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How To Dress For Church

What type of clothes should we wear to church? Do you think a man should put on his best suit, or at least his best clothes to go to church, and that a woman should put on her nicest dress, or do you believe we should come as we are in whatever we throw on?

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Shira, I own several suits. When I go to Worship Services, sometimes I do wear a suit and sometimes I don't. However I always dress in a decent manner.

At my place or Worship, there have been many times when the older women have talked with the younger women, and the older men talked with the younger men, because they came to Worship Service dressed in a manner which was not decent or appropriate.
---Rob on 6/3/12


rob and james l, I didn't mean to start a war here. james l, do you own a suit and can I ask where do you go to wear your suit. rob, I know my body is the temple but like I said, I didn't mean to start a war. why don't you all go to church wearing what you want and I will be quiet.
---shira4368 on 6/3/12


James 1, you are 100% correct 6/2/12.

Satan has his servants (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) have so many people deceived and believing the Church is a building they go to on Sunday Mornings.
---Rob on 6/3/12


Some churches may have a customary dress code, like certain colors, and others wear any color. God is more concerned about people's hearts and minds, and whether they have a relationship with him. And the kind of clothing a person chooses to wear on the outside of their body may reveal what kind of person they are on the inside. The general rule is to be clean and neat, and to dress in the Spirit of holiness. God likes naturalness and simplicity, he does not like a lot of gaudiness and bling-bling, and ostentatious artificiality. None of us are attending a Victorian ball-room dance, and none of us should be "showing off ourselves", for we are not the star being shown, instead it is all about Jesus and his majesty, and not about us.
---Eloy on 6/3/12


\\to all who is interested, I still would wear my best to go to God's house.\\
---shira4368 on 6/2/12


You ARE God's house, and
You can't go to yourself.

And you didn't answer my questions about Monday morning, the vacant church building, or the movie theater


What if I start a house church? Would that mean I'm not allowed to wear casual clothes in my house anymore?

There are so many problems with your view because you are trying to correlate a building to the Jewish temple which is GONE
---James_L on 6/2/12




to all who is interested, I still would wear my best to go to God's house. God is with us all the time but He also says where there are 2 or 3 gathered in my name, I will be in the midst. I was trying to get someone to understand we dress accordingly to where we go.I still wouldn't wear pj's to church. I really don't care who likes or dislikes my clothes and that includes where I go to church. I have been to places where people try to out dress each other. why don't I just wear my pj's to church with my high heels.
---shira4368 on 6/2/12


Shira4368,

I honestly don't get it.

If you dress up to be around God, then you shouldn't even own any pajamas. Or anything, except fine silk and linen dresses. You should sleep in high heels every night because

God is NOT only at church. Since He's with you all the time, then you should be dressed at your best all the time.


There's a vacant "church" building near my house. If a Real Estate broker buys the building and runs a business out of it, is it still the house of God, or a house of prayer?

My sister attends church at a movie theater. So is that theater now considered holy ground, even when they show an "R" rated movie?
---James_L on 6/2/12


Blogger 9211 and Mark V,

Good posts from both of you.

Shira, if you go to church on a Monday morning to talk to your pastor, do you dress up for it? After all, it is the house of God, right?
---James_L on 6/2/12


Shira, I believe James L, is correct. We really dress good to church so others can see we do. It is about pleasing others and ourselves.
I dress ok, so that others can know I am not disrespectful. It's really about me and what people think of me. I would not wear Pj's because people would think I am a lunatic. First, because I'm not nuts, Second because I don't want other to think I am. God wants our hearts, not what we are wearing.
It's about us and how others see us. People might not tell you what they think, but they sure see what you are wearing. Believe me I know because if I saw one day a person walk into Church wearing P.J's and I saw him all the time wearing simple wearing clothes, I would think his gone nuts.
---Mark_V. on 6/2/12


Lord bless each of you. I just wanted you all to think about how we are presenting ourselves to God. ---trey on 6/2/12

then, why are you asking us about our clothing when attending church?

it is the presentation of ourselves to God when we are not seen by others to what God pays attention.
---aka on 6/2/12




james l, you still don't get it do you? I will ask again would you wear pj's to church.I don't have fancy clothes either but I still wear my best to church. I am thankful my church don't judge people the way they are dressed....still I wear my best.
---shira4368 on 6/2/12


