1 Corinthians 11:5 (NIV) And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head- it is just as though her head were shaved.
The women in my family can attest that I have never forced them nor the women of any congregation that I have pastored to fulfill this commandment.
Of this I am guilty- since my concern should never be to seek approval outside of God’s will and pleasure. (Gal. 1:10)
But, I have always been explicit with the pure and unadulterated teaching of the Scriptures.
Yet, just as I cannot force anyone to obey God, neither can anyone force me to disobey Him, by not preaching the whole counsel of God. (Acts 20:27)
This topic is one of the clear indicatives that the Christian Church is no longer a disciplic movement, but rather a highly diluted and fragmented society of verbal assenters to Lord Christ, while blatantly ignoring His injunctions. (Luke 6:46)
Although many excuses have been contrived over the centuries, the Bible is clear that women must veil when praying in the public assembly of the Church. And any woman that does not obey this honorable command, cannot properly call herself a disciple of Christ.
She is rather…a disciple of her culture.
St. Paul wrote this command to the Corinthian church, because unlike the rest of the churches, some of the Corinthian females were blatantly disobeying the verbal-disciplic instruction.
They were under the illusion that if they could rationalize their desire, that somehow in essence they remained in good standing with the Lord, and could justify themselves upon examination.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 St. Paul gives some of the theological, anthropological, angelical, philosophical, sociological, nomological, and even plain custom as disciplic reasons for wearing the veil.
The command in this passage is so clear, that it almost feels embarrassing to have to elucidate on each category, especially to women who have claimed to have been Christians throughout their lifetime.
The main reasons for the command to veil is mostly based on the doctrines of the Imago Dei and the Natural Law of Creation.
The God Most High is the type of Person that likes everything in it’s proper place, purpose, and according to His Supreme desire. (1 Cor. 14:33)
When His desire is not fulfilled, that creature is acting in disharmony with its Creator, and therefore disturbing the cosmological peace between God and creation.
The woman that explicitly disobeys this command stands in contraposition to the nomological directive in Nature and as taught by Lord Christ. (Matthew 19:5)
Christianity is a disciplic movement. That means, that those who claim to be Christ’s disciples, must crucify themselves and live only for Him. Our carefully-constructed opinions and/or excuses simply do not matter. The disciples of Christ only follow Christ…what the culture says simply does not matter.
What matters is what God said, through Christ, through the Apostles, and their disciples.
Are you a disciple of Christ?