By Jaime Noriega | 2015
One of the most asked questions involves the practice of head coverings for both men and women. We would like to address this question on two levels. First we will look at the actual practice of wearing a physical head covering.
Read Phillipians 2:5-8. Paul teaches that the believing husband is to submit himself completely to the Spirit of Messiah. The husband is not to pray or teach by any other authority than the Spirit of Messiah. The question we must now answer is this, "Why was the husband given the authority to be the head of the household?" To answer this question, we must return to the story of creation. The Torah makes it very clear that Adam or man was to be in the image of G-D. We know from Messiah, however, that G-D is spirit and not corporal.
I want to be very clear that men do not have authority over woman. The idea that all man have authority over woman is a gross misapplication of the Scriptures. Men do not have authority over woman. Husbands have authority over their wives, and fathers have authority over their children. It is vitally important that we understand the difference between being a man and being a husband and father.
Clearly, we see that the teaching of Paul rooted in the Torah. Adam was to be submitted to the Spirit of Messiah while Eve was to be submitted to her own husband. The idea that somehow now believers are to submit themselves to the authority of a rabbi, pope, preacher or pastor is wrong! Paul is quite clear that the head of every man is Messiah not the clergy. This system of elevating one man as the authority over the whole congregation of unsuspecting believers is called Nicolaitanism. The Greek word "Niko" means "to conquer". The Greek word "Laos" means "people". As a compound word, "Nicolaitanism" means "to conquer the people". The idea that all of Yeshua´s followers are now to submit themselves to a professional religious leader is a pagan practice. In fact, it is a practice that the resurrected Messiah hated.
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