Job made a covenant with his eyes to avoid stimulating lustful desires that come from gazing at a woman (Job 31:1). Job knew that lustful thoughts and sexual sin greatly displease the Lord.
Matthew 5:28 "Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." THE INNER DESIRE FOR ILLICIT SEXUAL PLEASURE, IF CONTEMPLATED AND NOT RESISTED, IS SIN!
Many sincere men have made covenants with their
eyes like Job. They want to be pure. Sadly, many are breaking this covenant because of the immodesty that prevails in our culture and churches!
There is nothing innocent or wholesome about immodesty. It is a serious sin against God and men. Immodesty
can wreck havoc in a man's soul causing him to sin and burn with lust.
I Timothy 2:9-10 "I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair
or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do."
Modesty is a commandment from God. If you're serious about your relationship with Jesus
you will obey His commands. Many will dismiss this Modesty Commandment as unimportant or a trivial matter. Obedience is an expression of our relationship with Jesus as Lord. Obedience is not legalism!
With the passing of each year, fashions dictate
less and less for the covering of the body. Dresses and shorts are becoming shorter, necklines lower, and clothes tighter. This uncovering and showing off of the female body is deliberate, God-dishonoring, and sinful. The fashion industry doesn't believe that
the main purpose of clothing is to cover the body. It believes that the main purpose is "sexual attraction". This is the very opposite of Christian modesty.
Confessions of Pastors, Youth and Worship Leaders:
"It's tough to focus on worship when there's a girl in a mini skirt on the third row. I have to close my eyes to keep from getting distracted. People think I'm worshipping when I'm actually having a major internal struggle."
#2 "As far as leading worship
goes, girls are definitely a distraction. The only remedy is to close my eyes."
#3 "The pastor of a church actually had to make a girl move because of how she was dressed. Her immodesty was a hindrance to his ministry."
#4 "I've deeply struggled
with my thought life over scantily clad girls in my church."
#5 "My wife just started a girl's group to help them look at the way they dress. She called it the Navel Academy"
#6 "Maybe your purity pledge should start to include where you shop."
(A purity ring on a girl who dresses sexy and immodest is a joke to most guys.)
#7 "It's hard to speak to your hearts when all I see is your parts."
#8 "She looked as if she had been poured into her clothes." (Some are busting out of their clothes,
they are so skin tight and reveal everything. Instead of holiness and humility, immodest women are bold and brash and "have no sense of shame.)
Women who were not Christians in the 1950's were more modest and decent than "Christian" women in 2009. Something
is seriously wrong. The Bible command is to "dress with decency." Immodesty is indecent.
A. Synonyms for indecent: improper, offensive, unbecoming, immodest, shocking, immoral, lewd, course, and shameless
Do these words describe how you dress? Do they describe how the women dress in your church or youth group?
B. Antonyms for indecent: decent, chaste, pure, courteous, respectful, virtuous, and modest
words describe your heart, motives, thoughts, and the way you dress?
Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies?"
Matthew 5:28 "Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery
with her in his heart."
#1 The Christian must be very careful to abstain from taking pleasure in scenes of immorality or nudity as shown in movies, videos, TV, books, magazines, and on certain internet sites.
#2 In maintaining sexual purity,
the woman, as well as the man, have responsibility. The Christian woman must be careful not to dress in a way that attracts attention to her body, thereby creating a temptation for men.
Dressing immodestly or sensually is associated with
lust and should be seriously avoided by all Christian women.
Immodesty is so common in today's church. Many have become desensitized to it.
#1 - Can there be purity without modesty?
Have you witnessed examples of immodest clothing in your church?
#3 - What are some examples of clothing that you have seen recently that sends the message "be sexy"?
#4 - Do you personally feel the battle for modesty is a battle worth fighting?
#5 - Have you established standards in your own personal life?
#6 - Are you more focused on wearing the latest fashions, or are you focused on godly deeds?
Article by David Cooke