Paul Washer – How should a christian woman clothe herself? Cum ar trebui sa se imbrace o femeie? English/Romanian

Transcriere: In cartea Ezechia, capitolul 3, versetul 10 spune, „Femeile nu au voie sa poarte pantaloni.” Si, „Femeile nu au voie sa foloseasca niciun fel de ruj.” Si, „Femeile trebuie sa incerce sa fie cat se poate de urate.”

Exista insa o singura problema: Cartea Ezechia nu face parte din canon. Si a fost scrisa recent de un grup de legalisti. Se pare ca fiecare merge intotdeauna spre o extrema.

Un invatator al Bibliei foarte bun, pe nume Conrad Murrell a spus, „Poti sa mergi 1000 de kilometri in aceasta directie (stanga) si sa umbli in neadevar. Si poti merge 1000 de kilometri in cealalta directie (dreapta) si sa umbli tot in neadevar. Dar a umbla in adevar este ca si cum ai umbla pe muchia unei lame de barbierit.” E foarte usor sa cazi intr-o parte si sa fii liberal si este foarte usor sa cazi in cealalta parte si sa devii legalist. In special atunci cand Biblia nu spune in mod specific  tot ceea ce noi dorim sa spuna.

In 1 Timotei capitolul 2:9 spune: „Femeile, de asemenea, vreau sa se imbrace in haine decente, cu modestie si cumpatare, nu cu impletituri ale parului, nici cu aur sau cu margaritare, sau cu haine scumpe, asa cum se cuvine unor femei care  se declara evlavioase.” Uneori ne-am dori ca apostolul Pavel sa fi zis mai mult. Dar cred ca Duhul Sfant este mai intelept decat suntem noi.

Cuvantul folosit aici este „cu modestie”. Si „cu cumpatare” (cu discretie). Iata cateva lucruri pe care cred ca le puteti extrage din acest pasaj. Nu spune ca imbracamintea nu trebuie sa fie frumoasa sau atractiva. De fapt femeia din Proverbe 31 se imbraca in purpura. Dar ideea de aici este ca infatisarea ta nu ar trebui sa fie o pricina de poticnire pentru alti oameni.

Iata cateva cuvinte pe care cred ca ar trebui sa le evitati: lux, extravaganta, senzualitate.

Iata cateva cuvinte care ar fi potrivite: frumusete, excelenta, simplitate, modestie. Si un cuvant pentru care nu stiu daca aveti o traducere: frugalitate. Adica a folosi banii lui Dumnezeu ca un bun administrator.

Sa va dau un exemplu. Aceti secondhand-uri aici? De unde poti cumpara haine purtate? Sotia mea este regina hainelor de second hand. Intr-o zi noi faceam cumparaturi impreuna si ea a vazut o fusta lunga si eu am spus: „Este foarte frumoasa.” Costa 85 de dolari. Iar pe mine m-a apucat frica. Dar ea s-a uitat la acea fusta si a zis: „Nu o sa o cumpar.” Ea sa dus la secondhand si a cumparata aceeasi fusta cu 5 dolari. Doamnelor daca veti invata sa faceti acest lucru, barbatii vostri vor fi oameni foarte fericiti.” Sotia mea mi-a spus ceva odata si am folosit acest lucru in  multe din predicile mele. Daca imbracamintea ta este o rama pentru fata ta, este de la Dumnezeu. Pentru ca de pe fata ta ar trebui sa straluceasca gloria lui Dumnezeu. Dar daca imbracamintea ta este o rama pentru trupul tau, atunci este senzuala. Si este gresita. Si esti o pricina de poticnire.

Simplitate si frumusetea adevarata, biblica

Dar cand vine vorba de imbracaminte, trebuie de asemenea sa ne gandim la convingerile personale. Unele femei prefera sa poarte, si au convingerea ca ar trebui sa poarte doar fuste. Bine, va aplaud! Dar fusta ar trebui sa nu fie senzuala. Unele femei au libertatea sa poarte pantaloni. Acum, s-ar putea sa nu fiti de acord cu acest lucru. Dar chiar nu aveti nici un text biblic pe care sa va bazati, decat daca pantalonii sunt senzuali. Atunci ar fi gresit. Unele femei isi acopera capul. Si o fac din ideea lor de ascultare de Dumnezeu. Slava Domnului!

