Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

June 25, 2009

Enough of this Hair-esy!

Filed under: Biblical/spiritual — Tags: , , , , — tkweber @ 2:44 pm

It seems clear now that leaders of the UPCI, and therefore the organization itself, is taking a stand in favor of the damnable heresy known by its opponents as Magic Hair Doctrine, which has flourished in our ranks for many years. In spite of apparently increasing numbers of opponents and the rising din of voices against it, the doctrine continues to advance unchecked by those in leadership.

My ire was raised when reading the first article (after the predictably alarmist editorial) in the July 2009 issue of the Pentecostal Herald titled “Memorials,” authored by none other than the foremost contemporary champion of MH doctrine, Ruth (formerly Rieder) Harvey (p.7). Following four paragraphs describing some of our nation’s hallowed war memorials and the value of remembering the costly sacrifices of our forebears, she stated the importance of “revisiting the landmarks erected by our spiritual forefathers” which “stand in mute testimony to their consecrated lives.” She noted that there has been a “changing of the guard. Our elders are passing the torch to this generation and entrusting us with their memorials.” She then quoted Proverbs 22:28 and 23:10 which warn against removing “the ancient landmark.”

Given the fact that Harvey is known far and wide for tireless and fervent advocacy of MH doctrine, including authorship of numerous books and speaking at countless conferences on the subject, only the most naïve observer would deny that such prominent placement of this article within the official organ of the UPCI amounts to tacit approval of MH doctrine at the highest levels.

Having personally opposed this heresy to the General Superintendent some years ago with a plea for corrective action, I am deeply disappointed that no repudiation has come forth. Meanwhile, this devilish teaching continues to flourish unabated, ensnaring many sincere believers and turning their faith and hope away from the only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Furthermore, embarrassing and repugnant cultish expressions and behaviors continue to abound across the fellowship bringing reproach upon Christ and the gospel before the world, with many adherents going so far as to quote the writings of witches and pagans to justify their biblically insupportable dogma.

It is long past time for the UPCI to take a clear and unequivocal official stand against MH doctrine, regardless of who may be embarrassed or offended. Frankly, as a member of the generation receiving the aforementioned torch, I refuse to honor and champion any doctrine built on so tenuous a foundation and producing such bizarre and questionable acts as have been witnessed and documented among its adherents. If there is no more serious regard for truth and biblical accuracy among the leaders of the UPCI, then I don’t think I can take their torch without being burned.

To read my review of Ruth (Rieder) Harvey’s teaching, see my post of March 2008.



  1. Just wanted to say thank you for being another voice against this heresy. My husband and I had been in apostolic churches for 25 years. Because we have come out of the “hairesy” we have lost most of our friends, they are afraid of us now it seems. But, we would rather stand for unpopular truth than for popular lies. God Bless you for speaking the truth.

    Comment by tamie — February 8, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

  2. God Bless Sis. Ruth Harvey and her journey into finding what the Scripture does teach about our hair. It is not magic hair….it is power because of the “obedience” of apostolic women to the Word of God !!! There is nothing more beautiful than an apostolic woman obedient to God and His Word from the inside (first) and the outside!!! Then the anointing rests on her. Fall in love with holiness and you will never be the same !!! Thank you Sister Harvey for all I have learned.

    Comment by Charlene — March 17, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    • Charlene, thank you for reminding me of the first and greatest commandment: “Thou shalt love holiness with all thy heart, all thy mind, and all thy soul.” Let’s keep the main thing the main thing.

      Comment by tkweber — March 18, 2010 @ 7:39 am

  3. I have to speak up here. I was in the UPC for many years, and I believed all of this holy hair stuff and then some. I was so sweet and submissive. Oh yes I was. However, that DID NOT protect me from a severely abusive UPC Pastor husband that had a terrible wandering eye with women, etc, and I could go on and on here. I had to leave him because of severe abuse, and I also left UPC. That was 9 years ago. I have learned sooooooooooooooooo much since then. I hate to upset anyone, but this whole holy hair thing is a complete false doctrine. It is made up of many scriptures taken completely out of context. The Bible clearly warns us not to add or take away from the Word of God. This is a serious offense against other believers to be speading thing and teaching it. I lived it exactly the way it was taught, and the whole thing crumbled at my feet. It is only blood of Jesus that protects and NOTHING else.

    Comment by savedbygrace — February 20, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

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