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Should Women Wear Pants?

Discussion in 'Bible Study Forum' started by Christina, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. Christina

    Christina New Member

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    I was asked the other day if it was a sin for Women to wear pants. Heres what the bible says on this.Deu 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. This has nothing to do with wearing pants. As today both men and women wear pants. In those days both men and women wore toga type skirts/dresses. A women was not to grit up her loins, witch means when a man was going into battle he would grab the hem of his toga and tuck it in his belt making a type of loose fitting type of shorts. It is about the dividing of the sexes and has a sexual connotation to it. We might think of today as crossdressing or transvestites Or trying to dress like the other sex To attract same sex partners.. Its not about wear any particular garment such as slacks/pants but rather that a Women dress in what is acceptable for a women and a man dress in what is acceptable for a man. As long as its obvious as to what sex you are by the other sex.
     
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    So I could wear a skirt as long as I'm not attempting to atract men towards myself?
     
  3. Lookin4wardtoHeaven

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    Beautifully explained [​IMG]Now I am curious...I have one little question, if I may ask it here? What about a woman wearing pants in Church?
     
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    I honestly believe that the first explanation that Kriss gave does cover that. I believe(but this is just me) That as long as you make an effort to dress in your "sunday" best for church, that it's acceptable. I find it disrespectful almost, to show up in dirty, ripped up jeans, etc... I always put my boys in Khaki pants or black pants(never blue jeans) and a nice shirt and I myself always wear a nice pair of slacks (I'm not a skirt/dress girl) and a nice top. I think as the ages have progressed that things have changed so much, back at the turn of the century(1900's probably up till about the 60's or so, women just traditionally wore skirts/dresses on a daily basis, for everything, but now, more woman/girls, wear pants and only "dress up" for very special occasions, such as wedding, funeral, etc. I think that if you think something is not right to wear to church, then it probably isn't. Just use your better judgment. But this is just my opinion.
     
  5. Christina

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    So I could wear a skirt as long as I'm not attempting to atract men towards myself?
    Only if you have nice legs:)[​IMG]seriously as long as you are not trying to look like a women. such as the scottish men wear kilts its not to be a women but to honor thier heritage.
     
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    Beautifully explained [​IMG]Now I am curious...I have one little question, if I may ask it here? What about a woman wearing pants in Church?
    It is as hotprincesscmhas said as long as thier is no doubt you are a women. pants and a nice blouse/shirit is perfectley acceptable today
     
  7. Lookin4wardtoHeaven

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    Thanks for answering my question:) God :blessyou:
     
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    Here is my view on this.Men wore pants to work. But today these pants became casual. Women have been wearing dresses for generations. And just recent have they transversed into wearing pants. I've got no problem with it just as long as women don't wear clothes to show off their body. And almost every clothing being sold is meant to show off the body. And our media is geared to show off the body.All in all, wear the clothes that do not show off your body. Because God dwells in your body. And if you corrupt your body, then God can no longer dwell in it [​IMG].
     
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    As long as your wearing clothes who is worried.:angel2::christianflag:I should imagine it would cause enormous problems not being able to tell a man from a woman. [​IMG]
     
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    I should imagine it would cause enormous problems not being able to tell a man from a woman. [​IMG]
    It does; believe me . . ..
     
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    Kriss, great post. I only wear dresses/shirts for special occasions. And no one has ever mistaken me for a guy.
     
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    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.
    I always took this to mean cross-dressing, especially to cause confusion as to the gender. And to expand this out spiritually, perhaps role reversal of some clearly defined manners in the Law.As for this family, my wife definitely wears the pants. [​IMG]
     
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    I have to agree with Tim_from_pa. That's exactly what I took it to mean cross-dressing.Lovest ye in Christ Yahshua our Lord and Saviour.
     
  14. Christina

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    Its nice to see we all can understand there is more important message here than God playing the fashion police:)
     
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    Should women wear pants? Probably if they're going out in public since there are laws against being nude in public.:naughty: Sorry, couldn't resist. There is a difference in mens' pants and women's pants. I found that out when I bought some used blue jeans at a thrift store. I wasn't able to try them on, but when I did at home I realized they were women's jeans and not men's. The cut and fit were entirely different.
     
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    [email protected]'ve heard that before.That's true, Jon-Marc, they are cut different. I really don't think women wearing pants is a violation of even OT law, since they're not technically "men's pants" - I do think a woman wearing a skirt or dress generally looks more "lady-like", but anything but those ugly pantsuits Hillary Rodham Clinton always wears has to be an improvement.
     
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    I was asked the other day if it was a sin for Women to wear pants. Heres what the bible says on this.Deu 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. This has nothing to do with wearing pants. As today both men and women wear pants. In those days both men and women wore toga type skirts/dresses. A women was not to grit up her loins, witch means when a man was going into battle he would grab the hem of his toga and tuck it in his belt making a type of loose fitting type of shorts. It is about the dividing of the sexes and has a sexual connotation to it. We might think of today as crossdressing or transvestites Or trying to dress like the other sex To attract same sex partners.. Its not about wear any particular garment such as slacks/pants but rather that a Women dress in what is acceptable for a women and a man dress in what is acceptable for a man. As long as its obvious as to what sex you are by the other sex.
    Your explanation is quite correct; too often we look at the thing as being a sin and not realizing that its the attitude behind what one is doing that can be a sin.
     
