Sacred Cow Barbecue- Men in Dresses

I’m feeling like shenaniganizing today, so I thought I’d drop in on another edition of the Sacred Cow Barbecue.

What’s up with men wearing dresses up on stage at church? I’m talking about ones like this…


Look as much as I can, I can’t find anywhere that Paul or Jesus mentions that pastors, preachers, reverends, or other highly esteemed men of God need to dress like women in order to deliver His word. I know you’ll find plenty of stuff in the Old Testament for Jewish priests, but not in the New Testament for Protestants.

If you can find it, please send me the references. It has to be from the Bible too, not an old historical text or seminary guide.

Until someone can show me this, I’m chalking this up to a manmade tradition that has absolutely nothing to do with Biblical worship or doctrine. Even worse, looking at it from that light, think about how much money is spent on man-dresses every year that could be given to the poor, to missionaries, or even Charity Water (one of our fave charities).

Just for fun, I websearched “religious robes” to check on prices. Cheap robes start around $99, and, let’s be honest, you wouldn’t want a cheap one. It’s like poking head and arm holes in a sheet and putting a belt around it. The decent ones are $150 and up. The weird thing is, you could buy a pretty actual real woman’s dress for cheaper than that, as long as you can find your size.

I think we should start a movement. We’ll call it something like “The Quit Wearing Man-Dresses at Church and Give to the Poor Fund”.

Or you guys could keep on doing it and claim you’re doing your best. We’ll know the truth though.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and the crazy religious wackos at Kapow. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!


2 thoughts on “Sacred Cow Barbecue- Men in Dresses

  1. Via Facebook from Brian S.-
    I know that in the Bible it makes reference to “your robes” in many places, but let’s face it, all they wore were robes back then. I agree with the good Doctor on this point, I don’t consider them man dresses, but I don’t see where robes are necessary. The same argument could be used for the court system. Judge robes?
    I have kind of the same argument about how people dress for church. If you spend the other 6 days of the week wearing overalls, shorts and a tee shirt, khakis and a polo shirt, then that’s your chosen or normal appearance. So then why do people wear suits, dresses, their ” Sunday best ” for church? Isn’t this kind of the practice of throwing airs? You’re presenting a false picture of who you really are, and it’s not for God, he knows you every second of your life, It’s for others to look at so they will see what a nicely dresses person you are, how good you look. Isn’t there something about vanity being a sin, a deadly sin? Far too many people worry about what other people think about them when all anyone need worry about is being the best person you can be in God’s eyes.

  2. A friend of mine just pointed out a great reference that speaks to the clothing adornments. Check out Isaiah 3:18-24.

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