Women who love the Lord in sincerity demonstrate a clear desire to do what He says. In humility, they bend the knee to the will of God. In gratitude, they ask God in prayer to show them what He wants them to do, who He wants them to be, and how He wants them to live. He always answers.
His answer does not always come through the traditions of men. His answer is unspotted from worldly norms. It is unencumbered by modern societal standards, by popular opinion, or by public habit. It is greater than worldly wisdom and greater than any human imagination because His answer is wholly heavenly. It is from above. Where do you set your affection? When you are seeking God’s will for your life, where do you look? King David said to God, “I have hidden thine oracles in my heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Ps. 119:11). King David, a man after God’s own heart, looked to God’s Word for instruction in righteousness. So should we. Then, if we love Him, we will do what He says (Jn. 14:15).
What does the Word of God say about women’s clothing choices? The first and most obvious verse we can look to in discovering His will for women’s apparel is in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 22:5 (LXX) says, “The apparel of a man shall not be on a woman, neither shall a man put on a woman’s dress; for every one that does these things is an abomination to the Lord thy God”.
Many women dismiss this verse, saying that it is irrelevant because it refers to being a transvestite. Yes, it does. What is a transvestite? Literally, it is someone who cross-dresses (trans – cross, vesture – clothing). A man puts on woman’s clothing and a woman puts on man’s clothing. Therefore a woman who wears pants is, by Biblical definition, a transvestite. A woman doesn’t need to be sexually obsessed with wearing pants to qualify for that definition; she just needs to be wearing clothes that pertain to men. God calls it an abomination for women to wear clothes that are for men. How do we know that pants are for men? The Bible tells us.
In the Old Testament, both men and women wore “robes”. Women’s robes were longer than men’s, and were decorated differently. Men would wear a tunic-length “robe” with “drawers” underneath and would frequently “gird up their loins”. This means that they would use a belt to tie up their tunic into pants. The Bible uses the phrase “gird up thy loins” 25 times. In one case, the phrase refers to the righteousness of the coming Messiah, a man: “And he shall have his loins girt with righteousness, and his sides clothed with truth” (Is.11:5). Twenty-four times out of 25, the phrase refers specifically to men. These men were told to prepare for some strenuous activity that would require physical speed and strength, such as fighting a battle or running a message (See 2 Sam. 20:8, 1 Kings 18:46, 2 Kings 4:29, Ez. 23:15). The most notable verse about this is found in Job 38, when God says to Job, “Gird thy loins like a man”. This verse tells us clearly that pants were for men.
Does that mean that we have to wear skirts or dresses everywhere we go, no matter what we’re doing? Of course not! There is one verse in the Bible that indicates exactly when and why women are to wear pants: The virtuous Proverbs 31 woman “strongly girds her loins, and strengthens her arms for work” (Prov. 31:17). When we are working (at home or with other women), and it is unsafe or impractical to wear a skirt, wear pants. It is a virtue to work diligently with our hands for the good of our households. But if we are out in public, we are to dress modestly, like women.
Women have a 3,000 year history of wearing skirts or dresses. It is only in the last 80 years or so that we have donned pants. When and why did this change occur?
The Bible teaches that in a morally sound society, women are modest, submissive, gentle, and meek (1 Tim. 2:9-12, 1 Pet. 3:1). In a morally corrupt society, women are brazen, haughty, immodest, and promiscuous (Is. 3:16-24, Prov. 7:10, 30:20, Hos. 2:13). It is God’s will for women to be modest in both word and wear. However, in the past eighty years, the gap between that which God calls moral and that which society calls moral has drastically widened.
The feminist movement was Satan’s full-scale attack against the morality of women. Roles between men and women were not only twisted and corrupted, but all-out reversed. His signature is in the reversal. The feminist movement, promising “liberty” to women, actually accomplished its opposite: enslavement to the “lusts of the flesh”, through “vanity” and “much wantonness” (2 Pet. 2:18-20). In the aftermath of the feminist movement, today the majority of women’s behaviour – even in the church – is no longer determined by Biblical standards of beauty and morality, but by the standards of a secular world – a world whose god is the devil (1 Jn. 2:16).
We “reap what we sow”. If we cultivate acceptance and acclamation from a secular society, we are sowing to the flesh. This mocks our Lord and Saviour, who overcame the world on our behalf, so that we no longer need to be enslaved by it. If we sow to the flesh, we will reap corruption; but if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap everlasting life (Gal. 6:7-8). Far too many women have unknowingly been corrupted by Satan’s lies already, and yet they claim to be followers of Christ. “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jas. 4:4).
Have we so easily forgotten that Satan’s agenda is to destroy us? Since he cannot take away our salvation, he has chosen instead to corrupt our morals. He uses wicked people, his followers, to accomplish this agenda. The world is an evil place (Jn. 7:7, Gal. 1:4), and the church of Satan thrives.
