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Thursday, 12 June 2008
A tract I wrote..."Why do you dress that way?"

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<span style="font-size: 45.0pt; font-family: ChopinScript">Why do you dress like
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:18.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">You might think</span></b><span style="font-size:18.0pt">
I’m Mennonite, Amish, a nun, a Muslim, or perhaps someone with cancer.</span></p>
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">But I am none of these.</span></p>
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b>
<span style="font-size:18.0pt">I am a Christian woman who is striving to obey
the Bible in every area of my life</span></b><span style="font-size:
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
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<span style="font-size:18.0pt">&nbsp;One of the ways I choose to express my faith is
in my dress. </span><span style="font-size:
</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><br>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Some Important Scripture
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">1 Corinthians 11:1-12
</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Be ye followers of me, even as I also
am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and
keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that
the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the
head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head
covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with
her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she
were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it
be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man
indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of
God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but
the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman
for the man. </span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;10For this cause ought the
woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is
the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For
as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things
of God. </span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Genesis 3:9-11, 21 </span>
</b><span style="font-size:
11.0pt">And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was
naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast
thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">1 Timothy 2:9-10 </span>
</b><span style="font-size:
11.0pt">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 godliness) with good works.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">1 Peter 3:3-4 </span></b>
<span style="font-size:11.0pt">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 God of great price.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Matthew 5:28 </span></b>
<span style="font-size:11.0pt">But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a
woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Romans 14:13, 21</span></b><span style="font-size:
11.0pt"> Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather,
that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. It
is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy
brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:8.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Deuteronomy 22:5 </span>
</b><span style="font-size:
11.0pt">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.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Why do I cover my head?</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><br>
The Bible in 1 Corinthians 11 states that a woman should cover her head out of
reverence toward God and out of submission to the authorities in her life. A
Christian woman should cover her hair—her glory, that which brings attention to
her—so that God’s glory may be revealed. This principle of covering the head is
described in many places in the Bible, such as Genesis 24:65 and Isaiah 47:1-4.
The covering is for every Christian woman in every time and place. It is an
honor and a blessing!</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Why do I dress the way
that I do?<br>
</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Besides my headcovering, you probably
also noticed that I wear long dresses and jumpers that are loose and simple. I
do this for many reasons. <br>
<b>To cover myself</b><br>
Genesis 3:9-21 teaches that the main purpose of clothing is to cover us, rather
than to be a display of beauty. It also teaches us that God’s standards in all
things—clothing included—are best.<br>
<b>For modesty</b><br>
1 Timothy 2:9-10 teaches that women are to be modest in all things—dress being
one small area of that commandment. Women are exhorted to dress modestly and
plainly, drawing attention to God and to their quiet spirit instead of their
beauty (1 Peter 3:3-4). I also dress in order to avoid any chance of causing men
to lust (Matthew 5:28, Romans 14:13, 21).<br>
<b>For gender distinction</b><br>
The Bible in many places teaches that a woman should only wear clearly feminine
clothing, such as Deuteronomy 22:5. In several places in the Bible, pants (also
called breeches) are described as a solely male garment (Exodus 28:42, Leviticus
6:10, 16:4), and thus they are not to be worn by women. <br>
<u>For these reasons, I choose to wear long dresses and a headcovering for the
glory of God.</u></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><u>
<span style="font-size:15.0pt">The bigger picture<br>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">In reality, though, the
Christian life is much more than outward appearance. It is a deep knowledge of
who God is, what He has done and will do, and what He desires for us to do and
be. More than anything, the Christian life is filled with a vital relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord desires this close bond with him for all
people on earth! Unfortunately, this bond is broken by sin. Without the power of
God within us, sin reigns in our lives and cut us off from the glory of God.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Romans 3:23</span></b><span style="font-size: 11.0pt">
</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt">For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11.0pt">Everyone who is cut off
from the Lord will ultimately die, not just physically, but eternally in hell.
But the Lord in His infinite mercy has provided us a way out from that eternal
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Romans 6:23</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord. </span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">How can we obtain that
beautiful gift of God? Not by doing good things, going to church, giving to
charity, or “being a good person.” We’re all sinners, and anything good we can
do is like filthy rags before a holy and perfect God.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Isaiah 64:6 </span></b>
<span style="font-size:11.0pt">But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">How, then, can we be
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Romans 9:9-13</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt">
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Call upon the name of Jesus
Christ, confessing your sins, and He will forgive you and make you His child!</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
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<span style="font-size:26.0pt;font-family:ChopinScript">Praise the Lord!</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" align="center">From the rising of the sun unto the going
down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3</p>
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