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Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:3,4
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.
1 Timothy 2:9,10




Frequently Asked Questions


This web site contains numerous studies from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy on the subject of dress. Sometimes people will bring forward certain quotations from the Spirit of Prophecy that seem to imply that dress reform really isn't that important. Many of these quotations are addressed below, along with questions people may have.

1. Is the Modesty Movement something that will increase our love for God and for one another?

Answer: There is incredible potential for increasing both our love for God and for one another in the message of dress reform. One of the most significant ways we can show love for our brothers is to dress in a way that will not tempt them to stumble. When we follow the counsels in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we receive tremendous spiritual blessings. We are brought into closer harmony with God and each other. Our power to witness for God increases as He enables us to reflect His character more fully.

Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.--RH Feb. 25, 1902. {LDE 189.3}

If, however, we endeavor to carry out reforms in our own strength, and then try to force them on others, it can cause great strife and unhappiness in the church. For this reason, we strongly urge anyone who takes up this message to use extreme caution before elaborating upon it to those who are not asking for this information. If you simply let your sisters in the church know that this web site exists, that will probably suffice. That way they can read it if and when they are ready. Dress reformers should pray for extra grace to be loving and kind in all their interactions with their brothers and sisters. Not one word of criticism or scolding should pass their lips. The spreading of the dress reform message must be done with much care, and prayer that the Holy Spirit will attend every word that is spoken. Divine love must be the motivating factor behind every attempt to bring about reformation of any kind.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27

2. Why are you focusing so much on this dress issue? Aren't we told in the Spirit of Prophecy that the dress question should not fill our minds?

“…let not the dress question fill the mind.” SM 342

Answer: This is wonderful counsel, indeed. To fill our minds with what we shall eat, drink, and wear is what the heathen do. (Matthew 6:31) Instead, “We need to be constantly filling the mind with Christ, and emptying it of selfishness and sin.” RH, March 15, 1892} In filling our minds with Christ, our hearts respond with love, and a desire to please Him in all things, including how we dress. “In all you do, let your thought be, "Is this the way of the Lord? Will this please my Saviour?” {RH, December 23, 1890} In reading the inspired counsel God has given us on dress, we are learning what pleases Him. “God would be pleased to see our sisters clad in neat, simple apparel and earnestly engaged in the work of the Lord.” {DG 153.1} This web site is a tool for those who love God to learn how to please Him in their appearance.

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:22

3. What we wear shouldn't be the main point of our religion. Why don't you just present Jesus?

There is no need to make the dress question the main point of your religion. There is something richer to talk of. Talk of Christ; and when the heart is converted, everything that is out of harmony with the Word of God will drop off. {CG 428.3}

Answer: Without question, the main point of our religion is Jesus, NOT dress, diet or exercise. Does that mean that we need no education in these areas? Certainly not. Education on proper dress is very much needed: “ Education should be given on proper diet, dress, and exercise.” {CD 406.4} "No education can be complete that does not teach right principles in regard to dress." --Ed., p. 246. In the first quote above, we see that conversion will lead us to dress right. Conversion is truly the key to true dress reform. “ When the church is converted, there will be a very great reformation in dress.” {PH157 14.2}

The work of educating in medical missionary lines is an advance step of great importance in awakening man to his moral responsibilities. Had the ministers taken hold of this work in its various departments in accordance with the light which God has given, there would have been a most decided reformation in eating, drinking, and dressing. {CD 453.1}

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Matthew 6:33

4. I think it's legalistic to be concerned about our clothes. After all, it's what's inside that counts.

It is not your dress that makes you of value in the Lord's sight. It is the inward adorning, the graces of the Spirit, the kind word, the thoughtful consideration for others that God values. {CG 429.1}

Answer: The above quotation is preceded by this sentence : “But rich trimmings are not needed, and to indulge in them is to spend for self-gratification money that should be put into God's cause.” {CS 301.3} In other words, you don't have to wear expensive clothing in order for God to value you. Our lack of fancy clothing does not make us less valuable to God. “ The most beautiful dress He bids us wear upon the soul. No outward adorning can compare in value or loveliness with that "meek and quiet spirit" which in His sight is "of great price." 1 Peter 3:4. . . . {CT 303.3}

While our clothes can't commend us to God, they are a reflection of what is in our heart. “ I saw that the outside appearance is an index to the heart. {1T 136} “Dress is an index of the mind and heart. That which is hung upon the outside is the sign of what is within.” {1MCP 289.2} “We judge of a person's character by the style of dress worn.” {CG 413} “The outside appearance is frequently an index to the mind, and we should be careful what signs we hang out for the world to judge of our faith.” {MYP 346.2} In light of these statements, we can clearly see that it does matter what we wear! Indeed, God looks on the heart, but people look at the external. People are evaluating our profession by what we wear. If we want to reflect the character of Jesus, we will choose what we wear with prayerful consideration.

