Day 9: Apostolic Beliefs: Holiness Standards (For Dress)


I love this topic! In case you have not read the title yet, we will be covering the holiness standards for what we Pentecostals wear. (Tomorrow I want to talk about our hair and our holiness standards for our actions because yet again I went on in this post for longer than I thought and I was not able to talk about hair!)

You may have noticed that us Apostolic/Pentecostal girls, and yes even the boys, tend to dress a certain trademark way. I want to lay out the Biblical reasonings for this way of clothing our bodies. 🙂

Note: We DO NOT HAVE TO DO THESE to be part of the church! It is our personal convictions and we have found them within the Bible to be true and we want to follow the Word’s teachings! They are not required for salvation, only those actions mentioned in Acts 2:38 are. We are NOT a cult, we are allowed decisions and free thought! 🙂

Now, a couple of the previous posts in this series (about Oneness and the way to salvation) are strictly set for the majority of Apostolics, but some of the upcoming posts (about hair and holiness standards) really differ with the beliefs of each church’s pastor and that person’s personal convictions. So I want to stress right now, what I am about to say may not be the exact same guidelines that your female Apostolic friend down the street follows. We may even be in the same church organization and differ widely in these standards.

For example, here’s a little story to show my point! A couple of years ago myself and the majority of my church’s youth group went to our organization’s National Youth Convention (where all of the organization’s youth from across the United States get together for about a week and hold church services and fellowship). My church is kind of known for having slightly stricter standards than the majority of the others. This is because it is what our Pastor believes, through researching the Bible and letting God lead him, and so throughout the year he feels it is his duty to teach us what he believes. Therefore, we learn why the Bible says that us ladies should not wear pants, show cleavage, wear makeup or jewelry, etc as listed below. However, other pastors at other churches do not feel the same convictions on the standards of holiness and will not teach them to their individual congregations as our church does.  (This is of course only on issues that are not directly related to salvation, we all abide by Acts 2:38 for example.) So when we were at the National Youth Convention all of the churches across the country were there and after an emotional service with many tears shed, it became quite obvious what churches do not teach against makeup when my church’s group of girls saw another group with mascara and eyeliner smeared faces. Immediately one of our newly converted ladies turned to us girls, who were her friends and the same age as her, and gave us a confused look. Later in the hotel room the tight-knit group of the four of  us had to sit down with her and explain that their pastor did not preach against it and that those girls were not purposefully disobeying the standards of holiness. Long story short, standards differ!

Check out this cool YouTube clip by Tiffany Hubba about Apostolic Holiness!


Here are the standards I follow and when applicable I will list what my church does and then variations that may be encountered:

~Ladies wear skirts that end below the knee in public and men wear pants that cover their legs in public. (Skirt length differs. My church says it only has to be below the knee, but some churches require it to be floor length.)

~In public, ladies do not wear shirts that show cleavage or stomach, and both men and women wear some form of sleeves. (The sleeves issue is widely different across all churches. Mine personally just asks for a sleeve that covers the underarm and is not a cap sleeve. I have seen a range from any type of sleeve, to a sleeve that must reach down to their wrists. Again, it depends on the pastor.)

~Both men and women do not wear unnecessary jewelry or any piercings. (There is varying strictness on jewelry, my church allows one ring on each hand and watches because they have a function. Other churches do not even allow wedding rings! In general though, no necklaces or bracelets, etc. Piercings do not vary however.)

~Ladies do not wear makeup. (As my anecdote showed, this varies. My church is okay with clear lipglosses and a small bit of powder to cover blemishes if needed but it should not be overly applied. Others allow light makeup but no heavy cosmetics.)

~Ladies do not wear colorful nail polishes. (Some allow a french manicure, aka white tips. My church does, although many within my church have personal convictions that feel that only clear polish should be allowed.)


Now for Biblical and just plain life reasonings!

Deut 22:5 – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” ~Hence why we ladies wear skirts and men wear pants.

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” ~This explains our lack of jewelry.

1 Tim 2:9-10 – “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; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” ~ We should be modest, and another reference to not wear jewelry.

In Biblical times Jewish men and women who were slaves were forced to wear earrings in their ears to show to the world that they were property! Egyptians wore makeup, and every woman mentioned in the Bible who “paints their face” aka wears makeup was labelled a harlot or, excuse my lewd term, a whore (ex, Jezebel). Up until relatively recently, only prostitutes wore makeup.

My pastor has also taught a couple of sermons about how when Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden God made them clothing from animal fur. (Gen 3:21 – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”) This was symbolic for many things, but also, the original term for “coat” in Hebrew or Greek meant an outfit that covered from the elbows to the knees, hence our desire to cover a portion of our arms and wear skirts below our knees.

