Monday, June 29, 2015

The Cross of Christ is a burning altar which consumes everything



The Cross of Christ is a burning altar which consumes everything.
Upon it everything of us shall become ashes.
The Cross of Christ is a light which shines on everything.
Upon it everything of us shall receive
His uncompromising, perfect judgment.
 The Cross of Christ is His entire rejection toward our sins.
By Jesus Christ the crucified One,
the sun became dark in its highest place

By Jesus Christ the crucified One,
all kinds of feigned hope
no matter how it may look sublime and noble,
shall turn into disappointment.
The Cross of Christ would manifest everything
as He looks at the authentic reality.
By His death on the Cross,
the earth quaked and the rocks were split.
By His death on the Cross,
all of our trust, pride, confidence, assurance, and man-made foundations
were overturned and smashed to pieces.

By the Cross of Christ,
our natural man was destroyed by the cursed Death.
All the haughtiness and pride are crushed by the Cross.
Do we really believe this Jesus Christ, the crucified One? 
Then,, only the resurrected Christ shall live.
It is Christ who is in the fire.
Only the purified and refined one shall remain.
Yes, only the holy stump shall remain.

Itaru Miyasaka,  jyujika ni tsukerareta kirisuto

translated into English from Japanese

Lord, help us to not dwell in sinful thoughts and actions: seeking to live holy both inwardly and outwardly

This morning, I heard that one prominent, Bible-believing (and complementarian!) pastor resigned from church due to the sin of adultery. Upon this, one church leader asked us to pray that "God would keep him holy, close to Him and would not allow him to fall into sin" reminding us that "no matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. And when you give into sin, you hurt many people and discredit your ministry."

No matter how good your doctrine is, you can fall. How true it is! Today, we Christians are segmented into hundreds of thousands of denominations, theological systems and various "-isms" and each blame that the other(s) are either heretical or not sound biblically.
Although Gal 3:28 ("There is neither Jew nor Greek,,,neither male nor female") is often used as magna carta by egalitarians and Christian feminists in order to claim "equality" between the sexes ―both ontologically and functionally―, in front of this one giant called "sin", we are so drastically alike and "equal", aren't we?

In front of this giant, indeed there is neither Catholic nor Protestant, neither Evangelicals nor Pentecostals, neither Calvinists nor Arminians,,,we are all miserable sinners who need His mercy and forgiveness every single moment.

When we pamper our own sins and keep living in them, we will die sooner or later. We are to expose it and discard it firmly in His light. However, what I am experiencing is this ; although I want to be holy in my mind and soul, various sinful thoughts are trying their best to sneak into my mind daily and incite me to dwell in these sinful and fanciful thoughts.

For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self. But I discern in my bodily members a different law at war against the law of mind and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs. Romans 7:22,23

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8,9a

In times like this, I try to remember the lyrics of Issac Watts' hymns "When I survey the wondrous cross" and medicate on the bloody Lord Jesus Christ who is on the Cross, looking straight into my eyes. By looking up the Crucifed One―by this very action in faith―the Holy Spirit wins the battle in me and delivers me from this dirty sin.

Lastly, I am going to quote one poem.

"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
So, Lord, Thy purpose shall triumph
Through Thine omniopotent Word.
With Thine authority clothe me.
Now, as I stand in Thy will,
With Thine own Spirit empower me
All Thine own plan to fulfill.
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
This be my attitude always
Saviour, protection afford,
Lest, as I move at Thy bidding,
Satan should close up the way,
Stand with me, Blessed Lord Jesus,
As I Thy precepts obey.
"No!" to the will of the devil.
"Yes!" to the will of the Lord,
Over the mountains so rugged,
Over the seas at Thy Word
Naught shall deter or molest me
If, Blessed Lord, Thou wilt be
Saviour, Defender, and Keeper,
As I go onward with Thee.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Us Support And Encourage Our Dear Headcovering Sister Deborah

I love sister Deborah. Her genuine faith and passion for Jesus Christ have been my inspirations. She is using her artistic talent to make inspirational graphic art. Now let's incline our ears to her testimony regarding this;

 "One of the reasons I began doing word art was that I wanted to flood the internet with God’s word. In the short time I began posting God’s word, and inspirational hymns, in the form of art on a Facebook page, I’ve noticed that it reaches the eyes of sometimes over a hundred people, yet less than a handful press the “like” button or bother to share it.
 "Satan often metaphorically whispers in my ear, “See, it’s not good enough for the public eye, why are you even wasting your time?” However, I truly believe he suppresses the Christian’s desire to share it out of fear of man. I will not give up, or become downcast when crude sayings with disturbing background pictures sweep the internet like wildfire while mine go unnoticed. God is still in control! I will reset my focus on creating these solely for Him and let Him do with them as He pleases!"                                         (from "The Power Of Imagery" )
This is her art work
When I read the above testimony especially her firm determination;"I will not give up", I could not help but admiring her. Here is a noble woman who does not give up but keep proceeding out of her deep love for Christ.

