for us to tell others of another culture that their way is wrong.I would disagree with Daphne to a certain extent. Seeing a barechested lady would cause no more lust that seeing a barechested man in some countries.
---M.P. on 12/30/05


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Daphn, I don't agree with your take on Africian women. If you grow up in a culture where bare breasted is the norm then I do not believe its an issue.

I think it became an issue when "western man" came to Africa with their beliefs that being bare breasted was "immodest".
---NurseRobert on 12/30/05


Scripture tells us to dress modestly ....
---Nellah on 12/29/05


1Timothy In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array:
---Ulrika on 12/29/05


Randy, modesty is not "totally cultural". Men look and lust. The bare chested women in Africa were not dressed modestly - they were ignorant, and their ignorance held them in bondage to a culture that demeans and abuses women. Scripture is pretty clear that we are not to look upon another's nakedness - the exception being marriage.
---daphn8897 on 12/29/05


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Clothing is used to give messages. Just like hair styles, tatoos, and jewelry. If you are giving an unGodly message then change. We should be giving a good message wherever we can.
---john on 12/29/05


well I feel that how you dress will only make a difference to and the holy spirit.The spirit will cause you to feel totally different or in this case you might feel uncomfortable when veiw yourself, before you leave home, if not its ok. this only happens to a lot of us we probably don't anything about it, but thats the spirit, now he'll do till you start to ignore him then he lets Satan take you for a ride on his side.
---Enoch_L._Ellison_Jr. on 12/29/05


MP I am sorry I would have to disagree that everyone knows what modesty means. In the devoutly Christian Victorian ages a woman showing an ankle would be considered a harlot. This was to denigrate any working woman. Now uncovered ankles will not even turn a head, except in fundamentalist Islamic cultures. Many women in Africa and Asia were bare-chested until some missionary told them that it was shameful. Of course that belief is not scriptural. Modesty is totally cultural.
---randy on 12/29/05


We are told to dress modestly and everyone understands the word modest I'm sure.
---M.P. on 12/29/05


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As an older Christian woman (43), I've learned that it is either a heart or an ignorance matter. Some are newly saved and just don't know, and some aren't saved at all. When I got saved 25 years ago, it was all about black leather, spiked hair, and spiked jewelry. I didn't change because I was told to, I changed because I saw how the women in my new church dressed and carried themselves. No one ever said a word... they just loved me.
---daphn8897 on 12/29/05


Alan, I'm sure your "trousers" are very appropriate! The Scots wear kilts, are they unGodly? For the candlelight service at church I wore blue jeans (GASP!).
No one has answered the question: What should we be wearing?

I see people in shorts, black jeans and tee shirts (with tons of Body Piercings), dyed hair, jeans, suits, skirts, dresses and just about everything else. SO WHAT??

I do not believe that God cares what we wear on the outside, but what is on the inside.
---NurseRobert on 12/29/05


I wear trousers (you Americans call them pants) Noah did not. Is my dress ungodly?
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/29/05


What one wears ,I think ,is a matter of respect. First for God and His House,ourselves,and others.I don't think it is Spiritually Healthy,however,to make it a doctrine and focus all ones attention on the outside of a person.Decently and in order should apply to clothes as well as Spiritual things.Example ,a person/pastor wearing shorts to Sunday service is out of order.Common sense consideration should guide,but legalism and a choke hold dictator guide shouldn't.
---Darlene_1 on 12/29/05


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what do you think is dressing not a reflection of what is in our heart. should we continue to modernize chritianity so as to accept our immorality in dressing
---adewole on 12/29/05


Amen Wes, As it was in the days of Noah, sound familiar?
---Lynn_Bedford77 on 12/27/05


Cutie, at the time that verse was written, I do no believe that men were wearing suits and ties, much less pants as we know them.

