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Can Head Covering be limited to Church if the arguments Paul uses apply at all times?

Head Covering Objections
The Objection: Head covering cannot be limited to the local church gathering since the reasons that Paul gives for wearing it apply at all times. He says the the head of woman is the man (1 Cor 11:3) and that women are the glory of man (1 Cor 11:7). These are true all the time, not just during church. Also the angels (1 Cor 11:10b) observe us outside of church as well. Since that is the case, head covering should not be limited to when the church gathers together.

The reasons that Paul uses for head covering (ie. creation order, nature) are permanent and perpetual facts. They apply at all times, to all believers and are not limited to any covenant (new or old). Why then do we believe that during the corporate worship meeting women must cover their heads but afterwards they don’t have to? Some object by asking: “Did the angels stop watching? Are they no longer under male authority outside of church?”

This type of argumentation presupposes that the covering (or lack thereof) symbolizes divine truths at all times. It does not recognize a distinction between its common use 1) ie. protection from the weather, fashion and its symbolic use. They see head covering as applicable whenever and wherever the facts about creation, nature and angels are true.

When we look at head covering in the Scriptures we see two “limitations” that show it is not a perpetual symbol. There are times when a covering is symbolic and there are times when it is not. It is because of this that head covering doesn’t have to be practiced in all situations, even while the permanent facts that Paul appealed to remain true. Let’s take a look at what those limitations are right now. Read more


 ie. protection from the weather, fashion

Mary A. Kassian Quote Image #3

Mary Kassian Quote Image #3

Source: Mary A. Kassian – Women, Creation and the Fall (Crossway Books, 1990) Page 103-104

Covering the Web: March 26/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • The Accidental Complementarian (Her.Meneutics / Christianity Today)
    “With this approach, many years into marriage, I—a headstrong, egalitarian woman—embraced a complementarian reading of 1 Corinthians 11:3: “But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” I sought the truth—and made an interpretive decision.”
  • Congratulations to our Pinterest Winner! (Joni and Friends)
    “Vic guessed correctly on the Pinterest photo – the picture was snapped in 1991 when I was in Moscow, Russia to help prepare for Billy Graham’s Crusade…But why the babushka? The Iron Curtain had only recently come down and many Christians still held fast to old traditions (although, wearing a head covering in church is a very biblical idea :-).”
  • How I Packed For A Weekend in Florida (Fresh Modesty)
    “Bright and early Sunday morning, we attended church at St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. Dr. RC Sproul was preaching and it was incredible to hear him in such a pretty building. I borrowed my shoes and headcovering from the day before and threw on this…”
  • K.P. Yohannan on Head Covering. (Domestic Felicity)
    “I first heard of K.P Yohannon when my aunt gave me the book Revolution In World Missions. Not my usual kind of book, but it was from such a different (indigenous) perspective than I usually get & he gives his testimony in such an engaging style I devoured it. So I was pleased to stumble over his new little Head Coverings book.”
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Head Covering Seminar @ Hannover International Bible Church

Reformation, Revival, Repentance Seminar

Should We Wear Head Coverings in Our Worship Services?

The Church is strongly encouraged to prayerfully study with all diligence 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. During these four hours of study we will look at definitions, history, and objections raised. If this command is still applicable to the 21st Century then we must obey for the right reasons. We are to set aside traditions, culture, and previous teachings as we approach God’s word. May the Almighty God who saved us by His undeserved grace lead us in the way we ought to go (Isaiah 48:17-18).

12 March 2014
Seminar #1: Warnings, Hermeneutics, Hindrances, Introduction to 1 Corinthians.
(PDF) (MP3) (PPTX)

16 March 2014
Sermon #1: All for the Glory of God.
(PDF) (MP3) (PPTX)

19 March 2014
Seminar #2: Exegesis, Myths.
(PDF) (MP3) (PPTX)
Handout (Time Line Slide): (PDF)

23 March 2014
Sermon #2: What Shall We Do?
(PDF) (MP3) (PPTX)

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Here’s a quote from this seminar by Pastor Bob Hnat:

You have to understand…I taught womens hair was her covering. I taught it. I taught it in this church…I taught the Corinth prostitute thing. I’m guilty. And that’s why this passage and all this study has driven me to my knees, confessing to God of teaching things that did not have real historical and biblical evidence. And so it has driven me to repentance. 1) From Seminar #2 starting at 1hr 44min 29sec.


 From Seminar #2 starting at 1hr 44min 29sec.

Is the Lord’s Supper the first time Paul dealt with Church Issues?

Head Covering Objections
The Objection: Paul’s teaching on head covering (1 Cor 11:2-16) is not written as instructions for corporate worship. When Paul is done teaching on head covering, he starts speaking of the Lord’s Supper and he says “in the first place, when you come together as a church” (1 Cor 11:18). When he says “in the first place” that informs us that what he dealt with previously (head covering) was not a church issue.

If head covering is for today, in what type of setting should this symbol be practiced? We made the case here that because of the structure of 1 Corinthians 11 and because of how Paul sees prophecy functioning, that corporate worship meetings are in mind. Some argue that when Paul says “in the first place” (1 Cor 11:18), the word “first” indicates a new setting (the local church). Head covering therefore, shouldn’t be understood as a church issue since it was dealt with before he said that.

Let’s take a look at the verses in question together.

But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. (1 Cor 11:17-18) Read more

Covering Testimony: Michelle Yowler

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Michelle YowlerAge: 45Location: Allen Park, MichiganStarted Covering: Oct 2013

Covering Testimony: Michelle Yowler

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I was baptized and confirmed at Mount Hope Lutheran Church & School. My family was know for having a EC membership, which means we attended church on Easter and Christmas, if that. After confirmation at the age of 13, like so many other Lutheran kids, I wandered away from the church. I always keep my faith in God; however, I didn’t go to church on a regular basis. I would go to any church just to get the experience, because I’ve always been fascinated with different cultures and religions. While others dreaded Sociology class in high school, I loved it. After high school, I went in Air Force where I meet and married my husband. We’ve been married for twenty-six years and have a twenty-two year old daughter. After having my daughter, I started attending church regularly and sent my daughter to Christian schools were I became very active in church service again. I currently work as a secretary for the church and school I grew up in and where my daughter attended school from preschool – 8th grade. Read more

John Chrysostom Quote Image #1

John Chrysostom Quote Image #1

Source: The Church’s Bible – 1 Corinthians (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005) – pg 180 Quoting John Chrysostom

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