A Work In Progress: A Summer Fashion Show
Friday 6th August 2010
Yesterday I was at work and I was approached by a customer wanting information on home delivery. I was stunned when I looked up at the face to see that the voice did not in anyway shape or form match the owner of it. It was a man in his mid fifties with long curly blond hair .He was wearing a figure hugging tube top that showed his nipples and black leggings that when he walked showed off the G-string he was wearing. He had the reddest lipsstick on you could imagine. To be honest it was the heavy perfume wafting up my nose was what alerted me to his presence and how tall he stood over me. I’m ashamed to say my gut reaction was to laugh at this tortured soul, but I managed to keep a straight professional face as my job required me to. I later wept and repented of my action or nonaction.I’m only a small island girl who has lived a somewhat sheltered life.
I thought I would ask my bible “Does God really care what I wear?” The answers astounded me.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth
unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s
garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
Some people say that God doesn’t care what we wear. If that is the case, then why do we have the above Scripture, and others like it? Obviously He does care. Which got me thinking I didnt want to but there you go. I must go wherever the Spirit leads.
There is a certain American man who is a christian playwright/actor. I love his work and I’ve always supported him by purchasing his stageplays and now movies on dvd. I’m not soo sure now because his main gimmick is putting on a body suit ,a wig and colourful dresses in the name of entertainment. I won’t say anymore on this subject for now.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair,
or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But
(which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”
– 1 Timothy 2:9-10
That word – apparel, comes from a Greek word that means “long and flowing garment.”
My next thought was but men in Roman times about first century AD wore robes as well as women.
So I went online and looked up historical clothing. I found that there was a difference.The womens apparel was distintinctive. They were not to have short robes like the men, but long and flowing ones – dresses.
I started thinking about what we wear today. Pants and dresses. Pants are not long and flowing. They are generally men’s garments. The Bible doesn’t give specifics on how men are to dress,except to say that they are not to be effeminate.
However Three things then flooded into my memory. One was after that honest talk I had with my husband back in February/March of this year( See weigh in Tuesday for the low down) one of the things on his heart was that he wanted me to look more femine. So as a good christian wife wannabe , I humbly obliged. I looked in my wardrobe and they were void of dresses to my surprise. My church sister Merlene invited the womenfolk from chrurch to her house for snacks a chat and clothes swopping that helped to motivate me to take a good look at decluttering my wardrobe.
Which leads me to my next point I wanted to be modest but I am no seamstress. I didn’t inherit this trait from my mother (lol) I wanted good quality durable,colourful but not too loud but fun and youthful dresses. I wanted my shoulders covered and no cleaveage showing .
I wanted midcalf to ankle length I also wanted natural like cotton if possible dresses. Tall order yes I know. I found I had to compromise as I didnt want to look like I was a grandmother. I just went out and got cardigans, fitted tee-shirts ,shawls and pullovers in basic colours to layer my outfits.
I wanted to share some of my finds and thought of creative ways I could do this .This is what I came up with.Remember this is a work in progress(WIP) I then shot this video to celebrate the summer holidays life ,love sobriety and modesty. I am trying to attain that.I wanted to shoot it outside by the pool.My husband put his foot down and said he doesnt want me doing my wardrobe changes out doors I am his wife and that is for his eyes only. So woefully I submitted to filming in the hotel suite.
Ladies you will understand me when I say sometimes you need a man that has common sense and will keep your feet on the ground. I rebelled a bit though showing my shoulders in some parts. Please pray for me.Sometimes girls just wanna have fun. I will be adding more bits to this section as I learn more about dressing.
I’m also including a Travel Survival Kit feel free to adapt it to your needs.
TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT
RECREATION & SWIMMING
Swimsuit Swim Cap Sunglasses
Goggles Armbands and floats flipflops hats
1toy 1 book per child
colouring book colouring pencil batteries BIBLE
Toothpaste Mouthwash Suntanlotion
Shaving foam & Razors Shower gel
Shower cap Sanitary napkins Deodorant
Medication: Insect Repellant AntiHisthamine Asprin
200ML Fabric Conditioner
Small box washing Powder
3-4 Plastic carrier bags
chargers mobile phone laptop camera
Tickets Maps Passport Money
Change International calling card/WiFi internet Card
PostCard and Stamps Insurance Covernote/Certificate
Clothes & Food
Nappies/Underwear 2x number of days stay plus 3 spares
Milk bottles Steraliser tablets
Clothing weather and activity appropiate
ON THE AEROPLANE
Earplugs/phones SleepMask Travel Pillow
Blanket Money Snacks
NB:Post 9/11 no drinks allowed so purchase drinks in the duty free airport lounge or from the airhostess
LEAVING THE HOUSE
Unplug electricals except necessary like refridgerator or a fishtank
Empty all trash
Wash all dishes
Mop and Vacuum all floors
Set Burgular Alarm
Cancel Milk or NewsPaper/Bin or Window Cleaners or any other weekly service which can be used by oppurtunist burglars to break in
Clear your Answer Machine
Close all taps,windows curtains and doors
Pack bags a week in advance if possible
Make a list of items to purchase and buy a little each month to spread the cost
Purchase Foreign Currency and Holiday Insurance Cover
Book hire car and airport taxi do shop around for cheapest quotes
Cancel Weekly appointments
Dont tell everyone strictly need to know basis leave spare key with a trusted family member or friend
Book travel Arragements and double check eg, Cot any special dietary requirements with airline and hotel or Wheelchair acess
So relax and enjoy Summer 2010
God bless you as you make your home a place where angels can dwell
In the Masters Service
Below is a letter posted on a message board by a church brother of mine and I thought I would like to share it with you
“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy
brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.“
– Romans 14:21
GREETINGS TO ALL GOD’S BEAUTIFUL WOMEN!