One of the main reasons for these guidelines are that we should strive to be modest! We should not wear clothes that will distract those of the opposite sex from their walk with God. I would not want to be the reason one of my brothers in Christ struggled or fell! I would feel horrible that I could have possibly prevented it! Also, as a woman I do not want to be looked at in a vulgar way; it does not make me feel sexy, instead it is extremely uncomfortable for me!

In the end, it mainly comes down to the fact that God made us the way we are, and if we were to try and alter God’s creation, it is almost like saying “sorry God, You didn’t do a good enough job, I know better than you what I should look like so I am going to change the beauty that you have created.”

By following my personal convictions I am proudly saying “God, You made me beautiful and I am not ashamed to live the way you want me to as a virtuous woman!

I do this out of love and respect for God, not because I think it is necessary to get to heaven. This is one of my forms of submission to God. I have come to find that these things help to remind me throughout the day that I am God’s and it keeps me in a God-centered life.

God made us a “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9) and we should embrace that. God did not want us to be part of the world but rather to be separate from the world because in the end it is not our home but just a temporary stop! We should not want to fit in with this world that is full of hate, hurt, crime, adultery, pain, and so much sin. Who would want to be affiliated with that when you could be recognized as a child of God?

I hope this helps you understand the Apostolics you know a little bit better. I promise we are not some crazies in a cult! 😉

❤ Passionate Pentecostal


71 responses »

  1. I’m a more on the liberal side of theology. I find this whole dress code thing to be a little bit legalistic. Any way, here’s my understanding of these passages.

    Deut. 22:5 is part of the holiness code of ancient Israel. Is it still relevant today? Possibly but for the most part, there was a lot of tampering with the law from outside as well highlighted in Mark 10 specifically when Jesus is asked about divorce. That, and pants weren’t even used in ancient Israel. They are more of a western thing any way. And nowadays, women’s clothes are designed specifically for a women’s body (such as pants and underwear etc.) while men’s clothes are also designed more for a man’s body (underwear, shirts, we don’t wear bras unless we’re really fat, etc.).

    1 Pet. 3:3 and 1 Tim. 1:9-10 come out more to me like that Annie song. That is, you’re not just wearing jewelry and what-not. You need to remember that you are not fully dressed until you put on that holy attitude.

    Any way, that’s my two cents on this issue. And by the way, this also comes from someone who has a blog about heavy metal music so I guess you can blame my theological liberalness off of that – lol.

    • This is still man made rules. I know a ladie that wears dresses to the ankles and a blouse with a nice long sleave sweater and they said she looked like a hooker. God knows your heart, he know the BEGINNING and the END of every human and yes dressing modestly is neccessary. Stay away from the cults. You will be rewarded.

    • If we decide that certain parts of the Bible doesn’t pertain to us, how then do we believe any of it. The Jew men did wear pants back in those days. Talking to one this weekend that was raised in the Biblical Jew standards, he made the comment that yes they had long robes but underneath they wore long pants. Another person has made the comment that I love, “Why in the world does a woman need a zipper on the fly? If a man would wear a zipper in the back of his pants that would think he was weird.” Women didn’t start wearing pants until World War II when they took over mens jobs when they went to war. I should be able to tell if a man is a man and a woman is a woman just by looking at them.

      Jewelry is only to show off!! Honestly the more “junk” I see on a man or woman the less I believe in them. I can handle a wedding band, even though I have NEVER had problems with people knowing that I was married without one. Make up, I wore it for a drama once and have paid for it ever since with facial lupus. When make up is brought up all I can see is Jezebel. Another reason that I’m against make up is that it all has parts of aborted babies in it. I’m strong against abortion, which every Christian should be, and those wearing it just okays it as far as I’m concerned. By the way, I know they have it in them, my husband is a biochem major and was around it and refused to have anything to do with research with baby parts.

      As far as your comment on music, God says that we are what we read, hear and speak. Rock music has NO place in a Christian home!! We are supposed to have pure things in our lives only.

      You probably think I’m an old woman that needs to shut up. Sorry, but I’m only middle age and for at least 4 generations now we have up held this belief. God says we can’t be hot and cold we are either HOT or COLD.

      • By the way, I’m not from a cult I’m from a Holiness church, not the same as the woman that writes this blog, but we believe much the same.

    • Your comment is very judgemental if you find it legalistic take it up with the Lord. Holiness is inward first but anything on the inside is going to show up on the outside. If eating meat offends my brother then I will eat no meat. You can through the scriptures and take them out of content. I am an Apostolic man and I find every word she said to be absolutely beautiful and trustworthy.

  2. awesome again im also a pentecostal and hardly people speak bout this subjects as is should be and again like you say it depends on the church and the pastor but i believe the bible is our best guide and i would like to shared this with my girls

  3. awesome again im also a pentecostal and hardly people speak bout this subjects as is should be and again like you say it depends on the church and the pastor but i believe the bible is our best guide and i would like to shared this with my girls …they get confused because they feel convicted bout certain things but then they see “christians” in church dressin way different

  4. Why do you guys leave certain parts of the bible scriptures out. It seems like you only take the parts you want to live by. Also, be sure to make sure that the words you think that are being used are right. They spoke differently then, so make sure their definitions are the same as yours. Think coming from their time frame, or get a Greek English intelinear bible, its opened my eyes. 🙂

  5. Sorteriology is bad, context is horrible,
    Pressure to conform is major; all oneness I have met elude to conformity or lose your salvation. Modern day pharacees are all you are. Like confoming to rules regulations you are falling from grace.

