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Is wearing earrings a sin?

Angel-devil earrings
Angel-devil earrings

The very short answer is: yes, it's definitely a sin to wear earrings. Earrings have never been accepted by the true Christians (nor the true Jews before the Christ.) Of course, a vast amount people who consider themselves Christians do wear earrings like the Baal worshipers did in the old testament era. It's always been a custom of the pagans to wear earrings. At the end of this post, we'll have a look at a number of statements by the early church fathers as well as some from the later periods.

Anyone claiming there's no talk about earrings in the bible doesn't tell the truth. Earrings are mentioned in several places in the Bible. Throughout this post, the unanimous message from the early Christians, church fathers and various past Bible commentators is elaborated in various ways. Links to the publications from the church fathers are embedded within the text when applicable.


Adorning precedes destruction

horsemen
Apocalypse horsemen (Dürer)

First, a warning to all of you dear readers. In the book of Kings you find Jezebel, who was soon killed after she adorned herself (2.Kings 9:33). In Genesis, Judah committed adultery with Tamar after she "wrapped herself" so that Judah thought she was a harlot (Gen.38). When Judah got to know Tamar was pregnant, he said: "let her be burnt", as instructed by Lev. 21:9. The logic is that destruction follows adorning. This is well detailed in the Bible verses below:

30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. (Jer.4:30)

Let's jump into a prophecy that isn't necessarily very far. Just prior to the fall of the Revelation Babylon, it's adornments are declared:

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. (Rev.17:4-5)

This world will eventually end. It'll be destroyed by fire (2.Pt.3:7). Such is the end of the Revelation Babylon (Rev. 17:16, Rev.18:8, Rev.19:3). It looks like the majority of the people on the planet earth have either adorned themselves or accept the idea of wearing earrings / makeup etc. What follows is the end of the world, a complete destruction. The good news is that there's still time to repent. Just like Judah said about Tamar: "let her be burnt", this never happened. They confessed their wrongdoings! In like manner, confess your sins to someone who has the Holy Spirit!


Jacob in Bethel

Let's start from Genesis chapter 35. It serves as a good entry point how earrings are handled among the pious. In the old testament, often times the people were heretics and hypocrites that usually serve as warnings, not as examples to follow (see 1.Cor.10:11). Although many people were leaving Egypt in Exodus, most of them died in the desert due to their unbelief. The kings of Israel and Judah were serving foreign gods such as Baal. Sure, there were righteous kings like David but they were certainly a small minority as may be read from the Chronicles and the Book of Kings. Let's continue the account in Genesis:

2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. (Gen.35:2-4)

For you see, pious Jacob commanded to take off all earrings. Even the believers fall into sin occasionally but they don't stay with the sin like the worldly people. The true believers follow the example of Jacob even today by avoiding earrings completely - although the vast majority of mankind do the opposite: they say it's all right to wear earrings.

What happened prior to this? Where did the earrings come from? Ambrose of Milan (337 - 397 A.D) mentioned in his work "Jacob and the happy life" the following, while discussing that Laban was a figure of Satan. Happy is he from who Satan finds nothing of his own! Or in Ambrose's own words:

How happy is the man in whom the enemy has found nothing that he could call his own, and in whom the devil has come upon nothing that he would recognize as his own.

happy was Rachel, who concealed the false idols of the Gentiles and declared that their images were full of uncleanness. (Ambrose of Milan)

How were they declared? For today's people, it's not necessarily evident. This declaration happened here; compare it to Leviticus 15:20:

35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched but found not the images. (Genesis 31:35, KJV)

20 And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. (Lev.15)

Confession

In fact, Rachel confessed that what was below her was unclean. She had the earrings underneath in the camel's furniture. This is how a sin is confessed: you declare it unclean! Now, the Devil (Laban) doesn't look for it in places we declare unclean (sinful). If our understanding is corrupt - we think it's okay to wear earrings - the Devil (Laban) finds his own!

