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Christian Clothing And Adornment

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"Whose 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 Yahuwah of great price." 1 Peter 3:3,4.

A person’s character is judged by his style of dress. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of simple and appropriate attire.

Separate From The World

1. Why did Adam and Eve sew “fig leaves together” and make aprons for themselves?

“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. . . And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:7, 10.

Answer: Because of their sin. In their Edenic state man and woman wore only the garment of their innocence. A beautiful soft light, the light of Yahuwah, enshrouded the holy pair. This robe of light was a symbol of their spiritual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true to Yahuwah it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But when sin entered, they severed their connection with Yahuwah, and the light that had encircled them departed. Naked and ashamed, they tried to compensate for the loss of the heavenly garments by sewing together fig leaves for a covering.

2. Who made the first “coats of skins”?

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did Yahuwah Elohim make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21.

Answer: It was Yahuwah. Fashion began as our guilty parents were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Innocence was gone, the robe of light had faded, and Adam and Eve, shivering and cringing in the nakedness of sin, sewed together fig leaves to cover themselves. Their temporary covering was soon replaced by skin garments provided by Yahuwah Himself (Genesis 3:20). As people became increasingly corrupt, they tried to replace the beautiful simplicity of their innocence with inventions of fabrics, fashions, and ornaments of gold, jewels, and pearls. The more depraved people became, the more extravagant became their clothes and ornaments.

3. What is to be the relationship between Yahuwah’s people and those who are in the world?

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath the Anointed with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of Yahuwah with idols? for ye are the temple of the living Eloah; as Yahuwah hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Eloah, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

Answer: Yahushua’s followers are required to come out from the world, and be separate, and touch not the unclean, and they have the promise of being the sons and daughters of the Most High, members of the royal family. But if the conditions are not complied with on their part, they will not, cannot, realize the fulfillment of the promise. A profession of Christianity is nothing in the sight of Yahuwah; but true, humble, willing obedience to His requirements designates the children of His adoption.

4. How does dress relate to our separation from the world?

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the 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. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of Yahuwah abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:15-17.

Answer: Yahuwah will have a people separate and distinct from the world. And as soon as any have a desire to imitate the fashions of the world, that they do not immediately subdue, just so soon Yahuwah ceases to acknowledge them as His children. They are the children of the world and of darkness. They lust for the leeks and onions of Egypt, that is, desire to be as much like the world as possible; by so doing, those that profess to have put on Yahushua virtually put Him off, and show that they are strangers to grace and strangers to the meek and lowly Yahushua. If they had acquainted themselves with Him, they would walk worthy of Him.

The Fashion Of This World

5. Why did Yahuwah give the people of Israel specific instructions regarding their dress?

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Yahuwah, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your Eloah. I am Yahuwah your Elohim, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your Elohim: I am Yahuwah your Elohim.” Numbers 15:38-41.

Answer: Yahuwah expressly commanded a very simple arrangement of dress for the children of Israel for the purpose of distinguishing them from the idolatrous nations around them. As they looked upon their peculiarity of dress, they were to remember that they were Yahuwah’s commandment-keeping people, and that He had wrought in a miraculous manner to bring them from Egyptian bondage to serve Him, to be a holy people unto Him. They were not to serve their own desires, or to imitate the idolatrous nations around them, but to remain a distinct, separate people, that all who looked upon them might say: These are they whom Yahuwah brought out of the land of Egypt, who keep the law of Ten Commandments. An Israelite was known to be such as soon as seen, for Yahuwah through simple means distinguished him as His.

6. What factors should guide in our choice of clothing?

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” Exodus 23:2 (first part).

Answer: Christians should not take pains to make themselves gazing-stocks by dressing differently from the world. But if, in accordance with their faith and duty in respect to their dressing modestly and healthfully, they find themselves out of fashion, they should not change their dress in order to be like the world. But they should manifest a noble independence and moral courage to be right, if all the world differs from them. If the world introduces a modest, convenient, and healthful mode of dress, which is in accordance with the Bible, it will not change our relation to Yahuwah or to the world to adopt such a style of dress. Christians should follow Yahushua, and conform their dress to Yahuwah’s word. They should shun extremes. They should humbly pursue a straight-forward course, irrespective of applause or of censure, and should cling to the right because of its own merits.

Character Traits

7. What is revealed through our choice of clothing?

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of Yahuwah.” “Whose 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 Yahuwah of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in Yahuwah, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands” “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 piety) with good works.” 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 3:3-5; 1 Timothy 2:9, 10.

Answer: A person’s character is judged by his style of dress. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of simple and appropriate attire. Chaste simplicity in dress, when united with modesty of demeanor, will go far toward surrounding a young woman with that atmosphere of sacred reserve which will be to her a shield from a thousand perils.

"The dress and its arrangement upon the person is generally found to be the index of the man or the woman." The Review and Herald, Jan. 30, 1900.

"We judge of a person’s character by the style of dress worn. A modest, [Yahuwah-like] woman will dress modestly. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of a simple, appropriate attire."The Review and Herald, Nov. 17, 1904.

8. What other factor is to be considered when choosing apparel?

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.

Answer: Satan is constantly devising some new style of dress that shall prove an injury to physical and moral health; and he exults when he sees professed Christians eagerly accepting the fashions that he has invented. The amount of physical suffering created by unnatural and unhealthful dress cannot be estimated. Many have become lifelong invalids through their compliance with the demands of fashion.

9. What are the results, both spiritual and physical, of using cosmetics?

“And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.” Jeremiah 4:30.

“The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.” Isaiah 3:9.

“When the Sovereign shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” Isaiah 4:4.

NOTE: "Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their lives by using cosmetics. . . When they become heated. . . the poison is absorbed by the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this means alone." Healthful Living, page. 189.

