Great Sermon! It's a lonely choice to wear a head covering in nearly all the churches I have been to in the last twenty years so this is a wonderful encouragement to follow the Bible's teaching on this subject.Church goers have been hurtful to me in many places regarding my head covering but I wear a head covering for my Lord who died for my liberty from the penalty of my sin.
Christian Culture Addressed This so far has been an avoided and "untouchable" subject, because the cloak of "Christian liberty" has been thrown over it. Calvin Klein has thus had more influence on even the most conservative Christian churches than John Calvin or his Calvinistic successors, such as Matthew Henry, Whitefield, or Spurgeon. After the Civil War in America, and the Downgrade days, these things began to change.
In R.L. Dabney's "Anti-Biblical Theories of Rights", about the abuse of Gal. 3:28, "there is neither male or female...ye are all one in Christ", writes:
"The apostle demonstrates that he never designed the levelling sense to be put upon his words by proceeding after he uttered them to *subject women to an INEQUALITY by imposing upon them ecclesiastical subordination, and *even a different dress* [i.e. head coverings] in the church".
An excellent further examination on this important subject can be found here:
http://www.covenantof grace.com/christian_clothing.ht m
Present Church Culture and Philosophy Challenged While conservative churches claim to reject Feminism and affirm Scriptural authority, this message proves and exposes the anti-Christian, humanistic, and anti-authoritarian social philosophy that has infiltrated Americas churches, primarily beginning in the 20th century. Prior to then it was politically-incorrect for women NOT to wear hats during Christian services. (Presbyterians today in Scotland almost universally still require women wear hats in services).
The sermon focuses on that God has a Social Order, since Creation, and a distinctly "Christian Culture" that is divinely ordered for Christian churches to observe. Reference is also made to the distinctions between men and women, and what they wear: "A woman shall not wear what pertaineth to a man, nor a man of a woman" (unisex cross-dressing) is forbidden by the Word of God--but common since the 60s!
The error based upon *twisting* the verse that "all are one in Christ" is is shown to be no basis for rejecting this teaching from Paul's doctrine of "headship".
Pauls says "If any be contentious, we have no other practice in the churches". Most all are "contentious" today.
Jay Litehiser (10/31/2005)
Very good exposition! This and the other two sermons on the subject of headcoverings are very good. Rev. Einwechter has been able to "unravel" the apparent difficulties and present what I think is Paul's stance on this matter.
William O. Einwechter is a teaching elder at Immanuel Free Reformed Church. He is a graduate of Washington Bible College (B.A.) and Capital Bible Seminary (Th.M.) and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1982. He is the vice president of the National Reform Association and...