Alte femei nu isi acopera capul. Si, ascultati-ma, motivul nu este ca ele nu cred Scriptura. Pentruca acel pasaj in 1 Corinteni este foarte dificil. Si voi spuneti, „Pai, nu este. Spune ca trebuie sa isi acopere capul.” Dar stiti ce inseamna asta? Inseamna ca ea trebuie sa isi acopere capul oridecate ori iese in public. Nu doar cand este in biserica. Si acoperitoarea nu a fost doar a palarie mica sau un batic care coboara pana pe aici, ci era mai mult ceva asemanator cu ceea ce vedeti ca poarta musulmanii. Asa ca, vedeti, trebuie sa fiti foarte atenti.

S-ar putea sa aveti ceva pe cap si sa credeti ca Il ascultati pe Dumnezeu, cand de fapt nu faceti nimic din ceea ce spune textul. De asemenea, cele mai multe principii din Biblie sunt supraculturale. Ele merg dincolo de cultura. Guverneaza peste cultura. Dar unele lucruri apartin culturii. Si, deasemenea convingerile personale. Unii consuma carne, altii doar legume. Cu privire la cultura, daca o femeie in Olanda nu are nimic pe cap, vor crede barbatii ca este o femeie adultera? Nu. Dar in unele locuri in Orientul Mijlociu, daca femeia nu are ceva pe cap, vor crede ei ca este o femeie adultera sau o prostituata? Da. Deci ,vedeti, sunt multe lucruri pe care trebuie sa le luam in considerare.

Si apoi vorbim de lucruri cum ar fi cerceii, de exemplu. Acum, daca cerceii tai sunt de marimea unei anvelope (roata) de masina, probabil ar trebui sa o dezumflati un pic. Dar ideea, din nou, este: lipsa de extravaganta, sau de senzualitate, dar simplitate. Vorbind de machiaj. Odata o doamna a sunat un pastor care predica la radio si l-a intrebat: „Este pacat ca o femeie sa poarte machiaj?” Si el a raspuns: „Sora, este un pacat ca unele femei nu poarta machiaj.” Si apoi a adaugat: „Nu strica sa zugravesti o casa veche.”

A-ti auzit vreodata acest lucru… ‘strecori un tantar dar inghiti o camila’? Asa ca trebuie sa fim foarte atenti. Ideea este: simplitate si frumusete adevarata biblica. Iar senzualitatea e un pacat. Dati-mi voie sa impartasesc inca un lucru care este important.

Exista femei a caror inima a caror inima nu este intr-o relatie buna cu Dumnezeu, asa ca chiar daca poarta haine decente, toata lumea stie ca sunt senzuale. Nu poti sa iti ascunzi inima in spatele hainelor religioase. Am vorbit de mai multe ori cu sotia mea despre urmatorul lucru. Ea are o prietena care este o femeie foarte frumoasa. Vreau sa spun ca ar putea fi un top model. Dar ea este o femei foarte evlavioasa. Cand intra in biserica si o vezi, singurul lucru care iti vine in minte este: aceasta este o femeie frumoasa. Nimic altceva. Dar sunt alte femei care nu sunt nici pe jumatate de frumoase cum este ea, dar in momentul cand ele intra in incapere, trebuie sa iti intorci capul (de la ele) pentru ca sunt senzuale. Conteaza mult conditia inimii tale.

Published on Nov 12, 2012 by  poti sa-i vizitezi si blogul la  www.unmesajpentruRomania.blogspot.com

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For Dads: If your daughter is going to be dating soon

 

If you can take humor, you may also enjoy viewing this „Application to date my daughter”.  One of the lines asks the applicant to answer: „In 50 words or less, what does „DON’T TOUCH MY DAUGHTER” mean to you?”

