Can a Christian Wear Jewellery / Ornaments? Bible Study

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“Can a Christian wear jewellery?” is one of the frequently asked questions that we thought of addressing through this post. While there are many Pentecostal groups that are against believers wearing jewellery or ornaments, we need to understand what the Word of God says.

ring with a small diamante

Is Bible against us wearing ornaments? What is the background or base of this concept?

Origin & Intention of the Belief

There are many reasons as to why this belief originated of which the most obvious one was the social status that was connected with gold and silver. The rich or the higher castes in the society had good quantity of jewellery to boast of, while the poor who came to church had none.

When the Indian Pentecostal fathers came to the Christian faith, many of them came from influential and high caste families who threatened to strip them of their inheritance and wealth for stepping out of their religious systems to embrace a new faith. The church fathers also noticed that the caste distinction inside the church was hindering fellowship between the non-ornament wearing lower caste believers and the ornament wearing higher caste believers.

Hence, in an effort to remove the barrier within the church and also to make it easy for new converts from both castes, the church fathers came up with the system of giving up their ornaments/jewellery when a person got saved and baptized. The intention was to unite the body of Christ, remove discrimination and act as a sign for outsiders of their consecration.

The Argument for Removing Ornaments

Many hold different verses from the scripture to prove removing of gold is what God wants. I’d like to mention a few of those without trying to go into every detail.

From the Old Testament

Moses rebuked the Israelites for building a calf of gold to worship and as punishment powdered their gold and made them drink it. But the problem with quoting that verse as a principle to remove your jewellery is that Moses did that because the gold had become their God and neither does mean that they did not wear gold again. In fact, even today I believe that anytime gold takes the place of God and if you are obsessed by your outward adornments then it is best you give them up for life or at least till you overcome that weakness in your life.

In the New Testament… many mostly quote 1 Pet 3:1-5 “3 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands..”

With this passage, we have to consider the verse in context or take it literally. Both would have more questions we will need to address for example, if we take the verse literally as if Peter was laying down rules for us to follow then: 1. Peter is speaking only to wives. That means this does not apply to husbands or even single women. 2. Wives cannot braid their hair. (Which is not apparently an issue with those that speak against gold.)

Or the other side of understanding the verse is that Peter is talking against the use of fancy hair style or any kinds of ornaments that draw attention to one’s self and forgoes modest and respectful presentation. Please note that he does not say not to wear gold, only mentioning that it should not be the focus. So then it is up to us to decide which of the interpretation we want to choose because both cannot be correct! Either you say don’t wear gold (and don’t braid your hair) and that it would only be applicable to married women or you understand the scripture wholly. You cannot say Paul says not to wear gold but it is ok to braid our hair and wear costly sarees!

Prerequisite for Salvation?

The problem starts when what was done as a solution to cultural issues becomes a prerequisite for salvation. This, to the extent where many are not baptized or allowed to partake in the Lord’s table when one wears ornaments or is not wearing a white dress code.

The key here is this: Paul was not establishing a set of rules, but the Bible is clearly encouraging us to cultivate inward holiness and not focus on the outward beauty. We should dress modestly and discreetly doing all things for the glory of God.

How About Those Who Have Heard From God?

My mother is one of those people who does not wear ornaments but the background is that she was someone who loved ornaments and looked down on those believers who did not wear ornaments. So when she was filled with the Holy Spirit, she was foremost convicted about her sins in that area and she took it upon her to let go of what she was most in love with.

But the problem becomes when we begin to expect everyone else to do it. When it came to my wife wearing ornaments many people expected us to follow our church and parents. However, upon seeking God, the Holy Spirit reminded that she was washed by the blood of Jesus and that ornaments were not a prerequisite for her walk with God. And I, as her husband supported it wholeheartedly because I have personally witnessed that Tiny is not someone who is obsessed with ornaments.

At some point we need to let go of the fear of man to do what Bible says and not what majority does.

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If you are a woman reading this article, and if the Lord has led you to remove or not wear jewellery then I want you to know that I respect you. In fact my problem is not with you but with a man-made rule and self righteousness and (sometimes even hypocrisy) that is associated with it.

It is fine if your church wants to follow that but it is also right to respect other churches who don’t follow that. And to say that they would not go to heaven because of them wearing ornaments is to insult the power of the blood of Jesus that was shed and saves all those who believe in His name.

Here are other verses you may have missed:

Ezekiel 16:8-15, NASB

“Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine, declares the Lord God. Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you, declares the Lord God. But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by who might be willing.”

Song of Solomon 1:10-11, NASB

Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with strings of beads. We will make for you ornaments of gold with beads of silver.

Isa 61:10 NASB

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isa 49:18 NASB

“Lift up your eyes and look around; All of them gather together, they come to you. As I live,” declares the LORD, “You will surely put on all of them as jewels and bind them on as a bride.

In Psalm 45:13,14 the Holy Spirit gives a description in type of the church of Jesus Christ, “The King’s daughter is all glorious within. Her clothing is interwoven with GOLD. She (the church) will be led to the King (Jesus Christ) in embroider work“.

Was Jesus Against Ornaments?

In Luke 15 Jesus takes the example of the prodigal son and in fact this is one of the scriptures that is most used to understand the Father heart of God. And please note Jesus would not use an illustration that He does not believe in. For instance, I would never buy you an alcohol or use that as illustration if I didn’t believe in it. But here Jesus is very clear on how the Father restored the returning son. The father brought the best robe and put a ring on his hand.

In fact Jesus in heaven has a golden sash around His chest (Rev 1:13) and a golden crown on His head (Rev 14:14) and is building us a city with streets are of pure gold. (Rev 21:18)

And in the New Testament…

James 2:2, is clear that people with gold and fine clothing was also a part of church and was admonished not to look down on those that could not afford to be dressed well.

God is not against gold; but gold or any other accessories, this also includes watches, cellphones, cars etc. However if those things replace the place of God then they are going to be part of God’s wrath. (James 5)

The 3 ISM’s in the Church

Beware of the 3 ism’s that exist in the churches today:

Legalism: where believers feel that their admittance into heaven would be determined by their own work or performance rather than by simple faith in Christ’s atonement.

Elitism: where superior doctrines, strict holiness standards and being part of a particular denomination and church alone makes one’s way into heaven.

Judgmentalism: where believers are taught that other Christians are hell-bound because they watch television or wear jewellery.

Removing gold does not indicate “separation from the world”. Galatians 6:14 shows “I am dead to the world (its traditions, its culture, its lust of the eyes, its lust of the flesh and its pride of life) by the Cross of Jesus“. Now these are the areas that we must live in consecration. According to Galatians 5:1, Christ has freed us with freedom. Paul says, “Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery“. “This is the freedom with which Christ has freed us”.

What If You Are Already NOT Wearing Jewellery

I hope that is because you are convicted personally by the Holy Spirit. However there are many who may be following it even though the Holy Spirit has not convicted them mostly because they are comfortable in following their parents or church in NOT wearing.

I would like to say that if you believe that you have to wear white in order to attend a church gathering, then you should do just that. Kindly take time to study from Romans 14.

Your heart’s belief is critical and by simply going against your conscience you can be sinning (1 Corinthians 8:7, Romans 14:23).

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Romans 14:22 says, “You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.

vs.23 But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.”

I want to say, please continue in whatever you feel is right. But be kind and humble enough not to condemn others or sell your conviction as a rule of the Bible. Let love lead.

To Those Who Believe in Wearing Jewellery

Do not look down on those who are convicted to live their Christian faith without the ornaments. “…But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.” Romans 14:14

And in wearing ornaments see that you do in a way that glorifies God. “For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:7

Do not become obsessed with jewellery or do it in extravagance. See that your passions don’t take over your eyes from God. In everything we do let us walk closer to Jesus.

I humbly close this subject with one more verse, Romans 14:19 “So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

Be blessed.

Discuss: What has your experience been on this subject? Have further doubts kindly leave a comment below (kindly read the entire post before doing the same).

