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Men Wear Hats In Church

Question concerning hats and men, Is it biblically correct for a man to wear a hat(of any kind) in church? For example, we know that priest, rabbis and others also wear hats during church service. Is this biblically defendable?

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Mima, I think it is customary for a man to take off his hat after he enters church. The New Testament scripture about head covering during service is found in I Corinthians 11:3-16. Basically it reads that men should not cover their heads when they prophesy, and that women should cover their heads when prophesying. In the apostolic church the women wear a veil on their heads. I believe this shows a distinction between the man and the woman, not that the man is holier than the woman, nor that the woman is holier than the man, but that there is a godly classification represented by the woman and a godly classification represented by the man. I am a man, but if I were made a woman I would truly be honored to wear a veil on my head in church.
---Eloy on 2/19/12

Cluny, Jewish synagogues have hold regular services every week just like Churches do. Except they do it on Saturday instead of Sunday.
---Jed on 2/19/12

Since when did rabbis have church services?

It is customary for GENTLEMEN to remove hats when inside any building.

Exception: Hardhats when construction is going on.

Mitres, birette, skouphyas, zuchetti and other religious headgear are NOT hats.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/19/12

wow,we go to a chruch where the preacher talks with a cowboy hat on and all the men wear there cowboy hats and take them off to pray then put them back on. having to take your hat off when you enter a building or at school is the most dumbest thng i every heard of,
---rhea on 2/17/12

It is out of respect for the Reverence of God. It's called curtesy. But that's an ancient word nowadays. There's less respect, curtesy, kind language and less servanthood for mankind. And that's biblical..
---angela on 1/24/12

God is not in the Church where men pray and preach wearing hats according to I Corinthians 11:1-14 because it dishonors Christ.
---Lee on 1/14/12

In the man who kicked the man out with the hat... lol
---Carla on 1/9/12

Wow! Where is God in a church that kicks a man out for wearing a hat?!
---Mary on 1/7/12

Outside knocking on the door.
---JackB on 1/8/12

Wow! Where is God in a church that kicks a man out for wearing a hat?!
---Mary on 1/7/12

I was kicked out of church today for wearing a hat. So it must be pretty serious offense.
---jesusneri on 1/1/12

2 Corinthians 3:14-8 covers this. Moses wore a veil. In Christ, the veil is removed.

Christ removed a "veil"/hat? Where?

VEIL original Hebrew meaning is to divide - VEIL was a curtain in temple not something one wore on their head - there is zero analogy there

as for priests wearing something on their heads that is THEIR TRADITION ...True Believers truly BELIEVE EVERY Word of God - Christ WARNED to not follow mens traditions

Christ and Apostles NEVER wore the elaborate costumes the Pharisees wore and what the rcc-Pharasees adopted they are wearing now

follow Christ not mens hollow traditions

biblically speaking hats are irrelevant

womens covering is her HAIR not a hat
---Rhonda on 10/29/11

Priests and Rabbis do not wear hats during church service. These are known as a kippot or a yamicha and they are worn to show humility and submission to God. A hat is something completely different. If a man wore a baseball cap in church that would be disrespectful.
---Jed on 10/23/11

wearing a hat or not wearing a hat is so minute. It does not really matter if we do or don't. Serving the Lord is important.
---shira_4368 on 10/23/11

Most women don't wear hats in church, so men shouldn't have to either. on 10/23/11

I was at a college basketball game
There was about fiftteen
Police officers present. During the the national anthem all removed there covers except one. It really upset me. Am I wrong in thinking that he should have uncovered his hat during the national anthem. Thanks
---John_hickey on 10/23/11

---John on 1/30/11

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Ok well I would like to say that I am sorry to john. Hope that you will forgive me. I am new here and did not know that there was another john bloging about hats in the church. So for now on I will go by john777 ok.
---John777 on 1/30/11

Did you write that or did I?

Are you Alan or am I?
---John?Alan? on 1/27/11

John ... To be serious, there is no need for you to use other people's names in order to write outrageous stuff

Saints are not regarded as God by any denomination
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11

Yep, We went a bit over the top on that one.

