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Should Women Wear Make-Up

I am a new-born Christian and wanted to know if Christian women can wear make-up?

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Sobriety, meekness, shamefaced, obedient and a contrite spirit amongst many other requirements is priceless to God, you surrender your insecurities and he hands over the blessings.The exchange rate is too much for the flesh to pay for Gods promises.

Hence choice!

That don't mean we all don't struggle in that department it just means Gods words above all else and still Exists regardless of excuses and disobedient husbands who like make up.
---Carla on 8/23/10


Song of Solomon 7:1-8, 8:8-10, 1Peter 2:5. Carla 8/20, 1Peter 3:4, "a meek and quiet spirit." 8/22 Two days later, anything but. I've seen many women from several different Congregations that had strict standards on clothing, makeup, and head covering, but there was no consistency. Some would "seemingly" submit to their husband(s), but would attempt to manipulate, or even dominate, others if they could. A few would pretend to be meek, but would gossip maliciously at any opportunity. They may not wear make up, but they lived in the most house they could afford, Romans 2:1-24. In Mexico, there is a saying - 'my husbands the head, but Im the neck, and turn him anyway I want'.
---Glenn on 8/22/10


The barn doesn't have an inner man just wooden structures. Women are not made of wood.
---Carla on 8/22/10


If shes not extravagant, and her intentions are not sinful, then if the barn needs painting, paint it. Women are to be modest - 1Timothy 2:9-10, 1Peter 3:1-6, a help meet to their husbands - Genesis 2:18,20, to teach their own children - 1Timothy 2:15, and for the few godly older woman, to teach younger women - Titus 2:3-5. A Christian woman is not to be covetous, or to live a luxurious life, especially not at the expense of her brothers - Amos 4:1, Romans 1:28-32, 1Timothy 6:9-10, James 5:1-6, 1Peter 1:14, 2:11. And obviously, it is a sin for a woman to seek improper attention - Isaiah 3:16, Romans 13:13, 2Timothy 3:6, 2Peter 2:14.
---Glenn on 8/21/10


1Pe 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,

1Pe 3:4
But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

1Pe 3:5
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
---Carla on 8/20/10




Of course, you should have a little talk with your Lord on such matters. If you are asking me for advice, of course, go ahead and look good, light on the make-up....A tip: Use face cream great for complexion, less incline to over-do with the make-up. And give yourself facials, also, great for complexion.
---catherine on 8/20/10


There use to be a time in the Church, when the older women (mothers of the church, they were sometimes called) would teach and suggest to the new converted women the correct way of dress, make-up or etc. Those days are long gone and I empathize with new converts today who are neither discipled or supported in their new life. Women always see themselves as wanting to obtain beauty. We must have maybe been created that way for we can remember even feeling that way when we were innocent little girls. A woman's real beauty lies within, for the outward appearance fades fast. Keeping that in mind, if one feels to modestly enhance one's appearance, there is nothing wrong with that.
---Lin on 8/20/10


All is vanity!
---Carla on 8/19/10


"Nothing in itself is a sin" or is wrong, it's how we use it.

if your going to use the scriptures 2kings 9:30, ezek 23:40, jer 4:30 and pull out that the painting of her eyes were wrong then your going to have to pull everything else that she did and say its wrong also.

You cannot pick and chose what you want to take from a scripture ignoring everything else and then make it a doctrine.

Therefore using those scriptures we would have to assume that taking a bath and "tired" hair is wrong also and we shouldn't practice them.

Although jezebel was described as one who painted her face, it was a custom in those days, she wasn't the only one.
---Justina on 8/4/10


You don't want to see me without it! :D Hehehe!
---Mary on 8/2/10




The general rule concerning make-up is, "Be attractive but not an attraction." Wearing no make-up can be just as much of an attraction as wearing too much. Using make-up is more a cultural matter not a Christian matter. (Some Christians try and make it a spirituaral matter, but that can only be done by taking Scriputure out of context. By the way, I'm a 73 year old conservatikve Christian man and a retired missionary.)
---wivv on 8/1/10


"Men look on the outside but God looks at the Heart. 1st Samuel 16:7"

"You look good on the outside but on the inside are full of dead bones"
Matthew 23:27 (Jesus speaking to hypocrites)
---SZ on 7/29/10


Listen, if you want to wear it, wear it. if you don't, then don't! Now, wasn't that simple.
---catherine on 6/19/10


1Pe 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,

Strong's Hebrew & Greek dictionaries define plaiting as being the elaborate braiding of the hair.(Not 1 or 2 braids but 20, or fancy beads or gold strung through them)

1Ti 2:9 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,

MOD'EST, a limit.
1. Properly, restrained by a sense of propriety, hence, not forward or bold, not presumptuous or arrogant, not boastful, as a modest youth, a modest man.

