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# 00771 :  Covering of Head
Praise be to the Ancient of Days !

Sorry everyone for starting my 3rd post but as a very young boy, I do have some genuine queries.

GOD commanded the head of a woman to be covered. (And I think, the literal meaning of Cover is to hide completely without the inner things being seen). But nowadays in the Church, ladies cover their head with a thin, Transparent cloth(scarf - which is fully transparent, revealing the hairs of the head)

Is this way of covering the head pleasing unto the LORD? Should the head of a woman be covered with an opaque like cloth?

in HIM

Post by : winchuck  View Profile    since : 23 Jan 2006

Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 26 Jan 2006 10:03:24 AM Close
Dear 'winchuck,' Part-1/3

Since no one has answered your question, let me try. It may not be completely satisfactory to you. Before we go into the subject, let me say that there are two things that I wish to address on your posting of 23 Jan 2006.

First, about the “Covering of Head.” I assume that you are referring to 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. The word ‘covering’ appears in verses 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, and 15. If we look into the original, there are different Greek words used. In verses 4, the Greek phrase is ‘kata kefalhs exw,’ which means, “to have on the head.” In verses 6 and 7, the Greek word is ‘katakaluptw,’ which means, “to cover up” or “to cover fully.” In verses 5 and 13, the Greek word is ‘akatakaluptos,’ which means, “uncovered.” In verse 15, the Greek word is ‘peribolaion,’ which means, “something cast around,” as in Genesis 24:65 (LXX). In these four expressions, I believe that you were concerned about ‘katakaluptw.’ This Greek word is a combination of ‘kata’ and ‘kaluptw.’ ‘Kaluptw’ means ‘to cover’ as seen in Matthew 8:24; 10:26; Luke 8:16; 23:30; 2 Corinthians 4:3, James 5:20; and 1 Peter 4:8. In all these verses the Greek word ‘katakaluptw’ is used as a verb and not as a noun.

The Greek word ‘kata’ could be translated differently as: ‘against’ (117 times); ‘according to’ (108 times); ‘in’ (35 times); ‘by’ (27 times), and so on. Therefore, its is safe to assume that when it is used as ‘katakaluptw’ in 1 Corinthians 11, it means ‘to cover up,’ or ‘to cover fully.’ This is different from a person covering his/her body by clothing. When we read the Greek word ‘kaluptw’ for the first time in Matthew 8:24, it was in reference to water covering the ship. Could one see the part of the ship that was covered by water? Was it a continuous covering? It may be. It may not be. When a ship is tossed by the wind and if a person say that the ship is covered with water, it does not mean that the parts of the ship is not visible...

(To be cont. Part-2/2)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 26 Jan 2006 10:04:43 AM Close
Dear 'winchuck,' Part-2/3

...But it means, in a general sense, that the ship is covered with water. Now, let us look into the word, ‘katakaluptw.’ It means the covering is a full covering and not a partial one. My understanding is that it refers to the whole head to be covered. This is not by a ribbon or by any means that becomes a part of the head. What do I mean by ‘part of the head?’ It is not the front, the back, the middle, the side, and so on. Whatever method is used, it should be over all the head.

The purpose of covering the head of a woman in praying (speaking to God) and prophesying (speaking about the mind of God to others) is in connection with the headship of Christ in the local assembly. There we also read that the head of Christ is God.

(To be cont. Part-3/3)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 26 Jan 2006 10:05:43 AM Close
Dear 'winchuck,' Part-3/3

Second, I notice that you start your postings by “Praise be to the Ancient of Days!” It is true that in the Old Testament we read about the “Ancient of Days.” In the New Testament, the Son himself has revealed God as “the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The works of the Holy Spirit is glorifying the Father and the Son. We do not read in the New Testament about the ‘Ancient of Days.’ We are also told that we are the children of God and we have the boldness to approach the throne because of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was not the privilege of the Old Testament saints. They were not allowed to go even into the holy place. The children of Israel had the privilege to go up to the brazen altar. To go into the holy place was allowed to the priests, including the high priest, after washing at the laver. The entrance into the holiest of holy was permitted to the high priest, only once a year with the blood of the heifer and the goat. We are not like them. We can approach the throne of God at any time with boldness, because of the blood of the Lamb is on us. We should call Him our Father, that is what the Holy Spirit encourages us to do (Romans 9:15). Look at the epistles; the greetings are in the name of the Father and the Son. Please claim this position as an adopted child and greet us in the name of the Father and the Son, if you wish.

Shalom malekim!!!

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Reply by : winchuck   View Profile   Since : 27 Jan 2006 12:31:04 AM Close
Praise to the Lord !

Dear Bro. Koshy, Thanks for the beautiful exposition and it really encouraged me to get deeper into the topics same as u do always.

And also u cleared about my greeting note which i used to utter on each occassion from my childhood. Thanks for that note too.

