Bikinis and Modesty

Desiring God | 7/17/2019 | John Piper
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Summer has arrived, and with it, renewed questions about modesty in the inbox. So, Pastor John, can you speak into the issue of modesty regarding clothing at the pool — especially bikinis? Speak to pastors and leaders. Should they take time to directly address the topic? If so, how would you counsel such a brave pastor to best step through that minefield?

The most important thing to say is this: It is impossible to come into a church, youth ministry, or school — say, a Christian school that is permeated with immodesty — and fix it with rules about modesty. Rules have a place. Guidelines have a place in families, schools, youth ministries, and churches. But if you try to turn that institution around by starting with the rules, you will not accomplish a Christ-exalting, gospel-rooted, Spirit-empowered, faith-sustained, Bible-informed, joyful, free culture of modesty. You won’t. Yet that is the goal.

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I never started with rules or guidelines, but with God, the gospel, the Bible, the Spirit, faith, and joy. Deep things must happen in a woman’s or man’s soul before they have any chance of thinking and feeling about these things in a way that honors God.

To any woman or man who dresses inappropriately I say this: Until God has become your treasure, until your own sin has become the thing you hate most, until the word of God is your supreme authority that you feel to be more precious than gold, sweeter than honey, until the gospel of Christ’s death in your place is the most precious news in the world to you, until you have learned to deny yourself short-term pleasures for the sake of long-term joy and holiness, until you have grown to love the Holy Spirit and long for his fruit more than man’s praise, until you...
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