1. Authority Madness
- The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:31)
The church and “priests rule by their own authority,” they are mad with the spiritual illness we will label authority madness. How loudly the church proclaims the following, but what will they “do in the end?”
- We are priests in God.
- Not losers, but winners!
- We are gods in Christ.
- Men, take authority over your destiny.
- Women, rise up in the authority you have in Jesus.
- We are god-like in our power and authority.
- It is all ours in Jesus, the world and the heavens.
- We take authority over finances, health, lands, and homes.
- We take this city for God.
Without the cross, these declarations become the work of demons inspiring men to covet what is not rightfully theirs. The authority madness that grips the church causes people to use their “mouths” to “lay claim to heaven” as they “take possession of the earth.” These “Christians” talk of having authority over everything, from the spiritual realm to the physical realm. They preach that they are in charge and therefore “people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.” For who doesn’t like the temptress words declaring that we just need to claim our rightful place, fulfill our calling, and take authority over all?
- For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. (Psalms 73:3–10)
Boasting that you have the fullness of the resurrected life unveils a truly insane man. This is our time of discipline, refinement, and testing to see who will endure the sufferings of Christ out of love for God, not the time for taking authority.1 Now is our time to lose all, fall to the ground, pick up our daily cross and become a slave of all. The resurrected life will not be ours until we are resurrected with Jesus. Indeed, Jesus looks for those willing to be like Him here on earth and therefore worthy of being like Him in heaven.
The promise of great things with a feel-good gospel call has created a warm environment for the sin we will examine in this chapter. We will touch on the sin of rebellion against positions assigned by God. If you have jumped to this chapter without reading the previous ones, you may want to go back to the beginning before pressing on. Without an understanding of the cross and the insanity of the Powerful Delusion, this chapter will make little sense. For the sin we are about to examine can only happen when the insanity has reached its peak. The final point will be when the anti-Christ exalts himself in the temple, because he treasures pride and self-glorification. This sin of taking authority over all is disguised in false humility, but easily seen by those crucified with Christ and lifted up from the world.
2. The Deepest Insanity
The fullness of this insanity manifests in the accepting and embracing of women pastors within the church. For men literally have to be insane to accept a woman pastor and call it a blessing. Only madmen find insanity to be something good. Nothing short of a demonic spirit encourages and blesses women in the pulpit. Demons revolted at the position God made them for and sought a higher one. They did not “keep their positions” just as women have rejected their purpose.
- And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. (Jude 1:6)
Man’s pride encourages haughtiness in women. For a long time men strove to be something in the church, and grabbed on to more than what God permitted. The “selfish ambition”, slowly unleashed among men in the church, has now reached the lap of women. Many years ago a slow rejection of the humility of the cross and a striving to make a name for self began in the church. With all the means available to promote oneself, the love of most has grown cold. Men resorted to gimmicks and advertising in order to gain recognition in the church. Men rejected the positions appointed by God in order to establish themselves as someone important in the church. The judgment is nearly complete, for many women today seize the moment to be something in the name of the Lord. This is a most sinister form of rebellion with the Lord’s name tacked on.
The church flatters and excites people’s pride so much, that it considers godly and holy to have women abandon their “own homes.” Indeed, women have literally abandoned the home in order to fulfill their “calling in the Lord.” The family is falling apart not because of worldly influences, but because women have abandoned the home, their God ordained position and calling.
3. Proverbs 31
- Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. (Titus 2:3–5)
Women view the teaching to “be busy at home” as some benign and menial command and abandon their rightful positions by the droves. The church no longer has enough older women to teach younger women how to be busy at home and to love their husbands. All have run after the world seeking to claim their place in the world for Christ.
All the way back to Miriam, before the Law, women led the other women. In any church a woman should never lead men in worship. Whether worship includes dancing, singing, or song leading women are only permitted to lead women.
- Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. (Exodus 15:20, emphasis added)
Teachers quote Proverbs 31 declaring that the woman of noble character must have had a job to purchase a “vineyard” and thus nullify the Word of God with the Word of God. In other words, they quote Scripture back to Jesus for their own selfish interest and become like Satan who quoted Scripture for his own gain. In order to avoid this sin, we must crucify our self-centered interests and live out all Scripture. Only in doing so can God fulfill both scriptures for a woman to be “busy at home” and to buy a vineyard out of her earnings. Churches preach that there is “no male or female” in Christ, but use Truth for selfish ends. They twist this Scripture to give women freedom to take upon themselves the position men should hold. If this were the correct interpretation then when a man becomes a Christian he should be capable of giving birth, after all, there is no male or female in Christ. The truth is that Christ gives salvation to all, no matter what gender or race, but each person should occupy their God ordained position. As we shall see, to desire anything else is to align oneself with demons and Satan himself.
