Monday, February 7, 2011

Who Says I Can't Wear Jewelry?

Some religious groups prohibit the wearing of jewelry and if the truth were to be told, I don't know why.  As a former Seventh-day Adventist, I would venture to say, and be about 99% accurate, that the members are advised against wearing jewelry because the less money spent on jewelry, the more money they have to contribute to the church coffers. That's my take, but more importantly, I am more interested in what The Bible Says. Is not wearing jewelry a church thing or a God thing? Let's see what The Bible Says (in context)....

The Wearing of Jewelry in the Old Testament

Abraham, God’s faithful friend, sent his servant to secure a bride for his son, Isaac. To make a great impression and presentation, Abraham sent many ‘good things’ on ten camels for the bride-to-be which included jewelry.  The Bible Says in Genesis 24:22, 52-53 NIV…

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels.
52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother.

Joseph, as second in command of Egypt, also wore jewelry.  The Bible Says in Genesis 41:41-42….

41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck

Just as Joseph had refused to bow to the Egyptian gods, he could have politely requested not to accept Pharaoh’s ring if it were violating God’s command, but he didn’t.  The ring, clothes and gold chain represented restoration, elevation and celebration. God restored Joseph from a slave to 2nd in command of all Egypt. Becoming a new ruler and husband almost overnight was cause for great celebration.

When the Israelites left Egypt, God commanded them to ask for silver and gold from the Egyptians. In fact, they plundered Egypt.  The Bible Says in Genesis 3:21-22,

21 "And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. 22 Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians." 

Daniel, a servant of God and a bold contender for his faith, refused to eat from the king's table BUT he did not refuse to wear the gold chain. The Bible Says in Daniel 5:29..

"Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom."

Daniel was dressed in purple (the color of royalty) and given a gold chain. These tokens came as a result of his restoration from being a captive and to his elevation as Prime Minister.

The prophet Isaiah also spoke favorably of jewelry.  The Bible Says in  Isaiah 61:10 NIV…

10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels

The Bible Says in Jeremiah 2:31-32 NIV…

"You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD: "Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'? 32 Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number."

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, obviously saw the wearing of jewelry as a thing of great beauty.  The Bible Says in Song of Solomon 1:10-11…

10 Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels. 11 We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver

God never condemned the wearing of jewelry, in fact, He equated it with beauty.  The Bible Says in Ezekiel 28:11-13…

11 The word of the LORD came to me: 12 "Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "'You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 


The Wearing of Jewelry in the New Testament

As New Covenant believers, has God changed His mind about the wearing of jewelry?  Some use a passage  Peter wrote to say that jewelry is forbidden for Christians.  The Bible Says in 1 Peter 3:1-5 (MSG) …

1 The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated 2 by your life of holy beauty. 3 What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes— 4 but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. 5 The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. 6 Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as "my dear husband." You'll be true daughters of Sarah if you do the same, unanxious and unintimidated.

Take note that the patriarchs' wives or ‘the holy women of old’ wore jewelry. As we read from the Old Testament, Abraham was rich with silver and gold. When he sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac, The Bible Says, "Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor."  Genesis 24:10

When the servant arrived, his test for the bride-to-be was based on inner beauty. Abraham’s servant prayed and asked God to let Isaac’s future bride show him a deed of inner kindness.  When Rebekah came to the well, she not only quenched his thirst but she also watered all ten of his camels.  This was indeed the answer to his prayer and his mission was considered a success.
The Bible Says in Genesis 24:22 that the servant gave Rebekah some of the 'good things' Abraham had sent, "When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels."

Even though Abraham’s servant recognized and admired Rebekah’s outer beauty, he was won by her inner beauty of kindness and humility. Her kind deeds and unselfish attitude spoke volumes to him. He only asked for water for himself but she took delight in fetching water for his ten camels until they were full. Only then did he enhance her outer beauty with jewelry as a direct result and acknowledgment of her inner beauty and heartfelt kindness.. She became the wife of Isaac, one of the patriarchs.  In this instance, the bestowal and wearing of jewelry was a sign of elevation (becoming the wife of a patriarch) and celebration.

All Scriptures referencing the wearing of jewelry speaks of it in a very positive light EXCEPT when the Israelites used it to make the golden calf. Peter is not saying not to wear jewelry, Peter is simply emphasizing the importance of inner beauty FIRST...just like the holy women of the past.