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  8. When I see a female that is dressed in holiness attire I immediately think that she looks like a Christian. Do you want to blend in and look like the world or do you want to stand out and look like a child of GOD? I am not ashamed of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will not blend in with this world. I will dress to please GOD. I will be recognized by a changed heart that has permeated every area of my life including firstly how I love and serve GOD, Secondly, how I treat others and thirdly by my walk, my talk, my humor, what I listen to and what I will watch. I want to please GOD with everything that is in my power because I love HIM.

    • You claim not to have written your rebuttal to be confrontational, but you use a great deal of pseudo-academic language to call the original writer a cult member who is too dumb to realize she is a cult member.

      • I’m not sure what language you thought was “pseudo-academic.” I was writing in plain English. That aside, your gloss on my post was very ungenerous.

        I didn’t call her a cult member, nor did I call the UPCI a cult, and in fact the words I used to describe her and members of the organization were “sincere and well-meaning” and “good, otherwise intelligent.” Perhaps you missed the part about how I am a former Pentecostal? I’m no smarter now than I was back then, and nothing I wrote reduced any of this to intelligence. My post was about how dogma robs us of the ability to think critically about our beliefs. You may disagree with that, or you may agree with it but conclude it doesn’t apply to Pentecostals, but your criticism of my post was remarkably unfair and heavy-handed.

  9. I don’t intend to offend any who have posted comments here, but I do tend to notice that those who “kick against the pricks” and use Scripture to excuse themselves from Biblical standards of holiness generally have little desire to live surrendered, holy lives, hence the arguments.

    Most common objections are: “That was only cultural”. This reasoning would be fine if the Scriptures didn’t go further in explaining a principle that is involved. For example: the reason for modest apparel and shamefacedness is made clear…it is becoming of a woman professing godliness and good works. Nothing is here said of a cultural issue, rather we see a Biblical principle, a standard for holiness.

    Another excuse is, ” Well now the Old Testament says a man can’t wear a woman’s clothes, but it also says its a sin to eat shellfish or sow mingled seed!” Their argument is like saying, “Sure, I know Jesus said that looking at a woman to list was sinful, but HE also said if you present your gift at the altar and remember you’ve offended someone, you have to go make things right with that person before your gift will be accepted!” They look smug after such a statement as if they have really uncovered a hidden jewel. But….even after listening to their “reasoning”….isn’t it still wrong to look lustingly at a woman! lol Naturally when we look at the intent and motive behind such excuses it really just boils down to a stubborn heart that don’t want to submit and live holy.

  10. I am Apostolic as well but I am pained by the attitude many in my fellowship has. If a person is wearing something outside of the standards, they are scorned by others behind their backs. I do not believe that’s how God planned it. “Holiness standards” are not essential to salvation and should not be taught as gospel. True holiness is within and without. We are to be recognized by our MODESTY and GOOD WORKS. Compassion, patience… these are the things we ought to wear. Thinking that we can be “more saved” by our sleeve or skirt length is ludicrous. The greatest commandments in the Bible, according to Jesus himself, is “love the Lord God with all your heart” and “love thy neighbor as thyself”. We should not make standards that invite people who follow them to judge others by them! We will all be judged. That’s God’s job… NOT ours. As for me, I’m going to follow God’s Word and let His Grace lead me home.

    • Amen! I just told my husband tonight that I am not going to worry about what man thinks about me but what God thinks about me. I love God and I see His works in mine and my children’s lives, even though they are not following His ways at this time. He listens to my prayers and protects them. I am currently struggling with some things to do with standards and am just waiting on God’s reply. I want to know that I am listening to Him and not just having a rebellious heart. I believe we should dress modestly and show our love to all. Sometimes I feel like our saints do not show the love that we should but run people off because they are not the same as us. There is too much gossip and ridiculousness that should not be in the house of God. I ask for pray for discernment from any who would read this and be willing to ask God to help me. God Bless all who read my comment.

      • Thanks for your unbiased comment. I too am in the same place as you. I think we have to understand and live what true Christianity is without the bondage of so many restrictions. I also don’t want to be rebellious but I do know I love God with all my heart!!

    • I feel sorrow when I witness what seems like competition among followers of Christ. If following modesty is meant to bring honor to God, our purpose gets blotted out if hatefulness, pride, etc. exists.

  11. It’s funny how people only quote one scripture Deuteronomy 22:5 , read the whole chapter verse 30 talks about uncovering of a father’s skirt , base on verse 5 women should wear skirts!