God created woman as a helpmate to man, in order to free man to be the priest of the home. Women, however, want to be priests not only of the home but also of the church. They have rejected the blessings of God and do not continue in faith and love. No longer do women feel the need to be “saved through child birth.”
- But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. (1 Timothy 2:15)
Women now feel free from the command to remain at home and instead preach rebellion while claiming freedom in Christ. The same sin happened in the garden when Eve believed she would not die if she disobeyed God. Likewise, women preachers declare they will not die if they disobey God’s true calling.
Churches, magazines, books, and sermons all encourage women to rebel and fulfill themselves in the name of Jesus. The same judgment that awaits demons applies to women who fill the pulpits in our churches. Just as there are demons in the dark right now, so too darkness engulfs the church concerning this sin. The command is clear. It is a sin for a women to “teach or have authority” over a man.
- I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. (1 Timothy 2:12)
4. The Garden
What Paul wrote had nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with a local problem in that church. Paul wrote this because of how God created the universe and the events that took place in the Garden of Eden.
At the beginning, God created the stars, planets, and the vast array of the universe. The planets were set in motion and the very fabric of the universe so tightly woven, that nothing could interfere with God’s plan. Everything was in its proper place. The Creator made everything in His perfect order so that each new thing could exist. God in His infinite wisdom created man before woman. For this reason, Paul gives the command that a woman cannot “teach” or “have authority over a man.”
- For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (1 Timothy 2:13)
What utter foolishness to even assert that Paul wrote this command because of something cultural. Paul declares correctly that the Lord does not permit woman to teach or have authority over man because God made Adam first.
God did not create Eve to be a teacher to man. He meant for Adam to lead her, just as man was taught by God. In the Garden of Eden, Eve rebelled against this arrangement, and rejected the home God made for her. This is the second reason Paul gives for the command.
- And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (1 Timothy 2:14)
Paul did not write about a cultural matter in regards to this teaching, but stated the facts surrounding the fall. The downfall of mankind happened only one way and the effects apply to mankind in every culture, country, and land. Eve sinned and was deceived first concerning the Word of God, therefore she is not permitted by God to “teach” or “have authority over a man.” It is important to understand that Eve ignored and disobeyed God before man did. As the insanity of pride and self-glorification become the norm in the church, women rise to ignore what God clearly stated. Women take the blessing of Adam for themselves a thousand times everyday in churches everywhere.
- The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Genesis 3:2–6)
In verse three, Eve acknowledges with clear insight that “God did say” not to eat from that tree—she willfully rebelled just as women do today. She could not see through the serpent’s cunning schemes, because her flesh desired to rule over man—to be as God—above all, to be noticed, and to occupy a position not her’s. It is rebellion against God’s perfect plan. Only a satanic heart desires to fulfill a calling not of God.
Therefore the serpent went to the woman first to destroy God’s plan and will. The serpent knew if he could get the woman to sin, everything would turn backwards. Men would follow women instead of God, women would lead and God’s perfect will thrown into sin and chaos.
5. Wisdom From Satan
Eve ate the fruit of the “knowledge of good and evil.” So too the rebellious women filling our pulpits today appear full of wisdom and “knowledge.” Their wisdom, however, does not come from the Holy Spirit but is confirmed by Satan and worked in the audiences by demons. It isn’t godly wisdom but the inflamed wisdom of pride and rebellion quoting Scripture. It is wisdom that comes from a forbidden fruit.
Indeed the only reason these women seem so wise is that men are so spiritually inept. It is not hard to appear awe-inspiring to a first grader. If men were not so spiritually dumb they would not be so easily led away by women preachers. There is no kind way to put it. Truthfully, any man with even a small amount of spiritual wisdom would see through it all.
