My Journey to Find Truth about Head Covering

After my hair dyeing incident, the Holy Spirit then kept bringing  1 Corinthians 11 to my attention, so much so that I repeatedly questioned Raymond about it , it’s a debatable issue was his first reaction as was mine, we live in a modern society where married women no longer cover their hair.

So why did this voice of the Holy Spirit keep on, by now I have learnt to listen, after all, last time when I dyed my hair it took a year at least to listen!! So the Holy Spirit gave me the following question:  If Satan subverts truth why is it so important to Islamic women to cover their heads?

And this is the answer the Holy Spirit gave me, because of the power it resonates throughout the spiritual realm.

This had led me to this Truth, God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow , why should we expect its suddenly ok to go before Him with our heads uncovered. As women we fuss over our Hair we understand the beauty and the enticement of beautiful hair, we use it in our body language to tell men we are flirting with them , is this acceptable behaviour in church . Even as women we notice other women’s hair how much more does a man notice. We should Dress respectfully for service to let others know we respect our husband’s role.

1 Timothy 2:9 Also I desire that women should adorn themselves modestly and appropriately and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with elaborate hair arrangement or gold or pearls or expensive clothing.

We cannot change the message just because it does not agree with the modern stance of society, we are part of the world but not of this world and therefore not subject to its laws.

Gods biblical word counts, not the worldly view, I have started to pray with my head covered and have noticed the power of it. I feel closer to the Lord, sense of inner peace and joy. Maybe this joy comes from being obedient as well as what impact it has in the spiritual realm. Raymond and I have come  across an important truth about Hebrew versus Greek worldview/thought. Physical things have spiritual impact and vice versa in the here and now. In our society we don’t think it of it like that. We see physical and spiritual as separate worlds.

There are many scriptures about how Husbands should treat their wives and this is very important I also think there is a great book called The power of a praying wife (Stormie Omartian) which is very important to read if you are struggling with your husband’s attitudes, or behaviour.

(Ephesians 5:25) Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

I have tried to find references to head covering in the Old Testament but there are none which in itself is an interesting fact. No married Jewish woman would have dared shown her head/hair uncovered in public therefore it was not necessary to give instruction, the very reason it is just mentioned in the New Testament shows to me that there was some question from the women of the church and Paul gives specific instruction on it, so the New Covenant with Christ still requires us to cover our heads. In fact it is quoted in 1 Cor 11:10 (Amp) it makes angels displeased, far be it from me to make angels displeased.

This is the Chapter I Refer To:-

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 PATTERN YOURSELVES after me follow my example, as I imitate and follow Christ (the Messiah). I appreciate and commend you because you always remember me in everything and keep firm possession of the traditions (the substance of my instructions), just as I have verbally passed them on to you.

But I want you to know and realize that Christ is the Head of every man, the head of a woman is her husband, and the Head of Christ is God.  Any man who prays or prophesies (teaches, refutes, reproves, admonishes, and comforts) with his head covered dishonours his Head (Christ).

And any woman who publicly prays or prophesies (teaches, refutes, reproves, admonishes, or comforts) when she is bareheaded dishonours her head (her husband); it is the same as if her head were shaved.  For if a woman will not wear a head covering, then she should cut off her hair too; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her head shorn or shaven, let her cover her head.

For a man ought not to wear anything on his head in church, for he is the image and reflected glory of God his function of government reflects the majesty of the divine Rule; but woman is the expression of man’s glory (majesty, pre-eminence). [Genesis 1:26.]  For man was not created from woman, but woman from man; [Genesis 2:21-23.]

Neither was man created on account of or for the benefit of woman, but woman on account of and for the benefit of man. [Genesis 2:18.]  Therefore she should be subject to his authority and should have a covering on her head as a token, a symbol, of her submission to authority, that she may show reverence as do the angels and not displease them.

Nevertheless, in the plan of the Lord and from His point of view woman is not apart from and independent of man, nor is man aloof from and independent of woman; For as woman was made from man, even so man is also born of woman; and all whether male or female go forth from God as their Author. Consider for yourselves; is it proper and decent according to your customs for a woman to offer prayer to God publicly with her head uncovered?

Does not the native sense of propriety (experience, common sense, reason) itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is a dishonour [humiliating and degrading] to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her ornament and glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.  Now if anyone is disposed to be argumentative and contentious about this, we hold to and recognize no other custom [in worship] than this, nor do the churches of God generally.

(Ephesians 5:21-29) Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the Head of the church, Himself the Savior of [His] body.  As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her,  So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless].

Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself.  For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church,

Ask yourselves this question, If we cannot submit ourselves to our husbands, can we truly submit ourselves to the will/word of Almighty GOD.

The other question that will come up is when should I wear a head covering? The answer is when you pray or prophecies. Which basically means we should always be prepared as we should always be ready to pray. I have found through experience that having to grab a head covering ruins the moment. It moves the attention to you and what you are doing and invites unnecessary questions (why are you doing that), rather than the person your are praying for as we should be focusing on Jesus.

The following teaching A Study of 1 Corinthians 11 about Head Covering covers many questions and practical issues on women covering our heads which I highly recommend. It addresses the following:-

  1. This Passage Was Talking Only to the Corinthians
  2.  The book of 1 Corinthians was written for all Christians
  3. The commands in 1 Corinthians are the not commands of God
  4. Long Hair Is the Covering
  5. My Husband Is My Covering
  6. I haven’t been convicted about this yet
  7. My Husband Doesn’t Approve
  8. God Gave Me Peace About Not Wearing the Head Covering
  9. The Head Covering Is A Minor Command
  10. When Should I Wear the Covering

Yours in Christ

Sarah Clements

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