Your application is being submitted.

Please do NOT hit the back button or refresh the page.

[ close ]

Husbands and Wives (part 6 of 8)

My Beloved Is Mine

As we continue this series of lessons, let us turn to Revelation 3:20. I am sure we were all impressed [from part 5, our last study*] with some of the deeper appeal of this wonderful text. You remember it is found in the message to the last church – the church of the Laodiceans. The people of God in this last hour will enter into an understanding of God’s character, an understanding of His will, such as few in past ages have known – not that it could not be known in past ages. Some few have entered in. But in this closing hour, those who are sealed, those who stand without a mediator during the time of trouble, must enter into a very close union with the Saviour.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20

I suggested to you last study that this knock of the Saviour at the door and His attitude of patient love in waiting has a lesson for those who seek to know the mystery of the marriage relation. Love must be the motive in every approach and every response. You who have margins in your Bible, what do you find there as a marginal reference in the first line of Revelation 3:20? Song of Solomon 5:2. All right. Now, just keep your place in Revelation and turn back to Song of Solomon 5:2. We have introduced this wonderful book, the Song of Solomon, in previous lessons, showing that it is an inspired love song. While it represents the love of Jesus for His church, and the love of the church for Christ, it is not simply a parable, an allegory. It is taken right out of human experience – the love of the bridegroom for the bride; the love of the bride for the bridegroom.

Here we have this Song of Solomon 5:2. You perhaps remember that the Spirit of Prophecy tells us in the book Acts of the Apostles that in the book of Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. In other words, every book in the Bible has something which, if you follow through, you will find it in the book of Revelation. There are many examples of that. But even this little Song of Solomon has something to contribute, and here it is. We have
read in Revelation 3:20:

“Behold I stand at the door and knock…” – Revelation 3:20

And we have found the marginal reference to Song of Solomon 5:2. But now before we read Song of Solomon, what is the marginal reference that you find here in Song of Solomon 5:2? Revelation 3:20. That is right. Of course, these marginal references are not inspired, but they indicate what is a fact. The translators of the Bible recognized that there is a close connection between Song of Solomon 5:2 and Revelation 3:20. With that in mind, notice:

I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. – Song of Solomon 5:2

Oh, what a pathos there is to this. The Divine Lover, the heavenly Bridegroom waits at the door of Laodicea. And what does He do? He knocks and calls. From within, the bride hears that call and says:

It is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me. – Song of Solomon 5:2

Oh, that each husband may learn the patience of love, the wooing, longing effort of love, to reach the heart of the beloved. But now, looking both at Revelation 3:20 and at Song Of Solomon 5:2, I want to ask you something: When you think of Jesus knocking at the door, what does He want? He wants to come in. But ah, I press the question: Why does He want to come in? Watch. Is it for what it will do to Him, or what it will do for her? Which is it? It is what it will do for her. Do you see, friends?

In this we have the great difference between earthly, sensual passion and Divine love. And in all this we are not dealing with some ethereal experience which has no physical manifestation. We are dealing with that mysterious union of body and mind and soul which represents the union between Christ and His church. Paul says this is a great what? Mystery. But as we have seen, it is a mystery that can be known only by the initiated, only by those who are entitled to know it. God wants every husband and wife to understand the mystery. That is the purpose of this class – to lead us at least to the threshold, that we may go in to the most holy place of that sacred and intimate union of husband with wife, and wife with husband, where God is the teacher. And I tell you this, dear friends, if we are willing to be taught, God, by His Holy Spirit, will be our teacher.

What a wonderful privilege! You remember, in the most holy place in the temple in heaven, there is a wonderful work going on at the present time. We call it the work of what? The atonement. What does atonement mean? At-one-ment. Here a union is taking place between God and His people. And don’t forget that wonderful statement we read in Steps to Christ:

The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another one upon the earth. – Steps to Christ, pg. 100

Isn’t that wonderful? This is exclusive love, individual love, a personal union. You are to know Jesus as no other one knows Him, and He is to know you as He knows no other one. And one of the ways that He has chosen to help us to understand this is to give husband and wife something like it here in this world – a personal union of mind with mind and heart with heart, that reflects this union between Christ and the soul. As we learned in an earlier lesson, this is exclusive love. No other one shares it. This is brought out vividly in the seventh commandment.

