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Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

There are no two ways about it.

The Christian dress code is simply to dress modestly at all times.

A few weeks back, I was stunned by what I saw at church.

That morning, I had decided to worship in a church close to my apartment.

So, during the choir ministration, I noticed a young lady was putting on a very short skirt.

She has been a member of the choir for a while.

And as I later understood, she has been warned by the church elders over her indecent dressings.

But that morning, I was dumbfounded.

How could someone put on that kind of dress to God’s service?

Her skirt was so short that more than half of her thighs were visible.

Of course, there are people in the congregation that would be distracted.

And surprisingly, she wasn’t even concerned about her immoral clothing.

But that brings the next conversation.

What does the bible say about dress code?

Is it a sin to put on trousers or pants to the church?

Should women compulsorily put on a head covering in God’s service?

How should a woman dress according to the Bible?

What does the Bible say about showing off your body?

The truth is, God wants us, males and females, to dress modestly all the time.

And thankfully, there are bible verses about dress codes that we can learn from.

These scriptures teach us to dress modestly all the time.

We are children of light, and therefore, everything about us must display that.

I have put together bible verses about dressing modestly to inspire you.


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Bible verses about Dress Code

Bible verses about Dress Code

1.  Deuteronomy 22:5

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.

The bottom Line

This is one of the commonest scriptures you will find discussing how we should dress as Christians.

This is truly important for cross-dressing – that is, men or women that put on the clothing of the other sex.

But the truth is, this scripture isn’t what we think it is.

In times past, God had instructed the Jews to keep many of his laws.

This verse is just one of those laws that should be obeyed by them.

In fact, there are more than 600 laws given to the Israelites through Moses.

A quick look at verses 11 says, “Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together,” and verse 9 says, “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.”

You will agree we don’t observe all these today as Christians.

And that’s because we have been set free into liberty by Christ.

Am I saying God loves indecent dressing? No.

It is essential to take the scripture into context.

Many churches frown at women putting on men’s clothing and vice versa.

But honestly, it is difficult to determine what clothing is for men and vice versa.

At best, we must be led by our conscience and dress modestly

Finally, there is no need to criticize the decision taken by your church’s leadership.

If your church demands a specific type of dress code, simply obey and continue serving God.

2.  1 Timothy 2:9-10

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

The bottom Line

God requires that we dress modestly.

He is not against wearing expensive clothing or looking beautiful.

But as much as we should, our dressing should not look immoral or indecent.

We must display humility and the fear of God in every aspect of our lives.

There are many reasons I am fond of my wife.

She rarely dresses to expose parts of her body.

And when she does, I am quick to remind her about dressing well.

There is no dress code spelled out in the scriptures.

But we must use our initiatives to do the right thing.

How would unbelievers feel watching us dress like them?

Wouldn’t they be surprised that, as Christians, we are exposing our bodies?

3.  1 Peter 3:3-4

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Rather, 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.

The bottom Line

God is not concerned about the kind of dress you put on. (No matter how expensive they are)

God watches our hearts.

He sees our fault and our sins.

That’s why we should be more concerned about obeying God’s command.

There is no point in dressing elaborately when you are a sinner.

It doesn’t add any glory to you or God.

That’s why we must repent and be focused on God’s laws.

God wants our beauty to radiate from within.

4.  1 Samuel 16:7

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

The bottom Line

This is one important scripture about Christian looks and dressing.

When God looks down from heaven, he sees our hearts.

He knows all our flaws and our iniquities.

He is less concerned about your hairstyle, your looks, or what you are wearing.

He does care if it’s Gucci or Luis Vuitton.

God only cares about our commitment to his laws and service.

Are we serving him with all our hearts?

Do we love our neighbor as he has commanded us?

The scripture says, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”(Proverbs 15:3)

5.  Philippians 4:8

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

The bottom Line

This is one important scripture that should guide us when we choose our clothing.

Just before you are about to step out of your apartment, ask yourself these questions.

Will Christ have clothed this way?

Would Christ be impressed with how I have dressed?

Is my dressing right or noble before God?

What I am putting on, is it holy?

Will God admire me for my type of dressing?

More bible verses about dressing modestly

Bible verses about dressing modestly

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Romans 13:14

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh

Ephesians 4:24

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Galatians 3:27

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Romans 12:1

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans 12:2

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 Timothy 4:12

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

2 Timothy 2:22

Bible verses about Dress Code & dressing modestly (Scriptures)

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

John

Sunday 26th of December 2021

It is thrue that to judge others is bad,but God told his disciples:Go and make disciples of all nations.There is no way of making disciples except by telling people that what they are doing is sin . Telling people that what they do is sin is not judging them.Any lady who shares interest in dressing like a man s causes men to be attracted to her ,and any man who causes another man to sin sin.

