While the members of the New Testament Independent Missionary Baptist Church do not make the headcovering issue a test of fellowship, we do practice and believe its use. Below is our general belief about the wearing of the veil and an excerpt from others who have, at other times and other places, been led by God to believe as we do. We’ve also included a few links for buying headcoverings. Keep in mind we may or may not believe everything on each website but have included it for its resourceful content. Many of the headcoverings may be inadequate in material and design for some, but there are some very appropriate ones on each of these sites. If any clarification of our beliefs compared to those found in a web link are needed, feel free to email us. I. Corinthians 11: 1-15 is the text from where we base most of our position on the headcovering. The simplest way to discuss this subject is in an outline form. Therefore, the following study outline is given:

  • Headship Order
    1. God
    2. Christ
    3. Man
  • Glory Order
    1. Man
    2. Woman
    3. Woman’s (Long) Hair
  • Two Coverings
    1. Woman’s Hair
    2. Outward Covering
  • Time and Place
    1. The Assembly
    2. Other Times?
  • The Coverings Appearance

I. Corinthians 11:3-5 reads, “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. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 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 headship order of mankind is given in these three simple verses. This knowledge is integral to understanding the rest of this discourse. Not honoring nor accepting this God-given order has led to the downfall of many homes, churches, and society as a whole. Isn’t this essentially what happened in the garden of Eden? Adam allowed Eve to take of the forbidden fruit and Eve stopped listening to the commandments of God and her husband. This is a very serious matter. Relationships and Godly service must be conducted within this framework or it will be for naught. Moving on, we will look at the glory order as given in verses 7 through 9 and verse 15. 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. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. (15) But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her for her hair is given her for a covering.” From this scripture we can see that everyone has a “glory.” The man is the image and glory of God so he is admonished to not cover his head. Verse 4 does indicate he can put on a cap or hat when not praying or prophesying. But to cover his head means he in essence will be covering the “image and glory of God.” Next, the Lord tells us in his Word that the woman is the glory of the man. She is part of man. She was given specifically to men as a help mate and for a glory. Last, the Word says that the woman also has a glory and it is her LONG hair. In verses 5-6 and 15 the Bible shows us that there are two distinct coverings. “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. 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. (15) But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” If her head is uncovered, her head (her husband) will be dishonored. This obviously pertains to praying and prophesying in these verses. But notice that Paul makes the point (under the inspiration of God) that if the woman is uncovered it would be the same as if she had short hair or a bald head. In verse 15, Paul writes that the hair is given for a covering. Here is where many people (including us at one time) derived the belief that the hair is the covering. But, if you study the whole chapter particularly verses 5 and 6 it is elementary to the reader that although the hair is A covering it is not the only covering. Notice that verse 6 says, “…For if the woman be not covered, let her ALSO be shorn:…” The word,” also” is a word that indicates likewise or in like manner. If the hair is the covering, this verse doesn’t make sense. Imagine the verse reading like this. “For if the woman doesn’t have hair let her also be shorn.” Looking at this verse in this manner makes the true meaning of “also” clearer to the discerning believer. So, we have to acknowledge that Paul was talking about two headcoverings – the hair and another covering. So, where is the covering or veil to be worn? When Rebeccah saw Isaac, she covered herself (Genesis 24:65). Milburn Cockrell in his book, Here Comes the Bride, writes that “Abraham is a type of God the Father. Isaac is a type of God the Son. The servant is a type of the Holy Spirit. Rebekah is a type of the bride of Christ” (pp. 21). When Rebekah (the bride) came into the presence of Isaac (Jesus), “…she took a veil, and covered herself.” The Old Testament foreshadows the Church age. We can derive a lot of useful instructions from the Old Testament. From this particular passage we, as the Church, can draw the conclusion that wearing a veil in the House of the Lord is well founded in scripture. I. Corinthians 11 directs women to wear a covering while praying. Certainly prayer is conducted in the Lord’s Churches. We must take a side road here to say that the “Church” isn’t the building. It is the assembly of believers who have covenanted together. Thus, cottage meetings, conferences, revivals, etc. are all appropriate times to adorn the veil. The Lord says that if two or three people gather in His name He will be there with them (paraphrased). So, if several of the women of the Church get together for a women’s Bible study or prayer a veil should be worn. At this time let us say that we fully believe that young girls should be encouraged from the youngest age to wear a covering. Why? It is a training to learn subjection to the beliefs of the Church and to stop the rebellion some girls feel toward covering their locks. If the girl waits until she is older to don a covering, she may have a very difficult time in surrendering her will to the will of the Father. A thought for your individual study can be inserted here. I. Timothy 2:11-12 says, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” I. Corinthians 11:5 reads, “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” (emphasis ours). According to Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, prophesy means “to utter predictions, to make declaration of events to come. In Scripture, …to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort.” Prophesying then is the verb form of prophesy. If women must wear a veil or covering while prophesying and the woman isn’t allowed to speak in the Church assembly where does this apply? We know that Titus 2:4 instructs the older women are to “teach” the younger women. We know that if God provides the opportunity for a woman to expound upon her doctrinal beliefs or explain scriptures in the home or in the public then she is duty bound as a Christian to do so as long as she doesn’t usurp authority over the man. The so-called Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 was to the Church not just the apostles. If a woman is a member of the Church, then she is obliged and should desire to use her testimony to promote the kingdom of Heaven to a lost and dying world. Here is a quote from 1622 as this man was interpreting I. Corinthians 11 in regards to the veil: “But the woman he commands to be at all times covered. Wherefore also having said, “Every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head unveiled, dishonoreth her head,” he stayed not at this point only, but also proceeded to say, “for it is one and the same thing as if she were shaven.” But if to be shaven is always dishonorable, it is plain too that being uncovered is always a reproach. Chrysostum Homily XXVI William Gouge of Domesticall Duties 1622. Our last point in the above outline is “How should it appear?” The Lord does not outline the dimensions, material, color, or shape of the veil. But some reasonable assumptions can be made. The idea is to cover all the glories but God’s. Isn’t He the one that deserves all of our attention? A quote taken from Leonard E. Linsted’s book titled, Fact or Fallacy, reads, “Keep in mind, then, that a covering or a “head-covering” denotes subjection and you will understand why the man wears no covering on his head. He represents the glory of God – therefore he wears no covering, for God is subject to no one. The woman, representing man’s glory is covered. She teaches … that man is in subjection to God, and that his glory is out of sight, veiled, hidden – only God’s glory is to be seen. At the same time, when the woman covers her head (and body- our addition) she not only covers man’s glory but her own personal glory which is her hair. The woman with covered head, not only veils her own glory but, with her head covered, teaches…man’s glory is not to be seen. Thus, we can confidently say that a woman’s body (man’s glory) must be modestly clad (see our modest apparel link) and her long hair (woman’s glory) must be adequately concealed. That would suggest that round coverings that cover the crown or long coverings made of translucent or lacey material are also inadequate. To completely cover the woman’s glory, a veil must be large enough to do the job sufficiently. If the long hair of a Godly woman is covered, the color, shape, size, and material used to make them are completely irrelevant. We sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed this study and will use the links below for ideas and/or purchases of head coverings.

* We want to mention that the following links have been chosen as to their excellent resourceful information. We do not necessarily believe nor endorse everything presented on every website link. If you would like anything clarified related to our Bible-based convictions don’t hesitate to email us. We welcome suggestions, personal convictions, and additional link suggestions you may have found helpful.