In the nearly 2000 years since Christ was on earth we have established many manmade traditions associated with church attendance. When Christ taught the multitudes on the hill sides the people in attendance likely wore what they had on as most did not have a large wardrobe. Palestine at the time of Christ is a warm dry climate unless you are on the Mediterranean coast or close to the Sea of Tiberius with very little cooling breezes. We know Christ and the apostils got very dusty and dirty walking every where they went. We don't know how much spare clothing they carried or how frequently clothing could be wash while traveling from place to place that subject as many others are not address in scripture.
---Blogger9211 on 6/2/12


In the nearly 2000 years since Christ was on earth we have established many manmade traditions associated with church attendance. When Christ taught the multitudes on the hill sides the people in attendance likely wore what they had on as most did not have a large wardrobe. Palestine at the time of Christ is a warm dry climate unless you are on the Mediterranean coast or close to the Sea of Tiberius with very little cooling breezes. We know Christ and the apostils got very dusty and dirty walking every where they went. We don't know how much spare clothing they carried or how frequently clothing could be wash while traveling from place to place that subject as many others are not address in scripture.
---Blogger9211 on 6/2/12


Do you think God says that about your clothes? ---James_L on 6/1/12

for most, He probably says, "Thank Me!".
---aka on 6/2/12


The way I dress when accompanying my wife or friends to a social event reflects the respect I hold for them. Conversely If I didn't bother dressing well I would be showing disrespect.

Likewise when attending church (though I do not feel the need to wear a suit) I dress in a manner which reflects my respect for God.

Why dress down for God?
---Warwick on 6/2/12


My opinion is that we are coming to worship before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, our best friend, our older brother, and our Saviour. It is my personal opinion that we should try to dress our best when possible.
James_L, and Wivv, I like what you both had to say and can relate to both. I grew up in a southern state where it is hot, so I don't usually wear a suit, I also have gone to church straight from work looking like I had been rolling around in a sandblasting yard.

Lord bless each of you. I just wanted you all to think about how we are presenting ourselves to God.
---trey on 6/2/12


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shira4368:

The reason people don't go to work in thier pyjamas is because people are more vain than God is. People get hung up on external appearances, while God does not. Most working establishments have dress codes. God does not (except in the Old Testament, certain specific religious clothing were commanded for priests, and also some for all Jewish males).
---StrongAxe on 6/1/12


i hate church perfume.
---aka on 6/1/12


\\why don't you go to work in your pj's....get my point?\\
---shira4368

I don't see how your examples relate to the discussion

I dress for the weather, for comfort, and sometimes for other people.

I work in home remodeling, and my summer work shoes are sandals.

My son and I each have a smily face t-shirt. We'll wear them on the same day, even to church

I go to Wednesday evening service dirty, because it starts about 15 minutes after I pick my son up from school/daycare. I don't feel like rushing home for a shower first.

My son and I wear our look-alike suits to church sometimes. Why? so other people will see us and say "Aw, how cute"

Do you think God says that about your clothes?
---James_L on 6/1/12


james l, then why don't you go to work in your pj's, after all God does live in a born again christian. why don't you wear your bathing suit to church? get my point? why do you wear a tux if you are in a wedding? why not wear your bathing suit. Churches are the house of God even tho He lives in us. My church is the house of prayer and when I go I will dress as such.
---shira4368 on 6/1/12


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Trish,
Thank you. I have to apologize because even though I had read the entire thread, I somehow missed what you wrote before.

But it is such a profound truth in just a few words that it bears repeating.


\\If we are believers, the Holy Spirit of God is ever present with us. So, attending worship is no more special if we are in God's presence throughout the week.\\
---Trish on 5/25/12



Amen ! ! !
---James_L on 5/31/12


---James_L on 5/31/12
I believe you said exactly what I was trying to say earlier in this thread, except you put it much more eloquently. I am glad that there are people here that see the big picture.
---Trish on 5/31/12


Shira,
I think I got your meaning. If we would dress up to go see the president, then we would almost certainly dress even nicer to meet God - that's how I understood your point.

But my point strikes at what you just wrote.

The Jewish temple was the house of God.

The Jewish temple was the house of prayer.

Nowadays, the house of God is YOU.

The house of prayer is YOU.

God doesn't meet us in a building, He's with us all the time.

That building is not a holy mountain where we receive instructions through a prophet.