Thou shalt not commit adultery. – Exodus 20:14

 

–The Message of the Veil–

I trust that this study will bring to all of us a clearer revelation of what is involved in this exclusive love which admits of no third party. God has wonderful blessings for us. In the sanctuary this is suggested to my mind by that which enclosed the most holy place. There were the gold plated walls on the three sides. And then in front what hung? The veil. And then in front of that, across the entrance to the holy place hung what? Another veil, another curtain. What was the purpose of these veils? Well, let me ask it to you this way: Was the purpose of the veil to reveal or to conceal? How many went beyond the second veil? Just one. Rather exclusive, wasn’t it? To go to all that trouble and all that expense and then God says, “Now just one man gets to come in here” That is the way it was, wasn’t it? That is the way it was.

Suppose someone comes up to the sanctuary and says, “I have heard about the work of the sanctuary. I would like to be taken through on a guided tour.” Can he go? No. He can’t even get through the first veil, can he? Much less the second. Privacy, exclusiveness, this is the message of the veils to us. And every home, every successful home, every Christian home, has its most holy place which only the husband and the wife share. As we have already seen, the husband and father is the anointed priest of the home, and into this sacred and mysterious union of the husband and the wife no third party is to enter. One of the best statements that I know on this is found in the book In Heavenly Places:

Husbands and wives should feel it their privilege and their duty to reserve for the privacy of each other’s society the interchange of love tokens between themselves. – In Heavenly Places, pg. 207

Marriage is the sacrament of love; and in this most holy place of this special union of husband and wife, the glory of love is to be revealed. But there is an interchange of love tokens which is to be reserved for what? The privacy of each other’s society. We are in a society today where a lot of public love making goes on. But it is almost proverbial that most of it goes on between people either that are not married, or haven’t been married very long. Isn’t that correct? I rather think that if we were to follow all the Divine counsels, we would see such a glory in this special love between man and woman in the marriage relation that we would, shall I say, instinctively, as well as guided by revelation, keep to the inner circle within the veil this interchange of love tokens… Let’s read this again:

Husbands and wives should feel it their privilege and their duty to reserve for the privacy of each other’s society the interchange of love tokens between themselves. For while the manifestation of love for each other is right in its place, it may be made productive of harm to both the married and the unmarried. There are persons of an entirely different cast of mind and character, and of different education and training, who love each other just as devotedly and healthfully as do those who have educated themselves to manifest their affection freely; and there is danger that by contrast these persons who are more reserved will be misjudged, and placed at a disadvantage. While the wife should lean on her husband with respect and deference, she can, in a wholesome, healthful way, manifest her strong affection for and confidence in the man she has chosen as her life companion.

 

It is the high privilege and the solemn duty of Christians to make each other happy in their married life; but there is positive danger in making self all absorbing, pouring out all the wealth of affection upon each other, and being too well satisfied with such a life. All this savors of selfishness. – In Heavenly Places, pg. 207

 

–The Sacred Veils of Modesty–

The whole page is wonderful. So I leave that with you to think about. But now, I come to these veils. I would like to read a statement which to me, is one of the best commentaries on what is represented by the veils. You will find it in the book Education:

Chaste simplicity in dress, when united with modesty of demeanor, will go far toward surrounding a young woman with that atmosphere of sacred reserve which will be to her a shield from a thousand perils. – Education, pg. 248

Now turn in your book Adventist Home to page 177, please. We will refresh our minds with a statement here, which we have read before. What is there around every family? A sacred circle. What does it say should be done with this? It should be preserved. Then what does it say about everybody else? No other one has what? Any right where? In this sacred circle. In the sanctuary it was a square – the golden walls, the veil in front. Here it speaks of it as a circle. The point is, something is within, and everything else is outside. That is the purpose of the wall, the hedge, the reserve, the veils, all these expressions are used.

