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Pastoral Testimony (Patrick Smith)

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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.

3) Most people wrongly assume that this passage is all about women. On the contrary you mentioned in your sermon that God used this passage to convict you about your own hair. Tell us more about that.

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Patrick Smith preaching outside

Yeah 1 Corinthians 11 is definitely not only directed to women. When I realized that the apostles instructions on head covering wasn’t cultural I almost immediately became convicted about having long hair. Sadly it was at least a year later before I acted on it. I looked at commentaries that said it was ok for men to have long hair to ease my conscience . But God is merciful and long suffering and when the Holy Spirit prompted me again I was obedient .  Mans glory is woman and I have a beautiful wife. I don’t need anymore glory then that. I also preach out doors at a community dinner we hold and used to wear the hood on my sweatshirt up and even a hat sometimes but was convicted to stop doing that . I want to be obedient to God’s Word. We make it our aim to be well pleasing to our King . If His Word says it I’m going to assume He wants me to do it . James said if we’re hearers only we’re deceived (James 1:22).

4) How did you let your congregation know about your theological shift on this issue? How did you walk them through it?

Our house church merged with another small church (Upper Room Community Church) . And from the first time we gathered I asked everyone to put their preconceived theology aside. We committed as a local body to build our theology straight from God’s Word. We intentionally talked about that first temptation “did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1) and taught that God’s Word is true even if it makes us uncomfortable at times. My wife and I had already studied and prayed about it a lot and about a month before the church got to chapter 11 she began to practice it.  So we were ready by the time we chose to go through 1 Corinthians.

5) How did your church react to your preaching through 1 Corinthians 11?

I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to be part of a church that handled this teaching the way they did . It was received with humility and open hearts wanting to please God. More then half the women have began to cover there heads when we gather .

6) Do you have any tips or advice for pastors who’ve recently come to believe in this symbol and are thinking through how to best introduce their congregation to it?

Trust God and move forward in humility and love. One day as pastors we will answer to God for what we have taught or not taught . Seek the honor that comes from God.

“How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?” Jesus (John 5:44)


 

You can watch Pastor Smith’s sermon on 1 Corinthians 11 below:

 

Pastor, would you like to share your story of how you came to believe in head covering? Tell us about it here.

Comments

Jaz Slate
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Wow. That is so powerful and beautiful. Thank you Pastor for your obedience. It grieves me to see young men, and women also, ignore the scripture while worshiping, claiming to love God, but ignoring the Word and wearing a hat during worship, or hoodies, or long hair and dreads. BUT, I tried to ignore it for A LONG TIME myself, or say for women, the hair was the covering. I thank God He didnt give up on me, and I now have a conscience at peace. I probably wrestled and disobeyed Him longer than anyone, for about 20 years!!! Thank God. I thank Him for ones like you. To see the youth rise up and own the Word and obey it, even something that is hard like I Cor 11. It is a blessing!!! God bless you. Your fellowship sounds awesome, tempting to come out there and join you guys! My husband and myself have a home group we call “The Upper Room”-kindred spirits in Yeshua indeed !!! Thank you and greetings in the Beloved from North Carolina

Patrick Smith
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Praise God …. Thank you for the encouragement sister .

Jaz Slate
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It is a blessing just to here you read 1 Cor 11 in the video. It just warms my heart like heated oil. No one reads this anymore.

Kinuko H
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Dear Pastor Patrick,
How I was encouraged to read your testimony! I am an official translator of the Head Covering Movement and I am going to translate it today!! Please pray that your testimony would read by many Japanese pastors. We have some headcovering sisters in Japan but we still don’t have pastors who boldly defend this doctine. Reading your testimony really gave us hope. God bless you, your beloved wife and your brethren. Kinuko

Patrick Smith
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We will pray for ..,, let me know if there is any bring else I can do to serve you …. [email protected]

Diana Johnston
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This was great! Thank you for sharing!

Patrick Smith
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To God the glory ????

Wanda Vincent
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Dear Pastor Patrick,

Thank you so much for the sermon. I started covering my head in 2010, before that I was a “Christian Feminist” . I even remember using that term source in place of head. I am so thankful the Lord Jesus had mercy on me and the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sins.

