Brothers, I feel it necessary to remind you all that shaving your beard is a sin. The goatee is an especially abominable style, as we shall see. There are two reasons why shaving is sinful. First, it is a pagan practice. Second, it promotes transgenderism.
1. Shaving Is a Pagan Practice
The Ancient Egyptians used to be clean shaven, except during times of mourning, and sometimes some of them would wear a ceremonial strap-on goatee. When God called His people out of Egypt, He commanded them not to shave their cheeks. He equates this with other pagan practices such as using enchantment and observing times.
26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
If you shave your cheeks, you end up with a style of beard known as the goatee. The Egyptian god of the underworld, Osiris, and the Greek god Pan were often depicted in art with a goatee. This is no coincidence, as the devil, the real “god of the underworld”, also has a goatee, and we all know pagans really worshipped the devil (Deut 32:17; 1 Cor 10:20). The resemblance can be clearly seen in the pictures below.
In the passage above, God was calling His people to be holy (Lev 19:2), or unique, by following the custom of the rest of the world at the time (except Egypt) and growing a full beard. God still calls His people today to be holy (1 Pet 1:15-16). Just to be clear, Leviticus prohibits the following styles, all of which involve marring the corners of thy beard:
We all know that Emperor Constantine invented Catholicism by introducing pagan practices into Christianity. Interestingly, he was the first mainstream “Christian” to be depicted in art as clean-shaven.
2. Shaving Promotes Transgenderism.
In Egyptian creation mythology, the god Atum was androgynous and reproduced asexually. The Egyptians had a strongly matriarchal religion, revolving around the worship of Isis. Images of Queen Hatshepsut depict her with a goatee, a symbol of her deification after death. There is a lot of gender confusion here.
God is male. He has specified His preferred gender pronouns in His Autobiography, where He always refers to Himself with He/ Him/ His/ Himself. And He created mankind with two distinct genders – male and female (Gen 1:27). It’s all very black-and-white. God hates androgyny, transvestism and transgenderism. It is a sin for a man to dress as a woman, and vice versa (Deut 22:5). It is a shame for a man to have long hair (1 Cor 11:14). And it is shameful for a man’s beard to be shaved (2 Sam 10:4-5).
Paul tells us that nature should dictate men’s and women’s hairstyles, as men naturally grow short hair and women naturally grow long hair.
1 Cor 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
Surely this extends to the beard. Paul also tells us that no effeminate man shall enter the Kingdom of God.
1 Cor 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Shaving the beard to mimic the female form was something that the malakoi (effeminate/ soft/ catamites) did. Church Father Arnobius also equated shaving with effeminacy. He asked why men “should acquire gems, precious stones, pearls, at the expense of their purity; should entwine their necks with these, pierce the tips of their ears, bind their foreheads with fillets, seek for cosmetics to deck their bodies, darken their eyes with henna; nor, though in the forms of men, blush to curl their hair with crisping-pins, to make the skin of the body smooth, to walk with bare knees, and with every other kind of wantonness, both to lay aside the strength of their manhood, and to grow in effeminacy to a woman’s habits and luxury?”
The beard is a sign of manhood. King David had one. We know this because he drooled in it (1 Sam 21:13). Jesus had one. We know this because it got plucked before He was crucified (Is 50:6; it would have been redundant for the writers of the Gospels to mention this as Isaiah had already done so). This gives us a clue as to the proper length of a beard; it should be at least long enough to be able to grab a handful but not as long as the Mohammedans or Jew$ grow theirs. The beard should be trimmed (2 Sam 19:24). Clement of Alexandria gave the following instructions for grooming: “that of the moustache similarly, which is dirtied in eating, is to be cut round, not by the razor, for that were not well-bred [i.e., the so-called “chin curtain” beard], but by a pair of cropping scissors. But the hair on the chin is not to be disturbed [i.e., so-called friendly mutton chops], as it give no trouble, and lends to the face dignity and paternal terror.”
The only time God’s people were permitted to shave in the Bible was during a purification ritual (Lev 14:9), but under the liberty (2 Cor 3:17; Gal 5:13) of the New Covenant, the ceremonial law was abolished, so now there are no circumstances in which we are allowed to shave and we all have to grow full beards. We need to arrest the growing tide of paganism and gender confusion infiltrating the church in the form of razor blades and electric shavers. The price of a crisp clean shave, or corrupted style of beard, is, as for every other sin, an eternity of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Lk 13:28). But the reward for those who grow a full, neatly-trimmed beard is an eternity of endlessly worshipping before the throne of God (Rev 7:9-12). For those who would like to learn more about the perils of shaving, there is a much more in-depth essay at Truth Watchers, a highly-recommendable website.
I will give the last word to Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon, who said it best:
Dana723 (20-02-2019 02:10 AM): I know I shouldn't be looking here, but I felt the need to admit, I'm a self admitted pogonophile. I feel the friction between myself and my deceased husband, Mr. Moans was his insistence on shaving. 🙁 I'm ...
DolliMoans (20-02-2019 06:23 AM): I'm confused, Dolli. You lust over little children? :thumbdown: On the contrary, dear Dana, I detest them. Birthing so many was a duty, not a pleasure. Just look what happens when they get too close ...
BrotherLarry (21-02-2019 10:13 AM): Sister Dolli I am a firm believer that young ones should be kept in a pen while adults are otherwise occupied. Other restraints are available and proper parenting calls for their use. You should not ...
Cranky Old Man (21-02-2019 03:57 PM): I am sure this is a one time occurrence, but this Muslim has something smart to say! https://i.imgur.com/MPldHbQ.png ...
Joanna Lytton-Vasey (21-02-2019 08:57 PM): Brother Cranky, that article in the Daily Mail goes further: Another preacher from Sydney, Umm Jamaal ud-Din, criticised women who choose to pluck their eyebrows. She said it was sinful, or haram, for ...
MitzaLizalor (28-02-2019 07:18 AM): https://i.imgur.com/MPldHbQ.pngI see he's only got half a beard. Does that make him cause indencent thoughts only half the time? I guess he'd be demitransexclusionary. ...
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