One more time: what is sinful, is declared unclean. If Rachel didn't declare the love into the items as unclean (she wouldn't have stolen them otherwise), wouldn't Laban have found them with ease? And what would've happened? Jabod said to Laban: "32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live". Spiritual death is upon the people who claim sinful life is just okay - or upon them who pervert the Law (that is spiritual) to fit their purposes! Laban - Satan finds the items of his own and Jacob, as a figure of Christ, declares "let him not live". Fitly are the sins first confessed (declared as unclean) and then buried under the tree (tree which prefigures the cross), that is, the gospel is preached.

Contents of the camel's saddle

How can we be sure that Rachel indeed had earrings hidden in the camel's saddle? Jacob got to know the items Laban was looking for. Thus, he buried them under the tree. Why? If I was Jacob, I would've wanted to return the items to Laban if there was an appropriate time. Some, if not all the items belonged to Laban, which, as we already found out, is a figure / type of devil. (Some church fathers referenced to the Book of Enoch which mentions the wicked angels that introduced the makeup & earrings to the mankind. This appears to be in line with it.)

Isn't teraphim (the Hebrew word referenced herein, Gen.31) a small in size? It's possible Rachel used the items in the wedding ceremony with Jacob (Bible is silent about that) and thus had some emotional bonds with them. "Strange gods which were in their hand" suggests, that they were no other than bracelets, rings and such. Earrings belong to this list. In like manner, the golden calf idol in Ex.32 was formed from the earrings. We'll come to it later. Do you know anyone wearing a literal strange god in his hand? Neither do I. Still, they were ordinary people just like you and me. The household gods even today are money and precious items. The money and riches are thought to protect during famine and hard times. This is regardless of how they look like.

Some might argue that the earrings in question had some images of strange gods engraved and they were thus inappropriate or superstitious. Well, the Bible doesn't mention such a fact so it's not a biblical view. It's a "wish of the wicked" trying to nullify the actual Bible message. Even if they had some images engraved, why didn't they use some form of sandpaper and wipe those engravings off instead, rather than throwing them away? Thus we see this as a very weak and unbiblical argument.


Spiritual earrings

Jacob's family affairs in Bethel well portrayed how the pious handle earrings. Next, we shift focus on the spiritual side. It's written: "The law is spiritual". The Bible is the source of all heretics, hypocrites, man-made denominations and man-made sects. The real message is encrypted for the most - the majority just don't understand what's being told.

Rebekah and the jewels

Rebecca's earring
Bridal Adornment

Even during the time of Ambrose, the heretics apparently tried to approve the use of earrings with the example of some Bible passages. Perhaps among one of the most famous is the account of Rebecca. Ambrose has commented on this issue clearly:

In preaching against extravagance in dress, he imagines that the ladies will say to him, "Oh, but bishop, Rebecca had earrings and bracelets!" and he proceeds to tell them that Rebecca's earrings were pious attention and her bracelets good deeds ! (De Abrah. i. 9). Lives of the fathers, p.192 footer

One must notice that initially Rebecca had no earrings nor bracelets. Neither she put them on, but instead, a servant from the house of Abraham put on the precious items on her. This is how the gospel is spread: a servant from the house of Abraham - meaning the elect, the true Christians - preach the gospel, which in turn, brings forth faith in the hearers. The earrings is translated as a forehead jewel, nose-ring etc. In fact, this is a minor issue - since this jewel is understood spiritually. It's the wedding garment, the bridal garment - the true faith, which is required in the in the Lamb's wedding banquet. There's no man on earth who can put on such a jewel himself. Only Jesus Christ fulfilled the law whereas no man can do.

It's true that Rebekah had some kind of physical adornments. She was getting married. Usually there's all kinds of adornments on the bride and the bridegroom. However, do you keep wearing the wedding garment for good or just for the necessary duration? Similarly, adornments on Rebekah don't justify the use of earrings in everyday life.