  12. It’s funny how people only quote one scripture Deuteronomy 22:5 , read the whole chapter verse 30 talks about uncovering of a father’s skirt , base on verse 5 women should wear no skirts!

  13. The truth about Pentecostalism is that they believe following the standards is required to be saved, because if you disobey the pastor, you’re sinning. Period. Pentecostals can smile and say they “choose to live this way” all they want, but it isn’t true. Pastors are the authority in the church. Even if you can prove them wrong by the Bible, you’re being rebellious for doing so, and you must have an evil spirit on you. The Holy Spirit isn’t enough to guide your heart, you need to live by someone else’s convictions too!

    I wonder what Jesus would say about the Apostolic church if he would walk into one today? Somehow I don’t think they’re much different from the Pharisees. Where is the faith in God to lead and to guide? If the standards are what pleases God, why are they not written on our hearts by the Spirit? When I first got saved (which happened before I “spoke in tongues” by the way) all I could think about was Jesus and how he died for me. I wanted to tell everyone about Him so we could all go to Heaven together. I felt so happy and clean. THAT is what it feels like to be free!

    Apostolics ought to stop worshiping their “holiness standards” and idols of “modesty” and start humbling themselves before God. Remember Luke 18:10-14. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be a dirty sinner redeemed by God’s mercy than a self-righteous Pharisee on Judgement Day.

  14. What about the tounge we cover up long hair long dress I’ve seen these churches full of backbiting its the heart that needs a change and sometimes thepentecostas are to stuck up wont even speak I know everybody’s not like this but you can dress it up all you want its the inside that counts

    • Yes, where your heart is, is all that matters. If modesty and covering come from your heart and not fear or pride, then it is not an issue.

  15. Thanks a lot for sharing this insight so wonderful and I thank God for your pastor. I will however still want your pastor to pray further in regards to wedding ring as it is not in anyway mention in the bible for holy matrimony . It is invented by man, even watches must be leather not in anyway silver or gold. Make ups , powder, and any kind of nail polish is not permitted by God. The goal of God is for us to be purely natural in our look He has already made us perfect Ps 139:14

    14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well
    I pray the Holy Spirit grants more understanding to us all keep up the good job
    Gbemi Olayinka

  16. I just want to say that appreciate this article and I agree with a great deal of it. Sadly I was not raised in a Christian home, but I have been saved now 10 years attending a full gospel church, and I have recently felt lead of the Spirit to pursue biblical Holiness, as the bible says without which no man shall see God. Sadly, it is vastly ignored in this present generation and I fear many professing believers are not Christlike at all, and there is much confusion on what true Christianity is. It seems to me that those who defend the cultural trends of time are those who choose not to be set apart, but rather blend in with the world and ultimately live to please themselves. However, I have also seen the legalistic side of the “holiness” sect as well, which is equally discouraging. I agree with other comments that point to loving Christ and loving your neighbor. That is how we are to be adorned. It is not in the dissecting of scripture, in example, the not wearing of jewelry. Those verses also mention not wearing apparel, yet we do not walk around naked. The writer is emphasizing to be clothed in Christ first, not with focusing on hair and elaborate clothes and jewelry, but Christ. When we put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is in you, and you are in Him, I wholeheartedly believe He will lead us to what is acceptable and what is not.

  17. I personally disagree with putting too much emphasis on dress codes and make up etc. in my experience, God could care less about your flesh as much as he cares about your spirit. As much as we care about our attires and such; I wish we cared more about internal holiness; love being the center of all. I am baptized with the Holy Ghost and spend a lot of time in his presence and I can say that i have seen his glory. I love to take good care of myself and putting on make up and such. It makes me feel good. But I hate to tell you that when I get in front of my God, he could care less. But he does rebuke me if I don’t forgive, hold a grudge for long and j am full of pride and etc. but never about my nail polish and dresses and etc. now keep in mind that I don’t go out there showing my butt and thighs in church. But I love to dress my nice outfits; take care of my nails and put in my make up. My husband loves it too and I would get really depressed if I put on all these laws in my life. I am not saved by law but by the blood in the Calvary. I will be holy internally but will leave the external to you. I am enjoying my lord Jesus more and more and loving him regardless. Please think more in the sense of “spirit” and not flesh. Grow in the spirit, get to know daddy Jesus closer, be one with him and adore him. All these rules and laws you stated mean nothing to Yahweh. What means everything is the blood of Jesus on the Calvary! That is it!

  18. Angie- I totally agree. My outside appearance means absolutely nothing. Being saved is being washed by the blood and living a Godly life, loving and forgiving. I am a child of God and I refuse to live by mans rules.

