Last night, as part of our summer People’s Choice sermon series a question was asked about the meaning of “because of the angels” in 1 Cor 11:2-16 (listen to that sermon here).
This passage is not overly popular a) because it is a challenging text to exegete and also b) because culture does not like to hear what it, and other passages have to say about gender relations. However, we were encouraged by Martin Luther’s words:
“If I preach the Holy Scriptures with all my might but remain silent on the one issue the world is attacking, I have not preached the Word.”
We saw that the Bible teaches what may be referred to as complementarianism. Complementarianism believes that God created man and woman in his image, completely equal in value and full humanity (and equal in salvation), and yet distinct in the way they relate and function (they have different roles which in themselves have equal worth). They are equal but different. This complementary relationship reflects the glory of God.
If you would like to deepen your understanding of the Biblical view of gender here are a number of introductory reference points:
An discussion between 3 leading evangelical pastors from The Gospel Coalition on complementarianism and what is at stake (*The FIEC has ties with TGC).
If you are interested in exploring the complementarian stance that is specifically in favour of head coverings click here.