Clothing Reform

The following text was excerpted from Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1 (White) of the chapter “the reform of Clothing”. References in brackets at the end of each paragraph refer to the abbreviated name of the book, the page and the paragraph numbering. The bold throughout the text. In the end, are some considerations I do about what is covered in this chapter.

Dear brothers and sisters:
The reason I call them again the attention to the subject of clothing is that some don’t seem to understand what I wrote earlier. Some who are unwilling to believe what I wrote, are making efforts to confuse our churches on this important subject. Many letters were sent reporting difficulties, which I haven’t had time to respond. Now, answering many questions, record the following statements waiting clarify definitely the problem with regard to my testimony.

Some claim that what I wrote in the testimony To the Church No 10, does not agree with the statements made in my work entitled How to Live. They were written from the same vision, therefore, are two visions, contradicting the other, as some suppose. If there is any difference, it’s simply in the form of expression. In Testimony To the Church No 10, stated the following:”One should not give the disbelievers no occasion to dishonor our faith. We are considered strange and singular, and we must not adopt conduct that take the unbelievers think that we’re more than our faith requires us to be. Some who believe actually might think it would be healthier for the sisters adopt the American costume; However, if this style of dress hurt our influence among the unbelievers, so that we can have such easy access to them, we should not in any way adopt him, yet we suffer much as a result. But some people are misled into thinking that there is much benefit in this costume. Although maybe if demonstrate a benefit to some people, is a damage for others.”I saw that God’s order was reversed and Their special guidelines disregarded by those who adopt the American costume. My attention was called to the following verse: ‘ there will be no trajo de man on woman, and don’t dress the man dressed as woman; because any that do this abomination is the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 22:5. God does not want his people adopt this so-called reform. It is a daring clothing, completely inappropriate to modest and humble followers of Christ.”There is a growing tendency for women to wear protective clothing and take look more similar to those of the opposite sex and choose their costumes very similar with those of men. But God declares that it is an abomination. The same way women ataviem in honest, with modesty and humility. 1 Timothy 2:9.

“Those who feel called to join the movement for women’s rights and the so-called reform of the clothing, could break any connection with the message of the third angel. The spirit that accompanies a movement cannot be in harmony with each other. The Scriptures are clear about the procedures and rights of men and women. The spiritualists have adopted totally this singular way of costuming. seventh-day Adventists who believe in the restoration of the gifts, are often taken as spiritualists. Adopt this type of clothing and your influence will be lost. People put at the same level of spiritualists, refusing to hear them. -{T1 457.3}

“The so-called reform of the door clothing a spirit of levity and temerity that fits perfectly to clothing adopted. Modesty and modesty seem to deviate from those who adopt this style of dress. I was shown that God requires us to have a coherent and reasonable conduct. Adopt the sisters the American costume, and destroy his own influence and that of their husbands. Become a proverb and a mockery. Our Savior says: ‘ you are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven. ‘Matthew 5:14, 16. There is a great work to do in the world, and God doesn’t want to adopt a conduct so as to diminish or destroy our influence to the world.”

This testimony was given to me as a reproach to the sisters who feel inclined to adopt a style of clothing designed for men. But, at the same time, I was shown the evils of a common style for the female robes. To fix them, was given this testimony found in Testimony To the Church No 10:”We believe not to be in accordance with our faith dress up according to the American costume, wear skirts-balloon, or go to the extreme to wear long dresses that sweep the sidewalks and streets.

If women wore their dresses leaving a space of an inch or two between the dirt of the streets, their dresses would be more modest and could be kept clean more easily and for longer. These dresses would be in accordance with our faith.

“Here’s an excerpt of what I said elsewhere on the subject:

“The Christian women should not give jobs to become the object of ridicule by dressing differently from the world. But, following his convictions of duty regarding the dress modestly and healthily, they find themselves out of fashion, should not change of clothing in order to be similar to the world; However express noble independence and moral courage to be correct, even if the whole world of them differ. If the world enter a decent wardrobe, convenient and healthy, that is in harmony with the Bible, does not change our relationship to God or to the world or adopt such style of clothing. The Christian women should follow Christ and make your dresses in accordance with the word of God. Should avoid the extremes. Should they adopt humbly conduct straight, clinging to the right because it is right, without worrying about applause or censorship.