 

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  • Sam

    Thank you Bro. Shyju. . . . . A much required post !!!!!!

  • Sam

    Thank you Bro. Shyju. . . . . A much required post !!!!!!

  • Benson

    I’m sure this bible study will be helpful to many.. thanks for breaking the ice around this topic..

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Am glad to know that. Ice is cold :)

  • Benson

    I’m sure this bible study will be helpful to many.. thanks for breaking the ice around this topic..

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Am glad to know that. Ice is cold :)

  • blessy reny

    good one…

    • nimawilson

      Yes sure it is a good one Blessy!

  • blessy reny

    good one…

    • nimawilson

      Yes sure it is a good one Blessy!

  • Roji Raju

    Dear Bro,

    Thanks for the post.

    As a christian we should be focused on the Christ and on our blessed hope.

    When you write that “My mother is one of those people who does not wear ornaments but the background is that she was someone who loved ornaments and looked down on those believers who did not wear ornaments. So when she was filled with the Holy Spirit, she was foremost convicted about her sins in that area and she took it upon her to let go of what she was most in love with”

    With all due respect to your mother and ask for apologies in Christ if I am hurting .

    “She loved ornaments….???” what does this statement means?? more than Christ??

    Does above statements means that pentecostal forefathers who did not allowed others to wear ornaments committed sin..??? Or why didn’t Holy Spirit spoke to them and warned about the sin they are committing ..?? There was a time when lord supper was not given to those who wear ornaments, did that mean they did sin..???

    Means I will not see our forefathers in heaven..??? for misguiding generations??

    I fear after few years the discussion in the Churches would be about the dresses and the ornaments they wear.

    ” Hey sister how are you, oh look at the earning is it new fashion,from which shop did u buy?”

    ” Hey brother wow good dressing sense, I will buy this for today’s late nite party”?

    “Praise the Lord Brother, can we go for party tonight”?

    Paul was a rich person,he was a roman citizen he left everything for Christ.

    Jesus set an example for us by leading a simple life.

    Everything in this world is for fire, one day we have to leave everything..

    Why in this little span of life run after the glittering things of this world.

    Our leaders speak from teachings of Christ and Paul and then what abt their life..??

    When I see facebook pics or twitter post of our new generation leaders, I really pray to God, why Lord why..?? Is this you want me to follow??

    Are they followers of Christ..???

    As an leader they should set an example and live a simple life, but what message are they passing??.

    Now a days there are two churches one for poor and another for rich.

    We all are running after the material blessings of the world, we all feel that we should wear good and fashionable clothes ornaments and live like worldly people, in pursue of this we forget our journey.

    We are not for this world nor this world for us.

    The world should be behind us not with us. The cross always be our focus.

    I feel by reading this post, many youth will start questioning their parents and leaders of Church.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      To answer your question. Yes she loved her ornaments more than Jesus. And following which she accepted Jesus and decided to give it all up as she was convinced about it. About youngsters going to start questioning their parents and leaders after reading this blog: I hope then that this post will make parents and church leaders think and answer them with Biblical honesty. Because truth is the young people have been questioning for a long time. It’s only now that I went ahead to make a public statement. I don’t expect a rebellion as I mention above to be respectful of others conviction, however that shouldn’t stop us from knowing and sharing the truth. God bless you.

      • Roji Raju

        Dear Bro,

        Thanks for reading my comment and replying.

        As you said our youngsters going to start questioning, but what made them to start thinking about ornaments ??Is their any influence or any other reasons.

        I just want to say , our generation should not be like the generations of Israel after Joshua (Judges 2:10), running after the worldly things.

        One day Jesus will come to take his bride from this earth, our actions should not a hindrance for our heavenly journey.

        • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

          Hi Roji,

          I personally know of churches that didn’t give the Lord’s table to people who wear ornaments. And I think that is an insult to the cross of Christ. Yes, it is a grievous sin they committed. We can’t judge as to who will and will not go to heaven. It is for the Lord’s to decide.

          About the worldliness that you are referring to ornaments as, even our education, financial status, cars, houses are all worldly things. Why do people talk about them and share testimonies about them in church? Is ornaments the only worldly thing?

          Please understand this blog is not as much about ornaments, as much as it is about pulling down vain traditions in the church (in Apostle Paul’s language)

          Blessings,
          Priji

          • Roji Raju

            Dear Priji,

            Hearing from you after a long time..!!!!

            Hope everything is fine .

            I really appreciate the blog, at least one person had the courage to came forward with this topic.

            I want some clarifications and I pray that the Spirit of God guides us both in true understanding.

            Hope this decisions will help me and others in building a strong foundation in Christ.

            1. If you say “Yes, it is a grievous sin they committed “,then on what basis you say so..?? (for my knowledge)

            2.
            If yes, they committed grievous sin then its a real question to all
            pentecostal churches, for more than 100 years they are misguiding
            believers.

            3. Why didn’t Holy Spirit revel this sin for so many years?

            4.
            There are some many ” vain traditions ” in Church, like don’t watch
            movies or serials, dont smoke or drink alcohols. Should not marry
            unbeliever and so on. If I am allowed to do one thing why not other.

            5.I
            discussed ornaments because the topic of this blog says so, but you
            are right what ever (education, financial status, cars, houses) we love
            more than Christ is an idol in our life. People discuss these in
            Churches because they dont have Spiritual experiences or they dont want
            to encourage each other with heavenly things.

            6. My personal view, the traditions which need to be are broken are not these, but the routine which we follow in Churches.

            Reagrds,

            Roji Raju

          • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

            Hi Roji,
            Nice to hear from you too!
            Here’s my point:

            1. When we add more commandments to what God has already given, God considers it as a very grievous sin. (Rev 22:18)
            2. No. Bro, it’s not all Pentecostal churches. It’s only the Malayallee Pentecostal churches. Because gold is a great temptation only for the malayallees. It was supposed to be a good principle when it started, but today it has become a rule. That is where it’s misguiding. For eg: the first century church had a principle of selling their house and property upon getting saved. If today pastors start teaching that you need to do the same before being part of the church, they will be misguiding people. The origin of the thing was with good intention. It’s the current state that is pathetic.
            3. Holy Spirit has been revealing this over and over again, thus blog post is one of the mediums as well. The thing is that Holy Spirit, can convict a person only if he is open to the word of God. So those whose hearts are open to the scriptures will hear and understand.
            4. Vain traditions are the one that don’t have it’s origin in the word of God. If that’s your definition as well, yes we need to pull down every vain tradition.
            5. Exactly, that should be our question! When someone with a car comes to the church, we should ask them to love God more than the car, not to give away the car! In the same way, when someone with ornaments come to the church, we should ask them to love God more than the ornaments instead of asking them to remove ornaments.
            6. Yes, anything or system that is man-made is traditions. Lets leave them behind and cling on to Christ alone!
            Hope that helps!

    • Chosenmoi

      Okay first of all you are comparing older generation to the current generation.. I don’t know if you know this, but older generation’s did not have the exposure the present generation’s have. They did not have social media or internet to post pictures.

      Now you are concerned about the the fb comments? Then I think you should start praying.

      Yes during Jesus time, women did wear ornaments n Jesus did not condemn them who wore unlike our pentecostal fathers who clearly do it like a religious duty. I don’t want to judge them coz it’s between them and God. Maybe it’s their conviction, but if God convicts them, then God can convict other’s too. So If God hasn’t then who is to be judged my brother? You can’t say neither are in sin either.

      Dressing up can never take our focus on Christ unless it takes over you. But why only dressing, even internet and other stuffs can take our focus from God. So why only point fashion?

      Set an example with your fruits and deeds, not with your jewellery and wearing white clothes. Jesus not only live a simple life, but all walked in the Spirit and in love.

