Modesty: The Reason Why

We are all created in the image of God and we all have to make our own choice, willing to belong or not to belong to the One Who created everything.

All those who accept the offering of Jeshua, Jesus Christ the Messiah, should be willing to meet with each other and consider each other as brethren and sisters in Christ.

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  • Loving Reactions to Modesty: Asking Not Telling (thesafetiesoff.com)
    Modesty at the root is not a control mechanism for the control of women, or is it a coup out for dudes not being responsible for their active response to the Gospel.  Let’s dive into this argument on a biblical level and see if we can’t find the root of the Modesty Conundrum.
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     Jesus’ substitutionary death was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, legally fulfilling God’s requirement for the wages of sin, because he loved.  It’s the Gospel to love our neighbors and dressing modestly shows a level of commitment you have to the family.  Truly loving your brothers should drive you to wanting them to succeed in growing and maturing as a Christian.
  • The Case for Modesty: Getting to the Root (queennomore.wordpress.com)
    out of a modest heart we come to the realization that we must dress in a modest fashion. That doesn’t mean we wake up one day and feel convicted and start wearing of Christ. But before we can expect people to desire that, we must have an expectation of a heart that is burning for the Father.
  • Modesty Matters (challies.com)
    Paul wrote to this church with a far better solution than rules. He went straight to the gospel to show them that if they wanted to put sin to death, if they wanted to live holy lives, they would need to do it by and through the gospel of Jesus Christ. This tells us that before we even think about limits and rules, we need to think about the gospel and all the freedom it brings. The gospel frees us from thinking that obeying rules will save us. It frees us from thinking rules will actually stop behavior God hates or motivate behavior God loves. It frees us put aside and to deny our freedoms and desires out of love for others.
  • When Modesty Transcends Clothes (restoredeve.wordpress.com)
    I am here to tell you that modesty isn’t truly about what your dress looks like. Modesty is about what your heart looks like.
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    Our sin is the reason for our separation from God and the reason that we are blurred reflections of our perfect creator. Jesus was born into this world to reconcile us to God, and when we place our trust in Him as our lord and savior His blood is seen as the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Through His death and resurrection, the divide that sin created has been closed. God is with us, and lives inside of us, and others are able to see God’s image through the declaration of our faith.
  • Modesty, Femininity, and Expressing Christ in an Adverse World (aprilm4jesus.wordpress.com)
    I feel it is every believers’ duty to spread the Word of Truth; be that through sharing or praying…..
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    But one big draw-back we have as Christians when we chose to dress modestly is the effect it will have on our relationships, or on how people look at us in general.

    When you chose to dress modestly – as a woman or a man, but especially as a woman – you are choosing to look distinctly different than everyone else around you.
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    To be rejected from ones’ own family, by ones’ friends – even by whole churches – is not easy, it does not come without pain, and it is not the joyous part of the narrow way. But if, within, you feel you are doing what the Lord Jesus would have you to do in all honesty and sincerity, then it is better to obey God than man.

  • Of Modesty and Grace: {A Six Part Series} Part 4 – What Does Our Immodesty Say About Us? (myearsaretired.com)

    Challies and Glenn, in their book Modest: Men and Women Clothed in the Gospel have an excellent definition for this sometimes elusive word.  They define modesty as, “that virtue which is respectful of a culture’s rules for appropriate and inappropriate dress, speech, and behavior in a given situation.”  This definition is excellent, as it allows room for context and grace and also takes the focus off of our clothing and puts it onto our hearts, where it belongs.  As they say in their fourth chapter, “Without question, the foremost intersection of the gospel and modesty is your heart.  If your heart is not fundamentally gripped by the grace of God as revealed in the gospel, then all your efforts at modesty will be for naught.”

    And so, if modesty is more than our attire, if it is a heart issue, where do we display our immodesty?  I believe we display it in exercising license without love and in entertaining legalism through pride.

