兄弟のよれば、この方は、ドイツの敬虔なクリスチャン（カトリック）および社会学者であり、２０１２年に、Die globale sexuelle revolution: Zerstorung der Freiheit im Namen der Freiheit (英語名Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom)という本を出版し、本書の中で、現代の霊的病根を鋭い視点で分析・考察しているとうかがいました。
（原題:Die Aufdeckung der Babylonischen Hurn アウグスブルグ、1540年）
本原稿は、英語版The Triumph, Peace, and Power of True Christianity (translated by Peter Hoover, Edited by Edsel Burdge, Second Edition, PA: Benchmark Press, 2001)からの重訳です。翻訳の許可を与えてくださった訳者ピーター・フーバー氏、および編者エドセル・ブルジ氏に、この場をかりてお礼申し上げます。
ほぼ４００年に渡って、ピルグラム・マールペックの小冊子Aufdeckung der Babylonische Hurn vnd Antichrists alten vnnd newen gehaimnuss vnnd grewel. Auch vom sig, frid vn herrschung warhaffter Christen vn wie sy der Oberkait gehorsamen das creütz on aufrhur vnd gegenweer mit Christo inn gedult vnd liebe tragen, zum preiss Gottes vnd allen frumen vnd Gottsuchenden zu dienst, stercke vnd besserung an tag gebrachtは、人知れず、ヨーロッパにある二、三の図書館に眠っていました。
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Hello, I am a Japanese Christian and today, I decided to express my deep thanks to all the brothers and sisters out there who have played a great role in my headcovering journey.
I don’t know most of you personally, but your writings and testimonies have spoken to my heart and you are so dear to me.
Now let me briefly share with you how I came to the conviction that we sisters are to cover our head while we are praying.
As many of our sisters shared, I also started to tackle with 1 Corinthians 11 at one point and found many historical records which showed the continuation of headcovering practice up until recently (1960s).
I must say that it was a gradual revelation from the Lord, for prior to this discovery, God had taught me (a former female preacher) that sisters cannot/must not preach and rule over brothers in the church.
When I was a female preacher, I used to suffer some kind of “disorder” physically, psychologically and spiritually. My relationship with people suffered disorder as well.
I had struggled greatly, but did not know the cause of it until God revealed to me the Creation Order of man and woman.
As I was reading various articles concerning female roles in the church, I started to realize that many theologians explain away the plain commands of God by either twisting the definition of original Greek or switching the Biblical principle to mere cultural argument.
This realization prompted me to embark on my next research,,,the headcovering issue of 1 Corinthians 11. It was around 7 years ago.
I was eager to know the truth, but at the same time, another voice told me it was better not to dig in these issues.
Yes, this voice was the voice of my timidity and fear.
I was afraid to know the truth because inwardly I knew that this truth shall eventually push me to the place of shame and loneliness. This truth shall push me to the place where I should choose either God’s favor or man’s favor.
Around this time, I was reading and translating the Anabaptist martyrdom testimonies in the 16th century. Oh, how brave they were! They lived up to their faith and did not hide their inner convictions in front of fires and torturers.
And here I am, sitting in a comfortable room in the free country, trembling in front of peoples’ eyes on relatively small issue like headcovering. I cried out to God to give me courage to do His will.
After much inner struggles, I finally made up my mind to put on headcovering wherever I pray.
Soon after this decision, I was invited to a house of pastor’s family one night. When the pastor suggested to pray together, I secretly took my veil from my bag and held it tightly in my hand and waited until everybody closed their eyes. Yes, I wanted to do my “headcovering thing” without being noticed by anybody.
But somehow this pastor noticed the stuff in my hand and shouted “What?? Veil?” in a criticising tone. My whole being got burned out of shame and I could hardly hold my tears.
Fear of being different might be rooted deeply in my Japanese mindset, or it’s simply because of my timid character, I don’t know.
With all my weaknesses, however, I had a faith that the power of Jesus surpassed and conquered all of these if only I surrendered to Him wholeheartedly. He is above cultures and human limitations. In Him, we shall be victors.
For the next 4 years or so since my decision, I had been covering all alone.
From time to time, I doubted, wavered, wondering, if it was truth, then how come I was still alone in doing this. However, He also brought me a deep sense of “order” and security in my headcovering journey.
For the first time in my life, I truly truly rejoiced in being a woman.
I started to cherish the beauty of natures.
Small birds, big birds, moss and oak trees,,,they are beautiful because they simply accept His design without complaining nor resisting. They are content with the place where they are placed by God.
They simply submit to their creation order and sing praises to Him.
I learned that where there is order, there is beauty. By putting on headcovering, I felt I was part of this great mystery of God’s creation. I felt my inner being started to be integrated and healed in a deeper level.
Two years ago, God brought me a shining veiled sister from another continent and I had a privilege to spend time with her for a few days.
She is covering her head all the time. I was so touched to see how she respected her husband and her husband loved her dearly.
Since that time, she has become my role model.
Not only that, God has guided me to find headcovering sites and many wonderful testimonies. By reading each testimony, my sense of loneliness on this issue gradually disappeared.
Dear sisters, I truly want to say thank you for your courage to share your testimonies.
I admire your faith and bravery. Even though you are thousands of miles away geographically, I feel so close to you. And I am sure our Lord is rejoicing over you. You are a beautiful bride of Christ.
Dear brothers, I am so grateful for your effort and courage.
I know that in the age of feminism, brothers who dare to say what the Bible says concerning gender issues and Biblical submission and dare to defend headcovering women are attacked harshly by being labeled as sexists or oppressors.
You are taking this risk for His sake and for the sake of defending us veiled sisters.
I especially give my thanks to two brothers ; Brother David Bercot for his thorough historical research on headcovering and his devout life. He has been planting the seeds of truth against unbiblical cultural tide for years.
Also Brother Jeremy Gardiner, a founder of Headcovering Movement. You cannot imagine how your courageous step has brought encouragements and comforts to thousands of sisters who had been covering alone by then, including me.
My headcovering journey continues,,,
I started this journey alone but now I am not alone!
You are with me and we can joyfully continue this journey hand in hand. Amen.
p.s. If you like to read my head covering testimony in English, you can click here.
付録４）文献案内 Warren Henderson, Glories Seen&Unseen, A Study of Head Covering, 2007 David Bercot, What the Early Christians Believed About the Head Covering (CD), Scroll Publishing Co. David Phillips, Headcovering Throughout Christian History: The Church's Response to 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (Covered Glory) [Kindle Edition]