This Nugget is an appeal to the heart of the Godly woman. For several years now I have
watched a most disturbing degradation of the female value. Women have been exploited & used as bait for the conquering of man since the Garden of Eden. Satan has always despised the woman for her beauty. And since the beginning he set out to destroy the special gift that God has blessed you with by way of familiarity.
It has always been his plan to make the woman’s beauty common. Before Eve, Lucifer was
the most beautiful creature that God had created. But when she came on the scene, he had to take a back seat.
That’s how amazing the woman once was. Now days, her beauty is far less shocking & captivating because what should have been kept sacred, secret, and a mystery, has become familiar. This has caused the woman’s self esteem to be lowered, which has lead her to desperation! So, in order to keep her sense of value & attention, she compromises her body by revealing more & more of its secrets. This is a scam by the devil that’s been going on forever, and it works on most women. Some women don’t really get it, but it works none the less!
The devil knew from the beginning that by familiarity, we become numb! Look at what happened
in Sodom & Gomorrah. The men got tired of the women because they had lost their value by familiarity and men stopped desiring women & started desiring other men.
Today, we are headed to the same place! The Bible says that we are headed toward the days of Lot!
And on that path, I see several things happening even in God’s own church.
Rarely do I attend any of the main stream churches because of my location for the last 20 years.
But, I visited a church in the L.A. area that was fairly large and like most churches, the women far outnumbered the men. The church was packed and me & my wife had to sit near the back. There was a walkway in front of our pew separating us from the pew ahead of us. I spent the entire sermon dodging cleavage, beautiful shapely Legs uncovered by mid-thigh dresses, strapless dresses, and two women in front of me with open back tops. All in the house of the Lord. Women don’t even wear stockings anymore! What’s up with that? Everything’s bare ! Needless to say, I can’t remember what that sermon was about!
And Yes! I said “beautiful”! I’m married, but not blind! And I got pinched for every woman
that walked by, no matter how much I dodged! My wife knows what is attractive to men, so I get pinched anyway!
Just in case some of you don’t know, men are wired in a different way than women. A visual can sometimes be overwhelming for us. Sexy has no place in the house of God! Furthermore, women should not seek to look sexy! It makes it hard on the brothers & it draws the wrong type of attention! The actual definition of the word is: Sexually Suggestive, Stimulating, Erotic, Sexually Appealing. When I see “Sexy”, my conscience tells me that temptation is on the way!
We men see more skin now days for free than we ever could with hard work back in the day! The statement that I’m about to say is strong but, I’m going to say it anyway because I believe it to be true! “Sexy” should be reserved for the bedroom of married people & Prostitutes. BEFORE YOU EXPLODE,…think about it. There’s nothing wrong with Sexy as long as it promotes sex between married people in privacy. You don’t want everybody to want to have sex with you unless you are a woman of leisure. But, the women I am speaking to now are “Women of God”! So, I Respectfully say, if you’re not in the business, take down the sign!
God has got a higher calling for His precious women! A calling that restores their original beauty & value! A calling of modesty, shamefacedness, and sobriety! Don’t let Satan use your beauty up unto no affect! When you don’t leave plenty to the imagination, there is no reason for optimism & anticipation! This is why pornography is so popular. But I tell you the truth, it too will soon lose its power by familiarity.
I love & respect all my beautiful sisters, so don’t be mad at me for speaking my heart. Not many men will tell you that you should cover up because it looks good, but I just wanna make it into The Kingdom of God!
PEACE TO YOU ALL!!!
Sunday 22nd August 2010
**WARNING! WARNING “THE FOLLOWING POST MAY BE OF A MATURE NATURE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK**
Today, I want to write about something that has been on my heart
lately and is quite sobering. I had to think twice whether to publish it or not.
Well its summer time and as usual more and more has
to be exposed in Britain. Last week I was at work when five or six little girls
came in with two adult women. The girls looked like they were 7 or 8 years old. The majority of these little girls were dressed in average length shorts and t-shirts.
One of the girls was dressed in a halter top and what we called in the Caribbean ,back in the day batty riders which was entirely too revealing and too short. Her back was completely exposed and from the front and sides you could see her entire chest. I was so saddened by it.
It reminds me of the conversation I had yesterday with a friend of mine. As the women’s ministry leader she has a job keeping young girls at her church covered up.
This cancerous venom is not confined to the streets but even in our churches.
Quite frankly I am so tired of the fashion industry, celebrities and PARENTS sexually objectifying our children! Even down to their underwear.
Now who remembers that ad campaign launched about two years ago geared at tweenagers by a certain U.K,
high street store.
Pray do tell now who should be seeing our daughter’s underwear? Why do you wear sexy underwear?
I can’t think of a single celebrity, be it television, sports or Music industry I’d want my daughters
to try to be like.Yet, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus are being advertised as role models for our daughters.
Such “role models” are so far from what a Christian child should imitate. Too many young girls and their parents are
not thinking about the long-term effects of letting their daughters dress in this manner.
Why make it easy for sexual predators to get their thrills by gawping at our half naked daughters.
It may come as a shock to you but it does happen! Many parents may say, “there aren’t any in our area,
so I don’t worry about it”. Well NEWSFLASH, they are everywhere! Seriously!
