First of all I am not against “standards”, “guardrails”, or whatever you want to call them. What I am against is the hypocritical, fault finding, totally unbiblical, and legalistic teaching of these so-called standards propagated by cult leaders like Rony Denis and others like him.
If you watched the videos from the Hopcc conference you saw people who were “dressed up” because of their “standards” but their behavior showed what is really in their heart.
“Pastor” Rony Denis, the example that they are following! This is him mocking the people rallying against his atrocities.
Denis and his group teaches an extreme version of modesty, especially for women. They believe that unless a woman is wearing a dress or skirt whose borders must be between the ankles and lower part of the calves then it not “Holy”. There are some exceptions to the rule you will see amongst their crowds but those who are “in” understand what’s accepted and not accepted by Denis.
There is nothing wrong with this at all. What is wrong is to teach that you are on your way to HELL if you don’t look like this. I have known women in Hopcc who were so caught up in what they looked like but couldn’t care less of what their child looked like in terms of quality of clothing. They also had attitudes and ways about them that were no different than the world. Jesus said that you will know His disciples by the love that they have not the bitterness that they have one for each other. Denis has basically taught this people that their salvation rest in what they are wearing. If you take a girl filled with a ghetto, thug, and street mentality and you put her in a long skirt with a blazer and a pocketbook, is she now saved? That’s Hopcc.
Remember these? The Hopcc woman violently in the face of someone who escaped the cult and the young Hopcc minister lunging at his mother whom the sheriff had to pull away? Whether you wear a dress or suit with a white shirt and tie, those things don’t make you Holy, but it is Jesus on the inside working on the outside, oh what a change in my life!?
Here is Denis’ teaching on how a woman in pants is an abomination to God and therefore will go to HELL for being an abomination to God. (Rev.21:8) Hopcc starts of with their foundational scripture for this in Deut.22:5, which says a woman must not wear men’s clothing and vice versa, but this passage also says not to wear clothes of wool and linen woven together, and if a man or woman gets exposed committing adultery then they must be put to DEATH! Half, if not more, of Hopcc would be dead by now if they were consistent in following the Old Testament scriptures instead of just picking and choosing which ones to twist and follow.
First of all men and women wore robes back then. So their clothing were already similar being both robes. There obviously was a distinction between a man’s robe and a woman’s robe. God didn’t want men to appear as women and vice versa like the idolatrous pagans were practicing. This is echoed in the New Testament as well. Men are not to be effeminate (I Cor.6:9), and men and women have different roles (I Cor. 11). I believe it is clear to anyone who is serious about their faith in God as their Savior would agree that God wants a woman to be a woman and a man to be a man, and the Devil works just like he did in the Old Testament to disrupt that with a “transgender” revolution.
What does the New Testament say about clothes? Hopcc and Rony Denis are still living in the Old Testament looking for the “Promised Land”, Denis’ carrot stick. For us, living in the LIBERTY of CHRIST in the New Testament, we are taught to be MODEST (I Tim2:9). Men’ pants are made for men, some in my opinion are immodest. It’s popular for some men to wear them showing purposefully their underwear, which generally is supposed to be under your outerwear, hence the name underwear. There are women’s pants that are made for women, just like the robes of the Old Testament were made for them. Women’s pants can actually be worn modestly. The worldly trend of course is sex sells, so unfortunately much of what you will see are women in tight pants, but it doesn’t have to be like that for every woman, plus it depends how you wear your clothes, revealing or modest. At the end of the day I am not your judge, neither is Rony Denis, but God is the one we will all answer to. People have a lot more issues in their life to be concerned about when it comes to having a relationship with God. A long skirt will not get you to Heaven! You need to be born again, and everything will change including your clothing choices as you establish your relationship with God.
This picture was taken from a book written by Nancy Leigh Demoss, “The Look- Does God Really Care What I wear?”. It is good for a Christian, man or woman, to be aware of letting their light shine for Christ before others! And, it is your light not Denis’, a light God gave you not Rony Denis!