Sermon of the week: “The Soul of Modesty” by C.J. Mahaney.

This message unexpectedly welled up emotions inside of me.

Pastor Mahaney delivers a powerful sermon on modesty in dress and he also reads a few touching and inspiring accounts of those who are battling with this issue, and the stumbling blocks it creates for others.

This is a message that everyone should hear, especially young women. This message will help the women better understand the daily struggles men deal with in their battle against lust and how women (especially in the Chruch) can help or hurt us in that battle simply by how they dress. Gather the family around to listen to Pastor Mahaney’s message The Soul of Modesty.

5 thoughts on “Sermon of the week: “The Soul of Modesty” by C.J. Mahaney.

  1. I think this goes for men as well, how many struggle with homosexuality. Men think it fine to walk around in nothing but a pair of shorts. God gave us clothes for a reason.


  2. Thanks for posting this Pilgrim.

    I think Mahaney’s observation is astute that many women are likely ignorant of the torrent of lust that men grapple with on a daily basis, especially Christian men as we seek to take every thought captive to Christ and live in purity before Him.

    Equally astute was his point regarding gracious correction vs. self-righteous judging. Lord help us to be humble agents of your grace and protect us from becoming sinfully lifted up and righteous in our own eyes.


  3. I commented on this sermon several months ago, and Desert Pastor kindly provided a link, where I could load it onto my MP3 player. My daughter (who is 15) and I listened to it in the car on the way to school every morning for a week. It was a great blessing, and has helped us both by pointing us to Scriptures outlining God’s standard for the way Christians are to dress: Modesty and Distinction


  4. Few things will stir up a hornet’s nest of disagreement among Christians like the issue of what type of clothing is appropriate. This should not be the case, however, since the Bible’s principles for Christian dress are clear: Modesty and Distinction. (I Timothy 2:9; Deuteronomy 22:5)

    Colossians 3:12 deals with a less divisive, but equally important, issue: What the Christian should be wearing on the inside. “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

    Imagine what it would be like if Christians wore special belts around our waists that made us feel, in our deepest parts, a desire to forgive those who are suffering from having done horrible things (bowels of mercies). What if we had special shirts that made us go to great lengths to do good for others (kindness)? Or how about hats that made us think neither too little, nor too much, of ourselves, but simply kept us from thinking of ourselves at all (humbleness of mind)? What if we had shoes that kept our feet moving in response to God’s power, instead of trying to run ahead in our own power (meekness)? Maybe we could even put on overcoats that helped us bear with patience the faults of others, while we remember how much the Lord puts up with from us (longsuffering).

    I suppose, in the world’s eyes, we would look pretty funny. They would say we were “all dressed up with nowhere to go.” But, perhaps, in God’s eyes we would appear as one big unified body, ready to go wherever God sent us, ruled by His peace, doing His will, and seeking His glory. (Colossians 3:13-15)


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