I've addressed men through this platform in such areas as lust, pornography and homosexuality. I think it's time to say a few things to women.
If you are a young woman and were taught virtues of womanhood by one or more godly women, you are most blessed. It is one of the many great needs in the church today. The evidence of the lack of it sticks out like a sore thumb, especially when it comes to modesty in dress.
"in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing" (1 Tim. 2:9, NKJV).
Here's another translation:
"Likewise, women are to adorn themselves in appropriate clothing with modesty and sound judgment—not in seductive hairstyles and gold or pearls or costly clothing" (TLV).
How many times have you scaled across social media and noticed profiles of supposed Christ-professing women dressed in revealing outfits?
You, young lady, and sadly, even some older, are causing your brother to stumble and sin. Men, unlike most women, are easily aroused by sight. Naive women need to know how any form of sensuality affects men. That is elementary. God has designed it that way. And unfortunately, most Christian men don't show enough restraint and unconsciously look for the sensual.
Many of today's "hottest" outfits are quite inappropriate. Pictures of you dressed in a sensual manner are seductive and leads to lust and sometimes illicit sex. If you're not careful, the spirit and the lust of the world that glorifies sex and "sexy" will get hold of you. Sex is a billion-dollar business, and it's mainly the male sexual appetite that drives it.
If you are a woman, you need to be distinctly aware of the seducing power you can wield over a man with your body. Look within. Why must you display your body in tight-fitting clothes? What's really behind all the sensual selfies? Are you really so naive to think it's just beauty or art?
Let the Word enlighten you.
Women are not even supposed to draw attention to themselves by wearing elaborate or expensive jewelry or clothes, much less display any measure of nudity. Now ladies, I'm not suggesting wearing plain and drab clothes, knotting your hair in a tight bun and not putting on any jewelry, but if the Word of God admonishes women toward cultivating this kind of modesty, is there any room at all for showing cleavage and wearing tight-fitting apparel?
And shouldn't the example of modesty first be upheld by ministers of the gospel? Then why is there such an all-too-frequent immodest and inappropriate display among female ministers or spouses in their dress?
The Scriptures instruct older women to admonish younger women in their home life and character so that the word of God is not blasphemed and no opportunity is granted to the adversary to speak reproachfully (Titus 2:4).
It's time for these things to be made plain. The problem is that many believers today are not taking Christ at His Word and making holiness a serious enough matter, especially when it comes to their sexuality. When women are seductive, men can burn with lust because they are feeding it.
Women, stop dressing like the world. Stop being seductive.
Bert Farias' books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and turning away from the truth we are seeing in our day. Cleansing the Temple is his most recent release. You can follow him personally on Facebook, his Facebook ministry page, or Twitter.
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