Wedding
Wedding dresses from the 1800's

Isaac is a type of Christ. Thus, Rebekah is a figure of the bride of Christ, meaning the true church. Christ himself doesn't look for a bride here on earth but He sent the apostles for the task. Jesus Himself went to heaven. In fact, His followers are the true servants from the house of Abraham who wish to spread the precious jewels to those without.

This forehead jewel / earring weighted half a shekel as we may read from the Bible. This signifies the temple tax (Ex.30:13-14). Jesus provides the other half so that a complete shekel is formed (Matt.17:27). The weight certainly approves the spirituality of the matter as it links to Exodus:

15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls. (Ex.30:15)

More of this half of the shekel may be here, written by Ambrose of Milan.

End-time Rebekah

Rebekah has also a meaning for the end-time people. Rebekah met Isaac soon after receiving the adornments. When the bridal garment is complete, the wedding banquet will soon start. The banquet is elaborated in the parable of the wedding feast, Matt.22:2. In other words, the world will end soon after. Rebekah will meet her spouse once she has the ornaments for the heavenly wedding. This is written by Isaiah:

18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. (Isaiah.49:18)

Is that you? When those ornaments are worn, isn't it the last moment before the ceremony? When God's words will be fulfilled it will be the end. For the true Christians it will be a day of inexpressible joy.

End-time Laban

Have you ever wondered why Jacob buried the earrings among other items, under the tree? Why didn't he burn or destroy them? One reason perhaps was that Jacob meant to return the items back to Laban (remember, Laban is known as a type of Devil) if he had a chance; like mentioned earlier. During the last century or so, it's looking like Laban (the devil) has found the items from under the tree already:

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (Rev.20)

Make no mistake here. Devil himself, in a figure of Laban, has found the items buried under the tree. Today, he's promoting the pagan customs throughout the world. Earrings and makeup have turned out extremely popular during the last 100 years or so. This is not due to Christian teaching. It's due to the teachings of the Devil! At the end of this web page, you'll find a numer of links and citations of the early Christians. Again, it's the teaching of the Devil that has boosted up this pagan habit.

In other words, the Euphrates River has dried up, making it possible for Laban (a type of devil) to cross it with all his might. This is what is meant by 'Satan shall be loosed out of his prison'. The Bible mentions that Laban lived on the other side of the Euphrates river. Apparenty Jacob fled from the east side of the river, where Laban dwelt:

So he fled with all he had, crossed the Euphrates River, and headed for the hill country of Gilead. (Gen.31:21, NIV; KJV: Euphrates River = River)

In the Book of Revelation, we see the Euphrates river drying up. This is a prophecy already fulfilled. One frog (coming out of the mouth) mentioned in the Revelation is the claim that it's not sinful to wear makeup and earrings; as we can clearly see that Jacob, who is a type of Christ, buried such items, so that the early Christians knew it wasn't right to wear such. Now the wicked people claim the opposite. See the river Euphrates drying up, and remember the Beast is a king as well (Rev.17:11-12):

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (Rev.16:12-13)

So called Little Ice Age, which was from the year 1300 to about 1850, was characterized of slightly colder periods of time. However, more heat has been perceived ever since. It reminds of the earlier verses of Revelation ch.16:

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. (Rev.16:8-9)

This topic "End-time Laban" is preceded by the topic "End-time Rebekah". The revelation whore and its destruction may be found from the Revelation chapters 17, 18 and 19. It's written: the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore (Rev.17:16). Why would they start hating her suddenly? The harlot Rahab in the Book of Joshua actually repented. The devil hates the true Christians, and he opposes all truth. I might be wrong, but I wish to believe, that this revelation harlot is you who belong to one of the thousands of man-made sects or denominations, but from whom some repent like Rahab did. Hear the call: Come out of her, my people (Rev.18:4) Then you become an ornament to the end-time Rebekah. It makes the Devil angry! Hear and hide the spies sent by the true Christians, in like manner Rahab did; hear the Gospel and hide it in your heart. For you see, right after the fall of the great whore, the wife hath made herself ready:

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (Rev.19:7)


Twofold nature of a man

Everybody is initially made of flesh and spirit. This is the division of a man set in the Paradise. The flesh represents the old and the spirit the young. However, today's prodigal sons have only the flesh and the soul, not the Holy Spirit but the spirit of the Devil. The half a shekel tax was targeting 20 years old people and upward (Ex.30:14). The adults never got into the promised land except for Joshua and Caleb:

29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.