“Women should wrap up its members aiming at greater health and comfort. His feet and legs must be protected — as well as those of men. The length of the fashionable attire is objectionable for several reasons:

  1. Is extravagant and unnecessary to have the dress so long, sweeping the dirt from the sidewalks and streets.
  2. A dress like that long absorb the dew of the grass and mud from the streets, thus becoming a lack of cleanliness.
  3. So muddy, the dress comes in contact with sensitive ankles, which are not protected so convenient, cool quickly risking his health and life. That’s one of the biggest causes of phlegm swellings and escrofulosas production.
  4. The length over the top is an added weight to the hips and intestines.
  5. Embarrasses the floor and sometimes hinders the movement of other people.

“There is also another style of dress adopted by the class of so-called reformatory. Mimic as much as possible the opposite sex. Use caps, pants, vests, jackets and boots, the latter being the most prominent parts in costume. Those who adopt and defend this fashion, take the so-called reform of the clothing to extremes too important character. Confusion is the result. Some of adopting this costume may even be right in his general views on the issue of health, but could contribute to promoting greater good, if you don’t take the issue of clothing to such extremes.

“In this style of clothing the order of God was radically reversed and neglected Their special instructions. ‘There will be no trajo de man on woman, and don’t dress the man dressed as woman; because any that do this abomination is the Lord your God. ‘Deuteronomy 22:5. God forbids his people adopt this style. It’s not a decent costume, and also inappropriate to modest and humble women who profess to be followers of Christ. The prohibitions of God are considered lightly and for all how many advocate the abolition of the difference between men’s and women’s clothing. The extreme position of some garment reformatory on that subject them weakens the influence. }

“God has determined that there was no clear distinction between male and female costumes, and considered the issue of sufficient importance to give explicit instructions about that, because if the same costume is used by both sexes, would cause confusion and great increase of crime. If the Apostle Paul had lived and failed to take into account women who profess Godliness using this type of clothing, would the rebuke: ‘ likewise women ataviem in costume with decency and modesty, not with braids, or gold, or pearls, or precious dresses, but (as befits women who make profession of serving God) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9, 10. The majority of professed Christians, disregard entirely the teachings of the Apostles, using gold, pearls and expensive dresses.

“The loyal people of God is the light of the world and the salt of the Earth, and must always have in mind that your influence has value. If you change a dress long enough for another too short, destroy much of your influence. The disbelievers, who is your duty benefit and search lead to Lamb of God, would be disappointed with that. Many improvements can be made in the feminine clothing with respect to health, without being made changes so big they offend observers.

“The shape of the body should not be compressed, at least it was, with corsets and girdles. The dress should be totally comfortable, so that the lungs and heart can play healthy action. The dress should hit just below the top of the boot, but short enough not to sweep the subject of streets and sidewalks, without having to lift him with his hand. A dress still shorter than this would be appropriate, convenient and healthy for women when in the cares, especially to those that are required to perform work outdoors. With this model in a dress, a skirt or two, tops, buttoned at the waist or arrested for handles, is all that is needed. The hips are not meant to support heavy weights. Heavy skirts that some women wear, force your hips down and have been the cause of several diseases difficult to be cured. The sufferers seem oblivious to the reason of their suffering and continue to violate the laws of your being, compressing the waist and using heavy skirts, until they become invalid. When it is pointed out the error, many promptly exclaim: ‘ Well, because, such kind of dress would be out of fashion. ‘ And if that’s the case? I wish that we were old-fashioned about many things. If we had the former strength that characterized the old women of the past generations, it would be much better. I don’t speak desavisadamente when I say that the way women dress, along with your condescension with appetite, are the biggest cause of your present weakness and morbid condition. There is only one in 1000 that protects its members as it should. Whatever the length of the dress, women should wrap up the members so thoroughly as men. This can be done by using lined pants, frilly by cords stuck around the ankles, or baggy pants that tune at the bottom. Should they be long enough to reach the level of the shoes. The legs and ankles are thus protected against air currents if the foot and members are kept comfortable with warm jackets, the movement will be uniform and the blood will remain pure and healthy, without cooling or locks on your natural passage through the circulatory system.