    Angie- Yonkers N.Y

  19. It doesn’t seem to me that your church would fall under “strict” or even highly conservative. Makeup, several rings, and skirts that just cover the knee… That’s pretty basic liberal Pentecost. “Strict” would be NO makeup, NO rings, skirts to the shin or ankle, and sleeves to the elbows…

  20. God does care about our outward appearance as does our inward state. If our body is the temple of the Lord, if he’s dwelling inside of you than it will be reflected on the outside. We will want to glorify Him with our outward appearance. We will desire to walk in holiness. 1 Peter 1:16 says “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” We will love righteousness and holiness because He is holy. I feel like I am special to Him, like a treasured princess to a Him when I dress modestly. And I don’t want to cause my brothers in Christ to stumble. Jesus died for me, he loves me so much. I want to be a welcoming vessel filled with His precious Holy Spirit.

  21. I. The middle east jewels were a gift for woman, makeup and perfumes & pretty clothing are beautiful for for woman you take that away, it’s your male leaders who take that away its not of God to conntrol a human being how we come males have hair cuts look neat clean, the woman in churches look drab cheerless, dull, they all look sad why ? I’ll tell you you take the beauty out of them it’s called control, to who’re because they ware makeup and jewelry is wrong tell it to Queen Esther she was a beautiful woman regardless but God ga e her position and became a Queen for such a time as this, it ashame you teach that out ward appearance is what God looks at, when he teaches the complete opposite! , he looks at the heart that is what would more people in your church if you let go of controlling people’s lifes!.

  22. You all need to stay out of cults. The verse below means what it says. Do any of you know what kind of clothing Men & Women wore back in those days? NO! You are going by man made thoughts and Ideas. Dress modestly and love one another. Matt 22:37, please read. I will pray for you all.

    Deut 22:5 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

  23. Sorry about that, I was so excited to comment on this subject that I copied and paste the wrong verse

    Deut 22:5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this

    • But… Do you have railing around the roof of your house? Do you have 4 tassels on your garment? Do you have mixed materials in your clothing? Is it all wool or all linen? If you’re going to follow one verse don’t you think you should follow them all? Why get excited about a particular verse when the entire bible is the infallible word of God? You cannot pick and choose what you obey out of His word. I believe in the end it’ll be people like you who stand before God and say “Lord Lord, we cast out devils in your name and we did miracles in your name…, He will say to you depart from me, I never knew you”. Just be careful about letting your personal convictions turn into works. It is by grace we are saved. That’s what you should get excited about.

      • No buts… the first comment Deut 22:5 was for the people back in the Old Testament Law.

        Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

        1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 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 …

  24. I appreciate your post 🙂 There will always be arguments on this subject. Many of which tend to lash out as a defense. I take it as they’re either just flat out rude (I don’t go around telling people how to dress or show disgust with what they have on. That’s their life and not mine) or they are convicted with how they’re living. I get so many different opinions from people…..who normally start up the conversation I might add. But, nevertheless, people DO notice a difference in us. I don’t want to blend in with this world so I continue to hold fast to the Word of God. If God didn’t have an issue with modesty, He wouldn’t have re-made clothing for Adam and Eve. He would have let them walk around with fig leaves covering the bare necessities. Just sayin 🙂 Keep up with your posts!! I enjoyed this one!!

    • Modesty is not the issue… it is clear that the word says we should be modest. It’s more about what is modest there are many different opinions and the bible is not really specific is it? Then shouldn’t it be a personal conviction rather than a rule? Also, making rules scare away new converts that are not ready to hear others personal convictions. Let God work on people’s hearts… making all these rules leads to judgmental attitudes according to how ‘holy’ one appears to others. Creating laws just cause people to falter… just as the OT laws did, people couldn’t keep them… it is the law written in the heart.

      • I never said to go around and tell people how to dress. There are people who do that and I disagree with it. This girl who did this blog is simply telling others….who either look up her blogs or somehow come across them… what our Apostolic belief is. If people get offended by it, I’m sorry, but that’s their bad. I don’t like it when a new convert automatically changes the way they dress because I know they changed so they could look like everybody else. I didn’t start wearing dresses and skirts when I first got the Holy Ghost. I still wore my pants and shorts. If someone would have come up to me and told me what to wear I probably would have walked out. It took me a while to have the revelation of why we do what we do. And God totally had patience with me and I know He will with anyone else who is trying. I apologize for any Pastor or church who has made people sour to our beliefs. And I do believe we need to start on the inside so God will clean up the outside.

      • I am not offended by the post but I have been to churches that push standards like they are the gospel and actually belonged to one years ago. This is control and I believe it is wrong. Not every Pentecostal church is like that, thank God. I do not criticize anyone who want to live by a standard and I believe our outward appearance is important and we need to be careful.. but I think it is between a person and God. If it is a person’s conviction that they need to follow it. Also, I am certainly not against guidelines or even preferences of a pastor but they should be careful not to make them seem like a requirement for salvation. I am concerned with the focus placed on this when other things more important slide. I see standards upheld while worldly entertainment is accepted, I have more of an issue with that.. and other things that are very clear in the scripture left unsaid. Jesus admonished the Pharisees for being concerned about the outside of the cup while the inside was dirty. God Bless.