“There is a sacred circle around every family which should be preserved. No other one has any right in that sacred circle… I have been shown that there should be a sacred shield around every family.” – Adventist Home, pg. 177

I suggest for your thinking that one of the greatest factors in this protection, this hedge, this sacred circle of reserve is in the attitude of the husband and wife toward each other, and toward everybody else in contrast. This is manifest in two great things: The dress of the woman, and her attitude, her demeanor.  Now, there are those that become very sensitive whenever the question of women’s dress is mentioned. And sometimes we hear people say, “Why talk about women’s dress so much?” Well, friends, we could spend a lot of time on that, which we won’t in this study, but I will just tell you this: If you will notice in the Bible and in the Spirit of Prophecy, most everything that is said on the question of dress relates to whose dress? Women’s dress. If you do not understand why that is, then if you will pay close attention during this study, you will understand it and I don’t think that problem will ever bother you again, as to why that is. And don’t think this means that men don’t have any problem over the matter. I will point that out in just a few minutes. The men have just as big a problem on this question as the women, but it is in their eyes instead of what they wear. We will see that in Christ’s words.

But now to the inspired counsel to women:

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. – 1 Timothy 2:9,10

Now, you notice he links together here two great subjects: the dress question and the question of demeanor, or actions. Is dress mentioned here? What is the word? Apparel. What kind of apparel? Modest apparel. Is demeanor mentioned here? With what? Shamefacedness and sobriety. So dress and demeanor go together to give us the sacred veils of modesty, which protect and guard female virtue which is fundamental in the home. Let’s read it again here from Education, after we have read it from the Bible:

Chaste simplicity in dress, when united with modesty of demeanor, will go far toward surrounding a young woman with that atmosphere of sacred reserve which will be to her a shield from a thousand perils. – Education, pg. 248

Why does it say “chaste simplicity in dress?” What is another word for that? Virtuous, modest, pure. Is there a simplicity which isn’t chaste? Oh, yes. The heathen have that, the savages in Africa. They don’t wear much. Their dress may be very simple, but is it chaste simplicity? No… What does demeanor mean? The way you look, the way you act, the attitude, the use made of the eye, the hand, the words.

Back there the veil said to everyone that came, “No one can come in here but one.” So every woman should have something that says to everybody, “You stop right here. No admission, no trespassing.” This is modesty. It is almost a forgotten thing these days. But God’s people are going to be a peculiar people in this remnant hour, aren’t they? This is one of the greatest distinguishing things. As Seventh-day Adventists, we are distinguished by keeping the fourth commandment. Before we get through, we will be distinguished by keeping the seventh commandment, I can tell you that, in thought and word and act.

In this text we have read, notice that modesty is expressed in two ways. What is the first way? In dress. The second, in what? Demeanor. This, it says, will be a shield. We read here that every home is to have a sacred shield around it. Let us look at that matter of demeanor for a moment, and then we will come back to the dress. What is demeanor? Well, it is the way people use or don’t use their eyes. It is the way they use or don’t use their hands. It is the way they look or don’t look. The world is full of flirting today, not only between single people, (It is bad enough there.) but even between married people – I mean, a married woman with some other married man and vice versa. This is devilish, friends. And any woman or any man who has the slightest bit of that in them, need to get down and plead with God to take every bit of it out of their hearts and lives. There is nothing funny about it. There is nothing to write silly songs or plays about. There is nothing to tell jokes about. It is from the pit. It came from the devil. It leads to Sodom and to hell – every bit of flirting, winking with the eyes, all this attention of men to women and women to men, which leads away from the sanctity of this sacred union between one man and one women.

It is a fact, my friends, that whenever fashion shortens the skirts, or increases the exposure of the body in other areas, these terrible crimes against women increase. The police know it. The FBI knows it. Wouldn’t you think Christian women would know it? Wouldn’t you think Christian men would know it, and see to it that their wives and daughters understand something of it? Wouldn’t you, friends? I wonder what it is? I wonder why it is that there is such a lethargy on the matter? And now and then, when some minister has the courage and the conviction to say something about it, there may be a few amens, there may be a bit of anger and resentment, but in nine cases out of ten there is little change in the actual dress or demeanor.