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    So I could wear a skirt as long as I'm not attempting to atract men towards myself?
    No. That isn't the only thing. Are you going to be a stumbling block to others, Christians and non-Christians? Also, would you really wear a skirt for the cause of comfort alone or because you like to, or would you do it simply to make a statement or be rebelling against the gender seperations set for in society?I would say, since God's Word says plainly not to wear the clothes of a woman, and visa-versa... then it doesn't matter what your heart is... you shouldn't do it. That doesn't mean girls can't wear pants either. Because pants *are* women's clothing. They are also men's. As are socks. If you don't have discrection making the difference... pray that God would give you discretion.
     
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    Well, I used to wear skirts to Church, but not any more. Never again! I once wore a skirt that came up to my mid thigh. I went to a strict Baptist church and my pastor was an older man who was very very old fashioned. While giving his sermon, he noticed my skirt and publically announced that my skirt was so short that he could see my underwear. He then called me to the pulpit and ordered me to lay over his knee. He lifted my skirt in front of the church and proceeded to spank me. I was humilated and learned my lesson for good. Now I just wear dresses, but no skirts or pants.
    What your pastor *did* was inappropriate (the spanking part). He also should have also spoken to you or your parents about it privately. He sounds like he was a little senile. Though, I would agree with him that you shouldn't wear skirts that are mid-thigh, or where people can see your underwear... that is... a bit much. But, that could have simply been something you needed to learn, in a much less humiliating way.
     
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    I was asked the other day if it was a sin for Women to wear pants. Heres what the bible says on this.Deu 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. This has nothing to do with wearing pants. As today both men and women wear pants. In those days both men and women wore toga type skirts/dresses. A women was not to grit up her loins, witch means when a man was going into battle he would grab the hem of his toga and tuck it in his belt making a type of loose fitting type of shorts. It is about the dividing of the sexes and has a sexual connotation to it. We might think of today as crossdressing or transvestites Or trying to dress like the other sex To attract same sex partners.. Its not about wear any particular garment such as slacks/pants but rather that a Women dress in what is acceptable for a women and a man dress in what is acceptable for a man. As long as its obvious as to what sex you are by the other sex.
    I disagree. Rabbinical scholars have elaborated on gender distinction and Middle Eastern custom. Mostly these laws of distinction were required of the inner garment not the outer garment. From what I remember reading about it was primarily a distinction with the inner garment. The outer garment was more like a robe and few distinctions were required by Mosaic Law regarding the outer garments. Now the New Testament speaks directly to modesty, and it’s primarily directed toward female believers. Paul writes:I Timothy 2:8-10I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearIs, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.Peter also wrote:I Peter 3:3-5Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 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 of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God adorned themselves.We should also call to mind what John wrote:I John 2:16The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.Most women’s pants that are marketed today are designed to show off a woman’s “figure”. In biblical times the “thigh” was considered “nakedness” and to show the inner thigh was absolutely denounced, especially with women. Women’s pants normally run an inseam that accentuates a woman’s inner thigh, not to mention the design accentuates her form (thighs and bottom) for the sake of fashion and beauty. It has traditionally been believed that an appropriate fitting (length and tightness) dress or skirt is far more modest than most women’s pants. For this reason I believe women should not wear pants. My wife doesn’t own pants and doesn’t wear them. In fact the vast majority of women in my church only wear dresses and skirts. However, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that wearing pants is a “sin” per se. It’s an issue of modesty. I believe that the greater a woman’s consecration and modesty the greater her anointing and the more she will please her Lord. I don’t condemn any woman wearing pants…but I strongly admonish a woman to dress modestly and that includes not wearing pants. We as Christians should live and love modesty, even men. Men, there are some things that we often wear that are immodest. Our jeans don’t need to be skin tight, nor do we need to wear muscle shirts, low cut collars, shorts, “see through” jersey type shirts, etc. We too have to shoulder this responsibility toward Christian modesty. Paul’s emphasis regarding males is normally one of emphasizing prayerfulness, faith, peace over anger, and love toward the brethren and our wives. We as men typically don’t need to focus so much on outward modesty because women aren’t as “visually oriented” as men are. But it seems the Apostles focus most outward modesty upon women. Standards of modesty for women are necessary because of us…men; and our weakness toward visual stimuli. Sadly few Christian women understand this. Too many Christian women assume that we are exact equals in our make up…but we’re not. A visual stimulus does for a man what “touch” does for a woman. If women understood this better I believe they would feel a greater responsibility toward modest adornment as Christian women. When a woman wears something revealing, provocative, too tight, accentuating the feminine qualities her body or figure…she essentially “touches” ever man who sees her, however for a man, since this is visual it’s on the mental plane. If a man walked around “touching” every woman in the office most women would feel violated and complain. Sadly worldly men enjoy being “touched” like this when they look at a woman so women rarely face complaints about their adornment. But as a Christian male I find it very upsetting. No woman has a right to do to a Christian male what she does to him when she wears something inappropriate. If women could just live one full day feeling, seeing, tasting, sensing, what a male experiences I’m convinced she’d dress very conservatively, and that would most likely include no pants. Please sisters…be ever so mindful of this when choosing your attire…and put on modesty as you follow after being a woman consecrated to Christ. We shouldn’t live our Christian lives looking for what we “can do” and get by with…but rather we should live our lives asking, “How can I be MORE consecrated to Jesus?” “How can I please him more?” “How can I be more holy?”We need to return to principles of Christian modesty, especially as the world continues to degenerate into a cesspool of immodesty. It’s getting to where as a male you can’t go for a walk on a summer day or go shopping at the male without seeing 1,900 of some women’s 2,000 Lever parts. C’mon church…it’s time to adorn ourselves like Christians and be the part. It’s time to allow our dress to be part of our worship.
     
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