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Ellen White on Jewelry and Dress

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 10, 2008


True refinement does not find satisfaction in the adorning of the body for display.  {CG 423.1}

Ellen White

Ellen White

The Bible teaches modesty in dress. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel.” 1 Timothy 2:9. This forbids display in dress, gaudy colors, profuse ornamentation. Any device designed to attract attention to the wearer or to excite admiration is excluded from the modest apparel which God’s Word enjoins.  {CG 423.2}
Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly and abstain from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind is in keeping with our faith. Are we of the number who see the folly of worldlings in indulging in extravagance of dress as well as in love of amusements?  {CG 423.3}

Conformity to Christ or the World.–A sister who had spent some weeks at one of our institutions in _____, said that she felt much disappointed in what she saw and heard there. . . . Before accepting the truth, she had followed the fashions of the world in her dress, and had worn costly jewelry and other  ornaments; but upon deciding to obey the Word of God, she felt that its teachings required her to lay aside all extravagant and superfluous adorning. She was taught that Seventh-day Adventists did not wear jewelry, gold, silver, or precious stones, and that they did not conform to worldly fashions in their dress. When she saw among those who profess the faith such a wide departure from Bible simplicity, she felt bewildered. Had they not the same Bible which she had been studying, and to which she had endeavored to conform her life? Had her past experience been mere fanaticism? Had she misinterpreted the words of the apostle, “The friendship of the world is enmity with God, for whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”?  {Ev 270.1}
Mrs. D, a lady occupying a position in the institution, was visiting at Sr. _____’s room one day, when the latter took out of her trunk a gold necklace and chain, and said she wished to dispose of this jewelry and put the proceeds into the Lord’s treasury. Said the other, “Why do you sell it? I would wear it if it was mine.” “Why,” replied Sr. _____, “when I received the truth, I was taught that all these things must be laid aside. Surely they are contrary to the teachings of God’s Word.” And she cited her hearer to the words of the apostles, Paul and Peter, upon this point, “In like manner, also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but, as becometh women professing godliness, with good works.” “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.”  {Ev 270.2}

The Influence of a Meek and Quiet Spirit

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. 1 Peter 3:3, 4  {ML 123.1}
The apostle presents the inward adorning, in contrast with the outward, and tells us what the great God values. The outward is corruptible. But the meek and quiet spirit, the development of a beautifully symmetrical character, will never decay. It is an adornment which is not perishable. In the sight of the Creator of everything that is valuable, lovely, and beautiful it is declared to be of great price.  {ML 123.2}
Shall we not seek earnestly to gain that which God estimates as more valuable than costly dress, or pearls, or gold? The inward adorning, the grace of meekness, a spirit in harmony with the heavenly angels, will not lessen true dignity of character or make us less lovely here in this world. The Redeemer has warned us against the pride of life, but not against its grace and natural beauty.  {ML 123.3}
Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly and abstain from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind is in keeping with our faith.  {ML 123.4}
It is of the greatest importance that we . . . show by precept and example that we are cultivating that which the Monarch of the universe estimates of great value. In doing this what an influence for good can we have.  {ML 123.5}
Children and youth who devote time and means to make themselves objects of attraction by outward display and affected manners are not working in the right direction. They need to cultivate true, Christian politeness and nobility of soul. . . . The beauty of mind, the purity of the soul, revealed in the countenance, will have more power to attract and exert an influence upon hearts than any outward adorning.  {ML 123.6}

Where Are We Drifting?

A sister who had spent some weeks at one of our institutions in Battle Creek said that she felt much disappointed in what she saw and heard there. She had thought to find a people far in advance of the younger churches, both in knowledge of the truth and in religious experience. Here she hoped to gain much instruction which she could carry to her sisters in the faith in a distant State. But she was surprised and pained at the lightness, the worldliness, and lack of devotion which she met on every hand.  {3SM 246.1}
Before accepting the truth, she had followed the fashions of the world in her dress, and had worn costly jewelry and other ornaments; but upon deciding to obey the word of God, she felt that its teachings required her to lay aside all extravagant and superfluous adorning. She was taught that Seventh-day Adventists did not wear jewelry, gold, silver, or precious stones, and that they did not conform to worldly fashions in their dress.  {3SM 246.2}
When she saw among those who profess the faith such a wide departure from Bible simplicity, she felt bewildered. Had they not the same Bible which she had been studying, and to which she had endeavored to conform her life? Had her past experience been mere fanaticism? Had she misinterpreted the words of the apostle, “The friendship of the world is enmity with God, for whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”?  {3SM 246.3}
Mrs. D., a lady occupying a position in the institution, was visiting at Sister—–‘s room one day, when the latter took out of her trunk a gold necklace and chain, and said she wished to dispose of this jewelry and put the proceeds into the Lord’s treasury. Said the other, “Why do you sell it? I would wear it if it were mine.” “Why,” replied Sister —–, “when I received the truth, I was taught that all these things must be laid aside. Surely they are contrary to the teachings of God’s Word.” And she cited her hearer to the words of the apostles, Paul and Peter, upon this point, “In like manner, also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” “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.”  {3SM 246.4}
In answer, the lady displayed a gold ring on her finger, given her by an unbeliever, and said she thought it no harm to wear such ornaments. “We are not so particular,” said she, “as formerly. Our people have been over-scrupulous in their opinions upon the subject of dress. The ladies of this institution wear gold watches and gold chains, and dress like other people. It is not good policy to be singular in our dress; for we cannot exert so much influence.”  {3SM 247.1}

