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Fashion or Diversion?
by Bola Olu-Jordan
05/17/06
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OPINION POLL:

Just want to share the responses of some Christians to questions asked in a popular magazine in Africa, CRYOUT Magazine. Although our culture differs, but we can learn from Christ as there is no Jew or Gentile, bond or free, please read along. If you have contributions, you may forward it to cryoutpublications@yahoo.com
These are the questions:

* WHAT SHOULD BE CHRISTIANS' DISPOSITION TO FASHION?
* SHOULD CHRISTIANS PUT ON ‘BODY-HUG’ DRESSES?

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The Bible says love not the world and all the things that are in the world. This also includes fashion. The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Fashion is transient. Christian must follow Jesus, not fashion. Afolabi J. Nigeria.
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I do not support Christian wearing body hug dresses at all. Those who made those dresses made it for a purpose: to make people sin. I will not be caught in their spell. My body belongs to God not to the public. He has given my body to my husband alone. As a married woman, if I ‘hug’ my body, it means I am messing up my husband. My body belongs to him, to cherish and to hold, not to the spectacle of the public. Esther Akanmu. Jebba. Nigeria.
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Well, I don’t know what you mean by asking whether it is good to follow fashion or not but I am a fashionable person. Because I am a Christian does not say I must wear Mungo Park’s dresses and look shabby. I put on what is in vogue and you can be sure that even when God sees it, He will like it, because it does not expose any part of my body. I believe it depends on the mind-set. Amaka Julius. Aba. Nigeria.
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I believe that fashion is of the devil, I mean in the sense of addiction to it. To me, to be fashionable means to dress well. Peter said ‘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’ (1Pet.3:3-4). That settles it. Pst. Peters. Shagamu. Nigeria.
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It is Satan that invented Fashion. When God sent Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, He gave them clothes to cover their nakedness and that is the purpose of dress. Any dress shorter than the knee level and shorter than the arm pit or showing the breast line and that does not cover a woman’s navel is of the devil. I wished they were stoned to death! Akinbiyi Mat. Kaduna. Nigeria.
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Anything too flambouyant does not glorify God; it gratifies self. Our dress must glorify God, not magnify Satan. Dresses that shows curvature of the body must be avoided by genuine Christians. We must preach Christ with our dressing, not lust. It is to cover our nakedness and not to tempt people. Raph Ejike. Ishaga, Lagos. Nigeria.
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As many people as goes to hell because of our careless dressing will demand vengeance from God over us. Let us dress in a way that if Jesus appear to us physically in the public, we will not be scampering about for a place to change our dress or hide ourself. Bro. Ayo Roland, COGM, Benin.Nigeria.
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Any suggestive dress is from Satan. The motive is to make people sin. Such people are antichrists. Sis. Pat.Nigeria.
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I believe Christians can put on body hugs depending on where they are going. For instance, I put on body hug when I am at home with my husband. I also put on body hug or smart dresses when I am busy with the house chores. I like to look smart and my husband is not complaining. Whether one puts on body hug or not, those who will sin will sin. I don’t wear it as a fashion but as a necessity. I can’t put on body hug to work or to the church for instance. We must not throw the baby away with the bath water. For the fact that some people make it wrong does not mean that it is wrong totally. Paul said, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient…. Sis. Sola. Ibadan. Nigeria.
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As a born again christian, even a pastor, I am in love with fashion. I am a role model to people. When they see me, they must see the glory of God in my life that I am not serving an archaic God. I wont put in a black suit with a green tie, blue shirt, brown shoe, and white trouser. That is colour riot and besides, I am not Satan. I always dress with a colour code. I am fashionable, but I am not fashion crazy. Pastor Kupoluyi, Osogbo.Nigeria.
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Well, I think this poser is too wide to actually say yes or no. As a woman, a God fearing woman at that, you can never see me put on rags. My husband will not even allow it. I put on decent clothes that is based on my level of income. I buy clothes within my means not because that is what people are buying. When we want to do what people are doing, we will miss what God is saying. A sheep that makes friend with a dog will eat excreta. Sis. Patience Igho. Akure. Nigeria.
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Some people have a sense of fashion, while others don’t. Look at even among Pastors; Pastor Chris has a sense of fashion, while Pastor Adeboye does not. But I still prefer Pastor Adeboye’s dressing because it is modest, compared to Pastor Chris who can put on a one million naira suit. That does not say it is a sin. It is just that we are created differently and God accepts us as we are in as much as we do not make others to sin. Bro. Segun Daniel, Offa.Nigeria.
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This is a simple assignment: when we dress up, let us look up ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves this question: ‘will Jesus dress like this’? Charles C. Ibadan. Nigeria.
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We must be able to separate between fashion and craziness. Most of what we call fashion today is actually craziness. How can somebody buy clothes that can barely cover a one year old baby and sow it for herself. She is not following fashion, she is simply crazy. Dele Adigun. Nigeria.
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It is not good for Christian to follow fashion because God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change! We must put on decent clothes to cover our nakedness and to glorify God. Sis Eunice from Kaduna.Nigeria.
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I have seen women, pastors wives, who, on the bill of fashion have become Jezebel, painting themselves up with all manner of paints, ranging from emulsion to texcote paints. They have long nails and their hair is sky-rocketing into the air. They walk as if they would break and talk as if they will die. They are the ones making people to sin. Ola Ade Fadugba.Nigeria.
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Fashion has given birth to many ills in our society. We see people walking like cats, toning their body colour, exposing parts of their breasts, etc. This is the spirit of perversion not fashion. The church must stand up against it and rebuke it. It’s a strategy to make the church cankered. Evang. P. Pearce. Brong Ahafo. Ghana.

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It is good for Christian to follow fashion so that unbelievers will not say we are barbaric people. They may not want to join us if they see that we hate fashion. Michael So. Kampala.

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I like and appreciate fashion but I do not support women wearing men’s clothes or men putting on ear-ring or braiding their hair just because of fashion. It is sodomy or what do you think? Siji. Lagos. Nigeria.
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If what you mean by following fashion is men putting on tattoo in their arms and women wearing off shoulder or clothes that exposes any of their erotic parts, then I do not support it. I wish they could be stoned! Gbenga, Akure.Nigeria.
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Our dressing must be modest and decent. It must show sobriety and piety. It must not be sexy in any way and it must not be irritating. We cannot because we don’t want to follow fashion be as dirty as a demon just like we see a sect of Christianity doing. They are hypocrites and dirty. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Rev. Odusoga, CCAC, Lagos.Nigeria.
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Fashion is in many parts: basically, women should take care of their hair, not to attract or distract people. A woman who spends more than four hours frying her hair in the drier for instance doing ‘one million braids’ cannot say she’s glorifying God. No name.Nigeria.
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Some pastors are so fashionable that they go in convoy of cars. They even employ mobile policemen to use gun and koboko to drive people away from the road as they are passing. They put on expensive ground sweeping flowing agbada in the name of Christ. A man of God put on a belt of $40,000. That is not fashion, it is demonization. Greek. Abuja.Nigeria.
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