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Headcovering: Letter to the Editor
The Christadelphian Magazine, Aug. 1983
Bro. Dennis and Sis. Iris Adey





Dear Brother Alfred,

We also have been perturbed by the number of sisters who do not cover their heads at some meetings (July, p. 271). This could be that the Scripture is not fully understood as the Apostle Paul intended. Paul writes to the Corinthians of the relationship of men and women in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 11:1-13), and verse 1 makes clear that what follows is important to the follower of Jesus Christ. Paul explains that "the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God". Here then is a line of responsibility: it starts with God and it comes through Jesus, and through Jesus to the man, and from the man to the woman.

In verse 4 Paul shows that man's literal head represents Christ: therefore if brethren pray with their heads covered they are dishonouring their head which is Christ. So the brethren uncover their heads because their heads are a symbol of Christ and Christ is therefore glorified in the ecclesia. The next verses remind the women (sisters) that their literal heads represent the men (brethren): therefore if the sisters uncover their heads in the ecclesia they are exposing the brethren in the ecclesia, so that they rival Christ. So the sisters cover their heads to show that the man is subservient to Christ, to show that they are not saved by the men but rather by Christ Jesus, and by so doing the sisters express their freedom in Christ. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord. From this it is obvious that woman's hair is her glory, but the woman is the glory of the man: therefore when praying let her be covered, and that means covering her glory.

Further study on the matter is contained in a booklet entitled Let Her be Covered ... The Hats of Christadelphian Sisters: A Biblical Consideration, by Brother Ron Abel, obtainable from Sis. Ruth Turner, 46 Wolds Drive, Keyworth, Nottingham  NG12 5GA.

Your brother and sister in the Hope of Israel,



Contents--Head Coverings for Sisters
The Hats of Christadelphian Sisters - A Biblical Consideration, Ron Abel spacer A response to "The Headcovering of Sisters: by Bro. David Murphy
"Let Her Be Covered", C.C. Walker, The Christadelphian, Feb. 1, 1900   Women's Hats and Churches, Bro. John Carter, The Christadelphian, December 1942, page 345
Headcovering: Letter to the Editor, The Christadelphians Magazine, Aug. 1983 Bro. Dennis and Sis. Iris Adey

  Headcovering: Letter to the Editor, The Christadelphians Magazine, July 1983, Sis. Iris Clarke
The Headcoverings of Sisters   Does Bro. Roberts Give Sound Advice On The Headcovering Question in 1 Cor. 11?