Tokugawa shogunate completely banned Christianity in Japan
By the late 1500s, the province of Nagasaki, Japan had been successfully Christianized by the foreign missionaries. This development destablized the country.
Passages below are truncated from the book Lukewarm Christian to Warrior for Christ: It’s Time to Prepare for Battle by Charles J. Pettitt.
Pix: Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the unifier of Japan
On July 23, 1587, [Shogun] Toyotomi Hideyoshi issued an eleven point edict denouncing Christianity.
The following day he presented the Edict of Expulsion to the Jesuit missionaries.
In 1614, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu denounced the Christian faith again.
The Dutch and English fanned growing suspicions that Christian missionaries were actually the forerunners of Spanish colonization and planned to dominate the Far East. Ieyasu became more irritated by the discovery that some of Tokugawa’s own households were Christians.
On January 27, 1614, Ieyasu signed the second Christian Expulsion Edict which banned Christianity, expelled all Christians and foreigners, and banned Christians from practicing their religion.
On September 10, 1622, fifty-five Christians were publicly burned or beheaded in Nagasaki.
In early 1623, Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa Shogun, ordered fifty Christians burned at the stake in Edo, Japan.
In January, 1638, Tokugawa Iemitsu sent an army of 10,000 men to attack the [Christian] rebel stronghold at Hara Castle. […] By April, the 27,000 remaining Christian rebels were facing over 125,000 shogunate warriors.
Having taken the castle, the shogunate troops executed all Christian rebels who were still alive. Around 5,000 Christians chose to burn rather than surrender. In all, the entire 37,000 man garrison (men, women, & children) died as a result of the battle.
The end of the rebellion meant the official banning of the faith.
Extracted from pages 51-53 of Pettitt‘s book.