ELAB'ORATE, labor.
1. To produce with labor.
---fay on 6/18/10


I am 100% sure that the bible addresses makeup, cosmetics, jewelry, and clothing style.
---francis on 6/18/10


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

At the end of the day the issue is whether a woman is applying cosmetics for the right reasons and to the right degree.

If she is doing it out of vanity...it is probably wrong. If she is doing it to be more sensual and alluring...it is probably wrong. If she is doing it to get attention...it is probably wrong. But, if she only applies enough to give herself a little color, well, what's the harm in that?

I think the same can be said for one's attire where modesty is the best policy.
---Higgins on 6/18/10


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francis, cosmetics, like styles of clothing is a matter of personal preference. Some people use make up, and some people don't. God looks upon the heart inside of a person, moreso than on how the outside of the temple is adorned. But nontheless how a person grooms their outward appearance commonly reflects upon what is on the inside of a person. For example, generally speaking when a person wears heavy make up and much perfume it commonly portrays a person who is cultivating confidence in themself, or a person who relys on the make up in order to fostor amicable relations or even to attract a companion. And a person who wears light make up and light perfume commonly portrays a person who is already self-confident without using the make up.
---Eloy on 6/18/10


The way I see it is if the first thing you notice about a woman is her make-up, It's too much & that's never a good thing. However, if the first thing you notice is she looks sickly & about to faint , because her eye lashes are clear & her eye brows are not visible either... well, to me one is as bad as the other. People would be wondering if she needed to see a dr. Simple touch up here & there... goodness Brothers & Sisters, lets not strain our brains over such things. :) Before you leave the house ask yourself... Am I setting a good example for others to see the Lord in my life? Nothing else matters.
---Reba on 6/17/10


The bigger issue here is: What does the Bible have to say about make up?

Are there positive commands: thou shall...make up/ face pain
Are there negative commands: Thou shalt or thou may...make up/ face pain.

Or in the absence of positive or negative commands how does the bible portray those who have painted thier face? Does the bible give a positive view or negative view.

That is what must first be decided before we even consider moderation.
---francis on 6/17/10


Everything we as Christians do should be done in moderation. That includes makeup.We should ask God for wisdom,also. Anything I can do to enhance myself,in moderation, I will do it. I also try to stay age appropriate also(wisdom) in my dress and all that I do.
One thing I think Christian women/men need to learn is: everything is not wrong. Christianity is not about a set of rules(right and wrong). We can never be good enough on our own to please God. Only His mercy and His grace keeps us, saves us. We should stop trying be good,so to speak. Learn to love God and honor the Great second commandment and we should be ok.
---Robyn on 6/17/10


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but if you think I am joking then you do not know the truth yet as you ought to know.
---Eloy on 6/16/10
I still think you are joking.
But if you say it is truth, there must be a text that permits painting of face and MAYBE even connects it to worship.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

So i ask seriusly that you show the word of God where a little make up is OK.
---francis on 6/17/10


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I think before we answer the question of cosmetics we must first ask ourselves why women paint their faces to begin with.

Is it to hide blemishes? Is it to attract a mate? Is it to look more attractive than a rival female? Is it administered to mislead the viewing public? Is it done because women have too much time on their hands? Or perhaps women just like looking at themselves in the mirror?

