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How Gay Rights Advocates use Head Covering to Support their Position

The head covering passage (1 Corinthians 11:2-16) is a battleground for one of the most important issues of our day. Those who advocate for the normality of same-sex relationships by appealing to the Bible, use this passage to garner support for their position. As Christians we must understand their argument and get consistent in our theology if we are going to faithfully defend biblical sexuality.

This video is based on a section of an article we wrote here.

Jeremy Gardiner

Jeremy is the founder of the Head Covering Movement and the author of Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He is a husband to Amanda and father to four young children. Jeremy is also the founder and operator of Gospel eBooks, a popular website that provides alerts for free and discounted Christian e-books.

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  • clarinetlaj

    SUPER job!!! One of my favorite arguments for sure!

  • Stephanie

    I take minor issue saying one is not consistent if they answered differently to your set of questions. The reason being is I cannot condemn men having long hair because of the story of Sampson whereas, I do believe the bible condemns practicing homosexuality. I also am curious if you believe a man with longer hair is in sin? If so, what is the standard for male hair length according to the scripture or is it a cultural thing? Not at all opposed to the covering, but I have such a hard time finding unbiased answers to my questions as well as scriptural and logical arguments. The head covering is still used by about half of my female Christian relatives, but where can I get honest answers?!

    • Great questions Stephanie. Here’s two articles which will give you my take on what you asked:
      What About Men Like Samson Who Had Long Hair?
      Are Appropriate Hair Lengths Dictated by Culture?

      • I thought you might be interested to hear that December 8th was ‘Wear the Veil Day’ so it seems that the Catholic church is also trying to spark a return to the practice of headcovering in their own traditional way. http://weartheveilday.com/ is their site for it. I know their tradition of chapel veils is different, but it might be an interesting article to examine how other Christian denominations engage in the practice.

    • The Romans / Corinthians were in general for men having short hair. To them, long hair on men evoked the image of barbarians, their mortal enemy (and the cause of their eventual downfall.) When I read these verses I image Paul saying, “You don’t want to look like women with their long hair, do you?” You have to keep in mind that among the Pharisees, they prayed “Thank you God that I was not born a woman.” My pastor even told me that there were some ‘black-and-blue Pharisees’ that so strictly observed their beliefs, rather than look at any women (lest her mere appearance causes them to sin in temptation), they would close their eyes or look away – causing them to fall over things and run into things often causing bruises and minor injuries. I don’t know if the Romans felt the same way about women.

      You won’t find many unbiased answers here – it’s sort of like going to a Republican website for information about an upcoming election – of course everything will be for the Republican point of view and against all things Democrat. Likewise, most everyone here is pro-head covering … except me – and I’m technically biased against head covering. Scripture says that “sin is lawlessness” I see no law here that requires all men to have short hair for all time. In the ancient world, it’s wasn’t uncommon for women to have hair as long as their waist, in which case, shoulder length hair on men would be short by comparison. Today anything goes for women – many elderly women at my church have short, permed hair, their husbands have even shorter hair cuts or are bald.

      God could have very easily been specific here: “I want all women to wear white, square, lace, head veils that cover every inch of their hair. I want all men to have hair no longer than to their ears.” He didn’t – that’s where I think He leaves up to each culture to decide what crosses the line between masculine / feminine – as it seems more important here that the two be distinct than exactly how they are distinct. I think back to another verse – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. I’d also say that the kingdom of God is not a matter of wardrobe, if it was, all men would wear robes such as those that are worn for Christmas plays at church – in a world where women’s dresses are similar to men’s robes, I can imagine head covering being an important distinction between the two – today that is not the case. For me, to actively participate in head covering in any way, shape, or form goes against my conscience as much as not participating in head covering bothers the conscience of others.

      • Just to piggy back on one thing Jamie mentioned. I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing as “unbiased”. Whenever we approach any topic we always come with our life experiences, what we’ve been previously taught and our own worldview. I think what you should be looking for is openness and honesty.

        How does that look? If an argument is shown to be false, the person should be willing to change their mind. If certain points are not crystal clear, or there’s other evidence that contradicts a point, they should be open about it. It is our aim to be like this.

  • Alisha Jackson

    Great article. Thank you for explaining God’s Word truthfully. Yes, we should cover when we pray or prophesy and yes, men should have short hair and women should have long hair. I know some women cannot grow their hair very long and God understands that but it doesn’t take away truth. And of course everything should start in our inward and flow to our outward. Obeying God’s Word is what we should try to do because we love Him.

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