TWO FASHION DESIGNERS: WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?


Let me start by asking you this question: “Who was the first worldly fashion designer?” Am very sure many will flop this question. You need not look up the internet for an answer because the answer is given in the Bible. I will not tell you who I think it is but we will allow the Bible to speak for itself. Remember, the Bible is the Revelation of God to mankind, for “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2Timothy 3:16-17. We were also instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ to “search the scriptures” to have eternal life. John 5:39. Therefore, we will search the scriptures to know what God require of us in regard to Fashion, most especially “how to Dress like Christ.” In some cases I will be asking us some questions. I will, as much as possible, use the Bible and quotations from books, commentaries and articles to answer these questions.

In the beginning

God, in the beginning, “created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” Genesis 1:27. The Bible is so clear regarding the distinctiveness of Adam and Eve. God made a distinct sex of Male and Female. Not male and male or female and female as homosexuals regard it to be. Not Adam and Steve, but Adam and Eve. These newly created beings were created in the image of God. They “were both naked . . . and were not ashamed” Genesis 2:25. Why were they naked and not ashamed? When Moses, who wrote the Creation account, was writing under the power of the Holy Spirit, he saw Adam and Eve being naked, naked in the sense that, they wore no artificial garments (or cloths) as we presently wear. It is imperative to note at this junction that the word “naked” means “not covered; bare; having no clothes on; as a naked body or a naked limb.”[1] This means that Adam and Eve were without artificial cloths. Though they were without artificial garments, they were covered with the same covering that God wore because we were previously told that they were made in God’s image and likeness. The scripture gave us some hints on what this covering might have looked like. The Psalmist said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain” Psalms 104:1-2. Note, God is clothed with “honour and majesty” and he covers Himself with “light as with a garment.” Therefore, if God is clothed with honour, majesty, and light, it follows that the newly created beings were also covered with lights and glory and not with the artificial garments as we have today. The garments of Adam and Eve were just like those of the Angels. Adam and Eve were sinless, perfect, and beautiful. They had a nature that is different from ours, a nature that is regarded to be unfallen. God needed no artificial garments and make-ups to perfect their beauty. As Ellen G. White rightly puts it;

“Man was to bear God’s image, both in outward resemblance and in character. Christ alone is “the express image” (Hebrews 1:3) of the Father; but man was formed in the likeness of God . . . His countenance bore the ruddy tint of health and glowed with the light of life and joy. Adam’s height was much greater than that of men who now inhabit the earth. Eve was somewhat less in stature; yet her form was noble, and full of beauty. The sinless pair wore no artificial garments; they were clothed with a covering of light and glory, such as the angels wear. So long as they lived in obedience to God, this robe of light continued to enshroud them.”[2]

If an earthly parent have been given the responsibility of clothing a newly born child or the responsibility of clothing a grown up child, just the same way he clothe himself, don’t you think God, being our heavenly Parent, also have the responsibility of clothing Adam and Eve with the same garment with which He is clothed as revealed in Psalm 104:1-2? Nature should be able to teach us some things about God. “For the invisible things of him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:20 (emphasis supplied).

Eyes opened to evil

But something happened in Eden that altered God’s order. If we are to re-read the last sentence of the quotation above we will get a glimpse of what caused the alteration. It says “so long as they lived in obedience to God, this robe of light continued to enshroud them.” Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s explicit Law. God had commanded them earlier not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil and the day they eat of it, they will surely die (Genesis 2:17). The holy pair disregarded the commandment of God and allowed the serpent, Satan, to deceive them. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” Genesis 3:6. For the Bible said the moment Adam and Eve transgressed the Law of God, “the eyes of them both were opened.” Vs. 7. Opened to what? Their eyes were opened to evil.

“After his transgression Adam at first imagined himself entering upon a higher state of existence. But soon the thought of his sin filled him with terror. The air, which had hitherto been of a mild and uniform temperature, seemed to chill the guilty pair. The love and peace which had been theirs was gone, and in its place they felt a sense of sin, a dread of the future, a nakedness of soul. The robe of light which had enshrouded them, now disappeared, and to supply its place they endeavored to fashion for themselves a covering; for they could not, while unclothed, meet the eye of God and holy angels.”[3]

The air that was once “mild and uniform in temperature” now became “chill.” Sin altered everything that God created. Sin took away the robe of light and opened their eyes to nakedness. Sin (or Satan) and nakedness are always intertwine. Satan wants us to be both physically naked and spiritually naked before God. Ellen White said, “they felt a sense of sin . . . a nakedness of soul.” This is exactly Satan’s first agenda, to make bare the soul, to undress it and place us in the state of shame. This first step will lead us to the undressing of the body making us physically naked. Adam felt shame not only for the sin committed, but also because he was physically naked and with his body not being properly clothed. For this reason he hid from God his maker and from holy angels.

