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Indecent Dressing and Indecency in the Church: Reasons, Causes and Effects

Updated on June 27, 2017
A woman who dressed indecently leading praise and worship in the church. This took place in a church located in Africa.
A woman who dressed indecently leading praise and worship in the church. This took place in a church located in Africa. | Source

Introduction

What shall it profit a lady to go to church and end up causing spiritual decline to the congregation-Uzochukwu Mike

Any religion that does not teach the faithful moral practice, be it Christian, Islam, Buddhism or any emerging one does not worth being a member; Yet almost all religion teaches the moral practice.

There is indecent dressing or indecency in the church and this has reasons, causes, and effects. Church according to Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is a public building where Christians come together to worship. There is another current definition of the church. In that definition of the church, it is referred as the Christians who worship God and no longer a public building where people gather. Those who gather by themselves are therefore referred to as the church because they themselves are the carriers of God whom they worship. The idea is that the former definition of church is taken as a place where God lives, and since the same God lives inside the people that worship him, they themselves are referred to as a church. So if you are a Christian, do not see a church as only a building again but you yourself is the church.

There is high indecency in the modern church we see today. The level of indecency in the church has made many priests and pastors of the church become tired of warning against that, while others kept doing the much they can to see if an impact will be made on the indecent congregations.

There are many causes, reasons, and negative effects of indecency in the church. Some members of the church congregation that come to church have reasons why they do so. On the other hand, there are causes and negative effects of indecency, which includes principally indecent dressing on the members of the church. In this article, the indecency in the church to be discussed is mainly in the area of indecent dressing among church attendants whose main defaulters are usually women.

An indecently dressed bride for church wedding. Things are really falling apart in the modern day church.
An indecently dressed bride for church wedding. Things are really falling apart in the modern day church. | Source

Reasons for Indecency in the Church

There are many reasons why people dress indecently in the church today. So many numbers of the people we see in the church today have the reasons best known to them on why they dress indecently in the church. Among the reasons why many Christians dress indecently are:

  • To get life partners; and
  • To be noticed.

To get Life Partners

The truth is that the women are the most that dress indecently in the church. Because of that, this sub-heading concerns women’s indecent dressing in the church of Christ. Based on experience and observations, women occupy the largest attendants of indecent dressing not only in the church but worldwide.

Women understand that the church is one of the places where they are likely to get a large number of men who are going to partner with them. Because of this reason, the church becomes a strong target. They plan on every Sundays and in the other church gathering to put on see-through and other seductive clothes so that they can seduce the men. When they succeed in doing this, the men sometimes take them home and from there become life partners.

To be Noticed

So many people drive a lot of joy in getting noticed. To accomplish this, they decide to dress indecently to church. You may be surprised that one of the reasons why people dress indecently to the church is to be noticed but that is just the truth.

So many people have different kinds of mentalities that are driving and leading them. A beautiful girl who knows that she is truly beautiful may try to show the congregation the stuff she is made of and hence find joy in showing either her laps or heap to the congregation. Instead of paying attention to the sermon going on in the church, her mind becomes filled with how to get the attention of the other people at the other parts of the church.

The same applies to the young male youths of today. Some male youths who are into modeling take a time to dress indecently to the church just to show the congregation what they do. The level of indecency in the church is growing on daily basis and among the reasons is because some members of the church want to be noticed.

A young lady heading to a church dressing indecently.
A young lady heading to a church dressing indecently. | Source

Causes of Indecency/Indecent Dressing in the Church

There are so many factors why we see indecent dressing among Christians all over the world. Ladies and men who enter the church premises are not composed the way they are supposed. The young and old women go to the church exposing their breasts, thighs, or their chest to the congregation. These are things which are supposed to be covered properly to show respect to both God and man but you see that the respect is not there. The men on the other hand who supposed to dress decently are seen sagging in the place that all gather to worship God.

The question is: what are the causes of indecent dressing in the church among the men and women of the present generation, mostly the youths. The causes of indecency in the church are, but not limited to:

  • Poor moral home training;
  • The Lack of understanding about the church; and
  • Over modernization

These three points are going to be discussed one after the other to really understand what the author of this piece, Uzochukwu Mike, meant.

