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Women and The Veil in the Church Culture or Commandment
Before addressing the subject of the veil, doctrine found in the word of God, in the New Testament, in the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, in the eleventh chapter, we will summarize a bit the roles and responsibilities that God has given in His word to the woman .
The role of the woman and the wife both in the family and in the church is of great importance and is in no way to be considered less important or have less value than the role of the man and husband.
Both at home and in church, the role and responsibility of women and wives are of fundamental importance, but we must understand that they are not the same exact responsibilities and the same roles that the man and the husband hold.
The man has a certain position and role both at home and in church and the woman also has God given responsibilities and roles.
The wife, for example, must submit to the husband as the church has to submit to Jesus
EPHESIANS 5:22-33, 1 PETER 3:7. 1 PETER 3: 1-7
A comment is necessary here and that is, if the woman is not submissive to her husband it means that she is not subjected or submitted to Christ, then her rebellion is not only against her husband, but against God himself.
The reason why women should be submissive to their husbands is not a matter of sex superiority but of role and channels of authority established and confirmed by God in his word. This difference in role and authority is held for the following reasons:
1) God has designed them in the creative order GENESIS 2:15-24, GENESIS 3:16, 1 CORINTHIANS 11:8-9, 1 TIMOTHY 2:13.
2) In the order established in creation, man is the head of the Woman The woman is created by God to be man’s partner and his help GENESIS 2:15-24, the man and woman are equal before God respect to human dignity, salvation and God’s blessings GALATIANS 3:26-28, but not in terms of roles and authority.
1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is God
1 Corinthians 11:7 – 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man, 9 because the man was not created for woman, but woman for man. 3) The Wife and Woman can not feel positions of spiritual authority over the man So women can not teach men in church, they may consider the positions and offices of government in the church, that is to be pastors, teachers and elderly in the church. The reason there has already been said but in part is further explained in
1 Timothy 2:11-14 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 I Do not permit a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man, but to be silent. 13In fact Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not to seduced but it was the woman who being deceived fell into transgression.
The woman also has spiritual weaknesses that prevent her from holding such a position of spiritual authority in the church and over the man. Because of this the man / husband is called upon to protect the woman / wife, not only because she is physically weaker, but also because she is more inclined to give in to the wiles of the devil in certain kinds of temptations, and because of these women are driven by God to behave in a certain way and to consider their specific role.
There are only two cases where the woman has a position of authority in the family and in the church and only in these two cases she may have a kind of teaching authority.
1) Secondary authority over children, the primary responsibility belongs to the father, primary only if for obvious reasons the husband is missing. However, in light of this subject see the exceptions of Scripture, that is, except for separation of believers 1 CORINTHIANS 7:10-11 she called woman to marry and be spiritually covered, that is under the protection and authority of a husband 1 TIMOTHY 5:14-15.
2) The older women of the church have a measure of authority over young people and can, in fact must teach them certain things according to the word of God TITUS 2:3-5TITUS 2:3-5.
So the first responsibility of the woman, the wife is to be submissive to her husband and be obedient to her husband, of course when she is not required by him to transgress the word of God In this submission, however, there is a behavior that is required by God, that the woman in the church should have.
The word of God tells us. The behavior commanded by God is connected with other things that relate to the responsibilities of the woman / wife.
The behavior of the woman / wife should be such as to reflect a spiritual gift of goodness and kindness, that is essential for the Christian woman.
The contentious woman lives in rebellion and sin, as the contentious woman who does not follow the behavior commanded in Scripture is not submitted to God
This is why Peter tells us
1 Peter 3:1-7 Likewise you wives, be submissive to your husbands so that, although there are some who do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2When see your chaste conduct accompanied by fear . 3 Whose adorning is not the outer one: Twisting of your hair, wearing gold jewelry or wearing fine clothes, but the 4 hidden in woman of the heart, the steadfast purity of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great value in God eyes 5So this way in fact once the holy women who hoped in God adorned themselves, being submissive to their husbands, 6 as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, you have become her daughters, if you do well and you are not taken from any terror . 7 Likewise you husbands, live with your wives with understanding due to the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, and honor them because they are heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.
Here we see what is of great value to God and that is that the woman / wife is adorned with a sweet spirit, peaceable and steadfast purity,being submissive to their husbands.
