Biblical Adornment


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According to the  record in the Assembly Minutes, the adornment issue was first addressed in the  Eighth Assembly in 1913, when the question was asked:  “Can we afford to adorn our bodies with  gold or pearls or costly array?”   The Assembly concluded that “unnecessary jewelry, such as finger  rings, bracelets, earbobs, lockets, and other kinds for mere adornment should  not be worn.”  (This is to say that  jewelry, such as finger rings, bracelets, earbobs, lockets, etc. should not be  worn.)

This decision was  accepted without opposition and has stood on the record as Bible doctrine  forbidding the wearing of jewelry, being substantiated by Scriptures, such  as:  1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; 1 John  2:15-17; Ezekiel 14:3-8; Ephesians 5:5; 1 Timothy 2:9, 10; 1 Peter 3:3,4.  In the New Testament writings, we find that  those  two stalwarts of the faith in the  first century Church, Paul and Peter, clearly instructed the believer to leave off the outward adornment and earnestly strive for the inner adornment that  comes from God.