Today, I received a reply from her in the comment section and understood that she has been passing through difficult times because of her head covering practice.

 "Thank you for thinking of me Kinuko! I had a difficult Lord's Day (yesterday) in respect to covering. A (highly respectable and learned) man from our church, whom counseled me against the practice prior to my beginning to cover, expressed (again) his thoughts about the passage and implied (in tone of voice and body language) that what I was doing was silly.

"He adamantly believes Paul makes it clear that the woman'
s hair is a covering, and that the passage is culturally specific. It prompted me to dig around again today, where I found that John Calvin believed (as per his "Institutes Of The Christian Religion") that the practice,ought to be variously accommodated to the customs of each nation and age.

"Needless to say, this has been a difficult journey for me. I wish I could say that I am confident enough to let these things pass, but I am not. All I can say, is I am somewhat weary and I appreciate your prayers on my behalf!"

Now sisters, what do we do? How can we help and encourage our dear sister Deborah? I believe that it is a time for us to surround her with the most tender love and sisterly affection.

  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12

 Her Covering Testimony is here
 Her blog is here

Deborah, you are not alone. And we shall not let you feel alone. We all love you and stand by you. We share both joy and sadness with you. We are here for each other and thus His love shall be perfected in us. Amen.

O To Be Holy! : The Poem And Prayer Of Amy Carmichael

We are to know nothing among any save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

For our calling, by its very nature, calls us apart from everything else;
it has for its object nothing less than this;

the showing of Christ,
the living of Christ,
among those who do not know Him.

The love of our God must shine through us unhindered
if we would live to Him here, and

whatever makes for holiness of life,
for the clearing of the glass through which the light shines,
this is for us and nothing else.

Searcher of spirits,
Thy Thou my reins and heart,
Cleanse Thou my inward part,
Turn, overturn and turn.

Wood, hay and stubble see,
Spread out before Thee,
Burn, burn.

Savior of sinners
Out of the depths I cry,

Perfect me or I die;
Perfect me,

Patient One;
In Thy revealing light,
I stand confused, outright, undone.

O to be holy!
Thou wilt not say me nay
Who movest me to pray

Enable to endure;
Spiritual cleansing Fire,

Fulfill my heart's desire.

Make pure.

from God's missionary by Amy Carmichael

Seeking for the East Asian Connection―Regarding the Christian Head Covering 尋求關於基督教蒙頭東亞連接


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Warm greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. My name is Kinuko and I am a Japanese sister in Christ. As you understand from reading my blog, I am practicing the Christian headcovering out of my love and obedience to His Word. Yes, I believe that the command in 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 is applicable for today.

Now, I know that there must be sisters in East Asia who are practicing head coverings and brothers who are advocating this doctrine, but I don't know where they are exactly. So I am asking Him to guide me to find them or guide them to find me. I'd like to have fellowship with them! Dear brothers and sisters in the West, if you know any information regarding this, would you please let me know? Thank you very much.

Here is one excellent article about Christian Head covering in traditional Chinese. (source: here)

邁倫.霍斯特(Myron Horst) 著
邱克倫 譯





  哥林多古城連同其廟妓的制度早在公元前146年被摧毀。凱撒(Julius Caesar)在一百年後重建哥林多。哥林多前書寫成的時候,即廟妓制度被摧毀二百年後,哥林多已是一個徹頭徹尾的羅馬城巿。在公元頭一個世紀,此時羅馬帝國的生活狀態在許多方面跟現今的社會相像的程度,比起歷史上其他時期更甚。婦女享有許多方面的「自由」,是她們從前所沒有的。她們被允許接受教育,在公眾場合話,以及主動提出離婚。婦女使用避孕用具、墮胎、行使「性自由」。(Pandora's Daughters: The Role and Status of Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity, by Eva Cantarella, John Hopkins University Press, 1987, p.140,141, 148









  許多學者猜測為甚麼這些東西被寫下來,並很自信地把他們的猜測當作事實來陳述。這是高等批判(higher criticism)的一部份。你若看見一些措辭像「這可能是」、「明顯地」、「最有可能」、「顯然」等,就要小心,不要隨便接受一連串的推論作為真確的。這通常是人的猜想,而不是真理。