As we saw earlier, Satan quoted Scripture to Jesus, so these women use Scripture to promote themselves. God has released the Powerful Delusion, allowing and confirming the lie that women can have authority over men—sometimes with signs, wonders, and spiritual feelings. God allows Satan to authenticate the lie he started in the Garden of Eden because men and women refuse to accept the Truth. Today “movements of the Spirit” endorse and encour-age the breaking of this command. For when a woman pastor declares she can feel the presence of God in what she does, she tells the truth. God allows a presence to be felt and permits her to believe it is the Living God so that the Powerful Delusion can march forward.
Women preachers, like the fruit in the Garden, appear “pleasing to the eye.” On the surface, our flesh doesn’t see anything wrong with women being in positions of authority or teaching men. In fact, just as the fruit gave wisdom to Adam and Eve, a woman pastor can impart wisdom to a congregation. But make no mistake about it, her wisdom does not come from the Holy Spirit, but from the Powerful Delusion working deadly insanity.
6. Ddeborah’s Heart
We must pause a moment and mention Deborah “leading Israel” in the book of Judges, for those desiring to justify the sin of women preachers do so by pointing to Deborah. While it is true that Deborah did “lead” Israel, they miss the whole point.
- Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. (Judges 4:4–5)
Deborah leads Israel because God could not find any men willing to take charge. Her story took place during a period of judgment because of the sin of the Jewish nation. During the time of Judges, Israel found itself in great need of righteous men and women. In fact the book of Judges said that “everyone did as he saw fit.” We live in the last days when everyone decides what they consider to be good in the Lord, and they do as they see fit. Deborah on the other hand wanted the men of God to repent and lead Israel. She knew God’s perfect plan and burned with a passion to see her people return to obeying the Lord. Because Barak was not willing to take leadership, God tried to use Deborah to shame him. She declares, “because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman.”
Sadly the same is true today. Like Barak, men cannot even be shamed into leadership. They are insane like Barak, willing to accept shame as a blessing from God.
- Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Very well,” Deborah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. (Judges 4:8–9)
Deborah had God’s heart and longed for men to lead. When Israel won the battle, she burst into song. Look carefully at what she sang. Listen well to the love song of her heart concerning her leadership. Feel the passion she had in her soul for the Word of God.
- On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves—praise the Lord! (Judges 5:1–2)
The song in Deborah’s heart sang that men, the “princes in Israel take the lead.” Be assured of one thing, if Deborah had her way, she would be busy at home in God’s perfect will. Deborah had no desire at all to lead or make judgments in Israel. She knew that was man’s place. A spirit of self-glorification did not motivate her, but an honest desire to glorify God. She had no sinful motive to fulfill her calling and destiny. Her heart was with the “princes.”
- My heart is with Israel’s princes, with the willing volunteers among the people. Praise the Lord! (Judges 5:9)
If you know a church where a woman is the pastor and there are no qualified or willing men to lead, have them contact us. We will quickly provide a qualified and “willing” man to lead that church.
7. God’s Judgement
A church or nation ripe for God’s wrath will have women in positions of leadership. It is one of God’s signs of the coming destruction and judgment on the world and against a nation. Just take a quick look around. What do you see? Children in rebellion and women leading. Children run the home and women no longer stay at home. The false church encourages women to seize the day and fulfill their lives in the name of Jesus. God will arise and judge a church, ministry, organization, magazine, or book for preaching rebellion against God. As the Scripture below declares, God will “rise to judge”those who “turn you from the path” by having “women rule over them.” No wonder “youths oppress” our nation, while women forsake their positions not only in the home, but in church as well.
- Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. (Isaiah 3:12–13)
Women in a position over men in the church, many times placed there by man, become “guides” that “lead you astray.” Insanity grips leaders, who have lost connection with the Head and preach a gospel not of Jesus. They cannot see their sin because they remain loaded down with boasting of themselves, flattery, and works done in the name of the Lord but for themselves. In fact, often those who believe that women can rebel against this command will justify it by pointing to all the good works and wisdom accompanying a specific woman leader. The very fact they protest this way demonstrates that their hearts overflow with insane thoughts. They don’t realize that the Powerful Delusion is a test to see if we really love God. The Powerful Delusion comes with men and women preaching in God’s name, and their prayers are answered. But they preach of another Jesus, not the Jesus of the cross. Millions of Christians and churches fail the “test” everyday. Women preachers are “gods” the church has “not known” and it is the false church that seeks to undo this past commandment.