      Now today’s generation have so much knowledge, exposure and our duty is to draw them to Jesus, not give them set of rules coz if they do that, then soon they will be worn out. If a believer decides to stop partying or stop watching movies, it should be because they were convicted and out of their surrender coz if they do it out of compulsion then pretty soon they will get right into it.

      Consecration does not mean removing jewellery. It’s the heart and lifestyle we live.

      • kevin

        hi shyju brother…im from kerla and go to pentocstal worship..i have doubt regarding wering ornaments

  • Roji Raju

    Dear Bro,

    Thanks for the post.

    As a christian we should be focused on the Christ and on our blessed hope.

    When you write that “My mother is one of those people who does not wear ornaments but the background is that she was someone who loved ornaments and looked down on those believers who did not wear ornaments. So when she was filled with the Holy Spirit, she was foremost convicted about her sins in that area and she took it upon her to let go of what she was most in love with”

    With all due respect to your mother and ask for apologies in Christ if I am hurting .

    “She loved ornaments….???” what does this statement means?? more than Christ??

    Does above statements means that pentecostal forefathers who did not allowed others to wear ornaments committed sin..??? Or why didn’t Holy Spirit spoke to them and warned about the sin they are committing ..?? There was a time when lord supper was not given to those who wear ornaments, did that mean they did sin..???

    Means I will not see our forefathers in heaven..??? for misguiding generations??

    I fear after few years the discussion in the Churches would be about the dresses and the ornaments they wear.

    ” Hey sister how are you, oh look at the earning is it new fashion,from which shop did u buy?”

    ” Hey brother wow good dressing sense, I will buy this for today’s late nite party”?

    “Praise the Lord Brother, can we go for party tonight”?

    Paul was a rich person,he was a roman citizen he left everything for Christ.

    Jesus set an example for us by leading a simple life.

    Everything in this world is for fire, one day we have to leave everything..

    Why in this little span of life run after the glittering things of this world.

    Our leaders speak from teachings of Christ and Paul and then what abt their life..??

    When I see facebook pics or twitter post of our new generation leaders, I really pray to God, why Lord why..?? Is this you want me to follow??

    Are they followers of Christ..???

    As an leader they should set an example and live a simple life, but what message are they passing??.

    Now a days there are two churches one for poor and another for rich.

    We all are running after the material blessings of the world, we all feel that we should wear good and fashionable clothes ornaments and live like worldly people, in pursue of this we forget our journey.

    We are not for this world nor this world for us.

    The world should be behind us not with us. The cross always be our focus.

    I feel by reading this post, many youth will start questioning their parents and leaders of Church.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      To answer your question. Yes she loved her ornaments more than Jesus. And following which she accepted Jesus and decided to give it all up as she was convinced about it. About youngsters going to start questioning their parents and leaders after reading this blog: I hope then that this post will make parents and church leaders think and answer them with Biblical honesty. Because truth is the young people have been questioning for a long time. It’s only now that I went ahead to make a public statement. I don’t expect a rebellion as I mention above to be respectful of others conviction, however that shouldn’t stop us from knowing and sharing the truth. God bless you.

      • Roji Raju

        Dear Bro,

        Thanks for reading my comment and replying.

        As you said our youngsters going to start questioning, but what made them to start thinking about ornaments ??Is their any influence or any other reasons.

        I just want to say , our generation should not be like the generations of Israel after Joshua (Judges 2:10), running after the worldly things.

        One day Jesus will come to take his bride from this earth, our actions should not a hindrance for our heavenly journey.

        • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

          Hi Roji,

          I personally know of churches that didn’t give the Lord’s table to people who wear ornaments. And I think that is an insult to the cross of Christ. Yes, it is a grievous sin they committed. We can’t judge as to who will and will not go to heaven. It is for the Lord’s to decide.

          About the worldliness that you are referring to ornaments as, even our education, financial status, cars, houses are all worldly things. Why do people talk about them and share testimonies about them in church? Is ornaments the only worldly thing?

          Please understand this blog is not as much about ornaments, as much as it is about pulling down vain traditions in the church (in Apostle Paul’s language)

          Blessings,
          Priji

          • Roji Raju

            Dear Priji,

            Hearing from you after a long time..!!!!

            Hope everything is fine .

            I really appreciate the blog, at least one person had the courage to came forward with this topic.

            I want some clarifications and I pray that the Spirit of God guides us both in true understanding.

            Hope this decisions will help me and others in building a strong foundation in Christ.

            1. If you say “Yes, it is a grievous sin they committed “,then on what basis you say so..?? (for my knowledge)

            2.
            If yes, they committed grievous sin then its a real question to all
            pentecostal churches, for more than 100 years they are misguiding
            believers.

            3. Why didn’t Holy Spirit revel this sin for so many years?

            4.
            There are some many ” vain traditions ” in Church, like don’t watch
            movies or serials, dont smoke or drink alcohols. Should not marry
            unbeliever and so on. If I am allowed to do one thing why not other.

            5.I
            discussed ornaments because the topic of this blog says so, but you
            are right what ever (education, financial status, cars, houses) we love
            more than Christ is an idol in our life. People discuss these in
            Churches because they dont have Spiritual experiences or they dont want
            to encourage each other with heavenly things.

            6. My personal view, the traditions which need to be are broken are not these, but the routine which we follow in Churches.

            Reagrds,

            Roji Raju

          • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

            Hi Roji,
            Nice to hear from you too!
            Here’s my point:

            1. When we add more commandments to what God has already given, God considers it as a very grievous sin. (Rev 22:18)
            2. No. Bro, it’s not all Pentecostal churches. It’s only the Malayallee Pentecostal churches. Because gold is a great temptation only for the malayallees. It was supposed to be a good principle when it started, but today it has become a rule. That is where it’s misguiding. For eg: the first century church had a principle of selling their house and property upon getting saved. If today pastors start teaching that you need to do the same before being part of the church, they will be misguiding people. The origin of the thing was with good intention. It’s the current state that is pathetic.
            3. Holy Spirit has been revealing this over and over again, thus blog post is one of the mediums as well. The thing is that Holy Spirit, can convict a person only if he is open to the word of God. So those whose hearts are open to the scriptures will hear and understand.
            4. Vain traditions are the one that don’t have it’s origin in the word of God. If that’s your definition as well, yes we need to pull down every vain tradition.
            5. Exactly, that should be our question! When someone with a car comes to the church, we should ask them to love God more than the car, not to give away the car! In the same way, when someone with ornaments come to the church, we should ask them to love God more than the ornaments instead of asking them to remove ornaments.
            6. Yes, anything or system that is man-made is traditions. Lets leave them behind and cling on to Christ alone!
            Hope that helps!

    • Chosenmoi

      Okay first of all you are comparing older generation to the current generation.. I don’t know if you know this, but older generation’s did not have the exposure the present generation’s have. They did not have social media or internet to post pictures.

      Now you are concerned about the the fb comments? Then I think you should start praying.

      Yes during Jesus time, women did wear ornaments n Jesus did not condemn them who wore unlike our pentecostal fathers who clearly do it like a religious duty. I don’t want to judge them coz it’s between them and God. Maybe it’s their conviction, but if God convicts them, then God can convict other’s too. So If God hasn’t then who is to be judged my brother? You can’t say neither are in sin either.

      Dressing up can never take our focus on Christ unless it takes over you. But why only dressing, even internet and other stuffs can take our focus from God. So why only point fashion?

      Set an example with your fruits and deeds, not with your jewellery and wearing white clothes. Jesus not only live a simple life, but all walked in the Spirit and in love.

      Now today’s generation have so much knowledge, exposure and our duty is to draw them to Jesus, not give them set of rules coz if they do that, then soon they will be worn out. If a believer decides to stop partying or stop watching movies, it should be because they were convicted and out of their surrender coz if they do it out of compulsion then pretty soon they will get right into it.

      Consecration does not mean removing jewellery. It’s the heart and lifestyle we live.

