Deuteronomy 22:5- "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God."(New King James Version)

Most of the Apostolic Faith churches use this scripture to defend the argument that women are not supposed to wear pants. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against the Apostolic Faith people because they're my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I just disagree with some parts of their doctrine.

Deuteronomy 22:5 doesn't necessarily mean that a woman is not supposed to wear pants. This scripture talks about cross-dressing and transvestism. Yes, there are people who would dress to try to be the member of the opposite sex and live as a member of the opposite sex. What this scripture meant is that transvestism and cross-dressing are sins. Also for you guys, don't dress like Dennis Rodman.

It's nothing wrong with women wearing pants as long as they don't wear the pants to try to be men nor try to look like stereotypical lesbians (lesbians playing the butch role). Remember, women will never be men no matter how they try. There are some of the pants that pertains to women including hip huggers, flares, capris, and clamdiggers. Yes, it's possible for a man to wear pants to play the role of a woman because he would wear hip huggers.

Another note, just because a woman wears pants that doesn't mean that she's not holy. Holiness is not about what you wear, it's about your heart. It's possible for a person to look holy and not be holy at the same time. It's not what you wear, it's how your wear. Bottom line: Dress in modesty. You don't have to look old fashioned and plain.

I hope this message and clarification would be a help and blessing to you. Feel free to respond to me and repost this bulletin as "Clarification of Deuteronomy 22:5".

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Deuteronomy 22:5- "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God."(New King James Version)

We should also read and study Deuteronomy 22:30 KJV -" A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt"; I will discuss later.

Yes, I agree Holiness is a lifestyle not what you wear or stated by the Late Bishop G.E. Patterson Holiness is an inside job.

This scripture has nothing to do with clothing but the sexual roles/lifestyles.

Let me explain: Doing theses times pants was not a thought or even made. Pants were discover about 530 years ago not centuries.

When religious leaders try to control women by what they should wear is a sad example of denominational ignorance and eisegesis (reading meaning into text) instead of exegesis (reading the text's meaning).

Part I. Dealing with Pants

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Main Entry: 3pant
Function: noun
Etymology: short for pantaloons
Date: 1840
1: an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle —usually used in plural
2plural chiefly British: men's underpants

There is no verse in the scriptures prohibiting women wearing pants or saying that a dress was all a female could wear. In the Bible and its history, men and women were similar garments (what is called dresses today).

There is also no Biblical precedent or teaching males alone wearing pants. There are many cultural today, there is no prohibition by God and it is never referred to (as many falsely preach today) as an abomination to God.

Hebrew for the word translated “GARMENT”
Garment is translated from: 8701 simlah (sim-law’); Strong Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible says “perhaps by permutation for the feminine of 5566 (through the idea of a covering assuming the shape of the object beneath); a dress.”

Some would focus in on the word Strong uses above (dress), saying that the word in this passages teaches that the dress is female attire. They overlooked the fact Strong goes on to say “especially a mantle: apparel, cloth (-es, ing), garment, raiment. Comp. 8008

Strong states the majority of the times it is translated garment, raiment and cloth (Deuteronomy 22:5 in the KJV and other Bible translations). Not once is it translated into the English word ‘DRESS’. Rather similar to when we say men and women’s dress sense, we are not talking about only Female attire. The word means clothes not dresses!

Many commentators teach this passage specifically prohibiting women wearing men’s armour, but whether its apparel or armour there is no teaching here that pants are for men only.

Part II: History - Biblical Culture

In ancient Egypt their normal clothing was a loincloth wrapped around the hips and girdled at the waist. A cape was worn on the shoulders and later a long garment called as kalasiris was introduced. Men wore this as a skit around their waist; women wore it over their upper body, or as a full-length garment that sometimes had sleeves.

The Hebrews, Assyrians and Babylonians all wore a long sleeved garment similar to a nightshirt, with cloaks or kalasiris-like over garments. These clothes appear to be stiff, with fringed and tasseled borders and squared or rounded corners.

For thousands of years in history we don't find pants and it is relatively modern and culturally brief period of history where there was a distinction of pants on men and dresses only on women.

Even today in the pacific and other areas of the world, many continue to wear a sarong or robe on males and females with only a small distinction between them.
Part III. Sexuality of Men as Women

Deuteronomy 22:5- "A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God."(New King James Version)

The church has for years have swept sexually orientation under the rug. Because of this: communities and families have been and continually being destroys because we refuse to deal with the sexual issues that are plaguing the church as the homes.

Homosexuality was an issue in the Biblical times as they are today. This verse is saying that women and men should not cross dress nor has sex with the same sex.

God has a purpose in making us differently.

Example:
According to Genesis, Sodom (Hebrew: סְדוֹם, Standard Sədom Tiberian Səḏôm, Greek Σόδομα) and Gomorrah (Hebrew: עֲמוֹרָה, Standard ʿAmora Tiberian Ġəmôrāh / ʿĂmôrāh, Greek Γόμορρα) were two cities destroyed by God.

For the sins of their inhabitants Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim were destroyed by "brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven" (Genesis 19:24-25). In Christianity, their names have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of God's wrath (Jude 1:7).