  神沒有明確明蓋頭物的款式,也沒有給予一些細節,應該怎樣蒙頭,這一點是很得注意的。應該是哪一種款式?是一種掛着的頭帕、或是一頂有邊的帽子、或是無邊的小帽?神沒有詳細指明。聖經所強調的是一個動詞,即「蒙頭」(covering the head),而不是一個名詞,即「蓋頭物」(the head covering)。這一點是意義深長的。因着沒有詳細指明款式,神給予我們使用各種款式和顏色的蓋頭物的自由。神給予我們自由,蓋頭物可以有創意和有吸引力的,不一定是要舊式的、單調沉悶的、或者使人覺得尬的。




1. 這篇文章譯自邁倫.霍斯特(Myron Horst)所著的Myths About the Headcovering 一文,已得作者允許譯成中文,並在網上發表,讓更多基督徒在蒙頭這事上得幫助,謹此致謝。歡迎引用或轉載,但請保留原來的版本,不要自行刪改,並請附加文章(英文及中文譯本)出處的網址:

2. 「迷思」是英文myth的音譯,一般譯作「神話」,但在這篇文章的意思是指「沒有事實根據的觀點」,故譯作「迷思」。

3. 高等批判(Higher Criticism)是指一班不信主的學者,用他們的學術來批判聖經是不是由某人寫的,是不是那個時代的作品,目的是要質疑聖經就是神的話語這個權威。

4. 門諾會(Mennonites)和亞米緒教派(Amish)都是源於教會歷史上稱為重浸派(Anabaptist)的基督徒團體。


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Instead of using "misandry & misogyny", let us pursue and live in the redeemed world of "sebasmandry & sebasmogyny" !

In my previous Japanese blog post, I wrote about the excellent short video message entitled "Feminism and the Christian women" by Mary Kassian.

Upon this, Sanae, my fellow sister, left a thoughtful comment and there she explained to me about the meaning of the words such as misandry, misogyny.

As many of you might know, these words came from the Greek misos (μσος, "hatred"), andros ("man") and gyny ("woman"). So, misandry means, the hatred or dislike of men, whereas misogyny means the hatred or dislike of woman.

When I heard these words, my heart ached. Because I live in the Greek-speaking world, the word misos ("hatred") is familiar to me. It is a strong, piercing word like a sharp knife. And it is, unfortunately, everywhere.

Negative, hateful words are produced and kept in the dark hearts of man and these words spread so quickly. In contrast, sound and uplifting words are disappearing from the hearts of man day by day. O it shouldn't be like that!


Today, I read the portion of Anne of Avonlea again where Anne and her friends are trying to name a woodland pool in the forest. Here it goes;

The path was a winding one, so narrow that the girls walked in single file and even then the fir boughs brushed their faces. Under the firs were velvety cushions of moss, and further on, where the trees were smaller and fewer, the ground was rich in a variety of green growing things.

,,"Oh, girls, look at that!"

"That" was a shallow woodland pool in the center of a little open glade where the path ended. Later on in the season it would be dried up and its place filled with a rank growth of ferns; but now it was a glimmering placid sheet, round as a saucer and clear as crystal. A ring of slender young birches encircled it and little ferns fringed its margin.

"HOW sweet!" said Jane.

"Let us dance around it like wood-nymphs," cried Anne, dropping her basket and extending her hands.

But the dance was not a success for the ground was boggy and Jane's rubbers came off.

"You can't be a wood-nymph if you have to wear rubbers," was her decision.

"Well, we must name this place before we leave it," said Anne, yielding to the indisputable logic of facts. "Everybody suggest a name and we'll draw lots. Diana?"

"Birch Pool," suggested Diana promptly.

"Crystal Lake," said Jane.

Anne, standing behind them, implored Priscilla with her eyes not to perpetrate another such name and Priscilla rose to the occasion with "Glimmer-glass." Anne's selection was "The Fairies' Mirror."

The names were written on strips of birch bark with a pencil Schoolma'am Jane produced from her pocket, and placed in Anne's hat. Then Priscilla shut her eyes and drew one. "Crystal Lake," read Jane triumphantly. Crystal Lake it was, and if Anne thought that chance had played the pool a shabby trick she did not say so.

    ―Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Avonlea, Chapter 13 A Golden Picnic


"The Fairies' Mirror"―isn't it so beautiful? I was captivated by her lively imagination and her lovely, uplifting and creative spirit. Then, inspired by Anne, I also attempted to create new, uplifting words this morning. Yes, instead of misandry and misogyny, I created the alternative words which are;

sebasmandry =the respect or reverence of men

sebasmogyny =the respect or reverence of women

 *Sebasmos (σεβασμός) means "respect, reverence" in Greek.

