Religious-heretic wicked are experts at taking Scripture out of context to misuse for evil purposes.
Consider some of the following Bible verses they distort and twist:
First Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
Matthew 15:11 [it's] not what goes into the mouth defiles a human, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a human."
First Peter 3:3 Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing,
First Peter 3:4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
There are several persons I know of, especially females and apparently at least one protestant pastor, who have mis-applied the Biblical verses above to - if not condone - at least excuse, immodesty of dress and attire in general public view.
I even heard that the pastor alluded to above demonstrated his virtual slap in the face against godly modesty by partially disrobing during his sermon! Warm outside in the summer heat, yes . . . but inside, in air-conditioning?
Now - hypocritically - if he had really wanted to follow through completely with his lewd-conduct public-indecency apostasy, he would have not merely stripped off his tie and shirt and trousers, but also his T-shirt and boxer shorts down to a jock strap or less . . . although:
First Corinthians 12:23 . . . and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,
First Corinthians 12:24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part . . .
Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm [i.e. a compromising half-stripper?], and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Actually, a legitimate application of the above-mentioned Bible verses could have tied in with:
James 2:1 My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
3 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "Have a seat here, please," while you say to the poor man, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet,"
4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?
7 Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name which was invoked over you?
8 If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well.
9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
11 For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not kill." If you do not commit adultery but do kill, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.
Perhaps the pastor will, next Sunday, bring in Rahab the harlot (or a substitute) and have her do a nude striptease to show how acceptable lying and defining "being ill-clad" are related to works-substantiating faith, and that "God does not judge by sanctified perjury and outward [naked] appearance, but by "the heart:"
Isaiah 3:16 The LORD said: "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet [slapping bare soles with soxless flipflops, as they walk along, to get attention?]
Isaiah 3:17 the Lord will smite with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.
Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones and grind meal, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
Isaiah 47:3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no man.
Ezekiel 16:7 and grow up like a plant of the field.' And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full maidenhood; your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.
Ezekiel 16:22 And in all your abominations and your harlotries you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, weltering in your blood.
Ezekiel 16:39 And I will give you into the hand of your lovers, and they shall throw down your vaulted chamber and break down your lofty places; they shall strip you of your clothes and take your fair jewels, and leave you naked and bare.
Ezekiel 23:29 and they shall deal with you in hatred, and take away all the fruit of your labor, and leave you naked and bare, and the nakedness of your harlotry shall be uncovered . . .
Hosea 2:3 . . . lest I strip her naked and make her as in the day she was born, and make her like a wilderness, and set her like a parched land, and slay her with thirst.
Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire . . .
. . . although that might interfere with or contradict the following:
Second Samuel 13:18 Now she was wearing a full-length robe with long sleeves; for thus were the virgin daughters of the king traditionally clad . . .
Jeremiah 2:25 Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
First Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
First Timothy 2:9 also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in decent apparel, not with hair plaiting or gold or pearls or costly attire
First Timothy 2:10 but by good works, as befits women who profess religion.
Encouraging the audience themselves within the sanctuary to strip and then redress, the following verses can also be satanically mis-applied:
Second Chronicles 28:15 And the men who have been mentioned by name rose and took the captives, and with the spoil they clothed all that were naked among them; they clothed them, gave them sandals, provided them with food and drink, and anointed them; and carrying all the feeble among them on asses, they brought them to their kinsfolk at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria.
Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Ezekiel 18:5 "If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right:
6 if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman in her time of impurity,
7 does not oppress any one, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,
8 does not lend at interest or take any increase, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between man and man,
9 walks in my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, he is righteous, he shall surely live," says the Lord GOD.
10 "If he begets a son who is a robber, a shedder of blood,
11 who does none of these duties, but eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor's wife,
12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination,
13 lends at interest, and takes increase; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself."
Perhaps it would have been better for the pastor to have on one-piece (upper-and-lower) prison-striped underwear to flaunt and exhibit to his shocked congregants to flaunt his disdain of outward appearance, or at least the Superman uniform on with the big 'S' on his chest to show off that "the Lord does not judge by outward appearances."
Why bare only naked arms, chest, legs, and feet to the parishoners?
First Samuel 19:24 And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel, and lay naked all that day and all that night. Hence it is said, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"
Second Samuel 6:20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal [pronounced: Mick-CALL] the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' maids, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"
First Chronicles 19:4 So Hanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away;
5 and they departed. When David was told concerning the men, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, "Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown, and then return."
6 When the Ammonites saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent a thousand talents of silver to hire chariots and horsemen from Mesopotamia, from Arammaacah, and from Zobah.
7 They hired thirty-two thousand chariots and the king of Maacah with his army, who came and encamped before Medeba. And the Ammonites were mustered from their cities and came to battle.
Psalm 147:10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man
Isaiah 20:2 at that time the LORD had spoken by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, "Go, and loose the sackcloth from your loins and take off your shoes from your feet," and he had done so, walking naked and barefoot--
Isaiah 20:3 the LORD said, "As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Ethiopia,
Isaiah 20:4 so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians captives and the Ethiopians exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
Isaiah 52:10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Luke 8:27 And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs.
Luke 8:35 Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
So the pastor stripped to get attention. Attendance was waning, offering-plate contributions were meager, so he sensationally got desperate:
Second Corinthians 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
IS a show-and-tell homily demonstration to seated church members appropriate?
Amos 2:16 " . . . and he who is stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," says the LORD.
Micah 1:8 For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.
Matthew 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
Acts 19:16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, mastered all of them, and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Second Corinthians 5:2 Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling,
3 so that by putting it on we may not be found naked.
4 For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
Revelation 3:17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Revelation 16:15 ("Wow, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!")
And what will be the outcome of all this:
Matthew 24:40 Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left.