If the woman / wife is not adorned with this spirit but she is contentious and has a rebellious spirit, that is of no value whatsoever before God, that brings us even at the end of this passage because, he says, “so that your prayers be not hindered”.
This final section of this passage is often misinterpreted and I think it’s usually taught erroneously and is connected only to the husbands because they are the latest subjects mentioned, but in reality this is not so.
In the passage there are specific words, which is the word likewise joining the wives to the husbands and then by the two parties both linked together into this warning.
Remember that the husband and wife are united as one just as Christ and the church are
Therefore the word, likewise combines the commandments and responsibilities of marriage to both and not only the husbands, both are warned, and both wife and her husband, if they do not observe these commandments, the prayers of both are at risk of being hindered.
Sisters if you want to hinder your prayers do not submit yourselves unto your own husbands, go ahead and be rebellious and contentious.
As confirmed by the word of God, this here in 1 Peter 3:7 is a universal principle in Scripture, which is applied to all people regardless.
So if the husband does not obey his responsibilities towards his wife, his prayers will be hindered because he will be in transgression of the word of God, but if a wife does not do what is written in this passage, she will also be in transgression and also her prayers will be hindered.
Clearly we see that this is true in Scripture in general.
Psalm 66:17-18 I shouted to him with my mouth and I extolled with my tongue. 18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
Proverbs 28:9 If anyone turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Clearly the behavior of women in Scripture must be consistent with submission to Christ and His word and this being shown in obedience to the authorities under which God has placed them.
Contention by the woman / wife in any case is a sign that there is spiritual immaturity at the very least and that the woman / wife in question is rebellious to God himself.
To see how rebellion and stubbornness are a serious matter, what does the word of God say?
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as worshiping idols and household gods.
Let us examine how the behavior is right and wrong and what are the responsibilities of women in this case.
The woman / wife is commanded by the word of God to have a certain attitude and behavior that bring honor to God and her husband also because this certain behavior helps her to be submissive, gentle, not contentious and protects her from the temptations to which she is more easily prone to yield to. All this introduction so far is given so that we can fully understand the text that we have to examine that is:
1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved. 6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord. 12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God. 13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? 15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
The first commandment given by Paul with apostolic authority as to the behavior of women in the church is regarding the the symbol that the woman should wear to show her disposition of obedience and submission first to the Lord, then to her husband and also the church, this symbol is the veil.
This passage is important to study because it teaches us many truths in regard to the roles of men and women and it is also a passage that contains many commandments as how a woman should behave in church. These unfortunately have been reduced by many today, only to be things of a cultural nature rather than still be considered applicable in the doctrines for the church today.
For many people, especially women, these principles are considered applicable only at that time instead of being considered for their universality and the divine principles which are in fact unchanged by time or culture.
Again, these who teach these type of doctrines are wrong I believe, because the word of God and His doctrine does not adapt itself to the changes of culture and society, in specific instances especially regarding the doctrine of the church.
The church must adapt to the Bible not the church nor the Bible to society and culture.
The word of God supersedes any event in culture and society. It would be like saying that, as many try to do today, the church must change its mind about homosexuality because society tolerates and accepts it, this would be the same concept.
The word of God is unchangeable by the society and culture, at least it should be, unless you are talking about the many cultural differences that exist between Israel’s ceremonies of the Old Testament and the New Testament church.
The symbol that the veil represents is not optional or just cultural of that time and that today is not valid for the church.
It should be understood that instead of a tradition it was, it is,a commandment which was observed in all the churches and that this commandment transcends time, and also any and all changes in society and culture.
This passage therefore begins with Paul’s important exhortation to follow him in the same way that he follows Christ.
Paul continues by praising the Corinthians because they remembered the traditions that Paul had given them because they also realized that the source of his apostolic authority was God Himself and not man, verses 1-2.
It ‘obvious that there was still a problem in this church. Among the many problems that were in this church, there was another one.
Some people,women no doubt, did not want to follow certain rules during the meetings. This issue we see is true for the way Paul begins verse 3.
After praising them Paul says “I want you to know”, this is an indication that there was a problem that needed to be addressed, there was something they did not know.
As at the beginning of 1 Corinthians 12 Paul says to them that he did not want them to be ignorant about spiritual gifts, which meant that there was ignorance in this regard.
