Hair Length

Though it’s preached by few churches, God wants men to have short hair and women to have long hair. I Corinthians 11 teaches that women shouldn’t cut their hair, and also that it’s shameful for men to have long hair. Much is said about this issue, and then verse 16 in that chapter seems to contradict the rest by saying, “But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.” This video sermon on hair refutes the illogical notion that Paul would spend so much time writing about separate lengths of hair for men and women, only to say, “Never mind. Disregard what I told you.”

Another sermon I’d like you to listen to mentions the Nazarites who, when making a vow to God, wouldn’t cut their hair until fulfilling the vow (Num. 6:2, 5). It’s pointed out that the Nazarites’ hair wouldn’t have reached the length of a woman’s hair in the time it took them to complete their vow. Samson was an exception. He was a Nazarite with a life-long vow (Judges 13:5, 7), so that vow was broken when his hair was cut (Judges 16:17-19). There was no such case with Jesus, who was a Nazarene, not a Nazarite, and pictures of Him with long hair are fictional.

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