Poor Moral Home Training as a Cause of Indecent Dressing in the Church

Poor moral home training is among the principal causes of indecent dressing in the church of Christ. There are many youths who lack moral youth empowerment which is classified among the types of youth empowerment. This moral would have been taught to them in their families but they are lacking. Because of this, they carry such behavior into the church and they are seen wearing “rags” and going naked in the streets and various churches. Poor moral home training as a cause of indecency in the church has made a lot of congregations to turn deaf ears to the true teaching of the church.

How can a man or woman who is morally trained from home go naked or sag in the church? It is all about weak family moral standard. Cultivating moral ethics in families will be a better solution to solve indecency among congregations in the church.

The Lack of understanding about the Church

Another cause of indecent dressing in the church of today is because church attendants do not truly understand what the church means. So many think that the church is a social club where people gather every Sunday to listen to a man and go back home to eat the rice and stew they prepared before attending the church.

The moment Christians understand that a God called Jesus Christ came down and took the human form to die for man for our sins will make a positive change in the dressing of young ladies and men who come to church half-naked. Among the female congregation who come to the church exposing their breast to seduce the men is because they do not understand that the Man whose name is used to establish the church died so that the nakedness they expose will stop. Jesus died so that the seduction by women will stop yet you see them committing the same crime right at the front of the Man who died for such sin to stop.

Over modernization

I call this heading over modernization because modernization on its own is a welcomed idea. In fact, modernization came into existence because the knowledge is given to man by God who is the supreme, the beginning and the end.

Over modernization has made us go blind neglecting the difference between the good and the bad. It is because of what they are shown, the so-called fashion display in televisions and video plates, that made some of our ladies to dress indecently into the church. In that case, they think that they are keeping to fashion without knowing that they are diverting people’s attention away from God through what they practice. Over modernization is one of the principal causes of indecency in the modern church.

The Effects of Indecency Indecent Dressing in the Church

Indecent dressing among the church congregations has many negative effects on the entire community we live today. In United States, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, indecency has many negative effects on the church and the entire society. It is important to know the effects of indecent dressing varies from author to author and one author cannot fully detail out all the effects of indecent dressing in the church. The effects of indecency in the church are:

  • Weakness in faith;
  • Decrease in moral practices; and
  • Painting the image of the church black.

Weakness in faith

There is a high decrease in the number of Christians that go to church. Many have said in their minds that they do not need to go to church again since the church which supposes to be a place to go and get spiritually uplifted is now a place to go and get seduced. Because of this reason, many have decided to stay in their homes and worship their God rather than going to church on Sundays.

Decrease in moral practices

Because people go to the church naked pretending they are putting on clothes, it has made many none Christians to see indecency as a welcomed idea. Moral decline in United States, Nigeria, Canada, South Africa, Ethiopia, and other parts of the world can be traced to indecent dressing going on in various churches in the world.

Painting the Image of the Church Black

It is a pity that the value and the level of respect that is being offered to the church today have decreased. It is unlike the past when people respect the church very well. The respect is still there but not as it was before. Why is the respect paid to the modern church not as it was in the past time? The reason is that the indecency in the church has made the church to lose some value.

Conclusion

Are you a Christian? Do you dress decently or indecently to the church? I do not think that dressing half-naked to the church will do the Church and our society any good. This piece is on the indecency or indecent dressing in the church. The author went further to discuss the causes, reasons, and the negative effects of indecency in the church of Christ. If you are a lady, do not show us that inner thing on your chest irrespective of who you think you are.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Thanks Daleth Kambao, based on your observation that most pictures and posts you saw were talking more about women than men is because women fall victim of indecent dressing than men.

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      Daleth Kambao 2 years ago

      I came accross this section of the website as I am doing a research for my youth counselling club on indecent dressing of Crhistians. In my research I found out that most of the quotes and photos posted are of women than men. I don't why but I want to comment on Lady Guinevere's question, "where in the Bible does it have a dress code?" I would like to provide only a single text and that is: 1Timoty 2:9, it reads; "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel."

