J.C. Ryle On Separation

When Paul said, “Come out from among them and be separate,” he did not mean that Christians should be strange and odd in their dress, manners, demeanor and voice. Anything that attracts attention to these matters is most objectionable, and ought to be carefully avoided. To wear clothes of such a color, or made in such a fashion that when you go into company every eye is fixed on you, and you are the object of general observation, is an enormous mistake. It gives the wicked the opportunity to ridicule Christianity, and looks self-righteous and unnatural. There is not the slightest proof that our Lord and his apostles, and Priscilla, and Persis, and their companions, did not dress and behave just like others in their own ranks of life. On the other hand, one of the many charges our lord brings against the Pharisees was that they ‘make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments’, so as to be ‘seen by men’ (Matthew 23:5). True sanctity and sanctimoniousness are entirely different things. Those who try to show their unworldliness by wearing conspicuously ugly clothes, or by speaking in a whining, snuffling voice, or by affecting an unnatural slavishness, humility and gravity of manner miss their mark altogether and only give cause to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. J.C. Ryle – Practical Religion (pp. 297-298)

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