The United Pentecostals are known for their unique beliefs, like the denial of the Trinity. The United Pentecostals is a Oneness Pentecostals church formed in 1945 and hold on to several other beliefs that do not go well with other denominations. Another unique belief this church holds on to is its conservative method of dressing and appearance; their women only wear skirts and dresses. This has led many people to wonder; why do Pentecostal women only wear dresses and skirts.
United Pentecostal women wear skirts and dresses as they believe that conservative dressing is an expression of holiness and modesty in women. Wearing long skirts and dresses makes Pentecostal women more distinct from the males and expresses their femininity more. According to their beliefs, the length of skirts and dresses reinforces modesty more.
So, what is the reason why Pentecostal women only wear skirts and dresses? What are the United Pentecostal dress rules for women? Do united Pentecostals believe that dresses and skirts are holy? What happens if you go against the United Pentecostal dress rules? Continue reading to find the answers to this question and more.
Reasons why Pentecostal women only wear skirts and dresses
Among the core reasons why the United Pentecostal women only wear skirts and dress is because these clothes often reflect holiness and modesty. As mentioned above, other denominations of Christians do not consider United Pentecostals as Christians due to the beliefs that these Pentecostals hold on to. Not only do their women only wear long skirts and dresses, but also, the United Pentecostals do not believe in the existence of the Trinity.
The United Pentecostals also disagree that one needs to speak in tongues or be baptized by being fully immersed in the water for salvation. By their women wearing long skirts and dresses, the United Pentecostals believe they uphold holiness and are set apart from the world.
Another reason that United Pentecostal women only wear skirts and dresses is that they believe this mode of dressing reflects femininity. In Genesis, God created a man and a woman, and the United Pentecostals argue that the two unique genders of humanity should not be blurred by dressing.
Genesis 1:26-27 notes, “Then God said, “let us make man in our image, after our likeness, to rule over the fish and the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.” So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.”
2nd Deuteronomy 22:5 goes ahead and says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.” United Pentecostals believe that their women wear long dresses and skirts, which makes the line between male and female clear.
Pentecostal women wear long dresses and skirts to set them apart from the world. The Bible requires Christians not to indulge in things of the world. And with the world’s modern trend of dressing being revealing. The United Pentecostal Church believes its women are following the rules of God by covering themselves fully in long dresses and skirts.
What are the United Pentecostal dress rules for women?
The rules of the United Pentecostal dressing code revolve around the teachings of the Bible on outward appearance. A core teaching that the Bible upholds is modesty; the United Pentecostals believe that wearing long dresses and skirts is modest and holy before God.
The United Pentecostal church does not allow their women to wear makeup or jewelry except a wristwatch and a wedding ring. Additionally, the dress should not have low necklines or be sleeveless. United Pentecostal women as also not allowed to dress in tight clothes or cut their hair.
The United Pentecostal believes that women should not shave or braid their hair, as Paul discourages. 1st Corinthians 11:14-15 says, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given for covering.”
Do united Pentecostals believe that dresses and skirts are holy?
The United Pentecostals believe that long dresses and skirts are holy. Though no verse in the Bible mentions that long dresses and skirts are holy, the United Pentecostals believe this dressing mode is holy by citing Peter and Paul. 1st Timothy 2:9-10 says, “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 clothes; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”
By their women wearing long dresses and skirts, the United Pentecostals reinforced their belief of not being worldly in appearance. One might question, do worldly people not wear long skirts and dresses? The short answer is that they do. However, the United Pentecostals argue that those in the world who are wearing long dresses are being like them and not them being like the world.
1st Peter 3:3-5 notes, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing gold or putting on of apparel; but let it be 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. For after this manner in the old time, the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands.”
Though the Bible does not mention that long dresses and skirts embody holiness, the United Pentecostals believe this type of dressing is holy and modest. What the Bible talks about is women wearing garments and robes.
What happens if you go against the United Pentecostal dress rules?
Women who go against the United Pentecostal dress rules are considered sinners. Though these rules are not found in the Bible, the United Pentecostal treats those who do not obey their dress code rules as sinners and does not regard them as real Christians.
The dress rules of the United Pentecostals church revolve around requiring women to wear clothes that cover them fully and do not incite a man to lust. That is why their dresses and skirts are long, and they also do not allow anything sleeveless. Therefore, if you go against these rules, you are considered a sinner, as you would have led men to sin (lusting). Unlike most churches, the United Pentecostal church strictly holds on to its dress rules as it is a core part of what defines its holiness and religion.
However, most Christians and theologians critic the approach of the United Pentecostal church regarding dress rules as outdated and oppressive. These critics hold on to the fact that a woman should build an inner character and not obsess over physical appearance. Other Christian denominations view the practices of the United Pentecostal church as unhealthy. Those who believe that physical appearance should not be a rule for women cite proverbs 31:30. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:25 says, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” If this is anything to go by, then dressing in long skirts and dresses is not the holy way if the woman does not fear the Lord in her heart.
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