So if you want to dress your best for God, then you should do it always, everywhere. He doesn't disappear on Monday morning, He's with you
---James_L on 5/31/12


What a person wears to church is probably going to be determined by the culture. For example: as a child I was raised on a farm, and most of the area was farm land and for church we wore a suit and women dresses. When in the tropics, we wore shorts and tennis shoes to church, because of the heat. We have now retired to a Southern state, and most men and women wear dress slacks and a nice shirt, the exception would be older folks who still may wear a suit.

What a person wares is really not important. It's the relationship with Christ that's important.
---wivv on 5/31/12


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Cluny:

I don't know of any Christian denomination that doesn't believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

(Unless perhaps they are some kind of wishy-washy group that believes in universalism, or concepts like "creation spirituality", "cosmic Chrsist", etc.)
---StrongAxe on 5/30/12


james l, you did not get my meaning at all. my church is the house of God, house of prayer and God meets with us when we are there. I do have him living in my heart but what I said was just what I meant...how would you dress to go see the president? Surely you don't suggest the president is at the level of a Holy God..even tho he may think he is. I bet anyone going to meet him would go to every store to find a nice dress...the best dress if they were going to see the president.
---shira4368 on 5/30/12


Cluny: You once again have selective reading. I did not use the word "power" and I did mention the Holy Spirit when discussing the priest and the transformation at communion.
---Trish on 5/30/12


\\My thoughts about the belief that the priest performs the miracle of changing the elements of communion into the body and blood of Christ, which does include the Holy Spirit, comes from faithfully attending the Roman Catholic Church.\\

Every practicing Roman Catholic I've spoken to has told me they were NEVER taught the priest has the power to change the elements. Only the Holy Spirit does.

And in the Orthodox Church, OUR emphasis is on the Resurrection of Christ. "If Christ be not risen, our preaching and your faith [that means you, too, Trish] is in vain."

The emphasis on the death of Christ is a heritage from the Roman Catholic devotional emphasis on the Passion in isolation.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/30/12


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Look at the heart, not the dress.
---Eloy on 5/30/12


Trish, I agree with you and disagree with Cluny and their practice of communion. Jesus said "at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves" ( John 14:11). No priest can proof what they do is a miracle. Miracles could be verified. Jesus said,
"I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be with in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you" (John 14:16-18). We already have Him in Spirit. In His divinity He is Omniscient, in His humanity He is not. To eat His flesh and drink His blood is impossible.
---Mark_V. on 5/30/12


My thoughts about the belief that the priest performs the miracle of changing the elements of communion into the body and blood of Christ, which does include the Holy Spirit, comes from faithfully attending the Roman Catholic Church. The teaching included that the first three fingers of each hand was blessed, and only those fingers could touch the elements.

I was taught that only the priest had the power to do this.

I did not learn those lies in my church. I was

You see, your false teaching about the transformation of the bread and cup into the body and blood of Christ puts the focus on the elements. Our emphasis is to focus on Christ's sacrificial death on the cross for our sins.
---Trish on 5/29/12


\\well, I ask myself how would I dress to go see the president.\\
---shira4368 on 5/28/12

I'm guessing that you are using an analogy of the president, as if to say that you get dressed up to go see God?

So do you get dressed up every day? Dressed up while you're gardening, sleeping, etc ???

It just so happens that the building is not the house of God (you are), and you don't go "there" to meet God.

He dwells inside you if you are a believer, and He is with you all the time.

So if you want to dress up to see God, you should be in your best clothes all the time
---James_L on 5/30/12


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\\ We believe He was instructing us to celebrate the Lord's Supper as a remembrance.\\

The Greek word "anamnesis" does not mean a mere mental remembrance. It means to make actually present that which is being commemorated.

\\ I think it takes a lot of nerve for priests to teach that they are performing the miracle of transforming the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.\\

Now who is being insulting?

NOBODY teaches that. It is the Holy Spirit who effects the change.

If you don't believe this, you are not being fed solid nourishment but junk food.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/29/12


Trish, the belief that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ goes back to the beginning of the church. The Protestant idea that it is a mere memorial was not what any Christians believed until after the Reformation. Peace to you.
---Catholicus on 5/29/12


Cluny: Our belief, based on our interpretation of Jesus' words, is that the Lord Jesus did the transformational work in the elements at communion, and that His words were the present tense. We believe He was instructing us to celebrate the Lord's Supper as a remembrance. I think it takes a lot of nerve for priests to teach that they are performing the miracle of transforming the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Only Christ can do that miracle. No human has that power. For a minister to make that claim is to equate himself with Christ.
---Trish on 5/29/12


\\To insult my beliefs is not necessary. \\

BTW, your attempt to claim the moral high ground by playing the victim card is not working.

