Head Covering – A Movement
By Dan Baxley
There is a small return to the practice of “head covering” among the Christian believers. I have given two links, below, one a short and interesting study, or rather, introduction to this “movement”? The Youtube presentation is much longer but going to either of these you will find out what is being taught and why. First, it is not the author of this website to present any other link to other sites as our stamp of approval. While we may agree in part we do not agree in all the teachings and doctrines of either site. To Some this is not knew and some have been practicing this instruction their entire religious life, but for others this is new because it has not been taught from the pulpits of the Christian Churches. The modern climate of men and women among the Christians has been influenced by the secular world in its attempts to make all things equal. This teaching of “covering” dramatically places the authority issue in its proper place. God the Father, our Savior, man, woman, and in that order. Did you see your minister, or pastor, or prophet or apostle anywhere in this order? Read the Scriptures concerning this then go to the web LINKS below and decide for yourself.
Men, remember, many women in today’s environment will not find this acceptable and you must know this and accept it. You are the head but not the “boss” or the “tyrant” of your union, so be patient, as your Lord is patient with you. We are told the prayers of a righteous man avails much, so, go to your knees and be patient and considerate of your wife until our Lord, your head, opens her mind to this. Everything in its time.
The secular influence has done great damage to the Christian Church. But, do not make this issue a deterrent to your own bible study – do not make this a stumbling in your worship, for it would not be the first time people have taken a physical thing and worshiped it. This is a simple practice to honor the Christ and Heaven itself. This is not honor for the man more than our Creator. This practice is not the rule of men over women but of our Savior over all believers. The responsibility of men is to be conscious of their responsibility and position to the Messiah, YaHshua. YaHshua was very patient and loving toward women and in many examples, more patient and understanding toward women than men. How many time did our Savior come down on women as opposed to the men in His physical walk on this earth? Never, He held the men’s feet to the fire, so to speak, but was patient and loving toward the women, as is record the Scriptures. Men, follow our Savior’s example, and your women will love you as they loved YaHshua. It was women that went to the Tomb first and it was the women that followed after Him even as He was taken to die, for them.
Read the following then go to the Links for a deeper study on this subject.
It is really a matter and teaching of “Headship”, covering the head (women) or not (men) is but a part of this teaching and should be understood that way, it is not about men lording it over women and certainly not about women be submissive to all men. As you will see in the following instruction, as mentioned before, you will not find one word about the Pastor of your church or any other man mentioned – this is between a married man and his wife and THEIR relationship with YaHshua.
(1Co 11:1) Follow my (Paul’s) example, as I follow the example of Christ.
(1Co 11:2) I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.
(1Co 11:3) Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
(1Co 11:4) Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his Head (The Christ, YaHshua).
(1Co 11:5) And every woman who prays or prophesies (speaking under inspiration) with her head uncovered dishonors her head (her husband)--it is just as though her head were shaved.
(1Co 11:6) If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.
Paul is not saying we should punish women by shaving their head if they refuse to cover their head while praying or speaking under inspiration. He is making a point of the seriousness of this and how it is a kind of rebellion and that if, even in an attitude against this teaching, most, if not all, women see the idea of shaving one’s head, among women, is a disgrace and most women abhor the thought – so should they have this same attitude when comes to this teaching. Of course, evil men would take this as an excuse to defile their women. Remember, husbands, this is your wife, which is worse, your wife uncovered in prayer of shaven? No man that love his wife would forcibly shave her head. The women see the seriousness of this but it has to be a voluntary thing, something to honor all of creation, from the beginning.
(1Co 11:7) A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
(1Co 11:8-9) For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
(1Co 11:10) For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head.
“And because of the angels”? What happened in Heaven that would make this statement relative? Satan managed to convince a third of the angelic population in the Heavenly realm to ignore this teaching of “position” and “authority” and to rebel against their Creator, the ultimate “authority” over them and try to take the position of leadership for them-selves. In this Headship teaching the women in the Body of the Christ, YaHshua, demonstrate to the Angels of Heaven this true in the ORDER of Creation. It is a reminder, even for them, of what Satan and his angels tried to do as they threw off their “covering”. And all of the angels of Heaven said, HalleluYaH, for Satan and his angels have been cast out of Heaven, but woe to mankind for they have been cast to earth. And the Angels of Heaven did rejoice – because those uncovered rebels were cast out, no longer causing trouble in Heaven. Rev 12:7-13 gives the account of this event. “For this reason and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head” Reading the previous verses we see this is only when the woman is either praying or speaking under inspiration.
(1Co 11:11) In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
(1Co 11:12) For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
(1Co 11:13) Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
(1Co 11:14-15) Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.
(1Co 11:16) If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice--nor do the churches of God.
This has been a verse some have taken to mean that all that Paul said previously is not to be regarded as anything important. Twist it however Paul did not spend all of that time delivering this teaching of Headship just to toss it aside. What He is saying, essentially, is that this is the only physical teaching the Church displays. Some want it to read, “…we have no such practice” but what is he really saying? He is simply stating a fact, the Church has no other doctrine of the flesh. No washing of the hands, or instructions to not handle or to lighting of candles or how many time to whip yourself or to deny yourself or to any other human display of righteousness, false or otherwise. And this teaching is not for our benefit only but for the Angels of Heaven as well.
The following links present this subject in greater detail. Just remember, this single agreement in teaching does not mean we agree in everything these others teach. And please keep in mind the small commentary already presented by your servant, Dan.