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Hats and hair



Must women wear a hat or veil when they worship God? What does this passage say to us today?

Must women wear a hat or veil when they worship God? What does this passage say to us today?



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    • Women, Hats, and Hair 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Must women wear a hat or veil when they worship? Is it a sin for a woman to cut her hair? What does this passage teach?
    • The Subject of this passage
      • NOT: Women wearing hats or scarfs to a worship assembly
        • Acts of worship are missing
        • Assembly is missing
        • Modern hat vs. the veil of that time
      • Why give a rule here if they are forbidden later? (Must be veiled when they pray. But in chapter 14, they are forbidden to pray in worship.)
    • The Subject of this passage
      • IS: About headship and how it is recognized and demonstrated in Corinth
    • Words to Study
      • HEAD - anything chief, prominent, of persons, master, lord – Thayer's Greek Lexicon
      • VEIL – Greek – katakalupto
        • Kata – preposition showing movement down, from higher to lower, hang down, down from
        • Kalupto – to cover, to veil oneself, to be covered
        • Veil – hanging down and covering the face
    • Words to Study
      • VEIL – Greek – katakalupto
        • Not specific as to color, cloth, composition
        • Must hang down and cover the face
        • Moses wore a veil (2 Corinthians 3:13-14)
      • Man was NOT to wear a covering on his head
        • A woman without a veil indicated masculinity
        • A man with a veil indicated femininity
    • What was the situation at Corinth?
      • Veil – customary sign of a woman in subjection
        • Judge in yourselves – v. 13
        • Is it proper (comely – KJV)? – v. 13
        • Does not nature teach you – v. 14
        • We (the church) have no such custom – v. 16
      • Same with other customs, cultures, times
        • Foot washing (John 13)
        • Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16)
    • What was the situation at Corinth?
      • A woman without a veil = not in subjection (not married or engaged)
      • A woman with shaved head = convicted of prostitution
      • The point was not that they should PUT ON a veil to pray or prophesy
      • The point was the should NOT REMOVE the veil
    • What about today, in USA?
      • Customs change with nations, times, cultures
        • Man with a wedding band = married
        • Years ago – red light district = prostitution
        • Years ago – men removed hat in buildings
        • Foot washing – travel methods changed
      • WHAT IF: In USA, a yellow shirt was the sign of a drug dealer? Red purse = prostitute?
    • Do these rules apply today?
      • YES if the conditions are met
        • Hangs down, covers the face
        • Has the same significance in society
      • Long hair – is a woman's glory v. 15
        • This is a covering
        • Given by God
      • In absence of a custom – a woman's hair is her covering.
    • Is the text dealing with custom?
      • YES – Custom has always had symbols of subjection
      • FACTS:
        • Woman has always been in subjection to man
        • Method of showing it has changed
        • Principle remains, when customs change
    • Is the text dealing with custom?
      • Humility is required – foot washing is not
      • Friendliness is required – holy kiss is not
      • Subjection is required – veil is not
      • What I have admitted:
        • There are 2 coverings – veil and hair
        • In Corinth, the veil was a sign of subjection
      • What I have objected to:
        • Binding a custom from another society
        • Substitution or changing of the text
        • Reading into the text what is not there
      • What I have not said:
        • That headship is a matter of custom
        • That roles are a matter of custom
        • Ruled out the possibility that 1 Corinthians 11 may be applicable today
        • It is wrong for a woman to wear a hat or veil to worship today
    • Principles taught:
      • Woman is subordinate to man
      • Man is subordinate to Christ
      • BOTH must show their subordination
      • Christians must fit into the society where they live – “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
    • Principles taught:
      • Everyone must recognize his or her place in society and honor it
      • Sex identity: The distinction between the sexes must be kept clear in dress, hair, behavior, jewelry, hair styles, etc.