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Chaste or Chased?
by Steve Higginbotham
June 3, 2008

Warmer months are quickly approaching. In fact, warm, sunny, days have already arrived, and with the warm weather comes the challenge of modesty.  I'm not going to lecture or give you my "opinion."  I don't want to set your standards for you, and tell you what you can and cannot wear.  All I want to do is ask you to read God's word and then answer a question.

First, God's word..

  • Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).

  • Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's wife (Exodus 20:17).

  •  Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:28).

  •  Abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11).

  • Flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22).  

  • Possess your vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passionate lusts (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5).

  • Dress in modest apparel; dress that professes one's godliness (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

  • Let us resolve not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way (Romans 14:13).

Now then, the question...

         Does the way you dress cause the opposite sex to think you are "chaste," or does it cause them to think you want to be "chased?"

Honest self-evaluation, virtue, and an unrelenting desire to be pleasing to God is all that is needed, and modesty will take care of itself.

Give it some thought.

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