Is It Sinful for Christian Women to Wear Pants and Makeup?

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Dinah

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I'd like to ask this Campus Life study group a question. Does the bible SAY it is sinful for a woman to wear pants and make up? To my knowledge, it only says that women are to dress modestly and the outward beauty is not to be the ONLY adornment, but posess a quiet spirit,pleasing to God. The thing to most remember is that our bodies are the temple of God. It states that in first Corinthians.
That being the case, it would follow that we take CARE of that temple and don't do anything that would cause others to wonder whether or not God lives in us.

There are much more important matters in life to be concerned about, like abstaining from premarital sex, realizing that a child in utero is a developing human being and God oversees the progress in the womb. We belong to God. It says that "You are not your own, but were bought with a price." , that is Jesus blood.
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You are correct that the issue is primarily modesty. Other than Dt 22:5 its hard to indicate specifics of appropriate garments other than modesty. But what is modesty? May I suggest you ask a trusted older Godly man what he thinks? Like your dad or husband? I think many women have little idea of how even a pair of pants may effect a man.

Be sure that God is getting the glory and not you or your body. You may think that lust is a man's problem--and it is. But how will you feel on judgment day seeing your brother, who succumbed to lust being condemned to hell--and it was your immodesty that enticed him?

So does the Bible say pants are sinful? That may depend on what is in your heart. Obviously the cotton or nylon is not sinful. Just like a DVD is not sinful--but the lust which results from watching inappropriate movies may be.

Other things are certainly very important,but sin is not a comparative thing--it all cost Jesus life on the cross. What is at stake here may be the collateral damage. What are you doing to tempt your brother?
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Plain and simple the answer is NO!
Nate

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I don't think God would let a person go to Hell for something so(unemportant) as the Clothes we wear, a person's actions are what matters most. Off topic?> I would be worrying more about some fruit murdering 32 people than what the he was wearing myself, Nate
Dinah

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Mark wrote:
You are correct that the issue is primarily modesty. Other than Dt 22:5 its hard to indicate specifics of appropriate garments other than modesty. But what is modesty? May I suggest you ask a trusted older Godly man what he thinks? Like your dad or husband? I think many women have little idea of how even a pair of pants may effect a man.
Be sure that God is getting the glory and not you or your body. You may think that lust is a man's problem--and it is. But how will you feel on judgment day seeing your brother, who succumbed to lust being condemned to hell--and it was your immodesty that enticed him?
So does the Bible say pants are sinful? That may depend on what is in your heart. Obviously the cotton or nylon is not sinful. Just like a DVD is not sinful--but the lust which results from watching inappropriate movies may be.
Other things are certainly very important,but sin is not a comparative thing--it all cost Jesus life on the cross. What is at stake here may be the collateral damage. What are you doing to tempt your brother?
First, it is important to ask GOD what HE thinks.
There is a movement within the Christian community that is destroying real Christianity by binding on its members things God never sanctioned. People for centuries learned how to swim, listened to music, danced and displayed joy without sinning. All these things are to be used with discretion.

We have often used the scripture in Romans chapter 14 vs.13-16 to beat people over the head and make them do what WE personally like. I would suggest to those people that they read the WHOLE of Romans 14, not just a favorite verse, AND balance it out with the biblical concept of being IN the world; but not OF it. If what you are doing or wearing is causing undue attention,then you are in the wrong. It is one thing to appreciate beauty. It is quite another to focus on the carnel leaving God out of it.

There is also the biblical concept of all things in moderation. I have seen dresses that are purely meant to attract undue attention; attention that should be reserved for the husband and wife relationship.

In the old testament it says that a woman is not to dress like a man. When a person cannot tell the difference between a man and a woman, there is a problem. You also run into THIS conundrum. What about women in the military? While it is against regs to wear a lot of makeup and regs to keep hair neatly tucked, they DO wear pants. There is just so much to discuss on this.

The POINT is this: if anyone has any doubt as to your Christianity because of the way you dress or behave you have a problem.

This concept can be extended not only to pants but to any type of clothing that is worn, or not worn, etc. I would have a hard time believing that a young guy for example is a Christian if he is wearing a beer ad on his t shirt. I would wonder if a young lady was wearing a skirt that barely covered her backside and a see through blouse that left no doubt as to what she looked like underneath.

One has to use discretion.

There is nothing wrong with make up; though GOD will accept any young lady whose character is good no matter if she is missing two teeth and wears no make up. Using a LOT of make up and being unduly concerned with it other than basic personal care, is vanity. Women who do a lot of physical labor find it MUCH easier to work in pants. I hope this helps some.
Dinah

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Keep in mind that in the scriptures Jesus CONDEMNED the pharisees for binding traditions on people and creating loads for them to carry that the pharisees were not willing to carry themselves.
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I don't think women should wear pants or wear makeup. The bible says that we are a temple and we should take care of it and keep it wholy, so why then should
I put all that stuff on? I don't need to be looking like the rest of the world. If there are two women (one of them "christian") wearing pants and wearing makeup, how will a person who does not know God ever tell the difference from the one who does have the LORD in her and the other who doesn't?
By the way, I'm only 16. Talk about being different from the rest. I believe I'm a real Christian who belives 100% in the word of God, and I do not try to "fix" what it says for my own convenience...if it says not to do something or to do something, just follow what it says and don't "interpret" it 4 your own well-being.
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Nubia wrote:
I don't think women should wear pants or wear makeup. The bible says that we are a temple and we should take care of it and keep it wholy, so why then should
I put all that stuff on? I don't need to be looking like the rest of the world. If there are two women (one of them "christian") wearing pants and wearing makeup, how will a person who does not know God ever tell the difference from the one who does have the LORD in her and the other who doesn't?


