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        Christian Clothing                                                                    (PDF version here)


Scripture Standards for Dress and Conduct



The 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).

The 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).

Stephen Tanner, April 2005.

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