Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 15, 2010

Should Men and Woman Who Are Baptized In Jesus Name and Filled With The Holy Ghost Wear Jewelry? What does the Bible say about outward adornment?

“Mommy, can I get my ears pierced and wear earrings?” “No little one”, said the mother “we are Apostolic and don’t believe in adorning ourselves with earrings and other forms of jewelry”. “Well mommy, Brother and Sister ______ says it’s ok because as long as you wear the post/stud earrings, it’s considered  modest. I want to look like her. Mommy please, let me just wear the post/stud earrings. Please?????????”   

This bible study seeks to clearly explain from a scriptural standpoint why we as Apostolics should not wear jewelry. Local assemblies are being infiltrated with individuals who are baptized in Jesus Name and Holy Ghost filled speaking in tongues, wearing all kinds of jewelry and leadership is no longer teaching the reason why such adornment should be avoided. Instead, you have congregations that look just like everyone else outside of the church. What benefits do non-Christians have if they can come in, get saved, and still look and act the same just like they did in the world. Why should you even witness to non-Christians if once they come into your church, there is no inward and outward change that occurs. Are we just satisfied with skipping over certain scriptures in order not to offend people? Or do we not have a clear understanding on why outward holiness is just as important as inward holiness?   

This Bible study seeks to analyze what the Word of God has to say about jewelry and ornamentation of various sorts. Although this is a controversial zone to delve into, we should approach the subject convinced that God’s Word is not ambiguous on this matter but has clear-cut and wholesome instructions for His people. Now, before you hit the “unsubscribe button” first let’s get our Bibles out and find out what the Bible says concerning outward adornment.   

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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works   

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.   

Now, I have heard some brothers and sisters contend that God is against overdoing it. What they insinuate is that men and women should not profusely deck themselves with gold and silver ornamentation that appear too gaudy and extravagant. My contention is that the above Scriptures leave no room for negotiation. The crystal clear injunction is “…not with” and “…let it not be”. Saints of God, let us not be quick to forget that the fall of Eve was brought about when Satan compromised the Word of God.    

Genesis 3:1   

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?   

Satan’s strategy is to challenge the authority and legitimacy of the Word of God. He indulges in distorted hermeneutics and his heart is in rebellion against God. Finally, he goes in for the deathblow – an unabashed naked attack against the Word of God – “Thou shalt not surely die”. There is a golden rule in Bible hermeneutics, the study of interpretation, which says that if the plain sense of Scripture makes perfect sense, then seek no other sense. This is especially true regarding jewelry. The Bible simply says, “No”.   

Question is: are you determined to die to yourself and please God, or is employing your God given body as a place to hang shiny metals more important? Another argument I would forward is: how much jeweler is too much jewelry? Where does one draw the line and who decides? The saying goes that if you give them an inch, they take a yard, give them a yard and they take a mile. Shall we simultaneously set a ceiling on the highest price permissible when buying jeweler or can a brother or sister walk in the church with their eye-catching and head-turning diamond that cost a cool six figure sum not to mention the local mafia’s interest in it? The questions are endless and, honestly, I do not see any satisfactory answers forthcoming.    

Jewelry and the House of God Robs God’s Attention and Glory   

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. Then 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: And 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. And 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.   

When Jacob finally decided to get right with God and return to Bethel, the house of God, one of his first acts was to command his wives to remove their jewelry and he buried it. This is highly revealing and instructive for us who are professing holiness. Why did he do this? My take on it is that the women, with their ostentatious earrings, bangles, necklaces etc would be the centre of attention. This would provoke the God who said:   

Isaiah 42:8   

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.   

Notice God refuses to share His praises with graven images. When God looked down upon creation after making all things, He said:   

Genesis 1:31   

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.   

Now, if the Almighty Himself declared this, why do you want to improve on it? Would it not be tantamount to playing “co-creator” with God? God has created all things beautiful. He is the master architect.   

It is gross to cut holes into one’s body to dangle metals from. The holy Writ also forbids us to make cuts or engravings in our bodies.   

Leviticus 19:28   

Leviticus 21:5   

These customs were initially invented in honor of pagan traditions. I will remind you that the prophets of Baal ceremoniously made violent cuts in their flesh hoping to induce their god to send fire on Mount Carmel.   

1 Kings 18:28   

And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.   

Jewelry and make-up are associated with a spirit of haughtiness and temptation.   

2 Kings 9:30   

And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.   

Jezebel’s name has gone down in the annals of godly history as being synonymous with every manner of debauchery. She was a sensuous and ruthless woman. She knew how to seduce men and, in the Scripture above, she gave it her best shot. Years of successful practice at her unholy profession of seduction had thought her that men become weak in their knees when confronted with a woman who has applied the right make-up and decked her hair with the perfect kind of jeweler. She was now oozing sensuality. What a gross incongruity we see a few verses later when we hear of dogs licking her blood. That was a strong statement from the God who hates those who misuse their God-given bodies and talents to destroy souls. We have to teach our sisters, daughters and wives the truth of the Apostle Peter’s words:   

1 Peter 3:4   

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.   

The prophet Isaiah is very graphic in his description of jewelry that has instilled pride and haughtiness in the daughters of Jerusalem and he proclaims judgment against them:   

Isaiah 3:16-24   

Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.   

There Is Evidence That Seems to Indicate That Jewelry Was Used in Rituals and Magic   

Ears were also seen as the means of entry and exit of spirits (Frazer, ibid., Vol. III, p. 31), and also as the seat of intelligence. From these reasons comes the necessity to protect the ears by means of ring amulets in the form of serpents or moons. Blood drawn from the ear by piercing may have been used as a ritual penance prior to the conferring of the amulet (see also Frazer, ibid. for the practice of drawing blood from the ears as a penance). Similarly, for the Hebrew, the ears were as a means of experiencing God as a form of understanding or comprehension viz.   

(Source: http://www.logon.org/english/s/p197.html)   

Jesus never seemed to be preoccupied with glamour and all that glitters. He was born in a manger, grew up with a poor family, became a humble carpenter, spent most of His time with fishermen, the sick and sinners; was so inconspicuous that Judas had to kiss Him to identify Him, rode on a donkey to Jerusalem, spent His last hour talking to a thief and borrowed the grave of a rich man in death. Let this humble God be your role model. Imitate His example.   

In conclusion, to be sanctified is to be set apart not just for Masters use but so that others can outwardly and inwardly see that you belong to Christ. It is my prayer that those that wear jewelry start to follow the CLOUD and not the CROWD (Remember, God was a Cloud by day for the children of Israel to follow). I’m just trying to show you a more excellent way. Dont shoot the messenger.   

 Works Cited   

A Bible Study On Jewelry and Make-Up by Bro. Paul Thomas

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