By way of an example:
My son who was a teacher did not have a white shirt. We were very tight financially and splurging on another shirt so that he had a white shirt was a luxury we could not afford. Our Bishop told him he could not help prepare the Sacrament until he had one. We had not been active for a few years and were just coming back to Church and he had just barely decided that he felt worthy to help. This made him question his worthiness again.
I am assuming that it was a mistype when you said "we are definitely not heading toward pharisaism". I think you meant that we actually are heading toward it. Otherwise your post confuses me.
But I want to let you know something.. this is the Official Doctrine of the LDS Church on the matter of white shirts and the Sacrament.
Now that is not a license to wear just ANYTHING. There will be limits. I don't think you could come in a wifebeater and overalls and expect to pass the Sacrament most of the time. But you might want to mention this passage of Volume 2 of the Handbook of Instructions to your Bishop. You might also ask him to help you with a white shirt.
If he doesn't... please contact me.
Edited by CASteinman, 08 June 2012 - 11:05 PM.