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Covering Testimony: Sue Marini

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Sue MariniAge: 57Location: Lancaster County, PAStarted Covering: 1986

Covering Testimony: Sue Marini

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Sue and I am the wife of Alex Marini (an elder at Gap View Mennonite Church in PA) and mother of 6 children (ages 17 to 30).  I’m a secretary to my husband’s harp-making business, and have home schooled for 28 years (this spring I graduate!) I was raised in a Catholic family in Massachusetts, and after I became a Christian (at age 18 in 1975), I was a part of a Plymouth Brethren church where the older ladies still wore head coverings to church. I met my husband at this church, and we were married in August of 1980. In 1988 we moved to PA to be a part of an Anabaptist church that held to a more Scriptural teaching on many issues. If you want to read more about my family and see pictures of my children + grandchildren you can go to the “About Us” section of our website at www.marinimadeharps.com. Read more

R.C. Sproul Quote Image #4

R.C. Sproul Quote Image #4

Source: R.C. Sproul – To Cover or Not To Cover Sermon (free clip)

What Did John Knox Believe About Head Covering?

Head Covering: Church History Profiles

[Series introduction: This post is part of a series that will examine what certain leaders in church history believed about head covering. Their arguments, choice of language and conclusions should not be misconstrued as an endorsement from us. The purpose of this series is to faithfully show what they believe about covering rather than only selectively quoting the parts we agree with.]

John Knox (1514-1572) was a Scottish clergyman and leader in the Protestant Reformation. With five other reformers, Knox wrote the Scottish Confession of Faith and established the Reformed Presbyterian church, known as the Church of Scotland.
John Knox

In 1558 John Knox penned “The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women“. This work which he published anonymously was a fiery case that female rule is contrary to Biblical teaching. His letter was aimed at the female sovereigns of England and Scotland during his time.

In his writing he quotes extensively from the Bible and appeals to various leaders throughout church history. He does this to demonstrate that women having a subordinate position is Biblical and has been taught by Christians throughout the ages. In this work he briefly stops on 1 Corinthians 11 and also quotes from a defense of head covering by John Chrysostom. His purpose in quoting these sections is not to teach on covering, but to prove his central point that women shouldn’t rule. However, when we look at these quotations we can gain some insights on his own view of head covering. Read more

Covering the Web: Jan 24/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • What we believe on head covering in church. (Three Girls and their Hobbies)
    “We recently came across this great movie. Please watch this, and let us know what you think…We are not saying that if you don’t wear head covering in church you aren’t a Christian, but that this is a sign of submission to your father and eventually your husband, and through them, God.”
  • My Experience With Head Coverings (Penned by Katrina)
    “My boyfriend at the time asked me why I wouldn’t wear [a head covering], and the only reason I could think of was because I thought it was weird.  That bothered me. I didn’t want to be unwilling to obey Scripture just because it was asking me to do something weird….I am not wearing a head covering now, and am not sure that is what God is asking me, but I do think that attitude changes everything.”
  • More-Less for 2014 and my childish impatience that changed my life (Blessed Hope Farm)
    “The Lord has recently laid upon my heart a passage of Scripture that I can no longer ignore or excuse away. If you are a Christian and have read the first book of Corinthians, you may recall 1 Corinthians 11: 3-16. Ouch, yep, THAT verse. To be honest, I always skipped over that verse because I, and my church leaders, always focused on verse fifteen.”
  • Thought for Thursday (Sussex Gospel Hall)
    “As the woman wears her head covering, she displays to the angels the beauty of God’s order: the woman in subjection to the man,and the man in subjection to Christ. Angels can learn much from you and me. And they will learn, if we follow God’s pattern of authority.”
Found an interesting link about head covering or biblical manhood/womanhood? Tell us about it here.

Book of Common Prayer Quote Image

The Book of Common Prayer Quote Image

Source: Church of England, The Book of Common Prayer: “Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiastical” (Charles Bill: 1706)

Are Appropriate Hair Lengths Dictated by Culture?

Head Covering Objections
The Objection: Appropriate hair lengths are dictated by culture, not nature. In many cultures long hair on men is normative such as the Native American Indians. When Paul mentioned ‘nature’ he was appealing to their cultural perception of what was right to them.

One objection to calling long hair unnatural for men is the fact that in many cultures it isn’t seen as offensive. One example often cited is the Native American Indians in which many men wore their hair long. If in some cultures it’s acceptable for men to wear long hair, how can we say nature teaches the opposite?

Right In Their Own Eyes

First it’s important to establish that just because a culture embraces something does not make it right. A good example are the Mosuo people of China where the heads of their households are women. Though they probably see this as right in their own eyes, it is not how God designed it to be. It is the opposite of God’s created order (1 Cor 11:3).

Was Long Hair on Men Shameful?

Another misconception is a wrong view of Paul’s own culture. Since Paul called long hair on men “dishonorable” (1 Cor 11:14) those who advocate a cultural view of hair lengths assume that long hair on men would have been seen as shameful. The problem with this view is that solid literary evidence suggests otherwise. Read more

Covering Testimony: Tasha Cantrell

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Tasha CantrellAge: 31Location: Durant, OKStarted Covering: October 2013

Covering Testimony: Tasha Cantrell

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Tasha.  I have been married to an amazing man of God for 12 ½ years.  We have 2 beautiful children, ages 5 and 8.  My husband has pastored a church out of our garage for almost 1 year now.  I work full time outside of the home right now but would love to be able to stay home and homeschool my children one day.  On top of pastoring, my husband owns his own business.  This is has been a blessing that enables him the freedom to lead and care for his congregation as well as spend lots of family time with me and the kids.  I have served God all of my adult life but have only truly sought Him out with every bit of my being for about the last 5 ½ years.  He has begun to do a great work in me which has included lots of molding and shaping.  Praise the Lord!

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.

About a year ago, my husband answered the call to pastor his own church.  We now hold church in our garage 3 times a week and are growing rapidly.  We are currently trying to purchase some land to begin the next step of faith on this journey. Read more

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