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Does the Bible say women should not wear clothes similar to men?

Caller: Deuteronomy 22:5 where it says women must not wear men's clothing and men must not wear women's clothing.

Pastor Doug: Yes.

Caller: So I'm looking where a lot of ladies that are wearing you know, pants and everything, and God is using them. At my church, my leaders don't like the ladies to wear pants. I'm a little bit confused there and that's why I'm calling tonight.

Pastor Doug: All Right Margaret let me answer that. I believe that there should be a distinction. I believe this Scripture, that God is very clear that men and women should have a distinction in their styles, fashions, clothing. I think one of the reasons we may have - not the main reason - but it does contribute to the epidemic of homosexuality, is that these lines that delineate the men and the women are being blurred by everybody dressing and cutting their hair and everything's the same. I think men ought to be men and women ought to be women but you asked about pants.

Caller: Yes.

Pastor Doug: There's nothing in the Bible that says pants are for men and there's nothing in the Bible that says robes and dresses are for women. It depends on what part of the world you go to. If you go to Burma, the women wear pants. If you go to Scotland, the men wear skirts. So different cultures have different clothing. The Bible principle is: a woman should not wear a man's clothing and a man should not wear women's clothing.

There's another Bible principle Margaret: men and women should dress modestly. Christian women and Christian men should not dress in clothing that is revealing and provocative to arouse the opposite sex. Jesus tells us this is a sin - for a man to look on a woman and lust. It would likewise be a sin for a woman to deliberately dress to get a man to look. See what I'm saying? It's vice-versa, man too. Nowhere does it say that pants are a sin. If I lived back in the days of Jesus, I'd probably wear a robe. If Jesus lived today He'd wear pants. You know what I'm saying?

Caller: Uh-huh.

Pastor Doug: So there are pants that are specifically designed for women that you're never going to catch me wearing but at the same time I think that there are a lot of women wearing men's clothing and it's suppose to be En Vogue, but there should be a distinction. The Bible is very clear.

Caller: But I'm saying that if the clothes were made for men, ladies shouldn't wear it?

Pastor Doug: Right.

Caller: Okay thanks a lot.

Pastor Doug: God bless.


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