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Should we as SDA's be wearing jewelry? Should we have on the wedding ring??? Isnt the wedding ring considered jewelry??? On the Day of Atonement the Lord called His people to change their garments and to take off ALL of their jewelry. We are in the anti-typical Day of Atonement and is not the same required of us??? We have plain and direct instructions from the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy regarding the wearing of rings and jewelry. The Lord says, "take it off"!

 

*Genesis 35:1-4---"And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.

 2Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

 3And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

 4And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem."

 

 

...[God was calling His people back to the true worship of Him. Jacob, understanding the awesomeness of God and the call of God,instructed all of his family to take off ALL their jewelry. The Bible calls the jewelry "strange gods". "Be clean and change your garments" includes taking off worldly dress, fashion, and adornment. The people diligently obeyed by giving Jacob the jewelry/strange gods. Notice where the "strange god"s were located on their bodies. The "strange gods" were in their HANDS and in their EARS. When we wear jewelry on our hands (rings and wedding band) and on our ears (earrings) we are wearing STRANGE GODS before the one and only True God. We are told to "have no other gods/idols before" Him. The Bible says take the jewelry off.]

 

*Exodus 33:5---"For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee."

 

...[The Lord tells His people to take off ALL of their ornaments/jewelry so that He can save them. He gives us that same admonition today. He wants to bring us out of Egypt, which represents the world. That includes all worldly fashions and dress.]

 

 

*Isaiah 3:18-23---"In that day (the last days) the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,

 19The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

 20The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,

 21The rings, and nose jewels,

 22The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,

 23The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.

 

...[The context here in Isaiah 3 is "in the last days", Isaiah 2:2. In the last days the Lord is trying to rid us of worldly apparel and worldly amusements. "Come out of Babylon my people". Isaiah's admonition is to take off ALL types of jewelry, including the wedding band.]

 

 

*1 Timothy 2:9-10---"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."

 

...[Women (and men) should wear modest clothing with a humble attitude, not with fancy hairstyles with jewelry in your head, or with gold chains, links, rings, etc. And we should gaurd from wearing expensive clothing that receives worldly attraction and praise. The admonition here is to not wear "gold", or "pearls", or "costly array", that also includes the wearing of jewelry/wedding ring.]

 

*1 Peter 3:3-5---"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves..."

 

...[Our adorning should not be caught up in fancy hairstyles, the wearing of gold or jewelry, or of fancy clothing, but it should be of the clothing of the white robe of Christ's righteousness.]

 

 

The SOP says,

 

"Some have had a burden in regard to the wearing of a marriage ring, feeling that the wives of our ministers should conform to this custom. All this is unnecessary. Let the ministers' wives have the golden link which binds their souls to Jesus Christ, a pure and holy character, the true love and meekness and godliness that are the fruit borne upon the Christian tree, and their influence will be secure anywhere. The fact that a disregard of the custom occasions remark is no good reason for adopting it. Americans can make their position understood by plainly stating that the custom is not regarded as obligatory in our country. We need not wear the sign, for we are not untrue to our marriage vow, and the wearing of the ring would be no evidence that we were true. I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on among us, in the conformity to custom and fashion. Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married. In countries where the custom is imperative, we have no burden to condemn those who have their marriage ring; let them wear it if they can do so conscientiously; but let not our missionaries feel that the wearing of the ring will increase their influence one jot or tittle. If they are Christians, it will be manifest in their Christlikeness of character, in their words, in their works, in the home, in association with others; it will be evinced by their patience and long-suffering and kindliness. They will manifest the spirit of the Master, they will possess His beauty of character, His loveliness of disposition, His sympathetic heart. {TM 180, 181}"

 

"Have not our sisters sufficient zeal and moral courage to place themselves without excuse upon the Bible platform? The apostle has given most explicit directions on this point: I will therefore . . . that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." Here the Lord, through His apostle, speaks expressly against the wearing of gold. Let those who have had experience see to it that they do not lead others astray on this point by their example. That ring encircling your finger may be very plain, but it is useless, and the wearing of it has a wrong influence upon others. {4T, 630}"

 

