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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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This issue is becoming MORE & MORE widespread in the church!

The leaders are SILENT on this issue, yet this issue is dividing our churches all over the North American Division! It is time for a leader in a responsible position to come out and speak boldly for the truth!

The subject of "JEWELRY" & "WEDDING RINGS" seems like "little things".

 

SOP says,

 

"The importance of the little things is often underrated because they are small; but they supply much of the actual discipline of life. There are really no nonessentials in the Christian's life. Our character building will be full of peril while we underrate the importance of the little things. {COL 356}

 

...Disobedience to ANY of God's commands is no "little thing", especially when light has been given us on this topic/subject. Brethren, are we following ALL of the light that God has given us? Are we keeping pace with the light? In these last days God is looking for PERFECT OBEDIENCE.

Hello Present truth

First the SOP is not the word of God. The Bible is O.K. with wedding rings and jewelry. God created Gems, and you will have many of them in your heavenly crown. Not wearing Jewelry is equivalent to banning flowers from your vases. Beautiful things help us appreciate God and his kingdom.

Leon  

Hello Leon 

The SOP was inspired the same way the Bible was. Just because you have a unsatisfying relationship with EGW does not mean that you need to force others in to that box. The Bible is also clear on the subject if you care to have a look. 

The wedding ring decision is up to the individual.  Even though I am divorced sometimes I think of wearing a ring on that finger to thwart off advances since I am in a relationship.

If you are married then, yes wear them. It lets other people know you are married.

Leon

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