Here’s another humorous (but reality based) and excellent article on Christian dads, daughters and dating from a blog titled „The Thinklings” written by By Jared Wilson as a Christian Post Guest Voice at the Christian Post:

1. You must love Jesus. I don’t care if you’re a „good Christian boy.” I was one of those too. So I know the tricks. I’m going to ask you specific, heart-testing questions about your spiritual affections, your daily devotional life, your idols, your disciplines, and the like. I’ll cut you a little bit of slack because you’re young and hormonal and your pre-frontal lobe isn’t fully developed yet, but I’ll be watching you like a hawk. I know you. I was you. You will think you can fool me, and you likely have fooled many other dads who didn’t pay much attention to their daughters’ suitors, but I will be on you like Bourne on that guy whose neck he broke. Which guy was that? Every guy. So love Jesus more than my daughter or go home.

2. You will install X3Watch or Covenant Eyes on your computer and mobile devices and have your regular reports sent to me.

3. I will talk to your dad and tell him I will hold him responsible if you don’t treat my daughter like a lady. If he thinks I’m a crazy person, you fail the test and won’t get to date her. If he understands what I’m saying, that bodes well for you.

4. You will pay for everything. Oh, sure, every now and then my daughter can buy you a Coke or something and a gift on your birthday and at Christmas. But you pay for meals, movies, outings, whatever else. Don’t have a job? I’m sorry, why am I talking to you again?

5. You will accept my Facebook friend request.

6. If it looks like you need a belt to hold your pants up, I will assume you don’t have a job. See #4.

7. Young people dating are putting their best face forward, so if you appear impatient, ill-tempered, or ill-mannered, I know you will gradually become more so over time. I will have no jerks dating my daughters.

8. If I am not your pastor, I will talk to the man who is. If your pastor is a woman, why am I talking to you, again?

9. You don’t love my daughter. You have no idea what love is. You like her and you might love her someday. That’s an okay start with me, so put the seatbelt on the mushy gushy stuff. Don’t profess your undying love, quote stupid love song lyrics to her, tell her you’d die for her, or feed her any other boneheaded lines that are way out of your depth as a horny little idiot. A lady’s heart is a fragile thing. If you play with hers, I will show you yours.

10. If you ever find yourself alone with my daughter, don’t panic. Just correct the situation immediately. If I ever catch you trying to get alone with my daughter, that would be the time to panic.

11. It may sound like I’m joking in threatening you harm, and while I might not physically hurt you if you offend my daughter or violate her honor, when I am addressing the issue with you, you will not be laughing.

12. You may think all this sounds very legalistic. That’s fine. You can be one of the many antinomians not dating my daughter.

Source  here – http://thinklings.org/bloo.trackback.php/6629.344 or on the Christian Post here – http://m.blogs.christianpost.com/guest-views/so-you-want-to-date-my-daughter-9561/

and thanks to Gabi Bogdan for this link.

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The negatives of dressing immodestly

Jared Moore gives us yet another reminder of how it affects men, when we as women dress immodestly. Good list to think about and take into consideration:

To read the entire article click here.

Ladies, I want you to know that you do not encourage one single positive response from men whenever you dress immodestly. If you choose to bring attention to yourself sexually by dressing immodestly, you encourage these 9 negative responses:

1. A denial of your mind. By encouraging men to look at you sexually, you encourage them to not think about the fact that you have a mind. If a man does not care about your mind, he does not care about you.

2. A denial of your value. You are more valuable than your physical appearance and your sexual availability. Your value comes ultimately from your Creator (Gen. 1:27). By encouraging men to focus on you sexually, you do not encourage them to value the main elements that make you valuable in God’s eyes.

3. A denial of your need for provision. Although we live in a growing egalitarian society, Christian women should want their husbands to be their primary providers (1 Tim. 5:8, Eph. 5:28-29). Whenever you encourage young men to look at you as a sex object, you encourage them to not consider how they can provide for you as faithful Christian husbands.

