Male Covering – Hogwash

Male Covering and Male Headship are awful words.  I hesitate to even use them in a blog because they trigger some kind of kinky readers. 

But these are the words that Baptists and Non-denominational, and other Evangelical denominations have chosen to use to prove that men have dominance over women. 

Oh, they don’t say these words.  You won’t hear them used in a sermon.  They say “leadership” because even they know that male covering and male headship have a sexual connotation. 

So what difference does it make if that is what they believe but do not preach in a sermon? 

Let me count the ways: 

  1. It determines how they will preach because they will get their message across in some form.
  2. It determines how the youth leader teaches the young men and young women.
  3. It determines the literature they will use in teaching.
  4. It determines how they will set up their church structure – who will be the deacons or the leaders
  5. It affects how they will do marital counseling which is officially encouraged by the  State of Texas.
  6. It determines how they will counsel a woman who is having marital troubles.
  7. It determines how they will counsel a young girl who is considering the ministry.  

Ok, I can live with that, you might say.  Many do and never question it. 


Whenever one person has headship or covering over another, it means that they see themselves as having saving power over the other, and they are to be held accountable before God for their wives and daughters. 

They have headship over their sons until the sons grow up and leave home.  The wives never get to grow up and leave home.  The daughters will be handed over to some other male headship or male covering guy who will “lead” her.

Male headship and male covering creates among men and women a division, an acknowledgement that males are superior to females.  It leads to abuse in the home and in the spiritual life. 

Can you live with that?

If you can’t live with that, join us at Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Christian Women’s Rights Convention in Orlando, Florida, on July 24, 2010.


About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Male Covering – Hogwash

  1. A. Amos Love says:


    I would like to say something in the defense of men.
    Especially this foolishnes about “Covering” and “Headship.”

    It’s not really our fault. 😦

    It’ God’s fault.

    No really, it is, it is. 😉

    The Bible says when God operated on Adam,
    “He caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam,”

    It never says He woke him up again.
    And we’ve been sleep walking ever since. 😉

    And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam,
    and he slept: and he took one of his ribs,
    and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
    Gen 2:21

    But keep on trying trying to wake us up, please.

    And… Please forgive us.
    And forgive us. And forgive us. And forgive us. And forgive us.

    All things do work together for good….

    Love and peace.

    P.S. –
    I’m neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian.
    I believe Jesus has another option.

    Oh man. These big words make my spell checker crazy. 🙂


    • I checked out your website. You have beautiful posters. I didn’t find anything weird on it.
      Thank you for writing. Thank you for reading my blog.

      While men sleep, they may find that their ‘authority’ has been handed over to someone else.


  2. Scripture condemns those who seek “coverings” outside of the Holy Spirit. “WOE to those who go to egypt (husbands or other ‘authority’)to seek a covering but NOT OF MY SPIRIT…” (paraphrase)

    This whole “covering” thing is so unscriptural any way you look at it, whether it be husband, church, denomination, etc..


  3. Kristen says:

    A. Amos Love,

    You can’t believe how refreshing it is to hear a man ask for forgiveness on behalf of his brothers! Thank you, thank you.


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