Why Don’t You … ?: Head Coverings

A friend that I’m honored even to know, who always treats me with a respect I don’t deserve, wrote me to ask why I don’t talk about the kinds of things that a lot of other early church fanatics talk about.

The issues he mentioned were: head coverings; second marriages; procreation; and musical instruments.

If you’re wondering what those things mean and what the early church believed about them, then I’m glad. Subscribe to this blog, and you’ll get some in depth comments over the next three days.

I’m so impatient, it’s usually hard for me to write a group of posts over a few days.

Today, though, I found out I can schedule my posts to be published. So I can write these all right now—actually, I already wrote them in an email to my friend—and then schedule them to be published each morning over the next three days.


If you were to support my friend’s missionary work in Mexico and sign up for his newsletter, God would bless you eternally. What he’s doing is better and more necessary than any American can understand unless you’ve been to a 3rd world country.

Head Coverings and Bible Interpretation

Here’s the first one. This always gets me in trouble with the very literal Bible interpreters.

I don’t mind. The very literal, confident Bible interpreters are a problem to themselves and to others. God is often irritated with them and against them, and they’re usually unwilling to look at the problems they cause by their method of Bible interpretation.

Jesus talked about that some (Jn. 5:39-40).

If you’re a new Christian, don’t worry about it. You should be a confident, literal, over-zealous, offensive Bible interpreter. It’s a good thing. Stay honest, learn from your mistakes, and grow up to be a much less confident, much less literal, and still over-zealous and somewhat offensive follower of the Spirit of God, examining your walk by the Scriptures all the time.

Okay, here’s what I wrote:

Why We Don’t Wear Head Coverings

My wife started wearing head coverings back in 1990 or so. We were in Sacramento, and as far as we know, she was the only woman wearing a head covering in the entire city. I’m sure that wasn’t true, but we never met anyone else from Sacramento wearing a head covering in the 3 years we lived there.

We had almost no fellowship back then. We attended churches, Bible studies, and any other church event we could. I paid for a call-in talk radio program for six months that got plenty of calls. Still, we met no one at all with our kind of heart for the Lord.

One year, we even played on a church softball team. She used to play in pants and a long t-shirt that hung to her knees and with a head covering big enough to cover all her hair. As a result, it hung to the middle of her back. She played first base, and she was pretty good at it, too.

Mind you, this wasn’t a Mennonite league. She was the only woman with a head covering that we knew.

When we got to Rose Creek Village in 1995, they were wearing head coverings, too, though smaller. Around about 1998 or 1999, we began to feel God’s Spirit leading us to stop. Since we didn’t think that was scriptural, we didn’t stop.

After two years, though, all of us knew it was time. We told the ladies they didn’t have to wear head coverings anymore, and we were all convinced that God told us to do that.

Maybe we were misinterpreting Scripture. Maybe head coverings were cultural. Maybe God wants one thing in one century and another in another century. I just know we’re convinced God told us no head coverings.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to Why Don’t You … ?: Head Coverings

  1. Jennie says:

    This is always an interestingly controversial subject; as is the issue of dresses only, and those types of things. I and my daughters wore only dresses/skirts for a while in an attempt to be modest and ladylike, among other things. I was reading alot of homeschool/titus 2 blogs at the time, and one article struck me. It was a testimony of a lady who had decided to wear modest dresses only and she noticed that she received much more respect from men than she had before, such as having doors held open for her, etc. I looked at myself and realized I usually looked rather sloppy and unladylike in t-shirts and jeans, so decided to try the dresses only thing. I really enjoyed wearing dresses, and so did most of my daughters. We still wear them often, but also wear jeans alot now. I miss looking more dignified. But what I learned was that at first while wearing dresses it made me more aware of being a lady or trying to be, and being more respectful and submissive to my husband, but after a while the outward look didn't make a consistent change in my attitude. The attitude needs to be from the inside and then as long as one is modest, the style of dress doesn't matter so much. God looks on the heart, and that's what we need to be concerned with the most.
    I also noticed that since no one we knew was wearing dresses only that it was a hindrance to fellowship. We joined a church during that time and I think people thought we were a little strange, though they were friendly. We are still going there, and are getting along better being dressed more like everyone else. People dress pretty modestly there, and we always try to do our best in that area.

    • shammahbn says:

      Thanks, Jennie. It's good to hear from you. I appreciate the input. It helps to get the ladies' perspective.

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