As I begin this post I will first begin by stating that there are three different types of standards: Biblical, Pastoral, and Personal. In this post I will be writing on Biblical standards that do NOT change with time. I will not discuss Pastoral standards as that is the job of you Pastor to take principles in the Bible and apply them to our current day culture. I will also only say about personal standards that a sign of a mature christian is being able to place extra guardrails in one’s life in areas of weakness.
The first item of discussion is the Bible’s teaching on hair.
11 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. – man should not cover his head because his head (Christ) is also invisible
5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. – the woman is to wear a covering which can be seen because her head (man) is also visible
6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. – In this day and age women were to wear a veil, however after finding freedom in Christ women stopped wearing veils as culture demanded however that identified them with the heathen priestesses in the local temples to Apollo and Aphrodite. This scripture shows significance to being separated from and not having the appearance of anyone/thing ungodly.
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. – these coverings are symbolic but to reject the symbol is to reject authority – the word glory (Greek “doxa”) expresses man in his redeemed state reflects the image of God. While woman is the reflection of man. Man is the only creature created in the image and likeness of God!
8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. -distinct genders
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. – word power is “exousia” – delegated power when submitted
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. – no gender is superior they are equal in rights just not equivalent in roles
12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? -essentially stating only one logical conclusion
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? -men commonly experience balding while women typically do not unless sickness is involved
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. – not essential woman wear veil today because they were given a natural covering
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
These two scriptures is very clear that there is to be covering and a distinction in that covering! Adam and Eve made for themselves a sort of apron to cover their midsection, however this was not good enough God created them a “coat.” The Hebrew word KUTTONET means “a tunic with sleeves, coming down to the knees, sometimes to the ankles.”
We also find a distinction with man’s clothing from women’s clothing. Priests in the old testament wore “breeches” which were essentially trouser that extend below the knee. A woman would not wear this! Only man wore this style garment! Also men were permitted to “gird up their loins” while women were not. This would consist of the man bringing the back hem of his robe between his legs and tucking it into his waistband creating a trouser like affect.
It is obvious that it is essential dress modestly and wearing that which pertaineth to one’s gender!
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
Adorn – means “to beautify or decorate with ornaments.” The Greek word is kosmeo,” from which we derive our English word”cosmetics.” Adornment includes make up and jewelry!
Deuteronomy 7:25-26, “The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
In the scripture listed above we find God stating his hatred for Jewelry on His people!!
In conclusion we should live our lives modestly, in submission, and in seperation not allowing anything to corrupt our hearts and separate us from communion with God!
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