Why I don’t cut my hair, wear skirts and avoid makeup.

You may have noticed something’s a little different about me. Namely:

  • I don’t cut my hair
  • I wear knee-length skirts (or longer)
  • I avoid makeup

Let me start by saying: it is not my religion that makes me live this way, it is my relationship with Christ. My religion is made up of two things: caring for those in need (homeless, fatherless and widows – more thoughts on that here) and caring for myself as the temple of the Lord. My relationship with God is the unique standard by which I live my life. I don’t live under the law, but grace and love, which I express in reciprocation through the way I live- a set apart life style.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

-Romans 12:1-2

This is something that I have chosen for my life because of my ardent desire to live a lifestyle that is holy and acceptable unto the Lord. I AM NOT SAYING that I think you will “go to hell” if you don’t live by these standards. Salvation rests very securely in the hands of the Lord alone. I’m just explaining the why behind my own life.

This is a topic I could passionately rave about for hours on end, but I don’t want to keep you here for that long.. you may feel kidnapped and not want to come back. So I’ve narrowed each topic down as much as possible with some spiritual and some carnal reasoning. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a decade long ramble. 🙂

Why I Don’t Cut My Hair

I used to take my long hair for granted. I found it annoying and frustrating and tiresome and a big bother overall. There was too much of it and I had no clue what to do with it. But as I started battling illness, my hair started thinning. I didn’t notice it much at first, but as the days went by, my hair continued to become shorter and thinner from breakage and fall out. One day, I was looking in the mirror and realized that my hair was half its old length and about a quarter of its thickness.

I’ll admit it. I sobbed. That was probably the first moment when I realized just how sick I was. As far back as I can remember, I never had struggles growing my hair and was only annoyed by how much and how fast. Now, suddenly (well not-so-suddenly, but it felt suddenly), I was among the ranks of women whom I’d seen tear up and mourn the loss of their hair due to various illnesses.

From that day forward, I purposed to take better care of my hair. Which brings me to my second reason:

When I realized that I was taking for granted a gift from God, I made a covenant with Him to take better care of it. Scripture says that a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Cor. 11:15) and is symbolic of her submission to God and the men over her life (1 Cor. 11:6-12… submission: a highly debated topic for another time 😉 ). I vowed to take care of my hair and treasure this gift.

Now I take vitamins and nourish these brown locks with oils after each wash. I don’t use a brush (only a wide tooth comb) and I’ve stopped teasing it and curling/straightening it except on rare occasions. I don’t dye/perm it, and am doing my best to embrace its natural unruliness. Finally, I don’t cut it, because every inch of it is valuable, no matter how long it gets. By all appearances, I have very healthy hair. It’s still falling out and breaking, which breaks my heart, but it’s in God’s hands. I’m doing the best I can, the rest is up to Him.

(Because of the massive volume of requests, I finally wrote a post about my hair care routine. I’m so pleased to say that my hair has grown lengths and bounds since I wrote this post in November of 2015. You can read about how I did it here!)

Why I Wear Skirts

I am a woman. I am so very proud of how God has designed me in a feminine way, according to His original plan. True pride in one’s gender means to embrace the strengths and limitations of it (example of strengths: ability to empathize and see the grand picture; example of weaknesses: nagging tendencies and monthlies. Need I say more?). I want to look as much the part as I can because I love who I am.

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.

-Deuteronomy 22:5

I know there are pants for women and pants for men, personally I just don’t feel it’s enough of a difference. Anyhooo, I wear skirts because they’re the most widely recognized symbol of a female in our culture. I wear longer skirts for modesty purposes. I’m not particularly fond of showing thighs and bums. I don’t think it’s attractive or classy. I like class. I’ll stick with class.

Aside from that, skirt-wearing is not a weakness. I feel powerful in skirts (I am female, hear me nag!.. just kidding, just kidding!!! 😉 ) because I feel natural in them. Of course, this comes with practice and you have to learn how to be modest in them (like when you’re laying on the ground at work, trying not to pass out and have your feet propped up on a chair: hint, tuck the back of the skirt between your legs, it’ll stay up). When you get used to wearing them, skirts aren’t a nuisance.

FAQ of the Skirt Wearer:

Don’t your legs get cold?

My legs, strangely enough, rarely get cold. If they do, I just throw on some tights or knee-high socks and call it a day.

What do you wear to bed or to work out?

This varies for all skirt wearers, but I wear pants to bed and to workout at home. I usually go for the baggy sweats, because personally I don’t like to have my bum hanging out. When I’m working out in public, I either wear gauchos (really, really loose pants) or a runner’s skirt (a skirt with leggings attached).

The best and most used answer I give to any question is that annoying phrase my mom always says: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Why I Avoid Makeup

I was raised to appreciate the natural beauty God gave me. I’m not saying I’m drop dead gorgeous, I’m saying that I feel beautiful because I know I was designed by the hand of our Creator. Each flaw (and I do have plenty) each blemish (I’m afraid to count the number of zits on my face right now) is just a reflection of my humanity. It’s my heart and actions that actually reflect myself, and both were designed to serve the Lord.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

-Ephesians 2:10

Aside from that, I want to mention that I feel really awkward in makeup. It feels like putting on someone else’s face. I don’t like not recognizing myself in a mirror. I do wear makeup for theater (though it’s been some time since I’ve had the energy for that). But that is simply for the purpose of appearing to have a face from the audience’s point of view. heh

The very biggest thing I can say about not wearing make up: ohemgee I sure do save a lot of money.

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And that about wraps up the simplified version of why I don’t cut my hair, wear skirts and avoid makeup. If you have questions or want more details, please feel free to comment or send me an email. I’d love to ramble on some more. 😉

What are your thoughts on caring for our hair, skirts and makeup? (Keep it friendly, y’all 😀 )

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219 thoughts on “Why I don’t cut my hair, wear skirts and avoid makeup.

  1. Hi Rachel
    Thanks for this post! I enjoyed reading it very much. My parents raised me and my four sisters to wear skirts exclusively. I am the only one that has continued to do so after leaving the house. I am glad to learn I am not the only skirts-only girl left in America haha.

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    1. There are lots of us skirt-wearers, but it doesn’t always feel that way when we walk through a park or mall or anywhere-come-to-thin-of-it…

      Thanks for reading and dropping a comment!! 😀

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  2. I love this article, what I got from reading it is this. First, she has a conviction and is in obedience to God for doing what she feels she is supposed to do and she is honoring Him also by obeying His word. If you look up the Hebrew version of 1 Cor 11:5 you will see that when it says a woman’s “long hair”, in the Hebrew Bible it is saying a woman’s “uncut hair.” The Bible is very specific about what it says, we cannot simply take it at face value, the KJV bible is a direct English translation of the original Hebrew bible. Times change, words and meanings change all the time, the English translation is we who do not speak Hebrew can read it otherwise we would have to learn Hebrew in order to read it. We still have to study the word, even though it is in English, because otherwise, we would miss what it is telling us. I’m not saying that nothing in the bible means what we think it does when we read the English version of the Bible, because a lot of it means just what it says, but much of it has meaning we can misunderstand if we do not research it and learn its original meaning. For instance, the word “save” can mean just that “to save” in one scripture, but in another scripture it could mean “except.” I am a male, but I have studied the hair, clothing and make-up topic because I was raised Apostolic and we do not believe in women cutting their hair, wearing pants or make-up and I wanted to understand why we teach that way. When it comes to those issues in our church body, we do not tell our women that are not allowed to cut their hair or wear pants and make-up, we teach that it is an issue that must be left between them and God, However, if they sing or play an instrument on the platform or teach a Sunday school class or have any leadership role then they are expected to uphold the standards we teach because they are representing our church just like any of our men in leadership at our church is expected to uphold the standards as well.

