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Why I Believe Head Coverings In Worship Are For Today

I cover my hair when I am in a worship service. I haven’t always. I was raised in a church where older women still covered their hair, usually with a hat, but the younger women didn’t. Except for one, and she still sticks out in my memory. My mother never covered her hair, explaining to me that it’s something women used to do, did in biblical times, and that some women still believed that they ought to but that it wasn’t a commandment for Christians today.

For most of church history, it was expected that women would cover their hair in a worship service. Men didn’t, because the Bible was very explicit that they shouldn’t. Women did, also because the Bible was very explicit that they should. Or so the faithful were told in those long ago days. Then things changed, women became liberated, and the church moved away from such old-fashioned teachings. And we all know how that’s worked. Or hasn’t. We moved away from teaching women that they ought to cover their heads in worship and moved towards a more balanced view of men and women in the church. Or so I’m told. What I know is this: When women cared about such things as head coverings, they also cared about other things such as being a godly submissive wife, a gentle nurturing present-in-their-children’s-lives-mother, growing in Christ-likeness and going about doing good. One just naturally flowed into another. But we told women that they didn’t need to cover their heads and so they don’t, and they don’t do a lot of these other things, either.

1 Corinthians 11: 12-16,  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 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.

Those few verses are part of the verses from 1 Corinthians 11 that addresses women and head coverings. For nearly 2,000 years, the church understood these verses to still be relevant to them, then, abruptly, they didn’t. Our modern views simply wouldn’t allow us to hold such old-fashioned ones. Yet, throughout church history, we’d held just such views. I can, and I will, go further into these teachings in coming days, and as part of that, I will be posting quotes from godly men throughout church history who believed, and who still believe, that God’s command for women to wear head coverings wasn’t just applicable to the Corinthians but is applicable to all Christian women no matter when they live. For now, though, I want to say this: I do not believe that head coverings are a salvation issue. I do believe it is important and that God meant it to be for all women. I do believe that it is an act of obedience to cover your hair in a worship service. I don’t think you will go to hell if you don’t.

Why cover your head in worship then? Because it honors God. Because all Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine. Because that which God has commanded, we who love Him ought to do our best to obey, and this includes women covering their heads in worship.


5 thoughts on “Why I Believe Head Coverings In Worship Are For Today

  1. I am so glad to see that you have studied this passage and found the truth and applied it to your life. It is a wonderful passage that is sadly so neglected and distorted, within so many churches and I am so pleased to see more churches and individuals giving this the study it deserves. I have a question for you regarding your statement about this instruction not being a salvation issue. Do you believe that obedience is a salvation issue? I believe that any command or instruction that is handed down by an apostle or Christ must be followed in order to be obedient to God. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who DOES the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” The key word is ‘does’ and we are required to do things in order to show our faith. Our faith, which is based on God’s word is dead unless it is followed by works (James 2:20). You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Hebrews 11 lists a number of men and women who were called “faithful” because of their actions that ultimately proved their faith in God. Because of these verses, I cannot say that dismissing the head covering passages in 1 Corinthians 11 is NOT a salvation issue. One cannot dismiss the instructions of baptism or the Lord’s supper and say that they are not salvation issues. They most certainly are. We cannot dismiss any passage and be found faithful and righteous. Many do not want to draw a line saying that this is a salvation issue, but we must be honest. Obedience is always a salvation issue.

  2. I was hoping you would be able to answer my question from yesterday regarding if you believed obedience was a salvation issue?

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