To Love God Is To Please God

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

Though we live in this world, we are not to be of this world. Christians are to make a choice- whether they will follow and obey the laws of God or the customs and traditions of men. Unfortunately, many “Christians” blur these lines because they do not want to give up their worldly traditions and still be able to call themselves a Christian. Surrendering all to Christ seems too difficult and legalistic. They fail to realize that God gives us His laws, not to control us, but out of His love for us and for our own well- being and joy. Our relationship with Jesus is based on love. True love for Jesus requires self-denial. Pleasing the one you love should not be a burden, rather a joy.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. John 15:10-11

Always be trying to find out what best pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:10

As we are always to find out the things that best please God, likewise, we are to be aware of those things which displease Him. These unpleasing things should be avoided and eliminated. Remember, we are to avoid and eliminate these things not because the church says so, but because God says so, for our well-being. Two of these things are the wearing and putting on of makeup and jewelry, both of which are heathen customs. This includes putting on of wedding rings, for its history originates with pagan sun-worship and papal superstition. What does the Bible say about these pagan and heathen customs?

And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they [were] Ishmaelites.) Judges 8:23-24

For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye [are] a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee. And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb. Exodus 33:5-6

Pastor Joe Crews, founder of Amazing Facts Ministries writes: “We are left in no doubt as to the attitude of God concerning the wearing of those ornaments. God, who changes not, told them to take off those things and present themselves for judgement, to answer for their apostasy. It is of more than passing interest to note that this prohibition was laid down in connection with their going into the promised land. God said, “I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite... for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff-necked people.” Exodus 33:2-3. It is significant that they were required to strip off the ornaments before they could enter the promised land... His command for them to remove the ornaments before going into the land of Canaan applies to us before going into the heavenly Canaan. The parallel is obvious in the context.” Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews, pp.53,54.

Pastor Crews goes on to say: “Through the prophet Isaiah God sent one of the most scathing denunciations of jewelry that can be found anywhere in the Bible. Nowhere do we find a more direct and unequivocal revelation of God’s feelings towards the wearing of ornaments.” Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews, p.54.

The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide [it] not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: 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. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, Isaiah 3: 9, 16-21

Evidently, according to God’s Word, the putting on of ornaments is not pleasing to God. Therefore, all your ornaments (jewelry) should be cast off. Note Pastor Crews points out how God refers to these ornaments as “filth” in Isaiah 4:4 “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion...” “After the washing away of those artificial baubles, God describes the women as being “comely, holy, and beautiful.” Apparently, He does not appraise beauty in the same way that we do. The women put on all their jewelry to make themselves beautiful, but God said it was filthy... God uses that word “comely” to describe His bride, the church. “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.” Jeremiah 6:2.” Creeping Compromise, Joe Crews, p.55.

The other heathen custom of wearing makeup is also found throughout the Bible.

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. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This [is] the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; [so] that they shall not say, This [is] Jezebel. 2 Kings 9:30, 36-37

For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house. 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, Ezekiel 23:39-40

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. Jeremiah 4:30

The history of makeup is quite ancient; women started wearing makeup around 4000 BC in Ancient Egypt... Archaeological evidence clearly indicates that both women and men in Ancient Egypt wore makeup, using kohl sticks to blacken the eyes and copper to create rich green eyeshadow.

The use of cosmetics was widespread enough by 4000 BC for archaeological sites to include makeup containers, a few rare examples of cosmetics, and references to makeup in art and writing from this period. Undoubtedly, makeup spread from Egypt to other regions of the world. In the Middle East, makeup was common enough to be mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, and both the Greeks and Romans used it. In fact, some Greek societies believed that a woman without makeup might as well be nude. Reference:

In ancient Persia, the king's wives would go through a long beautifying process. In the book of Esther, the candidates for a new companion to King Ahasuerus were required to go through a year-long process of refinement using spices and fragrant ointments. This likely included using makeup and various effects from all over the world for increasing attractiveness in the eyes of her culture. From the copper and lead ore that the ancient Egyptians used to create the world's first cosmetics to the scientifically advanced products of today that can do everything from hide pores, smooth complexions, and turn the pale green of your eyes a vivid shade of emerald, makeup has been an integral part of humankind for thousands of years. Over the centuries, women used burnt matches to darken their eyes, berries to stain their lips and young boys' urine to fade their freckles. They even swallowed ox blood in some misguided attempt to improve their complexions.

Women throughout history put their health at risk with many of their homemade cosmetics. In some cultures, for example, women used arsenic, lead, mercury, and even leeches to give themselves the pale appearance deemed beautiful in the old days. Reference: WebMD Medical Reference

Many are ignorantly injuring their health and endangering their life by using cosmetics. They are robbing the cheeks of the glow of health, and then to supply the deficiency use cosmetics. When they become heated in the dance, the poison is absorbed by the pores of the skin, and is thrown into the blood. Many lives have been sacrificed by this means alone. { HR October 1, 1871, par. 20 }

“A quarter century of living should put a great deal into a woman’s face besides a few wrinkles and some unwelcome folds around the chin. In that length of time she has become intimately acquainted with pain and pleasure, joy and sorrow, life and death. She has struggled and survived, failed, and succeeded. She has lost and regained faith. And as a result, she should be wiser, gentler, more patient and more tolerant than she was when she was younger. Her sense of humor should have mellowed, her outlook should have widened, her sympathies should have deepened. And all this should show. If she tries to erase the imprint of age, she runs the risk of destroying, at the same time, the imprint of experience and character.” Words of Inspiration, Frances Parkinson Keyes, p. 198.

Today, women and men, even children have chosen to follow the customs and traditions of humankind by covering themselves in jewelry and cosmetics. Sadly, this includes many professed Christians. These pagan customs and traditions can bring discomfort, pain, sickness, disease, and in some cases even death. God has given us His instructions and warnings to take off these things, for our own sake and admonition. However, the jewelry and makeup are not the real problems, they are two symptoms of not yielding your life to Christ, making a full surrender to the One that loves us. Our relationship with Jesus is based on love. True love for Jesus requires self-denial. Pleasing the one you love should not be a burden, rather a joy. When you are not pleasing Christ, you are pleasing the adversary. Ask yourself, who do you love? I pray that your answer is Christ Jesus. Amen.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother's way. Romans 14:13

Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14

And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:22

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

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