    It has always been a huge debate on weather or not women should wear pants or not because, yes, there are women’s pants out there, but we know that the Bible does say women should not wear men’s clothing and vise versa. That is why our church doesn’t not tell the women of the congregation they cannot wear pants, that is left between them and God. I know many women who choose not to wear pants because they want to honor Gods word and would rather not try to debate the topic with God, they do it because they feel it is right and it just isn’t a major issue for them. We don’t tell our men that they cannot wear shorts or that they cannot have any facial hair as some Apostolic churches do, because that is also between them and God. When it comes to women’s hair, that is an issue that most definitely should not be debated or even to be taken to mean whatever we personally think it means, it is not about what we think it means, its about what God says, period. The word tells us that a woman’s hair is for glory from which she draws her strength, her power. When a woman has a strong relationship with God and obeys His word leaving her hair untouched, the glory of God is strong within her through her obedience to Him, she is inline with Him and His word. It’s a holiness issue, holiness is all about your obedience to God, Obedience to His word, living the life of a true Christian, it’s about letting Christ be seen in us. Debating all of these topics only shows the world that us as Christians cannot get along and truly love or another the way that God showed us to when He came to the earth wrapped in flesh as the man Jesus.

    In this article, she mentioned that she wears pants at home and I read some comments that condemned her for it saying if she doesn’t wear them in public then she shouldn’t wear them at home either, those are completely different things. The reason for not wearing men’s clothing is to not cause confusion as to wether or not a woman is male or female, inside the home it doesn’t matter because she is not seen by the outside world, I know women who wear skirts everywhere, but if they workout or play a sports game they wear sweat pants or shorts underneath to stay modest in case they were to fall, that way they are still covered and modest. It’s out in the world where others see us that our modesty is most important and if a woman chooses not to wear pants because of personal conviction or just doing it to be sure they are inline with Gods word, then she yet continue to do it in public because it shows that she is dedicated to obeying God and living by her convictions. It also shows others that she is a woman of integrity and consistency and the same goes for men who obey God’s word and follows their convictions.

    When it comes to wearing make-up, the reason the bible says not to wear it is because in the old testament it had become a major problem, it was worn by women for the sole of drawing attention to themselves for ungodly reasons and the same goes for jewelry because people often like to show off their jewelry to let others know they that had plethora of money and also for reasons like trying to look better to others. The Bible tells us that what we give the most attention to is our God, wether or not people admit that or not, that is what they are doing because that is what spend the most money on and even just buying expensive things all the time and trying own as much as you can means money has become your God. We are supposed to be simple people, don’t get me wrong, it is not a sin to be rich and have nice things, but when being rich and having nice things or wearing make-up so that you look better to other people becomes more important than having a true relationship with God, then we are winning against Him.

    My personal feelings on all of these issues is this, a woman should honor Gods word by not cutting her hair, no after how she feels about because it is not a suggestion, it is a commandment, on the past issue, I personally think that women are more attractive in dresses and skirts because she looks more like a woman and for me they look better in long skirts and dresses, not in something that reveals things when she bends over or sits down, modesty is way more attractive than trying to show off what God gave you which is meant for your husband and only him and men who do not feel they have to wear tight pants or shirts to show off muscles and attract women to them should be what worn should want in men and when it comes to make-up, I would much rather see the face a span was born with, the one God have her, not the one she spent hours putting on. God doesn’t make junk, there may be people out there that we as humans do not find to be very pretty or handsome, but it doesn’t matter what we think, what matters most is what God thinks and in His eyes, people are only ugly or pretty in the heart, in His eyes, physically we are all beautiful and handsome because we are part of His workmanship and as I said, He doesn’t make junk. To God, those with a pure heart(not sinless, because we are all sinners), those who love and respect others and treat them as His says we should and are willing to help others without expecting anything in return are the most beautiful people.

    So, to end this long drawn out comment, we should all study the word, ask God to give us understanding of His word and make sure we are following the way He wants us to and says we should and not just how we think we should. The whole Bible is for every person, God will not give a person one revelation and someone else a totally different revelation, if you are truly hungry for knowledge of His word, He will give you the same revelation that He gives others. Now, we can read a scripture and get one message from God from it and later read that same scripture and get another message, that is because He speaks to us about life situations we deal with and depending on what we are dealing with, He may not give us the same message every time. His word is meant to not only show us how to love others and treat them and how to get to heaven, but it is also there to help us through situations in life, to give us strength, peace, comfort and whatever else we need to get through this life and to stay close to Him. He may give us different messages through scripture, but revelation is ALWAYS the same, it doesn’t change from person to person. For example, His word says that in order to be filled with His spirit(the holy ghost) we must speak in tongues or we must be baptized in water, many people say, “well, that’s not for me, I don’t agree with speaking in tongues or I don’t believe that we have to be baptized, its really about the condition of the heart. That is just people trying to get to heaven on their own terms, the bible says there is only “ONE WAY” to heaven, repent and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ (not Father, Son and Holy Spirit, those are only titles for God) and be filled with the Holy Ghost(Spirit of God) with the evidence of speaking in tongues, that is for every person, not just for some of us, but everyone and those are just the beginning, once we have done those things, we must continue on by witnessing and leading others to God, staying in the word, praying, loving others. So, if you have confusing thoughts about the hair, pants, make-up and jewelry issues, pray and seek God for understanding and revelation about it, but don’t judge others on these issues, every person must seek God for themselves and we should not judge on how someone does things concerning God and His word.

    I totally love this article and I very much respect the lady who posted it, I respect her love and obedience to God’s word, keep up the great work, God sees it and He will certainly bless you for your obedience and willingness to do as His word says and for following your convictions.

    God Bless!!!!!

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    1. Well done. Love the explanation and I wholeheartedly love the truth of His word. Thanks for sharing. God Bless you

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      1. Hi Tina!

        WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on the best gift you will ever receive! I’d love to hear your testimony, so please feel free to drop me an email at rachallene (at) gmail (dot) com! I’m so glad this post was helpful to you. Thank you for reading and sharing the joy! *hugs*

        -Rachel

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  3. I have a friend who does all these things. I do wear foundation, I wear jeans and work out clothes as I teach fitness classes. It’s a gift given to me by my Father. I don’t dress like a man, but I don’t flaunt my body either. I do cut my hair because I have severe headaches with the long length and thickness of it. I think honoring our bodies is not putting yourself out there as a sex object. It’s not trying to attract others. It’s just covering yourself up so as not to do those things. I don’t dress to “impress” or attract. I believe that if this was wrong, the Lord would let me know that.
    I have respect for those who do what they do because they honor God and at the same time ask for respect in the way I honor my Father. He alone is worthy. It’s not an outward show anyway but an inward worship that shows up on the outside in our “appearance” and character that honors God, not just how we dress, cut or don’t with our hair, wear make up or not.
    It’s more than these.

