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Head Coverings: The Pain and the Privilege

Head Coverings: The Pain and the Privilege

[Guest Author: This article was written by Carlton McLeod. If you’re interested in guest writing for the Head Covering Movement please contact us.]

Carlton Mcleod

Carlton McLeod is a native of Columbia, SC and grew up in Upper Marlboro, MD. In 1987, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reached the rank of O-3 before the Lord called him into full-time ministry. In 1997, Dr. McLeod and his wife Donna established Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. Dr. McLeod is relentless in his pursuit to compassionately teach with a biblical worldview. After spending his early years in ministry attempting to pull young people out of the kingdom of darkness with all the world’s methods, the Lord led Dr. McLeod back to the Bible to see the critical need for constant, fervent, and Spirit led biblical family discipleship. The D6 Reformation was created out of this desire. Dr. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Hampton University; a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He and his wife Donna have been married since 1992 and they have two beautiful daughters, Dori and Aryanna and a son, Jonathan.

In January 2013, the Lord prompted me to teach through the Epistle of First Corinthians, line by line.  Knowing what was in this Pauline letter to the church at Corinth, I was excited, but nervous.  Why?  Because of the implications of actually being obedient to what was written therein.  In fact, I “double-checked” with the Lord in prayer in an attempt to discern if this was in fact His will for our congregation.  I asked the other elders.  We talked about it and prayed.  Why all this consternation?  Because First Corinthians is a scary book; other parts of Scripture would have been much easier!  In May of 2013, we prayerfully began, finishing in December 2014.

Well, I can say my fears were founded.  The Epistle shook our church.  Read more

Covering the Web: Aug 14/15

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • Why I Cover My Head (The Realization of Good)
      “Those of you who, like me, were born into and brought up in the conservative Anabaptist culture, could likely recite at least parts of [1 Corinthians 11] from memory...
    • Humiliating head coverings (Theology Geek NZ)
      “New Testament scholar Daniel B Wallace has written an article [on head covering]. Since [they’ve] been on my mind lately, I’m going to venture some brief comments.”
    • The Headcovering as a Symbol of Submission (The Christian Woman’s Veil)
      “By God’s grace, I am an educated woman looking forward to pursue my PhD studies…You can now understand my reaction when I heard the words SUBMISSION OF WOMEN.”
    • A Call To Be Pioneers? Headcovering Sisters, Let Us Open A Way Where There Is No Way!  (Little maiden’s journey with Jesus)
      “Are we afraid of people’s reactions against our head covering practice? Are we like fearful hamsters who are trembling at the corner of the church because nobody is doing it? Dear friend, I want to encourage you that you are clearing a new path right at this moment.”
    • The Practice of Head Coverings for Women in the Church (The Christian Journey)
      “some in our day are questioning what the Church has always obeyed and accepted. We need to ask ourselves am I following the Lord and His Word or the crowd of popular opinion today?”
Found an interesting link about head covering or biblical manhood/womanhood? Tell us about it here.

How do we Harmonize 1 Corinthians 11 and 14?

How do we Harmonize 1 Corinthians 11 and 14?

In 1 Corinthians 11, women are told that they are to pray or prophesy in the assembly with a head covering. However, later on in the letter Paul says that women are forbidden to speak and must stay silent in the same context. How do we harmonize these two passages?

First, let’s read the two verses in question:

But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head… Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? (1 Cor 11:5,13)

As in all the churches of the saints, the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting. (1 Cor 14:33a-35 HCSB)

The first thing we must note is that both passages are timeless. Paul says that the practice of head covering and the silence of women in the assembly are held by all the churches (1 Cor 11:16, 1 Cor 14:33-34 HCSB) and both issues are grounded in proper biblical authority (1 Cor 11:3, 1 Cor 14:34). So both must be taken seriously and have application to the church today.