3. Modern Forms of Idolatry.–Many who bear the name of Christians are serving other gods besides the Lord. Our Creator demands our supreme devotion, our first allegiance. Anything which tends to abate our love for God, or to interfere with the service due Him, becomes thereby an idol. With some their lands, their houses, their merchandise, are the idols. Business enterprises are prosecuted with zeal and energy, while the service of God is made a secondary consideration. Family worship is neglected, secret prayer is forgotten. Many claim to deal justly with their fellow men, and seem to feel that in so doing they discharge their whole duty. But it is not enough to keep the last six commandments of the decalogue. We are to love the Lord our God with all the heart. Nothing short of obedience to every precept–nothing less than supreme love to God as well as equal love to our fellow man–can satisfy the claims of the divine law.  {2BC 1011.7}
There are many whose hearts have been so hardened by prosperity that they forget God, and forget the wants of their fellow man. Professed Christians adorn themselves with jewelry, laces, costly apparel, while the Lord’s poor suffer for the necessaries of life. Men and women who claim redemption through a Saviour’s blood will squander the means intrusted to them for the saving of other souls, and then grudgingly dole out their offerings for religion, giving liberally only when it will bring honor to themselves. These are idolaters (ST Jan. 26, 1882).  {2BC 1012.1}

We see the world absorbed in their own amusements. The first and highest thoughts of the larger portion, especially of women, are of display. Love of dress and pleasure is wrecking the happiness of thousands. And some of those who profess to love and keep the commandments of God ape this class as near as they possibly can and retain the Christian name. Some of the young are so eager for display that they are even willing to give up the Christian name if they can only follow out their inclination for vanity of dress and love of pleasure. Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly, abstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind, is in keeping with our faith. Are we of the number who see the folly of worldlings in indulging in extravagance of dress as well as in love of amusements? If so, we should be of that class who shun everything that gives sanction to this spirit which takes possession of the minds and hearts of those who live for this world only and who have no thought or care for the next.  {3T 366.1}
Christian youth, I have seen in some of you a love for dress and display which has pained me. In some who have been well instructed, who have had religious privileges from their babyhood, and who have put on Christ by baptism, thus professing to be dead to the world, I have seen a vanity in dress and a levity in conduct that have grieved the dear Saviour and have been a reproach to the cause of God. I have marked with pain your religious declension and your disposition to trim and ornament your apparel. Some have been so unfortunate as to come into possession of gold chains or pins, or both, and have shown bad taste in exhibiting them, making them conspicuous to attract attention. I can but associate these characters with the vain peacock, that displays his gorgeous feathers for admiration. It is all this poor bird has to attract attention, for his voice and form are anything but attractive.  {3T 366.2}