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    1. Hi Brandy!

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and heart on this! I appreciate your wisdom “respect for those who do what they do because they honor God.” I have tremendous respect for you as well. God bless you!

      -Rachel 🙂

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      1. She contradicted herself on pants as well. The bible does say dont wear women clothing but women have their own pants and men have theirs. Back then men wore robes and so did women. Men also wore and still wear skirts. She also said she didnt wear pants unless shes going to bed isnt that the same thing. Shes just trying to justify why she’s in a cult. God hates religion bc it separates the people. I was Pentecostal at one point and i wore skirts to feel accepted by the church. I was told it was disrespectful for me to wear pants to church so i stopped going. How can u sing songs like “come just as u are” but condemn me when im wearing something that makes me feel comfortable. Matthew 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

        28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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  4. This young women has taken a vow to God to try an maintain her modesty, and in this world that should 100% be celebrated! She has chosen Christ as her OWN personal Savior; which means what she feels is pleasing to God and will help her be righteous may not be the same as you. Why try to argue with her to convince her she is wrong? Should we not remove the plank from our own eye first??? My husband was raised this way; I was not. These women are beautiful! Would we run down any other religious women who choose to dress apart ( such as head coverings)?

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    1. I wear head coverings. I like the fact that I can find them in almost every color to match my clothing, whether it might a feminine pantsuit or a dress. As long as I’m modest and my head is covered when I’m going forth in God’s word I’m fine.

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  5. If you don’t wear pants in public, why would you wear them in private? Wearing them, is wearing them. It doesn’t say not to wear that which pertaineth to a man in public, it says DON’T Wear it.

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    1. I totally agree with u Debbie, I was raised in church & I have always tried to dress modestly because that is my conviction, & also because I believe in following God’s word. But personally I do not wear pants of any kind at home either. Wearing them is wearing them no matter where u are. But like I said that is my on personal conviction & I don’t want to be a stumbling block for anyone that cannot understand the difference why u would wear them at all or just at home. This is not to put anyone else down for ur beliefs.

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        1. Pam, that’s a great question! Men didn’t wear pants in Biblical days, but they wore what was widely recognized as male clothing in their culture. In our culture, the most widely recognized symbol for a woman is a skirt and for a man, pants (think bathroom sign stick figures, fashion over the years, etc.). Because of that, I choose to wear skirts. But again, this is my personal conviction. 🙂

          Thanks for reading!
          -Rachel

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      1. Debbie, It also says that we should be modest, but I get totally naked when I get in my shower. Nothing says I’ve got to shower in my clothes!! Marilyn

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    2. Your home is a private place. Sometimes I walk around in my undies and a bra I would never go out in public that way because it is not modest, pajama pants are the same way yes she does not wear them in public but if she is in the privacy of her own home she may wear what she chooses to be comfortable and louange around in.

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    3. If you will notice the scripture says women shall not WEAR that which PERTAINETH, when my pastors wife explained this scripture she said it means when we are in the world (outside of the confines of our own home) we are not to cause confusion and to be a LIGHT, however in the our own houses we can sleep in whatever we feel like, (naked came i in, and naked will I go out.) we don’t wear skirts/dresses to be modest for the lord, he looks at the heart, man looks at the outward appearance, I won’t go outside without looking Holy, but my God looks inside, no sense in wearing a skirt if I’m living as the Pharisees, but the world must SEE us a city set upon a hill that cannot be hid. ❤️
      Have a blessed day , we all have convictions, do what the lord leads you to do!

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    1. I dont think if you have these convictions that you are “worshiping such things” It is just what is in your heart sis..

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    2. Do you seriously think God Himself would be telling us to be worshipping things other than Him? Everything to do with these “standards” is RIGHT IN THE WORD OF GOD.
      We, as Christians (meaning CHRIST-like) should be doing EXACTLY as the Word of God tells us to.
      Deuteronomy 22:5 states specifically a woman shall NOT wear that which pertaineth (relates to) a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment for ALL that do so are ABOMINATION (extreme disgust, hatred, loathing) to the Lord thy God. When you think of pants, what do automatically think of? Men… so in other words, pants PERTAIN to men. Look at a bathroom door & tell me how you know it’s men’s (pants) & women’s (skirts). Anyone who does so is an abomination to God Himself! (read above definition of abomination.) Why would anyone say “it doesn’t matter what we wear” when it SPECIFICALLY states IN THE WORD OF GOD that it very much DOES matter?
      As for the hair, 1Corinthians 11:15 SPECIFICALLY states “But if a WOMAN have LONG hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” So, yes, long, short DOES very much matter to God or it would not be in His Word. For those who lose their hair, it doesn’t mean they have “short” hair because the length is determined by it NOT BEING CUT. If they didn’t cut it, it doesn’t matter how much hair they have in the sight of God, it’s still LONG. That’s where 1Corinthians 11:5-6 comes in. “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a SHAME for a woman to be SHORN OR SHAVEN, let her be covered.” Now, the hair is given for a covering, so if you cut it, it’s no longer a covering & you are praying without your head covered since your hair is given for a covering & in doing so, you are dishonoring your head. As for “trimming” your hair, Shorn & shaven are 2 different things, yet it shows that it is a SHAME for a woman to be shorn OR shaven… Shorn simply means to be cut or clip with a sharp object; trim. So I reiterate, IT VERY MUCH SO MATTER WHAT WE WEAR & WHAT WE LOOK LIKE ON THE OUTSIDE.
      One more scripture I will bring up is 1 Samuel 16:7 “Bu the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” So many people take this scripture completely out of context & only use that one simple piece of the verse “God looks on the heart” but if you read that whole story, it is simply meaning that when Samuel went to Jesse to find their next king, he was looking at how big & strong Jesse’s oldest sons were & was going to pick the biggest & strongest. God put him in his place by telling him it doesn’t matter how big or strong they are because God was already looking at David to be the next king & since David was such a tiny guy, they would have never anointed him to be king. This has NOTHING to do with how we dress or look or act. This has everything to do with height & stature.

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      1. I disagree. It’ stated that we are not to wear what pertains the to men. We are not to put on men pants. As women there are pants that are made for us, if we want to we are to wear those. If you don’t want to wear pants that your choice. Since they make them for women and you tell. What’s made for women and what’s not those of us who choose to wear women pants because we are women will wear them. As long as we are not dressing ourselves to look like men,such as lesbian women do to act like men ( that is the abomination he was referring to), we are fine. They make pants for women and that is what we are to wear, if we don’t want to wear a dress or skirt all the time. As women we have that option and our pants are feminine, which can be seen as different from men. You are not the only one that hears from God. I will not let a man or women restrict my liberty and put me in bondage because of the restricted thinking that you adhere to. The Bible says let every man persuaded in his own eyes. That is how you view modesty, and I have my view, and it will not be changed. Furthermore the head covering part is not talking about a women’s hair that is saying that she should wear a head covering when going forth in the word of God such as prophesying or whatever she is called to that has in front of a congregation in the ministry. That’s why women wear hats or those lace head coverings that have a comb attachment. She is free to take it off once service is over with however the rest of the scriptures deal with a women not cutting her hair. She can trim the edges but not cut short to look like a man.

