Should Christian women wear bikinis? Christian women should cover their bodies and refrain from wearing bikinis as they expose their bodies which is the temple of The Holy Spirit.
The enemy through his agents such as the mainstream media and social media platforms has made the idea of nudity appealing to many. They are normalizing every form of evil in Society.
One might argue that the beach setting justifies putting on a bikini. The Bible calls us a chosen generation, a holy priesthood to God (1 Peter 2:9-10). As holy people, we are to set an example to others through speech and conduct, love, faith, and purity. (1 Timothy 4:12). How will you influence the world if you imitate them in their wickedness?
You are the light of the world
Are we not called to be separated from the system and patterns of this world and not conform to it? Romans 12:2 declares “do not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Do you think nudity is pleasing and acceptable to a holy God?
And if we are to set an example to others through purity, how does exposing our bodies serve this purpose? “Therefore, come out from them and be separated from them, says The LORD, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a Father to you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Is wearing a bikini sin?
Wearing a bikini is sinful as it defiles the temple of God and causes others to stumble. We are called to be the light of the world, and an open letter to be read by all. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
The Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that “all things are permissible to me, but not all things are beneficial.” How is exposing your body beneficial to you as a child of God called to show others the way of life? If prostitutes walk naked to entice men causing them to stumble, how different are you from them? Therefore, there must be a distinction between light and darkness, Christians and unbelievers.
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In 1 Corinthians chapter 8, while addressing questions pertaining to food offered to idols, Paul taught that we as mature Christians should refrain from anything (not necessarily sin) that can cause a weaker Christian to stumble.
1 Corinthians 8-11-12
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
Let me paraphrase these verses by adding the words bikini and nudity. This is how it will read;
“For if anyone sees you a person of knowledge, in a bikini, will he be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to embrace nudity? And so by your knowledge this week man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if wearing a bikini is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never expose my body lest I cause my brother to fall.”
With this revelation, should Christian women wear bikinis?