How should a preacher dress in the pulpit?

Discussion in 'Preaching' started by Josh Williamson, Aug 2, 2011.

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  1. Joseph Scibbe

    Joseph Scibbe Puritan Board Junior

    Also, your use of 1 Peter is really bad form. The text even specifies that is a spiritual house and not any type of physical house. You must not expect me to take you seriously when you miss plain Scriptural meaning like that.
  2. JoannaV

    JoannaV Puritan Board Sophomore

    I'm not meaning for this to, well, have any implied meaning, it's just a statement: when I dress up for a social occasion it is because I know that that is how my host expects me to dress.
  3. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    It gets laughable to see the evident careful thought given to dressing in the greatest possible irreverence on the part of those so unconsciously affected by the existentialist bent of this culture. We are so determined to throw off the constraints of the traditionalist herd mentality that we make complete fools of ourselves.

    If we are christians, rather than 'rebels without a clue', then isn't the fact that the older sister sitting in the pew behind us would be offended by the ballcap stuck sideways on our head be enough reason not to insist that we 'let our freak flag fly'?
  4. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior


    It seems to me that we've become a bit too focused on "formal vs. informal" when it comes to what is more or less reverent. Maybe those are the wrong categories to even think in when it comes to this question. Reverence, as far as I can tell, is a function of modesty and humility, not of formality.
  5. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    Indeed---and reverence looks very different depending on the culture.
  6. but3leftsdo

    but3leftsdo Puritan Board Freshman

    We still haven't gotten our pastor to wear a kilt, even though some of us do on occasion. It's acceptable men's dress, formal enough for the pulpit, and comfortable too. Oh yes, and very Presbyterian.
  7. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    Scottish ≠ Presbyterian

    Just sayin'. :)
  8. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    Yes, the look of reverence may indeed vary from one culture to the next.
    But appealing to other cultures doesn't address the issue of what is appropriate in THIS culture. Those of us here in the US should answer that for us. Those in other cultures can answer that for their particular situation. I don't think anyone is suggesting that what a minister wears into his pulpit in Africa or Istanbul is the norm for us, or vice versa.

    It should be dignified, God-honoring, and appropriate for the occasion. If we are to "give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name," then the question should be, "What is due God in His worship?"
  9. Joseph Scibbe

    Joseph Scibbe Puritan Board Junior

    What you have to address is the ABSOLUTE(!!!) lack of dress code put forth in Scripture and the multiple times we are told that God despises outward conformity being the stressed aspect instead of reverence of heart. We are told not to let out "adorning be external". The wardrobe of a preacher does not necessarily show his level of reverence toward the Word of God. His time studying, praying, and preparing do that.
  10. Philip

    Philip Puritan Board Graduate

    But I think we need to also address the various situations that arise within the various cultures of the US. For example, the pastor of a church in inner-city Baltimore may dress differently from one in suburban California, and both may dress differently from one in rural Iowa and all may be equally reverent in their attitude. Paul was a Roman Citizen and his best garment would have been the toga (the ancient equivalent of a three-piece suit)---but I imagine he didn't wear it to teach in the synagogue.
  11. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    There is a bit of humor when that is juxtaposed with your avatar.

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    A guy at work has a kilt that he wears on special occasions (hasn't worn it to work yet). He's studying for ordination as a Catholic deacon.
  12. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    I would agree with you here Rae, but it seems we have gotten a bit off topic for the OP specifically addressed the dress of the minister. For example, I often wears jeans and a polo shirt to church. I don't see any problem with it and no one else has ever mentioned it being an issue. However, if a minister were to step into the pulpit in jeans and a polo, I would probably think it to be inappropriate as it's too informal for the pulpit.
  13. Joseph Scibbe

    Joseph Scibbe Puritan Board Junior

    Umm, excuse me? I don't know what you mean.
  14. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    In some settings, sure. There's just no way to make that statement across the board.
  15. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    Your uniform is the epitome of conformity.
  16. nicnap

    nicnap Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I think the reference is to your uniform.

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    Ooops ... should have read further down; didn't see Anna's reply.
  17. Manuel

    Manuel Puritan Board Freshman

    Everybody has a dress code, so if a believer's dress code doesn't come from Scripture, where does it come from? TV? Hollywood magazines? the mall?
  18. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    The grace of common sense?
  19. rbcbob

    rbcbob Puritan Board Graduate

    Sense has never been common. Grace should, however enhance sense. In view of the OP and some of the debate it would seem that we could use an infusion of sanctified sense.
  20. Manuel

    Manuel Puritan Board Freshman

    That didn't work for Adam; God said NO! to his common-sense choice of clothing.
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  21. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    I think we've run pretty far afield of the original topic...
  22. Manuel

    Manuel Puritan Board Freshman

    I agree. So, going back to the topic, I think that a preacher should dress following the general principles that God has established in his word concerning the clothes that we wear and that are common for every christian. For instance, and this is just one example of many that we find in the Scriptures, the Lord said in Luke.

    Luk 16:19 "There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

    we all now the rest of the story, this man, even though he was a Jew and was familiar with the law and the Scriptures, didn't live for God. He lived for himself and for his money, that was his god whom he served. The Lord Jesus tells us that, among other things, one of the ways in which we could tell what was going on in his heart was by the way he dressed: he dressed in purple and fine linen; his garments were a profession of his faith. His choice of clothing was pompous and ostentatious, he wanted others to know by just looking at him that he was a rich man. It is obvious by the way the story ends that his man was wrong and that God did not approve his lifestyle. So, I think that we can extract a very good principle from this: A preacher should dress in such a way as to make evident to all that his heart is not attached to the things of this world, that his gods are not money, fame and luxury.
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  23. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I don't think that's the first time that you've had to translate for me.
  24. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    Begging your pardon, sir, for my impudence! ;)
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