Men & Women’s Apparel in Ancient Days and Today

A much contested topic is the difference between men and women’s apparel, or dress styles and how it applies to the New Testament believer. One of the hallmarks of the ‘Holiness‘ movement which began in the early 19th century and has carried many names since, is a strict conformity to laws/codes aimed at perfecting the saint, to remove the potential for sin. The Word of God of course tells us this is quite impossible, removing the ‘sin potential’, but nonetheless we try, and we should.

One of those main laws is a standard of apparel, or outward appearance, and Deuteronomy 22:5 is used to prove in the Holiness movements that God abhors women that wear men’s apparel, and men that wear women’s apparel. (These labels aren’t based on the labels at the fashion stores either!)

“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.” Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV

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