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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.
 

10 comments:

  1. Regarding the view of John Calvin about the Head Covering, Brother Jeremy Gardiner mentioned as follows;

    "Yes, I finished a thorough study on Calvin and came to the same conclusion that he did hold to the cultural view. I figured that was the case but I read through his three sermons on 1 Cor 11 to confirm that.

    If your friend holds highly the view of Calvin, it’s also worth noting that Calvin also rejected the view that a woman’s hair was the covering. He said:

    “When he says her hair is for a covering, he does not mean that as long as a woman has hair, that should be enough for her.” (page 53 – Men, Women, and Order in the Church by John Calvin)”

    The position that a real covering is in view and is applicable today can be traced to the late 2nd century. The cultural view can only be traced back to the 16th century whereas the long hair view can be traced back to the late 19th century.

    So history is on our side, and I’d argue also the strongest exegetical case."

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  2. Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Good morning. Thank you so much for your tender love and prayer for our Deborah.She wrote the new article and testified how your encouraged uplifted her weary soul and gave her new strength and courage. Here is an excerpt from her latest post;

    ",,,I can’t speak highly enough about the power of Christian encouragement, my downcast soul was brought back from the “depths” today thanks to it!

    "This encouragement prompted me to go back and re-visit David Phillips book, Headcovering Throughout Christian History where I found reassurance from this excellent tidbit, a quote by J. Robertson McQuilkin (university president):

    “Historically, evangelicals held that God communicated truth through men in such a way that it could be understood and serve as a divine guide for thought and life… [but perhaps because of] the influence of postmodernism… [now we have a] divided evangelical household… Some among us have become relative relativists, yielding more and more ground to the realm of uncertainty… [for example] we gave up… head coverings… Now we are challenged by fellow evangelicals to give up Adam and Eve, role distinctions in marriage, limitations on divorce, exclusively heterosexual unions, hell, faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to acceptance with God and — most pivotal — an inerrant Bible.”

    Phillips, David (2014-08-13). Headcovering Throughout Christian History: The Church’s Response to 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Covered Glory) (Kindle Locations 454-459). . Kindle Edition.

    "Thank you to all who stop by and encourage me! It is balm to my soul!
    from Deborah"

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  3. Dear Brothers and Sisters, (Part 1)

    Hello. I am going to add one material (excerpts) regarding the various ungrounded speculations about the 1st century Corinthians sisters. If you read it through, you will understand that (although commentaries are useful sometimes), we must not "believe" them as we believe and trust the Words of God. We must read them with sharp and critical mind and check if they are refering the primary sources or not.

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    ,,,The commentators seem to know so much about what was happening behind the scenes in the apostolic age. Surely they don't make all of that up! But, yes indeed, that is the very thing that they do.

    Let me give you some examples of what I'm talking about. John Calvin invented this "behind the scenes" look at what was happening in the first-century church:

    "A conjecture is drawn, with some appearance of probability, that women who had beautiful hair were accustomed to uncover their heads for the purpose of showing off their beauty. It is not, therefore, without good reason that Paul, as a remedy for this vice, sets before them the opposite idea-that they be regarded as remarkable for unseemliness, rather than for what is an incentive to lust."
    (John Calvin, Calvin's Commentaries)

    So according to Calvin, the Corinthian sisters were uncovering their heads to show off their beautiful hair. At least Calvin admits that this is a conjecture.

    But William Burkitt, a popular commentator of the early 1700s, provides a very different "inside story" of what was happening in Corinth:

    "[This was] a fantastical imitation of the she-priests and prophetesses of the Gentiles when they served their idols, and particularly when they sacrificed to Bacchus, who used to have their faces uncovered, their hair disheveled, hanging at full length round about their ears.

    "Now the Corinthian women, in imitation of these heathen women, (for the female sex is very fond and exceeding prone to follow the fashion) cast off their veils, uncovered their faces, and dishonored their heads."

    (William Burkitt, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testamant, reproduced in Sword Searcher [CD-ROM])

    So now we're told that the problem in Corinth was that the Christian women were wanting to imitate the pagan prophetesses. This time, do we have the "real story"? Not according to te famous commentators, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown. In their commentary published in 1871 they give us a different "inside story":

    "The Corinthian women, on the ground of the abolition of distinction of sexes in Christ, claimed equality with the male sex, and, overstepping the bounds of propriety, came forward to pray and prophesy without the customary head-covering of females."