Our dress, our deportment, our conversation and the depth of a growing experience in spiritual lines, all are to show that the great principles of truth we are handling are a reality to us. {10MR 315.4} My sisters, your dress is telling either in favor of Christ and the sacred truth or in favor of the world. Which is it? {CG 420.1}

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:12, 13

5. Aren't we supposed to try to be in fashion?

We as a people do not believe it our duty to go out of the world to be out of the fashion. If we have a neat, plain, modest, and comfortable plan of dress, and worldlings choose to dress as we do, shall we change this mode of dress in order to be different from the world? No, we should not be odd or singular in our dress for the sake of differing from the world, lest they despise us for so doing. Christians are the light of the world, the salt of the earth. Their dress should be neat and modest, their conversation chaste and heavenly, and their deportment blameless. {CH 604.1}

Answer: We should dress according to God's principles, not according to the world's fashion. If the world copies our dress (which adheres to all of God's principles), we don't need to change just to be different. For example, if we are wearing long skirts, and long skirts come into style, do we need to stop wearing them, just so we won't be in style? Of course not! The fashions are constantly changing, but we are to dress from principle. The following quote brings out the same point. It's perfectly alright to be in fashion if the dress conforms to all of God's principles.

If the world introduces a modest, convenient, and healthful mode of dress, which is in accordance with the Bible, it will not change our relation to God or to the world to adopt such a style of dress. Christians should follow Christ, and conform their dress to God's word. They should shun extremes. They should humbly pursue a straightforward course, irrespective of applause or of censure, and should cling to the right because of its own merits. {RH, January 30, 1900 par. 5}

Seventh-day Adventists are not to be changing our style as the fashions change. The chances that the fashions of the world will imitate God's principles are slim. You can find long skirts, but there are often slits, tightness or other unacceptable features. Or a nice modest skirt is topped with a low cut blouse. So, as we stand by God's principles, we need to sift through what's available, and only select clothing of which God approves.

I was shown that the people of God should not imitate the fashions of the world….If God's professed people had not departed greatly from him, there would now be a marked difference between their dress and that of the world….The inhabitants of earth are growing more and more corrupt, and the line of distinction must be more plain between them and the Israel of God, or the curse which falls upon worldlings will fall on God's professed people. {4bSG 35.1}

By conforming entirely to the will of God, we shall be placed upon vantage ground, and shall see the necessity of decided separation from the customs and practices of the world. We are not to elevate our standard just a little above the world's standard, but we are to make the distinction decidedly apparent.” 6T 146.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, 2 Corinthians 6:17

6. Shouldn't we follow the customs of the world? The Spirit of Prophecy says so!

I beg of our people to walk carefully and circumspectly before God. Follow the customs in dress so far as they conform to health principles. {CG 414.1}

Answer: We can justify most anything we desire by misusing inspired counsel. In the same paragraph we also find that we should dress plainly, simply, appropriately and modestly. Can we safely define these terms according to our human understanding? No, we must study the Spirit of Prophecy to find out what God means when these terms are used. What are the health principles referred to? What is modesty, plainness, simplicity and appropriateness in God's eyes? These principles are all clearly outlined in the testimonies. That is why it is so important to study the principles of dress given to us by God, so that we understand them clearly.