Maybe I'll change my name to St. John.

That will inflame a few of the Traditional Churchers.

Since for them a Saint is a god.
---John on 1/27/11

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Yes John we can cause great confusion can't we by using eash other s names ... but I won't any more!! This is the real alan
---john on 1/27/11

John, I must admit that I admire and agree with ALL of your postings. You have been an inspiration and great teacher to me!
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/27/11

2 Corinthians 3:14-8 covers this. Moses wore a veil. In Christ, the veil is removed. Yet, the New Testament teaching is that women are to wear a covering.
---Mike on 1/27/11

Rob-- "many, many years ago" sure do make me feel old! I was in the military during the 70's
(wasn't that just a few years ago?) I know a lot has changed, but (from friends who've been in more recently) I think the policy about head-covering still stands.
---Donna66 on 1/26/11

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John ... I was trying to make a suggestion to prevent you and the other John (or the other John and you .... because I don't know which John you are) being mixed up by your readers.

And, yes, you could change your name to mine, and your post would be listed as being mine, andn I would get the votes for whatever wisdom you had dispensed!

And to prove how this works, I now declare that I am Alan8566 of UK, inspite of the fact that this post will appear on the blog as if it had been written by ...
---john on 1/27/11


You seem to like to cause trouble and fuel fires.
---John on 1/26/11

Jophn ... Whichever one you are

It was not a joke but a simple suggestion, to avoid confusion between you and the other John, or among many Johns

You don't necessarilty have more otes than him, because if you click on his name you find that he has the same number, and the posts listed under john are those of both of you. CN groups posts and votes just under the name. So maybe all those votes are those cast for him.

Anyway, what credit is there in having most votes?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/26/11

when jesus rode into town, he had the vote of most in jerusalem. when, he died on the cross, he had One.

i hope that at least 1 of my few votes is from that One.
---aka on 1/26/11

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FUNNY ALAN!!! Nice joke, but since I've been here for year and have the most votes.

I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
---John on 1/25/11

Perhaps BOTH Johns should make their name a bit more distinctive?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/25/11

Donna, you are correct.

Many, many years ago we were not allowed to wear a hat indoors unless we were carrying a weapon. But that was many, many years ago and the rules may have changed since I was in the Army.
---Rob on 1/25/11

Sounds like someone is using my name.

Please revise your I.D. "John" Its causing confusion.
---John on 1/24/11

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John: wold you quote that to a woman who wants very short hair?

Just out of interest
---Steve on 1/24/11

I think a gentleman should always remove his hat whenever he steps inside any type building. It shows good home training and common sense.Something that is in short supply these days. The church of worship is one of the most disrespected places in the world today. This should not be. Try this stunt in court and you may be hauled off to jail. We respect the carnal halls of society more than we do the church house. Very sad testimony.
---Robyn on 1/24/11

It says in corinthians 11:4-5 every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishoners his head.and every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncoverd dishoners her head. corinthians 11:13-15Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to god with her head uncovered? Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. So this my brothers tells us clearly that the word of god is not talking about hats its talking about hair. For men to not have long hair and women not to have short hair. so with that unless anyone can find in the bible that men cant were hats. I think its ok.
---John on 1/23/11

I don't think it matters a lot to God. Up until the 1960's it was considered bad manners for a man to wear a hat indoors anywhere! I believe this is still a rule in the military. (And some still would consider it bad manners in church) If your church is one that demands a woman cover her head in church, then men should not cover theirs.
If there are no rules for women, then I suppose there should be none for men. But, to me, it's easier to see what's going on in the front of the church if nobody wears hats.
---Donna66 on 1/9/11

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2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. 3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her headit is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off, but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. 7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.
---CASOB on 1/9/11

God made the rules not man therfore becasue we hear the word grace everything is thrown out the baby and the bath water.

Unless one is Gods mouth piece and has specific orders from him pray tell us what are the customs of God and what are made up?

since we are not to do these things perhaps the things people are doing now and call t good is better than what we are orginially told to do.

speck and do the same things biblically, ya'll a joke!

more like division on every hand, who did you say to follow man no thank you I wont go to hell if I follow the wrod rightly divided. wearing coverings can never send a woman to hell but being disobedient will.