In contrast are people who are mean-spirited, judgmental, arrogant, unkind, unmerciful, unloving and on an ego trip.  Their 'inner' selves repel people.  Their expensive jewelry and fine clothing might initially attract but when time is spent with them their outer beauty fades and eventually disappears in the eyes of those who were once attracted to them.  When the ‘inner’ person is ugly, so is the outer. Our first concern should be the ‘inner person’ not the ‘outer’.

In the New Testament, Jesus Himself told the parable of the prodigal son.  When the father saw his wayward son returning home he bestowed on him the highest honor by placing a ring on his finger.  The Bible Says in Luke 15:22-23…

22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate."

If the wearing of jewelry is forbidden, why would Jesus use ‘a ring’ in this parable as a sign of the son’s restoration (no longer a hired hand), elevation (a position of honor with the best robe) and celebration (the guest of honor)?

John saw in vision all manner of precious stones in the New Jerusalem.  The Bible Says in Revelation 21:18-21….

  18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. 

If our feet are destined to walk on gold, a decision made by God Himself, why do Seventh-day Adventists and some other religious groups forbid and condemn the wearing of precious stones and jewelry? Is it possible that the created now knows better than the Creator?
 
Lastly, I would like to share with you a few quotes from Ellen White, the Seventh-day Adventist prophetess, regarding jewelry:

“…Do not expend one dollar of God's money in purchasing needless articles. Your money means the salvation of souls. Then let it not be spent for gems, for gold, or precious stones."  Reflecting Christ by Ellen G. White, p. 266

“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, Vol. 9, 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.
Mrs. White is making it clear that God is calling on the so-called remnant church, Seventh-day Adventists, to "put away their idols" of jewelry that are used "for display and parade".

Now let us compare what Ellen White says about jewels with what God instructed Moses regarding the precious stones the High Priest, God’s representative, was required to wear.  The Bible Says in Exodus 28:15-20…

15 "Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions--the work of a skilled craftsman. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 16 It is to be square--a span long and a span wide--and folded double. 17 Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. In the first row there shall be a ruby, a topaz and a beryl; 18 in the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald; 19 in the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20 in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings.”

The High Priest was instructed to wear not one or two but twelve precious stones and their attire included finely twisted linen of gold, blue, purple and scarlet yarn.  God is about inner and outer beauty and who does it better than He.

The choice to wear jewelry or not to wear jewelry is a personal decision but it IS an option that God gives us. The members of the Seventh-day Adventist church has permitted ‘Ellen’ to take  that option away. No man, woman or institution on earth can over-rule what The Bible Says unless permission is given to do so.

Reader, we are so precious to God that He calls us His jewelsThe Bible Says in Malachi 3:17...

17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him."

I’m reminded of a song we sang as children entitled, When He Cometh:

When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.


Refrain

After reading what The Bible Says, do you, His precious jewel, really think that God has a problem with us wearing jewelry? Unquestionably, it's an ‘Ellen’ thing.....

With much love,
Patricia Allen

19 comments:

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    be blessed!

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  2. I agree. I do think that jewelry isn't condemned by God. Yes, I do think that we shouldn't go too far with it, and that it is nice to spend more time and money on God's work than on fashion. Yet, I think that banning things completely isn't what God wants us to do. It's a personal choice and no church should make that choice for people.

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  3. God created jewels for our enjoyment. They are beautiful. Heaven is described with jewels of all colors!

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    1. Jewelry was created for the purpose of reflecting Christ's beauty and righteousness. We can go back to as far as heaven, as described in Ezekiel 28, when lucifer was cast out of heaven and stripped of the jewelry that he was adorned in. Then we look at the Garden of eden and see how it was decked with all these precious stones. Lucifer in heaven, adorned with jewelry would illuminate the light/glory of God when he would have come into his presence. When God came down physically in the Garden of Eden to meet with Adam and Eve the precious stones in the Garden would reflect its spectrum of colours. But, after the first couple sinned they were banned from this beautiful place. Because Jewelry was created to reflect righteousness and we have sinned it therefore becomes an act of professed self righteousness when we put it on ourselves. We are righteous through the merit of Christ and this is symbolised in the act of christ killing that first lamb and covering our fallen parents. It was during the intermingling of the children of God and the heathen nations that God's people began adopting the practice of wearing jewelry. Yes there are many accounts of God's people wearing jewelry but what we need to understand is that the bible gives an accurate account of historic practices but it doesnt necessarily condones such practices.