      • kevin

        hi shyju brother…im from kerla and go to pentocstal worship..i have doubt regarding wering ornaments

  • JZ

    What a touchy topic you have touched on!! I used to go to a traditional penti church and lead worship for many years. That till i got engaged to a girl who wore ornaments. Before the next Sunday, the pastor and committee members asked me NOT TO LEAD worship. I was heart broken. So silly..Lots more happened after that.. Long story short..Im not part of that church anymore.. Its sad but true.. Those not wearing ornaments will have a real problem if and when they get to heaven..There is a lot of Gold there i hear ;-)

    • Daniel

      It is in the bible that heaven has filled with Gold but it didn’t mentioned that we will wear the ornaments there and it mentioned just we will wear the white dress and will have a crown on the head and will worship the LORD(FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT). Just we will walk on the golden road and our crown will be gold and with pearls and we have a golden house. If so the practice in heaven is just walking on the Golden road,so you just practice here by putting the ornament down to your feet and then walk on it.

      • Glory

        Going by this, am sure you must be wearing white clothes only. In heaven there is no food, so you eating?

      • JZ

        Dear Daniel, After everything I wrote, that is all you could focus on?!?!?!? If you want to justify anything, try justifying the behavior of the pastor and committee. You need a change in mindset. Read the article again. Your point is so pointless!! Also, try and get yourself a dose of humor. You seem to need it ;-)

    • oscywhyte

      Yes they are a lot of Golds and they were lots of them here when man was first made yet God didn’t beautify them with all that we do today.. What does he God truly require of you? What was his foundational start for humanity before our wisdom got the best part of us? I won’t castigate those who wear ornaments without adding so very much importance to them. I only know that God is merciful and will always show us mercy even when we think we can do better than he did for us at the start

  • JZ

    What a touchy topic you have touched on!! I used to go to a traditional penti church and lead worship for many years. That till i got engaged to a girl who wore ornaments. Before the next Sunday, the pastor and committee members asked me NOT TO LEAD worship. I was heart broken. So silly..Lots more happened after that.. Long story short..Im not part of that church anymore.. Its sad but true.. Those not wearing ornaments will have a real problem if and when they get to heaven..There is a lot of Gold there i hear ;-)

    • Daniel

      It is in the bible that heaven has filled with Gold but it didn’t mentioned that we will wear the ornaments there and it mentioned just we will wear the white dress and will have a crown on the head and will worship the LORD(FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT). Just we will walk on the golden road and our crown will be gold and with pearls and we have a golden house. If so the practice in heaven is just walking on the Golden road,so you just practice here by putting the ornament down to your feet and then walk on it.

      • Glory

        Going by this, am sure you must be wearing white clothes only. In heaven there is no food, so you eating?

      • JZ

        Dear Daniel, After everything I wrote, that is all you could focus on?!?!?!? If you want to justify anything, try justifying the behavior of the pastor and committee. You need a change in mindset. Read the article again. Your point is so pointless!! Also, try and get yourself a dose of humor. You seem to need it ;-)

    • oscywhyte

      Yes they are a lot of Golds and they were lots of them here when man was first made yet God didn’t beautify them with all that we do today.. What does he God truly require of you? What was his foundational start for humanity before our wisdom got the best part of us? I won’t castigate those who wear ornaments without adding so very much importance to them. I only know that God is merciful and will always show us mercy even when we think we can do better than he did for us at the start

  • Johnson

    Subject not concluded, any how we are about to walk on the road made of gold in the eternity, let us not give much emphasis on gold.
    Everybody has there own discretion, Bible is not emphatic on gold, even gold is created by God, God will not create any waste

  • Johnson

    Subject not concluded, any how we are about to walk on the road made of gold in the eternity, let us not give much emphasis on gold.
    Everybody has there own discretion, Bible is not emphatic on gold, even gold is created by God, God will not create any waste

  • Sony Joseph

    I cannot express what I am going through after reading this. Since that day I ve got married, every single day has been a battle against current orthodox traditions, against people maligning that I have renounced my faith because my wife choses to wear a wedding ring. God Bless you Shyju for this post!!

    • nimawilson

      Dear brother,
      I can understand what you go through cause I went through the same situation when I attended a Pentecostal church where they claim that they are the only ones who can go to heaven :) It’s ok, let’s just continue to stay focused on Jesus and pursue Him alone. Glad to know that this post has encouraged you.
      You are blessed!

  • Sony Joseph

    I cannot express what I am going through after reading this. Since that day I ve got married, every single day has been a battle against current orthodox traditions, against people maligning that I have renounced my faith because my wife choses to wear a wedding ring. God Bless you Shyju for this post!!

    • nimawilson

      Dear brother,
      I can understand what you go through cause I went through the same situation when I attended a Pentecostal church where they claim that they are the only ones who can go to heaven :) It’s ok, let’s just continue to stay focused on Jesus and pursue Him alone. Glad to know that this post has encouraged you.
      You are blessed!

  • ForChrist

    I was born in a malaylee Pentecostal home in India where I was taught non-verbally that I was also expected to keep away from ornaments just as the rest of the people that I associated most with. I used to frown upon the fact that I was born into such a religious sector. Especially when I saw friends from other religious groups and beautiful women in magazines wearing ornaments, I used to get very disheartened and felt like I was never going to be able to leave an impression on other people’s mind and stand out in a crowd without adorning my body with jewelry.

    Later on in life, I came to US and while pursuing my education/career, I had the opportunity to live a double life by wearing them when I was not around people with similar believes and removing them or getting accidentally caught when I was around people as such. When I associated with people who had it never crossed their minds to think about wearing jewelry or not, or people who really cared about looks and spent hours and dollars for it, in my mind, I wanted them to accept me as one among them and perceive me as someone who does look good and stand out even though I was outwardly very modest and subtle about it in public. And when I was around family/church, I made sure that I satisfied their expectations about me as well.

    Years went by, and I continued to live life pleasing myself and the people around me. My malayalee Pentecostal church transformed over night it seemed, that everyone started wearing jewelry and less than modest outfits or if modest, highly fancy outfits designed to grab attention and cause division. The talks around our table were about who is pretty and who is not. Who could pull off a beauty pageant or a gorgeous dress and who looks sexy and who doesn’t? And then there were divisions within the church where a group of girls who dressed up, had jewelry and looked hot, segregated from the ones that were not even close. We projected our glory as being the most talented worship leaders/speakers on stage at the same time we were inviting division and covetousness within church!

    After college, I moved to another state for work and was faced with much more freedom to do what I wanted. Before I got carried away, God led me through some valleys and I was faced with the need to seek God for making major decisions in life and from there on God drew nearer to
    me and started revealing himself to me and filled me with His Spirit. This was a life altering experience for me. The more I got closer to God, the less importance I gave to myself, jewelry and several other things in my life that I held up so high. It didn’t matter to me what others thought about me anymore, but I began to grow in more consideration to what God desires and wants.

    In relation to jewelry here is what the Holy Spirit said to me…

    Wearing jewelry for some people does not cause them to sin because; it has been a part of their life either from birth, or by their own nature or by a decision they made as a result of a spiritual transformation they have chosen to lead a moderate life in regards to this matter. These people are never faced with deprivation and have never given value to competition and so they know their limits and consistently stay in the
    path of moderation.

    But for some others who have not known Christ and his sufferings deep enough, when faced with the freedom or opportunity to wear jewelry, they tend to overdo/ compete/ segregate/ and misrepresent Christ.
    For these, the desire to self promote will always stand in the way of building an intimate relationship with Christ and reaching others for His sake.

    I have witnessed several young girls who are called to be sold out for Christ but are caught up in this self-absorbed world. They see young women older than them portray a form of godliness on stage with lots of jewelry and revealing clothing but in reality live a life totally away from Christ outside of church. Young girls are being deceived thinking
    that God approves of this kind of life style. And they are being trained to deceive others in due time. Most of their conversations are about things of the flesh and not of the Spirit.