Friends, shall we glorify Him by cherishing, preserving and creating sublime, hopeful words together? Shall we decorate our inner world with soft and feminine words? Shall we ask Him to sanctify our vocabularies and encourage others with spirit-filled, life-giving words? O that our words may reflect His beautiful attributes!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

From The Sin Of Coldness, Good Lord, Deliver Us

We cannot be held fast in peace and
nerved to inner, private discipline
-to a soldiership
that knows nothing of reserve to love
that can plunge into very hell to save a soul,
unstained by the foulness,
unshrivelled by the heat
-unless we live within sight of Calvary.
God forgive us for the strange coldness of
so much of our love
The calculating love of Christians is
the shame of the Church
and the astonishment of angels.
By Thine agony, and bloody sweat;
by Thy cross and passion;
by Thy precious resurrection and ascension;
and by the coming of the Holy Ghost,
from the sin of coldness,
Good Lord,
deliver us.
from Gold by Moonlight by Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Beauty Of Silence: My Testimony Regarding Christian Woman's Silence In The Church (1 Cor 14.34)

Let your women keep silence in the churches. 1 Cor. 14.34a

Recently, one of my Japanese blog readers asked me, "how come you accept 1 Cor 14.34 and obey it's command? I cannot! Besides, it is said that this verse was inserted by somebody else in the later century."

Well, I don't write down the contents of our discussion regarding the validity of 1 Cor 14.34 here. Instead, as a former female preacher, I'd like to testify to you how this particular command of silence in the Bible has brought me blessings and recovery.

The writer of the Ecclesiastes said, "(there is) a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Eccl.3:7 b).

By obeying the word of God, our Father grant us amazing inner joy and fulfillment which the world can never imagine.

Ladies, when we enter the gate of 1 Cor 14.34 with trustful and humble heart, we will be guided to the world of beauty sooner or later. This is the world where pious sisters are being nourished spiritually, silently adoring her Bridegroom.

Silence, deep as time eternal, Broods around the throne divine, 
Where in loving, blissful union,  Father,Son and Spirit shine.  
Then the heav'nly Sanctus thunders, As Thy prostrate hosts adore, 
Cast their crowns before Thine altar, Praising Thee for evermore.

In Japan, there is a distinct sense of beauty called, Yohaku no bi. It originated in the medieval Japanese aesthetic principle described as the "beauty of the remaining white". Yohaku designated the white space, the unfilled space or margin, which bears a aesthetic significance for the overall impression of a scene in the calligraphy work, room, image etc.

For me, sister's silence in the churches wonderfully reflects Yohaku no bi in a spiritual sense.

O that we all taste the blessedness of biblical silence and its wonderful effects upon our souls. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

One life of obedience can, and will, affect many other lives

Dear friends, how have you been? First of all, thank you so much for your visit. I have never imagined that my humble testimony regarding headcovering has been read by so many friends in all over the world. 

I thank Brother Jeremy Gardiner ( for his tremendous effort and dedication for the sake of Him and for us. I also thank our Prayer Team friends, especially Jessica who is my fellow coordinator. Thank you, Sanae, my fellow headcovering sister in Japan. Without her constant help and support, I could not have continued this work until today. Dear Caroline, my little sister, thank you for translating my writings in French. It is my great joy to have many visitors from French speaking nations! Kegan, I see the spirit and passion of Amy Carmichael in you. Irina, your life testimony has touched many lives in Japan! Deborah, your holy passion for His Kingdom has inspired me. MB, Tessa, Regina, Sarina, Ruthie, Wanda, Amy, Laura and all,,,O how much I love you and cherish your beings!

I respect you because of your firm faith and love toward Jesus Christ. I know that many of you decided to cover in the midst of difficulties and loneliness. You are so brave and beautiful. One of the remarkable characteristics, which I have found in you, is your passion for seeking the Bible truth and your sincere desire to please Him by obeying His words. It is rather difficult to find a believer like you and I say from the bottom of my heart that you are a precious treasure. In my room, there is a big world map, --the dreamy map which I see each of you in it. Is it possible to see you face to face one day while we are on this earth? I wish we do!

Lastly, I am going to quote a beautiful poem composed by our sister Jessica. The theme of this poem is: One life of obedience can, and will, affect many other lives. We see the prime example of this in the very life of Jesus Christ. And it also applies to your courageous life, my friend!

                          Ripples in the water

This sea was made by God. 
All the people talking, eating, driving, singing, hurting, celebrating:
This great sea of people had it’s beginning with just One Person. 
Sometimes, the world seems so immense to me; 
I am just one in billions. 
How does my One Life make sense in this crowd? 
After all, even without me,
All the people will continue talking, eating, driving, singing, hurting, celebrating. 
And then, I remember: 
On the deep water’s smooth surface, ripples spread quickly and far. 
One person. 
One person brave enough to make ripples in the water.