So here he says to follow him as he follows Jesus and he is happy that they remember his instructions as coming from God, but now he says I want you to know.
The problem addressed in this passage is this:
Some women in the assembly did not want to cover their heads when they were in a church meeting. Paul then has to explain the importance of this and that this behavior is unacceptable in any church and all that is understood by the text itself.
Paul explains that the veil is a symbol that the woman should wear, not because the culture demands it, but because it is a symbol in the church of something very important. It’s a symbol of the submission of women to the spiritual authorities under which God has placed them, not man but God, the veil therefore is a symbol of the authority under which the woman is placed, starting with God and then her husband.
This is because each member of the church should reflect the glory of their own head and not bring shame on them. Paul then explains:
Verse 3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is God
When both the man and the woman do not respect the spiritual order decreed by God this always manifests itself in an unseemly behavior see verses 4-8, which also goes against the natural order that God established in creation, that is what is described in same passage in verses 14-15 even nature itself teaches you, that is a disgrace for the the man have long hair If a woman has long hair instead it is an honor for her, because her hair was given her as a covering.
So there is, with the wearing of the veil, a respect for all spiritual authorities placed over the woman and also respect for the natural order of things established by God. In other words a woman has to be different from a man in her appearance and a man different from a woman in his, even nature confirms this fact. We see how this in today’s society is not so any longer. Today often we struggle to recognize the difference especially if we see someone from the back, there are women dressed like men and with short hair so that a man even dressed as a man but with long hair and earrings let’s say, is hard to distinguish or to be recognized as a man in a case like that.
Remember that both in the spiritual and in the natural order, God has set Himself the positions of authority, as well as a visible difference between a man and woman.
Paul reminds us in fact in verses 8-9 because man is not from woman, but woman from man, 9anche because the man was not created for woman, but woman for man.
And also in:
1 Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
These are a few ofthe real reasons why the veil must be worn by a woman and because she cannot teach or exercise any authority over man. It is for this reason that Paul not only in 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-12, also said in:
1 Corinthians 14:33b-37 As in all the congregations of the saints, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored.
What does this really mean? That the woman absolutely cannot speak in the church? No, it would be inconsistent with other portions of Scripture, as women with their heads covered by the veil can pray and prophesy, so they can talk.
1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered brings shame to his head because it is the same as if she were shaven.
but their words must given in a certain order and decorum. The speech of women is therefore in the same context 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-12.
Before men in the church, women can only pray and prophesy wearing the veil, this kind of prophecy is the one that can be compared to what Paul says in
1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesies speaks to men a language of edification, exhortation and consolation.
And this is only comparable to today’s reading of Scripture or a thanksgiving to God or a prayer, but never a woman in any way can teach when there are men in the church because any kind of teaching is authoritative and in doing so would be in breach of the commandment found in 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-12. The reasons that Paul gives us are not at all cultural, they arise from the order are placed in the natural order which God has established, which transcend time and culture, in fact this is well explained in
verses 10-15 10 For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. 11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.
The woman is then commanded to wear a sign, a symbol, which demonstrates publicly that she is submitted to the authority under which she was placed by God This fact is established by God in the order of creation and therefore in nature.
The lack of will to do this and the rebellion against the wearing of the veil is a sign that the woman is contentious and will not ultimately be subjected to the authority that God wants her to be subjected. If the woman was subjected to God she would not do this but would accept it as a commandment of God. We can therefore say that the veil could also be seen as a test to see if the woman has a spirit of submission, or if she is rebellious.
The veil is therefore not a matter of culture or custom to be left in antiquity, but it is an outward sign of an inner spiritual condition of the woman. The veil, therefore, is not to be just a cultural custom or tradition that today does not count, but it is a commandment of apostolic authority and a symbol that proves the spiritual health of women in this particular case.
This fact is further confirmed by other passages that teach us how the veil is tied to the importance of the attitude of submission of women and therefore the importance of complying with this practice goes beyond culture.
Genesis 24:64-65 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac, she then quickly got down from the camel, the 65she said to the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”. The servant replied, ” is is my lord.” Then she took the veil, and covered herself.