"Those who have bracelets, and wear gold and ornaments, had better take these idols from their persons and sell them, even if it should be for much less than they gave for them, and thus practice self-denial. Time is too short to adorn the body with gold or silver or costly apparel. {Manuscript Releases Volume Nine, Chapter Title: Ellen White on Jewelry page 117, paragraph 1}

 

"We warn our Christian sisters against the tendency to make their dresses according to worldly styles, thus attracting attention. The house of God is profaned by the dress of professedly Christian women of today. A fantastic dress, a display of gold chains and gaudy laces, is a certain indication of a weak head and a proud heart. {Selected Messages Book 3, Chapter Title: Dress and Adornment page 244, paragraph 1}"

 

"To dress plainly, and abstain from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind is in keeping with our faith.’—{Testimonies,vol. 3, p. 366.}"

 

 

...Before sin entered the world, we see little, if any record of jewelry in the Bible. Even the original wedding ceremony in Genesis two has no ring for Eve. After the fall you see jewelry entering the world. The Egyptians had it and when God's people left Egypt they took some of it with them. But soon God made their wearing of it a test of their loyalty to Him. He wanted to see whether they would give evidence of their repentance and commanded them to remove it (Exodus 33:5). It is also true that in the Bible, earrings are associated with slavery (See Exodus 21 and Deuteronomy 15). But Christians are not be be in bondage or slavery to the world.

 

In the New Testament, passages concerning adornment such as 1 Peter 3:3-5 use the word kosmoeo or derivatives in speaking of adornment. We get the words "cosmetics" and "cosmos" from that word, whose root meaning comes out literally roughly as 'that which is of the world." In 1 Timothy 2:9-10 we find the counsel again, women are not to adorn themselves in gold or pearls or the like, but rather with good works.

 

In the book of Revelation, we find two women, each symbolizing a church. Revelation 12 shows a woman in white, a pure woman. Aside from a crown, she is unadorned, and the crown she wears is a stephanos, a crown of victory. She represents a pure church. In contrast to her is a harlot, found in Revelation 17 and 18. She is dressed in scarlet and purple and quite fully adorned with jewelry. She represents an apostate church that makes war on those whom Jesus died for.

 

There are two facets we are looking at: our internal situation and our external. Internally, we all have a fallen nature, a nature that wants to glorify self, wants to make us prominent. It is an unsafe nature to have. Unfortunately, the situation is universal. Everyone has it. Before they fell Adam and Eve did not have it, but after they did. Remember, what was the first thing that Adam and Eve did after they sinned, they ran, hid, and found some fig leaves to clothe themselves. Those fig leaves represented their own works. When we adorn ourselves, we are saying that we are not satisfied with our appearance as God made us. We are adding to the work of God. We are drawing attention to ourselves. The problem is pride.

 

Selfishness and self-glorying lead us to try to put ourselves above others, to differentiate ourselves in ways that show we have extra value, are more successful, more beautiful. We have an insecurity about who we are. We are in danger of putting our value in our physical appearance rather than in the fact that God loves us and sent His Son Jesus to die for us, and that our value must always be found first in Him. Is the human race becoming less fallen or more fallen? Our degeneration as a race will increase until the very end. In other words, we are becoming less and less safe, less and less well, more and more prone to evil than the generations that came before us. If jewelry wasn't safe for fallen humans thousands of years ago, today it is that much more dangerous.

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no, we have about 50 forum threads here dealing with wedding rings. Most adventist agree thats its not necessary and not biblical either
The Rolex Watch, Benz, BMW cars, house with 7 bedrooms with pool are also not biblical either!
Surely not, Benicio! but who will convince members of SDAC ?

Yes, Jason.  We have discussed this a lot!  Here is one discussion with almost 500 responses:

http://www.adventistonline.com/forum/topics/is-wearing-jewelries-like

 

If the mothers in Israel wear wedding rings, the daughters will feel that they are entitled by the same logic of reasoning to wear engagement rings. Others will feel that they should wear rings as family heirlooms, in memory of dead friends, etc. Where will the influence cease? Where should the line be drawn? Logically at the point of prohibition of all rings.

RH January 8 1920, pg 6

 

I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on in the conformity to custom and fashion. Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married.