Perhaps the answer to this question is more personal in nature and each painted lady has different motives for altering her natural appearance than the woman next door. But, at the end of the day I think it is safe to say that anything that is done to misrepresent one's self is being dishonest.
---Higgins on 6/16/10


francis, On the contrary, I am completely serious. Wearing cosmetics in moderation and worshipping the Lord in humility go together. But when you paint your face heavily as a prostitute, and you worship the Lord in unholiness, then your worship will not be acceptable at all and God will condemn your mockery. Yes, I have posted the truth, but if you think I am joking then you do not know the truth yet as you ought to know.
---Eloy on 6/16/10


Elroy are you joking or being serious?
Because worshiping God in beauty of ( HIS) holyness has not a thing to do with painting your face.
AND if it did, then surely it would not be in moderation.
Worship of God cannot be in moderation

SO i think you are just joking
---francis on 6/16/10


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"If the old barn needs paintin', then by all means, paint it." J. Vernon Magee
---Ralph on 6/16/10


Ditto Donna66. It seems Nazarene or rules based but its guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Makeup is such a part of our culture some women wouldn't go to church if it was banned.
Still, its not a stumbling block for God so we should ease off the judgmental peddle.

The reasoning behind tatoos (car paint under your skin)and grotesque piercings we now see on every body part is mostly vacuous or emotional and never holy, but again it won't stop a person from being in God's will.

On this blog I wouldn't even attempt to explain the original idea behind lipstick. Yikes.
---larry on 6/15/10


Make-up doesn't seem to be very important in scripture... but wicked women or harlots are sometimes described as putting it on heavily, "painting their faces...or eyes"
(Ezek 23:40, II Kings 9:30.)
Whatever the current outward appearance of harlots, I'm sure God doesn't want His women looking like one.

Peter's admonition seems to summerize things.
1 Peter 3:3-4 "Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses, but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God."

This is, what you put on your body should never detract from what is in your spirit.
---Donna66 on 6/15/10


francis, For Christians, using cosmetics should be in moderation. We should be clean and smell clean. A child of God should not be ornately decorated like a Christmas tree, nor smell overtly strong, nor dress like the worldly whom are without God. "Be you all holy, for I Yhwh your God holy. Wash you, make you clean. Purify yourself, even as he is pure. Likewise also the women coordinate in clothing, with modesty and wise-mindedness to adorn themselves, not with plaiting or gold or pearls or highly paid garments, but which becomes women professing stedfast in God with good works. Give to Yhwh the glory due to his name, worship Yhwh in the beauty of holiness." Lev.19:2+ 20:7+ Is.1:16+ I Jn.3:3+ I. Tm.2:19+ Psalm 29:2.
---Eloy on 6/15/10


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Whether your answer is YES or NO, or in MODERATION, you must have a few scriptures to back that up right?
---francis on 6/15/10


yes, in moderation.
---Eloy on 6/15/10


Here are some text missinterprete them if
you want

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.

Jeremiah 4:30 And [when] thou [art] spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair, [thy] lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.


Ezekiel 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,
---francis on 6/14/10


Yes christians can wear make-up as long as is moderate inroder to look nice and presentable and not with intention of attracting someone

selpha
---Selpha on 6/14/10

Selpha, too many IF'S there.

Yes, Christian woman can wear make-up, even earrings if they like.
---kathr4453 on 6/14/10


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Yes christians can wear make-up as long as is moderate inroder to look nice and presentable and not with intention of attracting someone

selpha
---Selpha on 6/14/10


We do not mutilate people for believing differently than we do, BECAUSE WE SERVE THE LIVING GOD. So, why not ask this living God?
---catherine on 6/13/10


Wearing make up?.. if it makes you feel comfortable and confident, why not? wear it by all means...
---myrna on 5/19/10


I say, if makeup makes you looks better, and you feel like making yourself feel better then do it. If you feel better not using makeup, don't use it. People will still look at you to see what you look like. That is the nature of people. The world is not going to even think about whether you are a child of God or not. Do what pleases you. If you got a mole on your face and it bothers you and you want to remove it and you have the money, do it. If you don't care you got it, leave it there.
---MarkV. on 5/15/10


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I would suggest you read this passage, written directly to women:

1 Peter 3:3-4 "Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses, but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God."

So, your inner beauty is more important to God.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/15/10


KarenD-Why must you draw attention to yourself with your outward appearance? The fact that people question how you look at all tells us that you are attracting attention in some way. A modest woman, who is working on her inner self, would desire to not want to draw attention to herself. Having people question your appearance, and then acting self-righteous, is totally hypocritical.