By the way, I'm only 16. Talk about being different from the rest. I believe I'm a real Christian who belives 100% in the word of God, and I do not try to "fix" what it says for my own convenience...if it says not to do something or to do something, just follow what it says and don't "interpret" it 4 your own well-being.
The problem is that judging someone by appearance is not the way God intended us to look at someone (Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart). When we as Christians have all these "neat little requirements" then we shut those people out that we want the most to reach out to. We are basically telling them, you can't be what we are until you become like us. That's human standards, not devine. God welcomes everyone!
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I WANT TO FOLLOW WHAT GOD WORD IS SAYING I DO NOT WANT MY WAY TO GET IN GOD WAY SO WHAT I THINK IS OUT OF THE WINDOM .HELP ME TO BE WHAT GOD CALL ME TO BE PLEASE
DeniseApostolic

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I disagree with Mom from Ohio! The bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:15 the apostle Paul states "But he that is spiritual JUDGETH ALL THINGS...." to add on to that when you meet someone or know someone that claims salvation you should stop immediatley and look at what they got on (as well as other things such as the things they say and the actions they do). If someone tells me they are saved yet the Holy ghost they "supposedly" got let them put an a mini skirt and they got tatoos and all kinds of piercings---- more towards the topis they got on the tightest fitting jeans ,something has got to be wrong.Even if the pants are loose now you look even more like a woman in man's clothing its just not right.It was stated in Deut. 22:5 that a woman shouldn't wear that which pertaineth to a man. God always wanted there to be a separation in what men wear and what women wear like Deut.22:5 -one of the first books of the bible even down to 1 Peter 3:3 one of the last books of the bible. They are not requirements that we as christians have they are commandments made by God .WE are simply just telling them the truth. And if they weren't willing to accept the truth they weren't ready to recieve salvation any way.As for makeup women shouldn't wear that either as stated 1 Tim.2:9 (shamefacedness) I'm even gonna throw in the fact that women shouldn't wear jewelry.(1 Tim 2:9 and 1 Peter 3:3. These are the things that apply to being holy and having holiness "without which no man shall see the lord"(Heb.12:14)
DeniseApostolic

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By the way agree with nubia. and i'm 17!!!!
Sean

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You people are insane. I can't believe this is even a discussion topic.
karyn

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The topic of pants and dresses is very simple. If we plainly ask ourselves - What is a man's attire today? Pants, and what is women's attire? dress. We can not decive ourselves of what is obvious. Why do we freak out when men wear dresses or skirts????? Feminine?????? We are very prideful and lustful today. Look at Tv, movies you can't deny that all those movies are full of women / men doing drugs, killing, sex and women in clothing that make men or women create thoughts in their minds. Don't be fulled by hollywood, and the ruler of this world. Ladies, don't deny that you put on make-up or clothes to show your body to please yourself because you don't wear it at home like you do when you go out to find a "man"!
something to think about....
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Nate wrote:
I don't think God would let a person go to Hell for something so(unemportant) as the Clothes we wear, a person's actions are what matters most. Off topic?> I would be worrying more about some fruit murdering 32 people than what the he was wearing myself, Nate
Nate - in a discussion is important to compare apples with apples. When a person murders someone it doesn't have anything to do with they wear!
Two wrongs - murder and immodest dress - don't make a right.

The Bible says women and men wearing each others clothes is an abomination in Deut 22:6. The same root word is also in Rev. 21:8 and states that people who commit abominations will have their part in the Lake of Fire.

Thank God for His Grace that forgives and His Word to give us understanding of what the Lord Jesus requires. Also for Grace to help us obey with Joy in our lives.
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Its ludicrious that this is a subject of discussion!

Try living a full, healthy, intelligent and INDEPENDENT life for a change. You'd be amazed how much good you can do in the world in the name of basic humanism if you're not caught up in a dogmatic regime that keeps your mind and body enslaved.
Mark

