By H. B. Taylor, Sr.
We heard a man, who is a father, a Sunday School teacher of a class of women, a Baptist deacon, a member of more than one denominational board, say the other day that he would not walk down the streets of the city in which he lived with his own daughters because of the way they dressed. The daughter of a former prominent Baptist secretary in Kentucky, who now lives in another state, argued at length when on a visit to Kentucky in favor of nudity like Adam and Eve. She also sneered and pooh-poohed the Bible on women's dress.
A Louisville Seminary professor's wife not only defended immodest dress but argued there was nothing in the Bible against it. What colossal ignorance of the Bible! Ignorance of the Bible is a great enemy of the truth. But note the birds of a feather: immodest dress, modernism, ignorance of God's Word, women speaking - four of a kind.
But what saith the Scriptures? If they speak not according to God's Word, it is because there is no light in them.
1. Women who dress immodestly are the tempters of men.
The Son of God said: "Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her bath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:28. Immodest dress, mixed bathing, the movies, bathing revues and such like are included in this far-reaching indictment by the Son of God. A terrific indictment by the Son of God of young women for their shamelessness.
2. David Fell From Looking at a Naked Woman.
Read the whole story in 2 Samuel 11 and 12. Adultery with another man's wife, the murder of her husband, God's curse and vengeance on David and Bathsheba, the son of Ammon and his murder of Absalom are some of the terrific penalties that a "man after God's own heart" had to pay for looking at a naked woman.
Read the court records today and you will find many similar records in our modern criminology. The best of men are not free from this temptation unless kept by the power of God. Witness how many preachers from all denominations go that route to their downfall today.
Immodest dressing is no little sin. All women who dress thus are sinners against a Holy God and weak men. In Matthew 18:6-10 the Lord Jesus plainly says that any woman, who thus causes men to stumble, had better have a millstone tied around her neck and she cast into the sea. The Master's woe applies to other sins as well as this one.
3. Half-dressed Women Not in Right Mind.
The demon-possessed man out of whom the Lord Jesus cast a legion of demons, went naked as long as he was crazy. Nakedness in men or women is a proof of demon possession. As soon as the Lord Jesus cast the demons out of him and he became in his right mind, he clothed himself. It is ever so. Nakedness is a mark of the worst of sins and of being under the control of evil spirits. Take your choice. Immodestly dressed women are either lewd or out of their right mind, according to the infallible Bible. Plenty of clothes is a Bible mark of sanity and piety.
[From H. Boyce Taylor, editor, "News & Truths." Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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