I'd rather wear it than not!
---Carla on 1/2/11

Who makes the Rules?

For example.. What if Man said it is disrespectful to wear a long sleeve shirt in church? It will then be in our heads that we shall not wear long sleeve shirt in church..?

So who really made this rule about hats? Was it God... OR was it man?

God does not care about worldly things.. How you look or how you dress.. It's all about your heart!!

Showing up in church is more important to God than worrying about the way you look. Don't let anything keep you away from God.
---bill on 12/30/10

The reply limmit is 125 words so here is the rest of my post.

It all started back with the fig leaf and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Some people wear a hat for the same reason we wear pants, shirts and under clothing and the same reason Adam and Eve did. To cover up our bodies.

It is more of a mental problem whether it be loss of hair, a bump or cancer. I say onto you, stop judging the people around you. They are doing it for a reason and not doing it to be disrespectful in anyway.
---bill on 12/30/10

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(JOSHUA 5:13-15)verse 15 says THE COMMANDER OF THE LORD'S ARMY SAID TO JOSHUA, TAKE YOUR SANDAL OFF YOUR FOOT, FOR THE PLACE WHERE YOU STAND IS HOLY. AND JOSHUA DID SO! At sporting events, Please stand & remove your hats for the National Anthem! Our military personel remove ther hats when entering a place. Bottom line is its ALL ABOUT RESPECTING HIM!! Some bloggers have said "GOD looks at your heart not your hat." I haven't even seen that in scripture. PROVERBS 1:7 "THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE. BUT FOOLS DESPISE WISDOM AND INSTRUCTION. AMEN
---kd on 7/5/10

In a civilian court room you are Told to take off your hat or there'll be consequences! You show RESPECT to the judge & his court. That goes the same for the ALL MIGHTY HIGH! In EXODUS 3:5 & ACTS 7:33, GOD told Moses "do not draw near this place, take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground". It's all about RESPECTING the LORD! PROVERBS 1:7 says "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but Fools despise wisdom & instruction".
---kd on 7/4/10

In a civilian court room you are Told to take off your hat or there'll be consequences! You show RESPECT to the judge & his court. That goes the same for the ALL MIGHTY HIGH! In EXODUS 3:5 & ACTS 7:33, GOD told Moses "do not draw near this place, take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground". It's all about RESPECTING the LORD! PROVERBS 1:7 says "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but Fools despise wisdom & instruction".
---kd on 7/4/10

This issue of head coverings seemed to be sight specific in Corinth (11:16) It is not sinful, rather dishonoring (11:4) How? I believe there were gender distinction problems at Corinth (much like today) Man is to be masculine (as he was made) to be otherwise is to dishonor His maker. Culturally in Corinth, women wore coverings for effeminate reasons (prostitutes - temple of Aphrodite - wore their hair down, Women who were gender confused - hair short or shaved)... so the Christians wore hair up and covered preventing misunderstandings publicly. Men here are being instructed to be distinctively men, not effeminate (covered head), women to be feminine, not masculine/prostitute/butch (equal - yes, but distinctive roles).
---dave_morris on 6/29/10

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I guess things have really changed through the years.

I was always taught a man wearing a hat inside a building was to let others know he was carrying some type pf weapon.
---Rob on 3/29/10

It is not for us to judge.
Seriously people...There are bigger issues to worry about in the church then if a person is wearing a ball-cap or not! Someone had it right when they said God looks at your heart not your hat. Wearing a hat in church does not make someone a bad person and I think that if you are so focused on a hat being worn then you are not at all focused on the word being who's being disrespectful?
---ThereRBiggerIssues on 3/28/10

Dress to commune with your Lord, in holiness, and not in tradition.
---Eloy on 9/17/09

Equating wearing hats for men or women being uncovered in the Judaism is to completely ignore that at this moment in time the Jews are lost without Christ.