The Fashion Designer

When man transgressed God’s Law his mind became the mind of sin. The mind of God that was previously in him had known nothing like nakedness or shame. But when sin came in, his mind became polluted and he could not reason rightly but contrary to the will of God. When Satan saw that he has successfully deceived our first parents, he worked on their mind to invent his own kind of fashion, which I call “Satan’s fashion”. Adam and Eve became the first worldly fashion designer in the history of Humanity under the auspices of their new master, Satan. “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7. They sewed for themselves fig leaves to make an apron without the consent of their Maker. Satan influenced Adam to make a covering that will partially cover his nakedness. Satan’s fashion, which is now known as, worldly fashion, does not promote modesty, simplicity, spirituality and health, rather it promotes sex, fornication, licentiousness, adultery, nudity and every works of the flesh.

Sin altered God’s original plans for Adam and Eve. Sin can alter God’s plan for our life. Sin separates us from God and makes us naked before Him. Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” Isaiah 59:1-2. Even though Adam was the one who sewed the fig leaves to cover his nakedness and that of Eve, the man behind the scene was Satan. In the world today, many people fail to ask: “Who are those designing or making the clothes worn by the worldlings?” Many, I don’t mean all, of the designers, that designs the clothes that are worn by those in the entertainment industries are being influenced by Satan. Even in the church of God, amidst the professing followers of Christ, especially them that call themselves the remnant of God, this worldly seductive cloths are worn freely without the shepherds blowing the trumpet of clear warning to save souls from destruction. We need to carefully choose those who makes or design our clothes through the help of God. And we must never pattern our fashion with that of the world. God expect us, who are called by His name, to be as distinct as possible in a world where fashion is now regarded as god.

Apron or Coats

What did Adam and Eve sewed for their coverings?  The Bible says “they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” Genesis 3:7. Hmm! It is very interesting to note that the word translated as apron in Hebrew is called “chagowr” which literally means “a belt for the waist.” That is serious! As intelligent as Adam and Eve, what they could come up with, as their best clothing invention, was a form of covering that only covered their private parts. This reveals to us that sin has a great power to blur ones intelligence. When we trifle with it, we are held by its cord. You will bear me witness that sin is very dangerous to play with. Solomon explains it better when he wrote about what will happen to the wicked, that “his own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.” Proverbs 5:22. When you go near the door step of sin, depending on our feeble strength to save us, be assured that you shall be held with the cords of sin. The mind of sin (or Satan) cannot invent anything good, for it is in enmity with God. We don’t even need a dictionary to define for us what apron is or how apron look like. We know that an apron has the following characteristics on anyone who wears it: the back is open, the chest is exposing, the length is very short, it is usually above the knee, and the limbs are exposed.  These are contrary to God’s order. These characteristics of a cloth, when worn especially by a woman, be it a believer or unbeliever, will certainly ignite and incite the debase passion dwelling in man’s sinful nature. This is the type of cloth you see children, youths and adult wear, not as underwear’s, but as the outer garment to expose their nakedness if not fully, but partially. Just go to any store around you, where clothes are being sold, and compare it with what an apron is characterized to be, you will be surprise that many are contrary to the clothes God expect us to wear. Many of these clothes worn by ladies and guys publicly are in apron forms. This clothes worn exposes their back, chest, arms, legs and other sensitive parts of their body. These are immodest and unhealthful to begin with. We need to search the Bible to know how God’s people dresses and how God expects us also, in this last day, where sexual sin is on the rise.

“Satan invented the fashions which leave the limbs exposed . . .Those parents who follow fashion instead of reason will have an account to render to God for thus robbing their children of health. Even life itself is frequently sacrificed to the god of fashion.”[4]

God, the best fashion Designer, came in to correct the order. He was not comfortable with their form of clothing. He saw that there was “deformity” in Adam’s clothing and because of this He introduced the first “Dress Reform” known to humanity. Where ever there is deliverance from the power and dominion of sin, there is always a reform in habit and lifestyle that must follow. Revival leads to Reformation and not Reformation leading to Revival. If there is no reformation when you have been spiritually revived your revival was not genuine. This is one way one can know if he or she is genuinely converted. God was teaching Adam salvation process in the Garden of Eden.  Where ever God is, there is order because He is a God of order. “For God is not the author of confusion” but of order. 1 Corinthians 14:33. He killed a lamb, which Biblically, symbolizes Jesus Christ dying for the remission of our sins and that we may receive forgiveness. The Bible said Jesus Christ was the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. And this Lamb was the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8. What a Marvelous Grace! God gave man another opportunity to life. An opportunity for him to perfect his character through faith in the Son of God if he was to regain the robe of light that was lost.

