Dan Hilton - Alberta, Canada Convention - 1964

1 Timothy 2:9-10, "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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."

 

This is godly advice for women—adorn themselves in modest apparel.  Modesty is the most becoming to every woman.  A woman is only cheating herself when she adorns herself immodestly.  Modesty is not shabbyness, but it is sensible and sane and becoming. 

 

With shamefacedness…this simply means with a modest face, a natural face and sobriety…not a butterfly effect but a serious and steady effect.  This is what is becoming to every woman. 

 

The men have a part to play in this respect too.  They can encourage their wives and daughters not to be carried along by the fashion waves—by the ups and downs.  There is the acceptable modest for all times, and it is always that which is in line with the plain and simple modesty that is becoming. 

 

Not with broided hairnot with ornaments that wouldn’t belong in the hair, fancy hairpins and the likes, or gold or pearls...these ornament in the hair or elsewhere are not necessary

 

It says NOT WITH them, but with good works.  A modest woman adorned with good works is what pleases God. 

 

Deuteronomy 22:5 speaks of it being abominable to the Lord when a woman dresses in mens clothes. 

 

1 Corinthians 11 is good advice for women too.  It tells us about how women ought to treat their hair in order to please God.  It is a shame for a woman to be shaven or shorn and therefore let her be covered.  15th verse says her hair is given to her for a covering.  It goes on to tell us that it doesn’t matter if any is contentious about this because the churches of God have no such custom as short hair.  It does not please God for a woman to cut her hair.  These are things that God has planned and that we read of in His Word. 

 

There are 6 scriptural reasons for long hair.  (1) for the husband’s sake; (2) in order to take part in meetings in an honorable way; (3) so as not to be confused with those who do not know God and practice shearing their heads, e.g. woman of Corinth; (4) For the angels sake; (5) for the natural side of being becoming; and (6) for the spiritual privilege that a woman has of being a type of Christ’s Church. 

 

In Acts 23:8 we read about the Sadducees.  They believed only part.  It would be possible for us to be just like them if we only believe part.  God planned everything and has given us everything in His Son.  We must be willing for all.  So many tides seek to sweep in upon the children of God.