The main difficulty in the minds of many is the length of the dress. Some insist that the expression “the barrel of the boot” refers to the tops of the boots worn by men, that reach almost to the knees. If it was the custom of women wearing these boots, so these people would not have responsibility in understanding the subject in this way. But women generally do not wear such boots. They therefore do not have the right to understand how they plan to what I wrote. -{T1 462.1}

To show you what I mean and there is harmony in my testimonies on the subject, I present here a snippet of my manuscripts written about two years:

“Since it was printed in my book How to Live an article about clothing, there have been some who are misinterpreting the idea I wanted to communicate. They have taken to extremes the meaning of what I wanted to say with respect to the length of the dress, and of course they found difficult to question. With their skewed points of view on the subject, discussed the issue of shortening the dress, until your spiritual vision has become so confused that they can only see men as trees walking. ” Mark 8:24. Thought to have found contradictions between my article about clothing, recently published in How to Live, and the article on the same subject published in Testimony To Church n 10. I must say that I’m the best judge of things that have been presented in sight, and no one needs to fear that I would contradict my own testimony, or haven’t noticed any real contradiction in the visions that have been given.

“In my article on clothing in How to Live looked healthy, convenient style present, economical, modest and appropriate for use of Christian women, if they so choose. Tried, perhaps imperfectly, describe this dress: ‘ the dress should be slightly below the barrel of the boot, short enough to not rubbing dirt from the sidewalks and streets, no need to lift him with his hand. ‘Few dispute that the term’ barrel’ boot, I referred to the men’s boots. But by ‘barrel’ boot intentei say boots or gaiters commonly used by women. There I imagined it would be misunderstood, I would have written more clearly. If women had the habit of wearing high boots like men, I could see sorry enough for this misinterpretation. I think, however, that the text is quite clear, and that no one need be in doubt. Please, read again. ‘ The dress should be just below the barrel of the boot. ‘ Now, note the qualifications: ‘ must, however, be short enough not to rub against the dirt from the sidewalks and streets, no need to lift him with his hand. A dress still shorter than this would be convenient, healthy itself for women when in its domestic business, especially for those that are required to perform some outdoor work. ‘

“I can’t find reasonable excuse for people to understand evil and they what I meant. When speaking of the length of the dress, if I wanted to refer to the high boots that reach almost to the knees, why would have added ‘ while it should be short enough to not rubbing dirt from the sidewalks and streets, no need to lift him with his hand ‘? If I wanted to refer to boots, the dress would be logically short for not rubbing dirt from the street without being raised, and short enough for all activities. Circulate information that the ‘ sister White uses the American costume ‘, and that this style of dress is typically used by the Sisters of Battle Creek. That reminds me of a proverb that says: ‘ a lie gives around the world while truth puts the boots. ‘ A sister told me very seriously that feared the American costume was to be adopted by the sisters stands guard over the Sabbath, and that if this trend were to become an imposition, she did not accept, as they never would agree to wear such a dress.

“With respect to the use of short, I would like to say that I have only one, which is nothing but a finger shorter than the dresses that I usually use. Seen him occasionally. I got up early in the winter, and putting my short dress, that didn’t need to be raised with the hand not to drag in the snow, made vigorous walks two to three kilometres before breakfast. I used it several times to go to the Office, when he was forced to walk through the snow bit dense, wet and muddy. Four or five sisters of Battle Creek Church did for you short dresses to use when washing or committed to in house cleaning. A dress like that is never used when we left the streets of Battle Creek or at meetings. My visions meant to correct the current fashion — the dresses too long that crawl across the floor, as well as the dresses too short that arrive at the knees and that are used by certain groups. I was shown that we must avoid both extremes. Using the dress until the height of the women’s boot, more or less, we will avoid the evils of the extremely long dress, and escape the evils and notoriety of the extremely short dress.

