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Date: Tue Sep 05 2000 - 11:33:42 EDT

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    Dick Fischer wrote:
    > ... where there is "wailing and gnashing of teeth."

    Yes, I'm sure that God draws a line somewhere, although
    it is probably not where any of us would expect it.

    The problem is not just that "they" have heard and rejected
    the Word. In China, for example, the err "word" was
    promulgated under the guns of Western Imperialism.
    Few Chinese at the turn of the century could forget
    the British ships that were sailing on their rivers.
    If anyone has fallen short on the following the
    Word of God, I think a mirror would be the wisest place to

    This is probably what the majority of people in the encounter
    first when the topic of Christianity comes up, and this is what
    most needs to be healed to put forward an appropriate Christian
    message. The churches here in the east have to find a way
    to shake off the "foreign religion" notion before they can
    minister to the people who need to *understand* the gospel
    --- not simply hear it.

    The reasons for lack of growth of the Church in Japan are
    more complicated, and I suspect it is as much a Japanese
    problem, as it is a "foreign religion" problem. In short
    the church in Japan is rarely meeting the needs of a rapidly
    changing society built on rampant consumerism and fads. Most
    of the people we can draw in are ones who have falling out
    of the loop and need to have a place to be somebody. Too
    many churches in Japan have the same sort of worship style
    that met the needs of people after the war, the pastors are
    thoroughly worn out in their ministerial duties, and the
    congregations seem unable to pick up the slack.

    Indeed, by Grace alone do we proceed,

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