By the way, I want to thank you for finally seeing that I do believe in the Lord's healing. It would have been nice for you to acknowledge such.
---Trish9863 on 5/15/10


KarenD -- Your answer to those who question your lack of "style", or whatever, is truthful. And they probably deserve the "put down" you give them. (If they are questioning in a critical way)

Chances are they won't bother you any more because they see you as, not only outside the "cool" crowd, but self-righteous about it, as well.
---Donna66 on 5/15/10


My answer to people who question my outward appearance is that I have spent more time working on the inner me than the outer me. It has surprised me how many people seem to be put off by a woman who dresses modestly now days.
---KarenD on 5/14/10


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\\ Examples given are flashy jewelry and "braided" hair.\\

Actually, if you look at the KJV, the word is "broided", not braided.

"Broided" simply means "fancy", as in the word "embroidery."
---Cluny on 5/13/10


If you can find where the Bible says "do not wear make-up", I wish you would share that reference. There are passages that indicate that outward adornment should not detract from the inner beauty of a woman. Examples given are flashy jewelry and "braided" hair. I can't recall any others. There are certainly many cautions about "pride" and "vanity" and of giving the appearance of evil.

It appears that God applied no universal standard for dress, hairstyle or make-up.
Churches and denominations set their own standards (usually unwritten and mostly unspoken)

Is it any wonder that some people sense the Lord telling them, personally, something different from from their bro. or sister?
---Donna66 on 5/12/10


\\How is it that we can have the very same bible, and God says something different to each person?\\

Now you all see what the "tradition of the Church" is all about.
---Cluny on 5/12/10


francis, God sees NOT as man sees. God looks upon the heart whereas man looks on the outside.

Every person is at a different level of conviction where the word of God is concerned. For example: I have a friend who divorced her husband because after 10 years of marriage, he hasn't changed, doesn't pray with her, etc., and doesn't work. She dated many men and re-married a second time. Her ex did not commit adultery on her.

I've been divorced since 2001 and would never consider re-marrying because of what Paul said, "She is to remain single." And the Lord has become my Husband.

It all depends on what level of conviction a person is on as to how literally they take the word or obey it.
---Donna5535 on 5/12/10


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How is it that we can have the very same bible, and God says something different to each person?

Is God now a respecter of persons?

If god says that makeup is not part of the believers lifestyle, that goes across the board to all believers.

There is no such thing in christianity as " because of my relationship with God I can do XYZ" while another cannot.
---francis on 5/12/10


Were I to have a disfiguring and prominent scar, I would probably use some kind of cosmetics so I wouldn't frighten people.

God looks at the heart.
---Cluny on 5/12/10


Vanity>>>>When applied to things, and we are talking make-up: However, the word vanity in the Bible is especially used to describe idols, because there is no spiritual reality to them. Check out Isaiah, my favorite book in the whole Bible, chapter 41:29....Believers are urged to stay away from vain things and to live their lives in the reality of their relationship to Christ, and because of my relationship to the living God He says for me a little make-up is okay. Anything short of God Himself that people trust to meet their deepest needs is vanity. [Eph. 4:17-24]. Man could I do a sermon on that. And we are talking make-up? Come on..... Also, Check out the word, legalism.
---catherine on 5/12/10


How about if the Bible does not directly forbid it?
---Cluny on 5/11/10

Then look at the way it is comes across in the bible. The bible does mention make up, and in every case there is a negative conotation accociated with it.


Then consider further what vanity truely means.

Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit,
---francis on 5/12/10


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While it is true that the "bad girls" of the Bible caked on the makeup, I'm not aware of an Eleventh Commandment that states "Thou shalt not wear makeup." I wonder if those Christians who are critical of makeup wearing actually believe in keeping the original Ten Commandments. Or do they claim that they are "free from that Law?"
---jerry6593 on 5/12/10


Yes- sure. A little light never hurts a woman. Makes you feel better about yourself, too. God said so.
---catherine on 5/11/10


\\If the bible does not directly command or condone it, what perception do you get when you read what the bible has to say about it?\\

How about if the Bible does not directly forbid it?
---Cluny on 5/11/10


The question is: What does the bible say?

If the bible does not directly command or condone it, what perception do you get when you read what the bible has to say about it?

Is make up seen in the bible in a positive light, or it is shown in a negative light.

