Mini-skirts and the Church

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By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

Do you want to see a thigh-revealing mini or a figure-hugging tube in its rightful size and colours? 

Ladies dressed in mini-skirts attending a church service in South Africa

Ladies dressed in mini-skirts attending a church service in South Africa

A visit to your nearby parish will not disappoint. Not in this era where uniforms, conservative formal dresses and waist-cloths, popularly known as Zambia, have been elbowed out by mini-skirts, skinny jeans and figure-hugging apparel.

Such is the fashion craze in churches today.

Men are also not to be outdone.

They are donning eye-popping short trousers, vests and jackets with short sleeves and spotting Mohawks. Churches now resemble fashion shows where congregants have replaced Bibles with iPads, iPhones, iPods and tablets.

Tithing is now being done via EcoCash, WhatsApp and Facebook. The congregates are now in the habit of reading scriptures loaded on their phones, iPads and what have you.

These electronic gadgets have become handy since pastors can now send the scriptures way before the service unlike previously when defacing Bibles with handwritten notes was the order of the day. Nowadays church-goers simply log on their tablets and click on the Bible verses with much ease.

Indeed, so much has changed that in other churches they have themed dress codes to suit a particular event. Ever heard of the African wear, Sunday Best, all-white Sunday and formal Sunday, to mention but a few of these themed days?

Somehow things have gone haywire with women now dressing in mini-skirts, net laces and pantyhose with legs criss-crossed while seated in the front rows. Others have a penchant to flash their body piercing and tattoos.

Oddly enough, in the midst of all this are women and men of God are not tempted when they see these beautiful women with long eye-lashes saying Amen to every word they preach.

Ever imagined how the pastors feel about these revealing dresses when they are busy preaching about sanity and morality, which came about after God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah having been incensed by the levels of immorality in that land.

What boggles the mind of many is why do women who dress skimpily opt to sit in the front row?

Primrose, a member of a local Pentecostal church, said there was nothing wrong in wearing a mini so long as one was abiding to other Christian principles of good morals, faith and serving others.

“You should not judge me by what I wear, but the services that I give to the house of the Lord and how well I serve my community in addition to being a child of God based on my Christian virtues,” she said while dressed in a black short dress that left nothing to the imagination Dr Goodwil Shana of Word of Life said the Bible admonished women to dress modestly.

“If you ask me what it means to dress modesty, I believe there should be a balance in church since a church is an open place for everyone. Drunks come to church and so are the prostitutes because from the beginning Jesus was accused of preaching to sinners.

“So while the church should be open to anybody, all those that believe in Jesus Christ and have seen the light should dress appropriately. However, I cannot prescribe what women should wear but whatever it is that they want should exemplify dignity. We are not supposed to judge a church by its people.

“If you read 1 Timothy 2 vs 9 and 1 Peter 3 vs 3 you will see how women should dress. They should respect their bodies since it is said the bodies are the temples of Holy Spirit,” Dr Shana said.

Pastor Godwin Chitsinde of Spoken Word Ministries said it was not right for people to dress skimpily.

“I believe people should dress in modest apparels and I don’t think a mini-skirt is modest. Suppose anybody visits our church seeking help and they are dressed skimpily they will be the odd ones out.

“We don’t accept that because every occasion has its own dress code this is why even in some hotels they are strict on dress. There is a reason why some churches have uniforms which they wear on different occasions.

“But maybe you need to interrogate further to see why some women are now wearing mini-skirts.

“You will be amazed to see that it is the wives of pastors who are at the forefront. The question is if the pastors’ wives wear mini-skirts what do you expect from the whole congregation when they are supposed to dress modestly and respectfully?” Pastor Chitsinde said.

Pastor Ruth Musarurwa of Christ Embassy said indecent dressing was not accepted in church.

“The word of God encourages people to dress decently. It’s very wrong for women to come dressed in mini-skirts because that would distract other people from worshipping.