  25. This is not intended to criticize the Pentecostal religion…it carries the Gospel as was delivered by Peter on the day of Pentecost!! Acts 2:38.

  26. People are so eager to throw out scriptures and rail people for their “blasphemies” on the comments of these blogs. After reading countless comments, I couldn’t think about clothes or doctrine at all; all I could think of is the rude, know it all, “superiority” filled opinions of others used to tear down good, God fearing, and Christ seeking people. What happened to love? If we are (regardless of your denomination or theological preferences) to be like Christ, we should love others; especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. What is love? Love is patient…love is KIND. Not heartless with a side of “I know better than you” attitude. This isn’t a Christ-like quality, it is actually demonic in nature. If you want to stand approved by boastfully knowing the bible better in context and in its entirety, here’s a passage for you, Ephesians 4:2. Go read about love. I only say this because I love you all too much to keep silent. Please don’t continue to grieve the Spirit on the Internet friends, there’s already enough of it without hurtful comments. And I might add, I loved your article, and I’m sorry for any hurtful responses you’ve received.

  27. This is not for one who wants an answer or argument in drive-thru speed. Others only proceed.
    Author background:
    66ys old, Christian since 1984, former “godless” (a recognition of personal attitude rather than actuality from God’s standpoint) drug dealer, married to the same woman since 1985 who was former live-in girlfriend, then breakup and separation, then salvation, then reuniting and marriage a year later. Saved in a UPCI church in a 5 day,180° turnaround. Have explored many churches in my travels all over the U.S. due to work and found a fascination not only in the many flavors of Christianity, but developed a bit of sympathy for what the LORD necessarily must deal with because of all the denominations, personal baggage, sin and pride we ALL carry with us. I am very much included. Education: BS-psychology/counseling, some grad work in Bible College and grad school in Adlerian counseling.

    On to the original posts subject: holiness as pertains to women’s (or man’s) chosen attire, or dress-code-standard according to their church, organization or pastor’s interpretation of organizational standard’s.

    A preemptive self-examination question: Are any of us free from the need for affiliation – the need to fit in? — Also: Do any of us posses the pure motive of exploring and serving Jesus at any cost to us personally or socially? Or… when your study reveals certain questions, revelations into the Word that may differ from your church’s official doctrine would you chose to push them to the further reaches of your mind to avoid perceived confrontation with others, your pastor, your church? Would you perhaps choose even a third road: to study, see differences between what you now perceive as a “perhaps “better” way of interpreting certain scriptures and choose to submit yourself anyway to your church’s standards as an act of submission? The answers to some of those questions may necessarily become a temporary answer, while some more a life-long quest. But I will say of a certainty, our God possesses a depth of love that so far exceeds our ability to fathom that it is flies right over most of us – again including self. Insight might be found in the following little “spiritual sightseeing trip” one morning in prayer in 1985.

    I was taken to a conference room with a very large oval conference table in the center. Present were all the heads of the Christian denominations. They milled about the room talking to one another before the meeting began. I heard the conversation and noticed each leader had two faces: one professional face that spoke carefully practiced words to those of differing denominations, and one which spoke to those of more like-minded denominations. Those words were spoken almost under their breath, were prideful with carefully couched condescensions of those denominations that differed the most from theirs. They each thought their doctrinal position was the right one, never occurring to them that this was an impossibility. This went on for some time as if it were the most normal thing. Little by little the leaders began to congregate in “camps.” A conference leader announced the meeting would soon begin and asked them to be seated. They all sat in their now-arranged camps. A door opened at the end of the room and a light quickly flooded the room from the doorway. Some of the leaders squinted and turned their heads for the brightness. Some appeared to be able to look right at it. The room instantly fell absolutely silent. With the light came a terrible dread, an incredible exhilaration. How could it be both? In an instant where sin was banished and truth alone could exist each leader saw their hypocrisy, pride, failure to perceive truth, condemnation of others – themselves even. They saw how ALL of them erred. They all looked about and saw how others felt right then too. They all realized that none of them had all the elements of doctrine correct. In His Spirit it was impossible to hide anything – from anyone. In His Spirit they all saw the real definition of God’s Grace – that He had not just NOT killed them instantly for their now understood sin; but that He has loved them, tried to guide them, teach them, inspire them all along – even be proud of them – and all the while during their inability and unwillingness to understand His example of love and grace. They thought they’d answered the call and gotten beyond their flesh, and now realized by the comparison of pure holiness and truth they were less than infants. Jesus now completed once around the room, walked out the door and the door shut. No one even thought of speaking. All wisdom, context, motivation, goals now seen with new eyes.

    My eyes opened. I thought, “Would there be new direction, relations, doctrines? Or, would the Spirit fade into the order of the day. Is that how it has worked for eons? Oh, the Grace of the LORD to put up with us – and somehow love us still !