Some will say but this is a custom and culture of the Old Testament, but now we live in different times and cultures, but this is in Genesis 24 confirms both
1 Corinthians 11 and
1 Peter 3:4-5 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
1 Corinthians 14:34 As in all the congregations of the saints, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.
The fact that we are now in the era of the new covenant does not undo what is the law of God as Paul says. If submission is symbolized by the wearing of the veil then the woman should wear it, Paul in fact refers to God’s law which has authority and jurisdiction over the culture we live in even today. Also, culturally speaking, how can a Christian woman rebel against the word of God only to submit to the culture of the world?
We must note that the society and culture we live in is in total rebellion to the roles that God has established, then what should a Christian woman do today? Obey the culture? What determines the submission of Christian women the culture or the word of God? Can we annul the commandments and doctrines that God has given to the church because the culture is different today then it was then? Who is the Lord of the church culture and society or God? The Bible clearly commands us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and do not conform to this world Romans12 :1-2.
It’s also very clear in Scripture that if a person is a friend of the world they are the enemy of God
James 4:4 adulterers and adulteresses, do not you know that the friendship with the world is enmity against God? So who wants to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God
I do not think that culture is what we should not dictate the behavior of Christians.
Why should not the veil be worn today? Otherwise it might ruin the image of women, and then they could not show off all the repertoire of today’s fashion in clothing if the veil must be put on her head? Therefore it would ruin the image of women?
Unfortunately I believe this is exactly so, just like nowadays, it is required to cancel and delete all parts of the Bible that are no longer consistent with the culture in which we live. This is a real shame, that is, transgression of God’s word and an offense against God himself.
The church today is unfortunately doing this at all levels, they do with feminism, divorce, homosexuality, abortion, let alone if they will not do it for a simple headscarf,.
5 but every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered brings shame to her head because it is the same as if she were shaven. 6 now if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shameful thing for a woman to be shorn or shaved, then she should cover her head.
Let’s look at these verses, what are these verses saying? First of all, we see that the woman in the church can certainly pray and prophesy, but only when wearing a head cover, that is an external symbol, the veil, which indicates that she does these things in submission to spiritual authority under which she was placed by God.
We have seen what this means in verse 3 but I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of the woman is the man and the head of Christ is God
If a woman prays and prophesies in church with her head uncovered it brings shame on her respective head, in this case her husband and God himself.
Now Paul says very important things here, because he says that if she did these things in the church with her head uncovered this would shame her head and this would be the same thing as if she had her head shaved.
In fact, he says that if the woman does not cover her head it is as she was, what does this mean?
These words do not seem to indicate something optional or cultural. Words that seem to have permanent and spiritual connotations. I do not understand how one can give meaning to the word of God that is most pleasing to them, you can not do this with the word of God.However, what Paul is trying to communicate when he says that a woman brings shame to his head? Would this be true only in the church of Corinth? This would be true only for the church at that time in that age?
The answer is obvious, no, not just then but even today, if it was a disgrace then why not today? So, what did it mean that if a woman prays or prophesies with her head uncovered it is the same thing that if she was with a shaved head? What did the shaved head at that time mean and what does it have in common with today?
Even in Paul’s time there were feminists, women who did not want at all costs to deal with any kind of submission.
,In fact if we believe that feminism is a recent thing we’re wrong. True feminism the kind that always wanted to get out from under the authority decreed by God in the order of creation has always been there.
In fact, this rebellion to the roles designated by God, not by man but by God, as we have already had occasion to see 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-15 has always existed.
The Lord himself declared this to Eve in:
Genesis 3:16 To the woman said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children. Your instinct will be toward your husband, but he will dominate you. ” What does “Your instinct will be toward your husband, but he will dominate you”?
First we must see that in the context of this statement made by God nothing is a good thing. Adam and Eve have just sinned, rebelled against what God has commanded them. Now even worse as God is declaring curses on them, the consequences of their rebellion.
The instinct or the desire of the woman in this case is not a good thing, what this means is that the woman from then on as she had removed herself from under the protection and authority of the husband, thing that God had established so that from that moment on she always would have a tendency not only to want to rebel against the role and authority of the husband but also to usurp the role and authority desiring them for herself. Thing that God does not like because this attitude is not in God’s design for her.
That’s why, her desires, to want to be independent, rebellious and not want to submit to her husband are what the sinful nature of women would have generated. On the other hand, the desire of the sinful nature of man would have been to dominate women domineering them in an abusive fashion. The woman that rebels against the man and the man who imposes on her to make her submit. Both these behaviors are sin in God’s eyes, they are part of the sinful nature of mankind.