Men are visual creatures and if a man is sexually attracted to little girls, and it doesn’t take much, well then one dressed in a “sexy” manner
REALLY gets their attention. Why put your precious daughter at risk?? . Now don’t misunderstand me.For these type of men it doesn’t matter much what you wear it is about control, violence etc. I’m simply saying don’t give them any added excuse.
(Now I’m included in this, the old me before Christ) Many more women and parents say,
“It’s the MAN’S problem if they look at us (or our daughters) in lust because of the way we dress.
I’m not doing anything wrong by dressing sexy.”
In the real world you will be treated accordingly by the way you dress. If you dress like a lady, you will most likely be treated like one.
I have definitely noticed that when you’re dressed appropriately you are treated better than women who
are dressed in next to nothing. I know what your thinking those women get lots of wolf whistles, stares and attention,
but it’s usually the WRONG type of attention.
Young girls are not equipped to cope with that sort of adult or teenage male attention. That reminds me of an experience I had recently.
I was going into a cornershop and there was a Caucasian young girl in front of me with her boyfriend she went in ahead when I came up behind he held the door open for me. I had a good chuckle to myself later on.
My friend who is the womens ministry leader agrees with me too.
She says in her civil servant job she wears dresses and skirt suits . With or without her name
badge she is able to walk in to the highest and restricted departments and ask for anything and is not even questioned as to whether she is an employee let alone which department she works in.
What does God say in the Bible about this? Let’s take a look:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman
to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
If a man (or woman) looks at someone with lust, it’s the same thing as committing adultery.
So when your daughters are going around looking at those “hot”,”fit” and “sexy” boys
they are doing the same thing as committing adultery!
AND when those girls dress in a “sexy” way they are causing everyone who looks at them with lust
to commit adultery!
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge
this rather, that no man put a stumbling block
or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor
any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth
or is offended, or is made weak.
Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way,
he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall
have good things in possession.
The Bible tells us in these verses that we are not to do ANYTHING which would cause our brother or sister in Christ to stumble.
This would include dressing in such a way that would cause them to lust after you.
If you allow your daughter to dress in this way you are causing them to sin as much as causing the men who look at them in lust to sin.
Please see below the following video and just think.
Sara Bartman we will remember you
Tuesday 15th February 2011
Here is a video I made for winter 2010 but with the holidays I just got so caught up I didn’t get a chance to post it sooner.
What I learnt last year is that you can’t waste money buying cheap and cheerful clothes. They don’t last long and the money YOU Think you saved soon adds up because you need to replace them often. Same goes for fad fashion. Can You say bell bottoms or shell suits? Its better to buy classic,that way you can pair them up with other things through out the years. Another way to save money is to have a list already in mind of versatile staple items you need for your wardrobe and check out the sales rack. That way you are intentional about what you are buying instaed of increasing clutter in your closet of stuff you will never wear that you bought just because it was on sale. Retailers are counting on impulse buying. Ladies You must plan, Plan ,Plan.
Also note how much weight I lossed on my weight loss programme.
Enjoy my video
Tuesday 12 th April 2011
Tuesday 26th April 2011
5 Top Tips on Modesty
I am no seamstress so I don’t have the luxury of making my own clothes.
My aunt and mother are both absolutely brilliant in that area.
I so regret having not ceased the opportunity to sit at their feet
to learn this vital skill as a child.
The Lord has blessed me with three beautiful daughters.
In the past I would just dress them and myself in whatever
was on the racks. However since reading and spending time in the word
and through much prayer, I am of a different opinion.
It is for these reasons that I call this page on my blog
A Work In Progress as it is so difficult to change
a habit of a lifetime. However I am confident
in these words of Paul to the Phillipians.
“I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me. “
Phillipians 4 :13
One of the things I found when looking for feminine modest outfits in UK high street shops
is that they are virtually non-existent. However I must say there
are growing amounts of online shops that do cater
to the needs of the modest woman. This doesn’t
have to be a huge obstacle.You just have to use a little creativity and know how to stay covered!!
So for those who want a few ideas this post is for you.
5 Top Tips on Modesty
Halter tops: These can be quite revealing . They show way too much in the front and the back.
a simple fitted t-shirt is great in this instance.
It can cover both the front and back simultaneously.
I would reccomend choosing a colour on your top/dress and then accent
with accesories, i.e bag ,shoes or scarf to compliment
the look, you can add your own style with prints or colours as well.
Mini dress/skirts: Granted, these leave very little to the imagination,
but can be metamorphed into something simply exquisite and surprisingly modest too. What I do when I
find a mini dress that I love I just wear it like a long shirt! Just add a pair of Jeans, or leggings and voila
Many mini dresses look fab as a tunic top. And it’s long enough to cover your curves
. You can add length to skirts with fabric to make it a longer skirt.
You don’t have to know how to sew, just add fabric glue.
Spaghetti strapped tops/dresses: These are not exactly no go areas
You can simply layer a fitted t-shirt underneath to cover up.
Or use a shrug/cardigan or cropped top.
Sheer Tops: You may have a few of these already in your wardrobe or you might just find one that is just gorgeous on your next shoppping trip.
You can always layer it over a shirt or dress and belt it.
Or layer with a simple tee under it to give it that extra coverage too.
Vests are great for these shirts as they cover the main areas you need,
while the delicate fabric is still visible . These are so light that you can even triple layer.
Sleeveless: Also not entirely off-limits
This can be done by layering once
again with a t-shirt or cropped top.
Scarves are also a fun way to use as a shrug or wrap over sleeveless.