Regarding following the customs of the world in dress, we must take all inspired counsel into consideration, including the following:

Christians should not follow the customs and practices of the world. {CH 49.3}

You are not to follow the customs of the world. {5T 542.1}

But when they show that they are following the customs and fashions and sentiments of the world, they are to be faithfully dealt with. {TM 128}

I was shown the conformity of some professed Sabbath-keepers to the world. Oh, I saw it was a disgrace to their profession, a disgrace to the cause of God! They give the lie to their profession. They think they are not like the world, but they are so near like them in dress, in conversation, and actions, that there is no distinction. {4bSG 17.2}

No Christian can conform to the demoralizing fashions of the world without imperiling his soul's salvation.” CG 433

God will have a people separate and distinct from the world. And as soon as any have a desire to imitate the fashions of the world, that they do not immediately subdue, just so soon God ceases to acknowledge them as His children. {1T 136.1}

Love not the world , neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:17

7. The Spirit of Prophecy tells us that we all need not to wear the same style. Shouldn't we have the freedom to decide what we want to wear?

No one precise style has been given me as the exact rule to guide all in their dress. {CG 419.2}

Answer: This web site does not propose to specify any particular style of dress. We have the freedom to make many choices regarding our dress and still be in God's will. But we do not have the freedom to intentionally violate God's principles of dress, and still be pleasing to Him. We need to consider the principles that God has given us, such as modesty, simplicity, femininity and healthfulness and then apply them according to our preferences. For example, some prefer skirts, others prefer jumpers, others prefer dresses. There are many styles that can be worn according to God's principles. A variety of styles, colors and fabrics will give us many choices. We just need to make sure our selected style falls within the guidelines given to us by God.

Notice in the following quote how Ellen White presents some principles (plain, tidy, tasteful, not patterning after worldly fashions, durable material, modest colors, without adornment). Then she tells the sisters not to depend on her to tell them how to dress. Each one should take the principles, and apply them.

“We who claim to be in the light, and who take prominent positions to instruct others in children's meetings, need to be severely plain, yet tidy and tasteful, in dress; we should not give a semblance of excuse to any for patterning after the worldly, changing fashions of this corrupt age. Those who dress after the order given in the Bible can, with appropriate words, help others to reach a proper standard. Do not come to me to ask how you shall dress. If our sisters have the Spirit of God abiding as a living principle in the heart, they will not in a single instance give occasion for any to turn aside the counsels of God by quoting the ministers' wives or those engaged in giving Bible-readings. Ever have your dress of good, durable material, and modest colors; let it be made plainly, without adornment. You certainly need to improve in your style of dress.”--Lt 7, 1894. {PaM 63.4}

Human opinions are not to be our guide. We are each responsible for studying and applying the principles God has given us.

"The words of Scripture in regard to dress should be carefully considered. We need to understand that which the Lord of heaven appreciates in even the dressing of the body. All who are in earnest in seeking for the grace of Christ will heed the precious words of instruction inspired by God. Even the style of the apparel will express the truth of the gospel." {Ev 269.1}

“We warn our Christian sisters against the tendency to make their dresses according to worldly styles, thus attracting attention. The house of God is profaned by the dress of professedly Christian women of today. {RH, March 20, 1958 par. 6}

In this next quotation we are told some styles that are not pleasing to God. They do not follow God's principles, because they resemble men's clothing, are immodest, unhealthful, or extravagant.

"We do not think it in accordance with our faith to dress in the American costume, [a style of dress resembling that worn by men] to wear hoops, or to go to an extreme in wearing long dresses which sweep the sidewalks and streets. If women would wear their dresses so as to clear the filth of the streets an inch or two, their dresses would be modest, and they could be kept clean much more easily, and would wear longer. Such a dress would be in accordance with our faith." {1T 458.2}

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

8. We should not be gazingstocks. Doesn't that mean we should try to dress as much like the world as possible?

Christians should not take pains to make themselves a gazingstock by dressing differently from the world. But if, when following out their convictions of duty in respect to dressing modestly and healthfully, they find themselves out of fashion, they should not change their dress in order to be like the world; but they should manifest a noble independence and moral courage to be right, if all the world differ from them. {CG 414.2}

Answer: The definition of “gazingstock” in the 1864 Webster's International Dictionary is: a person or thing gazed at with scorn or abhorrence; an object of curiosity or contempt.

Using this in context of the above quotation, we are not to make an extra effort to dress in such a way that people will look at us with scorn or contempt. To intentionally dress in a way to cause others to despise us is contrary to God's will. He wants us to reflect His character, which will draw people to Jesus.

While we aren't to try to look strange, we need to be careful not to try to dress like the world.