Christians are not to decorate the person with costly array or expensive ornaments. All this display imparts no value to the character. The Lord desires every converted person to put away the idea that dressing as worldlings dress, will give value to his influence. The ornamentation of the person with jewels and luxurious things is a species of idolatry. This needless display reveals a love for those things which are supposed to place a value upon the person. It gives evidence to the world of a heart destitute of the inward adornment. Expensive dress and adornments of jewelry give an incorrect representation of the truth that should always be represented as of the highest value. An over-dressed, outwardly adorned person bears the sign of inward poverty. A lack of spirituality is revealed.  {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 4}
Extravagance in dress requires the expenditure of means that is needed to advance the work of the Lord. Extra ribbons and bows mean pennies and shillings spent needlessly.  {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 5}
The trimming of ladies’ hats with high-standing bows is a needless expense, and is unbecoming to a Christian. In the house of God the over-trimmed hats are a positive annoyance. The congregation desire to see the face of the speaker as well as to hear his voice; but the ladies’ hats with their high-standing ribbons and bows, obscure the view. Many in the congregation may be seen peering this way and that way to get a glimpse of the speaker; but often their efforts are in vain. Their enjoyment of the services is marred, and the minister who observes all this is disturbed.  {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 6}
Satan has a snare laid to captivate unwary souls by leading them to give more attention to their outward adorning than to the inward graces which a love of truth and righteousness displays, as the fruit borne upon the Christian tree.  {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 7}
Many indulge a passion for dress. They spend their money for that which is not bread, and are as foolish as was Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Many bar their own souls from entering the straight gate because they can not indulge their love for display and yet believe in Christ and walk in His footsteps.  {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 8}
“If any man will come after Me,” said Christ, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Self-denial and self-sacrifice will mark the Christian’s life. Evidence that the taste is really converted will be seen in the dress of all who walk the narrow path of holiness, the path cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in.   {BTS, May 1, 1908 par. 9}

The fearful effect of a worldly, unconsecrated influence at the head of the work is felt by our own people throughout the land. An instance of this came under my own notice not long since. A sister who had spent some weeks at one of our institutions in Battle Creek, said that she felt much disappointed in what she saw and heard there. She had thought to find a people far in advance of the younger churches, both in knowledge of the truth and in religious experience. Here she hoped to gain much instruction which she could carry to her sisters in the faith in a distant State. But she was surprised and pained at the lightness, the worldliness, and lack of devotion which she met on every hand.  {RH, March 28, 1882 par. 5}
Before accepting the truth, she had followed the fashions of the world in her dress, and had worn costly jewelry and other ornaments; but upon deciding to obey the word of God, she felt that its teachings required her to lay aside all extravagant and superfluous adorning. She was taught that Seventh-day Adventists did not wear jewelry, gold, silver, or precious stones, and that they did not conform to worldly fashions in their dress. When she saw among those who profess the faith such a wide departure from Bible simplicity, she felt bewildered. Had they not the same Bible which she had been studying, and to which she had endeavored to conform her life? Had her past experience been mere fanaticism? Had she misinterpreted the words of the apostle, “The friendship of the world is enmity with God, for whosoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”?  {RH, March 28, 1882 par. 6}
Mrs. D., a lady occupying a position in the institution, was visiting at Sr.—–‘s room one day, when the latter took out of her trunk a gold necklace and chain, and said she wished to dispose of this jewelry and put the proceeds into the Lord’s treasury. Said the other, “Why do you sell it? I would wear it if it was mine.” “Why,” she replied Sr.—–, “when I received the truth, I was taught that all these things must be laid aside. Surely they are contrary to the teachings of God’s word.” And she cited her hearer to the words of the apostles, Paul and Peter, upon this point, “In like manner, also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but, as becometh women professing godliness, with good works.” “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.”  {RH, March 28, 1882 par. 7}

Christians are not to decorate the person with costly array of expensive ornaments. All this display imparts no value to the character. The Lord desires every converted person to put away the idea that dressing as worldlings dress will give value to our influence. The ornamentation of the person with jewels and luxurious things is a species of idolatry. This needless display reveals a love for those things which are supposed to place a value upon the person. It gives evidence to the world of a heart destitute of the inward adornment. Expensive dress and adornments of jewelry give an incorrect representation of the truth that should always be represented as of the highest value. An overdressed, outwardly adorned person bears the sign of inward poverty. A lack of spirituality is revealed. {6MR 159.2}
Extravagance in dress requires the expenditure of means that is needed to advance the work of the Lord. Extra ribbons and bows mean pennies and shillings spent needlessly. The trimming of ladies’ hats with high-standing bows is a needless expense, and it is unbecoming to a Christian. In the house of God the overtrimmed hats are a positive annoyance. The congregation desire to see the face of the speaker as well as to hear his voice; but the ladies’ hats with their high-standing ribbons and bows, obscure the view. Many in the congregation may be seen peering this way and that to get a glimpse of the speaker; but often their efforts are in vain. Their enjoyment of the service is marred, and the minister, who observes all this, is disturbed.  {6MR 160.1}
Satan has a snare laid to captivate unwary souls by leading them to give more attention to the outward adorning than to the inward graces which love of truth and righteousness display as the fruit borne upon the Christian tree. If the enemy can keep the minds of believers centered upon their dress and outward appearance, he is well pleased. They injure their influence, and the cause of truth which they profess to love.  {6MR 160.2}
Many indulge a passion for dress. They spend their money for that which is not bread, and are as foolish as was Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Many bar their own souls from entering the strait gate because they cannot indulge their love for display and yet believe in Christ and walk in his footsteps.  {6MR 160.3}