If you can sew then why not add some
sleeves. You can still keep up with the latest seasonal trends and still be modest
Friday 10th September 2010
THE TRUTH BEHIND MAKEUP (Part1)
by DAVID C. PACK
PLEASE PRAY BEFORE READING THIS ARTICLE!
What is the truth about makeup? Most women—even some little girls—wear it. Yet few know its history. Even fewer know what God’s Word says about it. Are cosmetics addressed in the Bible? Does it approve their use? Is makeup wrong—sin? What principles apply? Here are the answers! Now this feature is quite deep and as such I will be posting it in two or three parts in September 2010
The cosmetics industry makes billions of dollars annually. Fashion and Hollywood have set the standards for “beauty,” and most people agree with their taste. Women of all ages wear makeup! To most, it is important to be fashionable. But is this practice right—or wrong? Could it even be sin? Is painting your face “fashionable” to God?
Of course, some have no interest in what God says. The Bible has no meaning or value to them.
They are not concerned with pleasing God. They are only interested in pleasing themselves
or being accepted by people. Yet, others are concerned with what God says, but do not know His will.
The Bible is God’s Instruction Book to mankind. It reveals all the essential
truths and principles necessary for salvation. However, most have rejected it as
a Source of authority in their lives. They are content to believe traditions without
actually taking the time to prove why they do what they do. Most are also content to coast through
life believing and operating on assumptions.
Others simply practice what they do because of habit—and old habits die hard.
Yet we must ask: Is the use of makeup something that only religious extremists worry about?
Are “fanatics” the only ones who would consider such a question? Or is it something you should be concerned about?
You need to know what the Bible clearly states about this subject. If makeup is important to God,
it has to be mentioned in His Word—both specifically and in principle.
Wearing makeup is a worldwide custom—yet it is one that has become socially acceptable more recently
than you may think. Therefore, to even question the use of makeup may
seem old-fashioned or out-dated to countless millions of women—and, of course,
men—who have grown accustomed to and comfortable with its widespread use.
What is the truth about makeup? What are the facts? To see the big picture—with all the facts
and the truth—you must read this entire booklet!
Makeup is used everywhere. When was the last time you turned on the television,
watched a movie or went to the supermarket and did not see women wearing cosmetics?
Probably never. A generation ago, this was not the case.
Notice: “The last two decades have seen make-up progress from its early category of woman’s
conceit to become an art and an integral part of feminine beauty a
nd psychology. Chief credit for this about-face in the acceptance of
widespread use of cosmetics should go to the motion picture industry,
which set new standards of beauty and…brought new products and principles
of application and use to the world’s women” (Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 18, 1956 Edit., p. 157).
At the turn of the twentieth century, makeup was viewed as something only proud, even arrogant women wore.
With the invention of movies and television, Hollywood injected into the limelight the image of
a movie starlet’s face covered with cosmetics. Once this image was accepted by the masses, cosmetics became commonplace.
The movie industry has been most responsible for associating makeup with exquisite beauty,
by presenting Hollywood actresses as sex goddesses. It became natural that young girls and
women would wish to be as attractive and desirable as world-famous screen idols.
Hundreds of millions of adoring fans want to look like their favorite movie stars.
Even little girls can become obsessed with being pretty, when they should be enjoying
childhood and playing with dolls and toys. They can easily become slaves to fashion trends that are inseparable from using makeup.
But it was only after World War II that the cosmetics industry began promoting,
through advertising, the concept of flawless beauty. Relatively quickly,
this thinking took hold around the world, with women and girls becoming enamored with the idea that they could be more attractive.Vanity—the desire to look more beautiful—is what causes women to paint their faces, and is perhaps the most powerful of human drives.
The Pull of Vanity
Psalm 39:5-6 states, “…verily [truly] every man at his best state is altogether
vanity…Surely every man walks in a vain show [an image].”
Vanity is a powerful force in all human beings, and it is far stronger than most understand.
Each person must have a healthy respect for the pull of vanity at work within him. Be honest with yourself,
and admit that this tendency is within you. We will examine it more closely later.
Pride and vanity are why the Encyclopedia Britannica defines
“cosmetics” as “…products nobody needs—but wanting them is human nature.
Today, the desire to look better, smell better, and thus feel better causes consumers
worldwide—mostly women—to spend an estimated $65 billion annually on personal enhancement—cosmetics”
(Encyclopedia Britannica, 2001). (Read our free booklet Did God Create Human Nature?)
It is reported that “An estimated 1,282 tubes of lipstick and 2,055 jars of skin care products
are sold every minute” (“Beauty in the mind and wallet of beholder,” Minnesota Daily Online, March 7, 2001).
Those who wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica are not selling cosmetics.
Their profits—and livelihood—are not at stake if they tell
you the truth about why people purchase makeup.
Since their reputation for being an authority on what they write is at stake, they cannot afford to be less than honest.
Everyone wants to look or be considered pretty—or even beautiful.
The pull of vanity begins early in life. Modern society places enormous emphasis on beauty.
As a result, recent studies demonstrate that even very little girls are unhappy with
themselves to the point of depression,
with many actually contemplating suicide as a result! They feel that they do not measure
up to their peers or favorite movie stars.
Today, the obsession with being beautiful has led nearly 10 million adolescent and teenage girls into eating disorders.
With the market already grossing 65 billion dollars a year and rising, a well-known chain store announced that
it has “recently decided to expand its…line of low-priced cosmetics for teenagers and tweens—children in the 8- to 14-year old age group”
(“Rouge to Riches,” by Catherine Valenti, abcnews.com, June 25, 2001).