They look for a king to come.

Just as they stop looking you'll find a anti Christ will appear and this will satisfy their hardened heart.

Those of us who understand being grafted into the True Vine will know Gentiles are greatly privileged to accept believe and be blessed.

---Carla3939 on 9/17/09

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Jason, dear, I am sooo very sorry about the phobia. :( Please, keep going to church, God looks at your heart, not your hat. You will be in my prayers and hopefully also the prayers of many others on here, no matter where they stand on the issue. GOD BLESS YOU brother. Hugs, Mary
---Mary on 9/17/09

If the congregation accepts hat-wearing, then go ahead and wear one. If men don't wear hats, then don't offend them by wearing one.
---mugwump on 9/16/09

I have been struggling with agoreaphobia for
the last 8 years and the only way I cant go into public is to wear a hat because when I have anxiety attacks I sweat and the way I keep it under control long enough to overcome the attack before it gets extreme is to wear a hat that soaks the sweat.its nonsense I know but a security that has helped me to keep from becoming a total recluse listening to church on the radio.
Maybe I should stop going to church since my only way out is considered disrespecful to God.Sadly things arent so cut and dry for me.
---jason on 9/16/09

I think it's sad to see so many people claiming that adhering to a literal interpretation of Scriptures is 'legalistic.' Another thing that bothers me is when I see people claim that 'it's not a matter of salvation', well I ask is obedience to the Word of God a salvation issue? Ye shall know a pretender by his constantly seeking loop holes in God's word. My delight is in the Word of God, and on it do I meditate daily. Praise Jesus!
---Brother_Stephen on 4/15/08

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It is all about respect to God and his house. When your at you home and others know that you don't drink alcohol of any kind, and you don't want it around your house, but they do drink so they won't bring it around your home out of respect. Here comes a man who knows you don't want alcohol at your place, along with his 40oz bottle, walking up your steps. Do you make him pour it out because he didn't have enough respect for you and your house? Or do you bend the rules and throw respect outside?
---Rebecca_D on 3/25/08

does hats in church really matter? what is church anyways? a building or a group of believers coming together in his name? people make everything so complicated and legalistic. Does it bother you that much when someone wears their hat in church? sooo bad that you will let it get between you and God? It's all about the heart and love. God knows what kind of respect I have for him within my heart.
---Stephen on 3/24/08

Hmmmm which tradition to observe? In christianity men do not wear hats, but women cover their heads. In the tradition of the Jews, men wear hats, women leave the head uncovered. Personally hats should be optional, a la George Carlin.
---dan on 3/11/08

The Pope's mitre (if I am correct) anyhow one of his popular hats has a shape based on the fish god Dagon. It is easy to see that Catholicism (which includes some non-Catholics in Korea) the women are encouraged to cover their glory (hair). I would not be against bald men wearing hats of any kind to cover their embarrassment.... Why should men with dyed and beautifully arranged locks (these days) be allowed to show them off at church and yet bald men not be allowed to wear a modest cap.
---frances008 on 3/10/08

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Personally, I respect the tradition of NOT wearing hats in church, However...
IF a young man should come in, who is NOT a christian, then the Holy Spirit will convict them.

How about a woman wearing a halter top, I would have to ask: saved?, unsaved?, or new believer? before I EVEN begin to correct. And maybe not even then if I don't have a established friendly relationship with them.

You teach by your example, and you convince them with your loving discipleship.
---timotheus on 3/10/08

Just doing some research on the hat issue. Myself I find it irritating and disrespectful when a man chooses to wear his hat - ball cap - in church. Trying not to take offence, but I just find it shows a huge lack of respect for being in God's house.
---Eve on 3/10/08

Wearing hats or not by men or women is not essential to ones salvation. If a man is not praying or prophesing, he can wear a covering without shame (Paul does not say it is a sin) I Cor. 11:4. One can wear a covering, man or woman, because there is no practice in the church of God. I Cor. 11:16.
---Doc on 2/23/08

The rule in American culture is this:

Christian laymen--no hats in church unless for health reasons.