“They have a disposition to dress and act as much like the world as possible and yet go to Heaven. Such are seeking to climb up some other way. They do not enter the strait gate, and walk in the narrow path.” {RH, December 12, 1882 par. 8}

Parents, I saw, should be exemplary. They should exert a holy influence in their families. They should let their dress be modest, different from the world around them. 4bSG 21.

If we are dressing according to God's principles, we will be different from the world, but not in a disgusting way. Many of today's fashions are designed to attract attention. They say, “Look at me!” Our attire should say, “I love Jesus; look to Him!”

If our hearts are united with Christ's heart, . . . nothing will be put upon the person to attract attention or to create controversy. {CG 425.1}

For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 1 Corinthians 4:9

9. In my opinion, long skirts are not attractive and becoming. Aren't we supposed to be attractive, and appealing? Don't you think short skirts look much nicer than long skirts?

[God] desires our clothing to be not only neat and healthful, but appropriate and becoming. {CG 413.1}

Answer: It's interesting how our opinions tend to be shaped by the fashions of society. What "looks good" to us is usually based on what people are currently wearing. Actually, long skirts are in-style now, so there is no reason to be out-of-style. If we set our own opinions as paramount, we can come up with some astonishing conclusions as to what really looks good. Fortunately, it is not left to our opinions, because we have been given inspired counsel and principles to help us dress in a way pleasing to God. We need to pray for divine eye salve, so that we can see from God's perspective, not from a fashionable viewpoint.

Here is an example of what can happen if we let our opinions guide our decisions.

A family of my acquaintance had three interesting daughters who were convicted of the truth and gave evidence of change of heart. These children were willing to put on the reform dress, but the parents, through pride, wished their children to dress as others dressed. They objected to their being singular from the world. They feared remarks would be made upon their children's dress. This family had great light. The Spirit of God worked in their behalf to save them from ruin. They had undoubted evidence that the testimonies were of God; and yet they trifled with the light given relative to the reform dress, because it crossed their pride. Their children were sent away from home to school, and mingled with young company, and engaged with the young generally in their parties of pleasure and amusement. They dressed as others of their companions dressed, and lost their interest in truth. I heard the parents with deep feeling express their regret that they did not encourage their daughters to put on the reform dress from principle. They said if they had done so they were now convinced their children would be with them in the truth. The reform dress would have kept them separate from the world. {PH123 63.1}

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

10. Aren't we are told that we need to dress appropriate for this age. Jeans are totally appropriate in our society, so isn't that what we should wear?

Let our sisters dress plainly, as many do, having the dress of good, durable material, appropriate for this age, and let not the dress question fill the mind. {CG 414.1}

Answer: Who defines what is appropriate, the world or God? Doesn't the world say it is appropriate to wear a bikini at the beach? Does that make it acceptable to God? What if the world says that it's appropriate wear a bikini to the grocery store? Are we to listen to the world or God? When God's prophet says that we must dress appropriately for this age, we need to consider all of the counsels that describe to us what is appropriate in God's eyes. Please read the articles in the RESOURCES page to ascertain the appropriateness of jeans for God's professed daughters.

What we may think as appropriate may not be appropriate at all. Ellen White writes to Fannie Bolton:

“I felt rather sad and ashamed when you stood upon the platform before the large crowd under the tent, with that light, large-figured dress. It was not appropriate for the occasion. Your judgment in the matter of dress may be much improved, and I hope you will not consult your dressmaker, but those who are of sensible minds and who will not flatter you or have any guile in their mouths as to suitable clothing that will make a proper impression upon the minds of both believers and unbelievers.” Lt 7, 1894. {PaM 63.4}

God's prohibitions are lightly regarded by all who would advocate the doing away of the distinction of dress between males and females. The extreme positions taken by some dress-reformers upon this subject cripple their influence. {2SM 477.8}

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God. Deut 22:5

11. This web site seems to be criticizing and finding fault with one another's clothing, and we're told that we are not supposed to do that.

