Lifting Up Their Faces…Surgically
by Donna Vermillion
An introductory note from Rich: The following article by my wife, Donna, is an outstanding confrontation of an issue that seems to rarely get addressed. Namely, the difference between INNER beauty and OUTWARD beauty.
The Scriptures say it this way, in regards to women (but which would also certainly apply to men): “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3-4, NKJV). What Donna points out herein is that there are too many ungodly—but popular—televangelists these days running around trying to improve their OUTSIDE appearance (via cosmetic surgery) while their inward parts are “full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:39, NKJV). Just as Jesus is more concerned about our INSIDE purity, so should these people be primarily focused on dealing with their own hearts ABOVE AND BEYOND their appearance. After all, one’s appearance will not help them one bit on the day of judgement, when the Lord will speak to “many” those terrifying words, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work lawlessness” (see Matthew 7:21-23). Yet, these people are ignoring the critical issues of their heart while they focus on their external looks instead.
So Donna’s article here is about the NEED for these people to deal with the corruption found within their own hearts, which is evidenced to us all by their manifest “fruits” (see Matthew 7:15-20).
However, this article is NOT a denial of a person’s right to get a facelift if they want to—and Donna clearly states that fact, while even suggesting it is a good idea for some people. Nevertheless, some readers have gotten hung up on the outward issue, and missed the main point of her article—indicating, perhaps, that they were convicted by Donna’s message, because they themselves are not tending to their own hearts…or that at least, that they lacked good reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
And now on to Donna’s bold, but loving, article…
Is it just me or do Gloria Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Lindsay Roberts, and so on, look very different than they did years ago? As a woman, I do notice these things.
When I first saw the “new” Gloria Copeland on the BVOV daily broadcast a few years back, I wondered about it. At the time, I was so duped by those wolves that I actually did not know if she had really had plastic surgery; or if her “faith” was just so strong that the years of confessing her youth being “renewed like the eagle’s” had finally manifested. I even remember saying that to someone.
Joyce Meyer? Well, I kind of agreed with her decision to “get a lift.” (The first time, anyway… I have no idea how many she has had to date, but her mouth is looking really weird to me now. Sometimes people need to know when to stop!)
How about Paula White? She was very pretty to begin with and was, in my opinion, nowhere near the standard “face-lift age.” Why in the world would she need to do such a thing? If you scan through her photographs on her website, you will see that her face looks so recycled that it is ridiculous. In an effort to obtain the most “perfect” outer beauty, she has actually ruined her appearance (in my opinion).
It is sad, really. In Gloria Copeland’s case, and in the case of some of her buddies, this “face lift fancy” seems to originate mostly from sheer vanity. I am not against a woman looking her best (especially for her husband), but these folks have an obvious Hollywood-like obsession with their looks.
In Paula’s and Lindsay’s cases, I see a lot of pain and insecurity that they are seeking to relieve only through superficial means. These two seem to be very messed-up women and clear examples of what Proverbs says that a woman should NOT be:
As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
(Proverbs 11:22, NKJV)
Paula was seen in very promiscuous looking circumstances with Benny Hinn in Italy. Lindsay was caught doing “questionable activities” with teen-age boys in Tulsa (download this court document…but ONLY if you can stomach the details). There is certainly “no fear of God before their eyes,” to be acting this way (Romans 3:18). So it is very strange to me that these women think that multiple cosmetic surgical procedures could overshadow their seemingly “pig-like” character. For those who are discerning—i.e. read their Bibles and judge accordingly—the swine’s snouts of these apparent “church whores” should still be obvious, regardless of how far they “lift” their faces surgically.
What these women seem to not realize is that they are trying to achieve inner beauty by changing their outer appearance. At the risk of sounding cliche, we need to get back to Proverbs chapter thirty-one’s description of a virtuous woman. This is what it says:
Who can find a virtuous wife [KJV, "woman"]? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
(Proverbs 31:10-12, NKJV)
Well, I guarantee you that Paula’s ex-husband, and Lindsay’s current one, have not experienced a life of their “hearts” being able to “safely trust” in their wives. Verse thirty then says:
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
(Proverbs 31:30, NKJV)
As I said, there seems to be no fear of God in these woman’s lives. The Holy Spirit, through Peter, described where a woman’s beauty should come from:
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
(1 Peter 3:3-4, NKJV)
Notice that some of the scriptures which I have cited above say that the inner beauty of a godly woman is very valuable (e.g. “…far above rubies…,” and “…very precious”). From an economic standpoint, what makes something valuable? It is its rarity. Common things are considered “common” in value, but rare things are typically considered precious.
The fact of the matter is this: “Narrow-way” women (Matt. 7:14) seem to be a minority in church circles today in America. Notice, I am not referring to the unsaved people outside the church—I’m talking about “church women,” particularly the ones who are in the pulpits and on television.
For a male minister to lower himself to “dog” status by returning to his own “vomit” of sin (see Proverbs 26:11) is despicable, of course. We all know that sin is wrong for every person, regardless of their gender.
However, there is just something in every human being that says, “A woman just should not do that.” Even if all the men surrounding her have fallen, there is a standard of godliness that, for some reason, we all know that a woman should follow. When she does not walk with an exemplary moral standard, it is like “a gold ring in a pig’s snout” to behold. Nobody—not even an ungodly man—respects a whore.
So there seems to be an “unspoken” rule: If anyone in the family should take a stand for holiness and fidelity in the home, it should certainly be the “lady” of the house. (And I thank God that, in our house, my husband does, too.)
Just to clarify, let me say that I am not against all face lifts categorically. Like I said, I think it was a good idea in Joyce’s case.
The point I am expressing in this article is that—instead of ONLY outward face-lifting—there is an urgent need among the “piggish” women professing to be Christians, for them to lift up their faces to God in genuine repentance:
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
(Ephesians 5:5-6, NKJV, emphasis added)
There must be a stirring up of the fear of God in the hearts of women. There must be an emphasis on the eternal consequence of sinful behavior, some of which even many gentiles would be too ashamed to participate in (1 Corinthians 5:1).
After all, one day everyone will die…face lift or not. Whether God’s judgement is welcomed or ignored really doesn’t matter—it is coming anyway. Moreover, it will begin in His house:
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
(1 Peter 4:17-18, NKJV, emphasis added)
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all [even Christians] appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
(2 Corinthians 5:9-11, NKJV, emphasis and bracketed note added)
This is true for EVERYBODY…even women preachers.