Testimonies to Ministers, pg 181

IMO The wedding ring is no longer considered "jewelry" It is not used for decorative purposes.   I didn't start wearing one until I was 63 years of age having been raised that it was a 'no-no.  I decided to stop 'bearing false witness' and have worn one for the past fifteen years.      Nuff Sed

The prophet of the Lord says, "Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married."  {TM 181} 

 

...The Bible says take it off. These are the facts. In these last days God is asking for PERFECT obedience to ALL of His commands. God gave us standards for a reason; so that we may be unspotted from the world. We are to be a distinct and peculiar people, different from the world. How can we be different from the world when we are wearing their adornment, fashions, and dress??? We have plain instruction from the Word of God and even clearer instruction from the Spirit of Prophecy. My question to you, 'Nuff Sed', is, "do you still believe in the last day prophet for the remnant church???

 

 

SOP says,

 

"One thing is certain: Those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God's Spirit.--3SM 84 (1903)."

 

 

"The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God's remnant people in the true testimony.--1SM 48 (1890)." 

 

 

"The enemy has made his masterly efforts to unsettle the faith of our own people in the Testimonies. . . . This is just as Satan designed it should be, and those who have been preparing the way for the people to pay no heed to the warnings and reproofs of the Testimonies of the Spirit of God will see that a tide of errors of all kinds will spring into life.--3SM 83 (1890)."

 

 

"It is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.--{4T 211}"

 

 

"Men may get up scheme after scheme, and the enemy will seek to seduce souls from the truth, but all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days.--Letter 50, 1906. {3SM 83.5}"

If tthe wedding ring is a sin, than the Rolex watch, the Benz, BMW cars also must be a sin! how many of us do not wear a wedding ring but we wear an Armani coat.

The word false god mean you are worship that object.

 

Ellen white never have that by wearing a wedding ring is sin! let me tell you a storie that I have read from Ellen White. She is against kiddergarden school his soon W.C. White had send his children to a kindergarden, Ellen White tol his son you will rip what you have swon, but it is not a sin to send your chilren to a kindergarden. In SM vul 1,2,3 you will find the storie. It is the seem like a wedding ring.

 

Ellen have say we must not take picture, but if you see good Ellen White was the one that have take more picture than all the ponieers.

 

I do not wear a wedding ring but I do not comdemn no one that wear one

Amen!  People need to study the Word and follow the Holy Spirit as it convicts them.  If you are convicted not to, then don't.  If you are convicted to wear it (and I do believe in 2011 it is necessary--especially with young children) then wear it.

 

 

We all are convicted not to wear the wedding ring by the Holy Spirit speaking through His last day prophet.

The SOP says in Testimonies To Ministers pg. 181,

 

"Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married."  {TM 181} "

 

 

...Do you still believe in the writings of the prophet??? Or have you rejected her??? By rejecting her, you have rejected the convictions of the Holy Spirit.

I agree.  Ministers should not spend one penny on rings.  Their situation is different than members.  Their job is in the Church.  They are known there and everyone knows if they are married or not.

 

That is not the situation for members who work in the world.  EGW does not say the same thing about church members.  Only in Testimonies to Ministers.  And I agree with her.

My friend, God calls ALL of us to take it off. We are in the sacred & solemn Day of Atonement. Dress for God's people changed on the Day of Atonement. That is why the Lord gave us the Dress Reform message through the prophet.

 

The statement in TM 181 was addressed to the ministers but is applicable to ALL. Further study of the quote lets us know that she is talking to all of us, especially Americans and other countries that do not enforce the wearing of the wedding band. As far as America is concerned, it is definitely NOT ENFORCED HERE. SO WHY ARE WEARING IT???

 

"Americans can make their position understood by plainly stating that the custom is not regarded as obligatory in our country. We need not wear the sign, for we are not untrue to our marriage vow, and the wearing of the ring would be no evidence that we were true. I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on among us, in the conformity to custom and fashion. Not one penny should be spent for a circlet of gold to testify that we are married." {TM 181}

 

...She says that the wearing of the wedding ring is a "leavening process which seems to be going on among us"--- (the church).

 

All on the Lord's side stand over here!!! It is time to stand up for the truth! Do you believe in the prophet? Or not???

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