4. A denial of your need for protection. In the Scriptures, husbands are expected to protect their wives (1 Pet. 3:7). When a man is looking at you sexually, and he is not your husband, he is unconcerned about protecting you. If he was concerned about protecting you, he would desire to protect you before he looked at you sexually. In other words, marriage and protection are a result of love, and come before sex.

5. A denial of your value as God’s image-bearer. When you encourage men to view you as a sex object, you encourage them to see you as created in the likeness of something less than the image of God. You might be a little higher than the animals in their eyes.

6. A denial of God’s value in creating all the elements that make you a human being. If you are a professed Christian, then you represent Christ in all that you do, including in how you dress. By portraying yourself as a public object for sexual lust, you encourage young men to value your appearance above everything else about you; thus, you encourage them to only value God’s creating ability in your outward appearance. Every element of you was fearfully and wonderfully made, not merely your outward appearance (Gen. 1:27, Ps. 139:14).

7. A denial of your humanity. Your humanity includes more than you being viewed as an avenue for sexual lust. If you are stripped of everything except your sexual worth, then you are diminished to something less than human, slightly above an animal, if that. If you think deeply about this, thousands of women are being sold into the sex trade every year. Their „owners” value them only in a sexual way. Why would you voluntarily encourage men to only value you in a sexual way?

8. A denial of your good works. If you encourage a man to look at your body instead of your good works, you encourage him to selfishly use you instead of enjoying the Lord (1 Tim. 2:10). You shouldrather encourage a man to enjoy the Lord through enjoying you sexually within marriage; instead of encouraging men to sinfully enjoy you without enjoying the Lord. It is impossible for men to enjoy the Lord by looking at you as a sex object.

9. A hiding of God’s glory. When you encourage men to check out your body instead of your face, you encourage them to look at you sexually, an act that only your husband should participate in. If you are a Christian, your goal should be to encourage others to run to Christ. By encouraging men to look at you sexually, you encourage them to run to sin, instead of communicating by your modesty that your body is not for sexual immorality, but is for the Lord (1 Cor. 6:13). You are not your own, for you were bought with the blood of Christ (1 Cor. 7:23). How you dress either reveals this truth or hides it.

Slutwalk marches???

I am speechless…

Mary Kassian of www.GirlsGoneWise.com writes about this new disturbing „activism”  via the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Click here for the story

Young Ladies: About Those Twitter and Facebook Pictures….

As a heatwave was hitting our upper states this week, I read an interesting post  yesterday on the Chief of Least blog. In it I’ll give just two points and you can read the rest of this excellent article here – Porn: The Vile Invisible Elephant in The Church:

1)There is a giant elephant in our church sanctuaries. He sits in the back. Vile and unassuming. The deacons, choir, congregation, and even the pastor knows he’s there, yet they all try to ignore him. Meanwhile, he discreetly wreaks havoc on the soul of the church. This lurking elephant’s name is porn.

2)Should I be more careful what photos I post on Facebook, Myspace, etc.? Ladies, before you slap a legalist stamp on my forehead let me explain to you an unfortunate secret: Your non-Christian male coworkers, classmates, church members, internet lurkers, passive bystanders and neighborhood perverts in general are already looking at you lustfully.Your Christian brothers are the only ones in the world who are really trying their God given best not to. I speak for most of them when I say: Help a brother out!

Read the entire post here.

Lots to think about in our American churches where in some cases the dress code has been thrown out the window.

And here’s another example from   (via GB)

Who are you in? Paul Washer

and here’s the most thought provoking video I have found (as a woman) :

Men’s Thoughts On: Modesty

Matthew 5:27-28

Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

C J Mahaney (via) Gabi Bogdan

An honest assessment from guys:

  • The temptation towards lust does not stop. It is continual, it is aggressive, it does all it can to lead men down to death.
  • The way an immodest girl presents herself to the world is bait for my sinful mind
  • there’s not  a man I know that doesn’t struggle with lust
  • it is disappointing to walk into a church or church event and face the same temptations I face in the world
  • to the girls who don’t follow the pattern of the world – Thank You! You are following Scriptures command and helping your brothers in the process.
  • Let us be a church where men are committed to purity and women are committed to modesty

