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Isn't your position on pants a matter of OT law?

Submitted: 12/22/2006
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Question: The law of Moses was ginen to the Jews to live by, so why do we as gentiles who have been grafted in under the New Covenant still use Scripture from the law of Moses to tell others how to live? According to Acts 15:1-31 there was a big discussion concerning the gentiles who had believed 'what of the law of Moses should they keep if any thing, and they were told to do ONLY FOUR THINGS concerning the law of Moses. 1. obstain from meats offerded to idols 2. obstain from blood 3. obstain from fornication 4. obstain from things strangled Acts 15'28-29 and the Holy Ghost agreed with them also. Why do you teach that we should do something that is under the law of Moses that we were not told to observe according to Acts 15:1-31?

Answer: The Bible is one unified book. Just because the law of Moses tells us not to commit adultery does not mean it is okay to do so today. Common sense tells us that every aspect of the law was not suddenly annulled just because the Holy Spirit was poured out. Also, there is no difference today between what God requires of Jews and what He requires of non-Jews: we are all one in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28).

The point of Deuteronomy 22:5 is that God created men and women to be different. This difference goes all the way to how they dress. It is irrelevant whether men wore pants in Moses' day; the fact is, pants were derived from the distinctively men's clothing of that day and are distinctively men's clothing today. The practice of women wearing pants is a relatively new phenomenon, largely a result of Rosey the Riveter and the modern feminist movement. It was not until I was a junior in hight school in 1966 that the girls were allowed to wear pants to the public school I attended. If you look at postcards from the early 1990s, you will have a hard time finding a picture of a women in pants. We do not consider this a matter of law. It is simply a matter of modesty, holiness, and glorifying God by showing the difference between men and women. If you want to wear pants, that is between you and the Lord and we are content to leave it there.