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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
1 Timothy 2:9-10
Note that the need for this was seen by Paul throughout his writings.Neither sex can go to heaven unless they are godly or holy.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
We notice here that to perfect holiness as God requires means there must be a conscious cleansing effort made by us as individuals, without as well as within.
We can also readily see that God's Word mentions the flesh before the spirit. There is good reason for this. If we cannot cleanse that which we and others can see, then it will be even harder to cleanse that which no one can see. The word flesh here is taken from a Greek word which means, in this case, the body as opposed to the soul, or spirit, or as the symbol of what is external as opposed to internal. Keep this in mind: if people are willing to compromise what you can see, then it is probable they are compromising even more that which you cannot see.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
I want to zero in on the word, effeminate. The dictionary definition of effeminate means having unsuitable feminine qualities: unmanly. The Greek word that is translated effeminate means of uncertain affinity, soft. God hates anything that destroys the distinction between the sexes.
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
And there shall in no wise enter into it (the New Jerusalem) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
The fifth verse of Deuteronomy 22 is part of the moral law that is carried over into the New Testament. Why is it immoral for a woman to dress like a man or a man like a woman? Because it breaks down the distinction between the sexes.
The great argument today is that slacks have been made feminine by putting the buttons or zippers on the sides or the rear of the garment. That is as ridiculous as saying a dress could be a man's dress because it buttons or zippers around the waist instead of the front, back, or side.
This perversion of clothing started with idol worshippers. Men wore the dress of women when they presented themselves before the star of Venus. Women wore men's clothing when they presented themselves before the star of Mars. Idols were frequently represented with the features of one sex, but the dress of another. The worshippers of these idols wanted to appear as their gods did. Notice the description of monsters given in the Bible.
...And their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women...
Is it any wonder why God hates that which destroys the distinction of the sexes? It is easy then to see the importance of the following instructions.
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
1 Corinthians 11:14-15
For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
1 Corinthians 11:6
The New International Version of the Bible has an interesting footnote offering an alternative translation of I Corinthians 11:6.
If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair, but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again.
James - Apostolic minister
· 9 years ago