What does the Bible say about wearing a mask?

Pastor Kevin Moyer. Submitted photo.

Submitted by Pastor Kevin Moyers, Rinehart Christian Church

Mask wearing in 2020 has been quite a topic of discussion.  President-elect Joe Biden says “Wear a mask.”  Dr. Anthony Fauci says, “Wear a mask.”  Did you know that the Bible addresses the subject of mask-wearing?

You might be interested in knowing that Jesus condemned the Pharisees for wearing a mask.

Now before anyone gets all “up in the air” about what I just said, maybe you should keep on reading this article.  Please don’t go away and tell folks the preacher at Rinehart is saying something that I’m really not saying at all.

Fifteen times in the book of Matthew Jesus addresses the subject of “mask-wearing.”  He addressed it once in Mark’s gospel, and four times in Luke’s gospel.  Add all that up and you have 20 scripture references that address mask-wearing, and everyone of them is cautioning us against wearing a mask.

Did you know the word “hypocrite” in the NT means “stage-actor?”  Let me quote to you from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Greek Words as it defines the word “hypocrite”:  “Pretender; it was a custom for Greek and Roman actors to speak in large masks with mechanical devices for augmenting the force of the voice.”  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines “hypocrite” this way:  “an actor; stage-player; pretender; a dissembler.”

Jesus took this word from the Greek and Roman theater and used it in such a way that people understood perfectly what He was getting at.   A hypocrite was someone pretending to be what they were not.  They were “stage-acting” in a spiritual sense.  In the case of the Pharisees, they were portraying themselves as spiritual-minded men, when really they were not spiritual at all.   They were just putting on a show.  They sounded spiritual on the outside, and maybe they “dressed like they were spiritual,” but in reality, they were not spiritual at all. They were wearing a mask.

Jesus had strong words of condemnation for those who were hypocritical “mask-wearers.”   Check out some of these scriptures:  Matthew 6:;2,5,16; 7:5; 22:18; 23:15,23,25,27,29; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 12:56; 13:15.  It appears that those who act like they’re a Christian, but really they are not, are in for a terrible awakening.

Jesus wants us to be sincere in our faith, and real.  He wants us to be true.  Don’t be that person who is a “Sunday Christian,” but has nothing to do with Him through the week.  Don’t be that person who sings praises on Sunday morning and curses your neighbor on Tuesday evening.  “My brethren, these things ought not to be this way” (James 3:10).

May we all take off the masks and be what He wants us to be.

Now the other masks that you see people wearing in 2020 to protect them from the coronavirus, feel free to wear them if you want.

7 thoughts on “What does the Bible say about wearing a mask?”

  1. your twisting the words of the Bible to fit your belief. The mask they speak of in the Bible has nothing to do with a world wide pandemic and more about people hiding their true selves from others. Christians in my opinion should set the example and it is preachers that are suppose to protect their congregations from harm. This idea that we don’t need to wear a mask in service is driven by nothing more than money. Ministers are afraid that if they promote mask wearing, people won’t go to church. I say then those people need to re-evaluate their hearts because not wearing a mask during a pandemic is the least Christian like action and it tells would be new comers to Christ that the church don’t care about their well being or if they get sick and die. VERY un Jesus like in my opinion but as I’m finding out it’s not other peoples opinions that most ministers care about….it’s their budget or lack there of.

    1. Those that wear a mask show what little faith they have. If one lives in fear, then they are not living the life God intended.

      1. If you take some medicine that might impede your ability to drive safely, you are asked not to drive. Claiming that you don’t want to live in fear and driving anyway isn’t just taking a risk on yourself. You are selfishly increasing the risk for every other person on the road.

        Refusing to wear a mask that could help protect someone else if you happened to have COVID in situations where you have been asked to do so is the same thing. Now you may not care, but saying that you aren’t going to live in fear by increasing the risk to those around you is pretty silly.

    2. Would Christ wear a mask? Of ye of little faith.

      It’s like wearing a seatbelt as if if it’s totally going to keep you from harm or death. You people talk from yourselves, but clearly don’t read the word which is the truth.

  2. The Bible condemned masked wearing not in the sense of health issue but in the sense of hypocrisy. The Bible also tells us to remove the masks from our hearts so that we can receive the word God. Hypocrisy was one of the many areas of Christianity that our Lord Jesus addressed most during his ministry. HE called one group of people “white washed tombs, dry bones” Masked wearing was condemned because the hiding of face was away of not revealing your true feelings and hypocrisy.

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