We call our group “Original Gospel” or “Makuya.” The term “makuya” is a Japanese word for a tent, or the holy tabernacle in the biblical sense—that is, “the tabernacle of meeting” (NKJV, Exodus 29:42) where God met with man.
As shown by “tabernacle,” we are not concerned with the establishment of places of worship or religious institutions. Rather, we emphasize a personal encounter with the living God wherever we may be in everyday life. In this sense, we sympathize with the Non-church type of faith proclaimed by Kanzo Uchimura.
The religious movement of Makuya started in Japan in 1948 with a devout Christian, Ikuro Teshima (1910-1973). He sought to restore Japan from its devastation after World War II. Through a face-to-face encounter with God, Teshima started his independent ministry.
Just as Teshima aimed, so we aim to revive the dynamic faith of the Early Christianity.
A true spiritual devotion is not to worship God outwardly or to pay homage to a church, but to have God dwell within our innermost heart as a holy sanctuary.Read more
What is the “Non-Church” Movement?
It was Jesus Christ Himself who never built His own church nor established a new religion. He only preached an honest and sincere faith in God. In fact, this Non-church spirit is threaded throughout the Old and New Testaments.Read more