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        1. See other reply! Pants relate to man-skirt relates to women…. That’s our culture. Plain & simple. Woman wearing that which pertains (relates to) man is abomination–Straight from the Bible…
          1Corinthians 11:15-for her HAIR is given her FOR A COVERING… Straight from the Bible… It is very much speaking of her hair. Why else would it be right there in the scripture?
          Shorn-trim, cut (no certain amount) with a sharp object.
          If it be a shame for a woman to be SHORN or shaven, let her be covered—Straight out of the Bible.
          If you can at all give me scripture showing this to be false, by all means, please do. Until then, I do believe it is you trying to put someone under bondage by telling them it’s okay to disobey the Word of God.

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          1. First of all the word of God states that a woman can not cut her hai. Obviously that’s there you are reading things wrong. But if you have have split ends you can trim that so your hair can continue to grow and be healthy. There is nothing in the scripture that says that you can’t do that. So I’m not wrong further more as long as a woman puts on female pants she is fine. They make pants for women and pants for men. If you don’t want to wear them that’s your choice but don’t put your restriction on other people. As long as I wear what was made for a women I’m fine. If you want to wear a dress 24/7 go for it, it does not give you the right to restrict everyone else’s Liberty because of your personal preference. I have already addressed these issues so I’m done. You believe what you want and leave me alone.

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            1. I onow this was written a while bank, but something I was once told has really stuck with me and now your post reminds me of it. You say it’s okay to trim but not to cut. IfI where to give you a knife and tell you to cut off your finger, would you? No, because you don’t want to cut off your finger, it’s cutting off a part of yourself. Bit ofI tell you to take that knife and trim any inch off the end of your finger, would you? No, because it’s still cutting your finger. Trimming and cutting is the same thing with the same results. You are contradicting yourself by saying it’s okay to trim but not to cut.

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            1. Actually, in bible says, meh would pull the middle of the back of their robes up and attach them at the from, sort of like a big pair of pants or shirts, they where seperated in between their legs so that they could work. Women where not allowed to do that due to modesty. So actually, mens garments where different than women’s back then. Research it.

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      2. Lol your arguments about pants is laughable since pants are a relatively new thing that didn’t exist in Christs earthly time. Setting yourself apart is very different from setting yourself above. And it really sounds like that’s what you’re doing…

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      3. The scripture also goes on to say that “if any man be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God”. It also says that if a man prays with his head covered it dishonors his head, sooooooo, if hair is given as a “covering, should men be bald when they pray? I’m just saying people argue about such trivial things instead of a relationship with God himself, even the scripture pretty much says, if you are gonna argue about it, it’s not that big of a deal! I think everyone should live by their own convictions and not judge those who don’t live like they do.

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      4. I’ve seen a man of God, sitting on the platform, who would be much more modest if they were in a skirt because it was obvious they were not wearing their cup!

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    3. Tina,

      Unfortunately, you’re very right. There are so many who would outwardly depict Christ but are inwardly lukewarm or frosty cold towards Him. Jesus warned us about this and to guard our hearts carefully. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      Love,
      Rachel

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  6. As far as the make-up goes…..why do we wear make-up….to make ourselves look better, prettier, enhancement…..all boils down to one word. Vanity.

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  7. Love love love this article! I use to have knee length hair and for medical reason I had to cut it. I instantly felt horrible for doing so and now I am trying to grow it back out. Any advise on how to help my hair grow faster?

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    1. I am writing a post on this because I get this question so much and my hair has grown 8-9inches since I posted this in November of last year. I will let you know when the hair care post goes up! Until then, I recommend putting nutrient rich oil in your hair before it dries (after every wash), avoiding dry shampoo like the plague (it is SO bad for your hair) and taking plenty of biotin supplements. I take 2,000 mcg a day. 🙂

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  8. First of all the whole thing about Jezebel was not about makeup. If you read the word of God correctly, that was about her evilness. Instead of her husband, who was king and was supposed to be running the kingdom, she was. That was not the order of things. Not only that she had a man killed because King Ahab wanted his field, among other evils. King Ahab was a sorry excuse for a man who was evil, along with his wife. She orders the death of the Prophet Elijah, along with other prophets that led to her being eating by dogs. Those were Gods prophets and they needed to be respected. Makeup was not the issue. Read 1Kings 18:4. Start there and continue to read the entire story to understand that. There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting to wear makeup. You will not go to hell for that. It’s a preference. Also there is nothing wrong with women wearing pants. There are pants for women and pants for men. As long as you are not wearing clothes that are tailored for men then you are ok. I like the idea of wearing a dress one minute and wearing a nice female pantsuit the next. Only things God talks about in the Bible is that a woman should not cut her hair short. If she is sick that’s one thing but to just cut it off to look like a man is not acceptable. You can trim the edges and such and it does not have to hit the floor, but don’t make yourself look like a man. I know that the article is not condemning anybody and it should not because those are the author’s preferences and her idea of modesty. Everyone is different when it comes to that, and no one should have that dictated to them. I myself also wear shorts, but I feel as long as they are knee length or capris then I’m fine.

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    1. First of all, we, as Christians (meaning CHRIST-like) should be doing EXACTLY as the Word of God tells us to. The Deuteronomy 22:5 states specifically a woman shall NOT wear that which pertaineth (relates to) a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment for ALL that do so are ABOMINATION (extreme disgust, hatred, loathing) to the Lord thy God. When you think of pants, what do automatically think of? Men… so in other words, pants PERTAIN to men. Look at a bathroom door & tell me how you know it’s men’s (pants) & women’s (skirts). Anyone who does so is an abomination to God Himself! (read above definition of abomination.) Why would anyone say “it doesn’t matter what we wear” when it SPECIFICALLY states IN THE WORD OF GOD that it very much DOES matter?
      As for the hair, 1Corinthians 11:15 SPECIFICALLY states “But if a WOMAN have LONG hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” So, yes, long, short DOES very much matter to God or it would not be in His Word. For those who lose their hair, it doesn’t mean they have “short” hair because the length is determined by it NOT BEING CUT. If they didn’t cut it, it doesn’t matter how much hair they have in the sight of God, it’s still LONG. That’s where 1Corinthians 11:5-6 comes in. “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a SHAME for a woman to be SHORN OR SHAVEN, let her be covered.” Now, the hair is given for a covering, so if you cut it, it’s no longer a covering & you are praying without your head covered since your hair is given for a covering & in doing so, you are dishonoring your head. As for “trimming” your hair, Shorn & shaven are 2 different things, yet it shows that it is a SHAME for a woman to be shorn OR shaven… Shorn simply means to be cut or clip with a sharp object; trim. So I reiterate, IT VERY MUCH SO MATTER WHAT WE WEAR & WHAT WE LOOK LIKE ON THE OUTSIDE.
      One more scripture I will bring up is 1 Samuel 16:7 “Bu the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” So many people take this scripture completely out of context & only use that one simple piece of the verse “God looks on the heart” but if you read that whole story, it is simply meaning that when Samuel went to Jesse to find their next king, he was looking at how big & strong Jesse’s oldest sons were & was going to pick the biggest & strongest. God put him in his place by telling him it doesn’t matter how big or strong they are because God was already looking at David to be the next king & since David was such a tiny guy, they would have never anointed him to be king. This has NOTHING to do with how we dress or look or act. This has everything to do with height & stature.
      Now, please keep in mind that EVERY SINGLE THING I’ve written of came STRAIGHT from the Word of God. I did NOT come up with this stuff, but received it from God Himself.

