The Apostle lays out the “dress-code”

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with decency and propriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (as becomes women professing godliness) with good works.
(1Tim 2:9-10)

Modest clothes : Clothes which do not reveal or highlight the body in a suggestive way. Modesty speaks of clothes which do not have any sexual appeal. Revealing or tight-fitting clothes are not modest and are an invitation for lust.

Then, if a person invites lust, then they are a party to it, and will be held accountable before God. If a girl wears tight, body-hugging jeans, and shows off her body to men, then the men who look at her and lust are committing fornication with her and she will be accountable for that (Matt 5:28).

Of course, if she dresses and behaves in a modest way, and a man still lusts after her, then she is innocent and not-guilty of causing others to sin.

With decency and self-control; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array

So, count-out expensive clothes and fashions, for both men and women. Paul is saying that such are giving a bad testimony (showing their love of this world and the pride of life : 1 John 2:15-16) which is contrary to the Gospel.

7 Responses to “The Apostle lays out the “dress-code””

  1. Jesus Wins Says:

    Indeedy-deed. Worldly clothes have staked a place in the church today. Try to be modest in your dressing and you’ll be considered an old fuddy-duddy.

  2. fleebabylon Says:

    Just had a huge discussion on this at defending contending. There are some good brethren there that are still caught up in bad traditions. There are also some professers that appear to not know what Church, worship, or being in Christ is.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Had a quick look at that, yeah, some of those guys elevate traditions above the simplicity of what the scriptures say about these issues. Your view was balanced, bro.

    In the text Paul doesn’t make clothing a condition of being accepted into fellowship, or a rule which excludes from the Assembly, but he tells them what is the righteous standard and expects them to obey it.

    Here’s my thread on FB:

    Santosh Thomas Ian is this scripture suggesting that it is not permitted for godly women to wear jewelry? Or will this scripture support the doctrine that men or women who put on some jewelry are not eligible to receive water baptism or receive the Lords supper? Would very much appreciate your views on this.Yesterday at 7:27am via mobile · LikeUnlike.

    Ian Vincent Hi brother, good to have you drop by! Women should read it for themselves and decide accordingly. We can suggest they read it and make up their own minds. Yes, i’m aware of the “hyper-pentecostal” groups in India which ban any form of jewellery, and yet, in my experience, they are up to their necks in corruption, and yet they are interested in jewellery? That pastor may be covetous, an habitual liar and a con-man, and yet he gets so upset to see a necklace? Why doesn’t he ban himself from the Lord’s Supper?………So there is the point, Why the interest in jewellery, as an impediment to taking the Lord’s Supper if the whole church is riddled with sin and corruption? Even discussing the issue of jewellery would be irrelevant in such a setting.Yesterday at 7:36am · LikeUnlike · 2.

    Santosh Thomas Thanks Brother, this is a Big issue in the world I am living in and I have even recently had to bear the painful brunt of isolation / discrimination because I have stood up for what I have come to believe about this and several other man made traditions in these set up’s. However I have found even sincere brothers and family to have dogmatic unreasonable stands about these things and I have to stand up for my convocation on one side while I can’t break their heart by clearing out of this atmosphere (what I would want to do) . I believe this verse is simply not a doctrine about renouncing jewelry it is talking about modest dressing as you explained. Yesterday at 7:50am via mobile · LikeUnlike · 1.

    Ian Vincent Well, the Apostles command us to do many things, eh. God is not amused when people pick and choose which commands they want to obey. But, regarding jewellery, surely it’s better for a woman to really know Jesus first, and know that He accepts her, and therefore know that she is beautiful in the sight of God, and that no amount of jewellery or fashions or make-up makes her more beautiful. I would feel sorry for anyone who thinks that jewellery makes women more beautiful, as i feel sorry for them if they are trying to make themselves look “beautiful” if they have feelings of inadequacy or inferiority.Yesterday at 7:57am · LikeUnlike · 2.

    Santosh Thomas Spot on brother. I completely agree how ever the question is if this is a commandment ? Can u prevent baptism for a person who wears a wedding ring?Yesterday at 8:05am via mobile · LikeUnlike.Ian Vincent In this text Paul is not referring to Baptism, and this text has no relevance to BaptismYesterday at 8:22am · Edited · LikeUnlike.

    Santosh Thomas Brother, sorry about hanging on to the issue , it’s because it has been a longstanding source of concern for me I am traveling and will call u during the weekend so we can talk freely. Do pray for me I have been through some difficult times because of challenges in the church. Yesterday at 8:16am via mobile · LikeUnlike.Ian Vincent My pleasure bro, no worries mate!Yesterday at 8:22am · LikeUnlike.