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  4. I am a Seventh Day Adventist who don't believe Ellen G. White is a prophet of God. She has twisted the scripture to profit her self. People need to allow the holy spirit to guide their thoughts when reading the Bible. I fully agree with the author of this article. She is spot on !! SDA members need to drop this Ellen G White mentality and stick to the Bible and the Bible alone. You cannot serve God and Ellen G White...you will either love one and hate the other or hate the other and love the latter. Its either God or Ellen White....my fellow SDA brethren please choose Jesus and Jesus alone. Have a blessed day !!!!

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    1. Wow, you truly haven't read anything written by Ellen White...

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  5. True Seventh-day Adventist believe that Ellen G. White was an inspired writer. And not wearing jewelry is for the purpose of modesty, humility, purity and simplicity.

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  6. Confusion is the trademark of the enemy. God above all is a God of order. When there's confusion, there's disorder. 2 Timothy 2:16 KJV says "But sun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." The greatest commision in the bible is to be fishers of men and spread the Gospel throughout the world, in so doing we hasten the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    We are to focus on Heavenly things at all times, because that is our destination. the things of this world are vain and are subject to perish. There should not be any reason why any Christians should work themselves out about temporary things. Thank God, Salvation is a personal matter! No earthly entity can guarantee anyone into heaven, but the grace of God and our desire to let our lives reflect His character upon having made contact with Him. God is not coming back for the good but for the obedient. The moment one thinks they are good, they stop following instructions that will lead them to improve. Living in this world, there's always room for improvement. Therefore, we strive to cling and abide by the words of the One which is constant. He who was, is and remain the same forever! He is the epitome of Holiness! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, David tried their best, but at the end of the day we are to emulate Jesus; He who is able to remove the sins of the world! Our Christian walk is not a walk of convenience. It is a walk that appears undesirable to the masses: Wide is the way which leads to perdition and strait is that which leads to eternal life! The Christian walk is not a human invention. It is a Divine prescription. Let God dictate how we should walk, not the Israelites!

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  7. am sorry to hear that u are a former seventh-day adventist. from reading this i can see why. We are all human and are bound to make mistakes, and one of those mistakes is when we put our focus on things which are not important. one of those things is wearing of jewelry. we tend to go too far with saying we arent supposed to wear it,and thats bad.but let me ask a few questions as to y u shud wear it. Are u wearing it for glory of urself or of God? Is the jewelry a hindrance of your salvation? if not go ahead and wear but when the church discourages it,it want all to be equal. not everybody can wear jewelry let alone expensive ones. so if i come with expensive ones and another doesnt,they will feel left out then there will be division in the church due to who has more and who has less. Think of this matter in that context and you will see why it is discouraged. I pray for all of you.

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    1. Soooo, should I live poor and not buy a good working vehicle because fellow church members can't afford it? Should I not buy a home for my family even if God has provided because other church members will.feel.left out?? That context makes no sense. The bible talks about helping the poor....well somebody has to have the means to help them...or should I become poor so the poor dont feel left out??? Then

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  8. I am a SDA and also question the wearing of jewelry, I have never understood the importance the church places on this, why should I be found to be less of a Christian because I wear jewelry than the lady sitting next to me that wears a pair of shoes that cost more than my entire outfit including my jewelry. I am not judging her, I am simply saying that the earrings a lady puts on is no different than the scarf, hair barrette or any other article each woman chooses to wear. We all dress to look our best, the pastor and elders choose a shirt, tie and suit they feel looks best on them. So modest jewelry is simply something we put on to look nice. It's not worshipping it and not a sinful act. Members in the church can own a car that cost more than my home, or a home that makes mine look like a shack. These members seem to be highly respected in the church, yet a woman that wears jewelry is just not quite a true Christian? People question why we are not able to give it up, they question where our hearts really are.

