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Why ‘Because of the Angels’ does not refer to the ‘Sons of God’ in Genesis

Why 'because of the angels' does not refer to the 'sons of God' in Genesis

In 1 Corinthians 11:10, Paul says we’re to practice head covering “because of the angels.” This is rightly called an obscure verse because Paul does not explain what he means by that phrase. There are many theories, which we’ve already articulated, but today we’d like to talk about a popular view that we think is highly improbable. This is the belief that the angels are the “sons of God” mentioned in Genesis 6. Here’s what that portion of Scripture says:

Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Gen 6:1-4 NASB)

The identity of the “sons of God” is debated 1) For an overview of the various views please visit this page: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/who-were-the-nephilim/ , but one of the more popular views is that they refer to fallen angels. In this theory, demons lust after human women, which leads them to take wives for themselves and have children with them. Thus it is asserted that when Paul tells women to cover their heads “because of the angels” (1 Cor 11:10), he means so that the fallen angels will not lust after them or sexually assault them. Read more


 For an overview of the various views please visit this page: https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/who-were-the-nephilim/

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.

Principle vs. Custom (Renewing your Mind Broadcast)

On October 14th, Ligonier Ministries broadcasted “Principle vs. Custom” by R.C. Sproul. In this video, Sproul spent the entire 30 minutes speaking about the topic of head covering.  You can watch the broadcast below. If you’re can’t see the video click here to watch it on their site.

Here’s a description of this video from their website:

Looking at various customs described throughout Scripture, how are we to understand the application of them in our modern setting? Is there deeper meaning rooted in these teachings, or are they simply cultural issues? Dr. Sproul helps us recognize the difference between temporal local customs and universal principles in the Bible as he wraps-up this study of biblical interpretation.

From the teaching series Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul.

Covering the Web: Oct 24/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

Found an interesting link about head covering or biblical manhood/womanhood? Tell us about it here.

Covering Testimony: Kim Fox

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Kim FoxAge: 32Location: Brighton, COStarted Covering: December 2012

Covering Testimony: Kim Fox

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi! My name is Kim Fox. I am a wife to my high-school sweetheart and mother to six living children and counting- aged 8 and under! (five daughters and one son, and two children in heaven) God redeemed me and called me to salvation when I was 19. My husband and I were baptized together a couple years later. I am a busy keeper of my home, and school my children at home. I am also a sporadic blogger at www.foxliving.com. The Lord continues to grow our faith and led us to a reformed church about 7 years ago.

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

I attend Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. It is a congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA). Our spiritual heritage particularly comes from the reformation in Scotland and the Scottish Covenanters. Our full doctrinal statement is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger and Shorter Catechisms, and the Reformed Presbyterian Testimony. We have recently moved and our church membership still resides in a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Oviedo, Florida. Read more

How to Talk about Head Covering on Your Church Web Site

How to Talk about Head Covering on Your Church Web Site

Churches that practice head covering are a minority in the Western World. Those who are visiting these churches for the first time will immediately notice the distinction between men and women and many will wonder (especially those who are not Christians) what it means. On many church websites there are sections for frequently asked questions, beliefs and/or a page telling visitors what they can expect when visiting. We’d like to share some examples of church websites that do mention head covering and how they introduce the topic to potential visitors. Read more

Clement of Alexandria Quote Image #1

Clement of Alexandria Quote Image #1

Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume Two, Book Five, The Instructor, Book 3, Chapter 11. You can read it online here.

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