    Roussel Marshall Bro. Santosh Thomas would appreciate if you could share the outcome of your discussion….Yesterday at 11:51am · LikeUnlike.

    Santosh Thomas Rousseau , bro I will call uYesterday at 2:40pm via mobile · LikeUnlike.

    Ian Vincent Same thing goes with wanting to always have the latest hair-style or fashion, when God says, “Don’t be conformed to the world” (Rom 12:1-2). God says, Don’t conform to the fashions, trends and ideals of this world. Our outward behavior reveals our inner-life.9 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1.

    Santosh Thomas Absolutely , praise the Lord8 hours ago via mobile · LikeUnlike.

    Ian Vincent Our appearance should speak to the world: We are in the world but not of it. We don’t seek to draw attention to ourselves, either by dressing in the latest fashions, or by purposely trying to look daggy or unkempt (which is sometimes to be fashionable by accident). I’m one of those guys, who is sometimes fashionable by accident. : ) It’s always sad to see a Christian trying to draw attention to themselves, either by dressing up or dressing down.8 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 1.

    Santosh Thomas I have listened to a wonderful message by Paul Washer on this issue of dressing modestly and I am reminded of him now when I read your writings 8 hours ago via mobile · LikeUnlike

  4. fleebabylon Says:


    I just went back and looked at that thread and realized that I quoted something from your blog on there! How’s that for you :)

  5. ian vincent Says:

    No worries. I trust we are all just quoting God (His Word).

    Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conduct of the wives; While they behold your chaste behavior coupled with fear.

    Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

    But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

    For after this manner in former times the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any terror. Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
    (1 Peter 3:1-7)

    Let their beauty be “the hidden man of the heart”, of a “meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price”. That is, true, Godly femininity. This is the beauty which God sees, and which will endure forever.

    And this “beauty of holiness”, the beauty of Christ Himself, is the only true beauty in men and women.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    From my FB:

    Yes bro. And, ultimately (in the long run) how people esteem the commands of God ( or rules, as you put it) reveals whether they truly have a relationship with Him.

    Re: ” As for how this passage is to be applied–that
    is a personal matter of the heart between each believer and God..”

    Firstly, this applies to all NT truth – we teach the truth of God’s Word, and then it’s between them and God.

    Yet, in the Church there’s also a responsibility to one another before God.

    For example, if the text was taught in an Assembly : “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in MODEST apparel, with DECENCY and propriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array…”………………and then a sister ignores this and goes on wearing sexually suggestive or revealing clothes, then it would be right for the older sisters to have a quiet and sensitive word with her about it. If she protests that it is “between her and God” and no one else’s business, then we have a problem on our hands….

    We teach all the NT chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and don’t camp-out on any one truth, and also don’t avoid anything applicable to the hearers. Absolutely, the true believer receives guidance from the Holy Spirit on this. Paul understood that when he wrote it and taught it, right? Or was Paul a legalist to even teach on it?

    In today’s neurotic “church”, most would not be able to accept Paul’s teaching if he returned today, they would say it is legalism. Most responses i’ve ever heard to this text i would classify as “neurotic” – that is, people feel personally nervous and upset or threatened by the text itself.

    I think that many times people have a knee-jerk response to these texts bcos they automatically associate it with extreme or legalistic teachings they have heard in the past – there is emotional damage that’s been done, and now, even the mention of the text sends them off into a spin.

  7. ian vincent Says:

    RE: “we don’t camp-out on any one truth” means we try to take every verse in the Bible equally as serious as the next verse and all the verses. There are not certain verses we take more seriously than others. In this way we believe the reading thru of the whole text is a very important part of Church (Paul said to Timothy to not neglect reading: reading Scripture to the Assembly) and this way we don’t avoid any truth, like, for example, these passages about dress, or any other truth, which may easily be avoided or neglected.

    Many foundational problems in Christendom today stem from a “buffet” approach to the NT, picking out what they deem the juicy pieces and ignoring the rest.

    We’ve got time for everyone’s gift and contribution. And when reading thru the text it is done as a discussion and every one can bring input. Reading the text is only part of the meeting. If you look at 1 Cor 14, that’s how our meetings are.

    There is REAL value in the Assembly approaching the Text, the Scriptures, together, with the common understanding that the Authority of God’s Word is the ABSOLUTE authority in all matters. Reading thru the Text together helps young believers understand this better, and come to understand the Scriptures for themselves.

    The average meeting goes for at least 3 hrs or so, so there’s plenty of time for everyone, and we don’t do a praise and worship program, as everyone is free to bring a song as they are led, so that also frees up time for prayer, testimony, teachings and discussion.

    Let’s employ a modern buzzword, just for fun : INTERACTIVE CHURCH, or REALITY CHURCH.

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