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      1. I consider myself as being a christian. I have always been in church and i know i am a christian but i have miagranes and the only thing that helps is to cut my hair to shoulder length. I was raised to never cut my hair and with the miagrabes i could not have a life,i even had to miss church. So am i sinning ny medically having to keep my hair cut.

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        1. Hi Vickie,

          First off- thank you for reading! I’m so glad that you took the time out of your day to stop by, and even more pleased that you took the time to comment. Now on to the question!

          I realize that your question was to Shelly and not me, but I wanted to share my 2¢ as I so often enjoy doing. 😉 Darling, your salvation is between you and God. I live in constant pain, so I understand the desperation to do anything that will ease that pain. Since Scripture does not clearly state one way or the other, it’s not my place, or anyone’s place, to tell you if cutting your hair for medical reasons, or otherwise, is a sin. Scripture only references the rewards that are the result of uncut hair (glory, power, honor) and says shorn hair is a shame (the only thing that’s clear is there is a preference for uncut hair). Philippians 2:12 gives us clear directive on what to do when Scripture is not clear on whether something is a suggestion or command: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

          You must pray, seek His guidance, then decide for yourself based on your convictions. If you listen, He will speak. Then you will know without a shadow of a doubt what His will for you is, and you won’t fear the condemnation of others.

          In any case, you will get no condemnation from me. I love you no matter what you choose. 😉

          -Rachel

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    2. The bible does say that a “woman’s LONG hair is her glory” and that she dishonors her head (her husband,Christ) when she cuts it..even a trim..It says to trim, it may as well be shorn which means to shave it off.. also, it says for a woman not to wear a mans apparel, which is pants no matter how they are “cut” ..modest apparel in the dictionary means ” a long flowing garment” this is not to argue but, just stating facts of the bible….

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      1. You have to trim your edges to keep your hair growing otherwise it will start to come out. You are allowed to trim it for that reason to keep it healthy. As far as the pants as long as I’m not dressing like a man and wearing their clothes that are tailored to them I’m fine. They make pants for men and pants for women. The bible states that women shall not wear what pertaineth to a man. irshmen wear kilts, but you can tell that a man wears that and not a women. Just like back then they all wore long wool gowns both men and women, also sandals. However, even then you knew the difference in what men wore and what women wore, and that was during the time that that law was made. They knew the difference between women sandals and men sandals also. Just as today there is a difference between women pants and men pants. I read the King James Version of the bible, it does not say regardless of the cut anywhere in this scripture. Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV
        [5] 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.

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        1. How on earth can you say the ends of your hair have anything to do with the growth, which comes from the roots??? My hair hasn’t been cut since I got into church AT ALL… & it has done nothing but grown, non-stop! As for the rest of what you’ve disagreed with me on, you obviously did not read my post. I have SCRIPTURE FROM THE WORD OF GOD, along with definitions that clearly state that you are, unfortunately, wrong. Please, pray for God’s understanding & for your mind & heart to be opened to receive His Word, then read my post once again. I will also be praying for your full revelation of God’s Word, as well as I do for myself each & every day.

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          1. Well I don’t know what race you are but as a black woman my hair ends do get split. I have long hair myself but in order for it to stay that way I trim my ends to help it grow. The Apostle Paul did not specify that you could not do that. If I have split ends my hair won’t grow it will fall out, it’s that simple so I’m right concerning that as well as everything else. I did read your post, if you feel comfortable wearing a dress 24/7 dear have at it. That’s your choice but can’t push that on everybody else. The bible does state let every man be fully persuaded in their own mind. Matter of fact that’s in Romans. My mind is very much open to God, so I’m good. You do what God tells you to do with modesty, and I’ll do what he tells me to do with modesty on my end. So we will agree to disagree respectfully in Christ, since we are both part of the kingdom.

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          2. 1 Corinthians 11:5-15 KJV
            [5] But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. [6] For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. [7] For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. [8] For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. [9] Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. [10] For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. [11] Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. [12] For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. [13] Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? [14] Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? [15] But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
            Here are the scriptures you are referring too, but nowhere here in the King James Version of these Bible scriptures does it state that a woman can’t trim her split ends dear, sorry but I’m right on this one, as well as everything else.

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            1. Here are my thoughts. Since the bible does say not to cut it, but not specifically trim, I would rather not trim. I don’t want to miss heaven or something so simple. It’s more of a vanity issue. It starts with trimming and before you know it, you want to full on cut it. Trimming makes it look nice. Women like to look nice. Me personally, I’m not taking my chances on an issue that God is specific on. Just my thoughts

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              1. You must not be African American because have to trim our split ends in order for our hair to grow. When I trim my split ends every 6 months, my hair get longer so I know I’m not going to miss heaven. I like having long hair and it’s about 3 quarters down my back already because of the trim. You don’t have to trim yours and you are blessed in that area everybody else can’t say that. Because I trim my split ends, my hair gets longer everytime which is what I’m looking for. Those are my thoughts.

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                1. For you, yes, because your hair don’t grow like that. However, God designed you perfect the way he wanted you to be. I was always taught that uncut, untrimmed hair was long hair in the eyes of the Lord. I can see where you are coming from. I have African American friends and they get jealous of my hair and want to make a weave with it to make theirs longer. Lol. No judgement from me. Just discussing different perspectives. I’m not going to say you are right or wrong.

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            2. I reiterate, if you’d read the whole post, it gives definitions. It specifically says “if it be a shame for a woman to be SHORN or shaven” SHORN is defined as simply trimming; cutting (no certain amount) with a sharp object. Simple as that. I’m not trying to “push” anything on anyone. If someone chooses not to obey the Word of God, that’s their own soul. I’m simply stating what the WORD OF GOD says. If anyone think that quoting scriptures & explaining them is “pushing” something on someone then apparently they aren’t as hungry for God as I am. I had a worldly lady give me revelation of my “sleeping” pants. Yes, I said WORLDLY! She wore pants, makeup, jewelry, cut her hair, cussed & only God knows what else, but I GUARANTEE YOU, when she pointed it out to me that I would wear pants in my home but not in public, why??? I got the revelation immediately. “An abomination is an abomination whether I do it in public or private.”
              I IMMEDIATELY went home & threw away every pair of pants I owned & every pair of pants my 2 year old daughter owned. Why would I do that? I was HUNGRY! I was determined to do WHATEVER it takes to please God. Since His Word says if we don’t obey His Word we do not love Him, I take that VERY SERIOUSLY! I will quote scripture all day long. If someone chooses not to listen & obey God’s Word, that’s on them. I do not argue scriptures. I will simply give it the way God has given it. I love all of my “brothers” & “sisters” & I would love to know that every single person on earth will be in Heaven, unfortunately, I know, by reading the Word of God that there will be more people in hell than there is in Heaven & that truly does hurt to think that some of those people are the people I myself have known & personally spoken to. Some even my family, seeing that lots of them won’t even give the Bible a second glance. I am 1st generation Apostolic Pentecostal & have loved every single minute of it. Every since July, 2006, when I stepped foot into my home church & met my pastor for the 1st time, I have strived to be in God’s will. I know I’m not perfect by any means, but I want to be used by Him in any way He sees fit. If that’s just babbling on in a blog comment section, so be it. Love & prayers sent your way.