The widely publicized death of a six-year-old “beauty queen” demonstrates there is a growing
culture obsessed with beauty in very young girls.
The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports that over 1.3 million people had
cosmetic surgery in the year 2000, and 1.2 million were women. A 1999 Gallup poll revealed
that 72% of people say that they are pleased with their appearance, yet the amount of cosmetics sold,
as well as the growing numbers turning to cosmetic surgery in the United States, is skyrocketing.
It is even reported that younger and younger girls who enter beauty contests are also having
cosmetic surgery to attempt to win and to improve upon how God made them. Astounding!
The obsession with looking young, and turning back the clock, has now gone beyond outrageous.
Consider this: 1.6 million women, even some men, are now injecting tiny amounts of a deadly poison, Botox (from botulism),
under the skin of the face to remove wrinkles. Within four days, the toxin in the treatment literally paralyzes
the facial muscles and temporarily smoothes the skin. (The treatments only last for 90 days.)
The goal is to “look the best you can for as long as you can”—for $150 to $1000 per treatment!
However, so many actresses are now using it that movie directors are complaining that they can no longer
produce normal facial expressions. While they may look younger, most also look frozen and artificial.
In describing this new trend, one beautician said, “It is as though we have given up on authenticity.”
Another expert cut to the heart of why women wear makeup or want all their wrinkles removed:
“The wisdom that a person’s character
can be etched on his face, or [the] observation that at twenty you have the face nature gave you
and at fifty you have the face you merit, may no longer apply.”
Botox is only the beginning of the threat from various harmful chemicals and toxins that are
latent in cosmetics. This has long been understood!
Consider the meaning of the word mascara. If we just accept the word for what it is, then it becomes
its own honest statement from the cosmetics industry. It comes from the word mask, and the word masquerade also derives from it.
In essence, to wear mascara is to wear a mask—and to masquerade as something that one is not—for the purpose of vanity and perceived beauty.
Even the word cosmetics has a revealing origin. It comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means “of this world, worldly.”
For women to be accepted by the world, they must literally masquerade.
Before continuing, other important questions must be raised. What is the history of makeup? Where and when did it originate?
What purpose did it serve in ancient times? The answers to these questions will shock you!
When considering the origin of makeup, we must ask where it first came into use. The ancient roots of makeup offer
the first great insight into why it is used today. The following quotes demonstrate its early use.
“The use of cosmetics is very ancient. Evidence of the use of eye makeup and aromatic ointments has
been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3500 bc…
“By the 1st century ad the Egyptian, Roman, Greek and Middle Eastern cultures had developed
cosmetics such as powders to whiten the skin; kohl to darken the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows; rouge for the cheeks…”
(Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 5, p. 196).
Egyptian tombs represent the earliest recorded references to the use of makeup. But the Egyptians
were by no means the only culture to use it. Many others followed suit. Here are some specifics:
“During the Predynastic period [ending in 3200 B.C.], men as well as women applied a
line of green paint around the eyes…In dynastic times the colour of paint
used was a dark gray. Red ochre seems to have been used to colour the cheeks
and henna the palms, nails, and, in the late period at least, the hair.
“Assyrians resorted to black dye for eyebrows, hair, and beard, whereas the Persians used henna,
which produced an orange-red colour, a style that existed from 1900 bc. Gold dust, gold thread,
and scented yellow starch were sometimes used in the hair
and beard for festive occasions…”
(Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 5, 1979 Edit., pp. 1017-1018).
Plainly, the use of makeup started nationally in Egypt. The Bible uses Egypt as a type of the sins of this world,
which Christians are commanded to come out of.
Even before its use in Egypt, the original painted harlot was Semiramis, the mother-wife of Nimrod,
and the founder of the Babylonian Mystery Religion. (Read our free booklets The True Origin of
Christmas and The True Origin of Easter to learn more about Semiramis and Nimrod.)
Semiramis is known as the mother of all harlots. She used makeup, as well
as suggestive whorish clothing, for various religious and sexual rituals.
The following quote describes the kind of seductive, sensual clothing that
she—and later the Egyptians—wore: “Modern knowledge of ancient Egyptian dress derives for
the most part from ancient paintings and sculpture,
since very few garments have been preserved…The earliest representations of women show them either
nude or clad in tightly fitting white linen skirts down to the ankles”
(Ibid., pp. 1016-1017).
Along with various statues, paintings and busts still in existence from ancient times,
descriptions show how Egyptians used cosmetics and revealing clothing to appeal to their sensuality.
They adopted this dress into their culture from Semiramis, in an attempt to appear more like the many
gods and goddesses they worshipped.
Since the artwork described here also employed the use of makeup, it is no wonder that 100 years ago
it was generally understood and said that “only bad women wear makeup.” It is the same attitude of
alluring through suggestion and sensuality that links near nudity and use of makeup. Both demonstrate a departure from modesty and virtue.
We read that the use of cosmetics spread from culture to culture. The Columbia Encyclopedia adds
more about how each civilization adopted its own methods of applying and producing cosmetics.
The following shows how the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Greek cultures all took their lead from Egypt.
Notice: “preparations [were] externally applied to change or enhance the beauty of skin, hair, nails, lips, and eyes.
The use of body paint for ornamental and religious purposes has been common…
The Egyptians used kohl to darken their eyes; a crude paint was used on the face,
and fingers were often dyed with henna…Beauty aides reached a peak in imperial Rome—especially
chalk for the face and a rouge…” (Sixth Edit., 2001). The emphasis has always been on beauty—and
desiring beauty has everything to do with pride and vanity.
