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  1. Hi, I’ve been following this thread with interest, and at risk of getting grilled, would like to share my own revelation of the topic at hand. As a female, I do believe it is important to have your own conviction when it comes to 1 Corinthians 11 and the topic of ‘head coverings.’ To disregard it with the simple notion that it is from a different “cultural” time would be unwise and a disservice to the Word of God – as The Servant of the Lord has aptly pointed out. As followers of Christ, we are beckoned and urged to delve deeper into the Word and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, seek out the truth of the Scriptures. The first question I have to ask is why would the topic of head coverings cause such a stir and have such a sting to it that people would rather justify not wearing head coverings than “just do it” out of obedience? There must be more at play than merely putting a cloth over my head and feeling a bit awkward about it at first. Why does it stir such a vehement reaction? It must be inspired. Whenever we are confronted with the truth, our response will either be “for” or “against”. There is never a “middle road” when it comes to the Word of God – it divides, cuts, and shines. (Heb. 4:12,13). Look at Stephen’s address to the Jewish Council: despite him being a man “full of faith and power” where they “were not able to resist the wisdom and Spirit by which he spoke,” (Acts 6) when he spoke the truth of Christ to them, they gnashed at him with their teeth as they were cut to the heart. (Acts 7:54) The Word says that “Christ is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” (1 Pet, 2:8). And from John 1, we can also safely say that Christ is the very Word of God. So we are to be very careful when going about the Word that we do not use it as a source of debate or treat it as information to be discussed rather than the very oracles of God. (1 Tim. 1:6-7) So back to head coverings… What if it’s more than an obscure passage of Scripture? What if it is a key to unlocking the correct order of the Church of Jesus Christ? After an in-depth study, I sincerely believe that it very much is the case. How can I say that? Because in essence, 1 Corinthians 11 is not discussing the issue of head coverings as much as the issue of GLORY. Let’s read it again: But I want you to know that the HEAD of every MAN is CHRIST, and the HEAD of WOMAN is MAN, and the HEAD of CHRIST is GOD. Every MAN praying or prophesying, having his head covered dishonors his HEAD. [who is his head but Christ?] But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head [man]… For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and GLORY of GOD; but woman is the GLORY of MAN. If you ask me, this is the real bone of contention and, as a female, the bitter pill to swallow. In immaturity, I used to be so offended by this verse. It implied that as a female I was inferior to a man and I hated that. It brought out the ‘gnashing of teeth’ reaction inside of me! As I’ve grown up in the Lord, I’ve come to understand that it is not about superiority/inferiority, but the correct order of things, as Paul clearly goes on to say: that man is not from woman, but woman from man… and for this reason the woman ought to have a SYMBOL of authority on her head, because of the angels. I don’t pretend to understand what Paul means by “because of the angels.” It still remains a mystery to me. The picture that I want to paint you is very visual. If the woman is the glory of man, and you cover her head, are you covering her, or are you covering her glory, which is the glory of MAN?... And with the man’s head uncovered, he is the glory of CHRIST… so when a woman covers her head in an assembly, she’s covering, not herself, but the glory of MAN so that the men with their HEAD [Christ!] UNCOVERED, display the GLORY OF CHRIST! WOW! So if the angels have visited the assembly as 1 Corinthians 11 and 1 Peter 2 suggest, as spiritual beings, whose glory do they see? The glory of man looming bright, or the glory of CHRIST pervading the sanctuary? Perhaps that’s what it means by “for the sake of the angels?” When we take it into consideration, we are catapulted from the natural to the spiritual realm; we’re no longer talking about what it looks and feels like in the natural, but what the implications are in the spiritual realm, which is where the angels reside. I guess when you look at it like that, it very much so affects the angels! Whose glory are we emanating in the spiritual realm? When I clicked this, it was very easy for me to, not just cover my head, but want to cover my head. Is it a shameful thing that as I woman, I am the glory of man? Absolutely not!! If the Glory of man is Christ, how can I be ashamed of being someone’s glory, whose very own glory is Christ?! Christ, being the glory of God, is called in Hebrews 1, the “the BRIGHTNESS of His GLORY and the EXPRESS IMAGE of His PERSON. As a woman, according to 1 Corinthians 11, I am the very expression of man – his helpmeet, like I was created to be. It’s not about covering my head; it’s about whose glory I want to be revealed when I’m in God’s presence – Man’s glory or Christ’s? It’s my conviction and I’ve been wearing a head covering for over 10 years now. It releases me to be free in prayer and in worship; I wear it as a symbol of authority to remind myself that as a woman, I am submitted to man, who is submitted to Christ, and I am safe. For all intents and purposes, I am covered… what freedom I have found under that covering!!
  2. Thanks for your response! Glad to hear it ministered to you; I wrote it coming out of a place of death myself. The more I walk with the Lord, the more I realize how Christ has truly gone ahead of us and redeemed those moments of death and despair on the Cross that we might have the HOPE of resurrection. I love what it says in Romans 15:4, For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and COMFORT of the Scriptures might have HOPE.
  3. Yes, we both grew up in a Christian home and made our own choices in life... I believe in a God who gives LIFE to the dead and raises up dead situations... like my brother's walk with Him...
