Yes, it is a shame

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Yes, “it is a Shame”

There are some things that some people do of which they should be ashamed, but they are not. Here are three things.

   1.   It is a shame for a man to have long hair!

The apostle Paul said: “Doth not even nature teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” (1 Cor. 11:14-15). This is not discussing a particular class of men. It says “a man.” That would include all men, young and old.

Someone may ask: “Why did Jesus have long hair?” I have never seen any proof from the Scriptures that Jesus had long hair! Have you? If so, where?

Yes, it is a shame for a man to have long hair!

   2.   It is a shame for a woman to have short hair!

Read 1 Cor. 11:14-15 again. In contrast with it being a shame for a man to have long hair, Paul said, “but if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her. . . .” Paul also said: “. . . but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven. . .” (1 Cor. 11:6). Note: The use of “if” does not express doubt. It is the equivalent to saying “since” it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven. The result of being shorn or shaven is short hair or no hair. Therefore it is a shame for a woman to have short hair since it is a shame for her to be shorn or shaven! Long hair is a glory to her!

   3.   It is a shame for women to speak in the church!

A careful reading of 1 Cor. 14:34-35 indicates that women are to keep silent in the churches (assemblies) as far as speaking and asking questions in order to learn is concerned.  They are to be submissive (i.e., “under obedience”) as also the law teaches.  In verse 34b: “for it is a shame for women to speak in the church

Some brothers try to make void the teaching of 1 Cor. 11:2-16 and 1 Cor. 14:34-35 by saying that those were customs back then that don’t apply now. Others say that these passages were in the first century when “spiritual gifts” were in operation and don’t apply now. Note: These are assertions that can’t be proven by truth!

–Carrol R. Sutton

The Instructor, Feb. 2013, p. 1.

 

 

 

 

   

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