There has been more than a few posts about Anthony Morris III and his talk about tight pants, spanx (spandex?) and Bethel as a destination vacation.
After the initial bewilderment and laughing about his diatribe, it is more clear to me that this was not about modest clothing choices, or spiritual priorities.
It was designed and succeeded as a slap in the face of all who listened.
The things he talked about are just not on the normal radar of anyone who listened.
I can recall nowhere in writing that ever encouraged families to go to Bethel before Disneyworld, MGM, etc; nowhere that talks about leggings or modern cut men's suits (it is just fashion, after all), or women wearing exercise clothing in public. (On a side note, I have been to assemblies, there are just not many of us who could wear tight clothing and not look like stuffed sausage, so how many people was he aiming at here?)
But that didn't stop Tony from insulting, rather viciously, anyone who might have worn yoga pants out in public, or went to Disneyworld first, things they were hearing for the very first time!
He says to women who have worn exercise clothing in public: "You claim you worship the true God?"
To those who have not been to Bethel: "you say you are a spiritual person?"
He adds: "Bethel, the very house of God."
I wonder how many witnesses get how very radical this man is; what is he saying about Bethel?
Bethel is actually is the 'house of God'? What does that mean? They SOLD the house of God; it isn't like it is holy ground; is it holy because they are there? They used the name Beth-el, which in Hebrew meant house of god; does he think the name means something special? What is to see anyway? Printing presses, entire floors that are off limits? Their own congratulatory literature displays?
There was no encouragement in this talk, only insults about his own personal pet peeves.
And it seems no witness I know of was offended by this tirade.