Principles for Clothing 1 (Uncovering Nakedness, Loins, Thighs, Modesty) | Victor Tey

In this sermon, Victor Tey teaches some principles to help you judge whether or not the clothing you wear is immodest.

Comments on the current political climate

  1. North Carolina’s stand on bathrooms
  2. VIC Pride Centre funded by tax dollars and medicare
    1. Is our world insane? Or are the homo’s just winning the spiritual battle? They can’t win the war.
    2. They spend their weekends soul-damning. How do you spend your weekend?
    3. They spend their money supporting their godless organisations. How do you spend your money?
    4. You’re sick of the sodomites, I am too. What are you doing about it?
  3. Ephesians 5:6-16 – awake thou that sleepest
  4. Matthew 5:13-16 – salt and light

Clarify some points from last sermon

  1. Uncovering nakedness
    1. If this is referring just to looking
    2. Leviticus 18 & 20 only mention near of kin
    3. Far of kin must be assumed to be included.
    4. If referring to intercourse, far of kin cannot be included.
    5. If far of kin not included and it still refers to sight, can you see a strangers nakedness but not near of kin?
    6. Can’t hold both interpretations simultaneously
  2. Thighs and nakedness
    1. Exodus 28:42 is key verse
    2. The verse is not defining nakedness at all. Just giving direction as to the length of the garment.
    3. Argument is that the loins and thighs are nakedness and therefore covered because there’s nothing between your loins and thighs.
    4. What are your loins?
    5. Dictionary definitions (dictionary.com)
      1. Area between lowest ribs and hip bones – strength and generative power
        1. Hebrews 7:10 – in the loins of his father
        2. Acts 2:30 – fruit of his loins
        3. Genesis 15:4 – come forth out of thine own bowels
        4. Isaiah 48:19 – the offspring of thy bowels
      2. Cut of meat
      3. Genitals (usually as a euphemism)
      4. British: hips and inner leg (crotch)
    6. Verses from bible
      1. 2 Kings 1:8 – girdle of leather about his loins
      2. Job 40:16 – force is in the navel of his belly.
      3. Isaiah 21:3 – as the pangs of a woman that travaileth
      4. Jeremiah 30:6 – hands on his loins, as a woman in travail
      5. Ezekiel 8:2 – loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward

MODESTY

1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye 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 conversation of the wives;
1 Peter 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1 Peter 3:4 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.
1 Peter 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Men and Modesty

  1. Modesty is directed at women because it’s a feminine attribute to be overly concerned about your appearance.
  2. There’s a difference between
    1. Staying in shape and being obsessed with your body image
    2. Wanting to be clean cut and having hair that constantly needs to be fixed
    3. Being presentable and being obsessed about your outfit
    4. Having decent shoes for the task and having shoes to match outfits and suit your moods. (eg. George Costanza)
  3. I think men that are obsessed with shoes are feminine
  4. My haircut freed me from the shackles of vanity
  5. That’s why I love uniforms – don’t have to think about what to wear

3 Aspects of Modesty

1. Clothes that draw attention to themselves

  1. 1 Timothy 2:9 – Sobriety
    1. Maturity – Pull your pants up and wear your hat properly
    2. You shouldn’t look like a cartoon character
    3. Asians who want to look like anime characters (blue and pink hair)
  2. 1 Peter 3:4 – Meek and Quiet
    1. “loud” clothing
  3. 1 Peter 3:5 – Submissive
    1. Rebellious attitude
    2. Dressing just to be different
    3. Your husband or father doesn’t like it and you wear it anyway
  4. This doesn’t mean that there are not situations where fancy hair, clothes and jewellery are not suitable. But in these situations they are not immodest because they are expected. Modest is not drawing attention to yourself by wearing things unsuitable for the occasion.
  5. I believe these passages are about a woman’s life overall, not specific instances and circumstances
    1. 1 Timothy 2:2 – quiet and peaceable life
    2. 1 Peter 3:1 – conversation of the wives
  6. Situations where “immodest” clothes could be modest.
    1. Priests wearing garments for beauty
      1. Exodus 28:2 – for glory and for beauty
      2. Exodus 28:40 – for glory and for beauty
    2. A bride adorned for her husband
      1. Revelation 21:2 – a bride adorned for her husband
      2. Isaiah 61:10 – a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
    3. Other possible scenarios
      1. Fancy dress parties
      2. Protests and public demonstrations

2. Clothes that draw attention to your wealth

  1. 1 Timothy 2:9 – broided hair
    1. Requires a lot of time and money
    2. I was shocked at how much women spend on their hair (curling, straightening, re-curling, colouring)
  2. 1 Timothy 2:9 – costly array
    1. I’m all for quality but let’s face it, asometimes a branded item does the same as a non-branded
    2. Eg. Peter Alexander pyjamas
    3. Eg. LV, Gucci hand bags
  3. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
    1. Generally people become known for their extravagance.  Christians should be known for their moderation (oxy-moron).
    2. Our life should be characterized by moderation because this life is about preparing for eternity.
    3. Luke 12:13-48 – rich fool
    4. 1 Peter 4:1-7 – end of all things is at hand
    5. 2 Peter 3:9-11 – what manner of persons ought ye to be
  4. What is moderation?
    1. To refrain from doing things in excess. Not too much or too little. Just enough.
    2. Moderator is someone who controls a situation from being too one sided or going off topic, eg. a debate moderator.
    3. Joel 2:23-24 – given you the former rain moderately
    4. Proverbs 30:7-9 – give me neither poverty nor riches
    5. But does not mean not at all
. There can be times of extravagance which doesn’t mean you’re not being moderate.
      1. Anniversaries
      2. Weddings
      3. Overdue holiday
      4. Milestone birthdays
      5. Sporting Victories
  5. Moderation doesn’t only apply to clothing
    1. Other aspects of appearance – dress, makeup, hair, physique, jewellery
    2. Materialistic possessions, pleasures, holidays, tech, home

3. Clothes (or the lack thereof) that draw attention to the body

  1. These passages are teaching that a woman ought to be beautiful due to her godliness and modesty.
    1. Your appearance should emphasize your personality, not your body
  2. It takes no talent to take your clothes off to get attention
    1. Online people who have millions of followers not due to their intellect
    2. Likes on your photos because you’re dressed immodestly
  3. 1 Peter 3:2 – chaste conversation
    1. You may be a virgin but do you dress like one?
    2. If you’re married do you dress as though you are.
    3. You committed to one man but do you dress as though you are only for one man?
    4. If it’s not for sale, don’t advertise.
  4. Proverbs 7:10 – attire of an harlot
    1. Opposite of what a godly woman is striving to look like
    2. Opposite of meek and quiet
    3. Another aspect of modesty which applies to women – your communication
  5. 1 Timothy 2:9 – shamefacedness
    1. You ought to feel ashamed when showing your nakedness (or nearly showing it)
    2. Shamefacedness – bashful, think about your social media profile and photos that you post on Facebook
  6. Need to consider your brothers in Christ
    1. They shouldn’t be the basis of your decision, but it should be taken into consideration
    2. Get the opinions of men around you that love you if unsure
    3. Not facebook friends who just want a free show
    4. No bathroom selfies

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  1. portll 9th June 2017

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