Proverbs 11:22 says, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” It is from the plat-form of this verse that I share the following small compilation of web-based resources that can be helpful in destroying the practice of the idolatry of immodesty in our own lives.
More than any other modern theologian, I trust Dr. John Piper’s counsel, wisdom, and teaching, so it is only natural that I start with him. Here is a good article on the issue of Biblical modesty. Published in its written format November 19, 2007, this article is a good and appropriate word to help us think about this issue of Biblical modesty, and unbiblical immodesty in a God-honoring, Christ exalting way: Is Modesty an Issue in the Church Today? http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/is-modesty-an-issue-in-the-church-today
Not to over do it on referencing Dr. Piper, but here is a link to a more recent Pod Cast from May 15, 2014. Entitled Bikinis and Modesty this podcast addresses the heart of the issue of modesty; that is, it addresses how our modesty must be an outworking of our love for and understanding of God. I post this Ask Pastor John audio link because I think it is important to understand that Christian modesty must be a result of good theology. If it is not, it is just legalistic, self-righteous pharisaism, which God hates. And, based on the Lord’s interaction with the pharisees of His own earthly ministry, I am pretty sure that He hates the attitude of pharisaism, at least as much, as He hates the immodesty of our American culture seeping into His church.Listen to Bikinis and Modesty http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/bikinis-and-modesty.
The following is a link to Nancy Lee Demoss’s web sight Revive our Hearts. Here you will find multiple helpful resources on the topic of modesty. I love that Nancy Lee Demoss tells it like it is, and also, tells it like it should be. If you want to hear a word spoken in truth and in love to women- for women- from another woman, check this out. The summary paragraph for the web page that this link connects to reads:
“If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” is a familiar phrase to women these days. The world has some confused ideas about what it means to be a beautiful woman. As Christian women, our goal is to think, act, and dress to please God and to reflect His glory. We hope that these resources will help you understand that God’s first concern is not about your clothing, but about your relationship with Him. Read on to discover the beautiful sketch that the Master Designer had in mind when He made you.”
Good stuff, right? Here is the link to the Revive Our Hearts library page on Modesty: https://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource-library/topics/modesty/.
On the other hand, if you want a man’s mans word on the topic of modesty, here is a beautifully disturbing message by Pastor Al Martin of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey (now retired). This sermon is a strong, clear, direct, convicting, and powerful word on the particulars of modesty in the house of God among professing Christian women. It was originally preached in a Sunday School class in February 2008, and since then, it was edited and uploaded to YouTube. I blushed my way through this sermon, and in truth , if trusted friends had not recommended it to me, I probably would not have finished watching it. But, in the end, I was glad I did. Before seeing this, I had never been moved to tears over the issue of immodest dress. Perhaps, this is because, before I saw this sermon- I had never truly caught a glimpse of the depths of the unholiness of immodest clothing, or the profound lack of Christian love that a woman of God displays when she dresses inappropriately for church. This is a good strong exhortation to do the right thing and honor God by dressing appropriately, and especially at church.
FYI: Brother Martin uses strong words; words I would not and do not use my self. No less, this is an honest and purifying sermon; one that can both disturb and refine the heart of any man or woman who takes the time to listen to it. I say that it will affect the consciences of men for two reasons. First, I say this because Brother Martin puts the burden of proof on men owning the reality that how a woman dresses does effect a man’s thought life. Secondly, I say this because he gives a call to the men of God to “man-up” (so to speak- my words, not his) and set the standard of purity high in his own home: with his own wife and his own daughters. In truth, I think that if this video was played in most modern American evangelical churches this Sunday, there would be an “early harvest sorting between the wheat and the tares” (Matthew 13:24-30). This video is emphatically not for the light stomached, easily offended type; but for the earnest, humble hearted believer that senses God calling her to a deeper expression of Biblical modesty .