Looking on for more expositions from saints on "Covering of Head" issue.

in HIM

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Reply by : charliemat777   View Profile   Since : 27 Jan 2006 1:53:58 AM Close
hello everyone

i too need some clarification on head covering. i noticed recently that in baptist churches not many women cover their heads. now they are known to be quite similar to the brethren in most ways. while being engaged in coversations with some of them they had a different point of view. now these people are scholars and are excellent bible teachers too.

they mentioned that the background needs to be studied regarding this instruction in the bible. the custom prevalent in those days were such that it was the custom of women to generally have their heads covered. only harlots refrained from covering and exposing their faces. hence the biblical instruction should be seen in this light

frankly i dont have a clear answer to this and i am still searching. would be nice if you all can throw light on this taking into consideration all these factors. more so since the brethren are known for taking context and situations prevalent during biblical times, when it comes to correctly interpreting God's word and not taking things out of context.

have a good day!!!

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Reply by : j.c.   View Profile   Since : 27 Jan 2006 7:07:51 PM Close

Now they are arguing over if a woman should wear a head covering or not! And even as to as to what kind of head covering too.

Sheeech! What bunch of religious mess you people are it.

Well, in the 1 st century they wear tongs too. Maybe you should add that to your little religious costumes too. (smiling)

Do you not know that Christ is your covering?

You are focused on the eternals of religion, not the eternal, and that is your problem.

You people has got some bees in your bonnets! LOL.

What a mess!


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Reply by : charliemat777   View Profile   Since : 28 Jan 2006 12:02:51 AM Close
hey JC i think you seriously need to have your head examined. or rather i think you are challenged in the english language. in none of the articles if you carefully examine (i assume you have a primary school level of knowledge of english) would you find that anybody was arguing.
yeah we might be a bunch of 'religious mess' but we choose to be that. at least we are not poking our nose into things that dont interest us and create nuisance to others.
man you have been a pain on this site. have the guts to reveal your identity if you think you are that smart dude!
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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 30 Jan 2006 2:55:00 PM Close
Dear 'winchuck' and 'charliemat777,' Part-1

I Cor. 11:4-5, “Every man praying or prophesying, having [anything] on his head, put his head to shame. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered puts her own head to shame; for it is one and the same as a shaved [woman].”

The context of this passage is “Be ye imitators, even as I also [am] of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1). To those imitators of Christ, the headship of God is shown as: the head of woman is man, the head of man is Christ, and the head of Christ is God. 1 Cor. 11:6 onwards we read about the importance of a woman’s hair. It is on her head as her glory. While man’s head is Christ, woman’s head is man. Therefore, woman’s hair represents ‘man in his glory.’ No man can approach God in his glory, except through Christ. Therefore, a woman sitting with her head covered reminds the man, that it is not in ‘his glory,’ but by Christ, who is his head, he is coming before the throne of grace. Woman covering her head while praying is a symbol of man’s position before God.

1 Cor. 11:6 states that if a woman cast away the covering demanded by the law of God, she must also cast away likewise what is appointed by nature. To go beyond the limits of nature and the laws of God is not progress, but it is diminution. If a woman discards the covering, which is the symbol of her position, she may as well discard that which the nature has given.

A man is not to cover his head while praying or prophesying. Angels do not transgress because of man’s head, which is Christ. WOMAN is not by nature a name of WIFE, but ‘wife’ by condition a name of ‘woman.’ Therefore, womanhood is predicated apart from wifehood, and not vis-à-vis, because it cannot even exist.

(To be cont. Part-2)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 30 Jan 2006 2:56:51 PM Close
Dear 'winchuck' and 'charliemat777,' Part-2

The importance of woman covering her head from its context does not allow any questioning of this practice. The Corinthians, as Greeks, started not to cover their women’s heads while covering men’s head may be the reason this doctrinal injunction is placed just before the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:17-34) and after the table of demons. The Jewish and Muslim men cover their head while praying. To the Grecians it was customary to grow their hair and beard as a token of devotion to any study. This is similar to the practices of Hindu maharishi’s, Ayyappan seva, etc. (From the context, it is clear that the preceding portions of this epistle leading up to this deal with practices at Corinth that needed to be corrected. A few of them were: fornication, divorce, remarriage, participating at demon’s table, etc.). I Cor. 11:6 imply that some at Corinth obeyed while some others didn’t.

The headship of man does not imply superiority of one or the inferiority of the other as claimed by agnostics and atheists. If the agnostics and atheists were correct in their assertions, then MASTERS AND SLAVES should have been the subject in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. But it is woman as wife free and equal with man, as Son to the Father. Woman’s head is man as the Son’s head is the Father. The Son was obedient to the Father. The Father begat the Son not as a slave, but begat Him free as a COUNSELOR. The woman was not subjected to Adam as soon as she was created. She did not hear such a thing when she was brought to Adam. Adam said that she was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. That is, she was ‘equal’ but separate in relation to Adam. The subjection came after the fall, after she was deceived (1 Tim. 2:14). The woman’s turning was towards her husband and not to the serpent. Disobedience is an act of will (head) and not emotional (heart)...

