Archive for April 9th, 2008

     I am so thankful for godly men in our world today. Men who still care about the words of our Lord and are distressed by what they see abounding in our culture, and sadly enough, within our church. (Pastors, this should be a call for you to examine those who enter into God’s holy sanctuary) Maybe you think, I can’t just sit around and watch everyone come through the door Stephanie, there are just to many people. Then can I give you two suggestions? Either re-examine whether your willing to sacrifice truly sheperding Christ’s flock for numbers, or make sure that you are allowing the Lord to raise up for you godly elders who will be a set of eyes for you.

For us believers, what could we possibly use to justify our excuses for the way we dress today? Maybe it would be better stated for how we do not dress. Though I expect this from the world ladies, I expect much more for the holy women who have joined themselves to our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have no right getting angry with a society that leds our kids astray and steals from them their purity with all this visual filth, if we ourselves contribute to it. If our Savior warned us against unwholesome talk in Eph 4, do you think He would then overlook unwholesome dress?  My friends, Eph 5 tells us there must not even be a hint of sexual immorality among us as a church. Now before you seek to justify the flesh by saying that sexual immorality only counts if it is the act, I would direct you to our Lord’s own words in Matt 5:27-28. He says, “You have heard that it was said, do not commit adultery, but I tell you that anyone who looks at a women lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”  So ladies, if we or our daughters dress in such a way that body parts are being exposed, even slightly, or if just enough is covered to leave a man’s thoughts open and thinking and lusting for what he just saw, have you not just led that man into temptation? Have you not just helped him become an adulterer in God’s eyes? The man is left now needing to repent or either he is left to the open attacks of the enemy carrying him to further places in his mind. Those fantasies then turn to realities as the man decides to turn to the internet or some other outlet the enemy has used to trap him into sexual immorality. To led someone into adultry intentionally (and yes ladies it is intentional when we dress in a revealing way) makes us the adultress. Now before you begin to argue for why we should be free to dress however we please, lest you argue for justification in your own eyes for why we or our daughters should be free to choose, I want to challange you in the Lord with 2 thoughts:

1. Proverbs 30:20 says, “This is the way of an adultress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, I’ve done nothing wrong.”  We must be careful when we seek to justify our choices by our own opinion instead of by the Lord’s. For those who are trapped in the seeker/emerging movements, I am sure right now you are screaming inside, AHHHHHH more rules! I challange you, get before the Lord and pray. What you call rules, I call commands.  What you consider trappings, I consider freedom. Obeying Christ’s commands and moving towards holiness is not working for your salvation, but it is the evidence that you are saved.

2. If one of the greatest commands is love your brother as yourself, then dear sisters, what love is there in causing another to stumble? Does not the Word tell us in 1 Cor 10:32-33 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God- even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that many may be saved.  Are we seeking the good of others when we ourselves promote temptation through the way we dress?

Do we train our daughters in this same way? As a mother, I have heard the excuses. My friends have this, this is the style now mom. I have lived in Central Florida and experienced the heat waves. Ladies, we have no excuses for why we would allow the world to set the standared for us or our daughters. James 4 tells us, Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God?   A friendship implies that you take part in what another is doing. You have something in common. We cannot have that friendship with this world, nor take part in the things that it promotes. If you are struggling with this today, get before the Lord and ask Him to examine your heart. Ask Him to give you strength to do what is right for His glory. But before you do that, ask yourself this question: Who do you dress to impress?

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