Ye Are All One in Christ Jesus.

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What does the Bible mean by “a women must have a head covering to pray and prophecy in church? ”

“And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.” Corinthians 11:3-16

Paul is using “head” as a metaphor for authority: Christ has authority over the male, the male has authority over the female, and God has authority over Christ. But also the head covering was a cultural sign of submission. In Corinth head coverings were a social custom just as it is today in some cultures. However, in some cultures hats can also be signs of worldly significance. So, we must remember that Paul was addressing an attitude not presenting a ritual observance.

“Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God” Corinthians 11:3-16

The man on the other hand must not have his head covered or long according to scripture. This is because the head represents authority. Long hair in Corinth was a sign of rebellion and promiscuity. We must remember that just as our culture today has symbols of rebellion so did the past. Today maybe the over emphasis on piercings might qualify as a display of rebellion as well as the pants falling off the backside of men which originated in USA prisons to declare availability for sexual relationships.

So, we can see that it is the display of worldly rebellion that is being addressed here rather than a religious ritual. This may differ from culture to culture.

Each culture has different views on what is socially acceptable for church and as women we need to be sensitive to this. While women of the west will wear a swim suit at the beach it is not socially acceptable to wear one to church and while women may wear hats or coverings in other countries to church it is not necessary in the west.

What about a women speaking or teaching in church? First of all when we read any historical document we must remember to read within the social context of the time and not try to apply everything literal to today. Paul said that both men AND women were being moved to speak by the Holy Spirit in church but it was not socially expectable at that time for a woman to speak with her head uncovered as it showed rebellion to the head, or authority, both of God and men.

What about this scripture?

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 1 Timothy 2:11-12

What many do not look at is the emphasis here. Paul is saying that the woman must not have authority OVER the man but this does not in anyway forbid women to teach in the church. 

The following scripture has no gender emphasis but is an exhortation to ALL members of the body of Christ.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Priscilla taught along with her husband.

This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurate. Acts 18:25-26

In conclusion, scriptures make it clear than women can teach in church. To prophecy is to speak under inspiration of the Holy Spirit who is called the comforter and teacher.  Women are not to be OVER men in authority for they are created as equals in the kingdom of God and if you don’t believe that then you are calling the Holy Spirit a liar when he spoke through Paul. Quite frankly to forbid women to teach in the churches is sinning against the body of Jesus Christ.

 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29

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Author: Kim Balogh

I am a minister (servant) of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Grace ministries • Evangelism • Teaching • Children’s ministry • Apologetics • End times I have a BA in History and Anthropology/Sociology combo Paralegal Diploma (specialty Research, Writing, Critical thinking & argument & Instruction) Paralegal Instructor-taught paralegal for 1 year Diploma in Physical Education ( Fitness, nutrition, coaching, ) Faith based Social Work (almost completed degree) Certificate in Personal Ministry (Intercession, deliverance) 1 year (independant) bible college (concentration area, intercession, deliverance,) Ministry Experience : Evangelism ministry 20 years (preaching, intercession,deliverance, apologetics ) Ministering and serving low income families,single mothers, marginalized. Child Evangelism in different communities. Ministering Evangelism through music (vocals and guitar) Administration; started church support groups, started various different outreaches over the years, Internet ministry. My ministry gifts are Prophetic Evangelism and Teaching (apologetics and end times revelation in particular). My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. I am a bond servant of Jesus Christ and am called by him to preach the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ apart from the deeds of the law. My Statement of Faith I believe that Jesus is God's son and is himself God, the third person of the Godhead, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) I believe the bible says YOU MUST be born again by the Holy Spirit to enter into the kingdom of God. I believe Jesus died for the sins of all that have been called out of darkness into his glorious light. Heaven is for the redeemed and hell is for reprobates. The death of Jesus Christ is the substitutionary atonement. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus sent the holy Spirit to comfort, teach, build up, edify, consecrate, and seal God’s people until his return. Jesus will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years on the earth. I believe we are in the end times and anti christ will soon be revealed. I also believe that we are living in the last days of the great apostasy and falling away from the truth of God's word but God has a remnant,( his elect, chosen before the foundation of the world,) that have not bowed the knee to Baal. These sheep will soon face great persecution that God will allow to take place before the return of Christ. This persecution which will be worldwide will be what separates the true Christian from the false apostate. Those who love not their lives to the end will be shown to be the true church of Jesus Christ but the compromisers of the integrity of God’s word, who choose the spirit of error, worldly doctrines of men, the works of the flesh and the works of the law will be shown to be apostates like Judas and will die in their sins. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father gives him the ability to do so. No one will seek after Jesus unless he is drawn by the Father according to scripture but all whom God calls by his Holy Spirit will come to Jesus and be saved from their sins and be given eternal life for he who has promised is faithful to perfom his promise. The Lord is calling his church to come out of Babylon : Come out of false new age teaching, Come out of legalistic adherance to OT laws to save you, Come out of false signs and wonders that have no scriptural basis, Come out of witchcraft and the doctrines of demons, Come out of humanism and the promotion of man by self help principles and RETURN TO THE PURE UNADULTERATED WORD OF GOD ! “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. Revelation 18:4 Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. My ministry gifts are Evangelism and Teaching My motivational gifts are Intercession, prophecy, administration. 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