Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Issue

The following posts are part of the Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Issue. Articles that are in this issue contain information about Knowing Your Enemy the devil, find out how not to use God’s love as an excuse, learn God’s definition of homosexuality, discover if you are a light of the world, plus topics on how to be a modest woman and a godly, submissive wife.

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Modesty Minute: Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman… ?

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“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” ~Proverbs 31:10 KJV

If it were easy to find a virtuous woman whose price is far above rubies, this statement would not be in the Bible.

Virtuous in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means:
: morally good : having or showing virtue

How can anyone be morally good—or virtuous—without fully adhering to the knowledge of God? There is always a woman who desires to fight for her definition of virtue rather than embracing the Word of God. Yet, history has taught us that making excuses for little things is a subtle rip that only gets bigger. For instance, let’s examine modesty, which is a key component of virtue. Look at the differences in the modesty of the believers of long ago, up until now.

• Prior to the 1500’s, God-fearing, Christian women wore plain dresses and covered their heads.

• By the 1800’s, dresses were a little fancier and waists and bodices tighter, scarves became bonnets, and accessories were added. Flashes of nudity became acceptable such as cleavage or legs.

• By the 1900’s, women’s dresses were shorter and brighter, bonnets became hats or hair was cut. Skirts then became skorts, which opened the door to pants. Overtime, skorts became shorts, pants became jeans, which then became the pantsuit, hotpants, short-shorts, super tight bodysuits, tiny workout gear, see-thru, underwear exposed, nudity acceptable…

• By the 2000’s, women define their own idea of what modest is and when modesty applies. And we haven’t even talked about the shoes yet.

So we should ask ourselves, where do those compromises, excuses, and adjustments—of what is now acceptable, holy, and appropriate to wear—come from? Does it come from the Bible anymore or is it based on worldly trends and rebellious opinions?

The definition of modest is:
1 a : placing a moderate estimate on one’s abilities or worth
b : neither bold nor self-assertive : tending toward diffidence
2 : arising from or characteristic of a modest nature
3 : observing the proprieties of dress and behavior : decent
4 a : limited in size, amount, or scope <a family of modest means>
b : unpretentious <a modest home>
synonyms see shy, chaste

Click here to see Webster’s 1828 definition and compare it with today.

Doesn’t the virtuous woman in Proverbs clothe herself with silk and purple?

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Might this be more of a statement about the work of her hands using quality materials?

Yes, it is true that the Bible does not outright say to women, “Don’t be “pretty” or fashionable,”

BUT, let’s be clear.

The Bible does tell women who represent godliness and virtue to be shamefaced, chaste, modest (or not impressive), not of this world, to not love the things of this world, and It tells us not to adorn ourselves with gold, pearls, and costly array.1 (This is referencing trends and fashion brands that draw attention to us rather than to God and being godly.) Adversely, the Bible warns us about sins like becoming covetous, idolatrous, lewd, wanton, sensual, a lover of pleasures..

Check out this passage, about certain disobedient church people, by Paul who is encouraging us to adhere to his doctrine:

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[2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [6] For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, [7] Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. [8] Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. ~2 Timothy 3:2-8 KJV

This references people within the church who accept worldly ways and teach that to “captive, silly, women” —meaning foolish women. Notice they are led away with various lusts.

Or have you read what God says to the prideful, covetous women of Zion?

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[12] As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. [13] The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. [14] The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. [15] What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts. [16] Moreover the Lord saith, “Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: [17] Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts. [18] In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet , and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, [19] The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, [20] The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, [21] The rings, and nose jewels, [22] The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, [23] The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. [24] And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. [25] Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. [26] And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground. ~Isaiah 3:12-26 KJV

This passage is referencing the women of God who are consumed with worldly things and are unashamed in the sight of the Lord. Notice the Bible is very relevant for today. So when you think about it, I guess the Bible does say that we shouldn’t be fashionable like this world.

Furthermore, if a lady fears rejection from the world, then her focus is not on the things and desires of the Lord nor the fear of the Lord, but rather fitting into the world.

From head to toe, inside and out, modesty is very important as a Christian woman because it is at the heart of virtue. It is like unto putting on spiritual armor, except it is evidence that can be seen. Strive to be a virtuous woman.♥

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Thank you for reading!

Bobbie Chariot

Bio: Founding Editor

Suggested Scriptures:
  • The Carnal Mind is Against God and Cannot Be Subject To The Law of GodRomans 8:5-8 KJV

    [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. [6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

  • The Destruction of Those Who Mind Earthly ThingsPhilippians 3:18-19 KJV

    [18]For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: [19]Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Being modest is part of virtue.

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