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Hats and hair


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

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Hats and hair

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