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Can women dress in a scantly way and still call themselves Christian?

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I just got done doing a bible study on this. It deals with what men wear more then what women wear. in the womans case it says they should be modest, shamefacedness, have not broided or plaiting of hair they should not wear to much jewlery and should not wear clothes that track attention to them. 1tim 2:9-10,1peter3:3-5,deut 22:5-11,lev 19:19 and should be covered at least to the thigh Exo 28:42, isaiah 47:2-3, let me know if i am way off on this one.
---anthony on 12/17/09

And the Bible says: Christians should dress in a modest and decent way, showing respect for God, themselves, and others. This principle is found in Pauls use of the terms kosmios and aidos"well-ordered" and "decent"to describe the appropriate adorning of the Christian woman (1 Tim 2:9). With reference to clothing, the terms mean that Christians must dress in a well-ordered, decorous, decent manner, without causing shame or embarrassment to God, themselves, or others.
---Mx on 1/26/09

Catherine said:
Why not ask yourselves, "what would God say to me, if He was standing right infront of me in all of His holiness"?

Catherine, God would be looking at your heart, NOT your skirt...
---NurseRobert on 8/20/08

It is amazing to me that all of you call yourselves christian. You should be the pue sitters insted. I have been saved since 19, and refuse to allow someone to judge me based on how I am dressed. I am not inappropriate in my eyes which is not to say someone else may feel different. The truth is my relationship with God is not based on what I wear, but on the nature of my heart. Our judgements of how others dress is a waste of time and effort that could be reduced to gossip (which by the way is a sin also). My point being: keep your eyes on God and what the person next to you in church is wearing will not be an issue.
---kasey on 8/19/08

Good question. I think being a "Christian" is a completely separate issue though. The matter of dress is a matter of how one wants to be perceived and a matter of wanting to help their brothers and sisters up. In other words, I don't want to make a fellow Christian have lust in his heart because I have a really low cut shirt on or I'm wearing something to begs to be looked at.

And I also want to say what scantily dressed women do to another woman's self-esteem. It's hard on us. We want to be just as beautiful or look like them and sometimes we just don't. Then it makes us feel bad about ourselves. God wants our beauty to come from doing good things and living right. I know it sounds corny, but it's true.
---kate on 7/28/08

I think women should be given a little grace here, as they can't possibly know how much the way they dress can affect us men. So ladies, I ask of you in desperation: If you have an honest heart for God, please dress modestly. As you would like us to help you grow with the Lord, this is one major issue that women can do directly for their brothers in Christ. Truly, thank you =)
---Reid on 6/7/08

All ::Just a passing thought.Have you ever noticed Birds: the male has mostly Bright Plumage but the female of the species drab.I wonder why?Does plumage attract.?No But when the time is right the action is on.animals have a rutting period.What do Humans Have???also a time tempered with self control. 1Cor7:5 To RESPECT is to excercise this self control, it is hard but NOT impossible.
---Emcee on 5/28/08

The answer is an obvious NO! Why not ask yourselves, "what would God say to me, if He was standing right infront of me in all of His holiness"?
---catherine on 5/28/08

The body was never made beautiful to just look at, people have shapes not considered beautiful( that don't mean the're not wonderfully made) does it?. The body has a Physical and Spiritual function one bein the temple of God, amongst other earthly duties, like common sense and to have soberity/shame whilst dressing for Church or any other activity

You can judge on what is a right/wrong dress code. what you can't do is Judge the persons final place of a residence Heaven/Hell.
---Carla5754 on 5/28/08

Yes they can. The way you dress has no factor in religion. The one who looks at them in a perverse way is the real sinner. To judge is to sin. By the way,the body was created by God and is a beautiful thing, unless you look at the body and have perverse thoughts.
---James on 5/26/08

We were created to be brothers and sisters/neices,etc except for the one God created to marry..Who would lust after their own brother or sister or neice etc?.. and he gives us self control for those who want it.. and we are ALL to dress appropriately.. common sense.. do you dress provocatively in front of Jesus or your brothers or sisters etc??..
---bonna6566 on 5/26/08

Too short when it exposes your chest and undergarment are not left to someones imagination. You should not wear things that cause someone else to imagine (lust) hope that helps!

p.s I would have thought you'd know?
---Carla5754 on 5/26/08

I am just wondering, what is considered immodest? Are all tank tops immodest? What is the lowest a neckline can be before it crosses the line? What is too short for shorts and skirts etc?
---Kella3336 on 5/21/08


Good answer. That's biblical.

