Women In Pants

Q. I want to find out more about Deuteronomy 22:5 and the Bible’s position on women wearing pants to church. Can you explain this?

A. Deut. 22:5 says, A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.

It addresses a deviant sexual behavior we call cross dressing today. In Biblical times both men and women wore floor length robes but you could tell one from the other. Today both men and women wear pants but you can also tell one from the other. The sin this verse describes is when a man dresses in such a way as to present himself as a woman, or a woman dresses in such a way as to present herself as a man. It was not intended to prevent women from wearing pants to church.

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