"Ladies may resort to cosmetics to restore the tint of the complexion, but they cannot thus bring back the glow of healthful feelings to the heart. That which darkens and makes dingy the skin also clouds the spirits and destroys cheerfulness and peace of mind." Ibid., p. 191.

Practical Lessons

10. What does Yahuwah call the wearing of clothing that pertains to the opposite sex?

“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 Yahuwah your Eloah.” Deuteronomy 22:5.

Answer: There is an increasing tendency to have women in their dress and appearance as near like the other sex as possible, and to fashion their dress very much like that of men, but Yahuwah pronounces it abomination. ‘In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety’ (1 Timothy 2:9).

Those who feel called out to join the movement in favor of woman’s rights and the so-called dress reform might as well sever all connection with the third angel’s message. The spirit which attends the one cannot be in harmony with the other. The Scriptures are plain upon the relations and rights of men and women.

11. Why is it important to always wear clean clothing?

“And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. . . He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woollen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire.” Leviticus 13:45, 52.

“And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days. But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.” Leviticus 14:8, 9.

NOTE: "It is important also that the clothing be kept clean. The garments worn absorb the waste matter that passes off through the pores; if they are not frequently changed and washed, the impurities will be reabsorbed." The Ministry of Healing, page. 276.

12. What guidance is given concerning care in dressing the limbs of the body?

“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. {scarlet: or, double garments}” Proverbs 31:21.

NOTE: "The limbs were not formed to endure exposure, as was the face. Children who are clothed according to fashion cannot be outdoors much, unless the weather is mild. Therefore they are kept in ill-ventilated rooms, for fear of the cold; and well they may be, with their fashionable style of clothing. But if they were comfortably clothed, it would not harm them to exercise freely in the open air summer or winter. Unhealthful dress brings many a child to a state of invalidism, or, which in many cases may be preferable, to an early death. Thus fashion fills the homes of its slaves with invalids, and our cemeteries with little graves."—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, page. 90

Testing Character

13. Before a person can be baptized, what is to be one of the main considerations?

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20.

Answer: One of the points upon which those newly come to the faith will need instruction is the subject of dress. Let the new converts be faithfully dealt with. Are they vain in dress? Do they cherish pride of heart? The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It must not be taken over into the new life. In most cases, submission to the gospel requirements will demand a decided change in the dress.

14. If a person continues to follow the fashions of the world, what should the ekklesia do? Matthew 18:17.

“And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the ekklesia: but if he neglect to hear the ekklesia, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” “ Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Master Yahushua, the Anointed, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” 2Thessalonians 3:6.

Answer: Obedience to fashion is pervading among "Christians" and is doing more than any other power to separate our people from Yahuwah. All exhibitions of pride in dress, which is forbidden in the word of Yahuwah, should be sufficient reason for ekklesia discipline. If there is a continuance, in face of warnings and appeals and entreaties, to still follow the perverse will, it may be regarded as proof that the heart is in no way assimilated to Yahushua. Self, and only self, is the object of adoration, and one such professed Christian will lead many away from Yahuwah. There is a terrible sin upon us as a people, that we have permitted our members to dress in a manner inconsistent with their faith. We must arise at once and close the door against the allurements of fashion. Unless we do this, our members will become demoralized.

The reason why we use Ekklesia and not church when referring to Yahuwah's faithful in WLC content is because the word "church" does not accurately convey the meaning of the original Greek, "Ekklesia." Throughout the New Testament, Ekklesia refers to the Called Out Ones. The word "church," which emphasizes a group, is therefore an erroneous translation and should never have been used. Christians are literally the Called Out Ones. The true followers of Yahushua are indeed the Called Out Ones from the organized denominations and religions of fallen Babylon. When the call to flee Babylon has been heard, none are to again return to Babylonian churches and forms of religion.

15. What has Yahuwah promised about our clothing?

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if Yahuwah so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of Yahuwah, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:25-33.

16. What do we need to do to receive the robe of Yahushua’s glory at His Return?

“"I counsel you to buy from me . . . white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen" Revelation 3:18.

Answer: We need now to "put off the old nature" (Eph 4:23) and to "put on the Master Yahushua, the Anointed" (Rom 13:14). The white robe of righteousness we are called to wear in this present life is not a garment woven by our efforts, but offered to us by Yahushua. The nakedness of sin is covered by the glistening white garments offered by Yahushua. His promise to those "who have not soiled their garments" is that "they shall walk with me in white" (Rev 3:4.).

NOTE: “While superfluous trimming and ornaments are to be avoided, as opposed to our profession as followers of the meek and lowly [Yahushua], we would not discourage the exercise of correct taste, neatness, and order in dress. There are those who are careless of their apparel, and are always harping on pride in dress. They think it a virtue to be untidy, and to dress without order or taste. They class decency and neatness with pride, and excuse themselves for their neglect of apparel, even upon the Sabbath, under pretense of carrying out that separation from the world which the word of [Yahuwah] requires of his people. If these persons had an engagement to meet a friend honored by the world, and they wished to be especially favored by him, they would exert themselves to appear in his presence with the best and neatest apparel they could obtain. Yet when they meet upon the Sabbath to worship the great [Yahuwah], they think it is of no consequence in what dress they appear, or what is the condition of their person. In His house, which is as the audience-chamber of the Most High, where heavenly angels are in attendance, they assemble with but little respect or reverence. All who meet upon the Sabbath to worship [Yahuwah], should, if possible, have neat, well-fitting, comely garments to wear in the house of worship. It is a dishonor to the Sabbath, to [Yahuwah], and to his house, for those who profess to believe that the Sabbath is the holy of [Yahuwah], and honorable, to wear upon that day the soiled clothing which they have worn through the labors of the week, if they can obtain anything more suitable." Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 86.