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

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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!  http://youtu.be/hpKCzvNQYxM

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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.)

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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

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91 responses »

  1. Very encouraging message…God bless u…Can u plz explain me more clear reason for not wearing ornaments..

  2. I have a few comments. Do the enormous bows and hair pins qualify for adornment? Also if
    the hair is for covering why does everyone wear their hair pulled up? Did the men in the Old Testament wear something like a robe? If your conviction is to wear purple polka dot whatever
    Bless your heart. Just seems as if much of what you believe is how you look.

    • I agree a lot of the ladies in our church wear 9 inch heels and fish nets I’m tired of the double standards

    • We are all entitled to our opinions and styles. We must allow the holy ghost to govern our entire lives. So, it is ok for women of God to have colors, prints, and hair bows in their style. Modesty is what we display.

      • I always thought Our Lord looks into our hearts, not eyeballing us from top to bottom to see what kind of garments or hairdos or “ornaments” we adorn ourselves with. That kind of mess is not what it’s about. There was one unbalanced woman who kept at me until I finally accompanied her to a Pentecostal show with the phoniest old leader I ever had the misfortune to encounter. This woman actually called my parents to tell them I should move out to live with her so she could “guide” me. she also called my manager at work to tell her to “let me go” (read “fire”) me so I could spend all my time studying the Bible. Okay, I know that all experiences are not like mine, but it seems that too many are. What are these people about, anyway? Also, that bunch I got into attracted people with mental problems. The old guy preacher told everyone such people were sinners and totally managed by the devil. How can people treat others with serious problems like something on the bottom of their shoe?

  3. Referring to the first verse you quoted Deu 22:5 is one of the base of your interruption but didn’t they all wear robes back then? I’m 100% positive slacks/pants weren’t made which means they made robes for women and robes for men just as they do today with clothing. I believe it’s cross dressing period that’s forbidden and disgusting in his sight.. Are mens shorts not the same length as some womens skirts? And are not some womens dresses tight as to be lustful to the eye? Also are these heaven/hell issues.

  4. I know the holy ghost is real. The holy ghost will lead you in all areas of a believers life if he or she will listen. Modesty is the goal. There are women that are just shaped very well and no matter what they put on they can not hide. So, I suggest that the saints seek God about everything. I be lead by the holy ghost. The holy ghost is never wrong.

    • We aren’t debating the holy ghost though… as i believe in the holy ghost. And therefore, in saying that “some women are shaped very well” then why is a women wrong for wearing pants? She is fully clothed but cannot help her figure. Those pants were made for her not for a man. And would you say she is going to hell for that choice in clothing as long as it’s modest/covering..?

      • I understand your frustrations, but I don’t see anything wrong with women in pants, but some people do. I have learn to be obedient to God and go along with the teaching of the church I am a member of. I only wear pants as a set to my pjs and to exercise in. The enemy will use anything as a distraction. The topic of pants or no pants for women is one. I know what the holy ghost has shown me concerning clothing and I follow. People which includes pastor’s may have their own beliefs concerning this matter. A saint must dress in such away that is pleasing to God.

      • I completely agree! And there is nothing wrong with that but what i believe is wrong is when people try to push those views on others and say this way is the only way! On a high horse feeling more righteous than everyone else because they aren’t dressed the same.. i’d call it a proud look. But i do believe in modesty without a doubt and presentng yourself in a Godly like manner. I was raised in a Apostolic church and still attend one to this day but we do not have the same standards as we once did.

      • Well my brother, you are going to have to pray for those people. People are people, which mean we all have faults. We all have our opinions, which really don’t matter. All that matters is that God’s will be done. We must not lose our focus. God said let the wheat grow with the tare and He will do the separating. So, pray for those people that have a high and mighty attitude. The way to God is humility attitude.

  5. The main issue I have in the apostolic movement, is Oneness, when all the scriptures
    Relay the Triune God.. You’re right that salvation is the most important matter.. Apostolic’s,holiness, Pentecostal, churches diminish worship service with the babbling they call speaking in tongues, first off scripture says this was to follow the apostles to establish the word, it has ceased.. Now, we have the issue of many cults doing this same thing, which is blasphemous to the Holy Spirit.. I was also told this was a sign of salvation ( which it was the least of the spiritual gifts) which caused many to question their salvation.. most everything I’ve read about these so called churches, it’s pretty much a theological cult, much like Catholicism.. These church’s never teach on predestination, election, which is all through the Bible, from Genesis to Rev, the Armanian view can’t account for this.. You can’t lose your salvation “All that the father gives me I lose NONE” this denomination has too many problems .. I’ve witnessed many chaotic services with ppl “slain in the spirit” which is mimicked in many cults, not to mention, falling backwards is a sign of judgment.. All through scripture ppl fell forward, except those coming to arrest Jesus .. I suggest ppl leave these cultic denominations, word of faith, Makeshift build A bear denomination, and actually study scripture to show yourself approved .. these many more problems but my hand hurts from all this typing ..

  6. I lost five years of my life when I joined a Pentecostal group and its phony leader. For an example, he would machinate little dramas where, for example, he would pray over someone, then make out to be laying his hands on their shoulders, and would actually be pushing them so they fell down and were supposed to be slain in the spirit. He would give some signal during his talking and most of the people would start going, “lulululululu” and make it out to be speaking in tongues. I don’t know why I stayed so long, but I was having problems that this cult made me feel worse about. Wish I could have those years back. But now I know enough so that if I see any mess like that again, I’ll run the other way.

  7. I’m sorry for your bad experience. The devil is out to deceive. He has for centuries tried to discredited the Word of God. I have had many bad experience with people, so call church people, but God has never change. His word is true. I have come across people that a real for God. So, Look to God not to people. People will fail you, but not God. Seek God for the truth. I did and apostolic doctrine according to the bible stands true. Pray and forgive those who did not live right before you. God is not at fault.

  8. I’m sorry for your bad experience. The devil is out to deceive. He has for centuries tried to discredited the Word of God. I have had many bad experience with people, so call church people, but God has never change. His word is true. I have come across people that a real for God. So, Look to God not to people. People will fail you, but not God. Seek God for the truth. I did and apostolic doctrine according to the bible stands true. Pray and forgive those who did not live right before you. God is not at fault.

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