Makeup & Jewelry

Cosmetics or makeup

 The real problem with the use of cosmetics is that it represents pride and rebellion against God and his creation.

Pro 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,   (see more verses on pride under the jewelry section)

 1Timothy 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.   2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

 The Greek word for modest is kosmious, which means orderly, well-arranged, seemly, or modest. In other words, "modest" refers to clothing that is neat and appropriate for the occasion. The Greek word that is translated shamefacedness is aidos, which means having a sense of shame, modesty, and reverence. The Greek word for sobriety is sophrosuna. This is a person of sound mind, with self-control, of good judgment, and moderate in all that he does.

 Early church writings (less than two hundred years after Jesus was born) condemn the use of face painting (see below).

 “Those women who wear gold imitate the Egyptians. They occupy themselves with curling their locks. They are busy anointing their cheeks, painting their eyes, dyeing their hair, and practicing the other pernicious arts of luxury. The truth is that they deck the covering of their flesh in order to attract their infatuated lovers”. Clement of Alexandria (circa 195 AD), 2.272.

 “Whatever is born is the work of God. So whatever is plastered on, is the devil's work.... How unworthy of the Christian name it is to wear a fictitious face — you on whom simplicity in every form is enjoined!  You, to whom lying with the tongue is not lawful, are lying in appearance”. Tertullian (circa 198 AD), 4.21.

 Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 4:5  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

 Archaeologists have found the earliest evidence of cosmetics (makeup) being used in Egypt dating back to the fourth millennium BC. They found ancient artifacts of eye makeup and objects used for the application of scented unguents. The people of Egypt were typically considered to be wicked and ungodly in the Bible. Leaving Egypt is a symbol of leaving a sinful life.

 Revelations 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 

 Exodus 5:2  And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

 Wicked women of the bible wore makeup

 2 Kings 9:30  And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

 Ezekiel 23:39  For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house. 23:40  And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments.

 History tells us that the use of cosmetics began in Egypt to look more like the false gods and goddesses that they worshipped. In various cultures it was typical for the harlots and prostitutes to use cosmetics to draw attention from their potential clientele. Until the 1940s, the use of makeup was considered sin by most Christian churches.


 Like the use of cosmetics, the problem with wearing Jewelry is that it represents pride and rebellion against God and his creation.

 Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

 Mar 7:22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  Mar 7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

 Pride also demonstrates a love for the world more than for God.

 1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

 Evidently it is easy for the modern church to justify themselves in wearing jewelry and makeup as their use demonstrates no conviction for wearing them. Proverbs 21 explains that “every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth (weights or judges) the hearts”. You can justify it as right in your mind now, but can you do so in judgment before the throne of God?

 Some people even use the union of marriage as a justification for wearing wedding rings. Do you actually need a ring to let others know that you are happily married and not looking for a new partner? If that is all that stands between you and adultery, that ring can slip off very easily when you justify it.

 Pro 21:2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. Pro 21:3  To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Pro 21:4  A high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

 1 Peter 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 1Timothy 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.  2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

 Genesis 35:4  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

 Exo 33:4  And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.  33:5  For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.   33:6  And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

 Isa 3:16  Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:   3:17  Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.  3:18  In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,   3:19  The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,  3:20  The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,   3:21  The rings, and nose jewels,  3:22  The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

 Definitions: Cauls - a jeweled netting for the hair.  Round Tires - round pendent for the neck (moon shaped) . Mufflers - An ornament worn by women.   Wimples - a woman's garment or shawl.

 Body Piercing and tattoos

 Leviticus 19:28  Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

 1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

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