“At our church we have lessons on how to dress and seat in public. However, since our main thrust is to win souls we obviously don’t preach against anyone’s dressing.

“Once they accept Jesus Christ as their saviour then they start dressing in a Christ-like manner. We are aware that people come to church for different things some to look for men or women others to get money but at the end of the day we want people to be saved and hopefully they transform through the Holy Spirit,” she said.

Bishop Trevor E. C. Manhanga aka “Muranda waMwari” said the form of dressing by women in the church today was a cause for concern.

“Indecency has now become the order of the day in the name of fashion. While I have no problem with women dressing fashionably there are certain norms that need to be observed.

“The word of God advocates for modesty and that is what women should aim for in the way they dress. Over-exposure of the breasts and thighs of women coupled with very tight or close-fitting attire is not something that women should wear to church.

“While I do not absolve men from their responsibility to maintain clear thoughts women must understand that men are primarily turned on sexually by what they see and in that regard the church should not be a place where men have to fight with wandering thoughts,” Bishop Manhanga said.

However, Bishop Nolbert Kunonga was of a different opinion saying church uniforms were of no theological significance.

“It is not an important dimension and it is of no theological significance. However, those who wear uniforms at church do so because they want to differentiate themselves from other denominations or because they want to look the same.

“The dress code does not impact on people’s salvation but rather just there to show that one belongs to this or that church,” he said.

Bishop Kunonga said church uniforms from the Anglicans or Catholics were common in Africa but it was not the case in the countries where the denominations originated from. The Herald

  • Chinenguwo Murombo

    Those mini skirts are an invitation 4 trouble ,mahure anenhomba yekuda kukwirwa!.Those bitches need to be pounded really hard!.The pussies under the mini skirts need to be rubbed on aggressively.Ndivo mushonga wacho !

    • Mayirosi

      Wareva dai wadzokorora , ini handitambisi , ukauyakuchurch uchiratidza maboda wairasa . I will follow u until I deposit in that hungry pussy

      • Believer

        Go get married man

        • robobo

          must get back to church pronto pronto ! kikikiik

    • Believer

      Stop fantasizing and watching to much porno…pound your wife only let these women repent coz it looks like desperation and entrapment…

  • joen

    Do i miss something here? When God created man dressing never existed. Why should the dressing be a subject of debate in the Lord’s house, The Church. If u see yourself being disturbed by dressing then you must REPENT for God to help you to mind yo own bussiness. Therez nothing in a cloth and its only the devil who is affected or who makes people be diverted from God thru dressing. Come to south africa the people arent affected by dressing in anyway, come to the beach, in town, in church, and all. Only fornicators admire what is not theirs. If attracted to her in church and u are single then go and propose.
    -I PRAY SANITY PREVAIL IN THE HOUSE OF GOD
    -I PRAY THAT ALL CONGREGANTS GO TO THIS HOUSE TO PRAISE THE LORD! FOR THERE IS NO PRESCRIBED DRESS CODE IN THE BIBLE! THE RELIGIOUS MANUAL.
    -

    • WORSHIPPER

      IT REALLY DO MATTER IF WE CHANGE THAT DOESNT MEAN GOD HAS CHANGED …DRESS MODESTY… MAKE SURE YU ARE COVERED, YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF GOD, WHY SHOULD YOU COMPARE ZIM TO S.A WE DONT ALLOW HOMOXESUALITY IN ZIM BUT S.A WELCOMES IT NYIKA YEPI INENGE YAKAFAMBWA NASATAN NETSOKA DZAKE

    • Believer

      Its about dignity and morality since we in a sinful world…the eyes will always see and a man is naturally not lustfully (unless chosen) attracted to a woman (simple)…why follow laws and rules everywhere then…schools,police,nurses have uniforms unless you have a problem with it.

