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Pastoral Testimony (Patrick Smith)

Pastoral Testimonies

Patrick Smith

1) Please introduce yourself and the church you pastor.

My name is Patrick Smith and I’m one of the teaching elders (pastors) at Upper Room Community Church in Chula Vista, California. We’re a small Christian church that believes that the Bible is the word of God and that Jesus is our Living Head.

2) Tell us how you came to believe that head covering is a timeless symbol for today.

Like most Christians in North America I’d learned to dismiss 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 as “cultural”. But about three years ago through Gospel Fellowships I began to be exposed to brothers and sisters that believed head covering was for today. So when I studied 1 Corinthians 11 to teach our small house church I was a little more open. When I got to “because of the angels” (1 Cor 11:10) it stopped me in my tracks.  It was as if the Holy Spirit highlighted that verse as I realized for the first time that there is nothing cultural about the Angels. From there I saw that Paul made other timeless arguments from the creation order, the authority structure in Gods kingdom, and nature.
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Covering the Web: Sept 22/15

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • Should women wear head coverings? (Dominic Bnonn)
      “I’m going to venture some comments on this recent article by Benjamin L. Merkle at the Gospel Coalition…I’m simply going  to quote what I take to be Merkle’s central points, and illustrate how badly exegeted and/or reasoned they are.”
    • Swing And A Miss (The Voice of One Crying Out In Suburbia)
      “The genesis of [Benjamin Merkle’s] essay is the very real problem posed to complementarians…why passages like 1 Timothy 2:13-14 are universal and binding but the church doesn’t teach that women should wear a covering”
    • The Recovery of Headcovering Practice (1 Cor 11) Uplifts And Furthers Complementarianism (Little maiden’s journey with Jesus)
      “…I came to be convicted more and more that the recovery of Headcovering practice uplifts and even furthers our complementarianism itself.”
    • New Yorkers Less Receptive to Gospel of Jesus Christ 14 Years After 9/11, Says Mennonite Missionary (Christian Post)
      “Members of the church, donned in conservative wear with women sporting head coverings, said they’ll keep visiting each 9/11, despite declining interest in their tracts and religious information.”
    • Long Hair IS NOT the Head Covering! (Reformed Christian Theology)
      “the fact that the proponents of dumping head covering don’t actually believe in enforcing long hair is proof that none of them really believe long hair is the covering. So, they have no choice but to change their reasoning to either “historical context” or accusations of legalism.”
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Head Covering Testimonies





Covering Testimony: Marcia Rincón




主人と私は長年、ブラザレンの教会に通っていましたが、引っ越しして以来、良い教会を見つけることができずにいました。それで私たちは毎週日曜日、隣の市に遠出し、そこにあるエマオ・バイブル・チャーチというブラザレン教会に通っています。この教会ではほぼすべての姉妹が祈りのベールを着用しています。 Read more

Le voile, est-ce accorder trop d’importance à une chose mineure ? Est-ce une distraction ?

Head Covering Objections
Objection: Le voile se focalise sur une chose mineure. C’est prendre un passage obscur qui n’apparaît qu’une seule fois dans la Bible, et en faire toute une histoire. Plutôt que d’en débattre, nous ferions mieux de nous préoccupper de choses plus importantes pour notre vie chrétienne, comme nourrir le pauvre et répandre l’Évangile.

Le passage qui parle du voile (1 Cor 11:2-16) est souvent classé dans la catégorie “obscure” de l’Écriture. Un théologien a même dit “le voile dont il est question ici, et l’homme de péché dont il est question dans II Thessaloniciens, sont deux des trois passages les plus obscurs du Nouveau Testament.” Mais est-ce vraiment le cas ? Cette portion de l’Écriture est débattable et il existe des objections qui nous demandent beaucoup de réflexions et d’études approfondies. Mais de là à dire “obscur” ? Un verset obscur n’est pas développé par la suite, ni expliqué, ni argumenté. Il est généralement trop vague pour qu’on puisse discerner facilement sa signification. Des exemples de versets obscurs sont 1 Cor 15:29 (le baptême pour les morts), 1 Tim 2:15 (les femmes sauvées par la maternité) et 1 Cor 11:10 (se couvrir “à cause des anges”). Même si les pages de Bible qui parlent du voile contiennent en effet un verset obscur (1 Cor 11:10b), le passage dans son intégralité n’est pas du tout obscur. Read more

St. Basil The Great Quote Image

Saint Basil the Great Quote Image

Source: St. Basil Of Caesarea – Letter 207 (point #4)

Overcoming Head Covering Pride

Overcoming Head Covering Pride

Once I discovered the truth about head covering, I started telling my friends and family about my decision, but only a few have joined me in covering.

As a head covering woman, I’m often left wondering why aren’t more women in our western churches covering? Why do our churches insist on viewing covering as a ‘cultural’ thing when it clearly is not?

The scales have fallen off our eyes and we want everyone to understand the blessing of covering, but when we are met with so much resistance it’s easy to find yourself slipping into self-righteous judgement and pride.

We think, ‘I know the truth. Those people don’t. I don’t even think they care to know the truth about covering.’

Even when you try to be humble, somehow arrogance tries to sneak its way into your heart. You think, ‘I am so wise. They are ignorant.’ Read more

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