Hey everyone!!! When the word "holiness" is said, many times the first thought that comes to mind is a standard of dress. Even though the way a person dresses is a factor in presenting oneself in a holy manner, it is not the only factor, nor is it the key factor. True holiness is about a lifestyle, not a dress code. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1 "…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Based on this scripture alone, it can be understood that holiness is a whole body experience. Not only should holiness be reflected outwardly, but it should be reflected inwardly as well because this scripture is not only referencing how we dress our bodies, but the activities we do with them also.
In my experience with church, I have seen various examples of people who portrayed holiness outwardly but did not display actions that support their outward display of holiness. For so long I believe the church stressed the importance of the outward appearance that it in some ways neglected the greater importance of having holy actions. The world is watching us to ensure that we live the life we verbally proclaim. We must be certain when placing too much emphasis on a standard of dress, we neglect our standard of living. We are living in a time where people are consistently losing faith in the church, so we cannot add more of a reason for this loss of faith. The Bible says in Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven". This scripture lets us as saints know that we must let our light shine (which is an internal thing) to draw people to Christ and notice the difference inside of us.
The church must also realize that we cannot allow the enforcing of a dress standard to be a barrier for reaching souls. There have been occasions where the church has prevented the reaching of souls because of the outward appearance and/or dressing of a person. I am going to say flat-out, the church can and should not be doing this! The job of the church is to reach the lost and we cannot allow something as trivial as the way someone is dressed to prevent us from doing our job. The world is seeking for something more and we have to point them to Christ regardless of what they look like or what they may be wearing. Jesus commanded us to go into all the world, therefore, we should not limit ourselves by neglecting those who do not look "the part".
I have also noticed throughout the church world a the lack of unity due to differences in dress standard. I believe in this spiritual hour, God is calling for unity and I reiterate, we as the church cannot allow something so trivial as a dress standard to be the reason why we do not answer and proceed with God's call. The church needs to realize that the greater cause is the winning of souls and we should not be divided by separate church standards. If a church is preaching the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, we must embrace them as our family and show the world that we can be unified.
So as we look upon the initial question, there needs to be some emphasis placed on the way a person dresses, but it must not be the key to holiness. I believe God is really preparing the church for a great move and dress code should not be the deterrent of that move. As we move forward, let us be aware that true holiness is not defined by our clothing, but it is an inward reflection. We must ensure that our lifestyles reflect holiness so we can draw those in the works and tear down the barriers we have created between us so we can draw all men unto Christ. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!