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What guys think about modesty, posted with vodpod

and one for the ladies:

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Modesty in worship – Singing a Psalm

Download more Scripture Songs by Esther Mui for free on her website – http://www.scripturesongsforworship.com/

Autumn Tree

Japanese Maple tree, Portland Oregon                 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tbegor/

Here is a songwriter who was challenged by her pastor to write music for some particular psalms and then the church used these songs for worship by the entire congregation. Here is Esther Mui singing Psalm 91 set to music.   Uploaded by .Music written, produced, and performed by Esther Mui ( piano, vocals ), all for the glory of God. http://www.m-csn.com/esthermui.htm More Christian praise and worship songs playlist from the same Youtube user: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4D0533BC00E40EA4

My God, in Him I Will Trust (Psalm 91)

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, „He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a] And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 „Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

Modesty (3) The Swimsuit

Paul Washer once said to note that some of the things that Christians find acceptable today were once considered illegal by non christians. Here’s proof that he is telling the truth, from Chicago’s archives (photo is published on an Australian website).

1922: Arrested

This overly dramatic photograph shows police arresting women in Chicago, USA, for defying a ban on wearing brief swimsuits in public. Women were meant to cover-up when not in the water.- Reproduced courtesy Bettmann/Corbis Australia (Photo via Australian National Maritime Museum)

1922 Arrested

What guys think about modesty

Matthew 5:27-28

Adultery in the Heart

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

C J Mahaney (via) Gabi Bogdan

An honest assessment from guys:

  • The temptation towards lust does not stop. It is continual, it is aggressive, it does all it can to lead men down to death.
  • The way an immodest girl presents herself to the world is bait for my sinful mind
  • there’s not  a man I know that doesn’t struggle with lust
  • it is disappointing to walk into a church or church event and face the same temptations I face in the world
  • to the girls who don’t follow the pattern of the world – Thank You! You are following Scriptures command and helping your brothers in the process.
  • Let us be a church where men are committed to purity and women are committed to modesty

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Modesty 100 years ago

Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:17-19; I Peter 3:1-5; 1 Peter 4:3 – For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.

A beach on the New Jersey shore in 1908 (via 22 words):

Because it is very relevant to the topic in this post, I am adding this article by Kevin DeYoung titled:

Glory of God: The Price of Purity  Posted: 08 Jul 2011 here on his blog

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

…for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body. (v. 20)

Christians are not dualists. Dualism teaches that physical stuff is bad and spiritual stuff is good, but as Christians we believe in the resurrection of the body and the creation of a good physical world. The body is good. Food is good. Even sex is good.

But sex must be in the right context–marriage between one man and one woman. Sexual sin is serious because our bodies are not our own. We belong to Christ, have been redeemed by Christ, and have Christ dwelling in us by the Holy Spirit. Paul’s logic is graphic and compelling. (1) Sex is an act of bodily oneness. (2) Our bodies are members of Christ. (3) Therefore, how can we think of joining Christ’s body with a prostitute? (vs. 16-17)

As Christians we are not opposed to sexual immorality because we are self-righteous prudes, but because we believe our bodies belong to Jesus. Would Jesus’ body commit adultery? Would his body look at pornography? Would his body dress suggestively to attract attention? Would his body live in promiscuity? Would his body enter a same-sex relationship? Jesus is not pleased when his body, the church, acts in ways his body, his flesh, would never act. Conversely, God gets great glory when we flee from sexual immorality.

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Family Series 17 B – How do you address modesty (in Church)?

A very sobering post that we can all learn from, not just folks who sing on the worship team, but all of us, professing Christians, who enter the House of God for the weekly services.

Posted by Bob Kauflin who serves as a pastor and worship leader at Covenant Life Church and directs worship and music development for Sovereign Grace Ministries, Pastored by C.J.Mahaney. From his blog Worship Matters.

How Do You Address Modesty?

imagesOne of the topics in the church that leaders rarely address is modesty. It’s awkward. You can be accused of legalism. People can be offended. It can seem politically incorrect.

