Because of the debated nature of 1 Corinthians 11, there are several incorrect misconceptions that are often brought to the text which must be cleared away before a true and basic understanding can be reached.
- “This passage is not about the subjection, submission, or subordination of the woman to the man or of the wife to her husband. If Paul had wanted this to be the subject of the passage, then he would have at least used one of those words and said so as he does in
- Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
- Colossians 3:18 – Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
- Titus 2:4-5 – so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
- While submission is involved in headship, the point of the passage is not submission, but headship. The point of the passage is also not the headship of the man, but the headship and glory of Christ.
- This passage is not about man’s authority, but Christ’s authority as Head over the Church.”
- “This passage is not about when a woman can or cannot, or should or should not, speak. The point of the passage is the headship and glory of Christ.”
- “This passage is not about the relationship between the man and the woman or between the husband and his wife. This passage is about the role played by the man and the woman in declaring the headship and glory of Christ.”
- “This passage is not to be limited to the husband and the wife. Such an interpretation is too narrow and misses the point of the passage in declaring the headship and glory of Christ. While the words ἀνήρ and γυνή can be translated husband and wife, they are also translated (as in this passage) man and woman.”
- “The emphasis of the passage is not the head-covering, it is the headship and glory of Christ. The headcovering is merely the means by which His headship and glory are displayed.”
According to Jeff Tackes, “When we put the emphasis in the wrong place or emphasize the wrong thing, we completely miss the point of the passage. The point of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is the headship and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.”