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Submitted: 12/22/2006
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Question: 1 Corinthians 11 talks about a woman praying or prophecying with her head uncovered dishonors her head. When you read these scriptures, I have never seen in them that it is wrong, or a sin, for a woman to cut her hair. What I have seen is if a woman's head be shaved, in other words if her hair is short like a man, or if she shaves off her hair, it is a SHAME to her not a SIN as it is taught. She should cover her head. We had a woman in our church who had hair over half way down her back, and she cut her ends to even them up, and she was told she had sinned by simply evening up her ends. No where in this chapter did I see it is a SIN or wrong for a woman to cut her hair, but if her hair is short like a man she needs to cover her head, what do you say? Also, 1 Corinthians 7:12-17 if my wife or husband is an unbeliever and desires to leave the marriage, the Bible said LET THEM GO, you are NOT UNDER BONDAGE in such cases. I know Paul wrote this, but I also know ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16). So to say this is simply Paul's opinion is not Scripture.

Answer: Concerning 1 Corinthians 7:12-17, we have never said that this was merely Paul's opinion. We believe it was given by inspiration of God just like all the rest of the Bible.

Concerning 1 Corinthians 11 and women's hair, we disagree with your conclusions. How, for example, should we define 'long hair'? Is it over the shoulders, half way down the back, over the ears? Some ladies can let their hair grow for 20 years and it will never get to their shoulders. From our perspective, the only definition that is consistent and applicable to all women is that 'long hair' equals 'uncut hair.' This is why the woman you mentioned was in error for trimming the ends. As Paul explained, if a woman cuts (shears) her hair at all, it is no different from having her head shaved...and everyone knows that it's a shame for a women to have a shaved head.

We think that this issue should not be discussed in terms of sin or no sin. Let's think about it instead in terms of how we can best glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ. Let the women allow their hair to grow out to whatever length the Lord determines, and let the men keep their hair neatly cut. This is our view and to God be the glory!