If you had been in Battle Creek, you would have heard the prophet of God, from time to time, talk about this dress question, and the relation of dress to morals. And as you read the little testimonies to the church as they came out in the sixties and seventies you would have read statements like these:

In these last days, fashions are shameful and immodest. They are noticed in prophecy. They were first brought in by a class over whom Satan has entire control, who, ‘being past feeling [without any conviction of the Spirit of God] have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.’ If God’s professed people had not greatly departed from Him, there would now be a marked difference between their dress and that of the world. … The hoops are a shame. The inhabitants of earth are growing more and more corrupt, and the line of distinction between them and the Israel of God must be more plain, or the curse which falls upon worldlings will fall on God’s professed people. I was directed to the following scriptures. Said the angel: ‘They are to instruct God’s people.’ – Testimonies for the Church, Volume 1, pg. 189

Then she quotes 1 Timothy 2:9, 10 and 1 Peter 3:3-5. We studied Peter in this and another study… Notice she says “In these last day, fashions are shameful and immodest”. This is over a hundred years ago, friends. Now, what was the particular abomination, that she calls it, that was back there? The hoop skirt. The hoop skirt sometimes provided an exposure which was immodest. For instance on this point:

From what has been shown me, hoops are an abomination. – Testimonies for the Church, Volume 1, pg. 277

Now, why am I reading this? Because I think somebody is wearing a hoop skirt? Oh, no. I want you to get a principle.

From what has been shown me, hoops are an abomination. They are indecent; and God’s people err if they in the least degree follow, or give countenance to, this fashion. Those who profess to be God’s chosen, peculiar people, should discard hoops, and their practice should be a living rebuke to those who wear them. – Testimonies for the Church, Volume 1, pg. 277

If there is a fashion in the world today that is at least as much an abomination as the hoops skirts were, what should the dress of every Christian woman be, according to this? A living rebuke. I want to tell you something, friends. It is amazing to me the blindness of so many people on this question. If it were not for the power of fashion, no Christian woman would even think of dressing the way most women dress today. They wouldn’t even think about it. It is the power of fashion.

And don’t think, my dear sisters in Israel, that tacking on an inch or two to a mini-skirt is going to meet the problem at all. Do you know the difference? One is open, bold, brazen exposure. The other is a game of hide and seek. I speak plainly so that I will not be misunderstood. And I urge every husband and wife to pray over this, that we may understand what is at issue.

I want you to turn to the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. I told you that this wasn’t just a matter of a woman’s dress, it wasn’t just the women’s problem. It is very much a man’s problem, very much. Matthew 5:27, 28. Will you read with me?

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. – Matthew 5:27, 28

Yes. Do men have a problem? Oh, yes. Their problem is to control their eyes. If you were the devil, what would you do about it? Do you see the game of the devil, friends? To cause women to dress in such a way that it becomes more and more difficult for a man to even open his eyes without seeing that which suggests impure thoughts. Don’t misunderstand me. This does not give a Christian man any excuse. We are told that Joseph when he was surrounded with the sights and sounds of Egypt, was as one who saw and heard not. Enoch walked pure in a wicked age. And every Christian man, married or unmarried, will today have to guard his eyes, just turn away his eyes from seeing a lot of things. But ah, my friends, if God is going to bring into judgment the man who breaks the seventh commandment by looking in lust, do you think that He will pass by the woman who dressed in a way to arouse those lustful looks? Do you think He will? Both alike will be found guilty before God. And the purpose of the veil, which is modest dress, is to say to every man, “I have nothing to allure you with. I am not in the business. I am not for sale. I am not on the market. I am not interested in your attentions. I don’t want your notice. I belong to one man. That is my husband.”

Have you ever heard about people wearing a wedding ring for protection, these days? Have you? Let me tell you something: Every year, there are many more wedding rings sold than there are weddings celebrated. Did you know that? That is right. A wedding ring means very little these days. People put them on and off for their own purposes. I will tell you the circle that heaven is interested in. It is not made of gold. It is made of modesty and reserve. It is the sacred circle that we read about in Adventist Home, page 177. That is the circle that safeguards the home, not a circlet of gold around somebody’s finger. It is the attitude of the husband toward the wife and the wife toward the husband.

 

 

–The Security of Love–

Let’s go back to the Song of Solomon again. In an earlier lesson I introduced to you the refrain of this wonderful song of love in Song of Solomon 2:16. But I want to show it to you in some of the other verses:

My beloved is mine, and I am his. – Song of Solomon 2:16

Now notice, Song of Solomon 6:3. Here is the refrain again. What does it say?

