Some years back, I was at Army Barracks, Mokola Parish, Ibadan to see the late former governor of Oyo State, Kolapo Ishola, and while the Jerimoyamah was going on, one of the sidemen (Onibodes) approached a young man who had some well-trimmed beards and asked him to either cut the beards before going into the sanctuary or go somewhere else to worship. He was not allowed into the cathedral that day.
I was curious and wanted to know why he was sent back. No one could give me any concrete answer. Then, when I got home, I searched the scripture and I found out that in I Corinthians 11:14– “Doesn’t nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him.” I thought I was cool with that until I saw another passage in the Old Testament, Leviticus 21-5– “They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh. They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire to the LORD, the food of their God; so they shall be holy.…”
Now the question of the appropriateness of long hair and beards is frequently put to traditional Orthodox clergy. I want to ask the Bible scholars here and of course the elders of this church, CCC to tell us where the place of Beards is in the Celestial Church Constitution. At least, this will address the issue of clergy appearance, i.e. hair and beards that a lot of our members are concerned about.
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