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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.

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R. East

Tuesday 21st of March 2023

You missed one very important Bible verse stated by Jesus himself: Matthew 5:28 - "But I say unto you, That whosoever looked on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." If she dresses in sexy cloths she is presenting herself as a prostitute.

Kennedy Lukania

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

Thanks for such wonderful teachings, please share more through my email address please.


Monday 12th of December 2022

Hey thanks for this child of God, thnc for opening up solid true to put, as Jesus come and no one believed him christians nowadays dnt belive in dressing modestly coz they r moved by the standards of the world yet the bible clearly says we are not, thats much of the people who go to church are no filled with the HOLLY SPIRIT filled with LUST, bah i declare woe to he who causes LUST in the eyes of man. Anyways, thnx for the scriptures keep up the spirit of preaching and loving God. Feel from to hit me up with more of these scriptures on my email and may b we shall meet in person and discuss more concerning the word of God.

Chisom Evelyn Oyeka

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

The bible made us to understand That God is holy and commanded us to be holy both inside or outside, 1peter1vs15:16 to say that God is concerned about every tjing about is own in dressing, behaviour, speech the lifestyle in general not only inside or only outside it is both be is interested. For example if a man a bornagain and committed worker in the church but still a fighter God is looking out for such a person to repent and if you a man is not committed not a bornagain but is not a fighter God is still looking for that man to repent it is vice versa so God is looking at both side not only on one side. 2 Corinthians5:17.

Akampurira Edith

Sunday 11th of September 2022

I think we need to seek God more to help us understand the scriptures. Humans have designed clothing...but when God created man, he didn't dress Him...What should that bring or teach us? It was after sin that man realized he was naked, and they covered themselves with leaves!! In that way I doubt whether Eve would claim some leaves to belong to man or woman! In ancient days in a place where I come from our fore fathers wore skins and hides, but they only covered their private parts! How should we view them? Looking at all the scriptures, God didn't impose any rules on how man or woman should dress, else he would have dressed us from the day of creation. Our purity, our beauty is what is with in us, deep down in our hearts. Likes it's written in 1st Peter 3:4 and 1st Samuel.

Joesph J Esposito

Saturday 24th of September 2022

@Akampurira Edith, L+AR! wo-MEN are causing the demise of the entire western world with their half-naked dress

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