TEXT: 1 Timothy 2:9-10
PROPOSITION: God requires us to be decent and appropriate in our actions and behavior.
KEY WORD: Stipulations
Rule Writing Problem
Many have tried to write the rules here.
How short is too short? How tight is too tight?
What does this passage teach?
Paul places some stipulations on women.
Study Colossians 2:18-23 (See file Writing Rules)
Side Issues - "Immodest apparel" is NOT:
Jewelry and makeup Gold, short hair, pearls
If these are wrong, so are clothes
1 Peter 3:3 "putting on of apparel"
NOT: jewelry, make-up, bathing suits, and shorts
Expensive Anything costly, showy, worn to get attention
How much is too much?
Must we wear rags from a second hand store?
Motive "Wore it just to show off."
Get into judging motives. Matthew 7:1
We must not judge intents of the heart.
Opinion Personal taste, likes, dislikes, opinion
Issue is not what I like or don't like
Colored shirts on preacher, women in pants, etc.
Question is: Is this dress sinful?
Modest = Two Aspects
Not too ________ (fill in the blank) skimpy, short, tight, low, etc.
Neat, clean, well arranged, groomed, adorned
See Revelation 21:2; 1 Peter 3:5; Matthew 25:7 (trimmed lamps)
Custom, culture will set standards (See section below)
not the first by which the new is tried.
Nor the last to lay the old aside."
Consider the occasion
Bridesmaid, play tennis, work in garden, worship God, funeral, repair sewer leak under your house
Formal wedding vs. Hobo party
This command is more than clothes:
Behavior - conduct, manner of life, "conversation" (same word in 1 Timothy 3:2 bishop must be of good behavior - decent, orderly, well ordered life)
Morals - choices must be decent and appropriate
Recreation - movies, TV, music, sports, games
Lifestyle - house, car, material things
Church - services, buildings, programs, equipment
Custom and Culture
Webster - Frequent or common use, or practice; a frequent repetition of the same act; hence, way; established manner; habitual practice.
Good customs attend church, clean language, modest dress
Bad customs divorce at will, profanity, immodest dress
Church does not set the custom but we follow the customs
Illustration 1: Quakers, Amish stuck in the 19th century today they stick out for their odd dress
Illustration 2: Years ago red porch light = prostitute; Christians did not use red lights on their porch
Illustration 3: Years ago men ALWAYS took off their hat (cap) in any public building (bank, grocery store, church building) Not so today
Society is constantly changing what is acceptable
I have a photo of me in a plaid double-knit suit (very wide tie and wide lapels on the suit) [You should see the ladies hair dos.]
John 18:39 custom to release a prisoner at Passover
John 19:40 wrapped body of Jesus as was the custom of Jews
1 Corinthians 11:16 We have no such custom
We must adjust our values to our world our society
Russia vs. USA; customs in different countries follow their culture
When in Rome Do as the Romans do.
Greetings: Shake hands, bow, kiss on cheek
Visit a home: Take off shoes, bring hostess a gift
Draw the line at sinful - violation of commands of God
Nudity wrong; polygamy wrong
Same sex marriage wrong
Drink Vodka at a wedding
1. In all of life we must be decent and appropriate.
2. Christians must be modest.