    • Collins Thole

      Yu definitely miss something. If yu read this posting, pay attention to sciptures quoted by the pastors, then yu see what yu miss. When Adam and Eve sinned they realized they were naked and covered themselves with leaves- this was when the need to cover one’s body started. If yu are really serious about not dressing not being important try walking in the street naked-What we see there is close to nakedness.If Im a pastor and such ladies dont change in 2 months I’ll have to seek God bcoz the spirit and word of God is supposed to deliver such people. Jesus said “…….from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” the above fotos tell us a lot about those ladies- they need transformation of mind and deliverance. Yu can easily tell that they are not there. But are these fotos from a church service or someone is just being mischievious?

    • cypren ntaryanira

      people go to church to worship.the bible acknowledges that man can not resist evil alone thats why in the lord’s prayer we ask God not to lead us into temptation.satan does not care you are in church.he attacked our lord Jesus when he waz coming from a 40day fast.what more uou and i?
      we go go church yo worship yes but what happens ukaona zamu rakuyoda kupiya mu bra pamberi pako, or dako rakapendwa nr skin tight. you will be distracted unless hou are gay so your comnentd are ok on governance dze this world not chinamato

    • DontLieToUs

      We sing we are soldiers in the army we got to fight …………………….. question do soldiers have a uniform do you dress any how and go to war, put on a mini skirt and go to war. What will your commander say? You cant compare the world before sin and after sin, men are created visual pple just the sight of a woman’s thigh or cleavage has an effect on men God created it that way . Now if God says cover up why argue and put on mini and boob showing clothes if you want to continue enjoying womans legs and boobs then get married and dont try to justify sin because you like it.

    • Saru

      I jus think u are stupid to say the least…comparing when God first created man and now…a lot has changed..read your bible….y does the word, call for decent dress….REPENT for u surely are not yet converted…m a drunk, and i am ashamed of myself, unlike you, i dont defend my weakeness….

    • elbani moses

      joen your argument doesnt hold water. These ladies have different things in mind and that is hawking sex. There are much cases of rape in south Africa why?. CHurches should be exceptionally a Holy place not social club.Those mode of dressings were normaly worn under the cover of the night to attrack fun seekers. For African that has clohing culture that mode of dressing is weird.

  • WORSHIPPER

    mr jonah…in as much as i dont support wierd dressing in church but since when did yu started making payments using whatsapp and facebook it seems yu have an agenda to tanish the church let the devil do that AND NOT YOURSELF ..usatorere Satani basa rake

  • Milton Chidziya

    mamhepo ayaah haiwawo

  • Alec Sandikonda

    That’s ridiculous

  • Taurai Gerald Mandoza

    Fashion in the church

  • Mtwakahle Manyikani

    Kkkkkk eish

  • Rajah Wishy

    Yeah cz whores n harlots hve chosen 2 search 4 th cross 4 salvation, so until each one of church goers find tht salvation they are stil sinners, if it wz nt 4 th indoctrination pple recieve @ church where wld ths world be,with barbaric pple,….thnk Jesus 4 th church that houses all and rains calmness,

  • MUSINDO(MAKANYA)VIGORONY-HOVIO

    HONESTLY IN TODAY S WORLD.. CHURCH IS LIKE A SOCIAL CLUB SIMILAR TO A PUB…HONESTLY ABT 10 PERCENT OF CHURCH GOERS GO TO SEEK PURE SALVATION OR JESUS…………..MANY ARE USING CHURCH TO OUT SMART THEIR RIVALS…MAKE MONEY…SHOW OFF PERSONAL SUCCESS…….DATING SCENE……..LOOK THE LIKES OF MAKANDIWA AND ANGEL ..WHICH I DOUBT IS HIS TRUE SURNAME…..TWO GUYS WHO HAVE USED CHURCH FOR MASSIVE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH……..CHIHURE NDIMO MACHIZERE………..BHAWA RIRINANI………

  • MUSINDO(MAKANYA)VIGORONY-HOVIO

    DRESSING REPRESENTS MIND , MOTIVE AND BEHAVIOUR

    • Believer

      Looks like you have an issue with big things like Churches and your CAPITAL LETTERS ….STOP IT eishhh we get your point…very true what you saying though but be careful not to lose your mind.