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              1. 1 Corinthians 11:4-7 KJV
                [4] Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. [5] But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. [6] For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. [7] For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
                There is nothing in this set of scriptures that says a woman can’t trim her split ends. If you have those your hair is going to fall out so of course you have to trim that to keep your hair growing. My hair is very long as a result of keeping trimming my ends. Inirder for your hair to grow long to be a covering, it has to be healthy. Apparently this is something y’all do t understand but whatever. Just because a women wears pants and makeup does not make her worldly. There are women, I myself included who have the Holy Ghost and are saved and we wear pants and some of us makeup, we see it as a personal preference. I don’t cuss, drink or do any of those things because of my relationship with God. I wear women pants or feminine pantsuits and he uses me so that’s not an issue. As long as I’m not walking around in a mans suit and tie but in the clothes made for me then I’m fine and God is ok with that. I’m not disobeying the word of God and I’m not in bondage. Nor is anyone else for that matter if you want to wear a dress all day every day that’s you. The bible also says let every man be fully persuaded in their own mind. We will agree to disagree. You wear your dresses all day, while I have the liberty of switching back and forth between a dress and feminine pants.

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        2. I don’t trim mine and it has grown. Plus, if it stops growing then obviously that’s how long it’s meant to be. Think about it like that.

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          1. No I’m not going to think about it like that because I have a different hair texture, and when I trim my end after the split, every 6 months, my hair get longer. It’s already 3 quarters down my back and will get longer and longer as I keep it healthy. It rare to see African American women with their own hair that long, but mine is getting there and I’m happy about it, but I do get split ends that need to trimmed, otherwise it will fall out. So no I can’t not have limited thinking on this issue, otherwise it won’t right and I’ll be upset because I enjoy having long hair.

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  9. Hi there. I admire you Rachel for standing up for what you believe in. It takes a lot of courage for a young person to stand up and be “different” in todays society. There seems to be no morals or rules today, but I think if more people, like you were to take a stand for what they believe is truth, our world could be a better place. You look like a wholesome young girl and I can tell you love and seek the Lord for his direction and That is Amazing!! God has his Blessings on you 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I’m Pentecost, I love wearing skirts and dresses, I think it’s classier, cutier, the hairstyles they come out with now are fun and love having longer hair to experiment with, short cut hair u cannot do these new styles. Appearence of a Christian lady, is way more attractive if she takes pride in herself, dresses nice and has a sweet humble attitude and spirit, you can spot a real Christian a mile away and that’s a good thing.

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  11. The verses you are using and I quote:

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    You wear what God tells you to. You will know what is right to wear by the guilt and what you feel is right. Not what others are telling you to.

    Again I quote:
    5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.

    What gives you the right to assume that long hair, no makeup, and jean skirts are ” acceptable” if you don’t feel right doing those then good for you. That doesn’t make you any holier by doing these things. It says a woman should not dress like a man. You don’t see men wearing makeup now do you? It’s odd for men to do so and if they try then they are considered gay or transsexual. You don’t see men wearing pink pants or tight leggings with long shirts.
    It says here:
    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

    Whatever is respectable. You don’t have to wear a skirt to be respectable. As for your hair… You can wear it any length you feel right. If God didn’t want you to have short or long hair you would know. Why are you expressing what you feel is right for yourself? Nobody cares. Unless you are trying to sell what you think is ” right” then otherwise you would be considered a sales person selling Christ. Everyone should be wearing different things. We are all not meant to be robots and all wear skirts with long hair and makeup. God made us as individuals with different styles.

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    1. I have a question for you: have you ever looked at a woman in leggings or pants and NOT noticed her legs and her rear? If you’ve noticed them, then by golly a man has definitely noticed them because men are very visually oriented. Is it modest when someone can tell what the bottom portion of you looks like naked? Definitely not. Same goes for tight skirts too. The point of a skirt is to hide your body from the world so as not to invoke impure thoughts in a man. YOU are responsible for those thoughts unless you did everything you could to avoid them.

      As for the length of your hair, 1 Corinthians 11:15 says, “but if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” Why? Because in 1 Corinthians 11:6 it says, ” for if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn (shaved): but if it should be a shame for a woman to be short or shaven, let her be covered” Because 1 Corinthians 11:10 says, ” for this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” Long hair gives us power!!! Obviously genes determine how long our hair ends up being but there it is in black and white.

      Make-up was worn by harlets in the Bible but obviously that’s not the case now. My personal reason for not wearing it is because I don’t need it. I’m definitely not beautiful in the secular sense but let’s face it, when most people take their make-up off in front of someone for the first time, they generally look different so they aren’t being true to themselves. Plus, when you’re focused on how your face looks, then that’s how you want people to see you but we should be more focused on how much of Jesus they see in us instead of how ‘perfect’ we look.

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    2. I could say a lot to this post but, I wont..Just one thing ..you state that “If God wanted you to have short or long hair he would let you know”..well, he did …read in Corinthians…It is very clear what is stated there….

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  12. Okay so the first time I read this article I literally laughed and thought it was absolutely absurd. I was raised non-denominational Christian. Since then, my boyfriend has introduced me to the Pentecostal faith and I am falling in love with it. I reread the article and now understand it! God works in funny ways lol. But I will be honest, since I have lived my entire life a different way, I am really struggling with the adjustments. I love wearing makeup, it feels like art to me. And I’ve always been a jean and tshirt girl. Which I thought was totally modest! But I guess not..anyways I literally feel so uncomfortable not wearing jeans. I’m not using these as excuses, just trying to explain my struggle. Do you have any advice? I’ve been searching God, but I am really struggling with making my head and heart connect on this issue.

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    1. Katie I to struggled with the same thing. I was not comfortable in dresses and skirts. I was always respectable to wear them to church but not as a everyday life. I really felt uncomfortable in them. So anyway, as I was getting a closer relationship with God, is when I began to feel his convictions. So just hang in there. We all grow in our faith differently and when God is ready to change that about you, He will.
      I just realized this is dated 9 months ago so I would be interested to hear how you are doing now. God bless!

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    2. Just keep praying about it sis…I was in the same shoes in my life… you have to let go and let God.. He will do things that you think you cant! Before you know it you will look back and say wow! how did that happen…It is all him..Prayers for you!

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    3. I have been in a pentecostol church for 6 yrs now, i was raised around drug addicts and abuse of every kind. Very far from ANY church much less a pentecostol church! But when i came into church no1 ever pressured me or made me feel less than, nuch like the lady that wrote this post. I always said i will never wear skirts all the time! I am more of a comfy type of gal. But i just focused on Jesus and his love and nothing else! The more i got to know God the more he spoke to me and opened my eyes. In other words dont worry urself to death about the standards. Focus on the Lord and let him speak to u! Cause if ur focusing on him he will speak to u! But i have learned that the only way it will stick and u can stand strong and sturdy in ur decisions to honor him is if he speaks to u directly. Then u cant fight God!!! I no for myself i was a slow learner lol!! But I just started feeling so manly wearing pants and i just couldnt do it anymore! And for the make up, God just gave me confindence in how he made me and i just started feeling prettier without makeup. Let God work girl and dont stress about it just trust him and keep ur heart open to him!!