    But the grace of God many are controlled by the Spirit and have learnt to control their desires for jewelry and things of that sort that promotes their own flesh, but many are not yet at that level. As a redeemed child of God, I don’t knowingly want to do anything in my life that could eventually misdirect another person to love their own flesh more that Christ.

    Jewelry has built barriers and walls in most malaylee churches whether it’s because it has been allowed or whether it’s been prohibited. It’s important that those who have been enlightened with the
    truth and have experienced Christ and has understood the depth of His love, suffering, sacrifice, death and resurrection stay focused on leading a life modeled by Christ so that others might see the light and run away from darkness rather than leading a life that accommodates actions that might lead others into darkness.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Sister I respect your convictions. And from your story I understand that as you accepted that you lived a double life. Hence it makes all the sense for you to be convicted and I respect your obedience too.

      However contrary to ur belief, no one comes to the light because you do not wear ornaments. No one runs away from darkness because of your actions either.

      It has to be the truth that sets you free.(John8:32) people come to Jesus because God opens their eyes and the Father draws them.

      I hope you read the post, because it clearly explains how God sees holiness. Continue t live in your convictions. But please know that your convictions cannot be declared as a doctrine for everyone else.

      Blessings

    • ForChrist

      Brother, you are right and I did not claim that a person comes to the light by me not wearing ornaments. It’s definitely the work of the Holy Spirit. And I totally believe that its the truth that sets us free.(John8:32) people come to Jesus because God opens their eyes and the Father draws them. That’s my personal experience as well.

      But if it wasn’t clear, what I hinted throughout the post was that there are weaker believers and they needs to see Christ shining through those of us who are stronger (I am not at all saying that we are superior) But we need to continue to live as witnesses to the continual transforming power of Christ so that others can witness and be inspired to grow deeper into the likeness of Christ rather than eventually get side tracked and follow superficial things. After all, once one knows Christ, that person does not become a supernatural being. But he or she will have to continually seek God, the power of His Spirit and will need the support of fellow brethren to get trained and built to His likeness.

      When weaker believers see us loaded with jewelry or doing things as such, but in our mind its nothing because it doesn’t cause us to sin personally because God has brought us up to that level, but since there are others who are weak they could be tempted to fall back into the desires of their flesh because they are weak willed. They might fall into feeling the pressure of adorning themselves with more jewelry than the person sitting next to them in church etc and it will catch on like wild fire and before you know it, it can change the focus of a group. I have personally seen this happen. So I am not saying that wearing ornaments is sin, but it could stumble others who are weak willed.

      Also, I wasn’t saying from the above post that my convictions are doctrine for everyone else. But I meant this…
      1 Corith 10: 23-33
      23 “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. 24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

      Hope this made sense…

      • Maria

        Dear, then how about believers having a car? Wont the view of fellow believer driving a car weaken the weak believers who do not have a car? How will the weak believers feel if the strong believer has a better paying job and a better house? Wont the week have the pressure of having a better house/car/job etc? Wont that catch on like wild fire? Why is that only jewelry catches on like wild fire?

        This post is written to declare the truth that you dont become a sinner or you dont go to hell if you wear jewelry. This post is also against believers loading with jewelry, loading of any material thing is not to be the purpose of a Christian. But just like having car, house, job etc, wearing jewelry doesnt make you a sinner. Remember, having money doesnt make you a sinner. But serving money and loving money will cause you to stumble. Its applicable to every material thing.

  • ForChrist

    I was born in a malaylee Pentecostal home in India where I was taught non-verbally that I was also expected to keep away from ornaments just as the rest of the people that I associated most with. I used to frown upon the fact that I was born into such a religious sector. Especially when I saw friends from other religious groups and beautiful women in magazines wearing ornaments, I used to get very disheartened and felt like I was never going to be able to leave an impression on other people’s mind and stand out in a crowd without adorning my body with jewelry.

    Later on in life, I came to US and while pursuing my education/career, I had the opportunity to live a double life by wearing them when I was not around people with similar believes and removing them or getting accidentally caught when I was around people as such. When I associated with people who had it never crossed their minds to think about wearing jewelry or not, or people who really cared about looks and spent hours and dollars for it, in my mind, I wanted them to accept me as one among them and perceive me as someone who does look good and stand out even though I was outwardly very modest and subtle about it in public. And when I was around family/church, I made sure that I satisfied their expectations about me as well.

    Years went by, and I continued to live life pleasing myself and the people around me. My malayalee Pentecostal church transformed over night it seemed, that everyone started wearing jewelry and less than modest outfits or if modest, highly fancy outfits designed to grab attention and cause division. The talks around our table were about who is pretty and who is not. Who could pull off a beauty pageant or a gorgeous dress and who looks sexy and who doesn’t? And then there were divisions within the church where a group of girls who dressed up, had jewelry and looked hot, segregated from the ones that were not even close. We projected our glory as being the most talented worship leaders/speakers on stage at the same time we were inviting division and covetousness within church!

    After college, I moved to another state for work and was faced with much more freedom to do what I wanted. Before I got carried away, God led me through some valleys and I was faced with the need to seek God for making major decisions in life and from there on God drew nearer to
    me and started revealing himself to me and filled me with His Spirit. This was a life altering experience for me. The more I got closer to God, the less importance I gave to myself, jewelry and several other things in my life that I held up so high. It didn’t matter to me what others thought about me anymore, but I began to grow in more consideration to what God desires and wants.

    In relation to jewelry here is what the Holy Spirit said to me…

    Wearing jewelry for some people does not cause them to sin because; it has been a part of their life either from birth, or by their own nature or by a decision they made as a result of a spiritual transformation they have chosen to lead a moderate life in regards to this matter. These people are never faced with deprivation and have never given value to competition and so they know their limits and consistently stay in the
    path of moderation.

    But for some others who have not known Christ and his sufferings deep enough, when faced with the freedom or opportunity to wear jewelry, they tend to overdo/ compete/ segregate/ and misrepresent Christ.
    For these, the desire to self promote will always stand in the way of building an intimate relationship with Christ and reaching others for His sake.

    I have witnessed several young girls who are called to be sold out for Christ but are caught up in this self-absorbed world. They see young women older than them portray a form of godliness on stage with lots of jewelry and revealing clothing but in reality live a life totally away from Christ outside of church. Young girls are being deceived thinking
    that God approves of this kind of life style. And they are being trained to deceive others in due time. Most of their conversations are about things of the flesh and not of the Spirit.

    But the grace of God many are controlled by the Spirit and have learnt to control their desires for jewelry and things of that sort that promotes their own flesh, but many are not yet at that level. As a redeemed child of God, I don’t knowingly want to do anything in my life that could eventually misdirect another person to love their own flesh more that Christ.

    Jewelry has built barriers and walls in most malaylee churches whether it’s because it has been allowed or whether it’s been prohibited. It’s important that those who have been enlightened with the
    truth and have experienced Christ and has understood the depth of His love, suffering, sacrifice, death and resurrection stay focused on leading a life modeled by Christ so that others might see the light and run away from darkness rather than leading a life that accommodates actions that might lead others into darkness.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Sister I respect your convictions. And from your story I understand that as you accepted that you lived a double life. Hence it makes all the sense for you to be convicted and I respect your obedience too.

      However contrary to ur belief, no one comes to the light because you do not wear ornaments. No one runs away from darkness because of your actions either.

      It has to be the truth that sets you free.(John8:32) people come to Jesus because God opens their eyes and the Father draws them.

      I hope you read the post, because it clearly explains how God sees holiness. Continue t live in your convictions. But please know that your convictions cannot be declared as a doctrine for everyone else.

      Blessings

    • ForChrist

      Brother, you are right and I did not claim that a person comes to the light by me not wearing ornaments. It’s definitely the work of the Holy Spirit. And I totally believe that its the truth that sets us free.(John8:32) people come to Jesus because God opens their eyes and the Father draws them. That’s my personal experience as well.