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. – Song of Solomon 6:3

Now notice Song of Solomon 7:10. Here is this lovely refrain again:

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. – Song of Solomon 7:10

Oh, my dear friends, it is a wonderful thing (And don’t miss this!) to rest in the security of love, knowing that you haven’t the slightest thought of anybody but your companion, and knowing equally that your companion hasn’t the slightest thought of anybody but you. This is heaven on earth. Few today have this security, and all the rings in Tiffany won’t buy it. It is the heart that must be held, not the finger. The rings on the fingers of people today do not tell people, “stay away.” Thousands of married people with rings on their fingers are flirting with others, and even breaking the seventh commandment with others, aren’t they? Ah, friends, I tell you again, the ring we need is this sacred circle, chaste simplicity in dress united with modesty of demeanor. This will surround every woman with an atmosphere of sacred reserve which will be to her a shield from a thousand perils.

Do you know what that attitude and that dress says to every man? Listen dear women. This is what it says: “I am here and you are over there. You do not belong. There is one that belongs. That is my husband. And I don’t belong to you. I am not on the market. I have no game to play with you. I have no looks to give you. I have no honeyed words or sweet looks to share with you. I have no winks to give you. I am not interested in your attentions. I am not interested in what you think of me. There is one man in this world whose attentions I appreciate. That is my husband. There is one man whose admiration I enjoy. That is my husband. There is one man whose love I revel in. That is my husband. For everybody else
the door is closed.”

That is what modest dress says. That is what modest demeanor says. And the two together, ah, friends, what a shield! The dress says that. The demeanor says it. Happy is the home where the veils are intact. Tell me. Think back there to the temple in Jerusalem. What would you think of the priests that would take a pair of shears and shorten the veil either above or below? What would you think of that? Wouldn’t it be sacrilege? Wouldn’t it be terrible? Oh, my friends, how the veils have been shortened and cut. And the very thing that was meant to be covered and concealed is exposed to the vulgar gaze, and the demeanor goes right along with it. The purpose of the veils is not to reveal. It is to conceal. It is not to say, “come hither.” It is to say, “keep off.” Do you see?

Now this leads me to ask this question: Why are things covered? And I tell you quickly, friends, there are two reasons why things may be covered. Some things are covered because they are shameful. The apostle Paul speaks of the unfruitful works of darkness. He says:

It is a shame to even speak of those things which are done of them in secret. – Ephesians 5:2

But not everything that is done behind closed doors is wicked or shameful. No, no. There are some things that are covered because they are precious. There are some things that are in secret because they belong only to one. This sweet and holy fellowship between husband and wife, the love that the man has for the woman and the woman has for the man, this is not for the vulgar crowds, my friends. Oh, no. This is within the veil… Turn now again to the Song of Solomon 2. Notice this beautiful picture of sweet, happy love in privacy:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love – Song of Solomon 2:1-4

Here is a picture of bridegroom and bride reveling in each other’s love all alone – nobody else, just the two of them; two lovers. Oh, I pray we shall so keep the veils. And where they have been torn down, put them back. Where the hedge has been broken down, build it again, that each of you couples shall know the joy of a love within the veil, and not a bit of immodesty.

Now let me say a word to men. Dear men, if the devil is in the business of getting people to break the seventh commandment, you don’t want to help him, do you? I appeal to every man here. If in the past, because of the influence of the world, and the way you were brought up, or because of some hereditary or cultivated tendency, you have had the least bit of flirtation, put it away like you would a rattlesnake. Will you do that? In the world there is a certain pride in some circles about being a lady’s man, about being somebody that, you know, can just interest women. This is devilish, my friends. Don’t be proud of anything like that. If you have ever done or said anything that gives you that kind of reputation, repent of it before God, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to be all the more careful, to lean over backwards instead of forwards.