But that doesn’t mean it should never be addressed, nor that there’s not a gracious way to do it. Ideally, those who participate in a public platform on Sundays should be aware that people learn not only from what they say but what they wear. (I did another post on what we wear when we worship here.)

Certain things are clear. We aren’t to treat people differently based on what people wear (James 2:1-5). That means we don’t look down self-righteously at those who dress differently than we do. Both men and women are to dress modestly, preferring others over themselves (Phil. 2:3-4). We aren’t to do anything that would make someone else stumble (Rom. 15:1-2). Specifically, women should wear “respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:9).

A wise leader spells out expectations up front, before someone ever joins a music team. But over time, we can drift. Little by little people start to wear things that raise questions or distract others.

Not too long ago, a leader sent me an email he had sent to his team about this issue. I thought it was a great example of clear, gracious, and biblical leadership. Here’s what he said (slightly edited). Feel free to use it to start conversations on your own team.

In the last year, we’ve had a few questions from members of the church about what some of the worship team wears on Sundays. This email is to bring you into the conversation, and also to ask for your help.

Let me start by first making sure that you know how grateful I am for the ways that you serve. You sing wonderfully, and more importantly, you serve humbly and joyfully with an eye toward magnifying Jesus. It is a pleasure to do it with you!

It seems that what’s in the stores and in the media has become more and more form-fitting over the last few years. I don’t track these things carefully, but it seems like stuff is a little tighter on the body than it used to be. Although one wonders how that trend can infinitely continue!

A few church members shared some concerns with me very humbly and graciously. One parent said he is training his girls how to think biblically about clothing (specifically about how tight their pants are), but felt like sometimes pants of vocalists were tighter than he’d encourage his daughters to wear. Another couple said that the tightness of clothing was sometimes tempting for the husband during corporate worship.

I don’t believe that any of you are intentionally trying to cause temptation or distraction. And I don’t think that these comments represent everyone. But they’re a healthy reminder that we need to be aware and alert about making our clothing choices wisely.

My wife mentioned to me that it seemed like women in general are often conscious of how much skin is showing (neck lines, skirt length, etc.) but may not always be as conscious that things being really tight-fitting can be just as much a temptation for guys as actual skin showing. I thought was a helpful distinction, and as a guy, would agree.

As a whole church, we don’t enforce a dress code or talk about specifics often, because we want to direct ladies primarily toward the heart issues rather than a specific application. As a worship team, though, we do need to get more specific, because what we do is seen by the entire church and serves as a model, whether we intend it to or not.

Our goal in clothing is pretty simple: don’t tempt others, but instead do what is beautiful, simple, and will help us point others toward the beauty and greatness of God. Peter speaks to wives in this way: “Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:3-4). He’s not saying we shouldn’t look nice. If we look bad, that’s not helpful, either! Instead, we want to dress in a way that communicates that it’s not all about how we look, that we care about what helps or hurts others, and that lets people join us wholeheartedly when we sing to them about following Jesus.

So this email is just to stir you up again by way of reminder, to be vigilant and alert about what you choose to wear on Sundays. Sometimes what’s in style is tempting for others, and as trends change from year to year, we just want to continue to be thinking critically about what might not serve others. It’s not an easy job!

I don’t want anyone to feel condemned. I’m not assuming anyone has had wrong motives. But if you’re experiencing any Spirit-induced conviction, confess your wrong, bring it to the cross, and remind yourself of our perfect Savior who was sacrificed for your sin! As we think about the topic of modesty, we want the effect to be repentance (if needed) but then primarily a joy and faith to do what will serve others and help build the church.

If you have any thoughts or response, please feel free to contact my wife or speak to another woman you respect on the team. Let’s seek to ask questions humbly of others that are close to us (either a spouse, or another female friend who is honest and wise about these things).

I’m grateful to God for you all. May he continue to confirm, strengthen, and establish you as you continue to grow into all that the gospel of Jesus means for us!

Some videos of Bob Kauflin discussing Music Worship in the Church.


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