** Besides using becomes, then the question becomes(no pun intended) when does it changes??
---Ruben on 5/29/12**

To answer your question, the Byzantine tradition says the change (and we never go father than this word to describe it) happens at the Epiclesis, but this is not to say that the Words of Institution are not important. Indeed, the idea of a "moment of change" doesn't really fit with Orthodoxy, as the entire Anaphora must be said, and not merely parts of it.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/29/12


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Ruben:

If one accepts Transubstantiation, one must accept that bread, made in a bakery, suddenly becomes flesh during Mass - so there is a very specific time at which it DOES change.
---StrongAxe on 5/29/12


I also believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. But it may have been unwise for the western church to have defined it so closely by calling the change transubstantiation, bringing substance and accident into the mix.
---Catholicus on 5/29/12


But he never actually said that. He said: "this IS my body", not "this BECOMES my body". "is" implies a connection that already exists. "becomes" implies a connection that does not exist at one point, but does exist at a later point.
---StrongAxe on 5/29/12


He did not have to use 'becomes', right after he said "This is my Body" he says "which is given for you" and also the cup he said "which is shed for you" (LK 22:19-22) Both are saying presently at this moment the consecation is going on. Besides using becomes, then the question becomes(no pun intended) when does it changes??
---Ruben on 5/29/12


Cluny:

You said: Do you believe our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ when He said that the Bread and Wine became His True Body and Blood?

But he never actually said that. He said: "this IS my body", not "this BECOMES my body". "is" implies a connection that already exists. "becomes" implies a connection that does not exist at one point, but does exist at a later point. The idea of transubstantiation implies that normal bread and body change their substance (but not physical nature) to become flesh and blood. However, this is a transformative process that is not implied by "is".
---StrongAxe on 5/29/12


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\\Cluny: My church, and all of the churches I have attended, teach that the bread and cup are NOT the body and Blood of Christ. \\

That's because you've not attended the Church that Jesus founded.

\\To insult my beliefs is not necessary. \\

But you are insulting Jesus by not accepting what He said. Do you think that is necessary?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/29/12


Cluny: My church, and all of the churches I have attended, teach that the bread and cup are NOT the body and Blood of Christ. To insult my beliefs is not necessary.

Your church teaches one thing. My church teaches another. I am eating strong food. I outgrew baby food decades ago.
---Trish on 5/29/12


\\I do not believe that the bread and wine at a church service become the body and blood of Chris\\

Jesus said they did. What you are saying is that you do not believe Jesus.

Therefore you are not ready for strong food yet.

\\Plus, my church does not serve communion every Sunday.\\

Your church may not. The Church that Jesus founded does.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/29/12


Cluny: I believe what the Lord said at the Last Supper. I do not believe that the bread and wine at a church service become the body and blood of Christ. The bread and wine are just bread and wine. Nobody has the power to change them to the body and blood of Christ.

Plus, my church does not serve communion every Sunday.
---Trish on 5/29/12


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well, I ask myself how would I dress to go see the president. well, I would dress even better to go to God's house...the best I had. I have had times when the best I had was nothing but a dress made from flour sacks.
---shira4368 on 5/28/12


\\Cluny: Please reread my post. I said I am UNfamiliar with your church's practices, so I was asking you to educate me. Please do not insult me for my lack of` knowledge about your particular denomination. I do not need baby food.\\

I'm sorry. I misread what you said.

Do you believe our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ when He said that the Bread and Wine became His True Body and Blood?

Are you aware that the New Testament was liturgy before it was written?

If you don't believe these things, then you're not beyond baby food.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/28/12


Cluny: Please reread my post. I said I am UNfamiliar with your church's practices, so I was asking you to educate me. Please do not insult me for my lack of` knowledge about your particular denomination. I do not need baby food.
---Trish on 5/28/12


When Jesus was walking around a town, I doubt that the people stopped to change into their best clothes to go see HIM. Jesus wants us to come just as we are and HE will do the changing, not us.
---KarenD on 5/28/12


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Trish, you say you are familiar with my church's worship practices. So, please tell me what you know about Eastern Orthodoxy and her worship.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/28/12


If you traveled overseas as an evangelist, to a tribe which wore limited clothing because of climate, both men and women only covered the genital regions, and leftthe tops uncovered, and they had no feelings of immodesty, would you ask them to be totally covered up, and why?