Jewelry and the Spirit of Jesus.–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. I know a good work can be done in this line. Jesus, the Commander in the heavenly courts, laid aside His crown of royalty and His royal robe and stepped down from His royal throne, and clothed His divinity with the habiliments of humanity, and for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might come into possession of eternal riches, and yet the very ones for whom Christ has done everything that was possible to do to save the perishing souls from eternal ruin feel so little disposition to deny themselves anything they have money to buy.  {9MR 117.1}
The Lord is soon to come, and His reward is with Him and His work before Him to give every man according to his work. I try to set before the people that we are handling the Lord’s money to accomplish the most important work that can be done. They can, individually, through denial of self, do much more, if all do a little, and the many little rivulets will make quite a current sent flowing heavenward.  {9MR 117.2}
True, it is difficult for all to take in the situation. Self, self, self, must be served and glorified, and how hard it is for all to become laborers together with God. Oh, that a spirit of self-sacrifice might come to every church, and thus every soul nigh and afar off might learn the value of money, and use it while they can, and say, “Of Thine own Lord, we give Thee” (See 2 Chronicles 29:14).–Letter 110, 1896, pp. 2,3. (Oct 29, 1896.)  {9MR 117.3}
A Prospective Convert and Jewelry.–Today I have had an interview with one who is just taking her stand for the truth, but she is much adorned with gold bracelets and rings. I think she is good material, and will bear to hear kindly advice. The word must be presented: “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” (1 Peter 3:3,4). I believe that this sister has received the truth and will practice the truth. If she loves the truth she will obey the words of Christ.–Letter 112, 1896, p. 3. (To Sister Wessels and Children, October 16, 1896.)  {9MR 118.1}

42 Responses to “Ellen White on Jewelry and Dress”

  1. Brady said

    The bible says that God gave his children gifts (rings and earrings) it just kinda confuses me!

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  2. adventbiblestudy said

    Brady

    You will have to show me a Bible text that says God gave his children earrings. In the Bible an earring is a symbol of slavery.

    KJV Exodus 21:5-6
    5. And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 6. Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

    If a man chose to be a slave, he would wear an earring to show his status.

    Israel did receive payment from Egypt before leaving. This was used for two offerings. The first was used to build the golden calf. What does this tell you?

    KJV Exodus 32:2-4
    2. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

    After that problem was settled, people gave up their earrings to build the original tabernacle.

    KJV Exodus 35:21-22
    21. And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments. 22. And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered offered an offering of gold unto the Lord.

    Let me know what you have found.

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  3. winsome said

    should i wear a hat to church?

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      I’m not sure about a hat. I would consider that a personal choice. Ellen Whites makes a comment about large hats which only makes sense. If they are too large they make block the view of those behind you.

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    • Rita said

      1 Corinthians 11:5,6,13 tells women that when a women “prays or prophesieth” she should cover her head because it dishonoreth her head. It also is a way to focus on God and not your glory.

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      • adventbiblestudy said

        It is rather easy to take one sentence out of a story then tell people what you think it means. Anyone can do that, and then we have 1000 interpretations for every subject in the Bible. Not many people study deep enough to be able to tell people why, on any subject. Or who the audience was, and why the author presented a subject. That is context, which hopefully will lead in the proper explanations.

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  4. Enrique said

    First,I’d like to express my gratitude for “adventbiblestudy.” This is a site that I look forward to giving my attention to….My first visit has already been a blessing to me………..now, for a comment… ” That was then and this is now ” Yes, earrings in those days were a brand of ownership…depicting slavery…Does wearing earrings today make a personal statement saying ” I am someones property “…..for example, just because Mrs. E spoke against owning bicycles back in her time does it translate to not owning them today…… ……

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  5. adventbiblestudy said

    Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy this site.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But you have to remember, it was God that established the sign, to have a slave by choice to wear the earring. God usually has a good reason.

    As far as the comment on Ellen White and a bicycles. I am not sure which comment you are referring to.