      But if it wasn’t clear, what I hinted throughout the post was that there are weaker believers and they needs to see Christ shining through those of us who are stronger (I am not at all saying that we are superior) But we need to continue to live as witnesses to the continual transforming power of Christ so that others can witness and be inspired to grow deeper into the likeness of Christ rather than eventually get side tracked and follow superficial things. After all, once one knows Christ, that person does not become a supernatural being. But he or she will have to continually seek God, the power of His Spirit and will need the support of fellow brethren to get trained and built to His likeness.

      When weaker believers see us loaded with jewelry or doing things as such, but in our mind its nothing because it doesn’t cause us to sin personally because God has brought us up to that level, but since there are others who are weak they could be tempted to fall back into the desires of their flesh because they are weak willed. They might fall into feeling the pressure of adorning themselves with more jewelry than the person sitting next to them in church etc and it will catch on like wild fire and before you know it, it can change the focus of a group. I have personally seen this happen. So I am not saying that wearing ornaments is sin, but it could stumble others who are weak willed.

      Also, I wasn’t saying from the above post that my convictions are doctrine for everyone else. But I meant this…
      1 Corith 10: 23-33
      23 “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. 24 Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

      Hope this made sense…

      • Maria

        Dear, then how about believers having a car? Wont the view of fellow believer driving a car weaken the weak believers who do not have a car? How will the weak believers feel if the strong believer has a better paying job and a better house? Wont the week have the pressure of having a better house/car/job etc? Wont that catch on like wild fire? Why is that only jewelry catches on like wild fire?

        This post is written to declare the truth that you dont become a sinner or you dont go to hell if you wear jewelry. This post is also against believers loading with jewelry, loading of any material thing is not to be the purpose of a Christian. But just like having car, house, job etc, wearing jewelry doesnt make you a sinner. Remember, having money doesnt make you a sinner. But serving money and loving money will cause you to stumble. Its applicable to every material thing.

  • Minu Sherry

    Thank you brother Shyju for bringing this matter to the table. Its a very sensitive subject and I thank our Lord for His grace upon you to effectively communicate this topic. Personally I have felt that my desire to wear showy/trendy/expensive ornaments have decreased since becoming one in Christ. I guess its the same with any material possessions really. I just hope and pray that believers learn to be sensitive to fellow worshippers and not treat a person who wear any jewellery as an outcast. Who has known the mind of our Lord? What matters truly to Him is our obedience, trust in Him and being confident of His righteousness in us because of what He accomplished on the cross. If we are sure of our salvation let no man rob us of the joy in Christ and condemn us for it’s God who judges us not man. Eternity, at the end of the day, is not about what to eat, drink wear or what not to wear, but its all about our relation with Him and complete faith that God will see us through our struggles by the power of His Holy Spirit in us.

    I thank God our Father for His grace upon you dear brother and truly are blessed by your commitment to be His hands and feet. God Bless your wonderful team.

    If ever you are led by His Spirit, could you please discuss/teach on ‘women covering their heads in church’? I personally struggle to get my head around this topic. Thanks a lot.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I hope to cover that topic sometime… These have been topics thats been on my heart to deal with, however our majority of audience don’t even know that these kind of issues exist. So sometimes I hold back. Will pray and let the Lord lead this blog.. Thanks for your prayer support.. More grace to you.

  • Minu Sherry

    Thank you brother Shyju for bringing this matter to the table. Its a very sensitive subject and I thank our Lord for His grace upon you to effectively communicate this topic. Personally I have felt that my desire to wear showy/trendy/expensive ornaments have decreased since becoming one in Christ. I guess its the same with any material possessions really. I just hope and pray that believers learn to be sensitive to fellow worshippers and not treat a person who wear any jewellery as an outcast. Who has known the mind of our Lord? What matters truly to Him is our obedience, trust in Him and being confident of His righteousness in us because of what He accomplished on the cross. If we are sure of our salvation let no man rob us of the joy in Christ and condemn us for it’s God who judges us not man. Eternity, at the end of the day, is not about what to eat, drink wear or what not to wear, but its all about our relation with Him and complete faith that God will see us through our struggles by the power of His Holy Spirit in us.

    I thank God our Father for His grace upon you dear brother and truly are blessed by your commitment to be His hands and feet. God Bless your wonderful team.

    If ever you are led by His Spirit, could you please discuss/teach on ‘women covering their heads in church’? I personally struggle to get my head around this topic. Thanks a lot.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I hope to cover that topic sometime… These have been topics thats been on my heart to deal with, however our majority of audience don’t even know that these kind of issues exist. So sometimes I hold back. Will pray and let the Lord lead this blog.. Thanks for your prayer support.. More grace to you.

  • Demis

    Very good biblical teaching! You have set the believers free from legalism.. He who has ears, let him hear..

  • Demis

    Very good biblical teaching! You have set the believers free from legalism.. He who has ears, let him hear..

  • Titus Varghese

    Hi Priji,

    I agree with you on many of the things mentioned above, but we also cannot neglect the fact that if someone is offended by something we practice better not make them feel offended by doing the same before them, for eg. if we are going to a church which has a doctrine of not wear ing ornaments, at least we can make it a point not to wear any to prevent us from offending them, and if we are not able to do so then we must know that the ornament/ jwellery has taken a special priority in our life above God.

    Scripture says God has made everything beautiful and wonderful. We wear clothes to cover my body, shoes for my feet’s protection, watch to know the time and so on but why is ornaments used for??(not talking about a wedding ring or something but about heavy jwelleries) the ans is Ornaments are used to increase the level of beauty to a great extend.so by doing so are we not doubting the beauty God has provided us with?

  • sujjuprasad

    Dear Bro Shyju :) You just set free a million souls from these tricky isms ! ! Indeed the TRUTH sets US free ! ! I’m sure the heavens rejoices over this blog :) much love..

    • nimawilson

      Amen!

  • sujjuprasad

    Dear Bro Shyju :) You just set free a million souls from these tricky isms ! ! Indeed the TRUTH sets US free ! ! I’m sure the heavens rejoices over this blog :) much love..

    • nimawilson

      Amen!

  • Stephen Samuel

    THIS IS TOO GOOD! Was searching for one of these for more than a decade!!! God Bless ya! :)

  • Stephen Samuel

    THIS IS TOO GOOD! Was searching for one of these for more than a decade!!! God Bless ya! :)

  • jyo

    cleared all my doubts.its been long i was searching answers for my questions ..n today accidently i come across this blog…thank god for guiding me.and thank you for this post really helped me and u dont know how im feeling now..not only me there so many friends of mine in the same situations..may god bless you and family more ..keep posting ..

  • jyo

    cleared all my doubts.its been long i was searching answers for my questions ..n today accidently i come across this blog…thank god for guiding me.and thank you for this post really helped me and u dont know how im feeling now..not only me there so many friends of mine in the same situations..may god bless you and family more ..keep posting ..

  • jm

    Romans 14

    Author:

    Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

    I recently became an Adventist, and some friends have been quoting Romans 14 to me to demonstrate that our health message isn’t biblical and that the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath isn’t required of Christians. Could you comment about that chapter?

    In the study of a passage it’s important to notice not only what it says but also what it doesnot say. In some cases what a passage does not state is more important than what it explicitly states. In this particular case we’ll concentrate on what the passage does not say, then we will make a suggestion about what Paul is dealing with in Romans 14.

    1. Paul is not attacking biblical practices. Some of the recipients of this letter apparently believed that one should abstain from eating meat and drinking wine (Rom. 14:2, 21). The Old Testament does not require total abstinence from animal flesh, but only of the flesh of some animals (Lev. 11). Neither does the Old Testament consider grape juice unclean; only the high priest and the Nazarite are forbidden to drink it. The discussion is not over unclean (Greek,akáthartos) food, but over food that is considered common (koinós, the term used in verse 14) and therefore not proper for consumption under certain circumstances.

