For years we have had this collection of short articles posted on line and we slowly add to them as new topics come up. We don't claim to have all the answers, but we're sharing how we see things. As we all share, our perspectives are widened, and it becomes easier to lay aside fear and dead religion and to choose instead pathways of freedom, boldness, life, and love. We hope you enjoy the mythbusters.
Myth #7 - We Need a "Covering"
This is a widely accepted and damaging myth. There is no Biblical use of this word to indicate that people need human mediators. In fact, the Bible says there are no mediators between individual people and God except Jesus Himself.
In the New Testament, the word covering only applies to jars and headcloths worn by secular cultures of that day. There is only one exception to this - love covers a multitude of sin. This is the only spiritual use of the word "covering" in the New Testament and it has nothing to do with bowing to a human.
Let's lay something out here - when a modern Christian says you need a "covering", they mean a mediator.
For any person to place a covering or mediator in between them and God is to abdicate their direct relationship with God. This is true of church relationships, family relationships, marriages, and friendships. Order and harmony in the Body is a side result of every believer having the fruit of God's Spirit within. God blesses our relationships when we ALL have His heart of love, submission, and service.
We can learn from each other and we can organize in a practical sense for different tasks, but this is different than allowing a person to step between us and God, and to direct our lives and make our choices. The idea of humans covering other humans is cultish.
If someone says you need a covering, you probably need to pack your bags and get out of Dodge, head for the hills, skeedaddle, drop off the key Lee, and get yourself free.