    The question arises: What burden do these persons carry for the advancement of the work of God? Wherein do they realize the importance of the work for this time? Christ said to His disciples: “Ye are the light of the world. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16. Is this investment of means and this spinning of bicycles through the streets of Battle Creek giving evidence of the genuineness of your faith in the last solemn warning to be given to human beings standing on the very verge of the eternal world? {8T 52.2}

    The money expended in bicycles and dress and other needless things must be accounted for. {TM 398.1}

    You would not be purchasing bicycles, which you could do without, but would be receiving the blessing of God in exercising your physical powers in a less expensive way. Instead of investing one hundred dollars in a bicycle, you would consider the matter well, lest it might be at the price of souls for whom Christ died, and for whom he has made you responsible. {RH, August 21, 1894 par. 11}

    Let the money expended for bicycles be invested in the cause of God. {SpTA10 19.2}

    When the people chosen by God embellish their own houses, and invest God’s money in bicycles and various things for selfish gratification, knowing that the very means thus used should be used to keep the house of God in the very best condition, that no means may be taken from the treasury to defray running expenses, they cannot be blessed. {10MR 124.2}

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  6. Dear Bros/Sis:
    I have personally taken a stand against jewelry. Still, I would like someone moved by the Holy Spirit to share on Isaiah 61:10 and Ezekiel 16: 11-12.

    God bless.

    Sincerely,

    Cris Wellington

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  7. adventbiblestudy said

    I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
    (Isaiah 61:10 KJV)

    I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
    (Ezekiel 16:11-12 KJV)

    This is explained in the following verses.

    But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
    (Ezekiel 16:15-16 KJV)

    This also sounds a lot like this Proverb.

    My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
    (Proverbs 7:1-5 KJV)

    And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
    (Proverbs 7:10-12 KJV)

    With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
    (Proverbs 7:21-22 KJV)

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  8. Jenny Ukoh said

    I am African and I’m required to cover my hair in church, and truly many lady’s hat and other traditional head gears seem to block the view of others in church. Also, I don’t why we (here in Africa) insist on covering our hair when the bible says the hair is a covering for the head, I think it should not be a rule. Can you kindly enlighten me on this.

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  9. adventbiblestudy said

    The only verse I can think of that addresses this question is:

    Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
    (1 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)

    I copied the version showing the Strong’s numbers so we can see the original words used.

    JudgeG2919 inG1722 yourselves:G5213 G846 isG2076 it comelyG4241 that a womanG1135 prayG4336 unto GodG2316 uncovered?G177 Doth(G2228) not evenG3761 natureG5449 itselfG846 teachG1321 you,G5209 that,G3754 ifG1437 a manG435 have long hair,(G2863) it isG2076 a shameG819 unto him?G846 ButG1161 ifG1437 a womanG1135 have long hair,G2863 it isG2076 a gloryG1391 to her:G846 forG3754 her hairG2864 is givenG1325 herG846 forG473 a covering.G4018
    (1 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV+)

    Notice the difference”
    Verse 13: uncovered?G177
    Verse 15: covering.G4018

    First we will look at the word Paul used in verse 13, word G177.

    G177
    ἀκατακάλυπτος
    akatakaluptos
    From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of a compound of G2596 and G2572;

    Because it is derived for a combination of other words , we have to locate their meanings.

    G1
    Α
    A
    Of Hebrew origin; the first letter of the alphabet: figuratively only (from its use as a numeral) the first. Often used (usually “an”, before a vowel) also in composition (as a contraction from G427) in the sense of privation; so in many words beginning with this letter; occasionally in the sense of union (as a contraction of G260): – Alpha.

    G2596
    κατά
    kata
    A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined): – about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) X alone, among, and, X apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to, touching), X aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, [charita-] bly, concerning, + covered, [dai-] ly, down, every, (+ far more) exceeding, X more excellent, for, from . . . to, godly, in (-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), . . . by, after the manner of, + by any means, beyond (out of) measure, X mightily, more, X natural, of (up-) on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so, through (-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-) to (-gether, -ward), X uttermost, where (-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution or intensity.

    G2572
    καλύπτω
    kaluptō
    Akin to G2813 and G2928; to cover up (literally or figuratively): – cover, hide.

    We can see Paul used a word that is made up of three words. Confusion my be in the fact, there may not be a proper English translation. Let’s look at the definition of the three words making up the word uncovered.

    G107 A: sense of union
    G2596 kata: frequently denotes opposition, distribution or intensity
    G2572 kaluptō: to cover up

    We can see how the translation of uncovered was chosen for this word. But the translation of uncovered does not seem to explain the first portion of the original word, A, meaning a sense of union. A modern English translation may be unity. Unity to what?

    Look again at the original text.
    1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

    Notice Paul says, “Judge in yourselves.” He is asking an opinion. The question must focus on the meaning of the word used for uncovered.

    Notice the context of the text. Look at a few of the preceding verses.

