Adorned With Good Works
- Date: February 3, 2015
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
- From Two Are Better Than One
We understand the order that has been established in the Scriptures. It says, "In like manner, just as I want the men to pray everywhere lifting up holy hands; in like manner also that women would adorn themselves in good works." Then he contrasts against those good works many of the natural secular tendencies of these women. Fashion has been forever! The woman's propensity toward the broided hair and the costly array is not a new thing. So, men, don't think you wife is the only one who has that "calling" on her life, to buy costly array and broided hair and manicures and pedicures and makeup and all of the things Paul speaks of here. Now, many of us men are the ones promoting this, and the Scripture gives you that right. We agree with Brother Hagen: "If the barn needs painting, paint it!" And, ladies, if you don't want any paint, but your husband says you need paint, then get painted up because you are dressing for your husband. You are not dressing for other women and you are not dressing for your preferences, you are dressing to seduce your husband-that's what the Scripture teaches you. You are there to catch your husband's eye. You are there to keep him safe from having wandering eyes. So, as the Scripture speaks along these lines, it says, "…adorn [yourself] in modest apparel…" (1 Timothy 2:9). We have talked about this before. In the old Pentecostal Holiness churches, the ladies were to wear their dress sleeves down to here; you never went to church in a sleeveless dress. You didn't wear toeless shoes. I wasn't raised Pentecostal, but it was still going on when I got saved. Dress length became an issue. Later on, like Pharisees, women would wear long dresses that were skin tight; and so every issue had to be dealt with. When you lose the spirit of these things, you can't make enough laws, can you?
So we are talking about the meek and quiet spirit that the Scripture speaks of that is to be in your heart, with which we are to be adorned. That is our goal. That is what I should be praying for: "Lord, keep me in this place of knowing what Your call is on my life so I can live in a position of being subordinate to my husband, being the help meet to stand at his side and strengthen him, and to give him praise and to give him counsel, to be his friend, to be his lover." So, modest apparel, then, isn't exclusively about how long or how loose. The word modest here literally means "orderly"; women are to adorn their physical being in an orderly fashion, which means "under your head". Your dress should be determined by your husband. He doesn't even have to believe that it would cause men to lust, but just think it's questionable. He has a heart that wants us to be as far away from the world as we can get. You see, with some of the apparel, it's not about how seductive or how sensual it is, but how worldly it is. There are certain fashions that many of us women want to run to and embrace just because the world is doing it. If your husband says, "That's stupid. We are not following that fashion," he doesn't have to give you a reason. We're not getting any shouts from you ladies on that one, huh? But that is what orderly apparel is all about. If, in your husband's judgment, this is worldly-it identifies with the world-and he doesn't want to endorse that, then it doesn't matter how many of your friends are wearing it.
There are only two people that have anything to say about how women dress in this fellowship: the husband and the leadership. So, I would encourage you to take care of yourself, and not let strife come in by breaking order. Because these are very subtle ways in which Satan comes in and starts bringing confusion and strife and bitterness and every evil work. You have your own opinions, but work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. As far as your household goes, that is your role. And ladies, we just fall in and say, "Praise God; if that is your decision, that is your judgment, then amen; that is your responsibility. You are going to answer to God for that."