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    4. I tried ave not cut or trimmed my hair in almost 30 years. My hair is long, full and I don’t have many dead ends. I will say that i have seen womens hair that was cut and mine looked nicer. If u knew me u would know I am not a vain person and that god gets the glory.
      As far as wearing skirts….i was not raised that way..i wore pants, but one day i was condemned of them. If u are that tshirt and jeans kinda gal; well just cut that line in the middle and you got your skirt.. I try not to judge others, but what you find is that these people will condemn you… I have also learned one thing; you will never give anything up for God that you won’t get blessed for..

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      1. Hi Kery,

        I just wanted to pipe in and say that I am so sorry you faced the condemnation of others. It is a unfortunate side effect of a lot of people trying to point the finger at someone else rather than themselves. I’m glad to hear that you are being both Love and Truth in guiding others.

        Blessings!
        -Rachel

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  13. I grew up from babyhood in a denomination that forbade wearing pants, makeup and cutting my hair. It was legalistic and thank God I was delivered from it at the age of 30. But it was so ingrained in me that I still struggle with the belief that I’m going to Hell for leaving it. When I left and started wearing pants and makeup and cutting my hair, I felt free for the 1st time in my life. Certainly, if I felt that I was going to hell for doing these things, I would stop. But I do not believe God condemns me for it. If it’s what you need to do and believe is right for you, that’s fine, but I’m no longer bound to legalism and I will not go back to that ever.

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  14. It doesn’t say any where in the bible that skirts were the desired attire for a woman. It just says to not Dress like a man. Therefore I think it’s safe to say that high heels, pants, and a pretty top are very feminine. But also what u wear is up to each individual. Every individual should dress differently according to what they feel is right. To say that God expects women to wear skirts is ridiculous. Infact skirts are more indecent than pants because you can see right up them. As for no makeup… Where in the bible does it say no makeup? Some people might not feel comfortable wearing makeup and that’s ok. Goes back to what u feel is appropriate and right. There is nothing wrong with these things and you are not a sinner if u do them. I used to think like this and do all of it. I was miserable and definitely not myself. Instead of telling other people what they should do how about focus on yourself and what God told you to do. No offense or anger here, just really tired of religious people who think that they have the truth and this is the way it should be done. God will tell you what is right, I don’t need a bunch of rules made up from an organization to tell me that.

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    1. I was raised Pentecostal but walked away from God when I got older. I am a male and kudos for a non judgemental explanation of why you do what you do. My mom is still in church and hasn’t cut her hair in 35 years, her hair is to her ankles! My grandmother was Pentecostal and her hair was just as long, I have such fond memories of her rolling her hair in curls and putting it up with Bobby pins all over her head. I used to think “how does she sleep with those”! But in response to this comment if you read in the bible about Jezebel when she was thrown out of the tower, the bible states that the dogs ate her body except for her face and hands! I was always taught that was because of the make up and jewelry!

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    2. To give a reply to what you said about doing what feels appropriate and right for yourself…we are not to do what *we* feel as right (if people did that the world would be in chaos, as it clearly is now). We are to follow God’s law and be guided by His Word, not by our own choices or inclinations. The standards we uphold as Apostolic Pentecostals are not “bunch of rules made up from an organization”…..it’s in the Bible, God’s unchanging and all true word. If you read the Bible thoroughly and sincerely seek Truth, you will see this and not be blinded thinking that you are being pushed into some sort of bondage by a religion. That’s not being rude, that’s just hoping that you’ll see it for yourself.

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    3. She wasn’t telling people what they should be doing she was just explaining why she does. I have heard a lot of people wonder why people would do those things so it’s nice that she took the time to explain her reasoning

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    4. Emily I completely understand where you’re coming from..and this in itself is and always has been a very touchy subject..But she really wasn’t telling someone how they should dress or etc..she was simply explaining her reasons for her life style and backing it up with scripture..However, God had to really give me Revelation on this because I too used to believe this way..This way of thinking originated from Personal Convictions preached in the pulpit..Then it became kinda like rules everyone felt they should go by and they call it standards…Well, I agree we as children of God are to have standards and we are to come out of the world and be set apart holy acceptable unto the Lord..HE never said he was referring to clothing in this particular scripture but I’m sure HE was referring to our hearts mind and body…God looks at the heart what is on the inside but we are the temple of the Holy Ghost and we must conduct and carry ourselves the way the Lord would be pleased..So whatsoever we WEAR we should dress modest lady like and make sure our motives are pure no pride, or seeking attention by what outfit we wear whether Its a long skirt n stalleto heels or jeans and tennis shoes because again God judges the heart our motives!!
      So if God has convicted you of whatever and you feel condemned then its a definite sin but if Man pushes their convictions on you, and you try to live by them you will be miserable and in bondage..
      And After All, and Above All it is ALL ABOUT JESUS AND THE CROSS!!!!

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    5. If you read the beginning of the column she said she wasn’t condemning anyone who didn’t keep these standards, she is just simply giving an explanation for the way she chooses to live. And I think she did it in a very non-judgmental way.

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    6. First of all, we, as Christians (meaning CHRIST-like) should be doing EXACTLY as the Word of God tells us to. The Deuteronomy 22:5 states specifically a woman shall NOT wear that which pertaineth (relates to) a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment for ALL that do so are ABOMINATION (extreme disgust, hatred, loathing) to the Lord thy God. When you think of pants, what do automatically think of? Men… so in other words, pants PERTAIN to men. Look at a bathroom door & tell me how you know it’s men’s (pants) & women’s (skirts). Anyone who does so is an abomination to God Himself! (read above definition of abomination.) Why would anyone say “it doesn’t matter what we wear” when it SPECIFICALLY states IN THE WORD OF GOD that it very much DOES matter?
      As for the hair, 1Corinthians 11:15 SPECIFICALLY states “But if a WOMAN have LONG hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” So, yes, long, short DOES very much matter to God or it would not be in His Word. For those who lose their hair, it doesn’t mean they have “short” hair because the length is determined by it NOT BEING CUT. If they didn’t cut it, it doesn’t matter how much hair they have in the sight of God, it’s still LONG. That’s where 1Corinthians 11:5-6 comes in. “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a SHAME for a woman to be SHORN OR SHAVEN, let her be covered.” Now, the hair is given for a covering, so if you cut it, it’s no longer a covering & you are praying without your head covered since your hair is given for a covering & in doing so, you are dishonoring your head. As for “trimming” your hair, Shorn & shaven are 2 different things, yet it shows that it is a SHAME for a woman to be shorn OR shaven… Shorn simply means to be cut or clip with a sharp object; trim. So I reiterate, IT VERY MUCH SO MATTER WHAT WE WEAR & WHAT WE LOOK LIKE ON THE OUTSIDE.
      One more scripture I will bring up is 1 Samuel 16:7 “Bu the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” So many people take this scripture completely out of context & only use that one simple piece of the verse “God looks on the heart” but if you read that whole story, it is simply meaning that when Samuel went to Jesse to find their next king, he was looking at how big & strong Jesse’s oldest sons were & was going to pick the biggest & strongest. God put him in his place by telling him it doesn’t matter how big or strong they are because God was already looking at David to be the next king & since David was such a tiny guy, they would have never anointed him to be king. This has NOTHING to do with how we dress or look or act. This has everything to do with height & stature.
      This, my dear friend, is not “rules from any organization” unless you consider God Himself an organization because this is not from me or anyone in any “organization” I’ve ever been a part of but the Word of God itself.