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  9. Well I am also a Proud Seventh Day Adventist. And I have heard and read many former SDA's or even SDA's say they don't see why they can't wear rings or any jewelry. Well I have a question. If it is something that God wants us to do, don't you think He has the power the makes be born with holes in our ears so we could wear ear rings? Another question. Why when the people of Israel had to go before God they had to take all their jewelry away to come in the presence of the Lord? Another thing. Are you wearing these jewelry to glorify God or yourself? And yes God says we are His jewelries. This is not give us green light that hey God is okay with jewelry but He uses common things to ustyo make us understand what He is talking about. He refer to things we know and find beautiful on earth to give us an idea of more or less what He is referring to. And regarding Ellen G White she is an inspired writer just as the bible writers. And yes at some point when you read her materials you might find that she contradicts herself, but she is not. Regarding some topics she might give different advice based on the person's need. However regarding some topics including jewelry she has one way of explaining what God inspired her to say. If you want to put Ellen G. White a side is fine but, God is very clear about jewelry. If you read Revelation you will see the distinction He makes between the pure woman and the adulteress one.

    My advice stop focusing and these little insignificant things and start reading the bible for preparation for what is to come. Because the devil wants us to be focusing on these things and miss the big picture.

    May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding of His word. And be open for what God has to say to you. and all that is written in the Bible are guidelines given by GOD to protect and guide His people.

    May God bless you all.

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  10. Well I'd like to get to the very bottom things. Such as why do we wear clothes? We obviously know that when our first parents sinned, their eyes were opened and they saw themselves naked. Clothes are a mean for its to be covered and be presentable before God. Also, if we as sinners wouldn't be wearing clothes, we would lust in craze after one another. Now jewelry, as must of you may know, since you may be or have been, seventh day Adventists, is a big common issue amongst the church people. I myself am just a person searching for more light and truth and so far I have been led to the sda church. Some people say it's becausE of former tradition and beliefs in all that eg white stuff. Others think it's a perspective and some just believe that the church has nothing to do with their personal lives. I think that this subject is tearing your church apart for some people. Pagan traditions and customs involved piecing the flesh putting on ritual attire To sacrifice to their pagan gods such as the sun, moon, star, wolf , etc... these pagan traditions and custom are in a manner devilish and ungodly due to their cutting off the flesh and bleeding for the satisfaction of their gods. I know from a biblical sense that God who is full of love does not require us nor would he ever enjoy to watch his own creatures mistreating his holy temple of the holy spirit. The apostles Paul and Peter give us in scripture a little insight on the verse that was posted above. If I'm not mistaken, due to the context of the verse, the apostle is only warning is against the luxurious and overlooked theme of outward appearance. I think that he is telling us to focus more on Christ than ourselves. I also personally believe that God considers us his precious jewels because of our value to him. And as someone said here on one of the comments, Jesus did use modern objects and vocabulary for people to grasp what he was saying in a manner that they could understand what the spiritual lesson would be. We are God's precious jewels because we are made in his image and he cares for our well being which is why he loves us so much and why we are so valuable to him. I do think Ellen white was a true prophet and as someone that's only looking for more and more light, I think that what she says is inspired and it all corresponds in sequence with the scriptures. If course she contradicts herself every now and then for it is her personal opinion and advice to different people on a different topic. As children of God I think we should show modesty and humility when we are witnessing to others the word if God. The bible does point out several times of characters who are issued as price, some reward regarding jewelry. The ring, chain, signet and clothes given to Joseph were a symbol of royalty and status, but would Joseph wear these things in the presence of God? Note that when his father came back to see him, Joseph showed humility as he fell before him and wept for a long time on his father's neck. In Egyptian custom it was not very appreciated for a royalty to be present with a shepherd or poor strangers. Though the bible may not have quoted this, I'm sure Joseph would have removed his fine attire in the very presence of his item father.

