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Should Christian women wear Trousers?

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By Modern-woman. | self meida writer
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Question: "Are women of Christ allowed to wear jeans?"

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Answer: It is a longstanding dilemma between believers whether or not Christian women are to wear skirts, slacks or denim. It could be a subject that has gained far greater coverage in the last few decades than it has received. In the end, a daughter of Christ's faithfulness is not calculated by what she's wearing but by walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

There is a verse in the Old Testament which is cited by others on the topic of women wearing trousers or jeans: "A woman does not wear men's clothes, nor a man wear women's clothes (Deuteronomy 22:5). This was an order to retain differences of gender in Israel's robes and a restriction on cross-dressing and transvestitism. Since no Israelite was wearing trousers or slacks at the time—both sexes were wearing a certain robe—we have to think if this is going to translate to other communities. The idea is that men and women should dress in a way that fits their society and that gender inequalities must be maintained. Deuteronomy 22:5 does not ban Scotsmen from wearing kilts, nor does Deuteronomy 22:5 preclude a woman from wearing pants unless they seem to be a male.

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Here, too, there is a question about forgiveness. Christians are not under the law; instead, confidence in Christ justifies them (Romans 3:21-28). The faithful of Christ Jesus are "dead" to the limits of the statute. "But we have been freed from the statute by dying through what once tied us, to serve the modern way of the Spirit, not the old way of the written code" " (Romans 7:6). A faithful individual does not exist on legalism or warrant, but on grace.

The Bible does not include any order that regulates a woman's unique clothes. No passage applies as either necessary or forbidden to dresses, tops, trousers or slacks. The problem in Scripture is both humility and gender. "When people dress in honesty and decency, and with integrity, and in decent clothing, I will not dress with twined or gold hair and with pearls, or in good deeds, that is, women who claim the worship of God" (1 Timothy 2:9 – 10), Paul wrote to Christian women about their apparel. Women who worship God should properly clothe themselves, and the choices made in their garments should represent modesty, not ostentatiousness.

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Grace must be extended to the topic of Christian women wearing skirts. A woman should, scripturally, wear modest garments suitable to her gender and circumstances. Is trousers primarily built for women who are modest and ideal for such situations? Yes, and Christian women's wear is free. Is a biblical order to wear slacks for a woman? No, and Christian women should only wear trousers or skirts if they want. This is a question before the Lord of a woman's own conscience. "Whoever doesn't condemn [her] by what [her] approves is blessed" (Romans 14:22).

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When we reflect on the inner woman, God takes control of the outer woman and we realize that "we would owe God our own account" (Romans 14:12). None should criticize her sister in Christ who is wearing a pant nor who wears skirts alone.

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