Jewelry And the Christian




The issue jewelry and the Christian has long been contentious.  Should Christians wear jewelry?   What does the bible really teach?   Some Christians say that the wearing jewelry is wrong; these people often quote a few Bible passages and insists that God absolutely condemns jewelry. There are other Christians who point out that there are a number of verses that mention jewelry in a positive sense.
At the heart of this confusion is the question, “What does the Bible really say about jewelry?”


When studying this issue that has such a large cultural element, it is almost impossible to gain a complete understanding of the Bible without background study. The background alerts us to the cultural issues that the passage originally addressed.   So let’s look into the background of the wearing of jewelry.
In the territory of the Old Testament during Old Testament times both Canaanite and Israelite men and women wore jewelry and make-up.   It appears that there where eight uses for jewelry in the Old Testament.   Jewelry was used for:

(1) Personal beautification

Tab_high_priestIt 1s noteworthy that one of the basic purposes of the Jewish High priest’s special and unique attire was to beautify ( Exod 28:2).   In Isaiah 3:16-23 God describes many types of jewelry used at least partly for beautification. This passage in Isaiah appears to condemn jewelry, however it may be that it was the excessive, pride, behavior and sexual promiscuity of these women that was really being addressed here and condemned by God. God would strip them of their proud arrogance and humble them!


(2) Currency and evidence of wealth

Rebecca and Abraham's Servant at the Well exhibited 1833 William Hilton the Younger 1786-1839 Presented by Robert Vernon 1847

Rebecca and Abraham’s Servant at the Well

Abraham’s servant (Gen 24:22), took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels” and gave them to Rebekah.
In ancient Mesopotamia, the bride price paid by a prospective groom’s family included clothing, jewelry, food, drink, and oil. Jewelry was also part of the dowry paid by the bride’s family. This was the case in the story of Rebekah. In this particular case it was a gift to the bride to ensure her financial security. In other words, it is functioning as a nest egg in case of need.

(3) Social Status

Jewelry served as a symbol of social status. It was used by the people belonging to the high strata of society. This was particularly true of those from the palace who dressed and adorned themselves in accordance to their social identity. According to 2 Samuel 1:10, King Saul wore a crown and armband. Also, the jewelry mentioned in Ezekiel 28:11-19 (in connection with the king of Tyre) signifies royal or princely status.

(4) sign of authority and religious significance

saul_Jewelry served as a sign of authority. In Egypt, kings and judges may have worn pendants and necklaces with images of the goddess Ma’at, while in Israel kings wore a crown at the minimum.

The religious significance of Jewelry may have been one of its most important functions. Jewelry identified the religious beliefs or position of the wearer, such as the Israelite high priest. In heathen religions jewelry was assigned supernatural abilities and was worn to protect the wearer from various forms of evil. While the Old Testament does not mention this use directly, the Israelites did occasionally bring jewelry to God, as in Numbers 31:50.

Jewelry in the Greco-Roman World

We continue discussing the issue jewelry and the Christian.   Should Christians wear jewelry?   What does the bible really teach?     We will continue in our background study and consider jewelry in the Greco-Roman world.  There is less information about jewelry’s use in New Testament times than in Old Testament times.   A very probable reason for this could be the fact that there were many similarities existing in the Greco-Roman world and the Ancient Near East (ANE).  We know that jewelry was common in the Roman Empire. The Oxford History of the Classical World has this to say:

“The wearing of excessive jewelry was a practice which [Roman] legislators had long since given up trying to curb, though moralists still condemned it. Pliny rails against women who wore pearls on their fingers, on their earrings, and on their slippers, and reports with disapproval how Caligula’s first Empress, Lollia Paulina, turned up to a feast wearing emeralds and pearls on her head, hair, ears, neck, and fingers”.  It seems that it was the Roman who invented the engagement ring,  for the The dictionary continues, ” rings were very common. Men wore rings as signets, while women wore them to signify engagement”.   

Rings in the Roman Empire are particularly interesting. At various times, different types of rings were used to signify social status.  Rings signified a person as slave or free, citizen or non-citizen, aristocrat or commoner. These rules were enforced by law, but were gradually relaxed as more people wanted to be able to wear fancier rings.

Jewelry in the Greco-Roman World during this period doubtless functioned in much the same way as it did in the ANE with regard to its religious aspects. It probably was accorded supernatural powers and used as protection from evil or a method to persuade the gods to act in a certain way.




How I Aim to Support My Preaching Ministry


Screenshot_3To my Beloved brothers and sisters of our Risen saviour, The Lord Jesus Christ.  Greetings!  Many are aware that I have been proclaiming the gospel and  evangelizing in regions of the world since 2007.  Since that time I have been  praying for the sick and also taking financial help to the less well off pastors and Christians in their needs. God has miraculously supplied my needs and provided for me to fly to Philippines in six years.   Two of those visits my wife also travelled with me.  I do thank God for the sacrificial giving to God ‘s work that has enabled me to travel and minister.

