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Headcovering excuses

This is an on-going post that started with a few of my blog posts and comments/replies combined and edited where need be ... but is now being added to.  Also, a post I did that I encourage women to read: "Headcovering: A Salvation Issue?"
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Professing Christian woman have several different excuses for why they do not cover. I'll go over a few of them here.
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A commenter said: "I praise God I am covered by my husband and don't require all of these outward signs to show others I am walking with the Lord. ... Like I said, I am covered by my husband, he is covered by God and that is how simple it is for us!!"

Your husband is your covering and God is his covering and that means you do not need to wear a literal veiling on your head? Let's see if that works with the scriptures. First, the original verses:

"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."

Now let's insert what the commenter said and see if it fits or not:

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered [by Christ], dishonors his head [Christ]. But every woman that prays or prophesies with her head uncovered [without a husband], dishonors her head [her husband].

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Another comment: "You do not have to cover to be a Christian. How is wearing something on your head going to make you a christian? It isn't!"

Let's see what Paul says towards the end of the first letter to the Corinthian church (and "all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord"):

"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I [Paul] write unto you are the commandments of the Lord."

Now let's read what the Lord has to say:

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment"

And how does the Lord know that we love him?

"He that hath my [the Lord's] commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

According to this commenter, we do not have to obey the commands in the New Testament to be a christian.

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Another common excuse: "My hair is my covering." 
Let's see if that works with the scriptures. First, the original verses:
"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."

Now let's insert the above excuse and see if it fits or not:

Every man praying or prophesying, having [hair], dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth [without hair] dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she [had a shaved head]. For if the woman [has no hair], let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her [have hair]. For a man indeed ought not to [have hair on his head], forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

Men, it looks like you have to shave yourself bald every time you want to pray or prophesy. And women, since it's a shame for you to not have hair and it's just like having short hair then you should have hair.

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Another common excuse: "It was a cultural thing. We don't have to do that today."

You are right. It is a cultural thing. It's a Godly Kingdom cultural thing. And, according to Paul in vs. 16, this was the practice of all the churches of God. When we dress in the morning, we are either representing the kingdom of this world (which belongs to Satan) or the kingdom of God / Heaven.

More on vs. 16. In the KJV it's worded a bit strange (as is common for the KJV):
KJV 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Let's see how a few other versions word it:
NASB 16 But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.

EOB 16 But if anyone wishes to dispute these things, we have no other custom, and neither do God's Churches.

NIV 16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God.  

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Another excuse I heard when I first started researching the covering: "People might mistake you for a Muslim!"

This is by far the lamest excuse I've heard yet, and it was given to me first by a professing Christian (and several times ever since). How fleshly and selfish. I'd rather be mistaken for a Muslim because I am dressing modestly and covering my head than be mistaken for a worldly person because I am not dressing modestly and covering my head. It is a command of the Lord. If you love the Lord, you will obey him regardless of how it makes you look.

And another thought:
I wonder if the people who have this excuse use the same line of thinking for other women as well? For instance, if they see a professing Christian woman dressed in a mini-skirt, a skimpy top, and high heeled shoes, do they tell her she looks like a prostitute?

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Another excuse: "My husband does not want me to."
Here is the ONLY excuse I can see that might be legitimate. If your heart's desire is to wear a covering but your husband does not want you to, then the Lord will not hold you accountable for not wearing one ... you are obeying your head as the Lord has commanded (see 1 Peter 3:1-6). However, if you are THANKFUL that your husband does not want you to wear one, you are just as guilty as he is. (Ananias and Sapphira come to mind.)

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One I forgot 'til the other day (it's 8/1/13): "That's for the Old Testament. We are living in the New Testament times now." or "I don't follow the Old Testament."

Response: Read the bible.
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Added 12-22-13 - comments on the following excuses can be found in my article "Headcovering: A Salvation Issue?

But Jesus didn't rebuke the woman for showing her hair when she wiped his feet! She must not have had a covering on!
 
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But Paul tells women not to make their hair up all fancy! This proves women did not cover their heads because obviously Paul could see their hair. If they had a covering on he would not have been able to see their hair!
 
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I don't wear a covering outside of church meetings because it draws unnecessary attention. The Pharisees did things to be seen of men and wearing a covering outside of church meetings is the same thing.
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Did I miss any? If so please let me know.

4 comments:

  1. The clear command is a woman should cover their while praying or prophesying, not at all times. When not praying or prophesying, their hair is a woman's covering.

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  2. @Jann Bryan

    Are we not to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Since we are commanded to pray without ceasing, then wearing a headcovering should be a daily thing. Just something to think and meditate on.

    Yes our hair is a covering, covering your head (literally) is a sign of authority, a way to respect our Father, and another form of modesty.

    Joanne, thanks for posting this ... I am new to covering my head. So this was really helpful :)

    Blessings,
    Alisha

    www.alishainprogress.blogspot.com

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  3. Kehillah in Corinth I 11:14-15 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

    14 Does not teva (nature) itself give you the shiur (lesson) that if a ben Adam wears a long hair-do of a lady’s coiffure, it is a dishonor to him?
    15 But if an isha wears a long hairdo of a lady’s coiffure, it is her kavod (covering) Because the long hair has been given to her instead of the sterntichel (kerchief) or kesut rosh (head covering).
    16 But if anyone presumes in his thinking to be contentious, we have no such minhag, nor do the kehillot of Hashem [throughout the world].

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