It has been an interesting little journey which has finally reached the end. We looked at eight different questions concerning the passage in 1 Corinthians 11 that discussed the head covering.
In summary, we saw that the head covering that Paul was referring to was indeed a physical object which was worn not as a cultural tradition but a Biblical teaching that is closely knit to the order that God has placed in nature, in marriage and the spiritual realm.
As we conclude this study, or rather my understanding of the passage, I want to make a few remarks; some that will express my thoughts, some of disappointment, and even some that may seem like they’re undoing the first 9 posts. All in all, I hope to remain summarized and to the point while also sharing my gratitude to all who have read through the complete thought process.
The Verse not Discussed
For those who have read the passage and followed through with my posts, you may have noticed a verse that I skipped over and didn’t mention. There was a reason for that and that was because I left it for the conclusion.
Of the many different opinions regarding the head covering, there are some I understand and others that I completely reject. Of the ones that I reject stands the opinion that a lady who doesn’t wear the head covering is not a true believer.
Andy Bannister once, in an unrelated topic, made a passing comment regarding “the danger of letting your rhetoric run away with you.” In other words, in trying to persuade someone to agree with our belief or understanding, there is the danger of going overboard by making assertions that we don’t really agree with.
No, the head covering neither qualifies you for salvation nor disqualifies you from it. I don’t think I need to explain this further than to mention the verse I purposely kept out of my previous posts:
However, in the Lord, neither is woman independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.
– 1 Corinthians 11:11 NASB
The keywords there are, “in the Lord”. To explain this briefly, in God’s perspective, man isn’t easier to save, man isn’t better, man isn’t greater, man isn’t closer to perfection, man isn’t in any way more privleged than woman when it comes to salvation. Both are saved by the blood of the one perfect Lamb, Jesus Christ, and only through faith in Him. To believe otherwise is to believe another doctrine, definitely not the Bible.
Does this Undo This Whole Study?
In short, no. The reason why it doesn’t undo it is for the purpose of the head covering. It is required as a duty
1. Before the angels
2. To show that the woman is in submission
3. Because just as her hair covers her, her head covering covers the one under whose submission she is
Even though we are not saved by our works, the Apostle James makes it crystal clear that our works ought to walk hand-in-hand with our faith. If our faith is in Christ, we also must keep His Word. James gives the example of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his own son, Isaac. Was this sacrifice going to save him from anything? Absolutely not! His obedience, however, led him to learn a lesson that was to be a reminder to everyone after him; God never requires child sacrifices! His Son is to be the only ever human sacrifice and that sacrifice is the only perfect one.
What About the Many Christian Women Who Don’t Wear a Veil?
How dare they?!
I’ll try to say this as honestly as I can, with my understanding (whatever it’s worth).
I believe that in every obedience there needs to be conviction. Without a conviction and understanding, obedience is empty. Look at Cain, a person who wholeheartedly wanted to present the Lord with the best of his crops. They were rejected but he was not. Nevertheless, he became angry and God told him simply:
If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? If you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.
– Genesis 4:7 NASB
His sacrifice was out of pride not humility, it was out of duty rather than conviction and obedience. It was empty.
There are many families out there who wholeheartedly worship the Lord in many aspects of their lives. As far as they know it, they are not compromising in their walk before the Lord. However, they don’t believe that the head covering is required.
Wearing the head covering when you have no conviction in your heart to do it, becomes an empty duty. However, if you understand the purpose for the head covering and have a conviction in your heart that the Apostle Paul mentioned it so it would be obeyed and yet refuse it, you cannot use the excuse of, “I have no conviction so I won’t wear it.”
Let your heart be honest before the Lord. If you are yet to understand it completely but are genuinely wanting to obey Him, ask Him to explain it to you. If you walk out of an honest prayer with the Lord convinced that the head covering is not required, please don’t wear it!
Live your life before the Lord, as far as it depends on you, genuinely, honestly, wholeheartedly, humbly and in awe of Him. Be sensitive to His heart. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God …” as Paul says in Ephesians 4:30.
Through this study, I was quite disappointed with the way some people have reacted (Christians). In fact, I was shocked to see that the disagreements did not come regarding the head covering, which I was expecting, but against biblical fundamentals.
Suddenly, some passages of the Bible were not to be taken seriously, some passages were only applicable for a culture and not us, some passages of the Bible were dismissed because of certain interpretations of the “Greek”.
I understand that some may disagree with me regarding the head covering, and that’s fine. I like to think that I am teachable and would love to be corrected and educated further. What I will never understand are the excuses that people use to plainly dismiss a passage in the Bible.
No teaching in the Bible is for one culture and not the other. If a teaching applies to one person, it applies to all. No teaching in the Bible is a silly comment that we can just bypass. If it is mentioned, we ought to understand it and obey it based on our genuine conviction. No teaching in the Bible should be dismissed simply because of our preferred interpretation of what “The Greek says…”
Rather than say,
Aha! This Greek word could mean this, therefore don’t worry about the passage!
Why not think,
Wait. This definition of the Greek words completely dismisses the passage, surely I’ve misunderstood the words. Let me see if there are other definitions.
If an understanding of a passage leads you to disregard a Biblical teaching, as a genuine believer in God, it is your duty to study it until you understand its application and requirement before the Lord. Should there be no conviction, that’s fine, otherwise, do it!
On either account, never ever dismiss it by using horrible excuses.
Again, my disappointment did not come from a disagreement with the head covering, but a refusal to agree that Biblical teachings, if applicable, are to apply to all people equally and do not depend on our preferences.
Finally, be careful with the pride and arrogance that so often comes with understanding and knowledge. Be teachable, always, and yet never compromise.
May God bless you all and thank you, once again, for reading through. Please, I beg you to make your comments, share your thoughts, explain the way you see the ideas I share on this blog. I love to learn and can’t ever seem to get myself to stop. May God richly bless you.