    • Abido

      True!!!

  • that boy

    so u can’t use an ipad,laptop or tablet in church now? heck even Moses had the first tablet wani… get a life and move with the times as far as technology is concerned. God doesn’t judge the outside,he judges the inside person. heck even Rahab was a harlot as was Mary Magdalene one of the female followers of Jesus. read your scriptures and stop being judgmental. i take my ipad to church cuz it’s got my bible i don’t have to flip pages i just flick the screen and it’s fast. stop the hate crimes and what is modest dressing if i may ask cuz africans barely dressed especially the females back in the days and basically there is no standard of african dressing, even those wrap overs are not african.so yeah i said it

  • kamurivo37 @gmail.com

    someone to tell me why adam & eve vakahwanda Mwari mumunda we eden,because vanga vasina kusimira,women failed adam,and if we follow them they will lead us to satan.to all men stand up and be man enough not like adam who did not ask kuti wazviona kupi

  • Lord4give

    Which Church is this as the Devil is cunning and full of tricks coz all those girls cant just be dressed same style…I am witness to such dressing but the whole row of seats..dodgy… God help us

    • elbani moses

      those ladies sitting strayegically in front of the pulpit with skimpy mini meant something. ” To ENTICE IF POSSIBLE THE ANNOINTED” they should go to homosexual priest- church and so sit. If it works out fine.

  • BeeBee

    I WILL GO TO THIS CHURCH ON ANY DAY. GIVE US ITS NAME AND ADDRESS

  • Muramba Chivi

    God is the Author of moral values, these ladies wear miniskimrts as a sign of sexual availability. They lust for men and indeed they know the best way to catch evil friends to sleep with is to dress like prostitutes.These are messengers of the devil invading churches .Sex/starved idots . For you shall see them by their fruits. We are not judging them but we are exposing the sin in them. Why should they expose their thighs instead of covering them.Women don’t allow the devil to use you. Are your bodies instruments of wickedness. Justify yourselves or not this is absolute hunger and thirst of seeking men to sleep with.

  • cypren ntaryanira

    @joen ; people go to church to worship.the bible acknowledges that man can not resist evil alone thats why in the lord’s prayer we ask God not to lead us into temptation.satan does not care you are in church.he attacked our lord Jesus when he waz coming from a 40day fast.what more uou and i?
    we go go church yo worship yes but what happens ukaona zamu rakuyoda kupiya mu bra pamberi pako, or dako rakapendwa nr skin tight. you will be distracted unless hou are gay so your comnentd are ok on governance dze this world not chinamato

  • Riri

    but y show a picture of ladies in south african church?

    • Joseph Neusu

      It is not even a south african church. The pic was taken at a fashion show in Ghana

  • Thulani Mpofu

    We have read of confessions by ex-satanists whose objective was to distract and cause pastors to fall into fornication and therefore deter and stunt the growth of the church. What we are seeing in this picture is sinful. These women know exactley what they are doing!!! Lord help us overcome temptation.

  • the Berean

    I am not convinced that this picture was taken from areal church unless it was stage managed just for article. If it is true then it i an abomination how can people go to church dressed like this? Which church is this? certainly not in Zimbabwe I supposed we have decent people in Zimbabwe

    • Joseph Neusu

      the Berean, you are correct. That picture was taken from Ghana Fashion awards and wrong used to support the writer’s opinion piece.

      A simple google image search using the offensive picture will show its source.

  • Muchati Bwege

    There should be a difference between the house of God and a night club. Remember our bodies are the temples of Christ. If you dress in such a way that you cause someone to sin, you will be held accountable. If you read in the bible great men fell because of women. Some ppl are tired of the earthly things and they run to church to seek salvation, what do you think will happen if the are to see women dressed like that? They will not take the church serious, My Pastor will tell you face to face to cover yourself and in our church women cover themselves because our spiritual leader tell it like it is. Only newcomers dress like that but the next service they surely cover themselves. How do you feel dressing like a lady of the night and on your way to church you cause a lot to sin just by looking at you. Munoda Jesu imi mune vayeni vasina kunaka vari pamuri

  • YOWE

    mahure ari kutsvaga mari aya

  • Muvambi Chagonda.