30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. (Num.14)

This old part, old Adam, this which is figuratively described as at least twenty years old, will never make it to the promised land, heaven. It's called the flesh. Jesus, the true heavenly Joshua was an exception as He had no sin. Also, Caleb, the true end-time Christian church will also get to heaven without dying - they will be changed (1.Cor:15:52) when Lord Jesus Christ returns. What is needed is the Spirit, not the spirit of the devil, but the Holy Spirit.

Our carnal body, flesh, is always prone to sin. If the flesh dominates a man, he can never enter the promised land. Indeed, he'll be lost on the way. This is what's called being slave to sin. If we want to get into the heavenly Jerusalem, Jesus must ride on the colt, foal of an ass (spirit), followed by the old donkey (flesh). If Jesus isn't present and the donkey leads the way, it will not get into the heavenly Jerusalem. Martin Luther mentions:

85. Now consider the spiritual riding. Christ rides on the colt, its mother follows, that is, when Christ lives through faith in the inner man we are tinder him and are ruled by him. But the outer man, the ass, goes free, Christ does not ride on her, though she follows in the rear. The outer man, as Paul says, is not willing, he strives against the inner man, nor does he carry Christ, as Gal. 5, 17 says: "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary, the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would." Because the colt carries Christ, that is, the Spirit is willing by grace, the ass, that is, the flesh, must be led by the halter, for the Spirit - chastises and crucifies the flesh, so that it becomes subject.

86. This is the reason Christ rides upon the colt and not upon its mother, and yet uses both for his entrance into Jerusalem, for both body and soul must be saved. If, here upon earth, the body is unwilling, not capable of grace and Christ's leading, it must bear the Spirit, upon which Christ rides, who trains it and leads it along by the power of grace, received through Christ. The colt, ridden by Christ, upon which no one ever rode, is the willing spirit, whom no one before could make willing, tame or ready, save Christ by his grace. However, the sack-carrier, the burden-bearer, the old Adam, is the flesh, which goes riderless without Christ; it must for this reason bear the cross and remain a beast of burden. (Advent Postil, First Sunday in Advent; Matthew 21:1-9)


Exodus earrings

Introduction to the twofold nature above serves as a prelude to the incident reported in Exodus Chapter 32. We learned from Genesis that Jacob buried the earrings among other gods in Shechem. Where did these Exodus earrings come from? They were borrowed or taken from the Egyptians:

22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. (Ex.3:22)

2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. (Ex.11:2)

35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. (Ex.12:35-36)

It's important to notice that the jewels were targeted to be put on the sons and daughters. They were never meant to be put on the wives! In other words, the young, representing the spirit, was the sole place for the jewels, including earrings! Origen (d. 253), has understood the Exodus women signifying the flesh:

We have already often said that woman, according to the allegorical sense is interpreted as flesh and man as the rational understanding. (Origen: Homilies on Genesis and Exodus, Homily XIII)

Why did God Himself command the people to put off the ornaments? In Exodus chapters 3, 11 and 12 it was commanded to put them on. Isn't it contradictory?

therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee. (Ex.33:5)

Exodus chapter 32 states that the earrings were in the ears of the wives as well. This was never the purpose. Only the sons and daughters should've worn them. Now the wives, signifying the flesh, were carrying the earrings as well! This adorning of the outward appearance wasn't intended to happen. In fact, the jewels are the same spiritual ones Rebekah wore. God doesn't contradict Himself but people tend to make mistakes due to the human nature. Thus, be sure the Ex.33:5 command to put off the ornaments means to get rid of the real, physical earrings just like Jacob did in Shechem. Moreover, the spiritual earrings, the Holy Spirit, should be worn instead!