Talk of the love and humility of Jesus, but do not encourage the brethren and sisters to engage in picking flaws in the dress or appearance of one another. Some take delight in this work; and when their minds are turned in this direction, they begin to feel that they must become church tinkers. They climb upon the judgment seat, and as soon as they see one of their brethren and sisters, they look to find something to criticize. This is one of the most effectual means of becoming narrow-minded and of dwarfing spiritual growth. God would have them step down from the judgment seat, for He has never placed them there. {CG 429.3}

Answer: If you will read the information on this web site carefully, you will see that there is no encouragement for anyone to criticize what someone else is wearing. You will find just the opposite, for we clearly say, “While you can encourage other like-minded sisters, for those sisters who are not yet open, please leave them alone! Don't say a word. Just be a sweet, radiant example, showing them your joy in Jesus. Let His beauty shine out, and that will speak to their hearts.” See Inward Adorning. If anyone is criticizing and condemning another's clothing, they certainly aren't following the counsel presented on this web site!

We want to be very careful not to project human ideas and opinions upon others. If no inspired counsel exists regarding a specific issue, then silence is the best policy. To go beyond what God has said is fanaticism. And even with truth, we must be very careful not to compel others to follow it. We strongly encourage all to tread very softly in these matters. Practice your convictions quietly, and if someone asks, then you can share. Otherwise, just live it.

Some had been bringing in false tests, and had made their own ideas and notions a criterion, magnifying matters of little importance into tests of Christian fellowship, and binding heavy burdens upon others. Thus a spirit of criticism, fault-finding, and dissension had come in, which had been a great injury to the church. And the impression was given to unbelievers that Sabbathkeeping Adventists were a set of fanatics and extremists, and that their peculiar faith rendered them unkind, uncourteous, and really unchristian in character. Thus the course of a few extremists prevented the influence of the truth from reaching the people.--Evangelism, p. 215 .

The spirit of criticism is so contrary to Christ, and we must all guard against it, so that no critical words come out of our mouths. We must show that we love and accept each other always.

On the other hand, we are told, “Conflict after conflict must be waged against hereditary tendencies. We shall have to criticize ourselves closely, and allow not one unfavorable trait to remain uncorrected.” {COL 331.1} So, let us never criticize others, but let us not neglect to criticize ourselves!

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Corinthians 13:5

12. Won't this web site cause fanaticism?

There is a class of people who are always ready to go off on some tangent, who want to catch up something strange and wonderful and new….We must guard against encouraging extremists, those who would be either in the fire or in the water. {Ev 611.2} Satan will stir human minds to create fanaticism in our ranks. {1MCP 41.4} We are living in a time when every phase of fanaticism will press its way in among believers and unbelievers. {1MCP 38.1}

Answer: Fanaticism is a very real danger in presenting any truth-filled message, because “When the enemy sees that the Lord is blessing His people, and preparing them to discern his delusions, he will work with his masterly power to bring in fanaticism on one hand and cold formalism on the other, that he may gather in a harvest of souls.” {ChS 40.1}

When God is truly at work, Satan is going to stir up his agents to label it fanaticism. “When the Lord works through human instrumentalities, when men are moved with power from on high, Satan leads his agents to cry, "Fanaticism!" and to warn people not to go to extremes. Let all be careful how they raise this cry; for though there is counterfeit coin, this does not lower the value of that which is genuine. Because there are spurious revivals and spurious conversions, it does not follow that all revivals are to be held in suspicion. {GW 170.2}

Even Ellen White was considered to be a fanatic: “Soon after my work there commenced, an article appeared in one of the papers, representing me [Ellen G. White] as among the greatest fanatics.” {RH, January 26, 1897 par. 6}

Any time that God is trying to bring about reformation, Satan is also busy trying to counteract God's work. In every age Satan has sought to impair the efforts of God's servants by introducing into the church a spirit of fanaticism. {AA 348.1} Sometimes people actually enjoy the attention they receive from being odd and strange. Fanatics do exist, and we should not be one of them!

“To be singular for singularity's sake is positively detestable, below the dignity of a Christian, but to be singular because it is necessary to be so as the result of worshipping God and Him only, places Heaven's dignity upon man. We must not be afraid of being singular when duty requires us to be thus to exalt and honor God. . . . Do not court singularity for the sake of being odd, but for the sake of avoiding sin and dishonor to God.” {UL 315.2}

While Satan is busy stirring up fanaticism, he is also causing people to cry “ ‘Danger, fanaticism,' when there is no heresy and fanaticism.” {11MR 245.5}

How are we going to know what is fanaticism and what is truth? Only by a diligent study of the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy. We are incapable of discerning truth on our own. Satan doesn't care whether we're extremely worldly or fanatically over-zealous. Either extreme is caused by a lack of spiritual knowledge. It is ignorance of Bible principles and the testimonies that tends toward fanaticism.

