Thursday, May 19, 2011

Article Review: Kings House on Christian Head Covering


"Head covering -- Women: Will You Cover Your Head?": An elucidation of first Corinthians chapter eleven

-- an article in kingshouse.org
-- religious description: "simply born-again believers in Christ"
-- author: "hissaint at hotmail dot com"
-- belief about head covering: yes.


I found this article a long time ago, when I was studying for myself on whether the head covering was for Christian women of today. This article is rather lengthy compared to some, but it is so thorough as to almost be usable as a small booklet, digestible over several studies. The article covers:
  • the scripture from 1 Corinthians 11 with definitions and explanation
  • many cross references throughout the Bible to show the consistency of the Word
  • references to definitions of Greek and Hebrew from both Old and New sections of the Scriptures
  • discussions on prayer, prophecy, angels, hair, creation order, gender roles, and church custom
  • a list and quotation from writers throughout history from the earliest writers in the churches of Jesus Christ
  • a series of quotations 'pro' and 'con' from more contemporary thought
  • testimonies from women who cover
Here is the introduction of the piece:

Prolegomenon

"Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you." (Philemon 1:8,9)

The "modern" Christian, with regards to the issue of head coverings, might respond that it's "archaic" or "of the first century." However, it's in the Scriptures, and is taught to those true believers of the common faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always we truly want to be sound, accurate, and comprehensive in our research of this neglected topic. Most of us when reading 1 Corinthians 11 have accustomed ourselves to pass over this section with no thought as to its relevance for us today. However, I would like to lay down some undeniable facts on this topic before we begin.

Fact #1 - It's in the Holy Scriptures, whether it was for the first century or not, it's there and must be addressed.

Fact #2 - If we single this topic out with the acceptation of it being only for the primitive Church does that give us the license to do that with other genre of Scriptures?

Fact #3 - Seeing it's the work of the adversary to rob (Matthew 13:19; John 10:10) and deceive (Matthew 24:24; Revelation 20:3,8) is it not logical that he attempts to deceive the gullible in this topic also?


I find this article enlightening and thorough, as well as mostly an objective piece, one that presents the facts and allows the reader to come to their own conclusions. Of course, it also is encouraging to those who already use a head covering, or who support those who do, as the author illuminates many different aspects and reasoning for Christian head covering which may have not been thoroughly examined or understood. I recommend it as reading for all of the followers of this blog as well as those who may stumble across this blog who have never understood "those head coverings" and the people who wear them.

Please read this article, and post your response below for others to see. (I read through them first for spam.) I would like to hear from you.

LisaM
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