I can assume this picture was made to be comical…but with what many in the “holiness/apostolic” movement teach, it really isn’t.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to re-examine this issue with a mind that is free from the apostolic/holiness pressure. Their doctrine is one that leaves little room for individual differences, as the picture shows. People in the United Pentecostal Church, and other apostolic movements, literally teach women that they have to wear skirts and dresses.
It’s even declared as a heaven and hell issue.
That’s scary. That is VERY scary.
Not because it’s true….It isn’t. It’s scary because men, in His Name, declare it as truth.
Teachings like that are abusive towards women. It’s emotionally abusive. It’s also spiritually abusive. It tells women that they can only be fully accepted by both the church, and by God, if they dress a certain way.
I’ll even go a step further and say that such teaching is abusive to men, also. It teaches them an improper way to look at a woman. It teaches them an erroneous way to look at God. A man under this teaching will influentially see a woman as holy – if she wears the proper outfit.
Again, I’m thankful to be free from the influence and massive pressure that declares “Apostolic Identity” over striving to be a simple and modest Christian. (A follower of Christ.) With that, I am going to lay my question out as plain as I can.
Is Holiness determined by skirt length?
Is Holiness for a woman determined by wearing a skirt?
If so, where did Jesus teach this? Where is it in the Gospels? Or, our Bible?
It’s not in there. Teachings like this are not Biblical, it is denominational tradition. It’s man’s tradition because it’s a teaching that originated from man. Nothing more. If it’s taught as truth, or even a heaven and hell issue, then realize it is a lie.
I’m sure many under the holiness/apostolic traditions will attempt to avoid the simple phrasing I used, but realize that no matter how they word it, that is the basics of what they teach.
Doctrines like this, and the passion put into declaring it as a universal truth for women – it’s crazy. It’s legalistic. It’s definitely NOT biblical.
Not to mention, it’s wrong.