Many women who used cosmetics in these cultures also took their lead from Semiramis and adopted the use of
cosmetics for the purpose of harlotry. History shows how women applied makeup to change their appearance and seduce men.
Harlots and “matrons” (the female leaders of prostitution rings) were specifically
recognized by their silk, jewels and cosmetics.
Here is an example of how women who used cosmetics in ancient Sparta were specifically known
for being prostitutes: “Women wore brightly colored dresses…They used a lot of cosmetics
…which…a woman could do only if she earned her living through prostitution.”
(Magna Grecia—An Overview, Prof. Gino Gullace).
The first women to wear makeup were prostitutes! Changing one’s appearance by facial paint is a custom ancient
prostitutes have dictated to the modern age. Cosmetics were nothing more than a device used by harlots to,
in effect, teach men to break the Seventh Commandment. This is the message of history—yet the whole world lies
in ignorance of these facts!
More recently, makeup first became common in the red-light districts of New York, Amsterdam, Paris
and other large cities. Today it is found in nearly every supermarket and corner drugstore.
Now that the history of cosmetics has been established, let’s look
deeper into the subject. What does the Bible say about it? How does God feel about the use of makeup?
Is facial paint mentioned in God’s Word?
Some people reason, “But I’ve never seen a reference to makeup in the Bible!”
Understand that the actual words makeup, cosmetics, lipstick, mascara, etc., are not found in the Bible,
but direct references to makeup and eye paint are found in three places, possibly four.
After reviewing them, you will not doubt what IS directly revealed from Scripture.
But let’s not play games with, or try to reason around, what God DOES say.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (I Thes. 5:21).
Let’s prove what God says and be honest with what we learn. We will first examine four Old Testament scriptures.
They establish the basic framework for understanding God’s view of facial cosmetics.
The book of Jeremiah depicts conditions at the end of the age among the nations that are God’s people,
ancient Israel (the primarily English-speaking, democratic peoples of the West). We begin in chapter 4
and lead up to verse 30.
The setting is God inspiring Jeremiah with a vision of the destruction coming on these modern nations.
National sins and “abominations”—things despised by God—are soon to bring a terrible punishment.
God is even now offering these people a final chance to repent and return to Him.
Notice: “If you will return, O Israel, says the Lord, return unto Me: and if you will
put away your abominations out of My sight, then shall you not
remove [go into prophesied captivity]…O Jerusalem, wash your heart [mind] from wickedness,
that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?…” (vs. 1, 14).
God is pleading with His people to clean up their lives—to “wash” themselves.
“Your way and your doings have procured these things unto you; this is your wickedness,
because it is bitter, because it reaches unto your heart
[these are very serious matters to God]…For My people is
foolish, they have not known Me; they are sottish [drunken, stupid] children, and they
have none understanding:
they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no
knowledge…all the cities thereof were broken down
at the presence of the Lord,
and by His fierce anger…” (vs. 18, 22, 26).
God’s indictment reaches a climax in Jeremiah’s vision. The modern nations of Israel
(not Judah, which is just one nation) have, like a harlot, sought “lovers” (political allies) who
turn on her: “And when you are spoiled, what will you do? Though you clothed yourself with crimson…”
Most other translations translate the word “crimson” as scarlet.
This is important to understand. It is the “great whore,” called
“MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”
and described in Revelation 17:5, who dresses in “purple and scarlet” (vs. 4) and rides a “scarlet-colored beast”
(vs. 3). This “woman” is a picture of the large false, counterfeit religious system now masquerading as Christianity.
She is a great church with many daughter churches that came out of her in protest. Recall the ancient Semiramis,
who started the Babylonian Mystery Religion. She was the first harlot, and a type of the religion she founded—which
has survived her for thousands of years.
Jeremiah describes how modern Israel has fallen into the conduct of a whore among the nations.
Now read chapter 4, verse 30: “…though you deck yourself
with ornaments of gold, though you
rented your face with painting,
in vain shall you make yourself fair [beautiful]; your
lovers will despise you, they will seek your life.”
The peoples of the United States, Britain and her former Commonwealth countries have rebelled against God.
As God reduces them in power and prestige, they have found themselves increasingly seeking “lovers”
from among the nations on earth. Yet they have never been more hated. All such “lovers”
are prophesied to eventually turn on their courters. Israel has trusted in her outward appearance
instead of God—and modern women unwittingly do the same.
Ancient Israel always sought to be like the nations around her. Instead of being an example to them,
Israel wanted acceptance from them! Women today are no different. Not wearing makeup would
make them stand out—and people want to fit in and be accepted. Please examine
yourself and recognize this natural desire at work in your mind!
Take Jeremiah 4:30 for exactly what it means. Do not add to or subtract from it. It is plain!
The context is God condemning His people for abominations within their national
conduct—their national behavior. One of the abominations that God hates is painting
the face—thereby taking on the nature of a prostitute. I have seen some try to use
this verse to justify wearing makeup as long as one is not a prostitute.
The whole point in verse 30 is that painting the eyes is a common method of a prostitute—and any honest person,
one truly seeking to please God and find His will, would admit as much!
Like any prostitute, often still dressed in red, and certainly operating in a “red light district,”
modern Israel has painted her face with makeup. National captivity and a terrible time of
punishment will be God’s remedy for His people and all who follow these practices—for those who will not wash and clean up their faces!
Women of today may think they just want to “look nice” to the world,
when they really look like prostitutes to God.
The second scripture to be examined comes from Ezekiel. This book is almost entirely comprised of one great
prophecy, also culminating in the second captivity of the modern-day descendants of Israel. Much of Ezekiel
parallels Jeremiah. God reinforces what He said there.
