Christians who adhere to the standards set forth as essential by NTCC are commonly rooked into believing outlandish “facts” concerning worldly customs and mores. If a ‘holiness’ Christian were to travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, he would doubtless be negatively impressed by their worship of numerous gods. He would almost certainly associate the wearing of dark eye coloration with immoral and idolatrous behavior. Yet after refusing to paint his (or her) eyes like everyone else, he would find the glare of the sun to be nearly intolerable, with no possibility of recourse to sunglasses. Further, he would soon realize that the stinging, biting insects that pester him around the ocular region have resulted in a serious infection that will eventually lead to blindness, a condition which others manage to successfully avoid. This is not to say that everyone who uses make-up has a perfectly practical and unavoidable reason for doing so–only to say that idolatry and lewdness cannot be cited as the reasons behind everything that you do not like or approve.
Taking this twisted mentality to their usual extreme, NTCC preachers (while Christians the world over are suffering from real persecution for their confession of Christ as savior) are strutting rooster-like across their podiums making fun of Maybelline, Max Factor, and the Avon Lady, and comparing women who purchase her vaunted products to wiccans, harlots, and rodeo clowns.
One typical Pentecostal argument against cosmetic augmentations is the bare fact that Jezebel used them in anticipation of Jehu’s arrival, thus equating eye shadow with adultery. However, the context clearly shows that the Queen was in point of fact adorning herself for a State Execution and burial (reference the donning of her tiara—she was dressing, not UNdressing) which turned out to be less lordly than she supposed. Her words are not words of allurement, but of one who expects to die momentarily. In spite of this, there will always be preachers who stridently declaim “that Jezebel Spirit” and insist that all women everywhere must “wipe that junk off your face!” if they expect to make it into heaven.
Perhaps the most spiritually injurious thing about facial cosmetics is that many women have grown accustomed to their use almost to the point of dependency. This is sad. To think that millions of American women stand before the mirror every day telling themselves that they are ugly until they put on their ‘face’, without which they refuse to leave the house. Is this vanity? Is it sin? Perhaps it is, but judgment ought to be left to the individual conscience, since there is neither an explicit nor an implicit prohibition in the scriptures. Such a prohibition therefore can only be derived. Again, the derivation of such restrictions is a dangerous habit that Christians ought to avoid, lest we place burdens upon others that Jesus Himself does not ask them to bear.