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Many of the following comments are taken from a sermon given by Dr. Ed DeVires on August 10, 1998 at King James Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Some editing has been done for clarity purposes. We have endeavored to insure that the original meaning of the sermon remains intact. All scriptural references’ are from the King James version of the Bible.
Let us begin with a basic scripture which teaches us to glorify God in our bodies, as well as our spirits… I COR 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. A lot of preachers preach on the subject of A Bible dress code. Their comments goes something like this… “This is the way you ought to dress, because I told you this is the way you ought to dress. This is what my pastor taught me when I was a young Christian, so you just do what I say, because I’m the preacher.” People either do it, or they rebel against it. But I believe there are a lot of people who although they are not interested in the preacher’s opinion, who if they could be shown from the Bible what is right and what is wrong, they would do right. There are a lot of people in churches who have been taught the truth but they do not live the truth. Even though they have been taught the truth, they haven’t been taught the truth from the Bible. They have been taught the truth from opinion, or from tradition. Here is a personal illustration of this… “When I first met my wife, I basically told her how I wanted her to dress, and she thought I was crazy.” She asked, why should I dress like that? I replied, “because I am your husband, and I told you to.” Thank God, there was an elderly lady in our church who was able to take the Bible and show my wife what I should have been able to show her. If I had been able to use the Bible, a lot of fights in the early part of our marriage would have been avoided. There was a time when my wife did what I said because I told her to do so. However, she did so begrudgingly. When she actually saw from the Bible what God’s Word taught, she no longer did it begrudgingly, but willingly. The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit in our lives will direct us into all the truth… JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” My goal, is to show you from the Bible, the truth on what God expects in the Christian’s dress code. If the Holy Spirit is living in your heart, He will confirm the Truth, if we let Him be the guide. Many people will say, God looks on the heart, and doesn’t care about the outside. That is true, God does look on the heart, but man cannot see the heart. The outer appearance is usually a pretty good indicator of what is in a person’s heart.
It is possible to look right on the outside and be wrong on the inside, but, it is well nigh impossible to look wrong on the outside and be right on the inside. What is on the outside comes from the inside. Jesus said in MAT 12:34 (b) for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Granted, a man could say the right things, and have a wrong heart, but a man who had a right heart, would never say the wrong things. So the outer appearance may be the only indicator man has that someone is right with God, and is right in their heart. Therefore, God does care how we as Christians appear on the outside. Therefore, God has given us His Word to guide, and govern men and women in the way they dress themselves. Now whenever these guidelines are mentioned, or taught, we are referred to as legalists’, etc. Actually, this phrase is nothing more than a protest. As we study, we will see that the Bible Dress Code, is for the benefit of the human body, rather than a law for the legalist. It seems, the women are the first to complain about the Bible dress code. Perhaps because there are more scriptures on the woman. At times I wonder why there are more scriptures for the woman’s apparel than for the man. Could it be the difference in the way God made man and woman? Not only are they made differently, the way they are stimulated is different. Men are stimulated by sight, and women are stimulated by touch. Jesus said… MAT 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Men are attracted to a woman physically, before they are connected to her emotionally. In fact, men don’t want to pursue the possibility of an emotional relationship if the physical attraction isn’t there. Women on the other hand are stimulated by touch, either physically, or emotionally. Man only has to look at a woman and he may be stimulated. On the other hand, a woman needs to be talked to, and she needs to be touched. Remember, this may be physically, or emotionally. A man may talk to a woman in such a way that she is emotionally touched. A petting or a stroking may be her stimulation. This is one reason statisticians report pornography is primarily sold to men. They report men are primarily the purchaser’s of porn produced for woman. This may be due to the fact that woman are basically not stimulated by sight. Men who know how to touch with words, and emotions, as well as physically, may have better success in their approach to woman. I COR 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
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