Mary Price

Sunday 20th of March 2022

@John, they need to make sure what they are saying they are doing or dressing like is a sin of God and not a man’s view. The Apostles were taught directly by Jesus and Matthew wrote everything down on paper. Read Matthew 6:25-34. It say is it does not matter what you put in your mouth, or what you will put on your body. Male and females are to dress modestly. I try to do just that, but some will say I do t as I wear WOMEN’S pants. They are made for women, not men.

Laverne

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

It is alway encouraging to hear the Words of Scripture. Modesty for Men and Woman defines the desire for purity in thought and action. God Bless!

Isabel

Sunday 31st of October 2021

You're married and like fifty years old. Why are you worried about what a young girl is wearing? Why were you even paying that much attention to her legs to describe them in such detail? Just admit you're attracted to her, confess your sin, ask for forgiveness, and move on. Also, the Bible tells us not to judge other people, and yet here you are, writing an entire piece about what a young girl is wearing and condemning her. God says all sins are equal in His eyes, so why are you condemning this girl when you commit sins everyday? Mind your business and worry about yourself.

Nmasim

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

@Isabel, a girl’s dressing can be a distraction because men are not blind or made of stone/wood but of human flesh that is still prey to temptation. While it is their duty to turn away from temptation, ours as women who understand the faith we profess is not to put it before them. As professing Christians it is our duty to help one another in the faith; dressing modestly helps our fellow Christians (In this case to keep their thoughts from straying- that’s where said girl got it wrong). It’s not about judging anyone; if anything judges it should be God’s word, and His word is clear on how we are to dress our bodies, with modesty. Iron sharpens iron - if today I correct you by the Word, tomorrow you may have reason to help me too. That’s how it ought to be. We need each other, to hold each other up until we reach that unity of faith that God desires to see in His church.

Khesane N

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Can we not rely on human understanding. Dressing modestly is really important to God and there is a lot that we may not understand. Turning to someone for advice is very dangerous because we all have to give an account to God for whatever we do. I am not trying to condemn but we encourage everyone to ask the Lord about this in prayer. I too will take my own advice, read the scriptures and pray to God for clarification.

Ivan Nieto

Thursday 7th of October 2021

I am trying to better understand what the Bible teaches about modesty and what does the term really means. I did a Google search and came across your writeup. After reading your article I am more confused. Your talk really confuses me because it is not consistent. You reference a text that you apply to cross-dressing but then say it is difficult to determine what is men’s and women’s clothing and then you say those passages don’t apply anyways. So why even reference them?

You say “At best, we must be led by our conscience and dress modestly” but please give me Scriptures what that means. You are adding to the definition what you think it is.

You reference 1 Tim 2:9-10 that says “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” but then you immediately say “God requires that we dress modestly. He is not against wearing expensive clothing or looking beautiful. ” What? That is exactly what the passage is saying! We should not dress for display. What you said is a direct and immediate contradiction to what the Bible says.

You did the same thing with 1 Peter 3:3-4. You quote it and then say directly opposite “God is not concerned about the kind of dress you put on.(No matter how expensive they are)”

Thank you for trying to help with this subject but could you please rewrite this and explain modesty letting Scripture explain Scripture without adding to the definition and not contradicting the Bible?

Joanna

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

@Mary Price,

Mary Price

Sunday 20th of March 2022

@Ivan Nieto, THANK YOU for your reply. I was very confused as well. I think it is a he as he said, he did not mind his wife dressing in expensive clothes. He also said we should not dress in a couple expensive brand names, however he didn’t mind his wife dressing in expensive clothes. Anyway, I don’t think some of his references even had to do with clothing. I do wear pants as I they are made for women and not a man. They are cut differently as a woman’s body is cut differently. I do not feel wearing women's pants are going against God. I am covered completely, my pants are not skin tight showing every flaw I have. I also think I can wear a sleeveless top as long as there is no part of my breast that is showing. He also says would Jesus dress this way. If he was born to man in this day, I would say yes. It would be very difficult for his mother to find everyday robes in this day. God told me to look in my study Bible and read what was written. It said it was not referring to pants, it was referring to cross dressing, and/or dressing as a man would for a man’s job. I took that as women should not wear a Shepard outfit as that was a man’s job and women should not be competing for a man’s job. I think a lot of these people are like the Pharisees, as they added man’s laws along with Jesus’s laws. The problem is their heads got big and they cared more about the people following the man made laws. I see that in today’s world.

Thank you for your reply as I read it the same way.

Mary Price

Sunday 20th of March 2022

@Ivan Nieto,

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