    (Robert Jameison, A.R.Faucett, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, reproduced in Bible Explorer 4.0 (Austin: WORD Search, 2006)

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  4. Part 2

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    So now we're told that the problem in Corinth was that the Christian women were wanting to imitate the pagan prophetesses. This time, do we have the "real story"? Not according to te famous commentators, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown. In their commentary published in 1871 they give us a different "inside story":

    "The Corinthian women, on the ground of the abolition of distinction of sexes in Christ, claimed equality with the male sex, and, overstepping the bounds of propriety, came forward to pray and prophesy without the customary head-covering of females."

    (Robert Jameison, A.R.Faucett, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, reproduced in Bible Explorer 4.0 (Austin: WORD Search, 2006)

    So now we're told that what was really happening in Corinth was that the women were claiming social equality with men. Other commentators quickly adopted this view. For example, the 1942 work entitled "Commentary on the Whole Bible" repeats this claim:

    "Now St.Paul himself taught that 7 'there can be no male and female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3, written either before or shortly after 1 Corinthians). By this he meant that salvation is offered to all alike, all are alike in spiritual position; but these women had taken such teaching to mean that all social subordination to men was all done away."

    (A Commentary on the Whole Bible, ed.J.R.Dummelow (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1942), 909)

    So first the problem was that the Corinthian women wanted to show off their beautiful hair. Then the problem was that the sisters at Cotinth were wanting to imitate the pagan prophetesses. Next the problem was that the Corinthian sisters were early feminists claiming the same authoritative rights in the congregation as men. Somehow the "real story" keeps changing.

    (excerpts from "The Theologians Please Sit Down" p141-142)

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  5. I read her latest article,and again I wonder why some christiens attack/criticize to practice headcovering.Faith is relationship of one person and God,I think.So sad if we christiens judge and attack each other to testify our own justice.
    May God encourage our sister Deborah.

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  6. Good morning, Sanae! Thank you for your comment. Yes, you are right,,it is so sad that Christians judge each other.

    I think one of the reason why head covering sisters are judged/criticised so easily is that this SYMBOL itself speaks to peoples' conscience (even though we ourselves don't have any intention to force our belief upon others).

    Also, this obvious manifestation (SYMBOL) somehow "forces" people to determine their position about head covering issue. Yes or No. ,,,,There is no gray zone.

    So,if the answer is No, then, they might want to "prove" that the head cover sisters are "wrong" for their conscience sake.

    What do you think? Do you have any ideas about this issue?

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  7. Yes, I agree with you. Headcovering women may be touchstone for some believers.What we declare by headcovering is 'we accept and obey creation order which our God hath made.'.Many believers seem not to clarify their attitude on this,but existence of headcovering women may force them to do that.Thank you for giving me precious input! Sanae

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  8. Dear Sanae,
    Thank you for your comment. You know, one of the great spiritual discoveries which I found after starting head covering practice is the significance of Christian Symbol. It was an eye-opening revelation for me.

    God started to open my eyes to see, for example, how the "Cross" actually affects us in a real sense. Symbol is not a small thing. And then I realized that there are so many symbols which God used throughout the Bible. Now I am really excited!

    Maybe we can talk about this issue with sister Deborah later because she knows a lot about this topic. (Do you remember her post regarding Cinderella?)

    Have a blessed day! Kinuko

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  9. Dear Kinuko,
    I follow your blog regularly, but do not always have the time to post. I'd like to say though, that I am always encouraged by your writings, poems and thoughts. I love that you bring the needs of our dear headcovering sisters to our attention so that we might pray. Through circumstances in my life, headcovering is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I also get very excited about the symbolism found in the Bible. God always seems to reveal some new nugget for us to explore :-) Thankyou for your time and effort that you put into your posts.
    Ruthie

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  10. Oh, dear Ruthie, how kind you are! Your comment always makes me happy. I've learned (from the comment section of sister Jessica) that you and your dear husband have passed through difficult times because of his physical trials. I do hope he is better now. Please share with us how we can be your help and support.

    Also, whenever you have time, please share with us about the Christian symbolism in the Bible. I'd like to learn from you. Ruthie, I feel your warm heart through your messages. I assume that you have been surrounded by the people who love you and cherish you.

    Let us continue to walk this pilgrim journey together!
    Kinuko

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