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Why Do Most Pastors Have Rings On Their Right Hand?

I watched a lot of local TV this weekend and 'naturally' there were a lot of pastors on air. What intrigued me was that most of them had at least a ring on both hands.

One a wedding ring (considering the position), but what the other ring on the right hand means is what I don't understand. I saw it on Bishop Oyedepo, Olubiyo of TCC Ikeja, Pastor Bakare.

Ever noticed it? Is it a fad or sign of 'anointing'? Anyone out there with answer(s)?'

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Some rings can be just a plain jewelry and it is the matter of preference to wear those. Of course you may always question the practicability of such a practice. Should the pastors be more “cool” richer than those they serve too? It’s a good question to ask.

Other rings have some “spiritual” meaning. They can be the symbols of being a bishop or be given out when a pastor graduates from some Bible school and gets the diploma. Some people think the rings symbolize an occult power or covenant and dread such pastors. In any case seems like they better be careful with wearing too much jewelry of any kind.

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1 Peter 3:2-4

When they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 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.

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I totally agree with you. And to those who are criticizing @poster, I guess you lot don't know Nigeria. These Pastors would do 'anything' to gain recognition. Rings comes in different shapes and purposes. Some are wedding/engagement rings, some are fetish/herbalistic and while some are for demonic oppression on subjects.

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This is actually a very good question! Your Pastor is not in any way superior to you. Only in Nigeria would a Pastor remain unquestionable regardless of the doubt surrounding his behaviour or act.

Putting two rings on both hands is not a conflicting factor, but mounting the pulpit with such would definitely raise an eye brow. Let the pastors explain themselves. Let the congregation be pretty clear about some uncertainties in the Church. Be it spiritually, educationally or mentally, it has always been a human thing to question uncertainties.

If Jesus came down today and perform some miracles that are scientifically and humanly impossible once again, I'd question the source of his power. It is not a sin and neither is there a law or scripture that prohibits humans from asking questions and wanting to know.

Feel free to ask your pastor anything as long as you're not asking him if those children of his are really his. Take a tape recorder with you o, for evidence.

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well accordin d doctrine of my church.i mean anglican.only the bishop put on two rings,one of the rings is d marriage ring with his wife and d other for his marriage wit d church of God.it does not av any spiritual attachment,is just a symbolical representation.i dont known mayb dsame apply 2 other churches or mayb it is hun hun hun:-);-)you known wat i mean now.i did not say anything oo.i only answer that of my own denomination ANGLICAN.bye

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well accordin d doctrine of my church.i mean anglican.only the bishop put on two rings,one of the rings is d marriage ring with his wife and d other for his marriage wit d church of God.it does not av any spiritual attachment,is just a symbolical representation.i dont known mayb dsame apply 2 other churches or mayb it is hun hun hun:-);-)you known wat i mean now.i did not say anything oo.i only answer that of my own denomination ANGLICAN.bye

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Passing judgment or not, I do not see any reason for the rings.

Why do you have to wear a ring when you become a Bishop?

I am not saying the rings are demonic but are they (bishops)members of a mafia group?

Where is that in the scriptures?

The Bible says your heart is where your treasure is, so by the time a minister of God

spends much time thinking about beautifying himself with rings,clothes,hairdo etc

where is the space in his mind/heart for the things of God?

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Small small o, if ur eye do poo, i no dey o.

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Small small o, if ur eye do poo, i no dey o.

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TRUTH IS DER R SO MANY EVIL PASTORS IN NIGERIA,

MAY GOD HELP US N DIRECT US 2 WHERE HE LIVES.

BETTER STILL GET CONNECTED TO HIM IN UR HEART SO U DONT TRUST ANY1 4 DIRECTN.FEEL ME?

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"Do not be conformed to this World. But be transformed by the renuwal of your MIND"

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I believe Craige Lewis is unto some serious points here regarding the consequences of wearing two earrings on men.

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The History of Wearing Jewelry is an Ancient one. There were pieces of jewelry worn on the ear lobe in Bible times (Gen 35:4). While these were generally worn only by Israelite women, the men among the ancient ISHMAELITES apparently wore earrings too (Judg 8:24-25). There is one incident where the Israelites (young men and women) brought their earrings to Aaron in order for him to make an idol out of it. It must have been an Egyptian custom for young men to wear earrings. However, no mention is made if this is right or wrong.

Now If a man wears Earring is it Wrong?

If it is wrong where in the bible does it say it is ?

If you remove your teeth and put Gold or platinum as some are doing what is wrong with that?

I guess these are question that we need to ask ourselves.