The BIBLE does have an answer.
---francis on 5/11/10


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I think that it's like what someone else said. It all depends on what you are using it for. References in the Bible act like women were using it for bad things, such as prostitution, etc. That's how it was long ago. If you were makeup, you were maybe a prostitute. Now it's different.

I didn't like how one guy said that women are trying to please men oh so bad. Sometimes women just like looking pretty for themselves. Tried to explain this to my husband, but he didn't get it. I mean, don't some men realize that maybe we like the colors we put on ourselves?
---amand6348 on 5/11/10


Jean, I wear make up because I work in the professional, business world. I also dress nicely for the office. I wear as little as possible, but I do wear it.

God sees not as man sees. Man looks on the outside, but God looks upon the heart of a person.

It's what inside your heart that counts. So yes, you can wear make-up.
---Donna5535 on 5/11/10


There is nothing wrong with women using cosmetics if it is applied correctly and tastefully.

cosmetics can cover some mild scaring and disfigurements and this is likewise beneficial.

One of the major problems is that may young women and teens, have never been effectively trained in the use of cosmetics, they try to do it them selves or with other untrained friends and end up looking hideous.
---Friendly_Blogger on 5/11/10


REFERENCES TO MAKE UP:

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.

Jeremiah 4:30 And [when] thou [art] spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair, [thy] lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.


Ezekiel 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,

none of them seem positive
---francis on 5/11/10


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I can only assume that you are associated with a church that mixes law and grace. RUN!!
---Roxanna on 5/11/10


Sister Jean...I have personally never liked wearing makeup before or after I became a Christian. I don't believe the Lord cares one way or the other whether we wear makeup unless it is worn to "entice" someone with a lot of it. Now that I am over 60, I have found that I like makeup a lot better. It hides the wrinkles well! Welcome to the family of God Sister.
---KarenD on 5/11/10


Hi, Jean,

Recently, there was a 'lively' debate on the length of Jesus' hair? Go figure, men (humans)even Apostles get caught up in the most superficial issues (Mark 9:34).

My question: If God looks at the heart and man looks at the outside, then who is the new paint pleasing, God or man?

Despite any stumbling block put in front of you, if you walk in true faith, you will eventually know the answer in your heart and Jesus will be your cover whether or not you wear cover-girl. God is looking for the Light that is within.
---aka_joseph on 5/11/10


#2 Moderator: I forgot this, so please post if you will.

A very good woman teacher for women is Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She shares biblical based truth without separating you from the issues that men face and the true body of Christ.
---aka_joseph on 5/11/10


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as with anything it depends on what your motives are.women are under so much pressure,more from other women,but vanity, which includes compliments,and their desire to be attractive for the men in their lives ius a huge driving factor.
---tom2 on 5/11/10


The "rule of thumb" concerning make-up should be, "Be attractive but not an attraction". Wearing no make-up can be just as much of an attraction as wearning too much. The same goes for the mode of dress.
---wivv on 5/10/10


Praise the Lord for your newfound faith. There is nothing wrong with a woman wearing make-up. God looks at your heart. Man looks at the outside.

As a newborn Christian woman, I would like to suggest that you seek a Godly mature woman to mentor you in your faith. I also would encourage you to attend a Women's Bible Study, and get to know women who love the Lord, and who can help you as you begin your journey with Jesus.

I purchase Mary Kay cosmetics from the woman who leads our Women's Bible Study.

I once heard a pastor say, "If the barn door needs painting, paint it."
---Trish9863 on 5/10/10


A woman should be modest. Makeup is not wrong, you can wear it with style and grace. It doesn't have to be thick or heavy. Find make-up that gives you the natural look and enhances your good features. Remember man looks at the outside appearance, God looks at the heart! The most important thing for you to do is to learn the Bible, love God and have a quiet gentle spirit.
---KATHRYN_L_HUTTON on 5/10/10


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There are more important things than make-up.

It's a total non-issue, except to those who reduce the Gospel of grace to "touch not, taste not, handle not"--which approach St. Paul explicitly repudiated.
---Cluny on 5/10/10


I don't like it on Ladies. It seems to cover over the Natural beauty.
I've seen Ladies that look like they have used a paint-roller to put make-up on, sure looked so gross. To much jewelry makes even look more gross.
---Lawrence on 5/10/10


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