Releasing the Grip of Materialism

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Did you know the Japanese are the second largest unreached people group (UPG) in the world? You might assume that UPGs live in places hostile to the gospel or regions that are cut off from the rest of the world. Japan is neither. It remains an open country and protects freedom of religion. When I preached at a church in Tokyo this summer, I did not have to fear being imprisoned (or worse) for proclaiming Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation (Acts 2:12).

This trip was my second missionary journey to Japan. Once again, I looked at the sea of lost people and asked God, “Why have you not saved them on a massive level?” Japan is an open country. They have access to the gospel. In fact, our team had the privilege to visit and worship with two different Japanese churches in Tokyo. So, why has faith not been embraced by this people group?

Now, I’m no expert on Japanese culture. But I observed one potential barrier for many Japanese to accept the gospel — and it’s an obstacle we face in America, too. …Read More.