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Sweet Friend, You Can Wear The White Dress


Sweet Friend, You Can Wear The White Dress

The Lie

There’s a lie still weaving it’s way through Christian circles. It’s the thought that purity is merely refusing to participate in certain sinful activities. It started when, in hopes to strike fear into adolescents, we began setting up various rules and regulations about what makes us pure. People became identified as such when they abstained from sex until marriage. If they wore a purity ring and didn’t ride in cars with boys, surely they were on the right path!

But because we missed the foundation of what being pure actually looks like and why we should strive for it, we had many Christians that were remaining faithful to a point, but coming as close to the line as possible. “Okay, so if I can’t do this than what about this? How much can I do and get away with it?” “Surely, a little of this isn’t as bad as that so I’m still good right?” Sound familiar? Maybe you’ve heard some of these questions or even thought them yourself.

A Heart Issue

Now, I’m not saying we should toss out all the boundaries and rally in a free for all. But I think the issue is much broader than whether or not a person has “saved themselves for marriage.” Purity is a deeper concept. It’s not just about physically remaining abstinent. A woman can be impure by giving intimate parts of her mind away that should be guarded and kept only for her husband. It’s an issue of the heart.

It’s possible to appear squeaky clean from all views on the outside and yet, still have a heart full of dirt.

The Filthy Truth

Surely, being pure does also include fleeing from all aspects of sexual sin, but we know from scripture that our actions come from what’s within our hearts as Jesus stated below:
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man;…
(Matthew 15:18-20a ESV)
Jesus also said, “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). He exposes the fact that even if a person has not acted on a sin physically, they are guilty if they have even entertained the thought of it. We see actions but God sees the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7).
So what does this mean for us? I believe, if we look into our hearts with honesty, we will all see that we are not pure. Our thoughts, desires and actions are all tainted by the fall and we all fall short of the standard. (Romans 3:23).

It Was Granted

Maybe you’ve read about the woman in Proverbs 6. You know, the seductive adulterous woman that lays in wait for prey. Well, you can go ahead and insert my name there. I was that girl. I may have never stolen another woman’s man but I was most definitely an unclean woman. Did you catch that? I was. Not I am, but I was.
When I was a new believer, I struggled with tons of lies because of my past. “No Christian man would ever marry me. I’m damaged goods.” and “Could God truly forgive me?” Another lie I believed was that I was not aloud to wear white on my wedding day because my virginity was not intact. I now know how untrue that is, but have come in contact with Christians who still hold to it.
But what is the real reason behind wearing that beautiful white dress? To point us back to Christ:
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
‭(Revelation ‭19:7-8‬ ‭ESV)

Marriage is a beautiful picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church. When a bride dresses herself in white on her wedding day, the purpose is to point to this very event in scripture: the marriage supper of the Lamb. “It was granted her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and pure.”

Christians, we did not gain the ability to be considered pure by our own actions. It was granted to us by our King. His righteousness is what makes us pure.

If you are in Him, no matter what your past looks like, you have been cleansed. You are pure. Praise the Lord!

I’ll never forget when a dear friend of mine told me she dreamed of wearing a pale pink dress on her future wedding day. I was so surprised because she, unlike me, had honored God by waiting to be married. Surely it was her of all people that should wear the pure white dress! But she said to me, “I think you should wear white. Because look at what God has done. He has changed you so much. That’s a reason for someone to wear white!” She understands redemption.

Some of you are like my friend. You’ve waited for your husband and guarded your heart. Praise God for this! He has held you back from much heart ache for his glory.

Some of you are like me. You’ve given yourself away and sometimes the consequences seem unbearable. God promises to turn it for your good and his glory. Praise him for that!

Did you know that God sees us all exactly the same? When he looks at any one of us that make up the Church he sees the righteousness of his Son. The only righteousness worth clinging to.

Someone who thinks a woman is disqualified from wearing white because of her past before Christ has a very shallow knowledge of grace, the Gospel and their own depravity. If it were not for the grace of God we would all be significantly more sinful. If you have not traveled a particular dark path you should thank the Lord for his protection, not your own righteousness.

The Blood of the Lamb

As a born again Christian, I believe to choose a darker dress for the purpose of displaying my lack of chastity before turning to the Lord would give the impression to the unsaved world that Christ can’t truly cleanse. That his grace just can’t quite cover that sin. But that’s far from the truth. His grace abounds! (Romans 5:20).

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
(Psalm 103:12 ESV)

He has made all of us pure. Therefore, we can glorify him by allowing the world to know that it is only him that gives us a reason to wear white. That should be our only reason. When we wear a white dress for the purpose of showing off the purity of action we have achieved, we make much of ourselves. When we do it to reflect the truth that the blood of the Lamb has made us white as snow, we make much of him! We say to the world “Look at what HE has done. I am not worthy of this adorning but HE has covered me in his righteousness.”

Some Encouragement

Firstly, I wanna speak to the girl who has been running from God and so far has refused to turn to him. Maybe you stumbled upon this post not knowing what you were getting yourself into. Maybe you’ve willingly tread the wrong path as I did, or you think you will be saved because of the good you’ve done. Either way, God is drawing you near. He wants to save those who will come to him in humility, knowing they have nothing to offer. Turn to him. He is the only way. There is no life apart from Christ.

