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Do You Dress Up For Church

After reading first Timothy 2:8-9 these questions might arise.
1. Do men lift their hands while praying in your church?
2. Do women in your church have braided hair or gold ornaments or pearls or costly array? Could "costly array" applied to our wearing our very best to church?

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Yes at my church men and women raise their hands, it is a sign of worshiping God. As for the braided hair and costly array for the women it is no. Some wear earrings and their wedding rings (if married) but that is all. There are no big hats, wild hairdo's, we are just plain people in a little country church. A person wearing something costly, makes no difference to God, their not closer to God with such stuff on.
---Rebecca_D on 5/4/08


Yes, men and women do raise their hands, but as far as all the fancy stuff, I have none so I dress just nornal..and thats the best I have..mary4964
---mary4964 on 3/14/07


Easter is around the corner so you will see people coming out of the word work dressed in their very best to be in church one (maybe two) day a year. Two days a year Easter and Christmas, the churches are full. But the rest of the time, their nowhere to be found.
---Rebecca_D on 3/8/07


Yes people in our church raise their hands but not all of them. And some ladies do try to show off a bit with elaborate clothes and hair styles but for the most part they behave in a modest manner. Our people are free to come and go as they please. Many do dress up for the occasion.
---john on 3/8/07


our church is a come as you are church but tidy however some like to dress up really nice. the bible says lift your hands to the Lord and clap your hands to the Lord..we are free to do or not to do..I think its more important that God sees that our hearts are right as we come to Him in worship and praises. jewellery is not worn altho some wear their wedding bands...God made us in His perfect image so no added decorations needed.
---jana on 5/23/06




How would you dress to go see the president of the United States? God deserves our best.
---shira on 3/8/06


cont'd: If your very best is tattered jeans and a t-shirt, then wear it. But I believe it's insulting to God to come to his house wearing something like that when you have suits and dresses and other nice clothes hanging in your closet. No, he is NOT impressed by our clothes, but it's the principal of the thing, that you would dress nicer to meet other people than you would to enter the throne room of the God of the universe.
---John on 3/7/06


2nd, if you were going to meet the queen or the president, or any celebrity, I'm sure you would want to wear your best. Why is it some people feel it's OK to enter the courts of God and come before his throne looking like they just rolled out of bed! Some people dress better to go to the mall than they do to go to church. There's a difference in dressing gawdy and in dressing respectfully. You're coming before the King of Kings for crying out loud, look respectable!
---John on 3/7/06


People make too much out of BOTH things. The problem about the lifting of hands is addressed in f.f.'s post- too many people are watching other people, and not worshiping God for themselves! lifted hands simply means surrender to God. It's not required, and neither is any other outward manifestations. The effect the presence of God has on someone is as private and individual as one's fingerprints- it's different with everyone. NO ONE has the right to dictate how someone should worship, or pray
---John on 3/7/06


People make too much out of BOTH things. The problem about the lifting of hands is addressed in f.f.'s post- too many people are watching other people to see what they're doing and not worshiping God for themselves! lifted hands simply means surrender to God. It's not required, and neither is any other physical outward sign. Outward manifestations of the effect the presence of God has on someone is as private and individual as one's fingerprints- it's different with everyone.
---John on 3/7/06




In our church, which is small and very conservative, no-one lifts their hands during the singing, except the occasional visiting preacher. We dress in a clean tidy fashion but nothing over-the-top. I visit pentecostal churches now and then and get stared at because I don't raise my hands and jump up and down. I think that is sad and hope that in my church no-one would stare at visitors who were different from us.
---f.f. on 3/7/06


answer to 1)no
2)no
my family attends a very conservative tradtional church of christ.However the baptist church we visited does both.
---candice on 3/6/06


I don't lift my hands when I sing or pray, that does not mean it is wrong to do so. I don't dress up for church. I walk and it is cold, so I dress for warmth. I wear a knitted hat and leave it on in church.
---Ulrika on 3/6/06


Men and women both raise their hands to our Father. No fancy clothes, come as you are. I tried to get my son to dress nicer one Sunday, he said, "Mom, God doesn't care what I wear to church as long as I'm there."
---Nellah on 3/6/06


Yes to the first question, and no, our church is a "come as you are" church, not a "bling bling" church, to the second question. As for the hair, ladies wear it up in buns, braided, pony tails, down, pulled back, etc.
---Lissa on 3/6/06


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