The self serving hypocritical men of Armstrongism have always sought to beat women down to be submissive baby producers or house cleaners. Make up was one way of stopping women from being attractive. It was OK for men to wear wigs and toupees, but a little paint on a woman's face was the ultimate sign of vanity.
Danile Cohran from the Hold Fast To All Things splinter cult has this to say about makeup.
Is MAKEUP really just a “minor” doctrine? Do we not realize that there are NO “minor” doctrines in the Church of God? Indeed ALL the doctrines placed into God’s Church are MAJOR, and ALL equally important, and are placed there for a reason!
Mr. Armstrong felt it was important enough to preach on it frequently when God was using him to put the Church back on track doctrinally in the early 1980’s. In the article posted below, Mr. Armstrong shows how Satan used this doctrine to get the Church OFF TRACK! So it must be more than just a “minor” or insignificant doctrine. And it’s evident that God Himself feels that it is important because He inspired His apostle to set the doctrine straight once and for all. Remember only God’s apostles have the AUTHORITY to change or place doctrine into God’s Church. And God BINDS that decision in heaven! THEN it is up to us as members of God’s Church to remain faithful to that doctrine, or not.
So a bunch of women wearing makeup got the church off track instead of the whoring, lying, money grubbing, power hungry church leaders? These spiritual deviates ran the church in the ground with excess and greed, but that was OK because they were God's anointed. Yet some paint on a woman's face was a grievous sin? What is wrong with this picture?????????????
Part of the problem that this "doctrine" is still in force today in many of the splinter cults is because the Church of God taught that Herbert had the authority to bind and and loose any doctrine on earth as in heaven. If he said it, God did it.
Christ teaches us through His Word, and Mr. Armstrong taught us through his writings and sermons, that only APOSTLES have the authority to bind and loosen doctrine within God's Church. More is covered on this subject elsewhere in this website.
...there IS NO EXCUSE! God Almighty placed this doctrine, ALL the doctrines into His Church through His apostles, and they are STILL BINDING TODAY!
Cohran quotes Herbert's silly logic:
Again look at HOW SIN BEGAN--with LUCIFER. God had created him perfect, and he was in all his ways, TILL he SINNED. HOW? His heart was lifted up IN VANITY because of his BEAUTY (Ezek. 28:15- 17). Being BEAUTIFUL or the desire for it led to VANITY. SELF- glorification! His mind went to his BEAUTY, in VANITY. Of course he would have denied having vanity just as mortals today.Because sin entered humans through Eve, sin entered the COG through its women with makeup on their faces! Talk about proof-texting! Talk about asinine stupidity!
Satan introduced SIN into humanity through a woman, mother EVE. She was MISLED, deceived. She didn't deliberately WILL to do wrong--to lead her husband into the first SIN! She was deceived, as our women have been today. Go back and read the beginning paragraphs of this article. It is precisely the way Satan has been getting to our women today.