To the girl that has followed Christ from a young age and committed yourself to guarding your heart from sin. Keep fighting the good fight. Keep fleeing temptation and don’t give in. Your Father in heaven is not holding out on you. He is protecting you from more than you could imagine. Take it from me, you don’t want the pain of that life. I am so encouraged by young women like you.

To the gal who is like me, who has turned from your sin and given your life to Christ but still struggling with your past. There is much healing for you in the Lord. Your Father is the ultimate repairer of the heart he created. He will use your past in ways you can’t fathom. Do not despair, he has redeemed you from the pit. (Psalm 40:2). Don’t believe the lies that are thrown your way. He is faithful. He has forgiven you. And he sees you as pure. And one day, Lord willing, there may be a godly man who sees you just the same.

My husband grew up in the church. He was saved at the sweet age of eight, and has followed after God’s heart ever since. He saved himself for me. A gift I wish so much that I could have reciprocated. I never, in a million years, believed that a man like him would marry a woman like me. I am tearing up as I type this just thinking about God’s grace to me through him.

The night I told him about my past, I became very insecure. I feared he was second guessing his pursuit of me. But instead he told me he loved me for the first time. He said, “I love you. When I look at you, I see the purity of Christ.” Imagine me ugly crying at this point. His humility amazes me. This is how we should view each person in the body of Christ. We are no better than any other person because we abstained from something they didn’t. We are all made pure in Christ.

I didn’t write this post to tell you that you better wear a white wedding dress. In fact, I wore ivory. ;). But after hearing numerous comments regarding this topic, I was inspired to look into it further.

None of us deserve anything from God. But he has lavishly poured out his grace upon us. He is so good to his people. Because of what he’s done, we all can stand unashamed and speechless in his presence…and wear that pretty white dress. Or pink. Whatever your heart desires. <3

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

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15 comments


  • Great message. Thank you



  • Oh wow, this was great! I’m a born again Christian myself and this was really, REALLY relatable.


  • Lo

    So much of this post truly needed to be said! Thanks so much for sharing it 🙂


    • Brittany Allen

      Girl I felt like I was going to explode if I didn’t get it out there! Lol I’m so passionate about how Jesus can take “the worst” sinners and transform them tremendously. Thanks for reading!



  • From a girl who has a past that God has redeemed, thank you. This is the most beautiful post I have ever read on this topic. I am sharing this! I am praising God for all he has done in you and all He is doing through you!


    • Brittany Allen

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so passionate about this topic and how God can change our hearts in such big ways! Thanks for the love!


  • Emma Fellenstein

    I love your post and I deeply appreciate your words, but I am a bit frustrated. Not by you, but by this whole mindset. I love what you’ve said, but here’s where I get caught up: we start out these conversations talking about the fuzzy lines that separate “okay” from “not okay”. And then we talk about how our sins are taken care of, and we can be made righteous, once again! The past, then, as you have stated time and time again in this post, is not allowed to define us anymore! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! So if our past is wiped clean and we’re still alive on this earth, what do those rules look like, now? For a 19 year old woman, who has never been in a relationship and is thankful for that, thus far in her life, but would love to know how relationships in the modern Christian world are supposed to take place, what are the rules? Or, are there rules? Is every situation specific, and that’s why we can’t really speak about forward-looking purity on a broad scale? Or is it simply because we don’t really have any answers? Again, I loved everything you had to say, but what does it look like to take that redemptive mindset and apply it to our future?



    • Hi Emma! Are you asking what the rules are as far as purity? Going too far with a guy? Purity of the heart? I would love to help answer some of these things for you as I once struggled with that fine line myself. 🙂


    • Brittany Allen

      Emma,

      I am so thankful for you and your thoughts. These are such important questions to ponder! I wish I had all the answers for you. I think there are specific boundaries laid out in scripture for all of us to follow(Anything that would be sexually immoral). But when it comes to the “fuzzy” areas there really isn’t a clear line. It is a case by case basis. For example, some people can kiss before marriage and it doesn’t cause them to sin. But for my husband and I, we waited until 2 months before our wedding for our first kiss and then stopped shortly after due to the temptation it brought. You have to be honest with yourselves and have communication from the beginning of your relationship. If something feels wrong or is tempting you then stop. If you can’t be alone together without being tempted don’t be alone together. We are all tempted in different ways by different things. That’s why I can’t look at my friend and tell her she shouldn’t kiss before marriage because it is sin. For her it may not be. However, it is good to warn her that it has the potential of causing temptation and allow her to ponder if it does for her.

      I hope I have at least helped a little with answering your questions. When you start dating someone my advice would be to have the boundaries talk sooner rather than later. It’s so important to make sure lines aren’t crossed! We planned from the beginning that we would not kiss until we were engaged. Knowing we both were on the same page helped us tremendously. And then you have to constantly reevaluate your boundaries and place more if needed.

      Thanks for reading girl!



  • My heart 🙂 I just love this. These words are so gentle and loving but yet so powerful as well. This is a topic I’m passionate about as well! Love this tons! Pinning for others to read 🙂



  • Brittany, you’ve done it again. So much grace and gentleness in correcting a hard topic! Well said.


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