    2. Paul is not discussing the Sabbath. Paul says that the individual who is “weak” values one day more than another, but he doesn’t explicitly state the reason for the distinction. There is no explicit statement from Paul indicating what was done during that day or why the day was considered special.

    Whatever it was, the “strong” individual valued every day the same for the purpose or activity that he or she had in mind. Hence, the problem was not the activity, but the arguing over which was the best day to perform it. Those to whom he wrote doubtless understood what Paul had in mind.e should not jump to the conclusion that Paul is discussing here the Sabbath commandment. This is not stated or suggested by the text, and the simple mention of the word “days” does not justify that conclusion. He is not dealing here with the Old Testamenttorah, or law.

    3. Paul did not put the emphasis on the problem of “days.” He dedicates only two verses to that subject and about 21 to the issue of food. Had he been discussing the Sabbath, he would have developed his thought much more, because of the potentially controversial nature of this subject. (A good parallel would be the topic of circumcision and the controversy that topic generated in the churches.) This suggests that for Paul, selecting one day over another was a personal matter, not one in which he wanted to be involved as a referee.

    4. Paul is not attacking legalism. Paul is addressing a problem in the church based on differences of opinion. He apparently didn’t consider it to be a threat to the gospel. Whatever church members were doing, they were not going against God’s revealed will; therefore, he does not condemn the practices, but simply gives advice on how to accept the differences in Christian love. The fundamental issue is the unity of the church and the preservation of that unity in spite of the diversity of opinion in some unimportant areas. Paul is not attacking the legalism of false teachers among the believers.

    Then what should we conclude? The reference to “days” in the context of abstaining from certain foods suggests days of fasting. This is the conclusion reached by some scholars, both Adventist and non-Adventist. According to them, Paul was probably addressing the practice of days of fasting, during which certain foods were considered “common” and improper for consumption. This would explain the dispute over food.

    In addition, some individuals considered certain days as good days for fasting, while others considered all to be of equal value. This would explain the conflict. Fasting was an important topic in the early church. A document written in the second century encouraged believers to fast on Wednesday and Friday instead of Monday and Thursday, as was the practice among Jews (Didache 8.1). As far as we can tell, the Jews did not fast during the Sabbath.

    Copyright:

    Copyright © Biblical Research Institute General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists®

    Date:

    3/12/98

  • jm

    Romans 14

    Author:

    Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

    I recently became an Adventist, and some friends have been quoting Romans 14 to me to demonstrate that our health message isn’t biblical and that the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath isn’t required of Christians. Could you comment about that chapter?

    In the study of a passage it’s important to notice not only what it says but also what it doesnot say. In some cases what a passage does not state is more important than what it explicitly states. In this particular case we’ll concentrate on what the passage does not say, then we will make a suggestion about what Paul is dealing with in Romans 14.

    1. Paul is not attacking biblical practices. Some of the recipients of this letter apparently believed that one should abstain from eating meat and drinking wine (Rom. 14:2, 21). The Old Testament does not require total abstinence from animal flesh, but only of the flesh of some animals (Lev. 11). Neither does the Old Testament consider grape juice unclean; only the high priest and the Nazarite are forbidden to drink it. The discussion is not over unclean (Greek,akáthartos) food, but over food that is considered common (koinós, the term used in verse 14) and therefore not proper for consumption under certain circumstances.

    2. Paul is not discussing the Sabbath. Paul says that the individual who is “weak” values one day more than another, but he doesn’t explicitly state the reason for the distinction. There is no explicit statement from Paul indicating what was done during that day or why the day was considered special.

    Whatever it was, the “strong” individual valued every day the same for the purpose or activity that he or she had in mind. Hence, the problem was not the activity, but the arguing over which was the best day to perform it. Those to whom he wrote doubtless understood what Paul had in mind.e should not jump to the conclusion that Paul is discussing here the Sabbath commandment. This is not stated or suggested by the text, and the simple mention of the word “days” does not justify that conclusion. He is not dealing here with the Old Testamenttorah, or law.

    3. Paul did not put the emphasis on the problem of “days.” He dedicates only two verses to that subject and about 21 to the issue of food. Had he been discussing the Sabbath, he would have developed his thought much more, because of the potentially controversial nature of this subject. (A good parallel would be the topic of circumcision and the controversy that topic generated in the churches.) This suggests that for Paul, selecting one day over another was a personal matter, not one in which he wanted to be involved as a referee.

    4. Paul is not attacking legalism. Paul is addressing a problem in the church based on differences of opinion. He apparently didn’t consider it to be a threat to the gospel. Whatever church members were doing, they were not going against God’s revealed will; therefore, he does not condemn the practices, but simply gives advice on how to accept the differences in Christian love. The fundamental issue is the unity of the church and the preservation of that unity in spite of the diversity of opinion in some unimportant areas. Paul is not attacking the legalism of false teachers among the believers.

    Then what should we conclude? The reference to “days” in the context of abstaining from certain foods suggests days of fasting. This is the conclusion reached by some scholars, both Adventist and non-Adventist. According to them, Paul was probably addressing the practice of days of fasting, during which certain foods were considered “common” and improper for consumption. This would explain the dispute over food.

    In addition, some individuals considered certain days as good days for fasting, while others considered all to be of equal value. This would explain the conflict. Fasting was an important topic in the early church. A document written in the second century encouraged believers to fast on Wednesday and Friday instead of Monday and Thursday, as was the practice among Jews (Didache 8.1). As far as we can tell, the Jews did not fast during the Sabbath.

    Copyright:

    Copyright © Biblical Research Institute General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists®

    Date:

    3/12/98

  • Rini

    Im glad that you wrote this blog Brother Shyju.Can’t believe this,I cant imagine that this was such an important topic.Just pray that the LORD’s will be done concerning this post & our brethren,what HE begun HE will complete.May JESUS be glorified.
    Don’t understand how someone can be stopped from taking Holy Communion for ornaments?Who died on the Cross?I’m, amazed ,don’t know what to say.I just pray that the LORD would open the eyes of our brothers & sisters & also of the respected elders.
    How can even someone be stopped from leading worship in a Church because of ornaments?Heart of a worshipper is important,doesn’t matter they wear ornaments /not.
    Anyway, praying for this whole thing.Blessings Brother Shyju.

  • Rini

    Im glad that you wrote this blog Brother Shyju.Can’t believe this,I cant imagine that this was such an important topic.Just pray that the LORD’s will be done concerning this post & our brethren,what HE begun HE will complete.May JESUS be glorified.
    Don’t understand how someone can be stopped from taking Holy Communion for ornaments?Who died on the Cross?I’m, amazed ,don’t know what to say.I just pray that the LORD would open the eyes of our brothers & sisters & also of the respected elders.
    How can even someone be stopped from leading worship in a Church because of ornaments?Heart of a worshipper is important,doesn’t matter they wear ornaments /not.
    Anyway, praying for this whole thing.Blessings Brother Shyju.

  • Prasad Madhavan

    Strange… reading this verses wherein Pentecostal church is highlighted. I m a pentecostal church member. My church does not teach me about ornaments. There is no dictate to this from my church. The teachings i got from my church is biblical in nature which states very clearly that if i give importance to anything else other than God, it is idol worship. There are not teachings to us on whether ornaments should be worn or not to be worn. My wife chose not to wear ornaments on her own. The point is that a decision has to be made at the time of accepting christ. If you choose to wear ornaments after you have accepted christ, then there is no issue. If you choose not to wear ornaments just because you fear about people, then you are still not freed from your old man because the fear of the world has to go once you are in christ. If you choose to not wear ornaments on your own, then do not wear it again.
    I have seen many such families who do not wear ornaments, but they spend lavishly in their marriages, they go to beauty parlours, do regular makeups etc. This is nothing but a hypocrisy and definately idol worship.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Hi Brother,
      This doctrine is very dominant in the regional pentecostal churches here in India, hence the focus on the words. You have it right in saying that anything that becomes an idol in one’s life, whether it be gold, silver, money or fame, should be sacrificed. This post is addressing the fact that biblically there is no proof supporting the doctrine of no ornaments once saved, and that it is a personal conviction based on how you view that particular object!