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things,
Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
---trey on 5/19/08

My opinion . . . no. My reason is because as many people know, women can be a destraction to men. Women are treasures and they need to treat themselve that way. If girls show off everything they got guys will turn there eyes on them and that is not good for guys to act. So if you dress unmodest then you can not blame the guys for having there full attention on you.Its just not a good idea and it can take the focus off God.
---Tiffany on 5/19/08

Not really!>>> On the otherhand, we should get our own eyes off people and keep them on Jesus. There ant none of us too great. And by the way, while we are on this subject: I hate to see people put on a HOT SEAT. Washington are you paying attention!?
---catherine on 5/19/08

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the priestly garments in the old testament was for beauty and glory. decent dressing accomplishes this for us. we are to be immitators of Christ. if our dressing cannot be approved by God we know it ourselves. Lets not quench the Spirit of God through disobedience
---Patience on 5/19/08

As Christians we are supposed to be teachable. If a woman is dressed inappropriatly, then an older woman (Pastor's wife or Deacon's wife) should help the woman understand the need to dress modestly. I think most women follow fashion and really have no clue at what's proper or inproper.
---Cherie on 5/18/08

Hi, can someone answer this for me: what was the reason for the use of "shame-facedness" in that verse just quoted? Surely not that women should be ashamed just because we are women? I know God doesn't degrade us, so can someone help me out here please? Thanks :)
---Mary on 5/18/08

Emcee_I dress as God commands, In Mens clothing...
I Doubt if any women are going to Lust over me, By the WAY I Dress...
If they do, IT'S on them, Because I Don't dress to where women should Lust over me.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/17/08

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my opinion, I agree to dress modestly. What bothers me most is when women at church are dressing innapropriately.I know men(and women) who have an issue with lust and the Word says we should not cause our brother to stumble.I think you can still be a Christian,we all have sin in our lives and if u think u dont then your sin would be lying.Our church makes a point of reminding women w/ the summer to dress modestly. You'd be shocked how some women come to CHURCH dressed!Anyhow,off my opinion potty:)
---minna on 5/16/08

In 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, Women have no shame today, do we follow Hollywood or Jesus?
---MpcTruth on 5/16/08

DDM::Whats good for the goose is also good for the Gander.or dont you think the fair gender have no desires?Do men dress inappropriately? The traffic is on a 2 way street.
---Emcee on 5/16/08

For ALL have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.
EVERYONE sins, even YOU. THat's why we have a redeemer and can confess our sins to God and receive forgiveness. So get off your high horse. Christians sin... it's our nature. But GOD forgives, even if YOU don't.
---Cindi on 5/16/08

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To behold is beautiful.God created Beauty perfection.'to behold' But sin is in the eye of the beholder born in the imagination of either Gender young or old, triggered by Temptation the work of Satan.YOUR CHOICE.--A & E were naked only after sin.IMHO.
---Emcee on 5/16/08

In other words, Can women sin and still call themselves Christian? Answer, NO! Christians follow Christ, but the worldly follow the world.
---Eloy on 5/15/08
Everyone is a sinner Christian or not, male or female. In Other words did Christ shed his blood for ALL, so ALL our sins would be forgiven. Yes. We all sin everyday. As a Christian, just because I may(and do) sin, does not mean that I lose my salvation and have to be reborn again and again and again. God is bigger than that.
---emtp on 5/16/08

We as Christians should be more loving to these women and men who may struggle with lust or just not have been convicted yet that the way they dress may be inappropriate. They need to be taught with love. If a new Christian woman is coming to church dressed provocatively and all she is receiving is stares of judgement and hate from the women of the congregation how is she supposed to learn. She won't she will prob become bitter and leave the church.
---emtp on 5/15/08

would you want someone to snare your spouse with a mini skirt

for non-christian husbands that's probably all it would take is a mini skirt to "snare" that man away from his wife
---Rhonda on 5/15/08