John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt [his] fisher's coat [unto him], (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

Acts 12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me
---francis on 5/27/12


Cluny: There is no need to insult me.

My church does not worship all dressed up. Our worship service does not involve a sacrifice, and I am curious by what you mean using that phrase. I am unfamiliar with your church's practices, and to insult me when I am asking honest questions, by saying I am not ready for strong food is unkind, and shows your ignorance.
---Trish on 5/28/12


Steveng:

Yes, but "modestly" is a culturally-relative term. In some African countries, women commonly go topless and it is considered totally normal and acceptable. On the other hand, in some middle-eastern countries, if a woman so much as shows an ankle, she may be considered a prostitiute. Western society is typically somewhere inbetween these two extremes.
---StrongAxe on 5/28/12


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Trish, Christian worship is primarily the gathering in the Holy Spirit of Christ's Body with her Head to offer the only Sacrifice acceptable to the Father.

To say more would be giving strong food to those who can't even digest milk yet.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/27/12


So, according you you, it is ok to attend a worship in sexually revealing clothes because "God cares about the condition of YOUR heart and NOT your clothing"?
---Steveng on 5/27/12

Your response is nothing short of insulting to God.

Why, Oh Why, would God want anyone to come to church dressed up in provocative clothing?

God's caring about the condition of YOUR heart has nothing to do with dressing up like a prostitute.

Or, am I missing something?

Perhaps you, yourself, are involved in that garbage and need to repent of sin (LUST) that is raging in YOUR own heart?
---Sag on 5/27/12


Dress in a way that you think will represent best yourself in the presence of a king or president.Remember you are going to meet the King of kings and Lord of Lords
It need not to be overly done but just modest enough even in the presence of an important person to meet.
---mj on 5/27/12


francis: "Dress is CULTURAL

Is scottland, a kilt is appropriate"

The culture of today is to dress like Lady Gaga, Madona, and other entertainers and atheltes. Are these fashions accepted in a worship environment? As mentioned, both here and in scripture, dress modestly not something one would wear to the Golden Global Awards.
---Steveng on 5/27/12


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Sag: "God cares about the condition of YOUR heart and NOT your clothing."

That's true, but what you wear is a condition of what you think. So, according you you, it is ok to attend a worship in sexually revealing clothes because "God cares about the condition of YOUR heart and NOT your clothing"?
---Steveng on 5/27/12


since we are the "temple" we should wear clothes at all times when in public.

and, please wear your "sunday's best" to the homeless or battered family shelters before church and serve someone else and skip cracker barrel and eat lunch with the same.

therein, you will find your answer.
---aka on 5/27/12


Cluny: If I missed your point, then you failed to make it clear. You told me what worship is NOT, but failed to tell me what it is, according to you.
---Trish on 5/27/12


\\ I just do not equate worship services with an audience with a dignitary, since my every day life should be an act of worship. \\

I know, Trish.

Again, you miss the point.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/27/12


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If all our righteousness looks like filthy rags to God, what do you think our actual filthy rags look like to him?

Trying to dress up all nice to impress God (or worse, the fashion-conscious at church) is a totally futile effort.

On the other hand, if you want to look nice out of courtesy and respect, that's fine - but once you start imposing your own personal dress code on others, it's just trying to obey man-made rules that don't matter in order to impress people who don't matter.
---StrongAxe on 5/27/12


Cluny: Let me clarify what I meant. Scott compared attending worship with meeting with a king or president. I believe we are in God's presence, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, all day, every day.

The act of worship is definitely important, and should be participated in with all sincerity and a good heart attitude. I just do not equate worship services with an audience with a dignitary, since my every day life should be an act of worship. Romans 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Godthis is your spiritual[a] act of worship."
---Trish on 5/26/12


I remember the first time I visited a Catholic church, around 1957. I was shocked that a good number of the men in attendance did not wear ties, and many wore sports shirts. That would never have flown at the Anglican church I regularly attended back then!
---Catholicus on 5/26/12


\\I was raised in a Catholic church. This is a sample dress code for Mass:

Men: Suits, Ties, Dress Shoes.
Ladies: Dresses, Jewelry, Makeup, High Heel Shoes.
Children: Whatever your parents tell you to wear.
Catholic Priests and Lay Persons: Whatever the Catholic Church commands. ONLY that is appropriate!\\

This was pretty much the dress for the Baptist church I was raised in before I got saved.