The Great Delusion is Deuteronomy 13 worked out on a grand scale. It is the coming of prophets with great power preaching a Jesus that is not really Jesus. The “testing” is this: will we listen to preachers who proclaim a false Jesus, though it comes with miracles, “wonders” and “dreams,” or will we “love” God? The Great Delusion comes with all these elements, the elements of the Scripture below. God sent this test among the Jews of the Old Testament and He is sending one within the church today.
- If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 13:1–3)
The Powerful Delusion is God’s way of “testing” us. It takes the refining fire of God to reveal to the angels who loves God and who doesn’t. Those who love God will overcome the insanity and “purge” the evil of women leaders in the church. Without this cleansing it doesn’t matter what you believe—only actions count before the Lord. Actions reveal the difference between sheep and goats.
With sadness one can see each church and denomination slowly giving way to the insanity that sweeps across the world. Little by little small compromises occur, even in denominations that acknowledge this to be true. Soon everyone will be like the churches that fully embrace women in leadership in the church. Indeed, there will come a time when all men will hate the true church.
8. Sign Of Authority
To fully repent of this sin requires that woman wear a “sign of authority” on her head while in church.
- For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. (1 Corinthians 11:10)
Not only is it a sin for women to “teach or have authority over a man,” but “she must be silent” in church.
- I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. (1 Timothy 2:12)
God has arranged the church as He sees fit, and part of that arrangement says that “women should remain silent in the churches.” Indeed, the Scriptures declare that it is “disgraceful for a woman to speak in church.”
- For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:33–35)
As pointed out before, this is not some cultural command Paul gave. Most individuals write off this command as a cultural thing or some powerless nonsense. Theologians and commentaries claim Paul told the Christian women not to dress like prostitutes and theorize about the local situation. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Ask yourself if this sounds like cultural comments from Paul. Read why Paul said that every woman in church should wear a “sign of authority.”
- Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)
9. Not Cultural
Ask yourself, is it cultural that Christ rules over man? Is it cultural to God that man is head over woman? Man is head over woman because that is the way God arranged the universe.
- A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. (1 Corinthians 11:7–8)
Does this sound like some local problem or situation? Is it really true that only in Corinth man “is the image and glory of God?” Was it only in the town of Corinth that “woman is the glory of man?” The way God made men and women lays the foundation for the command to have a “sign of authority.”
Paul bases the command about a woman needing a “sign of authority” on the facts of creation. In short, the command for a covering goes all the way back to the creation of Adam and Eve. Its whole foundation rests on why woman was created.
- Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. (1 Corinthians 11:9)
Finally Paul states that God requires women to wear a covering because of heavenly beings. The whole matter of coverings transcends earth and reaches all the way to the angels in heaven. Look closer at 1 Corinthians 11:10:
- For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head. (1 Corinthians 11:10)
Did only the church in Corinth have angels? Doesn’t your church have angels watching over it? Of course! And because of these angels, a women “ought to have a sign of authority on her head.”
God made the heavens and placed angels in them. He then made the earth and created a living soul in His image. When God completed all this, He made woman, the last shining jewel to be placed on His crown called Creation. This act of creation demonstrates to God’s people that women need a “sign of authority” in the church.
Nothing in 1 Corinthians 11 remotely suggests a local problem or cultural situation. Rather, the commandment has its foundation on the way God created the whole universe!
11. Christ’s Example
Finally, Paul tells us this commandment comes straight from Jesus. There is no need for a long-winded theological debate of whether this command comes from Jesus or only Paul’s opinion. The commandment for a woman to have a covering during worship comes from Jesus Himself. Paul reminds us of this fact before he begins to give us this command.
- Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:1–2)
Paul then goes on in the following verses to explain this example of Jesus. Why do you think Paul commends them for following all the other “traditions” he has passed on to them? Because he is ready to tell them about another commandment from Jesus.
And since these people were touched by God’s “grace” they are “eager” to do what is good—to obey.
- Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)
When Satan made a frontal attack in the Garden of Eden, he went for the jugular vein. The serpent totally flip-flopped everything. Man was to be under Christ and woman under man. In order to mess everything up Satan went to the woman and got her to place herself above man and Jesus. Lucifer became the prince of this world and woman now desires to rule over man.
The struggle in the home is between who is the head, who is in control. The same spirit that the anti-Christ will revel in—control. Indeed, rebellion against God reaches its peak as women now discover they are “called of God” to preach from the pulpit.
