MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A debate about what is appropriate to wear in church sparked a debate that has Mid-South pastors weighing in on the topic of church dress code.
Brian Carn, a pastor from Florida, is the creator of one of the more popular Facebook Live broadcasts that speaks against fashion choices overshadowing the gospel.
The following FB Live broadcast was published on July 19, 2017:
Dr. Mathew L. Stevenson is a renowned pastor in Chicago. He, too, took to social media to express his thoughts on a church dress code.
His YouTube video was published on July 20, 2017:
In Memphis, Jerrod Gunter a youth pastor at New Direction Christian Church spoke with WMC Action News 5 in a t-shirt, distressed jeans, and tennis shoes. He said they speak to their congregation in what they're comfortable in and that it represents the diversity of their church.
"You may see somebody with a three piece suit next to somebody with skinny jeans on," Gunter said.
He said the importance is the message, not the jeans of the messenger.
"We're focused on what this guy is wearing, but is what he's saying inspiring? Is what he's saying impactful?" Gunter asked.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Bishop Brandon Porter with Church of God in Christ said many could be distracted from the message by the look of the person giving it.
"If at any time of our lives when what we do for God becomes diminished by our own desires or taste, we have to reduce those things so that we are not the light," said Porter.
Both did say they're here to help guide others despite different choices in fashion.