However, many Roman Catholic bloggers complain that dress for Mass has become too casual in the last few decades.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/26/12


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I was raised in a Catholic church. This is a sample dress code for Mass:

Men: Suits, Ties, Dress Shoes.
Ladies: Dresses, Jewelry, Makeup, High Heel Shoes.
Children: Whatever your parents tell you to wear.
Catholic Priests and Lay Persons: Whatever the Catholic Church commands. ONLY that is appropriate!

I can remember Mocking / Teasing some of my friends for wearing: Blue Jeans, Shorts, T-Shirts, Worn Tennis Shoes, etc. to Mass.

In Reality, though, I don't think that God cares what you wear. As long as it is MODEST.

God cares about the condition of YOUR heart and NOT your clothing.
---Sag on 5/26/12


Pray about what we wear. And Paul says, "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (in 1 Corinthians 9:22) So, we can dress like ones we want to reach. Therefore, if you hold church by helping serve meals at a homeless help place, you might be flattered to go in and be offered a meal (c: because you aren't trying to make yourself look "better" than the poor.

In a church, I would say you want any guest to be comfortable. So, have people well-dressed and casual . . . so you are "all things to all men". And modesty is mainly in your heart, so how you dress does show how you are.
---willie_c: on 5/26/12


\\Scott and Trey: If we are believers, the Holy Spirit of God is ever present with us. So, attending worship is no more special if we are in God's presence throughout the week.\\

Which is totally missing the point about what Christian worship is supposed to be.

It's not a mere fancy version of personal devotion, though Protestants and especially Evangelicals have turned it into that.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/26/12


KarenD, it cracks me up how I post a question and you immeadiately make up your mind what type of church I attend. Actually, I attend a very small church made up mainly of the extremely poor. Most of them are elderly and are on fixed incomes. I've seen men wear overalls, and women wear worn out jeans. I'm just happy they are there.
Anyway, no harm. Lord bless you Sister.
---trey on 5/25/12


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What type of clothes should we wear to church?
---trey on 5/25/12

Dress is CULTURAL

Is scottland, a kilt is appropriate
---francis on 5/25/12


Scott and Trey: If we are believers, the Holy Spirit of God is ever present with us. So, attending worship is no more special if we are in God's presence throughout the week.

I worship in clothes I am comfortable wearing. My church does not dress up. The only time I saw my pastor in a suit was my brother's funeral. I'm sure he also wears one when he performs a wedding. I am more comfortable, and more able to worship from my heart now, then in the previous 22 years of my adult life.
---Trish on 5/25/12


\\Do you think the woman at the well was dressed like you would want her to dress?
---KarenD on 5/25/12\\

St. Photini (the traditional name for the woman of John 4) wasn't going to worship, as I recall.

There's an icon of her encounter with the Savior. She's dressed in all her finery and jewels.

And, while Christ does minister to us where we are, does He leave us where we are?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/26/12


trey...I don't believe Jesus has a dress code for people other than that we all dress modest. It appears that what you have just described is your own church dress code. Jesus ministered to people no matter how they were dressed. Do you think the woman at the well was dressed like you would want her to dress?
---KarenD on 5/25/12


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It depends on what your view of Christian worship is.

If it's something to make YOURSELF feel good and be blessed (whatever that might mean), then it doesn't matter.

If it's about concentrating on God and praising Him for His mighty works, which is what Eucharistic Worship is about, then that should influence how you dress.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 5/25/12


//His best clothes to go to church// absolutely. But lets define best clothes - is it an armani suit so that he can show off? "Don't be like the Pharisee who stands and boast..." (paraphased). Are you dressing up because of fear of man because they make you? Would you dress horrible and go before the king or the president? If you serve at church can you function in your clothes for example directing traffic in a suit in the rain not a good idea. You should dress to what allows you to worship God the best and modestly not to cause a distraction. To some dressing up is worship (good) to others dressing up is a requirement (bad). Pastors, deacons if someone does not get quite right don't turn them away.
---Scott1 on 5/25/12


Wear whatever will draw absolutely NO attention to YOU. Blend into the background so that you don't draw attention away from the real focus of church attendance: worship.
---Geraldine on 5/25/12


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