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The wearing of fabric head coverings in worship was universally the practice of Christian women until the twentieth century. What happened? Did we suddenly find some biblical truth to which the saints for thousands of years were blind? Or were our biblical views of women gradually eroded by the modern feminist movement that has infiltrated the Church...? - R.C. Sproul

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New Free E-Book: Head Coverings by Greg Gordon

New Free E-Book: Head Coverings by Greg Gordon

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The people of God in history have always had symbols that spoke of heavenly realities.

From the animal skin God made for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21), the tent of tabernacle, animal sacrifice in Solomon’s temple, Water Baptism, Holy Communion to the Head Covering in the New Testament Church, all of these holy symbols speak of greater realities of the spiritual realm all around us. They may seem strange or mysterious but in the end will lead us into right worship of God.

Come explore and learn why the early believers held this practice so highly. Learn what was the significance of Head Coverings. Also learn what the Scriptures clearly teach us from this symbol and how it can apply to us today. You might, in the end, be surprised with the answers you find.

 

“In language any can understand, Greg lovingly and humbly unpacks this neglected doctrine.” – Bishop Carlton C. McLeod, Senior Pastor, Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake

“Greg Gordon tackles a topic that is largely ignored by the Evangelical church. It is a fascinating read that I hope all Christians will consider.” – Israel Wayne, Author / Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal

The Meaning Behind the Symbol (Infographic)

If headcovering is a symbol, then what does the symbol point to? See below for a great infographic by David Phillips. You can get the download the image and see his other infographics on this page.

"The Heart of Headcovering"​ (infographic)

Can Wedding Rings Replace Head Covering?

Can Wedding Rings Replace Head Covering?

Those who take the cultural viewpoint of head covering often argue that since the veil has no meaning in modern Western culture, believers can uphold the principle by substituting the symbol with something that has more modern relevance. The most often cited replacement is for women to wear a wedding ring.

As one example of this recommendation Dr. Roy B. Zuck in his book “Basic Bible Interpretation” says,

Should women today wear shawls on their heads in church? No, because the significance of women wearing shawls in the Greco-Roman world no longer holds true in our culture. The act does not carry the symbolism it once had. But is there a principle here to be followed, and to be expressed in a modern-day cultural equivalent? The principle of subordination (not inferiority!) of the wife to her husband still holds because that truth is stated elsewhere in Scripture. A possible modern cultural parallel, some have suggested, is the wife’s wedding ring (and changing her last name to that of her husband) which shows that she is married and thus is under her husband’s authority. 1) Zuck, Roy B.. (1991)., Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth (p. 97). Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.

There is a foundational reason for why I don’t accept symbol replacement. We simply do not have the authority to change what God commands in Scripture. As his people, our responsibility is to accept what He commands and put it into practice, not modernize or update it. I’ve already covered this point in-depth here and shown how this hermeneutic actually undermines other biblical symbols (like Baptism and the Lord’s Supper). For this article, I’d like to narrow my focus on the “wedding ring” and share why I do not believe it is a suitable replacement for head covering. I’ll lay out my case through five reasons. Read more

References

1.
 Zuck, Roy B.. (1991)., Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth (p. 97). Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.

Spanish translation now available

Great news! Our book “Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice For Modern Times” is being translated into various languages. Today we’re introducing the Spanish version which is being translated by Edgar A. Pérez from Mexico. The introduction to the book is available today and a new chapter will be posted online every 2 weeks. Make sure to bookmark this page and spread the word to your Spanish speaking friends.

Spanish translation:
¡Muy buenas noticias! Nuestro libro “La Doctrina del Velo; una práctica cristiana olvidada para tiempos modernos” está siendo traducido al español por Edgar A. Pérez de México. La introducción ya se encuentra disponible el día de hoy y posteriormente, cada dos semanas, estaremos posteando un nuevo capítulo. Asegúrate de seguir nuestra página y ayúdanos a pasar la voz a tus amigos de habla hispana.

Head Coverings: Counter-Cultural Christianity

Preacher: George Mayes | Sermon Length: 1 hr 6min | Preached: Jan 15, 2017


George-Mayes

George has served in various ministerial roles across Oklahoma since 2003. He is a graduate of both Oklahoma Baptist University with a BA in English Literature (2003) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with an MDiv in Christian Ministry (2015). He has served as senior pastor of Northwest Baptist Church since October 2015. In 2004 George married his college sweetheart, Julia and they have three children: Rolen (9), Abigail (3), and Phinehas (2). George is an avid reader, movie-lover, and student of the Bible. He is committed to expository preaching, the 5 “solas” of the Protestant Reformation, and while not an official Northwest Baptist statement of belief, the pastor also holds to the 1858 Southern Baptist Abstract of Principles.

 

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