    But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
    (1 Corinthians 11:3-5 KJV)

    The discussion centers on how a woman prays. It seems Paul is also asking a question about how a woman must show unity when praying. Paul illustrates this unity in verse 3, ” head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

    Paul adds details of this unity:
    1Co 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
    1Co 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

    The discussion seems to center around a relationship between a man and a woman, and Paul is asking an opinion on the matter. Because Paul uses the illustration of a man the HEAD of a woman, Christ the HEAD of man, he may be attempting to arouse a spiritual awareness to the matter. Because the word Paul chose also denotes unity, he may be asking why some people follow the tradition requiring a woman to cover her head while praying. Paul may have been trying to get them to see this is like asking a man to pray while covering up his head, which in this case, Paul identified as Christ.

    Does this have anything to do with a woman covering her head in church?

    But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
    (1 Corinthians 11:16 KJV)

    Covering a woman’s head has nothing to do with worshiping in church.

    1Co 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

    This texts is dealing with a custom some people practice at home, and want others to practice in church. Paul does not agree with this custom.

    Look at the other word Paul used on this discussion.
    G4018
    περιβόλαιον
    peribolaion
    Neuter of a presumed derivative of G4016; something thrown around one, that is, a mantle, veil: – covering, vesture.

    The meaning is clear and concise. Why else would Paul have used the word he used for uncovered, unless he was drawing attention to the unity?

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  10. pelley29 said

    I attend an adventist school and there are too many inconsistencies in their teachings, but in regaurds to their wearing of jewelry…whats the difference between wearing fancy jewelry and driving a fancy sports car? None in my oppinion and a lot of adventists have fancy cars and homes and then they won’t wear earings or a watch. Kind of funny to me.. oh and by the way,,sugar is just as addictive as caffine..

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  11. adventbiblestudy said

    I’m not sure how addicting sugar can be, but I have seen studies showing combinations of sugar, fat, and salt are extremely addicting. Since it has been shown fast food restaurants have experimented in achieving the most addictive combination, congress has passed a law prohibiting anyone from suing the establishments.
    Fancy cars may be compared to EGW’s comments on bicycles. Fancy bicycles were considered a luxury in her day.

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  12. bhinna said

    1 peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
    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.

    my question now is, why do we take only the phrases that touches ‘wearing of gold’ and not about plaiting the hair.? should we plait or not as adventists?

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  13. Joy said

    Jewelry and dress seem to be the only two things that the church focus on. For I see the women with french tips and so on instead of natural nail, with wigs and make-up and other forms of adornment! It is not only in jewelry. I think that these however do not take save us or not. It is our relationship with our Father. Wearing jewelry does not make it our god. At least not the ones who do not worship it. What about the adventists who do have the big, elaborate houses. They could have had something simpler. We need to think beyond dress and jewelry!

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  14. ordealndoro said

    it seems adventistbiblestudy dont have an answer for my qn…. nd l wld take it that they are ‘missing the mark’ on this issue… m disapointed!!

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  15. adventbiblestudy said

    It seems to me, when people are looking for an answer that only agrees with their opinion, they often miss the most important truths.

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    • bhinna said

      “my question now is, why do we take only the phrases that touches ‘wearing of gold’ and not about plaiting the hair.? should we plait or not as adventists?”

      this is the unanswered qn.

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  16. angetire said

    does it mean that ladies who make there hair will not enter heaven?

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  17. db said

    Heavenpreceips consits of natural beauty ,so followers of God please be natural as children of God.

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  18. Camy said

    Broided hair refers to a very elaborate way that they used to do hair back in the days. This is when they would add gold braided within the hair to draw attention. Its not just speaking to braiding the natural hair or even adding natural looking hair

    Adventist Member

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  19. Kuku said

    Please help me with sound biblical evidence that proves whether or not it is sin to wear make-up

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  20. Timothy said

    I have long hair and I am a male. I have my personal reason for growing my hair. What does sister white say about this?

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      I can’t think of a thing EWG says about it, but why don’t you go to the real source of info, the Bible and pray to the Infinite Source, the Spirit. I would not worry about what the world has to say about a gift God gives you.

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  21. Todd said

    Makeup associated with Jezebel and her atributes.
    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.
    2 Kings 9:22 …What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
    Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols…Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      Rule number one is to keep a text within context. Nothing in 2Kings 9 has anything to do with dress and make up. Trying to create doctrine from a single verse is a mistake. Throwing out the rule of context makes it easy to make a rule against just about anything. You can use these as an example.

      1Ki_18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
      1Ki_21:5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
      Looks like people would have to stop eating. At least eating bread at tables.

      1Ki_21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
      We would have to stop writing letters based on this text.