Sodom and Gomorrah have been used as metaphors for sinfulness and sexual deviation. The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages, including English: the word "sodomy", meaning acts (stigmatized as "unnatural vice") such as homosexual sex and zoophilia, and the word "sodomite", meaning one who practices such acts.


Part IV: Deuteronomy 22:30 KJV -" A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his father's skirt";

Ladies, if we want to legislate the doctrine of men, here is a good place!

Did men wear skirts during Biblical times?

Yes!

Is it Biblical?

Yes!

Here in verse 30 you have it straight from the KJV Bible that all women wearing skirts are cross dressers! This is really men’s apparel.

Consider this verse 1 Samuel 24:4 – “Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily”

Bible verses for men wearing skirts than women wearing them!
12 times men skirts are mention: Dt 22:30; Dt 27:20, Ruth 3:9, 1 Samuel 15:27. 1 Samuel 24:4-5;11, Eze 15:8, Hag 2:12, and Zec 8:23

If we are going to follow the Bible Literally and get back to Biblical men and women garments, then get those sewing machines buzzing, men and stop those women from wearing your skirts!!!!!!! I AM JOKING MEN!
I love it Dr. Gadsden! Tell it like it is!
Don't forget to mention that there are men in Scotland who wear kilts.
Amen!

We need to learn how to rightly divide the word of truth and stop the bondage (the hurt).
HELLO DR. GADSDEN, GOD BLESS YOU
IN DEUT. 22: 30 A MAN SHALL NOT TAKE HIS FATHER'S WIFE (TAKE IN MARRIAGE) NOR DISCOVER HIS FATHER'S SKIRT-- DISCOVER --MEANING TO REVEAL OR UNCOVER ACTUALLY IN THE STRONG'S EXHUASTIVE CONCORDANCE SEE THE PRIM. ROOT FOR THIS WORD IN REFERENCE TO THIS SCRIPTURE 1540 IN THE HEBREW AND THE SKIRT IS THE OUTER EDGE OF THE GARMENT OR BED CLOTHING AND WHEN YOU UNCOVER THE SKIRT OF THE OUTER GARMENT TO EXPOSE OR REVEAL THE INNER GARMENT THE PERSON IS CONSIDERED TO BE BARE FOR A BETTER WORD, HENCE LEV.18:8; 20:11; 1 cor. 5:1.
IN RUTH 3:9; RUTH SAID SPREAD THEREFORE THY SKIRT (THE EDGE OF HIS GARMENT) AS A COVERING OF CARE AND PROTECTION AND TO TAKE HER AS HIS WIFE (A CUSTOM THAT THE ISRAELITE MEN DID). THE WORD SKIRT IS THE CORNER OR EDGE OF A MALE OR FEMALE GARMENT.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU MIGHTILY.
Thank you continue to pray for knownledge and wisdom.
I AGREE WITH YOU PASTOR , IT IS SAYING WEARING THE GARMENTS AND AS IN THE MIND OF THOUGHT DETERMINING THAT THEY ARE; EX: FEMALE AS BEING OR LIVING AND CHARACTERIZING THEMSELVES AS A MALE OR MALE AS BEING AND LIVING AND CHARACTERIZING THEMSELVES AS A FEMALE. AND GOING SO FAR AS TO SAY THAT THEY WERE MADE THAT WAY, ALL OF WHICH MAKES IT AN ABOMINATION; IT'S JUST LIKE SAYING THAT GOD WHO IS THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE SAID MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM. IN 1ST. CORINTHIANS 6:9 AMONG OTHER UNRIGHTEOUS ACTS THE EFEMINATE (HOMOSEXUAL) IS MENTIONED; BUT ALL SIN IS SIN-- GOD HATES THE SIN, GOD LOVES HIS CHILDREN AND HE WOULD HAVE ALL MEN (MANKIND) TO BE SAVED AND COME UNTO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. THE WORD SAYS IN ISAIAH 47:10 FOR THOU HAST TRUSTED IN THY WICKNESS: THOU HAST SAID, NONE SEETH ME. THY WISDOM AND THY KNOWLEDGE HATH PERVERTED THEE...THE WORD SAYS; THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE: BUT FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND INSTRUCTIONS, IF WE SEEK GOD AND BELEIVE ON HIS SON WHOM HE HAS SENT (JESUS) WHICH IS THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE OF OUR BEING, WE WILL FIND UNDERSTANDING, BECAUSE GOD IS UNDERSTANDING AND THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE WITH HIM. WE ALL CAN CHANGE AND DO RIGHT -- THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THAT IS BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR. BE BLESSED.
Amen, Woman of God!
I AGREE WITH YOU 100% HERE BECAUSE MANY ARE MISINTERPETING GODS WORD AND PUTTING IT IN THEIROWN TERMS AND HOW THEY THINK OTHERS SHOULD LOOK AT GODS WORD. WHEN I WAS READING I FELT THE SPIRIT HIT ME REAL STRONG AND SAY THIS IS IT THIS IS A GREAT MEANING TO WHAT MY WORD MEANS AND SAYS SAITH THE LORD.

PROPHETESS TERESA
Amen, Prophetess!
I thank God for you all. Whew!

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