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What makes our apparel Reformed clothing?
Please allow us to be clear. There is nothing inherently “Reformed” about any clothing. Clothing in and of itself can’t be Reformed or Christian for that matter. However, the doctrine on your t-shirt can be reformed and Christian.
At Reformation Wear, we believe that sound doctrine is important. We also believe that Reformed Theology is the “faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
So really, I guess we should say that the “essence” of our clothing is Reformed because sound doctrine is printed directly on our clothing.
Why Reformed clothing?
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31
Can you wear a t-shirt to the glory of God? We believe that you can. Can you wear a t-shirt that dishonors God? You sure can.
So what’s the difference between wearing clothes that honor God or dishonor Him?
Let’s start by building our “clothing theology.” What does Scripture say about clothing?
- Why do we wear clothes? Our federal head Adam sinned in the Garden. One of the consequences of this sin, aside from passing sin along to every human being throughout history, is that God would kill the first animal to clothe Adam and Eve and “cover” their sin. Gen 3
- Should our apparel be modest? And what does that even mean? Our culture would tell you that modesty means dressing like a frump. Covering yourself from head to toe. Biblically, this isn’t the case. Modesty is more than the mere act of covering oneself, it’s a heart condition. 1 Peter 3:1-7:
“1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear– 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.”
In essence, the Biblical definition of modesty is a heart that desires to draw attention to God rather than oneself.
See also; 1 Tim 2:9-10, Rom 12:1, Proverbs 31:30, 1 Cor 6:19-20
So as long as you’re clothed and your desire is to draw attention to God and not yourself, you have liberty.
(please keep in mind that this short summary is in no way a complete exposition of what it means to dress as a Godly man or woman)
What do the old dead guys say about a Christian’s apparel?
“Where is our recognition of God if our minds be fixed upon the splendor of our apparel? For many so enslave all their senses to delights that the mind lies overwhelmed.” From Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin.
“Where is our gratefulness toward God for our clothing if in the sumptuousness of our apparel we both admire ourselves and despise others, if with its elegance and glitter we prepare ourselves for shameless conduct?” -John Calvin
“You live in days when a lingering, Lot-like religion abounds. The stream of profession is far broader than it once was, but far less deep in many places. A certain kind of Christianity is almost fashionable now. To belong to some party in the Church of England, and show a zeal for its interests–to talk about the leading controversies of the day–to buy popular religious books as fast as they come out, and lay them on your table–to attend meetings–to subscribe to Societies–to discuss the merits of preachers–to be enthusiastic and excited about every new form of sensational religion which crops up–all these are now comparatively easy and common attainments. They no longer make a person singular. They require little or no sacrifice. They entail no cross. But to walk closely with God–to be really spiritually-minded–to behave like strangers and pilgrims–to be distinct from the world in employment of time, in conversation, in amusements, in dress–to bear a faithful witness for Christ in all places–to leave a savour of our Master in every society–to be prayerful, humble, unselfish, good-tempered, quiet, easily pleased, charitable, patient, meek–to be jealously afraid of all manner of sin, and tremblingly alive to our danger from the world–these, these are still rare things! They are not common among those who are called true Christians, and, worst of all, the absence of them is not felt and bewailed as it should be.” ― J.C. Ryle,
Is it ok, or even Biblical to write God’s word or theology on our stuff?
We think so. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
We’re not suggesting that a shirt or hoodie is equal to a doorpost or gate. Nor are we trying to make law where there is no law. We’re simply trying to draw a parallel between God’s command to Israel to put His law on their homes, and our modern ability to write God’s law on our apparel. Think of it as wearing your doorpost or gate. 😉
What is Reformed Theology?
Reformed theology is generally considered synonymous with Calvinism and most often, in the U.S. and the UK, is specifically associated with the theology of the historic church confessions such as the Westminster Confession of Faith or the Three Forms of Unity. For more on Reformed Theology, see our post here: What is Reformed Theology?
Can you show me some examples of Reformed Clothing?
So, what are your thoughts about Reformed clothing? How about our article? Discernment is always welcome. If you think that we’ve missed the mark in some way, please let us know in the comments below.
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