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  15. Very interesting point of view. But all I could say we all pick and choose things more comfortable and we find an excuse for things that are not. I’m sure that in a knee high skirt a women would be counted as a whore at a Muslim country. Christians seem to find more and more ways about bible verses talking about head covering and childbearing. You don’t need to point thing out to people if you are doing them for God. I cut my hair, I wear pants and I use make up. I have lots of children and I want to be active in their lives, my hair falls out and I have acne scars from my teenage years, so I feel the need in each of those things that you mentioned you don’t do because we live in specific culture and I think none wants to show their scars to people we all try to cover them, and I feel that it’s more appropriate for me to get on play scape with kids wearing pants, since my moms hair doesn’t grow past the shoulder even though she doesn’t cut it and has to wear hair extensions, I will jut trim mine every three months to keep my natural hair easy to manage. I guess it’s about your relationship with God while you do things or don’t keeping your heart clean and open for his word and glory.

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  16. I enjoy wearing dresses and skirts, makes me feel like a lady but my job does not allow them at all…what is your thoughts? I do wear makeup on occasion but could really care less if i wore it or not

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      1. I have worn skirts almost all of my life and prefer to wear them. However, I have a very long-time illness and was not able to work for about 8 yrs. When God gave me my life back I reallllyyyyy needed to go back to work but the only thing I could do required that I wear pants. It was not uncommon for me to climb 10 ft ladders or two story stairs, with men working underneath where I was climbing. I tried culottes but the men could still see up what I was wearing. So, I started wearing pants for modesty sake. Skirts and culottes just were not modest. Now that I’m old and not able to work any more, I wear culottes most of the time because they are modest for my present life style…..like going to the gym and working out. Sometimes we are quick to judge a person who doesn’t look the way we think they should look because we never know what can happen to any of us that will press us into a situation that is not what we would ever dream being a part of.

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    1. God knows your situation. I too was in your situation and I wore pants as well and in my opinion I felt more modest doing my job duties. What matters is your heart when you dress, you too can dress modest in slacks just as well in a skirt. 🙂

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  17. Love this article! I wish that us Apostolics didn’t have to feel that we need to almost apologize for our faith and reasons for the “standards” we uphold in our dress and appearance. We are simply following the Word of God as it was written in its fullness and it’s such a privilege to know Truth! Thank you, Jesus.

    BTW, if you ever want need further explanation or more detailed reasoning behind the reason we have uncut hair, watch Reverend Lee Stoneking’s ‘The Order of Creation’ sermon (it’s on YouTube in its entirety). I watched it for the first time a few days ago and it touched me so deeply and truly embedded God’s Word in my heart that much further to understand why we do as we do that I can never be shaken from that conviction that my hair should forever remain uncut. Please believe me when I say that when you hear the message God has revealed to him concerning this that it will seem anything but trivial or questionable.

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  18. Awesome way of summing it up!! I don’t wear pants, cut my hair, or cover my face with makeup – even if the blemishes are horrible. My hair is falling out as well, but I baby it so much – am very appreciative of my hair. I only wear night pants to bed or around the house when I’m having physical difficulties – since I’m allergic to hose and stocking – I wear something that will cover me up in the event that I take a tumble and fall – and there have been several of those times! 🙂 Even getting up at night can be a blunder . . . 😛 Love the article!! I pray that God gives you a full healing and a blessing – that one thing that no body else knows about – he does! (Just felt like sharing that with ya) 🙂 (Desert Humor)

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    1. I’m really concerned about your tumbles/falls. If it’s FMS causing that, there are remedies, which I sent to you earlier. Also, the greatest remedy is our Lord. However, sometimes He allows us to go through some tough places that winds up being for our good and for the good of those around us during the tough times. I pray that you’ll access your remedies.

      I’ve had FMS for many years and I’m constantly amazed at how much God has blessed me in the middle of it.

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  19. I appreciate what you have written. I also believe similiary about these issues. These things don’t save me, nor do they condemn others. Personal conviction led me this way and there are no regrets.
    I also struggle with chronic medical issues and believe the meds are causing my hair to thin and fall out.

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  20. But you wear T-shirts and if you do a quick research on the history of where T-shirts came from you’d very quickly see that they are mens garments too.

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    1. I agree about this. I’ve worn t-shirts myself in the past, but avoid it if at all possible as I do see t-shirts as a man’s garment, although I have a couple that I’ve cut up and modified to appear more feminine. I suppose this is just something you have to go by your own convictions about though.

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  21. Awesome article and the explaining was great..I’m not downing or condemning on this because there’s personal convictions that different people have from God that some others don’t have and that’s that and you need to obey God with whatever he convicts you yo do/not to do and whatever that conviction is, you shouldn’t let that standard down if God has asked you to live that way but everything in the Bible is true without a shadow of a doubt and its in there about no to wear that which partains to a man, God means what He says …I’ve always worn skirts accept maybe when. I was a baby or something with my family and how they felt to dress me for decency and I used to wear PJs to bed but I would keep thinking about it >pants are pants either way you look at it (zipper or no zipper) since some say about that but if its the zipper that makes it part ain to a man or is it the pants there self..and I thought about either way if you’re in public or not, God still sees ya pants… Its either way you look at it so me personally, I don’t wear pants anytime be cause that’s what I’ve come to believe is right and holiness unto God. I believe God made lady’s to be lady’s and if its something you can’t do in a skirt them maybe its not something for a lady to be doing…and personally if its something you have to do then do it in a private room or something… There’s a time and place for everything but I say all this just to say, don’t judge other people for what they do or don’t do, just pray for them that God would sanctify them in true pure holiness and lead them because let me tell you..when you’re saved and God sanctifies you, ALOT will change…there will be things God deals with you to lay down out of ur life and things He leads you to pick up so just be obedient and let’s all pray for eachother like were told to do and don’t let these things cause devisions among us but let us all live in peace and pray for God to help us all and fill us with His spirit cause the world needs a revival and we need to pray and be about the Fathers business because we are told in the Bible to seek first the kingdom of heaven and God will do the work that needs to be done.

    PS. Praying for the healing of the girl that wrote this article. All Christians that read this we need to bind together and pray for her. I know what its like to have a medical condition that affect the hair and thins it, its not a good feeling at all to be a girl and lose hair. Thank God I still have hair though and I’m also trying to take better care of it.

    God Bless,
    ~Jenny~

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    1. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I couldn’t agree more: we need more prayer and love and less judgment and condemnation. And a huge thanks for rallying prayer on my behalf. It is much needed and appreciated. 🙂

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    2. What kind of oil did you say u used on your hair after you washed it mine is brittle but I haven’t cut it in 5 yrs after I started living for God and completely gave my soul to Him please call me and give me some advice for my hair 6624081570

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