Last evening, I saw a post on the question of the headcovering. The gist was, this young lady had wondered about whether she should follow 1 Corinthians 11L2-16 literally or not, so she talked to her father about it and he told her that it was cultural. She cited the common arguments about the headcovering being common at the time, women uncovering their heads in church, etc. It reminded me of another post I read recently on a different blog: Stop Adding To The Text of I Corinthians 11:1-16!
Ever since the Lord opened my eyes to I Corinthians 11:1-16 regarding the head covering, given me understanding, knowledge and maturity with this subject, I’ve heard of many interpretations and arguments of what the covered head is. However, many people just add to the text of what is not even there. When you confront such people, their reasoning is not even biblical, but just the sayings of men and not from the word of God.
The first interpretation of the head covering is that it is a literal cloth covering, but that it is a cultural thing and was only to be done in Paul’s time. However, this interpretation is wrong. The Apostle Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 14:37 that the things that he writes are the commandments of the Lord. Paul goes back to creation to give the reason of why a man is not to be covered (when praying or prophesying) and why a woman is to be covered (when praying or prophesying).
"For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man (I Corinthians 11:9-10 -KJV-).
This commandment was not only for the Corinthian Church, but for all believers. It is a universal command, for every culture, time period and generation.
"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:" (I Corinthians 1:2).
"But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God" (I Corinthians 11:16).
*Note* Churches of God is plural, not singular.
I highly recommend Michael Marlowe’s article Headcovering Customs of the Ancient World. He does an excellent job of investigating the truth about headcoverings in Ancient Rome.
Another blog, recently started, that headcovering ladies may be interested in, is The Journey of the Veil.
Update (2/15/10): I made an error in my statement about the blog at the beginning. It did not mention prostitutes as I originally stated. Sorry! I have corrected my mistake.