Dear Priscilla, let me tell you point blank, your nakedness is highly inflammable. Have you ever come across those petrol tankers with that inscription? They are simply telling you, “don’t mess with this tanker, it can set everywhere on fire.”
In the corner of your room with your HUSBAND, your nakedness is one of the most beautiful works of art that God put together and it can really be a delight to behold. But outside that context, it can destroy completely.
It is like fire. It has a dual capacity to construct and to destroy, depending on how you use it. The same fire assists us to cook and make edible raw foods; but the same fire can burn down the entire house into ashes. It’s a question of use.
The reason why you dress carelessly, and exposing your body is because you don’t understand that your nakedness is harmful to the public just as poisonous gasses.
Nothing paints this picture more seriously in my mind better than the fact that when God had passed a sentence on Adam and Eve and was about to drive them out of the garden of Eden because they sinned; He probably was fuming with anger at the time and didn’t want to have anything to do with them any further; but nakedness was such a big deal that God had to swallow his anger temporarily to bend down to render service to a couple that had just rebelled against Him by making them a coat to cover their nakedness.
God must have thought to Himself, “No matter how angry I am against these guys, I can’t afford to send them out in this naked state if the earth won’t be set on fire.” This was the first clear indication that the issue of nakedness is very serious in the mind of God and He wont joke with its careless exposure. And so, God was the first Tailor. (Gen 3:21).
As a Christian Tailor, what kind of clothes are you making for people? Are you following the example of the Chief Tailor? God Himself!!!
And if you’re wondering, how long was the coat that God made for them? What did it cover, what did it not cover? In God’s mindset, what constitutes nakedness? If my skirt covers my private part but leaves my thigh bare, is my nakedness still exposed? If my nipples is covered and just some little flesh of my breast is showing, should that be a problem to anyone?
God will answer your question Himself. When He was giving instructions to Moses about the garments to be made for the Priests with which they were to minister to Him in the tabernacle, He said:
“And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.”
Exodus 28:42 KJV
Here, the dress was for a man, but of course, the same goes for a woman. God said the dress must cover every part of the loins and the thigh. If any part of the loins or thigh is exposed, as far as God is concerned, your nakedness is being exposed.
If your legs are being exposed, as far as God is concerned, your nakedness is not being revealed, but not your thigh. It must be fully covered. And by the way, every part above your knees up to your loins is your thigh.
I’m sure that if God were to be prescribing the dress of a woman in the above scripture, He would have added an extra requirement to cover every part from the contours of the breast up to the navel.
Every male can attest to the fact that the breast is more than the nipples. Every part of that structure is so sexual and attractive. And it is always clear to the eyes where the build-up of the flesh of the breast begins on that chest. When you expose any part of that structure and you stand in front of a male speaking to him, you will notice that he always struggles to get his eyes from being drawn to your chest. Same goes for when you expose your navel.
So if God were speaking to a woman, I believe that Scripture would have read:
“And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the breast even unto the thighs they shall reach.”
So clearly, God is against the exposure of your nakedness in whatever form. Just like Aaron and his sons were Priests, as a new testament believer, you are a Priest. And concerning this commandment about full covering of the nakedness God said, “it shall be a permanent rule for Aaron and all his priest-descendants.” Exodus 28:43 MSG.
And do you know the penalty for coming before the Lord’s altar with the nakedness exposed? It was death. Exodus 28:43. This is just to show how serious God takes this matter.
In the new testament, God is not likely to kill you for exposing your nakedness before the altar or anywhere, but that does not mean He is pleased with you. His position is clear:
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
Exodus 20:26 KJV
And in the new testament His Spirit spoke through Paul and said:
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
Romans 6:13 KJV
For me, if you expose any part of your body that ought to be covered, and when a man sees you, he begins to struggle with impure thoughts, your members are already being used by the Devil as instruments of unrighteousness. How sad!!!
How can you a blood-washed and anointed daughter of Jesus who is meant to be saving souls yourself be the same person drowning men in lust by your dressing?!!! We are always seeing your cleavage outside. If you bend like this, everything will be out. If your pen falls down mistakenly, to pick it up is trouble because the gown is so short you can’t bend down without opening to us a cinema. Why are you so conformed to this world Woman of God?
Now, a clear study through the Bible on this subject will reveal that God never prescribed a style of dress that all culture and people must abide by. Different cultures have their style of dressing and that’s fine. What matters to God is that the nakedness must not be revealed. As far as the style of your dress fully covers your nakedness, God is cool with it.
Sometimes, a trouser covers a woman’s nakedness more than some skirts. You once wrote me to clarify the question whether a woman can wear trousers; I’ve just done that.
God has never prescribed a style of clothing that all men and women must wear in all nations and generations. This differs with culture and time. Men in Israel in the days of the Bible didn’t wear trousers for instance. They wore long garments which are still worn by Arabian men to this day. Check the way men culturally dress in Dubai and you’ll get the picture.
So if you claim that a trouser is the approved wear of a man according to the Bible (especially Deut. 22:5 that says a woman should not wear what pertains to a man and vice-versa – which means by implication that a woman should wear only a woman’s dress and a man should wear only a man’s dress), you’re already wrong.
And if you claim that a skirt is the approved wear of a lady according to the Bible, you’re also wrong because Arabian women who were the original addressees of Deut. 22:5 don’t wear skirts, they wear garments too.
So, if we use your own style of interpreting Exodus 22:5, then you are wrong for wearing a skirt or wrapper because it was never a woman’s dress when the Bible was written. It became a woman’s dress over time but that can change anytime also as culture changes.
The point is what is a man’s dress and what is a woman’s dress? It differs as culture evolves. Today in Nigeria, our culture is becoming so westernised that a trouser is now both a man and a woman’s dress so that by the time our own great-grandchildren will be born in the next fifty to hundred years, they will never have known a time when only men wore trousers.
It will follow therefore then that as a Nigerian woman today, if you wear trousers, you have not violated Exodus 22:5 because a trouser is now part of a woman’s wear going by our current westernised culture. And you know women’s trousers are often designed differently from a man’s trousers. So, what you’re wearing is a woman’s trouser and not a man’s!!!
But on a more serious note, what Deut. 22:5 is dealing with is cross-dressing. Men should not dress and look like women and women should not dress and look like men. This was an idolatrous practise of some of the surrounding nations to Israel at that time. The type of thing that Bobrisky is doing in Nigeria. This was was God was legislating against.
Clearly, God is never particular about the style of your clothe. What we saw Him really passionate about in the Bible, to the extent of imposing a death penalty back then, is that your nakedness must never be revealed.
So, whether it is a skirt you’re wearing or it’s a wrapper or it’s a trousers; whether its a T-shirt or camisole, the real matter to God is, “does it fully cover your nakedness covertly and overtly?”
Sometimes you claim it covers your nakedness, but this skirt or trouser or whatever you’re wearing is so tight to the extent that nothing under it is left to the imagination. In short the shape of your private part is clearly seen from the trousers. You’re still naked Priscilla. If you want to obey God, obey him fully.
The goal is to protect the brethren from this great fire that can destroy. If a brother sees you in such very tight dress, it has a similar impact on him as when you’re unclad because of his naturally imaginative mind. Help your brother! I’m not saying wear dresses that are not smart on your body. It can be smart without being too tight!!!
And I hope you’re not dressing this way in order to get a husband. You will only attract womanizers and unserious men. No sound and spiritual brother will consider you an option. In my own single days, whenever I meet a lady who dresses in such manner, I already consider her worldly and zone her out of possibilities!!!
Please turn a new leaf my Priscilla.
Peniela Eniayo. Akintujoye.
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