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...Christian men are not associating with women of the world they are seeking Christian women who dress decently Christian man is easily "snared" by a mini skirt or any other women who dresses to show off

true Chrisitans are called out of this world not to be a part of it

women who dress to "show off" don't have the Holy Spirit working in their lives either ...many profess Christ on their lips doesn't mean they're christian
---Rhonda on 5/15/08

In other words, Can women sin and still call themselves Christian? Answer, NO!
---Eloy on 5/15/08

Eloy--ALL CHRISTIANS( & non)ARE SINNERS Male or Female Jesus did not tell us to come all who are weary BUT FIRST CLEAN YOUR ACT UP BEFORE YOU DARE STEP IN MY HOUSE His blood was shed for EVERYONE from the very meakest to the very vilest I believe God can work on/in & through the heart of a woman dressed in ? clothes just the same as anyone else.
---emtp on 5/15/08

Dennis ... So men are visual.
So what?
If I see a Ferrari Dino, I think, "Wow!", but I don't go and steal it.
---alan_of_UK on 5/15/08

No they should not be able to. I believe it is important to dress modestly, but so many woman think that dressing in a scantly way makes them look sexy, when in fact it makes them look horrible.
---Michelle on 5/15/08

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Truth:Miss modesty is, what miss modesty does.2 schools of thought Flaunt or dont.Former is not acceptable.Same applies to men.Your eyes are the windows of your soul.a roving eye bodes evil.Handsome is, as Handsome does.
---Emcee on 5/15/08

I think women who dress inappropriately,
Cause weak Christian Men and other men, to LUST over them, WOE unto the BRINGERS of Offenses & those who men who Lust & offend the Lord...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/15/08

In other words, Can women sin and still call themselves Christian? Answer, NO! Christians follow Christ, but the worldly follow the world.
---Eloy on 5/15/08

First off let me just state that i agree women of all denominations should dress modestly. Esp. Christian women. The sexualizing of everyting today is everywhere and it degrades women and men and desenitizes us to it. Let me pose this question another way..would a woman deserve to be man handled or raped because of the way she dressed? I say definatley not. what are your thoughts?
---emtp on 5/15/08

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Frances ::SURPRISE!!mothers are doing it it is the fashionfor some "Monkey see monkey doFollow the leader.True or False.
---Emcee on 5/14/08

What surprises me is how many mothers allow their teenaged daughters to dress inappropriately the whole time (24 hours a day). If they are nightclubbing that is one thing, but good Christian mothers would not let their children go to nightclubs because they would fill their children's spare time with activities that give glory to God. Voluntary work, church activities, innocent fellowship or leisure activities.
---frances008 on 5/14/08

It is even possible to go to a night club and dress nicely, and not provocatively. You might save yourself being manhandled. But these days I would not let anyone under my care go to a night club.
---frances008 on 5/14/08

I once had someone try to persuade me that a man had behaved inappropriately towards her despite her dressing like she wanted a part in the next miss world competition and still wanted to be called innocent and he was a pervert. HELLoooooooooO:( I DON'T THINK SOOOOOOOOOOOOO :)
---Carla5754 on 5/14/08

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So, Dennis, are you saying its the women's fault because you have a dirty mind?
---NurseRobert on 5/12/08

they can call themselves whatever they want but as a visual minded male,created by GOD in this way,it is hard to remain pure minded,with exposed skin,flesh,cleavage,legs and rearends,distracting mans eyes and thoughts,when these parts are exposed or shown thru revealing attire.dress everyday with these thoughts in mind. men are visual!would you want someone to snare your spouse with a mini skirt?or be talking to him on the phone and someone walk by and get his attention off you onto her. men are visual
---dennis on 5/10/08

You can sit in the garage and call yourself a car - that doesn't make you one.

