True Light Beliefs
Holiness Dress Code
The Veil Covering
Make Up & Jewelry
Their were a time when all Pentecostal churches taught true holiness, and observed the Bible teachings concerning jewelry for outward adorning. Genesis 35 from vs. 2: Jacob said to his household, "Put away the strange gods that are among you; be clean and change your garments." As we examine this part of the text, we see how God begins the process of sanctifying the house of Jacob. Note in vs. 4: " And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods that were in their hand, and all the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them."
Notice how God identifies strange gods with earrings. The strange gods in this text identify with heathen customs. Earrings are a part of heathen customs. In the Book of Judges, Chapter 8; vs 24; "and Gideon said unto them, give me every man the earrings of his prey (those defeated in battle). For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites (heathen people).' The point of focus is that they had on earrings, because they were a heathen people.
The first identification with this custom came from the temple prostitutes, under the Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, whom the Bible calls in 1 Kings, 11:5 "Astoreth". She is also given the title Queen of Heaven, by the Prophet Jeremiah in the 44th Chapter of his writings. The greeks called the female deity Estarte, while her Egyptian title name was ISIS. The Prostitutes under the authority of Estarte was purposed to service men of substance and the rich merchants throughout the empire. Among the arts developed by these women was the art of outward beautification. They learned how to make a paint from clay substance, and after diluting it with henna and other agents, they applied it to their faces, giving them a look that was different, and in contrast to women in that time period.
Note Paul's writings in the 1 Timothy 2:9 that women had to dress according to holiness, "Not with gold or pearls (jewelry) or expensive dress, "Women dress with shamefacedness" which means no make up, lipstick, or facial paint. Shamefacedness also meaning opposite to women who have no shame and no honour, as the prostitutes and women without values. Also, we connect the passage found in Proverbs 7:10 "and he met him a woman dressed as a prostitute." If she was dressed as a prostitute, there must be women who obviously do not dress as prostitues. Then, the question must be asked, "What is the dress of a prostitute?" Answer: She painted her face without shame and put earrings in her ears, in her nose and in her lips, for an outward look of vanity, without shame or moral conviction. Pastors in the churches today teach the sisters it's acceptable in holiness churches to wear jewelry and facial paint. I say to those pastors, " If you did not write 1 Timothy 2:9, or Peter 3:3; how can you change something you did not write." False leaders allowed the spirit of Jezebel to enter the Acts 2:38 church, they changed the Doctrine of the Aposltes, thereby perverting the Word of Truth, when God gave instructions in the last chapter of Revelations to not add on or take away from the Book of this prophecy.
The veil was a custom to the holiness women since the days of Judaism which we can testify to in the book of Genesis 24:64-65 - "Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she lighted off the camel.. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. Later this custom was introduced to the new testament church; If you go to 1 Corinthians 11:5 the bible states that a woman cannot pray or prophesy with her head uncovered. Now notice the word covered according to the hebrew lexicon means "veiled" The women in the church of Corinth was confused on Pauls teachings on grace. They thought becuase of Pauls writings on grace they no longer had to apply the jewish customs concerning the covering of the head with a veil.
In the Holmans Illustrated Bible Dictionary it shows why Paul wrote this epistle to the sisterhood in Corinth which states In 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 , Paul dealt with the matter of covering the head in worship services. This extended treatment shows that this must have been a subject of considerable interest in Corinth.The Jewish custom was for all women to cover their heads with a veil when they went outside their homes. To appear in public without a veil was a sign of immodesty and lack of virtue. To appear in a worship service without a veil was unthinkable. Some of the Corinthian Christian women had evidently appeared in worship without a veil on their heads. Perhaps they had understood Paul's emphasis on Christian freedom to mean that they no longer had to observe any of the old Jewish customs-including that of wearing a veil.The effects of such a change in dress style had been disruptive to the worship services and Christian witness in Corinth. This led Paul to state that a woman should cover her head during the worship service. At the same time, he encouraged the men to follow the Jewish custom of worshiping with uncovered heads. Paul cited various reasons in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 for his position. He referred to: (1) the order in creation ( 1 Corinthians 11:3 ), (2) social customs of the time (1 Corinthians 11:4-6 ), (3) the presence of angels (1 Corinthians 11:10 ), (4) nature itself (1 Corinthians 11:13-15 ), and (5) the common practice in the churches (1 Corinthians 11:16 ).
The principle here is that Christians must be sensitive to the cultures in which they live. They should not needlessly flout local customs unless there is some moral reason to do so. To be insensitive to the culture in which one lives causes one to offend many of the people whom the church is trying to win to Jesus Christ. It diverts attention away from the most important thing and focuses it on peripheral matters.
Alot of people today make statements that God only looks at the heart and not at the appearance my question is how can a person heart be right and disobeying the Word of Truth? The Bible is very plain on dress code. The first scripture that alot of false churches wont accept today is Deuteronomy 22:5 which states "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." The bible teaches in this passage that Women is to dress like Women and Men is to dress like Men. Women wearing pants regardless how clever the adversary may present it, God said its an abomination. If its not alright for men to put on a dress, then its not alright for women to wear pants. Note... the key word "PERTAINETH" which means to indentify. Pants wearing was originally for men and not women. If you examine the old sanctify churches you never seen women with pants on and you never seen men put a dress on. Why is it today that women calling themselves saved got on pants when the Bible speaks out against women wearing that which pertaineth to a man. It is because of the dominant false leadership of so called pastors that has crept in unawares and not preaching holiness. As we see today holiness living is not popular in todays culture, but the bottom line is holiness will always be right.
Also in 1 Timothy 2:9 the bible instructs women to adorn(dress) themselves in modest apparel...again if God don't care about dress code why did Gods Apostle tell the women to dress modestly, obviously dress code does matter other wise it would not be recorded as a testimony in the bible. Examine 1 Peter 3:3 it states "Whose adorning(dressing) let it not be that outward adorning(dressing) of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. So you see very plainly that God wants his church to dress a certian way. Saved women can't come to church with short dresses on, high heel shoes, pants, short shorts, showing legs,breast etc (note... verse 10 But which becometh women professing godliness) with good works, and men can't dress like women.