Modesty

 

Women who dress immodestly are sinning, in that they invite mental adultery on the part of men: and since adultery is a sin committed by two people, they too are guilty whether they realize it or not. Of course this goes for those men also who glory in stripping off their clothes in front of women. The rising popularity of nudity is just another sign that our society is becoming more sick by the day. See Adultery



    Makeup


    The Bible doesn't say much about makeup; so I hesitate to pontificate on the subject. We are, however, told in Leviticus 19: 28:
    Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead,
    nor print any marks upon you: I am YaHuWaH.

    Of course this doesn't expressly deal with the matter of makeup; but it does point to the heathen practice of printing marks on the body, cutting or tattooing marks in it; a practice which is now very fashionable. Some fans at sporting events now paint their faces and bodies in part or whole almost as a way of entertainment and nobody seems to connect this painting craze with the Bible command which forbids believers from marking their faces or bodies in any way.


    We read in the book of Kings that the evil queen Jezebel painted her face and tired her hair in an attempt to impress the conquering Jehu who had just killed her son Joram king of Israel in battle.


    2 Kings 9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?…
    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.

    In view of these things my personal opinion is that true believers should not paint their faces in a vain attempt to look better than they really are. I can understand a very pale faced woman using a little coloring in order to look healthier; but that is a far cry from what one sees nowadays where, even in Christian churches, women paint their faces and nails and look more like modern versions of Jezebel than the children of YaHuWaH preparing to meet the Savior. In short, scent, powder, a little makeup, hairstyles, jewellery, expensive clothes etc., may be in order; but there is a fine separating line in all of these things which Christian women and their husbands must decide for themselves.



    Jewellery


    The wearing of jewellery (rings, precious stones, bracelets, armbands, broaches etc.) is not a sin.


    If you study all the texts in the Scriptures on this matter you will see that YaHuWaH 's people (the Israelites) wore jewellery. Abraham's servant's presented jewellery to Rebekah. (Gen.24:22,53) The High Priest wore jeweled garments. Kings wore rings and the Prodigal Son's father put a ring on his son's hand when he came home (Luke 15:22). Moreover, YaHuWaH Himself is going to make up His jewels.


    Malachi 3: 16: Then they that feared YaHuWaH spake often one to another: and YaHuWaH hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared YaHuWaH, and that thought upon His Name.
    17: And they shall be Mine, saith YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

    If you study the following passages you will see clearly that the wearing of jewellery is not a sin. (Exodus 11:2, 12:35, Isa.61:10, Eze.16:17-19). Did not YaHuWaH Himself clothe Israel His wife with jewellery and fine clothes?

    Nevertheless, the wearing of jewellery becomes sin when believers put their gems and fine clothes first before faith, holiness, humility and good works. Then the jewellery has become a snare, an idol - a sin.


    This means that women may wear jewellery if they please: it is not a sin, so long as it doesn't distort their appearance and become an over-riding obsession. Then, like every other excess, it can become a snare - a sin. As I said above, if a believer, male or female, gets these things out of order, (in other words if the most important things are put last) then he/she is missing the point and has made a idol of a perfectly acceptable thing. Bodily cleanliness, good clothes, well groomed hair etc. all have their proper place; but they should always come second to godliness, humility and good deeds.





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