“I would advise those who make themselves short dresses for work, to show good taste and simplicity. They are dressed in good trim. Even if you intended to read, should be convenient and have cut according to a template. Sisters, when wearing dresses to work from home, don’t use those that do look like a scarecrow to ward off the birds-black corn. It’s nicer to their husbands and children, than the visitors and strangers, see them in appropriate costume. Some wives and mothers seem to think that no matter your appearance at work, when they are seen only by your family. But they are very careful to dress with elegance to the eyes of others. Should not the love and esteem of the husband and children be more dear than the kindness of strangers and friends? The happiness of the husband and children should be of more value to the wife and mother than all others. The sisters shall not, at any time, use fancy clothes, but always wear clean, modest and healthily, as your work permit. ” The suit described here, we believe, is worthy of the name of retired short dress. Is being adopted in the Western health reform Institute, by some of the Sisters of Battle Creek, as well as in other places where the subject is properly exposed to the people. In total opposition to this sober dress, is the so-called American costume, looking more like the male costumes. Consists of a vest, pants and a piece similar to a coat, which goes up to the mid-thigh. I object to this type of clothing, because I was shown as being at odds with the word of God, while I recommend the other as modest, comfortable, convenient and healthy.

Another reason why I draw again attention to the matter of clothing, is one of twenty sisters who profess to believe in the testimony, took the first step in the reform of the garment. It may be said that sister White uses in public longer dresses that she recommends to others. To that I answer: When I visit a place to speak to the people where the subject is unprecedented and there is bias, I think it is better to be careful and not close the ears of the people wearing a dress that would cause them displeasure. But after indicating the subject and explain them completely my position, reporting to them with the dress, which well illustrates my teachings. -{T1 465.1}

How to use balloon skirts, garment is completely reform ahead of them. Can’t adopt them. Is in fact too late to talk about the use of balloon skirts, whether large or small. My position in this regard is precisely what has always been, and I hope I won’t be held responsible for what others may say about the subject, or the conduct adopted by those who use them. Objection against the distortion that make my private conversations on the subject, and I would ask that he be watched as my seated position what I’ve written and published about it.

Adventist Woman: We note, in the beginning of the text, that Ellen White writes in order to make corrections to the misunderstanding that some brothers had to previous texts in your time. And, in order to make corrections she tackles during the text several points on the garment, which makes it, in my view a good Rico text on the subject. Specifically, the author discusses here the use of two types of clothing not appropriate: the American costume and the skirts length incorrect (too long by dragging on the floor, or knee length). Ellen White was instructed to urge women to the use of clothing that approaches the male models is not appropriate (and here comes the trousers, which was part of the American costume). The author recommends the use of pants as an accessory part, with function of protecting the body from the cold, and that is used under her skirt. Otherwise, the use of such clothing was not recommended by EGW, and she even wrote that health issues, could even be a good clothing, but that still wasn’t appropriate for Adventist women for the sake of modesty and decency. In relation to the skirts, she guides the use of lighter skirts, which not were dragged on the ground, but also reached the knee-height. Even for the household chores and the walk that did she cites the use of dress, always a length appropriate to the activity. This chapter of Testimonies For the Church (vol. 1) was one of several texts that read the spirit of prophecy about the issue of modesty, and that Christian God used to confirm their will to my clothing (see the post “I dared to resist the voice of God”). As I stated before (in the quoted post) this is a very personal question. However it is still a very important issue and that deserves urgent attention on our part, because we live in the last days of the history of this world. The above text should lead us to individual reflections and even groups of friends who want to grow in the practice of God’s will, but must never be used to judge or chasing people who are not convinced about this subject. They should be warned Yes, but the rest of the work rests with the spirit of God. To conclude, let a line of the same book:

There is an intermediate position on these things. Oh! We can all find wisely that position and keep it! We all examine our hearts and in this solemn time, let us of our sins and dissed and us before God. The work is between God and his heart. Is an individual work, and all have plenty to do without criticizing the clothing, the actions and the reasons for their brothers and sisters. “Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the Earth, which put by your wits; seek righteousness, seek meekness; Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the wrath of the Lord. ” Zephaniah 2:3. Here’s our work. It’s not the sinners who heads this message, but all the meek of the Earth, by your judgment, or who keep his commandments. There’s work for everyone, and if everyone obeyed a smooth in the ranks of the keepers of the Union Saturday.

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