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In 1 Corinthians, chp. 11, Paul talks about the necessity of women covering their heads when they pray and prophesy. He also says that men should not cover their heads and that women who don't cover their heads should shave them; although, Paul seems to import a sort of mockery when referring to the shaving of heads. My question then, should we females cover our heads still in this current age just as women did years ago when attending church services and/or whenever we pray? I mean, I realize our salvation isn't based on whether or not we do this, but is it  not still the proper thing to do, or do the fads of the ages make a difference in how we should present our selves? Would anyone care to explain what Paul is teaching here? thx. 

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Hi Prophet,

You have my admiration for it. Most are simply too embarrassed to reveal such a level of submission, which is a shame.
We cannot be ashamed of our Lord and how we live for Him. If we are ashamed then we cannot be followers of Christ..... we are either in or out...... and if we are in then we must follow the rules for Godly living as given to us in the Word..... Jesus was not ashamed to die for me ans neither is He ashamed to interceed for me daily before the Father so how can I be ashamed of sibmitting to Him
Yup, people have become so used to me wearing mine they just shake their heads and roll their eyes if anyone asks why I dress like this.......... some even make the windy signal with their fingers to indicate that I'm strange.......Praise the Lord! I am strange I belong to a peculiar people.........those who follow after the Master
HI Linda, such lovely promises, but why did you take the tassels off? just a question,
because that is also one of the dress requirements that we have tassles on the "corners" of our garments.
The dress requirement is very wide and has so many facets, it is really quite interesting with things such as not mixing types of fabric, and of course the wearing of tassles and what our underwear should look like etc
I understand how you feel about the long tassels and that we are not supposed to be flashy in our dress etc. I'm not asking this to put you under any condemnation......I am just interested to see how different people feel about all of these things. Here is an explanation about our underwear......

When we worship our lord we need to approach Him with humility and respect and in some instances the way we dress is part of the respect. The Mormons have this part right they wear what they call temple garments which are kind of cut off long johns or long underpants that reach from the knee to the waist, which are made of cotton, and very comfortable to wear. The dress requirements for priests is very clear in Exodus 28, and as we are a Royal Priesthood, we should be wearing what priests wear when we serve the Lord.

perhaps I am too radical....... but how can I just obey those parts that make me feel good, I must follow the whole requirement, some people say but that is not applicable to us "Born Again" Christians, or to women as they were not priests, because we are not under the law.... Exactly, we are not under the law but we still have to follow the requirements for Holy Living, and for approaching the Lord with our pettitions and prayers...... now we can come boldly before the throne of Grace but we must still come with respect.

Exodus 28 42 "Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh. 43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die.

Sorry if this is another curve ball....... but you know what ask God He is the ultimate answer to all our questions..... I am required to dress like this but that is what God wants from me.....He may not require this from you So ask Him... and see where He leads you
Wow, undeserved high praies, thank you, but the Praise must be to our Lord, Who is moulding me to be as He desires, and if He says I am a treasure then I rejoice and worship Him in His Holiness.

You are such a blessing and encouragement to me Woman of Worth and Virtue Be Blessed
Hi Stacey,

Here's an answer from www.gotquestions.org regarding the 'length of hair' issue which you have addressed. This conversation is in danger of the issue becoming legalistic if we are not careful. There isn't an action that we can 'do' to make ourselves more acceptable in God's sight.

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

If a women is to cover her head that is something she should pray about and determine if it is conviction from the Holy Spirit to do this, or condemnation from the enemy saying 'you are not good enough...you must try harder to be acceptable'

Check out this article:

Question: "What does the Bible say about hair length? Do men have to have short hair, and do women have to have long hair?"

Answer: A passage that mentions hair length in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 11:3-15. The Corinthian church was in the middle of a controversy about the roles of men and women and the proper order of authority within the church. In the Corinthian society, women showed submission to their husbands by wearing a veil. It seems that some of the women in the church were discarding their veils, something that only pagan temple prostitutes or other rebellious women would do. For a woman to come to church without her veil would be dishonoring to her husband, as well as culturally confusing. By the same token, for a man to wear a veil or to somehow have his head covered during worship was not culturally acceptable in Corinth.

