To me, it is one of the controversial topics of our church. Was Paul making a cultural address when he said a woman should cover her head or be shorn?
Please share your thoughts, please share your knowledge.
1Co 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1Co 11:5 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.
1Co 11:6 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.
Short hair was sometimes the mark of a woman of poor repute. Thus a Corinthian woman who took part in church with her head uncovered was regarded as having put herself at a low level, perhaps even lewd.
"let her also be shorn" is not a positive command. Its like"she might as well be shorn." It would appear to be disgraceful to have short hair like a man, therefore Paul is saying she should be covered.
(from the SDA commentary, Vol. 6, p. 756)
Seems to be some kind of a strange cultural thing., at least by our standards.I don't see where any of this applies today, except for: (especially long hair on a man, the effeminate look)
1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
While our character is what we will be taking to heaven, it is not divest from our willingness to submit to any of God's requirements IF this is what this is. His character is reflected in His word and it becomes ours when we by faith accepts His word. And this acceptance is not in a legalistic way, but through a spiritual transformation.
Lets not misunderstand the discussion as a call to legalism, but rather a quest to better understand what Paul said.
It's not compulsory to do so. It depends on the woman herself whether she wants to wear it or not. Otherwise, it's not an biblical ordinance to tell all women to wear head covering inside or outside the church. So, in one word, I agree with the commenter here.
WELLLLLLL --- Now Stevens comments lately sure are a burst of fresh air ,,( For the most part ) nightshade made a gr8 comment about dealing more with our character rather than Cultural issues of that time period in some churches,. . one thing that be not just cultural but Biblically creationally based is ordination of women in which N Him sees as a cover up personally .. ,,---------------------------------------_________________-
not wanting unwanted n onging endless debates so I leave it be (^ _^) nough sed.
May I remind you Bro. Gabriel that the calender is not a benchmark for establishing the relevance of any Biblical injunction, and I'm not saying that this is an injunction given by Paul. Rather its relevance can only by determined by what GOD has to say on the matter. Hence, it is to our greatest advantage to understand what He said through the Apostle.