When angels, and God, see women in the church worshipping without a “sign of authority” they observe something very strange. They see a bunch of bald women. As Scripture puts it, “it is just as though her head were shaved.” This is no minor command that can be written off as not being a salvation issue.
- And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. (1 Corinthians 11:5)
Now think about it. Isn’t it pretty hard to take a bald woman seriously? It makes you laugh when you think about it. So men, the next time you see a woman teaching or worshiping in church without a “sign of authority,” feel free to laugh out loud. In fact men, if a woman in your church will not wear a covering while she worships, just get your clippers out and shave all her hair off. For the Bible says she should have her hair “cut off.”
- If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. (1 Corinthians 11:6)
So instead of snipping scriptures out of the Bible, cut the hair off the sister in church who refuses to wear a “sign of authority” on her head. Basically, women in the church have two choices—either wear a “sign of authority” or have all their hair cut off. And if it is “a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head.” If women in the church refuse to return to their proper place of authority, God will someday make their “scalps bald.”
- The Lord says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.” (Isaiah 3:16–17)
Today’s Christian women dress themselves in fine clothes, jewelry, and outward acts of self-righteousness, but not with the coverings of humility that the Lord requires them to wear. They walk “along with outstretched necks” boasting and shoving to take authority. Their steps to take this rebellious authority have been a “tripping along,” one small step after another to claim what is not theirs to claim. With “mincing steps” they rebel and take over positions that God never called them to. They rebel against the Most High God and the reason for their creation.
One day God will strip away such outward trappings and everyone will see clearly that most were not the nice little Christian women they claimed to be. Refusal to wear a covering reflects the rebellion in one’s heart. Soon God will bring an end to all these fine looking woman leaders and preachers.
- In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and brace lets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls. (Isaiah 3:18–23)
God will “snatch” away the beauty of these ministries. Note well that in keeping with our study on a “sign of authority” that soon these women preachers will experience “baldness.” As Isaiah continues:
- Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground. (Isaiah 3:18–26)
Indeed, this commandment, or “sword” will kill all the men who refuse to demand that this commandment be lived. Any ministry headed by a woman, though they are rich now, will one day “sit on the ground” to “lament and mourn.” Of course this commandment is not meant to put men on an ego trip. God covers all and we are all under Him. Men are not some kind of super spiritual lone rangers, they need women.
- In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God. (1 Corinthians 11:11–12)
13. The Nature Of Things
Since woman fell in the garden, holy women wear an extra “sign of authority.” For you see, long hair was given to woman for everyday life. In short, God created her with a natural covering in the beginning. It was the glory God gave her.
- Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. (1 Corinthians 11:13–15)
God made women to have long hair. The “very nature of things” shows us God’s intention. God gave woman this special attribute so she could reflect the glory of man through Jesus.
Watch out for those who tell you that God is not concerned with the outward appearance of a man, but only looks to the heart. After all, did He who made the soul of man not use as much care and wisdom in creating the body of man? Are our bodies not the temples of the Lord? Shall we not then decorate that temple as He directs? Indeed, are not the very hairs on each of our heads numbered? God is concerned about every aspect of us, this is why Scripture says to perfect holiness in both “body and spirit.” It is a total lie to say God only looks at the heart and doesn’t care what we do with the body. Such doctrine merely excuses us to take authority over our bodies and do what we want. For He who put His glory in the spirits He gave us, also seeks to glorify Himself through our bodies. How we dress, comb our hair, present ourselves, whatever we do in “word or deed” should reflect God’s glory.
- Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Therefore Christian women, stop sinning against God by having short hair. For as you go about your daily life, long hair tells the world that you reflect the glory of man. Long hair signifies to the world that you live in the will of God. Long hair tells the angels you agree with God’s wisdom about creation. Ever notice how most women preachers or leaders have short hair?
14. Natural Covering
Many declare, “See, long hair is a covering.” Paul simply used every argument possible to show the need for a sign of authority in church, just as we do when supporting a position. We know hair is not the covering or sign of authority because of 1 Corinthians 11:5.
And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. (1 Corinthians 11:5)
If Paul referred to natural hair he would not have said, “It is just as though her head were shaved.” If hair is the covering, and these women were bald, the passage would read like this; “If her head is shaved bald and she prays, it is just as though her head were shaved bald.”