So, what should we be wearing today?
---NurseRobert on 12/27/05


Melissa, My father used to say the same thing about my generation. He couldn't understand why I wanted to wear jeans to school. I don't particularly like the styles I see today (and I'm amazed at what people look like when they come to interview for a job!!). On the whole they are good people. they dress as their peers so I don't get excited about it.
---NurseRobert on 12/27/05


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Matthew 18:6--But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea
Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
---wes on 12/26/05


As an older Christian woman, I cringe at what some women and men wear to church. I believe some restraint is necessary in Christian women not to go with the fads. I would say something to someone in a kind way if I felt it would be received. But I pray that I can set a good example, and treat them lovingly anyway.
---Nancy on 10/23/05


It's amazing that many fashions worn today in the secular world are called "sexy" while the same clothes on Christians are "cute" or in style. It is also amazing that the original sin is considered to be a fruit while the most prevelent sin today and through history is of a sexual nature. Jesus said if a man lusts in his heart he has sinned, I say if a woman dresses so to cause a man to sin, she also is the sinner. Who here would want either on their conscience?
---mike_fl on 10/7/05


Being older than most, I can remember the time when long skirts on girls were provocative.
Then when tights first came in, all the holy folk said they were sinful becasue women should wear stockings.
I tell you women, men can lust after women whatever they wear .. and sometimes the more they hide, the more attractive we find them
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/27/05


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Cutie....Now days when a man wears a pants outfit that was made for a woman, they say he is in DRAG! It is silly to think that a verse out of the Old Testament even refers to women's slacks. It was referring to undergarments in the first place. Women and men both wore robes during those times.
---Sally on 9/27/05


Cutie, the verse you quote would have been referring to whatever was the custom of the day (at one time it was crinoline dresses) and in those days women did not wear trousers (pants). It is now the custom for women to wear trousers - made for women - as well as wearing dresses or skirts . We must still follow the verse which says we should dress modestly though whether we opt for the skirts and tops, dresses or trousers.
---M.A. on 9/27/05


Well I belive that women should wear skirts and a man pants because of (Deu 22:5).
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unot a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
---cutie on 9/26/05


Dress as per the occasion and being a Christian try not to be a stumbling block to others. If you are going to church and you are dressed seductively, ARE YOU GOING TO SEDUCE JESUS OR WHO??!! think twice before you leave your house.
---Lily9364 on 9/26/05


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A Christian should dress modestly, keeping in mind that their are always to be a witness to the lost world. This goes for men as well as women. The problem today is that young people have not been taught the meaning of the word modest.
---Sally on 9/25/05


It is true that God looks at the heart and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. Jesus invites us to come as we are, but it is important to remember that He does not leave us as we are. He said to the woman taken in sin, I don't condemn you, go and sin no more. Many want to be called Christians without accepting the cross, forgetting that the way of the cross leads home. Anything that would cause our brother to stumble, we gladly give up unless it is a matter of conscience.
---Wayne87 on 9/24/05


someone had once told me that don't wear anything that you couldn't wear to church. I wear shorts at home and when I go shopping depending on the weather, none are short, but I wouldn't feel right wearing shorts to church. If that is all I had to wear I would borrow a dress. But I don't agree with people wearing clothing that doesn't fit them at all, knowing they can buy clothes that fit. Like alot of people are wearing now. People should respect their bodies. but some sinners just don't care.
---Rebecca_D on 9/23/05


How would we dress if we were going to the presidents house?
---shira_5965 on 9/23/05


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If someone is dressing for church to "catch the eye of a man" or to "catch the eye of a woman", then their going to church for the wrong reason. You go to church to worship God, to pray and praise, to receive the Word and share the Word, and not for alterior motives. i think modest dress is good. And yes, God is looking at the condition of people's hearts, are they saved? do they know the Lord? do they need help or ministering too? are they lost or walking with the Lord? etc.
---Eloy on 9/23/05


I agree that I Peter Chapter 2 vs 11 tell us how to behave as Christians so that the Lord can be glorified. Moreover, I think no one would dress down in a presidential function for example. Why should we dress down to go to church?
---Lily on 9/23/05


I think all in all 1 Peter vs 3 summarises all about holy dressing.Being a respectable woman of God.dressing exposing too much is UNHOLY.Christian women should know to dress sensibly because God knows the motive behind the kind of dress you put on.So He can not be fooled.He is a great God.obey him and fear him he knows more about u than you do.
---Pearn5984 on 9/23/05


I definately do not agree with alot of the styles for teenagers these days. I think they are very degrading and unattractive.
---Melissa on 9/23/05


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