    I determined that day that if any of us will ever be able to look upon His light in the day of the Lord and have nothing but the desire to run immediately into it until we land in His arms we would have to have known Him as He is, talked with Him, mused with Him, had two-way conversations, explored the what-if’s, probed the depths of His heart, asked that His heart become ours prior to that – in intimate, abandoned, desperate, confident prayer.

    Wouldn’t questions of attire take on a new light? Would we wonder if one kind of apparel was more modest than another in certain life situations? Would we wonder if we got definitions of modest apparel from an era, a person’s opinion, a cultural norm or God’s view? Would it help to know something about the way God made our minds and the way the devil tries to take advantage of that through half-truths? Would it do to remind us all that the Old Testament is an exercise on the failure of rules and a road map to living through the Spirit?

    “Why doesn’t he just tell us what he thinks?” some of you are saying right now – or long ago. Because it’s not about what I think. It’s about what He thinks. And He is a really, really nice guy. Oh, and how many times have you had a conversation with Him in the shower, buck naked? Think He has any sexual thoughts about you? Then neither should ANY of us IF we reside in Him unless we are married to that person. So, are dress standards an acknowledgment that we as a denomination do not possess enough inner holiness not to lust after one another? And how does that relate to living in the world. So you go out and lust after everything you see in the mall – just not in church? If you’ve accomplished “girding up the loins of your mind” in the mall, why would church be any different; and therefore the need to dress in a way to prevent it in others? And, while you’re thinking it: Is the only alternative to dressing “apostolic” dressing provocatively?

    Every one of you is capable of making the choice to find God’s heart – and values, and answer all these questions for yourself. That’s not the hardest part. It will be what you choose to do with that truth as it emerges. You may even find that God cares less about your “being right” than He does about your finding the happiness, freedom and holiness of His heart and spreading it. Then our walls between one another as individuals and between denominations will come down as the walls of Jericho – by His strength and we will truly be one body with one mind.

  28. Amen to that. Life under the sun is fraught with activities and festivities of the enermy the Devil who cometh only to steal to kill and to destroy (John 10:10). The VERY things that our Father GOD hate and disapprove,the Devil introduces them to us. He is a liar,the father of lies and has been a liar from the begining and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). Many pastors,Apostle,Teachers etc are afraid to preach the true doctrine probably because they dont want to lose members. They preach pretty much of prosperity,success,wealth,riches etc and ignore the fundamental basics of the word of God. As children of God,we need to be holy in speech,dressing,character,behaviour,heart,mind etc,in Jesus Christ Mighty Name,thank you for sharing and touching an important part of church, Amen

  29. Good morning brother an sisters please stop it now the madness! God is not the author of confusion but of peace as it is written let the wheat and the tier grow together i will suppurate it. Says The lord No body has a monopoly on God’s word. ( he not in a box ) God has turned all judgement over to the sun Jesus Christ, not us. We are just mere men and women. Saved by the grace of God not of works least any of us should boast but it is the gift of God. I was raised in a legalistic Pentecostal holiness church where they didn’t know the difference between old and new testament scriptures
    in terms of the difference between heat and light. Example: Malachi 3:10 was referring to ethnic Israel not to the church the 4th commandment was also written to ancient Israel. Search the scriptures and you will see. When Jesus spoke about tiding he was living under the old testament law speaking to Israel again Jesus said except I go away the holy spirit will not come. When Jesus ascended on high 120 days later. The day of Pentecost the holy spirit descended that is when the new testament fully started and the gentiles were excepted as one spiritually that is with Israel. Hebrews speaks about tiding, that’s what Abraham did after the slaughters of the kings. However, we were not commanded to do likewise. I am a official of my church and i tithe to help out financially not because of old testament teachings. the new testament teaches (free will giving as one purposed in their heart). Read new testament the apostle Peter told Ananaias and Sapphira while it was in your power you could give what you wanted but you lied not to man but to the holy spirit and they dropped dead. Peter new the old testament law, he walked with Jesus. Don’t you know he would have noted Malachi 3:10 and the like but he didn’t. Because they were under the new dispensation of Grace where by we are saved, again you all are not hearing me! Not by works, least any man should boast in your self righteousness, legalistic, codes and the like. The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength and the second love your neighbor as yourself in these hang all the commandments. Pentecostals and apostolic never mention the secret sins like back biting, jealousy, envy,
    strife, debauchery, financial greed, and judging others only God knows the heart not me or you all. But you will condemn adultery, fornicator, abortionists, thieves, the gay community, but you would not mention what you all do behind closed doors, the way you treat your kids, not submitting yourselves to your own husband, and the like. If he says honey no we are not going to service tonight but we are going to have date night. She is to do as he says unto the Lord. I do not mean consistently, it is checks and balances ( We still half keep God first )

    • If the New Testament came to do away with the Old Testament then how do you explain these words of Jesus?
      Matthew 5:17-19
      Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

      18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

      19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  30. Thank you. This really helped me more to understand why God has put such a BIG convection on my heart to change my dress and my appearance since I got back in church.