“But there was a class that refused the testimonies and went into fanaticism.” {20MR 224.3}

For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. Romans 10:2

13. Won't this web site encourage people to go around trying to force their strange ideas on others?

Do not encourage a class who center their religion in dress. Let each one study the plain teachings of the Scriptures as to simplicity and plainness of dress and by faithful obedience to those teachings strive to set a worthy example to the world and to those new in the faith. God does not want any one person to be conscience for another . {CG 429.2}

Answer: This web site strongly discourages people from pushing or forcing this information on anyone! The seeds of truth will only take root in hearts whose fallow ground has been prepared by the Spirit of God. If a person is not interested in this message, they have the right to ignore it.

The benefit of a web site is that it's there, available to all, at any time, without charge, providing information to those who want it. No one has to read it. Simply inviting someone to visit this site still provides them with freedom to read or ignore it.

This web site exists, not to force anyone, but to present the studies of many people on a much neglected topic.

Let each one study….” That is why this information is provided on this web site, that each Seventh-day Adventist woman may study this important topic of dress for herself. As we study these truths, we need to listen to the Holy Spirit, and answer to Him directly, not to what someone else tells us to do. No one should be telling others their own opinion about what God wants them to wear. The counsel is plain, and readily accessible. If anyone is trying to force anyone to do anything, they are not following God, for “God does not force anyone. He leaves all free to choose.” RH, September 7, 1897 par. 15} We are clearly counseled, “Never take the responsibility of becoming conscience for another.” {LLM 241.3}

We are in total agreement with the following: “There is a conscientiousness that will carry everything to extremes, and make Christian duties as burdensome as the Jews made the observance of the Sabbath. The rebuke which Jesus gave to the scribes and Pharisees applies to this class as well: “Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God.” One fanatic, with his strong spirit and radical ideas, who will oppress the conscience of those who want to be right, will do great harm. The church needs to be purified from all such influences.” {HS 212.1}

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:15, 16

14. I think dress reformers have a holier-than-thou attitude, and they make me feel like I'm not spiritual if I don't dress like them.

We are to beware of indulging a spirit of bigotry and intolerance. We are not to stand aside from others in a spirit that seems to say, "Come not near to me; for I am holier than thou." We are not to shut ourselves away from our fellow human beings, but are to seek to impart to them the precious truth that has blessed our own hearts. We are to let it be seen that ours is the religion of love. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." {RH, August 25, 1910 par. 3}

Answer: To the above quote, we say a hearty Amen! A self-righteous attitude, no matter what the person is wearing, shows that Jesus is not abiding in the heart. There is no excuse for self-righteousness, for it is the worst of all sins. On the other hand, one must be careful not to falsly accuse another of a self-righteous attitude when the real problem may be a cherished sin in the heart. People who weren't ready to give up sin in their lives felt very uncomfortable about Jesus. If we feel that people are looking down on us, it may actually be that we are reacting to our own negative feelings, and not to their genuine attitude toward us.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit will dispel human imaginings, will break down self-erected barriers, and will cause to cease the feeling that "I am holier than thou." There will be a humble spirit with all, more faith and love; self will not be exalted. . . . Christ's spirit, Christ's example, will be exemplified in His people. We shall follow more closely the ways and works of Jesus. . . . The love of Jesus will pervade our hearts. {TMK 114.6}

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12

15. This dress reform message seems divisive; won't it bring separation into the church?

The enemy would be pleased to get up issues now to divert the minds of the people and get them into controversy over the subject of dress. Let our sisters dress plainly, as many do, having the dress of good material, durable, modest, appropriate for this age, and let not the dress question fill the mind. . . . {5MR 404.4}

Answer: Portions of the above quotation have been addressed in other questions. We will focus on the part about how Satan wants to get God's people into controversy over the subject of dress. Does the fact that Satan wants to use the dress issue to cause division mean that all the counsel regarding dress should be neglected and ignored? Of course not! It is the resistance to the inspired counsels that causes controversy.