Christian priests--as appropriate to their demonination/order/rank.

It should be noted that Sikhs wear their turbans all the time in public. And that the more Orthodox a Jewish temple is, the more likely its male visitors are to wear a skullcap. Both in and out of temple.
---Nancy on 11/9/07

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Lorra, You of all people (being Catholic)are able to confirm what I said. Is the host not round? are the skull caps not round? Do the priests not wear the mitre? Is there not the circle and + ,in the center, on the Pope's sleeve? Where do the Nuns in black habits originate? Do the lit candles not originate from Zoroaster?
---1st_cliff on 10/22/07

There is no law under the new covenant about hats it is only respect and tradition that is
the issue. when you enter a court of law men remove their hats in respect, surely God should get the same respect. when the flag is raised men remove their hats that have been taught to do so. Is a flag greater that God.
I think rebellion is the what it's about. Just rebelling against God.
---exzucuh on 10/20/07


I certainly agree with you on that one although it is not so much a problem today as many women do not wear hats today in our church but a particular denomination I know. The clothes hats and worship is just so over the top materialistically that it puts you off when you cannot see the preacher for fancy costumes. Having said that their covered and thats not a reason to ban head coverings but lavishly BIG hats!
---Carla5754 on 10/20/07

1st Cliff, ROTFL. you might want to be careful, some on this site might take you seriously.
---lorra8574 on 10/19/07

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"It is called a tunic, a head covering for the men"

A tunic is not a head covering. It is a garment for men sometimes worn under a toga. This is when a dictionary comes in handy.
---Susie on 10/19/07

I did hear one preacher tell the women in a particular church to stop wearing all of those huge hats they were wearing.
He told them there was no need to let anything stand between their head and God.
On the practical side, it was hard for everyone to keep craning their necks around them.
---Bob on 10/19/07

In answering this question. Perhaps we should look at this scripture first Corinthians 11:4,"Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head." Can we understand this scripture to be a plain teaching against a man wearing a hat of any nature in church?
---Mima on 10/19/07

It surely is disrespectful for man to cover their head in church. Check with the army. As for women covering theirs, I do wish hats and gloves would come back in to style. Women use to be ladies but now well anything goes.>>>Long dresses wouldn't hurt either. you know like back in the 20'S or 1900's
---catherine on 10/19/07

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There are no scriptures to validate men wearing head coverings in church and fundamentally MEN DON'T. It would be very disrespectful for someone not to remove their hat before entering a church. It is still practiced yet Christians struggle with women covering their heads. Covering your head for a man is not necessary.
---Carla5754 on 10/19/07

Judge for yourselves

1Cr 11:13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

1Cr 11:14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him,

1Cr 11:15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.

1Cr 11:16 If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practicenor do the churches of God.
---Andrea on 10/18/07

In the Catholic church ,the pope (and others) wear the mitre which is a replica of Dagon the fish god ,minus the eyes. Priests,cardinals and others wear a "ROUND" skull cap which is symbolic of the sun.Like the round "host" and candles all part of sun worship!Look on the sleeve of the Pope you will see a round symbol with a + in the center,symbol of the sun god!
---1st_cliff on 10/18/07

It is called a tunic, a head covering for the men. Daniel 3:21. That is only verse that I could find that talks about a hat or covering for a man's head.
---Rebecca_D on 10/18/07

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No hats are to be worn by men unless they are participating in some type ceremony like an ordination, a wedding feast etc..
Some religions may allow head wear but not in the churches I am familiar with.
---Robyn on 10/18/07

In the UK it is impolite to wear any hat inside any building.
The exception being in some denominations. ministers and preists wear headgeear.
---alan_of_UK on 10/18/07

Some churches are big into pomp and circumstance, hats, veils, head coverings, they are the traditions of men.
God doesn't demand a hat for a man or a head covering for a woman. Angels can't demand them. Let nothing stand between your heart and God. As in the garden, covering yourself from head to toe will not cover your sin, only the blood of Jesus allows you to enter in. All of your veil and hat wearing means bo diddly in the big picture.
---Bob on 10/18/07

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