We, as Christians, are no longer under the Old Covenant Law, the Law of Moses, but under the commands that Jesus gives us in the New Testament. However, this is one place where these denominational groups go back to the Old Covenant Law and require people to follow the Old Covenant Law.This myth is based on Deuteronomy 22:5 and an incorrect translation that women are not to wear men's clothing. The word "man" in that verse is the Hebrew word for warrior. The Hebrew word translated "pertaineth" actually means "apparatus, armor, artillery, etc". The verse is prohibiting women from being part of the army and prohibiting a warrior from disguising himself as a woman.
It is amazing that the myth that Christian men and women should wear distinctive clothing styles has persisted because in Bible times it was not practiced that way. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament times, the men and the women wore very similar clothing styles. Even if this command in the Old Testament was prohibiting women from wearing men's clothing, it would no longer apply to us as Christians because we are no longer under the Old Testament Law. That command in Deuteronomy 22:5 was not restated in the New Testament. In the New Testament, neither Christian men nor Christian women are to be part of the military.
Interesting Discussion Point
While looking for something else this morning, I found this gem. It doesn't exactly match my belief system but I thought since it directly contradicts Gothard it would be interesting. It's part of a headcovering discussion, so why if Gothard doesn't allow women to wear pants (Old Covenant) does he not require head coverings which are mentioned in the New Testament?
Posted by Sharla at 3/31/2012