Obviously, something has to be on the head for it to seem “just as though her head were shaved.” By saying it is “as though her head were shaved,” Paul made the point that in reality her head is not shaved, it only appears that way to the angels. Again, if this were not so, the passage would not make sense. Paul would be saying something like, “If she prays or prophesies bald, it is as though she is bald.” People become confused because they do not realize Paul referred to two coverings. He used the natural covering, the one God gave women at creation, long hair, as evidence for the need of a “sign of authority” while in church.
We know these women had hair on their heads because of verse six. Paul states that if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut her hair off. If the woman has no hair on her head, how can it be cut off?
- If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. (1 Corinthians 11:6)
If hair is the covering Paul would have said, “If a woman does not have long hair, she should let it grow out because long hair is her covering.” Why doesn’t the scripture leave it at that? Because he discussed more than hair in this passage. If hair is the covering then why do Christian men have hair on their heads? For men are commanded:
- A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God. (1 Corinthians 11:7)
According to this logic, every Christian man ought to shave his head clean because hair is a covering and men must pray without a covering. If a man believes hair is the covering, then he should shave his head right now, for “a man ought not to cover his head.”
Let’s test the hair theory by inserting it in Scripture and see if it makes any sense to you. Read the Scripture according to the logic of hair being the covering. “Every man who prays or prophesies with his HAIR ON HIS HEAD dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies WITHOUT HAIR dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not HAVE LONG HAIR, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should HAVE HER HAIR CUT OFF.” (1 Corinthians 11:4–6 other words added)
15. Token Of Authority
Let us remember that we are talking about a “sign of authority.” Something out of the ordinary that demonstrates to all, even angels, that women remain in submission to men. Young’s Literal Greek text puts it this way.
- Because of this the woman ought to have a token of authority upon the head, because of the messengers. (1 Corinthians 11:10)
The word “token” is a perfect definition for this passage. Styish hats that women used to wear in the church as a “sign of authority” were compromise. In an attempt to wear something that looked like obedience to God, yet didn’t require humility, they started wearing hats. A token of authority must be something specifically set aside for that purpose. Just as we are to be holy, set aside for God, so too there needs to be a token, something set aside for the head that reflects a sign of authority.
Something serving as an indication, a proof, or an expression of something else; a sign.
Something that signifies or evidences authority, validity, or identity.
The “sign of authority” is “proof, or an expression,” of what resides in the heart and soul. Unbelieving women in the world may have long hair, but for them it is a symbol of sensuality and vanity, not submission. For this reason God requires a second covering during worship. Remember what we saw earlier? When God made man and woman their natural hair length was a symbol of their inward spirituality and submission to His design.
When we fell so did those symbols and our acceptance of His plan. When a woman returns to the Lord she regains her God-given spiritual status. This new covering symbolizes her agreement with God in this matter. The sign of authority depicts a beautiful picture of the blood of Jesus that covers over our sins and the Holy Spirit’s anointing oil that blesses the woman of grace.
16. No Other Practice
Churches often use the next passage to discount everything Paul just wrote about coverings.
- If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice—nor do the churches of God. (1 Corinthians 11:16)
Mockers of God often misinterpret this passage to mean that the first churches did not practice wearing a “sign of authority.” Why would Paul write all he wrote about the need for a covering and then say, “Gee fellas, never mind we don’t really practice this?”
Paul stated that whether in Rome, Athens, Spain, or Israel, in all the “churches of God” all the women wore coverings. Consider again that all these towns had different cultures and worldly traditions, yet Paul told the Corinthians that “we have no other practice” than that of coverings. Next time you are reading a news report from missionaries overseas notice how many photographs show women wearing coverings. In fact, many women visiting overseas from America are forced to wear a covering. Thankfully the American style of delusion hasn’t infiltrated everywhere yet. All those churches conducted worship in the “fitting way” God had intended.
- But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. (1 Corinthians 14:40)
“But everything,” that is, everything, should be done in a way that God set down. The Word says our God is a God of order. Therefore there is a proper procedure for women to “pray or prophecy” while in church or in a group.
The sign of authority permits a women to “pray or prophesy” in church. Prophecy of course is not preaching and the praying is done only under the watchful eye of the men in church. When a women’s “head” is “uncovered” it is improper “for a woman to pray to God” in the church. You will need a good conscience and a sincere faith to be able to “judge for yourself.”
- Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? (1 Corinthians 11:13)
When a woman worships at church or even a home Bible study, she should wear her covering, or sign of authority, on her head. During this time, since men are in leadership, overseeing, and in positions of responsibility, the covering should remain. In this way she will reflect the heart of God and declare to men on earth and the angels in the heavens that she understands how to glorify God.
17. Reflecting God’s Glory
The covering does not cover the face, for that would cloud from view the glory of Christ. A covering on the head shows that a woman acknowledges that man is above her. She has someone above her in addition to God, for a woman has two above her, God and man, therefore she has two coverings. Long hair symbolizes woman’s submission to man and a covering her submission to God. She does not cover her face because we have a greater covenant than the one Moses received. We each, with open faces, reflect the glory of the Lord.
- And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Unlike Moses whose glory faded, women continue to grow in God’s glory and plan. Therefore, let everyone see the glory coming from her face. We are not to be like Moses…
- We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. (2 Corinthians 3:13)
Man does not wear a covering because only God is above him. Therefore little hats, Yarmulkes, that the Messianic churches wear, are sin and only produce pride. For God is clear that a man is not to worship with any covering on his head. Indeed, when they wear the Yarmulke they dishonor God.
Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. (1 Corinthians 11:4)
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. (1 Corinthians 11:7)
18. Ignoring This Command
Paul begins his instructions about proper worship in 1 Corinthians 11 and ends it in 1 Corinthians 14. Throughout this section of Corinthians, Paul lays out the traditions for coverings, the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts, unity, love, silence in church, and the proper use of tongues and prophecy. As Paul closes his instructions about the matters of conduct in the church, he writes by the authority of the Holy Spirit the following command.
- For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. (1 Corinthians 14:33–38)
Paul spoke sharply and sarcastically about this matter because he knew that in our sinful nature we would not readily obey this command. The cross always cuts across our flesh. Paul states that if anyone ignores these issues of such importance then they must be “ignored.”
Because this is the Lord’s command, Paul told us to “ignore” anyone who does not demand that this be lived out. That’s right, no matter how spiritual you think your pastor is, (verse: 37) or how much he knows about the Word of God, (verse: 36) if there is no demand to obey this commandment, he must be totally ignored. Until he repents and comes to the knowledge of this you can’t listen to his sermons, eat with him at the church social, or even help mow the church lawn. You can’t even answer the phone when the pastor calls until he says that the church will obey this from the heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. The reason is simple. There is more power and spirituality in this practice than first meets the eye. This command is important and powerful to God—its truth can be seen in the way God designed and arranged the universe.
Women, can the angels tell when you sit in church that you agree with God’s plan of submission? Can they see your godliness or do they see you as you really are, a bald woman? Does your beauty come from a “quiet spirit?” Are you in agreement that when you go to church you must be “silent” and let men run the show? Do you only speak up with the permission of the leaders and with a token sign that shows you have a sign of authority and their permission to speak?
19. The False Church
Of course the false church in the last days hotly rejects and opposes such teaching. Indeed a very large and massive false Christian church will soon persecute the remnant. Women pastors and men rejecting their God-given manhood will start and maintain this false church. God will allow this false doctrine, that women can teach and have authority over a man to be confirmed with blessings, prophecies, dreams, visions, and wisdom. It is the Powerful Delusion, the insanity of pride, boasting, and self-fulfillment glorified, blessed, and flourished. It is rebellion against God’s perfect plan and a full rejection of the cross of Christ. All because men were the first to reject the message of humility many, many years ago.
We can look back over the years to see the tree starting to dry up. Go back 60 years and there was still a contrast in the message between the world and the church. Women knew their proper place in the home and church. In the 1980s the church crossed over to the world and more women went to work. In the 1990s the church blessed the love of the world and encouraged women to enter the pulpits. In the 2000s we can only imagine how the love of the world may usher in the anti-Christ. Pray that you escape all that is about to happen and that you will be able to “stand before the Son of Man.”
- Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
5. Authority Madness
- Romans 8:17, Luke 8:13, Hebrews 11:38, Philippians 2:6–8
- John 8:28
- Philippians 2:3
- Titus 2:5
- Titus 2:3–5
- Colossians 3:11
- Isaiah 40:26
- Judge 17:6
- Romans 8:19
- Matthew 25:33
- Hebrews 8:5
- Luke 12:7
- Colossians 3:17
- 1 Timothy 1:19