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  11. If he did it to his father would he had not done so with God? Also with Daniel, since God had given him such profound wisdom and had bless him in a strange and ungodly land, he became ruler of the great province and several times promoted gifts of gratitude towards him. The gold chain and purple clothes symbolized him as a royalty, but the bible never mentioned him wearing it after that. It was merely presents to him as a gift of gratitude. Also, Hebrew customs required one to wear a tzillit or prayer shall in the presence of God. Would Daniel, a man with deep committing and profound love for God, proud himself by wearing these articles of high status, when he,a God fearing man, recognized God as the highest and almighty being? I honestly don't think so. There are twists and turns here and there in the bible, but one must not take that one verse by itself, you must support it with a chain of other evidence embedded in the scriptures and in mere conscience and logic. Another thing, the high priests in the old testament, wore these stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel whom the Lord had chosen. The stones themselves were to represent God s chosen people before him through the atoning priest, but it was never worn by him always only for that special occasion and though it may sound contradicting with what I said earlier about humility in the presence of God, this is the priest whom we are talking about. The one chosen to represent the lamb Jesus. The role he played wearing the stones and the other apparel symbolized the sins of the people being transferred to him and carrying them before God to be atoned for. These precious stones were not jewelry hence the priest did not wear them as his personal attire, rather that he wore them for a purpose God had set forth. Also, the description of the heavenly temple and structure is to symbolize for us how much God has in store for us and the radiant beauty of the heavenly kingdom. I don't consider it as jewelry since it is showing the glory and majesty of God and it does not mean that God accepts or favors jewelry. On the other hand the bible doesn't directly say that God prohibits it. I think that the fact that it doesn't say much on either side, has something to tell us about God and that he wants us to focus more on him than on wanting to be at hand with the modern fashion. I also think that Mrs.white s quote prescribed above is accurate. I don't think we should be spending so much of the money God has provided for us on clothes and luxurious it expensive personal attire. The same goes for either jewelry or clothes. Personally, I believe that we should all come at peace with these topics by deeply discussing them, but concentrate on the work of spreading God s word more. Anyway, who am I to judge or say what is right for everyone. Let's all pray the right way, with surrender to God that he may show us the way should go. When you pray, don't have a bias prayer of your own with God, rather ask God what he thinks about it. Thank you.

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  12. Another thing, didn't Jesus say to follow him and be like him? If so, I don't think I should wear jewelry since the bible doesn't say if he did our not but we know by his character and actions that he must likely didn't. Done people think that there was no jewelry for men during the time, but indeed there was. Thank you anyway for listening and sorry if my messages were a little long.

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  13. I don't see any necessity for wearing jewelry. Clothes yes, but jewelry has no point but bringing glory to oneself and not God. I think that people also misinterpret what Ellen white is really trying to say.

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  14. Yes, very true. The bible also says that we should not pierce or make any cuttings in the flesh in Leviticus.

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  15. Below are bible verses about wearing jewelry, it's on you if you obey or disobey since God is the judge at the end of the day. By the way Patricia Allen, we church folk must also be careful of what bible we use, did you know the NIV bible omits over 65,000 words of the KJV? and the word God doesn't appear in it also. The publisher of the NIV bible is actually a homosexual. Here's the link: www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/NIV/why.htm

    King James Version 1 Timothy 2:9 - 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;

    1 Peter 3:3,4 - Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
    But [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.

    Clearly the NIV version says differently to cause confusion, but that's the problem in today's churches. Too many people want something easy to understand but don't take the time to really decipher the word of God by asking in prayer for knowledge and understanding of his word. Perfect example, the NIV bible was made to appeal to different religions so there we have a problem church, no one wants truth. Too many people want everything sugarcoated, when was the last time God ever sugarcoated anything? He never has, goodluck trying to find that....Regardless, no one wants to obey God how he or she is supposed to, so people are gonna do whatever the ham and cheese they want. Appealing to the flesh rather than trying to kill the flesh spiritually by eating the word, praying and fasting. Not willing to walk the walk, just wanna walk sometimes. I shake my head in disbelief sometimes in the things i see and read. Gonna finish with the quotes below:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 - The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.

    ^^ Does this really need an explanation??

    Leviticus 19:28 - Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I [am] the LORD.

    ^^ Basically, don't mark your body with tattoos or pierce it with anything. you can't miss that. Again, this your choice if you decide to follow the word of God or the flesh instead.

    Have a blessed day, knowledge is power!

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  16. What is the difference between someone who wears the Jewelries on the neck or ears and someone who wears clothes and shoes designed with them. Almost every woman in my church (s.d.a) wear such clothes and rings in the finger but earings not. I did't leave sda because of such an issue, i left after i found out that some of their beliefs are wrong. e.gTrinity, the saved going to heaven, God's Holy days done away with(lev. 23), not talking about the changed calender etc. Sda is far from bein the reminant church.






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