Quoting Quiverfull: Being Like a Man Greatest Sin of a Woman?

Quoting Quiverfull: Being Like a Man Greatest Sin of a Woman? January 13, 2017

quotingquiverfullby John MacArthur from Grace to You – Head Coverings For Women

Editor’s note: So it seems that the idea of doing anything like a man if you are a woman is automatically considered rebellion against God. I guess that explains why men with fragile masculinity like Tim Bayly lose their minds when women fight in the UFC or try to have combat positions in the military – it’s just the CPM version of the Little Rascals ‘He-Man Woman Haters Club’. Hair and clothing are such personal matters than only the person with the hair or making the clothing decisions should have say over what their choices are.

It seems, however, that some women in the Corinthian church were not covering their heads while praying or prophesying. We know from secular history that various movements of women’s liberation and feminism appeared in the Roman empire during New Testament times. Women would often take off their veils or other head coverings and cut their hair in order to look like men. Much as in our own day, some women were demanding to be treated exactly like men and they attacked marriage and the raising of children as unjust restrictions of their rights. They asserted their independence by leaving their husbands and homes, refusing to care for their children, living with other men, demanding jobs traditionally held by men, wearing men’s clothing and hairdos, and by discarding all signs of femininity. It is likely that some of the believers at Corinth were influenced by those movements and, as a sign of protest and independence, refused to cover their heads at appropriate times.
As with meat that had been offered to idols, there was nothing in the wearing or not wearing of the head covering itself that was right or wrong. It is the rebellion against God–ordained roles that is wrong, and in Corinth that rebellion was demonstrated by women praying and prophesying with their heads uncovered.
Dress is largely cultural and, unless what a person wears is immodest or sexually suggestive, it has no moral or spiritual significance.

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  • Anonyme

    Hmm, I thought I got my hair cut so it doesn’t look like a chinchilla rabbit is sitting on top my head. But I guess I secrety want to be a man.

  • Saraquill

    “They asserted their independence by leaving their husbands and homes, refusing to care for their children”

    Here’s the heart of the complaint. These guys don’t want to be responsible for the household and children they insist is their duty and right. They want to brag about what they have, while foisting the actual work onto unpaid, poorly treated labor.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I’d love to know if his claim that there was a “feminist movement” in the First Century Roman Empire is true, or if he’s just discovered the fact that Uppity Women have always been among us.

  • texassa

    I don’t want to be a man, I just aim to be a person. I’m not a special person or a ladyperson, I’m just a human being. And, yes, I expect the same treatment and rights as others.

  • Allison the Great

    That is why they call us “helpmeets” (read: the help) is it not?

  • Friend

    He does OK by mentioning a local Corinthian custom in which men had uncovered heads and woman had covered heads. He then deep-sixes his own argument by throwing in random alleged times and places in which shaved heads were considered ugly or were marks of punishment or prostitution.

    I believe that many Orthodox Jewish women today cut their hair short or shave it, and wear wigs. Christian nuns have traditionally cut or shaved their hair, but he omits their reasons. Do chemo patients turn into prostitutes when their hair falls out? Are we supposed to view chemo patients as ugly or punished by God through hair loss?

    The mind boggles.

    It’s just hair, a thing that grows on our heads.

  • AFo

    My mom keeps trying to get me to go for a pixie cut. She says it’s because I have the right face shape and would look cute, but I guess she secretly wants another son.

  • Saraquill

    I prefer thinking they call us that due to crappy vocabulary and non existent social skills.

  • zizania

    I’ve been completely bald due to alopecia for several years now. Sometimes I’d really like to look “normal”, but most of the comments I get are that I have a nicely shaped head. I certainly hope I’m not going to have to go into prostitution at my age.

  • Friend

    Annnd this is exactly my worry: If long hair is a woman’s glory, then the rest of women are less in God’s favor. Maybe these folks don’t think they practice hair bigotry, but they certainly have a caste system about the number of children a woman has, eh? Because a barren woman is not in God’s favor.

    It’s all bad scholarship, and cruel.

  • TLC

    Had a friend in the Pentecostal church I attended who survived stage 3B breast cancer. Had a discussion with her once about hair, clothing, etc. according to Pentecostal rules. And yes, they implied that when she went through chemo and lost her hair that she wasn’t as close to God as she could be, and wouldn’t be until her hair grew back. Weren’t brave enough to say it to her face, but she got the hint.

  • Friend

    Shame on them.

  • paganheart

    I once worked for a lawyer who was an Orthodox Jew. His wife came to the office on a fairly regular basis, and thinking about it, I have no idea what her hair was like. She always wore a hat, or a kerchief wrapped around her head. And she dressed in the sort of “modest” clothing that would not have been out of place in the CPM.

  • Friend

    Most Jewish people have a deep understanding of the reasons for their traditions. They know when, where, and why a practice originated.

    The problem with fundagelical Christians is that they make so much up as they go along, while screaming that it’s in the Bible and ordained by God, often in the form of a husband or father.