Where In The 
Bible Will I Find:

Modesty Is A Must 
For Christians?

By:  Gary Colley
Date:  June 3, 2001
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While it is 2001, the hot days of summer have arrived, the days are longer, and leisure and recreation are more attractive, modesty is still a must for Christians.  It matters not whether it is summer, winter, or in-between, modesty is a must for Christians.  Summer time is a joyous time, but still modesty is a must for every Christian man and every Christian woman.  It seems that some think that warm weather is an excuse to wear as little as possible, even in public.  The Bible, which is the guide book for a happy and prosperous life (II Timothy 3:16-17), teaches that modesty is a must for Christians.  What ever be the season, the Word of God condemns both over-dressing, which was done to be identified as a  harlot in the First Century, and under dressing for the purpose of attracting sexual attention.  Primarily, the Bible teaches especially that women are to dress modestly, as women professing godliness with good works.  Paul writes, ". . . that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which cometh women professing godliness) with good works" (I Timothy 2:9-10).  Knowing that God made men and women distinctively different, both biologically and psychologically, any sensible husband or father knows how immodesty affects the thinking of men.  Husbands and fathers are responsible for training their wives and daughters in acceptable modesty (Ephesians 6:1-4).  No doubt God intended for women to be attractive to men (Genesis 2:18, Genesis 2:22-25), but God also laid down laws to regulate how this attraction is to be controlled.  Paul again wrote, "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband" (I Corinthians 7:2).  Each generation must be taught and trained in modesty for their own happiness, safety, and example to others in the Christian life
(Romans 12:1-2).  Men and women are both responsible for their example to others.  Being sensitive to the problems immodesty presents, will cause Christians to carefully adorn first the "hidden man of the heart" (I Peter 3:3-4).  Jesus warned about the wrong use, action, and example of our influence in saying, ". . . whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28).  Being noticed for scanty dress is not worth the loosing of our soul or the souls of others!