    To Joen

    Through disobeying God man knew that he was naked and tried to clothe himself using leaves (Genesis 3 v 7) and you see this was not good enough . God himself then clothed the same man by making him aprons from animal (sheep) skin(Genesis 3 v21).

    That is why it said lean not on your own understanding but on the word of God.

    To my fellow Christians, this is what God says on dressing; Deuteronomy 22 v5,Matthew 5 v28,1Timothy 2 v9-10 and 1Peter 3v3-5. I also add that Christians should dress properly always not to spend the rest of the week wearing skimpy clothes and then dress appropriately just for the church service, that is so wrong. God help us.

  • Joseph Neusu

    That picture was taken from Ghana Fashion awards and wrongly used to support the writer’s opinion piece.

    A simple google image search using the offensive picture will show its source.

  • mthwakazi

    You must be ashamed of yourself,this picture is off a Ghanaian website ghanaleak and is of ladies at an awards show,not church. Get your facts right,bozo and stop hating on South Africa!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lovechikandiwa Lovemore Chikandiwa

    These mini skirts are not good for the house of the Lord, we end up presumeming them to be agents of the devil who are determined to eradicate the church of Christ in the name of fashion yet trying the church with the temptetion of David and Uria’s wife.

  • tinashe muchuri

    Makumbo andaona mukereke
    vakomanaka, ndashaya kwekuisa meso
    kereke zvairiyozve inofanira kutendeutsa mweya wangu nomwoyo wangu
    zvino zvoyondihedutsazve nhaiwe mushumiri
    wakaayanika makumbo pachena
    pandoti nditsinzinye maziso avhura amene
    kuda kuonenesesa kuti chii chapinda kereke
    kusiya makumbo pachena sekunonzi anoenda pamarikete
    kana watendeuka unodirei kundihedutsa mushumiri
    zvaunoyanika makumbo pachena senzondora pamuteketeke
    paunonoti tambira mwari wako chimhwishu chako chosiya nheveramutundo pachena
    ini zvangu nhai Mwari kukereke here kwandakauya kuno
    kana kuti zvafanana nokutevera vanasikana vokutamba vachimonera mapango
    vasina kunyatsosimira
    zviya zvowoti ‘lift Jesus higher’ chimhwishu chako chosiya nduwe ichionekera
    meso angu ndoisepiko nhaiwe muchumiri
    zvichida hako unoti unoimbira Mwari izvo wakagarwa naicho chenharo Dhiyabhori
    zvako woda kunzvenga nerekuti Dhavhita akadzana nguvo yomukati ndokuonekwa
    haana kuronga kuti nhasi ndoda kuti vaone
    zvakauya azadzwa nemweya wekudzanira Mwari
    izvi zvako mushumiri zvandibaya mwoyo
    zvichida kukundikana kwewangu mwoyo
    iwo usinganonoki kuona zvisiri panzvimbo
    wakakura uchiziva zvinofukidzwa nezvisingafukidzwi
    zvepajikerere nezvemuchivande
    zvapajakwara nemuzvemugudza
    kwete makumbo andaona mukereke
    anosiyisa munhu kuzadzwa nomweya waMwari
    achikweverwa kumweya wenyama

    (c) Tinashe Muchuri 07/10/13

  • CoochieBoi

    This article was too one-dimensional. There are men who come to church sagging or wearing tight clothes revealing all of their anatomy. I believe that once a person is receives Christ as savior, the Holy Spirit will begin to work on that person and things like their dress will begin to improve. Also, if it becomes too much of a problem, the church can do things to improve the dress code by offering a clothes give-a-way or something…