  31. Good evening All that is good sister that is your testimony between you and God we can not judge others that has a different conviction. For it is written we live an die unto God.

  32. But what about newborns through toddlers? They don’t understand the world around them enough to make decisions like that but as parents we decide for them. Also onesies? What are your beliefs concerning baby girls?

  33. Thank you sis on a great big amen. The Lord is so good. There’s not much to say but you said it one of the best ways it could be put. We are a chosen people and we are of a royal priesthood we should show forth the Praises of such a great God who called us out of Darkness and revealing his word through his marvelous light. I am so glad to be one of them. And to have a wife who walks in the same light. Thank God for sound Doctrine and strong convictions which protect us in times of trouble. When I speak about holiness and strong convictions Is like having an armored vehicle with extra armor. Nothing stronger than the blood of Christ and holiness which seals the deal. Thank you for all that you said God bless in the name of the Lord Jesus.

  34. Shalom…
    About dressing, the Bible says ALL scriptures are written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit….(II Timothy 3:16). I believe it’s not based on the pastor as no pastor died for us but on the written Word of God. If God says he doesn’t want these things in our lives, he means it. We should go to him with open hearts and ask for clarity of His word. He’d definitely answer……..

  35. Like everything else in life, the body, the flesh or person, will be a sure, true mirror or reflection of the heart. Like everything with Jesus, when we truly surrender to Him, thy will be done, etc., what is on the inside, meaning the heart of course, will certainly show on the outside. A lot of truth in garbage (still) inside, garbage on the outside. Back to prayer and worship!

  36. “Without God’s Standards, Christians (Saints) are Drowning in the Pews” Book EXCERPTS from Pastor, Bishop and Author Dr. James Daughtry II, Th.D.
    “Without God’s Standards, People are Drowning in the Pews” “Without God’s Standards, People are being Asphyxiated By Foul Doctrine, False Teaching, and Faulty Preaching” “Without God’s Standards, People are being Suffocated by Worldly Views.” “If we seek the Lord, and trust and obey HIM in our times of trouble, God will exercise HIS authority over the enemy of our spirit, soul and body. When Leaders choose to drop, compromise, and criticize God’s standard(s), they not only discredit God, they exalt themselves as the new gods. When churches and its leaders delete standards, they’re totally dismissing the Spirit, for it is the Spirit of the Lord, which elevates His standard His word in His people’s obedient hearts of love to Protect, Bless and Perfect them.” “A Biblical Exegesis explaining What Happens to Churches and People when their Pastors and Leaders Drop the Standards that GOD Lifts Up in HIS CHURCH HIS PEOPLE HIS SAINTS” “Without God’s Standards, casual is the new reverence” “Without God’s Standards Pastors (Leaders) lower God’s Banners (flags) and raise their own.” “This is the critical point, the critical need for leaders to understand “God’s Standards of Holiness Teaching Differences” between evangelism and discipleship” “Leadership without God’s Standards cannot be trusted” “Without God’s Standards, Leaders have caused decreased church attendance in the United States instead of increasing attendance.” “Without Agape Love Christians flush God’s Standards clean out of their hearts/minds” “Without true reverence for God, it is no longer your Sunday Best, (instead, it’s your Sunday Whatever!)” “ Dress Godly/act inappropriately vs. Dress worldly/act appropriately-who’s saved?” “Without God’s Standard(s), a Christian’s obedience is optional. Without God’s Holiness, Church scandals are the norm. Without God’s Standard-His Holy Writ for Christian Modesty Inside and Out is now considered a hindering spirit that cramps a Christian’s personality and style.”

  37. I have a friend that attended an Apostolic church a few months ago and she was confused and unprepared. I was curious about the teachings and dress code and came across your article. One part bothered me. Like, really bothered me to my core. You seem to think that others can be the cause of another person’s sin. And it is implied that a woman being raped could be her own fault.
    You talked about wearing modest clothing and said: ” I would not want to be the reason one of my brothers in Christ struggled or fell! I would feel horrible that I could have possibly prevented it!” The reason that a man had horrible thoughts?! Does that mean that every rapist and pedophile is innocent? That they couldn’t help themselves because the women and children around them were so scantily dressed? (so not true, by the way) I just think it is sad to put so much pressure on a woman…’if you don’t behave or dress in a certain way, you could cause the men around you to sin!’ We do our best as women and I would hope men are expected to do their best as well. Aren’t we, as Christians, supposed to be different than “the world”? And doesn’t “the world” teach that men and women should submit to their base, carnal desires? Shouldn’t we, as Christians, be strong enough to see one thing and not sin? Or are men too weak to be able to do that?

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