It has been argued by members of the Lord’s church that the styles of clothes worn by women are considered modest or immodest on the basis of what is accepted by society. They argue that if society recognizes mini-skirts, halter tops, bikinis and other swim wear, etc. as acceptable dress, then Christians are at liberty to also wear these clothes. Does society determine anything which is acceptable in the Lord’s Church?
Regardless of what society might say about premarital sex, homosexuality, adultery, drunkenness, etc., God’s standard is absolute and final in labeling these acts as sin. Similarly, God’s commandments regarding the dress codes for women are fixed forever. The demands of God are not determined by what society wills but by what He wills!
Society can only influences the dress codes as long as it is scripturally lawful. Thus, society might impose limitation above and beyond those which God has imposed, but it can never loose what God has bound. For example: Even though Corinth accepted fornication as morally acceptable with reference to the Temple prostitutes, God still condemned fornication and adultery as sin (1 Cor. 6:9), despite the influence of the society.
Society approves of abortion but all Christians know abortion is murder and thus is a sin to commit. Society approves of gay marriage, but all Christians know marriage was instituted by God to be between a man and a woman. Society approves of cohabitation (living together), but all Christians know this is fornication and is a sin to commit (Gal 5:19). Society approves of women being the head of men, but all Christians know that God set man over the woman in all things (1 Cor 11:3 f; Eph 5:24). Society approves of adultery, but all Christians know that any marriage which doesn’t conform to God’s Word is a sin to commit (Mt 19:9 f; Mt 5:32).
Society presently endorses swimwear, short dresses, and attire which exposes one’s nakedness. The scripture says, “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;” (1 Tim. 2:9). Instead of having Sarah as their example (1 Pet 3:6), women are following the customs of Jezebel (2 Kin 9:30). Society cannot loose where God has bound, neither can it bind what God allows. A woman’s nakedness is for her own eyes and the eyes of her husband and not for the world to see. Therefore, let all Christian woman take heed not to conform to the customs of the world, but rather to conform to the commandments of God’s Word.