You know if there were two magnets here, one in my right hand and one in my left, and I bring those two magnets closer and closer together, there comes a time, if they are strong magnets, that my hands can no longer hold them apart. Do you get the picture? As I bring them together with my hands, the time finally comes when the inherent magnetic force takes over and [bang]. That is what happens. This is what is happening in the world, and too often in the church. Some married woman and some married man get together at a bowling alley, at a skating rink, or some church picnic or church social, or any one of a thousand ways. It may be in business. It may be in institutional work. It may be in office work. People are thrown together, and instead of each one seeking honestly to stay apart, they begin to be pleased with the attentions of each other. And finally, my friends, as that continues, there comes a point where inherent passion takes over, and the seventh commandment is broken.

Do not see how close to that tragedy you can get and still stay, what the world calls, decent. No, no. Stay just as far away from it as you can, and help other people to do it. And dear men, if some woman is, through her ignorance or her weakness, so foolish as to pay any attention to you, just do what a sensible man ought to do – keep a larger distance. Why, the Spirit of Prophecy goes to pains of telling us about the simple thing like shaking hands. Sister White says, to our ministers, “If a woman lingeringly holds your hand.” It is all right to shake hands. But the prophet says, “If a woman lingeringly holds your hands, quickly withdraw your hand and save her from sin.” Do you see what I mean, dear friends? The victory is in the heart, or the defeat is in the heart. If you sense the great importance of this question of purity, you will act with God to keep the walls high, to keep the veils intact; not to pull them down or make holes in them. Do you see? God will help you to do this.

But remember, the purpose of all this is not to hide something shameful there in the most holy place. The shameful thing is when the veils are torn down, not when they are kept. It is what is precious there within. And dear married couples, (And I have had this class with you as married couples, because as husband and wife you have a great potential and a great opportunity.) if you want to know the mystery, if you want to know what husband and wife can be to each other in the embrace of love, physical, mental, and spiritual, you must forever settle the question that there is no third party. That must be just as clear as the noonday sun to you and to your partner. Any doubt on that question mars the union. Any misgiving on the point makes it difficult to feel the security. If you want love in its fullness, love in this manifestation we are talking about between husband and wife, love demands exclusive rights. God has made it that way. You can’t improve on His holy law.

 

–Be On Guard–

You know, years ago, before most of us were born, there was a minister of high standing in this denomination by the name of Elder A. T. Jones. How many You know, God used him mightily to preach the great message of righteousness by faith. But A. T. Jones spent his closing years outside this movement. You know that, don’t you? Did you know he had a problem along this line? Perhaps you didn’t know that part of it. I am going to read something from the book Evangelism, a message to Elder A. T. Jones when he was the president of the California conference:

If any woman, no matter who, casts herself upon your sympathy, are you to take her up and encourage her and receive letters from her and feel a special responsibility to help her? My brother, you should change your course with regard to such matters, and set a right example before your brother ministers. Keep your sympathy for the members of your own family, who need all that you can give them. – Evangelism, pg. 460

What a message from the prophet of God. Today, my friends, I am sorry to say, but we have to face reality, it has become fashionable for women to run to men with all sorts of problems. Listen to the next sentence:

When a woman is in trouble, let her take her trouble to women. If this woman who has come to you has cause of complaint against her husband, she should take her trouble to some other woman who can, if necessary, talk with you in regard to it, without any appearance of evil. You do not seem to realize that your course in this matter is exerting a wrong influence. Be guarded in your words and actions. – Evangelism, pgs. 460, 461

He needed to keep the veils intact. He died outside the message. His fellow minister, Elder E. J. Waggoner, had even greater problems on this same point. I mention this to say, brethren, no matter how saintly a man may seem to be, no matter how close to heaven he has walked, as long as he is in this world, every man must guard this point – guard his heart, guard his eyes, guard his hands, guard his attitude. If men will do that, and women will guard their dress and demeanor, we can have pure homes, Christian homes, modest, holy, virtuous characters, and we can be among the hundred forty-four thousand who stand without fault before the throne of God.

-Continue on to the next study-

_______
* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.

 


–Food For Thought–

What are two great things that helped protect the family and manifest reserve? 1) The dress of the woman, and 2) her demeanor. Discover more about God’s sacred shield in the book, The Art of Dressing.

Sisters, here is a resource full of principles to aid you in your journey to dress reform. This book was designed to prepare a people to stand. Get a copy for yourself, your daughter, and a friend, in our End-Time Store. By God’s grace you shall receive a blessing!