What has this to do with the woman with a shaved head? It does have to do with it and how, because the woman in Paul’s society and culture in order to challenge and protest her position as a woman who had to be in a position of submission to the role and authority of man shaved their heads. So even in those days like today this open rebellion by some women was there. So Paul is saying that those who do not want to wear the veil in the church are the equivalent of women who wanted to shave her head as a symbol of rebellion against man.
So that even then woman wanted to be rebellious to the authority of male roles and I repeat that these have been established by God and not man, man, the male has certainly abused these roles and authority but God is the One who has established them.
A born again woman, like the man for that matter, is a new creature in Christ that has been reclaimed to the extent of the spiritual state before the fall into sin, then both the born again woman and the man are now held to observe the roles under the respective authorities that God has established and has placed them. So this is the concept that Paul is explaining to us in this passage. Therefore, the veil is a symbol that the woman should wear in the church because it confirms that she is again submissive to the authority and roles under which God has put her.
Not wanting to do such a thing the woman says, as the women who shaved their heads to decline to be placed under the authority which God has established.
Going forward, what did Paul mean when he said that women should wear this sign or symbol of authority on their heads also because of the angels?
This is one more reason that Paul describes to us why the woman should wear the veil in the church. The Bible teaches us that the angels who are ministers of God for the good of the elect of God to salvation.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all spirits servants, sent to serve for the good of those who inherit salvation?
Are angels present at gatherings of believers? I would say yes, since we are in the presence of God The angels then observe the attitude and behavior of people and observe any sign of disrespect in the assembly where as worship to God is offered.
The angels seek to understand things pertaining to human behavior because they can not understand it. The angels are holy and righteous and they cannot understand at all human rebellion, can not really even understand the salvation of God, see also in regard to this concept and context what Peter says
1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that if not for themselves but for you, administered the things that you now have been announced by those who have preached the Gospel through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels crave to penetrate with their looks.
Moreover, the angels themselves are in the presence of God and respect their submission to the authority of God and the hierarchy in which they operate. This reflects the covering of their submission and humility before God that we have described in:
Isaiah 6:2 Above him were seraphs, each of them had six wings: with two they covered their face, with two they covered their feet and with two they flew.
This passage is important because in the attitude of the angels in covering their faces and feet we realize that this posture indicates an act of submission and humility in worship to God
The same posture, coverage, and thus the attitude that the veil symbolizes in the church indicates as well an act of submission by the woman before God and then to the other spiritual authorities under which she voluntarily gives obedience according to the word of God
We must therefore understand the importance of this statement by Paul in regard to the angels, as this also tells us that the wearing of the veil as a sign of submission to spiritual authorities by a woman in the assembly is not at all dependent upon the culture in which one lives.
Both the creative order, nature and the presence of angels and their own submission to God and to those to who they must submit in their hierarchy, do not at all depend on the culture, then we can not say that these principles are valid only regarding the veil exclusively in the culture of Paul’s time, these principles are eternal and universal and valid today as well.
God has established a clear chain of authority both at home and in church, ordering the men to have a primary position of authority and responsibility, this must be respected in the church and culture has no jurisdiction over the roles that God has ordained for the church and the Christian family.
Our culture, however, rejected these ideologies of divine order as well as the order established by God, by refusing the difference in the roles established by God for men and women, this is a trend in modern culture where men are becoming more like women and women more like men.
Many women think that the submission to the male figure and to recognize and acknowledge his authority is an unbearable burden, saying that this takes away the dignity of woman and drives her to be a lesser person and meaningless because she must recognize the man as superior.
This can not be further from the truth. This is not the intention of God at all. Even in the Trinity, t for example, all three persons of the Trinity are God and the relationship between them is equal with regard to their deity, but as to their role of authority they are all subject to one another things in order of authority, first the Father, then the Son and then the Holy Spirit. The Son submits to the authority of the Father, the Holy Spirit submits to both Father and Son and yet they are all God and One not less important than the other, even though they are three they are one and so is between a man and a woman.
Those who teach that the church must conform to the culture and society and therefore must adapt to do what the culture and society do err greatly. They teach that the church must therefore comply with other ideologies and philosophies rather than become conformed to the word of God and the image of Christ. We cannot bring the word of God to submit to the culture and society we live in it is we who must conform to the Word of God. The church must be guided by the word of God, the biblical doctrines and traditions of the Apostles who received directly from God.