Paul appeals to biology to illustrate the appropriateness of following the cultural standards: women naturally have longer hair than men, and men are much more prone to baldness. That is, God created women with a “natural veil” and men with an “uncovered head.” If a woman spurns the mark of her submission (the veil), she may as well shave her head (verse 6). His point is that if the culture says a woman should not be bald (going without her natural covering), then why would she reject that same culture’s standard of wearing a veil (going without her cultural covering)?

For the man’s part, it is unnatural for him to have “long hair” (verse 14). His hair is naturally shorter (and thinner) than the woman’s. This corresponds to the Corinthian tradition of men not wearing a head covering during worship. Paul urges the church to conform to the generally held ideas of male and female appearance.

While hair length is not the main point of this passage of scripture, we glean the following applications from it. 1) We should adhere to the culturally accepted indicators of gender. Men should look like men, and women should look like women. God is not interested in, nor does He accept, “unisex.” 2) We should not rebel against the culture just for the sake of rebelling, in the name of some sort of Christian “liberty.” It does matter how we present ourselves. 3) Women are to voluntarily place themselves under the authority of men in the church. 4) We should not reverse the God-ordained roles of men and women.

Our culture today does not use veils or head coverings to indicate submission to authority. The roles of men and women have not changed, but the way we symbolize those roles changes with the culture. Rather than establish legalistic standards of hair length, we must remember that the real issue is our heart condition, our individual response to the authority of God, His ordained order, and our choice to walk in submission to that authority. Men and women have different, God-ordained roles, and part of that difference is shown by their hair. A man's hair should look masculine. A woman's hair should look feminine.

Recommended Resource: Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns.

Here's another one:
Question: "What does the Bible say about legalism? How can a Christian avoid falling into the trap of legalism?"

Answer: The word “legalism” does not occur in the Bible. It is a term Christians use to describe a doctrinal position emphasizing a system of rules and regulations for achieving both salvation and spiritual growth. Legalists believe in and demand a strict literal adherence to rules and regulations. Doctrinally, it is a position essentially opposed to grace. Those who hold a legalistic position often fail to see the real purpose for law, especially the purpose of the Old Testament law of Moses, which is to be our “schoolmaster” or “tutor” to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).

Even true believers can be legalistic. We are instructed, rather, to be gracious to one another: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters” (Romans 14:1). Sadly, there are those who feel so strongly about non-essential doctrines that they will run others out of their fellowship, not even allowing the expression of another viewpoint. That, too, is legalism. Many legalistic believers today make the error of demanding unqualified adherence to their own biblical interpretations and even to their own traditions. For example, there are those who feel that to be spiritual one must simply avoid tobacco, alcoholic beverages, dancing, movies, etc. The truth is that avoiding these things is no guarantee of spirituality.

The apostle Paul warns us of legalism in Colossians 2:20-23: “Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” Legalists may appear to be righteous and spiritual, but legalism ultimately fails to accomplish God’s purposes because it is an outward performance instead of an inward change.

To avoid falling into the trap of legalism, we can start by holding fast to the words of the apostle John, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17) and remembering to be gracious, especially to our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4). “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat” (Romans 14:10).

A word of caution is necessary here. While we need to be gracious to one another and tolerant of disagreement over disputable matters, we cannot accept heresy. We are exhorted to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3). If we remember these guidelines and apply them in love and mercy, we will be safe from both legalism and heresy. “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

Recommended Resource: Balancing the Christian Life by Charles Ryrie.

Another passage to consider:
Mat 5:20 "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Traditions do not have equal authority as Scripture does, and we are not to allow our relationship with God to be reduced to a legalistic list of rules and rituals.

I don't think you are doing this Stacey....just sending a sisterly reminder to be strong in your faith, however, if God is convicting you to lie prostrate for three days and cover your face with your hair and not look up during your prayers then who am I to say otherwise... Be prayerful and careful that it is conviction and not condemnation.

Blessings young sis.. In Him, Carla

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