However it has always been my dream to support my travels, preaching and giving as much as possible by my own labors – as did the apostle Paul.   To this end have been trying to build up a business on the internet.  At times I have been discouraged but I’m still praying and hoping that I can succeed on this “ business venture” to support my ministry and help others.



In the regions I have traveled  pastors often need food and financial help. The congregations they care for are not rich enough to support them and the work of God adequately. For example, previously in 2014, I was preaching the gospel on the Philippine radio airwaves from Butuan City with Pastor Lubel  Quitoriano. I was hoping to continue having my sermons broadcast from this station however – The radio station had to be  closed down for a while due to financial pressures.   Thank to my Internet work I was able to help him continue transmitting this month.  Pastor Lubel is praying for finances to continue  transmitting into regions where the pure gospel is often not heard!


In order to seek to support my preaching ministry and travels as well as helping poorer believers I have embarked on two areas of business:


My first area of business to help my ministry is the making and hosting websites for customers.

I offer high quality websites made to customers specification.

After building the website to the customer’s specified requirements I will be available on and ongoing basis to offer advice to the customer on the site’s maintenance /development. Anyone interested contact me Via Contacts Page : or on my mob 07429668940 to talk it over.


 Affiliate Marketing I currently have a Christian bookshop online where a very large selection of Christian books, bibles, DVD music and films, mp3 downloads and other items can be bought.   If you go to my FAMILY CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE PAGE  you can browse through the store.  If you finally decide to buy through my website YOU WILL PAY NO EXTRA but by purchasing on this website you will be helping my ministry. (NOTE prices are in US ($) dollars. – to convert to Pounds (£) simply multiply by approx 0.62 exchange rate).

For you who visit this website, please DO pray for the success of my ministry and also for the online business ventures.  I am also an AFFILIATE for:

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The Power of The Name of Jesus in Baptism

Baptism is not a mere sign

baptism-beginning-of-a-new-life_0Sometimes Christian argue, “If baptism is a mere sign, and if it does not regenerate or justify, why should we baptize at all? It is completely useless.” The answer is that through baptism, God bestows great spiritual blessings to the believer.

Like the written Word (which in its ultimate analysis is also a sign), baptism is a God-given means of revealing Himself to His people. We are blessed when we receive God’s truth by faith and obedience. Neither the Word nor the sacraments confer any spiritual blessing in a magical or automatic manner. The Bible would be of no benefit to me if I simply hear or read it without believing and obeying God’s commands and promises. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” ( Heb 4:2). Thus, James also warns us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).

So why should we baptize ? Baptism is God’s Word in a living and dramatic form. When a Christian understands the meaning of baptism, believing the great transformation that has occurred in his life, and obeys its message, baptism becomes the means of grace and life. Thus the apostle Paul first reminds us what baptism really means:

“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” ( Rom 6:3, 4).

Baptism means that believers are united with Christ. His death is their death; His resurrection life is their life. Then the apostle Paul applies this great Gospel truth in a practical way:

“In the same way count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:11-13).


So the answer to the question ” why should we baptize ” is : Baptism is not the means by which we receive salvation. We are forgiven and purified by faith in Christ, followed by baptism to signify that amazing reality. Every professing Christian should be careful not to be deceived in thinking that he is right with God simply because he or she had been baptised – one could be baptised and still be lost. On the other hand, for every true believer, baptism is God’s sign of his saving union with Christ and baptism carries in it all the AUTHORITY, GRACE, PRESENCE and blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ.



Jesus The Lion Lamb

Today we will be looking at ” Jesus the lion lamb ” from Revelation chapter 5 and the scroll with seven seals.


Jesus The Lion Lamb

Scripture Reading – Revelation chapter 5

In Revelation 5:1 the One sitting on the throne, (God) has a scroll in His hand sealed with seven seals. The scroll itself contains the title-deed to the redemption of the earth, Israel, the church and the whole universe.

scrollGod’s plan and design to bless and to perfect in every way is so complete that there is NO MORE ROOM either inside or outside the scroll for anything to be added to his purposes! All these blessings are released to us through our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the covenant he made with his own precious blood. Oh, may our eyes be opened to see more and more with spiritual vision the plans that God has for those that love him, ( 1 Corinthians 2:9).

In Revelation 5:2-4 we see that no one in heaven, on earth, or under the earth was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. John “wept much because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.” No cherubim, no seraphim, no angel or man was found who could open God’s scroll and release his intended blessings on Israel, the church, the earth, to you, to me, to the universe. It would indeed be sad if none was found who was able to “ open the scroll”. But praise God, One has been found worthy! Only ONE has been found worthy! It is our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.  Jesus the lion lamb!  The message of the angel is ” weep not.  Dry your tears away.”

We and all men might well weep and all be wretched and sad if there was no Christ, no Lamb to overcome for us; no scroll with seven seals opened! But we do not need to weep. We can rejoice that God has released such a glorious destiny to each one of us through Jesus the lion lamb sacrificed for us on calvary!

We have so many, many blessings Amen.  God tells us who believe, ” Dry your tears away “.