Colleen Hammond, in Dressing with Dignity has addressed this topic extensively. The following is informed by her book.
In the mid 1800’s, the Freemasons and Illuminati vowed to “form and control public opinion”.[i] They determined to use pretexts of “sport, hygiene, health resorts… to corrupt, that our boys and girls practise nudism in dress.” They continued: “To avoid too much reaction, one would have to progress in a methodical manner: first, undress up to the elbow; then up to the knees; then arms and legs completely uncovered; later, the upper part of the chest, the shoulders, etc. etc.”[ii]
Wearing pants and dressing in boyish styles was initially met with disgust and rejection. In the 1920’s, Yves Saint-Laurent and Courreges designed the first “pantsuit” for women. They were wholly disliked. However, the Luciferians fought back. Did you know that models and actresses who refused to dress immodestly on stage were blackballed unless they complied with Hollywood fashion standards?[iii] No self-respecting model “with tact and decency would ever wear a [bikini]”, a 1957 Modern Girl magazine wrote.[iv] The only way they could get the first bikini modeled on a Paris runway was to hire a “nude dancer” to wear one![v] No sooner had Hollywood normalized and glorified the wearing of pants, than liberal American women raced to the stores to get their own pair. What part of this process was godly?
After Hollywood popularized pants, they became synonymous with the rising independence of women. Coco Chanel’s bell-bottomed blue jeans quickly evolved into designer labels, which were fully embraced by a female consumer enthralled with her own lust for sexual status and “empowerment”. Do you remember Brooke Shield’s Calvin Klein jeans commercial in 1981? Blatantly sexual, the camera languidly travelled from her foot up her leg, where it focused clearly and fixatedly on her crotch. There it zooms out, and Brooke utters the famous line, “Ya wanna know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? …Nothing”.[vi] Need I comment on the suggestive words “what comes between me and my Calvin’s”? Every man on the planet watching that commercial visualized exactly what might come between her and her jeans. Yuk!
Clearly, advertisers by this time were well-familiar with the “Law of Closure” and the “Law of Good Continuity”. These laws recognize and accommodate the following tendency in male viewers: “Using newly developed technology, [advertisers] tracked the path that a man’s eyes take when looking at a woman in pants. They found that when a man looked at a woman in pants from the back, he looked directly at her bottom. When he looked at a woman wearing pants from the front, advertisers found that his eyes dropped directly to [her crotch] …and finish the picture in their imagination”.[vii] How many Christian women wear pants, completely oblivious to this male tendency that advertisers knew about years ago? How many pictures in magazines show models in pants, with their legs held invitingly wide open?
So, if you wear pants, what part of your body will men look at? Not at your beautiful face, at the eyes that so readily reveal your honesty and sincerity! Often against their will and better judgment, men will look at your butt if they’re behind you and your crotch if they’re in front of you. (I call it the “gap”, and it refers to the space at the top of the legs in both front and back.) They will imagine your naked parts at the top of your leg line. This does not happen when you are wearing a long, flowing skirt!
Hammond’s research shows that men say that they feel more comfortable with women in skirts. They are more respectful and inclined to take them seriously. They love feminine women, but find that women today are trying too hard to be too masculine. Many believe that wearing pants is a sign and symptom of self-loathing – the desire to reject their own femininity and perform masculinity better than men can. G. K. Chesterton said, “A feminist is someone who loathes being a woman and who dislikes the chief feminine characteristics”.[viii]
If you wear pants, why do you wear them? Are you a slave to Hollywood fashion standards, or do you serve the Lord? Many women who habitually wear pants say, “But skirts are so uncomfortable”! I’m willing to bet that if you made a decision to wear skirts, and did so for at least a few months, you would find that the opposite is true. I’ve been wearing skirts for many years now. Even when I put on a pair of jeans to go tree-climbing with my sons, I find the material between my legs most uncomfortable. Skirts make women move differently, gracefully, with femininity. They feel more feminine so they act more feminine. Why don’t you try it for yourself? Don’t you love being the beautiful, feminine woman that God made you?
When God tells women to “adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety” (1 Tim. 2:9), do you think that in light of the preceding information, He could possibly mean for us to wear pants? How about the use of the associative brazen speech, shameless demeanour (open legs), and the independent exercising of our own self-will? Will you exercise your “freedom” to be a slave to worldly fashion standards, a stumbling block to men or, in fear and trembling, will you respect the differences between men and women and honour that which God considers holy?
Think about it.
Thanks for reading!
[i] Piers Compton, The Broken Cross, 1981, pp 7-8
[ii] International Review on Freemasonry, 1928
[iii] Colleen Hammond, Dressing with Dignity, 2004, p 47
[iv] ibid[v] Colleen Hammond, Dressing with Dignity, 2004, p 46