13 Judge among yourselves. Is it fitting that the woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doesnot even nature itself teach you, that itis a disgracefor a man to have long hair? 15 rather for a woman to have long hair, it is a glory to her, because the hair is given to her for a covering.
Now there is to clarify these verses in light of what Paul has already mentioned beforehand.
In verses 5-6 Paul already stated
But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered shames her head: for it is the same as if she were shaven. 6 Now if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil onher head.
Here we see that Paul makes a comparison between the woman who does not want to wear the veil in the church and the woman who has a shaved head or short hair. Whydoes he make this comparison?
We have already seen what it meant in those days for a woman to have short hair or a shaved head.
It means the same thing it would mean today.
It ‘s obvious that Paul is not saying that a woman’s long hairare themselves the cover of which Paul is speaking here.
The coverage is the veil which is the symbol on the woman’s head confirming that the woman is submissive to the authorities under which God has placed her and ONLY if the woman is willing to wear this symbol is she then allowed to pray and prophesy publicly in the church.
What Paul is talking aboutis not a veil of hair, this is evident from his own words, that if the woman does not want to wear the veil then it is as if he had short hair or shaved head. He is not talking about long hair as a cover that would replace the veil, but a specific symbol that Paulin fact specifies in verse 10 .
So that now in light of all this in verses 13-15 we have a better understanding of whatPaul is saying. He is not saying that the long hair of women, which are natural to the woman, because giventhem by God Himselfby nature,arethe substitute of the veil in the church.
But Paul likens the fact that even in nature, God in His creative orderdesigned the woman and the man to have a certain hairstyle that reflects the role that God has given each of them.
Paul is by no meanstalking about long hair in place of the veil.
The church, therefore, the woman’s headscarf or veil is a symbol of their submission to God first and then his boss that the man, husband or any male under the spiritual authority which God has placed donnna Christian.
In verse 16 to conclude in fact, Paul anticipates the responses of contentious attitude that some had and still would have had regarding this rule.
He did not stop it using only apostolic authority, which would have been enough, but he says that this contention wasnot the custom among the apostles and not even in other churches.
Obviously this, the veil, was a practice that all other churches were accustomed to observe, and on which they all agreed upon and there was no contention in this regard.
So those who disagreed with the traditions of the Apostolic doctrines were certainly considered contentious
2 THESSALONIANS 3:14, the principle applies to all epistles and the church today.
We have seen from the text used until now in the Assembly, the church has allowed women to pray and prophesy, but only wearing the sign of their submission, that is the veil.
I also wonder, but because women today seem to be so opposed to wear a veil in church? Perhaps because it spoils their styling?
I do not think so, I think it’s the same problem that existed at the time of Paul, they want to do what they want, have the spirit of rebellious feminists, although most women in the church today do not want to admit it. Their attitude and behavior in general and if you look closely it is not like the word of God commands.
The problem is not so much the cultural reasons why a woman does not want to cover their head in church today, but rather a contentious and rebellious attitude toward what the word of God says in regard to the role of women and also about this apostolic commandment.
This is a passage that most women today seek all the ways to privately interpret it, only seeking explanations and interpretations which best adapt to their carnal desire and behavior, rebellious and contentious behavior.
What cost them to wear a headscarf in order to obey and honor God and honor their husbands, husband that if they do nor have one then Christ would be?
Obviously it costs them a lot, they obviously do not want to honor God nor does it matter to them to demonstrate a spirit of submission to God’s word.
So in conclusion I believe that the majority of women in churches today do not receive the full blessings of God because of their rebellion, not only the fact of wearing a handkerchief on their head, a ritual that would be useless if their attitude does not reflect what the word of God commands, but the very fact that they do not want to wear it shows in most cases, not all cases, there is also biblical ignorance in this regard, however, in most cases unfortunately it is a commandment that is not observed because they have a rebellious and contentious attitude. It’s obvious that if they have this attitude they can never be submissive to their husbands they will not be able to honor them without being submissive they will reject not honor God. If the symbol is much easier to obey than the commandment of which it is the symbol, let alone honor the commandment of which the veil is a symbol.