Heaven's Hemline

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

One of the first things we are taught in school is “you should not judge a book by its cover.” There is a whole lot of truth to that. Judge not lest you be judged. Judgement belongs to God. We know that God does not look on the outward appearance, as man does, He looks on the heart. However, there is no denying that one can tell a lot about a person by the way they are dressed. Too many a person is concerned more about their outward appearance, and appeasing man rather than God. They take many liberties in deciding what is appropriate. Modesty is not even an element when deciding how to dress. After all, it’s their bodies, right? Wrong. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Ask yourself, what are you communicating to others with the way you are dressed? Are you exposing so much of your body that there is nothing left to the imagination? Is the whole world meant to know what you look like half- dressed? What does the Bible say about this?

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:7

Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet [thee as] a man. Isaiah 47:3

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:18

Note the type of dress that Adam and Eve chose to cover themselves with after they sinned. It was an “apron.” An apron barely covers the front torso and leg up to the mid- thigh, leaving the shoulders, arms, cleavage, backs, legs and thighs above the knees all exposed. This is the dress that man chose for himself. Also, nakedness is equated to having shame. In the Hebrew, synonyms for nakedness are: shame, uncleanness, indecency, improper behavior, exposed, and undefended. Synonyms for shame are: reproach, scorn, taunt, and disgrace.

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, [his] coat of [many] colours that [was] on him; Genesis 37:23

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also [his] coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. John 19:23

God clothed Adam and Eve in coats. A coat covers the entire body, from the neckline all the way down to the ankles. None of the body is exposed. God covers us with His righteousness. What a contrast. Sinners cover themselves in an apron of shame and nakedness, whereas God covers His in a coat, His robe of righteousness. Joseph was a type of Christ who wore a coat of many colors, made for him by his father. Joseph was despised and rejected, as Christ was, because of his righteousness. He was sold by his own brothers for a small sum of money, as Jesus was sold by one of His own disciples, also for a small sum of money. They were both reprovers of sin and corruption, for this reason were stripped of their coats by hateful sinners.

Joe Crews, the founder of Amazing Facts Ministries writes: “Note the public boast of Mary Quant, the inventor of the mini-skirt. This fashion designer declared that her creation was for the purpose of making sex (illicit) more available in the afternoon. In an interview she was asked what kind of person today’s woman wants to be, and she answered, “A sexual creature. She displays her sexuality instead of this coy business of hiding it. Today she dresses to say, “I am sexy. I like men. I enjoy life.” Then she made this bold statement: “Mini clothes are symbolic of those girls who want to seduce a man.” Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews p. 27.

He goes on to write in his book: “One of the first evidences of Satan-control is the taking off of the clothes. We have proof of that in Luke 8 where the poor demon-filled man was chained in the Gadarene graveyard. The Bible describes him as “a certain man, which had devils long time and ware no clothes.” Luke 8:27. Later, when he had been delivered of the legion of evil spirits, he is described as “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind.” Verse 35. Evidently his first act upon being set free from Satan’s power was to clothe himself again. And the clear implication is that only people not in their right minds would go around without clothes.” Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews p. 28.

Lastly, Pastor Crews writes: “Dr. Luchenstein, physician at Tombs Prison in New York City, worked with 170,000 prisoners over a twelve-year period. He said, “The so-called crimes of passion are increasing alarmingly, and will continue to do so...until the principal cause is eliminated. This, it seems to me, is the present style of dress, which, to say the least, is immodest. Immodest dress has a direct bearing on crime incitation, no matter how innocent the wearer may be.” ...Finally, we stand or fall not because of the force of temptation, but by the deliberate action of the mind to obey the truth or reject it. The influence of provocative dress habitually prevails over the mind which is not fortified with the Holy Spirit. Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews p. 29.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:13-14

We are our brothers keepers. Let us not lead our brothers and sisters into temptation by walking around half naked with no shame. Do not be an agency for Satan that he can use for his purpose. We are to dress modestly, being an example for all Christians and Gentiles alike. We are to dress modestly while out and about but all importantly at Church as well.

Satan, the instigator and prime mover in the ever-changing, never-satisfying decrees of fashion, is always busy devising something new that shall prove an injury to physical and moral health; and he triumphs that his devices succeed so well. Death laughs that the health-destroying folly and blind zeal of the worshipers at fashion’s shrine bring them so easily under his dominion. Happiness and the favor of God are laid upon her altar.{CG 432.3}

The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It must not be taken over into the new life. In most cases submission to the gospel requirements will demand a decided change in the dress. {CG 432.4}

The servant of God is to be learning constantly how he may reflect light to the world. By his earnest devotion to the cause of the coming King, he is to be a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. He has become dead to worldly inducements, and lives unto God; and the words of his mouth, the modest dress, the humble spirit, unfailingly testify that he is a laborer together with God. { SW December 15, 1908, par. 6 }

What an honor and privilege it is to be a co-laborer with God. Satan knows he has but a short time, so we must be vigilant and exercise more urgency than he in helping our brothers and sisters into the light. We are to not only be hearers of the Word, but also doers of the Word. As a vessel of God, allow His light to shine through you unto this dark and immoral world. Take off your filthy rags and let God clothe you in His robe of righteousness. Amen.

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