Posted by: missionventureministries | August 3, 2017


In describing the mode of dress appropriate for women in church, the apostle Paul exhorts them to dress “modestly” with “decency and propriety.” Christian women should be noticed for being kind and good, not for the way they fix their hair or because of their jewels or worldly extravagant clothes – (1 Timothy 2:9–10). While the Bible only specifically addresses the need for women to dress modestly, the same teaching would apply to men, because both men and women should bring glory to God in their manner of dress. 

Modesty in the way we dress is not just for going to church; it is to be the standard for all Christians at all occasions. The key to understanding what constitutes modesty in dress is to examine the attitudes and intents of the heart. Those whose hearts are directed toward God will make every effort to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately. Those whose hearts are inclined toward self and sinful desires will dress in a manner designed to draw attention to themselves with little or no regard for the consequences to themselves or others. Their thoughts are only on the latest craze and not on God. 

A godly woman endeavors to do everything with a “God-ward” perspective. She knows that God wants her to be concerned for His glory and the spiritual state of others. If a woman professes to be a Christian yet she dresses in a way that will unduly draw attention to her body, she is a terrible witness of the One who bought her soul by dying for her on the cross. She is disregarding that her body has been redeemed by Christ and should now be the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). She is telling the world that she determines her own worth on a purely physical basis and that her attractiveness depends on how much of her body she reveals to them. Further, by dressing in an immodest fashion, displaying her body for men to lust after, she causes them to sin, which is something condemned by God (Matthew 5:27–29). Proverbs 7:10 mentions a woman “dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.” Here, the woman’s heart condition is displayed by her manner of dress. 

The Scripture says that a woman should dress modestly, but what exactly does that mean in our modern society? Does a woman have to be covered from head to toe? There are cults and religions in the world that demand this of women. But is that the biblical meaning of modesty? Again, we have to go back to the matter of the attitude of the heart. If a woman’s heart is inclined toward godliness, she will wear clothing that is neither provocative nor revealing in public, clothing that does not reflect negatively upon her personal testimony as a child of God. Everyone else in her circle may be dressing immodestly, but she resists the temptation to go along with the crowd. She avoids clothing designed to draw attention to her body and cause men or women to lust, for she is wise enough to know that type of attention only cheapens her. The idea of causing men to sin against God because of her dress is abhorrent to her because she seeks to love and honor God and wants others to do the same. 

Modesty in dress reveals a humility and godliness of the heart, and is and attitude that should be the desire of all women (and men) who live to please and honor God. 

Here is an example of what actually happened in a church:  

A friend after returning home on a weekend from a trip asked her husband what had happened in church that Sunday, probably expecting to hear about the day’s lesson or sermon. What she got instead was surprising. Her husband confessed that a woman had come to visit the congregation, and her outfit had left the men feeling … agitated. 

He told her, that the interesting thing is that after the woman left, none of the men could remember her face, but they all remembered her skin-tight leather pants, her protruding cleavage revealing a great part of her breast through her transparent blouse that revealed her sexy underwear.  

As you can see, Satan uses sexual exposure to destroy the atmosphere of true and holy worship to God. 

Women need to be more conscious about how they dress in church. After all, when we go to church it is supposed to be a time when Christians should feel safe from temptation, not worrying whether it will sit next to them, in front of them or is going to be flaunted before them in the “worship team”.  

We need to realize that there is tremendous damage done to the body of Christ by immodest clothing. Yes, it will cause others to struggle with lust, but worst of all it steal the glory away from God.      

As Christian women, our greatest desire should be to please God in everything we do. First Peter 3:3-4 reminds us, ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment. … Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight’. But women are getting ready to go to church and dressing in ways that are far from pleasing God.  

Please think about it: Are the outfits we choose intended to cause all eyes—especially men’s eyes—to be on us?  

If you are a true Christian please take time to look at yourself in the mirror before walking out of your house each day; and see if you are truly honoring the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by the way you are dressed. If you are not dressed modestly you will be disrespecting God, others and yourself if you go outside this way.  

You should be asking yourself: Am I representing God whom I should honor, in the right manner? 

Here are a few things to help you check your level of modesty.

Is your chest area covered? Be cautious about cleavage. If needed, add a small swatch of fabric to under your blouse or dress to cover your breasts. Bend over and see what the mirror reveals before you leave the house.

Are you showing midriff because it is the craze? Are your shorts too short? Is your skirt lingering far above the knee? If so, choose something different and appropriate for a Christian woman to wear.

Cover your shoulders if you wear sleeveless and spaghetti strap type tops and dresses as a means of showing respect for God at church services. Carry a scarf or a light sweater with you for this purpose—besides, even on hot days overly air-conditioned buildings can be very cold.

Do your clothes fit well in general? If you have gained weight, don’t try to squeeze into too small a size. First, you look ridiculous and secondly people will stare at you.

Even if you wear a long sleeve shirt with no cleavage being revealed – as such – but it is made of a see through material that does not leave anything to the imagination you have failed the test of modesty.

Men need to watch the fit of their clothes also. Pants and shirts that are far too tight are not appropriate!

We need to be mindful how we dress and behave, in our representation of being children of God. If we dress immodestly but talk about purity and biblical principles, we are guilty of a double standard and are in fact hypocrites. 

Remember that without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)



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