      There has to be a reason Jesus told His disciples not to be like the religious leaders, teaching the doctrines of men for a living.

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  22. Mihaela said

    funny. I find a wedding ring of more use and definite function than a tie. but yet come to church without one (speaking for the guy) and you are considered to be a careless man with no respect for church and its atmosphere. a rebel. and God forbid you come in tennis shoes instead of dress shoes. i think there is a much deeper issue that the Bible was talking about. and obviously Ellen white. Shes not quite the ultra-conservative tight-wad some people make her out to be. She was human, a darn good woman, with her mistakes and opinions as well. I’d let the positive things she wrote inspire me and the negative things challege my decisions and help me to really understand what i believe and why, and not just follow the crowd…wether conservative or liberal. (cause it is very possible and i see it all the time, to follow a conservative crowd based on emotions and based on whim as opposed to real conviction.)

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      Interesting point. I will have to post a study on God’s move from seer to prophet. I can see why God made the change. Keep and eye out for the study and let me know what you thing and how it applies.

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  23. Sophia said

    If you wish for to take a great deal from this paragraph then you have to apply
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  24. Seeking for Bible truth said

    In my culture not wearing a wedding band means you are unmarried and available. This often means men approaching you etc not affording you the respect that other married women have. In this context does wearing a wedding band the same as indulging in jewellry indicating disobedience?

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      I’m not sure what you mean. I assume you are listening to a preacher and maybe a few members who pick and choose a few verses and make long speeches to prove their preconceived ideas. Look at the Bible. Israel was wearing rings when they left Egypt. God accepted them the way they were. Abram’s messenger gave rings to Rebekah. There is not a lot said in the Bible about rings. Wedding rings are a man made tradition, but God has respect for tradition. Look at Jacob. He broke tradition by moving the cover on the well and had to pay for it. That teaches we’re supposed to respect traditions and let God deal with them. One more point. If you reflect Jesus in your life men should sense that and show you the respect you expect.

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  25. JEREMIAH said

    Is proper for SDA member to wear ring,what Ellen say about wearing of rings

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      EGW didn’t say a lot about rings. Her advise usually centered around how jewelry was used. She warned about over doing it. Moderation was her theme. I suspect you asked this question because you’ve heard other people talk about the subject. Consider the sources. Why are people concentrating on trivial matters when that is NOT part of the message of salvation and vision of God’s Kingdom we’re told to announce? It never ceases to amaze me what subjects people pick to make themselves look wise.
      Let me warn you, EGW’s writings have been abused as much, if not more than the Bible. People take things out of context to prove their point which more often than not have little to do with the GOOD NEWS we’re supposed to announce. Ask yourself, is Jesus gonna condemn you for wearing a ring? I will tell you everything Jesus taught on the subject/ (________________________) That’s it — nothing. So why are you worried about it and why are you listening to misguided people making a name for themselves? Do those people wear a watch? Do they drive a car? Are they picking and choosing little subjects designed to waste time and resources? Or are they trying to convince you to give them the money instead of spending it on a ring.
      If you want to consult EGW on anything, be careful So much has been misquoted on the Internet. I’ve also found books written after 1950 as less than reliable. When I check what is written in some of those books to the original source, I find sentences pulled out of EGW and inserted into paragraphs having nothing to do with the original written statements. So make sure you refer to books from the 1800’s to the early 1900’s.
      As far as an answer. Look at Hebrews 10 which tells you how to approach God’s throne. You have access to God’s Spirit. Ask HIM and wait for an answer. If He opens doors, study them.

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  26. larrota92 said

    I stumbled across this website recently:

    http://www.godlovesjewelry.com/

    The author brings up a significant amount of valid points with Bible texts to strengthen them. Whether or not this person has looked at all the possible interpretations is still something I am uncertain about.

    What do you think about it? The author even brings up the SDA as a whole and our stance on this subject.

    I’m doing my own research and study on this subject, but any sort of enlightenment and additional perspective would be very welcome.

    Thank you

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      When I looked at the site I saw the common method of study a lot of people use. Come up with a concept. Decide what the outcome should be based on your own knowledge. Find as many texts as you can to support your view. When I see people use that method of study, I have to ask, where is God’s Spirit in those words? It’s not there. All they have is a collection of words to support a preconceived idea. God never intended, nor has He authorized people to cut any portion of His Word apart to support rules they want people to follow. The Bible only contains one example of pulling out a few sentences and making them stand alone. That is when Satan tempted Jesus. The next few verses said just the opposite.
      When Jesus quoted scripture, it was to send people back to the entire story. Paul used the same style in all his letters. He sent people back to the whole story. Read those texts they quoted. Their explanations summed up the stories they quoted from.
      If your going to make a point about the subject that author discussed, you had better stick to the entire story your quoting scripture from. Instead of using the shot gun method to prove a point, read the entire story, and the previous story in scripture to see if it actually has anything to do with the subject at hand. I refer to it as the study on a page. It is always better to understand one story from beginning to end than quote 1000 texts which do nothing but confuse, and often separate people.