I want to say to those women who are struggling with the issue of covering your head, just do it. Yes, it can be hard especially if you are the only one in your church who does. Just keep going even when you have doubts. Don’t be judgemental like Pastor Patrick said , but don’t give up.
No where in the Bible did Jesus say following Him would be easy.

I wanted to also make a short comment to Mandy who commented about the instruments. Please check your Strong’s Concordance on the word psalms in Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19

it actually means : ψαλμός psalmós, psal-mos’; from G5567; a set piece of music, i.e. a sacred ode (accompanied with the voice, harp or other instrument; a “psalm”); collectively, the book of the Psalms:—psalm. CompareG5603.

May Jesus bless you and your family Pastor Patrick
Wanda

Patrick Smith
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Sister Wanda thanks for the encouragement and truth … MAY GOD BE MAGNIFIED!!!

Kinuko H
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Dear Wanda, I was very impressed that you were once a Christian feminist and you also used to say “source” instead of “head”. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I am wondering how our Lord has guided you to the place where you are now! It must be an amazing spiritual journey!! I want to hear your testimony one day! Kinuko

Wanda Vincent
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Dear Kinuko,
I will give you a short version 🙂 . For years I avoided all of the verses in the Bible that said anything about women submitting and being silent in the church. I had preached more than once in church and I was all for what I deemed equality .
Not realizing the New Testament verses are not a negative or are unequal in any way toward women. They are not speaking of equality or inequality, just position. Just as Jesus was/is equal with the Father Jesus has a different position than the Father does. He submitted to the Father and only did what the Father told Him to do, He was/is not “less than” the Father, and women are not less than men because God calls men our head and calls us to submit to our husbands or to be silent in the church or wear a head covering.
I read all I could about what egalitarians were saying these verses meant and I believed the twisted views until one day I was reading in 1 Corinthians 14. I came across verses 34-36 when I read verse 36 the Holy Spirit opened my eyes. I realized I was doing exactly what that verse was saying. I was acting like I knew better than others and I was listening to the serpent like Eve did when he said, “Did God really say…” .
I repented and then I read all the New Testament verses about women’s positions and made a choice to believe God instead of myself and other people’s views. A person has to do a lot of “spiritual gymnastics” to make these verses say something completely different.
It has not been completely easy , but I am so thankful the Lord opened my eyes and is changing me from the inside out.
The Lord Jesus bless you on your journey with Him 🙂
Wanda

Kinuko H
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Dearest My sister Wanda,
Oh thank you so much for your testimony. It is so awesome! I was touched by your sincere respond to Him after being illuminated by His Spirit regarding women’s positions. Wanda, I used to preach as a woman as well and I can relate to your sharing a lot! If the Lord willing, one day, I love to hear more of your testimony. Evangelical feminism has crept into Japanese churches in various forms too, and so, I believe that your testimony would open hundreds of believers’ eyes who have been deceived.Here is my blog address; japanesebiblewoman.blogspot.com

Pani Pirhadi
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As a Muslim woman it makes me very happy to see that Christian women are beginning to practice headcovering.

Mandy
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Patrick, I notice that you will not post my comments. I am in full agreement with head covering and applaud you for teaching the truth on this. I mentioned the passages on instrumental music in my comment that was deleted because I noticed that after your lesson, someone was getting up to use the instrument to accompany singing. I am certain that we must remain consistent with God’s word and not add to it anywhere in scripture. I was just pointing out the silence of the word instrument, and the use of the word sing and hope you will remain consistent in these passages as well (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13 and 1 Cor. 14:15 ). If you have any New Testament scriptures you would like to share with me regarding the authority we have to play an instrument while we sing to God in worship, I would love to have them. Sincerely.

Elaine Mingus
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Love this, love that you were called to give up something too…because the struggle is real and people need to hear the other (man) side of the story. You rock. I would love to visit your church someday!

Patrick Smith
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Thanks for the encouragement sister …. We would welcome the visit any time your in San Diego .

Mandi
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I fail to see how you conclude a cloth covering is what the Bible is talking about in1 Corinthians 11:4-6, 14-15 KJV
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. [5] But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. [6] For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. [14] Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? [15] But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: FOR HER HAIR IS GIVEN HER FOR A COVERING .

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