Questions on the use of jewellery
Hello my friend, can I request that you do a teaching on the use of jewellery as it relates to salvation.
My personal opinion is that not wearing any, doesn’t make u Christlike, neither does it offer salvation. ( just had to say that, of course you will be more informed on the issue)
Incase it’s not yet on your list, u may just share what you know privately with me, ild appreciate.
My mum used to say that wearing of jewelries like bangles, necklace, etc was a sin. But I didn’t use to think about it as being a sin. Sir, please is it a sin?
Let’s start with these two scriptures:
“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15 NLT
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud,
You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.”
Colossians 2:8, 16-16, 18, 20-23 NLT
From the above,
1) Nothing by itself is impure. What it’s used for and the motive for using it makes it right or wrong. A gun is not a sinful object. If a soldier uses a gun in battle to kill he hasn’t sinned and the gun is useful. But that same gun might become dangerous in the wrong hands, and when it is to be used for the wrong purpose; e.g. murder: the gun would have to be retrieved from that person.
2) Some doctrines are man-made. They are a result of ignorance and misunderstanding of the scriptures. Sometimes, people who establish these rules may have had good intentions, but it’s important that those human rules and ideas do not become yardsticks for determining righteousness and salvation.
3) We are not to be deceived by people who claim to have had visions about these things. We live by the word of God, not by visions of men which cannot be verified.
Now, let’s see what the scripture says about jewellery.
1) In Ezekiel 16:8-14, God said that He beautified the Israelites with jewellery. That alone proves that jewellery, and using of jewellery, is not sinful.
2) We see in scriptures that both men and women in Bible days used jewellery. We see that they were given as gifts, and even given as offering to God. Exodus 32:2-3, 35:22, Numbers 31:50, Genesis 24:22, Job 42:11, Judges 8:24. Job was a righteous man, yet he collected jewellery. And if jewellery is bad, God wouldn’t have received it as offering.
There are scriptures which have been misunderstood and misinterpreted to mean that jewellery is sinful.
1) Genesis 35:4 says that Jacob took jewellery from members of his household and hid them in the ground. But he didn’t take only jewellery from them; he also took their strange gods. Meaning that they were using the jewellery for idolatry. That’s why it had to be taken away.
2) Isaiah 3:16-24, God said that He was taking away their jewellery. Why? They were being haughty. They were using them wrongly. Same in Hosea 2:13, Ezekiel 23:40 and Jeremiah 4:30. In Exodus 33:4-6 they had to remove their ornaments because they had used them for idolatry (Exodus 32:1-4).
Just like we have slay kings and queens today; Christians don’t dress to kill.
That’s what Paul wrote about in 1 Timothy 2:9-10.
“And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”
For us, it’s about DOING GOOD, NOT LOOKING GOOD. Jesus said that we shine by doing good works. Wearing jewellery is not a sin, but we don’t use them to draw attention to ourselves. The MOTIVE must be right.
Apostle Peter said it better:
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands.” 1 Peter 3:3-5 NLT
It’s an error to be concerned about your looks when you have a character that stinks. You can look good outwardly and be ugly within. YOU CAN ALSO BE DIRTY OUTWARDLY AND UGLY INWARDLY. Be beautiful inside first, then look good outwardly too as “jara”. Proverbs 31:22 says that the virtuous woman dresses in fine linen and purple. In other words, everything she wears is beautiful and colourful. So, don’t look terrible because you are a Christian.
It’s a personal choice whether to wear jewellery or not. It is not a sin, neither does it have an effect on a person’s salvation. It’s more about the perception of other people than it is about those who use them. As believers we must be careful to send the right messages through whatever we do, and we must have a pure conscience before God. Amen.