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Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America [Paperback]

By Jeff Pollard (Author)
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The Church is being destroyed by sacred cows. A "sacred cow" is an untouchable subject that we are not supposed to discuss. To do so impinges upon another's "Christian liberty." Certainly, there are few sacred cows quite as sacred as the right of modern Christians to dress however they please. But in this groundbreaking work, Jeff Pollard challenges us to embrace God's standard and to understand the historical roots of the rise of nudity and immodesty in modern culture. His perspective is thoughtful and balanced. Most importantly, he accomplishes what few authors on this subject have achieved: a treatise that avoids both license and legalism. A courageous booklet.

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A much needed tonic for every Christian parent.

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Studio: The Vision Forum, Inc.
Pages   76
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.23"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Vision Forum
ISBN  1929241348  
ISBN13  9781929241347  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeff Pollard was converted from the rock music industry in the early 80s. Since coming to Christ, Jeff has taught home and campus Bible studies, did interim pastorate work, had a street ministry to the sub-culture, and for nearly ten years conducted a jail ministry in the East Feliciana Parish Prison. Jeff pastored Providence Baptist Church in Ball, Louisiana for seven years and currently resides with his wife Myra in Pensacola, Florida where he serves with the Mt. Zion Bible Institute.

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Invaluable Scripture Insights  Jun 3, 2008
Having given this topic a good bit of thought as a husband, father and follower of Christ, I found Jeff's book to be invaluable in the Scripture insights he cites, and the demonstration of our shift through the evolution of bathing suits.

This is 76 pages so Jeff is not seeking to address everything modest and immodest. What he does is to be very relevant and convicting.

A great point about this book is is brevity and yet sufficiency to alert one to the core issues.

Highly recommended. Thanks you for this valuable addition for the Body of Christ.

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Reading the negative reviews, I believe that the criticisms are spurious in that Jeff never did intend to do a comprehensive treatise. It's as if I gave a you $5 at the gas station when you forgot your wallet so that you have enough to get home, and then was criticized for not giving $45 to fill up your tank. The power of Jeff's work is precisely that it is so sharp and concise. Incisive.

Incidentally, one example of spurious criticism is the assumption that Jeff places the responsibility on the women. For exammple, he writes:
"Guilt for this decaying and debauched state must not be laid entirel at the feet of women, as it often is. The problem lies squarely with the men in the pulpits and homes of the nation...." p.59

 
Excellent "call to arms"!  Jan 21, 2008
I just finished reading this book and it communicated to my heart a vivid burden that furthur emboldens us to enter a realm that relates back to the creation account, namely that of covering Adam & Eve after they sinned. This concise book on the subject, though apparently not designed to be exhaustive, is an excellent "call to arms" that burdened my own heart to broach this subject more in our ministry of Biblical creationism. EVERY area of our lives MUST be brought into the realm of the design of God our Creator, and Brother Pollard does an excellent job at bringing the subject of dress (particularly the failure in our society) into the realm of "where we are now" and "how we got here." As a result of reading this book, we are adding it to our ministry materials! See creationfamin.com for more. We must help Jeff Pollard make this a "call to arms" to all for a "covering up" of America...and WHY, starting with professing Christians! THANK YOU, BROTHER POLLARD!
 
A Dynamic That Christians Need to Restore  Jan 9, 2006
I am disgusted at hour our society regards everybody who dresses modestly as a "fuddy duddy" or "uncool." I even know some people who are like this. The Bible gives us plenty of guidelines for modesty in the way that we dress. (1) We are all ambassadors for Christ (II Cor. 5:20), (2) that a person should dress in a manner that is different from members of the opposite sex (Deut. 5:22), (I Tim. 2:10), (3) that we should strive to maintain a decent appearance before the world (Col. 4:5), (4) that we should show our worth by not conforming to the styles of those who are without God in this world (Rom. 2:12). Sadly, this has been abandoned in favor of being "trendy" and "fashionable." This book is highly reccomended for anyone concerned with this issue.
 
does too much and too little  May 12, 2005
by focusing primarily on the history of the swimsuit Pollard's book does not address the larger issue of modesty in public dress as effectively as he might. And while the history of fashion sheds light on fashion, (i.e. swimsuits have observably become skimpier over a century) Pollard can offer no explanation except the caving in of Christian virtue. This is basically saying Christians have lost a culture war without explaining why.

While the initial exposition on what the parameters of Christian modesty mean Pollard provides no application for what a suitable example of Christian modesty would be. Furthermore, when push comes to shove he refers to the Westminster Larger Catechism for application rather than sticking to the biblical principles he espoused. Some of his cases are self-defeating. On one hand he notes that garments in biblical periods could be sleeveless and then states that the inexorable decline of swimwear in the west into sluttiness really began when sleeveless swimwear appeared in the mid-19th century. Props for giving the topic serious consideration but as an exegetical study it is still wanting.

On the other hand, it's cheap so if you're not persuaded the research has been effective it won't cost you much.
 
Falls short  Mar 16, 2005
I appreciated this book on modesty because it is an often over-looked subject among Christians. The book is really short (only 74 pages), and I wish that Pollard had gone into more exegesis on texts like Genesis 3.

I thought the criticisms of the swimsuit industry were valid, but Pollard didn't offer any kind of solution to how a Christian female should dress if she wants to go swimming? Should we just avoid it all together in fear of causing men to stumble?

Which brings me to another point. Pollard seems to place a lot of blame on Christian women for wearing clothes that cause men to stumble and on pastors who refuse to teach their congregations about modesty. On the other hand, he doesn't really place much blame on the men who give the women attention for wearing bikinis. What is a girl to do? As far as clothing options, she is already limited by the options availible. Women's jeans are always made to fit tight in the legs, it is hard to find shirts that aren't tight, a modest bathing suit doesn't exist (according to Pollard), the fashionable skirts are the short ones. Women my age don't wear these kind of clothes to stand out (at least at my age), but to fit in. I bring this up because Pollard believes that our clothes should draw unnecessary attention to ourselves.

Overall, I am definately for modesty. My mom and sister even say I dress like a grandma most of the time, and I agreed with the major premises of this book. My only complaint is that the book is obviosly directed to men (with greater usage of masculine pronouns and more references to godly men and modesty), but it doesn't criticize the actions of the men as much as it does the women. Rather than go on and on about how a Christain woman shouldn't dress to cause a man to stumble; I think the book would have been more effective if he also stated that Christian men should stop giving attention to scantaly clad women. It really bothered me that he compared the issue as another incidence of Eve bringing Adam into sin. Men should stop expecting women to dress immodestly, and they should also stop objectifying women by referring to the images as "hot" to other men or in the ear-shot of women. Women do not dress immodestly because they like it, they usually do that because men want them to and its expected of them. Both men and women should work to fix the problem, and I believe Christian men are just as much to blame as Christian women and the fashion industry.
 

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