What I've seen is that these are usually young (age/maturity) people who need a gentle reminder of how attractive they are and about being appropriate. Carefully - what is scanty to you may just be a summer dress to her. Remind the men not to show appreciation too
---Andrea on 8/23/07

Lynn ... You have turned the situation round ... and talked about the need for men to dress modestly.
Now, I have been on a sunny holiday recently, and on the beach I wore swimming trunks ... among dozens of others wearing the same. Did I get lustful look from any woman? ... No way.
But if I did that in a city park, I might attract some attention... and if I did that (which I would not!) it would have been with that intention.
---alan_of_UK on 8/23/07

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Alan of U.K.
I can't speak for other women, but for me, yes a nicely built scantily clad male is a temptation. That's why "Godly" men must also be careful when dressing. Depending on the lifestyle a woman has "come out of," she may have developed the "lusting tendancy" that men seem to come by naturally. As a mature Christian, even though I can comfortably wear shorter clothes, I opt not to, because I don't want to cause another to stumble.
---Lynn on 8/23/07

Christian women should have enough respect for themselve and their Holy Father to be a better ambassador of Christ. I don't think a Christian women should dress like a prostitute if thats what you mean by Scantily. How would we dress in Heaven?
---Marcia on 7/11/07

Yes...but they are disgracing themselves and showing their ignorance to the Word of God. They are also carnal Christians who are trying to live on the fence. Mostly a carnal Christian loses most of their blessings on earth through disobedience and ignorance of the Word. Trying to fit in with the world and trying to please God,too. It can't be done. We have to make a choice to serve Christ and give up everything else.
---Robyn on 7/11/07

They can and they do, but it is not a good witness. It would be better if they didn't, just as it would be better if Christians didn't smoke, drink, swear, view inappropriate T.V. shows and read questionable books and magazines etc. but we know that many do.
---emg on 7/11/07

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I wouldn't dare say that they are not Christian but I would say that when a woman has the means, she should dress in a manner that would not draw attention to herself.
It is easy to get distracted by a beautiful woman if she doesn't choose her clothing in a careful manner.
Does that make sense?
---mike on 9/24/06

wht happens if the scanty dress is all she got? God does not look at how you dress, but the heart and where it is, for Him or the world. Too often we believers are too quick to judge others when we have a huge mote in our own eyes. Lets be a bit kinder to otherss.
---jana on 9/24/06

Jimbo, what do you consider scantily?? An ankle showing?
---NurseRobert on 9/23/06

Doing that is an outward sighn of an inward problem.
---Lynn on 9/23/06

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r.w. Maybe you misinterpreted by what I said "So a man may be "speculative about his chances" with the bikini-clad woman in the park, but not so on the beach"
I did mot mean a man "may" with the meaning of it being OK. I meant "can", meaning it just happens that way.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 9/23/06

r.w. No, I can't be a Christian can I, r.w. because I do not find that bikinis bring out all my male lusts?
Sorry about that.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 9/23/06

friends, we are not suppose to look at them. what are you doing looking when you are a christian. dont use the old adage that we are sinful in nature when you know its wrong to do so. You commit adultery if you look. there are more interesting things to look at than looking at such. look at your wife or husband or the children. If not, look at nature, trees, gardens etc. not jesabelle
---jana on 9/23/06

Alan: I totally agree with what you are saying about the context of the wardrobe. However, I will share that my daughter, a very conservative Christian woman, will only wear her bikini bathing suit at family swim functions, not at a public beach or pool. She will not wear it if there are going to be men, other than her husband, father or brothers there. When she went on a cruise with her in-laws she wore a suit that covered her midriff.
---Madison1101 on 9/22/06

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obviously alan doesnt believe in being 'separate' from the world. saying it's ok to go and do what the rest of the world is doing. no wonder the u.k is also in ruins like the u.s. 'love not the world, neither the things of the world. If any man loves the world the love of the Father is not in him."
---r.w. on 9/22/06

Helen ... # 3 But in a city park at lunch-time on a warm summer's day, dressing in a bikini would be done for the purpose of attacting male attention.
So a man may be "speculative about his chances" with the bikini-clad woman in the park, but not so on the beach.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06

