Monday, February 22, 2016

Christian Headcovering Women in the 21st century; utterly "ancient" AND utterly "new" "revolutionary" kind of people

Obeying the Word and becoming a headcovering Christian woman in the 21st century mean, to many, that we enter into the narrow gate. Our dear sisters' courageous testimonies prove this fact. We say adieu to our modern world and dive in the biblical world!

Quite interestingly, however, we are not just "ancient" people. On the contrary, we are quite "new" and "revolutionary" kind of people. That's because we are pioneers who are clearing the way where there was no way before. Are feminists revolutionary then? Mary A. Kassian says; "Biblical feminists have succumbed to the blue-jean mentality of thinking they are being courageous and radical, when in fact they are really only fitting into what is the accepted thought-form of the age around them" (Feminist Gospel.)

Furthermore, we are called to fight on the two fronts; While refusing the human-centered modernism and feminism firmly and uncompromisingly, we must also keep ourselves awake so as not to trapped in mere "traditionalism."

In this fallen world, things constantly swing like a pendulum, from being wrong in one extreme way to being wrong in another extreme. The devil never gives us the luxury of fighting on only one front, and this will always be the case.
-Francis Schaeffer

We are extremely ancient but extremely new as well. This is, in my opinion, the mystery of the Bible people. We cling to the Word which was written well over 2000 years ago so naturally, our obedience to the ancient Word makes us ancient as well. The Word, however, is also ever living, eternal life and truth. So from those who dare to live up to this Logos, "out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38 b). And this living water touches each generation with fresh vigor and liveliness.

Only "ancient" women can reach other "ancient" women

We are seeking the biblical womanhood. We want to be submissive, gentle, home-oriented women. However, it does not contradict the fact that we are also soldiers of Christ who are fighting day and night for soul-winning. In fact, many of our headcovering sisters are called to witness in the fieriest mission field of today. Yes, I am talking about the Jewish and Islamic world. Have you wondered why He is using headcovering sisters for this purpose?

Having ministered to women from the Middle East, I realized that our "ancient-ness" is one of the strongest points for soul-winning. God-fearing Muslim and Jewish women tend to show friendly attitudes toward us, because they, as well as we are deeply "ancient."

(*Note; However, I'd like to say that we are not ordered to cover for the sake of soul-winning or modesty. We cover because NT clearly orders it and it is for the headship. I recommend you to read the following articles written by brother Jeremy Gardiner on this issue. "Why Headcovering is not about Modesty" (here), "Should Christian Women Wear Hijab?" (here))

Neither followers of the age nor traditionalists--, I believe that there is a divine reason why God started this recovery movement in the 21st century. As time proceeds, He shall reveal it more and more. O Lord, help all of us to enter into the narrow gate and to fight on the two front bravely. Use all of our lives to testify You and Your redemptive work on the cross. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Simply Jeannie said...

Be praying for the husbands who neither understand that doctrine who are either professing Christ or even for those who do not.. but are married to a GOD fearing WOMAN who desire nothing more than obedience.. but he husband wishes her not to cover.. as in my case.

Kinuko H said...

Oh, dear Jeannie. I have a deep compassion for your case! It must be really heart-breaking for you to have a wish to cover but the situation does not allow you to do dear, devout sister. Let me humbly pray for you now.

Heavenly Father, we come to Your presence in the precious name of Jesus Christ.I heard the situation of my dear sister Jeannie and my heart cries out to You! O Lord, please comfort my sister, give her strength day by day, moment by moment. You know that Jeannie wants to obey her husband because of her deep love and reverence to You and Your Word.I sincerely pray for your divine intervention and mercy upon her and her family.Please answer our prayers!

In Jesus' name. Amen.

with love and compassion,

Irina Glazkova said...

I just shared your post on twitter. Kinuko,there are few of us who are the trailblazers for headcovering movement. Most Christian authors skip head covering all together. But people hear us.
The change is here. We see more and more ladies starting to cover in church. Head covering made its way to Japan. There are articles on it in Japanese.
I shared your post on twitter. I hope you don't mind.

Kinuko H said...

Good morning, Irina:)Thank you for sharing this post on twitter. Yes, you are absolutely right. We are witnessing the change! More and more devout ladies started to cover in churches. Irina, I believe that the recovery of headcovering will uplift world evangelism, too. Have a blessed, joyful day with your favorite tea, Irina!! Kinuko

Simply Jeannie said...

Thank you most assuredly for your prayer, I am in a deep spiritual battle as my husband is non believing and I am.. as I stated above.. Some days are easy but most times it is not... but I applaud and get greatly excited at those you that lead the charge to help bring back such a wonderful obedience as the Headcovering.. its not about the headcovering.. ITS THE OBEDIENCE TO GOD and HIS PERFECT ORDER.. ITS THE SYMBOL OF THE LOVING SUBMISSION TO HIS WAY AND WILL..

Kinuko H said...

Dear Jeannie, thank you for your sincere reply. Let us walk together, pray together and sing hymns together!
p.s. Jeannie, you are not alone.
with love, Kinuko

Irina Glazkova said...

This year during the church retreat one of my friends also wore headcovering during the Bible sessions. She was wearing a knitted hat. I was wearing headscarf.
I felt such a blessing not being the only headcovering lady at the retreat. Irina

Kinuko H said...

Dear Irina,
Good morning, thank you so much for this blessed news! As you shared with us on your beautiful article (In Season for the Reason,;

"However, there is life during winter. The ice is only at the top part of the water. Deep water is warm enough for fish to swim. Trees slow down their metabolism in order to conserve the energy. The animals are hibernating in their dens. Seeds are deep in the ground and some are germinating.

"During spiritual winter it looks like nothing is going on,,Even though we don't see it, the work is taking place to prepare for the spring."

Yes,Irina, His work is going on in seemingly "lifeless" winter as well! Your article gave me hope that indeed, Spring is coming. with deep gratitude, Kinuko