setting for this booklet is 21st century Australia, a
country whose people have brought about the urgent necessity for an address on
the subject of Christian clothing. We must recall the truths from a Book once
so familiar to our forefathers, that not only did the Lord God present clothes
of His own design for our first father and mother (Gen. 3:21), but that He has
given mankind this binding command: “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” (Deut. 22:5).
decadence we see in our culture has come about through our negligence in
earnestly contending for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints
(Jude, verse 3). For this reason the first chapter concerns the Church’s
doctrinal and moral corruption. And because our clothing must be consistent
with the calling conferred upon each one of us, the second chapter is devoted
to an explanation of the distinctive roles accorded to men and women by the
Word of God. The ensuing chapters concentrate more directly on the need for
men and women to wear clothing according to the pattern decreed of God.
My prayer is that this booklet will prove a means of glorifying God in
providing biblical encouragement to a holy life in Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who alone has power on earth to forgive sins and to breathe life into those
who are dead in trespasses and sins (Matt. 9:6; Eph. 2:1).
Tanner, April 2005.