Helen ... # 2 I think we need to take into account the circumstances. On a beachful of people, a woman in a bathig dress, even a two piece, is unlikely to inflame illicit passions. The intention of dressing like that, among hundreds of others, is not going to be to inflame men's lusts (except in a few cases, which will be recognisable by the behaviour of the woman.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06

Helen ... # 1 Thank you ... I misquoted you, and perhaps misunderstood what you had said.
Some men will find a woman dressed in a full skirt a temptation, for others it will be women wearing jeans. Or with hair "up" or flowing.
So many things "may" tempt particular people ... we can't ban them all because they "may" tempt some
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/20/06

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Alan8869ofUK - I said "can be a temptation to men". I did not say they are, and I did not mention your name either.
---Helen_5378 on 9/19/06

Helen ... as a mere man, can I answer, since you say the scantily clad woman will be a temptation to me?
There are so many of them on the beach, that noe of them are a temptation.
Tell us, are you tempted by scantily clad men?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/19/06

Christian women should never dress in a scantily clad way. We are called to come out from among them and be separate, so we are not to smack of the world. A woman dressing in such a way I have no doubt can be a temptation to men, which is a sin on her part.
---Helen_5378 on 9/18/06

I don't like seeing characters in bathing suits, even if they are elite (though I prefer them to be very emotionally, personally and socially complex as everyone else, with their intents, emotions and desires being corrupted). I like it when they were stylish, modest 20's bathing suits. That pretty much covers everything. I hate seeing the navel, even though I lust.
---CNoEvil on 9/18/06

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Those who tempt others very often die. See Matt 25:40.

Luke 4:12 And Jesus answering said . . . Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Acts 5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
---a_servant on 7/4/06

It is very wrong for a Christian woman to dress scantily. We are called by God to come out from among them and be separate. We are not supposed to put temptation in somebody else's way.
---Helen_5378 on 6/25/06

I agree that Christian women should dress modestly and not as a harlot. Our Lord looks down and beholds the evil and the good.
---Heather on 6/24/06

ummm NO! That is a disgrace ,& why would a Christian woman want to dress like a harlot?
---candice on 6/24/06

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If men are "visual" because God created them this way, woman are made to "attract" -- with all the right body parts to do it. Either argument is simply an excuse to not have self control.

As much as a man has to fight with all his strength to not look and lust, a woman has to fight with all her strength to not want to be the object of those looks and desires.

Lusting after someone is as sinful as wanting to be lusted after.
---glenda on 6/8/06

Your life may depend on what you wear,be discreet and wear what you want too,be able to kick, hit and run fast .Your preditors won't be christians..Christian males are the same make as other beware and take care.Dress for the occasion!Don't wear tiny clothes or shoes .Don't change your body,or wear tatoos,God loves us as we are,He makes no mistakes!Lulac3895
---Lula on 6/8/06

Donna2277.....that is a very lovely statement you have made. I so agree.
---Grace on 6/8/06

To be honest I would doubt the salvation of anyone dressing scantily. With a new nature in Christ and the conviction of the Holy Spirit I just don't see how a lady could dress that way all the time and feel ok about it if she were truly Christian....although there is an ongoing sanctification process. Just after I got saved I was still wearing leggings -- walking down the street one day I felt convicted and never wore them again.
---Helen_5378 on 6/8/06

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I firmly believe Christian women should dress modestly. But to be embarrassed in front of Jesus? He knew me in the womb. He talks to me often when I'm in the shower. I DO think it's appropriate to ask Him for help with one's wardrobe, however.
---Donna2277 on 6/8/06

The real question should be: Can women dress in a scantly way in front of Jesus? Would they be embarrassed? Would they run from his presence? If you won't do it in front of Jesus, then don't do it at all.
---Donna9759 on 6/8/06

I do think women need to be careful of their dress; however, not because 'men are visual' and are unable to control themselves! Men are responsible for controlling their thoughts, feelings and behavior. However, if a woman knows how to dress appropriately, she doesn't have to give up accentuating her beauty. Beauty and sexuality can be accentuated in a way that is not suggestive or taudry.
---Grace on 6/8/06

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