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Seduction is to make someone want to do something by making it very attractive and interesting to the person. Sexual seduction is to persuade or entice someone to desire having sex with the other by doing thing which makes sex appealing and desirable . There is a relationship between sexual seduction and dressing, which every Christian must know.
OUTLINE:- Some seductive tools, 2. The purpose of dressing . 3. Be not partakers of other men's sins . 4. What people say about you matters.
1. SOME SEDUCTIVE TOOLS :-
It is an established fact that some things can engineer sexual desire especially among unbelievers. It was the show of the nakedness of Bathsheba that enticed David to adultery.Sexual lust is also induced and people who are promiscuous have been using nakedness to lure careless ones to unwholesome lustful desire. This is the same as using pornographic films, magazines or dresses to display acts and images which make people sexually excited. A true christian must desist from all such things. It is a terrible of fence before God to desire to see other people's nakedness. Only insane people walk the streets naked without any feeling of shame because their understanding is darkened. Gen.2:25; Ex.20:26; Matt. 5:28 ; James 1:13; Sam.16;7; Mk.7:19-26; Prov.10:10;Prov.6:13.
2. THE PURPOSE OF DRESSING:-
When the purpose of a thing is unknown, the abuse is inevitable. God was the first to dress man when man was not well dressed Gen.3:7,21. The primary purpose of dressing is to cover nakedness. Some dresses that are only good for bedroom are now worn on our streets. The design of such dresses doe not accomplish the real purpose of dressing . These same things were condemned by God through prophet Isaiah. Commercial sex workers are known with certain dressing styles to boost their trade but it is unfortunate that many have taken to such forms of dressing in the name of modernization. This has led to sexual harassment of many youths. There is strong relationship between what we see and what we think. . Our dressing must not induce unrighteous thoughts in others that see us, especially unbelievers. Isa.3:16-24; Prov.6:17 ;Ezek.16:50 .
3. BE NOT PARTAKERS OF OTHER MEN'S SIN :-
The thought and desire for adultery in itself is a sin and whoever is responsible for it too is not guiltless before God . Jesus taught that woe is the man or woman who causes another person to sin. Why should we as Christians lure others into the sin we preach against because we want to be free to wear what we like ? A Lot of modern dressing styles are so sexually seductive that many Christian have become partakers of other men's sins without knowing by wearing them in public places. Topless, Sleeveless,:" Spags " , Body hugs ,and Mini skirts are examples of dresses that could be sexually provocative . Matt. 18:6; 1 Cor.8:8-9 ;1 Tim.5:22 ; 1 Cor.10:33 ; Rev.18:4 ; Rom. 14:20 ; 2 pet. 1:4 .
4. WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU MATTERS : -
God is concerned about what people say about you because you are His representative on earth. It is not correct to do things as long as it pleases yu without thinking of the consequences on others looking at you. Even Christ did not give room for the ungodly in His time to say evil about Him. He obeyed their laws even when it was not necessary Matt. 17:24-27. we should not forget that the prince of this world, the accuser of the brethren , is watching to see our children to do the same. Zeph.1:8 , Rom.14:15-16 ; 2 Cor. 6:3 ; 1 Cor.8:12-13 ; 1 Tim. 2:9-10 ; 1 Pet. 3;3 ;Jn. 14 :30 ; ACTS 25:8-11 ;Acts 28:17-20 ;Dan.6:4 .
CONCLUSION : -The Christian life is not about living to please self but living for Christ and to the glory of God. It is our duty to do all things to bring others to light. We must not indulge in things which make our Gospel questionable . Is it proper for the unsaved world to judge us on minor issues like dressing? The world knows what is befitting for a true Christian to wear . 1 Cor.6:2 ; 1 Cor. 11: 32; Rom.14:20 ;1 Cor. 10: 23-24 . We are the light of the world . Any form of dressing likely to excite people sexually should not be worn by a Christian, especially in public places. This alone makes nonsense of our primary soul winning responsibility. Remember that it is not everyone on the street or in the church that has a sanctified mind and you are your brother's keeper. 1 Cor.14:14 ;1 Cor. 6:12 ; 1Cor.8:8-9 ; 1 Cor. 9 :19-23