Christian Pilgrim


44. Headcoverings

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is the key passage on the subject of headcoverings. This only refers to public worship, not private devotions.

The general rule is that men should attend public worship (i.e. "praying and prophesying") with their heads uncovered. Women should attend public worship with their heads covered.

v.15 - "Her hair is given to her for a covering." This clause is not a warrant for women to attend public worship without a headcovering. It merely gives an example from nature about how the woman should show her subjection to the man. v.6 proves this as, if reference to headcoverings meant long hair alone, this verse would be nonsense, i.e. it would mean "if the woman have not long hair let her be shorn."

v.16 -"We have no such custom, neither the churches of God." This clause does not mean that women can do what they like with regards covering their head in public worship, because there is no custom with regards these things. The "custom" referred to, is not the wearing of headcoverings. It means that we have no such custom of being contentious.