This is the official website of the Original Gospel Movement, or Makuya of Christ, featuring "Light of Life", lectures by Ikuro Teshima, and testimonies of spiritual conversion.

The Original Gospel Movement

The Original Gospel movement originated outside of the institutionalized church and is an outgrowth of the Non-church movement. Our purpose is to prove through our lives that one is truly saved by the living Christ who can meet each one's needs. With the anointment of the Holy Spirit, we have made strenuous efforts of advancing the Original Gospel movement.

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Professor Otto A. Piper of Princeton Theological Seminary is one of the most brilliant scholars and theologians in the New Testament studies. His primary interest lies in "Heilsgeschichte" or salvation history. While his biblical realism has influenced many contemporary New Testament scholars, the broad spectrum of his theological pursuits will not allow us to categorize him under a single label. Born in Lichte, Germany, in 1891, he received his education and taught at Göttingen and Münster Universities, until he was forced to leave his country because of his stand against the Nazi. He came to Japan in November 1963, as the guest speaker of the Original Gospel movement.

Professor Otto Piper
Princeton, U.S.A.

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Judging the work of the Protestant missionaries in Africa and Asia in its relation to present cultural tendencies, one can say that with a few minor exceptions they have Westernized the people to whom they announced the gospel. The gospel message itself in its Protestant presentation would reflect the experience and mentality of Northern Europe. The same observation holds good for the way of life the missionaries taught. They had to reckon with the fact that practically the whole daily life of the converts had originally been molded by their pagan religion, and would therefore insist that the separation from the former practices be as complete as possible.

Conversion to Christianity does not mean this pagan belief is discarded; it lingers on for generations. No wonder that Japanese are looking for a type of ministry that gives evidence of spiritual power. The result is thousands of small congregations not affiliated with the organized churches but rather formed around people who manifest their spiritual power in ways that combine Christian and indigenous features. The missionaries insisted that Christians keep away from them. But this stern discipline cut the native Christian off from the most exciting and enjoyable part of their own national life and dried up the source of his most natural happiness.

(1963)

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