The straight testimony must be revived, and it will separate those from Israel who have ever been at war with the means that God has ordained to keep corruptions out of the church. Wrongs must be called wrongs. Grievous sins must be called by their right name. All of God's people should come nearer to Him and wash their robes of character in the blood of the Lamb. Then will they see sin in the true light and will realize how offensive it is in the sight of God. {3T 324.1}

I saw that individuals would rise up against the plain testimonies . It does not suit their natural feelings. They would choose to have smooth things spoken unto them, and have peace cried in their ears. I view the church in a more dangerous condition than they ever have been. Experimental religion is known but by a few. The shaking must soon take place to purify the church. {2SG 284.1}

While we are to seek unity, and pray for unity, we must not hold back truth for fear that some may refuse to receive it. If truth is presented in love, it gives people the freedom to respond in any way they choose, and still be treated with kindness and respect.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

16. Our clothing is not to be made a test, so why worry about it?

We are nearing the close of this world's history. A plain, direct testimony is now needed, as given in the Word of God, in regard to the plainness of dress. This should be our burden. But it is too late now to become enthusiastic in making a test of this matter. The desire to follow Christ in all humility of mind, preparing the heart, purifying the character, is by no means an easy work. Our sisters may be assured that the Lord has not inspired them to make a test of that which was once given as a blessing, but which by many was hated and despised as a curse. {3SM 253.1}

Answer: The context of the above quotation is in reference to the reform dress, a specific style of dress once advocated by the Lord. It was later removed because of the wrong reactions of the women. Therefore, this reform dress was not to be made a test. In other words, there was no reason for conscientious women to feel that they must wear this style of dress in order to please God.

Does that mean that free rein was given to Seventh-day Adventist women to dress however they pleased, without regard to inspired principles? Absolutely not. Much counsel has been given regarding both dress and health reform. We have counsel that diet is not to be made a test. Certainly that doesn't mean that God will approve anything we eat. We should read the entire statement in context.

God calls upon those for whom Christ died to take proper care of themselves, and set a right example to others. My brother, you are not to make a test for the people of God upon the question of diet; for they will lose confidence in teachings that are strained to the farthest point of extension. The Lord desires His people to be sound on every point in health reform, but we must not go to extremes. {TSDF 49.4}

Regarding dress, it actually is a test of discipleship, and helps to show if there has been a genuine conversion experience:

The test of discipleship is not brought to bear as closely as it should be upon those who present themselves for baptism. It should be understood whether those who profess to be converted are simply taking the name of Seventh-day Adventists, or whether they are taking their stand on the Lord's side, to come out from the world, and be separate and touch not the unclean thing. When they give evidence that they fully understand their position, they are to be accepted. But when they show that they are following the customs and fashions and sentiments of the world, they are to be faithfully dealt with. If they feel no burden to change their course of action, they should not be retained as members of the church. The Lord wants those who compose his church to be true, faithful stewards of the grace of Christ. {PH086 22.1}

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily , and follow me.

17. Shouldn't this information about dress reform be kept away from newly baptized members?

There are many who try to correct the life of others by attacking what they consider are wrong habits. They go to those whom they think are in error, and point out their defects. They say, "You don't dress as you should." They try to pick off the ornaments, or whatever seems offensive, but they do not seek to fasten the mind to the truth. Those who seek to correct others should present the attractions of Jesus. They should talk of His love and compassion, present His example and sacrifice, reveal His Spirit, and they need not touch the subject of dress at all. {Ev 272.1}

Answer: To attack someone by saying that they aren't dressing right would be extremely rude and unchristlike, especially if the person is unconverted or a brand new Christian. It would be very offensive, and could drive new members away. We would strongly urge that no one even consider practicing this despicable behavior.

