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What is a Head Covering? Is it a Woman’s Long Hair or a Veil?

In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul instructs women to cover their heads while praying or prophesying. For 1900 years, the church understood Paul to be speaking of an artificial covering such as a veil or scarf. However, in the 20th century, a view began to gain popularity which argued that Paul wasn’t speaking about veils, but hair lengths. In this video we’ll overview this debate and provide 5 reasons for why we believe a woman is to cover her long hair with an artificial covering when praying or prophesying.

This video is an adaptation of an article we wrote here.

Covering the Web: Aug 26/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • A Modern Woman and the Headcovering (A Wordy Woman)
    “I heard preaching that warned of excluding pieces of the bible that seemed inconvenient to a certain agenda or doctrine. The claim was made, if you see anything that you don’t find in accordance to God’s word, you’d be our friend to show us. I soon learned that friendship extended to just about every bible passage except the first half of 1 Corinthians 11- the head covering.”
  • Grief over head coverings (Reformed Christian Theology)
    “Whenever the issue comes up, I feel that all it causes me is grief. The non-believer is not the one who takes issue, he finds Christianity strange to begin with. It is the believer who takes issue.”
  • Hats of the past (Northeast Arkansas Town Crier)
    “While we do not know the exact date of the first hat, it was most likely when man sought protection from the elements. We know that women began wearing hats during the Middle Ages when the Church decreed that their hair must be covered.”
  • Headcovering & Cringing (Frugal Abundance)
    “When I started wearing a headcovering, I did a lot of cringing. In public, I looked weird. I wasn’t exactly comfortable with wearing it yet….After 10 years, I don’t even give it a second thought. A headcovering is simply part of my way of life.”

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H.L. Goudge Quote Image #1

H.L. Goudge Quote Image #1

Source: H.L. Goudge – The First Epistle to the Corinthians (Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1926 5th Edition) Page 97 – Originally published in 1903.

What Did Thomas Wall Believe About Head Covering?

Head Covering: Church History Profiles

[Series introduction: This post is part of a series that examines 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 believed about covering rather than only selectively quoting the parts we agree with.]

Thomas Wall (17th Century) is the author of numerous works including “Baptism Anatomized”, “A Comment on the Times” and “Tythes, No Gospel”. He lived in the United Kingdom and was actively writing in the late 17th century.
Spiritual Armour Cover

In 1688, Thomas Wall published a book entitled Spiritual Armour To Defend the Head From the Superfluity of Naughtiness.” It was a passionate rebuke of men wearing their hair long (contrary to 1 Cor 11:14) and women cutting their hair short (contrary to 1 Cor 11:15). This was a widespread issue, which Wall says was “suffered in almost every Congregation that say they are the Churches of God.” He said that this “sin is so generally spread, that it is as a Leprosie”. He hoped that his book would help Christians take seriously what God’s word and nature teaches us about our hair.

The Apostle Paul’s reason for proper hair lengths is “grounded in God’s order in Nature” and was for people “in all ages”. Read more

An Introduction to Christian Head Covering

Earlier this month we announced that we had set-up a studio and were expanding into video. Today, we’re excited to share our first video “An Introduction to Christian Head Covering“. This particular video is based on one of our very first articles. Click the play button below to watch it.

Expanding into YouTube is a huge step for us in spreading the word about this teaching. There’s a large group of people out there who when they’re researching a topic, watch videos instead of reading articles. We’re excited to have a presence on YouTube for whenever people are looking into this doctrine.

We need your help to establish our account and videos on YouTube. The more views and subscribers we receive will greatly help us appear near the top of search results. Would you subscribe to our channel as well as like and share our first video? Let’s get the word out together!

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