Rev. Toru Miyahara Pastor of the New World Ministry of Christ, Japan
Good afternoon. I am Rev. Toru Miyahara.
Thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of the Japanese clergy.
In Japan, Shinto and Buddhism are widely spread throughout our social culture as traditional religions. Christianity has a history of 470 years, during which there have been three revivals. However, it is still a minority.
The devoted work of many Catholic missionaries since St. Francisco Xavier has produced hundreds of thousands of Christians in the first half-century.
Later, many people were martyred by national persecution. In addition, the ban on Christianity enforced a crackdown policy that lasted for 250 years. Surprisingly, during that time, some kept the religion secretly, and the freedom of religion was obtained 150 years ago.
In the 19th century, Catholic missionaries came again, and new Protestant missionaries made a significant contribution to Japan's modernization and youth education. Japan was reborn as a democratic nation after the defeat of 74 years ago, but its Christian spirit has not spread, and it has been threatened by atheism and communism.
In anticipation of this situation, Rev. Sun-Myong Moon, True Father, sent a missionary in 1958. He has protected Japanese youth from atheism, communism, and Moral decadence, and has told them God's ideals and God's Heart.
About a decade later, deeply impressed by Rev. Moon's message, pastors came up in the Ecumenical Movement. Rev. Shinichi Nakamura acknowledged that "Rev. Moon is the Lord of the second coming," and was immediately blessed by Rev. Moon and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon. He was the pioneer of the clergy conference.
After that, an ecumenical organization was established but did not develop sufficiently in Japan.
Meanwhile, young missionaries with the vision, trained by Father Moon and Mather Moon, were sent out to the world. The women followed, too, leaving their family behind. Young men and women of the Unification Movement have traveled to the world mission, in return for the benefit of Western Christian missionaries who have devoted their lives to Japan.
I have been a Christian pastor for many years, under Father Moon and Mother Moon's tutelage, and inheriting the spirit of Rev. Nakamura. My wife has been involved in missions in South and North America for 30 years.
When I stand here and look at you, I see the fruit of the sincere effort of Japanese pioneers. And I express my gratitude to True Parents. I want to pay utmost respect to True Parents, who have completed 2000 Christian history following the mission of Jesus Christ.
Last December 28, I participated in the launching of the WCLC and witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit far beyond imagination. And I received a Heavenly vocation again.
"The lion has roared, who would not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken, who would not prophesy? (Amos 3:8)
From now on, I have to make another prophecy to the Christian Church in Japan.
"Arise! Shine, for your light, has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you.
Though darkness covers the earth and thick clouds, the peoples, Upon you, the LORD will dawn, and over you, his glory will be seen." (Isaiah 60:1-2)
As I told my brothers and sisters at the WCLC Founding Conference last December, I will organize a JCLC in Japan that can contribute to the development of the WCLC movement. JCLC will be the keystone of reconciliation among religions. I am determined to build a fortress of peace.
In the future, a Christian revival must occur again in Japan. Churches that do not cooperate will perish. Only those who are with us will survive. We have to make revival once more. God is alive. The work of the Holy Spirit has finally strengthened through True parents.
Therefore, we must say, "Christians, not those who scream, 'Lord, Lord,' but the one who does the will of our Father in heaven! "
The clergy of the world, brothers, and sisters, please pray for the awakening of Christianity in Japan. And hold hands to create a new spiritual awakening around the world.
Thank you very much. God bless you.