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Wordwise Insight, Issue #135
November 14, 2015


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): (Is it necessary for women to have their heads covered in the house of God?)

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Women Head Covering

QUESTION: Are head coverings for women for today? I have a dear sister-in-the-Lord who has a blog, and is very much pro-head coverings. I was surprised to discover also that R.C. Sproul condones head coverings.

ANSWER: Thanks for the great question. There are a number of issues that arise in the context of the Bible passage that deals with the subject (I Corinthians 11:2-16). I won’t attempt to address them all. I’ll focus mainly on the verses that apply to women covering their heads in the meetings of the church.

As you imply, there are differences of both interpretation and application with regard to the passage. Some, of course, reject the validity of the teaching altogether, asserting that Paul was simply speaking for himself, and was prejudiced against women. For those who believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, that is not an option.

But even when we deal with sincere Christian people, ones who accept that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, there are differences. Some believe Paul’s instruction is universal, and applies to our own time, and women should have their heads covered in the house of God. Others are convinced it was a cultural thing in the first century that has no direct application today. That the principle of humility behind it is still valid, but the specifics of dress are not.

When I was a boy, our family attended a church that believed in women having their heads covered. This was interpreted to mean that a woman should wear a hat in the Lord’s house. But nothing was said about the kind of hat, and those of some got bigger and fancier as time went on. Easter Sunday, in particular, was the traditional time to wear new finery and show off your latest head gear.

It doesn’t take much thought to realize that this practice actually flies in the face of the principle Paul was trying to teach. The hats became a matter of...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Women Head Covering.)


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