Well, at least, not the way we mean it when we say it. What we usually mean is, “The people there are virtually unreachable,” or “Our resources are better spent elsewhere because there are areas in which people seem more ‘ready’ than in _________.” It’s a way of trying to get the most bang for our buck or missionary. It’s also sometimes our way of avoiding tough ministry.
I get it. I just don’t agree that we can judge, scientifically, where the Gospel is likely to take root and multiply. I don’t mind using it as one among several factors. I just don’t believe we can we forsake entire people groups on such data. It betrays a lack of belief in what the we read in the Scriptures about Nineveh repenting en masse, Jesus teaching on soil types and mustard seeds, the Great Commission and the spread of Christianity recounted in the book of Acts.