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I do not think we should attach any significance to this.Ring or no ring,the Word of God is the ultimate.Besides,who tells you that even your garment cannot be an occultic property?So let us face the real things and not issues that promise little or no reward.By the way,Mr Poster,do you mean all you gained from the messgaes you watched on the TV was evaluation of Pastors appearance?You had better start listening to the Word and not the world. ok!

Bosun

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dat wat we call iced out,they gotta show wat they got,soon pastor and minister gonna be wearing grillz. and i surpport it 100%. throw more ice on ur wrist pastorssssssss.and dat wassup.

KILLA,DIPSET ALLDAY,NO HOMO.

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Cuz they are GANGSTERS YO, WHAT'S UP and they want to show their bling bling lol.

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Depends on who is wearing the ring and what purpose.

I'm a catholic and I know that catholic bishops get a ring during episcopal ordination. Every bishop has his. Popes too. Its a sign of their position. They are shepherds, thats why they have usually carry the long staff (crozier). As for having the rings on both hands, thats strange because I havent seen any catholic bishop with rings on both hands.

I know that most pentecostal pastors that wear rings (2 in this case) might be imitating catholic bishops. It has to be two now because they marry unlike catholic bishops.

The presence of another ring on the other  hand is now a question I can't answer. My input is simply that those that wear more than one on one hand might have copied it from catholic bishops and not probably for fashion or occultic purposes.

But then again, "its a small world wey many things de happen!', Chibuzo Orji said that.

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, you have said it - they are accountable to God, not to you and not to us - so kapish.

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I will say my candid opinion on this matter if the person that opened this thread will tell us the title of the message that those pastors,Bishops he saw wearing two rings were preaching the day he saw them. Instead of you to sit down relax and catch a word that will better your spritual life,you were tricked at looking at the appearance of the preacher.Mind you, "what you see in the word of God is what you get" and You can' achieve what you don't believe.

Their purpose on air was not to show you ring or wealth,

but to get a word across to you.

DID YOU GET ANY WORD?

no!

why?

because he was putting on two rings!

Hmmm! i see ignorance in action here. May help God us.

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The History of Ring Wearing is for Identifying Slavery.

You have not told me why they should not wear it. I can hear a message without seeing him why should he wear a ring in the first place is the question.

I have my own view of it based from the bible.

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@Pilgrim

u havent made a single point worthwhile. I wish you as a christian will wear the same clothing style as people in the biblical days does - i wish u dont drive but ride camel, i wish u dont wear shoes but slippers, I wish u wrap your body to work just like it was done then, that will than prove u as a christian.

Do u drive a cr? then u r not a christian, do u listen to the radio or watch TV, then u have flouted God's laws, and in fact, your coming on Nairaland is nothing but a proof that u r an hypocrite - u should have nothing to do with technology and in fact science if we want to go by your thinking.

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That's true. We have grown into the mould of keeping quiet because the first thing that is being used to clobber any query is "touch not mine anointed".

We should support those who are leaders in our Churches to do the right thing, rather than continue to encourage them to feed the questionable things some of them do.

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So, should people be concerned at all that anyone wears 'bishop rings' or anything else? Certainly we don't go to church to be distracted by what is on a man's fingers or how he dresses. But as called of God to be an example unto others (1 Pet. 5:3), he is responsible for the image he presents to his audience.

People have as many good reasons to ask questions in this matter as they do to query other distractions sweeping their way into the Church today. Again, in Matthew 23:5 the Lord Jesus was concerned about the way people in religious high places "enlarge the borders of their garments". If He was concerned, so should we - because such things were written for our instruction! The excuses that we should only open our ears and close our eyes only leads to the conclusion that it is better to have good ears and yet remain blind! Why does anyone then bother to raise questions about the deportment of women in Church - how they dress skimpily, or wear trousers that are too revealing, or body-hugs that are too suggestive, etc.? If it is okay to close our eyes to this distraction of bishop rings and all the limp excuses to applaud them, why bother opening the eyes to see what women wear to the house of God?

I don't have a problem with people dressing well and wearing rings, whether it is one ring or several rings on fingers and toes! But no one should come here and shakara this issue on excuses that it is okay for bishops to wear "bishops rings" because it indicates some sanctimonious privilege that we can't find in the Bible. What spiritual loss will they suffer if they didn't wear such rings?

Jeremiah 5:31

'The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means;

and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?'

Be careful what you applaud under any excuse. If we fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus, we will also be able to hear with our ears the things He has warned against. Playing courtyard apologists for these distractions will continue to feed the merchandizing amazement that men in high places have substituted for true spirituality. We are not asked to "know them by their rings"; but true servanthood and spirituality are found in the ornament of a good heart - which indeed if "of great price" before God.

