Some years ago Kathy and I received a letter from a niece in which she told the story of her church's mission to Japan. She and her fellow young evangelists would pray in front of temples trying to free the Japanese from Satan's hold, which she explained was pretty strong there. They would also stand around in train stations holding a sign saying, "Free English Lessons". Once she was approached by a someone interested in improving their English speaking skills, she would tell them all about God and the Bible. In English, of course. The person receiving the "lesson", being part of a very polite and inoffensive society as a whole, would politely sit through the "lesson" until they finally had to go. To me that was unusual because if Satan had such a strong hold on the Japanese, why would they tolerate hearing about God and the Bible? Unless of course, Satan had such a strong hold that he didn't mind the chance of losing the one here or there to a young, fervent Baptist. Or perhaps he just enjoyed the irony of a Christian using of a subterfuge.
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