Reformist Rapunzel: The Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement (SDARM) Obsession with Excessively Long, Uncut Hair for Woman
The Reformists of the SDARM generally BELIEVE and TEACH:
- SDARM women must have extremely long, uncut hair. In practice they often wear such hair in tight giant buns, which is an easily recognisable feature of their adherents.
- The supposed scriptural basis for the long uncut hair is 1 Cor 11:14-15: ‘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.’
- Like many things in the SDARM, a Reformist woman who cuts her excessively long hair can face Church discipline.
The Reformists are WRONG because:
- It is not clear whether vs15 re a man’s long hair implicitly means a woman’s covering in vs14 is her hair; rather, it seems Paul is using men’s hair as an analogy to explain why females should cover their heads. However, throughout Christianity’s history, a woman’s covering has traditionally been considered a scarf or hat.
- One might accept the proposition that men have longer hair than women; however, the Bible does not prescribe exactly how long men’s and women’s hair should be.
- The Apostle Paul could not have been suggesting women have excessively long, uncut hair. This is because the only time the Bible prescribes uncut hair is when taking the Nazarite oath, as recorded in Num 6:2-5. As women could also take the Nazarite oath, it would have made no sense for Paul to instruct ordinary (i.e. non-Nazarite) women to likewise have uncut hair. At the conclusion of the Nazarite oath, one shaved their heads – women included! Moreover, Acts 18:18 suggested Paul took this oath, as it mentions his own hair cut.
- Reformist women often suffer practical health problems, such as headaches and migraines, as a result of their excessive long hair and tight giant hair buns.
- The Reformist position on excessive long hair is not supported by Ellen White. In fact, their view seems to contradict Sister White’s counsel about hair in ‘unnatural positions’ as a result of fashion, that can cause hair to fall out or even brain injuries!
- The SDARM position is really one of internal pious ‘fashion’ and peer pressure – not scripture.
- Regardless of what one really thinks about long hair, it is simply nonsense to turn it into a salvation issue, as the SDARM do, when they make it a test of fellowship. That is really splitting hairs!
With the deepest respect, there is no belief and practice of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement (SDARM) more frankly bizarre than their obsession with excessively long hair on a woman. It is if they have attempted to live the life of the Rapunzel fairy tale.
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