Clark P said:
"I don't believe Mark is saying he does not believe Sister White. He is saying that we have to hold the Bible above ALL other things. It guides our church policy, not the other way around. So quotes from the church manual have no place in this discussion about what is scripturally supported. Only scripture does. I believe EG White was a divinely inspired prophet of God. And I still agree with Mark that we should NOT confuse Ellen White quotes or church policy with Scripture. How are you going to answer the questions about jewelry from other non-Adventists (who do not believe in EG White) when they show you all the texts about jewelry that I just did? You can't just give them Sister White quotes! She has no authority for a non-Adventist You have to respond with scripture to convert the unconverted. So please do that with this question as well."
Woah...! Hold on a second whilst I cry "foul!" on this one.
Fiona asked, "Is it wrong for Seventh Day Adventist to wear face powder and jewelry?"
As the question was asked specifically about SDAs then it is absolutely correct to quote Sis. White's writings. As SDAs we have all said that we accept EGW's writings as being inspired. Sis. White described the relationship between the Bible and SoP as being greater light and lesser light. Whether greater or lesser both are described as light. Far safer to quote SoP than to give personal opinion.
Please, in a forum by SDAs, for SDAs and in a question *about* SDAs I see no reason whatsoever for trying to exclude SoP in our answers. After all, if we're going to exclude the lesser light maybe we should exclude *all* light and exclude the greater light as well.
(This response has nothing to do with the fact that I introduced SoP quotes into the topic )
Afterthought: when someone describes Ellen White as "a gifted writer with tremendous insight" to fellow SDAs and follows that by saying that "some" of her writing "may" be inspired... well, it doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that the author accepts her writings as being the Spirit of Prophecy. Looks more like someone trying to take EGW out of the picture so that the very specific condemnation of jewelry in her writings can be ignored. As I said above, greater or lesser, light is light.
My comment of what you have said regarding the verses you've quoted should be understand according to the right context of the bible. There is functional and non-functional when we deal of jewelry in the bible. And if you believe in the 28 Fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist you will heed it because its a guiding principle. And our beliefs is not only for specific country and it is universal stand of our faith. My advice is please read it more prayerfully so that the Holy Spirit will guide us to know more about the truth.
God bless Brother
I think the word "fallen" doesn't apply to SDA. sometimes we're barking at the wrong tree.:)