Like most everyone of you, especially those of you with children, this is a busy time of the year--if not the busiest. Accordingly, I have other commitments, and will have to do this in a piecemeal manner, integrating the posts--after I've posted all of the material--with comments.
This post consists mere of two transcripts of two video clips that are still posted on YouTube, as per the following links. The bigotry is readily apparent, and should jolt you out of your complacent state, once it sinks in that I am asserting that Mike Wogsland is a covert agent of the United States of America.
Liberty Church is Coming to Us
(Christian rock theme track starts…)
A city that needs the light of God’s love
A city of superstition
At just four years old
Pastor Mike Wogsland received a heart for planting a church
So people can know the living God
Not gods of wood and stone
The time has come
The time has come!
The video proceeds to show Wogsland in front of the Golden Pavilion Temple, and then introduce his family and that of Chris, Mailo, Daniel, and Sion (omitting their family name).
KYOTO IS THE KEY! – Liberty Church
Japan is a country that has captured the imagination of the world for centuries. Japan is a country that everyone is interested in for its amazing culture, unique customs, innovative technology, and beautiful people. But it is a country that has been largely ignored, or forgotten, by the Church as a whole.
So many people talk about the need for missionaries and churches behind the 10/40 window, or behind the bamboo curtain, and yet the church has failed to reach out and fulfill the great commission to the people of Japan. And thus Japan remains one of the largest unreached people groups in the world!
Why is this?
I believe there are many reasons for this. One reason is because some people believe that Japan is a rich nation, and therefore does not have the physical needs of other mission fields, because sometimes meeting the physical needs of people is a lot easier than meeting their spiritual needs. Another major reason is that some people feel the financial cost of ministry in Japan is just too high, and that it’s just not worth the cost. And lastly, they feel that another reason is that Japan is a very proud nation, and they’re slow to change in their ways. And to some extent there has been grounds for all of these reasons, but let’s call them what they really are, excuses: excuses which the church as a whole has justified for their lack of effort in reaching the Japanese people. But the Japanese people are a hurting people.
Recent studies and poles say that there is a serious lack of hope that is running rampant in this country. There are people who feel that there is no hope in anything, future, be it spiritual, moral, or in regards to their everyday lives. Over 85% of the Japanese people wonder why they even exists, and 1% of Japanese young people wish they had never existed. This is a nation that has the sixth highest suicide rate in the world. That’s roughly about 30,000 people a year, or 72 people a day or three suicides every hour. They are a nation of people crying out for hope.
But there is another side to the Japanese people that most people don’t know. The Japanese people are a people of worship; they are some of the greatest, most dedicated worshipers that the world has ever seen. In the 1500s, there was a famous missionary named Francis Xavier, and he came to the Japanese islands with three converted Japanese believers and they took this nation by storm. Because the Japanese saw the hope that only Christ can offer. In fact, the emperor of Japan was so worried that the Christians were proclaiming Christ as lord, and offering a hope that was apart from him, that he outlawed Christianity and persecuted the Japanese believers, while subsequently proclaiming himself to be a god.
The Japanese believed so strongly in the emperor that they were willing to gladly die for him. But after WWII, General Douglas MacArthur forced the emperor to admit that he was not a god, and the Japanese minds were blown wide open. And this is why General Douglas MacArthur asked for 10,000 missionaries from the church. He saw that the Japanese people would be willing to give their all to Christ and for Christ, but the churches in America failed to respond, and so the Japanese found a new god: the god of money. And for living on an island with no natural resources except for their determination, this nation became the second biggest economy in the world. And yet, in 2008, the Great Recession showed the people of Japan that money was an inconsistent, impermanent god, and their absolute trust in money was shattered.
And then, after the great earthquake in 20011, this nation was once again rocked to their very core as they saw the horrific devastation and loss of life due to the tsunami, earthquake, and the worst nuclear meltdown in recent history. The country was devastated, and the hopelessness became overwhelming. They realized that they needed something more. They are searching for something more. Is the body of Christ ready to take advantage of this opportunity?
Japan still remains one of the largest unreached population groups in the world, but why have the doors to Japan remained closed for so long? I believe that the doors of this country have been locked, and like all locks, there is one specific key that can open this door. The key to reaching this nation is the city of Kyoto.
Kyoto is the spiritual, cultural, and historical heart of this great nation. It is the birthplace of both the popular Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan. It is a revered city, so much so that every Japanese person in their lifetime will make multiple pilgrimages to this city. It is a city that is home to over 2 million people, and yet has over 30 million foreign visitors annually. It is an international city, and a city that is home to some of the highest level universities in the world. It is not the biggest city in Japan, but this city is the most important city in the country.
Kyoto is the key. This city has, and continues to define the cultural and spiritual climate of the nation of Japan. And not just Japan; Kyoto is a world city and has the potential to influence the world, and many people believe that reaching Kyoto is the key to opening up the Middle East for the Gospel. But for years this city has remained closed to the Gospel. It has been known as the missionaries’ graveyard. It has been considered as the toughest missionary field outside of the Middle East.
But the winds have changed. The spiritual walls surrounding this nation are crumbling, and for the first time since WWII and General Douglas MacArthur, the Japanese people are again searching for a god who can give them hope and freedom from the spiritual darkness and hopelessness that has been binding them for so long. This is a nation on the brink of a great awakening. The prayers, tears, and faithful service of the few missionaries who dared to come to Japan when others said it was impossible, have prepared the way. They have sown the good news and watered it with their tears, and prepared the fields for the harvest that is coming.
At Liberty Church Kyoto, we believe that the time has come, and that the time is now. God loves Japan, and has a great plan in mind for this beautiful nation of worshipers, and we are willing to give or all to see this become a reality. But we cannot do this alone.
We need the body of Christ to answer the call this time to answer the call, and to stand up in this area primarily in three areas. First, pray. Pray for this nation. Pray for a great awakening. Pray for the lord to send more harvesters here. Pray and ask how you can join with us in this work. We realize that not everyone can come to serve full time here, but everyone can do something. What can you do?
Secondly, think about coming for short, long or mid-ranged mission trips. General MacArthur believed that it would take 10,000 missionaries to take this nation for Christ, so we need boots on the ground. Language is not a barrier. We need people of all different backgrounds and all different talents.
And lastly, please give financially to this work. Kyoto is the fifth most expensive city in the world, and the cost of ministry is a reality that cannot be ignored. This is Japan’s time, church; the time is now. Wil you stand with us?