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by / on June 7, 2011 at 3:15 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Emperor grants religious freedom in 1889!

February 11, 1889, is an important date in the religious as in the political history of Japan; for in the Constitution that the Emperor then granted to his people. Article XXVIII. Declares: ” Japanese subjects shall, within limits not prejudicial to peace and order, and not antagonistic to their duties as subjects, enjoy freedom of religious belief.” It was but […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:50 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Army: another center of opposition to Christianity!

The Army seemed to be another center of opposition to Christianity, though the trouble experienced may have come from the commanders of the different garrisons. Soldiers were told not to attend Christian meetings nor to have Christian books in their possession. In some places Christian officers were pressed to withdraw from the membership of churches. The new Imperial Constitution, indeed, […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:40 am / in The Protestant Missions

The disastrous effect of the Plymouth Brethren!

Persons who had been prominent church-members were led to withdraw. In some places churches were almost broken up; in others, where churches were on the point of being organized; this became impossible because some of the believers went over to the Plymouth Brethren. If such persons had retained their faith, the result would have been less deplorable; but many who […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 2:04 am / in The Protestant Missions

The necessity of having a “Japanese Christianity”.

It was in accord with such sentiments that much began to be said about the necessity of having a “Japanese Christianity.” In 1890, Mr. Yokoi, a prominent Kumi-ai minister, published an article in which he lamented that Christianity as then existing in Japan was in most cases a copy of that found in England and America. In the early experiences […]

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by / on June 7, 2011 at 1:23 am / in The Protestant Missions

This is still true to this day! Amazing!

While the exaggerated nationalism of that time led to a higher appreciation of what was distinctively Japanese, the people had gone so far in accepting Western ideas that they could not wholly give them up. Hence, much was said about an alleged characteristic of the Japanese, namely, that while they gladly borrow what is good in foreign lands, taking now […]

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by / on March 30, 2011 at 3:07 am / in The Protestant Missions

The danger of becoming Luke warm!

The cause: Some of the causes of the lull in Christian work were in the Church itself. The early fervor had to some extent passed away. Whereas all of the Christians had once felt the responsibility for telling others about their new faith, and had been earnest in leading their friends to accept it, they were now inclined to leave […]

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by / on March 30, 2011 at 2:29 am / in The Protestant Missions

Tumultuous times for Japan!

The assassination of Viscount Mori Important political events excited the minds of the people and made it harder to gain their attention for the consideration of Christianity. February 11, 1889, the new Constitution was promulgated. The conflict of new and old ideas was exemplified the same day by the assassination of Viscount Mori, the Minister of Education, because of an […]

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by / on March 30, 2011 at 2:08 am / in The Protestant Missions

The beginning of stumped growth!

Many reasons: JAPAN is a country of sudden changes. The bright prospects that gave rise to the hope that the country would be speedily evangelized were soon clouded over. Missionaries are usually optimists, and it seemed to most of them that the storm would quickly pass and the sun would then shine out as brightly as before. In the correspondence […]

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by / on March 29, 2011 at 8:59 am / in The Protestant Missions

The end of rapid growth!

Some statistics The period of rapid development may be considered as closing with the year 1888. The check was not so sudden that the succeeding years did not show considerable growth; such growth, indeed, as in some other countries would have filled the hearts of missionaries with great joy. Those in Japan had seen such rapid growth that their hopes […]

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by / on March 29, 2011 at 8:20 am / in The Protestant Missions

the continuing ministry in the prisons!

In sad contrast with the Kindergartens where laughing, innocent children engage in happy games and pleasant occupations are the prisons with their bars and locks, and with the clanking chains that fetter the movements of the gloomy inmates. Yet Christianity seeks everywhere its opportunities to help men, and He who took the children in His arms to bless them said […]

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