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The issue of the head covering, described in detail in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, has been a somewhat divisive issue for some brethren. There are saints today who believe in wearing it, and saints who do not. Among those who wear it, there are different reasons. Among those who don't, there are different reasons. The general consensus among brethren seems to be a hands-off approach, that no policy to require or forbid the head covering shall be enacted in a congregation. It is regarded as a matter of personal conscience and liberty. In some congregations, discussion of the topic is respectful and frequent. In other congregations, it is virtually taboo. The reader is encouraged to examine the scriptures for himself. If you are interested in seeing what some brethren have written about it, I've included below some links to files you can download and read.

My wife and baptized daughters wear the head covering during church assemblies. We do not try to bind it on anyone, nor do we propose that a local congregation should take a congregational position on it. We are happy to enjoy peaceful fellowship with those who wear it and those who do not. If you are curious to know our particular reasons for observing the head covering, one of the files below presents a defense of the hope that is within us regarding the covering. We did not arrive at our conviction on it lightly or quickly. It was not a novel practice we observed in another saint and decided to imitate. It is not a fashion statement. Furthermore, it is not a sign of disrespect or condemnation to those who do not wear it, and it is not a condemnation of the practice of any congregation. Let me be plain: this is our personal conviction on the head covering. If you don't want to know, don't download it, don't open, and don't read it. If you choose to proceed to read it, know that it may challenge your present views, and it might even make you angry. If you read it, and don't like it, you can stop reading it and forget about it. Or you can contact me in a peaceful manner and present a reasonable, scriptural correction or objection to what I've written. So, here is the file with our reasons for observing the head covering of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16:

Why She Wears The Covering (and Why I Don't) by David F. Sims

As I said before, we did not arrive at this conclusion lightly or quickly. We did research. We read debates. We considered multiple perspectives and explanations. We dug into history, culture, and Greek words in lexicons. We re-examined our hermeneutic to ensure we were consistent in interpreting this passage in the same manner we interpret other passages. If you would like to see what others have written about it, below you will find some more files to download and read. You'll note that there are views presented that are different from my own.

Maintaining Balance In Times Of Controversy An excellent article by Ron Halbrook that offers guidance on how to approach and resprond to difficult issues and controversies. Mentions several historical controveries and briefly refers to the head covering.

The Male-Female Relationship Another well-conceived article by brother Halbrook

Covered Glory A very thorough examination of the head covering

Several articles from Truth Magazine in the '50s and 60s

Veil articles Several documents by different brethren espousing different views

Searching the ScripturesSpecial issue from 1981 with articles on the covering by brother R. Ervin Driskill, brother Thomas G. O'Neal.

Searching the Scriptures Special issue from 1968 on the head covering featuring articles by Roy Cogdill, Hiram Hutto, and James Needham.

A Verse by Verse Study of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, by Carroll Sutton