Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Attire of a Harlot or a Christian?

 Proverbs 7:10-11

"And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.  She is loud and stubborn;"

Jesus said you can tell what a tree is by the fruit it bears; by looking at it and seeing it for yourself.  Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live - could tell the type of woman by her clothing/attire.  It isn't any different today.  You see so much nakedness even going to the store, you can't get away from it. It is expected from sinners but how about the women who dress like harlots and call themselves Christians? 

Do you wear the attire of a harlot?  Are you exposing your nakedness to the world in hopes some man will lust after your cleavage line?  Do you wear pants so you can show off your shape and rear end to excite lust in men or in the hopes you will get "checked out"?  You aren't a Christian........your heart is wicked and deceitful.  There is no shamefacedness about you but rather showfacedness!  You are showy, flaunty, saucy and as Solomon called the woman with the attire of the harlot - you are loud and stubborn. The outside of you; your attire; is a reflection of your heart!  As the saying goes, clean the inside of the cup and the outside will become clean also. 

Get saved and you will cover up!  You won't have to worry about the desire to show yourself off - it can't be in you with Christ living inside!  You will rather be shy towards men and wanting them to NOT lust after you.  You will not want to cause your Brother in Christ to stumble in sin by lusting after you.  Rather, you will have modesty and an attitude of shamefacedness.  You will have no desire to paint your eyelids to draw attention to them.

Proverbs 6:25
"Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids."

You will reserve yourself completely for your husband and only he will see your treasures.

What about the attire of the Christian?  It will suit your gender - feminine and distinct from a man because being like a man for a woman is an abomination to God.  The only one wanting you to not look like a woman is satan!  He wants you to look like a man because he loves to blur the lines and pervert God's creation.  The Christian woman doesn't paint her face like Jezebel or a harlot and Hollywood.  She knows she is beautifully and wonderfully made by her Creator and needs not to paint over his magnificent artwork!  She has no desire to cut off her glory or change its color to one God did not give her.  She keeps herself from vanity.

This is a scenario that has happened to me many times since becoming a Christian but NEVER happened as a sinner.  Just recently at Wal-mart, a man stopped us and said "You all look like you must be Christians".  Here was my husband in a shirt and pants - not dressed up, just casual.  The man assumed that because of my skirt and feminine modest appearance. This is only one of many times this has happened.  Growing up as a good ole' preacher's daughter in my tight jeans and tank top, I never once had someone say I looked like a Christian.

Would you dress like you do right now in the presence of Jesus?  Would you be ok with your cleavage exposed and tight pants or mini skirts and shorts in the presence of the Almighty God?  Are you like half of the people I knew back home and believe every woman should wear a dress to church but outside of church it doesn't matter?  My parents told me that is out of respect to God for a woman to wear a dress in the house of the Lord.  I always thought....."So we don't respect him the other 90% of our week?"  =0

I hope to provoke other women to start looking like your gender for crying out loud!!!  Anyone else tired of mistaking a woman for a man??  Just what is looks like a man, dresses like a man.....  My husband and I saw a man yesterday in a skirt and long hair.  Most people would think that is sick but you know what!?  He could say as one guy in my school did years ago "When the women give us our pants back, I will give them their skirt"!  I saw this quote on Candy's Blog Sidebar:

"I’m very fond of men. I Think they’re wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error." ~T. Tudor

If you don't want to be mistaken for a harlot, its time you stopped wearing her clothes!  ; )  As the preacher said in the sermon on Ladies' dress - notify others and take down your for sale sign in the window!!

If Solomon was looking out his window and saw you, who would he say you had the attire of?

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Rose said...

Excellent post! If only my younger sister would see this. Unfortunately, she would just scoff at it and might even get offended.

A while ago, I decided that wearing mostly skirts was the way to go. I'm still in the process of getting rid of my jeans, but in the meantime, I try to wear a long shirt over them. Also, isn't it funny how when you see a woman dressed modestly in a long skirt and modest shirt you automatically think that she must be a Christian? Usually, that is the case. However, I did see a young woman dressed very modestly but her character was loud and not at all discreet. It really bothers me when I see this.

gracielynn's said...

love that !
my youngest dd is going to be 13 in one week.
She doesnt' wear a two piece at the pool, so a young friend of hers makes a point to tell the otehr girls that she isn't allowed to wear it !
my jena says.. yea..I can. I don't want too.
I've explained to her that showing off your body and getting attention from certain boys probably aren't the kind of boys she really would want to attrack :_)

candy said...

:) great quote isnt it! I thought it was cute but yet so very true!
I could so relate to what you said about growing up as a pastors daughter in jeans and a tank top. Me too sadly.
I love long skirts especially and find them sooo pretty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Paulina, Gracielynn and Candy for the comments! :) ~Bev

Liz said...

Great post! This is my first time here. It is so great to see that there are still some who believe what the Bible says about clothing, modestly, and femininity still apply today. I'll be bookmarking your site and I'll be back for sure!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Liz! Glad that found your visit worthy of a bookmark! :) Yes we are still out there, there will always be a voice crying in the wilderness! ~Bev

Anonymous said...

Im 42 years old, married but have been separated from my wife now for 2 years. I don't know how I stumbled upon this site but it felt so good to me to know there are women who believe in dressing modest & truly following the word of God. It also made me sad because my wife is rebellious and refuses to dress according to the word of God but by the worlds standard. I've shown & told her what God revealed to me but she say's Im trying to control her & or there's nothing wrong with what she's wearing regardless to how much pain she's caused me. It's really hard when the pastor & congregation says God doesn't have a problem with what you wear. I just want to say Im so happy & proud of all the women here. Those of you who are married I pray your husband knows how blessed he is.

Carol Clemmons said...

I truly believe women should dress modestly but the trouble is, the Bible talks about the skirts of Aaron! And men wore robes, Jesus our Lord and Savior one of them. I wonder how often people really read the Bible, Gods inspired word in its entirety. It behooves me that people feel the need to impose their man made conviction's on everyone else. Let the Bible and Gods Holy Spirit be your guide! I'm a born again Christian and I wear pants.

Anonymous said...

Actually Carol, that isn't "the trouble" of men in Eastern cultures wearing robes. The trouble is that women don't wear pants in those cultures and they didn't even in ours until women took upon themselves the male role by working. There isn't ONE example in the Bible of a woman wearing pants and yet you want to use the Bible to justify yourself wearing them with absolutely no Biblical backing other than using that men can wear robes. Sure, your husband can wear a robe but you would be hard-pressed to find scripture and even history, showing that you can wear the male garment of a pant or "breeches" as the Bible calls them. Women in America starting wearing pants when they left their role at home and took men's jobs. Now look at where we are at! Cross-dressing is not ok with God, no matter how many "Christians" claim it is a only a man's convictions. God said it was an abomination to cross-dress and it always will be. CONFUSION is of the enemy and confusing the genders is currently his specialty and has been since the first world war.

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