Headship and Worship…Head Coverings and Decorum: A Westminster Perspective


Here are two articles from Westminster.com:


Here are a few quotes from them…

“…it is totally indefensible to suppose that what is in view and enjoined had only local or temporary relevance.”

“In the case of the woman the covering is not simply her long hair.”

“The head covering is the sign of subjection…”

“Certainly this created state of affairs may influence local customs and standards, but the primary and most important factor is creation and not custom.”

“John Murray, in correspondence, writes: "Since Paul appeals to the order of creation (vs. 3b, vss. 7 ff.), it is totally indefensible to suppose that what is in view and enjoined had only local or temporary relevance.”

“Is it only the authority of the man which is divinely ordained, or is the sign of his authority also of divine appointment? There is no indication in the passage that the sign is culturally adaptable.”

“Because this ordinance is given with apostolic authority, it is of universal application in all the churches of Christ (I Cor. 11:16 and 14:33-36). What Paul requires of the Corinthians in this matter, he requires everywhere. Head coverings are not a local or temporary practice.”

“Only the traditional view does justice to verses 5 and 6. As Murray has observed, the covering is something more than a woman's long hair, for the supposition that the covering is long hair would make nonsense of verse 6, where Paul makes a distinction between uncovering the head and shearing the hair.”

The command from the Apostle Paul for women (specifically married women) to wear a head covering in all places (not based on locality) in all times (not based on year or century) is very clear. She is to do so when she is praying and prophesying (worshiping). She does not need to wear a covering any other time unless she or her husband/head so desires.

Realizing that this teaching may be new to many or not yet fully understood by some, at the Church of Charlottesville, we leave the matter of whether to wear or not up to the husband and wife. We encourage it, with the right heart and attitude of course, but we don't mandate it.