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Now, what about the idea that the rings indicate that the bishops are "married to the church and the work of God, a sign of commitment"? Hmmm. . why we dey let these men deceive us with fine sounding apologies? That may well be suited to tradition (as is the case with those wearing them in the Catholic Church), but it is simply antithetical to what God has called them to do - and that is what the Lord warned against in Matthew 23:5! If there's any group of men who need to heed that warning, it is the bishops in the Catholic Church. Before you get mad at me, read that text and let the Holy Spirit speak to you!

We should understand that Catholic bishops have other reasons for wearing their rings. The 15 new cardinals who were given gold rings/bands by Pope Benedict XVI was symbolize their bond with the PAPACY. Also ask our Catholic friends why they kissed the bishop's rings in earlier times in connection with "indulgences". I'll pause there for now.

However, that is not the focus - for even pastors and bishops in Protestant churches have their own wahala with this insignia as well. They may claim that the practice was copied from the Catholic Church, rather than having anything to do with God's WORD instructing them to do so. However, in Protestant churches, bishops who were those rings do so for the public display of their self-importance than for anything else. Let's not continue this joke of trying to defend what cannot be defended from God's WORD. If a man wants to wear a ring or ten, it's all up to him. But let that bishop not pretend it has any value to his calling.

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I dont see anywhere in the bible where it says that wearing a ring or absence of one is a sign of dedication of faith.

The bible says to know them by their fruits and to test every spirit. To be honest, many preachers of today dont need witchcraft to decieve people, many Christians in Nigeria would never think of challenging a preachers behaviour, even when they know they are doing wrong.

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Now, come to think of the "reason(s)" why anyone would be applauding this unhealthy situation. Doesn't the Bible tell us that those who are called to be bishops in God's Church should endeavour to be "examples" to others? Let's remind ourselves:

1 Pet. 5:3

'Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.'

I wonder how many such bishops today are giving us an example so that we can go wear "parishioners rings" just so that we do the same thing as they are trying to demonstrate - that is, demonstrate our "spirituality". No, we don't have to go for rings that cost the modest price of $4,900 . . but perhaps we also could shop around for rings that are "of great price".

There's no justification for all these distractions that have crept into the Church. Sadder yet is the fact that some Christians are ready to defend and promote such, without a calm reflection as to what that is doing to our Christian testimony in the larger scheme of things. There's simply no justification for the assumption that such jewelries are indicators of our spirituality with God; and at best, they only express a spirituality which the Lord points out is merely "to be seen of men" (Matt. 23:5).

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The Lord Jesus did not indicate He admired the outward sanctimonious jewelries of the Jewish religious "bishops" of His day. Hear Him:

Matt. 23:5

'But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries,

and enlarge the borders of their garments'

In verse 3 He warned His disciples that they take care not to do after the works of those folks - and in the verse above, He listed one of the elements of their outward works: 'broad phylacteries'. This is simply the religiousity that ties jewelry to spirituality - as if wearing any such phylacteries, ornaments, or rings were a sign of a healthy condition of men's hearts! I've not yet come to those who "enlarge the borders of their garments" - we'll deal with that when we get there!

Now, when we think about how our spirituality is supposed to be affecting our communities and positively impacting people's lives, one has to wonder about that recurring phenomenon: why are there so many churches in Nigeria and so little positive impact? The answer, IMHO, is revealed in what we try to defend and applaud - and not so much in the misplaced priorities of men with 'bishop rings'. Since we ourselves are giving a welcome smile to that silliness, not only would there be more people clamouring for sanctimonious jewels, but more merchandizing will be brought in to pepper the distractions that so many are begging for. Who are we then coming back to blame for the sorry state of affairs when we ourselves are the ones defending the fatuity of men who introduced this merchandizing amazement in the first place?

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Please let's stop patronizing all these silliness of gentlemen in high places who have introduced matters that are not in keeping with their divine calling. Nevermind that I was being facetious in my previous enteries; but the defences offered for these sanctimonious jewelries are simply begging the question.

A man's spirituality is of the heart - that's what Scripture presents as the ornament of great price before God:

1 Pet. 3:4

'But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible,

even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God

of great price.'

Has anyone visited the jewelry stores for these 'bishop rings' and other sanctimonious accessories to check out the price tags on them? Oh yes, they are indeed "of great price", and you would have to do some mental calculations to understand what's at stake here. Some advertized jewels cost a "modest" $4,900! A quick maths converts that to over [b]N[/b]600,000. If there are "rings" (plural), simply multiply the number by the 'modest price' - which any informed enquirer observes would be indeed "of great price".

For a congregation that can't raise half a million naira in a short time, is there any wonder that most people are concerned about money-messages today coming from most of our pulpits than a soul-searching ministry that points people to the Cross for true righteousness? Don't forget, it is indeed a matter "of great price".

