HEAD COVERINGS

“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” 1 Corinthians 11:4-5

THE BIBLE SAYS…

1 CORNINTHIANS 11:1-7

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.”

1 CORNINTHIANS 11:13-16

“Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.”

The fact that Paul only commands covering for certain times indicates to us that he has a removable head covering in mind.

THEREFORE…

WE ACCEPT THAT THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES ABOUT HEAD COVERINGS: The Bible instructs women to wear a covering in church, and men to refrain from wearing one.

“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head:” 1 Corinthians 11:4-5a

WE RECOGNIZE THAT CREATION ORDER IS THE FIRST BIBLICAL REASON FOR HEAD COVERINGS: Biblical head coverings are not based on culture. They are based on God’s creation.

“For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:8-9

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE SECOND BIBLICAL REASON FOR HEAD COVERINGS ARE THE ANGELS: Evidently the angels in Heaven are watching us as we worship the Lord in our assemblies. By submitting ourselves to God in the issue of head coverings, we rightly symbolize the created order to all who are watching us, both visible and invisible, whether in Heaven or on earth.

“For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” 1 Corinthians 11:10

WE SEE THAT NATURE ITSELF IS THE THIRD REASON FOR THIS COMMAND: Nature teaches us that there are distinct differences between men and women, and that when gender distinctions are disregarded, it brings dishonor. 

“Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” 1 Corinthians 11:14-15

WE ACCEPT THAT THE FOURTH REASON FOR HEAD COVERINGS IS THAT THE APOSTLES TAUGHT IT. This teaching remained the standard practice of most churches throughout the majority of Church history.

“But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:16

WE ENCOURAGE WOMEN TO WEAR HEAD COVERINGS, AND MEN TO REMOVE THEM WHILE IN CHURCH. 

A woman’s natural covering is her long hair, however, when in church she is also to wear an artificial covering, as a symbol that she’s under authority. Men are to remove their head coverings in church for the very same reason.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1