(To be cont. Part-3)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 30 Jan 2006 2:59:25 PM Close
Dear 'winchuck' and 'charliemat777,' Part-3

...Christ as the head of man makes the disobedience of man His (1 Cor. 11:3; 2 Cor. 5:21). Similarly, the disobedience of woman makes it that of man, as her head.

The custom of the first century was that harlots did not cover their heads, while those who did not practice that activity covered their head. The recent phenomena of teaching about the inappropriateness of head covering for woman are by those who are dedicated to disobey God’s command. Disobeying the scripture to worship God is not the way to worship God. It is the way of Cain and not that of Abel. Let me answer them from 1 Cor. 11:16, “But if any one think to be contentious, we have no such customs, nor the assemblies of God.” We have no custom to justify contentious people disobeying the word of God. Are we supposed to say after Israel, “… that we may be like all the nations …” (1 Samuel 8:20)?

Why the Holy Spirit brought the question of Divine hierarchy and long hair as well as covering of hair ‘bread’ and ‘cup’ in 1 Corinthians 10 and 11? In 1 Corinthians 10 it was dealing with the tables of demons in relation to the Lord’s Table. What was practiced at the demon’s table is not to be practiced at the Lord’s Table. At the Lord’s Table while to eat the Lord’s Supper; the Bride is covered and the angels wonder because they do not see the beauty of the Bride. Such a beautiful truth should be cherished and obeyed, while we can.

The Baptists have very serious errors in their teachings. They do not hold the headship of Christ in their gathering. They may say so, but they don’t. They do not hold the priesthood of believers. They may say that they hold this, but they don’t. They do not hold the New Testament teaching of the mutually exclusive nature of the local assembly while they are united in Christ as one in the Assembly that He builds. They have an organizational hierarchy.

(To be cont. Part-4)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 30 Jan 2006 3:01:03 PM Close
Dear 'winchuck' and 'charliemat777,' Part-4

They do have a pastor (or pastors under one pastor) who directs and conduct their gathering together in one place. This pastor acts as the head of the local assembly, thus replacing the headship of Christ. Pentecostals also practice this unscriptural behavior.

The pastor and the group of pastors under him act as priests in their gatherings. Pentecostals also do the same. They claim that pastors are those who serve God. We have already seen that these pastors have replaced the headship of Christ with them as the head of the local church. In Hebrew 12:28 we read, “Wherefore let us, receiving a kingdom not to be shaken, have grace, by which let us serve God acceptably with reverence and fear?” We are told that the serving of God must be with a godly fear. Similar passages can be seen in Deut. 28:58; Psalms 111:9; and Malachi 1:14. Unfortunately, these pastors who change the Word of God according to their desires, also equate themselves with God without godly fear. They insist to be called ‘Reverend.’ The same way God expect us to serve Him with ‘reverence.’ This insistence of adding reverence to the name of Pentecostal pastors is a new phenomenon.

All denominations, including Pentecostals, have a hierarchy that ends up in a national or international headquarter. This is alien to the scriptures. They think and teach that they are building their church. Sometimes, they establish a quota for a year or a five-year period. An example is IPC had a quota like this. They claim that they establish and not God.

(To be cont. Part-5)

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Reply by : George P. Koshy   View Profile   Since : 30 Jan 2006 3:02:19 PM Close
Dear 'winchuck' and 'charliemat777,' Part-5

Well it is they who say that the word of God is not perfect. It should be changed according to the man made customs. They find excuses. Knowing this, the Holy Spirit inspired Apostle Paul to write, “but if any one think to be contentious, we have no such custom, not the assemblies of God.” (1 Cor. 11:16) They refuse to read this verse, while eagerly abolishing what was required of God. We have no custom to change the Word of God according to the custom of this world.

Shalom malekim!!!

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Reply by : charliemat777   View Profile   Since : 31 Jan 2006 7:35:05 AM Close
thanks bro george. will go through what you have mentioned in detail. thanks for taking the trouble. really appreciate that. God bless you
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Reply by : matthewm   View Profile   Since : 31 Jan 2006 9:13:00 AM Close
Dear charliemat777,
while going through the postings of J.C. I too felt to use some strong words to condemn such intrusions.But I did not go through it because it is not worth it and as we all know that this individual acts as if there is no accountability. Jude in his epistle writes about these kinds.
"But these speak evil of whatever they do not know;and whatever they know naturally,like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves".
Please read the rest of the chapter Vs 11-13.Let us pray for J.C. whoever this person is.Let truth set him free for he is a prisoner of hatred.God bless you in all ways.

Speaking truth in love,


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Reply by : charliemat777   View Profile   Since : 31 Jan 2006 11:20:18 PM Close
dear MatthewM

point taken. thank you. God bless you

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 17 Oct 2007 2:27:05 AM Close
This is related to the subject head covering which is in the discussion presently, which I bringing forward.
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