  • Prasad Madhavan

    Strange… reading this verses wherein Pentecostal church is highlighted. I m a pentecostal church member. My church does not teach me about ornaments. There is no dictate to this from my church. The teachings i got from my church is biblical in nature which states very clearly that if i give importance to anything else other than God, it is idol worship. There are not teachings to us on whether ornaments should be worn or not to be worn. My wife chose not to wear ornaments on her own. The point is that a decision has to be made at the time of accepting christ. If you choose to wear ornaments after you have accepted christ, then there is no issue. If you choose not to wear ornaments just because you fear about people, then you are still not freed from your old man because the fear of the world has to go once you are in christ. If you choose to not wear ornaments on your own, then do not wear it again.
    I have seen many such families who do not wear ornaments, but they spend lavishly in their marriages, they go to beauty parlours, do regular makeups etc. This is nothing but a hypocrisy and definately idol worship.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Hi Brother,
      This doctrine is very dominant in the regional pentecostal churches here in India, hence the focus on the words. You have it right in saying that anything that becomes an idol in one’s life, whether it be gold, silver, money or fame, should be sacrificed. This post is addressing the fact that biblically there is no proof supporting the doctrine of no ornaments once saved, and that it is a personal conviction based on how you view that particular object!

  • Nirmal George Eapen

    Brother, I am happy about the wonderful explanation that you have given. ‘But’ I have a doubt….Notice the keyword ‘But’. It’s always a But and the Questions that creep in that cause the issue. The very first temptation recorded in the Bible…. “Has God indeed said?” It’s always a question. Now don’t be alarmed, I am not saying your findings are right or wrong! :)

    The trend that I see these days, youngsters always question… What if I do ABC? Is it against the scripture? I don’t see an evidence for ABC recorded in the Bible? Goes on and on…..

    My only answer lies again in this counter question … “Who are we?”

    The answer is in 1 Cor 11:1…. Yes please open your bible and read it :)

    “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” .Paul says it so confidently and that’s the expectation from our side as well. Imitate Jesus, be like him and do what Jesus would have done…. Again in Galatians 5:27 it says “For as many of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

    So summarizing :- Would have Christ gone around wearing Ornaments….. I believe No according to the base verse of II Cor 8:9….. So I chose not to :)

    But then again, it’s a personal choice and Christ has always given us the freedom of Choice. Respect you brother, for the time that you have taken to prepare this controversial topic. God Bless! :)

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Dear Nirmal,

      Thank you for sharing your opinion on the same. I respect your decision to not wear ornaments. But to classify wearing of ornaments as something Jesus wouldn’t do or teach is unscriptural. Throughout the Bible, you’d find references to God ornament info his children, and the father giving a ring to the prodigal son and the list goes on!
      If your argument would be that there is no proof of Jesus not wearing ornaments, hence it is wrong. Then my question to you would be, would you classify production & consumption of alcoholic wine to be essential for all Christians? Because Jesus did it. Aren’t we supposed to imitate only Him in everything?
      These are the logical fallacies of your argument. We can never make a doctrine or theology out of just one verse taken out of context. It is more essential for us to have the heart of God than look like some fake/imaginary Jesus portrayed in the movies and pictures.
      Regards,
      Priji

  • Nirmal George Eapen

    Brother, I am happy about the wonderful explanation that you have given. ‘But’ I have a doubt….Notice the keyword ‘But’. It’s always a But and the Questions that creep in that cause the issue. The very first temptation recorded in the Bible…. “Has God indeed said?” It’s always a question. Now don’t be alarmed, I am not saying your findings are right or wrong! :)

    The trend that I see these days, youngsters always question… What if I do ABC? Is it against the scripture? I don’t see an evidence for ABC recorded in the Bible? Goes on and on…..

    My only answer lies again in this counter question … “Who are we?”

    The answer is in 1 Cor 11:1…. Yes please open your bible and read it :)

    “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” .Paul says it so confidently and that’s the expectation from our side as well. Imitate Jesus, be like him and do what Jesus would have done…. Again in Galatians 5:27 it says “For as many of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

    So summarizing :- Would have Christ gone around wearing Ornaments….. I believe No according to the base verse of II Cor 8:9….. So I chose not to :)

    But then again, it’s a personal choice and Christ has always given us the freedom of Choice. Respect you brother, for the time that you have taken to prepare this controversial topic. God Bless! :)

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Dear Nirmal,

      Thank you for sharing your opinion on the same. I respect your decision to not wear ornaments. But to classify wearing of ornaments as something Jesus wouldn’t do or teach is unscriptural. Throughout the Bible, you’d find references to God ornament his children, and the father giving a ring to the prodigal son and the list goes on!

      If your argument would be that there is no proof of Jesus wearing ornaments, hence it is wrong. Then my question to you would be, would you classify production & consumption of alcoholic wine to be essential for all Christians? Because Jesus did it. Aren’t we supposed to imitate only Him in everything?

      These are the logical fallacies of your argument. We can never make a doctrine or theology out of just one verse taken out of context. It is more essential for us to have the heart of God than look like some fake/imaginary Jesus portrayed in the movies and pictures.

      Regards,
      Priji

  • Hima Babu

    Praise The LORD,
    Sir,
    I feel so blessed to see this article because from morning I was too depressed and confused with this issue. I am attending a church which is very rigid with this regard. I am a new believer , happened to know Christ with His grace, I belonged to Hindu – Nair community. I got baptized in 2012 and I have a great passion towards Christ and just going on with my walk with Christ. I never felt that wearing jewellery can harm one’s faith when it is done in a very modest way. I am not a person who is so particular about my adornments and I don’t have many costly clothing and expensive cars as my fellow church mates have. They constantly accuse me directly and indirectly for wearing a small earing and a simple chain. I read through the scriptures and asked God whether I am sinning against him by wearing gold. But He gave me another insight. There are people (most of them) use luxury cars, sandals, watches and many other personal adornments and accuse a simple being for wearing gold. I am a nurse and my hospital is very particular about personal grooming.These days they started to accuse that Christians cant go to parlor to trim eyebrows and hair. I will not enter in heaven it seems. Even the pastor started to rebuke me in sermons indirectly by quoting these. What can I do? I feel so distressed.

  • Hima Babu

    Praise The LORD,
    Sir,
    I feel so blessed to see this article because from morning I was too depressed and confused with this issue. I am attending a church which is very rigid with this regard. I am a new believer , happened to know Christ with His grace, I belonged to Hindu – Nair community. I got baptized in 2012 and I have a great passion towards Christ and just going on with my walk with Christ. I never felt that wearing jewellery can harm one’s faith when it is done in a very modest way. I am not a person who is so particular about my adornments and I don’t have many costly clothing and expensive cars as my fellow church mates have. They constantly accuse me directly and indirectly for wearing a small earing and a simple chain. I read through the scriptures and asked God whether I am sinning against him by wearing gold. But He gave me another insight. There are people (most of them) use luxury cars, sandals, watches and many other personal adornments and accuse a simple being for wearing gold. I am a nurse and my hospital is very particular about personal grooming.These days they started to accuse that Christians cant go to parlor to trim eyebrows and hair. I will not enter in heaven it seems. Even the pastor started to rebuke me in sermons indirectly by quoting these. What can I do? I feel so distressed.

  • ferdinard

    A very touchy topic GOD bless you

  • ferdinard

    A very touchy topic GOD bless you

  • Priya

    I think it would be best to ask a woman WHY she would want to wear ornaments. Our external appearence, attitudes reflect the condition of our inner self. No doubt. The cleansing starts within.

  • Priya

    I think it would be best to ask a woman WHY she would want to wear ornaments. Our external appearence, attitudes reflect the condition of our inner self. No doubt. The cleansing starts within.

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