The prophet Ezekiel records the same kinds of national sins and conditions as Jeremiah.
Ezekiel chapter 23 contains a very graphic description, best read in the Moffatt translation.
This translation does not always carefully delineate between verses as do the King James and others.
Paragraphs begin wherever the translator chose to place them.
The context is of two harlot sisters. Bear in mind that Samaria was the capital of the ancient House of Israel
(with ten tribes) and Jerusalem of the House of Judah (with two tribes).
Think of the sisters as representing the modern capital cities of Washington, D.C.
and Jerusalem/Tel Aviv. The context starting in Ezekiel 23:2 leads up to verse 40.
Here is what God says. Read it carefully and grasp its message!
“‘Son of man, there were two women…when they were young, they played the harlot in Egypt,
where men pressed their breasts and handled their virgin nipples. Their names were Oholah, the elder, and Oholibah, the younger.
They became My wives, and bore sons and daughters
(as for their names, Oholah is Samaria, Oholibah Jerusalem).
“‘But Oholah played the harlot, though she was My wife…and befouled herself with the idols
of every man on whom she doted; she never ceased her harlotry since in Egypt
men lay with her as a girl and handled her virgin nipples and had intercourse with her freely.
So I handed her over to her lovers, to the Assyrians…they exposed her nakedness…and they
slew her with the sword; so punishment was inflicted on her, till she became A WARNING TO WOMEN.’”
(Women, take this phrase for exactly what it says.)
“‘Her sister Oholibah saw this, but she went further in depravity, in her
lust and harlotry…I saw that she was befouling herself…But she
carried her harlotry further; she saw men pictured upon walls,
figures of Chaldeans drawn in vermilion…and when she saw them she
doted upon them…Therefore, Oholibah—here is the Lord
the Eternal’s sentence—I will rouse your lovers against you…I will mass them all around you,
the Babylonians, all the Chaldeans…they shall attack you…with a host of nations…and they
shall SENTENCE you; I will vent My jealous fury upon you, and let them deal with you fiercely…’”
This is a sobering verse. The punishment described actually comes from God, though we have yet to read the rest of the reason why.
“‘Since you forgot Me and flung Me aside, then suffer for your
sensual harlot ways!’ ‘Son of man,’ said the Eternal, ‘arraign Oholah and Oholibah,
and show them their detestable impieties…They did this to Me also; they polluted My sanctuary
and desecrated My sabbath [Modern Israel has trampled all over the true Sabbath of the Bible]…
And this is how they behaved within My temple; they actually sent for men who came from abroad,
sent messengers to them! And for them you bathed yourself, you painted your eyes, you put on your ornaments
[vs. 40], you sat on a handsome diwan [couch],
with a table spread in front of it…and sounds of revelry arose!’”
This is an incredible series of verses. God directly likens Israel and Judah
(seeking allies among the nations) to harlots who have sent for men after painting their faces—exactly like whores awaiting their next customers.
This is a clear, unmistakable condemnation of the use of eye makeup. God next issues a sentence,
just like a modern court, to all who have committed spiritual crimes (sins) in His sight.
“‘This therefore is the Lord the eternal’s sentence: Bring a host of folk against them,
and hand them over to be maltreated and robbed! Let them be stoned and put
to the sword…that ALL WOMEN MAY TAKE WARNING and avoid your sensual ways…and so learn that I am the Lord the eternal!’”
Women of the modern world—take warning! Be careful that you do not conclude that
you are an exception to the punishment foretold in this prophecy. God connects eye paint
directly to seduction for harlotrous purposes. Are you prepared to stand before
Him and explain why this did not mean you? Be careful that you do not fatally miscalculate,
with your eternal life at stake!
We will see that it was Satan the devil who deceived Eve on this very point of beauty and
vanity. Will you follow Eve and allow yourself to be deceived by human reasoning contrary to God’s plain Word?
The third scripture comes from Isaiah, the longest book of the prophets.
Once again, as in Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the theme of this prophecy is the conditions,
attitudes and national sins in modern Israel.
God thunders this indictment from heaven against His people:
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord has spoken,
I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me”
God is angry at Israel. He continues by listing the ways in which they have rebelled
against and disobeyed Him: “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity [lawlessness],
a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord,
they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward”
(vs. 4). They partake in ways that “provoke Him to anger.”
Before continuing with Israel’s sins, God inserts a description of how blessed these
nations will be during the millennium, when Israel and the entire world will obey and be governed by God’s Law:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain [kingdom] of the Lord’s
house shall be established in the top of the mountains [nations or kingdoms],
and shall be exalted above the hills [smaller countries]; and all nations shall flow unto it” (2:2).
Isaiah, inspired by God, continues to describe Israel’s disobedience:
“Therefore You [God] have forsaken Your people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east,
and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they
please themselves in the children of strangers. Their land also is full of silver
and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of
horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: Their land also is full of idols;
they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made” (vs. 6-8).
Understand. This last statement is not a description of Israel
at that time. Anciently, Israel never attained the level of wealth described here!
This verse was not fulfilled until modern times. The United States is
the wealthiest nation on earth today—and the wealthiest nation
of all time! It is OUR lands that are filled with treasures and idols.
(Remember the phrase “replenished from the east.”)
Here are several verses that describe the terrible period of the Day of the Lord
(or Day of God’s Wrath). God describes the attitudes and idols that He will smash just prior to the Return of Christ:
“For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty,
and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low…And the loftiness
of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low:
and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols He shall utterly abolish” (vs. 12, 17-18).