      There is therefore no problem in dressing. But Christian dressing should be modesty and decent, not indecent. Christians should glorify God in our dressing and not glorify our body.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Thanks Purplepeach for your comment and understanding.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      indecent dress up is not accepted in all churches, all over the world, we should respect the holy place

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Minister Lady Guinevere, I love the way you place your points. Maybe I misunderstood you in the area you said something about "ten folds" of a thing. I addition, I am not trying to judge anyone but to pass information that I think will be of help to the world.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Some parents ought not to be parents at all. I have no idea what you are getting at about cursing a child of God. We are all Child's of God, every one of us. See that in Galatians 3.

      I am a Minister, if that make a hill of beans to you and I curse no one.

      Morals are what everyone has. Jesus said that he put all the laws in the monds and hearts of men and he did not descriminate on who got what.

      In additions we cannot judge how God is going to use those whom we think have no morals. We are not privaledged to see that.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Thanks for having time to reply again and advising me on what to do to reduce the level of indecent dressing in the church. I want to remind you that no man has the right to curse a child of God unless God approves that, quoting "You are saying what you do not like to see in church, but you are going to get that back ten-fold. Instead thell the girls that they look pretty just by being themselves." and " Do not put emphasis where you do not want it. What you sow your shall reap ".

      All I am saying is that some parents fail in their parental functions when it comes to morals.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I did read your hub again just now. About the moral home growing of a child....there are only certain things a parent can do and it is not only on the parents. I can an will attest to that.

      Hint: Do not put emphasis where you do not want it. What you sow your shall reap and let me explain it to you.

      What you put emphasis on will come back to you time and time again. You are emphasising and blaming others for a silly dress code. Yes, it is silly because you are inadvertanetly stopping the word of God. You are saying what you do not like to see in church, but you are going to get that back ten-fold. Instead thell the girls that they look pretty just by being themselves. Let them know that they do not have to accentuate any particular parts of their bodies. Think of things like that and see what they do in the coming weeks. Find a way to get around it. Ask God to give you hints about how to do that. Listen to himand do not judge what it is that he wants you to do or say. It is through you that the lord is speaking and you must be a good example.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Then it is still on you. If you do not like it then do not look at it. Very simple.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      For the fact that we are not blind, congregations are to put on what is good.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Well that is a much better response anyway. When you put fashion in front of God that is a sin and you know it. I have been to a church or a cuple where the older women wear Sunday best and expensive jewelry and one actually cried when someone came in in a sweatshirt and jeans. For God's sake those who did come in in those clothes were on a camping trip. You cannot judge those who come in less than perfect clothing. You are pushing out those who really want to hear the word of God. And you wonder why peole ae choosing to leave the churches.

      Jesus said to love thy neighbor as thyself and he also told us to be careful with our thoughts and to get the log out of thy eye before we ever even try to get the sawdust out of someone else's eye.

      Just for the sake of it: If you were blind would it matter what others were wearing?

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      @Lady Guinevere, I have to first of all thank you for having time to reply the message. I agree with you that our body is the temple of God and Jesus preached about love. There is no argument about that. But I want remind you that the Bible recorded that the truth shall set us free. So if you believe in the truth, you have to agree that going to church wearing half-naked and show-breast clothes is against the commandments of God. Anyway, I do not think you read through the hub.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      What a nasty response. There is no dress code in that Bible Sir. The templf of God is your own body. God does not look at the outside, he is more interested in your thoughts. Jesus told us to love one another and this sure does not preach that.

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      uzochukwu mike 2 years ago

      Lady, i do not need bible quotation to answer your question because you know that anything immoral is against the rule of GOd. Why don't you continue to go naked since you know you are still in acient days.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      So where in the Bible does it have a dress code? When we are born we have no clothing. It is man who gives us clothing and it is man who dictates what is right and what is wrong and it is man who has the lewd thoughts.