2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. (Ex.32:2)

Ambrose, again, mentions in his letters about the Ex.32 earrings. Notice that in chapter 32 Aaron collects the earrings and in chapter 33 God Himself commands them to be taken off.

We can neither excuse this great priest (Aaron), nor dare we condemn him. It was not however unadvisedly that he deprived the Jews of their rings and earrings; for they who designed sacrilege could have neither the seal of faith nor ornaments of their ears. The patriarch Jacob too hid the earrings along with the images of the strange gods, when he hid them in Shechem, that no one might come to know of the superstitions of the Gentiles. And he said well, Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wifes; not as leaving the men their earrings, but in order to shew that they had them not. Fitly also are the earrings taken from the women, that Eve may not again hear the voice of the serpent.

Apparently the command in Ex.33:5 to put off the ornaments was quite well kept for some time. We may read a verse from the Book of Judges implying that the Israelites didn't wear earrings at that time:

24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) (Judges.8:24)


Ezekiel earrings

Ezekiel
Prophet Ezekiel (Duccio)

One of the favorite passages among the wicked is Ezekiel chapter 16 for justifying the use of earrings. This how it says:

12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. (Ez.16:12)

The wicked tend to think for some reason that this justifies the use of earrings. Here again, it's mentioned that He put on the adornments, not the people themselves. Imitating God isn't something we should be doing. Yes, we should take the live of Jesus as our example. God created the world out of nothing and we don't have such power. Even this adorning is something we are incapable of performing - it's the task of God: "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day" (Jn.6:44). God sends true believers to preach the gospel to those who He has appointed.

The garment described in Exodus 28 and Leviticus chapter 8 contains a lot of jewels and precious metals. Ambrose has mentioned that the Levite were a figure of the elect, prefiguring the royal prieshood, the Christians. The period of literal Aaronic priesthood is over; we live in the new testament era. If Ex.28 and Lev.8 were given after the ten commandments which Moses broke, as it would seem, then the Ex.3:22 were likely a prefigure of the Aaronic priesthood.

Ezekiel chapter 16 covers the Exodus affairs mystically. It's the Exodus in short form written in beautiful terms but also a brief history of the Israelites. Targum translation confirms this idea introduced by Macarius (see the link below). Perhaps it also refers to the vast amount of prodigal sons today? St. Macarius (d.391 AD) mentions regarding Ezekiel chapter 16:

4. So likewise the Spirit utters warning to the soul which through grace knows God, which after being cleansed from its former sins and adorned with the ornaments of the Holy Ghost, and after partaking of the divine and heavenly food, does not behave dutifully with much discretion, and does not properly preserve benevolence and love for Christ the heavenly Bridegroom, and so is rejected and put away from the life of which at one time it was a partaker.

It's a different thing to trust your own beauty than to trust the beauty given by God. Worldly people claim earrings, makeup etc. contribute to their own beauty. This is what the wicked trust. Accordingly, the judgment follows:

15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty (Ez.16:15)

41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: (Ez.16:41)

Old testament pointed to Christ. It did so in figures. Christ himself fulfilled the whole law, and notice how He was adorned; not like the Levites:

The new order is a spiritual priesthood, with spiritual adornments, spiritual tabernacle and sacrifices--spiritual in all that pertains to it. Christ, in the exercise of his priestly office, in the sacrifice on the cross, was not adorned with silk and gold and precious stones, but with divine love, wisdom, patience, obedience and all virtues. His adornment was apparent to none but God and possessors, of the Spirit, for it was spiritual. (Martin Luther, The Sermons of Martin Luther)


Earrings as figure of sin

Exodus Passover is a figure of the New Testament Easter. Christ died for all of our sins on Easter. The sins were not his own. In like manner, the Israelites borrowed / plundered the Egyptians on Easter - they took the earrings and the like that were not their own.