Chapter 3 continues, describing a time when women and children rule the home, and when wealth and idols fill
the land: “And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them”
(vs. 4) and “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.
O My people, they which lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths”
(vs. 12). These attitudes and conditions prevail before the Return of Christ and the beginning of His millennial rule on earth.
Look around you. This obviously describes today’s society! The modern
peoples of Israel ARE occupied with pursuing pleasures and enjoying
national wealth. While they have a “form of godliness” (II Tim. 3:5),
they completely ignore the true God of the Bible and refuse to obey Him!
The next scripture specifically addresses the attitudes of women and the punishment
in store for them. Notice: “Moreover the Lord says, Because the daughters of Zion
are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes…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” (Isa. 3:16-17).
Verse 16 is blunt. It requires little explanation.
But what does the phrase “wanton eyes” mean? The Hebrew word carries a very
different meaning than the English translation. Further study uncovers its true, fuller meaning.
Strong’s Concordance defines “wanton eyes” as “…to blink coquettishly
[flirtatious].” This obviously means using the eyes for seductive purposes.
The American Heritage Dictionary amplifies the meaning of “wanton”:
“Immoral or unchaste; lewd.” But what makes the eyes “immoral or lewd”?
Lange’s Commentary explains: “The order of thought is as follows:
The luxurious pride of women, too, shall be humbled (ver. 16, 17).
In ver. 16…The prophet here resumes the thread which had been dropped
or broken at the close of ver. 12, and recurs to the undue predominance
of female influence, but particularly to the prevalent excess of female luxury,
not only as sinful in itself but as a chief cause of the violence and
social disorder previously mentioned, and therefore to be punished by disease, widowhood, and shameful exposure.”
The Jamison, Fausset, Brown Commentary adds an additional, critical element to
the phrase “wanton eyes” that is of central importance to what is being described:
“16…and wanton eyes—Hebrew (mesha-ququeroth, from shaquar, to deceive),
‘deceiving with their eyes.’…Lowth, after the Chaldaic, ‘falsely setting off the eyes with paint.’
Women’s eyelids in the East are often colored with stibium, or powder of lead.”
Not every scholar agrees with this source, and other authors not included here.
But the main thrust of both Jeremiah 4:30 and Ezekiel 23:40 strongly indicate the correctness
of this commentary in its reference to eye paint.
The Clarke’s Commentary adds fascinating insight into the phrase “replenished from the east.”
It is a reference to the Orient, where many cosmetics were produced and sold in ancient times.
Notice his reference to Jeremiah and Ezekiel. It is understood that not everything Clarke says
about Isaiah 3:16 is accurate, but he adds important information about this phrase.
“Her eyelashes, which are long, and, according to the custom of the East,
dressed with stibium, (as we often read in the Holy Scriptures of
the Hebrew women of old, Jer. 4:30; Ezek. 23:40)…‘But none of those ladies,’
says Dr. Shaw, Travels, p. 294, ‘take themselves to be completely dressed,
till they have tinged the hair and edges of their eyelids with alkahol, the powder of lead ore…’
Ezekiel 23:40, uses the same word in the form of a verb, cachalt eynayik, ‘thou didst dress thine eyes with alkahol;’
which the Septuagint render ‘thou didst dress thine eyes with stibium’…compare
II Kings 9:30; Jer. 4:30.”
Clarke identifies one of the earliest known sources of makeup, which was
Israel’s source for these products.
Now ask: Why would God include this phrase—“replenished from the east”—
in Isaiah 2:6
if “wanton eyes” (just one chapter later) did not have something to
do with the kinds of makeup that were obtained from the Orient?
There is not enough space to reference the many other available historical facts.
But allow the Bible to interpret itself!
Once the verses in Isaiah are examined and properly understood, it is clear why God is “provoked” to
anger. Cosmetics are being applied to mislead and deceive.
A 1770 Pennsylvania law once stated that a man could annul his marriage if he learned that his wife
had worn makeup during their courtship, thereby misleading him about her appearance.
The first people in America to use facial paint were Indians wearing “war paint.”
They did this to deceive their enemies by making themselves appear more fierce than they were.
Recall the phrase “stretched forth necks.” Only proud, haughty people walk
looking up in the air, full of vanity because of the importance they place on their beauty.
God states that He “resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble” (Jms. 4:6).
Many scriptures describe how He will punish those who do not repent of pride
and other attitudes associated with it, such as using makeup for beauty enhancement. Here are a few:
Jeremiah 50:31-32 states,
“Behold, I am against you, O you most
proud…And the most proud
shall stumble and fall, and none shall
raise him up: and I will kindle
a fire in his cities, and it shall
devour all around about him.” Also,
“They [God’s people Israel]
are vanity, the work of errors: in
the time of their visitation they shall perish”
Ezekiel 13:8 states, “Therefore thus says the Lord God; Because you
have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, says the Lord God.”
Malachi 4:1 reads, “…and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly,
shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up…”
Finally, Psalm 144:4 adds, “Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.”
While no one realizes this, and few would accept such understanding, vanity
is a form of natural desire for worship and adoration from other people.
Though it springs from inferiority, vanity is the human method of covering this
feeling by elevating oneself above others.
Only GOD is to be worshipped and adored! When people take this to themselves,
it is a form of idolatry and directly violates the Second Commandment.
We will later return to the subject of pride—and where it ultimately comes from.
It will become clear—plain—why women have always been particularly susceptible to the connection of beauty to pride