By: Dr Chinomso Jude Nwala
IS WEARING OF JEWELRY A SIN?
THE Bible does not condemn the wearing of makeup, or jewelry, Physical adornment not condemned
Faithful women in the Bible adorned themselves. Rebekah, who married Abraham’s son Isaac, wore a gold nose ring, gold bracelets, and other expensive jewelry that she received as a gift from her future father-in-law. (Genesis 24:22, 30, 53)
Similarly, Esther accepted “beauty treatments” to prepare for her potential role as queen of the Persian Empire. (Esther 2:7, 9, 12) These treatments apparently included the use of “cosmetics,” or “different kinds of makeup.”
Bible illustrations use jewelry in favorable comparisons. For instance, a person who offers good advice is compared to “an earring of gold . . . to the receptive ear.” (Proverbs 25:12) Likewise, God himself compared his treatment of the nation of Israel to that of a husband who adorns his bride with bracelets, a necklace, and earrings. This adornment made the nation “extremely beautiful.”(Ezekiel 16:11-13)
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OUT MAKEUP AND JEWELRY OR REASONS WHY MOST CHURCH PEOPLE CONDEMN IT.
One strong argument for forbidding jewelry is in this Peter 3:3 and 1 Tim 2:9, and if read alone, then at first glace it would appear that we are.
(1 Peter 3:3)
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear
(1 Tim 2:9)
likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire
Taking these scriptures in context with just the few scripture in the Bible on jewelry above we see that we were told not to wear jewelry, or not to do our hair and wear nice clothes. What we are seeing was a church whose women let vanity get out of control; a church who became over indulgent. Remember that it was a time when it was the custom (very Roman) to show how much you had, so you over did everything because you wanted to show how much you could afford.
What Paul and Peter are talking about here is this is not the beauty that a Christian should strive after. We are to be more concerned with the inward beauty, rather than the outward beauty. This is not saying we shouldn’t look nice, but instead look at our hearts and be careful not to abuse our blessings and show off what we have in vanity.
When you think about how you dress in the manner of moderation and modest, then you realize it goes beyond just wearing jewelry. In truth we can make a law about to not wear jewelry, but then we substitute an expensive watch or extravagant showy clothes to fill the sin of vanity in our hearts. The “thing” of blame may be different, but the sin is the same.
(1 Samuel 16:7)
the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,but the Lord looks on the heart.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.
So wearing of jewelries as a believer is not a sin and that won’t take you to hell. If you say its a sin but wear expensive watches and expensive cloths, then you are also guilty. Live rightly, be focused on God and stop condemning other people from other denominations. That your church doesn’t approve it doesn’t mean God disapproved it.
In conclusion, if your church made it as a law forbidden members not to wear it, please obey and stick to your church policy as long as as you are sure of heaven. But never you condemn others who use it or see them as demons…