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      • Jeff said

        Can’t the same thing be said about people who use Timothy 2:8-10 and 1 Peter 3:1-5 to say God condemns the use of jewelry?

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      • adventbiblestudy said

        Paul brings up and interesting point in that chapter.
        1 Timothy 2:8-10 NLTse In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. (9) 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. (10) For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.
        When we look at how Paul closed that subject, what do we learn from it?
        1 Timothy 2:14-15 NLTse (14) And it was not Adam who was deceived by Satan. The woman was deceived, and sin was the result. (15) But women will be saved through childbearing, assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty.
        Paul pointed us back to a lesson in Eden and a question. Does child bearing save a woman? No! Paul listed a few other items women must have. Paul also reminded us of the lesson to look back at what has been taught to understand the issue and look for an answer. When we look at how Paul introduced the subject, we see the same theme in greater detail.
        1 Timothy 2:1-3 NLTse I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. (2) Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (3) This is good and pleases God our Savior,
        All of this points to a personal choice and decision. We can pray for people and ask God to reach them with His Spirit. But Paul never laid down a clear law so to speak or told Timothy his ministry is to go around condemning people. He told Timothy how to put his life in God’s hands and let God mold him to the the example he needed to be. Ministry begins in the mirror.

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      • adventbiblestudy said

        1 Peter 3:1-6 NLTse In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over (2) by observing your pure and reverent lives. (3) Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. (4) 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. (5) This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. (6) For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.
        Paul does 2 things here. He pointed back to the story about Sarah and Abraham. What did Sarah do when she heard God talking? She laughed. What did Sarah do? She tried to come up with a way to help the plan of salvation along. Did Abraham understand the plan of salvation? Not all of it. When Abraham wanted to lie, what did Sarah say? When working apart, both made mistakes. What could have happened if both became 1 with God?
        Because these texts are the beginning of a new chapter, we have to look back at how Paul led into this new subject.
        1 Peter 2:21-25 NLTse For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. (22) He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. (23) He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. (24) He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (25) Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
        Now we can see the type of relationship, suffering, and sacrifice Paul was trying to teach. If we didn’t look back, how would we know what Paul was writing about? How would be know what kind of modesty Paul was referring to? We could e like the rest of the world, take a few verses and guess. Or we could look at the inspired letter Paul wrote to find the answer.

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  27. Kelly said

    I need some clarification. I am an adventist and have never worn jewelry an am seriously contemplating on getting my ears pierced. I’ve just begun to really look into the Biblical stance on jewelry. I find it quite interesting that those in the Old testament (both male and female) wore jewelry either in forms of gifts (Rebekah, Ester, etc.), traditions/customs, or royalty and it was not frowned upon. Many times God’s people were given jewelry and various ornaments and precious items as gifts/spoils of war. And in the New Testament, the only reference I’ve looked at so far is that of Paul/Peter stating that we should take the time to adorn ourselves inwardly instead of outwardly because outward adornment is corruptible (is it safe to say corruptible in both the physical sense and spiritual as far as going to the point as to make it an idol??)….yet even then, it was not stated that it was a sin/sinful act to wear jewelry.

    With that particular verse in 1 Peter and what was stated in the blog post, I’m understanding it as our time & money is better spent else where because God does not value these things and that jewelry will not add to character…yet that doesn’t make it a sin, nor from my understanding does it mean that we can’t wear it.

    I just don’t understand why the church is condoning jewelry (with the exception of watches which are in the jewelry family…you can’t ban one and not the other) when it doesn’t seem to be Biblical. Paul/Peter’s advice on living simply was just that, and advise, as far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong) it wasn’t law; & if jewelry is banned, then the church should also be condoning expensive cars (BMI, Audi, etc), large homes/mansions, expensive clothes & shoes, spending thousands of dollars on Apple products and other electronics, etc. because all of those things are excessive, doesn’t add to character, and has no value in the sight of God, and those funds could be spend else where furthering God’s work (as so nicely stated in the blog post). So why does the church ban one thing and justify the others?

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  28. macharia mwangi said

    let’s all have time to re-read the bible and bible only ,so that we can be equipped well at this edd times

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