  4. No... I didn't try... figured its a good start to first love him before trying to preach to him. Haven't seen him in 10 years, so let's build the relationship first
  5. Have you ever considered the ludicrousness of our faith? Seriously… Reading through Romans, it just hit me today to realize why, to any rational – key word – human being would think a Christian is crazy!!... bear with me; I’ve just spent 3 weeks with my atheist brother, so I’m looking through objective eyes. I’m not writing this out of controversy, but revelation, and hopefully it will bless you… Let me write down the passage that I was reading: Therefore it is of FAITH that it might be according to grace so that the PROMISE might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham… in the presence of Him whom He believed – God, who gives LIFE to the DEAD and calls those things which do not exist as though they did… and not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, He did not waver at the promise of God through UNBELIEF, but was STRENGTHENED in FAITH, giving glory to God, and being FULLY CONVINCED that what He had promised He was also ABLE to PERFORM. And therefore “it was accounted to Him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for US. It shall be imputed to us who BELIEVE IN HIM WHO RAISED UP JESUS our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification… Romans 4:16-25 Okay, a lot of words. But here’s what it meant to me. The foundation of our faith is based upon a man who was CRAZY enough to believe that once his and his wife’s body was _past_ the childbearing age, God was going to give them a son. Doesn’t that sound crazy to you??! I don’t see any 90 year old grannies around believing that they are about to have a baby… if they did, they’d probably be admitted to the loony bin! Faith… is crazy… to the rational… But Abraham’s life was an example. God ‘sampled’ His resurrection power in Abraham so that we could see, like back then, God can do the impossible. Scenario 2: There is a Man… the kindest, most gentle and compassionate Man you’ll ever meet. And He is brutally beaten beyond recognition and then murdered on a Cross. There’s no coming back from that. Because it is history and we read it, it somehow makes it easier to believe… but think of those people who didn’t have a Bible in front of them. Like Abraham, it required FAITH to believe (as much for us as them) that God would do the IMPOSSIBLE and… what??! Raise a Man from the dead!! We take it for granted. But have you ever considered the implications of what that means?! Because if I can believe that God can give Abraham a Son once his body had already ‘died’ so to speak; if I can believe that God split the entire SEA apart so that Israel could walk across, and if I can believe that God can raise Jesus from the dead… then doesn’t that mean, He too, can split my sea in two and raise my life from the dead?? Do I really believe? I can believe it for them… but the premium faith requires from me is can I believe God for me?? That He will raise up my situation, IMPOSSIBLE as it may be … and deliver what He has promised: Salvation… now that is faith… I believe in Jesus, that He is the Son of God; I believe that God raised Him from the dead; and I believe that God will likewise, raise up my life from the dead. I died with Christ and I was raised with Him… and I will see that Resurrection Power at work in my life… I believe!! Like Abraham and Sarah, I will hold this son of promise in my hands and give glory to God… Faith is ludicrous… it believes against all odds and defies every law of nature: it believes in GOD who RAISES the DEAD and calls the things that do not exist as though they did!! Maybe you have a situation that has died and is lying in the tomb… trust God for Resurrection – He gives life to the dead!! Yes, it sounds CRAZY… but it’s true
  6. Thank you all so much for your warm welcome 😊 I suppose it would be appropriate to share a little about myself. I think firstly, I need to state that I come from a blessed little country called Zimbabwe. This means several things, but firstly, due to our 18 hour load-shedding, we only have electricity between 10pm and 5pm, which no power = no WiFi! Unless the generator is running, which we mostly only run at night… so you’ll have to forgive me for any delayed responses!! Like I said, coming from Zimbabwe means many things – you may or may not have heard about our troubles here! I know the news paints a stark and bleak picture of our beautiful nation, but Zimbabwe is a precious place that God has chosen to put through the fire, I BELIEVE to manifest His Kingdom. For all her troubles, she is pregnant with life and hope that the Lord has deposited in her since her foundation. But right now, we are still bearing our proverbial cross which I know will spill over into Resurrection! It’s important to know my context because it is what has forged me to be the person I am today. Whilst we have the comforts of a ‘modern’ society – many people, when they hear ‘Africa’ – think mud huts and lions! – Zimbabwe remains largely untouched by the modern trends and fashions. Most of us live a simple life just trying to fight for survival in the midst of unbelievable challenges. Like it says in Acts 17, that God has “determined [our] preappointed times and the boundaries of [our] dwellings, so that [we] should seek the Lord, in the hope that [we] might grope for Him and find Him…” This really has been my experience. When the fire comes upon not just an individual, but a nation, the only place you can look is up. And the Lord has been faithful my whole life. As all of us have, I’m sure, I have endless stories of how the Lord has made miraculous provision in the wilderness of our times. I need to be reminded of that from time to time. Currently I am ‘in transition’ where 14 years ago, the Lord told me to ‘go where I will tell you’ and sent me to a ministry far from home. Recently, and unexpectedly, the Lord said ‘time is up’ and sent me back ‘home’ to my parents where I am waiting for Him to show me what’s next. I know that He is working on another testimony, but I can’t deny the fears and uncertainties of the future, where it feels like I’ve stepped out from living the adventures in C.S. Lewis’ Narnian world, back through the wardrobe into a time warp of a life I used to live many years ago…! Back before I left, when fellowship was hard to find, I found a ‘community’ on a Christian forum site that gave me an outlet for expression and kept me sane in my teenage years. Now, finding myself in a similar position, I couldn’t resist the urge to return to ‘the forums’ as years gone by! Writing is my gifting, and it often gives me the release I’m looking for. So here I am: looking for and hoping to find other people who are like-minded in serving Christ with their whole heart. Sometimes you need to be reminded that there are other people out there when the world around you seems so small. I need that reminder right now whilst I wait for the Lord in this place of almost ‘solitary confinement’ that I find myself in! Looking forward to the fellowship. TimothyGirl
  7. Hi, so obviously I'm new here. I've quite literally just moved towns and haven't managed to find the fellowship that I'm craving just yet, which is what has brought me to your forums... looking forward to browsing around and making some friends :)
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