Lifting Up Their Faces…Surgically
by Donna Vermillion
This article was originally published February 24th, 2012.
It is revised and republished as of April 16th, 2015.
An introductory note from Rich: The following article by my wife, Donna, is an outstanding confrontation of an issue that seems to be discussed too rarely these days. Namely, she addresses the difference between INNER beauty and OUTWARD beauty.
The Scriptures say it this way, in regards to women (and this also certainly applies 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 here 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 souls 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 judgment, 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 hearts 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, the nature of which is known to others 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. Moreover, she even suggests that it is a good idea for some people.
Therefore, please do not get distracted with the outward issue miss the main point of her article.
And now on to Donna’s bold, but loving, article…
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)
Is it just me or do Gloria Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Lindsay Roberts, and so on, look very different than they did many years ago? As a woman, I do notice these things. I am not talking about them looking older, but, rather, more…distorted.
When I first saw the “new” Gloria Copeland on the BVOV daily broadcast several years ago, I did think she looked very pretty, but I wondered about it. At the time, I was so duped by 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 certainly 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 abnormal to me now. Sometimes people need to know when to stop!)
How about Paula White? She was very pretty to begin with and, unlike Gloria and Joyce, was nowhere near the standard “face-lift age.” If you scan through her photographs on her website, you will see that she doesn’t even look like the same person anymore. In an effort to get the “perfect” outer beauty, some might say she has actually ruined her appearance. So why in the world would she feel the need to do such a thing?
It is sad, really. In most cases, if not all, this “face lift fancy” among the female preachers (and even some male ones) seems to stem from O.C.V.—Obsessive Compulsive Vanity (yes, I made that up). Rather than just simply wanting to look nice, they display an obvious Hollywood-like obsession with being good-looking and sexy. Meanwhile, they come woefully short in true godly character. Thus, they are doing the opposite of my opening Scripture in 1 Peter. In that passage, Peter states that a Christian woman’s inner beauty of godliness should supersede any outward “adorning” to try to be more attractive.
Of course, I see no problem with a woman doing some things (in moderation) to improve her appearance, such as getting a laser peel or wrinkle-smoothing cream. Nevertheless, when she (or he, in some cases) takes so many trips to the plastic surgeon that she qualifies for a “made from recycled materials” stamp on her face, that is going too far—especially for a woman who claims to be a Christian.
In Paula White’s and Lindsay Roberts’ cases, I see a lot of pain and insecurity that they are seeking to relieve only through superficial means. I also see no evidence that they are genuinely born again. These two seem to be very disturbed 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)
I do not believe everything that I see in the news, and you should not either. But several years ago when Paula was pictured in very promiscuous looking circumstances with Benny Hinn in Rome, Italy, exiting and entering a hotel and holding hands with him, it seemed pretty obvious what type of “business trip” they were on. (Click here for the Christian Post article concerning Strang Communications lawsuit against Benny Hinn in 2011, demanding he pay the publishing company back the majority of the $300,000 book advance that they had paid to him, due to his breaking of the “morality clause” of the publishing contract, i.e., for being in an inappropriate and seemingly romantic one with Paula White. See also this related article on the Florida-based news website, theledger.com.) Therefore, with so much evidence in the public domain for us to see, it is reasonable to conclude that ungodly behavior was being exhibited by both of them on that trip.
Similarly, Lindsay Roberts was caught in Tulsa, Oklahoma, doing “questionable activities,” which were so bad I do not even want to mention them. (Download this court document…but ONLY if you can stomach the details).
There is certainly “no fear of God before their eyes” for these people to be acting this way (Romans 3:18). Yet, instead of dealing with their sin and heart issues, these women are more concerned about how they look externally. For some reason, such women seem to think that multiple cosmetic surgical procedures can overshadow their seemingly “pig-like” character.
For those people who are discerning—i.e. who read their Bibles, pray and judge accordingly—the lack of discretion of such ungodly women (who claim to be God’s representatives) should still be obvious. Their wicked “fruit” is evident, 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. According to the Bible (and good sense), that is impossible. An outward change may make a person feel good for a while, but the real problems are still there in their hearts. At the risk of sounding cliché, 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)
I can guarantee you that a godly man would not want to marry the types of women that we are discussing in this article. Why? Because they have enough sense to know that their “hearts” would not be able to “safely trust” in such women if they were to become 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, as it states in my opening Scripture. Please also notice that some of the other scriptures which I have quoted 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? The fact that it is rare is what makes it so precious, since common things are not typically worth much.
So the sum of the matter is this: “Narrow-way” women (Matt. 7:13-23) seem to be a minority in church circles today across 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 any minister to lower himself to “dog” status by returning to his own “vomit” of sin (see Proverbs 26:11 and 2 Peter 2) 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 again that I am not against all face lifts categorically.
The point that I am expressing in this article is that — instead of ONLY outward face-lifting — there is an urgent need among the spiritually “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. There are some things in which even many unsaved people are too ashamed to participate (1 Corinthians 5:1). So it is particularly wrong when professing “Christians” do them like “pigs wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:18-22).
After all, one day everyone will die… face lift or not. Whether God’s judgment is welcomed or ignored really doesn’t matter—it is coming anyway. Moreover, judgment will begin in the Lord’s 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.