I Found Jesus Because of Mary Kay

Mary Kay sales director Jaci Baccus went to church last week and heard something she didn’t like. She heard the truth from her pastor: That MLMs (like Mary Kay) are abusive scams.

As a result, Jaci felt ashamed of what she does for a living (being a MK sales director). Instead of looking critically at Mary Kay and asking herself what her pastor knows that she may not, she chose to be upset and hurt. She couldn’t admit the truth to herself: that almost no one that she recruits ever turns a profit, and she makes money because of inventory orders and not because of product sales.

And Jaci took everything one step further: She says she found Jesus because of Mary Kay. Honey, if Mary Kay is your idea of Jesus, you’re misguided in a big way.

Mary Kay is evil. It is a cult. It is abusive. But those involved tell themselves to ignore that truth and instead pretend that they are  doing something godly and something good. How sick!



  1. After becoming a mom in 2016, I started attending a moms group at my church. We were each assigned to tables where we would connect with a core group of women throughout the year.

    I instantly bonded with a woman very similar in age to me with a baby the same age. I was surprised to hear that she didn’t attend the church where the moms group was being held because most of the woman did. I also learned that she lived across the country but was home with her patents while her husband was deployed.

    We became friends and I even invited her to my house for play dates. It wasn’t long before she indoctrinated me into her “business”. It was a MLM. She would text me daily, got me to sign up and purchase her products, I thought we were friends.

    After a while I decided that her product wasn’t working for me and I told her I would be canceling my membership. I never heard from her again.

    Women will go to great lengths (attending a moms group at church you don’t even go to and in a state you don’t even live in) to prey off other women.

    It is not okay.

  2. It sounds to me like this isn’t this particular pastor’s first rodeo with huns trying to get a foothold in their congregation. But it’s nice to see that Satan has finished with Young Living huns and is now attacking Mary Kay huns.
    Seems kind of petty to have so much power for evil and limit yourself to attacking so-called small businesses though.

  3. Nocona said “What cause would that pastor have to put anyone down from the pulpit?”

    I wondered that when I watched streamed services where LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Muslims, non-Christians like atheists and Catholics, democrats and recently the Canadian gouvernment have been have been attacked for existing or not having the same rigid dogma or differing beliefs as the pastor du jour.

    I guess it only hurts people like Jaci and Nocona when it’s directed at something that affects them personally.

      • Sure but, I think you’ll find the Evangementals disagree with that – as far as “their” definition of Christian is. The beauty of religion is, you can make up anything you want to suit your own narrative. Case in point, Jaci’s comments.

      • I am well aware of that. A lot of Evangelical Christians disagree however. I have lived in Quebec for over 20 years and we get missionaries from the States coming to lead us from worshipping of Mary and the saints into following God and Jesus on a regular basis.

  4. Okay, can they stop saying “teaching women how to wash their face”? Grown women don’t need an MLM hun with no better training than a hundred bucks and a credit card to teach them something a four-year-old can do and that they have been doing their whole life. It’s condescending and insulting.

    Churches need to make a policy of No MLM pushing. Yesterday at Target, I saw a sign that said “No soliciting of any kind within our store or on our premises”. So much for warm chatter as a tactic. I know it will still happen. But at least, it’s a step in the right direction that what they are doing is wrong.

  5. In our church we don’t ask people where their tithes come from. That’s between them and God.

    I believe that Jaci did accept Jesus as her Savior through someone’s witnessing in Mary Kay. Perhaps the hun invited her to church with her and she heard the gospel there. It’s difficult though when you are confronted by scripture (she didn’t say what the topic of the sermon was) and don’t let it penetrate every part of your life. It causes disequilibrium when new information doesn’t fit with your previously held beliefs. Thus, her public self-exposure.

    If she were truly allowing God to have control of her life, she would make an appointment to ask the pastor what the problem is with mlms, direct sales or dual-level marketing “opportunities.” She’d listen instead of excuse, blame, or justify. My husband (a pastor too) would say, “You know, my wife is an expert in these kinds of businesses. I’m going to bring her into this discussion.”

  6. If I could say anything to Jaci, it would be that we KNOW there is always an underlying motive when an MLM rep goes into a new group of people. As pure as you believe your intentions are, that pastor KNOWS your ultimate goal is to recruit people into your downline. We know you walked into that room and immediately began scanning for people you could approach about Mary Kay. You believe there isn’t anything wrong with that, but it’s not healthy. Jesus was pretty clear about using his father’s house as a marketplace, and he was pretty clear about what his followers are supposed to do: make disciples of all nations. Not make customers and consultants of all nations. And if you say you do BOTH, you’re wrong. Your goal is to get them into Mary Kay and THEN lead them to Jesus. That’s backwards. The pastor of that church knows that, and he’s protecting his flock. It’s why I was never comfortable trying to introduce Mary Kay to other women in a church setting. It’s incongruent with the message of Jesus to try to recruit people into your downline under the guise of leading them to him. You’re probably feeling really defensive right now and I understand. I’ve been there. Put the defensiveness aside and really think about it.

    • Well said AnonyMouse. I would go a step further to address the younger folks in our culture today. Instead of publicly shaming folks you disagree with (in this case, her church and pastor), try to meet with your alleged adversary one-on-one…invite them to coffee, lunch etc., and be open minded. Both parties are likely to learn something this way.

      Minds are rarely changed on social media, and I’m pretty sure you’d prefer that others would give you a chance to explain yourself before they blast you on social media.

      This gets back to the Golden Rule, after all.

      • Data… you are absolutely right… shaming someone on social media does nothing for the situation. If she disagrees with the pastor (not sure if it’s her home church- or somewhere else..) instead of public shaming- she should have set up a time to discuss it with them directly. What I took from her post was…. that she felt “led” to go … and heard something she was offended by due to her “profession”. Maybe she felt led to go… because she needed to hear truth… and what she heard was not what she expected. Not to get into a theological discussion (as I’m sure we’re all over the map)… but what the pastor said is truth- MLM’s are cults and she was offended because her spirit resonated with that truth- but she doesn’t want to admit it.

        • I thought the same as you; if she truly felt led by God it was to help her learn the truth about MLMs so she could make changes and grow as a person. Unfortunately she can’t accept that and instead feels led to justify her involvement.

  7. Jaci demonstrates the problem with American Evangelicalism perfectly. She doesn’t want to learn, she’s not there to reflect (or repent), church is a place she goes to feel good. If something happens there that makes her feel bad, it must be that the church is wrong.

  8. I get so tired of people who decide what THEY want to do, and then say that God led them to it or God told them to do it.

  9. Not trying to argue with anyone so if you disagree I’m sorry but when I was a child my dad warned me about cults and to stay away from them. He explained it like this: if they say “you can only go to this church” it’s a cult and to stay away from them.

    From what I do hear from women on here is that the Mary kay woman will shun you if you aren’t in Mary kay anymore that part is like a cult!

    Plus all they want is you to make orders (payments) or your kicked out. Yikes that sounds even worse than a cult if you ask me!

    Just thinking out loud feel free to disagree but Mary kay sounds like a nightmare to be in!

  10. Hey guys. I’ve been a long time reader of the site. My mom had no idea of the predatory world of MLM’s until I showed her an article from here and she’s hooked. More importantly, she also shows her friends. So just wanted to thank you all for the interesting read. You da real MVP

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