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DeniseApostolic wrote:
I disagree with Mom from Ohio! The bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:15 the apostle Paul states "But he that is spiritual JUDGETH ALL THINGS...." to add on to that when you meet someone or know someone that claims salvation you should stop immediatley and look at what they got on (as well as other things such as the things they say and the actions they do). If someone tells me they are saved yet the Holy ghost they "supposedly" got let them put an a mini skirt and they got tatoos and all kinds of piercings---- more towards the topis they got on the tightest fitting jeans ,something has got to be wrong.Even if the pants are loose now you look even more like a woman in man's clothing its just not right.It was stated in Deut. 22:5 that a woman shouldn't wear that which pertaineth to a man. God always wanted there to be a separation in what men wear and what women wear like Deut.22:5 -one of the first books of the bible even down to 1 Peter 3:3 one of the last books of the bible. They are not requirements that we as christians have they are commandments made by God .WE are simply just telling them the truth. And if they weren't willing to accept the truth they weren't ready to recieve salvation any way.As for makeup women shouldn't wear that either as stated 1 Tim.2:9 (shamefacedness) I'm even gonna throw in the fact that women shouldn't wear jewelry.(1 Tim 2:9 and 1 Peter 3:3. These are the things that apply to being holy and having holiness "without which no man shall see the lord"(Heb.12:14)
Deut 22:5 pertaineth, pertain: to have an attribute or to be related to. it is saying that a woman musnt wear apparell that can be labeled as a mans garment. it goes on to state that man shouldnt put on a womans garment. are pants strictly mens clothing? if I put on a pair of womans pants God wouldnt be to chuffed im sure.
as long as the garment ios distinctive in which sex it is for, in combination with modesty etc etc reflecting the heart etc.

you are wrong about 1 pet 3:3 "..MERELY outward.."
do not let it (your adornment) be MERELY outward.
its not condeming the use of jewerly and make up. thats not to say though that you can full-on bling bling with yo grrrill and lipstick LOL.
moderation.
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and to add to that, everyone should be doing their OWN bible study on this matter in conjunction with asking GOD for His guidance.
These are my views which I see make sense.

Im no historian, but are there any records showing that in the times of moses, pants were around?

werent they JUST robes?
Im sure there was a distinction between female and male garments but Im pretty sure it was just robes, no pants.

I think the point God was TRYING to get across is that a woman shouldnt be wearing her husbands/ buying mens-specific clothing for herself.
the point was that men shouldnt be wearing their wives dresses and skirts.

for example, a fedora (hat) is worn by both males and females. some fedoras are obviously ment for males and others, specifically for females.

its a fedora, which was originally a mans hat.
no its uni sex.

I think if it has a element of masculinity, and a woman wears it she is in the wrong. and visa verca for men.

lol the more I think about it the more complicated it gets. I give up. have a prayer.
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The bible was written by men with a political agenda. No one cares what you wear least of all God. We were created naked!
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We wear certain things not to distract men from serving God in church right? Then why would we wear things from day-to-day (not Sunday) that would be considered immodest on Sunday services? Shouldn't men be with God all the time? Is Church the only place people shouldn't sin? Shouldn't men strive for holiness all the time, and not lust after women? Just because we stepped out of a building does not change the way a man is tempted. Men function very differently than women. And they go through an enormous struggle everyday because of people dressing or acting immodestly.
Make-up makes you someone you're not, God created you the way you are and if you add make-up to your face you're basically saying: "Oh, well, God, I love the way You have made me, but if you only made my cheeks a little more pink I would look so much cuter!"
That's an insult to God because you don't trust Him. You don't value the person He has made you to be. Who are you really putting on makeup for? Don't cheapen yourselves to look like the world. Don't try to look like the girl next door, because when you do, the man that you will marry will fall in love with the makeup you've got on. And in a couple of years He can see another girl that looks just like you or maybe her makeup is a little better put on than yours and he may just leave you for her. You have to understand that your eyes are the keys to the soul.
Also when women put on make-up they don't focus or think about how it is damaging to your skin. You focus of the outward rather than inward and knowingly damage the temple of the Holy Spirit. Start caring for your skin, it's the only one you've got.
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Also the Bible talks about Jezebel and how she put on makeup and also other scriptural passages refer to the use of makeup (in a negative way). In Revelation, Jesus calls someone a Jezebel so you can be sure that that Old Testament example can still be applied to the New Testament church.
Don't build a false sense of security in your makeup. Don't make it your god. If you can't walk out of the house without makeup on you've got a problem.
Makeup was used by Native Americans to make them look more fierce than they really are. It was also an important part or the Middle Eastern devotion to certain godesses.
It is also used in magic.
Are you confident because you look a certain way?
When someone tells you you need to put some more makeup on, they are very mistaken. It is a FACT that God made you beautiful. No matter what people say. Trust the Lord. He knows what He is talking about.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
"Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" " Matthew 22:37
Sure it says in 1 Samuel 16:7 :
"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 man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." "
but Jesus said in Matthew 15:18 :
"But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you."
Have you ever considered that the things we do come from the heart? From the heart we do all things. When we put on makeup, it is an action. It is from the heart.
Don't be so hypocritical and overlook all that tears you away from the world. Don't try to be like the world. Instead when you put something on, ask yourself "By what I'm wearing, can you tell that I am a Christian?"
Also, you have got to realize that not every man that looks at you going to be your husband. Men when they look at someone that is dressed immodestly, that image that they saw of that person may pop up later in the day and that image may wrestle with the way his wife looks. Would you want to cause that pain for another married couple? I sure wouldn't want my husband to be struggling with another woman's image.
Matthew 7:12 :
" “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. "

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