But does that mean that those new in the faith should receive no information regarding God's principles of dress? Consider the following quotations:

"The principles of the Christian life should be made plain to those who have newly come to the truth...They must not neglect the faithful, tender, loving instruction so essential to the young converts, that there may be no half-hearted work. One of the points upon which those newly come to the faith will need instruction is the subject of dress. Let the new converts be faithfully dealt with. Are they vain in dress? Do they cherish pride of heart? The idolatry of dress is a moral disease. It must not be taken over into the new life. In most cases, submission to the gospel requirements will demand a decided change in the dress." {Ev 268.2}

"The test of discipleship is not brought to bear as closely as it should be upon those who present themselves for baptism. It should be understood whether those who profess to be converted are simply taking the name of Seventh-day Adventists, or whether they are taking their stand on the Lord's side, to come out from the world, and be separate and touch not the unclean thing. When they give evidence that they fully understand their position, they are to be accepted. But when they show that they are following the customs and fashions and sentiments of the world, they are to be faithfully dealt with. If they feel no burden to change their course of action, they should not be retained as members of the church. The Lord wants those who compose his church to be true, faithful stewards of the grace of Christ." {PH086 22.1}

"There is a terrible sin upon us as a people, that we have permitted our church members to dress in a manner inconsistent with their faith. We must arise at once and close the door against the allurements of fashion. Unless we do this, our churches will become demoralized." {4T 648}

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

18. We are instructed not to bring in new reforms, and those who are trying to create something new in the matter of dress should be stopped. Wouldn't that refer to this web site?

Let there be no tests manufactured now to absorb time and minds to bring in new reforms. We have now to face tremendous issues, and all the time and power of our thought are to be called to the living issues before us. I know that the voice raised to create something new in the matter of dress now should be quenched. Put all that there is of you in working to get as close as possible to perishing souls. See if you cannot by a consistent, harmonious, all-round character, [and] by the presentations of truth to individuals who are out of Christ, save some souls from ruin. {5MR 405.2}

Answer: Consider the source for the studies presented on this web site – the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Could these sources be considered “new?” Rather, the teaching that “anything goes” is the “new” voice that has been raised. The attitude that we need to ignore immodesty, and never say a word about it, that is the new idea being presented. The teaching that women's wearing of pants is acceptable, even in church is the “new” doctrine that is being promoted to our people.

This goody-goody religion that makes light of sin, and that is forever dwelling upon the love of God to the sinner, encourages sinners to believe that God will save them while they continue in sin and know it to be sin. This is the way that many are doing who profess to believe present truth. The truth is kept apart from their life, and that is the reason it has no more power to convict and convert the soul. There must be a straining of every nerve and spirit and muscle to leave the world, its customs, its practices, and its fashions. . . . {CTr 81.2}

This message must be given: “ There must be a straining of every nerve and spirit and muscle to leave the world, its customs, its practices, and its fashions”? This is the old message that has been neglected far too long.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths , where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein . Jeremiah 6:16

19. Doesn't Ellen White say that we should not be the first or the last to adopt the current fashion?

Answer: No, she didn't. Many have mistakenly thought that Ellen White was the author of that statement. For detailed information regarding this statement, please click here.

20. What is the best way to begin changing my dress? It seems overwhelming!

Answer: The very best way to begin your journey in the Modesty Movement is to take the hand of Jesus, and invite Him to lead you every step of the way. Take Him to your closet. Dedicate yourself and all you have to Him, to be used for His glory. Ask Him to open your eyes to know what is pleasing to Him. Ask Him to change your heart so that you will be willing to surrender anything that is not approved by Him. Pray over your clothes; He will show you which one He wants you to get rid of. And then take Him with you as you go shopping. He will show you what clothing is acceptable to Him. You will sense His precious presence in a new way.

"When they really desire an article of dress, or some ornament or convenience, do they lay the matter before the Lord in prayer to know if his Spirit would sanction this..." {RH, December 6, 1881}

This Moving Toward Modesty web site will provide you with much valuable information. As you will see, many people have studied this topic in depth, and have graciously provided you with an excellent array of material. These studies will inspire and educate you regarding the raiment that God desires for His remnant.

The very phrase “Moving toward Modesty” implies a process, not an overnight switch. Start where it is most obvious that you need to make changes. By the grace of God, move in the right direction, and He will richly bless your efforts!

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21


"The words of Scripture in regard to dress should be carefully considered. We need to understand that which the Lord of heaven appreciates in even the dressing of the body {Ev 269} Are we to follow the Word of God, or the customs of the world?…God's Word is plain. Its teachings cannot be mistaken. Shall we obey it, just as He has given it to us, or shall we seek to find how far we can digress and yet be saved? …Conformity to the world is a sin which is sapping the spirituality of our people, and seriously interfering with their usefulness. It is idle to proclaim the warning message to the world, while we deny it in the transactions of daily life." {Ev 271}