The sins are only borrowed from those who are eternally doomed as they will have them back one day. Such are the prodigal sons that never return home. Such were the vast majority of the adult Israelites when leaving Egypt. Similarly they use or approve physical earrings for adorning the outward appearance but such jewels are "returned" upon death.

They're plundered for good from those who live a life according to God's word. They're taken away from them but they will never be having them back for all the sins are forgiven and they no longer cause a burden.

Aaron the priest collected the earrings and thus the Golden Calf was soon formed. Similarly, if one piles up sin on top of sin, eventually a foreign god - an idol - is formed in place of the living God. The faith is lost and love into the world in place. Moses broke the tables of law and the golden calf. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, crushed the head of the serpent - so that the gospel may be preached; the golden calf is broken in pieces and is drank with water, that is, the living water, which is the gospel from a person with the Holy Spirit. This water cleanses the soul! This gospel breaks the ungodly life, the calf, and lets all the sins be forgiven - making the person walk in the light, makes the person a child of the living God.


Church Fathers

Tertullian, Cyprian, Clement of Alexandria, Prudentius, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Commodianus and later many others, such as St. Bernard (d. 1153), have denounced the use of excess apparel, including also earrings.

Ambrose, Seven Exegetical Works, p.166

And so the gods of the nations are there, where no fruit is. There the earrings of the pagans are buried, and they gave them to Jacob so that now they could grow used to hearing a new language and could forget the old sheep of unbelief, and so that their ears could become deaf to sacrilege and be purified for grace.

Ambrose, Letters

It was not however unadvisedly that he (Aaron) deprived the Jews of their rings and earrings; ... Fitly also are the earrings taken from the women, that Eve may not again hear the voice of the serpent.

Clement of Alexandria, The Paedagogus, Book II, Ch.13

And let not their ears be pierced, contrary to nature, in order to attach to them ear-rings and ear-drops. For it is not right to force nature against her wishes.

Prudentius

Hence comes a crop of sins and the sole root of evil, for the love of finery, that like a pander unlooses the restraints of modesty... For woman, not content with her natural grace, puts on a false and adventitious beauty, and as if the hand of the Lord who made her had given her a face that was unfinished, so that she must needs further embellish it with sapphires mounted on a circlet round her brow to crown it, or surround her chaste neck with strings of glowing gems, or hang a weight of green jewels from her ears, she even fastens the little white stones from sea-shells in her hair to brighten it, and her braided tresses are held in place with bands of gold. It were wearisome to detail all the profane trouble matrons take, who colour the forms which God has dowered with his gifts, so that the painted skin loses its character and cannot be recognised under the false hue.

Commodianus

Ye stain your hair; ye paint the opening of your eyes with black; ye lift up your pretty hair one by one on your painted brow; ye anoint your cheeks with some sort of ruddy color laid on; and, moreover, earrings hang down with very heavy weight. Ye bury your neck with necklaces; with gems and gold ye bind hands worthy of God with an evil presage. Why should I tell of your dresses, or of the whole pomp of the devil? Ye are rejecting the law when ye wish to please the world. Ye dance in your houses; instead of psalms, ye sing love songs.

Jerome: The mask of Antichrist

Such adorning is not of the Lord, it is the mask of Antichrist. (about rouge/makeup etc)

Jerome, Letter 130

I shall say nothing of your costly earrings, your glistening pearls from the depths of the Red Sea, your bright green emeralds, your flashing onyxes, your liquid sapphires — tones which turn the heads of matrons, and make them eager to possess the like.

Jerome, Letter 107

Do not pierce her ears or paint her face consecrated to Christ with white lead or rouge. Do not hang gold or pearls about her neck or load her head with jewels, or by reddening her hair make it suggest the fires of gehenna. Let her pearls be of another kind and such that she may sell them hereafter and buy in their place the pearl that is "of great price." Matthew 13:46

Catacombs of Rome:

The simpler manners of the Christian women, as compared with those of pagan faith around them, is indicated by the conspicuous absence of the rouge pots and jars of cosmetics, and many other articles of luxury...(p.388)

Theodoretus (Theodoret), Bishop of Cyrus:

Not impossibly the discontinuance of the use of cosmetics may have helped, if not caused, the cure.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

Oh! how lovely the flush with which the jewel of inborn modesty colours a virgin's cheeks! Can the earrings of queens be compared to this?

