In recent times, there has been decadence in terms of dress sense among Nigerians (females especially) characterized by unwholesome and devilish exposures. But the question now is, “Why has this been carried into the house of God?” Yes, many may say God sees the mind, but wasn’t it the mind that directed and chose what the body wore?
Looking at this, in years to come the situation might worsen as there may be no distinction between club girls and the ‘sisters’.
Believe it or not, they cause many to derail in thoughts during service. You never can tell, pastors too are humans.
Here are some of the churches that have warned their members, especially the females, to stop the exposure of their bodies while coming to church either on Sunday or for midweek worship.
THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD
Outlandish women who attend The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) are in for trouble as the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has banned them from wearing trousers to church.
The man of God, popularly known as Daddy G.O., decided to shed his garb of softness and impose corrective measures on female worshippers who wear skimpy dresses and tight-fitting trousers to church.
Pastor Adeboye was said to have warned and threatened to sanction female members who flout the order. The General Overseer’s riot act to female worshippers was published in a recent bulletin of the church. The enforcement began at the RCCG annual convention at its Redemption Camp, Km 45, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, where millions of worshippers gather for the annual event.
Until recently, a large number of women who wore trousers to the church were tolerated. Unknown to these women in skimpy dresses, they had unwittingly divided the RCCG into two camps: The conservative worshippers on the one hand and the radical ones on the other. The radical ones are the modern day worshippers who feel they could wear anything to church, no matter how skimpy it is, while the conservatives are the old time Redeemers, who still keep to the standards in the Bible in their mode of dressing and general comportment in the church.
MOUNTAIN OF FIRE AND MIRACLE MINISTRIES
At a particular service at Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, during announcements, it was put across to members that accessories will no longer be accepted in church.
The GO said, “Nobody wants to see your legs. Brothers, no shorts or 3quarters and sisters, no attachments, wigs or whatever isn’t natural on your hair, no lipstick, no wetlips. The question is, what happens to the young girls? How will they look, especially during hamarttans? The Pastor went further to say no bangles, bracelets or any form of necklace, no spag’s, no transparent clothes, skimpy shirts, dresses/skirts and the list continues.
All these rules are laid down to the public so women would know how to keep their bodies and not tempt others even in the house of God.
DEEPER LIFE BIBLE CHURCH
Has anybody ever wondered why Deeper Life Church members, mostly their ladies, dress without revealing any part of their bodies to the pubic? They do not only cover up all that the Almighty Father has given them they also do not expose their body on daily basis because they believe “their body is the Temple of God” and therefore, must not be revealed to the public.
From what we might have noticed, youths do not troupe into this church because they can’t cope with the moral standards that the pastor has set aside for every member. Why go to church to expose what is meant to be covered? This can make other members and also the pastor fall into temptation.
It has been said that ladies should dress in the same way they want to be addressed. This church has taken its time to warn its females members on how they should appear in the house of God. They should not dress as if they are going to a club or to a disco house. They should have it at the back if their mind that they are going into the presence of their Father.
It is so sad that even their usual Sunday attires have been made to be as revealing as possible, forgetting that, that is not what God want. Many hide under the umbrella of “It is not the body that matters but the mind” What happens when you dress as skimpy or as revealing as you can and disrupt the minds of men. So, when you dress to church, consider the minds of men.
SOME CLOTHING WAS SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO GLORY AND BEAUTY
Exodus 28:2-3, “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office.”
Exodus 28:40, “And for Aaron’s sons, thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty.”
Isaiah 20:4, “So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.”
Exodus 28:42-43, “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.”
The reason nakedness is a problem is because of sin. There are groups of people who think we should live free of shame of nakedness. They espouse nakedness as a way to get rid of sexual sin and as being a healthy way to live. It is said that to be well clothed tantalizes and so increases curiosity and so increases temptation and sexual sin. It is also said that the dedicated Christian can handle any temptation that would come from skimpy clothing. So, anyone who has a problem needs to get their filthy mind out of the gutter.
This sounds so simple and righteous. However, these arguments are void of objectiveness. We all must face reality. If we fail to deal with reality we will suffer more from its negative aspects. Negative results are most often multiplied by ignorance. The adverse effects of nakedness is given in the Scripture. As far as the Scripture is concerned the obvious results of people living in unkempt nakedness should be evident to all but the most pagan of people.
Believe it or not, they cause many to derail in thought during service. Can’t there be decorum in terms of dress sense in the house of God?
Can these ladies stop this show of shame in the house of God? This isn’t limited to pentecostal churches, even churches of the old have ladies who have made traditional (native), church wears even more exposing as ever. All we pray for is decorum. The house of god should be kept holy in all ramifications.
– DOLAPO AMODENI