  • Mormon Women Bravely Pose Naked to Challenge Church Views on Modesty (jezebel.com)
    Women around the world deal with objectification, body shame, and the burden of the male gaze. Mormon women have an added layer of complexity and heavy expectations: while being warned against becoming “walking pornography,” we also face immense pressure to be attractive and fit. We must both attract and protect against male desire. Even though Mormonism teaches us our destiny is to become like our embodied Heavenly Parents, the hyper-focus on modesty leaves many of us feeling disconnected and ambivalent about our bodies.
  • Modesty in Dress (jefferyfasching.wordpress.com)
    Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.  Sloth is defined as laziness or carelessness to do right and to practice virtue because of the trouble attached to it.  Christian modesty is a virtue, but it has been forgotten even among Catholics today.  We need modesty in order to protect chastity.  We cannot restore chastity to the individual, the family or the society as long as modesty is either ignored or violated on such a large scale as it is today!
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3 thoughts on “Modesty: The Reason Why

  1. Matthew 5:27 builds on the nonsense notion of thought crime, as presented in Matthew 5:21:
    Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

    Here Jesus establishes thought crimes and speech as equivalent to murder. While it might be good advice to suggest that people speak civilly to each other, it is morally corrupt to establish that saying you hate someone is the philosophical equivalent to murdering them. Thoughts aren’t crimes….actions are. While Jesus certainly didn’t mean that we should put people to death for simply thinking about murder, his view here represents a naïve morality that builds a doctrine where those thought crimes should result in eternal punishment.

    This simplistic morality is an echo of Old Testament morality, where the death penalty was prescribed for murder as well as working on the Sabbath or being an unruly child. It is expanded upon in the New Testament where infinite punishment is prescribed for finite crimes, including thought crimes – specifically the thought crime of disbelief.

    He continues by establishing “thou fool” as the modern day equivalent of hate speech and stating that whoever says it is in danger of hellfire (I know you don’t believe in hell, but that’s not the point of my post). And yet, Jesus refers to people as fools on several occasions (Matthew 23:17, Matthew 23:19, Luke 11:40, Luke 24:25). Is this just a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”? And does that sort of example represent a wise and benevolent teacher?

    As per discussion in relation to murder, Matthew 5:27 we know that lust simply isn’t the same as adultery. Further, lust is the trigger for the vast majority of sexual relationships, healthy, holy or otherwise. You might take actions because of lust, and those actions might be crimes…but the lust itself isn’t. It’s doubtful that many Christian couples have met, fell in love and married without lust being a contributing factor. It may happen, but it’s rarer than those who do lust after each other and build a healthy relationship. Are you saying that Christadelphians don’t lust after one another prior to marriage? If they do, is that fornication? Of course not!

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  2. The “eternal punishment” is just the end of life. There is no such thing like a purgatory or a place of eternal torture called “hell”. The hell spoken of in the Bible is the sheol or grave, tomb or sepulchre.

    It is not prohibited to be angry when there is a cause to be angry. But we do have to be careful how we handle such angriness. I know this is not easy, and that is why I also waited for months before I gave an open reaction to my disgust by the situation of the Man of the North blocking all development in Belgium.
    Sometimes we do have to weight the pro’s and the con’s for saying something or doing something.

    When we do have to protect others we sometimes also have to consider taking measures which are not pleasant. they also may be in conflict with our inner feelings. I would have to have the brotherly love for everybody, but I may be pressed in a situation where such a love might be a lot under pressure. We must control our behaviour when we encounter difficult situations.I do believe there is nothing wrong with expressing our grieve or our disgust with a certain situation, but then we should show how we are willing to cope with it.

    Christians also should leave an opening for a solution and should always be ready to give out hands, reconciling and forgetting the previous wrong goings.

    Human beings are fools. Look how they can destroy nature, how they destroy relationships, how they repeat history, etc..

    Where did we give an idea that we should not like things? Why should not be lust in our lives?
    We are given our eyes to use them. We may look in awe at things, but how we adore them and how we cope with our adoration will be important.

    To have sex or to enjoy sex is not prohibited. Why should you not enjoy it with your lawful partner? difference is it when the person is not your regular partner or when you would dream to have sex with somebody else whilst you are have sex with some one. Than you would commit adultery. Than there would be something wrong with your relation. That is what we would consider ‘sin’.

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