You see women of the world burdened, rather than adorned, with gold, silver, precious stones; in short, with all the raiment of a palace. You see how they draw long trains behind them, and those of the most costly materials, and raise thick clouds of dust into the air. Let not such things disturb you. They must lay them aside when they come to die; but the holiness which is your possession will not forsake you. The things which they wear are really not their own. When they die they can take nothing with them, nor will this their glory go down with them. The world, whose such things are, will keep them and dismiss the wearers naked; and will beguile with them others equally vain. But that adornment of yours is not of such sort.

Chrysostom

He denounced the use of earrings, which would have maintained a thousand of the poor.

Chrysostom, Vainglory and Children

Many also hang golden earrings on their children. Would that not even girls took pleasure in these; but you inflict this outrage on boys.

Luther's commentary on the first twenty-two Psalms

So, when a harlot is adorned with gold and jewels it of necessity follows, that it is she that sins, and not the goodly ornaments that she wears.

Even Martin Luther, in the Large Catechism, the sixth petition, mentions "superfluous finery". Superfluous means unnecessary. Earrings are unnecessary for the everyday life.


1700-1800's:

John Wesley (d. 1791)

I do not advise women to wear rings, earrings, necklaces, laces (of whatever kind or color,) or ruffles which little by little may easily shoot from one to twelve inches deep, neither do I advise men to wear colored waist- coasts, shining stockings, glittering or shining buckles or buttons, either on their coats or on their sleeves, any more than gay, fashionable and expensive perukes.

Christian Cynosure, Oct 09, 1890

One thing more, earrings are a relic of barbarism. Whoso pierces the flesh in one place might as well in another, and so hang gold encrusted with gems from the lobe dividing the nostrils. Physical mutilation ought to be relegated to savages, among whom it originated.
Hester M. Poole in the Union Signal

The Methodist hymn-book illustrated, 1906

Dr. George Smith (History of Wesleyan Methodism, ii. 612) tells of a girl, called Mary, employed in breaking copper ore at one of the Cornish mines. She was converted at a revival service. Next morning the change in her bearing made her friends say, Mary is converted. No, said one of her friends who knew her love of finery ; she is not converted : look at those fine large earrings in her ears still ! If she had been converted she would not continue to wear them. Without saying a word, the girl laid down her hammer, took out the earrings, and broke them in pieces, singing

Neither passion nor pride
Thy cross can abide,
But melt in the fountain that streams from Thy side.


Ancient Egypt

18th dynasty (1549/1550 BC - 1292 BC) is according to the biblehub timeline, close to Exodus. Remember that Joseph was a bishop of all Egyptians since 1886 BC (biblehub timeline) until his death. The Middle Kingdom existed around 2055 BC - 1650 BC. Then: "Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph." (Ex.1:8) History proves that earrings weren't common until the birth of Moses:

Only a few examples of earrings date to the Middle Kingdom, but they become much more common in the early 18th Dynasty. Possibly earrings were introduced from southwest Asia during the Second Intermediate period. In the New Kingdom earrings were worn by both men and women. Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, p.386

It seems like the custom of wearing earrings was gaining momentum slightly before Exodus. Perhaps we're witnessing a similar issue today, as earrings are accepted by the vast majority? No exodus, but the end of the world? Remember the end-time Rebekah mentioned earlier.


Today, not everybody wears earrings

no earrings
Video - no earrings, no makeup

Although the vast majority thinks there's nothing wrong with wearing makeup or earrings, there are still people who just don't do it - and won't. It's a testimony for all of the mankind - watch this clip on the right hand side! Can you count the dust of Jacob?


This article is based on the one at immediatenet.com. You can find the original article from here. This change took effect because the whole site immediatenet.com is closing soon. The document has some more content on earrings.




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