Posted December 17th, 2011 at 09:12 AM by Lois
The teaching on jewelry could vary from church to church or area to area in some organizations. Where I was, wedding rings were fine, but in some places they taught you'd go to hell if you wore one. My church didn't teach against things like tie tacks or cuff links, though some churches do, and some members of our church got caught up in that and left. Things that were not okay in my church were necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and such.
What did your church allow or disallow? Were you taught you were lost should you wear any jewelry? Were you shunned or considered backslid? I vividly recall one General Conference (I think it was in St. Louis.) where a minister got up and spoke against the evils of wearing a wedding ring, and James Kilgore, then the assistant superintendent, very nicely got up afterward and let it be known that everyone did not believe the same on that issue.
God is quite clear in his Word what he considers sinful, and you will find these things not just mentioned one time in the Bible but over and over. Jewelry is not mentioned as being sinful and, in fact, God describes adorning his people with fine jewelry. Then how in the world is it something sinful in itself?
What Scriptures were used to support the teaching that Christians were not supposed to wear jewelry? Were they were taken out of context or do they really teach it is wrong? As with any teaching, this is where the buck stops: If it is found in the Bible, we need to follow it....but if not, we need not follow man's teachings. And, if these standards are really God's rules, why do they change from church to church or area to area?