“This is what the transgressors of God’s law have done ever since the day of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. They have sewed together fig leaves to cover the nakedness caused by transgression. They have worn the garments of their own devising, by works of their own they have tried to cover their sins, and make themselves acceptable with God.

But this they can never do. Nothing can man devise to supply the place of his lost robe of innocence. No fig-leaf garment, no worldly citizen dress, can be worn by those who sit down with Christ and angels at the marriage supper of the Lamb.”[5]

But for what other purpose, apart for the Salvation purpose, did God kill this lamb? “The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.” Proverbs 27:26. Therefore the lamb that was killed was to clothe Adam and Eve. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21.  It is imperative to note that the root word for coats is “to cover” in the Hebrew. The Hebrew word for “coats” in the strong’s concordance is “kuttoneth” meaning “garment, robe, shirt or a coat.” These are words that signify that the clothes that God designed to cover our first parent’s nakedness did not expose much of their legs, back, arms, chest or any other sensitive parts of their body. Why did I say so? Just check up the word coat in a dictionary and you will see that it often indicate a proper covering of the body, even though in modern times, the word coat is often applied to men’s attire, but that is not the case with God in the text we just read. The Bible said God made coats of skin for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness and I believe the coat here in principle means a covering that covers both the male and female properly without exposing any sensitive part of their body. If the coat invented by God was not unique and modest, why would He regard Adam’s Apron as immodest?

From the beginning of time, we can clearly see that Satan has his own fashion, pattern and style of Clothe and God also has His own fashion, pattern and style of Clothe. One is regarded as the work of the flesh, while the other is regarded as the work of the Spirit of God. One promotes nudity, sex, licentiousness, fornication, adultery, pride, murder and finally leading to eternal damnation. The other promotes simplicity, modesty, spirituality, health, righteousness and finally leading to eternal life. Which one will you go for? God’s fashion or Satan’s fashion? I plead that you go for God’s fashion. “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” Joshua 24:15.  Do not serve the god of the fashion of this world which will lead to damnation. Choose and serve the God of the fashion of heaven and you will be counted among those who will be given the garments of light that Adam and Eve lost in their innocence, if you remain faithful unto the end.

[1] Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary

[2] Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 45.

[3] Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 57.

[4] Ellen G. White (1954), Child Guidance, p.427

[5] Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p.311.

 

This article was written by Odunuga Oluseyi Emmanuel. It was taken from the first chapter of his unfinished book titled “DRESS LIKE JESUS” 

Comment and contribution are welcome to perfect this first chapter for future publication.

4 thoughts on “TWO FASHION DESIGNERS: WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?

  1. The whole thing about ‘apron or coat’ is so amazing and we as youth have a lot to learn, now that fashion is even taking root in most of us, and surprisingly has gotten itself in the Church!! A young man by the name Victor Shikuku had something to write about it also in http://www.whoshallstand.org.ke

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  2. Very good, I’m looking forward to future chapters.

    One clarification…it would be more correct to say that Adam killed the first sacrifice from which the Lord provided robes to cover them. It is sin that brings death, and therefore the Lord Himself would not have killed a Lamb to make the garments. But they, as sinners, had to slay the Lamb, thus confessing their guilt (and also confessing their responsibility for the death in the animal kingdom).

    You also see this in the Passover sacrifice, where the people killed the Lamb, and then sprinkled the blood on their doorposts, as a sign of the covering that protected them.

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    • Hmm, thank you Frank. I think I need to begin looking at the gospel from a different stand point.it is true God could not have killed the animal because He wasn’t the one in need of atonement. Am beginning studying one of freds book called “living righteously” it’s powerful. Please I need your prayers for opportunities to teach this bible base truths here in Nigeria. Just include me in ur prayer list. I want to put all I am learning from the Bible, writings of Jones, Waggoner, Fred and Ellen White teachings into practice. GOD bless ur ministry.

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