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whats wrong if they do? others go to church or listen to the pastors and their life get better - meanwhile u dey there they complain how d man dresses, what ring the man wears etc. who made u God? How many rings/ornaments did David/Solomon wore on their body?

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I am against. Did God make our bodies for IRON?

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because they want to do it.

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i dont think u should be intrested on why they have many rings on thier fingers but be concerned about the no of people that get saved thru them.

i think thats more important

issues concerning MOG should be left untouched cos it might be like playing with fire and it can burn u

nice observation all the same but put ur mind off it

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i think a Bishop should be contacted on this issue to give clarification.

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The Bishops who puts on ring will explain better, i think one of them should be introduced to this forum to clarify this issue.

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see thread, discussing about men of GOD and their rings, Make una go ask Pop or maybe ask God if na sin to wear ring when you are not worshiping it

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The psalmist said 'Lord i have not meddled with things too mysterious for me, ' whether they put on four rings or five rings is there any place in the Bible that says it is a sin to put on ring or that limits the number of rings a person should put on. The prodigal son was given a ring when he came back home - was he married? Please learn to mind your own business. Thank God man is not God ,else everyone will be in hell.

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i worship at the LORDS` shrine.

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fesse

pls where do u worship and u fuzek,

thnx

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you are all denying your pastors,then whose pastor is wearing the fashionable rings?

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@fuzek,

is like you are a member of , i reserve my comment.

but i dont support all those their rings, anyway am not among all these new generation churchs.

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I was surprised to see this man mentioning BISHOP DAViD OYEDEPO,he is my Bishop and i can tell you guys categorically that he wears only one ring and apart from that, watch what you say about prophet of God (especially ordained ones), they are regarded to as 'rock of offence'. So be careful not to be offended in them.

Do you know what happen to even John the Baptist who took offence in Jesus Christ, Jesus says the least in the kindom of God is greater than John the Baptist even though out of all born of woman no one is as great as John the Baptist.

Let's keep this site on, a beg live men of God alone and mind also what you discussed.

Remain Blessed

Leah

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Mr Woods - You guess? You guess?? Man, come on. Your guesses have nothing to do with scripture. Spookiness is totally in your mind. I once took a course in metal work and made a ring. People said it was ugly, and looked like really weird. I bet if you had seen it, you would have called it demonic. But here's the thing, I made it MYSELF! No matter how it looked, it was not demonic, it was just a ring I made. The speed at which you guys use looks to judge things is really amazing, if the devil is the king of lies as the bible said, why would you think he would present himself in a manner that you would easily recognise? Demonic things exist, but I assure you, they are really not that easy to tell.

Regarding perception, let me tell you how frail perception is: During my mother's days in university, born again christians wouldn't wear jeans, because jeans was something that hippies in the UK and US wore. In other words, it was considered irresponsible, and possibly demonic.

If we go a bit further back in history, the first missionaries/explorers believed that africans (that means you mate) were evil because of the colour of their skin.

Here's my point: I can't stop the way people perceive things, especially people who are lacking in wisdom, these things will always happen. But when someone who professes to be a christian informs me that the way I dress or look affects my responsibility or christianity, I'm very disappointed. If I met a dreadlocked pastor who spoke good word, and had a good annointing, I assure you, I will attend his church regardless.

I say this again - if Elijah or John the baptist (or indeed most of the prophets in the old testament) were to come into the world to day to preach, if they had african hair, the hair would definitely be dreadlocked. And it appears Mr Tunde Woods would despise them because of their looks, and suspect they have a skeleton in the cupboard.

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I don't know for how long this question has been on but it's something that interests me and that's why I'm posting a response.

For real I'd always wondered YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? When in this part of the world it's carnality to adorn some pieces of jewelry, you then see a PASTOR with two (or more) rings!

I was scared the first time I noticed it on a Bishop and it was at an anointing service, I quickly dodged cos really you never can tell with 'pastors' these days!

Fortunately, my pastors don't wear so it's relaxing for me to remain in my church.

After all said and done, I believe a reaction is always borne out of an earlier action; you know.

However, if it does not affect having the right relationship with God and Man, I mark it OK!

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I think they receive the second ring on the day they were ordained as bishop. But you never can tell, as nothing is impossible these days. Many pastors want to perform miracle, so they are looking for it anywhere and any how.

I will only advice you to be very careful and concentrate of Jesus the Author and finisher of your faith.

You can ask those pastors by sending mails or letter to them.

Chidi

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my pastor doesnt

And really who cares?

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I have never observed this before, but i will try and do that as from today.

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