There are three main ways to harmonize these passages. We’ll go over each of these one by one and then we’ll give our take on which one we find most compelling. Read more

Covering Testimony: Marcia Rincón

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Marcia RincónAge: 20Location: ColombiaStarted Covering: Dec 2014

Covering Testimony: Marcia Rincón

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

I am a very happily married wife and a part time teacher. I accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord when I was 10 years old, when my brother led me to Christ. I am a young lady in search of the set-apart life, living in hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus, governed by my Lord Jesus, living my life for the Lord. I’m a teacher but actually dedicated to my home and my husband.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it. Do others practice headcovering there?

My husband and I have both been going to Brethren assemblies for years but since moving to this area we found it difficult to find a good church fit. So each Sunday we travel to a nearby town where there is a brethren church. It’s called Emmaus Bible Church. Yes, mostly all the ladies in our fellowship practice it.

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Head Covering Objections



「もしパウロがコリントにいる女性に対しただ単に『かぶり物を着けなさい』と言っただけで、そういった指示を出した根本的理由を説明していなかったのだとすれば、私たちはその理由を見出すべく、自分たちの文化的知識に頼らざるをえなかったかもしれない。しかしここでの場合、パウロは、――コリントの売春婦の慣習云々ではなく――創造の秩序をその理論的根拠として挙げている。」 1) R.C Sproul – Knowing Scripture, 1977, ch 5, pg 110.


「文化的背景を知ろうとする熱心によってかえって、(聖句で)実際に述べられていることがぼかされ不明瞭にされることのないよう気をつけなければならない。」 2) R.C Sproul – Knowing Scripture, 1977, ch 5, pg 110.

1コリント11章で、パウロは 1)創造の秩序 creation order、 2)自然nature、それから 3)御使いangelsにその根拠を求めており、それらはいずれも文化を超越するものです。 Read more


 R.C Sproul – Knowing Scripture, 1977, ch 5, pg 110.
 R.C Sproul – Knowing Scripture, 1977, ch 5, pg 110.

Témoignage d’un pasteur : Robin Bassam

Pastoral Testimonies

Pastor Robin Bassam

1) Qui êtes-vous ? Quelle est l’église que vous dirigez?

Je me présente, je suis Robin Bassam né à Londres en Angleterre. Je me suis converti en 1970 à l’âge de 25 ans dans une église évangélique libre. En 1974 j’ai reçu un appel du Seigneur à Le servir en Norvège. En 1983 je me suis rendu en Norvège et ai servi pendant des années tout au Nord de la Norvège. Il y a 7 ans nous avons fondé l’église internationale de Trondheim qui est une église anglophone et non-dénominationnelle. Nous avons débuté avec 12 amis puis nous avons grandi pour être maintenant 35-40 chrétiens à nous réunir. Notre église compte parmi ses membres des croyants d’Angleterre, de Norvège, du Canada, de Roumanie, d’Ukraine, de Malaisie, du Viêt-Nam, de Singapour, du Ghana et des Philippines.

2) Comment en êtes-vous venu à croire que le voile est un symbole intemporel qui continue de concerner les chrétiens ?

Je me suis converti dans une église évangélique libre qui était de confession réformée calviniste. Le pasteur croyait à la doctrine du voile et la moitié des femmes de l’assemblée se couvraient les cheveux (principalement avec des chapeaux). Les quatre ou cinq premières églises où j’ai été pasteur avaient un certain nombre de femmes qui couvraient leur tête au culte. A l’école biblique Elim (une école biblique pentecôtiste en Angleterre) j’ai participé à un débat sur le voile de 1 Corinthiens 11 où je devais défendre le voile. Ce n’était pas un sujet qui me tenait à coeur à l’époque, et je défendais, non pas le voile en tant que tel, mais surtout le droit pour une femme d’en porter un si elle le désire. Suite à ça plusieurs femmes (aucun homme !) sont venues me remercier de défendre leur droit à se voiler par choix. Puis j’en suis venu petit à petit à réaliser que 1 Corinthiens 11 était en fait très clair sur son enseignement. N’importe quel nouveau converti qui le lit le comprend comme un précepte intemporel de Dieu qui commande aux femmes de se couvrir la tête lors des cultes en public.
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Harry A. Ironside Quote Image

Harry A. Ironside Quote Image

Source: H. A. Ironside – Ironside’s Notes on Selected Books – Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11 (1914)

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